Off to the Creation Festival!

We are leaving early tomorrow morning for the Creation Festival! It is the largest christian music festival in the country and I have attended many times over the years! I think my first time to attend was the summer of 1983!! So I have quite a history of attending, which is a nice way of saying…..I’m old.

I went several times between 1983-90. Drum’s band played there in 1994. I went with my son in 2003 for the day, and attended most of the festival last year with my kids. We had such a wonderful bonding time together! Read about it here. But this year, Drums, the kids and I are heading out just for the day…..a LONG day mind you.

It’s hard with our schedules to manage just a day, SportTman is skipping the last day of basketball camp, and a baseball scrimmage to attend! But he really wants to see the band Pillar, one of his favorites!

So I am looking forward to the day of soaking up some good christian music, and a fun time with my family. And of course sweating up a storm and peeing all day in lovely blue outhouses!

David Crowder Band, The Newsboys, Ayisha Woods, Family Force Five, Pillar, Sanctus Real and Pure NRG (tween band) are all on our schedule to see!


The dog ate the cell phone……..almost!

“Honey I can’t find my cell phone have you seen it?” Drums yells out to me.

“I’ll call it, and we can listen for it to ring.”

So I keep calling his number as we both walk around the house trying to find his cell phone. We search all the usual places, in the car, in the couch seat cushions, in his pants pocket in the laundry…..the normal spots you look for a cell phone.

I venture into the basement to seek out the phone, and think I hear a very faint ringing. The cell phone ringing leads me to a small unfinished part of our basement.

“Honey, I yell, I think your phone is down here……it sounds like it’s coming from the dog food bin!!!”

“WHAT????????????”

“Yep you heard me honey,it’s in the most logical place to keep a cell phone, the dog food bin!” I reply with such wifely sarcasm.

Hubby arrives on the scene and also hears the phone ringing….in the dog food. I just smile and give him that wife look, that implies, see I told you so! πŸ™‚

So together we dig through layers and layers of the new 40lb bag of dog food that was just dumped into the bin. We are enjoying our bonding time together when The Inventor appears and asks like it’s a normal every day occurrence, “Why is the cell phone ringing in the dog food?”

So after digging for at least 10 min. we finally locate the cell phone at the bottom of the bin! Apparently it fell out of Drums front pocket while he was dumping the dog food into the bin and he didn’t realize it.

Moral of the story……If you are over 40, make sure you check places like the refrigerator, dryer, the garage and the dog food bin when looking for the often misplaced cell phone!

Keeping it all in perspective…..

I was complaining to a friend I saw out this morning while at a yard sale ( have I mentioned how much I love to yard sale?) that I am sick and tired of waking up in the middle of the night drenched in sweat! I am a women deeply entrenched in evils of perimenopause. Perimenopause is defined as the “period ( why do they use that word!!) around menopause.” Well I have been AROUND menopause for 7 years now, I started with these crazy symptoms at 37……how much longer must I wait!? The definition makes it sound like the period (evil word again!) around menopause, like my body is in training for menopause. Hello….training for menopause? Like I need to practice having mood swings, insomnia and sweating all night long!

But as the friend and I continued our bemoaning we also discussed a friend we know who has been battling breast cancer for the last 4 years. She is currently struggling with an array of life-threatening ailments, and is the mommy to 3 young boys. As we continued our chat, suddenly my night sweats did not seem like such a big deal in light of her daily suffering. It reminded me the importance of the big picture and keeping life in a Godly perspective.

I have never been a really big complainer, but I do complain when I “think it’s necessary!”

Yesterday I took 4 hours in the heat of the day to mow our woods, it totally wore me out….but I am thankful I have the physical energy to complete such an arduous task…..perspective.

I am also thankful for the beautiful woods and creek behind my house.

I get frustrated sometimes with the fact that I work full-time, but, I am thankful that I can be off work in the summer….perspective.

I hate the smell of manure on the farmer’s fields around here, however, I am thankful there is so much delicious, locally grown fruits and veggies in our area in the summer…….perspective.

There is much to complain about in this life, but is it really worth it? I am working this summer to keep the right perspective and to be thankful for the MANY blessings I have……..including…………. can I say it………………………………………perimenopause! Yes I am thankful for even that, it forces me to rely more on God!

Philippians 2:14 Do everything with out complaining or arguing.

Ephesians 5:1-2 Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love…….

Summer has begun…..

Signs that summer vacation is well under way at our house…….

The Inventor and I picked strawberries and made yummy jam.

I woke up at 9:06 am the other day!!!!!!!

I still had jammies on at 10:45am!!!

I read a book, and have already made 3 trips to the library

My laundry pile if finally shrinking.

I have heard the saying, “I’m bored” used more frequently

We started a fun new hobby, Letterboxing.

We have all eaten lots of watermelon

I made pancakes and bacon the other morning outside on our new grill with a cool side griddle! I made all the neighbors jealous with the smell of bacon lingering through the neighborhood!

I can blog more!

Our yard does not look like an overgrown field anymore.

My house is always a mess.

I am so thankful for summer, and a break from school!

The $1,046 haircut!

Check out how cool my hubby is! πŸ™‚

The senior class president at the school we teach at, casually asked Drums one day what it would take to get him to shave his head. He had been teasing Drums about his “slicked back doo” for some time, and was wondering if he would ever change his hairstyle and shave his head. Drums replied, it would take $1,000 dollars……I feel certain you can guess what happened at this point. πŸ™‚ Yep, the senior class students and teachers at the public high school we teach at raised $1,046! Now before you start thinking we will be going on a nice vacation with that large chunk of change, it’s all going to charity. And not just any charity mind you, some of it will go to Compassion International. We have sponsored 2 kids through Compassion for years ( that means it’s been so long, I can’t remember how long it’s been!). But, the bulk of it will go to our friends of who are going to be missionaries in Thailand! The local paper even wrote a short article about Drums “hair today………gone today experience.”

I personally think the new “doo” looks great. So check out the You Tube video that a student took and posted it. I cut his hair with about 70 students looking on in his classroom. What a fun way to end the school year!

The “before” look. The infamous slicked back hair doo!

Here I am cutting his lovely locks OFF!

Here is Drums with the new doo and the student who raised all the money.

Weeding for a legacy!

Last Friday on a hot day, we all got up early and went to pull weeds at someone else’s house! Oh and did they have lots of weeds, and it was one of those hot, humid, simmering summer days.

So what drives a family finally embarking on a relaxing summer break to get up early to pull weeds.

A man’s legacy does it.

We have known this man for over 15 years. We don’t know him very well, but I coached with him about 12 years ago, he is a kind, generous, funny and Godly man. He will go out of his way to help others and has always had a personal way of relating to the students he taught and coached.

He recently suffered a debilitating stroke, he is still in his 50’s. It will be a long road ahead for this man, but when the call came out that the family needs help, there were many willing to help.

I talk to my kids all the time about having a good and Godly reputation. A Godly reputation leads to a Godly legacy. And this man’s life is a gentle reminder to me of the importance of living a Godly life and striving to make a difference in the lives of people. After all when it comes down to it, HOW you lived your life for Christ is ultimately all that really matters. The stuff we buy, the sports we play, the house we live in, the car we drive will not matter. If we made a difference in the lives of others and impacted their lives for Christ, lives will be changed, and who knows someone may come and pull weeds at your house someday also. πŸ™‚

Summer Reading- What do U like?

I love to read….but don’t often take the time. I really try every summer to do a great deal of reading. Yesterday as my first official duty of the last day of school ( Yipee!! Yay!!! Ahhhhhhhhh! Sorry, that is me momentarily going crazy ‘cuz school is out!!) I went to our local library and checked out a TON of books. As a matter of fact, The Inventor fell asleep last night with her light on and a book covering her head! A good way to start the summer.

So I am looking for suggestions for summer books…… I tend to like non-fiction, but I must admit, I did check out a book by Karen Kingsbury, “Between Sundays” and started to read that last night. I am enjoying it.

I am not much of a girly girl when it comes to fiction reading, I tend to like sports, action more guy stuff, but like I said I have read several Karen Kingsbury books lately, and have enjoyed them. I also tend to stick to christian themed books, but I did read several John Grisham books in the past. So ladies….what do you suggest, what have your read lately that you have loved? I have been out of the book loop, so bring me back into the loop and please leave some suggestions or personal favorites.

THANKS!! πŸ™‚

He listens…

SportTman was outside playing wiffle ball with a friend today. It was only 98 degrees out, so he did as most boys do, he took his shirt off to play. After awhile I went out and in my stern mom voice, reminded him to put sunscreen on. He responded with such beautiful, magic, wonderful words, he said, “I already did!”

He listens!!!!!! Wow I have actual evidence of a 13 year old boy that listens to his mom. πŸ™‚

Also, stay tuned I will soon be posting pictures and a You Tube video of my husbands $1,046 dollar haircut.

A stitch in the knee is saving me……..

A stitch in the knee is saving me from this crazy, busy life we live lately. Yep, SportTman got his first set of stitches last night! He was diving for a ball at batting practice before his baseball game, and hit a rock. It did a lovely job of slicing open his knee, he ended up needing 11 stitches! I am so thankful for the wonderful christian family practice that we go to, they were able to see him right away and stitch him up in the doctor’s office.

So with SportTman out of commission for several days our schedule is suddenly freed up! It is so nice to have some time at home. The Inventor is done with soccer, SportTman can’t play baseball for at least 5-7 days, and school is out in 3 more days!!!!

I have thought many times on how crazy our schedule is in the spring, but it relaxes more in the summer. Since hubby and I are both teachers, we can enjoy some down time in the summer. I see how important that time is for resting, relaxing, refreshing, and renewing! It is needed, and necessary and I don’t feel guilty about taking that time. Every family needs some down time, to Be Still Before the Lord! Imagine that concept of truly being still. Still, and silent, just alone with God, in silence. Wow, that is truly a great concept to grasp and cling to. I hope you have some down time planned for you and your family this summer, hopefully it won’t come as the result of 11 stitches!