Tuesday, August 28, 2007

"And They'er Off...."

School has officially started and the girls are loving it!!! Kelsey started last Tuesday, Khara's first day was Wednesday. They are going to different schools which makes for a killer schedule for us, but... next year's a comin'. :-)

Kelsey at open house with her kindergarten teacher.

First day, looking just a little nervous. (No tears this year, YAY!!!! )

Khara at her open house, thrilled to be back at school.

With her 2nd grade teacher that she absolutely loves!!! There are 5 second grade teachers and she is convinced that she has the best one!!

Khara's first day, Kelsey's second.

Wonderful public transportation!!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007


Ultrasound today----Just ONE BABY!!!!! I must say, "Thank the Lord". I was trying to get use to the remote possibility of twins, but having a hard time. :-) They did move the due date up to Feb. 21. This was the earliest I had ever had an ultrasound, I'm still amazed at our Creator!!!!

I will praise Thee for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Ps. 139:14

Monday, August 20, 2007

Our Week of Church Camp

Last night we said good-bye to another year of camp-- kind of sad!! Since last Sunday, I am now 14 services stronger. For having had temps. in the 100's and still feeling much less that normal, that was quite an accomplishment!! :-) Bro. Pierpoint did an outstanding job of bringing wonderful messages (along with some great stories).

After I get all of this laundry caught up and some girls use to getting to bed early and up early, I think our live may begin to take on a little bit of normalancy.
Khara, Kelsey, and Cara, counting some of the money rounded up for Children's Church.
Kaden really hit it off with the cooks which earned him some special privileges into the kitchen after services. I think it was four bowls of watermelon this night.
He offered some to his little friend, Ireland Moomaw.

Khara and Kelsey look forward to this week of camp all year!!!!

Cara and Kaden about to get plowed over my men moving pews. Notice all the little hands ready to grab and pull. :-)

Some of the kids and teen workers in the Children's Services.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

A Very Precious Sound

Today I heard for the first time a very, very, wonderful sound---the heartbeat of our 4th child!!!!! Yes, that's right, Mark and I are thrilled to be expecting our fourth child. After having had a miscarriage in January, I was very much looking forward to the first time of hearing that little "whoosh, whoosh". :-) All seems to be well, so well in fact that due to a couple of dates/sizes/positions/etc. not completely matching up my Dr. wants to do an early ultra sound just to make sure there is only 1 baby!!!!! Now that thought made me chuckle, and Mark... well I think he may have stuttered. hee, hee I don't really think I am, but it will give us something to wake up in the night and think about. ;-) We will know for sure by next week if we have to buy double of everything. :-) I was talking to my mom and telling her that if it really is twins I will probably go nowhere for the next 3 years or so. She told me she would quit her job to help out---now that is true thoughtfulness and kindness!!! :-) Oh, due date--end of February. As for me...I will be more than thrilled when the nausea and extremely sensitive gag reflex chooses to leave my system!!!!!

In other news, my sister Dana flew in on Monday to make some wedding plans. We have been having lots of fun and have gotten several things accomplished--thankfully, since she has an October wedding planned.

We also started our camp this week. We have a great camp ground with an open tabernacle. With temps. well over 100, we have only made it to the morning services so far. The girls LOVE to go to the children's services and thankfully, there building has AC (along with the dining hall).

Well, that is our week so far. Hope yours is going well. :-)

Thursday, August 02, 2007

~Still Here~

I think this has been one of the longest gaps between posts for me. Along with the rest of the world, we have been keepin' on keepin' on. :-)

Last Friday night our family went to Kansas State Holiness Camp for the weekend. It's a camp I went to a couple of times while growing up. Mark had been once, back when he was traveling with G.B.S. quartet. I am sad to say, I did not take my camera. We ended up having 30 family members there and had a wonderful time!!! This camp is all AC, has a beautiful auditorium for the services, serves delicious food, and has great dorms!!!! Bro. James Keaton preached some powerful messages, along with Bro. Joseph Smith who gave some incredible admonition for the day!!!

I came home to lots of laundry on Monday (we weren't priviledged to have wash./dry. in our room this time :-)). Thankfully, it was rainy and dreary--a great day to get caught up on the house chores.

Tuesday, I took the kids to storytime and to run some errands. That kept us in town until lunchtime, so a trip to McDonalds was requested and granted. (One of their favorites, not mine.)

Wednesday, we were invited to a picnic and play party for some friends who are moving. (Once again, I forgot my camera :-<.) He was a Doctor here in town but got a job offer closer to his home town, so we said good-bye. There kids were 7, 4, and 2 , so we will miss them. Today is Thursday!!!!! I've been canning tomatoes,and shelling peas. ( By the way, if anyone wants to swing by, I would love to load you down with garden produce. With the rain we've been getting and the hot weather, our garden is thriving!!! ) The kids are playing outside so I'm trying to take this quick moment to type away. :-) I'm sure they will be busting through the door anytime wanting water and snacks. Oh, and tonight, I head to the first P.T.O. meeting of this school year where I am holding the position of V.P.--eeekkkk!!! These meetings are so interesting!!! If you want to really know what goes on--join!! Hope you have been having a great week!!

Kelsey and Khara love to take pictures (which I guess is a good thing since I forget to so much), so I'm sharing a couple of their recent photo shoots . :-)

With the rain, we have gotten more than our share of raking in!!!

Posing for each other instead of cleaning their room.