Saturday, April 22, 2017

Working Together 

My husband and daughter are amazing. This weekend we had a over lap of shows. So my amazing daughter and husband did two shows on there own and they rocked it. I am so grateful for family who are willing to pull together for our small business and help out. And look at that beautiful girl back at shows. I have missed her being with me. 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Another Crazy Day

This week has been crazy. Actually the whole month has been crazy. My husband would deny this but his memory has not been the same for the last six months. I asked him to take my daughter to the orthodontist. He has taken her many times. I have a husband who can remember directions to anywhere. I was shocked when he called me ten minutes after he left to ask for directions on how to get to the orthodontist. This is where my day goes a little crazy. Twenty minutes later my hero called me to ask me to look for his keys. Okay I am going to bullet point again because I do not even know how to explain this. *my hero calls me to ask me to look for his truck keys *I need him to explain how he drove without his keys; I did not know that was possible *the girls and I spent 20 minutes searching the house, the driveway and the trash for his keys. At some point that morning he had cleaned out his truck so he had no idea where they would be. *I told him I would bring him his spare keys. This is where I should mention that he has a wand that turns on the alarm in his truck. *as I pull out of the driveway onto the main road I see his keys. They had flown off the back of his truck. I actually only found his keychain, part of his wand and a couple spare keys *so I take him the spare key from the house. This is where I explain that I do not enjoy driving especially in construction. But I did it, I was not annoyed at him because we all make mistakes and it was honestly almost comical. *I arrive at the orthodontist and he said the piece of the wand I found would not work. So I offer him his spare (he can bypass the alarm). That’s when he looks at me and says…… *he says, I do not need the spare, I had a spare in my truck. YOU HAD WHAT, WHY AM I HERE *he said, I told you I only needed you to come if you had the wand. Pretty sure that was not said *at this point I decide I am going to do a facebook live video. I have done live videos before but never shown my face. I honestly am not okay with my appearance right now. So I start the video, I am laughing about my morning. That’s when my hero walks back to my car and…. *starts screaming at me about how I did not have to drive down and he did not tell me to come down. I love this man but I think the stress of the last week had gotten to him. He does not scream at me daily. This is where I ask you to pray for him. Between getting out of the Army, looking for a job, having heart surgery and general life he has been under a lot of stress.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

What a Day!!

What a day!!! I do not even know how to explain my days sometimes. I swear we should have a camera crew following us. I am going to share the first few hours of my day so you can laugh. It was Easter morning. I knew I would not be going to church because my husband was released from the hospital the day before and I would not leave him. So I woke up at 4:30, yes AM and woke the girls to take care of animals. While they did morning chores I made two egg casseroles for the potluck at church. When the casseroles were done I drove the girls to church. I took our son with us. On the way to church he asked why he could not stay at church with the girls. I explained that for the last month he has hidden after church and not come to us. Because of this I could not allow the girls to be responsible for him. That set him off. This is where I am going to stop writing in paragraph form and hope you are not too offended by my lack of grammar. So just laugh or cry with me as you read the rest of my morning. *after we dropped off the girls my son asked to stop for breakfast. We stopped for donuts, while at the donut shop the child kept mumbling. I asked what he wanted and he continued to mumble. So I paid for our stuff and we left. * I am going to be honest; I was feeling pretty wimpy on the way home. You see my college son was still home in bed. I did not mind missing church to care for my husband but if my son was home he could have cared for my husband and I could have gone to church. So I turned up my praise music and decided to just get over myself. Just as I was starting to feel better about my day a little voice from the back seat said “can you turn off the ruckus”. EXCUSE ME and he repeated it. I did not lose it on him. I turned my praise music up and continued to drive home. *when we arrived home I informed said child that we would not be watching TV because we needed less ruckus. This set off WW3. He decided to scream and jump and tell me he was waking everyone up. Needless to say my morning was stressing me. I finally thought I could breathe and ate a donut and started to relax. That is when….. *That is when I heard my husband scream, a panicked scream. I went running up the stairs. He thought for sure he was bleeding out. You see he did not remember the doctor saying he would bruise. He did not bruise the first time he had this procedure. He only remembered that he needed to watch for internal and external bleeding. I instantly had him lay down and called 911. We eventually realized that what he was feeling was pressure. The pressure was a combination of swelling and needing to urinate. It did not help that our three year kicked him which is what woke him up. This is where I am going to be honest. Once I knew he was not bleeding externally and there was nothing I could do but wait for the ambulance I went into a different mode. I realized how messy the hallway looked. I was chucking things in rooms and shutting doors. I was cursing my daughters because I realized you could not walk through the upstairs bathroom. This is common after three girls shower and get ready for church. I was just praying they did not want to take him into the upstairs bathroom. *The ambulance left after he signed a refusal of treatment form. I am so glad he was/is okay. *my college son woke up in the middle of all this. Jacob on the other hand did not realize that 6 EMT’s were five feet from his head. So Michael left for church. You would think life would slow down. *I made Rob breakfast, cleaned out the fridge, straightened the kitchen, then sat down to check on Rob *just then the college boy called to say he got sick at church and was coming home *when Michael got home I needed to leave to pick up the girls. As I am walking out the door I realize that my three and six year old had spilt strawberry powder all over the kitchen and were now rolling in it and using it like sand. I would like to complain and say the day was a complete waist and cry. But you know what? I have all my children home, my husband is alive and home with me. I had time to remember that while my day started crazy no one was beating me, no one was denying my existence; I am not dying so others can live. That is what Easter is about; it is about remember what Jesus did for us. I do not think I will ever be able to wrap my head around the pain he went through for me or how I will ever be worthy of his forgiveness.

Saying Good-bye

This week we sold four of our babies. I knew we could not keep them but it is always hard to let them go. 

This picture cracks me up. The babies have to be on their knees to nurse. Reminds me off a toddler hanging upside down to nurse. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

My Baby Boy

Oh baby boy please slow down and don't grow up. I love you so much. I love how you still need me to go to sleep. I love how you give me morning kisses and snuggles each morning. Please do not grow up, please stay my baby boy. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Petrie Soaps and Stuff

I feel like life has been crazy the last few weeks. We are trying to stock up and prepare for our summer farmers omarket. This year we are doing two. I am really excited about this but it means I need to be working ahead. Did you know that you do not have to come to a market or craft show to purchase our soaps. You can always order right from our Petrie Soaps facebook page. We are working on our Mother's Day Specials right now.





Saturday, April 15, 2017

Happy Birthday 

This little boy is turning seven in a couple of weeks. I am not ready. This is my snuggle buggie. He was so small when he joined our family. Not walking and hardly talking.  He randomly shook. We had so many appointments to figure out what caused what looked like seizures. We never found out what was going on. We think it as stress. Occasionally his little hands will tremble when he is nervous. It is nothing a little snuggle can't fix. 

I remember the first time he called me momma. Oh what a privilege it is to be his momma. I will never take for granted that his birth momma is giving me this privilege. I will never take for granted the minutes that God has given with me. 

James has a smile that helps him get away with more than he should. He is so smart but he does not want others to know just how smart he is because then they would not baby him as much. 

Happy birthday baby boy, I love you!

Friday, April 14, 2017

House Pets

What pets do you have in your house? We keep our dogs in the house. We also have two cats and a bunny that lives inside. Some days we have a baby goat come in to visit. This little baby is not able to be with her momma so she gets lots of loving from us.  Yes that is a baby goat on our couch. I would not want it any other way. 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Goat Shows

Have you ever been to a goat show? It is a show where your children take snacks and drink from the house and sell them back to you in your back yard. My girls love teaching the girls new tricks. And Jason loves selling me bottles of water. 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Selfies

What was life like before selfies? I honestly love looking back and seeing all the pictures the kids have left on my phone. 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

My Tongue Hurts

Sometimes I have to bite my tongue. This week my tongue almost has holes in it from bitting it so much.    After my husband signed out of the Army we jumped in the car to get home. He drove home in his uniform. When we stopped for gas someone (okay a guy walking his dog) decided to scream foul language at my husband and telling him the war is over. My hero kept his cool.  This morning we had our taxes done. The lady preparing our taxes asked if we still had all those kids. Hmm, I never knew getting rid of them was a option. Then she told me that she knows someone who has ten kids and they HOMESCHOOL. I told her we homeschool but I don't think she cared. She told me that she would send all the kids to school. I did not respond. I wanted to but I did not.   I am hoping tomorrow is a better day and that my poor tongue has time to heal. 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

What a Day

WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE?!!?!?....grrr

Today I went to the grocery store and while at the checkout I dropped a $20 bill... the lady in front of me picked it up... I thanked her and told her that it was mine and she said "The things found on earth are kept by the collector" and walks away... I looked at the cashier who is as amazed as me and, in a loud voice, I say to the lady, "is this some kind of joke?! Give me back my $20!" I followed her into the parking lot, still shouting, but she would not stop.... When she got to her car, she put her shopping bags on the ground to open her car door. So I ran up, grabbed the bags and ran off yelling "The things found on earth are kept by the collector!!" I went home nervous, shaken and agitated because I've never stolen anything in my life, I opened her bags...and what did I find inside?????????????

NOTHING BC THIS IS A JOKE TO SEE WHO READS THE WHOLE THING.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Spring has Sprung

I always know when spring is close because it means we spend nights sleeping in the basement. When it was over I came upstairs to the couch but left the boys sleeping.  They woke up at 3am and went back to bed. This morning they woke up and told me they had the same dream. They both dreamed that I slept with them in the basement.  I love these boys. 

Friday, March 31, 2017

Sick Kids and Precious Friends

Sometimes I complain that I do not have friends.  I need to stop and remind myself that I do when I have these moments.For two weeks we had sick kids. It went through our church and when it hits large families it seems to just hang around. One night I was overly tired, I had a huge to do list when a friend texted that she was stopping by. She brought me a big amazing piece of cheesecake. Cheesecake is my favorite splurge.  I know it sounds silly but just that one small gesture helped me get through the next sleepless night. 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

A Broken Heart

My husband recently found out that he has heart blockages and cannot work out until we figure out what the next step is. So Jacob is helping him work his muscles by jumping on him.  

  He had a angiogram this morning and found out that he has 2 arteries that have 100% blockages, one with 50%, one with 70% and one with 90% blockage. 

  We will see the cardiologist on Wednesday to decide the next step. Please pray with us as we make some difficult descisions. 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Help my Pants are Unzipped

Do you have pants that will not stay zipped. My favorite pants will not stay zipped. So I tried the trick I saw on Facebook. Take a keychain and attach to your zipper. Then wrap the key chain around the button and then cover. I know that does not really make sense but try it. What tricks do you use on a regular basis? 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Life as a Three Year Old

Life makes you tired when you are there. Sometimes you climb out of bed with your blankets but cannot go any more. This morning he woke up and several things irritated. First, I did not make his cereal swim. I did not even know that was a thing. Appearanlty your cereal does not swim if you do not have enough milk in the bowl.  Second he was worried that the dogs needed to go outside to go potty. They will make the snow dirty. He reminded me that they have a hiney winey and could use a toilet. Life got better when he realized they were playing outside because that meant the dogs ran out of poo. Life was quickly destroyed when he saw them eating the snow.  I honestly can do nothing but smile at him and love his thought process. 

Friday, March 24, 2017

A New Show

Another wonderful show is down in the books. This show was in a small town I had never been to. It was only about 40 minutes from my house but a whole new area. Next weekend we are at the mall. Actually I am setting up at the mall and my amazing wonderful husband is setting up to me at two other locations.  I know our bank account says he will need to go back to work but I am enjoying him being home with us. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Rescue Dogs 

I love our dogs.  They came to us from a amazing rescue as adults.  They make me feel safe. Hope is not feeling well today.  There is no faking a illness in our house. If you are sick then a dog is probably on your lap.    I know everyone wants energetic puppies. I urge you to consider a rescue dog. These dogs have changed our lives for the better. And on a side note they encourage us to sweep and vacuum daily. 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

The End of our Volleyball Year

Our volleyball season is over. As much I do not like the late night pick ups I am going to miss hearing stories of games. We really do have a wonderful volley ball team. This girls have really bonded. They have a amazing coach who has dedicated so much of his time and heart to our girls.  Tonight was the sports banquet. This is a time to talk about the year and say thank you to our amazing coaches. The dress code was church clothes. That did not go over well with my beautiful daughter so she bought a dress.  I love this child and how she is herself.  I pray this never changes. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Hurry Up and Wait

I know he wants to get a job, I know our bank account says he needs to go back to work but man I will miss him making breakfast on a regular basis.   This retirement life is kind of nice. I wake up with my husband and go to bed with my husband.  I do ask you to pray with us as lots of descisions are being made over the next few months. Where do we accept a job at, do we move, does he go back to school. Do we start home improvements or just clean out for a move? Hmm, I do not function well in the hurry up wait life. 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Dating Like Teenagers

My husband and I do not get away often so when we do we have fun. We turn into kids again. Sometimes my husband decides I need to learn a new skill. Tonight he taught me how to make a paper airplane.  Of course I had to go to the entrance to see it if it works.  I think there is something freeing about being in a different town where no one knows you. Sometimes you just have to have fun together. I remember one time about ten years ago we had a sword fight in the middle of a amusement park. If I remember correctly (i rarely do) I won that fight.    What are your favorite dates with your spouse and how often do you get away together?

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

No Apology Needed

Dear man in the gas station parking lot,    I am so grateful for my husband who has fought to keep you safe. So that you can come up to him and call him a sorry ????? And tell him the war is over.  I want you to know that he knows when the war is over and has the scares to prove it. Scares you will never see or understand.    So feel free to keep walking your dog in the gas station parking lot and he will continue to stand up for his country.  Signed,  One proud military wife

Bath Bombs and Love

We are really enjoying our bath bombs. I will always love my goats milk soaps but these bath bombs are not only fun and beautiful but they feel amazing when you are relaxing in a hot tub.  Did you know that you can see all of our products on our Facebook page https://m.facebook.com/PetrieSoapsandStuff/  This is a fun picture of some of our love spell bath bombs. They smell so romantic. We also have the matching soap and lotion. 
  • What is your favorite fragrance? I have a hard time deciding. Most days it is love spell or amazing grace but then on my fun days I cannot get enough fruit loop soap and lotion.  My kids would choose monkey farts for a favorite? Can you guess what monkey farts smells like?

Day One of the Rest of our Lives

Life is changing, it is scary and exciting all at the same time. As I type this post we are driving home. Today my husband signed out of the Army after 24 years.  I am so proud of him and all that he has accomplished. As he was signing the papers he had a extra because all of his awards did not fit on one page. Awards he deserved.  We do not know what is next for our family. Be prepared I am about to get on my soap box. The original plan was for him to start a job in the same offfice doing basically the same job. I was so excited for him.  We would even have a month of double pay. He would be doing a job that he loves and we would not have to move. It all sounded perfect.   That was until the "180 day rule" ruined it. You see this rule that came into effect on December 23 ( okay re established). I encourage you to look it up. Basically what it says is that my husband was okay to go over seas for you this month but next month he is not good enough to have a government job.  Okay off my soap box. I am looking forward to having him home for how ever much time he gets to be off work. It will be weird to have him not in uniform. It will be weird not worrying about a military move. I am so excited to see what God has in planned for our family.  I ask you to pray for us as we learn what life is like as civilians. Pray as Rob works on his disability claim with the VA. I love the picture of my husband on his last day in uniform with my daughter. 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

A New Beginning  

Life is changing, it is scary and exciting all at the same time. As I type this post we are driving home. Today my husband signed out of the Army after 24 years. I am so proud of him and all that he has accomplished. As he was signing the papers he had a extra because all of his awards did not fit on one page. Awards he deserved.  We do not know what is next for our family. Be prepared I am about to get on my soap box. The original plan was for him to start a job in the same offfice doing basically the same job. I was so excited for him. We would even have a month of double pay. He would be doing a job that he loves and we would not have to move. It all sounded perfect.   That was until the "180 day rule" ruined it. You see this rule that came into effect on December 23 ( okay re established). I encourage you to look it up. Basically what it says is that my husband was okay to go over seas for you this month but next month he is not good enough to have a government job.  Okay off my soap box. I am looking forward to having him home for how ever much time he gets to be off work. It will be weird to have him not in uniform. It will be weird not worrying about a military move. I am so excited to see what God has in planned for our family. I ask you to pray for us as we learn what life is like as civilians. Pray as Rob works on his disability claim with the VA. I love the picture of my husband on his last day in uniform with my daughter. 

2016 in Review

Our year at a glance: Robert, lets see Rob put in his retirement paperwork and in the next couple of months he will be out of the service after 24 years. I think he is really looking forward to life in the civilian world. In his spare time this year he built a new goat house and yard. His new goal is to build a rock wall in the back yard for the kids. Pamela, oh wait that is me. I have had a busier than normal year. I enjoyed another year at the farmers market and tried several new craft shows this year. We are no longer in any shops and have decided to only do online sells, farmers markets and craft shows. I may change that but for now we have found this works best. I love the baking for farmers market. If i was being honest I would say I love the soap making because it gives me time to work with rob. I love when he comes up with a new idea. You can see what we are working on by clicking on our facebook page. Michael, officially started Pensacola Christian College. He is loving college life and plans on trying to stay this summer and working to help pay for college. Faith, is enjoying her time on the Volleyball team. I cannot believe she is a junior already. She has chosen to not get her license yet and that thrills me because it means she still needs me. Hope, is still my animal lover and I still struggle to keep her inside most days. This year we gave her a new room with new furniture. I may never see her again. That is unless it is time for volleyball game. Grace, has had a busy year. She joined the volley ball team. She has also been sick this year. She woke up one morning feeling dizzy and has not been dizzy for months. We ask you to continue to pray as we look for answers. Jason, is nine years old. I cannot believe that. He loves all things that evolves around school. He loves competition. If the girls do 25 push ups then he will do 50 just to show that he can. My favorite time of day is when I can just set and do school one on one. James, is a hot mess. That made me laugh just writing it. He wants to be big and play like the big kids but he still wants to be my baby. He refuses to get dressed unless every piece of clothing has been approved. His biggest complaint is that he has to wear a size 7 pants when he is only 6 years old. Jacob, is three. I cannot believe my baby is three. Jacob, is sneaky and rotten and into everything and scared of nothing and mommas boy for sure.
I do not know what 2017 will bring but I am looking forward to it.

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Howard wants you to know that he is encouraging me to start blogging and sharing again. He has even agreed to chase the cat less so that I have more free time.

 
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