One Last Christmas Song

December 31, 2009

Here’s one more Christmas song for your listening pleasure. This is what our family does when we are together – we make movies… Enjoy.

I resolve to be a better blogger in the new year. (We’ll see.)

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Beach Vacation

August 6, 2009

To celebrate summer in the most traditional way possible, the fam packed up for a week at the beach. We met up with the Bowlings in Sunset Beach, North Carolina for a fun time in the sand and sun. Here are some of our favorite memories.

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80s Video

July 30, 2009

Here’s the video that we created for a contest about the 80s. Hope you enjoy it!

Mohawks

July 12, 2009

Some of you have been wondering about the mohawks in the video. A few weeks ago, Matt’s Uncle Brad was diagnosed with cancer. He immediately started chemotherapy and knew that he was going to begin to loose his hair shortly. To make his hair loss less dramatic, he decided to shave it. In an act of solidarity and support, some of the guys at the family reunion decided that Brad shouldn’t have to shave alone – but, why shave the whole head when you can have a mohawk for a few days?

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The daddies all had to get rid of the ‘hawks in order to return to work, but the boys kept theirs. Not only was it fun to see all these straight-laced guys with mohawks, it was lovely to see the family come together to support Uncle Brad.

I would appreciate it if you would pray for him over the next several months as he goes through treatments. You can even give yourself a mohawk if you want.

Family Reunion

July 6, 2009

We already discussed how Matt never liked normal home movies. This week, we got to hang out with his extended family at a reunion. They understand more than anyone that movies are a way of life for Matt. In fact his cousins, along with his brother, were his first stars, and his aunt & uncle, along with his parents, were the first audience. Here is what we created with them… man, I love every one of these people.

Ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to introduce “The Towel”….

Our New Roommate

July 1, 2009

This weekend we welcomed the newest member of our family into our house. Bekah, the grad student that has become a part of our lives over the past few years, has moved into our spare room. She starts student teaching in the fall and needed a place to live during that time. We are looking forward to having her around – seriously, a third adult to keep an eye on the kids is always a welcome addition to a home.

I can’t even begin to describe how much she’s blessed our family. It is an honor to be able to help her in this way. Welcome home, Bekah!

Family Movies

June 13, 2009

We are on our third week of houseguests. I loving having things to do and people to do them with.

I am not sure what other families do when they are together, but I like family movies. Not regular movies depicting a vacation, but those in the tradition of the many that Matt and his brother made – full on movies with a script, costumes, and direction. Okay, Matt’s lacked plot, but you get the idea.

Today we filmed the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. I can’t wait to see the final result.

Visitors

June 4, 2009

This will probably be my favorite month this year – it is our month of visitors. We have the joy of playing host to some of our favorite people for four weeks straight and I am loving every minute of it.

Last week our friends Joe & Suzanne were in town with their kids Evan and Maren. We hadn’t seen them in a year, but slipped right back into old conversations and rhythms within minutes. I guess that’s what 7 or 8 years of history will do. To add to the fun of having the Thomases here, the Gassiots tried to absorb as much of their visit as possible, so they were over a lot too. For a good part of the week there were 6 adults and 7 kids in our house. I couldn’t imagine having more fun.

While they were here we took pictures of the kids (I hope to have those soon), shot a music video, and spent lots of time talking, reminiscing, and wishing we lived closer again.

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The Thomases left on Monday. As they pulled away, the kids wanted to know why Kim and I were crying. I tried to explain that when you love someone and they go away, you miss them. Fortunately, the easiest way for me to remedy the sadness of missing a friend is to have more company. That’s why I’m so glad that my mother-in-law came into town Monday afternoon.

I am truly blessed to have Teri for a mother-in-law. She’s fun, funny, quirky, and she explains so much of why Matt is the way he is. The kids love her, too. Bill will be joining her this weekend for even more fun. I can’t wait.

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After they leave, my mom, sister, and her three kids are coming for two weeks. I have so much and so little planned for the time that they are here. It is going to be a great month.

Recent Update

March 17, 2009

There is so much to write about…

New House

First, last Thursday and Friday we were able to move into our new house.

It was a week later than we planned, but we got in and are trilled to be there. We are delighted to be in and can’t wait to complete all the initial plans we have for it – the kids’ bathroom has already been tiled (thanks, Clinton) and painting is happening pretty quickly.

Not So Baby Girl

Our sweet newborn, who we just brought home from the hospital, turned four on Saturday. I can’t believe that she is getting so big. Really, if it hadn’t been for the stress of the new house, I probably would have had a much harder time with this birthday. I mean, we don’t have any babies in our family anymore. Now, we have big kids – it’s a new reality.

We had her birthday party at The Ice Cream Shoppe – an old fashioned soda shop in town. It combined two of her favorite things – friends and ice cream. What could be better?

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Road Trip

Despite being in the middle of a move, we have had plans to come visit our friends, the Bowlings, for several months now. Sunday night we started our 20 hour drive to east Tennessee and arrived Monday at supper time. It feels like being home. Not only are we with great friends, they have all these fancy luxeries like sheets, towels and furniture. So fancy.

The kids and I will be here for two weeks – a visit that I plan on enjoying every second of. Bristol is beautiful and the kids are having a great time with their friends. It’s nice to have normal for at least a little while.

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It has been a very long while since I’ve blogged – mostly because of our impending move. I boxed, labeled and sorted through our house. We loaded the Pod. We cleaned and vacuumed. All in preparation for our move March 6.

On March 5 we were told that there might be a hold up…. no big deal. I rescheduled the day that the electricity, water, and cable would be cut off. We slept on mattresses on our now empty floors for two nights. Then, we came to stay at the Gassiot’s house while they were out of town for five days. They return tonight.

My sweet mother-in-law is here to help us with our move. Instead she has served as the emotional rock for my children while their parents face more delays on getting them a new house.

Half of our belongings are at our old house, the other half wait in a Pod sitting in front of the house we are under contract to buy. There is no electricity at our old house and the high today is 43 degrees. I am about to start calling hotels to find us a place to sleep tonight in a city where we live.

We are waiting, but losing hope. We have been told time and time again that it will all work out, but we are quickly aproaching a week from the day when we were supposed to be painting our new walls. Instead I am sitting in a chair that is not mine, stealing internet access from a neighbor who doesn’t have to worry about whether she has clothes to keep her children warm, or if they are in a box somewhere.

Please pray for us. I KNOW that God is in control. I have no doubt of His hand in the midst of this. I am also well aware that in the grand scheme of things, this is small potaotes… my children are not ill, my husband is not without a job, our envrionment is not unsafe. Still, I feel helpless. There is nothing we can do but wait and the waiting is getting hard. Pray for endurance, flexibility and patience for me and Matt. But, more than anything, please pray for a resolution to come soon.

Hopefully, I will update again from a home that we own.