Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thankful Thursday

We've had a good first week of school. Caleb raises the flags in the mornings so we've been getting there about 7:30 for him to do that. Then this week he was also chosen for morning announcements so he has that before he goes to his first class.  He is enjoying his teachers, and I love hearing about his day when he gets home.

This week I'm thankful for...

~ my sweet husband who is always helpful. Even when he has a rough day (and he's had some major tough ones this week), he still comes home and helps me and plays with Caleb and does whatever needs to be done.

~ hearing my boy's stories about his school day. Today I delivered some lunch to him before I volunteered in the office and enjoyed having lunch together.  (I liked that he hugged me when he saw me and as he left too!)

~ being known as Caleb's Mom. The principal asked if I'd met the new counselor, and she said, "yes you're Caleb's mom."  Just made me smile!

~ having good food to eat, including some good oranges and other fruit. Such a blessing to be able to go to the grocery store and buy food.

~ being able to help at the school this week.

Have a day of blessings!

Monday, August 25, 2014

5th grader!

The end of summer is here and we are to the first day of school.  Our summer was fast and fun, filled with trips, new memories, and lessons. Good-bye to our days of sleeping late. Good-bye to our errand days together. I'll be heading to do errands on my own. I know I'll miss having you along....because you were so helpful and because of the funny things that always happened to us. Good-bye to pajama days and chore lists and swimming and library visits and snow cones and out of town trips and cooking together and watching our game shows.

I'm not like other Moms who jump for joy when their kids return to school. Sure, there are things I will do when you are in school that I haven't done this summer (like eat lunch when I want or listen to audio books!). But I truly miss having you around.

We'll drop you off for your last first day at this intermediate campus. It feels different for me this year, knowing it's your last year here before junior high. The last year at the place where all the teachers and staff know who you are (and know me). We will be starting over I guess next year and that leaves me with a lump in my throat.

This year the theme for your school is "Be a Star."  When we went to meet your teacher, several classrooms had used the theme of shining like a star. That is what you do, and I have no doubt you will continue to do that this year.

You'll be the oldest on the campus. Make the younger students you know feel special and acknowledge the ones who know you.

Make a new friend. It's easy to hang out with the ones you already know, but think back to when you were the new boy here.  Be a friend to someone who doesn't have a friend.

Remember that it's okay to be different.  You've never been one to go along with the crowd, and I hope you will continue to shine in your uniqueness.

Some things may be hard for you. Don't give up. Keep trying. As you learned his year with your ham radio test, you can succeed when you are dedicated to it.

Take a stand for what is right. Do the right thing even if others don't.

Your Momma and Daddy (and a bunch of other people) support you and love you. We want you to succeed and will help you any way you can. We will be praying for you always.

I have such fond memories of my fifth grade year and teacher.  I hope this is an amazing year for you.  You've got a great group of teachers!  I look forward to seeing how you grow and learn this year.

Love, Momma

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Thankful Thursday

We are home now after going on a short trip with my husband who was travelling for business.  We enjoyed our time at the hotel and visiting with friends.  We got home in time to unload and get ready for "Meet the Teacher."  We already knew all the 5th grade teachers but of course wanted to find out who would be Caleb's homeroom teacher.  He was excited for who he got.  He will have six different classes this year and knows all of the teachers from being on the same campus last year. 

This week I am thankful for...
~ my husband working hard and for how he handles all the things he deals with on a daily basis.  He always amazes me with his knowledge about all of the projects they are working to fund and how he is dedicated to trying all he can to get the projects completed. 

~ enjoying the time with my boy while we were away this week.  We had some relaxing time which was nice because we weren't at home doing our normal chores and routine.  It was a nice break.  I can catch up on that next week.  :)  He got to enjoy the hotel pool too.

~ seeing old friends.  When Caleb knew we would be going on this trip, he asked to see one of his former classmates so we were able to meet up with her.  They are still pen pals and I was glad they could visit in person.  Also I got to eat lunch with my best friend too.  I miss eating with her as we used to do on a weekly basis! 

~ finding new shoes for school.  We had looked at a bunch of places, and Caleb did not like something about the ones we saw.  This past weekend though we found a pair he liked.  Then I came across a camo pair of tennis shoes online and was able to get those for him this week too. 

~ the wonderful news of Dr. Kent Brantley's release from the hospital.  I'm thankful for the answers to many prayers for him and his coworker. 

Be thankful!

Have a day of blessings!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

When I Fall in Love

I have (finally) finished When I Fall in Love by Susan May Warren. It took me a while to finish because of everything going on lately. The book was a fabulous story that I recommend to you. I've read others by this author and enjoy her characters and writing style. This book is "a Christiansen family novel."

About the book: 
Come home to the Christiansens—where faith and family meet real life.
Hawaii was the last place Grace Christiansen ever imagined she’d vacation, much less fall in love. But when her family surprises her with a cooking retreat in paradise, she is pulled—or maybe yanked—away from her predictable, safe life and thrown headfirst into the adventure of a lifetime.

Maxwell Sharpe may make his living on the ice as a pro hockey player, but he feels most at home in the kitchen. Which is why he lives for the three-week culinary vacation he takes each year in Hawaii. Upon being paired with Grace for a cooking competition, Max finds himself drawn to her passion, confidence, and perseverance. But just when Grace dares to dream of a future beyond her hometown, Max pulls away.
Wrestling with personal demons, Max fights against opening his heart to a love he knows he should never hope for. And as his secrets unfold, Grace is torn between the safe path in front of her and what her heart truly desires. If love means sacrificing her ideal happily ever after, Grace’s faith will face its toughest test yet. 
My thoughts:
Grace and Max grow close through their cooking classes. I liked both of these characters and wanted them both to make the "right" decision about their relationship. I could see them growing in this story. Grace was very fearful at the beginning and it was a stretch for her to even leave her hometown for this vacation. It was nice to see the changes she experienced throughout the book. 

Others of the Christiansen family are included in this book, and I am looking forward to see what happens with those characters and their problems in future books. I liked how these characters were weaves into Grace and Max' story. 

Another plus of this book was the setting. It was fun to read about the sights and foods of Hawaii. 

I hope you will check out this book and others by this author. I look forward to the next release in this series. 

Thank you to Tyndale Blog Network for sending this book to me for my review. 

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Summer is winding down for us.  We have one more week off and school will be starting the following Monday!  Next Thursday we will have "Meet the Teacher." 

We've had a nice week including celebrating Caleb's actual birthday on Tuesday. 

This week I am thankful for...
~ my husband being helpful in getting things ready for the party.  He made a large "Duck Commander Buck Commander" sign for us to hang.  He helped get the house ready too.  I appreciate him. 

~ having a 10 year old son!  He is a joy! His party and actual birthday day were fun for us all!

~ getting the truck paid off.  :)  Now we only owe on the house.  I am thankful.

~ family we got to see at Caleb's birthday party. 

~ enjoying time at home, not doing much, just enjoying it! 

Have a day of blessings!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

To my 10 year old....

Ten years ago today our lives were blessed with you our 8 pound baby boy.

I am so thankful for the gift of you and the blessing you are to me and Dad as well as the others around you.

It has been a joy to watch you grow up and learn and try new things. You always amaze me!

It is hard to believe you are already a 10 year old.  We've enjoyed remembering together the day you were born and meeting you for the first time. What a happy day that was!  I'm so glad we can celebrate you today.

I have always liked the song "Masterpiece" by Sandi Patty. I feel this second verse is so accurate.

Verse 2:
And now you're growing up
Your life's a miracle.
Every time I look at you,
I stand in awe.
Because I see in you
a reflection of me
and you'll always be my little lamb from God.
And as your life goes on each day
how I pray that you will see
just how much your life has meant to me.
And I'm so proud of you
what else is there to say
just be the masterpiece He created you to be.

I love you!

Have a day of blessings!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Ten years later

Over the past few weeks I’ve been thinking a lot about a decade and how quickly that length of time passes. As I think back ten years, there have been so many changes for me and our family. You see, tomorrow our boy will turn ten years old…two hands….a decade!

Today I'm over at Laced With Grace sharing "Ten Years Later. "

Join me there to read the rest of my thoughts.

Have a day of blessings!