Friday, June 15, 2007

My list of things to do this weekend

1. Clean up Thursday nights supper mess.
2. Find the red arm thingy for the dance recital.
3. Attend the dance recital.
4. Find my dad's father's day gift. (I thought about it two weeks ago but just didn't do anything about it)
5. Finish my laundry that I started on Wednesday.
6. Make 8 pole thingys for VBS decorations
7. Take my brother Dairy Queen (I missed his birthday because he was out of town)
8. Go to Mary's garage sale.
9. ssssssssssllllllllllllllllllleep.

Not bad huh?

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Tomorrow is the dreaded day.

Well, the time has come. It seems like it has been a lifetime, but it has only been ten months. Longer than it takes to have a baby. But less than it takes to finish a scrapbook. Julia leaves tomorrow.

You heard about her here and then here and here you saw her. I realize now that there was quite a bit of silence on this blog about her. I guess I didn't write about her much.

It has been a year of great experiences for all of us. We have absorbed Julia into our home and she has truly become part of our family. Letting her leave tomorrow will be hard.

For the past ten months, we have shared our lives with her. The good, the bad, and the ugly. I believe it has been a great ten months for her too. We've tried to do everything we would normally do... and allow her to experience life in the US as it truly is. And in our family, it's craziness! :) This past week, the girls slept out in the tent in the backyard, we went jet skiing, tubing in the river, had a farewell party, went out to eat, went out to breakfast, bar-b-qued, went to the public pool, and a host of other last minute fun events to hold on to our time we have left and make the best of it.

Her first meal in the US was pork chops and corn on the cob. Her last meal here will be the baked potato bar at church. :)

After becoming her parent, sister, friend... for the past ten months, it is difficult to shut that off. We are all sad today and not looking forward to tomorrow morning. I searched for her visa and passport (we had put it away for safekeeping last year) and secretly hoped I wouldn't find it so we could keep her a bit longer.

How can we bottle the time and memories and send it home with her... or keep it here?

Our family has had a great experience. We have had ten months with a very special girl we have learned to call sister and daughter. We have had ten months with a lifelong friend. We have seen her grow and mature and learn and develop... .and learn to drive-- :) well, kinda. (she's not that good yet).

We have went shopping, shopping, and shopping. She has experienced Chicago and the Black Hills. She tasted elk and corn dogs. She went to family reunions, and bar-b-ques with friends, Christmas gatherings, New Years Eve party. She experienced the hot tub in the winter, ice storms, lots and lots of dvds at home, and many movies in the theater. She dressed up like a bratz doll for Halloween. She mopped the floor at least a thousand times and now knows why I hate it when someone walks in when I'm doing it.

She carved pumpkins and ate cinnamon rolls. We had birthday parties and birthday parties. She visited new babies who were just born. She went to football games, basketball games, baseball games, soccer games. She went to homecoming and prom and school dances. She went running, and played tennis...and stayed up all night (probably more times than I know). We laughed until we cried. We cried together.

She went to youth trips with the church, and experienced God. She went to church gatherings and youth group. And the list goes on and on....

We will miss you Julia. We don't know when we will see you again. But, we will always be praying for you and asking God to keep you safe and secure.

Thank you for sharing your year with us! We love you.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

the end of some crazy times

A good sign that I am back in the world of the living is that I am blogging again!

It is hard to blog when life is at it's utmost of craziness! So, here's a sample of where I've been:

1. The iPod drawing went great! I played musical chairs and went through a process of elimination using the leaders to represent the kids names. It was fun! And a really cool kid won the iPod...well, hey they are all really cool kids so I wish we had 50 iPods to give away.

2. my sweet Lindsey graduated from High School. That event alone took me to a place I have never been before. She is done with High School forever. It may seem cliche' but I know that it was just yesterday she was sucking her thumb with her blanket and not wanting to leave my side. I know it was just yesterday when she watched Cinderella a thousand times a day. I know it was just yesterday when she was in second grade and didn't want to go to school so badly that she was physically ill. My sweet darling separation anxiety filled big blue eyed beauty. My only consolation is that she hasn't decided what she wants to do yet.... so maybe she'll be around the house for another year or so. I love you Lindsey Mae. I'm so very proud of you.

3. Julia's parents from Germany came and left. They were here for ten days. It was great fun to have them around. We learned a lot about them and they about us... although I am pretty sure they were a bit overwhelmed since everywhere we go is a big CROWD of people.

4. Shawn and I graduated from our class we have been taking for (well, I won't say how long it has taken us). I say that so nonchalontly but in reality I am SCREAMING inside. Only those who have done this course know what it is like to do it while you are in the midst of LIFE. I have to say --- probably the most rewarding experience of my life so far. Not that I was the best student in the system... but, God certainly taught me so much during that time in my life. I have grown so much, and I look forward to all that He continues to do in us and through us in the years to come.

5. I went back to work. Some of you might not even know I wasn't working... but I have been off for a while...and now I'm back. Two jobs as a matter of fact. Just this week I started my new schedule, and I am loving it. (has nothing to do with the kids being out of school)

6. Haleigh is back for the summer. Doing odd jobs and working for different people. I hope she can make money at that! :) She is officially a junior at college next year.

7. School's OUT! YIPPEE SKIPPEE WHOO WHOOO !!! The kids are done with school and we're all happy about it. I love summer. summer around here brings vacation Bible School playing at the pool and walks and bike rides and lots and lots of Dairy Queen!

8. I turned 39. Yikes. I am only telling you this because it is officially the last time I will mention my age in public. After this year, it's the big 4-0 and I am never going to talk about it again. ever. My brother brought me DQ (like he does every year) but I was out of town so I missed it. SNAP!

9. I switched over to a paper calendar. I have too many computers to work off of now so I went back to the old paper calendar. I know that means little to you -- except that I love my pda and I am experiencing a bit of withdrawals.

so --- that's the end of some crazy times. summer is here and I probably won't blog much... but consider yourself caught up and if you read all that stuff... give yourself a pat on the back.