Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wordless Wednesday

One of these days I will find the time to edit and post our travel pictures from this summer. For now, here are two of my favorites that I grabbed on the run this week.



Friday, September 15, 2017

Five on Friday (Sept. 15, 2017)

I am not ashamed, because I know the One I have believed in and am persuaded that He is able to guard what has been entrusted to me until that day. -2 Timothy 1:12

I know I sound like a broken record when I say September has just flown by. Our weather has been especially fall-like which is so unlike September in Tennessee. (Update: heat stroke coming this week. I knew fall weather was too good to be true.) Brian has had something going on every single night for the past 10-12 days. The good news is that I have an extra week off chemo this month, but it doesn't clear up my schedule since I'm headed to Dallas next week for the D6 conference. Super excited to be going again, but sad Brian doesn't get to go with me this year. But happy because my parents are actually joining me!

1.  Bible study started back up last week, and I love it. We're using the Beth Moore Entrusted study of 2 Timothy (hence the verse above). I know I've said it often, but you just can't beat a sweet group of women gathered together every week studying scripture.

2. I managed to crack my phone screen this week. I've had a smartphone for nearly 5 years, and this is a first for me. It's not shattered, just cracked. Probaby a reason I should upgrade, right? :)

3. We have a little houseguest in the form of a mouse, and it is freaking me out. It showed up a couple of weeks ago early one morning while Brian was up working (we're in the part of the year when he often gets up at 3 a.m.). He set out traps and we got rid of the first friend. Apparently, they came in a pair because the second one has been sneaky. He only shows up on those early mornings, eats the peanut butter off the traps, and taunts Brian. He says he feels like the old lady in Ratatouille who shoots holes all through her house. I tiptoe around, peeking around doors waiting for the mouse to jump out and attack me.

4. Camden led worship in the teen youth group for the first time this week. His parents might have been more nervous than he was, but he did a great job. It's so sweet seeing him develop. I would never have had the guts to do this at 14. I don't have the guts to do it at 41 either!

5. The kids had their first cross country meet this week, and we had absolutely no idea what to expect. We certainly didn't anticipate the hundreds of runners and parents! The kids both beat their own personal times by quite a lot (3 minutes for Rory and 2 minutes for Camden). Camden finished 17th out of 37 and Rory finished 39 out of 57. I think they both felt pretty energized and good about their run. I am so proud of their hard work. Running all these miles week after week is not my idea of a good time, but they've done it with very little complaint or prodding from us.



Bonus: Rory announced at supper Monday night that she and a few friends had given up sweets and sugar for the rest of the cross country season. As she was eating dessert.

Our weekend is not off to a great start as Rory came home with a high fever and an asthmatic cough. She's seeing the doctor tomorrow. Our Saturday doesn't have a single item penciled in (except for Rory's appointment), and we're all looking forward to it. Not that we won't be working around the house trying to finish up a dozen tasks, but it is wonderful to have a free day. Happy weekend!

Friday, September 08, 2017

Five on Friday (September 8, 2017)

He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted, but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:29-31

1. The major event this week was moving my grandparents in with my mom and dad. We had aunts and uncles and cousins visit, and it was lovely. I did not do a good job of taking pictures, however. It is a special blessing to transition from very little family to a whole lot of family all within15-minute drive.





2. Brian was in charge of Labor Day plans and we made a trip to an orchard and dairy barn. I think we may have reached the parenting stage where kids just aren't too excited about apples and cool playgrounds made out of farm equipment. We basically drove an hour, showed up in time to pick a peck of apples, eat 2 scoops of ice cream, then drive an hour home.



3. Today was my final brow appointment so I am 100% tatted up. These brows, however, are currently on fire; round 2 was much more painful than round 1!

Not a lick of make-up on my face, just brows and a steroid flush.

4. I don't exactly know how I managed to not read To Kill a Mockingbird during high school or college. And once it did come across my radar, I put off reading it for at least 2 years worrying that it wouldn't live up to the hype. I finally read it this week, and it did not disappoint. I find it incredibly sad that things haven't changed nearly as much as you might expect  (the book was published in 1960, but represented 1936).

I am on a roll with my reading and To Kill a Mockingbird makes for book #36 completed in 2017.


5. This week's chemo adventures include my feet breaking out in blisters, toenails preparing to fall off and lots of swelling. Bad news is that extended chemo means these kinds of "little" issues are going to pop up. Good news is that things could be a whole lot worse.

This weekend is Riverfest so Brian and the kids will be at the church booth most of the weekend. I'm going to catch up on some rest. And housework. Always housework. Happy Friday, friends.

Friday, September 01, 2017

Five on Friday (September 1, 2017)

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. -2 Timothy 1:7

September already?? I cannot stress enough how quickly 2017 is passing. The good news is that we are now entering my favorite time of year: cooler mornings and evenings lead to legitimate fall weather, the D6 conference, fall break, November birthday trip, holidays, etc.

1. This week the universe laughed at my bragging on Camden last week and decided to do a throwback to 13-year old behavior. Moving forward. . .


2. Parent/teacher conference for Rory this week. She really is a delight with a little sass. Her teacher mentioned she likes to be in the middle of the drama, which we are well aware of that trait. We're on a mission to convince her drama is not good.

3. Kids both had physicals this week. Rory weighs in at a hefty 58 lbs (ha!) and is in the 5th percentile (this is actually up for her). Camden is at the top of the chart with his height and weight (5'8" and 109 lbs). He is such a bean pole. Doctor is estimating he will easily reach 6' tall.

4. I feel so embarrassed to admit that we finally made it to the park for the first time this spring/summer. We have resolved to pencil in a walk/hike/bike ride every Saturday or Sunday moving into the fall.



5. My favorite book of 2017 thus far is The Language of Flowers. I absolutely loved it. Ignore the title and cover (the linked one actually has a better cover than the book I read) - they made me push this book to the bottom of my to-read list for many, many months. So good!

Because of hours on end of the craziest wind and rain I have ever experienced (leftovers from Hurricane Harvey), Brian has an unexpected day off school. We're going to run a few errands and then go out for lunch. I am all in for this bonus date!

Friday, August 25, 2017

A Few on Friday (August 25, 2017)

Because of God's tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace. -Luke 1:78-79

You may have heard about the total solar eclipse on Monday (sarcasm because everyone was talking about the eclipse). Clarksville happened to be in the viewing area for 100% totality, and it was pretty incredible. I honestly wasn't sure what to expect and might have wondered if it were completely over-hyped. Turns out, it lived up to all of the hype! We had plans to attend an eclipse party, but I wasn't feeling well and we decided to stay home and celebrate in a very low-key manner. Brian ran to Walmart at the last minute to grab essential eclipse food such as sun chips, candy bars candybars, and Sunkist soda. We watched coverage on TV, went outside 15 minutes before the eclipse and then spent the rest of the day relaxing when it was all over.

I fully realize it *looks* like my camera settings are drastically wrong. I promise they're not - the light was so crazy and then the absence of light was just as crazy. 







When asked what kind of husband she was going to look for when old enough, Rory answered, "One who doesn't do drugs or smoke." Awesome.

Brian and Camden spent the months of March-June playing basketball out in the driveway. And every single time, the game ended with Camden losing his temper in a very not-so-awesome way. A thirteen-year old competitive perfectionist does not lose to his dad well. In part because of the temper but also because of warm weather, they have taken an extended break from basketball. Tonight they resurrected the game, and it went well. Not perfect, but well. We are seeing so much progress and maturity in Camden, and it is so encouraging. The child has actually been emptying the dishwasher in the mornings without prompting. I could not have imagined that happening last fall (both being ready early enough to help and helping without any prompting).



Can you believe this bug project? What is up with ziplock bags? I still have nightmares about sticking a pushpin through crickets when I was in 5th grade so it feels as if she got off very easy.


Weekend plans include a church leadership meeting, putting this house back together, chiro appointment, ortho appointment, guitar lesson, and a 2.5 mile-run for the kids.