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freezing in Detroit.

freezing in Detroit.

Ain't no cure for the wintertime blues

Poor Micah’s getting homesick. She went out to play in the snow with her sisters this afternoon, but came back in after not very long. She looked dejected.

Once I got her out of her wet, snowy things I found out what the problem was: homesickness. I took her in my lap in front of the big picture window and we watched the falling snow. I tried to cheer her up:

Me:  Isn’t the falling snow pretty?

Micah: No. It just blends in with the sky and I don’t like the color of the sky here. It’s too dark. I want to see the sun.

Me:  Well, you could imagine we’re inside a snow globe. Isn’t that kind of fun?

Micah (with a “duh” tone of voice):  No. This is too big to be in a snowglobe. There can’t be houses and trees and things like that!

Me:  Sure there can, there could be a snowglobe with a little house in it…

Micah: Not with a door, and a window and everything!

Me: Okay… look at the tree across the street, next to the white van. The snow makes it look like it has cottonballs on it!

Micah: I’d call it a dirty van, not white. The snow just makes it look dirty.

Our conversation continued like that for a little longer, with me trying to cheer her up and her refusing to be cheered. I finally gave up. Gee, I wonder where she gets that attitude from?

We are looking forward to our last few days here and more time with friends and family, but we’re also looking forward to heading home this weekend.

Chillin’ out

Here we are in Michigan! We arrived on Thursday after driving straight through, something we’ve never done before. It worked really well. We left home on Wednesday around 4:30pm, stopped for dinner, then got the kids ready for bed. They slept for close to half of the trip, which makes for a lot less time for “Are we there yet?” We got here early Thursday afternoon and were greeted by about six inches of snow on the ground.

The girls have loved the snow. They’ve spent a lot of time already playing out in Granny and Granddad’s yard with their cousins. It’s really been fun seeing their reaction to it. They were totally amazed by the icicles at a McDonald’s we stopped at for breakfast in Kentucky. When we arrived in Michigan, the first thing Bethany did after getting out of the car was gingerly touch the snow. “It’s soft!” she said in awe.

If you’re going to be in southeast Michigan over the next week and a half or so, we’d love to see you. Drop us a note or give us a call so we can set something up!


While we’re in Michigan, the girls and I are staying with my mom for most of the time (Tim’s down at his parents’, closer to the people he’s meeting with). One really nice thing about this is that my mom is a morning person, a lot like Tim. I’m not. At home, Tim always gets the girls their breakfast and allows me to wake up slowly and not have to face any little people before I’m ready. My mom has been doing the same thing for me here.

I woke up a little early this morning, before the kids were allowed out of their room. At 7:00 (their time of emancipation), I overheard this on the monitor:

(door opening)

Micah: Gwamma’s not up!

Bethany: Is Daddy here?

Micah: No!

Bethany: Uh oh…

Micah: We have to wake somebody up! Somebody has to feed us bweakfwast or we’ll STARVE!

Bethany: We will NOT starve!

I love the fact that none of the girls asked if I was up or even mentioned the possibility. I have them trained well. 🙂

We will be in Detroit in two days!

We arrive in Detroit this Wednesday, October 29. We will be there until November the 19th. I (Tim) will be on my own for most of the time while Lisa will be in Fenton helping her mom take care of Grandma and continuing the normal schedule of homeschooling. We will all be together, including the kids, for our church visits.

Here are the churches that we will be visiting. We will be at Lake Pointe Bible Church in Plymouth on November 2, and Oak Pointe in Novi on Nov 8th and 9th.

I’ll post more about our schedule as the trip progresses. I have a few visits planned but a lot of open time still. I’d love to see everyone that I can!

The best way to get a hold of me will be by email (tcocking @ You can try my cell phone as well 407-405-4432. Please note that number is only in use for this trip.