Monday, May 13, 2013

Monday, Monday

Good Morning my friends. After a long stretch of sunshine and hot weather I woke up this morning to raindrops on the roof and temps in the 60's. The rain is much needed so no complaints will be heard here. The weekend was absolutely gorgeous. Hubby and I spent Saturday and much of Sunday at the lake, coming home to sleep because we didn't want to chance anything happening to our Granddog that's been stayng with us for a couple of weeks. Tomorrow I'm driving back to Portland with Polly to reunite her with her Mom, Dad & Piper. They've been in Nebraska for Brad's brothers wedding and so we've been babysitting Polly. Chloe will be lost without her as they are great friends. I'll be in Portland so you know what that means! Lunch with Gracie, Teresa and Taci on Thursday just before I drive home the same day. It will be a fast trip with lots of driving by myself.

Craftwise this weekend I did manage to make four dishcloths. I'm going to try to make about 20 our so and take them to the place that did my cardiac stress test. The nurses showed interest and practically begged me to bring more up to sell to the staff. (Still no results from the test, so I'm assuming all is well.)

I sang on the praise team yesterday at church. It was a lot of fun and I enjoyed it. I sing a lot at the evening service and used to sing every week in the morning. I gradually stopped the mornings over a couple of years and now it is mainly the younger people. The evening services are much more relaxed and I enjoy them, but there is talk about not having a regular service in the evening starting in the fall. It will be more of a small group Bible study so my days of singing in "public" are likely coming to an end for the most part. That's okay. On my road trips, I crank up the C.D. player or radio and can sing as loud as I want!!! :-)

After church we went to Shakey's Pizza with our best friends Neal & Jenny and two of their four children and two grandchildren. We've been best friends for almost 20 years now! Since none of our kids were able to be here for Mother's Day, it was nice to spend time with kids that are almost like our own. Alex called twice from Japan on facetime. Gotta love facetime. It's free and we can see each other. Plus it's on our phones so we don't have to have a computer in front of us like on Skype. He called Saturday night because it was Sunday in Japan and he wanted to beat Mandy & Jamie!

Looky what Miss Piper sent to me.

Mandy made the chalkboard with a picture frame and chalkboard paint. She usually has it hanging in the kitchen with an inspirational quote on it. I just love this photo of Piper. Look at those little toes! And the card is amazing. Notice it says "Grandma Queen". That's me!!!! Our last name is Queen. I love this entire card. It's written like a fairy tale by a GRANDDAUGHTER! Perfect.

I thought I would be fine since we kept so busy all day, but I have to admit it. Holidays without our kids are really, really hard. I miss them. I don't ever want any of them to feel guilty for living their own lives. And every holiday I say, "It will be fine". And I really try to make it fine, but somewhere within that day, the sadness always creeps in. I hate that. I pray. I cry. And then I feel bad for feeling the way I feel. Does that even make sense?

My own Mom has been gone since I was 29. I'm 53 now and I still never go a day without thinking of her at some point. So here I am today. A little down. A little sad, but okay in the end. After all, life is what you make of it and tomorrow evening I will again see Mandy, Brad and Miss Piper when they fly back into Portland. Thursday I will have lunch with my new blogging friends who are beginning to mean the world to me. And when I arrive home Thursday night, Dennis, the love of my life, will be waiting impatiently for my return. I know that my Saviour loves me and cares about every step I take and every tear I cry. I can't ask for much more than that now can I?

Here's one more picture of our Granddog Polly. I think she's missing her little family too.

Have a wonderful day my friends. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend full of love and laughter.




  1. Yes, yes and yes I understand about the mixed emotions that Mother's Day brings. As you know, all three of my kids and all five of my grandkids live several states away...and moving further away all the time. I try not to take it personally and realize they have to go on with their lives but it is still difficult at times.
    I'm sorry about your mom. It must have been very hard to lose her when you were young...and probably a young mom yourself. I miss my mom and think of her a lot too; she died about three years ago...
    SO happy to hear about Alex and the photo with little Piper is adorable!
    Have a blessed week and remember that Jesus knows first hand what it is like to lose a parent (Joseph, His step-father). That helps me...

  2. Okay, since you don't publish your email, I'll have to contact you through your blog, sugar! Send me you washing detergent recipe and I'll see if that helps my laundry also.

  3. Oh you are so loved by your dear family, and I am sure they missed you as much as you missed them, too.

    Such a sweet little picture and card, too.

    Praying for great results from your test Have fun with the ladies of the blog world when you visit them, I can't wait to hear all about it.

    ((hugs)) and blessings always dear friend.

  4. Betsy, I think you must have my email by now so give me yours so I can help you with your return address when blogging. I can't post a screen shot on the comment section! BTW, your address is safe with me. Absolutely!!!

  5. Betsy girl your blog is awesome. I loved he little pic of your baby girl. She is very sweet looking.
    Just know that Jesus loves you every moment of your life ups or downs uglies and beautiful He will always love you.

  6. Hi Betsy, I'm so looking forward to our get-together on Thursday! I love our blog friends times! I'm working on a washcloth too.. I've been so busy I need a small project like that. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  7. Loved this post, Betsy, and your wonderful Mother's Day celebration even though separated by miles from your kids. I so understand your mixed emotions as mine are mixed as many layers of experience in life and God's goodness in each layer . Drive safely and I'll see you soon!

  8. Betsy, you are so wonderful to so many. The fact your son called you twice is a testament to how much you are loved. I know it is sad when your family can not be all together, but your love for each other can never be separated. Have a safe journey and give each and everyone of those wonderful women a hug for me. Piper is adorable!

  9. Holidays can be hard on us Mama's for so many different reasons. Our lives change so much when we take on this role. It so enriches our lives but it also leaves a little hole when our babies move on. I didn't fully understand that for the longest time. I do now. Sending you lots of love and hugs!!!

  10. Glad you had a lovely weekend despite not being with your family but knowing you are so loved will still have made the day special.
    Piper is so gorgeous, all her photos are really lovely.
    Thank you for your kind comment on my blog post about my Mum.
    Carol xx

  11. I'm sorry to hear it was tinged with sadness but what thoughtful gifts and it's great that you can keep in touch via facetime.
    So lovely of you to knit for the cardiac unit x

  12. Hi Betsy lovely post and yes we all feel that way sometimes ie sad when memories come...
    .. and we miss those we love and the LORD understands "He was tried in all point as we are, yet without sin".. (Hebrews 4 I think) He understands " Great our LORD, and of great power, His understanding is infinite Ps. 145:7
    God bless dear one, love Shaz in Oz.x

  13. Now that is about the best Mother's Day present I have ever seen~ so sweet!

    Have a blessed day~