The life and times of a Christian, wife, mother, step-mother, interpreter & daughter, photographer (and whatever other hat I happen to be wearing at any given time)...but MOSTLY, this is my blog about our beautiful step-family!
Part of this award is to share 7 things about myself. Here I go!
1. I've lived in 8 different states.
2. I'm a nationally certified Interpreter for the Deaf and Deaf/Blind.
3. My BA is in Interpreting and my Masters is in Secondary Education.
4. I have 3 sons, 2 stepsons and 2 stepdaughters.
5. My husband is a bicycle mechanic and a college student (and a wonderful dad, I might add).
6. I love singing, photography and all kinds of art. (I sing in the choir at church and also on the worship team a few times a year)
7. I am content being in a blended family...although it has it's challenges, I can truthfully say that God has blessed us more than I could ever imagine!
Now, I need to pass this award on to 15 bloggers that I have recently discovered. Um...the thing is, I only have found about 5! It's not that I don't want to find more, it's just that it takes time...and I either don't have much time to search or I get distracted!
I was thinking last night, while I sat at my Aunt and Uncle's pool, watching the kids play as the sun set....isn't summer wonderful?? Swimming, a little traveling, time with friends & family....heck, the warmth alone is enough for me!
Yesterday, Mark and I took all the kids (ALL...even Alex!) to my Uncle Bob's and Aunt Janella's. They live out in the country and have a big garden, an inground pool and my Aunt always makes us a spectacular meal. My Uncle is 76 years old now and a retired pastor. He has many stories to tell! My Dad was there too, but he could only stay a few hours (he's 'semi-retired'!).
It was so nice to be with my family.
I think about people that don't have family. Or kids. Or a husband. Or single moms and dads. There were times in my life that I didn't have anyone but my kids. It can feel very lonely. Here in Michigan, I don't see my family that often, but it's sure nice to have them! With my Dad and Uncle in their 70's now, I feel that these are our last years with them....and I want to make sure that we enjoy them and not take them for granted.
As for other news....
Sam was asked by our Youth Minister to go see HILLSONG UNITED (http://www.hillsongunited.com/)
tonight! I'm so jealous :) The cool thing about it is, Jerry only asked 10 kids to go with him. 10 kids that are involved in worship arts. For now, Sam sings and plays guitar...and is currently taking guitar lessons. He hasn't actually been on stage at church yet, but Jerry knows that he wants to do that in the future. It was so nice of Jerry to think of Sam. What a blessing!
Gabe gets his cast off this Friday. He can't WAIT to swim again. Yesterday, my Uncle set up the sprinkler for him while the other kids swam in the pool. G. is such a sweetie...he never complained or pouted. I love that kid :)
My hands are kind of numb and stiff right now. My RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) is flaring up and work is not much fun. I've found that running hot water over them on my break helps! Thank goodness I am getting an infusion tomorrow. And I'm off work too. Double bonus day :)
I still need to post Part 3 and 4 of our vacation! I'm getting behind!
Anyhoo...while we were there, for 12 hours I might add, there was a scene filmed that was a sweet little girl singing "Amazing Grace". I have NEVER heard a child sing the way Rhema did! The hardest part was to sit there in complete silence (with 200ish other extras, cast and crew) until the director said 'cut'! God surely did give her a beautiful voice.
Yes, it was an exciting day..... We had to be on the set at 6:30 a.m. (did I mention I'm not a morning person?). By 1 p.m. or so, Gabe had decided to take a nap, right before Rhema sang. My worst fear was that she'd be in the middle of her song and Gabe would wake up...crying or whining about where he was! Oh my. That would have been embarassing. He didn't wake up though...through two 'takes'. And the assistant director (or 'AD' as they are called) came and sat with us for awhile...asking Gabe how he broke his arm and such. Everyone on the set was respectful, kind...nothing at all as I imagined a movie set would be. Not to mention getting my hair and makeup done several times throughout the day!
Very cool :)
So, when MGP comes out next year, look for us! We'll be in the church congregation where Sam Childers (played by Gerard Butler) gets saved!
Our vacation was SO much fun! First, we went to Grandpa's farm, then we went to the MEGA Southland Youth Reunion....which was a wonderful day of mingling with old friends (and my beloved Youth Minister, Brewster!) from my youth group years at my home church in Kentucky. The only downer of the day was that my youngest broke his arm on the inflatable slide! He's okay now....but parenting is such a RIDE, isn't it? :)