Our youngest graduated from Mt Olive University on Sat. What a joyous and blessed time. For me, it was a time of reflection on our homeschooling years together. The absolute wonder of him emerging to the man he is today.
Sunday Mom in law was feeling well enough for brunch. It felt so good to be able to spend time with her and my dad in law. I miss them! she has two more chemo treatments, one of them being today... continue to pray.
I am not sure Mother's Day would be complete with out a baby hug or two.....
Next week Wyatt will be a big brother! Hard to believe! I have been able to hang out with him more then usual so his mama can go to doctor appts.... I don't mind! This is how he wakes up in the morning... If we all did, there would be no need for coffee!
My brother Joel, sister in law Laura, Kathy, Jeremy , Wyatt, Chris and I helped Mom celebrate her 78th birthday. She had good moments, and sad moments. Alzheimer is an awful disease. she is being given excellent care and we can ask for nothing more.
Chris and I were in the mood for shrimp and grits . Unfortunately they are not in the budget...and nowhere local has it. why did I never investigate how easy this southern dish was to make.... where have I been??
My Dad in law had given us a bag of grits from Julia's Pantry to try... I give these 2 thumbs up.... go get you some!
and because we have the new grandbabe making an appearance next week, I worked to finish this crocheted stuffie! It turned out so cute that I am going to make a couple more for a few other babies in my life!
Continue to pray for my Mom in law. This last infusion was a bit harder to shake. Also pray for my daughter in law Kathy as she prepares this week for the new baby.
I LOVE Holy week activities unfortunately none of the local churches had all three, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Morning.. to concentrate I believe on these events really embeds the great work Christ did for us...
Here was my facebook post:"We all die, fact.... but only one, who lead a perfect life, could over come death.... Jesus, it proves he is what he said he was... The Christ, the One we have been looking for.... not only was he a sacrifice for my wrong doings... but His resurrection gives us a hope and a promise that those who believe in Him will have eternal life, since through this death and resurrection we have become adopted sons and daughters..... of God...how awesome is that!"
Despite the lack of " High Church", and a large crowd for Easter, we did enjoy brunch at one of our favorite restaurants with my inlaws and Christopher. ( Continued prayers for Mom in law please as she goes in for her 3rd infusion on Tuesday)
..AND I was able to see her beautiful azaleas..
and I was also able to have a nice visit with Josh as we went to visit my Mom...
AND I got to spend some time with this one a couple days...
I made a lemon pound cake from the last Taste of Home magazine... not very lemony but great texture.
..because I have great friends,I also received this handmade sweet little bunny for my "Bunnyville" collection...
Its the beginning of another busy week...but remember Christ has conquered death!
So much for me promising to post everyday.....life happens. My father in laws dad passed away just after my mother in laws last chemo ( she is doing great by the way), so I headed to Raleigh to spend a few days with her while he was gone. I really enjoyed myself and caught up on a few Murder She Wrotes and Diagnosis Murders ( I LOVE those older shows)
So I was driving back from Raleigh and NPR did a piece on women, encouraging women to "be who they want to be" Engineers, Doctors, Astronauts....
..While I totally agree that girls should be able to do anything , I am a bit disturbed about the pressure against being a MOM.
I know for myself, that is just what I wanted to be.... a Mom... I wanted 8 children and I wanted to hear laughter , and have fun, and snuggle, and watch them grow into awesome people. By in large through a bit of sacrifice I was able to do that.
We didn't have the best of everything, or anything, but I was there fulfilling my dream, and I must say, it was VERY satisfying....
So girls, be anything you want to be ... but don't let ANYONE make you feel like its a bad thing to be " just a mom"
Wednesday, thanks to my son Jeremy I was able to ride out a tornado with 3 of my now closest friends. He called and said get in the bathroom super cell.... I grabbed the ladies from the beauty shop and hustled them into our bathroom at the shoppe. Fortunately for us it passed over head, unfortunately for the farmers 4 miles away it touched down. This is the scene from one of our customers dairy farm. We continue to help as a community and pray for everyone affected.
2. I received my pattern and yarn order from Posie Gets Cozy I was so excited to get started on the bunnies to add to the boy's Easter baskets!
3. I spent the weekend kissing and snuggling this cutie! Not only did I get tons of sweet snuggles.... but delicious food compliments of my eldest son....country cooking at a diner, homemade pizza, homemade waffles..the list goes on... I LOVED shopping with him for ingredients and learning of flavors. AND...
4. Shopping with my daughter in law Emily. we had a great time choosing frames, looking, talking... a great shopping day!
5. While I was gone eating, shopping and snuggling, the best husband in the world was at home finsihing up the guest room/ craft room here is a post from the Leacris Farm page..
Feb 20: Install, stain, and 3 coat poly 25 sq ft of flooring in old main bedroom. Feb 23: install and stain 60 sq ft of flooring in old main bedroom. Feb 24: install and stain remainder of flooring in old main bedroom. Feb 26: Two coats poly on entire new floor in old main bedroom.
He also worked until late on the 27th to make sure the floor was complete before I got home on the 28th.
Our family still treasures your prayers for the health and other needs of our extended family. We know that no matter what, God's Grace is sufficient..
...Two days of Mary Poppins duty at Jeremy & Kathy's. Bless their hearts they were so sick... I had two days of Wyatt time, so sorry they were sick. but oh how I love that boy! I am counting days until his little brother makes his grand appearance...
Tuesday Sue started chemo. 1 down... 5 to go... I had bought the book " Keep A Quiet Heart" by Elizabeth Elliot a couple weeks before she was diagnosed, then she had mentioned it, so I have been reading it as an encouragement and to be an encouragement.
Wednesday we moved Mom into Memory care. She seemed fine, the place is clean and recommended by her care workers. There was much much prayer that went into this. While this is not where I would have liked her to be, its where she needs to be.
..and finally I finished a book! My concentration has been elsewhere so last Thursday i felt good to sit and read.
Excellent.... never underestimate the power of a book.
Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. Psalm 68:19
Josh was doing a volunteer search and rescue near his home for an 11yo girl that was missing ( she is safe and sound). While he was not one of those who found the girl, he did stumble across this little fella, a newborn baby black bear , crying in the woods. I have never met anyone who loves all animals more then Josh, so until the little guy could be placed safely, he hand fed and snuggled the little guy.
I was able to feed and snuggle the little guy for a tiny bit too...
It was very strange for a bear to give birth this time of year, AND that she would just leaveit in the middle of the woods, not sheltered or hidden...