Saturday, January 30, 2010

Snow in the south!

Yesterday afternoon it started snowing, and the snow was coming down hard. We were a little skeptical that our area would get the snow that the meteorologist were calling for. In our part of Tennessee ( The Tennessee Valley) when they call for a big snow it always seems to miss us. So I was shocked we had such a wonderful snow....and our children were thrilled!!!

It didn't take long before the ground was covered. This winter has been very different from the winters past, we have had lots of very cold days (well cold for our part of the country) and now a good snow. To me this is making for one of the best winters in years!!!

William went straight out and began to eat the snow....I know don't eat the snow, I figured a little couldn't hurt ;) Arthur and I both ate snow as kids and we turned out OK didn't we ?!? heehee

Friday was Rebekah's day to cook supper and she had planned hamburgers...or as we refer to them Becky Burgers! YUM!!! She didn't want to change the menu so she was a trooper and grilled out in the snow....and they were tasty!

Neighbors were coming up and down our street to see all the children playing, then they gathered to chat.

Kids big and small stayed outside for hours.

After Rebekah finished cooking (we put eating supper on hold until everyone was done playing outside) she suited up and went out to play in the snow, with a project in mind. She started her project a little before 5:00 PM, and she seemed to be on a mission! No stopping her!

Wesley came along side Rebekah to help her out.

Stephen and Wesley picked a few sticks up to help out with the project.

Amanda joined Rebekah in the fun, because Rebekah started a "big" project!

Amanda trying to place the snowman base in just the right place.

A little after 7:00PM Rebekah and Amanda finished the 12 Snowmen project!

While the boys (couldn't get a picture of Madison & James they moved around to much) were outside playing in the snow and Rebekah and Amanda were building the snowmen, Elizabeth was inside baking up cookies for a snack!

I was surprised the girls made 12 snowmen in such a short period of time, they make a great team!!!

Today the snow was starting to melt some making a slushy mess, yet it's still pretty! Tonight it started to sleet and the temperature has dropped down below freezing. So for the next few days we'll have 12 visitors in our front yard to say "Hello"!

Friday, January 29, 2010


Today is National PUZZLE Day!!!

The boys have enjoyed national puzzle day!

Take a break, enjoy some down time, go work a puzzle :)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A recap of the day...

*baby to the doctor for well check & shots

*plumbing problems

*pick up van from the mechanic

*toddler is very cranky

*child #5 is not acting himself today...not sure why?

*homeschool books everywhere for organizing...never happened still a mess

*baby now fussy, has fever, and legs are hurting from shots

*plumbing needs real help...called a plumber after hours :(

* toddler now has a fever, and still he says "my nose is running out"

*baby just wants to be held and rocked

*Arthur realizes the van still is having issues..sigh*

*boys go to bed

*plumber finally leaves...Yay! we have water that will drain, then it was on to dishes & laundry

* baby goes to bed

*Arthur & I finally eat supper....10:15PM

* girls go to bed

* dad & mom heading to bed...praying the baby & toddler sleep through the night

It was one long day!!!!!!!! Wonder what tomorrow will hold???? Good Night:)

Monday, January 25, 2010

Memories Monday & A Birthday Celebration

Memories Past....

This is my grandmother Ann Travis better known as Nonnie as we refer to her. Her birth name being Anna Mae Herod, later married my grandfather and becoming a Travis. She was born on December 30, 1919. She was the 3rd child and 3rd daughter of 9 children. Last month she turned 90 and that's something to celebrate! So here are a few photos from her past....

Anna Mae

Lt-Rt ...siblings
Back: Mildred, Marie, & Ann (Nonnie)
Front: Vernon, Victor, & Margret

Teen years...

Young adult...

Nonnie & my mother Martha ( Marty) around 1945. My mother is an only child.

Nonnie with her mother and father and 8 siblings.

The Atlanta Zoo... Nonnie, my mother, and 2 brothers David and Jon.

This is Nonnie and I, in 1972 my first Christmas. I have never in my entire life spent a Christmas day without Nonnie there with us, nor have our children.

The Grand Canyon..... My sister Buffy, Nonnie, and myself.

Pigeon Forge...Mildred (her sister) & Nonnie

Nonnie and Jonathan, he adores her and always has.

Nonnie at the beach in St. Augustine, Florida, over the years we have had some wonderful times vacationing together.


90th Birthday Party

On January 3, 2010 we had a 90th birthday party for Nonnie. We had a wonderful time of fellowship and talking of old times with relatives young and old!

There were lots of yummy finger foods....

Birthday Cake....


Wee ones, Carter a great-great grandchild, Rozalin and William her great-grandchildren...

Older ones with years of wisdom like a sister, brothers, nephews, nieces, and sister in laws.....

A sleeping baby girl.....

And 3 great-granddaughters who think their Nonnie is the BEST!!!!!
We value very much the years we have spent with Nonnie, all that she has taught us and for all the love she has given to each of us. We pray to have many more years with her.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Welcome to Holland!!!!

by Emily Perl Kingsley.
I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability - to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It's like this......
When you're going to have a baby, it's like planning a fabulous vacation trip - to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum. The Michelangelo David. The gondolas in Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It's all very exciting.
After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, "Welcome to Holland."
"Holland?!?" you say. "What do you mean Holland?? I signed up for Italy! I'm supposed to be in Italy. All my life I've dreamed of going to Italy."
But there's been a change in the flight plan. They've landed in Holland and there you must stay.
The important thing is that they haven't taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and disease. It's just a different place.
So you must go out and buy new guide books. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.
It's just a different place. It's slower-paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy. But after you've been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around.... and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills....and Holland has tulips. Holland even has Rembrandts.
But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy... and they're all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life, you will say "Yes, that's where I was supposed to go. That's what I had planned."
And the pain of that will never, ever, ever, ever go away... because the loss of that dream is a very very significant loss.
But... if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn't get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things ... about Holland.
Jonathan as most of you know is our fifth child. He was born October 9, 1998 and he was blessed with a little something extra Trisomy 21...or as most know it Down Syndrome. And in the world of Ds most have heard of "Welcome to Holland". I was given "Welcome to Holland" 3 days after I gave birth to Jonathan. I read it once, I read it twice, and the third time through I thought's amazing someone knows just how I'm feeling, for you see Jonathan was and is "My Holland". Jonathan is now 11.3 years old and I often think of "Welcome to Holland". In the past few weeks I have thought of it often reflecting on the fact that though there are many in Holland on the same trip each one has their own map and itinerary. The fact that we are and always will be in Holland is very real to me, yet I wouldn't change it for anything. For this is where the Lord placed us and Jonathan was make perfect in His image.
Every good and every perfect gift is from above
James 1:17
So God created man in His own image;
in the image of God He created him
Genesis 1:27

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Monday, January 11, 2010


Last week Jonathan's doctor appointment went very well. Even though Jonathan went the whole month of December without being feed through his G-tube he held his weight. Not only did he maintain his weight he had gained weight, and is now up to 55.6 pds. The doctor was so pleased that they said Jonathan can be off his feeds for the next 6 months as long as he maintains or gains weight during this time. We'll take Jonathan back in 3 months just for a weight check, and back on July 14th for his 6 month check. This is a HUGE step, Jonathan has had his G-tube for 18 months and this is the first time he has done so well. We are in no hurry for the G-tube to be removed, and it will be sometime before that's even an option. Last time they removed it they felt that Jonathan would do just fine, so this time we are happy to take it nice and slow to make double sure. Jonathan does very well with the G-tube, but we are so excited to be free of the night time feeds. We are thrilled with his progress :)

Our prayer at this point is...
* Jonathan will continue to gain weight on his own over the next 6 months
* Jonathan won't have any illness that will set him back where he'll need feedings through his
G-tube (illness is one of the reasons that we need to keep it in as a back-up for fluids and
calories )
* Jonathan will be able to keep up his energy level without the added nutrients from the

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

January ....

January is in full swing for us. Christmas and New Years has passed and now we are trying to regroup from all the activities and gatherings, focus back on school and home life. The store was busy over the holidays and now seems to be back to the normal flow of grooms, daycare dogs, and a few boarders. This month and next hold lots of doctors and dentist appointments for us, with the first one being today. Jonathan has a GI appointment at 2:30 at T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital in Chattanooga, he hasn't been since September. In November I changed out his G-tube, so they will check his weight and we'll discus what his feeding plan will be. We have stopped the night feedings and Jonathan still seems to be maintaining his weight....this is a first in his lifetime! So, I'm anxious to talk with the doctor today and see what the future plans are for Jonathan and his feedings. However I'm not to excited about getting out in the cold we are having here in the South. We tend to have some cold days but none like the kind we have been experiencing. I very happy that Arthur can go to the the appointment with us. The parking garage at the hospital is always full, meaning we have a long walk in and then another long walk once we enter the hospital to get to the GI office. This way Arthur can let Jonathan, Ruth Ella, and myself off at the door, then go park. Not sure I could do it any other way in this kind of cold, because Jonathan walks so slow. His run is our fast walk, we would be Popsicles by the time we reached the door :) I'll post later what the doctor tells us. Tomorrow Amanda has an appointment with the oral surgeon about getting her wisdom teeth cut out, and Elizabeth starts back to art....if it doesn't snow. When they call for snow in the South it's a 50/50 chance and we believe it when we see it. Then at the sight of a few flakes schools start to close and the whole town acts as though we are going to be snowed in for days....wish we were. We are having some friends over for dinner on Friday and Saturday we are going to Arthur's nephew Christian's birthday party. Making this a very full week, a week of running. I much prefer to be at home and don't enjoy this kind of busy. Yet, weeks like this help me enjoy the down time at home with family all the more.

On another note I've been having some computer issues...UGH!!!! I have lots of Christmas pictures to share and some of a very special birthday party we had at our home on Sunday. The problem being they were loaded to our desk top computer in the craft room and the computer was on all our pictures are locked up in that computer. Thankfully Arthur purchased a new tower a few weeks ago but he hadn't had a chance to get it set up. We have an external hard drive so the pictures are safe, but Arthur hasn't had a chance to move them over to the new desk top computer that he just set up last night. For those of you who don't know I'm old school and love my desk top computer, better than my laptop. So, my laptop doesn't have any pictures on it. Arthur is a laptop person and has been trying to convert me for the past year....guess it's a sloooow process ;) Hope to have pictures and a few new post up by the end of the week.

Hope the start of 2010 is going well for all of you!

Friday, January 1, 2010


JANUARY 1, 2010

hard to believe we are in a new year.
Not sure how 2009 got away so fast,
almost in a blink of an eye.
Yet, when I reflect back on 2009
I see another year which we can say
thank you Lord for your hand of mercy and grace.
2009 had like all years,
ups and downs,
ins and outs,
thankfully like in the past the
Lord was with us guiding our way.
There where also many wonderful gifts
given to us in 2009
the gift of Ruth Ella our precious baby,
good health, dear new friends,
our shop and customers,
spiritual growth,
love, laughter, and happiness!
None of these things would have been
possible with out our Lord and Savior.....
for this we are without words to adequately
describe the gratitude and sheer awe we have for our Lord.
We don't know what 2010
will hold for the Munck Family.
What we do know is that like years past
no matter what comes our way
the Lord will be with us
guiding us and at times carrying us :)
To everything there is a season, a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; A time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
May the Lord
be with you and your family in