Saturday, July 14, 2018

Showing Signs Of Depression

Beth writes a lot of prayer requests each week at church. Usually she writes things like, "Help keep my arm straight at bowling", or "help me not text my boyfriend when he at work." They're simple and consistent. She writes the same things week after week.

But last weekend she wrote something that made me stop for a minute. 

"What are you doing in my life Jesus and I don't know what wrong with me and heal my heart right now Jesus." 

I brought it home and showed it to Chuck, we had no idea what she might be talking about. 

Then the other day I was going to Target and I asked her if she wanted to come and she said, "No." I was shocked. "Why Beth?" She just shrugged her shoulders, "I don't know." Target is one of her all-time favorite stores and she doesn't want to go? Then I began to put the pieces together and realized she may be depressed.

She's been unemployed for 9 months now.
Her boyfriend recently got a job.
He doesn't go to All Aboard on Wednesdays anymore.
She sits at home 5 days a week.

No wonder she's feeling depressed.

So yesterday I told her we were going out. We went to Revelations Yogurt and sat outside. The weather was gorgeous! Then I asked her if she wanted to go to the beach. "Okay." We went and sat on a bench for almost an hour and when I asked her if she was ready to go or should we sit for a few more minutes, she said, "A few more minutes." 

I was more than happy to sit there with her. We watched the Washington State Ferry come and go, we watched the people play in the water and we watched the tide come in.

I know taking her out for yogurt isn't going to magically make the depression go away but I'm hoping I can start getting her out more and adding some new things to her life. I talked to her job coach and she's still trying to get Beth an interview at McDonalds. 

Her prayer request proves she's aware of the changes happening in her. I haven't talked to her about it yet but I plan to in the next few days. Not quite sure what to say actually.

I am hoping though that it's just in the beginning stages and with prayer and a new job and some changes in her life, it won't take hold and become worse.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Job Possibility

Beth's job coach called the other day with a possible job for Beth! Woohoo!

She was at McDonalds right around the corner from our house and the manager told C that they are looking for a Dining Room Attendant. Someone who would sweep floors, wipe tables, assist guests, "Excuse me, could I get more napkins?" 

It would be right up Beth's alley and it's just minutes from our house! That's the best part! No more 2 1/2 hour bus rides to and from work. And it would be 10 hours a week to start. Even more than she was working at Little Caesars.

Please pray with us that Beth finds favor with the District Manager and that she gets this job!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Empty Nesters

I checked the birds nest again the other day and they were all piled inside! Mama Bird was sitting on a wire waiting for me to get into my car and drive away.

Then yesterday we headed out to the parade and I peeked into the nest...

Gone! I'm so sad! But hopefully Mama Bird will be back next year.

Sharaya and Allie spent the 4th with friends on Treasure Island just north east of Tacoma yesterday. Diana is, of course, in Pennsylvania so it was just Chuck, Beth and I at the parade. Edmonds is a city of about 42,000 people but downtown, in the heart of the city they put on a small-town parade and we love it! 

We went down the night before and set out our chairs and each year it fills up earlier and earlier. But we found a good spot and staked our claim!

Beth and I happened to be at the porta potties when it started but we were able to cross the street and get back to our seats in just a few minutes. Whew!

There were the cutest little cheerleaders!

Of course, when it's a small town parade, you tend to know a lot of people in it. We have friends who are very involved in theater and they drove the truck and their kids handed out candy.

Our church has a men's residential aftercare program and they march every year.

The lady walking toward us is Cheryl, Beth's BFF.

When it got too warm, Beth would pull out her fan!

The Seahawks fan bus played some awesome music that everyone was singing along to. Even Beth!

 See her hand?
Yeah baby, she was jammin'! :)
Actually she really did begin to swing her shoulders and bob her head, she really got into it!


But I think her favorite part was the Star Wars characters! 

One of them even came over to talk to her but was too close for me to get a picture. She was pretty excited!

Then we came home, fixed burgers and had our usual jello and whipped cream for dessert. Red, white and blue of course!

I hope you had a great day celebrating our nations birthday!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Life Lately

The baby birds have hatched!

June 24 

June 29

July 1
They're already outgrowing the nest! 

 We have a cherry tree in the backyard and it's definitely harvest time! I've tried for years to keep the birds and squirrels out of it by using foil strips and CDs but nothing worked. This year we put a large net over it and that did the trick! Now there are SO many cherries, we're out there every day crawling under the net and plucking them off the branches. That little tree is a lot of work but the cherries are SO good!

 Beth and I made cookies the other day. We had every intention of sending some to Diana but we only made one batch and then gave some to Sharaya and Allie and we ate the rest! Sorry Diana! We bought more chocolate chips today and we'll try again! 😋

Seattle has had weeks of gray skies and drizzle. We are so ready for warm temps and sunshine and as anyone who lives in Seattle knows, summer officially starts on July 5!

Happy Independence Day!

Friday, June 22, 2018

Mama Bird

That's what we're calling her. I've learned she is a Junco and the eggs incubation time is about 2 weeks.

Back in April I wrote about a birds nest in the wreath on our front porch. There were 3 eggs when we left on vacation but a few days later Sharaya sent us a picture of an empty nest. We decided something got them because there were no cracked shells or any evidence of baby birds. When we got home, I put on some gloves and cleaned it all up and tossed the nest. Wasn't sure what else to do with it. 

A few weeks ago another nest appeared and this time there are 4 eggs!

I was up until 2:30 this morning, probably because I ate a lot more sugar than I should have throughout the day 😋 but I decided to check on the nest, just to see what exactly happens in a birds nest in the middle of the night.

And there was Mama Bird keeping an eye on her babies.

Every time I leave the house I tell her, "Bye Mama Bird!" and sometimes she stays in the nest and other times she flies out into the yard chirping at me the whole time.

It's been kind of fun to watch. I make sure the bird feeders and baths are full and we're always listening for the sound of little birds chirping! It could be anytime now!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Celebrations All Around

Today was Father's Day and also my birthday.
We all went out to eat after church, then came here for presents and pie. I always get coconut cream on my birthday and Chuck bought a strawberry creme, since he doesn't like coconut.

The girls went together and bought us tickets to a pre-season Seahawks game!! Oh my word!! We've only been to one Seahawk game ever so we're really excited to go again! I wish I would have gotten a picture of the look on his face when he opened the envelope... it was priceless! Great job girls!! We love you!

Sharaya, Allie and I went to her place and went swimming for a while. The temps were in the high 70's today and the water felt so good!

 Me, cruisin' the neighborhood!

Me and my dad 
He's 93 now and lives in San Diego
I called him today; it was good to hear his voice

Chuck is an amazing dad!

 Happy Father's Day!!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Flashback Friday

With school ending, I thought I would share some pictures of my girls... way back when.

Beth - 3rd Grade (I think)

Sharaya - Kindergarten

Diana - Kindergarten

I hope you all enjoy the start of your summer!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Stress And Loss, What A Week

At 1:30 Tuesday morning I got a call from a friend telling me her mom had died. I met Vera more than 25 years ago when we did ministry together at our church. She had dementia so the last few years I've been hanging out with her while her husband went out for lunch or bowling. It was hard to watch that disease slowly steal her away from us. I went over and spent the morning with Vern and we talked and cried and looked through pictures. We know she's in a better place now, our loss is bittersweet.

Late that same night Sharaya called me from the airport - in London! - to say the airline had cancelled her flight home!! It's kind of a long story but we stayed in contact through texts and at 2AM she was finally able to get new tickets and then head to the new gate for their flight home. Of course that made them arrive a few hours later than they hoped but I picked them up at the airport and they were so glad to be home!  

Our church held a women's conference this weekend with Havilah Cunnington called Awaken 2018. I usually don't go to these things but for some reason I just felt led to volunteer this year. Had a 3 hour training last Saturday, then was at the church from 4-10:30 on Friday night, then 7am-5 yesterday. By the time I got home I was SO tired! My fitbit says I took 18,000 steps yesterday alone! It was a wonderful conference though, a lot of women were ministered to, prayed for and just able to sit and talk with other women about 'girl stuff'!

Plus this week we've learned that one of our beloved pastors and our facility manager are both moving out of state! Pastor K has been at our church for 17 years and the FM (I'm his admin) for almost 15. They are both going to leave such huge holes! On Thursday I was sitting at my desk at work and just began to cry. I think the realization of all of this loss just, bam! hit me. I know the Lord will see us through this but these next few months are gonna be hard.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

London and Paris!

Sharaya and Allie have spent the last two weeks in Europe. Sharaya just decided to go one day, began saving up for it, planning all kinds of activities and adventures and then... off they went!!

Oh my word, the pictures she's been posting have been phenomenal! I thought I would share some here but then was saving more and more so I'll try to choose just a few!

Just some of the places they've visited:
The Tower Bridge
Westminster Abbey
Science Museum
Buckingham Palace
Hyde Park
Arc de Triomphe
Eiffel Tower
Sacre Couer
Notre Dame
The Seine....

Such an amazing trip! These are in no particular order, just a drop in the bucket of some of my favorites!

They took an Afternoon Tea bus ride!

Sharaya is such an amazing mom to make the sacrifices needed to be able to go on a trip like this. I'm so proud of you Sharaya and can't wait to hear all about your adventures!