May 31, 2008
May 29, 2008
I am thankful that our Lord answers the prayers of His children. No matter how small or insignificant they may seem when we ask, God listens and responds to each and every plea we make. Though the answer is not always answered how and when we would like, He answers and therefore I praise Him!
*I'm thankful that I have a decision about the kids education for next year, and that I have a peace in that choice. Now I'm just praying that he will provide the finances needed.
*I'm thankful for the beautiful weather we had over the Memorial Day Weekend and the fun times we shared with friends and family.
*I'm thankful that God has given me the willpower I need to keep on my diet.
*I'm thankful my sweet friend Laura is having a boy in October. She had her ultrasound yesterday and things are looking good.
*I'm thankful for the upcoming writer's conference in June. I'm not sure what to expect, but it is a first step in a commitment to pursue my dreams of writing.
*I'm thankful Skip is home safe from his trip and had a marvelous time in Georgia. Please continue to pray for his upcoming hip surgery in Houston. The date was moved to July 7th and he is really struggling with pain. I am already praying consistently for this doctor and for the entire procedure. Please continue praying for my guy, and for a quick recovery when it is over.
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May 19, 2008
In Victoria, I felt my options were very limited with options for school, but in Corpus I have many options. I think Skip and I have decided to choose a private christian high school for our oldest. It is a very advanced curriculum and it is going to be extremely challenging for her. I know she is remarkably smart, but she is not always one to put forth a lot of effort in her studies. She has often just "got by" unless it involves her favorite subjects. We are still deciding about Seth and Annie. Seth will begin junior high and Annie is entering the third grade. I am leaning towards their previous school which I loved and so many of their friends attend. It is also a private school, but the tuition will be considerably less than the private school Ashley will attend (thanks to an awesome pastor discount). Peace of mind in taking them all to one place and picking them all up at one place sounds awesome, but it will be quite a bit more expensive. I have already felt a big enough crunch over the last year, and I don't want to be so strapped ever again.
June is already filling up with a trip to Victoria to watch my brother's twins for a few days, the She Speaks Writer's Conference, and my niece's delivery of her first baby. All of these are great things and should keep us on our toes.
Most importantly, I am prayerfully anticipating Skip's hip replacement July 1st. We know what it involves which makes it a little more tricky with making plans for the summer. I am already covering this surgery in prayer from start to recovery. Summer before last was one I never want to revisit. If you could start putting this on your prayer list I would appreciate it so much. Just in case you were wondering, he is now getting his right hip replaced (not the same one he replaced two summers ago). He has only known pain for the last 15 years or so that we've been married, and I know God can relieve it with this one. He will hopefully be able to start exercising after this. It has virtually been impossible due to the pain of even walking lately.
Posting is going to be sporadic over the next few weeks as we try to wrap up our home schooling year. We aren't only doing work and unpacking around here. Actually this last week or so we have been having some fun as well.
Beach- 2 times with kids, once with adults
Poker and Blackjack nights with Skip and kids- twice (thanks for the new poker chips-M.D.)
Overnight trip to Victoria to nieces' dance recital
Swimming with friends
Double date to movies to see Iron Man (so good!)
Attending our new church
Watching dance routines the kids have made up
Listening to my son's new music he is creating on this
Learning to text (that's all anyone does in CC) and though I'm a fast typist, it's not so easy without a keyboard
Trying to keep our beagle from howling-Uggghh! I'm sure our new neighbors love us(: Well, at least we crate her at night.
Oh, and chasing my husband around the house like we're newlyweds. At least that is what he thinks I'm doing.
Happy Monday everyone!
May 13, 2008
Here are some of the pics of our day.
This was the look on Annie's face most of the afternoon.
Check out her ears. I finally gave in and let her get them pierced. Too cute!
Ashley said, "Finally she can really accessorize!"
There were 4 kite surfers doing all kinds of flips and tricks. I have never seen it so windy. I would have got a better shot, but my beach chair was just way too comfortable. Just kidding, it was just hard to get a shot because they go by so fast. Kite surfing looks like so much fun, and maybe one day I'll have to give it a try. Ha Ha!
May 12, 2008
If you don't see me around much, I have some life to experience. We have started home schooling after a two week break, there is a beach 15 minutes away calling my name, and I still have about 10 boxes to unpack with absolutely no place to put everything. Have a fabulous week everyone!
May 7, 2008
This next picture is my living room and the only room I have pretty much unpacked. My mother in -law came in town yesterday to help me out. I love the laminate wood floors. It makes it so easy to move furniture in place. We only tried out a bazillion different ways until we came up with this one. Thanks Lori for your input too!Now, so you won't think I'm super woman and have my act together completely. Here is the garage full of mess I still have left to unpack. I figure I should have everything in its place right before it is time to move again in January. Remember we are renting this house for 9 months and then moving back to our home that never sold last year. Got it? Good, because I don't.
See that mattress in the background. No, I'm not making my kids sleep on the floor or anything. It is just that the girls are sharing a room, so Annie's bed is staying in storage (my garage storage that is). * I just want to send a special note of thanks to all of our family and friends who helped us move. We couldn't have done it without you!
In the midst of packing and getting ready for our move, last Saturday I helped my family and some others throw my niece Stephanie a fun baby shower. It is her first baby and we are so excited for this new blessing to arrive. Deacon will be his name and he is due in late June. Here is Steph in the middle of my girls. Ashley is 7 years younger than Steph, but almost 7 inches taller. Ashley is already 5'7'' and I don't see signs of her slowing down.
Here are all the hostesses with Stephanie. From left to right: my mom, me, my cousin Paula, my cousin Cindy(the one who owns this yummy coffee shop), Stephanie, my cousin JoNell, Steph's aunts Diana and Renae, and my aunt Connie. She received the cutest gifts for baby Deacon and we had such a great time celebrating.
Here is a picture of Ashley and Annie with my sweet mother-in-law. I can't tell you how much I love Skip's mom. She is the kind of mother-in-law everyone dreams of having. Thank you Linda!
May 5, 2008
May 1, 2008
This verse is my verse I am claiming for what God has given me over the last 24 hours. I had some really frustrating moments of crying out to God this week for understanding as to why all the plans I was trying to make for our move kept giving me and Skip unsettledness. Sometimes, we just have to allow God to be God, and be open to His leading. It really works, and for me, never like I would think.
1. We are putting a deposit down on a rent house in Corpus today and moving on Monday!!! The sweet family is letting us rent for only 9 months and they went down just a bit so that it would fit our budget. Praise God!!!
2. With all the stress of finding a high school for Ashley, I am now seeking God's best by checking out a private Christian school that goes from kinder to 12th. They give pastor discounts too! I really feel like God opened my eyes to this new possibility that was there all along. It doesn't matter what area of town we live in by going this route.
3. This was one of those secret prayers answered. I have been wanting to buy a cute little apron for the last year, but I just never have. It seemed frivolous, but I still wanted one. When I saw one of my favorite blogs, Reluctant Entertainers had a giveaway with a book and an apron, I knew I had to enter. Guess what? I won!!! Here is what I'll be receiving in the next week or so .
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