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He Came and Went…….

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I miss you, my friend,

And

No amount of distance between us

can change the fact

that

You are always on my mind

And

That I love you more with each passing day……

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Dustin turns 17……

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Last weekend the family and a few friends came over for a barbeque to celebrate Dustin turning 17! Earlier in the day, they all piled into our beater suburban and Rob took him and his friends to a couple of different skateboard parks…..and in-be-tween the rain……he did his 360 flip, roast beef, and a boneless 360 (whatever that means) and, basically, had a great time.

He is taller than both me and Rob now……has a mind of his own…….and is searching and beginning to really think about what he’s going to do once high school is over…….sigh……..the bigger question is will I MAKE IT…….one more year……trying to get him to love and appreciate CS Lewis, Dorothy Sayers, JR Tolkien……..

reflection essays………outlining every book he reads……….Algebra…….Spanish………Chemistry…………he is a tough one to motivate and teach……..and is the master of random useless information……….we can go round and round…….but I sure love him…….more than life itself………..

Happy Birthday Dustin Mark…….

And by the way…….you look more and more like your dad everyday……..:)

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So today….I’m minding my own business…..trying to get some work done cuz I’ve been sick the past four days…..T.V. on……Daeden says to me very passionately…..”Mom…..listen to this commercial……You need to buy this Nutri-System food so you can lose some weight……Uh….Er……Oh, but I’m not saying you’re fat though…….ok?”………sigh

Being the loving mother that I am…….always wanting to encourage free expression……I say, “Thanks Bean…..maybe I’ll have to look into that”…….and he says, “I think you should, Mama……you really should!” double sigh!

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Amazing Truth…..

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy
into a friend.
– Martin Luther King, Jr. –

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Living by Example….

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Your Children
Will become what you are;
So be
What you want them to be
-David Bly-

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So I wake up this morning…..so happy…..a song in my heart (not really)…..Dylan is flying home today……been gone for two weeks……longest he’s ever been away from me in his whole entire 18 years……I’m thinking of all I need to do today……wash his sheets…..comforter…..make him his favorite brownies……make sure I have his favorite foods in the fridge…..wrap up his Valentine’s Day gift…….pick up his “Welcome Home” balloons……figure out where Long Beach Airport is…..so much to do. I call my dad, cuz he’s going with me to pick up Dylan….we are discussing the directions I have found on Map Quest……we hang up. A few minutes before I got on the phone with Dad, I put Daeden and Deke in front of the T.V. to watch the end of Shaggy Dog. Thinking I might have time for a quick shower……I peek to see how they’re doing…….Deke is right where I left him……ONLY…..he has found the Desitin (butt cream)…..and spread it onto his lips…..both cheeks……both ears…….and apparently swallowed some as well. Huge sigh! I check the back of the tube……it reads….CALL POISON CONTROL CENTER/GET EMERGENCY HELP IMMEDIATELY. I rush him into the bathroom……question……have you ever tried to get Desitin off your child’s tongue…..sigh! Ok….it doesn’t want to come off…..anyways….I’m thinking……what is the Poisen Control Center’s number…..hmm…….I really should know this number by heart……I call 411……get number…..and call them. The woman laughs and says…..”Oh, they put that warning on all the tubes now…..he will be fine…..probably just have a severe case of diarrhea. Ok…..I can do diarrhea……smile…..she asks for my child’s name and zip code…..I tell her, “I think I call you quarterly with this kid”……she says not to worry…..they’re not keeping track…..but are they? My dad says they’ve probably got my number flagged…..negligent mother…….bad, bad, mother……thanks daddy!

I tell God, every other day, if you give me a kid when I’m 40 that I’m not planning for, don’t you think you could make him just a little easier to raise…..just a thought…..love you Lord…..I know you know what’s best……can I just remind you that I will be in my late 50s when this kid is in high school……Dawgone that kid….he’s so incredibly cute!!!!

Oh….and by the way…..I got through most of my “To Do List” and……Dylan made it home safe…..climbed in the back seat…….and teased me all the way home…..I love that boy!

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My Valentine….

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I love this picture of Rob…..taken about a year ago…….it so depicts him perfectly…..always smiling……happy……I love that about him……he is the only constant in my life of complete chaos……and although it can feel on some days that we come from two different galaxies……I’m so thankful for that day when he ended up at my front door………and our worlds collided…….I love you Bertie!

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