Questions With My Family

Questions With My Family

These have been going around Facebook, but I thought I’d share mine here, too.  Only, I asked the kids AND Chris.  I also added a few questions that I want to remember about them when they are grown up and I am rambling around in my nursing home. Here we go: What is something I say a lot?  “No.” (Gracie)/”Do your best.” (Bean)/”Don’t be difficult.” (Chris) What makes me happy?  Reading (Gracie)/Being loved. (Bean)/Getting your feet rubbed. (Chris) What makes me sad?  When I wipe your kisses away (Gracie)/When something…

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Little Seeds of Thought

Little Seeds of Thought

Lately, Gracie has become very interested in babies.  Specifically, where babies come from, how they get there, and how they get out.  I think this mostly comes from the fact that she plays with baby dolls all the time, and so she always has babies and mommies on the brain.  I think it also comes from us having so many friends right now that are having babies.  I am constantly crocheting baby blankets and she is forever asking me which baby they are for. When she and Bean were smaller,…

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Cub Scout Challenge: A Lesson in Serving

Cub Scout Challenge: A Lesson in Serving

This past Saturday, my Cub Scout den went to a local park to pick up trash as a community service project.  Bean wasn’t actually able to be there because he had a baseball clinic (three cheers to starting baseball season again!), so I took Gracie with me and we met the boys at the park ourselves. They did so good and picked up a ton of trash, but their biggest challenge turned out to be tennis balls.  At the park where we were, there was a tennis complex with lots…

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Doggy Boarding and Other Family Activities

Doggy Boarding and Other Family Activities

This past week, we have been dog sitting a friend’s dog.  Dash is super sweet, gets long well with our dogs, and is apparently smarter than them, too.  For Christmas, we got the dogs a dog door.  They want to go in and out all the time, and we thought this door would be the perfect solution to their freedom.  Turns out, Daisy is too dumb to use it and Molly is too stubborn. Daisy sits outside the dog door flap and just hits it with her paw a hundred…

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The Whooshie Coonin

The Whooshie Coonin

For Christmas, my mom put a whoopie cushion in one of the kids’ stockings.  It has provided hours of entertainment at our house, and might be one of the best presents they got.  Even I think it’s hysterical when one of the skinny kids sits on it and a huge, deep Ffffftttt comes out. They don’t know that you’re supposed to try and trick people into sitting on it, so they take turns blowing it up and sitting on it themselves.  Sometimes, they switch it up by blowing it up…

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Un-Leadership

Un-Leadership

I am a leader.  I say that not in a bragging way, but in a very matter-of-fact way.  The way some people might say, “I’m shy,” or “I’m dramatic.”  I am a leader.  Leadership has come naturally to me since I was in high school.  And while I am sure that is seen as a positive character trait by most people, those who have a leadership capacity know that it is both a blessing and a curse to be the frontman.  When I’m sitting in a meeting or a group of…

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Hands-Off Imagination

Hands-Off Imagination

This weekend while we were in Chris’s office, Bean and Gracie entertained themselves for hours.  I mean, HOURS.  We didn’t hear a peep out of them until we went hunting for them to see what they were up to. Chris and I talked on the way home about how awesome life with the kids has been lately because they are so self-sufficient. They are playing really great together, they are constantly creating or imagining something, and they really need very little from us. We thought back to when they were…

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An Unexpected Lesson of Immanuel

An Unexpected Lesson of Immanuel

On Friday morning, while in the middle of teaching, I looked down at my email and saw a message from Chris.  It said, “I hope you’re having a good morning!  I’m kind of having a rough one.”  He went on to… well, to wallow a little bit.  And Chris never wallows, so I knew he must really be down.  Basically, Chris has been getting the short end of the stick for about a month now – both at work and at home.  We were weeks away from buying him a…

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Important Conversations and a Haircut

Important Conversations and a Haircut

I took Gracie to get a haircut after school today because she decided to cut huge chunks out of her own hair a few weeks ago and it’s taken me a while to do anything about it. To be honest, I didn’t really notice that she had cut all that much. She had this one really short clump of bangs that I noticed several weeks ago, but it wasn’t until we sat down to get her hair cut today that I realized she had several short strands all through her…

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The Merriest of Times!

The Merriest of Times!

Since we’re still catching up, I thought I would share some pictures from our holidays.  We had such a good two weeks with all different parts of our family!  Nothing beats a full house at the holidays! My mom and Chris’s granddad (who now lives in Orlando!  Lucky us!) came over for Christmas Eve dinner and church with us.  Christmas Eve is one of my favorite services of the year, and our church does it spectacularly.  Don’t you love this picture of our church’s sanctuary?  One of our friends took…

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