Catching Up

What a full life we have! I’m thinking a bit of a photo dump is in order to try and keep up with recording life here on the blog. It’s a great (and more realistic) alternative to scrap booking. I know that won’t be happening, so here goes some randomness. Hopefully it will make sense….

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Have I mentioned that Josh and I went to Mexico? Playa del Carmen. It was nice. And warm. It happened between the two winter blasts that Woodstock was in the middle of. It was a nice reprieve.

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Once back at home, to pass the time during the snow, I really finished my table in the dining room.

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It was a lot of work, but I am pleased that I redid the table and chairs instead of giving it away or selling it.

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Let’s not talk anymore about the snow.
I will say that the mail couldn’t keep up with it’s duty in the less than desirable weather conditions, so the Valentine’s gifts I ordered with prime amazon did not come on Valentine’s Day. That was a big, fat disappointment…but I didn’t seem to mind because I was quite preoccupied with strep throat. I don’t recall ever having strep. It was AWFUL!! I started having symptoms early in the week of the second snow, the symptoms got worse and worse. I thought I was going to die by Thursday but my doctor’s office was still closed because of the weather. FINALLY, I got medicine Friday and felt like new Saturday night.
So here are the Stuffies that we got the kids for Valentine’s Day:

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Interesting little creatures….they have pockets every where to stuff things in. Kids love them.

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Ruby tried out for Kidzplace one day last week. She isn’t sure if drama is her thing, but she enjoyed trying out! I’m so proud of the sweet little girl she is.
I sat next to her in church today, and I love hearing her sing praise songs. She belts the words out and isn’t inhibited by any one.

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We took the kids skating the other night

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They absolutely love skating.

We started a commission system around here. This dry erase board holds their responsibilities. They initial when they complete the requirements. I erase their initial if it wasn’t done right, and I usually give them one more opportunity to do it right. Josh had a talk with them. He explained to them that we don’t pay them for brushing teeth or getting dressed….those are just part of life.

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Pay day was fun for the kids, even though they didn’t get full pay since they didn’t do everything with excellence. But they were able to put some cash in their buckets and get out a tithe for Sunday morning.

Let’s see…what’s next?

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Mack got his Bible from Pastor Johnny. Every first grader gets presented with a Bible, Pastor preaches to them, and then they all get a picture made with him. There’s also a pizza party and tons of fun games and stuff in the basement. We have enjoyed this night with each of our kids…this night was bittersweet because it was our last one!!! I was playing around with Mack and pretended to be crying while I said, “My baby is getting his Bible!!!!” He thought I was crazy. And just like Mack, he didn’t want to walk across the stage at first, but once the time came, he loved every minute of it!

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I may or may not have paid him $1 to wear khakis instead of jeans. 😳

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I pray Mack will take The Word of God (his sword) and wield it as he walks through this life! I shudder at the thought of where I would be without the living, active, powerful Word of God working in my life.
And I am eternally grateful for the local body of Christ we have gotten to be a part of for the past 13 years! Only heaven knows the people who have influenced me, Josh and my kids during our time here. Not the least of which is Pastor Johnny. He is the greatest Pastor ever.

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And there you have it. A bit of catching up! Let’s see if I can stay more on top of things around here….

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