Friday, September 5, 2008

Flashback Friday - Dominican Republic

I need to tell you more about the Dominican Republic.  I know you will visit there as you get older, I know you will hear LOTS of music from there, and I know you will fall in love with this country.  Remember, girls, that this is your country too.  You are half Dominican, and it is an amazing & wonderful thing.  I know you do not always enjoy or understand why Papi and I make you speak Spanish, but I hope that when you are older you will not only appreciate this language, but enjoy the beauty of the language.
Abi, Jillian, and Stella - you all were born there.  Grammy thought that was quite scary & there were a few moments when I agreed with her; but I would not change it for the world.  I will try (try being the key word here) to commit Fridays to the Dominican Republic & Papi's family.  They are a huge part of who you girls are & will be.
As for me, I came to know & love the D.R. by moving there in 1995 to work with Young Life.  Through that experience, the biggest thing I can say is that God is good & faithful.  He opened my eyes to how big He is, how faithful He is to provide in all ways, and He truly desires to BE with us & for us in all we do.  I learned that life is all about proclaiming Jesus, and being in the D.R. taught me that Jesus is best shared by developing relationships. I am so grateful to God that He brought me to the D.R., and I know He brought us to Georgia, and I am excited to see what He has in store for us in the future.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

The Election

One of my personal goals for the start of the school year was to go to bed at a decent hour.  Like 10pm.  Especially since I usually have interrupted sleep (which I hope will NOT last much longer).  

The Democratic & Republican Conventions have derailed my attempt at heading to bed earlier.  I came into this political race a bit late, and feel that I need to catch up quickly & get myself  as informed as possible.  I know the conventions may not be the best place, but I am enjoying hearing the speakers.  The conventions have also 'messed' up my blog updates.  So I will resume them later.
Girls - these truly are historical & exciting times.  Not matter who wins this election, it will be an historic time in the United States.  For all of you girls this will be the second president in your lifetime.  
The regular blogs will continue soon - maybe after a good nap - ok, no nap - just a big cup of coffee.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Random Musings on Monday with a Touch of Disgusting

Today is Labor Day.  A long weekend.  We were supposed to be at my brother's visiting.  In fact we left Friday, picked up Grammy at the airport & met Sarah & the kids for dinner at a kid friendly restaurant.  We had a wonderful time, and I was looking forward to a LONG visit with them.  Here is a brief breakdown of what happened.

- Jillian pukes (not sure if it's too much junk food & a late night).
- Jillian pukes.
- Stella has diarrhea.
- I decide we need to go back home b/c Frankie & Sarah have a newborn in the house & they do NOT need sickness as well.
Jillian pukes again.
- Claire has diarrhea.
- We pack into the car & head home (about 2 1/2 - 3 hours)
- Jillian pukes.
- An unexpected pet is found in the car.  A walking stick bug made it's way into our car & is hanging from the ceiling over the twins.  The girls think it's wonderful, but don't want it falling on them. I need to find a place off of I-75 in Atlanta that has grass & trees for this guy.
- Claire pukes.
- Claire pukes.
- Chloe pukes.
- We finally make it home. 
- I don't feel well.
- More random puking & diarrhea.
- Arturo takes over & I go to bed at 8:30 (haven't done this since I was 12).
- Puking stops.
- Liquid diarrhea begins.
Ok - you get the gist of our weekend.

Jillian told me that when she felt better she would be the babysitter so that I could sleep.  Sweet thing.  She is so great with her younger sisters - especially if they do what she wants.

Abi asked me why God allowed mommys to get sick, since they were supposed to take care of everyone.  I told her sometimes I wondered the same thing, but I guess this helps me remember how you need help when you are sick.

Arturo and I had a TV only for videos when we lived in the Dominican Republic.  When we moved to the U.S. there was lots of TV, and especially with the twins it was nice to plop in front of something while we were holding them.  Lately though I have realized that I have been going to bed late, b/c I am watching junk on TV.  I do not watch TV during the day, but at night when all of the little ones are in bed, yowsers.  Plus, Abi wants us to buy a lot more things b/c of what she sees. So, we are cutting cable. I am both excited & sad.  We enjoyed this once before, so I know this is the way to go!

I have never been a political person.  I remember how strange it was that a friend of mine from college always watched C-SPAN.  Since we moved, and it being the time of presidential elections, Arturo has gotten interested in politics.  Since he has, I have as well.  It's exciting and interesting.  Ironically, that friend from college received his doctorate in Political Science & has a great blog called, Learning About Politics.  Now I have become a C-SPAN, CNN watcher as well, and am enjoying it.  Crazy.

Angie over at Seven Clown Circus is hosting a give away from Twisted Silver. Although I am not a big jewelry person, I fell in love with their Flower Dome Ring because it reminds me of stained glass found in the Cathedrals of Europe.  I normally do not win these things, but thought it would be fun to try.
I decided I needed to change my template - wow - am I technically challenged.  I had the hardest time choosing, and then when I finally got the new template had erased everything else.  Hence, the 'new' look.  which was NOT planned, but happened out of stupidity.  Enjoy.

Well, here were my random musings for Monday.  Hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day.  Blessings.