Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Taking Care of Business - from 4:00-6:00 p.m.,


Yearly eye exam for Emily
Molly's is in a few weeks.

I could've had them at the same time...at 3:30. 
BUT
That would've meant leaving work a little early.

Don't want to do that IF I can help it.
Too much to do there.
Meetings.

I could get 4:00 appointments on different days.
More running around and being away from home (homework time, cooking dinner)
But...
I asked for this option.

The girls help fill in the gaps.
Prepare dinner
They do soooo much to assist.

We got home at 6:00....but on schedule the remainder of the eve.

We ate, cleaned up, and tended to critters.

I read to the girls.
Had a short devotion time.
Got folks in bed.
All good!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

When We're Together - Hold the Wonder of the Moment as the Moment Passes By


We traveled to another state yesterday - for a day trip to check on Uncle Ray - our Gentle-est of Gentlemen.

He has recently moved from his home to an assisted living facility.

I've shared many happy occasions in his home - with family....some here and those who've 'moved to heaven'.

But now -
I'm keenly aware it's the end of an era in life - his life and mine.

As we've all been living, loving, sharing -- time has marched on. Here we are.

Yesterday I fought  back tears, but I was terribly unsuccessful!
My emotions were more FOR Uncle Ray - a widower whose own children -- two boys born with special needs -- are in heaven

I was in his home along with his sister, Gloria, gathering a few treasured items -- lovely little dishes and hand painted items created by Aunt Ann

It was my last time to be there - to see some of his possessions that I've been familiar with for years.
The last time for mom and my girls, too.
So glad they were with me

I could still remember the laughter and love that rang throughout those walls for years and years as family would sit at the table and talk (all at once) -- savoring each bite of Aunt Ann's steaming hot, scrumptious dishes.

Uncle Ray was quiet at the table - and most other times, too.
That's just his personality.

I remembered past visits.
The afternoon smells of coffee 
The mounds of dishes to wash
The stories relayed
The gifts given 
The long goodbyes

I remembered how I felt when there.
Cared for
Valued
Accepted 
Connected

Moments Matter - and we savored them yesterday.



I took the girls to a Pho restaurant and ordered carry out.
Enjoyed Vietnamese food


Chopstick Girl


Another Chopstick Girl


....and then there's Little Miss Fork User

WHEN WE'RE TOGETHER 
(song by Mark Harris - check it out on You Tube)

I’d like a castle on a hill, Where you and I could spend the day… 
And I’d love to go where time stands still, And all that doesn’t matter fades away 
You are here with me… 


And I would love to dance with you under the big blue sky, 
we hold the wonder of the moment as the moment passes by

When we’re together… 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Molly Has Begun Horse Riding Lessons



I think this is a sure fit! She's doing great!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Mary's First Day of 2nd Grade


She's out to take on the whole world...with a silly sense of humor.

Have a great year, sweetheart!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Southern Summer Days - Beginning of New School Year




Traveled around the other day for a last summer hurrah -
Ate lunch in this old home/restaurant

Nanny Carol and Marlene joined us (as we hope they always will).
Cookie met us there.

What a great way to end our summer activities - which have been so enriching and memorable.

People to visit
Places to explore
Projects to complete (work for each of us to accomplish)
Play time to be had

Time for a new school year

I've already teared up just thinking about how we will get everything done, every day....
-- Work schedule with little to no flexibility 
-- Required meetings I must attend on some evenings and afternoons
BUT
-- Commitments for my girls already in place....places they need to be

I live in the world of 6:00 dental appointments for my trio...so I don't have to miss work to get their checkups completed.

**** We schedule LOTS of appointments for June and July, but not every one of them is "due" during summer time and many are 2x/year appointments. ***

I'm SO thankful to Nanny Carol for filling in BIG gap-needs!! Sleeping over, taking all 3 girls to yearly pediatric check ups, and dropping the cat off at the vet...to name a few priceless gifts of her time

Marlene pinch hits for me (getting my carpool group from track practice on the night I have to attend 6:00 meeting at work).

Melzana graciously accepted my request to take Mollly to a horseback riding lesson b/c I worked at weekend job.

KK has taken Mary to/from school when I've had outside meetings away from work.

I am incredibly blessed to have friends and family who have helped me so much and continue to do so!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Stuffed Babies - All Dressed Up


Ready for Church - Teddy and Ellie Grace


Ready for Bed


Hot Cocoa

Wednesday, August 2, 2017