Saturday, July 26, 2008

The Bulldogs won!!!

M had another soccer game today. They won 5-2!! She scored 2 goals!! Unfortunately, I forgot the camera. I don't have any pictures. A ball was kicked into her stomach really hard, and she stayed in the game. She is much tougher than me!! LOL!!! I would have been crying and begging to come out of the game!! (Ok stop laughing, you know I wouldn't even get out on the field!!)

On another note... Our first week of homeschooling was great. It was mostly review and testing to see where M is. On Monday we got news that K got a submarine. We also found out we are here for another 5 yrs. I have really been upset all week about this. I think I am finally accepting the fact that I will have to be here and there is nothing I can do. After a week of praying, crying, begging God for answers and strength, I am feeling much better. I know God has a reason for us being here. I know He will never leave us either. Please continue to pray for us, it's going to be hard. K will hardly be here. His schedule will be very sporadic. We will be blessed if we get to see him much at all. Ok that's enough whining. I have alot of laundry to catch up on.... Seems like I am always behind in laundry, it's a never ending cycle!!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Prayers Please!

Tomorrow we begin our homeschooling adventure. If you want to hear the entire story, just let me know. I don't feel like blogging the entire thing it's really long. So I'll try to give you the "long story short version." The public schools here are awful. There are homeless people sleeping in the bathrooms overnight. The only things being taught are math and language arts so that the kids will be deemed "adequate" and the school will receive money. Private school isn't an option for us, since we live in Hawaii and everything is expensive. M began begging to be homeschooled. I had no desire to do it.

A lot of military families here homeschool, whether they are christian or not, because of the horrible school systems. K and I talked about it, and he said he would support me either way. We know several people that homeschool here, and the kids are doing great. So I began to pray that if this is something that God wants and no just a "phase" that M was going through, that God would give me the desire to homeschool. I had absolutely NO desire to homeschool!

My neighbor homeschools her kids and she began to show me that I could do it. Within a couple of months of praying, God gave me an overwhelming desire to do it. I don't know how long we will homeschool. It may be just while we are in Hawaii. We are taking it one year at a time.

So tomorrow we begin the journey. I have prayed and researched for months. We have all of M's books and a lot of things for G to do. Please pray that everything goes smoothly. I was going to do an easy week that wouldn't count to get everyone ready. I decided to just do spelling, grammar, vocabulary, and science. M asked me today if we could do math too. I told her if we did that we could count it a week.

I know everything will be fine, because I feel this is what I'm supposed to be doing. That doesn't mean we won't have rough days. I wouldn't worry so much if my neighbor was going to be here all year, but she's leaving in September. She has been a tremendous help. I could never thank her enough!!

Well I guess I gave you the longer version anyway! I just can't keep anything short and sweet. I really need to work on that!!

Thanks for the prayers,

Sunday, July 13, 2008

I'm a soccer Mom again!

Here are a few pictures of M playing soccer. She's # 10. Her team's name is the Bulldogs. They won 3-0. She's having fun and doing a good job.

What I woke up too on Friday Morning :)

Ok..LONG story short... (Yeah right, everyone knows it takes me forever to get to the point!! LOL!!!!) Thursday night I spent the night at my neighbor's house, (Keith was at home with the girls) in case her kids had an emergency. (She has an "almost 14 yr old" daughter who is great, and had everything under control, I was just there in case of an emergency.) I couldn't sleep at all. I think I may have gotten a couple of hrs of sleep if that. On Friday morning I came in and told M. I was going to sleep for a couple of hrs. (it was 6 am) I explained to her I hadn't had any sleep. She had everything under control. At about 9 am she opens the door and asked me, " Mom how do you turn the oven on, I made biscuits." WHAT??

I came downstairs to this:

And here is the finished product:

M and G said they wanted to make me biscuits since I didn't have any sleep and I was tired. Isn't that sweet?? M and G have made biscuits with Grandma almost every time they see her. When Grandma and Grandpa were here a few weeks ago, they made biscuits and M has learned what to do. They tasted great too!!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

An old post that was originally on myspace.

I've decided to put an old blog that is on my myspace page. It's from October 15th, 2007. I am not looking forward to sea duty!! Here it is:

I have never posted a blog. And as you know. I am really lonely after 8pm my time in Hawaii. So I thought I would try it. And since I talk way too much, be forewarned not only is this going to be long, but possibly boring too. With a ton of typos... So most of you have asked How's it going? What's Hawaii like? Honestly, I'm not sure how I feel about it. One min. I hate it and the next I am learning a lot and growing in my faith. G. has had a tough time lately with Daddy having sea duty. (If anyone has tried to have a phone conversation with me in the last couple of months, you'll know this to be true. That's why I don't call ANYONE, anymore. They call me and I pray for no outburst... Back to my story, I ramble way too much!!) I have asked everyone that prays, to please pray for her. And I can honestly say, between the prayers and being consistent with the discipline, we are making progress. The other morning, she woke up happy. I went downstairs to make M.'s lunch. G. stayed upstairs. She started crying. M. came downstairs and told me that G. wanted me. She continued to cry a little, but mostly whine! I hollered up (sweetly of course!) stairs to G. that I was making M. lunch for school and I would be upstairs in a minute. Well she got quiet. So M. went upstairs to check on G. for me. I hear M. ask G...."G. are you praying??" M. comes back down the stairs and said to me... "Mom, G. is praying. She said she's praying for Daddy to have a good day at work and for God to please take away his headaches and make him all better!" (He's been having trouble with Migraines and we have been praying for Daddy to feel better while he is gone.) M. said G. had her little hands folded and everything... We've come along way... A few weeks ago, the crying would have gone straight into complete screaming for 30 mins. to an hr. She still has her moments... But praise God they are getting better... and She's learning to pray... How cool is that?

Saddest thing heard today...

We were sitting at the table eating dinner and M says to us, " Is it just me or do ya'll miss having a backyard? I wish we had a backyard." Then G precedes to ask, "What is a backyard?" What is a backyard???? I think we have lived in military housing too long. My poor 3.5 (almost 4yr old) doesn't know what a backyard is!

I long for the day when we can have our own place with a backyard. Of course, by the time we have one, our kids won't be kids anymore!

Monday, July 7, 2008

"Celebrating" 1 year in Hawaii

Wow, I can't believe it's been 1 year since I arrived on the wonderful Island of Oahu. (HMMMM can you read the sarcasm??) I'm still not crazy about living here. Imagine going a whole year without a Target, Chick-fil-a, Kohl's, O'Charley's, Sonic, Applebee's (never thought I would miss that!), a "real" mexican restaurant, Publix, Cross Anchor Church (Ok so not everyone has Cross Anchor.. but that is my 2nd family.), AND most of all, your entire extended family. Of all the things I miss, it is family and friends that I miss the most.
Ok I guess that is enough complaining... There are some things that I am thankful for. Our family is closer now than it has ever been. I am personally closer to God than I have ever been. I know my heavenly Father loves me and has a plan for me and my family. I cling to the promises of Jeremiah 29:11-13. I think I was too comfortable with my faith. I needed to step out of my comfort zone. It just took something a little more drastic to get my attention. You know a move across the country and over the pacific ocean. The first year really hasn't been that bad. K. has been home for most of it, and we have been able to explore the island. Thankfully alot of family have been able to visit too.
With sea duty looming overhead, I find myself worrying again. I hate being the only parent to"physically" be here for the kids. It's harder on me when K. isn't here, because he is an awesome Dad!! BUT I'm thankful that it's not easy, because that means he's doing his job :)!!He is a great Daddy to both of them!! They both have a great example of what their heavenly Father is like, because their "earthly Father" is so loving!
Well that is enough whining from me. I can barely keep my eyelids open. I think it's time for bed.