Monthly Archives: May 2009

Stressed-BLESSED-Need some Rest!

It was a whirlwind of a weekend!  I really hate driving in Boston and am not a fan of tunnels either, so the prospect of this being my last trip through the side to the south side was exciting.  The traffic that got us to Quincy an hour later than planned was a stresser.  The fact that we did not have time to eat our picnic lunch before the 2:30 PM graduation was a bummer.  Little things that might not normally bother me were stressing me.  I finally realized that I was feeling responsible for all of John’s family.  I am so used to being able to really visit with them and that didn’t/couldn’t happen at a graduation setting.

We were blessed to have my Mom, Lindsey, John’s parents and his brothers and their families with us.  It was cool and cloudy for the outdoor ceremony, but the heavy mist held off until graduation ended.  We had reservations at the 99 to celebrate with Hilary and we did have a little time to visit with family then.  It was about 10:30 PM when we got home.

Sunday was a great day of worship and family time…including time with the Wii.  I was up at 4 AM today to get ready for work and then leave at 5:15 AM to take Mom and Lindsey back to Portland to fly to their homes in NC and FL.  I was back home by 8 AM, changed clothes and was at school by 8:45 AM.  Thank goodness for leftover lasagna – no cooking for me tonight!  I definitely plan on an early bed time, but am so thankful for the time with family and so proud of Hilary and Andrew (and all of my “adopted” children from ENC).

Here are some pictures from the weekend:


Hmmm – wonder what Andrew is going to do with that?


Hilary getting her degree.

Hil after

I’ve got my degree – smile!


A wide angle shot of the family.





The ONLY picture I was able to get of all of us!


Granny and Grandpa Jack


Uncle Fud, Auntie Terry and Ryan


Wii Baseball – BATTER UP!

Pitch bat


And the “crowd” goes wild!


John is thinking, “I can’t believe I just did that!”


My favorite Puddle Dancer!


AND you learned to Puddle Dance with Andrew – early in your Freshmen year.

Puddles Hil and Andrew


This has been a BUSY week.  Monday John and I went to Alton to hear the Eastern University Choir and see Katie and friends.  It was a nice concert and then we went to visit with the Schaeffner’s for ice cream and coffee.  Katie stayed at their house that night. Tuesday there was Cinderella rehearsal after school and then I headed to Andover, MA for another Eastern U. Concert.  Again, they did a nice job.  After the concert I whisked Katie away (the choir was continuing back to PA) and we headed home – getting back at 12:30 AM Wednesday.  Wednesday after school, rehearsal, Weight Watchers and a Quarterly Church meeting I got home and went to bed – very tired.  Thursday Katie cleaned house while I was at school.  We did the school performance of Cinderella in the afternoon and the kids were amazing.  This is the first play the school has done in MANY years.  I grabbed ice coffee for the adults (thank you The Moose is Loose) and headed back to add more finishing touches for the final performance at 6 PM.  We had a packed house and Katie and Alex came to watch.  Once again the kids did a fantastic job.  The Director was amazing – she did sets and costumes as well!  After helping with cleanup I drove to Portland to get Mom and Lindsey who arrived at 8:45 PM.  After grabbing some grub for the road (thank you Tim Horton’s) we got home about 10:30 PM.

I had taken today off so I could spend time with everyone…John had to work.  We had a leisurely morning, took Katie to the Doctor (sinus infection and bronchitis), headed to Alton Bay so Mom and Lindsey could survey the aftermath of the fire, then headed to Johnson’s Dairy Bar and Restaurant for lunch.  Mom got the seafood she wanted and we all had a lovely lunch.  The power went out as they were bringing us our food and stayed out for about 35 minutes – timed that just right  We headed back home and Lindsey taught my Mom how to Wii Bowl.  I’m sure pictures or video will show up some time.  I have a lasagna ready and in the refrig for Sunday dinner and cookies made for a picnic lunch tomorrow.  I had picked up a few ribeyes (thank you Johnson’s Meat Market) and grilled them with some squash and onions for supper.  John and Katie worked their way through some HUGE whoopie pies (thanks to Johnson’s) and they still have a LONG way to go to finish them.

Tomorrow is the culmination of many years of HARD work for Hilary – she graduates from Eastern Nazarene College.  We are SO proud of her!  Also, this week she called to say she had gotten a 4.0 for second semester!!!  John will leave early to get her stuff packed up and the rest of us will be there for a picnic lunch.  John’s family is coming from RI and CT for the ceremony and then we will all go out to eat.  It will be a long, fun, exciting day!

I am so thankful for my family and glad Mom and Lindsey can be here.  God has blessed me and John with three wonderful girls and it is always fun to have them together.  And with that I leave you with the magic of family…Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo!

We interrupt this blog to bring you this video…Hilary you win the prize for sure!

Video from Hilary

Thanks Ree – I could NOT stop laughing – I laughed so hard I cried.  I LOVE YOU!

God’s Superglue…

Last week was Spring Break for my school.  I flew to PA Friday night and after a LONG detour made it to my hotel in King of Prussia and then headed to Eastern University to see Katie.  I made it to McGinnis Audi right before the choir was to go in and sing (after 9 PM!!!).  They did a great job and then I went with Katie, and some of her friends and their families to Minellas for a late supper (like 11 PM late – I can’t do these college hours anymore).

Saturday was spent piddling around Wayne, returning my rental car, taking Katie’s “gang” to lunch at the Cream and Sugar and then heading to King of Prussia Mall with Katie.  That’s the only mall I know of where you need/and receive a road map!  We went back to my hotel room and just talked and laughed and chilled.  It was great to have that time with her.  I was especially amused when she talked about how she and Jess could pick out the college kids who had parents who didn’t discipline them and how glad she and Jess were that their parents have taught them responsibility and given them disciple.  When I reminded her that she hadn’t always felt that way she said, “Mom, I’m an adult know – you see things differently…”  (Psst – Karen – there will come a day…when the kids DO get it!)

Sunday morning I drove Katie’s car to CT to meet John at his folks (long story as to why I took the car – and NO she was not in trouble…).  It was in the 90’s when I got there!!  Monday night we had John’s brothers and their families over to celebrate his parents anniversary (54 years).  It was good to visit with everyone.  I can’t believe I didn’t take ANY pictures (of course I WAS busy cooking).  We headed home Tuesday afternoon and it was still in the 90’s when we got home.

The rest of the week was spent with house and yard work, plus some shopping (clothes and groceries).  Since I have lost so much weight none of my spring/summer clothes fit right, so I was thrilled to buy $300+ of clothes for about $100 at Kohl’s (hooray for sales and 15% coupons!).  Thursday night I went to see PerformIt (Lakes Region Young People’s Theater) do “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.  They were amazing!!!  Saturday I did a Lowe’s run for John, worked in the yard and then National Day of Prayer rehearsal in Meredith.  Today we were happy to see our friend Marla and her new husband, Rick, in church.  God has blessed them both.  John took me out for lunch and then a short drive this afternoon, then he went fishing.  My plan of TWO full days of digiscrapping ended up being about two HOURS, but at least I got something done.

I was talking with a friend online tonight about how God has healed both of our lives and even our relationship with each other.  We each have things from our past that devastated our lives, but God is so good and has restored above and beyond our wildest imagination.  We were talking about how we sometimes get teary as things from the past resurface, but that it is great that when our cracked “life-jars” leak God has the best superglue.  He is truly an amazing, loving Father.  He has blessed me and my family beyond what we deserve, for that, and many other things, I praise Him.  I hope you can praise Him tonight too.

Tomorrow it is back to school.  I have missed my kids – I LOVE my job!  Here are some pictures the girls have had on Facebook this week – they are SO goofy!


Hilary was playing with a picture of Katie and Alex for an assignment for a college class.  It is almost 100% Photoshop-ed.  If the President had done the Photoshop thing for his photoshoot flyover it would have been a LOT cheaper…say, maybe there’s a job for Hilary when she graduates in a few weeks!


I guess Katie was ready to “hide” to try and escape her finals…


A picture Lindsey took of herself at Jetton Park near Lake Norman…