Friday, March 19, 2010

Spring BREAK

This really has been Spring BREAK for TBone (one of our nicknames for Townsend) Sunday she was riding her scooter at the Sports Plex and apparently took a tumble and the result was a hurt wrist. I got the call on Tuesday afternoon around 4:00 as her dad's next door neighbor sent her home and said "you might want to get that checked".

She and I saw sweet Dr. Anz on Tuesday evening, and then Dr. Bob on Wednesday morning at 7:30 and then fabulous Amy adorned her with a lovely purple cast. A first in our family.

Never Underestimate the Power of a Color

It started months ago...a conversation with Katy about a pink streak. A small one underneath. She is so pretty both inside and out but has wanted this for a long time. She had the original conversation with my best friend and they were going to do it together. We never could find a time for them to get together and do it. I made sure Katy checked with her mom so we didn't rock the boat. I know it's hard to let me in as her stepmom and let me do stuff with her. So off we went yesterday to Sally's Beauty Supply. We talked with the girl in there. Elizabeth was her name and she was so very helpful. She told us how we would have to bleach first and then apply the pink dye. She assured us we could do it. Made us feel like we weren't " Beauty School Drop Outs" although I was humming it under my breath all day long. We bought a "kit" to bleach and then a bottle of the pinkest stuff you could imagine...think pepto bismol on steroids.

Last night the process started with a ponytail and a piece pulled down in the back and then just like they do when you go to the real hair place we took a bowl and the kit with powder and this milky stuff and the brush with the kit and mixed up the stuff and painted the piece we pulled down. Then we waited....and it turned lighter. We followed the other directions and applied the pink. We waited and dried it and it was...somewhat pink. So we pinked again and this time put foil on and she went and played a game for awhile. And then....the big reveal...and it was PINK!!!! and so pretty!

And then...Simms comes into the picture and wants a streak. Simms is 13 also...and a boy. A very sure of himself, funny boy. So we did his too...started at 10:00 o'clock last night! He was so funny about it!

But the greatest and funniest thing of all...afterwards as he and Katy were comparing and talking about it. Katy says "You have to go to drop-in now (the teen activity at Opelika Sports Plex). The girls will be all over you!"

They don't know I heard that...I love that!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

We will miss her...

Last Sunday a great lady finished her earthly race with grace and dignity. But she didn't just finish it that way...she had lived it that way all the days of her life. She had lived well, loved well, and laughed well. And we who knew her are all the better because of it. Here's what Townsend said of her: “I’ve known Momma Carol my whole life. She’s the most beautiful, kind, intelagent, sweet, loving person you would ever want to meet. I know Jesus partly because of her. I know how to love people partly because of her. Sometimes when I get mad at my brothers I remember to forgive them because of her. My mom is a better mom because of her and says we know how to love well because of her. I’m going to miss her very much. I know that she is dancing and singing in heaven where she was meant to be. I have a seashell from her office that she gave me that I can listen to the ocean when I miss her and remember. I love you Momma Carol!”

She is so right! In every word so right. And we do and will continue to miss her but as Mike King said at her service, we wouldn't ask her to come back for anything. And one day we will be reunited with her...and I for one can hardly wait.

I'm so thankful as a mom for amazing people who pour themselves into the life of my kids in ways that matter for eternity sake. I could make and endless list. I might just start on that list...