Sunday, January 16, 2011

Homeschool Convention

Dreaming about going to a homeschool convention. I have been homeschooling for 4 years and have never been. Josh and Kelli went last year and loved it!
Check out this great blog for you chance to win tickets.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

I asked Riley the questions from Bec's blog....

1. What is something your mom always says to you?

2. What makes your mom happy? when I do something good

3. What makes your mom sad? when I do something bad

4. What makes your mom laugh? when I tickler her
5. What was your mom like as a child? she had a brother who was a football player

6. How old is your mom? 26

How tall is your mom? 6 feet

What is her favorite thing to do? sew

9. What does your mom do when you are not around? go shop

10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for? super model

11. What is your mom really good at? sewing

12. What is your mom not very good at? milking goats

13. What does your mom do at her job? nothing

What is your mom's favorite food? chinese

.15. What makes you proud of your mom? cause she's cool

16. If your mom were a cartoon character, who would she be? velma

17. What do you and your mom do together? sew together

18. How are you and your mom alike? we both have glasses

19. How are you and your mom different? cause mom likes food that I don't like

20. How do you know that your mom loves you? she always tells me she loves me

21. Where is your moms favorite place to go? shopping

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Happy Birthday Riley

Riley had 5 girls over for a birthday slumber party.
They had so much fun, and now I am exhausted.

The party started at 5. My friend Nikki made the cutest Littlest Pet shop cake for Riley.
It had snow ball mounds and a sledding hill on it and even a blue chocolate ice pond.

So cute- Thanks Nik. After blowing out the candles Riley opened presents, we made homemade personal pizzas (flour was everywhere- especially when sam made his) The girls played in Rileys room, We ate birthday cake- we freezer stenciled birthday shirts for everyone- they turned out great.

The girls stayed up until after midnight and we're up and ready to go again at 7:30 this morning. Riley had a great party- the girls all got along and played so well together. At one point, two of the girls were decorating Sams "Cowboy House" that my dad built for him, while the other girls were playing some sort of game in Rileys room that involved jumping on her bed, screaming, then running out in the living room laughing as loud as possible. Not sure who won the game, but they all we're having a blast. Finally at 11 I put it Kitt Kittridge and the girls laid down, a couple of them we're asleep by the time the movie was over, but I think a couple girls stayed up wAAy late!

Today, I am getting us all packed up, Clothes, activities, toys, school stuff- so that John and I can head to Mayo for about a week and the kids can shuffle around between our families in Macon. John starts his radioactive iodine treatment on Tuesday morning- where he will have to stay in isolation for 3-4 days. While he is there I am going to be staying at the Nazarene Well House. I am taking a laptop with me so hopefully I will be able to update while I'm away. Thanks everyone for your prayers for our family.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Long time no post....

Life is still rolling here. Christmas was good, New Years was uneventfull, and Sam's birthday was fun. My dad made Sam the BEST log cabin. As soon as I find my battery charger I'll post a pic. Riley's birthday is Saturday, we are having a few girls spend the night.
We leave on Monday for Mayo for John Radiation treatments. It takes a lot of planning to get everything organized. John has been having really bad days lately. Sick most days and just plain doesn't feel like getting out of bed. It takes so much out of him to be without his Thyroid medicine. Hopefully soon though he will start to feel better.

Thursday, December 4, 2008


We are now at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota to try to find help for John- you can check it out here and type in JohnKoch to find his update page.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Overheard at the table

Riley: Sam you need to finish your eggs.
Sam: Me don't want to.
Riley: But Sam there are starving children who would love to eat those eat, like in Haiti,
El Salvador .......Michigan.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Here we go again...

John's cancer is back.
He will spend the next month completely off of his medicine- which will make him get more and more tired. The week before Christmas we will have to go to Columbia for 4 days where he will be tested, poked and scaned- followed by swallowing a radioactive iodine pill which will burn any thyroid tissue in his body. His throat will feel like it has a sever sunburn. This pill is so potent that he will have to spend the following 4 days in isolation, so as to not harm me or the kids. There is a possibility that he will have to have another surgery. There is the possibility that it has already spread to his soft tissue- like his lungs or brain.

I want to tell you that everything is going to be fine and that we are all holding up great- but the reality is we are sick of this crap. My husband has felt bad everyday for the last 2 1/2 years. If we are going to do something in the evening- he will need a nap in the afternoon. And that is how he feels when he IS being medicated. But now for the next month he can't have any of his medicine. Which will not only make him tired, but also impatient, grumpy, forgetful, scared and sometimes just downright mean.

I feel like there is a 2 year old inside me wanting to get out and throw a fit on the floor and scream that "I don't want to do this". I don't want our holidays to be like this. I don't want to worry again. I don't want to have to take up more of the slack. I don't want to see him be so wore out. I don't want to see him forget mid-sentence what he was talking about. I DON'T WANT TO DO THIS!

But for some reason this is what God is asking of me now. I wonder if there was a lesson in this the last time around, and I didn't learn it well enough. Is God using John's sickness to show me something. To break me of something, or to build me up for something. Or is this just a concequence of a sinful world. Yesterday I woke up feeling excited about the holidays, and the fun stuff I have planned for the kids. And tonight I go to bed feeling so weighted down. This just doesn't feel like my life- like I shouldn't have a husband with cancer, or I shouldn't have to think about radioactive pills, or daily pukings or I shouldn't have to plan no-salt meals for my crazily picky husband.

And through all of this I will think of the Casting Crows song- Praise you in this Storm- because I do serve a powerful Lord who sees my tears and hears my prayers. And I have to keep telling myself that "all things work together for the good of those who love Him".

“Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines,
Though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the LORD,I will be joyful in God my Savior.
The Sovereign LORD is my strength;
he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
he enables me to go on the heights…”
-Habakkuk 3:17