Musings of Life

One day runs into the next, one week follows the week before and I’m not quite sure what happens to the months, but they just keep slipping by.
Time is long and time is short.

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We think to ourselves, how can it be that long? Wasn’t it just yesterday? And in the next minute we think of how long it’s been since we last saw him, entirely too long.

The evening sky lights up and we breathe a sigh and ask,
“Oh Lord, how long? How long before you come?
Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus.”

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Life goes on, life changes, but still life remains the same. Children grow, but on the other hand, children remain the same. Even as they stretch upward, they continue to stretch you in areas you didn’t know you really needed stretching. I didn’t say a thing about arguments, disagreements, and other such things, did I?

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With only one son in the family, people worry for us that he might not be too much of a boy. Fear not, people, I have plenty of evidence to put your minds at ease. This was a wrestling match that nearly shook the foundation. All the while it went on, the little one calmly snuggled in her blanket, right in the middle of it. Rather fearless you might say.

The other day after much activity I heard him run up to one of the girls, lift his arm and stick his arm pit into her face saying, “Sniff, sniff. Smell under my arm. Do ya like that smell?” He ran off laughing while she yelled. He may live in a house full of girls, but fear not, he is still a boy at heart!

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One moment he’s fighting with them and the next minute he’s jumping up and down with excitement when Madison suggests having a tea party!

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Trying to get that little pinky to stick out.

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Life is never dull around here.

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If the opportunity presents itself, you just go ahead and hunt from your daughter’s bedroom window. His photographer/videographer just may have jumped a few inches when he finally shot. One thing I did learn during this experience was that I lack greatly in the patience department. Ok, I already knew that, this just confirmed it once again.

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When one day is hard and each day following continually get worse, it’s a gift from God and a friend when a box shows up on the steps. A little bit of something for everyone and little notes stuck all over. I pray she is blessed for her generosity. When I called to thank her, she said I had been on her mind so much the week before so she decided to send something. That was God coming through! Listen when he gives you those nudges because it really does bless the one you are thinking of when you let them know.

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Since Madison does my baking, I decided to get a head start on my next cook in hopes of working myself out of a job.

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Since the man has taken over the grill, I really am not left with much to do in the food department and trust me, I am quite happy about that. He was prepping a pork loin for our Bible study group. It turned out quite delicious.

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One day when I picked up the girls from school we sat at this stop sign and had a little life lesson on thankfulness while we watched these little guys. “How would you like to walk to school?” and many other such questions followed. The girls quickly agreed they have it quite nice. 🙂

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Go pick ya self up a little bite of Valentine Chocolate or ask him to get ya some like this. They really are too good to miss. Oh yes, I am still the one who rarely eats and does not really love chocolate, but I will make an exception for these little guys.

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HOPE

A very long, hard week ended at the INSPIRE 2016 women’s retreat. The theme this year was “Living in Hope” by Jen Miller. It was just what my heart needed to hear.
Life is tough, but we have this anchor of Hope, a reason to keep living.
It was a very good 24 hours, much wisdom and words from God. All along I have known these truths in my head, I just needed to be reminded to apply them to my heart again. The application of some of these things will be hard, surrendering, giving up my wants and wishes, opening my hand to God and saying, “Write my story!”

Here’s a word Jen taught us:
Hopelifting: noun
The art of passing on hope to someone else.
“Hope is contagious. It is carried from person to person and is transmitted by contact.”

Go give someone a lift today by spreading a bit of hope in their hearts.

 

Meet Samson

Our family has increased by 1.
He’s a fuzzy wuzzy, black and furry,
jumping, barking, whining pup.

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Meet Samson.
aka: Sam, Sammy, Sam I Am,
or anything else I yell in the middle of the night.

(Sorry to disappoint ya if you were hoping for some other kind of announcement.)

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I am not overly fond of animals and would be happy to live without them,
but Eric’s been saying we need a dog for Dakota for a long time now.
Mr D was/is scared of dogs, dreadfully so,
and Eric thought having his own would help.

Thursday night this one was hand delivered,
and he was ours, whether we wanted him or not.
Well they all did, the Mother, not so much.

They promptly brought him in,
named him, and he had a home.

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{“Oh, I just love, love, love, his ears!” -Mr D}

Friday morning, they were all up with the birds,
to feed, water and care for this dog.
Ha.
The Mom knows how long that will last.

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{Watching the girls leave for school.}

Dakota spent all day outside with him.
I was happy to see him loving this dog
and I asked if he’s not scared of dogs anymore.
“Well, I’m not scared of this one, but he’s little. I don’t like big ones.”
The fact that Sam is going to get quite big will remain our secret.

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He would pen him up and let him loose,
go for a walk, drive a jeep and Sam would be right behind.

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They did a lot of exploring in the woods before the girls came home,
probably more then Dakota has done all summer.

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And then Reagan came home from school.
She loves this dog as much as Dakota and couldn’t wait to play with him.
She threw her things in the door and raced outside.
Much to her dismay,
Sam loved Dakota more than her.

It didn’t take Mr D long to figure out
that if he walked way, Sam would follow him.
Much to his delight, he could aggravate Reagan to no end with this.

And round and round they went.

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I finally got them playing together in the leaf pile
and they all had fun. I think.
Sam soon tired out and wanted to sleep.
Mr D wanted to cover him with leaves.
Reagan would not hear of that.
And round and round they went.

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Sam still has a few lessons to learn about nighttime behavior.
As in, sleeping all night with no crying.
There was a pillow over my head one night
and a trip outside the next.
You’d think we had a newborn!

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Many many years ago, I had a Sam of my own.
I think I’m about to have one again once the newness wears off.

By the way, has anyone seen our cat?
Last sighting here was a fast exit for the woods
with a black streak behind him.

Those Dishes

Mr D decided to go drive his jeep,
which prompted Reagan to go drive another one and race with him,
which prompted Madison to rip outside with her own battery
and squish into a jeep
and at the end of this very long run on sentence,
they are currently yelling and screaming outside in the lawn.

I, on the other hand,
am doing a stellar job of avoiding
all the dirty dishes sitting here.
Yes, we do have a dishwasher,
and no, there is not a spare spot left empty in it.
It is currently jam full and happily running.
It was a day full of dishes, sadly.

Growing up I washed dishes all the time.
All the time.
Yes Mother, I did, my memory serves me well.

When we lived in the basement,
I remember absolutely dreading that moment
after eating when Mom would start clearing the table.
“Come on Shannon, help me do the dishes.”

Ugh, for a row of 6 sisters I never wished for more.

On days when Mom fed the farmers,
there was an astronomical amount of dishes in my young eyes.
My cousin was usually around and we washed and dried them together.
slowly.

Mom’s comments would be,
“If you hurry, you’ll be done sooner and you can go play!”
That logic didn’t work.
1 dish. 1 dish. ever so slowly.
“Why don’t you race the clock? Be done before 1:30.”
Didn’t work.
On we plodded.

I’m sure by the time we were half way done
and Mom had cleaned everything else up,
she offered to finish so we could go.
Who wouldn’t instead of pushing 2 girls along.

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I never grew to love doing dishes
and that is the reason I sit here typing,
instead of doing them first.

Madison just walked in.
“I really don’t feel like being out there!”
My reply, “Then do the dishes.”
She made a swift U turn and said,
“I really do feel like being out there.”
I see the lack of love is being passed along.

My girls are spoiled with a dishwasher.
Sometimes I contemplate not using it one night,
just to make them appreciate it,
but I’ve never gone through with it.
What if I would end up having to do them?

All that said, I am thankful.
Thankful I have the dishes and all that goes with them.

When I started this post,
to avoid the dishes,
I had no intention of writing about them.
random.
That’s how we roll around here.
Off to finish my work.

Or maybe not…

Mr D just came in.
“Would like to wash dishes for me?” I asked.
His reply,
“WASH DISHES?
Oh my word, I’ve been waiting to do that all year!
I need soap.
Roll up my sleeve!
Take off my shirt.
I can’t wait!
Oh my word, this is gonna be so much fun.”

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And this my friends, is why you procrastinate.

Never mind the fact that I’ll probably have to mop later.

Bedtime Little Boy

Oh the things a boy can do when it’s time to go to bed.

A drink he needs to quench his thirst.

On the way to get a drink he finds a toy airplane.
A fly by is needed.

Bored with that, he sits on the floor and picks at his toes.

Once cleaned, he ambles around and finds a book.
Lie on the floor and read awhile.

He hears Mom in the kitchen.
Kitchen?
Oh yes, he’s hungry.
Is there a snack?
Munch. Munch.

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Now, time for bed again.

Oh, he forgot about those teeth he was to brush.

Why walk to the bathroom?
Why not roll tonight?
Roll slowly.

And on the way to brush, tease a sister or 2.

Toothpaste, oh the joys of something so blue.
Check out the pictures on the tube.
Squeeze, squeeze, squeeze.
Oops, got some on the counter.
That’s ok, I’ll just play with it.

Oh no, the tooth paste slipped off the side of the brush.
Cry because it’s not on straight.
Straightness is a must.

Mom fixes it.

Finally brush, brush, brush.
Make some faces in the mirror.
Brush some more.
Spit some bubbles.
Laugh.
Left handed boys have a hard time getting all the corners.
Scrub-a-dub.
Blow some bubbles.
Stick out your tongue.
Laugh.
Oops, dripped some.
Rinse, swish, spit, spit, spit.
Drink some more so we can spit some more.
Done with that.

Potty break.
Have a chit chat with yourself.
Laugh.

Throw pillows at girls.
Laugh.

Ask a bunch of questions.
“But what are we doing tomorrow?”
“Can we go swimming?”
“Why do cats need food?”
“Can I drive a jeep when I’m big?”
“I like when Kennedy squeals!”

Get a bedtime reminder.

Goes downstairs.
Chats with Dad.
“Is it to late for a Bible story?”

Read, wiggle and pray.
Time for bed.
Flip flop across the floor.

Arrange the pillow.
Straighten the blanket.
Oops, flip the blanket over.
The right side is a must.
Crawl in.
Fix the blanket.

Hugs and kisses goodnight.
Tuck Little Boy Blue in.

Sigh with relief.

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Hear noises.
He’s fixing the nightlight.
Again.
Back in bed.

2 minutes later.
Pitter patter.
A drink is needed to quench his thirst.

Mr D’s Wise Words

Quotes of the day from Mr D.

While standing in the chip aisle at Walmart,
amid every single person in the county
that came to shop on a hot July 2,
this mom was rather flustered.

I was looking over my list when I felt a small hand rubbing my stomach and heard
“Oh my goodness Mom! I think we’re gonna have another baby soon!”

My mouth flew open and I was like,
“What in the world made you say that?”

“Oh I don’t know, it just sure looks like it!”

And that my friends, is a mother’s call to weight loss,
not a pregnancy announcement.

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“Mom, you know how I always want a kids meal and toy at Old McDonalds?”
“hmmm, yeah…”
“Well, you should just get me one then I could stop yelling for it every time!”

Oh really? And you think that will work?

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He loves to sing.
We sing all the time we drive.

The other day I heard an usual version of Veggie Tales.
“Celery, Broccoli, um um greens….. gummy bears!”

And so goes life around here.

If You Take A Boy to Florida…

If you take a boy to Florida,
he will want to go outside and enjoy the warm air.

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When he goes outside,
he will want to ride his bike.

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And when he rides his bike,
he will want to ride to the playground.

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At the playground,
he will see the sand in the volleyball court
and he will want to go to the beach.

When he sees the sand he will remember
that you need sand toys at the beach.

When we get home,
he will hunt up some sand toys.

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When he finds them,
he will remember that you need
swimming trunks at the beach.

While digging through his suitcase for swimming trunks
he will decide that today is the day
to visit the beach.

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When we get to the beach,
he will get out the sand toys and begin to play.

When he plays he will remember
building sand castles.

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When he tries to build a sand castle,
he will remember that you need water for your sand.

He will head down to the shore with his bucket
and fill it with water.

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On his way across the shore,
he will see sea shells scattered around
and will pick one up.

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He will see another and another
and continue picking.

He will come back with all his treasures
and asked to go hunt for more.

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His Daddy will swim him across to a sand bar
and they will find many treasures.

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While hunting these he will decide
which ones to take home.
All of them.

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When he gets home,
he will pour over his sea shells,
talk about finding them,
and want to go to Florida again.

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Happy Birthday Mr D.

Happy Birthday, Dakota!
You are finally 4.
You’ve been waiting for this day for the last 6 months.

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There are 3 of us that have summer birthdays and once that starts,
he just can’t wait for his.
The suspense keeps building up until Reagan has her birthday,
exactly one month before his and then we start counting days
and there is never ending talk of his birthday.

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This year we were in IN the middle of Oct so Grandma planned
a party for him and Bryce.
It was just great, a cake with candles and presents,
but it also confused him a little.
He kept asking,
“I had a birthday party, but I didn’t have a birthday yet?”

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When I asked him about opening presents he says,
“I want as many as I had at Grandma’s party!”
Oops, a lot less people at this party,
don’t think that’s gonna be happening.

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{15 minutes after getting out of bed}

Tradition here is a meal of your choice on the night of your birthday.
We asked him last night what he wants,
“Delicious corn!”
We laughed and asked what else,
“Just a cupcake!”
Those birthday cupcakes were long waited for.

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{blow!}

He helped make them yesterday and could hardly wait to eat one.
I asked last night what he wants for breakfast and he says,
“Ohhh, just a cupcake!”
And so he had one.
The biggest one with the most frosting.
He ate up all the frosting and then said,
“I’m full. I don’t want the crumbs!”

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{He could hardly wait to taste it}

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“Mom, can I go on the touchpad?”
“No, wait till Kennedy goes to bed.”
“Ok….. Mom, how can I make her yawn?”

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{Trying to wink at Madison}

“Mom, see my belly? It’s hungry. It wants to be full!”
“Does it want lunch?”
“No, it wants to be full of a snack!”

The kids were playing soccer in the front lawn.
{Insert lots of yelling}
Me: “What’s going on?”
Dakota: “They won’t let me be the recipe so I can blow the whistle!”
Interpretation: Referee

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{Simple things keep a boy happy!}

When he told the girls goodnight last night he says,
“When you see me tomorrow, it will be my birthday!”

Dakota, we love you!
You have been our biggest challenge when it comes to child raising.
I pray some day you will take this stubborn,
determined intensity and use it for God.

Enjoy your day birthday boy!