Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2023

Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2023

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

With everyone home today, it would have been a prime opportunity for a family hike in the desert… except that it was raining for much of the day. That, however, did not prevent the kids from getting out and breathing the free air. Big sister Vic came over with her electric scooter and was set to take the kids on a bike and scoot down the linear park toward the stadium… but right when dad drove them to the starting point, the rain really started up, so they decided just to bike/scoot back home through the neighborhood. They got thoroughly soaked and quite cold, and Ruben was riding a mostly flat tire, but apparently it was a good time.

Meanwhile, I had to deal with two traumas today. First I had a preliminary interview with a therapist. I knew I had the appointment but I had completely forgotten why. It only took a few questions and I was sobbing so – yeah there was definitely a reason my very good and helpful primary care doc had made the referral. I do tend to stuff my emotions completely down and out of sight! So, I guess I will try doing some therapy.

The second trauma of my day was a cardiac ultrasound. You know, as a mom, you go to plenty of ultrasound appointments when you’re expecting, and they are usually very calm and comforting and pleasant. This was NOT THAT! There aren’t words for how excruciating the pain was… but thanks be to God it took less than 15 minutes and then I was done. Wow do I not want to do that again. Thankful for my husband being there to help and support me. And we got to have a little lunch date after, which helped me calm down (we had a van-picnic outside Firehouse Subs!).

In the afternoon, Paul and Vic went with Jordan and Xavier to Shooters World and this is what they did:

Later still, Vic was back to make home-made pizza with Ellie. I should have had pics of that process, the kitchen was a sight to behold! Next time I will – they had a grand time, and the results were stellar – and there are leftovers (though that wont last long!).

It was a good day. Thankful for the time with everyone, and thankful always for a chance to stop and remember a great man who inspired and continues to inspire so many to work for justice.

Annette Heidmann

I homeschooled four kids all the way through high school and then fostered/adopted 7 more children. I am wife to a very smart mathematician; I dabble in photography, write and sing, paint in bright colors, and love being Catholic!

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