September 24

I was looking through some pictures from my phone’s saved “cloud” stream again because I had an issue with my phone battery and had to get a replacement phone. Now for some reason, the photos won’t download from the cloud back to my phone. It looks like they are trying to load but aren’t visible, even after a couple weeks. So I’ve been looking through to see if I even need that to happen or if I can stop the process and quit worrying about it. Silly concern, I know, but I’m only worried that the attempt to download is eating up my phone’s battery life. At any rate, as I went back through photos, I realized that a lot of the ones I really like are the funny ones my kids and I have taken together, especially the insanely awkward and unflattering ones. They immediately bring back the moment we were in when we took them. I’m thankful tonight for those memories and for the amount of laughter we still have, even on the stressful days.

April 18

Good Friday. And it was a good day. The weather was beautiful. I started the day by running on the bike path with my girls at 8:00 this morning and ended it by spending time with some girlfriends who came by for dinner. Because they hadn’t seen me since my dad passed away, they wanted to stop by but not have me play hostess. Therefore, they brought pizza and snacks and wine. We sat around my kitchen island and had a wonderful evening of talking and laughing. They even brought me flowers to plant in my garden and stepping stones in memory of my dad. Such a beautiful, thoughtful gesture. I’m truly blessed to have several groups of friends, all special in the different ways they enhance my life.