Here are my book club friends! Last night we met & ate & discussed Animal Farm, and had a book exchange. Good fun - I enjoy these girls. We`ve got two little readers on the way - the two in the middle of the back row are both due Dec. 17! Suzanne`s little one is coming a little sooner, though - (s)he`s breech, so she`s got a C scheduled for Tuesday.
We set up for the craft sale tonight. It looks decent - 80 tables and yummy baking... I`m looking forward to hanging out with Madeline and Carla and Josh and Suzanne tomorrow. (It`s at WH Ford, 10-4 if you want to come check it out or visit!) I also wish I was going to be home painting with Sean, but I did get in on some brush action tonight. We primed the whole kitchen, and painted the kitchen and bathroom ceilings. All that`s left is the color on the walls.
Today is December 3. It`s a sad anniversary for us - Neil has been gone 7 years. Hard to believe. In so many ways life has moved on, but in so many ways he is still here. People at the church talk about him, I still see his handwriting in lots of files at work, Madeline is like him in so many ways: she`s got his looks, his musicality, even his teeth! The dentist said this week that she`ll need braces. She had the day off today, so we went down to the cemetery. There was lots of snow, so we shoveled a path and cleared off the stones. It`s always a reminder, too, of Lucy - she would be 9 now. I wonder what she`s like. Something M said right after Neil died was that I was here with her, and Daddy was in Heaven with Lucy. I don`t know if that just made sense to her, or if it was a comforting thought. It does take a bit of the edge off, somewhat. When we saw Carla tonight she asked if we had shoveled - they went out this morning, too, and while they were there Warren and Doug showed up. M was glad to hear that - she had been asking this morning if I thought anyone else would go. She likes knowing that other people remember - I think it validates her feelings.
There you go - just some rambling thoughts on day 2555 without him.