Saturday, July 13, 2013

Gold Fingers

Fun new nail design!  This one is a kit from Wally World -- light gold base with darker gold tips and glittahhhh! 

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Meme mi mi!!

I've made my first meme!  I was shocked to learn my oldest had never heard the traditional childhood response to which this refers, but for those of my generation, enjoy!  


Monday, July 08, 2013

I'm a Bad, Bad Blogger

Does anyone even read this anymore?  I am so bad about leaving it for many months at a time!  Life tends to distract me. ;)

SO!  I'm back to blogging.  Again.   We are living in Oklahoma now, after a short 6 months at Fort Jackson for the Chaplain Captain's Course.  Kevin is set to promote in August. Yay!  He had some hard work to do after being diagnosed with PTSD and a traumatic brain injury (TBI) from an incident during his time in Iraq.  As always, he met the challenge with amazing resolve and is overcoming with gusto!

I am doing what I love, and have a class of Autistic students that are a joy and a challenge.  I am so happy teaching them and celebrating every step they take!  I am missing them over the summer!  Meanwhile, I earned my Graduate Certificate in Autism from Texas Tech and am working on a Graduate Certificate in Applied Behaviorf Analysis.  Really good stuff!

The kids are growing, as kids tend to do, and this year we will have an 8th grader, a Sophomore, and a Senior in the house.  It is so hard to believe my oldest will graduate next year, yikes!!  I pray as he launches into the world he will impact it with the love of our merciful Savior and wisdom beyond his years!

I guess that gets things up to speed!  More later! <3

Monday, December 05, 2011

OH, my poor, neglected blog!

I have been so busy for so long, that I have not posted in ages and ages.  This tops all of my previous lapses by a long shot!

The past 2.5 years have had more than their share of challenges and blessings, to be sure.  Kevin's diagnosis with a Traumatic Brain Injury from an event during his deployment in Iraq; his time at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center for testing and healing; my work at the Child Development Center in charge of the Infant Room, then as Assistant Director, and finally as Director leading the center through a successful Accreditation process; traveling many places across Europe and even touching our toes into Asia (Turkey) and Africa (Egypt); seeing our two boys pass me up in height and our girl inching her way closer; making many friends of all different nationalities and especially the amazing men and women in uniform who are our military brothers and sisters -- the good Lord has brought us so many different experiences, blessings, and opportunities for growth.  We are thankful!

As I write this, all of our worldly possessions are on a boat from The Netherlands back to the US.  Our time in Europe is over.  We're so excited to see our family and friends back home again, but we will miss our Dutch home and friends.  A new chapter is beginning, and I expect it will be as exciting and wonderful as ever.  Soon we'll all be on a plane headed over the Big Pond, and wrapping our arms around the family and friends we haven't seen for so long.

Come January, we will be settled in South Carolina, the kids will be in another new school, and I will be starting graduate-level coursework.  I'm starting with a Graduate Certificate in Autism, and when that is complete, the classes will go towards a Master in Special Ed with certification as an Educational Diagnostician.  It feels good to be working toward a new goal.  Kevin will be attending the Captain's Career Course at the Chaplain School.  It promises to be a short, but excellent duty assignment.

I know I always vow to myself to keep up better with this chronicle of our Adventure, and this time is no different.  I will try to keep up with sharing about this whirlwind that is our life!  More to come...

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Ode to a Magazine

750 Great New Ideas!
9 Ways to Lose Body Fat!
7 New Tricks to Eliminate Clutter!
You really can't pass up on that!

See all the Stars with bare bodies and faces!
Read all the latest hot gossip!
Whose dresses were hot, and whose fell flat?
This is too juicy to pass up!

Look at the hottest new hairstyles and makeup!
Buy all the greatest new clothes!
Read your astrology chart—plot your course!
See uber-thin models pose!

SHHHHHH!

I see your glitz, and I see your glamour.
I hear I need a makeover.
My hair and my body, my house and my style
Would make a dead stylist turn over.

I don't measure up to your shiny, slick pages.
But where is your heart and your caring?
What negative junk do you pour out upon us?
And is it so worthy of sharing?

The people I see every day know my heart.
I help them and that makes me smile, too.
I've got 99 ways to encourage my friends,
When THAT's on your cover, I'll buy you.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Keukenhof Gardens, Continued




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Keukenhof Gardens Part 1

Recently we visited the famous Keukenhof Gardens, and it was such a treat! We saw dozens of varieties of tulips, many different orchids, lots of other bulbs and other flowers. It was absolutely beautiful! Here is just a sampling of the 300+ photos I took that day, beginning with a Fritillaria with morning dew drops.



Saturday, December 26, 2009

Tribute to Babe

This is absolutely AWESOME. I especially love the little boy feeding his toy pig with a sippy cup...nice touch.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Everything Is Bigger In...

The Netherlands? Yes, being a Texan, I'm aware of (and a subscriber to) the belief that everything is bigger in Texas. Yet, here's other evidence from The Netherlands...

A giant, deformed mushroom. At first, we didn't want to approach it, for fear it might be a body-snatcher Pod.

A massive slug...check out the size of that thing compared to Caitlin's hand!

Mmmmmm....Cheese! Huge wheels of yummy goodness!

Now, I'm not saying mosquitoes as big as ravens and catfish that can't be hauled into a canoe are anything to sneeze at; just that maybe other places in the world have a small share of Big, too.
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