Friday, August 28, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
And they're off!
8th grade, 7th grade, 5th grade, 3rd grade, 2nd grade and 1st grade.
I have a particularly grateful heart this year.
Maybe it's because I realize how fast they grow. How little time I actually have with them in our home. How MUCH we have to teach them before they are gone. How grateful I am for the help in doing that.
We started Jr. High football last year with Son #1. He's playing, again, this year, along with Daughter (#2) in Jr. High volleyball. Then, of course, the Coach and his varsity team. I've already admitted we won't make it to every game. We'll do as much as we can without wearing out the little ones.
I'm so grateful for my kids.
This Summer, they have helped, babysat, cleaned up the house, mowed lawns, done meals, cleaned up meals, played with cousins, taken care of Little Man, gotten their stuff ready for school . . .and we've had a LOT of fun, together!
I'm grateful they know how to work hard and pitch in and LAUGH.
Yes, there are more messes because we HAVE eight kids.
Yes, there is more WORK.
But there is also a lot more HELP. More hands to do what needs to be done. And someone to laugh with while you do it.
I'll miss them, today. But what a blessing that they can be at our wonderful school, doing some of the needed learning and growing under the extremely capable hands of their incredible teachers.
It's going to be a full-time job this year, for me, to keep things organized and prepared here at home so we can GO GO GO to games most nights. It will keep me busy, teaching and training Daughter (#7), who is already getting to be quite the helper, and Little Man, who tends to get himself into quite a few messes throughout the day.
My goal is for the kids to come home to peace and order (ha!), meals ready, laundry and errands done. So they can do homework and play and go to yet more games.
It's going to be an adventure!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
I am determined to not let this day go by without posting a thankful list.
So determined, in fact, that it's taken until all of the troops are sound asleep to get here.
And I'm a bit tired, myself.
But how could I skip this week's opportunity to tell you all that I have to be grateful for?
So here goes:
1. The stomach virus? Short lived and only ONE sick (do you realize the monumental amazingness of that?) It still may resurface, I realize. But I'm grateful for the break!
2. Son (#1)? Arrived safely (Thank you for praying with us!), only three days late - Tuesday at dinnertime. The stories are coming out here and there - he seems so very grown up. He is. I'm so proud.
3. My Parents? Home, as well. Hamburgers eaten together on Tuesday night on the way home from the airport. Missed them so much!
4. The Coach and the boys? Home from football camp Wednesday afternoon. They had a great time!
5. School supplies for six? All bought and organized. (Still need to mark them all with names, but that will come.)
6. The laundry? From 18 days in Africa and four days x three at football camp? Formerly stinky, but now all washed, folded and put away.
7. Daughter (#2)? Putting in and taking out her new contacts like a pro. After only two days! (Took me two WEEKS! And I was fourteen, not twelve.)
8. School clothes for three boys and three girls? Purchased (very few), organized (Thank you Lord for hand-me-downs) and ready to go.
In spite of all the work? I think we've enjoyed this last full week of Summer. With volleyball practice in it's second week and Jr. High football (for Son) starting Monday - it's only going to get crazier.
Honestly? I don't know how it will all work this year. Just like I didn't know how most days this week would work. We plan and prepare and try to stay organized - we give it to the Lord and ask Him for HIS direction - and we tackle it as it comes. Learning a great deal of flexibility, patience and giving up of our rights, along the way. Learning, too, to be humble and ask for help. I couldn't do it without help.
It's all good.
In the meantime, I apologize for the messed up blog. It's all my fault. I did it. On accident, but by my very own self. Ha! Sweet Friend, Crazy Daisy (as if she doesn't have anything else to do), is trying to help me piece things back together. I hope you can still read it! And thanks for understanding that sometimes I just mess things up.
OK. Maybe A LOT of times I mess things up. How grateful I am for a God who loves me no less because of my messes. Who loves me know more on days when I (appear to) have it all together. He just loves me.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
I'm a little slow.
Or possibly in denial. VERY possibly in denial. I admit it.
But OHMYHEAVENS. . .
Summer is almost over!
Can you believe it? I can't. I'm not done, yet. We have more sleeping in to do. More swimming with cousins and cooking out in the backyard and HELLO. . . sleeping in. And movies to watch and walks to take and GOOD GRIEF, where has the time gone?
We've had fun. Lot's of fun. But in my dream world (where I live when I can't take the real world, anymore) it would be Summer all of the time.
I know there are two groups of thought on this. Some of you are thinking, GO BACK TO SCHOOL ALREADY SO I CAN DRINK MY COFFEE IN PEACE. I hear you. Really I do.
Problem is, school or Summer, I have yet to actually get to that point, yet. So while I'm at it? I'd rather have. . .
Extra eyes to watch my extremely ornery two-year old.
Sisters for Daughter (#7) to play with all day.
Boys home to mow the yard, take out the trash and lift heavy things.
Afternoons in the POOL.
Built in babysitters for hair cuts and errand running.
Lunch with Granddad at Chick-fil-A.
Did I mention swimming?
Brown little arms and legs and sun-bleached ponytails.
Help in the kitchen (making messes AND making brownies).
I'm going to miss it all!
And trade it in for. . .
Early mornings (yawn).
Making 7 lunches before breakfast.
SOCKS (oh how I will miss the flip flops).
Homework and notes to sign.
Jr. High Football and Volleyball games.
Early bedtime and (gasp) baths at night.
Short afternoons and shorter naptimes for Little Man.
Dress Code laundry (shorts take up MUCH less room in the dryer!).
Then, again, what a huge blessing to be sending them off - with their daddy - to the best school there is (I may be slightly partial) with multitudes of cousins, their Papa, their uncle as headmaster and the BEST teachers in the world who love on them and teach them things I'd never get to. And I'm not kidding about those teachers! Amazing!
So for now, I'm going to suck in my bottom lip, get out the school supply lists and go to it.
Here's to Summer. It's the best.
And to a new school year. It's going to be great, too.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Today? My eldest son was privileged to be a part of sharing the gospel. With thousands. Just today.
I've prayed for all of our children, that God would give them a heart for missions. A desire to share the gospel. At home and around the world.
Well. . . He's answered that prayer. In a big way.
Somehow I don't think my son will ever be the same.
To God be the glory.
Friday, August 7, 2009
Pretty amazing, really. When I had the blessing of taking trips around the world, we only called home if something was REALLY wrong. Ha! Love getting to hear from him.
Here is where they are staying:
The view from their quarters - A beach!
My sweet mother has been blessed to speak to the Pastor's wives:
And hold some sweet, sweet babies!
Here are the Pastor's in their teaching sessions:
And our very missed, very much loved Son:
Thank you for all of your prayers on his behalf and on behalf of their team there. God is truly blessing the work. To Him be the glory.
And I think they are being mightily blessed in the sharing of the best of GOOD NEWS.