Yesterday, Mr. Wonderful brought me the most perfect apricot-colored rose from our rose garden. The petals had drops of rain that sparkled and the leaves were the most perfect green. He even took the thorns off of the stem before presenting it to me. I believe it came from our Peace rose bush, but I am not sure how it bloomed in that gorgeous hue. It was a sweet welcome home for me. I carried it by it's long stem around everywhere with me for the rest of the evening. I am grateful that Mr. Wonderful planted four rose bushes for me, one color for each of the children: red, yellow, peace rose, and white.
The Love Magnet lost another tooth on the bottom. She immediately wanted to call her teacher Mrs. P and both of her aides. She misses them terribly. Every morning, my daughter asks me if she can go back to school. I'm grateful that she is able to experience these milestones. She was so thrilled that her tooth fell out at my parent's house so she could show Grandma and Grandpa right away.
I'm grateful that I could spend the entire day last Saturday with my mom and twin sis. Not for the retail therapy (although I was thrilled to get some items to decorate my home), and not for the lunch (although I loved the Japanese noodle bowl at Noodles & Company. You have got to try it!) It was just great to be together and talk. I rediscovered just how much alike Firstborn is to my twin sis' secondborn. Everyone understood my dry sense of humor so I didn't have to explain my jokes (Mr. Wonderful gets them, too. It's just the rest of the world.....) My mom kept hugging me. I've really missed my family the past few weeks.
While I was in Utah, I headed to my favorite music store, Day Murray Music. This is the place to find fabulous choir music. I asked the staff what was new and they showed me some great pieces. I was the kid in the proverbial candy store. I wish they would open a store near me. There is a gorgeous Christmas piece that is my music gratitude today. It's called He Left The Music Of Heaven by Michael Sharp. If you are in choir, have your director check it out. It is absolutely beautiful. Dr. Sharp, I am looking forward to exploring your other choral works.