Finding Joy in Him

Through Every Season

Month: August 2011

Joel’s First Day @ School/So Happy to Be Alive

Joel missed his turn had to come home through an unfamiliar part of town.
He stopped at what he thought was a 4 way stop sign, then took his turn to go.
  The big truck didn’t stop.  Joel thought fast and moved farther into 
the intersection so that the back door took most of the impact.
 He rode in an ambulance to the hospital for chest pains.  
Next morning.. Not a scratch! Good as new!  Thank you, Jesus! 
And thank you, guardian angel!

We can’t always learn from our big brother’s mistakes.  🙁
Joel is sad for his car.. it only lasted 10 days.
Mom and Dad are still recovering.
Anyone know of a cheep car for sale?

I Got an Alien Soul!

That makes 4 cars in one summer.
Mike is now “an expert in buying cars.”
We are hoping that we are done car shopping for a while.
With five cars in the family, it was time for me 
to get a smaller car with better gas mileage.
Before Joel got his car, we were filling up the van close to 3 times a week.
That was pretty rough even though we were taking turns.
It’s kinda sad saying, “Goodbye” to the mommy van.  (Don’t we look sad?)
We can’t all go to church in one car now.. 
but with music practice and youth group we rarely do.
Next time we go camping, we’ll probably have to take 2 cars; not the first time.
The saddest part is that we’ll probably never take another long road trip with 
all of us in one car.. everyone’s schedules make it near impossible.  
The last time we was a couple of Christmases ago when
 Josh was the only one with a job and in school.  
If we’re able to work it out again one day, maybe we can rent a van.
 I picked the “Alien” color so I could spot it easily in a parking lot.  We think 
it looks like a tree.  Judi said it fit me better than the dark gray color.
 I think the back end is cute.  I really wanted a hatch back; this one’s seat 
sits up a little higher than most cars.. I am going to miss being able to see over
 everyone in the van.  I am so brainwashed from having two blue KIA mini-vans.
I broke it in real good the first day.  I was playing with the bluetooth.. 
showing off to the kids on the way to church and scratched it when 
something fell over on in the the garage (I knew a speaker phone 
would be more distracting than holding the phone up to your ear). 
I think the scratch rubbed out… then I took Zoe with me 
to pick up Judi from work and she got sick in it.. 
most (not all) of it landed on her blanket. 🙂
 (Our beloved parking lot)
Joel said.. 
“Judi doesn’t need a car because we already have one in every color.”
She said, “I get a yellow one!”
I think it’ll be a miracle if we manage not to ever hit each other.
Lots of fun car shuffling going on.
I go for tattoos tomorrow.  Say a prayer for me.
Love,
Jenny

Balloons for George

  James’ coworkers bought him some balloons.
The love the work he does.
 George loves playing with the balloons.
 Entertained for hours.
 No kidding.  
Zoë tried playing with them, but just didn’t get it.

James’ Birthday

James turned
A few of his good friends helped us celebrate after church.
We only make this awesome cake when we have friends to help us eat it..

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cake
1 chocolate cake mix
Heat oven to directions on box. 
Prepare 2 layer cake as directed. 
Cool completely.
Cream Cheese Peanut Butter Frosting
12 ounces cream cheese, room temp.
1/4 cup butter, room temp.
1 teaspoon vanilla
6 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
In a large mixing bowl, blend the cream cheese, butter 
and vanilla with an electric mixer until smooth. 
Add the powdered sugar and peanut butter and mix until smooth.
To frost the cake, place one layer on a serving plate. 
Spread 1/4 of the frosting over the top. Place the second layer on top. 
Spread the remaining frosting over top and sides of the cake.

Do you keep calling your kids “kids” when they become adults?

Should I be calling them our young adults?
James loves to serve
@ church
@ his job
and sometimes.. 
@ home, too.
We are so blessed!
Jenny

New Driver/New Car

Joel is the proud new owner of a Nissan Sentra.  
Only thing is he doesn’t know how to drive it.  
He passed his driver’s test Thursday on his first try.  
Good thing because we only had to wait in line SEVEN HOURS for his turn.
Why doesn’t someone with a license know how drive their own car?
..because it’s a stick shift.  
It’s been over 20 years since either Mike or I have driven a stick.  
We hear it’s like riding a bike.  I hope so, because I’ll be the one teaching 
him how to drive it next week.. and I thought I was done giving driving lessons.  
Joel’s excited about learning; especially because he’ll be 
the only one of the kids who know how to drive one 
and none of his siblings will be able to borrow/steal his car.
I have a feeling there’s going to be a lot of begging.
Three down .. one to go… for now.
Love,
Jenny

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