Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
What a privilege it is to know my dear friend, Kari. You know you have a great friendship going when nearly twenty years have passed, and it still feels like just yesterday that you were freshmen in highschool. Only older. And wiser. And married. With kids. You get the point.
We got together this weekend for some focused "girl time" and we had such a great time. We came into the weekend with no firm plans, except to go into Chicago on Sunday. Otherwise, we just decided to "wing it" and simply BE.
When we arrived in town, we headed to my mom's studio to say hello real quick. Then I took her out to my mom and dad's house where we talked and talked....
We did lots of that this weekend.
We went to lunch, talked some more, and then headed to my older sister's house to catch up with her for a little while. My nieces kept asking where the boys were (my sister Kari often refers to my boys as "rock stars"), and I told them this weekend was just for the girls.
A highlight for me personally was getting to see my two sisters "perform" at church. I hate using the word perform when it's really ministry. They did a song called, "I'm free." My sister Kari signed while my sister Darci danced. It was so beautiful. I don't believe there were any dry eyes in our row. The two of them had a light around them up there...it was almost angelic...and impossible to describe unless you were there. I thought I should take a picture of them but figured that could be a wee bit distracting. Suffice it to say they touched hearts and God used them greatly in that service, I am sure of it! I jokingly told them that the only thing that would have made it better was if I was able to sing with them. : )
On Sunday, Kari and I headed into the city (by train, which she'd never experienced before), and we walked Michigan Avenue for a while. We ate a fantastic lunch at one of my favorite places. I can't begin tell you how good the food was, but perhaps you can gain some understanding from this photo (this was seriously the best strawberry shortcake I've ever had in my LIFE):
We also got to see "Wicked." It was her first time seeing a real stage production, but my third time seeing this particular one. She loved it, and I so enjoyed seeing her reaction to this wonderful show. The music is great and she tolerated my singing along when I just couldn't HELP myself! It was the perfect show for the weekend. The friendship theme is unmistakable!
I knew I needed a break...a time to get away and just be by myself for a little while...when on Friday, I freaked out over a peanut butter and jelly sandwich dropping on the floor that got quickly got gobbled up by the dog. Did I mention the sandwich belonged to a hungry, screaming toddler (who shall remain nameless), the floors had just been cleaned, and this mama was nearly at her breaking point?
Friday, May 23, 2008
And yet, over the past day or so, I've been sensing that God is asking me to regain some perspective. To open my eyes to others' circumstances so that mine will pale in comparison. To get out of myself and get on my knees for people who truly have problems and difficult lives to bear. And so I pray....
- For the people in Myannmar who have lost their loved ones, their homes, and the support of their government.
- For the people of China who have lost their loved ones, their homes, and sense of security.
- For the people in Iraq and the soldiers who must be wondering if this will ever end.
- For the families of American soldiers hoping against hope that their loved one will return unharmed.
- For my friend Charity and her family who found out the cancer has returned to her brother, Dave.
- For our long-time friends, the Kempiak family, who recently learned that Jon's dad's cancer has returned.
- For Steven Curtis Chapman and his family, as they mourn the loss of their five year-old daughter.
- For Audrey Caroline, a baby who only lived two hours after her mother carried her to term. And for her family as they continue to place their faith in a sovereign God through it all.
- For the people in this country who are losing their homes because they can no longer afford their mortgages.
- For those who've lost jobs and are struggling to provide for their families.
- For anyone who feels their circumstances are crushing them and have given up hope.
Join me in prayer today for these people. Remember to thank God for your blessings.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
I'm off to the dentist today (oh joy).
Cody only has nine more days of kindergarten left (*sniff*). They sent home information about it yesterday, and every once in a while I hear little hints of songs they are singing. I hope I remember my tissues. I can't believe how fast this year went!
Speaking of growing up and time marching on, we have officially weaned Caden off of his beloved "B" (binkie). We decided this week that it was time, and he's actually done beautifully. It's amazing how much more he's talking now that he doesn't have his "plug." He's a little chatterbox! I know some people really don't approve of pacifiers, but this kid was crazy about his, and I just didn't have the heart (until now) to take it away. It was starting to interfere with his sleep and we needed to remove that issue altogether. Fortunately, he's talking great and talking a TON. Some of my students have commented that his vocabulary grows leaps and bounds by the WEEK.
This weekend I meet up with my friend Kari for a girl's weekend. I can't wait! We have some big plans, one of which includes a trip into Chicago to see "Wicked." Kari is a fellow blogger, and she's also a dear friend from high school. I am greatly looking forward to reconnecting with her!
Hope you all have a great day!
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
At the end of the dance, there was just one more thing to do. Cody extended his hand (after my instruction on how to do so) and said, "Mom, may I have this dance?" We walked out onto the floor of the gymnasium and danced to "The Way You Look Tonight." I ended up picking him up and dancing with him so we could twirl together (he's a little too short yet to dance comfortably), and we ended with a dramatic dip.
Someday, I know Cody will be too old to want to accompany his mom to the church dance. I'm so glad he's willing to spend this time with me now. These days pass so quickly when they're little. I'll take as many Cody-Mommy dates as I can get!
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
I miss being able to call him, to hear his voice on the other line. I miss his jolly laugh when he'd get tickled about something. I miss telling him about the boys. Oh, how proud he would be of Cody playing the violin! I regret the fact that he never got to meet Caden, and that Caden will not know him. I miss talking with him about Husker football, music, and life. I miss his wisdom about all the things he knew about. I miss hearing him reminisce about the past. I miss the days of going to visit him in Nebraska, sitting around his kitchen table, or looking across at him sitting in his favorite chair in the living room.
And yet, as much as I miss his physical presence, his legacy will live on. It will live on in our memories and in our hearts. It will live on in pictures, in his personal belongings that we are so privileged to have, and in the video footage we took while he was still with us here on earth. He will live on in each of us. He will live on in the legacy he leaves behind....the legacy of his love and our family.
Last year I planted a pin oak tree in his honor. Today, I took the above picture, which I plan on doing every year at this time. I want to watch it grow through the years and remember how small it was when we first planted it. The winter was hard on this little tree. The weight of the snow and ice caused the tree to nearly snap in half during those brutal days, but the tree, with a little help, is learning to stand tall again. It reaches for the sky and remembers how to look up.
I think that's exactly what Poppop would want us to do today.
I love you Poppop. I can't wait until we meet again.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Our internet stuff has been a total and complete nightmare. More to come on that later, but rest assured we are ditching our new carrier and going back to our old one!
Sorry the blog's been a bit boring lately...I promise I'll catch you all up real soon!
Again...a happy mom's day to all you mommies out there. Hope it was a great day! Mine has been a very sweet one. In fact, Hubby is just walked in and is standing here offering me a back massage. Uh...not gonna turn that one down. Gotta go! : )
Thursday, May 08, 2008
Sunday, May 04, 2008
It's time for me to catch you all up on what's been going on around here lately. Cody has had some big moments this past week, and I've finally been able to sit down and document them!
First, he played in his third recital last weekend, where he debuted "Twinkle: Variation A" (for those Suzuki violinists out there!). He did a great job, but it's a little hard to hear him over the piano. Seriously, I was more nervous about accompanying him than I was about him playing! He's worked so hard this year, and his teacher was very proud of him. He will be taking private lessons again this summer, as well as adding a violin class with other kids his age. He's looking forward to it!
On Monday, he participated in Awana awards, where he wrapped up his third year in Awana and his first year being a "Spark." He did super this year (his teacher often wrote "WOWZER!" when she signed off on his memorization), and I'm so thankful for his sweet leaders and their service and dedication to our kids. Most of all, I'm grateful for the truths of God's Word being hidden in his heart. What a blessing to hear scripture coming from his lips!
Then, yesterday, as if the week wasn't big enough for him already, the training wheels came off his bike, and HE. RODE. PERFECTLY!! I was absolutely astonished at the fact that he didn't even need to practice. He just did it. He was so proud of himself and now he wants to ride all the time. Jerry and I both remember being his age and riding all around our neighborhoods all day long during the summer. It was one of our favorite past times! I think he's definitely going to follow suit!
Tomorrow marks the week that Cody gets to be "Super Star" at his school. Every week during the school year, one child from the class is chosen to be the "star." I have had such fun looking through old pictures from the last six years and putting together his "All About Me" poster. I am amazed at how quickly the time has gone and how much he has done in that short time! What a joy it has been watching him grow! What a privilege it is to be his mom. Caden and I will visit his classroom on Tuesday where he will get to "show" us to his class. Each student is also encouraged to share their interests with the class, so he's also planning on playing his violin for his peers.
Well, you're all caught up now. Hope you had a great weekend, and I wish you all a fantastic week ahead!
Friday, May 02, 2008
I don't have much to post about today, but I wanted to check in and say hello and let you know I'm still here. I've been trying to stay off the computer and enjoy this weather with my little one. The kid can't get enough of the outdoors. Coming inside is torture for him. Too bad they're predicting rain today! : (
One thing I'm excited to share: I've made a connection over the past several months with a fellow mommy blogger who I actually get to meet in person next week. We're both looking forward to meeting face to face. Because let's be honest...it's not about the kids getting to have a playdate. It's all about the moms!!! And as wonderful as the blogging world is, it can't replace good old-fashioned one-on-one interaction and fellowship.
I hope you all had a great week and that your weekend is even better!