Monday, November 23, 2009

The Hundred Dresses

No, this is not about how many dresses I own. This is about a book I read to my girls today. I purchased this book several months ago, planning on reading it aloud to them. I never got around to it. So, today I pulled out the book and decided to have read aloud day. We have been doing some non-traditional school things the past couple of days, and so today was the perfect day.

The book is called The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes. Many people may have heard of this book, but I stumbled upon it on a reading list last year. It was originally published in the 40's and is loosely based on the author's elementary school experiences. It is about a girl, Wanda Petronski, who wears the same faded blue dress to school every day. After one day at school all the girls, especially one, teases the girl when she tells everyone that she has hundred dresses hanging in her closet, but still wears the same one to school everyday. Many events transpire during the book, but it is not only about the Polish girl, the girl who teases her, the other class mates who join in, but it is about the best friend of the girl who it the teaser. The best friend who herself was poor like Wanda, but chose to side with her best friend and join in the teasing. She felt bad for Wanda, but didn't want to say anything against it in fear she might be teased as well. She didn't want to tease, but followed the crowd. Later in the story Wanda and her family move away to get away from being the only Polish family in town and from being made fun of by their name. The girl later regrets all the times she joined in on the teasing and hopes to make amends. I will not spoil the ending, so you can read for yourself. It left me with these thoughts -
  • How many times have you stood by allowed someone to make statements about someone that could hurt that person?
  • Where you the one who joined in because everyone else was doing it? I saw this so many times in school, or may have joined in it(for which I am sorry), or maybe I was the one subjected to the teasing.
  • Would you take up for the person who was being teased and risk potentially being ridiculed yourself?

I told the girls that I hoped that they would stick up for their friends and become friends with the friendless. Christ did this for us, despite the cost it was for Him. What would you do?

I recommend this for parents to read to your children, and ask them what would they do if faced with this.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Fall Pics

Yesterday, much to the girls chagrin, we did our yearly fall pictures. I have been trying to find neat, local places to do them. We had a little fun doing them, and I did promise Whit's when we were done. Whit's is always a good ending to anything. I have not picked out my picture for our Christmas card yet, but here are a couple of jewels from the adventure.

Their silly faces, although I do see these arise on several occasions.

I hope they will always be like this.

Monday, September 21, 2009

All I can say is WOW!!

This past weekend I did something I NEVER thought I would do - run in a race much less a half-marathon. In January my husband got the idea of running a marathon by the end of the year, and he thought it was a great idea to do it together. I thought he was nuts, but I went along. In April we were signed up for the Marine Corp Marathon in October. I was still not sure this would happen, but I was in training. We were already in better shape than the year before having lost around 50 lbs., and we wanted to bump up our training. Early in the training we were still "running" short distances, and I was ok with that. By mid-summer we were getting up to running 12, 14, etc miles once a week. I case you are wondering - that is ALOT!!! I was getting more worried about the full marathon. In the Marine Corp Marathon you have to run at least a 14 min/mile to make a bridge by mile 20. If you don't make it, you could not finish the race. That thought was devestating. In all my training I could not get, and I was getting totally frustrated! One week we were to run 16 miles, and I hit the WALL. All runners know what that is, and there is no way to get over it that day. I didn't want to completely give up, and I knew I could do a half-marathon. So I pulled out of the Marine and registered for the Air Force Half Marathon. I couldn't give up and quit on the training I had already put in. I knew God was totally in this, because I had seen an ad on a running website about it, and it happened to be on a Saturday and was only 1 1/2 hours from my house. In addition, I was concerned how Noel and I were going to be there for each other during the race since I knew we would not be running at the same speed. I felt more at peace running the half, and I knew Noel would be there cheering me on.

I did have one concern running this much and that was my ankle. I had surgery on it several years ago, and I didn't know how it would do. I have been praying God would strengthen it, and me. It did well during runs, but would hurt sometimes the next day. So I was thankful that it was holding up.

In the last few weeks leading up to this weekend God kept bringing the verse 2 Timothy 4:7 - I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. In place of "have" I put "WILL" . That was my prayer thru the entire race - I WILL finish the race, and I WILL keep the faith. It is funny how He works, because there is a line of running clothing with a Christian message. When I would need a little boost, someone with one of those shirts on would run by me, and I knew He was there with me.

Race Day was here, and boy was I nervous! I still couldn't believe what I was about to do. We watched the 5K the night before, and I was tearing up already. I kept trying to think this is just another training day, no big deal. Noel kept telling me you can do it because you have already done it. I was determined to finish, and I didn't care about the time.

It was an exciting race to a part of at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton. Me and 10,000 other crazy running people who are running without anything chasing us. At the start of the race they have a fighter jet flyover, which is totally cool. Before I knew it, we were off and running. It is a beautiful course, running thru areas where the Wright Bros flew and one of the first prairie airfields in the country. The coolest was the last .1 mile running the old Air Force planes call the hall of fame of Air Force fighters. Throughout the race the crowd was cheering for everyone at various spots on the race. Some of my favorites was the Air Force members who were guarding the race cheering for us, people who called out my name cheering(our names are on our babes), and the rock band playing at one spot along the race. The BEST was seeing my husband halfway thru, and to later find out he was able to get there meant even more. I did develop a blister on my heel, but I didn't want to stop, so I just kept running. I will say the longest mile was the last, but finishing was amazing. I can't explain what it was like to run that last tenth of a mile having people cheering and seeing that finish line. I am tearing up just thinking about it now. At the end you go thru stalls for your respective race, you are congratulated by a senior officer in the Air Force and they call out your name and place a medal around your neck. It is just amazing. WOW - I had just ran 13.1 miles! I FINISHED!! I even had my fastest time - a 14:53 min/mile. My goal was not only to finish, but to finish before the offical awards ceremony was to start. I did it! Noel totally surprised me at the end with 2 dozen roses and a box of dark chocolate from Godiva. I was so supportive to me for my race, and I hope I can be so much more for him in his race next month.

I decided to post a picture of me against my better judgement, because I generally do not like any of my pictures especially ones of me with no makeup. So here I am after the race with my roses and my medal.

Thank you to all who prayed for me and sent words of encouragement. I am already thinking about running a half marathon again, and maybe having the girls run with us in a 5K. Who would of thought I enjoy running. If I can do it - anyone can!!

Monday, September 14, 2009

It has been a while...

I am not sure if anyone even reads this anymore, but we are still here. It has been a busy summer and now school has started back.

  • SBC Convention, Louisville, KY - nice time away with no kids, but hot!!
  • swimming lessons - great improvement from both girls
  • Beach Vacation - wonderful getaway and the girls tried new foods - crab legs, crawfish, steamed oysters, clams. me - i tried key lime pie ice cream from ben&jerrys - yummy!
  • a visit from Ashley - fun, fun, fun - we love visits from our southern friends
  • Noel's grandmother passed away - sad and will miss her.
  • Hannah took robotics class - loved it and will do again
  • Family Mission Trip to Pittsburgh - great family time serving the Lord.
  • I had a couple of families I photographed and a wedding or two.
  • Had our first field trip to Georgia Aquarium and American Girl Store

So, pretty busy for the Dears. School has started back with all the extras with it. Both girls have added a dance class. Hannah is learning to play the flute for homeschool band. I am getting geared up to take senior pictures for this fall in addition to a couple of families. Get on the schedule - fall is coming early. I also am still teaching piano with a couple of spots available.

Maybe I can keep everyone up to date with the family better this fall.

Later Peeps!!

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Birthdays and Ballet

So here is it, my 200th post and how fitting it is of the girls. It is has been busy around the Dear house with trips to MS/AL, Washington DC, Hocking Hills, and the zoo.

Best buds at Emily's 8th Birthday.

Hannah at her ballet recital.

This summer seems to be pretty busy, so I will update when I can.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Flashback Friday

I was scanning thru some of my pictures for a friend and ran across these. I can't believe this was 5 yrs ago. I still have those pots as well.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Jack Bauer of the Bible

Many of you know our family is reading the Bible thru the year. Sometimes it is tough to get thru some the passages, and sometimes you run across a little gem like this one from Judges 3.

Ehud Becomes Israel’s Judge

12 Once again the Israelites did evil in the Lord’s sight, and the Lord gave King Eglon of Moab control over Israel because of their evil. 13 Eglon enlisted the Ammonites and Amalekites as allies, and then he went out and defeated Israel, taking possession of Jericho, the city of palms. 14 And the Israelites served Eglon of Moab for eighteen years.
15 But when the people of Israel cried out to the Lord for help, the Lord again raised up a rescuer to save them. His name was Ehud son of Gera, a left-handed man of the tribe of Benjamin. The Israelites sent Ehud to deliver their tribute money to King Eglon of Moab. 16 So Ehud made a double-edged dagger that was about a foot long, and he strapped it to his right thigh, keeping it hidden under his clothing. 17 He brought the tribute money to Eglon, who was very fat.

18 After delivering the payment, Ehud started home with those who had helped carry the tribute. 19 But when Ehud reached the stone idols near Gilgal, he turned back. He came to Eglon and said, “I have a secret message for you.”

So the king commanded his servants, “Be quiet!” and he sent them all out of the room.

20 Ehud walked over to Eglon, who was sitting alone in a cool upstairs room. And Ehud said, “I have a message from God for you!” As King Eglon rose from his seat, 21 Ehud reached with his left hand, pulled out the dagger strapped to his right thigh, and plunged it into the king’s belly. 22 The dagger went so deep that the handle disappeared beneath the king’s fat. So Ehud did not pull out the dagger, and the king’s bowels emptied. 23 Then Ehud closed and locked the doors of the room and escaped down the latrine.

24 After Ehud was gone, the king’s servants returned and found the doors to the upstairs room locked. They thought he might be using the latrine in the room, 25 so they waited. But when the king didn’t come out after a long delay, they became concerned and got a key. And when they opened the doors, they found their master dead on the floor.

26 While the servants were waiting, Ehud escaped, passing the stone idols on his way to Seirah. 27 When he arrived in the hill country of Ephraim, Ehud sounded a call to arms. Then he led a band of Israelites down from the hills.

28 “Follow me,” he said, “for the Lord has given you victory over Moab your enemy.” So they followed him. And the Israelites took control of the shallow crossings of the Jordan River across from Moab, preventing anyone from crossing.

29 They attacked the Moabites and killed about 10,000 of their strongest and most able-bodied warriors. Not one of them escaped. 30 So Moab was conquered by Israel that day, and there was peace in the land for eighty years.

What do you think? He is totally the Jack Bauer of the Bible.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Adventures of Peanut Butter

Many of you remember about Hannah writing a story and submitting it to WOUB's Reading Rainbow contest. This year Emily is writing one. She did a great job writing her story about her bear Peanut Butter. Here it is...

The Magical Adventures of Peanut Butter

I have a favorite stuffed animal. He is a bear named Peanut Butter. I sleep with him every night. He always falls out of my bed every night. I don’t know what happens. Maybe he just falls off or maybe…

I didn’t know for sure, so I wanted to stay awake to find out. One night I pretended to fall asleep, and I saw Peanut Butter jump off my bed and go downstairs. So sneaked downstairs as well to see what he did. Peanut Butter said, “WOW, I can do whatever I want. Everyone is asleep!” So he did. He played the wii and watched TV. He made a snack of jelly sandwiches. He went outside and made a snowbear. He found my crayons and drew on the wall. He went to the playroom and made a mess. This made me mad because I knew I would have to clean it up. Watching Peanut Butter all night made me very sleepy, so I laid down on the couch and fell asleep. When I woke up the next morning Peanut Butter was there with me. I couldn’t wait to tell my parents what happened.
Sorry I do not have the illustrations, but they are cute.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Living Proof Recap

I am sorry I am late in doing a recap, but it has been a busy week with shuffling of schedules, trade show, and new Bible study. I have a few minutes so here goes...

Last weekend Penny, Carol, Stephanie, Heather and myself set out for Nashville to the Living Proof Live for minister/staff wives. We left on a Thursday night so we could do a little shopping and recover from the long drive. The trip down was pretty uneventful, but we did meet up with a little snow and rain going through parts of KY and TN - nothing major. Friday we did a little of shopping and hanging out. We couldn't do any sight seeing because it was too rainy and foggy. I was hoping for nice sunny warm weather down south, but instead cold and rainy - YUCKY!! Friday night was the first session at the Two Rivers Baptist Church. We had good seats, and it was the closest I have ever been to seeing Beth Moore and Travis. It felt weird watching them live and not on a big screen and in a big arena. The worship was wonderful!!! Beth was on fire and FUNNY!! It is nothing like worshiping with 1200 other ministry wives. We did not get in too late on this night, but you know when women get together we like to talk. So another late night. So much we bonded over, and will be struck from the tape.

Saturday was an early morning, and Penny got us even better seats. It was another morning of worship and teaching from Beth. She had a word for us wives to encourage us and help us fight the fight. We had special praying for Cindy Winters, the wife of pastor who was killed. It was a special time coming together lifting up a sister in the Lord. We learned we need to - KEEP THE KING THE THING - JESUS!!! We just wish it could have lasted all day.

So we set off back home after noon. We were going to grab lunch and head back. Well this is where it all goes south. I was driving and looked down and saw a light on that I don't have in my car (we were in a rental van). Some said it was low tire pressure, so we decided to stop somewhere and get it looked at when we were stopping for lunch. We were in the process of pulling off the interstate when the tire goes FLAT!!! So we get pulled to the median on the off ramp. We had just passed the TDOT emergency roadside assistance, and he was there to help us. So picture, 5 women in a van on the side of the interstate off ramp, pouring rain, and a flat tire. God was definitely on our side that the tire didn't explode, and we didn't go out of control, and we had just passed TDOT. I called the rental company, and we get instructions of what to do, and I did ask for a replacement van. I was not going to wait on a tire to be fixed and the brakes were already not sounding good anyway. We get everything fixed and get ready to go. I crank the van - NOTHING! The battery had gone dead while were getting our tire fixed. We couldn't help but laugh. Thankfully TDOT "Sam" was still there to give us a jump. Yes we named him - it is short for Samaritan. So finally we are on our way to the airport to get our replacement van. They told me I had to fill the van up before returning, but I couldn't stop yet because I needed to charge the battery back up. There is nothing like driving a van on a major interstate in the rain, and with a donut tire. We finally get to the airport, but I forgot to stop to get gas. So, we had to leave the airport in search for gas. It was getting later in the day, and we had still not had lunch. Finally, we returned the defective van and got the new one. We did feel better with this van since it had Texas tags.

So about 2-3 hrs later that expected we finally get to stop for lunch. We were starting to get into the early dinner crowd, that is how late it was getting. I was never so glad to finally get on the road and get home. I felt bad for my hubby, because he was dealing with getting one kid to a birthday party and having to get kids in showers ready for Sunday in addition to his own prep for Sunday. (do you think I owe him creme brulee?)

Fours hours after we had originally planned, we are on the road armed with Starbucks and Krispy Kreme. I was thankful the rain stopped after we got out of TN. We all couldn't help but laugh at what happened. We had fun talking more on the way home and learning more about each other. They all helped me stay awake. We finally made it home about 1 AM Sunday safely.

So if you saw us Sunday looking a little tired - that is why. Thank you husbands for letting us go away this weekend. We had a great time, and can't wait till we can do it again. Hopefully with less drama.

Here are some pics from the weekend.

Here is Beth. We loved this outfit.

Travis leading in worship. He was awesome!!!

The wives.

The van on the side of the road.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

LPL Nashville

Here is a montage from our weekend that they put together. It is nothing like worshiping with 1200 minister/staff wives. Keep an eye out - you may see some people you know. When I get a chance I will try to give and update of what happened.

LPL Minsters' Wives Nashville TN from Rich Kalonick on Vimeo.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Exciting Weekend! Beth Moore here we come!

I have been looking forward to this weekend since June. The staff wives and I are traveling to Nashville to see Beth Moore and Travis Cottrell. At the Southern Baptist Convention last year they announced they were having another Living Proof Live for Minister/Staff Wives again. They have had one before, but I was unable to attend because we were in the middle of moving here. So needless to say, I was excited when they announced this!

My wonderful hubby was on board with the idea of all the of wives to attend this special LPL with Beth Moore, and made it possible for us to attend. All of us are very excited to be away for a couple of days. I am so happy everyone is able to go and spend time together worshipping God and maybe a little shopping. Our husbands get to hang out together more than we do, so this makes this weekend even more exciting.

Pray for us as we travel (Penny and I are driving). Pray for good weather. Pray that we will hear what God has for us. Pray for our families as we are gone.

Later Peeps!! I need to pack!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

AWANA Bible Quizzing

This past Saturday was our State AWANA Bible Quizzing. Hannah participated last year and had fun. She was excited again when it was time again for it. She was hoping she would have a partner from the church, but there was no one. Luckily there were 2 other girls going but they were quizzing in a different book. Hannah worked very hard on her verses and all the definitions she had to memorize. Since she didn't receive any ribbons last year, she definitely want to get at least a High Honors ribbon this year. She put in the work.

When we got to quizzing there was another single team and they were able to pair up. Hannah was very excited. During paddle quiz they did well as did our other team, and all we were waiting on was the scoring of the written test. Our Book 1 team won 2nd place (out of 15 teams) and both girls got High Honors. Then it came to Book 2 teams. Hannah and her teammate won 3rd place out of 14 teams. We were very happy for her, and then they announced the individual awards. Well, all of Hannah's hard work paid off - she got Quiz Champion for Book 2 (and the only perfect score for book 2). The greatest thing was that she realized that she knew all her work she did preparing for the quiz paid off. WAY TO GO HANNAH!!!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Hannah's Story

Some of you may remember about Hannah gettin 2nd place in the WOUB Reading Rainbow Contest. The video has been finished and here it is.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Hubby's Christmas Present

Many of you know my husband is hard to shop for. So, this year I gave my hubby a beautiful painting of the girls for Christmas. A friend of mine is a local artist and can paint about anything. She was able to use a picture I had taken and created this for me. She can do any size. This is a little bigger than 20x30.

Here is the photo

The Painting. (and no this will not be hanging in his office even though he wants to)

If you are interested in seeing her work or have her paint something for you. Here is her contact info:

Amy Nelson
Pataskala, OH
(740) 927-3152

Monday, January 12, 2009

What's for dinner?

UPDATE: Family enjoyed the dished but not overjoyed. I just need to find a way to improve it a little more.

If every one's house is like mine, my family is always asking what's for dinner. I ran across this book a few months ago, but never did anything with it. So this week I dusted it off. It has recipes in it that you can put in crockpot, freezer, or fridge. Another neat thing in the book is that it has the calculations if you want to double and quadruple the recipes. It gives tips on freezing, and how to do things ahead. The recipes use common ingredients that most people have and seems fairly kid friendly.

With this new year we have a few schedule changes, and I was trying to be better about the meals we are having. Two days a week I do not get thru with teaching piano till 7 pm, and I can't wait till then to decide on dinner. I have dusted off the crockpot and have been looking for new ideas. We have been having pot roast for the past several weeks and the girls have dubbed it Pot Roast Monday, but I am afraid they will get tired of it.

So this week we are trying a new recipe this week - Shredded Salsa Beef. I haven't told the girls about the salsa part (even though E loves it). Hopefully this will be a successful recipe, and we will be able to add it to our rotation. If any of my readers have any good kid friendly crockpot recipes please send them my way.

One of my goals this year is to hopefully do a monthly menu for the family. A friend of ours told us that she had done one and was surprised how it provided entertainment for her children. Here's hoping.