Sunday, August 31, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Here is a smatering of pictures from the girls bathroom project. Marisa is showing how high the shower head is- she is 5'7" so now tall folks don't have to get on their knees in this shower to get clean. Kaitlin and Marisa are showing how much they will enjoy showering in their new shower. New light fixtures and new facets- this were picked for those days when you want to wash your hair in the sink. I believe they are finished (see my fingers being crossed). Wade and Majel plan to be here this afternoon and do the 'punch' list as Carl calls it. All the last minute things.
We fed them supper last night. I fixed chicken, wrapped in bacon on top of dried beef, with rice and green beans, with sister shurberts and cookies and cream for dessert. ( Cookies and Cream is made with Chips Ahoa firm cookies, dipped in milk, then put in layers in whatever size pan you have. After a layer of cookies put a layer of cool whip and repeat. Chill for several hours or over night. Very rich and it goes a long way. I may go get me some now)
Wade asked what my next project for them is...I will be thinking about that.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
This is my favorite spot. You are seeing MY LAPTOP. I can now sit in the den and be with everyone and be on the computer! Thanks Carl! I also scrapbook here and write letters.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Yesterday, Kaitlin had Paige for several hours to use as a model. Paige is 8. Here are some of
those pictures. Kaitlin has a new backdrop so after the outside shots she was up in my room using the natural light from my windows.
As we were driving around getting the outside shots, we were visiting. Paige was telling us about her daddy painting her bedroom. When Marisa painted her room recently, she slept in Kaitlin's room for a few days. I wondered where Paige slept while her daddy painted her room. I asked her. She told me that her daddy didn't paint at night so she slept in her bed. Kaitlin and I just smiled.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Today is the 21st. His golden birthday- that is when you are the same age as your birthdate. I remember when he was born, thinking, wow, it will be A Long time until his golden birthday.
Happy Birthday John! It has been a fun 21 years. I am so glad God gave you to us and not some other family :)
The official announcment will be made in September at the Ladies Meeting. So you are in the know early!
September 29th At Home in Mitford by Karon
October 27th The Whistling Season by Doig
November 17th Some Buried Ceasar by Stout
January 26 th Miracle at Phildelphia by Bowen
February 23th The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs by McCall Smith and
How to be a Perfect Person in Just 3 Days by Manes
March 30th The Thread That Runs So True by Stuart
April 27th Some Wildflower of my Heart by Turner
May 25th Kite Runner by Hosseini
June 22nd Anne of Green Gables by Montgomery
July27th A Wrinkle in Time by L'Engle
I am excited.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Clare is such a blessing to me. She always sees the bright and funny side of every situation. Even after being with her for 12 hours on Monday, I still had things I wanted to talk to her about. The day flew by.
We didn't know Zach's grandmother and she died suddenly so the family was stunned by her death. I am sorry I didn't know her. The stories we heard at the funeral made us laugh til we cried. One story was about a time Pat, the grandmother, had taken her two sons to visit her friend, who also had two children. As the adults visited on that fall day, they exhorted their children to stay out of the pond. Soon the mother's saw their children playing in the pond and they were covered with mud. Pat spoke first and said" Well , should we hose them off or just hold their heads under until they quit struggling " We all laughed!
Lots of family members shared about how Pat had helped them and encouraged them.
After we left the funeral we met Clare's parents at Don's Seafood for lunch. It was good food and still more laughing.
We made it back to Little Rock at 6pm.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
We had a wonderful summer.
Our vacation was a blast.
John was here for me when my friend, Lynda, lost her 20 year old, to a stroke. I cried for two days and John was very gentle with me.
He was very helpful around the house, thanks in part to Marisa.
He was content to hand his paycheck over to me to help pay for his tuition this fall.
We shared lots of laughs.
When all my children are not home there is an emptiness even if we have a house full.
I know they need to leave so they can grow up and be what God has designed for them to be.
But it still hurts.
I realize that my friend, Lynda, will not have all her children with her until she gets to heaven and we plan -Lord willing to all be together for the AUBURN/ms state game.
but I am sad tonight but it is a good sad. I am thankful that we have such a good time together that I wish we all still at home.
Mamas, hug those babies. They grow up too fast. And Babies, let them.
Good Night John, Sleep Sweet
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Last Tuesday we listened to the one on Absolutes from Galatians 2:4-16
The sermon point on Freedom really spoke to me. Several thoughts on it are: Freedom comes from truth, discipline gives more freedom, and freedom is the presence of the right restrictions in accord with the truth of who I am.
A fish has freedom in water. If we get the fish out of the captivity of the water- it dies.
That made me think of Michael Phelps. In the interviews I've seen with his mama, she said that she kept looking for some way to direct her son and all his energy and his ADHD ness. What freedom he has found in the water doing what he was made to do.
What freedom we have when we do what we are meant to do
It looks different on all of us and I am thankful that it does. How boring would it be if we all served or loved Jesus in the same way.
Mary Chapin Carpenter
Jamie Lee Curtis
I was left off the list for some reason.
I am in some interesting company
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Did you hear about the female beach volleyball player from Australia who gets a 200.00 hair cut every three weeks free from Bali because during the Olympics 4 years ago they thought her hair looked flat?????
If you have Directv the coverage is wonderful beginning on channel 750- 753
Kaitlin gets her updates from www.en.bejing2008.cn
I love the Olympics!
They worked until about noon.
Friday, August 8, 2008
I remember that we got tickets for events that the boys picked out and none for the ones Kaitlin and I had picked out. Kaitlin and I were sad. Carl then went a different route and got three very pricey tickets for Kaitlin, Carl and I to see some women's gymnastics. We really didn't know what event we were to see but we were thrilled to being seeing women's gymnastics. WE saw the American's win the gold medal. WE saw Kerri Strug fall and hurt her ankle and then vault again. We saw the medal ceremony! Even as I write that I get teary eyed at how moving that was.
We saw baseball, soccer, volleyball, table tennis, marathon.
We learned that the colors for The Netherlands are red, white and blue but they are wear orange for William of Orange.
It was exciting.
I don't think Carl could convince me to go to China to see them but I'll be watching from the sofa and cheering. How about you?
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Tuesday at 10:00 AM we met Brittany in a parking lot and she got in the van with Kaitlin, Marisa and me. We were on our way to Charlotte's Eats and Sweets in Keo, AR
If you have never been there and want to go, let me know because I'd love to take you.
KimT was close behind us in her car. She had an appointment that kept her from traveling with us. First we stopped in Scott. Some of Kaitlin's friends are in a landscape drawing class that is traveling around to different landscapes near LR. Here is Sandy ( did you know that if you click on the pictures they get REALLY BIG and you can see more details? I didn't know that)
I got the fruit plate with a scope of chicken salad plus two cheddar biscuts. KimT got a green salad.
After lunch we went to this beautiful church near Scott. It reminds KimT and me of what we think the church in the Mitford books would look like.We all came home full of wonderful food and lots of laughing.
Monday, August 4, 2008
As soon as Kaitlin posted these on her facebook two of her friends asked who does these pictures with her. My mama and papa and brother and Marisa and this time my friend Cooper was her reply. They both said they wished they had families that would do that for them. I can see we will have a glowstick/ sparkler with friends pictures soon! If you want to be a part, just let me know and if you have kids and they ask you to do glowstick picturetype things and you can, do them. It is lots of fun.