Monday, December 31, 2007
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
We had a lovely day yesterday at Sam's parents in Fremont. Jerry made the kids sleds so they had lots of fun trying those out. Sam's mom cooked a delicious prime rib. Yummy!! We even got a surprise visit from the man in red. Camden kept looking out the door for him after he left. Last night we went to church. Camden was a shepherd in the program. We couldn't really see him on stage but we did get to see him coming and going.
Friday, December 21, 2007
- Claremarie is in 2nd grade. She doesn't seem to like school as much this year but she is doing great. The picture in our Christmas card was taken about 5 minutes before she lost one of her two front teeth. She looks adorable. This winter she is looking forward to cheerleading. I am going to be the coach of her team so that should be interesting and fun. She said that the highlights of her year were her Hannah Montana birthday party, going to the Hannah Montana concert (do you see a theme developing???) and going to Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun.
- Camden is 3 and is our little comedian. He is great company for me while dad and sissy are away during the day. We joined a new gym this last year and Camden loves to play there so he is always asking if we can go to the gym. (Quite a little accountability partner!) Camden gets to sing on Christmas Eve at our church and he is very excited about it. He loves singing and music. Camden's highlights of the year were getting a big boy bed and going to Adventureland.
- Sam and I stay busy with work (mostly him), church activities, and the kids schedules. We went to Kansas City to see the Yankees play this summer and of course we suffered through the Husker's football season. My parents celebrated their 40th anniversary in June so we helped with that. We also visited a few more Nebraska towns in our quest to see them all. The kids and I completed our first 5K run in June. I know some of you who are runners are right now saying, "Wow, big deal." It was a big deal for us and we are planning on running in several more this summer.
For the most part we have had a pretty uneventful year. The older we get the more we appreciate that. We are counting among our blessings this year, friends and family, both near and far. We love you all and we wish you Merry Christmas. Our hope is that you will all find time to celebrate our real HOPE who was born so many years ago.
Love, Sherilyn, Sam, Claremarie and Camden
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Friday, December 7, 2007
We braved the mall tonight so the kids could see Santa and I could continue my hunt for a plain black sweater for Camden (after 2 months of looking I finally found one!!). It wasn't as busy as I thought it would be and the line for Santa was short. When I got home I re-looked at this picture and am so mad that I didn't take another one. After I took it I only checked to make sure Camden was looking at the camera because he is usually the one I have problems with and now in this picture Claremarie isn't looking. Oh well. Claremarie's first request was a real swimming pool for the backyard. Sam told her that even if he brings one we aren't going to have enough room for it. So, she changed to a Hannah Montana barbie doll. Much more manageable. Camden wasn't too talkative and he said he wanted a race car. Santa then asked if they had been good and they both said yes. The funny part was that he then said to Camden, "Now I don't want you to be getting into your sister's room and all her stuff anymore." We were laughing so hard because that is really what happens around here on a daily basis. Then he said to Claremarie, "And, if you would clean up your room when your mom asks you to your little brother wouldn't be able to get into your stuff." This guy is a good Santa!!!
Thursday, December 6, 2007
I have just been thinking so much about the families that lost loved ones and just how shocking this must be for them. Holidays are so hard when you have an empty place at the table but losing someone this close to Christmas will probably be almost unbearable for them. I don't know how you get through something like this without faith and hope. This verse kept coming to mind all day as I was thinking about everything. "We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed." II Cor. 4:8-9. We live in a world that has a lot of evil in it and it is easy to get to worrying about everything that can go wrong. I'm so glad that I can turn everything over to the One who gives me peace even when everything around is so tumultuous.
When something happens, such as the shooting in Omaha yesterday, it really brings into focus the small things in life and makes them much sweeter. It shouldn't take a tragedy to do that but for some reason it does sometimes. Today I just cherished a couple moments I had with Camden and Claremarie. Camden and I were walking down the staircase at our church (it is a pretty tall staircase) and he said to me, "Mommy, be really careful when you are walking down the stairs in your high heel boots. I don't want you to fall." Some of you probably won't find that all too interesting but to hear my three year old son, with his sensitive heart, say those words to me just really touched me. Also this morning, before Claremarie left for school, she gave me the longest, tightest hug. I just really tried to soak it all in, her little arms around my neck and her soft cheek pressed against mine, and be thankful that she still wants to hug her mommy.
Thanks for letting me ramble on and on. So many thoughts running through my head, it is good to get some of them down...............
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Camden: Mom, can you teach me how to run like a pilgrim?
(If any of you have any ideas on this one please let me know!!)
Encouraging story of the Day:
Claremarie told me that today one of her friends got hurt on the playground. She said that after they took her into the office to get ice she and three of her friends stood in a circle and said a prayer for her. I was glad to hear this because this morning Claremarie was disappointed that I wasn't going to Moms In Touch (a group of moms who gets together and prayers for the requests of the school). I think she thought that meant I wouldn't be praying for her today. I told her that even if I don't go I am constantly praying for her. We discussed the verse "Pray without ceasing" and what that means. I also told her that we can all pray anytime, anywhere. It is good to know that sometimes things do sink in!!!
Monday, November 19, 2007
for a wonderful husband who is a complement to me in every way and my best friend,
for a sweet daughter who is kind and gentle and a friend to all,
for an awesome son who is sensitive and makes me laugh every day,
that all of the above are healthy and thriving,
for having grown up in a Christian home,
for my mom, dad, and sister,
for having in-laws who I like and get along with,
for a large extended family,
for lots of great girlfriends who have been such a blessing in the last year,
for the internet so I can stay in touch with my long-distance friends,
for a roof over my head, food on my table, & transportation to get me where I need/want to go,
that I still have my Grandma here to visit and that my kids have gotten the chance to know their Great Grandma,
for being able to send Claremarie to a Christian school,
that this football season is almost over,
for not having had another kidney stone this year,
for not having had any major back problems this year,
that I live in a country where I can openly worship in the way I choose,
that men and women far braver than I think I could ever be are defending our freedom,
for my ancestors who set off on what must have been a scary journey to come to this new land,
that God sent His Son to be the bridge between me and Him,
and that I can talk to my Heavenly Father anytime I want to.
My wish for you this Thanksgiving is that you will have time to reflect on your many blessings!
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
It has been a rough couple of weeks with the kiddos (due to illness and sleeping issues) but moments like that help keep me going.
Monday, November 5, 2007
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Here are the costumes the kids picked for this year. Not sure where the pirate idea came from but it turned out pretty cute. We only hit a few houses because Sam and Claremarie had to get to Awana. Camden didn't get to go because he has been sick. He stayed home and helped me hand out candy. I did post a few more pictures of Park Halloween fun.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Everyone keeps asking how we got tickets and how much we paid. Even though I feel that the latter is kind of a personal question I also don't want everyone thinking we spent hundreds of dollars for the tickets. So, we got the tickets in the presale by having a free, temporary membership in the Miley Cyrus fan club and they were $40.00 a piece.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
Things I have learned about P..........
10. The average output for an adult every day should be 1.5 liters.
9. According to my urologist, everyone should drink an 8 ounce glass of water before they go to bed and as soon as they wake up and everyone should have to get up at least once a night to use the restroom (for good kidney health).
8. According to Survivorman, if you are ever stranded in the Kalahari dessert, you can build yourself a urine still and drink the condensation that forms.
7. Dog P is very yellow!!
6. Fire hydrant is to dog what toilet is to 3 year old boy. They both pee all over it.
5. Dog P has a very strange texture.
4. For urine on carpet, spray area thoroughly and allow to set for 5 minutes. Blot area with a clean cloth. Repeat as necessary.
3. If your son p's on the carpet or the bathroom floor chances are your new dog will do the same in the very same spot.2. According to Bear Grylls, if you are in the Australian Outback and you are very dehydrated you may drink your own urine. However you must do it within the hour or then it becomes unsanitary and gross.
And now....Drumroll please.......
1. If you get a new dog and he is p'ing on the carpet, the alpha male of the house may want to P on the dog to show his dominance. Did Sam do this???? See the evidence.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Anthony was a very competitive person so in honor of him we decided to pass as many people as we could (even though it wasn't a race). It was a very nice day and we walked for a good cause, in memory of a great person, but tonight we find ourselves really missing him and wishing he were still here.
We got to the stadium right when the gates opened. You could just tell everyone was excited. It was fun to "star" watch on the sidelines. We saw Will Ferrel, Larry the cable guy, Keanu Reeves, Rush Limbaugh, and the guy who is from NE who was on Survivor. When the tunnel walk and game started it was SO loud and so much fun. After we scored to tie it at 7 everyone was jumping around and giving each other high fives. That was one fun game for about 22 minutes. I guess you know how it all turned out. Anyone want our tickets to Ball State??
Saturday, September 8, 2007
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
What I like about the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is that they are doing reseach to get a better understanding of the psychosocial, clinical, epidemiological, neurobiological and genetic aspects of suicide. They are trying to determine why suicide occurs and how best to prevent it. They are also publicizing the magnitude of the problems of depression and suicide, advocating for polices and legislation that can help prevent suicide and working to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness and suicide. In addition, they work with survivors of suicide.
I feel it is a worthy cause and certainly one that means a lot to me. Please feel free to view my webpage or the Out of the Darkness website for more information.
Anthony was one of a kind. We had many great times together. We were so sad to lose him but we know that he fought as hard as he could against his illness. We also know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that we will see him again someday!
Sunday, September 2, 2007
The big day finally arrived. We got up early and headed to Lincoln. The game was great. Who knows what it means for the year but it was definitely fun to see some scoring again. Sam only got the defense cheer started once so he has room to improve on that during the season. The kiddos and Geordi stayed at Aunt Rhonda's (thanks rhonda).
Today, Sunday, we went to watch the Nebraska volleyball team (#1) play Penn State (#3). The Huskers made short work of them in three sets.
It was a great weekend to be a Husker! Go Big Red!!!
Saturday, August 18, 2007
My hope is that Claremarie will remember these fun times when she is older instead of some of my less than stellar mom moments. This hasn't been the greatest week with the kiddos as Sam had to work almost every night, Camden is potty training and Claremarie had a minor health problem. Those things combined with the excessive heat made for some cranky times on everyone's part. That is not to say we didn't have any fun this week. Camden passed his first swimming class so he will be able to move on to Level 1. We made it to the pool once and the splash park once to keep cool and we got to go to the Amazing Pizza Machine one night with some friends. I guess the key is to focus on the good and forget the bad which is what I hope my kids will be able to do also!!
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Thursday, August 2, 2007
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
We pray that no one we know from our years in Minnesota was on the bridge when it collapsed.