To everyone who prayed, thank you. My time with Dimples was sweet and relaxed. As we said our goodbyes, I hugged her close and said, “Let me ask you, how was last week?” She nodded, “Good.”
“Did you have fun?”
“Are you excited about this week and about going camping with Miss Neely and her family?”
She nodded again.
“Is this better for you than being at the beach?”
She nodded again and I squeezed her tight as I breathed in relief. The very last thing I want is for Dimples to feel that this time of respite is punitive in any way. She is having a different kind of vacation, not the relax… take long walks on the beach… read books… sleep late kind, rather the go to Costco… then to lunch… then drop the boys at football practice… then go see a movie kind of vacation.
Of course, despite my detailed planning, there was still a glitch. One of Dimples’ medications couldn’t be refilled before we left on our trip, so I had the boys watch for the FedEx package and bring it along when they came this week. Unfortunately, we forgot to get it out of the car when we met at Kathleen’s and it ended up on the island. A quick trip to the UPS store on Whidbey and $20.00 later, it is on it’s way to Neely’s; it should arrive before they leave on their camping trip.
I got back to the beach house to discover that our packed refrigerator and freezer (which the boys had just restocked with food they brought from our inexpensive grocery store in Idaho) was not working. With lots of creative rearranging by my engineer husband, we were able to squeeze the most valuable and perishable foods into the refrigerator in the main house. I hope to see a repairman today and not have too much food that doesn’t make it – the lettuce is already long gone.
There are foghorns in the distance this morning and the beach is enveloped in gray. I expect the sun will break through later, but sipping coffee in cozy pajamas is just right for the moment. The beach house is filling with people we love and I’m shifting kids into different bedrooms today as we make room. Amazingly, there are beds for everyone, although sometimes they like to share. This morning there are four girls sleeping in the king-size water bed (yes, a water bed!) and today we’ll move a twin bed into that room for my niece who is arriving this afternoon. Our special friend, Emily, is arriving today too – an infusion of joy.
It is nearly 8:00 and the children are still sleeping. Bliss.
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