Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Sunday, October 20, 2013
|Our son Max, two at the time, is wearing the beloved hat. My other son Sam is wearing my beloved signed Jersey.|
Friday, October 11, 2013
The funny thing is that I had wrongfully presumed that while I was here in New Mexico I would have the opportunity to blog more. However, while I've been here since last Thursday, it's just been one of those crazy busy trips that seem to stretch time, but steal it at the same instance. Tomorrow I head back home and I am very excited to see my littles as well as my honey-bee. He has been a rock star while I have been away juggling work and the girls. I have also had some very appreciated help from my neighbors and our beloved baby-sitter Kate, today she is even taking them to the movies. Thank you all!
This trip has been a much appreciated opportunity to see my family and friends, as well as work, show Max the Balloons and hike A LOT! My parents and I have taken several hikes and walks since I have been here (we're supposed to go on my seventh hike/walk in a little while.) They live just a mile or two from some awesome trailheads that lead up to the Sandia Mountain foothills. Max has been my little co-hiker and rides in a pack on my back. I have loved it and the one on one time with both my mom and dad, a very special and unusual treat! Last Saturday we found a new trail and on Tuesday we hiked even further and found some really cool rock formations. The whole experience of seeing the mountain and lush landscape in a new perspective, gave us the illusion that we were in a whole new country.
|Balloon Fiesta on Saturday morning with my momma and sister Elizabeth|
|Finally just about done!|
|Max helping my mom spread rock.|
It has also felt good to see some of my people and have some long, deep conversations about life, love and future pursuits. Sunday, I had a bittersweet blast with my dad at The Fox and The Hound. While the Seahawks lost a heartbreaker, him and I had an awesome time together, enjoying some very rare one-on-one time. Elizabeth and the girls and my mom and Max met up with us late in the second half and consoled me on my team's loss. Then Max and I headed to my good friend Becky and Tushar's house to hang out and allow their three year old son TJ and Max to play. They were so cute and became friends instantly, jumping in TJ's little motorized vehicles and laughing as they rode around the yard. We spent the night and were treated an awesome dinner and conversation. (Thank you for your encouragement in my future personal endeavors... I'll keep you posted!)
|At Balloon Fiesta Today!|
My sister Kathleen got back in town Monday (we've been together every night this week) and spent the night Wednesday. We both woke up in the middle of the night and stayed up for over three hours talking. It was nice to lay in bed and discuss the secrets of our hearts in the dark. I loved having the opportunity to have a sleep-over with both her and Elizabeth while I was here. (Sort of Colleen too, but she is in the next room with her hubby!) My sisters are my best friends and my loves. Last night Colleen and Jed got in town just in time to eat dinner and I was as happy as a clam sitting between her and Kathleen while we ate.
My family and friends are very important to me and I am blessed to have them in my life. While I was writing this blog, I heard Train's song, Bruises. The lyrics spoke to me as I wrote about this trip and called to mind how I do have "bruises," but I am lucky to have people in my life who know of them, have experienced them with me and have only the intention of helping me fix them. No matter if it was hiking, painting, talking, shoveling or watching balloons, all the events of this week have helped to open my mind and bring peace to my heart. We all do have bruises and while it's therapeutic to discuss them, it's also just as important to let them them go. Thank you to my family and friends (my people) for helping me on my journey to continue to do so.
Side Note: I have officially hit over 20,000 hits on my blog... Thank you so much to all my readers! You all keep my dream of writing alive!
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
I just want to thank God for saving my mother-in-law today. She was in a horrendous accident and came away with just a sore elbow after they literally had to use the jaws of life to release her from the truck.
Grandma, as I call her, is one of the most loving, caring people I know. Her and my father-in-law (Papa) are amazing. They both live with integrity and practice true, unconditional love. From the very beginning, they welcomed me and my little ones into their family literally with open arms.
The ironic thing was that Papa was at the church mowing when it happened. They are both devote Catholics and very involved in their church. I truly believe an angel followed Grandma on her trip today and watched over her during her accident. After seeing the damage to the truck, there really isn't any other explanation.
At times I wonder if God hears our prayers, but today I know that he's been listening. He saved a wife, a mother and a grandmother and speaking for all of us who truly love her, we thank Him very much.