Monday, August 29, 2016
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
And, today I had an experience that made it real. I have a new friend that just recently moved into our ward. Yesterday, there was a huge area that lost power FOR HOURS (I did not know about this actually because I am not on Facebook any longer....but after yesterday I am reconsidering). Late last night, we discovered that one of the many families that lost power was this young couple and their 8 month old baby girl. We invited them to come sleep at our house where we had air conditioning. They did. It worked out perfectly because C is gone and his room is the "guest room" and Mom K left recently and so I'd just washed the guest sheets and towels. It took us minutes to prepare the guest room. I loved having them here, knowing that they were out of the heat finally. Yet, as much as I loved loved loved them being here, I did notice a difference. I have a 17 year old. I am closer to being old enough to be her mom than to be her peer. So, I have indeed aged.
The cool thing about this aging thing is seeing the multitudes of blessings I have received throughout my life. I have an amazing life. I love it! I feel my aging body. Whether MS fatigue or life fatigue or both, I am not as energetic as I once was, but my life is absolutely amazing!! I am blessed.
Saturday, July 30, 2016
Five years have been very busy. We have had three pregnancies, one a miscarriage, and thus two wonderful children. We bought a new home. He changed jobs. Our original four children have sure grown up. He makes me laugh every day and he finds joy in my quirks and silliness. We have a great life.
This weekend I planned a fun anniversary getaway to surprise him. It turned out wonderfully.
First, my dear sister took J, V, and Little C overnight last night. Then, I drove and he didn't know where we were going. I turned north and we drove to Oklahoma. :) We stopped and ate dinner. Then, we headed to our hotel, checked in, and hurriedly changed our clothes. We then left and went to the temple to do some sealings. What a great experience! We had a few family names that we had the joy of performing. I love the temple.
Everything today and yesterday was fun with CK. I enjoy all the time we were able to spend together. Happy Anniversary to us!! I am so very happy!
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Anyway, A left to go to her other home on Tuesday. I am so grateful that she has another home where she is loved and where she loves being, but I do still miss her a lot. In fact, every time I sleep (night or nap), I awaken thinking I need to go find A and do something together, but then I remember the time has come for her to go to her other home.
And, tomorrow K and C leave with XDH to go to Guatemala!!!! WOO HOO!!! It should be a great trip and I am so excited for them! My heart is aching in another way, however. From the time I was pregnant with K, I dreamed of taking my children to Guatemala, to see where they are from and to experience that land myself. I even suggested to XDH that we plan to take them around the time they graduate from high school. So, we tentatively planned that. Then, we got divorced. His family has decided to take the kids as a family when they are near graduation (I think this was an independent thought from my earlier one...just great minds think alike!). This will be trip #2. The older cousins went a few years ago. In an odd way, I feel like Guatemala is my country too. Not like the United States, but Guatemalans taught me Spanish (In fact, some native speakers when they hear me speak Spanish ask if I am Guatemalan because I guess I gained their accent when I learned Spanish from them!) and they also taught me to love their homeland. My heart aches to be there and visit and learn.
But, I am super duper zuper excited for K and C! They will have experiences in the next ten days that will last a lifetime. They will make memories that will stay with them forever. This is a personal trip as well as a tourist trip, so they will see extended family and they will also visit Tikal and Antigua and other touristy sites. What an amazing thing to do at 17 and 15! It will truly be incredible. I am already excited for all the memories, pictures, and stories that they will return with!
I am also worry a little. I hope for their safety and I will be praying for them probably hourly. I feel they will be okay, but I am very grateful for their large group. They should be just fine.
So, for the next ten days (after I drop off XDH, K, and C at the airport in the morning), J will be the oldest. I think it will be great. We will do fun things together. We will work together. We will love each other. I am excited for my time with him. He is such a great kid that I love. We won't be in a foreign country, but we will enjoy our time together (and with CK, V, and Little C). :)
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Monday, July 18, 2016
So, today, I am "locked" out of my downstairs level. Not really locked out, but I had the carpets cleaned today. They look absolutely amazing and it was supposed to be a quick dry, 2-4 hours, but it has been five and they are still quite wet. I don't want to tarnish the wonderful carpet, so I am choosing to keep the kids and I off of it until dry...so probably until tomorrow morning. Luckily, we have a very big home (over 3500 sf), so being upstairs isn't a big deal. The only thing missing is a kitchen. All the kids' rooms and a bathroom are upstairs. We also have a media room and a loft upstairs, so plenty of space to play. It's all good.
A fun blessing with having the downstairs "closed" is that we all went out earlier. We also picked up C from his band thing at the high school and then off we went to Cici's. This is NOT my first choice of a place to eat, but all six kids like it or love it. So, not one complained, which is an amazing feat in and of itself! And, it was better than I remember it. So, it was definitely a $35 win. :) It really seems that one of the children is frustrated with me or mad at me at every given moment. So, this was a huge blessing and big win!
This is an incredibly busy week. Most are, actually, but there are a few that aren't. And, there are some that rack up the busy points. This is one of those weeks. I can make it through. The interesting thing is that in Sacrament Meeting at church yesterday, I was inspired to reread the Mary and Martha account from the New Testament and remember to "choose that good part." With this very busy week, I can easily be caught in the thick of thin things. So, I am really working on letting the less-important things go while I focus on the most important things. I hope I can do a good job!
I was thinking about all that I need to say to catch up on this blog. Hmmmmm....no way to put months of dozens, no, hundreds, of activities on here!
But, it is good to be back, at least for a moment. I am blessed. I hope I never forget just how blessed I am....such as I brought diapers and wipes upstairs with me....stinky diaper, here I come!!!!
Monday, May 16, 2016
I am one of the luckiest people ever. I have three sets of amazing parents. My parents, my in-laws, and my former in-laws. With divorce, I could have lost these parents and lost this family, but I am so very blessed that I didn't. They kept me as their daughter and sister. I kept them as my family. I love them all so much. I love how they can love XDH with all their hearts and love me so much too. They are all great examples to me and I am so very blessed.