Friday, February 20, 2009

Valentines Day

We had a quiet Valentine's Day at our house. Reed was out of town, so I got to share it with my two boys. Saturday afternoon, the boys and I headed up to my Grandparents' in Tennessee where we were spoiled beyond our wildest dreams. It was the perfect combination of new legos, favorite foods, cable and babysitting. Thank you, Thank you G & G it was almost perfect.

Now,The last thing I need for things to be perfectly perfect are for this guy to come home
(I pick him up at the airport in an hour :)

Happy (late) Valentines, I love you.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Good times, good times...

Here's a much needed Christmas update. We had a wonderful vacation filled with great food, friends, family, snow and nerf wars. What can I say, these little guys fill our home with so much joy and life that it makes everything easier.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

The 4 F's of Coping

1. Family
I'm blessed to be at the point in my life where I have three families. The family I grew up in who know me inside and out and can nurture me accordingly, laugh at my jokes and assure me I'm not crazy. The family I married into who make me feel like a queen and adore my boys and finally the family we've created. Somewhere along the last 10 years Reed has become my rock; my partner, my helpmeet and my love. Add to that an angel in heaven to keep us on track and two boys to fill our house with life and laughter and everything is easier.

2. Friends
Amendment: I've been blessed with 4 families, some just aren't related by blood. With family so far away, friends are absolutely essential. While in Atlanta we've developed friendships that will last a lifetime and have been an absolute lifeline.

3. Food, glorious food
Anyone with foreseeable hardtimes should join the LDS church if only to enjoy the massive, fabulous amounts of food that will ensue. Few things are better than a delicous, nutrious meal at the end of a hard day, especially if it just magically appears.

4. Flowers
It may be shallow, but I love them and they make me feel better. I especially enjoy seeing what arrangements people choose to send as they always reflect a part of who they are. Thank you to one and all who know that I like pretty things and they make me happy.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Life's Tough Lessons

1. Life is unpredictable. Unfortunately, little baby Peterson will not be joining our family. At our 16 week appointment they weren't able to find a heartbeat. We're obviously a little blindsided and a lot heartbroken. It's interesting how attached you can get to a little peanut in just 4 months.

2. To steal a cheesy country song there are "angels among us". Through these last 4 rough months I had to humble myself and ask for help. In return I was humbled by the generous and loving natures of our friends, coworkers and neighbors.

3. God hears and answers prayers. Although this is the last lesson you'd expect to learn from hardships it always seems to be the most resounding and longest lasting. As I piece together the "tender mercies" that we have already experienced I can't help but be grateful.

4. #2 and #3 notwithstanding . . . this sucks.