Two Tiaras and a Sword

Saturday, August 27, 2016

August 26, 2016

I woke up and started my morning with my First 5 devotion.   It went along very well with My Prince's sermon from last Sunday morning.  We need be willing to do whatever it takes to carry the salvation message to a lost and dying world.  Paul says in I Corinthians that he became a slave to reaching others with the Gospel.  I don't know about you.  But that convicts me.  To my core.  I must be more proactive in reaching others with the Gospel of Christ.  I finished getting ready while letting that sink and and meditating on those thoughts.

The Youngest Princess wanted us to match, so she had our matching outfits (t-shirts) all planned out.  I think it is sweet that she does not have a problem with matching her mom.  It made me happy to match her all day.

School went well.  Music class was cancelled, so I had an extra 30 minutes that I had not planned for.  I was excited though, because I thought we could fit in an art project.  But, alas, that was not meant to be.  We took longer to get things done than I had wanted, and we ended up finishing our regular work right on time, so we did not get to do the art project.  I was a little bummed, but hopefully as we move along and the girls get the hang of how things work, they will finish things faster and we will have time for some fun things like art.

I hung the new curtain that the Oldest Princess made for my classroom window while the girls were at PE.  My Prince came a little early and helped me finish hanging it.  They were so excited when they came back to the room and saw it.  I really do like it, and they do too.  It is super cute.  The Oldest Princess did a great job!

After school I ran into the mom of one of the students who graduated with the Oldest Princess.  She has been at college for a little over a week now.  We talked a little about it and how they were all doing.  Ugh!  I so do not look forward to this!  But I am trying really hard to be stay positive and upbeat.  I know we will survive, and adjust.  I know it will all be fine.  I just have my moments.

After school, I got home and the Oldest Princess and My Prince were both here.  They suggested we go out to eat at one of our favorite local restaurants.  So we did.  Just the girls, My Prince and I.  The Young Prince was at football practice.

We came home, and the Young Prince came in right after us.  My Prince took a quick nap on the couch.  The Young Prince told me about something that is going on at school about him being "chosen".  Pretty interesting.  I am eager and interested to see how this turns out, and just who is behind it.  I have my theories.  The Young Prince has his (some of his theories made me laugh).  I love a puzzle and a mystery, and this has the elements of both.  I'll let ya know how it ends when I know...

The kids got ready to go to the local football game.  I planned on staying home and having some quiet alone time while they were gone.

The Oldest Princess hooked up her computer to the television so that I could watch PureFlix (it's like a Christian version of NetFlix - if you haven't ever heard of it, you should definitely check it out).  I thought a series called Sue Thomas FBI (eye) looked interesting, so when they left, I got some chips and dip and snuggled up under a blanket to watch a few episodes.  It is a cute little show.  About 10 minutes into the first one, I lost it.  I had a good cleansing cry (cause I was by myself and I could - for our friend who passed away recently, for the pictures I've seen of the Oldest Princess's friends moving into their college dorms, for a loved one who has been making terrible choices and is now reaping the consequences, for our sweet Tiger - stupid national pet day on Facebook! - and for the fact that we only have one more week with the Oldest Princess before we are taking pictures of HER moving into HER dorm room and hugging US all goodbye.  I didn't cry long, but I did cry hard, and allowed myself a few minutes of emotional release.  After that I was okay, and I relaxed and watched several episodes of my new little show before everyone came home from the football game.

The Young Prince came home to get his truck because he was going to spend the night at a friend's house.  He came in the house just to give me a hug, tell me he loved me and goodnight.  That made this momma's night.

The rest of us went upstairs to call it a day and get some rest.

Until I blog again...

Thursday, August 25, 2016

August 20 - 25, 2016

Okay, I have been a bit busy.  I will do my best to remember the highlights...

8/20 Saturday - It was a relaxing morning.  We had a Sunday School fish fry that evening.  It started pouring about the time we left for the fish fry.  We got soaked getting out of the car.  The food was great, and the company was the best.  We had a good time, and really enjoyed playing Dutch Blitz.  It was a great time, and I look forward to doing it again next year.

8/21 Sunday - It was a good day at church.  I went early and met with my Bible Drills helper, Mrs. S, and we cleaned out some things and did some reorganizing.  It was wonderful.  I really enjoyed my Sunday night small group, we have gotten comfortable with one anther, and have really started sharing our hearts and how the Lord is working in our lives and I am really enjoying it.  I had a great night in my Bible Drills class as well.  I know I say it often, but I seriously mean it.  I LOVE Bible Drills class, and the kids that are in my class, and my sweet helper!

8/22 Monday - It was a good day at school.  We were able to get everything accomplished that I wanted to get done.  I am loving my class of all girls!  After school, we went to the hospital to see my friend, M.  She was off of the ventilator, and doing better.  It was good to see her and talk to her and know that she was going to be okay.  We also went to visit another friend who was in the same hospital.  We love her, and she is always so sweet and such an encouragement.  We left feeling blessed for our time with her.  We did a little shopping for the Oldest Princess.  She needed some school supplies for college, and then she needed some things to finish a few projects that she is working on.  We ate at Chick-fil-A, and then came home.

8/23 Tuesday - It was a good day at work.  Honestly, there is nothing to talk about, because my girls are so good!  When My Prince asks, "How was your day?"  I have nothing to say but, "It was really good.  How was yours?"  I love it!  The Oldest Princess left to go to an away game with the volleyball team.  The Youngest Princess and I came home, and the Young Prince got out of school early, so he had already gone to get a haircut, and beat us home.  My Prince finished with a meeting that he was in, and came home.  My Prince and I then left to go to a pre-viewing of the movie I Am Not Ashamed.  It is a movie about the life of Rachel Joy Scott, one of the victims of the Columbine school shooting.  It was not what I expected it to be, but it was very good.  I believe that it will be an effective tool to reach teenagers with the Gospel.  I also think that it will open the door for many conversations that will help many teens.  When the movie was over, they introduced the main actress of the movie.  She was there!  It was pretty neat.  They held a quick question and answer session with her.  She was so cute and sweet!  Then we came home to our children.  The Oldest Princess had made it home from the volleyball game, and the Youngest Princess was in bed asleep.  Oh, and I talked to my brother a couple of times.  The cleaning people at his office had run into the building, with someone on top of the car (seriously).  The world has gone crazy.  Absolutely crazy.

8/24 Wednesday - It was a good day.  School went great.  My Prince came and did chapel for me.  He taught about Salvation.  A much needed message, even at a Christian school. We managed to squeek everything in, even with chapel and a lot of other things going on.  After school, I went with the Oldest Princess to pick up trays of chicken sliders for the youth event that night.  Three members of my Wednesday night group could not be there, so that left two of us.  We met and shared our hearts with one another.  I shared with her about a difficult situation that I am facing, and she promised to pray for me.

8/25 Thursday (today) - I woke up and did my First 5 devotion.  It was very good.  A great reminder.  I got ready and the Youngest Princess and I went to school.  It was another good day.  Did I mention that I love my class of girls?  We shared lots of prayer requests, and took some extra time to pray for all of our requests.  The girls all did very well on their tests and quizzes for the day.  The Oldest Princess came to visit during lunch.  Then My Prince took the Oldest Princess to the dentist.  We found out that she has a cracked back tooth, and will have to have a root canal.  We were all bummed by that news.  But at least we found out in time to get it done before she goes to college.  My Prince said that the dentist was trying to set the Oldest Princess up with one of (either one of) his two eligible sons.  Too funny!  Anyway, they got her set up for her root canal.  I know we will all be glad when that is over and done.  They came home, and by that time Grammy was here.  We sure were glad to see her!  It seems like they have been gone forever.  Poppy still is not home, but we hope he is able to come home soon.  We all went out to eat with Grammy.  Then the oldest two kids went to a local football game.  My Prince brought me home, and then left for a meeting.  Grammy and the Youngest Princess ran to a local store to get the Youngest Princess some fudge pops.  They came home shortly thereafter, and then Grammy left.  The Youngest Princess did her homework.  I worked on some school related things.  Then I came upstairs to help the Youngest Princess get ready for bed. My Prince made it home from his meeting.  I am going to read to the Youngest Princess, and then get some rest.

Whew!  And that catches you up on the week.  Well, at least some of the main details of the week.  I will try to do better this week at blogging each day.  I don't enjoy playing catch up.

Until I blog again...

Saturday, August 20, 2016

August 19, 2016

I woke up and did my First 5 devotion as always.  Then I got ready for work.  Casual Friday!  Woo hoo!  I love casual Fridays!  We got a call from a friend/church member to let us know that his wife (who is in my Wednesday night small group) had woke up in the middle of the night having what they thought was an allergic reaction.  They rushed her to the hospital.  They ruled out everything, and were thinking that it was a reaction to her blood pressure medicine.  My Prince and our youth pastor went to the hospital.  I sent out a text to my group to let them know that we needed to be praying.

The Oldest Princess left the house to go babysit.  The Youngest Princess woke up and had a better morning than the morning before.  I think we actually made it to the car before I heard, "I miss Tiger, Mommy" for the the first time.  There were a few tears on the way to school, but not uncontrollable this time.  Just sad tears.

School went okay.  I taught Bible, and it was one of my favorite lessons to teach.  Then we did math. The lesson was on averaging.  It was taking a long time, because they have to add several numbers together, and then divide.  Most of them were making simple mistakes with their addition, so then they would not get the right answer when they divided.  And then they would have to start all over again.  We had to stop and to break.  Then we came back and worked on it some more.  It was taking forever, and we had to move on, because we had other things to do besides just math.  When we got to the review section of the page, I accelerated things a little, knowing that not every student would finish every problem on the page.  Most of the students rolled right along with me.  Except one.  That would be the Youngest Princess.  She had a come apart, because she was not done with the section that we giving the answers to.  I tried to get her to understand that it was okay, but she would not stop trying to state her case to me long enough for me to get through to her.  I finally had to send her out to the hall, and we had a heart to heart chat.  I explained that because it was review, and that I knew they know how to multiply, and because we were three hours in to our day and had only done Bible and math, and that I knew how much more we had to do to cover everything, as well as the fact that they had music later and we had to be finished even earlier than normal, that it was okay for her to trust me that it would be all right if she did not finish every multiplication problem on the entire page.  And I let her know that arguing with me and back talking to me in class was not acceptable, and that we were going to go back in that classroom, and that she was going to relax and follow along with me.  She said "Yes, m'am."  So I motioned her back into the room.  She passed by me on the way in, and whispered, "But it's hard!"  So I sent her right back out into the hall.  I then let her know that "It was hard" because she does NOT have all of her math facts memorized.  And that if she would work on them at home when I tell her to, instead of giving me excuses and lip, that she would have them memorized and THEN, it would not be "hard", it would be a piece of cake!  And sent her back to her seat.

The rest of the day went very smoothly.  My Prince text to let me know that he and the youth pastor were on the way home from the hospital.  There was no change in my friend.  I really wanted to go to the hospital, but I had to teach, and that evening, was the Young Prince's first football game of his senior year.  My Prince told me that she was sedated, and would not know that I was there, so I felt better about not being able to go.  But she was on my heart and I prayed for her and her family fervently all day.

After school, the Youngest Princess and I came home.  The Oldest Princess had gone to lunch with the Adopted Princess.  The Adopted Princess brought a gift from her and a family friend to the Oldest Princess.  It was a shadow box with a poem, about friendship, written by the family friend.  The poem was about two vines - signifying the two girls - and how they grew up separately at first, and then their lives were intertwined and they grew together equally strong, and winning the game of life together, because they were friends.  It is a beautiful, touching poem, and it is very special to the Oldest Princess.  She wanted me to see it as soon as I came in.  I know she will treasure it, as much as she treasures her friendship with the Adopted Princess.

We were home for just a few minutes before we left to grab something to eat, and then go to the Young Prince's ballgame.  We went to eat, and had a nice dinner and time of fellowship with our girls.  Then we had a few minutes, so we stopped by the store and picked up a few things that the Oldest Princess will need for college.

Then we headed to the football game.  We were not matched up well.  The other team had several players that were bigger than our boys and they had about (the way it looked to me) twice as many players as we did.  The Young Prince is the only senior on our team.  Not too far in, one of our bigger players got hurt, and had to sit out the rest of the game.  It was a tough game.  They were pretty much killing us.  Then there was a lightning delay.  We went out and sat in our cars for about an hour.  Our friends pulled their car over next to ours, and we talked through the open windows and that helped the time to pass faster.  It started raining lightly, and they started the game again.  So we sat on the bleachers in the rain, and watched the rest of the game.  They allowed the clock to just run.  There was no hope at this point of us making a comeback.  The Young Prince was able to make one touchdown, and put us on the scoreboard.  I was very thankful for that.  I knew that he was going to be totally bummed.  But after the game, one of his teammates came over to me and asked me to please make sure that I told the Young Prince that the loss was not on him (because he takes it personally), but to tell him that he played his hardest and stepped up his game, and it was not on him.  I told the young man that I would tell the Young Prince, but I didn't know if he would listen to me or not.

The Youngest Princess asked if she could go spend the night with a friend.  It was okay with the friend's mom, so we let her go.

When we got in the car, I was telling the Young Prince what his teammate had asked me to tell him, and My Prince said that the same teammate had given him the same message to give to the Young Prince.

The Young Prince was in pretty good spirits on the way home, even though he was bruised up and beaten from nose to toe.  He was talkative, and I loved it.

When we got home, I told the Young Prince to take some ibuprofen and put all of his stinky clothes directly in the washing machine and to hit the shower.  We all went directly to bed.  We were exhausted.  Especially the Young Prince.

Until I blog again...

Thursday, August 18, 2016

August 18, 2016

I woke up this morning with a heavy heart.  I was afraid that there would be more tears from our girl. I got up and did my First 5 devotions.  Then I got ready for work.

The Youngest Princess got up in a pretty good mood, almost as if she had forgotten what had happened.  And when we left, there were a few bees around our front door.  We have been talking about bees in science, so the Youngest Princess and My Prince were all excited to show them to me. We looked at them for a while and wondered why they were there.  So, that diverted her attention at least until we got to the car, and then the tears came.

We talked about school and tried to think of other things on our way to school.  I prayed for our day before we pulled into the parking lot.  The Youngest Princess was good when we got out of the car, but then she saw one of her friends, and wanted to walk with them.  When she got to the classroom door, she was in tears again.  I am sure she told her friend what had happened.

Many of the wonderful people I work with were very sweet to let us know how sorry they were for what had happened.

School went well, until we got to reading.  Of course, today of all days, the story would be about a dog.  The Youngest Princess cried again.  I think she pretty much cried all day off and on.  We took a spelling pre-test, and the Youngest Princess made a 100 on it, so she does not have to take her spelling test tomorrow.  I was very proud of her.

I received a very sweet Facebook message from a friend about how her family had been praying for us, and how our tragedy had touched their lives in a special way.  She wanted me and the Youngest Princess to know, so that we could remember that everything happens for a reason.  It was very sweet.

My Prince and the Oldest Princess came by and ate lunch with me.

The last couple of hours went by very fast, and we were busy trying to get everything done before it was time to go home.  We did manage to get it all done, but barely.

The Youngest Princess and I headed home.  I dreaded going home, because I knew that getting home would bring more tears from the Youngest Princess missing Tiger.  My Prince had promised to take her out back to show her where they had buried him.  When we got home, she was tearful going in, because Tiger was always there to meet us and get his belly rubbed on our way in.  She went straight to the back door and out to the back porch where she loved on Houston for a few minutes.

When she came back in, I shared the Facebook message that I had received earlier with her.  I got choked up reading it to her.  About that time the Oldest Princess came home from the store.

At the same time the Oldest Princess got home, a sweet friend pulled into the driveway.  She brought a hyacinth bulb to the Youngest Princess.  She told her that when she was a little girl, and her dog died, that she planted a hyacinth by its grave, and every year when it bloomed, she was reminded of her beloved pet.  She wanted the Youngest Princess to have one to plant.  She also gave her a little memorial stone, and a card.  It was such a precious gesture on the part of my friend!  How thoughtful was that!  It brought sunshine to an otherwise pretty blue day.

The Youngest Princess and My Prince went in to do homework, and the Oldest Princess and I went by to visit Mrs. B to check on her and let her know how much we love her.  We had a sweet visit with her and her granddaughter.

The Oldest Princess dropped me off back at the house, and then she went on to the school to help with the volleyball teams.

I came in, and My Prince went out to grill hamburgers.  The Young Prince came home from football practice.  We ate dinner, and watched something funny on television.

The Oldest Princess got home.  We all got ready for bed.  Everyone is exhausted.  The Youngest Princess cried in the shower.  When she got done, I read the next chapter of Mandie to the her.  I helped the Young Prince with some of his homework. The Oldest Princess came in to show me a drawing of one of her favorite verses that she had done.  My Prince fell asleep waiting on all of us to get settled.  I worked on my blog off an on during all of that.  And now, I'm done with the news from today.

Until I blog again...

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

August 17, 2016

I woke up this morning, and like every other morning, did my First 5 devotion.  Then I got ready and the Youngest Princess and I headed off to school.

School went very well.  We were able to get everything finished in time for the girls to go to cheer practice.  My three remaining students played with legos while I recorded grades.

The dentist called and said that they had had a cancellation and wanted to know if I could come in and make up my appointment that they had to cancel back a few weeks ago.  I told them that I could.

After school I came home, and My Prince went with me to the dentist.  I got my teeth cleaned.  I have a spot on one of my back teeth that needs some attention, so I had to make an appointment to go back in a couple of weeks to get that fixed.

We ran and got the kids something to eat.  I warmed up leftovers.  My Prince and the Young Prince left early for church.  The girls and I came later.

I finally got to meet back with my Wednesday night small group.  I have for many different reasons not been able to meet with them for a long time.  It was good to be back together - except we missed S.  We had a good time sharing prayer requests and what we had learned from our study of Acts Ch. 1.

After church we talked for a while, and then I asked My Prince if we could stop by the store and pick up some ibuprofen because my teeth were sore.  We stopped and My Prince and the Youngest Princess went in and got the ibuprofen and a few other things.

As we were driving home, My Prince suddenly sucked in his breath.  He does this often while he is driving, usually when he thinks there is a close call and someone was about to have a wreck.  I looked up at the car pretty far in front of us wondering what was going on about the time we hit something.  I asked him what it was, and he did not answer.  I had to ask about three times, when he finally answered that we had hit a dog.  The Youngest Princess in the backseat immediately begins to cry.  She is an absolute mess.  We drive the last minute home quietly.  When we get to the driveway, My Prince says that he is going back to "take care of it".  I knew that this meant that he knew he had killed the dog.  The Youngest Princess is a crying mess.  I looked around and realize that our Tiger is nowhere to be seen.  I sent the Youngest Princess into the house, and asked My Prince, "Was it Tiger?!?"  He said yes.  We had hit and killed our own dog.  While My Prince was getting everything ready to go back and get him, I had to go inside and explain to the Youngest Princess that it was our dog.  Terrible. Horrible.  No. Good. Very. Bad. way to end a day.

There were many, many tears.  The oldest two children had gone to eat after church.  So they did not know exactly what had happened until they came home.  The Young Prince went out to help his daddy bury our dog.

Tiger was just that.  He protected his territory fiercely.  He refused to stay in the backyard after our golden retriever died, and we brought home a black lab.  He would get out of anything we put him in, and he claimed the front yard as his home.  He barked at everything that moved, like he was going to eat it alive, but he was ALL bark and NO bite.  He and the cats had a love/hate relationship.  He would roam a little, but he always came home.  I have never known him to wander as far as he did tonight.  I don't understand why it happened, but it did.  We all feel terrible, especially a little girl who is absolutely heartbroken.  He was a great dog.  We loved him, and he will be dearly missed, especially by a little girl who is absolutely heartbroken.

While the men were burying Tiger outside, the Oldest Princess and I were doing our best to divert the Youngest Princess's attention inside.  We got her showered and ready for bed.  I let lay with me and we read our chapter of Mandie.  We watched funny youtube videos.  Anything to try to get her mind off of it.

The guys came in and got showered and cleaned up.

Now we are all tucked in, hopefully for the night.  With our hearts a little sadder, and our front yard a little lonelier and lot more quiet.

Until I blog again...

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

August 14 - 16, 2016

Sunday, August 14 - It was a good morning.  Everything went pretty smoothly.  The Sunday school lesson was an interesting lesson on I Peter 3:18 -20, and how different people believe that those verses are talking about different things.  It was deep, but very interesting.

My Prince preached on faithfulness.  It was a good service all the way around.  We announced that we have decided to hire two ladies to work together to be our Children's Directors.  We are excited to get things moving forward on that.  After church, we went to a local Mexican restaurant, and ate lunch.

We came home, and My Prince did some studying, and I prepared for our first Bible Drills class of the new Bible Drill year.

We went to church early, because we all had things we had to do.  I was able to get some more Bible Drill things together.

Then I went to my Sunday night Bible group.  We had a good night of study and just talking about things that God has laid on our hearts and how to proceed once our study is over.  Some of us shared our hearts about how the group has been helpful in the last few months.  It was a very good night.

Then we had our first Bible Drill class.  I had nine children!  I was so excited!  We barely had room for all of them to line up across the room!  It was awesome!  They did great!  I hope that they had as much fun as I did.  I LOVE Bible Drills!  It is one of my most favorite times of the week!

After church we came home and ate leftovers and then got ready for bed.  My Prince had a hard time unwinding and going to sleep.  He was very tired, because Sunday's take a lot out of him, but he tossed and turned trying to relax.  Then he received a text that held a heavy burden, and it made it even more difficult for him to unwind and get some rest.  But eventually he was able to get some sleep.  And I was too.

Monday, August 15 -  I woke up and did my First 5 devotions.  I got ready praying all morning for the situation from the night before.  It wore heavy on my heart.  I wish that people could understand that everything they do has an effect on others.  Satan tries to make us believe that the choices we make don't hurt anyone else.  But how very untrue that is.  So I prayed.  And got ready for work.

On the way to school, the Youngest Princess and I prayed for our day, that we would be able to work together and have a good day as teacher/student, and mother/daughter.  That we would both respond properly.  My friend who teaches 4th grade brought me a little surprise.  It was an adorable decorative hedgehog.  I love it!  It now lives on my desk.

My Prince brought the hedgehog, so my class could see it.  The hedgehog stayed in our class all day.

The Oldest Princess text and asked if I wanted her to bring me some lunch.  I told her that I didn't feel like I could eat anything, but that she could come and sit with me for lunch.  She went and got Subway for her and came and had lunch with me.  I really miss having her at the school.  If I am in the hall when the high school changes classes, I find myself looking for her.  Or if we are in the lunchroom when the high school kids come in, I find myself looking for her to come by just to say hello and tell me how her day is going.  I will really miss her when she leaves for college.

It was a pretty good day overall, but at the end, when we started Penmanship the Youngest Princess had a little bit of a struggle.  We worked through it, and then it was time for the girls that cheer to go and eat before the game.  That left me with two students.  I have three that do not cheer, but one of those three checked out early, so then there were two.  I let them work on homework, while I graded some papers and got some things ready for the next day.  Before I knew it, it was time to go home.  Some of the ladies in my group text back and forth about some of the things we were thankful for.  It made me smile.

I ran home and met My Prince.  We ran to Taco Bell for a quick dinner, and then headed back to the school for the football game.  My Prince was supposed to call the game, but they had technical difficulties with the sound system, so he ended up not calling it after all.

The Youngest Princess and all of her little friends cheered.  They did a great job!  I was very proud of all of them.  The Oldest Princess helped to coach them, and she also did a great job.  The Young Prince stood on the sideline with the team, since it was a junior varsity game, and he plays on the varsity team.

After the girls finished cheering, we went in to the gym to watch a little of the volleyball game.  One of my students did not finish copying her notes, so the Youngest Princess got out her notes and I took pictures of them to send to her so that she could finish copying them.  We didn't stay at the volleyball game for very long.  I wanted to get home and let the Youngest Princess get her homework done.

We went up to my room and got the hedgehog, and then ran by McDonald's to get the Youngest Princess something to eat.

When we got home, she ate and then wrote her spelling words.  Her daddy helped her study for her history and science quizzes.  She took a shower and we read Mandie and then we went to bed.

Tuesday, August 16 - I was sick several times during the night.  Probably sicker than I have been in a while.  I am just so ready to feel better.  So, that made it very hard to get up and get going this morning, but I did.  I did my First 5 devotion.  We have moved from the book of Acts to I Corinthians.  I think it will be a good study.  I am looking forward to it.

We had a pretty good day as far as school work goes.  We were able to get all of our work done, and I had time to read a chapter of the Josiah books.  The Youngest Princess still says that it is just as bad as The Little Princess, and now she adds, "maybe even worse!"  I can't wait to get a little farther in, and see what she has to say about it then.  I am sure there will be days when she loves it, and days when she hates it.

At one point, there was a knock at my door.  I opened it to my find my friend standing there.  I started to tease with her, because that is what we do.  We give each other a hard time, and then I realized that she was crying.  She told me that she had just received news that her father had passed away.  My heart broke for her, because I have been there.  I know that no matter how old you are, you will always be your daddy's little girl.  I also know how it feels living far away and getting news like that. It is terrible.  She talked to me for a few minutes, and then she was able to go back to her class.  I told her that I would do whatever she needed me to do to help her.

The rest of the day was pretty much normal.  I had one student leave early because her sister plays volleyball and they had to travel to the volleyball game.  So far, in five days of school, we have yet to have all of us there for a whole day.  Hopefully tomorrow will be the day.

After school, the Youngest Princess and I came home.  The Young Prince and the Oldest Princess were at home when we got here.  My Prince was still at work.  I sat down to relax for a few minutes and I was so tired, that I ended up falling asleep.  I took a nice little nap on the couch, and the kids were great to be quiet and not wake me up.

My Prince got home, and I still slept for about 45 minutes.  He got a call that a relative of one of our church members was in the hospital and not doing well, so he ran out and grilled some pork chops and hot dogs for dinner, and then jumped in the shower and headed to the hospital.  I woke up in all of the commotion, and was able to talk to him for a few minutes before he left.

The kids and I ate dinner, and the Youngest Princess finished her homework.  The Oldest Princess helped the Youngest Princess study for tomorrow's Bible quiz.  The Young Prince took it upon himself to go out and mow the grass.  I love it when he sees a need and takes care of it without being asked.  Makes me proud.

When she finished studying, I sent her upstairs to get her clothes ready for tomorrow, and to begin getting ready for bed.  She asked me to text my friend and tell her that she was on her heart and that she was praying for her.  So I did.  My sweet girl.  She surprised me by asking me to do that.  I love her little heart for others.

I straightened up a little and then came upstairs also.  We read our chapter of Mandie.  Then I got her settled and started working on my blog.  She had a million and one questions.  She said her prayers and finally fell asleep.

My Prince got home shortly thereafter.  Now we are all tucked in and ready for some rest.

Until I blog again...

Saturday, August 13, 2016

August 12-13, 2016

Friday, August 12 - I woke up and did my First 5 devotions.  Then got ready for work.  Even though it was casual Friday, I went ahead and dressed for the funeral, because I would not have time to come home and change.

We had a good morning.  We were on the third day, finally all there.  The Oldest Princess stopped in at about 9:40 to tell me goodbye.  She was going as an "assistant coach" with the volleyball team to a tournament.  I received a very exciting and encouraging text from one of the ladies in my Bible study group.  

We did our classwork a little out of order, so that I could leave some of the easier things for my sub.  I worked until 12:00, and then left to go to the funeral.  

I dreaded the funeral.  I did not want to be having to go to this funeral.  I got there as the family was finishing up eating.  I was able to talk to the daughter-in-law first.  I explained to her that the Oldest Princess had wanted to be there, but she had already made a commitment to go to the volleyball tournament.  She told me to tell the Oldest Princess that "Big Daddy" would have wanted her to go, and that he would tell her she was where she needed to be.  So sweet!  And she was right, he would have told her just that.

I was finally able to see Mrs. B.  My friend, my sister in Christ, and Big Daddy's wife.  She has been the object of many of my prayers the last few days.  I love her dearly and my heart hurts to see her hurt.  I mourn with her.  I hate it when people I love hurt.  I gave her a huge hug and told her that I love her and have been praying for her.  She is probably one of the strongest ladies that I know.

I also was able to talk to his sweet sister who is also a member of our church.  She is precious, and I know she loved him and will miss him greatly.

Then I went and sat in the back corner of the church, so that I could get out quickly and meet My Prince at the car after the funeral so we could be on our way to the graveside in the funeral procession.  I watched the church fill up to the brim with people who loved this family.  Another church member and friend came and sat by me.  She told me stories of "Big Daddy" from knowing him while she was growing up.

I thought of several things that stood out from our four years of knowing them...

The time that we were about to have the Oldest Princess's 16th Birthday party, and a storm knocked the electricity out. I posted a request on Facebook for people to pray that the lights would come back on before time for the party.  Thankfully, before too long, the lights came back on, and I posted again a thank you to those who prayed.  The next day, a Sunday, Mrs. B told me that when "Big Daddy" heard that we were without lights, he had gone down to the shed and was dragging his generator up the hill to bring it to us. And when I posted that the lights had come back on, she had yelled out and told him that we didn't need it after all.  But the fact that he was willing to go to all of that trouble to help us really meant the world to me.

The time when he told me that Princess Kate and I resembled one another.

The first time that I heard about him working in the church nursery, and how stunned I was.  Not many men work in the church nursery, but he loved to sit and rock the babies.  He was a big, strong man, and it was precious to walk by the window and see him sitting in there in a rocking chair with a baby bouncing on his knee, or asleep on his chest.

Of the times that he spent no telling how much time cutting out wooden shapes for us to paint on our craft nights.

And most recently of his running joke about there being no rain, and it being My Prince's fault, and how maybe the church needed to get a new pastor, that could bring rain.  Just the day before he passed away, there was a little rain shower, and My Prince ran out to take a picture and text it to him as proof that it was raining.  He text back wanting to know if it was raining, or sprinkling.  My Prince told him that it was more of a sprinkle.

As the funeral ended, there was a good steady rain falling.  It rained on us all the way to the graveside, and through the graveside service.  About the time the graveside service ended, the rain did as well.

While we were driving home, I let the Lord know that I was a little miffed at Him.  I guess I didn't really let Him know, He already knew.  But I had a conversation with Him in my heart.  I know He is sovereign, and I know that He has a reason and a plan for everything He does.  But I was not ready for Him to take "Big Daddy" from us.  Not ready at all.  It just did not seem fair for him to take such a big hearted, fun loving, hard working man.  I wanted to rewind back a couple of days and ask for a re-do.  But God doesn't do that.  And death is a part of life.  And I have to come to terms with it, even though I don't like it.  I just have to trust that our all knowing, all loving God knew that in the big picture this was what was best.  Even if it is hard. And sad. And hurtful.  And God is still good.  In every situation and in every circumstance.

We got home and the Young Prince and the Youngest Princess were asking to go see the movie "Pete's Dragon".  My Prince was not very excited about it, but we needed a night to just chill with the kids, so we decided to go.  We went to eat, and then to the movie.  The movie was good, but I was a little disappointed that it did not stick to the story line of the first "Pete's Dragon".  We all had a little trouble with our "allergies" as My Prince likes to say when his eyes water during a movie.  We drove through and got ice cream for an on the way home treat.

When we got home, the Youngest Princess and I read our chapter of Mandie, and then snuggled and fell asleep.

Saturday, August 13 - I woke up and relaxed a little while.  I text back and forth with the Oldest Princess some.  The Youngest Princess woke up and we talked and watched a show.  

A friend text me to ask if I knew about a conference that was coming near us.  I had not known, but was excited to learn about it.  I don't know if it is going to work for us to be able to go, but I am praying that it will.

At one point she was laying with her head on my left side, and she said, "Mommy, I can hear your heartbeat, and it comforts me."  And her comment melted me.  I love my sweet girl!

I text my Bible study group member back when I realized that I had not answered her text from the day before.  We exchanged several texts back and forth after that.

I worked on my Bible study.  My Prince got up and studied some too.  Then he left to go to another funeral.  This time a for a brother of one of our church members.

I did some laundry.  The Young Prince went to spend the night at a friend's house.

My Prince grilled chicken for dinner.  We ate and then got ready to go to a retirement party for one of the members of our church.  It was a nice party, and we enjoyed getting to talk to and visit with some of our church members that we don't always get to spend time with.  And after "Big Daddy's" sudden death, I want to treasure every conversation with friends and loved ones.  None of us are promised tomorrow. We need to remember that and make each and every moment count.

We left the party and came home.  I did some more laundry.  The Youngest Princess found a shirt that she needs for Monday, when she cheers at the first football game of the year.  The Oldest Princess did some more packing and cleaning out her room in preparation of her move to college.

The Youngest Princess emptied out her piggy bank, counted her money, wrote the total on the inside flap of an envelope, and a note on the front of the envelope, and gave it to her sister.  She wanted the Oldest Princess to have it "to help with college" (good thing that college is a 5th grade spelling word!).  It was very sweet.  They talk big, and they tease one another, but they really do love each other.

Now My Prince is studying, I am blogging, and the girls are upstairs watching a movie.

I am going to get off here and put a load of clothes in the dryer and then head to bed.

Until I blog again...