From Birdie Nest

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Great Day!

Hi there,
I had my first full, (4 hour, that is) work day in the newly re-opened store.  It was great.  I love my new job.  I am getting paid to "make" cards, be creative.  Can you believe it?  Like I said...this is right up my alley, finally I am in my element.  'Yay me'!  I had no stress and it was quaint and quiet.  I must be getting old...or something.  But, I loved it.

God has placed me in the right atmosphere and in my comfort zone, whereas before...WAY out of my element.  I had done administrative work in the past and liked it, but that was pre-birdie.  When I worked at birdies school, I was in my element then too.  I just felt it was time to move on, mostly for her.  And like I said, she has done just fine!  Now I think we are all happy and feelin' groovy :)  Have I ever mentioned (probably not), that hubs had been on a job hunt (searching for another job-a better fit for him), for a few years.  That's right, years...He was so burned out in his last job (been doing it 8years), he had been searching high and low for another job.  Same workplace, just different line of work...So, that was a praiseworthy moment in our life when that new job came to be!  He started that position back at the start of the new year, along with me at the 'tax place'.  He really likes his job.  So hopefully, everything will stay as is, for all 3 of us!  Also, when birdie got off the bus yesterday, she was giddy and so happy to be coming home, and to see me.  THAT is a wonderful feeling!  THAT lets me know I'm doing the right thing for her and for our family.

Here is a verse to go along with our past is good to look back once in a while.  It gives us a better perspective to see things that we were worried about and struggling with.  Once we get through a situation, rather, God gets us through, we can see how He was at work the whole time.  We just needed to wait on His timing, not ours.  So hard to do at the time...but well worth it in the end.

11)"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  12)Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  13)You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."   Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NIV)

So until next time... 
Serving Him,

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Hard Lesson for Momma!

Hi y'all
Well, my baby bird had her first school dance this Friday night.  It was called the "Six-Sevie Dance".  It includes all the 6th graders from the 5 different elementaries, plus all the current 7th graders.  This way they can interact with one another, (since our Middle school is 7th and 8th).  A flyer came home and we put it on the calender, because birdie loves dancing!  She was very excited and really looking forward to it.  She got all dolled up, well, as much as a 6th grader should.  She wore her blue sparkly dress that she also wore for her birthday party, her 'low' heels and momma did her hair and nails.  I was a nervous wreck.  You know how it goes, moms get all the nerves trying to get the daughter all 'done' up.  At least I did!-Plus it was her first encounter like this.  Yo gotta look just right...first impressions!

Anyway, on the flyer it said chapperones welcome/needed, especially dads.  Then another flyer was sent home, it seemed as if the old one didn't mention paying, plus a bit more info.  It DID NOT say you Must sign up to be a chapperone or you couldn't stay.  Well, me being the smarty pants momma...hubs asked if I called and asked if I could stay,  I said, "well, I'm gonna!"  And that was that!!  So, we drive up town and the parking lot is all a buzz at the dance location.  Birdie is so excited and ready to jump out of the car.  I spot another mom and ask where her daughter is and we talk a bit.  Then her girl shows up with several others from birdies school.  It was so sweet, they ran up to her and said how pretty she looked and loved her dress, and they all exchanged hugs! :)  Makes momma bear so proud...  Well, I give her some money and she gets in line with her friends, then a few moms take pictures.  Of course!  I stand back, but when it is her turn to pay the "bouncer"...that is so funny to me, anyway, she goes to pay and I tell him I'm staying and he said, "are you a chapperone?"  I lied..., "yes" I said sheepishly.  He said, "did you call ahead and put your name on the list?" (I stink at lying)  I looked down and said "no".   He said I had to call ahead, we just can't have everyone stay, plus I don't know who you are.  Duh, he didn't know birdie either...  So, I had planned to get the change from her and hang out on the side lines, right?  Well, that didn't quite happen.  She paid and went inside with her gal pals and didn't look back and seemed so grown up.  Momma however, was fighting back tears!  I was so surprised, the one mom told me she'll be fine, then another friend drove by and said she had dropped off her son.  I must have looked like I was gonna cry, 'cause they said, "she'll do fine".

I hung around the parking lot for about 15 minutes, then called daddy.  What is he going to say?  Is he going to tell me to go back in there and yank her out of there?  I was numb, stunned, and holding back tears, 'cause there were still other parents in the parking lot and I didn't want to look like an idiot!  So I call hubs, he said..."I wondered if you should have called someone.  So what are you going to do?  Birdie's gonna freak!"  So every imaginable thought ran through my head.  "What if she freaks out looking for me?  What if there are strobe lights and she has a seizure?"  So I run over to Starbucks and then the grocery store to grab a magazine to read while in the parking, distract my anxious thoughts.  I never let my phone out of my sight!  Several of her friends had phones, so if the problem arised they could call their parents, to call our house, then daddy could call me.  See what a mess I was!!  Well, I park as close to the door as I can, which is open and I can sort-of see in.  A little bit later, a mom comes out into the parking lot (apparently SHE was a chapperone), so I ran over to her (she was a mom I knew from birdie's school).  I asked her to please check on birdie and about the 'studid', yes, stupid mom I am that didn't sign up to be a chapperone.  She said she saw her and she was doing fine, just surprised she was alone.  (Usually she has an aide with her or a buddy at school.)  Wow, she probably thinks I'm nuts sending her off to her first dance alone...  I told her my situation and she said she would check on her.  So, I go back to my car to sit and wait, read the magazine, which I can't seem to focus on.  Come on, its just pictures, pay attention!  Anyway, that lady comes back out and says "lock 'er up, your comin' inside!"  I jumped out of that car so fast...look out!  So I go inside and the 'bouncer' said, "you should have said something".  Well, I'm not going to make a scene in front of these new kids plus, I was just stunned, remember!  So, I stood against a wall and just watched.  Birdie was fine and was hanging out with her chums.  Shew...I was relieved!  She spotted me after about 10 minutes, and came over to me and said " is it time to go?"  I said no, go dance.  She said she was ready to go home.  I made her go tell the lady who got me in.  Now I look like a boob.  Oh well.  She said she had fun and showed us a dance she did to the "Cupid Shuffle".  YEAH!!  So, she engaged and did it on her own, not from my intention, just from my stupidity!  So, all was well and she will do fine in Middle school...I hope momma can manage a little better.  I have all summer to work on this little problem I have...heehee

Have I said before that I'm having a hard time adjusting to her growing up?  Well, I doubt about it.  I'm sure this is normal, to some extent, but I don't like it, nonetheless!

So there...I have told on myself again.  But, get used to it.  I bet there will be more silly momma stories to come.  Stupid things I do, crazy how I protect my birdie.  Then again, that is my job!!

So, God heard my frantic prayers last night, and calmed me down.  Or was it the starbucks?...Just kidding, God took care of both of us!  Thanks again Lord!!!

Until next time,
Serving Him,
Christina (a.k.a. Crazy Momma)

Monday, May 2, 2011

Snow, it's May for cryin' out loud!

Hi y'all!
Yes, that's right.  Snow...on the first day of May.  The weather was so nice just a few days ago, if you forget about all the wind.  But the weather reports kept saying, snow.  What, they got it wrong again...actually, this time they were right. Hee Hee  So, we had snow flurries in our little town and mostly cold, windy, wet flakes.  At least its moisture!!

I love the spring time, minus the wind, allergies, and occasional SNOW.  I love seeing the green come to life and my flowers pop out of the earth.  They are looking pretty good.  Summer time is when my flower beds look their best.  I need to plant things that bloom in the spring and still have color in the fall.  I ain't no green thumb, however.  I've done really good to keep what I do have thriving.  Actually, it is because they are perinnials.  I don't have much to do with the rest.  God is so good, gives us such beauty to look at.  He paints us a new picture every morning and another in the evening.  Wow!

So, birdie turned 13 and that meant a trip to the doctor for a well check up.  Annual visit, if you will.  I was a little nervous because she may need a shot to enter Middle School.  Shot, is a very bad word in our house.  We still spell it out.  And, sure enough, she needed a shot, the menengitus(sp?).  She was very upset and being the drama queen she is, made sure everyone in ear shot could hear and know she had just gotten a shot.  Well, we were planning on getting an allergy shot right after that appointment.  (I know, it's a shot, but she does that one once a week and takes it like a trooper, go figure!)  So, I told birdie we would go later in the week for that one.  Boy, was she relieved.  By the way, I signed her up for drama class as an elective in Middle school.  It seems so appropriate, she can learn how to direct that drama for least I hope so!  If nothing else, the drama teacher will get a kick out of her acting!

We had a lovely Easter.  Hope y'all did as well.  It is my favorite holiday.  It celebrates the most important event in all of history.  Jesus' Resurection!  Amen

Below is a picture of our beautiful birdie, all dressed up in her Easter best.  After church we went to a fancy buffet at a nearby hotel/resort.  Fancy was the price too!  But, it was a special occasion, and who wants to cook and then do dishes on such a sacred day.  Not us, anyway.  These all you can eat buffets are probably great for the person who can pack it away.  But, for us, wow, that was a lot of food.  Of course, the dessert section was to die for.  I should have skipped everything else and gone straight to that beautiful display.  Yummy!  So, we left there super stuffed and in need of a nap.  Good day for it too.  I had to force hubs to pose with his girl for a picture, I kept saying "smile", and he would say, "I am".  I sure couldn't see it!  He is not very cooperative when it come to momma and my picture takin'.  What are you gonna do?

Now that I will be working a lot less, I plan on blogging a lot more.  My youngest brother-in-law has some ideas to help me along, I just need time to sit with him and focus on this.  Hard to catch him, though.  So, this summer I plan to "get 'er done", along with chillin' at the pool and going south to visit family and friends.  When I say south, I mean 100% humidity and heat-stroke-waiting-to-happen kind of weather.  Yuck!  Where we live, it is a dry heat, so much more tolerable...more like 80 degree temps, 10% humidity.  Birdie just melts, literally has meltdowns, but then again, so does momma, (I hate to be hot, sticky, wet).  I used to live there, but after being gone for 18+ years, you can't just get used to it overnight.  We have a pretty laid back lifestyle in the summer.  That is what summer is all about, right?  I love it!  Plus, while down south, we will get our "big" city shopping and eating out fix.  I miss all that about city life, just not the hustle & bustle that comes with it.  I am so thankful I don't have to work much.  Birdie can hang out with me at the shop, only 4 hours, 2 or so days a week.  So, we can ride our bikes there and work/play, then ride back home again.  That is the plan anyway.  Hope it comes to fruition.  Don't you hate it when you have a great plan, at least it's great in your head, but it never really plays out the way you invisioned?  We shall see...  So, look out summer we are getting ready for ya!

Here are some pics from Easter, enjoy...

 See, isn't birdie so sweet and growing up too quick?  Maybe I'm just a little is a momma's right!

Until next time,
Serving Him,