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Friday, August 27, 2010

Yesterday.

Yesterday, was a busy day for me. The first thing on my list was to go see my doctor at MD Anderson, Dr. Ross. My day started off great! I got out of the house on time, had time to run by Starbucks, and then off I went. Traffic on I-10 was the worse I have seen it in a long time. It took me an hour to get to 45. UGH! I made it to the parking lot at 9:00 and my chest x-rays were at scheduled for 9:o0. I continued to stay calm because at least I wasn't late to see my doctor. Got to the 3rd floor then to Imaging A and no big deal. Got it down and I was out. Then off to my doctor appointment. I never have to sit in the waiting room for very long (which is nice). I get called back around 10:00 a.m. and I sit in the COLD room in my backless 'gown' for 45 minutes until the PA comes in to check me. Then I wait about another 10 minutes to see Dr. Ross. UGH! Thankfully a brought my Crazy Love book with me and I got some good reading in. Dr. Ross checked me out and said all looks good... chest x-rays were normal also. I had a few concerns I talked to him about and he listened and looked it over and said "nope, everything looks fine." YAY! I am very thankful for a great doctor. I was out of there! I was very proud of myself and found a new and easier way to get from Imaging to my doctor so, that was another plus! Self-High Five!

I got home around noon and everyone was happy to see me. Then it was nap/quiet time. I took a nap too because I was exhausted and my mind was at ease. Then 3:00 pm rolled around and I was getting excited for a big event. I was going to be getting on a horse again. I hadn't ridden in 5 years and I was pumped!

My lesson was wonderful, hard, and wonderful. It felt so good doing what I love so much. Hurley, the horse I rode made me work! If I could do that everyday I would be super skinny in no time. :o) I need to work on my stamina but over all I think I did pretty well. LOL! I am sure it looked scary but it felt good to be back on board a horse :o).

Once I got in the car and sat down my legs were JELL-O!!! I was in pain by the time I got home. I believe my body was in shock but, it was so worth it! This morning I got up and my pain and soreness wasn't as bad as last night so, that is good. :o) I can't wait until next week!!!!


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Homeschool Blessings

School here in Katy, Texas started yesterday and I was having a rough time (check out my 2 previous posts). I know this is God's plan for our family but, still had those thoughts creeping in. On top of this being God's plan... He has been beside us these past few days. They have been awesome!

Tonight was the big "back to school Katy Area Christian Homeschool" meeting and it was the boost I needed. It was so nice to be in a room with a bunch of Homeschooling moms that all have gone through something similar. To know that they have those HORRIBLE days too was very comforting. But, the blessings of being able to teach your kids totally out way the horrible days.

I am so very happy that the Greene family is now part of this wonderful organization and I can't wait to see what the Lord has planned. I signed Hailee up for the 5 to 8 Girls group and I think they meet once a week. So very exciting! I can't wait....

Monday, August 23, 2010

It's okay that we aren't going to "school"...

Last night was hard... I was missing out of a feeling... of sending my child off to one of the "biggest" milestones, First day of Kindergarten. Hailee had/has no clue today was the beginning of school (well... that I know of). It's just me and my feelings getting in the way. I am not doing the "normal thing" I am going outside of the box and doing what people call "weird".

But, last night Bob and I talked and he didn't give me any good encouragement but, he did say "This first day of school feeling will pass." and that is so true. Soon all these little kids going off to their first day of school will be having problems just like Hailee does with school at home and they will be having friend drama. It is not new for forever.

I will have to say this morning when I got up I felt better and this was a new day. The Lord graciously reminded me today of his plan and gave me confirmation that this was what He wants for our family right now. We had an amazing school day! We worked on our phonic/reading, handwriting, and math. She did great and not one tear was shed (from her not me :o).

God has a plan for us and I will continue to listen for the path and obey His leading. I will not let my feelings take over what is His. His mercies are new everyday and I am rejoicing in them.

Have a great day!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

First Day of School??

I am having a hard time tonight. I am on Facebook and reading everyone's status posts about their kids first day of school tomorrow. I can't help but think about how Hailee is missing out. I am missing out. Now I am second guessing everything I have felt convicted about. I know this is what the Lord wants me to do but, I have been preparing myself for a very long time for the first day of school. I know after tomorrow (or the first week) it will all fade away and not be such a big deal anymore. I guess I just feel like I am taking something away from Hailee... that experience of the first day of school feeling. The feeling of the nervous, excitement, and all the new people she would meet and if they will like her feeling. WHAT I AM DOING?

Am I doing the right thing? Lord, give me a sign I am doing the right thing. Take this feeling away that I am doing something wrong. I heard you speak to me that this was Your plan so, why am I feeling sad that I am taking something away from Hailee. I am remembering Your beautiful plan is all that matters. This is where I want to be. I want to be doing what You want me to do and that is it! I have seen your marvelous works through our homeschooling journey. I need to keep my head above the clouds and look toward the sun. You and Your plan for my life is all that matters.

Friday, August 20, 2010

My Heart Cries Out...

I haven't shared this with y'all (unless you are in my ABF class or my mom) yet because, everything has been up in the air and so many uncertain details. So here it is...

My best friend, Lyndsay is going through one of the worst things a mother could ever go through.... Her is the journey of her little 3 year old boy, Aiden has been on... A few months ago Lyndsay started noticing weird eye movements from Aiden's eyes... they would go inwards, outwards, and would make jerky movements. Of course you always have to start with your normal doctor first, Aiden's pediatrician and then that doctor refers you to a specialists. It took forever for her to get an appointment with an Optomologist (an eye doctor who does surgeries and such). Finally her appointment day came around and she got news that it wasn't good but not bad.... something that could be possibly fixed by surgery. So, Lyndsay has video of all of these crazy eye movements and would show doctors and they would always say "Oh no, this is not normal.". She has been waiting to get a Neurologist appointment for a very long time because this was someone they would have to see before any further action was taken. Well, while she has been waiting she has been sending these videos she has of Aiden's eyes all over the country to different doctors and they all have said you should get a second opinion. Lyndsay, made an appointment with another Optomologist and saw him yesterday and he was amazed at the video and knew this was not just what the other Optomologist diagnosed it as but it was something BIGGER. He diagnosed him with Nystagmus (meaning jerky eye movement). This syndrome is not from his eyes but, something else in his body.... Possibly something on his brain (such as a lesion or tumor). The next step is to see her neurologist on Monday and this has been something she has been waiting for for a long time.

I have been talking to her through all of this ordeal and amazed at how God is changing her and how she is leaning and trusting Him through this storm. This syndrome is very rare and she may have to travel possibly to Illinois to see specialists that have dealt with this before or everything maybe able to be dealt with here. Usually though this disease is treated like cancer.

It breaks my heart that this family has to go through this. It breaks my heart that this sweet little child is sick. And it breaks my heart that they have to go through the unknown. But I do know that the Lord is getting the glory out of Lyndsay's attitude and trust. She may not like what her sweet Aiden is being faced with but, she is being strong and having faith the Lord will bring them out of this stronger than ever.

I am praying for them and for this sweet little boy, Aiden.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Horse Lover

Hailee's 3rd horse riding lesson.


The girl is in love with Belle.


Here is Belle.


Hailee, her trainer, Karen, and Belle.


Trot.


Crazy woman, Heidi.





Here goes Heidi.


What a good big sister.


Sweet Heidi.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Tot School

I stole this title from my friend, Ely. She Homeschools her 2 boys and has started Tot School for her little girl. I got this activity idea from her (she is an expert and very creative). Here is what Heidi did today...

I gave her these fuzzy balls to transfer from bowl to bucket/cup.


This child likes to put everything in her mouth.
Yes, these pictures look a lot better because I put it on auto so my flash would work (I am having camera issues). I gave Heidi a ice cream scoop to make it a little more interesting.

Here she is being busy.

Look how neat and tidy she is playing.

I turned my back for a minute and LOOK... fuzzy balls everywhere!

She is a mess. Time to clean up!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Active Week

This week has been BUSY! Life is just getting busier and busier. I thought I would post all the action going on this week.

This week we read A Pair of Red Clogs by Masako Matsuno and the book takes place in Japan. So that was kind of the theme for the week.


Monday, Hailee ate her lunch with chop sticks.


Ummm Yum!


Wednesday, was her 2nd riding lesson (and see I took pictures this time). I took video too but, was having a hard time uploading it so, here are the pictures.


Heidi got herself very dirty this time. I wish I had a hose to rinse her down with but, decided to go with wipes.


Hailee practicing some posting at a halt.


I do believe in this picture she is trotting. I love her trainer because there is no messin' around. She is getting straight down to business. Hailee loved it!


Then at the end Ms. Karen let Heidi sit up on Oh-Tally. She was in heaven. I believe I may have 2 horse lovers. :o)


Thursday, I got an activity out for Heidi. She did very well with it and I think she enjoyed having her own one-on-one school time. I got this idea from my friend, Ely.


This was Hailee's activity on Thursday. She was to draw something using the warm color palette (such as yellow, orange, and red). So, I thought the sun would be the easiest thing for her to draw and use those colors. She did a very good job!


Friday (today), is our last day reading A Pair of Red Clogs so I ended it with a bang. LOL! I found an activity that you draw a fish and cut out 2 for the same fish and then use different colored paper to make the scales.


I used my old scrapbooking materials (since I am now a digital scrapper) to make this fish and I used my Creative Memories circle cutter to make all the circles for the scales.


I didn't want Heidi to feel left out so I helped her make one too. She is kind of upset with me in this picture because I wouldn't let her play with the circle cutter thing because it had a blade on it. I guess... call me a Bad Mom. LOL!


She is happy here though... showing of her fish.


Heidi made an activity up with the left-over dots and scrap paper.


Hailee adding a little extra color to her fish.


Heidi was putting left-over dots in the cut out holes. I know... she is one smart kid!


Here is Hailee's finished product.


She was very proud of her beautiful fish. Oh by the way... she is in her swimsuit because we were about to head out the door and go swimming. :o)

Monday, August 9, 2010

Connections

Okay... a while back (who knows when) I blogged about not feeling connected and feeling lost. This is still the case in my life and I know some other women feel the same way. It is to the point I don't know what to do to fix this feeling or how to get back in the connection. Don't get me wrong I have friends. The kids and I still attend playgroup and other activities but, it is like something is missing. I still can't quite put my finger on it...

Anyways, I was reading a friends blog the other day and she blogged about this and how she knows and has talked to other women who feel the same way. Then at the closing of her blog post she came up with a solution. Her solution was taking charge... by calling someone you haven't talk to in a while (maybe someone you were friends with and some how your paths have gone off course for a while) and inviting other families over for dinner.

When I read this I was like "Yea, High-Five!" but, then I really started to think about it and I thought "NO WAY! I don't want a bunch of crazy kids in my house." If you know me well I am weird about my floors (I like them clean) and I don't like little people messing with my stuff or ruining my kids stuff and I don't like to clean up toys when they all leave. I know I know... this is a terrible attitude. Please pray for me :o).

Well, for a while I have been convicted by the Holy Spirit to get over this issue of mine and get over myself. I am so stinkin' selfish! And when I sit down and start thinking about how selfish I am it begins to make me sick! The Holy Spirit has been working on me for while and finally today I have given in. He is right... this is not my life or my time! My life is supposed to be all about Him and giving Him the glory.

I have changed my thoughts and my actions. If kids come over and dirty my floors... oh well... I can clean them when they leave. No our house is not big but, this is what the Lord has provided us with and I should open it up to whoever needs it. I can give up my everyday normalcy to help out a friend and be "inconvenienced". This is not my life and I need to live it more like a true Christian should.

I have taken charge and have invited a family over for dinner on Thursday. I have also offered to help a friend out with her 3 kiddos if she needs me. I am stepping out there and obeying the Holy Spirits convictions. I pray that I continue on His path and obey everything He asks of me.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Doubt

I think a lot of Christians have doubt about God and His control He has over your life. I also, think a lot of Christians don't think that miracles happen in this day and age but, really there are miracles happening all the time. They may not be miracles such as parting the Red Sea (Exodus chapter 14) or are they??? I think little miracles are just as important as big miracles... like all sin is the same to God... no sin is bigger than another. I believe He sees miracles as the same. I don't think you can truly relate unless you are a follower or Jesus Christ and open your eyes to things bigger than you.

"For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus." Galations 3:26

God is way bigger than us... so big we could never wrap our minds around it all. You know? I still sit and think about how big He is. Just last night I was looking at the sunset and thinking about how beautiful the sunset was off the lake last weekend. Then I was thinking about how the sun was setting in the west and when we were at the lakehouse how it didn't seem like the west but more like the east. LOL! Then I started to think about how far the east is from the west... because it seems endless. It is endless... He makes our sin disappear to where there is nothing. Make sense?

God is so in control you wouldn't even know... LOL! I think even if you have known Jesus for a long time there still is doubt that creeps in from time to time. Doubt about yourself, doubt about the work you do, if you are really reaching out to those who need you or who are lost... doubt all the time. Then there is doubt if you go through a trial... asking why? Why me? What did I do to deserve this? I think... actually I know God puts us through trials to draw close to Him. That is all He wants. He wants everything to be about Him. He wants the praise, honor, and glory for it all! I have learned this through my trial with cancer. Yes, I am cancer-free and still have fear that it will come back but, I know if it does I will continue to live and cleave to Him. I won't be able to do it with out His breathe breathing into me.

"In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom not seeing you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith- the salvation of your souls." 1 Peter 1:6-9

When I doubt that gives satan the chance to come in and really mess with me. That gives him the chance to come and change the way I think about God and the love He has for me. This is when the Bible comes in handy. Even if you feel lost in the Bible and don't know where to start or maybe don't understand... (you can always begin at Psalm 139... I love this chapter of Psalm) just sit and pray and ask God to take all the distractions away and ask Him to speak to you through His very word and penetrate your heart. He is listening and He wants to draw you in.

"For the word of God, is living and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." Hebrews 4:12

God is good all the time! He is always by my side leading me on His path. I always have two ways I can go... I can go God's way (which is always the "easiest") or I can go the other way (which ends up looking like the easiest but always turns out to be the hardest). No matter which way you go God already knows... He probably wishes you would just make it a little more easier on yourself to go His way because His way is ALWAYS the best way (even if it doesn't make sense at that very moment). He always will love you and that will never change.

Monday, August 2, 2010

First Riding Lesson

Okay... I have no pictures of her first riding lesson BECAUSE I wasn't quite sure what to expect for Hailee's "evaluation session" (this is what the trainer called it). Anyways... it was so great! What took us so long to get her into lessons? Oh yea... she wasn't old enough. :o)

Hailee had a smile on her face the ENTIRE time. There was nothing anyone could have done to wipe that smile off her face (well... maybe if she got thrown off).

I have to tell you I have been praying about this... I have been praying and asking if this is something we could afford (horse riding lessons and competing are expensive), I have been praying that if this is what Hailee should be doing to put us where He wants us to be, I have been praying that He would lead us where ever would be best for Hailee... etc...

Let me tell you... my prayers have been answered. He put us with everything I was looking for. After the lesson the trainer said something about how it was a blessing she found the perfect home for this horse. She said something along the lines that "God is so good." and I nodded my head and right then and there I knew she loved Jesus. We talked a little more and it was so great. The Lord really puts who He wants in your path in your path. That is so amazing!

Hailee will start having horse riding lessons regularly every week and it looks like she will have her first competition at the end of the month. :o)

Actually I have a few cell phone pictures... they aren't the best because Heidi was shaking the phone :o).





Sunday, August 1, 2010

Scraptacular Weekend

This weekend (Friday thru Sunday) was a girls weekend (with NO kids!). There was a total of 5 of us; and those are 4 of the most amazing women you will ever meet. We get along so well but, are totally different and unique in the way God made us. All of us are on different paths the Lord has directed us on but, when we come together it is so very special.

Here is a little of how different we are... 2 women are pregnant, 1 woman nursing, 3 women are teachers, 1 woman is a math wiz, 1 woman has twins, 1 woman on the path of adopting her 4th, 2 women who were ready and willing to deliver their almost ready to pop friend, 1 willing to hold her booty, 1 ready to take pictures, 2 non-scrapbookers, 3 scrapbookers.... the list can go on and on... but, one thing that connects us is the love we have for oue Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I really believe that is all you need and everything else will fall into place. *Plus we have a total of 13 kids all together.*

The 3 of us scrapbooked a little Friday and a little on Saturday before the 2 others had to leave. (They had to get back to their families) Once they left the 3 of us scrapbookers began hardcore scrapbooking. It was pretty quiet as we were in deep thought about our pages :o). We watched some movies and talked amongst ourselves.... but we got a lot done!

It was a weekend I will never forget and hope to do again very soon ;o).