Whew! Things have been so whirlwind crazy here that I have barely had time to catch my breath, and I certainly haven't had time to catch up on blogging.
Here's a brief rundown of what's been going down in Smockityville.
1. Just before Christmas my mom was trying to get back onto the ladder from on top of an upright freezer (don't ask) and she fell onto the concrete floor, hit her head, passed out, and shattered her tibia.
After 2 surgeries and about a week in the hospital, we moved her in with us.
Since the doctor's orders were for her to be non-weight bearing for 3 months, that meant we needed lots of hospital equipment delivered to our house.
So, you know, what else could we do? We had to test it out to make sure it functioned properly.
Bed raises and lowers? Check.
Wheelchair comfy? Check. Reacher reaches? Check.
2. While my mom was still in the hospital, we got word that the sweet, precious 19yo daughter of a friend died inexplicably, from no known cause while getting ready for church.
So much heartbreak and so many unanswered questions. The funeral was beautiful and tragic. It was lovely and cruel.
One of the songs the family requested, "There's a stirring" was perfectly suited, and I thought that must have been just how it happened with sweet Colby. Even so, though she is rejoicing with her savior, I can't help but think of Colby's family and the emptiness left behind for them.
3. Immediately after Christmas we began feverishly preparing for our annual county fair and livestock show. This is the event my children look forward to every year and begin preparing for many months in advance.
There were pies to be baked, index cards to be filled out, goats to be groomed, and so much more.
You may remember that we came this close (holds thumb and forefinger really close together) to not being allowed to participate in this event. You can read the hair raising tale of that here.
My animal lover made the premium sale with one of her goats, which went for $600 at the auction. That means there will be money in her account to buy another goat for next year's stock show season. Which this tired mama may or may not have been fervently wishing against, but that is another post.
All told, we collected blue ribbons, and red ribbons, and participant ribbons, and even one Grand Reserve Champion banner, so everyone came home happy and feeling proud of the work they had done.
4. Finally, I have been working with my fellow team members to do the final preparations for The Homeschool Moms' Winter Summit, which is kicking off THIS WEEKEND in San Marcos, Texas, and then again next weekend in Edmond, Oklahoma.
Door prizes are rolling in (You didn't hear it from me, but who doesn't like Vera Bradley??? Amiright?), worship songs are being finalized, sessions are being formatted, and moms from all over are preparing to come together to get refreshed and renewed.
Unfortunately, I had to back out of my speaking obligation since I will need to be at home with my mom, but that shouldn't stop you from attending the most encouraging, uplifting event of the year. It's not too late to register! Use the code "Smockity10" to get $10 off your registration.
I can't wait to hear all the stories of shared laughter, meaningful teachings from moms who have graduated all their homeschoolers, and sweet worship.
And that's a wrap, as they say. That's what's been going down in Crazy Town.