Williamson Family Zone

Welcome friends and family. We have now officially entered the twenty-first century. Hope you all enjoy catching up with our busy family online. Enjoy!

Location: Wisconsin

this first question is tough! I am a wife and mother of four kids whom you will probably tire of hearing about in the following posts. But that won't stop me!! My best friend and I follow God and live life try to walk our journey with joy, peace and lots of laughing! This is a blog about my family for my family (and friends too)

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Road Trip!

It's time for a road trip. The wedding of a young woman who we used to youth pastor calls us eastward back to Detroit. She honored Randy after all these years with the priviledge of performing her ceremony.
This family of six will squeeze into the dually and ride the nine hours to a city we lived in ten years ago. I can't wait to see my family who are taking their own road trip across the border. I am not sure I will ever let go of my three year old nephew whom I've never met!! My mom is recovering from her cancer surgery but feels well enough to take the trip also.
There are many friends we are excited to visit with again. I don't know that the weekend holds enough hours so we will make sure we savor every moment.

Randy will preach on Sunday morning at the church of another former youth of ours. Then we'll get back in the truck and head "home" to Sparta. A mini van looks pretty good to me right now.
I'll be sure to take lots of pictures so look for those early next week. Have a great weekend. And to those of you in Motown....see you soon.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Brittany the Football player????

Next week is Homecoming week here in Sparta. We are learning that this is a huge deal here and there are lots of fun activities throughout the week. I will try to get a picture of the tractor day at the school!! inside joke for all you Hibbing-ites.
Monday evening kicks off the week with a Powder Puff Football game! Seniors vs. Juniors. As all of you know, Powder Puff denotes that this is a game for the girls only and Brittany decided she would sign up. She had her first practice last night and loved it! She relayed the following story.
"So mom, it was so cool, the quarterback of the football team was helping my group and he kicked the ball out to us. I caught it and I started to run. How many yards are between those lines? Is it ten?"
I answered "No, I think it's five"
"Oh, ok, well I must have run about fifteen yards and I was swerving inbetween girls and they were all saying 'where did she go?' and I just kept running. It was so cool!"
I guess I never pictured Britt as a football player but apparently she made an impression. There is actually a girl on our Varsity team at the school. Girls are allowed to play football at a high school level along side the boys here. I don't think Britt is ready to take it that far but it sure will be fun on Monday night watching her play. Who knew our former cheerleader had it in her?

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Moving Day

Just so you all know, Brock's xray came back negative. That is good news for us all. It's a bad sprain but doesn't require a cast and once we get the note from the doctor on Monday he can play football again. He is excited about that.
Today is moving day for us. We are moving out of the old Chester St. house into a four bedroom house on Walcott St. Now the girls have to just decide which two will share a room....gotta run, there's tons to do.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

When it rains...it pours

Well, just a quick update here. There is a trainer who goes to Brock's school on Thursdays so he took a look at Brock's hand and guess what? It is for sure sprained and he wouldn't allow him to play football until Brock had an x-ray to rule out any possibility of a break.
I called the local, small-ish clinic and they got me in right away. As it turns out the doctor wants a radiologist to look at his film because she sees something suspicious on the one view of his hand. Something that looks like a fracture. But she wasn't confident enough without the "expert" eye of a radiologist. Of course, it was like after five by the time this was going on and there wasn't a radiologist still there, so we have to wait. Tomorrow the doctor isn't there. She told me to wait til Monday. I asked if I couldn't just call in tomorrow and find out what the final say is. What a novel idea. Why, yes I can but of course if it is broken they want an orthopedic specialist to call the shots on treatment.
So Brock went home with a brace on his RIGHT arm and a note to the coach. He will have to sit out until we find out what is going on. The affected area is the right medicarpal, for those of you who needed further diagrams like I did, it is basically the knuckle bone at the base of your pointer finger. It is not affecting his growth plate, so for that I am thankful.
I am now going to type a paper for Brock here at the church. It is due tomorrow!

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Heads or Tails?

Brock was made a captain on his football team. Here is he watching the coin toss before yesterday's game. He is on the far right in red.
Sparta won 16-8!! Brock jammed his finger pretty badly and had to sit out most of the last half. A trainer comes through the school on Thursdays so his coach is going to have it looked at. It was so cold here yesterday, we all wished we had our winter stuff with us while we watched. Brrrr. It was still fun to watch though.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Just Sue, thinking aloud.

I believe that things happen in our lives for a reason. I am sure everyone has a different take on this philosophy but I firmly believe it and have seen it in action over and over again in my life. If that is the case then this present circumstance we are in is also for a reason. Over the past couple of days I have come to the conclusion that we are going through things now in order to prepare us for things in our future. I enjoy being challenged in my character. Not initially of course, but after time I can see that I am not the same person I was even five years ago and I am glad for that.
I guess I just wanted to share that with you all. I hope it doesn't seem as though I have been complaining lately about our housing situation. I don't ever want to be a "complainer". Rather, I want to go through trials and testings and come out the other side having learned more, grown more and let the bad things inside me go to the wayside.
I know part of this revelation came by way of resignation. Meaning that, I have accepted our situation and am not fighting against it anymore. With that resignation came the revelation that.....whether we understand the things we go through in life or not, is not the important thing. The important thing is that we are becoming better people and refined people.
I am so grateful God has provided places for our heads to rest. That He has blessed me with a wonderful husband and amazing kids who encircle me with love every day.
I choose to walk through this gracefully.
I choose to let the junk that is inside me be weeded out and then actively make the changes I need to make.
I choose to be a model of character to my children.
I choose to look at this as an opportunity for growth rather than throw myself a pity party.
I choose to share these thoughts with you in hopes that you might be encouraged to do the same in your lives.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

With a nick nack patty wack, give the dog a bone!

I can't believe how fast September is flying by. This coming week we will once again put our belongings into boxes and take them to another location. It is usually called "moving" but I am thinking we need to just invest in a couple good work horses and a covered wagon. I never desired the gypsy life, but it's the hand that has been dealt for the time being.
We are thankful to have another house to go to. Right now we aren't sure which one of three houses we will be taking our things to but by Tuesday that will be sorted out and I will start loading up the car with our stuff.
Other news on our housing situation is just this: we need our house in Hibbing to sell! Without that happening our hands are tied. So even when we do find suitable housing here we can't really do anything about it. This gets frustrating but I am just glad we have a roof over our heads.

The kids are all doing well. Randy is great. I started teaching a Wednesday night adult class. So it's all good.
Today is Nanny's sixth birthday. I made a roast for lunch and gave her the large bone out of it. We all said Happy Birthday Nanny as I threw it on the back porch for her. Five minutes later I thought I had better check on her. She sat there panting and slobbering as she looked up at me with eyes that begged "Can I have more?" But....where was the bone? "Nanny" I asked, "Where is the bone?" Nothing. Nowhere. No sign the bone ever existed. Happy Birthday Nanny!!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

A Win for the Hometeam.

Final score: Sparta Spartans 22-West Salem Panthers 8!
A great way to start the season. We sat in the cool, rainy weather watching the Spartans defeat the Panthers in their first game of the season. Brock is a linebacker and the defense played very well. At one point the opponent was 1st and goal and they held them without a score. The eight points came on a fumble in the last minutes of the game. We had fun watching the game. Gotta love football season!
We continue to search for a house to live in.
The kids are settling in to school very well now. Brock loves it. His favorite subject is... Agriscience! He even wants to go to the FFA meeting this Friday (that is Future Farmers of America for those of you who are wondering).
Sydney is making friends quickly and likes everything except her science teacher is rather grumpy.
Jessica finds it all pretty boring and I know she misses her niche in Hibbing. But Britt and her were invited out by the neighbourhood boys on Saturday night just to hang and have pizza with a group of kids and she and Britt really enjoyed themselves. So as time goes on things get easier. Jessie likes choir and English. She's finding German 2 difficult but has gone in for extra help seeing as her teacher is so nice and helpful.
Britt loves it! She finds Anatomy most challenging but she likes all her teachers and kids are VERY friendly to her. We found out that Concert Choir here takes a trip every three years. So in the spring of her senior year they are going to New York City. Britt is so excited about the possibility of going. Jessie doesn't really care but our "city girl" can't wait!!
So that is the latest for us! Congrats to all our Minnesota fans on the Viking win. And for all our Packer fans, condolences!

Brock's team after their win yesterday. You can see Brock on the right, in front with a grey long sleeve shirt under his jersey. He is #20.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Game Day

Friday, September 08, 2006

My Little Man

This morning, after dropping off the two older girls a couple blocks from the high school I weaved my way through town finding a less congested route to the middle school. It was Brock's turn for "shotgun". (we came up with a system of oldest to youngest taking turns so there's no fighting) I pulled up into the long curved drive of the school. As usual the sidewalk was littered with sixth through eighth graders enjoying their last moments of freedom before the bell rang.
I pulled up to the curb and my little man leaned over and kissed my cheek. "Bye mom, have a good day". It struck me that he had no shame in kissing his mom in full view of his peers. It also struck me that these precious days are numbered. I don't know when but some day in the not to distant future my little man will probably just grunt as he hops out of the car!
What a blessing boys are. He takes care of me in such a grown up way for his young age. I know that having such a great example as his dad sure helps. He wants to be just like his dad, even in the way he protects me. I love it!
My little man...my football playing man. He was placed as a blocking back on his team. He's a little disapointed that he didn't get the QB position. Especially, cuz it went to a popular boy who according to Brock can't throw. My advice to him was to work hard and have a good attitude and be a leader. His "big brother" Reid showed him how to do that. No matter what always keeping a positive attitude. His dad's advice was to throw a few long bombs in front of the coaches before practice starts! (funny)
So this post is dedicated to my son and all those boys out there, who aren't ashamed of kissing their momma's cheek once in a while!

Thursday, September 07, 2006

the new kids!

After two days of school the kids are still trying to settle in. As different as our four kids are, is as different as their opinions and experiences have been so far. I do have to say that this is definately a small town. Seems as though word travels fast and Britt and Jess are already known as the sisters who are new, one plays basketball the other one plays the drums. The boys that live next to us have offered to walk home with them! Overall, the response has been pretty friendly. Jessie doesn't seem to like it but she really had her niche in Hibbing and that is hard to re-establish. Britt on the other hand, has received a more warm response than she ever has before and is enjoying that.
Sydney and Brock are at the middle school in town and are obviously making a hit there. Both have been asked out already. Yes, a girl asked Brock out yesterday. For Sydney it happened the very first day! No wasting time there.... that "compound" with the ten foot fence out in the woods, being homeschooled is looking pretty good. I'm kidding obviously. You wish you could shelter your kids from some stuff but this is life in 2006. So we just keep the communication open and help them make wise decisions. Parenting teenagers is so much fun. I LOVE IT!
Brock enjoyed football practice last night and is waiting to hear what position they put him at.

Randy and I think we found a home to rent and are just working out the details. We are thankful that we aren't going to have to resort to a campground! Thanks for thinking of us and praying for us during this time in our lives.
The cool, crisp, sunny mornings have a hint of fall in them. My favorite time of year. Football, bonfires, Homecoming, leaves and sweater weather. We have much to be thankful for!!!

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

First Day of School '06

Today is the first day of the school year. I think that the reality of our move to a new city and state went to a whole new level today as the kids prepared themselves for school. The nerves started setting in yesterday and by this morning they were full blown. You can imagine, being a teenager and having to walk into a school and classrooms where you don't recognize one person! Brittany was in third grade the last time she had to do this. She is now a junior and I have to say she was the most upset today. Of course, we prayed for them before we sent them out.
Last night we continued our tradition of Dairy Queen in our jammies. Sparta has a DQ thankfully so that was the kickoff to our family's official welcoming of a new school year!
This morning lunches were made and backpacks full of supplies were loaded into the car. Sydney fell down the stairs and hurt her tailbone, she couldn't sit down very well. I doubt they have padded school chairs. Poor thing!
I think that now the school year has started the kids will realize fully, the sacrafice of moving. I know they will miss the familiar faces of their friends in Hibbing. It is never easy to make huge transitions in life. It is always easier to stay comfortable. I know that today will be a day where their character is improved upon as they face this challenge.
Here are some fun pics.

The kids at Dairy Queen last night.

First Day of School.

The kids and I. Last official night of summer vacation 2006.

Friday, September 01, 2006

September 1st!

Hello everyone. Well I figured I should send along an update from our little town. We are still in the process of finding permanent housing. As you know, we got word that we have to be out of the rental home we are in on September 25th. The owner sold it. Obviously, our greatest desire is to find a house to buy. The one older home I had described in an earlier post turned out to have some "issues". An extremely strong cat urine smell is what we define as an issue! Therefore, that option was taken off our list. We have found two other houses and have been patiently waiting(well most days) for our house in Hibbing to sell. We are moving ahead with some other ideas. Another option is to move to another rental. Ugh! This is certainly an interesting, challenging journey. I do trust that God has a plan and so we are just waiting for the doors to open and close.

Brock finished his hunter safety course last Wednesday night. He got 100% on his written test and passed all his physical tests also. He was thrilled and talked non-stop about hunting rules, guns, seasons, wildlife and other such subjects pretty much non-stop for days! He is so excited to duck hunt with his grandpa this fall!

Tonight we are going to our first Sparta High School football game here at home. They play Rice Lake. Go Spartans! Brock starts practice this Wednesday for his grade 7 & 8 team. School starts for the kids this Tuesday. Tomorrow we'll finish up the school supply shopping! The kids are all a little nervous, understandable so.

Now finally, on a more serious note...I would ask that all of you who read this blog to write the name Debbie on your prayer list. She is a good friend of mine, I have known her and her husband Dave since I was sixteen years old! They were my youth/music pastors in London, Canada and now live in Minneapolis. Debbie, is a vibrant, fun, taleted young mother of five. Debbie is facing brain surgery to remove a 2 cm tumor (not cancerous) in her frontal, left lobe of her brain. This is the area that controls language. Surgery is a must. Please keep her and her family in your prayers. If you want more info or a link to a Caring Bridge site for her let me know....I'll give it to you.