Just Life

20140527_183112It got worse before it got better.

I’m talking about the kitchen floor saga.

For days we had the fan running. Finally we had to give up and take out the entire kitchen floor. The stove ended up in the living room, the huge side-by-side refrigerator in front of the microwave, floor boards stashed here and there, kitchen chairs on top of each other, topsy-turvy.

We lived this way for a week. The only saving grace was there were a lot of nights I didn’t cook. But even without the stove there were many, many dishes to do by hand. I know. I should be grateful we had food to eat and dishes to eat them on. Let’s just say that wasn’t at the forefront of my mind while drying dish after dish.

But ife doesn’t stop ’cause a girl’s kitchen is in chaos. Last week we turned a blind eye to the mess so we could enjoy:

A rehearsal dinner at a park while the sun set behind mountain peaks


A good-bye lunch so we could send our “boy” off to work in those mountains for the summer


A  wedding where my oldest son’s best friend finally married the amazing woman he’s been in love with since he was 16. Not only was it a gorgeous ceremony on a lush green lawn,

20140530_184355 but we had a blast dancing in the cabin complete with a shining wood floor. This momma also delighted in hearing her son give the best man’s speech.


Our other two boys were ushers, and there was a bit of a problem with shoes. The bride told Sam and Stephen she didn’t care what they wore as long as they matched. They couldn’t agree on whether to wear Converse or dress shoes and showed up like this. There’s one (or two) in every crowd, especially with Moldenhauer boys around.


Saturday brought wedding #2. If you’re a Bronco fan you’ve heard of Mile High Stadium. But if you look closely, there’s a wedding party posing right there on the field! Cool huh?


This beautiful marriage, another example of young love surviving over years, took place club level in this famous stadium.The ceremony actually looked toward the Denver skyline, not the field.

wedding 2

Hubby especially enjoyed the venue. I admired the china. We both enjoyed the food, including amazing raspberry-peach cupcakes, a little too much.


It was fun hitting romantic venues this weekend. Good preparation for our 25th wedding anniversary coming up in just over a week. We couldn’t resist getting a picture while we were all dressed up.


Sunday meant church (and an amazing message which I’ll share more on another day) and then . . . a baby shower for a sweet young woman I taught years ago when she was about eight! Now she’s a married woman and about to give birth to their first child. How time flies. Had to share this picture. I thought the fruit was presented especially well. ;O)


We rushed home from the shower to watch our youngest play baseball at the high school field. You know, the crack of the ball on the bat, the cool evening air brushing our faces. Sounds like an all-American weekend, right? But after all that wonderful stuff, we returned home to reality.


We agreed Monday morning held a baptism back into real life. We would conquer the disaster. The goal? To do it ourselves and not spend money on anything. I wasn’t exactly excited about getting up this morning.

When I forced myself out of bed I sought hubby out in the office where he was already working at his computer. This is often how I start my day, and Jerry never fails to welcome me onto his lap. This morning was no exception. He smiled and opened his arms to me, and I snuggled in. Then he told me today was going to be a good day because he got to spend all day working next to me.

And with those few, precious words he turned my attitude right around.

Things got even better when our oldest son told us he had some experience at this stuff from working with a friend. Together the three of us put the jigsaw puzzle of a floor back together. Seth and Jerry did the hard part. I was mostly there to veto the boards that were especially warped and to pick the boards with the least flaws for the most visible spots. If you don’t look too closely you’d never know that some of the seams are no longer smooth. The worst boards are placed carefully beneath appliances or where rugs go. It’s not perfect, but it actually looks pretty good.

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It’s late. The day is drawing toward tomorrow, the clock ticking to midnight. I should be in the kitchen using my new-to-me dishwasher (a $25 find on Craig’s list) and enjoying the fact that for the first time in days I’m not hand washing. I could also be moving everything from surrounding rooms back where they belong. Or maybe I should simply be sleeping. Honestly, I’m not sure why I’m here typing instead.

Maybe just because things turn out okay. Because real life is full of the juxtaposition of pain and pleasure, of leaky dishwashers and beautiful, fancy weddings. It’s full of jigsaw pieces that we’re not always sure how to fit together, even as it offers open arms to help us through.

Chances are next time I’m upset I won’t remember this lesson. But tonight I am grateful. My heart is quiet.

And I trust.

Until Next Time,

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14 thoughts on “Just Life

  1. paulfg June 3, 2014 at 12:48 pm Reply

    “Just Life” – just beautiful! Thanks for staying awake to share this wonderful feast of jigsaw pieces! And so glad you have a floor again!! 🙂

    • Paula Moldenhauer June 3, 2014 at 8:29 pm Reply

      Thanks, Paul! I like that: staying awake. Yes. Worthy goal . . .

  2. Cynthia June 3, 2014 at 1:02 pm Reply

    So nice to hear it all worked out so well! And that was a lovely recap of your fun events 🙂 I was thinking we don’t have any weddings to attend this summer, kinda odd. Enjoy your season of romance!

    • Paula Moldenhauer June 3, 2014 at 8:29 pm Reply

      We seem to be having more than our share. Tis the season I guess as our children and their friends as well as many of our friends’ children reach that age.

  3. disappearingwoman June 3, 2014 at 1:35 pm Reply

    Congrats on 25 years! I’m sorry about your kitchen incident. We had a similar one last summer when my husband decided to do a little home plumbing (for the very last time ever in his life, I might add!).

  4. Joyce McCall June 3, 2014 at 10:21 pm Reply

    Thanks again for sharing. I loved how real life was displayed in words and pictures-beauty, romance, hope, chaos, mess, love. You are a rich woman indeed.

  5. Sheila Stacy June 4, 2014 at 1:56 am Reply

    Soo awesome the way God works it all out. :0)

    • Paula Moldenhauer June 4, 2014 at 2:29 am Reply

      It’s a good reminder for me. In the little things and big . . .

  6. Rebekah June 4, 2014 at 2:30 am Reply

    It’s so true about it all being “just life”. The beautiful, the good, the bad, the ugly. My favorite part of this entire post was the sweet words of your husband and how it turned your attitude around. I marvel at the power of words.

    • Paula Moldenhauer June 4, 2014 at 2:50 am Reply

      I think we have no clue how powerful words are . . . and, yes, I was blown away by his words, especially since he’s usually in a bad mood when he has to attempt home projects. lol

  7. mariekeates June 5, 2014 at 6:32 pm Reply

    Sunshine and showers Paula. This is what life is made up from and, without the showers we’d have no flowers 🙂

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