Wednesday, October 29, 2014
So this was the day.
There were numerous ceremonial gestures at church, which were sweet and important, and our family was all there, and it was lovely.
Then we all came back to eat and celebrate.
The associate pastor from a few years ago resurrected an old ministry tradition at the church called Prayer Partners. An adult and a child team up to be prayer partners. There are no rules. Prayer partners and the child are required to do nothing in particular.
Oly and Julie are Prayer Partners for Kari and Tim. Maria's prayer partner is the woman she was nanny for all summer. Her husband is James' prayer partner. I asked him if he ever bothered to pray for Andy?
He looked at me for a couple seconds and said, "Yes, I do. Why would you think I don't?"
No, I didn't think that. Just wondering.
(James is so chill he gives that impression, but it's usually not true.)
Anyway, prayer partners is a surprisingly powerful little ministry. Our young associate pastor who resurrected the program called people who'd been involved with it in the past and asked them if they wanted to participate.
"Oh, I already have a prayer partner. She's in Florida now, works for Wells Fargo, has three children."
??? She was so astonished at the continuing of the connection.
(Thank you. This means the world to us.)
Saturday, October 25, 2014
I laughed right out loud.
That's me conducting some kind of real estate business the first morning she was at our house. In my pajamas, sitting on Jay's side of the bed, there's some serious conversation going on.
Why Sidney is so intrigued I can't imagine.
Real estate has been not easy the last few weeks. Getting these houses to closing has been lumpy and difficult, with unexpected turns and probably more than a dozen addendums. A bunch of times I've had my hands in two fists, bonking myself on the head, "Aaaaagh."
And here Renee captured it all, what working from home really looks like.
Oh my goodness.
Renee, thank you. I love you very much, Val
Friday, October 24, 2014
That's her above, in my sister's lap, Heidi on her knee. I love how Pam's own baby is swimming over to them.
That's her too, kicking it up. The doll baby on John's lap is that same nephew.
But different from the other kids, (except probably Julia too) there's a place in my heart where you are still that girl who twirled my hair and lived in my arms.
And then you got down and took on the world.
In this whole world, there's no one else like YOU and I could not love you more.
Happy Birthday Sweetheart. love Mom and Dad and Everybody
Thursday, October 23, 2014
As a senior? He's well.
He chose his closest friend's mother as his mentor.
She has continued on and recently completed her own advanced education, so she knows the struggle of students first hand.
And this was a gift to James tonight in the photo below, and it's pretty hilarious.
After James' comments we read, introducing her as his NHS mentor, I whispered to Joseph, his friend's dad: "He knows your wife pretty well."
His eyes met mine and we nodded. She squeezed my hand.
We never know when we're being observed.
Well, this gift? She's been observing them as well.
James? We are proud of you.
love, Mom and Dad, aka Val and Jay
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Thanks for being there, Renee and JJ. We loved having you.
love, Val and Everybody