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Thursday, September 09, 2010

Reviving Memories - a Look Back Through This Blog

So I actually posted something other than a book review last night. It reminded me how much I enjoyed blogging, and I started going through my blog's archives. I was amazed at how much I had forgotten, and I'm glad I have a written record for my cherished memories.

Here are some of my favorites:

And I was reminded of the great friends I've made through blogging:
  • Karen - she has become one of my closest friends and though we don't often get to see each other IRL, we keep in touch by phone and email
  • Lizzie - what an encouragement she is to me
  • Holly - Her kindness, compassion, and willingness to help me at one of the lowest points in my life has earned her my undying love; she has proved to be a true friend on more than one occasion
  • Jen (New Zealand) - she won a piano CD I gave away and we developed a rapport; she has always been an encouragement to me
  • Jen from My Derbe - this is another precious lady who lifted me up when I was so far down I thought I'd never get up again
  • DramaMama - her comments are always refreshing and encouraging; I love her story about being locked in her house LOL
  • Jan - she's the one who told me about Windows Live Writer and PhotoShop Elements
  • Frank - his blog is now gone, but I still treasure our conversations and exchange of ideas, even if I did once embarrass myself by calling him Steve
What great memories this all brings back for me. What are some of your favorite blogging memories?


Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Homeschooling No More (and) Completing Our Family

Hi, y'all! I was looking at my poor blog and realized it was high time I posted something other than a book review. While I love reviewing books, I don't want The Porch Light to be just a review blog.

Life, as always, has been incredibly busy. I will make time to post photos - soon, I hope. But in the meantime, a written summary will simply have to do.

After I did a miserable job of home schooling last year ('09 -'10_, Mr. Incredible and I decided the girls needed to be in school this year ('10 -'11). With that in mind, we enjoyed ourselves this summer.

The highlight of the summer was when we rented a cabin in Gatlinburg for 3 days and took the kids to Dollywood. We bought Play Another Day (2-day) tickets through the cabin rental agency. They were the same price as the normal 1-day tickets, and they made our lives so much easier. Instead of having to cram everything into one day, we were able to call it quits when the kids got tired, knowing that we would be able to come back the next day.

Everyone had a great time, even Buddy Bear. He didn't want to ride many rides, but he still had fun watching his sisters.

Pookie Bear surprised us by choosing to ride a couple of the more exciting rides. She was so happy that she was tall enough to ride almost anything she wanted.

Miss Muffet and Baby Bear were disappointed they couldn't do everything their older sister could, but they were consoled by the large number of rides that they were tall enough to experience.

Toward the end of the summer, Grandma, Mama (great-grandmother), and Papa (great-grandfather) got the three girls and took them to their great-uncle's place at the beach for a week. Robert, Buddy Bear, and I were able to go down that Friday and Saturday, and it was so relaxing.

Now school is in session, and we're adjusting to the new routine and lifestyle. The girls are enjoying school. Baby Bear, my mischievous one, has been in time-out a couple of times and also had to stand at the wall at recess one day. She kept jumping up out of her seat and talking without permission. I wasn't exactly surprised she got in trouble, but we read her the riot act and let her know that she must obey at school and that trouble at school means trouble at home. She hasn't been in trouble since the middle of last week.

Pookie Bear and Miss Muffet are doing just fine. I think Pookie Bear has made the smoothest transition.

In July, we found out that we are expecting our 5th (and final) child. I'm due March 13, and I am sooooooo excited to be completing our family.

While it has always seemed that one child was missing, I really don't like being pregnant, nor am I in love with labor and delivery. I do, however, love my little tykes.

I just passed the 13 week mark, and I think I'm finally starting to feel a bit better. I hope it's not just a temporary state.

I just hit the highlights, but this post is still plenty long. I'll try to blog here more often. (Let's be clear that I'm not making any promises, though!) I miss the outlet I have here, and I miss interacting with you guys.

How did your summer go? Anything exciting happening your way?