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Reflecting on 9-11

Yes, it’s been 2 days since the anniversary of 9-11, but it doesn’t mean I haven’t been thinking about it. I had intended to write on the actual anniversary, but I found too many thoughts crowding my head. I decided it was best to put it aside and help the kids understand the day, talk [...]

A Whole Lotta Life Goin On Over Here!

Today was full of writing, but I realized that none of it actually covered the busyness that’s happening within these walls. All this week we are making sure to have “spread out” dinners, which means that everyone is sitting together and eating together while all the food is “spread out” on the table. The extra [...]

My Ever-Changing Household-

I’ve felt so scattered over the last month. This morning I was thinking about all the change that’s occurred in the last several weeks. First of all, Clay returned from a year-long deployment. That alone changed the dynamics in the house. I handed over bedtime duties and bill-paying duties. But then a week ago, one [...]

Wednesday…Better Catch Up

The last few days have gotten away from me. Now that Clay is back and my brother is here and there are more hands and drivers to get the kids where they need to be, I feel like I don’t have a good grasp on everything. When I’m the only one who has to make [...]

Homecoming

Last Thursday was the big day. Clay’s flight was coming in at 10:50 pm. The kids spent the day making signs, asking “when are we going to the airport?” and getting excited to welcome their dad back. After the long day of getting everything ready, I loaded the kids into the van and headed to [...]

Deployment…Done

One year! I’ve gotta be honest-with the 2 visits and the overall busyness of our house and our schedule, it doesn’t AT ALL seem like a year has passed. But I knew that from the beginning. I knew that the way this house works, that everything would just keep rolling the same as always and [...]

Thursday

Thursday-we’re almost through another week. The weeks of 2010 are flying by! I can’t believe that we’re 1/2 through March, that St. Patty’s Day has come and gone and that we’re sprinting toward Easter! I feel like I haven’t even gotten my head around 2010 and it’s rushing past me. I’m hoping to get some [...]

My 3yr Olds Words That Rendered Me Speechless

Luke-Xavier is surely going into either Special Forces or the X-games. First off, he’s fearless. No surface is too high to jump from, no hill too steep for rolling down, head-first. He’s been standing on a skateboard since he could stand and jumping onto his siblings bikes since he could climb (which was remarkably early). [...]

Tips on Keeping a Military Father Connected While Deployed

A few days ago, I watched a Mommycast Video that really piqued my interest. I love all the work these ladies do, but this topic hit near to home. They did a video entitled The Military Father with special guest, Armin Brott, Author the book The Military Father. He gave some great tips on keeping [...]

Two Lang Traditions That Will Go Undone This Year

Now that October is over and I’m taking down the ghosts, skeletons and witches that the kids have made over the years, I realize that we didn’t make it to the pumpkin patch this year. Uh! It’s always a challenge to squeeze it in because of the busy afternoons and the jam-packed weekends, but somehow, [...]

Bible Stories According to the Military Child

At 4 yrs old Gabi is very interested in reading. She often takes books out and “reads” them out loud to us. Over the last few days she’s been carrying the Children’s Bible around and “reading” various stories to us. Tonight, after dinner, she brought it over to the table and started to “read” to [...]

What a Difference a Day Makes!

Just 24 hours ago the house was full with Clay visiting for a few days before he leaves for deployment (again), my brother visiting, 8 of our 9 kiddos and a couple of their friends thrown in for good measure.  This morning I wake up to Clay having gone back to Fort Lewis to catch [...]

A Full Summer Day

1 dad home before deployment 1 visiting uncle 1 lawnmower 1 weed whacker One 15-passenger van 14 people 1 birthday 2 trips to the beach 16 hot dogs  8 grilled chicken breasts 2 salmon steaks 3 bags of asparagus risotto 2 lbs of broccoli 1 ice cream, birthday cake 2 half gallons of ice cream [...]

Here I Go Again On My Own………

And so it begins.  After some changes to the original plan of Clay leaving on the 17th, he has now officially boarded a plane.  He gave the kids his best “Dad” talk, grabbed his sea bag and began his deployment.  The kids are remarkably good with his coming and going.  I’m the constant in the [...]

Ever-Changing Orders

Well, even though we “found out” that Clay would be here during this week for daily classes and would then fly out this morning, it has, of course, changed.  I was suspicious of them putting him on a plane at the beginning of a 3-day weekend that celebrates a federal holiday.  And I was right!  [...]