Thursday, September 30, 2010

The white board is back

The white board is back. It has been a fixture in our house for a very long time, filled with schedules and things that can not be forgotten. It did have a rest with just Hannah and I at home. I am not sure if that says that we didn't have a life....or that we were able to remember what was going on during the week and didn't need it written down. But it is back....and this week it is full. To add to the white board I also have lists and use my "life book" as well. The "life book" is just a calendar book with plenty of space to write what is coming up in the week. It is something that had gone by the wayside as well, hand in hand with the white board, having a lovely holiday in the quiet somewhere. Ahh, the quietness of empty nest....where did it go? This is how I know God takes care of me. I am not sitting in Hannah's room crying...um I can't get into Hannah's room as it is full of furniture from when I rearranged the living room....sorry Hannah. I am wonderfully busy, and as long as I write in my "life book" and the white board, I will be able to see God's hand in my days. Until next time~Terri

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Empty nest grocery shopping

Today I almost lost it in the grocery store. It just suddenly hit me that I am shopping for one during the week. I have no one to ask...what do you want for supper? I have determined that I will not make myself lame, unhealthy meals and will not eat leftovers forever. Funny how different my shopping list is with just cooking for me. I am not complaining at all. It was easier to ask the kids what they wanted as it guaranteed they would eat and enjoy what I made. But it is certainly different. I tried to make iced tea for one...um it's yukky and not up to my usual standard and will have to try again. I have gotten out the onions, mushrooms, peppers, and potatoes again, and cook "husband meals" a bit more. I have invited Amanda and Ryan for supper every Tuesday before they head to JR youth, and can share some of my meals with Laura when she works the late shift at Hunters. So what did I have for lunch today? Ichiban, right from the Styrofoam cup....it will get better. Until next time~

Thursday, September 9, 2010

These days

Our lives have been full of events that have twisted our days into something completely different these days. As many of you know of Gerry's accident on the motorbike. He called me from the ambulance, so I knew he was okay. A fractured finger, now with pins holding it together, and 50 some stitches in his hand mostly and a spot on his arm. We are at stitches out and cast on tomorrow. In 4 weeks the cast and pins out, and hopefully finished with this twist of September. I must say, I don't mind him being at home and doing things for him. I know when I drive him to Kelowna it makes him nervous, I don't usually do the driving, and I make me nervous too! I kind of enjoy making meat and potato meals, rather the "girl" meals all the time. I think he will return to work next week if possible, and I will miss him very much.
Our other event these days is the trip to Taber.Alberta to take Hannah there to live with Wanda (Gerry's sister) and Harry. Sounds bad, people kind of look at us like....ah...not getting along???? Um NO...that is not the case at all. This has been in Hannah's thoughts and prayers for awhile now. With Gerry's accident it kind of put a different spin to that as well....when are we taking Hannah to Taber??? Finally decided, we drove convoy style in three vehicles. Wanda returning from taking Tim to U Vic, Hannah in her car, Gerry in the van and I was the talking floater. I spent time with everyone, I was beginning to get a complex that perhaps I was just not really needed in this whole plan! How thankful I am that Gerry was with us, Hannah's car got a flat tire on Labor day Monday, in Golden. We got some new tires, doubled the value of Hannah's car and were on our way. I was very impressed by Hannah, she drove the entire time, good for you Hannah, I was bursting with pride! We stayed a few days to settle Hannah in and to spend time with Wanda, Harry, Steve and Bethany, it was a great visit. We are so blessed to have them look after Hannah for us. She just wanted a change, she has always been the one to ask..."so when are we moving?" My answer was usually....ummm never? She already has a small job. If you think of her please pray, it is very difficult to move and do something so different. We all miss her terribly.
As for me, I am pretending she is at camp. Will see how long that works out for me! I call it "shallow thinking", only going for the surface stuff right now until I can handle the deep stuff. Likely the deep part will happen once Gerry returns to work, and believe me not any amount of make-up will cover the fact that I am in the deep thinking part of this whole thing. Maybe a small prayer for me too! Until next time....Terri

Friday, September 3, 2010

Fridays favorite

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 A promise to hold on to as I enter into the next stage of my life.