Friday, January 30, 2009

His Timing is Perfect

There's been something on my mind lately that I haven't shared with all my bloggy friends and with few others. I felt I needed time to digest the situation before I could publicly talk about it. Here goes.

On December 1, S lost his job due to "work-force reduction." I have come to hate that phrase in the last 2 months. We were floored to hear this news and, understandably, devastated and immediately got down on our knees to pray that God would lead us in the right direction.

There have been lots of tears over the last 2 months and we have really had to step out in faith that God will provide for our family. We've had to make some big decisions, including the one to put our house on the market and possibly live with family while S searches for a job.

I had Bunco last night and since I had a ride (thanks Pam!) I only took my money and my cell phone (which is normally in my purse but was in my back pocket). In the middle of the game my phone rang and it was S. I knew it had to be important since he knew I was at Bunco. He told me to drink another beer because he got a job. He didn't know too many details, even where it would be, but it was a job with the same company and with the same salary.

This is, understandably, a huge answer to prayer. God has been so faithful to provide for us in this very difficult time. You see, today was the last day of S's severance package and it would have been infinitely more difficult for him to get a job with his previous employer (lots of red tape) if he didn't get re-hired by them by COB today. Not to mention the loss in salary! We are preparing to move although we don't know where (again with this faith thing) but trusting the Lord to provide a buyer for our house, a new house in a new city, and the right school for our children.

Thanks to all of you who knew about our situation and faithfully prayed for us. We have seen the fruits!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Yet One More Thing for Me to Do

I found Facebook. Most of my friends have asked me if I'm on there and I officially buckled to the peer pressure yesterday. And it's been fun to see what friends I have in common with other people and what friends I've lost touch with. It is pretty cool and I probably should have done it sooner. I'll just have to be very disciplined in doing it.

Anyone else consumed with my new find?

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


I've played way too many games of solitaire today.

It's cold outside and there's a fire in the fireplace. A real one at that, with real wood; not gas logs. You just don't get the same coziness and crackles with gas logs.

L is crying because I won't let her wear the new dress we got last weekend while visiting my hometown. Never mind that it's a short-sleeved dress and it's barely 40 degrees out (hence the fire).

I think H is coming down with something since he fell asleep in my lap today. He's got a low-grade fever and is now taking a second nap.

I had a fabulous breakfast with friends this morning. Yummy food and blessed conversation (with adults!).

Both K and L got to wear Auburn shirts to school today for spirit day. It's homecoming week and today's theme is "wear-your-favorite-team's-jersey" day. I thought it was required to come up with alliterative names for the days leading up to homecoming. Phrases such as Tacky Tuesday (dress in your tackiest of clothes) and Movie Monday (dress as your favorite movie character) were staples when I was in high school. I'm not sure how being tacky or dressing as your favorite movie character is showing school spirit but it's a good excuse to not have to wear your uniform.

The bathrooms need cleaning and I hate cleaning bathrooms. It's not so much that it takes time out of my day when I could be, you know, playing solitaire; it's more that the bathrooms are just icky. Even if you clean them three or four times a week (that has NEVER happened at my house), they're still just plain icky.

The floor in the kitchen needs mopping but every time I think about it I either don't have time to finish it or there is a little one at my feet destroying the hard work I've just put into cleaning the floor.

We made s'mores last night. The girls lasted all of 30 seconds roasting the marshmallows before they declared it too hot for them to be close to the fire (not really that close) and asked S and I to do it for them.

H ate way too many marshmallows last night. (Plain, not roasted)

Doors in our house are now more speed bumps than road blocks for H. His favorite room to break into is our bathroom where he immediately heads for the drawer with S's deodorant.

The house is quiet except for the crackle of the fire.


I wish y'all could see me right now. My sweet son is asleep on my lap, his head on my shoulder (and, yes, the laptop is there, too). Oh, the sweet moments we get as mothers!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Just For Laughs

A few weeks ago I was extremely exhausted after working in the house all day and went to bed early on a Saturday night. S stayed in the living room to watch 300 which I had no desire to see. I flipped channels until I came across PBS and The Vicar of Dibley. If you've not seen this show, it's truly hilarious, British humor.

This particular episode was a gem and I laughed so hard I had tears in my eyes. I found part of it and am posting it here. Please know that there is one not-so-great word in it so beware of little ears (it's not that bad but I'm kind of sensitive to harsh language). And while the sense of humor is just slightly twisted, it was exactly what I needed that night. Enjoy!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Brought to You by the Letter K

Every Friday in L's class is Show and Tell day. The object must be something that starts with the letter they are currently working on in class. For example, L brought hand sanitizer for the letter H and a baby buggy for the letter B.

Today's letter was K. We wracked our brains trying to come up with something that starts with K making it much harder than it really was. Then L came up with a brilliant idea. She said, "Well, K's name starts with K so I want to bring her for show and tell!"

She never ceases to amaze me with her witty personality. We ended up with a key chain and knee pads, by the way.

Saturday, January 3, 2009


Nana sent me an email with a few quotes from the girls while they were visiting her last week. I thought I'd pass them along because they were just too funny.

K, as we notice that Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is on TV: "What's up with this Christmas stuff on TV? Christmas was at least years ago!"

K, responding to L's whispering: Why are we whispering?
K: Why are we whispering?
(We all have the giggles by now)
Nana: She asked why you're whispering.
L, whispering to K now: Sissy, why are we whispering?
K: I don't know!

If only I could have been a fly on the wall...

Friday, January 2, 2009

Hey! It's 2009!

I fully intended to blog earlier this week, I even started one post, and then time marched on and it's a new year.

Our New Year's celebration was fun as we spent it with a few friends, enjoying the fellowship at a dear friend's house. We were sans children but everyone else's kids were there and I found that I really did miss my kids. H even spent the night at Gran's and I slept until 9:00am Thursday morning. I haven't slept that late in years. It felt wonderful.

We picked up our girls today and it was such a joyous reunion. The girls took turns sitting on my lap and S's lap while trying to eat our lunch. I didn't realize how much I missed them until I saw them at lunch. S and I both needed the time to get things done around here (much was accomplished) and the girls being gone afforded us that luxury. But, man am I glad they are back. H has spent his entire evening playing with them, very happy to have his little world complete once again. With all the upheaval of working around the house and the amount of time he's spent at Gran's, he's glad to have his way of life back to normal.

I know that God has big plans for us this year, I just feel it. We know that He can do great and mighty things through us and we trust that He will. School starts on Monday and we are going to enjoy every last minute we have with our girls before they go back to the everyday grind that school can be. May you be richly blessed in 2009!