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 ~