Ending On A Good Note

There were some really nice things about today. I thought I should let you know since the last post was really a downer.

We waited to start official school work today. We’re working on what I am going to call “Taking Back Tuesday”. Tuesday is garbage day. Every Tuesday for the last several months there has been something in the garbage that is special to Ethan. When the truck arrives, he mourns and sobs loudly. Ethan hates Tuesdays. The counselor suggested adding something to look forward to so it wouldn’t just be a hard day. So, the day started with TV and a leisurely start to the day. Next we made chocolate chip cookies. They were fabulous. There was no book work to be done until after lunch. I think it helped.

The kids all worked busily on housework today because they were motivated to earn money. The dusting is done, the sheet is fixed on the guest bed, Ethan cleaned off and straightened his bed, Audrey washed off the kitchen table and cleaned all the toilets. Isaac didn’t do much, but since he offered to give Audrey the money that she needed to have enough to order a “Frozen doll set” ($10 from Isaac!!!), she did some cleaning in their room and told me to pay Isaac for it!!!! Audrey and Isaac don’t get a long great. I am at a loss as to how this happened. I’ll take it though.

Speaking of money, I did a little wager with Ethan. I set a timer and told him if he could finish a certain number of pages in his math workbook before the timer went off, I would give him .50. Well, what do you know? It worked like a charm. I have not seem him work that diligently in a long time. I think I might be on to something with offering some sort of reward system. Hmmmmm…..

The only bummer of the day was that I had to call the AC repairman to check out why our house wasn’t cooling. It was low on freon and when he looked for the leak, he found it. We need a new coil. I don’t know all of what that really means. I just know that it means I get to pay $1000 tomorrow when he comes back to finish. I guess this is what our emergency fund is for, right? I just hate using it. I really like to have an emergency fund for my emergency fund. Unfortunately, my “house repair” savings fund wasn’t built up enough to cover it all without dipping into the main EFund. Please don’t worry that we’re destitute. We aren’t 🙂 I’m thankful that we can pay it without needing to go into debt. Not many people can say that.

It is working great now! It makes me suspect that it had not been performing well for a while. We should be good for a long time now, right?

I almost forgot one last thing. Jack Bauer is back! Nathan and I enjoy 24 so we caught the new season premier tonight on Hulu. Now we’re cliff-hung for a week, but it how we will be every week until the season ends!

Thanks to those of you who prayed for us today. I spend some time reading about the story of the Israelites marching around Jericho over and over again until the walls fell and that’s what I’m determined to do in this situation. I’m praying for relief for Ethan. I actually was able to have a good conversation with God today. I’m not giving up until the walls come down.

 

 

 

Easter Photos 2014

It’s very, very hard to get the kids to all cooperate for a photo. Maybe in about 10 years this will be easier.

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 Yeah…

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 5 families = lots of children at Easter lunch!

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Thankful

Today’s “Thankful” list:

It was a beautiful day today. I was able to go for a nice, slow run/walk. Three miles.

My dad went to our house in MN and made sure the gutters were clear of leaves.

The kids played outside for a long, long time.

Neighbor kids that our kids can play with . Running from their house to our house and back again.

I had two of my good friends over (fellow Lampo wives) last night. We talked and watched Gilmore Girls while Nathan was hanging out with one of their husband’s watching a movie.

I picked up 4 books at the library that I am very much looking forward to reading.

It was half-price day at Goodwill.

We have much to be thankful for! How about you?

Thankful: New Life

My friend, Teri, had her first baby today! I’m so excited for her. The baby cooperated beautifully by being born on a day that Mom and Dad were off work!

My babies are 8, 6 1/2 and almost 4(next week!)

Ethan:

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Audrey:

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Isaac:

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Thankful: Unexpected Provision

I am thankful for unexpected provision.

Nathan had two random consulting jobs this week. One of them was for a client whose site he set up. She still gets stuck from time and time and requests help. The other one was for his former employer. While it wasn’t ideal for them that they ran into some server issues that they couldn’t figure out, Nathan was able to work with them for a couple of hours. I really think it’s amazing that Nathan can get a call at 10:00 pm about servers he hasn’t had to think about for a very long time and he can troubleshoot it as if he had been working on it recently. He is REALLY good at troubleshooting. I don’t think that is an easy thing to learn. It’s part of how his brain is wired.

We took a step in faith this fall in deciding to be more generous in our giving. Honestly, I’ve had several times when I questioned if this was the right time and wanted to “postpone” this idea. Every time I wondered if we could afford this, God has shown Himself to be faithful.

This is unrelated, but Audrey’s warts are gone! We had been treating them and praying about it for over 4 months (she had these warts for over a year, I believe and they were taking over- on her mouth, her cheek, her fingers. . .). We are really happy and thankful. Audrey wants to have a party!

On another unrelated note, the couple that looked at our house two weeks ago and were interested are still interested. They have looked at several houses and they like ours the best. Our realtor called and told us that they were in the middle of working with a mortgage company/bank to find out what they could be approved for. We have no idea what their financial situation is or what they will be able to offer us. It’s possible that they wont be able to afford it, but I guess there is still some hope. I was seriously shocked at the message from the realtor.  Regardless of the outcome from this couple, God is in control. Please pray that His will would be clear.

Thankful: Counting Gifts

Ann Voskamp’s book, One Thousand Gifts, talks about the importance of giving thanks for the gifts that God gives us. Here is a brief synopsis from about the book:

” In One Thousand Gifts: A Dare  to Live Fully Right Where You Are, Ann strives to find the meaning of life and fully embrace the surprising truth from the final scenes of Jesus’ earthly life.  In the hours before Jesus’ execution, he took bread and gave thanks.  This fresh, heart-wrenching book unveils the long forgotten wonder that through the imitation of Christ’s thankfulness, we too can experience a life of joy.”

So, I thought I would work on being more intentional about noticing His gifts.

Today I’m thankful that we live in a neighborhood that has a pool. It’s beautiful. It’s a few steps from our house. It’s free. It’s officially open today. The weather is only supposed to be 77 degrees today, but the kids have been counting the days. So, we will swim!

 

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