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In this life we can not always do great things. But we can do small things with great love.." :) Mother Teresa

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“I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because I'm helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time- waking and sleeping. It doesn't change God- it changes me.”
― C. S. Lewis

Faith

I believe in the sun even when it's not shining. I believe in love even when I don't feel it. And I believe in God even when He is silent. (quote found on the wall of a concentration camp)

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Troubles

The last several months, our home has been plagued with problems.  We had the foundation fixed last year and then just a few months later it was determined we had a water leak.
There was a fine mist coming from a pipe in the laundry room.  We cut out the wall and fixed the leak, thinking that was all we needed to do.

We were SO WRONG!  A few months after fixing the leak, the floor started "warping".  That is the best term I could come up with.

Our tile floor in the laundry room and dining room began to crack.... and then crack more.
We thought it was the foundation shifting again. 

Then, last night I pulled up a tile. (it was that loose)
And it appears there was water damage. :( 

Sooooo, I called the insurance company and we'll find out in the next week if they will even cover the damage. :(

The good news?  We will have to get a new floor and it will NOT be WHITE! :)

Monday, October 28, 2013

Working Out Misunderstandings

Here they are all Sweetness!   It wasn't so a few hours ago..... :)

Today was a reminder for Miss Sarah, that Alli still does not have her English down well enough to communicate what she wants to say.

It was a happy time of planning for Christmas.  Two of the girls  asked if they could exchange gifts with each other by drawing names.  They came up with a gift amount and I said I thought it would be a great idea.  All excited, Alli went to announce it to Sarah but it didn't quite come out right!

Instead of we get to draw names, and the cost of the gift should be between $ and $, and we get to make a list to help the person buying something pick an item the other person might want, she said, "You are going to buy a gift and you have to get them what they tell you."

Sarah was puzzled and her reply was, "What are you talking about?" 
It went down hill from there.  Sarah interpreted Alli's attempt to explain, that she had to purchase Alli exactly what she tells her to.   And her joy was gone.
Alli's response was, but why would you want to get somebody something they didn't need?
Alli's joy was gone, and my joy was gone.....

"What just happened?"
So Sarah took time to explain, and when she repeated back to Alli what she had said, her reply was, "But that isn't what I meant!" 
However she was unable to put into words what she wanted to communicate.

We navigated through successfully.  I reminded Sarah that Miss Alli has not been speaking English that long and we need to err on the side of grace and mercy.  "Isn't that what we did for you?"
"Yes Maam. "

I helped Alli re explain what she was trying to convey and then all joy broke loose once again!

I told the girls, that the very problem they experienced today with communication, has serious effects in many households across the country, between parents and children, and relationships get soured due to miscommunication!
"Let's work hard on giving the benefit of the doubt and  being merciful. If we think something doesn't sound right, working through till the end to make sure we are communicating effectively has great benefit in the end!

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Erika

A Self Portrait:
My sweet girl!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Money Laundering

This a.m. I was  folding laundry.  I found a 5 dollar bill 1/2 out of a back pocket of a pair of jeans. So I asked the girls, "Whose jeans are these?"  Everybody said, "Alli's."
So I gave her her jeans and gave her the 5 dollar bill.

Her reply, "Oh no!  I did it again!  Now I have to throw it away!"

Quite puzzled I asked her, "What do you mean you have to throw it away?" "Why would you have to throw it away?" 

She said, "Because it's no good, it went through the washer and the dryer!" 

"Sweetie, you don't have to throw it way, it is just clean now, and very usable!"


Her reply... "Well I wish I had known that,  because I had to throw a ten dollar bill away a few weeks ago!"

LOL 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Life.... Death....Life

A dear sweet friend will be saying his final good byes to his wife of 63 years, tomorrow. 
We went to the funeral home tonight to pay our respects and comfort our friend.

Barbara was a sweet heart of a lady. We knew her as a sweet, funny, accepting, kind woman who loved her husband and loved the Lord.

So, while she died.... she has also entered into Eternal Life and we will see her again.

Rest for now sweet friend.

Monday, October 21, 2013

My Dabba


My other mom, Dabba, will be 93 on November 2nd.  She was born in 1920.  I talked to her on the phone last night and said, "I can't believe you are almost 93!"  She said, "I know I am.... and I feel every bit of it!" LOL 
Apparently she had a fall and was bruised up a bit.  But she is on the mend.  I so wish we lived closer together.  She is so far away.

We talk every now and then, but mostly communicate through email.  The last email I sent didn't get a response, so I emailed again.  Then my daughter in law emailed me and said, "Have you heard from her?"
I contacted my nephew and he handn't heard either and we were all about to get really worried.
I was so glad to hear her voice when I called her on the phone!

My nephew affectionately said, she is like a robot! :) 

It is amazing how much has changed since 1920.  She went through the Roaring 20's, the Great Depression, World War 2, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War and she was right in the middle of the first Gulf War, living in Israel, working at a Special Needs orphanage. 
She said the sirens would go off because of incoming scud missiles and by the time they got all the children into the shelter, the all clear would go off and then they'd start all over again!

Our oldest son Chuck and his friend went to Israel while she was there to stay for the summer. That was a memorable time for him and for her. :)

She also managed to raise 6 children after her precious husband died, and also raised her grand son.


My Dabba lived in NM for a while also.  We lived together when the boys were little and both worked part time jobs. She helped me in a great time of need.  She is a wonderful mother,  grand mother and  great grandmother and I cannot say enough about how wonderful she is, inside and out.

I pray that I get to see her once again before she is off on a new heavenly adventure! If not, I know I'll see her there. :)
In the mean time..... since she no longer has access to email, it will be snail mail and phone calls.

I love my Dabba. :)

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Categorizing

So this WAS trail mix.... LOL
Science is having an effect on her.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

A New Gluten Free Blog

I started a blog for gluten free recipes.... it is public. :)
www.christiemsglutenfreetestkitchen.blogspot.com

Cholesterol Update

Last year, my cholesterol level was too high.  I tried to be  a complete vegetarian, but just haven't gotten there yet. 
But the good news is, my Cholesterol level is now just 2 points from the norm!  TWO POINTS!
And my ratio is good!
I lost 35 lbs,  and have changed a lot of eating habits.
After starting the GF cooking blog, I was astonished at how many of the recipes are  not what I can eat anymore. LOL

I'll be adding new ones that are healthier.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Texas State Fair


Today was Fair day!  We had a fun time!
One of the best things that happened was after the girls went to the "Midway" where the rides and games are, they came back and joined us for lunch.  Miss Alli bounded with her arms open wide and gave me a HUGE hug..... "MAMA"....... and then she told me all about her adventures! :)

And Miss Erika rode a ride for the first time in her life!  It was the GIANT Texas Ferris Wheel!















 These are his boots.





 Good friends!
 Isn't this a great group of girls? :)  They are almost all the exact same size! LOL  I have seen these girls grow up... and they are wonderful!
 See the Ferris Wheel in the background?  That is the one we rode!
 Ready for a Roller Coaster?  My sweet daring girl!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Home Coming Parade


Here is our sweetie Anna in her ROTC uniform, marching in the parade! :)
(she says she has to be serious in Uniform... no smiling allowed! LOL)

Friday, October 4, 2013

Anna's First Big Football Game

She didn't bring a camera, and we didn't attend.  She was part of the 1/2 time performance with ROTC, and it was a "Homecoming Game".  
I gave her my cell phone and told her to call so we could come and get her.
At 8:30, I figured I'd call to see how things were going.  She said it was 1/2 time and things were going well!
Then at 9:30, I called to see how things were going.... she said, they were going well!
I felt funny calling again, but I was worried about how late it was...... duh.
I know I shouldn't worry. But this is ALL NEW to me!

She called at 10:30 and said, it is time, I'll see you in 30 minutes!  I left immediately.....
The school is 10 minutes away. :)

Oh I am so glad to have her home. She said it was humorous that I called her twice! :)
Sorry sweetie! I'm getting used to this new independence thing. :)


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

School Days


Being a public school mom and home school mom,
as well as preparing gluten a gluten free breakfast and lunch and gluten filled breakfast and lunch, makes for a schizophrenic morning . Packing lunches, making breakfast, doing devotions..... all before 8:00.

Anna struggles when things are not perfectly on time.  We started 5 minutes late and it threw her off.
She had plenty of time, but her body and mind were acting as though she was going to be terribly late.
We got her settled and ready to go, packed her some extra protein, as she is coming home too hungry, and then, lightened up the atmosphere.  She was ready to leave, kissed everybody goodbye and then;
walking out the door,  she banged her sensitive knee and wound up in a pile of tears.
"I'll take you to school honey.... let's pull ourselves together! It's a great day to be part of the RAIDER Nation! Right?"
She shook her head no..... and tears streamed down her eyes. 
I told her I'd take her to school and she'd be there earlier than if she took the bus.  She calmed down, and we headed out.
On the way, I told her I had to change hats to a PS mom...I pretended to change my hat and  said, "Have a beautiful, successful day and don't forget to make good choices!"
To which she burst out laughing.
Always want to see her sweet face smiling before we part for the day!

Praying she has a great day today! 

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