1.) I would still love to have people over for dinner/games/get-togethers. I'm just trying to find an evening when I don't have something else going on already! After football/marching band season is over it'll open up Friday nights. And we're usually not busy on Tuesday nights and some Saturday nights. So if you're still interested in being invited to the cat lady's house... let me know!
2.) Although I still have many of the fears I've previously listed I'm actually coping pretty well. I accept the fact that I'm going to be afraid of things and take hope in quotes such as these:
"Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear. Except a creature be part coward it is not a compliment to say it is brave." ~Mark Twain, Pudd'nhead Wilson's Calendar, 1894
"Courage is the power to let go of the familiar. " ~Raymond Lindquist
3.) I'm not feeling so overwhelmed right now. I'd love to say that's gone and in the past, but I know it'll happen again. I'm human and I hate burdening others by delegating and asking favors but I'm trying to work through that. It helps that a wonderful friend felt her load lightened right at the time I needed help the most and was willing to share the burden.
Since I said I'd make this quick... I'll quit with the updates now and just post a nice picture of Aimee with us before homecoming: