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I love the Lord as much as a broken person can; love and loved by my husband; blessed by 5 amazing little people who have helped me to learn much about me; grateful to serve even more as God gives them to me; blessed every day to be a home school teacher; college student; I hope to change the world by loving as many people as possible, because there is nothing greater than loving another.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Hmm so much to be thankful for

So, just like the turkey Thanksgiving Day has come and gone, was an unusual T-Day for us b/c I actually had to work -- the first time ever on Thanksgiving. I can't complain about it though b/c
a. I have a job and
b. I only had to work 4 hours.
Not really a big deal, but certainly made me stop and ponder on gratefulness. We had a late, but delicious dinner. I was glad for the dinner b/c we (John and I) remembered a time when I couldn't cook at all and he made the meal. Not only am I now masterful in the kitchen (smiling cuz I'm laughing at my lame self, although I really am masterful now!)this year, my 2 girls actually spent the morning with me, learning how to make our family recipes for things. So, we've come a long way baby! and our meal was delicious.
As we sat around the table, just the children, John and I, we had such a pleasant time sharing stories old and new and talking about the many things for which we are thankful.
For me, though, the best part was Friday morning, after Thanksgiving. John was off and as a family, we put on some music from our playlist (we are sharing what we listened to w/ our kiddos as they discover more mature music)and we played MarioKart on Gamecube. We took turns on whose out or in and we had a blast. I was so thankful that I could be with my husband and children and we could have such a nice time, just being together at home. There really is a lot of love in our home and I am so grateful that I have been home for 12 years to nurture it. Now that I am working a bit, the dynamics have changed, but the love remains. I am so, so thankful for my husband and my wonderful children. I never thought, growing up that is, that this was what home meant, but now, home and love are synonymous and I am overjoyed at the depth of what I have. Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I hope your holiday season is full of life, love and happiness. I am certain mine will be.

A Mini Vacation to Rural Florida

Several years ago we met the Fuetterers through tae kwon do. Shortly thereafter, Momma Fuetterer (Lisa) called me and asked me about home schooling. She started home schooling and our families have been intertwined ever since. Two years ago they moved to Dade City, a rural community northeast of Pinellas County. The untouched scenery is beautifully covered with rolling hills, lush and green, and you tend to see more cows and horses than dogs and cats. Any chance we get, we head out there. Recently, we spent 3 days as a family so we could see the boys in a Thanksgiving play (which was great) and also to enjoy some quiet vacation time. At the Fuetterer's there are woods and a ton of outdoor fun, including 4 wheeling, dirt bike riding and their neighborhood or yard!
Personally, I love a community where people cling to their religion and guns (sorry, I just couldn't help that one!) We enjoyed our time there and even got a surprise visit from a sweet old girl, Sunny, a 20-year old quarter horse. Lisa is the only other woman my children call Momma, so being the protective mother bear that I am, that means a lot. We love the Fuetterers so much and are so thankful that there is a place where I can have a sister, my boys have brothers, and my girls can bring some girl love to a Momma who could use a little girl time on occasion. Thank God for the Fuetterers, we love 'em. Oh, and I can't forget...
Pat took me on a motorcycle ride all through the area. It was gorgeous...even God inspired to see the sun shine over the hills with huge oak trees and ranch houses distantly, patiently sitting amongst the green blanket. Pat said we topped out at 110 mph...he was being nice to me, cuz I'm a scaredy-cat, and it was so cool to feel the wind in my face-- I felt so free. We had a great visit. We love you Fuetterers, hope to see you soon!

Friends Who Became Family

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Music we Love, or could it be the musician?

Non-tech me...really, I know I used to be the Tech Girl, but no more time for the super moving tech these days....I digress...I noticed this on my step sons blog, so I go there and WOW...he's playing and singing. I am both happy and sad. Happy that he has a chance to share his gift and love (music) and sad that we have missed the baby steps that got him where he is. Either way, I am proud of him and I can't wait for O-man to hear him....he's gonna go on a happy trip I'm sure....another plus, when I talked with D. he said it's cool his bros are learning the me some leverage with the FL G babies :)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Oldies, but goodies

Well, I still haven't had the time to pick up my repaired computer where I am hoping to receive years of saved information from my hard the meantime, I did find a disk with pictures from last spring. The kids have grown a bit and had some hair cuts, but in all, here they are. Most of these pix were taken for our Notebooks. You'll see Axel (6) on the piano and with a paper airplane. We made and flew several types as we learned about Papa Bleriot and the Wright Brothers. Then Daniele (Danni)(8, but nine on 11/23) and Axel, all by themselves, made a fabulous apple pie as we studied How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World. I'm not sure what Samantha(10) and Danni were cooking, but here are my sweet girls and getting to be very capable in the kitchen (homemade too, we don't even own a microwave). You'll see Jeremy(11) next staining wood at a spring camp. A family shot of our Macedonian phalanx. Pale, milky white Johnny (12 -- now 13) at the pool with friends....clearly, he has that fair Gilbert skin, cuz there ain't no Macias (my birth name) that are in that shade :) At last, our cookie dough maps of the Ancient Roman Empire with M&M's, licorice, fish, and some other types of sugar. Finally, a map you can sink your teeth into. These are my beautiful children. I love them and am proud of the little people they are becoming.

The FL Gilbert Children

Friday, November 7, 2008

I'm working on pictures

My computer died a few weeks ago, so the one I'm on is new. The shop is trying to salvage whatever they can from the old broken thing, which includes many, many, many pix. When they come, I'll get busy. Promise :)

All Work and No Play Makes Tina a Sleepy, Grumpy Girl

The economy has hit us since we are a service providing business. We've owned and operated a cleaning company since 1997 and with these hard times, some of our clients have dropped or cut back on cleaning services and we also dropped a few accounts we thought we needed to drop. The combination has been tough on finances. We were making it, but hardly, so two months ago, I found a part-time job that could accommodate my already busy schedule of home schooling. I was fortunate to find a job at all as John had applied to several places with no avail. So, for the first time in 12 years, I am working regularly and it looks like that won't change for a while.

My job is easy, a no brainer, really. I'm a clerk at a local convenient store. Those with whom I work are characters. I often feel like I am in the middle of a sit-com, every person plays a part, even me. It has given me a chance to really see the community I serve (on the Planning Board for our city), the chance to help bring in some money, and I think reminded John of all I do at home, since he is Mr. Mom 4 nights a week now. We are working together well to take care of the children and house and I feel a strong sense of appreciation from him.

Although it is working, I really miss being home. I miss my children and bed time stories. I miss my emaculate house. I am struggling to keep it as clean as we prefer, but when the day is done, and I'm home from work at 10:30 or 11:00, the last thing I want to do is clean house, so the corners aren't as clean, or the windows not as shiny, but it's still tidy. John waits up for me, so we are still enjoying our evenings together.

The children have been fabulous. I am proud of how well they are doing. I do think they miss me too, so it has given them a sneak peak at how much I do, and how much they appreciate me (or not). The older ones are helping to pick up my slack and it is encouraging to John and I to see the fruits of our labor. They are growing up (sniff, sniff), but at least some of the time, we feel like we have prepared them for what lies ahead.

All in all, I am hoping this won't last forever, but am grateful for the time now b/c the money is helping and it has lifted a stress off our home. Whether or not it will bring more stress on us as a family remains to be seen. Two months just isn't enough to tell. We'll to school....astronomy waits for no mom!

My Husband Makes Beautiful Babies

As if Johnny's teen emergence weren't enough. Get a load of my handsome 16 yo step son (top left). When I first met him, he was a wee boy of 3. Now, he's quite the handsome young man. His mother has done an excellent job raising him and we are thankful to speak to him whenever possible. We miss him every day. For those of you who don't know, this is Derik.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Johnny's B-day Highlights

Well, let's just say waking up yesterday was not my idea of a good thing. For starters, I'll say but one word, Obama, but that's for another time and place; then of course, D--B-day. I plan to reject that my son is growing older b/c although by date he is 13, I'd say he's young at heart, so at least I'm a winner there. Plus, O-man (that's my husband) has declared that Johnny is grounded for life from his 13th birthday. "That'll keep your momma happy." he correctly declared at the dinner table.

My boys (all three of mine and their best friends, aka "The Stepchildren" b/c they're always at our house) love to play Army. They get in full camo, paint their faces, shoes, the whole nine yards and carry on shooting, spying, and being invisible over the 1-acre, tree surrounded area on which we live. In addition, they watch a lot of military forces tv. Recently, they were informed that sometimes, before what is expected to be a lengthy undercover mission, soldiers will have steak and eggs, a Hearty Manly Meal, b/c it may be the last meal for some time. Sounds heavy, greasy, and even prisonlike to me, but hey, who am I? I've never been on a secret undercover mission overseas! So, via tradition, the birthday person chooses the dinner for the day and we had steak and eggs, finished off with turtle brownies and ice cream. Since Johnny is grounded from being 13, I, of course, only put 12 candles in his ice cream! :)

Johnny received gifts from grandparents and I think we're going to use his birthday money and finish off the balance to buy his some K2 rollerblades. Practically speaking, I don't want to do this cuz he's going to grow out of them in a few months, but it is his money to spend, so we'll see if he learns a lesson in this.

I often tell him (and all of the others), "You're my favorite." What's funny, I think Johnny really believes he is. That's fine by me. He is special in so many ways and I love my ever growing boy. I just wish he'd slow down on this growing thing. I may have to ground him from that too!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Happy Birthday to my first born

Sniff, sniff....I am depressed to say, my baby boy is thirteen...yes, 13. Terrible isn't it?!!?! It's hard to imagine
1. I am even old enough to have a 13 y.o.,
2. His feet are bigger than mine,
3. He is a teenager,
4. He's still such a young boy at heart (whew! at least there is a plus side to this somewhere).

Enjoy the slide show of my montage to little Johnny Micah who is growing up ever so fast! Happy Birthday baby boy, I love you.

Let's try this again

Well, as much as I don't have time to blog, I have less time to catch up with my long lost friends. Since I started working part time, my talk on the phone time is, well, let's say nil. SO, I have decided to offer a bleak attempt at blogging, which can provide me something better to do with my time than television and hopefully give at least a weekly update to those we miss.
My lack of digital camera will no doubt make this terribly boring, but nonetheless, it will provide some form of communication to you all. I hope it makes you warm and fuzzy and perhaps force us to get together soon. Love to all...


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