Saturday, September 29, 2012

Birthday Boy turns 15

My poor neglected little old blog.

I am sorry!
But I have not had a minute to think of writing all that has happened in this month.
Someday's my head feels like it may explode.
Other days I think it did.
And sometimes I don't like what the explosion looks like.
I have been working extra for someone who has been off.
And I had 3 birthdays to participate in or plan.
The first of the month was my first born son. Jalen- Who turned 15.
What?
He is a Freshmen this year in a new school.
Where he seems to be relaxed in a way that is good and peaceful and I am pleased with what I see.
He is always, as always, very smiley.
Especially when people interact with him.
His Witt and quick lines keep us laughing.

I also love his serious side. It comes out every now and again. And when it does I need to be all prayed up because he has lots of questions.
 Some accusations.
And deep thoughts of life.
I love that he is real.
He smells fake a mile away.
We spoke with him recently for the first time on some things we felt he was ready to understand and I loved the way he was able to ask the important questions, get some things out that had obviously been on his chest for awhile, and see a bigger picture of life.
He is changing so quickly.
But he still loves bacon. Which is what he requested for his birthday breakfast. I did ask him if he would care to have anything with his bacon and of course he chose pancakes which is his other favorite food.
Along with Syrup. Syrup on the entire breakfast.
Really?
Okay then.
I will post more about September next week when October comes.

And some may be curious about whether we will make the deadline (when the snow flies) to move in to our house. We are beginning to wonder ourselves. Unless the snow doesn't fly till the first of the year.
 I can report there are windows and doors in now. Electric.Check.Furnace.Check. Although not hooked up.
 All good things.
Jason has a brother who so kindly said he would come help next week.. Hopefully they will get to wire the house. YAY!
I am starting to say things like... I don't really need that. Which may make us sad in the long run but I doubt it. Life goes on even if there isn't a tray ceiling in the bedroom. 
Mostly, I just want to be in it.
And plant a garden.
I have missed my garden more than I can fully express.
Every time I hear people talking about gardens or see what produce came from it,
I feel a strange tug like a big part of my heart was left a year ago in my garden.
It's just dirt. What's the deal? I love to plant. And watch it grow. I hate weeds. But really who loves them? I am a nurturer by nature and gardens seem to be a great place to let that passion go.
 I sure have missed tomatoes and herbs!

Next spring my garden will be the first project on my list. Who cares if the house isn't sided. I will have a garden with a plant or two growing in it. :)


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Labor day Camp out 2012


 We Went to Camp Amigo this year for our annual camp out. We were missing 3 for the weekend. Which made us sad. We have around 30 when we all get together.


 Craft time... Painting Rocks



 Which got everyone's creative juices flowing
 Lady bugs, turtles and frogs

 Cindy and Allen planned the weekend events.

 They organized a whole bunch of minute to win it games. They worked very hard and had some fun activities planned!                                                                      


We were distinguished by our hair color which was sprayed in an assortment of colors.
 Balancing
 Toilet paper toss



He just makes me laugh with this shirt.

More hair love

Pencil toss and catch.

How long does it take you to balance 6 dice on a stick?


Kleenex box race

And some volleyball fun

On Sunday afternoon Jason and I took a little walk and happened to find these cute fishermen girls.



They were a little leery of touching those nasty worms so they just cut them with a cup.

Here they are baiting their hooks. Well all except that little one who seems to be hiding from the camera. I got her though! :)

"I'm stuck here can you help me?"

"GROSS" was the scream! "I have seaweed muck on my hook"!!!

Daddy to the rescue.

And now what do we do with these fish? Well like any fishermen we pick them up with the same cup we are cutting the worms with.

We show her she can pick it up by the tail. She's not sure but eventually tries it. 

Cautiously.



 "OH Noooo look we are all twisted up"!
Gold fish sized blue gill

 He got caught in the weeds when  he was thrown back in. The little one has now gotten braver and volunteers to touch him, freeing him so he can swim away.
 Big cousin Cory comes back with the catch of the day.
 A big bullfrog! How funny!

Cousins just have so much fun when we take time to make memories together.

 I'm grateful that God made us into families.
None of us have perfect ones. Because well we aren't perfect people. But if we can try to find ways to accept differences and embrace what we have in common it can work.
And God gives us an important reminder to forgive as we have been forgiven.

Many of you  see pictures posted on blogs of families and may wonder  "am I the only one who doesn't have a family that works out"?
Just know that this family is very normal...normal in the sense that we have our own problems.

 But forgiveness is what holds us together. The minute we stop forgiving we will deteriorate. Keeping records of wrongs is a sure way to tear people apart. Disrespect breeds disrespect.
I remind myself along with you to think about where you want to be in the next decade. What do we want our family to look like. Either the one you live with or the one you were born into. What steps do I need to take today to make sure my children know they are loved for who they are.
Or How can I extend a gracious hand of mercy when I don't feel like it?
Forgiveness and Mercy.
It's not too late to begin today.