Thursday, August 25, 2011


The kids talked me into painting their bathroom hootenanny green.  It is VERY bright. 

When I can see again I will post a picture.


Friday, August 19, 2011


Very random this week.......

1.  What college football team are you following this year?
2.  What is the biggest hail you have ever seen (in person)?
3.  What is on your to-do list this weekend?
4.  What is left on your summer to-do list?
5.  What is your favorite pizza topping?

Have a good weekend!!

Thursday, August 18, 2011



Wednesday, August 17, 2011


When CM was little she cried ALL the time (colic) and Sam and I thought it was so hard and we couldn't wait until she grew out of it.  We just knew that life would be easier then.....

When CM was 1 until she was about 4 she wouldn't sleep in her bed.  She would crawl in bed with us or sleep on the couch and Sam and I thought it was so hard and we were convinced that we would never get a good night's sleep again.  We just knew that life would be easier when she finally started sleeping in her own bed.........

Those things were nothing compared to today......

She tried out for the 6th grade volleyball team and didn't make it.  She loves playing volleyball and couldn't wait until she could be on the team at school.  She is crushed and Sam and I aren't much better.  Not so much because she didn't make it but because she is upset and hurting.  This was something she really wanted and we had hoped she would have some success here.  She was so brave and waited until she got to the car before she really lost it.  Now the tears have come off and on throughout the evening along with the questions......

Why are some kids good at everything?
Was I that bad during tryouts?
Why do you think I didn't make the team?
Why did "she" make the team?
Why didn't God want me on the team?

Teaching kids to handle disappointment that is difficult when all I want to do is lash out at the coaches or snipe about how she is just as good as this child or that one.   But that won't help her learn and that isn't what God expects from me.....

Tonight we did our "back to school" dinner (for more details go HERE).  Our verse for the year was very fitting for tonight. 

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. 
Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. 
Plans to give you a hope and a future. -Jeremiah 29:11

We have spent time praying with CM and meditating on the verse and it seems to be helping......a bit. 

The other thing that is helping is remembering that this is merely a blip on the radar and in the grand scheme of things, not that important.  We have friends who recently lost their 6 year old son to a cause yet to be determined and we know of many others who have children who are sick. 

But I'd be lying if I said tonight is not a struggle......seeing your child disappointed is TOUGH!!  It makes colic and lack of sleep seem like a piece of cake!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

I KNOW....

I know that millions of people can do it....


I love watching my girl dive!

It's something I have never been able to do


she's really good at it!


Friday, August 12, 2011


Just trying to keep our heads above water around here until school starts.  Since we are not busy enough we decided to sneak in a quick camping trip this weekend.  ( read that + camping.  I think I can hear the sounds of jaws hitting tables all over the Midwest!)

1.  Tent, RV or cabin?

2.  Hamburgers or hot dog?

3.  Shower while camping or go without?

4.  Hiking or biking?

5.  Fishing or swimming?

Have a great weekend!

Friday, August 5, 2011


It has been a quiet week around here as the kids have been out at my parent's all week going to Pandamania VBS with Grandma.  So in honor of that, the following questions!

1.  Do you think it is unrealistic to expect Grandparents to follow some basic guidelines or do you think what happens at Grandma's stays at Grandma's.

2.  After kids have been at their Grandparent's, what do you think is the average time it takes to retrain and detox them?

3.  What is the most fun thing you remember doing with your Grandparents?

4.  What is the most fun thing your parents have done with your kids?

5.  What finally makes a Grandparent say no??

Happy Weekend!