Sunday, September 25, 2011

It's been so long!

Where do I even begin? It has been so long since I've sat down to update this blog...Here is my best attempt:

Two of my kids had birthdays in August. They're growing so fast, and I love them more and more each day.

My youngest has started preschool. He loves it. I love it, and he's a super cutie!

We're still in the process of becoming a foster family in our community. Our fingerprints (everyone's fingerprints) have been held up & we're waiting for those to come back to become officially licensed.

I went to a conference for worship leaders. I loved it. It was so amazing to be in a room full of musicians, praising God through song and sound. I also got to hear Matt Chandler deliver an awesome message one evening that I'll always remember.

That's pretty much what has been going on since my last visit.

Monday, August 15, 2011

It's Over

Summer is over and the school year has begun!

There were tears (only from me the night before, but still), excitement (lets see how long this lasts) and anticipation floating around our house this morning. I awoke to three children up, two dressed and their teeth all brushed (before they got to brush twice this morning).

My Little Big Guy headed off to his classroom with ease, and we headed to the Kindergarten class room for my Little Lovely. She is as tough as nails, and she's hasn't cried about me leaving since she was eighteen months old. However, when she got to her quiet classroom, I saw the face. She wanted to be brave so badly. I know those eyes (the "I want to cry so much right now, but I just won't" eyes). This caught me so off guard, but I reassured her with a smile and a, "I'll see you soon, sweetie. Have a good day!". She gave me a tiny pitiful wave, and I headed back to the car. I heart broke, but now I needed to put on my brave face for my Little Guy who was heading home with me (not to mention that I didn't want the be that parent lingering in the hall with misty eyes).

I can't wait to pick them up to hear about their day at school. This house is just too quiet!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Three Weeks To Go

Well, our family vacation is over. It was wonderful, and now it's back to reality. In three short weeks, school will start back up for the kids. We'll have to slow down for school zones. Life will turn back into a whirlwind of calendars, scheduling, homework and projects. Seriously, ever year I think about going back to homeschooling my kids again, and I would if I ever saw anything that effected their academics or behavior at home. So far, the teachers and school has been great.

And with school fresh in your mind now, let me say that we went back to school shopping for supplies this evening. Now, if that doesn't slap you in the face that school is around the corner then nothing will!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Still Summer

What have we been doing lately? Well, it's summer break, and we've been doing a whole lot of nothing (as it should be). We've been laying low for a week or so before busy sets in. Soon we'll be running to vacation Bible school, basketball camps and vacation spots.

I still haven't heard a child say that they're bored, yet (this may be a record for us).

Stephen and I are continuing to take classes on domestic adoption and we have seven (I think) classes left. We end right when school picks up again, so the adults don't get a break this year (shocking). We're enjoying this new date night of sorts. Before class, we grab some dinner and head in to the class a little early. We pick our table and eat while others file in. Any time is quality time, right?

So summer, so far you've been good to us, and we appreciate it. Thanks for not slapping us with sunburns and boredom...we really do love having you around, and we wish that you could stay longer!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

It's Here...

Summer, it's here! Today is our first day at home where we didn't have to wake up early (well, we did because everyone is still on a school schedule inner clock) and keep moving until evening baths and bedtimes. No one has mumbled that they're bored (yet), and I think that puts us in a good position to have a wonderful summer break. Here is what I've planned to battle the boredom:

1) Dentist appointments (whoo hoo, I know...but the pediatric dentist is almost like a trip to Sea World with the theme in this office)

2) Basketball Camp (and MAYBE a staycation in there for the ones not attending)

3) Vacation (We're planning a theme park, aquarium, fireworks and the beach)

4) Work Books (have to keep what they've learned fresh in their brains)

5) Baking (always have supplies stashed for emergencies)

6) The pool (always a winner)

7) The Beach (we're only 30 minutes away)

8) Movies (I heart Netflix!)

9) Getting Lost (my friend let me in on this last summer...get in the car with the kids & act like I'm lost, but in reality we're just having a mini road trip around the area)

10) Vacation (to see some mountains)

I'm looking forward to it...I guess that I'll be blogging later about how my plans go!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Oh Ya....

Kids go through different stages. I have three kids, and you'd think that I know this by now. Apparently, I'm rather hard headed or suffer from amnesia. My youngest has started to turn up his nose at dinner time. I could be serving his most favorite, junky thing and he'd tell that that he didn't want it. I start out feeling quite confident that I can handle such a minor situation. Then, the time ticks by an hour has passed, he still hasn't eaten; my nerves are shot, and I am even at the point of tears (suppressed of course). I don't want to yell. I don't want to make dinner time un-enjoyable for everyone. Where's my 50's TV version of the family around the dinner table talking about their day? I take a breath, pray (yes, actually pray to God that I can control myself), and realize that things aren't in black in white around here but in color (symbolic, isn't it). Again, kids go through stages. This too shall pass. And day, he's wife will be writing on a blog about getting her kids to eat....

Thursday, April 21, 2011

It's not JUST for the kids!

While driving in the car yesterday, I asked my son if he knew what Friday was. "Yes, it's earth day."-he said. This took a moment for me to register. Then the guilt set in. He didn't know off of the top of his head that this Friday is Good Friday. Other questions set in, "Does he even know what that means?" "Am I not teaching him?"...

Instead of a freak out moment, I used this as a teaching/reminding moment. I shared with him the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. I explained that Jesus died on the cross on what we call Good Friday, and that it is Good because it was to cover all of our sins.

I love these moments with the kids! Not only do I get to share with the ones whom I love the most about Christ...but I get to be reminded why we celebrate different holidays, pray and follow the Bible. It's not just for the kids!