Monday, September 15, 2014

Blast from the Past

I came across one of those weird, "I'm not sure why I'm saving these." type things today. Wonder what it was? Oh, you know, just my baby teeth I have lost over the years. Yep. I have them all. My mom saved them. Some of them are kind of endearing, with what I wrote on the outside of the envelopes. I figured I would archive these on here, that way I won't feel so guilty when I throw them away. I mean really, what will I ever do with them?









My first tooth was lost in 1988. Awwwweeee... I know I was asking for lots of money for these teeth of mine, but I think I got a dollar for every tooth.

Funny thing is my mom saved all our teeth. Wyatt has lost two, and I lost them both! Oh well, we don't do the tooth fairy anyway.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

First Day of 1st Grade




We started school finally on Monday. I was hoping to stay as close to the local schools schedule as possible. I have this goal this year to not take advantage of our flexibility with homeschooling like I did last year. We went into July until I finally said enough. We only had a couple weeks left to do anyway.

This year will be easier with Nicks new job. He works M-F 7-4. None of that open/close business anymore! And with him not having his days off during the school week we will have less distractions. When daddy is home, kids want to play.

So far we are doing a lot of review. Which is good, because I can tell we are a little rusty in some areas. One thing I am not sure about is everything is done in cursive this year. I didn't know it was going to be that way when I bought his curriculum, but he actually is doing well with it.

Today he is full of funnies. I guess it started off that way when he got dressed: Blue plaid shorts, long-john shirt, green TMNT hoodie, and of course a blue striped tie. During school today he says to me, "Did you know 5's are girls. So are 6's. They look like they are having babies."

Then he asks me later, "Can we go running today?" Like we run? "Because I'm an experienced runner." Ohhhh. Got it!

I'm hoping this year we will keep a good momentum and routine. I'm hoping!

                                                     Favorite Things:
  • Science
  • Red and Black
  • Spaghetti
  • Soccer and Baseball
  • Monkies
Wyatt wants to be a scientist!

 



 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Full Circle

Here we are. We've come full circle in more ways than one. It is exciting times! This summer was packed full! Full of decisions, stress, fear, loss, and grief, followed by peace, comfort, and trust in the Living God! What a roller coaster ride the last few months have been!

Feeling Gods leading last fall we tried to sell our house to move "back home". We had two offers in the first two weeks, but both fell through. We took the house off the market just before the snow started flying to save ourselves from a hard move on an icy hill. We figured we would work some more on the house and re-list it in the spring. Nick took his vacation and began work on the downstairs entry. He added a wall, dry walled, and painted. It looked a 1000 times better even though it was still incomplete when we re-listed. We were ambitious and thought we could get the whole basement dry walled in a week... Yeah, not really. Nick had to go back to work and we needed to re-list.

We put the house back on the market May 1st. Three weeks later we agreed on a contract with a buyer! During that same time we began looking for homes "back home". Wow. That is not easy! We looked at several and were disappointed in our finds. During our search we were told that the house that I have been wanting for a couple years took a second price drop and was actually now in our price range! {Gods timing is perfect! Probably why our house didn't sell last fall???} We began negotiations with the seller which I thought would be cut and dry, but was nothing of the sort. They played hard ball.

Big decisions to be made. Where we over extending ourselves? I mean, Nick was planning on changing jobs. No, not just changing jobs, but job fields. Which meant starting from the bottom up. Bigger house payment...less money coming in...have kids to think about...need to eat...

During this time of monumental decision making, I miscarried. Talk about getting hit while you are already down. Not only were we trying to figure out what to do about a house, but we lost a baby. What do you do? We put our complete trust in God. We gave up control. And after much prayer and petition we had peace that God was going to provide everything we need. And did He ever!

July was a whirlwind. Packing, still doing school with Wyatt, moving all of our stuff, Nick applied for a new job, Nick got a call back from that and found they were willing to wait until we closed on the new house to have him start {God provided!}, a full week of helping with VBS, closing on our old house, moving the last bit of our stuff, began staying with my parents...

August slowed down. We got a closing date set for the 15th the day after our ten year anniversary. Nick took his last weeks vacation to help save commuting that same week. He also worked it out that once we closed on the new house he would be done there and would be able to start the new job right away.  So Friday the 15th came, we closed, and Monday he began his new job. {God provided once again!} But that's not all. We have been blessed with the same pay as he had before! Praise God!!! What a huge relief, burden lifted and prayer answered!

I am so incredibly grateful for what God has done in our life. We took a huge risk in moving back home with less job opportunity and not being sure if we would be able to find a house that would be a good fit for us. We were met with doubt and skepticism from some. But, while there was a lot of unknown, we could be certain of one thing. If it is Gods will, it will happen, and sometimes God waits to act until we step out on faith.

Joshua 3 talks about moment the Israelites entered the promised land. They had to cross the Jordan River at FLOOD stage. God did not part the water until the priests took the first step into the river. It is a crazy, do or die kind of moment. Do you trust Gods promises and see the big things God has in store for you, or do you play it safe with what you are most comfortable with. I have noticed the more uncomfortable I am the more growth I see in myself and the more I see God work. It is a great place to be!

So, why full circle?

It is funny in way how life works. I started out going to church, I believed in God, asked Him to live in my heart, I got older, turned away from that commitment, wanted nothing more than to move as far away from home as possible. After moving to Grand Rapids I began to search and question myself, recommitted myself to the Lord, moved to Waters. Began to serve and act on my faith, and have made it back home. Literally right behind my mom and dads. Full circle! In more ways than one!



Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Hey, Little Fishies!



About a month or so ago we found a new home for our dog, Crash. We are not so much pet people we found out. One day we had an off the cuff conversation about it at dinner where I asked Wyatt, "If we found a new home for Crash would you want to try fish?" Well, yes, of course! And here we are.

We let him get a gallon bowl, the starter kit, and three fish. A white one- Bubbles, a black and orange one- Hulk Thor, and an orange one- Crash, of course named in remembrance of the dog. We got them Friday. Monday, we lost Bubbles. Wyatt was bummed, but handled it well. We buried him in my flower bed.

So, now we are down to two, which is better anyways. It was too crowded before.

UPDATE: The fish have all since died. The last one went after Josie dumped all the food and can into the bowl.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Little Schoolhouse on the Hill

So, recently school has been, how do you say it... Challenging? Yes. He is doing very well. He can read two vowel words now. His penmanship is much neater, and he is now coloring inside the lines.

What is challenging is his hardheadedness. If he isn't "in the mood" then he is perfectly content sitting there talking to his pencils and erasers. I can't motivate him to finish. And he purposefully answers incorrectly if he doesn't want to do it.

I have found that we have been struggling most with math. He has a hard time for some reason remembering the names of the coins we have gone over, Penny, Dime, and Nickle and their worth. So we have started our school time with his favorite Social Studies {no surprise really} and then writing and phonics, finishing with Math.

That way we start on a positive note, and I have noticed that has helped tremendously.

Some of where we are: