Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today's the day!  The day we get to think on all that we have to be thankful for.  I have a lot to be thankful for, and I have my thankfulness notebook to prove it ----- the notebook I started at the beginning of this year ---- and I know there's a lot more I could add to it!

I'm thankful for such a smooth day yesterday that is allowing me a little play time on the computer this morning.  We're having Thanksgiving at my house this year, and that's something I really enjoy.  Almost as much as I enjoy not cooking when it's my sister's turn. ;>)

I was blessed to be able to get the house cleaned early yesterday - leaving time for me to do a good bit of cooking into the evening.  I only have a few simple things left for this morning!

It also helped that my two little ones spent the night with my sister and her husband last night.  I know they had fun!

In the midst of my thankfulness, there is a great sadness of knowing it's the first Thanksgiving that my mother will not be here.  She was truly the queen of our family, and I am realizing that more and more.  But, I had a dream - a really bad dream - on Tuesday night that showed me I need to be thankful for who is here and not be overwhelmed with sadness about who is not.  We've been living a sort of "bad dream" that we're not going to wake up from.  But thankfully, I did wake up from that terrible dream on Tuesday night, and everything was okay.  I feel like God showed me that yes, we did lose a huge part of our family, but there could be more than one empty chair at our Thanksgiving meal this year.  Last time I checked, there's no limit to how many family members can pass within a year.  One of my husband's co-workers can vouch for that.  Within a span of about a year's time, he lost his mom, then his dad, and a few months later, his wife.  And he's my age or just a little older.

So, today I am extra, extra thankful for every person that will enter my house today - or wake up in my house today.  Every day is truly a gift from a gracious God, and I don't want to take any day or any person in my life for granted!

So, so much to be thankful for!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Time or Money?

Time or Money?  That's a question I've been wrestling with for the past few weeks.  Why you may ask?  Well, I recently went from having more money than time to having more time than money.

My medical transcription work has been super slow to nothing of late - mostly nothing.  With all the new healthcare garb and regulations that doctor's offices have had to adjust to, most of them have had to find ways to cut costs, and medical transcription has been a good choice for most of them.  There are cheaper ways to accomplish that task - (cheaper quality as well most of the time) - and most of them are taking a turn down that road.  Not sure where it's leading, but that's where they're going.

Up to the point where it came to a stop, I was working like crazy and by the time I finished in the mornings, got school work up and going and finally finished, it was close to supper time.  I was beginning to think that some extra hours in my day were much needed.  Then, that's exactly what I got.  It was nice for a few weeks, but as my bank account has dwindled from the final paychecks that are coming in, I'm now asking myself again which I like best.

There has to be a happy medium.

Sometimes too much time is not a good thing.  If I'm not careful, I can get lazy.  I thought I wasn't getting much accomplished when I was working so much, but I think I may have gotten at least the same or more done at times when I was working!

When I have MT work, there's motivation to get up early and get going!  When I know I'm not accountable to anyone to get up extra early and get work to them, do you know how easy it is to stay in that warm bed on a cold morning?  Sometimes I stay too long!

So after praying about which direction to go, I'm now actively trying to find work again.  God has been very gracious to my family in providing my husband with an awesome job with amazing benefits, but I feel like I've been "nickel and diming" him to death!  That's just the way it is when there are teenagers in the house.  My little part-time paychecks were used to take care of things like that - our fun money.  So, here's to praying for a new job that will be just what I need!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Just Hanging Around

This week, we are taking a break from school work and enjoying Thanksgiving.  It's really cold here in Georgia this week, and I'd be happy to hibernate for a few days, but I guess I'll have to do it in allotted time slots. :)  I thought it would be a slow week with no ball games of any sort and such - well, a few practices but no games - but I think we already have plans for each day.  But that's okay.  They're fun plans and nothing too strenuous ~ just mainly spending time with friends and family.

With this little break we're taking, things are a little slow this morning, so I guess it's time for a family sports update ..............

Cari had her last volleyball game of the season this past weekend.  She enjoyed playing and really did pretty good for her first try at it, but I think she's glad it's over.  She's pretty social, and it was kind of getting in the way of her social life.

 Madison had her final softball banquet last Monday.....

Had to post this before-banquet photo :)

Waiting on the banquet to start - doing what teenagers do best

Receiving certificate and not facing the right way ;)

The seniors

And then the next day - basketball started.  I do love watching basketball, and I think I will miss it more than softball when it's over.  Some aspects of what she has experienced, I will not miss, but I'm trying to keep things positive, so I'll stop right there.  Watching her play - that I will miss.  So, I hope I don't have to miss a game and can just soak in what's left.

Madison and Maci.  Two great friends.  Seniors.  Basketball Captains.

Shooting the free throws - she made'em!
At least Amelia loves to play basketball, so I get to look forward to watching her play for several more years!  She has started practicing with a different recreation department than the one she played with last year, and she can't wait for her games to start.  Her best friend, Millie, is on her team, too, so that just makes it perfect in her big brown eyes.

Monday, November 11, 2013

The Birthday Boy

Matthew turned 5 last week!  To celebrate, we invited family and friends to our home on Friday evening for a birthday supper - complete with an awesome Spiderman cake and my daddy's delicious chocolate cake that at Matthew's request is always covered in M&M's. 

We've had many different kinds of parties over the years - some at home and some not - but this is my favorite way to throw a party, which is to invite our family along with families of my children's friends to come over for a meal.  This gives the adults opportunity to talk and enjoy each others company while the children can play.  It's a win win.  :>)

The birthday meal this year consisted of spaghetti and hot buttered rolls, chili, seven-layer taco dip and chips, and corn dogs.  A little variety goes a long way!

Matthew had a lot of fun and received several new items to add to his Spiderman collection.  Yes, he's pretty crazy about Spiderman right now.

Before the party on Friday evening, we spent the morning and early afternoon shopping.  The grandparents had given him money for his birthday, and he knew what he wanted to do with it.  It was a fun morning followed by a fun evening!


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