Thursday, January 29, 2009

Can you guess?




Can you guess what Morgan celebrated today at school?
Yep, today was the 100th day of school this year. I do not remember ever celebrating, or taking note of this when I was in school. But, Morgan had a blast talking about the trail mix they made. We had to send in 100 raisins, and Mo counted them all by herself.
Plus she got a pretty cool hat and glasses for today. She is such a ham for the camera. I love it!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Proud of my girls


A week or so ago, the girls got their report cards for the second 9 week grading period. Madison and Laney made all A's and Morgan made all E's (that means she excelled in all of her Kindergarten stuff). The school has a honor roll assembly for the 3rd-5th graders, so Madison got a blue ribbon. She was happy. Ralph and I are so proud of our girls!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Yes, that's the real color.


UH! Can I just say, yes, that is the real color of my hair. It is gray. I do not cover them up. If I did choose to color my hair at this point, it would be black with hot pink streaks, just because I think that looks cool. But, I choose not to color my hair. So, I get to endure, when I see people I have not seen in a while, say things like - "Dang, girl, when did you get so gray?!" or "Wow, it's been so long, you have so much gray hair now!"
All the while I refrain from saying, "Why yes, and you have put on an extra 40lbs." Ok, I digress. I choose not to color my hair. If it was up to just me, then yes, I probably would. But here is the thing. I am in this thing called marriage. So, I ask my husband his opinion about gray hair. Turns out he loves it. He thinks it makes one look wise and distinguished. So, I play along. I need all the help in the wisdom department I can get. Distinguished, well, I don't think I will ever get that one nailed down. Plus at the end of the day it really does save my dear husband a boat load of money, me not going to the hairdresser to get it colored.
So, world, here I am, loud and proud, a 30-something gray haired woman! I figure if my man loves it and me, then there is nothing wrong with gray hair!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

I am of the opinion...

I am of the opinion that head colds suck. I have been sick all day, just achy and lots of drainage. But how can I really rest, when my middle child was also home sick with the same stuff! That is the fun part of being a mommy, no down time when you are sick. The good part was she did try and help take care of me. Laney is sweet that way.
Ok, time for supper and then bed. I can't even think straight!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

More Conversations

Oh boy. I am beginning to anticipate, with a touch of dread, some of the conversations that get started in the van. My middle child informed me yesterday that my baby girl needed to tell me something. "OK." I reply, "What's up Morgan." Morgan remains quiet. So, Laney pipes up, "She showed so-and-so her (for those with delicate tendencies I am using safe language) Upper Chest Region (which I will shorten to UCR for the remainder of the story). After I pick my jaw up and regain my wits, I ask Morgan if this is true. She replies that she doesn't want to tell me. So, I ask again and she quietly replies, "Yes, ma'am." So, I go on with the questions of why, did she think that was a wise choice, what on earth would make her do that? I stopped short of saying "Are you crazy!" She had a very logical, for a 5 year old, reason. The other kids had asked.
It opened up the chance for us to have a frank conversation with her about keeping her UCR, covered. That this is a private area only for her, and when she gets married, her husband. Poor Ralph was at a loss for words when she told him what had happened. Being the quick thinker, usually, he gave her an example of how I don't go around baring my UCR to other people (which he felt compelled to give names as an example). Note to self, stop Ralph the next time before he sticks his foot in his mouth.
She got it, even though I felt like we had botched it. On the ride home this afternoon, I asked her if she had showed her UCR to anyone. She proudly declared, "NO! So-and-so asked me, but I said NO! That is my private area."
Now, can we keep it that way until she is 30?

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

History

Believe it or not, once upon a time, I went to college. My major was History. History has been something I have always been intrigued with. Particularly American History. I love reading about how this country was founded. I love reading stories about people who endured much, and why they choose the paths they did. One lady in particular, that I have recently began to read more about is Eleanor Roosevelt. Wow, her story has captivated me the last few days. I am looking forward to reading more about her in the days to come. Her story pulls at me for many reasons, which for tonight will not be named. I am saving those for a later post.
Tonight, I am wanting to document my thoughts on today. Today I was able to watch part of the inauguration process. The way this country handles transition of power is truly amazing! Watching the process today, I was reminded of how great America is. I do not agree with the past politics of President Obama, but I respect him. I respect the position he now holds. I respect the fact that he has the weight of a nation on him. And I do not think that he takes that lightly.
He promises change. I don't know how much of that he can feasibly accomplish. I do believe he has good intentions. Partisan politics are one of the things that has caused much of my disenchantment with the political process. I love the old saying "Can't we all just get along." Hopefully that is what President Obama will bring, more getting along. We don't have to all agree, but respect the fact others have different opinions.
So, as I watched History being made today, I was thankful. I am thankful for the democratic process. I am thankful for freedom to worship freely. I am thankful to know that the God I serve still reigns. I am thankful that I was able to watch this historic event.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Not My Agenda

Tonight I was reminded again of the fact that it is ok to deviate from my agenda. Let me set this up. We had a meeting tonight for all the UpStreet small group leaders to discuss a some changes. I did not want to keep these volunteers long, because I value their time. I wanted to respect the plans they may have had. I figured the meeting would last less than an hour. Well, by the time the hour had ended, these guys started to get on a roll. They were throwing GREAT ideas out to encourage our kids to do their Big 4 (bring bible, memorize memory verse, offering and GodTime card). This totally went off my script and time frame.
I am so thankful it did. The more they talked the more connected we all felt. There was ownership of the process. There were creative ideas flowing! I am so glad that my agenda did not get in the way.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Conversations

Conversation in the van went something like this today -

Morgan: "Daddy?!"
Daddy: "Just a minute, baby, I'm in the middle of a conversation."
Morgan: "OK."
Few minutes later....
Morgan:"Daddy, I forgot what I was going to tell you. When I get it back, then can I tell you?"
Daddy: "Sure baby, when you get it back, you can tell me."

It was just cute the way Morgan said she had forgotten and trusting she would remember. I don't trust my memory like that anymore!

Friday, January 16, 2009

The ending to

The ending to a crappy (sorry if that offends, it is what it was) week for me was a date with my husband.
This man makes me want to be a better me. He makes me laugh. He makes me think. He makes me try harder. He makes me mad. He makes me fall in love with him, over and over. He makes my ending of a crappy week, better. I love my husband.
I thank God for him every day.


I love you, Ralph.



And huge thank you to the grandparents for making our date possible!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Stuff

Do you ever have one of those days (in my case weeks), where everything you say or do is just not right? That is where I am at this week. Nothing I seem to touch seems to be "right". And somehow, even though it's not "right", I am ok. Sure, there have been tears this week, but I have not been consumed by them. I have not become paralyzed by them. I have those tendencies, to let things consume and paralyze me.
Now, before you judge me or wax eloquent on how I should do this or that. I am human, I have struggles, I have down days (weeks). That is what makes me human. I pray, sometimes God speaks loudly and other times His silence is deafening. I am not asking for a quick fix. I need to learn some lessons, and sometimes those lessons takes lots of time.
This week I have become more aware of the importance of just "shutting up", and truly listening to those around me. I can have the tendency to think ahead and try to "fix" whomever I am talking to. I am learning to still my mind, and really listen to what someone is telling me. I have realized that you can do more harm trying to "fix" someone, instead of just listening to them.
So, lots of stuff is rolling around in my head. Lots of stuff to process. Lots of emotions to deal with. Just lots of stuff.

Monday, January 12, 2009

One of those days....

It has been one of those days. It felt like one thing after another. Finally, by lunch time I was sick of my bad attitude and the fact that it also left me with a migraine. Ugh, I want to throw up my head is hurting so bad.
So, I want to think of the good in my life. God, and the words He spoke to me this morning (even when I was in a bad mood). My husband, for loving me. My girls, they see how bad I am hurting and are trying so hard to be helpful. Friends, who call and check on you, even when they have so much going on.
Ok, my head still hurts, but my heart feels better.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

More Disney

Disney is a pretty cool place at night. I found out this weekend it is way cooler at night, during the holiday season. Cinderella's castle was covered in lights and Main street had lights all down it. It was so beautiful, to a Christmas decoration loving gal like me.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Disney

We had the pleasure to go to Disney World this past weekend. I say it was a pleasure, because the weather was perfect, the crowds were not huge, and they still had their Christmas decorations up! Including Christmas music! It was really such a fun trip we were able to take and experience with the girls. One of my favorite moments was sitting in the Fairytale Garden with the girls. There, they heard "Belle" read and act out her story.
The setting was very intimate. You could not hear all the park noisy. They only allowed a certain number of people in the garden. And the girls just sat ingrossed in her telling the story and getting people to help her act it out. Then afterwards, they were able to get their picture taken with "Belle". This was one of my favorite moments of the trip.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Dr. Suess is a genius



Dr. Suess is a genius, of that I am convinced!
We reached a milestone here in the Yoder house tonight. Let me start off with saying that after supper my wonderful husband cleaned the kitchen while I sat and was reading with the girls. Madison started reading to Morgan, she read a couple of books, then picked up "Green Eggs and Ham" by Dr. Suess. Well, one page into it Morgan, my kindergarten gal, starts reading the words. So, I tell Madison to let her read a couple of pages. Morgan read all 62 pages. And she read it with minimal help from me! I was blown away at her ability to sound and figure out words. She has a great teacher, Mrs. Rogers, who encourages the kids to sound out everything. That's what Morgan did, and she did it so well! And of course Dr. Suess writes in a way that is so easy for new readers to follow.
So, that means another stage we are entering into where all of our children will be reading. That means will we soon not be able to spell words out that we are not wanting them to hear.
And ironically we ate ham for supper.