Monday, June 28, 2010

Sometimes, Only Pictures Tell The Story....

I have 3 days to get my family ready for me to leave them for 5 days...including Keshawn, which I am already having serious problems leaving. It's just not right, but it is the best thing. I need to get two girls hair done so that daddy doesn't have to worry about that.  I started with the shortest and therefore, the hardest-Joeliana.  I was getting some hair makeover from Alia while I worked.

Every few years we introduce a new group of chicks to our flock of chickens so that we have a pretty steady flow of eggs, and I just love having my chickens outside the window to look at. I really enjoy them. Our baby chickens had just been released to be with the rest of the flock-a total of 33 chickens. Something happened that has never happened in 13 years. A fox finally tore through our fence and we woke up on Sunday to a carnage of feathers and chewed off heads (again, no pictures). We lost over 3/4 of our flock of chickens. It really did sicken me for those poor chickens, and for the money that we had just lost.  Also we have KILLED (not sure how) a total of 5 fish in 5 days. Oh well...Garett asked if we could cook them...NO!!!!  Only the ones I catch on purpose!!

Kiana has been trying so hard to learn how to braid her sister's hair.  She practiced braiding and beading Alia's hair before I need to get the serious job done in the next 2 days. This will be hard because I cut my braiding finger and it is now infected....sorry not pictures of that. 

Here is the labored finale of Joeliana's hair. I really stuggled trying to braid her short hair in a way that Steve would not have to worry with. I sure hope it last, at least until next weekend. 

Caresse, Kiana, Landon and Garett have really started pitching in more with Kalyn gone. I appreciate their help so much, however....

when I saw these all over the down stairs....

...and this mess in the school room...

...and saw this little guy laying on the couch sick....

well, I wished for her.
Kalyn is having an amazing time in Mx. We all miss her, but I am so glad that she is getting to experience missionary live with our precious friends that are totally family to us. So, this is one of those days that I don't really have much to say, but I'm thinking of you each. 
Landon is crying and not feeling well, so I must go to him. Sorry that I don't have anything better to write about, however, this is our life today.  I am thinking of you all.


  1. Your life is precious - messy, sickness, smiles, hair doo's and just simply living for Him!

    Love and prayers for your trip!

  2. What a great job you did with her hair!

    I know what you mean about all the work preparing to be away. I will be doing that in August, and that's a part I DON'T LOOK FORWARD TO! :0) (Not to mention the separation part. . .)

  3. Oh nooooooo...I am so sorry about the loss of your chickens, sweet friend. That must have been awful :(

    Have a fun time away. Hope you cpome back feeling refreshed and ready to tackle whatever God has in store for you.

    I LOVE the picture post. Love you too :)

  4. Oh my goodness, you did an amazing job with Joeliana's hair! It looks gorgeous! Praying for your mom's surgery and the family to get along without you (and appreciate you so much more when you get back!).

  5. I love this kind of post ... just a glimpse into daily life of an extra-large family.

    LOVE the hair. I should have had you show me some tricks when we were there last fall. My girls like their yarn braids (and I like the ease of it), but it would be nice to know how to do some creative styles, as well.

    Glad that Kalyn is having a great time in MX. Good that Caresse is stepping up to the Big Sister role.

    I'm sure Steve will do fine with the kids while you are gone. He's a GREAT daddy.

    Be Blessed!

    Laurel :)

  6. I'm so sorry about your chickens!! We've had that happen several times and it's a horrible feeling.

    I'll be praying that today goes much smoother, that your finger is better and all the kids are feeling well.

    Oh and you are a super talented braider! That is a craft, no doubt! Good job!!

  7. I love this blog post! Some days (or weeks) are just like this! Praying for you as you continue your preparations. Don't you just love when the big kiddo's step up to help! Love it!
    Praying for your mom!

  8. I love the true sharing of life! And the hair, you amaze me. Even with the school room messy, it still looks great.

    Hugs for the night,

  9. just found your blog. love reading your thoughts :)

  10. I know this is an older post for you, but I am just reading it. I love your blog and your mission journey as a mom and try to get over to "visit" with you when I can. This post struck a chord with me as my oldest is 18-almost-19 and about to graduate and head into the "real" world. I'm gonna miss her so! I'm hoping you'll post more on your journey on how you let her go and some of the emotions. I'm not really good at letting go so this is all new to me and I'm just sure I'm not gonna do well. God is with me and He is with her and I know this is simply a season. Anyways, just feeling a connection with you today all the way from North Carolina Eastern Coast. Blessings!


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