Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Cheaper by the Dozen


It's about that time again.

This time we'll join the ranks of doughnuts, eggs and sodas-one dozen!

Baby number 12 is due around March 2016!

I decided to keep it on the down-low this time around. I really haven't enjoyed telling people that we're expecting since around baby number 5. Oh, I do love having my babies and it is an exciting time for me.

But. all. the. negativity.

On Wednesday night a lady from church asked me how many kids I had and I said 11. I thought, "you know, I'll just go ahead and let her know", so I said "And, we're expecting number 12!".

She looked right at me, scowled and said, "You are OUT of your mind!"

Dang, lady, you couldn't have even faked it and said "congratulations" or SOMETHING nice?"

I decided I wasn't going to let it bother me, because it isn't the first time or the 100th that someone has said something stupid and insensitive in what otherwise is a happy time for my family.

But, it did bother me. And I kept thinking and thinking about it.

I guess I feel like I owe it to people to announce that we're expecting, because that's what people do, right? And, then I brace myself for the all. the. negativity. And, then I just swallow and ignore it because I don't want them to steal the joy of my new little one.

And, then I started thinking this week. Why do I think I owe it to anyone to announce it? Announcing it isn't even where I find the joy anyway.  I told a few close family members and a few close friends, but I just decided I'm not throwing it out there to get a reaction, negative or not, from anyone. I just don't need it.

Now, don't get me wrong, not everyone is negative and my good friends and family who know us, rejoice with us, But some friends and family don't rejoice. Some CHRISTIAN people don't rejoice. Have they not read in their Bible ALL the verses that talk about children being gifts, blessings and rewards???  Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are the children of one's youth-BLESSED is the man whose quiver is FULL of them?

Since I turned forty in June, I keep thinking "Why can't we just be who we are? Why do we have to always need to please someone else? Now, I'm not saying we shouldn't aim to be Christlike if we are Christians, or giving reasons to sin, I'm talking why can't we go gray, be chunky, enjoy what we enjoy and not need to feel guilty because we aren't like someone else? Why do I need to suck in this belly because it isn't "acceptable" to look pregnant at 10 weeks? Why would I need to compare myself to someone pregnant with their second while I've had SIX times more pregnancies than them? (Ok, maybe that's just a personal issue. Or the result of  a personal love of all things chocolate, but whatever.)

I know not everyone understands or agrees with our decision to have many children. But, that's just it. It's OUR decision to trust God and to have many children. Some may not agree with it, some may not like it, but in the south we used to say,


So, there you have the deep insight into my thoughtful week.

Maybe it's just the nausea talking.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Monday Musings: Crime Edition

My six year old Bailey came into my room while I was watching the news. They were talking about a police chase.

Bailey: "Those two guys who were running from the cops? Well, they should have known better."


Friday, July 10, 2015

Easter in July.......

I'm still in "catch-up" mode here. lol! Only a few months behind!  I got a few pictures of Trace's first Easter. It rained that morning so we had to have the Easter Egg hunt indoors in our newly renovated student center. It was crazy and crowded so I didn't get any of the older three kids.

Tristan, Thomas and Travis

Bethany and Brooke




Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Truck Event at Martin Library!

A branch of our local library hosted a "touch a truck" event two weekends ago. I took the kids last year, and we decided to go again this year. And, it was gorgeous weather that morning. A star-car group in Tulsa brought some of their personal cars out to show. Wouldn't this be fun to ride around in?

A man from the electric company talked about electricity safety. He cooked
a hot dog with the end of that little power line.

This is what happens to sand when a live power line touches it. 


 These two were the only originals there-the original fast and furious movie set cars.

I don't remember the name of this local band, but they were so nice to let the kids
come up and play instruments. Although Tristan was the only brave one of my group to go play.

The news on six storm chasing truck and Von Castor, a local storm chaser. He was
super nice and David stood and chatted with him a long time.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The happy birthdays that I didn't post.....

I thought I would go back and recap the birthdays that I didn't post, since I have been neglecting to post lately.

 First up were Bailey and Bethany's back in March.

Bailey wanted a Frozen birthday and Bethany wanted to have a friend over. Since
their birthdays were close together and pretty much over the weekend we started on
Friday with homeschool ice skating. Then, a party on Saturday.

We had games and built marshmallow snowmen. 
Bailey turned 6 and Bethany turned 13.

Next came Brooke's 12th birthday in April.

She wanted pink and zebra striped decorations, a sleepover
and to paint tshirts.

Tyler turned 18 in April, also! We had his birthday/graduation party in the gym at our church.

Then, there was this little guy's FIRST birthday in May!!

SADLY, I can't find any of the pictures from his party. I don't know where they are. I had them on my camera, but hadn't downloaded them, and that's the last I knew. Tyler took my camera to Spain and now they aren't on there. So, I thought maybe I had just taken pictures with my phone, but this was the only one. I'm sick over it.

Next came my birthday in June. The big 4-0.  But, they're saying that 40 is the new 30, so no biggie. That morning Tyler called me from Spain. He didn't even remember it was my birthday, lol, but that just happened to be the only time he was able to call the whole two weeks, so it was a treat! David took me out to Chili's for dinner that night and Brittany bought me some travel bags for when David FINALLY(!!??)  takes me on our anniversary trip.

So, that's it until later this month we'll have 4 birthdays in 5 weeks!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Tyler's Graduation!

Well, as crazy as it sounds, I have officially graduated my second child from homeschool! Time really does fly by. I feel like we just started a few years ago.

Tyler didn't want to do any photos or announcements, but I pulled my "mom card" and said, "Yes. Yes you do." Here are two of my favorites from my little mini photo shoot. I just took the photos myself with my little camera and edited them.

Tyler also didn't want a ceremony or anything fancy. But, I wanted to do something nice for him, so we had a party in the gym at church. I think it turned out well and I know he appreciated it. We had pizza upon his request, little snack cakes and fruit.

I painted some dollar tree terra cotta pots with yellow and blue and
stuck pictures and star cut-outs on popsicle sticks.
 Simple, inexpensive, yet nice.

I also made a few scrapbook pages for everyone to sign.

Everyone pretty much played four square the whole time.

Tyler's best friend, Matt

An attempted selfie with a one year old

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Helloooo! Remember Me?

Well, I guess this is the season of living a busy life and not blogging about it. Since my last post we've celebrated 5 more birthdays, a graduation, 2 missions trips (one taken and one about to take) one acquired driver's license, several car repairs, finishing up homeschooling, attempted house buying and then there's the normal taking care of a house full of 13 people.

So, yeah. Not much blogging.

Hopefully, I can blog more in the scads of free time I'll have over the summer since we are not homeschooling.

It's awfully hard to type sarcasm.

Does anyone else ever think that? "We're done with homeschool! On to the free time!" But, it seems like we end up busier than during the school year.

Seriously, my goal is to get my life a bit more on track and organized to hopefully make my life a bit easier. And, my plan is to update the blog. I can't always get done everything I want to get done, but we'll see how it goes!
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