"I should not talk so much about myself if there were any body else whom I knew as well."
-Henry David Thoreau

Friday, May 26, 2017

Memorial Day Weekend

It's nearly Memorial Day weekend.  It's been a good week with lots of sunshine (and you all know how I love the sunshine).
Last Sunday we had our last Community Group of the semester and met for snow cones.  Because, really, who doesn't love a snow cone?  Nobody, that's who.  The 13 kiddos in our group range from not yet born to 13 years old.  Eleanor does play with the few kids her age, but she's really quite sweet on Gabe (I think he's 8 years old).  He likes to act like he doesn't like it, but he's really great with her.  She kept patting him on the back and hugging him so he tried to escape. His sweet smile says how he really feels about the attention :) 
 We have really enjoyed getting to know the people in our Community group over the last 9 months and have made some great new friends that we spend time with in and out of the community group setting.  It's really helped us plug in to our new church and become more involved.  We have fun with these people, but we are also learning and growing together in the word.  A gal from community group is the one that invited me to attend the women's Bible study this past semester and in the fall I will be co-leading a small group on Wednesday mornings.  Drew and one of the guys from our group meet for breakfast before work every other week to have a one on one Bible study.  A couple of months ago we applied for Eleanor to attend the Adventureland children's ministry (much like a Mother's Day Out) two days a week for the 2017-2018 school year.  A couple of weeks ago she got her class assignment and we're super excited for her to have this opportunity (she'll start in August).  Drew and I will also be taking the Discovery class in the fall, which is a great way to learn more about the church, missions, service opportunities, etc. and can be a great path to membership in the church.  We are grateful that we listened when God prodded us to make such a big change last summer.  He's working and it's awesome.
Braeden's last baseball game of the season.  Eleanor & Kayla, these two are quite a pair.  You should have heard the giggles! 
 I can't even tell you how many photos I took before I got one of them both looking at the camera.  It was a fleeting moment and then they were back to being silly and laughing. 
  Braeden pitched and did awesome.  It's really cool to see Kyle coach his son and it gives me flashbacks of Dad coaching the boys so many years ago. 
 Me & Misty, because we're cute :)
 Eleanor planks.  She's such a wiggle worm. 
Post game
 Thursday morning sausage & eggs for breakfast.  She was bursting with excitement.  Please tell me this makes you smile. 

 Eleanor and I bough a memorial spray for Grandma & Grandpa's headstone.  I don't know what I was thinking.  I guess I was thinking that she wouldn't think much of it, actually.  I was wrong.  I told her we were going to put flowers on Grandpa's grave, but she didn't get it.  When we left she cried and cried for Grandpa Whimpy.  I didn't know how to help her understand and my standard explanation of "Grandpa's in heaven, but this is where we come to remember him" just wasn't cutting it.  I finally just had to end the whole thing and move on with our day.  I hadn't realized it would upset her so. 
 She had gone to the cemetery with me the day before to take Alex & Emma's old flowers down and then to Hobby Lobby to buy flowers to make new ones.  She stopped and talked to an elderly woman in the floral section and when the lady asked her who those flowers were for, Eleanor said, "Emma."  She's been quite chatty about them since then.  I made these memorial sprays for the girls and we put them on yesterday. 
 Because the sun was shining and Eleanor had energy to spare, we went to the park to play.  I was having a fantastic hair day and thought you'd all need proof that my big, curly, wild, sassy hair was looking so "Mandy".  Seflie evidence.  

 Bubbling with excitement & energy. 

 The weather this weekend could be iffy, but there should also be some great sunshine and we plan to take advantage of every bit of it.  Please, enjoy your family & friends responsibly and take a moment to remember the service men and women who gave their lives so we could live ours.