It's been an eventful few days!
My birthday was Friday, May 6, and that evening after work, my hubby took me out to eat and gave me presents. It was a low-key evening of eating and talking... I loved it.
Saturday, we took a trip to the Boardwalk in Bossier City. We ate at Copeland's Cheesecake Bistro, where I found a new menu item to love. I'm a bit of a cheeseball in this department... I will continue to visit and eat at a restaurant until I either (A) find something on the menu I really like, and will then order that item every time I eat there from that point forward, or (B) have tried everything on the menu and exhausted all possible opportunities to find a favorite. If this happens, I just won't go to that restaurant anymore.
I have been to Cheesecake Bistro 4 or 5 times, and have always enjoyed the experience. But this particular time I did something I have never before done. I CLEANED MY PLATE!!! I decided to try a dish I had not ever eaten - the Blackened Chicken with Tomato Basil and Mozzarella Ravioli. It was so good I practically licked the plate clean. Our friend, Chad, who is the manager there came by the table to say hi, and Teddy told him I went through my dinner like Sherman went through Georgia. Nothing left. And I enjoyed every little morsel! After eating, we walked around the Boardwalk and shopped for a couple of hours. Fun!
Sunday was Mother's Day. It was a typical Sunday morning, early church service followed by Sunday school. There was not an evening service scheduled at our church Mother's Day evening, so we were able to drive to West Monroe and eat with Sweeter and Pops, Tina and Kent and Jon Michael. It was so much fun!
Yesterday was fairly low key, but contained an air of anticipation. You see, today was a very big day. Why, you ask? Because after two years and 4 months, my precious Punkin' had her braces taken off!!!
Ain't she purty?!?!?!
It's so hard to believe that my baby is so grown up. We had those braces put on her teeth when she was in the 7th grade. Five thousand dollars and just over two years later, she's now in high school with beautiful, straight teeth! She came walking back into the orthodontist's waiting room smiling from ear to ear... so happy! I am thrilled for her.
I am also so very grateful for my husband. When Emi and I first visited the orthodontist's office two and half years ago, I didn't know how I would pay for the braces. I trusted that God would help me, but the older Emi got, the harder it became to pay for school trips, doctor bills, cheerleader expenses, school necessities... the list even now continues to grow. Braces were just another thing I had to "figure out."
But then, somehow, God's grace swooped in and turned a bad situation into something beautiful. And now, 5 days shy of my husband's and my first anniversary, the braces are paid for and Emi's smile is glorious. Teddy has taken care of so many things for me in the past year. He told me he wanted to make my life easier. He has done that, but he's also done so much more. He treats my child as his own, takes care of me and takes care of her, too. I think it was 8 months ago (and 8 months ahead of schedule) when he said, "The braces are paid off." I was dumbfounded, and oh so grateful.
So, as I looked at my precious child smiling her beautiful, toothy grin in the waiting room, I said a prayer of thanks. And then we walked out arm in arm, with my smile as big as my baby girl's.