Friday, December 28, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
I thought I'd share a quick picture of the neighbor gifts we delivered this year (have I mentioned how fun it is to actually HAVE neighbors?!?).
Oh, and just because one funeral during the holidays isn't quite enough...we're going to have another one next Friday. We got the phone call Friday night that Brad's grandma Jolley passed away. This time it's definitely a celebration though...I mean seriously, if you live to be 102 - yes, that's ONE HUNDRED AND TWO years old, your life just has to be celebrated!! What a happy day it must have been in Heaven when she was reunited with her sweetheart who passed away so very many years ago!
Okay, I'm off to finish up a couple of projects before our little family party tonight!
Friday, December 21, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
“Hey, Mel. What’s going on?” Melanie is Brad’s oldest sister. Her husband, Bryan, was diagnosed with brain cancer about a year ago. He’s been through several treatments and had lots of ups and downs since his diagnosis. The last time I saw him, he seemed pretty normal – the quiet, but silly and teasing Bryan that he’s always been. That was in September. From what I understand, he’s actually been doing pretty well…he just took a bad turn on Thursday and went downhill really quickly until he was gone in the early morning hours on Friday.
As soon as I heard who it was on the phone, I knew. She would never call so early if it wasn’t to tell us that Bryan was gone. Brad walked into the other room to talk and I gave him his privacy, but after he was off the phone, he confirmed what I already knew. Brad was particularly close to Bryan when he was a teenager – Bryan was almost like a Father…or at least a big brother. (Brad is the youngest of 6 kids, and there’s a big gap between his oldest siblings and him…he has nieces and nephews that are my age.) I’ve been surprised at how well Brad is taking everything.
My heart breaks for a little family who will be without a husband, father, and grandpa for Christmas this year. Every time I think of Melanie, I cry…she’s had so many challenges, so many things that would make it easy to throw your hands in the air and just give up – on everything. Yet she remains strong and faithful – sure that Heavenly Father has a plan and this is all part of it. She’s right. I know she is. I admire her for being so strong and such a good example. I just need to focus on the beautiful reunion that happened in Heaven a few short mornings ago. Patrick, Bryan and Melanie’s oldest son who was killed in an accident when he was 14 years old, was probably the first to run up and give his dad a big hug. I’m sure they’re together now. And eventually their family will all be together again – because that’s what eternal families are all about. I know it. For sure.
And as hard as all of this is…it’s another reminder of how precious and sweet our families are. I need to be better at not taking mine for granted. We aren’t guaranteed any amount of time here on this earth and we need to make the most of the time we do have with our families. Once a loved one is gone, we only have memories until we can be with them again. Memories. One more testament to the fact of how important it is to keep a scrapbook or a journal – something tangible that we can leave behind when we are gone. Memories ARE precious…they need to be preserved.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Friday, December 07, 2007
Thursday, December 06, 2007
- Cranberry Coca-Cola. Have you tried it? I did...and now I want it every single day. It's at Sonic and it is yuuuummmy.
- Snow. It's coming. Later today. Again Tomorrow. Again Saturday.
- Holiday Party. Cancelled. Saturday was supposed to be our family Christmas party for Brad's side of the family. We got a phone call last night that it will be cancelled (see above for the reason -- too many people traveling too far to risk snow-packed roads). Hopefully we can do it later this month.
- Derby. Pinewood. Josh had his first one. He placed 4th. Not bad at all for his first time.
- Medal. Meagan won one Tuesday night. She won in the Photography category of the Reflections contest. Now her photo goes to the district-wide contest. (I forgot to take my camera to the assembly...I need to take a picture of her with her award, ribbon, and medal.)
- Spotlight. Paper Crafts Magazine. I neglected to mention it on my blog the day it went up. I was honored when Stacy asked me if she could feature me on their blog. (Click here if you'd like to see the interview - scroll down to November 28)
- Family Photos. Finally got the enlargement ordered yesterday - AGAIN. Let's hope the 3rd time is a charm.
- Music. It's no secret I love my holiday music. I've recently discovered Pandora.com. Oh my gosh -- I am in LOVE with it. If you haven't tried it yet, you should definitely check it out.
- Journal. Here are two more pages -- December 4th and December 5th:
- Romney. I am not a "political" person...I don't like controversy...I don't care if you think he should win or not...you have to respect the man for stepping up and trying to answer the questions. I was very impressed by the speech he just finished giving this morning in response to critics and questions about his faith.
"Freedom requires religion just as religion requires freedom.
Freedom opens the windows of the soul so that man can discover his most profound
beliefs and commune with God. Freedom and religion endure together, or perish
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
So yesterday was Seth's birthday -- it was pretty low-key since we'd already had the family party on Sunday...but here are a few things we did yesterday:
- Seth asked to go to the "yellow store" and get "those rolls that Grandpa likes." It took me a few minutes to figure out that he wanted to go to this cute (fairly new) little store where he had been exactly ONE time before -- when we picked up a cinnamon roll for Grandpa and left it in his Tahoe at work, as a little surpirse. That was in August. This kid really has a great memory!
- He ended up getting a yummy sugar cookie with lots of frosting and red sprinkles AND a cinnamon roll for dessert
- I asked Seth what he wanted for dinner. I told him he could choose anything he wanted since it was his birthday. He asked for rice and corn. lol So, rice and corn it was -- and a little chicken on the side.
- Seth opened his presents after Brad got home from work - a new "Cars" puzzle (his favorite pasttime lately), a "Cars" ColorWonder set, a Backyardigans Pirate Ship for the bathtub, a Backyardigans DVD, and some clothes (not his idea of a good birthday gift, but what are you gonna do?).
- Josh surprised all of us when he presented Seth with a gift of his own, carefully wrapped in a paper bag from Target. He gave him a picture he had drawn, another picture Seth had drawn himself, a matchbox car (which I believe came directly out of the car bin downstairs), and a handful of his leftover Halloween candy. :)
- He spent a lot of time playing with the gifts he received on Sunday - a Fisher Price ABC animal set and Thomas TV game (from Grandpa and Grandma), a Kids K'nex monster set (from the Lukes), and a fun tool set (from Rustin & Karli's family).
- He ended the day with a long bath in our big tub with Zach and the Backyardigans. :o)
I'm sure today will be a busy one for him -- lots of new toys to play with!