Thursday, June 26, 2008

Hoping for a Big Brother for Guitar Hero!

I have debated about doing it. Then I filled out the application online for it. Then the paperwork was completed. And then it sat on my desk. There was a section for Guitar Hero to complete. But I needed to explain it to him. And so there was a short delay. Why? I really don't know...

But today Guitar Hero completed his section of the application for the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. I will mail it tomorrow and be praying for a good placement for him.

I want to share with you his answers:

1. Would you like to have a BIG? Yes.

2. Why would you like to have a BIG? Because I feel that I need to be encouraged more. Because my dad has let me down so many times.

3. What would you like us to tell a BIG about you? I like video games, Yugioh cards, football, and going to baseball games."

4. If you could have one wish, what would it be? I would like a man to look out for me.

5. What would you like to be when you grow up? If I go to college and work hard, I would be an engineer. Or if I can't be an engineer, then I would like to be an archeologist.

6. Describe an adult who has made you feel good about yourself by encouraging you and being your friend. My mom makes me feel good in times when I'm down and encourages me when I need it the most. We have long talks together and big discussions."

If you read this, wouldn't you want to be a Big Brother to such a cool kid!?

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Attacks after the Journey

Wow! God really worked in lives this past weekend at the Journey with Jesus event! Now Satan is working hard to undo it! I don't think that I've ever heard of so many attacks on so many people after an event like this!

We've had 2 ladies who've had their cars die on them. Two other ladies who've had car wrecks (one was taken to the emergency room!). Another lady fell at work and hurt her head. And several others who are struggling from personal attacks. This is crazy!!

We cannot let him gain any power over us through this. We must do as Galatians 5: 1 says: "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." We must remain strong in our faith! Please pray for the "Daughters of the King" - the small group of ladies who worked this event!

Monday, June 16, 2008

A Journey With Jesus

It has been a couple of years since I have taken apart in the planning of a church event. I have missed it so much. It is my gift and I haven't been using my gift.

My small group at church has planned and worked toward a very special event for our church that will take place this weekend. I have gotten to be apart of the team helping. I haven't been in charge of it. Whew! I admit that I miss coordinating ministries and events, but I think I have to slowly get back to that. My brain is pretty full most days and I'm afraid of overloading it! But it has been wonderful to be apart of it. And I really can't wait for this weekend!

The event is called "A Journey with Jesus". It is a personal hands-on walk towards growing closer to God. I can't wait to do the walk myself! God has been preparing me for my own journey (painfully and with many tears so far).

If you live here in Knoxville, I want to invite you to my church for this event! You can come ANYTIME on Friday between 5-9pm, or on Saturday between 10am-6pm. You just show up (as you are). It is something that you can do by yourself or with your spouse. There is childcare provided. I am sincere when I invite you (even if you go to another church and all). This is going to be a life changing event for anyone who comes. I have no doubt of that! And I don't want anyone that I know to miss it!

Friday, June 13, 2008

She's Expecting!

Yep, you read that right. She, being Long-Gone-Papa's new wife (who supposedly can't have children) is pregnant. I've felt bad for hoping that they would never have children. But I've come to realize that I really don't wish for this poor girl to be infertile. I wish for L-G-P to be infertile!

This man has three beautiful children whom he cares nothing about! Two of them have had birthdays in the last month and he has barely acknowledged them - no gifts, nothing! These are children! Heart-broken children to say the least. Children who want to spend Father's Day with their dad? Nope, not even that anymore. They are so hurt, they want to spend it with MY dad! He's more of a man in their life than their dad is!

Does this man really need another child? I feel sorry for this child. I feel sorry for his wife! But, more than anything, I feel sorry for my little ducklings. They don't deserve to have to share him (what little there is of him) with a new baby. Sure, he won't do anymore for this new child than he has for my three. But they won't know that so much - since this new child will be living with their daddy. You know?

It's just disgusting!

Business is picking up!

This week has been the first week that I've been able to devote all my "work time" to Mama Duck's Nest. Actually, I worked at my other job for a little while on Monday morning, but other than that...

It's been a great week! I've enjoyed it much more than my other job. And I'm seeing results already! I've been to the post office every day this week with armloads. It's been great! AND I can see a little more of the floor in my office, which is a great thing! I've been buying, but not listing for a couple of months (while working my other job). I've spent the week listing items. I've listed 112 more items in the last few days. And I took yesterday afternoon off to go play with the kids!

It's also been a very difficult week. Guitar Hero has been on some medicine for over a month now that has helped him so much! I've seen some great things happening and even others have noticed. BUT! It caused him to lose his appetite and he lost 8 pounds! The doctor had to take him off of it! So he tried another kind. We began that on Sunday. It went downhill from there. By Wednesday he was flat out evil! CandyMan and Missy Prissy were totally freaked out by his meanness. I was too. Then on Thursday, he was just completely miserable. I took the kids to lunch and to the fountains to play. He didn't even want to go. He wanted to come home and do nothing. At lunch, he ate nothing and just sat there trying to pull his hair out (literally!). At one point he started banging his head on the table. He didn't even realize he was doing it until I pointed it out! Poor kid. That is when I realized - the new medicine!! I called the doctor and he stopped that medicine immediately. I picked up another new kind today and we'll start it tomorrow. Sure hope it works...

I have other news too, but it deserves it's own disgusting place on my blog!

Friday, June 06, 2008

Missy Prissy turns SIX today and we get a new family member!

Today is Missy Prissy's sixth birthday (on 6/6!). She's had a fun day. We are going to officially celebrate on Monday at my parent's house with a pool day! Missy has requested chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting and chocolate ice cream with chocolate syrup!! (~~She loves chocolate~~)

But this afternoon she got to go adopt her first pet from Build-a-Bear with Grandma and I. We had a great time at the mall. This is the bear she chose (surprised, anyone?). She chose it's outfit, shoes, heart, voice, and name. It is really cute! I love the "adoption" message that this process gives to her. She chose her bear, just like we chose her six years ago. When her new bear was given a box to come home with her in, Missy said, "Now she has a home, just like I do!" That is right, sweetheart!

So I introduce you to the newest member of our family: Pinkie! (with Missy and Grandma)

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Pray for me

Please pray for me. I'm sick. I hurt all over. I just talked to my small group leader and she has it and her future daughter in law has it too (we must have gotten it at small group on Sunday?). I can't hardly move. I have three ducklings who need me. Must feel better tomorrow...

Back to bed for me...

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Summer's Good!

We have had an incredible week and a half since school got out! No one has been in bed before 10 or 10:30, and it's been much later some nights. The boys even slept until 11am one morning!! I couldn't believe it!

We've been having so much fun together! I've been working hard during the day and the kids have been playing hard! We've spent a couple days at my parents swimming in their pool.

Today started a new chapter of our summer though. Missy Prissy started summer school for 4 weeks in the mornings at a Knox County school. Guitar Hero started a summer school program for 4 weeks in the mornings at their new school, First Baptist Academy. CandyMan is home with me (studying Wii) ;). I'm going to get some work done and try to blog again soon...