Friday, February 20, 2009

We Miss Daddy!

Chris comes home tomorrow morning....Yay!!!!

He has been working on a job in Col. since Tues. morning. I can't remember the last time I have been away from him for four days and I hope it doesn't come again anytime soon.
I miss the essence of him. He protects us and takes care of us just the way the Lord intended and I can't wait for him to be home, safe. My heart is always a little uneasy when he works to the wee hours of the morn with nobody around on Col. east side. I so appreciate you honey. I miss him settling many of the weekly challenges between me and the teenager, he's the buffer and ultimately the one who lays down the law in a way that she chooses not to challenge, he keeps me sane in this area. He loves us up daily, and we are starving for it now. Oh yes in the 4 degree weather he has all the tricks to keeping the wood furnace working just right that it is 70 or above and I can't seem to get it above 66, so I miss his warmth literally. That is just the tip of the iceberg on all that he does around here, mostly I just want his strong arms around me hugging me.
I have battled bronchitis all week, and it is finally starting to go away but was a lot to handle being the only one here with the kids. I had to be careful of the med. prescribed because of how tired it made me. One day I had gone to pick up Natty from school and fell asleep in the car waiting for her teacher to bring them out like she always does. I looked up and there she is taking Natalie back into the school because she thought I was late. I jumped out of the car parked 10 feet away from them and ran to the door, explained and swiftly collected my embarrassing.
I did manage to do some good business this week and the kids and I have had good days for the most part.
But tomorrow he comes home and I am soooooo thankful.

Hope everyone had a great week!!
Love, Chelle

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day to everyone!!!

This morning the little ones woke me up at 7:00. By 8:30 we were out the door and headed to Eikenberry's grocery in Greenville. They make the best donuts in town and I had promised to take them for a treat since it is just the three of us home today. They were so wide-eyed seeing all of those donuts and getting to pick out the ones they wanted. They were very polite to one another and couldn't wait to get home to eat them.
Shortly after we got home Joseph wanted to work on his Collection 100 school project. We spent much of the day cutting tissue paper for his masterpiece. It was fun. They were so exhausted from getting to bed so late from our fun last night and getting up early this morning that they didn't want to go to the movie I had planned. Joe said we could wait for another time and then Brianna could go with us too. They fell asleep a little bit ago watching the Friends and Heroes show on TBN. I'm getting ready to make tacos for supper and set up the UNO game they wanted to play until it is time to go pick up Brianna at 7:30. I'm guessing she will be worn out from the 30-Hr. Famine event at our church last night.
Chris will be home at about 8:00 and I'm sure he will be tired too. He worked until 12:30 last night until he finally went to a motel for some rest and then back at the job today. Business is good, praise the Lord I am so thankful for it but I miss him just the same.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Mall of America and Monkey in the Middle

Today was an awesome day here. Sunny and fairly warm.
I helped out in Natalie's class for her Valentine Party. Her teacher was sharing the meaning of Valentine's Day of being a way to show God's love to everyone. It was fantastic listening to the preschoolers respond to her and how they turned it into prayers at prayer time.

Just before the kids got to share their Valentines they got to participate in a wonderful lesson with the rest of the school. The fifth graders have been hard at work learning about our fifty states, what makes each state unique in the sense of area, terrain, commerce, and tradition, etc.. Each team of kids were assigned a state with its own table. They made posterboards and descriptors about the state, each was also to come up with a way to make money at their state station. Put it all together in the cafeteria and it made the "Mall of America" where each student was given "$10" to spend any way they wanted. At the end of the lesson they will see which state made the most money. A great stimulus package if you ask me. I had a group of four 4 year old girls to take through the "Mall". Interestingly enough they had their nails painted in New York, their faces painted in Maryland and slushies in New Hampshire and they spent every last dime like any good woman in the mall would do. Great time spent with Natalie and her friends.

Two nights ago I just could not calm my children down from bickering with one another. I began to explain to them that family was kind of like glue, can be sticky and fun, sometimes messy, but in the end they always stick together and I said to them that is exactly what you three need to do stick together instead of picking each other apart. Jose with his little grin says "if us three stick together then I guess that makes me the monkey in the middle". Where does he come up with this stuff. I was explaining the practice of Lent to him tonight and he let me know very seriously that he had decided to give up handwriting for Lent and I had better let his teacher know because he wouldn't be allowed to write there either. We must follow the rules you know him being such a man after the Lord. I had to laugh because my son would do just about anything to get out of schoolwork. I had no idea to what level this was true.

Bri and I took in a Jr.High boys basketball game last night. Our team the Tri-Village Patriots was playing Arcanum which is where a lot of Bri's friends from church attend. It was a really good game. It was fun, ultimately we wanted our team to win which we did 46 to 27 but we also wanted to cheer for some of the kids on the other team and we did no matter who was watching. It was great to spend that time with just Bri. She is growing up so fast and I cherish those moments between us when their is no challenge to be met and can just pal with her. I know my years with her as a child are very numbered four to be exact and my heart grows weary of it so I know I must make the most of this time which can be difficult because this age brings many challenges.
Daddy is out of town until tomorrow, Bri is at a church overnight until tomorrow evening so the little ones and I have a date of going to a movie and McDonalds, I can't wait.

Hope all is well with everyone. Love, Chelle

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Busy Weekend.

We had a great time with Papaw and Memaw last night. They are heading back to Florida for an entire month so we had them over for a proper send off. We made them a nice dinner in the new old dining room and had a great time serving them on our pretty china dishes. The kids and I enjoyed making a big deal for them, they do so much for us. The kids all made homemade Valentines and had put them on their plates before supper.

After supper the children put on a show. Joe had some cool dance moves to show off and a new little song to share he made up called "Follow the Light". Natalie also had a new song to sing about the snow. Brianna delighted all of us with her beautiful voice singing some of the songs she has been practicing for her upcoming choir show "Disney Magic".

Later we played the Apples to Apples game and laughed really hard. A nice evening with those we love so much. We'll miss you Memaw and Papaw.

Today has been a day of running around. Bri had to be at church at 9:00 to decorate and prepare food for the youth fundraiser Valentine Dance being held tomorrow night. I ran errands: bank, groc. etc. until she was ready to be picked up. As soon as I got home at 1:00 Chris left for work and should be home sometime early eve. I'll be glad when he gets home, I miss him today. I haven't felt like doing anything I should be doing today so I guess talking to him would just make me feel better.

Tomorrow evening is the Valentine Dance. The little kids are headed to my sister for some horse back riding while Chris wisks me away to another world of romance. I am very excited and the kids will have fun too.

Hope all is well with your families! Love, Chelle

Monday, February 2, 2009

Family Update.

Sorry it has been so long since my last post. It seems someone has been sick in our home every week for the past month. Between that and all of the bad weather and re-arranging schedules to meet the kids needs with days off for snow days I just haven't taken the time.

We have been dealing with the sicks, stuffy heads, coughs sore throats. Three weeks ago I thought that I had just gotten the same of what everyone else had and was taking over the counter stuff for a week, extremely exhausted, a sore throat like swallowing broken glass. Finally when I woke up one morning with my jaw swollen shut from infection and in so much pain I just cried and cried. I went to the doctor to find I had strep throat and I had let it go so long that it was in my lymph nodes. They shot a nice sized vial of antibiotics in my hip and gave me a 10-day prescription. I spent the following week getting over that. Last week Chris was down with Bronchitis and Joseph was out with an ear infection. We didn't wait to go to the doctor, learning from my experience and they both were put on antibiotics. Today Natty is home with a nasty cough that popped up over the weekend.
Oh, I pray and pray that my home be sick free, it is getting very frustrating. I pray, I clean, I spray lysol, I administer vitamins each day and still we are sick. Ugh. I am very sick of winter and we still have two months to go.

My husband is wonderful, he is steadfast with his help. He does whatever needs to be done to help out, runs kids who are well to school and home, washes floors, gives meds, washes sheets, whatever needs done he does with no complaining. We are both trying to stay in good spirits with our business. Jan. is always the slowest month of the year for us and because of the weather many of our regular jobs were cancelled leaving us with less than a string budget to work with this month. We continue faithful giving and somehow the bills get paid. We keep our hearts facing forward and our preparation to spring when our business really
bounces back. Chris was quoting Joel Osteen to me this morning, he watched his program last night after I went to bed. God was speaking to him through that program and I was so happy to hear the hope in his voice for both of us. I didn't realize until my husband gently showed me that my negative attitude towards the bus. at times really is not Godly and then gave me a new outlook on the situation. I sure needed that kick in the pants again gentle but needed.

We were very blessed to get to go on two dates this past weekend. Chris' Dad and stepmom wanted to have the kids overnight Fri. since they will be going back to Florida soon until the middle of March. How nice it was to have a break and get refreshed and recharged. We went to a Dayton Bombers hockey game with a group from church. Our friends have a nephew that plays for them and was able to get everyone tickets for $6. What a deal. It was a lot of fun and we laughed much. On Sat. we both slept in for a change. The kids were not due back until early evening so we went to Richmond, IN. to catch the matinee at the $1 movie. We finally got to see Fireproof. What a great movie. I left feeling so thankful for my marriage, and thankful for how God has brought us through the fires over the years. It reminded me of how important it is to honor my husband with all I say and do. Our married couples Sunday school class is now on this Fireproof series. I wish I would be able to finish it with Chris. I got to sit in on the first session and it was so good but it is now my month to teach Sunday school to the four year olds so I will miss the rest of it. I have decided that I will not teach next year and give my attention to my husband and growing our marriage through Sunday school together. This has been a very hard and prayerful decision for me. I really enjoy teaching and very much enjoy the children this age. This is my second year doing it and have come to know so many kids and their families because of it. I want to do my part, our children all take advantage of the programs at our church and I know those programs have to have volunteers to exist so that is why I feel a little selfish. I will continue to serve as a teacher for pre-school on Wed. nights and continue to serve with VBS. I am starting to feel peace over it. I feel God asking me to work on a new Mom's ministry idea but more on that when I see what he wants me to do with the idea. I want to know what it is like to be with Chris every Sunday learning about the Lord together in a class setting and not just during service. I love the conversations we have and the way we connect after the classes. It lasts in my mind all week long and I just want to know what that feels like every week because I miss it so much the months I teach. That does sound so selfish when I read my words that way.

Well I better go, I have some laundry to do and supper to start.

I hope all is well with everyone. I pray for safety on the roads and good health to all and I pray Melissa has that baby soon. Love ya sister.
Love to all of you, Chelle