Hello friends. I'm writing from the lab at school. Weird, right? Well I'm down to 2 classes, 2 days, and 2 presentations left. But I'm stuck on campus until my group meets to work on our powerpoint, so I thought I could fill my time by updating. I really thought that by now, I would do a much better job at regular updates, but it seems like each post is just as long, if not longer than the last! Once again, here's a big'n.
James and I were able to attend Family Life's Weekend to Remember conference in Omaha in March. For those that don't know, it's a christian marriage conference. We were excited about it, but really felt like we had a great marriage already, so we were interested to find out what God had in store for those 3 days. This was also our first time actually leaving Trevin. It was so so so so so so hard. I bawled the night before telling James that I didn't want to go. I begged him to let us stay. I didn't think I was ready to leave Trevin yet. James convinced me otherwise and we sucked it up. I teared up as we drove away, but I'm very glad we went.
We got to stay at the Hilton downtown. It was a blast. We knew two other couples at the conference and it was great catching up with them. The conference itself was amazing. James and I resolved issues that we didn't even realize were there. We received so much advice and learned a lot. We brought home a couple of resources to keep our marriage growing.
On our "date night" we went to the Cheesecake Factory and treated ourselves to a great evening. It ended with a stop at Trader Joes for some breakfast for the next morning, which turned into a funny story. We looked for a parking spot and found one right up front, but the car on the right side parked on the line for no apparent reason. Well James pulled in and I shimmied out of the door because we were pretty close. We went browsing and as we were checking out I heard a lady say something about a Tahoe out front. I looked and James, but he didn't hear it, so we continued and went to the car. We hopped into the car and a larger woman came up to James' door and knocked on the window. She said that she was parked next to us and she had tried paging us in the store. (Really didn't hear it over the speaker) She then asked that we do a better job parking next time. (At this point I tried my best not to laugh, because she had parked embarrassingly and then thought it be a good idea to come tell us to do a better job.) Anyways, she said I must be a toothpick because she couldn't fit in her door. James stayed totally calm but I was deciding whether to laugh again or be completely frustrated. Seriously lady? As we drove away, I told James that I was so happy to be leaving the city the next day. And I was. 3 days of city was enough for this country couple!
So the first night James and I were doing a mini project thing (you go over questions together and get good conversation started) Anyways, the elevators were packed because the conference had just gotten out. So we decided to go to the lobby to wait out the lines. As we are sitting there I look up and I saw a lady taking a picture with a bearded man. I said "James look!" And there he was. Mountain Man. James doubted at first. But after a little persuasion. He believed. I said lets go get a picture. Once again, James was tentative. I knew that if we passed up this opportunity we would never forgive ourselves. So, we chased him down. This is what happened:
Chase from behind, while telling James to get his phone out. I catch him, tap him on the shoulder and ask, "Would you happen to be Mountain Man?" Then, he turned. Looked me in the eyes. And time stopped.
Well at least it seemed to have sllllloowed down. (HA!)
He said, "Yeahhhhh." I asked if we could get a picture. He replied, "Wellll, I just got off ssssstage. I was up there ffffffor 4 1/2 hourssss. I'm pretty tireddddd. It's got to be quickkkk. People willlll start to flockkkkk." I tried to crack a joke, "On stage? For your comedy act?" He must not have heard because he didn't reply to that one... haha. His security guy snapped the photo and we thanked him.
It. was. glorious. :)
He's now saying mama, dada, baby, moo, and hi. And he's been trying to say other words like bird and fish. But mostly just motor noises!
My favorite James quote of the month: "There's something about sweat pants, rednecks, and farts. It's all at Walmart."
Part of the reason that this post is so late is because Trevin came down with nasty cold a couple weeks ago and then gave it to me. Severe headaches, cough, constant runny nose, and earaches. And it took almost 2 weeks to get over it. It was awful. I had to cancel on a bunch of fun things, but I didn't want to expose anyone. There were a lot of couch days in that dark time.
It had locks, doorknob, switches, wheels, clasps, flaps, and I don't even know what the other stuff was called. It turned out pretty awesome and I was going to stencil some words at the top, haven't gotten to that yet... But I was still proud that we finished it and Trevin loves it.
After all the naughty things he's learning, I just look at a picture like this and say, "but he's just so perfect." And then I want to cry. I'm really tearing up, in the computer lab. There is nothing like calling a baby your own. I've got to stop thinking about his first day of kindergarten, his first major disappointment, his graduation, and leaving for college. I've got to stop thinking about years down the road, when he comes home and hugs me as a grown man. Heaven forbid I think about his wedding, about putting him in someone else's care. Or the day he becomes a dad and I see those big brown eyes tear up so genuinely. I just can't think about those things right now, because I have a little boy, so precious and so innocent, that I need to love to pieces. I need to mold him and shape him into the man that I dream he will someday be. I need to cherish every single moment that I'm blessed with to be his mom. I'm excited to tell him about Jesus' love and I pray for that moment of acceptace to come honestly and passionately. All of the things I want for this boy starts with loving him today. And he's really easy to love.
Time keeps on passing, growing on the farm...