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Swimming in Blueberries

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Tomorrow is July 4th which means food, fellowship, and fireworks! In one word:  AMAZING! This week has been a busy week and we have accomplished many things. On Monday we went swimming with the Morrow family, Tuesday we picked blueberries, Wednesday we drove to Martin, and now we are just resting and enjoying ourselves.

Blueberry Picking

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We have this sweet couple in our church who has a ton of blueberry bushes. Every year since we have moved to Meridian we have travel to their home and picked fantastic blueberries.

 

AP would eat more blueberries than she would put in her basket! When it was time to go home she sat down on a bucket with her bucket of blueberries and said "Momma I just want to sit here and eat my blueberries."

AP would eat more blueberries than she would put in her basket! When it was time to go home she sat down on a bucket with her bucket of blueberries and said “Momma I just want to sit here and eat my blueberries.” She looked like a little country girl who didn’t want to leave the outdoors.

 

Miles was not very helpful but he sure loved blueberries. He has a little proof on his chin.

Miles was not very helpful but he sure loved blueberries. He has a little proof on his chin.

 

I am adding this picture just because I love it.

I am adding this picture just because I love it. It is not a perfect picture: my children are both out of focus and the blueberry bush has blueberries that are ready for picking. There is just something I like about it, maybe when it is not 11p.m. I will figure out what it is.

 

I am adding this one just because I love him!! Also look at those blue eyes. My oh my those blue eyes.

I am adding this one just because I love him!! Look at those blue eyes. My oh My, those blue eyes. (If you are not distracted by the drool you will notice the eyes)

 

Swimming

My children are very timid of water that is not in a bath tub. It has taken AP 2 years to enjoy the water and Miles still has not had a successful swim. However, we still love to go. AP dips her toes in and Miles just eats bananas and raisens (which are his favorite foods).

She spends most of her time on the step. This is not a bad thing for a worried mama.

She spends most of her time on the step. This is not a bad thing for a worried mama.

 

He is just eating. If you are wondering where the banana is it was consumed in one big bite within 30 seconds.

He is just eating. If you are wondering where the banana is it was consumed in one big bite within 30 seconds.

 

This is Katie and she loves Miles. All the Morrow kids love them some Miles.

This is Katie and she loves Miles. All the Morrow kids love them some Miles.

 

This is a great picture of Addie. She is trying to presuade me to give her some more chips. Of course I told her NO and she should get back into the water. I will not describe the fit she threw in response.

This is a great picture of Addie. She is trying to presuade me to give her some more chips. Of course I told her NO and she should get back into the water. I will not describe the fit she threw in response.

 

I hope that all of you have a Happy 4th and enjoy some food, fellowship, and fireworks!

 

 

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"The Brake Light Switch Incident" of 2008

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(Gavin) We hate cars/car parts/car maintenance and repair/Pepboys. Below is a lengthy explanation for this. If you don’t have time for that, here is the “short attention span version” of the story: Newish car part fails+5.5 hours of waiting+$140=We hate cars/car parts/car maintenance and repair/Pepboys. (Fast forward to the last couple paragraphs for the “moral.”

The Long Version:
Last Friday, we waited 3.5 hours outside the Apple Store in Charlotte to take advantage of “tax free weekend.” It was a long day. Little did we know, that was a mere warm-up for what awaited us this Friday.
On Monday night, we noticed that the brake lights on our Sentra were not working. Noticing that the tail lights and blinkers were still working, I got on the internet and did some Googling and soon deduced that the problem was most likely something referred to as a Brake Light Switch (similar to the one pictured above). I found a diagram on the web and went outside and made sure said switch was not loose. That was about as far as I was willing to go. I was happy to see that the brake lights then did work. But, alas, this fix was only temporary and within a few days the lights were not working again. No amount of Switch wiggling would bring them back.
Considering the problems that could arise from this brake light debacle, we decided to get it fixed. So I made an appointment with the local Pepboys for 8 AM Friday morning.
So today Shalaine and I assuming this would be a quick fix decided to go together. Right before we walked out the door, I stopped and asked Shalaine: “Are you sure we don’t want to drop it off and come back home?” We both decided that since it shouldn’t take long we would just wait. This was the crucial error to which we would look back throughout the day.
The “Brake Light Switch Incident” as it will now and forever be known, lasted 5.5 hours!!!
First, I explained to the gentleman behind the counter at Pepboys what I believed the problem to be, but since they are car experts and I am not, they had to run a $50 diagnostics test. This test revealed that the problem was in fact exactly what I had thought, the Brake Light Switch needed to be replaced. As it turns out, this item is not a “High Fail Part.” And so there weren’t any of them lying around. So they had to call around and find one. They found one at a NAPA in Belmont, NC, a town nearby. They arranged for a NAPA man to drop this off while he was out making other deliveries. Time passes. I grow a beard. NAPA man arrives. NAPA delivers. NAPA man brought the wrong Brake Light Switch. And NAPA store did not have the correct one in stock.
So, more phone calls. Eventually, Pepboys clerk finds a switch at a Nissan dealership nearby. (This was approximately the 3.5 hour point and the Pepboys clerk informed us that since they were getting it from a dealership, the part would be more expensive AND it would take an hour to be delivered.) More time passes. A bird has now nested in my newly grown beard and her eggs are hatching. The miracle of life! Finally, the part arrived at 1:05 pm. Our car was ready at 1:25 pm. $140 bucks is the damage!
What did Shalaine and I do during the 5.5 hours we had on our hands? We were quite creative:
-We sat outside on a bench in front of Pepboys for hours. 
-We brought our Lord of the Rings books and read. (I’m reading Fellowship of the Ring and she is reading Return of the King.) 
-I listened to music alone a little and we shared one set of headphones and listened together to Loudon Wainwright III, Joe Henry, and Miles Davis. 
-We talked about lots of things. That was nice.
-We walked to Micky D’s and ate a small breakfast. (Pepboys is located in a shopping center with several stores and restaurants! This was the silver lining.)
-We walked to Bestbuy. It hadn’t opened yet. So we walked to Office Max all the way across the shopping center and we bought some of our favorite pens, which we are currently out of: Bic Ultra Round Stic Grip (Blue ink).
-Shalaine walked to Wal-Mart and purchased water, gum, and sour candy.
-A friend called me to ask if I could help him move some furniture in Charlotte. I had to break his heart with a “no.” (Sorry, Daniel!)
-We walked to Chili’s and ate a small lunch.
-We joked and laughed at how ridiculous and funny the situation was.
As bad as it sounds, and as much as it caused us to hate cars, etc. We actually had a fun time. Although, we sometimes get impatient while waiting for an oil change for 45 minutes; we really didn’t get that impatient today, surprisingly. We were relaxed and cool as cucumbers. It must have been only because of the Lord’s help that we were able to be patient so long. We joked that this event was going to be good for our sanctification; but I believe it really was. 
We have to remember that God is in control and that if we are stuck sitting in front of a Pepboys for 5.5 hours, there must be a good reason for it. Even if we never learn what the reason might be. We struggle so much with wanting everything in life to conform to our plans, but life just doesn’t work that way. 
Something as simple as a car repair can remind us that we are not the Creator, we are the creatures, the created ones. That is always a good thing to be reminded of. We forget it so often. 

Shalaine is Home!!

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(Gavin) Shalaine has safely made it home from her Biology Teacher’s Workshop in Durham! We were happy to be reunited on Friday afternoon. We celebrated on Friday night by going to Chili’s and then watching Batman Begins (in preparation for our most anticipated movie of the year which opens next week: The Dark Knight).

This morning we lounged on our balcony, sipping the Guat
emalan coffee that Shalaine bought for me in Durham. We sat in the shade and read The Lord of the Rings (Shalaine is reading The Two Towers and I just started The Fellowship of the Ring) and we listened to the unique growling voice of Tom Waits while Bailey laid in the sun and chased a few bugs.
It has been wonderful.

(We can’t wait for this movie!!)

At home……at least some of us

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(Gavin) Nine days, five states, ten state lines, lots of expensive gas, and lots of family and friends. Yes that’s right, Summer Motocross Road Trip 2008 came and went without any serious problems. We were thankful to see family and friends from high school and college. Here are some of those that we were lucky enough to see:

(in order of their appearance)
Irene Oquendo 
Mindy Parman 
Jessica Maloan
Jessie and Evan
Liz & company 
Shalaine’s parents
Stuart Phaup (Shalaine’s brother)
Grandmom (Shalaine’s grandmother)
Gavin’s parents
Nathan Tidwell, Daniel Markowski, and other Breeden Lawn Service employees
Jessica Breeden
People at the Day Care where Shalaine worked during graduate school
Mee-Maw (Gavin’s grandmother)
Gran (Gavin’s grandmother)
Don and Megan Gale (with baby soon to arrive!)
Joshua Dean Breeden
A Plethora of Breedens, etc. at the Breeden Family 4th
Andrew, Amy, Brennan, and Eden Brown
Whew! It was busy, but it was a great blessing!
Also, we forgot that you cannot drive/walk around Martin, TN without seeing 100 people that you know. So we saw people that we knew everywhere and were even treated to a quarter mile car ride from Jordan Easterwood. Thanks, buddy.
Well, we arrived home late last night and we did our laundry and Shalaine packed her clean clothes right back into the suitcase. After church this morning, we ate and amazing lunch at the home of one of our church’s elders. And then Shalaine was off to Durham, NC for a Biology Teacher Training Conference. She will be gone until Friday! Bailey and I miss her already. 
I’m taking my second and final summer class this week, Pastoral Ministry: Local Church and College Campus. It will be great, hopefully I can be done with lots of the work when Shalaine gets home on Friday.
So its a boy’s week as Bailey and I are all alone at home, lost without our lady.

The Final Countdown

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(Shalaine) There are just two weeks left of school and I am sooo excited. I have been really busy this year as I taught a new class (Physical Science), helped with cross country, and worked on Prom. I am happy to say that it is coming to a close. I am excited for the summer for many reasons. I will get to spend a lot of time with Gavin and my cute little Bailey. I will also be able to read something other then a biology book. I look forward to rest and relaxation because I know in two months everything starts over again and I will have a whole new group of kids to teach! As much as I love to teach I do look forward to the summer and will continue my Final Countdown until that wonderful summer day I get to stay home with my hubby and doggy!!!