Monday, September 29, 2008

Memories Monday



Memories Monday
June 1995
Amanda 21 months
Rebekah 4 months
Elizabeth 3 yrs. old
I have so many pictures and thought it would be fun to share some from the past. Each Monday I'll post a picture of the past, under Memories Monday (clue me in if there's already something like this) I'll stick with Memories Monday like Wordless Wednesday....let me know if you decide to join in on Memories Monday. I can't wait til next Monday, I have sooooo many I'd like to share :)

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Sick Kids

Written Sunday night...... never posted

Around 3:15 am I'd say it was official the start of sick kids. James awoke to vomiting in his bed, then the hallway crying for Arthur and I. He then proceeded to vomit every 15 minutes, for the next 4 hours.....he was so pitiful. He just keep apologizing to me, saying "I'm sorry Mama, I know your tired". OK, that really broke my heart to think in his suffering he was still worried about me. I continued to tell him, I was fine and was more worried about him, than needing sleep. We placed him in our room on a pallet. Arthur looked at me and said I hope this isn't like the time one by one EVERYONE ended up with the stomach bug....it was a nightmare. The saddest part of that story was not that ALL 6 kids had it, or that I was 8 months pregnant with Stephen and also had it, BUT....that poor Arthur who never ended up getting sick had to clean up after ALL of us. Our pool area was covered in sheets hanging over the fence, he'd take them out hang them over the fence and spray them off. In the end we threw away 2 comforters, and had to call the carpet cleaner. That's like the stomach flu story of all times....thankful we aren't at that point this time.

Amanda woke up at 6:00 am vomiting, too. Also in her bed...UGH...not a fun clean up. You would think at her age she'd have made it to the bathroom, but if you saw how high her bed is you'd understand. (I'd link you to the girls room pictures, just don't have the energy. If, you would like to see their room go under house, I think...I'm not much help.) Amanda has been in bed all day, and James hasn't vomited again, but now has diarrhea.


I never posted this because, James started vomiting AGAIN while writing....


Update as of Monday....10:30 am


James slept through the night....YAY! But, woke to vomiting :( So, he's still sick. I've decided that he needs to spend the day in his room, that way the germs are contained in his room. Our house reeks of Lysol and my hands are rough from all the washing......ah' the joys of sick kids.


Amanda is better and went to the store with Arthur this morning, I'm pretty sure she slept hers off.....thankful she's back to the land of the living.


Are you all like me and always wonder where the virus came from. I know silly thought, but I do always wonder. In my mind I run down all the places we could have gotten the virus from, seldom do I come up with an answer. THIS time I think I know, it came from from Wesley. Now the question comes up again where did Wesley get it? I don't have any idea. It all comes back to even if I did know what could or would I do about it.....NOTHING. So, why I waste time wondering, I'll never know.

I never mentioned last week that Wesley was sick. He woke up Monday and threw up in his crib, but hasn't again. He was had diarrhea since last Monday, it's been the kind that requires a bath after each time he goes. On average he's had a bath 3 or 4 times a day, some days have been better than others. He still has a pretty good appetite and hasn't been grumpy at all. I won't give you details about his stools, but will say that crayons don't even brake down in your system when your sick....truly enough about that!

So this morning I've already had my shower, done 2 loads of laundry, give Wesley 1 bath, did school with Stephen he only has math left, the list will go on from there.

Things on my list today....
* grade some school work/ school with the big kids
* can some tomatoes
* make some bread
* call for 2 doctors appointments for Jonathan
*work on a closet we're trying to clean out and make into a craft room
* PLAY & LOVE WITH MY KIDDOS

As I said this is MY list, we'll see what God has in store....I'll let you know :)

Friday, September 26, 2008

Grocery shopping at Sam's


Tuesday night was our grocery shopping night. Over the years we have done the shopping many different ways. I have gone alone, I've taken one or two children with me as runners, I've taken all the children, Arthur's gone alone, or taken kids with him. Recently Arthur and I thought we'd start making Saturday morning trips to Sam's alone....early 7:00 am before Arthur has to go to work. This worked well, because it didn't take as much time away from the kids....and we had alone time in the car. Now for the past 2 Saturdays we have been out of town, and we haven't been to Sam's. This isn't a good thing, because we spend lots more money if we shop at the local grocery stores. Monday after our return home from Memphis, I assessed cabinets/shelves and saw there wasn't any way to wait until Saturday to go buy groceries. The kids didn't want to stay home, so we all went. With my computer list of the groceries and personal items we needed we set off to do our shopping. With 3 buggies and the list divided among the 3, we each set off to shop. $524.00 and 1 hour later we were done and packing up to head home. Once home Amanda and Madison helped the little boys get on PJ's, and brush their teeth. (The kids ate ice cream at Sam's, that was their snack...I believe that was the highlight of their trip.) Arthur, Rebekah and I unpacked the van and placed the extra groceries and bulk items in the garage. Elizabeth worked in the kitchen to put the groceries away. We were able to do all of this in just 2 1/2 hours, really that's like a record. Here's a run down of our trip, round trip to Sam's is 1 hour, we did 1 hour of shopping/browsing, and 30 minutes to put away all groceries. We left our house at 6:00 pm and we were back home and finished by 8:30 pm. Really, I was so excited to be done with this task, almost as excited as I was that the boys were in bed by 8:15 pm....only 15 minutes past their normal bedtime. This was a BIG HIGH 5 moment! Looks like this is the new way the Muncks will be doing our grocery shopping.
Silly Kids








Wesley was over the shopping trip.







Loaded up and ready to go.









Now comes the fun part, strategically placing everything. With 2 refrigerators, 1 deep
freeze and plenty of shelves for storage, it's all in arranging and
organization.....this has come over time with trial and much error. I am a perfectionist, but I wasn't always so organized. I truly believe the key to organization is simplifying....that always remains a work in progress :)
We thank the Lord daily for the many material blessings like our home, the clothes we wear, the food we eat, HE has always provided our needs.

You know your a large family when...

Silly as it may sound in my day to day life I seldom think about our family being large. Having a family of 11 is "our" normal, and it happened over time NOT overnight. The times I see us as a large family are times when we are away from home, out in the world. (That's another whole post.) Last night at home it hit me like a ton of bricks......boy there are a lot of us.

For the past several nights the weather has been cooler making playing outside much more pleasurable. Arthur has been taking the kids out right after supper clean up, and they have been playing til dusk. Last night we were ALL out in the backyard playing a game, this is when it hit me.......How many families have enough kids to play RED ROVER? Well, we do...and it's so much fun. Arthur and I love playing, and find great joy in seeing your kids play together, act silly, and laugh....even if they're at times laughing at Arthur and I :)

Just last year the same type thing happened to Arthur in looking at our family. He was coming down our street, and noticed a group kids outside skating, riding bikes, and playing ball. He said I thought wow, that's a good size group of kids....thinking some of the kids were the neighbors. As he got closer to the house he could see ALL those kids were HIS!

Like I said "life is never dull and always interesting"!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Memphis Zoo

Sunday before heading home we went to the Memphis Zoo. We had a wonderful time, and had the pleasure of taking Brian (Arthur's nephew) with us. It has been some time since we have had the joy of spending the day with Brian. This was the first time our 2 little boys have been around him, other than for a family function. As you can see from the pictures we saw lots of animals. Best of all the kids ran themselves out, it made the 6 hour trip back home MUCH more peaceful. If you live near the Memphis Zoo we highly recommend it...I guess you could say we are Zoo hoppers. We love going to zoos, New Orleans and Memphis being my favorite. We hope one day to make it to the San Diego Zoo.

Isn't it amazing how God created the animals each so unique.

Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to it's kind: cattle and creeping things and beast of the earth, each according to it's kind", and it was so.
Genesis 1:24

I also find it fascinating how Noah and his family took care of the animals on the ark, not to mention the persecution he went through about building the ark.

You shall take with you seven of every clean animal, a male and his female; two each of animals that are unclean, a male and a female; also seven each of birds of the air, male and female, to keep the species alive on the face of all the earth.
Genesis 7:2-3

The Memphis Zoo

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

We're back....

After being gone 2 weekends in a row, we are worn out. Ok, I guess I should say I'm worn out. The Memphis trip was a true blessing and we're so glad we went. You'll have to check back tomorrow for pictures....and Sundays highlight. Yesterday was spent unpacking, washing 8 loads of laundry, doing half a day of school work, cooking a real dinner, and trying to regroup. Today was spent schooling, cleaning out a closet...YUCK...and going to Sam's after supper. Are you thinking "how dull"? Really there is very little in our life that is dull....still thinking sounds blah? Life with 9 kids is never dull or blah, there is entertainment all day long.....somewhat like a circus, yet you never need to purchase a ticket and you have a ring side seat. I wouldn't trade in my seat for the world.....my world is sitting right here in my big tent, our home.

Friday, September 19, 2008

On the road again.....

We are off on another weekend trip, this time to Memphis. This is a big deal for us to be gone from the store. Last weekend my niece Melissa worked for us to go to Philip's birthday weekend. This weekend is different, we are closing the store from Friday to Monday. We normally only take off one week in April and one in November. When we heard that The Maxwell Family was coming to Memphis for a conference we knew we needed to go. This is the same conference Arthur and I went to in California , this past January. We received such a blessing from the conference that we wanted our children to be able to attend. The Maxwell's have been homeschooling for over 20 yrs, have 8 children, 2 grandchild (1 has gone to be with the Lord), and have written many books not just about homeschooling. I can't tell you how excited I am...YAY!!!! We are going to try and leave around 8 am(Arthur's time) which means 9am(my time)......I'm always behind but, so much better than I use to be. Arthur said "I'll be glad to be on the road by 9:30am". I'm really going to do my best, I want to surprise him and be ready on his time not mine. The kids are all packed, the house is in good shape, and here I am on the computer. I can't ever sleep before a trip....could be to much coffee?! While in Memphis we are going to try to take in a few sites, and meet up with Brian Arthur's nephew. Even looking at a 6 hour drive ahead, I know it will be well worth it.

The Maxwell Family also has a blog. It gives a glimpse into day to day life on the road and of the building of their home...all the work being done by the family.

Praying for God's hand to be upon us and travel mercies.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Monday, September 15, 2008

We're Back....



We went to Gatlinburg, Tennessee for the weekend. It was Philip's 50th birthday(Arthur's brother) and his wife gave him a big surprise party weekend. She rented a cabin and had Karen, Arthur, and Anna's families come to celebrate for the weekend. It was lots of fun and loads of memories were made. This is the group picture in front of our cabin, and yes our family took up the whole right side of the porch. Sunday morning as we were all leaving to go our separate ways heading back to Columbia, SC, Murfreesboro, TN, and Cleveland,TN we were a little sad to see the weekend over. I hope we can do it again, THANKS Markietta for a great weekend!

The picture from left to right....

*Bill and Karen
(not pictured)-Brian is off at school, and John was gone to a church function...We missed you guys!!!!
* Anna and Brett
-Andrew, Christina, & Brandon
*Philip and Markietta
-Hunter, Christian, Jordan, & Jaxson

Arthur and I aren't standing together like the others so our group goes like this...........

*Rebekah, William, held by ME, Elizabeth, Stephen, Madison, Wesley, Arthur, Jonathan (in front of Arthur), James, and Amanda

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Patience

Patience can come in many forms. Over the years I have seen my patience tested in many ways. In my teen years I was very impatient and impulsive. Seeking my will and never thinking of consequences, you don't need patience for this lifestyle. I met Arthur and he began taking me to church, this was an eye opener. One year later February 1991, I ask Christ to be my Lord and Savior. My whole world began to change and PATIENCE was placed in my vocabulary. Now for the first time seeking NOT my will but HIS, it was definitely a work in progress. Not long after this I had our first child Elizabeth March 1992........Patience came to the forefront of everything I did or was going to do. To raise a child I knew Patience was a key factor.....yet, I wanted things to be just so ( the perfectionist in me). Elizabeth was a wonderful baby ......but, patience was something the the Lord was still working on in me. I wanted to be like Arthur's sister Karen, who always seemed so patient and loving with her children. The loving part was easy the patient part...UGH...took time. Today 16 years later I can say I've got patience, it evolved over time with prayer, seeking HIM and learning how to rely on the Lord. My girls will see the boys doing things now that in the past I would have lost my patience with, and they see the deference in me. Throughout the years from financial hardships, Jonathan's birth and surgeries, Arthur's cancer, and medical ins and outs the Lord has not only done a great work on my patience but also my faith.


I still have things that crawl under my skin and I'm impatient about like....

*When my children don't do first time obedience.
*When my children don't listen/hear when spoken to.
*When my children act on impulse without thinking.


When looking at this list I see how my Heavenly Father must get tired of the same things with me. I'm praying that the Lord forgives me where I fail Him so often, and I thank Him for being so loving and Patient with me. We have been blessed beyond measure. I pray to be patient for His timing in our trials, seeking to be quite to hear Him speak. We are at a place that we must not only have faith but be patient. He is doing a work in us, may God receive all the glory and praise.


Here are the scriptures I claim and pray today.......

Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.
Psalms 37:7 NKJV


We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Romans 5:3-4 NIV

Monday, September 8, 2008

Happy Birthday William


HAPPY 4th BIRTHDAY WILLIAM !!!!!!!!
WE LOVE YOU!

Faith & Prayer

Without details TODAY is one of those days that is very much going to be walked in FAITH and we'll bathe in PRAYER! Here are a couple of scriptures I'm claiming today in His name........

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1 KJV


Hear my cry, O God;
Attend to my prayer.
From the end of the earth
I will cry to You,
When my heart is overwhelmed;
Lead me to the rock that is higher
than I. Psalms 61:1-2 NKJV

The above scripture is what I prayed the night Arthur was diagnosed with cancer 4 years and 10 months ago. What an awesome God we serve, through Him all things are possible.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Odd Kids

The other day Elizabeth said " Moma did you know that all of your kids are ODD but me". I wasn't quite sure what she meant, so I ask her. She said "I'm 16 and all the other kids are odd numbers" Then she handed me a piece of paper with all the kids ages on it. Where did the days go when I had time to think or reflect on things like this....my mind is full and at times on overload. So, here are all the kids ages at present......

Elizabeth 16 yrs.
Amanda 15 yrs.
Rebekah 13 yrs.
Madison 11 yrs.
Jonathan 9 yrs.
James 7 yrs.
Stephen 5 yrs.
William 3 yrs.
Wesley 17 mo.

Elizabeth's rein of being the only kid who isn't odd won't last much longer. Tomorrow Wesley will join Elizabeth on the even side, on Monday William will be 4 and also join her. Followed by Jonathan and Stephen having birthdays in October, then in November by James. I'm sure Elizabeth will be pleased to have all of these on her side. The other 3 will remain odd for some time to come......I'm pretty sure we are ALL odd to some degree!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

We're still here.......






We're still here, sitting among the pencils, pens, papers, crayons,scissors,glue, folders, spirals, text books, workbooks, and manipulative's. As we embark into our new school year it seems to always take a few weeks to work out the kinks. This has been one of those weeks. The lessons are getting done, just not in a timely manner. This is a scheduling issue that's going to take time, and a few adjustments along the way. The kids all seem to be VERY eager this year, even more than the past. Stephen is kindergarten and LOVES it, which isn't a surprise. He is flying through his math book doing a chapter a day, I now wonder if he should have started 1st grade math. It's a work in progress and finding every ones niche. The others seem to be right where they need to be, Stephen will just be moving a little faster through his books. That's the joy to homeschooling. When he finishes his books I'll move him right into the 1st grade books. I'm thinking he'll finish by January if he continues at this pace. So, we're still here just a little quite......on the blog end :)


In the pictures you can see green, tan, and striped baskets. Each one of the children have their own basket with their school work in it. The green belongs to the girls, the tan are Madison and Jonathan's, and the stripe are James and Stephen's. We started using the basket system last year. It has worked well, because we do most our school at the dinning room table. It was hard to clean up at supper before we had the baskets, most of the time laying books all over the floor and what not. Now everyone grabs their basket and we can clean off the table in minutes. It also saves loads of time when their ready to pull their school work back out, there isn't a question of what stack your books may have ended up in. On Friday all the baskets can be put away at the end of the living room by the couches, almost out of sight.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008