Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Testy Tuesdays

It's that time again. Just below are the pet peeves that are driving us crazy this week. Add your own in the comments, or ditto someone else. Commiserate with each other, blow off steam and go on your merry way.

Kylee: things that are messy

Stephanie: toothaches! 

Jill:  when someone takes my car for a trip and I’m stuck with a truck that smells sweaty and gross.

Now it's your turn. What's bugging you?

Monday, September 17, 2018

Off to Brazil

I won't be posting for a few weeks as we adjust to our big move, but here are a few pictures so you don't forget us!
Homemade Chicken noodle soup, and it was so oooooo good! 

That bridge above us is called "the crooked bridge" 

Crammed 3 carseats in the back of a very small car


Catching bugs! 



Sunday school verse and song at Uncle Bob's church
What my kids thought when we told them his name was uncle Bob. Bob has always been their name for all minions.

Playing charada in game night. 

Morning hair!! 




Friday, September 14, 2018

Where Were You?

When September 11th rolled around this past Tuesday, my facebook newsfeed filled with photos, images and inspirational memes that encouraged us to never forget what happened seventeen years ago.

In memory of that day, some people go to memorials. Some people fly flags. Different people do their remembering in different ways.

I do my remembering by watching news footage from that day. News anchors of the day talking about the beautiful weather ... and then cutting into their commercials and interrupting their interviews with breaking news about a plane that crashed into the World Trade Center. I listen to their speculation and then see the shock and horror that their professionalism couldn't hide when the second plane hit the second tower.

You see, I didn't see any of that when it happened because I wasn't even in the States then. My husband and I and our children had been in Uganda, East Africa, for almost 18 months, serving as missionaries. Except my husband wasn't in Uganda on that day. He had traveled home for some mandatory meetings, landing in the States approximately twelve hours before the world changed forever.

This was a time before wifi and smart phones and texting. We got internet once a day when we hooked up our computer to the phone lines so we could access our email. I heard about the attacks from another missionary that called to find out if Terry had left for the States yet.

My husband called a short time later to assure me that he was okay. And then he told me that all planes had been grounded indefinitely.

It felt very surreal--here I was in a small village in Uganda with our six children, ages eleven to one, while my husband was at home in the States. He was in the "safe" place, but for the first time I felt like I was safer in Uganda than at home.

So I watch the news footage and I see the tragedy as it unfolds, but the tragedy isn't what I'm looking for. I see a nation that was hit hard. A nation that staggered and fell to its knees. I see images of people looking on in horror and fleeing in terror.

And then I see a nation that wiped the dirt from it's face and turned to face the enemy. Together. Strong. Unafraid. People who were proud of their nation and unashamed of calling on God.

And I pray that we become a nation that is once more consumed with turning to God and standing for what's right instead of being blinded by silly arguments of gender fluidity and choked by political correctness to the point of lunacy.

I remember ... and I pray.

So where were you on September 11, 2001? Do you remember?

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Happy Thoughts Thursday

So you've made it through half the week, but it's still not Friday yet. Sometimes by Thursday you need a little lift to make it to the weekend.

Our solution? Happy Thought Thursday. On Tuesdays you can drop a pet peeve or an irritation. On Thursdays, give us a praise, a thankfulness, or something that just makes you happy. Your contributions on Thursday can be deep and spiritual, such as thankfulness for your salvation, or as shallow as a cup of coffee or a good hair day.  Here are our happy thoughts for this week:

Stephanie: finding coke zero here in Brazil! 
                   
Kylee: my husband❤️

Jill:  fall cleaning!

 what about you? What makes you happy today?

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Family Fun

Things have seemed to be a bit hectic lately between work, starting school, Doctor appointments, and just life in general. We were in much need of quality family time.


Our kids seem to be growing so fast, and changing just about every day. It’s important to us that we get that time with them.

Yesterday, we didn’t do anything extravagant, we just spent time together. One of the girls had told us she really wanted to go to eat with all the family, so that’s exactly what we did. We had some errands we wanted to run and even detoured through a park that had a “fantasy garden”. What is that you ask?  It was a really neat area at the park that has several wood carved sculptures.


Here are a few of our highlights from yesterday:

Adorable attempts at taking selfies.


The girls making up songs all the way to our destination, simply because they love singing.

There was a conversation about mommy not having time for them when the baby comes (teasing, of course). My husband suggested we get a dog (still teasing) so that there is someone to give Stella attention. She loved the idea of getting a dog. Talia added her thoughts, “we could just steal a dog and keep it.” She was being silly, and has no actual intentions of stealing anyone's dog!

One of our children introduced our entire family to a cashier at the store and inviting her to our house to meet our new baby who is on the way.

Spending time by the fountain together.


It’s the little moments that we love most with them.

What are some of your favorite family memories?

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Testy Tuesday

It's that time again. Just below are the pet peeves that are driving us crazy this week. Add your own in the comments, or ditto someone else. Commiserate with each other, blow off steam and go on your merry way.

Kylee: my crockpot cracked😲

Stephanie: leaving the grocery store, getting all the way home, then remebering the thing you went to the store for jn the first place. 

Jill:  When you go to put your mascara on and you accidentally stab yourself in the eye. And then you blink smear the rest of the mascara all over the place.

Now it's your turn. What's bugging you?

Monday, September 10, 2018

Off to Brazil

I won't be posting for a few weeks as we adjust to our big move, but here are a few pictures so you don't forget us!


Mommy-daughter café de tarde (afternoon coffee or in her case afternoon juice) 

Labor day churrasco (grill out) 

"can I help you?" 

This is the restaurant we ate at om Sunday... The dog was inside. 

Hubby preaching again 

Sisterly chats

More dirt play. This time with bucket and shovels! 

And this because my mother said it reminded her of me. My first response was "how rude!", but.... I can't say she's wrong.🤷‍♀️