Apr 24, 2014

All About Jesse........

Since December I have been homeschooling Jesse so that means he and I pretty much spend 24/7 together!  As hard as it is sometimes I wouldn't give this time back with him for anything!

Sometimes I could eat him up and other times I want to pull my hair out but the truth is I am crazy about this little boy and have been since that phone call saying he needed a family!  

Sometimes I sit across the table from him and just smile at those crazy 8 year old boy teeth.....they are crooked and big and beautiful!!!  
He's actually gotten a little meat on his bones this year too.  He is filling out!  Time to get a little more active!  He's excited to move and start raising animals.  He wants to raise a pig!  

He's a worker bee.  You give him a job and he gets it done!  His job in Alabama for Easter was to keep the four wheeler and John Deere Gator clean and boy did he!  When they weren't in use they were clean!   Of course he rode the four wheeler pretty much the entire time we were there!

He is obsessed with trailers and trailer hitches!  He told me just this morning that I really needed a UHaul custom trailer hitch!  LOL!  

He loves Legos and still likes to play with car and trucks.....of course with a trailer!  He's very outdoorsy and I can't wait to see how he adjusts to 52 acres and the country life.  

Momma's boy!
I thank God everyday for this boy of mine!  What a miracle he was and still is.  I wish I could freeze time as I love this age he is at!  

That is the sweetest face!  He was ready to show everyone that he LOVES Jesus!

He was baptized this year!  He was so proud!!!!
Beautiful boy!!!!

Mar 18, 2014

Bragging and Perfection!

Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.  Ecclesiastes 7:20

I sure am not perfect and never claim to be!  Far from it actually!  I fail everyday at many things but one thing I TRY to do, and it's not always easy, is to please Him.  I also find myself trying to please others all the time that I worry, have fear and even anxiety over it!  I try my best to remember that if I please Him then in turn I will please others....I hope!  

I received my first comment on my blog that was rather upsetting to me.  I realize that is life and everyone is not going to agree with me and that is fine but this is my blog, with my very strong opinions!  BUT...they are just that my opinions.  Never do I say I am perfect, or do everything right!   

I was told that I was "bragging" about my perfection in my last post about social media and a blog I choose to no longer read.  I am not sure how someone would get that I was bragging but if you are one of them then I am sorry if it came across that way.  Certainly NOT my intention!  My family and friends will be the first to tell you that I am not perfect, and I surely don't brag about being perfect!  How could I?  

I will brag that I serve an awesome God whose mercy and grace is new everyday for the ways that I do fail!  For that, heck yes I will brag about having!  

I will brag that anyone can read my blog and not have to worry about what they are going to put into their brain and they can watch videos on my blog with their child in their lap and not have to worry about me teaching them the S-word or worse!  I will brag that my blog is a safe place where I am just ME and I write about my family, faith and friends!  

Anyone that knows me and my husband knows that we have worked hard on our marriage to get where we are!  We trusted in Him when the world told us to divorce!  Would I brag about my marriage and how I get here today?  YES.....but I would not forget to tell everyone that we both failed many times and still do but I wouldn't change it for the world!  

I will brag that I have the best friends and family ever!  

One last brag......my kiddos are amazing and I strive, not that I am, but I strive to be THEIR perfect mom!  

I hope you all are enjoying this beautiful perfect weather day that we are having in my little corner of Texas!  

God Bless!!!!

Mar 17, 2014

Call Me a Prude!

When did it come to the point on social media, whether it's a blog I am reading or even instagram, that I can't even have my children sitting by me because of some trash that comes out of someones mouth?  (luckily, most of the time it is Emily or Vensly sitting by me and they can't read but they can hear!)

There is a blog that I follow and I actually follow her instagram too and today I will become an UNFOLLOWER!  Not that she cares.....she has thousands of followers but I still am going to have my vent here on MY blog that will ALWAYS be safe for anyone to read or watch if I put a video!

This girl is actually amazing as far as her determination and goals she sets for herself.  She has lost over 80lbs and physically is absolutely beautiful.  She has great tips on what she eats, how she got started and even beauty and hair tips.  She has two precious little boys and at first I enjoyed reading her blog until one day Emily was sitting in my lap and I clicked on one of her instgram videos and the first word out of her mouth was the SH word!  Very loud!
Right then I should have stopped reading any of her stuff!  Today after the F-word being said on another video I did stop!  Lately, she has the f-word or others in every post she writes!  Very sad that the same things can be said without all that added in!

Here is what makes me sad......

She has THOUSANDS (like 30K) of followers that love her and hang on her every word so WHY not do something good with that!  If I had that many followers on my blog I would try to do as much good as I could with what I had to say!  I would tell as many people as I could about Jesus and what He can do in your life!

So today I am cleaning up my social media.....if it's not good it goes!  If my babies can't be on my lap while I cruise the internet then I don't need it!

I sometimes wonder why after being off facebook for 6 months I even got back on but then again after moving I need to keep up with the many people I love and will miss like crazy!

Ok vent over!  Have a blessed day!!!!

Mar 15, 2014

Five on Friday- Vensly..........(posted on Saturday!)

Here are FIVE things I love about my boy!!!!

1.  That ACCENT!  It cracks me up!  Still very Haitian at times.  For all of you that know Dr. B.....I call him a mini Dr. Bernard sometimes!

2.  He always tell me "I love you the best Mommy!"  

3.  He laughs so hard at the funniest things!  He can be watching a movie and something I guess we are used to seeing will make him belly laugh!  He has the most precious little laugh!

4.  He loves Pizza.....he can eat about four pieces, he loves ice cream and he loves donut holes!  

5.  He loves school, his friends and his especially his EMMIE!  He does not like to be without Emmie!

Mar 9, 2014

My Prayer for My Son's Spouses.....

I have been trying to pray these things often for my boy's future spouses......especially Taylor since in reality it may not be to long before he could be getting married!  (I mean like at least 5-6 years!)  I know there are probably many things I have forgotten and I will add as they come to me but here is a good start!  I also pray he will be all of these things to her too!

These are the things I pray for……..

That she LOVES God…….

That she has a big heart…..

That she is beautiful inside and out…...

That she is pure…….

that she adores my boy……

that she can compromise……

that she is content…...

that she is loyal to him…….

that she is committed to him……..

that they together have lots of laughter…..

that they pray together……

that they want the same things in life…..the important things……

that DIVORCE be a word they never use........

that she always wants to continue to grow in the Lord……

that they always grow together in the Lord…….

that she wants to be a servant to my son……(a Biblical servant)

that she always encourage him….

that she respects him……

that she loves us as much as we will love her!

that she wants to be a mother but if not that they both agree and are happy with that decision

I pray these often and I am praising God already for the wife each of my boy's will one day have!

Feb 22, 2014

THE Decision......

Thursday night I was preparing to go to College Station the next morning very early to tour housing and figure out where Taylor is going to live so I decided to check his AIS page to see if his decision was there and low and behold it WAS!  I was so nervous.....we had prepared ourselves that he would probably not get in but we were hopeful anyway.  Doesn't hurt to stay positive!
So I prayed and clicked on it and I read this.......

Thank you for your interest in Texas A&M University. This year's applicant pool is very competitive, and the number of high achieving, admissible applicants for Fall 2014 freshman admission exceeds the number of students we can accommodate in our freshman class. While we are unable to offer you full admission at this time, we are pleased to offer you the following option:
  • Participation in Texas A&M's Program for System Admission (PSA). Texas A&M will guarantee admission to students who successfully complete their first year of college (fall and spring semesters) at a participating Texas A&M University System institution and satisfy all PSA requirements. Applicants are pre-qualified for admission to a system school; therefore, not all students will be eligible for admission at all system schools. The schools for which you qualify for admission are displayed below. This program is limited to specific majors and requires that applicants complete at least 24 transferable hours with a minimum 3.0 GPR in courses noted in the program-specific degree plans. For more information about PSA, visit visit http://admissions.tamu.edu/PSA. To be considered for participation in PSA, submit your request below by May 1, 2014.

While is wasn't exactly what we were hoping for I was proud of him for working hard on his essays and for having a good resume.  And I was glad it wasn't a flat out NO.  Just a "work hard one year and you are IN!"

He has decided to try to work hard by going to Blinn and trying to get in next year that way instead of going to the ones they would require.  We went Friday and toured a few different housing options and decided on one that is a dorm type setting for his first year.  It is in the heart of College Station and within walking distance to almost anything he will need.  They say he wouldn't even have to take his truck!  

I am excited for him and sad for me all at the same time!  BUT.....I know that this is the beginning of a huge change for my boy!  He will be starting his adult hood with graduating high school, then college, a career, then marriage and one day a family!  How exciting to see!

 May my son be strong and courageous and not fear or be in dread, for it is You, Lord, our God, who goes with him. You will never leave him or forsake him (Deuteronomy 31:6)

Feb 18, 2014

Homeschooling......Why I WANT to be a Homeschool Mom!

I was reading an article.....THIS ONE......and it was on the reasons why she homeschools her children and after the year my sweet Noah, who is in 6th grade has had these three things stuck out to me!

  • Shelter: I want to protect our children from being taught about pole dancing at the lunch table {true story from a reading friend}.  I think it’s a good thing for childhood innocence to be kept in-tact to whatever degree it may. Which goes along with…
  • Childhood:  This is huge in my book.  Childhood seems to have all but disappeared from our society.  By 8-years old many girls have ditched their dolls for magazines and make-up.  Boyfriend/girlfriend relationships are pushed, and even sought after.  Where have all the children gone?
  • Physical Safety:  Keeping our kids away from drugs, gangs, profanity, violence, and bullies is a good thing!
This is all so true!  Where has childhood gone?  Why did my son have to learn about sex, what a douche is, and MANY other nasty things that I never wanted in his mind until he was mature enough to handle it!  
It was mostly due to the fact that he and us, his parents, wanted him to play sports!  There are some nasty mouthed kids at his school and we go to a Christian school!!!!!  ( I know that going to a Christian school doesn't mean they are better believe me!  I guess I am naive to think they would be!)
The bullying is horrible this year.  My son has shed many tears for some of his friends and even himself at times.  He has dealt with racism, rudeness, foul mouths and much more!  What is wrong with our schools?  Where are the parents?  What happen to teaching our kids morals?  

This has really had me thinking about homeschooling full time all of my children at least in the older years.  We are giving public school ONE chance next year and if things aren't going like I hope we are out of there!  
I know some of you are thinking you can't shield your child from everything and it's not good to be over protective BUT the way I look at it is I have ONE chance to get this right with each child.   I speak from experience with Taylor, my oldest, that you blink and they are ready for the real world.  Schools are so different than even they were when he was younger!  He stayed innocent so much longer than my sweet Noah!  

This was another reason she listed that struck me.....

Courtship:  Another aspect of life that my husband and I learned about late is courtship.  What a beautiful idea that the Lord already has your spouse predestined for each person.  No need to date around before marriage.   I think that is a beautiful goal.

Now hubby has a little bit different view on this than me but I am really starting to think about this courtship thing and what it means!  That's a different subject for a different time! One to think about though!

I am just praying about my children's education and listening to my motherly instinct but I do know that I am going to try my best to keep my children's head filled with things of God and not of this world that is getting so tainted!  

I hope you will too!