Tuesday, December 6, 2011

3,2,1........Then I'm There!

I am down to my 3 day countdown! It has been a long 3 months away from my husband but I am thankful for it! Here are some things that I have learned the past three months with Phil away. 1. I have drawn closer to my LORD and depend upon him more! 2. I have more patience with my children....because there is no one else to step in and help deal with them. 3. I am more confident in my decision making....because I have to make them all. 4. I REALLY don't like having to open salsa jars or any other kind of jar.....Davy ran it next door to MR. Lance to help open one! 5. I am waaaayyyyy more thankful for my husband! 6. Now this one....this is hard for me to say.......I miss Cooking!! NEVER thought I would say that! 7. I feel as though I can really say that I put my LORD first in my life. I struggle with keeping him there and not putting my husband and children first. 8. I am much more consistent with working out and eating healthier with Phil gone. I can do it when I want! 9. I don't find myself getting annoyed with anyone about anything. I have learned to appreciate the people I love while I have them. That will not always be the case! 10. I DO NOT like sleeping along. I'm not scared like I used to be, but I just don't like it! Those are just a few of things that I have learned or thought about. There are many many more! I am sure I will learn even more when he is gone the next time for 9 months! I can say that our marriage is better for it and that we are stronger! Thank you Lord for putting us through trials so that your strength can be manifest in our lives. " And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then I am strong." 2 Corinthians 12:9,10

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Bear hats!!!

Here's some hats that Miss Dawn got the boys!!! Thanks you Mr. Dawson and Miss Dawn!!!! We love them!!!
Davy wouldn't stay still long enough for me to get his pic!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

10 days to go......

So, I am pretty much done with everything I NEEDED to get done. I am almost ready to take the boys schooling back on Monday. I got all my Christmas shopping for the boys done except one kid. Which I'm doing Monday. I am also going to get my nails done before I go see Phil. Thursday I am going to pick Mom up from the airport and we are going to get pedicures. It should be fun!!!

I am working on congealing the last little bit of our stuff to throw into the back of the trailer at the last minute. We are enjoying our last couple of weeks, spending time with friends and family before we leave. I am really excited about the work the LORD has laid before us and can't wait to get busy. We are having a family Christmas on the 17th. My parents will be here, Heidi and Anthony, Josh, Ang, and the girls, Kim and Jim, and my WHOLE family!!! YAY! On the 18th. we are having a potluck at church after morning services so Phil can spend some time with everyone before we head out Monday morning.

We are really excited about the drive and the family time. I hope that you are all having a good week! Christmas is almost upon us!!

Friday, November 25, 2011

I changed my mind.....

I am going to do the 365 day photo challenge in January when we are settled in and life is a little calmer. Things are too crazy right now and I can't even seem to keep my head on straight. 14 days until I leave and I have a HUGE honey do list that seems to be growing every time I talk to Phil. Anyways, I will be glad when the next two weeks are over and most of my work is done! So, until next year....the photo challenge waits!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Day 2....oops!

I forgot to post it yesterday so I am catching up....pretty bad I missed it already! I'm a mess....oh well....I will keep going!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

365 Day Photo Challenge

Let's see if I can actually accomplish this like I want to! Here is Day 1.......

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Random Pics......

Instead of the Ten on Ten like I'm supposed to do I am posting random pictures when I feel like it. I guarantee by the tenth of December I will be doing Ten on Ten though!!!!

Thank you Daddy!

Here's some pictures of the boys and I with the little treats Phil sent to us! We just wanted to say Thank you Daddy!!! WE love you!!!

Bad Days.....

So, yesterday went like this...

Con                                                                                                  Pro

Wake up to frozen water                                                                  Call Pastor and he knows how to fix it
Heater in my bedroom keeps kicking off                                         Have the sweetest brother in the world
                                                                                                          come look at it and fix the problem
Truck horn gets stuck at eleven at night                                           Nice neighbor kid who looks like
because of cold weather.                                                                   mechanic, knocks on door and fixes
                                                                                                          the problem.

I had a good cry after a long day last night. It wasn't just a few things that went wrong it was mainly my ATTITUDE about the things that went wrong. For the most part it was a good day.....it just had a lot of THOSE moments in it. It's funny how we could let a few little things ruin our day. Yeah, things go wrong........but instead of looking at everything and saying "WHYYYYY MEEEEE"? Why not say thank you LORD for solving all of my little problems today with wonderful friends and family! I have to say I have never felt more blessed than I have the last couple of months. I have wonderful, amazing, sweet people who have done nothing but take care of us. I can honestly say I have NO idea what I would do without you all. You have taken care of me and the boys so well. It has been a blessing and it just solidifies even more in my heart and mind that we are doing God's will. I have such sweet peace in my heart even in the midst of chaos lately.

Now, that doesn't mean that I don't have my moments with a bad attitude......like yesterday. It just means that I have a good cry and thank the LORD even more for the things he has given and blessed me with. I may hate the cold right now but I am thanking the LORD for it..........who knows when I will get extrememe cold weather again?! I am sure everywhere I go there will be challenges......what matters is HOW I DEAL WITH THEM!! I pray the right way with the right heart.


Wednesday, November 16, 2011


I TOTALLY stink when it comes to putting pictures on here. I have been SO busy trying to get everything ready to load the trailer and stuff I haven't even had time to take any pictures. I will try to get a few this next week and try posting at least one picture a day! I like that idea. We have almost everything packed except what we HAVE to use. That will get thrown in at the end. I am praying everything fits in the trailer and I've been praying the LORD will answer my prayer concerning that. On the other hand, if it doesn't fit it doesn't fit. Not much I can do about it. The LORD has answered all my other prayers concerning this whole missionary endeavor and I am sure he will answer this one too. He has answered much smaller prayers.

I am excited that I have 23 days until I see Phil and it is going by quickly. I am so excited I can hardly contain myself. I still have quite a few things to get done but they are smaller things that aren't that big of a deal. I will be getting my school stuff taken care of for the boys next week and I will feel much better having that done. There's my update. I will try really hard to stay posting more than I have been! Sorry!

Friday, November 11, 2011

I missed it.....

So, I had every intention of posting my pics for ten on ten.....but I got busy and didn't get to it. I am going to post them tomorrow. I just didn't get a chance today either since I forgot my camera at my house when I came to Josh and Ang's. So, anyways, I will be doing it tomorrow!!!!

Monday, October 31, 2011

What a Week!!!

It was quite a week around here last week. Dad and I went to Palmer on Friday to get some long term food to store for them and some people from church. We left here about 8:00 Friday morning and didn't get home until around 8:00 Friday night. It was a LONG night. We took Jesse with us and he did pretty good until the very end when he was getting too tired.

We saw Chris Smith there and he took us out for lunch and we had a nice visit with him. He is doing good these days. I took some pictures I will post later. We stayed home Saturday and just lounged around for the most part since Dad's back was killing him. Sunday was church until the afternoon and then Mom and I played Scrabble. I have actually two of the ten games we've played. We had a lot of fun last night.

We got up this morning and went to the gym. I forgot my shoes so I couldn't run like I wanted to. I did some other stuff and then we had to get back home. Dad and Micah went to Homer to get the sheet rock lift and we are going to sheet rock the lid of the garage today. I think between the four of us it won't be so hard. It will be chilly out there though. I don't know what else we're doing but Mom is making a meatloaf for dinner and getting it ready. The boys are working on school. Not much else going on today. I think tomorrow will be a town day. I will take some pictures today and get some posted.

Oh, we also found the marshmallow shooters last night and had fun chasing each other around the house and shooting each other. Jesse and Roo can even do it and I think the boys have found something new to do.

We should hear something today about Dad's surgery so I will know better when I am going home. We will be going home Sunday afternoon/Monday. We are going to stop and stay at some friends cabin Sunday and then head the rest of the way Monday. If Dad is having back surgery in the near future we will be staying to help out. It all just depends on what we end up hearing. So, that's been our trip in a nutshell.

Friday, October 28, 2011

The Love Of My Life!!!

I never thought it possible to love someone so much until I got married. As the years pass.....I find I love him more in a deeper, more meanigful way. I miss him, there isn't a moment I don't think of him, but I know he's doing what the LORD wants and that makes me love him even more! We are halfway through our being apart this time and it's getting a little easier. In some ways. I love you Baby and can't wait to see you!!!

Saw this the other day and fell in love with it! I am going to have to get this at some point!!!! Love my soldier!!!!

The Chewy Dog!!!

Here are some pics of the Chewy's haircut and the boys new hats. They look so cute in their new hats and we all love how soft Chewy is now. She is doing so good. No pottying in the house and she's been going everywhere with us! She is turning into quite the family pet!!!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Papa's Surprise!

The boys had SUCH a good time today playing on the new kid four-wheeler that Papa bought! I even had a nice little ride on it before Papa lowered the governor. When they first got on it and started going Jonathan was driving FAST and Papa was chasing him with a rope on the back of the wheeler. He got his workout and we thought he was going to have a heart attack. Mom was definitely about to have one if Dad didn't!!!! It was a BLAST!!!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Snow Men!!!

Mr. Allen was sweet enough to help the boys make a Daddy sized snowman. They took pictures and Davy and Roo weren't helping since David had gotten hurt and Reuben didn't have any snowgear. These are for their Daddy who couldn't be here to help them! They said it was Phil sized!!! We love you Daddy!!!

Thursday, October 20, 2011


SO, as you all know we are Daddiless for now. Things are going really good but we do miss him. The boys are excited about leaving for Nana and Papa's on Saturday! We are working on getting school done so we can pack it up tomorrow and get everything ready to go! It takes a lot of packing for 5 people.

We heard last week that Phil's deployment got pushed back until August which was a blessing!!! That will give us about 8 months instead of 4 months to get settled in. They said it could possibly get pushed back even farther! We have been enjoying the time wtih everyone that we have this week while my parents are here.

I have gotten a lot of things packed this week so when we get home from my parents it shouldn't be as overwhelming. The next couple months are going to go by really fast! Phil got my ticket to fly down to see him so my Mom will fly up here the 8th. and I will leave VERY early the next morning to see him! She will be here watching the kids the whole time. I am sure they will have a great time! We are finishing school up the first week of December...,..well the 2nd of December. Then I will have the last week to goof off with the kids and get some last minute moving stuff done.

So, anyways, that is our life these days. I downloaded all my pictures off my laptop to disc so I will have to take some more pictures to post. I will try to post some pics every night at my parents house of all the cool things we're doing. Road trip pictures are first on the list!

So see ya later for now!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Random Pictures from this week.....

Angel's   Baby Shower Pics~


                                                  Really good pic of Mom!
                                                    Love this one of Ang and the one of Dawn and MOm!