Friday, August 21, 2015

Update! End of Week One!

Me:  What was your favorite part of the week??

Camilla:  I liked math.  It was really fun, and I was working with a fun person.

Chloe:  Getting my own computer and meeting new friends.  I'm trying not to sound cheesy.

Coraylnn:  My favorite part of this week was the snack and the lunch.  And the plaground.

Carson:  Today's first recess because my teacher played with us.

Me:  What most surprised you about this week?

Camilla:  That I actually liked math

Chloe:  How hard it is to work locker

Coralynn:  That my teacher forgot stickers today.

Carson:  That I got the teacher I wanted.

Me:  What are you most looking forward to about this school year?

Camilla:  Art and photography (ECA)

Carson:  Extra curricular activtites

Chloe:  Spanish

Coralynn:  I'm most looking forward to one thing, like, next week, like Monday, we're going to start playing with ipads.

Me: What has been the hardest thing about transitioning from home school to the Met?

Carson:  UNIFORMS!!

Chloe:  The school day is a LOT longer!

Coralynn:  It's hard to think about how bad school is going to be and then you see the room and you're like "yay! yay! yay!"  (I wish you could have seen the dance that accompanied that statement.  And the eye rolling as she told me not to talk about it on the blog.)

Camilla:  I don't know.  It hasn't been very hard.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

First Day of School!!

Morning y'all!!

Have I mentioned that all the kids went back to school this year??  Originally, we were just going to send Chloe back, but then- and I'm still not entirely sure how- we made the decision that they all would return to a traditional school setting.  Yesterday, we met the new teachers, and this morning they were off to school.  I had to share pictures from this morning!  Enjoy!

Coralynn Mae.
5 years old.

Camilla Rose
9 years old.
4th grade.

Carson David
11 years old.
6th grade.

Chloe Marie
13 years old.
8th grade.

My heart.
Wearing school uniforms.

Tony Linford.
35 years old.
162nd month of work.

Cosita and Coralynn.

 Thinking she's leaving, too.

Wondering where everyone went.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

T-minus 2 Weeks!

(I'm pretending you won't notice that I missed ALL of June AND July.)

Two weeks from today, my kids return to school.  All 4 of them.  I'll have an 8th grader, a 6th grader, a 4th grader, a kindergartner, and an empty house.  Well, Cosita will be here with me.

I would love to have some wise reflections on this, but I'm too busy getting nauseous every time I receive an email from the school.  Can someone explain that to me?  Email sickness.  Is that a thing?  Like tennis elbow?

It's hard for me to believe that just a month ago, I was taking Camilla and Carson to camp.  We were just beginning our summer of fun.  Now, school looms in the distance.

But, on the positive side, I am looking forward to spending some time figuring out who I am and what I like to do.  I know what I like to do on weekends, but I've never had an empty house on a consistent basis.  I don't know what I like to do on Friday at 10:30 am.  Or on Tuesdays at 2.  This could be a really fun time.

Or, I could just spend my days fighting off email sickness.  We.Will.See.

Promise I'll blog again soon,

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Coralynn Turns 5!

This post is SO picture heavy that I won't bother to laden in down with lots of thoughts.  Enjoy!

Birthday girl!

Minnie and Mommy Minnie!

Walt Disney, Minnie, Mommy Minnie

Minnie and Tinkerbell!

Look at that cake!

Minnie and CinderELLE

Baby Sophia is here!

Mommy Minnie and Walt!

Loved the decorations!

Jake as Jake!

Baby Sophia!

Coralynn and Abigail!

Photo Booth!



Dancing with my Minnie!

Let it Go!

A sweet shot of sweet friends!

Picking a song!

Princess and Minnies must dance!

Group Shot Number 1!  Thanks, Avery, for holding up the cake!

Making tiaras!

Cuz I love her!

Look at these beauties!

Group photo with more friends!


Because I've told Chloe before that if she doesn't want the picture on the blog, she shouldn't pose that way.  ;)

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

I missed April.

I'm tired of making excuses for not blogging.  I just didn't get around to it.  I'm not even sure what happened in April to do some sort of review post.

I just checked my photo folder.  This picture- from March- was never published.   I never wrote about it.  It was weeks ago.  Let's talk about it...

I love LOVE this photo.  It represents everything that I love about my life.  This is in our family room of our apartment.  I love this room.  It's grey and purple and is so open that we can fit everybody in it.  Here we were with a group from Bethel's School of Supernatural Ministry (or something like that.  It's a seriously long, weird-sounding name).  There were 25 of us in the room.  I love having room for everyone I love to fit together.  

If you look in the upper right corner of the photo, you see my huge (it's 4x6 feet) family photo.  I LOVE that picture.  I love that it was taken just weeks before we moved to Panama.  I love that my dear friend, Mandy, took it. I think of her every time I see it.  I most LOVE how Coralynn and Chloe are holding onto each other.  Coralynn is no longer completely dependent on Chloe to get through this world, but I know Bits's independent spirit comes from knowing that Chloe always has her back.

In the middle of the picture, you see Tony and me.  And Coralynn.  I love, that in spite of the moment, Coralynn is playing on my phone.  I love that Tony is holding on to her and me.  I love that I'm holding on to him and her.  We're in this life together, and I love that we're physically in contact with one another.

I love that the Bethel team was praying over us.  I love the power in their prayers.  I love that the power comes from the Holy Spirit and their total confidence that God is hearing them, and they're hearing from Him.  I love that they were prophesying over us- telling us how God sees us.  I LOVE being encouraged through the Spirit. 

I LOVE that we're all squished together.  I love that Trevor is holding onto me and Audrey has her hand on Tony's back.  I love that Chris is in physical contact with both of us.  Our spiritual walks work better if we make it a team effort.  And this Bethel team is now our family.  We hold onto each as brothers and sisters in the Lord.  

The Bible talks SO much about love, and SO often, I feel the church is a horrible representation of that love.  I LOVE this picture because you can see the love.  We're not praying to a distant god who is too busy. or big, to care.  Or too annoyed with you to answer.  Or too angry with you to respond lovingly.

No, in this picture, we are curled up in the lap of Good Father God.  We're in conversation with the Creator of the Universe and the Lover of our Souls.  There is nothing distant about our relationship with God, or each other, in this picture.

So, when will I blog again?  I have no idea.  I'll try to do better, but I won't promise that I will.  I do appreciate each of you who still checks in on this little blog.  You are loved.  By me- and the Good Father.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Coming Up For Air!!

First off, I have to say that moms that work outside the home have earned a new level of respect from me.  I have some dear friends who are work at home moms, and they make it look easy.  All I'm doing is taking 4 hours of Spanish a day, and I'm exhausted.  And my house looks like it!

Today, though, I only had 2 hours of Spanish, and I feel like a new person!  I was able to get caught up on my to-do list which included blogging.  So, how are we spending March?  Let me show you (in no particular order)...

We've been running!  Like actual running!  Carson and I run on Monday afternoons with some of our teacher friends.  It's been great to build relationships while building endurance in the beautiful sun of Panama!!  Also, Tony, Carson and I ran a race last Sunday.  I only run 2 miles, but I took 90 seconds off my best time.  Carson shaved 2 minutes off his time from last month running 3 miles in 23:08.  I want to run like Carson when I grow up!

We've been eating salad!  Monday is SALAD NIGHT!  After we run, everyone comes over to our house to enjoy a healthy meal.  Originally, I envisioned us have deep conversations about the things of the Lord.  Instead, we eat salad and then watch "Wipeout."   Different, but excellent.  What's better than a house full of laughter?

Okay, I still love the things of the Lord, and my extra time this month has been focused on helping make the Believe Conference a reality.  Next week, a team of 17 students from Bethel in Redding, California will head to Panama to pray over those who desire prayer.  I cannot wait to share all the amazing stories of what the Lord through His Spirit will do!

Carson and I aren't the only exercisers in the group.  Chloe and I have been heading to the gym together.  She's a super encouraging workout buddy, and I love having the opportunity to get to know her in a new way!

Spanish Intensive Brain is exponentially worse than pregnancy brain.  I have never been more exhausted at the end of the day than I have been these past 2 weeks.  But, with that said, I am going to miss Rocio, my teacher, when the class is over.  It's been an amazingly good experience.

This past Saturday night was the annual Royal Ball.  The older three kids were able to go, but I only got a picture of Camilla.  I never thought we'd live in Panama long enough that Camilla wouldn't want to be a Disney princess at the Ball.  Last year, she wore a normal church dress, but she wanted whimsical accessories.  This year, she was pure glamour.  And gorgeous.

Coralynn Mae- the Bits- was invited to a princess birthday party.  Unlike Camilla, Bitty wanted all the Disney princess she could find.  Unfortunately, we didn't have a great dress for the occasion.  She found this dress suitable, and she was thrilled to get princess hair and makeup for the full princess package.    What I see when I look at this picture is Coralynn's new smile.  She's never been good at smiling for pictures, but this past weekend, she began trying out this new smile.  
I.  Am.  Thrilled.