It also seems like I was just announcing that my daughter was going to have a baby. We are now down to 8 or so weeks! That just doesn't seem possible. We still don't have one of the side rails for the crib she was given--it is still in the woman's storage unit. And I just can't seem to light a fire under my daughter to get her to call about it so we can have the crib set up and ready! I don't have the bedding made yet for the crib, nor the curtains and other accessories to match. Of course, I've just been able to find the first of the fabric pieces I'll need to make them. Do you know how hard it is to find space themed fabric that isn't cartoons? The remaining fabric I guess I will have to bite the bullet and order from somewhere online. The place I've found the fabric I like the best is http://www.fabric.com/. But now that I have some fabric I found at Wal-mart (and of course, its a fabric that Wal-mart has discontinued carrying!) I have to see if it will "match" or at least coordinate. And that's hard to do when you don't know for sure the colors in the fabric! OK OK I'll quit griping about it.
I'm proud to tell you that we are now expecting our 3rd grandchild as well. Dave's son, Zach and his wife, Amanda, announced that they are expecting and will be due in March. That will make 3 grandchildren in 18 months. I told our other two children (one of which is still in high school)--"Ok, every 6 months someone has announced they're pregnant. Neither of you need to be making that announcement 6 months from now!" Of course it wouldn't surprise us if we did get that notification!
I'm also proud to tell you that my expectant daughter is now engaged as well. Scott was so cute when he proposed (and if I can find the right file I will attach it here so you can see it). It was nothing spectacular, nothing over the top, but he was sincere and nervous and so excited when she said yes!
On the reverse side of all of this happiness, I need to express my grief and also my ability to rejoice at the loss of two of my former students. Yes I did say my ability to rejoice--as the fact that I know that they are both in the home of their eternal Father allows them to once again be whole with no limitations for them. They have no limitations physically, mentally, emotionally and they are now our own special guardian angels watching out over those of us that were family, caregivers, teachers, medical professionals, friends, and many that only had brief contact with them.
July marked the end of life for one of my students, Ralphael or known to us as Ralphy.
So these students become a part of me, like all my students do. Unlike most teachers that just have a student a year and then they are off to another teacher, my students are with me from anywhere from 1-10 years before they graduate. And I often try to keep up with them and their families after graduation as well.