Thursday, June 22, 2017

June 22

With the boys away camping (well, sort of; more on that in a bit*), today was something of a rarity: it was a girl-day. Abby and I started things off with brunch at Black Bear, and then swung by the mall to do some (which equates to "a very small amount of") clothes-shopping. Then late this afternoon, I went to a movie with K (who will no doubt mentally smack me upside the head for posting this photo, but well, you know, pttttthp. At least I'm the one who looks kind of sketch here. There were other options).

I can be a wee (lot) bit chatty; sometimes I talk just to fill voids because I tend to find silence uncomfortable. (Well, that and I really do like finding out more about others.) But I genuinely like talking --and spending time-- with these two people. And I'm really thankful for all of the good that both of them bring into my life.

(The *: the boys actually abandoned their camping excursion this morning after they discovered that Brady was particularly attractive to mosquitos. But they had a good time while they were there, and opted to continue their adventure at my in-laws' house tonight, which left my girl-day fully intact. Win-win.)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

June 21

Adam got to live out a long-held wish today as he and his dad finally took the Little Boys backpacking. Adam's dad drove down this morning and they were off to the Santa Cruz mountains by 10 AM. (Us girls graciously opted out.)

Adam grew up camping and backpacking and I know they're activities he's been wanting to share with our kiddos. But I also know that it's probably bittersweet for him, since Logan couldn't be part of the excursion.

Still, I'm hopeful that they'll have a good time and that it'll bring all of them a few paces closer to God -- and each other.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

June 20

It was a good day: some family time, a fun playdate (for Brady and me!), Costco, and an evening walk with a friend I hadn't spent much time with of late. It all started with the playdate:

It's always fun to watch Brady play with his buddies. And it's always fun for me to sit and chat with my friends, and I was blessed with the chance to do that twice today.

Yep. A good day indeed.

Monday, June 19, 2017

June 19

Another triple digit day here, so I didn't do much and, as a result, I also didn't take any pictures. But after hearing how many friends have lost power over the past few days, tonight's I'm thankful for this:

A cup of ice and the comfort of air conditioning in my house.

Simple blessings that I know I all too often take for granted!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

June 18

I know I speak for both of us when I say that Mother's Day and Father's Day are far more complicated for Adam and I than I ever imagined they'd be. So today, we did as is our custom and had a laid-back kind of celebration. We did, however, make a last-minute decision to go up to Adam's parents' house. We picked up some pizza and dessert on the way and had a pleasant couple of hours with them.

When the emotions are complex, I think a few hours of peace and pleasant conversation are just what we need.

Happy Father's Day, hunny. From all of us.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

June 17

I've said it before, but as with many things in this life, it bears repeating: I love this girl, and I love spending time with her.

And today, we opted to be goofy together. We picked up a bag of Pixy Stix while we were out Father's Day shopping, and then headed over to Starbucks (because it was hot-hot-hot out and I wanted some iced coffee). And then we sat at a table and sampled the flavors (cherry is totally the best, for the record) while I texted funny pictures of her to my brother (who had an affinity for Pixy Stix when we were kids).

Just some lighthearted moments, sure, and not ones that are likely to stand out in the long run. But wholly worthwhile nonetheless.

Friday, June 16, 2017

June 16

I really can't overemphasize how much Logan loved the Cars franchise. The original film came out in 2006 --the year of his birth-- and it's like he emerged from the womb with its energy coursing through his veins. He lived and breathed Lightning McQueen, Mater, Sally, Ramone, and all of the colorful townies from Radiator Springs. (And even the obscure racers. If I close my eyes, I can still hear him reading "Todd The Shockster Maw-cus" from the big book of Cars characters.) A few years later, we all saw Cars 2 in the theater shortly after he was released from the hospital in June of 2011. At the time, we thought he'd beaten his disease so we watched that film with a deep sense of gratitude and thankfulness in our hearts. Although things did not go as we'd hoped and prayed and longed for them to go, and though he was unable to be with us to watch Cars 3, we went back to that same theater today to see it on his behalf.

It's a good movie and a fitting addition to the series, and watching it without the boy who loved it so very much brought on a mix of euphoria and heartbreak. I guess that may sound like an odd combination of emotion, but that's the way I'd describe much of my life, if I'm being honest. I can't really feel a high-high without a twinge of pain; the feeling that it would be just a little bit better if only Logan were here to share in the moment with me.

So yes. I miss him. I will miss him until we're together again. But I am beyond blessed that he was here to teach me about life, just like Lightning McQueen was blessed to have Doc. We can learn from anyone if we're open to hearing the truth, but those extra-special people who hit us right square in the heart with their very presence are incredible gifts from God. I was uncommonly, extraordinarily blessed to learn so much from someone who spent very little time on this side of Heaven.