Thursday, July 9, 2009
Chase and I decided to rest at home for awhile and join Dan back in line later. But, a message was waiting for us to come back. The line seemed to be moving quickly, and he couldn't take his cell phone in with him. (Neither can you wear shorts, tube tops, or pants below your buttocks-which qualifications Dan had already passed.)
The deceptively quick line ended in a courtroom that held 70-80 "guests". There were a lot of DWI's, driving without a license, and failures to pay. One woman insisted she didn't pass the school bus, but paid the fine so she wouldn't have to pay court costs or get an attorney.
There were several attornies. Young with slicked back hair. Of the "guests" and attornies, I preferred the guests. Most pleaded guilty. One poor guy that refused to plead anything was laughed at by all the others.
Part way through, someone decided this was a good time to bring in some people from jail to appear before court. I guess they have a more important schedule than the young families that had their children with them.
Finally, it got so late that there was a break. Most everyone went to their cars to use their cell phones or smoke.
After the break, someone who works every day for a school district, came forward for his citation of passing a school bus, while he was at work. The judge thought something was fishy, and dismissed his case. A little later a woman who couldn't find the street where she had supposedly illegally passed a school bus had her case dismissed, and the judge asked the bailiff to find the file of the woman that had plead guilty earlier. Something was wrong.
Finally, Dan was called, and very "Night Courtish" the judge asked Dan where he really was when he illegally passed the school bus. "Austin, TX., " Dan said, and showed the plane ticket, the hotel and meal receipt from that day. Case dismissed. The court took copies and attached them to his file, along with the stacks of all the bus incidents. Someone's got some splainin' to do!
The few people left in the court were very pleased with the turn of events. And so were we.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
He did grow closer to God. Yeah! But he was home sick and physically sick, and that put a damper on things.
He really had me worried about dehydration when he first got home. You know you're a mom when you are happy to hear your son peeing at 2:30 a.m. (12 hours after he arrived home!)
Rehydrated and a little sleep under his belt didn't improve him as much as I had hoped. He wasn't eating or moving, two things he does in usual great quantity.
A trip to the doctor revealed a sinus infection. One dose of antibiotic, then seven hours later an allergic reaction. He had a rash and that uncontrollable, "I gotta itch, or I'm gonna die".
Benadryl, bed, and a call to the doctor. Chase started his new antibiotic an hour ago.
And, he was able to provide fodder for my 100th post!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Have your thoughts been that it's a scam, or that there would be no money that you didn't know about, or you've lived in the same spot for so long anyone could have found you?
Then I found the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators. I started with the states my husband has lived in. Nothing for him, but over $300 for a nephew.
I finally started looking in my current state, under my current name, and my state is holding $29 for me! I can't begin to describe how excited I am.
Then I found over $50 for my son and more than that for my brother.
I have no idea what the $29 is from. They have listed my last known address as my current one. Someone didn't go to much trouble to find me.
I'm mailing in my claim form tomorrow, and I'll let you know when I get the money.
In the meantime, try it yourself. It only takes a few minutes. You don't need to register for anything.
What have you got to find?
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Produce co-op is every other week, and I never know what I'm going to get. Last week we had oven Parmesan sweet potatoes, eggplant Parmesan, and guacamole dip (Which I discovered Jeff had never tried. "It's green." But he liked it.).
I've always used yellow or red onions. What is the difference in white onions?
We've already eaten some of the strawberries and blueberries. It's definitely guacamole time again. Yum!
Sunday, June 21, 2009
He brought two more children in the world and continued video taping, raquetball, driving lessons, golf, attending band concerts, and choir concerts, football games, hockey matches. He always planned his schedule around their events and tried to bring home something special when he had to be out of town.
He drove cars into the dust, resoled his boots for over a decade, repaired creatively anything that could be so that money could be spent on camps and books and lessons and things for the kids because "that is an investment".
Today, on his day, he helped with dishes, served ice cream, gave one of the kids a head start on the lawn mowing because he is a servant leader that loves his family with all his heart.
We could never give him enough honor. Thank you, God, for Dan.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
He would arrive early (8:00 A.M.), rehearse, then help with leading the kids (750) in worship. The kids loved it! Then he would rush off to be an assistant crew leader, back for closing worship for the preschoolers, back to the crew, then ending the day in worship at 3:00.
He was in bed by 9:00 p.m. every night without complaint. How great that he was given the chance to serve the Lord at such a young age! I'm so proud of him.
I asked him if any of the kids had accepted Jesus as their Savior, and he said that about half of his first through third graders had! Chase said that it made him so happy that he got all bubbly inside! Me, too.
Friday, June 19, 2009
And honestly, they will both be great parents. Stefanie is a teacher, aunt, and very loving. Brad had a few weeks at the part of Camp Kanakuk that is for the disadvantaged children. Can't remember the name. He commanded the respect of those kids, but I know he had a soft heart for them, too.
But I still can't wrap my brain around it. Maybe if more of my friends were grandparents already? Or if they lived closer.
It will all be a mute point in a few weeks. Baby Abigail will be here soon, stealing all of our hearts.
Oh happy day.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Remember the old analogy of putting your troubles in a bag and laying them at the foot of the cross. (For some reason my imagery is of throwing them over a fence.) The important question is would you pick up some other random bag. No way.
I don't even have to have the randomness or secrecy. I wouldn't change my "baggage" for anyone else's. I hope that doesn't mean that I've become comfortable with my weaknesses. I think it means that I've accepted where God has me and trust that He knows what is best for me.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
But, when it's your own son? Surely, (don't call me Shirley) he'll bring all the high school kids over for some fun in the pool or at the pool table. I was certain we could tempt him with a bonfire in the wooded area behind our house.
There's still several weeks left, but for now I can say...
We have an intern for the church youth group staying with us for the summer, and we never (rarely) see him.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
That means it was a year ago that I was the speaker at our inaugural event. Since that day I have been planning to put a short snippet from it on You Tube.
Wish I was better at the to-do list. Or I guess I mean got-done list.
The plan is now in print, so look for it this weekend.
Monday, June 15, 2009
The pressure has been here all along. I've just finally caved into it. It's time to be blogging again. However. today I fight the pressure of a fabulous first post back by writing a very mundane first post back.
This post is all about routine. Specifically, my morning routine. Although it varies slightly, it typically includes the following elements.
- Breakfast of oatmeal and an apple. Boring, but I got at least one healthy meal in that day.
- Bible reading, journaling, prayer. Best part of the day. And Bible Study, if I'm doing one. I am currently starting "Live a Praying Life". Very good.
- Checking my email. Not too good at returning said email.
- Three games on Brainbashers. Nonograms (love the big weekend puzzle), Bridges (only the largest), Filimino (I don't really like it, but it's not complicated).
- Online jigsaw puzzle.
And now, writing in my blog. Although I might save this for evening when I plan on checking Facebook.
If you haven't fallen asleep yet, thank you for encouraging me to come back.