Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas :)

The week of Christmas was busy as usual :) The kids still had to finish out a week of school, which felt a bit overwhelming...my brain was already on vacation mode and I really didn't want to do lessons, but we managed. Wednesday the kids and I gone shopping for Jason...spent more than I was suppose to, but it was fun ;) I went in the morning so that we could get back in time to wrap them before he got home. He is such a kid himself and was dying to know what he got! :)
Thursday evening we had the kids draw each other's names so that they could get each other a gift. Jason and I had taken the kids to the dollar store so they could pick out a gift...they seemed to be really excited to do that!
Friday evening, we went to see Christmas lights. Jason had taken us to this one awesome house where the yard and house was filled with lights. They had such a neat display! You were able to tune into a radio station through a transmitter that they had and listen to Christmas music and their lights would flash to the beat of the music. It was cool! Then we left after the home owner kinda creeped us out by coming up to our car and talking to us!
We then headed to the store so that Jason and the kids could go in and get me my presents :) That evening while they were wrapping my gift, I heard much laughter coming from my room! :)
Jason cracks me up!! He's worse than the kids when it comes to Christmas!! At 4am he sneaks out to get his stocking!! Lol!! He said he woke up and couldn't sleep, so he thought he'd get his stocking to see if I had gotten him any Reese's peanut butter cups....which I didn't because I had just gotten him some the week before, so instead I had gotten him his other favorite candy, Sour Patch Kids :) I told him, "you can't get into your stocking yet, it's 4am!". So he waited until 5:30! Lol! Jacob usually comes into our room in the middle of the night, so he was in our bed when Jason decided to quietly wake him up and asked him if he wanted to see what was inside his stocking. Jacob, being still mostly asleep, says, "I just wanna sleep!". We asked him again and he opened his eyes wide and went out to get his stocking...then one by one the others woke up and did the same :)
Of course now, Jason was still dying to open presents and suggested that we just open them now, buuuuuuut said, "it's up to mom" gee thanks! Ha! So after reading the Christmas story of our Savior's birth, we opened presents. The kids were all excited with their gifts and I quickly figured out why the kids were giggling in our room the night before as I was "trying" to pull apart layer by layer of wrapping paper and tape! :) Jason was excited about all his ice fishing stuff and is just dying to get out to ice fish!
The rest of the day was spent putting together toys and playing with them with the kids. Later that afternoon we had gone to my parents to celebrate Christmas with them. We had fun visiting with each other, opening gifts, watching the Cowboys lose, and playing games. We came home and I still had to prepare for Christmas dinner for the next day. I made stuffing and three pies and went to bed by 1am! Crazy!
Christmas morning we just relaxed as we waited for the turkey to get done. Jason's brother and niece came over to visit, which was real nice because I haven't seen my niece in a real long time.
Football, football, football...I LOVE FOOTBALL and those Packers are lookin' SWEET! We watched an awesome win against the Bears that evening, such a perfect end to a wonderful Christmas Day!!
All in all, this year's Christmas seemed to be the best so far :) I am so thankful for God, my family, and my friends!!
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Monday, December 19, 2011

Keeping Busy!

Last week was a VERY busy last week!! Tuesday, I had gotten my hair chopped :) It had been loooong overdue! I hadn't gotten it cut for over a year and a half. When ya put your family's needs first, ya tend to forget about yourself and the little things such as...a haircut :) It was nice to finally get it cut, finally nice for it to look healthy again! Lol!
I wasn't for sure if Jason would like it or not. The lady had cut it shorter than what I had asked for, too short to where I can't get all of it in a pony tail...oh well. Well, later that evening after the shock wore off on Jason, he finally had told me that he really liked it....whew!! :)
Wednesday had rained, which meant that Jason didn't have to go to work, which further meant that we were able to go Christmas shopping early!!! Usually we are last minute shoppers, but this time we had wanted to get it out of the way sooner to avoid the craziness. Even more better, was that we were able to go during the day AND without the kids. In the years past, we would take the kids, look through the store with them, then Jason would take them out to the car while I picked out their presents. This time Jason's brother was willing to watch them while we went. We were done in an hour...new record!! We stayed in town and there were hardly any crowds...Amen! Later that afternoon, I had wrapped them all. I had wrapped Jesse's gift in a different box only because he has been eyeing up a certain box of Star Wars Legos and didn't want to give it away too easily...it worked and he is stumped...YAY!!
Later that evening, I figured I would get grocery shopping out of the way because the rest of the week was busy. I also had to get one more gift for Jessica, but because we couldn't find it in Burlington, I had drove all the way out to Delavan to where there is not only a Walmart, but another Aldi. I get to Walmart and am in line and soon realize that my Debit card is MISSING!!! I searched and searched my purse, I searched the car...nothing! My only conclusion was that I must had put it in my coat pocket after Jason and I had gotten the presents and then when we had gone out to the car, I pulled out my keys from the same pocket and it must have fallen out without me even noticing :/ So I quickly called Chase to cancel my card and order a new one. I then made it in time to the nearest Chase bank and withdrew what I needed and then headed home, made supper, and then made a second attempt at shopping. Brother.
Thursday morning, Jackie had called me letting me know that a young mom would be coming in that afternoon to Life Choices to take a look and that she was interested in the program that they had to offer. She had wanted me to show her around and then pray with her before she left. Before she hung up, she also reminded me that sometimes they don't follow through and don't show up. So that afternoon I needed to prepare my heart. My morning was busy and chaotic with the kids and my attitude wasn't right. When we had gotten at Life Choices, I had gotten the kids situated and then found a quiet place for me to pray so that my heart, soul, and mind was completely focuses on Him and to ask God to change my attitude. I then prayed for this lady, that she would first off come and that God would use me to minister to her even if I had only 10-15 minutes with her. Praise God she came!! She had her little boy with as well. I had showed her around, had her fill out a form, talked with her a bit, and then asked if I could pray with her. I was so thankful for that opportunity with her; I pray that she will come back and make use of the program that Life Choices offer :)
That evening, my sister, Molly, had come over to take our family pictures for our Christmas cards. Only one really turned out nice :)
Friday morning I knew the day was going to be busy, so first I had wanted to quick head over to Walmart to get that one picture printed out so I could get home, work on school with the kids, and then work on Christmas cards during lunch break. After an hour wait, we finally had gotten our picture only to see that the red-eye wasn't taken out!! Ugh...oh well, I didn't have time to wait for them to fix it, so we got it and left. I had gotten all the cards done before the mailman came at 3:30!!! Yay for me :)
Saturday it SNOWED and it was my baking day. Spritz, peanut blossoms, pecan fingers (or mexican wedding cakes), sugar cookies, and popcorn balls were on my list of things to make or bake. Jessica was so excited about the snow that Jacob and her had gone outside to play in the one inch that we had gotten :) They sledded down the little hill in our backyard but it was enough to make them happy. Jessica had worked hard all day making a snowman; Jesse had finally gone out to help her finish :) At the end of the day, I just had sugar cookies left but had decided to finish those on Sunday. That evening, Jason and I had watched the Cowboys FINALLY win a game!! He was happy :)
Sunday I had finished the sugar cookies. The kids helped sprinkle and frost them in which they had a lot of fun doing. We watched the Packers lose their first game of the season, so now they're 13-1 :( The Broncos has been my second favorite team these days...and finally after a several winning streak, they lost :( Tim Tebow has definitely improved. It's not that he is a good player that I like him, because he really isn't the best quarterback out there...it's because of his life background. First and foremost he is a Christian and will unshamefully admit it. Secondly, he is pro-life and will unshamefully admit it. When his mom was pregnant with him, doctors told her to have an abortion. Thirdly, he was home schooled :) He proudly supports abstinence before marriage. What a godly role model. The media has just been having a field day with him...of course mostly negative feedback. When no one thought he "could" do anything for the Broncos, I feel God is proving them wrong!! :)
Ok, I had gotten sidetracked!!
Last week was busy :) This week will be hard trying to do school with 4 anxious kids who are super duper excited for Christmas!!! They've got the advent calendar almost filled up and they have the regular calendar "X'ed" off....only SIX MORE DAYS!!!!! I still need to get Jason's gift this week...yikes, it's going to be a madhouse at the stores!! EEEEK!
Well, I better get a movin' or I'll never get anything accomplished :)
Have a GREAT WEEK!
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Friday, December 2, 2011

My First Day

Yesterday was my first day at Life Choices!! I was looking forward to it all morning and couldn't wait until 1 o'clock to come! So I didn't, and ended up leaving at 12:45 instead and was 45min early!! Lol!! The kids brought either homework to finish or toys to play with. When we had gotten there, one of the counselors was there with one of the young ladies she counsels. The young mom had her twin 6 month old baby girls with her!! They were soooo cute!! The mom was there with the counselor picking out clothes for the girls for winter while the little girls were on the floor. Jessica wanted to jump right in and help. So I had helped sit up one of the girls while she played with a toy musical ball. Joshua then wanted to help too, so he helped sit up the other little girl. Just watching how my kids interacted with those girls made me crave for not just one baby, but TWO!! I had always wanted twins :)
After a while, the counselor and I had helped the young mom outside to help set up her double stroller. Once they both had left, I thought it would be a good time to watch some training videos. Ten minutes into the video, the executive director, Jackie, came in and asked if I'd be willing to print out 100 newsletters and fold them and put them in envelopes and mail them for her. So I said, "Sure!" While the letters were being printed, the kids and I began to clean. We dusted, vacuumed, swept, and took out the trash....there are 4 different rooms and a bathroom; we had only cleaned 3 rooms. Then the kids and I all worked together to fold the newsletters and put the in envelopes and sealed them (ouch, our tongues were sore!). Once done with that, I still had a half hour left, so I thought I'd make a second attempt to watch the first video. I didn't get a chance to finish it, but hopefully next week. :)
I am so thankful to be a part of this ministry. Not only will it be a learning and growing experience for me, but it will be a great learning and teaching experience for the kids. It will teach them to be selfless and to think of others and how to have a servants heart to serve others.

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Peaceful Morning

I truly enjoy my mornings!! Jason gets up at 5am and I get up as well to make his lunch; he then leaves for work by 5:30. As soon as he leaves I begin my day! First thing I do is get my phone and headphones and turn on my Pandora radio and listen to worship music while I put together the kids' school lessons. I have found this to be therapeutic as it mentally prepares my heart and mind for the day with my focus on Him.
Once school lessons are put together, I make coffee to drink while reading His Word. The peace and quiet is so refreshing! I love my kids, but to have that time alone with Him is sooo much needed!!
Yesterday, was a HUGH example of how it is extremely important for me to be in His Word daily!! The night before I had prepared the kids' school lessons so there was really no need for me to stay up once I had made Jason's lunch. Big mistake, because I was selfish of my time and lazed in bed until it was time to start school. I totally understand with giving yourself time for yourself, but my focus did not start out on Him because I did not dig into His Word. My whole day seemed to crumble around me internally. My thoughts were not on Him and I felt being attacked at every angle. Even though outwardly, you wouldn't even suspect a thing, but inwardly, I was in a battle and I felt like I was losing!!
This morning, I was not going to begin my day like I did yesterday!
I love these two verses:
"I love them that love me; and those that seek my early shall find me."
Proverbs 8:17
"But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul."
Deuteronomy 4:29
I NEED to begin my morning with Jesus so that I can function throughout the day!! :)
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Monday, November 28, 2011

Getting Ready for Christmas!!! :)

I love decorating for Christmas!! Now we just need SNOW!!! :)
The day after Thanksgiving, the kids and I had decorated the house as much as we could. All we needed was the tree!!
Saturday evening, Jason, the kids, and I had gone shopping for Christmas lights. Weeeeell, we ended up getting some new stars for the tree upstairs and the kids' tree for downstairs, some bell lights that play music, scented candles, Christmas lights, and candy for our advent calendar.
Sunday, we had gone to Farm n' Fleet to get some much needed pants and sweatshirts and gloves for Jason. While we were there, I had seen a friend of mine, Cindy! I haven't seen her since before we had moved up North, so it was fun seeing her.
After we had gone to Farm n' Fleet, we had gone to pick up a Christmas tree. When we got home, we quickly realized that the tree was most definitely too tall for our living room! So Jason not only had to trim the bottom, but the top as well. Finally after many attempts and a broken brand new star that was fixed after a few alterations, we had gotten the tree upright and fitting perfectly!! :) While listening to Christmas music, we all worked on decorating the tree.
When the tree was finished, Jason thought it was fitting to watch a Christmas movie with the kids. We watched Home Alone and The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. While we watched the first movie, I was stringing popcorn for the kids' little tree for downstairs. It was such a relaxing way to end our Thanksgiving weekend!!
Today, I had hung hooks down the railing to hang our stockings. Yesterday, Jason had evenly marked where I needed to put the hooks :)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Roller Derby!!

Yesterday was my nephew's 8th birthday! So my sister had invited us to come and go roller skating.
Ha! Ok, so it wasn't a roller derby, only a roller skating rink...BUT if it was, there was one person who I had thought of who would have joined me and it would have been sooooo much fun!! Lol!!
We were told at one point that it was going to be a certain cost to get in...no prob. So Joshua, Jessica, and I had gotten our skates to bring to help cut the cost. My skates were waaaaaaay up on the rafters of the garage. So I had to get a ladder and use my wimpy muscles to jump up on to the board that Jason had up there and then find the bin they were in. I finally found my skates, got down, and the phone rang...it was my sister telling me that she read the info wrong about the cost and that it was more...yikes! I almost didn't go, but the kids were so excited to go and I hadn't gone in years. So I made Jacob wear skates that were a little too big, but it helped with the cost. I tried telling the lady at the Skate Barn that he was two for the day (2 and under was free)...lol...she laughed at me :)
Jason didn't go with us, he had just gotten home from work and was too tired feeling to go. :(
So we get there and Joshua and Jessica were the first ones out there. I had to get skates for Jesse and Jacob was too scared to go himself for the first time. Over the summer Joshua, Jessica, and Jacob had practiced roller skating, to whereas, Jesse didn't have any, therefore, he didn't know how to skate. Jesse and I had gotten our skates on and I had went out with Jacob first. Once going around once with me, Jacob felt comfortable to go himself. Joshua and Jessica were skating with Ethan and his friends. Jesse was a little apprehensive and was embarrassed for not knowing how to skate. I tried to have him not think of that and just encouraged him and skated with him. By the end of our two hours there, Jacob was brave enough to skate out towards the middle. Jesse still needed help and needs more courage to just give it a try by himself, but I stayed with him the whole time.
There were a few times where I could take off without helping the kids. I did twirls like a figure skater, skated backwards, did crisscross skating, speed skating, did the limbo and won.....ok, ok, so I didn't do ANY of that and am not a Miss Professional skater, but at least I didn't fall down and I skated fast enough to put a breeze through my hair!! Lol!! There were some adults who skated real well and I was impressed.
By the end of evening, our legs and feet were sore...yes, we are out of shape!!
We all had fun! Jacob now wants to go for HIS birthday :) If we do, I sure hope Jason comes so at least I won't be the only sad looking adult skater out there :)
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Monday, November 21, 2011

Excited and Scared to DEATH!!

Today I had the opportunity to talk with Jackie Koster, Executive Director of Life Choices for two hours of orientation. She walked me through on many different things that I will be doing and the many training videos that I will be watching and soooo much more!! I felt slightly overwhelmed, but more so, anxious over the thought of me being there by myself once a week for 2 and a half hours AAAANDD "what if" a girl DID walk through those doors in need of a pregnancy test only to find out she's pregnant then for me to try and talk to her, what would I say or do, how would I react if she said she'd abort, and what if I messed up the whole encounter, what if that was my only "window" of opportunity with that girl and I blew it???!!!!??? AAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!
But then....as all that was racing through my head, I knew, I just knew that when all was said and done, that God would be with me!! He would give me the right words to speak at the right moment!! And THAT was a great sigh of relief. "I" cannot do this alone, it will be God and God alone Who will get me through when the moment comes. So for now, I will watch as much training videos as I can and read as much material and information that I can to help better educate and prepare myself. When I feel the timing is right, I will begin to counsel young ladies and women.
I may feel scared, but I need to remind myself that God is with me!
Prayers, prayers, and more prayers are needed for me as God takes me through this new journey in life! I pray that I can be a blessing to others, but most importantly, that a little life will be rescued!

Life Choices website:
http://burlcrisispregnancy.com/
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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Day of Service

Friday, the kids and I had gone on a little "field trip" with a bunch of home schoolers from the Kenosha area. We had gone to Claire Bridge nursing home to help with a craft with the clients.
When I had first heard of this outing, I was like, "Yes! We'll go!" I had no clue what craft we were doing (except that it was an easy craft that the kids could do), what songs we were going to sing, or what snack to make.
As we arrived and walked with the group to the area where they were working on their craft, I realized that they were making seat cushions...easy ones too by taking two different pieces of material and cutting each four sides into strips and then tying the two pieces of material together and then before closing it all together, they stuffed it. Two of the clients had shown the boys what to do and they then took over and helped finish the project. Jessica helped for a bit but due to lack of sleep the night before, she was extremely tired. Jacob had tied one knot but then was clinging to me.
It was fun talking with the clients and learning a little bit about their background. Many of them "ooed" and "ahhed" over the kids, especially Jessica and her hair :)
The younger two were a little bit hesitant conversing, but the two older boys jumped right in and did great!
Once the project was finished (which we finished first and one of the ladies had to make mention of that to everyone how WE were the first ones done...sounds like she's an instigator!! Lol!!) we then had snacks. All the home school families that came, made something to bring for snack. We had made chocolate peanut butter bars. After snack, all the kids and parents stood before the clients and sang "Jesus Loves Me" and "The B-I-B-L-E."
We said our "good-byes" and were reminded of how it makes you feel good when you do something for others.
I am thankful to have had the opportunity to have gone with the kids :)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

You Can Hide the External Pain, but Not the Internal

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved." John 3:16-17
"I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." Luke 5:32
"For the Son of man is come to seek and save that which was lost." Luke 19:10

Tuesday afternoon, a friend had called me asking to pray for her friend who just found out that she was 4 weeks pregnant. She has two small children and her youngest is only 4 months old. She had gotten pregnant again for the second time by her abusive boyfriend and was planning to kill the baby the next day! As my friend was telling me this, my heart was racing and my mind was running a million miles!! I had wanted to jump in the car and go to her!! I didn't know who she was or where she lived. I asked, "How can I help?" My friend said, "Pray." She had told me that another friend, who is pro-life, was with her helping to get this young mom to change her mind. I started praying the moment I had gotten off the phone, I prayed with my kids, I had put word on Facebook for prayer, and I had emailed Life Choices to get the word spread so a prayer chain could start.
Sadly, this young mom chose to kill her unborn baby. The lady who had tried to counsel her was devastated.
It may seem like the "easy way out," but the deep emotional effect goes beyond words. The stories I have been reading are just devastating. Not only have I read the horror stories of what takes place in those murder mills, but the tragedy of the loss of a baby and the emotional side effects. These women are now faced with the reality of what they had done. Some for years seem just fine, until one day the truth comes and it hits them hard. They are left wondering with the "what ifs" or what their child may have looked like, sound like, smell, touch, and so much more...
Many suffer from depression...
But there is hope for these women. They can find hope in Jesus! Once they see their need for a Savior, they need to repent and know that they are forgiven. They can hold on to Jesus and look to Him to give them strength to carry on.
But who's going to be that person that will be there for them to help show them the way and the hope they can find in Jesus?
I sadly admit, I was not that person years ago when someone I knew was in need of help after they had chose death for their child, not once, but twice. I was devastated, hurt, and angry over the choice they made.
I pray now, that I can be that person who can be there for that hurting woman. I will never support their decision to kill their child, but I pray that God can use me to minister to them even after they made their choice.
Please pray for me. I want to show others who Jesus is through me. Pray for me, as I am scared to death if and when I do have the opportunity to talk a woman out of having an abortion. I tried twice years ago and failed. I pray that God will give me the words to speak!
Thank you for your prayers!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

SO EXCITED!!!!

I am so excited to be apart of the Life Choices team in Burlington!! Saturday I will be meeting with the Executive Director of Life Choices to talk about what I will be doing and what one day I will be able to come in and what time frame. I don't know yet what God has planned for me as how or where I can be of help to this ministry, but I pray that when I meet with Jackie on Saturday, that He will make known what His plans are for me. I feel blessed and honored to be a part of this ministry. I pray that every young girl or woman that come through those doors, that all I say or do will bring honor and glory unto God.
Please keep Life Choices in your prayers as we minister to the hearts of the women who come in!
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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

PRAY FOR MISSISSIPPI!!!

On November 8th, the state of Mississippi will have the privilege to vote for Amendment 26 which states that life begins at the moment of conception!! If passed, it will end abortion for the state of Mississippi!! Satan has been at work down their deceiving many, but thanks to God and to the many men and women who are helping spread the truth about abortion, I sure feel a VICTORY!! I am praying to have an opportunity to help out!! I am waiting for an email with a list of churches to call to urge them to remind their congregation to vote for Life on November 8th!! Please keep Mississippi in prayer!! God is moving in mighty ways!!
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Sharing the Truth!!

I am sooooo excited!!! My 180movie stuff has arrived!! I had gotten 10 videos and 100 witnessing cards to pass out!!! I am anxious to start sharing!! :)
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Friday, October 28, 2011

Our Mission

"When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul."
Ezekiel 33:8-9
For years I have felt God prompting my heart to do more for the unborn. I have done a few protests, but for me it never felt enough. Lately, God has really been stirring my heart and I can't find rest until I do what I feel that God is calling me to do! I have, like many others, said, "I am pro-life" but yet do nothing and look away and don't get involved. I am tired of doing nothing, tired of sitting back, tired of looking away, tired of not speaking up, tired of "letting others do it", tired of not fighting for what's right!!
"These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running into mischief,
A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren."
Proverbs 6:16-19
Instead of waiting for someone else to do it, I want to know what I can do NOW! Yesterday, I had called a Christian Pregnancy Crisis Center and was informed of a man who faithfully stands out side of a murder mill and protests. I WANT TO DO THAT!! With God's help I want to make a difference! With God's help, I want to save that unwanted baby from its untimely death due to ignorance, selfishness, and misinformation of these mothers. I want these mothers to know the truth about the little life that is growing inside them is not tissue but a separate human life!
I also have been offered to help volunteer at the center, which I may just to get started, but I feel that God wants me at the front lines of this battle!! I need to pray and seek wisdom in this, because I have heard many stories that may cause one to refrain from getting too involved. Right now I don't want to do anything that will jeopardize my family, but I still want to make an impact. So I am praying for His perfect timing in this and yet still get involved in any way that I can.
"If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you."
John 15:18
"Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution."
ll Timothy 3:12
I am prepared to fight this battle! I ask that you keep my family and I in prayer as we seek to do His will in our lives!!
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Baby Snapping Turtle

Last week Jesse had gone outside to get the mail for me only to find this baby snapping turtle by our car in the driveway! He was soooo cute! If it were totally up to me, we'd have several rescue animals and be broke...so thankfully Jason said "no" to keeping the turtle :) Before Jason came home, I had let the kids hold on to it until they could show him. They put it in an ice cream bucket and put a rock and a little bit of water in it. I then read online what they eat...earthworms, tadpoles, bugs, and sooo much more. So Jessica and Jacob went on the side of the house and dug up worms and I then cut them into small pieces and put it in the bucket. Don't think it ever ate one. In the end, Jessica put him back outside. :)
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Pumpkin Cake :)

Yesterday I had made a cake in the shape of a pumpkin :) I've made it in the past, but it had been a while, so the kids really enjoyed this fun cake :)
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A Walk Down to Lake Michigan

My sister and I had visited my parents who were camping in Racine with their friends from church. We cooked hot dogs over the fire and then decided to take the kids for a walk on a trail down to Lake Michigan. We took along the Peterson's little grandson, Luke...he was a trooper!! When we had gotten to the cliff, some of the kids and I had climbed down to get closer to the lake.
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Pumpkin Farm

My sister and I had taken the kids to Jerry Smith's Pumpkin Farm in Kenosha. Sadly, things were so expensive that I had given the kids a choice to choose one activity. They still had a lot of fun :)
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Friends :)

A few pictures taken the day before and the day we left to move.
The first two pictures are of two of the three kids of the Schlagel's: Casey and Carter. Then of the kids with our dear neighbor, Mrs. Marten. Then the two sweet little neighbor girls that Jessica and Jacob loved to play with :)
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Thursday, October 13, 2011

A Little Bit of Something

I have been waiting to blog until something really exciting has happened!! Well, nothing really exciting happened, buuuut we have been keeping busy :)
Last week, I had met a friend of mine and on our way home the kids and I had stopped to see the tanks off Hwy 11. (I had pictures attached in my email to send to my blog, but I had too many pictures and wrote too long in this post, so it wouldn't send)
Saturday morning, my sister and I had gone to Jerry Smith's pumpkin farm in Kenosha. The farm keeps expanding with activities for the kids which means the prices have gone up...in other words, I can't see myself wasting money on all they had to offer. I gave the kids three activities to choose from and could pick one that they really wanted to do. All but Jesse chose the giant jumping pumpkin pillow and Jesse chose the corn maze with my sister Molly. They had fun, but would have liked to have done more stuff :(
We then headed out to visit my parents at the campsite they were camping at. We roasted hot dogs and then Molly and I took the kids on a fun nature walk and ended up coming to a cliff up to Lake Michigan. My kids, Ethan, and I had climbed down the cliff in hopes to touch the water, but only came down to another cliff towards the bottom that was impossible to get all the kids down from, so we climbed back up. (I have pictures on my camera that I need to download to my sister's computer). It was beautiful and one day I'll post pictures :)
Sunday we had picked up the rest of our belongings at Jason's sister's house and then finished organizing the garage.
Tuesday morning my sister and I had gone to the park with the kids and then later fed the ducks...meaning two, maybe four ducks! There were a ton of geese but they wouldn't come to the bread until after we walked away! We finally had found more than four ducks and we had sooo much bread that they even stopped eating and swam away while the kids were still throwing the bread :)
In the afternoon, the kids and I had gone to an apple orchard. The kids were excited because they remembered going once before...not due to the fact that they remembered we were on a home school field trip, but because there was a two story tree house there!! :)
We picked out a handful of different kinds of apples and then put them in the car and then went out back on the orchard and took a walk on the trails in their woods. We first started out collecting different kinds of leaves, we came across two different people sitting off the trail on logs, then we got lost and I was trying to figure out how to get back. There were several trails and it seemed like we were going in circles. Panic slowly started to rise within. I left my phone in the car, the dog was in the car cause I didn't think we'd be long, I tried to keep calm for the kids, but they sensed it, I kept trying to walk towards the direction I thought was the right way, but it was no use! I was trying to make light of the situation with the kids but they just wanted to find the way out, and I was like, "um, yeah, me too!". Lol! Even though we were probably in the woods for 20min, it felt like forever! We did find neat leaves and came across a concord grape vine patch, and we did eventually find our way out...next time I will use bread crumbs like Hansel and Gretel, but knowing our luck all we'd have is a trail of mice, birds, and squirrels following us!! Ha!
When we came home, I had made a, well, maybe kind of not really a caramel apple dip by just using cream cheese and brown sugar. It didn't taste anything like caramel, but it sure was good! :)
So, that has been our week so far...nothing too exciting or out of our everyday routine ;)
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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Help Protect the Voiceless!!!

We as believers in Christ need to stop the Holocust of the murdering of innocent babies!!!
Please watch this powerful video, pass it along, and do your part!!

180 Movie by Way of the Master

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

A Memorable Get Together: We Finally Meet!!

"A friend will strengthen you with her prayers, bless you with her love, and encourage you with her hope."
I had met Dale 16 years ago in 1995 when I came to work at Shepherds. She attended my wedding with several other residents. I always enjoyed working with her and she will always hold a special place in my heart.
In 2000, I had left to be a stay at home mom. In 2008, I had another opportunity to work with Dale yet again!
When working at Shepherds, you eventually get the chance to briefly talk with family members either in person or over the phone. When I had first met Dale, it was her dad who I had gotten to talk to every now and then. When I had come back it was her sisters and her dad, but mostly her one sister, Moreen. It would start out with Dale wanting to call home, which in most cases was calling her sister Moreen. Sometime during the conversation she would hand me the phone and say, "Here, my sister wants to talk to you". At first, I really didn't want to talk to the family members because I didn't know them and I didn't want to waste their phone call having to talk to me! Usually when Dale wanted me to talk to her family, it was because she was hoping that her family would talk me in to giving Dale "pop money" or me taking her out to eat at McDonalds...that was what she hoped for anyways ;) This would happen every Saturday, Tuesday, and Thursday (on my shift anyways). I soon learned that on Tuesdays, she should call Carolyn because Dale kept calling Moreen during her favorite tv shows!! Lol!!
With each phone call, I had gotten to know the family more and more and soon I couldn't wait to hear those words, "Here, my sister wants to talk to you" :) I had gotten to know Moreen the most because she was the one Dale would first want to call. My favorite part was hearing stories of Dale's childhood, as it was when talking to any family member of a resident. I enjoyed hearing about the family and getting to know them, learning how Moreen went from Moreen to her nickname, Angie, and so much more.
As time went on a friendship was beginning. Even though I had left Shepherds, I knew I still had took away so much more and was thankful once again for Facebook to keep in touch :)
Over the last few years, she has been such an encouragement to me and I for her. I feel honored when she shares things that are on her heart and asks for me to pray. I feel blessed to be able to share things with her that is on my heart and know that she will pray.
Today I was filled with excitement and sadness all at the same time. Today for the first time, I had gotten to meet Angie and her husband "Grizzy" (Paul) for the first time and yet sad because Dale was moving home to NY, but happy because she was going home to such a loving family.
It felt like one of those friendships where ya felt as though you've known each other forever and you picked up where ya left off in conversation!! :)
I feel soo blessed to have had this memorable get together today!!
Again, I am so blessed by the many people who God had placed in my life!
Thank you, Ang for your friendship! Love ya! :)
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Monday, September 26, 2011

God's Protection

"And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear." Isaiah 65:24
Yesterday was such a busy day! It was Moving Day!
The kids and I had went back up north to Mondovi to our home to get a head start on cleaning and more packing. Friday night Jason came home with a dump truck and a 20ft trailer. Saturday morning we loaded things in to the dump truck first. By the afternoon, we had help from Mike and Kris, which was such a big help! As we emptied out rooms, I would shampoo the carpets. By evening, we were done! All we had left were items to get us through the night and more cleaning supplies.
Saturday night we took memorable pictures with the Schlagel's kids, Casey and Carter (Colin was home and was probably sad for missing out on pictures...ha!). Then we took pictures with our neighbor, Mrs. Marten.
Sunday morning, we finished loading the truck and trailer...it was packed!! The little neighbor girls came over and we were able to get pictures with them too. Jessica was sad to leave them :(
I finished cleaning the house and then we were off...well, after a doughnut pick-up and a gas fill-up :)
Jason had wanted me to follow him so I could keep an eye on the truck and trailer so we didn't end up having an interstate rummage sale...which wouldn't have been so bad considering that we have SOOO much stuff!! Haha!
As we started out, I quickly saw that we needed more bunggie cords. So we stopped and picked up a few more. Once secure, we hit the interstate. 20 min. later I see my first bunggie cord go flying through the air then another and then the tarp was on the verge of uncovering our stuff!! I called Jason and we pulled over. Rain was also in the forecast, so as we are pulled over and Jason is trying to secure the tarp, it starts to rain. We finally get the tarp secure with some rope and with a little bunggie cord rearranging.
Earlier, before we left, I quickly said a prayer for safety, but as we started out on the interstate once again after fixing the tarp and me following behind, I prayed more specifically! I prayed that no more bunggie cords would fall off and that the tarp would stay on securely. I wasn't even finished with my prayer when I had a vision of God's Hand coming down from heaven and placing it around the truck and trailer. At that same moment His Spirit came across my heart and soul and reassured me that He was protecting us. I was speechless as I felt His presence and tears filled my eyes...tears of joy and peace in knowing that we would make the trip.
After driving through a few rain storms, losing an empty oil bottle, one potty break, a lunch stop, and a few adjustments with the trailer lights...WE MADE IT!!! No more trouble with the bunggie cords or tarp!! Thank you, Lord!!
My sister and her kids had come on out to help us unpack. All the kids helped and did a great job!
After unloading the trailer and nearing the end of unloading the dump truck, Molly noticed some green fluid running under the truck. We soon realized that it was brake fluid! The line had a leak and it all came out. After Jason had taken a look, he said, "We are lucky we even made it home". He backed the truck up a little bit more once we had everything unloaded and he said the brake pedal hits the floor. There was no way he could take it back to his friend's house...the brakes were gone! God's protection went beyond what we had ever expected!! He most definitely protected us!!
I was in awe last night and was still in awe this morning!! I felt the verse I wrote fit perfectly with how our trip went. He was already protecting us even before we asked.
I am thankful that the worst part of moving is over! Now the "fun" part begins...trying to figure out where to put everything! This house is smaller than our other, so it's going to be a bit of a challenge of trying to figure out where to put things, but it will all work out and will all come together.
Thank you to all who prayed for us these last few months of searching, then finding, then moving. We appreciate it so much!!
Please continue to keep us in prayer during this week as we unpack...or should I say, "I unpack"...haha!! :)
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Friday, September 16, 2011

God's Hand Was in it All from the Beginning!!

I am so thankful for the people that God has brought into my life and am so thankful for Facebook!! :) Facebook has allowed me to keep in touch with my family and friends from back home.
Ever since announcing that we were moving back, I have had several people eager to help us find a place to live! I want to thank all those who have passed along rental information. I called pretty much every one of them!
Craigslist is another wonderful asset. I was stalking craigslist several times a day! It was sad when I would wake up in the middle of the night and check craigslist or it be the first thing I'd check in the morning.
As I had mentioned in my previous post, there were days when I felt discouraged and thought we would NEVER find a place, where I would just cry out to God and ask, "Where do You want us to be? What do You have in store for us? Please show us!"
A few weeks ago, we truly thought we had found a place and that the couple were going to rent out the place to us. All of it was perfect: 3 bedrooms, garage, basement, and a great secluded location worry free of crazy neighbor kids! Then after coming down, even with cleaning supplies to clean "our house", it was given to someone else...ugh! The frustration really played out in me that day...if you read my post "Frustrated". Satan was attacking me at every angle, every thought, everything! After a few hours at the park with the kids, I began to pray and give it back to God. Peace washed over once again...it's such an awesome feeling to take the burdens off and place them at the feet of Jesus!!
The kids and I came back home up North last Sunday. Monday morning a friend of mine passes along some info on a rental. She told me to look her up in her friends list. So I did. After a few emails of getting information and setting up a time, I was trying not to get my hopes up after getting several disappointments for the last month. Tuesday morning she called me. Sometime during our conversation, I began to feel the presence of God and as the day progressed, I truly felt His hand moving and working! By evening, I couldn't sleep! I was overwhelmed by all that took place that night! It was truly indescribable! I KNEW this is where God was leading us to!
At times I felt, maybe I gave her too much information, or maybe she thinks I'm a nut case and will change her mind! Lol! You see, I found out she was a Christian in our Tuesday morning conversation. As the day progressed, I was surprised that she sent a "friend request" to me on Facebook. I thought, "great, she'll for sure see I'm a nut case!! Lol!! Jk ;) So I risked it and thought, "why not?" Ha!
I also wanted to make sure she knew that I truly wanted her to feel God's leading in who they chose to rent their place out too. She later shared with me what God had laid on her heart to share with me. It touched me more than she'll know!
So things were looking up! She told me that our current landlord gave us and "excellent" report and that they're sad to see us leave....I'm sad too :( God has blessed us with a wonderful rental here and blessed us with two wonderful neighbors and blessed a blossoming friendship with my friend Kris. So yes, I am sad to leave, but am looking forward to what God has in store for us!
Thursday we were still kinda waiting for that final "Yes, it's yours" type thing when she emailed and said she was waiting for an email back from his job. We thought, "great, they will never reply!". I still felt that it would all work out. Later she pretty much said that it was hopeless to wait for their response and for us to START PACKING!!! Haha!! I was thrilled!! The kids were saying, "YAY! We finally have a house!!". Jason was relieved! I was happy just to stop making my cardboard house plans! "Thanks, Brenda for saving your cereal boxes!" Lol!!
It has been no fun being separated as a family and now finally it's all coming together :)
We truly felt blessed these last several days and are in awe of how He worked everything out! God is amazing :)
Ok so, it's a 3 bedroom duplex with 2 bathrooms (praise God! Lol!), two car garage, and is in Lyons. And we can move in now! Now, "I" have yet to see it and had totally put my trust in my husbands judgment!! Lol! I'm sure it's perfect :)
Our plan: ok, we have no plan, but if we did have a plan, here's what it would be: Jason is coming home tonight with a trailer. Tomorrow we are going to the dump to get rid of old couches and our dead tv and entertainment center. (Again, God's hands has been it all...Jason's sister didn't know we were getting rid of our couches and she had offered to give us a couch she didn't need AND an entertainment center!!). Then on Saturday after the dump, we'll pick up another trailer from the Schlagels, come home and load up the trailers. We are hoping to move in two weekends to avoid a moving truck.
That's all I know for now :)
Anyways, thanks again for all those who helped and prayed!! I hope after reading my blog, you could see how God was working in our lives.
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Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Search is Over!!

Where to begin? First and foremost, "Thank you, Jesus for providing a home for us and getting us through this journey!". Secondly, thank you to all of those who have faithfully prayed for our family. Your prayers were felt during our times when we felt frustrated or when we needed encouragement and strength.
We've grown closer as a family since we moved up North a year ago and I feel that in itself was a blessing from God. I didn't see it at first, but now I do.
I would have never thought that it would have taken us THIS long to be able to find a place to live, but I feel that God was teaching us many things: faith, trust, patience, peace, and to wait.
We stepped out in faith and sought Him when making the decision to change jobs and we knew that God would provide for us if that's where He wanted us to be. Now we needed to step out in faith in knowing that He would provide our every need.
"Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." Matthew 6:30-34
Once Jason had accepted the job, we knew what lay ahead...him going down and staying the week with his brother so he could start his new job and the kids and I stay up North and I would house hunt on line or by word of mouth. When we moved up here, everything took place within 3 weeks. The kids and I came up for a week and found a house within two days and we moved a week later...wa la!!
So sure, it was easy to say, "Oh, God will provide" but as days turned to weeks and weeks turned into a month, I began to doubt at times. The kids and I would come down and help look for places and we would find a place and say, "Ah this would be perfect!". We said that for many places. Or we would call and never get calls back, or we would call back only to find out it was given to someone else. Not only did we need faith, but we needed to trust.
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:5-6
Many times I would cry out to Him in frustration, "God! What are Your plans for us? Where do You want us? Please show us!" Immediately these verses came to mind:
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:8-9
"For I know the thoughts I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye search for me with all your heart.
And I will be found of you, saith the Lord:" Jeremiah 29:11-14a
Now that we had put our faith and trust in Him in knowing that He would provide, we now needed to be patient, ask for peace, and wait.
"Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing." James 1:3-4
"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee." Isaiah 26:3
Days when I felt at peace, I had to work hard in reassuring the kids that God would provide, that He would work everything out, yet at the same time reassuring myself.
"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28
I feel that God wanted our total surrender to Him, our total trust, and our complete faith in knowing that He would provide in His perfect time. We needed to be patient, have peace, and to wait on Him.
"I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry." Psalms 40:1
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Friday, September 2, 2011

The Back Seat Driver...Get to the End of the Story

Remember the days of learning how to drive and how you hated the way you were told "how" to drive? "Do this, don't do that, slow down, go a little faster, BREAKS!!". I would say, "I know how to drive, stop being my back seat driver".
When I got married, I found myself doing the same thing to my husband. "Slow down, turn there, turn here" gripping the side door or pushing my foot into the floor board "willing" the car to slow down! Lol!! Yes, his crazy driving scared me sometimes. I just wanted to take the wheel and take over the driving! I knew we'd be ok, I just had to relax and let him just drive and had been reminded a few times to "stop being a back seat driver".
Sometimes I am like that with God. I say to Him, "Lead me, Lord", but am I really willing to let Him lead me? I am too quick to just want to take over the wheel and say, "here, let me do it, this way is better".
I can be impatient at times. This summer I have thoroughly enjoyed reading! I get really involved with a book and will sometimes think, "ugh, hurry up with this story line and get to the point and the happy ending". The book will take you through a person's life and show you the many hardships the person had endured to get where God had wanted them to be. And in the end, God was glorified through it all. I sometimes have the same attitude with God. "Hurry up, God, get to the good part in my life where there's a happy ending!". But if He did, what would I have learned from it all? He has been teaching me sooo much these last few months!! Surrendering, faith, and trust. If we just skipped to the end and missed all the in between, I may have missed out on all that God has been teaching me.
God is my "driver", I am the passenger. I need to sit back and relax and know that wherever He leads, I will follow. At the end of my "story", God will be glorified.
Proverbs 3:5-6
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."
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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Lead Us Lord....

My theme verse lately: Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the thoughts I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end."
You Lead ~Jamie Grace

Monday, August 29, 2011

Frustrated

I feel frustrated. I want to cry. I want to scream. I want a punching bag. I am tired. I am weak. I feel defeated. I want to give up.
I want to blame myself. I feel I am being punished. Even though that sounds stupid, but that's how I feel. I wonder, "am I truly trusting that He'll provide?". Am I doubtful? Nothing comes to mind my mind is blank. I feel like a walking zombie. Will we find a place? When? Where? How much longer? How many times will we waste money on gas only to come up empty handed again? Who will say, "yes?" Did he make the right choice in changing jobs? I don't have anymore strength. I feel myself falling apart...What do you tell your kids when they say, "we prayed that we would get the house, why didn't He answer our prayers?"....because God has a better place for us?? Where? When? When will He reveal the place He has in store for us? When I finally surrender. I give up...to You, O Lord do I put my FULL trust in You because I can't do it anymore. I've spent too much time worrying and not trusting. Help me, God! I need strength! I have grown weak and weary. Help me...
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Trip Down to Kenosha #3

This will be our third trip down here this month as we search for a place to live. Jason had looked at a house that my sister had told me about that was listed in the Hi-Liter. He liked it and really wanted my opinion on it first before he made the decision to go through with it. So, Friday, the kids and I came down. Saturday evening I took a look at the house. I told her of our interest, but she had wanted to call our landlord for references. So now we were left to wait...ugh...I hate waiting!
Saturday night, we had another campfire and the kids roasted marshmallows and made smores. The kids found a gardner snake and had wanted me to take a picture :)
I sat by the fire worried about the house. Jason reminded me to just pray.
Sunday, was the day I was planning on cleaning the house that we had thought that we would get that Saturday night, but obviously that didn't go according to MY plans! So I went and picked up some doughnuts from Woodmans. Then I asked Jacob if he wanted to try his bike. This bike used to be Joshua's but it was a little to tall for Jacob yet so Jason had brought it down on one of his trips down to store it in his sister's barn, along with several other bins and such, until we found a place to live. So I helped Jacob get on and helped him start off because his legs are too short to get started. So off he went! He was so excited! Then I was able to help him to realize that he COULD get started on his own without my help!!
Later, Jason made a fire and we cooked hot dogs. Then we played dodge ball and some other game where you have to tackle the person with the ball and once you're tackled then you throw the ball up in the air and someone else gets the ball and runs away and you chase after them to tackle them.
My sister Molly and her two kids came over to go to a park with us, but the kids ended up having fun just playing with each other, so we just stayed here. Jacob got stung in the ear as the kids were in the side shed of the barn trying to catch a toad. Three kids stung...one to go! After Jacob got stung, they gave up on trying to catch the toad. :)
We then played baseball with the kids and had a lot of laughs :)
Jason made another fire because my niece, Ava, really wanted to have one :) So they roasted marshmallows before they left to go home.
I had corn on the cob soaking in the sink to grill for supper, but Jason decided to just put them over the fire...yum, they were good! It has been awhile since I had them that way :) We cooked brats as well and then the kids had a few more marshmallows. Think they're gonna turn into one soon!!
Before bed we had played a game of Skip Bo with the kids.
It was a nice relaxing day yesterday, but still the thoughts of the house was never far from our minds. I had to keep giving it to God. We will find out today if we will get the house. Once again, I am giving it to God. He will provide!
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Rope Making

Last Thursday, our neighbor, Mrs. Marten, came over in the morning and had asked us if we'd be interested in watching her brother make rope. For Mondovi Days in June, he had shown people and we missed it, so her brother called her up and asked if we would like to come :) He has a little farm just a few blocks down the road. The kids were all excited to go and when we got there, they were even more excited to see that there were horses!
Mrs. Marten's two of her three brothers were there and one of her two sisters were there, her brother's grandson, and then a friend. They make rope for fun. Their dad used to make rope on the farm when the siblings were young. They shared with me how all six kids had helped their dad. Their dad would make rope to use on the farm instead of having to buy rope all the time. It seemed like he went through rope fast, so making his own was cheaper.
They first made three groups of three lines from one end to the other end. Then at one end, someone would crank the handle. In the pictures, the kids were able to help make the rope. They would separate the three groups of three strings of twine as someone cranked so the three separate groups would twist together their three lines. Once that was somewhat tight, then both people at both ends would crank together and it would twist together the three groups. It was very interesting to watch! While we were there they made four ropes and gave 3 to the kids, two tan color looking ropes and one green rope.
Then the kids were able to see the horses and feed one of them dried corn on the cob. They were able to pet the one as well and thought that was pretty neat. Then they were off on a cat hunt after finding out that there were cats on the farm :) But one only came close enough to see from afar.
When we had gotten home, the kids had fun tying their rope to the tree in the back yard and swinging from them :)
I hope it will be something they don't forget. I will truly miss Mrs. Marten when we move.
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Monday, August 22, 2011

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Painful Goodbyes

Pulling away tonight to head back home with the kids and leaving Jason back was a pain I can't describe. For the last month it has been him who drove away as we stayed home and he left to start his new job down in Illinois, but this afternoon it was us who drove away. After a long week of searching for a rental house, it has left us discouraged but yet has drawn us closer during this difficult time. I hate seeing us apart and I hate seeing the pain in his eyes every time he has to leave us for the week. I hate seeing how sad my kids get when he is gone. I love how much he loves the kids and I. He is sacrificing so much for us even though it is very difficult right now. Maybe that's why my heart broke as I drove away and had a couple tearful moments and am having one now as I write through blurry eyes. I am praying that God will show us soon what house he has in store for us, because my heart can't take much more.
"Lord, give us the strength to get through this and help us to draw closer to You through it all."
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Friday, August 19, 2011

Car Accident

Last night Jesse and Joshua had a little car accident. I had just finished getting Jacob dressed from after giving him a bath and had gotten Jessica situated for her bath and had gone outside with Jacob. I needed to wash off his muddy shoes, thus, the reason for baths. Jacob and I had decided to sit on the bench swing and swing and tell silly stories. As I was telling stories, I could hear that push pedal car thingy in the driveway and thought to myself, "those boys should not be playing with that". I was going to get up and holler to them to put it away but I was too lazy to get off the comfy swing. Then all went silent for a moment and I heard nothing, Jacob wanted a drink so we headed into the house. A few moments later Jason calls up the steps and had wanted me to come down. I went down to the landing and ended up just going outside because I heard him go out. When I stepped out I saw Jesse sitting on a bar stool with his face covered in blood! He had blood everywhere! On his shirt, shorts, driveway, all over the little car thingy as well. I already knew what happened. Joshua was crying, Jesse was crying, and Jason was trying to clean Jesse up and to get down to where all the bleeding was coming from to see how bad it was and see if he needed stitches or not. It looked worse than what it really was and Jason finally saw the cut...a nice cut, but no need for stitches! Whew!! Those who know Jesse know what a big relief that was to know!! Joshua felt horrible because he hurt Jesse and then Jesse said unkind words to him and hurt his feelings :( Apparently, they were giving each other fast rides in the driveway and Joshua was pushing when the wheel must had gotten stuck and it tipped the car over and Jesse bumped his head hard on the yellow part of the car. There was blood all over inside. So of course, "it was all Joshua's fault" that it happened. I was trying not to scold all too much because he was in so much pain, but I made it clear that it was both of their faults seeing that it was a toy for toddlers. So after Jesse was all cleaned up, we had him take a shower while I ran to Walgreens to pick up some Tylenol. Earlier that day, I had gone to a park to meet a friend and when we had gotten home the boys left their light sabers on the ground behind the car...yes, yes...you all know where this is going. So I left to get Tylenol and when I came back, the dogs were in the driveway barking and what not and I was going slow and pulling onto the grass to park in our usual spot when I felt a "bump...bump" and thought, "oh my goodness! I just ran over one of the dogs" (wouldn't be my first time!). Next I see Jesse come running out of the house and he starts shouting and crying. I thought, "Oh man! I really DID run over a dog!!". I get out of the car and run to the back of the car and I see that I ran over Jesse's light saber...not just ANY light saber, but his most valued light saber! It was his most valued one because it was given to him by his Grandma Rasico when he was six after he had his hernia surgery...sooo it had sentimental value and I broke it. I was trying not to take all the blame seeing that it WAS the boys' fault for not picking them up. *sigh* So Jesse announces that it was the worst day ever!!
Later that night I made sure that proper apologies were made so all hurt feelings were gone and that they both understood that they were both in the wrong :) I then told them later that their driver's licenses have been revoked! :)
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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Another Week of Searching

Last Friday evening, the kids and I went back down by Jason and are staying with his sister in Salem so that I could be a maid...er, um, some assistance with house hunting :) I joked with Jason as the only reason I was to come down was so that he was fed properly after staying with his bachelor brother for a week! Ha!
Anyways, so far we have still have had no success with house hunting, but at least my man is eating well!! :)
I just wanted to share a few pictures. The kids are having a blast so far, well, except for the part where we "drag" them around looking for houses to rent!
In the first picture, as I think of it, I just have to laugh. We were on our way down and stuck in traffic and Jacob was sitting up front with me when he looks over and points to my visor and says, "That means that no fat guy can ride in the car"...um yeah, the first thought that came to mind was, "well, I guess I better get out!" Ha! What a goofy boy!
The next picture was of the kids at Echo park. On Saturday, I thought it would be fun to go to Echo Park. The kids were sad as they remembered their days in Burlington and soon they were begging that we move back THERE in Burlington again!
The next two pictures were of the kids down by the dam.
Sunday night we had made another fire! We cooked hot dogs and later, we roasted marshmallows and had Smores!! I was very surprised that Jesse LOVED the smores, because the last time he ate a roasted marshmallow he hated it, but he loved it when put together with a graham cracker and chocolate :)
This last picture was from this morning. After we had gotten back from driving around and finding 3 rentals to get phone numbers from, Joshua had gone on down to the barn and spotted this spider! I've tried to look it up from my phone...but the sites are NOT very mobile friendly...soooo if ANYONE wanted to, you can look it up and let me know what kind it is and if it is poisonous or not!! We obviously did not touch it and just left it, but it was pretty cool :)
Well, that's it for now. I am thankful for the peace that God has given me within my heart as I have fully given this house hunt over to Him!! I know that He has the perfect place for us and as soon as He reveals that perfect place to us, I will for sure let you all know!! :)

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