Chicken Casserole, Baked Custard and Other Things

Yesterday was filled with lovely.

Lovely food, lovely moments and lovely people.

My heart is full.

There is something special about people who truly care about you.

Not love, CARE. {it is very different}

Our breakfast was perfect.

{I even baked custard for breakfast!}

The tablecloth was signed….

 

and this morning, I pulled from the freezer,

chicken casserole for dinner tonight.

I have a busy day today.

My Larry is home from Houston

and

life is pretty wonderful.

Love you beyond fresh strawberries.

Me, me me……

 

Soccer and Ghosties

Last Saturday,

we were invited to the country to watch Matilda play soccer.

She was ready….

 

and played goalie.

After the game, we went to Subway for lunch…

and then on to the MIller’s house

to make GHOSTS!

Larry and I brought the materials….and we got busy with Lars and Matilda.

{Josh opted to mow the yard}

We glued yards and yards of cheesecloth onto manikin heads.

Matilda was enjoying the process very much.

We left the manikin ghosts on the Miller’s kitchen table to dry.

But I know for a fact that they are now floating around their front porch.

After making ghost manikins, we brought Matilda to The Cottage

where she spent the night,

It was a PERFECT Saturday.

*****

It is drizzly and damp outside today.

I am getting the cottage ready for guests tomorrow….

sounds fun, yes?

Have a happy, kind day.

I love you beyond 100 yards of cheesecloth.

{YES. I have left overs}

Love you.

Me

 

GUEST BLOGGER TODAY~ Larry Tolbert

 

COURAGE AND COMMITTMENT

 

On August 20, Rob and I celebrated our 40th Wedding Anniversary. We also took a moment to celebrate Rob’s Five Year cancer-free and that was a celebration I will remember for the rest of my life! In November, we will take time to recognize November 10 , 2012 – the day Dr. Jett and the heart team at Baylor saved Josh Miller’s life – and celebrate life, true love, and family.

So much of our time here on Earth is marked by holidays, celebrations, and special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries. Yesterday, October 8, our daughter Jami should have been celebrating her One Year Wedding Anniversary. Unfortunately, ten days before the wedding, her fiancé, Jared, ran out….just “disappeared” without explanation or consideration.

I would like to say he had a change of heart, cold feet, as that would at least make it a little easier to understand, but as they are still living together, a change of heart just doesn’t seem to fit. We may never know what drove him to back away from the ceremony, the commitment, in such a cowardly manner. Perhaps it is not ours to know, but this much I do know – Jami has a heart of gold and the courage of a lion. When faced with such incredibly heart-breaking adversity, she kept her focus and took care of business with courage, commitment, integrity, and deep abiding love.

She deserves someone who shares that same level of devotion and commitment to the relationship and I hope someday she finds that person. We have not seen Jared since we delivered his birthday gift last September 2016 prior to the wedding date so I cannot say if during this year he has grown, matured, to be someone to share such a sacred bond of trust and love with our daughter. In as much as we have not seen him or heard from him tells me all I need to know.

***

Larry requested to be guest blogger today….

Thank you for stopping by during your busy day.

Love you.

Me

A Mothers Heart

 

In the ’80’s, when Larry and I wanted a family,

we discovered that I had to go on fertility drugs.

The drugs worked very fast with a first pregnancy……our Lauren.

But when I went on them, hoping for a second child, nothing worked.

Larry and I together decided that we were happy with one daughter.

About a year later, I became very ill and DR  told me that I was pregnant.

It was wonderful news.

Four months later Jamison was born.

We had two daughters.

I had two children. How absolutely perfect is that?

I have never read anything that describes how I feel about being the mother of two daughters.

Two beautiful, independent women.

I love them so much that my heart bursts when talking of them.

They do not  need me now.

I have become their, retired Mom.

That is OK, they have things handled.

But I must confess,

It is difficult for me to stand back if they need me.

At times of celebrations, I become  happy for them

and

at times of deep despair,

my heart breaks .

***

When the clouds come

I hope you can hear my heart.

A mothers heart.

It beats, smiles and cries

along with your

Life, Joy and sadness.

I pray that I did a good job,

being an example for you.

I stand back,

waiting

in the event you would need me.

But, you and I both know…

You’ve Got This.

Love you.

Me

The Unexpected Change In My Day

Yesterday was a beautiful day,

despite the tragedy around us.

I worked all day on various projects

keeping my mind and body occupied.

{will show you a new fun project once it is finished}

It took me forever to get the laundry done.

I missed Libby Pug Dog a lot.

Maybe, I was just in a grumpy mood?

Then while I was folding laundry….the doorbell rang.

DARN IT. Interruption!

But it was something good.

Flowers.

Oh My Gosh!

A huge,beautiful arrangement from Karen & John.

{we had dinner with Karen and John on Saturday. They were visiting from Atlanta}

The arrangement made my day.

This thoughtful gift changed my attitude immediately.

I have texted Karen and told her that,

but sometimes, people just say that.

Yesterday…

someone did something kind and it

changed my day.

Dear Karen & John.

Your friendship means so much to us

and

One day I hope to be as kind and thoughtful as you both are.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

Love you.

Me

PS: Last night, I took the flowers back to the bedroom with me.

They look beautiful on the table next to the big bed.

Larry laughed at me.

 

 

 

 

 

Perhaps I Can

It was a lovely weekend.

We worked around the house,

met  friends, Karen & John for dinner on Saturday

and

went to the country for dinner last night.

There was a 6 year old, a 4 year old and a 2 month old

{the 4 year old and the 2 month old are the

children of Lauren and Josh’s best friends}

at dinner.

I loved it.

I sat on the patio for hours,

enjoying the air,

the sounds of children,

delicious food

and

watching my family in the early autumn night.

I was very thankful.

Matilda held baby Salma.

***

This morning I hold Las Vegas in my heart and prayers.

After my wonderful  evening, last night,

I find it difficult to imagine such hate.

Where does a hard heart come from?

Today, perhaps I can do one kind thing

for someone who is angry or down or just needs a smile,

Love you beyond the moon.

Me

 

From The Moment I Woke Up

Yesterday! I celebrated my last oncology appointment.

Dr S is my favorite Doc

and hugging him good bye was a milestone.

My Larry has taken such good care of me.

To be honest,

in these past 5 years a lot of merde has happened.

Things that happen in your life ,

you just want to hang your head and give up.

But between Larry and Dr S,

I wanted to do everything to get better.

***

We had tickets for a concert and picnic at the Arboretum yesterday.

Larry even had a cheese plate ready.

It was damp outside and gloomy…

honestly I just wanted to stay home.

So we had a picnic in bed.

Lets be honest,

there is something so special about Champagne in bed.

I made little grilled cheese sandwiches out of Hawaiian rolls

and

we had salad.

Larry made many toasts…and we smiled a lot.

Yesterday, I celebrated.

From the moment I woke, till I fell asleep last night.

It was my last day as a  cancer patient.

Now I am just like every other Paddington  Bear on the street.

Life is wonderful!

Love you.

Me