Saturday, December 27, 2008

Jerry and I

I thought this picture of us was pretty good. I never put pictures of just Jerry and I on my blog. I mean, really, who wants to see pictures of us? The kids are a whole lot cuter. But, I liked this picture and thought I'd share. Besides, when I print my blog out in book form, I'll be glad to have this picture, huh? Did you know you can print out your blog in a book? I was so excited to find that out!
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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Birthday Nanny!

O.k. So, this post is really late. Nanny's birthday is the 6th, but I just didn't get it done then. So, here it is. We had a little breakfast for her at Guadalajara and the whole family (almost) came. We had breakfast and lemon meringue pie. She turned 82, I think. I never do get it quite right.
This is the whole family. Bruce had to leave early.

Sheridan's kids and my kids with Nanny. Bruce brought Brock and Harley, but he had to go to Brock's ballgame, so he left before we took pictures. We had a good time.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Happy Birthday Baby Samuel

Today is Samuel's birthday. He would have been nine. I'm not sure if your children grow up in heaven or not. I like to think that I'll get to hold him and rock him when I get there, but I'm not sure how that's going to work. We donated some swings to our church in the spring in Samuel's memory. Today, we put up the plaque on the swings and had breakfast with our family. The kids got to swing on Samuel's Swings and we took some pictures. Nine years ago on this day, I wanted my life to end. I was sure that if I didn't die that I would live in misery until I did. Obviously, that's not the case, but it was dark in that time of my life and I couldn't see any light. Someone once told me, "How would you know joy if you didn't know sorrow." and I learned quickly that I had I never known what it was like to hold my dead child that I would have never understood the shear magnitude of holding my live one--how precious they are. Life's lessons are God's lessons and He walks with us through them all. Holley gave me a clinging cross--a cross made of wood that fits in the palm of your hand. It is so true what that cross is all about. The only way to survive sorrow is to cling to the cross.

All the kids--aren't they precious.

Baby Samuel Wyatt Young--December 13, 1999

Thursday, December 11, 2008

What a silly boy!

Benjamin was in the silliest mood! He was making faces and saying funny stuff. He had us in stitches!

Monday, December 8, 2008

My Dollar Store Christmas tree

Well, this year was a year of firsts for us--an artificial tree. Never, in 20 years of marriage have Jerry and I had a fake tree. Never in my life have I ever had a fake tree. We always had real ones growing up. But, the time has come, I hate putting lights on a tree and the fake ones come with lights on them. There. That's the whole reason we got a fake tree. This Dollar Store tree is just the beginning of our fake treedom. You see, after Christmas, when trees go on sale, we are going to purchase the mother load of fake trees. We are hoping to find one with LED lights that you can either have all white or change at the push of a button to any color you want. Also, I want a tall one that looks real. Sam's has one for about $500.00. What am I thinking? Is it really worth that? Even half off is $250.00. Dreams, dreams. Anyway, the tree in the picture was $25.00 at Dollar General. It leans forward some and looks very FAKE. But, the decor I put on it is beautiful (thanks to my sister who has taste) and we dressed up this little tree. I'm thinking the whole Charlie Brown story now--all it needed was a little love. Shit. All I need is a big ol', light changin', real looking, 50% off, humongous tree after Christmas. (I just wrote "shit" for the humor of it--if I offended you, I'm sorry. I just thought it was funny:-)) And, alas, the truth is I know it's about Christ's birth and I'm feeling awful selfish....Geez.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

More Aquarium

The dolphins were great this past week also. They seemed to want to interact with the kids through the glass. Benjamin was fascinated.
Look at this one biting the other one. Hmmm. It makes you wonder....
This dolphin actually tried to get Marymae's foot when it was on the glass. I guess he thought he would be able to grab it. I don't know, but it surprised Marymae. That's for sure.

They came up to the glass over and over again when the little guys were close to it.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Aquarium Day--a field trip sponsored by US!

One of the things I enjoy most about homeschooling is being able to get out and go whenever we want. Currently, we are studying invertebrates and there is no better place to see invertebrates at their finest than at the aquarium. Of course, we look at everything invertebrate or not. This week we went on Thursday--the weather was wonderful, there was NO ONE there except people who worked there and my kids got the special treatment. Here, Allen is feeding a ant eater cousin some yummy honey.
Scuba diver and Allen after the dive show where they feed the fish. Marymae was scared to death of this guy.
Allen holds a hermit crab at the touch tank. Marymae wants to real bad but can't bring herself to do it.

The turtles were particularly friendly this week. I'm not sure if they were hungry or what, but they came right up to the glass and watched US as if we were the ones on display. It was pretty cool. In fact, I thought they were coming over the side a couple of times.

Don't they look friendly? Marymae and Benjamin thought it was the coolest thing on earth!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

"Got Her" Day

As most of you know, our sweet Marymae is adopted. In adoptive families, we celebrate two birthdays sometimes. One is the child's original birthdate, the other is the date the child was "born" into your hearts. If is referred to as "Got Her" Day. November 12th is Marymae's "Got Her" Day. Although we don't celebrate it like some families do, I always remember the first time I met her and how I immediately fell in love with this baby girl. I had to have her and couldn't leave her side until I was able to put her in my car and take her home. We counted the months down (six) until her adoption was final. She was 8 and a half months old when we got her. Our family and friends accepted her as if she had always been with us. In fact, she is so much a part of our family that I often forget she is adopted. She helped soften the voice of sorrow in our lives and made Thanksgiving of 2004 one of enlightenment and awe. She is a very real part of God's perfect plan and I am so thankful that God chose us to be a part of it. The cycle of poverty, addiction, abuse, and prostitution has been broken for her. God chose to use us in His plan--I am not worthy of being her mother, but I know God thinks I am. He will enable me to parent her. As November closes this year just like in 2004, I am counting my blessings. But, I'm really counting the one of this sweet baby girl who has overcome so much already and who God placed in our hands to help her finish the journey of pursuit of our Lord.
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Thursday, November 27, 2008

I'm so thankful for these babies!

God has been so good to me. Aren't they just precious? I love them so much and am so thankful for them.
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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Check this guy out

Some friends of ours called the other day and wanted us to come out and check out this spider. Isn't she lovely? I say "she" because of the egg sack behind her. She is a banana spider; some people call them garden spiders or even signature spiders because of the line of thick web they put in the middle of their web. They are very beneficial and eat tons of harmful insects. We enjoyed our trip to go see her; we didn't catch her and pin her because spiders don't pin well. They decompose differently than insects and don't look good after pinning.
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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Name that photo!

How about a little friendly contest--name that photo contest. I snapped the above pic of Benjamin the other day and I think it's hysterical, but I cannot figure out what he's doing!
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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Lots of men in a little booth

Have you ever seen so many grown men stuffed into such a little booth? We went to this restuarant with some church friends and the women got this big table all to ourselves and the husbands got this corner booth---they were real cozy. I had to take a picture because they looked quite stuffed.
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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Benjamin is tongue tied!

Jerry and I discovered that Benjamin is tongue tied. Pardon the biscuit in his mouth, but if you look closely, you can see the thing under his tongue extends all the way to the end of his tongue. We never noticed it before. Also, he can't stick his tongue out to a point. It makes a heart shape when he tries to stick his tongue out. Who knew? Apparently, tongue tie is hereditary but we don't know who in our families have it and there are different degrees of tongue tie. Some are so bad the baby can't even nurse without getting his tongue clipped. Now, we know Benjamin doesn't have that problem, but he could have speech trouble later on. We're just going to watch and see what happens as he gets older. There is a little procedure the doctor does that clips that thing under the tongue so that it doesn't restrict movement so much. As for now, we think it's kinda cute. It hasn't affected his speech that we know of yet, but he's not really saying "hard" words.
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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Such a good big brother

Allen is a great guy. He's always willing to take Benjamin and let him experience fun things. He takes him up in the tubes at McDonald's and shows him lizards and bugs outside. This particular trip, he took Benjamin up on top of a playhouse at the museum. It was so cute.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Benjamin's first date

Aren't they so cute? At the science museum, they had these little tables and chairs--perfect size for toddlers. Benjamin and a little girl friend climbed up there and played some checkers. So cute!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Long sleeved shorts?

I was dressing Marymae today; we had a little front move through last night so it was kinda chilly. I told her we had to put a long sleeved shirt on her because it was cool outside. Then, I proceeded to put jeans on her. While I was getting her to step into them, she said, "Oh, I have to wear long sleeved shorts, too?". Hee Hee. Yep, long sleeved shorts. Love it.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Big Tree

The Big Tree is 35 and a half feet in circumference.
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More posing, see previous post.

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I took these pictures with my phone.

Well, I lost my cell phone. I mean, really lost it--like I have NO idea where I even lost it--gone, nothing, vanished. So, I got a new phone and got it in last Friday. It takes a micro SD card and I can take pictures on my phone and upload them to the computer just like my camera does except the phone is only a 1.2 megapixel. Well, I forgot to take my camera today, so I just used my phone to take the Rockport pics. They aren't bad. My phone is a good backup plan. Marymae was more than happy to pose for me to get used to my new camera, I mean phone.
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Can't we classify this a field trip?

Talk about your history lesson. We read lots of historical markers today and saw lots of Rockport history. It's probably history that no one really cares about, but Allen knows more about Rockport history than he'd care to know. Do you know who Mr. Burhl is in Rockport? Allen does.

I had to get school in, but I also wanted to meet my friend Roxi, so we figured out a way to do school and have lunch with a friend. Works for me!
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Windmill in a tree

During the 1919 hurrican that hit Rockport, this windmill blade was blown into the top of this oak. It is embedded in the branches of the tree. This tree stands in someone's front yard in Rockport. Cool, huh? I'd kinda like to buy that house. I mean, how many people can say they live in the house with the tall oak with the windmill blade in it?
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Marymae and Benjamin "climb" too

Just the roots of this tree were enough climbing for Marymae and Benjamin. They "climbed" up the trunk area and sat down for a picture.
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