Looking On The Bright Side

Nothing new to report on the job front.  We’ve sent the resumes out, but no action so far.  After this Friday, we will have no more paychecks.  Except for whatever Brian will get from unemployment.  So things will start to get interesting very soon.

We shut off the sattelite on Monday.  Goodbye Andy Griffith ~sniff sniff~ it’s been real!

The good thing about Brian being home all the time now is that we’ve had plenty of time to spend together as a family.  The girls have definitely enjoyed spending more time with their dad.

We’ve played beauty salon.


We’ve practiced our skills at catching popcorn in our mouth. (Look at Buster – he’s all over those pieces that fall to the floor)


And we’ve been entertained with endless amounts of Kung Fu presentations!







And the best part of all is that last night I started a daily family devotion with the girls.  My pastor sent me a great link.  It’s a website called Wonderzone and it has a daily devotion that is in easy to understand language for kids.  It was a huge success.  The girls (even Hannah) were really into it and they both participated with lots of questions and comments.

When I told them about what we were going to start doing, Katie was of course thrilled.  She got out a notebook and pen so she could take notes.   She couldn’t wait.

Hannah’s response?  “Do I have to?”

I said “Yes, you have to Hannah.  You’ll like it.  It will be fun”  And it was.  And she liked it.

At one point I decided to ask them some questions about what they had learned.  The lesson was about God being the creator of everything.  For example, he said the words “Let there be light.”  and there was the sun…etc.

So, Hannah’s explanation for all of this was “We needed a sun.  God said the word.  We need candy, God said the word.  We need puppies, God said the word.”  It was pretty funny.  We ended with prayer and Hannah must’ve been saying her own because when I was done praying, she kept her head bowed a few more seconds and then I heard her whisper “Bye, God.”

I think this no TV thing is going to be great for us.  If I start to have Andy & Barney withdrawals, I’ll just go get some from the library!

“God will let you laugh again; You will raise the roof with shouts of joy.” Job 8:21


6 thoughts on “Looking On The Bright Side

  1. Gretchen February 4, 2009 at 1:25 pm Reply

    I love this post. And thank you for the Wonderzone link. I think Hannah and Isaac are a lot alike. This is his response as well except it isn’t as polite as Hannah’s. We also shut off our cable a while back and I do miss it, but it has been better. Of course I am probably still on the computer a lot. I am still praying for you all. I love the pictures.

  2. lil February 4, 2009 at 1:31 pm Reply

    Thank you for the update. Who needs TV when you have your own Kung Fu show right there. LOL

  3. Becky February 4, 2009 at 1:57 pm Reply

    I would have named that post The Good, The Bad And the Ninja. tee hee
    Great post!
    Some good will come out of this, you’ll see. Well, it’s already starting to show anyway.

  4. 50s Housewife February 4, 2009 at 2:35 pm Reply

    Y’all are such a sweet family! Great post!

    Did you know that you can watch lots of movies and TV shows on hulu.com? We have found some great family movies there. Also, you might look around those $1 DVD bins at the dollar store. We have some Andy Griffith and Shirley Temple DVDs we found there.

  5. Christy February 4, 2009 at 4:02 pm Reply

    What a sweet post!!! I love the picture of your husband painting Hannah’s nails!!!!

    You might check out your local TV stations…because we don’t have cable but we get The Andy Griffith show everyday!!! 😉 It used to be on every day at 12:30, now it is on in the evening!! It’s our favorite part of the day!!

    I think it is awesome that you are getting a lot of family time!!! So many families don’t have that, and don’t care. Your girls are very fortunate!!! They probably won’t remember that Brian lost his job, but they will remember all the family time, the family devotions and your wonderful attitude through it all!!! 🙂

    Thanks for the link! You all will continue to be in my prayers!!

  6. Kristi Smith February 5, 2009 at 1:17 pm Reply

    I agree with everyone, enjoy the family time. I know this is a stressful and hard time but I think good things will come from it.

    We all become accustomed to living a certain way of life but really all we need is love, food, and shelter.

    Hang in there and know we are all thinking about you and praying for you.


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