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Monday, August 27, 2012

Back in Session

Summer is over and that means a few things for us. The kids are back into the swing of school, school related activities, & Awana. It also means we are back into a routine which makes this momma happy happy happy! Here are a handful of pictures commemorating the kids 1st day of school 2012.
Gabrielle 2nd grade at Meadow Lane Elementary School 
My favorite food: pizza
I love to play: outside!
My favorite singing & dancing song: anything by Francesca Battistelli
A place I'd like to visit: Washington, D.C.
My favorite storytime book: Dolphin Tale
My favorite treat: Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
My best friend is: I have a lot of best friends
I love the color: yellow
Dawson 2nd year of pre-K at Heartland Early Childhood Center as a peer model
Dawson with his amazing teacher Ms. Andrea
My favorite food: oatmeal, hot dog on a bun, macaroni & cheese
I love to play: my D.S., watch TV and play outside
My favorite singing and dancing song: whatever Sissy likes best
A place I'd like to visit: camping
My favorite storytime book: my  Bible Storybook
My favorite treat: candy & gum
My best friend is: Kellen
I love the color: orange
And sweet McKenna Jane, age 19 months who gets lots of loving at home with momma!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Parental Care Ministry

I'm so excited for the opportunity to partner with the beautiful Abbie from Five Days ... 5 ways in raising awareness as well as prayer and financial support for Parental Care Ministries. She and her family have supported the ministry for nearly 2 years now and are now supporting a 2nd child with the help of her blog supporters. Abbie is a beautiful, sincere, funny, frugalistic fantastic thrifter, God fearing, family oriented young momma of 3 young children with twin girls soon to make their grand appearance. I have been an avid follower for a period of time now. When Abbie gets serious on her blog (she's a comedian for reals folks) it is as if she speaks directly to me and encourages me in ways words can't describe. She is kind, genuine and humble. She and her hubby's love story is like no other! I know with full confidence that if distance weren't a factor we would be fast friends!
Abbie recently hosted a "silent" auction on her blog with 100% of the proceeds going toward the support of this sweet girl.
Meet 12 year old Sarah Birungi.
She is not an orphan (praise Jesus!), but her parents are poor farmers who can’t supply all her needs. In her own words, she loves to study. Her favorite subject is math. She is thankful for God’s protection. Her favorite Bible verses come from Proverbs 1-7. And she wants to be a teacher when she grows up.
Isn't she adorable?
With that being said I knew I wanted to come alongside Abbie and support this ministry if even in a small way. So how did I do that? I bid on and won these beautiful earrings. My donation will support Sarah Birungi for one month.
Lovely Green and Mint Double Drop Earrings which were donated to the auction by  Hilary of Accessory Dash 
How will my family and I continue to support Sarah?
By praying for her. I have printed her picture and have it displayed in our home. I have encouraged our kids to remember Sarah in their prayers and they are each working to save up their GIVE money (earned through a responsibility station we have just implemented) in Sarah's name to PCM. 
How can YOU  help? 
By partnering in prayer;
By financially supporting PCM through the monthly support of a child;
By visiting Abbie's blog and "Shop My Closet" where 25% of all proceeds go directly to the ministry;
By contributing any monetary amount to Sarah’s monthly support by e-mailing Abbie directly via the E-mail Abbie button on her blog

Parental Care Ministries exists to help poor and orphaned children of Uganda by meeting their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs in the context of Christian schools. They equip 40+ pastors to spread the Gospel throughout Uganda.  
Isaiah 61: 1 "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because  the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.  He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and freedom to the prisoners. 

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Embrace the Camera: August 9, 2012

This week's Embrace the Camera is all about making memories with our crazed monkeys better known as our kids. I feel as if we have been robbed of our normal summer traditions (playing in the fountains, visiting the zoo, playgrounds, the library story hour in the park, spending a long weekend at the lake ... the list goes on) with the unbearable temperatures and heat index this year along with Travis's "new" work schedule. He was lucky enough to have this past weekend off of work so we planned a little impromptu trip to Springfield and then on into Branson for the day. This is a glimpse at how we spent our time.
A stop at Branson Landing to do a little window shopping, back to school shoe & sock purchasing and a couple of great clearance finds at Becks.
Then it was FUN for the kids at the LEGO Summer Brickation, one of four nation wide locations located right in Branson Landing. We have already made a trip to the local Target store in pursuit of pricing several of
 the sets on their wish list.
After our play time at the LEGO stop it was snack time. 
What better than a powder covered funnel cake and "sugar" (Sprite)?
We left Branson Landing and headed to the money pit The Track where it was gals smoke the guys on the race track. You had better believe we had the pedal to the medal all.the.way!
For those of you who may have noticed, yes I fastened my seat belt before take off.
DaddyO and Little Miss cheering on Sissy
After the gals versus guys race, we hit up the bumper boats and then the kids go carts where Gabrielle proved to be a NASCAR contender.   
We ended the day with kids choice for supper which led us to IHOP or
International House Of PiggingOut
where our kids can eat their weight in syrup pancakes and eggs. 
There was a storm a brewing while we enjoyed our supper and the heavens dumped buckets of rain on us on our trek back into Springfield but we made it back safe and had a fun time!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Little Miss Mishap

Wednesday night was just like any other. The bigs headed out back to run off some wiggles and Travis and I plopped down in bed to watch a show while playing with McKenna who is never very far away. She is a climber in its truest form. She was on the bed, then off the bed again, then back on the bed. It was about 8PM when she climbed down from the bed and entered the hallway. Within a matter of seconds she let out a shrill cry. You know the one where it catches your attention? Well, this momma didn't move. McKenna ran back into the bedroom and I gently said, "What's wrong baby girl? Come see mommy." And she did. I scooped her up into my arms and she pressed her head into my chest. I was relishing in the snuggles when I saw blood. I quickly asked Travis to flip on the lights. Little Miss's mouth was filled with blood, the front of her dress was blood stained as was our pillow. When she opened her mouth all I could do was gasp and ask Travis to please take her as I immediately felt sick to my stomach as if I was going to throw up. She had bitten through her tongue BAD. After the excitement of the event and after our sweet neighbor, who just happens to be a pediatrician at Children's Mercy, stopped over to evaluate her we tried our damnedest to get a decent picture to no avail. These images don't even begin to touch on the visual aspect of the injury.
Notice her popsicle stained hands and face? It's the best form of icing for a toddler for sure.
She did this non stop for the 1st hour after the accident. She would clamp her top lip into the gaping hole in her tongue. So gross!
Here is the area of the bite "closed"
We approximate the cut measures 1/4 - 1/2 inch across
After many many tries to get a picture I took her into the bathroom where she loves to play in front of the mirror. Wouldn't you know she stuck her tongue right out! 
Here is the same image cropped in.
The pediatrician said the only time they render treatment (i.e. stapling and such) is when the tongue is completely severed or if the tongue is split in two. It should begin healing within 5 days. In the meantime we have to keep her on a soft diet and not allow her to eat anything that can become lodged in the "hole" such as corn, anything with seeds, etc. She is living it up on jello, pudding, yogurt, applesauce, bananas, fruit smoothies and popsicles of course! 
If I happen to capture a better picture I will be sure to share it. In the meantime I leave you with these adorable images.
The look of orneriness 
Little Ham

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Embrace the Camera: August 2, 2012

I snapped these pictures of Papa and baby girl with my phone recently when we were sharing supper together (our favorite Friday eats - Papa Murphy's pizza). Papa has plenty of energy and loves to make ALL his grandchildren roar in laughter. He is the silliest of grandpas for sure!
Here are the two of them swapping happy face stickers
& Raspberry kisses
McKenna is always into mischief. Mema caught her rummaging through the contents of her purse and wallet. It wasn't the 1st time she has emptied out a purse and I'm sure it won't be the last.
That's the look of Little Miss Mischievous caught in the act!