So, as you can tell, we had some FREE Summer fun today and spent a stormy summer afternoon at the library. Let me just tell you, we have an AWESOME library here! The girls looked at books and played in the childrens area for 2 1/2 hours and STILL cried when we left! Melisa also joined the summer reading program. She has set the goal of reading 30 books or more in the next month! She has gotten off to a good start and has read 2 books already and is working on a third as we speak! :-) Melisa got a lesson on looking up names of books she wants and then finding the first letter of the authors name to find the book. She was so excited to find the Ugly Duckling with just a little help! It is awesome to see your kids loving to learn!
Cali had fun making friends with the sweetest little boy. He had spina bifida and she rolled around on the floor and crawled around with him playing chase and hide and seek. They giggled and squealed. It was awesome. They both also climbed into a bean bag and listened to Misa read to them!
I can't think of a better way to beat the stormy summer blues, LOL! This is day 2nd of storms...I am ready for some outside fun now, I hope tomorrow brings the sunshine again!
As you may remember from a few posts ago, we celebrated the end of second grade with rootbeer floats. Well, when we were eating them we were trying to teach Cali to say "rootbeer" but she never quite got it.
Fast forward to last night when Clark and Cali ran to the store together. Clark was walking through the isle that had the rootbeer and Cali spotted it and announced "I want BEER Daddy!" Clark was quite shocked and looked around and said "OHHH, you want ROOTbeer Cali." to which she replied "BEER Daddy, I want BEER!" This went on for the rest of their time in the store! Clark was sure we were going to get a visit from social services today, LOL! Or wose yet, the President from the BAPTIST University that employes us was going to walk around the corner! Clark ended up buying the rootbeer trying to get her to stop asking for it, LOL and now she knows it is in the fridge. SO, we find her in the kitchen saying "BEER Mommy, BEER Daddy, I want BEER!" Oh, I can't wait until someone from work or church stops by for a visit! SO, PLEASE, oh PLEASE be careful with what you try to teach a toddler to say!!!
Current mood: happy
I just wanted to say HAPPY FATHER'S DAY to all you Dads out there! I hope you each had a great day with your loved ones.
I think we did a good job of spoiling Clark today! :-) Melisa and I woke up at 6:30 and made him waffles (we used my Mikey Mouse Waffle Iron that we haven't used since before we moved to Korea) with lots of yummy fruit AND we couldn't forget his morning coffee! We enjoyed a yummy breakfast together and when Cali woke up the girls put on their t-shirts that we made this week that say "I love my Daddy" and the gave him his presents! We got him 3 old U2 albums that he needed to continue his collection. We also gave him a t-shirt with the girls hand prints that says "Hands Down, Best Dad in Town!" The girls hadmade him mugs that say "I LOVE DAD" too. Needless to say he got SPOILED!
After breakfast and presents we all got ready for church. We had to get there a little early to let Melisa get lined up. She got to sing with the VBS kids during the service today. When she got up there we couldn't actually see her because she was on the floor rather than the stage. BUT, we finally spotted her little red hair bouncing. Every other second we could see it bounce up and it was just too cute! After church, Misa had a special pizza party because the girls donated more money for the mission offereing than the boys.
By the time she was full of pizza we were HUNGRY, so we let Clark pick a spot for lunch, We ended up at Outback...YUM! Then we headed to Books-A-Million to look at books and see what was new. We spent an hour and a half browsing around the store and then headed to Target...they were out of the tables I was looking for AND the rice cookers I wanted...OH WELL! Then we took a look in Old Navy...but didn't buy anything there either. We FINALLY got home around 5:30 and we all cuddled up to watch a movie and make phone calls to wish everyone in FL and SC a Happy Father's Day.
I just rambled on like that and I realize you probably didn't need a minute by minute run down of our day...sorry...I am good at rambling, LOL. I hope that you all had a good day and made the "fathers" in your life know how speical and loved they are! HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!
I absolutely LOVE training with kettlebells and recomend them to anyone looking for a new challenge in their workout! They are fun and a complete workout! I am using a 12 kg or 26 lb bell in these pictures. I often use a 16 kg or 36 lb one when I am working two arm swings. Clark also has a 20 kg or 44 lb bell that I can't swing yet...but one day I will get there, LOL! They are tons of fun to use...
It Doesn't Seem Possible!
Current mood: peaceful
Oh my! I can't believe I just ordered 3rd grade homeschool materials!! We have officially been at this homeschooling thing since P-4...that means we are about to start our FIFTH year!! It also means that we are heading on the downhill slope of elementary school now! We are officially half way through elementary school! Time has flown by and I don't want to think about how fast this next year or even next 3 years will fly!
I remember teaching her the alphabet and her numbers. I remember saying A says "ah, ah, ah, ah" with her over and over again! Now she can read pretty much anything put in front of her and she is adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing! It is amazing to think about how far she has come. Her penmenship is almost better than mine and she is more creative than I could have ever imagined. Being able to have this front row seat to watch her develop, learn and grow! I got to experience each first and new accomplishment! The excitement of reading her first chapter book and writing her first story. We may not have gotten even close to rich in the last 4 years but I wouldn't trade a minute of our homeschool days for all the money in the world! Each and every day has been a gift from God and is now a treasure I hold in my heart.
On a side note, I wanted to say this was not written to say that I think homeschool is the only or best way to go. It is just what God called our family to. It is also not me trying to justify or explain why I homeschool, it is just me counting my blessings and remembering all of the awesome days we have had! Don't get me wrong there are days when Melisa won't concentrate and I am at my wits end, but the good days out weigh those bad days 100 to 1 and I wouldn't trade them for anything!
Summer days are here and for the first time in years my girls are getting to experience what summer days are like for kids here in the US! Misa is missing our trip overseas for mission meeting and she is missing beach ministry, but she is getting to experince summer days that I had when I was growing up and it is fun to watch!
This week has been VBS and Melisa is LOVING it! She has made some new friends, but by far her favorite new friend is Elizabeth! They seem to be joined at the hip! She is loving the bible stories, mission man, music, art time, and outside play time. She comes home and tells me a minute by minute run down of her morning.
Her teachers have bragged about her and tell me that she always adds SO much to the class. She is SO excited about the mission offering that she even gave her tooth fairy money. It is going to buy bibles in an African language to send to missionaries. She remembers us getting all the Korean bibles and how many we gave out and she just wants to help. I am SOO proud of her. She has been doing extra chores at home to get change for the offering. She has given over $5.00 (and that is a lot for a 7 year old).
Today was our third day in a row where it got over 100 degrees. SO, I broke down and bought the blow up swimming pool from Walgreens. Let me tell you it is HUGE and was relatively cheap! It is as long and wide as our kitchen! Now, our kitchen isn't HUGE but it isn't the smallest kitchen we have had either. After VBS we spent the afternoon playing in the new pool, splashing each other, and squirting each other with the hose.
This evening VBS had a carnival night and we had a blast. There were games, cotton candy, snow cones, moon walks, and all kinds of fun! Melisa went early dressed proudly in her Gators cheer uniform Papa got her to learn some cheers from some of the USM cheerleaders. She learned two cheers and watched the USM cheerleaders do some really cool stunts. Then at 5:30 she got to go on stage and perform the cheers with the group. It was SUPER cute. I had to say I was proud that my blue and orange girlie was up there in the middle of all that black and gold, LOL! Cali went crazy over the moon walks and cried when it was time to leave.
One of her friends is going to be coming over to play next week and we are looking at some other fun things to do...a picnic to the park, another trip to the zoo, a membership to the Y so we can go swimming in the big pool. Summer days are here and we are making the most of every day.
In 2 weeks we will move back into that mission mind set though as we are on the staff of Camp W. Carey. We will move into the dorms and Melisa will become a "proffessional camper" LOL! Cali will be my little side kick and I will probably be MIA around here for a while.
Anyway, keep up the prayers. We are feeling them and still making some major decissions about the coming months. We appreciate all the letters of encouragment...God has blessed me with some great friends!
I was reminded of this phrase today as I dropped Melisa off at VBS! I am SO excited that she is getting to spend the week learning about the Lord and playing with other kids. She is SO excited and couldn't wait to wake up this morning and put on her new VBS t-shirt. :-)
However, I must say I was VERY dissappointed when I dropped her off. I didn't have time to do my hair before I took Misa. So, it was wet and I had a bandana put over in...I am sure I was really attractive...it is my workout look. Anyway, as I dropped her off, I noticed her name was spelled wrong on her name tag. I politely let them know that she would probably not say anything but it was spelled wrong and I wondered if they could change it. Well, the older lady at the table with a huff in her voice and quite the attitude towards us changed it. I then proceeded to say that I had one more thing I wanted to talk to her about. You could tell she was annoyed, but I was a parent and she had to take the time. I told her that Melisa liked to talk about where we have just come from and what we have been doing. I knew we were knew at the church and hadn't shared "our story" with anyone yet but I didn't want anyone to think she was telling a "story". The whole time I was telling her this you could tell this was NOT what she wanted to be doing. I went on to say that Melisa might tell people that we have spent the last 4 years living in Korea and working as missionaries and it was true. The "m" word came out of my mouth and INSTANTLY her attitude changed towards me! She was more than willing to help me with anything I wanted and all.
Now, I didn't tell her this because I wanted special treatment. Melisa told her gym teacher that we had been in Korea for 4 years and the teacher came to me about the truth of it. I didn't want her teachers thinking she was lying. BUT, what REALLY bothers me is that it is ok to give someone new that doesn't have the "church" look about them an attitude, but we must treat the "missionary" with kindness. How is the "new" person who may not know Christ going to see His love if this is how we function.
Don't get me wrong, we REALLY love the church we have been visiting and besides this instance we have been met with wonderful people and attitudes. It just made me sad that in the stress of registration for VBS they were forgetting that they were working with people who may not know God! I am no different than someone of death row for murder except that I have accepted God's grace. I am no worse or better than anyone else...we are all sinners and in need of God's grace. For those of us who have accepted God's salvation and are covered in His grace, we need to remember that we are walking examples of Him (and I am not being Holier than thou here...I am talking to myself too). Who knows when we are going to meet someone who needs that love! Someone who is ready to accept God and turn from their sin if the message comes to them. Are we going to let stress and frusttration from the craziness of life keep us from sharing God with a lost world?
Sorry about that little rant. It has just been hard for me being back in the States and visiting churches. If the church knows we are "former missionaries" we get the red carpet treatment. If they do not know that we are "former missioanries" it is hard to get someone to shake our hand and invite us back. It seems like it should be just the opposite. Those who do not know Christ need to be welcomed and invited back so they can hear the Word!
OOPS, I got started again...sorry!
I will let you know how VBS goes for Melisa. Thanks for everyone praying for our guidance and direction right now. I still can't put any details out here but we still need prayers, especially today while we have some meetings. We are feeling the peace that passes all understanding and know that is because of your prayers!
To make the day even MORE memorable Misa lost another tooth and is excited to get to use her new "horsey tooth pillow" that Mommom gave her for Christmas! She looks so cute with another tooth hole and a shine in her eyes from excitment of the day! She can't wait to get another visit from the tooth fairy...but I don't know when we will be able to get her calm enough to go to sleep after that rootbeer float!
Anyway, just wanted to say a public congrats to my big girl for another year of hard work and let her know how proud I am of her!
On a side note, we are asking for prayers for wisdom, discernment and direction over the next few days. A lot has happened this week that I really can't put out here for the world to read, but we need some extra prayers this week as we make some big decisions! Thanks everyone and sorry I am being so vague!
This morning, shortly after Clark got to work, he had a suprise visitor. The pastor from the local Korean church that we have visited come to ask us to prayerfully concider teaching their children's Sunday School class. As we are missing Korea and working with Koreans God is so faithful to provide us an opportunity to serve right in the midst of that people group!
We are going to get the schedule of services at the church we have been attending. If we can attend the early service and Sunday school and then make it to the Korean church by 10 am to do their Sunday School, we are very seriously concidering taking on this new ministry role. It is amazing that when you bring the desires of your heart to the Lord he is so faithful to fullfill them! Just when you question where you are and what God is doing with you here, He answers. Just when you wonder if you really heard His voice, he speaks again! We serve an AWESOME God!
Current mood: sad
Today I find myself missing our second home, Jeju! I don't know if I have mentioned it before, but it is the single place that Clark and I have lived the longest since we have been married! We lived there 2 years and 4 months...a new record for us! Cali was born there! Melisa grew from a "baby" to a big girl there. We gained a "family" there of fellow missionaries and locals! It became home and it has been a lot harder to leave it than we ever imagined. There are days that we miss it dearly!
Anyway, in honor of Jeju, I thought I would do a "Top Ten" list for you! So, here are the top ten things I miss about Jeju!
10. The matching honeymooners!
9. The middle schoolers on field trips...HEEEELOOO!
8. Cherry Blossoms and all the other flowers in bloom
7. Exercise Parks and the grandma's and grandpa's working out
6. A little beach with the umbrella's (you know the length of a city block with 200 umbrellas).
5. Picnics at the backsand beach
4. The fresh smell of dried squid at the movie theater...YUM (I really do miss it believe it or not, even if I never ate it).
3. Decorated/customized stone grandpa's
2. OOOLD women in wetsuits....those precious Henya
1. Our "Mission Family" and Korean Friends!
There are a LOT more things I miss about Jeju that just couldn't make it on the top ten list. I miss our BIG DADDY COOL (our van) and the full service gas stations that give out tissues as service. I miss our 3 level E-Marts! I miss Melisa's ballet class! I miss Twegi Galbi and Bulgogi! I miss Kimchee!!! I miss our second home! I know it will ALWAYS have a place in my heart that will never be filled by another!
Well, today my wonderful husband and I were talking and decided to take on a new challenge. We won't accomplish it for a few years because it is EXPENSIVE, but we are going to begin to prepare for it. Many of you who have read my blog for a while know that physical training has been a new found love of mine (well, not so new now...it has been growing for a few years). Since we got home and got some real kettlebells, we have stepped things up a notch (Clark more than me unfortunately). For over a year now we have been looking at the RKC instructors certification and said it would be cool to do one day. But today we decided that it is something we want to begin training for. We are in it together, training together and in a few years have enough money saved to be able to complete the certification weekend together! It is going to be tough and we have a lot of work to do, but it will all be worth it to be able to say we did this together. If you are curious about what I am talking about here is the link: RKCInstructorsCertification
It is funny that we decided to do this today and then when we got home from church I opened up a magazine (the newest issue of HomeLife) I had picked up and found an article about couples who train together. Statistics show that when couples train together and make a healthy lifestyle a priority together they are more likely to stick together AND it gives them something else to draw them together. God is so good in always giving us confirmation for what we feel lead to do!
I know that physical training is not for everyone. But, the article went on to talk about couples finding activities like that to do. So, I am posing a challenge to you (any of my married readers)...find somethings...a challenge, a hobby, an activity that you and your spouse can do together regularly and make a goal together in that area. If you already have a activity, set a new goal for it to reach together. If you take my challenge, share with me what you and your spouse are going to do and keep me updated on how it goes. :-)
In the future we think it would be awesome to do a marathon together (if my knee's could take it). We are also wanting to start taking more family bike rides through the nice path in town. There are so many things out there that we want to do! I can't wait to hear your ideas.
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a times to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a times to tear and at ime to mend,
a times to be silent and a time to speak,
a times to love and a time to hate,
a times for war and a times for peace
What does the worker gain from his toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on men. He has made everything beautiful in His time."
Ecclesiatstes 3:1-11 NIV
God is so good. I have had a lot of stuff on my heart recently. A lot of personal stuff that isn't necessarily needed to be made public knowledge. A lot of things that God has been dealing with me about. There were things I wanted to search for, mend and keep but God has given me a peace about letting go of them and giving up. God has a plan for everyone and if we seek Him, He will show us what "time" it is now. So, tody I mourn weep for those things lost but I know that I will laugh and dance again! As much as I want to speak now, God has revealed to me that this is my time to be silent. I have been going through a time of uprooting and now it is time to plant again! I have refrained from embracing many things while trying my hardest to embrace those who do not want to be embraced. I now know where and whom to embrace and where and whom to refrain from. For this "time" in my life God has given me these verses to live by. I am claiming them as my verses for this season of life. I am asking God to show me what "time" it is in each situation that has been stressing me out and causing me to worry and have heartache over. As I ponder over these verses, I know that God has opened my eyes and for the first time in a long time I see my season of dancing and laughing in sight!
Then on Thursday we had the whole "nurse maids elbow" and an emergency trip to the doctors office. Once again, we were blessed when her arm worked itself back into place. She took some tylenol at home and was back to normal by the next morning. Our poor baby seems to be an accident waiting to happen but God has been SO good to continue to keep His hand on her.
This morning at 5:45 Cali started calling me from her room. I climbed in bed to cuddle with her and make sure everything was ok. As I did I was SHOCKED to feel how hot she was. Her feet were burning up and her close were moist from sweat. I immediately called Clark to bring me tylenol and the thermometer. I took her temp. and was relieved that it was only 101.2...she felt warmer than that! I gave her some tylenol, rubbed her head with a cool cloth and cuddled until she fell back to sleep. After she fell asleep, I noticed her top lip is very swollen too. We were terrified that it was because of an infection with one of the teeth the dentist worked on. She was on antibiotics for 10 days and have only been off of them for 4 days. She went back to sleep and the tylenol began to work and her temp. came back to normal. She went on to sleep until 8:30. When she woke up she was her normal self and the swelling was down. WHEW!! We went ahead and called the dentist (he is SOO awesome, he gave us his cell number) and he reassured us that it sounded like she has a viral infection and not something to do with her teeth. He told us what to look for in her teeth and when we looked he was sure they were ok. We still don't know why her lip was swollen, but since it is down we are counting it is a blessing. Around 10:00 she started to get fussy and after a temp. check we realized it was going back up. After some more tylenol and a short nap our Cali Boo is back. Hopefully whatever it is she is fighting off will loose and she will be back to normal soon!
My Poor Boo Baby!
Then this evening as Clark came home he was greeted by Cali running and squealing. He scooped her up and put words to my earlier emotions. He said "Sometimes I look at you and I can't believe that God allowed me to have a hand in creating YOU!" That sums it up SO perfectly! I can't believe that God allowed me to have a hand in creating two such amazing little lives! Clark also added "You know, people always said I was a trouble maker and I guess that is more than true...I have made double trouble in the form of two little girls!" That last comment didn't have much to do with the other, but it made me smile! I love my girls, I love my husband, I love the life God has given me...even with the rough times! Isn't it amazing that he uses us to bring life into the world? If you are a mommy or a daddy take a look at your little ones and remember just how blessed you are to have had a hand in making them!
Wednesday we took Granny and Papa to gymnastics with us. Granny took TONS of pictures of the girls in action and I will share them soon! In between gym classes we ate lunch at home, watched a movie, and then went on an Antique shop hunt...with no luck. It ended up being a fun and entertaining ride because we saw a sign for ANTIQUES and we folled it to another sign, turned and followed it to another sign, and another, AND another. THEN, when we got there we found out it was only an Antique Auction. We were in the middle of no where and couldn't buy a single thing! OH WELL! It was ALL worth it to hear Granny get tickled and laugh and laugh! It was contagious and before we knew it we were all laughing so hard the tears were flowing.
Today we headed out unsure of where we were going to end up. After a few errands, we ended up at the ZOO! We spent 2 hours walking around the zoo looking at all the animals and then took a train ride around the property of the zoo. I will have pictures from the Zoo soon! After the zoo, we headed for a quick lunch at a great Deli place (Sweet Peppers) and then headed to the mall. We hit Dillards and Granny bought the girls some cute outfits. :-) I told her she didn't have to, but she couldn't resist!
While at Dillards the real adventure started! Cali was trying to run away and I had her hand. When I wouldn't let go, she dropped to the ground and as she did her arm popped and I instantly knew we were in trouble! She instantly started screaming and grabbed her left arm with her right hand. At this point she wouldn't move it or let me touch it. As long as it was still and I she didn't have to move it, she was ok. The minute I moved it or she bumped it she SCREAMED! It was PITIFUL! Putting her in the carseat was a nightmare! I called Clark and had him call the doctor (the number is saved on the cell phone and he had it today) to ask if we should come into the doctors office or go to the ER. The doctor said he had time to squeeze us in if we could get there in 15 miuntes. So, I FLEW across town and we got there just in time! As we were waiting in the waiting room, Cali saw the fish tank and got excited! She forgot momentarily that she hurt her arm and tried to point for the fish! As she pointed we heard a pop again and she slowly started using it more and more. It seems she had "Nurse Maids Elbow" and popped her elbow slightly out of place but the moved it back in place by the movement she made. We are givin gher tylenol for the soreness and watching to make sure she doesn't start to favor it again. But, we made it out of the office without a trip to the ER...WHEW!! The doctor was AMAZING! I am SO glad we chose him to be our doctor...what a blessing!
Now, we are at home, enjoying a yummy dinner and relaxing with Granny and Papa! They leave tomorrow and we sure are going to miss having them around!
I hope all of you are having a good week!