Monday, November 07, 2016

Embrace Your Village

The older I get, the more I appreciate the people surrounding my family that help us survive. What in the world would I do without our Village??
 It seems that, as a society, we are isolating ourselves through judgement all around us. Who in the world would want to do this by themselves?!?
We all know that proverb "It takes a village to raise a child." The Lord knew what he was doing when he gave us community. This is not a one-person job. Not only the job of raising kids (which is terrifying on a daily basis). The job of LIFE.

I am still feeling quite sick at my stomach as I think about facing the voting polls tomorrow for our most memorable election in my lifetime, at least. I'm very much not looking forward to it, yet I will somehow make it there and fill in the boxes, maybe with my eyes closed. (only partially joking...)

As I was putting the boys to bed tonight, Henson says, "Did you know that sometimes the computer tells lies?" I was kind of glad he realizes this, but also terrified about what he seems to already know...
"Yes, I did." I said. "We have to be careful about what we read, or look at on the computer because it is man-made."
In all seriousness, Henson replies, "OH, I know! Like, one time I someone wrote that an octopus has 10 tentacles. I just wanted to say 'WHAT?!? Are you kidding me??' That's what I would say."
Relief! I was preparing my "stay calm at all times and never show shock/horror/that you are going to faint at what comes out of their mouths" face. But, luckily this time, I did not need it. *raised hands to the heavens above*
I might have gotten off easy tonight, but I know I need to be prepared. I need to prepare my sons. Thank goodness for our Village!!

It is so easy to put all of the burdens of life, raising kids, doing things "perfectly" as our sole responsibility. With all of the various ways that we can be told how we can be doing better, how we are not doing something right, who to vote for, or not, and why you are the worst human ever for whatever you think...but my goodness that is exhausting. I get sucked in way too often, and I can't live up. Our country is going to change after this election, and I am so thankful to know that my kids will grow up knowing to respect the laws, but that there is a greater Law Maker whom their Village is behind. I pray they grow up with the confidence to discern what they see or hear online, in person, TV, or whatever futuristic gadget or technology will exist in 5-10 years. But, my goodness, L or I cannot do it by ourselves. We will always know that God is there to back us up in times of uncertainty (again, daily). But, I can also be assured that they are gaining that confidence through an earthly village of people who care about them, and want the same for them.
I am grateful for our Village!

My family is beyond blessed to have our Village: family that would do anything for us; a wonderful church family and small group that we can't imagine life without; a fantastic school for our kids that provides just what they need away from home; awesome neighbors that really care and are so much fun; our Ghanaian family that are growing us and our kids - whom they haven't even met yet - in immeasurable ways;
I am grateful for our Village!!

I hope that others see their village for the value that it brings. Everyone needs one. I hope that I continue to value my village and to teach my kids to love it and utilize it.

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Friday, October 21, 2016

Playing some catch up - Mid-Aug. - Sept. - here we go

The boys started school: Henson-2nd & Simon - K

Mrs. Lalli (and yes, Simon did that on purpose)

Mrs. Fowler's class (so happy to have her!)

                           Simon lost his first tooth - during church                             - came out in the gum he was chewing

We had our annual Village of Hope Kick Off in Journey Land at MRCC. Henson got to help show how fufu was made.

First day of Dine Out Week for Heartbeat for Hope

Fred & Faustina Asare, and Francis Sosu made an unexpected visit to Edmond and were just in time to participate at Cane's for Dine Out Week!
Fred, Faustina, Francis and his friend from Texas with some of our Heartbeat for Hope Board.

We celebrated Sprocket's 2nd birthday with our neighbors. 

Henson played his first season of soccer.

I organized, and survived, the Clegern School Walk-a-Thon fundraiser.

Aug through September was the busiest we have been in several years in a concentrated amount of time. Our family 'does' busy pretty well. But by the last day of September (Walk-a-Thon day) I almost couldn't remember my name. 
Now, on to the next busy chunk of the year - 
holiday season.

Friday, July 08, 2016

The glorious aroma of bug spray, sunscreen, and little kid body odor can only mean it's the greatest week of the year.

 Don't let this face fool you to think he was sad to be at camp. It is the face of a kid totally embarrassed that his mom is in his cabin taking pictures when she has so clearly overstayed her welcome (all of 10 minutes on the ground). But, I was the same way about camp, so I totally get it and was glad to leave him to get on with the best week of his year.

I live for texts from various camp volunteers with snippets of my kid's day.

This one was my favorite.

Feeling the love from his haul of mail during his whole 3 days of camp. Reason enough right there.

His countdown for next year has already begun.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

sid shuffle fundraiser

Have you ever had one of those moments with your kids where you think "they might just turn out alright!" That happened to me in Sept. of '16, and I will document this as one of the proudest moments of my life thus far.

Henson was teaching our neighbor friends the Sid Shuffle dance he learned at school one afternoon, and somewhere in there decided he wanted to teach the dance to other people to raise money for Heartbeat for Hope
He made a plan, set the location, made some signs, organized his "committee" (the neighbor friends)& spread the word. He had a great turnout at Hafer park.

Our awesome neighbors brought their snow cone machine & sold them for $1.

Our fabulous neighbors
Fabulous Ms. Karla who came to support him

Fabulous Mrs. Cowan-Draper, his principal

He rocked the portable mic & speaker combo.
This was what I see as his passion in action. 
Grateful for all who came out to support him and the cause.
I love this kid!

Monday, April 18, 2016

10 years and all I got was this video

A.K.A. The most fabulous anniversary present I would have ever wanted. I much prefer homemade gifts to bought ones any day. The hubs knows that and busted out an original song AND movie for me. He sold me on another 10+ years!

Monday, April 11, 2016

5? Excuse me!?!

I almost cannot even write this. I just can't believe Simon is already 5!!
I'm in some hardcore denial over here. 
This kid has given me joy and his more-than-fair share of challenges in the pasts five years. 
He is my proof that there is plenty of room in your heart for each child, but in a completely different way. (how can kids be so different from the same genetic line??)
 He is full of sweetness, and balances that out with ornery. He still loves puppies, loves to draw, loves junk food, loves music, loves a good joke, and loves books. 


 I love you Simon Charles!