Saturday, May 31, 2008
Here are just some snapshots from the past few days.
The girls were napping and Steven decided to take advantage of the fact that they left their princess slippers out! He thought it was great!
Angie had paused as she was prancing through the house, and Steven ran up and just gave her the hugest hug! It was precious! The funny part was when he wouldn't let go! :-)
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Here are specific ways to pray:
- Our house to sell if we are to move! That will definitely be a new experience for us!
- That we will know without a doubt if this is NOT the move for us. (Also that we will know if I need to be packing anyway!)
- Timing to work out perfectly.
- All finances to be covered between now and then and during the move.
- A place to live in Monticello or wherever else we go that will allow us to keep our cat Smokey!
- Packing - wow! We have just entered summer activity at Mother's Day Out, which is a big deal, and Doug's hot summer months at UPS which really drain him physically and aggravate his asthma. We need energy and ability to pack well and wisdom to downsize more as needed.
- The kids in any transition, especially Angela and Steven who do not handle such things well.
- School! We've struggled with completing this year, not for lack of desire but because so many obligations have cropped up over the past few weeks. Pray that we'll be able to be consistent in finishing the last four weeks.
- A perfect replacement for me in my position at MDO. This is not just a job, it is a ministry, and it is critical that the personalities of the office staff work well together.
Thanks for your continued prayers, and we will continue to keep you updated as things progress.
Monday, May 26, 2008
This is how it ended up! She wanted bangs again, too - something she hasn't had since she was two or three!
Doug and I were almost tearful - we are very proud of her. It's strange, though, to see her with short hair. Her long hair has been a part of her for so long! She's excited about growing it out so she can donate again...and again...and again.
If you haven't seen the post I put up earlier tonight with her birthday pictures, be sure to check that out! It's her last set of long-haired pictures for now. Her curl kind of fell out as we moved through the gardens because of the weight of the humidity, but they turned out so well, I think!
Saturday, May 24, 2008
There are so many pictures I wanted to share - and I only picked about half of them! :-) These are the ones of all three kids - I will post Olivia's pictures later. I didn't want to bog anyone down in one post! Hope you enjoy these!
Friday, May 23, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Please also keep praying for my aunt - I mentioned her in a previous blog post in the unexpected death of her youngest son. I know all of us who are parents cannot even imagine the thought of losing one of our precious gifts from God.
Thanks for praying.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Steven had just gotten up from his nap and was still in snuggle mode. So, I thought maybe being a "helper" would be helpful to him! It worked. I was able to fix lunches with no fussing, and he thought it was great to perch up high on the counter. He made sure to scoot all the way back so he wouldn't fall. Such a smart little boy.
We've had a pretty good morning. It started off very whiney - Steven first woke up around 5:15 and never really went back to sleep. It was very obvious he should have gone back to sleep, though! The girls weren't all that happy with life either. So, we tried to refocus. I walked around the outside of the house to find the best shaded area for school. Fortunately, it was on the side of the house with a little gravelled area so Steven could still ride his "bike." I think back so often to the countless trees on the compound in Jordan where I grew up - and the fact that it was against the law to cut down a tree without government permission! I miss all those trees. Someday this yard will be nice and shady, too, once our trees really take on some height!
Anyway, it was a gorgeous morning and we had a great time outside having a prayer time, reading about the Israelites at Mt. Sinai, learning more about Roman life, learning about microbes and their effect on food, and reading Detectives in Togas. We wrapped it all up about the time the shade started diminishing and the heat started really settling in. I am so thankful for a late spring that seems to be staving off the heat of a southern summer for just a little while longer!
Now to proceed to our afternoon chores...
Saturday, May 17, 2008
A butterfly landed on Angie's dress while she sat on the rock. She was determined to be still enough for another one to visit her - she wanted a picture! Unfortunately, there was no repeat performance, so we'll just hold the picture in our memories.
Steven was quite fascinated with the "bu'erflies!"
We always love to watch the polar bears - we can't make a trip without going to tell them hello! This trip, though, they were especially playful and greatly enjoyed the children standing by the windows. They would take a deep breath and dive to the bottom of their pool to come and play.
We had learned about the African Jackass penguin, so named because of its braying. In all of our visits to the zoo, though, we'd never heard their sound. Today we did, and they were definitely appropriately named! Here's a brief sample...
Typically when we go to the zoo, the sea lions are either in the middle of a show or off doing something else. Today, though, they were available and very interactive. Olivia discovered that trainers aren't the only ones the sea lions do tricks for! This sea lion performed tricks over and over, I think in hopes of a treat!
Friday, May 16, 2008
Anyway, so when I got in there I had a thought - why don't we just rearrange?! And that we did! (I get the bug every few months - I've got to rearrange something. It's been a few months since we rearranged the living room and playroom, so it was time!) We piled all of the "junk" into a laundry basket, threw away some trash and then started moving. We also finally got all of their winter clothes into tubs, making their drawers and closet easier to get into. We still have a few things to do - find a new place for wall hangings, sort through the laundry basket, and rethink the storage of their hair stuff. They were all stored in the headboards their Grandma had made for their cribs (later turned into wall-hangings), but that has been too accessible to their brother! Steven seems to enjoy strewing their pony tail holders, headbands, barrettes, and hair ribbons throughout the house! So, I'll be working on that at some point. When it's all done, I'll take pictures so the girls can show off their "new" room!
The laundry needs to be folded, the kitchen's not quite clean, and the floors need to be swept and mopped. But, that's okay - we had fun! We did something different and enjoyed it. (Oh, and we cleaned out the van, too! YAY!) It was the kind of day we needed.
Later this afternoon we went to see the girls' new friend Katie and her little brother Zack show off what they've learned in gymnastics - just a simple little showing of their skills. The girls loved it and have been trying their own gymnastics moves since we got home!
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
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Thanks for tolerating this little plug and for any help you can bring me!
We got back into town just in time to drop the girls off at church to get ready for their end-of-the-year choir performance. It was quite precious! The preschool group was especially entertaining in a number of ways. They really did a great job! The girls have absolutely loved choir, and they'll miss it during the summer.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
So, yesterday before we even started math, I stopped and talked to her about it. I pointed out that math - a subject she used to love - had been a challenge lately for us both, and she wasn't working through it quickly no matter how many rewards were offered. I asked her what would make it easier for her, and I made my own commitment to have an open mind and a willingness to try her suggestions, no matter how strange they sounded. She said, "I think if you give me the flashcards that go with my math problems and I look at the flashcards and answer the problem and then write it in my book, I'll be able to do it quicker." To be honest, it sounded very ludicrous to me, especially considering that she has always hated flashcards! How is that any different?! How would that make it easier?! But, I said okay. It took me a good 10-15 mintues to sort through all of our flashcards and pull out the right ones, but I did it. And guess what? Instead of approaching lunchtime with only two or three problems completed and spending two hours after rest time finishing the rest of math and her writing, she had her entire math lesson and her writing lesson done before lunch!
I don't know if it was the flashcards or the fact that it was her idea, but either way it worked. Just pray with me that I'll have an open mind when teaching these precious children - not that I'll let them dictate how and what they're willing to learn, but that I will be ever mindful that sometimes they're not like me, and sometimes something a little different might be the key to keep school enjoyable - to keep it from being a fight and struggle! Pray that I'll have listening ears!