Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Broken arm

Last Wednesday night, Nathan fell at church playing ball with some boys and hurt his arm. We began treating it like a sprain, but after a few days of no improvement, we decided that we better take him to the doctor for Xrays. Well, it seems he broke his radius bone and will be in a cast for the fall. He has a soft cast on right now until the swelling goes down, but after 10 days we will go back for a hard cast.

At first, he was kinda excited to be able to have a cast on and have everyone sign it, but after a few days, he is starting to get a little tired of it. It might be a long 6 weeks!!

Esther Hope

Essie turned 9 this past weekend! We had a bonfire at church and a tinkerbell cake! She also had a few girls come over for a sleepover.Making a wishEsther and the girls!The next morning.Esther with her tinkerbell toys

Happy Birthday Baby girl! I love you to the moon and back!!

Music Lessons

One thing we have added to school this year is music lessons. we found a wonderful teacher in Mt. Airy that will teach all three kids ( and me and Greg!) for an hour together and call it a group lesson. We all have a different instrument we are learning and are trying hard to get our practice times in each week. Sometimes our house is pretty noisy, but it is fun!Esther Hope, the fiddler
Abby on the banjo

Nate with his base guitar

A fun September weekend

For the past 11 years, my dad and I always go to a Virginia Tech football game together. We have only missed one year and that was because I was largely pregnant with Esther Hope during football season. So He was able to get us tickets to the ECU/Va Tech game that happened to be the same weekend of my mom's birthday. After the game, we all went out to Kabuki's for a yummy dinner to celebrate Nana! It was fun. The boys stayed home because Nathan had a baseball game ( that is why they are not an any pictures) :)

Let's Go Hokies!!!I love my daddy!Nana and the girls!Our beautiful kabuki cake photoGramps and Esther ready to hit the road!


Abigail is playing volleyball this year for the Forsyth Home Educators middle school team. She is loving it. The team is made up of some of the sweetest girls and they have an amazing coach, Ms. Carla. Abby is a setter and also co captain.
Time out!Esther and Nathan have made friends with the other player's little brothers and sisters too!

Peptalk after a hard practice!Go Hawks!!

Labor Day

Now that September is almost over, I am playing catch up a little on my blog. We have had an extremely busy month. I told someone the other day that the only thing I am worried about with our adoption is just fitting in more activities in our schedule!

We went to Greg's parents cabin for Labor day this year. Friends of ours went with us and Greg and all the other grown ups went white water rafting on Monday while the kids and I stayed back at the cabin and did some school. Tuesday, Pawpaw and Grandma came and so we were able to spend a little time with them. It was Pawpaw's birthday week, so the kids had fun making cards and signs and a yummy cake for him.

The kids with Pawpaw and GrandmaA family shotThe rafters before they got wetMy mountain man
Me and abby

Thursday, September 16, 2010

FHE Hawks

Abby is playing middle shool volleyball for theForsyth Home Educators this year. She is having a great time and they are doing pretty good too! She is co captain of the team and is a setter. Here is a photo of her team.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Counting blessings and looking forward

I am taking this Monday post to thank God for all the blessings in my life right now and also to express how thankful I am for all the upcoming things I am looking forward to this fall. Fall is my ALL TIME favorite time of the year! There are so many fun things to do and see. When the air starts turning just a tiny bit cool and crisp in the morning, my heart just swells with anticipation for the season before us. So here is my list..some are just simple and silly..others are life changing, but I am thankful for each and everyone of them:

My Sweet parents
My awesome sister
Football season
pumpkin spice lattes
Yankee candle pumpkin pie scent
Chicken Stews
leaves turning
The anticipation of our adoption referral
travelling to Ethiopia and meeting our sons
Adoption Grants
Walkertown Home Educators co-op
candy corn
Putting out my fall decorations
My 3 little lights :)
Club SODA ( our church kids club)
Christmas play practice
Beth Moore Bible studies
Reacquainting with a friend I haven't seen in 15 years
My BFF, Amy
Making my Christmas notebook and beginning to plan the season :)
Homecoming at church
Craft shows
My fall getaway with Greg
Church softball
Abby turning 13
bonfires and smores

There are so many other things God has blessed me with! I am just overwhelmed sometimes at how much I have been given.

Bless the Lord, O my Soul and all that is within me, Bless HIS holy name!
Psalms 103:1

Friday, September 10, 2010

Class Photo

Class Photo 2010-2011

Thursday, September 9, 2010

So funny..yet so true!

With only a few months before I have my first teenager..I thought this was appropriate!

Kids are Dogs, Teens are Cats
by Adair Lara
I just realized that while children are dogs ... loyal and affection-
ate ... teenagers are cats.
It's so easy to be a dog owner. You feed it, train it, boss it around.
It puts its head on your knee and gazes at you as if you were a
Rembrandt painting. It bounds indoors with enthusiasm when you
call it.
Then around age 13, your adoring little puppy turns into a big
old cat. When you tell it to come inside, it looks amazed, as if
wondering who died and made you emperor. Instead of dogging
your doorstep, it disappears. You won't see it again until it gets
hungry ... then it pauses on its sprint through the kitchen long
enough to turn its nose up at whatever you're serving. When you
reach out to ruffle its head, in that old affectionate gesture, it twists
away from you then gives you a blank stare, as if trying to remem-
ber where it has seen you before.
You, not realizing that the dog is now a cat, think something must
be desperately wrong with it. It seems so antisocial, so distant, sort
of depressed. It won't go on family outings. Since you're the one
who raised it, taught it to fetch and stay and sit on command, you
assume that you did something wrong. Flooded with guilt and fear,
you redouble your efforts to make your pet behave.
Only now you're dealing with a cat, so everything that worked
before now produces the opposite of the desired result. Call it and
it runs away. Tell it to sit and it jumps on the counter. The more
you go toward it, wringing your hands, the more it moves away.
Instead of continuing to act like a dog owner, you can learn to
behave like a cat owner. Put a dish of food near the door and let it
come to you. But remember that a cat needs your help and your
affection too. Sit still and it will come, seeking that warm, comfort-
ing lap it has not entirely forgotten. Be there to open the door for
One day your grown-up child will walk into the kitchen, give you
a big kiss and say, "You've been on your feet all day. Let me get
those dishes for you."
Then you'll realize that your cat is a dog again.