A Month of Major Life Events

The month of May has always been a busy one in the Witemeyer house, but this year, the sheer number of major life events happening in this short span is staggering.

  • May 7 – Middle son Wyatt graduated from ACU
  • May 8 – Mother’s Day
  • May 12 – Daughter Bethany’s birthday
  • May 14 – Wyatt and his lovely bride McKenna tie the knot (first family wedding)
  • May 22 – My father-in-law (who lives next door) celebrates his 80th birthday
  • May 27 – My birthday
  • May 31 – Wyatt’s birthday
  • June 1 – My book deadline
  • June 5 – My husband and I celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary

Talk about a month of celebration! Unfortunately, it’s also a month of stress with a hundred details to plan and execute with almost no down time. And I’m smack dab in the middle of the craziness.

We got Wyatt and McKenna graduated this past Saturday. First major event of the month completed.

Wyatt graduated summa cum laude with a 4.0 GPA while double-majoring in Math and Computer Science. He was selected by the faculty of his department to be a University Scholar as well. I couldn’t be more proud of him! He has always worked hard and given his best effort in every endeavor he undertakes. He already has a job lined up following graduation, which is a good thing, because in a couple days he’ll be standing before the altar with the love of his life to recite wedding vows.

I spent most of Mother’s Day holed up with my computer, writing, but I did get to have a lovely potluck meal at church and a family card game to end the day. And the best gift of all – I had all my children at home. Hooray!

We celebrated Bethany’s birthday yesterday with dinner at her favorite burger place followed by the the new Dr. Strange movie. She’s a Marvel nut, and was excited to have a movie hit the big screen during her birthday week.

With Wyatt and McKenna’s wedding this Saturday, most of my mental and physical energy is aimed in that direction this week. As the mother of the groom, I’ve had it easy, but all the work has intensified this week. I’m cooking the rehearsal dinner with some help from my brother and sister-in-law. So I’m constantly running through mental lists and trying to make sure I have all my bases covered. Despite the stress that is trying to creep in, I’m doing my best to keep joy at the forefront of my mind. This is a beautiful, happy occasion, and I don’t want to let my frazzled state ruin that for anyone, including me!

Once we have the wedding completed, the rest of the month should be busy but manageable as long as I can meet my book deadline. 🙂 My husband would love to take a big trip to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary, but not only will we both be worn out from the month of May, but my next book releases June 7, and I’ll be in full-on marketing mode. He’s in charge, though, so whatever he plans, as long as I have access to the Internet, I’ll make it work. Celebrating our marriage is more important than getting lost in the minutiae of the day-to-day.

What about you? Any major life events happening this summer?