Saturday, July 04, 2009

The Bedtime Story that Went Awry

Stacia is full of quips tonight.

She is NOT going to Japan. She's going to a ball instead.

I told her a bedtime story and it ended up making everyone cry. I don't think I have the storytelling knack.

Mike came in to pray...and I don't think that calmed anyone down much.

She has just told us, "my pillow has Arielle on it," as she pulled it out from under Arielle's sleeping head.

We had a great meal with my cousins. My uncle, who I've not seen for about 16 years, surprised us. I must admit, I thought of Aunt Gin a lot today and was sad that she wasn't here. This is the first time I've been with her children since she passed away.

We spent lots of time in the pool, playing chess, practicing for the bullet train on the "evalators" (that is not a misspelling....it's a phonetic spelling of Stacia's pronunciation), eating, packing, checking lists....

This photo is for Deja and Emma. We found a great little shirt at Target in Seattle to go over Arielle's suit and she is satisfied.....at last. Bre knows JUST what to buy for us if we need another.....because Bre has one. ::snort:: It matches the swim shorts that she and Krista bought weeks ago.
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Jared and Josiah try their hand at raquet ball.
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Grandma T teaches Zander how to really splash...
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Jamin teaches Stacia how to swim.
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She's got the jumping down.
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There was opportunity for Zander to try out his new splashing skills.
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Grandma T teaches Stacia how to swim...
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We're all bracing up for tomorrow's goodbyes and adventures. Thanks for your prayers.

Choosing Joy!
©2009 D.R.G.

~ Coram Deo ~
Living all of life before the face of God...

The Clock is Ticking....

God Bless America...Land that I love...

This is our final full day in America for some time. We'll have fun. We'll check bags and lists a final time. We'll have a BBQ with my cousins. We'll stave off emotions...but they'll be right under the surface.

Prayers are greatly appreciated as you go through your celebrations today. I will be saying special prayers for all those I know whose spouses are currently deployed. Y'all rock!

Stacia is sure that EVERYONE is going to Japan as we are all here. She has also become quite the whiner as she wants things that are not here and she wants to "go home". Soon.....we'll be settling in to a new home.

I CAN do all things through CHRIST who gives me STRENGTH.....and that means I can hug the necks of four young adults who I love more than I ever dreamed possible, and trust that God loves them even more and will keep them safely in His loving care....even if *I* am not on the same continent. ::snort:: After all, He IS God...I believe He has our good in mind and that His timing is perfect (though *I* think Japan before AK would have been a great idea). ::snort:: I'll rest.

Choosing Joy!
©2009 D.R.G.

~ Coram Deo ~
Living all of life before the face of God...