Saturday, May 21, 2016

Summer Vacation is Here?

Has it really been since February that I posted? Our lives are always busy so I am not going to go into the whole "we've been so busy" excuse. We are living our lives, doing what we have to do. Sometimes I have time to blog, most times I don't. Anyway...

I've pretty much always cleaned houses to help out with our family budget. I worked a public job for the first four years of our marriage, then my husband wanted me to stay home. He had just started preaching and wanted me to be able to go with him when he preached. So, I quit my job. Not long after that, my sister's mother-in-law asked her if I would be interested in cleaning for her one day each week. She asked, I did, and the rest is history. I cleaned for several years, right up until I had Emily. Of course, once she was born I just wanted to stay home and savor her. lol  Since we had a Christian school in our church until Emily finished second grade, I volunteered in the school. After our campus school closed and became a home school academy, we started homeschooling. Emily was now in third grade. We decided at that time that I could probably go back to cleaning. We did ACE curriculum exclusively at the time (which is super easy to transport) so Emily could just take her work and go with me. Soon, I found a house to clean and I met one of the sweetest ladies I have ever known. Her name was Phyllis. I started cleaning for her when Emily was in third grade. She was as kind to me as anyone I've ever known. She treated me more like family than an employer. She paid me very well, was never over demanding, and gave me bonuses every year on Christmas and my birthday. I loved her so much. Which made it so, so sad for me this past January when she passed away. She had been very sick for a long time (which was the reason she needed help cleaning). She grew continually worse over the years. She was a precious lady and I miss her so much.


And of course, after the busyness of the holidays, it was back to work. I always begin preparing for our ladies meeting (which is in May) right after the holidays. There is much to be done to be ready for it. We also host our home school formal in April. The kids really enjoy it, even though there are only a few of them. I am so happy that we can do this for them. Here is a picture of Emily.
                       ***not sure why, but I couldn't find the group picture***

Btw...I spent about two hours curling her hair and this is how it 
looked shortly after we arrived. Barely any curls left...

A few weeks ago, we are able to go to Bryan College
to watch their production of Oklahoma. (of course, if you've
read my blog at all, you know that Emily absolutely ADORES musicals,
especially the old classic ones)
The drama team did a wonderful job with it as well
as the music department. Wow! The music was awesome. It was like seeing it
on Broadway. 

My husband was blessed to be invited to preach
two different revival meetings out of state in April.
Emily and I didn't get to go to the first one, but we
did go the second time. We made a stop in NC and I was
so excited to find this. Typically, I don't drink soft drinks,
I usually drink only water. But, I couldn't resist this and it
was totally worth it. lol

One Wednesday night, my sweet little Kyeli and I, were
matching. We couldn't resist a little pic. I love these little
sweet kiddos. I helped pray them here and I adore them. 
They call me Noni (the name Becky and I chose for
her children to call me so they wouldn't have to say "Mrs. Tammy-it's 
italian for grandmother)  lol   One day when Emily has
children, that's the name I want them to call me too. 

And of course, Mother's Day! Here I am
with my sweet daughter. She has been a joy to me
all of her life. She has grown up to be so sweet and kind.
I could not have asked for a better daughter. 

She has now finished her junior year of high school. For now,
the plan is for her to do dual enrollment at our local community college
in the fall. Hopefully, that will go well. She is a great student so she should
do fine. She hasn't completely made up her mind on the college stuff.
She hasn't really applied anywhere (except Roane State for the dual enrollment)
Soon, she will need to do that. I am looking forward to a slightly less busy
school year next year since she will have a lighter load. 

But for now...
I have a page long list of things that I need to accomplish...
chores and housework that get neglected during the school year.
It doesn't look like much of a vacation, but I am ready to get to it. 
I know that I want to spend some time 
After all, one can't work all the time. ;)