Saturday, October 31, 2009

cowgirl emma...

She is one cute cowgirl!!!!!

I think my HOURS of sewing and re~sewing turned out pretty well!

Hope everyone had a ghoulishly good time tonight!!!

pumpkins....

Who ever heard of it being 82* on October 30th????
Our pumpkin patch adventure was slightly strange this year...

We waited for a Saturday that Steve could go with us...

but with all of the crazy hours he has been putting in, that Saturday never came.

So yesterday, on our way to La Grange, the girls and I ran to a pumpkin patch we had never been to before...

You may have heard of it~~~Kroger:)
Emma scoured the fields for the perfect pumpkin...
And at last she found it!
Michaela found her's quickly...

mainly because she was mortified I was taking her picture in front of Kroger:)
Today we gave personality to our pumpkins...
Creating our jack o lanterns!!!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

friday frivolity...

It is 12:30am and I just arrived home from a day of Halloween festivities.

The girls crashed on the drive home from La Grange; a trip that took longer due to the torrential rainstorm that we are getting!

We arrived home about 15 minutes ago and are all in bed~~~2/3rds already asleep!

My ramblings will have to wait until I have gotten a few hours of sleep :)

Thursday, October 29, 2009

oops....

I just finished Emma Shea's Halloween costume...

she is wearing it to school tomorrow...

I didn't want to get it done too early:)

I lost track of time in the process of sewing...

it takes ALL of my concentration since I only do it once a decade...

I did not realize what time it was until 11:15~~~when the phone rang!

My first reaction was, "Who is calling so late?"...

That lasted a split second and then IT hit me...

Steve was supposed to be at work at 11:00pm!!!

I ran upstairs and woke him up...

and he was out the door 10 minutes later!

Oops!!!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

no habla calculus....

I now know how someone who comes to a new country and has to try to comprehend a foreign language feels....

For the last hour or so I have been trying to decipher the language known as Calculus...

without the benefit of having had the necessary instructions on transformations, slides, stretches, compressions...

and can I just say...it hasn't been a successful 60+ minutes:(

So along with having to stand up in front of my Diversity class and give a brief presentation (public speaking is my worst nightmare), I will be attempting to take a quiz that is in a foreign language.

But the silver lining....only 2 more weeks in this term!!!!!

Monday, October 26, 2009

warm feet...

Today, while taking my make-up Calculus test,I overheard the instructor talking about all of the people missing because of H1N1. It is hitting the Ohio schools hard right now.

She went on to say that she had read a published medical study that concluded that the best way to stay healthy is.....

to keep your feet warm!!!

Who knew....warm feet= a healthy body?

I decided to share my new found knowledge with Michaela when I arrived home...

and when she stopped talking long enough for me to get two words in!

I began telling her...

she sneezed.

I continued on...

she had to blow her stuffy nose.

I finished telling her the information...

Her face lit up....

She smiled real big...

and then proceeded to say,

"I now know why I woke up sick this morning! Last night at the teen get~together I was outside barefoot while we played games around the fire pit. Wow, that study must be right!"

I am so proud that as she coughs, blows her nose, and spreads her germs all around that she could be a case study supporting the new research!

2 children....barefoot outside in 40 degree weather...within the last 7 days!

Michaela and Emma, I realize we live in Kentucky, but do we have to be the poster family for the Hillbilly stereotype?

Friday, October 23, 2009

friday frivolity...

Another week has come and gone....

and surprisingly with very few mentionable events.

Well... besides Steve getting a job!!!!

That was sort of BIG NEWS!!!!!
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I am in the process of studying for a Anatomy and Physiology test...

the skeletal system...

Wow...the complexity of how everything fits together to give support and allow mobility...

I do not understand how people can believe we evolved from a single cell when they look at the intricacy of the skeletal system.
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The girls have had a mundane week at school...

just lessons and homework.

Lots of homework~~~much to Emma's disgust!
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What do you do when your 6 year old is already saying she hates school?

She is reading well~~thankfully because she refused to do that for a long time...

She LOVES math~~~asks me to write math problems for her to do during the sermons at church....

but every morning is a battle...

and the phrase... "I hate school!" is heard at least once a week.

Oh the joys of parenthood!!!!
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Steve has worked another crazy week again...

first job from 10:00 until 7:00pm...

2 hours of sleep...

second job from 11:00pm until 8:00am...

come home and sleep an hour...

We see him in the prone position...

and walking out the door!

I am glad he will be able to cut back some when he starts at Ratheon.
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I guess I had better get back to the skeletal system...

maybe this coming week will have some exciting events for me to ramble on about!!!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

if i close my eyes...

and click my heels together 3 times.......

will I end up here...

with no schoolwork to complete...

no laundry piled up....

no floors needing mopped...

no children needing disciplined?

PLEASE!!!!!!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

****sigh****

I thought when we received word of a job there would be a weight lifted off my shoulders; a sense of relief that life was moving forward in a positive direction. Yet surprisingly, when Steve called me to let me know that Rathion had called and made an offer, there was no sigh of relief from me; no sense of solace.

Please don't get me wrong, I AM happy. I am not trying to be negative. This IS what we have been praying for and I am thankful that our prayers have been answered.

I am not sure where the hesitation is coming from. I am definitely not attached to this house~~~it is just brick and wood. I do not have friends that live around us, nor do I have an attachment to the Northern Kentucky area, but as I think about packing up our possessions and putting a For Sale sign in the front yard a sadness overwhelms me. I think about the impressions of Michaela's feet and hands made the day the builders poured the driveway; the bathroom tiles painted by her friends. I think about the first day of school pictures taken in front of the same tree every year~~seeing the growth of the girls and the tree each August. I think about the landscaping I just finished designing, the trees we have planted, and the projects Steve and I have worked on together the last 9 years...and it makes me sad to say good bye to those memories.

Which is silly, I know, but the sadness is still there.

While I begin packing up our possessions and preparing the house to be put on the market, I am sure there will be more moments of sadness. But I know that the sadness will give way to the excitement of moving closer to friends; the sadness will be replaced by the aggravation:) of trying to find a place to live~~~that we like, that we can afford with only one income, that's in the best school district..... My sadness will be smothered by the excitement of the girls~~~because they ARE excited!!!!

Change is often not easy, even when it is what has been prayed for, but it is inevitable. So as we begin this transition in our lives, we will press on confidently~~~sadness and all.

Monday, October 19, 2009

to God give the glory...

Psalm 28:7 (NASB)

7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, and with my song I shall thank Him.

1 Chronicles 16:34 (NASB)

34 O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His lovingkindness is everlasting.


Psalm 139:14 (NASB)

14 I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well.

To God give the glory....

Steve received a job offer from a company in Louisville today!!!!!!!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

happy made -up hallmark holiday...

What did your sweetie get you to let you know that you are his one and only; you make his life complete;you are his world?

N.O.T.H.I.N.G????

Really? Me too!!!

***I actually did not realize it was Sweetest day until I went grocery shopping this afternoon, but SHHH don't tell Steve :
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Friday, October 16, 2009

friday frivolity...

Isn't it odd how ssssslllllooooowwwwwlllllyyyyy the week goes when there is a holiday!

I thought this week would never end...

but we have finally made it to Friday!

YEAH!!!!
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The weather is crazy here in Kentucky....

chilly, gray, cloudy, and R.A.I.N.Y...

enough already!
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I registered today for next term's classes...

Anatomy 2, Physics, and Interpersonal Communication.

I am just thankful I have no more Calculus to endure!!
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We finally finished the chapter on Heterosexism in my Diversity class...

My belief that homosexuality is a sin was not very popular...

I read scriptures to support my viewpoint...

but I did not get very far...

it is difficult to defend a Bible principal when those around you feel the Bible was written by men with no inspiration from God, has been translated so many times that it cannot be accurate, and that God must love the homosexual because He created them!

The idea that God loves the sinner but hates the sin was lost on my instructor and fellow classmates.
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Michaela received her first term report card last week...

ALL As!!!!!

and more surprising...

a 98 in pre-algebra...

and the words, "Algebra is easy!"

WHAT???
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Emma seems to be living under a perpetual full moon...

mood swings...

angry outburst...

contriteness...

the constant discipline is exhausting...

and seems to be useless!

I hope her moon and planets line up soon...

or I may need Miss Clairol to cover up the grey!
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Did I happen to mention that Steve has a job?

He has been hired on a contract basis by the company he was temp-ing for...

It has something to do with computers and car parts???...

All I really know is he leaves the house in the morning and returns home in the evening...

and $ will be deposited in the checking account each week!

And isn't that what is really important to know:)
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Steve actually has been working two jobs this week...

He has been going into to work at Arvin at 10:30am until 7:00pm...

he comes home and sleeps from the moment after he says hello to us until 9:00pm...

he then gets ready and heads out to CSS~~from 10:00pm until 6:00am...

he then comes home and sleeps from the moment after he changes out of his uniform until 9:30 am...

and then he starts the day again!!

It seems like a slow road to an early grave ...

I told him tonight that I know he is worth a large sum dead, but I would really rather have him around to take out the trash each week :)
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I finished my cross culture experience at 3:30 this morning and had lab at 8:00, so I am running on fumes...

It is time for bed...

Michaela and I have decided she is skipping Ballet Corp tomorrow morning....

shhhhhh! don't tell Mary Jo:)

sleeping in....past 8:00am! **sigh**
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May your dreams be sweet!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

if not you than who....

I have a paper due tomorrow (today) and I have procrastinated {insert sound of shock}~~So, because of my procrastination, I could not do a post AND write a brief 2 to 3 page paper on my trip to the Underground Railroad Freedom Center. I thought I would kill two birds...I just finished it. It is long! But it is what it is~~Until I read over it again later and make a bunch of revisions:)

As you stand at the entrance of the Underground Railroad Freedom Center and look out past the traffic and the construction, what you see before you is the mighty Ohio River; a wide span of water that once separated the slave state of Kentucky from the free state of Ohio. What lies in front of you is the enormous gulf that had to be crossed by slaves to gain what white men took for granted~~freedom. And as you stand on those large stone steps looking out onto the river, envisioning the slaves fleeing from bondage, what stands behind you is the culmination of a vision that began in 1994 by a group, the National Conference of Community and Justice (NCCJ), wanting ‘to give something back to the community in gratitude for its half century of support for our work.’ {http://www.americancatholic.org/messenger/Aug2004/feature1.asp}. After 10 years of planning, fund raising and construction, the NCCJ’s vision was complete. On August 3, 2004, the doors of the Freedom Center opened, welcoming those wanting to know the stories about freedom's heroes, from the era of the Underground Railroad to contemporary times, challenging and inspiring everyone to take courageous steps for freedom today. {Mission Statement, freedomcenter.org}

Having grown up being taught that all people are equal and that we should be judged by our actions not by where we come from or the color of our skin; I entered the slavery exhibits with the same feelings of disgust and puzzlement I had as I walked the grounds of Auschwitz. As I entered the Andersen Slave Pen and envisioned the fear of the 70 men shackled on the upper floor and the women and children below, I wondered how any human could justify the mistreatment of other humans based on the color of their skin. As I read the ledger entries for slaves bought and sold, the letters stating acceptable prices for male and female slaves, and the comparison of the profitability of slaves to corn and wheat, I was appalled by the lack of human decency shown to fellow human beings. As I entered the Circle Gallery, the peacefulness created by the sounds of Amazing Grace being sung was soon overshadowed by the names of slave ships carved into the stone walls~~the realization of the enormity of the slave trade became overwhelming. From the Pavilion of Courage to the Pavilion of Cooperation, I was saddened by the savageness of mankind towards one another and I was uplifted by the strength and bravery shown by those who stood up and fought for freedom for all mankind.

“I am not a racist!” “I would always stand up for the rights of others.” “Everyone is equal.” are phrases I have said many times. They are words I sincerely believe to be true. Having attended a school for 2 years in which I was the minority and taught in a school whose population was entirely African-American, I have never felt that I differentiated between races. Yet, as I walked through the ESCAPE exhibit, as I watched the video, Brothers of the Borderland, and as I was surrounded by the names of those who had selflessly helped others escape, I wondered if I would have been as brave. Would I have stood up for the rights of the slaves? Would I have spoken out against those who owned slaves or would I have condoned the atrocity by remaining silent because of fear? And while it is hundreds of years after the first ships sailed from Africa loaded with human cargo; centuries after humans were placed on auction blocks to be sold like cattle, inequality, racism, and slavery still exist throughout the world. Am I allowing racism to continue today because of my silence or am I a striving to be an everyday freedom hero~~promoting equality for all?

Today, as I walked through the doors of the Freedom Center, I entered a world that made me superior because of the whiteness of my skin. I had rights and privileges simply because I was not black. There was no fear of being shackled, torn away from my family, or branded like cattle. Because of my light skin, I was able to make choices for myself without the fear of brutal force; my life was my own to live. As I stepped back out of the doors of the Freedom Center, I entered a world that sadly still creates a network of superiority based on color, gender, and class. I entered a society that continues to judge others by the color of their skin, or their gender, or their bank account. I entered a world that without tolerance, compassion, and understanding for all human beings will continue to be divided; a world where inequality will continue to prevail. I stepped out of those doors with a choice to remain comfortable and silent or to a conductor for the ‘underground railroad’ of equality.

If not me than who… If not now, than when?

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

not quite wordless wednesday...

She doesn't sit in the sink anymore...

but she still spends ALOT of time in front of the mirror!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

i love hate computers...

I am TRYING to get a picture uploaded from Picasa...

it is WHAT I wrote about...

I can see the folder in Picasa...

but I CANNOT the find the folder when I try to add it!!!!

GRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!

It doesn't help that my live-in computer tech worked from 10:00pm last night until 4:30pm today and is snoring next to me...

and even though my frustration level is rising...

and an 'accidental' nudge to wake him up is very tempting...

I thought I would be nice {for a change} and not wake him :)


I know they say the computer is only as smart as the one operating it...

so at this very moment, this laptop is pretty dumb!!

Monday, October 12, 2009

21600 seconds have somehow past...

I came in from mowing the grass at about 6:00pm and began studying the INTEGUMENTARY system...

I fed Michaela dinner~~Steve was asleep {because he picked up some extra hours tonight} and Emma was sent to her room at 5:00 {and fell asleep in about 3 minutes}...

I have taken a shower, put in a load of laundry, and moved from the kitchen table to my bed while taking continuing to take notes...

I have just looked at the clock and somehow 6 hours have past!!!!!

So...

I am going to write a few more notes about the epidermis and dermis...

and then I am going to turn the lights off and close my eyes.

Sorry...this is all you get tonight!!!!

Friday, October 09, 2009

friday frivolity...

I cannot believe how quickly the days go by...

The girls and I have been back from England for a little over a year...

and Steve arrived here a year ago this month...

it feels like just a few months ago we landed at Indianapolis airport and began acclimating to being back in the States.
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The girls are out of school today and Monday.

I am out for Columbus Day on Monday also...

Yeah, a long weekend!!!

We would be doing something fun, somewhere....

but we would have to build an ark first to stay dry in the deluge of rain.
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So the good news this week is that Steve has a job!!!

It is a 6 month contract job with the company he has been temp~ing with...

The company is trying to make it a permanent job before the end of the contract...

the bad news~~he still has to work a second job:(
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Beware ~~ a rant in the middle of my FF...

How do people live on what this company pays its employees? We only have a mortgage, car insurance, utilities, dance classes, groceries and petrol to pay for each month and Steve has to work 2 jobs to just pay for the bare minimum...

How do people who have car loans, credit card bills, etc. make ends meet?

Okay, stepping down off of my soap box!
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While the girls and I ran around doing errands today, we had conversations about many arbitrary topics...

as you can imagine with a 6 year old and a 13 year old:)

A one point we were discussing why No. Kentucky was considered to be in the Mid-West....

I am not sure how this came up????

In the course of the discussion, Michaela concluded that because we do not have an accent~~~but those to the north and those to the south of us do, WE are the standard that all others are measured by...

Yeah, not the slightest bit egotistical!
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Emma began her Halloween costume ritual...

the ritual where she sees Halloween merchandise in the stores and begins deciding what she wants to be for Halloween...

and then changes her mind everyday~~~or a few times a day~~~until I 'finalize' her decision by buying something for the costume!

This year we have gone from wanting to be a princess (of course) to a fairy to Hannah Montana...

This year's ritual was ended today when we bought a bandanna...

Cowgirl Emma Shea will be making her debut on October 31!
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I read today that President Obama has won the Nobel Peace Prize.


To explain this year's selection, the peace prize committee
"credited Obama not for concrete accomplishments but for atmospheric ones. "Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future," the committee said. "His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world's population." (MSN)

HUH? Creating warm and fuzzy feelings with speeches earns a Nobel Peace prize?
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I laid down at 5:30~~for just a minute~~and woke up as Steve was leaving for his 2nd job...

that would be at 9:30!!

The nap actually made me more tired than I was...

so I am going to attempt to go back to sleep!

Sweet dreams!!!

Thursday, October 08, 2009

some days life is like a roller coaster ride...

Have you ever had a day that feels like as you stepped out of bed, you sat in a roller coaster car and strapped yourself in?

Preparing for the twist and turns, inclines and stomach~turning drops...

Never knowing what lies ahead...

but bracing yourself for the next turn~~~with both anticipation and dread.

A day that begins with bumpy incline as your daughter struggles to be get ready for school without ugliness and whining...

and then the feeling of exhilaration as she turns and smiles sweetly at you while blowing you a kiss on her way into school...

a moment of calm as you sit in a peacefully quiet home~~~ slowly climbing another hill...

and without warning having your stomach lurch when you receive a call telling you to read email NOW~~~plummeting down an incline and being caught completely off guard by a sharp turn.

The twist and turns, the ups and downs continue, because that is life. We often may be taken by surprise by the death defying drops,yet we can have confidence that while we are on this roller coaster of life, we are kept safe by our faith in God. We can be comforted knowing that we are surrounded by friends who will be there to hold us up when we feel the ride is too much. We can have peace in the knowledge that God is always with us; that we never have to bear the ride alone. And while there may be times we want to hold our hands up and demand to be let off the ride, we know that the end of the ride, eternal life in heaven, is worth all of the turns and plummeting falls we have to endure.
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As I sit here typing through the tears that are falling, I implore you to pray for my dear friends, Shelly and Emory. And while I will not go into specifics, because they are not mine to tell, I do ask that you pray to God for them to have strength, open hearts, and patience as they face what is before them.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

not quite wordless wednesday...

The girls and I went to a local garden store on Saturday {before they both ended up in bed}, to enjoy the Kid's Fest they were having to support foster care.

They had a corn maze, face painting, free pumpkins to paint~~~~ free, fun stuff everywhere!!!!
They even had corn hole set up...
The girls gave it their best effort....
but I don't think we will be entering any competitions anytime soon!

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

thank you V Tech....

A few Christmases ago Santa brought Emma Shea a V Tech camera.

And for the last couple of years we have been blessed with GREAT photos!

Like this one of the house across the street...
and this one of my ugly kitchen floor...
and this recent one of the family room...
and this one of the arm of the couch and the rug!!!She recently discovered the video recorder on her little orange and yellow camera....

And I couldn't be happier~~~because what I have found on it is PRICELESS!!!!

video
I heard her singing downstairs Sunday night and it made me smile because she had no inhibitions~~~she was singing her original songs loud and proud!!!

I was even happier when I realized that she had been recording her performances~~she recorded 8 performances before the memory of her camera was full.

She hasn't quite mastered where she should stand in order to be on the screen, but she has mastered making me grin from ear to ear!!!!

***Excuse the clutter on the island~~it is where everyone's school stuff landed on Friday and with the sickness over the weekend, it was all still there!!

Monday, October 05, 2009

the end of an era....

The training wheels have come off...
The team has been assembled and
the lessons have begun!!!
There were moments of jubilee...
Moments of apprehension...and there was success!!!!

Sunday, October 04, 2009

upon the first day of the week...

Rom 8:31~~~If God be for us, who can be against us?

Col 3:2~~~Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

Phil 4:4~~~Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I say, rejoice!

Saturday, October 03, 2009

sickies....

What do you do when both your girls are feeling rotten?

You put them in the guest room...

together of course, because misery loves company....

and let the two of them entertain each other with the coughing and aching!!!!!
***I truly hope they both feel better SOON!!!
***They are generally not sick, but I feel like that is all we have been for the last 6 months or so.
*** and it's a bit scary with the Swine flu making its rounds through the schools~~and us with no insurance.

Friday, October 02, 2009

friday frivolity...

It's been a few weeks since I posted a Friday frivolity post...

no internet, falling asleep at 9:00pm, studying~~~ all got in the way of my rambling about our week!
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So, what has been happening...

I survived the rat dissection...

there was no enjoyment in the experience, but I remained conscious during the slicing and dicing.
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Michaela and I FINALLY found jeans that were not too long or too tight...

We were so desperate we even went to K~Mart in search of the 'perfect pair!
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Steve has found a way to add gray hairs to my head even faster than the girls...

First, while looking for a new job, he has borrowed Michaela's cell phone...

Then, even after the 500 SHARED minute plan was explained, he used the phone ALOT~~~job inquiries, calls to creditors,etc.....

Then he got to experience the wrath that ensued when I opened the $300.00 phone bill ~~after a really crummy day...
{not that the reaction would have been much different if the day had gone any better}...


AND THEN HE GOT TO WATCH THE GRAY HAIRS POP OUT ALL OVER THE PLACE!
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Of course, Michaela is thrilled that this happened because in order to NOT pay a $300 cell phone bill, Steve called CB and changed the plan~~~which they did retroactively...

and now she has the all important TEXTING on her phone...

that is if she ever gets it back!
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Emma is doing well in school...

her teacher sent home a note letting me know what a lovely child she was...

It is good to know she only blesses her daddy and I with the "I hate reading", "I do not want to do any homework." and "I do not want to take any AR test." drama"
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Steve was unofficially offered a job at the plant where he has been temp~ing...

which is a good thing...

I should be very excited...

except, the pay is what he was making 20 years ago...

with no mortgage and two less people to take care of...

Shouldn't our yearly income be INCREASING not DECREASING as we get older?
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As part of being on the Dance Team, Michaela is required to take a classical ballet class...

her class was at noon on Saturday afternoon...

but she was moved to another class...

9:00AM Saturday mornings...

9AM on {what was} my only day to sleep in!!!!!!!!!!!!! Are you kidding me!!!
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Now, it is 10:24 and 8:00am comes early on a Saturday morning...

so I think I am going wake Emma up and give her some cough medicine so we can both get some sleep tonight...

and then I am off to bed...

Sweet dreams!
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Thursday, October 01, 2009

thankful thursday...

Yesterday I heard a conversation about a dinner that someone had just had with an individual that could not find one thing to be positive about. He complained about the meal~~even though it was exactly as he had ordered it. He griped about the restaurant~~even though he was the one that had chosen it. The only thing he did not grumble about was the napkin he was given with the silverware. This person could not would not find anything to be thankful for.

I know that we all have times in our lives when we feel like everything is going wrong. Every turn brings another heartache, crisis, or temptation to overcome. It becomes easy to immerse ourselves in negative thoughts and attitudes. 'Woe is me' becomes our mantra. We become so consumed with the 'Why is this happening to me?' or the 'Seriously, what can possibly happen next?' that we lose sight of the glories and blessings that surround us.

When we look beyond ourselves and focus on the love God shows us in our daily lives, it is impossible to NOT find things to be thankful for.

So on this the first day of October, I am looking beyond my worries and fears and I am counting my blessings.

I am so very thankful for....


My husband who works hard at whatever job he can find to support us as he tries to find a permanent job.

Michaela, who is a loving and tender-hearted young lady whose choices make me proud.

Emma, who in all of her drama about EVERYTHING, can usually make me laugh countless times a day:)

The glorious Autumn colors that are beginning to emerge.

The crisp Autumn temperatures we are experiencing~~nothing better than sleeping with the windows open snuggled under quilts!

The stack of wood in the back~~waiting for cold winter days and a warm crackling fire in the fireplace.

The decreasing price of petrol!!!

Ice~cold Skyline fountain Pepsi ~~with extra ice {and the sweet husband who just handed me one as he returned from picking up Michaela from practice!!}

A phone interview tomorrow with the company Steve has been temp~ing with!!!

And, of course, for my Christian friends that pray for us, that support us, and that love us.

What are you thankful for this Thursday?