Nostalgic, maybe?

September 1, 2009 at 10:36 pm (Children, Family, Life, photography) (, , , , , , )

My oldest daughter is joining the Army.  I don’t know what it is, this feeling I have.  Maybe it’s just too complex to put a name on it.  I am excited for her.  The possibilities for her life are endless.  I am anxious for her.  Culture shock is an understatement.  For the next few weeks she is about to lose her identity.  Yet, before it’s over she will have grown and found out who she really is.  I am so proud of her, of what she is trying to accomplish.  She is about to honor and defend that which we hold dear.  I am a little scared for her, physically speaking, I mean,  she’s only 4’11” and not much over 100 lbs.  She is a tough little cookie though.

So, what is this feeling?  Why am I crying?  Are they happy tears?  Sad tears?  It’s not like she just left the nest…she’s been gone for 4 years now.  It’s something else, this feeling, it’s deeper.  Maybe it’s the knowledge I have of what she is going to experience.  The memories that come back, of lying in a bed the night before going to boot camp, wide awake, questioning everything.  The memories of going through induction at MEPS the next day, being poked, prodded and fed noxious food.  Waiting and waiting at the airport for my flight along with all the other recruits who had signed their lives away.  My first flight ever!  Getting on the bus that took us to the base.  My first encounter with a drill instructor that boarded the bus yelling in my face.  The shuffle through uniforms, haircuts, paperwork and more.  The initial shock, mentally and physically, of the first few weeks that gradually turned into camaraderie and teamwork.   The determination I felt to succeed and the drive to be the best.  The pride when I accomplished it all.

I want my daughter to experience all that I did and more.  My short stint in the service exposed me to more than most people see in a lifetime.  I learned some very cool things.  I traveled to far away places.  I met so many wonderful people.    And then, I had a little girl……who is now leaving for the Army.

Rachy, I am so proud of you.  You are a beautiful woman, inside and out.  I know that the next few weeks are going to be crazy.  You are strong!  You are tough!  You will be ok, no matter what!  You just keep plugging and know that I am here praying for you.  I am thinking about you every day!  I am here for you always!!  I love you!!  See you at graduation!!!

Mommy

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♥♥♥ Somebody’s birthday! ♥♥♥

August 11, 2009 at 12:01 am (Children, Family, Life, photography) (, , , , , , , )

Brad Lee, your Nana loves you and misses you so much!!!!!!!!!

Happy Birthday my sweet boy!!!!!

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I ♥ Faces ~ Let’s Hear It For The Boys!

June 22, 2009 at 1:17 pm (Life)

Check out their site and see the other entries.

http://www.iheartfaces.blogspot.com/

This week’s theme is about Father’s Day and to honor the men (big & little) in our lives!!!

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Button - KidsHere is my kids entry:

My happy child!

My happy child!

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Button - AdultsHere is my adult entry:

Isn't this what being a Dad is all about?

Isn't this what being a Dad is all about?

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Does God wear a shirt?

June 18, 2009 at 10:30 am (Children, Family, God, Home, Life) (, , , , , , )

A few nights ago we had a pretty major storm pass through. Our electricity was off & we had candles burning. We were trying to get the kids settled down and asleep. I was lying on the couch with Erin & Tommy was in Levi’s bed with him. I just had to share the conversation I overheard.

Levi: Daddy, do you know I love you more than anything? But God!

Daddy: I love you too, son.

Levi: I love Mommy more than anything too! But God!

I love Erin more than anything! But God!

Daddy, what does “But God” mean?

Buttons, God.

Daddy, does God wear a shirt?

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I ♥ Faces Entry! Sepia-toned

June 15, 2009 at 1:56 pm (Children, Family, Life, photography) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

You can visit the site and see the other entries.

http://www.iheartfaces.blogspot.com/

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Button - KidsHere is my kids entry:

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Button - AdultsHere is my adult entry:

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Wordfull Wednesday ~ Memorial Day 2009

June 10, 2009 at 12:31 pm (Children, Family, God, Life, photography) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

1At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?

2And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,

3And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

4Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

5And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.

6But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

7Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!

~~Mathew 18:1-7

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Wordless Wednesday (long overdue update)

June 3, 2009 at 7:34 am (Children, Family, Life, photography) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

Born April 24 ~ Matthew Tyler

Born April 24 ~ Matthew Tyler

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Quick prayer request! (UPDATED!!)

April 23, 2009 at 11:35 am (Children, Family, God, Life) (, , , , , , , , )

Could you please pray for my daughter, Leslie. Her OB just called her today and told her that she is going to have to find a new doctor & hospital to deliver her baby due to insurance problems. She is due May 7th. Her car just blew a head gasket yesterday and she now has no way to get around. Also, her boyfriend’s job just cut back on his hours. Just lots of things hitting her at once and she is very stressed.

Updated 4/24/2009 @ 7am Central:

Do you want to know how GREAT our God is??????

Leslie’s water broke this morning!!  She’s in the hospital now, with very light contractions.  I’m waiting for some clothes to dry and then Erin & I are on the way to GA.

Thank you so much for all of your prayers!!!!  Keep them coming for a happy & healthy baby & a safe delivery!

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Mom’s Day Off!?

April 21, 2009 at 3:29 pm (Children, Home, home school, homeschool, Life) (, , , , , , , )

Mom’s Day Off

written by Eugene Bradley Coco

illustrated by Colette Van Mierlo

read by Levi Stanifer (the story is underlined.)

Levi:  Mom’s Day Off

Our Mom works hard. (Mom, why is she doing all that?)

Me:  Because there’s lots to do to keep a house clean.

Levi:  She cooks. (Oh man!!!!  I wish you could do that!!)

The illustration shows a Mom flipping 4 pancakes at a time!!!  Geez!!

Me:  Yeah buddy, me too.

Levi:  She cleans.

She sews our clothes when they rip. (What does rip mean?)

Me:  It’s like a hole or tear in the cloth.

Levi:  Can you do that?

Me:  I could sew if I had to, but I prefer to let someone else do it.

Levi:  She takes care of us when we’re sick. (What about the girl?  Is she sick?)

The illustration shows a Mom with a little girl in her lap, sitting beside a little boy that is laying in his bed sick.

Me:  I don’t know buddy.  Let’s keep reading and maybe it will tell us.

Levi:  She even helps with our homework. (You don’t give Erin any homework.)

Me:  (trying to remain patient)  Levi….READ!

Levi:  Ok, ok!!  <sigh>

Today, Dad looks tired. <Levi looks up at me grinning>

Me:  You know that says “Mom looks tired”.

Levi:  Yeah, but Dad wrote Dad instead of Mom, see!  <He points out the fact that Dad has indeed marked through Mom and written Dad above it.  Also, the Mom is tired and sitting slumped on the couch.  But, you have to laugh at her manly hairy legs in which Levi’s Dad has added copious amounts of black hair.  Ewwww!>

Me:  Yeah, your Dad looks cute with that skirt on and those hairy legs.

Levi:  <giggles hysterically>

Me:  Keep reading buddy!  We still have math to do.

Levi:  “Take the day off”, we tell her.

First, we start breakfast. (Mom, what did they have for breakfast?)

Me:  Well, it looks like they tried to make eggs.  Keep reading.

Levi:  “Oh, no! Watch the eggs!”  I shout.

Mom helps us clean up.

Next, we straighten up the den. (What’s a den?)

Me:  It’s like a living room with a couch, where families sit.

Levi:  Sally starts to sweep.

There is so much dust. (geez, we don’t ever have that much dust)

<I tap the next sentence hoping he’ll get the hint to keep reading>

Mom helps us clear the dust.

Soon, it’s time for Ginger’s bath. (Is Ginger dirty?  Does she like a bath?)

Me:  Let’s see.  Keep reading.

Levi:  I turn on the water. (Who turns on the water?)

Me:  I think the little boy is telling the story, so he would be the one turning on the water.

Levi:  Sally gets Ginger. ( Why did they name her Ginger?)

Me:  <losing it a little more>  I have NO idea why they named her Ginger!  Now READ!!

Levi:  OK!

The tub is almost full.  “Wait!  The faucet is stuck!” (Why is the faucet stuck?)

Me:  He can’t get it to turn off.

Levi:  Why?  Is it slippery or something?

Me:  <rolling my eyes & breathing deep>  It could be, or it could just be hard to move.

Levi:  Oh NO!  Look at that mess! (<pointing to the water streaming across the floor from the tub, he gets up on his feet and starts bouncing a little with his excitement>  I want to do that!!)

Me:  OH NO YOU DON’T!!  YOU’LL RUIN THE HOUSE!!

Levi:  <giggling>  Well, when I build a house, I’m going to do that!!!

Me:  Ok buddy, you do that in your own house.  Now, please finish reading the book if you want to watch “Martha Speaks”)

Levi:  OH NO!!  I’m missing it!  It’s already starting!!

Me:  Well, then you better hurry up!

Levi:  OK!  OK!

Here comes Mom. (Why is she mad?)

Me:  Because they have made a big mess and she’s not getting much of a day off.

Levi:  No, she’s not.

The laundry is next.

We put the clothes in the machine and add soap. (Where’s the soap?)

Me:  I don’t know Levi.  Read.

Levi:  Sally turns on the washer. (OH NO!  They didn’t close the door!) <leaps of the couch and runs across the floor on all fours, then turns around and jumps back on the couch.  He then proceeds to read the rest of the book like an opera singer, literally!  He hasn’t got a bad voice, either.  haha>

Ooooops!  The door isn’t closed.

“Mom!” we yell.  Mom helps us pick up the clothes.

Being in charge is hard work.  “Why don’t you take the rest of the day off?”  says Mom. (The End!!)

Me:  No buddy, that’s not the end.  Turn the page.

Levi:  Thanks, Mom.

Me:  The End

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Wordless Wednesday ~ Easter

April 15, 2009 at 12:50 am (Children, God, Life, photography) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

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