Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Daddy's Home!!!! WOOHOO!

FINALLY! Patrick came home and we made it to and from Branson. I love my husband. I don't even really need to talk to him, but I need him here. I truly do not know how those of you who send your hubby's off on a regular basis, some FAR longer than the ten days we spent apart, can do it. I want to admire you, but really, I am just sorry for you! :) God knew my limits when He partnered me with a man who likes to stay home!

Sorry about the picture...I will try to get it centered, but I just don't feel like messing with it any longer tonight. This is a picture that we take everytime we go to Silver Dollar City. The shirts the kids are wearing say "WARNING! Unsocialized Homeschooler! Interract or Communicate at your own risk!" We get comments EVERYTIME we wear them. There were quite a few homeschoolers at Branson. Anyway, I like the leaves over S&J's face. I couldn't remember how I blurred them before. That is another part of grief that I am not appreciating...my memory is terrible. I am exhausted and stupid. There you go. I said it.

One day, hopefully soon, I won't have to blur or cover up their little faces anymore. They will be officially Phillips. I am awaiting a packet to fill out on them...one step closer to finalization. Please pray that everything will happen the way it is supposed to (we have been trying to get this one thing done since last January). We have court on 10/30 and trial on 11/3. Also, please continue to pray that the medical examiner will get Jacob's report to DHS asap! I need that part behind us.

Tomorrow, we are starting a book study with our Homeschool Teen group. We are going to study the book "Do Hard Things" by Alex and Brett Harris. (http://www.therebelution.com/dohardthings/) I am really excited. Ashlee read WAY more than the first chapter today and has been quoting the book all day. Basically, it's about teens and how little is expected of them these days. The book encourages teens to "do hard things". Witnessing is one of those that even as adults we consider "hard things". We have a great homeschool group with about 25 teens coming to our home tomorrow afternoon. (If you know anything about homeschoolers, they are bringing about 85 siblings with them! LOL!)

God is still moving in our family. Even if I don't see it on a daily basis, the promises He has given me don't go away just because I can't "feel" it on a certain day.

Thanks for everything!


  1. Welcome home! I was wondering if y'all were back yet. Let me know what you think of Do Hard Things. I'm considering reading it with the older girls.

  2. Oh, Jeepers! I forgot that it would come up OCHEC. It's me, Dana, the one who shouldn't use machinery without adult supervision. Sheesh!