Boy, a lot can happen in two months, especially when you live in Missouri. Ididn't intend to leave my blog unused for so long, but life has happened to my family at such a rapid pace, I just haven't had the time to sit down and compose anything. When I last left you, I was trying to put in a memorial flower garden for the daughter we lost in utero two years ago. That project has also been placed on the back burner with everything else because of what's gone on. I promise that from here on out I'm going to more regularly update the blog, even if life gets in the way. But, so that you can see I'm not joshing you about the hecticness of my life, here's what happened while I was away:
May 14th--Last blog post. Spent the day and most of the next week working and picking strawberries out of my giant strawberry bed.
May 22--Out picking strawberries, trying to beat the coming storm, when I get a call that my sister and her family have just survived a tornado that hit Joplin.
May 23-27--Trying to get things organized and get plastic bins bought so that we can salvage as much as possible from my sister's house. Find out that I lost 3 friends in that tornado.
May 28-30--Memorial Day weekend--Cleaned out my sister's house--saved about 90% of their belongings, but most things that were in their garage are gone---saw all of the places I used to shop at, work at, visit often--and they were all gone, some completely. I saw how God protected my sister and her family--the room they were in was spared by six inches--God is good.
June 1--My sister has her baby. All my worries about getting to hold my new nephew went out the window with all that had happened before. We almost lost my sister in the delivery, though. Doctors believed that it was delayed shock from the tornado--but she and the baby are doing fine.
June 9--I go to the house my sister is staying in temporarily and get to babysit the boys--boy was that torture (not!!!). I've gotten to spend more time with both boys since #2's birth than I was allowed to spend with #1 the first year of his life. Of course a lot of that had to do with the fact that they were needing to take care of insurance stuff and trying to find a new house.
June 11---My period FINALLY started. It was a 64-day cycle, the longest one I'd ever had in my life. I'm worried that it could be early-onset menopause, because, you know, I'd have no luck at all if it wasn't for bad luck.
June 12--We had to put my cat down. He had been with me since I lived in that house in Joplin, and was my constant companion and a good mouser. It broke my heart to have to do it, and I still miss him.
June 13--Babysitting the boys again. My husband has decided that Christmas is too long to wait for a new kitten for me--he's decided I'm getting one for my birthday in August, but while he's on the porch talking to me over the phone, a VERY bedraggled, flea-bitten, rib-showing, tiny kitten stumbles into our yard. God knew I needed something to keep me entertained--after a LONG bath and an hour picking off and killing fleas, he looked adorable--we named him Greyson.
June 17-24--I'm doing Missouri Girls State, where I'm the music director. Camp is a blast, except for the total lack of sleep involved!
June 30-July 2--Moving my sister and her family into their new home. Of course it was the hottest day to date for that move :) I discovered my new favorite cleaner---Bon Ami---it cleaned all of their appliances that had taken the brunt of the tornado's wind and debris so it looked like they'd gotten a new stove and fridge. Now I can't find any of that miracle stuff for my house (of course, because if I didn't have bad luck...)
This last weekend, we spent a vacation/anniversary trip/needing to get away from it all/HAD to go see the niece trip in OK City visiting my brother and his family. Got lots of photos of the niece, got to go to a wild animal refuge and pet baby white tigers, toured the bombing museum and memorial, and then saw Green Lantern on the way home as a anniversary present to my husband.
Whew!! It makes me tired just writing about it. In the middle of all of that, I lost at least half of my strawberry crop due to not being home to pick, went and had my annual "well-woman" exam and found out I'm going to have to see a specialist to do anything like Clomid or Femara, and that due to not being able to take my Metformin regularly, I had gained 20 pounds--(back to the no luck but bad luck)--I've even been eating better and don't eat as much anymore (I hate you, PCOS!).
But I start my new job in two weeks, get insurance again in six weeks, and will finally be able to get back to seeing if I can become a mom before I'm 90 like Sarah in the Bible.
That's been my two months in a nutshell...can anyone top that?