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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1/30/14 art class and shoveling, Day 30/365…

Maggie is taking an art class. Last weekend her assignment was to draw something. She set up a few items in the living room and began to draw. She started with a tea pot and a cup, but decided that they would be too difficult to draw. She changed to a can of food and a bowl. The cats climbed all over the items that she was drawing and all over her paper. They need to be the center of all of the activities. Finally we put the cats in a bedroom. When we went to check on the cats, they escaped. We only have two cats, but they can be in every room all at one time. 1293 1302

Last weekend we went outside to shovel the snow. We also shoveled for one elderly neighbor. We used to have three elderly neighbors to shovel for, but unfortunately two of them passed away. Our drives aren’t that long so shoveling for a few neighbors doesn’t take that much time. What do you do on the weekends?

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Here are some pictures: 1637 12551 12746127312538 1301 12555

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

January 2014 Bible verse: “There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 New Living Translation

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1/29/14 moving the movies and planting seeds, Day 29/365…

We have too many movies for our movie shelf. We moved some items off of another shelf to make room for the movies. When the movies were moved we now have a lot of the movies that were in the back out in front. It is like getting a lot of new movies. I may go to the movie shelf and rearrange it more often so that we have fresh choices. 1294

We need to look at our seeds and see when they need to be started. We have had a small garden for the past few years. We like to start the seeds inside in the winter…it is so much cheaper…but sometimes we have too much going on and we buy our plants at Lowes. We have a table set up to start our seeds on. 1291

One year we planted herbs. Some of them are high maintenance. Basil needs to have all of its leaves washed off the night before they are picked. This was too much work for us. We always have tomatoes. Two years ago we had tomatoes in one spot. In November of that year we planted garlic there. The next summer the tomatoes grew back, on top of the garlic. It was a busy year for us and we didn’t get the tomatoes moved. When it was time to harvest the garlic, we couldn’t see it. This year if the tomatoes come up in that area again, we are going to move them. Is it good to have the garlic grow for two years before we harvest it?

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Here are some pictures: 1278 1638 12541 1272 12740

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

January 2014 Bible verse: “There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 New Living Translation

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1/28/14 taking pictures and wearing gloves, Day 28/365…

I have been taking fewer pictures lately because it has been so cold out and because I only go to the same places every day. It is boring taking pictures of the same tree and the same piles of snow every day. Last weekend we went around town to do some errands. The day happened to be warmer, about twenty degrees, so I was able to take more pictures.

Maggie has to go to different buildings for each of her classes. The other day on the way home she told me that she had decided to try wearing her gloves. It has been about four degrees above zero with a wind chill added to that. I asked her how it went. She said that she was warmer and was going to wear the gloves.

When the kids were young I had them wear gloves and hats and zip their jackets in the winter. Now that they are older they can make some of their own decisions. They do have jackets, hats and gloves…I gave up on scarves years ago…but they get to choose if they will wear them. My kids are 25, 18 and 17. If it is cold enough that I would wear these items, I make sure that the kids take them when they go out, but they get to choose if they will wear them. If the kids do get sick then I get to make the choices of how they will dress until they are healthy again. It was tough to let go, but it has worked out well. The kids are still healthy and I don’t need to watch them so closely. When did you start to let your kids make some of their own choices? How did it work out?

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Here are some pictures: 1231 1235 1274 12716 12767 two pitchers 12736

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

January 2014 Bible verse: “There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 New Living Translation

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1/22/14 senior year wrap-up, Day 22/365…

Maggie is a senior. The crunch is on. She has a lot of homework to do, but she also has a lot “senior” work to do to. She needs letters of recommendation from her teachers. The teachers want a list of her clubs / accomplishments and volunteer work so that they can write correct letters. Maggie can use these letters when she signs up for scholarships. She also needs to apply for two scholarships by this Friday. The students are required to do this so that they have had practice while an adviser is there to help. She is signed up to take the ACT already and she has finished her volunteer hours and cultural events and turned them into her adviser. The senior group picture is scheduled for this Friday. She talked to the counselor today to make sure that she hasn’t missed anything.

Maggie is very calm about all of the work that needs to be done. I am so worried that we will miss something. What are your projects that you are doing with your kids this year?

Thanks for stopping by! Come back tomorrow and see what new adventures we have found!!!

Here are some pictures: sail boat picture 1211 16118

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

January 2014 Bible verse: “There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 New Living Translation

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1/21/14 broken boilers and mission trips, Day 21/365…

Our boiler broke yesterday. When we got up it was chilly in the house, not cold, just chilly. The pilot light had gone out. We have lit it before, so we tried again. Sometimes in the summer the wind gets in through an open window and blows out the pilot light. But, this is winter and the windows are closed. It didn’t light. We found the directions and tried again. It didn’t light. We called the maintenance man. He said that a part had broken and he replaced it. While he was here he showed us the correct way to relight the pilot. I asked if there was any preventative maintenance that we should be doing and he said no. We already bleed the pipes in the house once a year. Have you had a quiet week? 12112

We went to a mission trip meeting tonight. Maggie and Beth are going on a mission trip this summer. They went on a mission trip two years ago with the church to New Orleans for a week and they did a camp in the morning and went to neighborhoods in the afternoon. The girls are really looking forward to going back and helping in the camp with the kids again. It is a great chance for them to be the hands and feet of Christ.

The next mission trip meeting is next Tuesday. People can still sign up for the mission trips. There are also two other trips scheduled for that week.

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Here are some pictures: 12127 1212812124 12123row boat 11511 room2

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

January 2014 Bible verse: “There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 New Living Translation

 

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1/20/14 family pictures, Day 20/365…

I just went through some family pictures to try to find things to write about. The kids have only been back in school a week but we are already in a routine. Routines don’t make interesting blog posts. I love looking at the old pictures. There are so many memories. Sometimes we get out the boxes of pictures and go through them. Two of the kids have made small albums of their favorite pictures to keep in their rooms. When William graduated from high school he said that he was going to go away to school. I made a photo album for him to take. I was going to take a tape recorder and record all of us talking…maybe one night at dinner…when the kids didn’t know that I was recording. Then if he got homesick he would have the pictures and the recording. In the end he didn’t go away to college so I didn’t make the recording. I probably should. It would be nice to have their voices on tape for me to listen to someday when they all move out.

Here are some pictures: 1157 1158 1154 glass kitchen

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

January 2014 Bible verse: “There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 New Living Translation

 

 

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1/18/14 kids in the car, and art supplies, Day 18/365…

I’m sorry that I haven’t posted lately. I’m back.

When the kids were little we were in the car a lot. We went on a lot of adventures on the weekends and a few trips to see relatives in the summers. The kids needed to all sit in the back seat because they weren’t tall enough or weighed enough for it to be safe for them to sit up front. All three kids always wanted the window seat, no one wanted to sit in the middle and have the bump by their feet. We started by having them sit in order, William by the passenger window, Maggie in the middle and Beth on the drivers side. Our first trip was short so they rode there in this order. On the way home William moved to the middle, Maggie went to the driver’s side and Beth went from the drivers window to the passenger window. On longer trips I tried to divide the trip into thirds each got the same amount of time in the middle. The biggest problem that we had was remembering where we left off. This did cut down on a lot of fights and bad feelings in the car.

Today we are going to get Maggie’s art supplies for her art class. We printed off some of her syllabuses last night because she has new classes. Beth will probably spend the day doing math. It snowed at least two inches late last week. There was enough snow that everything is white again, but not enough that we needed to shovel to get into the driveway. We do need to shovel the sidewalk. We need to do all of out weekend jobs today.

Here are some pictures: 1189 1181 11821183 1184 1185 1187

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

January 2014 Bible verse: “There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 New Living Translation

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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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1/6/14 ice skating, walking in the cemetery and a snow day, Day 6/365…

We went ice skating this last weekend. We took Beth’s boyfriend. It was busier that other times that we have gone. This time there were a lot of younger kids who were relatively new to skating. 1630c11

We went for a walk at the local cemetery the other day. This was the weekend before all of the snow started to fall. We like to wander around there. If some of the trees branches have fallen, we take them to the outside edges so that the city can pick them up the next time that they are there to mow the grass. Our cemetery has a lot of older head stones, a lot of the deceased dates are from around 1930. Some of them have been worn away by the weather. We have seen one new burial there since we moved into this house. Now and then someone puts flowers onto a grave. There is a buckeye tree in the cemetery so we go in the summer and collect buckeyes. marker marker 2 markers tree in cemetary

Today our town is shut down because of all of the snow. The kids were scheduled to start back to school today after the Christmas and New Years break. We shoveled twice yesterday and went inside at about 7:00 pm. We had the drive and the sidewalk clear. The drive is now full of snow up to the top of the drifts. It isn’t too cold out, about 14 deg, but it may get to – 15 tonight and – 5 tomorrow. The kids got some board games for Christmas, I am hoping to get to play them today.

Here are some pictures: 170 161 162 1615 1619 168 1616 1617 1618lady washing clothes roof spaces available

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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