Good Monday Morning, friends and fellow bloggers! Did you guys in the midwest get the storm that we did last night? WOW. Dad, Cohen and I drove to Grand Rapids yesterday to visit Shawn and look at some houses, and then we came back late last night..and there were CRAZY WINDS here in Ohio! My yard is full of tree branches…my parents lost a trampoline (must’ve gone pretty far!), a garage door, and about half of the shingles from their roof (to which my dad said “great. seriously I have been wanting to put up new shingles and your mom didn’t see the need- now she will” *grin*)
Shawn looked tired. We had only 3 hours with him to visit and hug and make over Cohen’s curls, and look at a few places. He got in at the airport at 4p and is leaving this morning to drive to Nashville (about 12 hours from GR) So he squeezed us in between packing and counting and doing laundry when I know he wished we could’ve just relaxed together and snuggled Co. But that’s just the way it is sometimes. We went to The Flat River Grill and Co amazed the waiter who had never seen a toddler eat as much as Co can.
I don’t know if I have told you this or not, but Co is way small for his age. He’s almost 17 months old and he weighs 19lbs. He’s a short little thing. Of course in my family to be 5’6″ means you are practically a giant! And Shawn wasn’t even 5′ when he started High School (although he’s just shy of 6′ now) so maybe there is hope for Cohen yet. Still, he eats NON STOP. I am not kidding… one day I counted up his calories and he ate of 2000 calories- and he weighs 19lbs! I know that metabolism didn’t come from me…*grin*
I know you are all dying to hear about Co’s eating habits and that this is probably the most interesting post ever and that you’d hate for me to change to subject to something else, but… I must. *grin*
So we saw the school house and it has great potential but when the realtor wrote that it was a “blank slate” he wasn’t kidding. It was raining and when we went inside, the rain only let up a little. So although the original hardwoods are there, they needs lots of work and the roof needs replaced and basically everything else needs constructed. The building itself is solid and the foundation is good and the yard could be enchanting. Its a “maybe” and we will keep it on the short list. We went and looked at a much more practical ranch style home too that we’ve seen before. Its also on the short list. Its three times the size, doesn’t need remodeled, and has a nice space for Shawn’s studio, but for me I just like the idea of something OLD. Its so not practical for me to want a place based on romanticism, but that’s just who I am…
Its lots of work? Its a virtual dump? Its old? It will require a totally new vision and hours upon hours of elbow grease and sacrifice? PERFECT.
So who knows, maybe we will rent awhile first? Everyone who is rooting for us (esp. my parents and Pastor Jason) are encouraging us to hold off anything stressful for awhile and since completely renovating a house- or owning a house in this economy!- is exponentially stressful, renting might be the wiser move.
Which, of course, I am fine with as long as we can get a dumpy, old, above the cute little quaint Main st kind of place that requires vision and lots of elbow grease. *grin*
This post is traveling all over the place…so bear with me, friends.
Did you all know that I have been raising pocket beagles? Well I have been for the last couple of years. So we’ve got lots of small beagles at my house. And by a lot I mean around 20 (including baby puppies)
As much as I have loved having puppies and a little herd of pocket beagles (they are the most amazing pet, by the way and we do have just one left..hint, hint) we so need to simplify our life as we transition back to living together. So this week I sold all but three of my pocket beagles to three other Christian women I know who are raising them to help their families financially. I am still going to run the website and be part owner of them, but they won’t be living with me. Its sad in a way and freeing in another. Puppies are tons of hard work.
Because of the way things were in our marriage from the beginning (like day 3) I would never imagine that I would be thinking about traveling with Shawn again, but I am. We tried it when we were newly married and I didn’t even last one full tour. About the only way that Shawn and I are similar is that we both like to be in control… So I was used to traveling with Beth and doing merch and all of the details and he was used to micro-managing all of those things on his tours. And we didn’t do things the same way. So he felt smothered by my attempts to help and I felt unwanted when he wouldn’t make a “space” for me on the road. We both took it all personally and just opted not to work together anymore. And since we often couldn’t get along when there wasn’t the stress of the road and traveling together, it seemed ridiculous to reconsider the idea of being together 24/7. But things are really changing and we are reconsidering a lot of things.
So who knows? Maybe Cohen and I will actually get to meet some of you at shows in the future…
Well I need to get back to supervising the 3 hooligans in my living room, but I wanted to leave you with a few funny photos… Mom knew I had gotten in late and that my house was a wreck from the baby pups that are living in my sitting room and the tornado that is Cohen. So she came by and brought Joe and Josh and the 3 of them helped me put my house back together.
At one point, Joe had the broom, Josh had the sweeper, and Cohen was pushing around the old swiffer, looking very much like a working man. He was wearing his backstage pass with his name on it that he got from Shawn’s last tour (he wears it often) and look hysterical. I wasn’t able to get my camera before he abandoned his pass and the swiffer, sadly. Anyway, here are some pics of my hard working little Cinderellas as I called them. Josh quickly corrected me “we are Cinderella mans”
Oh, naturally… my mistake.
Have a blessed day, friends.