Wednesday, May 29, 2013

What's New

Well, these weeks going at break-neck speed now.  Feeling rather like an avalanche at the moment.

Last Thursday, a crew from North American Van Lines loaded up most of our worldly goods and drove away!  

Friday, we drove to Kansas City to visit my grandfather and to visit E's birth mom.  Not a relaxing weekend, but a good one, and I'm so glad we were able to do it.  Driving eight hours is much easier than whatever lengthy trek it will be from Philly.

Monday, we dropped off John at the airport so he could fly to Philly.  Yesterday he closed on our new house, and today all of our worldly goods were unloaded and stacked neatly in our new home.  

Monday, after we dropped off John, the kids and I drove "home" to Pat and Katie's house.

Tuesday, the kids stayed with a friend (thank you, Suzanne!), while a small crew and I cleaned the empty house.  Rather shocking and embarrassing to see what all you missed under that furniture!  Not that I'm a spotless housekeeper (Alright, who's choking? Very funny.), but I didn't think the dust bunnies were THAT prolific!

Today, we...I can't even remember what all we did today.  I remember that I actually got a nap in, but the effects of the nap have long since diminished in the hectic afternoon and evening.

Friday, John, Johanna, Sam, Evie and I leave for California.  Along the way we hope to see Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons among other natural beauties, including Christina Stegall Hitchcock.  ;)  We'll be gone for two weeks - one for travel and one for the meeting of the OPC General Assembly near San Francisco.

The two older boys will be staying with friends for a week and then going to camp for a week so they will miss Old Faithful, but we'll take lots of pictures and rub it in.

After that we'll be in St. Paul area for another week and then head East on the 22nd.  

Everyone is doing well, physically and emotionally, or at least as well as can be expected.  We all have our moments and continued prayer is very much appreciated.  Mostly we are extremely thankful for the friends we have here, for the way God works out details, and for His strength and grace to accomplish more in a day than I thought possible in a week.  

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Real Birthday Picture

Here is a picture of me, the real me, taken at my little surprise party.  

Not much better than the hag, but better.

I like this picture, though, because it shows Johanna and her friend Kate, David Welliver ( dominated the "Happy Birthday" song ;) ), and Jon and Emily Fitzpatrick (friends who recently moved away and it was so wonderful to see them and hang out with them). 

And every one of those dear people are smiling.  

I love it when people I love are smiling.


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

40th Birthday

Here's a picture of me from my most recent birthday.  

They say that women get better with age, but some women just don't. 

I kid!  I kid!

I had a lovely birthday, as a matter of fact, with celebrations that lasted all weekend.

Friday in the mail I received a lovely bunch of roses from my brother and his family - a fine way to start the celebrations!

We had dinner with friends Friday night (not technically a birthday dinner, more of a rehearsal dinner for Ben and Naomi, but still it was a fun dinner with friends and felt very celebratory!)

Saturday morning, John made pancakes for everyone and Saturday night we got Chinese take-out and watched The Importance of Being Earnest, an all-time fave of mine.  

Sunday, we had Sunday School, church, fellowship lunch and afternoon service, and just when my mind was turning fondly to thoughts of napping, Johanna found me in the sanctuary and said, "Mom, Dad needs you in the fellowship hall."  

"Oh, dear," I thought as I descended the stairs.  "Which kid is injured now?"

I walked into the fellowship hall and found an unusual number of people hanging around (everyone generally disburses quickly after an afternoon service).  

I began to suspect a surprise when they all burst out into a somewhat tuneful rendition of "Happy Birthday."  

I'm quick that way.

John and the kids had gotten a cake (chocolate cake with chocolate frosting) for me and secretly arranged for everyone to stay after the service to enjoy it and wish me a happy birthday.

I was most amazed at Sam: he kept the secret from Tuesday to Sunday and I had no idea!  

It was a wonderful weekend.

Forty is traumatic, in some ways.  I have to start thinking of 40 as the age of my friends and myself, rather than the age of "old people."  I have to start thinking of 40 as hip and vital because we are.  Well, some of us are.  I'm not sure I qualify for that.  But, I know for sure that, "I'm not dead yet!"  


Otherwise, 40 really isn't that bad.  If I had ever imagined my life after the age of about 24, it would have looked something like my life now, full of husband and kids and everything those entail.

I am sure I would have imagined myself as a better housekeeper and as quite a bit thinner, but we can't have it all.  

And, really, those have little to do with my overall happiness.  

The Lord has been and continues to be good to me, from the family I was born into, to the family I married into, to the family I am helping to form, to the church family I was adopted into as an heir with Christ.  

I really can't be upset that God has brought me to 40.   I can only be thankful. 

Piano Lesson

The other day, Johanna gave Sam his first "piano lesson."  

She showed him middle C; how to hold his hands - rounded, not flat; and how to play the first song in her old piano book.  

Ever since then, Sam has had intense practice sessions of 10 or 15 minutes, playing that SAME piece over and over and over.  

On the plus side, maybe this means he's ready to start piano lessons in earnest this fall.  

Look out, Liberace!