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After SIX long months, Andrew is FINALLY back in his bedroom. My hubby and I moved some of Andrew’s furniture into his room on Thursday while he was at school, so I took a few pictures to send to him. On Friday evening after eating dinner at my mother-in-law’s house, Andrew officially moved back home. I am overjoyed and grateful that he is home. I am extremely thankful to Mrs. Billie for letting Andrew stay with her. I am extremely thankful to my Daddy and my husband for all of their hard work getting the repairs completed on the roof and the bedroom. Kudos to my boys for assisting any time we asked them to help with repairs, clearing debris, and yard work. Last but definitely not least, many thanks to you, dear reader, along with friends and family who offered up prayers and sent positive vibes during this ordeal.

Last night, Barry and I had drink night at Shelly and Kerry’s house to celebrate their daughter Aubry’s 21st heavenly birthday. Aubry was stillborn about four months before Andrew was born. It was a heartbreaking time for us all. I hated seeing my friends hurting at the loss of their angel. I make a point every year to acknowledge Aubry’s birthday. On Wednesday when I texted Shelly and Kerry, I suggested that we have a drink night and toast Aubry on what would have been a milestone birthday for her. Kerry, our bartender, mixed Angel’s Delight Martinis, and Shelly prepared Heaven on Earth (yummy dessert made with Angel Food cake). Shelly’s mom Mrs. Carol and her bonus dad Mr. Mike (my Godson) and our long-time friend Helen joined us for the celebration. Mr. Mike even brought over mini muffulettas and a cheese/meat tray. I thought it was a wonderful way to spend time with friends and remember Aubry.

Barry and I are steadily moving forward in March and continue to make progress on the house. The inspector for our mortgage company came on Friday, documents and receipts have been uploaded to our mortgage company and insurance company, and a fence company has been hired to put up our new fence in three weeks (provided it does not rain a whole lot between now and then). We also need to purchase new gutters and clean up more tree debris in the backyard. I am confident that both will happen in the next few weeks. At this moment, our only real hiccup is getting the roofing company to send someone to the house and fix an error on the roof, so we can reinstall our chimney stack. The roofing salesperson is not great at his job, so I am not sure when and if this will happen any time soon. We have been promised twice that someone would come (Friday and Saturday) to make the adjustment; no one has shown up, and the salesperson has not called with an explanation. I am NOT surprised, and my expectations are low. However, I am determined not to get upset and pray it will get resolved in a timely manner.

My life seems to be settling down a bit, dear reader. Since Andrew is back home, we were able to move a bunch of his belongings out of the living room and other areas of the house. What a wonderful feeling to have more open space! I am excited, yes excited, to do some spring cleaning, decluttering, and organizing. I want to get my house back in order before the end of this school year. I get the stitches out of my mouth (where my tooth was extracted, and a bone graft put in its place) on Thursday afternoon. Daylight saving time is next Sunday (woo-hoo!) which means more evening daylight and a happier, more motivated me. Also, Easter break is six weeks away, and the hubster and I will be on vacation together again. In the meantime, I have all sorts of interesting and enjoyable activities on my calendar to keep me busy until the break. Happiness!

“Sometimes life knocks you on your ass… get up, get up, get up!!! Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.” ~ Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free 

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Thankful I am definitely headed toward one of the busiest weeks of the summer. The week will consist of health/wellness appointments, work meetings, voice/acting classes, a concert, and my annual scrapbook convention with my girlfriends. What is a girl to do? Celebrate with gratitude! I am so very thankful to have the opportunities to take care of myself, stretch myself (classes), and rejuvenate myself. I am so very thankful for moments to be creative and explore my potential.

While my summer break seems to be passing by rather quickly, it has been wonderful. Andrew had Orientation this past week at SLU and is officially registered for fall classes. I have spent a fair amount of time preparing for my scrapbook convention by organizing layouts, ordering pictures, and buying supplies. I have also been prepping scenes weekly for my Saturday audition class and regularly practicing my song for my weekly voice lesson. Sprinkle in some reading, tv/movies, and other enjoyable events and I’d say I am blessed.

The only activity that would make my summer perfect is exercise which I should be able to incorporate starting the week of June 24th. I had a little accident this past Monday. I slipped on the step getting out of the tub, fell hard on the floor (ceramic tile), and bruised my big toe (right foot) really badly. At first, I thought I broke it along with my knee. I could barely walk. I consulted with Dr. Shelly (my BFF) and opted to ice it and take some Aleve. Thankfully, it was just bruised. I am so very thankful that I did not break any bones.

Before signing off, let’s not forget that today is Father’s Day. Happy Father’s Day Blessings to my sweet Daddy, my hubby, my godfather, my uncles, my cousins, my brother-in-laws, my friends who are fathers, my friends’ fathers, new fathers, priests, all the fathers who have earned their angel wings, and all the men that have stepped up to fulfill the role of father. Hats off to YOU!

It’s time to bid you adieu for today, dear reader. I hope you are having an equally wonderful summer. If you seem to be having some unusually busy days or weeks, try stepping back and appreciating the opportunity to be involved in the tasks or events that you have scheduled. It may help approaching those moments seem a little less daunting. Happiness!

“The thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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