Wednesday, June 8, 2011


       So every since I was in college taking teaching courses and student teaching I have been looking forward to having the opportunity to teach one day. When we found out Dennis was getting deployed for a year we talked about starting homeschooling with Aby. We ordered a curriculum and I started in April. Yes, I know, the it’s not along the schedule of a regular school year. But we are starting her ahead so I will get her lined up with the regular school year eventually.
We are absolutely LOVING it. I ordered the A Beka curriculum. This is my first time teaching other than a semester of student teaching and I am very familiar with the A Beka curriculum, because I was homeschooled with it when I was young and it was used a lot in the Christian school I attended when I was older. I’m also very impressed with their Bible curriculum and their phonics and reading program for young children. I can honestly say it was worth every penny spent. Aby is doing great, and the curriculum is soo easy for me to follow as a first time teacher. They tell you exactly what to write on the board, and exactly how to explain everything so the child will understand. We are on lesson 35 and she knows all her vowels, several other letters. Also several blends and she is starting to sound out one-vowel words. She can also count to twenty and write the numbers 1-6. She also has learned several Bible stories and can even tell some of them by herself. And most importantly she is learning to hide God’s Word in her heart. She knows 5 Bible verses and the Lord’s Prayer. Ali Jo stands there and tries to sing and quote Bible verses along with her. I am truly blessed that the Lord has given me the privilege of raising these two beautiful girls!
       It is so much fun and I am so thankful for the opportunity to be a stay at home mom that gives me the privilege of watching her learn to read. I praise the Lord that he has provided for us and enabled us to be able to do this. Also I’m thankful for my wonderful husband who is fighting to keep us safe and providing financially for us. Here are a few pictures of our classroom which is a corner of the dining room and Aby on her first day at school
 Aby on her first day
 Ali Jo walking to school along with us with her lunch box
Our classroom

Thursday, May 19, 2011

My Husband's Poem

I know I've been really neglectful about keeping up with the blog. I'm going to try and be more faithful. There are so many things going on that I would love to share. Today though I just want to share a poem my husband wrote about our girls while he was on a mission for 8 days and had no access to communication. It is very touching and of course had me bawling. Hope you enjoy!

The Only Things That Really Matter

All alone in this God-forsaken place,
Truly important things seem to span time and space.
As I look at the never-ending mountains roll,
I think of the two fragile things that make me whole.
Never did I think one word would matter so much,
"Daddy, Daddy!" as I feel their tender touch.
I wake early in the morning, I wake late at night,
Longing for only one thing, to hold them tight
.I worry night and day that they will forget me,
Go about their daily life and never think of Daddy.
Makes me think this lonely time will never end,
 Makes me wish that time itself I could bend.
Playing in the yard or rolling around on the living room floor,
Kicking a soccer ball and trying to score.
Never could I fathom a simple time so important,
Until I was here, and my girls are so distant.
I pine only to kiss, hug, and hold them dear,
Their sweet little voices so lovingly hear.
 My two single greatest feats,
Nothing in this world could possibly beat.
Daddy will be home soon, baby, don't shed a tear,
I am fighting for freedom far and near,
So pray for Daddy's safe return,
And know until then, my heart for you yearns.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Just a Thought

When you roll over and kiss your spouse, remember there’s a soldier who wishes they could kiss theirs.
When you get home from a long day at work and can relax and talk it over with your spouse, there is a soldier that wishes they could be home with their spouse.
When you feel your child’s arms around your neck, there’s a soldier who wishes they could feel their child’s arms around their neck.
When you hear your child say, “I’m so glad to see you,” there is a soldier who wishes they could hear their child say those words.
When you tickle your baby and listen to them giggle, remember there is a soldier who wishes they could make their child giggle.
When you watch your children play, there is a soldier who wishes they could watch their child play.
When you hear your baby say their first words, there’s a soldier that missed hearing their child’s first words.
When you celebrate your child’s birthday, there’s a soldier that missed their child’s birthday.
When you listen to your child’s bedtime prayers, there’s a soldier who wishes they could hear their child’s prayers.
As you share many precious moments and memories with your family, remember that there is a soldier who is sacrificing having these moments with their family.

Please remember, remember and pray.

Pray for them physically, that the Lord will keep them safe. They live in constant danger.
Pray for them emotionally. When they have a hard day at work, they can’t come home and hug their spouse and play with their children and relax before the next day.
And last, but definitely not least, pray for them spiritually. They don’t have a church they get to go to recoup and refresh for the week. Some of them may not even know the Lord and the ones that do are surrounded by those who don’t. They don’t have their church family there to help them get ready to face the week out in the world.
Your prayers are coveted so much! Thank you!

Friday, January 21, 2011


This week has been pretty busy. I’ve been packing up our house getting ready to move. My husband and I decided before he left that I would move to north Alabama to be close to my family during the next year he is gone. I’ll stay with my dad for about a month and hopefully find a place of my own by the beginning of March.

The last few moves we’ve made, I’ve been able to watch the girls for the day while the movers came in and packed our things and moved it for us, but this move we are doing on our own. So I’ve been doing just a little bit every day and hopefully we can finish up the last minute things when my parents get in this afternoon.
I’m so excited about moving and being close to my family, but it’s kind of funny how it kind of makes you feel sad seeing everything in boxes and knowing one chapter of your life is ending and another beginning.  We’ve only been in this little house a few months, but have made so many memories here!
Ali Jo had her first birthday here. She took her first steps here. We potty trained Aby here (well almost potty trained J) The girls and I had our first white Christmas here. Dennis got the white Christmas he had prayed for before he deployed. I got to spend a few wonderful months here with my husband and the girls with their daddy before he left for year.                        
Thankfully all these memories have been preserved through photos and of course in our hearts. We are leaving and are looking forward to making memories over the next year in this new stage of our life and are cherishing the memories we have to hold on to until our family is reunited.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Campouts, Father Goose, and Pajama Day

So just thought I would share a few of the fun things we’ve been up to these last few days. Aby’s been such a good girl and so helpful since daddy left, so I decided we would have a “campout” Aby got an adorable monkey tent for Christmas and has been wanting to use it, so I set it up upstairs by my bed and we had a campout. She watched a show on her little tv, had snacks, then she slept in it that night. She loved it. She’s actually slept in there 2 nights since then.
          On Monday, they had “Father Goose” at the library. I decided to take the girls. He sang songs, told mother goose stories, and had some trick books that sprayed him with water, etc… The kids loved it. He had them laughing the whole time. Even Ali Jo sat still on my lap and watched him. It was such a fun thing to do with the girls. Aby has asked me to sing the “Father Goose Song” since then.
On Tuesday, it was snowy and cold, and I knew we wouldn’t be getting out, so I decided we would have a Pajama Day. (Mommy did cheat and slip on a skirt. You never know when someone may stop byJ) Aby called it a Pajama party. We woke up this morning and I went to get her dressed and she still wanted to stay in her pjs. I had to explain we can’t have pajama day everyday. J
          Tonight I was reading Aby some books before bed, and was just thinking how the smallest little things can be so mean so much to a child.  I don’t have to spend a lot of money or buy them things to make them happy. Just spending some time with them and doing a few fun things with them makes their day. They are growing up soooo fast. I’m cherishing every moment!
Ali Jo in the tent
Laying down in the tent

Aby in the tent

The girls laying on the floor holding hands

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Strength for Today

       Last week I had to do one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life. I had to say goodbye to the love of my life for the next year. We both did ok, holding back the tears and staying pretty strong till it came time to say goodbye. I had to say goodbye to my husband, my girls had to say goodbye to their father, and my wonderful husband had to say goodbye to me and his girls.  Needless to say, there were tears all the way back to the car. I would be ok for a while, then the smallest things would bring tears to my eyes.
 Pulling into the driveway and seeing his car there. Picking up his pjs of the floor. Opening the fridge and seeing the leftover boneless bbq chicken he loves. All the things I know I’m going to miss this next year. It was a hard day.
        I was so thankful the next night when Dennis got to face time the girls and I through my phone. It was such a comfort to see his face and connect with him.  Praise the Lord we have gotten to talk through text, face time, and phone several times  over the last couple of days.
        Through all of this I have realized first how very much I have been blessed. First of all to have a Lord and Savior that is the Great Comforter, and has brought so much comfort and peace to my heart. Secondly, I have a wonderful husband who is willing to sacrifice so much to protect our freedoms. Thirdly, I have two wonderful girls the Lord has entrusted to us. Fourthly, there are so many other men and women that are making the same sacrifice for our nation.
        While thinking of all these blessings, I also realized I had been looking at this all wrong. I have been wondering how I was going to make it a WHOLE year without my husband. But I realized I just have to make it through today. The Lord will not put more on me than I can handle. The Lord will give me grace for TODAY. I do not need strength to make it through the next year right now, but the Lord WILL give me the strength I need to make it through TODAY.  
        Here are a few of the promises that have been a comfort to me. He promised me in Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. “
        He also said in II Cor. 12:9 – “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”  This reminds me that HIS strength is made perfect through my weakness.  His grace is sufficient for me. He WILL give me grace as I need it. This applies to every aspect of my life when my husband is deployed or when my husband is home. This applies to being a wife, to raising our girls, and every other aspect of my life.
        Lam. 3:21-23 says, “This I recall to my mind therefore have I hope It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” His compassions are new EVERY morning. The God that created this world has compassion for ME. What a comfort.
        If I start thinking about a WHOLE year, my time for the Lord will be wasted crying, worrying, fretting, etc…. Don’t get me wrong, there will be some tears over this next year, but what a comfort it is to know that all I have to think about is getting through today. Taking care of my responsibilities today. Being the best wife and mother I can be today. And guess what, He promised He WILL give me STRENGTH FOR TODAY!
 Our family waiting to say goodbye

Daddy and his girls

Me and my Honey

Daddy and Aby

Daddy and Ali Jo