I always come back from Ozark just a little exhausted. I have a good excuse this time. I caught a cold while we were in town, but the weekend wasn't all lost. It was actually just what I needed.
First, an update on Todd's mom. The tumor in her breast is malignant, but because it was caught so early, the doctors believe that they can remove it by doing a lumpectomy and radiation. This weekend was really a cause for celebration. We are so relieved that the lump is contained and that she should be back to normal in a few weeks. We are so thankful for the many prayers and kind words of our family and friends. Because of the amazing support we were given, I feel a little like those people in the Verizon commercials who have the "network." I know that when hard times come, those in our network are on their knees with us, crying with us, and holding us up. I'm constantly amazed.
We celebrated with an incredible lunch at Haruno. Who would have thought that such great sushi could come from Springfield, MO? It was so good I had to take a picture!
The following night we had a surprise birthday party for my step-mom. She turned 40, so of course we had to go all out. My Aunt Terry (who is a ball of energy!) made the cake. It got a lot of laughs.
We had a great time seeing everyone. I think Kerre was very surprised.
It's not a party with my family until the music starts. It's not too hard to see where my love for music comes from. Below is my dad singing. It's a little blurry, but it was the only shot I was able to get.
The weekend ended with another party for my little sister who turns 13 on Tuesday. Thirteen. Wow. I feel so old! It's hard to believe that when Todd and I started dating she was only 3 years old. She has become a young woman over night. Last week she called me at work to tell me she has a boyfriend. Her first boyfriend! I felt so honored that I was the first person she told. His name is Ben and she says he's "so funny." I love it!
Happy 13th Birthday, Shaye! We love you.
Now I'm off to pack for another work trip. I'm heading back to Houston. I'm hoping (and praying) that this trip goes much better than the last!