Wednesday, October 22, 2008
So here is what we have been up to since the last blog...
- We moved from Texas back to Mississippi
- Prof started a new job
- I also started a new job (part time)
- Prof and I bought our very first house
- Wild Man turned 5 and got his first pet - a hermit crab named Crabby
- Princess T started talking all the time in sentences I might add
- We moved into our new house
- We went to Disney World where Wild Man got to meet Buzz Light Year and Princess T got to spend time with her fellow Princesses
- Princess T is potty training herself - sort of
- Prof's sister got married - He performed the wedding, Wild Man was a Ring Bearer and Princess T was a flower girl (who feel asleep 5 minutes before the wedding and had to be carried down the aisle)
- In the middle of all this we have all been sick at some point
- Oh and my camera is offically dead - I know SAD!!
So there it is....that is where I have been. Hopefully I will be able to post more now that life is settling down a little.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
We had been at the mall for a while and Wild Man was beginning to get hungry for supper. So, we began making our way towards the car, so that we could go eat supper. On the way out we saw a Gamestop. We decided to just check and see if there were any games on sale for our Wii. So, we went in and began to look. As always, Prof and I split up. Prof took the stroller (Princess T's throne for the afternoon). Wild Man was playing the video games right next to Princess T and Prof, so I headed to the back to check out the games on the back wall. A few minutes later Prof and Princess T come back to show me a game they found. When I looked up I realized Wild Man was not with them. Prof very calmly told me that Wild Man was still up front playing the video game, but when we looked there was no Wild Man to be found. As you can imagine, both of us went nuts looking for him. Prof stayed in the store, just in case he came back, I on the other hand, was a wreck. I just knew someone had taken my little boy from me. I saw a security person and began describing what Wild Man looked like. As I was telling him, in a most frantic voice I must add, a man came up to me and said, "That lady over there has your son." I immediately began running in that direction. The lady was so nice and proceeded to tell me she saw him walking around the food court crying and she asked him where he had been and he remembered something about the game store and so she was on her way to game store to see if she could help him find us. I immediately picked him up and hugged him. Then I asked him. "Why did you leave the store?" His answer was simple, "I couldn't see you and daddy so I started looking for you. " Needless to say, the walk to car happened sooner than planned and as the night went on we had lots of conversations with Wild Man about what to do if he realizes he doesn't know where we are. I don't think he will be wondering off from us anytime soon, if ever again.
I wasn't going to share this story because to some degree I felt like a bad mom for letting this happen today. However, God used this to teach me something and that I needed to share. The ironic thing about this whole story is that Prof and I never left Wild Man. In fact, if he had just said, "Daddy, Mommy where are you?" in even an indoor voice we would have heard him...that is how close we were. However, when Wild Man looked up and didn't immediately see us he began to look for us and in that process got lost. Isn't that how we are as Christians sometimes? God is right there by us. He is always near us. Yet sometimes, we don't feel like He is, or we don't "see" Him so we begin to look for Him and in the process get lost.
Saturday, June 07, 2008
On a serious note, Prof and I are moving, AGAIN! The CARES program has been cut from our apartment community and we have to be out of our apartment by June 30 (not because the community is making us leave, but because we would have to pay rent after that date and since rent is more than house payment, it is not an option). We have an apartment lined up back on campus, for which we are very thankful for, even thought it is a good bit smaller.
As many of you know, we were hoping to stay in the apartment we are in now until we are able to "settle". Prof has had resumes out for a while, but God has not chosen to reveal the next step to us yet. Our prayer now is that God will reveal the next step soon so that we either can move straight there or within the next few months.
We ask that you pray with us, that His will be done in our lives, even if it means living in a tiny apartment a little longer. We will keep you posted.
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Sunday, June 01, 2008
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Friday, May 30, 2008
Here is what I know now about both...
Beaver Dragons live in the trees along I-20. I am assuming that is the only place, because that is the only time Wild Man has seen them. Sometimes, if there is water they like to swim and when they can, they love to fly. They are yellow, blue, pink, red, and green. They like to eat berries, dragon berries, and sometimes their own poop (this straight from Wild Man - I guess it is a boy thing). They like to keep dogs (but not bulldogs) for pets and they love to garden.
Gaggle Pups are baby beaver dragons. They are little, black, spider-webby looking creatures. Wild Man said they just lay around in their boxers all the time. They like to eat nails, berries, and carrots. They have turtles and cats as pets and they really don't do anything.
Wild Man says he is the only person the Beaver Dragons and Gaggle Pups like, so if you see one, I would stay away or call Wild Man. They sound scary to me.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
One of the first games Wild Man played was Ski ball (the game you find at Chuck E Cheese or places like that). He is actually pretty good, but he get WAY INTO IT. Here is a small clip of Wild Man playing Ski ball (and yes, he is still in his pjs - one of the perks of staying home).
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Wild Man has become quite the builder...this is one of his master pieces. I wish he would just build us a house....it would make things a lot easier...don't you think? Well, except maybe he could fill in the whole about the windows...
Princess T's first toenail painting. Believe it or not she set so still while I painted them and she picked the color (sorry the picture is fuzzy).
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
I have to tell you that (despite what you think) I have the best husband in the whole world!! I mean, don't get me wrong, he is not perfect....but he is as close as they come! There is nothing he can not do or can not teach himself to do. He truly is amazing.
In the 6 years we have been married, Prof has been in school 5.5 of those years. He completed a 90 hour master's degree in 2.5 years, while working full time, and being the best dad there ever to Wild Man. After completing this amazing task he moved on to another task that seems almost impossible. He began his PhD. He has now (in 2.5 years) completed all course work for the PhD, while working full time, being the best husband ever, and being the best dad ever to Wild Man AND Princess T. On top of this....he is finishing his classes with a 4.0 overall GPA! He not only passed his barrier exam (an exam proving his competency in statistics), but he made an A+ (99%), which I might add was the highest grade in the class!!! He is so amazing!!
Neither one of us knows what the next step is after he completes his PhD, but I am excited to see how God is going to use all of Prof's gifts for HIS Glory!!
Thursday, May 01, 2008
Why am I telling you all this? Well, I think I am at the point where this song (or at least the words I can remember) are so true. Ever since I can remember, I hated the quietness (which is why I am sure I listened to music so much). I hated being the only one home and when I went to college I hated being the only one in the dorm (which is why I went home so much). Truthfully, I hated having nothing to do. I wanted to be doing something all the time. I hated silence.
However, 1 husband and 2 kids (who both talk all the time now) later, I am on my way to believing silence is golden. I would do just about anything to have a day where there was nothing on the calendar, no phone, no tv (ok maybe a little tv), no talking...you get the picture.
I am not there completely though because after about a day, I would want the noise back. I am definitely 100% BB's daughter.
Friday, April 04, 2008
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
What was I doing 10 years ago (April 1998)?
1. Homework...I was a Sophmore in highschool! Wow! Life has changed!
2. Enjoying the freedom I had with my driver's license, which I had only had since the previous September (6 months).
3. Planning the upcoming summer, which I am sure was full with Youth Camps/Mission Trips and Kids Camps.
4. Wishing I were done with highschool!
5. Planning life after highschool and college. I had no clue what was really ahead of me :-)
5 Things on my "To Do" list today:
1. Bible Study this morning
2. Pass out invitations for a dinner we are having at our apartment community Thursday
3. Make an Evite for someone hosting an Initials Party
4. Clean the kitchen
5. Send out April Newsletter for Initials and update my website
5 Things I would do if I were a Billionaire:
1. Finish paying for the new children's building being built at our church right now.
2. Tithe regularly
3. Support tons of missionaries
4. Buy a house and new cars
5. Randomly buy stuff for other people, whenever I feel like it!
5 Bad Habits:
1. Not eating healthy
2. Biting my nails
3. Agreeing to do too many things, to the point I stress out.
4. Spending too much online, either on facebook or here
5. Staying up too late at night
5 Places I have lived:
1. Jackson, MS
2. Clinton, MS
3. Pearl, MS
4. Fort Worth, TX
5. Granbury, TX
5 Jobs I have had:
1. Children's Ministry Intern at CHBC
2. Children's Ministry Intern at FBC Burleson
3. House Parent at Happy Hill Farm in Granbury, TX
4. Secretary in the Office of Admissions at Southwestern
5. Stay-At-Home Mom and Creative Partner for Initials Inc
3. Mrs. Langhans
5. Aunt B
Friday, March 28, 2008
So, he will now be wearing this belt every Sunday to church. I can not believe how grown up it makes him look.
Friday, February 29, 2008
Here is where it gets tricky. They officially offered him the position this past Tuesday and showed him what the pay would be. It was significantly lower and not much more than what he making now. Our first reaction was to counter offer. Let's tell them what they need to pay you to stay. However, we decided that would be us making something happen, afterall, we had asked God to show us His direction based on how much the job paid. So, Prof declined the postion.
Here is the issue....we are getting mixed responses from our friends and family. On one hand we hear "oh you definitely did the right thing!" and the other hand we hear, "if it is God's plan money should not be factor and plus at Prof's age the amount that was offered should be enough. Being in ministry means you give up things."
I have thought and thought about this and here is what I think. Being in ministry, being a christian period, does not always mean you give up things. I believe God wants to give us the desires of our heart, but more importantly I believe God GIVES US the desires we have on our heart. I believe that if that postition were where we were supposed to go next God would have made it all okay for us, but He didn't. I don't think that makes us selfish people. I think that simply means we just want to be where God wants us to be and God chose to tell us He did not want us to take the position, by allowing the pay to not be what we needed it to be.
So, far now we are still playing the waiting game and just praying that God will continue to guide our path to whereever the next phase of our life will be.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Wild Man is going through a super whiney stage right now. It is about to drive me insane. The other day I was asking him why he was having a hard time obeying me and he say, "I just don't feel like being good today." I felt like that was an honest answer. There are some days I don't feel like being good either.
After this post Little One will be referred to as Princess T. She has mastered the art of fit throwing and giving daddy the "I am so innocent" face (she knows it doesn't work with me). She walks around the house with her blanket around her neck all the time now. This is her way of being a princess. If you say, " Are you a princess?" She will, without hesitation, nod her head yes and smile really big. She has also decided she likes to sit on the potty. She has not gone yet, but I am pretty sure I spent half the day yesterday in the bathroom with her. Maybe she will catch on quickly. That would be nice! She has also really begun to say alot of words. However, "No" is still her favorite and she is getting very good at saying it.
Prof has a very busy semester this Spring. He is doing LOTS of research and refining his proposal for his dissertation. He is teaching again and loving his class so much! He has also begun to put his resume out, just to see what happens. There is very strong possiblity that God may be calling us to stay in Fort Worth. So, please pray for wisdom in this area.
Well, that is what has been happening in the Skinkle house lately.
Thursday, January 31, 2008
The new catalog will be posted online March 1st!
You can view the catalog by clicking here.
Retiring On Sale
Vermont Baguette - $39.99 - Low quantity
Vermont Swag - $39.99 - SOLD OUT
Vermont Jubilee - $37.99
Vermont Tote - $42.99
Rambunctious Rex Quilted Back Sak - $24.99
Social Butterfly Back Sak - $24.99 - SOLD OUT
Luxury Baby Blanket - $27.99
Travel Cube – Hot Pink and Red - $32.99
Slappy Saks – Navy, Orange, Sky and Light Pink - $19.99
Ladies Cap – Island Blue, Black, Hot Pink and Lime - $19.99
Posh Paisley Messenger – Pink and Blue - $49.99 - SOLD OUT
Kitchen Set – Preppy - $19.99
Laundry Bags – Navy and Bone - $19.99
Stockings - $19.99
Umbrella - $24.99
Slippers – Hot Pink Only – $29.99
Skinni Mini Notes - $18.99
Oh My Ornaments Christmas Stationary - $12.99
Retiring Not On Sale
Trendy Traveler – Chambray and Gingham
Hooded Towel and Bath Mitt, Pink and Blue
Bib and Burp Cloth Set, Pink and Blue
Cooler – Blue and Black Low Quantity
Quilted Throw – (Cornsilk and Brick Only)– Very low quantity
Apron – Black, Red and Denim
Fleece Blanket – Grey
Warm Cinnamon Spice (only for Spring/Summer - will be back!)
Ribbon Tote – Pale Pink, Khaki and Charcoal
Brag Bag – Chocolate and Black w/ gingham
Towel Sets – Oatmeal and White
Tapered Rectangle Ring
Small Oval Ring (Size 10 SOLD OUT )
Small Circle Pendant
Gold Shell Set
Bound Circle Necklace
Thursday, January 24, 2008
However, oddly enough I have caught myself getting involved in this whole Heath Ledger stuff. I think mainly because I love just about every movie he has been in and I mean come on....he is a little easy on the eyes. :-)
Anyway, last night I was at supper with a friend and we got to talking about how Christians who have the mind set of "it's my way or the highway" give what truly being a Christian is about a horrible name. As we were talking she told me about this group of Christians who have decided that since he played a gay person in one of his movies they are going to picket at his funeral. I had not heard that and so it completely shocked me.
Today, I have been reading a lot and what I have learned just makes me mad. Evidently this group is Baptist (don't we love how we make a name for ourselves) and they have been known to picket at the funerals of soldiers who have died in Iraq. I mean come on!
At the end of the day, he still has a family and a lot friends who want and need this time to grieve. Is it really showing God's love when we decide to stand outside his funeral and protest what we believe??? If I were not a Christian I would not look at this and go, "I want to be a Christian. Look at how loyal they are to their beliefs." In fact the world is saying different. One reporter I saw said something to the effect of, "It is just natural human decency that says it is wrong to picket at someones funeral."
I could go on forever about this, because it just makes me mad that people, who call themselves Christians, would show such disrespect for someone in public like this. And, then those same people will question why the people around them do know want to be a part of what they believe.
So, if you have ever wondered why this world does not care about "Christian" things...this is why! The world sees Christians has the group of people who protest about anything and everything, even if it shows disrespect for another person. No one wants to be a part of that.
Okay, I am done....Let me know what you think!
Thursday, January 17, 2008
I am going to give Season 7 a shot, when it comes out, if it ever comes out. But, if it is anything like season six, then I will no longer be a 24 fan.
Okay, so there are my feelings. I got it out. If you have seen season 6, I would love to know how you feel.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
2008 is going to be a big year at the Skinkle house. In May the Prof will finish his classes. This means there is a lot of light at the end of tunnel (which is getting closer everyday). Finishing classes will open the door for other options and so we have begun praying very diligently that God will make it clear to us what the next step is, even if it is to stay here.
As you know, I have been leading large group for the 5th and 6th graders at our church on Sunday morning. This month I will begin working at the church 2 days a week, while the kids are in mothers day out. This time will allow me to focus some attention to Sunday morning activities as well as other preteen activities at the church. I am super excited to be doing what I love again on a regular basis.
I have also made up my mind that 2008 will be year I loose all my baby weight. I have about 50 lbs to loose and I have decided I will not end 2008 saying I still need to loose it. I started Weight Watchers this week and have also started working out on a daily basis again. I look forward to posting pictures once I have reached my goal.
Wild Man will be starting kindergarten in August. This fact is already weighing very heavy on my mind, if you can not tell. Between now and then the prof and I have a lot to decide about Wild Man's schooling and we can not really do a whole lot until we know for sure where we will be in August. Wild Man is growing up way to fast!
I am sure that 2008 will also bring change for Little One, since she is in a growing mode right now. We are hoping that this change at least includes a bigger vocabulary, since right now she does not say a whole lot. We would also like to end 2008 diaper free. We will see how that goes.
I am going to work extra hard this year to keep my blog updated atleast weekly, if not daily. So, keep checking back as I share our 2008 with you.