Friday, January 30, 2015

Heart Wreath Session, Life, and Crafts!

So I never did get around to posting that blog from last Friday's Heart Wreath Session.  Sorry ladies!  Here are a few pictures from last weeks sessions!  The wreaths are adorable.  I loved every single one!  All different colors and lots of fabric flowers.  Sigh.  The pictures just make me so happy!  
 The session was the day after my grandpa's funeral.  It was nice to have something to distract me and take my mind off of mourning.  After everyone left in the morning I had a few minutes to just sit and "be" for a little bit and do some more thinking about my gramps.  It was nice to take just a few minutes to be alone and silent.  (In my world of complete chaos...I'll take a minute of peace!)

So sometimes I am so crazy unfocused that I may not notice that a friend from high school attended the class until she was leaving!  Ahhhh!  Actually, I thought she was someone else.  It made me think about actually slowing down and perhaps looking right in front of me instead of focusing on a million other things!  Sorry, Emillie!  Please come back so I can reconnect with you some more :)    (Julie, you missed a fun night....we missed you sorta kinda...but Jessie came and she's pretty fun too!)  

Thank you to all who came to the Heart Wreath Sessions!  I hope your wreaths are hanging up and making you smile!  

 I got these beautiful flowers from my work...they are so lovely and they made me so happy.  Totally unexpected and totally made my day a little better!

Ok on to some crafting news....  I made this "M" for a dear friend.  We made this during our first semester of Fridays at the Farm.  Any interested in adding this session from anyone for this semester?   Let me know if you would be interested in making your own Monogram letter and I may add another class!
 Nellie and I did some practicing this week for our Mason Jar Craft session on March 6th.  We decided to use chalkboard paint so you can write/change your saying on your sign!  I hope you all that have signed up will all be ok with that!!!  We used black and white chalkboard paint....they signs turned out SO cute!  If you haven't signed up for that class....go sign up!  The spots are filling up quickly for it!  Like go do it now :)
 I made this sign this week as well as a demo for a class I am holding at our women's retreat!  If your looking for a nice relaxing weekend let me know and I'll hook you up with you can come craft with me and make this sign!

In other news...Tank got a hair cut yesterday.  It was long overdue.  He looks so small now!  Sorry, Tank...we will try to get you to the groomers more often.  ( case you don't know...Tank is our new puppy....the cute little boy is Griffin....who is still NOT potty trained.)  And I am not bitter about it at all either ;)

 Our next session is on Friday the 6th and we are making these felt letters into a banner.   I have to finish the banner part yet, but I wanted to show you how cute they are!  You could do any word like LOVE, or HOPE, or a name....Just in case you wanted to sign up!
 So I was standing at my counter this morning in a frazzle cause my house was a mess and the kids forgot their homework at home and I didn't feel ready for my make up session today and then I stopped.  It was like God just needed to remind me to stop and breath.  Look at this amazing view...bright windows, fabulous decorations ;-), and the sun shining in.  (and a kitty sitting on the stove.)  I stood for just a couple of minutes reflecting on how God has totally blessed the socks off of us this year.  This house has so much work that needs to done, but God has been so faithful and blessed us with this amazing old house that I am totally in love with.  Really truly we have been blessed.  It was a much needed reminder this morning that God has been faithful and will continue to be faithful through the ups and downs.

 This morning I held a Make-up session for anyone that couldn't make the past two sessions.  We had a fun group of ladies this morning that made awesome wreaths and string art!  It was nice to see some old faces and meet new friends.  I was so glad to see Gina and see her smiling and pain free!  Thank you ladies for coming and crafting...and listening to the Wiggles.  What more could you ask for, right?

I am off to do some cleaning and prep and then we are going to the airport to meet a sweet little boy that is coming home to be with his new family from China!  Yahoo!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Oh, What a two weeks it has been.

Where do I even start?  I feel like I haven't had a chance to breath the past two weeks.  Each moment of every day has been filled and I am finally processing all that has happened.  

First I will start with my Gramps.  We had to say good-bye to him on Thursday.  Not. Easy.  I didn't prepare for the day.  I didn't process that he was really gone.  Life kept on going with the kids and I pushed his death aside.  Until Thursday.  It was a really hard day for me.  I was completely surrounded by people, but yet I felt all alone.  I have never felt that way before.  I heard people talking.  I saw people interacting.  I listened to what people said, I saw people cry I had never seen cry before.  People came I didn't expect to show support and say good-bye.  I sat back and took it all in.  My eyes were opened that day.  Some good, some bad.  I gained respect for many and lost respect for others.  My brother gave an amazing "talk" about my gramps.  He was truly a unremarkably remarkable man.  Gramps didn't care about money or what he had or didn't have...he cared about his family.  And when I say cared, he truly cared.  He didn't pretend to care...he really did.  We were his life.  My cousin's husband read the poem about the "dash."  That it's not the dates that matter on your grave but the the dash in between.  What people remember about your dash.  I wanna have a good dash.  I want to help people. I want to be there for people.  I want my dash to be remembered.  I want to be genuine.  I want to be authentic.  
 The kids handled the day very well.  I was so proud of all of them.

My gramps had a full honor guard at his funeral which was very moving.  We let yellow balloons go and each person got a yellow gramps fav. My brother took this pic of the yellow rose on the train tracks.  My gramps worked on the railroad his whole life after the military.  Such a simple but memorable statement.  That was one of the highlights of my week...seeing my brother, Joe.  He lives in Vegas and we don't get to see him a lot.  I was able to pick him up from the airport.  I sure do miss him.  It was just me and him when my dad left.  Oh how I wished he lived closer.  My kids adore him.  Griffin kept calling him, "that guy."  Joe made it to 3 basketball games for our kids while he was in town.  Thanks for coming, meant a lot to all of us to have you in the stands!

Funerals are hard.  You want to be happy because you know Gramps is in a better place, but you are so sad because life just won't be the same without him. He was my last grandpa.  He was the closest things to a dad I have.  He's gone and I can't wait until he greets me at the gates of Heaven.

 Over the past two weeks we had many many basketball games, dance performances, pep rally's and lot of fun!  Anything my kids are in, I love to be at.  I try to be at as much as I can for them.  I love to see them have fun and be with friends.  I love to see their school come together to support the basketball teams.

 Lanie and Abbie and Kenadie got to be part of a special Frozen dance during half time and at one of the pep rally's.  I made Lani'e costume for her the morning of the pep rally.  Nothing like waiting until the day of.  I may have had to use the blow dryer to dry the fabric paint 10 minutes before we had to leave.

I love that the winter is filled with basketball.  This is Molly's second year playing and Sadie's 1st year.  I help "coach" their school team.  And I use the word "coach" very loosely. Basically I stand there.  And I yell at my kids and try to support all the other girls.  Pretty sure neither one have a basketball future, but they have fun!  One of my most favorite things to see is the way all the girls support each other.  Even though Sads is still learning the game, there are a couple girls on the team that encourage her and help her.

The girls took 1st place in their basketball tourney last weekend which had to be followed with a celebration.  We had all the girls over after the championship game for a sleepover.  I may have seen them drinking soda for breakfast!  Yikes.... whoops.  Since there was no school on Monday I took the girls ice skating.  I had our babysitter watch the younger ones so I could just take the girls.  It was so nice to have that time with them.  They are wild and crazy, but just so darn nice!  

 After skating we headed to PDQ for a treat and snacks and then in to target so I could pick up a few things.  We came back home and did some major cleaning after all the girls left.  At one time, I counted 15 kids in my house alone with me...and I had to make them all lunch.  And....I loved every second of it....until they all left and I had to clean up!  I am so glad that my kids have such great friends!
Speaking up basketball, Gavin and Kenadie play C-team Bball at St. Paul's and they play upward Bball at Crosspoint.  They are crazy cute out there on the court.  Dan helps coach Kenadie's team and they are a bit hardcore out on the court.  You can see girls skipping to girls crying to girls stealing the ball to girls hugging.  It really is fun to watch.  Gavin's team had me laughing so hard this weekend.  If you are looking for great free entertainment on a Saturday I would recommend watching Gavin play.  His team is adorable.

Gavin is all business on the court.  He can be seen stealing the ball and being a ball hog.  He is also really good at pushing other kids out of the way to let the kids on his team score.    The team has boys and girls on it and it is just the cutest thing ever to watch.  Gavin is one of the shortest kids on the team and the best kid on the team at pushing other kids!  Whatever you do, don't correct him cause he will give you a dirty look!
 This blog is going on forever I feel.  Ok, I gotta wrap it up!  Molly and Sadie had a dance competition as well a couple of weeks ago.  They didn't place, but they did so great!  They had a very clean dance routine worked so well together as a team.  We are just so proud of all the girls.  We may not have placed because we didn't get "low" enough, but we danced for Jesus and kept it clean!  So so proud of these kids.

 Ok, enough already.  I addition to sports and activities and work I am preparing and prepping for upcoming Fridays at the Farm.  This past Friday we had our heart wreath session.  I'll blog on that tonight!  (I haven't cleaned up from that yet and I need to conquer that before I can blog about it!)  Someone that attended the class on Friday sent me this picture of their wreath.  LOVE IT!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Heart Wreath Session THIS Friday! Can you make it?!?!?!

We still have room THIS Friday for YOU!  Come join us and make this adorable heart wreath for valentines day!  Sign up located at the top of this blog!

On a side note...thank you for all you kind words/messages about the loss of my Gramps.  His funeral is Thursday and I am trying to focus on knowing he is no longer in pain and in a much better place!  

I have lots to blog about and not a lot of time right now....more to come tonight :)  

Friday, January 16, 2015

Saying Good-Bye

How are you supposed to say good-bye to someone that has just always been there?  
How are you supposed to just act like everything is going to be ok?
How are you supposed to try and hold it together while you are holding back tears? 
How are you supposed to watch your kids say their final good-byes to someone that has been so proud of them?
How are you supposed to walk out of a room knowing that is the last time you will ever see your grandpa alive? 
How are you supposed to watch your grandpa shake your husbands hand knowing exactly what he would be saying to Dan?
How are you supposed to watch your grandpa kiss each and every one of your children knowing full well that is the last kiss they will ever get from him?
 Yesterday was a hard day.  My mom had called really early in the morning but I had missed her call. As soon as I saw the call I knew something was up.  I returned her call and she told me that Gramps wasn't doing well and was going to be treated as a hospice patient.  I dropped the kids off at school and headed out to spend the day with Griffin and Gramps.  I sat there and listened to the hospice nurser talk him being in his final stage of his journey.  She pointed out all the facts that gramps was going to die.  He couldn't get comfortable.  You could tell he just wanted to go.  He was mostly sleeping while I was there.  On my way back to get the kids from school I called Dan and told him I wanted to take all the kids out there.  I drove back to Watertown to get Lanie from school then met up with Dan and we headed out to West Bend to say Good-bye.  I was surprised when we got there to find my Grandpa awake and giving out kisses.  He knew we were there.  He gave each of the kids a kiss.  He gave Dan a couple of firm handshakes like he always did.  I could hear him telling Dan what a good guy he is.  Gramps always told Dan what a good person he was.  Dan actually reminds a lot of my Grandpa.  Hard working and always taking care of his family.  We stayed for about an hour.  We all prayed with him.  We sang to him...he even tried to sing along.  He kept looking from my Grandma who sat right by his side.  When he kissed Gavin he made a smooching noise just like he always would have.  I am SO SO SO glad we took the kids.  While it was super hard to see him lying there struggling to get comfortable, the kids got to say good-bye and Gramps got to say good-bye to them.  I will forever cherish that hour as one of the best hours of my life.  I knew when I walked out that would be the last time I would see him.  I was torn between staying and remaining stable for the kids.  Gramps would have wanted me to stay with the kids.  So I did.  We headed back home.  My mom called a little after 2:30 this morning.  Gramps was gone.  He's gone.  He is dancing with all the pretty ladies in Heaven waiting for my Grandma to arrive when God calls her home.  We haven't told the kids yet.  We will after school.  It will be hard, but I am going to focus on how he is no longer in pain.  He wanted to go home and now he is in his forever home.  The next few days will be filled with mixed emotions and trying to focus on that.  My grandparents would have been married for 72 years this April.  71 years they were together.  Through the good and the bad.  Through the ups and the downs.  They had 32 great grandchildren, 10 grandchildren and 2 children.  What a legacy he left.  A true man of his word.  Always willing and wanting to help.  He adored his great grandchildren.  He would walk them around their retirement community showing them off.  They were his pride and joy.    I am beyond blessed that my children had Grandpa Fligge in their lives for so long.  He will be missed dearly.  Life won't be the same without him.  I am gonna miss my gramps like crazy.  Until we meet again, gramps...I love you.