My Fitness

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

to visit orphans in their affliction

"to visit in their afflictions" means to care for them.

Felipe and I are completely open to adopting. I hate it that some children feel unwanted. I wish I could take them all and provide for them all and make them all feel loved. Particularly this group of seven siblings is being told that couples only want 1 or 2 of them and "can you separate them?" As if these kids are in a garage sale. We have a big huge stupid house that only makes sense to own if we fill it with children. So why don't we take these guys?


And like that I contacted the necessary people to make that happen. We have many obstacles in our way. First, these kids are in Arkansas. We are in Texas. We have yet to do a home study. I don't even know what's involved with a home study. We don't have a big enough vehicle. We don't even have a big enough fridge. We don't have enough beds. But we do have enough space and we do have enough heart. We just want to follow God and God says to take care of them. 

Nissan NV Passenger van is about $40,000
A second fridge is about $1,000
Seven beds is around $1000 + $1400 (frames plus mattresses)
Curriculum for 4 is $1000
Legal costs are unknown but multiplied by seven
Then there's food, clothing, activities like seeing Star Wars, and we would never go on vacation again lol! I'm okay with that. That's a small price to pay for these children to feel loved and wanted. 
Do these look like prison bunks? Pretty sheets and some stuffed animals will fix that.

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Will this fit under the bunk beds?

So what are the chances of us getting these kids? Probably 99% unlikely. But if God wills it, it'll happen and we are more than willing - we want to adopt. If pursuing this adoption of these seven siblings accomplishes nothing except that the kids hear that another family wants them, then that's something. As long as someone gets them. There are four other families inquiring about them. 

Some people are called to adopt and some people are called to empower others to adopt. But every Christian is commanded to care for them in one way or another. If Christ hadn't adopted us, we would be unwanted and enslaved to sin. By his mercy and grace he has ransomed us as great cost. I am willing to die to myself daily (deny myself pampering and an easy life) to pursue these children. 

I'll let you know if anything develops. 

Monday, December 21, 2015

family coffee date



Every time I try to lead our family in some God-centric activity it fails. I made an Advent Calendar and I'm the only one interested in it. I've given up on it. I've been hoping that my husband would take the lead since we got married almost 7 years ago and recently at church I decided that I would pray that God would awaken a desire in him to lead our family in either daily prayers or Bible reading or study. Since I needed him to lead it, I couldn't say anything to him about it.

John Hardison visited our Sunday School class and told how he and his family just read one chapter from Proverbs together as a family every morning. That's it. They sit, read, and leave. So simple!

Felipe decided to use this idea as a starting block for our own family. Praise God! Finally! I'm so excited.

We are not a morning family. But we'd like to be. To make the transition easier Felipe took us to Starbucks this morning to read Proverbs and I got doughnuts as a special treat for the kids. We sat and read Proverbs 21 and Felipe went to work and the kids and I went home. That's it! It was great!

I'm so sleepy!

But we'll do this again every day this week, except probably not Christmas morning since it won't be open; we'll have to find something that is open. The idea is that for this week only we will meet at Starbucks before work to make the transition to mornings more enjoyable. Then next week we do it at home.

So great!



Sunday, December 20, 2015

sw: tfa

gingerbread town
Saturday was all fun.

We went to support the Ronald McDonald House and saw tiny trains at North Park Mall in Dallas. The kids had fun. We saw gingerbread houses. We donated to the Food Bank so they gave us these chocolate pies that had gold on them. I've never eaten gold before. Felipe sat in a Tesla and we let Caleb sit in the driver's seat. We even stopped by the ducks and turtles before heading home.

But wait! There's more!

reflection in the top of the elevator
I decided that I just couldn't wait. We got tickets to Star Wars: The Force Awakens at an eat-in movie theater. It was perfect for the kids. We put Holly on a cell phone and let her watch Yo Gabba Gabba with no sound. Since the eat-in theater has massive seats she was able to do this without bothering anyone. Her wasted $6 ticket was cheaper and less annoying than finding a babysitter. The boys made it about 3/4 of the way through the movie before getting restless. Caleb let me know that he didn't like this star wars. Dummy. I LOVED it!

I laughed. I cried. I applauded.

I was the only one who applauded so I stopped because I felt stupid.

Micah at tiny trains
It was a good movie. Go see it.










Holly at tiny trains


Micah at tiny trains

Caleb in the Tesla
Caleb in the 5-point harness seat in the boot of the Tesla
Tesla command center


Felipe in his dream car

SW: TFA!!!!!

mi familia




before the movie began
collector's popcorn tin















Monday, December 14, 2015

finally tried jamberry

Today was crazy as seems my new usual. We got Holly's two year vaccines and headed to Chikfila. Then we walked to our neighborhood playground because over an hour Chikfila just wasn't enough. Texas in December is flip-flop weather. This morning was cold, and this afternoon was hot. The playground was wet so we immediately turned around and went home.
I'm trying to figure out where I belong in my church. Where do I serve? What Bible studies do I sign-up for? I want to figure out my schedule with my part-time job along with my new ballet classes along with my even newer ballet classes. Where do I fit in being president of DCHSA? Have I mentioned even homeschooling my own littles yet? Where am I going to get the money for the curriculum we need? What about swim lessons? I need money and cooperation from my husband for that. Today we did 5 days of the Advent calendar because that's how far behind we were. I want to incorporate what we learned from John Hardison at church on Sunday about reading a Proverb chapter a day with the kids. I forgot today. Are we supposed to move? I hate this house. It's so far away from everything. Why do I hate something that God was so pleased to give me? Why do I turn everything into a guilt-trip?

I've been trying to apply these Jamberry nail wraps that my friend Amanda gave me to try since I got them about a month ago. Finally I just stopped everything and applied them. I didn't technically have time but I did it. I don't have time to be writing this, lol! But here I am. I just need a moment to think. Typing helps me think.

These are beautiful and easy to apply. If you want to order some from Amanda, go here: amandapigott.jamberry.com I get nothing out of your purchase. This is not an affiliated link. I just like the wraps and think you might too. I even used the leftover bits for Holly. So cute!


These are my homeschool ballerinas. I love them. They had their first show after just six weeks with me at a local retirement community. They did so well.



Thursday, December 10, 2015

tired

I'm so tired of everything being so difficult.












so tired


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

ornaments for curriculum

(update below)
We had a good day today.

The church gave the kids these sticker books telling story of Jesus' birth and we used those for school today.


There were sticker matching, connect the dots, what's-different, mazes, and other activities that seemed like a nice way to have a low-key school day. We haven't bought a formal curriculum yet and I'm hoping to pinpoint which one to buy this week. There's so many to choose from that it's overwhelming. The prices range is ridiculous. Complete curriculum costs anywhere from $100 to close to $1000 per child. I'm sure we could spend more than that if we wanted. I'm reminded of all those public school kids who have their tuition paid for by the state and yet still have their cookie dough selling fundraisers and their christmas wrapping paper fundraisers and their fern plants selling fundraisers. I heard a story recently about this guy who was told if you sell so many items then you'll win a vacation to Disney World! But his mother told him that if his friends and family wanted to send him to Disney, wouldn't they just donate the money to him instead of buying cheap junk to hopefully send him? 

Anyway, these activity books told the story of Mary and Joseph going to Bethlehem and having no room in the inn gave birth in the stable. The kids seemed to enjoy it. 

I'm trying this new model to my day where I wake super early and get as much of my data entry job done before the kids wake. Then I focus on only homeschooling and housekeeping until Felipe gets home. Then I got back to data entry. So since I was focussing on the kids, we painted ornaments.

Holly painted the yellow set on the right. So cute. The kids even helped cut the shapes out last night. Mostly they just did stars and stars and stars but then a few balls and circles and even one Christmas tree. So here's the deal: If you want to make any donation to our curriculum fund-raising we'll send you one of these ornaments of your choice with a hand-made Christmas card! Doesn't that sound exciting?! You'll never see craftsmanship quite like this, ladies and gentlemen. (I mean that the only value these hold is that three amazingly adorable children made them.) And thus reveals my desperation. Also, just pray that Felipe starts to make more money. I have my job and I'm teaching ballet (which doesn't really make money) and I'm super frugal. I get rather frustrated if I think about it too long. At least Felipe is happy at his new job and is doing good. If you want an ornament, let me know, otherwise let's pretend I'm not serious. 
Once painting was done I let the kids eat cookies on the floor. Caleb was explaining the different shapes to Holly and then quizzing her. It was so adorable. Then Micah joined and they made letters out of the stick cookies. I didn't tell them to do any of that! Learning must be fun when you have cookies! But cookies don't count for curriculum! ha! Well, maybe in my kids' dreams they do!


update 12/8/15 - I visited the used curriculum store and they didn't have what I wanted. ACE is about $450 for the boys' level. I'm going to continue to use the curriculum I have that was given to me from a friend until we can afford ACE.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

elf yourself

Every year I make an Elf Yourself video of my growing family. This year we outgrew the allotted number of elves! So Felipe and I will not be appearing. I don't know what we'll do next year!