Thursday, July 29, 2010

Home again Home again

Ok, so we've actually been home a week now, but I'm just getting around to catching up on my blog. We got home last Wednesday around 3 pm. We took 3 days to get home. It was a good trip home too. I was so surprised how well all 3 kids did on the way out and the way back!

We had a great vacation! It was harder adjusting this time for some reason. I don't know if it was because we started out split up or what, but we still had a good time visiting with family and friends and doing lots of fun stuff!

While in IL we went fishing, played in the pool, Michael went to the farm and we went to my cousins wedding reception. Oh, we also went shopping (which I already blogged about). The kids had so much fun being able to run around a big yard and playing on the bikes with Uncle Danny and Aunt Carleta.

In WI we went to the lake swimming and picnic, horse back riding, shopping, saw fire trucks, ambulances and police cars (Michael and Grace also went to see Grandpa at the EMS garage) and played in the pool. We also got to see Uncle Dave, Aunt Melissa, Hallie, Emma, Uncle Andy and Aunt Amie (oh and Izzie too). It was fun seeing Michael, Grace, Hallie and Emma all playing together. The girls were also such a big help. Oh, we also went to get professional pictures done while in WI. It was a chore getting the kids dressed once we got there and getting them on the mat, but once they started they acted like they were professional models!

When we got back the weather here was beautiful then in just a couple days it turned humid and rainy. I guess it was pay backs for rubbing it in to everyone back home about how nice it was here. Now it is still humid and rainy! Then Saturday afternoon I started feeling sick and that night after the kids went to bed I finally got sick. Then all day Sunday I was in bed or on the couch. Not a great way to start back at home....still not back in a routine. Wednesday morning I finally woke up and was feeling a little better. Then Wednesday night Paul started feeling sick. He spent all day in bed or on the couch today. Hopefully he will be better tomorrow....he is already feeling better tonight. So now, maybe I will be able to get back on a schedule (or start one!).

Lydia has started crawling some and then pulling up to things. She also has another tooth poking through her gums and another very close. She has been very clingy since getting home (which has also made it difficult to get things done). I'm not sure if it is because of being gone or the teeth, but I hope she gets through this soon.

We also found out that Paul has to be back at school August 6 for in-service. They start school on August 12. It is a very short summer!

Well, I guess I should get a couple things done that I have been wanting to get done during the day and haven't been able to.

Friday, July 2, 2010


We are in our 2nd week of "vacation". Obviously, as a wife and mommy of 3 little ones I don't really get a vacation, but I am able to be away from home and my duties there. I still have my duties of wife and mommy wherever I go and I have been struggling with that lately. I always have in my mind that when we go on vacation that it means I will get a vacation too, but I quickly realize that's not the case. Last week was rough being at my parents house, but not having Paul there too. He went on up to Wisconsin to start his seminary classes that he would be taking while we are here. I think the kids had a hard time adjusting to the different place and weather. Of course, we get out here and it is in the 90's all week with high humidity. They are not used to the humidity so I think it really affected their moods (I know it did mine!). Plus, daddy just stayed one night then was gone for the week and I don't think they were really ready for that. We made it through the week though. Michael went with grandpa every morning to take great-grandma her medicine and then go eat breakfast at the restaurant. It started as just a Monday morning thing, but then he went every day! He really enjoyed that time with grandpa. Then a couple days he went out to the farm with grandpa to ride on the tractor. They actually worked the one day on picking up hay bales so that was exciting (at least the first day). The girls and grandma and I went shopping the one day. We had a good time too and I got new clothes for my birthday (thanks mom!)!! Then on Saturday Paul drove back down to spend the night with us and go to church on Sunday in Pana. Then we ate lunch in Decatur and then drove the 5 hours to WI to his parents house. We have had a pretty good week here although grandma was working the first part of the week and Paul has still had his afternoon class this week. There was another couple staying here with a 5 month old baby so it was fun to see Lydia around him. Andy and Amie got here last night so we plan to have fun with just them for a few days then Dave and his family come in on Tuesday night. It is a busy time, but good to be with family.

I am really learning some things about myself while being here and really feel that God is preparing my heart more for hospitality. I think He is really trying to show me that is my gift and helping me to see more ways to use it. I've also realized in talking with Carole that I have had a selfish attitude about a lot of things and didn't even realize it till I start telling her about it. I realize there are some changes I need to make about my attitude toward certain things (and people) so I can be joyful and can be used more of God.

Well, Lydia is sleeping and Carole took Michael and Grace to the library so I guess I should go refill my coffee and see if Paul and I can spend some time together.

Book giveaway

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