Ruhu's Journal, 02 July 2013

Feeling a bit more stress this morning as the prep for the trip intensifies & trying to pull together a cookout on July 4th (gosh I wish I liked to cook!). But, my older son comes home tomorrow night :), and I'm soooooo excited to see him & have him home for 10 days! So, I'll focus there and leave the rest to God and prayer (I was perfectly reminded of that in another FS buddy's journal today.... thanks Isabel!)

So, I'll begin my busy day in prayer --

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.

And again, I'll pray, breathe, journal & express on this one day and through each one meal, bite, moment & emotion. I'll focus on all I have to be grateful for (each of you, my family & friends, having both my boys home for 10 days :)!, and a life I love). And, just as I remind all of you, I'll take care of me as the family reunion adventure continues, relax through the stress & enjoy the ride! xoxox
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Hang in there Ruth, you can do this with God's help and now you know he is always on duty. It was such a timely reminder. My family is not religious really though I do have faith and it was so surreal to be praying together, I think even my husband bowed his head. It made mum cry but I am sure she felt His presence, it was - no words. So, back to you, I hope and pray for you that you 'survive' this in tact. It will be very stressful I am sure but you will come out the other side. Glad you and DH had a chance to have a chat and yes he likely does rely on yiou like a secretary/employee without thinking of it like that, he just knows he can always depend on you, and isn't that nice, that he knows you are always there for him? But you did remind him that it works both ways and that he has to be aware of your needs too. So big hugs and thanks for all your support. You have been with me in spirit this past few days, and I have talked to you in my head :) I am blessed with grerat family as are you. Enjoy your son, an oasis of calm in the mayhem of extended family :) 
02 Jul 13 by member: sarahsmum
Hey girl..from a hate to cook person to another..It helps me to decide just what it is I'm going to fix..I am a planner for trips so I make a list of every thing and check them off...Our DH's couldn't do with out us thats for sure...if we got paid for all the jobs we do..we would be rich..LOL...Hang in there my friend..this to will pass...Hugs...:O) 
02 Jul 13 by member: BHA
Thanks girlfriends! I felt better having just journaled about it! And, in the scheme of things (and particularly knowing what Isabel is handling right now with her MIL), to stress over a cookout & a trip... I should be so lucky! xoxoxo 
02 Jul 13 by member: Ruhu
let the guys handle the meat on the grill and get the rest at a deli - it's your holiday too... enjoy it! 
02 Jul 13 by member: FullaBella
Got pork tenderloin & veggies for the grill, corn on the cob & baked beans (both of which I can even handle!) & MIL is bringing salad greens from her garden which I'll garnish with nuts, seeds, gorg cheese & whatever I can find in the frig plus veggies & dip, fruit salad, & chips/salsa... so let the BBQing begin:)!  
02 Jul 13 by member: Ruhu
Yum - sounds great and I had to laugh - I bought pork tenderloins for the grill for tonight~! I didn't see you at the store... you must have gotten there after me :-) 
02 Jul 13 by member: FullaBella
I was the one with the scared look on her face -- that's what the thought of cooking does to me ;)! (P.S. Did I ever tell you that even my dog is afraid when I cook. She's afraid of a lot -- fireworks, thunder, etc -- and hides in the basement. When she can hear me in the kitchen cooking, she hides too... I'm sure my shouting & swearing haven't helped!) 
02 Jul 13 by member: Ruhu
LOL - mine is only afraid of me stepping on her in the kitchen (because I've done it twice when she's lingering under foot hoping I'll drop something). I bet you are a far better cook than you give yourself credit; I shout & curse a lot too because I'm always burning or cutting myself or dropping or spilling or ... we could be 'The Noisy Bakers!' 
02 Jul 13 by member: FullaBella
OMG I am so jeolous of you right now. Its been a long time since Ive had all my boys together with me. Enjoy and make fabulous memories.  
02 Jul 13 by member: petuniak
So happy your son is coming for 10 days. I am counting the days when my daughter will come for a visit. I'm sure that whatever you make will be wonderful. Being with family is more important than anything. Just look forward to it with no stress and think of how awesome it will be!! Hugs! 
02 Jul 13 by member: chattycathy1955
Sounds like you've got everything together - now go enjoy! 
02 Jul 13 by member: BuffyBear

     
 

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