Monday, June 21, 2010

Happy - yet Sad......

Today is the 11th birthday of my middle. I call him my birthday present. He was born the day before my birthday. It was a normal pregnancy and birth and though we had a bit of a scare when he first was born (blood sugar crash) he's beautiful and healthy.

And we are celebrating today - he got Wii Sports Resort and a Blue (his favorite color) Wii controller with Wii motion plus. He is one happy boy. A little disappointed that Phil Mickleson didn't win the US Open but he enjoyed following the tournament.

But first we had to get through yesterday....

Yesterday we had to say goodbye to a huge part of our lives for the past twelve years. Not only was he our Pastor - he was and is our dear friend - part of our family. We named our youngest after him. After thirteen years, our Pastor is going to another church tomorrow - on my birthday. Part of me is pouting and glaring at God much like one of my kids when something happens they don't like and another part of me is rejoicing.

Our Pastor is an amazing human being. He loves everyone. He promotes an environment where people are taken as they are - just like Jesus did. That is not to say that wrongs are glossed over and ignored. He preaches the Word of God and does not stray from it while infusing it with the love of Jesus. And he is one of the most humble people I have ever known. If it were freezing he would hand you the shirt off his back without a hesitation. He would give you the last bite of food he had. I am honored to have known him and his wife - who would take up a whole other entry as I strive to be her when I grow up.

He grew up as I did - in the deep south. Racial prejudice is still alive here I am sad to say. But he didn't think people should be judged as Martin Luther King Jr said - '...by the color of their skin, but the content of their character.' He was and is shy. His own struggles growing up helped him - and later me - have compassion and understanding when our boys were diagnosed. He was there - for two births, three diagnosis, my surgery, the death of my father, the near death of my mother, four baptisms (me, the boys), and he renewed mine and my husband's vows. He helped us through hard financial times, rejoiced with us in happy times, taught me to love the Word of God and how to study it. Because of he and his wife I am a better person, a better Christian, a better mother and a much better wife.

It was with great weeping and wailing and gnashing of the teeth that we let him go yesterday after his last sermon. His official move is tomorrow. I pray the church that receives him and his wife know the jewels they are getting. I'm sure God is directing his steps and Pastor is merely following His call.

When I was little I didn't go to church much and when I did the Pastors terrified me. They seemed untouchable and didn't want to be bothered with the kids. Oh, I am so glad my boys had a Pastor who lived what Jesus said, 'Let the little ones come to me... and don't impede them...'

I love you my friends. God Bless, God speed. You are faithfully in my thoughts and prayers and I treasure the twelve years we spent together. Go, and be as the butterfly.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Hot, Humid, Hazy…. Feels like August here….

I can’t get over how hot this week has been! Heat index near 100? We only usually see that type of heat in late July or August. Since we’re still waiting on my medical issues to get straightened out and it’s VBS – Vacation Bible School – week at our church – followed by Middle and my birthdays we’re doing some light schooling. I’m trying to digest the wonderful downloadable webcasts at Tapestry of Grace. So far I’ve watched Out of the Shrinkwrap and Lesson Planning 101. I have purchased and downloaded the other two but haven’t watched them yet. If you want to really get a taste of Tapestry of Grace I highly recommend the above titles. TOG can look overwhelming at first but it’s really a nice frame work that I find quite flexible. Each session is $7.00 and I believe there is a code to get one of them free. They will be adding new Teacher Trainings each month.

I am also faithfully reading and re-reading my The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew Manual. Yes, I got picked to be part of the Older Review Crew this year. I am very excited at the opportunity. The support is fantastic. I based a lot of my curriculum choices by reading the reviews of The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew. I love the practical suggestions I gleaned for tweaking a product to use with my family. So I’m happy to be a part of it this year.

 

matthewnccaagolf2010  Middle son enjoying the NCAA Women’s Golf Finals. He and his Dad made a day of it – watching Perdue win their first title.

 

pelican  My Mother, Grandmother and Brother now live in Oak Island. My Mother – who shares mine and middle’s infatuation with Pelicans took this shot off the Oak Island pier.

 

We went to the beach Saturday for the first time in a long time. Oak Island was a less crowded beach than Wrightsville Beach – which is much closer. I suspect it has to do with the smaller waves and it’s a south facing beach instead of east. We examined a wriggly little fish from the surf – let him go – examined seaweed and kelp. Then we went back to grandma’s to grill and ride around in the golf cart.

Monday the heat arrived full force so we’re just trying to stay cool. Hope your week is going well!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Interesting conversation with the youngest...

I dropped oldest and middle off at Vacation Bible School. Youngest decided he didn't want to go this year. (I stepped into the Sanctuary for a few minutes before it started and it was sensory overload for me.)

On the way home he pipes up from the back seat:

Him: What day did I hatch?

Me: What?

Him: (patiently) What day did I hatch? You know, out of my egg.

Me: (thinking that this kid has really made a huge leap in his biology knowledge) You're a mammal. You were born.

Him: (exasperated sigh) I was not! I was hatched! I'm a chicken!

Me: (knowing it's useless to argue with an 8 year old Aspie but doing it anyway) No, you are not a chicken. I'll take you to Dr. B - he delivered you.

Him: Hatched me. Was Dr. B there?

Me: Yes, he delivered babies then.

Him: Was Daddy there?

Me: Yes, the whole time.

Him: That's silly. Rooster's aren't there when chickens hatch.

We pulled up at home - DH right behind us and I inform him that he needs to tell our son he is not a chicken and did not come from an egg.

Him: Technically....

I then left for the library....

Multitude Monday

holy experience


Since being chosen for the 2010-2011 TOS Review Crew I am determined to start blogging on a more regular basis. Now that I have the house fairly organized it's time to start on my time. I have loved this meme for a long time and decided to take the plunge and start my own list of things to be thankful for.

1. A husband who is also my best friend.
2. A nice home that is cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
3. A fabulous church family.
4. Three amazing kids who inspire me even when they challenge me.
5. The little wiggly fish in the ocean this weekend. God made them perfectly tiny.
6. The baby mockingbird fledglings from last week who seemed to think I could protect them. (So far so good)
7. A day of rest.
8. My mother, brother and grandmother now live less than an hour away in a safe house.
9. My husband has a good job.
10. We have our curriculum for next year and are ready to go anytime.