Monday, September 1, 2014

Outwitting…..

a small little puppy. Smile

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Yes, she is adorable.

But she is sneaky and naughty too.

She kept stealing Boomer’s food and her little belly was getting bigger and bigger!

So my idea was to raise Boomer’s eating station.

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Success!

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Until she grows some more……

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Friday=A Day of Fun

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And it did turn out to be a day of fun. Just getting away from the stressors of life for a few hours.

Travis was given 4 free tickets to Hersheypark from a friend (thanks Joe!!!) but couldn’t get a gang of guys together to go….so we decided we would use them with the littles and let the boys at home to do school and work outside.

Such nice parents we are. Winking smile

AND the girls EACH got their OWN cotton candy.

Life really is unfair isn’t it boys!?!?!? lol

(We always would make the boys share one cotton candy between them.)

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And these two couldn’t be more different in how they eat their cotton candy.

Lena didn’t have a speck on her face.

Ava had it ALL over her face, on her pants, and on the BACK of her shirt (!?!?)

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Ava was SO happy that she is finally a Hershey Bar and could ride the Bumper Cars this year.  We rode it twice!

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Wait a minute….how did we get two little girls between us on the Hershey Kiss ride!?!?!

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We just happened to be in the area of the Sea Lion/Seal show when it was about to begin. Ava of course thought it was the coolest show ever!

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It has been stressful around here with Josie and so it was really nice (and very needed) to spend some quality time with Lena and Ava.  They had such a good time and were so very tired at bedtime!

And all too soon it was time to go home to relieve our nurse and take Jared to work.  But we ended the day with our “tradition”…..the “horsey ride.”

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

When life is hard. Be Brave.

But you still just want to throw in the towel.

I find that I can be really real with God and just tell Him that this journey is too much. 

I’m fed up dealing with a disabled child who can’t care for herself.  Who is bleeding all through her clothes. I don’t want to deal with it anymore. It is messy.  It is gross. 

I’m fed up dealing with insurance companies and having them tell me over and over and over again that I don’t work.

For all you moms out there who are just “fed up” and ready to call it quits:

Know that I see you. 

Know that I understand the feelings of frustration you have. 

Know that I get that no one else really, truly gets what your day is like.

But just when I’m totally ready to jump off the deep end, God encourages me through the people in my life….

Like the text I rec’d from my hubby this morning: “I am declaring Friday a day of fun. I want to hold your hand and walk close to you and be silly with you.” <3

Or when I look at my kitchen window and see a delivery man walking across my yard carrying these:

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Love you Vic. <3

Or when I’m totally exhausted after putting the girls to bed and sit down to read my facebook feed and read these timely words from Ann Voskamp:

Lord, nobody knows how hard we’re trying to be brave
to show up when it’d be easier to give up,
to go do hard & holy things when it’d be easier to go do happy things,
to not quit when we don’t know how to keep going on.
And You lean close & breathe warm courage into our exhausted places: “Just Call to Me. I guarantee I will answer you. I will make you strong & brave." (Ps.138:3)
Be Brave. Hold on to your Light to hold back the flood of dark.
Be Brave. Your bravery wins a thousand battles you can’t see because your bravery strengthens a thousand others to win their battles too.
Be Brave. And do not pray for the hard thing to go away. But pray for a bravery to come that's *bigger than the hard thing.*
Be Brave. There are angels closer than you know.
And all the Brave & Courageous & the Never-Give-Uppers
who cling to the Bravest One who loved us to death & saved us back to the realest & forever life,
we all believed angels were close & we all said Amen.

Monday, August 25, 2014

First Day…..

Of vacation!

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I know some of you who cry on the first day back to school…..But I know there are some of you who do the happy dance as the bus is pulling out of the driveway!!!

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I was that mom this morning!

Josie is BACK IN SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Praise the Lord!

Our days will start being a bit more “normal” around here. My heart, mind and stress level NEEDED school to start ASAP.

The summer certainly hasn’t been as stressful as last summer was…..but it still was very stressful with the menstrual bleeding and the PMS’ing that went along with that. 

Oyi!!!

(Her bleeding has ONLY stopped yesterday after being on some mega doses of Progesterone .  It had stopped for about 2 days this summer but other than that she has been bleeding since June 9th! If this medicine doesn’t stop it she will need to have her uterine lining scraped out.)

**Correction. I spoke too soon. She is STILL bleeding.  I see more doctor appointments in our future.Sad smile

And the whole insurance mess has been weighing on my shoulders a lot.  There is a lot “what if’s” up in the air right now.  If they don’t provide nursing for her to go to school we are not sure what our options will be.

I don’t feel guilty for my happy dancing.  Josie LOVES school and couldn’t wait to go back.  Being here all day long with sisters, who can do a lot more than she can do, was hard on her.  She needed to go back. 

Hopefully she will be happier now.

Time to go school the littles…..they are eager to learn!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Dove-E Youth Retreat 2014

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. 1 Timothy 4:12

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We have the privilege of being co-youth leaders to this (dirty and smelly) group of young people.

They all came over to the Hamy homestead this weekend for a retreat.

And it was incredibly awesome!

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The boys pitched their tents and the girls had the luxury of spending the night in a camper….errrr the Hilton Hotel! This camper is SWEET!

Thank you Ebersole family for bringing this for the girls to sleep in. What a blessing!

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Except some girls still slept under the stars!

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It also was Steve’s birthday on Friday night so he got to celebrate with lots of YOUNG people….they help keep us young!

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(Andy had dyslexia when he put Steve’s candles on the cake! lol)

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We almost through the weekend with no blood…..but not quite!

Thankfully it was my kid and it didn’t need stitches…just a butterfly!

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I love these girls….and they LOVE Willow. 

Willow was not deprived of any affection this weekend! She had LOTS of hugs and snuggles this weekend.

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And when she wasn’t being held I was carrying her around in an old purse. Yeah, I have turned into THAT dog mom. Winking smileBut it is just easier.  She is very social and likes to look around but I need my hands free!

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I love Ava’s “ready” stance.  She never got the ball but she was ready for it!

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The next generation of youth group! It is great having c0-leaders who have kids our girls ages and that they play so nicely together!  They had a blast sleeping in the tent with Daddy (Mommy is  no dummy….Josie and I slept in the house!) and they enjoyed getting DIRTY, DIRTY, DIRTY.

They also love being able to hang out with the “big” kids and getting special “big kid” privileges.

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Everyone was a bit slow moving this morning…..

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We watched God’s NOT Dead on the side of the barn last night.  Very challenging and a great movie.

What is your biggest personal obstacle to taking a stronger stand for God??

God is alive in everything. We see Him in nature. We notice Him through the acts of kindness performed by strangers. We also see Him moving and speaking through His word.

His word is living! His voice is active! Let it speak something new to you today.

The Bible tells us "Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works. (James 2:26)

We had some special quiet time this morning where the kids could go off all over the property and press into the word and just get away from life and spend time with God.

So many special bonding moments…..

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It was just cold enough to need a campfire and it hardly rained even though it was cloudy and dreary. But it was perfect campout weather!

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Picking fresh peaches right off the tree and eating them for breakfast….what could be sweeter?!?!?!

Except maybe Rachel!?!?

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But golly….these kids can get DIRTY! Kyle won the award for the dirtiest feet!

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Until next year gang……

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I just hope they took all their stuff with them when they left……

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