Thursday, February 25, 2010

Same Stuff, Just a Different Day...

There has been so much and yet nothing going on at our house. We are still in the process of buying our first house and it's been a slow go, as the economy has dictated it so, and we're trying to be patient. At the same time my 24/7 interaction with my children continues :)

I don't know what it is about pictures of my children sleeping that give me such great joy, but they do and here is the Nugget sleeping in the car just today. She is cutting her 2 year molars and it has been really hard for her. She's not sleeping and so she cat naps when she finds a moment.

We are still homeschooling. If my calculations are correct, Sugar Mama would now make the cut off for kindergarten at her previous school and it only took us 3 weeks... She's not perfect by any means but she's doing a lot better and I'm really proud of her. The Nugget is benefiting from our homeschooling also by learning her body parts, colors, and trying to pick up on letters :)

Here Sugar Mama was practicing writing the Number 8 and the Letter Z...

One other aspect of comprehension is drawing a person with the necessary body parts. Sugar Mama has graduated to giving her people bodies :) They still have no necks, but she's getting there.

I read just today that a friend of mine has a kid who is already reading. This is a big thing God is teaching me about right now. He made us all individually and he blesses each person with gifts. Sugar Mama is very smart, but she's not reading at her age, and I shouldn't compare her to other children. She is wonderfully and beautifully made, because God did that.. I am content, proud, grateful, and blessed to have her as he intended her to be. No comparison.. because reading or not he may call her to one day change the world...or he may call her to read a lot, it's all for his will.

I have 2 tests next week.. one midterm and one regular ol' Anatomy test.. (sigh) it's going to be a stressful weekend.

Today I am Thankful for:

All 5 senses: I have the ability to sense the world in 5D.. there are a lot of people in the world who are content, even happy with their limited capabilities.. I need to be more thankful for the blessings that I over look all the time.

Having a partner in this crazy life. There are so many women in this world who do it alone.. I am thankful that I have a person who supports me, and helps when he sees that I can't do it all, and for my hubs too :) Ha the first was God..

Contentment: There will always be those who have more than me.. even more who have less. I strive to be content with where he has placed me.

Love to you all!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Patience is Hard

This is what Sugar Mama says whenever we tell her to be patient about something... Patience is hard... I guess that's why it's a virtue :)

We found that out this week... we were turned onto a house, that resides in our destined school district, by some friends of ours. It has been vacant for about a year. I called 2 days in a row to schedule a showing, and 20 minutes before our appointment.. 3 days after seeing it for the first time, we got the phone call that it was under contract... seriously?!?

I don't know why this picture is so funny, but it is :)

I've said it before and I'll say it again.. Homeschooling is hard.. here is the Nugget. I had already cleaned all of the paint off the floor, her, her hands and feet, etc. She pulled the top, from the paint, off the table and painted her face with the tiny bit left in the top.

Sugar Mama and I recently had a talk about her hair. It has never occurred to me to do anything with it but keep it long. I didn't want her to have bangs, and never thought about styling it, until recently. Her hair is baby fine and after washing it, the rats nests that I would have to comb through would cause us both pain.. I talked with her about a hair cut. She loves them...

This time I wanted her to cut it first she was reluctant, but after I assured her that our hair dresser would not cut all of her hair off, and that shoulder length hair didn't mean actually cutting her shoulders :) ha, she is so literal, she agreed. And I told her about how excited the little girl would be, that would receive her hair as a hair piece from Locks of Love...

This is the process...

This is 9 and 3/4... 1/4 inch short of the minimum 10 inches required, and after it was all said and done we actually cut off 11 inches... Locks of Love will still take it to off set the cost of making the hair pieces...

This is the actual ponytail :) Oh the tears... a lot has changed in Sugar Mama's life in the past couple of weeks, even though this was my idea it was hard to realize what a big girl she is becoming..and so I cried.. a lot :)

And here she is with her fancy new cut.. which she loves!!!

It's a ton easier to deal with and she can't stop talking about her "new hair".

We've had a busy weekend, with 2 birthday parties and 4 hours of looking at empty houses and we're pooped.. the hoedown on Friday with the Plemons' was too much fun, and like everything else with them it was like nothing has ever changed.. you can't know how comforting that is.. and baby Plemons' is 16.. she was 10, that's right 10 when we met her... where has the time gone..I've said that far too often lately..

Today I am thankful for:

Patience: I was insanely disappointed when we found out "our" house was under contract. I'm having a hard time waiting on God to work out our house hunting situation, but I'm praying hard that God will help me to remember to be content in whatever situation I'm in. There are a lot of people with out homes, and I have one so I'm thankful God gave me this one, and I'm praying and waiting patiently until he shows me my next one :)

Love to you all!!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Pure White Snow...

Yesterday was a very exciting day for us. Sugar Mama was very excited to take her cookies to the firemen, and she did a great job of frosting them, and putting on sprinkles. The hubs and I let her do it ALL since it was her idea. They were so incredibly cute.

I was nervous to take them because I did not call first. I know that lives are busy and as sweet as I know my little girl is, sometimes people don't stop and appreciate that. More importantly, one thing I have learned over the past couple of weeks is how fiercely protective I am over my children, so I was definitely nervous. But I said a prayer on the way over there, and once again God answered my prayer.

This particular firehouse was next to the fields that she cheered at last season. Every time we would pass by she would scream "Mommy, Mommy look, that is where the firemans lives." So it was an obvious choice of where to take the treats. We got out of our car, and I handed her the open plate of cookies and we rang the door bell. A nice young guy came around the corner, saw her and her cookies, and the biggest smile came across his face. He opened the door, and was so excited to see what she brought. He took the cookies from her, and lead her into their "house" and as we followed she started to get nervous. (This is a classic Sugar Mama trait.. she gets shy and acts a little silly :)

This man leads us around the corner to their kitchen as as he walks around he says "Hey guys check this out, wait until you see this"... so around walks my Sugar Mama, and they were very touched.
On a side note.. when my sweet girl does anything sweet and people recognize her heart, and are sweet back, it makes me cry EVERYTIME.. I couldn't speak for her because my voice was drowned out by my emotions....
The captain then suggested that his guys take our girls out to look at the firetruck. :) It was very big, and intimidating. They even offered to let Sugar Mama and the Nugget sit inside.. Sugar Mama gave an immediate NO, but the Nugget agreed. Once she was sat down though, it was all over.. she cried!!! They gave our girls coloring books, and stickers, and it was a good time for both of them. I was very grateful for their generosity and acceptance of her visit, and to see that her appreciation for them was equally heart warming for them... :) We left before the "weather" that our weather man were reporting rolled in.

As jaded as it sounds, when they call for snow in the South I never believe them.. well I should have. We went to the grocery store yesterday, not to buy supplies, but to get our regular weeks worth of groceries and nothing was happening, but the store was a mad house. However, when we walked out it had started to snow... but not stick. Sugar Mama and the Nugget were over the moon, the Nugget tried to eat it :)

Later in the afternoon.. this is what our front yard looked like..

The hubs and Sugar Mama were having a snow ball fight in the front yard, when she tired out and decided to have a snack... :P Yuck!!

She stopped long enough to take a picture :)

The Nugget enjoyed it when it was falling like rain, but all piled up she just wasn't sure, even with the fun snow ball fight happening around her :)

This was the most amount of snow I have ever seen in my life time.. and it was probably about 3 to 4 inches.. I can't imagine living in places where they get feet...

The Hubs and I played in after we got home from our Valentines Day date.. I've never played in the snow with him before, it was sincerely fun and sweet. There is nothing like pegging your husband with a snow ball :)

We have a busy day today, visiting some TSS friends, which we are very excited about :) And a haircut for Sugar Mama... I think I'm gonna go short (ahhhh) it needs some length cut off because her hair is so fine that it tangles easily and just as easily comes out of her head when you comb it.. I'll post pictures if I actually go through with it :)

Today I am thankful for:

The Hubs: his love in my life has made it so much richer.. I ask myself often what I would do without him, or how I got to be so lucky as to have him in the first place.

Compassion: When other people see that your heart sincerely appreciates them Gods love is evident in this world.. My sweet girl and some humbled fire men showed me that largely this week :)

Friends: this homeschooling has put me in a hard place. I struggle daily and God has sent me some wonderful ladies to help me through it. I knew them for short time, about 2 years ago, but they have been so helpful and forthcoming with their knowledge of homeschooling that I find peace in knowing that God is with me always.. "coincidence is when God chooses to keep himself hidden"..

On a different note I would like to make a video of Cardboard Testimonies.. you have seen mine and may or may not have heard of them. I ask sincerely that you share yours so that I can make a video for this blog. God is powerful and sometimes the struggle a person faces is only to know that he/she is not alone in their fight.. show Gods love by shining the light he has left in your life...

Love to you all :)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

All the Things I Love...

Homeschooling brought us what else...Valentines Day Crafts... In Awanas this week an additional art project was for children to make a heart mobile, and we took that to the next step. I let Sugar Mama trace, cut out, and write on all of the hearts she was putting on her heart wreath. Well the Nugget had to have something to do also.. I cut out the hearts, and she glued them on her plate...

It's full of love...

Sugar Mama wrote about all of the things she loves:
1. Mommy
2. Daddy
3. Jacob and Lala
4. Aunt Kim and Uncle Jim
5. Mimi D and Pawpaw D.
6. Conner
7. Mimi
8. Pawpaw, Memaw, Aaron, and Kurtis
9. Gigi and Pops..

Sugar Mama is incredibly compassionate to be her age. She is constantly thinking of others, and this is very helpful when it comes to the Nugget. She always gives her some of what she has because she "doesn't want her to be sad"...

That being said, she informed me earlier in the week that she wanted to make cookies for the Policeman and Fireman... :)

The hubs finally convinced her to take them to the firemen because it's what he has always wanted to be :)
Here is Sugar Mama and the Nugget making cookies with the hubs while I was at school.

Sugar Mama's Awanas book reminded me of the greatest love of all. The love that brought Jesus to the flesh, and hung him on the cross when any lesser man would have given up. I am undeserving of his love, and I hope this Valentines Day that you are filled with loved ones and the One who loves you most.

Today I am Thankful for:

Love: I have the best family and friends in the world. Each one enriches my life in a different, but crucial way. I am as undeserving of the love they have brought in my life as my sins that Jesus paid for. He is truly an amazing God and he loves each of us for who we truly are, after all he created us.

Love to you all and Happy Valentines Day :)

Sunday, February 7, 2010

In Life It Always Matters The Choices You Make When Things Don't Work Out Your Way...

You may have read a blog post just a couple of weeks ago about the decision that the Hubs and I had to make regarding Sugar Mama and her going to school in the fall. We discussed several options, and made the decisions we would choose depending on where we were at the time.

It appears that our plans were just a thought in the overall plan God has in store for us. One of the options the Hubs and I discussed was Homeschooling. He dismissed it immediately because he thought I would end up disliking it greatly, and because with my school and recent gym membership he didn't think I could devote the amount of time necessary. I agreed with him... until 4 days ago.

Sugar Mama has only ever gone to one preschool.. it was a very difficult decision for me, and I sent her because I thought it would be great for everyone.. the Nugget had just arrived and she needed something that was her OWN... I've met some WoNdErFuL people at this school. Sugar Mama's first teacher is one of my very dear friends, and I loved the interactions that I had with the parents and staff... our decision was also based on the need for her to be prepared for kindergarten.

We decided that if we had not moved by the start of school that we would send Sugar Mama to the same school she attended for Preschool. One reservation that we had was the "testing" process private schools require to gain entrance. I specifically remember saying "I don't want to put my daughter in position where some one may tell her she is not smart enough to get in somewhere..." On Wednesday I received a call from the Elementary director telling me that Sugar Mama did not test well enough to get into their kindergarten.. I was devastated. And more than a little confused...and most importantly bitter.. very, very bitter.

I was unsure of what to do next.. they informed me that b/c she couldn't recognize her letters she wasn't ready for kindergarten at all.. at her current school or otherwise... now I was even more confused, and bitter. To me she's brilliant, and I know every parent feels that way, but she can spell her name...write her name...tell me about bees collecting nectar from flowers to make honey.. how caterpillars wrap themselves in their cocoons and chrysalis.. but b/c she can't recognize her letters she's not ready?!?

You may be asking yourself why I was bitter... see this was the first time I was hearing about this...apparently EVERYONE was surprised and upset about what we had to do...and we are over half way through the school year and I have a lot of work to do to get her ready.. I was scared of what decision to make b/c I did not want to hurt Sugar Mama's feelings, but the Hubs and I (who are almost always on the same page) agreed that pulling her would be the best solution.. I even talked to her about it, (not without crying) and she was fine with it.

So tomorrow starts my first day of homeschooling, Have I mentioned that I have a toddler who is All Work, All the Time?!? I have been completely stressed about this decision and I'm afraid of failing her...but I believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that God brought me to that school.. it was too wonderful for him not too, and I also know that he's leading me away from there..he will see me through this process..and through him I will be successful for his will. That is the hardest part, relinquishing my control...

Today I am Thankful for:

Guidance: I am completely stressed about this decision, but I believe I can do all things through him which strengthens me.. I have to rely on his guidance b/c on my own, I am sure to mess this up. I desire your simultaneous prayers.. I'm going to need all of those, and the help I can get...

Monday, February 1, 2010

He Knows Where You Are...

And Where You've Been
And You Never Have To Go There Again...

It was Six O'clock in the evening. He was tired from the long journey and he stopped at the place Jacob had given to his son Joseph.

"Will You Give Me a Drink?"
"How can I give you a drink.. you are a Jew, I a Samaritan we do not associate with each other.

"If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water"
"But you have nothing to draw water with.. how will you draw this living water from this well?"

"Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."
"Sir can you give me this water so that I won't get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water."

"Go, call your husband and come back."
"I have no husband"

"You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have said is quite true."
"Sir, I can see that you are a prophet.

He sat and had a conversation with what would be a prostitute. He knew that she didn't have a husband and he knew...

He knows where you are, and where you've been, and you Never have to go there again...(Natalie Grant)

He came not to condemn the world, but to save it. It has never mattered what you have done, or what you are doing now. If you sit and have a conversation with him, he will direct you to the living water, where you will never thirst again, and the things in the past will remain there.

Today I am Thankful for:

Never having to go there again..he heard me, forgave me, and loves me constantly.

I really desire your prayers. Grandma has received some upsetting news. I stand firm on the fact that my God hears prayers, heals the sick, and never needs a doctor to do it. No matter what happens from here, I believe he has her in his hands, and I intend to let him take it from here.