Monday, March 17, 2014

Time For An iPhone Dump

It's that time again. The iPhone dump time. Family...enjoy yourselves!

Brody loves his bubbles

This was on a mommy/daughter date day to Opry Mills. 

Meet our sponsor son Belete. He lives on Entoto Mountain in Ethiopia, and is 14 years old. He is an orphan who lost both parents several years ago. He was living with his grandmother but she made him leave the "home" because she couldn't afford to take care of him anymore and afford her HIV medicine too. She felt as though with him being healthy that he would be able to fend for himself.  He was begging for food and had to quit school because of his displacement and inability to pay for it. Can you even imagine this being your son, nephew, brother, cousin, or friend? I have the sweetest video of him telling his story. He is one of the kids that was in the child sponsorship program that I set up when I returned from Ethiopia last year. He now has a place to stay, 3 meals/day, and is going back to school. Plus, he is volunteering with the Feeding Program on Saturdays for the other kids who are in the sponsorship program who still need sponsors! This kid is amazing! If you are interested in sponsoring one of the children from Entoto Mountain, you can email me at and I can send you some profile pictures and a brief backstory on them. Sponsorship doesn't just change their lives, it will change your life as well!

This is a little biography Chloe wrote about our family. Love how she calls out her brother being mean and my cooking having no flavor sometimes. Ha!!!

Please, can someone tell me WHY these books were on the shelf in Chloe's book fair at school this week?!? RIDICULOUS! Inappropriate and seductive covers for sure. When the assistant librarian was asked about them, she skirted around the issue saying that the company who supplies our book fair sends only elementary age approved books and to ask the head librarian about them. So, I got home and looked them up on Amazon. Yeah...these books are for 7th grade and for 12-17 year olds. Not quite elementary school. And honestly, my middle schooler wouldn't be reading them either if I have a choice. Still waiting to see what the librarian is going to do about this. UGH! Another reason that I have been researching K12 today.

my extent of Pinterest lately - took all of our water bottles and put them in a shoe thing inside the pantry door to clear out some space in the cabinets. Best pin ever!

Me and my neighbor (aka - best friend) before our St Patty's 5K

and the AFTER.... but we beat our goal by 3 mins and 44 seconds. Yay us!

This is how God is rocking my world right now. Enough said.

And this is how Brody looks when he comes out from cleaning his room. Toboggan, boxer briefs over the pajamas, and my fuzzy socks on with tears streaming that he just can't clean anymore. But guess what! He hadn't cleaned up one thing! I'd say he got somewhat distracted. Oh how I love this kid. I mean, how could you not?!? Look at him!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Snow! In March?!?

All winter long, we have been threatened with snow. And if you live in the south, you don't take those predictions lightly! You know that everybody and their brother goes to Walmart for their milk and bread just in case and then are highly shocked when nothing happens weather wise. But it never fails that with the next threat of bad weather, the vicious cycle begins again and everyone is up in arms about it. Ha! Because David and I lived in Columbus, OH for several years, we tend to not worry about it and can roll with it easily. We have lived in worse for sure!

Anyways, after hearing for the 12th time this season that we were expecting another snowmageddapocalypalooza, we were over it and didn't believe it for a second. However, around 7:00 that evening we started hearing the ice fall. Then around 8:00 our deck was covered in was sleet. And then several hours later we had 3 inches of sleet covered by a 1/2 inch of ice. And by the morning when we woke up all of that was covered with several inches of snow. For once the meteorologists were correct!

So when my kids woke up and realized that there was snow outside and they weren't going to school, we called the neighbors who happen to be our best friends and this is what took place for several hours.

view out of our dining room window

Chloe and Alyssa

Kailyn and Brody

Brody giving Kailyn a push in his Gator

me and Misty

Chloe and Brody

This was all fun and wonderful and awesome until Chloe missed an entire week of school because of this mess. Now, she has to extend her school day for 30 minutes to make up for days missed. This means she will be in school until 4:15 every afternoon which means we won't be home from car circle until about 4:30. Wish we could just make it up all at once instead of doing it this way. Blah! It was fun while it lasted though :)