Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Still here...

The warm winds of summer have been blowing early across Kansas, stirring up dust from dry fields and ushering in temperatures usually reserved for June.
The world has been spinning quickly, filling up my time since I last wrote. My daughter hippity-hopped across the stage in three performances, then said 'good-bye' to this year's play in anticipation of her first prom. Track season began for my son as he races in the mile; a 'high-profile-vehicle' running against the strong Kansas winds! I met up with my youngest step-daughter; a college sophmore trying to figure out her future as her dad and I joined her for lunch on a nice day off. We traveled down to Oklahoma for another daughter's wedding and watched as she stepped over the threshold to begin a new family of her own. Easter brought lilies and worship, colorful eggs, chocolate rabbits and a loving gathering. With teenagers in the house now, the Easter bunny skipped right over us, perhaps being overwhelmed himself with life's turns and busyness.
My prairie has changed from washes of gray to waving green wheat and blue skies, and despite the drought we are in, life is beginning anew. The past few days have brought five baby kittens as well as two new sheep: an FFA project for my sensitive daughter who will have a hard time selling them at the county fair. Life holds up her gallant chin...and time marches on.
Despite our hectic spring, my absence is really due to something else. Right after my last post, we lost our computer to a terrific electrical storm. Though I have access to a computer here at school, my time is limited. Most days, as soon as I finish in the classroom, I clock in for custodial work. Then it's home to family and chores. With many other financial obligations, it may be some time before we can afford a new computer and I can begin posting as I once did. I'm sad at the loss of my photographs and the luxury of both writing for myself and reading all of your wonderful posts. There's definitely a void where that colorful part once was.
Until it's resolved, I'll be filling my days with school and home, meetings and banquets, the loveliness of May and my son's 8th grade promotion. Thank you so much for remembering my "place" and for your kind and caring comments. I think of you all often and hope that the sun is shining brightly on each of your paths.
A hug and a prayer....I will be back.

12 comments:

martie said...

Lori I am so very glad to hear from you. Thank goodness the storm only damaged your computer and not any of you! We will all be here waiting to read what you post whenever you can. Take care and remember we all love you!

MAX said...

I hope you get up and running soon! To bad the Easter Bunny didn't drop off a new lap top. I loved your NY/Kansas post! Great pictures too.

naive-no-more said...

We'll definitely be waiting when you are able to return. Blogging hasn't been the same without you. I'll be hoping that life eases up on you just a little bit and that your absence here will be swift.

Hugs.

McSwain said...

I have been missing you, and just assumed you were busy. As you have been! Proms, weddings, wow. Hope you get a computer at home soon.

alan said...

Glad to know you and yours are OK; so sorry for your loss of the pictures!

I've heard more sirens so far this spring than all of last year combined...please be careful!

Thinking of you!

alan

Nelly said...

Whew! I was really worried about ya! Not that I'm glad about the storms and you losing your pc, but I'm glad that was the reason. :) Thanks for letting us know you are still around!

srp said...

I too was beginning to wonder if the storms had gotten to you. Sorry about the computer, but they can be replaced. Weddings in Oklahoma? Track and prom? What fun.

Networkchic said...

I'm so glad you posted...I still come here every day to see if you've stopped by. I love what you said about "life is holding up her gallant chin..." You are such a wonderful mother and I hope that one day your children revel in the gifts you have given them.

Jacqueline said...

Dear Lori! It's so wonderful to hear from you again and to know that all's fine except...! Hope you get a new PC and be back soon.

Thanks for sharing your hectic, yet exciting, fun and rewarding days in one great post!!

clew said...

You know I've been missing you so much, my dear friend! Hope you hurry back - I'm selfish that way ;).

Rebecca said...

We will be here anxiously anticipating your return.... Thanks for the wish of sunshine....one can never have too much. :)

Mellissa said...

Lori,

A very special surprise is coming your way...

Be on the lookout!!!!

Love U,

Mellissa