Sunday, October 08, 2017

October Fun

I didn't blog much last week.  This fall has been wearing me out.  Between school and activities and ministry stuff - I don't have time to do much.  But we have been having a lot of fun! 

I almost forgot last week was red ribbon week.  But my girls didn't let me forget.  Even if we had to make an emergency trip to walmart to get pajamas that they could actually wear to school.  They tend to wear old nightgowns or their dad's t-shirts.  

It was also book fair week.  Which I love for my girls to read and we love supporting our school.  But you know what happens when you send kids to school with money to buy "books"? They come home with plastic pointers.  I talked about it on my instagram story and I got this text from my principal and a friend.  I was laughing so hard! 

It was also dads and donuts one day.  Which I almost forgot too but they made it! It was just that kind of week.  

I finally broke out some pumpkins and mums for our front porch and the girls wore their pumpkin dresses.  It's still pretty hot here and doesn't feel like fall yet but we are trying! 

We got Will Holden's school pictures back.  She got so many cute ones - my sweet boy!!!

Thursday the ministry I work for had our annual fundraising lunch.  I have been working on this for weeks so I was so relieved it was over and went well.  

Some of my friends were there supporting Tangible Truth! 

We were so thankful for all who came and helped support us! 

Saturday Hollis kicked her very first goal in a game! We were so proud of her! 

Her friend Joseph had a lemonade stand to raise money for our church's Christmas store so we stopped by on our way to her game to support him.  He raised over $300!!! Such a sweet heart to serve! 

This boy.  We are going through a tough stage of not wanting to sleep or take naps.  It's fun.  Pray for our parents - they are keeping him next week while we are at Disney.  I'm a little worried about them.  

This weekend at our church was a big youth weekend.  Our friends (Joseph's parents) helped us work baptisms this morning.  These kids were so good to hang out while we served.  Then we all went to eat Mexican food after lunch with another family.  And our 8 kids.  I love having these friends to do life with.  

We had 27 teens get baptized today.  Such an amazing morning! It was total chaos and so great! That was the highlight of my week for sure! 

Monday, October 02, 2017

Shake it like a Polaroid picture

Thought I would share just a few snapshots from the past week. 

Wednesday we had two friends drive up from central Arkansas for a little time in NWA and lunch with us! Andrea (in the vest) is over women's ministry for all Baptists in Arkansas.  She's so precious.   and Marty in the middle has quickly become one of my favorite people although we have only met briefly.  She is the mom of four grown kids - the youngest is at OBU (and she bribed him to take a picture with me after chapel last week).  He had cancer as a child.  And her oldest son has Down's Syndrome.  And she has one darling grandson.  She is so funny and so wise and writes the most inspiring things.  You should read her blog! I enjoyed being with these women so much.  

This boy.  He's so cute and charming that he has me wrapped around his finger but oh he's a mess.  He has started climbing out of his bed.  And I think he is trying to give up naps. As I write this it's almost 10 on Sunday night and he's still awake.  But he flashes me his sweet smile and kisses me and I'm putty in his hands.  

The girls had Razorback day last week at school.  They called the hogs throughout the day.  It made me so happy! 

My friend Maegan took some pictures Friday for her social media business and my friend Rachel and I tagged along.  We had such a good time! 

My friends are a gift.  Adult friendships are tough.  Particularly is this in the trenches of young kids stage.  But I love getting a few hours now and then with my dearest.  

Hollis had soccer Thursday and Saturday.  She has been playing goalie a lot and she is pretty good.  I'm actually impressed with how hard she plays.  

And how much does she look like half pint? Laura Ingalls? 

Harper and Hollis have been begging to get their hair cut short so we finally did it after church Sunday.  They wanted bobs but I talked them into just below the shoulders.  I want them to have the option to wear it up.  They both have such great, thick hair.  

They have been saving their money for a while for a new insta camera.  They want to take it to Disney so we finally let them get it.  I had no idea how much the film cost! I am making them buy the film with their own money because they need lessons in what things cost and also because I'm trying to help them learn it's not a phone where you can retake pictures a dozen times.  All of us who grew up in the 80's and 90's (and before) know what it was like to use film only cameras and the surprises you got when it got developed.  That's the one technology I wish I would have had in high school and college - a digital camera.   (I was told on IG that amazon, Michael's and Costco have good deals on the film).  

And we don't do allowance.  But the girls earn money through chores.  I don't do a regular chore chart.  I have tried but have found it hard to stick to.  Basically there are things they can do that they know I will pay them money for.  Helping with cleaning is one.  One of the big ones is helping with their brother.  They would do it for free but it's so much help to me and I don't want them to ever resent helping with him so I just reward them when I appreciate how they have helped me.  For instance, Harper entertained Will Holden through a few soccer practices and other things and I gave her a couple of dollars last week.  She said she didn't want the money but I was thankful she helped with him so I could watch Hollis.  Or Hollis will take him in the backyard and play while I'm cooking dinner so I will give her a dollar.  They have jars and they save up for things they really want.  They take it to church for offering also.  We don't have a formal plan.  But I want them to understand what things cost and what it looks like to work for things.  

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Going to the Chapel

Last spring, I got asked to come back to Ouachita this fall and speak at chapel.  OBU has a chapel service every Tuesday morning that the whole campus attends.  And is required to attend.  I nearly passed out when they asked me because I could barely believe I was actually old enough to even be asked.  (Never mind that I'm nearly 44).  

We have several kids from our church who go to OBU so I dropped off a few care packages and got to visit one of my old dorms.  I got to OBU late in the afternoon and Ian Cosh, who is over chapel among a million other things, and his wife took me to dinner.  

They happen to be the parents of my audiologist Jan who you have heard me talk about.  They have five daughters total who are close in age and probably the sweetest people you will ever meet.  The Coshes are from South Africa and have the best accent.  I had the most delightful dinner with them.  I just enjoyed my time with them so much.  I had to ask them for parenting advice of course because when you have five girls that close in age and they all turn into remarkable women and are all super close - they must know some secrets! ha! They said they used equal parts discipline and love.  And a lot of prayer.  And sweet Sharon was so kind to tell me her grocery store story of having all 5 girls in the cart at once and they were all reaching for things and the cart dumped over spilling out all the girls and all the food.  And she said not one person tried to help her.  So it made me feel better! :- ) 

One of my best friends in college is now a professor of business and finance at OBU.  He lives in a cool old house that is next door to the university guest house and right on campus.  So we met outside and walked down to the campus and looked around.  It was fun to catch up and just see all the changes on campus.  (By the way - he's single and my friends and I are always trying to find him a wife.  He's the nicest guy you will ever meet.  I'm just saying.......hint!) 

This is Tracey.  She works for the OBU president.  I mention her husband in my talk because he was my first faculty advisor.  She is so sweet.  

After I spoke I spent time with the OBU president and his wife.  They are new to OBU and I think they are taking the school in a great direction! I enjoyed visiting with them.  

My friend Leigh Anne who was my pledge sister took me to lunch.  This was us back in our junior or senior year and then Tuesday.  Her husband is the dean of the business school.  We had a good time catching up. 

And I had to stop by the bookstore and buy the kids all OBU shirts on my way out of town.  Nothing like a little brain washing! :-) 

I always get nervous to speak but I have never been so nervous in my life as I was to speak in chapel. I didn't sleep one minute and just felt sick.  But it was a big honor.  I love my college and am so grateful I was able to go there.  If you are looking for a great school both academically and spiritually - take a look at Ouachita! 

If you are bored and want to take a starts around the 20 min mark.  I had to keep it short so the kids could go to lunch! ha! 

Chapel 9-26-17| Mrs. Kelly Stamps from Ouachita Baptist University on Vimeo.