Meg's Memo

. . .writings from Wilmington.

Friday, September 18, 2020

another stone in our family altar

Remember the Israelite's, who wandered and wandered and complained and complained? God kept providing in miraculous ways, leading them, and making a way when there was no way. A couple of times the Israelite's made a stone altar not to sacrifice, but to REMEMBER all the Lord had done for them (read Joshua 4). They did this to teach their future generations of the goodness of the Lord. Well, we want to do the same thing for our children and for our family. We want to recount all the ways the Lord has provided and directed our family, at times even before we could make our requests known to Him. 

I wish I had started a blog "series" of sorts years ago that I would then continue to add to.  Some of the entries would have been:

And today, since these blog posts become our yearly family photo album & journal, I am going to write about another huge provision from the Lord. As of TODAY, our home is PAID IN FULL! Previous posts tell more of the story of how the Lord gifted us with our current home. We were able to buy this house for a steal and then do almost all the renovations out of pocket. This allowed us to have a minimal mortgage since 2012. What a gift this was! 

In the fall of 2014, we followed the Lord's leading and stepped in to foster care. Jake was still teaching at a local christian school, Meg stopped working outside of the home (no second income) while we signed up for more kids with foster care. We had a challenging first placement who was with us for 2 months.  This threw us into the deep end of foster care and showed us how much we needed the Lord's help to do this. Those He calls He equips! Then sweet Benny joined our family on January 20, 2015.

Then one Thursday evening, at the very end of May, Jake & I were talking. Jake mentioned what if the next school year was his last year of teaching. I was a little shocked since he really loved teaching and had never mentioned this before. We talked through his reasons, and what he would want to pursue. Fast forward not even three days and that Sunday morning, at church, another friend came up to Jake and said "our art director was fired on Friday. I gave my boss your name and number." Jake & I were both shocked - we hadn't even prayed any prayers yet for God's direction in Jake finding a new job. God's timing was also amazing - Jake was finishing up the school year in a week and was not under contract to teach the next school year 2015-2016. This was the only time he could accept a new job and not break his contract. God had already prepared our hearts for this change and then he just put the job in Jake's lap. Jake started at MyEmployees on June 15, 2015. Also the week before, we found out that Wren was on the way, and due early December. 2015 was a BIG year at our house - see it HERE. A big year of seeing God's sovereign and faithful hand in our family.

Two verses that come to mind as I recount these gifts from the Lord:

Psalm 118:23 "This is THE LORD'S doing; it is marvelous in our eyes."

Psalm 115:1 "Not unto us O Lord, but to YOUR NAME we give glory, because of your mercy and truth."

Sunday, September 13, 2020

BENJAMIN LEE, S I X

Today we celebrated Benny's SIXTH birthday. 

Benny still loves sharks, batman and LEGO's. He enjoys boogie boarding at the beach, riding his bike, swimming and playing at the park.  Benny is a curious kid and loves almost everything except spiderwebs.

Yesterday, Benny F-I-N-A-L-L-Y had his super wiggly, dangling for a month or more, tooth pulled out so we let him open up his present from Auntie Bek. We had previously tried all sorts of bribery to get Benny to let Jake pull it. So add that to the list, he doesn't like cobwebs and getting his teeth pulled.

The birthday boy playing LEGO's before breakfast.


more presents

20 months, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10

chocolate cake with chocolate icing

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BENNY! We love you.



Saturday, September 12, 2020

Game Day 2020

 


This can only mean one thing - it's GAME DAY.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

a new friend



This guy joined our family late Tuesday evening. 


He is 20 months old and seems to be adjusting well and warming up to us more and more each day.




Sunday, September 6, 2020

Squirrels at Airlie Gardens

We enjoyed a lovely morning at Airlie Gardens for their new Squirrels exhibit. They had 10 different hand painted fiberglass squirrels throughout the gardens. A map was handed out to show you where each squirrel was displayed. Each squirrel is painted by a different artist and sponsored by a different company. We had so much fun. The kids wanted a photo with each squirrel.

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The lovely bottle garden


Wednesday, September 2, 2020

a crepe party

Tonight we had friends over for a crepe party. THE BEST part was the kids did the cooking!




 

Friday, August 28, 2020

A week of virtual learning at home

As said in my previous post, the kid's school is doing one week in person learning and one week virtual learning at home. We just finished up our first week of at home learning. Let's show a few highlights....I'll extend all the mom GRACE, rather than mom guilt, and not rehash the not so pretty moments.

Ready to learn on Monday morning.


Benny's first CKLA domain in on nursery rhymes. He has memorized many of them. 
This is his picture of "Little Miss Muffet."

We took a break Wednesday, before lunch, and grabbed some new books at our local library. 
That was a treat to be able to go IN to the library and look for new books.

Lily is working on multiplication, division, reducing fractions and prime numbers.

Ella watching her math lesson.

Wren has been enjoying doing Benny's kindergarten video lessons with him. 
Friday was also pajama day at our house! 
We started early and worked hard with the incentive of heading to Topsail Beach - Field Trip Friday!


Wednesday, August 26, 2020

new ride

 Tuesday night we brought home a new to us Kia Sedona.


Our VW Routan had been having some electrical issues so we thought through driving it until it died OR selling it while we still could. Jake was able to sell the VW for more than the trade in value and in just a few days. We're thankful for the Lord's provision for our family. He is so faithful in the small daily details and the larger purchases.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

2020 First Day of School

Monday Lily, Ella & Benny started school AT school! Our school is doing a hybrid Plan B. One week in school for face to face learning and then one week at home for virtual learning. These three have been so excited for school. They have missed their teachers and friends. We are especially thankful that Benny was able to start the year partially IN school. He's been waiting for kindergarten and eager to go for over a year now.

Big kids ready for school

Lily - 5th grade. Ella - 3rd grade. Benny - Kindergarten. 
Wren - K4 at home with Mom - beach day!


After a smooth drop off with THREE excited kids, Wren & I headed out for a "field trip" to Topsail Beach. I am really looking forward to some one-on-one time with Wren. It's been 10 years since I've had regular long stretches of time with just one child. We're going to soak it up!






The car ride home, from their first day, was non-stop chatter. They all had a GREAT day. So thankful. Mommy prayed often throughout the day that they'd have a good start to the year.



Day TWO: three kids walking into school all holding hands

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Ella donates 8" of hair

Remember when Lily donated her hair this past January? Well, Ella's hair has been growing and it is L-O-N-G. We are also rather delinquent at scheduling regular haircuts PLUS it's been more challenging with COVID-19 (salons being open, finding time to go and not bring everyone with me, etc....)  Ella's long hair is also pretty hard for her to brush out and detangle. These same factors encouraged Lily to cut her long hair and donate it. Tuesday night I started talking to Ella about if she'd like a hair trim before school or a cut or if she had enough to donate. Well, we went for it Wednesday morning at Mom's hair salon. 

BEFORE:


Ready to cut and send to Children With Hair Loss



AFTER:


A few weeks later once Ella's shirt arrived. 

We're proud of these two!!