Thursday, March 26, 2009


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Monday, March 16, 2009

AWANA Grand Prix '09

We had such a blast at the grand prix this year!!
James made all five of the kids a very cool car. He let them pick out the design and then he shaped it into what they had chosen...

Then they got to paint it:-). He helped a little...

They had so much fun and all of them took home trophies...well, all but one.

Piper did not win a trophy, but she did gain something very valuable that day! After all of her siblings got at least on trophy she was pretty distraught. That is actually quite an understatement but I'll not get into that:-). Piper and I rode home seperately from James and the other kids, which gave us a bit of a chance to talk. We talked about the different ways that she could handle her current situation... honor Christ (congratulate brothers and sisters on their victory... and really mean it )or gratify the flesh (cry and mope and feel miserable for the rest of the day and have the others feel sorry for her ). She admitted that she really felt like gratifying her flesh but she knew the satisfaction in that would be temporary... she chose to honor Christ and die to those desires!! I told her that honoring Christ brings out a lasting satisfaction that comes with knowing that you've done what He desires and she said,"Yep, that's what I want!". Then, we went home and made cookies...that always makes me feel better :-)!

Little did she know that the decision she made Saturday is setting a pattern for her life. She made a choice to live for Christ and not herself. God is working on her already... she only accepted His gift of forgiveness a little over a month ago and already He is molding her. What a joy to watch!

Another great part about that day was this. When her siblings saw that they all received at least one trophy and she won none, Jonah who had two offered his other sweet:-)

But, Zoe' had a different plan. She had an AWANA grand prix trophy that she won a few years ago when she was in Sparks(Piper's group) and thought that she would like to give it to Piper when they got home.

So, I suggested they all present it to her in an award presentation fashion... they did and it worked beautifully!! They all came to her and told her that they would like to present her with and award for the " Best Overall" car in Sparks...

It was completely unexpected and totally appreciated by her!
What a glorious day!!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Judah found his pockets...

Moving Along

I really had hoped to get better at keeping up with the blog, but it just didn't happen.So, an update is in order... here goes!

After the making of the cute video you see below the kids and I had to get busy. We put our house on the market, so that means we have to keep it UNREALISTICLY clean! We have to make the house look and smell like no one lives here when, in fact, EIGHT people live here! IMPOSSIBLE!!

Can you tell I am feeling a little rebellious toward the realtor mentality?

It's okay, the rebellious feelings should pass in the next 24 hours:-). I think I always start feeling this way around the weekend when I know I will get "THE call". The kids feel it too...I can tell. We will be so glad when all of this house selling business is over and hopefully we'll have enough money in the therapy fund to cover everyone's trauma. :-)

Otherwise we've been moving along in much the same fashion as usual. School, work, clean, school, work, clean... and on it goes.

The kids all(well, all but one) got sick with the flu... that was fun. No sarcasm there, we sat around and watched movies for about a week. It was a good rest for me and them:-). But now we are trying to catch up on everything and mostly have it under control -I think.

We got to go to the zoo on a rare day that was sunny and warm, we soaked up EVERY moment... you know the sun doesn't shine that often in KY. And then, SURPRISE! , there was a second day of sunny bliss and we got to go to the park... oh happy day!!! Hopefully, soon there will be more of those days to come:-).