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Back to School 2011 – 2012

“For you bless the righteous, O LORD: you cover him with favor as with a shield”. Psalm 5:12

On Monday morning before I woke the kids for their first day back to school I read this verse and it was my prayer for each of my children for the day, as well as the school year to come. “you cover him with favor as with a shield”, this spoke to my mother’s heart as I see so may ways the enemy seeks to destroy those the Lord loves and calls his own.  I rest assured knowing his favor is shielding them.

Seeing as this is Big Brother’s senior year and I spent all summer teary-eyed, I figured I would be a boo-hooing mess when the first day of school rolled around.  Strangely enough, I was good…. get back with me in May…..

Big Brother turned 18 this summer, has big plans for his future, loves the little siblings, plays too many sports, makes me super proud on most days, and on rare days I want to punch him in the face.  I love this kid and I am so glad he is my kid!

Little Brother turned 10 this summer and is now a 4th grader, ask Little Sister not to acknowledge him at school, request to do his homework this year in the fort he built this summer,  was a crying mess when he was supervised  by Big Brother this summer in lawn mowing skills, which made me want to punch him in the face. I love this kid and I am so glad he is my kid!

Little Sister is 7 and started 2nd grade.  She is still letting me hold her hand and walk her to her class on the first day of school, cries for Big Sister when she gets really tired, taught by her older brother’s that farts are really funny (ugh!), and has become too picky about her clothing which makes me want to punch her in the face.  I love this kids and I am so glad she is my kid!

Big Sister is 19 and is half way through a three-month stay in Cambodia.  Currently recovering from Typhoid, ate frog then decided not to eat anymore meat while in Cambodia, has increased her mad photography skills, and still get frustrated with my advice (over Skype even!) which makes me want to punch her in the face.  I love this kid and I am so glad she is my kid

These are my kids, they do so many things to make me proud that I over-look the things that make me want to punch them in the face.  I love these kid, I am glad these are my kids and I am so blessed to know the Father’s favor shields them each day.

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What’s a Little Brother to give?

Because I know you are all dying to know what a 9 year old Little Brother give his Big Brother on his 18th birthday I will tell you.

Please note: all contents in this box were bought with Little Brothers hard-earned money (yard work for a neighbor and a recent visit from the tooth fairy) or found in his drawer that hold all his most valued treasures.

Item #1-  a large, old nail.  I have no idea where this came from. Clearly one of his treasure found on one of his treks through the woods.

Item #2 –  A jawbone to a deer – This  was just given to Little Brother, but he  found it so super cool he had to re-gift it.

Item #3 – The New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs –  Little Brother knows the immeasurable value of the Word of God and hopes Big Brother treasures His Words in his heart. (Okay …. that may have been a little more of my hope than Little Brother’s purpose – but a mom’s gotta hope!)

Item #4 – Cranberry Mandarin scented candle –  This would be the gift Little Brother purchased with his own money.  Big Brother has a thing for a nice smelling candle burning in his room.  I would say it was a well thought out gift.  Big Brother said “it actually smells really good”.

Item # 5 – A miniature fart machine –  Because Brothers think farts have got to be the funniest thing in the world. 

Happy 18th Birthday Big Brother! I hope you treasure these gifts from Little Brother, they came with a lot of love to you, because he thinks you are so stinkin’ cool.  I do too.

Name them One by One

It’s good to count your blessings, it’s good to name them one by one.  Seeing as we’ve been without power for a good 30 hours I thought this would be a good thing to do.

Yesterday afternoon a storm blew through our fair town.  Our little Land of Make Believe took a pretty good hit.  Several trees were up rooted.  Power lines and poles came down – hence the no power. 

  • Trees came down, but no one was injured.
  • Power lines on the ground, but no fire.
  • Trees took out garages, sheds, fences, but no homes were destroyed
  • The Land of Make Believe is a mess, but our property had no damage
  • We have no power, but have hot water and a gas stove
  • We have no internet, but we have smartphones
  • We have no power to charge our smart phones, but we have car chargers
  • I have to speak to a group of people at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow morning, but I will be clean even if I will not have a way to blow dry my hair.
  • Big Brother had prom tonight, but he is a guy and low maintence.
  • We went to bed really early last night and woke up well rested with the sun.
  • Our laptops work well at Panera.
  • Moved all food from the fridge and freezer to ice chest, but I had enough ice chest to store it all.
  • Just heard from Big Brother while at prom, after being without power for a day and a half, the group he is attending prom with drove to a town thirty minutes away for dinner only for the power to go out while enjoying their salad.  They went through the  drive thru at McDonald’s, but he is still having fun.
  • I will be glad when the power is back on, but I blessed that I have a place to live that generally has power.

An Email

Big Sister did not like college, we asked her to give it one more semester – one more chance.  As to not bore you with all the details, she did not return.  But she was not without a plan. 

Just before her senior year of high school we found out about a mission program called PhotogenX, offered through YWAM.  With her love, passion and skill in photography we thought this could be a wonderful fit for Big Sister.  She was very interested, but wanted to give college a try and the ol’ college try she did… and you know the rest of the story.

Bags backed, a week of tearful good-byes, she took off for 6 months.  We will not see her until she returns in September. 

It was an emotional day as we left her at the airport yesterday.

This morning I received the following email and picture from her as she reports on her first day, it made this momma’s heart so happy.

I’m rooming with 5 other girls, two from PhotogenX Erika Spitler and Megan Rich. Erika is makes me think SO MUCH of Hannah Litke- I knew I was going to love her! The other 3 girls are doing DTS performing arts,  Our room has 4 bunks, 5 dressers, a closet, sink, mini fridge, microwave, toilet and shower.

Our leaders, Laura, Zach, Jonathan, Christine and Sharee are WONDERFUL! I love them all.

Once we got to campus we took our things to our room and then got dinner. The whole cafeteria is outside! …did I mention it was raining? haha. After dinner we went to get registered, easy as cake! During registration Laura (a leader) took Campbell and I aside and informed us that she had chosen us to be her hospitality team. Which basically means that we will be making goody bags, planning gatherings, making leis, running errands and doing anything necessary to make the guest, who come in to speak, feel comfortable as possible. So from 3 to 5 everyday Campbell and I will be doing these things as our job. After Laura walked away from telling us she’d chosen us Zach (her husband) and Jonathan made sure to let us know what a big deal that was. SO EXCITING.

I’m so very exhausted!! I will talk to you tomorrow. I love you 🙂 Tell the kids and dad I love them too. Kiss on Caroline and Ryder for me!

P.s. Make that 6 roommates..a girl that is exactly like Melissa Blackwell just walked in.

Secret Agent Man and I could not be more proud of Big Sister.  Jesus has gifted her with a skill and passion in photography and she is taking the first steps to make His name known to all the Nations.

To Do List

A day in the life of Little Brother

Back To School 2010-2011

Another school year has begun.  No drama occurred when we head out the door for school this morning.  No tears were shed as the kids were left at their classrooms.  Dare I hope this sets the pace for year?

Big Brother is happy to report:

  • He is starting his junior year in a brand spankin’ new build. 
  • Shed a few tears when Big Sister moved to college yesterday
  • Currently stands 3″ taller than Secret Agent Man

Little Brother is happy to report:

  •  Is starting 3rd grade and  has learned the work touche’, but has no idea how to use it in proper context.
  • Shed tears when Big Sister left for college yesterday
  • Currently wearing a size 6 shoe

Little Sister is happy to report:

  • That she is still happy to hold mommies hand walking to the 1st grade hall
  • Shed NO tears for Big sister when she left for college, but gave her tons of hugs and kisses.
  • Is missing one front tooth and has a broken arm, but is still the happiest kid in Georgia.

Here’s to a new school year – May it be filled with fun memories, few tears, lessons learned and glory to our King!

Summer Coming To An End

Looks like summer is coming to an end.  Good-bye long hot days at the pool – we will see you next year! 

Sadly this week we’ve kept busy getting school supplies, school clothes and of course backpacks.  Monday we will all rise early and start another year. 

 I look forward to posting the back to school pictures for you to see next week, but prepare yourselves…. Big sister will not be in it this years picture… ugh!!! boo hoo – that was even hard to type out without tears filling my eyes.

This week Big Sister has  been cleaning out her closet and drawers and shopping for dorm supplies.  (She got a new backpack too!)  We will be moving her to college on Sunday.  Though I anticipate big tears, I will try my hardest not to humiliate her, but a mommy has got to shed a few tears when her babies leave – so indulge me.

If I am not over taken with tears – I’ll try to get a few pictures of her outside her dorm, and in her dorm, and walking to her dorm, and unpacking in her dorm, and one with each of her sibling in her dorm, and one (or 80) of her being totally humiliated of all the pictures that I am taking of her at college… Wonder if I could drive down there the first day she goes to class and take a picture of her with her professors…..

Big Sister is so going to miss me!