Any time I get to have my sweet nieces over is my favorite day. They came over right before Christmas and we had so much fun playing with my nativity set and baking cookies. I hope they had as much fun as I did.
We always spend a week in December with our friends from Atlanta. We decided since we were already in the mountains, hubs would just drop us off there and we would meet him the next weekend in Birmingham to go home. It was the perfect plan until...
Somehow in the unloading of luggage my suitcase got left in the car. I don't know how it happened because hubs and I are both so OCD about things like this. I think we were both very tired from the intense rain we had been driving in and sleeping in a bed that wasn't the norm. Regardless of how it happened, about an hour after hubs left I asked the boys to take all of our things upstairs and Big Guy said, "Mom, your suitcase isn't here." We searched again, but he was right.
As I was dialing hubs I was so frustrated with myself. When he answered I told him what happened and he said he would check when he stopped for gas. A few minutes later he called and said it was in the back. My first thought was that I would just go to Wal-Mart and buy a few things and make do for the week. However, he insisted that he drive it back because all my medicine was in that suitcase and I couldn't without THAT for a week. We hung up. I cried. Then we waited.
A few minutes later the phone rang. It was my sister. She asked where hubs was. I told her and she said a gentleman had called and he had hubs phone. WHAT?!? Apparently when he stopped for gas he accidentally left it there. We decided the best thing to do was ask him to hold it until hubs got back. We asked him to ask for photo id before releasing the phone. We hung up. I cried. Then we waited.
About an hour later the phone rang again. My sweet husband. He wanted me to know that he lost his phone and he didn't want me to worry in case I called him. He didn't want ME to worry? He is the one on the road driving back and he didn't want ME to worry? Is it any wonder I love this man?
He arrived back at the house and I grabbed him in my arms and told him how sorry I was and he smiled this big smile and said, "It is no big deal. I am just so thankful that I convinced you not to come meet me on the interstate halfway (which is what I wanted to do). Since I left my phone behind we never would have been able to find each other."
He gave me another great big hug. Gave the boys a great big hug. Then he sat down on the couch and gathered me in his arms and took a long nap.
I don't know what the boys will remember about that day, but I hope they remember that they have a Daddy who goes the extra miles to love his family.
Some people pay to have this type of water feature in their front yard. Not us. It just happened naturally. The good news is that it is not a water main break which is what we feared when we first saw it. Apparently the underground drain system cannot handle all the water and exploded the pipe producing this lovely fountain. We have had a LOT of rain lately and knew that our backyard drain system was having a hard time keeping up. It looks like we are about to do some digging and installation of a larger french drain system. Doesn't that sound like fun?
Right before I started my fasting, we went on a trip with my husband's family to the mountains in Tennessee. We stayed in a beautiful cabin and enjoyed time playing games, hiking, going to some museums and just relaxing. Even though I am not really a morning person, I could not resist waking up early each morning to see the sun rise over the valley. The perfect part was that I could just crawl to the end of our bed and see it from warmth of our blankets from the large picture window. It was breathtaking!
Wow! Has it been that long since I have been on my blog? I gave up blogging when our youth pastor challenged us to give up something for our 40 day fast which started back on December 4th. They say it takes about 30 days to establish a new habit and apparently the habit took hold because I haven't even looked at my blog except to post a required book post or two.
I hope you are all doing well. December and January were wonderful months and I will try to update you as I have a few minutes.
However, my sweet husband gave me a Valentine's gift better than chocolate and flowers... he took two days off work to spend with us. Priceless!