Tuesday, July 28, 2015


In an effort to make summer extra enjoyable for these treasures we have answered their wishes and taken several fishing trips. :) I'm glad to say all 5 have caught at least 2 fish so far this summer! Woo Hoo! That is terrific and makes the trips so much more exciting! Of course, the fish are quite small but who least it's a fish! LOL! 

Friday, July 17, 2015

Missing this guy so much....

My boy turned 21 this year.
He's been serving his country since right before he turned 18.
He's only been home 1 time and that was too long ago!
To say we miss him is quite an understatement!
He has become an incredible man
full of wisdom, character and compassion.
He is a leader and has been leading men older than himself for over a year.
He may be the "baby" of the team (age-wise) but he earned their trust quickly
by his responsibility and integrity.
I couldn't be prouder to call this man my son 
I can not wait until he is back in the states where we can talk face-to-face!

Monday, July 13, 2015

So far today....

I  just love to hear those people who tell me (after hearing I stay home) 
that they could NEVER do that. 
They would be SO BORED
Ha, ha, ha, ha, haaaaaa!

Oye! Well...yeah...that like never happens here!
So far today (mind you it's only 12:19 pm!!)
I've had a non-stop barking dog as he chased a turkey up a tree and said turkey is gobbling and cackling 'cuz he's scared. (rightfully so!)
I've had 3 children needing constant re-direction,
I've had  a beloved daughter who asks me the same question 567,930,333 times! :)
I've had 2 very active boys run into one another causing one a head bonk on the hard cement - OUCH!
And the other a small slice on his arm which appears to him to be the size of the Grand Canyon. LOL! 
I've had multiple children interrupt every.single.task I'm trying to complete.
I've had to give the head bonked child a quiet task to do because his head hurts (of course) which means I had to gather, open and pour a million bottles of paint, supply him with a sheaf of paper and water to wash off his brushes because he could do it but...his head hurts. 
Then of course, like little ants, several more  come to check out what's going on and decide they too need to paint.
Happily (ok, ok, not quite) I set them up and thought NOW I can finish what I started....
but alas...
beloved daughter seeks me out and tells me to "close your eyes" and amidst my mumbling and muttering about "not getting anything EVER!" she places into my hands her paper she painted which states:
It is the most beautiful masterpiece I've ever seen! 
It is multi-colored (because I love colors)
and has a heart.

And I am reminded the tasks will always be here (baby, you aren't kidding!)
I'm accomplishing more than tasks....
I'm accomplishing a life well-lived, well-loved. 

Boredom...yeah...doesn't happen here (at least not for me - my kids may say otherwise)
and I may still be trying to accomplish the tasks I started back in 2002 but in the end 
completing the tasks aren't really what matters, is it?!

P.S. During the writing of this blog post I was interrupted 857 gazillion times,
had 436 "very important things to tell you conversations" 
oohed and aahed over a myriad of painted pictures,
kissed another boo-boo,
re-directed a son who thought mommy wasn't looking,
listened to my 5 year old tell me 999,999,999 times he wanted to shoot his brothers BB gun,
and already forgot my above message! 
Don't worry, 
I'm sure I'll get lots of practice at reminding myself of it in the hours to ensue. :)

Saturday, June 20, 2015

This Guy....

the BEST gift God ever gave me....
the BEST gift God ever gave our kids....
Amazing in every way possible....
So very, very thankful for this man to walk beside me,
 to lead us,
 to love us,
 to show us by example what it looks like to live our faith outloud. 
So proud to be his wife! 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Another Awesome Field Trip!!

U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center
It was AWESOME!! 
We can't wait to go back!
They have a very informative and educational museum to tour and then there is a one mile loop outside with tanks, planes, WWII trenches, military obstacle course and so much more.
Kids loved it and so did mom! :)

Monday, June 1, 2015

I Never Knew....

I really didn't. I've read about it.....heard about it....but I have never, ever experienced it.
Don't get me wrong. I have loved a dog precious Mordecai who passed away at 15 years old, was the MOST amazing dog BUT he wasn't a warm and snuggly doggie. He was a fierce protector and he wanted your attention but it just wasn't what this is.

THIS is a warm, snuggly, sweet-natured puppy. This is the kind of dog we've always dreamed about. The kind of dog that allows your kids to lay on him, pet him, touch him, love him. The kind of dog my special needs kids NEED. 
Thank you Lord for providing this great gift to us!! 
My heart is so full...yes, crazy I know, that my heart is full over a dog, but it is. 

Let me back up just a bit....
When our Mordecai passed away we waited a bit and then decided to get another dog. We researched every possible breed and ended up sticking with the Mini-Schnauzer breed because our Mort was a great dog. So, we brought home Hezekiah. A little puff of gray fur. :) He, too, is a great dog in that he listens well, takes himself out to potty and comes back when he's done, loves me fiercely, always runs with me on my runs, and best of all (according to the kids!) is that we've taught him to do tricks. His repertoire includes sit, sit pretty, high five, shake paw, speak, and hold onto your hats.....he says "I love you". Now Sean does not agree. But I promise, the kids and I hear him say it! :) Anyhow, you can tell he is a great dog except there is just one little problem.....he bites! Alot! He's nipped several kids more than once, my oldest son a couple of times and my dad. So we decided it was time to find him a new home. We contacted a schnauzer rescue center and they had scheduled to take him this past weekend into his new foster home. My heart was breaking because he is my dog and I really didn't want him to go but felt I had no other choice for the safety of my kids. So we had been praying for another dog for the kids because Nolan especially was taking the idea of Hez leaving very hard. Last Thursday I saw an ad in the paper and called about this dog. To make a very long story short, this dog  was very easy going, no biting, very gentle and sounded just like what we were looking for! We went to visit and decided we wanted him but they were to keep him until Hezekiah moved to his new home in a day or so. Well........the foster dog family decided they couldn't get him for several weeks due to vacations. Oh no! Now what?! We began praying because we would seriously need a miracle for this to fly. Hezekiah is mean and goes nuts around other dogs. I know you won't be surprised by this but God did it! He truly has done something remarkable! Can you believe that this new dog has HELPED Hezekiah to relax? This new dog, Judah, has even taught Hezekiah how to play!! It is amazing really and can ONLY be a God thing. To hear the two of them running around playing chase with each other makes my heart full. If one of them goes outside the other is right out the door too. They stick close together. I call them the odd couple. LOL! 
So that's my God story for today. God can take the meanest, hard-hearted, hopeless, growly, cranky, biting dog and transform him before your very eyes! Which makes me so very, very happy to know there is still hope for me too! :)

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Selfies gone wrong.....

Try as we might we just aren't able to fit all of us in the picture.
First we try this angle, then another but to no avail...

 Partial heads here and there....

 Glazed over looks as we try again and again and again.

 Laughter....boatloads of laughter as we check and try again.
This one will surely be the ticket....but no. LOL!
I need a bigger camera lens!

And least bits and pieces of each of us is in this picture. :)