New Baby!

I’m pretty sure that one of the best gifts of moving to TN has been the friendships we have developed here.

There are some friendships that just happen so easily and you can’t really explain it. That’s how we feel about our friends Aaron and Jen. They moved to TN from IL almost a year and a half ago. Aaron joined  the web team that Nathan was on. I connected with Jen to invite her to the Moving On Bible Study. We’ve done some birthdays and holidays together and double dates. Nathan and Aaron together make me laugh so hard. And we’ve done family dinners and games nights and helped each other move when we transitioned from renting to buying a house in TN.

Last Feb, Jen told me that they were expecting their 4th child. A happy surprise! I asked if I could be her “person” that she would call if she went into labor in the middle of the night and needed someone to watch her kids.

So….. last night at 9:00 p.m. I arrived at their house. They were leaving in the morning at 5:00am for the hospital. I figured I would get more sleep if I was already there 🙂 Of course, the girls woke up at 5:00 and stayed awake. This afternoon the baby was born and this evening, I had the privilege of taking the three children (ages 8, 5, and 2) to meet their baby sister.

What a great day! Deliriously tired, but so happy to welcome this precious baby to the world.



Audrey is 8 years old today.

Happy Birthday, Audrey! You bring our lives so much sweetness and joy. We love you.


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Audrey came downstairs to the family room to tell me that there was a frog in the bathroom. I doubted it, but I went to check it out anyway.


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Huh. Well, I guess she was right (technically it’s a toad).  What a strange way to start out the day. Audrey’s solution was to make a sign for the bathroom door with a warning about a frog in the bathroom. All the kids wanted to keep it. Ethan asked me if it was blue and started telling me about a poisonous frog or toad he had read about. Isaac asked if I was going to get poisoned. I didn’t want to keep it. Mom wins 🙂 I went and found something to catch it in and then brought it outside.

And that was the start of my day.

Recovery Monday

Nathan was gone for most of the weekend and I took advantage of it by not doing anything. No laundry. No dishes. No cleaning. It’s time to pay the piper today.

I’m feeling a little off kilter today and I think that best way I can regain my “kilter” is to get the house in order. I should also teach my children at some point today too.

My goals for today:

  • exercise
  • vacuum the entire house
  • do a load of laundry (wash, dry, fold, put away)
  • catch up on the dishes
  • clean the bathrooms
  • homeschool
  • plan meals for the week
  • grocery shopping
  • reconcile budget
  • prep for Wednesday Bible study
  • do my own prayer and Bible time
  • Pack my hospital bag 🙂 — My friend is having a baby very soon. I volunteered to be on call to watch the kids. In case it’s a middle of the night thing, I should have a bag ready to camp at their house for the night.

Let’s see what I can accomplish today.

Weigh-In Friday, September 19, 2014

I’m still adjusting to the busy fall schedule. Finding time to work out has been a bigger challenge than I thought it would be. Fortunately, I’m finding little ways to get in more movement. I brought the mini-trampoline in from the garage and I’ve squeezed in a few minutes of using that here and there. I also ran for the first time since our family reunion. 2 miles last night. Knowing that I was going to check in with you today helped me avoid making some dumb food choices. A little accountability is a good thing.

Week 3 weigh-in: – .6 lbs

Total weight loss: 2 lbs

10 lbs to reach Jan 1 goal

15.6 lbs to reach my moving to TN weight

23.6 to reach my pre-Isaac weight

Week 1: -2.8

Week 2: +1.4

Week 3: -.6


On Why I Have Not Posted Any Photos Recently

I would love to include some new photos in these posts, but I can’t. Our computer doesn’t recognize my camera. It makes it hard to upload photos. Nathan assures me that he just needs to use a different cable. So, some day soon, I can share new photos with you.

For now, you’ll have to be content with old ones. Here are a couple from our trip to MN.

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Angel #1

Ethan survived his first audition. 🙂 We are doing a musical for Christmas this year at our church. Oh how this brings back many happy, wonderful childhood memories. We’re even doing one that is older and whose musical track is so very late 80’s-early 90’s that it could have easily been one I did in my childhood. The funny thing about Ethan’s audition is that he wasn’t sure if he wanted a part or not. He wanted a small speaking part, but he very much did NOT want to sing a solo and he didn’t want to learn a lot of lines. He set his eyes on getting the role of “Angel 1”.

I don’t know many kids who aspire to that kind of part, but it makes total sense. It’s not too much work and you still get to do something more special than just sing in the choir. Speaking of “just” singing in the choir, that is exactly what Audrey only wants to do.  She wants to stand there, lost in the crowd, and sing. Isaac is also participating and my heart grew 2 sizes last night as I watched him at practice. He stood in his row and held his book and sang with such earnestness. To make it even sweeter, Isaac can’t read. It doesn’t matter what page his book is open to 🙂 He just stood and tried to follow the lead of the man who was teaching them the music. This gentleman is full of excitement and enthusiasm and has a high enough voice that the young boys can easily follow along.

So, did Ethan get his desired role? No. Angel #1 was assigned to another child. Ethan was given the role of Gabriel instead. He wasn’t disappointed. It’s still a small role with no solo. And now my house is filled with the sound of children singing  medleys of Christmas carols.

p.s. Another Christmas musical fun fact: Ethan’s new piano teacher has actually collaborated with the woman who is the composer of the very first Christmas musical I can remember doing- Angel’s Aware! I can still sing most of the songs from that program.

Weekend Review

The kids woke up this morning and bounded into our room at 7 and asked to used the TV/Computer. We said “yes” and then fell back asleep until 9:40! Whoa!  I needed the sleep, I guess. Unfortunately, it didn’t leave a lot of time to get ready to go to church. Thankfully, the kids were all dressed and ready. We were out the door 20 minutes after getting out of bed.

Yesterday Ethan and Nathan went to the Maker Faire in Nashville. Lots of different exhibitors displayed things that they made and showed how they did it. It was the perfect outing for the two of them. I stayed home and hoped for a quiet morning. Then three neighbor children arrived and it wasn’t so quiet :-). After lunch, I turned on the 1998 version of Parent Trap. The kids loved it!

Tonight we’re sitting in a house that is rather warm. I have the windows open to cool us off. That should help because it’s only 67 out. We’ve been fighting with our A/C for a while and the repairman is still trying to find where the leak is that is causing the freon to drain out. They put dye in it last week and when they came back several days later, they still couldn’t tell where the leak was. I don’t know where it was, but when I came home today after shopping, I knew for sure that the house wasn’t cooling anymore. It seems that it takes only a week for it to all leak out. So, the repairman will be out tomorrow for a recharge and then again on Tuesday to keep looking for the leak.

I feel like I should have something more interesting to share, but that’s about all we have going on 🙂