Thursday, April 23, 2009

Saying Good-Bys...

Tonight Cori's text was plain and simple. We are all moved out....with a sad blue frowny face. When she called and poured out her heart...I understood what she is feeling, sad about leaving Brett's family and friends, excited about the new adventure and possibilities. Maryville will be a great place for the Albers to call home for the next couple of years. I know Cori and Brett will make the most of their time there, making new friendships, working hard and getting involved in the community. I am so grateful both Cori and Brett are very outgoing...and of course very optimistic...their glass is over flowing .... There is a little spirit who is coming to bless their home...I told Cori....being a mom is the easiest thing....once they hand you that little bundle of joy...you instantly fall in love....all over again....As a mother that connection is life long and deepens with every experience we share with our children. There is something so right with wanting to check in with mom especially when Mom's can make everything so right. It's been so awesome to talk to Cori daily to follow her on this adventure.

Tuesday evening Ethan and I went to meet Griffin and Jackie downtown for dinner and a Diamondback Baseball game. Jackie's dad has 4 of the most amazing seats....5 rows up directly behind the Diamondback dugout at 3rd base....Seriously amazing seats....we had a great time. The evening was beautiful...It was so fun to people watch....and have the time to visit with Griffin and Jackie. We had a great time....

This week has been busy work wise. Hard in one sense as I have worked closely with families I know who have experience great loss. Again....saying Good by is so very hard.... Even with the knowledge of the Gospel, Plan of Salvation (Happiness) and all we have been taught as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints....Death is the hardest trial of all...In my opinion. Death comes in many ways prolonged sickness, sudden accidents, sudden health problems....each visit brings heartfelt questions to family and friends...Why? Why me? Why us? in light of everything I know and feel....the tears always come and my heat feels for the families I serve. I am so very grateful for the daily opportunity I have to not only acknowledge my numerous blessings but to embrace every minute, hour and day I have on this earth. I am so very blessed with my children and the relationships I have with each one of them. My dear friends who are my family...good health, a great sense of humor (which I also use daily) and an optimistic spirit...My life is always brimming over....

There is something very magical about great girl friends....that small inner circle of friends who really become your sisters.....the girls who unconditionally love, always support, are there to whether the storms of life, inspire, encourage and share an inside story, joke or laugh. I have been so blessed in the Girl Friend Department...Thank you up above!!!

Yes it's true...I do have a facebook page....ok...how fun is facebook? I am in touch with old friends, my kids friends, and family in Utah....it's been great to get caught up....it's so amazing to see the little ones I use to know grow into adults who are developing their gifts and talents and living their lives...and having children....a signal that the years pass quickly...way to fast.

I have never been one for saying good by.....I like to feel that the relationships I hold most dear to me are eternal in nature and lasting.....Leaving behind those you love means only miles...real relationships take root and continue to grow and deepen with time...and in every case distance. Love knows no boundary of distance, miles, days, months years....Love is the greatest gift of all...

Love is eternal....

Sleep well my little one....and take good care of your mommie and daddy.....

Grammy

Saturday, April 18, 2009

9 Weeks....with 30 to go.......

Cori and Brett have so much on their plates right now. Trying to organize moving away from Sioux Falls, moving to Missouri...Leaving their first home....moving into their new home...Many exciting adventures await....But there is a tinge of sadness in the air as well. Both Cori and Brett are leaving a home, family and friends... childhood homes filled with memories, experiences and a feeling of community...They will come to understand what a special home Sioux Falls has been. Their relationships with family will continue to strengthen and visits from family will treasured time.

Lloyd and Deb Albers have been so wonderful to Cori. I know how hard this will be for Deb to have Brett and Cori living away. The Albers are just good people. I know how excited they are for their family to expand...Grandchildren are the best....(so I have been told by most everyone I know who is a Grandparent.)

Cori called me yesterday to remind me she was 9 weeks into her adventure. She wanted me to promise her at 12 weeks the sickness would go away and she would get back to feeling human. We shared a good laugh I crossed my fingers and said SURE YOU WILL......

What memories her experience brings back...I smile when I think...I did live through my pregnancies...all 4 of them.....but at the time....I was sure I wouldn't make month 4....

I did sent Cori a care package of Ginger goodies....Hopefully the ginger will help.

This past week has been very busy for me.....yet in the midst of busy...came huge blessings....I am still a believer in late night conversations outside under the stars...with someone who you happen to think is pretty amazing....makes me feel more like 25 and alot less like 48....with the exception of my alarm going off at 5:30 am...brought me back to reality very quickly....feeling 25 is exhilarating....being 48 is a little slower off the start.....feeling like permanent snooze...

I will say the evenings this time of the year are why we all live in Arizona...warm, clear sky's, brilliant stars, orange and jasmine blossoms....

Its an evening out with my friends.....Will return and report later...

Carla

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Sugar and Spice....

Tonight I asked Kylie if she would use her sparkle and shin to help me in changing the look of my blog.....She is the very creative and talented one. As you can see...my landscape has changed...Thank you Kylie... I love the pink polka dot with the black bow....very Jackie Kennedy....

Kylie is feeling pink these days as she feels Cori will have a little princess....~Watch me dance, watch me twirl there is a Princess in every Girl~. Oh Thank Heaven for Little Girls....Think Pink...Sugar and Spice and everything Nice....There is no question little girls are divine.

As we have talked Cori has never mentioned leaning more towards pink or blue...Healthy yes....
10 perfectly formed fingers and toes, two eyes, one nose...hair would be nice....all though optional...I would lean towards blue blue eyes.....and of course gorgeous olive skin with huge dimples...and a contagious and adventurous personality....PLUS....

As I have shared this great news with my own sweet mom, she is just thrilled. She has told me many times ~Grand Children are God's Gift to love, spoil and send home with their parents~ Of course my cute mom is already concerned and planning a head by buying lots of diapers, soft blankets, undershirts, socks.. As I have blogged before...my mom is an underwear fanatic...you can never have enough underwear....(thanks mom!). She asks me every time I see her when the baby is coming...My mom was amazing with newborn babies...She had no fear of anything, especially the dreaded first bath.....screaming baby in tow...she would carefully place my baby in the kitchen sink and get started ....I was a nervous wreck....seriously....there were so many times I thought to myself.....if babies only came with instructions....and then I realized babies do come with instructions....a Grandmother....a mother who is seasoned...well trained, fearless, loving, patient and kind. There are precious feelings only a mother and grand mother can share....

It hard for me to get my arms around how quickly 24 years has blown by....I remember those grim days of feeling sick, being sick and wondering if I would really survive...and I did....The bonus of this new role for me is.....I get all of the benefits......and I am not sick, won't have the weight gain....and will leave the hospital feeling amazing....BONUS!!!!!! Life is good!

I was talking to my dear friend Laura....we decided it would only be right for her to also be present when our little soul makes their entrance. Laura and I have been life long friends, we have shared the amazing, wonderful, impossible, timeless, obstacles, heartbreak, birth, death, marriage, divorce and now....GRAND BABIES..... Cori is excited to have us all.....How fabulous...she has this brand new house with room!!!

Cori, Grama wanted me to tell you....she knows you will be a great mommy...and that you and Brett will take such good care of your little one.

For right now....I am not completely in the Sugar and Spice camp....nor the Snakes and Snails and Puppy dog tails....I am pretty much in the neutral gender camp...makes no difference to me....

A special note of thanks to all of you, who have checked in with your well wishes for Cori.....We have been blessed with such great friends......Your constant communication, well wishes and prayers have made such a difference ....Thank you...

Life is so good. I have been so blessed....I am so thankful to a loving Father in Heaven who has paved the way for my eternal family. There is nothing sweeter and more profound than the experience of creation and birth. Certainly not more humbling. The magic and sense of wonder a new life brings provides the encouragement to live strong, choose wisely and love unconditionally....

When I talked to Cori on Sunday I asked her....How are you feeling? and how is my Grand baby? what a wonderful sound to that question. Cori is starting to pack and getting into full time moving mode...she was tired...My grand baby was fine...just fine.

Cori and little one...sweetest dreams to you....

I am sending love, stars and pixie dust your way...

Love Mom

Monday, April 13, 2009

Progress!

Cori and I have decided to have an ongoing blog about her journey to Motherhood. I will be posting the first Ultra Sound photos in the next few days. Cori and Brett have taken a big promotion which will take them to Maryville Missouri. They have sold their home in Sioux Falls and will be closing in 2 weeks. They have bought a beautiful home in Maryville which will give them plenty of room and they plan to move in May 1st. Cori is taking care of the details up North and Brett is working hard down South. I know the separation has been very hard on Cori..Hang in there love!!!! Your almost there..... We are all so proud of Cori and Brett.

Cori called me very excited this morning she was successful in buying her first round of maternity clothes and everything is cute! Cori has been sick, which is no fun...but she was thrilled to hear that little heart beat....Cori reports she is being very careful to avoid being sick...which makes me smile....Good Luck...and yes Cori your Ginger care package is on the way... She is very tired....and feeling very much like her body is being taken over...(and it is)..She is find a good Doctor once she gets settled. It's so fun to talk almost everyday....Kylie and I are thrilled and looking forward to Diaper duty....ALOT......

This is one of those moments that is so special....a daughter getting married is one thing....which is amazing...fun....but to know your daughter is moving into Motherhood and will experience the most amazing emotions as this little one grows and develops is moving me towards ~speechless~. There is nothing more profound than the life you help create and bring into this world.....

Wendy, you are such a gem. I will share your good wishes with Cori. You have been so good to keep in touch with the kids, you are a good Aunt.......The kids love you!

Please share our blog with everyone in Utah....The next months will be very exciting..and ever changing....and we love to hear what is going on in your world.

I will be doing much of the blogging until Cori is settled.....we would love to hear from all of you....and your predictions....should Cori be thinking pink or blue?

She is making progress everyday!!! and getting closer to the day......

We love you Cori....

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Great Expectations.....in 2009

Dateline: Friday March 27, 2009.....Phone call from Cori Albers...I knew the minute I heard my daughters voice something was different, exciting and newsworthy. "Mom.....I am pregnant" Oh my.....I found my thoughts rushing back to the day I found out I was pregnant with Cori I was just thrilled I was going to have a baby.....The great expectations....sharing such wonderful news with our families....and then the 9 month count down. I was just thrilled.....What Fabulous News! I am going to be a Grandmother....for the first time.

Cori and Brett's good news...brought tears to my eyes as I reflected on my own journey..Oh how 24 years has flown by....Those days of Osh Kosh By Gosh and Esprit dresses, hair bows, everything pink for my little princess only to find out...she really loved her superman pj's and cape more than the crown. Cori will be an amazing mother. She has such a huge capacity to love and nurture. She is such a good homemaker and she has such a great support in Brett. My little daughter has taken that most important step in life.....Having a Baby....Their lives will never be the same....their lives will be filled with wonder, excitement, anticipation and blessings. Brett and Cori cannot even begin to imagine the emotions, tender feelings and blessings that will flow into their home. Those fat little fingers and toes, that amazing baby smell that will flood their home.....pink, blue, green, yellow.....sugar, spice and everything nice.

The next months will bring great changes, extraordinary feelings of wonder as your little one takes shape and starts to prepare for their arrival. Some days you will feel sick, most days so tired, everyday you will feel divine intervention as the miracle of pregnancy starts to unfold.

Time has passed very quickly....It's now your turn Cori...to be a first time mommy. Oh how lucky your little one is. You and Brett will be fine parents, you are an amazing team. I am so proud of you both.

November will be a month of great expectations. We love you Cori and Brett...and baby.....

Hang in there Cori....you will soon be with Brett, settling into a new world and new life. I love you so much and am there with you.....

Mom