Monday, January 6, 2014

I like to be in control.  I like order.  I like to know the plan and stick to it.  I like for all to be fine.

Truth is since I last blogged in November, none of the above has been true. Couldn't remember the plan let alone stick to it. Overwhelmed maybe.

So, let's catch up so I can move on, because the need for order won't let me move on until I do.  

A family member who I love walked away- from her life and her husband and her kids and from us- leaving a path of hurt and devastation.  Divorce doesn't stop love.  It's going to be a long road for those she left behind. We are sad.
We celebrated Thanksgiving in Tennessee- and didn't have a single piece of Turkey.
Shayne, my Daddy, me, Keith (my brother) Jordan (my nephew) and Isaiah
Recon Redo -the last surgery.  December 14. The plan was for it to be outpatient. I was admitted.  The plan was to be done 1/1/14- but I'm still getting there.
Dr's orders, I tried really hard.

Shayne and Emily got engaged- he's not just in love with her, but choosing to love her daughter as his own. I hope he learned that unconditional love from us, somehow.  And what a joy for me, I not only get to welcome a daughter, but Rex and I get to be Pappy and Grammy.  Yes, I'm already shopping like a Grammy- I'm no dummy

Shayne, holding Kendall asking Emily to marry him. 

Kendall and Me

Christmas-a few of them actually finishing up with our 2nd Annual Walton sleepover... so the family under our roof for a few days included a 3 month, 6 month, 16 month, 23 month, 3 year, 5 year, 7 year and  8 year old littles - and then 12 teenagers and adults.  Christmas coffee, cupcakes, cookies and silly games.

Larry, Keith, Rex
see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil 
We got one shot of all of us- Emily is in there, really she is. 
Peyton before the yuckies

New Years! a fun night with friends- ringing in the new year with family- and then the "yuckies" (that's puking) for my great-nephew Peyton most of the night. I'd be a lying if the rest of us didn't choose carefully what we ate for the next few days.  

Shayne is back at school.  I still cry missing part of me that now lives in another state. 

January 2nd- the call from mom, telling me they're at the ER- and  my step-dad being admitted to the hospital for a bowel obstruction and waiting for days before knowing for sure no surgery.  Thankfully he was able to go home today.  

Throw in a few melt-downs, I won't say who, taking down Christmas decorations, still fitting in our in-home therapy for Elijah, basketball practices for two boys - and the purchase of a new car.

The easiest new car purchase ever

Today-  back on track- I'm back at the office.  Kids are back to school.  Life is normal.  buahahaha!

so, Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year y'all!

I'm. all.caught.up.

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