Thursday, January 31, 2008

The Last Day of January

I can't believe today is the last day of January. It went by way to fast. I am trying to find quiet things to do right now because both Kinley and Chris are sleeping. Chris is home from work sick and it is Kinley's usual nap time. I am praying that I don't catch the flu bug since Kinley was throwing up Saturday night and Sunday and now Chris' stomach is upset. I really don't want to get sick! Time to get out the Clorox bleach wipes again!
I am finding that Kinley defenitely has a mind of his own since he is starting to throw little "fits" when I have to say no or take something away. They don't last long thankfully, but I'm not sure I'm ready for this stage yet. I guess he isn't going to ask my permission to throw "fits". For some reason he really wants to get under the computer desk and play with the cords and stuff. That is our biggest struggle most days. I try to barricade it, but he continues to squeeze himself in until he is stuck and then mom needs to rescue him.
Well, I think I might actually lay down for awhile before anyone else wakes up!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Stranger Anxiety?

This morning I attended a women's Bible study at Trinity church in Watseka. It was a new experience for me, since we do not attend that church. Anyway, they have three very nice older ladies who stay in the nursery with the little ones. I was expecting Kinley to be a little clingy when I dropped him off considering it was a new place and new people, but he went right to one of the ladies and didn't even look back. I have to admit that my heart hurt a little at first, but it was really nice being able to sit through a Bible study and not have to think about where Kinley was or what he was putting into his mouth (you would be surprised at what he can fit in his mouth). They even have pagers that they can call you on if they need you for some reason. I will definetely be back next week!

Thursday, January 17, 2008


Well, Kinley is on Antibiotics for the first time. He has a really bad cough, sore throat, and red ears. I really don't like giving him medicine, and I need to keep giving him motrin as well as the antibiotics. At least he is sleeping well at night. I'm just praying that Chris and I don't get it too, but I don't think we will. I feel so helpless to help him when he feels sick.

A little tangent, but how do you keep kids from throwing their bath toys out of the bathtub and soaking the whole bathroom? I say no and put them back in, but he thinks that is a game.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

The Power of Water

Watseka, which is about 15 minutes from where we live, is flooded by water that is still rising. I'm going to try to get some pictures soon. My mom's house was a refugee house last night as family and friends escaped the water and being trapped in their homes. Everyone keeps saying this is the worst it has ever been because such a big area received the 31/2 inches of rain and it all flows to Watseka, whereas usually only a smaller area gets that amount of rain at a time. It also came down REALLY fast. So, please keep Watseka in your prayers since they are calling for even more rain this afternoon and evening.

Monday, January 7, 2008


Chris is going on a mission trip to Ongole, India in February with a group from our church. We are both excited, although Kinley and I will miss him greatly the two weeks he is gone. They will be doing a crusade and a pastor's conference while there. We are praying for many to come to know Jesus as their Saviour and Lord.


Just a thought, but I don't think I should have to sweat in the winter while sitting in my house. Yet, that is what I am doing. We purchased a corn furnace a couple years ago, which is wonderful when it is really cold outside but on days like today when it is 50 degrees outside it boils us. So, I have just turned off our furnace for the day. I hope it stays warm enough in here for the next twelve hours since my husband informed me that he will not be coming home early to get it lighted again! I'm thankful that it is not so bitter cold outside, but I wish I wasn't sweating! The up side is that Kinley doesn't have to wear pants or socks, so he is loving it.

Friday, January 4, 2008


Chris and I (Mandy) have been married for five years. We have one son, Kinley Paul, who is 14 months old. He is the light of our lives these days, and we're not sure what we did before he arrived. Chris works on a pig farm called Perfume Acres (Ha!). He started there four months ago and so far has enjoyed working there. I get the priveledge of staying home with Kinley. I'm so thankful I don't have to miss anything in his life. I do work one afternoon a week at our church, Living Hope, keeping the books. Kinley stays with Grandma or A.Marci. We are thankful for every blessing God has given us in our family, friends, and marriage.