This is a practice-run for the scrapbook pages I'm hoping to get started on as soon as I can get these silly pictures printed. ONE of these days (how many times I have uttered that phrase is incomprehensible) I'm going to find a system that I can work with; right now I just can't justify the expense of a printer dedicated to photos. OY....see why I can't finish anything lately? I get something started and immediately jump off on a tangent. BACK ON TASK!
This is one of those years that is going to bring a ton of changes for our family. It's just the way life goes. But while things are still calm, I wanted to take a quick second to record what things are like in our family right now. I may forget tomorrow, because it will likely change quicker than I can blink. But today, this is how things are....
Pete, the backbone of our family, my knight in camouflage armor, has another birthday on Wednesday. He keeps talking about getting old, and he's trying ever so hard to *look* mature, but for those of us who know him best, he can't hide. We know just how childlike he still is behind that tough but geeky exterior. He's still on the waiting list for his PRK surgery, so he's wearing glasses till they call him down to Landstuhl to have his corneas lasered. YUCK! Of course, the focus of his days is work, work, and more work. He's got the reputation of an incurable workaholic, and he's the rock that every single person in his office goes to when they have to have something done. They *know* Pete is the man for the job. Unfortunately, that takes its toll on him, because he can't say no to anything. He works an average of 13 hours a day during the week, and gets at least four or five phone calls over the weekend from people who can't stand to wait till Monday morning to ask something of him. Personally, I am praying for a transfer to Redstone Arsenal just so he can get back into a less stressful job. Poor guy is wearing himself to the bone! Work, work, work......
I guess the next logical person to "introduce" would be me, right? Okay, okay. Here's me...actually, this picture is taken within seconds of the picture of Pete above. I'm helping him proofread a stack of NCO Evaluation Reports and correct grammar. Somewhere along the line I got the reputation of being a grammar snob....now how'd THAT happen? I'm not going to go into much detail about me, because let's face it, there's enough of my mental babbling going on all over this blog, right?
Our oldest, Jon, turns eighteen in March. I have NO idea how the boy aged so fast, because I certainly don't feel old enough to have an adult child! He's in a state of perpetual flux about his future, and he's really hoping we find something out about our next assignment SOON, because his plans really do revolve around where our family moves. He wants to work on the car he'll get for graduation this year--the 1979 Nova he and Pete picked out a few years ago, and since he's not really had the opportunity to work a part-time job and save up for leaving home while we've been over here (not to mention, he can't get a driver's license here) before he begins his Army career. He's hoping to use the Prepaid College Plan he's got to attend a community college and get his ASE certification in auto mechanics before he sets out to see the world dressed in camouflage. Pete and I are just praying ever more fervently for God to bring the right girl into Jon's life--we both know what a stress military life puts on a family, and Jon is going to have to be pretty careful when choosing a mate. Not only do we hope and pray for a strong, Christian woman of noble character, but we are really hoping God has put this young lady in a family that is training her well in managing a household--she will certainly need it in a military family!
Kelsey will be sixteen in March, and she reminds us DAILY that we simply will ruin her life forevermore if we forget her sweet sixteen! Oh, the theatrics this child has brought into our lives! Thankfully she has matured by leaps and bounds over the last few months, and the Lord has made amazing changes in her life. There is a young lady emerging from this rough shell, but of course she is just like her dad, so she'll retain her childlike nature for a long time. She's struggling to find her place in this world, and Pete and I struggle daily with how to guide her toward godly and wholesome activities and a righteous life without smothering her. NOT an easy task, considering Kelsey's flair for the extreme and dramatic. It's as if we're trying to hold onto an over-filled helium balloon sometimes, though! And no, I'm not saying my daughter is an airhead, SHAME on you for thinking I'd say such a thing! LOL See how happy she is to have finally earned her emailing privileges back?
Morgan will be four years old in March, but like most little girls, she's already pushing thirteen. Very much like her older sister, Morgan is a little drama queen in training. She simply adores the spotlight and just as always, relishes the opportunity to perform whenever she can capture an audience. She's quite a storyteller, regaling us every night at dinner with a graphic recounting of her "story" that she has ever-so-recently found the right word for--her dream. The day is simply incomplete until we have heard about Morgan's dream! Just like her Daddy and her older sister, Morgan has an amazingly contagious smile, and combined with Daddy's ice-blue eyes and those renegade curls of hers, she's just simply irresistable! She'll start kindergarten this year at home, since she is just itching to start reading and "doing my schoolwork". She's also VERY excited about getting a new house and once again riding on an airplane. She LOVES airplanes! Good thing, considering we'll be on one for at least 11 hours this June!
Jamie, who will be three years old this Valentine's Day, is rapidly becoming what we can only describe as "scary smart". Every child has his or her own talents, but Jamie could very easily end up being our challenging child--challenging US, that is, to harness that little intellect and point her talents in the right direction. It takes a LOT to challenge her, and when she finds a challenge, she conquers it with a proficiency that astounds us. Yet she's still just a toddler, and her limitations due to her size are frustrating to her. She will most likely sit beside me and quietly pick up on everything Morgan learns this year in kindergarten just as she does with everything else we do. She's got the energy of a jet plane and the heart of a lion. Makes for an odd, and FUN combination! She's also got the most unique looks of the bunch! Straight hair? How did THAT happen?
Rounding out the family circus is our little comedian, Danica. Each of our kids has taken a turn at being nothing more than the family clown, and Dani is really loving the role. She is trying so hard to keep up with everything Morgan and Jamie do, but most of the time she ends up running to Mama for shelter when the trampling gets to be too much. I'm relishing it, because I know it won't last much longer. As soon as she can keep up, I'm history! Dani is the first of the kids, though, to really figure out that she can "play" one family member against another, and she does it with flair! She loves to tease Daddy with the promise of a hug or kiss, only to turn away at the very last second and run to whoever else is closer! She's not had much interest in talking yet, preferring to point and grunt, but we're not worried. With all the jabbering going on in our house, that little "delay" is a welcome thing!
Pete and I joke sometimes that our kids have been progressively more goofy; this new baby has little hope but to be born in a straight-jacket!