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We celebrated this crazy kid and his ninth birthday earlier this month.

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Josiah requested an army boot camp birthday, and thankfully, my army engineer husband was home to create a bigger and better backyard obstacle course than we could have dreamed up.

Here is the lineup, ready to attempt the course.

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First, our recruits climbed up the tower and through the spider web maze.

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To the rope climb.

cheating!

cheating!

Next, on to the zip line!

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The Low Crawl:

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Then, the bystanders were allowed to attack!  with water balloons, water guns, and, as all hell broke loose, the water hose.

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At the finish line, there was one more task of courage.  The recruits had two options:

1) They could choose a jelly bean from the bowl (sound easy? Well, half of the beans were DISGUSTING flavors like barf, dog food, and smelly socks, while the other half were yum, but there is NO WAY of knowing until you commit and bite into it.  The bad ones are really, truly, bad. Thanks, Darrin and Sarah for introducing us to Bean Boozled!)

2)  They could play Egg Roulette (Jimmy Falon’s fun game). Half the eggs were hardboiled, half were raw. They had to choose an egg and smash it on their head.

Lucky

Lucky

Not so lucky

Not so lucky

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Following hot dogs and cheeseburgers, we dug into our camo cake.

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We love this boy and his adventurous spirit!

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Movie Night, Game Night, and Wrestle Night are all Back!

Movie Night, Game Night, and Wrestle Night are all Back!

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A Fun Adventure with Shanghai style Soup Dumplings in Rockville, MD!

A Fun Adventure with Shanghai style Soup Dumplings in Rockville, MD!

Jess has made our life better in so many ways, but finding a SONIC on our way home from car shopping was one of the BEST!

Jess has made our life better in so many ways, but finding a SONIC on our way home from car shopping was one of the BEST!

Life is still very busy, but so much better with Jess around!  For those few people who did not catch the Facebook videos, here’s a recap of J’s homecoming.  We are sharing, because we know you have been praying for us and encouraging us for the last 9 months!  Thank you!  Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Homecoming 2015

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My thoughts two and a half years ago and still today as we get ready to welcome J home this week!

Originally posted on One More Thing:

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Or, Jess has left Afghanistan! He is waiting in the transit center at Manas for his flight home, but next week’s blog post should be the best yet!

This week will seem to CRAWL by, but I am excited. No, I am GIDDY.

I have spent a lot of years accepting thoughtful comments from friends and (many) complete strangers. Comments like, “I don’t know how you do it,” “You are amazing,” “I could never do what you do,” etc. Thank you. It makes me realize that you don’t take what my family does lightly. You recognize that it’s difficult for me to send my spouse into a dangerous country while I try to be mom and dad at home. It is trying, and this blog doesn’t really begin to illustrate the half of it.

However, I believe we ALL have our HARD stuff. I could say, “I don’t know how…

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Just adding some of our fun events this week for the scrapbook.

Frying Pan Park Piglets

Frying Pan Park Piglets

CC Field Trip!

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Getting the Canoeing rules

Getting the Canoeing rules

Adeline and her buddies tipped their canoe and went for a swim!

Adeline and her buddies tipped their canoe and went for a swim!

The bamboo forest

The bamboo forest

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Josiah is in the red hat on the hay ride.

Josiah is in the red hat on the hay ride.

Addy and her class are proud of their shelter.

Addy and her class are proud of their shelter.

Sam--showing off on the zipline (yes, he's upside down).

Sam–showing off on the zipline (yes, he’s upside down).

Ella conquered her fears and zip lined!

Ella conquered her fears and zip lined!

Mom's turn!

Mom’s turn!

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My spot is squeezed right between my youngest girls.

My spot is squeezed right between my youngest girls.

Today was Field Day!  My kids didn’t have a clue what that meant, but I told them it was the favorite day of public school students and they would run hard, get hot, and have a blast.  They did. I didn’t get a single picture of the big kids, but they participated, too!  Especially proud of AddyLou!  She joined her yellow team, cheered them on, ran her hardest, made friends, when she came not knowing anyone!  If you know Addy, you know what a big deal that is!

Adeline runs the obstacle course.

Adeline runs the obstacle course.

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Josiah and his buddy AnnaLou in the 3 legged race!

Josiah and his buddy AnnaLou in the 3 legged race!

going down!

going down!

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Adeline in the sack race.

Adeline in the sack race.

The water balloon toss.

The water balloon toss.

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This girl was D.O.N.E.

This girl was D.O.N.E.

Happy Mother’s Day, to my Memaw, who enjoys life to the fullest with her kids, grandkids, and great grandkids, whether it’s playing Just Dance on Wii or taking silly selfies, Memaw’s always up for some fun!  I love you.

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To my mother-in-law, who raised a pretty amazing son (and four other pretty amazing people), feeds me pie for breakfast, AND makes me feel less guilty for the pie since she eats it with me.  I love you.

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And to my mom, who just left here after a week of non-stop laundry and cleaning.  My mom doesn’t know how to stop serving and helping, and even when I don’t like admitting I need help, I need her.  I love you.

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And to my kids, who truly are my joy, and are about to head outside to pick up poop and sticks and mow the lawn. . . I’m sure with NO complaining.  :)  I love y’all.

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And to the dear sweet friends who have been mommas to me or to my children as we move around the country, I love you. And to all the single moms out there who still have to clean up the dishes and fix meals on this special day–you are amazing!

My dishwasher is still in Afghanistan.

My dishwasher is still in Afghanistan.

And to the woman on the opposite side of the world who carried my daughter for nine months, gave her life, and left her, protected, at a Shanghai hospital–I love your precious girl and am honored to be her mother…thank you.  

To the ayis who fed and changed and held her, whom she called “mama” for 28 months, thank you.  

And to my husband, who is beginning his journey home–thank’s for the best mother’s day gift ever, and I love you!

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I had a blast hosting my first Noonday Collection party with this sweet friend! I loved the opportunity to share about the mission of this company!IMG_6746

Maggie loves Math :)  I wish she would rub off on the other kids.

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Pretty flowers, girls in their silks.

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A joyful heart is good medicine. –Proverbs 17:22

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This kiddo had a great day on the diamond! He had a 7 RBI game, including his first home run: A GRAND SLAM.

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This picture was taken right before RBI #7.  Because I MISSED the first 30 minutes of the game, and his home run!!!  I am so disappointed and so proud. I missed his dad’s college baseball home run, too, 18 years ago.  It seems my men perform better when I’m not watching.

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Thanking God for another week.

Week 34

What does it mean when you get a bad cold and your toddler stops sleeping through the night and you decide to have a giant garage sale and your washing machine blows up and you start running every single day because-whoa! where did that 10 pounds come from (ahem, belgium chocolate). . . . ?  It means your husband is coming home soon!

I don’t really have many pictures this week, because things have been a little crazy and really do feel like crud.

We met our favorite Savannah middle schoolers downtown during their class trip.

We met our favorite Savannah middle schoolers downtown during their class trip.

Unfortunately, I spent most of the time taking this toddler to the bathroom and then LOOKING all over the Museum of Natural History for my kids and friends--big mistake leaving my purse and phone with them!

Unfortunately, I spent most of the time taking this toddler to the bathroom and then LOOKING all over the Museum of Natural History for my kids and friends–big mistake leaving my phone with them!

This is me, getting sick, sitting in the rain at a baseball game, that we lost. wah-wah-wahhhh.

This is me, getting sick, sitting in the rain at a baseball game, that we lost. wah-wah-wahhhh.

Don't want to end on a sad note:  Here's M trying to get the last drops of her frozen yogurt.

Don’t want to end on a sad note: Here’s M trying to get the last drops of her frozen yogurt.

Gosh, this is so whiny! It’s just because I have a headache.  So, let me end with this: My husband is coming home soon!!!!

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