I'm back! After several days of our broadband service being down, I can finally blog again. I didn't realize how much I have come to rely on the Internet until this outage. I couldn't check my email or blog all week. I even had to travel to the local bank for some transactions that are usually completed online. Boy has it been a week!
The bright spot in my week came yesterday with the celebration of Catie's seventeenth birthday. Did I just type that? Seventeen? Those of you who have older kids know exactly what that is like. And you, with younger kids, will find out quicker than you think. If you've ever heard the country song Don't Blink you'll know exactly how I feel right now. It seems like just yesterday she was the little girl with tight ringlet curls in her hair. Now, we are discussing senior pictures and college choices.
This all could make me really depressed, but it doesn't. I realized a long time ago that God was giving her to us to love and teach until it was time to send her out into the world. I hope we are doing a good job of it.
Carson, the little sister, seemed more excited about this birthday than anyone. She made Catie a beautiful cake and served her breakfast in bed to help her celebrate her day. I live for little moments when sisterly love makes such a grand appearance in this house.
Fortunately, Catie did not have any exams yesterday, so we were able to spend the day shopping for swimsuits for the girls. (Not for me, of course! I am way beyond enjoying that experience. We were trying to keep the day fun!) We also had a nice girl's lunch at the Olive Garden.
After dinner out with the whole family, and a boyfriend, we came back home and enjoyed the wonderful cake. The entire day was filled with joy. On days when the girls are arguing over the TV, computer, or clothes, I will remember this day when sisterly love prevailed.