Chronicling The Comerfords

Friday, May 20, 2011

Amsterdam Cafe Date Night

Thursday morning Ben came into the bathroom while I was in the shower and said "Hey Babe" and I rolled my eyes.  "Hey Babe" is usually followed by a statement that aggravates me "Does Amelia need to eat?" "Are you almost done?"  "Why don't you make some coffee?" "I will not be home until late" etc, etc....  Honestly, none of these require eye rolling but it is what I do.  Babe and Mama are two words I waited many years to hear and they are now two words that send me over the edge a few times a week.

Thursday morning "Hey Babe" was followed by "How would you like to go on a date with me tonight?"  I almost fell out of the shower.  "HECK YES I would like to go on a date with you tonight!"  I was told to be ready at 6 and he would surprise me.  He could have taken me to the Waffle House for all I care. Just the idea of him planning it all was enough for me.

At 6:00 the surprise got even better!  We went to Amsterdam Cafe where I had my favorite Crabcake Avocado sandwich and Goat Cheese Risotto.  They also made these fresh blueberry lemonades that were incredible.  We had a perfect dinner on the patio.

Funny story is that my Mother in Law and I tried to go to Amsterdam for lunch but there was an insane wait and we had to go somewhere else.  Funny how things like that work out!

I leave at noon to go get the little girl.  It has been a relaxing week, but I miss that little stinker!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

When Faith Becomes Frustration

As I mentioned, we are on a job hunt.  Most days we are very excited about the opportunities.  It is exciting to think about where God will use you next.  Will we be in the same town?  Will we be in the same state?  What will we think if we have to move?  Ben has by far been more faithful than I have during this little test in our lives.  He carries on like a job is in the future and I walk around like a worry wart.  I have him praying for me, so it is all fine! :)  He has gotten closer to God and I have beat my head against the wall.  I am slowly coming around and really there have been way more good days than bad days.  He was pretty unhappy in his current situation (great people involved but not so great of a job for Ben) and now he has that light back in his face.  There is no doubt that he is in a better place.

Searching for a job is a roller coaster of highs and lows.  Sometimes you think you have it figured out (and get excited even though you try not to) and in a split second it slips away.  It is on those days that it is hard to remember that our Master and Creator still has a plan for us.

I emailed a friend very, very frustrated with myself.  Feeling like I have completely failed this faith test.  I have been frustrated and bitter and a whole host of other emotions.  Just when I think I've got it together and am feeling good about something we get bad news and I'm back to square one.  To add to the frustration, I walk around the house with a man who is closer to God than he has been in a while.  That alone will drive you nutty.  I've always wanted a strong Christian man to lead our house, well, that I have!  It's funny how trials can pull one person one way and another in the other way.  I am SO thankful that Jesus provided me with a sweet, wonderful, encouraging husband.  And when I roll my eyes and refuse to listen to Ben, Jesus speaks through my always loyal and loving girlfriends.  Husbands are great, but I really have no idea what I would do without my girlfriends.

I hope my friend does not mind me sharing her email response because every single one of you need to hear it.  Life is rocky and sometimes we feel a little lost or disappointed in ourselves but you can not fail God.  Jesus is alive and living today through the people who love us.

You have not failed anything and certainly not at your Faith. I know I might not have all the details, but I can say with certainty, that is a lie the enemy is telling you. You can’t fail God, because God doesn’t expect us to win or even succeed without Him. You might see actions or thoughts as failure, but God sees them as a learning opportunities, and opportunities to show you His Grace, Mercy and unending Love. You can’t fail God. His plan for you cannot be thwarted by anything you do, think or feel. God already won it all for you, there is no failing in Christ!! You are having growing pains and that is ok, good even!! Someday, you will be able to impart wisdom and Grace on another person at some time in your life. It is okay to feel scared, God can handle your fear. It is okay to ask questions, God isn’t afraid of them. It is okay to feel sorry for yourself sometimes, God will use that to expose your wounds that need healing through Him.


You are a Princess Warrior. You are the Bride of Christ. God delights in YOU!!! Believe it and OWN IT!!!

My prayer is that every one of you has a friend that who loves you and speaks the words of Jesus to you.  I also pray that you are that person to your friends.  I pray that I am that person to my friends.

As I type this "Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing" by David Nevue is playing.  It is a wonderful instrumental version.  Check it out.  Hopefully this blog will be a blessing to you.  And hopefully and selfishly, the Lord will show us our next blessing and step sooner than later.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

February is For... Wait it is MAY!

Where in the world have I been?  When I logged in there was a blog that was still in limbo called "February is for Birthdays".  So, I've been a little busy.  Let's play catch up real quick...  Seriously, I am pulling out my momAgenda because February seems like ages ago.

In February I celebrated my 32nd year and Mom celebrated her 51st.  My birthday was pretty low key which was nice. But wait, it rained ALL DAY LONG and I felt like a drenched rat all day.  It did include a great lunch, shopping trip and a fun, fun dinner.  After birthday weekend Handsome Hubby cashed in his Christmas present and went to Denver to stay with a college friend.  February was also filled with Charity Ball meetings (we will talk more about that in March)
With Faris at my birthday dinner 
 And the Amazing Isa Meeks
 Happy Birthday Peanut Butter Pie
 With my name on it!
 Proof that the guys were there, they are just not as cute in pictures :)
I really do have some of the best friends a girl could ask for!!
In March we got stressed and dressed.  The beginning of March we attended a Chamber of Commerce black tie event.  I love that our little town has such wonderful events throughout the year.  One the 19th I chaired a Charity Ball.  I'm not going to say it was a completely terrible experience because I learned a lot about myself during planning the event.  I learned that I should never again chair a big event.  1. I do not delegate well because I feel bossy 2.  I get stressed out over the littlest things 3. You have to make a lot of decisions and every single one of them is going to make someone mad.  I really, truly think I stress less about raising my child and that is something I worry about every day.  It was a beautiful Ball and we raised over $30,000 for local charities.  I am very, very proud of the work my committee and organization did, but I think I am still recovering! ha Seriously, I could not have worked with a better group of girls and I met a lot of people that I would have never known otherwise.  It was an experience and I'm glad I was a part of it.

 And in all of this madness we kept a child alive! :)
 2011 Chamber of Commerce Dinner

 2011 JSL Charity Ball with The Connors
Me, The Mad Hatter and Alice at our Wonderland

After Charity Ball, I saw my shadow and went back into hiding for the rest of March.  I came back out in April.

April started off with a trip to visit some of my oldest, dearest and best friends.  We all got together to celebrate the upcoming arrival of our friend Sarah's little girl. Well, back up... My dates are running together and I did not log this event in my momAgenda.  At some point between Charity Ball and Sarah's shower Ben parted ways with his job.  This was a very good thing, but has added a little stress to our life.  Good stress I suppose, faith growing stress, but stress none the less.  And frustrations and a few arguments but a lot of love and a ton of support.  God had a plan and we are excited (an anxious) to see what it is!  So, seeing the girls the first of April was just what the doctor ordered.  There is nothing like getting around some good friends to put everything into perspective. 
We also went to a super fun Oyster Roast.  I do not like oysters but I LOVE a party with a theme!  I loved it so much we took a taxi home!

Mom and Sonny also came and spent a weekend with us in May.  We had such a fun time and ended the weekend with a trip to Callaway Gardens.

 Doesn't it look like my baby is talking to Jesus in the chapel?!

The came Easter week!  Monday Jamie came over and we all dyed our eggs.  She was by far the most artistic (which is one of the many reasons we keep her in our family).  Amelia thought it was "interesting" I guess would be an appropriate word.  She was super confused when the dye stained her hands and she could not get it off. 

 Daddy dyed Easter Eggs too but for once he was our photographer instead of me!

On Saturday we went to our church Easter Egg Hunt.  It was the first time in I don't know when that I have been to a big egg hunt.  It was divided up by age groups and there were games and hotdogs and all kinds of stuff.  Mom and Sonny and Nana and Pa joined us for the afternoon.  Amelia was kind of whatever about the eggs then she realized they had candy in them.  At that point she got serious!

 I love our little family!
 And this precious hunny bunny!

Easter Eve us four Easter Bunnies had a blast.  The guys supervised (aka had cocktails) while the Mama bunnies went to work.
 Happy Easter Amelia
 This is what Grandpa and Paw-Paw Easter Bunny brought!
Paw-Paw did a fantastic job on Amelia's toy box.  We will treasure it for years and years.  Who knows what that silly bunny will come up with next year.

 The Easter Bunny left his Bunny trail
"What's that?" She said
 Happy Easter!

I hosted Easter Lunch again this year but this year I served it on Grandma's china! 
It was very pretty and she was proud. 

Me and my Handsome Husband

The Royal Wedding of Prince William and Katherine was the 29th.  I was going to go but my schedule just got too, too busy. It was really neat though.  It aired around 4:30 or 5am here.  There were Royal Wedding Brunches in circles all over town.  Everyone needs to live a little bit of the fairytale wedding!

We are a few weeks into May, but I will save that for another entry since this little catch-up has gotten a little long.  So far May includes a dramatic toddler and an emotional Mama with the end of the first year of school.  We made it! :)