~ Bertelson Bulletin ~


20/20 x 2
May 27, 2008, 9:00 pm
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We picked up new glasses today for both Melanie and Kenzie.

Sadly they have my eyesight 😦

20/20 x 2



Leaving the Nest – feeling melancholy
May 22, 2008, 4:21 pm
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I am kind of melancholy today, a sum of several reasons…

My heart hurts for Steve Curtis Chapman and his family as they grieve the loss of their youngest child Maria, who was only 5 years old. (click on the link, it’s a home video of her and SCC washing dishes, being a normal daughter and Dad – it’s so sweet)

I think it’s especially ‘raw’ for me today because my oldest, my first born, my golden little sunshine boy, who is now a man at 19 is leaving home today to start his life out in the world on his own.

Leaving the Nest

He is flying out tonight, first to NY to work this weekend with his boss, then they are both going on up to Massechusetts to set him up there in an apartment ready to work and oversee the operations there for the next 6 months to work at the Six Flags up there. Fire School will be Jan 2009

… and as excited for him and as proud of him as I am, there is still an incredibly heavy sadness kind of mourning in my heart.

He is the same age my husband (his father) was when I met him – time flies!

Steven Curtis Chapman wrote this song, inspired by his 2 youngest adopted daughters .. it is called Cinderella – listen to the words (I will post them lower down) – listen well, things can change in an instant 😦

I love you my golden haired boy, live well, live full, live happy. I shall miss having you around in our daily life here at “Chaos chez the Bertelsons”

Cinderella by Steven Curtis Chapman

She spins and she sways to whatever song plays,
Without a care in the world.

And I’m sittin’ here wearin’
the weight of the world on my shoulders.

It’s been a long day and there’s still work to do,
She’s pulling at me saying “Dad I need you!
There’s a ball at the castle and
I’ve been invited and I need to practice my dancin'”
“Oh please, daddy, please!”

So I will dance with Cinderella
While she is here in my arms
‘Cause I know something the prince never knew
Oh I will dance with Cinderella
I don’t wanna miss even one song,
Cuz all too soon the clock will strike midnight
And she’ll be gone

She says he’s a nice guy and I’d be impressed
She wants to know if I’d approve of a dress
She says “Dad, the prom is just one week away,
And I need to practice my dancin'”
“Oh please, daddy, please!”

So I will dance with Cinderella
While she is here in my arms
‘Cause I know something the prince never knew
Ohh-oh ohh-oh, I will dance with Cinderella
I don’t wanna miss even one song,
Cuz all too soon the clock will strike midnight
And she’ll be gone
She will be gone.

Well, she came home today
With a ring on her hand
Just glowin’ and tellin’ us all they had planned
She says “Dad, the wedding’s due six months away
And I need to practice my dancin'”
“Oh please, daddy please!”

So I will dance with Cinderella
While she is here in my arms
‘Cause I know something the prince never knew
Ohh-oh ohh-oh, I will dance with Cinderella
I don’t wanna miss even one song,
(even one song)
Cuz all too soon the clock will strike midnight
And she’ll be gone



Sometimes things look easier than they really are :)
May 14, 2008, 5:47 pm
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Melanie and her friend Hillary attempting to put up the tent solo 🙂

I (a tent put-er-upper-pro-by-now) had to step in 😉

We Give Up!



It’s a Number’s OCD thing!
May 12, 2008, 9:22 pm
Filed under: Alice, Family | Tags: , , ,


… and my daughter has it too!!

Just love matching numbers!!
(I like alliteration all around actually – even my kids are all M names!)

It's a Number's OCD thing!

You will notice that I STOPPED the car to take the photo 😉

I have other odometer ones in my flickr stream all 1’s : 3’s and 9’s : 0’s

… and yes I do smile every time I look at a clock and it says 11:11 1:11 2:22 3:33 4:44 5:55 – so glad clocks stop so the next one never shows!



Happy Mother’s Day …
May 11, 2008, 4:20 pm
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…. to ME

…… and to all the (as my pastor once said) “Mothers, Grandmothers, whatever kind of Mother you are” out there on Flickr 🙂

This is what was brought to me this morning by my 4 children … cooked by my oldest (19) son Matt 🙂 – I didn’t finish it all!

Happy Mother's Day ....

Melanie aka “FelonyMelanie” on Flickr (almost 17) gave me the book “Extra’s” by Scott Westerfeld.

I have already read “Uglies” & ““Pretties” and Specials” (she is currently reading Specials)

The inscription inside the book…

“Mom, I’m so grateful to have a mother I can talk to about anything and everything that’s going on in my life. LOL 🙂

I really don’t thank you enough for all the things you do for me.

Happy Mother’s Day & Happy reading 🙂

I love you, Melanie.

P.S. finish quick so I can read it :P”

Maddie (12) gave me a B&W framed photo of her and her big sister (it’s actually in Melanie’s flickr stream HERE) and a hand-made card card that said …

“Dear Mom, Kenzie (10) gave me a lovely hand made card that said the following ….

You are a great mother who deserves appreciation. You have about 3 special days and today is one of them. You are to be catered to, pampered, fed and honored. For all the hard work and money you give to us, U deserve today. We all love you Happy Mothers day,

Love your 3rd daughter, Maddie”

 Kenzie (10) gave me a lovely hand made card that said the following ….

“Dear Mommy,

I know I get you mad a lot, but you know I love you and I’m sorry. Thanks 4 being my mother, I am really thankful,

I love you, Kenzie”

Church was GREAT today – we had a parent/child dedication on stage – always a tear jerker, but while they were up on stage, Genie sang the Sara Groves song “You cannot Lose my Love” …  I just cried the whole way through it, It just rung so true to me … here are the words. – you can listen to the song HERE

You will lose your baby teeth.
At times, you’ll lose your faith in me.
You will lose a lot of things,
But you cannot lose my love.
 

You may lose your appetite,
Your guiding sense of wrong and right.
You may lose your will to fight,
But you cannot lose my love.

You will lose your confidence.
In times of trial, your common sense.
You may lose your innocence,
But you cannot lose my love.

Many things can be misplaced;
Your very memories be erased.
No matter what the time or space,
You cannot lose my love.
You cannot lose,
You cannot lose,
You cannot lose my love.



iPray
May 8, 2008, 5:31 pm
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Prayer is Powerful! 

Another one from Sebastian beach this past weekend (Crosswaves camping trip)

Andrea showing me how much she liked dinner!

I like her shirt!



More Adventures with KiKi
May 7, 2008, 4:55 pm
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Tooting Toddler Entertainment!

Another one from Sebastian beach this past weekend 

Little KiKi just said the following to Hillary, Melanie (my daughter) & Kalah 

“Shh, all of you Shhhh – did you hear that? I farted!”

Now you see why they are all laughing their heads off!