Saturday, January 1, 2011

SORRY TO DROP OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH.... AND HAPPY NEW YEAR

WE HAD A VERY QUICK DAY AND A HALF WITH GREG'S PARENTS WHO DROVE UP THE DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS. IT WAS A REALLY NICE VISIT, BUT WAY TOO FAST FOR ALL OF US. IT WAS LIKE THEY WERE HERE AND THEN GONE... WE WOULD HAVE LIKED A LITTLE MORE TIME WITH THEM.
THIS IS HOPE'S TYPICAL SMILE NOW... SHE IS REALLY HAMMING THINGS UP THESE DAYS. AND JOJO WAS THRILLED WITH HIS NEW TEDDY BEAR, CARAMEL, THAT HE GOT FROM GRANDMA AND GRANDPA HINTZ WHILE THEY WERE HERE.

THE HAYTER FAMILY, OUR UP STAIRS NEIGHBORS FROM THE SEMINARY, CAME DOWN FOR A FEW DAYS. WHAT A SPECIAL TREAT THAT WAS FOR US. THE KIDS HAD A BALL TOGETHER. IT TOOK ABOUT 2 HOURS AFTER THEY WOKE UP THE FIRST DAY TO HEAD INTO THE WOODS TO FIND THE INDIAN GRAVEYARD AND START BUILDING SOME FORTS... THE PARENTS ALL LAUGHED... FORT BUILDING WAS ALWAYS GOING ON AROUND THE SEMINARY CAMPUS. THEY WERE BACK TO THEIR OLD PLAYING WAYS. THE KIDS ALSO KILLED TONS OF TIME PLAYING BOARD AND CARD GAMES.


GREG AND I ENJOYED HAVING TIME TO CHAT AND VISIT ABOUT ALL ASPECTS OF LIFE WITH OUR FRIENDS. SO VERY MUCH HAS CHANGED SINCE THE DAYS THAT MARYANN WOULD COME DOWN AND HAVE TEA/COFFEE WITH ME IN BUILDING 4A... I REMEMBER SOMETIMES RETREATING TO OUR BEDROOM TO CHAT AT THAT TIME JUST BECAUSE THE APARTMENTS WERE SMALL AND OUTSIDE THERE WERE ALWAYS SOOOOOO MANY OTHER PEOPLE AROUND. THOSE WERE SUCH GREAT TIMES... I STILL MISS IT AND ALL OF OUR SWEET FRIENDS FROM THOSE DAYS.
WE HAD SUCH A NICE, RELAXING TIME THIS PAST WEEK. OF COURSE WE MISSED ALL THE FUN OF MY BIG FAMILY UP NORTH AT THE CABIN ENJOYING THE SNOW, FROZEN LAKE, ICE SKATING, GAME PLAYING... BUT I THINK GOD KNEW JUST WHAT MY BODY AND BLOOD PRESSURE NEEDED THIS YEAR....LOTS OF LAYING AROUND:)
MY IN LAWS WERE REALLY SWEET TO GET ME AN AT HOME BLOOD PRESSURE MONITOR AND THAT REALLY HELPS, IT GIVES ME PEACE OF MIND JUST TO BE ABLE TO KEEP A GOOD CLOSE CHECK ON THINGS. IT IS CLEARLY OBVIOUS WHEN I AM DOING TOO MUCH.
OUR TREE IS ALIVE AND WELL... WE PICKED THE PERFECT ONE THIS YEAR... SO IT WILL STAY UP FOR ANOTHER WEEK:) I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MUCH I LOVE TO SIT AT NIGHT WITH A CHAIR PULLED UP BY THE FIRE, THE CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTS ON, AND HAVING A CHANCE TO READ A BOOK. RIGHT NOW I AM READING 90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN... IT IS A SUPER EASY READ AND REALLY PRETTY ASTOUNDING AT TIMES... YEAH, I AM PRETTY SURE I WOULDN'T HAVE WANTED TO COME BACK IF I HAD THE CHANCE TO EXPERIENCE HEAVEN.... LIKE COMPLETELY SURE:)
WELL, I BETTER GET THE KIDDOS SOME LUNCH... I THINK I WILL TRY TO POST ABOUT THAT FAVORITE CHRISTMAS PRESENT THIS YEAR IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS... LOUIS AND I EDITED SOME PICS TO POST WITH IT:)


5 comments:

Stacy said...

So glad you had such a wonderful Christmas and New Year, spent with family and friends. You look wonderful and I love your Christmas picture.

Praising God that your blood pressure is staying under control and you have been able to rest.

As for the fort building...it is a mainstay around our home as well. The kids love to go in the woods and gather up sticks and odds and ends and build forts. Then they go out with their airsoft guns and have a war! Such boy fun. :)

Wishing you a healthy and joy-filled 2011 as you welcome your new gift from the Lord.

Much love in Christ,
Stacy

Tonya said...

I totally "see" the hootspa in Hope! Love it! I read 90 Minutes in Heaven after my mom died. It brought me much comfort and I recalled it many times after Grady died. No, I would not have wanted to come back either. Happy New Year! Off to read your newest post.

Love,
Tonya

Rachel said...

Sara,
I'm sitting here nursing my sweet little redhead while reading your blog and just had this overwhelming sense of the presence of the Holy Spirit concerning you and your (possibly redheaded) son. I had a vision of you cuddling and nursing him and just felt so happy for you and all that lies ahead. May God grant you incredible peace in the weeks until his arrival.

Anonymous said...

happy new year to the hintz family!!

thanks so much for the christmas card. i LOVED the photos and noticed all the sweet details like the teddy bear, anna's hat and how she has her knee bent, greg's hand on your tummy....so cute.

yes, it would be nice if i had a blog. a bit intimidating to me. how about if you find a surprise letter in the mail soon? well, okay, it's not really going to be a surprise anymore, is it? but you will be updated nonetheless.

may 2011 bring you many blessings, love, and joy.
connie

Carolina said...

Great post! Love reading your updates and so glad baby Hintz is growing and doing well. Wishing your family a very happy new year!!