It’s always nice to know that you’re loved and needed. My family survived the 27 hours without me, but as Gabe said to the girls on Saturday (in the van somewhere between the soccer field and McDonald’s), “It just doesn’t feel like a family without Mommy.”
He and the girls dropped me off at the mall around 1:00 pm on Friday and headed to Lima to help set up for the conference. I wrote in my journal while I waited for my friend Courtney to get a pedicure. We shopped (not my favorite) and chatted (right down my alley), then headed for the hotel. We ate at Buca di Beppo downtown. Good thing I’m not claustrophobic (much) because there were millions of women crowded in there waiting to be seated. It was funny watching people show up w/o reservations and hear that there was about a 3-hour wait. There were 11 of us at dinner. Yummy food, good fellowship.
The evening session of Women of Faith was good–Max Lucado, Sandi Patty, Patsy Clairmont, Anita Renfroe. Gabe called as I was walking out of the arena with 20,000+ loud women to tell me that Nina got fussy and they headed home (instead of his parents’) before the concert started.
Stayed up until 1ish chatting. Up at 7:30. Dressed, McD’s, headed back to the arena. During the morning break, I happened to look up at the jumbotron as they scanned smiling, waving women in the crowd–and saw my sister-in-law, Jessica! I ran halfway across the arena to find her. No dice. Searched and searched and searched. Called my brother during the lunch break, found out Jess’s friend had won a sweepstakes. They were sitting in the front row with all the speakers! By the time I got back to where she was sitting, she was off eating lunch. Long story short, back in my seat, I saw her from afar, but never got to talk to her. Bummer.
Gabe picked me up at 4:00, came home, loved on the girls while Gabe rested. Went to the Metro Gardens, then to Chipotle (girls got Wendy’s). Baths and bed. Loved on Gabe, straightened the house.
Sunday–parent helper in Ava’s class. Grocery shopping with whole fam. Three hour nap for Nina and me. Wow.
Oh! If you’re interested, you can listen to Friday’s interview on-line. Just scroll down to the archives and click on the link by my name. I’m the second of three interviews, so you’ll have to fast forward about 1/3 of the way through. Not the most animated interview I’ve ever participated in, but it was okay.
That’s all I can think of for now. Have a great week!
Oh! Two things.
1.) Gabe called me at 9:00 Saturday morning to ask me how to put Ava’s hair in a ponytail for her game. I did a poor job of explaining it over the phone. Ava told me later that Gabe said, “Mommies are much better at doing ponytails. Daddies are good at going to work.”)
2.) Gabe told me that as they were driving to the soccer game, Ava said, “It feels like you and Mommy got divorced, and we stayed with you, and Mommy went to live with another family.” Break my little heart! A few months ago, I explained divorce, because one of their friends from church is going through it, and they had lots of questions. I did my very best to hug and squeeze the girls and reassure them again that Mommy and Daddy will never, ever, ever, ever get a divorce. It really hit me how traumatic that is for kids. I’ve been so blessed–my mommy and daddy celebrate 35 years of marriage in August.
That’s all! Hugs for your Monday!