Thankful

July 7, 2010 at 12:33 pm (Children, Family, God, Life, photography) (, , )

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I am sitting here watching my kids goof off while they are supposed to be doing some copywork. I’m also chatting with my oldest daughter via text messages and e-mail. She is training in the desert right now. She’s living in a tent. Levi and Erin think that is so cool. They even built their own tent.

Lord,
Thank you for my children. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to stay home with them and teach them. Thank you for all the ways that I can communicate with my children who are not here. Watch over my children and keep them safe. In Jesus’ name, Amen

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Wordless Wednesday ~ Rach and Les Then and Now

March 10, 2010 at 11:23 am (Family, Life, photography) (, , , , , , , , )

20+ years later 🙂

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It’s been a while…..

March 8, 2010 at 11:13 pm (Family, God, Life, pregnancy loss) (, , , , , , , , )

I’m going to start back slowly.  I think I have family who would love to read and keep up with what is going on in our lives.  After the last entry, I haven’t really had anything to say.  I suppose I should update all the “strangers” who might happen to read.  We lost the baby.  One month after I found out I was pregnant I had a miscarriage.  It has been hard, but I know that I will see our little one in heaven one day.  Dates and milestones are not far from my thoughts……..I would be 6 months now.  I am wishing for more, always wishing.

On a more positive note,  I saw these guys in concert last night.  Lord, give me a revelation!

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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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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:

Lesliesepia

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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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