Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A surprise family fun day!

Today started out as a typical day. After we woke up, a little bit of school was done and then we got ready to go to Taylors physical and speech therapy.

We were running late and I completely forgot to clean off the ramp for Taylor's wheelchair. It was covered in snow and ice. The kids and I did the best we could and I tried to load her chair into the van.

Over and over I tried and over and over it slid back down the ramp. Arg. (It is a power chair and weighs about 200 lbs) After my millionth attempt, I gave it all I had and as I was driving it (or trying to) I pushed that sucker. It hit a patch of ice and knocked the ramp off the back of the van and the wheelchair landed on its side. Behind the van. Barely missing my foot.

After a few deep breathes I lifted the chair right side up and turned it on. Nothing. Nada. It did nothing.

So here I am 4 kids loaded, 3 degrees, its snowing, and a broken wheelchair. Its too icy to push the darn thing because its too heavy! So its stuck in the snow, behind the van. Oh yeah and its not water proof.

Brian called on his lunch and I told him what happened. He saved the day! He took a half a day off work and rescued me. :o)

I was just a tad irritated. Just a tad.

Brian has this funny way of making everything better. Once he got the chair in the house, he said "lets go sled riding"! I really had no desire to. What I wanted to do was finish up school for the day and maybe sneak in a nap.

After some coaxing, I agreed.

Of course, we had a blast!

We had a wonderful day. Full of memories and laughter. We even took a Taco Bell run for dinner! :o)
Oh and the wheelchair is not broken. The battery came unplugged. Yes, really. When they told me that was all that was wrong, I didn't know if I should laugh or scream. I laughed.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Multitude Monday


Why do I find it so hard to find contentment lately? Is it because everything seems to be going wrong? Is it because its winter and everything is cold and dreary? Is it because I feel so tired?

Truthfully I have always felt content until lately. When we found out Taylor had cerebral palsy people thought it was weird that I never cried. The doctor looked at me and said "do you realize she may never talk or walk". I remember thinking that I will cross that bridge when I get there.

I was only 18. Maybe that has something to do with it. I just turned 31.

I have never been one to compare my life with others. I have always been happy. I have always lived life to the fullest and can remember saying a million times " I can sleep when I am dead". There was way too much to do. In a good way. Memories to make, life to live!

Lately though I feel this little pesky...thing. It eats at me at night. I feel discontent. Not always but I can feel it creep in at times. I don't like it. At all.

I am memorizing Hebrews 13:5.
Let your conversation be with out covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

For now, as I trend lightly through this unknown territory, I will remember those things that I have been blessed beyond belief with!

(Sorry, no pictures this week.)

~Hubby brought me a rose again!
~Little fingers that hold my hand
~Hugs, hugs and more hugs
~A hubby that spent two hours making a snow track for the kids to sled on
~Little ones that wait to turn lights out at night until they get my love
~New therapists for Taylor
~A little sister that calls for advice
~Changes that make me giddy
~Changes that make me need to trust the Lord
~Timely encouragement:

#70 - 78

Saturday, January 22, 2011


Today Brian came home from work looking like this.

Beside all the grit and grim, the handsome face and the beautiful rose for yours truly.....did you see his hand? Look a little closer at his fingers.

Ouch! Poor thing, dropped a piece of cast iron on his fingers. The holes in his finger nail is because he had to drill a hole to release some of the blood.

Just for the record, this is the second rose in two weeks. Hmmmm.......:o)

Friday, January 21, 2011

Foto Friday!

This week the photo suggestion was "Spots".

Yesterday we were pounded with quite a bit of snow.
I went outside to take some pictures and I definitely saw spots! :0)

Foto Friday Challenge

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Snow, snow and more snow!

This morning most of our snow had melted. I had plans to run some errands including the grocery store, after Brian got home from work. We were out of milk, bread... you know all the important stuff.

Around lunch time, I looked out the window and it was snowing. By the time Brian left work (which is an hour away) our roads were covered and everyone was driving very slow. We agreed it would just be better for him to stop and pick up the basics to last us till the weekend.

Twenty minutes later he calls to tell me he was rear ended. Luckily everyone was ok and I am so glad I decided to stay home.

The snow really is beautiful to look at though! I decided since I was not leaving, I was going to venture out and take some pictures.

This is my favorite bird feeder. Brian helped the kids make it a few years ago.

I am looking forward to tomorrow. I absolutely love snowy school days. We read lots of books and it always puts me in the mood to bake. I wonder what I have on hand since I didn't make it to the store. Peanut butter cooking sound yummy!

I told hubby he was fired from grocery shopping because he always comes home with a huge receipt from the million things NOT on the list. Haha. I guess I shouldn't complain too much because usually at least half of those things are for me. :o)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

I Heart Faces ~ Winter Wonderland

Daddy and Alyssa love playing in the snow!

I have a confession to make.

I have an addiction. Its true. See I love to take pictures. I love my kids. So there for, I love to take pictures of my kids.

I also love my new camera. So that means my camera is in my hands A LOT. That also means my kids just might be getting tired of smiling. :o)

Now for my confession.

My name is Miranda and I am addicted to photo contests and challenges. There I said it.

I didn't mean to become addicted to these. It all started after I challenged myself to be more intent on capturing special moments with my family. I started by participating in Rebeccas foto friday.
Foto Friday Challenge
Then I fell in love with I Heart Faces.

Then I came across Project 365.

2011 Mommytography 365 Project

From Project 365 I, of course, had to participate in the Project 52 and the Sunday assignments.

So there ya have it. Now you know my secret.

It has given me much needed motivation to make sure at the end of the day my husband has not been neglected, my children have been taken care of and memories made, my house is clean and school is done.

That is the one obligation I have given to myself. So as long as those are done than I can enjoy as many photo challenges as I can keep up with.

So why not add one more, right!

Sweet Shot Day

I came across Darcys website yesterday. Its one of those sites that you just fall in love with right away. You know the ones. She totally seems like the kind of person that I could sit and have lunch with and laugh for hours. :o)

She does a photo blog hop where you post your favorite picture of the week. Since I am taking about 400 pictures a day (I'm kidding. I think) this should not be a problem!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Multitude Monday

We had a very exciting and fun filled weekend.

First and foremost, My Taylor Lou read her very first book. My momma heart could not have been any more proud!

Her patience and perseverance really paid off.

When she first started to learn sounds she did great. As time went on I started to worry. She was not "getting it".

I knew eventually she would but I felt like she might give up before we got to that point.

After years and years of practice she read her very first book...CAT!

Sunday we played in the snow. The whole family! It was actually the first time this winter that we all made it out together.

#61 - 69
~A little girl with way more patience than her momma.
~A daddy that loves to go sledding with his little ones.
~A yellow sunset
~Dinner around the table
~Lost teeth
~A new camera to capture all these wonderful memories
~Surprise roses

Friday, January 14, 2011

Foto Friday

I started doing the Project 365 a week ago. Basically you take a picture a day, every day, for 365 days. I started a new blog just for those pictures. The link is over yonder!

Well the first photo challenges that I started doing was over on Rebecca's blog. I love her blog, her pictures, her stories. Love it! She stopped doing the photo challenges for awhile but has started them up again. YAY!

I wasn't sure if I was going to post those pictures on my regular family blog or on my picture blog. I decided to go ahead and just keep them on here so I don't get myself too confused. Are you confused yet? :P

Rebecca decided instead of doing challenges that we would just post our favorite picture of the week.

Easy enough.

This is my favorite for this week. We are studying rocks and all the kids enjoyed looking at them with their new magnifying glasses.
I love the way Taylor looks in this picture. She is so concentrated. :)

Foto Friday Challenge

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Alyssas' Hero

Alyssa had to write a paragraph for school today. She could pick the topic. This is what she wrote.

My hero is not a person that most people would know. She didn't win any gold metals at the Olympics or hit a home run in the ninth inning. But she has what counts. Like doing things that most people would think impossible. Like take care of a little girl with a disability and 3 other children. She also makes 3 square meals everyday for 5 people and herself and none of it is from a box. I think the best thing she does is she home schools four children. The name of the person I was talking about is "mom".

By Alyssa

How sweet is that! I love my kids so much.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Oh, What a Monday!

We added a new curriculum today. Yesterday I sat down and planned out my day. I was going to wake up early. Get my day started before the kids were up. Breakfast would be ready and then chores. We would sit down at the neat table and then the fun would begin! Haha.

I should know better.

I did wake up first. Good start, right! Carter woke up and we got his reading done before the girls woke up.

It was about at that point that things went down hill. I will not take you through the agony of our whole day but I will give you a few ideas.

The kids fought. Over everything. Pencils, paper, words said, words not said, the way words were said.

My washer broke. Enough said.

Bobo, the wonder dog, got sick all over Taylor and Alyssas bedroom floor.

Morgan accidentally dumped a whole can of tomato juice on her head, down her shirt, all over the floor and the counter.

The day did not go how I planned it. Not even a little bit. (The only school that even got done was reading, bible and social studies.) After everyone was a sleep for the night and I was putting away the kids school papers I started to laugh. Although the day was not how I planned it was a great day. I am so glad that I am the one that was here to smile at Morgan when she looked at me embarrassed by what she did, that I was the one that stood in the laundry room and talked with my hubby as he worked on the washer and that I am the one that gets to tuck these guys into bed every night and wake up to their sleepy faces.

Multitude Monday: #56-60

~ Teddy Bears made out of love.

~ Little hands that have to try so hard but don't give up.

~ Silly girls that take funny pictures.

~ Big Smiles and silly New Years Eve hats

~ My 5 Super Stars!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Grandpa Don

Grandpa Don was a very special man in my life. Today would have been his 78th birthday. Technically, he would be an in law but I claim him as my own. He was a part of my life for 13 years. The first time I ever met him I called him grandpa.

There is not a single person on this planet that I would rather have a debate with. Some nights we would debate things like politics to raising children for hours. He was the only person that I could tell my side and although he may never have "got" me, still walked away laughing.

He was the kind of man that would give the shirt of his back. The kind of man that you knew loved you by the things he did. By the way he spoke to you.

After a long battle with cancer we lost grandpa on October 14th. Its been almost 3 months and some days I forget that he is gone.

He was always the one to go to with questions. He knew everything. If he didn't, he sounded like it. :o) I can remember calling him about so many different things. From directions to dealing with the lawn mower if Brian was working.

If Brian had a question about working on a vehicle or something around the house it didn't take long for him to be here to help. We all looked forward to him showing up.

In April 2010 I decided to do a little photo shoot with Grandpa and Grandma.

Grandpa was very proud of his boat.

A few weeks before Fathers Day last year we stopped for a visit.
Carter was wearing his play cowboy hat. Grandpa loved it!

So we bought him one of his own for Fathers Day.

The kids asked me the other day why God would let someone come into our life just to take them away. I explained that the love and the memories that we have with that person far outweigh what our life would be like if that person was never a part of it.

My life was changed for the better having grandpa a part of it. He will never ever be forgotten. His memories will be with me for the rest of my life.


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