Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
One night (well early morning really) last week Adaline came into our room to sleep on our floor since she was scared. This has been a regular occurrence as of late-- one of those childhood stages. Well, that morning Chuck was up with her trying to soothe her fears and encouraged her to say a prayer to ask for comfort. I was in and out of sleep, so I didn't hear all the conversation that transpired, but I did hear her say, "He doesn't hear me right now. He's listening to someone else's prayer!" Was this my 4-year-old talking? I remember wondering those kind of things around age 10, but at 4?? It surprised me. But my heart felt relief a few moments later after the prayer was said when I heard her say with complete assurance, "I changed my mind, Daddy. He was listening to my prayer." And went sweetly back to sleep.
Not sure what my sweetheart said to reassure her, but whatever he did, he helped restore the wavering faith of a 4-year-old. Good job, honey!
PS- Lest you be misled, I am actually the one up with my kids in the middle of the night 98% of the time, but I'm so grateful for a husband who will fill in occasionally when I've already been interrupted many times in one night or when he happens to be sleeping lightly once in a while!
PPS- Happy Birthday, Hayden! 9 years old today!
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Since you are currently in Afghanistan serving in the Special Forces, we wanted you to know that we are remembering you this Christmas. And since we can't mail anything to you because you're in a top-secret location, we wanted to make this video as a Christmas card for you. We want you to know that we pray for your safety every day, and the children also remember you in their individual prayers every day. The video is a little long and probably a bit boring, but hopefully you can feel our love from it!
Chuck, Linda, Hayden, Stewart & Adaline
Thursday, November 18, 2010
This morning the kids had friends over (we are in year-round school and are currently tracked out.) When the other moms came to pick up their children, I looked down and there I saw my daughter dressed in her Cinderella dress-up holding a toy pistol. That's my girl!
Then, while I was heating up dinner, the kids were playing in the kitchen. Adaline had her doll stroller loaded up with miscellaneous toys as she typically likes to do. She was sitting on the floor pretending to feed one of her dolls a bottle. In comes Stewart and I hear her saying, "Don't kill my baby!" He ignored her pleas and shot the doll anyway. She lamented that he killed her baby and went back to feeding it. Back he comes and shoots it again. This time I am turned their direction, so I see her begin to protest again. Then I see her pause and she turns and reached into the stroller behind her and pulls out the pistol from this morning and goes back to feeding her baby. Bottle in one hand, with the pistol in the other hand, and her arm cradling the baby. She's ready to defend herself!
Now THAT is a little princess with older brothers!
Friday, November 12, 2010
In May 2009 we had a reunion with my family in Kitty Hawk, NC. For FHE my sister Karen interviewed my parents so that the grandchildren could get to know their grandparents a little better. It was fun to hear some things about our parents that I hadn't heard before, so I asked if I could keep the answers. I finally realized this is the perfect place for me to put them so anyone in the family can get them easily. She only wrote down the aswers, so I'm using my best guess to fill in what the questions were:
1. Did you have a pet when you were a child?
Mom- Yes, 2 dogs. Heidi was a Collie and Midnight was a black lab. Also 1 bird called Cutie Pie
Dad- Yes, a dog named Ralph (Linda's edit- I think this was a Beagle?)
2. What was your best/favorite subject in school?
3. What did you enjoy doing as a child?
Dad- model trains, plastic models
4. Who was your best friend?
Mom- twins, Barbie & Debbie
5. What was your favorite food?
Dad- Ice cream
Mom-rolls. One night at dinner she ate 10 rolls!
6. Did you get an allowance?
Mom- Yes, 25c/week and $1 for each A on a report card
7. Who was your favorite historical figure?
Dad- Davy Crockett
8. Do you remember a favorite Christmas present?
Mom- a Jan doll with clothes
Dad- a pistol with plastic bullets
9. What do kids have now that you didn't have then?