Saturday, June 28, 2014

A New Bike

The girls have been saving their money and getting antsy about using it.  We ended up at Wal-Mart last night for a long time waiting for our van to get the oil changed.  To help pass the time, I promised the girls they could use some of their money to find a new treasure.  We took a gander in the bike aisle just so I could get an idea of bike sizes and cost because Peanut's birthday is coming up and her current bike is too little for her.  She laid eyes on this bike and realized she had enough money for it.  How could I say no?  How responsible is that to save her own money to buy her own bike?  I am so proud of her!  What a great purchase too.  She will certainly get her money's worth out of it.

Last Minute Visitors

Daddy's sister and her girls made a last minute quick visit this past week.  We were thrilled they could come.  The girls were absolutely over the moon to see their cousins and hang out with them for a bit.  I'm so thankful they made the trip.  It was so good for all of us especially Daddy and Peanut!  
 All of the girls made tie-dye shirts which turned out really cute!  This was something on our Summer To-Do list so we can cross that one off now.

The little girls played outside quite a bit of the time. 
 We watched The Secret Life of Walter Mitty together.  This is one of our new favorite movies so we loved introducing it to them.  
The cousins and their new shirts that turned out really cute!
We needed this visit!  It helped me focus on getting our apartment back in order.  Then the actual visit was just nice and refreshing.  

Swim Lessons

The girls finished swim lessons for the summer this past Thursday.  
They had a great time and as always at IU had great instructors!  

Pumpkin will work on level 2 again next summer to ensure she has the skills down to move on. 
Peanut passed from level 3 to level 4 after working on it for 3 summers.  
She was over the moon!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Father's Day 2014

 Father's Day 2014 was fun.  We gave Daddy superhero pictures that are framed and on our wall.  I stole this idea from what we did at preschool this spring for early Father's day presents.  I just love these!  The girls also made special cards for him and gave him an air popcorn popper to help with his popcorn habit.  

 These girls love their Daddy so much…to the moon and back.  He loves them so well and so much!  They are lucky girls, that's for sure!

 We spent the afternoon watching World Cup soccer…well Daddy did!  He's sort of addicted right now.  In the evening we went to the girls' camp reunion program.  They got to hang out with these special friends that we love bunches!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Camp Week

I had the privilege of going out to camp 3 afternoons this week to help with the crafts.  I got to spy on Peanut and see how she was doing.  So fun!  She would have been totally fine without me coming out, but also was so excited to see me each day.  There were some really awesome crafts.  It was great fun being out there, meeting the kids, interacting, and just having fun.  

A friend saw this action below happening and said, "You need to grab your camera and run quick."  How fun is this?  A shower cap, shaving cream, and tossing cheetos!  

We picked Peanut up this morning at church.  She is worn out but had such a great time.  She said her favorite thing was playing on the Blob…a big piece of plastic with water trapped inside.  She memorized scripture, made awesome memories, and gained independence.  

 These two young ladies were Peanut's counselors.  They were FANTASTIC!  I felt totally confident entrusting our girl to them for the week.  She adored them too.
We are so thankful for this week.  It was just what she needed to kick off summer.

Now on to swim lessons…..

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Pumpkin's Week

To say that Pumpkin has soaked up and relished this week on her own would be putting it lightly.  She misses Peanut but she sure has loved having us all to herself.
Monday after spending most of the day with some really good friends and going to VBS, she got to go on a date with Daddy.  They went to the library to see a program all about snakes.  
Daddy said when they got this guy out, Pumpkin crawled up in her lap and was not interested in touching it all.  I'm really glad that I was not a part of this date!
Her request for supper was "the place with the squishy quesadillas."  We are a family full of Mexican food lovers even the girls.  We have a special place downtown that we frequent a lot and is the girls' favorite place to go out to.  
Pumpkin also has been working so hard on pedaling her bike.  She had no interest in the bike last summer.  I think she was so frustrated with it that she just didn't want to work on it.  This week she has become a pedaling queen!  Peanut will be so excited to come home and find out that she is riding her bike now. 

 This morning she and I headed off to Touch-a-Truck 2014.  We have gone to this almost every year since we moved here.  She got to check out so many different types of trucks, cars, and tractors.  Very cool!  Her favorite was the race car!

 Tonight we put her to bed and reminded her that we get to pick Peanut up in the morning and she said, "YEAH!"  She misses her big sister for sure but she has loved getting to do what she wants to do, when she wants to do it.  She had a taste of being an only child.  ;)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Becoming What He Needs

Warning:  This one is coming from a place of trials.

I'm really not sure what God is trying to teach us right now.  I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that someday we will look back at this time and be amazed at how He got us through it and we might even know what we were to learn from it, maybe we won't know the latter this side of Heaven.  The former is what keeps me going some days.  

The past month has been one full of ups and downs.  Trying to support Kev through some seriously big hurdles our family has had to face.  One month ago give or take, he was told that the radio show he works for had to downsize and he would be losing his job.  SLAP IN THE FACE!  This job was such a huge blessing to our family no, not financially but it did pay the bills and allow Kev the freedom to do his graduate school work and then was a way for him to keep right on working through all of the medical issues the last year has presented us with.  It was such a blow because we were depending on him being able to do this job all the way through the transplant process.  All he needed was the internet and a computer.  

During this trying time, a sweet friend of mine announced her family would be moving away which would open up a position at our church in children's ministry.  After weeks of praying, wondering, putting in my name, I was called by our Pastor to have a chat about the position.  I went into it prepared to interview, but alas it was just a chat about me taking on the job and offering me the position all in like 15 minutes.  That felt good, to be entrusted with this position solely on others talking to him about me and my involvement within the church already.  It was a good boost of confidence for me.  I am now the Early Childhood Director at our church.  I am in charge of anything involving children 0-5 years old.  I have started but I officially take over the reigns next week.  Right now I'm shadowing the current director and helping out as needed.

Then we have faced a complete stop in the transplant process and aren't sure what is going on.  Our current donor is very frustrated as they want to move forward quickly.  We have made some phone calls and seem to have someone who will mediate between our donor and the coordinator.  Just please pray that this situation will resolve itself and the process can begin and move swiftly.

We are also facing an insurance debacle which I am so thankful that Kevin is handling and getting it all worked out.  We have an insurance counselor through the dialysis center who is helping him figure out what is going on and working through disability income with him.  Going through this process has really opened our eyes to what a mess the system really is.  Thankfully we have people in our corner who are willing and able to help us through it.  I really feel for the people who are trying to figure this out on their own.  I don't think you could especially right now with all of the changes happening.

To say that we are ready for things to go smoothly is quite an understatement.  Yesterday I was riding with a friend who was sharing what she is facing right now and I had this light bulb moment.   Light build moments for me are usually things I know and no that deep but exactly what I need to hear in that exact moment.  I heard in my head, "I need you to go through these things, these trials so you will become what I need you to be."  Not deep, not a huge revelation but I heard it as clear as day in my head and know that God was speaking to me in that very moment.  

That revelation doesn't make it easier as we face these truly difficult circumstances but it does offer me a sense of hope…relief…peace.  I'm not sure I know exactly which word to use there but I feel better about this stuff.  I trust it will work itself out because we have to face it for some reason.  We will be better for it, our kids will too.  We will grow, so much that it seems our seams will burst if we have to grow anymore.  

It is especially hard to see your husband so distraught and worried and down trodden though.  I pray that this chapter will end soon and a chapter full of new beginnings and joy and good health will be written out soon for my little family.  Until then I will remind myself that we need to go through this for His purposes.  Who knows who our story is affecting and changing?  What a responsibility that is.  I need to go through this with His grace and His courage.  I tend to make a mess of what He wants with my impatience, selfishness, and even my anger.  I need to lay that all down and focus on grace and courage.  

Hope this wasn't too much.  I just needed to get it off my chest and record it so I would remember the words I heard yesterday and how they affected me.  

Thank you to everyone again for all of your prayer and encouragement.  You are being used in great ways in our lives and the lives of others!

Monday, June 09, 2014

Camp Olivet 2014

I have a child old enough for OVERNIGHT camp.  How did that happen?  I know I'm know spring chicken but my kids are growing up too fast.  Peanut is old enough to go to overnight camp.  SHE COULD NOT WAIT.  If I had to answer "How many more days until camp?" one more time, I might have lost my cool.  She was so excited to have travel sized shampoo and toothpaste.  She was so excited to take showers all by herself.  She was so excited to sleep in a cabin full of friends.  
 We sent her off this morning all smiles!  Why shouldn't she be?  Her BFF is in her cabin!
 I get to sneak out a few times this week and help with crafts.  This afternoon when I left, she gave me a big kiss and said, "Good-bye Mom!" over her shoulder!  So proud of her!
Have a sweet week, Peanut!

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Kali Ma Fire Troupe

Thursdsay night I  took the girls downtown.  We ate pizza together at a small, old school pizza joint then headed out to the street by the library.  The Kali Ma Fire Troupe put on a very cool show. 
 Hula hooping with fire??!!??  It was super cool.  
The girls loved it and even reenacted the dancing when we got home.  
"Pretend this wand has fire on it."  
Our little town is bursting at the seams with cool stuff to do.  I love that!

Camp Preo 2014

Camp Preo 2014 is in the record books!  How did that happen?  It has come and gone already.  This year we only sent one child.  I'm not sure how that happened either.  These kids just do not stop growing.  Pumpkin went on her own this year and scored the Field Flower Pink group, the most coveted color of camp shirts!
 Peanut is old enough for overnight camp so there was a good-bye hug the first day we sent Pumpkin off.
 Pumpkin got to have her close buddies in her group!  SCORE again!  Pink shirts and best buddies!
 Two out of the four days this is what she looked like getting on the bus.  The other two involved lots of wetness around the eyes.  She was pooped by Wednesday but she did it and once she got on the bus, she was fine.  
 Peanut and I got to help out with crafts two days at camp.  How fun is that?  Peanut was excellent help for the first part then found other fun stuff to do.  This craft consisted of painting hands and feet for a pillowcase.  The theme of camp is Micah 6:8, "Act justly, love mercy, walk humbly."

 This girl below…she's so cool.  I am so blessed to call her friend and I got to work alongside her for crafts.  
 The last day of Camp Preo we headed to The Chocolate Moose after pick-up to celebrate a great week!  These girls are so awesome and I love that they have this chance to go to camp and learn about Jesus, have fun with friends, and make memories!  We are so blessed to have such an incredible church!
One of my absolute favorite parts of camp is hearing them sing the songs they've been learning all week at camp.  Pumpkin did not fail!  She was singing her songs all afternoon and evening after she would get home from camp.  Love it!