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Stalked by the Stork...a diary of raising twelve kids

Having twelve children is an amazing blessing and one heck of a crazy ride. Join us through all the joys, smiles, tribulations and trials as we navigate this fabulous journey!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Random Reflections...from Knoxville

I am in Knoxville right now spending some quality time my sisters, my mother and my auntie and cousins whom I haven't seen in years. I'm also getting some time in (though not near as much as I'd like) with Anna and Lisa. I saw them Tuesday and will see them again Sunday.
I'm busier with Bree and Mia than I was in February when I only brought Mia, but not near as busy as Albert who is back at home with our other eight children! I talk to our kids and my hubby daily..usually multiple times and I miss them enormously. I know that they miss me as well! Poor Sydney expected me home the next day...she wasn't happy when she asked Daddy if he was going to pick Mommy up and he replied that he was not, and that he was instead, going off to work! Poor thing, Mommy will come home in a couple more days.
I can't even describe how amazing it is to spend time with my Auntie Paula and my cousins Ali and Nick...it's been a few years since I've seen any of them. I love them so much...I love looking across the table at them and seeing all the familiarity in their faces...seeing that we are family (we look very much alike) and sharing all the precious (and hilarious) memories of our childhood years.

I am missing things at home though too. Tonight is the purple/white game in Mascoutah and I won't be there to see Manny run on the high school field for the first time. I'm so excited for him, I've been thinking about it all day. I hope that Albert gets some seriously good video and that maybe he'll upload some plays for me!!!
Also, Drew has a show choir performance Sunday and again, I'll miss it. I hope that Albert also has footage of that one...it will be Drew's first since school let out. I imagine he's nervous but super excited.

I've been trying to loose a few pounds and so far, have indeed shed thirteen (though I have so much further to go it's almost ridiculous)....but all this going out to eat here in Knoxville is making it pretty tough! If my sister has doughnuts for breakfast one more time, I might have to hurt her. Especially those chocolate ones with the white creme inside...my absolute favorite!

Today I went with my mom, sister, Aunt and Cousins to a flea market here in Knoxville. Mia had been behaving very badly...she has been off of her nap schedule and bedtime routine, and it's definitely catching up with her! She fell asleep in the car (finally) on the way to the flea market. I didn't have the heart to wake her up. She really needed that nap. So she and I stayed in the car. I had fortunately brought a book with me for my trip. So I read several chapters while she snoozed and everyone else shopped. Then we went out for lunch, where apparently Mia's nap wasn't long enough and she displayed less that appropriate restaurant etiquette.
I'm wishing she'd take another little nap before we head back to my mom's (I'm at my sister's house now) so she won't be cranky tonight (Mia that is, not my mom) but it doesn't look promising!

Bree spent the night with my sister Katie last night. Katie treated her to a "spa day" today. She returned fresh from a jacuzzi bath, and finger and toe nails painted Tennessee orange! She couldn't have been more thrilled. Our girls LOVE to spend time with their aunties, so Bree was delighted that Katie asked her to stay overnight last night, while Mia and I slept at Ashley's house. I even have cute pictures of her adventure!

I will return home to my other eight children and my tired and worn out hubby (who needs a break of his own) on Monday. I can't wait to see them again and to get ready for the new school year starting in just three more weeks!

10 comments:

Amy said...

It's so hard traveling with little ones. They're whole little world is upside down. I hope Mia adjusts quickly! I'm jealous of Bree, what a fun time she's having! I hope you're having a fabulous time too! Can't wait to see pictures when you get back. And congrats on the 13lbs that's awesome!!!

Anonymous said...

But you've lost 13 lbs! I think that's fantastic! Pick up a 10 lb bag of potatoes to see just how much that is! Don't look at how far you've got to go, but see how far you've gone! Just take each day as it comes. Not easy where you are so just double up your efforts when you get back home. Thrilled that you're having such a good time!
Know that you're always in my thoughts and prayers.
Isaiah 41:10, 13 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. (13) For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.
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Anonymous said...

Still praying in Seattle!
Galatians 1:3-5 Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
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Anonymous said...

Continuing to lift up prayers!
Psalms 120:1-3 In my distress I cried unto the LORD, and he heard me. Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue. What shall be given unto thee? or what shall be done unto thee, thou false tongue?
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Anonymous said...

Stopping by to let you know you're still in my prayers!
Psalms 62:1-2 Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.
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Anonymous said...

Praying in Seattle!
Psalms 62:5-6 My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved.
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