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  • Naomi"Mom, isn't the Charleston that dance on that show Fresh Prince...or....?"
  • Pete"We should all act out a Shakespeare play. Maybe Macbeth?"
    Anna "Oh! I want to play MacMeth!"

  • Josh"Owe! I bit my tongue!"
    Mom "That's not part of dinner, dude."
    Josh"I know. That's why I didn't bite it off, Michael Tyson"

  • Dad "Josh, do you know who Mike Tyson bit?"
    Josh"Uuuhh...yeah...like... Leonard Skimmer?"

  • Anna [When we were all talking about love languages, Dad explains how you can change over your life]"Oh yeah, totally. 'Cause I used to be into drawing."
  • Anna [after falling off her bike]"I'm OK! I don't need the arcade kit!"
  • Dad [Getting ready to give a gift to the girls for their piano recital]"Alright girls, we're going to do something that's long overdue."
    Anna "Ha. Probably taxes..."

  • Josh [After reading Peter's sign that said, "DJ takes requests, and tips] "Hey. I have a tip for you. If people don't like the song you're playing, you should change it."
  • Anna "Sometimes I look around and think, I am Anna...and these are other people..."
  • Josh "Listen. You give me the Simon's Quest code and I'll shop in the women's section!"
  • Josh "You smell like an air freshener, Mom."
    Dad "oh Josh those are kind of cheap so that sounds like you’re kind of insulting Mom when you say that."
    Josh "MMMMmmmm…you smell like a $100 air freshener."

  • Anna "Mom. Where’s the first Bible ever. Like ever."
    Mom "Ummm, I’m not sure. But maybe you could ask Dad about that"
    Anna "Well. I was gonna, but I didn’t want to get a whole sermon…so I asked you"

  • Dad "Hmm. These chips taste stale."
    Mom "They're not stale. They're just from Aldi."

  • Naomi "Look Mom! My foot is bigger than Anna's whole face!"
  • Peter [Interrupting Mom quizzing Naomi on Science by asking, "What's inside the membrane of a cell?"] "...Insane?"
  • Anna [Seeing Almonso Wilder grab Laura Ingles' engagement ring from the kitchen on Little House] "Hmph. He just grabbed a chill pill."
  • Josh "Dad, my grammar book must be in labor. It keeps talking about contractions"
  • Josh [After Dad picked a crumb off Josh's shirt]"Dad, you're like a parasite, cleaning me."
  • Anna[Watching Dorothy's friends break her out of the wicked witch's castle]: "Well. That's why you always keep your axe with ya."
  • Josh: "I wonder if there are any tornadoes at the campground we're going to."
    Anna: "Yes. There are. I know. I checked on E-Bay."

  • Mom: "Mmmm, Josh. You smell really good. Are you wearing cologne?"
    Josh: "Wait. My.....Clone Trooper, you mean?"

  • Mom: "I delivered all four of these kids. The least they can do is let me have the rest of the dill pickle potato chips!"
  • Josh: "You're a weak-aholic!"
    Dad: "A weakaholic?!"
    Josh: "Yeah. You're addicted to being weak!"

  • Dad: [After listening to the long piano intro to Chicago's Does anybody really know what time it is?] "I don't like that dissident music. It's all crazy and off time."
    Anna: "I like it! 'Cuz that's how I play!"

  • Paul: "So according to this book kids, who shot JFK?"
    Josh: "Lee Elvis Hardwell?"

  • Paul: "How Many Kings by Downhere is a perfect running song. The beat is just my pace."
    Jen: "Oh yeah? My song is Canon in D."

  • Anna[while washing herself in the shower]: "Hmmmmm. Arms are helpful."
  • Anna [Seeing Mom running water in the kitchen sink]: "Hey! You want to pay bills?!"
    Mom: "Huh?"
    Anna: "You're wasting!"

  • Josh: "Mom, can I play Mario?"
    Mom: "No Josh. Today is craft day. We're doing stuff for someone."
    Josh: "Yeah. I was gonna beat the game for Dad."

  • Anna: [Laying in bed, in a depressed voice]"Naomi, what do I do with life?"
    Naomi: "Uhh...how about you go to sleep?"

  • Mom: "Weird, I've always heard that song differently. But hey, what am I?"
    Anna: "A human being!"

  • Anna: [After being told to eat her dinner]"Mom, I took two bites! You can see the ground!"
  • Josh: "Man, I want to go to a casino."
    Mom: "What?!"
    Josh: "Wait. Is casino the same as gazebo?"

  • Jen to the kids: "Guys, don't forget toppings for your salad. The more colors on your salad, the better it is for you."
    Josh: "Even if it has Superman ice cream on it?!"

  • Anna"Huh? Craig has a list?"
  • Anna"Naomi, can you look at your calendar with your eyes closed?"
    Naomi"No. No one can, silly."
    Anna"Chuck Norris can!!"

  • Mom"Thanks to Naomi, who passed her headache on to me."
    Naomi"Pastor Headache? Who's Pastor Headache?!"

  • Darefamily: “Night, Pete. Night, Naomi. Night, Mom. Night, Dad...”
    Anna: “Night, vision!”

  • Anna: “Dad, do you believe in Santa?”
    Dad: “Sure, St. Nicholas was at the council of Nicea. He punched Arius in the mouth for his heresy…”
    Anna: “Hmmmm…I don’t remember seeing that in the video…”

  • Pete: "Josh, you know what the Pope is, right?"
    Josh: "Yeah. The stuff in the orange juice."

  • Anna: "Yeah! Let's get this starty parted!"
  • Josh"Bummer Mom, you're not ticklish. But I can still hurt you, because your nervous system is working!"
  • Josh"Sorry Grandma, I don't really like antiques...unless they have up to date stuff."
  • Naomi:"I'm not sure what I'm more afraid of, a whale or a shark, 'cuz I know how to fight a shark, 'cuz they're really weak in the eyes..."
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    Again!??! What did i do to deserve this?!?

    it has happened again.  most people reading this know that we are remodeling our kitchen.  did you know that can get expensive!?!?  now we are not turning it into something like this:

    wouldn't this be AWESOME?!?!?

    our house could not handle THAT much without adding on..and, well…that is not happening…

    anyway, we had a dear, dear friend come over and hang out with the kids while we ran up to Home Depot to talk with a kitchen designer.  what an experience!  the girl who worked with us was exceptional.  she told us so many great things and helped us out so much!  the only problem was two things…information overload and sticker shock.

    to do kitchen cabinets, the counter-top and sink we want, was going to be in the ballpark of a couple thousand dollars.  WOW!  we technically could afford that if we robbed a bank strategically planned, but we are currently without the sink and any counter top or any cupboards.  so were we going to save for a year??  ahhhhh!!!!  not sure we could do that.  also, we REALLY did not want to go into debt.

    so we kept talking about it and decided to sleep on it before we decided what to do.  i had originally wanted to get the unfinished cabinets and finish them ourselves.  that would have kept us in the $500-$700 price range.  TOTALLY affordable.  then save up a little and watch for a sale/promotion and get the countertop.  easy, peasy, lemon-squeezy, right?!?!

    so we go to bed and mr. no-stress falls right to sleep.  to my shame, i could NOT sleep.  i was so anxious about all of this.  i tried to pray and all i could pray about was the stinkin’ kitchen!!  there are people in this world who do not have kitchens – let alone a house!!  i should have been praying a prayer of gratitude.   i asked the Lord to help me not to feel anxious as i know that is sin.  i also asked Him to help us find some way to put cabinets in this kitchen that is not so costly.  remember my ‘God works at Burger King‘ post?  oh yeah. God was up to it again…

    earlier in the evening i had mentioned to paul that a friend of ours had sent a craigs list ad for kitchen cabinets.  i didn’t give it a second thought until that night.  so while i was tossing and turning, i decided to get up out of bed and just check it out and see if people actually sell this stuff on craigs list.  even if they did, i was sure i would not find what we needed or could use.  WRONG!

    the Lord worked it all out for us beforehand-AGAIN!  i found a listing that had kitchen cabinets for sale.  MORE than we need for the kitchen!  it had everything except one big floor cabinet and one skinny floor cabinet.  but EVERYTHING for the top!  and the price?  $200.  i am not joking.  for the whole deal!!  paul went and checked them out after work yesterday and said they were fantastic and we should totally get them.  can you believe it!?!?!?

    so what did i do to deserve this? stress?  worry?

    nothing.  i did NOTHING to deserve this.  that is how gracious the Lord is.  do you know Him?  if not, you should.  and not just because He gives you things you don’t deserve.  just because He is who He is.  NOTHING compares to knowing Him.  i am reminded of this verse:

    “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”  Matthew 7:11

    and also the verse:

    “…for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”  Matthew 6:8

    this is not just material things.  i don’t need new cabinets.  i want new cabinets.  and God gave me those, graciously in a way that would cause us to honor and praise Him for his provision to us.  but what about hope? faith? love? forgiveness? righteousness?  doesn’t He give believers those same things?  then WHY does it shock me that He can give me cabinets!?!?

    Psalm 24:1-5

    1 The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it,
    the world, and all who live in it;

    2 for he founded it upon the seas
    and established it upon the waters.

    3 Who may ascend the hill of the LORD ?
    Who may stand in his holy place?

    4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
    who does not lift up his soul to an idol
    or swear by what is false.

    5 He will receive blessing from the LORD
    and vindication from God his Savior.

    He can do as He sees fit because He owns it all.   the cabinets are a practical reminder of how He will provide all our needs if only we trust in Him.

    thank you Jesus.  What a mighty God we serve!



    2 Responses

    1. Wow…praise the LORD!!!! Loved your post and really hit home for me (in the stress/worry dept).

    2. Amazing! Amazing! Amazing! He truly is. Thanks for sharing this before you left, Jen. : )

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