Thursday, November 8, 2007

Weekend is Coming

and I can't wait. I can't wait to sleep in. I keep feeling like my body is trying to catch a cold...I sure hope I don't however.

Tuesday after school my daughter came home and told me that the teachers from her elementary were working at our local McDonalds to earn money for their school. So, she wanted to go eat at McDonalds that night. Not that I was real excited about McDonalds for supper, I agreed to go. My husband and son didn't want to go, so my daughter and I jumped in the car and headed out of the neighborhood. As we were about to leave the neighborhood I had a thought to call my friend Stephanie to see if she and her girls would like to come along. I'm sure glad I called...they came a long and we had a great time. McDonalds was PACKED! They had face painting and they were giving away Parfaits ( I love those things)! We had a nice time visiting and being silly. Her girls are so much fun. My daughter got her face painted before we left.

I am sure going to miss being able to do things like this...just being able to call Stephanie up, jump in the car and go somewhere. I can't believe she is moving 2 hours away from me. It is going to be a really tough transition for me. I have never had a friend like her in my life, and I don't believe there will ever be another one like her...I really don't want another one like her...she is one in a million, and once in a lifetime! She is like my angel on earth. She has gotten me through tough times and shared in my happy times. She has just been a true friend, which is so hard to find these days.

I have been trying to work diligently on getting crafts and cards made up to sell at my office before Christmas. I hope it will go over well. It would be great to make a little extra money for Christmas. I guess I will try it and find out. I will be selling cards, gift tags, tiles, albums and other gift items. I have a lot to get done...so I have to get going on everything.

I am so looking forward to the weekend though. Don't get me wrong - I adore my children. However, I do look forward to every other week when they go to their parents. It gives my husband and I time alone. We never had that since we already had our children when we got married. So, we never got to have that time for just the two of us before kids came along. I enjoy our alone time. I enjoy my time with my kids as well...I hope I don't sound like a terrible mom saying that!

Time to get back to work....

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Heavy Heart

I am sad - I recently found out that my very best friend in the entire world is moving. She has and is like a sister to me.

When I moved to Chattanooga I knew no-one. Once my daughter started school I started hearing about this girl on the bus that always stood up for her. Then came fall and Halloween (2003). My husband and I had a demo Club Car 4x4 from our business; we attached one of our trailers, put some hay on it, and we were off toting kids from our neighborhood (and of course our children) trick or treating. When we came by one of the houses my daughter wanted us to stop...she said that was where her friend lived that I had been hearing about from the bus. She went up to the door...but no one answered. She was so disappointed.

A few months passed (we are now in 2004) and one day she asked to go play with this friend. So I took her up there to play - I met her mom but just to say hi-----by. My daughter and her daughter became and still are each others very best friend. A little later I was out on my golf cart for some reason and drove by her friends house. Her mom was out doing yard work. I stopped by and said hello and we started chatting. I had just started being a Stampin Up demonstrator, and I was telling her about what I was doing. I was going to have an Open House to start my business and I invited her to come. Well that was the beginning of our friendship.

She has been there for me through so many things....disappointments, heartbreaks, silliness, the death of my mom, and just someone to talk to. I haven't ever known anyone so giving of themselves. She is a TRUE friend who accepts me as I am. We have never in all these years had a cross word with each other. Matter of fact, I haven't ever been angry at her. We are always able to talk freely and openly with each other. We tell each other everything!

She told me from the beginning that there was always this possibility of her husband being transferred. He works for a major electronic store. Well, the day has come. He has taken a job in Nashville. Now granted, that is only 2 hours away from us...but it seems like it is on the other side of the world right now.

I don't know what I will do. I won't have her here to just call up and say..."Hey, I cut my hair, come down and tell me what you think" or "Hey, do you mind if I come up to visit for a while?" or "I need your opinion on how I decorated my room...come tell me what you think", or "you want to go shopping with me?". I know that I can still call her, we will still be able to talk every day, but I won't be able to just go up the street and drop in. It is going to be so hard.

It will probably be a while before she actually leaves. Her husband has already relocated, but she is staying here until their house sells. They are going to wait until after Christmas to put it on the market. So, I don't know how long it will be.

We have had such fun even getting our families together...we have gone to drive-in movies together; local festivals; each others houses to eat or play cards; out to eat; bowling...I just love her company.

Steph - I will miss you so much. I know it wasn't just luck that I found you to be my friend. You have blessed my life in so many ways. I feel very honored to be able to call you friend, and I hope that distance will never come between our friendship. Thanks for always being there for me. I love ya girl!