I Love My Soldier: October 2005

Jason was activated 01/31/2005
His deployment ended
and he returned home 05/13/2006
(a very long 15 1/2 months)


Sunday, October 30, 2005

Don't Touch My Pumpkin - LAST YEAR

I want to share this pic with you. It is a picture of Jason and the kids last year carving pumpkins. Alex touched Hayden's pumpkin and he got a little upset and started moving his arms really fast...so I titled the photo "Don't touch my pumpkin".

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This year we didn't carve pumpkins (I just don't have the same touch at it as Jason does), but we did decorate and do have two ceramic pumpkins that we can place candles in on the porch. I am looking forward to the kids getting dressed up and having fun tomorrow night. The kids are really excited too. And of course I will be posting pictures of them in their costumes for everyone to see.

PS. I really miss Jason!!! I miss his daily presence in our lives and I miss all the special things he does for me and the kids! I love him sooooo much!!

Playing catch-up.

Hey guys... I hope you have had a great weekend! Its time for me to play catch up so you will know what I have been doing since my last post. WELL.. to start off I actually did not work this weekend the way I had planned. GOOD FOR ME!! That's why I am up tonight working (haha). I did what I should have done and that is enjoy my weekend with the kids. We slept in a little (very little) Saturday morning and then cleaned house. We were all excited about the Halloween Carnival that was going to take place at Hayden's school (which is also a church) Saturday night. His cousin Chris (who also goes to 3K there) and his mom, dad, and sister went as well. We had a great time.. There was moon walks, giant blow up slides, a giant blow up caterpillar that you walk through, a cake walk, face painting, go fishing, a treasure dig, and lots of other games to play. They had so much fun!!!

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This morning we had to be at church bright and early (8:00 am) so that we (the choir) could practice. Today was the day I was to teach the 8-12 year old girls, however the teacher that normally has the class stayed in there with me (She had the remaining part of the lesson - the game they were to play - as I was unable to get it from her Wednesday night because Alex was sick). She ended up teaching the lesson and I just helped out where needed and helped control the kids (its a really large class). We had previously talked about me teaching the class one Sunday a month, but then she started talking about how large the class was and how it could be divided into two classes. I told her I would be more than willing to take on half the class or to go in there with her every week. She was really excited about this. After church she thanked me and mentioned how she would like me in there to help her where needed and she would teach the lesson. I am grateful to help, but I am hoping that atleast one Sunday a month I will be able to teach the lesson. I will pray about this and allow the Lord to direct us both in what His Will is.

Well... I am going to be up late tonight typing (Medical Transcription)... so that my download file is empty in the morning and I can start downloading NEW work. Like I said before... it being the end of the month is important!! I get paid for what work I do. What ever is submitted by midnight on the 1st...goes on my Nov paycheck... so I plan on being busy tonight, tomorrow and tomorrow evening (after trick-or-treating of course).

Night all!! ((Hugs))

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Courtney came and hung out with us...

Today didn't go anyway the way I had planned...I had planned on buckling down really hard, not emailing with friends, not doing anything around the house, just strictly putting my all into my work. I even had taken Hayden to school for three hours this morning. I did get some work done, but around noon or so my little sister (Courtney) came by to visit with us. So not working was well worth it as I love to spend time with my sister. We hung out, talked, and made homemade doughnuts, then I went and got Erin from school (Alex stayed home one more day, but will be going back to school tomorrow). Then Courtney went and got her little puppy (black little poodle oh so adorable). The kids had a great time playing with the puppy. We had a great time spending the day with Courtney. It was a great day!!!

As far as my work, it looks like tonight will be a repeat of last night (where I stayed up till 1 am typing)...but its all good...I'm just tired thats all. :-)

I did talk to my Sweetie today, but we didnt talk quit as long today. However I was just glad to get to talk to him. I have good news......He said he will have the internet hooked up in his room NEXT friday!!!!! YEAH!!! I can't wait to see his face. I know the kids will enjoy getting to see him on the Web Cam again too.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005


I got my bottle of "Beautiful Sheer" perfume delivered via Fed X today (from my Sweetie!!). It smells so beautiful!!

Jason and I talked on the phone for a long time today (you would not believe the cost of my phone bill lately - but he should have internet VERY soon and we can chat via web cam again)... anyway.... we talked for a long time today and we talked about our future, and all the things we are going to do when he gets home. I love and miss him soooooo much!! There are many nights that I just sit and cry missing him (last night being one of them). I just can't tell you how excited I am about his 2 week visit coming up in December. It can't get here soon enough. I miss my baby!!

Oh No...Alex is sick now!!!

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Hayden had it, then Erin got it, and I really thought that was the end of it...well.. now Alex has it. That yucky stomach virus that has been going around. She started getting sick this morning, but thankfully it doesnt seem to be to the degree that Hayden and Erin were. So hopefully her virus will be short lived and she will be better soon. Lift her up in prayer!

Oh no.. I spoke too soon. Alex is just as sick as they were. I hate to see my children feeling so bad...

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Hayden and the Dentist

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After recently having his teeth cleaned, Hayden was discovered to have a couple of cavities. This is my fault of course (he is only 3) as I have allowed him to go to bed every night with a sippy cup of ice cold sweet tea (decaf of course). This sugar sitting in his mouth is not good at all! We attempted to have these cavities filled at our family dentist, and although Hayden did good at his cleanings, he did not want to open his mouth good for the dentist that day. He was not bad at all, but just didn't want to cooperate. They had even given him something to "make him a little sleepy" (it was a thick substance he had to take an hour before his appointment on an empty stomach) but it didn't make him sleepy at all. So the dentist said she believed he would do better if he was seen by a "Pediatric Dentist". We scheduled that appointment and Hayden was seen today. The dentist was super nice as were all the assistants in his practice. There are 3 small cavities that need to be taken care of. Because Hayden would not cooperate before, this dentist said they will need to do "oral sedation". "Oral sedation is recognized by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry as a form of treatment for young children whose apprehension or fear prohibits them from being cooperative dental patients". However, insurance does not cover this and it will be an extra $150. When they sedate a patient, more time is spent during the dental procedure. His heart rate and oxygen saturation will be monitored during the procedure. Thus the extra charge to cover the cost of monitoring equipment, et. Also insurance pays for "silver fillings" and they only do "white".. so we have to pick up the extra cost of that as well. All in all the fee is about $510 (with us paying$352). It is scheduled for Nov 15th.

After the dentist this morning, Hayden and I ran by the thrift store (I love the thrift store, picked him out a toy, and a shirt to go with his "cowboy" costume). Then it was on the the grocery store...where among the groceries we bought we had to get "marshmallows". Hayden insisted on that one. Then it was home to get some work done, pick up the girls from school, back home to call my sister Courtney and sing to her for her 18th Bday, cook a big pot of chill (mmm mmm mmm good - on this nice cool fall day), help the girls with homework (and there is still more that I need to help them with, and here I am. I haven't gotten much typing (Medical Transcription)done today, so I will probably be up late tonight typing (but I am thinking about just getting up EARLY in the morning and instead just having some quiet time with God tonight and reading my Bible - As I need to get back into the habit of reading His word daily!!!).

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Speaking of which, I sat in with the teacher for the girls 8-12 year old Sunday Morning Bible Study class this past Sunday. I am going to start teaching that class one (maybe two) Sundays a month (starting this coming Sunday the 30th). I am really excited about this opportunity that the Lord is going to use me.

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Oh... Like I said above it's my little sister's 18th Birthday!
~ H.A.P.P.Y ~
~ B.I.R.T.H.D.A.Y~
~ C.O.U.R.T.N.E.Y ~
We love you !!!!!

Friday, October 21, 2005

Finally Friday!!

Well it's finally Friday.....

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However, it really won't be much of a relaxing weekend for me. I am sooooo busy typing (medical transcription). One of the doctors left the practice and he has been dictating some jobs he never got around to dictating (from this past year). In addition a new doctor has come into the group and he is dictating jobs as well (and also the other physicians in the group). I am not complaining as I need the money, but I admit I am really tired. I stayed up again till 1 am typing, then got up at 7:30 am and started back. However with the kids home this week for Fall break, and Hayden and Erin both coming down with a stomach virus I haven't gotten as much done as I would like. So.. this weekend will be busy, busy, busy for me! The jobs are there and if I don't do them, one of the other transcriptionist will (and I prefer to do them and make the money!!).

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Alex will be home from Indiana tomorrow, I am looking forward to seeing her. We have really missed her this past week.

The kids just got a package in the mail from Jason. He bought them some goodies.. . Erin collects keychains so Jason bought her several while in Germany. He bought Hayden some cars. He bought Alex "Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus" movie. She has been wanting this movie. Parts of it are in 3D and it comes with 4 pairs of glasses. He also bought the movies "Robots" "Lilo & Stitch 2", "Racing Stripes", "Kicking & Screaming" and also sent "The Pacifier". He sent the kids packs of stickers and some candy too.

He is buying me some perfume.. He wanted to know what fragrance I like. I told him "Beautiful" or "Beautiful Sheer". He is going to the PX to look for it tomorrow, or he may just order in on-line through Exchange AAEFS. He made a joke about how he can't smell (result of his traumatic brain injury March 2004) so he couldn't go and pickout a perfume he liked.

Well I can't blog long... I've got TONS to do!

Thursday, October 20, 2005

yeah..look at the time!

Look at the time of this post (below) . . . yeah I am usually NOT up this time of night/morning, however I have been putting in EXTRA hours working (Medical Transcription) to try and make some much needed money! With sick kids (yes more than Hayden has been sick - see below) and kids home from school for Fall Break this week, working during the day has been a little slow (but I'm working, just with tons of interruptions). So working late at night/early mornings is proving to be productive (although VERY tiring!!).

Ok... on to the sick kid part. As you know from reading my post below Hayden had a stomach virus. Alex who is out of town should be ok, and I even thought Erin was in the clear (as she spent Saturday and Sunday night away from home with friends) - yet I was wrong. Erin got sick shortly after getting home from church Wed night. Oh I felt so bad for her. I pray that the virus doesn't last long with her and she has a QUICK recovery!! I also pray that I DON'T get it! The Lord knows I have to take care of everyone and everything so if I got sick.. oh I don't even want to think it! It's not gonna happen.. I'm too stubborn! hehe.

Jason and I talked today. He FINALLY got to move into the other housing unit. He will be getting internet access in his room and hopefully within a couple of weeks it will be set up and we can use the Web Cam to chat and see each other. I have missed seeing that gorgeous face of his (love the dimples)!

Well, that's enough blogging for now...I gotta get back to typing (the kind that pays me $$$).

Monday, October 17, 2005

one long post!!!

I’m back….yes once again it seems my “blogging” has slowed down. I know, I know that is not good (as blogging has been a way for me to let all these feelings out) and I know many of you worry about me, as I have gotten emails and cards in the mail. I hate getting “down” the way I have let myself get “down”. Talking about emotional too…uhhh I have been so emotional. I have cried about everything. I have felt OUT of control over several issues in my life. I have felt overwhelmed and I have felt like a disappointment. I want to be a better mother, I want to be a better wife, and I want to be better servant of our Lord!

So it appears this will be another one of those “long post” (Tracy…you said you enjoyed these).

Report Cards….
Alex (9-year-old 4th grader) got her report card and I was so proud of her (all A’s and one B). She is such a bright and intelligent little girl and loves to study. Honestly though she doesn’t have to study too much, things seem to come to her easily and she “gets it” the first time around.

Erin (11-year-old 6th grader) got her report card as well, however her report card was not that good at all. Erin is also a bright and intelligent young girl, but her study habits are much different. She struggles so hard to do good school! She has a hard time studying. She just doesn’t “get it” the first time around (and sometimes second time) and honestly needs more help! As a work-from-home mother, one of the things I enjoy about being home when the girls get home from school is having more time with them. I (just like Erin) suffer from ADHD (although mine has never been diagnosed and I am not on any medication, I have no doubt in my mind that I too suffer from ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), which has honestly affected me being able to help her. I pray victory over this that hinders Erin and me from being all the Lord has put in us to be. I am going to focus on and dedicate more time to helping Erin more with her homework, helping her to better comprehend what she is learning. Erin is such a bright and intelligent young girl and I don’t want anything to hinder what I know is inside of her.

Fall Break....
Alex and Erin’s dad (Michael) lives in Indiana. With this week being “Fall Break” the girls wanted to go see their dad. Michael made arrangements with his sister to drive them half-way yesterday. They both love their dad and really looked forward to seeing him. However, Alex is the only one who is going to be going on this trip. Erin has some issues with her step-mother (which I will not go into great detail here as I feel it is best not to), and really got her feelings hurt back during the summer where they spent 5 weeks with them. As much as Erin loves her dad, she just didn’t want to be around her step-mother. I pray the Lord will resolve these issues and that by their next trip Erin will be more comfortable in going up there, and that her step-mother (who is used to only have one child around her) – will better understand how to resolve issues among several children, and how to “speak to” a child without using foul language – ok enough said!!

Alex headed out Sunday morning and was really exited about going to see their dad (step brother, older step-sister, and step-mom). Alex has this sweetness about her that everyone is drawn to and loves…and I have no doubt that she will get lots of attention this next week (which she will love). Alex has been apart from me and Hayden (and obviously Jason) before as she has made trips to visit their dad out of state, but she has never been separated from Erin for this long. I know it is only a week, but Alex seemed a little down and knew she would miss her sister. We hugged and kissed and said our goodbyes and I told her to have fun and enjoy the time with their dad. As her and her aunt Kerri drove away, I prayed a hedge of protection around them during the trip and during her visit with their dad.

Erin had spent the night with her best friend Kim Saturday night. Erin does not have any classes with Kim this year, and their classes and lockers are in two different buildings. She does see Kim in the lunchroom, however they are not able to sit together. Erin truly values Kim’s friendship. She said that Kim is her friend, not because of what Erin has, or what Erin looks like; Erin doesn’t have to try to impress Kim, but that Kim likes her for simply being who she is. That is something that I am very proud of Erin for realizing. As she enters middle school she sees people already trying to impress others by not being true to who they are, conforming to ways they would not necessarily be in order to become friends with a certain crowd, etc. Erin is such a beautiful girl and I am so proud of her for being true to who she is.

Erin also spent last night (Sunday night) away from home....with their friend Kayla (who lives down the street). Since it is “Fall Break” this week and Kayla’s dad was staying home today, I agreed to let her spend the night on a Sunday night. Also…it has kept her away from Hayden (who has been sick!!).

Yes….now on to Hayden….
Hayden was originally sick with his sinuses, but late Saturday afternoon Hayden developed a stomach virus! Ohhhh he was soooo sick. He vomited almost every hour from about 6 pm Saturday until about 1 pm Sunday. However, he was taking in fluids so I didn’t fear him become dehydrated. He seems fine today!!! I used almost a whole can of Lysol spraying down everything so that hopefully no one else will get sick!

Financial and Work
I am praying and agreeing the Lord will bless me with a financial blessing and that my work will increase and I will be able to organize my time more efficiently to use my time to be a great mother to my kids and supply the needs of my children through the income in my job (and pay the bills that I am supposed to pay – which Jason pays the majority of them).

Jason and I talked on the phone yesterday and had a great time. Our conversation seemed to flow so smoothly and there were not any quiet times. We truly enjoyed our conversation and I didn’t feel that distance between us like I had before. I have prayed over this and prayed that we would not grow distant from each other during this deployment but that we would grow closer!! I love my husband so much…and look forward to his visit home at Christmas!!!

Well… This has been ONE long post, and I do have LOTS of work to type, so this is where I will close it for today. God bless you all ((hugs to everyone)).

12:40 pm... oh no sick again!!
Hayden had been feeling better all day.....THEN we had to go run and errand and on the way home he got sick in my car! So after getting that cleaned up, and Lysol sprayed, I am here a my computer again working. However, my head is throbbing!!! I hope this is not the first symptoms of me getting sick. Hayden is taking a nap now. Hoperfully he will rest and get well soon.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

I've been "Tagged"

Many of you may have heard of "tagging" on the blogs you have visited. Well I have been tagged once before, and now I have been tagged by Maegan from Peaceful Selah.

Here were my instructions for this "tag"

1. Go into your archives.
2. Find your 23rd post.
3. Post the fifth sentence (or closest to it).
4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions.
5. Tag five other people to do the same thing.

So I did a little researching. My 23rd post was titled "Good Morning" and the 5th sentence was "I got up and fixed them a hot breakfast instead of cereal or a waffle".

Now I must tag 5 others... ~big grin~

GI Wife
Al's Girl

This was funny to go back and read some of my old posts.....as this morning I got up and again fixed a hot breakfast for TWO of my children (one still wanted those frozen blue berry waffles). I also got up and baked cookies "Triple Chocolate Fudge" cookies.. mmm mmm good! Ok, I know I'm not supposed to be eating them (I made them for the KIDS) but I confess I did have one. hehe.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Ahhhh Tri-Care!!! *&*%@#$

Ok, I gotta calm down!!! Deep breath!! whew!!

To make a long story short... my husband Jason was on STATE active duty back in 2004. He was injured while on active duty and had a traumatic brain injury, underwent surgery, and spent a month in the NICU! His recovery process was slow and his orders had to be extended (Medical Active Duty Extension) so that Tri-Care would continue to pay the medical bills and he would continue to get paid from the military. Tri-Care WAS paying the medical bills that had been sent to them, but the hospital had a mix up and sent some to BC/BS. Those bills have now been redirect to Tri-Care (who should have been billed for them). BUT NOW Tri-Care is DENYING the claims. Something about a lapse in coverage...they show the Active Duty Orders all wrong!! uhhhh It is a mistake in THEIR system!! So I am having to get his Commanding Officer from the time of his injury to take care of this so I don't get thousands and thousands of dollars of bills in my mail box from the hospital.

Of course Jason doesn't know all of this is going on (and it is the LAST thing he needs to be worrying about now) so I am trying to handle it. I have talked with the Commanding Officer this morning (which luckily is someone I know) and he is getting in contact with the State Military Department to get it taken care of.

Ok.. it can only get better.. right?

Good Morning....

Good Morning all. Today I woke up and decided that I didn't need to be down and depressed. It was a choice I made! I reflected on a plaque that my oldest daughter Erin gave me "Lord Help me to remember that nothing is going to happen to me today that you and I together can't handle". God shall and will meet me where I need Him!! But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)

(Here is a old Hymn that I found in reference to the above scripture - "Just when I need Him most")

Just when I need Him, Jesus is near, Just when I falter, just when I fear; Ready to help me, ready to cheer, Just when I need Him most.

Just when I need Him most, Just when I need Him most, Jesus is near to comfort and cheer, Just when I need Him most.

Just when I need Him, Jesus is true, Never forsaking all the way through; Giving for burdens pleasures anew, Just when I need Him most.

Just when I need Him, Jesus is strong, Bearing my burdens all the day long; For all my sorrow giving a song, Just when I need Him most.

Just when I need Him, He is my all. Answering when upon Him I call; Tenderly watching lest I should fall, Just when I need Him most.

In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry [did enter] into his ears. (2 Samuel 22:7)

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Feeling down!

I am going to be honest and let you all know I have been feeling really down this past week. PLEASE lift me up in prayer. I feel like I am under attack by Satan!

I KNOW I should be grateful and count the many blessings I have in my life, but to be honest I just feel like crying (and actually have done quite my share of that this week). I feel like my life has gone out of control and that I have lost so much joy and happiness. WHY?? Why am I feeling this way? I have a husband who loves me, children who are so precious to me, so why am I feeling like my world has turned upside down? I have been sick at my stomach, I have had ulcers in my mouth, I have had this pounding in my chest, and have had bouts of crying....DEVIL LEAVE ME ALONE!!!!!

I got a card in the mail just a minute ago from a sweet girl named Maegan that visits my blog. She said I had been on her mind quite a bit lately. She was thinking of me and lifting me up in prayer. I thought that was so sweet...and honestly was JUST what I needed today!

Ok, I'm gonna get out my TLC Power Points (a list of scriptures I received from my church YEARS ago that I read when I need encouragement and want to be reminded of HIS promises). Here are a few of them....

..My angels bare me up in their hands
..I choose life and blessings
..I have perfect health and I prosper
..Wealth and riches are in my house
..I shall not lack any good thing
..My steps are ordered of the Lord
..No weapon formed against me shall prosper
..I am an overcomer
..My sleep shall be sweet
..Who forgives my sins and heals my disease
..Thank you Lord that all your promises in Jesus are Yes and Amen

Hayden sick

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Hayden started coughing yesterday and then last night he seemed really cranky! He woke up this morning coughing and had yucky mucus coming from his nose and eyes. Bless his heart! He looked like he felt horrible. Of course I kept him home from 3K and called the doctor's office. I spoke with the nurse and since he is not running fever they want me to just watch him (and give him Robitussin DM). He has an appointment scheduled already for Friday so unless he starts running fever, or becomes where he doesn't want to eat, etc I am to just watch him from home untill then. He has been pretty playful today, but I think I will keep him home from school tomorrow too.

Monday, October 10, 2005


It's Monday...again. The kids are anxious to get this week over, as next week is their "fall break", which means no school next week.

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Jason and I have been sending short and brief emails daily. He is sending them from the computer at the MP station. Hopefully soon he will be moved to the other housing and get internet access in his room. Our emails are short and sweet and we always tell each other how much we love and miss each other. HOWEVER our daily phone calls are much different. We have been pretty quiet and neither have had much to say. This has worried me!! Although I must realize that I am calling him right before he goes to bed and he is tired from a long day working. They have been working long hours and not getting much time off at all. I know it is extremly difficult for him to be so far away from all of us that he loves (as it is hard on us to be away from him). I am really looking forward to Christmas when he can come home and visit us for two weeks.

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Well after getting the kids from school, and talking to my Sweetie on the phone, we ate dinner, got homework and reading finished, made cookies, got baths, and then I got some washing and cleaning done. The girls helped me too (I appreciate their help so much).

Ohhh Hayden and I played with this little chalkboard he has. He is so funny.. He is soooo into Halloween. We drew "pumpkins", "monsters", "ghosts", "scared cats", "spiders", and "bats" (see he named EACH of those things for me to draw). He said that pumpkins were his friends "because they have faces". He is such a character!! He is going to be a cowboy (holding a pumpkin) for Halloween. We are going to the Fall Festival at our church Halloween night. They have so much to do for the children and they have truly enjoyed it every year.

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Well, the kids are sound asleep in bed and I am about to hit the sack myself. I have towells in the dryer, but they can be folded tomorrow. :-)

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Sunday... A powerful Sunday!

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We had to be at church early this morning for Erin to practice with the Dance Troupe. The kids did a great job performing in front of the congregation and truly touched my heart!

Today our music pastor (Mike) stood in the gap at the alter for prayer for the praise team, musicians and choir. He is such an anointed man of God and I am humbly grateful to be under his leadership in the music ministry. I know he desires for us to go to another level spiritually and musically. I am so excited about all the Lord is doing through our church and how he is touching and changing lives. I am excited to be a part of this wonderful ministry.

Tonight we had our "Faith Builders" monthly conference and Rhonda H. spoke. She gave a powerful message on how we should live our daily lives as Christians. The words the Lord spoke through her ministered to me. She was so right, we should make time for the Lord DAILY.. we should put Him first (before our work, our cleaning, our activities, and yes even before our spouses and children - for when we put Him first....every thing else will fall into place). We truly do have time for him, like she said...you can pray and talk to God in your car, at your desk, and even in the bathtub. We must also take take to study His Word DAILY! His Word is our daily bread and without it we will go hungry!

Saturday, October 08, 2005

A day at the museum

My mother-in-law took me and the kids to Anniston today.

We went to visit The Anniston Museum of Natural History (http://www.annistonmuseum.org/). The exhibits were amazing, it was fun for me, grandma, and the kids. We loved it! Of course grandma let the kids stop by the "gift shop", which they of course loved! "Thank you grandma" :-)

We also went to the Berman Museum of World History (http://www.bermanmuseum.org/). I found it VERY interesting, and the kids enjoyed looking at everything too. The collection of artifacts, weapons, etc from all over the world in different eras was very intriguing and I could have personally spent more time looking at them, but the kids and grandma were getting hungry.

After the museums we stopped and enjoyed lunch at Red Lobster. It was so nice to get out of the house and enjoy some time away. Of course everytime we go somewhere I wish Jason was there with us. I think he would have really enjoyed everything we did and saw today.

Thursday, October 06, 2005


I have been so proud of Hayden, he is doing so much better in school. His little cousin also started this past week and is in the same class as him. His cousin has been getting in trouble some, but the teacher pulled Hayden to the side and told Hayden that she had been so proud of him and that he had done so good and that she didn't want him to misbehave just because someone else was (his cousin). She said Hayden said "yes maam". He did good all week.

The girls are busy as ever with school/homework, church, etc.

Yesterday Jason told me that they are asking for "volunteers" to stay an additional six months. If they don’t have enough volunteers I assume they will make people stay. Jason said some people have already volunteered. I am praying that Jason doesn’t have to stay any longer than June 2006!!

I am feeling really stressed out and overwhelmed lately, but I know everything will be ok.

Monday, October 03, 2005


A lady that I go to church with had sent me an email about a place called Kids Market and Mom http://www.kidsmarketandmom.com . It is a consignment shop that takes place twice a year (spring and fall) and only last two weeks. I took the girls and bought them some clothes. WOW! Named brand clothing in great shape for great prices!! THAT is my kind of deal. I didn't have Hayden with me (Grandma kept him) as he had recently gotten some new clothes, plus it would have been too hard to shop with him there, but I do believe I am going to go back before it ends this Saturday and get him some things also. The clothes are only for kids. However, as some kids wear "juniors" I am in luck (yeah, clothes for me too). So I want to go back and get me a few things also. They closed at 6 pm and we shopped until it was time to close. One of the ladies that works there had her son helping out. He looked to be about Erin's age (11). He told his mom that he was going to help me carry all the clothes to our car (I thought that was nice, but honestly I think he was doing it because of my pretty red headed daughter!!). After helping us to the car, I gave him a tip for helping us. Anyway, I plan on going back this week and going back in the spring, and next year too. I also plan on being a contributor and consigning the kids clothes (with 4 kids, you can imagine we have TONS of clothes that they outgrow).