Monday, October 11, 2010

All Boy

God didn't just bless me with boys. He blessed my with 4 boys that are all boy. If you add in Kerry and the dog, I am surrounded by 6 special people/animal that are all boy. I will admit that they do clean up well, especially for church on Sundays when collared shirts and khakis are a must for their momma. But on those summer days (that are now gone) when they have hours to play without interruption this is what they can be found doing. They spent many hours this summer playing "hunting" in our small backyard. The three little ones felt so proud to have big brother playing with them, especially hunting games.

Levi and Josiah with Silas in the dog house (aka their hunting blind)


Big brother Caleb all dressed up (notice Silas still in the dog house)


The two big brothers hanging out together

It's at times like these when I look at these pictures that I wonder why God has placed these 4 nature loving boys in a city. They long to be somewhere where they can chase creatures all day long, ride their bikes, and get dirty. They do get to ride their bikes. They have found creatures in our yard and neighbor's garage, and they do get dirty all the time. We have plenty of places around here to see God's creation but it takes planning and energy for me. I guess that means I need to get busy planning.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Success!


Caleb is a part of a program called the Element at church. One of it's main focuses is on serving. Caleb loves serving with little ones so he signed up to serve with the preschoolers. Levi has yet to feel comfortable going to "his class". We are so thankful that Caleb gets to serve with Levi. Levi was so excited to find out on Wednesday that Caleb would be one of his teacher. This morning he was still just as excited. When we got to "his class" he walked right in (Caleb was already there). The teachers appear to be great, and it helps that one of them is a man since Levi seems to bond easier with men than women. He came out beaming, because he was so proud that he had gone to class. I know it helped tremendously to have Caleb with him. He can hardly wait to go next week.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

The Owl Pellet


The owl pellet - yuck for mom, cool for Caleb. A few weeks ago, one of our science experiments called for an owl pellet. An owl pellet is the regurgitated remains of an owl's meal, including all of the bones of the animal it ate. Fascinating, right?

When our owl pellet came in the mail, Caleb was so excited. He had to wait several days for this science experiment, but it was well worth it to him. Caleb at times has a hard time focusing on things that don't interest him. I guess I can't blame him. He loved this activity so much he worked on it for over two hours. He was meticulous about finding all of the bones. The picture below is not complete. He added more bones after the picture. I was amazed at the focus it took him to do this all in one sitting or even at all. He loves creatures, even the remains of one.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Potty Learning Laughs


Silas has begun the fun phase of potty training/potty learning over the past few weeks. He does pretty good around the house as long as he is naked. He goes on his own and will hold up his hand at times and say no to inform me that he wants privacy when I try to accompany him to the bathroom. As soon as clothes are put on, he tends to forget about the potty. There was one day last week when he refused to wear a diaper when we had an errand to run. The errand ended up taking us all morning. He stayed dry (with multiple trips to the bathroom) until the last few minutes when we were headed home. He told me that he needed to go, but I was trying to make it home before stopping. That one was definitely my fault.

Yesterday, Caleb had a baseball game. FYI - we spent 3 and 1/2 hours at the baseball field that day with practice, game, and packing up all of our gear that keeps 3 younger brothers entertained during a long game. Towards the end of the game, Josiah needed to go to the bathroom. Fortunately, the boys and I were sitting in a grassy area by the outfield that just so happened to be near the bathrooms. As I was standing at the door to the men's bathroom for Josiah (one at a time type of bathroom), Levi tells me he needs to go and heads on in. I was holding the door open a little bit (not many people around) to let in some light. Then, Silas tells me he needs to go. I told him to hang on as Levi was telling me he needs help since the toilet is too tall. I was not about to enter the men's bathroom, so I told Levi that I would take him to the girl's bathroom. At this time, I glance up to see that Silas has taken off his shorts and diaper outside in order to go potty. I'm just thankful that there was only one little boy around. I scooped Silas up trying to cover him up a little while helping Levi get dressed again in order to go to girl's bathroom. Silas really did need to go potty, but I sure wish he would have waited to get inside the bathroom. At least I can laugh about it.

Friday, October 01, 2010

Happy 40th Birthday, Kerry!


My sweet, dear husband is celebrating 40 years of life today! Life with him keeps me on my toes. There is one thing about Kerry that is constant and that is he is constantly changing, always wanting to try something new. Here are 40 things that you might or might not know about him.

1. He is the baby in his family.
2. He grew up in a small town in East Texas called Gladewater.
3. He is an Eagle Scout.
4. He got his degree in Forestry at Stephen F. Austin.
5. He worked as a professional forester for a few years in Arkansas before God called him into full time ministry.
6. While at seminary, he was a security officer on campus for a time.
7. He is a good golfer even though he rarely plays.
8. He has his pilot's license (although not current)
9. He got his scuba diving license and bought all the gear before Caleb was born. The scuba gear has long been sold.
10. He did get to use the above scuba diving gear while in Cozumel and Honduras.
11. He enjoys traveling to other countries sharing about Jesus.
12. Since flying is an expensive hobby, he tried remote control airplanes for awhile. The airplane was sold in a garage sale a year or two later.
13. While living in Texas, he started a non-profit organization called Aviation Fellowship where one of the goals was to place free Bibles in as many airports as possible.
14. He has a number of tattoos and I fear that by the time we have been married 50 years his entire body will be covered with them.
15. He likes trying new hairstyles. He's had it long. He's shaved it at times. He's had it in between too.
16. He can sing really well, but he doesn't like to mention it.
17. He is a great outdoors man. He has such of knowledge of the outdoors that I feel very safe being out in the wilderness with him. He is passing on his knowledge to our boys.
18. He has traveled to Sri Lanka and India and would love for the boys and I to go someday.
19. He had his concealed handgun license (not sure that's what it's called) in both Texas and Florida.
20. He likes to hunt, especially with a bow.
21. One of his dream hunts would be an elk hunt since his wife has said a definite no to bear hunts.
22. He would like to learn to weld someday, sooner rather than later. Well, he knows how but he would like the tools to learn more.
23. He enjoys fishing and Caleb is constantly asking him when he's going to get his fishing license here in California so they can go fishing.
24. He loves anything that has to do with technology. He wants to be up to date on the newest technology available at all times.
25. He is looking forward to the day when there is tv (meaning cable or satellite) in our home once again.
26. I think he could make a living cutting hair. I didn't like how my hair looked and tried to fix it (but messed it up). He then had to fix my attempt. I'm pleased with the results but he refuses to even cut the boys hair unless it's a trim. He does a good job though.
27. He has started mountain bike riding.
28. He has had four different motorcycles since we've been married.
29. Currently, he has a street legal dirt bike that he's looking to sell. At the ripe old age of 40, it's not so fun or comfortable to drive back and forth to work everyday on a dirt bike.
30. He is a great dad to his 4 boys.
31. He loves Jesus with all his heart and you can see Christ daily in Kerry.
32. He is a people person. He loves people and never meets a stranger.
33. He is not afraid of hard work.
34. He will be the first one to volunteer to help someone at any time. He's especially good during a crisis - like broken bones, blood, and stitches (I'm getting better).
35. He continues to work hard to provide for me and the boys allowing me the privilege to homeschool our boys and take care of our home which is what I have wanted to do since I was a little girl.
36. He always tells the truth even if it's not what you want to hear.
37. Overall, he's pretty easy going.
38. He is a man of integrity.
39. He is a smart guy and most things come really easy for him.
40. He is the husband I prayed for.

Happy 40th birthday! I'm looking forward to spending the next 40+ birthdays celebrating with you!