Saturday, October 30, 2004

What time is it?

I know, weird question.

Tomorrow night most of the US will set their clocks back. You will get an extra hour of sleep. It will takes days to get the kids back into their routine at bedtime. People will forget the time change and throw off their work schedules.

Won't happen in NE Indiana. Why? Because we do not recognize time changes. We set our clocks when we purchase it from the store and never touch it again. "Spring ahead, fall back" blah blah blah. No one could figure it out in this great state so they said, "Ignore it."
And, we do.

Of course, being that Fort Wayne is so close to the Ohio and Michigan border, listening to our radio stations is humorous. :::said in my best Mr DJ voice::::: "Get to work people. It is 7:00 in Michigan and Ohio. For our Hoosier listeners, it is 8:00"
Yes, it really does happen like that.

From what I can gather, time changes came into play because of farming. The farming community wanted more time in their day to work in the fields. Seems like a good choice, but in the meantime, Indiana -- a state full of farmers, digs in it's heels and refuses to play the time change game.

Honestly, I kinda like not changing times. No routines are messed up. I don't have to learn how to re-set the VCR. It confuses our family on when to call us. ::laughing::: (you know I mean that in humor!) I do have one complaint.
Our TV viewing times get seriously messed up. Our local channels take pity on us and keep the schedule as normal. Not cable stations. If it used to be on at 8:00 for us, it will now be on at 7:00. Try explaining THAT little theory to toddler boys, screaming to watch Blue's Clues when they wake up in the morning.............
Thanks goodness for video tapes!

So, tomorrow night when you get ready for bed -- remember to set your clock back. And if you call us on Monday, remember, we are no longer central time zone -- we are eastern time zone.
Confused? Yeh, I know.

Have a super weekend.
Kim

Friday, October 29, 2004

Well, shoot!

We just found out that our trip to New York is called off. The director of Nutcracker has called mand atory rehearsals for the week of Thanksgiving.
No
Since we can't be two places at once, the trip has to be postponed. I am so upset.

Walking Home Crying
I feel especially bad for our family up that way. I know plans were put in place and now they have to be adjusted. If you are reading this journal, please accept our apologies. I truly wish it could be different.

You have my promise! We will get up that way, soon! I know December/January may not work due to winter weather -- but as soon as we can get up there, we will.
Aunt Mary (bless her heart) says we can just pop up there on the spur of the moment. I think she meant it too! We may take her up on that -- after all, plans don't always work so well. Spontaneous travel may be the answer for us!
Sunshine
In the meantime, please stay in touch. For all of you reading this, send pictures! We miss you always, but around the holidays, it is real hard to be so far apart. Let's do a better job at filling the hole with letters, phone calls and pictures.
Writing Email Chatty 2 Family Portrait

Okay?! Okay!

Love, hugs and prayers to you.
Kim



Down! Down, dumb dog!

Down! Down, dumb dog!

Have you see the commercial for the Garfield movie? In the clip, they show Garfield pushing Odie out of a chair while saying the above phrase. Admittedly, it is quite funny.
Apparently the boys found it humorous as well. Of all the phrases they could pick up on any given day, they choose, Down! Down, dumb dog! to run with.
Buggin
Sure, it is kinda funny to hear them repeat this (over and over and over). Sure, it is kinda of cute to see them master their words, so that each word has just the *right* punch to it.
It is even comical to watch them practice the words on our two dogs.

Still -- when they start getting in their sister's face and repeating the phrase, not so funny.
Well, not to the girls at least.

I suppose I should be grateful. In a moment of frustration last month, Jeff called Bailey and Baxter (our two dogs) Beavis and Butthead. Not a great choice of words - especially in front of the boys. For 2 days they cracked themselves up while referring to one another as Beavis and Butthead. And no. This momma did not find it amusing. Fortunately, after ignoring the words time and time again, the boys stopped.

Fall Colors
Tomorrow is our church's fall festival. There will be lots of games, music, fellowship and treats. The kids are so excited. I am taking 3 dozen cupcakes and a pie for the cake walk.
On Sunday, we have church. We will then spend the day together. We don't *do* Halloween in the traditional sense -- but we are going to make popcorn balls, candy apples, fall shaped sugar cookies and watch movies. I still can't believe it is the end of October. Time is flying by......
Clock
Well, I should start the day. We have to get some lessons done and head over to the library. Em and Sarah are doing a science unit study on animal food chains, symbiosis and classification. We put a bunch of books on hold and as usual, they all came in at once.

Have a wonderful day. Hugs to all.
Kim







Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Have you seen my husband?

He is a kind man. On the tall side. Terrific smile. Pretty green eyes. Hard working and fun to be around. His name is Jeff.
If you see this man, please hand him a drink, give him a hug and send him home. He is working too hard.

Jeff has been working crazy hours the past several days. He is getting ready for a big inspection of the laboratory. He is trying to do the work of 10 people it seems. Thankfully, it will be over this Friday!

Right now, he is meeting with our Pastor. They are having an early dinner before Wednesday night services. I am glad he is away from the office. He is in good company and hopefully, can enjoy some fellowship, putting work out of his head for a while.

The boys and I woke up feeling under the weather. I think it is sinus trouble, at least that is what my throbbing headache is telling me. The boys just got over a cold a couple weeks ago. Why do they have to be sick again? Please, Lord -- help us get this out of our system now. I do not want a sicky winter.

Since Jeff has been away the past 2 nights for dinner -- and now tonight as well -- I am throwing in my apron. I am taking the kids to McDonald's. I need a break!

I hope all is well for you and yours? We love and miss all of you.

Kim

Monday, October 25, 2004

Ballet information

I am getting a lot of questions about The Nutcracker. I thought it might be helpful to share pertinent info in one spot?

So.....

Friday, December 3 @ 8:00
(this show is done with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic)
$35 adult
$25 child

Saturday, December 4 @ 2:30
$25 adult
$15 child

Saturday, December 4 @ 8:00
same price as above

Saturday, December 11 @ 8:00

Sunday, December 12 @ 2:30

The Fort Wayne ballet is also offering videos for $25
If you want to purchase flowers for the girls, that can be done through the office as well and they will make sure they are delivered to them right before performance, to the dressing room.
Prices vary from $3 to $9 (roses).

If you would like to contact the Fort Wayne ballet, the website is www.fortwayneballet.org
The phone number is (260)484-9646 ext. 12
You can also access seating options for the Performing Arts Center at the above website.

Tickets went on sale today(10/25). If you are planning on attending, let me know! Tickets did sell out completely the last two years.

Love and hugs to all.
Kim

Monday

Well, the weekend went by quickly. Funny how that always seems to happen?

We spent Saturday enjoying the rain, inside the house. We had NOTHING planned. A small miracle in and of itself these days!
We watched movies, baked cookies, played games and took naps. Wonderful.

On Sunday, we went to church. Paige and Sarah went over to a friend's house after service. Emily, Grace and I went to the store for some groceries while Jeff and the boys stayed home (and napped).
In the evening, I had a meeting at church for the children's program. We are deciding between
Pioneer Clubs - a Christ-centered kids club program and FaithWeaver Friends - Midweek Kids Club Where Kids Grow. We hope to make a final decision by the end of this week. If you have personal experience with either program, let me know. I'd love your opinions.

The boys had a check up last Friday. All is well. Jacob weighs 32 pounds. Caleb is right behind him at 31-1/2 pounds. Hard to believe these little guys were once itty bitty 4 pounders!
We did find out that Caleb will need hernia repair. We had hoped it would self-correct, but that hasn't happened. This has been an issue for him since birth.
It isn't bothering him right now, it is just cosmetic at this point. However, if we wait -- it could start to cause pain. We are going to schedule the surgery for after the holidays.
I know it is a "minor" procedure, but you know how us mom's are --- I worry.
Pray over him, please.

Jeff has a big inspection coming up this Friday with the lab. He is putting in a lot of hours. Join me in praying for his contentment. He works so hard.

Stay in touch. I love hearing from all of you.

Kim

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Another day comes to an end

I just put the boys to bed. Jeff is at Bible study. The girls are watching Wheel of Fortune and eating cookies.

Tomorrow we have some home repairs being done. Can you believe we have been in the new house for a year now? Doesn't seem possible.......
They did a one year walk through, looking for things that need to be fixedlast week. With the exception of a few minor cracks and lose screws on doors, all is well.

The boys have their 3 year check up tomorrow afternoon. I am taking them to a new doctor. Actually, she is my doctor. She is a family physician and I really like her. The old ped's office was okay, but so crowded and I always felt so rushed. Not to mention, I didn't agree with a lot of their tactics in dealing with the patient. This new doctor is actually a D.O.
Don't know what a D.O. is? This explains it well. American Osteopathic Association
The whole family is transferring to her office. Jeff is going to see her office partner (a male).

Yesterday, I made the decision to take the position on church staff. With Jeff's help, we are going to be over the mid-week children's services. It is a daunting task, but with God's help, we feel equipped to serve. That means I am placing Mama Rockett's on the back burner until a later (much later?) date. This really is the best because the business, while enjoyable, took a lot of time from the family. Not to mention, the red tape was hideous (codes, liability insurance, taxes, permits, etc.) -- all for some simple candy! Ugh.

The lot next to our home sold over the weekend. They showed up to level the ground to an even surface and by the looks of things, building will start next week. Join us in praying that the Lord brings kind and loving neighbors. I could also use some ear plugs......it is quit loud these days with all of the construction.

With that, I will sign off for the evening. I hope all is well for you and yours?
Oh, one other thing. If you are planning on coming to a Nutcracker performance, let me know asap. Tickets go on sale the end of this week. They will go fast. If memory serves me (oh, stop laughing....) the tickets are running about $20.
If you can't make it to a show, VHS tapes are also being sold. They are $20 as well.

God Bless you.
Kim

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

The boys on their birthday. Jacob is on the left, Caleb on the right. Posted by Hello
A picture of Sarah in gymnastics. Posted by Hello
This is a nearby covered bridge. It is especially beautiful right now with the fall leaves. I only wish I had gotten closer. Posted by Hello
This is on a recent fieldtrip. It isn't the best picture in the world, but it is recent. The oldest girls look thrilled with me..... Posted by Hello

Monday, October 18, 2004

It's a merry Monday

Haha, notice that tiny little "merry" in the title? I can't help it. I love this time of the year.

I feel so, oh I don't know, festive! It is raining and cold. The leaves are blowing all around. The farmers are done with harvest. Crisp apples and bright pumpkins are sold at road side stands.
We lit the fireplace for the first time this morning. The house is warm and cozy. We are enjoying His blessings. It is good.

It has been a productive weekend for the family. Jeff worked much of Saturday, making up hours he missed during the week while helping me through a scary time.
Sunday was church and lunch out with friends. I also did some Christmas shopping. I am running behind in this area. Normally, I am just about done. I lost track of summer.
In the evening, I went to a meeting at church. We are in transition with our children's program since the youth pastors have moved.

This morning I checked my email to find a note from our Pastor. He has offered me a part-time position on staff to coordinate a new Wednesday evening program. I feel honored. I also feel guarded. I have been on the "burned out and frazzled" end of ministry work. While it is very rewarding, it can also be very lonely. Finding willing hands to help is not always easy.
I spoke with pastor about this and he understands. He promises to assist the new team. I am going to spend some time in prayer -- but I feel God's hand on my shoulder, whispering in my ear, "Kim, now. It is time. Be there."

Truthfully, I have so many ideas for the program. I know with prayer, commitment and willing hearts --- our church can lead our young people on an exciting adventure. I feel very close to the younger girls in our church. We have a nice system in place for the high school girls (mentoring and prayer teams) but not much for the younger girls. I have visions of mini-classes on pertinent issues for 4th-7th grade girls....topics that affect their lives and how to handle them in Biblical ways. Kind of like, "God driven girl power!"

I also would like to see more programs for the toddler/pre-schoolers. Playing and coloring is great -- but I think more could be done to build on God's world in their lives.

Jeff and I are committed to serving the Lord and church as a partnership. We both have our specific gifts. Together, with many other people -- there will be no stopping our church. That is exciting.

The one thing that will nee to be resolved is time constraints. During my health scare last week, I kept thinking, "Am I spending my precious time on things that *really* matter?"
In a few areas, I came to a quick answer. No. I have made changes.
In some areas, I was left with more questions. One area is Mama Rockett's.

Today -- the answer seems a tad more clear. I adore the creative outlet that Mama Rocketts allows me, but honestly, it is A LOT of work and time spent away from my family.
For obvious reasons, I cannot be program coordinator at church and Mama Rockett in the kitchen, as well as wife, mother, teacher and friend in in our home. There isn't enough time in the day.

The thought that goes through my head? The world doesn't need more candy. The world does need more Christ centered families. Even if the only family that is strengthened by my choice is my own, so be it. It will have been worth it. If, in the process, other children/families are touched --- what an incredible gift.

I don't know. I see things in such a different light the past several days. Having your life flash in front of you can do that to a person. I am seeing what truly matters.
I thank God for loving me enough to open my eyes and heart.

Blessings to you and yours.
Kim

Saturday, October 16, 2004

A new look at life

I am back from the fog. This past week has been full of fear, questions and tears.

Long story short -- I went for a check up last Monday. The doctor discovered a lump in the armpit area, near the breast tissue, on my right side. After some images were taken, they also discovered a small nodule in my left lung. I felt paralyzed in fear. Ever worse? I had to wait until this past Friday for follow up.

I spent the week crying, praying, crying and feeling utterly depressed. I have been through some dark periods in my life. I have had to put on my suit of armor and fall into the Lord's capable hands more than once. I know trials. In my heart, I knew the Lord was with me. Still, the thoughts going through my head were miserable. As a mother, I can't even type the thoughts down here in this note. If you are a parent reading this -- you can imagine what I might have been thinking.......
Thank the good Lord for my loving and faithful Jeff. He was a rock for me during this time (though I know he was very frightened himself).

Anyway, after a long week of waiting - I headed back the doctor. Come to find out, the breast lump is a nasty infected cyst. Gross, but harmless.
The lung nodule is a calcified reminder of an infection I had long ago. Also harmless.
Praise God! Praise God!

Now that I can see a bit clearer -- I realize that I learned a few things over this week. Life lessons I guess? I see a lot of things in a different light. For that, I also praise God. He brought me to a scary situation, pulled me through it, and made sure I learned something in the process.
Go God!

And, if I may? If you are reading this -- please take care of yourself. If something feels "off", get it checked out. Do monthly breast exams! Get adequate medical care. Be your own advocate. Do it for your own piece of mind -- but more importantly, do it for your family.
They love and need you.

With that, I am off to enjoy this crisp fall day. We are supposed to reach a high of 45 today. I will have to bundle up to plant some spring bulbs.

Oh, one other thing. I found out several days ago -- I'm going to be an auntie again. YAY.
My baby sister is gonna be a momma again next summer. I am thrilled for them.
That makes two new babies next year (my sister in law is due next spring). Love those babies!

In His blessed name,
Kim

Saturday, October 09, 2004

Cel-e-brate...good times...come on!

Excuse me while I channel Kool and the Gang.


We are having a party in the Rockett house. Paige and Sarah found out that they made the Fort Wayne ballet for the Nutcracker this winter. How exciting. We are so proud of the girls.
They worked hard for this. The show is in mid December. If you would like to come for a visit during that time, let's plan!! We would love to have you.

Dances At The Barre

I am going to issue a PSA now. As we all know, October is breast cancer awareness month. This disease affects all of us in some form or fashion. One in seven women will be hit with this crisis. Look around you, you know seven women! While I would love to commit myself to a ton of volunteer time to help this cause, I can't. What I can do? For the month of October, Mama Rockett's will donate 10% of her sales to The American Cancer society for research. For more information, check the site www.mamarocketts.com
Pass the word.
Don't need candy right now? Tha't okay. Remind your best friend to get a mammogram. Wear pink ribbon to remind folks of breast cancer research. Be the change you want to see in the world.
Pink Ribbon

I hope all is well for you and yours? Blessings and love.
Kim






Thursday, October 07, 2004

It's a blur

I don't know where my days have gone. They start out with a bang and end with a sputter.

All is well out in Hoosier-ville. We had our first frost warning 2 nights ago. We got all the way down to 28 degrees. WHO-EEEE, that's a big difference than the 80 degree weather from not long ago.

In my absence, we had another birthday celebration in the house.

Birthday Balloons
Our sweet, adorable, very busy boys are now 3 years old. I spent the day laughing and crying. In so many ways, it seems like ages ago since we welcomed them into our hearts. In a few, very distinct ways, it seems like yesterday.

They *loved* their Buzz and Woody (from Toy Story) cake. They were more excited over that cake than the train table/train set they received. When will us parents learn.....

Earlier, I told you that Mama Rockett's was looking to move into a bigger kitchen. I had the Dept of Health out to a possible location. It didn't work out though. The ceiling is not up to code.
Bummer.
Indifference
I'm not giving up. I am way too stubborn. For now, I will enjoy the blessings I have.

I had hoped to write more, but we have some sniffling kids in the house. I hope the sniffles don't progress into a bigger deal -- especially for the boys.

Love, hugs and prayers to all.
God Bless You