Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Loved Rotten

When I was last in Utah, attending Woman's Retreat at my daughter's church, I stayed a few extra days to spend time with my grandsons. One day we were in Walmart doing some misc. shopping. We were in the fabric section and Garrett saw some Cars fabric. He fell in love with it and I offered to make him a pillow case out of it. My daughter asked me if it would be possible to make him an apron out of it instead. Garrett loves to help his mommy in the kitchen and he isn't always the neatest of chefs. We went over and looked at the patterns and found a cute one that had his size. Garrett, keep in mind, was present for all of this. I distinctly remember showing him the pattern.

Fast forward a few weeks......Grandma goes home and makes him the cutest little apron you've ever seen. I even made him a little hand towel thingy that used some of the fabric and a dish towel so that he could keep his hands clean while he was helping mommy in the kitchen. I mailed them off right before we went on vacation.

While I was in Oahu I received a call from my daughter telling me that Garrett loved his apron and towel, but she also shared the following conversation:

G: (looking at the apron and towel) I wanted a pillowcase.

L: Don't you remember that Grandma decided to make you an apron?

G: I wanted a pillowcase. Is Damma going to send the pillowcase?

Now, I KNOW that he was aware that he was getting an apron, but he must have thought that that was in addition to the pillowcase. It bothered me so much that he was disappointed. Fast forward several hours..........our plane leaves Oahu and we head for Maui. After landing we immediately head to Costco and Walmart for a food run before heading for the condo. So bothered by Garrett's disappointment, I check the fabric section of Walmart on the off chance that they might have the same fabric. THEY DID!!! I bought a yard, paying twice as much for it on Maui as I did in Utah. I sent Lori a text messsage telling her that she could tell Garrett that the pillow case would be arriving shortly after we got home from vacation. Her response was "little scam artist."

Some people will probably say that I am spoiling him rotten, but I want to put that notion to bed. I am simply LOVING him rotten. But, then again, what are 'Damma's' for?

After, I get caught up on Christmas shopping, decorating and pillow case making I will post some pictures of our trip.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Happy Anniversary

Today is Hubby's and my 31st anniversary. Yes, you read that right. 31 amazing years.

I was blessed to marry my best friend. We have known each other since we were in 7th grade. We were friends through high school and worked together at McDonald's. Our first date was the night we graduated from high school and, as they say, the rest was history. We were 20 years old when we got married.

We have had a great marriage. Not perfect, by any means, but we have worked to get to where we are today. I sometimes think I love him more now than I ever did back then, but I suppose I just love him different. I still can't wait to spend time with him. He is still my best friend. He has been an amazing provider and an excellent father. Behind God, I know that I am the most important person in his life. Over the years, our marriage has become much more Christ centered as we have matured as adults and as Christians.

We have had our share of struggles but, through them all, we have leaned on Jesus and each other. We have managed to come out through the tough times stronger.

31 years ago today two kids started on their journey together:

Here we are today. Over the last 31 years we have laughed often and shed a few tears. There has been some sickness and lots of good health. We have been poor and a little richer. We have been blessed with two amazing children, an awesome son-in-law, gorgeous daughter-in-law and two grandsons whom we adore. 31 years later finds us both with a lot more wrinkles and a few more pounds. (Well, half of us have a few more pounds and I think it's obvious which half it is. Be kind.)

I am writing this post early and setting it to post on our anniversary. Lord willing, we will be celebrating with a sunset dinner at Duke's in Waikiki. We left on Tuesday for 10 days in Oahu and Maui. I am excited to spend time in paradise with my best friend! Happy Anniversary Jon! I love you and I can't wait to spend another 31 years as your wife!