Sunday, December 27, 2015

Twenty Five Years Ago

December of 1990 was quite a month for our family.

Seattle had a major snow storm. More snow than we usually see around here.
Chuck and I had purchased our first home and moved in on December 18th.
My dad had flown up from San Diego to be here for Christmas.
My sister was arriving just after Christmas.
And I was 9 months pregnant.

My two previous pregnancies had ended in c-sections so my doctor asked us what date we would like to have this baby. Our choice! But it had to be between December 23 and January 3. No matter what date we chose, this baby was going to be born around the holidays.

Chuck's mom's birthday is December 27 and she was turning 60 that year. What a blessing it would be for her granddaughter to be born on her birthday!

The morning of December 27th was cold. There was quite a bit of snow outside and due to some insurance changes, my doctor's office was about 45 minutes from our house. On a dry day.

My dad stayed with the girls and Chuck drove me to the hospital. I wasn't in labor yet so there was no pain at all. Just a couple hours after we arrived, she was born! I was in the hospital for 4 days, typical back then. I remember Chuck bringing my dad and the girls to the hospital to see us.

Diana has brought us joy and laughter and tears and smiles. She has a brilliant mind and a huge sense of adventure! She doesn't like to just sit around at home, she wants to go out and experience all the world has to offer. She goes out of her way for her friends and is faithful long after others have given up. She's disciplined. And hard working. And funny.

I love you Diana! I hope you have a great day and that you know just how much you're loved.

Happy Birthday!



In London

On a trail here in Edmonds


Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Their First Date

On Sunday Beth and I walked into Denny's and Nick said, "Beth's mom, my mom is sitting over there" and he pointed to the other side of the room. Then he patted the spot next to him, "Beth, you sit right here."

It was so sweet to see the two of them together. Loren and Nick arrived before we did so she was sitting facing them. I turned around often to get a peek and he would have his arm around her or they'd be looking over the menu to decide what to eat or he was tickling her...

Loren and I talked for 2 hours. About our husbands, our kids, our lives. Then Nick called his mom over and she said he needed help with how much to tip. :)

As Loren was paying, Nick almost bumped her arm and she told him to be careful. He reached up like he was going to bump her elbow, then looked at me and got a very sly smile on his face! He's such a funny, warm guy.

Beth keeps telling me, "I think he's the one for me." "I think he's my forever."

We've talked about what it would be like if they got married. I asked her if she'd want to have a baby and she said no. I honestly don't think she'd be able to handle a baby. Loren said Nick lived alone for 5 years but I know Beth couldn't do that. If this really does go as far as marriage, well, there's just so much we'd have to consider.

These are conversations I never thought I'd have with Beth. But now there are situations we have to discuss and consider for her future. For their future.

For now though, I've told her they have to get to know each other better. They have to go on dates, go to the movies, he could come here and see where she lives. She can go see where he lives. They need to spend a long time getting to know one another.

I don't know where this will lead but Beth is sure having the time of her life!

 (This was taken at her birthday in October.)