Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Pickin' Some Fun

I've been asked if TJ and I know our new baby's gender. Yes, we do, but we are choosing to keep it a surprise until delivery day. Some family members have gotten upset over our decision, but the surprise will be worth the wait when he/she makes his/her debut into this world. Until then, keep praying that the pregnancy will continue to be healthy and normal.

We went strawberry picking over the weekend. Th picked one gallon all by himself, while TJ and Ta picked another gallon. T.G. helped me to pick a gallon, and all 3 kids had faces that were covered with strawberries.

My mom, dad, brother, and sister (& Kaylee) went with us. Of course, whenever my dad is around, something embarrassing always happens. This was no exception. Somehow he tripped while trying to cross over a row of strawberries and fell. Except he didn't just fall, he rolled and tumbled. I couldn't get my camera on fast enough to catch him on the ground, but I did manage to take a picture of the poor strawberry plant that was smashed as a result of his fall.

Nonetheless, we had a really great time and I spent the better part of yesterday washing, slicing, and storing strawberries. I am not sure if I'll make strawberry jam or just keep the berries frozen for making strawberry shortcake and smoothies throughout the summer. That's what I did 2 years ago because every time I'd thaw the berries to make the jam, I'd sneak a bite here and there and before I knew it, there wasn't enough berries left for jam. So, we'll see what happens.

I also received another letter in the mail on Friday that I almost threw in the garbage because I thought it was "junk" mail regarding the upcoming Presidential Election. It was from Senator Wes Hayes informing me that I am the recipient of the South Carolina Human Service Providers Association Scholarship. I was nominated by the faculty of my college, and of all the nominees, Senator Hayes chose me to win. I have to go to Columbia for a luncheon/reception to accept the award on June 24th. I am so glad I didn't throw the letter away and decided to open it! It is very exciting as I have never won anything like this before. TJ is very excited for me, as well, so now we begin the task of searching for childcare so we can both attend the luncheon that day. If he can't go because of childcare issues, I won't attend alone. I realize that is silly, but without his support for all these years, I wouldn't be able to attend school and care for my home and children; my success is just as much his success.

That's about it for now. My ear is still bothering me; I can't hear 100% of the time. It's very frustrating and I completely understand how Ta felt for all those months his ears had fluid built up. I can't imagine what it would be like to have both ears feel this way like he did! He endured a lot for a very long time. I am just glad the tubes took care of the fluid problem and Lord willing everything else will resolve on its own.

*I am thankful for opportunities like strawberry picking to build lasting memories in the lives of my children. *

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jenn said...

I'll watch the kiddo's if you bring them here.

Congrats on the award!