Saturday, November 11, 2017

Mother-Daughter Day

Beth and I spent the day together on Friday, shopping for fun. We had the whole day planned, shoes shopping, getting our hair done, going out for lunch... we were so excited for Friday!

This is the way my brain works:

We couldn't find any parking at the mall
We had to walk the entire mall, twice
There was a very unsatisified customer at the shoe store
We quietly bought our shoes and left
The stylist at the salon didn't cut my hair the way I wanted
We kind of made a scene because I spoke up about it...

But I'm trying to change the way I think about life. The word tells us to take our thoughts captive, to set our minds on things that are true and just and right. So...

We couldn't find parking on the side of the mall that we wanted so I drove around to the parking garage. There was plenty of parking there and it kept us out of the rain!

Walking through the mall sent us by Bath and Body Works, a store that Diana used to work at so I sent her a photo and told her we were thinking about her.

The clerk at the shoe store was really working her bum off helping all of us, despite that one unhappy customer. I can't imagine what the clerk did to make that lady so angry. Beth found another pair of Kangaroos and she did her usual walk around the store to make sure they fit well. She sure loves those shoes!

It was after 2:00 by that time and we were getting hungry so we stopped to have some pretzels at Auntie Anne's. That's one of our favorite places at the mall! She got a pepperoni pretzel and I got cinnamon bites, warm and soft and full of cinnamon! Yum!

I realized after we left the salon what the stylist had been trying to explain to me. I didn't understand while I was there and kept asking her why she cut it the way she did. She'd explain again and I'd ask more questions. Sigh. Even though we left things okay, I gave her a good tip, etc. I need to go back and apologize. Like ordering a coffee at Starbucks, I need to learn how to ask for a certain hairstyle.

Beth and I went to the bank and to Target... we were out and about for about 6 hours and we had such a good time! We love shopping for fun!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Unemployment Has Lead To Fear And Poor Choices

We came home the other day to find out that Beth had stolen from us. We keep loose change around the house, just like every other person in America and I could tell she had taken some money out of the jar.

She may be sneaky but she hasn't learned to cover her tracks.

We sat her down and asked her why she did it. When she didn't say anything I asked her if she took money from the jar and she nodded yes. So I asked her again why she took it and she said she didn't know. That's what she tells us when she doesn't want to tell the truth. "I dunno." 

We told her that it was stealing and if she did that at the store she'd go to jail. We told her that if she needed some money that all she had to do was ask. We'd gladly give her some money but she was to never steal from us again. (She knows all this. We were really kind of stunned.)

She sat there without saying a word so we had her bring her wallet up and we took back all our money. All the while telling her how wrong it was.  

She quietly got up, picked up her wallet, and about the time she got to the bottom of the stairs, she burst into tears and yelled something about chores. She slammed her door and we could hear her crying all the way upstairs.

Chuck and I talked about it and realized that now that she's not working, she doesn't have the same amount of money at her disposal that she used to. I mean, we knew that but it just didn't register with us. And the thing about the chores, I sometimes leave her some ones or a five, as a thank you for helping around the house and I hadn't done that in a while because she's had more than enough money to do what she's wanted. 

So that's something I need to start doing again. Of course I didn't want to reward her for stealing so I waited a week or so, then left her some cash for helping us with the chores.  I've asked her job coach if she's heard anything about the interview at MOD, but she hasn't yet.

Beth is fine now but we're trying to make sure she always has a few bucks in her pocket. 

I've also re-hidden the money jar.

Friday, November 3, 2017

At The Last Minute

We don't celebrate Halloween much around here. When Beth is out with her friends and they're making Halloween crafts, she opts out. When they talk about their costumes, she doesn't join in. We've just never been big on Halloween.

So I was a little surprised when she came to me and said she wanted to dress up this year. After asking a few questions, I found out that she wanted to dress up because.... Nick was dressing up.

Ahh, young love.

So the day before Halloween we were driving all over town, in and out of stores looking for the perfect costume. We bought a skirt and combined it with a few things we had a home and she was absolutely thrilled. I even heard her squeal as she was getting dressed!


At All Aboard on Tuesday they bowled one game instead of the usual two so they could have a party. I'm not sure what all they did but when she got home she told us that she won $10 in the costume contest! Not bad for a last minute find!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Two Years and Four Days

Beth was born on October 10, 1984.
Sharaya was born on October 6, 1986.

Beth had just learned to walk when we brought Sharaya home.


This year we took Sharaya out to Red Robin to celebrate. She's lived through a lot in the last 10 years or so and she's taught us about grace and forgiveness and love. 

You're one of the strongest women we know!
We love you Sharaya!

 
When we asked Beth where she wanted to go for her birthday she said, "Same place as my sister."

So off to Red Robin! And of course we had to invite Nick! Beth can be so shy but she sure loves a party!

I love that she's looking at the camera in this photo!
(Thank you for taking it Sharaya!)

 
 It's been a great October.
Did you have any special celebrations this month?

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Job Interview

Beth had a job interview last week with MOD Pizza.

(Thanks Google) 
 

Her job coach had to leave because the manager doing the interview was running late so another coach filled in but she said she thought it went really well.

Beth won't be folding boxes this time. Instead she'd come in in the morning, before the store opened and she'd pull the chairs off the tables from when they mopped the night before. She'd wipe tables, fill napkin holders, and just get the dining area ready for customers. 


 Then when the store opened, she'd head home. It sounds perfect for her but the store is under construction and we won't know for a few more weeks.

Beth has our church's app on her phone and she wrote this prayer request on Sunday:

'Jesus please answer my prayer right now is my new job I really want to get this job because I really need it every day and I am very serious about this prayer right now... I need to speak out loud and we are still waiting for them too call us and you always been there for me Jesus please answer my prayer right now Jesus and I am not kidding about it.'

What have you been praying about this week?

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Magnets and Memories

Sharaya and Allie brought back this amazing magnet from their trip to California! I like to collect magnets from all our trips and this has become one of my favorites!





Diana met them in L.A. and they had such a great time!

 
 I helped at a friends memorial today. He had been ill for quite some time but still died far sooner than expected.

 

 
Some of the family in prayer before the memorial.


We celebrated Sharaya's birthday last week. Diana of course, was in PA and Beth was sick so it was a small celebration at Red Robin, but it was good!


Beth's birthday was this week, with Nick... at Red Robin. She's feeling much better.


I came out of the grocery store a few days ago to find this:


Just lovely. I had to crawl through from the passenger side and my gear shift is between the seats! :(

 My sister Debbie is visiting this week! Her and a friend are driving up from San Diego and should be here any minute!


Do you collect things when you travel? 
Do you have any trips planned? 
I hope you have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Stop The Merry-Go-Round!

I think I have a few minutes to sit and write. Or, as the saying goes, I'm just forgetting something really important!

The last few weeks have been crazy. At work the Executive Assistant has retired and while we planned her retirement party (how do you sum up 29 years in just a few minutes?) her job responsibilities have been distributed to a few of us in the office. The girl who took over her position trained someone for her position and the person who took that position trained someone... but we're all so very grateful they've kept it 'in house'! Everyone gets along and already knows the inner workings of the office.

I took on some of the EA's (minor) jobs but also took on some of the major responsibilities of the person who took her job. Plus we're coming into the holiday season where I have a large responsibility over our Thanksgiving Outreach. Things are a little busy to say the least!

Beth is doing okay since she lost her job. Enjoying some of the perks of having Friday and Saturday nights off for the first time in 5 years! 

Sharaya's birthday is this week so we're keeping Allie overnight this weekend, then taking Sharaya out to dinner.

Beth's birthday is next week. Not sure yet what we're going to do for that.

The husband of a dear friend passed away last weekend. He had been ill and was given 2 years to live so it wasn't shocking, but just very sudden. Beth and I have been over to the house, bringing food and just being with C. 

Then my sister called, she's coming to visit! She'll be here in less than 2 weeks and is staying with us! When we fixed up Beth's apartment, we got rid of the extra bed and turned the den into my craft room. So now I'm trying to find space for all the stuff so she can put an air mattress down for the week. And she's bringing her dog. A German Shepard. It might not sound like it but I really am excited to see her. And to have a dog in the house again. I've missed having a pet around, just haven't missed the part of taking care of one. :) 

If you don't hear from me, that's why. Trying to keep my head above water and stay sane at the same time. I hope you all are having a wonderful start to Fall!

I took this in the parking lot at work ~

 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

One of The Hardest Things We've Ever Done

Beth's job coach, Christine, called me yesterday and told me that Little Caesars has laid her off. Beginning immediately, Beth is out of a job. 

We just told Beth about an hour ago and she sat still and quiet while we explained it all to her. Then she threw her arms around me and sobbed. After a few minutes she stood up, said, "Now it your turn!" and she cried on Chuck's shoulder for a while.

The store got a new owner and she no longer wants boxes made ahead of time. Now when you go into Little Caesars to order a pizza, they will fold the box while the pizza is in the oven.

Today Christine and L, the store manager, spent an hour with the new owner telling her what an asset Beth was to the company and how great of a job she does at folding boxes, but she wouldn't change her mind. Beth was done. 

Beth started working at a Little Caesars in a city about 45 minutes from where we live and she'd be on the bus for 2-3 hours each way. It was long and tiring but she loved the work!
 

 

Then they found a store much closer to home and she worked two days a week. Ironically enough, they just bumped her to 3 days a week. Although that was L the manager who did that. He was just as surprised at the new owner's decision as anyone. 

Beth loved feeling like she was a part of something, loved texting everyone at the end of her shift to tell them how many stacks she did, but most of all she loved that paycheck!


 

After almost 5 years with the company, she's now unemployed. We talked about how her and Christine get to sit down and figure out where she gets to work next. We told her that now maybe her and Nick could go out on dates on Friday nights. And that now every Saturday she gets to bowl both games at Special Olympics! She doesn't have to stop after one game because it's time to go to work.


As I type this I can hear her down stairs squealing and laughing at whatever show she's watching. It'll be quite an adjustment but we know she'll get through it. It would mean a lot if you would please keep her in your prayers.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Can Root Beer Teach A Lesson?

Beth was at work tonight and sent me a text saying, "I am not doing good today at work mothera." I wasn't exactly sure what she meant so I asked her if she felt sick. "Is just my tummy hurts and I feel warm."

Oh my. I told her to tell a co-worker, find someplace to sit down and I'd be there soon. It took me about 20 minutes to get there and she was fine by the time I arrived. Apparently she was drinking root beer and it gave her a stomach ache. The manager gave her some bottled water and she almost immediately felt better. So she finished her work and was ready to go when I arrived.

I used this situation to encourage her (again) to stop drinking soda. I told her her body was telling her to stop drinking it. We'll see if it works.

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Sharaya, Allie and Diana are in Southern California this week. they spent a few days at Disneyland, then went down to visit my dad and all the family. I've loved seeing all the pictures on Facebook and Instagram! Makes me feel like I've gone along with them. What did we do before social media? 


Work is still crazy busy but should calm down soon... My sister will be visiting in a few weeks... Two birthdays are right around the corner! I hope you've had a great week!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Then And Now

We've been so busy this week but I don't have many pictures. This Sunday is our Business Meeting at church and I'm the event planner. There are so many steps to the process and I have a very long check list to make sure I don't forget anything.

Plus on Sunday, Beth is going to Nicks for the afternoon. She'll take DART back and forth since Chuck and I will be at the meeting. Nick and his parents have recently moved and she's so excited about seeing his new room. He sent me this picture. It's him, Beth and M at Karaoke this week. 


Beth and M have been friends since they were 5 years old. This is them in 2nd grade, did you find them? They adore each other! 😍



 Sharaya and Allie are on a road trip! Sharaya has so many fun things planned. One thing Allie doesn't know is that Diana is flying in on Sunday to join them for a few days! Ahhh! I am so excited for them!



Allie today


 And Sharaya and Beth back in 1990


 Carrying on the road trip tradition!