2009-05-02

7 Quick Takes Friday #8



#1

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#2



My hubby is the best! After last week's post, he told me he would eat better/diet with me if it would help. He even resisted homemade pizza and cheesecake on Wednesday night. We're on day 5 of a 14 day period that's fairly restricted, but we've had no whining and no cheating and we both feel better; more energetic and healthy. I am so grateful for this man! Not just in the dieting thing. Over the past few months he has been so supportive with the adjustments of me going back to work, outside our home and my church role. He has stepped up and added even more responsibilities to his already loaded plate without complaint. And his cheerfulness often keeps me going when I may not be feeling so cheerful.

#3


I have a serving tray similar to this idea, only rectangular. I'm pretty sure we got it for a wedding present almost 18 years ago, and I really have not used it very often. This week a light bulb went on over my head. I never feel like cutting up veggies during the week, but a tray full of veggies and ranch dip made with low-fat yogurt has been awesome to have in the fridge all week! So easy and motivating to know they are in there. Meg loves veggies and dip, so even though she most certainly does not need to diet, she's been enjoying it too. I plan on doing this most weeks, even if we aren't "dieting." It's especially nice now that the weather is warm.

#4

I just got the call that our car is repaired. Since they are only open for 2 hours I doubt I'll make it to pick it up today. Next step, inspection, which was due in April. Hope they don't hassle me too much for being late. Also that is passes without any other problems (tires could be an issue. And oh yeah, if the horn doesn't work. It's crazy strict here.)

#5

I really need to write a newsletter since my goal is to have it out on the first of the month. I'm blogging. Uh oh.

#6

Allergy season is definitely here. It looks like both kids are going to need to take it this year.

#7

I probably need to go to the store and buy some veggies for dinner, but I'm hoping I can find enough stuff for a decent salad in the fridge. I defrosted the freezer this week (the fridge part is frost-free, the freezer not. Weird!) I hate that job so I'm glad it's done!

2009-05-01

7 Quick Takes Friday #7


#1

It's a holiday in Spain today (including Mother's Day, on a Friday. Go figure!) I'm so happy about that; it has been a long week and I'm plumb tuckered out. My Dad got back late last night so we're all looking forward to a day without any obligations hanging out.

#2

All week I was stressed out about dealing with our broken-down car. I called the Ford place where we have taken it before on Tuesday and he said "Don't bring it until at least Wednesday, but I can't look at it Wednesday or Thursday either." So I had it towed there yesterday. When I called to say it was on the way, he complained that it was a bad day, blah blah blah. Sometimes living in a foreign country wrings the joy right out of me.

#3

We spent the afternoon out in Alcala de Henares, where we ate the world's best rotisserie chicken, walked around Plaza de Cervantes and enjoyed a beautiful blue sky. Bliss. I also got chocolate on my shirt, of course.

#4

This is where we will spending a few days this summer with fellow missionaries from Christian Associates. SOOOOOOO excited!

#5

I am trying to figure out what is going to work best for me to lose the extra weight I am carrying and get in healthier shape. Not sure yet what it's going to be, but something has to change. The older I get, the harder it is to lose. The biggest hurdles for me I think are if I have to eat differently from my family (which is likely!) and the cost of that fact. Oh yeah, my fondness of chocolate may be a problem too. About eight years ago I lost quite a bit after Nicolas was born and I decided to work at it. But over the years it has just been creeping back on.

#6

I have been staring at that number 6 for far too long.

#7

I am also very happy that today was only Friday :) I know, I'm lame!

2009-04-26

Muz


Joy Grant
May 30, 1944 - April 26, 1990

Nineteen years ago today, early on a Thursday morning in Quito, Ecuador, my Mom died of cancer.

On Wednesday afternoon, we were at the hospital with her; the hospital where she had worked many years at the information desk. We knew her time was short. The skies grew heavy and dark, and it poured rain the likes of which I had rarely, if ever seen. God was weeping with all of us as we struggled to let her go. She was mostly unconscious at that point, but had approached her illness and death with dignity, humor, and grace.

I often huddled beside her on the hospital bed in those three weeks of letting go. She would warn me if she felt sick because she knew I would hide in the bathroom while the nurses helped her so I wouldn't start gagging. Even then, she mothered me. And I knew when the kindly visitors had grown too much, and she needed peace and quiet again. Most of the time, I lay beside her, holding on as long as I could.

At the end of the day, we went home, leaving her with the hospital staff, as well as two missionary friends who were nurses. They sat with her all night, and were with her when Jesus took her home.

I heard the telephone ring, but I burrowed under the covers and pretended I had not heard. My Dad came gently to tell me what I already knew in my heart.

Nineteen years later, I still miss her. Not as painfully as before, but in moments when I would do anything to have my Mom again. I wish she could have met my children. I wish so many things.

I know that Heaven is a better place because she is there, and sometimes I am amazed God lent her to us at all. I like now to think of her rocking the baby I lost, Grandma to a grandchild after all. I like to think of her sipping coffee with her friend Carol, one of the nurses who was with her when she died, who has since joined her in Heaven. When our friend Judi died recently on Maundy Thursday, I smiled to think of Mom waiting for her to welcome her and show her the ropes.

I love you Mom.