Monday, November 30, 2009

It's Quiet

Unfortunately, I did exactly what I didn't want to do. I went almost an entire month without updating my blog. I knew things were going to be busy, but somehow everything still got the best of me. But now, it's all over.

About an hour ago, my family backed out of the driveway and headed to West Palm Beach to catch their flight back to Little Rock. And now, it's quiet. Our little world jumped from two and a half (Oscar counts as a half in my book) to five and a half overnight, and while it was a very welcomed change it was a big one. Last Sunday afternoon, my mom, brother and grandfather arrived, and it seems like I've been on-the-go ever since.

There have been meals to make, dishes to clean, beds to prepare, schedules to keep, etc. But it has been fun. I'm so thankful that they were all able to make it. It was the first time my mom and grandfather had even been to visit us since our move to Florida over nine months ago. So, it was a welcomed visit indeed.

When Herschel and I moved to Florida in March, we really had to work to create our own new little family in a way we never did in Little Rock. Sure there were changes that had to be made there after we got married, but we had built-in friends, a house, a church, jobs - a whole life. But this changed drastically when we moved. It's been exciting, but also difficult at times. More so for me than Herschel, but difficult nonetheless.

There has been so much change this year, and we have learned to rely on one another more and more. Our relationship has been strengthened in so many ways in such a short time. Where bitterness and disappointment could have easily creeped in, contentment and mutual love and respect have flourished. I am so grateful for our marriage and for the Godly leader I have in my husband. I know this is quality is rare, and for that reason it is so very precious to me.

BTW, in my blogging hiatus, I missed out on mentioning Herschel's birthday. I won't say how old, but let's just say, he's half-way to 70!

I have pictures of his birthday and the time we got to spend with my family that I will post soon. But right now, I'm relishing this quietness with a very grateful heart.

Monday, November 2, 2009

November - Hello and Goodbye

I can not believe it's already November! Last night, Herschel and I were talking and we realized that he has been in Florida for almost a year now. It's so hard to believe how fast the past year has gone - and how much things have changed.

As we were talking about this, I got slightly stressed as I started thinking about all of the plans we already have for November. It is going to be super busy, which of course means that it will only go by that much quicker. So, just so that you're up to speed on what's going on in our lives during the next few weeks (and I know you want to be), here's a quick run-down of our activities - at least the ones we know so far.

1. I'm having a get-together for Pampered Chef at my house this Thursday.
2. Saturday some of our dear friends are coming in town!! Sooo excited about this! They'll get to be here until Monday.
3. We have just over a week off, to prepare for family visiting and Thanksgiving.
4. November 19 - my family arrives! Also, very excited about this. They will be here for a week and a half!!
5. November 25 - Herschel's birthday!!! :)
6. November 26 - T-Day - the main event
7. November 30 - Family leaves
8. November is over.

Oh yeah, and at some point in the middle of all of this, I'm starting a new part-time job at our church. I'm really excited about the opportunity, and it should be a really good thing for me.

I'm getting so excited about everything that we have coming up, but I'm also exhausted just thinking about it. I've already started plotting out Thanksgiving dinner - but then I realized that I need to think about feeding everyone for the entire week that they'll be here before we even get to Thanksgiving. Yikes!

Happy November!