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Friday, June 11, 2010

Sweet Girl

My allergies and asthma have been acting up fierce, they have not done this in YEARS. And just when I think I was getting over it they started up again. Ashlyn has taken such wonderful care of me over the past several days. Today as my eyes are swelling and my chest is wheezing our Daddy called and said he would bring home dinner (thank you!) Ashlyn brought me a sandwich just before he he came in.
I told her "Daddy is bringing me a salad, but thank you though"
Ashlyn "no you need to eat the just a peanut butter sandwich "
Me "why"
Ashlyn "your sick"
Me "but I am not throwing up"
Ashlyn " but you might"
Me "no sweetie it is allergies not a stomach thing"
Ashlyn " Well if you throw up don't complain to me"

She loves her mommy.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Summer fun for the RainDrops

The lazy days of summer are upon us. During the summer our daddy's company has what they call summer hours. They go in 30 minutes early every day and then on Friday they will get off at 1:00. So we have some fun planned but trying to do as much as we can on a shoe string budget.

We will continue to have Math, Reading and Spelling school work during the summer. However we are looking for some fun ways to do it. Scrabble is one that we are going to use because you need math for keeping score and spelling for playing. We are looking for more ideas for fun educational games if you have any.

On Fridays when daddy gets off we will meet him at the office with picnic lunches and head to 6 Flags. Over Christmas we got a good on deal on season passes while there for Christmas in the Park on season passes. So this will be good cheap fun for the family. We just have to convince the kids that souvenirs are not an option. But we have been talking about it a lot. We will be doing park days and try to find some inexpensive field trips like farmers markets and Old City Park.

We will also make a trip to Killeen (Fort Hood) for the 4th of July. My family went last year for the Ft Hood Celebration. It was my sisters, my mom, some of the nieces and nephews. A great time with family, kind of like a family Christmas, since we have so many that are unable to make Christmas. We are also hoping to make a trip to Tulsa OK, to see my cousins.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Mother’s Day Thoughts

    I know I am late with my Mother's Day thoughts, but I am usually late with everything I do.

    I have been thinking lately how blessed I am to have a mother and to be a mother. My life has been richly blessed in both ways. I have a wonderful mother who despite all the heart ache I caused her in my teen years (and I can admit now it was more than any mother should ever have to face) she never ever gave up on me. She watched me make HUGE mistakes, sometimes waiting patiently for me to see they were mistakes and other times fighting the entire way to save me from my own stupidity. She was a praying mother who spent time on her knees daily for me. She never once doubted my divine worth, and taught me that I was loveable even when I was acting my most un-loveable. Mom never told me she hope one day I would have children who acted just like me. (Once I had children she told me she would never wish my mistakes on anyone, no one should have to endure that, thank you for that Mom.) Mom has always thought of herself as merely a mediocre mother. I have an announcement for her and the world. She was the perfect mother for me. I will yell from the highest mountains and from every media outlet I can find. She may not thought she was doing the right things but she was always there for me. She taught me to love, and nurture my own children and to care for my husband in the ways they deserve. Thank you Mom for all that you faced with me for the lessons you taught me and stood back and let me learn on my own. You are still teaching me so much, you life is an example.


    My life as a mother has blessed me beyond words. I wanted my children so badly and waited so long for them. I know that I am not the perfect mother but am truly blessed to have the chance to love the special sprites that my Heavenly father has entrusted to me. I want nothing more than to give them the best I can both, in physical things and most importantly in the intangible lessons I teach them. I want them to understand that they are children of Heavenly Father, that they have been sent to this life to learn and to grow so that one day they can return to Him and stand before Him proud of who they have become. As a mother it is my responsibility to teach them the gospel of Jesus Christ. I pray daily I am up to the task. I feel quite inadequate at time but with the help of my Heavenly Father and the example of my own mother I have the knowledge and the blessings I will need to see them through their lives. My goal is to stand with them before my Heavenly Father and say I may not have been perfect but everything I did was what I felt was right and was done so that we can be an eternal family with no empty seats at the table.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Blog brainstroming ideas

Lessons I learned from Grandma
Lessons I learned from Papaw
Homeschool day
Lessons I learned from Mom
Lessons I learned from Daddy
Things I learned from my children
Reasons I love being a mom
How we met
Why I love him
His biggest strength
Birth story
Why I love her
Strengths and weaknesses
Birth story
Why I love him
Strengths and weaknesses
adoption story
Why I love her
Strengths and weaknesses
My weakness
My strength
My favorite hobby
My least favorite activity
Special needs
Biggest pet peeve
School day
Favorite dinner
Favorite family activity

Monday, May 3, 2010

The Pearly Gates

“I don’t want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails. I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp. I want to be there with grass stains on my shoes from mowing Sister Schenk’s lawn. I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbor’s children. I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone’s garden. I want to be there with children’s sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder. I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived.”

-Marjorie Pay Hinckley

I pray my that at the end of my life this is how I meet my Heavenly Father. My Grandma was the best example of this. (We even she went into heaven with her hoe so she would be ready.) I want my life to be this kind of example for my children.
That they know that everyone has to give a little to make the world go around

Thursday, April 29, 2010

A Perfect Day

Of course there is no such thing as a perfect day, or "Super Mom" for that matter, however we do try. Here is what we strive for our schedule to be.

7:30-- Daddy leaves
8:30-- Mommy and the kids get up.
Mommy and kids get dressed.
Mommy starts a load of laundry and kids eat breakfast.
Everyone picks up living room and kitchen.
Mommy gets her coffee and sits down for bible study.
Kids finish any morning chores.
9:15-- Mommy heads up stairs to the school room to get lessons put out
9:30-- Kids are ready to start Bible Study.
10:00-- Math time
When they get started Mommy changes laundry and puts family items
11:00-- Spelling/ Handwriting
12:00-- Reading
1:00-- Or when reading is done is lunch/ free time
Switch Laundry and put away family items away
1:30-- History/Geography
2:00-- Language Arts
2:30-- Science.
3:00-- Clean up School Room. If we have put things away as we finish this is easy peasy.
3:10-- Afternoon Chores

There are some days that this is all done by 1:00 and some days we are still at it at 4:00. But most days we are done by 2:30. The RainDrops are then sent outside to play. We try to have them stay out and run, play, ride bikes,etc. for at least an hour.

At this point mommy grades papers and prepares anything for tomorrow.
Laundry is once again checked and folded or hung up. Each child has a basket as mommy folds cloths she puts it in that child's basket.

5:45-- Children are to come in and start evening chores, including putting away any laundry that was done that day.
Mommy and dinner helper start dinner.
6:30-- Dinner
7:00-- Mommy and after dinner helper clean the kitchen
Others start baths
Finish evening chores
Daddy helps with any questions from the days school work that mommy had a hard time answering.
8:30-- Bed time for the RainDrops
9:30-- Mommy starts evening routine
10:00-- Bedtime for Mommy
Sometimes Daddy makes it to bed by 10:00 too but most nights he is a night owl.