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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

22 Year Anniversary

Anthony and I have been together 24 years. We have been married 22 years.
Life has had a lot of highlights but not for one minute do I want to come across as a  slick family where everything is staged and perfect and we are always happy. Ha Ha who has that? We do not have it all together and our house does get chaotic.We have great moments together but we also have moments where we have to grow and stretch, less of who we are and more what God wants us to be. That alone is a challenge. When you have family, a business and add pastoring to the mix, you get a whole 'nother level. Let me just show you what a typical challenge of trying to sneak an anniversary get-a-away can be like in the Crane household.
The night before we leave, Anthony is  hosting one of the Life Groups, I have a van full of Teens that I am taking to a skating party that the local AG churches are hosting for the teens. Ashton decides to act a bit crazy then fall and break his foot. I just knew it was a sprain.
The day we are ready to leave the school nurse says that they can't take Ashton into the school without a Doctors note. Really!!!? So its onto the Urgent Care to only confirm that it is a sprain. So it's on back to school with a limp and we are on our way. My college son is back to stay with his brothers while we are headed to Louisiana. He is there until Grandma gets there. She got really sick and text us letting us know that she has the flu, tract, sinus infection and can not come. Now we are already gone. Right!?  Like we are two states away......Anthony's mother has her arms full of her other grandson who is sick as well, so no go there.
So in our mini "sabbatical"  We are trying to get people from our church to step in while my son helps out as he can. He was such a champ taking care of his brothers. While we are still there we get a call from the Dr. that indeed Ashton's foot is broken. Thank God it's the weekend and it was a small bone he just needed to come in Monday and get crutches and a special boot. Yes, this mother was not totally relaxed. In our world we are not at will to change our schedule on a whim. When it's scheduled we have to stick with it. We actually do plan our life out. So for a day and a half we get to enjoy some time away....yay! Only to come home to, well just imagine when you leave Three guys home by themselves for a couple of days....a mess yes. The get-away was quickly gone but hey at least we got to catch our breath for a minute.
Here are a few pictures....




Yes, that is an alligator. 












Anthony and I split a small Salted Carmel Blizzard....yum!
















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