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Three years later

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I’m home again!

It’s absolutely insane how working outside the home gobbles up all my “free” time, because any free time is spent with the kids, doing housework, with Scott or checking on family.
Family, a lot has changed in three years. Noah moved out of the house in the spring of 2017 to go live with Scott’s parents who needed someone around just to keep an eye on things. That was a great help for them as well as being a baby step to living on his own. In February of this year (2018) Scott’s dad fell ill and was hospitalized for 5 months until he passed away July 27. During that time, the remaining boys, Sam, Max and Jack took turns going to the grandparents house to be an extra layer of help. We called them “safety sitters” because they sat with Nana, fixed her meals and kept an eye on her. We got her a cat thinking that would be a welcome distraction, it was, but it was also a hinderance. She fell outside while going after the cat. Thankfully she didn’t break anything (that time) but did hit her head pretty hard. She was hospitalized for a few days, and was actually at the same hospital on the same floor as Papa, and were able to sit together and watch the news. Nana has vascular dementia, which is a lot like Alzheimer’s, and it’s really devastating to watch her go through this. The biggest blessing however, is that her mood is generally good and she’s almost always happy. In September we moved her to a facility closer to us, and now we get to see her several times a week, and know that she is getting fed, getting her medicines and being watched after. It was an adjustment for her, but she seems to be doing well enough. She did fall and break her hip, but didn’t need a full replacement, and now she is wheelchair bound. It’s sad to think that the woman who would walk 3 miles with me after dinner, will never walk again.

After the boys had been gone so much, I really started praying for God to make a way for me to be home again, but also be able to contribute to the financial needs of the household. Three teenage boys eat a LOT and we always need more food or milk. I remember driving out the driveway to work (oh, new house, I’ll update that too) and praying “God, I want to be home, I know YOU want me to be home. The boys need me, and I need them. Whatever supernatural thing you can do, because I have no ideas whatsoever how I can be home AND make money, please Lord, if it’s Your will, do it.”
About two weeks later I was texting a company in regards to a product that I had purchased and was having a little issue with. It was about 9 at night and someone replied right away. I just said “If you ever need someone to do this job, I’m your gal”. Thinking I’d get a haha or just silence. A few minutes later they said “we are looking for someone, send us your resume at xxxx@companyname.com” and before the night was out I had done that. Then I got an email saying “fill out an application here”, and I did that too. The next day or so I didn’t hear anything back, then it was the CEO reaching out to me, saying she wanted to call for an interview. I did that interview from the car in the parking lot at the bank right before starting a mid-day shift. Then I got an email a week or so later saying I needed to schedule another interview, this time skype style. WOWZERS, it was a few weeks later and I was on vacation at the beach, and I was getting so antsy, I just had to know, did I get the job? I emailed one of the interviewers and she quickly replied saying someone would be emailing me soon, if they hadn’t already. The rest is history, I got the job, gave my 2 weeks notice at the bank and started training. So what’s the job? I do customer service from home, from the comfort of my own desk, kitchen table, couch, wingback chair, etc. Actually, I have all the apps needed for the job downloaded to my phone, so I can even go on a road trip and work so long as I know I’ll have reliable cell service. Amazing! I answer emails to the company, help customers when they’ve inadvertently put in the wrong address, and reply to texts on Instagram and FaceBook. It’s so much fun! I’ve got several teammates spread across America, and so far we seem like a great team and all very supportive and encouraging of each other. I’ve been home now since Sept 22 and it’s been so great. The boys are getting caught up with school, they’ve got a good routine going and as a family, we are doing very well.
I’ve got more updates to put out, we moved in September of 2017 to a log cabin a few miles away from Painter Farm (God gives us the neatest houses!) and we’ve got a new addition to the family.
Another time.
God Bless you and Keep you.

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Magical tunnel

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Today’s Daily Post question. “You’ve been given the ability to build a magical tunnel that will quickly and secretly connect your home with the location of your choice — anywhere on Earth. Where’s the other end of your tunnel?”

It has to be on earth of course, that stumped me because my gut response was HEAVEN of course. I mean really, I’m ready to go!
So then I thought about where would I like to be, or who would I like to see, at the virtual drop of a hat? I asked the kids for their answers before forming mine.
My answer is this, I’d like the other end of my tunnel to be in the woods behind my best friend Geri’s house. I wouldn’t put myself right INTO her house, because that’s rude, and I wouldn’t put myself in the drive way because I’d get run over! But the woods behind Geri’s house is quite peaceful, and I could pop over for a little bit of squirrel hunting if I did that sort of thing, but otherwise I’d just walk out of the woods and head to Geri’s back door, knock a few times and wait for her to answer. I’ve been missing her quite a bit lately and just last week called and asked if she could come over (it’s a four hour drive). I was hoping she’d drop everything and head my way but she already had plans as us mommas are inclined to do, and the soonest she could come is the end of this month. Well this tunnel will solve everything won’t it! Because it goes both ways, and she can come here and swim with me and her boys can come and build sand castles and let’s not forget about sharing Corner Bakery donuts and coffee together as often as we like! And we can all go there and my boys can play with her boys in the woods, shooting arrows and bb guns, and we can cook together and scrape the skins off potatoes together and study the Bible together. Oh this tunnel is the best tunnel here on earth. It stead of face time we’d yell “tunnel time!”
But that does bring me to my final thought, I’d rather a tunnel outside of earth, to heaven. Yes, I would. I am ready and waiting for my Lord Jesus to come for me. Even so, come Lord Jesus.

blurry memories of last fall

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Jumping for joy

Jumping for joy

all the cool kids JUMP

all the cool kids JUMP

I love love love the summer, and I dislike the freezing cold winter, but man do I really enjoy the spring and fall. The spring has promises of flowers and thawing and warmer days, and the fall has crunchy grass, late night fires and lots of bug free star gazing.
We are entering yet another new phase of our life, I’m going back to work soon and will be partnering full-time with Scott to continue the boys home education. Life is full of seasons and adjustments and like the waves we once loved to surf, you’ve got to let it knock you down, roll and protect, then get up, recover, and paddle right back out.
I appreciate your prayers as we enter into this new season.  This is an exciting path we are taking and I pray that in the end we are all better for it.

Eleven is a big number

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I remember coming home from Walmart with a 13 month old on my hip and a kindergarden boy and calling Scott “I think today is the day. Don’t rush, but I think it’s today”. We went on to the hospital around 7pm and were sent home “You’re only four centimeters along ma’am, we’ll see you back tomorrow. You’ll be ready then.”  I got into the big red van that we bought when we found out we were expecting baby number 3 and Scott drove me home. Something happened on that ride home and things kicked into gear real quick. He got me home and into a warm tub where I moaned like something out of Africa, and little baby Sammy came into the bathroom and pet my arm in sympathy, always the encourager even then.  Scott arranged for a friend to come over and watch Noah and Sam, got chicken nuggets in the oven and barely got me back into the van. We arrived at the hospital at 9p.m.  and I refused to lie on my back, telling the nurse “you can check me like this!” (on all fours). A quick 45 minutes later and John D. Maximus was born. My little Max, red and snoring from day one, always such a love bug and just wanted to be cuddled. Not much has changed but I see the future and it’s going to be really good for whoever he marries. He loves to cuddle, loves to shop and is a very good listener and doesn’t talk too much. I only wish to cultivate a stronger and deeper love and longing for Jesus within him and pray each day that I will, that God will.

waiting for his birthday cake

waiting for his birthday cake

Max asked for a very specific cake, he wanted a “Portal” cake, after one seen in a video game of the same name. I think I hit it out of the ball park, go ahead and google it, I’ll wait. Now scroll down to see how mine turned out.

scratch baked cake, store bought icing

scratch baked cake, store bought icing

After we had our little family party (it was what he asked for, just family) I took him outside for a few pictures to document him at this age.

What a handsome fella

What a handsome fella

Happy Birthday Max. I love you more today than I did that night you burst onto the scene!

the brother–home school

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Rachel has been home schooling all the kids together since Booker started school; Booker and Lily are almost the same age, at 6 and almost 6 respectively, there birthdays are just a few months apart. Before that Tucker and Harper had been at the fancy private school in town, but then when Nikki started to travel with her book signing, it was really inconvenient to have to pull them from school and take them with her, hire a tutor to come along and eventually she started to consider “home schooling” them, which for her meant to hire a full time tutor/nanny. Once Booker turned 4, Rachel suggested letting her start homeschooling them all together, besides, she’d already been taking care of Booker as an infant alongside Lily, practically raising him as Lily’s twin brother, this felt like a natural progression. It was a bit more to handle than she realized at the time, but as with all things mommy related, give it time and the kinks work out. Not long after the kinks were worked out Nikki called and said she was expecting another baby, and would Rachel mind taking care of this one as well. In case you were wondering, Nikki does pay Rachel, she doesn’t pay her “professional” nanny fee’s mind you, but she does more than enough to cover the food that the kids eat, the electric that they consume and all the school supplies that Rachel goes through, and even enough for Rachel to set aside enough for that one rainy day when she can finally be a little selfish. In addition, Rachel and Lily get their “Without them I couldn’t have written this book” credit at the beginning of each and every one of her lovely children’s books. Yep, without them, tending to her children, she couldn’t write children’s books. Whatever happened in her life that left her so devoid of emotions for her own flesh and blood? That’s fodder for another book my lovelies, back to this one.