Tuesday, July 27, 2010

old pics

I came across these old pics the other day
the kidlets were sooo little
Timothy, who is 7 now, was the baby
Timothy was always sucking his fingers
the first and second one, upside down
it was so hard to break him.
Caleb was so bright eyed 
He must've been about 2
and his hair was little curls
I didn't want to trim those curls
Levi was about 3
the sun has always bothered his eyes
they were quite gun crazy
Josiah (5) and his gun
they are still gun crazy
and Josiah absolutely LOVED that shirt
he still has it,
though it doesn't look quite the same
"you might be a redneck"
if you've ever done your homework in a tree....
Paige (8) and a definite big sister
she was a great help times a little bossy
they were so cute
bright inquisitive faces
see the Woody with Caleb 
he took it everywhere
Paige's first cat, Beka, all her own
that cat sat in her lap during school
and slept with her at night
Josiah and Sarge
he got him when he was 4
with the Gibbs at Virginia Beach
Aaron pulling Caleb, Levi, and cousin, Katie

its fun looking back on the old times

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

last July 21st

Last year at this time
I was in the hospital with Boaz.
(that's no surprise).
His 1st port had come loose
and they were replacing it. 
We had been fighting to get a feeding tube also. 
We got it since he was already in surgery. 
He had gone through three cycles of chemo
and the cancer had grown.
We were ready to get him off of it.
You can read the story of how it all 
went if you scroll through and look 
at posts from this time last year.
He was sleeping so soundly, 
they made me wake him to give him the
medicine that would make him sleep???
So he wouldn't cry when they took him.
No wonder he cried!!
The way it all happened was a miracle. 
God took care of every detail so that
he could get the new port, the feeding tube, 
and get away from the chemo.
This is pretty much right out of surgery.
Maybe a few hours later.
He was such an incredibly happy boy.
He just had a way about him. 
While we were talking to the nurse about 
the feeding tube, the nurses gave Boaz
a whole roll of orange ace bandage and 
he had Aaron wrap his turtle, COMPLETELY. 
But look at that smile!!!
Driving off from the hospital that day
was like growing wings.
I know the decision is different for everyone,
but I knew I couldn't continue to keep him
on the chemo, watching the tumors grow, 
making him sick, and damaging his 
precious little body.
Just a few days later you'd have 
never known he had surgery.
He usually had this beautiful smile 
on his face. 
That smile was worth lots of sleepless nights.
Stonewall and Boaz were constant companions.
This is within the week and he was
running around the park playing.


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Hunter's Birthday

Happy Birthday Hunter
It all started when Hunter picked this.........
ball for his birthday. 
It's like the soccer ball they used in the world cup.
And this........cake pan I've thought would be fun
some time, homemade frosting (yum), 
and it was fun
Hunter liked it....but then again it was cake!!!

Then came the fourth of July. 
It has been a while since my boys got to preach
so when the preacher at the church announced
that during the pm service the boys and young men
could preach, mine could talk of nothing else!
Josiah was my first one to preach
he preached on wisdom
What can a young 12 year old boy know about wisdom?
Practically speaking, not much. 
But he wrote this message totally on his own, 
he got his own illustrations
The first time he preached it he made a sword
and borrowed his sisters baby doll.
Remember the two harlots, the baby, and Solomon?
Levi was next
he wrote a new message for the 4th of July
reasons America is free
Caleb preached then
and he wanted to write one special for the 4th also
"reasons why we have the flag we have"
The older guys were given a topic to preach on.
I think that might be interesting with the younger guys once.

After church most of us loaded up 
and went to watch the fireworks.
I had a good time taking these pics
my new camera has a fireworks setting
this one had a heart in the middle
it was neat to see how they turned out
they were a ways away and, of course, it was dark
another heart
Dad's shadow
watching the works
Little Levi & his Mom 
yes it was hot and humid
we were all sweaty & sticky
singing on the way there and back
(except the too cool J, up front, 
wouldn't want that in the pic)
they were loud, but I know they'll remember 
the fun time they had for a long time

fireworks for the boys to set off themselves
bottle rockets.........
sparklers for everyone
this is Hunter and Stonewall
and it looked pretty neat 
when they wrote their names
their characters were kinda funny to watch
some of the children were eager
some were pulling away even 
as the bottle rocket went off
............but not many of them
even the girls were out back with theirs
the boys were thrilled with the smoke bombs
tanks - they shot fire and made noise
 every boys dream
even when it sprinkled
noone was running for cover
then of course, everyone needed more food
and you can see what the boys think of the girls
he was saying "don't touch those brownies"
I wonder who baked them?

by the way, Paige has started a new blog
it's called Buggy
Buggy was Boaz pet name from Paige and Stonewall


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

playin around

the children
Paige - is 15 now
an enormous help to me and Daddy
loves to act goofy w/her brothers
likes to take pictures and scrapbook
Josiah - 12, likes his hats
loves to work
can figure out a lot on his own
(Big Daddy taught him some and initiative keeps him going)
Levi - 10 years
somewhat serious and tender
while still all boy
Caleb - 9 year old me
infatuated with Calvin & Hobbes
(I don't know how that happened ;)
likes to aggravate his sister
Timothy - 7 years, mini Nick
he uses the blond hair for a cover-up
he's really taken off in his school
and is a good help around the house
Hunter - 6 on the 1st
can you see the activity in his eyes
a bouncing time bomb of energy
Stonewall - 4, 
he's developed quite a personality
a very goofy one
seems he's a good student

can I still call them all children
it seems some of them are getting too big, 
and responsible for that title
and the little ones are NOT interested 
in being little for their Mommy anymore

then there's mom - no age needed
likes to take pictures
lots of them
one day is going to learn the violin


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