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Saturday, August 31, 2013

More Like Him: August Update

More Like Him

I think this month I was comforted more by the Savior, than I was like the Savior.  At the beginning of the month I was feeling the nest emptying more as Kayla turned 17 and was visiting trade colleges.  The middle of the month consumed me with back to school drama and issues, not to mention extreme humidity and heat.  I was more self-centered than service oriented.  I notice when that happens I start feeling sad.  Often in life it takes me a bit to figure this out and turn things around.

By the end of the month my focus has shifted to 119 6th graders.  Whew, we are full.  I see about 80% of the kids as some have different needs to others we try to serve all those needs.

A scripture I heard at my niece's wedding today made me think of the perfect love of the Savior and how I felt that all month.

1 Corinthians 13: 4-7, "Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity denvieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself aunseemly, bseeketh not her own, is not easily cprovoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in ainiquity, but rejoiceth in the btruth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things."

The Savior is the perfect role model of Charity.  I am grateful that I have such an amazing example to follow as I learn my way through life.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Sweatin'in the Oldie

That's me.  Everyday since we started on August 20th.
Osborn Elementary School
We are not an air conditioned building.  Thank goodness the community supported a new school levy and this won't be the case much longer.

 We have fans that blow around hot air.  This year we are peaked at maximum capacity in our grade level, so that doesn't leave much room to ventilate.

I'm looking forward to a break in the weather.  Looks like next week will be it...what happened to the cold front that went through the week before school started?

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

And Love Remains

We celebrated with friends from church their 50th wedding anniversary.  We got to sit with Yaya and Jack while being there.
50 years are awesome.  I want to have that experience too, I've got 31 years to go.

 The food was amazing.  I missed the cake shot before it was cut, but you can see it on Yaya's blog.
We visited the grounds of the castle while we were there with Yaya and Jack.

I don't know, baby T-Rex or Kyle?  Not sure who'd win.  It was a fun evening out.

Saturday, August 17, 2013


You know those projects that you put off forever because you (Kyle) doesn't know quite how to tackle them?  Well, that was this roof/fascia project.
Our roof has been missing fascia for several years because the tree that was once in our front driveway scraped it off in a storm.  Kyle did not have the equipment to bend fascia so he ignored the project.
My brother is a contractor and has told me for awhile that we could borrow the equipment.  Kyle wants to sell our house next spring and move since Kayla is graduating and so we are busy doing repairs to make the house marketable.
Old Victorian houses are beautiful, but take a lot of maintenance.
 Thanks, Mike for bringing your equipment and helping with our project.
Making progress....
Finally done!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Summer of Adjustment

Ten weeks ago, I left my first child 1,000 miles away.  I miss him.  We talk to him weekly, text a few lines more often than that.  But the sound of his rickety truck coming down the alley doesn't come anymore.  Nor the stomping of his feet through the house, because Kota never did anything quietly.  It is a big adjustment letting him grow.
I applied for several administration jobs this summer.  Got a second round of interviews on one position, but contrary to what I thought was an affirmative prayer...I did not get the job.
We are experiencing a lot of adversity in the family right now.  Another car accident with a silly story and no injury.  But, another claim on the insurance.
Loss of hours at a teenage job right when she needs to pay a deductible.
School levy not being past repeatedly, is leaving her  senior schedule with a lot to be desired.
Kyle being overlooked for a promotion at work as well.
Falling down the stairs a few weeks back has literally left me getting adjustments on my tailbone.
So many adjustments I having a hard time knowing how to feel.
Seems like I feel all the emotions, but the one that sticks around the most is emptiness.
It is so quiet here.  I can't wait to get back to the routine of school work. 
I hope that breaks the cycle of adjustments.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Senior 2014

Can't believe it, but it is true...Kayla is a senior.  She is not ready to go back to school in a week (as usual).  But is has come nonetheless.

These are some of my favorites:


Friday, August 2, 2013

She is 17

What do 17 year-old girls ask for for their birthday?  A compound bow?  What?!
Well, that's what my girl wanted.  Her Daddy couldn't be happier about it either.

 So happy in fact, that he gave it to her a couple a days early.  We went over to mom's so she could fire away at a big round bale of hay.
 Wednesday night, we took her to the Fin, Feather and Fur Outfitters to sight in the bow and get some new arrows.  She was so excited that the man there hooked her up with a few used parts free of charge.
She's a pretty good shot too.  So good in fact that Kyle challenged the Tompot boys to a archery contest.  Look out Colton you might get beat by a girl!

Happy 17th Birthday Kayla, can't believe your a senior.