Friday, June 29, 2007
PS: After I accepted the job and got off the phone with my new principal, I jumped up and down yelling "Mommy got the job!!" my adorable son, Caleb, yelled "Yea I get to go to school", Ian frowned saying "I want to go too". Upon hearing he gets to go too we had a yelling party while Riley looked at us like we were all nuts. Ahhhh, what is in store for this little girl! :)
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
Marie has been a blessing in my life for nearly 10 years now. From the time we first started dating I could see the wonderful attributes our God had blessed her with. Since that time He has continued to nurture and mature those characteristics to make my wife an even greater undeserved blessing in my life.
If you've read this blog much you know that Marie has 4 main priorities in her life.
Her hearts first desire and passion is to be the child of God she is called to be. She earnestly seeks His will everyday through prayer, study, worship and service. It's such an encouragement to know that decisions in our house are always made with consultation from the Most High. She believes so strongly in prayer that she often exposes her weaknesses on this blog in a hope that readers will add their prayers for her struggles.
What a blessing it is to fall into second place in her life. Marie is a devoted wife who has always supported me in whatever crazy endeavor I've taken on. Her self-sacrifice and servant heart are one of the greatest blessings in my life. Not because of the acts themselves, but because someone could love me so much that they are willing to give up some of their desires for me. She is a tremendous home maker. I can count on one had the number of times I have NOT come home to a home cooked meal. This isn't an expected duty but a way Marie blesses her family. Having a home cooked meal and gathering around the table allows us to talk about our days through the, often boisterous, chatter of our children. Our house truly is a home because of the effort she puts in everything she does. Her prayers help too.
Falling next in line are our three wonderful children. Every night I pray thanking God for blessing me with a beautiful wife and three healthy kids. Marie is an amazingly strong and patient woman. Our two boys are extremely energetic and their sister is not far behind. Yet, she has the ability to not only care for our kids basic needs but to engage them in education activities, worship and just hanging out with mom. It has to be very tempting to turn on Cartoon Network and read a book.
Although I love to come home to the cries of, “Daddy!”, I know how much more physical and spiritual effort Marie has made in the lives of our children. While I spend the evenings with my kids I know that their mother has put in many more long hours in care-taking, nurturing and even prayer for our three blessings.
Marie's last priority follows the previous three in that it involves a servant heart. That is her desire to help other people. She genuinely cares for each and every person she meets. If you keep up with our blog this is quite evident. Not many people post requesting prayers for other families. Look for posts on the Quads, Ethan, etc. I'm constantly reminded of these people and their need for prayer, as is every prayer/study group we attend. Marie always finds the good in people. I can become frustrated with someone and she can point out their situation or their good qualities. This is a great reminder that if not for our Lord Jesus Christ, none of us would be worth much.
God constantly showers blessings on us, even though we are undeserving. One of the greatest blessing I have ever received is the gift of my wife. I thank Him everyday for her. I hope, through this blog, she can be a blessing in your life as well.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
Thursday, June 21, 2007
While we were in NY, Riley started showing signs of wanting to start potty training. I kept noticing that she would pat her diaper or tell me she was wet or dirty when she had gone. So when we got home I pulled out the little potty so she could see it and get use to it. Well she LOVES it! Every day she wants to sit on it and will sit for over 10 min. She even cries when I take her off. The other day she actually went #2 in the potty and I think it scared her at first, but then she got really excited. It is weird for me to be doing this at 18 months. The boys never really started until 2 1/2 or later. But we are trying it. The bad thing is they don't make pull-ups in her size, so we will have to stick to diapers for a while. Do girls really start this early or is this just the warm up to the big thing?
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Many of you head the wonderful news about Ethan on "Miracle Monday". His bone marrow asperate came back with zero cells- no good ones, no bad ones! Everyone praying for this lil' man have been rejoicing all week!
Here is the not so good news. After reading his site, they now have a few more hurdles to jump through. 1 Ethan has developed a diaper rash- this can be very bad because he has no immune system. The worst kind of infection to get would be fungal- which is possible with the open sores on his bottom- in a diaper. 2 They were told today that he as liver damage. If it progresses any more it will become fatal. Ben (Ethan's dad) didn't say whether it was caused by the chemo he just finished, but I think it might have been one of the side effects. 3 At the meeting with the Dr today, they were told all of the ways that Ethan could die with in the coming weeks and months. I cannot imagine how hard that was to have it all listed out after such a victory.
Ben and Becky are calling all prayers warriors to enlist again on behalf of their son. Take a moment to pray for Ethan, his mommy and daddy and for the medical personal treating him. Pray for healing in his body and strength to endure the coming procedures. PRAYER WORKS!!!
Monday, June 18, 2007
Here is my first attempt at a slide show. So if it doesn't work, please don't harass me! :) Our trip to NY was a lot of fun. It was wild and insanely crazy at times, but I am glad we got to go. Not knowing how my grandparents health will go or when the next time we might get up there made me suck up the 12 hour drive and take it all in. The kids did real well on the trip. Their nap schedules got a tad messed up (to be expected) so towards the end they were fussy. They had a great time at Grand-Papas house and then at the assisted living apartment. We even got to sneak in a visit with my Aunt Sharron. We met at a park and the kids loved it. Although it made me nervous, they loved sitting on the concrete wall my the lake. Not that the water was deep where they were, but I still would have hated for them to fall in. I use to go swimming in that lake when I visited my Grandma Mary for the summer. It was so nice to see all the places I remember as a child. The weather was awesome- cold enough at night to need a blanket. The kids really loved having my Aunt Judy and cousin Tuna (Tina) around. It was nice to see them and will be even better when we see them this summer on our Fl trip.
*OK for some reason some of the pictures didn't rotate correctly, so you may have to turn your head to look at a few! Sorry! :)
Friday, June 08, 2007
I called on a job today. I am a little nervous since it is an Elementary position rather than Middle or High school. But if I can get it I will take it. It is also in a different area of Special Education than I am use to. I think I will like it, if offered the job- just makes me nervous to go into a new area. I am supposed to talk to the principal on Monday. Please keep this in your prayers. Part of me would like to wait to see if something in the upper grades comes along, and yet I am just so glad that there were some SPED posted and think I should grab what I can. Hopefully I will be granted with clarity over the weekend.
VBS is now over. The kids and I are happy to be back in our routine. The boys are still singing the songs that we learned. I don't think I will ever forget "Great Adventure". It was a lot of fun. The evenings went by quickly and I got to meet a lot of the families at Community. As tired as I am from it all, I would do it again in a heart beat. Getting to watch my kids sing songs and have fun was priceless!
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Our wedding page
Caleb's birth page
Ian's birth page
Riley's birth page
I have pages planned for our AR time after we got married through now. I have a feeling I will be scrapping forever and may not ever catch up. I think I should have started this earlier. I have found the neatest tool though. I love having mats on my photos, but they can be troublesome getting the picture straight and then getting the mat even. There are these rulers called perfect layers. Stampin' up has them and you can get them on QVC too. I don't have a set yet, but plan on getting them.
Monday, June 04, 2007
Here are some pictures from Ian's birthday party. We had a lot of fun. Family came down from KY and here in TN. We also were able to have our friends, the Tomlinson's, over as well. The boys had a blast playing together. The "big boys" played basketball, while the ladies watched the kids play in the neat pool that the boys got. Thanks to everyone who came! The kids had a blast and it was a very memorable birthday for Ian!
In other news Ian is doing real good at potty training. He has not had any accidents in a while. We are still working on aim occasionally. He still wears pull-ups for nap and at night. The only issue we have is he is not to thrilled to poop in the potty. Hopefully I can find a neat incentive to get him to do it. Caleb is now night potty trained. We are really excited! So is he, although I think he kind of misses the cars pull-ups! :) I think that is pretty good for a boy. The experts usually say that boys will night time train between the ages of 4 and 7. So for him to be doing it at 4 1/2 is really good. Not to say we won't have relapses, but we are on the road to diaper and pull-up freedom!