Friday, June 22, 2018

My Son Yelled at Me

Eighteen years is a long time to take care of someone. Long enough that you've made it a habit. Perhaps it's because Nick is my youngest, but I do have trouble remembering that he's almost a full grown man.

You'd think the fact that he's 6'2" would remind me.

At any rate, he has taken to occasionally reminding me that he's not a child anymore. Yesterday was one of those times.

Things have gotten a little busy lately. We're going to be gone most of next week for a wedding. You'll read more about that next week, but suffice it to say that one of my other sons is going to great lengths to remind me that he's all grown up now too. The day after we get back, we have a big all day event at church. Four days after that we head to Alabama for an ordination, then another wedding at our church, followed by a week of Vacation Bible School. Needless to say, things have gotten a little crazy around here.

We've been working long hours and running to and fro trying to get everything done on time. So it was already after seven when Nick and I left the church. We made a quick stop at the store and then headed home where I was going to drop Nick off so he could start dinner while I went to pick up Joel from work.

It was a great plan until we pulled into the driveway and parked by the back porch. Everyone's vehicle was gone so we knew no one was home, but the back door was wide open.

I got on the phone with Luke to find out how recently he'd left the house and if he thought he might have left the door open, although that would be unusual for him. But while I was on the phone, Nick got out of the car and ordered me (ordered, mind you!) to wait in the car while he checked things out.

I'm not accustomed to taking orders from my children, even if they are mostly grown, so I got out of the car and followed him up on the porch. Nick grabbed a large stick that was nearby and headed for the door, pausing long enough to order me again to wait outside.

I was still talking to Luke on the phone, and he was pretty sure he had closed the door when he left. With the phone pressed to my ear, I opened the screen door and followed Nick into the laundry room. This time he glared at me over his shoulder and hissed whisper-shouted, "I told you to stay outside! Someone's in here!" And then he disappeared into the kitchen.

Before I could move forward or back or even say anything, Nick came back with his dad. It seems my husband had come home before us, but his motorcycle was already put away in the garage so we didn't know he was there. Nick had seen a light on in the master bedroom just before he whisper-shouted at me.

I was not a fan of Nick trying to check out the house on his own, but I have to admit I'm not sure what alternative I could have suggested. I didn't want him going in alone, but I knew better than to try and insist that he wait outside while I tried to clear the house.

I guess I'll just have to get used to the idea that my protectors include people whose diapers I use to change.

I feel so safe now.

So, how are you doing with this whole growing up/raising kids thing?

Thursday, June 21, 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: snuggling with my babies. 
                     

Kylee: getting into bed with freshly washed sheets!

Jill:  crossing things off my to-do list!

 what about you? What makes you happy today?

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Why Didn't I Think of That?

Summer seems to be the most popular time for travel. You might be going on long vacation, a weekend trip, or maybe just getting out of town for the night. Either way, wouldn’t it be nice to have some tips and tricks on making traveling easier? Look no more I’ve got some for you!

My husband actually taught me this first one. At first, I was like there’s no way that makes more sense but after trying my way and his way, he was right! (Don’t tell him I said that!)

1. If you roll your clothes instead of folding them to pack, you can actually fit more into your luggage.




2. Add a dryer sheet when packing your clothes. They will smell amazing when you open your luggage after you've reached your destination.

3. If you’re a shoe lover like me you want to pack several pairs of shoes. However, I don’t want my shoes touching my clothes. Simply, put your shoes inside of a shower cap. No mess, no stress!


4. Do you worry about losing jewelry when you travel? Do you end up with tangled necklaces? These two tips will help solve both of those problems!

 
5. Traveling with kids?

How clever is this coloring kit? Transform an old wipe case into an art kit for the car. You can use blank paper and let your kids use their imagination or you can go to www.crayola.com and get fun free coloring pages!


6. Last and probably most important for traveling would be the proper seating protocol!


So, do you have any travel plans this summer?

Tuesday, June 19, 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: hitting every red light

Stephanie:   when I decide to have my baby's shots appointment during vbs week. 

Jill:  I didn’t get the bonus reward points because I forgot to put in the code on my order. Shouldn’t they be able to read my mind?!?!

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

Monday, June 18, 2018

A Quick Pic

I'm just gonna be honest with you. I totally forgot I had to post, and it's pretty late. So, real quick, I'll show you a little glimpse into our week. 

Here's the VBS backdrop. Where the VBS "magic" happens!


We've rediscovered Toy Story recently. So, Jessie and Woody are headed to VBS this week! 

He really does like being a cowboy. I just had to wake him up from a nap right before this. So, at the moment he wasn't thrilled. 


Sorry, for the short post, but such is life sometimes! 
What does your week look like??



Friday, June 15, 2018

I Had No Idea

On June 14th thirty-two years ago, we were asked if we would love, honor and cherish (and obey on my part) and we said "I do".

I had no idea what I was getting into.

I didn't know about the six kids ... or that most of them would be boys. Or that their appetites would keep our fridge perpetually empty.

I had no idea I would have to follow you out of state. Or across the country. Or to the other side of the world.

I couldn't see the broken bones, stitches, illnesses and emergency room visits in our future.

I certainly didn't see the homeschooling.

I didn't know your stubbornness would exceed my own.

I didn't know how completely inflexible you would be when it came to doing what you knew to be right.

I had no idea we'd be chased out of Uganda by terrorists.

I should have been able to guess that you would insist on raising all our boys to be alpha males who could stand on their own two feet - and that all six of our children would be as stubborn as you are.

I couldn't possibly guess all the thousands of ways you would show me how much you care.

I had no knowledge of all the times we would laugh together until tears ran down our faces.

I didn't realize how hard you would work to make my dreams come true - even if it meant pushing me way beyond my comfort zone because you knew I could do more than I thought I could.

I certainly didn't know how much you'd turn out to be right about things.

I didn't realize you'd still be able to make my heart melt all these years later just by smiling at me.

I didn't know, when I was that silly immature girl of nineteen, that I was marrying the original Indiana Jones and that our lives together would be one huge adventure after another.

I didn't know how much joy we would get out of serving the Lord together for all these years.

I had no idea then ... but looking back, I know that I'd do it all over again in a heartbeat.

Happy Anniversary, Indiana. I have an idea that our adventure is just beginning.


Thursday, June 14, 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: 
                     

Kylee: we find out in one week if baby is a boy or a girl!

Jill: I’ve been married to my best friend for thirty-two years.

So what about you? What makes you happy today?