Last week was one of those weeks where you take a deep breath at the beginning and don't exhale until the end. Between last Saturday (4/24) and this Sunday (5/2)...
Josh's sister Christy and her husband Nathan flew in for a long weekend. Christy got food poisoning at the airport on the way to CO, and ended up in the emergency room at 2 a.m. the first night they were here. Because she is 19 weeks pregnant, they ended up admitting her for another day and overnight so they could monitor her and the baby. So...last Saturday, we visited Christy in the hospital. They had put her in the same room we were in after Lorien was born. I told Lorien I was awfully glad she's as big as she is now, instead of how big she was last time we were in that room. (Both Christy and baby are fine now, and we are thankful!)
Sunday we went to church in the morning and met with our small group in the evening. Our small group consists of eight adults and nine children, with one more on the way. Needless to say, we have a lot of chaos to go with a little bit of Bible study. But it is so good to being doing this crazy time of life together, and I am so thankful for these friends.
Monday we spent a bit more time working at Bob and Lois's (Josh's parents) house, because they are trying to get it ready to go on the market. I am slowly working on re-tiling their fireplace. At the rate I'm going, it will take about a month for me to finish it!
Also on Monday, we were supposed to finally get an answer from the bank on our short sale. but we didn't. Instead, we were told that the seller's agent has convinced the bank to have another appraisal done. Since it is an FHA rule about the appraisal that is preventing the bank from accepting our offer, we figure this is a good thing for us. But it means that we're waiting again. And even if that obstacle is removed, we're not sure that they will accept our offer.
Tuesday was a sad and happy day. Sad because Bob and Lois had to put down their dear old Black Lab/Golden retriever, Buddy. He was almost 12 years old and his back legs just didn't work anymore. He had also gone about three days without eating anything, so it was just time. So hard, though!
Lorien and Buddy on Saturday. If you look closely, you can see the fireplace I've been working on in the background.
In better news, we also celebrated the graduation of the Spring 2010 FLI class. And we had a fabulous Mexican dinner at Amanda's Fonda, courtesy of Christy and Nathan. Uncle Richard was also here to help out on the house, so that was a fun family gathering.
Sarah and Lizzie, two of my sweet girls from this semester.
Stones of remembrance from the Spring 2010 class.
Wednesday, I woke up with a sore throat. Yippee. Ironically, I also had an audition for the music team at church that day. And I had my last meeting with our Young Adults team as the church elder representing that area. (I've been moved to a new area for the next year.)
Thursday... I can hardly remember Thursday. It happened, I guess.
Friday—whew! Couldn't believe when we finally made it to Friday. Friday is one of my work from home days, and I took a few hours off so that I could catch up on life a little bit. Got the grocery shopping done. Did some more work on Bob and Lois's fireplace. Hung out with Lorien.
Saturday morning I knocked out my monthly writing assignment for David C. Cook publishers. That night we had dinner with my cousin Dan. He and his family are moving to Colorado Springs, and he was in town to start his new job. He'll be headed back to Florida soon to get his wife and two boys and bring them back at the end of May. It's going to be fun to have cousins here in town.
And Sunday was church again. Between Easter and Pentecost, our pastoral team is preaching a series on the Holy Spirit. Pretty gutsy for a bunch of Presbyterians. It has been so good! After a baby-gear shopping trip (Lorien needed a new carseat and booster seat for the dinner table), my wonderful husband took his girls out to dinner so that I wouldn't have to cook. Boy did I need that!
I wouldn't normally write a whole post just to list a bunch of stuff that we've been busy with, but I feel like this packed-full week touches on a lot of stuff that's important in our lives right now, so I thought I would share.
Maybe this coming week will be a little less nuts. One can hope, right?