We had a wonderful weekend. I'm talking a smiling, laughing, repeatedly saying I'm Blessed kind of weekend. It started with dinner with some good friends and their two great kids on Friday night. We hung out for a long time (thanks y'all for having us over), ate good food and enjoyed being around each other. Late Friday night my parents got into town. We stayed up late talking and then went to bed to start an early day on Saturday. Saturday we were up bright and early to start painting (yay/boo). Yay because it was finally going to be done. Boo because I hate the detail work of painting and that is what was left. This is the reason my parents came down, so my mom could help me paint. She started on the hallway doors (all 6 of them) while I started on window sills in the living room and baseboards. I also taped and painted the picture frame molding. We painted 4 more doors (10 total) and all the baseboards. Then we had to call it a day!
Why, you may ask? We were going to meet D and A (now known as Destiny and Adrik)!!!!! I couldn't wait to see them. I hadn't seen their sweet faces or given them hugs in what seemed like ages (even though it was only about 10 weeks). They were running late but I didn't care. When they got to where we were meeting Adrik was initially hesitant to go with us. His parents then drove him to the bowling alley and his mom came in for a few minutes and then snuck off so he wouldn't get upset. He ended up having a great time with lots of belly laughs and silly 3 year old boy antics. Destiny was so so happy to see us. We had such a good time bowling together and playing arcade games. We met my parents at Chili's for dinner where the smiles and laughter continued. I honestly can't say how many times I thanked God for those moments. It was so good to see them doing well and to be able to love on them again. The evening came to a close too soon, just like it always does when you are having fun, and we had to say goodbye. Destiny wanted to come home with us but she couldn't this time. We are making plans to see them again soon. This time hopefully they will stay with us for about 24 hours. I am so so so glad that their parents are allowing us to spend time with them. I love those sweet children. Here are some pictures of them so you can see how beautiful they are (since they aren't in care anymore and I have permission from their mom).
Sunday was more painting. This time I climbed up and down the ladder about five billion times to paint the crown molding. We touched up a few areas and it looks AWESOME. My mom, and sometimes Jonathan, helped me with a photo hanging project (she's awesome at hanging things on the wall). I will post a before and after post soon. I need to finish up the picture project before I share. Hopefully I'll be done with it tomorrow :) I also helped my mom make laundry soap. I've been making my own soap for almost a year and she wanted to learn how. Tonight, Jonathan and I went on a date to the movie. We saw "The Odd Life of Timothy Green". I highly recommend it. It was heartwarming and funny. A good family movie.