Friday, November 18, 2011

Just Checking In

My life has just been super-crazy, and there seems to be no end in sight.  Lots of things going on.  I would say that things will slow down after this semester, but that's not so.  Since I'm taking a Winter Intercession course in order to graduate in the spring, I might not have time to update this blog much.

We have things going in the works that I can't discuss right now, but if all goes well, I should have news on that in January.  And NO, I am not pregnant, if that's what you're thinking. 

Anyway, God has been doing some great things in our lives.  I am so thankful to Him.  He's amazing, and I know that I wouldn't be where I am without Him.  I mean, I have a new baby, and I am about to graduate in the spring (hopefully.)  I prayed.  He answered.  Period.

Tonight, we will be celebrating our 6th wedding anniversary (which is actually on the 19th - tomorrow.)  My mom got us tickets for a Jazz For Peace benefit dinner and concert for HappyHaiti.org.  This organization's goals to help Haiti include (from the website):

"In addition to building dome housing to replace the multitude of inhabited shacks, the Foundation is on target to build a trade school campus, which will create local jobs and provide needed employment training, thereby impacting the local economy. The training facility would also teach English, French, Spanish, Arts & Crafts, Woodwork and other trades.
Additionally the foundation’s long-term goals are to build roads, install sewage systems, water wells and latrines."
As you can see, this will be a great service for Haiti, so if you would like to make a donation, please visit the website and do so: HappyHaiti.org.

I will be adding a link to my site so that you can find it later, too.

Also, tomorrow is our main, big moving day.  We'll be moving 2 houses down, because our landlord acquired the house a few months ago and it's a bit bigger than the one we are in.  It's gonna be a big blessing to our family, and once again, God did it.

This week, I had another test, I got my Flu shot, dyed my hair, got it cut, went to schedule my graduation checkout appointment, and brought JM to the doctor for results of his ultrasound.  (He has a bump on his head that is not cancerous, but will have to be surgically removed.)  It has been so busy, my head is scatterbrained all over the place.

I still have more to get done before the Thanksgiving holiday.  Saturday night after moving, I will need to go see another play for my class.  I need to somehow get back to campus for more paperwork for my grad checkout appointment on Tuesday.  Plus, I have a writing assignment to do before grad checkout.  Somehow, it will all work out, I hope.  Sigh.

Tonight will be a nice break, though.

Monday, November 7, 2011

No Time To Blog/Small Behavior Victories

We have been really busy the last month, and I really haven't had lots of blogging time.  So, here's a few things that have been going on.

The last 3 weekends have been jam-packed.  I would say we are in need of a serious slow down, but unfortunately, that just won't be possible for a while.  We are moving into the new rent house 2 doors down this weekend.  We can't put that off, but it will be a great blessing to our family to have more space, especially in the living room and kitchen.  It will be work, but it'll be worth it.

The 2 weekends before this weekend were spent on our 2 Texas trips.  One weekend was for S's (and my) birthday, and the other one was to see Joseph Prince speak at Lakewood church.  This weekend, we joined Kyle's mom for an old-fashioned southern tent revival.  We went Friday night.  There was lots of singing and praising, and the kids had fun in their classes.  Saturday morning, R woke up coughing.  We are blessed that our doctor's office is open on the weekends, so we all headed in to get her checked out.

We had a victory with good behavior at the doctor's office.  A few weeks ago, I took all 3 of the kids to the doctor's office by myself.  Everything fell apart on me.  I was holding R, and the boys started acting up.  My hands were tied, and they took full advantage of that.  The situation escalated until I didn't know what else to do but leave.  I waited at the check-in window to ask if I could come back another day, but the office girl told me that we were next in line.  So, I held in my frustration and sat back down with the kids until we were called.  They got punished when we got home, but I knew that I was gonna have to try to prevent this situation from happening again.

So, Saturday we came very prepared.  During the week, I took an idea from Michelle Duggar and practiced "blanket time" with the boys.  The way I did it was to put each kid on a small blanket with a book, tell them to stay on the blanket, and allowed them only to speak in a whisper for 10 minutes.  When they successfully completed the task, I let them pick out a piece of candy.  Saturday, I told them that we would be doing blanket time at the doctor's office with a few changes.  Before we left, I packed their backpacks with 2 books and 2 small, quiet toys.  I didn't let them see what was in the backpacks until we got in the doctor's office.  While we were there, they had to 1) sit on their bottoms in their chair, 2) speak only in a whisper, 3) and play quietly with the items in their backpacks.  If they did all of these things while we were in the doctor's office, they would get a candy when we got in the car.  After a while, we let them switch backpacks so that they had new things to keep them busy.  They did so well, even the doctor noticed and commented on how quiet they were.  It was one small victory, and I know that there are more challenges to come, but I was thrilled that the visit went so well. 

Well, that's all I have time for.  Later!