Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Sunday, June 24, 2012

A New Motto

I considered calling this post "Throwing in the Towel."

But then I thought it was silly to have a post called "Keeping My Chin Up," and then throw in the towel.  So I'll just leave you with a thought that occurred to me today.

What doesn't kill you....doesn't kill you.

Here's to a new week!!!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Keeping My Chin Up

To say that this week has been hard would be a bit of an understatement.  To say that this week has been horrible would be a bit of an exaggeration.  We're struggling along somewhere in the middle.

Paul and Nicole gently informed us on Tuesday evening that their wedding, scheduled for June 28, would not be happening.  As a parent, you feel you have the right to know exactly why you have to change the course of a roaring freight train, but you also recognize your child's right to privacy, especially during a time like this.  So we're not asking too many questions (I hope!!), and we're definitely not telling the whole world the details of a very private decision.

However, it was a struggle for me to flush hundreds and hundreds of dollars down the drain as we cancelled flights, hotels, tuxedo rentals, and restaurant reservations.  We printed little cards (see Wordless Wednesday), bought 500 envelopes, and a butt load of stamps to let everyone know of the change of plans.  We made difficult phone calls to family who are getting ready to travel to inform them that their trips were no longer necessary (but that we would really love the visit if they still wanted to come)!

I am positive that Nicole's family were also anxiously engaged in similar activities this week.

You want to be positive and supportive with your child, and with his sweet fiancee, when they have to deal with this kind of decision.  You also want to demand answers.  It's a fine line to walk, let me tell you!  You also want to cry really, really hard, and in fact, you do so, after you are finished talking to the unhappy couple.  You may even throw up.

The learning curve is extremely steep in this kind of situation.  You have to move fast, but you don't want to overlook anything, and you have a million bases to cover.  I am still trying to decide what kind of counsel to give concerning the wedding and shower gifts they have already received.

I woke up yesterday morning with a headache the likes of which I have rarely experienced, and that's saying something, since I consider myself something of an expert in the "constant headache" department.  Physical pain is probably something to be expected when the stress levels go this high, which is too bad, because it doesn't really help.

The outpouring of love and concern from friends and family, however, really does help.  And to those of you who have called, texted, commented, and visited with hugs and tears, I would just like to say thank you.  A very deep and heartfelt thank you.  We appreciate your concern.  We really, really do.

So, we wait.  We wait for another gentle announcement from our boy and his girl.  I don't have a clue as to what kind of time line we are looking at.  Whatever it is, I hope they can figure things out and that they can be happy.  I just hope they know that I love them.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Week in Menus

Tuesday:  I cooked--Little Caesar's
Wednesday:  Dennis cooked--Stir Fry
Thursday:  Dennis cooked--Black Bean Burritos
Friday:  I cooked--Corn Dogs
Saturday:  Thank goodness Nicole's parents invited us over for dinner!!
Sunday:  Father's Day Dinner with my dad--I made Au Gratin Potatoes and Layer Salad.  Anja made Roast Chicken and Brownies.  Dad made a beautiful Fruit Tray.
Monday:  I cooked--Wendy's

I wonder what delicious meal my poor family has in store tonight?  I'm thinking popcorn--we didn't eat popcorn for dinner once last week!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Right Now

My life is so crazy right now that I feel like my head is going to pop off and fly until it smashes into the moon, or maybe even Mars.  We are SO busy!!

Everything is good.  Everyone is fine.  I am broker than I have been in years, and the expenses keep rolling in.  I worry in my sleep, I plan when I'm awake, and my juggling skills are being put to the test.  I have found I'm not as good a juggler as I thought I was.

But my daughter graduated from High School.  With honors.  She has a job and she is going to college in the fall.  My son is engaged to his sweetheart, and they have a cute little apartment picked out.  They have utilities in their name, and current Temple recommends, and jobs.  Wade is at Scout Camp, Isaac loves his swimming lessons, and we are practicing 1,000 correct bow hands for his cello lessons.  Life is sweet.

But crazy.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012