Wednesday, January 2, 2019

hello 2 0 1 9

Matt and I got to celebrate our anniversary alone on New Year's Eve.  It was so nice.  I got a to-go order from a restaurant and had it all ready when he got home.  

I bought us these cute wine glasses for some bubbly...

We also enjoyed watching the movie God's Not Dead.

2018 was a challenging year, but we are thankful that we got to go through it as a team.  I'm so glad I have such a wonderful partner.   Happy Anniversary sweetie!

a picture that Lance painted of daddy

In other news, we are really looking forward to 2019 because 1. we no longer have the flu, and 2. Lance will only have 30 minutes of speech each week instead of an hour of OT and 30 minutes of speech.  Our schedule will be so much easier!

Here is to a great 2019!



Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Christmas 2018

Although Lance and I still have a lingering cough from the flu, we still had a great time visiting both sides of the family for Christmas.

On Sunday we went over to Matt's parents house and had a great meal and opened a few presents.  My present was that I got to go upstairs and take a nap.  I was very thankful.

This is a Christmas-y sort of book I've been reading lately...

Family selfie before heading over to my mom's house on Tuesday...

I didn't take any pictures while I was over there and was just basically trying to stay alive in between fits of coughing.

Today Lance and I enjoyed some outdoor time before the rain arrives tomorrow...

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas!



Thursday, December 20, 2018

praying for our missionaries this Christmas

I was probably quite a site as I was wearing a face mask and crouching down next to a Coke machine with a short phone charger cord plugged into the wall at the car repair place.  The face mask was because the kids and I have had the flu for the past week, the phone cord was because I was about to run out of power on my cell phone, and I was at the car repair place because a belt has gone out in my car twice in three days.  

That is ok.  The kids and I are starting to feel a lot better (we did get the flu shot back in October by the way).  We have medicine in us and we're on the mend!

Of course the phone got recharged, and I'm day-dreaming about getting a minivan. 

But all this got me thinking about what missionaries go through.  As tired and weary as I've been, my expectations have been lowered so much.  I'm just so happy when I can sleep a few hours without coughing, sit down for some warm soup, or even just sit on the couch and watch movies with my kids.  

What do missionaries go through?  Do they sometimes wonder where their next meal is coming from?  Do they feel tired, and lonely, and just want to be at home?  Do they feel sick and not have access to medical care?

Please pray for our missionaries this Christmas.  Let's pray for comfort, and encouragement. 



Thursday, November 29, 2018

It's beginning to look a lot like...

It's beginning to look a lot like...
(I bought the school house in the middle last year, and scored the barn and hotel house for two dollars each at Walmart.)

But first we celebrated Thanksgiving over at Uncle Chuck's house...

And had a Thanksgiving Feast at school...

And did some shopping...sorry Hobby Lobby, we didn't actually buy this...

And we stopped on the side of the road to look at a money pit of a car...
The sellers name is Monte which made us laugh even harder!

So what about you?  Are things starting to look like Christmas?



Monday, November 12, 2018

Help Wanted

 Here is what I would write for a Help Wanted ad:

Can you help me out with two small children ages four and eight?  They are practically perfect in every way and pretty much govern themselves.  They might try to govern you too...he he.

You'll need to do a few loads of laundry...per day.  Make up a few beds and just tidy up a bit.  There may or may  not be ten million Lego pieces on the floor that you will need to pick up, but stay positive.  I'm sure you'll do a great job!

When it comes to meals, you've got it made.  These kids only have two food groups:  juice boxes and cheese sticks.  You on the other hand will be famished all day long.  Make sure you bring a few snacks for yourself.   Take heart, you're probably in your forties and the calories don't burn off anyway!

There may be a few (hundred) errands to run also.  By the time you take the kids to the dentist, speech therapy, and class field trips, you may start to wear down a little.  Save some energy for bedtime though because these kids can go the distance!  Even though they've been wide awake since six am on the dot, it will realistically be nine before they drift off.  Try to stay at the top of your game though because a midnight cry or two usually ensues.   

So how does that sound? :)


Thursday, November 8, 2018

"Falling" for these sweeties!

Hi friends!  Hope everyone is having a great Fall season.  Here is what we've been up to.

Lance went for a dental check-up last week and did really good.  We are just so encouraged by the progress he is making. 

Clarice wasn't thrilled about wearing her hand sewn lady bug cape.  She was a lot happier once we took the picture and let her take it off.

Those crazy kids...

Lance being "shy"...yeah right!

Clarice rocking out in her new hat I crocheted...

Hope everyone is doing well!  Hope to hear from you soon!



Wednesday, October 24, 2018

She wore the BOO shirt

Well Clarice finally wore her Halloween Boo shirt

And speaking of being scared, I attempted to start reading Dracula, but got distracted by other things.  Have any of you read it?

Clarice at her preschool's Fall Festival

I try to speak to my husband every now and then so he'll know who I am when the kids turn!  :)

There was a PG-13 sermon last Sunday, so I stayed with Lance in Children's church and we learned about boys and girls and how they are different.  It was funny to hear the boys and girls say that the other was "smelly" and "hairy."  lol  :)
Lance kept drawing trains all over the poster board sheets.  It was really funny!

Trying to teach the kids to pick out specifics pictures like...the girl in the red dress kicking the blue ball
 I wouldn't have thought of it on my own, but Lance's speech teacher gave me the idea. 

P.S. Check "Awaiting Moderation" under the comments section to make sure you don't have any waiting.  A friend of mine told me about it.  


hello 2 0 1 9

Matt and I got to celebrate our anniversary alone on New Year's Eve.  It was so nice.  I got a to-go order from a restaurant and had i...