This summer seems to be flying by already!  My cubs have only been out of school for a little over a week, but I already feel like we are not going to get to do everything that I have planned for this summer.  By the way, we never do everything that I have planned for us during the summer!  LOL! So, here’s a few of the random things happening in the Party right now:

Cub 3 attended her very first sleepover about 10 days ago, and she and Cub 4 have been sleeping on their floor in sleeping bags ever since she returned!

All of the cubs passed!  Whoo hoo!! We officially have a ninth grader, a fifth grader, and a first grader!  Cub 4 still has one more year at home with me.  Considering she will probably need to know how to do Algebra in 2 or 3 different ways (thanks to the new Common Core Standards) when she begins Kindergarten, I do plan to teach her something worthwhile during the next school year.

We have also added a new cub to the Party for the summer!  We call her Cub 5 even though she is older than Cub 1.  She is staying with us while studying Arabic nearby at the Naval Academy.  Before we know it, we will be sending her back to Kentucky, but not before showing her some of the great sites our wonderful state has to offer!


There is more excitement happening that I’ll share later, but I do have a purpose for writing this morning. Last Saturday was a work day for PB, so while waiting for him to get back home, the rest of the Party went to a nearby park with a great playground area.  I took this picture of Cub 2 struggling to figure out exactly where to put his feet and hands to get back down from this chain ladder wall thingy that he had climbed up and over.


Such an unpleasant feeling isn’t it?  Being stuck?  Not sure of what move to make next?  If you decide to take a step, will it result in solid footing, or will your move cause you to slip and fall?  It can be scary if you started your journey on your own without God’s guidance, but be encouraged!  You can still go to Him for help!  Just because you didn’t start with Him, doesn’t mean that He’s left you to figure out what to do now on your own.  Believe me, I am a recovering control freak, and I almost ALWAYS take steps without talking to God first!  However, I am learning, and He’s given me lots and lots and lots of practice to get it right…and I am doing better!  It’s not perfection, but it’s better!

1. PRAY.  Talk to Him.

2. READ the Bible.  It’s how He talks back to us.


4. OBEY.

5. Give THANKS for answers.

By the way, Cub 2 found his way back down the chain ladder wall thingy without a trip to an urgent care facility.  Praise the Lord!

Intentionally Yours!

My Bad!

I heard on a news station this morning that a woman was suing her employer because the rush hour traffic she has to endure each day was causing her great anxiety. She wanted to come in to work after the morning rush hour and leave before the evening rush hour.  Go ahead and read that sentence again.  I thought maybe I didn’t hear them correctly, so I looked it up and sure enough here’s a brief article about it. Does anyone else find this to be absolutely ridiculous?  I’m curious as to how this case turns out.

Then, this morning, right here in our Party of Six, we had our own blame game happening.  Normally, it is Cub 2’s responsibility to take Kodi, our Shih Tzu, out for her morning walk.  Now that the cubs are out of school and no longer downstairs by 7:00am, Kodi starts to let everyone know that she still needs to go, by barking and whining.  Cub 1 got up and started downstairs to let Kodi out, but not being fully awake caused him to miss a step or two and fall down the stairs.  Who did he blame?  Cub 2, of course!

This afternoon, Cub 3 was learning to read a new book.  She did a great job with most of it, but we still wanted her to work on her fluency (such terrible parents).  The first two lines of the book were “To market, to market…” and she kept saying “To the market, to the market…”  Who did she blame when she had to read it again and again? Us, of course!

Why are we so quick to blame others for the wrong choices we make?

Really?  Blame an employer for not letting us work after and before rush hour traffic?

Really?  Blame the car in front of us for stopping too quickly?

Really?  Blame the pastor for hurting our feelings or stepping on our toes?

Really?  Blame McDonald’s for making our children obese?

Really?  Blame teachers and schools when your child misbehaves?

What’s so wrong with apologizing?

My bad, employer!  I chose the wrong company to work for since I can’t come in later to avoid rush hour.

My bad, dented car owner!  I should’ve left more space in between our cars.  I was probably driving too fast anyway.

My bad, McDonald’s!  I should stop bringing my child to your restaurant five days a week because it’s easier than cooking a healthy meal at home.

My bad, Pastor!  I should read God’s Word for myself so that I understand what is required of me as a child of God.

My bad, education system!  I should be the person telling my child how to behave in a classroom setting.

My bad, Cub 2!  I should’ve made sure I was fully awake before lazily and sleepily taking on the stairs this morning.

My bad, MB and PB!  I should’ve actually read each word in my book instead of trying to memorize each page.

Don’t get me wrong.  I know that there are times when things truly are someone else’s fault, and we have no control over them.  However, before blaming someone or something else for every little thing that you don’t like, just ask yourself, “Was there anything that I could’ve done differently that would change the results and avoid conflict?  If there is, just OWN IT and say “my bad”!

Intentionally yours!

Cub 2 is 10!

Age 2

Age 2

1 special gift given to us on this day in 2004!

Age 4

Age 4

2 hours of labor was all he needed to make his way into this world.

3 (1/2) siblings that love him 99.9% of the time.

Cub 2, Cub 4, Cub 3, and Cub 1

Cub 2, Cub 4, Cub 3, and Cub 1

Cub 2 and Cub 2-1/2

Cub 2 and Cub 2-1/2

4 grade levels completed so far.

5 favorite things: basketball, fried chicken, chocolate, sneakers, and church school.

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6 is the number of his favorite basketball player, LeBron James (Miami Heat).

7 days a week, he sets new goals for himself and dreams new dreams.

Age 5

Age 5

8 slices carved in a Hershey’s Creme Pie that he could eat all by himself…seriously!

9 is the minimum number of times in a day that he will ask to purchase something online.


10 years he’s been on this earth bringing joy to our family!



Intentionally yours.