Friday, October 24, 2014

Field Trips :)

Yesterday, the homeschool kids went on a field trip to Countryside Vet Clinic in Lowville.  The trip was so much more than I think any of us anticipated.  Dr. Deanna Fuller did an amazing job with the kids!  It was very informative, the girls learned a ton and she did so good keeping things at the kids' level.  Of course, I totally forgot to take my camera!  Thankfully a good friend of mine has a nice camera on her phone and she took some pictures for me!  

Our next field trip is in a couple weeks and I can't wait!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Little Helper :)

Beaker thought Madalyn needed some help with her school work the other day!

I'm so glad she is doing well since loosing her sister.  Her attachment to the girls has been a lifesaver!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Relaxing day

I don't know how it is in everyone else's homes, but here at the Benedict household, we don't get very many down days.  We are either running here or there, doing something that has needed to be done for a while or catching up with family or friends.  We VERY rarely have a day where we can just sit back and not have to be anywhere or do anything.  Granted there is always stuff to do around the house, but the other day we took a much needed "do nothing" day.  It felt great!  The girls built a fort in the middle of the living room...

And we all played monopoly...Daddy kicked all our butts!  LOL  

This is his loot.  I don't know if I have ever seen a game quite like this one.  It was fun :)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

If you have some time today...

Sunday, during our afternoon service, we listened to a sermon by Dr. David Gibbs.  I can't get it out of my head.  Have you ever listened to a message that just sticks with you and God keeps using it again and again?  If you have never heard David Gibbs, he is very down to earth.  His messages are practical and simple.  He challenged us Sunday to remember that one of our most important jobs on earth as a Christian is to make God look good.  Most of us will go through life failing at that.  But, sometimes it helps before we open our mouths to remember that we may be the only witness that person, that we are getting ready to give a piece of our mind to, will ever see.  I know its 40 minutes long, and I know everyone varies in their "taste" in preachers but even if you just turn him on and listen to him while you do the dishes, I promise you won't regret it!

Monday, October 20, 2014


We woke up to a cold house this morning.  I guess it was time to stop pretending what is coming and turn the heat on :(  Oh well, we didn't pretty good holding out.  The house was 63 and I would have been good with holding out a little longer but with extra kids being at the house, I don't want to make them freeze because I'm cheap!  LOL  So it is on.  
In other news, I'm supposed to be getting my washer fixed today.  I'm praying that the ordered parts do the trick.  I'm not sure what the plan is if they don't.  We have been without a washer for over 3 weeks now and I'm ready to have mine back operational!  I'm so thankful for everyone who has been so kind to us in allowing us to use their machines.  I'm also thankful that a few months ago when the bearings went on our 8 year old machine that we got a service plan through them.  That means I'm not paying anything for a year of repairs and at this point in time we are getting our money's worth!  
This morning it hit me as I was sharing a bed with both dogs that Molly is 10 months old already!  In 2 months, she is going to be one and Chloe will be 8!  Which means this coming year,  Marissa will be turning 10, Beaker 10 as well, and Madalyn will be turning 8.  Oh man ... time sure does fly!  Funny how when you are a kid time takes forever, but as an adult it just sails right by.  
Another reason to take one day at a time and enjoy every second!

Friday, October 17, 2014

So thankful!

I don't know how long I've been babysitting for...I suppose it starts back when I was 13 in Western NY.  Through the years of watching kids, I've heard some horror stories.  Yet I have always been so blessed.  I always worry when I start watching a new kid, especially one I don't know outside of babysitting, that I won't be able to bond with him/her.  I usually get very attached to my extra kids and it makes watching them that much easier.  But I always worry about what happens if I can't for some reason?  I'm thankful I've never had that problem so far.  It makes when they stop coming that much harder and I still miss the kids I  have had in the past.  Today, I'm so thankful for my extra kids.  Last night as I was putting dinner on the table and I was listening to the kids talk back and forth, I just felt very blessed.  God has been very good to me.  Many know that we have a heart to have more children through adoption, but right now, that just isn't possible.  But last night I realized I have a blessing right in front of me with these kids and every time they are at the house, I get blessed.  I love each and everyone of them and am so thankful that God allowed me to be doing what I'm doing and loving every second of it.

Thursday, October 16, 2014


They did so good!

Marissa is a lot quieter so you might want to turn your volume up for her...yet again shows the difference between my two girls ;)

Next step is to put it together a little more so that you can tell what they are playing!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Madalyn has been asking for a while if she could play Doug's guitar.  The other night he brought it out and started teaching her a few things about it.  

Then Marissa wanted a turn.  She started out thinking it was easier to hold it like this but then switched.  

They started out with Away in a Manger ;)  Daddy had to show them how it was done.  
I'll post video of them soon!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Time to think...

Have you ever had something happen to you that made you stop and think?  We all have I'm sure.  A lot of times it results in helping us realize what we have and what we should be extra thankful for.  The past couple weeks I have had one of these moments on going.  I've been almost 2 weeks without a washer.  When it initially broke I didn't think anything of it.  But as the days went on...I didn't realize how spoiled I was!  Having Doug working out of town pretty steady here lately mixed with our busy schedules on the weekends, doesn't leave for much time to get his laundry done before he needs it again on Monday.  I've had a little bit easier time keeping up with the girls' laundry, but even that isn't convenient.  I'm so grateful for the people that have offered me their machines so that I'm not having to run to the laundromat.  I'll be another week without it and I'm praying that this actually fixes it.  Until them, I'm going to use this time to help me remember to be thankful for what I have.  I get in a state of mind sometimes where I'm just going through the motions and don't really stop to realize everything God does for me on a daily basis.  I'm going to try and use this time to stop and thank Him.  I have quite the list of things that I have been blessed with!

Monday, October 13, 2014

How we change batteries... our smoke detectors.  All you need is a kid to do all your dirty work ;)  They love it and it saves you from needing to get a chair!


And Chloe will be super happy that the detectors won't be chirping for a while. 
 She HATES that sound!