Today was beautiful, the temperature was perfect in the high 80's, almost 25 degrees lower than the past few days! I was thrilled to be able to work outside on the yard. I don't do it very often because it is so tough on my back, but it was the perfect opportunity for yard work so Amy, Angie and I enjoyed the sun. I am sure that my chiropractor will see me tomorrow :) (remember I am a 50 year old now)
I am so excited to get everything ready, because tomorrow all my kids will be home together. It will be the first time since December at Brad and Krystal's wedding, so we are excited! Lee and Lauren have been gone for a week at a Youth Camp and Brad and Krystal will be visiting for a week from Idaho. I don't know how to explain it, but having all my kids home together seems like the greatest blessing a mother can have. I love the scripture in the book of Matthew 6:21 which reads, "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also,". I feel blessed that for our whole marriage. I have been able to stay home and be a full time mom. Many people have asked me how I could do that and why I would do that? Well, Jeff and I decided before we got married that he would support the family and that I would stay home. We both knew that it would take a lot of sacrifice, living on just one income was interesting and forced us to be happy with less and to be very creative...not only in our finances but in our cooking and our entertainment. :) But it was exactly what we had hoped for and though it was far from perfect, it was the exact life that I had always dreamed of.
Especially since I have battled cancer more than once in my life, I have to admit that the treasures that are in my heart have gotten more precious to me and I can't imagine life without them and hope that I never have to. We may not have a lot of money, or cars that work all the time, but I do have an incredible family and kids that make me happier than anything in this world. So knowing that they all will be home again for even just a week ...is a blessing! Our family motto is "WE MAY NOT HAVE IT ALL TOGETHER BUT TOGETHER WE HAVE IT ALL!" , I think that explains our crew better than anything else, especially for those of you that truly know us ! :)
So hopefully we will be able to get some family photos together and of course the kids are trying to convince Amy that she needs to have Miss Jenny this weekend if she can so that we can all be here for it. Amy is at 38 weeks and getting pretty uncomfortable, so I am sure she would be more than happy to have the baby two weeks early. But for me, as a mother of 4 I personally know that you usually have to have a Plan B, C and some times D ready...just in case. So we shall see!
"Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one."
-- Jane Howard
"Families are the compass that guide us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter."
-- Brad Henry