Our Miss Brooks, a little Kissing

Our school did the play Our Miss Brooks 2 weekends ago.
I had a clever and witty post about the play
I deleted the first draft.
Word press deleted the second draft.
I am getting a little over this…
So here are a few pictures from Our Miss Brooks with out all the clever and witty remarks.
Enjoy
or skip this one, go check out a different post.

DSCN2816Ted WilderDSCN2828Miss Brooks, Miss Finch and TedDSCN2845Ted
He made these faces and other faces that we see frequently at home, which cracks me up, even when I am frustrated with him.DSCN2852Here it comes…DSCN2853Wait for it…
Wait for it…DSCN2854The KISSDSCN2857A baffled Miss Brooks, a bewildered Ted, and a bitter Ronda Allen.DSCN2866An Awkward moment between the Coach, Miss Brooks, Miss Finch.DSCN2871A romantic moment between Ted and JaneDSCN2875Almost another kiss.

The play was great, the kids did a great job, and the set was perfect.
A few years ago, the play director decided there was just too much talent to have only one cast, after talking to administration she decided a middle school and high school play would be a great solution.  They do the same play, use the same set but have a different take on the play since they are different age groups.  It is fantastic, the kids love it, the parents love it, and their classmates love it.  Everyone wins in this.

Unlike the last musical or other plays I did not help with a thing, no costume help, no set painting, or prop gathering, not a thing.  They could not decorate the set until 2 weeks before the production, the stage was being used for piano and band state competition so it had to be empty.  The 2 weeks of set work were held the week J and E had their field day, and we had the giant Adoption Yard Sale, I had not a minute free, then the week of the play when they did final touches, we fought the stomach flu.  So sadly I was not able to do anything.  Next year I will work as much as I can, for senior hours.  {YIKES}

Did your school do the play Our Miss Brooks?  Were you involved it in?

Go hug your kids because before you turn around the big one will be a senior.
jen

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Another Teen in the House

DSCN2951I am not sure how it happened, I only know that I just gave birth to R.  My sweet, scrawny, happy to be wrapped like a burrito child yesterday, and now he is a thirteen.  {Okay so I had a few computer user issues, this was to be posted last week Tuesday, but I just did not get it up and on, so pretend this was last week Tuesday March 19th, which is not actually his birthday either, but closer to the actual date}

I know how annoying it is at the baby shower when the older women say “enjoy each moment it goes so fast” and sigh, well it does, go fast, too fast, way too fast.

The sweet little boy who always was a ready playmate for his older siblings, ready for a good snuggle, ready to tell me something, my go along for the adventure child is now thirteen.  He is thirteen.  I don’t like it.  I miss that scrawny little boy with nobly knees, I miss that little boy who twirled the front of his hair, I miss the little boy who was always smiling.  Oh I know that it is the same boy, knees are not nobly anymore, he is not scrawny but growing taller and more man like by the minute, he still smiles and visits, but no longer climbs on my lap to listen to stories,  I guess that is a good thing, since he is taller than I am.DSCN2958

We celebrated R by going out to dinner, and you long time readers know that he is the O N L Y child who chooses me for their birthday meal.  His restaurant of choice The Melting Pot.  He loves the melting pot, the food is yummy, the atmosphere is cozy and the meal is slow and relaxed.  Just his style.DSCN2957A little melting pot of RDSCN2961 This is not what I had in mind for dinner.

DSCN2968We started out with the cheddar cheese fondue and enjoyed every hot cheesy bite.  We laughed and laughed and laughed.  We talked and talked and talked.  It was wonderful.  The booths are high so we could not see anyone unless they walked past out booth, I was able to focus on him, listen to him and enjoy him.
R loved the brown bread and the broccoli in the cheese, while my favorite was the herb’ed bread and the cauliflower neither of us were fans of the raw carrot or apple, but we ate it.DSCN2966My what a big bite you are taking.

Chocolate fondue dessert was next, the list is about 8 choices long, he wanted flambé, which eliminated a few, in the end he chose a dark chocolate s’mores flaming fondue.  DSCN2976It was so good.  They made the chocolate at the table, and brought out a plate full of goodness. DSCN2977 There was a candle in the cheese cake.
R lead the decisions of what order we ate the treats in.  His favorites were the chocolate dusted marshmallow and the cheese cake.  The evening was wonderful.  Our plan was to stop and get him some new clothes for his real birthday gift, but it was so late when we left, we had almost an hour drive, homework, and school the next day.  So we decided to go shop the following afternoon.  {his real birthday gift was a new pair of red shorts and a collared shirt}  We will have his family party this weekend, almost 2 weeks after his real birthday, sometimes these things cannot be helped.

We had a lovely evening celebrating R.  We are thrilled to be his parents, he is smart, kind, obedient, a helper if asked, and a great student who wants to learn.  But we are most thrilled that R loves Jesus, and desires to serve Him, obey Him, and learn more about Him.

Happy {late} birthday R.  We love you!

Go hug your kids, because next time you turn around, they will be asking for the keys, a phone, or their own Facebook account.

jen

If Catching the Stomach Flu were an Olympic Event… We’d Get the GOLD

If only there we an event or a record or a medal for stomach bugs we’d be winning all the awards.  All you novice puke’rs you’ve got nothing on our family.  Nothing.  I know now you are jealous, you wish you could be champion puke’rs like our family is.

You wish.

Or…

I wish .

Yes, I wish.

I wish we were not so good at catching the stomach flu.

Tuesday night while snuggled in bed with Keith, I heard little A give “the cough”  I jumped up and said “I think she is going to be sick”  He jumped up to grab a towel.  I had just enough time to sit her up before she had a go at it.  Boy did she go.  She pukes in her sleep so I had to hold her up and try to clean her up, while trying to contain the contamination.  All the while Keith is pulling things out of her bed and throwing them into the washer.  Finally cleaned, changed Pj’s everyone.  Back into our bed.  I offered Keith the couch he declined so in the end he kept his complaints to a comment and nothing more.  For the next 6 hours every 15 minutes in her sleep A would reach out for me and tap me, I would sit her up and hold a towel for her, she would not open her eyes, would finish being sick and lay back down.  I would throw the towel into the dirty laundry, grab another towel and lay back down.  For 6 hours.  6 Hours.  6.  Every 15 minutes she would throw up.  It was a long long long night.  In the morning my smart husband said “She only woke me during the loud ones.”  Nice honey, I am so glad you got to sleep.  In all fairness there was nothing he could do for us, still I was exhausted.

Morning drop off and naps.  We both slept for a few hours by evening she was rip roaring through the house as though nothing happened.

Fingers crossed

Thursday  was hopeful.  C was in the play Our Miss Brooks, he was Ted.  Keith was gone, O babysat so I could go.  It was enjoyable we laughed a lot.  I was distracted by his character and the faces and actions of “Ted” when I should have been listening to others.  He was good.  The others were good!

Thursday night did not look so good.

O complained of a stomach ache and took a trash can to bed.  I won’t go into the details but Keith took the first tour of duty while I slept {he had paper work and school stuff to do} when he came to bed I took the second shift.  Things were ugly, thankfully she is a great.  We had pulled her hair back before she went to bed.  And she has great aim.  Along came 3am.  I had just enough time to run to the bathroom.  We were both sick.  Sick.  Keith slept.  The whole house slept.  Except us.

Morning routine, C woke to tell me his stomach hurt.  I was gun-shy.  Grab a trash can and stay in bed.  He texted me, “tell NO one”  {they had another show Saturday, he did not want the cast to worry or panic}  A few minutes later he texted me, “I am sick”  I went to clean his trash can and give him a fresh bottle of water.  He has developed a much stronger stomach.  And was only sick one time.  Lucky dog.  But he did sleep.  He slept for 29 hours, yes 29 hours.  {He went to sleep Thursday at 11pm and woke Saturday morning at 8am. awake for 1 hour in that whole time period} He woke Saturday morning feeling so much better.  Lucky dog.

So now that we are 4 down.

It has been 4 days.

I am anxious about leaving them Thursday to go to Michigan, I am going to “spring” grandma from rehab.  {Actually another family member is springing her as she gets out while I am someplace over Tenn. and unable to get her at that time.   One of our cousins will “spring” her.}  She took a spill out of her steps in February on some ice, and injured her wrist, her finger and, her ankle.  She took a fall later that week, and after testing they found an ulcer.  The hospital, while the ulcer healed, released her to rehab where they were kind enough to notice that her wrist and finger were more badly hurt than was previously thought, a broken wrist and finger {if I remember correctly} and a boot on her foot.  She is ready to be released this week.  She has loved the workers and time there.  They are so sweet I love when she was telling me about them. They were so kind to her.  Anyway she gets released Thursday so little A and I will go up for a few days to get her settled,  that is one of the joys of family!  And the love of a husband who realizes how important family is.

Anyway, I am a little concerned that the 4 remaining family members will get the stomach flu while I am gone.  I don’t mind missing the mess but I do mind missing the chance to comfort and love on them.

So between the stomach bug and some sad news I just did not have it in me to blog.  I am feeling better, and I keep trusting in God’s Sovereignty and His plan.  So we keep going on.  I have a birthday to share with you my sweet little boy is now 13.  yikes!  I also have  pictures of the play to share with you.  But my camera and computer are not talking right now…  One of the big kids changed something so the electronics are pouting and not getting along.  {Don’t look for any set pictures I did not do a blasted thing, between the giant Adoption Yard Sale, and the elementary olympics, and life, I just did not have any time to go up.  I did not have any time until today to clean my house.

So fingers crossed that there is no more stomach bug in the house, I bleached and washed and cleaned the sick areas.  Hopefully I killed the germs.

Go hug your kids, and be thankful that the stomach bug does not come your way.
jen

Wednesday Fun Day

At dinner one night J asked C who he would get trade out of the family for a different friend to be family?  C hemmed and hawed and finally said “i pleaded the 5th” to which E said “HEY!  I’m the 5th” “No silly the 5th amendment…”

After the long and hot yard sale weekend CH and I went to treat ourselves with a pedi.  It was wonderful, although they usually do a better job on the leg/foot massage.  This time, not so much.  She finished a few minutes before I did and went to the fans to start drying.  As I sat there watching paint dry {literally} the man who had done CH pedi, looked at me and asked if I wanted to get my eyebrows waxed.  I smiled and said “no thank you.”  He looked at me, shrugged his shoulders and said “if you change your mind let me know”  Okay seriously for the next 3 minutes it took everything in my not to reach up and see if they were bad enough that they needed petted, or if he was just trying to get more money out of me.  I did not get one, but when I mentioned the funny thing to my sister, she told me the lady who cuts our hair {in an organic shop} does eyebrows, so now a total stranger and sister both think I need a little wax job.  Guess I’m making a call tomorrow morning.

I gave the camera to little A during J’s Olympic day.  Here is the final productDSCN2684 DSCN2685 DSCN2686 DSCN2687 DSCN2688 DSCN2689 DSCN2690 DSCN2698Can little A be any cuter?

I also took a few pictures of her being super cute with J.DSCN2678 DSCN2679 DSCN2681It was a beautiful and sunny day!
Notice the megaphone, J was very much wanting me to bring it to cheer him on!  I did, cheer for him and the other students in his class.  Specifically the mile runners.  Good thing I brought it too, because the mic battery died during the day and the coaches needed to use it.

Laundry day has extra loads this week, little A threw up 5 times an hour last night from midnight until 6am, she finally stopped only to wake with diarrhea.  Yeah stomach bug is in the house.  Not going to lie this makes me nervous because we all throw up so easily.  C has a play this weekend. {he is Ted in Our Miss Brooks} So we really need to not all pass this around.

What about you anything funny to laugh at this week?

Go hug your kids, they need your love
jen

Salt Rock Deodorant and Irish Butter

Okay so all of my readers know my quest to go organic or as organic as possible on a limited budget with a large family.  I have done research and have so much still that I don’t know.  I have a list of which products are important to go organic on and which ones are not top priority.  There are a few sites with lists on them, if you care enough you can look it up, I think I searched dirty dozen or top priority things to go organic.  I have my list and am noticing that like any food, all organic is not the same.  I mean it is actually, but it is not…  I have 2 things I have gone “natural” on that I love and wanted to share with you.

DSCN2782I purchased this deodorant from drugstore.com and am pleased to say it did the trick.  It arrived over a week ago.  And can I just say this last week put it to the test.  If it was not going to work, last week would have given me a heads up.  I spent Monday afternoon outside, on a football field cheering J on in his Olympics, it was sunny and got quite warm, I was also over dressed so I was sweaty.  When I got home {don’t judge} I gave the pits a good sniff and nothing.  Hummm good work so far.  Tuesday morning was E’s olympics, it took a little longer to warm up and I was not too over dressed.  That did not stop me from getting hot and sweaty,  I rushed home to shower before heading out to J’s check~up.  Before I jumped in the shower I gave the pits a good sniff and nothing again.  As you know Friday and Saturday were Ellen’s Adoption Yard Sale.  I was in the sun from 7:45am until 4pm on Friday, I was overdressed, a long sleeve shirt and a short sleeve one on top.  I was really sweaty, but when I checked no stink!  Saturday I was out from 7:45am until 3pm, again no stink.  I was pleasantly surprised and pleased.DSCN2784The THAI crystal salt rock deodorant stone is actually a sample size.  I did not want to order a larger one which cost a pretty penny to not have it work.  We already know Tom’s is expensive and I smelled like a man who works in a barn.  {Please no offense to men who work in a barn and read my blog, but you should smell that way, I don’t work in one so I should not smell that way}  The THAI brand had a few different styles of deodorant to choose from.  I chose sample, that is what it looks like.
You get the rock wet and rub it on your pits 15-20 times.  I kid you not this stuff is amazing.  It does not clog your pores {it is not an antiperspirants } it is supposed to kill the bacteria that causes stink.  So far so good.  I give it a thumbs up!  I actually don’t get the rock wet, I put it on as soon as I step out of the shower, while my pits are still wet.  It dries in no time and I love it!

DSCN2779The dirty dozen of organic tells us to go with dairy as a priority.  I have finally used up all the butter in the house, so it was on my list.  At Target I was looking at the Archer Farms organic butter, I put some in my cart but I noticed the butter right next to it.  It was an Irish cream all natural butter from grass-fed cows in Ireland.  On a whim I purchased it too.  For dinner I was going to make grilled cheese I put the Kerrygold butter out to use it.  I opened the butter and gave it a smell, ahhhh it smelled fresh and buttery.  DSCN2780I pulled out some saltines and buttered them right up.  Oh goodness that butter is excellent.  I licked the paper lid it had on in order to keep it fresh, made a few more butter crackers and then made grilled cheese.  The former room mates and Ellen came to dinner and everyone loved the butter on crackers.  It is not organic, but is from grass-fed cows, not pumped with steroids or hormones to make them produce more milk.  It was good.  I will be getting more.

So there are two success stories from my quest to go clean and organic.

What about you any delicious things that are organic that you think I should try.  I plan on making a run to Whole Foods in the next big city over this weekend.  What should I try?

Go hug your kids, and share some organic tips.

jen

A Great Day for a Yard Sale

16795_4459224391527_456290457_nLet me just start by saying that this yard sale was amazing.
We were blessed
The weather was perfect!  Not a cloud in the sky, a lovely breeze, too much sun and sunburnt popliteal’s{look it up}, and swollen sunburnt lips. {I will spare you the pictures, but lets just say the picture Ellen sent me Sunday morning, made my lips swollen and sunburnt hurt to crack a smile and laugh.}  But it was perfect yard sale weather!

I had asked for everyone to pray, we really wanted the money to come rolling in, we really wanted to reach $15,000 but most of all we really desired for God to be glorified in the entire event.

We worked until our skin hurt, our eyes burned and we felt discouraged, we worked so hard, the hard work of sorting and labeling and pricing paid off.  The yard sale was a success {Chicken Coop keep scrolling to get the amount of $$ we made, if you need to then come back up and finish reading!}  Friday morning she had 7 people show up at 5am and begin to set up tables, tents, boxes, unloading the things for the sale.  She had everything pulled from the building and in designated areas in record time.  The storage room was emptied in an hour and fifteen minutes.  When you see the pictures you will be shocked.  The amazing part is the people who just showed up to help, J’s teachers husband and a student’s father.  No one asked them they just came out!  We were so blessed.  Saturday morning and again at the end of the sale we had people show up to help us pack up and load up.

When I arrived 15 minutes before it was set to be open on Friday, there were about 30 people there, the entire day we never had less than 10 people there at a time, and some points during the day the pay line was 10 people long.

We had people just look and leave a donation.  No purchase, just a gift of money for baby girl! What a blessing from someone who will probably never even meet baby girl.  Just to give.

We were blessed to listen to others share their adoption stories and offer words of encouragement.  That was a sweet blessing.  I only heard a few of these stories as I mostly worked the crowd offering deals they could not refuse and moving things around.  Ellen’s former room mates both came down one brought her 6 week old baby.  He is beautiful!  The new mom worked the check out table and CH was a woman of all trades, from moving furniture, to pricing, lifting, listening, to checking people out, and helping.  But when we worked the cash table we were able to listen to their stories and be blessed.

Okay here are the pictures.  I do not know who organized what when where but it fit together perfectly!DSCN2764 Before 7am the furniture buyer came she bought up 2 complete bedroom sets and came back for more later.DSCN2763The holiday and craft area.  We never did get those boxes all emptied on Friday, but people who love to yard sale loved digging through for treasure!DSCN2766Some of the furniture and a stray ladder.DSCN2767Tables Full of every imaginable thing!  And I do mean E V E R Y T H I N G!DSCN2768Christmas I am sad to say the pearl reindeer did not sell but the large garden gnome santa went home with a happy lady!DSCN2769More tables of things!  DSCN2770Here are only some of the clothes, we had 4 tents ladened down with hanging clothes, tables covered in clothes, and boxes sorted by style clothes.  We had one worker SM who only hung clothes on Friday and spent most of Saturday working with clothes.  We had 2 ambitious ladies take the boxes and boxes of clothes and sort them by style, jeans, shorts, shirts.  We had people buy garbage bags full of clothing.  We had a mother of the bride dress, a few prom dresses and matching shirts.DSCN2774Yes we did put on matching shirts!DSCN2771The furniture is more than half gone at this point.
There was a constant stream of people all day.

Okay I know some of you have rushed down to the end to see the final total that she made for her adoption fund…
Here it is.
Are you ready?
This is amazing!
The weekend total is
$6,021.28
A MAZ ING!
God is good!
All the time.
All the time
God is good!

We cannot even begin to comprehend the amount of money brought in for baby girl.
$6,021.28
How breath taking is that!
God gave us friends who love her and prayed for this weekend.
God gave us friends, family and strangers who donated things for this sale.
God gave us a place to store all the donations.
God gave us a location for the sale.
God gave us beautiful weather for the sale.
God gave us friends who were willing to help.
God gave us friends who gave up sleep to come out at 5am.
God gave us people who wanted to buy our stuff.
God gave us $6,021.28 for baby girl.

Every where we look in this event we see God.

What about you?  How was your weekend?  As you can tell our weekend was wonderful!DSCN2776We were exhausted after this weekend.  We have sore feet, swollen feet, and sunburnt faces.  But we also are shining from the joy of gladness for the gift of this weekend.

jen

p.s. Ellen corrected me the International cost of adoption is not $100,000 but closer to $40,000-$50,000 depending on the country.  Some are even cheaper but then you have to factor in the cost of housing, transportation and padding the wallets of the people you encounter.  I read that number some place in an article and it stuck, did not mean to misinform you all.

An Adoption Plan for The Weekend

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As most of my regular readers know my sister Ellen is going through the adoption process.  When she signed up with the agency HEART OF ADOPTIONS, {here is her profile}they told her a typical national adoption can cost between $18,000 and $30,000.  That usually they are closer to the higher end of the financial scale.  {International adoptions are above $100,000} so when you see a baby who is adopted, realize that family made a huge sacrifice to have a new member in their family.  A few years ago Ellen did “Financial Peace University” the Dave Ramsey program.  She realized that adopting a baby girl was going to be costly but so very worth it!  She also wanted to adopt this baby debt free.  She had a plan.  All of you know that she sells, THIRTY ONE, you know those cute and useful bags, purses, and totes.  {I have a house full and “need” more}  As with any business you get paid,  she has taken every paycheck from them for the last year and a half, and placed it in a different savings account at the bank.  She has been able to watch her money grow for her adoption.  She has reached the half way point in her savings.  She has used money from that account to purchase a few things for the baby, some furniture and accessories. 734195_4523643521965_174916974_nAfter reading this book and many helpful blogs, she began to dream of ways to save and earn more money for this new sweet baby girl who God is going to bring to our family.  {Okay I know the baby will really only belong to Ellen, but she is still “ours” and we can’t wait!}  While reading the book she shared stories and ideas of ways to make some money.  She was given the name of a donation site but really struggles with asking people to give her the money, she realizes that most families expecting a baby do not ask for financial aid from others so she does not want to ask for money but wants to provide something in exchange for it.  Some of the ideas were not practical for her but a giant yard sale was an excellent idea.  We have one every spring at her house and make about $300 at the sale.  We could do a BIGGER sale and make some more for her adoption fund that would be great.I am a big dreamer and not afraid to ask for help.  I have a house full of stuff that could go, knowing that, I was sure my friends had stuff they would be willing to donate.  I put out a call for yard sale stuff on face book.  A few weeks later I put out another one.  Don’t forget if you are spring cleaning your house and you find you have stuff to donate, please donate it to ELLEN’S ADOPTION YARD SALE!!! we’d love to have your stuff!!! also we’d LOVE LOVE LOVE your empty hangers! we are doing a trailer pick up again in a few weeks, send me a message if you want in on our pick up route!

We were so blessed, things came pouring in.  One day over Christmas break, every time Ellen came home there were more things on her porch, and when I went to check my mail there were bags of things on my porch.  We could not believe it!  We were quickly filling her “yellow room” and the storage area at her house.  We were overwhelmed at the generosity.  Around that time Keith and his dad were working on the electricity in the attic, I had no power for me to cook our, we went to Red Elephant for dinner.  While eating, the manager and friend of ours stopped at our table to tell us her daughter had things for the sale, and did we know where we were going to host our sale?  Also did we need storage for our stuff for the sale?  We were thrilled at the offer of her daughters things, we also let her know we had no idea where we were going to host the sale but knew we were going to need to rent a storage unit to hold the things until we had the sale.  She offered to let us use the half of their building that was up for lease, it was empty and H U G E we could store our things there for free.  Then she offered up the back parking lot for us to use too.  We could not believe it!  we were stunned into speechlessness.  While we were sitting there mouths hanging open, she also offered to do a “Share” event at the restaurant for Ellen.  {Red Elephant is a great supporter of community, and they offer share events, where the patrons need to say the name of the event and a portion of the proceeds go to that organization or cause.  I have a mutual friend in another state that went to one to support a friend with cancer.  RE had done 2 of these events already for Ellen.}  In one “chance” or sovereign event, GOD gave us a location to store the things for the sale, on the most traveled road in our city, at a popular restaurant, with plenty of space for the sale, and another way to get some money for this baby.  God amazes us all the time!  580570_4495743664486_1903466425_n

We shared this information with our friends who began dropping things off at the restaurant instead of our houses.  A few of the workers at RE have been so kind, if they see Ellen bringing things in they offer to help, making it a faster and lighter load.  After helping one of the workers told Ellen that if she sold every item in the place for only a dollar she would have all she needed for the adoption.  Those kind words blessed her.424389_4577006736012_1929627335_nWe did a trailer run for people who had furniture!  They took 3 trips having to go back and collect on another day.  I sent Keith and 2 kids along to drive and help carry, at every house it went from going to pick up a storage shelf at the first house, to them leaving with bikes, and storage shelf and a few dressers too.  Each house they stopped at had many things to add to the trailer.
Again we were blessed seeing people donate so many nice things to the sale.521357_4763233911575_2043530192_nEvery time we cane to drop off a load there were more boxes and bags and furniture.  {After Kim and O’s help this area is now FILLED with clothing, there are prom dresses, fancy shoes, cute baby clothes, mens clothing and a wedding dress}557970_4763243991827_304244758_nAt this point we were feeling blessed at gifts before us.  Ellen went over a few times alone to sort but overwhelmed at the amount of donations she would leave feeling as though nothing was accomplished.  Until the Saturday Kim {Keith’s sister} and O went to help.  I came a few hours after they had been working and was shocked! Both Kim and O were organized in their thoughts and the lay out of the room.  There were rows of sorted items, and areas all planned out.379280_4544531084141_972902447_nThe toy area is nice and sorted now, you can see the tile floor, the girls were a huge help to Ellen.385970_4831507818380_1358866189_nWe had a location and we have a date.  And we think we have plenty of workers.  Now all we need are people to come and shop.

We are praying that this yard sale puts all the money needed into the adoption fund.  I had a friend ask me “how much do you think this sale will make for you?”  I told her $15,000.  She asked if I really thought I’d make that much, I told her God is bigger than I can even understand, I would love if He would bless Ellen with the rest of the money for this baby’s adoption.

479734_4318071582795_1053203238_nWe do not yet have a baby who can fill these shoes.  But we are praying for her, and for her birth mom.  What a selfless decision, and an amazing gift of life and love to many people.

Okay so why did I tell all this to you, most of you do not even know where I live.  {lets keep it that way shall we}  But many of you do know.  I would LOVE if you are in my area to stop in, give a hug to the mama~to~be and visit for a minute.  I would LOVE if you came in a bought it all up for a small fee of $15,000.  We’ll even deliver it all to your house!
485194_4752215556123_420224441_nBut what I need, what we all need is for you to pray.  Pray that this sale honors God.  Pray that this sale brings in the funds needed to pay for this adoption.  Pray that Ellen will be the excellent mama to her sweet baby girl.  Pray for the birth mom and the choice she is going to have to make.  Pray.  We need you to pray.

734006_4831492898007_4239399_nGo hug your kids, and remember the joy of holding that new baby in your arms.  Pray that Ellen will soon be holding her new baby girl in her arms too.  {Oh and come shop our sale!}

jen

Some Random on This Wednesday

My life is filled with random moments, sometimes they consume my day , making me not able to focus on one thing to blog about, but wanted to share the random of my life, enjoy

Watching TV with J~
We were watching a kids program, here is what he had to say.  “So this show is bad because it is teaching kids they always win.  But in real life someone has to loose, someone has to keep score and only one team can win.”  True stuff from a 9-year-old.  Too bad most families are not helping their children realize that truth.

Facebook Rant~
I am a member of a Facebook mom swap…  I am amazed when someone has 15 sets of mascara to sell, or 12 toothbrushes, or 9 pen sets.  I wonder why they buy that many of something or if the even “buy” the things.  Maybe it is extreme coupon’ers who are ripping off stores and excited about getting such good deals so the stores can mark up prices for those of us who only buy what we need.  Coupon’ing is the new hoarding…

Better than an empty box~
Little A has 3 cubby boxes with toys and puzzles, a doll house and various push toys, all she has played with today is the strap from my purse and an Olivia the Pig magnet.  Weird kid.  Oh and her full-sized pink and purple basketball.

Towels~
Today C yelled out from the bathroom for a towel.  R came to his rescue but before delivering a towel came to me with 3 wadded scratchy towels and asked “which do you think is the cleanest to give C?”  I’d say none of them.

C~
speaking of C, he is famous for waiting for the last-minute to gather the things he needs for the day, or event, or concert… {Remember the work shoes to the Christmas program and the flowers on stage hid them during his duet?  yeah…} They have a Choir and ensemble competition tomorrow morning, and his teacher sent out a nice reminder email yesterday.  I sent one back “does this mean C?”  she laughed and responded that yes it was him, well the reminder was for all her class, but yes he was involved in this.  She then gave him a hard time in class about it.  So last night when he was done with homework and annoying the child still doing homework, I asked him if he had all of his tux for the concert.  He said yes.  I made him show me every piece, but only asked for them one at a time.  After he realized what I was doing he came out making faces at me.  At the end I asked him if he had underwear, he came out and threw them at us, O caught them and sat on them.  Which lead to the statement I never thought I would hear in my house.  “mom tell O to give me my underwear back”  How can I even respond with out laughing.

Laundry~
Yes it is never-ending, but I have settled into Wednesday is Laundry day, and it is working for us, we still have to do a load Friday nights to be sure the basketball clothes are ready for Hoopsters in the morning, but the season ended last Saturday.  There might have been a little more cheering after the game was over.  J sadly lost the game, his team was undefeated, but on the last game 1 player was home sick, 1 player had his first baseball game, and one player, sat most of the game, not exactly sure what happened, but we were left with 4 players on the court, E who passes the ball as soon as she can, and a little girl who jumped a lot, carried the ball and handed it to the other team.  It was not pretty and when it was over J burst into tears.  Such is life, a rotten way to end the season but he did have a great year.  He is a little anxious to move to the next level, he knows how short he is.  Anyway, Laundry.  I do not understand how one child in this house can have 2 weeks of dirty laundry in his room but only have 3 pair of shorts in his basket/floor/furniture.  I know jeans and cargo shorts can be worn more than once, but come on, in 14 days to only have 3 pair of shorts???  yuck.  Because we had laundry “issues” with the child, I do not do his laundry.  “what mom they are fine…”

House project~
Keith is at a conference this week, and because of the YARD SALE prep {more on that excitement tomorrow} I have not had a chance to even accomplish a little home remodel or change.  He leaves again in a few weeks, as soon as we finish the yard sale I will be hanging out in the paint swatch aisle at Lowe’s for a change in the house.

DSCN2758Agenda~
In our school the classes call the homework tablet an agenda, at any rate #4 has had a terrible time this year remembering to ask me to sign it and put it back in his backpack.  I have warned him, and rescued him, this weekend I told him I would not rescue him, he needed to learn.  Today I got a phone call.  “ummm mom, {seriously thought he was sick and today I have an airport run but before that I have 3 whole hours to get things accomplished.  Please no sickness!} mom, I forgot to get my agenda from the kitchen table.”  Oh no!   I wish I could say I handled that phone call appropriately but nope.  I fussed at the kid over the phone, I might have been a little loud, hopefully his teacher was not standing close enough to hear me.  I told him I was sorry he left it at home, but I was not going to bring it up, he was going to have to learn.  I do feel badly, he has had perfect agenda marks, longer than anyone else in his class. But if I am the one to bring rescue I should be the one with perfect marks for the agenda.  I know he will be sad, I just hope he holds it together and does not cry at school.  While I have not had this problem with the girls, all 3 boys have had to learn this lesson.

DSCN2713Stuffed Carrots~
R had a family tree project due for class, we took the easy route and went to Hob’Lob {I heart that store!} to get a family tree template to fill out for his poster.  We could not find one we liked but a quick call to Kim, and Creative memories bailed me out!  While there we were looking around at the spring decorations.  I wanted to get a tall quirky rabbit not dressed in clothing, since I think that is just weird not quirky {I don’t care if you like them, I just don’t want them in my house} Anyway I was having no such luck, when R picked up this carrot set.  He laughed as he held them up and said “no rabbits but you can have some cloth carrots” which was funnier in the store than on the blog.

Okay that is all the random I have fit to print.  Hope this Wednesday night followed up a great day!  I did go to the airport to pick up a long time friend enjoying our visit the whole way home.  We had yummy strawberry short-cake for dinner.  Best of all Keith is home for a few weeks before he goes off again.  {I smell paint in the future!}

Go hug your kids and watch Duck Dynasty it is on tonight!
jen

9 is Nice

Today is brought to you by the number 9
As in J is now 9
NINE
A year left before double digits

I can not believe it!

The child who came screaming into the world turned 9 over the weekend.

We had a morning full of basketball, then he went to BW’s {Buffalo Wild Wings} with Keith for his birthday lunch.  You’ll remember last year the choice was too stressful for him so he chose both of us.  This year he had no problems leaving me behind.

He was also ready for his party food and cake, he saw how annoyed I was with the big kids and their difficulty planning dinner for their day, he made it easy.  Well that, and he has such food aversions that choosing something he likes is quite simple.  Sandwiches and chips some fruit to be healthy and a double layer chocolate chip cookie cake iced like a basketball.  Nice and Simple!

We had a lovely evening celebrating him.  A few days before the party O suggested to her Beda, “just get him a box of balls he plays, big balls, little balls, high bouncers, and regular ones.  He plays ball all day”  She ended up completing his set of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but he got plenty of balls.

DSCN2605Happy 9 Years J!DSCN2616The tim Tebow book, he is excited to read this one.  {even IF he played for the gators}DSCN2624Looking forward to a rainy day!DSCN2635A balance board that everyone has tried out!DSCN2619A pack of racket balls, no he does not yet play racket ball, he has played wall ball, baseball, catch with his new baseball hat, and catch with E.  {Unfortunately his allergies are terrible now, so he is stuck indoors or he is a drippy, itchy, miserable mess, so indoor ball is his only option}DSCN2641Tickets to the Harlem Globe Trotters and a spring training game were in his piles of birthday loot.DSCN2658Happy Birthday Baby!
We love you!
We are so blessed to have you in our lives!
Can’t wait to see what the next year will be like for you!

Go hug your kids, because if you turn around they are grown before you are ready!
jen

A little Uno and Dominoes

It has been an abnormally busy week, the house is a mess, tonight O and E are having friends over, and tomorrow we celebrate J.  I informed the kids on the way home from school yesterday, “we needed to clean the house.”  O had 4 tests to study for, C had a paper to write and studying to do, J had homework and so did E.  {R was on a ropes course field trip!}  That left little A and me to get it done.  She was not going to be of any help.
I thought about dinner and began the clean up the house on my own. It was peaceful in the house, each child was hiding out in a room, and little A was coloring.  I finished up the dining room and sitting room before E found me.  She came to me with a twinkle in my eye.
“Want to play a game with me?”
{honestly no}
“What game baby?”
{please let it be a short one}
“UNO”
{ahhh nice fast and easy}
“sure honey I’ll play with you”
{I know that this is the end of cleaning the house…}DSCN2548“Draw 2 mom”DSCN2550Draw 4 and the color is green
{at this point I only had yellow cards}DSCN2551Girl friend played three Draw 4 cards on me.DSCN2552Draw 4 the color is blue.  Check out my hand no blue…DSCN2553I win!DSCN2554Aha! Girlie you are going down!!!DSCN2555Not to be left out little A found us, she brought her own game.DSCN2557I win!DSCN2561“Look how long”
{please ignore the chocolate powder on the table, if you’ll notice the winter decorations are no longer on the mantle}

We played 3 games of UNO she won 2 games.
And we don’t play easy UNO, all the kids know how to play we don’t let them win.

What about you, did you squeeze in a fun game or two?

Go hug your kids, they need your love, and pull out a game this weekend to play and listen to them.

jen