My apologies if the last post was depressing. As usual, we are always reminded of how blessed we are, even when things are discouraging.
Thursday we skipped town to Idaho… more on that later.
While we were gone, Dave’s cute cousin Laura decided to have her baby! Benjamin Rush was born on Friday morning after only 6-7 hours of labor! I’m soooo jealous, but so happy that it was a fast labor for Laura! Laura has always been sweet to me, even when I first came into the family and not a whole lot of people talked to me. She’s one of those people that is always happy and I’m quite certain I’ve never heard a negative word out of her. Her husband Rusty, is very much the same. He’s hilarious, and just a nice guy in general. When we went to Geoff and Jill’s wedding, Rusty and Callie(Laura’s little sister) watched Tori for us for a little while. Dave and I love them both and are so excited for them and little Rush! He’s adorable and so tiny! He’s only a few ounces smaller than Charli was, but babies grow so fast that I forgot how little 7 pounds really is. We wish them nights full of sleep and a fuss free baby soon! Here’s their cute little family and part of the diaper cake.
Laura’s shower was a few weeks ago, but I was not feeling well and did not attend. I’d been planning since before the shower to try my hand at a diaper cake. I wanted to have it done before her shower, but obviously that didnt happen… I don’t remember where I first saw these, but I thought they were adorable and also told myself I could TOTALLY do that! This time took me about 3 hours, but I also had little helpers with me. It was my first try, and thankfully, I knew I could give it to Laura and Rusty looking like crap and they’d still be stoked! Luckily it worked out WONDERFUL! I think it looks darling, if I don’t say so myself! Here are pictures!
Pretty cute eh? I LOVE the blue/green combo and really lucked out that the printing on the diapers I used (huggies) was actually blue and green as well! Huggies aren’t my favorite diapers, but some people love them, and when you’re trying to figure out what works, its nice to be able to only try some without wasting your money on a huge box!
All in all, on this cake there are 95 diapers, 5 onesies, 8 washcloths, one fleece blanket and 3 little rubber duckies. The rubber ducks are adorable and we found them on Easter(more on that later too) clearance which makes them even better! I think I spent about $50 total between the ribbon and the supplies. It was a blast to make and I’m already conjuring up ideas for my next one!
Onto sadder news. One of my good friends from high school, Natalie, lost her Mom Saturday. Jeanette was an amazing woman. Natalie and I were great friends for about a year, had a falling out for a while, but have recently been back in touch over the last 6 months or so. I shared a lot of fond memories with the Clemons family and Jeanette was like a second mom to me. She was an awesome mom, a great Christian; a superb person all around. Once I spent like 10 days with their family straight. It was over winter break and I’d just had my wisdom teeth out. I left the day after and just hung out with their family the whole break. We went to Lord of the Rings. I was part of their big New Year’s Eve party. I met a lot of their family and friends and everyone always flocked to Jeanette. She was gorgeous and just a sincere, kind person through and through. There was once that we were riding 4-wheelers around their property. Nick, Nat’s brother, was teasing me saying I couldn’t catch up to him. I revved it and my foot got caught underneath the wheel well. Jeanette ripped Nick a good one, but not before doting on me and telling me how terrible she felt. She was so caring. When I was 15, Natalie and I went to a school dance together with a bucnh of other friends. The morning of, I was with Natalie when she went to get her nails done. I’d never had mine done before and Jeanette couldn’t believe that. She gave Natalie enough money for the two of us, and that started my addiction for good manicures. Later on that year I ran away to Natalie’s house. Jeanette told me I could stay as long as I needed to.
What I most remember about the Jeanette and Johnnie is how genuine they are. They are Christians to the core and act accordingly. They are some of the best people I’ve ever met. When my dad had Boerhaave’s Syndrome, Johnnie and Jeanette were like second parents to me, assurring me that everything would be ok and they were there for whatever we needed. They started a prayer circle for my family through their church and were so supportive. Johnnie is an ER doctor and helped with explaining what was happening. It’s pretty rare, and being that my dad’s was spontaneous, it was even more rare. Natalie and her family were there for me and my family in a very difficult time. How ironic it is that Natalie’s mom was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of lung cancer. I’m just so sad I’m not closer and can’t be there for her and her family in their time of despair. Natalie, I love you, you’re in my thoughts and prayers. Your mom was an incredible woman and a great example to me. She will be so missed and I hope you and your family are able to find some peace.
Life is such a paradox of joy and sorrow. It is so strange to experience the joy we have for Rusty and Laura, but yet the deep sadness and mourning over the loss of Jeanette. I’m so glad that I have so many wonderful friends and even a few wonderful family members! I count my lucky stars everyday to cross paths with all the people I have. The journey of life is amazing; the places it takes you and the people you meet. I’m so happy for the hope that is renewed each day. I’m glad to be alive and surrounded by incredible people!