So here’s what we’ve been doing…

Wow.  That was a long break.  But it was a break we all needed.  We were so busy over the summer.  We took a 2 week vacation to Florida with my mom and dad.  The kids had so much fun going to the pool and the beach.  And they loved hanging out with grandma and grandpa.  Derek kept us so busy with soccer.  I have so enjoyed watching his love for the game come out.  He has always loved soccer and done well, but over the last 3 or 4 months, he has flourished.  He had practice or games 4-6 times per week.  That’s a lot of running.  But I LOVE watching him. He has just finished up his outdoor season and has already started his indoor season. No rest for the weary.  However, the time commitment is much less.  Justin took up tennis.  It is so exciting to see him finally find something that is his own and that he loves.  He takes lessons once per week and has so much fun.  We might just have found his sport! Carley is in gymnastics and loves it.  If you ask her, she is the best and has mastered everything there.  It is fun to watch her have so much fun at the gym.
School is back in full swing for the kids.  Derek is now a 5th grader, Justin is a 2nd grader, and Carley is a pre-schooler.  They are all doing very well and for the most part don’t complain about school.
Finally, many of you may not know, but Stef’s grave marker was finally set.  It was emotional to see, but it also was nice to finally have closure.  This also is a season that brings many, many firsts for us.  Stef’s and my 15th wedding anniversary would have been this Thursday, November 12th.  It’s the first one without him, and I miss him dearly.  Then, there is the obvious Thanksgiving and Christmas.  We’re wondering how we’ll do, but we also know that the Lord will provide some really special memories for us.  And finally, December 21st is the one year anniversary of Stefan’s passing.  I really don’t know what that day will bring.  So, if you think about it, please pray for us as we encounter these different dates.
Thank you to my amazing friends who have so diligently prayed for us this past year.  I have friends who travel 30 minutes EVERY Tuesday night after the kids are in bed to just hang out here with me at my house.  I love you girls!!  I also have 10 amazing friends who are providing one meal per week these next 10 weeks as we walk these “firsts.” What a help.  And thank you to that dear, sweet friend who has challenged me so much to stay close to God through out all this.  You know who you are and I love you for it.  God has truly blessed me with the best, best girlfriends.  They have shown themselves to be true friends that have stuck with me through everything I’ve gone through.

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4 Responses

  1. Hi Sandy,

    Glad to see that you and your children have found great outlets to focus on to help pass your time in time of Great Healing. It’s also great that you have wonderful friends to help you too!

    You and your family will remain in my prayers, especially with making it through the up and coming holidays, your wedding anniversary, and the anniversary of Stef’s passing.

    God Bless,

    Qiana Stephens

  2. Sandy, It is nice to hear how you are all doing. We will most certainly be praying for you all over the next several weeks, months and years.

  3. Nice to have you back on the blog, Sandi. Remember, Mom and I are here for you on all those critical dates that hold precious memories for you. We pray for you and the kids always. Have a good day. . . .

    Love ya, Babes!

    Dad

  4. Sandi, these will be hard days coming up for you and those beautiful children. We think of you and them everyday and pray that God will keep you as you walk through these difficult times. Life has away of pushing us along even if we do not want to go on. And Derek, Justin and Carley will surly keep you going. Hugs and Prayers to you all. Kathy and Bill

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