Saturday, January 19, 2013

Friday, January 18, 2013

"We all have dreams!"

I just picked Jonah up from school and I walked in the door giggling.  This was our conversation on the way home.

Me:  Hey, buddy!  How was your day?

Jonah:  It was GREAT!  Really, really great!

Me:  What made it so great?

Jonah:  Well, we learned about Martin Luther King.  I really, really liked learning about him.

Me:  What did you learn?

Jonah:  Well, he had a dream.  

Me:  What was it about?

Jonah, It was a dream about one day everyone would be equal.  Equaling is all he wanted and that was his dream.  We all have dreams but no one really talks about them.  Everyone is talking about Martin Luther King's dream, though.  And, it made me think of (at this point, he bursts into song) "America, America!" 

Me:  What is that song?  Did you learn it at school?

Jonah:  No, it is from The American Adventure at Epcot.  (Singing begins again)

Me:  That's great, buddy!  

Jonah:  Will you keep my Social Studies paper about Martin Luther King?  I want to know a lot about him.  I want to know more about his dreams.  I wish I could tell him some of my dreams too!  Actually, I want to tell a lot of people about my dreams.  I'm going to read a book first though.  I think Daddy got me one about mythology.  I'll read that before B and MeMaw fly in on the airplane then I will tell them about my dreams when they get here.  And, about Martin Luther King.  I have a lot to tell them.

Thursday, January 17, 2013


One of the hardest parts of moving to a new church is leaving behind the people you love.  Yes, you always find new people to love but a piece of your heart always stays behind.  We have served in 5 churches together and in each of those places, God gave us people that became our family.  And, I mean that in the truest and most sincere form of that word.  I once had a staff wife tell me that she gets "unnerved" every time someone calls a church member "family!"  She said, "they are NOT family, they are church members!  My children WILL NOT refer to them as family, aunts, uncles, etc!"  My response to that was "YOUR LOSS!"  Truly, her loss!

You see, some of THE most precious relationships my children have are with church members.  We have never lived near our family.  But, we have lived near church members who act like family.  We've lived next door to them.  We've lived across the street from them.  We've lived in the same town as them.  And, our lives are so rich because of those people!  

Some of those people fly in tomorrow.  We are all pretty excited around here.  Tim and Belinda (or MeMaw and B) are making their first trip to our house.  Jonah is beside himself with excitement.  They were our neighbors on N. Oak Street.  We spent more time at their house than any other house during our 7 years in Vidalia.  We had more meals there than I could even begin to count.  Jonah ate  crackers and bananas while watching the Grinch...OVER AND OVER AND OVER.  We had football parties, New Years parties, birthday parties and tons of fellowships there.  

I kind of feel obligated to make really good food while they are here since she always fed us so well.  So, I'm off to do a little grocery shopping and to pick up a brisket (Moment of silence for the briskets that lost their lives in the Great Freezer Loss of 2013!) for dinner tomorrow night.  Stay tuned for pics of Jonah with some of his favorite people!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


This morning, I opened Jonah's door to find him sitting in his bed reading by the light of his lamp.  This boy, he is quite the reader.  I love that he loves it.  His favorite books are from The Magic Treehouse series.  He loves any books about science.  He recently got a book about The Titanic and he can't get enough information on it.  It is fun to watch him develop his love of reading.      

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Up early...

I got up 2 hours ago.  I've read my Bible.  I've prayed with my husband.  I made a lunch and warmed up breakfast for Jonah.  There is a load of clothes in the washer.  The master bath has PineSol in the sinks and tub and the toilet has toilet cleaner.  Pandora is playing.  And, I'm tired already!  HA!  But, I'm finally seeing the value of getting up early.  I don't like it, but I'm fairly productive.  By the time Micah gets up in an hour or so, I hope to have the cleaning done so I can hang with him. 

Honestly, I wish I could make myself get up even earlier.  That whole concept of "getting up FOR your children rather than getting up TO your children" is new for me.  Like I said, I see the value.  I just need to also see the value in going to bed early enough to make it easier.  It is hard on the days where I haven't seen Dan all day and he is just getting home about the time I should go to bed.  I'm trying to figure it all out.  

Once my doctor releases me for any kind of exercise, I'll have to fit that into the mix.  For now, I'm kind of glad she hasn't done that yet.  HA.  That's just one more thing.  And, hopefully after a meeting I have scheduled this week, I will have a part-time job that will allow Micah to go three days a week to a Montessori Preschool.  I'll only send him if I can make the money to pay for those three days.  We have been laser focused on paying off our Student Loans this year so I need the part time job to pay his tuition so every extra dime can go to those loans.  

I've been in a full on selling mode on Ebay lately.  In just a couple of weeks, I should be able to make a full principle payment of $500 just from things I've sold on Ebay and Facebook.  That's pretty exciting to this stay at home mommy who sometimes feels bad for not contributing financially to our family.  Yes, I know that raising our children is contributing but until we moved here, I worked full-time.  So, in some ways, this is still new to me.  Between Ebay, Facebook sales and the consignment sale this year, I'm feeling good about knocking those student loans out.  

Okay, the Pine-Sol is calling my name.  I'll be checking in throughout the day.  Nikki from Blogs for a Cause is working on my new blog design.  She is reworking the header now.  I'm anxious to see it all.  I had actually decided to just leave the white blank page up there from when my blog crashed a couple of weeks ago.  I didn't think I would spend money for a redo since we are in this student loan mode.  But, after the 5th or 6th question about it, I decided to take some of the money I made on Ebay and do a redo for the blog.  I'm glad I did.  I like color!  I'm anxious to see it all together.  

Ok, off to clean...


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