Tuesday, September 18, 2018


Sunday afternoon I took the kids to my college alma mater to watch my little brother play football. Josh is in his freshman year at Marietta College and is loving it. He plays football for them as well. On Sunday, the JV team traveled up to Denison University to play so I packed the kids up after church and made the 30 minute drive to see him play. I graduated from Denison back in 2001.


It was weird being back on campus. Funny story though... as I was pulling into the campus, my dad called to see if I was on the road. I told him I actually was pulling into campus (this was about 20 minutes before game time). He asked me if I knew where I was going. LOL It's not like I didn't many countless hours on the campus and the football stadium is in the same place it always is. I had to laugh. They have added some buildings and parking garages but most things were the same. 

Back to the football game. Jacob had a blast. Ben got bored quickly, but then that is to be expected. Rebecca enjoyed it even though it was super hot and sunny. 

Unfortunately, Marietta lost. :( Oh well. It was still fun. This is the closest Josh will play to us. For us to go down to Marietta to see him, it would be a little over 2 hours away. I might try to get down there one of these weekends. 

When we got there, Jacob asked me who I was going to root for. I told him that I may have graduated from Denison and had roots there, I was rooting for Marietta because that is who Josh plays for and family comes first. 

Family comes first always. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Update on Benjamin

We have smiles today! That is a great improvement from the last 3 days. We ended up taking Benjamin to Urgent Care last night after he wouldn't eat his dinner (not even his blueberries which are his favorite) and he said that his throat hurt....

Diagnosis is ear infections in both ears and lots of congestion. The doctor gave him a prescription for amoxicillin and a congestion medicine. When Bill went to pick them up, the pharmacist said that they only had the amoxicillin ready as they were out of the congestion medicine. They are supposed to get more in this morning, so I will have to run out and pick it up. The amoxicillin was the most important though in my opinion. 

He had a dose last night and again this morning and he is smiling. Still not eating, but he is up and playing and smiling. I will take it. The doctor said that he can go back to school tomorrow. Here's hoping he keeps feeling on the up and up. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Sickness, play, 9/11 and Hurricane Florence

So this virus or whatever it is can leave my house anytime now. Ben has been sick since Sunday. He told me Saturday night that he had a headache, but I thought he was just tired. Well Sunday morning he woke up crying that he didn't feel good and he didn't want to go to church or the first day of PSR class. He seemed to be a little better Sunday afternoon. Then Sunday night he developed a fever. Yesterday he stayed home from school due to his fever and he laid around all day long. We watched movies... "Ferdinand" and "Charlotte's Web."  He is home again today as he still has a headache and a fever. :( Today we have watched "Ferdinand" again and now we are currently watching "Lion King." I just want him to feel better. 

In other news, I took Rebecca to her first play practice last night for the musical she is in. She was super excited to get her official script and to do a read through with the rest of the cast. She has several lines AND a small solo singing part. She will definitely be busy over the next 2 months working on this as there is play practice most evenings of the week and on Saturday mornings.

Today my social media feed (mainly Facebook) has been lit up with remembrances of September 11, 2001. I will never forget and I pray for peace everyday. 

I have also been keeping an eye on Hurricane Florence. I don't live on the coast, however the Crystal Coast of North Carolina (Emerald Isle area) has a special place in my heart. It is my place of peace and unfortunately it is looking more and more likely that they are going to have a catastrophic hit from this hurricane. I pray for all those in Florence's path and pray for safety for all those who have to stay in the area (police, doctors, etc.). It is scary to watch.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Happenings lately...

I have been a bad, bad blogger. It has been over a week since I posted. I have been on here, reading other's blogs usually while I am eating lunch, but I haven't had a chance to sit down to write anything. 

Life has been crazy busy. I thought once school started back things should have slowed down, but if anything our lives are busier than ever. 

I have been spending a lot of time in the car.... taking Rebecca to school....

and then later sitting in the van waiting for her to get out of school. Thankfully I have rediscovered reading so I have a book with me to pass the time. 

I have been trying to walk at least 3-4 times a week. This past week was difficult as I was sick last weekend and really had no energy. Also it was hard to walk when the temperatures were in the 90s, with heat indexes over 100 with very high humidity each day. It was awful, but I managed to get some walks in. 

I am now a leader for Rebecca's American Heritage Girls Troop. I am in charge of the Kindergarten level. Right now we only have one little Pathfinder. I also signed the boys up for Trail Life USA--- which is a Christian scouting troop that meets at the same time/ same building as Rebecca's AHG troop. 

Speaking of Rebecca, life is about to get more interesting as she just found out that she got a role in her school district's fall musical. She gets to be Junie B. Jones' mother. She is so excited. I guess I will have to factor in rehearsals, etc. now. 

Today, I have worked on laundry and just puttering around the house. I also worked on planning for our church's Parish School of Religion (PSR) classes that start tomorrow. Once again this year, I will be teaching the 5th grade class. I volunteer to teach so that I don't have to pay the tuition fee for the kiddos--it saves us $150 a year. It has been raining all day and is supposed to continue through tomorrow...we are getting the remnants of "Gordon." Tomorrow we have PSR and church. I am also going to be teaching Rebecca how to do laundry tomorrow. 

I hope everyone is having a good night! I am going to sign off and head to bed soon. Hope everyone has a good rest of the weekend! 

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