Skip to main content

Mountain Happenings...

Just a bit of an update on mountain life. Our yard is covered, and I mean covered, with leaves of every size, color and description. We had 2 leaf piles happening but it's been raining and raining and raining some more so they are pretty flattened now. 

Zachary, Sean and another employee will be starting the out-of-town job next week. :( Although I'm thankful for the work I just wish it was within driving distance. Sean will be working there 2-3 days a week and then will be back here working the local job the rest of the week. So....at least it's not out of town all week and only home weekends for a year like Sean's last out of town job, but Zack will be gone all week. :(    Did I mention they've had snow up in that area already this year?! BRRRR!

Ryan continues to snap picture after picture and has even sold another print. (Thanks Monica!!)

In the last couple of weeks I've decided to stop our regularly scheduled homeschooling to focus on the immediate desire of my little's to read! Connor was reading on his own last year but still stumbled on words alot. He has really gained fluency this year and we all sit together as he reads us a book. We are participating in the Book-It Program which rewards them for the books they read. They love the instant gratification of putting a sticker on their charts and are counting down until they can have their own personal pan pizzas. They are almost there for this month!

Kyalynn is reading words really, really well and that's what we are focusing on right now. She has a huge stack of cards with words on them and she just blasts through them. My next step will be putting those words into sentences and having her read them and then have her start on easy books. However, today after listening to Connor read his book she went and picked out 3 books to "read" to me. Actually, she shocked me with how well she did. So maybe we'll skip that second step and just go right to books!

Gabriella wants to read desperately too but I am thinking it's just to keep up with the other two. She can't let them get ahead of her on something. :) She's learning her ABC's and as of today, she knows 13 of them! Woo-Hoo! You go, girl! She too wanted to read a book today and so I'd read it and then she'd copy me and when she was all done she said "I read it. I get another sticker!" LOL!

Nolan just likes to dump the word cards all over the floor and then roll in them. :) He's so cute! He mimics the sounds of the letters as Gabriella says them aloud. :) This boy is also learning the sounds animals make. He can say quite a few but the cutest ones he says are the turkey and the owl. His little gobble, gobble, gobble makes me laugh every time. :)

Gabi and I had a couple hours together yesterday as she had to have more bloodwork done. It was crazy busy at the place and I am so glad Ryan offered to watch the other 3 for me so I didn't have to worry about them with that wait. Her numbers have gone down from 12.3 and that is good but with it comes the Ms. G with the attitude. She cries, screams, yells, whines, tantrums (you get the picture) at the drop of a hat. Seriously, this girl can let it rip! It's such a tightrope to walk...when her numbers are high her attitude is wonderful and she is such a delight but it can mean serious kidney issues. When her numbers are lower it means the not-so-pretty side of this little girl but it also means the susceptibility of kidney issues declines. So...we'll see what the specialist says this week. Does the medicine go up or down? Hmmm....always a guessing game.

And last but not least, is a prayer request. Next week, Connor goes for an intense evaluation that we are praying will give us the answers we have been searching for these last 4+ years. We have been counting down the days to this appointment. It's our understanding that we will have the psychiatrists' diagnosis and recommendations at the end of the appointment. If you think of us, could you please pray that we will finally get the answers we need and that God will give Sean and I wisdom as we look to the future with this little one. Please also pray for Connor that he will be peaceful and feel God's arms around him.

I am thankful God knows the beginning and the end, that He loves us and that He is Faithful! I couldn't imagine living life without Him!

Comments

crispy said…
We have always loved the book it program. How neat to see they progress in their skills. You are doing a great job with those little ones.
Tina said…
Our kids did a book it program too (it was over the summer months) They both still love to read!! Will definitely keep you all in pray with your upcoming doctor appointment for Connor. GISG Love to all! I finally posted some info about the kidney walk and things on my blog.
Tereasa said…
Loved the update. I will pray for Connor. What day is his appointment?

Popular posts from this blog

Are You Ready?

As a pastor, I'm often called upon when life "vanishes like a mist." One of the most powerful examples I've seen of this was Stan Gerlach, a successful businessman who was well known in the community. Stan was giving a eulogy at a memorial service when he decided to share the gospel. At the end of his message, Stan told the mourners, "You never know when God is going to take your life. At that moment, there's nothing you can do about it. Are you ready?" Then Stan sat down, fell over and died. His wife and sons tried to resuscitate him, but there was nothing they could do - just as Stan had said a few minutes earlier.
I'll never forget receiving that phone call and heading over to the Gerlach house. John, a son, stepped out of the car weeping. He asked me, "Did you hear the story? Did you hear? I'm so proud of him. My dad died doing what he loved doing most. He was telling people about Jesus."  I was asked to share a word with everyone ga…

The Old Rugged Cross...

Sean and the guys are between jobs right now and so Zachary has been helping me with odd jobs here around the house. It has been a HUGE blessing to me!  Leaves I never finished raking are finally removed, a campfire pit has been built, a shed sorted and organized (Hallelujah!) and best of all, my Old Rugged Cross is erected! Isn't it terrific?! I've been wanting to build one since watching the Fireproof movie. Zack situated it so I can see it when I look out the window over my kitchen sink. :) He outdid himself on it. He really roughed up the wood and even burnt it to give it that ruggedness I love. There are nail marks in it too. As Zachary carried the cross to set it up Kyalynn kept saying, "look, it's Jesus the Christ, yes it is". LOL! The kids love visiting the cross and this morning Connor was excited to tell me that he was praying at the cross and talking with Jesus. So glad. The Old Rugged Cross HymnOn a hill far away stood an old rugged cross, The emblem of …

The Prayer of Sir Francis Drake

I read this a couple months ago on another blog. It moved me and I've had it hanging on my fridge since then. We watched Hotel Rwanda this past weekend and for some reason this prayer kept coming to my mind. I teetered on an emotional roller coaster throughout this movie....anger, sadness, lots of tears, hopelessness, anger again, then hope....1 person can make a huge difference! Our family may not be able to save all the orphans of the world but we can save 1 or 2 or 3. That has made a huge difference in their lives....and ours....especially ours!

Disturb me Lord to see the plight of millions, homeless, starving and fighting for life each day. Disturb me Lord when I complain about my lack when I have NO idea what lack really is! Lord, disturb me, so that I can see past myself and venture forth being Your hands and feet. Help me to dream big dreams only You can bring to pass.


"Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves, When our dreams have come true because…