Michael got home from work and we headed over to Papa Murphys. This gave me time to process with him and it actually helped. I've been working on learning to process internally with God and journal, rather than blurting out every thought I have. We can both see I will need some practice at this skill. I process better out loud - with someone to pull me back from the depths of self-flagellation.
We got home and I could see the kids had been busy!
Arielle knit this fun scarf for me. Here I demonstrate how to fling an end over your shoulder and nail it there with a look. It wouldn't dare move.
Michael got me a jewelry box which I didn't really think I needed....but it was loaded...with this long strand of pearls....
and a smaller strand as well. (Both seen in the photo below).
Stacia has gotten into paining and blessed me with many (blog on that to come). The girls also gave me a sweet card with thoughts on onsens and pedicures and a pedicure kit. Stacia made me the bracelet you see me wearing. Arielle purchased a white shirt she plans to Tie Dye.
Nolan got me "Si-cology."
Zander (Alex) got me a GREAT card with a song titled Amazing Mother to the tune of Amazing Grace (sort of fitting for this season of my life LOL)....He bought this cup which says sweet things about Teachers on it.
Can you just SEE our resident theologian is over-the-moon-thrilled to be able to turn my "over 50" jokes and comforting comments back on me?
Arielle made this vegan "ice cream" cake. She use a deep dish cookie for the crust, topped it with Banana Cashew Ice Cream and a "drizzle" of chocolate. I had requested we minimize the chocolate, please. For some reason it was a BEAR to cut. She had crumbled the cookie but it still froze in a block and didn't want to thaw. Next time we'll make a graham cracker or vanilla wafer crust...unless I'm eating chocolate in moderation by next year. At this point I can't find moderation in my relationship with Chocolate - so I don't eat it.
The poor Pig Hat is wearing out - maybe this would work?
Living all of life before the face of God...