-Emmi turned 7 :)! She and Abbi planned a fun surprise for Mama; on her birthday outing, they went to Lowesto pick out some flowers, without telling Mama they were for her :). Then when they got out to the car, they said, "Surprise! These are for you, and we didn't tell you, because you always say you don't need a gift!" Sweet girls!
-This right here is how you save your banana from being eaten in a family of eleven...
-Mama went out of town to attend her Grandfather's funeral, taking Noah, and leaving me in charge of the house whenever Daddy was at work. A wasp gets in the house the next day, and I vacuum it with the shop-vac. Which is blowing air OUT the other side, because there is no filter. I kind of freaked out, but somehow it managed to stay trapped until I got it outside.
The night Mama left, Josiah turned to me like this, and said, "Bri... can we have a family fun night?" ("Almost Family Fun Nights" are known as assuaging grieving spirits at our home when family members take a trip, haha!) Instead, we started reading "The Children who Stayed Alone"... grreat choice, huh ;)? (Not really, because we have not finished yet, because nobody seems very interested.
-Then, that Saturday, Emmi trips on a table, and falls flat on her face... right on the gum that flew out of her mouth while she was falling. And that gum is firmly lodged in her hair.
I text Mama asking for advice, but service was iffy for Mama all week. So, I research for myself, resolved not to chop this child's hair while Mama is gone. I suggest Peanut Butter, but decide on olive oil. Tori sees I texted Mama that I might try PB, and goes, "No, don't do that! I saw a video where someone tried that and it just became one with the gum and made it worse!!!" Good thing I hadn't started with that, haha! Emmi lost three hairs, but all was good. That was more excitement than I anticipated while trying to get everything ready for church the next morning, haha...
-Our vacuum lover became a singer for a day...
Also, he got his own useable sweeper vacuum, so he's doing a ton of good with his hobby now (and vacuums even while watching movies).
-We got to meet up with one of my closest friends! She lives over an hour away from us, and has been at college anyway, so this was the first time I had seen her since we moved back, and, oh, how special that fellowship was!
-We celebrated a very special Father's day; Mama and Daddy announced that Baby #10 is due to join us sometime in February next year <3. What a blessing this is! We're so very happy, and I can't wait to meet this little one. We're kind of split on who thinks it will be a girl and who thinks it will be a boy... and if it was a boy we'd finally be evenly split boys to girls, but it's been years since we had a little girl... so we can't wait to see what plan God has!
-Peter gave me a banana sticker, and it's on my laptop keyboard now, and the rest of my family has let me know that it's kind of time to let go. But now I'm used to seeing it, in all it's faded out glory, haha!
-Mama started reading "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm" aloud, and Mama and Tori and I went crazy pointing out all the ways that "Anne of Green Gables" is just an improved copy.
-I took what felt like a crash course in Photoshop graphic design for a new opportunity I have. But it's so fun to know I can do that now!
-We got a new coffee pot, and I discovered it wasn't coffee that I no longer liked, but decafe coffee from the keurig. I am a very consistent coffee drinker once again. It's wonderful.
-Abbi learned that you can NOT reuse stamps to mail people a reply... hahaha!
-Daddy to a friend at church, talking about how we don't take summer break but school all year round: "Yeah, since Shelby was gone last week, they were on vacation."
Me: *tries not to laugh*
Mama: "Actually, I think Bri made them do some school..."
Pretty much everybody's brain: "Great job! Slave driver." Haha!
-Josiah's bear now has a last name, too.
Meet Popcorn Lips.
(Me recently: "Where is Popcorn?"
Tori: "Oh, Popcorn LIPS?"
I haven't lost food, y'all...
-Peter, after we watched Disney's "Peter Pan" for the first time in his life:
*Sitting at supper* "I wish my name was Peter Pan... I already have the Peter."
*Wanders to Mama after supper* "Can you make my real name Peter Pan?"
-Bethani: "Guys, the outline of my curtain looks like Mary Poppins."
And it did?!??!?!?!
-Mama is reading "Trumpet of the Swan":
*chapter ending* ".... and he fell asleep wondering why a fox barks."
Josiah: "And then the fox ate him."
(Me editing this: *reads this one an accidentally spits because I found it funny again.*)
-Also while reading "Trumpet of the Swan":
*one of the Cob's ridiculous speeches, like, three chapters in*
Peter: "They can talk?!?!?!?!"
-Abbi trying to sight read the name "Pierrino Mascarino": "Peanut... Mascara?"
-Josiah is rolling around on the floor, playing with Noah, when all of the sudden he sits up and tells us, "Noah is not even little! See, my sock fits him!!!!"
Yes, dear. Because never could that mean that maybe you were small ;).
-*We are watching "God of Wonders"* "The Lord sends his snow like wool, Psalm 147..."
Tori: "We don't wear wool in SC."
Me: "Ahhhhhhh, maybe if we'd just wear more wool, we'd get more snow!"
Tori: *nodding with a look of wisdom* "Preparing for rain."
Josiah cleaning up pictures he has drawn: "I have to do my paper work!"
Peter, playing Ring-around-the-rosie with Noah: "Ring around the rosies, a pocket full of posies, tissue, tissue, we all stay up." (For those who don't know, Emmi fractured her arm right before Peter was born by playing this game, and so it's kind of frowned upon here, haha!!!!)
Laughing extra hard at:
-Finding on my "Blog post prompts" page, "'I need another pair of ovens'". I can't remember what this was supposed to remind me to include. But now I need to know the story. Tori?
-"In the Secret Place", written by Corrie ten Boom's nephew Peter. My favorite previously un-known fact about their imprisonment for their work protecting the Jews was that his mother hide a page of her bible in her hair when she was arrested.
-"Return to the Hiding Place", written by Hans Poley, the ten Boom's first guest during their work with the Resistance. It was neat to get to know the ten Boom family through the eyes of someone outside of the family. And Hans Poley's story was interesting in itself. The book is not as intense as the movie it inspired, which may have been a good thing. My heart was racing for hours after the climax of that movie, it was terrifying.
Quotes I liked:
-^^^Writing down quotes I liked.
-Asking for a tissue: "We need a tortilla!!!!" Umm?
-Realizing as I made popcorn halfway through the month that I hadn't had any in weeks, and wondering how on earth I could have forgotten my favorite snack. And then only having it once the three weeks after, and it wasn't even my idea when I did make some. What happened to me?!
-Getting in the car and forgetting to check how full the tank was. And not knowing that it not longer sounds a warning when it's too low. And the car not starting when we go to head home. And Mama got in the driver's seat to see what's wrong and realized that it's so low it's below the empty line. It just barely made it across the parking lot to the gas station.
-Blogging. Again. Gah.
-My wonderful Daddy!
-The blessing of a new baby brother or sister <3 <3 <3!!!
-That Mama was able to attend her Grandpa's funeral.
-For her parents sweetly offering to let her go with them, and being such a blessing on the trip!
-Knowing how to get gum out of hair ;).
-My banana sticker ;). Ha!
-All the support others have shown my Etsy shop lately!
-Ice cream ;).
-And my copy of "The Valley of Vision". This is such an encouraging book, y'all!
"Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name." (Psalm 30:4)