A Can of What?

While we were riding in the car yesterday, Camryn informed me that she has started her Santa list.  I asked her what she was asking for.  She said, “I want a canopy…”   Aiden quickly said, “A CAN OF PEE?!” 

That’s potty humor at it’s finest, my friends.

 Yes, we’re so proud 



What a perfect name for what I’m feeling right now.

I am just sealing up my first letter to a 10 year old girl that our family adopted through Compassion International last week.  Her name is Deborah and she lives in Indonesia.  To know that these little stickers and a color sheet is going to make her birthday is just amazing. 




I have been having so much fun scrapbooking our trip to Disney World in January. 

Here’s a little of what I’ve been up to…







I certainly never meant to be away from my blog this long!  Maybe you’ll forgive me when you read about my last month and a half…

In May I went to the doctor because I’d been having a lot of pain.  I was told to do a few silly things that I knew wouldn’t help me feel better.  So, I did the things my doctor asked and charted every single time I was in pain and what level of pain it was.  When I went back June 1st to show my doctor my log, she immediately agreed it was time for surgery.   So, nine days ago I had a complete hysterectomy with the removal of my remaining ovary.  I am already feeling the difference and I’m sure that taking this step has finally given me my life back.  The recovery time is 4-6 weeks, so I’m taking it slow right now.  I get so tired from the littlest things!

We also had a dance recital, dance team try-outs, the girls’ birthday party, and lots of end of the year activities to do.  It’s been just a busy few months and I was hobbling through it.  I’m looking forward to how great I feel when I’m finally healed.  I can’t even imagine a life without some amount of pain and soon it will be my reality.   I’m so thankful.

Forgive me?



NASHVILLE, TN…5/21/08… At approximately 5pm on the afternoon of Wednesday May 21st, Maria Sue Chapman, 5 years old and the youngest daughter to Steven and Mary Beth Chapman was struck in the driveway of the Chapman home in Franklin, TN. Maria was rushed to Vanderbilt Childrens Hospital in Nashville, transported by LifeFlight, but died of her injuries there. Maria is one of the close knit family’s six children and one of their three adopted daughters.

This morning I learned of the terrible, terrible tragedy in the Chapman family.   Their pain is unimmaginable.   I can’t imagine trying to mourn the loss of your child, while trying to help your older child cope with his incredible guilt that he was driving the car that hit his sister.  Iam praying fervently for the Chapman family this morning.

Just yesterday, on my oldest daughter’s 11th birthday, I was listening to his new song, Cinderella, and crying thinking of my baby and how old she’s gotten in a just a few short years.

Please take the time to watch this short video tribute to Maria and say a prayer for the Chapman family.  It’s evident the love he had for his youngest daughter. 

Maria’s Video Tribute

Good Question

Earlier this week, right after Aiden finished some art, he looked down at his paper in his hand and asked me, “Mama, if I died holding this would it go to Heaven with me?” 

What a wonderful question.  I have no doubt he was thinking about his Little Papa since we had been talking about him earlier that day.  Aiden’s full of deep, insightful questions.  He just blows me away. 

So, why, oh why, won’t he stop and learn his letters?!  If it doesn’t spell mom, dad or Aiden, he’s not interested right now.  At least I don’t worry about him- not with deep thoughts like that and his amazing vocabulary.

We’re a family that rarely goes on trips.  For many years, we’ve taken a short trip to the beach with family, but it’s always been on a budget.  We’ve skipped the dolphin watch, and didn’t even consider going to Schlitterbahn.  Now that bills are paid off, we’re ready to make more memories with our kids.

Our first family trip was, of course, our trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando this past January.  So, what’s next?  We have plans to go this summer to Galveston and visit our friends.  We plan to visit the Aquarium and an exhibit of the Titanic.  How exciting! 

I also have been interested in going to the Texas Renaissance Fair in Houston this October.  This fall in History we’ll study this time period.  It would be a great time to go to the festival.

My last trip I’d like to do in the next year is a trip to Dallas.  I’ve always wanted to go to the book Depository and see the story of JFK’s assassination.  The idea of going to Dallas also is particularly on my mind, because Kirt didn’t get to do his Richard Petty Ride Along while we were in Florida.  We can go to the Texas Speedway in Fort Worth and let him do it there.

Both of the girls have birthdays in the next 3 weeks.  While we were discussing what they want for their birthday, we started looking at an American Girl magazine.  It was decided that they each wanted an American Girl Historical Doll.  We were dreaming of how fun it would be to go to the factory one day, when I realized that there is an American Girl Boutique and Bistro in Dallas!  So, that settled it!

We now have a reservation for a September trip to Dallas.  We also plan on visiting the West End one evening for dinner.  That sounds like a pretty special trip, if I do say so myself.  I can’t wait!



K was off on Friday for the end-of-the-year water day at PE.  The kids asked him to bring his three-man slingshot and water balloons.  But, by the time the kids had slowed down their water gun fights, they had gotten into the balloons and used them all.  So, there was no sling-shotting (?) to be had.  After the water fight, we took the kids home to shower and clean up quickly before we went to our favorite Japanese restaurant. 

Saturday was A’s last t-ball game.  He’d been very concerned about getting a trophy.  He said it’s not fair that the girls have some and he doesn’t.  I wasn’t sure what to expect, being that this is our first sport ever.  But, sure enough, he was handed a trophy after the game.  He was very excited and now wants his daddy to build him a shelf to hold it like the girls have in their rooms.

Saturday night we had the grandmas and K’s sister and her husband over.  K made dinner and his sister brought a mint chocolate cake for dessert.  I had made little photobooks of this last year for both of our moms.  They seemed to really like them.  They included pics from our trip to Disney in January and some different school things we did this last year.  It was a nice time and everyone left with a full-belly.


On Sunday, the kids gave me beautiful yellow roses (my favorite) and two gorgeous pictures with music notes and bible verses on them.  They are just beautiful!  They also made tons of art work and cards to give me.  They are so sweet and generous with their art work!

Mom went to church with us.  I think she enjoyed the service.  Our pastor’s mother spoke and I really enjoyed her view of our jobs as a mother.  After church, we went to a little historic town near our house and had a nice lunch with mom.  We walked over to the General Store and a few other antique stores.  Mom bought the kids ice cream and a small toy each. 

While we were eating ice cream, A said, “This is the best day ever.  Ice cream and two toys.  That’s a great day.”  And it was.


At the end of the day I whispered to each one of my sweet children that the best part of being a mom was that they are my kids and that I get to spend each day teaching them and loving on them.   I am so blessed.  This is my dream life and I’m so happy to be right where I am.


I have been a homeschool mama for 3 years now.  I have been through so many curriculum choices for every subject.  It’s taken me years, but I know what I want.  When I think of History, I want something that is literature-rich.  Something that really gets my kids excited about history.  It has to have the ability to be used in a multi-grade level family. 

I enjoy the idea of reading to my children above their level, and having books for them to read alone on their own reading levels.  I feel like that stretches their understanding and challenges them to really think.  I like a program that has questions to hold the kids accountable for remembering what they learn. 

I like a program that includes instructions for me that guide me through the week.  Sometimes I have a lot of time to prepare for the week, and sometimes I don’t.  When the instructions and answer keys are right in front of me, I feel like I can get more done. 

I want my History program to cover Kindergarten through 12th grade in a 4 year rotating pattern.  How wonderful not to have to search each year for a new program!  We already have what we need now for all three kids, thorough their whole education.  When there’s a four year rotating pattern, we can approach the year excited for what we’re going to learn.  Each cycle gives the kids new layers to add to what they learned last pass through.

I want my history program to include other subjects.  It’s nice for the kids to have “ah-ha” moments because they see a timeline with a specific event on it while they are reading about the same event in their history book.

Years of testing different programs and styles, have brought me to where I am now- I true Tapestry of Grace believer.   Check it out and see if it meets your family’s needs.

Tapestry of Grace


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