Sunday, November 14, 2010

Project 365-Week 46

Just when I thought a week could not get longer, this one did. I have put in over 50 hours at work this week and am exhausted in a way I don't think I have ever been. Again, thankful for provision and selfishly wondering if I can pray for it minus the exhaustion! :)
Here's a peek at the week.


It finally happened. I missed a picture today. Well, only one so far for the year isn't too bad.


Today was crazy hat day at school for Kyla. She chose one of Ethan's to wear.

Is there a cuter Yoda? I took her to school, did a couple things at the school and then in to work at 1:00.


I went to work at 1:00 p.m. yesterday. Take a look at this picture.

That's my phone and the time says, 3:44 AM. That's what time I pulled back in to home from being at work all day, night and into the morning. One word to sum it up...Pooped!!!


Last week I showed you my favorite tree in our yard.

Well this is what it looked like today.

So glad I caught it last week!


Was supposed to be off today, but of of course I had to go in. When I got the call, I got off the phone and had to scramble to find someone to keep the girls (Kevin had gone fishing) and then call a friend I was supposed to meet to work on a pre-school project. While talking to her I lost it. Just crying, you know, the ugly cry. I think the exhaustion and missing my family and "normal" life had caught up with me. Thank you Lord for grace filled friends who give you an encouraging word!
Anyway, when I got home the dog wanted to go out and play. He ran straight to his rope and waited for me.

As I got closer, you can almost see the anticipation on his face.

And then, it was time to play!

I think Reese is missing me too.

Tonight, Kevin went to a friend's house so I took the kids out for dinner. They chose IHOP. When we were leaving the girls saw this and made sure everyone else within shouting distance did too.

I wanted to come up with something witty, but I've got nothin'! The kids thought it was funny though.


Another day at work. When I got off I went to pick up the girls from my sweet friend Jill's. They had been there playing for a few hours while Kevin took Ethan to a Notre Dame basketball game. I was driving Kevin's truck so the 3 of us crammed in. Kyla sits in the middle straddling the gear shift. Guess what she likes to do?

She loves to help shift. Usually I put my hand over hers to guide, but she is getting pretty good, so I let her do a few of them by herself tonight. I remember my parents doing this with me when I was little. If it helps her drive a stick one day, then I'm good with that. :)


Today was another super long day. Went in at 8:45 and was supposed to be off at 5:30. The closer at Gymboree called in sick, so I had to stay at Crazy 8 to close and sent the person who was supposed to close at Crazy 8 to Gymboree. When I took a quick lunch/dinner break I went to Chick-Fil-A in the food court. I go there quite a bit and everyone knows me and my normal order. And if I ever get a diet Dr. Pepper instead of water they give me a hard time for mixing up my order. When I sat down a gentleman said, "I see you have Chick-Fil-A. How was your service?" I proceeded to tell him that I work in the mall so I eat there a lot and how kind everyone always is and that they know me, etc. When I got back to the store, this was waiting in the back room.

He sent over a whole platter of brownies, thanking me for being a loyal customer and to share with the staff. After the long day and week I had, it really made my day. The way I felt I probably could have eaten that whole tray, but I didn't.
I have always appreciated Chick-Fil-A, their philosophy and that they honor the Sabbath. Now just one more reason to give them my business. They honor their customers too!!

I hope that you have had a super week and I am praying that I will get around to see everyone this week! I am missing you all too!!


  1. oh Tori, I could feel the exhaustion as I read this post. Praying for you friend....that God would give you the strength and endurance you need during this season.

    That is so cool about Chick-Fil-A. Steve had them cater my surprise party and it was wonderful!!!

  2. That is your first missed picture?! Totally impressed!
    I can see why you were exhausted! But it is also awesome to see God bless you, even in little things, that seem to help it all.
    I know I couldn't function if I got home at 3 am! The tree is beautiful - you should get a snow covered one and a spring time shot too!
    And we love, love the Yoda hat!

  3. Love you Tori - Praying for strength and peace as you go through this time. Can't wait for you to have your weekend off... YAHOO!!!
    Impressed by Chik-Fil-A that first they cared to ask and second that they blessed a customer in this way!

  4. Another looooooooooooong week and you still remain faithful to this commitment, and only missed ONE day of photos! You are amazing!
    Hang in there! The seasons of life change. May you know God's presence and clear leading at each step.

  5. That Yoda hat is cracking me up!!!!!!

    3:44? Oh my goodness... I'm yawning thinking of it!

    Our tree, changed & lost half its leaves overnight! Makes me sad!!!

    I love the "play" in the doggie!!!! So fun!

  6. Tori, You sweetheart! God is using you in ways that you can't see, I'm SURE of it! I am also VERY impressed that Sunday was your first missed picture! You are one loyal girl and I LOVE that about you! I'm praying for you, sweet one. Hang in there!

  7. I've never been to a Chick-Fil-A but I've heard they donate a lot of money to the church and to fighting for Christian marriages. That's worth supporting them in my book, but it looks like they may train their employees appropriately too! That's so awesome they sent you that special treat.

  8. Tori, I hope life's schedule allows for more 'normal' soon. (((hugs)))

    Your sweet Kyla knows more than I about stick shifts, I'm sure. :)

    Your poor tree. It was beautiful while it lasted. We wish our trees had such color before losing their leaves.

    Your Yoda is simply precious!

  9. Love the Yoda hat - she is seriously just too cute. I'm so sorry you're having to work so hard. I think it's perfectly fine to ask God to refine this provision just a bit. Doesn't he say in Isaiah that you can argue things out with him? I say go for it!