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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

God help us

Take a moment to read two articles that tell about 2 issues that completely go against God's Word.,0,5126724.story  How sad that only 1-2 % of parents opted out!  Parents wake up!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Summertime Tea-Party w/ my girls

One of several "summertime" tea parties. Kayla made these potato cheese scones for us to enjoy. mmmmmS

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Guess who else got braces?!?

We took Kayla in for her first retainer check and I flippantly asked Dr. Rankin about when he would start Kylie in braces. (knowing she still had a couple of teeth to loose, I was thinking he would say at least 6 mo.-a year!) He asked me if she was there with me and if so he would take a look at her right then. As soon as he looked at her he got this look on his face. I thought, "oh great!" He asked if he could take an x-ray. I said, "sure." When he looked at the x-ray, he said, "that's what I thought!" I was like, "What?? Tell me!" He then explained that both of her eye teeth are growing sideways. One especially is literally laying on its side and that if we didn't do something very soon it would grow into the bone and be very extensive to pull it out of the bone. He told me he needed to put braces on the top and move the teeth over so that an ORAL SURGEON could go in and pull the teeth down to where they needed to be!!  Yes, ORAL SURGERY! Everything he was saying was so obvious from the x-ray. (see below) I just sat there stunned.  I was thinking how much I didn't want her to have to go through oral surgery and that she heard every word he was saying.  (She was fine with all of it, by the way!  She was so excited about gettting braces, the oral surgery part didn't phase her!) I was also thinking how Kayla's braces were a breeze and we had just got her out of them.  Then I realized what a blessing in disguise it was that we did catch it early enough before it grew into the bone.  I had no intention of even talking to him about Kylie when I went in there that afternoon.  It was just something that crossed my mind while I was sitting there.  Also, the fact that he saw her that very same day is unheard of.  It was almost 5:00 in the afternoon at that!  It usually takes weeks to get an app.  So, even though it wasn't necessarily what we wanted to hear, we are so thankful it all happened the way it did.  Oh, he did tell me there was a slim, slim possibility that the teeth could move down on their own now that the braces were on, but he wasn't expecting that at all.  However, it sure doesn't hurt to pray for that does it?!? :-)  She looks beautiful in her braces and has done fantastic with them....springs and all! :-)

see the "eye" tooth on the left (her right) growing sideways and neither of them have NO room!
Braces Day--July 12, 2012

last picture before braces

well, actually, this is the last picture before braces! ha! :-)

seeing herself w/ braces for the first time

showing her springs....those are what's going to help move those teeth over to make room for the ones that need to come down

pretty in braces

love them!

enjoying a fro-yo treat from nana after braces

I know the video looks like it won't play, but it should play just fine once it loads.

Friday, September 21, 2012

My Poets/ Fun on the Boat!- June/July 2012

This summer the girls entered a poetry contest sponsored by HSLDA. Thanks Nana & Papa for sponsoring us! Here they are:

Kayla's poem:
"Winters Day"
As I look out of my window one early winter morning,
I see the snowflakes falling and rush to sound the warning!
We hurry through our breakfast as  quickly as we can,
Then close the door behind us with a thundering SLAM!
I scoop a great big handful of the bright and fluffy snow
And see something come towards me and then I cry "Oh no!"
I brush the former snowball from my face and sound the battle cry
And after a lengthy snowball battle the time to go in has drawn nigh.

Kylie's poem:
"God's Beautiful Spring Creations"
Spring is a beautiful name to my ear.
The aroma of spring after Winter just wants to make you shout and cheer
With all of its wonderful and enchanting things to see and hear.
Spring brings an abundance of April showers
Which gives water to the gorgeous May flowers
With all of their marvelous God-given powers.
The flowers' beautiful colors were given to them by God
In the fresh warm breeze, their petals sway and nod;
Flowers are planted in dirt, sometimes called sod.
Another one of God's spring creations is bees,
Although they do tend to tease.
Bees live in nests all around, and, sometimes, in the trees.
Bees are marvelous creatures
With all of their fascinating features.
To Christians the bee should be a wonderful teacher.
Birds are fowls that can soar very high.
As they flap their wings, it gives them the ability to fly.
I love to watch God's wonderful creation soar through the sky.

Kristen's poem:
"Falling Crystals"
Falling crystals from the sky
Making mountains so beautiful and high.
I will call the white field the white way of delight
Because it is so beautiful and bright.
I like to see the snow so bright.
I like to see the children play in the winter light.
I want to play in the snow all day.
When the snow falls I hear my sisters call
I want to be outside all day and play, play, play.
The snow is bright and light
And a beautiful site I can see.
I love the snow so bright
And I love to eat snow cream with all my might!

Fun on Papa's Boat!

Kylie caught a fish

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Great quotes, Hospitality, & Local Creation event

*****"Think long and hard about the way you invest your children's time. Time is treasure. And where your time investment is, there you will find the heart of a child. Invest the majority of his time in entertainment, and his heart will be turned to love of pleasure. Invest his time in peers rather then family, and his heart will be with the peers more than his family. There is a time and place for all good things in balance, but wise parents will steward the treasure of time, and in so doing, shepherd their children's hearts." Doug Phillips
******"I am not an advocate for home education, but for Christian home education. You can train a child to think like a Greek, a pagan and an evolutionist in the home, and while under the care of parents, and the results may be little different from government school indoctrination. Our mission must be to honor the God-appointed means of parent-to child training, a principle goal of which is to see the renewing of the mind of the child as he thinks God's thoughts after Him, and to become Christ-like in his person." Doug Phillips
******  We are going to this Creation seminar on Monday night.  We have the Creation videos from this company and they are awesome!  If you're local, you may want to join us!

******This is a neat hospitality opportunity for homeschoolers:
Hospitality Network

Our furry friends

Look what showed up at our house looking very thin around Kristen's bday!  We finally gave in to feeding her and she has stayed ever since.  We have already taken her to the vet to get shots so now she is ours! :-)  The girls love her and so do we.  She's probably around 1yr and had already been spayed! Yea!  They named her Romena (Earnst T. Bass' girlfriend off of the Andy Griffith show! haha)  She brought Gary a mouse the other day and dropped it at his feet! Go Romena!  Karolina has chased her up a tree 3 times already and we have had to get her down.  She stays outside....mostly on the front porch or under my hydranga bush.

Kristen holding one of the first set of bunnies.

they grow soooo fast!

these were born on Memorial Day

and then a month later, mama bunny had 4 more!!

the miracle of birth once again

check out their little lion-heads!

snuggle time

isnt this the sweetest thing!?!

so tiny!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

4th of July 2012

We spent the first part of our 4th of July attending a funeral of a mother of a dear friend. Then we made our way to have a picnic at Tryon Palace and take part of the activities there. Since our church had church on the Tuesday before, we were priviliged to attend church and a fellowship with some dear friends over at Berean church. We all then headed to find a spot and enjoy the fireworks together.   Then we went to Fro-Yos to see our buddy Jim, who had just returned from deployment.   So thankful for the freedoms we enjoy as Americans and for those who have and still are making those possible!
4th of July fireworks

enjoying time w/ the Hairs, Williams, Wehrmans, & Easons

aren't those the cutest little pig-tails!?!

lighting sparklers for the kiddos

a great spot

chattin' w/ friends

it's a lot more fun if you open your eyes, kylie!

the girls enjoyed making these cakes for our Military Appreciation Luncheon at church

Gary turns 41---July 1, 2012

I have so many posts to catch all the way back to bear with me! :-)

Happy 41st b-day Gary~
his favorite.....Cherry Dump Cake


a "birthday cake" card from Kristen

sweet card from Kayla

two sillies
You can see more of Gary's bday memories here.