Thursday, July 23, 2009

Saying hello

Boy oh boy, I have been a busy bee. The weather got nice and life went into fast motion. Work, family, church, vacations, birthday parties, baseball games. I can go on and on!!!

On the weight toss front, I was able to gain 10 pounds in one week (camping trip and s'mores galore). It was sooooo easy a caveman can do it, lol!!!!! I've got on plan a tiny bit and lost 4 lbs in the last two weeks but have a way to go.

One question???? I am 70lbs, okay 60 now ;) and I tried on some new bathing suits. Why do bathing suits make any size woman look bad?!?!? They are evil!!!! I am still not swimming this summer, maybe next summer!!!

Miss all my blog land friends! Here is a good story from my step dad for you :o)

I grew up in the 40's/50's with practical parents. A mother, God love her, who washed aluminum foil after she cooked in it, then reused it. She was the original recycle queen, before they had a name for it... A father who was happier getting old shoes fixed than buying new ones.

Their marriage was good, their dreams focused. Their best friends lived barely a wave away..
I can see them now, Dad in trousers, tee shirt and a hat and Mom in a house dress, lawn mower in one hand, and dish-towel in the other. It was the time for fixing things. A curtain rod, the kitchen radio, screen door, the oven door, the hem in a dress. Things we keep.

It was a way of life, and sometimes it made me crazy. All that re-fixing, eating, renewing, I wanted just once to be wasteful. Waste meant affluence. Throwing things away meant you knew there'd always be more.

But then my mother died, and on that clear summer's night, in the warmth of the hospital room, I was struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn't any more.

Sometimes, what we care about most gets all used up and goes away...never to return. So... while we have it... it's best we love it..... and care for it... and fix it when it's ! broken........ and heal it when it's sick.

This is true for marriage..... and old cars.... and children with bad report cards..... and dogs with bad hips.... and aging parents..... and grandparents. We keep them because they are worth it, because we are worth it. Some things we keep. Like a best friend that moved away or a classmate we grew up with.

There are just some things that make life important, like people we know who are special....... and so, we keep them close!

Ps: praying for you all, have a blessed summer!


  1. Sounds like you have been super busy. Our summer has been the same. CRAZY! But good!
    Glad to hear from you.

  2. what a beautiful essay.

    So sorry about the 10 lb gain. Sounds like you're well on your way to losing it again, though.

  3. You're back!!!!! HOORAY!!!!! I was just about to start stalking you just to see if you were okay or (as I suspected & thankfully you confirmed) just super busy. I've missed having you around :)

  4. So glad to hear from you again!