Sunday, February 17, 2013

Word of the Day... BASKETBALL

From mid-October through mid-February we lived at the gym.  We survived on concession food.  My family sacrificed a clean home, family dinners, and Mommy so that four of our kids could play on private school team and I could coach the girls' teams for the same school.

EG played for the Jr. Pro team which was 4th-6th grade.  It was her first year playing at the competitive level.  She did very well and learned may skills.  Matt played on the Jr. Pro and Middle school team.  He learned patience as he sat on the bench for many Middle school games before earning playing time and eventually starting.  However, his season was cut short due to a broken thumb.  Will and Sam played on the Middle school, JV and Varsity teams.  They played around 60 games in all.  Will started the season on just the Middle school team but quickly earned places on the JV and Varsity.  Middle School games were the most exciting to watch because we got to watch all three of boys play together and they played together well.  Billy took to calling them the "Mitchell Trifecta" :).  Here are a few shots from the season. (Photos taken by Vickie Jo Davidson)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Here we "grow" again

Yep, that's right! Our family is growing again.  This time it was a complete surprise.  Talk about "shock and awe"!  The newest Mitchell should arrive sometime arounf July 20th! 

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Giggles, Girls, and Forts

We have finished a BIG project!  After much discussion, thought, and prayer, Billy and I moved all the girls into one room.  Wait....WHAT? Yes.  We decided that it would be best for our girls and our family to have them all share a room.  How can we sleep them all in one tiny room?  We built bunkbeds!  Not just any bunk beds but TRIPLE bunks!

After TONS of looking for bunkbed plans that weren't too complex, I found the perfect one!  (You can find the plans here.) Billy and Sam did most of the measuring, cutting, gluing, and drilling.  I sat and supervised watched...mostly.  It took the better part of our Sunday afternoon and evening. (We didn't get the room "sleep ready" until about 11:00pm.)  Now all I have to do is paint the room and set their dressing room in Gracie's old bedroom. Oh, and redo their bathroom.  Maybe next summer...

The matress boxes

The "sleeping" room before

BethAnne's "art" on the wall.

Billy and Sam installing the first two boxes and support.


The last box going in.

MK couldn't quite keep up with the building.

All built and ready for use and two happy girls!


Friday, August 3, 2012

"God is so good! God is so good! God is so good!! He's so good to me!!"

God IS so good!  His faithfulness endures to all generations!!  This is a war story to tell our kids.  Business is struggling.  We have been praying for wisdom and guidance and provision.

One way we have been led is through the introduction of a new software we can sell to banks and to wide range of customers.

Monday morning, Billy arrives at his office.  Now his office isn't really set up for receiving customers.  It is for service guys to fix equipmnent and to house computers so the office runs smoothly.  So, imagine his surprise and anxiosness at arriving and finding a customer at his office.  Not just a customer, but a bank president.  Dr. Minnifield and his wife just dropped in, from, AL, to bring equipment to be serviced.  This is what we do, service financial equipment.  We do not EVER have anyone bring the equipment in.  Our techs either go to the customer location or the customer ships the equipment to us. Billy walks in and begins talking to this customer about his bank and what they do and what services they offer.  Billy tells Dr. Minnefield about this new software and how it can help his bank.  This bank president is super excited about it.  So the two of them, Billy and Dr. M, begin to talk about they can help each other.  It was too long to recount all the particulars, but Billy was encouraged by this new opportunity and so was Dr. M.  As Dr. M and wife were leaving, He turned and said to Billy, "Do you believe I just happened by here today?". Billy said, " No I don't. I believe you were led here today."  Dr. M. agreed and finished by stating he had long since realized that NOTHING happens that isn't directed by the hand of God!  WOW!  It is always amazing to see God at work! 

Thursday, August 2, 2012


iPhone games

To be brutally honest, these top my list of distractions. 
Distractions from what? 


Not good.  I have been convicted lately about my relationships with God and family, immediate family.  These relationships need more attention, more of me.  My biggest distractions are easy to get rid of.  Just delete, right?  It is so much harder than that.  They are like an addiction, having to come first before I do anything else.. First thing in the morning, before I get out of bed...check the phone for FB messages, games notifications, e-mail, etc.  And whats better for folding laundry than catching up on the latest episode of your favorite show on hulu or netflix.  I guess these distractions could best be labeled as idols.  I can get seriously upset when interrupted while spending time with my idols.  Real upset, that is until conviction sets in as it always does and I am forced to my knees by the weight of  my sin.  God, give me strength...

"For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." Isa. 55:9

How true is that verse!?!  Billy and I have been taking a long look at our life and praying and studying ans talking together about a myriad of things.  Circumstances have caused us to look hard at what we believe and why.  God proved faithful and answered our prayers and blessed our studies and conversation.  And as the title verse states, it wasn't the way that I had envisioned.  Isn't that always the way.  I had a nice little plan that would make everything better and be easy on me.  God's plan wasn't what I wanted to hear.  It will require much of me.  It will also refine and perfect me for His glory.  So here I go...

Billy is self employed.  Business hasn't been great.  God provided for us and the business through the accident Billy had 2007.  We have been praying for wisdom regarding the business and for God to open doors.  My plan: God will send us all kinds of new business and grow the company.  God's plan: Keep trusting in my provision and get in there and help your husband.  Wait. WHAT.  How am I going to that?  We have 7 kids and I homeschool them.  Not to mention that I am not a greatly organized person and this new venture would call for our home to run like a well oiled machine.  In the midst of my panic, I heard it.  That small voice which said, "Peace, be still."   So here I stand on God's promises and faithfulness and I can do no other. (paraphrase of ML)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

These Times, They are achangin'

It seems as if everywhere you look , people are getting back to their roots.  It is now trendy to make your own...everything, use cloth diapers, buy organic and so on and so on.  The same is true for the Mitchells. 

For sometime now, I have been trying to find ways to cut our expenses.  To live as healthy and cheaply as we can.  It is a constant battle...where do I cut and where can I spend.  Four months ago, I made a batch a homemade laundry detergent from a recipe on a friend's blog.  Since all I had was a 10 gal. bucket, I made a double batch.  It cost me about $5.  After four months of using it, I LOVE it.   Even with all the washing we do, we have hardly made a dent in the bucket!

Another way I am trying to save is by making baby food for Mary Kaitlyn.  Thanks to Pinterest I have many many recipes to try.  Currently I have sweet potatoes and butternut squash cooking in the oven which I will then mash up and store in containers.  Here is a great site for baby food making.  I also found great storage ideas there too.

But the BIG project, which I am sure will take some time, is our Backyard Homestead project.  The Backyard Homestead is a great book.  It gives instructions on how to organize, plan and grow your gardens, even if you live in an apartment.  That will be a whole series of posts and I hope I don't forget to take pictures!