"I hold on to You for dear life, and you hold me steady as a post..." Psalm 63

Monday, October 17, 2011

Catch up...

I can't count the many times I've wanted to sit and update on here, but haven't.  There's reasons for this, and I'm just coming to terms with them.  

The biggest being that I am strapped to the {antique} home computer.  
And this is why...
Did you know that one of these
can completely destroy, blitz, fry your laptop if placed in one of these

{that's a USB port on your computer, if you don't know}

Let's review.
This, in your USB port:

or this in your USB port:


You don't even need to have small children in your home to be concerned about such things.  You can even have big-boy teenagers in your home and STILL be concerned about such unfortunate accidents happening to your laptop.  {The one you spent months saving up for and used all day, every day}

Big-boy teenager is busy saving up to replace said laptop.  
It'll be a while at the rate he's saving.

I'm trying not to be bitter...it's just a computer-not a life. 
{lifeline, maybe...but that's my own issue}

I've learned a few things on account of this unfortunate incident:
1) Keep all keys in the garage near the vehicles they belong to.
2) Keep in mind that accidents happen and be prepared for them at all times.
3) Show grace, even when your teenagers do things that are nothing short of stupid.
4) Show grace, even when you are sitting in a very hard chair, trying to download pictures onto your antique computer...all the while remembering how quickly they popped up when you were sitting across the room on the comfy couch with your laptop... 
5) Bite your tongue and shut your mouth when you are tempted several times a day to remind the 18 year old, who blitzed the laptop, how much you miss it.
6) Never get too used to being spoiled by conveniences...often, right before your very eyes, you see it vanish.  Kaput. 

It's hard to admit...but, I suppose I've learned that less time on the computer is good, too.  Even though I miss checking facebook and emails quickly, downloading pictures and catching up on blogging...I've learned that I CAN do with less of the above...{I admit, I just don't want to}  It's a daily struggle to die to my desires.  And I have a teenager to thank for it...but, shhh...don't tell him- he would enjoy knowing that his impulsive action caused a positive reaction.

So there you have it.  Reason #1 why I spend much less time updating the blog.  Since I'm here, and since it took about two hours to download these pictures, I might as well share a glimpse of what we've been up to in the last month...
We entered a Father/Daughter Amazing Race

{came in 2nd place...but only because running wasn't involved}

We took a trip to VA to check out a perspective college w/three of the grandchildren
 {Hey, there's that 18 year old...he looks so harmless, doesn't he?}

The grandchildren loved the campus 
and the time spent goofing off together...

Attended the wedding of a good friend of mine who's been single for a long time
{There is hope, right?!}
 We had another birthday in the family...this time, the daughter had the audacity to turn 15.  

Just the other day..

It's never really dull or boring around here..
and I wouldn't want it any other way.  
From the key in the usb, to the birthdays, to playing dress-up for a night...
it's all good.


Jeane` said...

An update from a favorite person of mine!!! And with pictures no less, and I appreciate them even more knowing it took two years for them to upload.
You and your children are increasingly beautiful...and the keys in the computer, well, it did squash my hope a bit, that when they're older, they'll be less prone to breaking things needlessly.

lindsey said...

Glad to have the update...yes kids eh? Glad to see the photos all the same.Looks like you had some fun to balance out the annoying incident!

Mrs.Rabe said...

Great to hear from you!

I'll definitely have to keep your advice in mind...we have lots of little folk around here!

Lots of busyness, but good times....


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