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We Just Need To Practice

Hey there everyone,

I hope that everyone had a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.  I most certainly did.  My oldest came home from college for Christmas, my daughter turned 17 (She is making me and the hubby old very fast.)  She also got a job right before her birthday (Which is one week before Christmas).  We all celebrated my three holidays together at home with no big hoop la.  Which was just fine with all of us.

At the beginning of each year you might be finding yourself looking back.  People like to see what if anything they got accomplished and what they didn’t.  They make new goals for the upcoming months.  They try to adopt new, better habits.  One thing I have found is that they don’t set these out on a day-to-day basis.  No they spread them out over an entire year.  Yes, I realize that there are some that may take that long.  But ask yourself when you wake up in the morning, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Is it the tasks that need to be done? Or perhaps a soreness/pain you may have for sleeping different then you needed.  I could list a whole number of things that ; not only have I said to myself, but have heard others as well.  We are to begin each day a new. With the joy of the Lord.   Not with bitterness or need.  In order to do this all it takes is …… practice.  Practice means that you are trying each and every day with all you mind, body, and soul.  Practice means you won’t get it perfected or even do it some days.  It means you are trying.  That you are actually doing it with a good heart.  Practice mean you have taken you out of it and are doing it for the Lord.

I don’t understand why people are putting so much disgust on themselves at the beginning of each year.  They haven’t lost enough weight, gotten any healthier, saved enough money, given enough money and so on. So what?!? Do the best you can with what you have daily and let God handle the rest.  Before you know it; it will be a new healthier, happier, habit and a wonderful start to your day.  Now for those who might be keeping score, I know that I didn’t write a whole lot last year, but within that time that I did these are the words I used most.

 

Angels, Bible, Child, Children, Christ, Christian, Church, Churches, Control, Faith, Family, Glory, God, Good, Gospel, Grace, Hear, Hearts, Jesus, Kids, Learn, Lessons, Life, Listen, Lord, Love, Luke, Man, Marriage, Matthew, Mercy, Mistakes, MS, Music, ORU, Parents, Pastor, People, Religion, Speak, Spirit, Trouble, Women, Word, Work.

 

I like to leave you with a song that I heard on a CD that my sister had a long time ago.  The song might be an old one but it still holds.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wslEJVlnjRI

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What has been going on and on and ……

Well I fell of the “World of Blogging” again.  To just give everyone a little update, I have decided to post a lot of pictures to tell what has been going on.  When last we talked we were headed to Ok to pick Joey up from college.  The trip over was done in one day.  Yes, it seemed like it was a long day however, we had the younger boys with us this time and our time was spent showing them the sites as well as talking.  My mother-in-law had given us some car bingo game boards and wouldn’t you know it, I left them on the coffee table when we left.  I was so upset with myself.  But we had fun playing the license plate game and our version of car wars. May 04 2012_3693    May 04 2012_3708    May 04 2012_3674    May 04 2012_3672The weather was not the greatest as it rained all the way there and back.  But at least there wasn’t storms.  I will have to remember to always have umbrellas with us on trips.

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 We picked up a couple of souvenirs at the huge white cross in Effingham, IL.  I still can’t get over just how wide Missouri is.  It seem like it took forever to get through.  And all along the way the same billboard, which was done different on everyone but none the less for the same place.  And when we first starting reading them it sounded fun, but after a while it was a real turnoff.

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Finally, we got to the hotel, and all any of us wanted to do was to go to bed.  Well ,all of us except Joey.  Good thing the hotel was just across the street and all he had to do was walk over. Aug 12 2011_1824

So the next morning, we all got up, had breakfast and went over to get Joey and the rest of his stuff.  He was at least smart enough (thanks to his dad) to get a storage unit that he is splitting with other ORU students so that we don’t have to keep toting everything back and forth.  After showing the boys around the campus, and seeing the inside of ORU’s new “Hammer” building we took to the road again. May 05 2012_3568  May 05 2012_3579  May 05 2012_3583    May 05 2012_3596

Although I brought a lot of snacks we really need to get lunch so here is where we stopped at.    May 05 2012_3634

    If you look closely, you can see that you can drive right under it.  The kids and I thought it was pretty neat.  However, it could use a makeover.  Again the drive was long, but we decided to go back in two days as opposed to one, like we did getting there.  I think Sam enjoyed staying at the hotels the most.  I could see the excitement in his eyes.  The newness of the towns the way people do things and then to have a place that had beds that they didn’t have to make up or the free breakfast just down stairs that he didn’t have to wait on.  Well that was just the best!  We did make one stop on the way home that everyone wanted to see when we saw a sign for it.    May 05 2012_3644

  Yes, it was a little off our track, but who else can say that they have seen the world largest rocker.  Now we can.  The had a little shop next to it and some of the stuff in there was a little creepy and neat.    May 05 2012_3658

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  Believe it or not, but that sign was in the ladies restroom along with other items that are less than appealing when you need to go.    Well now we are home and we are back to the usual of taking Joey back and forth to work while still home schooling the boys and Sierra is studying for finals.  I can’t believe that next year we will have a sophomore in college, a junior in high school and a freshman in high school, plus a 6th. grader.  This Friday I am getting three of my sister’s kids as they are in the process of moving.  I told her she wasn’t getting any of them back.  I just love them to death.  They are the sweetest and some of the smartest littles that I have seen.  (Bragging Aunt here)   Well now you’re caught up.  Until next time gang.

Update

Hey there gang,

Well, life has started to settle a little around here.  I have been busy with homeschooling the two younger boys.  We got Joey off to college and he has been home once during “Fall Break”.  That is one thing that these kids get now that we (my hubby and I) never had.  He probably won’t be home for Thanksgiving this year due to his time off being so short.  However,  I insist that he is here for Christmas.  I felt like a piece of me died the night we left him.  There was a part of me that was a little angry too.  I didn’t like having to let go.  I had tried for months to prepare myself, but it really didn’t do any good.  On the way home, Sierra asked hubby and I what was the best part of the visit.  Mine was when we were leaving and I was hugging Joey goodbye and I let go and he didn’t.  I wanted to just shove him back into the van and take him home.  But I didn’t, I walked as fast as I could and did not look back until I got seated and buckled.  Yea, me.  Joe was lucky enough to be in Tulsa to pick him up for his fall break and then me and the kids met them both at a truck stop.  Joey got out of the truck and came running to meet me.  All I could see was a grown man with a little boy’s face… all smiles.  The only thing I could do was cry and  thank God for this.  I still am to this day.  I thank God for giving me the opportunity to experience all of this.  All the up’s and all the down’s.  It has really helped me grow inside.  I think it has also helped me with the other kids as well.

The day we took off for ORU!

Speaking of other kids, Sierra decided that she wanted to stay in school and since I haven’t had problems with her teachers and the fact that she is a excellent student, we decided that it was ok for her to do so.  I haven’t had to “teach” any of my kids in a long time, so getting use to new schedules and the subjects has been a little tough.  But we are getting through it and Wil actually said that he likes it better than going to school.  I was a little worried about him and being at home.  However, he is doing great.  Sam on the other hand has been trying to get away with everything under the sun.  I might look old in his eyes, but I’m not so old that I forget how kids try to trick others so that they can get out of things.

Last month I fell.  I was upstairs on my computer and I was looking at a crocheting video and trying out a new stitch.  All of a sudden I hear Sierra yell……”Mom, there is a fire!”  I jumped up ran down the stairs and through the living room toward the kitchen where she was.  It was at that point that my feet got tangled in my yarn that had followed me all the way. I fell on my hands and knees.  I fell with such force that I could not move for several minutes.  I had to have Sierra help me get up.  For those of you who do not know, I had my right knee operated on about 2 years ago this next summer.  Oh and there was no fire.  Something had gotten under the burner while she was cooking and it sparked up.  I had a nasty looking bruise for a couple of weeks on my right knee and I have been getting pains in both of them off and on since.  My hands were for the most part fine. Just a little red the first night and a little stiff the next day.  But they are doing good now.  Yea, me.

My surgery

As most of you know I use to live in Indiana.  Well, I am still  registered to vote in Indiana.  So on the 6th., I gave the boys a half day of school and we drove over.  All the while I was trying to explain to them all about election.  Sam still can’t understand why it is that we the people won’t let God be in charge of us and not have a President.  They watched me cast my vote and thought it was “neat”.  We then went to the mall that we use to go to all the time and then got a bite to eat.  By the time we were coming home it was getting dark.  I don’t drive on the highway.  When I was younger, I did.  But the older I get the less I like it. So we were on the back roads coming home and getting close to crossing the State Line when all of a sudden a huge buck came out and ran into us.  If I had had a few more seconds, I could have missed it.  I called Joe almost immediately after.  He has a great way of calming me down.  I didn’t stop to see just how much damage was done because where I was, there was not enough light to have done so.  I figure, once I was home I could use the large lantern and see everything.  Well then the engine started getting hot.  So I had to stop and let it cool off.  Then we would start down the road again.  She would get hot again and we would stop again.  It wasn’t until we crossed the State Line and was in Ohio that a car stopped.  The man inside asked if we needed any help and I asked him if he had any water.  He said no but he had some antifreeze.  He got it out of his trunk and opened my hood and used the entire gallon.  I offered to pay him back and wanted to thank him for helping us.  He would not hear of it.  He just looked at me and said,”Just do something nice for someone else.”  He asked me if we had far to go I told him where and he said that he would follow me into town because he was on his way to the hospital.  That man was no ordinary man, he was an angel.  We would not have made it home had God not sent him along that road to help us.  When Joe was able to come home he said that the pictures did not do justice to the damage.  Deer can really tear up a van.  I am officially an animal road killer.  During the past year I have killed birds, ducks, and now a deer.  Big or small they should stay off the road when I am driving.  I told Joe that there needs to be some kind of scent coming out of the exhaust to warn the animals that I am on the road.  Yea,me.

Changes Within The Family

Well, he went and did it, the little stinker.  Joey got admitted into ORU.  Not only will he be attending there this coming fall.  He also got their presidential scholarship!  So we are now looking into every aspect of stuff that he will need for the up-coming years.  We had, a few months back changed churches, I will not go into the details as to why.  When our former church  heard of Joey’s great news, they had asked us to attend a Sunday service so that they could announce the news to the congregation.  They were all so very supportive and kind to him.

Sierra is still going strong in learning how to play her guitar.  She is also showing great promise in thinking things through.  So many times she has been coming home and telling me of the behavior of other kids in her school and how she is seeing that they are making wrong choices.  Some examples are the way some dress, those that do dip (yes, even some of the girls around here do dip. GROSS!), who is hanging out with who, and the gossip that goes on.  And how in doing so they are making her think as to if she would do or act the same way. I thank God her answer has been NO.

Then we can look at Wil.  I don’t think I have talked about him nearly as much as I would like.  I call him Joe Jr.  He has the almost exact same attitude as his daddio. Well recently he has been sending out e-mails of the writing he has been doing.  I love it.  He is using his creativity, which he has a lot of.  Plus he is relating more to the word.  I asked his permission to share with you just what I mean.  Here is just a little of his writing.  Keep in mind that he is only 12.  Nor have I added or changed anything of his writing.

Title: Endure it all.    We need to keep up our strength in tough times. I don’t know exactly what you are going through, but I know that there’s a way. God can help us through all of our problems. In the Bible, almost everybody goes through some kind of misery or misfortune. Yet God helps them through it.

We all have problems whether we like to admit it or not. We all go through some kind of problems. A man in the Bible went by the name of Jabez, meaning ‘he who causes pain’. He was marked from childbirth. Can you imagine what people must have thought? “Hey He Who Causes Pain! Let’s go play football!” All he did was asked for the Lord to help him prosper. And God did.
All of our problems trace back to the curse of Adam and Eve with Satan as the main conspirator. Its hard imagine life without faults. We have lived with these problems for so long, they seem natural. But heaven has no sin, no problems, no worries. That seems to good to be true, and on Earth, it would be without God. But He loves us and without him, nothing at all would’ve happened at all. Nothing would have been made, and we wouldn’t have been even in spirit. This is even harder to imagine, as we think with our minds, not our spirits. We need to be calm in times of restlessness, cheerful in times of doubt, and most of all God-like in all our life.

Isn’t that just great?!?  I feel so blessed that God is working on and in him.  The hubby just went to the neurologist for a check up on his MS.  So far so good.  He will be going back in March.  These visits are always a little stressful.  You wonder what the results will be.  Whether or not the Dr. is actually hearing you. What the next course of action(if any) will be.  How the hubby will handle any news.  How I will handle any news.

Then we come to our little man, Sam, who is 9.  He is struggling.  He knows right from wrong, but lately he has been giving in to laziness and bad attitude.  Especially in school.  I pray for him a lot.  I have the faith that he will snap out of it and get in line with God soon.  He is like his oldest brother as to being soooo smart, but he doesn’t quite get it yet that he is still a kid that has to follow rules and behaviors in order to get along with others. I know some adults that still haven’t learned this lesson either. So for the time being we will have to be just a little harder on him.  Which breaks my heart.  But I know that this too shall pass.

I have been learning.  Learning more about my children, my husband, and about myself.  After seeing the movie, I went out and got the book Courageous  for Women.  There is a wealth of wisdom in it. It has caused me to ask a lot of question of myself. (Hubby says that I am already too hard on myself and probably thinks that I don’t need to ask these questions.)   I am re-learning how to take time for myself.  So that I am not so stressed about stuff that I shouldn’t be.   I have also been learning a few new(to me) crochet stitches.  I have been crocheting since I was a kid and it is something that I really enjoy.  During the fall I learned how to crochet beaded bracelets but now I am back to yarn.  I have done blankets for each of my kids.  And they actually want to use them.  Which makes a big smile for me.  I love that I have a hobby and I think it does me a lot of good.  I can listen to a book or sermon while I crochet, or go over the days events, listen to God speaking to me, and yes I even get to pray during this time.  So I am able to keep busy inside and out.  Changes come to all of us.  Whether good or bad; like it or not.  But if we are able to step back and take a look at them we just might be able to see where we need to ask for strength, patience, and understanding.  You might be able to see that there are more than just one road ahead of you to choose from.  You might be able to see where the first spark of enlightenment or mistake came from.  You might be able to embrace the change.  The wisdom of a 12 yr. old may surprise you sometimes.

College Bound

I can’t say that every parent goes through such heartache when their oldest child goes to college. But my oldest had his first day last Monday. And I truly thought that I was up for this. How wrong I was. You see he is still in high school. He’s a senior and he was accepted into a program that allows him to take a class or two in the local college. Miami University. Joey is taking two classes. French II and Comparative Religion. Yes, he is super smart for his age. He always has been. He was born 6 weeks premature. And his dad and I have always worked hard with him so that he wasn’t behind mentally. His physical aspect was always harder to work on.  However you wouldn’t know it now by looking at him now. So I get up bright and early, had a cup of coffee, drove him into town and dropped him off. I was still ok with everything until I looked in the rear view mirror and saw him with the rest of the college kids and started screaming in my head,”Use the cross-walk!” On the lonely drive back to the house I kept telling myself that it’s just like he’s at work. This is not that hard. WRONG!!! Totally wrong!!! As I walked into the house I could see that my hubby was a little teary eyed. That was my excuse to go ahead and cry. Then visions of Joey being 3 full of life and thirsty for more, running throughout the house started to flood my mind. And the tears fell even faster. I knew when we had to move here that it wasn’t for my benefit but for the family. This doesn’t really give me any comfort in living here.  It just gives me something to remind myself for times like these. I thank God for a wonderful young man and for allowing this opportunity for him. It’s kind of pre course for when he actually has to go out-of-state for college. He hopes to get accepted at ORU. I know that God has his hand on him. I know that there are big things waiting for him. I know that I can no longer hold his hand. (Although I will always and forever want to)

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