Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Magnetic Poetry

I recently discovered Magnetic Poetry. I know, you're probably thinking, "Where have you been? Under a rock?" Well, what can I say, I'm not always in the "know". Then again who is?

Apparently there are a few magnetic poetry kits available. My dilemma? Which ones to get! I feel like the tv commercial that says..."I want it all... I want it all... and I want it now."

My next dilemma is that my fridge stainless steel. BUT apparently not the best stainless steel. Magnets do stick to the side of my fridge, but not the front doors. I'm so disappointed. I can't even put pictures on the front of my fridge. Well, I have them on the side of my fridge. Which is really nice, cause I can see the pictures while I cook or should I say when I cook. :o)

I've decided to purchase a magnetic board. I'm going to hang it right next to my dry eraser board that I have in our dinning room. I CAN'T wait!

Now which poetry kit shall I get first?

Monday, February 19, 2007

She's Back!

In a home with seven family members, how can it feel empty when only one member is not home? I know this is hard to believe but it's true. Our home felt so empty. Our Baby Girl #3, left Friday for a 4 day (2/16-2/19) ski trip to North Carolina. We all missed her terribly!

She called every day while she was away. It was so good to hear her voice. Words can't express how much I missed her. I was happy for her. I knew she was having a great time. She went with our old church youth group from Trinity. My good friend's son, Steps went along too. No, they are not couple, they are friends. Maybe when they are older their friendship will blossom. He is a mighty fine young Christian man. :o)

We don't believe in dating, we believe in courtship. We believe in going out in groups. When the time come that someone wants to get to know our girls better, they will have to first ask dad's permission. Now this is not permission to date, but permission to get to know each other better. My Babe and I feel strongly that one should not entertain thoughts of exclusive relationships when you aren't even of marrying age. But that's a whole other subject, for another day. :o)

We took this picture right after we loaded up the car with Baby Girl 3 and Steps' belongings. I'm so proud of her. She packed all her things in "one" bag! Dad has done well to teach our children how to pack efficiently. HOOYAH! Jewels and I have gotten to be good friends. I treasure her friendship. * Me in my overalls. I have at least 6 pairs! :o)

On our way to Trinity, we stopped to eat lunch at Wendy's. We ate in the car because we wanted to make sure we would get to church on time. Traffic was a little heavy. But we got there in plenty of time.

This was the ski lodge where they got all their rental gear at. Saturday night due to icy roads and snow, the roads were closed. So they weren't able to go to their hotel. Which means they had to spend the night in the ski lodge. They were not prepared for this overnight stay at the lodge. They were all freezing. This will be a trip she will never forget. She shared that she didn't get to sleep a wink. The thought that they weren't able to get back to their rooms unnerved her.

This picture was taken Saturday (2/17/07) night outside the ski lodge. This was a picnic table on the porch. They were ankle deep in fresh snow.

This is the ski lodge during the day. Notice the icicles on the roof top. In the back ground you can see on of the ski runs. She told me that she didn't go on that one. She felt it was too advanced for her. Maybe next year. :o)

We had a great time listening to all her stories. She really did have a great time. I'm so glad she did. I told her that Baby Boy #5 missed her so much, he would go into her room and just look around. It was so sweet. Fills my heart with joy to know that my children love and miss each other when they aren't together. May it always be so.

{{{{{{{Welcome Back Baby Girl, we missed you!}}}}}}} It's good to have you home again.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Valentine's Day

I have mixed feelings about Valentine's Day. I love it cause it's a day set aside to show our love to our loved ones. "Ay , there's the rub". We should show our love all the time.

Not a day goes by that I don't show or tell my Babe and children that I love them. They are my world. I hope and pray they know it.

This Valentine's Day was a little, ah... different. Baby Girl 1 and Baby Girl 2 are in college. The rest are still being homeschooled. Usually for Valentine's Day, I would have there Valentine's basket waiting for them (where they sit)at our dinning room table. Once they get their goodies, we'd all have pancake breakfast and hang out together. We usually take this day off from school. We would all have lunch out and have a special dinner. It kind of threw our day of kilter when both of my older girls had classes to attend. Not only that, but Baby Girl 3 goes to church early on Wednesdays to practice with the youth praise & worship group.

We managed to "squeeze" in our Valentine celebration around 3p. Everyone was pleased with their basket of goodies. The boys got the girls a heart shaped container filled with m&m's. They got their daddy the movie, Nacho Libre. LOL! The girls got their daddy a Big chocolate Kiss. It's a tradition. My Babe got them each a bag full of Dove chocolate. How sweet is that! The boys got a pair of shorts and bathing trunks for my Babe and I. The girls got a Vera Bradley purse from both from my Babe and I.

I got my Babe two pairs of slacks and two shirts. I can just see him. He is mighty fine looking no matter what he wears or doesn't wear. :o) He'll make his new clothes look good. I so love my man.

My Babe knows me well. He got me Darryl Worley's new cd, Here and Now and Keni Thomas', Flags Of Our Fathers cd, a"whole" bag of chocolate kisses and recess peanut butter cups. Mmmmmm.... be still my heart.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Do To Others...

As you would have them do unto you...

I haven't written about what has happened in the last couple of days. To tell you the truth, I'm a little numb and speechless. I can't even bring myself to think about it too much. It's hit too close to home.

We have a weather radio. It started going off around 2am Friday. It didn't stop going off till a little after 6a. Tornadoes hit all around us. Deland, Lake Mac, Lake Yale, Lady Lake and Paisley were hit. We are smack in the middle of all those areas. God saw fit to spare us.

My mind is still in a fog. My feelings and emotions are raw. All the devastation is hard to see, but I make myself watch it on the news. I think we ALL need to see it. Why? Because we need to be reminded, that we are only here for a short time. We don't know when our time will come. There are many who do not know God. Many who have no clue that they will be eternally separated from God. Also because we need to be reminded that we have soooooooo much to be thankful for.

I keep thinking, if this is what happens even when God has His hand of protection over us, what would happen if He would turn the other way. Praise the Lord that He loves us with an everlasting love. That no matter how far we stray, He will ALWAYS be there... waiting.. with open arms.

Today we went shopping for the storm victims. We don't have much, but I spent half of our grocery money on items that our homeschooling group were collecting for the tornado victims. Since our oldest two were in classes (college), I took the younger three (we homeschool) to the store with me. They each picked items from a list we had.

My Baby Girl #3 focused on babies. She picked pampers, wipes and pacifiers. Baby Boy #4 picked power snacks and drinks. He's the athlete. LOL! Baby Boy #4 picked fun snacks, tooth paste and tooth brushes (for the children). He had great fun, cause he picked tooth brushes with batman, Cars, dinosaurs. Stuff little boys love.

Our umbrella school was taking all the items that our homeschooling group collected to a church in Paisley. So took all our items to Stephanie's home. She was the "drop off" home for our area. We helped sort our all the items in her garage. Her van was loaded up and all the items were taken to the church.

We had an awesome time shopping and helping out. It filled our hearts with joy to be buying for those in need. Oh, even though we had less for our groceries, God met our needs. We are so blessed.