Thank you so much everyone who left me such kind, supportive comments on my last post and who wrote me such warm, encouraging emails. They meant so much to me, far more than you could know -- it's just another proof of God's loving presence in my life. With such experience and revelation come a wonderful uplifting, and reassurance of God's faithfulness.
I was just telling my husband last night how much I love his mother's cheerful, optimistic, genuinely sanguine attitude. Once, she almost died from a terrible infection, but even through the long days of being in hospital, in pain and the doctors unable to come to any conclusions, she remained calm and unworried, listening to music on her little radio, and chatting just as usual to anyone who cared to.
Referring to how people either have a glass-half-full or half-empty approach to life, my husband says she's the sort who, even if she had just a quarter of an inch of water left in her glass, would still happily say "Look how much I have!" I really need to learn from her -- I think I am, bit by bit, by God's grace.
However, I did not intend this post to be entirely serious and reflective; while I have some free time now, I thought I'd also share with you some fun stuff the kids and I had been up to -- yay! For one thing, they finally got to see Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera!
There they are at the top, all-dressed up in their silk dresses -- I hadn't told them I was bringing them to see Phantom, despite the continual begging to for months; that night I told them we were going to a friend's wedding dinner, which they bought (in fact, I think they were rather looking forward to doing that).
Now this is what pure happiness looks like.
The place is humongous -- I'm always impressed by this gigantic "fountain" called the Rain Oculus.
Nothing quite like a sad little monkey with cymbals to bring on every poignant memory you've ever had. Read more here!
And Ro doing hers.
A hotel mirror portrait with Becky almost two years after this one. Yeah, I'm pretty set in my sartorial ways.
The kids always welcome a swim.
All wrapped up afterward.
Another mirror portrait, this time with Ro. You can see my super fashionable thumb splint here!
Feeling luxurious with complimentary drinks after an awesome time out.
Home after a hard day's shopping (I wanted to put the word home in quotes, but Becky said don't).
Our feelings whenever it's time to go. We'll be back though -- we'll be back!!!