Sunday, March 29, 2015

Purity Weekend with Twinkle Toes

Twinkle Toes and I found a free weekend recently to get away for an overnight together and go through the Passport to Purity curriculum. Bless her. She had just recovered from a virus and still had an awful cough, but we had it on the calendar, and she still very much wanted to go. We left on a Friday afternoon and began with lunch. She ordered a Turkish chicken kebab. It was beautiful!

I ordered a Mediterranean salad with roasted peppers, eggplant, and feta cheese.

The highlight for Twinkle, of course, was the thick potato slice. She would eat potatoes everyday if I fed them to her!

We had a nice time in the hamam together, then out for a small pizza. We worked through the cd's and had great talks. It is such a special time and so good to have open conversation about it. She, of course, has strong convictions, and this weekend assured her of her Papa's and my support in her decisions.

Breakfast at this hotel was we got bacon and waffles!

I will have to save the Saturday night dad date post for later, as those pictures are on CC's phone.

I am so blessed to be this beautiful girl's mama!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Favorite Winter Ball Pictures

These were a few of my favorites...

Firstborn's very good friend. (friend?)

Twinkle with the boy who, she says, does "NOT" like her. He just buys her gifts, pays for a taxi home from the mall for her, and uses a picture of the two of them for his Facebook profile. Friend.

My darling seventh grade students!! I Love Them!!!

Twinkle with a very nice boy. I want one of my girls to marry this boy, just to get his mom as a mother-in-law!

Firstborn with her beautiful African friends. (They make Firstborn look short!)

Lots of group dances.

Lots of fun.

Lots of love.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

And Then Papa Got Dressed For the Prom

I don't think we went to the Winter Ball for Firstborn's first time in seventh grade. But then a couple of years later, Papa had two girls at the ball, and we went. This year, he had three there, and there was no way he was staying home. After we got them all out the door, their purse clutches snapped tight and reminders to not walk home alone still ringing in their ears, he donned his new t-shirt to wear to the prom.

He had just gotten it from my brother, and we decided this would be the perfect night to show it off.

They loved his joke and let him have fun!

Firstborn panicked when she realized he had worn a t-shirt with his bow tie.

And then she read the words!

Miss Middler had the best photo of the night!

But they love their Papa and even accepted his request for the first dance.

After he'd shown off his t-shirt and danced with his girls, we called it a night and let them have a fun time without their dad/principal being there.
And, by the way, several other dads are placing orders for a t-shirt of their own!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Before the Clock Strikes Midnight

Oasis hosts a Winter Ball for all students in grades 7-12. That meant, we had three beauties ready to attend this year!

Miss Middler got to go for the first time. She was given this sweet dress by M (the gal I've told you nannied for Big Ben, and now teaches for us!). We thought she looked DARLING...our sweet 7th grader!

I really wish I had taken a picture of it, but our new ESL teacher, Miss N, has beautiful, long hair. Two of my girls quickly pegged her as someone they wanted to ask to do their hair for the ball. She did a great job.

Twinkle Toes picked her dress out on Amazon...just a simple infinity dress, less than $40, ordered from a lady in Singapore. It can be tied 50 different ways. After watching countless youtube videos, with the door locked, and many giggles and pressing the pause button, we finally got it tied like she wanted. Her little cousin L tied it up right away for her last summer when it first arrived. If only I'd had L with me!

She has Aunt T to do her hair. She wanted a French Braid down to one side, with lots of "messy" curls falling out. Thank you, God, for moms like T. I'd be putting in pig tails, I guess.

Firstborn found an amazing deal on Amazon for this lace dress. It was made and mailed from China. I measured her and suggested we go up a size, just to be safe. After all...China. Whew, it fit like a glove, I was right. After she tried it on about 3-4 times, we found a hidden zipper. That helped!

It was originally strapless, so I added a couple of simple ribbon straps to get us dress code compliance.

Here are my beauties. They are all so different, and all lovely. I thought their very different selection of dresses reflected on their tastes.

We are losing this sweet Ecuadorian friend in the Spring, so she came over to get ready at our house for one last Winter Ball.

And one thing I learned from all this fingernail painting, hair roller sharing, bobby pin searching, dress zipper-upping, hairspray squirting, lipgloss applying is that girls are a lot of fun, but I hope they don't all get married the same day!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Artistic Endeavours

My eldest daughter submitted an application to go on a mission trip to Wales. She was accepted, and leaves just after her 16th birthday, next week. We told her we would help with her one fund raiser, a coffee house. We also said she could contact her family members and explain about the trip. She did all that. But without any prompting from us, she began creating some artwork to sell. Last summer, she volunteered at an inner city church for a week. They had unattractive walls, so the girls were given the task of painting large canvases to cover them. She found inspiration!

We all chipped in from time to time....base coating,

drawing (Miss Midd is the best at this),

and I antiqued some wooden frames we had, but she did most of the work. I was so proud of her work and would have bought all of them! (Her "It is Well" is printed on the songsheet for the hymn.)

She sold every stinkin' one of them! about 30 in all! I am super proud of her! Just can't believe it's time to send her off for her first time with her own passport in her pocket.

Monday, March 16, 2015


My husband and I have the same birthday..same day, same state, exactly 4 years and 5 minutes apart. He was running around with a Superman costume on for his 4th birthday on the day I was born (I've seen the video.) But in recent years, we almost never get to be together for our day. He is at his annual leadership conference, and I am...out with my gal friends! We always do something together before he leaves, though. But this year, he was truly here. February 9, 2015, we celebrated together.

My sweet friend M, who was Big Ben's nanny for a semester between her high school and college years, is now back as a teacher. She is so dear and signed up to make our birthday cake. I told her, "One cake. That's it!" She additionally knitted us some birthday crowns.

We proudly wore them all day. I told CC he very much reminded me of Jughead!

It was a fun day. We went out for Chinese that night. There, in a Chinese joint, in the heart of downtown Ankara, sat a table full of 20-something Turkish youth, along with a few Korean gals. One boy was heading off for his mandatory military service, and they were wishing him well. The gals presented him with a Bible and offered to pray for him if only he would text them his prayer requests. And witnessing that, my friends, was the best gift I could have gotten!

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