Thursday, August 28, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
We hadn't been out to the porch in several days because of the heat, so we have no idea how long that water might have been spraying into the air. Luckily, though, there's a drain in the middle of the porch, so after Jason turned off the hose, the water slowly drained itself out, leaving only a thin layer of mud behind. It was definitely less work than the time that the INSIDE of our flat flooded.
I think the highwater look works well for Jason. What do you think?
Monday, August 18, 2008
Yesterday, when I wrote about my sister going off to college, I mentioned that I would have loved to have had some older pictures of her to post along with the new ones. However, because I only have the pictures I've taken with our digital camera here in our overseas home, I was limited to recent photos.
Shortly after I wrote that post, I got a phone call from my parents. Now, my parents were driving along the highways of central Florida, and I was sitting in my house in Africa, but of course, this is the Digital Age, so that's no problem. As we talked, I mentioned that I had made a photo collage but regretted not having any pictures of "little Claire" to put in it.
What do you know? My mom just happened to have a collection of pictures spanning Claire's entire life sitting at her feet. "Give me a minute," she said. "I'll just take a picture of some of these with my camera phone and email them to you." (Let me pause just a moment to say that this is, by far, the most miraculous part of this story. My mother is, at times, a bit technologically challenged. Most camera phones are not too complicated, but I will admit that I was skeptical as to whether she would actually get the picture taken and sent to me. Well, she did!)
So my mom proceeded to take pictures of the pictures and send them to me--again, from the highways of Florida to my computer in the desert on the other side of the ocean. In any other age? Impossible. But in the Digital Age? Piece of cake. Some of them didn't come out so great, considering the fact that it was a camera phone, she was in a car, and she was taking pictures of old pictures. Maybe in whatever Age comes after the Digital Age, they can figure out a solution to all that.
But, this precious one came through, and it's the most fitting one anyway.
Here's little Claire Bear all set to head to preschool and take on the world, brought straight to you from the highways of Florida to the deserts of Africa to whatever corner of the globe you happen to occupy right now.
And to think that someday my kids will probably think that I'm technologically challenged.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
As hard as it is for me to believe, it's time for my little baby sister to start college. Starting today, she is a real live university student, and I'm wondering if she's not feeling more like the middle picture in this collage than anything else. I wish I had pictures going back more than 3 years to put in the collage, because we have in fact been sisters a lot longer than 3 years, but unfortunately, it's the same digital photo issue we had on our anniversary. So, it will have to suffice for you to know that I have the greatest sister ever, I love her a lot, and I'm really excited about the new adventure she's beginning today.
And this whole thing is making me feel kind of old.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Lee Anna, on the other hand, is usually asleep within minutes of her head hitting the pillow. This week, however, she's been coming to see us an hour or more after we turn off the lights, still not asleep.
Tonight we said good night around 8:30, and an hour and a half later she came out to tell me that she wants blue, white, and pink to be the colors of her birthday cake when she turns five. I told her she'll probably have to remind me, since she won't turn five until next June!
Luckily, colds don't last forever, so I'm sure they'll be back to their old ways by the end of the week.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Sawyer will be proud of this one in about 15 years. He's wearing Lee Anna's Disney princess shoes. At least he's on the scooter--that's kind of a boyish thing, right?
One day while Daddy was gone, Lee Anna found his shirt and devised a more creative way to wear it. She was so proud that she kept it on for about a half hour waiting for him to come back.
That's my girl...
and that's my boy, complete with the everpresent koolaid moustache.
Oh, I am blessed!
Thursday, August 07, 2008
We appreciate all of your concern and prayers for the past several days. It looks like they're both going to be all right.
Monday, August 04, 2008
Aunt Ellen is also sporting some new steel. She now has a titanium rod supporting her femur, which was broken in several places. She'll also have a long recovery road ahead of her, so thank you for remembering them both.
Here's a picture of Aunt Ellen from several Christmases ago (that's Lee Anna on the left, so you can tell it's been a little while!).
Sunday, August 03, 2008
On top of that, the night before his dad's accident, Jason's Aunt Ellen also fell and broke her leg. She is in a different hospital in Jacksonville and is also scheduled to have surgery today. Jason's mom is busy moving from hospital to hospital and trying to keep all of us far-away relatives up-to-date. As you can imagine, this is hard time for Jason to be so far away, so please remember the whole family.