Monday, October 27, 2008

Update - still blogging along....

Let's see - my last post was April 22 - seems I have a little catching up to do.

April - Chad is still playing baseball in the rain, but having a great time. We're still sitting in the stands in the rain watching him and having a great time. Thanks to the Linn's for being such great supporters!! They make it to almost every single one of his games - home or away - and that makes Chad feel so good.
The restaurant is doing a brisk business, but we're having a hard time trying to catch up from Christmas time - when the kids are gone there is NO business.
I am still attending weight watchers - which I started September 25 - and have lost 40 pounds so far. I'm feeling really good about that.
I love my primary calling - 2nd Counselor. It's so fun to be with the kids and the ladies I work with are wonderful. I have to say, right now in my life - it is a bright spot for me.

May - Still playing baseball and watching baseball - in the rain. We are told that this is an unusually wet and cold year. I hope this isn't how it always is - I'll die. I have been pretty depressed the several months. I must have that syndrome where you need sunshine. Imagine that - an Arizona girl needing sunshine?? Honestly, I didn't think I'd be like this, but I am.

June - School is out on June 12 and we finished our first year of early morning seminary. I say "we" because it was truly a group effort for Chad and I. Getting up at 5:45am to be out of the door by 6:15 is tough to say the least. I'm so proud of Chad for his efforts.
Still playing baseball and watching baseball, but not as much in the rain. I'd say about half way through the month it started to dry out a little. That was rough. Chad is a great baseball player. He has such concentration and love for the sport.

July - Wow - most of the kids are gone for summer and it shows. The restaurant is SO SLOW. We're a little worried to say the least. I'm not sure we'll survivie the summer. It's so hard because we have such a great product and people LOVE us, but our location is killing us.
4th of July was so cold and wet that we stayed here at home and had the kids over for a BBQ instead of going to the coast like we've done the last 2 years. It was fun, though. I love to be with my kids. They make me smile.
Chad played baseball through the middle of the month and then they were done until next spring. It's a long wait for him.

August - Long month. Dead at the restaurant. Chad and I take a road trip and head south to Arizona for a little family time. I have been so homesick that I just needed a hug from my family. Chad and I drove down through California - 22 hours. We stayed about 10 days and then drove back up through Utah and Idaho - 25 hours. It was so good to be with my family. I have always prided myself on being a fairly independent soul. I found out that that's because I always had my family around me. I still do have some of my family around me in Oregon, and I am so very thankful for that, but my soul knows that there are some important ones that are missing.
While we were in Arizona, Jeff made the agonizing decision to close the restaurant. I felt so bad for him - it was traumatic. I am relieved. Now what do we do to make a living, though?? That is the million dollar question.

September - School starts. So does seminary. Chad is called to be seminary president for the Freshman/Sophomore section. He is also called as 2nd counselor in the Teacher's quorum. I am so proud of him. He's struggling a little in school, though - which isn't like him. Too many fun things to do and too many cute girls to flirt with??
We are inundated with financial worry and bills from closing the restaurant. It is almost overwhelming at times. I have to constantly reach inside and find my happy serene place. I KNOW it's in there somewhere!! Luckily - the rain hasn't started and we have beautiful weather right now.


Cori said...

I'm so glad you updated! Welcome back! I understand digging inside for that happy place, and I'm determined to keep doing so. We'll just keep calling on one another when it gets too rough.

Love you

gibkidsmom said...

Darcie-I can't tell you how excited I am that you "found" me! So- what are you guys up to now that you are closing the restaraunt? My oldest son, Matt had a friend that served his mission in Corvalis. I have a million questions for you...but I'm SO Happy!!!!