Sunday, June 10, 2012


 This week has been a busy one.  We chose June 8th as our last day of school and I'm glad we are done.  Officially.  We will continue learning through the summer, "unofficially".  Friday we finished up our standardized testing with the math portion.  This was the first time the girls have ever taken them and I was sweating bullets.  I mean, think about it, I'm their mother and their teacher so if they don't do well it's all on me.  In my opinion, those tests aren't a good representation of what my kids know, but the law requires them so they took them. 

We've been camping a couple of times this year with plans to do it a few more this year.  It's a great mini-getaway and we enjoy it so much.

A major trip to Goodwill is scheduled for tomorrow because we have been cleaning out stuff like crazy.  It feels so good to get rid of stuff that just clutters up our house and our lives.  I like having closets that aren't busting at the seams and you can actually find what's in them.

We skyped with Trev and Jess tonight and it's one my favorite things to do.  If we can't be with them, Skype is the next best thing.  I just hate it when we have to say goodbye.  That's the worst part.  Tonight Mike said it's beginning to be the worst part for him, too. We miss them so much.

We have Rejoice from FWBBC coming tomorrow to spend a couple of days with us and singing at our church Tuesday night.  It'll be fun to have them here.  Mike is planning an outreach activity for them so that should be interesting.

This week is going to be crazy.  It will include the students staying with us, a trip south, State Conference, cousins, fun, sweet fellowship, and some time of refreshment with just my husband.

There were 35 people today at church.  Mike preached a great sermon with the Gospel well presented.  We're so thankful for all the prayers.  It's only by God's power and grace that we can do what He's called us to do.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012


Wow!!  It's been a long time! Look what happened since I've been away.  I became a mil and Michael became a dil and the girls became sils.  We like our new titles.  But more importantly, Trevor and Jessie became husband and wife.

Shelby had her 12th birthday while we were in Nashville and I had my 39th right after we got back.

We're in the home stretch of finishing up school and it's exciting.  There will be trips and exploring going on this summer with a little sprinkling of "let's do some flash cards or play a math game online" mixed in.

I just have to say that I am looking forward to putting up our summer to do list and slowly checking off each thing.  We have already done some camping and other fun things.  The next few weeks will be packed with some overnight guests, a conference at the beach, camp for the girls and a little romantic overnight excursion for Michael and I.

I keep going back and forth about whether to keep this blog up or not.  Michael checks it almost every day to see if I've posted (Hi, honey!)  Obviously, I'm keeping it for now.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


As I sit here in a quiet house at 9:30 in the morning (don't hate me, my girls are late sleepers:) I am, of course, thinking of the wedding coming up in a few short days.  It has been a little surreal at times because here in NoVa no one knows my son and Jessie so when I talk about it there is only surface talk.  You know what I'm talking about~ "My son is getting married."  "Oh, that's nice."  and then we talk about the logistics.

Inevitably, the statement is made~"You don't look old enough to have a son that is getting married."  Some days if I'm having a moody day I want to say, "Well obviously I am since I just told you that my son is getting married."  I don't ever say that but sometimes it's right on the tip of my tongue.

Since I will turn 39 shortly after Trevor gets married I have been reflecting on a lot of different things and I have come to the conclusion that I am not afraid to embrace age and all that it entails.  I have heard a couple of people recently bemoan getting older and even cursing the aging effect.  I can see where aging has it's negative side but I also see so many positives in getting older.

For one, I feel like I'm more comfortable in my skin.  I was a young wife and mother and I often felt very self conscience.  When we got married I was so unsure of myself. I was so miserable.  Not with my marriage but with myself.  I can remember just looking at myself and hating everything about me.  Not just appearance but everything.  The way I talked, the way I laughed, the way I kept house, the way I decorated the house.  EVERYTHING. And guess what, it all played out in my relationships as well.

There were so many times I felt pulled this way and that and none of what I was being pulled to was what I really liked or wanted.  Things started changing very slowly when I started staying home with my kids.  When I say slowly....I mean S..........L.........O, you get the picture.  It took years and years to get where I am.  I have setbacks sometimes but I feel more in love and comfortable with me now than I ever have before.

Now that I am older, I feel more at peace, more relaxed in myself.  I'm not afraid of gray hair (I have a lot and not going to dye it:)  I'm not afraid of wrinkles, they come with the territory.  Through love and  growth in Christ and my relationship with Him I've learned to love the person He created me to be.  Through the love of my husband I've learned how to trust, which is Christ teaching me in the flesh.

So when people look at me and say I don't look old enough to have a son that's getting married I just smile and say thank you, knowing that every gray hair and wrinkle has brought me to a new place with my relationship with Christ and the people I love.  I wouldn't change a thing.

Sunday, March 25, 2012


 (Abby at her birthday supper at Friendly's~the necklace she has on is her Birthday necklace I made her.  Shelby has one also and they wear them every year on their day:)

Since I posted here last we have celebrated 3 birthdays and made preparations for 1 wedding.

We have had our first weekend guests that were not related. Can't wait for the next guests.  Will it be you???

I have lots of ideas for blog posts I just have to make it a point to actually type them out and hit publish.

We took our Sunday afternoon walk to Trader Joe's this evening and sat at "our table" outside Barnes and Noble.  I told Mike that it was funny that when we moved here last year everything seemed a long walk away and now when we take our usual walk it seems like no time at all.

We have a new favorite Mexican place, District Taco.  It's so good and they serve Boylan soda that we love.

There is 1 week til the wedding.  ONE week!!!!  I am not believing it!!!

I baked three different kinds of goodies Friday, shared them with friends, and got some compliments.  I love to bake and cook.

The Cherry Blossoms have been at their peak and they're so beautiful.  I think that it's a little redundant to travel every year to see them.  I mean really they look the same every single year.  It's kinda funny that people with these really expensive cameras taking TONS of pictures of these blossoms and the pictures will be the same next year and the year after that and the year after that.

This week is packed with a lot of stuff and preparations for traveling.  My list is long but my motivation is high. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Do you see me? I'm in Julia Childs kitchen.
She invited me to come over and cook for her:)

I've been meaning to get back on here for weeks. The motivation, it has eluded me.

So much has happened since I was on here last. Let me just get this out there right now: my son's wedding is 39 days away~~~~HELLO????? Did you hear me?? 39 very short days away.

I'm in stunned silence. You can't really tell that because I am typing instead of talking but believe me when I tell you. I am speechless.

There have been field trips planned and executed. There have been craft projects planned and some of them executed. There have been great Skype sessions with son and soon to be daughter in law.

We joined the Y again. We've missed our beloved Y in Nashville but we have found one here that is quite acceptable. Not the Arlington Y because that place was just a joke. A really bad joke.

I've had some down times in the past month. Loneliness is a hateful companion and she doesn't leave even when she is totally unwanted.

This will be confusing and make sense to no one but Mike and I but I had an alert on the phone go off on Saturday that threw me for a loop. I have no recollection of putting it on there but I certainly know it's on there now. Sometimes things that happen in life is just absolutely the pits.
I would say something much stronger but I'm afraid it might be too much for some of you:)

Uhh~39 days. Unbelievable.

My girls are so funny. They do something daily that just makes me smile and feel blessed that I'm their Mom.

I've had a request for meatloaf so I'm off to make one.

Til next time.


Saturday, January 7, 2012


These are pictures of a field trip we took to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. It has been a draft in my posts so I decided to go ahead and publish it. Enjoy:)


Our Christmas was really nice. We had my parents, Mike's parents, Mary, and Noah here on Christmas Day. It was so fun and relaxing. We played games and ate and Skyped with Trevor and Jessie. Our church service was so good.

I made some hor d'oeuvres to have after church so that we could eat a little later in the day. I enjoy cooking and fixing stuff ahead of time so things are ready to enjoy.

We ate Christmas dinner about 4:00. I put the potatoes in the crockpot in the morning to cook all day. I love to "bake" potatoes like this because it frees up your oven and you really don't have to even think about them.

Mike grilled 7-8 pounds of steak. They were so perfectly tender and juicy. They were seasoned just right so no steak sauce was needed. The other sides were green beans casserole, caesar salad, roasted San Marzano tomatoes, and dinner rolls. For dessert I made a pumpkin and pecan pie. Mike's mom made a pound cake and peanut butter hershey kiss cookies. My mom made 2 cheesecake pies.

The week after Christmas was nice and relaxing. We didn't have anything on our agenda so we enjoyed all the down time. We didn't drive our van from Christmas Eve til Friday. We have been driving less and less. Most of our errands can be done on our afternoon walks. Our bank, post office, Trader Joe's/Whole Foods, Walgreens, Metro station, and library are within a 10-15 minute walk so there is always somewhere to walk.

My sister wanted to go over to D.C. so on Thursday we caught the subway over to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

We ended the day at the White House. It was cold out but it didn't keep us from enjoying being together. On the walk back home from the subway we stopped at Starbucks for a treat to warm us up.

New Year's Eve was a nice, relaxing day. We ate subs and watched the ball drop. It was cool to be on Eastern Standard time again. Shelby and Abby tried to stay up but they had stayed up late the night before so they crashed around 11pm. Mike took a little nap while the news was on but woke up to watch the last 30 min of 2011 with me.

Our New Year service was a time of reflection as well as looking forward to 2012. We invited our friends Krisstal and her son, Elias, over for lunch. I am looking forward to digging in and establishing relationships this year.

We started our lessons on Monday and this week has been a very fruitful one. There has been lots of good discussions about explorers and Hippocrates. There were many games of Uno. Plain old Uno. Love it. Music classes and Choir started back this week.

We have goals in place for 2012 and lots of grace to extend to ourselves and others. The most exciting thing for 2012 will be, by far, The Wedding. Gosh, we can hardly wait.