The Googegs - Strangers in the World

The Googegs - Strangers in the World

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Every November we head off to a local nursing home for our kids' piano recital. This year was an extra special recital. Riane is a senior and this is her last. She has been taking lessons since she was 5 years old. She started out working with me and then a teacher I found in Sidney. After we moved, I found Mrs. F. This is one fantastic teacher -- her prices are reasonable and she works 45 minutes with each student. She is somewhere in her 80's and she is tough, but kind. Riane and Mrs. F have formed a great bond over the last 9 years and it is sad to see it come to a close.

Here they are warming up for the recital.

This year we were at a new nursing home, with a beautiful interior and a lovely baby grand.

Mrs. F teaches more than Riane -- Mary has been taking lessons.

 I took the above shot just to see her dress. Mary has grown up!

She had a duet with Riane.

Adela, has started learning.

And Ricky.....
Ricky played a solo, but in this picture you can see all three: Mary, Adela and Ricky playing a trio together. There were a little nervous about getting all their counting right and ending together. But they pulled it off fantastically. Now that's a family in harmony.

Nope -- this guitar player belongs here. Braydon took lessons from Mrs. F as long as we required him. Then he informed her that he was switching to guitar. She didn't take it lightly and he had to politely argue his case with her. She finally said that if he learned anything good enough he could play at the recital. She had to hear him play the song once before he could be added to the program,but he did it -- and he taught himself.
She was happy with his playing and has already been offering him guitar pieces that she has run across.  As for Braydon, he was very proud of his listing in the program former student, now plays guitar.

Riane played Brahms Rhapsody. I could hardly believe that this was the little girl that tinkered away on our ancient old upright 12 years ago. Who would have thought? This is a thundering piece that tried my patience during practice at the house, but rocked my socks at the recital.

The seniors traditionally exchange gifts with Mrs. F. She gave them a lovely musical picture frame.

Riane gave her a picture she had cross stitched herself and had Dad frame for her. She wanted the gift to be personal.

Here's a little better picture of it:

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1

Monday, November 7, 2011


Things we have actually said in our house this week:

• Ya' know ... it's one of those things... he was just talking to your face.

• I have been living in ignorance.

• You are worse than yourself.

• Take off your tiara and get your hands dirty.

• You have to have humor to be a Mom.

• Dexter's licking my lunch chore.

• Wait... Mom says I have a problem.

• Unscented is my favorite scent.

Saturday, November 5, 2011


No more training wheels.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Seat Assignments

We have a Ford Excursion as our family car. It seats 9. We have a conversion van as a second vehicle. It seats 7. There are now 10 people in our family. As we went into this last adoption we knew that we could potentially have a seating problem. However, we did not know if we would have one or two children. So we could not make a purchase until we knew for sure. One more child would still fit in our SUV. When we received the news that Songbird and Preacher Man would be joining our family we had to make a decision. A new car was out of our budget so we decided to buy an extra seat for our SUV. I had never heard of one before, but it is made by a company called Little Passenger Seats.

Since each one is custom made -- we had to wait about 10 weeks. We have been driving two cars when the whole family travels together. Two cars to Kings Island in September and two cars to church every single week.

Finally, a rather plain box showed up on our porch.

I was doing the happy dance all day.

A little work from Jerome and Braydon:

And... it was in!

Made to exactly match the interior of our car and it has headrests and seat belts.

The three were very excited to try out their new place.


They're in! Now our car seats 12.

The great thing is they can not open this door by themselves from the inside. So they must wait for a parent or older sibling to let them out. They cannot just get excited and jump out into a parking lot unattended. I worry about these things.

Ahhh. and the Lord's timing is so good, because this is the current state of our second vehicle:

New fuel pump coming soon.

Just a side note: This was completely my own opinion on having purchased  a Little Passengers Seat -- I did not receive any compensation. But I am very happy!