Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Happy Birthday, Olivia!


Fourteen is the year she’ll start high school. She’ll probably learn to drive this year. And she’ll be in a full-fledged youth group for the first time…complete with boys. Whatever will we do?

What will we do? We’ll continue to watch her grow in every way. It has definitely been fun to watch her grow over this past year!

I don’t know that a whole lot has changed in the past year – just deepened.

She still loves most of the same things she loved last year. She’s making progress on that novel, and she’s learning to pace and schedule herself so she can get it written.

She’s discovering what it feels like to be a young lady – still fully her own person, not caught up in the aspects of girliness that she’s never enjoyed. But, discovering little things like the fun of experimenting with make-up and slightly more grown-up (but not too grown-up!) clothing styles.

But, she’s not too grown up for her siblings. Despite the different interests Olivia & Angela have developed, they still have such a great time together. And, Olivia is delighted that Angela now shares her love for Doctor Who. Olivia started back at the very beginning of the reboot to watch through with Angela. Fun stuff!

And she and Steven have such a sweet, sweet bond – she takes care of him and he adores her. He loves to dog pile on her, especially first thing in the morning. And, just today when Steven seemed a little melancholy, Olivia snuggled right up behind him and gave him a few minutes of her undivided attention, just to make him smile.

I love seeing Olivia continue to develop spiritually. She’s like me in that she is not one to ask questions very often. But, she loves to ponder. To talk things out. To make observations. And, when she’s asked a question, she’s going to figure out what she thinks about it!

In the coming year, Olivia’s practical way of thinking will probably be challenged. She’ll have to learn when to stand firm and when to rethink. She’ll also need to learn how to be tactful and loving as she shares her strong opinions. But I have no doubt she’ll rise to the challenge. She’ll make some mistakes and see some successes. But, she’ll grow. And I’m excited to watch.

Happy Birthday, Olivia!
We love you and are very proud of you!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Not Quite Ordinary Observations

For Today...Monday, May 18, 2015

In the great outdoors...heavy; gloomy; almost an impending feeling. All of the storminess is currently south of us, but I think it’s only because high pressure is resting right on us. I can’t feel it weighing me down. Wow.

Within our four walls...lots of chaos that won’t go away any time soon! But, Angie tidied the living room this morning, even with the chaos. It’s those little things that make us all smile. Life goes on, and my kids handle it all with such delightful grace.

A heart of thanksgiving...for a house! We’ll learn the final details today on our new home – a home we will rent until we can work out the details to buy.

A heart of prayer...for challenges facing friends and loved ones; for our family as we continue to process through the emotional side of leaving.

My silly children...are handling the emotional upheaval so well. I’m proud of them! But, we’re still trying to think of all of the sad movies we can watch. After all, that’s our reason for crying, right? Yes, I know. We’re crazy. And we like it that way!

After all…as Steven is fond of saying, “I’ve heard of this thing called sanity. But I don’t think it exists.”

Thoughts from the kitchen...I don’t really want to even think about cooking. It’s getting warm. And we’re moving.

On my bookshelf...not much! Most of what was there is now in a box somewhere!

Projects...packing and purging. 

Sounds of the moment...the pop of a Nerf gun as Steven shoots into the holes of a stack of plastic crates. He’s greatly enjoying this new game!

From Hibbard Academy...it’s all packed up! That makes the kids happy. Olivia’s reading To Kill a Mockingbird so she can finish up language arts after we move. But, otherwise, we’re done for a little while.

A favorite thing from last week...finding a house. It’s amazing how quickly it all came together, really. But, when you’re in the middle of it and know you have a very limited time to work out details, a week and a half seems like forever!

I’ll be honest…I knew God would work it all out. But, I was also clinging to some pretty selfish desires. He had to cut those out of me before He could point me to the house He had chosen for us. Why? Because, although it’s a great house that I’m going to love, it’s not the one I would have picked. And I would have been wrong.

That was really more frustrating than the “delay” in our search. I don’t like to be worked on. But, I like the results every time. His surgeries always have perfect results. Always.

The planner...a meeting tomorrow, then a balance of move prep work and HEDUA/church work for the rest of the week. Oh, and an attempt to not let Olivia’s birthday sneak up on me! It’s a week from tomorrow, and I want to make sure to celebrate her fully, no matter what we’re in the middle of!

Because visuals are fun...and because we all know that every cat loves to be “horsey” for stuffed puppies.

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Then we had “King Jack” with his silky scepter. And no, he did not relinquish the scepter willingly!!

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Still True

As I sort and purge, I find all of the little places where I’ve written down the kids’ random, funny quotes.

What’s really funny is when I find them on a day when they’re still relevant. Like this one of Olivia’s from a few years ago:

I’m not sure I like being the inspiration behind some of Daddy’s silly songs.

We just repeated that same conversation this morning…