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Our Castle

Recently while driving home after having gathered the kids from school one afternoon, Zippy surveyed our van and smiled. Then in a self-reflective way, he slowly thought aloud, “This is like our little house, isn’t it?” He was referring to our van.

Strewn around in the van were backpacks filled with books and homework, shoes and socks that are always stripped off after barely getting the van door closed, snacks and empty snack wrappers, and a variety of office supplies and beauty supplies–because I tend to keep my car stocked with supplies we may need at some point.

“Yeah, this is like a little house for us, isn’t it?” he repeated, his wheels still turning.

We had each other, we had entertainment that we enjoyed pouring from the speakers of the van, and we had comfortable furniture to relax in. That sounds like a house…like a home.

Even though I had already twice agreed with him that, yes, this van is like our little house, he repeated his thought again because that’s what he does. “This is like our little house. We could live in here. Especially if the wheelchair wasn’t in the back.”

Our van keeps us warm in the winter, cool in the summer, dry whenever it ever decides to rain in Texas, and shields us from the sun and other elements. It is one of our safe havens where we spend more time than most families probably do.

“Elliot and I could sleep in the back even,” he continued thinking.

I agreed every time and smiled with him every time. It was like a little house. It had everything we really needed.

But in the end, Zippy decided he’s glad we don’t live in our van. He’s pleased that we have a much bigger house than our van is. In fact, comparatively, our house is a castle.

So, yeah, we’re both glad we have a castle to live in. 🙂



Thankful, yes.

So, I know yesterday was Thanksgiving, and everyone wrote their thankfulness posts yesterday and have moved onto Christmas. But I’m a day late. Please let me indulge in a thankfulness post a few hours tardy.

I like Thanksgiving. It is a very important holiday for us to gather with our family and love on them and say a few things that we probably should say more often during the year: I love you. I’m thankful for you. I’m glad you are in my life. I’m grateful for our relationship and for your friendship. Etc.

Besides hanging with some of our favorite people, eating some of our favorite foods that are reserved only for that Thursday celebration in November, we just sit around and watch TV or play games. (I mean besides the slaving in the kitchen before and after the meal.) And besides, the food is fantastic!

And Thanksgiving is just a great time to count our blessings and name them one by one!

While I won’t be able to name them one by one because I think it would make my blog explode from the length of the post, I will tell a few things that I listed this year — in no particular order.


I am thankful for my children. Each one of them are incredibly hard workers, persistent and determined in their own areas. They have all 3 accomplished great things — unexpected things. All 3 of my children have a heart for God and love to worship Him; they love to listen for His voice and believe the things He says to them. And each of my kids have completely, 100% stolen my heart forever and always — they cause me happy tears and a full heart nearly everyday. They are truly my gifts!

I am thankful for Paul. He goes to work everyday to support his family. His family causes more stress and difficult decisions than most families do, and he keeps on keeping on. He recognizes and deals with each of our quirks and loves us anyway. He enjoys life and has passions in life that he follows and makes a priority. He is the smartest person I know and nearly always has his nose in a book.

I am thankful for Paul’s family. His parents, still married after more than 50 years, enjoy their children and their grandchildren. They have a big house and love to have it filled with their family and friends. Paul’s family likes to have fun, and laugh, and play games.

I am thankful for my family. My parents love their children and grandchildren and are filled with pride and thankfulness for our relationships and successes. My parents have been married for 50 years and have passed down quite a legacy of faithfulness and commitment and purpose to me and my brothers. I love to gather with them and my sis-in-law and my nephews and niece. Our family who gets along and enjoys each other is so unusual this day and age, and I’m thankful for it.

I’m thankful for my house and my neighborhood. I love to be in the 4 walls of my house. It’s warm in the winter and cool in the summer. There’s space for everyone and love in every room. It’s a place of making memories for my family. Our neighborhood is racially diverse and is a great mix of ages. We even have a little lake and walking trail that is a lovely place to be. It’s a great place to live.

I’m thankful for my church. My kids have great friends there and have learned to have a personal relationship with Jesus. My boys have had mentors who have helped grow them up in the things of God. They have learned to worship God passionately and to use their gifts for the Lord.

I am thankful for my kids’ teachers and schools. Elliot has opportunities that he excels at, Zippy has some teachers who he has bonded with, and Chloe’s team of teachers have been amazing. When you entrust your children to a group of people for 7 hours everyday, it’s so important to know that good things are happening for those 7 hours! It is NOT something that our family takes for granted since we have experienced it both ways.

I am thankful for the sounds my children make when they practice their instruments! I LOVE IT! I wish they practiced for hours everyday so I could listen more and more! Elliot on the marimba, snare, and bells; Zippy on the violin; and Chloe on the cello. Keep on making music!

And this year for the first time, I have someone else to be thankful for. A couple of months ago I connected with my long-lost half brother. He is 9 years older than me. I’ve always known about him but never met him. His daughter reached out to our family on facebook, and we’ve been chatting and getting to know each other for the last six weeks or so. My brother has been married to a lovely woman for 25 years and has 2 wonderful daughters, age 23 and 10. So just like that, I gained a brother, a sister-in-law, and 2 nieces! What fun! And what an amazing gift to receive right before the holidays!

Yes, my heart is full of thankfulness. Can’t you see why?? That is quite the list!

And now we enter into Christmastime! So joyful! Bring it on!

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I wanted to give a shout out to my helpers today.  My life would be very difficult, very tricky, not very enjoyable, and possibly impossible without my helpers stepping in and helping with my load.

Mom and Dad, Kyle, Fran, Mandye, Laura, Cynthia, Barbara, and Cathy — you all bless me each week!  You help with the boys, you help with Chloe, you help with doctor appointments, you act as taxi, you support the boys in their sports, you pick up my boys from school, you get Chloe off of the bus, you feed my kids, you give medicines, you clean my house, you do my laundry.  I could seriously go on and on!

Thank you!  I appreciate you all so much!  My life, Paul’s life, and my children’s lives are richer because of you!

We are truly blessed.

And I pray for blessings for you in return!

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