I’m back! My trip was better than I expected. A BIG thank you to those of you who prayed for me. The second day was harder emotionally than the first, but all of it was great. The speakers were wonderful, and I met so many amazing people. I learned so much and have so many ideas and plans that I hope to see come to fruition in the future, both near and far. I am excited to see where God is going to lead me and how He is going to use me as a result of Grady’s short life and sudden death. I said before that I would much rather have him here. We all know that’s not possible. If I can’t have him, I might as well make the best of the situation.
I didn’t have quite as much down time on this trip as I thought. Like I said, I met some wonderful people and went to dinner with a few of them Thursday night. My family missed me a bunch. It’s so nice to know you’re loved and needed! I missed them too, and it was good to get home.
We had Emma Grace’s birthday party today. The fun started with a carousel ride and Chick-fil-A in the mall.
After lunch we pulled apart the monkey cupcake cake and opened presents.
We then headed upstairs to Build-A-Bear.
Here's the birthday girl rubbing the hearts under her hands on her cheeks so that her monkey could smile.
Her bear getting stuffed.
She and Jessica giving their monkeys a bath.
The finished product.
It was low-key, not very big and not very stressful. I think the girls had a great time. There were four other friends there besides my girls. I didn't post their pictures 'cuz I don't know if their mommas want them posted here :)
We stopped to get gas on the way home, and the Humane Society had dogs for adoption at the adjoining grocery store. We did NOT come home with one, but Jessica and Emma Grace fell in love with one named Jordan. He sat right down in Jessica’s lap and stole her heart. It was hard to pull them away, but we managed.
I have to share something that I’m very excited about. In case you don’t already know this, we live in a very small world. I was visiting a blog and came across someone else who had also experienced a stillbirth. I visited that blog and turns out that we live very close to one another. We’re hoping to meet in person this coming week. I think she’s a God-send and an answer to prayer. You know who you are.....I can’t wait to meet you!!!
Speaking of the blog world. I need help from fellow bloggers. Is there any easy way to get pictures to load exactly where you want them or do they always load at the top of your post? The pictures take me SO long to load and get exactly where I want them. Any suggestions to make this easier?????
I’m not sure what the rest of the weekend will hold for us. I know that I have some catching up to do around the house, but the weather is beautiful again. The girls are outside kicking around the soccer ball. They went to a soccer game Thursday night with a friend and now they’re both talking about wanting to play. Jessica played when she was five, but she wasn’t very good. Not because she couldn’t kick the ball. No....it was because she wouldn’t take the ball from anyone and kicked the ball to the other team! She was too nice. There's no telling what they'll be into come fall.
That's about all for now. I hope you have a wonderful weekend with your family and friends!