Thursday, October 30, 2008

Thankful Thursday

This was picture was taken at PCB in September, when we went for my mom's birthday.
I am thankful for the man in this picture. That he is fearless.
That he doesn't worry about what others think. That he has a mind of his own. That he will dance, even with a woman on stilts. That he can calm me. That he provides well for me and the girls. That he smiles - a lot.
I am thankful for my husband today, and every day!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Stranger Here

We have now been back in Calhoun County for 10 months (January 1 was the day we headed out of Leesburg, GA). Time really has flown by. I can't believe that Ralph had not even interviewed for his job this time last year! That being said, I knew moving back would have it's difficulties. The girls have never lived here, except for the 9 month in 2002. They have no recollection of that. Ralph and I have essential been gone from this area for 9 years. Some things change, and some things stay the same. I love the feel of small town. I can go in the Piggly Wiggly, and yes that is the grocery store to shop in, and be guaranteed that I will see at least one person I know. Or, that knows who my momma is. My goodness the times I have heard that since we have moved back.
This is how great a small town can be - I got a voicemail from the elementary school telling me that Morgan's flip flop had broke. I was in town, so I was thinking it would be cheaper to go by Dollar General and pick up a pair to get her through the day. As I am walking up to the counter the lady says, "They didn't fit?" I responded with "Excuse me?" She repeated. I said, "What are you talking about?" She responds with, "You are Bonnie's daughter, right?" "Um, yes ma'am." "Well, she was just in here and picked up 2 pair of shoes for your daughter." I said, "Thank you, you just saved me from having to bring this back!" The school had called my mom when they couldn't get up with me, and she picked Morgan up and took her shopping! I loved it! That's the great part.
Unfortunately, there are also drawbacks. People thinking you should think a certain way. No tolerance for those who are different in looks or ideas. That has been the hard part. It has made me feel like a stranger in a place that had once been so familiar and "safe". It is funny the things that can change you when you are taken out of your original "home".
I am thankful for the different place we have lived. I have learned so much from each of the moving experiences. I have made life time friends with people I would have never met had we stayed here. I am thankful for the lessons learned in welcoming and accepting new people, because I have been one. It has drawn Ralph and I closer as a married couple. We learned to rely on each other, and not our family of origin.
With all that being said, I am glad to be back here. I am glad for the lessons I have learned. I am glad that sometimes I still feel like a stranger. Most of all I am glad that my God is big and He doesn't waste any experience I go through.

Monday, October 27, 2008

A View from My Front Porch

This is just too good to pass up. Friday, Ralph had gotten home early. Madison had a honor roll assembly at school, so we went to see her get her ribbon. We came home and Belle needed to go for a walk. She was one big ball of puppy energy. It had been raining all day and the night before, so she was ready to run. Ralph decided to let Sammie the calf loose so that he could wonder around. Well, what ensued was hilarious, at least to me. Ralph looked like he was literally walking a dog, a calf and his 3 girls. It was so funny! Being the good wife that I am, I grabbed the camera and took this picture standing on our front porch. Country life is so much fun, there is never a dull moment.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Thankful Thursday

Today is Thursday, so I am going to remind myself of all the things I am (or at least should be) thankful for.
Here goes - I am thankful for health. The girls have had sinus issues and the stomach bug, but they never got extremely sick.
I am thankful for good grades. They got their report cards this week, and they all did really well. I am thankful for teachers. I am thankful that Morgan is learning to read. That is such a cool process to watch.
I am thankful for a husband who is so good to me and the girls. He tries so hard to be in tune to what we all need. I couldn't ask for any better. I am thankful for the daddy he is to his girls, to take time to sooth, pray and lead them. He is wonderful.
I am thankful most of all for grace - the grace God shows me.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Like mother, like daughter

Oh my. My middle child is so much like me, sometimes it hurts. Like today. As usual, today I picked the girls up from school. I always ask how their day was, as soon as they all get buckled up. Madison and Morgan both said good. Laney on the other hand, she said she had not had a good day. So, I asked her what was wrong. She proceeded to tell me that her tummy was hurting. It was hurting because she had not eaten her lunch. Of course my next question was, "Why?!?" My dear Laney bug, then told me of the bad day she had.
Halloween is around the corner, so of course you know what that means. Well, besides candy. It's the scary stories. The kids had been telling her a story about some scary lady, that if you said her name so many times and did this and that, then she would tap you on the shoulder, and then try and kill you. She had heard this story at break, at PE, and then at lunch, where she finally lost it. She told me she just cried because her tummy was hurting so bad and she was so scared. My baby. I can so empathize with her.
As a young child I could not hear about a scary movie, much less watch one, and I would have nightmares and be unable to sleep. My mom used to tell me to stay "prayed up" ( a Pentecostal term) because someone was going to scare me to death some day. I think the older I have gotten, the more secure I feel. I know Whom I can put my trust in, and I do trust Him.
So, we have tried to have a teachable moment with her about this. Reminding her that she can trust God no matter what, and He is a big God who loves her very much. Ralph took her for a short drive tonight and was able to talk with her and reassure her. She needed to know her Daddy understood her and would be her protector. He did that. She was able to go to bed without too much stress. It just made my heart hurt for her. I have been there, and done that. Like mother, like daughter.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

BlueBelle

Introducing BlueBelle, our new Australian Blue Heeler puppy. She is cute, and hyper like most puppies are. The girls are having a blast taking care of her. Ralph is happy to a puppy around.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday, because yesterday was just a little upside down. Yesterday had been a long day of holding a child that didn't feel well. I am glad I have the opportunity to stay home, so I can. Madison is sick and she likes to be held, and for an instant I felt guilty. You see, I had a grand plan to clean house and get so much done yesterday. I changed my plans when my 8 year old looked at me and said, "Mommy, will you please lay with me and hold me, because I don't feel good." Um, yes - what else would I say. So, I lay in bed and watched cartoons and rubbed her back, because she likes that. I let her eat Cheez-its and drink Sprite all day. Today, I am thankful. Thankful for the chance to be at home when my girls need me. Thankful for a husband who allows that, and doesn't expect a full course meal when he gets home on days like this. He even helps with supper and clean up, even though I have been home all day. I am thankful for my girls and the joy each one of them adds to our family. I am thankful to have family close, who will take the well ones to school (thanks Grandma). Yes, thankful Thursday indeed.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Sammy

The girls have wanted another calf since the last one we got did not make it. So, Ralph called his aunt who owns a dairy up the road and bought a bull calf last week. It has been good to see the girls anxious to go out in the mornings and evenings to feed him the bottle. They have done a good job so far taking care of him. Here is a picture of Sammy. The name by the way was drawn out a hat, and it's the one Madison had written down. As a side note, we are supposed to go pick up a puppy on Friday - can't wait to hear what kind of names the girls will come up with!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Goodbye Sugar

Today we said goodbye to a wonderful pet, Sugar. She was our Australian Blue Heeler that we have had for almost 12 years. Yes, she was with Ralph and I way before we started having kids. She was Ralph's dog from the get go. She always listened to him and followed him everywhere he went. I have not let him forget the time he went through the McDonald's drive-thru and bought her 2 hamburgers and didn't bring anything home for me. She was the one that greeted us when we brought Madison home from the hospital. She would keep Laney company as she would sit and read outside. She let Morgan pull her ears and try to ride her like a horse. Sugar was so patient with all the girls. She always protected them. She survived living in a subdivision, when her passion was chasing cows. Well a couple of weeks ago we noticed she was not eating that much, in the last week she basically had stopped eating. So, Ralph called and made the appointment with the vet. We knew it was time to say goodbye. I personally struggled with making this decision, even though I knew it was the right one. This morning I went to check on her, and she was gone. She had died during the night. Which just goes to prove what a wonderful dog she was, she knew when to leave us.
So, goodbye Sugar.



Easter 2008