Sunday, April 6, 2014

Catching up,,,

I just hate when I fall behind on blogging and so much has happened that I haven't written about. 
Of course first thing is Beckham is 2 ! 
Ashlyn had the most darling brunch/ party for him with a pancake bar, donut tower and lots of beautiful details. That girl amazes me with what she can put together. Even though it poured rain and she had to move the whole thing inside  it was picture perfect and he of course was darling !
And we found out that day when they popped the balloons and pink confetti came out that they are having a GIRL!!
YaYa is in heaven with the idea of that  !!!  God is so good  and I love her so much already 

We also had such a fun family dinner down in La Jolla ! We all met at Chads house and walked to a restaurant nearby and laughed and ate. Beckham kept leaning into me and hugging me so tight. I couldn't help myself and started crying with the sheer joy of his love for me !  He truly loves his YaYa and Papou ......We are putty in his hands I tell ya
This family of mine is my biggest joy and every minute spent with them are my
 very favorites

And in other big news guess who is potty trained?
At two !!!
Gosh I think my kids were almost three? But this sweet boy is rockin his super hero underwear and telling his Momma " pee pee momma"  Good Job Becks !

We also had a fun moms dinner night with the girls and our sweet friend Vickie flew in for a wedding and was able to join us. It was so fun to all be together and  it makes me realize how much I miss seeing her every month.
I still have so much to share !! A trip to Kentucky and Nashville with my sis and niece that was a absolute blast is next up on the blog !
But I will end with this....
As some of you know I had a really sad parting  with my best friend Sandy
It was a hurt in my heart that never ever went away and I missed her in my life more than I ever admitted. I thought being away would be easier, but when you love someone and have shared such a long history and so much of your lives it just felt like I had lost such a big  piece of my heart. We had both text each other "happy birthdays" and then she one day text " can we meet for lunch " Of course I said yes and was a nervous wreck.It had been more than two years. We met at a restaurant half way between our houses and  laughed, cried, prayed, and talked for five hours.
We left there wondering how our friendship would be from that point forward ? Could we pick back up and be good friends again?  But we were happy that at least we had settled things and truly forgave each other.
It has been a month and I cant tell you how happy I am that she is back in my life !

We both were wrong, and stubborn and  thought the best thing was to let it go
But I am so thankful for a God who wants us to work things out and give grace and love to people in our lives and restore fellowship even though we may be hurt.  
I was so sorry and so was she...
And I cant tell you how happy we are that us crazy Greek/ Portuguese  girls are back burning up the phone lines and texting our crazy random thoughts
This precious , long time friendship was worth fighting for 

True friendship isn't being inseparable, it's being separated, and nothing changes

So I end this post with a encouragement to reach out to someone if you are estranged from them. Call or text and make a move to love even though you may be right or justified not to. Life is so short and we may be right but being loving is what God calls us to do !
And who knows that restored relationship might be such a huge blessing to your life !!


Holly Girl said...

So happy for you Karen!! Your words always put a bounce in my step! :)

Cougarnana said...

Loved reading your post and getting caught up. Happy Birthday to Beckham...what a darling. WOW, I'm so impressed with the potty training thing. Kaci potty trained herself in one day but that was 40 years ago and there have been no more successes like that one in our family. Ryker was 2 in December and I don't see big boy pants anywhere in his future. I guess it isn't a priority when you're Number 7!! There's always someone who can change his diaper. Anyway, Beckham's party looks adorable and so does he.

Yes you're right about our families being our greatest joy. There are no people on earth I'd rather be with than my family and I feel so blessed to have all 20 of us live within 10 minutes of each other. I don't know that they always feel as blessed as I do but someday they'll look back and remember the happy times we've had together. I'm sure of it!!

I loved following your trip to Kentucky on Instagram and can't wait to hear about it in greater detail soon. It looked so fun. I'm really itching to go somewhere and soon. We're trying to figure out the just right place to go. Of course, I always want to go to NYC but Jim isn't quite on board with that yet. We're hoping to go to Rome next Spring but, for now, it'll be somewhere nearer.

So happy about you and Sandy. Some friendships are worth fighting for.....some aren't. It's good to know the difference and great that you have one that stood the test. I wish you many more happy times together.

Have a happy week. XOXOXO

P.S. One quick, sweet story....On Sunday I went over to Kaci's to pick up something I had left there. As I was leaving, Kaleigh (Kaci's 3 year old) said, "Bye, Nana. Can I have a kiss?" Of course, I rushed right over and kissed her. Then she wanted a BIG hug. Then she said, "Oh, that makes my heart feel so much better." Honestly, the child is THREE...and TO DIE FOR!!!!!

The fly-fisherman's wife said...

What a great post. I rarely blog anymore. I miss it and I miss reading your sweet posts. I really appreciated this post and am grateful you chose to write about healing your friendship. Thanks! Sometimes it is so hard to be humble and admit when we are wrong and forgive others. But we sure need to, and are truly blessed when we can.

Abigail said...

So glad the moms got together! And yay for little girls!

Ellsworth Party of Four said...

That little Beckham is just the cutest! Oh my it must feel wonderful waking up knowing your are his grandma! :) So sweet. It looks like he had a fabulous birthday #2.