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Graduation, the Great Commission, and Gangster-wanna-be's

Wow.  What a month I’ve had.  I will be breathing so much better when I get past July 1.  That’s when all the work from my Senior Seminar class is due.  And this June has been so completely crazy so far.
We are into Camp season right now.  Last week was Water and Work Week.  The daughter of a friend of mine from Council Bluffs also wanted to try out for weeks so last Sunday her mom drove her to my house and then she rode up with our church youth.  Later that Monday morning I drove Ben up to Special Camp and then on Friday I went back and retrieved him and the daughter of another friend of mine.  That was a lot of driving!  And then Saturday, David and Hannah came back.  I got a phone call from David saying, “Uh, Mom?  Can you come rescue me?”  He had a flat tire on the way home from church.  He really did not need much rescuing but he didn’t want to leave Hannah in the heat while he put on a spare so I took her back to the house and then he got home shortly afterward.  The tire was bey…
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Messy Margarine and Making Memories

Summer is here (after the longest winter, ever).  It’s 9 am and it’s already hot out.
Well, the last week or two since I last wrote have not been quite so difficult with Ellie.  But there are still things.  I’m trying to work on my reactions.  In fact, yesterday our therapist told me that instead of writing down all the incidents that happen in a notebook like I usually do, she wants me to write about how I respond.  Ugh.  It’s easier to write about the bad stuff they do!  I did think I was particularly clever  this morning, although I know Ellie didn’t appreciate it.  Lizzie had been hinting to me that she didn’t really care for her hairstyle.  But, like normal, she wouldn’t come out and directly say it, so I ignored her.  She needs to learn that if she wants something to change she needs to be direct in her communication.  So Ellie told her after I got done, “You look like a baby!”  Of course, she knew better than to say this where I could hear, but she still got caught.  I wanted to…

The Hardest Job You'll Ever Love..."Love" Might be Pushing it...

I’m home from another wedding.  This time it was my friend, Heather.  I have prayed for a husband for her for years.  It was a lovely, short wedding.  I hosted the groom and officiant at my house for two nights and then the officiant, David, and I drove around yesterday running errands.  He’s a nice guy from San Diego – my age.  I felt bad for them having to use that antique shower upstairs, but they didn’t complain.  I think this was the first wedding I’ve attended where I did not feel overly sad because of being widowed.  I don’t know if that is a sign of healing or just because Heather is a good friend and I was so happy that she was happy.
Sam leaned over to me during the wedding and said, “I’ve decided, Mom – I’m going to get married between the ages of 20 and 25.”  All right then.  As we were leaving he wondered idly, out loud, about how wedding trends will change by the time he has his own.  This kid is just his own little guy – very much a thinker. ************************ Ok – t…

Zip Lines and Other Wild Rides

Today was “crazy hair” day at school for the kids.  I’ve been waiting for the school to do this!  For several years now I’ve seen examples of crazy hair days in my black hair groups, but our school never did anything like that.  As it turned out, it was scheduled for a day I needed to work which was going to make things a little more cramped, time wise.  I ended up getting up 40 min. early just to make sure that we had enough time.  It was worth it, though.  The girls told me they got plenty of compliments at school today and that their principle told them that “The Heywood girls took crazy hair day to a whole new level!”  They kind of had an advantage – a creative mom and thick, wiry hair that doesn’t ever fall down.  Although, to be honest, most of my creativity was Pinterest-inspired.  I had intended for Lizzie to have braids sticking out from the side of her head and I had really detangled and stretched out her hair last night in preparation for that.  But the second I got those s…