Sharing BB’s

homemade firing range familybringsjoy.comFirst up, this post is not about guns.

To be honest, I went a long time without buying a toy gun for my son because I’m not a huge fan of “encouraging” violence.  My view has changed somewhat, but I don’t want to focus on whether guns are good or not.

No, this post is about a red letter day…yesterday.  It was a Tuesday.  It was March 19th.  If you look on the calendar you will not see a holiday typed there.  {The kids are home for Spring Break this week.}  Yet, it was a special day.  Why is that?  My kids, my two youngest, played together.  Your thinking, “so what? what’s the big deal?”  Well let me tell you, it IS a big deal.

There is 5 years difference between my son and daughter…14 and 9 (almost 15 and 10.)  Our son, I will call him J, was the baby for a long time.  He has quite the animosity against his little sis, A.  It’s quite sad indeed that J would hold this feeling well into his teen years.  He constantly wishes A was a boy, that he had a brother.  It’s understandable being he’s the only boy besides his dad in the house (dad works a lot so he’s not here all that much.)  It’s also understandable that he wished for a brother being that he doesn’t have many friends here.  I’ve mentioned before in earlier posts about him being bullied and told he looks like a monkey.  Oh how it makes my heart hurt.

Back to J & A.  They constantly fight.  I’ve touched on this in earlier posts as well.  Dinner time, prayer and scripture time are not always super enjoyable as we have to constantly referee the 2.  Many days I am grateful I can spread the kids out into different areas of the house so I can have a break from the bickering.

Hopefully, you have somewhat of a picture of what life is like with my 2 youngest kids.  It’s not all happily ever after in this family.  However, yesterday was heavenly.  J asked A if she wanted to shoot his BB gun {actually his dad’s} with him.  I thought to myself, “Oh no. Do I really want to allow this?”  Yesterday I was super tired.  We had gotten in from our trip to visit my Mom from the weekend at about 1 AM.  I was just grateful they wanted to be outside and hoped I had about 2 minutes of respite before one of them came in and told me of how the other had done this or that to them.  Next thing I know, several minutes had passed and J came in asking if I would take a photo of how they set up their shooting range in the back yard.  I immediately grabbed my camera and said a prayer of thanks in my mind to God.

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Even though J is not pictured here, these photos represent true love on his part.  The fact that he shared the gun and let his sister shoot it is a miracle.  Not only did they do this together, they also played on the plasma cars and we all played catch with the baseball together.  The other reason it was a red letter day is because the TV was not turned on ALL DAY!  Oh how I love that!  I am very grateful for this special day.

Unfortunately, today it’s back to normal.  Lord, help me.

Happy First Day of Spring,

Family Trips Bring Joy & Unity

I’m back!

Anyone miss me last week?

We took the kids out of school a week early {spring break} for a very special family reunion.  Most of my extended family lives in Texas.  Texas had their spring break last week.  My Dad initiated a family ski trip in Pagosa Springs, Colorado.  This trip/reunion was the first of it’s kind for our family since my Dad’s parents, my Grandparents, passed away.  The last time we did something like this was back when my cousin was married about 10 years ago.  It was also in Colorado, but in Boulder where they lived.

Stay tuned this week as I will share some of the things we did to create a memorable family reunion.  This includes menu items, family song, other activities besides skiing, memory book ideas, rental options and a wonderful phone app.  If you ever plan to attend or help coordinate a family reunion in the future, you will not want to miss these upcoming posts. 😉

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Family Reunions/Trips Bring Joy,

The week has ended

We all made it through the week without any HUGE disasters at the home front. Thank you for all your prayers. They helped….I know!

On Tuesday we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by making green blueberry muffins. I saw the yummy fresh blueberries at the store and decided I should make these muffins. I used a recipe off the Internet with Bisquick as an ingredient. They were a success by the kids but needed a little more sugar for me. 🙂

Don’t know if it was the luckiest day for me, though. My computer “crashed.” I worked all day long trying to get the stupid thing to boot up long enough for me to troubleshoot the problem. Fortunately, we have a very good friend who works on computers as a hobby. He figured out the problem and I got it back today…HOORAY!!! Thank you again, Scott. You are a lifesaver! I use my computer so much. I listen to it for music through Rhapsody, I blog, e-mail, shop, etc. I am so glad to have it back.

So we witnessed this week the installation of our granite counter tops in the bathrooms, tile on the bathroom floors & master shower and the building of hubby’s garage “workshop.” Just today we popped in to find our bricklayer laying the stone on our fireplace & finishing the brick work around the kitchen. (See slide show below) Our sub contractors did not take a Spring Break. We are very grateful.
Happy Sunday,
Shan

Spring Break…for who?

This week is spring break for my kids. Usually, we would plan some sort of small trip or activity to look forward to. However, we were hoping to be moving in this week or setting up house; so no plans have been made. We’re all a little restless not having something to look forward to. It’s just another week for me, but with the kids home. This means hours of hearing, “Mom, so and so did this to me!” “Mom, what’s for lunch?” “Mom, I’m bored!” Please pray for me. Please pray that I can be the kind of Mom I need to be for my children this week, despite all the demands building a house concur. Please pray that my kids don’t hurt each other. Please pray that there will be good times had amongst the fighting and quarrelling. Please pray that my kids will have the desire to do something other than watch TV all day long. I know the power of prayer and I appreciate any and all prayers on our behalf. Thank you.

Have a happy week,
Shan