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11/5/15 volunteering…

written 2.25.14 – William and I have been volunteering at the kitchen for a few weeks. He is still happily going with me. We are given a different job each week, sometimes dishing up plates, sometimes serving drinks. We haven’t been there enough that I recognize any of the people who come in to eat. I think that a lot of the people are regulars, because the man in charge of the volunteers greets some of them by name, but I can’t tell yet. It is nice to go and get to help, the people that we serve with are nice. Some help every week so we are starting to get to know them, it is nice to be part of a group. I really wish that we had been able to have my whole family start serving years ago, but we had too much going on…homework, early bed times, allergy shots…and on and on. It is tough to have the kids be every where.
I am only taking William on purpose. I want him to go and feel comfortable. William is very quiet and if Beth and Maggie are there too, sometimes he is even quieter, not wanting his sisters to see him talk and make friends. If we go alone, he can be a whole new person and really start to talk to people. Also, if he gets into a conversation that he needs help with, all of my attention will be on him and I can help him explain to people what he is trying to say. William is bright, but he is so quiet that he hasn’t developed a lot of the conversation skills with people outside of the family. He needs to be comfortable learning to talk to people.
What does your family do together? If you had time, where would you volunteer?
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11/3/15 volunteering…

written 3.3.14 – William and I have started volunteering outside of church. We found a soup kitchen that gets its volunteers from our church. They serve dinner three times a week. William and I went over on a Wednesday. The sign outside said that dinner was from five to six thirty so we got there at about four. We didn’t call first, we just showed up. We thought that if we needed to help make the meal we would need to be there early. It turned out that one group of volunteers makes the meal and a different group comes in and serves the meal. The group that makes the meal makes twice as much as is needed and puts it on a cart and someone from another church comes and gets it and serves it at another church that doesn’t have a kitchen. Soon the the volunteers who would be serving the meal showed up. We waited for the minister of the church that we were serving at to talk and say a prayer before the meal was served..
It is always difficult for me the first time that I go somewhere…will they like and accept me…will I find someone to talk to…I do go to a lot of new places and events, and I go alone a lot, but I do worry a lot, this time was easier, William was there too. It was a nice group of people there were about ten or fifteen people serving the meal. Before we started serving the man in charge of the volunteers talked to the new people. He said not to give anyone money and not to give anyone a ride. If someone needs these things have them talk to him or the pastor. Also he said that we should talk to the people having the meal. That is the most important part of being there. He said a prayer in the kitchen and we were given serving jobs. William served drinks with two other men and I served the rice.
William said that he would go back and serve once a week with me. They do serve meals on Monday, Wednesday and Friday but it would be too much for our family to go more than once a week.
One of the reasons that we are going is because William needs a reference when he fills out job applications. He doesn’t talk to many people so he can’t ask anyone. Serving meals is a nice way for a quiet person to meet people. The computer store that we get our computers fixed at would like to interview William, but he needs a reference to fill out the application. The gentleman that owns the store said that he needs people who will talk to others since all  of his people need to talk to customers. William would like to work there but needs to get a reference first.


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8/30/15 school, parent-teacher meeting and volunteering…

written 1.29.14 – zero deg today. I need to get our taxes done. School is closed today.
written 1.30.14 – We had a wind chill of zero today. It actually felt warm. It has been about five degrees with a wind chill of negative twenty to forty all week. We don’t usually have this cold of a winter…this is so odd. The schools were closed. Beth was upset, she loves school…really she loves seeing all of her friends. She spent a lot of time on Facebook with her friends and on YouTube listening to her music. It is so sad to see her sitting in the chair looking at the computer all day, but we don’t have any choices. School is closed, all of the roads are closed because of the cold and the snow. She can’t go out and all of her friends that used to live on this street have moved away.
We have a parent student teacher meeting tonight at Maggie’s high school to look at the her progress. We get our kids transcripts and see if they are on schedule. It is good to get together once a year with the counselor and Maggie to see if she is on track.
William said that he would start volunteering at church. He believes and goes to church with us…only because I told the kids that they had to go to church as long as they live at home. What they believe is between them and God, but they must go to church. We also volunteer about once a year as a family at church, he participates in that as well. We can’t volunteer at church every week unless everyone volunteers. I could volunteer with any of the kids that want to come with me at the early service and then go home during the middle service and get the other kid or kids, and then go back to see the last service, but I am too tired for all of that driving on a Sunday morning. And…the one or ones that volunteered with me would need to go home to pick up the others too, I couldn’t leave them alone at the church without me there. They are great kids and they are older but they aren’t that quiet when I am not there. So when William said that he would volunteer too, it was very exciting!



8/27/15 talents…

written 1/26/14 – We got about two inches of snow on Saturday. It was fluffy snow so the kids couldn’t rebuild their forts with it.
Our church services were cancelled on Sunday because of the weather so we watched the service online. The minister talked about the story of the person who gave talents to his people and went on a trip. He came back to see what had been done with his money. The pastor said that to the person that much talent was given, much was expected. Matthew 25:14-30 I have always wondered if I am doing enough. Raising the kids is a good way to use my talents. We do go to events at church and volunteer at Christmas. We could be doing more. But if we do too much we loose our handle on the kids homework and I don’t want to over-church them. Where is our balance?
Also, should I be doing other things besides raising the kids? Should I be crocheting hats to sell, be on a committee at church, raise chickens? I have other things that I am good at, but when I do them, there isn’t as much time for the kids. Where is my balance? I want to honor God with my choices, but I am not sure what to do. Where do you find your balance?



7/25/15 cats, volunteering, Christmas ornaments and New Years resolutions…

12.16.13 The smaller cat got caught in Maggie’s built in dresser yesterday. When Maggie pulled out the bottom drawer the cat climbed in the dresser drawer and then back behind it. We tried to call the cat to get her out, sometimes she comes when we call her. She didn’t come out this time. We tried to reach in, over the back of the drawer and get her. We couldn’t get her. Then we got their cat food dish and shook it to see if she would come out to eat. She didn’t. Next we tried the cat nip. She tried to climb out but didn’t have anything to push off of with her back legs. We gently started to close the drawer some until she was able to use the back of the dresser as a base to push off of and she was able to get out. We were all very happy that she was safe.The cat wasn’t upset by the experience at all because she tried to climb back in later.

I have all of my mandatory volunteer hours at Maggie’s school now. We need ten volunteer hours a year. I will still volunteer more during the rest of the year, but it is nice that the pressure is off.

Maggie and Beth, and Beth’s boyfriend have gone tonight to the church youth group Christmas party.

Our little cat likes the Christmas tree. She is playing with it a little bit. The morning after we put the tree up there was a chair close to the tree with the back of the chair by the tree. She was standing on the back of the chair playing with one of the ornaments. I am not really worried that she will break an ornament. Most of our glass ornaments were broken when the kids were young. One of kids was reaching for a ornament on a higher branch when they were young and pulled really hard. The tree broke in half. No one was hurt but most of the breakable ornaments were broken and  lot of the lights broke. We bought a new tree and put the unbroken ornaments back on it. Now we make an ornament each year but it is usually the flat wooden ones that we decorate with markers and our names and the year. If the cat pulls down an ornament it probably won’t break, but some are decorated and she might eat part of it.

I have started making my New Years Resolutions. I am not sure if the kids make any. I remind them about making them each year, but they decide for themselves what they want to do. To me it is a good time to look back on where I am and where I want to be. I do this twice a year. Once at New Years and once at Easter. Jesus died for us and washed away our sins on Easter, so it is a good time to see if any changes are needed.

This year I have decided to try to cook more on only pans that will fit into the dishwasher.



7/4/15 broken boilers and mission trips…

written 1/21/14 – Our boiler broke yesterday. When we got up it was chilly in the house, not cold, just chilly. The pilot light had gone out. We have lit it before, so we tried again. Sometimes in the summer the wind gets in through an open window and blows out the pilot light. But, this is winter and the windows are closed. It didn’t light. We found the directions and tried again. It didn’t light. We called the maintenance man. He came over said that a part had broken and he replaced it. While he was here he showed us the correct way to relight the pilot. I asked if there was any preventative maintenance that we should be doing and he said no. We already bleed the pipes in the house once a year. Have you had a quiet week? 12112

We went to a mission trip meeting tonight. Maggie and Beth are going on a mission trip this summer. They went on a mission trip two years ago with the church to New Orleans for a week and they did a camp in the morning and went to neighborhoods in the afternoon. The girls are really looking forward to going back and helping in the camp with the kids again. It is a great chance for them to be the hands and feet of Christ.

The next mission trip meeting is next Tuesday. People can still sign up for the mission trips. There are also two other trips scheduled for that week.

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1/31/15 computer lab…

written 9 ! 25 ! 13 – I volunteered at Maggie’s school as a computer lab monitor today. This is watching the kids in the lab not helping them. Just to be sure that it is basically quiet. So that means a few hours of quiet time for me. I always think light and pack heavy. Maybe I will only need my purse. But…in all of those hours it would be good to have my cell phone and its cord, and my Nook and its cord. My lunch should go and my water and if there is time before the labs open I can pay some bills in the car…there are hours to fill. So I took everything.
This morning everything was ready. And we leave. About a block away from the house I look into the seat next to me and see that my lunch is not there. We go back. We have a few minutes. I try to take everything that is going with us in the morning and put it in something with a handle. Then I wind my purse strap through the handles. If the purse goes then everything else will go too. Yes, I look like a dork, but only at home. Sometimes we go back home more than once…it isn’t always me, sometimes the kids forget things too. I am always waiting for the neighbors to come out and say “are you back again?”



1/26/15 volunteering…

written 9 ! 12 ! 13 – Maggie needs nine hours of volunteer time this year for her school. We volunteered tonight at our church. On Thursday nights the church has a free medical clinic, and a free dinner. We volunteered in the kitchen. We are mostly an outgoing family but it is still hard to go somewhere new. The people were really nice and found us a spot right away. When we got there people were at the door for the clinic and dinner. After we were done we had dinner.

Here is a chicken statue that we drove past today. This is a cool thing to pass in the car. These statues are fun to point out to the kids.

chicken statue



1/15/15 cats and school events…

 written 8/28/13 – We have two cats. Last year I was combing our cat Mandy and telling her how pretty she looked. She must have understood me. She started carrying the comb around in her mouth. She started taking all of the combs and putting them in her bed. Lately we have had to cut a few snarls out of her hair with the scissors. Now the scissors have disappeared. We wonder if she took them so that we won’t cut her hair any more.

Maggie needs to go to some cultural events for school. It is a requirement. She also needs a certain number of volunteer hours each year. The theory behind the volunteering and cultural events is that in life, just like in school, people are busy. They should still make time to go to local events and to volunteer. During Maggie’s first year at this school we did a few events and forgot about them. They never made onto the calendar. Before Christmas the kids got a reminder that half of their hours and events were due in a week. What a mess. Maggie had a lot of homework and didn’t have time for this. We could find events, but there were no volunteer hours. Most places don’t need help in the winter. It was a struggle. Now we write due dates on the calender and try to get everything done before the homework starts.



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