Sunday, September 18, 2016


This morning after church...

CAM: "Today our teacher said, 'Ready, Freddy?' and one of the boys said, 'We're not Freddy, we're Chuckie!"...  Hey mom, is Chuckie real?"

ME: "No, I think he's a doll that a movie made talk and do crazy things to scare people." ...

CAM: "Well, that's why we better be nice to our dolls."

Friday, September 16, 2016

Best. Weekend. Ever.

I never suspected a thing and I thought I had pretty good sense about these kinds of things.

Saturday morning Richard and Cam were working outside (there's a never-ending list of clean up and moving things) and I went to the garage to help give some directions to help them out! We knew Ian was coming over later in the day to help out but I was surprised when Cameron announced that he saw him coming up the road. Then he said, "And there's some other guys with him..."

At this point I was headed back inside, because as comfortable as I would like to be, my Saturday morning hair is not made for public consumption. But back to the story, Cameron yells...and starts running, "Ryan and Katelyn are here!"

Cameron is seldom wrong about these kinds of things but there was no way Ryan and Katelyn could be here. They live in Georgia, he is in the possession of the United States Government, via the Army and they hadn't told me they were coming.

It was them! Cameron almost climbed through the window of their car to get to Ryan and ERIN climbed out of the back! Before I knew it Jordan had come out, and Lauren had woken up Sheridan (who happened to have a friend over) and videoed her blindly following her to the garage until she realized it was her big brother in the driveway. And she ran down the driveway, jumped up in Ryan's arm and we were ALL 10 IN THE DRIVEWAY...AND AT HOME.

For 3 days we were all here. We went to the Razorback game in Fayetteville, saw Katelyn's brother and almost ALL their friends...we worked together in the yard, we went to church together, grilled out and BOTH sets of grandparents came to see us. Monday morning Ryan and Katelyn were headed back to Georgia, Erin headed back to college. Monday Richard was back on the road and the littles went back to school.

It was the best surprise ever. Why? Because my kids wanted to be here. They wanted to see us. They wanted to be with us, and eat with us and hug us. They didn't mind washing windows, cleaning up the yard and organizing our boxes in the garage. Because they "get" FAMILY. Every time we're together it's loud enough to make me wish for quiet time, but I know that when we're loud it just means we're all together. The impact that makes on my littles is a seed that will grow over time and someday, I pray, they'll value FAMILY too.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Not a Factor

When someone thinks of volleyball players they probably think of tall, strong folks who can SLAM the ball over the net. Well, Sheridan is neither tall or particularly strong but she's playing! Her height is not a factor but her work ethic is. She's also a bit of fun on the court. I mean, she's a little taller than the lower ribbon on the net...she stands behind the TALLEST girls during some of the set up, and yet, she's getting a little playing time on the 8th grade team. I'm proud of her hard work and keeping her chin up even though she's not in the starting group and sometimes doesn't get much playing time. I'm glad she's not sitting at home wishing she could play. Thankful for coaches who see determination and let her travel and play.

Photo cred: Double R Sports plus

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Not one clear thought...

I haven't blogged in two weeks and it's not for lack of content, but I can't get one clear thought about what we're doing or how we're doing it! We've moved, gotten school activities started, and I'm working every day on my upcoming event.  We mostly manage to eat meals and keep the floors swept too.

Highlights from the last few days: It's taken around 50 trips but we've finally got everything here...I mean, there's still my vacuum, a few cleaning supplies and a broom I'm missing...but we're here. Most of the things we use are put away in the house but the daunting task is the 2 of three garage bays filled with boxes and "stuff." We've already purged...this is furniture I'm going to sell and books we haven't seen in a year, a card collection and the mopeds. Someday, someday.

This happened. Jordan has been so ANXIOUS to get her tuba home! I mean, it will hardly fit in the back of my 4Runner but she's got to get that thing home! I'm thankful for the extra insulation in this new house. 

Volleyball season has started. Sheridan is the smallest player on the court...but not the quietest. She knows how to call the ball, is getting to be a really good setter and most importantly works hard on the floor. Cam loves volleyball because there is popcorn for $1. He was SET UP to watch on Monday night. 

The final details...pillars. Seriously, we've had SO MUCH RAIN...the yard is still a mess. But the finishing guys just took their sweet time getting back here to get the last touches on the house. I can live without pillars...but there's no reason to if the rest of the house is finished. They will cover the wood later in the they said. Left to do: gutters, yard work, some electrical panel changes, and sorting the mess in the garage.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Back to School Week

3 packets of info to fill out, 1 picture collage, 10 new remind apps, and 3 full backpacks.
45 minutes in lines to get 3 kids after school today.
One parents night at the elementary school and a volleyball parent meeting with more paper work to fill out...concussion forms!?

This week:
Junior High:
$5 locker fee
$10 choir t shirt
$24 2 junior high booster club tshirts
$15 choir uniform fee
Middle School:
$30 band instrument rental fee
$45 generic instrument mouth piece
$11 beginner band book
$10 PE t shirt
$10 band t shirt
Elementary School:
$5 PTO membership

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Wild Week

Whoa. I'm sitting in a room filled with my family watching a crazy movie but I have so much in my head I need to record it. It's been a WILD WEEK. There are times when so many things come up that it's hard to balance emotionally, physically and mentally while still talking nicely to Richard and my kids! Of course, if I was healthier I could probably do the days better...and if I kept up with all my meds and kept us all on task, I would probably do better too. But this week I crashed because I'm not healthy and had so much to do and keep up with, I did not do well. I feel better right now than I have all week, so I can record how God sustained me even when I do not have strength.

There is NOTHING like a bad day, bad week or a bad situation to show me how He has the whole world and even me in His hand.

Last Sunday I got to sing in our praise team. I got to lead two songs because someone on the team was sick. I was swept up into the Holy Spirit's anointing during the singing and even though I know He always wants me there when I'm leading, he also was preparing me for the week ahead.

Christ Is Enough:

Christ is my reward and all of my devotion
Now there's nothing in this world that could ever satisfy

Through every trial my soul will sing
 No turning back, I've been set free

Christ is enough for me, Christ is enough for me
Everything I need is in You, everything I need

Christ my all in all, the joy of my salvation
And this hope will never fail heaven is our home

Through every storm my soul will sing
Jesus is here to God be the glory

I have decided to follow Jesus
No turning back, no turning back
The cross before me, the world behind me
No turning back, no turning back

Monday: Sheridan had volleyball every day this week. Richard was home and we took everyone to the movies (we don't ever do that) to celebrate the last week of summer.

Tuesday: Volleyball, trips up the house to order blinds, Richard out of town. Sheridan's Open House at the Junior High at 6pm. (#1)

Wednesday: Cameron's teacher is listed at noon and Jordan and Cameron's friends come over to play all afternoon. Meanwhile, I have details about my upcoming event that are completely out of my hands.  Not only do I need to be chasing down things, but I'm distracted by packing and keeping kids sane on this last week at home. I make a decision to postpone our BIG marketing day until details are worked out, and need to send mass emails and social media posts to let people know.

Thursday: Richard is home and tying up all loose ends on our house so we can move in. We decide to move in next weekend, but move non-essentials this weekend. Lauren comes over to help and helps me get things orderly so I can feel OK about how we're going to do this. Cameron has open house at his elementary school. (#2) The driveways are laid at our house although we didn't think that would happen. However, we can't drive on it until Monday.

Friday: Erin, Richard, the girls and I start moving as much as we can in two SUVs and a trailer. We'll park as close as we can to the doors and walk it in! I'm not used to the humidity, the heavy lifting or this stress and I'm not handling it very well. I snap at the girls and then ask their forgiveness. (Through every storm my soul will sing, Jesus is here, to God be the glory) Jordan has open house at the middle school! (#3)

Saturday: Erin and a friend are here, Jordan is getting new braids, Richard and I pack cars and take more to the house. I've worn out my muscles in the last two days, so I unpack boxes and do what I can to direct traffic and wipe down floors after dirt comes in. (The house we're moving in to is the most beautiful place I've ever seen! Richard has built us a wonderful place to call home) The details of our move & my event are weighing on me and Richard and the kids continue to love me more than I deserve and gives me time to take a much needed nap so I can recoup. Momming is hard, but not harder than He can handle.

So now the movie is over, and the Olympics are still on and I'll try to decide how much I can watch tonight before I need to turn in. I can't wait to worship tomorrow at church. I need the TRUTH, the FELLOWSHIP, and the FOCUS on all that is really important in life.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace

Friday, August 12, 2016

Summer Art Project

One day we pulled out the tissue paper, canvases, modge podge and paint brushes. It was time to do some art and use their creativity! The girls picked all their own colors (to match their new bedrooms) and thought about what they wanted on the canvases. We had our friend paint the verses they chose and we were all tickled with how they turned out. I'm so thankful for this project...just because it can't be bad to hang a verse of TRUTH in your room to see every day. These girls are growing up and we pray they have the TRUTH in their hearts every day.