Monday, April 28, 2008

For All The Mothers Out There

Attention Children:
The Bathroom Door is Closed!

Author Unknown

Please do not stand here and talk, whine, or ask questions.
Wait until I get out.

Yes, it is locked. I want it that way. It is not broken.
I am not trapped.

I know I have left it unlocked, and even open at times since you were born, because I was afraid some horrible tragedy might occur while I was in there, but it's been 10 years and I want some

Do not ask me how long I will be. I will come out when I am done.

Do not bring the phone to the bathroom door.

Do not go running back to the phone yelling:
"She's in the BATHROOM!"

Do not begin to fight as soon as I go in.

Do not stick your little fingers under the door and wiggle them. This was only funny when you were two.

Do not slide pennies, Legos, or notes under the door. Even when you were
two, this got a little tiresome.

If you have followed me down the hall talking, and are still talking as you face this closed door, please turn around, walk away and wait for me in another room. I will be glad to listen to you when I am done.

Oh ... And yes, I still love you.


A friend gave this to me at church last night. I thought I would pass it on. While I know that we all love our children dearly, there are those times when we would like just a few minutes of peace in the bathroom!!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008


Another IHC has come and gone and we survived! Actually IHC is something that our family looks forward to for months. Yes it is exhausting and hard with kids, but it is also a wonderful time to make memories, spend time with family, meet with friends old and new, and get renewed spiritually. I think that it is really important for my kids to see that we are not part of a small group, but that there are many other Christians like us all over the USA.
I kept forgetting to take the kids picture. This is on the way to our car the last night. Four tired but happy kids.
Chris and Olivia looking out our window at the Crown.
Olivia kept trying to get OUT of the stroller all day but when we got back to the hotel she kept climbing IN.
The third day at IHC and the first time she fell asleep in her stroller.
Chris and Olivia taking a break.

Chris and his friend Ethan getting ready to sing in the children's choir.
Walter taking last minute offering before singing in children's choir.
Charlie holding a sign for kids to line up.
Brittany on her way to sing.
The Children's Choir. All of our kids are up there somewhere.

After IHC my sister and family came home with us for two nights, we went to the Collingsworth concert (pictures to follow soon)on Saturday and after the concert some friends came home with us to spend the night, and go to church with us on Sunday. We had four adults and NINE kids and we made it to Sunday School on time!! We had a great weekend visiting with old friends. I forgot to get the camera out and take pictures:-(
I still have pictures from Charlie's birthday party and the concert. Hopefully I will get them up soon.

Friday, April 11, 2008


Thanks to Janella I have been tagged.

What I was doing 10 years ago.
I had been married to Tim for 5 years. Was working for an embroidery company running a machine that could embroider 12 shirts a one time.

5 Things on my to do list for today.
Since it is after 9pm here is a sampling of what I have done today. I did not write everything down but it went something like this.
1. start a load of laundry.
2. fix breakfast
3. clean up kitchen
4. another load of laundry
5. had devotions on the swing
6. another load of laundry
7. started getting the kids summer clothes out and organized
8. make lunch
9. another load of laundry
10.went to a produce co-op to get produce
11. got the boys hair cut.
12. made supper
13. crashed.
*When I sat down at the computer tonight I made a comment about how tired I was because I had worked so hard, and My dear sweet husband asked what it was that I had done today!!

Snacks that I enjoy
Ice cream
But since I started my diet it's more like...

What I would do with a billion dollars.
1. Give to my church, missions and charities
2. Buy land in the country and build a house.
3. Give a chunk of money to all my (close) family members.
4. Buy Tim the truck of his dreams.
5. Do random acts of kindness giving to those in need.
6. Take LOTS of vacations.

Three bad habits
Me, bad habits?
Saying "you know" to much in conversations

5 places I have lived
Zambia, Africa
Salam, Ohio
Minerva, Ohio
Westfield, Indiana
Independence, Kentucky

5 Jobs I have had.
Cleaning houses
Seamstress making water bed sheets
Seamstress at a fur store
Embroidery factory

I tag my niece Joya.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Happy Bithday Charlie

Happy 10th Birthday!
We love you and hope you have a great day.

Monday, April 7, 2008


Blooming flowers

Happy playing babies

Dirty bare feet

Quiet mornings on my swing

Today was the perfect spring day.It looks like spring is finally here. YAH!
I had devotions this morning on my swing. The kids spent hours playing outside. We took a two mile walk and had a all around great day. I forgot to get out my camera until it was almost dark.
We had revival last week and while it was a busy, tiring week it was a great revival and just what I needed. Bro.Joe Smith preached some wonderful sermons and we really saw the Lord working and answering pray.
Tomorrow is going to be another beautiful day and we plan on taking the kids to a park for a picnic lunch. Hopefully I will remember the camera:-}