|original poster by Victor Baldwin 1971|
I feel just like this kitten from a motivational poster from 1971. It has been quite a week at the Simmons' Casa. Last week as we were preparing for our son's wedding, our area of the state witnessed some major flooding. When the interstate between St Louis and Cape Girardeau closed, our California daughter and her husband had no way to get from the airport to us! So they had to fly a small airline after getting off in St Louis. My daughter will tell you it was a very, very small airplane. There were only 4 passengers on the plane and it was a very, very windy day so they flew sideways most of the 30 minute flight. Green around the gills, we picked her up at our local airport just in time for her to help me decorate for the rehearsal dinner we were hosting. We ran with a Cinco de Mayo theme since it was on May 5th and had a taco bar. It was a lot of fiesta! Saturday the rains were gone and it was a beautifully sunny day as we were witnesses to the wedding of our son and beautiful daughter-in-law and the beginning their life together. Afterwards they held the reception at their home and we enjoyed each other's company, wonderful food and dancing out on the lawn! Joyous!
Then we changed gears as we helped my mom pack her house to move across town to a smaller duplex. 45 years of memories in a two story home take a lot of time to pack and reminisce about. But my two sisters and my brother were the mainstays of the packing and preparing and tomorrow the movers come. Wow, they did an awesome job!
In the mean time, our youngest daughter who got married in February is expecting! It's our first grandchild and we are all thrilled. She is just now going through all the fun early pregnancy issues so I keep saltines near by for her! She and her husband recently signed a contract on a house, their first and we got to take a tour of that and see what needed to be worked on before they move in just a couple of weeks. They have a huge yard and for that they'll need a working lawn mower, lots of paint needed inside and maybe some new flooring and a lot of baby proofing!
Our daughter from California spent several days after the wedding with us for a really great visit and time for her too to see her sister's future home and also Grandma's house before the move. It was an emotional time but we're happy for my mom. There was a lot of "I remember this!" as she and my youngest daughter moved around the packing boxes and picked out little mementos to keep. Meanwhile back at our house the girls found the tubs of baby clothes I had packed away over 20 years ago. It was time to ooh and ahh all over again as we all marveled at how very little babies are when first born, teeny tiny shirts and shoes. While my California daughter and her husband were here, they put a contract on a home in California and got it, so now they are also planning a move a few blocks from where they live out there.
Last night, my husband and I waved goodbye to everyone as children headed to their homes. It was suddenly quiet in the house and a little lonely. It seems everyone is in the moving spirit around us as we looked around our own home of 25 years. Our home has seen its changes. We added on a family room and bedroom about 15 years ago. This home has changed in so many ways, moving rooms around, the living room has become the dining room, the downstairs family room has become my husband's office and game room. The colors change, the flooring too but it's always home to us. It's still the right size and shape for our needs. And right now faith is the only constant in our lives as we try to hang onto the Lord like the kitten in the photo. We know He holds us and our children in the palm of His Hand. Thank you, Lord!