Saturday, June 30, 2007

How to win a husband's heart...

Some may say it's through a good meal, but then you'd eat my cooking.

Some would say it's through complete obedience, but then you'd meet me.

This is how I won my husband's heart this week...

his new toy!

As I write this, he is upstairs happily vacumming away. And let me just say, this vacuum is awesome!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Arguing with the Almighty

Last night, Mark and I watched Bruce Almighty in attempts to get ourselves prepped for Evan Almighty. I can not recommend Bruce Almighty for family viewing, not even really for "appropriate" viewing because of a few scenes that are less than noble coupled with a few choice curse words, but nevertheless, this movie makes me laugh out loud!

I have seen this movie several times and I still find it so funny! I love how the main character, Bruce, played by Jim Carrey, constantly and consistently talks to God, argues with God, whines at God, mopes to God, etc. I find it strangely familiar!

In one of my favorite scenes. Bruce is driving somewhere fast, asking God to show him a sign. Begging Him to tell him what to do. Of course, God, in His wonderful sense of humor, places many signs, obstacles, and bumps in Bruce's path, but Bruce doesn't see them because he is too consumed with yelling at God to show him a sign!!

I must admit that I have acted similarly myself on many occasions. I love how God still embraces us when we act so silly! Does He look down at us and giggle? I must offer Him many opportunities for a good belly laugh.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

I am being traded!

OK, sometimes Sitemeter gives me some interesting information, but this one was a first for me and I have NO idea how it works. If anyone can shed some light, I'd be interested in learning more.

Friday, June 22, 2007

She's Sweet 16!

This week has been so full of joy and happiness as we have come together for our 3rd annual Shine Retreat! What made this one even more special? The blessing of our daughter's 16th birthday!

We were so blessed to be able to have many of her friends, all wonderful and truly amazing examples of Christian lives. We did miss those who weren't able to be with us, but know that they were there in spirit!

You can read a wonderful account of the event here on Mickey Miss' blog. I would try to write my own, but hey, I'm on vacation and my brain is not in "think" mode! So I'll hijack hers!

A huge highlight this past week was the visit from some of our cousins from Michigan. It always so hard to say goodbye and can't wait until the next time we see one another. And now that I know that they sometimes read this blog, I get to say HI GUYS!!!!!!!!!

Let's see if they can figure out how to comment...

Now on the subject of 16 year olds, I must say, it has been a true joy to raise one. Bean is such a wonderful person, such a thoughtful, caring, and loving soul. Her family and friends adore her. She is definitely a 16 year old girl, complete with mood swings, but she holds herself to a very high standard and usually lives up to that standard.

Being her mother, I try to find the times to tell her how much she means to me. But, I usually fail. I know we all remember how hard it was to talk with our parents when we were teens. But I assure you, it is just as hard, if not harder to talk with your teen when you are the parent. They feel we don't understand them, and we only wish they could understand us.

I know she reads my blog, so taking advantage of this moment, I hope you will indulge this mom and let me tell my sweet little girl a few things.

Bean, you are awesome. You are beautiful. Beautiful to look at and beautiful inside. You inspire me to be a better person, a better mother. I am sorry that I don't say thank you for all of those things you do that I don't seem to recognize. They do not go unnoticed, just unmentioned.

I know that sometimes, well, ok, a lot of times, your parent's rules don't make a whole lot of sense, but believe this. These rules are one way that we tell you we love you. We love you enough to be nosy. We love you enough to be embarrassing and ask questions that might make you cringe. We love you enough to say "no". We love you enough to say, "you must".

Perhaps one day, God will bless you with children and then some of what we done might make more sense. Maybe it won't.

Do not go to bed tonight without knowing this. YOU ARE LOVED! You are so loved! Each day we pray that we are doing the right things for you, the things that God wants us to do for you. Each day, you make us proud. You make us smile. You make us deeply grateful to have a daughter like you!

As you grow into young adulthood, never forget that we are always here for you. We are always a safe place, even when you are afraid that we won't understand. Know that we will NEVER abandon you. We will ALWAYS support you. We will FOREVER love you.

You are our living angel.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Happy Birthday, Bean!

More about the Sweetest 16 Luau you've ever seen when we are back from vacation.

For now, a preview...

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Busy, Busy, Week!

(this is a picture of Nyokki. His hair finally grew and he needed a hair cut, so Lem took a before shot)

This week has been a blur! This was Mark's first "official" week home, although he did go into the clinic a couple of hours here and there to try and tie up a few loose ends.

The business is growing at a nice pace, which is a relief since we've thrown all caution, (and some may argue, common sense), to the wind and left the world of working for others. We are officially self-employed and I have a few sleepless nights to prove it!!

The week started off with a bang with Boo having a seizure. Thankfully, he responded well to the fever reducing medicines and didn't have any more.

This was also testing week at Tae Kwon Do which is always busy. Fish tested yesterday and earned his BLACK BELT in Karate Kubs! WOO HOO!! Go Fish!! He is so very proud of himself and we are very proud of him as well. It seems like it was just a few months ago that he started this journey. But it has been almost two years. He will likely move up to the regular TKD program in the late fall, depending upon his ability to handle the class length and the physical demand required for the more complex forms. I am not in any rush to have him move on. He is so happy where he is.

Also, a great friend of ours, Christian, received his 1st Degree Black Belt on Thursday. We are VERY proud of him and all of his hard work and dedication that he has demonstrated on his journey. He is an amazing young man!

Today Lem and I ran a race. She hung in there for the whole duration in spite of the heat and humidity. You can read more about that on my running blog.

We are on the final count down to SHINE III! I can't wait! This week will prove to be even busier than the last, so I am not sure if I'll be posting much. I promise to take lots of pictures and post them as soon as I can!

The Fishism of the week was this. Fish has been working on getting his chores done each day. If mom and dad think he did his best work, he gets a quarter. On Tuesday, he earned one and ran downstairs crying, "Look Daddy! I've got toppins!" Can you guess what we have been watching??

Monday, June 04, 2007

We knew it was coming...

We just didn't know when. All of my sons seem to have seizures with fevers, even fevers that aren't very high. We've been waiting to see if Boo developed them as well. This morning at 2:30 am, when I couldn't figure out why I was laying there wide awake, the seizure reared its ugly head.

Boo is fine, Mom and Dad a bit shaken, but all in all we did pretty well. No mommy screaming "CALL 911!!" No extreme freaking out, just alot of silent praying and holding of the little one. This was followed up by a 4am showing of Elmo in Grouchland which always makes Boo happy!

Why this picture you ask? Because it makes me smile! How about you?

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Life Lesson for Fish

Life Lesson #1

Leapsters are NOT washable.

Life Lesson #2

If you ask your older brother to pinch you, and he does, it will probably hurt.

Kim's Site

Kim's husband, Kirk has had a few moments to get her website up and running. You can visit here... Kim's Site
Updates will come as he is able to put them up. Continue with prayers. We need to cover this family in them.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Who can it be now??

Who can it be knocking at my door?
Make no sound, tip-toe across the floor.
If he hears, he'll knock all day,
I'll be trapped, and here I'll have to stay.
I've done no harm, I keep to myself;
There's nothing wrong with my state of mental health.
I like it here with my childhood friend;

Just another Men at Work moment around the FTroop Farm!

Prayer Request Update

We were able to visit with our friend Kim today and she is doing well. Her speech is coming back, though not as quickly as she would like! I can only imagine how frustrating this must be for her.

The news is not the best, however. She has a glioblastoma. As she said tonight, "I am a fighter, I am a fighter." Please continue to pray for Kim, her husband Kirk, and their sweet daughter Mackenzie. I know they are coveting all of the prayers they can right now.

A website is being set up for the friends and family of Kim to keep updated. I'll post the site as soon as it is ready.