Hello, My Friends…

I have been very absent lately. For you, my fan, I am very sorry. Life just keeps getting in the way. But I’m here for a minute or two to give you a quick update of the last week or so.


About this whole depression thing – I have been on a very mild antidepressant for a little over a week now. I don’t know if it’s a placebo effect or if it started working quickly, but I can definitely tell a difference. Thank you again for your kind words and prayers. I don’t think I can ever express to you just how much they all have meant to me.


Last Sunday we celebrated a whole year with Sookie. Can you believe it’s been that long?? I can’t. Do you remember how cute and fluffy she was? If not, just check out THIS post. What a little cutie!! She’s not quite so little or fluffy anymore, but we still think she’s pretty cute.


Todd’s parents came in from SoCal Wednesday night to hang out with us for a couple of weeks. The kids are out of school part of next week and the day after Easter and now that the grandparents are here we have some good excuses to do fun, touristy things we maybe wouldn’t do otherwise.


Katie was in the Spring play last night. It was set in the 50’s and the kids looked so cute in their poodle skirts and such. I threw a pink felt poodle skirt sans the poodle together Sunday night. It took me about 10 minutes. And while I could have done much better if I’d taken the time, it still looked pretty cute. I mean, nobody could see that it didn’t have a waistband and was held up by safety pins.

At the end of the play some of the kids came out and did the cutest dance. Katie’s partner was a little – and I mean “little” – 7th grade boy and at the very end he jumped up and she held him. She’s not so big herself, but she was definitely the heftier of the two.

Afterwards we went to a diner with THE most fabulous desserts with our friends whose daughter was also in the play. It was a fun Friday night and sure beat sitting at home watching nothing on the TV!


Today was Easter Eggstravaganza 2009 at the church. Oh.My.Gosh. At this writing I have no idea how many kids were there, but I do know they had to park people on the street. The wind was gusting and it was cold, but it didn’t seem to keep anyone away.

The theme was Candy Land and all the classrooms were decorated as such. There were crafts and games in the different lands and really, it was phenomenal. We had a petting zoo outside and three different fields for egg hunts according to the kids’ ages. From what I understand, we used all of the 30,000 filled eggs in the hunts. We also had food vendors and cotton candy and popcorn — it was extraordinary. Oh! And guess what my job was. Coffee. Doesn’t that seem appropriate?

We have outgrown the building we’re currently in and it was originally built to eventually be the Valley Kids (our children’s ministry) building. So we are in the process – and oh, so close to finishing – our new building which is much larger and will eventually be the student building when our campus is completed in however many years. All that is to say it would have been awesome if we could have used the new building today – our food vendors were outside and the wind caused a few problems. But still, I was amazed at how smoothly everything ran today and how many people showed up. Awesome stuff, that.


I guess that’s about it for right now. My Mother-In-Law is cooking dinner tonight and I smell something really yummy downstairs. I think I must go investigate!!


  1. Cheryl on April 4, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Hello, My Friend,When I first went on anti-depressants, I was told they would not take effect for 3-4 weeks. I swear I felt a difference within the first week. I was not a “happy high” but just so much more even. I really hope they continue to help. I know they worked for me.Sookie is still so adorable. It does seem like yesterday when you brought this little fluff ball home. Love the pictures.I bet Katie was amazing in her play. I hope they give you a DVD to keep. I know you took lots of pictures.Easter tends to bring people out, kids love the Easter themes. Being in charge of coffee not only seems appropriate, but wonderful.Take care of yourself! Thinking about you, keeping you close in prayers.XXXXXXX

  2. Lynilu on April 4, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    The doctor who put me on antidepressants told me 2-3 weeks, but I noticed a change much quicker. When I asked her about it, she smiled and said yes, I should feel better, but for some it takes longer, so she always says the longer time frame to be safe.OH, sweet Sookie. I love her face. Such a pretty girl. Can you remember life without her? Life sounds pretty good at Chez Jen. I’m glad. 🙂

  3. His Girl on April 4, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Oh, I have missed you! I’m glad you’ve been doing well and keeping busy …. and that you took the time to come update us 🙂 been praying and will continue to do so xoxo

  4. Gretchen on April 4, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Yay you on all of this. From feeling better to the eggstravaganza to your MIL cooking for you. Life is good. Too bad you had to suffer for Jesus, though, making and serving coffee. :)xxxooo

  5. Becky on April 4, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    What a great update…the eggstravaganza sounds great, and they couldn’t have found a better Coffee barista.I’ll bet Katie was adorable (Hey, I’ve held up my regular clothes with safety pins before, lol.)Sookie, one year with your fam already? Doesn't seem possible!Having someone else cooking dinner sounds wonderful!Glad you're feeling better again! Hugs & Prayers!

  6. The Daily Bee on April 4, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    I’ve so missed you! I’ve been praying for you and thinking of you. Glad to hear you’re feeling better.Has Sookie really been around for a year? Seems just a couple of months ago when you showed her little fluff self off on here. Your in-laws are missing the awesome So-Cal weather! But I’m sure their loving the time with you all. =) Really, really, really glad you updated us.

  7. Spruce Hill on April 5, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Glad you are feeling a bit better!

  8. Suzanne on April 6, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Thanks for the update and I’m so glad you’re feeling better!!

  9. Cheryl Wray on April 6, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Wow! The Easter celebration sounds fabulous!

  10. beans on April 7, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    glad things seem to be looking up. slow and steady.i can’t believe sookie is all grown up. seems like yesterday that we were both getting new pups . . .sad that i have missed church the last week, and this week as we will be away.hugs to you friend. ohh, and i think the easter bunny may be bringing me one of the really neato new cups from starbucks. i am crossing all my fingers, toes, and paws!

  11. radioactive girl on April 15, 2009 at 11:09 am

    I’m so glad you are feeling better. I think Placebos work pretty well on me, but I am sure it is your actual medicine working on you even if you are having a slight placebo effect.I can’t believe you have had Sookie for one whole year! It goes so fast even for puppies!

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