Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Pictures

I was just perusing the blog and I started looking at the pictures that I've posted.  While they're perfectly good pictures, they're woefully out of date.  I mean Sweet pea was about 3 months old in that picture, and she's now 6...  Maybe I'll update those soon... Or not, I mean who doesn't love pictures of adorable babies?

Have a great day!
Ms. T




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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Sum of All Knowledge

According to their children, (at least the children under the age of 12, because you know that once a kid becomes a teen they know everything) parents are the sum of all knowledge.  I had never really thought about it like this until the other day Firecracker asked me what something was and I told him I didn't know.

He stared at me with a completely shocked expression and with an equally shocked voice said, "You don't know?!"  I'm fairly certain that it was on par with learning Santa Claus isn't real.  All at once I felt awesome that he had that much faith in my knowledge, and terrible that I've shattered the illusion.  I TOTALLY could've worked with that for much longer!

Maybe now he'll just assume we are the sum of MOST knowledge instead of all.....  Here's hoping!

Have a great day!
Ms. T




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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Generosity

The Hubs is generous nearly to a fault.  It appears that Firecracker has inherited this trait.  He has always been sweet and generous. (Now mind you, I'm not saying he is perfect in that regard.  No, he has plenty of times where he is selfish.)  That quality has showcased itself here recently in the form of cookies.

The other Sunday Firecracker's Sunday School teacher gave him a little tin of cookies, because he had been working so hard (on what I still am unsure.  He didn't give me specifics, but I was proud nonetheless.).  Firecracker offered the Hubs, Sweet pea and myself each some of them.  Then later that night, he decided that he needed to share some of them with his teachers.

Firecracker came home and made up four little snack baggies filled with cookies to share with his teachers.  He was only upset that I had eaten so many (they were small cookies, about an inch in diameter. So I ate several.  Don't judge me!) so he didn't have as many to share as he would have liked.  

Sometimes Firecracker can be a stinker, and then other times he does things like this that show what a sweet spirit he has.

Have a great day!
Ms. T




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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

My Minivan Prayer

Big Mama, our minivan, is showing her age.  She is a 2007.  We bought her in 2009.  She has been fantastic, even though before I had kids I swore up and down and sideways that I would NEVER drive a minivan.  I never desired it at all.  I figured if I needed a larger vehicle I'd get an SUV.  

However, and I honestly don't remember how it all worked out, I ended up with Big Mama.  And I've loved her ever since!  The self opening and closing doors are one of my favorite things!  There are a few other things that I like about it for instance: I can haul up to 6 other people with me whenever I want to.  And with the size of my family that really is a HUGE plus.  

Anyway, this is not a post about all the reasons I love my minivan.  Unfortunately, this post is about how Big Mama is on her last leg.  As we're driving down the road rockin' out to whatever songs we're listening to, she'll start to shudder.  That's right, folks, the transmission is giving way.  :(  

This is saddening for multiple reasons: 1. As stated above I really love driving a minivan. 2. And probably most important, it's PAID OFF!  

So my minivan prayer is, "God, please let Big Mama hold out 'til we can get another vehicle that will also hold 7, that will be a smokin' deal, and be reliable."

Have a great day!
Ms. T




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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

A Near Miss

I used to be "that mom."  The one that went to every school field trip.  So, when the papers came home that said, "An adult must accompany the child on the field trip," I never batted an eye.

However, those days are gone.  I'm working again now, and while it's at the kid's school, I can't just take off whenever they have a field trip to attend.  Thankfully, Firecracker is old enough that his class doesn't require an adult to attend every field trip anymore.  

The other day a note came home stating that Sweet pea's class was going on a field trip, but that a parent needed to accompany each child.  I spoke to the teacher about possibly allowing Sweet pea to go without me.  She said she would think about it.  After a few days, the teacher said she didn't think it would be fair to allow Sweet pea to attend when other kids wouldn't be able to if their parent didn't attend.  I totally understood this stance, but Sweet pea was heart broken.

It was the night before the field trip, and Sweet pea was sure she was going to get to go (even though I had told her she might not be able to).  I had to explain that if one of her aunts or uncles didn't go with her cousins she wouldn't be able to go.  She was heart broken. Many tears were shed. I felt terrible.  

After Sweet pea had gone to bed, my sister texted me and said that by a twist of fate she was going to get to go after all.  (Previously she had said she wouldn't be able to go with her kids either, because she had to work.)  She got the day off and offered to take Sweet pea with her.

The morning of the field trip I got to give Sweet pea the good news.  She was SOOOO excited!  Auntie T saved the day.

Have a great day!
Ms. T






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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

A Significant Loss

Recently, our assistant pastor turned in his resignation.  This is a huge loss to our church.  We don't fault him at all, he is following the call of God to another church in another state.  

The Hubs and I are going to miss our assistant pastor and his wife.  They have become friends.  We've labored alongside them in the ministry and truly respect them.

Although we will miss them, and we envy their new church family.  We wish them well.  And we will be praying for them and their new ministry.

Have a great day!
Ms. T  




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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Helen Keller Museum

Firecracker had learned about Helen Keller at school.  Some how he found out that her birth place was only a little ways away from my Father in law's house.  He made us promise that the next time we went up there we would try and go.  Well, we weren't planning on going up until November for thanksgiving like we do every year.  However, we made an unexpected trip up when we evacuated for Irma.  So we ended up going to the museum. It was really neat!  
They had all kinds of things that I never even thought about a blind person using.  Like a scrabble board that has a raised waffle pattern so the pieces stay in place. And playing cards that had braille on them.

Apparently, Helen had a genius I.Q. she graduated from the sister college to Harvard and she studied in Italian, Greek, French and English!  It was a really enlightening trip.  Even the kids liked it, and of course it's always cool to put learning into action.


This picture wasn't one I intended on taking, but the lady that worked at the museum was insistent that I take the kid's picture in the dining room.  It was easier just to humor her than to fight it.

   
Have a great day!
Mrs. T



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