Saturday, September 20, 2014

The HS Pirate Cow

I’ve been going through pictures this morning, looking back over the summer. We’ve had a bit of fun! I have sorted enough pictures to get caught up on several blog posts, and I can’t think of a better place to start than with the Hibbard Ship Pirate Cow.

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It took a while for the HS Pirate Cow to cross my radar. First, I noticed my son roaming around with an eye patch.

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Next, I walked into Angie’s room for something and noticed something odd about the cows scattered across her floor.

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How about a closer look at Theo, Sammy, and George?

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Alf even had a sword!

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All of the “ladies” were similarly attired.

That was all in the morning. I worked all afternoon while they played happily. Every now and then they would come in to say hi or I would pop out to get some hugs. But, I never actually went into Angie’s bedroom the rest of the day. It wasn’t until around bedtime that I discovered what they’d really been up to all day.

Here she is, my friends…the HS Pirate Cow, complete with a mast and Pirate Carrie as lookout. (The curtained area is “below deck”.)

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Would you like a tour? Here is the captain herself introducing you to the crew of the HS Pirate Cow.

Here Steven demonstrates the firing of the canon.

Ah, imaginations. Aren’t they delightful?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Not Quite Ordinary Observations

For Today...Wednesday, September 17, 2014

In the great outdoors...beautiful sunshine! Great day for harvest. But, rain is supposed to be coming. We’re just praying it’s gentle.

Within our four walls...Olivia running through a few piano songs while Angie and Steven relax before school. Apparently there are not enough chores on Wednesday mornings. Ha!

A heart of thanksgiving...for a safe weekend trip and a smooth weekend for my family here at home; for the sunshine; for the promise of fall.

A heart of prayer...for our children and youth at church to hunger for a relationship with the Lord; for harvest.

My silly children...are pirate-y this week. Which reminds me that I have not shared the pictures of their ship The Pirate Cow. I believe I have a video introducing the full crew. It will come soon.

Thoughts from the kitchen...Doug cooked chili while I was gone last weekend. We had that Monday. Then, right before I went to go work on lunch yesterday, he asked if I had a plan. When I said no, he went in and concocted a fantastic cordon bleu pasta dish. Oh my! Today’s pot pie will be good, I’m sure, but a little bland after all of that!

On my bookshelf...I started Grace in Thine Eyes by Liz Curtis Higgs on the way to Florida Thursday. I’m sure I will be sneaking in moments here and there to get it finished.

Projects...time to start thinking about Christmas!

Sounds of the moment...Christmas music. Yes. But there’s a reason for it. Olivia’s playing it on the piano because she wants to be able to play a special by Christmas. Doug is listening to it because he’s working on a Christmas related writing project. I just get to be in on the fun (although I do need have some Christmas writing to do as well).

From Hibbard Academy...getting back into the swing of things after a couple of crazy weeks.

A favorite thing from last week...allow me to set the stage first: I work with a great group of ladies. But, we are scattered across the country. Until last weekend, none of us had met the whole team face to face – just a few of us here and there had met a few others. A couple of months ago, though, our CEO told us she wanted to fly us all to Florida for our first annual staff retreat. Now, how do you say no to that?

In all honesty, though, I was nervous. Three days in a house with eleven other ladies? Would we possibly gel as well in person as we do through our cyber interactions? This introvert just wasn’t sure about the whole thing. Just how much energy would this take, and how long would it take to recover?

I wish I could put words to how the weekend truly went, but I can’t. All I can say is that in both play and work, we meshed beautifully. I always knew I worked with amazing ladies, but the weekend showed just how amazing they really are. And we clicked as a team more powerfully than ever.

I have always marveled over the way God opened doors to allow me to be a part of this team. But the weekend opened my eyes to just how miraculous the whole team is. HEDUA is an incredible company. I just pray that we will always be good stewards of what He has put together. I’m so humbled and honored to be a part of this team!

The planner...a normal week, ending with some time with a GA group on Saturday.

Because visuals are fun...I just realized I didn’t get any pictures where we stayed. But, this was a beautiful view in St. Augustine!

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Happy Birthday, Angela!

When asked what she wanted to do for her birthday, Angela said, “Go to the library!”

When asked what kind of cake she wanted, she said, “A book cake!”

When asked where she wanted her birthday pictures taken, she said, “At the library!”

Do you think it might be possible that we have a book lover?

Today our little bookaholic turns eleven. And what a difference a year has made! Looking back at last year’s birthday pictures makes me want to cry. She’s changed so very much! The little girl is definitely blossoming into a young lady.

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So much remains the same year to year. Angela is still our academic. She is greatly enjoying this new school year because she gets to do much more independently. I was a bit nervous about that because we are doing Sonlight’s most difficult pre-high school core (Core F – Eastern Hemisphere). But, I determined that she would not tackle it until she was turning eleven. It was a good choice. She is devouring every aspect of it.

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Angela is still our princess. She loves clothes, and has her own precious fashion sense that evolves with her age. But, that fashion sense has nothing to do with what’s popular and everything to do with what makes her feel “cute.” She carries it well. No, I’m not the least bit biased.

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Last year I mentioned a budding interest in cows, starting with her two cute little stuffed cows and her desire for a cow-themed birthday. (She actually had three last year, because I had made her one when she was a baby, but it was not until later in the year that she rediscovered that cow and named her Callie.) Just in case the cow print dress did not clue you in, that budding interest has fully blossomed.

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The dress was her first birthday present. She has been asking for one for months! (See what I mean about her adorable fashion sense?)

As of today, she also now is up to eleven stuffed cows! Cowabella, Alf, and Callie have been joined by Carrie, Stella, George, Theo, Molly, Sammy, Clover, and Jade. And they are all unique. I can’t believe I just named all eleven!

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Angela is still a very quiet, private child. It can be difficult to discover what she is thinking. But sometimes I get a glimpse inside, and it is a precious glimpse. She thinks so much. She truly ponders. She evaluates. And she learns. Oh, how she loves to learn!

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This year she gets to move up to the youth-age class for Wednesday nights and Sunday school. So, there will be some new challenges for her spiritually and socially. I look forward to seeing how she grows!

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Happy birthday, sweet Angela! You are such a delight, and I am so thankful God chose to give you to us eleven years ago!