The Googegs - Strangers in the World

The Googegs - Strangers in the World

Sunday, November 14, 2010


Gas cost $.31; bread $.21. Australia joined the Vietnam war and Malcolm X was shot in New York. Lyndon B. Johnson announced the new medicare program and on November 13, I was born.

Forty-five years later 6 kids baked and crafted like mad, while their Dad took me to Red Lobster. One of the best birthdays I have ever had.

Good thing they creatively put 45 on my cake. All those candles would have created a smoke screen.

They had a Bible open to one of my favorite verses: Hebrew 11:1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. The kids had all made me gifts.

And baking! WOW.

More presents - even a map for a treasure hunt.

Some goofy presentations.

Sometimes - he can be a little ornery.

Everyone got active and these two caught some air.

I gotta tell ya, ALL boys end up in a wrestling match -- it's just how it is.

Poor Dexter, he really hates the sound of popping balloons.

Jerome really put effort into playing the guitar.

Braydon showed us how it is really done.

Everyone had a lot of fun.

Thank you family -- it was a beautiful day!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Read This

2010 Holiday Digital Supplement/Idea Book

This is a free digital holiday magazine from my favorite Home school Magazine. This is not just about Homeschooling though, this one has ideas or the upcoming holidays. One special note, I have an article in this issue. My article discusses the holidays and the extra stress that puts on adoptive families. Let me know what you think.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Book Titles

Mary has been writing down the story of her life. She doesn't want anyone besides Mom to read it yet, but she is working her way through it. When the subject came up at dinner, we all got silly and were trying to think of the book title for each one of us should we write the stories of our lives. Honestly, the writer in me has had the book title for a couple of my children in mind for a long time.

Here's where we landed:

Riane - Born to Sparkle Called to Shine
When Riane was little, I saw some sparkly stuff on her face and told her she was sparkling. She said, "Oh, Mama, I was born to sparkle!" A friend had a t-shirt printed with the "born to sparkle called to shine" phrase on it. So it has a long history with Riane.

Braydon - Marching On
I really wanted to call Braydon's title "Golligog". That is what he called horses when he was just a toddler. He was embarrassed by this and went with a total military book title -- since he is bound for the academy someday.
Mary - Stronghearted
This was totally Mary's idea and I think it fits well.
Adela - Mariposa, Her Flight for Freedom
I have called Adela "Mariposa" for a long time. It is the Spanish word for butterfly. She has had some struggles in her young life and I tell her that God has a plan for her life and it is beautiful and she will break the cocoon of her past and fly like a beautiful butterfly. So I call her my Mariposa to remind her.
Ricky - Life in the Patch
Okay, by this time we were getting silly and when Ricky was little I called him my "punkin head" sooooo..... life in the patch......
Wokelle - Man with a Message
Mary tells us that one time Wokelle was named Jeremiah and it sort of bothers her that we were only given the name Wokelle. I keep telling her, Wokelle is what we named him and it is fine - to me he is always Wokelle. One day, hit by inspiration, I explained how Jeremiah was an old testament prophet, proclaiming a message to God's people and John (as in Wokelle Tithin John) was a man in the New Testament who "was the voice of one calling in the desert. Make straight the way for the Lord." Since that day, Wokelle has always been my man with a message.
Jerome was not present at our little book title dinner, but Riane offered up a title for him anyway, Growing up Island

And mine -- as always I am the Last Mama

Adoption Update

Today was the first meeting with our adoption assesor. She will be back for her second visit next week. The paperwork is flying faster than Jerome and I can keep up with it.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

De-clutter = mess

Last week we took a week off of school. I had dreams of cleaning the whole house, a thorough fall clean, de-junk, reorganization project. Alas, I made a priority list and hoped that I would at least dent the first item.

The first item was clothes closets. At our house this is major. Clothes get handed down, clothes get hung in wrong closets -- clothes tend to overwhelm us. I decided to be super bold and set a very lean limit: 5 everyday clothes, two church outfits, two sweatshirts and 3 pajamas. The boys were thankful -- too many clothes was giving them a headache. I tackled their closet first and all the extra was given away or stored into tubs clearly marked. They were happy, I was happy.

The girls.

Another story. Little frowns danced across their foreheads when they heard my new numbers. Except for Riane. She is exempt from the clothes plan. She receives her own clothing allowance (extremely modest!) and as long as she manages that -- she is on her own. She manages very well -- she buys used and sews like mad.

The girls.

They are still frowning. I was firm and we swept through their closets. The remains of their day is stacked all over my room. Piles are labeled - give away - possibly sell. De-cluttering their room made my room a mess.

I am already seeing the results of my closet slashing week. The boys no longer have piles all over their room that they can't identify. As in: "Are these clean or dirty?" "dunno - dirty I guess."

I am totally caught up on laundry. Less choices means I know what I am wearing and I know what is clean or dirty. There is no temptation (girls) to run and change every 5 minutes and dump the morning clothes in the laundry room.

I have promised to slash my closet too. However, the week went by and some unforeseen activities infringed on my time and now I have the girls' mess on my floor and my closet is still glutted. I WILL get there.

On another side note, since we were off for the week I took a secret box off the top of my shelf. A very gracious friend gave me a set of quilling items. Papers, tools, books -- the works! I had never heard of this craft and I assured her we would use it .... someday. I didn't want to give it out without a project in mind, Proverbs 29:18 "Where [there is] no vision, the people perish:"

We help out at a nursing home ministry from our church and Jerome asked if we could make a craft for this month's visit. Ahh .... vision.

Some kids enjoyed it more than others, but we are giving them to others so they all gamely participated.

All that paper could sometimes be a mess!

The cards are turning out quite beautiful. We have to finish them up with some messages, but so far we are pleased.