on tuesday evening i went straight to ann arbor, visited with my dear friend lindsay, had dinner at scott & melissa's and slept over at ashley & kyle's home. i babysat for scott & melissa's daughter, ava, from birth to 2.5 years old. i really loved (and still love!) her like my own daughter. she is now 4.5 years old and i can't believe how SMART and beautiful she is. it brought tears to my eyes to hear her say 'laura' (she used ot call me wawa) and love on her little sister. mmm! lindsay, ashley and kyle all ate dinner at scott & melissa's with me - which made it even more exciting :) i was also so excited to hear that melissa (ava's mom) is diligently seeking the lord. it brings me joy.
spending the night with ashley brought me back to our high school/college/post-college days of trash tv and junk food. it was fantastic. as i've shared before, the worst part about living in NYC is being away from my sweet girlfriends. boo. i became very sleepy after ashley rubbed my head for about 30 minutes.
i got to spend wednesday with my dad. last fall he moved into a little cottage on a lake in howell (see picture to the left - that's his backyard!) the weather was beautiful, as was the scenery. we got to barbeque in his backyard and eat lunch outside - it was so relaxing. i think i cry everytime i leave my dad's house - i hate that he is alone in that house and i really do miss him. since he lives about an hour and twenty minutes from my mom, i don't get to see him as much as i would like to when i visit home. i think jeff & i should plan a trip home to stay at my dad's house this summer. he would love that.
thursday was graduation :) i am officially a speech language pathologist - i can't believe it. it was so great to see my entire class, especially jen and heather. jen and heather are both getting married this summer, but unfortunately jeff & i can't make it home due to time-off and financial expenses. boo! both of my parents, grandma and peter attended my graduation - it was fabulous.
my mom's birthday was on friday. before she came home from work, i got to spend some quality time with my dear sister, sarah. sarah has been trying to get pregnant for over a year. she was even about to have a very expensive surgery next week so her doctor could maybe figure out what was going on in her body. PRAISE GOD SARAH IS PREGNANT! my eyes began to well up with tears when she told me (actually, her daughter, Eda, was wearing a shirt that said "im a big sister" -- so, Eda told me :) ) God is so faithful, so powerful. through sarah's struggle, God has really been changing my heart towards having children of my own. although i don't want to bear children anytime soon, i am starting to desire it more -- and realize that all children are blessings.
friday night, peter, zak & i took my mom to a little italian restaurant downtown. the food was 'ok'. we later met up with some of my mom's closest friends and sister at a bar in grosse pointe. it was so fun. i love to see my mom with her girlfriends -- they have been friends since childhood.
on saturday, mom & i allowed peter to partake in a very special experience: a pedicure. yes, it's true, peter got a pedi - and loved every minute of it! later that day, i went to have dinner with my dad - he made some delicious chilli and i watched 'matrix' for the first time. good time with dad, good movie.
on sunday, i went to hope and got to see so many people that i love so much. later that evening, we barbequed at our house for mother's day with my brothers and my grandma. delicious salmon, steak and asparagus. my mom is the best mom in the world - she is so generous and selfless. i hope i can someday be as good of a mom as her :)
yesterday, ashley and i met up at the mall. i bought a few cute dresses for our honeymoon to ARUBA on friday :) we are so excited! i had a great trip home, and am a little sad to be back in nyc - i am really hoping the lord calls us back there sometime soon.