Christmas Cousin Camp:


Ryan had a blast last night spending the night at Grammy and Pappy’s house with his cousins.  They spent time outside, watched Christmas movies, played games, and decorated cookies. I went over this morning to help and the kids all decorated their “ugly sweater” cookies.

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Brendan had to work today so he stayed home to rest (plus the fact that at 15 1/2 years old, he’s not too interested anymore 😦 ).  But don’t worry, I have some extra sweaters to decorate so Brendan can still participate in the next few days – LOL!

I hope everybody is having fun getting ready for Christmas…in all the craziness, don’t forget the true reason for the season!

Brace Yourselves…

…Christmas Eve is ONE WEEK AWAY!

(Sorry – I just couldn’t help myself!)


We’ve had two days full of “braces“:

Last night at his youth Christmas party, Ryan had a little mishap with a scooter and a friend’s shoe.

So, here’s Brace Picture #1:




The orthopedist didn’t see an actual fracture because it’s difficult to see due to the growth plate.  Ryan has to wear the brace for 10 days and if it’s still sore, then we go back for another x-ray.  He seems to be fine today so I think it’s just bruised.


Now for Brace Picture # 2:




I took Brendan in for his (what I was thought was the last) orthodontist appointment on Monday and found out that he needs to have his wisdom teeth out in the next few months.  While we were there I decided to have Ryan checked too.  His teeth looked pretty straight for a while and we thought that we may just luck out, but that was not to be.

He needed braces too, so today was the day.

So after paying the copay for the orthopedist and a few thousand dollars for the orthodontist, we got even more news.


Brace yourself for #3 :

Ryan needs his wisdom teeth out too!

Do you think they’ll give us a buy one get one free deal 🙂 ???

Thankfully, Justin and I took Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University  (HIGHLY recommend) at church a few months ago and have been paying off our debt, building our savings, and are in a much better place than we were.

Isn’t God’s timing great?

He knew that these expenses would be coming right around Christmas and that we needed to get our finances in order.

I just love how our Heavenly Father knows what we need before we do!

Feeling thankful…

It is More Blessed to Give…

It’s so true…it IS more blessed to give than to receive.

We were so thankful for the opportunity to pack over 10,000 meals for Stop Hunger Now with our church’s homeschool group yesterday.  There is nothing better than serving others with family and friends! And I have to say that we all ROCKED the hair nets 🙂 !!!

We have one more week of school before we start Christmas break –

WOOT, WOOT  🙂  !!!

Brendan is finished with Driver’s Ed and will start Behind-the-Wheel after break.  He’s really enjoying taking classes (Spanish and Science) at Arete.  British Literature however is another story – LOL!  His job at Chick-fil-A is still going great!

Ryan and I have been reading a biography about Hudson Taylor,  continuing our studies of history, learning about simple machines in science, and lots of other fun stuff.


Now…if only it would cool off a little (today’s high was 76 degrees) so it will feel like Christmas…