Sunday, August 30, 2009

Pies & Papas!

The last few weekends had consisted of good, quality family time. Jeff's Grandpa Hank has been visiting for the past month or so. We have gotten to spend a lot of time with him! Also, Kennedy's cousins from New Jersey were here for a visit! I think this time she is old enough that she will remember them whenever they get to visit next!
Two weekends ago the weather was warm! Still felt summery! We got out the sprinkler for Kennedy!!!

This weekend it felt like the beginnings of fall! Fall is my favorite season by far! I cannot wait for the leaves to start turning! I got to break out some of Kennedy's more fallish wardrobe! So she modeled this little outfit she wore to church yesterday!
One Friday night we met up with Papa Lou, Papa Henry and Aunt Barbie for pizza! YUM! We had been playing princess party before we left and Kennedy insisted on keeping her jewels on!!! So here she is posing with her Papa Lou and her Great Papa Henry!!!!

Then this Friday we went out to eat again! ;) We met at Chili's and I must say, I am just never impressed with their food. In fact, I hardly ate any of mine because it was gross. So I don't see us going back there anytime soon. :(
But Kennedy enjoyed her corn! Two weekends ago something CrAzY got into me! I baked TWO pies! They were only the 2nd and 3rd pies I had ever cooked in my entire life!!!! So don't laugh at how silly they look! I defintely need to work on the crusts! But hey - they still tasted yummy!!!
Homemade blueberry pie

Homemade peach pie
Thanks for taking a peek at our life as of late!
God bless!

More Short Answers!!!!!

Well, this was such a hit that I am going back and doing some questions me missed! Ready!??!

What year were you born?

Kennedy: 11

Why do people wear deodorant?
Kennedy: So it can make your arms smooth.

What would you buy if you had a million dollars?

Kennedy: I would buy , would buy 60 markers.
Me: Anything else?
Kennedy: no.

What is a president?

Kennedy: goes out and talks for you and some people can be presidents. That's all I know about presidents.

Where would you like to take your family on vacation someday?

Kennedy: to America

Ok, so apparently we weren't so into the questions today! ;)
Enjoy your weekend everyone!!!!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Short Answers

I found this super fun idea over at the Rear Window Blog! I didn't play along the first time, so I am combining both weeks!
Here is the skinny: Each week Abigail Kraft will give us questions to pose to our children. We then collect their answers word for word and post it! I am just loving this idea! So here goes!!!
What do you want to do when you grow up?
Kennedy: I want to play with my children but that's not all. I want to go to work.
Me : Where will you work?
Kennedy: I want to work at a school and I want to be a mommy. I want to do all sorts of things and go to the pool with my children and go to Awana with my children.
If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?
Kennedy: South America
Me: What would you do there?
Kennedy: I would play int he snow & make snow angels & all sorts of stuff.
What is your favorite girl name?
Kennedy: Lya (lie - ah) I like when people call me that. Or Lysa (lie - sah). But no one calls me that.
If your life were a movie, who would play you?
Kennedy: A princess.
Me: Any certain, special princess?
Kennedy: A special one named Klyla.
What do you think is more important: Being pretty or being smart?
Kennedy: Pretty.
Me: Why?
Kennedy: Just because girls like to be pretty.
What is Grandma's name?
Kennedy: I have three grandmas. Jodie, Lori, & Shelly
What is a hot dog made of?
Kennedy: Um...ketchup. It is made of ketchup.
What is arachnaphobia?
Kennedy: an instrument
Who discovered America?
Kennedy: umm...I don't know.
If you invented something, what would it do?
Kennedy: It would fly up into Heaven and be a big, big, big airplane & everyone in the whole world would fit in it but not the mean boys, mean girls, mean dogs, mean cats and all the mean people.
I hope some of you will play along! Kennedy and I really had fun doing this!!!!

Monday, August 24, 2009

El alfabeto en español

As you know, I am back to the grind....teaching junior high Spanish again for a few months! I am loving it - at times it seems I almost never took 18 months off!!! I am enjoying my students and trying some new techniques and strategies this year! :) I love the creativity that teaching affords me!

Anyway, Kennedy has become more interested in Spanish lately. She has known her numbers and some colors for quite awhile, but now wants to know more! (I know I should have started with her as an infant....I do regret it sometimes). Last week she asked what my students had learned that day. So I sang her a song about the Spanish alphabet! I love to use music in my classroom and the students seem to enjoy it too - both cheesy, educational songs AND contemporary rock and pop songs! of my students told me today that she found "our" Spanish alphabet song on You Tube and practiced it all weekend! Being that YouTube is blocked at school, I had to look it up when I got home today! I played it for Kennedy and she was having fun trying to repeat it and figure out the letters!!! Next time I will need the video camera out! But she learned a few letters!!

I just thought I would share this Spanish Alphabet song with you all!!! LOL! It really is terribly cheesy and annoying, but you might get a kick out of it! Oh, and remember that I listen to this song 15 times a day while we learn the alphabet!!! AAAAHHHHH!!!!!

OH!!! I almost forgot! Today Kennedy told Debbie (our daycare provider) that when she grows up she wants to be a Mommy and maybe a Spanish teacher! That made me giggle!!!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

1st Day of School

School is back in full swing here in Kansas!!!! I went back as a long term substitute on the 10th. Kennedy started back at preschool on the 14th. Mema and Daddy took Kennedy to school since I was working.

Kennedy is in a total dress mode...she has a melt down if she can't wear a dress daily! So she was allowed to pick out her first day of school dress!! She is pretty cute isn't she?!?

She was overjoyed to see her teacher, Ms Jenny, again! Big hugs! We made Ms Jenny a gift (which you can see on my other blog next week!).

We are so blessed that Kennedy has a fabulous school, amazing teacher and a love of learning! I see some great things in store for her this school year!!!!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

So We Don't Forget

On Lynette Kraft's Blog, she has replaced Wednesday's Walk with So We Don't Forget. I have always wanted to play along with this! So this week is my first chance!
Our topic this week is School Memories...

I am going to share a memory from junior high - it seems fitting as I am doing a long term substitute right now in a junior high! Well..our middle school building was very old and only had one gym that was suitable for practicing sports. So during basketball season the girls and boys teams would have to take turns practicing. One team would use the gym while the other was in the study hall doing school work. I think this must have been 7th grade because I don't remember playing basketball in 8th grade. Either way, on this day it was the girls' turn to go to study hall after school until the boys were done in the gym.

Well, for whatever reason, my friend Melissa and I decided to "sneak" out of the study hall. (FYI - I was so NOT a rebel!). We went downstairs to the gym doors and peeked through to watch the boys. We were likely scoping out our crushes! I honestly can't even remember who those boys would have been - my memory is getting bad! Well, Coach Bayse saw us and started running after us!!!! He was fairly old and had a slight limp so you would think we would have been able to out run him! But nooooooo.....remember how in teh alte 80s SUPER SUPER tight jeans were the ONLY cool jeans to wear?! Well, we both had on super tight jeans - the kind that are like painted on! And we couldn't run very well - we couldn't bend our hips and knees fast enough! So he caught up to us at the first flight of stairs! I was so scared we were in big trouble! But he just asked us not to leave the study hall again - then he went back to practice.

I was such a good girl I rarely got in trouble - I was always called the Goody Too Shoes! That was about enough taste of "trouble" for me to keep following the rules! I know, I know....what a rule follower!!!! But that memory just makes me laugh because of our REALLY TIGHT jeans!!!

Alright, thats all for today! Have a blessed day!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Walking With You...

Here is our new topic for this week....

This week we are sharing some of the things that people said to us while we were in the throws of grief...for better or for worse. Losing a child changes a person, and along with that comes changes in our relationships with friends and relatives. In some ways, our new perspective reveals what's really important in life, and who really cares about us.

I personally feel like I have been very fortunate. I can't remember many things that were said to me that hurt deeply. My family and friends were so very kind and supportive. Even if they said something a little bit insensitive, I just brushed it off because I knew it wasn't meant to be malicious or hurtful. There were many things that were said to me repeatedly that weren't exactly comforting:
  • You can still have more kids.
  • At least you have your daughter.
  • God knows what he is doing and has a reason.
  • You will get to be with him in Heaven.
  • It will get easier with time.
  • Now you have an angel watching over you.
  • I know how you feel. My grandpa/dog/aunt, etc died recently too.
  • At least you aren't like (insert name). They lost more than one child.
While these weren't comforting comments to me, I knew that they were said with the sincerest of intentions. In our culture, death is taboo. It is kind of scary for some. It is something you don't talk about. It makes people very uncomfortable. I admit to feeling all these things before Sam died. In fact, one of the things I most regret saying in my life is something I said at a funeral. The father of a teenager I knew had died. When I saw the son I blurted out "So, how are you?" I know...what an idiot. How was he supposed to answer that question? "I'm great - burying my dad today!" I felt horrible as soon as the words came out of my mouth. Today I still cringe at my thoughtlessness. However, I think it has helped me to be gracious to those who truly tried to comfort me when Sam died.

Personally, what hurt the most was the things people DIDN'T DO or DIDN'T SAY. It was very hard when people acted like nothing happened. It hurt when people didn't remember anniversary dates. It hurt when it seemed everyone else had forgotten my sweet boy. That was much harder for me to deal with. In a few cases, it opened my eyes to which people in my life TRULY cared. I was surprised by many people - both in good ways and bad ways.

The things that helped me most where those who came and just sat with me. Or just cried with me. People who didn't offer many words of encouragement...they just let me be me, and let me be where I was in my suffering at that moment. Those people will never know how special that was to me.

Hosting a grieving mothers support group in my home over the past year, I have met many women who have lost a child or pregnancy. All of our stories are different. Yet all of us have suffered immensely.Through these women I have learned that what offend some people does not offend others. And what comforts you might not comfort me. Grieving is very individual and we all experience it in a unique way. But we have all agreed that we greatly appreciate hugs and shared tears. They speak louder than words.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

A More Beautiful You

I just feel the need to post the lyrics to this song today. This song is so touching.

My baby girl is visiting family out of state while I am at my first week back at work. Gosh I miss her! I have been hearing this song on K-Love almost everyday and it just tugs on my heart strings - probably because I was that 14yr old in the song AND because I am a mother. Being a junior high teacher, I witness so much angst in young girls' hearts. They are desperate for attention and approval, and quite often go about getting it in a very, very negative and destructful way. Too many teenage girls in my school do not know the love of Jesus and the power of his amazing love for them. If only someone would have told them sooner. If only they could have had a relationship with Him before they reach the treacherous tightrope that is puberty. I wish I had really had a relationship with my Heavenly Father as a teen.

Raising Kennedy to know her Father and to trust in Him is one of my most important jobs.

Proverbs 22:6 "Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it." NLV

Deuteronomy6:6-9 "hese commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. "NIV

I know I am not perfect at this all important job, but there is really no such thing as perfection, right?!

Each time I hear this song I pray that Kennedy will not have to learn the hard way. I pray that she will know her abundant worth, that she will know the world is empty without Him, that she will know He made her for a sacred purpose, that she will know THE TRUTH. I pray that she won't bow to popular culture, peer pressure and the like. Oh how I pray these things from the depth of my being!!!!

More Beautiful You - Johnny Diaz

Little girl fourteen flipping through a magazine
Says she wants to look that way
But her hair isn’t straight her body isn’t fake
And she’s always felt overweight

Well little girl fourteen I wish that you could see
That beauty is within your heart
And you were made with such care your skin your body and your hair
Are perfect just the way they are

There could never be a more beautiful you
Don’t buy the lies disguises and hoops they make you jump through
You were made to fill a purpose that only you could do
So there could never be a more beautiful you

Little girl twenty-one the things that you’ve already done
Anything to get ahead
And you say you’ve got a man but he’s got another plan
Only wants what you will do instead

Well little girl twenty-one you never thought that this would come
You starve yourself to play the part
But I can promise you there’s a man whose love is true
And he’ll treat you like the jewel you are

So turn around you’re not too far
To back away be who you are
To change your path go another way
It’s not too late you can be saved
If you feel depressed with past regrets
The shameful nights hope to forget
Can disappear they can all be washed away
By the one who’s strong can right your wrongs
Can rid your fears dry all your tears
And change the way you look at this big world
He will take your dark distorted view
And with His light He will show you truth
And again you’ll see through the eyes of a little girl

Here is the video for this song...

Here is Johnny talking about the song....

I MOVED AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!

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