Thursday, January 15, 2009

Getting things done!

Today is the first day this week that I feel as though I've gotten something done! I really haven't done much of anything but it's still more than what I think I've done all week. Which is really sad if I sit and think about it for too long.

Ethany and I were able to sit down for an hour and work on schoolwork together! Today she helped me to read parts of a book and learned that "ow" and "o" at the end of a word make the long "o" sound. learning things like this and comprehending them will help her immensely in her endevour to read. (which by they way she is still not too keen on because she's afraid that if she learns to read her dad and I won't read to her anymore)

Amber slept in today so she'll be doing work late. Which I think is punishment for her! Her friends get their work done by 2 pm usually and she's going to be doing work til about 4! OH well! She'll learn.

Eric has finished two subjects already and has most of his chores done! HOLY JEEZ! Miracles do exist! LOL! I love my son, but he's is so lazy. He hates doing school work.

As for me I have a social worker coming at 1:30 for a weekly visit. NO big deal, but I still haven't had a shower and I need to get things straightened up before she gets here. Unfortunately I waited until after Ayden had gotten up from his nap so now I have to jump in the shower before Brent leaves for work again. So I have 45 minutes... I'd better hurry.

"Lord, please watch over me today and watch over our children. Keep them safe and guide them through their life. Help me to remember that you are always there for me and that you have my best interest in mind.Help me to trust in you as my Lord and savior." AMEN

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


It's Wednesday! We've had a late start to our day but seem to be accomplishing things none the less. I think. Eric has finished the math worksheet that I assigned. He hasn't done the bookwork, but just finishing the sheet is a feat in itself! It is like pulling teeth to get this boy to do schoolwork!
I've assigned Amber a 1000 word essay on Martin Luther King Jr. I think she can do it. She's not happy about it. Who is ever happy to get a 1000 word essay? She's working on it though. I told her to get her research done by tomorrow afternoon and than start writing. We'll see what she comes up with. I think this should be an easy assignment. I know I gave her a very limited amount of time, but why not offer here a challenge!
Ethany is not feeling well. It seems her belly hurts. She passed up Ramen noodles and Chicken tenders at lunch today! I hope that she feels better soon. I think she may just be tired. Her and I both have not been sleeping well the past few weeks. She's having night terrors and I'm just having my normal dreams. Which are pretty disturbing at times.
My little man, ayden has begun a new funny thing. He spins in circles! I love it. His little eyes try to stay focused, but at 15months old that's almost impossible. He just falls down and giggles each time. I love it. He's at a really fun age right now.
I'm off, I ended up buying Amber the camera she's been bugging for weeks to get. She has no money, but I'm confident that she'll pay me back eventually. I gifted her $22.58 now she has to earn $60. Wish her luck! She does not want to have to work for me to earn that money back! LOL! Anyhow, I'm off to pick up the camera that I ordered from a couple of hours ago.

Sunday, January 11, 2009


This weekend was absolutely beautiful! Unfortunately I got to enjoy absolutely none of it! I am sick. I have a head cold or a sinus infection or some nasty combo of both and I feel like crap. I did make it out of the house but only to run errands.

Saturday I took Amber to the bowling alley on base. The church we've started attending had a youth group outing to the bowling alley. I hadn't planned on staying but I decided that it was better to be miserable and sociable than to sit at hom and wallow (is that how you spell that word?) in my misery! I did not bowl although I was invited to bowl. I don't like bowling. After three years of almost twice weekly bowling while stationed at Lakenheath in England I have developed a strong dislike of that particular sport. Plus my head felt like a bowling ball!

After bowling I went to a candle party. That was fun. Loads of people crammed into a very small house and I didn't know anyone except for the hostess. That was fine with me. I had told her I would show up and I wasn't relishing the idea of going home just yet so I found myself a chair and sat down. I purchased some candles, chatted randomly with some of the guests and ate a marshmallow dipped in chocolate! Yummy! I did manage to make a friend. I know I'm leaving the place in about 5 months time, but one can always use new friends right. She is a really cool, nice lady. Much younger than myself, but that's okay I can hang out with younger people. She does have a 13 year old daughter that was also at the party. We decided that our daughters had to meet. I want her daughter to meet mine to prove that not all homeschool kids are wierd. My daughter can meet her daughter and learn that not all of the kids that go to the local middle school are stuck up snobs!
That basically sums up my weekend. I played hookey from church today. Layed around most of the day. I frogged an entire sleeve of Amber's shrug! That was annoying, but had to be done. I managed to get done about 20 rows of it today. I need to have it finished ASAP! I figured out that I should not bind off each sleeve but continue on after placing my markers. This is my first article of clothing not counting ponchos. Ponchos don't count because that's just a rectangle that you've sewn up the middle. I'll try to post a picture of the shrug when it's finished. Wish me luck on finishing it in time for the dreaded homeschool dance....

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Another day

I know, what a boring title to this blog but it fits. It's been yet another day like any other, almost done and over with. I've been sick to my stomach. I couldn't sleep last night. I am so worried about everything involving the adoption and I dread seeing COSB come up on our caller ID. (That's County of Santa Barbara.) I'm just so worried that it's bad news. I don't know why b/c I don't think we've done anything wrong. No, I know we haven't done anything wrong, but you just never know what's going to happen when they call. It's sad really b/c I never used to feel that way. I used to enjoy talking to our worker and filling her in on the baby's progress and what not. Now, I just want to have him adopted and officially say that he is my baby. I love him so much that it will break my heart if they take him away. We've filed for defacto parent status to give us more rights, but it's still up to the judge to grant that. PRAY PRAY!
So she called today, but no new news which is great in my mind! I think they want us to do acouple more things and have another agency check on us and than they'll finish the homestudy and put in for a court date. The bugger of it all is that it's so close to when we are moving. Plus we're moving overseas and that takes time and planning and a whole lot of paperwork. Right now we're not sure what name to put on the paperwork for the baby? His legal name right now or the name we're going to change to when he's adopted. The name we've been calling him since the day we got him. So much to do and think about and at the moment all I can do is wait.

Other than that, our day has gone well. Finally got Amber in to the orthodontist, much to her delight. She really wanted to change out her rubberbands. Now she is sporting grey, purple and black in her mouth.

Eric and his BFF are playing on the new Wii Fit that GM and GP sent for Christmas. They love it and I love that they are getting a workout. \

Alright, signing off, the neighbors daughter needs me to french braid her hair.

God Bless and much love!

Friday, January 2, 2009


So I'm sitting here at my computer and I really want to personalize my blog, but I have no idea how to do that! I'm sure it's somewhat simple, but I can't figure it out. So when it's more quiet in the house and I don't have a 14 month old running amuk and a 10 and 13 year old playing a video game less than 3 feet from where I sit, than I will search the internet and learn how to creat my own personalized blog site on here! Until that time you're stuck with the same generic background and layout that everyone else on this blog site has. Sorry!

The new year came off without a hitch. It was fun. We had 13 12-15 year olds partying at the house. They had a blast. We had Karoake and dancing and a game and chatting and eating. FUN! All the kids were well behaved too. It was great!

So welcome 2009!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Matthew 6:34

"So don't worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will bring it's own worries. Today's trouble is enough for today." (Matthew 6:34)

There are days when I have trouble concentrating. I tend to let my mind wander and dwell on the the immense list of things I need to do. I worry that I will never accomplish all that needs to get done. I worry that someone will come and take our foster son away before he's adopted. I worry that something will happen to one or all of my kids. I worry, I worry, I worry! I hate it! I'm working on learning how to let God handle all things that come my way. I am not in control of my life, God is in control and I must trust in that. I've been dwelling on this thought for a couple of weeks now. Some things beyond my control happened recently and it seems my faith is being tested.

"Don't worry about anything instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all he has done." Phillipians 4:6

In reading these verses I know that God has a handle on things and doesn't need my help or my worrying and that my job is to trust in Him and go on with my life. This is what I've learned. My faith is strong and I want others to share my faith and to know that the Lord is with you in all you do. Trust in Him.

I really just felt the need to get that down. Maybe posting it on here solidifies it for me. I don't know, I just know that I believe what I've said to be true and pray that belief will help me to relax and trust in the Lord.


thank God it's Saturday....

Good Morning.

It's 9:00 am finally. Ayden is tearing up the house already. He's been up since 7 am. I tried to get him to go back to sleep, but he's 14 months old and he decided that he was not going back to sleep and neither was I. So I've fed him breakfast, eaten my own breakfast,done some laundry, read two chapters in my relaxation book, cleaned the kitchen, played with him and his toys and gotten the fuzz balls off of my son's fleece jacket with one of those shaver things. So far it's been a progressive morning.

Now that it's 9, Ayden's almost ready for his nap. I'm wondering what I should do during his nap. I keep telling myself I need to work out, but that can wait right... Probably not, but it will. I need to research the INET to find a book study for "The Catcher In the Rye." That's the book that Amber's going to read next for school. Did I mention that we are homeschoolers?

Amber's in 7th grade, but reading at a ninth to tenth grade level so I'm thinking she should do fine with that book. We were in a co-op reading class, but the book selection left little to be desired for a kid that doesn't care for science fiction/fantasy genre. So now we're left to do the book studies on our own again. I'm hoping when we move we'll find a group of people that would like to do some co-op classes. Did I mention that we're in the military?

We're in the Air Force. We move every three years and we're gearing up to move again. It's been three short years here in sunny California. We love the weather, we love the base, (sort of) and we love the people that we've met here. I'm sure we'll love Japan too. I'm thrilled. We're PCS'ing (that's military speak for permanent change of station, but used as a verb) to Okinawa in May of '08. Exciting huh? We've lived all over the U.S. and we've spent three years in England. That is a story in itself that I'll tell later. Now we're off to Asia.

As a result of our up and coming move to Japan I am adding a Japanese language study to our course load for the next 4 months. The kids are less than thrilled as usual. They hate when I add to their already demanding schedule. Actually I've cut back this year, but they don't realize that. I think that once we arrive in Japan the kids will appreciate my efforts. Hopefully they will arrive in Japan with enough understanding of the language to be able to ask simple questions and understand simple answers. I mean, wouldn't it be helpful to know how to ask, "where is the bathroom?" in Japanese when in Japan?

As I predicted, Ayden was ready for his nap. He is upstairs in his crib at the moment, so I'm going to cut this short! I have some searching to do and some cleaning to get finished.I hope this blog finds you all enjoying the day and thanking God for all His blessings!