Thursday, November 19, 2015

Happy Birthday Pickle

Pickle is now 15 years old.  This past year he has grown so fast.  I am so proud of the young man he is becoming.  Pooker and Goobers both knew that they had to work on his birthday.  They came a picked him up and got him WhatABurger at Midnight.  They celebrated for a little while with him.  I love that these kids care about each other this much. 
Pooker said, 
"HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Pickle! You are such a fun guy to be around. This past year has been a busy one for you and getting to watch you grow up has been such an honor. You are sweet, kind, funny, intelligent and so good to your sisters. I hope your day is wonderful! I hope you have an incredible 15th year of life. Stay centered on your faith and I know you'll go far in life. I love you."
Goobers said, 
"This kid, I can't believe he is 15 years old! Pickle is one of my favorite people in the world! He is one of the sweetest and most caring and loving person! Pickle you are literally one of my best friends and I love the person you are becoming!"
The next day we went to Chick Fil A for a birthday lunch.
Bear said,
"So, today is this kids 17th birthday! Pickle you a incredible person. You are like my best friend! I can't wait for the awesome things you are going to do for this world, and All trouble we are going to get in together. Thank you for being you! Love you"

Possible said, 
"Happy birthday to The Coolest Brother #15 Love you dill I cannot believe you are 15!!!!!!"

Mom said, 
"Today my Pickle celebrates his 15th birthday. This young man has a fabulous smile. He is thoughtful and caring. He is smack dab in the middle of our crazy large family. That just means he has friends that older and younger. I could not be more proud of how you have grown up into the young man that you are. Happy birthday Big Guy, may today be a great day for you. I love you!"

I know this isn't really a very good birthday celebration Pickle.  I am sorry.  We actually had people coming by the house that we might be selling to.  This makes us all very nervous.  Pickle was just happy to spend the time with his siblings.  Good thing, cause dad and I are very distracted.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A Clue Into My Procrastination

I know I need to catch up on this blog.  I really want to catch up.  I also want to finish my parenting book that I started 5 years ago.  Why don't I?  I don't know.  This article, that I found while postponing my actual writing, might be hint as to the why.

The article explains why writers are the worst at just getting started. Please click the link if you are curious.    Why Writers Are The Worst Procrastinators.

Nice Job

Bear is president of the Lone Star Right to Life club.  He is sponsored by the Fellows program.  I am always impressed by what this kid accomplishes.  He just works to get things done, no matter what.  I am very proud of him.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Don't Forget Us

As if we could!  We brought some boxes home so the kids would know that we are serious about all of this.  The little ones immediately began to waste any money we had put into the boxes by playing.
I asked the twins why they loved the box so much and they told me that they just wanted to move with us.
 I hope they understand that we will not be packing them up in a box.
They are so happy that they even make the most out of playing with a box.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Goodbye Sequoia

One of our family pets passed away last night.  She had been coughing for a few months, like she had something caught in her throat.  J wanted to believe it was allergies, but in the end we think it might have been a growth.  Two days ago she ate much less and then yesterday she was inactive.   
March 2006

Jumba wanted to take both dogs on a walk to make her feel better.  Around 8 pm he and dad started the walk.  Sequoia headed back to the front door and collapsed on the sidewalk.  Jumba ran inside to tell the rest of us that he was worried.  As most of us stood there with her she looked around and then just stopped all together.  

Nov 3, 2015
We called those that were not home after sending a note saying it would probably be soon, not realizing it was minutes.
Nov 3, 2006
 In true T-Family style everyone came home and comforted the little ones and each other.  Together they helped bury the dog.  The kids helped the little ones write their notes to put with her.  We all said Good - Bye and Thank You.
Nov 14, 2015

Good Bye "Coy - ya" as the twins would call you.  Thank you for being a patient dog with the young ones.  Thank you for protecting our home.  Thank you for living your life with us!  2004 - 2015

Princess made sure to mark the area.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Not Another House?

So now that we have started making phone calls to unload our current home it was time to start making decisions.  J was out of town but read about a huge deal going on a subdivision that we stopped looked at years before.  The houses had gotten way too costly but he said he found a deal and I needed to check it out.  Not to trilled with the idea of doing this alone I checked it out.  This house has the perfect size dinning room for our oversize table.  It is nice but not showy.  It has a ton of space.  It really is a better fit for us than either of the other ones we looked at, except there is not yard.  Well it is a very small yard backing up to neighbors all over the place.  

Sometimes when you just want to make a decision, finding another option just gets in the way.  This house is perfect on the square footage, the design and the cost. Really if felt like we would be getting a huge deal if we purchased during this sale.  What to do?  What to do?  We started praying about which house now and not if.  I still want to move north (and no 5 miles doesn't count!) but even with that in mind I think this one is easier to sell.  The subdivision is almost complete.  If we sell in a year we will not be competing with new construction.  It is the closest to church and the highway.  Dang it I didn't need to like another one.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Need to blog again but also ask for prayers.

We have lost another friend to a battle with cancer, we have enjoyed another Miss Brenda visit, we have had another halloween and party, we have been searching for a new home, etc etc. I will blog soon and back date them. I need to express this before I share my prayer request.   I am thankful for so many things.  I am thankful for a nice home and my husbands fantastic job.

I write this to ask for prayers.  I know this will seam incredible silly in relation to all the needs of others in the world and it is why I have not posted anything like this before. I don't like Houston:  big shock to anyone reading my blog lol.  OK I have never been quiet about that.  We moved here being told it would be a two year stay.  J left that company after we were here 10 years with them.  He just celebrated his 3 year anniversary with his current company last week. He has a great job but the company is based in Houston so we are stuck here.

I keep praying that other options will open up.  So far that had not been the case.  We have decided that a newer home might be in order for our large family.  I struggle with moving anywhere that isn't north of the Mason Dixon line, so I am having a hard time.  I don't want to admit we are here and that we will be here any longer.  This is silly but it is a real struggle for me.

I miss so many things about other climates and towns.  I love the people, I have so many great friends.  I love the parish church we are in.  I struggle with don't love the weather.  I don't love feeling so isolated from extended family. I know we need to move on.

I write this post to ask you to say a little prayer for me.  Pray that my prayer is answered and we can once again live elsewhere or pray that I can learn to accept this as God's will and find peace here in Houston.  I choke on those words.  I need help in accepting this.

See it is silly but I sincerely ask for your prayers.  I know that a move will be good for the family but I am holding back.

I sincerely thank you for your prayers.  

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Lectio Devina at LifeTeen - Are you crazy?

There is a beautiful page from a Carmelite order that explains the details and beauty of this contemplative prayer.  Click here to visit that site and to read all about this form of praying.  It really is a beautiful way to grow deeper in our prayer life.  

 I always assume that there is not way the teens can get this, and I am so wrong.  My freshman group sat very quiet in prayer and I hope they are inspired to try this again and again.  
I really do feel blessed to be invovled in such a rich LifeTeen program with so many teens that are truly growing in their faith.
Chris always has a costume on and yet I never can catch it on my camera.  He took off the Goofy head just as I whipped out the camera.  He is another great Lifeteen kiddo.  STAOP is such a blessing in this regards.  Funny thing is that I get into conversations with other moms that think their kids are better than this program.  I understand because I used tone there.  When I pushed back years ago when Pooker wanted to get involved I was encouraged to get involved and make changes if they were really needed.  What I learned came with a huge does of humility but I am so thankful for it.  yes some of kids don't even know the "Our Father" but I watch the well formed kids teach them and not make fun of them.  I watch the well formed kids go even deeper with nights like tonight.  It is a beautiful thing!

Which House ? Should we do it?

So we have the "let's move bug" and we can afford to do it, but there are so many decisions.  The only thing we know for sure is that we want to be closer to church.  J and I found 2 inventory homes from two separate builders that we wanted the kids to look at.  One we have been doing at for weeks and one we have been looking at for a few days.
 We hoped they liked house #1.

If house #1 wins then I wanted to grab a kid shot in front of it.  The back yard in this home is the best I have ever seen.  It is a huge corner lot and it is fantastic.  The down side is that the dinning room is tight and we have a super huge dinning room table.  We can make it work for sure but it is also in a brand new neighborhood.  it would b the first or second house sold and the yard would be wonderful but if we needed to sell anytime soon we would be competing with new construction.  

After checking out the neighborhood pool we moved the kiddos to house #2.  We knew they would like #2, but it was very costly compared to house #1.

 This is a very open concept house.  We love that it added the fireplace and our dining room would fit for sure.  It is a little bit farther away from church (not much like 1 minute).  This is a big lot with a park behind it.  There would be plenty of parking space but the only issues would be the cost and unseeded back yard.  Just dirt.
So many things to process as we house hunted.  Did we really want to move knowing that we will be moving again soon (I keep praying that we will be magically translated back to the mid west but until that happens . . . )  What could we get for our current home?  Would all the trouble be worth it?  We are now at the point where we want to stop saying what if and actually start the process.  13 years in a home that we liked but never loved, that we felt cornered into because of the need to transfer quickly and after the broken promises of it only being a 2 year house we are ready for a new start.  So many things we would do differently but you live and learn, so here we go.