From the Phone

I love my girls so much. It is painful to think about HOW much I love them because they are not mine. They are God's. It is a painful reminder that God gives and He takes away - there is nothing we can do to change that. I can plead everyday to God to save my children from evil, from dying before I do; but there is just no guarantee that that will happen. That is sad and depressing to think about but also puts life in perspective. NOTHING in this world is more important than our Creator. I have to remind myself that whenever I get life out of perspective. Here is Lindy trying out her tightrope walking. She got pretty good at it. Ruby's first sandbox visit. Now, this is important because I HATE sand. And it is not really in the moment of playing in the sand, it is AFTERWARDS. All I could think about was every little grain of sand dropping from Ruby's toes into the car, into her crib, into the house, into her diaper. Gives me the creeps. ugh. That is probably why Dale and I don't vacation at the beach (that and we don't live NEAR a beach). Well, Ruby warmed up to it and by the time we left, she was scooping handfuls into her mouth. Gross. I can't even BEGIN to explain how good of a feeling it is to have Dale around. FINALLY. My husband, the girls' father, my best friend has time to play with us. Saturday, we had an epic day of play at our local International Children's Festival. Our Fabulous friend who runs the event was able to get us into all the events free - she is amazing. First was a luminarium (sp?), full of color and mazes. Then Lindy did her first real rock climb - taking after her daddy. Face painting with an appointment from our friend. Wait in line was only 10 minutes as opposed to the 2 hour line on the other side of the tent! And a carefree time of playing in the water fountain. It was probably 90 degrees out in full sun. She was soaked but it was pure joy watching her jump around in the cool water. Ruby wanted to try it as well. She kept wanting to sit down in it. Summer is right around the corner. Can't believe it. Also can't believe that Ruby will be turning one in just a couple of months. Crazy huh? We plan on filling our days with the pool and summer camps. We found out that this year is the last year of Cornerstone - the music festival that Dale and I met at. So, we've been seriously discussing attending the last year and I think we are going to do it! We have been chatting with some of our friends as well - I think we are going to meet up and camp together with our kids. Should be interesting 100 degree weather, full sun and 5 days of camping, music, and our children. Last time we were there, 9 years ago, was our honeymoon! Want to join us? Let us know. Also, we are looking for a young lady to go with us to help with all the kiddos. Let me know if you are that young lady and interested or know of someone who would like to go. We will pay for price of … [Read more...]

From the Phone

Can I just say that we are COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS!!! 9 more days of school for Dale until Summertime. FINALLY. I will see my husband. You can't tell, but we are on a ferris wheel above -at school. AT LEAST at the end of the year, the school has a carnival and we have taken Lindy every year. I like how Lindy is kissing air. We also took some friends, below. They enjoyed carting Ruby around everywhere. They are such big helpers. We got Lindy one of those butterfly kits -where they mail you caterpillars and you watch their life cycle as they form cocoons and then turn into butterflies. I had one as a kid and remembering enjoying it so much. It was really really cool. And it just so happens that last week, we traveled to DC to spend a week with my sister and the butterflies started hatching the morning we were to leave, so we just took them with us! So, we decided to leave for DC on Monday afternoon, hoping to beat traffic as we would have to travel through a tunnel and we know how crazy people are about going slower in tunnels around here. HOURS of traffic just because people slow down. Me and the girls, the dog, the car was packed and Lindy's stomach hurt. Now, the entire weekend she had diarrhea, some sort of bug, so I attributed the stomach ache to that. But then as we are DRIVING out of town, she is crying uncontrollably and really upset. I have images of appendix bursting and cancer. I decide to stop at an urgent care center on our way out of town. Basically, we paid $10 for Lindy to use the toilet there and be completely ok afterwards. Literally. She cried the whole way into the hospital and then the minute we get to the room, the doctor comes our way and we make our way to the bathroom. She comes out as happy as a clam. SMH. I'm sure the doctor thought I was crazy. I didn't get a lot of pictures the week we were in DC, but we enjoyed our time with my sister and Kellyn. Just relaxing. We'd sit in bed at night and watch tv, we cooked a lot of healthy meals, we took turns napping. AND we went on a few runs. Ran 4 miles, 2 days in a row. Luckily, Liz, pushed the 100 extra pounds of girls and stroller. When we got back on the first day, we found out the stroller had a FLAT tire. So, she gets lots of points for pushing that, running -all with a flat tire. We found a bike store and the teenage boy seemed a little too confident in fixing it. I KNEW I should have asked more questions. He fixed a few spokes and aired up the tire. We got home, packed the girls up to run (which takes about 1 hour to get everything ready), when we were all ready, Liz came inside, THE STROLLER WAS FLAT AGAIN. GRRRR. WE UNLOADED the girls, packed them all in the car AGAIN and went to the bike store. The wheel needed an intertube. Ugh. We were determined to get this run in. 3 hours later, we were running. It was a great trip visiting. So glad they moved closer to us. And the newest addition to the Harris family - meet Sugar. … [Read more...]

From the Phone

This hammock has been sitting in Dale's closet since my junior year in college. I got it for him on my first trip to Guatemala. FINALLY put it up and enjoyed swinging in the breeze. Saturday night after Dale's show, we decided to go swing dancing -it was vintage night. Come all dressed up. I decided to be as authentic as I could and did a little trick that I used to do in highschool and college. Historical fact #1,592 is that stockings were in such rare shortage that women had to resort to drawing a line up the back of their leg to resemble the seam. I made Dale draw a line (in sharpie) up the back of my leg to look like stockings. It was hysterical. People could not stop talking about it. Of course, almost a week later, the lines are still on the back of my leg, but hey, at least the lines didn't "run" down my leg while I was dancing. Lindy looking so grown up. This was her about 10 minutes before her kindergarten testing to get into the private school in the Fall. When the teacher came out of the room from testing her, you would have thought that it was her own grandchild, she was ENAMORED with Lindy and she couldn't really hide it. ha. She couldn't stop talking about Lindy and all the things she could do. She had Lindy do a test to determine her "age" and the age range stopped at 6 years, 7 months. She said, Lindy was off the charts...they didn't have any more ages after that. She is one smart cookie. LOVE THIS PHOTO taken at Lowe's. Both girls fit in the car and as you can tell, they were both pretty happy about it. Don't worry, all the BAD photos of me cranky, the girls crying, me sleeping, Dale always gone, my loneliness, my dirty house, the kitty box, are not included in this post. I don't want you to get the idea that life is perfect around here. :) … [Read more...]