Sunday, October 25, 2015

#StillwaterStrong

I'm sure you've all heard about what happened yesterday in our hometown during our homecoming parade. It's, sadly, something we will never be able to forget, and it's something that will replay in our minds every year as we sit, watching the bands and floats and old cars, but it will never be the same. It will never feel the same. 
I think I must have opened this photo up on my phone at least 30 times during the game, in between endless texts asking if we were okay from loved ones and friends all over the country. 


As I snuggled with my baby, all full of excitement and fun for the parade, hundreds of mothers were, too. How many of us have a photo just like this in their phones, capturing the happy day? 
And yet, minutes later, dozens of those photos became more precious than words can describe.
3 mothers, whatever age they may be, lost their babies immediately, a fourth, shortly after. Dozens had no idea one way or the other. 
No one knew if this could be the last photo of themselves with their baby. The last time they'd smile that way. The last time they snuggled up together in the cool morning with donuts and hot cocoa. Giggles, candy, kisses, little pistol fingers in the air.

It very well could have been us.
It very well could have been you.
It could have been anybody. 

Just going out to a family fun event,
and leaving without part of your family.

We have our nephews this weekend, and I am so thankful we are all together, all safe. I'm so thankful that God placed all the first responders, police, military personnel and medically trained citizens in the parade that day so the injured were cared for as quickly as possible. I'm thankful that Emma's best friend had crossed that very street only SECONDS before the car came careening through, and thankful that we will have answers from the driver in time. 
Prayer circles were all around the stadium.
The "walk" was silent this time, and when we got into the stadium, the flag was lowered half mast, there was a moment of silence, and planes did a flyover. It was a strange feel this game. Somber, but beautiful.



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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

And so it begins...


October around this house is insane. There's only four of us that actually live here, but throughout the month there's about a dozen different characters coming and going as the Halloween events come and go. Our first was the Mummy & Son dance. Evan and I have SO much fun at this one. His uber advanced dancing skills accompanied by my arm flab waggin' nae-nae canNOT be beat. I mean, we slay that dance floor like nobody's business. We look a fool, but that's what we do. Be yourself, right? Even if you're dressed as not yourself?
WWE's Seth Rollins and Brie Bella
And his skills don't end on the dance floor, either. This kid does a mean doughnut-on-a-string munching. He's the whole package. Back in the day, he'd be worth a dozen goats AND a llama!

We made a new friend at the dance that evening. And see DeadMau5 dancing back there? That's my brother, Brock. I mean, not really, but we pretended it was because we miss him living in town with us. :(
Ev's last home game was this past weekend. He's adorable, and I can't stop. He was in the local paper running the ball last week. It was precious. I wonder if Eli & Peyton Manning's mom sits there on Monday mornings clipping 2376439237 newspaper photos out for her little boys' scrapbooks...
The einsteins almost always had "sleepovers" on weekends together, but it's slowly becoming more sporadic. The other night, one of the Harry Potter movies was on and we put up the spare bed in our room and the 4 of us fell asleep watching it (as if we don't own every Potter movie on DVD and BLUray anyway?) But that's how it goes, isn't it? You never really think "I think I'm gonna watch the half-blood prince tonight!" and grab the disc. It's just the suprise of finding it on the GUIDE channel and flipping it on and hoping you didn't miss too much - even though you've watched it a zillion times? 
The next people that made it to the house of random characters were Dr. Oz and our favorite producer, Ali. (NOT the one that took out John's car during filming) Ha!
Walking to school in the mornings is getting more and more blissful. The weather is cooling down and the winds are blowing leaves and the deer are staying out longer and the sun - ohmygosh - the sun shining on all those golden leaves is like I imagine walking through heaven's central park would be. 
This is homecoming week! 
So, fall will bring family and friends and football and a whole lotta ORANGE POWER!!

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Friday, October 9, 2015

The Thirteenth Year

Dear Mr. Castro, 

It sounds ridiculous to say you're glad that you almost lost someone, but I really am. 
One of my favorite verses in the bible is Proverbs 23:26, which says 
My son, give me thy heart; And let thine eyes delight in my ways.
It's not a very common one, but it speaks so loudly in our life. I've always felt blessed that we've conquered obstacles. I feel stronger, wiser, and more faithful with every one of them, but most importantly, I feel that we gain sight. Leonardo DiVinci (and later on written on an Air Jordan poster in my room) once said,
 For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.
And this is true. 
I walk this earth with knowledge that you don't have until you have been there.
I walk this earth knowing that you could be gone.
That you could have missed her track meets and his football games.
You wouldn't have seen his first baby tooth fall out
or her first boyfriend.
You wouldn't walk her down the aisle.
You wouldn't teach him to change the oil or buy his first car.
and my world would be crushed and broken.

I could have lost the most important person on this earth to me.

But I didn't.

So I'll walk this earth with the sight He has given me.
I cherish every second with you, even if it's when you're a butt.
I thank Him for you every.single.day.

13!
 I often feel so sorry for people that walk by you, or shake your hand and say "Nice to meet you." with a nonchalant nod.
Do they even KNOW?! They're shaking hands with the most wonderful person!! Don't they know that this man of God is the hero to this family? The rock that house is built on? Our greatest husband and daddy in the world?!? 
And all there is to say is "Nice to meet you."?!? 

But, I suppose that's our secret, and super heroes don't go around showing their capes, right?
(Besides, the paparazzi would be going crazy, and we just can't have that...)
;)

Happy Anniversary to the one I cannot live without.
I love you more than you will ever know.

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Set Your DVRs!!

On Wednesday, you'll get to see me and the Great and Powerful Dr. Oz!
Here in Oklahoma, it's a morning show, so set those DVRs early or you'll miss the chaos that is Heidi! :)
Backstage, rubbing my hands raw...
More on that later... ;)
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