Saturday, April 26, 2008

Sprucing Up

FOR RENT

So says the sign in our front yard. After only 2 days up, we've already had someone check out the house. We'll see what happens. In the meantime, we're working on curb appeal and some routine maintenance: mulching, weeding, clipping azaleas, planting, etc. Anna's been a big help. Yesterday she helped Daddy mulch the flower bed in the back. She's excellent at watering...her toes!



Monday, April 21, 2008

Settling In

I can't even say how wonderful it is to be a real family again. The sweet reality that John is home for good is slowly sinking in. Anna ADORES her daddy. As I expected, she's still Miss Needy Pants with me, but I think that's just who she is, and who wouldn't love a beautiful little sweety saing, "Up please, Mommy," all day long?! Hmm...

Grammie came to visit this past weekend, and that is always fun! Anna loves her Ghee so much! We took a day trip to Wilmington on Saturday and we all loved the boats and water. Here are a few photos of life since Daddy's blessed return.

Ghee's here!



"Yunning" in the backyard with Daddy.



On the riverfront boardwalk in Wilmington.



Grammie shared some of her "sawbuddy" (strawberry) smoothie with Anna.



Who am I, O Sovereign LORD, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? 2 Samuel 7:18

Monday, April 14, 2008

Oh, Happy Day!!!

What a memorable week last week was! Some sleepless nights, a few delays, tons of phone calls and emails explaining said delays, keys (and Anna...aaagghhhh!!!!) locked in the car, all led up to a most exciting Friday afternoon as we, after 447 days, welcomed Daddy home!!!!!!! Other than being told we were going to see some freinds, Anna was completely ignorant of why we were hanging out in a big hot building, until a few minutes before we went outside to watch Dada's plane land. Sorry, no photos of that were allowed. But, it was cool! After a red-carpet walk in formation inside, some music played, some guy with stars gave a speech about who-knows-what, and then we were finally able to reunite!

Here's Anna before we left the house on that beautiful sunny day. She was proud of her new "piddy, yayow shirt."



Dada impatiently waited in formation.


Here's our first family hug you can't see very well. Am I ever known for getting good photos?



Checkin' him out.



Yep, this is my Daddy!



After Daddy put all his toys away, we were able to bring him home. Hooray!



We can't express to you all how much your support, love, and prayers have meant over these past 15 months. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! We look forward to seeing many of you soon.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

And another....

Yep, delayed another day.

Everyone is welcome to join me for a thumb-twiddling session tonight. We'll start promptly at 8:00 pm.

Monday, April 07, 2008

What's a few more days?

I'm not too proud to say that this morning's news of Dada's return being delayed 2 days made me want to drown my frustrations in retail purchases. "Everything is subject to change" is the mantra that has been ingrained into my very soul over the past (almost) 7 years, so why was it such an annoying surprise? I guess because when I woke this morning my first thought was,"This is the last whole day of this deployment!" My sweet moment was interrupted by my phone ringing and poor John giving the news.

I had planned to go to the mall anyway, and since Macy's was having a good sale, I guess you could say my sorrows were merely sprinkled, but it sufficed.

At 444 days, what's a few more? Just more time for Anna and me to cross off that to-do list. The rainy, cool weather has kept us inside, but to make the most of these April showers, Anna has learned some new favorite songs. I tried to get her on video last night performing, "Singing yain" (Singin' in the Rain), but she kept running behind the camera to watch what I was watching. You'll just have to take my word for it that it's absolutely adorable to watch her twirl and belt out, "singing yain...singing yain," and "Good morning, good morning."

Hopefully the next post will feature photos of us all together again! Till then, we'll just keep, "Singing yain....singing yain!"