I had just stepped out the door and was walking down your sidewalk when I realized that I hadn’t told you I love you. Mid-step, I hesitated. I almost turned around. I knew you’d still be there. But in nearly the same moment, I remembered — I don’t need to tell you. The words mean nothing compared to what we share. Every touch of your cheek, brush of your hand… every hour spent cuddled on the sofa, every meal shared together… every sigh, kiss, moment lost in silence, and every reluctant “good bye”… in every hug, laugh, and e-mail it’s there, and nothing I say could ever do it justice.
Me: What should I blog about today, Kara?
Kara: Kidney stones. Morphine. How amazing it is, to a point. Until it stops working.
My sister (and baby Jayden) are in the hospital because Kara has one kidney full of stones. She’s been in here all week long, battling pain and trying to make sure the baby is OK. Today she is having surgery to have a thing put in that should help her pass the stones. Hopefully. If not, she has to wait to deliver Jayden before they can remove the stones. It’s pretty boring here. I had a whole bunch of books that I meant to bring to keep Kara occupied, but totally forgot them at home. =(
Please pray for Kara’s speedy recovery, and for Jayden to stay safe & healthy.
I turned the BIG 2-5 today! It was the first time I’ve ever woken up on my birthday and truly felt older. I feel like I’m “finally” a grown-up. That’s not to say that I’m going to start acting like one — we’re not looking for miracles here!
Thank you to everyone who has given me a birthday wish! It’s been a great day so far! My coworkers took me to Famous Jack’s (Cheeseburgers), and it was DELICIOUS! Look out Steak n Shake! You’ve been beat!! I also have a Surprise Birthday Dinner tonight with Captain Awesome, which I’m SUPER excited about. After that, drinks with the whole fam-damily and awesome friends at BW3’s.
So celebrating my birthday means that Fall is right around the corner. Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the cooler weather, clear azure skies and crispness of fall mornings. Back to school time has always been a favorite of mine. I’m a big dork when it come to freshly sharpened pencils and new backpacks. I’m not looking forward to the inevitable cold winter, but I start looking forward to NEXT Thanksgiving within hours of finishing this year’s Thanksgiving meal. It’s my favorite holiday and favorite time of year. Nothing beats good food, quality family time, and home videos of the G8 playing pranks on the 4K. (It’s a family thing… G8 = the 8 grandbabies and 4 = Nana’s 4 kids). This Thanksgiving will be especially special, since I’ll probably be spending some of it with Jason, and then we leave for vacation that weekend. It’ll be such a nice get-a-way!
Well, I better start getting ready for my birthday dinner. What to wear?!?
that doing your own thing is fun again.
WoW! What a fun-filled weekend!
Katie’s wedding rehearsal was Friday nite, with a yummy dinner at the Iron Skillet. Saturday was the BIG DAY. Katie looked absolutely beautiful and the day was perfect. Jason got lots of good pix, and I can’t wait to see all the “official” photos that Erika took. I was so nervous to give my Maid of Honor speech at dinner, but it went really smooth!! The Bateman’s sure know how to throw a rockin’ party. We danced non-stop until the DJ had to wrap things up. I ended the nite slow dancin’ with my honey to Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World”. It was perfect. Now it’s all over and Katie is Mrs. Louis Locander IV. We’re so grown up!
Sunday was WICKED fun. Wicked because the weather was totally crazy, and fun to attend the Inaugural Indianpaolis MotoGP. Like true fans, we stuck it out through torrential downpours and hurricane-force wind to watch 2/3 races. The weather was just too intense to watch the 250cc. But, Jason got some cool pix.
Now it’s Monday and back to business. I got my Jimmy John’s for lunch today, which is becoming a Monday tradition. I work from home on Mondays, and surprisingly I’ve gotten quite a bit done today. My home office is set up pretty nicely, other than my printer being too lazy to actually print what I tell it to!
Back in June I talked about some values I’d identified as things I wanted to live by. I haven’t done much with them since… I’ve chosen the life I want to live, and I’m going after it full-steam. Gotta make sure I take my morals, ethics, and values with me. Each month I’m going to pick a value to focus on and do my best to integrate it fully into my life.
September’s Value Focus: Class & Grace
“Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service, and character.” — William Arthur Ward (1921-1994) author, educator, and motivational speaker
I will believe in the good of others, and always strive to showcase my own goodness through patience, valuing other people, and building meaningful relationships with others.
I will charge forward with humility by understanding that I haven’t achieved this great life all on my own. I give great gratitude to God and to those who have shaped my life along the way and made me who I am today. I’ll never forget or take for granted the gifts that have been left on my heart.
There is a reason that I’m here on this planet. There is some service that I must give to the world, and I believe whole-heartedly in being a servant leader. The Koran says that the most excellent actions are to gladden the heart of a human being, to feed the hungry, to help the afflicted, to lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful, and to remove the wrongs of the injured. I will do that.
I will live with Class and Grace.
Classes have started, and look to be pretty tough. I have some reading to do this weekend b/c I’m already behind in one class. My 90-day review at work went pretty well, and I’ve certainly been uber-busy all week setting up a 10-Week Leadership Challenge and just generally kickin’ butt. I lived through Labor Day Weekend with only minor injuries. 😉 Polka dancing at the Wine Garden left me a little sore for a few days, but it was so much fun. Katie’s bridal shower went very well, and I had a wonderful dinner at Fujiyama’s with Jason’s family. We celebrated my birthday (early) with a pineapple birthday “cake” thing. We had a late night on Sunday, which led into a rough Monday morning as we busted a$$ to get Jason’s house ready for a family cookout/birthday celebration (his mom & uncle). Lots’a birthdays in September!
What’s up next? …Well… Katie’s wedding is a big event. And then there’s my birthday… but hopefully things can calm down a little bit so that I can stop to smell the roses. I haven’t had much time for blogging and reflection lately, but I’ve definitely been a lot more open with my feelings. I just don’t see the point in keeping things to myself. I’m super ecstatic about my relationship with Jason, and I want the world to know. I fall further in love with him every day. I’m enjoying my job, school sucks, I’m super excited for Katie and Lou to get married, and I’m disturbed by some family drama. Like always, I’ve got the full range of emotions covered: excitement, love, sadness, frustration, fulfillment…