Monday, August 31, 2009

"It is Well...."

For some reason, the past few Sundays have been really hard on me. I have cried and thought of Poppi in every song we sing. My sweet friend Kim, had to hold me up one Sunday night because we sang "The Greatest Command" and I hadn't heard it since my Poppi's funeral. I didn't think it would impact me that way. I'm usually strong. I'm usually the one who is holding people up. But, for some reason lately I have had to lean on others. What? What is happening to me? Is it old age? I hope not.

I remember the day Ashley and I (with the kidos) drove to Austin to see Poppi. This was after the call. The call that we all dread. The one that when we hear the words our knees go to jelly and we are never the same. So, the trip was somewhat quiet. I mean with 3 kids there was some action but between me and Ash we didn't quite know what to say. It felt like it took 15 hours to get there. We talked about him and remembered funny times. We remember all the times he tried his hardest to teach us math. Bless. He tried. Hard. Now, I would give anything to sit with him at the card table with our sharp pencils and listen to him explain equations or word problems. I promise this time I would listen. I would hang on every word.

There are so many things that I miss about him. I can't even begin to explain. There was something so strong about him and then on the other hand so gentle. So loving. So kind. One of the most Godliest man I have ever known. So much of who we all are is because of him. He left an awesome legacy behind. He loved us all so much. Every grandchild was special. Every great-grandchild was special. Mom, Kathy and Jody were the light of his life. Nana was his best friend and love of his life....he told her that MANY times a day. There were often roses from her outside bush that he would pick especially for her. It was the little things that he loved to do. He had many friends who he would do anything for. What an example! We all felt his love especially when he hugged us...he liked that. I miss his hugs. I miss his kisses and that before he kissed us he had to remove his toothpick. Off topic, Ashley is driving his car for a while and yesterday when she was here we found about 5+ toothpicks under the seat of his car. Poppi loved him some toothpicks.

So, this past Sunday night we sang, "It is Well With My Soul"....oh my, I quietly lost it. I absolutely love that song. It is one of my favorites. It gives me peace. And, you know what, it tells me that no matter how much I miss him, no matter how much I want a hug his neck or hear his voice, I know he's OK. He is in a much better place, one that we cannot even fathom. One that we long to see and we all strive to be there one day. We have that promise. No matter how much it hurts to say, I know full well that...It is well with my soul. What a reunion that will be.

"He who dwells in the shelter of the the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty..."
Psalm 91:1

I miss you, Poppi.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

No pain, no ga*in

Oh my, let me tell you! Today I went and thought I would try something new....eyebrow threading. A friend of mine was telling me it was great and that she loved it. It didn't make her skin irritated and only cost 9.00. I can do that. Let me tell you....DON'T DO IT. It hurts like FIRE....worse than fire...I don't even know! I thought I was going to pop out of my chair and hit that sweet lady. She kept telling me, "Me give you break, Me give you break?", YES PLEASE!!! On the more positive side, it is cheaper and she did my lip. Double fire.

Just thought you might could use a good laugh on this wonderful Wednesday my expense.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Ramblings on a rainy Friday

This has been one crazy week and school hasn't even started. I was going to make this my first Five for Friday post because I have so many things to say but soon realized it would be more like 50 for Friday. So, I am just going to ramble about the everyday happenings at my house. Here we go...oh, and its in no particular order...just whatever comes to my mind first. Wacky, I like me.

*Today we picked up Reid's school schedule and 4 books that weighed...I kid you not...20 pounds. He is really excited because he got some teachers that he wanted. Some, not too sure. He has athletics last period, which is good because then he won't be so stinky all day. Not that he's stinky but you know when you get a lot of 13 year old boys, yep, that's the smell.

*He will have football after school from 4:30- 6:00. I am sad about that. This will be the first year for all the sports stuff and I don't know if I am going to like not seeing my baby until 6 ish. Not to mention, it will be really HOT out there. Of course, he is excited and could care less. Oh, the joys of being a teenager.

* Oh yes, I have a teenager! Reid turned 13 on August 18....Where has the time gone? It just seems like yesterday that I was rocking that sweet baby and now I am buying him deodorant. Crazy, huh? We haven't had a party for him yet....he is thinking an Astros game...maybe Main Event. I mean what do you do with a bunch of 13 year old boys?? The thought scares me.

*Macy found out who her teacher is today...Mrs. Hopkins. Of course, she is new. Go figure. She is a bit concerned because she said there are 2 boys in there who like her. A lot. So, she needs me to write a note to the teacher about how she doesn't want the boys to chase her, sit by her or walk by her in line. Oh, if that was all we had to worry about. :)

*It is raining cats and dogs here.

*I am looking forward to school starting. Not so much the getting up early but to have some sort of routine. I think the kids are ready even though they would never mention it to me.

*Troy and I went on an overnight date. It was really fun. Now, before I tell you what we did, you have to promise not to laugh. :) We went to see Cheap Trick, Poison and Def Leppard in concert. HA! Oh, my! It was fun. But I can hear you laughing from here. We went to the Woodlands for the concert, ate out and just chilled without anyone needing us to get them a drink, drive them somewhere, cook something or bring them a towel or toilet paper. It was wonderful. Not to mention that Def Leppard was one of our favorite bands when we were dating. I remember riding around in Troy's red and grey Chevy S-10 and listening to all the tapes. Yes, tapes. We know almost every heart. Scary, huh? So, for Troys birthday I suggested we go. I didn't even have to twist his arm.

*Troy had a birthday....39 and holding.

*I've been cleaning and trying to get my house organized before school. Well, I said trying! I need a maid. Oh wait...I am the maid.

*I also need some new recipes...any good suggestions? I love my old stand-bys but a new dish every once in a while is a nice.

*I miss running. I have been in a funk lately but have PROMISED myself that Monday..I am back on! Bring on my Mizunos....

*We are almost done school shopping. Still need my picky boy some shoes. I also found out today that I will need football cleats. Great. I will not go out this weekend because it is Tax-free weekend. I repeat, I will not go out this weekend. It's not worth it.

*Last night Macy went to her first slumber party. I was a nervous wreck. She had a blast. While she was gone...and I couldn't sleep...I rented 17 Again with Zac Efron and Matthew Perry. It was really cute. I enjoyed watching a movie by myself that wasn't Hannah
Montana or High School Musical 1, 2, or 3. Nothing against them but I think I have seen them about 30 times. No joke.

*I start back at my MDO next week. Ready or is here.

So, for now...that's all I have. I'm sure more will come to me later. But that's for another Friday. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and a great first week of school. Please pray that God will put his protective arms around all our kids as they begin a new school year! Oh, and one more thing, if you do read this blog, leave a comment or click on be a follower! I'd love to hear from you!