Angel moment over!!!
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
For the entire time that Donnie and I have been married he is always been out of town or entertaining clients for work during my birthday, my 39Th birthday was no exception. Donnie happened to be off to some exotic location like Dayton, OH or Omaha, NE. I was feeling a little low because even though we don't make big deals about birthdays it is still nice to be recognized and made to feel a little special. As I am getting ready for work I hear the dogs bark (that is the best alarm system one could have) and so I decide to inspect what the ruckus is about. I was surprised to see my friend Sarah had stopped by on her way to work....not only had she come to say Hi and Happy Birthday but she was dropping off a birthday surprise from the Donner.
I need to explain before I proceed, on the show "The Office" there are two characters that are constantly at each other, Dwight Schrute (my soul mate....sorry Donnie) and Jim Halpert (Olivia's soul mate I have learned). In one episode Jim takes Dwight's stapler and encases it in jello....I laughed so hard my stomach hurt. Working in an office setting for several years there have been occasions that I would liked to have encased things or people in jello, so that just added to the humor of the show.
Back to Sarah.....as she comes walking up I notice something in her hands....it is Donnie's old cell phone encased in jello....I laughed so hard that I had to reapply my makeup. I was completely surprised by this little scheme the Donner and Sarah had concocted and it made for a great start to my day.
I know some of you may not understand the humor but that is OK, I did and that is what counted that day. It is the simple things in life that tickle me and jello encased cell phones is one of them.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
My beautiful ball
Pretty and Shiny what all good...ummm bowlers need!
The whole ensemble....know I need the perfect shirt!!!
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Nothing says fun like power tools!!!
Andrew is such a fun kid and it has been awesome having him here full time. I think he is learning a lot and teaching us a few things. He always enjoys going up to Grandpa G's Farm in IA and hanging out with his homey. It is Andrew's goal to get my dad to rap and I am not talking about presents. I know that it is also a lot of fun for Donnie to have Andrew with us and I think Andrew feels good about being here as well.......he is a bit crazy about his dad and crazy like his dad. Though our world has changed a bit, it is a great change.
Andrew our very serious son being his goofy self
Donnie showing Sunday how it's done (glad I am not the only one being shown!!!!)
Shaun Sunday is a very quiet young man and I hope that we can help him to open up (he is going to have to be louder if he wants to be heard in this loud family!!!). We have lots of projects going around our house and he is getting an opportunity to learn a lot of different things. After spending a week on my dad's farm I don't think he wants to pursue a career dealing with hogs but he sure had a good time seeing things he had never seen before.
Sunday (He lives with us and is still smiling!!!!)
Monday, August 11, 2008
My Sparkles was the best dog that I have ever known. Some of you may not understand the strong attachment and the love I had for this dog and there are those of you who will know exactly what I am talking about.
Biscuit and Sparkles......now that is love!!!
To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring - it was peace. ~Milan Kundera
Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made. ~Roger Caras
I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive. ~Gilda Radner
Saturday, August 9, 2008
The Edwards Gang 2007
Andrew and Chelsea Summer of 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Missy is a dear friend and her claim to fame is that she is the first non related friend I ever spent the night with. We had to be in either 2nd or 3rd grade (please do not ask me to remember......it would take a lot of hypnosis and I would probably fall asleep instead of fall into a trance). I remember they had mules and her mom warmed the taco shells right on the stove burner (I know.....of all the things to remember you think it would be something more climactic than that).
That would make Missy my oldest friend!!! We have had parts of our lives where we have lost contact but we always seem to circle back around and for that I am truly grateful. It is the kind of friendship that is unconditional and that is a true treasure.
Missy is the friend that puts it like it is she doesn't sugar coat things just to tell me what I want to hear. I can be honest with her and know that she is not going to judge me one way or another....but she will tell me if she thinks I am CRAZY or cheer me on when my confidence is low. I can share my heart with her and she listens, that is not a quality to be taken lightly.
I have had others in my life that I have trusted with my heart and when they didn't like what I had to say they changed the dynamic of the relationship. I still love those people and wish them well but to I do not trust them as I once did and that makes me sad. I guess we all serve a purpose on our relationships with others, sometimes we are in others lives for purposes that serve us and then there are those friendships where you are to help your friend. Each one is special and hopefully there is a lesson learned by both parties. The biggest lesson is to never hold a grudge to understand that though two parties might not agree and maybe there was a betrayal by one party intentionally or unintentionally (certain points in our lives we are in self preservation mode and do not understand the full scope of our actions) it is the one holding the grudge that suffers the most. The person that chooses to be mad at the world and spend their life playing the martyr will never fully experience what life has to give, until they let loose of their convoluted thinking.
We have an obligation by being part of the human race to forgive and to show love especially when it is not that easy to show. There is no sermon that can teach as well as a life well lived and I am not talking about the things one accumulates, I am talking about the respect and compassion we give to others. Things are expendable people are not.
A good friend is a connection to life - a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world. ~Lois Wyse