Brief Moment #37

Another Isabel moment. She looks up at mommy and says “Mommy, if God never made words then none of us would be able to talk.” That made us all stop and think. Then she says “That would be funny!” We didn’t agree on that. If we couldn’t talk, then Isabel could never share her bits of wisdom with us. Today I thank God that we can talk.

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Brief Moment #36

Isabel and I went over to the community playground the other night. While there, she says,”Is this a school or something?” I answer and explain to her that it was not a school, but rather a church. The church had put up the playground a few months back for neighborhood kids. We happened to get lucky that it was put in right across the street from our house. We make a couple of visits a week and let the girls play. Today Isabel was swinging and I was pushing. I remembered that her mom had told me that Isabel had mentioned wanting to go to church. I said, “I heard that you were wanting to go to church. Why do you want to do that?” She says it is because they do a lot of neat stuff at church.

Over the past few weeks, Cassie and I have been going to various churches trying to find one that we both liked. After Sunday’s service, I think we both agreed that we had finally found one where all of us could be happy, including the kids. This Sunday will be our official first time in a church with the kids. It is quite awesome what prayer and God can do!

Brief Moment #34

This Guy traded an old cellphone in to a 2000 Porsche. It took 12 trades and two years, but now he is the coolest kid on campus! Go read his story. By the way, this kid is the second person I have read about in a few years that has traded from something small, to something large. Kyle MacDonald done the same thing a couple of years ago, when he started trading with a red paperclip on Craigslist and ended up with a two story house!! Pretty cool stuff!

Brief Moment #33

We took the girls to the Noble County Fair on Sunday night. The fair had a mechanical bull. An older lady decided that she would like for her 5 year old son to get a new experience and new memory with mommy. The Bull controller placed the child facing his mother on the bull. That way if the bull bucked to hard, the child would be saved by his mom. A big crowd gathered, and the bull operator turns the bull on the slowest possible speed. The bull bucked once–everything went fine. The bull bucked twice and….the mother went flying off the bull!! Haha. Her son just kept on going as the crowd erupted in laughter! It was great and so, so funny!

Brief Moment #30

We took the girls downtown today to a little art shop, (The Busy Brush), where they had a kid’s day celebration.  The girls got to paint rocks and eat some delicious ice cream, while we got a few good photos and some delicious ice cream, as well.  Is it just me?  I think ice cream makes for a brief moment of happiness any time of the day or year!  Nothing brings out smiles like ice cream!

Brief Moment #29

God has a way of bringing everything back around on his own time. I had a pretty bad day Monday. The van broke down first thing in the morning. Elizabeth, the middle daughter, had been sick, so we had to take her to the doctor’s office. Once we got to the hospital, we walked in and I ran in to my best friend. He said that he was there for a normal check-up. I said ‘Normal? You are the same age as me.(34)” He then went on to tell me that he had been diagnosed with diabetes last month. I told Cassie to take the girls up to the doctor’s office and I would meet up with them in a few. I wanted to catch up with Kyle.

As we were talking and catching up we heard an awful moan and scream coming from the hospital restrooms. Kyle and I slipped inside and seen that an older man had fallen trying to get out of the door. He had banged his head and arm up pretty good. There was no one else around. Kyle and I helped him up and cleaned up his arm and head for him and got him seated back in his wheelchair/walker till his son and a nurse arrived to take over.

Elizabeth found out that she was showing signs of diabetes, too. The doc told us it could be that, OR dehydration. That is a big difference and quite the worry for the next few days, but it is in God’s hands.

After the doctor, I sat down for dinner, and with my second bite, nearly bit my tongue off. I got it to finally stop bleeding after 15 minutes, but was unable to finish dinner.

THEN…we ended the night with a brief argument between the two of us. Something that very rarely happens.

It was one rough day.

So where is the brief moment of Happiness?? I met up with Kyle for the first time in a year, for some reason we were together to help out this larger gentleman who had fallen and banged himself up. Sometimes the good is hard to see, but it was nice to know that with all the other stress going on in our lives, I still had the courage and ambition to help someone else in need. God works in mysterious ways, but he brought me to that moment and turned a pretty crappy day in to one that I could be joyous about!

Brief Moment #28

I had a good day with the girls today. We had a nice water fight in the front yard. That really helped cool us off! The temps have been crazy hot, but it also showed me how much fun losing can be. Water fights are one of those rare things where it can actually be better to Lose! We had fun and met a new neighbor, who also has a 4 year old daughter, Layla. She had a good time playing with all of us in the water, too!