Hello, blog readers! I hope to blog about my latest happenings and my thoughts about various subjects, in no particular order--beginning right now. If I could blog while I ran, I would be in business! Running with my husband or with friends is excellent therapy, but running alone (outside, not on the treadmill watching DVDs) is when I clear my head. And it is also when I think of all the things I want to blog about!
So, on to my spontaneity!
Last Friday morning after Jimmy left for work, he called me and told me to go see Olivia! We all have been missing her terribly. This has been the longest that I have not been with one of my children! Olivia is adjusting well, and she really loves her college. But, the school part of it has been stressful. Of course! In fact she said that if she didn't have to take tests or write papers for a grade, she would love everything about college. Ha! That sums it up for all of us!
Anyway, I hesitated for about 2 seconds and then I said sure! I will buy my plane ticket right now!
So I did. And three hours later I was headed to the airport. I rented a car upon my arrival, and I got to campus just as Olivia was returning from her Friday night XC meet. I was super sad to miss the meet, but there was just no other flight for me to take at such short notice.
Olivia and I spent three delightful nights together. We stayed up till midnight the first night and 1 AM the next two! And I got up at either 6:30 or 7:30 the mornings after the 1 AM nights. I was exhausted. I am too old for college hours!
Our weekend was pretty uneventful, and I loved every minute of it. Olivia studied and wrote her 1000 word essay that was due Monday. I proofread the essay (referring to her college textbook for punctuation questions), and called out her study guide to her. It was nice. While she wrote or studied, I tidied her dorm room, washed her clothes, bought her some groceries, fixed her lunch, and just sat beside her and read a book. I so enjoyed just looking over and seeing her sweet face in person.
The church where she placed membership was holding a weekend gospel meeting, so we attended church services Saturday night as well as twice on Sunday. We also attended a potluck. I was so happy to meet all of these fellow Christians, and to make sure they were looking after Olivia! :) All of the young people wanted to meet "Olivia's mother". It was so much fun!
We talked and texted with the family back home all weekend. They all ran a race on Saturday, and we enjoyed hearing all about that. Jimmy and Julie did an excellent job of running the household while I was gone. They bought groceries and cleaned the entire house Sunday night so it would be clean when I got home Monday afternoon. What a fabulous family! They also attended the MSU football game (they were spontaneous too!), and Julie packed a full picnic for the family to enjoy. She also kept up with the laundry.
I am so grateful for my family. I am thankful that they allowed me to visit Olivia (which she I both needed so badly), and that they were so willing to take care of things back home.
We have a chalkboard in our kitchen, counting down the days until Olivia comes home for the weekend. It's just around the corner! In fact, she's coming home twice in October, Thanksgiving, and then for Christmas break.
I still can't believe that I have a child in college!