11 years and still Loving.

Today marks 11 years of wedded bliss between Josh and me.  I “cheesed” it up and wrote a little poem for him and attached it to a small shovel.  We’ve talked about how we can look back and see how we’ve lived life more on the surface than digging deep…playing it “safe” instead of risking all of our small plans […]

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Tongue is a Fire

This morning I read in James regarding the tongue, “With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God;  from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing.  My brethren, these things ought not to be this way.  Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water?” I thought of my words over the last week…let’s not even reflect on the last month, for that might be a bit much for me to take.  I can see some “old habits” creeping back into my daily life.  Things like self-pity–all those “Woe is me” statements that come so easily out of my mouth.  And then there are the  harsh statements I send in my kids direction–“What are you thinking?????”  or  “You are making me CRAZY!”  or  “Do you see how much work you are causing me by your sillyness???”  Don’t even make me talk about my tone. BIG SIGH.  (It’s right here that I might want to just go back to bed and pull the covers up over my head and stay there in my failure.) I asked myself– What kind of water is flowing from the fountain of my heart?  It takes a direct route through my tongue. Just like in Exodus when Moses was shown by the Lord a tree to throw into the bitter waters of Marah to make them […]

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Life is moving on…

Well, well, well…January is about to be over, which is just crazy to me.  Time is such a weird thing. And here I am trying to catch up on my blog, just wanting to update on our family for our remembrance because things change quickly around here and the kids are growing like weeds.  Mack will be five in about […]

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Annie

Josh took Ruby and Molly to see ANNIE at The Fox Theatre tonight.  They were so excited!! I stayed home with Mack.  His friend came over to hang out with us.  We ate spaghetti and took a trip to the Dollar Store and Wal-Mart and then to McDonalds for a milkshake.  I’ll have to post some pictures later (my camera […]

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Remember

One year ago today, Deb, Josh’s mom, went to be with Jesus.  Some things are just so personal and so deep that trying to wrap words around them just doesn’t seem to work. This is one of those things. I usually don’t have a hard time talking.  Indeed, too many times I talk too much.  But in certain situations, there are just no words that will suffice. We had the kids draw pictures and write notes to Gran, and we sent them up attached to a helium balloon.  It was more the symbolism, of course, and the remembering of all that Gran was and is to us.  And the kids enjoyed that so much.  I think Molly didn’t quite catch on to the symbolism part of it  though.  She asked me if we could keep some of the peanut butter cookies for ourselves (those were Gran’s favorite kind!), and I let her know that we were actually keeping them all here, as opposed to attaching them to a balloon and sending them to Gran.  She was relieved about that because she thought “we were gonna put them in a ziploc bag and send them.” She also told Josh that “we’re sending up the balloons and notes tonight so that by tomorrow they will get to Gran in Heaven.”  She also sent a picture with some instructions for Gran to “Finish Coloring This Please.” I didn’t tell her that the notes […]

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A Productive Day

Well, we are halfway through the day that I was dreading a bit.  I just wasn’t super excited about keeping the kids focused on school work when we haven’t touched anything school related in two weeks.  However, it has gone well.  So well, that I am going to type out how it has gone down in hopes that maybe we can do this again tomorrow.  I know it’s wishful thinking because each day around here goes so very differently.  But, here goes…. 6:30-I wake up to quiet house and warm coffee, though it was freezing cold out from under the covers.  Enjoyed Day 2 of James study as well as a devotion that reminded me that God knows at what pace I need to be going.  He remembers that I am dust!  I need Him. 7:30-shower and then on to our “B”s.  BED (make it up!), BRUSH (your teeth and hair), BREAKFAST, BIBLE 8:30-Started school.  Girls started Math while I reviewed Mack’s sounds and then sent him off to watch LETTER FACTORY.  I started laundry. 9:15- Spelling Lists/FlashMaster when done 9:40-Geography (lines only) 10:00- Break–I switch laundry and then walk on treadmill because I am so out of shape…gracious…and kids put away school folders and then play wii 11:00- Writing and English 11:45-Kids go play store while I write this blog and then fix lunch. 12:15- Eat Lunch 1:00- Reading Time for Ruby (Sarah Noble) 1:30-Reading Time for Molly (four […]

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