Sunday, April 25
Thursday, April 15
Wednesday, April 14
Saturday, April 10
Tim and I received a lovely card from a family at our church, for Easter, with money in it. It was super generous of them! Tim and I used about half of it for a date night - at a wonderful SIT DOWN restaurant and had a really nice time together, talking, eating SLOWLY. . without having to feed someone else first! We took a stroll after dinner and stopped at a bookstore where I bought a baking magazine (one of my favorites!) and then we went into one of my favorite coffee shops - Caribou Coffee! We sipped on a hot cinnamon latte walking around the outdoor shopping mall, and just enjoyed each other's company. Later, in the evening, we stumbled by a store and decided to take a quick look to see if they had any nice Easter dresses. I hadn't bought one yet, and I wasn't planning on it this year, but we thought we would look anyhow. Not only did they have a huge selection, but I bought my dress and dress jacket together for only $47! What a steal!!! Nothing excites me more than a good sale!!!
We also wanted to have a family night with the boys. So, the following day we had a couple of errands to run - and the kids acted SO well. We picked up some food at Wendy's and then headed to a local park. The kids played for about an hour and really had a blast! It was perfect weather too!! After the park, we had one more errand that we had to run (a favorite of the kids . . . Sams Club) and then we topped off our evening with Cold Stone ice cream!!!
Monday, March 29
Labels: Glorious Ruins
Friday, March 26
So, we get the kids' Easter pictures taken, and at the photo shop the photographer was talking about how much Peter and James looked alike. I chimed in with this comment . . .
"Yes, they do - except they have completely different personalities, different hair styles and different fathers"
. . . no one laughed. Obviously, that was only funny to me!
I had to quickly announce that I was joking.
It really made me think, however, about how truly blessed I am. Blessed that the man that I fell in love with 12 years ago is the caring and involved father to my children and a faithful, loyal and loving husband to me. To see our decision, to live pure before marriage, as a good decision, and to be able to experience all of the many wonderful and amazing blessings that have come from that decision.
Labels: Our Lives Together
Tuesday, March 23
Friday, March 19
For the last couple of weeks, Tim and I have been gradually teaching James how to drink out of a 'big boy' cup - no lid, no straw. We are also going to be potty-training him soon . . . and at that thought, in the words of James . . "I don't WANT to go potty in the big boy potty!" . . . so, this should be interesting. The cutest thing that he now does is order. We have taken him to a couple of restaurants where he will order his entire meal - super cuteness!!! Here's a one example . . . .
Waitress: And what would you like for lunch?
James: Grilled cheese sanmich.
Waitress: Would you like fries with that?
James: No. . . . FRENCH fries.
(Mom: What do you say?)
Waitress: Sure! What would you like to drink with that?
James: Um . . . . . barooni and cheese (macaroni and cheese).
Mom: No, James - what do you want to DRINK.
James: OH . . . . .(thinking, thinking) . . . barooni and cheese.
Mom: (to the waitress) . . . Chocolate milk, please.
We thought it was pretty funny - but, he now does this every time he orders. We're hoping it's just a cute stage and that he doesn't actually want to drink mac and cheese!
Thursday, March 18
Wednesday, March 17
So, I'll catch you up - quickly - on some funny things that the boys have said or done . . . . .
Labels: The Boys
Monday, March 8
My, oh my . . has it been an eventful February.
And, not a super-go-lucky-fantastic February either.
I have a Women's Bible Study, hosted at my mother-in-law's house - every Thursday morning. I dropped off the boys at church, for their play time, as usual. Once I got to Dot's house, I was greeted at the door by our Pastor's wife who informed me that Aunt Eleanor (Great Aunt Eleanor) had had a heart attack and was just taken by ambulance to a local hospital. Dave and Dot were upstairs getting things ready to take to the hospital for Aunt Eleanor. This was a surprise to us all. Thankfully, Dot caught this attack at the forefront and was able to get the EMT there quickly while she was still experiencing pain in her chest. We decided to have our study as usual and to clean up/lock up for Dot. I called Tim to let him know and we called Dave and Dot to get an update. According to the doctor's she had a mild to moderate heart attack and she had to undergo a procedure to determine how bad the blockages were. I told Tim to call his dad to invite them over that evening for dinner - to make sure that they eat and get out of the hospital for at least a little while. We had a lovely dinner with them and really enjoyed our evening together.
The next day, Friday, we got the results back from the tests and they showed more than 5 blockages, all ranging from 60% blocked to 90% blocked. Surgery, at this point in her life, was a high risk. At 95 years old, not many things are 'as normal'. The other option that the doctor's gave us was to let her die peacefully and give her medications to subdue any pain. Not caring for either of these options, Dot opted for the third option - a small balloon that would be inserted into the veins to open the arteries. Again, there was a low risk of death due to her progressed age, but it was the "leaser of evils".
I called Tim to let him know the update. She was supposed to go in at 2:00PM that afternoon. However, we waited and waited. It was quite delayed.
David called me at 4:00 to let me know that she still had not gone in. So, we just continued to pray and wait.
Tim called me around 4:15 to let me know he was on his way home and asked if I still had the phone numbers of some of the companies that had contacted him about other job openings. I hesitated to answer knowing, very well, why he would be asking me this - now. Sure enough, Tim was laid off (again!). His contract ended and the company decided not to continue any contracts. To be honest with you - Tim was quite relieved. We have had some reservations about this specific company. They were not at all honest with their consumers and were 'cutting corners' just because they weren't being caught in the act. So, Tim had a real sense of the Lord's perfect timing on this one. As hard as it was to hear that he was out of work, again, so soon - we have a peace.
(funny fact . . . this was the exact same day - February 19th - that he was laid off last year)
We had planned on going on a date night this evening, since the boys were with my parents for a sleepover. Tim told me that we were going as planned, though. We desperately needed a date night, so we were really looking forward to eating at the Cheesecake Factory - despite the events of that day.
Dave called around 5:00 to let us know that they took Aunt Eleanor in for the procedure and that they would let us know as soon as she came out of the OR.
I called some family members and our Elder and Pastor to let them know about Tim's job, so that I didn't have to put it on the prayer chain, in case it would get back to Dot. We didn't want her to know yet. She didn't need any more stress in her life at this point.
We went to the restaurant and had a lovely dinner. As soon as we were done, we packed up all of our leftovers for Dave and Dot to enjoy and went to the car to leave for the hospital. Dave called to let us know that Aunt Eleanor made it out of the OR and was in the recovery/ICU room and gave us the room number to her room. Tim and I really felt a sense of relief that she made it through - and we assured them that we were on our way.
It was a day full of sadness, shock, sorrow, grief, questions. But, we delight in that Aunt Eleanor is with her Savior. And that she got to hear Him calling her Home.
This was the end to our day. We left the hospital and went to Dave and Dot's house to sit with them. We made them eat something and left the rest of the leftovers at their house. We talked until midnight. We laughed and laughed. I think it was just what we all needed after such an eventful day.