Thursday, August 30, 2007


Time is one thing I wish you could stop, well, just every once in a while. Summer vacation has ended and school is here! As a result my blogging time has greatly suffered!

Jacob home schooled last year and it went very well! This year (3rd grade) we decided to try DVDs. We started on Monday. I must say this is definitely a change of pace! I think:) when he is in the groove of things it will actually be a good thing. It is a longer day, he is not the only "student" just to name two of the changes we are dealing with. Time will tell and we are going to give it our best! I will add that you can try it for 30 days and if you are not satisfied you can get a full refund. Don't get me wrong we can give it our best shot!! Jacob has said he likes it better. My how the struggles of education can boggle our mind. HELP!!!!.........................


We had a weekend VBS at our church (last weekend). Jesus to the Rescue! I think it was a success! Check out the great FUN!

I just want to share a little bit about the most wonderful thing in my life! Bear with me:)

Jesus my dearest friend would be that most wonderful "thing" in my life! I take a lot of time sharing other things and this has been on my mind so I want to share this too!

First of all I am so far from a theologian as you will read. I just have a relationship with Jesus and He teaches me like a child. I am learning very slowly since many years ago when this relationship started out. He is so patient with me. I don't know why He loves me so much, I don't know where I would be without Him! He has been especially close lately and I am so thankful. He knows ME! I don't have to tell Him where I am, He already knows. I don't have to share my heart, He already knows. I don't have to worry if He thinks I'm weak, He already knows that He is my strength. I don't have to wait for Him to listen, He is already there! I don't have to wonder if He loves me in spite of my faults, He already showed His love to me on Calvary! I don't have to worry about the future, He holds it. In fact He knew all along how much I would need Him and He gave me His word to lean on. These are just a very,very few of the blessings I receive in this relationship! I give Him my all and receive so much more in return! I have peace in a very unpeaceful world! I am only beginning to understand the great responsibility that is mine to share this wonderful "thing" with others. Why not share?

Have a wonderful week:)

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Fun, Fun, Fun

Hang on! I think this might turn out to be a very long ride! I have a lot to share!
Yesterday we set off to have a great day! Brian took the day off and it really felt like vacation to us.
We decided to spend a few hours at Newport Aquarium. I love a good deal and the Aquarium is almost finishing up its deal for the summer; buy 1 adult ticket and get up to 2 kids in free!!! So, the kids were free:) The special starts at 4:30 pm and the Aquarium closes at 7pm. We had plenty of time.
We had so much fun, I love saltwater fish and sharks. Watching them is very relaxing to me. There is one part of the Shark Fest that wasn't very relaxing to Jenna. You step into a little hallway sort of, and you look like you are in a cage. There is a huge screen! The little movie starts and you are just viewing the video.....then....the sharks start crashing into the screen, mouths wide open, lots of big, sharp teeth and the floor beneath you starts to shake! Jenna started screaming bloody murder!!!! It was a bit to realistic for my 4 yr old. I might add it made me a little jumpy:) I quickly left the room and took about 5 minutes to calm her down. She did not look forward to the shark tunnel:( By the time we left she and the rest of us had all petted some small sharks. I think she had recovered however; she has mentioned that she never wants to see that shark movie again!

Before we went to the Aquarium we walked around Newport on the Levy. The purple people bridge was fun for the kids. They love to watch the boats and imagine seeing fish in the river.

We then went to Brian and Matthew's favorite restaurant-Don Pablo's on the river. We had some very yummy food and then headed home. It just so happens that The Cone is kind of on the way home8) The Cone is in West Chester and it has yummy ice cream. I thought it was a great way to end a great DAY!
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Day at Newport

Last Thursday the kids and I went to see our friends, Betsy, Wyatt and Maggie. I started baby sitting Wyatt when he was a baby and then Maggie came along. I of course had Jacob when I started babysitting and then Jenna came along. We have gone through quite a lot with then. We really turned into family and we had so much fun spending the day with them8) The kids are great fun and there was never a dull moment!
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2007_08_16Wyatt&Maggies House

Last Monday (Aug.13) I got to spend the evening with my friends! Deanna was in the states for a wedding. We went to Abuelo's for supper and spent a few hours catching up with each others lives while having Starbucks(yummy:). You might get tired of reading this but......I love my friends, they are such an awesome blessing in my life! We were spoiled to get to see De so soon:) Love and miss ya De!
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Last Sat. our church has a annual "Rolling Picnic" It is an part of our outreach program. We went to about 5 communities and had hot dogs, chips, fruit snacks, Popsicle's and water to share with the community. We take a couple trailers loaded with grills, picnic table and all the other supplies. There were about 60 of us I think, it was very organized by Kris W. and Rebecca M. We were able to make some new contacts and also reunite with other children who have not attended church for a while. We invited the children to come to our VBS this weekend.
It was a long day but so worth it! I hope this event was able to reach those that are looking for peace in their lives. I am so glad that we have the answer to those who are searching for something to satisfy. My prayer is that those children will come to VBS and learn that Jesus loves THEM! Not only did it minister to those we don't know, it was very much a blessing to reach out, Thank You Jesus for the blessing!
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We start school on Monday, I have all the material, I hope we like the DVD's. It is the A Beka Curriculum DVD program. Last year I did the teaching and it went really well, I just decided we would try this out because next year I will have two students and I don't think I'm up for that challenge, we will see. We have 30 days to try it and if it doesn't work out we will switch back to mommy being teacher:) Matthew is also doing this same program and starts on Monday too.

I think I have rattled on sufficiently! I've had a break because today is Daddy Do List(Brian took another day off)

  • Daddy lets go fishing
  • Daddy lets go swimming
  • Daddy lets go drive Jacob's R/C Mini T
  • Daddy lets go to Bass Pro Shop..................

What an awesome Dad!!!! Love you honey:)

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Playing Catch UP

Hi Friends! How is your Summer? Ours is very HOT!!! We are doing our best to enjoy it. Just about 2 weeks before school starts, I find myself dreading it as much as I did when I was a kid!

Once again my blog is suffering neglect. I'll try to catch up.
We have had a lot going on with church functions and believe it or not the camera has not been busy, too hot to take pictures!
My big accomplishment this week~shelves in the basement! I'm so excited about them! My wonderful father~in~law offered to build them for me! I of course couldn't turn down the offer. Thanks Jerry, it was a big job but, we did it! We tackled the job on Thursday about noon and were finished by 6pm or so. Because Jerry has a bad shoulder I had to do some pretty heavy lifting, oh how I wish someone had taken pictures! I'm very happy with the shelves, the kids like them too! All the kids toys fit and I still have a shelf I can fill! (top shelf baskets are empty) I love organization:)


Do your children like to go in places they just aren't supposed to go???


I'm going to blame this on Papaw Snelling! I don't know maybe its a good idea:)

We are spending Sat. evening at Brian's parents house with his family and cousin Going's. We have a lot of fun with them so I'm looking forward to it!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Where Has Everyone Been? Oh! I'm the one missing:0(

This is going to be a very jumbled blog! Life has been way too BUSY! I'll give you a little update on my last few weeks.
Brian has been working 75 hour weeks...we are all trying to adjust to this, pray for us its kinda hard! Thankfully its not supposed to be long term.
I have also been babysitting quite a bit! So more work on every ones part has turned out to be little crazy!
These are few highlights since my last post: These are not in order.

  • Jenna ran away! She wanted to see her older cousin Emily. Emily was at the pool that is at the entrance of our subdivision. I told Jenna "no, Mommy is busy and I can not take you there now." About 10 minutes later.....Jenna was "missing" my sister got in the car to find her and I started looking. I just happened to look across the many vacant lots and my eyes fell on a little girl at the pool parking lot. This little girl fit Jenna's description perfectly! Needless to say there were some much needed disciplinary actions and lectures! She could only say "I had to see Emily!" By the way she road her bike on the road, I still have the feeling of fear!
  • We got a swing set/club house! Daran my nephew Sam's dad built it for him several years back. Sammy had to move to a new apartment and couldn't take it with him:( My sister Jenn really wanted us to have it! Brian with the help of his Dad and Paul, Small Paul and Randy moved it here last week! I pressure washed it and stained it, UGGG:( Then we put some new play equipment on it. We love it Thanks Aunt Jenn and Sammy!
  • Jacob finally saved enough $$$$ to buy a Mini T electric car! We were very proud of his patience! He saved from Bday and his chore allowance.
  • Brian and Jacob went to the Dayton Air Show, that ended early due to a tragedy. They had a very good time while they were there!
  • We had a very fun play day with Lindsey my niece and her mommy Leanna! Lindsey gave all of us some good laughs:)

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Well I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying your summer, it is too quickly passing!