Saturday, December 13, 2008

Well yesterday I turned.....38! Closer and closer to 40,lol! I actually had it off from work and so did Ben which is amazing. We went to Opelika and did some Christmas shopping and then he took me to the Olive Garden for dinner,mmmm! I got home and Caitlin had made me a german chocolate cake for dessert :) Thanks to my best friend in W VA for the card :)

I have been down the past couple of weeks....I guess it's the upcoming holidays and as always missing Matthew. I broke down in church last weekend. The sermon was alittle to close to home for me but I do have to say that the church we are going to is wonderful and a lot of the ladies knew it would be hard for me and surrounded me with love and prayer after.

I do hope that you all are doing good...I think of you all often. It's hard when we don't have internet and I can't connect like I want but that is going to change soon. We are catching up on bills and got Ben's little truck paid off :) We were behind when we both weren't working but thankfully we are and getting some extra hours. There is a lot of plants in our area that are shutting down and many people are out of jobs right now. It's so very hard! I'm just thankful that Ben and I are in the industry were they need people.

You all take care and stay warm! Sending you all hugs :)


Lisa said...

Gretchen, always nice hearing from you, I'm glad you had a good birthday, did you get the card from me ? Hugs Lisa

Chrissie said...

Girl I wondered where you were. I loose everyone on this stupid blogger. I need your new addy I want to send you a Christmas card. I don't need one in return. I had your old addy and I knew you moved, but didn't remember where you were on here. My email addy is now
Well happy belated birthday. I'm happy to got to do some shopping and had a nice dinner. How sweet you got a cake.
That is only normal to be down now and missing your child. I have been missing my grandparents and parents badly here lately and this happens every year around this time. They just always made Christmas and holidays such a big family thing and I guess thats why I think of them more around that time.
I am glad you are both working now. Times are so hard for everyone. If Toyota closes down over here I will be in trouble too because that is how all my bills get paid.
Take care and Hugs, Chrissie

Terri said...

Happy belated Birthday Gretchen!!!


Anonymous said...

Aww Bless your heart honey.. Sending you Loads of Love an Prayers to you all.. And as always I'm here for you any time you need me..
Loads of Love,

Monica said...

Happy Belated Birthday! It's always good to hear from you when you get the opportunity. I also understand getting bills paid and being out of work can really set you back. I'm glad you are getting back on your feet and have also found a good church.

Thinking of you!


Carlene Noggle said...

Finding a good and caring church family will help you more than you realise. I know the holidays are sad and just know that I am there for you in spirit. God bless you, Ben and the children.
love ya,

Carlene Noggle said...


Wendy in Oz said...

Awww.... Happy Birthday! I'm glad you had a good day. So happy that you have found a good place in your church with loving and supportive people. Now, don't forget to post the receipe for this German chocolate cake.... it sounds devine!!!!

Thinking of you


Wendy in Oz

Arlene (AJ) said...

Gretchen, so good hearing from you, was hoping you all were doing well. Happy Belated birthday dear. Know the holiday is tough when you've lossed a loved one, but know Matthew's in God's care and he's happy. How wonderful that the ladies from your church are there for you dear. Take care, bless you all. Hugs being sent back to you.

Christy said...

Sorry I'm late here. Praying for you and happy Belated Birthday too. So glad you have a good church family to love you through it all, good, bad, easy, and hard.

Anonymous said...

If I don't get back on here till after Christmas, I wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas Darlin and to all your readers.. My thoughts wont be far from you all..
Much Love Always,

FrankandMary said...

Now I really wish I'd read that before today. HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY. COUGH 38. :-)

FrankandMary said...

Yikes, sorry you did turn 38....I confused you for a second with Jackie(bamawmn) and errr coughed!
Sorry. Happy Birthday~Mary

Jimmy's Journal said...

Dad was from Alabama and Mom was from North Carolina, but I'm glad they moved to Miami. Brrr!

Happy New Year.

aims said...

Hello! I'm a new vistor to your blog. I saw your link in another blog I read and "Bama" caught my attention.
We live just south of Birmingham.

A Happy Belated Birthday to you!

Have a happy and blessed new year!