Showing posts from September, 2014

Day 30.

We made it!!

September is over, and we made it with 27 blog posts.  I'm pretty impressed with myself- even if Dad just sent me a message to remind me to blog.  (Technically, he just asked if I needed encouragement.)  And thank you to those who've read with me each day. (or day or 2)

So, what have I learned through this process?

Mostly, I've learned that I love writing, but that the lack of clear scope of the blog and the uncertain audience makes blogging incredibly difficult for me.

There were times during the month that I wanted to pour my soul out all over the laptop.  I wanted to go to those deep, sometimes ugly, places where my mind spends much time, but I despise drama.  Yes, my former bestie, drama, now makes me physically ill.  I can handle real and emotional, but I can't stand all the syrup-y nonsense that is taking over blogs and social media.

So, how do I pour out my soul without dripping in drama on a blog that doesn't have clear parameters with an unk…

Day 29. No more ideas.

I'm not sure what to blog on.  I have nothing that would take an entire post.  How about a series of random thoughts?

1.  My birthday is in 6 days!!!  (and I'll be in the US in 3 weeks if you want to mail me something.)

2.  Coralynn has made great progress in her speech class.  Today, there was talk of her graduating out of the program fairly soon!

3.  At the Bible Superhero Party last weekend, Carson had his bass-guitar playing debut.  I hear he did well!

4.   I think it's super fun having a 7th grader for a daughter.  She's 12, and I love the age.  I love being able to have real conversations with one of my children.  It feels like a reward for all those newborn baby days that aren't my favorite.

5.  Tony and his coworkers went on a hike today- at an old US Air Force base.  Then, they had shaved ices.  This mental picture has made me laugh all day.

6.  We're trying to come up with good vacation locations for our 15th anniversary trip.  Dubai had a HUGE lead, …

Day 27.

Tonight, the three older kids got to go to Bible Superhero Night at church.  Chloe was a leader, Carson was in the band, and Camilla was an attender.  The dress code for the evening was becoming a Bible hero with a modern twist.  Well, we aren't so great with costumes, but I love a twist!

Camilla decided to become Miriam.   So, she went, of course, as the big sister with a baby in her basket!

Carson decided to dress as a basketball player to become the modern David.  Why a basketball player?  Because David was the only one willing to take the shot at Goliath.

Chloe dressed in an apron with cooking and cleaning supplies.  Of course, she was a modern-day Martha!

Day 25.

Y'all the most exciting this is happening.  And will continue for the next 36 ish hours.

At 3pm, I returned home.  I don't have to leave the house until 9:00 Saturday morning!  In all seriousness, I can't tell you the last time I went that long without driving.


If you need me, I'll be at home!!!

Day 24.

It's a gorgeous, sunny, warm day today in Panama City, Panama.  Normally, we would be in the middle of the rainy season, but we've gotten a reprieve from the rain for a few days.  Unfortunately, instead of being able to play outside, Coralynn had an hour-long speech class.  To reward her for her great attitude and hard work, I decided she needed a treat.  A treat in the form of a strawberry smoothie.  (Momma may have rewarded herself with some iced chai.)

Which, of course, required a smoothie selfie!

Day 23.

I've talked plenty about my love for my friends.  They are amazing, and I'm so thankful for them.

But, I had to laugh at myself the other day.
I was on Facebook to share a link with my brother.  When I went to send it, Facebook asked me, "Share on your friend's timeline?"
I actually said to myself That's not my friend.  That's my brother!
Yes, my friends are amazing members of my extended family, but nothing quite compares to my family.

Day 21. A Review From Yesterday

Just another Sunday in Panama...

We started our morning at our church, Gamboa Union, where we know that "God Loves Tourists."  There really isn't a quick way to describe Gamboa Union.  We never really know what each Sunday is going to look like, but we know we want to see what happens.

This Sunday, we had "hello" and "goodbyes" to say.  The amazing couple on the left are leaving Panama and moving to South Korea.  They have been an awesome example of living every day completely and sacrificially.

Then, we said "hello" to a dance team from YWAM.  It was so much fun to be sitting at a church in Panama, watching a street dance team from the US and Central America teach kids about Jesus.   This is why my church is more fun than yours.  ;)

Sunday night, we headed to the church we attended when we first moved to Panama, Crossroads Bible Church.  It was the celebration of the completion of the entire bible in the San Blais Kuna Language.  Keith and …

Days 19. Didn't Happen. Day 20.

Sorry about yesterday!!  No excuse.

Thought I'd show y'all a picture of Carson running in his race.  He ran his personal Panama best time with 7:52 splits.  His best US race time is 7:11 splits, but he felt much better during and after this latest race so that was awesome!  It is so much fun to watch him improve at what he loves to do!!  

Day 18. Just because.

Just because I love this sweet girl.

Just because she's a walking miracle in so many ways.

Just because she's growing up faster than I can make memories with her.

Just because of how I can't get enough of her, I'm sharing her picture with you.

Day 17. Fresh look.

How is it that a single hair cut can make Carson look 3 years older?

Day 16. What else can you do?

I never eat breakfast.

There I admitted it.  I don't like eating breakfast.  My stomach takes longer to wake up than I do (and I take a while), so by the time I'm hungry, it's lunchtime.  And, beyond that, I just don't like the hassle of eating breakfast.  Or lunch.  It's not uncommon for me to wait until 2 or 3 to have my first meal of the day.    I know that's bad, but that's the way I normally roll.

I have been trying to improve, though.  I've been adding more exercise and more strenuous exercise, and I am acutely aware that not eating equals bad performance which equals getting yelled at by Jimmy.  (another post for another day)

This morning Carson and I went for a run, and when we got home, I decided to be a grown up and eat breakfast.  And because I was wanting grown up extra credit points, I decided to make myself oatmeal.  You know- instead of a kiddo selection like Rice Krispies.  Feeling quite proud of myself, I added my oatmeal and water to …

Day 15.

The circle of life as it presented itself today...
I'm sitting on the couch playing on the internet.  In the background, my kids are laughing hysterically at the television.   What are they watching?  The Cosby Show.  From 1987.  I was 9- younger than two of my children are now.
Today's glimpse into our life.  You're welcome.

AKA I missed a day.

I know you all thought I was perfect.
Then, I missed a blog, and you've spent the day trying to figure out what really is truth.
Ok.  Probably not.
After our crazy busy week, we decided to go out to dinner and shopping last night.
We had a great time.  Then, we crashed in bed.
The perfect Saturday night.  
In lieu of a wordy post, I thought I'd share some pictures of what our month has looked like...

Our Friday early mornings are spent driving downtown for Carson to meet with his running coach.  Since I've mentioned that before, I thought I'd share a picture of what that looks like.  For the girls, it means hanging out on the beautiful Panamanian coast.  For Carson, it means charging up hills and working on "robot arms."  

The highlight of my month is always getting to share at CCA's elementary chapel.  I speak with the students about the people and countries that represent the persecuted church.  I feel privileged to have this opportunity.

Home schooling…

Day 12. Tired.

This has been one of those weeks.

We're all tired.

We're all grumpy.

We haven't had a meal together all week.

Everyone is on edge.

It's just been a super tiring week.

We have a lot of activities- all of which we love.

We have a lot of functions- all of which we desire to attend.

And, sometimes, they just all manage to hit at the same time.

I didn't make it home before 9 once this week.  Tony didn't fare much better than I did.

But, tomorrow, our activities end at noon, and then, we will have all the rest of the weekend to be us.
I couldn't be any more excited about the possibility.

If you need us this weekend, send an email, but don't expect a response.  This is our time to recharge.

I so, so, so love my life.  I love what the Lord is doing in it.  I love how He's using me.

But, this weekend, is about enjoying just the 6 of us.  I pray you'll spend the weekend recharging, as well.

Day 11. Brag Session #2. And an announcement.

Yesterday, during the midst of jacked-up Wednesday, Tony called.   He called during the 11-minute window I have between dropping off Coralynn at home and taking Camilla to dance.  I was away from the phone (that's polite speak for using the bathroom), and I heard the kids answer the phone.  Eventually, Camilla got off the phone and gave it to me.

Dead silence.
I can hear that the phone is connected.  This is Tony's I'm-getting-ready-to-tell-you-exciting-news pause.  (As an aside: Tony does this pause before winning at card games, too. Drives.Me.CRAZY.)
"Hey, Lis."
Why can't he just get to the point?  I'm wanting to yell "WHAT'S THE NEWS?" but that wouldn't be fair.
"Lis, I got the promotion"
Said with Tony's normal super-chill level of excitement.
"I think you had a better reaction than I did."
So pleased that my hu…

Day 10. I like my kids.

I do.

I really like my kids.  I think they're fun to hang out with.  I enjoy hearing their thoughts on life.  I love watching them get to be them and to do the things that they enjoy.  I just really like being a mom and being a mom to these people is awesome.
Today, I had the opportunity to watch Carson participate with the rest of the "Lost Sheep" band.  The "Lost Sheep" is the kids' ministry band at church.  The group got to lead two worship songs for combined chapel at CCA.  Coralynn, Carson, and I loaded into the van at 7:45 this morning, and off to church we went.
Because the teachers are sweet, they allow my kids to sit with their grades during chapel.  And, Coralynn LOVES sitting with her preK-4 "classmates."   I sat a few rows behind her (with first grade) just to make sure she behaved correctly.
When Carson and his group started singing,I began videotaping.  They did fine.  I moved back up to my seat to watch the rest of the worship time …

Day 9. Right?

Today started off in chaos.  Chaos isn't my favorite thing.

Our new Spanish teacher started today, and her first class was with Tony at 7:30 am.  AM like in the morning!  7:30 am is before my world begins functioning, but I decided that this was okay because I could hide in bed.

The guards called at about 7:25 to let us know the new teacher was here.  The phone rang much longer than I expected.  Again, I didn't think much of it because maybe Tony was just away from the phone.

I got up, showered, and came out to check on everyone's progress.  Tony was sitting at the dining table kind of doing Spanish.  Next to him was a glass of water and a bottle of Tylenol.  Now, I knew something was off.  Tony does not take medicine.  Ever.  Never ever.

After his class, while Camilla was starting her class, Tony grabbed me and told me we needed to talk.  I followed him into the bedroom, took one look at him, and asked what was wrong.  He explained that he had been running, moved his jaw …

Day 8.

It's Monday.
I blogged.
Commitment kept.
Until tomorrow,
Lisa  ;)

Day 7. Brag Session!!

Tonight, I just have to brag on Chloe.  (I asked her permission first.)

Friday night, Chloe had an overnight retreat at the church.   She went to bed about 2am, got up at 7:45. and had an outdoor dance class from 9-12.  To say she was tired last night would be a disservice to the word "tired."

As we were getting ready for church this morning, we realized that Chloe was still sleeping.  We woke her up, told her we were leaving, and let her go back to sleep. During church, I sent her a few messages to check on her and make sure all was well.

At 12:15, I got a message asking if she should make dinner.  I told her that I'd call her when we were done at church.  When we were finally leaving, about 1:00 pm, I gave her a call.  Before I could tell her that we would grab her and then go get dinner, she had news for me.

She'd made dinner.

All on her own.  Without anyone telling her to!

Chickpea-zucchini patties, peas, rice, and a salad!

I was so proud of her!!  Nothing makes …

Day 6. For Dog People- of Which I'm Not.

Yes, indeedy, we still have Cosita.  Why?  Because there was no other option. Well, there was one other option.  We could have dumped her somewhere.  No way did I feel comfortable with that plan.    Overall, she's gotten better.  Some of that is maturity.  Some of that is a change of discipline strategies on our part.   Regardless, she's still a member of our family.
And, as a true member of the family, she loves mashed potatoes.  I've never had a dog before so I have no idea what's "normal," but this dog loves mashed potatoes.  She'll instantly become the sweetest, calmest, most submissive dog when she smells the potatoes boiling.  Hot dogs.  Tuna.  Fried chicken.  All those foods I assumed would make Cosita happy.  But mashed potatoes?
Is this normal?

Day 5. City Girl

Every Friday morning, I drive Carson into the city to meet his running coach for one hour of training.   They train right along the Pacific Ocean on a new pedestrian walkway/bike path/ green space. This week Camilla asked to come along and bring her roller blades which sounded like a great plan to me.
This morning the traffic was relatively light, and we got downtown with no problems.  The total lack of travel stress was the perfect beginning to the morning.
We found Carson's coach and sent the two of them off to run.  Camilla strapped on her roller blades, and she and I began the most relaxing hour I've had in too long.  The breeze off the ocean was awesome and the sky was bright blue.  It really was the perfect day for some exercise and Mommy/Milla time.

As I walked and she skated, I couldn't help but ponder about this season of life I'm in. 
Stay-at-home mom.  Home school mom.  Soccer mom.  Basketball mom.  Running mom.  Dancer mom.  Businessman's wife.  Holy Sp…

Thankful (Day 4)

I just want to tell y'all how thankful I am for my friends.

I'm so thankful for real friends and for friends who get real.
After an amazing 2-hour Bible study, I got to spend an hour having lunch with a friend, and then, after Spanish class, I had another hour conversation with a different friend.
I'm just so thankful that my friendships are deeper than selfies and Facebook statuses.  I'm thankful that I've released my middle school desire to be popular and embraced the desire for real.
I think moving relatively frequently and never knowing when the next move will come makes really great friendships easier to make.  Seems counter intuitive, doesn't it?  I know that I may not have a lifetime to make friends.  I know I don't have a lifetime to get to know my friends.  And, they know the same about me.  So anyone who's willing to invest in a potentially very short-term friendship is in it because they want to really be my friend.
And, aren't those the …

Day 3.

I'm home now.  Did you think I was going to forget to blog?  Quite frankly, today's late night, rather boring blog is brought to you by a miracle.

When I woke up this morning, the schedule for the day looked like this:

7:45-9:00- do school
9:00- leave for chapel
9:30-10:30- participate in chapel
10:30-12:00- drive to, and shop at, warehouse club
12:00-12:45- eat and have school
12:15- Chloe get picked up for babysitting
12:45- take Camilla and Carson to soccer
1:40-2:40 Coralynn speech class
3:00-4;00- Coralynn ballet
3:30- pick up Camilla and Carson from soccer
4:15- drop off friend after soccer
4:30- drop off Carson and Coralynn at home
4:45- take Camilla to dance
5:00-9:00 Youth Group

Ok.  Not terrible.

Instead it went like this:

7:45-9:00- do school
9:00- leave for chapel
9:30-10:30- participate in chapel
10:30-12:00- pick up sick neighbor from school, pick up her mom from Spanish class, and take them both home
12:00-12:45- eat and have school
12:15- Chloe get picked up f…

Day 2.

Well, actually it was day one.

My first day of group Spanish class was this afternoon.  I haven't taken a group Spanish class since high school, and I really hated it then.

I signed up for the Beginners Spanish class, and when I got there, I realized I knew more than I thought.  I also realized that I'm unwilling to use much of what I do have.

In a situation of necessity or crisis, I pull out my Spanish.  The rest of the time it stays in my brain.  Sometimes, I'll being sitting in a group of people who are speaking Spanish, and I will formulate sentences in my head. I know they are accurate, appropriate, and on topic.  Do I say them?  Of course not!


Well, that's what I've been thinking about since my class ended.

Why do I not use what I have?  I want to speak Spanish.  I get frustrated because my Spanish isn't better, but I don't try very hard to do anything about it.


Partly, it's because I'm academically lazy.  This, unfortunately, is a …


Okay, y'all!  It's September 1st.  And, I'm going to make a deal with you.

I promise to post everyday this month.  You promise to let me know you're reading.


See you tomorrow!