Wednesday, April 29, 2009


We drove all day Sunday - 6am to 6pm - and finally made it home. Well, actually I went to my mom and dad's and stayed the night Sunday night. Monday I went with my sister to take her oldest to the doctor and got to hold my sweet nephew all day. Tuesday I went and spent the afternoon with my mother in law. Today I planted a few flowers and visited with my sister and now I'm at my maw in law's again.

It's good to be home, but it's not the same without Rod here. I miss him terribly, and don't see myself staying much longer. It's good to visit with everybody, but it's not right for families to be apart. He misses us too! We're going to Missouri next, probably, instead of Georgia.

I can't wait to go to church tonight and see my pastor and his wife and all my church friends. It will be good to be at my home church.

We are through schooling for now. We're going to continue to read and do vocabulary some, but it's almost summer and I'm whooped! Mikaela's ready for a break and I need to regroup and plan for next year. I'll be doing a preschool and a 1st grade. Not sure what curriculum I'm going to use, probably just a mixture of whatever I like. If anybody has any they really like, let me know so I can check it out.

Blessings to everybody. Pray for us and my sweet hubby as he's alone up there!!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

going home

Well tomorrow morning, bright and early, we are headed home to Louisiana for a few weeks. I hate to leave my sweet husband, but the grandparents are going to have a fit if I don't bring home the precious cargo soon!! Plus I have some business at the bank Monday morning. That's the only reason Rod's letting me leave, believe me! I'm dreading the loooooong drive home, but I know it will be over tomorrow night.

We rode out to the right of way where Rod and their crew is working today. They were lowering in some pipe and he wanted the kids to watch. They loved watching it, and the weather is really nice today. Warm with a breeze, about 80 degress or so. I bet it's hot in LA, and I'm actually kind of excited about that! I realized I don't like the cold weather as much as I thought I

Rod's getting off work early today and I'm not sure what we're going to do, but we're going to do something before we leave. I'm really going to miss him. And I know it's harder on him than on us, because we'll be together with our families, and he'll be all alone up here...

Pray for our drive home and our saftey and my sanity!!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

beautiful weather, park pictures

Mercie going down the slide. Whee!

Mikaela climbing

Eli climbing

Mercie eating a cupcake at our picnic lunch.

Me and the kids on the bridge.

We've been having a great time enjoying the beautiful weather lately.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

more pictures

Mercie enjoying the outdoors.

Rod came home with some baby chickens the other day. 30 something to be exact. We have a cage on the side of the trailer with a heating lamp and food and water and Rod built a little pen behind the trailer where we can let them out to play when it's warm. Rod's brother Cole joked, "Rod, you've got a wife, 3 kids, a travel trailer, and 35 chickens." LOL.
Eli and "Boney" his baby chicken.

Mikaela and "Whitey", her baby chick.

Eli playing outside.

The kids playing in the play area at the mall.

I figured I'd post a few pictures of the trailer, so everybody can see how we're living for now.

This is going into the kid's bunk room, the bathroom is on the left, the pantry is on the right. I didn't get a good picture of the bunk room. There is a set of bunks on the right, Mikaela sleeps on top, Eli on bottom. There is also a top bunk on the left, and Mercie's playpen goes under that where the bottom bunk used to be. I have tubs of toys, books, and art supplies stacked on the top bunk. There's a closet in the middle of the bunks and a closet rod behing Mercie's bunk.

This is the dining area, and the kitchen is directly across from it, complete with 5 cabinets and 2 drawers! LOL. A double sink, a microwave/convection oven, which I am still trying to figure out how to cook in without burning the top and leaving the bottom soggy, and a refrigerator.

This is a view of the living room. Those doors go into Rod and my bedroom.

This is the bathroom, with a huge jacuzzi style tub. I Wish!! The tub is so small, and we only have a 5 gallon hot water heater. So long relaxing baths? Out of the question.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

more updates and finally some pictures

Just a few pictures...I'll post some of the trailer later.

This is Rod and the kids before church one Sunday.

This was taken at our Passover meal. The kids loved the unleavened bread.

These pictures were taken at Chuck E Cheese. Rod got rained out for several days, so we went and played!!

This is a picture of the kids in their Passover clothes. We went dress shopping last week, and Rod and I were joking about Passover dresses instead of Easter dresses in the car. We were in Sears and a lady asked if we were Easter dress shopping, and Mikaela chimed in, 'Actually, Passover dresses." LOL. They are beautiful, but I couldn't get a good full shot of them, because none of them would cooporate at the same time.

Saturday, April 4, 2009


Last week, a guy working on the pipeline up here got killed. It was a freak accident, and wasn't anybody's fault, but it still makes me kind of nervous for Rod and all the guys up here we know. Remember the man's family in your prayers.

That day, everybody got off work early, and we took the kids to Kid Zone, which is like ChuckECheese. It's got pizza, games, tokens, and bouncy slides and things. They had a blast, and I'll have to say so did Rod. He was playing just as hard as the kids were! LOL.

I got a new camera the other day, a Kodak easy share. It's blue and really cute. It takes good pictures too and I'll post some soon. Promise.

We found a better playground, and that made the kids really happy. The weather was really nice the other day, it got up to 78 degrees or so and we played for a while outside. I can't wait until it stays warm outside!

Homeschooling is going good. We are going to start on marking vowels next week. If anyone has any tips for teaching how t mark long and short vowel sounds please let me know. We just finished our Season's book today. We are going to be learning about God's plan for seeds and plants next week. If anyone has any tips for that, actitives or whatever, let me know. We are going to plant some seeds and nurture them until they grow and draw pictures of each stage for our books. I have a great science book from Abeka 'God's World'. It's really neat and I love it. They love it, too, but I didn't buy the teacher's guide, so I have to be creative, lol!

Keep all of us in your prayers. It's hard being away from home. I went yesterday and bought pictures, plants and flowers to decorate the trailer. It made it feel more homey, and that helps a little. Even the kids seemed to be a little more happy. I bought a picture that says 'Home is where the heart is'. That's true, and my heart is with Rod and the kids, so I just thank God that we are together. BTW, if you've never been to Big Lots they have some really cute home decorating things. Check it out.

One more note: Passover is coming up!! I'm excited, trying to get ready for our first Passover. We won't be drinking wine, we'll be drinking sparkling grape juice, because I don't like wine. Yuck!! And we are doing our seder a little different from traditional Jews. We'll be reading the story from Exodus, eat our meal complete with unleavened bread and grape juice' and then we'll read the story of the ressurection of Jesus, and have dessert and pray. We're not doing the traditional prayers, blessings, readings, etc. Short and simple.