Construction at Emory has been *hilarious.* Sometimes, it shakes SO much and is SO loud, I wonder seriously if a hole is going to drop us out the bottom of the floor. It makes me laugh! I don't know why. It's just so funny to me. I can just picture in my mind drilling under Dr. Salaita's chair and him suddenly dropping out of sight and that's the end of it. I laugh myself silly, thinking of that.
Here's videos of a large claw that tore down part of Atwood early in the morning. It was *really* interesting to watch. I felt that it looked like a T-rex eating the building. In the second one, the T-rex mouth looks to be chewing upon metallic grass. But I couldn't really decide. Maybe it looks like a large crab claw. Or a mutant octopus arm. What do you think?
This is one of the shirts I got John for his birthday. He was quite happy with it. For those of you unskilled in gaming meme lore, these phrases come from an old Japanese Nintendo game translated into English very badly, in which these lines were spoken as part of the opening scene. It became an inside gamer joke and someone eventually made a compilation youtube video for it, of all the images people had photoshopped with this phrase.
Mushrooms! I love them. These grew in our front yard. James noticed them as well and spoke of them. I was like, "I know, right?" James said he couldn't understand the people that would step on them or destroy them. They were so cute. I agreed. The dogs on the right are the new ones that John's brother Matt and his wife Casey bought recently: Duchess and Alby (short for Albert Einstein).
I saw the sign on the left in Moes and I wondered, is that really necessary to say? They can't possibly have a problem with that. It must be an advertising ploy. People are so happy at Moes they just have to sing in the bathroom. (???) On the right, I got this delicious silk pie piece at O'Charlies for John's birthday lunch, around 2:30 p.m.
(Left) John on his birthday at O'Charlies. Isn't he a cutie? I have to be careful to take pictures of him when he isn't looking, or else, I'll just get ones with his hand in front of his face. (Right) Manos: Hands of Fate, the reputed worst movie ever made. It's so bad, that it's expensive, because people have heard of it's fame and look for it. John said he and buddies of his *tried* to watch the whole thing in one sitting. The best they made it was 37 consecutive minutes. We saw someone dressed up as Manos at Dragon*Con.
Some randomness from May and June, just for you. The captions pretty much say it all.
Matt (John's brother) and Casey's wedding was a real blast. They'd been dating eight years, and we were all so happy to get to see them finally tie the knot (May 25, 2013). It was clear they were happy too. It was relatively small - just family and a few close friends. But we really rocked out. I think I might have been the sole person responsible for drinking the bar out of sweet tea. That tea was good!!
They had a great DJ, and I danced to every song. Almost. Weddings are the only times I ever dance, so I take advantage of it, even though I have no idea how. We danced with the bride, did the Petree shuffle dance with lots of Petree relatives and cousins. They did the Cuban shuffle and the electric slide, which was really fun. But the most fun I had at the whole wedding was dancing with John. I loved that absolutely to death.
The food was really delicious. They had gone with a homestyle Southern menu. Matt's favorite dish and mac and cheese - they had the BEST mac and cheese dish there I've EVER had!!! Man. And it's not even my favorite.
We left late, about midnight, and got to throw bubbles at them (even though that's hard, I know). There honeymoon was in Las Vegas for a few days. They have an apartment in Buford. I know they'll be really happy together.
Sawyer has touched not 7,000 people, but 75,000. Whoa. That's a sight more than I first knew about!
Sawyer passed away quietly on Monday night at 9:00 p.m. God chose not to heal him. This left me heartbroken and I struggled with his death. Why, Lord, would you take one so young?
I was praying Monday night for Sawyer and Murphies. I felt compelled. While I was praying, I suddenly saw Sawyer laughing. I thought it meant he would be healed. But that wasn't it.
I spoke with Esther later, my prayer partner, and told her I just didn't understand. She said she'd had the same questions. While praying on Monday, she'd seen Sawyer's death, but had rejected it, because she didn't want it to be true.
But she finally felt that, in spite of what it might appear, his death was an act of mercy, to keep him from further suffering. His condition was so severe, that had he lived, he might have been in so much worse pain. I decided that when the Lord released me from prayer Monday night at 9 p.m., perhaps showing me Sawyer laughing was His way of letting me know he was releasing him from his suffering.
I have continued to pray for the Murphies and my heart is broken for them and their family. I thank the Lord that He is with them, spreading His angels around them and giving them peace.
Ashlyn and Josh's sweet spirit during this time speaks so much more than any words I could say. They pray that the Lord shows them the full meaning and purpose of Sawyer's short life, and are thanking Him for the 18 days that they had with him.
Already, God is moving.
Ashlyn says that nearly 7,000 people have been touched by Sawyer's life, through her blogging - far more than most of us will ever touch in a 70-80 year life span. The outpouring of support they have received is overwhelming. Some are even telling her that their stance to remain firm in their faith despite this tragedy has led them back to the Lord.
Sawyer is now with God. But his life continues to speak and touch hearts. I cannot but thank God for this and that He knows best.
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