Monday, October 29, 2012

From every human being there rises a light that reaches straight to heaven and when two souls that are destined to be together find each other, the streams of light flow together and a single brighter light goes forth from that united being.
Ba'al Shem Tov
WOW.......two months from today, kClare and Louisa will be united!  I know that they cannot wait!  They love each other and I love that.  They've spent a great deal of time creating just the right ceremony and celebration for us to join in on. 

We love you both and can't wait be witness to this very special event.
 And now, the real countdown begins......

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Big girl phone.......maybe in today's mail?

I had dinner on Monday night with my BFF, Donna at Rosewood Grill!
My first time to Rosewood Grill and it's great....I can't wait to go back there with the guys!

Donna and I have been friends for forever....and what I enjoy about her friendship is that no matter how long it's been since we've been together, it's always so wonderful.

But in the last couple of years, her friendship has meant more to me than she knows.  She has been there for me more than any person that I know.....I just don't think SHE knows that.

So, for all you have been for me, thank you, Donna!  Thanks for your support and help!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

It's been a busy couple of months for us.  Between work, 
the shower, Dad, assisting the girls with wedding plans, a 
little travel and trying to keep up with things around the 
house, we are pooped.  I can only imagine how the girls must 
feel.  But, every day we are amazed and delighted at how 
well they both are managing.

Through it all, we have been looking for someplace to 
"summer" during our retirement years.  We would like 
to keep our home here, but are looking for a spot to fill 
a void for us.  On the water is where Lude would like to 
be, but that, of course comes with a hefty price tag.

We obviously aren't ready for retirement just yet, but we don't want to wait until we are so much older that we feel it's too much of a hardship to do it.  We've never regretted any of the things we have done and Lude has never steered us wrong when it comes to real estate, our Financial Planner is working hard and well for us, so we want things in place now so that we and the girls can enjoy whatever decision we make as soon as possible.

We visited NC last year and while we didn't aim for lakeside
 living, we were impressed by the area.  This year, we visited 
the west coast of MI along Lake Michigan.  Starting at Grand Haven, we worked our way down the coast to Saint Joseph.  
It was beautiful country as you can see by some of these 
pictures, but there is not much condo development right on 
the lakeside.  It's mostly houses and we aren't looking for that
 big of a property.

So.....where we land, I don't know.  
I think we will give FL a look-see at some point. 

Fall in Michigan was lovely.....

We ended our trip in South Bend where Lude had 
a conference and I had a little retail & spa therapy!
 On the anniversary of my Mother's passing, I visited the 
Grotto at Notre Dame to light a candle.
What a beautiful place.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Patty and I took a cupcake class this week.  I have been wanting to learn how to make better cupcakes for a long 
time and Patty found one for us!
 We had SO much fun and are now armed 
with the best cupcake skills ever!  
We're not ready to join Cupcake Wars, 
but gosh, I'm armed and ready for our next party!!! 
Here are a couple of pictures from our fun morning.

The fruits of my labors.....

I am married to the 'sweetest' man ever. 
In addition to His many blessings, God brought us together. 
I know this.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Never, ever bite the hand that feeds you.
It's the same hand that soothes you!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

 The girls and their dresses.....
I forgot to mention the dresses were in bags!
December 29th......won't be long!

Monday, October 1, 2012

It's such an awkward moment when you realize that your friendship with someone doesn't mean as much to them as it does to you.
I guess I expect more from people because I would be willing to do that much for them