September 4, 2011 – Today we got on the Royal Carribean “Allure of the Seas.” This ship was a LOT cooler than the last cruise ship I was on in the Mediterranean – it has a miniature golf course, ice skating rink, zip line, diving show, park, theater with “Chicago” playing, and more. This week, we sit. We eat. We relax.
September 5, 2011 – Today we were in the Bahamas, and this was my view out the back of the ship. Wow. We spent a little bit of time walking around in town, but for the most part we just stayed on the ship.
September 6, 2011 –Today I played some miniature golf with Shane and Cassandra. So fun on a cruise ship! Also, I suck at miniature golf.
September 7, 2011 – Today we were in the U.S. Virgin islands, and this was our sunset. So beautiful. I have been doing a lot of reading here, and that is just about it. Perfection.
September 8, 2011 – This was my view today. Amen and amen.
September 9, 2011 – Our waiter, Abdurrahman, has been very friendly, and he keeps bringing me free glasses of wine. I’m not complaining.
September 10, 2011 – The moon was so pretty over the water tonight.
September 11, 2011 – I spent September 11 on an airplane, coming home from Florida. It’s kind of weird being in airports and on airplanes on the 10-year anniversary of 9/11.
September 12, 2011 – I’ve been painting letters for Kate Baesel’s room. I love painting letters for baby rooms, especially when that baby is super-special and beautiful like this one.
September 13, 2011 – When I get up in the morning, Maggie doesn’t waste any time taking my spot. I’m not going to lie, I would kind of hate them if they weren’t so darn cute.
September 14, 2011 – Today I received word that my friend Sara is dying. She’s in hospice care and she should be meeting her earthly and heavenly Father soon. I am devastated but also relieved for her – soon she will no longer be in pain. This is the canvas she made for me that hangs on my wall. I will miss her like crazy.
September 15, 2011 – Venti Pumpkin Spice Latte today. There are worse ways to drink your feelings.
September 16, 2011 – Today we went to Humble so Jack could be a guest judge at Master Henderson’s testing tonight. He respects and admires Master Henderson so much, so it was an honor to be invited here.
September 17, 2011 – This morning Jack was a guest judge at Master Henderson’s mini-tournament, and after that we headed back home.
September 18, 2011 – On The Pioneer Woman’s cooking show, she made “eggs in a hole,” and Jack got all excited, so I made him one using my little “Ninja-bread men” cookie cutter.
September 19, 2011 –Still waiting on Sara to go home. It has been a rough couple of days. Got a lime slush today… her favorite.
September 20, 2011 – Today I went to the taekwondo school to help Jack with a few things. I love spending time with him, even though we’re usually working during that time.
September 21, 2011 – Jack has been so good to me this week. Picking up dinner, cleaning the house, doing the dishes… he’s taking care of everything. And on top of that, I came home today to such a sweet note from him. I am so blessed.
September 22, 2011 – My brother and sister-in-law heard the baby’s heart beat today! I’m so excited.
September 23, 2011 – The day we found out about Sara, I went home and immediately booked a flight to Indiana to see Ellyn. I didn’t want to go to Iowa for Sara’s funeral after so many trips that fell through to see her when she was alive, and Ellyn wouldn’t be able to go because of her kids. Sara would have wanted us to be together, so together is where we decided to be. Amie decided to join, and today we got this email from Ellyn. I am so, so excited to see them. I need it. We all need it.
September 24, 2011 – Today Sara met Jesus. This is a picture of today’s beautiful sky. She’s finally breathing fresh air.
September 25, 2011 – Today Jack and I watched movies. That was it. Did nothing else. Just movies.
September 26, 2011 – Today I had to work the front counter at the school. It’s not my favorite job in the world, but I love being with Jack, and he loves it when I’m there.
September 27, 2011 – I’m just about done with Kate’s letters!! I’m so happy with how they turned out.
September 28, 2011 –I came home from work this afternoon to watch Sara’s funeral webcast. I am so thankful for technology.
September 29, 2011 – Today was Sara’s memorial service, a more informal service where people talked about her and sang worship songs and laughed and loved. Again, I am so thankful for technology.
September 30, 2011 – I arrived in Indiana today, and after having lunch with Todd and Jenni Hufford, I headed to Fort Wayne, where Ellyn, Amie, the kids and I went to the county fair. We had so much fun, and I got to carry this sweetheart around (wear him, I guess?) until it started POURING and we had to leave. We had such fun though, and homemade donuts have changed my life.
October 1, 2011 – We spent today just hanging out with the kids and taking pictures, and tonight we released some lanterns for Sara, ate frozen Oreos, and drank Moscato in her honor. It wasn’t the Gitzapalooza we had planned, but I am so thankful to have spent it with these girls.
October 2, 2011 – We had to go back home today, but we spent most of the day at the Huffords’ house with Rachel. It was so cool to get together – all of us, minus one – and actually eat together and laugh together and have the kids play together. I will cherish this weekend.
October 3, 2011 – Today my co-workers and I flew to Houston for a business trip – tomorrow we have to film an event. We had a really fun evening eating dinner and doing some shopping together. I kind of love business trips.
October 4, 2011 – Our job is a LOT of “hurry-up-and-wait” time. We had to be up VERY early to set up, and then, like always, we waited. And waited and waited. Brenda took advantage of the time and laid down on her camera platform.
October 5, 2011 – Finally, I’m back home with this guy. Jack came to lunch with me today at our favorite lunch place, Jason’s. The days when he comes to have lunch with me are some of my favorites.
October 6, 2011 – Came home from work to find this at my doorstep. Oy. This is small business ownership. I think the sparring gear is here.
October 7, 2011 – Today we sort-of had a video shoot – basically we supervised another guy doing a video shoot at our office. It was pretty much the easiest shoot I’ve ever been involved with.
October 8, 2011 – Today Jack and I went to the new Dairy Queen for lunch (THERE IS A DAIRY QUEEN IN MY TOWN NOW, HEAVEN HELP US ALL). We ate outside in the beautiful weather, and then Jack played with Maggie for a while (who could not for the life of her figure out WHY WE COULDN’T JUST GO INSIDE.)