Monthly Archives: July 2007

A Good And Faithful Servant

I wasn’t supposed to teach Vacation Bible School this week. Dot was. She was the first volunteer to sign up. That’s how it usually was. Dot would regularly show up to church half an hour early. She taught in Children’s Church. She helped in the AWANA Cubbies class. She collected their dues each week, a quarter, so she was the first face my boys saw as they entered the room. She participated in the Precept Bible Study. She visited people in the hospital. She volunteered for just about anything that needed done.

Nine years ago, as I was leaving the hospital with newborn Lauren, Dot was entering the hospital. She was coming to see us, bringing us an afghan she’d made. We were leaving earlier than she’d expected, and she’d barely caught us before we headed home. Standing at the entrance to the hospital, Dot welcomed baby Lauren into the world.

Dot made afghans for each of my babies. Not many people gave us gifts beyond the first baby, but Dot celebrated each baby with a unique, home-made gift. She loved our family.

Two months ago, Dot became sick. Continue reading



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Miscellaneous Monday – July 30, 2007

This week is Vacation Bible School at our church. I’ll share 3 memories of VBS from when I was a child.

1. I remember Bible School at my grandma’s church the summer I was 4 years old. It was the summer before I started kindergarten, and I remember the classroom with the low table and little chairs. I met Dawn, who would be my friend throughout all of school and would be my college roommate for two years, plus a summer. Dawn’s mom was one of the teachers. Later, she would buy a toothbrush for me to keep at their house. Years after that, she would make pepperoni rolls and cookies and bring to our dorm room.

2. I remember Bible School on the lawn of my grandma’s church. I don’t remember the theme, but we traveled from center to center doing activities and playing games and making crafts that all related to the lesson. I think I remember something we made from brown leather. And I remember eating snacks and drinking Kool-Aid in the cool basement.

3. I remember Bible School at our tiny church. I remember Aunt Barbara helping us make bowls out of wooden craft sticks. It sat on my dresser for years holding watches and money and elaborately-folded notes my friends gave me at school.

**Bonus — I remember all the crafts from the 70’s — lots of macaroni art and things made from toothpicks or craft sticks and fuzzy little pom-poms.

How about you? What do you remember from VBS?


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My Eye’s Twitching And I Want Ravioli For Breakfast

Yesterday a friend’s eye was twitching. She was annoyed. I told her that my eye always twitched when I was pregnant. She assured me that wasn’t the case with her. Then, of course, we started talking about how we knew we were pregnant.

See, the eye twitch was part of what tipped me off with baby #4, Silas. I was still nursing Caleb, baby #3, who was 9 months old, and I didn’t even think it was likely for me to be pregnant. I had prayed several weeks earlier, asking God to give us another boy, a best friend for little Caleb, if He knew I wouldn’t go crazy having another baby so soon. But I didn’t really expect Him to answer so quickly. And so I wasn’t really expecting to be expecting. But my eye started twitching. Continue reading


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And, I must confess, I am so glad that site isn’t up and running any more. I really don’t need some stranger stumbling upon my looking like a fool every day. 🙂

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Because I know you are waiting with bated breath . . .

Yeah, I know. You’ve all been holding your breaths waiting for me to post the interviews with two more of my children. So here they are. 🙂

(And this will be the end of this mini-series. My oldest is away, and my youngest can’t really talk much.)

Interview with Caleb – age 6

What is your favorite color?

What is your favorite food?
Chicken legs

What is your favorite dessert?
Pies with strawberries on top

What is your favorite toy?
A play bulldozer

What is your favorite sport?

What is your favorite thing to play outside?
Baseball (“at home, that is”)

What’s your favorite thing to watch on TV?
Star Wars

What’s the best part of Star Wars?
When Luke takes Darth Vader’s mask off

What’s your favorite Bible story?
Daniel in the lion’s den

Where would you like to go on vacation?
Up to the mountains to camp

Anything else you want me to know?
My favorite thing is to climb trees in the mountains

Interview with Rachel — age 7, almost 8

What is your favorite color?

What’s your favorite movie or TV show?
The Brady Bunch

Who’s your favorite person on the show?

Cause she’s funny & does a lot of funny things

What is your favorite animal?
River otter

They’re so cute.

Who would you like to meet?

What’s your favorite Bible story?
Jesus’ Resurrection

What do you want to be when you grow up?
A missionary

Do you want to be a mom?

How many kids do you want to have?
As many as God wants me to

Where would you like to go on vacation?
Chincoteague (Note from Momma: Chincoteague, Virginia, where the wild ponies swim the last Wed. & Thurs. of July each year.)

Why Chincoteague?
Cause I’ve been there & it’s so much fun.

What’s the best part?
The ice cream shops

What’s your favorite book, aside from the Bible?
If You Give A Pig A Pancake

What’s the best sport?

What’s your favorite thing to do outside?
Ride my bike

Anything else I should know about you?
I love you.

Anything else?
I have a big family.

Do you like having a big family?

Why do you like it?
Cause if one kid is away, you still have a lot of other people to play with. There’s a lot of people to play with, a lot of things to do. It just makes you feel a lot better if you have a lot of people to play with and do things with.


Filed under Family, fun, motherhood, parenting

Yummy Soup!

It’s cool and rainy and dreary here today. The perfect day for soup!

We won’t be having this soup because we just had it, but this Chicken Fajita Soup earned a gold star from my family. My 6 year old said to tell everyone he ate 3 bowls and would have eaten 4 bowls but his tummy was too full.

Chicken Fajita Soup —

1 package fajita seasoning mix

1/3 cup water

1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces

2 Tbsp. minced garlic

2 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped

1 small red onion, chopped

*optional – 1 cup salsa

*optional – red and green peppers, diced

8 oz. cream cheese, cubed

16 oz. Velveeta, cubed

29 oz. chicken broth (2 cans)

1 can cream of chicken soup

* combine chicken pieces, fajita seasoning, and water in bowl or large ziploc and let marinate in fridge (at least 30 min. – I did it overnight)

* spray large pot with non-stick spray and add garlic and cilantro. Cook on medium-high heat for 1 min.

* add chicken and onions (and salsa and peppers, if preferred). Mix well and cook for 10 min. or until the chicken is cooked all the way through. (stir often)

* add cream cheese, Velveeta, cream of chicken soup, and chicken broth. Mix well. Cook on medium heat until all the cheese is melted. Stir occasionally.

We served it with rice on the side, and some of us mixed it in the soup. And we crumbled up Doritoes and mixed in (like crackers).


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Interviewing Your Children

I like to ask my children questions. It’s best to do this while snuggling. I enjoy learning new things about them. Today, I decided to officially interview them and record their answers. It will be fun to look back on these answers when they’re older. And they felt very important; after all, I was typing out their answers, word-for-word, as they said them.

Moms and Dads, I encourage you to interview your children. Grandmas and Grandpas, you might want to interview your grandchildren. It would even be fun to interview them on video camera.

Here are a couple of my interviews. Tomorrow, I’ll post a couple more. (My oldest child is not at home, so I won’t have an interview of hers to post.)

Interview with Jackson, age 3

What is your name?
Jackson Wade

What is your nickname?
Jack or Jack-Jack or Happy-Jack

What is your favorite color?

What is your favorite food?
I love spaghetti. Pizza

What is your favorite dessert?
Brownies and cookies

What is your favorite toy?

What do you like to play outside?
With a ball. A bike.

Where do you like to go?
Pizza Hut.

Anywhere else?
Another Pizza Hut.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
A big boy.

What does a big boy do?
Get gum. Get potty-trained. And get gum.

Interview with Silas, age 4, almost 5

What is your favorite color?
Red (Note from Momma: earlier today it was orange, and yesterday it was green)

What is your favorite thing to drink?
Chocolate milk and Sprite (Note from Momma: not mixed together.)

What is your favorite food?
Pizza and spaghetti

What is your favorite thing to play outside?
Jump on the trampoline

What do you like to watch on TV?
Batman or things I’ve never watched before

What is your favorite sport?

What’s the best part of church?
Doing instruments and eating

What’s your favorite dessert?
Your brownies and CiCi’s apple pie pizza and their cinnamon rolls and their brownies

What do you want to be when you grow up?
A dad, a person that works at CiCi’s Pizza

Why do you want to work at CiCi’s?
Because I want to give out the food at CiCi’s.

Anything else you want me to know?
My favorite restaurant is CiCi’s Pizza.

If you interview your child, feel free to share the results here in my comment section. 🙂


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