science center

We recently purchased a family membership to the science center. Last week’s outing was the holiday laser light show, which was NOT worth a cent (or 2500 cents) or time given. But, we had great adventures afterwards at the center.

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Judah driving the boats.

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They loved the sand and water table.

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Great towers were built!

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We didn’t start our adventure departure until 1:00, so we accomplished much book work too. I hope to do afternoon outings like this in the future!

I thank God for these blessings …

Holiday Cheer Meisters!

After celebrating and constructing our gingerbread houses for three hours on Monday, we headed off to a dentist appointment. A little sibling accident earlier this month has left Isaac with three fractured teeth, two hours in the dental chair with laughing gas and local anesthesia, and repeated follow-up visits for loose adult teeth. We need to return in six weeks, with hopes that no root damage has been done. He is a trooper. No eating apples or anything with his front teeth for now , he’s on “tooth rest” , LOL.

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Next, we ventured over to the Krebs family home. We attended their third annual neighborhood Christmas caroling outreach. We had dinner fellowship for two hours, and I proceeded to dress all of my people in their snow clothes, which was an adventure. The dressing was an event in itself!
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I am adventurous to the core, and sometimes I only see hindsight the craziness of my attempts. Let’s just say, it was headache causing, but also memory making. One of those mama moments where you just smile, laugh, and do the next thing.
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I think Eden Grace was the most entertaining, perhaps classified as naughty. Our very own cheer Meister! She has issues with snow pants and comfortableness of winter clothing and gloves, for starters. Getting her dressed was strenuous. I think the highlighted memorable event of the evening was at our last carol stop… of which her brothers were recounting on the drive home, which caused her in great sleepiness to scream, “They are talking about me! They are laughing at me! They’re laughing at me!” …

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Yes, my baby has a pink hat on. Don’t judge me. Lol. He’s warm!

Our caroling group had many children, especially little children, and only a few adults. At each home we would sing, ring the doorbell, distribute a bag of peppermint bark and a Bible with a card from the Krebs family. We realized with many little people we had to preassign who had which role at each house. At one of the last homes, there was a misunderstanding of whom would ring the doorbell. I was still at the bottom of the driveway with the stroller, but I witnessed Eden and Isaiah wrestling each other on the porch resulting in one individual getting pushed off the porch with very loud screaming. It was clearly time to be done and go home. The homeowner came outside and asked what was going on and if everything was okay, Of which we responded by singing joyfully “Joy to the world”. While the group sang, Eden placed her head against the homeowners porch wall, and cried loudly. One of the dads scooped her up and started dancing with her singing Joy to the world, however she was kicking, flailing and screaming. Yes, very naughty and I am not proud. However , it was an interesting parenting moment and memorable for all! This was only one incident of about six…

Our day adventure had started at 9:30 am departure and we did not return home until 10:00 PM, followed by unloading the van and unpacking everything, with an 11 o’clock bedtime!

I told my Mama, that if I had known how this day was going to go, I would have attempted only one adventure and not five! She said I was making memories. Smile. I was, indeed.

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Decorating Homes

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On Monday, we headed to Classical Conversations Academy to join them for their holiday party and gingerbread house decorating. It was fun!

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I felt totally lame bringing my four boxes of store-bought, preassembled gingerbread houses. Days earlier, I had debated at Target whether to purchase them at all, let alone spend the extra two dollars ones already assembled. When life is busy, we do what we got to do. Boy, was I glad I had bought those!

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Isaiah is SIX!

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Love this boy!!!
He started his day sharing four boxes of banned, sugar cereal with his siblings, for a breakfast of champions!

We headed to Lunch at Pizza Hut with our book-it coupons!

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Then we went bowling with Grammie White, Kim and Kiya. It was fun. Isaiah was loving it so much, that the last games he was three people as some littles bailed!

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The following day he had a birthday lunch with mom and dad. He spent his $6 from grandma stephie at Red Robin on their games and won prizes!

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Isaiah, we thank God for the gift of you! We love your….
– humor and contagious laugh
– unending supply of energy & intensity
– love for rain and the outdoors
– how you “love God the mostest” but still love us too
– your ability to love huge and freak-out huge : strong emotions
– chatter box : ask awesome questions

We thank God for six wonderful years of ZAIAH, and pray you continue to love God and His Word, growing in wisdom and favor.

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He asked constantly “how many day until my birthday?” …. So we made him a chart!

Real chat …

My bedroom carpet is rough, and dirty. Plenty of tasks I could do. I sit here leaning against my bed nebulizing the baby, again. Many weeks of him sleeping in the bouncy seat to stay prone, to help reduce coughing. I think it all started October 28 with him teething, and then colds and illnesses and now another round of illnesses which the doctor thinks is RSV. I don’t remember the last time I went to church. Judah has gotten the same cold as well, but they haven’t had to put him on oral steroids yet. Praying for healing and resolution. I’m also facing reality that with seven (8) wonderful blessings, and this time of year, germs prevail despite our extra doses of immune building defenses.

I haven’t updated this blog in six months. For many reasons… I miss writing, and keeping track of our wonderful Salisbury adventures. I probably don’t have any readers anymore, but this is my place, reflecting on life and the faithfulness of God. I desire to please only an audience of One, so that’s okay. I am now voice typing, so the writing will not be as eloquent as I would desire. But this is where I am in life, doing my best with what I can, at each moment – and right now that is using my phone to voice type. Trusting God, relying on his strength, and persevering. With that, I do hope to post more often.

I just deleted my Facebook off of my phone. I don’t feel I have abused Facebook, but I do find myself checking what’s going on more often than I would like to. It can be an escape. It does help to keep up with friends and prayer requests and the news. thankfully, I’ve used it more as a tool of communication and sharing photos with family and friends. Yet, tonight I was struck that Facebook will not matter much in 20 years – and those extra hugs, smiles, and listening that I could do while feeding the baby or lying next to my husband at night, has more abundant value.

Life here at the Salisbury household is alive and fun. We are very busy. In a new season of middle school years which requires more prayer and wisdom and definitely patience. I love every age of my children! We’ve accomplished much the school year, are doing well with studies, and music lessons and soccer. We enjoyed Thanksgiving, are fully decorated for the Christmas season, and have most gifts purchased and wrapped.

I am rambling.

I probably should just stop typing, or not click publish perhaps. I’m in a funk. Tonight I might contaminate your good attitude. I am balancing a fine line of contentment and discontentment. I don’t want to be sitting here against my bed with my sick baby. But that’s where God has me. My flesh was just grumbling that I would rather be at a Christmas party with friends…. Irv and the big boys are off to soccer games, and I was struggling with my joyfulness and attitude as I put the little five to bed. Tired. Selfish.

The Lord reminded me to practice Eucharisteo, thankfulness. I am purposing to do just that. My first thought was to get everyone to bed, eat some ice cream, scroll through Facebook, sleep and stay numb. Rather, I decided to delete Facebook off my phone, touch base here and chat with the Lord about my heart. Focus on advent, the Gift.

While things have been going well here and life is great, we are busy. And in the busyness, I can find myself numb. Going through the motions, managing chaos, meeting people’s needs, and dropping into bed at the end of the day. But I still can be numb. Not fully present in joy and heart.

I’ve been keeping very late hours up to 3 AM, getting up multiple times at night, tired, and then sleeping in and not up before children, which means I may awake to chaos. Missing exercise. Missing my quiet times. Not getting filled up with God, so I can pour out and serve those well around me. Lacking patience, lacking joy. Not eating healthy, feeling addicted to sugar. Want to be my friend? LOL.

But being honest, and putting it out on the screen is reality. Then with the Lords strength, I make a plan to persevere, to change, to take time to do the right things for myself and my God, so I can pour out and serve those around me. Which, is my chief desire – to do this life well to the glory of God, to Love and serve my husband and children and family.

I’m grateful for …… his mercies, new days, For Grace. For love, six month old babies, pacifiers, medicine to nebulize little ones when breathing is difficult. Blankey’s, seven-year-olds, drawing, my furnace, socks, snowflakes, mom’s help wrapping presents, online shopping, painted red toenails, forgiveness, God’s word, worship songs, unconditional love, health, ability to walk and run, children, tender hearts, teachable spirit, smiles and kisses from my little blessings …. And new advent book from ann voskamp.

Headed off for my late night quiet time … Chat soon !

Isaac just came over and wanted to tell a story into the phone too….. Voice typing!!!!
I’m drawing now and I’m going to sleep now so goodbye :) i’m thankful for my food, my home, and also thankful for my mom and dad , I’m thankful they can teach me how to read and do a lot of fun things and I’m thankful for my brothers to begin teaching how to play soccer and I like the little brothers, and I just hope that my baby Zion will help get better soon- in Jesus name – amen.

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