After a family funeral in February in Iowa, Papa and I have 2 more funerals to attend, one tomorrow on Friday and the other on Monday. Both for women who died of cancer, (one breast and the other kidney cancer) and both who died WAY to young. Don't even get me going on the loss. It's just not right. Or fair. And I won't even try to figure out God's plan on this one. It just didn't make sense for either of these beautiful women both who fought like hell to deal with what they were given, only to loose in the end. And sometimes in the very end, death is far from a calm passing. And that fact is also lost on me. I am overjoyed that are both at peace after their years of struggle and in Heaven and the good Lord with them.
We'll split the funerals. Papa will go to one, and I'll go to another.
Looking for your experiences and challenges on raising teenagers. I think there's a blog post in the making. I'll keep it all anonymous. Coincidentally (divinely?) I have engaged in conversations with 3 women is just as many days about the trials of parenting teenagers and how we as parents aren't talking about it. How it can really really be a struggle and hurt. Please email me if you'd like to share your challenges. Whether or not you've come out the other side, doesn't matter. Please change the names. I think we need to share for the betterment of the village.
On Monday I'm leaving on a little me-vacation, (as I'm calling it.) I've never done this before. This going away with just me and leaving the remainder of my family behind. I'm going away with just a few ladies, (my mom invited me!) and flying clear across the country to the Outter Banks! The beach. The sand. The un-harried life of book reading while sipping an umbrella drink, and wiggling your toes in the sand.
I am racked simultaneously with guilt and worry and giddiness and excitement. Will they actually get their hair brushed before getting on the bus? Should I buy a new hat for the beach? What if a crisis arises and I'm not here to race to the ER? What book should I read? What if I die on the plane and leave them as orphans... again? Should I go carry on or check my suitcase? Will Papa remember to chill their water bottles?
I'll be checking in periodically, but honestly I need some me time. Parenting and life in general have been exhausting as of late. I'm looking forward to being with my mom, (how old are you when you stop needing your mom, btw? I'm still not there.) taking photos in a whole new setting, and coming home with a rejuvenated spirit.
In light of the aforementioned "me-vacation," I'm looking for 2-3 folks to do a guest post here on Ordinary Miracles. It's a great way to expand your own readership and share some good stuff with a whole new audience. Yes, you can cross post on your own blog. No, I don't pay anything. Yes, it needs to be a topic that is something similar to what I already share here, parenting, recipes, marriage, adoption, special needs, seeing the ordinary miracles in life... No, it shouldn't be something you've posted in the past. New content only please. Yes, it has to be your original work and would be peachy if it had at least 1 photo.
Please email me your blog address and idea, and I'll get back to you. We'll have to work quickly because as usual I've put this off to the last moment.
Mimi's favorite movie by far is Tangled. Recently she has gone to carrying a frying pan around all the time. It's a little metal frying pan from IKEA, but metal like I said. When she gets ticked off at her siblings, she now pops them upside the head with it. Many 'o times, I'm in the kitchen or another room to hear the familiar sound of metal on cranium followed immediately by shrieking. Seriously, frying pans. Who knew?
It has been so long since I've posted Crazy 9 Highlights that the last time I did it they were called Crazy 8 Highlights! You know I can't leave you without at least one pic that is totally unrelated to anything.