Archive for June, 2010

Chloe’s Kite

Paul and I were so amazed at the first grade teachers at Chloe’s school.  A few weeks before school was out, they had Kite Day at school.

Imagine 3 classes of 1st graders — 20ish students in each class.  Each class has one teacher, plus Chloe’s special ed teacher and 3 or 4 aides.  If my math is correct, that means that the grown-ups were WAY out numbered.

Don’t know when you last flew a kite — or better yet flew a kite with a small child — but this whole idea did NOT sound like anything I wanted to be a part of.  I’m just sayin’.

The children were asked to bring a kite and a parent if they wanted to, and they spent the morning out in the school yard “flying” kites.  Imagine the scene!  Try to imagine how many of the kites actually ever got up in the air.

It was plenty windy.  But 60ish kids were all trying to fly kites in one field.  Imagine how many strings got tangled.  Imagine how many kites were accidentally let go.  Imagine how many tears were cried.

It makes me a little crazy to try to picture it.  I thankfully suckered Paul into attending Kite Day so I didn’t have to endure it.  He definitely earned the Daddy of the Year award that day!

He took photos.  It’s amazing to me that all the faces in the photos are smiling because I’m pretty sure I would’ve been bawling at Kite Day.  Again, I’m just sayin’.

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Not Me! Monday

Today I’m joining MckMama and lots of other bloggers in Not Me! Monday, where we are confessing many things that we absolutely did not do this week!  (Of course we didn’t!)  You can click on over to her blog to see what other bloggers have not been doing!

Here are a few things I have not been doing:

I did not go back to bed about 6 times today, spending a LOT of time there.  No way! I would never do that.  And if I did, I wouldn’t admit it here!  Nope.  Not me! I wouldn’t go back to bed for the day because I would so hate to be the sluggard talked about in the Bible!  Nope.  No sluggard here!

I did not leave the water running all night in my front flower bed this week.  No Way!  Not me! I would not be so wasteful and irresponsible – especially since we’re on water restriction around here.  And if ever questioned about it, I am not already planning to argue that “there is no restriction on outdoor water use between the hours of midnight and 5 AM so I broke no rules!!”  Not me!

I am not considering doing something that I’m so afraid I will regret.  I did not begin to research doing this crazy thing a few weeks ago and am most certainly not closer and closer to doing that crazy thing.  And I’m not purposely choosing not to tell you for fear you’ll encourage me one way or the other.  <sigh>  But. I. think. I’m. slipping.  And there will surely not be more on this to come real soon.  Nope.  No way!

And how about you?  What have you not been up to?


Everyone watch and beware when you spy Chloe traveling down the hall with the stepladder!  Don’t turn your back for a second!

Chances are pretty good that she’s up to no good!

But even when you’re watching and bewaring, it’s okay to smile a big o smile and giggle a little giggle at watching her accomplish such a feat!  She’s amazing!

She got the stepladder from the kitchen and “carried” it to her room in a failed attempt to get her Barbie kite off the ceiling!  Thankfully she doesn’t know Daddy has a much taller ladder in the garage!  Shhhhhhh!  Please don’t tell her!

A Thank You, Lord Moment

Ever have a Thank You, Lord Moment?

We have them everyday, don’t we?  I know I do.  I find myself thanking God over and over all day everyday.  Some may just say it’s luck.  Others may say it’s coincidence.  Still others might say it’s just my good choices or my good planning.  I stand firm in knowing that these moments are proof of God’s being involved in every aspect of my life — and signs of His wanting to bless me because I’m His daughter!  🙂

These Thank You, Lord Moments?  Here are a few:

  • Finding a front row parking space on a day when you’re especially tired or stressed.  Thank you, Lord!
  • Seeing the moon looking especially beautiful.  It sometimes takes my breath away for a moment.  Thank you, Lord!
  • Noticing that my curling iron is still turned on just as I’m about to run out the door for the day.  Thank you, Lord!
  • Making a green light when you’re in a hurry to pick up the kids.  Thank you, Lord!
  • Remembering at the exact moment that you need to take dinner out of the oven.  Thank you, Lord!
  • Making it BARELY to the gas station in time.  Thank you, Lord!
  • Walking in to find your child just getting a tub of Desitin off of the dresser.  Thank you, Lord!
  • Barely missing a wreck on the highway.  Thank you, Lord!
  • Opening a can of tomato sauce after you’re already dressed for a night out, and not getting anything on you even though it splattered.  Thank you, Lord!
  • Remembering while you’re still at the doctor’s office that you have a question to ask him.  Thank you, Lord!
  • Noticing just in the nick of time that you just put lotion in your hand instead of your hair product.  Thank you, Lord!
  • Finding your keys in a totally random place where they shouldn’t have been to begin with.  Thank you, Lord!
  • Remembering that you need sour cream while you’re at the grocery store, even though you forgot to put it on your list.  Thank you, Lord!
  • Finding the place where you’re headed even though the directions were poor.  Thank you, Lord!

I’m convinced through these experiences and many, many more that God truly does care about me.  He even cares about the little things — even my sour cream!  He’s so good to me!

Thank you, Lord!

Not Me! Monday

Today I’m joining MckMama and lots of other bloggers in Not Me! Monday, where we are confessing many things that we absolutely did not do this week!  (Of course we didn’t!)  You can click on over to her blog to see what other bloggers have not been doing!

Here are a few things I have not been doing:

My boys and I certainly did not forget to wish Paul a happy Father’s Day yesterday morning.  We were not almost at church when I gasped, remembering our mistake.  We also did not leave his present and greeting cards tucked away until he finally asked for them at bedtime.  No way!  Not us! That would be just plain bad.

And Chloe did not put us all to shame while we were all forgetting about Paul’s special day.  Paul did not tell me later about her early morning Father’s Day greeting for Paul:  Chloe did not oh so sweetly pick up the letter D from her Word Whammer toy, and she did not hug it so close to her heart, and then she did not point to Paul . . . .  You know, D is for Daddy, and I love you!  No way did Chloe beat us all to it yesterday!

I am not still totally worn out and sleepy from doing VBS last week.  I do not have the desire all day long to go back to bed and sleep for hours.  No way.  Not me! I really don’t need sleep in the day  —  or at night.  Nope.

And I’m not showing off to everyone who comes to my door today.  No, that would be bragging and self-promoting.  So it is certainly not me who keeps showing everyone the 3 rooms in our house that are finished and put back together.  And it’s not me who is counting the linen closet as a room!  No way!

What about you?  Anything you’ve not been doing?

Fathers . . . Dads . . . Daddies

Happy Father’s Day today to two fathers in my life:  Dad and Paul.

Dad, like I told you earlier today:  You are the best dad I’ve ever had!  😉

You are generous and thoughtful, creative and hardworking.  You’re an encourager and a teacher.  I have sweet memories of you sitting on the couch with me on Bursey Road — and I remember you scratching my back.  I also remember when you told me if that boy at school (middle school maybe?) messed with me or popped my bra one more time that I was to pop him a good one right in the face — and that week I had the opportunity to obey you . . . and I gave that boy a bloody nose and knocked him right on his rear-end!  I remember when you taught me to drive — we were driving peacefully down small country roads when suddenly I sat at a stop sign at FM 1709 and you told me to TURN LEFT!  I’m surprised we aren’t still sitting there waiting for me to get the courage to turn.  I’m pretty sure I remember you crying with me during Little House on the Prairie episodes.  I remember you making us all sit at the dining table on Bursey Road — and you making us all pray the prayer! And I remember on my wedding day when you walked me down the aisle — you tried to get all teary and sappy, but I was all too consumed about the details of “the show” and kept whispering over and over to you not to forget to get little Brandon from the stage.  Those memories make me smile!

I love you like crazy, Dad!

And, Paul, like I told you today:  I’m so glad you’re my kids’ dad!  🙂

You are fun and playful, generous and affectionate, loyal and devoted.  You’re a teacher and an encourager.  (Wow, I didn’t realize that I just said those 2 exact words about Dad!  They say we pick a spouse like our parents . . . .)  I remember when we found out I was pregnant with Elliot — how we rejoiced together that we would finally be parents.  Our working together on fun and creative birthday parties for the kids makes for great memories.  Our driving off from the hospital with Zachary in our car and talking about how weird it was that they just let us leave with him — what a great day to remember.  And the day Chloe was born — you were so ready to nail down a name for her, and I just wanted to recover from childbirth — thanks for waiting patiently for me.  (Or did you just finally insist that her name was Chloe??  🙂 )  The days of all of the kids’ different diagnoses brought us closer together each time as we had no other choice but to move forward and believe together that God is still God — it makes me smile to think of it.  Your coaching the boys’ teams; going to swim class with Chloe every Saturday; building the climbing wall and the fort in the back yard; bringing the kids surprises when you come home from work; your being a great sport on the days that the boys and I hid, waiting for your car to pull up and jumped out and assaulted you with water balloons while you were still in your work clothes — those are the things that make me glad you’re my kids’ dad!

I love you and appreciate you, Paul!

To my two favorite dads in the world:  Happy Father’s Day!  I love you both!

I can see miracles!

By far, Chloe’s favorite part of VBS this week has been the dancing!  There are a handful of loud, crazy songs that have cool dance moves, one even includes a fun hand jive!  Chloe does it all.  A few of the nights, by the time the dancing time was over, Chloe couldn’t even stand up since she was so  worn out!  Even when she was laying in the floor exhausted, when I offered to take her home she would shake her head and give me an adamant, “NO!”

“I can see miracles” is part of a song the kids are singing at VBS.  I loved watching Chloe dance while singing that!  She, of course, understands and believes in miracles — She is a miracle!

Here are the words:

“These are the Days (Supernatural)”

These are the days
When we can see miracles
Your wonders everywhere
Here is my life Lord
You can use me
To show the world You care

You made me
You saved me Lord
You called me
And gave me Jesus

Supernatural God
All things are possible
Supernatural God I’m gonna praise You

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