Month: December 2009

And then there were seven

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December 31st, 2002

Today

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.  1 Peter 5:10

Happy Anniversary babe. I love you sooo much!


Breakfast with Angel

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It was the day after Christmas.

The night before Angel made it sleeping in her bed until 4:00 am. Right about that time she starts yelling for me that she needs to rock, Pat starts snoring and Caleb was making noises like he was having a wrestling match with someone in his crib.

I pull the covers up over my head and tell myself it’s all my imagination.

That dream only lasts about a minute and I get up to get Angel who is still yelling for me. Expecting to not get another second of sleep the next thing I remember is her waking up at 7:00 am asking to watch cartoons. After about 30 minutes she says to me, “Mommy, I need a snack.”

“Angel can you give me just a second to wake up?” I ask her.

“Ok, I’ll go down this way,” as she starts getting off our king bed all by herself.

When did she get so big? I thought to myself. I look up to see her standing at the bedroom door waiting for me.

“Come on Mommy, I need a snack”, she says.

So much for that bright idea, telling her I need a few more minutes. Looks like we are getting up whether I like it or not.

“What do you want for breakfast Angel?” I ask.

“Ummmmmmmmmm, cereal.”

That was a change from recent requests. Normally it’s eggs or toast with jelly.  We open the cereal cupboard to see our lame assortment of cereals.

“Let’s see,” Angel says.

She’s so funny this morning, I thought. Well she’s always funny but especially funny today.

“How ’bout this one?” I say, holding up the Fruity O’s, generic Fruit Loops.

She takes the box, holds it in front of her and says, “Ummmmmmmmmmmm, no!” and puts it back.

“I want this one,” as she grabs the Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds.

Well ok then.

I get a bowl and start pouring.

“That’s enough.” she says.

I want to say “Who are you?” but laugh instead and then I hear her say, “Now we need milk.”

I pour just a little milk.

“Not too much mommy,” she says.

I figure I might as well follow the example of my two year old and opt for Honey Bunches of Oats instead of Fruity O’s.  We sit down for breakfast and I turn on the laptop.

Angel quickly says, “Mommy be careful.”

I smile and look at my two year old.  Then I close my laptop and decide my attention needs to be focused on this funny little person God has blessed me with.

“You having cereal too Mommy?” asks Angel.

“Yes I am!”

And she smiles.

Proof that Caleb really did have fun at his birthday party

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If you read this post you might have wondered if Caleb had any fun at his birthday party. Well yes, yes he did.

And then she cried

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Princess is home for a few weeks on Christmas break and during those few weeks she’s working like crazy to get as much done for the wedding as possible.  And of course that includes dress shopping.

I was so honored when Princess asked me to come along with her and her mom. At the first appointment her mom and I had fun picking out dresses for Princess, many of which she assured us she wouldn’t wear. She really wanted something simple, yet elegant. Little or no beading and definitely nothing really big and poofy. She’d prefer to not even have a train.  There’s not alot to pick from that isn’t big and poofy but she found a few that were really beautiful that first night.

My favorite was the last one. It looked so amazing on her and was unique in a way that fit Princess’s personality.

The next day we had an appointment at another store. This store had alot more selection. I got there a little late, in fact was almost not going to go. It was a crazy busy day at work for me and I had convinced myself I couldn’t get away. Thankfully my friend Lisa convinced me that I had to go. And I’m so glad I did.  I did get there a little late and Princess was in a dress and absolutely glowing.

I thought she looked beautiful but there was just something about it I didn’t like. It was maybe too simple? I’m not sure why but it just didn’t seem like it was the one. I tried not to be too critical and told Princess it was up to her and it was the only dress so far that she really loved.

And then she tried on another one. As soon as she came out of the dressing room her mom and I gasped and her mom started crying. It was so beautiful. It was very simple yet elegant. She looked like a real princess but it wasn’t fancy or over the top. One problem was that it was a little big on the bottom. One thing Princess didn’t want.

We picked out a few more but Princess went back to the other two. She tried the first one on again but both me and her mom were convinced the other one was the one.   Princess put that one on again and said she did really like it. It was so flattering on her – holy cow she’s a tiny thing and I just can’t say how beautiful she looked. But there was something holding her back and she wasn’t completely convinced this was the one.

Then Princess said, “If only it had pockets”.  She was completely serious. Princess is a pockets type of girl.  As she said it she swung her arms back and slid them against the dress…right into the pockets! Her mom and I screamed and yelled “IT HAS POCKETS!”

And then Princess cried. And we knew this was the dress she would wear on her wedding day.