10/11/17 looking back…

I wrote this during the school year and it didn’t get posted.
Beth’s last day of school is tomorrow. She has a month at an internship and then she graduates. We made it!!! Wooooo hooooo!!! We made it! It is such a relief. This is the time that I have been praying for for a long time. The road was bumpy from the very beginning. I never thought that we would get William out of kindergarten. We didn’t realize that he had attention deficit and needed a lot of extra help. It was a really long year of conferences with the teacher and principal before we got him settled into school. He has now been out of high school for at least five years and has had some college. He is working in a factory and wants to go back to school to be able to get a different job.
Maggie refused to do anything when she was little. She refused to talk, scoot, crawl, play with her toys… I could go on and on. She would just sit wherever I put her. She was very happy not doing anything. When she finished a bottle she would hold it up and grunt…I would fill it because I knew that that is what she wanted. Sometimes she would slip up and say a word. Then she would look very embarrassed and look around like she was saying…you didn’t hear me say that.
When Beth was born about a year after Maggie, Maggie tried to get Beth to grunt and not talk. Beth said no I will talk. So Maggie said all right I can talk too. Beth wanted to run as soon as she was born. She came to me at the age of four. I had just told William that if he took care of more responsibilities he could have more privileges. William wasn’t interested. Beth was. She wanted to know what responsibilities she needed to take to be allowed to work at the mall…she was four…she was so determined. Her fists clenched, she could see herself working there. Maggie was standing behind her, I am guessing for moral support because Maggie didn’t want a job, Maggie didn’t even want to talk. I explained to Beth that she couldn’t get a job, she was too young. I didn’t want to say that it was because she couldn’t read, I was worried that she might want to learn to read that week, then I wouldn’t have an excuse. Maybe she could go and play with her dollies for a while. She said OK. Maggie looked relieved.
Now we are in a totally new area, no more high school classes, dress code, Valentines day parties, chaperoning dances, driving the kids and all of their friends around. They were good years. One of the best things that we did was to stay in church. I always told them that as long as they lived at home they needed to go to church on Sunday. Keeping us there has strengthened us in our spirit. It has given us good Christian friends. We also had dinner at the dining room table every night…well almost every night…with no TV on or electronic devices. We did spend a lot of the meals disagreeing with each other, but that face time together helped us to grow as a family.
I read with the kids about four nights a week as they were growing up. Two of the kids were behind in their reading level so the teachers all said to read together. I read with all three of them. They all did catch up. When they were young I read to them. When they got older we both read. I read with each one separately for about twenty minutes, four nights a week. First I read from the Bible. When they were little we used the Toddler Bible. It has one big picture and few words on each page. And a question, like Who was in the garden of Eden. A lot of the questions I knew the answer , but some I didn’t. There was no answer page. When they got older we used the Bedtime Bible. It had a small picture on each page and then a paragraph. And a question or two. We went to the high school Bible when they got to high school. Then, after reading from the Bible each night, we read a book together. I had a separate book for each of the kids. Then they couldn’t tell each other what was going to happen next if one got ahead of the other. And they couldn’t tease the one that was behind. One of us would read a page, then I asked a question about what was read, then the other one would read the next page, and I would ask questions. The teachers said to do this to help the kids to start to be able to understand what was on each page.
We volunteered at church some. I took a lot of pictures of the kids. One thing that I wish that I had done was to tape record them. There is still time. When they all move out I will probably listen to the tape of their voices a lot. The best thing that I told the kids as they were growing up was that I would love them forever, no matter what they did or who they became. My love was not dependent on their actions. They have all of my love forever. I may be really upset at times about things that they are doing and talk to them endlessly about why I feel that they are wrong, but they will still always have my love. It made them feel very secure. I got this from a Sunday school class.
We did have a lot of crazy times, busy times, times when we didn’t get along and everything fell apart and good times.
I like to only write about the good times. This blog is my place where only good happens. It is safe and quiet, I know that you loose a lot of flavor because the disagreements, fights, train wrecks etc. don’t ever get talked about. But for me it is nice to have one place where everything is running smoothly. So, yes, even though I didn’t write about the times when we didn’t get along or when everything fell apart, they were there too.  It definitely wasn’t all good, but we made it through and we all had a great time getting here.

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1/8/14 cell phone and adding a picture onto my blog, Day 8/365…

I have made more of a commitment to my cell phone. I am relatively new to cell phones, having mine for less than a year. This last month I got our family phone book and entered all of the numbers and addresses into my phone. I have my kids write all of their phones numbers and information into notebooks now and then…they have had phones longer than me. Then if their phone completely dies they have all of the numbers. I need to do this too. There are numbers in my phone that aren’t in the address book.

I tried to add a picture to one of my contacts in my phone. Before kids I could have done this alone, now with kids, I did try, but my daughter ended up cropping the picture and adding it for me. I do think that I can do the next one.

I had some free time and deleted all of the old messages on my phone. The wrong numbers are now gone. Next is the pictures. All of the ones that have been transferred to my blog need deleted.

We have another day off. The snow has stopped but the temperature is -13 deg before the wind chill and there is ice on the roads. Everything is down because of the ice. At this temperature, the salt won’t melt the ice.

Beth is doing math today. Maggie is cleaning her room and William is on the computer.

We added a picture to my blog. I thought that it would go in the top with the title, but it didn’t.

Here is a picture in our front yard with the sign in it. If it snows again it will be buried. We should bring it in so that no one falls on it and gets hurt.
Here is the girls fort.

Here are some pictures: 17sky Popeyes17sign 17fort1615 1631 2 cats looking out door

Our church services are broadcast live on the web. Please visit us at www.cedarcreek.tv . The service times are : Saturday 5:15pm and 7:00pm and Sunday 9:00am, 10:45 am and 12:30pm

December 2013 Bible verse: “For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his soulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 New Living Translation

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11/27/13 have a great Thanksgiving, Day 331/ 365…

I’m sorry that I didn’t post this morning. I write in the evening and set the computer to post the next morning, but last night we had a lot going on and I didn’t get to the computer until eleven. It was too late to type in good sentences.

Happy early Thanksgiving. I have been thinking a lot about what I am thankful for. Tomorrow we will be writing on the cloth what we are thankful for. Since it is written and we use the same cloth each year, so people see it every year, we try  to think of new things.

The repair man came over today and looked at our boiler. It turns out that it wasn’t broken, it just needed an adjustment. I am really thankful for heat, and for my kids, who are kind heart-ed and fun, funny and thoughtful. There are so many things that could be listed this year: our church, which has the nicest people, my family and friends…the list could go on and on. I don’t write about our drama, this is a happy blog, but some years we have a lot of drama. Right now everything is calm. So the possibilities to write about what I am thankful for are abundant. I am happy to be writing each day. When I don’t write the words swirl around in my head and I try to remember all of the stories so that they can be written down later. Remembering takes a lot of my thinking time. It is great to have the creative time each day. In the end I think that being with my family and knowing that they are OK is what I am most thankful for.

I hope that everyone has a great Thanksgiving!

Here are some pictures: downtown construction

Our church services are broadcast live on the web. Please visit us at www.cedarcreek.tv . The service times are : Saturday 5:15pm and 7:00pm and Sunday 9:00am, 10:45 am and 12:30pm

November 2013 Bible verse: “Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.” Collossians 4:5-6 New Living Translation

 

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Friday 11/22/13 writing my blog, Day 326/ 365…

One of the comments that was posted was when do I write. How do I fit this in with kids. The comment was from Tasha. Her blog is at http://tasha-mae.blogspot.com/ if you want to visit her. When the kids were young I wrote in a paper journal in the five free minutes between when the kids went to bed and when they all got back up. Eventually there was more time so I could write for more than a few minutes. I wanted to write every day to give the kids a journal of their childhood. Since it was written in a paper journal, I figured that I would need to write at least three journals and they could decide who got each one, or someone could make copies so everyone could have all three. In reality I didn’t write every day. It just didn’t make it to the top of the list. Some days were better than others. As the kids got bigger my free time became the time that I was waiting for them in the car. I wanted to write, but didn’t want to take the journal out…if I lost it then our history was gone. I tried a notebook and then tried to re-write it into the journal. Writing it the first time was fun, re-coping it wasn’t. Then I went to notebook paper that I was going to put into a three ring binder. I wouldn’t need to carry the past writing with me and it wouldn’t need to be rewritten. I kept loosing the papers. Then I went to the computer. But I could only write at home. Eventually I got a Nook. It has worked so far. It is small enough to fit into my purse and the entries can be transferred to the computer. That was probably a lot more information than you wanted to know.

The original question was ‘how do I fit it in?’ I keep changing it as the kids change. I saw a journal for sale in a magazine last year. It was a line per day journal. I have heard from friends that they use this one. It gives them a sense of what was happening in their family over time, without making writing into a job. Right now I am trying to write every day. The kids are older and we are not in any big drama. The year that Maggie started high school I didn’t journal at all. She had a lot of papers to do. They all had to be typed and she had the computer all evening every evening. The most difficult thing for me is to find something to write about. I keep paper with me to write small notes about our day on. Some days we do the normal things and there isn’t anything new to write about so if something happens that I can blog about I want to remember it. Also the kids know that I write and they sometimes they say ‘hey mom, you could write about that.’ Some days I miss and don’t write. It happens. If I have a lot to say about many topics I will type them in and then post them each day. I like being ahead on posting, it relieves the stress.journal

Our church services are broadcast live on the web. Please visit us at www.cedarcreek.tv . The service times are : Saturday 5:15pm and 7:00pm and Sunday 9:00am, 10:45 am and 12:30pm

November 2013 Bible verse: “Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.” Collossians 4:5-6 New Living Translation

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Monday 11/18/13 blogging, Beth’s birthday and Day 322/ 365…

I had been trying to write a long post each day. It hasn’t been working. My new plan is to write something each day.

We had Beth’s birthday last Friday. It was fun. Mom came over. We had dinner and cake and ice cream. We did measure on the measuring stick. Beth has been the same height for a few years. The stick that we measure on is six feet tall and about two inches wide. We draw a line on it for the height and put the persons, or pet’s name, their age and the date of their birthday. After three years of Beth not growing, that spot on the board is full. Now we have arrows from the information to the height line. We did not measure the cats this time. They were hiding.

The kids wanted to know if we could use the same stick to measure their kids. I said yes, but it would get really full if they each had a lot of kids. We decided to get a separate stick for each of their families. But…this also means that we would need to get together for all of the grand kids birthdays. They decided that if we all live in separate areas, they can mail me the measurements of their kids.

Here are some pictures: cake clouds 11-17-13

Our church services are broadcast live on the web. Please visit us at www.cedarcreek.tv . The service times are : Saturday 5:15pm and 7:00pm and Sunday 9:00am, 10:45 am and 12:30pm

November 2013 Bible verse: “Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.” Collossians 4:5-6 New Living Translation

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Saturday 10/26/13 new goals, posting meditating, calendars, driving test and Day 299/ 365…

I have made some new goals. One of them is to post every day. This one has not been going very well. I have been sick and haven’t made it onto the computer this week. My plan is to write during the week on my Nook and add the posts in on the weekends, to be released each day. Then if we have a lot going on, this goal can still be accomplished.

Another goal is to start to meditate. I have a Yoga VHS that has meditation on it so I…or we if the kids want to join in…can learn from this tape.

I also have a few family goals. One of the problems that I have is when a goal is made, I either loose the list of goals, or the goal gets lost on the family calendar and it never gets completed. We were at the store the other day and got calendars for 2014. We now have a second one for me that can be used for separate goals. We took the 2013 calendar and made a copy of the October, November and December pages.  Our main calendar has things like the kids school holidays and club events…like parades and dances. Years ago we had separate calendars for these things, school and goals, and it didn’t work. I don’t remember why. We went to having everything on one calendar and that didn’t work. We are now back to separate calendars. As long as we keep moving forward, that is what really matters.

Another goal is to get a copy of the driving rules of the road. My kids don’t have licenses yet. We are going to try reading a small section of the book at dinner after we read our devotional. It should only take a few minutes and help the kids feel more comfortable with the test.

These are a few of my current goals.

Here are some pictures:art2 coral 9-13pumpkins and flowers spend time with your kidsswing

Our church services are broadcast live on the web. Please visit us at www.cedarcreek.tv . The service times are : Saturday 5:15pm and 7:00pm and Sunday 9:00am, 10:45 am and 12:30pm

October 2013 Bible verse: “The Lord is close to the broken hearted: he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” Psalm 34:18 New Living Translation

 

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10/16/13 follow button and closed lockers, Day 289/ 365…

Did you see that there is a follow button on my blog? Cheer cheer. There is also an RSS feed and a link to my blogs Facebook page. These items were added by Sherryl Perry.  She did a great job, found out everything that I was looking for and had helpful suggestions. She charged a reasonable rate too. I would recommend Sherryl to anyone that needs some technical help with their blog. She also has a newsletter that is worth subscribing too. The link is  http://keepupwiththeweb.com/  SherrylPerry@keepupwiththeweb.com
Beth’s locker at school won’t open. The problem started last week. Beth tried to get it open. Her friends tried to open it. She then went to the janitor. He has been working on it. It must be stuck really well. Today the janitor took off the latch that moves up and down. It still wont open. Tomorrow he is going to try to take the hinges off. They want to get it open without loosing the use of the locker. The problem is that Beth has all of her books and notebooks in the locker. She can’t study. If she had been younger, this may have been all fun, but she will have a lot of work to make up once the locker is opened.

Here are some pictures.coffee and clock coffee cup selling chickens

Our church services are broadcast live on the web. Please visit us at www.cedarcreek.tv . The service times are : Saturday 5:15pm and 7:00pm and Sunday 9:00am, 10:45 am and 12:30pm

October 2013 Bible verse: “The Lord is close to the broken hearted: he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” Psalm 34:18 New Living Translation

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Tuesday 9/24/13 writing, backpacks, day 267/365…

My days never seem to go the way that I plan them. Tonight the girls had youth group. I was going to write while they were there. Last weekend Maggie told me that she would need a back pack soon. We didn’t get to it so tonight she said that she needed one now. Maggie doesn’t like to miss youth group, so the backpack must have been a real mess. Last night Beth said that she was going to wear a skirt to youth group. That was nice, but some of her skirts are too short. We got in the car, picked up two of their friends for youth group. I realized that she was wearing a skirt. I couldn’t see the length while she was sitting down. We were already late. How did she get out of the house in a skirt without me seeing her? She trades her outgrown clothes with her friends at school so I am not there when she gets the clothes.  We got to the church, looked at her skirt, it was long enough and went to the store to get a backpack. Since we hadn’t planned on buying a backpack today, I didn’t have the money with me. The church is not in our neighborhood so we needed to find an ATM. We looked at the choices of stores while we looked for an ATM, that way if we found an ATM we would know the choices of stores. In the end…we did find an ATM and at the second store we found a backpack that she liked, was big enough and was in our price range. We took Maggie back to youth group. Crisis diverted.
There was another day about a month ago that I had planned to write but one of the kids had taken their phone charger cord outside to take with us in the car…now the part of the phone charger cord with the prongs comes off of the cord. The girls had been playing chase in the back yard and the plug in part had come off. They didn’t realize it was missing until we were on our way home. I am not sure why the charger went to the car, they don’t use it there. We spent the evening in the backyard with flashlights looking for the outlet part. We never did find it.
We should stop at the back door on our way out so I could say to the kids “what are you wearing and what are you taking” but we are always running too fast to do that.
I have good intentions to write, but we have a lot of life going on here. My posts would be better written if I had more time to write, but there wouldn’t be as much to write about. I like it this way.

Here is a cow that we saw last weekend. 

cow
cow

Our church services are broadcast live on the web. Please visit us at www.cedarcreek.tv . The services times are : Saturday 5:15pm and 7:00pm and Sunday 9:00am, 10:45 am and 12:30pm

September 2013 Bible verse: “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 New Living Translation

 

 

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Thursday 9/12/13 follow button and volunteering – Day 255/365…

I have been looking for a “follow” button for my blog since the blog was moved to WordPress. No luck so far. I can’t find one in their choices that has pictures of the followers and a total count of followers. There are some web sites with directions on how to add one . Their directions usually only have five steps, but I am lost by step two. There are many other blogs that use WordPress that have this button, so it is possible. I need a “follow” button so the search will continue. The reason that it is so important is that it sends an e-mail to the members when there is a new post. Then they know when to come to my site and read it. It also lets me know if people like my writing. When I get a button, I will let everyone know where it came from.

Maggie needs nine hours of volunteer time this year for her school. We volunteered tonight at our church. On Thursday nights the church has a free medical clinic, and a free dinner. We volunteered in the kitchen. We are mostly an outgoing family but it is still hard to go somewhere new. The people were really nice and found us a spot right away. When we got there people were at the door for the clinic and dinner. After we were done we had dinner.

Here is a chicken statue that we drove past today. This is a cool thing to pass in the car. These statues are fun to point out to the kids.

chicken statue

I need help. Does anyone know how to add “followers” to WordPress? I can’t find where to get the code. If anyone knows, please leave me a comment. I will really appreciate it.

Our church services are broadcast live on the web. Please visit us at www.cedarcreek.tv . The services times are : Saturday 5:15pm and 7:00pm and Sunday 9:00am, 10:45 am and 12:30pm

September 2013 Bible verse: “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 New Living Translation

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