Thursday, March 19, 2009

Last month I went to the city/county tournament for elementary school wrestling. Wow! Some of those kids are in the 55 lb weight class and looked like little stick figures wrestling and some of them in the 175+ looked like sumo wrestlers. It was so much fun. Joe wrestled twice-was pinned the first time in the second round and pinned his guy in the second match. He's funny because he cried when he was pinned and then nearly cried when he pinned the second guy. He kept saying, "I feel so bad, he's was so nice." The lesson--don't make friends with your opponent before the match! They talked for about 20 minutes while they waited to wrestle. But that's Joe isn't it: He wins hard and loses hard.

So, click eye of the tiger and then enjoy the show!
Well, as of last Thursday some of my waiting is over. Michayla received her mission call to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, spanish-speaking! She leaves on June 10th to the MTC. Yahoo!
Dustin and Tara had their baby on March 12 and all was well after a full day of induction and work, here is a lovely little girl. They named her Lydia Louise, after me, Karen Louise. I'm flattered and touched and never liked the name until now. Now it is beautiful. Funny that. Michayla thinks her news is the step-child news but it feels more like we have twins. Seriously what could be better: Dustin and Tara giving one of Heavenly Father's children the chance at mortal life and Michayla giving some of His children the chance at eternal life. Both ends of the spectrum and both equally important.

Tori has decided to attend BYU-I and is getting excited to be on the Fall/Spring schedule. She's sure she will only get a little of the cold and a ton of the beauty of Idaho. Let's not tell her yet of the time it snowed on the fourth of July parade and how many snowmen can be made before Christmas vacation. Lucky she thinks cold is good too.

The rest of the waiting is still happening but not it doesn't seem so hard. Yeah!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Today I realized my life lately has been all about waiting and learning patience. A hard lesson because it's definitely NOT my strong suit.

We are waiting anxiously for Chicken Broth to be born to be followed closely by Beef Stew. These two babies are seriously loved and wanted and I can't figured out what would take them sooooo long to join the fun. Okay, so they're not due for several weeks, someone should tell them grandma has candy for them if they can come just a little early!

We are also waiting to hear about Brandon's law school applications and what their decision will be. We are waiting to know if Dustin will have an intership this summer or if he will go to school instead and then graduate and get a job. These kinds of waiting are hard just because we know it's exciting and scary for them. My knees are getting calloused. It's good I guess.

We are waiting to hear about Michayla's mission call. I know it's only been four days since she turned her papers in but once the deed was done, things got seriously exciting and fun. No more decisions to make, only waiting. And waiting. And waiting.

We are waiting to know where Tori will decide to go to college next year. She has maybe too many choices but has been seriously trying to pray before deciding finally on any one college. So exciting to see her grow up and away. And a little sad too.

The thing I have the hardest time with with all this waiting is that none of these decisions are in my control. I am basically an observer into the lives of these young adults and although I am emotionally invested in the outcome, I don't have a say in what, where or when things will happen. I like this and don't like this all at the same time. The responsibility is gone but the worry and concern is still there.