"Where have I been?" you ask, now that you know I was missing?
Do you all remember when I was in charge of the decorations for Grandma's 90th birthday party? It seems making things complicated and tine-consuming when it should be easy and fast wasn't a one-time illness. It is a chronic disease.
Long story short, I didn't get any yard work, house work, or blog work done the entire week, but I DID make 60 of these:
And because it's a disease, I had to make them color-coded and packaged all prettily with Easter basket grass and a card that read, "I couldn't give you real bacon and eggs, so I'm giving you upcycled, plastic eggs instead,"...
in order to pass them out at a swag swap at the Ohio Catholic Women Bloggers conference I went to this weekend.
My family thought I wasn't going to get them done.
They also thought I was insane.
And wondered aloud what I would do if the ladies at the conference didn't like them.
I ignored them as I wrapped.
|A very bad photo of Cuckoo demonstrating how NOT to wrap an egg with yarn.|
But I prayed, too. As I wrapped each one, I prayed for the woman who was going to receive it.
And I got them finished with hours to spare without stressing one itty, bitty bit.
That, Dear Readers, will be my first thankful for this week.
Number 2 will most certainly be the fact that I was able to go to this conference. It was in my hometown and only cost $25, so I had to go. It was fun. It was inspiring. It was prayerful and uplifting. It was more than I ever imagined it would be.
This one to be exact.) One of the lovely, wicked smart women I met at the conference just started making her own line of shirts, and she gave one away in a raffle.
4. I got to visit (and laugh, of course) with my dad, grandma, stepmom, sister, and baby niece after the conference each night.
5. My mom was not only available, but happy to take Star to his soccer tournament for us, so I could attend the conference.
6. The construction and care of porta-potties has drastically improved. (This has nothing to do with the conference, but everything to do with the soccer tournament at which I met my mom and Star.)
7. Giant asked me if I could get some plastic bags for a science experiment for school. I told him to write it (and a couple of other things) down, so I would remember. This is what I found:
Makes me smile, that boy.
8. We got to take the kids to the track on a day the drivers were practicing. (May is all about the Indy 500. The race was today.) Even if you aren't race fans, you can't help but be impressed with the speed and construction and loudness of the cars.
|They are the "I", although how you could have missed that is beyond me. ;)|
|I cannot begin to tell you how hard it is to get a photo of a car going 220 mph with an old iPhone. Got it on the 4,392 try.|
9. While I sat on the sidelines of Giant's soccer game, I received a text from Bryan, who was at Turken's baseball game, that read, "Steady rain. Cuckoo and I are under the trees, because I couldn't find an umbrella in the van."
I texted back, "Oops," with this photo:
The other two umbrellas were in the car I had driven. And he didn't even yell at me.
10. We are all home, and our family will have the whole day tomorrow to ourselves. I have no idea what we'll do, but it won't be yardwork.
So, what made you say "thank you!" this week?
Have a lovely day!
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