^^Those two. They grew up together in Mount Vernon, celebrated every birthday and holiday together, played together, watched Blues Clues together, and were basically like cousins. Since all the different family moves, different activities, and churches, we don't see them as often, but every time it's like no time has passed at all. Except now they don't watch Blues Clues, they play games in the dark outside or board games or games in the barn or they follow littler kids and animals around. They've grown up. Last week we got to celebrate with Micah his graduation and his mom & I just looked at these two and couldn't believe our eyes. In our minds' eyes, they're 4. But somehow, standing before us, were two college students, ready to find their calling in this world. We will be praying for you, Micah!!^^
About a week and a half ago, Ed & I found ourselves with an evening where all the children were occupied. We grabbed the opportunity to head out for an early anniversary dinner. We ate at The Loft near the Marina and it was really good! We walked around a bit, and then stopped by the heart of ivy on the grainery building that is slated to be torn down in the near future. I HAD to get a picture by this iconic Bellingham photo op before it was no more! We had a lovely early anniversary celebration and we are blessed to have each other to walk through life with.
And that, my friends, is my new ride. So pretty! It's a 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan with 35,000 miles...which is much more likely to make it to Michigan and back than my 2003 Chevy Venture with 250,000 miles! We kept the Venture, because it doesn't need any work and will be fine for staying within the county and for Bethany to drive back & forth to school. We traded in Sarah's money pit of a car and are quite relieved to have done so...and especially before the license needed to be renewed in September! My "new" van doesn't have many bells and whistles...pretty standard model...but that's what makes it affordable AND will hopefully mean less headaches in the future of things breaking down.
On the last day of July we celebrated my Grandma's 93rd birthday (her birthday is actually August 1) with some cake and cards at the rest home. She is doing so amazingly well and she even showed off to the girls how she could walk with her walker that day. A year ago we did not think she would still be around, but she has bloomed in the rest home (the nurses and aides there are wonderful!) and is so at peace and content there. God has given her such a beautiful spirit her whole life, but it's particularly evident now, at a time when most people would end up being grouchy. I don't know anyone who has ever grown old more gracefully and beautifully than her. I want to be just like her when I grow up...and especially if I live to be that old. I don't relish the idea of living that long, but longevity really runs in the females in my family. So I just pray that if God grants me such a long life, that it will be a life as beautiful as hers.
Yep! I'm gonna be an auntie again! Woo-hoo!! It's pretty cool that I will get to see that baby soon after he/she is born, too, since I can make the excuse of watching Sarah run in a track meet! :)