Friday, June 24, 2016

Away for Awhile

Hey there friends,
I thought I would be back to posting regularly, but am packing for a trip to Georgia.
My daughter is in need of my help for awhile and it will provide me some much needed time to just be Nana to my precious granddaughter! Planning to get lots of pictures to share when I return.
God Bless :)

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Start of Summer



Summer is here and I have not posted now in a month! So much has been going on and honestly I have not felt much like writing. We did have an exciting beginning of June though. Our 8th grader graduated middle school and will be heading to high school in the fall.
I was able to get a picture of the gymnasium as we walked in and thank goodness I did! It was so crowded and pretty much impossible to get photos of our students as they crossed the stage.
After the ceremony there was a very nice reception in the cafeteria.
It was a chance to get one last look at the halls of the school and also a chance for me (mom) to realize that my youngest is going to high school. I have done all this before but somehow when it is the last one it seems kind of sad and final. I won't be visiting the school any longer for Parent/Teacher Conferences, picking up early to go to the dentist and dropping him of in the mornings on my way to work. :(

I went through a similar realization when it was time to leave elementary and go to middle school. I would eat breakfast with him in the school cafeteria every morning when he was in kindergarten, 1st grade and 2nd grade. Once in 3rd grade they informed us parents that it was time for the students to start "growing up" and they would be on their own for breakfast. What?!! They can't take this from me...I have to hold on as long as I can. I have no more
"little ones".

Since then I am getting better with this growing up thing...LOL! Next year we will be in the stands watching our freshman saxophone player participate in the marching band. That I am so very excited for!

The thing that has really been bothering me and I have been totally consumed with for the last month is the loss of my wedding ring set. My darling and I will be celebrating our 2nd wedding anniversary in September and the ring is just a memory.
My rings are often removed when working on projects and this time were left on top of the microwave in the kitchen. 
Big Mistake!

A neighbor whom we do not know well at all stopped by and my darling let her in. He called to me to come up from the basement and left the kitchen to return to his work. A few minutes later I arrived upstairs spoke with the neighbor and later went back for my rings and they were gone. Looking everywhere my hope was that they had fell on the floor, under the refrigerator, anywhere.

 I wanted what I was thinking to be wrong. Accusing someone of theft is a very serious matter. After days of doing nothing but looking and looking over and over and driving myself to the point of tears it was time to stop and face it. A police report was made and pictures of the ring distributed at all the local pawn shops.

I am sad for the person who felt desperate enough to take something like this. My prayer is for God to help me not feel anger but to place in my heart compassion for others and to recognize everything that he has blessed me with. A loving, caring husband, family, friends and all of you whom I have never met face to face. Good friends who I can share my thoughts and feelings with.

My blessings continue as I still have both of my parents. Father's Day was spent pampering my darling and visiting my Daddy on the phone. I ordered a package of some fun family movies and had them shipped. He received the package in time to enjoy them on Father's Day while relaxing in his favorite recliner :)

 This picture was of a recent Father's Day in Florida when my brother and I took Daddy to his favorite buffet for lunch.
Hopefully a trip to Florida to visit will be sooner than later.
Meanwhile the summer weather is a refreshing change for me here in Iowa. Sundresses and sandals are my favorites and I intend to make the most of the time I have to wear them before the weather starts changing again. Hope all of you are enjoying your time outside and all the fun activities of the season.
Till next time,
Karen