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February 25

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I hope you had all a good week!  Ours was excellent!  After the LOUSY 2017 we experienced, I'm beyond happy to be having a better year!  Or, at least, a better February!

Monday, our exchange student, Niles, from Louisiana arrived.  He immediately became part of the family, and I couldn't be happier.  It's been really fun getting to include him in our day-to-day activities and getting to be part of the school's special activities.  Tony and Coralynn frequently mention wanting more children, so I've agreed that we can get a 14-year-old if they can find one as sweet as Niles.



On Wednesday evening, the entire group of exchange students and their hosts came over for dinner.  It was great.  I cried I loved it so much.  55 people eating and laughing together on my back patio is apparently my love language.  The more I work with teenagers the more convinced I am that they truly desire to be kids.  As a teacher, I hear a lot about kids' and their bad choices.  I hear ab…

February 18

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Oh!  What a glorious week of school break!!

The kids and I had the whole week off.  Tony had Tuesday off and took a vacation day on Friday!
Monday, I finished all my lesson plans for the rest of the year.  I could weep with excitement.  But, that was just the beginning of this amazing week...

I got to spend the entire week with my awesome kiddos.  We did boring stuff like buying groceries and having doctors' appointments.  We did fun stuff like watching the Olympics and going to the movies.  The best part was that we got the opportunity to just be.  Chloe and I went for a walk.  

We all climbed the stairs at the administration building.  


Coralynn had her first piano lesson!!
Thursday, I went back for my next medical test to hopefully be all better very soon.  The doctor is sure all is well, but he's going to retest just to be sure.  I'll never be great at handling the "I'm sure it's nothing, but" tests, but it certainly is better than just not being ok!! …

February 11

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Look.  I can explain.

I missed last week because I was waiting for a package in the mail.

Because I needed what was in the mail to take a super cute picture to tell you the big news.

I thought the package would arrive Monday-ish, and I was just going to write the blog then.

But, the package still hasn't come, so I can't take the cute picture.  I do still want you to know the news.

I found a stock picture.  Very sad but at least it works for the occasion.


I was accepted to GRADUATE SCHOOL!!!!!  I was so excited that I cried.  And then I squealed.  And then a rush of kids in study hall came to make sure I was okay.  And then I celebrated with the seniors who totally understand how fun it is to get into your number one choice!

Starting August of 2018, I will be part of the Indiana University family!  Did I mention that I am SO excited?????  Because I'm SO excited!!!

Do you forgive me for missing a blog week??  Thanks!

Moving on, you know how sometimes I talk about weeks being…

January 28

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Carson finishing 5k and happy bulldog
Hi.  My name is Lisa, and I avoid adulting.
I much prefer carefree over grown up.
Tomorrow, I have not one but two adult meetings.  About jobs and kids and stuff.  And, being true to me, I'm sick to my stomach about it.  Neither meeting is *that* big of a deal, but I'm all tied up in knots about them.
If you were to ask me what I most miss about living in the US, I'd probably say mail being delivered to my house.  It's been years since I've received mail.  No amazon.  No cards.  No nothing.  But, the truth is, no matter how difficult that has been, it's not the worst.  The thing I miss most about the US- and I think it probably has nothing to do with the US and everything to do with God working some plan out in my life- is stability.
Life in Georgia was just about as simple as life could be.  I had 4 healthy kids.  If they got unhealthy, I had a pediatrician I trusted whose office was 15 minutes away.  AND, everyone in the…

January 21

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3 weeks in a row.  That's a winning streak!

In honor of my new-found consistency, today's blog is three things that I've fallen in love with this week. 
1.  Iced Tea.

I know.  Quite possibly the most unoriginal new thing ever, but hear me out.
I'm a dedicated water drinker.  But, I'm bored.  I can't drink coffee, and although I love hot tea, it just isn't practical in my life.  
But, I don't like sugary drinks.  So, I've never had iced tea because, in Georgia, sweet tea is tea flavored sugar.  Not my thing.
I was talking to an acquaintance this week, and she mentioned that she just makes concentrated hot tea and cools it over ice.  That was a total epiphany for me.  I'm now a junkie.  Stash's Mango Passion fruit is unbelievable.  I drank 6 cups of it in a day.  No sugar.  No caffeine.  Perfection.
(And, just so you know I'm me, I web md'd it to make sure I wouldn't overdose.  All seems well.)
2.  Medical Care in Panama
Maybe this…

January 14th

This morning, Tony, the 3 younger kids, and I ran in our favorite little no-pressure race.  It's no pre-registration, amble parking, decide at the last minute how far you feel like running affair.  And we love it.

Today, Coralynn, Camilla, and I ran one mile while Tony and Carson took on 3 miles.  Carson ended up with a personal best, and Coralynn beat Camilla and me for the first time ever.  It was a super fun time. Chloe was doing a 2-hour bike ride with her triathlon team, so she was unavailable to join us.

As I was running behind my little girls, watching them put forth enthusiastic effort, I was struck my how much I like my people. I often read other people's Facebook status when they are trashing their kids or husbands or wives.  It makes me sad that there doesn't seem to be a general liking in so many families.  (Or people just post their worst feelings online?)

For this Sunday's blog, let's look at the three things this week that make me really like my peop…

January 7

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It's Sunday.  I'm blogging.

I thought, staying in the name of new goals for the new year, I'd share the 3 trips I'm most looking forward to this year!




1.  Cruise with Camilla!

Each child gets to go on a parent and me trip in either 5th or 6th grade.  Chloe and I went to LA.  Carson and Tony went to North Carolina for football.  Camilla and I have come up with lots of ideas, but we had trouble settling on one.  Finally, we decided that we'd head to the Bahamas this spring!  Once I get all the paperwork in place, we'll book our trip, and I'll fill you in with the details!

The next two trips require your help!

2.  US Summer Tour

We've tentatively decided this summer to try to see as much of the US as possible.  We're thinking the East Coast in June and the West in July.  Anyone try this before?  We're not road trippers which makes the whole plan ridiculous, but everyone is surprisingly excited.  We think we'll flying into NYC mid June and do th…