Ever had one of those weeks? It's been a bugger, but today we are all smiling and happy. I'm eating chocolate and having a Coke to help aid in the recovery :). It started with a beautiful rainstorm on Monday that I was so happy to see roll in, the kind with big, black clouds and a couple of downpours that I like to call gully washers, the kind of storms that bring relief from the heat...but these storms ended with lightning that caused an explosion in our garage, knocking out our phone line and internet, and toasting our computer, monitor, and everything associated. We consider ourselves very fortunate though that the lightning only caused minor damage instead of starting our house on fire. That was Monday.
Welcome in Tuesday, a sweet little girl I know, who shall remain nameless, was invited to have a long stay with a bunch of cousins, we call it cousin swap. This little girl couldn't sleep as she was so excited to go stay the week with her cousins. So, the mama packed her little girl a suitcase, loaded up the car, and off they traveled 3 hours or so, across the desert to join in the fun. It was a long trip of cows, wind, sagebrush, and lots of blah...I don't really love blah, but it always makes me appreciate where I live in the middle of the blah. The mama kissed her little girl goodbye, and started on her 3 hour journey back home that evening.
The mama decided to stop in her favorite city of St. George, UT and do a little shopping for herself, as she has some birthday money to spend. So off she went to pick herself out a new outfit for church and actually go into a dressing room and try clothes on. This was an event that hadn't occurred in ages, as the little girl who shall remain nameless, hates shopping, and makes it so unpleasant for her mama, that she just gives up on clothes shopping all together. So, for an hour, the mama enjoyed her peaceful shopping experience, bought herself some super cute clothes, a new purse, some jewelry, a couple of sooooooo incredibly darling scarfs, and got going on the second leg of her journey home. Well, just as she arrived home around 10 that night, her phone rang, and whoever could be on the other end of the line, but the little girl, not happy, not content, not excited to be joining in the cousin swap, but begging her mama to turn around and come get her NOW! Crying tears that were as big as the state of Nevada and that broke her mama's heart. And, that mama did want to hop right in the car and get there as fast as she could, but didn't.
So, the next day, after saying lots of prayers of comfort and strength for her little one, the mama set out on the journey again, to retrieve her little, sad lamb, and bring her home once again. She was very proud of her little one for getting through the first night, but when the little girl called the next day and said she was all done, her mama knew that the super fun week of non-stop cousin fun, was coming to an abrupt halt.
Needless to say, my achy back and I didn't want to get in the car and go anywhere for a while. But one more day trip was required to purchase a new computer so I could get back up and running, so this time the three of us, daddy, mama, and the nameless little one, loaded into the truck, and off we went. And, today is a great day! Life is short, long, busy, never-ending, happy, sad, troubling, uplifting, joyful, frustrating, up, down, sweet, sour, bitter, rewarding, and oh, so worth it.
P.S. Oh, there's more. I am happy today because of those super cute paperclip stars that I used on my card...see, how easy to please I am? Taco Bell Pink Lemonade Freezes also make me happy, and I have had my share this week each time I've passed through the big city, but oh, there I go getting off track again. You can purchase Freckled Fawn's sweet little stars in every color of the rainbow only at Two Peas in a Bucket.
The chipboard bicycle is from Crate Paper's The Pier collection, the washi Resin Mum Blossoms from Freckled Fawn, the scrunched seam binding from My Craft Spot, and the Framed Out #12 Mini stamp from Papertrey Ink.
P.P. S. A quote to lift and inspire each of us:
"No matter our circumstances, no matter our challenges or trials, there is something in each day to embrace and cherish. There is something in each day that can bring gratitude and joy if only we will see and appreciate it."