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Opportunity

On Fridays, at thegypsymama, we write with gusto, unselfconscious and flat out.
What can you write in five minutes flat?


1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community.

OK, are you ready? Give me your best five minutes on:
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Opportunity…The wedding tent is up.  The tent is decorated....beautifully with decorations we made ourselves.  The rehearsal went well and the dinner after was good.  The bridesmaids' dresses are steamed and hung by the bridal gown, also steamed.

Tomorrow my daughter has an opportunity she will never, ever have again.  She will go as a virgin down the aisle to meet the man of her dreams.  He is the man we have prayed for and she is the girl his parents have …

Happy Birthday

Dear Suzanne,

21 years ago today you were born.  I remember it so clearly, it hardly seems possible that that many years have passed.   Labor started right after supper and we left for the hospital around midnight.  Everything progressed well, but when it was nearly time for the delivery, I told the doctor I couldn't do it.  Daniel's birth had been so difficult and I knew I couldn't go through that again.  The doctor brought his stool up to my head, held my hand, and gave me a good pep talk.  He told me the baby was coming no matter what and I might as well work with him and the contractions.  He convinced me, and not much later, you were born.

You were bald, but with a perfectly shaped head.  You were absolutely beautiful.  You started sleeping through the night almost right away.

When you were three months old, we went back to Niger.  Somehow the flight and jet lag messed you up and you quit sleeping through the night.  I don't think you really slept through the night u…

A Gift from God to get us through the week

We're in the final countdown for wedding week!

Last week we got a lot done.  We worked more on the wedding favors, got the programs printed, and got some items for a kids' table we're going to set up.  I also baked over 200 mini brownies. We got Suz and Theo's stuff moved into their apartment, and their kitchen set up. Best of all, John arrived from England.  We spent one day getting new glasses for him (he won't actually get them until after the wedding),and a new suit, shirt, and shoes.

Friday night we went to a little fair at the Catholic church that can be seen across the fields from my parents' house. On the way back, God treated us to a magnificent sunset. And John was so jet-lagged he just sat in the middle of the road (a cul de sac, really), waiting for me to take these pictures. He's so patient with me sometimes!

This week will be crazy busy with all the last minute details, but it's going to be a gorgeous wedding!

You Might As Well Laugh

On Fridays over here a group of people who love to throw caution to the wind and just write gather to share what five minutes buys them. Just five minutes. Unscripted. Unedited. Real.
Your words. This shared feast.
If you have five minutes, we double dog dare you to spend it writing here at TheGypsyMama.

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Please visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments.


PERSPECTIVE
There are a lot of frustrations where we live.  The power goes off frequently.  The internet is slow and we've recently gone through a period where we don't even have internet for hours and even days at a time.  Interruptions are frequent.  There are no easy fixes and every thing takes more time than you think it should.

At lot of what happens makes for good stories.....later.  While it's happening, though, it is just plain old frustrating.  So I'…

My First Attempt at Quilting

I just finished my first try at making a quilt. I learned a lot as I went along, but I also realize that I really need to take a class or something!  So many things just weren't right and I didn't know how to make them right....I just knew they were wrong.  But I like the colours! The squares are made from African fabrics, the purple is plain cloth that can be bought in any Nigerien market, and the back is a queen-size sheet.  The quilt is queen-size.
Thankfully, unless you look closely it doesn't look too bad. And it will keep Suz and Theo warm in their basement apartment on cold winter nights when the Ohio wind blows.

I'm almost ready to put together Daniel and Kelly's, but I think that will have to wait until after Suzanne's wedding.

Five Minute Friday

Joining in with Lisa-Jo for another 5 Minute Friday...On Fridays over here a group of people who love to throw caution to the wind and just write gather to share what five minutes buys them. Just five minutes. Unscripted. Unedited. Real.
Your words. This shared feast.
If you have five minutes, we have a writing challenge <—click to tweet this!

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Please visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments.

OK, are you ready? Facebook chimed in last night and overwhelmingly voted for a prompt either about mothers or Mother’s Day. This was one of the suggestions and I love that it can apply to any and all, mother or not. So please give me your best five minutes on:
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Identity…What is my identity?  Personnel coordinator at work, wife to a good and godly husband, mom to two adult children, and in just a few short weeks, mother-in-law…

We Will Shout for Joy When You Are Victorious

Saturday was Theo's graduation from Cedarville University. 

The ceremony was nice with Franklin Graham as the keynote speaker.  What he said was really good, but he only spoke for seven minutes, so I personally felt a little let down.  I guess short is better than way too long anyway.







Theo's dad, mom, two brothers, a sister-in-law, nephew, niece, Suzanne, Suzanne's uncle (my BIL), and I were all there to watch his big moment.  We were so far back that I don't really have a good picture of receiving his diploma.  His aunt teaches at Cedarville, so she is also in these pictures.

Afterwards, the leaders of the Discipleship Council that Suzanne served on this past year, opened their home to all the graduating seniors and their families.  This picture was taken of this year's DC with their special friends, as well as some members of last year's DC.  I was taking to one girl who didn't seem to know Suzanne very well.  I thought it was really strange because they…

Let the Wedding Preparations Begin

Well, I guess I kind of forgot about the April photo challenge.  Oh well!

Suzanne is finished with all her tests and projects, so now we can get on with wedding preparations.










Last Sunday....in the midst of preparing for finals and final projects....some of Suzanne's friends had a shower for her. It was a surprise, and Theo and a friend of Suz's did all the work for it. She was really surprised as she thought she was going out for supper with that friend. 


Theo is definitely a keeper!


Today we made chai mix which we are going to use as favors for the guests. After mixing all the ingredients, we ran it through the blender to make it a nice consistency that dissolves easily in hot water.  We made a double batch and used all that, so I made one more batch after Suzanne went to work.  We wrote on all the bags and filled them. We'll tie them with ribbons later on, since the ribbon is at Theo's house in Michigan.