Monthly Archives: September 2007

Shop ’til you drop

That’s what I’ve been doing! Shopping like crazy! Tuesday I took my sister to lunch, then we shopped for maternity clothes together. We had so much fun! We haven’t had a day to ourselves in…..well, I can’t remember when. Then I bought some precious baby clothes, which I keep meaning to snap pictures of.

Today, Mom and I shopped for hours! We had such a great day. I found a few new cute things to wear, okay, several. 🙂 We had a fun lunch and just, well, shopped! We were both so exhausted when we got home close to 5:00. My ankles and feet are swollen now and I’m ready for bed. I think that will be most of my shopping for the week. Tomorrow we’re going out (to take my granny to get groceries…I promise), but all I need is something for one of my baby quilts. 🙂 Jamin will be glad.

Jamin finally made contact with this job prospect. Things are sounding really great and we’re still praying! Hopefully this can all be wrapped up in a few days, then we can set a definite moving date!

I hate reading posts without pictures. 🙂 So in honor of my precious husband, who is away and missed greatly, I am posting a mushy picture of us. Enjoy!

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My thoughts on home schooling

Well, my dear hubby has gone, and I’m here with my parents. I’m excited to shop and do some fun stuff this week, but I already feel an ache in my heart. The week will go by fast, I am convincing myself constantly.

I have been thinking about home schooling lately. The three of us (Kristan, Jonathan, and me) started out in Christian school for a few years, and then we were home schooled all the way through to graduation. There were times along the way that I wished I could go to public school. Those kids seemed to have so much fun, so many friends. And we were in a small church where there were very few, if any kids our age. My older sister wanted to go to public school at some point, too. Money was tight. I probably have no idea just how tight. It would have been SO much easier for our parents to send us to public school. Why didn’t they? Because they believed in giving us a Christian education. They realized that God had given us to them, and it was their responsibility to raise us for Him! It was their responsibility to protect us from what the world has to offer. They believed it so strongly that they would have moved if the state of Tennessee had out-lawed home schooling. What strong parents! It seems like lately a lot of Christian parents are giving up on Christian education (home school or Christian school). I am so thankful my parents did not give in! One thing we couldn’t see when we were young was all the bad things those public school kids had to deal with. We couldn’t see all the things our parents were protecting us from. I was saved at a young age and going to public school would not have taken away my salvation. But I would have so many scars and temptations to deal with today had I been exposed to all those things. I have enough to keep under control with my flesh already. I know there are situations when parents have no choice, but it is rare. I guess what I’m trying to say is that if you’re home schooling your kids, or you have them in a good Christian school, stick with it. It’s worth it! It will help your kids reach their full potential for the Lord, without so many unneeded scars. They will be thankful…we are!

Dad and Mom


Jamin has a similar story. The three of them went through Christian school all the way! Praise the Lord for godly parents!

Dad and Mom Boyer, Jada, us


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The week ahead

Well, Jamin and I have decided to do something different this week. We’ve been talking about letting me stay with my family while he goes to work in VA. So we’re going to do it this week. Why is my husband agreeing to this? Maybe it’s the mood swings. 🙂 No, not really. We don’t need time from each other, I just need some “mom” time, some “sister” time, some “granny” time. Since we’re trying to move within just a few weeks, I need to get it in. It’s now or never. So I’ll be staying here this week. I will miss him terribly. The only time we did this was when Daniel was born (my sister’s youngest baby). I came to TN from MI for about 4 or 5 days. I missed him. The good thing about it is that he works pretty long hours right now, so we’ll just miss our evenings together. Can you tell I feel terrible? I’m trying to help you all understand why it’s ok.

The up-side? I’ll be on the internet all week!! Yea! I’m planning on posting a lot. I have a few things to catch up on, a few thoughts I’ve been thinking on, and lots of baby stuff I’ve been buying!

Other thoughts: Please pray about a job for Jamin. We have gotten a very good lead and he plans on contacting the company tomorrow.

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Wings Over the Big South Fork

Yesterday, we went to a really cool air show in Oneida, TN. It was so much fun and the weather was perfect. So perfect, in fact, that we didn’t realize we were all getting scorched. We’re all red today but it was worth it. My whole family got to go (but we don’t have a family picture…surprise), so it was a lot of fun to be together.

There was a parachuting demonstration. It was so neat, but we couldn’t get any good pictures. The plane dropped about 9 jumpers. Then a smaller plane circled the sky with the smokey trail all around them. It was so much fun!

The boys really loved it. Occasionally, Daniel was a little scared of the loud noises.

This pilot was awesome! He did some really crazy stuff!



If you’ve never been to an air show and you have opportunity to go, let me tell you, “GO!” It’s really a lot of fun. And this was a really small-scale show. They didn’t even charge admission. I’d really like to see the Blue Angels now! I’m also hoping to use some pictures I got for the baby’s room. I think a few of them will crop and enlarge okay, especially sepia or b&w. We also got some shots of propellers and gauges and things like that that will be cute in the room!

Thanks for checking in!

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Baby news

Well, since some of you have asked about a name, I’ll go ahead and tell you. Even though we thought it was a girl, we were more settled on a boy’s name than a girl’s. So our baby will be Jackson Lee. Jamin says we are sounding a little Confederate. 🙂 I told him we could call him Jackson Grant to keep it even, but he didn’t like that! Lee is Jamin’s middle name, and also several others on both sides of the family. We’re really pleased with our baby name.

I actually had better nursery plans for a boy too. We’re doing airplanes, and I’m planning hard. I’m going to buy fabric today. I decided a long time ago that I wanted to make all the bedding for this baby. I’ve got it all drawn out, I just hope it comes out the same as it looks on paper. I made some letters for his name. They are wooden letters, about 6-7″ high. They have little bits of fabric put on with Mod Podge, and separated with brown yarn. They look pretty good. I’m going to use some of those same fabrics on the crib. I only took a picture of the first four letters. We’re not just going to call him Jack.

We’re also going to register today. Since we’re planning to move in 3-4 weeks, my mom is planning my baby shower for the last Saturday in September. It’s a little sooner than most baby showers, but I’m afraid that I won’t be able to get down here very easy. Also, if I get a few large things (swing, stroller), they won’t fit in my car. So we’re just going to do it before we move so we can pack it all in the huge truck when we’re moving. Fun, fun, fun!!

Okay, switching gears. The other day I went to work with Jamin for a little while. He usually works with another man, but that day he went on a job by himself. It was a pretty day, so I sat in the truck and finished a book I started a month ago. I liked watching him work. It was sweet to spend the afternoon together. 🙂 He’s been working very hard lately, and sometimes very long hours.



One more picture…after church the other night, Jamin was so sweet, telling me I looked beautiful. He wanted to take a picture of me. Even though I was looking very tired, the sweet way he looked at me was priceless. 🙂 Mushy.

Have a great week!

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Surprises!

A message from the Boyer baby

I surprised my mommy and daddy this week. Last time I was hiding and they thought I was a girl. Isn’t that a funny trick? This time I decided to behave so they could see that I am a little BOY! Mommy and Daddy were laughing so hard. I am growing and getting bigger, right on schedule, and I can’t wait for you all to see me in December!

Here’s a picture of my parents:

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Back from Ohio

We had a great weekend in Ohio, scouting out places to live and jobs to apply for. We got to West Union Saturday afternoon and had a great time with the Reagans. The Sunday services also went well. And in spite my short nap, it was a wonderful day. Bro. Jimmy is a very good preacher and Jamin and I were both helped and challenged. It was nice to spend some time with the church people there. Many of them kept telling us how excited they were that we’re moving there. I think we are going to have a wonderful church family! Today we went to look at a house! Yea! A lady in the church there is trying to sell it, but she’s willing to rent it to us for very cheap for about six months. We really are hoping to buy soon, so that will give us time to save up and find a place closer to the church. But the house is great, it’s a manufactured home (or a double wide) with three bedrooms, a large kitchen with great appliances, big windows all over, room for visiting families, just beautiful! And the low price would really help us in so many ways. Some of the church folks also had great ideas on jobs, so we’re praying something can be settled soon. The job will determine if we can live in that house or if we’ll have to find something in a different location. I cannot begin to tell you how excited we are! We are so thankful to the Lord that we are going to have a church home again. We talked about all these things most of the five hour drive back today. We can’t wait to be there! We also looked at some newspapers on the way home and there are some really great houses for less than I expected. They say it’s a buyer’s market right now. I hope it still is in a few months when we can do something about it.

The next ultrasound is tomorrow. Can you teach children to obey while they are still in the womb? I’m trying it anyway. 🙂 *She* will cooperate tomorrow.

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