Sunday, August 30, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Please say yes!
Today was the Harmony Association's( the group of Southern Baptist Churches in Jefferson and Lincoln counties) first ladies conference. I was asked along with 3 other preachers wives (Rachel, Melissa, and Stephanie) to coordinate this event. We thought the most that we would have this year would be 150. But 220 signed up and came!
It was great! Lots of women, lots of hairspray, lots of cute shoes, and lots of laughter. Lots of music, lots of fellowship, and lots of Jesus!
Lisa McKay was our speaker. She flew in on Friday and flew out this afternoon. It was my job to get her to the airport. And I did.
And then I left.
And she didn't.
Apparently they wouldn't let her board because it was less than 30 minutes until takeoff. It was 27 minutes until takeoff!
We missed it by 3 minutes!
And I LEFT her!!!
Seriously, I was given charge by my fellow preachers wives to get this darn cute preachers wife back home, and I didn't do it.
I'm hoping she got some good airport food and a starbucks to make her smile.
Its almost midnight and I'm still awake, I just found out about this whole fiasco and I may not be able to sleep the rest of the night.
I'll try not to sleep during church tomorrow!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
I love a list!
- My sons have fingers like my Pawpaw. I love that. I love that I can remember what his fingers look like and I love that I can look at the boys fingers and think of him. He was a really, really great man. I was in 8th grade when he died, but my sister and 1 cousin were in kindergarten and another cousin wasn't a year old. They didn't get to know him like I did. I hate that for them.
- I was at a meeting the other day and the person leading it said, " we know it do work". I laughed inside myself and wrote it down so I would remember it. It was so funny. And so sad.
- One of my sons, the comedian of the group, was eating Cheetos the other day. He came up to me with his foot outstretched and a Cheetos stuck between his toes. He said, "look mom, a chee-toe!" Isn't that funny??
- I know I should blog with pictures. But I am too lazy to do it. I have pictures in my head, but it is too much for me to upload them. Isn't that terrible?
- One of my favorite bloggers is coming to my area to do a women's event for us this weekend. I am so excited to get to meet her in person and hug her sweet neck.
- I dreamed last night about vacations. I have thought about vacation all day today. I need a vacation. I'm getting one in a couple of weeks.
- I'm working a little part-time job. I can take the kids to work with me and they help. They really like it and so do I. I know what I do at home is important and that I'm needed, but I feel needed by other people and it feels good.
- God is teaching me something. I don't know what yet. Have you ever had experiences where God was working around you but you didn't know what He was up to? Well, that is where I am. I'm excited and a little nervous!
- Ok, I think I have exhausted all my random thoughts. Thanks for reading. Feel free to comment and add your random thoughts!
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
The first day of school.
I have a 6th grader, 2 3rd graders and a kindergarten-er.
All my kids are now school age. I am no longer a mom of a preschooler. My life is changing.
The kids are excited about school.
I know some of you are wondering about homeschooling. How I do it, why I do it, and how it works.
I will attempt to describe it for you.
All the kids have their own desks in our office. I also have a desk. The kids each have a plastic container that they keep their books in. They have pencil boxes with everything a kid needs for school, crayons, pencils, markers, calculators, erasers, and pencil sharpeners.
We try to start out the day with a Bible reading. Then we go over spelling words, writing them and doing a spelling lesson. During this time, Anna and I will be reviewing her letters and the sounds that they make. As the year progresses what Anna and I do during this time will become more involved but I haven't done any formal school with her so she is not as advanced as the boys were in K-5.
After that we will stagger math lessons with the boys and reading with Anna. And we will do history and science together. I will expect more from Samuel since he is older, but the material is written for 3-6th grades. D&D will probably review this same material in 6th grade when Anna is in the 3rd.
It seems so hectic when I think about it. But since I have just written it out it doesn't sound so bad. It is a lot. But I am prayed up and prayed for.
I homeschool the kids because Stephen has asked me too. We began homeschooling for different reasons than we are now. I believe that the Bible says that I am to submit to my spouse. And I believe that he is listening to the Lord and knows what is best for our family. I don't always want to homeschool. There are days that I would love to send them to school. But then there are days that I teach them something and I watch them GET it. That is the best feeling in the world.
I miss out on a lot by doing this. I miss out on girls only lunches, shopping trips and time alone. I've even lost a friend because I do this, but I have gained so many more friends and so much more appreciation for teachers and mothers who teach at home.
The kids and I pray for the school teachers and the students. We pray that they have good days and good attitudes. In fact, we probably pray for them and their schools more than we pray for our little school.
Even though the majority of the people we surround our children with don't think very highly of our choice to homeschool, I am always honoring and try to teach my children to be honoring of those that feel that way.
It isn't easy to homeschool or to be homeschooled. But I'm sure my kids are getting a good education and are being taught in a structured, loving environment. Like so many of our friends that go to big-school(as we call it).
So, there you have it. The answers to your burning questions! HA!
Today our cousin Grace starts kindergarten. I know she is ready and I pray her mother is. Our other cousins Lilly and Cally and beginning this school year in a new school in a new state. Keep them in your prayers. And today is our friend Kaley's last first day. She is a senior this year. Oh! That makes me feel SO old. And rightfully so.
I am praying for all you moms, dads, and teachers out there. This is a tough day no matter how old your child is or where your child goes to school. I mean I have a 6th grader. Where does the time go? I remember walking him to his first day of kindergarten and now a 6th grader. WOW!
Ok! On to teach school!
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Stephen and I received a letter in the mail back in February asking us to come to a pastors and wives getaway for a week in August. So, we are here!
In Branson, at Wayne Newton's former house. With four other preacher couples. Doing whatever we want during the day and eating dinner together at night.
This could be the best week ever!
The house is beautiful. We are staying in the Master suite. The bathroom is as large as our bedroom at home (and it is good size). It is amazing. The view overlooks the lake, the tv... Well, the tv is amazing. I have never seen such a clear tv. I don't think we will be able to watch the tv in our bedroom at home again. The grainy 16 inch circa 1985 tv may have seen its last day!
The other couples here are fun and funny and we are enjoying getting to know each other. I had prayed that we would make friends, and be able to be of help to them, and them to us. God is good and answered my prayers. ( I think I may hate it when I say God is good when He answers my prayers the way I want them answered. God is good all the time, whether He answers my prayers my way or not! His will is soveriegn and perfect.)
Yesterday we shopped( it was my day). We didn't buy too much, the kids all got an item of clothes, I got a couple of shirts, poor Stephen didn't get anything. Today we are playing golf. Ok! Stephen is playing golf, I am just going to ride along and read a book. It looks like a beautiful day so I'm excited!
The kids are doing good. Daniel lost a tooth yesterday, I hope the tooth fairy visited last night.
Although if she didn't it wouldn't be anything out of the ordinary. The tooth fairy hardly ever visits in a timely fashion. I sometimes wish we could rent-a-toothfairy. If you know of a service like that let me know!
Ok, I'm off to the golf course (and Dressin' Gaudy-I love this store. Do you know this store? Our family was introduced to it in Longview, TX at Mamaw's and now they have one in Branson. Can't. Wait.)
Ps. And don't you just love the name Henry?! I can't wait to see that little curly dark headed boy and whisper in his ear " Aunt Ju-Ju loves you Henry!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
I promised you the big name reveal was around the corner and here it is:
Naming a child is a tough task and I am so pleased we have both agreed on such a precious name for our little one. I can't wait to meet our little Henry and call him by name!
Monday, August 10, 2009
This past weekend also brought us a special guest...my Mama. She was thrilled to get to see my growing belly and she even got to feel our baby boy kick and watch him move around my belly. It was most fun. He moved for all to see the 2 times we talked to his Aunt Juju on her birthday. She is very proud of him being so smart and is already in love with him. I can't wait to see how he reacts to her once he meets her in person. I think I may have to lock him down to keep her from taking him from me!
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
As I told you the last time we spoke, we do birthdays up big!
So, Stephen declared today Julie Day. Could I possibly have a better husband? NO!!!
We headed to Little Rock for a day of shopping and eating. I drug those kids to all kinds of stores and they didn't even complain. It was such a fun day.
We are back home now, past our bedtimes and we're all tired and ready for a good nights sleep.
Tomorrow I will turn 3? by the pool. It doesn't get much better than that either.
Enjoy my birthday, have a piece of cake in my honor. The calories won't count!!!!
Monday, August 3, 2009
This is the fabric we are using in our baby boy's room. My dear Mother-in-law is making the bedding and I am super excited about it. Randall will start painting the baby's room in the next week and the bed is being ordered this week, with the other pieces to follow. Folks, it looks like we are having us a baby!
Saturday, August 1, 2009
I just love boys. I love browns, and blues. Trucks, balls, hammers, and dinosaurs.
I love tennis shoes and the fact that you can put a boy in a shirt and jeans and voila! the boy is dressed!
Randall is going to be an awesome boy daddy. And Abby has so much experience with little boys that she will have no problems at all in the boy side of the kids department!
OK! Enough of that!
Do you know what today is?
Yes! August 1st.
The beginning of my birthday week and also the beginning of my anniversary month.
If you have been reading this blog for long you know that I love birthdays. We do birthdays up big at my house. No school happens. No work happens. Only birthday stuff happens on the big day!
My big day is Saturday. (And when I say big, I don't mean big as in a momentous birthday, that will be next year-and I expect a party!)
The boys have planned a trip to see the Travelers play in Little Rock. That will be just fine with me, as long as there is some shopping involved while we are in the big city.
Stephen and I will be celebrating our 16th wedding anniversary on the 14th. I will post more about that later. Maybe with pictures, but I make no promises.
I hope ya'll have a great August. I hope it isn't too hot, and that the back-to-school season goes good for all of you.
Another cute Anna quote; " I made this for your birthday. But it isn't very birthday presenty." Isn't that cute, not only is she making me something for my birthday but she is making up new words too!