What? You didn't miss me?? Well, I have been hiding. Behind the pages of a well-loved story. Currently I find myself stuck with Frodo and Sam on the stairs of Cirith Ungol in The Two Towers, but I finished reading The Fellowship of the Ring over the weekend. This is my third or fourth time through the series. I don't know why I love them so much and find it easy to devour them in such a short period of time. This is even a borrowed set...I'm thinking I should replace the set with a new one to the lender. :)
I haven't been feeling the greatest. Somehow curling up on the couch and losing myself in the familiar pages helps me to forget.
One day shortly after I had taken my prenatal vitamins I felt my stomach lurch. Mitch was in the kitchen with me and a gate was up to keep babies out. I knew I wasn't going to make it out of the kitchen. I grabbed an animal cracker and choked it down as I willed my body not to give in to the nausea. I jumped the gate, and darted for the bathroom. Yet another gate and a child-proof door knob cover stood in my way. I managed to lose the animal cracker but not the vitamins. Upon returning to the kitchen I got to hear a stunned Caleb ask his daddy, "Why does Mommy keep taking the vitamins if they make her sick?" It was a funny question and Mitch didn't really know how to answer. I said, "because my fingernails look so good now!" And they do...see? Even my Dad would be proud. :)
Still no Pepsi for me, and my red water bottle is my best friend. It's always best with ice in it. Choking down lukewarm water is just no fun. If only the bottle were blue...now that would be something!
The secret is safe so far. I'm not showing yet. At least not until I put on yoga pants and let my tummy muscles relax! Ha!
Tonight we went to see Mitch's Grandma who lives in the assisted living facilities near here. It was a pleasure to bring all the kids in there and receive the smiles of all the residents. We brought Grandma a bag of homemade chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. We asked her if she wanted to share. She was emphatic--NO. :) When we left she said "I can't promise I'll remember all your names." I said, "That's ok--just don't forget there are cookies!" She asked us what she owed us for the cookies. Mitch said a hug is all. I said after all the cookies and caramel rolls she's given us over the years we are quite indebited.
After a brief and gracious "Indian Summer", Minnesota seems to have finally realized autumn is here. The weather has turned cooler and it has been raining a lot more. Our lawn is giving out one more burst of green and the grass is growing tall and thick. The days are noticeably shorter. Minnesota is so generous with it's long summer days. On July 4th it's barely dark enough for fireworks by 10 pm. We pay for it in December though! Already it's pretty dark out by 7:30 pm, earlier if the sky is overcast.
Oh yeah, I also wanted to brag that I am the queen of writing blog posts in my head and never getting them on the computer. Yep. Interesting and funny ones, too. You'd better keep reading. I might actually post a couple of them one of these days!
It's time for me to go catch up with Frodo and Sam. Micah will be joining us tonight. He loves to read along and then watch that part on the movies. I like the movies less and less each time I read the books. But it can't be helped. No cinema could really do it justice. Watching the movies did give me a starting point to understand the language and get some of the characters straight. It is a beautiful story.
But there is a real story that is much more beautiful...found in the Bible.