The Value of Things Not Sought For

Posted by Shelley on Apr 24, 2009 in Mike, Real Life Stories, Uncensored Shelley



: the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for ;

1. The faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident.
2. The fact or occurrence of such discoveries.
3. An instance of making such a discovery.

:an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.

This was today. Didn’t plan it, didn’t go looking for it. Serendipity. Now I know what it is.


The Blessing of Field Trips

Posted by Shelley on Apr 16, 2009 in Real Life Stories, kids
April 15th, 2009

April 15th, 2009

Yesterday I had the opportunity to go on a field trip with Canon’s class… I say it was an opportunity because it truly is just that, an opportunity, a chance. So many field trips I’ve been on and I don’t think I’ve ever taken one for granted. First of all, it is such a gift to have children of my very own in my life. Second of all, I am so blessed to have a boy and a girl, what a joy it is to see the world through Canon’s eyes! And thirdly, they are growing up and each day is a day the Lord has given me to see them through it. How good God has been to me!

The hayride was the highlight of the trip

The hayride was the highlight of the trip

I am cherishing this because over the weekend I got the words I knew I would hear one day.

me: “I sure wanted to go with you on that field trip to Montgomery, Melodi. I am sorry it didn’t work out this time…”
melodi: “that’s okay mom. I think I had more fun without you being on it.”

She went on to say how grown up she felt. Last week she had the opportunity, the chance, and she took a charter bus with a bunch of school kids and with $25 in hand and her gameboy she left for a full day on the town. Before I know it she is going to be dressed for prom for a full night on the town. I just hope she doesn’t take her gameboy. But if she does, that boy better just consider himself darn lucky. Because not every girl can make a gameboy a fashion accessory ;) .



Posted by Shelley on Apr 15, 2009 in Uncensored Shelley



My Refrigerator Door

Posted by Shelley on Apr 13, 2009 in Uncensored Shelley

I believe you can tell a lot about a person by what is on their refrigerator door. Don’t worry, I won’t be trying to over-analyze you and your family the next time I am at your house. I’ll do it when it get home, after I’ve studied your fridge door.

Here’s what is on ‘my’ door. Of course, it is the family’s fridge. But sometimes I feel like it’s my big lovable friend in the kitchen. Because I am usually the one to clean it, fill it and empty it from time to time. But that is another post.

MAGNETS. I collect them as souvenirs wherever I go and here are a few:
Twelfth hole at Augusta National
Pensacola Museum of Aviation (we visit the aviation museums wherever we go)
Cheaha State Park
USS Alabama
Chattanooga Choo-Choo
Wakulla Springs, Florida (it’s a deer, I bought it for myself)
Ober Gatlinburg (it’s a squirrel, I bought it for Mike)

Fort Valley, GA (this is where they make the BlueBird school buses, so it’s a yellow school bus)

Then we have random ones like:
The Honey Do List (currently nothing is on it)
A rainbow Canon made with Genisis 9:13 on it (the rainbow promise)
A big, huge “Sassy” maginet (for Melodi aka Sassy the Cat)
A very small calendar from our realtor (it still says March 09 on it)
A magnet frame from Success Rice (yes, in the red box at the grocery store) that says, “Picture of Success” at the top and my sister Kelsey’s picture is in it
Mickey Mouse

We also have those clippy magnets that hold artwork, school announcements, etc. Currently we have two holding:
a picture of me and Mike at Chuck E. Cheese’s photobooth (2007)
and another of me and Canon in the same booth (2009)

Plus a magnet picture of Canon’s 4k Thanksgiving play, we have one of these for every play they do at school. I usually have to rotate them out.

This is only the front doors, I haven’t even gotten to the sides. If I had to sum up the rest of the Shaw refrigerator door it would be something like this:

Weeki Watchee Spings, FL, a picture of Melodi in a stockade (colonial days at school), a measuring cup with measuring equivalents, a weekly meal planner (I don’t think I’ve ever used it), and a picture of me when I was 3 or 4 years old at Halloween dressed like an Indian. There are more, but I think that gives you enough to psycho-analyze our household.

Oops, I almost forgot my two favorite ones. They each have a saying on them that I try to live by:
I don’t suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it.
Both of us can’t look good at the same time. It’s either me or the house.

So, don’t spend money on a therapist. Ask me to come over and give you the lowdown on what you’ve got going on. And would somebody please comment and tell me what I’ve got going on in this crazy head of mine?!? Thanks!


Her Birthday

Posted by Shelley on Apr 1, 2009 in kids

It was a good one, she was truly very happy all day today and isn’t that just the best? Everything, from the candle in her fresh baked cinnamon sugar muffin this morning to the April Fool’s fun at school. She didn’t want to fall for my prank: a banged up foot from a fall in the parking lot, with ice and crutches, the whole deal. Here’s what she told me, “mom, you know I’m a professional. I’ve been doing this April Fool’s stuff for 10 years now…” Not to mention more fun at dinner, fun with the cake, super-fun with presents… it was a special day and I’m sure we’ll always remember it.

One of the gifts I gave her today was one her Dad bought on the day she was born. “Wow, mom, it’s like a re-used gift!” A cute little beanie baby from the gift shop at St. Vincents had been put away for the past few years. She saw the exact one online and asked for it for her birthday. How about that? Receiving something a long time ago is actually something that you want again. Interesting to think about.

I didn’t get sad til I put her to bed. She told me about some silly stuff a boy was saying to her at school. I said, “you know he’s just doing that to impress you…” She rolled her eyes and I said, “it doesn’t work does it?” and she said, “no, it doesn’t work.” Like I said, I’m going to make darn sure she learns from some of my mistakes!

Tucking her in, giving her a kiss and then hugging her got me. I said, “Can I just stay here a little bit longer?” She agreed. My face was in her hair and I thought, here we are. How happy she has made me, how she has challenged me and how much she’s allowed me to grow and learn what the heck I’m doing right in front of eyes. And then I felt the tears come that don’t fall. And while I was sad, because every mom knows what it’s like to remember a new life in your arms, I just knew I was blessed. Immensely.

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