summer 2011

summer 2011

Paul and I, all 16 kids and Ashley, Benjamin's wife...Christmas 2012

Paul and I, all 16 kids and Ashley, Benjamin's wife...Christmas 2012

Friday, July 22, 2016

well I blinked and two whole days went by...

Yesterday we went to our friends' pool...soaked up the sunshine and played with small children...and too soon, it was time to get out and go home, to get ready for the concert...Zac Brown. It was too much, but fun.

This morning, Paul and I, Mirielle, Kathryn, Evelyn, Suzanne, Sonja, Jonathan, Charlotte Claire, and Camille went to services for Uncle Allan..he passed away a few weeks ago, Paul's mom's last remaining sibling. :(

The heat wave continues here, I have been in the pool three times today. We at taco salad out on the deck, then went in for another swim. The house is warm, but it's nice. It's summer. I had a light beer with a slice of lime, which has lasted me like two hour, I like the taste of it tastes like summer.

The zucchini and yellow squash are coming in, the tomatoes are starting to turn pink, we might get some sweet corn, and hopefully lots of melons. Our flower garden is blooming, and the grass is barely growing because of no rain. We get these scattered storms that bring maybe a downpour, maybe some sprinkles, then pass by. Not enough. Thankfully our well is deep, and we have had enough to water the garden and keep the pool full.

I do like summer...bare feet and the sound of crickets and soft ice, I haven't in a while, but...I am thinking about it. Maybe tomorrow...maybe not. I have to think about what I eat, decide whether I can or not, and usually I shouldn't, but also...I have to LIVE. :)

Paul's cleaning up the kitchen, listening to Journey...I am a lucky girl...oh, and all the teenagers are getting along at the moment.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

and it's wednesday....

A lovely summer morning...woken early by Duke, barking to come in...which is ironic, because the teenagers were up late watching a movie, and had let him out, and he barked to come back in and they didn't hear him...I was already asleep by 12:18, and rrr, came out here and let him in...sleep is overrated anyway, right?

The cat had kittens in a laundry hamper, a fact discovered by Miss Char, who dropped a pair of undies in there and realized Kitty was in there, then saw spotted things...the new kittens! Now, we didn't mean to have kittens again, although the kids said they were hoping, of course. She needs to be spayed, after these kittens are given away, although the kids will no doubt try to convince me of the absolute cuteness of one or another of them, and beg to keep it. We dodged it last time, and gave them all away...ugh.'s a lovely summer morning, the sun is shining, and I hopefully don't have to go anywhere. The doctor's office called this morning and set up the MRI for Sonja for the second of August, then the followup appt. with the ortho dr. on the 9th of August,la-dee-dah. No hurry. For them. I guess it's another opportunity to lay hold of patience.

Kids are up and about, and chattering in excitement about the new babies...they are absolutely thrilled...six of them. Six new kittens. I feel bad that I wasn't with mama when she birthed them, she's a people kitty, and last time wanted to be pet and reassured during labor. But part of me is relieved that it's all over, because I get so anxious...worried the poor things aren't breathing, and but kitty knows what she's doing.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

from the word go!

A day out with six of my daughters...I wasn't going to go to the library today because I had an appointment for Miss Sonja in the small city in the afternoon, and the library is in the other direction...but first I had to bring the minivan to town for an oil change, and a few other things...and Paul had a book ordered that he I had renewed our books the max amount, and really had to get them I wanted another book, and the girls wanted off we went to the library.

Then...Target. I don't regret it, I got Jonathan three shirts and a pair of pants, a pair of jeans for me ($8!), and other various necessities, like folders and notebooks for school.

Home...for ten minutes...Evelyn decided to stay home with the little girls, but Kathryn and Suzanne went with Sonja and I. The appointment with the orthopedic doctor was inconclusive, as she has to get an MRI. The dr. was very sober and serious, he said he rarely sees such an injury in such a young girl, and hopes it's not a tear in the meniscus or a torn ACL, or possibly a hairline fracture of the patella. Sonja went into the exam room full of hope, half convinced it was nothing, and was getting better...but the doctor seemed to think it was pretty serious.

So. We wait, and encourage Sonja not to think the worst. She said she didn't WANT to have bad knees, she wants to play soccer, she wants to run. She almost started to cry. Well, I told her, lots of people have things wrong they don't WANT. We don't get to choose our trials. And, I told her, it doesn't help to get worried about what we don't know yet, but hey, if she wants to cry a little, she can cry. She's been through a lot in the last few days, with hobbling around on crutches and the pain.

So this week, more appointments, a concert (Zac Brown), then next week Ben and Ashley and Anya come. In between, just lounging around in the sunshine reading library books, ha.:)

Monday, July 18, 2016

the glad game...

So this morning, I had to play the Glad Game. You know, Pollyanna? She wanted a doll for Christmas, but in the missionary barrel was a pair of crutches, so she decided to just be glad she didn't need the crutches...anyway.

This morning, I woke up to SURPRISE, Duke should have gone out one more time before bed last night! He's getting old, and he doesn't always hold it 'til morning...not just pee, either. A nice trail from Jon's room, down the hall, in the living room. It took the better part of an hour to clean it all up. For some reason, while I was cleaning it up, and counting my blessings rather than cursing the dog, I started thinking of my son Benjamin, and what a blessing he is. I texted him, and ended up calling him, we had a wonderful conversation. We talked about being happy about having a job instead of complaining about having to go to work (him, not me).

Having pets isn't always all sunshine and wagging tails, especially when they get old. In my humble opinion, the blessings far outweigh the trials, but then I don't have young children underfoot as I clean poop off the carpet. In the old days, our dogs only could go on the rug inside the door, not have free reign of the living room like our two Labs have now. They are part of the family.

Anyway. My day started out pretty $hi##y, ha. Because no matter how you look at it, it's not pleasant to step in it.

I'm waiting on a call from the Dr.'s office regarding Sonja. They have to review the report from the E.R. to decide which dr. she needs to see, and when to fit her in. Such is life, the mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.(prov 16:9)
We were thinking of our Adirondack trip this week. ha.

I can't help it, my heart is heavy about Sonja. She LOVES soccer. She lives and breathes it. She follows the international games, and talks about it all the time. She practices with Jonny every day, and lives for practices, games, and tournaments. She is hoping to be better by next month for the big tournament. And hopefully she will be. But I have my doubts, and I hope I'm wrong. I am thinking if she has ligament trouble to any extent, it's going to be a long road ahead, and not out of the realm of reality for her to never play again, but again, that is me crossing bridges before I get to them, jumping right off of them. I love her so much, don't want to see her suffer, don't want to see her face if/when she realizes the extent of the impact of this knee accident. I hate this part of being a parent. I hate how I hurt so much for them, how there's nothing I can do to ease it for her.

We did stop for Chinese take-out on the way home, and I got her a raspberry iced tea from Dunkin. The interesting thing is that I have been thinking so much lately how I need to spend some time with her, and voila! I got to spend the day with her! And yes, ha, my hair was clean.

So I am trying to be hopeful, trying to get myself in the right frame of mind, because I know that God causes all things to work together for the good. I know that. But that doesn't mean that my heart doesn't hurt when my kids suffer. That is one of the things that's hard about loving them all so much, it's such a vulnerable feeling. They hurt, I hurt.

But on a good note, Camille likes to get me coffee, especially if I let her get a cup for herself...she only gets an inch, but she likes to be big.

On another good note, Benjamin, his wife Ashley, and little Anya are coming again from Washington state at the end of the month!!!

And, Abigail and Margaret are coming home from Norway in August! They've been gone for a full year!!!

And on a really really good note, Paul and I are going on a little trip in August....:)

Sunday, July 17, 2016

never a dull moment episode # one million and one

So Sonja came in from playing soccer last evening escorted by our friend Erica, who is a nurse, who worked in orthopedics for a few years so she knows her stuff. Erica was helping Sonja into the house, accompanied by Suzanne, who let me know, "Sonja's hurt!", causing my stomach to tumble before my head even comprehended....the bandage wrapped around her knee had a red logo, which at first glance looked like bright red blood, and calm cool collected mom that I am, oh dear. Joseph told me later that I always think the worst. "That's not true!", I said. "I didn't think at all, I just almost fainted."

Anyway. It wasn't THAT serious, but she was in some heavy duty pain. She iced and elevated last night, then I took her in first thing this morning to the E.R. Oh, the emergency room on a sunny Sunday... there was too much going on: a man who couldn't stop crying, causing the nurse to reassure him that it was fine to cry, after all, it's not everyday you get hit by a car. The man who had multiple abscesses on his leg and since there were no rooms left, was in the hallway outside our room, cuddling up with his girlfriend on the hospital bed reading the newspaper. There was an old man who insisted he was okay to go home..."just give me some antibiotics, and I'll be fine!" No one listened to him, they admitted him. Then there was a young man who had done something to warrant having a security guard placed outside his door.

We were only there for four and a half hours to find out that nothing was broken, which is good, but there is lots of fluid behind her kneecap, which is bad. It could mean a torn ligament. It could just be a tiny tear which will heal itself with lots of rest, or it could be a surgery situation. We'll go into the orthopedic office this week and find out. In the mean time, Sonja thinks she's going to be back to playing soccer sometime soon, and I am just not thinking so.

She kept herself busy in the E.R. thinking about what she wanted to eat...she decided on Chinese takeout.

Anyway. Never a dull one.

Our plans to visit the Adirondack amusement park are put on hold for a bit.

And now I must say goodbye because I have daughters here talking to me, oh poor me, ha.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

the sweetness of summer....

Char, Cam, and Dani painted the vase for me.:)

Jonathan and Suzanne...shh, don't tell Jon, I am not sure he knows that Suze gave him a virtual floral headband.

Paul and I wandered out to the garden this morning, and picked some zucchini and a few summer squash. The rasberries are ripening (YUM!), and we will have peppers, tomatoes, and some corn soon.

He's at the dump, and I am here with just Charlotte Claire, Camille, and Evelyn. We had bacon and eggs, and texted someone regarding a lab puppy, and I half hope they don't reply. The kids are begging for a puppy, oh, they'll take care of it!
Duke here is a-hobbling along, but I'm thinking we won't subject him to another harsh New York winter, because if he slips on the steps like he does all the time, and it's icy, oh never mind. Duke is not at the top of his game anymore:( Anyway.

Today is rather a blank slate...warm and sunny-ish, and summertime...

Friday, July 15, 2016

so so sad....

Not only the people of France, but tourists from so many places...what a horrible thing. I cannot comprehend it. In the book of Luke it's written about wars and rumors of wars, and the failings of men's hearts from fear, how the powers of heaven will be shaken. I took comfort in, "But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and the cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch, therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man." Jesus spoke these words (chap 21, 34-36).

I took comfort because there isn't much I can do about world events, I can only pray, and "take heed to" myself, that I am not weighed down with the cares of this life. What can I do to be found worthy to escape these things?

This is the whole essence of my life.

It's easy to trust in God on a sunny day, but when these things happen, I honestly find myself quite terrified. And mad. And sickened. But all of mankind knows that ultimately, evil will not triumph over good.

And there is so much goodness in life. Today, I have three little girls here who are doing projects...

This is what the kitchen table looked like when I got up this morning. I didn't have them clean it up because their bottles needed more coats of paint.

They are hard at work now, I will take some pics of their finished projects later.

The side yard...

The pool this morning...

I took four girls out shopping yesterday.

Evelyn found some nice sneakers, which I got her for her birthday which is next month. We found cute clothes for baby Lydia and a few nice things for little Anya. After we got home, I took the little girls over to visit Grandma, then home again to grill burgers and see Lydia. She sat in the walker on the deck eating crackers and making us all smile while we had dinner.

Our weather has been glorious...we are needing some rain, but it has been so warm and sunny.

Tonight, Jason Aldean concert! I don't love working, but it's not too bad. It's nice to be with my friends.

With Emily at the Journey concert:)

I was thinking about a trip to the library, but the kids are so settled in doing crafts, maybe we'll wait...what's another few dollars in library fines? It's too busy to run around town then leave for the concert.

There are five kids here in the living room, and we are talking about important things, so bye for now...