"Love the Lord your God, walk in all His ways, obey His commands, hold fast to Him and serve Him with all your heart and soul." Joshua 22:5

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Wasson Brudders

Will and Shep were putting on a performance this morning!

The sweetest story from yesterday...
Will asked Josiah if he could sit beside him on the couch.  "Sure", Josiah said.
So, Will climbed up and cuddled up next to him, laying his head on Josiah's chest and patting him over and over.  He kept saying, "Josiah, you're my brudder!"  Each time Josiah would give a little smile.  Finally, Will said, "Josiah, I'M one of the Wasson Brudders!  My name is Will!"
I loved how proud he felt to be one of the Wasson Brudders!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Getting Ready to Move

John and I agree... we hope this is our last move...  ever! :)
We're just not huge fans of packing up and moving.  But, really, it's going to be worth it!

So, now we are trying to get our house ready to sell.  Funny the things you will do to improve your home for someone else to enjoy that you wouldn't do for yourself while living there.  We hope to have it on the market in a couple of weeks.

We won't actually move to our new house until sometime in May.  While it's hard to wait, it's good because it gives us a little time to try to sell our house and then pack, etc.  Plus, we have GKS between now and then.  I think it's going to be a BUSY time!

And we dream...  dream of life at Green Gabled Acres!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Fire at the Wasson House - Round 2

The hero of the night is...  Josiah!  He's the one who noticed that the bricks on the back side of the fireplace were hot...  too hot.  We wondered how they could be so hot - we haven't had another fire in the fireplace since Sunday when the flu caught fire.  John decided to drive over the fire station and ask the firemen about it.  He came home with the firemen in tow...  and only two firetrucks this time. :)  This time it wasn't quite as nerve wracking...  no sirens either.  They came in and within minutes the temperature at the chimney went from 200 to 300 degrees.  The only way to get to the hot spot was to punch a hole through the brick.  And on the other side of the brick was a glowing ball of fire, about the size of a basketball.  From everything they said, it was in a very unusual place and a chimney sweep would not have been able to get to it.  They also said that if we hadn't caught it, the wall next to the chimney likely would have caught fire...  maybe even in the middle of the night.  Scary thoughts! 

Josiah and Shepard had plans to spend the night with Mammie tonight, but they had to cancel because one of Shelley's clients went into labor today.  The boys were so sad about the change of plans - although they handled it well.  After this, I had told Josiah that we can trust the Lord and His timing of events and we can have confidence that He is in control, even if we don't understand the timing.  After the firemen left our house tonight, I wrapped my arms around Josiah and let him know that in His wisdom, God had allowed Josiah to be home with us tonight so that we could be protected from the danger of the fire.  He smiled as he realized how the Lord had used him and I think the Lord made Himself known a little more in Josiah's heart tonight.  Again, we rejoice in the Lord's protection and are grateful for our home.

This time I got pictures. :)

Will visited with the firemen so much while they were at the house, that they ended up inviting him outside to see the truck.  Awesome! 

Josiah enjoyed his chance to sit in the driver's seat of the big fire truck! 

Poor Shep...  he started running fever this evening and he actually slept through almost the whole ordeal.  Even while they were pounding on the bricks, he slept...  right there in the room with us. 

The hole... 

The hero! 

Snow Day/ School Day

Shepard and Will were anxious to get outside and enjoy the snow!  Shepard even woke up early so that he could get outside as soon as possible and play in the snow.  Bike riding in the snow seemed to the be the fave today.

I tried to capture some pictures of our school day...  doesn't this look like a cozy way to do school? 

Sunday, January 9, 2011


It was a flu fire.  No damages and we think we even got all (or most) of the smoke smell out of the house.  It got a little chilly with the doors open and the fans blowing all that frigid snowy air through the house.  (Yes, we actually got our first snow of the winter today!)  But, we found ourselves grateful for a house to live in and grateful that no one was hurt and we made an adventure out of the cold conditions. 

Here's what happened.  The most cozy Sunday afternoon imaginable.  Snow falling outside, beautiful fire in the fireplace, Will down for his nap after playing in the snow, me and Shep making sweet hot coffee drinks and getting snacks ready to watch a movie...  (This is where you hear the record scratch - bbbbeeeerrrrcccchh - and everything changes.)  John had just gone upstairs to work and he was the one who noticed the smell of fire.  He came downstairs and quickly discovered the fire in the chimney - he could see the flames coming out at the top from outside - and now there was smoke building up, not bad, but enough to know there was a problem.  We got coats for the kids and I grabbed Will out of his peaceful slumber and we got the kids outside.  John suggested I get my computer backup - I hadn't even thought of it.  We were rushing around so much.  Our sweet neighbors were out to help in an instant and Ms. Becky took the kids to her house just as the firetrucks were pulling up.  Four of them, to be exact.  There were firemen everywhere!  Anyway, they got the fire out quickly and before any real damage was done.  One of the firemen even apoligized to me for tracking up the floor with muddy footprints.  Really?  I was just thankful to have a floor to clean.  So we all settled back in to our home - feeling grateful to have it and grateful for the Lord's protection and feeling a renewed sense of realizing it's all "temporary" anyway and what really matters are things of eternal consquence.  

And, yep, I confirmed my secret hunches...  I am a disaster in an emergency.  All the best laid plans made during calm moments are suddenly gone, not to be remembered by my little brain.  All I could think about was getting my kids to a safe place - which even in hindsight I know was the most important thing - but I had time to do more and just couldn't think of what to do.  Some people actually think better during a crisis...  I am not one of those people. :)  Well, God must have other uses for me...

We did have a family meeting tonight to make sure the kids know what to do and where to meet in case of fire.  It was a good reminder to talk with the kids about that.  And we all thanked the Lord together for his blessings to us.  I really enjoyed hearing their sweet prayers tonight. 
Fire at the Wasson house this afternoon... Firetrucks and everything! All's clear now. Firemen are gone and we are working on getting the smoke out. And mostly we are feeling grateful for the Lord's protection and that we still have a house and only minimal damage. More later... But we are all fine - praise the Lord!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


Caught 'em redhanded...  having a blast wrestling!  It's always fun until somebody gets hurt... :)