Showing posts from July, 2012

You Never Know.

I'm sure I'm not the only planner out there.

And although I'm not Type A, I do like to have a plan for our time in the United States.

I'm very thorough. VERY.

I make a list of every person I want to see, and I create a pencil schedule of when I will see each person.

I plan all of our doctors appointments and shopping trips.

I make detailed lists of what has to be purchased where and for how much.

I'm so thorough, in fact, I also plan where the trouble is going to happen.

I don't create it, but I estimate when, where, and why it is likely to occur.

I come up with action plans to deal with any issues that may arise.

Maybe I'm more Type A than I think.

This year was the best trip to Illinois we've had since moving away 5 years ago.  (How can it only be 5 years?  It seems like a lifetime has occurred since we left the home State.)

The issues I had foreseen were nowhere to be found.  Maybe they didn't make the flight out of Panama?  Regardless, I was bey…

Shouldn't Make the Cut

Since returning from Panama, I've spent the majority of the last 3 days uploading and organizing photos.  I took 781 in 3 weeks with my snazzy new camera.  That's a lot of photos to deal with, and I've been trying to determine which pictures should go on the blog, which should go into my Shutterfly album, and which should just be deleted.

In that process, I came to realize that I love a slightly off photo.  Maybe I've spent too much time over at Awkward Family Photos.  Or maybe I love the "realness" of not perfect pictures.  You know, I am a fan of transparency.  But, I love a smile covered by crazy Bits hair or Camilla rolling her eyes, as she is known to do.  I want my pictures to look like the people looked.  I don't want them to look like Olan Mills models.

Good thing, too.  With 781 photos, I have a lot of slightly-off photos.  So, here, with my apologies to the subjects, are some of our outtakes that I just couldn't let be forgotten...

The kids l…

Race Day!

After a month of training, race day arrived this morning.
I saw this Adidas shirt in June and fell in love with the slogan.  Tony surprised me by buying it for me as a pre-race gift.  I was super excited!
We got up about 5:45 this morning to make sure we were all ready to run for the bagel!
Pre-race pose. 
The plan was for Tony to run with Carson and for me to run alone. 
Carson had a different plan.  He started like a bullet, and Tony stayed wth him assuming that Carson would tire out.  Before long, it became clear that Carson wasn't going to slow down. Tony decided to just let him run.  And run he did!  Carson finished the 3.1 miles in 26:17!
Tony settled in to his run and did a great job.  He finished in 27:12.
Tony and I ran a practice race on Wednesday, and we finished in 35:45.  I didn't love that time, and I was especially bummed that I walked for a part of it.  I determined a 2-part goal.  First, I wanted to finish under 33 minutes, and, secondly, I wanted to run the whole t…

A Vacation's Worth of Blessings...

We were able to participate in the 4th of July parade- one of my favorite smalltown activities!
We found Mrs. Claire at the parade!!  Mrs. Claire is one of the greatest influences in our lives, and we were so excited to see her!!
The girls got to play on a swingset!  One of my children's great complaints is the lack of a backyard, and we've never had a swingset so this was a big treat!
Carson scored a goal against Mr. Shawn!
VBS!  We love VBS!!
Libby and Chloe back together!  Watching the reunite is one of the purest joys of my life!
Camilla with her sweet friends!  I was so excited to see her reconnect so easily.
I got to spend some wonderful time with my sweet friend, Mandy!  It was amazing to hear about her life in the Lord! 
My big girls with their Great Grandma Dorothy!  We are blessed to still have Great Grandpa and Great Grandma!
Lovin' Camilla and her posing!

I thought it was special to watch Tony and Carson play basketball where Tony played when he was a kid!
We haven't …

A Bit of an Update.

Hey all!  I know it's been a while since I've posted, so I wanted to take this oppportunity to give a little update.

Monday, July 2

6:00 am- Left our apartment and headed to the airport.
6:30 am- Arrived to the airport
7:00 am- Finally made it through to check our baggage.   During this process, the Delta representative asked me if any of my children were Panamanian born.  I said, "No," and she said, "ok- great."  Turned out the conversation was going to take an interesting turn.
7:15am- Finish our goodbyes to Tony, and headed to document check so we could go through security.  I had earlier asked him to wait for us to make it through before he left.  Good thought on my part.
7:16am- I'm stopped in document checking.  New law, and I need copies of the kids' birth certificates.  I don't have them.
7:25am- Tony is on the phone with our attorney's office trying to figure out a way to get the paperwork we need.
7:30am- Carson is in tears, and I …

A Poem

(with my apologies to Clement Moore)
'Twas the night before vacation, when all through our home The kids were all awake, and trying to roam. The suitcases were tucked in the trunk- so neat. Getting them all to fit was quite a great feat!
Finally, with teeth brushed and lovins' from Dad, the kids settled into their beds feeling glad,  Because tomorrow they would all board the plane,  Heading for Georgia to see friends once again.
Friends still familiar in sweet open hearts. Friends their heads try to remember- forgetting some parts. Whom will they see?  And what different might they find? The questions of an expat child's mind.
The parents, quietly in the still of the night, ponder the time since they last took this flight. 12 months ago, oh how much time has passed! Friendships exist that were uncertain to last.
An awareness creeps over the finally still soul, the awareness the Lord has kept us whole. This trip to the States is more than vacation, it's a reminder that love crosses the nat…