Saturday, March 31, 2007

Welcome to the world, Mason!

My sister made me an auntie again Wednesday night. :: smile ::
His name is Mason. He joins big brothers, Dylan and Jackson.
Mom and baby are doing great.
Love ya, sis!

Current count?
Nephews - 6
Nieces - 2

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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Beautiful indeed!

After dropping the girls off at their various dance locations, the boys and I headed to the Y for some fun and activity. I hopped on the treadmill for 30 minutes while the boys went into the youth room for supervised play.

After my work-out, we ventured over to Starbucks for my work-out reward (yes, it does take a reward for me to accomplish this task). While sipping on a (tall, skim, no foam, 1 raw sugar) latte and chocolate milk (boys), we talked and giggled - waiting for P to finish class.

On the way to getting the other girls, I glanced in the rear view mirror to see P reading to the boys. It was the sweetest sight. The boys on either side of her, listening carefully. Even sweeter? She was reading from her Bible. She was telling them the story of Samson with great clarity and expression. When the boys asked a question, she answered with confidence. She finished the story with, "The Lord gave Samson great strength" - one of the boys said, "That is a beautiful thing."

I smiled, looked back at my babies, and said the same thing.

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Monday, March 26, 2007

Smile! It's Monday!

Did it work? Are you smiling? Is the sun shining at your house? It is glorious here. Finally.

A bit of catch-up is in order.
Last Friday, a sweet friend and I headed down to the state homeschooling expo. What a wonderful day! The expo was well attended and I was able to get all of our curriculum for this fall. That feels good - one less thing to worry about later.

We had time to talk and share with one another and I am reminded of God's greatest blessing -- fellowship. After the expo we headed over to Trader Joes (she had never been) and to the Cheesecake Factory for a FABULOUS dinner. You know, after my last post about feeling scattered and overwhelmed, this day was planned by Him. He is so loving that way.

Today has been spent with lessons and scrubbing the kitchen. Everything smells like lemon and Pure Castile soap. I have all of the windows open and the boys have been in the backyard all morning, chasing the dogs, playing in the dirt, kicking balls and getting sweaty.

Happiness.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

My life is a lot like veggie soup

Strange title, eh? I know. Stay with me.

You know when it is the day before grocery shopping and the clock strikes "Oh, it's time to feed my family" o'clock? You reach into the pantry and pull out some broth, spices, potatoes and whatever else doesn't fall on your head when you open the door? You fill a pot with the above items and proceed to empty the fridge veggie drawer into the soup pot. Viola! Your dinner will be ready in an hour.

That's how I feel - except the ingredients are all over the counter. Everything would make a fine presentation if it could be gathered and cooked. I'm stuck on the gathering part.

Between recent health concerns with one of the boys
(I'll fill you in later), dh's demanding school schedule (he is almost done), various activities for the children (lots to share here), pets (anyone want a neurotic dog), home (I need to spring clean), my new exercise routine (yay me), outside family dynamics (too long to share) and home school lessons (time to plan for next year) - I feel like an empty pot on a hot stove.

Don't get me wrong. I love all of the ingredients for my 'soup.' I know the soup will taste just fine if I leave a few ingredients out, but right now I would love to have my grandma around to fix the soup.

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Friday, March 09, 2007

Yes. It's true. The blog is alive.

What happened? I don't know.
One minute I was an active blogger, the next minute, wrapped up in a whirlwind of activity.

There is a lot to share, but not a lot of time to spare (heh, I'm a poet).
For now, I leave you with this song. Enjoy.

In God We Still Trust