And you thought Frontierville was just a game…

Last weekend we were given 5 chickens from friends of ours.

These chickens weren’t intended to be pets…their fate was the freezer.  I will spare you the details on how we spent our Saturday afternoon last week.  Let’s just say that I am thankful we live out in the country and leave it at that.  Well, once we cleaned up from our day, I thought my pioneer-woman experience was finished for a while.  Oh, how wrong I was…

At the beginning of this week, we noticed our water pressure gradually declining.  At first I was a little concerned that our well was drying up – the drought is pretty severe here, and we have heard of a few people having this problem.  Tim wasn’t worried about that, however, and instead said he thought the filter on our pump needed changed. Tim needed a little help from our landlord changing the filter, so this morning our landlord went out to the pump house to make the change.  As they were talking, our landlord noticed that our water pump was running but was barely getting any pressure.  He called in a professional and after about an hour of tinkering, we learned that our pump was dead.  No big deal right – we do have a number of major home improvement stores in the area.  Oh yeah, there’s just one thing…

You see, our well is old enough that it takes a special kind of pump.  A number of smaller supply stores carry them, but not the big chains.  And did I mention that the smaller stores don’t open on Saturday.  Ha.  That’s right…our old pump was lying on the dusty ground beside of the pump house and a new pump can’t be purchased until Monday.  How fun is that!

Our landlord, of course, felt horrible about this.  They brought us lots of bottled water and told us to use their showers as long as we needed.  However, there were a couple of issues we needed to address at our house.  For instance, we had a sink full of dirty dishes from breakfast, lunch, and some miscellaneous baking Rebecca did this afternoon.  Also, we really didn’t want to run next door every time we need to use the bathroom.  What to do, what to do?

Well, Tim remembered that the water faucet on our shed is attached to our landlord’s wellhead rather than ours.  So, he ran an extra long hose from that faucet to our back door.  He brought in a bucket of water and boiled water on the stove for me to use for washing dishes.  Then there was the bathroom situation.  He has been filling up buckets and using water from those buckets to flush the toilets.  After numerous trips to fill buckets and lugging them back inside I think it is fair to say that we will both sleep well tonight!

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How We Labor on Labor Day

School is in full swing for everyone here in the Cobb family.  But Labor Day means a three-day-weekend.  How did we spend it?

I have a big Anatomy test on Tuesday…so most of my Labor Day has been consumed by Studying notes, flashcards, and my text book.

Tim brought home lots of grading this weekend…so he is spending most of Labor Day on the computer, inputting grades and touching up lesson plans for the week.

Goldie is choosing to spend the afternoon showing the sticks and pine cones in the yard who is boss.  She also protected us from a sinister looking (?) passer-by on a bicycle.  Good Dog.

The weather today is dramatically different from the past several weeks – still sunny, but temperatures are only in the high 70s and low 80s.  So, Timothy and Linden spent a good deal of time outside practicing their soccer moves. (Rebecca decided to spend the day with friends, so I guess she will have to post her own pictures of her Labor Day!)

HAPPY LABOR DAY!

Ellie’s Song

Ok…summer is over for 2/3 of my children, so hopefully I will get back to posting a little more regular!

This is our youth pastor Gregg Gober (and yes, he is holding a cake pop likeness of himself)

This is Gregg’s wife Tamara with my daughter Rebecca at camp this summer (it was eighties night, no, they don’t normally dress like this)

And this is their adorable son, Elijah

Gregg and Tamara are preparing to adopt a little girl…here is their story (as told by Gregg):

“Hey everyone! I wanted to let you in on a little of what God is doing in Tam and I’s life. We are scared, excited and we are trusting the Lord.

Last summer the Lord really impressed on our hearts that we are suppose to adopt a child. He revealed it to us separately at first and then as we both came to each other with our convictions on the subject we were ecstatic to find out our hearts were united. There are only a few things we know for sure: 1. We feel we are supposed to adopt a girl from a country where girls are not really regarded very highly in their society, and 2. We feel specifically led to adopt her from a country where there is very little access to the gospel.
Of course our flesh immediately sees obstacles and a few concerns but we know ultimately that the Lord is in control of those things.

Well as I was praying about how we were going to come up with the money for this adoption the thought occurred to me that I could write a song and whoever wanted to contribute could go on iTunes and buy it for a dollar. All the proceeds would go to fund the adoption. I would call it “Ellie’s Song.” So I prayed that the Lord would give me some lyrics and I really feel that He did. With the help of my brother, we have finished recording it and “Ellie’s Song” should go on sale (if everything works out as planned ((and it rarely does))) sometime at the end of this week or beginning of next. I am putting three other original songs on there as well in case you feel the Lord impressing on you to contribute $4 instead of $1, but anything and everything helps. I hope you will partner with us in bringing Ellie home and together with the Lord we will TRULY write “Ellie’s Song.”

I will keep you all updated on when the song actually hits iTunes. Please pray for us. In fact would you please take the time right now and say a prayer for us, we would greatly appreciate it. To God be the glory.”

*********As of this evening, all four songs are available for purchase.  If you would like to help, please visit iTunes and search for Gregg Gober.  You can listen to a sample of all four songs and purchase any (or all) of them.

Thanks!

Summer Travels, Part 2

In my last post, I shared a little about my week at Glorieta, New Mexico.  A little less than 12 hours after I got home from New Mexico, I was back on the road again – this time with the whole family as we headed north to Indiana and Michigan.

Our first stop was West Lafayette, Indiana to visit Tim’s family.  We stayed with my father-in-law and spent 3 days visiting with him, my sister-in-law, brother-in-law, and two nephews.  While there, we got to watch both of my nephews play baseball.

That’s my oldest nephew, Noah, pitching in one of his games.

After a few days in Indiana, we headed even farther north to Michigan to visit with friends we haven’t seen since moving last year.  We spent the first few days with the Taplin family.

Rebecca got in a little time with Maddie – who has grown way too much since we left.

We had a campfire and roasted marshmallows Wednesday night.  Most of the kids relaxed by the campfire on the swing.

Maddie took my kids for a tour of the farm and introduced them to this years piggies.

Linden and Brett spent lots of time swinging.

After getting very little sleep the night before, some of the kids crashed in the living room for a while and watched a little tv.

We also spent a few nights at Lake of the Woods in Decatur at my parents’ camper.  The kids were really looking forward to swimming while we were there – Tim and I decided to pass on that since it felt like the lake had just thawed!

The kids had just tested the water and determined that it was just fine for swimming!

This is where they spent most of the morning.

Friday night, Rebecca spent the evening at church at the annual Faith Girls’ Party.  She was really excited that they were able to plan the party for the weekend we were visiting.  The theme this year was Red Carpet.

Here is a picture of most of the girls dressed in their Red Carpet finest.

Melissa and Rebecca (home school buddies) dressed up at the party.

Of course we had to eat at some of our old favorite restaurants during our visit.  We made it to Mancinos, Chinn Chinn, and Culvers.

Concrete shake and cheese curd…YUM!

Sunday morning (our last day in Michigan) we decided we needed a picture with the Cobb and Taplin kids.  We decided to line them up youngest to oldest, Missionary Kids style!

Can you believe it – we got the majority of the kids to look at the camera!

I think David had a little too much Cobb family fun this week – what do you think?

Of course, we had lots of fun visiting with our old friends.  As usual, I didn’t take nearly enough pictures while we were there!  Early Monday morning we loaded up the van and headed south, making a quick stop in Camby, Indiana to meet the newest member of the Lawyer household – who is absolutely adorable, by the way.  After a much too quick visit, it was back in the van for another 11 hours of travel.

This is pretty much the way we all felt by the end of our vacation!

Summer Travels, Part 1

Between June 4 and June 20, I traveled over 3800 miles.  In fact, between early morning June 11 and late night June 12, I traveled through 8 states and 3 time zones.  Needless to say, I’m a little tired of being in a car!

Why was I on the road so much this month?  Was I on a multi-state book tour?  Did I ditch my responsibilities and decide to be a groupie, following my favorite band across the country?  Nope, nothing like that! I spent the first half of my travels as a sponsor with our church youth group at camp in Glorieta, New Mexico.  Week 2 of my cross country trek was a family vacation to Indiana and Michigan.  Rather than cram all my travel details into a single post, I will share some of the highlights of Glorieta today and follow up with a Part 2 to this post later this week with pictures from our travels up north.


Late Sunday night, June 4, we loaded 76 teens and 12 sponsors on our church bus and a charter bus and headed out to Glorieta, New Mexico.  I was privileged enough to get to tag along on this trip as a sponsor.  Yep, as surprising as that may sound, our Youth Pastor deemed me responsible enough to be in charge of teens at camp…perhaps because he has only known me for a year :D!

After traveling 16 hours we reached our destination – high in the mountains of New Mexico.  It was absolutely beautiful…I wish I had taken more pictures along the way and while we were there.  However, between Rebecca and I, I think we did pretty well.  The picture above is of the chapel on the grounds of the camp.

Once we arrived at camp, the teens had to play a series of games in order to get their camp registration packets.  Here is a shot of our teens getting instructions for one of the games.

Each evening our group had a different theme and the teens could earn points for their family by dressing up.  Monday night was cowboy night, which gave Rebecca and I a chance to wear our sparkly Southwood cowboy hats!

Each morning the entire camp would meet together for a worship service and then the Cypress group would break off and have a separate Bible study.  That was followed by 30 minutes of quiet, devotional time and then a short all Cypress meeting.  We would then break up into our 12-13 student family groups for the remainder of the morning.  Afternoons were free time for the teens during which they could hang out at the lake, play miniature golf or other games like horseshoes or basketball, or just hang out.  I like this picture of Rebecca and a couple of her friends looking out over the lake one afternoon during free time.

Our Youth Pastor also registered the teens for the ropes course and the zip line, so several of the teens spent a portion of their free time at these courses.  This is a picture of Rebecca and one of her friends before climbing the poles to the zip line!

Wednesday’s theme was Black and White.  I just liked this picture of Rebecca and some of her friends that evening.

Sidewalk Prophets was the worship band at camp the week we were there.  Rebecca’s family group ate dinner with the band Thursday evening and got several pictures with the band.  I believe this is one of the guitar players, although I can’t remember his name.  And in case you couldn’t guess, the theme for that evening was ’80s gym night!

I Remember

I Remember…thinking, “That car isn’t going to stop.”

I Remember…the taste of gunpowder when the airbag deployed.

I Remember…the not-so-wise doctor who told me there was no reason I walked away from the accident.

I Remember…the much wiser doctor who told me there had to be a reason I walked away from the accident.

I Remember…the daily regime of pills (sometimes as many as 20 a day), the weekly physical therapy, and the monthly steroid injections.

I Remember…the immobility and depression helping me pack on 100 pounds (60 of which don’t seem to want to leave).

I Remember…the freedom of finally living without pills and injections.

I Remember…setting goals for the Cypress 5K and praying that I could reach them.

I Remember…Rebecca leaving me in the dust just after the race started (Good for her…she had her own goals!).

I Remember…Thinking that Old Palmetto road seemed much longer on June 4.

I Remember…The feel of the index card I was handed as I crossed the finish line.

I Remember…The realization that God helped me reach all of my goals that day.

I Remember…Thinking it was silly to pray so much about completing a 5K.

I Remember…That nothing is impossible with God!

Final Projects

In case you haven’t heard, today was our last day of school.  Not only was this the last day of our school year, but it was also the last day for our home school.  Next year, all three of our children will be in public school.  As a final assignment, Rebecca and Timothy were asked to write a letter to someone in which they talked about the advantages and disadvantages of home schooling. I decided I would publish their letters here.

Rebecca’s final project for Grade 8:

Dear You:

Hey! How’s life?  Mine’s going pretty well, today is my last day of eighth grade!  I have a bunch of plans for summer, and I know that it’s gonna be a great summer!  Then I start my freshman year as a Cowboy at Southwood High School!  Since today is my last day of Homeschool, I’m going to give you some of the benefits and downsides of Homeschooling.

There are multiple benefits to Homeschooling.  You have more free time to spend with family or other Homeschooled friends.  You never have to worry about Homework, because you git it all done in class.  You can work at your own pace, and you can get all the extra help you need!  You also have some input for what you study, and you can be pretty creative for how you do it.  Lastly your schedule can be really flexible!

For me, there were a few downsides to homeschooling too.  First, you’re in a class by yourself, and you don’t get to see your friends everyday.  It’s also hard to play sports or do extracurricular activities like choir or Student Council.  Lastly, it can be hard to decide what to do with all your free-time!  Haha.

Homeschooling has been great and I think I’m gonna miss it a little next year.  I am excited to be at a public school, but Home school will always hold a special place in my heart!

Love,

Rebecca

Timothy’s final project for Grade 5:

Dear Someone,

Hey, this is Timothy.  How are you doing?  I am doing good.  It is beautiful down here.  How is your family?  Mine is good.  Here are some benefits about homeschooling.

The benefits are you can go on more field trips in homeschool.  School is much shorter, sometimes.  You can also have some input in what you study, and if you like spending time with your parents this is for you.

There are downsides too.  There is a lot more writing.  You can’t play many sports.  This might be a downside for you – you have a small class.

My conclusion is that homeschooling is fun.  There are a couple downsides, but otherwise it is very fun.

Timothy