Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

This past weekend was our annual family reunion in Eva, TN and we had so much fun. The kids and I left Friday after school and Jeremy surprised us by coming over on Saturday night. Jeremy was not feeling well and was going to stay home the entire weekend, but decided to join us. The seasonal allergies hit us pretty hard last week and Jeremy, Sam, and Emma were coughing and sounded horrible. They were not running a fever so we just treated it like allergies and they seem to be better. I am enjoying our short week of school but it does make things a little bit crazier trying to get everything done that needs to be done. On the subject of my craziness, I learned a great lesson this afternoon. We have been trying to sell our house for a while now. At first my house was spic and span all the time and especially when I knew we would not be home. Well, we have had a grand total of TWO people come to look at our house. Each time I worked myself silly scrubbing and cleaning until every inch of the house sparkled. Each visit the people said they liked the house but one couple thought we lived too far out and the other couple liked our house the best out of the 12 that they saw but we never heard anything. The reason we want to sell the house is because we want to get out of debt. We want to rent something cheaper and get out from under a mortgage. Well as the months have dragged on I have become very discouraged and my zeal to keep my house clean with three small kids has greatly wavered. I usually give the house a good cleaning on Friday night or Saturday and hope it does not fall apart during the week. If I can be honest I have been feeling a little sorry for myself and freaking out over the things that I have no control over. I have also fallen in the trap of looking around at those around me and wondering why things seem to be working out for them. Last night I found myself reflecting back to five and half years ago when I felt the exact same way and I read something that changed my thinking. God is writing MY story and He is writing everyone's story and each persons story is unique to the plans that God has for that person. I have got to stop trying to compare my story to someone else's because God has a different plan for my life. Even when I do not like the chapter He is writing I need to hang on and trust Him because He is the only one that knows what happens next. OK, sorry, back to how I learned my lesson. We got back home on Sunday. Monday was a lazy day of going out to breakfast and taking long naps. Tuesday was back to school and a few loads of laundry done. Today was a crazy morning and then off to school. I get home this afternoon and I noticed that the light was on in my bedroom. I was sure I had turned it off. My phone rings and it is Jeremy. "I have some bad news," he says, in which my heart drops. He then says "Someone came to look at the house today." Horror does not even begin to describe the feeling that washed over me. I went from room to room to discover what I already knew, EVERY ROOM WAS A DISASTER! There was not one bed made. All suitcases with clothes spilling out were in my bedroom floor. All the kids jammies (along with their underwear) were covering the bathroom floor. Lunch stuff was on the counter and dishes piled high in the sink. Laundry room covered with unwashed clothes and a basket full of clean clothes ready to greet them as they walked in the front door. Oh, I could go on but I will stop before I cry. Jeremy calls our real estate agent and come to find out it was a single guy and he did not even notice the mess. He saw several houses today and ours and another are on his list of favorites. He is a cash buyer and that would help with selling. When Jeremy called me back to tell me I laughed and cried because it was another reminder that I am NOT the one in control. God can sell my house even if it is an absolute mess! I am going to ask that you would pray that this man would buy our house. I will keep you posted if he makes an offer!


Monday, August 30, 2010

Monday, August 30, 2010

WOW! I knew it had been awhile since I blogged, but I had no idea it had been since the beginning of July. I am not sure if I should mention everything that has been going on or skip to what is going on right now. I guess I will just hit the highlights. When we got back from Illinois Emma had the tubes put in her ears. She did great for the procedure and we have been earache free since the tubes went in the ears. We made a trip to Oklahoma City on a charter bus and the kids had so much fun. I was a little nervous because I did not realize that there were not any seat belts and that meant there would not be any car seats for the kids. We spent the week in OKC at our National convention. We saw family and friends and had a great time. We came home and had to do one of the hardest things we have ever done, say good-bye to our precious Good Springs Youth. We had a our last Sunday and last Wednesday night and the heart ache was much worse then we ever imagined. I think that is one of the reasons I have not blogged. I know sometimes it is good to write things out and express how you are feeling, but the truth is I did not know how to express the sense of loss I felt. I had to report to school the first week of school and that has been my life since. There is so much to get ready for those first few weeks of school. I welcomed the busyness and it helped me take my place in my next ministry. School is going good and despite my complete exhaustion I am enjoying my class of 16. I have a few boys who keep me on my toes but they are all just precious and my prayer is that I can make an everlasting impact on their lives. Samuel is loving first grade and the girls could not be happier (well, other than being home). Chloe is doing great on the potty and has actually started to talk a little more. She kinda skipped over one word at a time and jumped right to phrases. They all have seemed to adjusted nicely to our new insane schedule. We have been church hunting the past four weeks and that has not been fun. It is so much harder than I expected! We visited a church in Franklin (Jeremy's cousin is the pastor) and we really liked it but we do not like the hour drive. We went there are first Sunday and then we went a few weeks ago because we were coming back from a visit with friends in Huntsville. We went to a new church in Clarksville on Sunday and we liked it. We will probably go there a few more times before we make a decision. The kids liked that church too, so we will see. This weekend is our Family Reunion and I am getting excited. It is so much fun and a nice treat to get away and laugh with family members. Well, I only posted one picture because my connection is horrible. I also figured that most of you that read this our my friends on Facebook and have seen the all the pictures I have taken the past few months. This picture was taken at the Space and Rocket Museum in Huntsville. We went last weekend and spent some time with some friends that we had not seen in awhile, We laughed and took many trips down memory lane and made some new memories. It was a much needed weekend! Well, I am not going to promise that I will post every day but I will try to do better than two months:)




Thursday, July 8, 2010

Thursday, July 8, 2010 Happy Birthday Chloe!

Today my sweet baby turned 3 years old. It seemed like for so long I had these three little babies and now they are all becoming so independent and are just growing up so fast. Chloe is almost completely potty trained and she is becoming her own little person. She is our smily little sweetheart and we are so thankful that she is in our family. She had a fun day at 123 Jump and lots of cake and presents. I think Sam and Emma were more excited that today was Chloe's birthday than Chloe.
Well we are finally heading home tomorrow. Our family should all be back together tomorrow night. The kids have had a great time of being with Grandma and Grandpa. They have gone fishing several times and went to a fun children's museum. They are coming home with so much more then I brought with them to Grandma's house and it will probably takes weeks to get them back to our house rules, but I am glad they had the chance to spend some time together.
Well before I get going I have a funny story about Sam. In June when we were at the beach I was holding our 4 month old nephew and Sam was talking to the baby and making him smile. Sam then turned to me and whispered 'Mom, I think we need another baby." Well, last night I was holding a little baby at my parents church and Sam came over to me and whispered again, "Mom, I think it is time we got another baby." We all had a good laugh. Well last night while Sam was praying before bed he asked God to bring him a baby brother. After he go done praying he said "Mom, I am going to pray that every night!" We laid there for a few minutes and Sam said "Mom, I sure hope Jesus answers my prayer for a baby brother." I guess we will all have to see what happens.





Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Jeremy and I and the teenagers got back Friday night from Orange Beach. It was a wonderful week of being encouraged and refreshed. The weather was horrible while we were down there and the oil on the beach was such a sad sight, but we still had a wonderful week. I left at 6:00 Saturday morning and headed to Illinois. The kids and I are staying here at my parent's house this whole week. Jeremy is in Virginia taking a class at Liberty. He is only 8 classes away from his doctorate in administration and I am so proud of him. The kids have had fun at Grandma's house but I think they are ready to go home. When I got here Saturday Sam said to me "Mom, I am ready to go home." I kind of laughed and told him that we were not going home for 6 more days. He then looked at me with the most serious expression and said "Seriously mom, I am ready to go home." We had a fun 4th of July. We went to a cookout and the kids had a blast doing bubbles and watching the fireworks.

Well, I know that my blogging has been lacking the past few weeks but the truth is that we are going through a bit of transition in our family. Last Sunday Jeremy announced that he would be resigning as the youth pastor at our church and that we would be leaving. Six years ago when we moved back to TN we did not know that God was going to give us the amazing blessing of being the youth leaders for our church. We really have loved every minute of our time with the youth group but we feel like God has something else for us. Jeremy is not going to another church to be on staff but we will be looking for another church. I have been very sad and heartbroken over this decision but we have peace about it. We have poured our lives into these young people. I love them like my children and they are actually my social life, so that will be a big adjustment. I will still be teaching in the area and most of the teens go the the school I will be teaching at but I realize that some things will be different. We do have our house up for sale and we are hoping to move into Nashville. We know God has another assignment for us but it is a bit frightening not knowing what is next. Our last Sunday will be July 26th and I know it will not be an easy day.





Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Here are the pictures I said I would post last week. There is a picture of Jeremy and I at the Cubs game. One of the kids before watching Toy Story 3 and then one of Emma. Jeremy and I are at Orange Beach with four of our teen girls. It has been rainy and their is oil on the beach, but the worship services has been amazing!!! I really miss the kids and I cannot believe that I will not see them until Saturday!! I also have some other things I need to post but it is late and I need to get some sleep.






Thursday, June 24, 2010

Thursday, June 24, 2010

There have been several reasons I have not posted since last week but the bottom line is that we have been super busy. Jeremy and I had a great time in Chicago. We spent a day at Lincoln Park Zoo and then went to a Chicago Cubs game, We thought the game was going to get rained out but it started almost two hours late. We ended up leaving the game in the 7th inning because it was already 11:00 at night and we had an hour and half drive back to my parents house. We headed home on Wednesday. On Friday I took Emma to the Ear, Nose, Throat doctor to look at her ears. They did a hearing test on her and it came back that she is hearing just fine but there is fluid on both ear drums. We made an appointment to get tubes in both ears on July 12th. After the doctor we came home and got the rest of the family and headed out to see Toy Story 3 in 3D. It was just a great movie! I have to admit that I was crying at the end! The kids also loved it and did a great job watching the movie. It was Chloe's first movie experience and I was not sure how she would do with the dark and the glasses. Sunday for Father's Day we had all of Jeremy's family over to our house for lunch. On Tuesday I did the GO10 Walk and I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was for me to walk 10 miles. Well, maybe easy is not quite the right word, but I thought I would have a hard time finishing. I was hot and I have two blisters on my one foot, but when I finished I felt pretty good. Well, that is what has been going on in the Riggs' household. I am taking the kids to meet my parents on Saturday. We are taking four girls from the youth group to Student Life at the Beach on MOnday so the kids are staying with Grandma and Grandpa next week. I am having the worst luck getting pictures to post so I will try again later.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Monday, June 14, 2010- HAPPY GOTCHA DAY!

HAPPY GOTCHA DAY, SAMUEL JAE!!! Five years ago (YES, I SAID FIVE YEARS) Jeremy and I woke up early and boarded a plane headed for Detroit to pick up our son. We were scared to death! There were so many questions and concerns going through our heads, "What if he does not like us?" "What if I do not know what he wants?" What if I do not FEEL like a mom?" and the list could go on. We were greeted in Detroit by my parents and my uncle and cousin (who live near Detroit) and we all waited patiently, or not so patiently, for Samuel to arrive. We waited what seemed like forever and the plane finally landed. We waited with several other families who were also picking up their children as one by one the Korean escorts came through customs toting our precious children. Samuel's escort was the only male and he had Samuel strapped in a carrier on his chest. The moment I saw his little head looking around I knew it was my baby (yes, another question, "what if I do not recognize him from the picture?") I was very cautious going up to him because I did not want to scare him and if I did not have so many witnesses I would not of believed what happened next, but Samuel saw me and reached for me. I took that little baby and my heart that had been broken and aching for so long was finally healed. Samuel was a delightful baby and so far has been a delightful boy. We knew this little boy would change our lives but we would never guess how many lives this little boy would touch in just five years. I know I may be a bit partial, but Samuel is a very special boy and I look forward to seeing what God has planned for him.

Well we are in Illinois. We are going to take Sam out for lunch and then Jeremy and I are headed to Chicago for the night and tomorrow. The kids are staying with my parents and I know they will have a blast. I have posted two pictures from Sam's referral, the first pictures we saw of him, and a pictures taken the other day.




Saturday, June 12, 2010

Saturday, June 12, 2010

I know it has seemed like forever since I posted but we got back from the beach Friday night and hit the ground running. Friday night we got everything unloaded and the fun of putting everything away started (insert sarcasm). Saturday morning the kids and I headed out to Mt. Juliet for my nephews graduation party. I got there early so I could help my brother get things set up. It is always good to see them but it also hurts my heart so much. Many do not share my feelings, but I hurt for all the people who have been effected by the current circumstances, even the ones who made the decisions to do the hurting. Sunday was church and then Monday started our mission trip for our youth group. We usually go to another state for our trips but ended up staying in Nashville. We had contacted several pastor about coming to do a trip and they all did not work out. It was amazing that we had already planned to stay in Nashville before the flooding and there were many organizations that needed our help. I only worked Wednesday because I did not have anyone to watch the kids. My friend went to the trip on Monday and Tuesday so she offered to keep my kids on Wednesday so I could go. After we were done we came back to the church and made supper for the teens and then had church. Thursday and Friday we just stayed home. The kids and I have been home a lot this week. One reason we were home so much is because I started potty training Chloe on Monday. She is actually doing really well. She still in not talking much so I thought that would be a big concern. She has not worn a diaper since Wednesday (other then bedtime) and has had very few accidents. We have had a lot of fun this week at home. We have played dress up and have played in their little pool outside. We have baked cookies and all kinds if goodies and have had just a good time together. We have been outside most of today and we are packing for our next trip. We are leaving tomorrow after church and heading to Illinois. For my anniversary Jeremy is taking me to a Chicago Cubs game. The game is Tuesday night but we are going to Chicago Monday evening and staying the night and then spending the day in Chicago on Tuesday and then go to the game. I am so EXCITED!!! Well I better get supper going the kids are starving , well that is how they are acting:)

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Thursday, June 3, 2010

It is hard to believe that 10 years ago today Jeremy and I were married. Where did the past 10 years go? I was thinking this morning that in another 10 years Sam will almost be 16 and I will have two 13 year olds. HOw scary is that?! I was also thinking about all the things that have gone on the past ten years. We have lived in 6 different houses and two states. Our marriage has survived infertility problems and cancer. We have said good-bye and three Grandparents and two very dear friends. We welcomed three beautiful children in our hearts in a period of three years. We have experienced great joy and great sorrow together. I am very thankful that the Lord has given me a wonderful husband and I am looking forward to what is waiting for us over the next ten years!




Monday, May 31, 2010

BEACH



We are at the Beach

We awake to a very rainy and dreary day. Thankfully the skies cleared up and we were able to spend the day outside at the beach and at the pool. I do not have time to write much because it is my night to make supper. Here are a few pictures from our day.







Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Well we are on our way to Gulf Shores. We were planning on leaving early this morning from home and traveling all day today, but totally unlike us we decided to be spontaneous and leave last night. The kids were (are) about to burst with excitement so we decided to drive half way and spend the night. We are in Birmingham and are about to leave to for the beach. There has been a lot of drama surrounding this trip but thankfully it has all been worked out and it should be a very relaxing trip. All (yes, all 15) of Jeremy's family will be spending the week together at the beach. Jeremy's parents got a condo from some friends but we just found out last Monday the it was only a TWO BEDROOM condo. We (the daughter-in-laws) went into panic mode and started trying to figure this out. A very long and stressful story later we were able to also get the condo next door to the one they already had, so we are good now. Well, I better get going we are about to pack up. I did want to share some VERY exciting news. I got a call on Friday from the Christian school and was asked to teach 2nd Grade next year. I was thrilled!!! I never taught 2nd grade but I will figure it out. Last year when I was subbing over there I was in 2nd Grade most of the time and I loved it. This news has made my summer so much better.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Last night was my nephew, Kaleb's, graduation. I was actually more emotional then I thought I would be. Kaleb was my first love. I was 14 years old when Kaleb was born. I thought it was so cool to be in Junior High and being an Aunt. That little boy changed our families life. My brother and his family lived across the street from us and we were always with Kaleb. At the age of 14 there are not many things that are important to you but Kaleb Scott Douglas was the most important thing in my life. When I was a junior in high school they moved back to TN and it crushed all of us. Two years later I left home and came to college in TN and was able to once again be apart of Kaleb's life. I have watched this little boy grow into a fine young man. He has struggled with many things in his life and his life is pretty turned upside down right now, but I see a strong young man who really wants to do what is right. I love him so much and I am thankful that he is in my life. He is a bit of a jokester and we were a little nervous that he would pull some kind of prank last night. The worse he did was he and some friends got some fake mustaches and wore them to get their diploma. Sam thought it was funny and tried it on after graduation. We had a late night because we did not go eat until after the ceremony. We went to the yummy pizza place and I am looking forward to eating some of the leftovers. Well, today is the last day of school and I am excited! I am going to work on Friday because they will be short staffed but I do not mind the extra money. Well, here are some pictures from last night. I love the ones of the kids and I think it is crazy that Molly looked at the camera as soon as I snapped the picture. She was not supposed to be in the picture but it turned out cute.





Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

We had a wonderful weekend! Here are a few pictures. The lighting was terrible in the church so all the baptism pictures turned out dark. We also had someone else taking the pictures and was not quite sure how to fix the camera to make the pictures lighter. ANyway, it was a sweet time and I am so proud of Samuel. Tonight we have my nephew's graduation and then tomorrow is the last day of school YEAH!!!







Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Kindergarten Graduation

This morning was Sam's Kindergarten program. It was so sweet and of course I cried for most of it! I love all my kids. I also love all my kids equally but I hope this does not make me sound like a bad mother, I love them differently. Each child came into my life at different stages in my life. Each of my kids are blessing to me and each are a special gift. Samuel was my personal lifesaver. I know that sounds dramatic, but he was. After my cancer I was in a very bad place. I had so many doubts and I was a bitter and angry person. I was so good at hiding it but when I was home or by myself, the true feelings would surface. Samuel saved my life, my emotional, spiritual and maybe my physical life. From the moment I saw his picture he was knitted into my heart and life and I knew that life would never be the same. He brings so much joy and happiness to others and I love watching him grow into this amazing little guy. Well, I am on my lunch break so I better stop before I totally lose control of my emotions. I have a few videos of this morning but they are not super great. They sang a few songs and they were really cute. They sang the song "Zip-a-dee-doo-dah" but they changed to the words to say "Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, Zip-a-dee-yah, watch out 1st grade we are on our way". It was adorable. After the program Sam went home with Gran to spend the rest of the day.






Tuesday, May 18, 2010

We had a great weekend. By Saturday I was finally feeling better so that made just about everything better. I was not completely pain free because it seemed like the pain that was all over my body decided to join forces and settle at the back of my neck. I am not kidding, I had a knot at the base of my neck that hurt so bad but I did not have any pain any where else. By Sunday night the knot was going down and I have been sleeping so much better. We had an amazing youth service on Sunday and I am not sure if I have ever seen a better bunch of sincere teenagers. I love them all so much and could not be more proud of the young men and women they are becoming. Yesterday was back to work and then last night I got my house so clean that I almost cried! I stayed up an extra hour last night just to enjoy the cleanliness. I knew I could enjoy it while the kids were asleep. We have a very busy week and weekend so I probably will not be posting. My parents are coming in tonight. Sunday is my parents' 40th wedding anniversary and Sam is getting baptized on Sunday. My nephew is graduating from High School Tuesday night and then we have graduations on Thursday and Friday. I will try to post pictures of the baptism. Here are some pictures I got this weekend.







Friday, May 14, 2010

Friday, May 14, 2010

Thank you all for your prayers concerning Sam and his ear. He is feeling so much better and is acting like himself again. I on the other hand have had a pretty rough week. It is mostly my own fault because I have been stressed out and because of my stress I have been in a lot of pain. My back and neck and most of my body has been hurting me all week, Last night was the first night all week that I actually slept through the night. I had to take some form of sleep aid every night but I still would wake up a few hours after finally falling asleep and would be hurting so bad I could not get back to sleep. I would use ice and heat. I would get in the floor and lay down but nothing was working. I actually found a couple of tennis balls and slept on them to take some of the pressure off the knots that had formed in my back. Jeremy thinks I should see a doctor because this happens quite often. I feel fine for a few weeks and then I can barely move from the pain. I can usually tell what triggers the stress but I am actually not sure this time. I guess some of it has to do with the recent sickness of myself and the kids. I think some of has to do with the fact that the school year is ending and I am not sure what I will be doing next year for employment. I think some of it has to do with the fact that seven of our teenagers from church are graduating and Jeremy and I are really going to miss them. The teenagers graduating were the 7th graders when Jeremy and I started working with the youth group. This Sunday is graduate Sunday and it will be very emotional for us. There is so much going on these days and it seems time is just flying by. I hesitated in saying this, but I will. Have you ever felt like something is about to change in a major way in your life? I cannot explain it but I just feel like the winds of change are about to blow. Obviously these feelings may just be from all the other things that are going on in our lives. Sorry for going into that little rant.

We have another busy weekend ahead of us. Tomorrow morning Jeremy and I are doing a 5K (I am walking) for his school district. Tomorrow night we have our special dinner for our Seniors. Sunday we have our Youth Service/Graduation service. It is going to be amazing and I cannot wait!! We have two seniors that will be baptized and it just thrills my heart to think about of these two teens have grown so much in the Lord the past year. After church we have a spaghetti supper to help raise funds for our trip to Oklahoma City this summer. After the lunch my tic tac toe team is coming over the house so we can work on our questions and then back to church Sunday night. Well here are two pictures of the kids taken at church Wednesday night. When we got to church some of the teens were practicing for Sunday and my kids were awestruck of the teenagers.




Playing Baseball in the house

I got this video of the kids the other day. Sam loves pretending to play baseball and of course he is sporting our favorite teams the Chicago Cubs!





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Monday, May 10, 2010

Update on Kids

Well I thought we were going to have major issues with Emma's tooth but come to find out her tooth is bruised. I had no idea a tooth could be bruised. She must of hit her tooth on something but I cannot think of a time she hit her mouth hard enough to bruise her tooth. The good news is that the tooth is in good shape and does not need to be pulled. The bad news is that the tooth will stay discolored until it falls out. After the dentist we went across the street to the doctor. Sam started crying at my work and the teacher came over to tell me that he was complaining of his ear and that he was running a fever. I called the doctor and got him an appointment. The doctor came into the room and looked in his ear. There was a piece of wax in the way so he had to dig it out. When he got the waxed removed he was surprised to see that his ear drum had ruptured. I stared crying because I could not believe it. I thought he just had another ear infection. He prescribed him a strong antibiotic and some ear drops that are also an antibiotic. I have to take him back next week to make sure his ear is healing. He looks so pitiful! He is fast asleep on the couch and will probably stay there the rest of the night. Please say a prayer for him and that he ear heals quickly.

Monday, May 10, 2010

We had a pretty good weekend. Jeremy and about 25 people from our church went to help some of the flood victims. There was a certain street in the Donelson area that was destroyed. We know 5 or 6 of the families personally and I was happy so many people showed up to help. I could not find someone to watch the kids so I had to stay home. Sam woke up Saturday morning with a fever and an earache. I gave him a dose of medicine and Tylenol and he seemed to be better by Saturday night. I will keep watching it. He was fine yesterday but was complaining again this morning. Jeremy was trying to help so he gave him some pain meds that were prescribed to Sam when he was having his tooth issue. Well, it happen to be codeine so my poor child will probably be so sleepy all day. He does not go back to school until Wednesday so at least he does not have to sit in class. He is with me at work so the teacher said she would let him lay down if he needs to rest. Well, back to the weekend. I got some things organized at the house on Saturday and then we went out to eat for Mother's Day. Sunday was church and then we went to Jacob and Lindsey's house for lunch with Jeremy's family. We did not get home until 3:00 so the kids and I did not go to church last night because the kids were still sleeping when it was time to go. Today I am taking Emma back to the dentist to get her front tooth checked out. A few weeks ago her front tooth started turning black. I am not sure what is going on because she did not have a problem with the tooth until the one next to it was pulled. I will be leaving work at 11:00 to take her. I am going to take Sam with me but will leave Chloe here to rest. After the dentist I am planning on coming back to work. Well, my class will be back in a minute so I better go. I only got two pictures yesterday and none of them are of the girls.




Thursday, May 6, 2010

Thursday, May 06, 2010

We are having a pretty slow week. Jeremy had to report back to school today but the students did not report. I think they had the teachers come in today to get an idea of how many teachers could actually get to school. Sam is still out of school and last night on the news they said that our county may not go back to school at all this school year. Thankfully Sam can come with me to work. Every one in our house seems to be healthy at the moment and I am hoping it stays that way. I finally got my camera out and got some pictures of the kids last night. We took the kids for ice cream at Sonic before church last night so I took a few pictures. I took some of Emma but she was looking crazy in all of them. Before I go I have a quick story about this morning. Sam is getting baptized in a few weeks but he has been getting a little scared. We have been talking to him about it more the past few days. Well last night Emma said she wanted to be baptized too. She then followed it by saying "What does baptize mean?" Well this morning Sam was playing and he was talking to his cars about being baptized and Emma started whining that she wanted to be baptized. Sam jumped up and ran over to her and put his arm around her and said, 'OK, Emma copy me. Jesus, come into my heart." Emma just looked at him like he was crazy. Sam then begin to pray "Jesus, help Emma get things straightened out in her life. Help her be good and listen to mommy, daddy and her teachers." It was so sweet!!! It also made me laugh when he said the first line about getting her life straightened out. Obviously he has heard someone say that before.