I have been blessed with an exceptional father. He is faithful, hardworking, patient, deeply caring and sensitive. He has learned to cleverly mask his caring and sensitive traits as well as the uninvited emotions that come with them with a great deal of silliness, sarcasm and humor, so unless you know him well, you might miss his tender side! Since Father’s Day is Sunday, I’m going to share three photos and a few details and thoughts that surface when I look at them and think about my Dad.Read More
I've been invited to speak at the 2017 Close To My Heart convention on June 30th. I'm pretty excited, because of their theme this year ... Who Tells Your Story?? I know that at the convention attendees/consultants will get a chance to go back in time with this incredible company and learn more about the vision and legacy that founder, Jeanette Lynton has inspired. I've been SUPER lucky to have been associated with CTMH for quite a LONG time, and I'm always grateful for the opportunity to reconnect and be a part of this/their community. This convention holds exciting opportunities and possiblities for me particularly and I can't wait for those to unfold (wink!) But ... as I prepare for my keynote, I would LOVE some feedback and insight. I'm so grateful that YOU would take the time to share your thoughts with me about the following questions ...Read More
Chase has worked at both Safeway (now Yokes) and Walgreens in Liberty Lake, where we live. I shop at both places regularly and when I'm checking out, I'm often asked, "How is Chase?" In fact it isn't just the store employees, but others who shop that will say, "I sure miss Chase at Walgreens, he was always so happy to see me!" Wherever he goes, Chase creates lasting friendships and people often comment on how happy or kind he is (was) and how they miss him. Is there anything better for a mom to hear? I don't think so!
One of the best things in Chase's life right now isn't a thing actually, but a GIRL! Her name is Kiara Tolman and it's Facebook official ... Chase and Kiara have been dating for 3 months-ish and we think this is a pretty awesome thing. At the very least, they are having a super fun time together. I have such fond memories of spring and summer semesters in college. The weather is yummy, the class load a little less daunting and there are opportunities for fun and exploration around every corner. This is especially true in Rexburg, Idaho which appears to be in the middle of nowhere, until summer comes, and AWESOME outdoor recreation is within a day's drive in multiple directions!
At this point, Chase seems to be my child that has taken most to the idea of documenting life. He is so good at sending me text and SnapChat updates, which I get a few times a week. He takes great photos and has a natural eye for composition, which of course makes me very happy! The other day, he and Kiara visited Yellowstone Bear World in Idaho. He sent me multiple pictures with details or funny captions. My favorite was the big brown bear taking a leak on the side of the road—a Chase shot for sure, ha! I'm watching my boys mature into great men, but there are some 'little boy' things that they don't seem to outgrow, and that's ok with me! ❤️ LOVE this boy.
Taft is an exceptional student. He is naturally very intelligent—got this from his Dad. But, he is also very studious. He works incredibly hard at school and I can honestly say, I have never had to prod or plead for him to do his homework. Not in 10 years of school! In fact, for the last six months-ish, Taft has been getting up between 4:00 and 5:00 AM (yes, in the morning 😜) so that he can have an hour or more of uninterrupted, QUIET time to read and/or finish up whatever homework he has. Taft is a natural project-manager. He is detail orientated, so that once he fully understands the parameters of an assignment or project, and the deadline, he will map out his schedule and work diligently to completed stuff AHEAD of time—this is a concept that is completely foreign to his mother! Taft is completing his sophomore year at Central Valley High School and he logs into the CV student portal EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. just to see which assignments and/or tests have been posted by his teachers and to check on his grades and percentages. Below is the screen shot I took yesterday when I sat down at the computer. It is for his Pre AP Language Arts class.
Taft has 3 semesters of 4.0 and is currently barely shy of an A grade in his zero-hour weights class, which would prevent a 4.0 His percentage is currently at 92.something something ... which is NOT quite there. Taft does NOT like to draw attention to himself. He is an introvert first class and so this situation is a challenge for him. He must decide whether talking to his teacher is actually worth the discomfort of talking to his teacher! How bad does he want an A? We will see. We discussed at the dinner table the likelihood of this teacher supporting a request for extra work or simply being understanding of Taft's goal and working with him in some fashion. We think the likelihood is high, so Taft printed out his Home Access page that shows his grades in all of his classes. His plan is to go see this teacher today!
I will report back.
And, as a follow up to last month's post, Taft is now licensed to drive. Believe it or not, I'm doing my best to encourage him to take the car and go somewhere! He isn't my most independent, adventure-seeking boy. But, I sure LOVE him ❤️
I have successfully completed one month of Family Days and while I'm not sure I can keep up these posts every month, I'm going to keep trying because even if I'm only hit and miss, I will end up with short, descriptive stories that I otherwise would NOT have!
So, Addie LOVES worms. Always has. She was just barely toddling around when she picked up her first worm and brought it to me. I do not understand this fascination. I don't have a problem with it, but I certainly don't understand it! In the summer months, we routinely make little worm habitats in GladWare containers on our front porch. You start with a little dirt, add some grass and a little flower or two, a few rocks and some water and then you try and keep a worm alive. I will leave the outcome up to your imagination, but ... we keep on trying! We count worms on the way to the bus stop and we get particularly excited about the very LONG worms. Yesterday, I began flipping through our local newspaper and opened to the feature article in the kids section: WORMS!! 🐛
Addie just recently started piano lessons. She is taking from our good friend, Selena Weber, who lives just 3 minutes away in the apartments at the bottom of our hill. So far so good; she likes to practice and does so without much prompting at all. Piano lessons are on Wednesdays. Addie also spends an hour a week with Christy Phillips, for speech. We've been going to Christy for nearly 3 years. Addie has some pretty significant deficits in terms of expressive language, which is a key aspect of her overall learning disability, but that's not going to slow us down too much. We are simply going to find other things that Addie loves and can excel at. I know we will, because Addie is curious and generally eager to try new things.
I'm so grateful I get to be Addie's mom ❤️