A List Maker's Life: December 2014

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 Predictions Reviewed

~We will get a dog. 
Mom still says "Never!" Dad is becoming convincible.
~I will visit daddy at work As often as possible. 
Gabe and Mom enjoyed Friday lunches with him at Phelps and Gabe sweet talked his favorite Hope sitter into many Thursday lunch visits too!
~I will ride in the plow truck 
The early 2014 snow offered many opportunities for Gabe to ride along as Kevin plowed.
~I will scare all the trick or treaters with my costume .
Well, I guess he may have surprised a few with his Mr. Potato Head routine.

~Someone will build a toy Hagrid
We were able to visit Hagrid at Diagon Alley.
~We will ride in a plane
Mom did for work, but the rest of us haven't flown yet.
~We will get another baby
We welcomed a sweet baby boy into our home and loved him as our own until his momma was ready to care for him again.  We will look forward to doing more of the same in the coming year!
~Uncle Nick will get married
Oh!  It's coming.  Looking forward to a 2015 wedding.

Anne Hope
~Daddy will give lots of kisses
Of course!
~Gavin will wipe off all the slurpy ones
Well, yes!
~Our family will go to Florida again
We were so thankful to be part of Family Forward at Universal Studio Orlando again.
~Maybe we could go to Boston
No trips to Boston this year, but we sure would love to take the kids back to Boston sometime.

~I will get a drum set and take drum lessons
Not yet, dear Gavin has been so patient as he preps for the drums with piano lessons.
~The One and Only Ivan will be made into a movie
That would have been neat.  We will have to keep watching for it in the future.
~I might get new DS games for my 10th birthday
~Anne Hope will win the Derby Race
She did.  Cheered on by her brothers.
~The prince of England will become the king
~We will see a tobyMac concert
Not a single tMac concert for us this year, but hopefully we will catch one next year.

~Some of the kids will switch schools
All 4 started at new schools, in new districts, this year
~Gibson will learn to ride a two-wheeler
~The Tigers WILL finally win the World Series
~The Red Wings will not make the playoffs for the first time in over 20 years
I was wrong
~We will meet a lot of new people
I think so
~Gibson will start soccer
He enjoyed playing and it made for busy Saturdays shuffling between soccer fields.
~It will be a LONG winter
Seemed eternal.
~Republicans will pick up the house and the senate

~Kevin will finish the basement
He made amazing progress.  It is all framed.  Bedroom 5 is in.  The library is great.  The bathroom is plumbed.  2015 will be a year of finishing down there.
~American Idol ratings will go back up and be family friendly enough for our kids to watch again
Not sure about the actual ratings, but our family all enjoyed the updated American Idol.
~After saying so long to Helen DeVos Childrens Hospital and their specialist we will be happy with Gabe's care at U of M and a new advance in medical equipment/procedure will make life easier for Gabe
We are so thankful for the exceptional care Gabe receives from the whole team at U of M.  It makes the long drive worth it!
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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room

True Hope has come, and it is for all of us! Wishing you a Merry Christmas

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Scenes From 935

Preparing for the holidays we found ourselves with many projects in the kitchen.  One December evening I was perched in Gram's kitchen sink carefully hanging 2 Turtle Doves and a Partridge in a Pear Tree in the panes of her windows.  Nick was wrapping gifts when a piece of tissue paper flew out of control, connected with a candle, and started quite a fire. The three of us were in quite a tizzy as we hustled to put out our flames.  By the time our parents came to pick us up all was calm again and Gram quite brightly mentioned that we only had one "major scene."

How was your day?  Did you have any major scenes?

At the dining room table we spent countless hours with watercolors.  Nature scenes, fall leaves, flowers, tress, and the occasional angel were our typical inspiration.  When the colors didn't blend quite right or a leaf looked too unruly Gram would advise, "Just throw it on the floor!"  We would laugh, I would throw it, and we would move on to something else for awhile.  Until the next glance down when the unusual blending would actually appear to be quite lovely and the unruly leaf a unique addition to an otherwise generic floral arrangement.

If it seems beyond repair, look again from a new angle. 

In the top drawer of her dresser, along with the jewelry collection I was fascinated by, Gram kept the magical Boo Boo Fan. On summer nights my legs would jump and itch after a full day of playing making it very difficult to settle down. As she opened the fan and began to recite our made up fan chant I would slowly fall asleep.

Winds from the West, Cool Breeze from the East...take your mind off it.

Watching Sesame Street in the living room we contracted a serious case of the giggles as Bert and Ernie sang their song.  There's a hole in the bucket, dear Liza, dear Liza.  There's a hole in the bucket.  Dear Liza, a hole!  Oops, I lost...  Oops, I spilled...  Oops, I forgot...  All of those statements would forever be answered with, "So, fix it dear Henry."  Because once Liza and Henry were in the conversation we could surely find some humor in the situation.

SOOOOO?  Fix it dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry.  Just fix it dear Henry.  Just fix up the hole.

935 is more than just a house it is a collection of a million moments and many of my best memories. This weekend the house stands empty.  Gram's thing have been moved to her new home or shared with ours. Later this week Melissa, my best birthday present ever, will sign the papers and move in to the house I can easily say was/is my favorite place on Earth. I am certain she will fill the walls with laughter, love, and cut lavender bouquets.  And, hopefully throwing this on the floor tonight will help this little hole in my heart to stop leaking from my eyes.

With what shall I fix it dear Liza, dear Liza.  With what shall I fix it, dear Liza? This hole.
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