Thursday, October 14, 2010
We finally had our big move-in day to our new condo. Unfortunately I caught a nasty bug a couple days before and had no voice to direct traffic with all the furniture and boxes. Still, we got it done with the help of about 23 of our dear friends. I had a 102* fever and felt like death warmed over. Yet, everyone was amazing. My daughter and her kids got doughnuts and coffee for the workers to have a sweet break before all was packed into moving truck, private trucks, a trailer and assorted cars. When everyone was about to drop up at the condo, another friend provided a wonderful luncheon in our roof garden. Some of us got out of the sun in the gazebo while others enjoyed eating at tables in the bright sunny day. What a view. What a great time of fellowship. Finally, as everyone was heading out, yet another friend appeared full of enthusiasm and energy and helped us reposition some things and help hook up the washing machine and dryer. It was like a breath of fresh air to have new energy at that late afternoon hour. Finally, two days later another dear friend who couldn't be there for the main move day came to help me put away my kitchen. She also brought dinner for my DH and me, some delicious banana nut bread to munch and a couple of decadent treats for an afternoon break. I am always to amazed at the goodness of people. Everyone has been so kind. And even though I haven't been at SP for awhile I didn't gain weight, I even lost a pound - I don't know if more do to the move or to the illness. By the way, thanks to round two of antibiotics I can finally take a deep breath. I still feel like I need to sleep for about a week, but that is for another day. Hope all of you are enjoying every minute of every day! Life is sooooo good!
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
I'm rapidly approaching the big day. We close on our condo in two days which means I've got to get my act together to finish packing boxes and get the cashiers check ready for closing. Meanwhile, I try to help my daughter with her three little ones who will be occupying our house for three years. This is all so strange and interesting. So much to do. I feel a little like White Rabbit...I'm late, I'm late, I'm late. My exercise is running from one activity to the next, soothing a crying baby, transporting kids to activities, getting myself to meetings, etc., etc. etc. There are trials, but those tender moments with my grandsons beside me or with the granddaughter in my lap make all the challenges so worth it. No time for organized exercise, but my exhausted body tells me I'm getting in a good measure of working out each day anyway. I love hearing from my SP friends. What encouragement you all are. Have you had similar experiences when the trials are challenging, but those tender moments make it all so worthwhile? Blessings.
Friday, September 10, 2010
In an effort to save some money our school district removed another five days from the calendar. I was hoping not to have a lot of extra days when I need to help figure out activities for my daughter's little ones. We are getting ready to move from this big house and she will take it over for a few years. Her DH will join her here in March. Between now and then, especially, I've committed to really pitching in and helping out. The physical labor is quite taxing, but I remind myself that it is very good and quite varied as a new exercise routine. The baby is a doll and I get to spend lots of extra time with her while her mom runs errands or just goes running by herself or with her dog. I could never get too much of this 15 pound bundle of energy. But, the boys are 5 and 7, cute as can be and so smart. They are into martial arts which takes a lot of time and energy, but still they can keep going much longer than I when it comes to playing games, reading stories or just running around the house and yard. So, as much as I love them, I sort of dread another three day weekend this week. I've made some plans. My daughter has made some plans. Somewhere along the way we will merge a lot of our plans and it will be a wonderful extended weekend of memory making. I will look back fondly on these days. But, still, right now I feel a bit nervous about trying to keep up. They moved in one month ago today. I know I'm getting stronger and somehow the Lord has kept me on my feet. Their arrival really was like having a full gym moving into my house. It has been awesome. Saving money, maybe for the school district. It's definitely not a money saver for me unless I count the money I don't have to spend to get a similar workout at another gym. But, it's the hugs and smiles and all the added laughter that really makes another three day weekend a wonderful blessing. Hope you have a great weekend everyone!
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