Monday, November 07, 2011
Our darling granddaughter is nearly two years old now. She started out in life with a fused skull that had to be cut to ribbons, spacers inserted and much remodeling work done when she was just 5 months old. Her eyes, nose and forehead were adjusted then as well, but she will need more surgery at some point to better align her mouth. Still, she is the happiest, most energetic and loving little girl. Her brothers are ages 7 and 8 and just adore her. They are amazing athletes - the oldest a past state champion in Tae Kwon Do. There is lots of jumping, kicking, running in that household. Ziva dances and sings, talks constantly and gives the most wonderful hugs and sloppy kisses. We decided to make a large Christmas tree to donate to the hospital's big Festival of Trees this year. When I took this on I had no idea just how big a project it would be. I'm making ornaments and other decorations every day now to meet the end of November deadline. Ziva's mom and dad are helping and I know it will be very beautiful. Ziva fell in love with dominoes when she was very small and so I decided that would be our theme - "Domino Dance". It will hopefully reflect the joy, the lightness and the enthusiasm with which this little one greets every day. We are so blessed to have her in our lives and we are eager to see just where the Lord leads her. We know her life was spared for a reason and for that we will be ever thankful. It seems so right to be doing this project at this season of Thanksgiving. Life is so good!
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Once or twice each week I'm unable to sleep. Sometimes I lay there thinking, praying, resting. Sometimes I just have to get up and and do something. This is one of those nights. It started with a memory of something I'd forgotten to do and I didn't want to stew about it in bed so I got up and wrote myself a reminder. Then I decided to just do what it was I needed to do. Then I got caught up in emails. Then I wandered to SP because of one of those emails. I received a goodie and was soon off and running. Now, I know that the real thing is better that this kind of off and running. But, I feel so much better now that I've actually accomplished some things with this unexpected time on my hands. But, alas, I can now hardly keep my eyes open so it's off to bed for me. The alarm will sound in about three hours. That's better than no sleep at all! Hope all of you are having a beautiful enthusiastic blessed night/day!
Thursday, October 27, 2011
What a beautiful fall day! There's a touch of a breeze, a bit of coolness. It is the perfect day for an enthusiastic walk. I combined a couple of quick errands to a nearly two hour walk around town. The sidewalks were filled with people out and about on business, for pleasure and exercise or, like me, a combination of things. Soon the snow will fly and I'll chicken out on my outdoor walks. My balance is not what it might be and the ice and snow tend to keep me indoors. But, for now, for this week, I'm determined to drink in every bit of this time of year. I hope all of you are having a beautiful day, too!
Friday, September 02, 2011
For more than three weeks I've been so blessed to be with our son's family in beautiful Seattle. I'm here to take care of our new granddaughter, Lucy. But, I also get to spen some really special times with their almost three year old, Emily. She goes to daycare in an amazing facility in the building where our dil works. We've done some hiking, but mostly I've been babysitting most every day, including weekends. I ache everywhere, but it has been so worth it. I can recall how much exercise it took when I had two small children of my own. Of course I was much stronger then. The MS hadn't gotten as out of control yet and I definitely had youth on my side. I so appreciate being able to help our son. It is such a joy to watch this little family function. I will miss them so much when I return home. But, for now I intend to enjoy every moment or cuddles, kisses and exercising muscles I've not focused on in awhile. After next Saturday I will get back to my life and spending whatever time I can with our daughter's family that lives only about 40 minutes from us rather than two days away as this is. Every day brings new blessings, new opportunities to make more special memories. One day if I am again limited to wheels or have other issues that keep me down, I will have this time to bring smiles at every remembrance. Have a great weekend everyone!
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