November 20, 2016
Oh, what a year!
3:08 pm cst
Last year at this time, I was recuperating from a hysterectomy, Garrett had just entered middle high school and Gerard
had put in his application for the"Voice of the KU Jayhawks" position. I remember feeling as if our future was holding
a blanket over our eyes, leaving us wondering where we would be and what we would be doing.
God had other plans for
us, and those plans meant staying in Hays, KS...and I'm glad to be focused on the life we continue to build here in this community.
I'm in awe that I will have completed 5 years this January 2017 with the Hays Area Chamber of Commerce, and I enjoy the opportunity
to continue seeking and meeting new goals in this role.
Watching Garrett continue to grow into a cool (mostly stinky) young
adult is a thrill, and he will try out for 7th Grade Basketball in December. I'm sure my blog next year will share how he
was recruited as the youngest NBA player ever, but time will tell.
April 20, 2016
10:32 pm cdt
Student of the Week
10:26 pm cdt
"I think Friday was the best day of my life."
Garrett and I were watching TV on Sunday night when he leaned
over to make this statement. I knew of one major achievement he earned, which was being selected at his school as the "Student
of the Week" for his grade. I could tell by his mannerisms this honor was a big deal to him, and we were proud he was
recognized by his teachers.
He explained: "Not only did I get the Student of the Week, my team won the dodge ball
tournament, I got to dance with a girl and I got to spend the night with my friend." Big blue eyes drilled into me as
he waited patiently for confirmation that these were indeed big accomplishments.
The challenges, pressures, deadlines,
and all else that makes up being a working adult can sometimes taint my perspective of those same hurdles young people may
have. It was good to be reminded that at one time for all of us, those milestones from our youth were big deals, even if they
don't seem as profound as the ones we accomplish today.
April 12, 2016
9:21 pm cdt
As I completed my nightly routine, I heard my son singing from his darkened room. I identified the new Meghan Trainor song
as his young melodic voice drifted through our quiet home: "I'm gonna love you; like I'm gonna lose you..."
about the mood was so sweet and melancholy - I just had to make my way into his room to give him another good-night hug.
under covers and snuggled in each other's embrace was a boy and his dog. I realized the tenderness I heard was the sound of
pure emotion as Garrett serenaded his beloved pet. As I bent down to kiss him on his forehead (and earned a lick I wasn't
quite prepared for from a certain canine), Garrett whispered to me how he told Buddy they wouldn't have each other forever.
Just when I think I can't love this little guy any more, he does something to prove me wrong.
April 10, 2016
Mr. Metal Mouth
9:31 pm cdt
It's official - "four-eyes" is going to gain another nickname. My son begins a new phase in his life; tomorrow
he will get braces. I hope he remains as excited to have them as he is right now...my guess is some of the emotion will wane
after he starts experiencing some discomfort but hopefully not.
I got my braces when I was his age and the "trauma"
to braces really occurred before the metal ever reached my mouth. Having an overly small mouth, I had to have 8 teeth (4 baby,
4 permanent) pulled so that I had enough room to pull in my buck teeth. I wasn't able to close my mouth without teeth showing.
I couldn't eat apples or corn on the cob. And, kids called me names. From Bugs Bunny to Beaver (and a few other colorful names
not appropriate to share), I heard them.
Thankfully, I wasn't too bothered by the names. I had a great family and friends
who saw beyond my teeth and saw the inner beauty; they helped me realize that some day my teeth would be fixed and the person
I was becoming would soon have the time to shine.
I'm so proud of Garrett and how confident and secure he is about himself.
When he came home this past week telling me how another boy called him "Four Eyes," I wasn't sure how to respond.
I asked him if it bothered him and I think his response was more one of surprise than anything. I told him to be prepared
for more names once he gets braces. He just nodded in a mature, wise way - yup, he will be just fine.