Sunday, April 12, 2015

Catching up

I didn't realize it had been so long since I had posted to my blog. Life has kept us very busy the last 6+ months! 

We got moved into the house in mid-August 2014. We are SO GRATEFUL to get out of that little rental house we were in. Talked about cramped!! And buggy!! That was one of the worst experiences we have been through. But --- it made us appreciate the space of this house that much more. We are so spread out here! It feels like we need walkie-talkies sometimes just to find each other. This house has basically the same square footage as our previous house, but having it all on one level makes such a difference. I LOVE it! I have prayed for God's blessing on this house and the property so I really believe this house will be here for a long time. Praise God for all He has done to get us to this point! People have been so kind and generous. It just amazes me how many folks that we didn't even know came forward to offer us some kind of help since the fire. I don't care what is said - people are basically kind if given a chance to be.








In February Rachel and Ereck told us they were expecting a little one to be delivered in October. Well, little Gabriel Kale Larkins made his debut on October 21, 2014! We were all so excited to welcome him to the family!



Nicole and I were able to fly out to Arizona on October 24 and meet our Nephew/Grandson in person. She stayed for 4 days, but I got TEN whole days of being a fulltime Gramma to the little dear! I got to hold, cuddle, and play to my heart's delight. It was the highlight of my year. Plus spending all that time helping Rachel and Ereck felt pretty good, too. I didn't realize how much I had missed her until I actually saw her again. Leaving was such a bummer. We facetime all the time, but it's just not the same as being in the same room. And the hugs aren't there. They are coming home in May for a MONTH and I plan on hogging as much time with them as I can get!

Gabriel has grown so much since I was out there! He's a regular little chunky monkey now. It's so funny when we facetime - Rachel says he gets real excited when he hears the phone ring. Like he knows someone is calling him. And I know he recognizes me when we talk. I'm just wondering how he is going to react when he finds out I have more than a face - haha!!







Spring has finally arrived, and with it, Spring sports. Kymberly is in T-Ball and Malachi has signed up for Soccer. T-Ball Opening Day was today and Kymberly had her first game. Since it is T-Ball there really aren't any winners, it's primarily about learning how to play. I LOVE to watch the little kids out there. They are SO CUTE in their little baseball uniforms. Kymberly was no exception. Her shirt was a little too big, as was her ball glove, but she played her heart out. I'll have to add pictures of that later. They are still on my phone, because, duh!, I forgot to take my camera. Figures, huh?

Monday, February 16, 2015

PAIN!! I am so tired of ALWAYS being in PAIN! I hurt when I go to bed and PAIN wakes me up in the middle of the night. It keeps me from sleeping. It keeps me from doing so many things. I can see why so many people who suffer from chronic pain choose to commit suicide. Quality of life sucks!
There are some days when PAIN doesn't rule me, but they are few and far between. For the most part, PAIN is in control.
It's so hard not to complain when I am hurting. And since the pain is pretty much there all the time I feel like I complain all the time. I am so grateful for my family and for them putting up with me-especially for Frank. I don't think I could ask for a more caring, compassionate person to share my life with than what God has provided to me in Frank. It makes the pain tolerable.

Monday, July 14, 2014

House Update

We've come a long way on the house.

The outside is ready to be cleaned and painted - we've chosen a medium gray with black trim. The front door will be red with black and white trim. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, the front door!!


On to the inside. The kitchen cabinets are being installed now. There was a bit of a glitch in that the cabinet guy got his measurements off so they had to do a bit of refiguring to make everything work out. We've gone back and forth a few times about how to do this, but I think it will work out. The cabinets are really nice. It's just a matter of getting them where they belong.


Next comes the paint! Everyone has given their preferences for the color of their room and we are excited to see the colors finally go up on the walls. This is supposed to happen this week. I can't wait! Our old house was all one color - walls, trim, doors, everything! They gave us no options on colors the way we have now. This is a really big thing for us and the kids are really happy about it.

They have also given us a completion date of ONE MONTH!! So we should be in the house by the time the kids go back to school. I will be so relieved to get out of this little cramped house and this neighborhood and back into our own space.

I miss the peace and quiet of our place. No strange cars driving by at all hours of the day. No pit bulls to be scared of.  No stray bullets. Oh yeah - our neighbor's window was shot out recently by someone. Scary stuff.

Most of all, I miss my crafting space. The only time I get to do any scrapbooking is when I get together with Ms. Pat at church one or two days a month. All my stuff is packed up here at the house and I can't get it out to scrapbook because there is no room. I am itching to get my sewing machine out and sew and get into my paints. I plan on spending A LOT of time in my craft space!!

Vacation is coming up, too. We are planning a trip to Panama City Beach for a few days then going on to Texas to see my dad. That's a lot of time on the road, but we are all excited about it. We LOVE the beach!! And seeing my dad is a real treat. We try to go out at least every two years. I miss him a lot and wished he lived closer. It's really not a bad driving going.......it's the drive back that gets to me. It takes us about 23 hours to get home. We are really hoping that they will tell us that we can start moving in once we are home. That would be awesome!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

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Friday, May 30, 2014

New house, Graduation, and VBS

The house is really coming along! We go by everyday to check on the progress and the construction crew seems to be something new each day. We are at the point now where they are have almost finished everything on the outside and are about to focus on the inside. Now comes the fun part - I get to make all these decisions about what color, style, etc., I want everything to be. It's fun, but also so stressful. It feels like deja vu too. It was just ten years ago that I just did all this. Of course, with the company that built our last house I wasn't able to make as many choices as I am with this company. We are using Baker Restoration this time and they are AWESOME!! They have given us such great guidance on EVERYTHING. And they have been available for every little question I have had.






It's been a busy couple of weeks - Becca graduated from high school on the 23rd and we are SO PROUD! She also recognized on Honor's Night and earned a cord for her gown. It was a great ceremony. We tried to go out to eat after, but everything was closed so we ended up eating at the Waffle House. It's okay though - it was good.



Kymberly also "graduated" from Kindergarten. She is a big First grader now. The school had a kindergarten celebration just before school let out and Frank and I went to see her. The kids all sang songs to us. She was SO CUTE! She got "Future Teacher" award.....hehe. I can see her helping the teacher run the classroom.







Now we're making plans for summer and vacation bible school. Malachi, Kymberly, and I have spent most of this week at church decorating my classroom for VBS. Our theme this year is a tropical island so they have been painting and cutting out lost of little fish. Our carnival is tomorrow and the vbs starts Sunday. I'm also in the skit so I've spent a lot of time practicing my lines and getting the sets ready....whew!! It's tiring but fun. We are hoping for a good turnout.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Catching up

It's unreal how much has happened since out last post. We have been through some incredible losses in the last 6-10 months, but with God's help we are still standing strong!

In July, my mother moved in with us due to failing health and she stayed with us until September. At that time she went to live with my brother. Her health got worse and she passed away the 30th of October. I really didn't think I would miss her as much as I do, but I think about her everyday. She used to drive me crazy with daily phone calls and now I would give anything for one of those calls.

Thirteen days after her death I woke up around 6 in the morning after having a lovely dream about her. I even posted a facebook status about wishing I could pause my dream and play it back the way we do our tv shows. Everyone got ready for work and school and left the house. I dozed back off to sleep in the recliner, as usual. I woke up again around 9:30 and went out on my front porch to sit for awhile.I usually dozed until 10:00 - everyone says my mom woke me up.

I was sitting on the porch, listening to the windchimes and thinking how peaceful it was when I realized there was another sound coming from the house. The smoke alarms in the house were going off!! I saw smoke coming from the garage and ran into the house to call 911. I grabbed the fire extinguisher and opened the garage door. The garage was filled with smoke and fire! I sprayed the fire extinguisher anyway then dropped it. I don't even remember going through the house - the next thing I remember was grabbing my little dog from the bathroom and then running to my brother's house next door. I stood on his back porch and watched my house burn.

We live in a rural area so all we have is volunteer fire departments. The first truck got there pretty fast, but had no water. The next trucks that came would not come off the driveway, although we begged them to go around back and use the water from the pool to fight the fire. The fire was fully involved before they started putting water on it, so the house was a total loss. We lost everything.

I think the greatest losses I have in the fire are my little ferret, my scrapbooks, and the things I inherited from my mother. I had over 30 scrapbooks that I have worked on over the last 5 years for my children and grandchildren that are now ashes. I hear people say all the time how lucky we are and how all we lost are "things". But some of those "things" were so invaluable to me. Like the sewing bench that my mother had for years. The Asian statue my dad brought back from overseas. These "things" hold very special memories and cannot be replaced. Neither can they be handed down to my children like I had planned.

We struggled with the idea of rebuilding again. This was not our first fire. Our house burned down in 2004 as well. We just didn't know if we should try again. We prayed a lot. Finally we decided to chance it again and are in the process of rebuilding on the same lot. The house is about 1/3 completed. The builder has told us that the latest it will be completed it October, but we are praying for August so we can be in it and settled by the time the kids go back to school.

People have been so kind to us!! People we don't even know have come out to help us and we are so grateful!! I don't know what we would've done without their help. Done without, I guess. I can't possible thank everyone of them, but I have prayed for a special blessing for each of them. God is so good!!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Topsy-Turvy Weekend

This has been a truly topsy-turvy weekend and one of the most confusing times of my life. The three kids that we fostered are all gone - BOOM - at once. Lies were told against me (by my own child, no less!) and the two agencies involved couldn't get their acts together to benefit the kids, as usual, so they ran in and took the kids out without bothering to consider how it would affect them. Now I am left with empty arms and a broken heart.

One of these kids has been with us for 2 years and the other two have been here for 9 months -since the baby was three months old. In fact, this all happened on her first birthday. She got to spend it with strangers. Isn't that lovely?

We went into foster care because we have a great love for children. This is something we have been doing for the last 13+ years and have given our heart and home to over 25 children. In fact, we have encouraged many others to do the same. This was our mission. Now, we are being treated like dirt. Our reputation and history means nothing.

Sorry for the rant, but I am so disgusted with the way we have been treated.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

I played with making some new svg files yesterday. I think I am getting the hang of this. I haven't tried cutting them out yet so I don't know how well they cut. If you use them please let me know how they turn out.

We are doing out Sunday School lessons on missionaries this quarter and I wanted some maps of the different countries we are studying so I made svgs of Australia https://www.box.com/s/oxklhv1h74mmig71sxxu
Asia https://www.box.com/s/t0g48wx9ie8agyf6798a
South America https://www.box.com/s/oxklhv1h74mmig71sxxu
Europe https://www.box.com/s/wcq5wg3y773qnjsytalo
and North America https://www.box.com/s/pp8yqj83d5kold8b43ec

I also made some more general svgs just playing around. Here are the links to them:
A Fleur de lis https://www.box.com/s/d68ju76elvfk35vcdykg, a bone https://www.box.com/s/wzp3c8wdqyjv1eood5tt, and a Christian Fish symbol https://www.box.com/s/esu88fz0hdam09mmubor.

I hope they all turned out well. I had fun with them.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Belk is having a Private Charity Sale on Saturday, April 27, from 6-10 am to benefit local non-profit organizations. You must have a ticket to shop and tickets are $5 each. This entitles you to $5 off your first purchase and 20-70% off storewide. The first 100 customers will receive a free gift card!

If you are unable to attend on the 27th, you are welcome to reserve your merchandise for the event beginning on the Sunday, April 21. Just present your Charity Sale ticket and ask for details on reserving merchandise.

Contact me if you would like a ticket to this wonderful event! Proceeds from our ticket sales will benefit the Madison-Oglethorpe Foster Parent Association.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Our visit to the Childrens' Museum of Atlanta

We went the the Childrens' Museum for the first time with our church on Saturday and LOVED it. It was a Kids Day for the younger set of our church. We had about 10 kids with us and it was a challange keeping up with all of them. There were a LOT of activities to do and the kids were running all over the place. The exhibits were really neat, too. Frank and I even tried out a few of them. I had my camera around my neck, but kept forgetting to take pictures so I only got a few and most of them were of Kymberly since she was the one I was chasing the most. LOL. I already look forward to going back again.
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