{pretty, happy, funny, real}

by | Sep 14, 2012 | {phfr}, Precious Moments: 03, Precious Moments: 04 | 8 comments

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life. ~

Yesterday morning my husband was sent on an out-of-state fire assignment!  He will be working as a Radio Operator this time, which should keep him out of hazardous working conditions.  It will be a tough couple weeks (if they keep him for the full 14 days) for both of us, but we are so very grateful for the extra work and overtime!   I’m just praying life doesn’t get even half as crazy as it did the last time he was out of town!  ðŸ˜‰


Patiently waiting for our guests to arrive for this year’s Mother-Daughter Tea Party…


At our last Little Flowers meeting the girls all made Spiritual Bouquet cards to give to their mothers during our tea party.   While I was setting the table I happened to notice Chiquita’s (age 7) card and her little list of prayers she had been offering, without any reminders on my part to complete the assignment.   It made me so happy to see that my she (actually both my girls!) had been praying for me!  Both cards are such a treasure!

My kids always have so much fun looking through the old blog posts and saying “Ooohh!! Remember when…”  I’m always amazed at how good they are at navigating the archives.

I really don’t like it when my kitchen counters are covered with stuff!  I usually avoid (for the most part) taking any pictures of these messes, which happen especially when I am trying to do too many things at once.  Last Friday night was definitely one of those times… Groceries and mail still needed to be put away, flowers needed to be arranged, various items all over the place to set the table, remnants of my cake decorating, and half decorated pretzel rods, and more…  Thankfully it didn’t take too long to clean up and looked beautiful in the morning!

P.S.  My husband took the laptop with him again… That just leaves our super slow desktop, which the kids all use for some of their school work each day.  Just letting you all know that my computer time will be even more limited over the next couple weeks and I’ll only be able to check my email on occasion. 
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  1. Karen

    The first picture of your older girls is just so very pretty! I had to giggle when I read the description for your {real} picture. Somehow I only ever seem to get pictures of my messy countertops. Try as I might to avoid them when I'm taking pictures they always wind up sneaking into the background. I hope things go well for you while your husband is away. I'd be bald after fourteen days! I go crazy enough with a few two to five day trips over the span of a month or two.

  2. Mom2Seven

    I'm proud of you for posting that last picture! 😉

  3. Jessica Gordon

    Thank you! It was a hard one for me to post! 😉

  4. mel

    That first picture is lovely…I keep picturing it in black and white. Dont even blush about the counters, mine have looked like that all week! 🙂

  5. Barbara

    Thank you, Jessica! 😉 For keeping it real.
    Enjoy your vacation — even though you are without your other half, make easy meals and try to relax.

  6. Barbara

    I meant to put "vacation" in quotes. I know it's not a real vacation!

  7. Jessica Gordon

    Yes… I don't have any plans to re-arrange and paint the boys' bedroom, assemble multiple bookcases, and all the other crazy projects I planned for myself during my last "vacation!"

    I'm hoping to just focus on getting a solid routine in place for the new school year… and maybe clean out my closet, and paint the barstools. 😉

  8. Becky

    It did come out looking lovely. What a wonderful activity to do with your daughters.


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