Saturday, October 16, 2010


I am sitting here far too tired after a long day to do anything else so I thought I would just blog about my long day. :)
Heather came yesterday afternoon so Michelle could get some uninterrupted work time, and we could have some Heather time. Mom said we needed to get all of our weekend work done before she came since no one would want to do it after she was here.
Amanda decided she wanted us to bring Heather in town to the Farmer's Market where she and Beckisue would be spending the morning.
We finally got our morning stuff finished up late morning and headed to town. We got to the Farmer's Market and greeted our friends there, took Heather to buy a little pumpkin and just looked around.
While I stood and talked to a friend, I looked up and squealed "Courtney!" She and Ava were walking across the parking lot. My whole family new she was coming. She had planned all week to come see me since I had just come home from my trip. Funny thing is is that I had already gone to her house and surprised her on Wednesday. Amanda said they were laughing knowing that we were both planning on surprising the other in the same week.
It was an absolutely *beautiful* fall day. We were right next to a park by the river so we decided to go get some sandwiches from Arby's and have a picnic. Heather and Ava both love water and absolutely had a ball walking the trail along the river. The sun shone so brightly the water just sparkled. The trees were beautiful. The temperature was absolutely perfect. We seriously could not have asked for weather any more perfect.
When we got to the end of the trail, the point where the Eel dumps into the Wabash, we saw a lot of canoes coming toward us. I was totally jealous! I wanted to be out there canoeing so badly! I have only been canoeing once in my life and want to do it again! Someday...
Courtney told me yesterday that she had never split wood before. I told her next time she came to my house she would have to try. Little did I know it would be today. We were out hauling a few loads of wood up to the porch so I got out the maul and found her some nice straight logs to practice on. I gave my first lesson on how to spit wood. It took a bit but she got the hang of it enough to get about three logs split. She is going to be sore in the morning!
Dale and Michelle got here about 4 and Andy arrived about 5:30. Monday was Andy's birthday so we were having birthday dinner for him. The whole place was in chaos. That is pretty typical though when we have company. Supper was yummy though and well worth the mess (I think - after washing mounds of dishes that the dishwasher wouldn't hold I was beginning to question it!). Birthday cake was also delicious and Andy blew out all 40 candles in one very short breath. I was impressed.
So there were the highlights of my day. Did I ever mention Courtney is an awfully sweet friend?

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Thoughts on a quote

I got to thinking about a line from Shadowlands (which happens to be one of my favorite movies) earlier. Toward the end of the movie, when Joy is dying of cancer, she says to Jack "The pain then is part of the happiness now." I got to thinking about how true that statement is in reverse too. You could say "The pain now is part of the happiness then." Anytime you work for something, invest time into it, wait for it, long for it's coming, the fulfillment of the goal is all the more rewarding and beautiful.
Keep that in mind as we each await the fulfillment of what ever God has in store for our lives.