Wednesday, March 4, 2009

what a rollercoaster!

Wow. The last 10 days have just been over the top. In as many ways as possible.

I will try to get it all in a post - but that will require less detail than is really deserved on any of these topics.

1. As seen previously, Jen had her baby. A wonderful, healthy little boy. Named Barrett. He is wonderful! A great sleeper, only cries when ya change his diaper or give him a bath. A wonderful baby!

2. Due to the birth of Barrett, Ronnie and I got to spend some wonderful quality time with Aubrey. She is precious. and talks CONSTANTLY. My favorite comment of the week was when we were in Target, Ronnie put some random headband on her head.. she didn't see it coming. She jumped up, hands on her hips, and loudly said "What's the big idea here, Ronnie?" Oh, so young, and yet so smart!!!! We got to take her to play at Chickfila, get prizes at Target, see a magician at church, run through the aisles at Walmart with her swinging from our arms, and watch her learn about her baby brother. Time I will treasure forever.

3. Ronnie, Mom, Dad, Jon, Brantley and I all went out for a dinner the night before Jon left to go to his train-up for Afghanistan. I will be honest and just say that I am not ready to do this again. If you haven't experienced a family member or loved on being over there, there is just no way for you to understand the constant wondering, fighting the unknown, waking up with a gut feeling, and spending hours a night praying. I am proud of my brother. I am thankful for our military. It hurts to see him go back.

4. Mamaw found out she has breast cancer. (This is my mom's mom). Cancer has never been a problem in our family. Heart disease, yep - strokes, got em - alzheimers, yep... cancer? no. So this is new to our family. Decisions, test, dyes, etc are all going on this week. Please be praying for mamaw, and for my mom as they make all these decisions.

5. A friend of mine in Ga announced she is pregnant with number 2. Who will be 13 months younger than number 1!!! AHHHHHHH!!!!

6. Another friend of mine found out that after years of trying to get pregnant, they are finally approved to adopt - and will have a baby in May.

7. A friend from VA had her sister pass away unexpectedly.

8. Friendship has been redefined again in my life. No details. But I will say this, friends that are only friends when things are easy, or when they are good, or when they need something themselves, are easy to find in the good times, but seem to disappear with life gets rough.

Friends that are willing to cry with you, pray with you, love with you, hurt with you, celebrate the good, and mourn the bad, drop their details to help you pick up your pieces, are very difficult to find. I am blessed to say that God has given me a few. Those that are not afraid of the tears streaming down my cheeks as the bad news drops. Those that are thrilled to celebrate to amazing.

These are the people that make me want to be a better friend. They make me want to be like them. I pray that those people will find you!

Thank you.


Julie Tiemann said...

Thanks for the shout-out, girl! :)

I'm so sorry to hear about your grandmother and your brother. Such difficult times for your family... Praying for healing for her and a safe return for your brother!

Tricia said...

Those types of friends truly are hard to find, I have discovered that as I have gotten older, as we have moved from friends we did have and have tried to make new ones. I thank God that He has given me a few friends who are always there for the good and the bad, and that is all we need, just a few...

I am praying for your family...


Meredith said...

I don't always get to comment, but I really love reading your blog. I'm still laughing about the cookie! I am thankful you've been given friends to help you through this tough time. My heart so wishes to be able to just fix it all!!! but I know I can' just praying for you and your family! That, I can do......

Laurie Ann said...

I'm here from your mom's Ya'll have a lot on your plate. I wanted to encourage you by saying that my grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 79, went through chemo and radiation and is still with us today. She was a trooper and never got sick once. It's a scary diagnosis but it doesn't always end badly. Maw Maw is going to be 87 next month.

I'm praying for your brother and your family as you prepare to begin again.

And I'm sorry about your friendship crisis. It's so sad when those we love the most hurt us. Mourning the loss and trying not to grow bitter truly helps. I will be praying for God's will in this.