the grand-dogs

Or the picture below may be more aptly titled, “What I Did on My Summer Vacation.” Yesterday, the school bus passed down our street for the first day of school. It was the first time in over twenty years that we have not had a student headed to preschool, high school, or even college. How I felt like a fish out of water as I realized our school days are over and another chapter of our lives begins.

I have missed you! I have been somewhat MIA this summer due to a few added responsibilities, i.e. full-time mother once again and babysitter to extra animals. We have had up to four dogs and two cats in the house at one time. (Consequently, we had the house exterminated for fleas for the first time in many years.) We’re in full swing right now with Lindsay’s wedding just two months from yesterday. Today would have been my parents’ 58th wedding anniversary. Such sweet full circles. The dogs are fun but I can’t wait for the real thing with grandbabies.

Today we’re going for a taste test for the reception food. People ,this is serious stuff–this wedding planning. I know while some of you aren’t feeling too sorry for me about now, I am up to my neck and feeling a bit overwhelmed and out of my league. My idea of a party is inviting the neighbors over for dinner! That’s enough stress for any one day. Fortunately, Lindsay is such a sweet girl about all of it and rolls with the punches very well. However, she was just diagnosed with the h. pylori bacteria (the cause of stomach ulcers.) I think this summer has taken its toll on her, too, as she finished her degree, completed a 40 hour weekly internship, and travelled back and forth to Austin to wrap up details of moving home, finishing degrees, and multiple wedding errands. This is our life right now. I look forward to October 24 but I will welcome “normal” again when that comes, too.

Also thank you for all your prayers and concerns for Lauren. She is doing much better after having two seizures a couple of weeks ago and diagnosed with reactive hypoglycemia. She will leave tomorrow to wrap up her thesis from Oxford in the U.K. and graduate on September 26 with her Masters in Environmental Change. We are very proud of her working so hard during this less than optimal time with her health. She’s a real trooper. Lindsay will go with her just to make sure she continues to do well with no forther blood sugar plummets. They will have a last hurrah before Lindsay marries and Lauren moves to Ft. Worth.

I still may be a little scarce over the next two months, but our family would appreciate your prayers as we center on wrapping up several chapters in our lives. I can’t wait to tell you all about the wedding. However, I will be popping in from time to time just to catch up. In the meantime, email me or leave a comment and let me know what you are up to, and tell me your prayer needs and I will consider it a privilege to pray for you. We can’t wait for fall here in Houston! Blessings abundant as you enter a new season of your lives with fall and school and life!

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3 thoughts on “the grand-dogs

  1. I’ll keep you in my prayers as you prepare for THE event of 2009! I’m sure everything will fall into place perfectly. I’ll also keep Lauren and Lindsay in my prayers as they leave for England. They’ll get to make some sweet memories! Hope the food for the reception passed the taste test! Cherish these busy days, friend. They’ll be over before you know it!
    Much love,
    Angie xoxo

  2. Hi Annie!

    I’ve been in my own “summer hole” 🙂 It sounds as if your life is in a whirlwind right now.

    Blogging could not be a top priority for me this summer either, and I have missed it so much! I enjoy keeping in touch with all my cyber friends.

    I have been keeping the grandchildren extra this summer. My son and DIL have been able to get away several times and we were the #1 babysitters. Their last trip was to a resort in Mexico for several days. PaPa and Grammie made it just fine with a 5 year old and a 14 month old. WE got to church on time and everything! 🙂

    Your grand-dogs are beautiful. Let me just say, though, that we’ve had grand-dogs, but grand-CHILDREN ? Much better!

    We will be going on our vacation beginning Monday A.M. We are doing another cruise. It begins in England then goes to France, Ireland, Iceland, Boston, Maine, Nova Scotia, Maine again and back to Boston. The Boston to Boston lportion of the trip is a Fall foliage tour. I hope there is some color in mid- September. I am looking forward to some down time. I need to get caught up on my scripture memorization. I haven’t worked on the ones during the summer.

    I will keep you in my prayers, sweet lady. I pray that the girls will be strong and healthy, and that the wedding goes wonderfully smooth — just as planned. Take care of you, too.

    Love,
    Sherry

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