Tuesday, November 16, 2010

They're BACK!

Well, at 11:30 last night I pulled back in to Home Sweet Home with my two Iowa travellers. I know that they enjoyed their time with their dad, just hanging out and eating and watching football, and getting a taste of Iowa City people. They both said it was great. Outstanding Man time...

Their stuff is laying around, and it's all good.

Made some Orange Cranberry Muffins right before I took off for the airport just to have the house smelling good and a homey treat for when they walked in.

They were more interested in the leftover enchiladas and rice in the frig...lol.

I've been reading about everybody in blogland "getting their Thanksgiving or Christmas on"...getting their house all ready for the season pretties and holidays.

I don't usually do much for Fall/Thanksgiving, except for pumpkins, and Outdoor Autumn wreath on the house and a Pilgrim Garden flag out front. But at Thanksgiving I try to start the Christmas...

I did shop the closets while the house was quiet, and put this together for a Christmas start.

These beautiful pearlescent balls were a recent find at GW. Love the way they match the sparkley colander. I have had that for YEARS (another find at GW long ago) and just now am using it for specific Christmas decor. I like the look. You know...what they say....(my kids) ...it's the magpie in me...my eyes are drawn to sparkleys!

Saw this at Salvation Army when I was there on a trip I talked about previously. Thought it would make a sparkling pretty pedestal for Christmas to lift up this little cloche I showed you in an earlier post. I didn't want to leave it there for only .99!!!!

I am going to my mama's the rest of this day. My dad got very little sleep last night and he absolutely needs relief. I hope he will nap...I pray....
Thank you for continuing to pray for that situation, those of you who do when we cross your mind. The transitional stages taking place as my mom gets worse are hard and do take a toll on my dad...of course it ripples out to the rest of us.

God bless you ALL! Have a wonderful Tuesday. Give away a smile today to someone who looks like they don't have one to give away. It might be just the encouragement they needed to make it through the day.



Sandy said...

It's never easy to watch a parent, or anyone
for that matter, fade away in sickness. I
do pray for your parents and family. Having
gone through my dad's dementia and seeing
the effect it had on my mom and the rest
of us. I know what you're going through.
I do hope you and your family manage to
have a really good Thanksgiving. I hope
somehow your hubby makes it home, if only
for a couple of days.

Theresa said...

Oh dear Julie, I know how bad it is watching your Mom and Dad go thru so much! I am praying for all of you! {{{{{Big hugs}}}}}}

Glad you got your fellas back home! You need to plan a trip up to Iowa or Kurt a trip home!

Love you my friend!

Mari said...

I am praying for you! I know your plate if full of helping your parents, but your heart if full of love and blessings too. You are so loved by us all!!

Glad your guys had some fun. Maybe next time you can go.


Joyce said...

I'm so happy the boys are home! Now you need the big one home!!! I am praying for your mom, dad and you! God will strengthen you! xoxo

billypandnikkysmom said...

I am happy that the "Man Weekend" was a success! I know that Kurt must have loved his time withe them!

Praying daily for your parents & for you...

Even when an angel crosses our path in silence,
God has said to us, “I am here. I am present in
your life.”
-Tobias Palmer

Privet and Holly said...

Hi sweet friend! I am just
catching up on blogs tonight
and had to pop over and see
what ya'll have been up to.
Wow....I missed a lot! First,
a big shout out to our military.
The US Naval Academy Men's Glee
Club came to our school to sing
last Thursday and it was MAGIC
and goose-bumps were all around!
Hope yours was good, as well as
your quiet weekend. You are such
a GREAT mom, thinking of things like
baking muffins before the guys got
home so it would smell good. But,
that's so YOU. Sounds like they all
had a wonderful time! I do pray for all of
you and for your mama. You amaze me
with your ability to stay so positive.
Loved visiting!!!
xx Suzanne

CACHANILLA73 said...

Oh Julie, first thank for all your prayers and sweets words when I have needed them, you have so much going on and still have taken the time to pray for my family. Please know I pray for yours everyday, I know Our Lord is with you and your parents in every single second, I know He is comforting and carrying all of you in His arms during these difficult moments.
Don't forget to take care of yourself, lots of hugs and blessings my dear friend.
p.s. Glad your Men had a great time. ')

Julie Harward said...

Yay the guys are back! Thats good that all went well. And it is such a hard time as parents age and all they go through...I hope things will be well and that you will have the strength to carry on...have a great week :D

Dawn said...

What a wonderful blog, and you sound like a wonderful mom:)))
I don't know you so I have no idea what is going on with your parents, but I will pray strength for you.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! (As I live in Canada, we had ours a month ago. I wish we could celebrate with our southern neighbors:))

Have a wonderful day:))