Friday, February 9, 2018

Birthday Fun!

Last weekend was also my birthday.
The older I get, the longer the celebrating goes on.
I kinda like having a birthday month,
rather than just one measly birthday party.

This year, my birthday landed on a Sunday,
so the sweet lady scheduled to bring snacks to our Sunday School class
spent all week preparing for things she would bring in 
to make the morning special for me!!!
I appreciated all her effort so much!!!

My husband is a birthday freak!!
He is waaaaay more about them than I ever was,
so he likes to either take his whole day off work and give me
a "day off" or take me out for dinner!
This evening, we went for my favorite Italian where our favorite
server works (our oldest daughter!)  
She usually bakes me a cake, but this year
she brought me a special dessert and brought all her friends
over to meet her dad and I.
They all sang "Happy Birthday" although I failed to get
any pictures of that!

I'm so thankful for another year to serve the Lord, to enjoy my family
and point them to Him, and to encourage those in my path to see Him too!!!


Thursday, February 8, 2018

Final volleyball tournament

Since the beginning of this new year, 
Ashlyn, Abby, and Aryn have been preparing for
one last volleyball tournament of this school year!

It is always their favorite tournament and they have looked
forward to it with great anticipation.
This would have been Ashlyn's last volleyball event of
her high school career, but as fate would have it
the very night before they would get up early to leave
she contracted some sort of stomach virus and was vomiting.

This is never good even without a chronic health condition,
but as a Type 1 Diabetic this meant higher blood sugars and ketones
that had to be treated.
So Ashlyn ended up staying home.  Bummer!!

But even though this team was down one of their strongest players,
they played with heart and endurance all day and ended
up taking second place in the entire tournament!!
Our girls lost their first game, won the next two,
and played for first place in the final at 10:30 pm!!
Our "varsity" team consists of two 4th graders and a newer player,
two 13-year olds, and two high-schoolers.
It was definitely a "David vs. Goliath" scenario.
But our girls played tirelessly and pulled through to the finals,
and took home second place out of 4 varsity teams!!

We are so proud of our girls and their sportsmanship, enthusiasm,
and hard work!!!
Great job, Lady Minutemen!!!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Valentine Tea Party

Have I mentioned before how much I love Valentine's Day?? 
I love the whimsy of all the decor and the pink and the flowers!
I love the teaching opportunities!
I love that we can use this "holiday" to focus on our Heavenly Father's greatest attribute:
His unconditional, everlasting, selfless love!

"The one who does not love does not know God,
because God is love."
I John 4:8

Imagine if everyone who claims they know and love God,
would actually try to emulate Him
 and be as loving as He is to everyone they meet?

This last weekend was a busy one for our family!
My youngest girls were invited to the most adorable Valentine Tea
where we would be celebrating the "Love of God"
and dressing like princesses of the Most High King!!
What a treat!!

In Titus 2, we learn that the "aged women" are to teach the young women
to love their husbands and children, to be keepers at home, and to be good
among other things.
The lovely lady who hosted this delightful party is exactly as described above.
She loves to celebrate all the milestones of life and is always inviting
people into her home.  She is the epitome of hospitality and loves
to love on children.
She sees the value of investing in the lives of young ones
and mentoring Mom's and encouraging people of all ages
to love the Lord and to love each other!
One day, when my nest is nearly empty like hers, I hope to
do things like this!!  What a wonderful way to share the love of Jesus!!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Another driver is coming!

So this has been happening here at house.
Our second born earned her permit to progress to the driving stage of her training
last summer.
Training your own children to drive is not for the faint of heart.
Let me just put that out there!
It takes enormous determination and motivation to get out there
and try to transfer the information you've had embedded in your brain
for 30 years to the inexperienced mind of your teenager!!
Some days there are triumphs and some days there are tears!!

But we are enjoying the funny moments and the trips to Sonic for a drink
while we are out!!

Because she is a Type 1 Diabetic, we've also had some sobering
conversations about good blood sugar management
as well as being consistent and faithful about wearing diabetic alert jewelry!
We have to face the facts that with this disease comes the added risk
of DKA while operating a motor vehicle!

Let the good times roll!!!!

Friday, January 26, 2018

First Birthday of the New Year: Happy 10th Birthday

The turn of this year brought us some incredible surprises
and the beginnings of  some big things!
We are already filling up our calendar for the entire month of December
and have been working towards getting things set-up for that!
There is another high school graduation on our horizon
and driver's training happening!
We are looking at college trips, SAT tests, mission trips this summer
and a fun visit from my Mom!!

But our first big event this year was the celebration of our youngest
daughter's first year of age in the double-digits!!
It's hard to wrap my brain around the fact that we no longer
have children in the single-digits!!
Big milestone for our family,
and one worth celebrating in a big way!!

Aryn went back and forth about what she wanted to do to 
for her birthday this year,
but finally settled on a sweet little party at home with a few local friends!
She chose to stay home with me that morning to help me shop for last
minute goodies for the party and to open a few presents.

Later that afternoon, we tackled getting the house ready for a sleepover,
farming brothers out to friends for the night, and finishing up her cake.
Once her friends arrived, we went over to our local outdoor shopping mall
where they broke up into teams and ran around taking selfies 
for a scavenger hunt I put together for them!!
We had such a blast with that!!
Once back home, we ate pizza and played some hilarious games!!
They ate cake and ice cream while watching "Soul Surfer" before this Mom realized she is not 10 years old anymore and headed to bed.

In the morning, I was too blitzed to take any pictures, but the girls
played quietly and ate cinnamon rolls and bacon together
before family came to pick them up!!

Happy Birthday, Aryn!!!!