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Coffee Talk 08.29.21

Greetings on this fine Sunday morning! I hope you and your loved ones are doing well.

There’s a lot going on in the world right now, and it’s easy to let it weigh us down. I’ve been distracted with getting my daughter settled into college and some other goings-on with family life, so I’ve been keeping tabs on things but not spending a lot of time dwelling on it. That said, seeing that list of servicemen and women who died in the attack at Kabul airport this week was like a kick in the gut. Most of them were the age of my son. It’s hard to wrap my head around it, and my heart aches for their families.

In other news, it’s been a week since we arrived home after leaving Caroline at college in Massachusetts, and so far she’s doing well. She’s making friends and settling in, and while there have been a few moments where she felt overwhelmed and needed me to talk her through it, she hasn’t once mentioned wanting to come home. Classes started on Wednesday, and that’s a big adjustment after doing a cyber charter school for all of her high school career, so I’m hoping she gets the hang of things quickly.

I went into her bedroom yesterday to straighten up a bit, and Savannah (her dog, for those just tuning in) walked right up to the door and looked in, but then she walked away and went and sat in one of her favorite spots in the hallway. It was like she knows Caroline isn’t here. That made me a little sad, but overall, I’m doing okay. I miss my girl, and it feels kind of empty around here at times, but I’m happy that she’s doing well and adjusting.

It occurred to me as I wrote that, that if I think my house feels empty now, I’m really going to have a rude awakening this week. David starts his college classes tomorrow, and Becca starts 10th grade on Tuesday. It’s been a full year and a half since everyone was in school full-time, and even then, Caroline was at home doing cyber school. This fall is going to feel VERY different.

I think I mentioned that I wasn’t sure if David was doing remote or in-person classes, but he did sign up to take them in-person. In addition to that, he’ll still be working about 25 hours a week, and he’s also going to be doing a radio show with a friend, so he’ll be busy. Hopefully he’ll be around for dinner some nights so we can catch up then.

And Becca is also excited to be going back to school. It should seem pretty much back to normal for her this year, except for the masks indoors, but she’s just happy to be in school 5 days a week with all of her classmates.

Her marching band season is already well underway. Friday night was the first football game of the season, and she had a blast. She had been looking forward to being at all the high school football games all though middle school, and then she was cheated out of the experience last year, so she is super excited for this year. We’re hoping and praying that nothing happens to change that, but as of right now, they’re planning for a regular season of football games and Cavalcades.

So yeah, my life is about to get a lot quieter! I’m not sure how I feel about that. I’m definitely happy that everyone is getting back to some semblance of normal and doing things they love, and I could use some more uninterrupted work time, but I think it’s going to seem lonely at first. I’m sure I’ll be fine, though. I have a way of filling my time.

Finally, in the last bit of family news, Paul has his surgery this Friday. We’re both excited and hopeful that it will end his ongoing battle with diverticulitis, but the recovery can be rough so he’s not looking forward to that. All prayers for a successful procedure with no complications are appreciated.

I need to cut this off and head out. We’re going to visit Paul’s mom today. I hope you have a restful and relaxing Sunday!

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32 thoughts on “Coffee Talk 08.29.21

  1. Pray all goes well for Paul. I had asked about your opinion on black jean jacket. Did you see that. I’m debating on that or something else.

  2. So glad all going well with your youngsters. Sending very best wishes and prayers for Paul’s surgery. No doubt you will both be relieved to get it over with and hopefully begin a swift and full recovery. Best wishes Jane

  3. Praying for a successful surgery for Paul and a quick non-eventful recovery. Praying for you too as you deal with his surgery and all the changes going on in your family. God is Faithful! ❤️🙏🏻

  4. Great newsy post to catch us up. I always enjoy hearing about your family. It’s like reading a letter from an old pen pal. Now that is words you don’t hear that much anymore… pen pal. I’m happy your kids are getting back to a more normal and all of them are settling into their own thing. Caroline working through some things is so natural and she is fortunate to have you to talk through them with. So many kids don’t. I didn’t realize she started classes already. That is an adjustment for sure. I lived in a very small town and chose a big university, 3 hours away. It really was too big for me and I had quite the adjustment. Ended up later coming home to a smaller, closer community college. You don’t know until you get out there and try out things. So all that to say, it is ok if their first choice doesn’t work out. There is lots more. :)…… but I’m sure hers will from the sounds of it. Your dog story was sad. They know. You and her will become good buddy’s this Fall. I’ll be praying for Paul’s surgery. I so hope it’s the cure for him too. Enjoy your day visiting. I’m waiting for online church. Our count in our town is high for covid so we are playing if safer again these days. I have several extended family with it and church family too. Looking forward to your Fall series to come if you still are doing it.

  5. So glad to hear Caroline is settling in well! That must help to put your mind at ease! Prayers for Paul as he has his surgery and that he gets the results he’s looking for! Our thoughts and prayers are with those families who are mourning the loss of their loved ones. There are just no words 💔

  6. Prayers for Paul to have a successful surgery and a super speedy recovery. He has a pretty awesome nurse, that’s for sure!

  7. With your house soon to be quiet, I wonder if you have considered bringing back “lives” either on Instagram or Facebook? I always enjoyed those in the past.

    Prayers for Paul’s surgery and all the kids starting back to school across the country

  8. I will continue praying about Paul’s upcoming necessary surgery and the recovery. Will he have to stay in the hospital? The other day I was fretting about my upcoming colonoscopy and the prep, when I suddenly stopped and thought about Paul’s surgery and quickly told myself to get over it! I’m glad that David has opted to attend his college classes in person. I’m so happy for Becca and Caroline! I hope that Paul’s mom is doing good and staying healthy. Prayers for our military and everyone in the path of Ida!

  9. Sending good thoughts your way and hoping Paul’s surgery goes well. My youngest starts at Tech school in the fall and my oldest has decided to take a year off from university as the online learning was not for him. I miss seeing them on a regular basis but my husband and I had a great summer reconnecting and rediscovering our love of golf. Some days it’s hard to walk that line of missing them and being so proud of their independence. Hang in there!

  10. Sending healing vibes to Paul and YOU too. While he will probably have some pain and discomfort, it can be challenging for you as his caregiver as well. Hoping this is all just a “bump in the road” for all of you.

  11. All the best for Paul for his surgery. You’ll be in my prayers next Friday. And hopefully a speedy recovery

  12. Happy Sunday! I went out to breakfast this morning with the fam and then walked around the Farmer’s Market. It’s been hot and dry here- in the 90s – but the mornings are cooler and it was beautiful out and so fun to walk around and buy local organic produce. I’ve been such a workaholic lately that I’m pledging to make Sundays a day to really unplug and recharge.
    Yes, there’s so much heaviness in the world right now. All we can do is pray for healing, health, and good decision-making by our government leaders. 🙏
    Prayers for your husband’s surgery next week!

  13. It sounds like you are all adjusting to life’s changes and enjoying yourselves. Prayers for a successful surgery for Paul and a quick recovery.

  14. Lots of prayers for Paul’s surgery and recovery and for all your family members pursuing their own paths. Exciting changes and a little scary too!

  15. All the best to you and your beautiful family. I feel exactly how you do about your children leaving the nest. My son is entering high school and I’m starting a new job. So I feel a bit melancholy. But you will find your new normal, fear not!

  16. Saying prayers for your husband for a successful surgery and an uneventful recovery. Please take care of yourself as well. I know that’s easier said than done.
    So happy for all your children! It sounds like they’re all doing well and as moms, that’s always a wonderful thing.

  17. Praying for Paul for his surgery and a quick recovery! Glad your kids are all excited for the year to come. Blessings to you all!

  18. Praying for Paul’s surgery & that will deal with his diverticulitis once & for all.

    Life has a way of catching us off guard – your kids only stay small for a season…and now you have 2 in college. Wow! Thinking of you as this new phase progresses.

    Have a blessed day!

  19. Thinking about you and Paul with his upcoming surgery. With todays modern technology and skilled doctors and staff I feel that he will do well and can get this all behind him and feel so much better. Praying for his speedy recovery. Hugs to you both.

  20. PraYing for you and Paul that his surgery is a success. i’m sure he is in great hands with his surgical/ medical tram. This too shall pass. So glad to hear that Caroline is making friends and adjusting Well. Have a blessed Sunday! 😊

    1. Oops – meant medical/ surgical team, not trAm! 🤦🏻‍♀️
      FYI when I comment on my ipad, random letters Get posted In small and large cap. It appears as large cap as I type so don’t notice till its submitted.

  21. Prayers for successful surgery and a full and speedy recovery for Paul. Prayers for your kiddos as they navigate the new school year. And prayers for you as the next few weeks may be a bit hectic! 🙂

  22. Lots of prayers coming your way for Paul and a successful surgery and healing process. Also, prayers for you . . that you feel supported as you care give and support his recovery. Make sure you take care of yourself and we would miss your blog but will understand and miss you more if you need to take some breaks!

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