Saturday, June 27, 2009

home sweet home

just a quick note to let everyone know we made it! and also....i really can't believe MJ died while we were in flight. so sad.

so...we will be annapolis in the next day or two and from there, we don't know exactly what our travel schedule will be. echo needs to have a growth removed, which is in her mouth and now infected, AND we seriously underestimated how tired the last 2.5 weeks were going to make us. so we all need to recover a bit.

we're not sure what day ken will need to start work so hopefully we get that settled this weekend. i can 99% guarantee we will be in austin on july 11, the 6 month anniversary of our little boy's departure from this earth to heaven.

we can't wait to see your shiny faces and hug your necks!
love, ken, cort and echo!


Sunday, June 7, 2009

welcome home (to florida)



no, our orders did not change to florida so don't panic.


3 days before ken's class in dayton, ohio he won an ebay auction for a stylin' 2000 cadillac catera from a dealer in florida. we can only assume the previous owner was a sweet old papu (grandpa in greek) who barely drove (the car has 60k miles).

moments after he left the dealership; something was wrong.


why?? because my mom always says, life is not always easy. and also, sometimes, drama is my middle name (though i don't provoke it!) i wasn't even in the country!


but seriously, who cares if the car is broken.


WE GOT ORDERS LEAVING GREECE TO MOVE TO OUR FIRST CHOICE, D.C.!


since ken moonlights as a mechanic (not really; but he REALLY could), my hubby pulled over to autozone (yes, he was IN HEAVEN), got the more- than-we-were-excited-about-paying-for part (something to do with the radiator) and fixed it. of course he did! :) it's ken! and it also needs new tires. soon. but, again, who cares!


a few hours later he arrived in gainsville and stayed with our sweet friends, deb and ben, and also got to meet their precious son jack, and see sweatpea and button (the wonder cats).


but dear lord, he must have no clean shirts left, because AGAIN he wore the UGLY BURNT ORANGE TEXAS TEE.

if you're buying him a christmas gift this year or a birthday gift next april, for the love of pete, please buy him a t-shirt. anything will do.

your alma mater, texas tech, navy, texas a&m, or whatever college town you live in.


it's killing me. i have already succumbed to retiring in the wonderful town of austin (because i love the city; not the school!), and when we lived there in '06 i even went with ken to some football games, and puked at every touchdown and 'eyes of texas' song.
but seriously...he cannot wear this shirt ALL THE TIME! this RED RAIDER can't handle it. i sure hope the box carrying it doesn't fall off the ship while traveling across the mediterranean and atlantic oceans! :)


i'm off to count how many pictures i have of ken in this shirt, even though i should be organizing my list of THINGS THAT MUST GET DONE THIS WEEK (it's now 5 sheets long).


of all the pictures i have of ken, i'm going to bet he's wearing this hideous t-shirt in 85% of them.
i know....enough already.
good night. sweet dreams.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

heading home...my psalm 13

previously i have posted psalm 13 on my blog some time after matthew died. at that time, i could not speak (the words highlighted in yellow) to God. but now....i can.

psalm 13

how long, o Lord? will you forget me forever?
how long will you hide your face from me?
how long must i wrestle with my thoughts
and every day have sorrow in my heart?
how long will my enemy triumph over me?
look on me and answer, o Lord my God.
give light to my eyes, or i will sleep in death;
my enemy will say, "i have overcome her,"
and my foes will rejoice when i fall.

but i trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
i will sing to the Lord,
for He has been good to me.


my version of psalm 13

give me an answer Lord
tell me we can leave.
have you decided to hide from us forever

and leave us abandoned on this island?
why must we stay here longer?


how long, o Lord...
will you keep us here in greece?
have you forgotten how painful this place is for us now?
i am weary from wrestling with you.
i am so heartbroken i want to give up.
my enemy is literally about to consume me
i am one step from falling off the edge.

but today you gave me hope
you delivered our orders to d.c.
i trust that you still love me!
and i rejoice i will be on american soil
by the end of the month.
hallelujah, praise you God
for you ARE good to me.
you have shown me you still love me.
and i will sing...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(until my neighbors tell me to shut up!)

on monday we thought only i would be returning to d.c. in early july.
i was not 100% okay with going back without the love of my life.
but today my God performed a miracle.

ken, echo and i will be returning stateside at the end of june.

i want to tell you all of the details but i will sleep on it and gain fresh perspective on how do so.


there is so much to tell you...


we are coming home!


target, here i come! but i better do so without my wallet. or i might give ken a heart attack on how much i want (not need) to spend :)