Tuesday, July 28, 2009


"George, I think the Miles' have company!"

We left all our friends in Texas on Saturday
and finally crossed over the Mighty Mississippi

just around supper time.

You should have heard the cheering
and whoopin' and hollerin'!

We enjoyed Earl's family for the next 9 days
and did a lot of laughing and memory making.

(Above: Earl & Rita's home, where Earl and the boys stayed.)

(Above: Sonya's home, where Jan and the girls stayed.)

We made a special point on this trip to get some "quality" family photographs.

We enjoyed attending Don Avenue together as a family
(and filling a whole pew!)

and seeing lots of dear faces that we've come to love over the years

Oh, the Louisiana green
was so refreshing and inviting
and so very hard to leave.

And those Louisiana sunsets, after a day of rain . . .
made sitting outside worth the mosquito bites!

More to come of our memory making in the near future . . .

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Molly's Surgery

Last week, Molly had her first surgery
to begin removing her nevus (birthmark).
We were so blessed to have so many friends and family members
lifting us up in prayer.
Molly had a wonderful surgeon, Dr. Zeineh, who was able to remove about 1/3 of it. The incision is clean and barely noticeable. Molly was a real trooper and game for the adventure. The actual moments before being taken back to the surgical room were a little scary, but she did great, and the staff at Saint Joseph's was wonderful! So caring and compassionate and going to the limits to make sure she was ok and safe.
The procedure lasted only about 45 minutes - just enough time for Earl and I to have some coffee and a muffin.
We then sat with Molly in the recovery
while she came out of the anesthesia.

We arrived at the hospital at 6am and
were on the freeway driving home by 10am.

She did not complain of any pain
and needed no pain medication.
She slept for about 2 hours when we got home
and then moved herself to the couch
where she occupied herself with "Spin and Marty" episodes
until her brothers and sisters came home
(Grandma had kept them over-night and through lunch that day -
"Thanks, Mom!"

Thank you to all of you who prayed.
We were covered in grace for the day . . . once again!

Texas #2

Before heading on into Louisiana,
we left our friends, the Buchanans,
and followed "Edna" to the Prescotts,
who live in San Antonio.

We visited with Abby and her delightful children,
as well

as Norm and Alma and Amanda Wakefield.
I didn't get many photos, because I was too busy
talking and catching up in the FEW hours
we had to spend with them.

Leaving the Prescotts', we headed into Houston
where we stayed with a very dear friend, Beth Dale.
We went to dinner, laughed and talked, and enjoyed catching up.

She fixed us some yummie brownies and milk,
we talked into the wee hours,
and went to bed happy.
Our time with Beth ended all too soon as well.
We had a delicious breakfast
(our kids always remember the food from the places we stayed!),
and visited some more before heading out just before lunch.

"Miss Beth" sent us on our way with art kits for the kids
to occupy them in the car,

as well as several more bags of food
filled with all kinds of delicious food.

It tasted so good as we stopped a few hours later
at a park and feasted on her chips and sandwich fixins'!

We love you, Prescotts and Miss Beth!
Our time with you was too short and we look forward to meeting again . . .
for longer??!

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

The Very Busy Mother

Things have been very busy around here this summer.
I have a million and one things on my to-do list
and that is not even counting all there is to do to
get ready for school at the beginning of August.
(I know, so what am I doing on HERE???!)

Today, Jonathan asked me to read him a story.
So I stopped and read him "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" as he asked.
And it reminded me of another story . . .

Back in October of 2003,
I wrote a story with Emily and David and Molly
that we patterned after the story
"The Very Busy Spider" by Eric Carl.

We'd like to share it with you.
(The words in red are the actual elicited words from the kids.)

The Very Busy Mother
Emily, David, Molly, and Jan Miles

Once upon a time there was a very busy mother.
She was busy doing the dishes.

Along came her adorable six year old daughter, Emily.
Emily said, "Mom, would you like to color a picture with me?"
The very busy mother looked at her pile of dishes
and then looked at her daughter and smiling she said,
"Of course! For I'm never too busy for you, my dear."

And so the two of them colored a picture
of a beautiful ballerina dancing to some lovely music,
and their hearts were happy.

Later on that day, the very busy mother was busy doing the laundry.
Along came her charming five year old son, David.

David said, "Mom, would you like to snuggle on the couch and read stories together?"
The very busy mother looked at her pile of laundry
and then looked at her son and smiling she said,
"Of course! For I'm never too busy for you, my dear."

So the two of them snuggled together on the couch,
wrapped in a cozy blanket
and read some of their favorite stories,
and their hearts were happy.

Later on that day, the very busy mother was busy cleaning the windows.
Along came her delightful two year old daughter, Molly.

Molly said, "Mom, would you like to play with me?"
The very busy mother looked at all the dirty windows
and then looked at her daughter and smiling she said,
"Of course! For I'm never too busy for you, my dear."

So the two of them got down on the playroom floor
and played and laughed and played and laughed . . . "all day long" together,
and their hearts were happy.

Later on that day, the very busy mother was busy fixing dinner.
Along came her sweet 11-month old daughter, Annie.

Annie said, "Mom, would you like to watch me crawl around and make funny faces?"
The very busy mother looked at the clock
and decided she had some time
so she looked at her daughter and smiling she said,
"Of course! For I'm never too busy for you, my dear."

So Annie crawled around and the very busy mother clapped and laughed,
and their hearts were happy.

Later that evening,
as an old wise owl flew over the quiet house,
he said, "Whooo! Whooo! Whoooo has been so busy in this house?"

But no one answered,
for the very busy mother was sound asleep . . .
preparing herself
for another busy day.

Enjoy your little ones!

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Texas - #1!

After being on the road for 3 days,
spending two nights in hotels,
eating out only once (yeah for us!),
we finally pulled into the Buchanan's driveway . . .
smoking and spluttering.

Our GPS (which we nicknamed "Edna" after an infamous aunt of Jan's) actually "told" us to pull into a specific driveway,
but it just didn't seem right.
When we called Marlis and asked her if we were sitting in her driveway, she confirmed that we were at the wrong house!
We eventually found them.

O how wonderful to be with friends!

We feasted on authentic Texas BBQ
and then the kids disappeared out back to the "woods"
and we saw them again 2 days later when we had to leave.
Not really.
But there was a "secret fort"
in which no adults were allowed.
I had to take these photos from afar.

We did see David when he came looking for help:

I'll leave you to fill in the blanks
of what might possibly could have happened.
(Mind you, we had only been there 2 hours
when this happened . . . sigh.)

We enjoyed 2 nights and a full day of very fun fellowship
and hospitality that will one day put their place on the map.

We had time to leisurely enjoy their "land" . . .

It was quite humid, but oh so beautiful.
They had a lovely pool that the kids went in one afternoon.

Our time with our dear friends was way too short.
Friday morning, we packed up, so rested and refreshed, and got ready to head out.
Marlis . . . true to her natural nature of being so creative and generous and hospitable,
had packed for each of the kids a personalized "Texas cooler" complete with food, snacks, and TOYS!
(In hindsight, I wish I had gotten a photo of all the kids with their coolers. Their excitement was priceless.)
AND she sent us on our way with 2 humungous bags of more snacks and drinks.
We were completely speechless

and felt so loved by the Lord and the Buchanans!

Thank you again, Buchanans for a WONDERFUL time!
We love you guys!

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