Monday, August 29, 2011

Heart Treasured Letter

On days when we don't go anywhere, we like to stretch our legs {Gizmo too} by taking a walk to the post office.  It seems like such a treat to have mail delivered right to your door, but the real treat for us is our postmaster, Ms. Mary. 

Ms. Mary mailed our wedding invitations, but she took an interest in seeing them before they were sealed.  She hand stamped them all {there weren't that many since we had a small small wedding} for me.  She has gazed at our babies, their announcements, and as soon as they have been able, she gives them suckers.  She always asks me first if they can have suckers, which I really appreciate.  I also make it a point that we don't always get suckers so as they only think of visiting her to get treats, after all, it's a treat just to see her.

Today when we walked up the hill we met Ms. Mary on the street.  She likes to walk on her lunch break.  We chatted for a minute and the dog barked {grrrr!}, I asked her if I had a package today.  She smiled and gave me the nod, something was in the locker for me.  Something I've been, sort of, patiently waiting for.  Oh sweetness!

The kids got the key for the locker out of the box and sailed off to find locker 343.  I checked the regular bills and was so overtaken to find this envelope. from my sponsored friend, Ryan James.  I had chills all over, I was teary just thinking about what my letter would look like.  A picture, maybe his name, but not knowing what a five year old boy from the Philippines could send me.

This was special so I asked the kids if they wanted to go to the church.  I thought we could sit outside the House of Jesus, on His lawn, while we saw the fruits of the Holy Spirit unfold before our eyes.  It was a struggle to find a spot we could all agree on, sun, shade, wet grass, concrete sidewalk, and keep the dog quiet. 

We finally managed to find sunny sidewalk by wet shaded grass and opened our letter.  At first glance I see the letter is written by an adult.  My thoughts were an interpreter, but I was wrong.  The letter came from our sponsored child's mother, Ms. Wenifreda.
I read aloud to the kids as much as I could manage as my eyes welled with water.  She has said for now, she will write on behalf of her son as he does not know how to write.  She thanks me for choosing her son as our sponsored child, for my kind generosity, may we have a great friendship, and may God Bless me.

I think of how God has blessed abundantly.  I wonder what if we didn't see or hear this call?  Or, if we didn't answer it?  We would be the ones suffering.  We wouldn't feel this full.  We, as parents, would miss the opportunity to teach our children.  It certainly is more than money.  

I have been so touched by a mother's heart across the world, my new friend, a mother of six, raising kids on her own. 

May the Lord bless her and keep her,
May the Lord shine his face upon her and be gracious to her.
May the Lord look upon her kindly and give her peace.  ~ Nm 6: 24-26

We are so abundantly grateful for the opportunity to have a sponsored child.  Thank you CFCA, thank you Ms. Wenifreda, and most important, thank you Holy Spirit for having touched our lives.

Joining Ann for 1000 Gifts.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Seven Quick Takes ~ Unknown Volume

Another Summer week has flown by and here are Seven Quick Takes to tell you about our week.

Karley had another doctor visit today for her tonsils.  They were swollen and icky beyond swollen and icky so I brought her in this morning.  I have now learned that now that she has had mono her tonsils will most likely be swollen and susceptible to tonsillitis or strep for about a year.  She was swabbed and got a laceration {due to the tonsils being so vascular} and she was bleeding.  That was very alarming to see.  I had no idea.  The bleeding stopped so we didn't have to go see an ENT.  Praise God.  She is on mush food and liquid for the next few days.  Poor baby. 

Sophie is still going strong with the potty training.  She is afraid of any potty other than the ones in our home.  Public bathrooms are going to be tricky and she isn't a fan of my traveling potty either.   I expect accidents due to this.  Thankfully we didn't experience one at the doctors office, but I was ready.

Adam and Henry are going to the Demolition Derby at our County Fair tonight.  On Sunday we will all go so the kids can go on rides.  We didn't go to the fair last year but we did two years ago, just after Sophie was born. 

I joined Snap Fitness this week.  I am excited to lift weights and to run on a more regular basis.  While running outside is preferred, once the Fall and Winter arrive I won't be able to run outside.  My usual running times are later at night or early in the morning so Snap Fitness will be better for my schedule.

Adam has been really busy at work and now that our extended driveway has been asphalted he can move ahead with the next phase or our landscaping.  That will include grading, seeding and making a dog kennel alongside our shed.  Then it's moving on to another landscaping project that will need to get completed before the snow falls. 

With my husband's approval I've given up on local extreme couponing.   There are a few reasons for this, 1.  It takes a lot of time 2. Frequently Costco has the same price no coupon necessary and they have the best produce and fruit bar none.  {we do a lot of shopping at Costco} 3. It is further to drive than any other store I would shop at {minus Costco, but quite frequently Adam goes after work since it's right by his work.  Plus my neighbor and I have been shop swapping}.  3.  A lot of the products that a person can get for free, or close to it, aren't the products I want to feed my family anymore.  We eat a great deal of unprocessed food and the things that are processed I am careful about what the ingredients are.  An example would be no high fructose corn syrup.  There are a few things that I still get {pasta} that aren't the best but I can still get those cheap enough to negate driving/coupon time/buying the paper for extreme couponing.   I quit buying cereal a few months ago.  What is cereal?

Henry has been enjoying the soccer for the past few weeks.  He looks so cute out there.  During the game he runs after the ball but I don't know if he's actually even kicked the ball during a game.  My sweet boy doesn't know that he can actually take the ball away from the opposing team.  He just happily runs with the rest of the kids after the ball.  He enjoys it and I am glad listens well to his coach.  It's just so cute to see these little souls blossoming.  Speaking of blossoming, yesterday morning first thing he said to me upon waking, "Mom, I grew last night".  I bet you did son, I bet you did.

PS.  I have since relized jean shorts aren't proper soccer attire

Hope you have a great weekend!!

God Bless!


Thursday, August 4, 2011

She's Trained....

....or very very close to it. 

I am in complete amazement.  I would say Sophie is pretty much potty trained and with little help from her mother.  I wasn't even ready to venture down this road quite yet.  I was thinking Sophie would be more like Karley around 26 months or even Henry at 28 months.  They are each their own. 

She started showing interest last Thursday and we let her sit on the potty.  She sat and sat, and sat more.  Nothing.  This is about what the other two did so I just figured it was wanting to be like everybody else, not really understanding what to do.  I didn't think she'd by like my nieces who were both trained within two weeks of their second birthday.  That was amazement to me.

But her interest kept going.  Then on Sunday she actual used the potty.  {I should also note that she doesn't have any interest in a small potty or a ring for the large toilet.  Both items were used in the past with the other two littles.}  I attributed this to chance but decided to keep close to home this week, just in case. 

Monday only proved a lot of laundry and that's what I expected.   Tuesday I thought would be the day we would go back to diapers.  {Actually, I did go back to a diaper when we went to soccer.}  When we came home, Soph just pulled the diaper off to sit on the potty.  Okay, I guess she's going to keep going.

Wednesday, she was more hit than miss and I must admit all this was her own doing.  I often forget to ask, get distracted {I am sure you mothers know how this goes} and then accident has already happened.  What could I expect but a few accidents?  All in all, I'd say we were at about 65%. 

Today, has proven to be even better.  I can actually say, we aren't going back.  I will live through accidents and start traveling with a little potty again.  {Having a large vehicle makes it nice to carry a small potty.  Especially since it would take forever to find a restroom, unbuckle all three before I figured out she needed to "go"}.

I take zero credit for this.  She's been the driving force.  And I am ever so thankful we are moving out of diapers! 

My almost two year old.

God Bless!

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