Thursday, September 19, 2013


Ahhhh...Groovebook! My new favorite App.  I've spent the day sharing the goodness of this little app.  Granted, I do get a free book if 5 people join but it is really much more than the $2.99 credit.  It is a great way to get physical copies of the photos on your phone that you love.  Each month, you can upload up to 100 photos and get a bound book of your photos for just $2.99.  The pages are all perforated so you tear them out if you want.  I use camera roll (upper left) and Instagram (lower right) photos in book.  And, each moth, the cover changes.  Super cute!  You must get this app and use GLENN40 in the coupon code box for your first book free!!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

A new day

Yesterday was tough.  Not all of it.  Actually, some of it was really great.  But, when something bad happens, it seems to overshadow the good and you (well, me) end up focusing on the bad rather than the good.  So, maybe I'll back up and start with the good.  

We had a really good morning in our Bible Study for mothers.  I use the term "Bible Study" very loosely because yesterday was more of an overview/get to know you than studying about anything.  I'm excited to see where that group goes and what we learn together.  The practical meshed with spiritual concept is going to be really good.  I'm excited to see what God does in our hearts, lives and homes over the next few weeks. 

I was feeling pretty good about life as I sat in the pick-up line at Jonah's school.  As he climbed in my car, he began to tell me what had transpired over the course of his day.  Within a minute, my heart hurt and my entire mood changed.  I'd love to fill you in on what happened but as he gets older, I really want to protect his privacy.  But, trust me when I say, you would all be shocked at what happened.  He was heartbroken over his actions.  He didn't have to tell me he was sorry.  I could see it all over his face.  He wasn't just sorry, he was repentant.  His teacher had taken the correct actions and had even required a written apology that we had to sign.  

He had a follow-up appointment for his ear so we talked more about it in the waiting room.  I told him that this would be one of those times that he would also be punished at home.  He told me he was scared to tell his dad but I told him that wasn't an option.  He had to tell his daddy and we would decide together what the punishment was.  But, I also assured him that because of his honesty (he didn't get caught at school, he confessed to his teacher before she discovered what he did) the punishment would be much less.  We ALWAYS reward honesty!

While we waited in the waiting room, Jonah read a book and I text Dan to give him a heads up.  His response back was "My heart hurts!"  Yeah, mine too!  He immediately called the school and left a message for Jonah's teacher.  We text back and forth so he would know everything before Jonah told him.  We finished at the doctor (ears are back to 100%!  YAY!) and went to pick up Micah.  

Before going any further, you have to understand that every day when I get Micah, someone tells me how sweet he is and how he always follows instructions and what a great little boy he is.  Yeah, you can see where I'm going, right?  I walk up and rather than calling his name from the playground like the normally do, his teacher walks toward me with a look of great frustration.  She says "He has been a pill today!  I've never seen him like this!"

She then proceeds to tell me all sorts of things about his behavior that threw me (and her) for a loop.  It was as if he were a completely different child than she had ever seen there.  We were both shocked.  When she called him over to me, I asked him about all of those things in front of her and he admitted to them all.  I made him apologize to her and told her we would discuss them more with him tonight.  He lost a privilege before we ever left the parking lot.

I called Dan as soon as I hit the car.  We were both so sad!  Not because our children misbehaved.  All children do that.  It just hit on the same day.  And, both things were completely uncharacteristic.  Jonah's especially.  Rather than going home, we drove to the church so he could talk to both of them and get that out of the way.  

I won't go into great detail but things went down hill when they got home.  It just ended up being a really bad day.  Things progressed and Jonah ended up having to go to bed at 5:45.  We have NEVER done that.  Nothing else was getting his attention though.  That devastated him.  His heart was broken.  But, it was all we knew to get through to him.  We went back to talk to him about 5 minutes later and he was OUT!  That kid slept from 5:45 p.m. until 6:45 a.m. when I woke him for school.  I'm thinking exhaustion might have played into his behavior.  And, my friend Carrie reminded me it was a full moon yesterday?!?  I'm certainly not taking all blame away from them and I've never understood the whole full moon concept regarding behavior but yesterday was so opposite of anything I've ever experienced from them that I'm HOPING the full moon was to blame!

Jonah woke up in a great mood this morning.  Micah is still asleep.  Today is a new day.  When asking Jonah what his punishment should be, he suggested 2 weeks of no electronics.  (That is way worse than we would have done!!)  His teacher called last night and said to make sure he knows when he walks into her  classroom today that yesterday has been forgotten and today is a brand new day.  That was a good reminder for us also.  So, Dan told him this morning that going to bed early was his punishment for yesterday and that we were starting fresh today.  He was very grateful for that.  

And, I'm grateful for the same for me.  It's a new day!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

What's been going on...

I'm in a bit of a blogging slump.  I still have vacation photos to blog but those posts are so long that I can't seem to find the time to write about what all happened on that day.  So, I keep putting it off.  And, I'm going through my yearly "am I going to keep blogging" dilemma.  So, that doesn't help much.  My point and shoot doesn't work so I don't have the photos I would typically have.  So, it leaves me with a lot of empty days on here.

In just a few hours, my house will be filled with women coming to study God's word.  I'm doing a Bible Study in my home for Moms.  We will have a mother here with a newborn that is just weeks old all the way up to a mom with a son in grad school.  I'm excited about the wisdom that will be shared across the table.  I think we ended up with about 12 women signed up for this.  We are focusing on two books.  

The first is a very practical and easy read to book.  The second is much deeper.  It is a book that takes away the "doing" and focuses on being.  I wanted to combine the two as a means to reach two segments of people at once.  Some people would be scared to delve into a deep study while some would shy away from something so practical.  I think both are necessary. 

Now that we are several weeks into school, I'm still longing for the lazy days of summer.  I've had a bit of an overwhelmed feeling the last couple of weeks.  There seems to be so much to do and I'm not doing a good job of getting it all done/being where I need to be/helping where I need to help/etc.  Things just seem out of balance.  

Micah started potty training and is doing really well.  He hasn't reached the point where he tells us he needs to go but he goes every time we take him and he never complains about it.  He is happy to "succeed" and makes sure we all clap for him.  Dan took him to Disney last Friday and he didn't have one accident all day.  When he goes to school Monday, they told us to bring him in underwear.  So, I guess we will be full-fledged by then.  

Dan got his D.Min project back from the reader and only had minimal corrections to make.  He should have had it back by September 1st but didn't get it until last week.  The backlog was due to Doctoral Candidates for the December graduation.  They normally have 5-7 but this time have 27!!!  That is unreal.  Everything is backed up for them because they don't have the readers to get through that many projects.  He immediately did the corrections then sent it back in.  He had to send three hard copies this time for the Faculty readers.  After a trip to Office Max and $100 later, those babies were mailed back to New Orleans.  Now we wait until mid-October when we fly out for his exit interview/defense.  We are all happy to see this phase of his Educational journey come to an end. 

As I looked at Timehop yesterday, I realized a recurrent theme in all of my daily updates.  I discovered that September has been a crazy month for us for at least the last 4 years.  Each day, I have relived the journey of leaving Vidalia and arriving to Florida in 2009, readying our lives for Micah in 2010, the debacle of a former staff member who did such damage to our church in 2011 and then my surgery recovery in 2012.  Those posts each day have reminded me of the days where we could barely breathe and how each step we took was thoughtful, deliberate and holding the hand of God.  Then, some of those posts were joyful and exciting.  We were relishing the good moments God had given us and soaking up all of Him that we could.  Septembers of past have brought much heartache, pain, joy, excitement and hope but most of all growth.  I feel like we are in another one of those Septembers now.  We have a lot going on.  (which makes me wish this blog was private!)  But, I'm sure I will look back at September of 2013 in the same way I have the last four.  

I could write more but my house is calling my name.  All those ladies coming at 10 a.m. will need places to sit and clean dishes to use.  So, I'm off to prepare for the day! 


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