Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Ten on Tuesday

Link up with Lin to play along! 

1. I know in my heart it's Tuesday...but it feels suspiciously like Monday.

2. The husband and I watched a total of three movies this weekend:  Moneyball, Woman in Black and Dark Shadows.  Once again, Johnny Depp is the man.  Go see it.  Kinda cheesy but totally worth the seven bucks.  We also expanded our DVD collection with American Beauty, Pirates 4, The Shining and Rocky Horror.  I should be busy for a while.

3. Progress on the house is moving slowly.  We ordered a new shower to be put in and finished the caulking.  I discovered I'm actually really good at caulking.  Better than Chris.

 4. My baby sister graduated high school Thursday night!  I cried like a moron when I saw her in her gown.  We had a big party for her at my parent's house last week.  Here's a pic of the center pieces I put together.  Not amazingly creative but I thought they turned out cute.

5.  This summer will definitely be the year for a one-piece swim suit for me.  Not because I "feel fat" or anything.  My scoliosis is getting worse and without a shirt on I'm starting to look...crooked.  Fortunately one pieces are cute again!

6.  After Maw passed I started going through old pictures and found this gem.  It's my parents!  How cute is that!  It looks like my dad had swag.  And my mother is still that size.

7.  I'm currently reading Silence of the Lambs.  One of my favorite movies.  I DID finish Red Dragon before I started.  Couldn't put it down.  And I usually don't like murder mystery/crime books.  But these are awesome.  Would make a great beach read.

8.  Husband dearest sent me this video.  Hilarious.  If you're squeamish don't watch the last 3 seconds!

9.  Is this not stupidly funny?  Once again props to the husband.

10.  Friday night I actually cooked!  I made MINI turkey meatloafs!  I was so proud of myself and they turned out so cute in the muffin pan!  If I can find the recipe I'll post!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Peaceful One

Wednesday night, May 16th, at 8:40 pm, I had the honor of being in the room when my precious Maw took her last breath and went to be with Jesus.  We got the call shortly after 8 o'clock and when we arrived at her house we knew she only had minutes left.  My parents, sister and her boyfriend, my aunts, and other grandparents were there.  It was hard to watch but I just couldn't leave the room. I couldn't leave her.   I kissed her hand and stood at the foot of the bed.  Her breathing got slower and then there was nothing.  No movement.  Just peace.  
It might sound weird but I'm so glad I was there.  It was a moment I'll never forget.
More family started filing in and with each person I hugged I just cried a little more.  Maw had pictures on every surface of the house and on one cabinet was a frame with her name (Irene) on it and the meaning of the name and a scripture.  I had never given that frame a second glance.  I took notice of it then and it said "Irene: Peaceful One".  Perfect.  
I mentioned a couple of months ago that my dad told me something about her that struck me to the core and that I might share later.  
Some time in January (I believe) when she really started to decline, she was in her room alone.  One of my dad's sisters was there taking care of her.  She heard Maw talking out loud.  That wasn't that unusual because Maw prayed openly often.  Then she heard a second voice.  A man's voice.  Maw was having a conversation with someone in her room.  Daddy told me that and I just sobbed.  It reminded me of the scene in The Sixth Sense when Haley Joel Osment tells his mother he's been visited by his dead grandmother and the mom accepts it as complete truth.  It's so wild and unbelievable...but you believe it.  Without question.  My aunt didn't know who the voice belonged to.  But it gave me such a peace knowing that she was being comforted by some Divine presence.  Maybe it was Poppy (who left us 21 years ago this Sunday) or an angel, or maybe it was Jesus himself.  Who knows.  I just hope when my time comes, the Lord thinks enough of me to send me comfort from Heaven.
After the service today, which was beautiful, we all went back to her house to eat.  I wore a long strand of pearls that had been hers that she'd given me years ago.  I can't tell you how strange it was to be in the house without her.  Every little thing I looked at brought back some memory.  The wax fruit basket on top of the fridge with a little fake spider on the pear.  The "gold -dipped" rose that fascinated me when I was little.  The microwave that is older than me.  The way she put tin foil over open coke cans in the fridge to keep them from going flat.  The smell of her Jergens lotion.  It broke my heart when we drove away and she wasn't at the front door waving us off.  
I loved her so much.  Everyone that met her loved her.  She was the most loving, gentle, patient human being I've ever met.  If she was in your life at all, you were better for it.
My heart hurts but at the same time it's rejoicing knowing that now she's perfect and beautiful and cancer free.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

We Did It!

We bought our first home!  Scariest thing I've ever done.  But it's ours now!  We spent the weekend cleaning (after being vacant for a year it needed it).  We should be buying some paint tonight!  That's scary for me.  As I've told you before, I hate making decisions.  
Here's just a few pics of the place!

I can't wait to decorate that mantle for Christmas!

There WILL be an island in the corner.

If any home owners have any tips or tricks, feel free to share!  We need it!

Thursday, May 3, 2012


Hello all!  I haven't blogged in two months and you've missed so much!

In March the whole family took the best vacation ever to Gatlinburg, TN.  Perfect weather the entire time.  One day the husband took me to the Titanic museum.  One of the greatest days of my life.  It should take an hour and half to go through the whole thing.  We were there for a solid three.  I never wanted to leave!

The whole family on top of the mountain:

My "baby" sister went to her senior prom.  She'll be graduating this month.  [Tear.]

Saturday the husband and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary.  That night we went to the nicest restaurant in town and stayed at a hotel just because.  We woke up Sunday and went to our favorite place: the zoo.

I don't care if I'm 24.  I freaking love the zoo.  They had a new giraffe exhibit.  You know they're tall but you don't realize how GIANT they are until you're feeding them.  Also it was mating season.  Naturally.  Notice how close the other giraffe is standing behind the one I'm feeding.  And of COURSE they wait til feeding time and all the little kiddies around.  Embarrassing.

The biggest news of all:
Tomorrow we are closing on our first home!  We've worked so hard for this and we can't be more excited.  I've been going nuts deciding on paint colors and hardwoods.  We will have a very colorful house.  =)  I'm just so ready to get in there and WORK on SOMETHING!  We're really blessed that we have somewhere to stay with no set date that we have to be out of.  We can work on it, wait a couple weeks for another check to pay for something else and have it as ready as we want it before we move in.  I'm just a ball of nervous excitement today! 
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