Tuesday, April 28, 2009

I'm Still Here-Don't Give Up On Me

Wow! This is a long time of no posting for me! I am still here. I have just been really sick. I am so thankful that I am now better. I had no desire to sit at the computer at all, much less actually post something. Now, I am all better, but.... Asher has a high fever again. When it rains it pours in this house--at least when it comes to sickness. I am taking him to the doctor this afternoon.

I am soooooo behind on things in this house. It is definitely NOT RACHEL CLEAN!! I stayed on the couch most of the time when I was sick, but I am still a little drained of energy. I have got to get an energy boost and get this place organized and clean. I have to do both of those together. They go hand in hand to me. I can't clean without organizing, and I can't organize without cleaning. It is a daily thing in this house to keep all of the closets, drawers, cabinets, etc... organized. I don't mean that I organize each one every day, but I do have a system and I put things in their place daily. When I am down, things are not put in their place and begin to pile up. Then the things that were put away were not all put where they belong, so order now has to be restored. Anyway you know.... It is just different when it is not mom doing it....

I do have some pictures of Chloe's field trip to post, but I will do those at another time. I need to get busy.

I will leave you with a cute poem I borrowed from a friend.

If you give a mom a muffin,
She'll want a cup of coffee to go with it.
She'll pour herself some.
Her three-year-old will spill the coffee.
She'll wipe it up.
Wiping the floor, she'll find dirty socks.
She'll remember she has to do laundry.
When she puts the laundry in the washer,
She'll trip over boots and bump into the freezer.
Bumping into the freezer will remind her she has to plan for supper.
She will get out a pound of hamburger.
She'll look for her cookbook ("101 Things To Do With a Pound of Hamburger").
The cookbook is sitting under a pile of mail.
She will see the phone bill, which is due tomorrow.
She will look for her checkbook.
The check book is in her purse that is being dumped out by her two-year-old.
She'll smell something funny.
She'll change the two year old's diaper.
While she is changing the diaper, the phone will ring.
Her five-year-old will answer and hang up.
She'll remember she wants to phone a friend for coffee.
Thinking of coffee will remind her that she was going to have a cup.
And chances are...If she has a cup of coffee,
Her kids will have eaten the muffin that went with it.

Author Unknown

Sunday, April 19, 2009

A Grand Reunion

On Friday Aaron took the kids and I to Hattiesburg where I grew up. It was soooooo exciting!!! I have a dear friend Melissa (Missy). We have known each other since we were 7 years old. We were the best of friends from then until we were 16 when I moved away. We have been able to keep in touch off and on through the years, but we had not seen each other since our Junior year in high school. This is us at age 16 and the last time we saw each other.
This is us 15 years later!!
Melissa has one little boy, Cade. He is 4 years old. We spent a couple of hours catching up at her parents' house.

We also took the kids to the park and met up with a few other friends.
This is us with Roblynn. She is a teacher at our old high school.
This is us with Tanya.
We also went together to our old high school. Aaron was surprise by how small it was. I don't know what he expected, but he said this was not it. Everything was the same other than a new roof because of Hurricane Katrina.

The parking lot still has not been paved and the football field is unchanged.

There were new bleachers in the gym.
The same mile long hallway. This is all the highschool now. It use to be half junior high. They have built a junior high building and an auditorium.
We took the kids to Kamper Park for a couple of hours and then we said our goodbyes. I am thrilled to be reconnected with Missy. We will be getting together again very soon and very often. Hopefully we can pick up right where we left off all those years ago... just now a little older and wiser.
When we were little my brother use to say that he was going to drive the train at Kamper Park when he was all grown up. Bo, these are for you.

The house I grew up in on Monroe Road.
We parked directly across the street in this parking lot to take the picture. Can you believe it? This use to be nothing.
Then just past a few houses down is this. As kids we use to walk down the street to the little convenience store and buy candy. Now we would just walk across the street or have to walk down this busy road to get to the old convenience store.
The other house we lived in on Pep's Point Road. My dad painted his work truck camouflage right under that carport.
Daddy's favorite restaurant was the Mexican Kitchen. It took us a while to find the new location. These are for you Dad.

Abbie thought the salsa was HOT!!!

The old girls' home at Blue Lake. It was late at night so it was hard to get a good picture. Katrina did a good bit of damage on the buildings.

Fun in the Sun

This past week was Spring break and three of the four kids were sick most of the week. Finally, by Thursday morning all fevers and coughs were gone. We loaded up and went to Dauphin Island beach. We found a nice spot with no one around. We all came home tired and sunkissed.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Resurrection Sunday and Six Salvations

We had wonderful services at church today. We had a Sunrise service at 7:30. Aaron left the house at 6:00, and I had the kids to get up and going. Boy! That was early when you have four kiddos to get all dressed up for church. We made it on time though.
The assistant pastor preached for the first service, so Aaron led the music.

Chloe was singing away in the Sunrise service. Asher did not feel well at all. That is him all curled up. He has had a fever all weekend. It was gone this morning, so I went ahead to church. He slept or cried the entire time. His fever was back when we got home. After the Sunrise service we had a breakfast fellowship. The men cooked the breakfast for us.
During the second worship service, Abbie's and Asher's class put on a little play. Asher wasn't able to do his part.

The choir sang a few specials.

The best news is that I had the opportunity to lead a 10 year old boy to the Lord today after Sunday school and an 11year old girl to the Lord today after children's services!! Praise the Lord!! I have had the privilege to lead six young souls to the Lord this week!!
Obviously, because Asher was sick, we did not take any family pictures today. Here are a few that we did get.