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Some thoughts

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I am sitting here keeping one eye on the  USA/Canada gold medal hockey game and having several thoughts:

First off, I don't generally watch hockey and it is pretty fast paced, I certainly don't understand all the lingo/rules, but since it is the Olympics, I feel some sort of patriotic duty to watch and be on pins and needles hoping for a victory.  Second thing about hockey, it seems like it would be very difficult to wear those enormous gloves on your hands and actually be able to do anything with your hands.The boys got up in the middle of the game and immediately recognized that it was the Americans playing and declared that they "have" to win.  I am not sure how they pick up on these things, but they do.The next thoughts are not related to hockey at all, but are still thoughts: Yesterday, while looking for something for the boys to watch on TV, I discovered that we had the movie Babe on our On Demand menu.  The boys loved it and Xavier has been asking all day today …

4 days, 4 states, 3 houses

It has been a whirlwind weekend for us.  Last Thursday, the boys and I loaded up in the van (and when I say 'loaded up', I mean taking advantaged of all the room afforded by driving a minivan!) and headed out to Missouri to spend the evening with my friend Jill and her girls.  Friday afternoon, we went down the road about 30 miles to my grandparents house and spent the evening with them.  I am hoping that my boys were entertaining and didn't wear them out too much with their extreme amounts of energy.  My parents arrived late that night and then on Saturday (the point of the trip), we went to my grandmother's 75th birthday party.  We saw lots of family that we hadn't seen in a really long time and enjoyed so much spending time with them.  I often hate that we live so far away from our extended family because we don't get to see them very often and know that I need to take advantage of the moments that we do have.  I also found myself marveling while I was there…

Heavy heart

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It has been one of those weekends where we have had to make some difficult decisions, decisions that will affect the life of our family, decisions that others may or may not understand, and that we really can't speak about openly, but ones that we felt were the right ones, the decisions that we felt wouldn't necessarily be the popular one, but the one that at the end of the day, we could stand before the Lord and know that it was the right one for us, for our family.  I don't know if you have ever been there or can understand the difficult place that we found ourselves in--oh, and there was lots of puke yesterday on top of it all!  So, it has just been not a great weekend.  I am thankful that William is feeling better today.  He woke up from his nap puking all over the place and then seemed to be better after that, ate a bit of dinner, and slept well.  But, I was still hesitant to take him this morning since it was yesterday afternoon when he was still sick.  Thankfully, X…

Olympic mania

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I LOVE the Olympics!  I remember always watching the Olympics growing up and being very excited about the opening ceremonies and seeing all the nations parade in and then eagerly cheering on the United States as they competed.  The last few Olympics have been rather anti-climatic for us mostly because of life events.  We were in France for the 2006 games and it was right after the boys were born and basically, I remember pretty much nothing from that time in my life except for the seemingly endless feedings.  Then, in 2008, we had gone back to France for a visit to our team while the Olympics were taking place and so we didn't watch much then either.  Now, here we are in 2010 and Micah is busy and so I have plenty of time for Olympic watching.  In celebration of the Opening Ceremonies last night, we had a little appetizer buffet picnic in the living room--little French bread pizzas, hummus, guacamole, and chips.  The boys loved it, Micah endured it, and I had a blast watching the …

Thankful Thursday

Today, I am thankful.
for my little (well, not so little anymore) sweet William who climbs in my lap every morning when he gets up and sits next to me with his arm threaded through mine.  for Xavier who woke up with a DRY pull-up--one day we will NOT be buying those any more.for quiet time in the morning reading the Word and talking to the Lord.  for a mother in law who loves her grandkids and is so often willing to come and just take them for an afternoon. for the joy that taking our Awana kids (4-6th graders) to an assisted living home last night and seeing them interact, serve,  and bring joy to the residents.for a work at home job with a flexible schedulethat it is Thursday which means Bible Study day at church. What are you thankful for today?

Random things

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I have several things that I have been wanting to add in here--some of them for several weeks, just haven't taken the time to do it, so today I thought I would bring a bullet point list of my random thoughts.
The boys are definitely feeling Micah's absence.  Yesterday, Xavier and I were sitting at the piano in our room and I see William out of the corner of my eye, pick up a framed picture of Micah and I that I had sitting on the floor (because it had moved from it's place and I hadn't decided where it was to go) and set it up and sit and look at it and then lean over and kiss his daddy's face and lean back and say, "I love you, Daddy."  It kind of broke my heart a bit..The boys have taken to telling Micah good night and goodbye at night before they go to bed.  Sweet and sad, huh?This is a post by Beth Moore from a few weeks ago that is a bit long, but definitely worth the read.  I, of course, resonated with it more than some will, but I appreciated so muc…

Same story, different day

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Do you ever feel like you are constantly having to be reminded of the same things?  Somedays, I wonder if my thick skull will ever quite grasp certain spiritual truths and that I won't have to be reminded so often of them.  Our Thursday morning Bible Study has started a new study based on the Deeper Still conferences by Priscilla Shirer, Beth Moore, and Kaye Arthur.  The book is Anointed, Transformed, Redeemed: A Study of David.  We are just into the second week and for the most part, it has been good, but I haven't loved it like I have loved some of the other Bible studies that we have done.  Then, this morning, I am working on my lesson and it is about being disappointed/frustrated with where life has put you and for the first page and a half, I am thinking that I am good (that was probably my first problem!).  My life certainly has not ended up where I thought that it would, and while I have been disappointed and sad about that, I also don't feel like I have been disapp…

Weekend

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So, remember how I was talking about how I was having such a hard time being motivated? Well, that theme has continued for the last couple of days. I have actually accomplished some things, but have felt way too much time just procrastinating and not wanting to do anything.

Thursday night was my monthly young survivors meeting and we had a new lady come. It is one of those meetings that you don't want to be excited that anyone is coming to, and I am never glad that anyone has to join our 'club', but I am always thankful when I can see how helpful it is to them to walk into a room where there are other young women who have faced breast cancer and have survived and are gaining their lives back.

Last night, a friend invited me to join her and her daughter and go to the Casting Crowns concert here in Tulsa. Micah and I had gone to one of their concerts a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it and I was quite excited to go. I just really love their music and lyrics an…

another video

The boys were exceptionally willing to be videoed the other day and so I took advantage of it and will be sporadically sharing them:

Thankful Thursday

I have to be honest and tell you that I haven't been very thankful this week, I am not sure why I am struggling in that department, well, except for the fact that I know that I am allowing life circumstances and frustrations to occupy my mind and instead of resting in the knowledge of what I know to be true--that God has brought us to this exact place in life and that He has purpose in it and He is working all things for our good--in spite of knowing all of that, I have allowed myself to be overwhelmed, frustrated, irritable, easily angered, etc, etc....

Today, I am choosing to be thankful for....

little boys who have energy that exhausts me--it also exhilarates me my husband who is gone from our house seemingly all the time--because he loves us and is working very hard to succeed in med school in order to serve the Lord and provide for his familymy job that is not difficult, yet can be frustrating and finding a balance is not always easy--but I am home all the time, I care for my …

Scripture Memory

I am very proud of the boys and how well they are doing on their Scripture memory verses and thought I would show you some of their hard work.

Letter A:



Letter B:



Letter C:

January Recap

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Here are some of the highlights from January:


The boys turned four (sniff, sniff)--I am so proud of how they are growing up, but it doesn't seem like they should be four yet!  I finally finished up their quilts that I started when they were in the womb and hung them on their walls as well as made curtains for them.Micah started back to his second semester of med school.We started teaching a college age/young adult Sunday School class at church.The boys have learned the first three verses from their ABC Scripture Memory book.The boys LOVE reading from their "Jesus" book every night and it delights me to no end to see their joy in it.I finished reading Searching for God Knows What and Same Kind of Different as Me.  We worked on getting back in to a schedule and let me say, it has been hard. I am struggling thinking of things that we did this month....I think that the first part of January is always so busy that by the end, it is just dragging that I can't even remember …

Sunday pics

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Not long after I posted yesterday morning, I found out that my meeting in the afternoon was cancelled and since the roads were still somewhat sketchy and we would have had to take 2 vehicles into Tulsa, we decided to stay local and go to a church here in town where our friend is the pastor. It was a really wonderful service and good teaching and we were both thankful that we had the opportunity to go.  Micah's parents decided to go ahead and take the boys for the afternoon and I am not going to lie, it was absolutely wonderful to have the house to myself, it was quiet and peaceful. I finished reading this book, which is excellent and I highly highly recommend, spent some time working on the boys pictures from their first year, folded clothes, straightened the house, edited pictures, and even scrapped some.  
Last week was a kind of rough week for me in a lot of ways, for reasons I am still not sure of, but I am starting this week more focused and determined to make a better go of i…