Friday, June 22, 2007

NASA - You are so cool!

We had a great family evening last night. I heard on the radio that because the space shuttle wasn't able to land yesterday, it would be visible in our part of the sky last night. I sent Matt on an Internet quest to find out details, because, although various posts in this blog may have misled you, sometimes I actually work! And, I just didn't have time for the googling it would take to find out times, sky coordinates, duration of flight, etc, etc. And, actually, it's a good thing I didn't, because Matt did a much better job than I would have! He came home with this map---

Our shuttle ETA was 9:43. So, we dinked around the house for awhile, getting chores done. Then, Chance got out his telescope, and we played with it for awhile - we checked out the moon, the trees, the neighbors horses (this thing could actually come in handy ;-).

Then, I had the boys come in and do their ready for bed routine, so they could hop in the sack after we finished with the shuttle sighting. I was really questioning this decision, as we trudged through the cow pasture to get to the top of the hill for the best view - both boys in sleepy shirts, underwear, and sandals. Thankfully, they were both successful cow-pie dodgers, and we didn't have to endure any tragic, late-night, sanitizing baths.

We were novices at reading the NASA map, and we weren't quite looking at the right spot in the sky, and almost missed it! Chance said - hey dad, is that fast light moving over there a satellite? As we watched it, we finally figured out it was exactly the path that we had on our little "Map of the Stars" from our friends at NASA. So, we caught about the last minute-and-a-half of the action. It was still pretty light out, so it wasn't extra-spectacular to see, except for the knowledge that we have astronauts cruising around our earth, and we could see their lights!!

Of course, all this delving into outer space brought up a few (or 85) questions from the boys. Why did it disappear in the sky, how does the sun make a shadow, then why can we see the stars, why can we see the moon in the day sometimes, etc, etc, etc. We are so lucky that Matt took that astronomy class in college - and he thought it was just to lure the girls out of the dorms at night time!

Anyway, it was back into the house for a quick astronomy lesson before bedtime. Matt got out the globe, grabbed a couple props, and assigned roles. I got to be the sun!!!! Okay, actually, I got to hold a flashlight and point it toward the earth - but that's like the lead part, aside from the narrator (Matt), wouldn't you say? We spent quite a bit of time talking about light, reflecting the sun's light, making your own light, shadows, eclipses, etc. The boys were enthralled, Matt did a great job of teaching, and we all had a fun experience.

Now, Chance just wants to know when the planets are all going to be in a straight line the next time, cause he's like to look at it with his telescope. Ummm. . . . .NASA, are you there??????

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Thankful Thursday

I love Thankful Thursday - no matter what my week has been like, it lets me put things back in perspective. I have so many blessings to be thankful for . . .

  1. I'm thankful that we had a successful craft show last weekend. On the same note, I'm thankful that our next one isn't for several more weeks - it takes a lot out of us!
  2. I'm thankful that Matt was willing to spend his Father's Day at the art show, put up with not seeing his boys on Father's Day, and was flexible to have a celebration on Monday instead.
  3. I'm thankful for the great father he is to our boys. They were so excited to give him his gifts. Chance had really concentrated on picking his out, and could barely contain himself. Colton just kind of tagged on to the things I bought, and didn't see a reason why every present couldn't be from him!
  4. I'm thankful that we got to spend some time with Judd, and that we had a fun dinner with he and Maggie.
  5. I'm thankful for flexibility at work - for a day off on Friday, and "banker's hours" when I was tired on Monday. Thanks to Darla for holding down the fort, and rescuing my Monday tiredness with lunch from Inca's!
  6. I'm thankful that our chore list is working around the house, with only minimal complaints so far. The chores are small enough each day, that it doesn't take any of us very long, but the burden of a "perfect" or even presentable house has really been lifted. Chance swept and mopped the entire kitchen and dining room tonight!!! Admittedly, it was because I told him that he had to do the floor once really good, and then he could use the new, fun Swiffer on the next round. He did a great job.
  7. I am thankful for the book of Proverbs, which is where I have been in my daily reading. There is so much wisdom there, just waiting to be gleaned.

I hope you all are having a fabulous week, with many blessings to be thankful for. If so, head over to Sting My Heart, check out other Thankful Thursday posts, and share yours with others - you'll be glad you did!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Recipe Wednesday - Bread

All right, it's bread day! Darla has a great Almond Poppy seed bread today, so be sure to check it out.

I stole this recipe from another blogger, but now I cannot remember whose it was to give proper credit. If you are reading, I'm sorry - because you have surely changed cornbread for my family, and we are so very grateful ;-)


2 boxes Jiffy Cornbread Mix
1 box Pound Cake

Mix all mixes, plus all ingredients listed on the box to make them in one big bowl - I think you end up with like a zillion eggs, some oil, and some milk/water. If you are trying to please Matt, you will add a can of cream corn in there somewhere, or even just a can of whole corn. If you are like me, and believe whole corn doesn't belong in cornbread anymore than whole, slimy slices of banana belong in banana bread, then just stick to the basics.

Pour into greased 9 x 13. Bake at 350* for 40 minutes.

This makes a sweet, moist cornbread. Absolutely perfect if you have some extra honey on hand, or if you know anyone who extracts like 7-8 gallons per year.

Hope you enjoy!

Update!! - Janice over at Journey to Emma joined in our recipe posts this week with a great one for Cinnabon Rolls - YUMMM!!! Check it out!

Monday, June 18, 2007

Dust to Dust, Older than Dirt, and Other Novelties of a Weekend with Grandmother

Well, this will be my first guest post. Funny thing is, she doesn't even know it! The boys spent the weekend with their Grandmother, and as she points out, there is never a dull moment! Here is her re-cap of the weekend -

The wind blew constantly so to their disappointment, we didn't get to go swimming. However, we didn't lack for things to do!

Poor Chance, he can hardly get a word in with Colton always talking and reminding Chance that he was annoying him.

Both of them nearly drilled Granny when she was pitching to them on the lawn. She told Chance he should turn around and bat left-handed so he wouldn't hit her and he promptly smacked one out into "left field" half way to the barn. He had a grin as big as a platter over that one! It was a great line drive! You don't often get the last word on Granny!

Colton seems to have a time-line fixation based on the lives of the dinosaurs and wanted to know if (among other things) the dinosaurs were alive or dead when I was working at Apple Tree a long time ago. Of course Chance just sat there grinning. Then when I couldn't remember exactly what had happened in answer to a question about something in my childhood his answer was, "Well, you ARE a little old."

They were pretty interested in watching when I had a blood test Saturday. Chance was surprised when the nurse handed him a vial of my blood and I told him to handle me very carefully, he gave me a funny look, then the nurse told him to shake it up so it would mix with the stuff in the bottom of the tube. I think he thought that was kind of gross, but then Colton wanted one to shake, which the nurse gave him, and I had visions of it flying out of his hand and smashing on the wall. But, he hung onto it and they both got stickers and a pencil because I didn't cry. Go figure.

If Chance asks you about how the baseball players work their way up through the minors, I did my best but I don't think he got it. I tried to explain it was a little like him working his way from T-Ball up, but it didn't transfer to the big guys in his mind. One of my vendors who lives in Houston has a daughter who is going with a guy who was just drafted out of Tulane by the Az Diamondbacks as a closer. He's coming to play for the Yakima Bears this week. I told Howard (the vendor) to give Sean my phone numbers and tell him that if he needed anything at all when he gets to Yakima he could call. Well, he called just as we got in the car after the blood test Saturday morning, wanting to know about Yakima's airport and a couple things. So we visited and afterwards, Chance wanted to know what the conversation was about. Hence, my not-so-good explanation. Long story short, Howard called this morning to tell me the Dbacks sidetracked Sean to their game tonight so they can introduce him before the game. Then, they're sending him to Yakima. I told Chance that maybe there would be an opportunity for him to come to a Bears game with us and he would get to meet Sean. The newspaper gave him a nice paragraph in Saturday's paper, so apparently, he's one to watch as far as the Dbacks are concerned. His name is Sean Morgan. I'm looking forward to meeting him.

We went to Sam and Sandi's to check out a couple new colts they have, and a very friendly calf they're bottle feeding. But as we were walking across the corral we stumbled over a big ol dried up cow pie about the size of a soccer ball. I kicked it and it rolled a ways so Sam kicked it back to Chance and it caught him about the waist. That didn't impress him too much, and I think he was trying to decide whether to be grossed out or to kick it. But he gave it a kick just as Colton came barrelling in to get it and it exploded right in the middle of them. Colton thought it was hilarious and "way cool" as chips went flying everywhere and Chance just stood there with that goofy grin he has. I think Sam thought I was going to rain all over him because he was apologizing all over himself for not knowing it was going to "fly" like it did. All in all, a good time was had, and the boys got a thorough bath when we got home. Sorry, Heather, I guess fun is where you find it sometimes.

After Sunday lunch I wanted to take some flowers to Grandfather's grave and the boys had a lot of very good questions. They were really good about walking and talking quietly, and we sat on the grass and talked about Grandfather and how deep in the ground his body was and where Granny's body was going to go when she dies and why we bring flowers and why we bury bodies if we get new ones in Heaven. I remember Matt telling me when he was about Colton's age that "When we die they peel off our bodies and bury them for the rest of our deadness." Anyway, they wanted to walk around and look at other headstones and Chance would read them and Colton was very good about not walking on them. Then they spotted a wall they wanted to go look at, turns out it's a place for urns. Chance noted the squares weren't big enough for a body, so what were they for? I explained that some people want their bodies burned up because they don't want to be buried under the ground, so their ashes are put into a nice box and placed in the wall. And that some people have very special places they enjoyed going to when they were alive that they would like to be buried at but can't. So they ask that their bodies be burned and the ashes sprinkled on their special place, like the mountains or a golf course. Chance was concerned that the ashes get mixed in with the dirt and I told him that was the whole idea, to which Colton added "Like when I sprinkle salt on my mac and cheese." There wasn't much to say after that, he pretty well summed it up.

Then we went to Fulbright Park where the old farm machinery is kept. I'd never been there before either so we all had a first-time exploring experience. Colton being the climber he is was hard to keep on the ground and we ran out of time before we got to see everything. Next time we'll pack a lunch and he can climb to his heart's content. Maybe it will work out that you can come too because it's amazing what they have. They've even taken a log cabin, chuck wagon and trapper's cabin and restored them and furnished them like they would have originally been. One weekend this summer they start up some of the old machinery and folks can watch them work. I'll try to remember to tell you when it is and maybe we can arrange for the boys to see it - Chance said he didn't think it was worth it for you to drive all the way from Moses Lake just to see it - so I guess you can make up your own minds about that!

Right now, I'm needing a nap!!

Verna - thank you so much for taking good care of the boys this weekend. As you can imagine, I didn't get much more than "fine, fun, and okay" out of Chance - one word at a time, of course. Colton was full of stories - they had a wonderful time. I am hoping you have a chance to catch up on your rest this week ;-)

Thursday, June 14, 2007

I Love You Like A . . . .

Last night at prayer time-------

Colton - ........And, Dear Jesus, thank you for Tina, and thanks that I love her like a . . . .

. . . .that I love her like a babysitter! Mommy, is it okay to love Tina like a babysitter?

Mommy - Yes, buddy, that's extra-OK.

Colton - Good, cause I do.

Thankful Thursday

Father's Day Edition

Since it is Father's Day weekend, my Thankful Thursday post is dedicated to my dad - there are so many things to be thankful for, I'm sure I won't get them all, but it will be a good start! Happy Father's Day, Dad! I Love You ;-)

I'm thankful for tagging along on Saturdays in the Cenex delivery truck.

I'm thankful for walking to the station after school and learning how to properly wash a windshield (I still do this much better than Matt, even today!)

I'm thankful for memories at the Butte Ranch - learning how to drive the brown van and the little blue Mustang, trying to ride that mean old horse without success, and playing for hours in the wheat truck.

I'm thankful for big, black inner-tube marks from the tractor tube we used to float on the Lady of the Lake waves.

I'm thankful for those weekend drives - even when I got older and was a brat and would read in the back seat the whole time, and couldn't be bothered to appreciate the scenery of yet another fort!

I'm thankful for countless hours and tanks of gas chasing my sporting events - I am only now beginning to truly appreciate what impact that had on a limited budget.

I'm thankful for your involvement in church, for the love for God that you and mom both portray, and for the solid foundation you gave me to spring from.

I'm thankful for the friend you've become to Matt. For your willingness to help our family whenever we need it. For your advice and guidance.

I'm thankful that you love my mom. In some ways, I've never seen it more than I have in the last year.

I'm thankful that you are a fabulous Papa to my boys - they love you so much.

I'm thankful that you like to spend time with family - that we have many camping trips to enjoy this summer, and for many summers to come. I can't wait!

Dad - I hope you have a fabulous Father's Day weekend. I'm thankful for so much more than the above - that's just some of the highlights! I Love You!

Visit Iris at Sting My Heart for other Thankful Thursday posts.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Recipe Wednesday - Breakfast

It's time for some more great recipes! We chose a breakfast theme today. We would love to see some more great recipes come out of these Wednesday meetings of ours - if you have recipes you'd like to link, or if you do recipes on a different day, please let us know - we are always on the hunt! Visit Darla's blog for another scrumptious breakfast treat today!


1 (12 oz.) loaf French bread, cut in 1 inch slices
8 lg. eggs
2 c. milk
2 c. half and half
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

3/4 c. butter, softened
1 1/3 c. brown sugar
3 tbsp. dark corn syrup
1 1/2 c. coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans

Grease heavily with butter the bottom and sides of 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan. Fill pan with bread slices to within 1/2 inch of top. Set aside. Mix eggs, milk, half and half, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon. Pour this mixture over bread slices. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Make topping by combining all ingredients; set aside until time to bake toast.

Spread topping over toast.

Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes until puffed and golden brown. Place foil on top if it browns too quickly.

8-10 servings.

Serve warm with heated maple syrup

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Friendlier with Two?

I had kind of a revelation yesterday. You'll have to bear with me and listen to it, because these days, life is so busy that revelations just don't happen very often.

Matt had a commitment to help out at All-Star tryouts for Little League last night. In addition, we had tickets to watch the "almost pro" college summer baseball team here in town. The decision was made to grab some dinner together, leave Matt and Chance at the tryouts while Colton and I did some grocery shopping, and then meet up at the baseball game.

On a side note, those of you who remember my goal from one of my previous shopping trips - I did it!! I finally saved more than I spent - and by a HUGE margin, too. How cool is that? My Safeway receipt showed a balance owing of $37.63, and a total savings of $76.04. Now, for those of you skeptics (like Matt was) - I bought real stuff, I just made sure it was on sale plus a coupon - I got roasts, pizzas, milk, cereal, snacks, cookies, mac & cheese, + more! WOO HOO!!!!

Okay, back to my regularly scheduled post. Colton and I had a GREAT shopping trip. Matt was fully expecting to meet the tired, overworked, headache-laden, post-shopping mom at the baseball game - but I wasn't! Somehow, it was completely different just shopping with one kid. No fights, no competition, no whining. Just good conversation, lots of lessons (from the now self-crowned shopping queen), respectful requests, and a successful trip.

So then, I looked back to the spring, when Chance and I had the opportunity to have breakfast before school a couple of times. It was the same thing - a completely different restaurant experience with just one kid. No playing the silverware drums, no whining, no kicking the booth, etc. We just had some great morning talks, Chance politely ordered his own breakfast, we did the place mat puzzles together with dull crayons, and had a fabulous time.

I know I have spoken with many of my mommy friends regarding this phenomenon. That two kids doesn't just double the work - it is somehow magnified in exponential proportions. I guess, because along with their own demands, they bring the demands of interacting as well.

So, where does that leave us in the parenting dynamic? It is both unrealistic and unhealthy to have Matt and I split the kids up the majority of the time, if even for the sake of sanity. They need to learn to respectfully interact with each other. We need to learn to function peacefully as a family unit. At the same time, each child is obviously seeking some "alone time" with their parents - time when they know they are special, when their thoughts and ideas don't get interrupted, and they are attentive to the lessons you are trying to teach them.

I think God is saying the same thing (through my children, as He so often does). As His church on this earth, we need to worship in a corporate environment. His Word says that each part is essential - as is each part of your body. The church can do so many great things in this world, working together, each individual contributing their own special talents.

At the same time, we all so desperately need individual time with God. Time each day to talk with our Father uninterrupted, where we know we are special, and we are attentive to the lessons He is trying to teach us.

Lord, help me to find joy in both the corporate and the individual - in my family and in each member uniquely - in my church and in my personal time with You each morning. You are making me new each day . . .

Monday, June 11, 2007

One Small Step Toward Healthy

So, this weekend, I had a great coupon for Pillsbury cookies, and decided to give the Sugar-Free Chocolate Chip ones a try.

I got two packages, and had them all set out on cookie sheets, ready to bake after my brownies were done that we were baking for a BBQ later in the day. The wrappers were not near the cookie sheets, so it wasn't immediately apparent that they were sugar-free. Matt (in his usual fashion whenever cookie baking is in progress), grabs a dough-ball and pops it in his mouth. He says it tastes a little funny - maybe just a different brand than he's used to? So, Colton wants to have some cookie dough too.

I give him one to share with Chance. Chance takes a bite, and declares it "Nasty." Colton, completely oblivious, gladly takes Chance's 1/2 back and eats the whole thing.

I baked the rest, and set them out on the cooling rack. I tried one while they were warm. Here is my review - if you are watching your caloric intake, haven't had any sweets in awhile, and are really Jonesing for something sweet - then one of these 90 calorie wonders will probably hit the spot. If this is but one choice on a buffet line of delectable desserts, or even if it is simply the other choice between these and rocky-road brownies - it will probably fall a bit short . . . .okay, so it might fall A LOT short.
Chance came out to the kitchen as soon as he heard the oven timer beeping (do I hear Pavlov?). He grabbed one and tried a bite.

Backtracking a bit - he was outside when I was making the brownies, so he has no clue that there is a pan of brownies on the counter.

He looks at me with great concern. "Mom, these are still gross, even after you cooked them."

"You don't have to eat it." I say, "Just set it there on the counter - your brother seems to be enjoying them."

"Mom? . . . . . . Are these what we're taking to the BBQ this afternoon?"

"No - I made Rocky Road brownies to take there."

"THANK GOODNESS! That would have been sooooo embarrassing!"

Friday, June 8, 2007

Quiet Heroes

It's almost Father's Day. And, it hasn't been long since Mother's Day. So, I am borrowing a writing from Max Lucado today, dedicated to the quiet heroes that grace our homes.

Quiet Heroes
by Max Lucado

Quiet heroes dot the landscape of our society. They don’t wear ribbons or kiss trophies; they wear spit-up and kiss boo-boos. They don’t make the headlines, but they do sew the hemlines and check the outlines and stand on the sidelines. You won’t find their names on the Nobel Prize short list, but you will find their names on the homeroom, carpool, and Bible teacher lists.

They are parents, both by blood and deed, name and calendar. Heroes. News programs don’t call them. But that’s okay. Because their kids do … They call them Mom. They call them Dad. And these moms and dads, more valuable than all the executives and lawmakers west of the Mississippi, quietly hold the world together.

Be numbered among them. Read books to your kids. Play ball while you can and they want you to. Make it your aim to watch every game they play, read every story they write, hear every recital in which they perform.

Children spell love with four letters: T-I-M-E. Not just quality time, but hang time, downtime, anytime, all the time. Your children are not your hobby; they are your calling.

Your spouse is not your trophy but your treasure.

Don’t pay the price David paid. Look ahead to his final hours. To see the ultimate cost of a neglected family, look at the way our hero dies.

David is hours from the grave. A chill has set in that blankets can’t remove. Servants decide he needs a person to warm him, someone to hold him tight as he takes his final breaths.

Do they turn to one of his wives? No. Do they call on one of his children? No. They seek “for a lovely young woman throughout all the territory of Israel … and she cared for the king, and served him; but the king did not know her” (1 Kings 1:3–4).

I suspect that David would have traded all his conquered crowns for the tender arms of a wife. But it was too late. He died in the care of a stranger, because he made strangers out of his family.

But it’s not too late for you.

Make your wife the object of your highest devotion. Make your husband the recipient of your deepest passion. Love the one who wears your ring.

And cherish the children who share your name.

Succeed at home first.

From Facing Your Giants

Thursday, June 7, 2007

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Thankful Thursday

I'm thankful for my family. The Lord has truly blessed me with the best husband and boys, the most wonderful and supportive extended family, and many, many great friends - many that are as close as family to me.

I am thankful for Tina, and all her help with daycare. As we start into summer, she is already planning on helping get the kids to swimming lessons, keep up on reading and learning activities, and making sure they have the best summer. She is just simply the best.

I am thankful that Darla has a new diversion - it's so nice to see that carefree smile on her face ;-)

I am thankful for our new chore chart at home - it has taken some pressure off me, and put some accountability on the boys, and I think we'll all be better for it.

I am thankful that Matt and I are both willing to work on our marriage. I heard a sermon today on "Wise Families", and today's focus was on marriage. It made me very grateful that we both recognize how important our marriage relationship is, both to us and our children.

I am thankful that dinner is already done for tonight, even if it's just sandwiches to eat at the baseball game - sometimes one less thing to do is just enough!

I am thankful for Beth Moore's book Get Out of That Pit. I'm only about 1/4 of the way through it, and I'm grateful that I'm not in a pit - but also glad for her teachings on how we get there, how we get out, and how to guard yourself when you're on the edge. So far, it has been a blessing.

I'm so thankful for our of our blessings, great and small. To read more Thankful Thursday posts, visit Iris at Sting My Heart.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Recipe Wednesday - Soup

Well, it's windy and rainy here this week, so Darla and I decided to go with soups. Not real appropriate for summer, but very appropriate for the weather we've been having!

I'm going to try and be as accurate as I can with his recipe, but it is one I often just throw together with whatever ingredients are on hand. My friend Jay would cringe, because in his mind, "you just don't start a good soup with canned soup!" To him, this includes cream of mushroom/chicken, or any "shortcut." Thankfully, he doesn't read my blog, so I am including my super-easy, but still super-good clam chowder recipe!

Clam Chowder

2 cans Clam Chowder (I use New England or Snows)
2 cans (empty chowder cans) milk or half-n-half
2 cans chopped Clams
1/2 - 1 lb bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 pounds potatoes, cooked and diced
1 tsp Thyme
Salt & Pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients and simmer for awhile. Excellent with crusty rolls or bread sticks.

The nice thing about this one is you can go pretty light if you want to (reduced fat soup, l/f milk or f/f, turkey bacon). I just make it to suit our mood - sometimes it is sinfully rich, sometimes it is low-fat, but still very good!

If you are having fabulous weather, just print this one out, and enjoy it later in the fall!

Monday, June 4, 2007


Colton, after walking through the swampy, wet grass to get to the playtoys at the park - "Awww mom, my shoes are all squeegy now!"

Matt, while flipping through the channels and seeing 40 Greatest Soft Rock Ballads on VH1 - "We've just gotta check it out, don't we?" And so, yes, this is how I spent my Saturday evening. We are getting older by the minute . . .

Colton, while wearing his new tank top the other day - "My name is not Colton. That is only my nickname, so don't call me that. My real name is Grandpappy-tanktoppy!"

Adrian & Colton dressed up in cowboy hats, with toy guns. Adrian - "Colton, we're outlaws, huh?" Colton - "Yeah - we're outlogged." . . . . . . "Are we logged off???"

After we have diffused a small scuffle between Adrian and Colton, and everyone is finally telling each other they are "sorry", Elijah excitedly yells "Hug! Hug! Everybody Hug!"

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Fun In The Sun

We had Elijah and Adrian over on Friday night. Matt stopped in town and got all the makings for "Water Weenies" and the boys had a blast! The sprinklers were running, so between the water wars and the sprinklers, they were all soaked by the end!

Then, this afternoon, we took the boat out for a spin around the lake. I had been yard-saling and grocery shopping, so by the time we got home, ate lunch, and let Colton rest a bit, we didn't hit the lake until about 4:00. But, by then, we were all good and hot and ready for the water! We packed a picnic lunch to eat on the boat, swam, relaxed, the boys tubed, and all had a blast!

Friday, June 1, 2007


Today was Chance's last day at school - boy was he ready! We had a small awards ceremony in his classroom, and each student got a unique character award, and some end-of-school goodies - including a cd with all the pictures for the year - Thanks, Mrs. Munoz!

Chance was awarded a Certificate of Character for "Determination." This is Mrs. Munoz's message to him - Chance, you have been blessed with many gifts and talents. As I pondered your gifts, I realized that your character is full of D's. First of all, you are dependable. If I needed something done, I knew I could depend on you to do it well. You are also diligent. Each task you were given, you worked at it with all your heart, not settling for anything less than a job well done. Chance, you are decisive, always able to make a decision and give a good reason for making it. These are good "D's", but I am going to give your character award for determination. Throughout the year I have watched your determination push you to a higher level of learning. You have a competitive spirit that strives to do well. By being determined, you will never quit or give up. Chance, use this determination to serve the Lord with all your heart, no matter what obstacles come your way. 1 Corinthians 2:2 - For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.

It was a great morning for the kids. They are ready to move on to 3rd grade, ready to learn new things, ready for a more challenging environment, and also ready for a summer break! But, we are so grateful for the time and effort Chance's teacher and all the others at the school put in to make the year a success.

This was their theme for the year.

Chance, I am so proud of you. You had some adversity this year, but you didn't let that stop you from learning. You are developing a love for reading, and you can spit out math facts almost as fast as your mom! I love watching your mind work - it is amazing. Keep up the good work. Always try to do your best - it won't always be the best - but as long as it is your best, we won't be able to be more proud. I love you!