Saturday, January 19, 2008

Sunday Smiles

Our weekend has been full of dance, we purchased the High School Musical #1 for Dove.

So she performed her dance with her Daddy Man

Then we had the "dogie scuffle" while Dash showed us submarine (box) battle

We Had the breathing treatments that are followed by the mania that the medications induce. Little man Dash was just speeding all day!

We all attacked the house. The kids need training on home management and chores. It is easier in many ways just to do it myself, but I must equip them for the future. That is my big task.

The Daddy Man decided to take on the training task with the bedrooms on Saturday. He and Dash worked on Dash's room. It was so amazing how Daddy Man hung in there. I was busy with the house hold chores and just resting a bit.

Dove wanted to do her room by herself, with no help. She is growing up.
I took a long nap.
I had to go to the doctors on Friday because of this terrible pain in my neck. I am on some muscle relaxers and anti inflammatory. I'll be starting therapy on Monday. This thing in my neck has been going on for months and I just could not stand the pain of it any more. I have just been trying to ignore it. I assume it is just stress.The doctor is concerned of my spinal involvement and has ordered an MRI on my neck to make sure it is not a disc. It is probably just stress thats why I have just been assuming thats all it is.

Dad and Dove finished their "Battleship " game from the night before.

Beloved and I loosened up the budget and we had Chinese food take out last night.
He just did not want me cooking. That is so sweet of him.
Yes of course we watched another two episodes of the Walton's. :)
Dove and I cuddled on the couch.
Beloved and I stayed up very late talking about some things that have been on my mind. We slept in very late and the kids had tended their needs well.

I am hemming pants for Dove (every pair is at least three inches to long. We were able to get her some nice pants Friday night. I was so frustrated that three of the pair I made her shrunk up, my own fault I should of washed the fabric first.
I am trying to get used to my new glasses they prove to be a challenge. Tipping my head back and forth to see to type and to read the screen, and that with a sore neck.
Mother in love is very ill, she has pneumonia. Please keep her in your prayers.

Dove decided to be "Sponge Bob" for the day

We are putting in that new door that we got off the curb last month. It is just like new. I will need to paint it to match the house.
My Husband has been doing a lot around the house this weekend. It is so nice to see some things accomplished. He has no overtime for another week to do the CRS financial qualifications.

The new door was 1/4 inch to wide so we stripped the hinges and kick plate and knobs off of it. We can not make use of the new door itself...bummer

The kids have been earning money for chores all week.

We use the tally on the big board to do simple math and keep charge of the earnings. They have been very highly motivated all week. The toys up on the refriderator had a real drawing effect

They did it!
Dash earned his Lego kit

And Dove earned her fusible bead kit. She needed white, yellow and black.
It came with a great idea book too.

We had a hot dog for them lunch rice and beans for me.
Watched two Walton's episodes and now we are all of doing our own things.
I am hemming Doves pants, Hubby is working on the door hardware.
Dove is on the computer and Dash is free play with Lego's.
I finally got the photo's all down loaded and I need to go put the orniments away. We are hoping a guy friend might come to help Beloved put the bins back up in the attic.

Photo Hunt *important*

Teaching kids do chores.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Letting go and letting out, taking up and taking it all in

We have always had the good fortune to receive beautiful hand me downs for the kids.
Coming home from Russia, I will always remember a woman who had heard of Dash's adoption and had collected clothing from her friends and brought them to me at church one day.
I did not even know the woman. When we adopted Dash God Told me to trust him for his needs. We had been laid off of our 25 year career when the plant shut down and we were so afraid to bring him into that, we just were not sure how we were going to do it.
I have watched God provide for these kids.
I have been really trying to do all the sewing and clothing creation.
Yesterday after work beloved told me to go ahead and take the money out of savings to go buy the children some new clothing. I have tried so hard to avoid this and make all I can and get all the things I am able to from thrift shops and such. I have always shopped clearance (still do). I did not realize how much pressure I had placed upon myself.
So Dash must have a coat, if I were to go to get the fabric just for him and sew it up there is no way I can meet the need of warm gear for the next days needs. I had to let my self off the hook and go buy clothing. I had so much fun.
Seeing myself at Sears I went there and found several wonderful deals for the kids.
40-70% off. I could not even make it for that.
This was the very first time I have ever taken the children clothing shopping.
I took them one by one, first Dash, so he could have one on one time. We had a meal togeather and just "tied strings of the heart". Then I brought him home.
I left shortly with Dove and had alone time with her, it was a little too rushed though, she made her own choices. I have to go out again to get a coat for her. I want to do it when we are not rushed so I can "tie heart strings" with her too.

I have given them the things I have found while out searching clearance racks , but never before had they gotten to go to the store with me and choose what they wanted.
They were very frugal and thoughtful of their purchases.
Very appreciative too.

Dove got to have a High School Musical set, she was so excited. She has NEVER complained over what I have provided her. She is so happy almost to tears of gratitude. It was so touching to experience her response.
Dove is very petite so I had to cut off the sleeves and pant legs three inches this morning.
She leaned on me and just leaned in close for several moments... She was so moved by it. I found pants for Dove for under $7 pair (tactile will not be a problem) ya!
I am humbled and so very grateful to have made this investment into there hearts. I think if they would of been shopping all along they would not have the grateful hearts they do.
I love the character I am witnessing in them.

I got Dash a light weight jacket for $4. and a Lego star wars shirt too (he loved it!)

A new coat a field jacket on reduced price at Dillard for $30. it is beautiful.
Heavy and warm. I was able to get him new pants at $10. a pair too. He will be able to put them on himself (fine Motor).
He is so happy and is warm! I have a lighter load.
Not stress in the morning of wondering what they will wear and if they will lock frumpy or not.
I am not under all the pressure to get the pants sewn for Dash and the shirts for Dove.
I can sew now for fun for them and not necessity so much.
I do however have pants to cut off and to hem for Dove:)

Thursday, January 17, 2008

To late to blog much

Full day
A ladies day here from 10 am to 2:30 Had a great time cillin with a great lady rolling a ball of yarn as she unraveled a sweater she had to repair and made two of my Pay It Forwards

These have a lot of work in them, They still needed a little tweaking.

Went to get the kids at 2:35had an extra (friend of dove's) in tow
Breathing treatments for Dash (who is like a mad man on speed) the medications side effcts also have him Jeckel and Hyde all over the place
Then Hubby walked in said hi and as he was stepping toward me to kiss me the door bell rang (did not get the kiss)
Parent came for kid who did not want to leave for anything!
Parent and kid left
Then said hi to hubs hubs said go take dash and buy him a coat and anything else he needs. I took him to the mall and had some good Mom and Son time to heal his heart. Took him out to supper too.,(Dove stayed to do homework) left at 5 got home at 7:30

walked in the door to request for possible child care at 6 am.
Then walked right out the door with Dove and took her back to the same store at the same mall (got amazing clothing deals for both kids) walked across mall 4X! Left mall at 9pm (huge exception to be out late Dove has never even been out that late in her life)
Then went to Wal-Mart NO COAT to be found.
Got home at 9:45
Returned the call... no childcare in the a.m.? I think but possibility I'll have a kid on my door step at 6am!
it is now 10:30 Woww milked that day for all it was worth.
Good night all

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Thankful Thursday

It is a very cold Desert morning here.
I just now finished Dash's coat!
Perfectly imperfect. I was a bit frustrated to realize yesterday that I had inverted the front panels. I was too far in. I appreciate that Dash did not even notice and he likes it. I made this up out of remnants I found. It turned out cute. I had to cut out the surged seam it textually bothered Dash. Sensory integration stuff can cause many an extra efforts to finish a task.
I know I can buy a soft fuzzy thread to serge with, but alas the old 1957 Phaff wins out again. It is just always the best bet for me.
I am glad that I have it.
My Children are grateful to me for the things that I sew for them. It really is wonderful that they know no in appropriate shame over home sewn clothing.

Well so much for that.
I just got back from taking them to school and He REFUSES to ware it! He said it looks babyish. So I tried to force the issue he sat cold in the car sick. Frustrated I made him put it on only to find him outside cold with it stuffed in his pack. I told him to go inside I looked around and I think I see his point. Remember when we were kids and the torment. I think I understand him. I am bummed all that work and a sad kid who feels bad over it on my account I'm sure. Oh the days of home schooling. I sometimes wish I were able to do that but alas our 6 year olds have to act 12 in order not to be tormented by others.

I am thankful that I have eyes to see his heart and help him through this maze. My poor baby to be in such a fix. Not wanting to hurt me or be humiliated at school.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

New Glasses

This is the New pair I picked them up today. It is very strange to have the line after wearing progressives for so many many years.
My distance field is so much clearer. I have not seen my eye brows for years.
The lenses are smaller because the magnification space is smaller.
I think I really like them. So much less distortion.
I have to try them for a 2 week period to see if I can use these lenses.
Other wise I have to go into the prism.
Just a Mom got new glasses too.

Wordless Wedensday

Muddy shoes to wash at my sink. It rained here the other day.

Tales from the scales * to humbly begin again*

Today I begin again...
I have before me the choice to avoid this issue and just get bigger and weaker and less healthy
I can begin again...
humble myself and start over...choice is a powerful thing. I have only failed if I stop trying. so...I begin again. I am so disappointed in myself. I have lost ground on my knee and it is my own fault. It is my own choice to neglect myself, my responsibility to care for myself. I deemed myself not worthy by my own actions. I must begin again and stand up to that lie. I need to set myself up as more than worth to pursue this endeavor. I have lost my knee I think to neglect of exercise. I hope I can get it to recover the neglect. I am very angry at myself.
Sugar is so addictive and I need to first step it. I fell again into the sugar bowl of life. with the intense cavings and affiliations that are there. I must replace the voids and begin again. It is so hard to give it up! I am such a junkie to it.
Today I have two sick kids so I think. It is perhaps sugar that is leaving them more vulnerable to illness. It is really hard on immunity. I am pained in my joints too. week and fatigued of body. I know this experience I have been on this road too many times not to know the end of it.
I must begin again.!
I admit I have a problem and I desire to face it. YIKES!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Time Travel Tuesday

Time Travel Tuesday ~ 2013 Edition

Let's travel forward this time! Where do you see yourself in five years? Will you be living where you live now? What's going on in your life five years from now???
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In five years Dove will be 15 and Dash will be 12...Teenagers. I will be 52 years of age! yikes. Beloved will be 55. Wow.... Dove will in all hopes be in 8th grade and Dash in 6th. They will be in two different schools. Dove may be home schooled if needed. Dash will be on the fast track and on his way to higher education. It is my desire that he will still have his sight and hearing if not then It is my desire that we further his education as much as possible with a special school to meet his need. May that not be the path, is my hope for him.
We will be raising our children. Having a good relationship with them where they know they can trust us. I want to offer them a place of haven in the midst of the stormy world.It is my desire to live a long life with Beloved together. We do need to cover our life insurance needs better.
We, during our peers retirement years, will be raising our children. It is my hope that we are able to attack our mortgage to get this home paid off so we will have no mortgage to interfere with the college needs and the income less years to follow. It is my desire that once the children are established in schools with relationships that are healthy we play it out until they are out of school. I see us here for many years for that is our lot. We looked at other options but we find our selfs here earning a living to support our family in the best way we are able in the most productive and ample environment as possible.
It is a reality that Beloveds folks will be in greater need of our help so I would assume that will also be a part of our life then.
Perhaps with creative avenues and ventures I might be able to be a big help in that through ebay and etsy... I hope we can one day be debt free of the mortgage.
I desire a sound mind and a strong body. Healthy children and a healthy husband. Perhaps some travel. Most importantly I have a desire to be debt free. We are a mortgage off from that. The adoptions were the greatest investment we ever made. The lives of the children were worth every hardship they are a gift and a treasure. We are so blessed. I wish that the expenses associated with the adoptions were gone though. That is my big goal. No more mortgage at retirement in five years I hope we will have made a big dent in that!

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Wow what a different day.

We were giving him a breathing treatment and he was so dog gone cute Beloved and I could not even keep a straight face without tuning away to smile wide. He is doing alright with the steroids and the albuterol. I have to keep an eye on him. This child that sits next to him and coughs at his face all day is getting over pneumonia. We have to watch Dash for infection now that his lungs are compromised. This Doctor was new at the practice and asked me if Dash had cochlear implant... I had to tell him of the Ushers Syndrome thing ...It always hits me so hard to speak of it. I pray that this is not the road for this child. God is in charge not me.
I took him to lunch, he wanted to order for me so we had our Taco Bell to go and went over to the fountains to sit outside and eat. We spoke of procreation for he saw birds mating that little boy was so startling " they do that so that God can make more birds...Just like people make more people." I told him how some folk do it just because its fun and they do it outside of marriage and that that was not the original plan. He gets it. Then I told him of abortion and how that when the mating makes life it is not for life that they do it, so they kill it. (I can speak form a personal understanding of this) not judgment just facts laid out simply.
I have a really great child her, MY SON, My son a hearts desire twenty years in the waiting and life is given to me through another woman who chose to give him a life unselfishly.

What Donetta means

What Donetta Means

You are balanced, orderly, and organized. You like your ducks in a row.

You are powerful and competent, especially in the workplace.

People can see you as stubborn and headstrong. You definitely have a dominant personality.

You are well rounded, with a complete perspective on life.

You are solid and dependable. You are loyal, and people can count on you.

At times, you can be a bit too serious. You tend to put too much pressure on yourself.

You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people.

You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts.

You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals.

You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.

You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.

At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.

You are a seeker. You often find yourself restless - and you have a lot of questions about life.

You tend to travel often, to fairly random locations. You're most comfortable when you're far away from home.

You are quite passionate and easily tempted. Your impulses sometimes get you into trouble.

You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.

You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.

You have the classic "Type A" personality.

Tackle It Tuesday

Change in plans, this is what I will be doing for the next three days three times a day. His Asthma is in a bad way they put him on steroids. Asthma is three fold
1. inflammation = steroid help
2. spasm= albeuteral
3. mucus+ a med given at the doctors office in the breathing treatment.
Doctor thinks it is allergy related to the mucus, exposure to the sick child in his class causing the spasm and the spasm causes the inflammation. Dash is pretty rattly in his chest but better after the breathing treatment. We have a svn or breathing machine here at home and will be using it .
Everything else pales!
Nothing really Matters when this is the task at hand :)

Good Morning!

Well out late and up early. The children are at school, Beloved has a lunch and the kids get to eat at the cafeteria today. My car still in the drive way was brisk to enter this morning. so... I got a lot of the Christmas stuff packed up just have the wrapping stuff,cards and paper to organize...

and all the ornaments to sort and put away properly. I am so slipping I never have just tossed them all in a basket like that before. I think I will not do it again either, shat a pain!

I am so getting tired of taking care of stuff all the time. I think if I learn e bay and sell some stuff off I would be much happier and not so worn out.

We gave the kids each a basket to empty the car out. It just collects. I saw Dash got something oil looking on the back seat when I turned to tell them good bye. I have this to put away. His asthma is still bad today. All of this may stop to get him an a appointment at his pediatrician's (23 miles away). There is some heavy equipment working across the way at a neighboring house and it has been going for days...I am so fatigued of the vibration and noise it causes.

I have the bottom three shelves to do here. So much of this is ABeka curriculum. I need to sell. I must get up and running. I have a great referral for a home school site. It is so hard to bring myself to totally letting go of this.

I'd like to see this dusted and the glass cleaned. Under the TV is a mess the kids have made too. Man! kids are so messy!

Decorating would bring me some pleasure too. It is so fun to have some excitement for the family. I have some cupcake cups and sprinkles too. I was going to make some cards too. I have so many desires and thoughts of things I would love to do. So little energy and time :)

I just love the vibrant place mats I found at Wal-Mart cheep. They are so colorful.

Jewelry sales and creating is another avenue I need to hit. The education cure is needing attention. With a etsy store up and coming This is in need of consideration and tidying. I have three pay it forwards to create. I have not forgotten you three girls. I was looking into your favorites just yesterday. Pinks and browns for one and silver for another. See I know just have been busy but that was noted in the pay it forward when I posted. I hope you are still planning to do yours as well.

This is a time consuming task. I just replaced the little green ones at Christmas with two larger ones. Chew able vitamins take up a lot of space in the daily compartments. I sort and then each day they just open up and there it is. I start new habits with great intentions. It is the long term follow through that is a hardship for me. I must begin again over and over. I must begin again with my knee I must begin again with the weight loss too. I get so frustrated with myself!
Valentine Decorations
Ornaments away in garage
kitchen tidy
Vitamin Pill boxes
Start again

Monday, January 14, 2008

A full day of meal preperations for the week ahead

I started off my morning with Dash, he was having asthma I think, no fever. A bad cough and the desire to stay home. I saw that it was a need for him to have mom time. So off to build a Lego Mall, cafe and body shop pet store and weapons outlet too. :)
After some albuteral he was alright.
Asthma it is a real breath stealer.

I made up a batch of Apple Crumble. love this apple peeler/corer/slicer

It makes such even pieces

The rice dishes for the week are one for fish it has sushi rice with herbs de Provence and parsley powder using a chicken broth base. The other is a rice I think it is spelled arsio? with the taco mix seasoning and a little kitchen bouquet for color.

This one is for supper tonight. It has ground lamb cooked then the basmati rice, curry and turmeric in Chicken broth as well.

left ariso(?) right sushi and lower is Basmati

I will serve the lamb tonight and the others will be put up for the menu this week.

Home cooking means lots of dishes!

Ginger snaps for the kids after school too.

Well off to the garage to pack up the Christmas things. I want my car parked inside again. I really miss it being nice and warm and clean.

Herberer Theater Tonight

We have been invited by the Director and the Performer to attend

An Evening With Harriet Tubman
January 15-17, 22-24
Time: 12:10 P.M. , Doors open at 11:40
**PREVIEW NIGHT Jan 14th, 7 P.M.**

The play was amazing!
Very good historical understanding.
She was so much more than our history has ever told us.

A dramatic narrative detailing the life of American Legend Harriet Tubman. Known as "The Moses of Her People" , Harriet Tubman is said to have led over 300 of her bondsmen out of slavery. Harriet Tubman led a life of reluctant fame and adventure. Based on documented events, this original piece is written and performed by Larrissa Brewington
Directed by Kandyce Hughes

Kandyce and I have been friends many years over 20, Her husband and Beloved are best friends of well over 30 years. We loaned the play a musket riffle for the performance and as a gift to our family we have been given admission for the whole family. This aught to be a lot of fun tonight. We are both Civil War buffs.

Older women likewise teach the younger women...

• how to love their husbands
• how to love their children
• how to be self-controlled
• how to be pure
• how to be keepers at home
• how to be kind and submissive (not subservient) to their own husbands. (See Titus 2:3-5)

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By Maya Angelou

'A woman's heart should be so hidden in Christ
That a man should have to seek Him first to find her.'

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not shouting 'I'm clean living,'
I'm whispering 'I was lost, Now I'm found and forgiven.'

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I don't speak of this with pride.
I'm confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not trying to be strong.
I'm professing that I'm weak and need His strength to carry on.

When I say.. 'I am a Christian' I'm not bragging of success.
I'm admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not claiming to be perfect,
My flaws are far too visible, but God believes I am worth it.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I still feel the sting of pain...
I have my share of heartaches, so I call upon His name.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not holier than thou,
I'm just a simple sinner Who received God's good grace, somehow!

Words have power. Here are a few of my favorite sayings.

  • A warm cup of tea is like a cuddle with a friend.
  • The North American Indians have a more eloquent word for ‘friend’ than we do in English. In their language, the word for friend literally means, “the one who carries my sorrows on his back.”
  • Return with Honor
  • The sage anticipates things that are difficult while they are easy, and does things that would become great while they are small. All difficult things in the world are sure to arise from a previous state in which they were easy, and all great things from one in which they were small. Therefore the sage, while he never does what is great, is able on that account to accomplish the greatest things."
  • “Live so that when your children hear these words they think of you… Fairness Caring Integrity Honesty Love Trust.”
  • "O Lord help my words to be gracious and tender today, for tomarrow I may have to eat them."
  • "No man has ever been shot while doing the dishes"

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Amy has clicked her heals and flown to her real home. There is no place like home.

This was given to me for the third time in just a few weeks.

Zephaniah 3:17 NLT
"For the LORD your God has arrived to live among you. He is a mighty savior. He will rejoice over you with great gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will exult over you by singing a happy song."

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