Monday, May 31, 2010


Despite not going home to Missouri for the holiday, we had a great weekend 'round here - piddling, staying out, sleeping in, cuddling, moving watching...relaxing much more than usual. Sunday brought a great time in worship & teaching with our CLC family. Out to a yummy lunch with Uncle Bob, then off to Chicago for some Jazzy puppy play, park & beach fun.

While lunching with UB, Gracie was reviewing her list of special treats she will soon enjoy as the birthday girl. Her party just days away, she is reveling in the those things in which she alone will partake. Things like the unique birthday cup she asks for every hour; the lovely hula skirt & lei top piece thing; the colorful flower clip to adorn her hair and finally, six swipes at the birthday pinata - it's a poor fish this year taking a beating...

As Grace basked in anticipatory glory as Queen of the Birthday Day, UB reminded her that as the special birthday girl she gets a birthday spanking of six swats from each guest. She lost all eloquence & simply replied "I wish I was turning three." =) Yes, every year older brings its own pain.

We Remember

With grateful hearts...

Monday, May 17, 2010


Good morning, Sunshine. I always loved that greeting. It's 5 AM & I'm waiting for the sun to rouse it's sleepy head. Been up since 3 AM studying for an exam in Dysphagia or swallowing disorder. Sounds scary, eh? It is scary actually. It's a physiologic change in the muscles for swallowing. It's a symptom, rather than a diagnosis itself.

Lest, I be distracted with studying- which is, after all, why I've embarked on a blog post a mere 4 hours before my exam; I am resigned to post something.

Mother's Day came & went. Emotional, yes; but I survived. Grace & I spent the day doing girly things & just had fun. Following worship at CLC, we ate a scrumptious lunch - though my sleepy brain can't remember WHERE we ate lunch; then we indulged in mommy & me manicures & pedicures. Gracie's toes were this fresh pattern of orange & red with white flowers. Sweet & edible, I believe. I still love her tasty toes & it still gets quite a giggle from the girl. Following the painting festivities, we enjoyed Alice in Wonderland. All mothers were admitted free of charge with free popcorn & soda..oh, did I say SODA in the land of pop? I did indeed. SODA! Back on track...and we were also treated to a fine complimentary (AKA - FREE) mother/daughter portrait...our first. I love it!

Alice in Wonderland - a few of my favorite quotes:

The Mad Hatter: Have I gone mad?
Alice Kingsley: I’m afraid so. You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.

Alice Kingsley: Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.

The Mad Hatter: [to Alice] You used to be much more…”muchier.” You’ve lost your muchness.

This idea of muchness deserves a blog post in and of itself. She finds it, by the way...Alice finds her muchness again & is the hero Wonderland..or Underland awaited. I wonder who is awaiting my muchness? Or yours. I love the ending...geez, if you haven't seen the movie - STOP READING HERE: SPOILER ALERT!

So, Alice is finally moved to don the armor & defend Wonderland. In the words of Larry the Cucumber, "I am that hero." She comes into her muchness & defeats the Jabberwocky. I really liked...seriously loved the ending. Grace & I have watched it twice. Both times I've had thus rush - this girl, thrust into chaos, fulfills her purpose & rising to the occasion out of adversity to defeat the enemy, not just for herself - but the good of the kingdom. Read more here.

ok..enough now. Must return to my studies, or could I perhaps sneak a hour of sleep in here somewhere?

Before I go, a reminder list for myself:
  • breathing again...a good thing
  • new friends - worth the drive
  • party coming soon
  • Good Foundations - online & all
  • "I'm worthy", birthday princess & party planning

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Pneumonia & Pointy Crayons

Gracie, recovering from pneumonia, finally had a good night's sleep. She woke up all excited, "Mom, I had the BEST dream! Everyone gave me their best work papers AND all their pointy crayons!" Now that's a good dream. =)

Many thanks to those who have prayed, consoled, encouraged & otherwise loved on our sick family lately. You are Jesus with skin on!