Fishing with the kiddies…

The first time this year, they went without me because I was canning.  This time, I really wanted to go!  We went to the Four Lakes Forest Perserve.


This was the first time I had been there, and it is quite pretty! Even though we didn’t catch a single fish, and even though we spent most of the time casting a kid’s pole.

or untangling a kid’s line…

or baiting a hook…

or untangling a kid’s line…

or hushing the kids…

or untangling a kid’s line…

or De-lining a tree…

We had a great time!

The hubby got to fish a little…. He didn’t get any fish.






Jehovah Jireh – God our Provider

Sunday night,  we had a group of people for dinner.  We were joined by 7 extra adults and a couple extra kids, and dinner was….well… insane.  We have had a dining room table that has needed some work.  The table was a blessing to us six years ago, but it just needed some work nowadays.  The table only sat six at its biggest.  The legs were no longer able to be tightened and the table swayed routinely.  When we have company we have had to bring in an extra table just to find room to feed anyone other than our family.  The extra table and the continually moving dining table made dinner  a tad more difficult, but we made it work.

As we were sitting at dinner, we were discussing the fact although we had matching oak chairs sitting around,but we couldn’t use them.  We were explaining that we kept the chairs around the table to look like we had a dining set, but we couldn’t sit on them because they are falling apart.  My dad has tried to glue and clamp them, and they just won’t stay together.  When we are discussing all this, JP said, “God will provide us a table and chairs sometime.”

On Monday morning, my phone rang.  My mother was on the other side excitedly telling me about a table.  My boss at the tax office (and my mom’s boss) has a sister named Shirley.  Shirley had gone to an estate sale on Saturday and made a few purchases.  One of these purchases was a table and chairs for her son and daughter-in-law.  They didn’t want it, and Shirley was hoping to bless someone in the ministry with this table and chairs.  Connie mentioned me, and wha-la!

God was at work.

They didn’t know I needed a table and chairs!  God did.

I didn’t really think it was such a big deal that God would even worry about my swaying table, but God did.

God had provided that table before my husband was even voicing our frustration over the current table situation!

A few of the chairs were painted orange, and so I had to do a little painting of my own, but God gave us this fantastic – solid as a rock – table and 8 chairs!  EIGHT!


Hanging at the orchard

It may have been warm today, but the change of the seasons is coming.  One of our favorite fall activities is the local orchards.  We tend to visit our favorite several times in a season, but today we headed to another local orchard.

The man child decided that the orchard really wouldn’t be any fun, so he hung out with his xBox and we packed in.  Dad, Mom, three kids, a giant kid named DJ and his lovely girl Julie.

First order of business…


We had to feed the goats (who were not hungry at all), but DJ really wanted to feed them, so we tried.


We had to play in the play area too.


Something has happened to us, and we have gotten old.

I love this little monster.

Mama's Boy

We had to “ride” the tractors!


Our big guy LOVES John Deere. “Its the best, Mom!”


And the best picture of the whole day…


That kid may never get a car!

It was strange without Noah. Just didn’t quite feel right :/ Poor guy. We did get to run into old friends, and that was nice treat to end the trip.

I think I jinxed us.

It was not even three weeks ago that I was stating that we had made it through thirteen years of parenthood without a broken bone. I thought I knocked on wood when I said it, but obviously, that didn’t help.

I still am trying to figure out how one misses an entire trampoline. Really? How big is a trampoline? and HOW can you miss the WHOLE THING?

Well, I have always thought this kid was talented 🙂

When we saw the shape of his arm, we knew that something was up. JP took off with him to the ER since I needed to stay with the other kids. Noah had a friend staying over too. Poor friend. His wonderful parents came and picked him up.

When I got to the ER (after my parents came and rescued us) I was shocked to find them waiting in the WAITING room still. The ER was full and there were no rooms for him. They took his x-rays and made him return to the waiting room! They finally took us back and there we had to wait more… and more…

We did hear some interesting things while we waited… The lady on one side of Noah, came in because she fell at the bus-stop. Well, “While I am here, can you look at my throat… It hurts” and While you are looking at my throat, “my tooth hurts….”  Really?  I can understand coming in for the fall, but the tooth?  The throat?

Then we got to listen to the lady on the other side of Noah, and we got to hear all about how she came in to the ER FOR PINK EYE. It wasn’t even pink eye either. She had a cold and she was coughing so hard that she ruptured blood vessels in her eye. And, the famous line, “While I am here, can I get a chest x-ray and a urine test?”


JP really wanted to the doctor for a few extra services while we were in there, but thankfully we ran out of time and he had to leave for church.

When our turn finally came to see the doctor, I was relieved when it was Dr. Nicolosi.  However, I don’t think it is a good thing when the ER doctor remembers you.  He was the doctor we got to see when I dislocated #3’s wrist trying to teach her how to swing a baseball bat, and that wasn’t the only time we have met him :/

We could see him in the back room looking at Noah’s X-rays, and from a distance I thought it was all good.  When we saw him change screens and start researching different kinds of splints, we knew something was a kilter.

They decided to use a “Sugar-tong Splint.” Read of it here if you are into weird medical stuff.  IT was quite a interesting process to watch.

He really was a trooper.  He was in a lot of pain, and he held his head up, and acted like a big kid.  I was really surprised at how grown up he acted.


He really didn’t want his picture taken though!  He was hungry.  VERY hungry.  All he cared about was some food.  He missed lunch because he was busy missing the trampoline.

Now, we wait.  We have to wait until Tuesday to call the Orthopedic surgeon.  Then wait to see him, and then see what he says.  I guess we will get a real cast then.  Until then, we just wait, and hope he doesn’t whine too much.