Thursday, May 8, 2014

Joey's Last NY Fundraiser!

Next month, Joey and his tuba will be there!  Riding a ferry over to play patriotic songs while people visit the Statue of Liberty.  What an amazing opportunity!  I SOOO wish I could go!  But I am excited for him.

Joey wants to do one last fundraiser for his NY trip.  So, he will be baking next weekend. (sorry, we are out of town this weekend)  We'll be taking orders until the 14th and baking over the weekend.  We've decided to branch out instead of doing cakes:  BREAKFAST!  One batch of scones makes 8, so that is how we will sell them.

Scones  (8 count)    $10

Double Chocolate Scones
Apple Cinnamon Scones
Pumpkin Oatmeal Scones
Orange Scones

Breakfast Sweet Bread $10
(one loaf)

Cinnamon Bread
Banana Bread (with or without nuts)
Lemon Loaf
Apple Bread

Thank you for your support this year with all of the fundraising!   Please let me know what you would like to order.  Everything is made from scratch (of course!  No cake mixes here!)   Joey will be happy to make what ever you'd like to order!  :)

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Spring Break!!

I must be getting old.  I admit it now.  (Tomorrow I might be in denial, so take it moment by moment people! LOL)  I've been looking around at social media this week and looking at everyone's vacation photos --  New York, California, Colorado, ect. ..... beautiful pictures that look like fun.  We have been home.  And.. it is right where I want to be.  I don't take it for granted like I used to.

We've been working on the home that God has blessed us with.  Yes, the kids would rather be some where else then having mom tell them to get their work clothes on.  But, what a blessing the past few days have been. Digging in the dirt and playing with the worms.  A friend gave me some lilies to add to my collection up front.  So the front is almost full! :)  In the back flowerbed, I'll be replanting some of the plants Ms. Myrtle left me that have been struggling to survive for several years.  The ornamental grass and the cannas are going.  I found homes for the cannas.   It has not much fun digging that grass up.  My thighs might be sore, but progress makes me feel good!

The original flowerbed with overgrown ornamental grass, cannas, daffodils,
and bushes.  There is even tulips in there!  The flowers were so overgrown
with grass  they barely flower.

We finished the front flowerbed and halfway through the side one.  Blank canvas
 waiting to be planted!
So spring break is almost over.  My house is still dirty.  My laundry is still not caught up.  But, I still have that feeling of accomplishment.  We did get some things done around here.  Fall might be my favorite season, but spring is a close second.  :)  My lilies and hostas that I planted last year are breaking through the dirt.  Love it!  We are almost through digging up the years of overgrown stuff.  Bushes are about gone!!  One more left at the end of flowerbed.  I think Ms. Myrtle would like what we've done.  Things she just couldn't do any longer.  We did get to squeeze in a fun day in Eureka Springs. I hope that you've enjoyed your spring break whether it's been all fun or work days or a mixture of both!

Faith and my niece, Abby, sharing some ice cream :)

Monday, March 24, 2014

Momma' Bear Growls Again

This is supposed to be spring break.  We're only getting 3 days off because of all the snow, but I'll take it.  It's to the point when we all need a break, even if it is cut short.  The school year is almost done.  Which is kinda hard for me to believe.  Wasn't it just Thanksgiving not that long ago?  Anyways --  Luke's teachers have had him all year.  The year is almost over.  They should know a little bit about his IEP. (even if it took half a year to figure out he had one!)   They should have some idea what he can do and what he cannot do.  But apparently not.
Not a recent picture, of course :)  Luke and big brother, Joey

Luke's civics teacher has handed him a blank world map and expected him to use the word bank of 55 countries and fill it in.  Seriously.  Ummm.... every hear of a memory disorder??   It's clearly stated that he has one.  It's clearly stated that his assignments be reasonable.  He failed the test twice already.  When I say failed, I mean a very low F.  Luke was about to go on and do it again.  No, I don't think so. 

So, tonight an e-mail went out which included the teacher and the special education principal at the school.  (there is one assigned to spEd)  And we studied the first row of countries in which included North American and South American countries.  And guess what -- with a couple acronyms like Cows Vomit Apples (Columbia, Venezuela, Argentina).... Luke might pass this test. 

His math -- well, it's even worse.  He is not comprehending the algebra at all.  I don't know if it's one of the teachers (he's not fond of)  or if it's the subject.  But, that grade is a solid F and we have to get it up to passing.  Maybe it's the way she is explaining it, but he doesn't get it at all.  It is hard to watch him struggle so hard and the teachers just think he's lazy because his works not turned in.  (and she's one of the special ed teachers!!!)

Luke with baby Olivia.  He was so excited to hold her
In Hebrews God says, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."   I know that God's plan for Luke's life (and mine)  included everything we are going through.  It included teacher that did not understand.  It included bad grades that affect his self-image.  It included me having to be the thorn in some people's flesh.  I just wish I could fix it.  Not for myself,  but for Luke.  His struggles very few will understand.  I am blessed to be his mother.  I do love him so much, but I know that God loves him even more.  I trust the promises of God for my life, and more importantly, for my children's lives.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

A small catch up!

Hello Blogger Friends!  Have you forgotten about me?  I can't really blame you.  After all, it's been about 3 months without a word from me.  I wish I could say something deep in meaningful about the break...but I can't.  I guess the only deep moment would be that I was living life instead of writing about it.  :)  The south has had some crazy weather.  We've seen snow...and snow... and then more snow.  You'd think that with those snow days home from school/work that I would have written a post or two.  But honestly, my oldest son is 16 1/2 (yes, he informed me of the half last week!)  and as my kids grow bigger, I know my time with them is short.  Snow days are days spent with my kids.  Faith and I love board games.  Then Luke will come and join us.  Joey will want to watch movies with us.  And I know that I only have a few more years of this left.  :( 
Faith and Teddy out during one of the many snows :)
Uncle Brent with Joey and Luke (they LOVE having their pic taken)

Well, I am going to have to go and get busy.  It's a nice Saturday morning.  Faith just went to soccer practice with the coach so I could get some stuff done around here with the boys.  I'm going in to wake the sleeping lions!  They love it when I have a work day planned! :D  Hope you enjoy your weekend with your family.  Enjoy those moments because they will be grown before your ready. 

Thursday, December 19, 2013



That's where I find myself.  I am an opinionated person.  I'll admit that.  However, I usually talk about it with a few people and keep it to myself around others.  I am not good at confronting my source of frustration.  I bury it until I get to this point and I want to explode.  Yes, I do know it's not the healthiest way of dealing with things.  :D

Also know that it's not the attitude that I should have.  We are supposed to be like God.  God puts up with a lot from us... from me.  Yet, He loves me through it all.  He doesn't throw up His hands with me and walk away. 

"Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 
or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 
 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing,  but  rejoices with the truth. 
 Love bears all things, believes  all things, hopes all things, 
endures all things."  1 Corinthians 13:4-7

That is a lot to live up to.  Love is long suffering.  Frustration is short-tempered.  But, I am human and sometimes this world makes it hard to be here.  Sometimes people make it hard.  Sometimes I get tired of biting my tongue and going with the flow.  What am I supposed to do?  Give it all to Him. 

"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly
 in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy,
 and my burden is light.”  1 Matthew 11:28-29

 So, I am trying.  Right now, honestly, I am not there yet.  I don't want to bury it until it pops back up later.  I want to let go of it.  I'll get there.  Just not today....

 "casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Gifts of the Season

It's been a while since I've posted.   I was in a bit of a funk for a while.  Felt like I was on the hamster wheel not going anywhere.  It was like I was getting further and further behind and there wasn't anything I could do about it.  For example, two $400 electric bills in August and September.  Our house is not some mansion over the hilltop.  It's a little over 2000 square feet.  And our thermostat was set at 76 in summer.  Electric company wouldn't even send some one out to look and check the meter.  Nothing, no help what's so ever.  Then, we finally get those paid off and we had another $500 unexpected thing pop up.  Plus, making trips for Joey's band trip every month.  Faith has a trip to Disney in January that I was supposed to chaperon.  Life can wear ya down, you know?  Where else could I go but to God?  He knows how stretched we are.  He knows our circumstances before I ask.  So, I gave God the worries on my heart and asked for help.   God gave us an unexpected check in the mail that got us caught up.  Joey's band payment got made yet again.  I did have to step-down from going to Disney with Faith.  Just makes me so sad that I couldn't be there.  All of the other kids have at least 1 parent going, but I couldn't put that financial strain on my own family for a trip for myself.

Our first snow in our house.  So pretty!

Now, it's Christmas time.  As they get older and I get wiser, it is less and less about the presents under the tree.  When they were smaller, I'd start during the summer if I found a sale.  Then, it moved to starting in the fall and being done by December 1st.  This year, the first gifts I even bought was a couple movies at 7 am on black Friday.  Seriously.  My husband couldn't believe it.  Black Friday and I came home with a couple movies, fabric, and a toy for my youngest niece.  That's it.  I did some shopping online these past days snowed in.  Now, I am basically done.  Not because I've gone crazy on some awesome sales, but because a couple things they really want under the tree is enough.  There isn't any fluff under there.  There is not clothes that I picked out under there.  Or things they will think is cool for 10 minutes then forget about.  They each have a a couple things under the tree and a couple things for their stocking.  It is enough.

 Annual walk through the lights

 I am looking forward to spending time with my family.  Reading the real Christmas story and Twas the Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve like we always do.  Waking up and singing, "Happy Birthday to Jesus!"  over the birthday cake we bake every year.  Then, having family over for a hot meal after presents have been opened.  Playing a few games and just making some memories with one another.  Once you quit worrying about the gifts that do not matter, the real gift of the season can be yours.  The gift of love.   Love from your Savior.  Love with your family.  What a blessing!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Fall Pictures!

My babies are so big.  Okay...well, guess I should #1 stop calling them babies.  (even though they can still act like it at times!)  But, every time I do family pictures, I realize it even more!

Joey is 16 now, Luke is 14 1/2, and Faith is 11 1/2.  It seems unreal to me in so many ways.  How did all those years go by so fast?  When did they get so old?  Luckily, I don't age as quickly as they do!! ;D

I hope that you get pictures of your family this Thanksgiving.  And, I hope that your table if full with family around and abound with delicious food for all.