Sunday, November 30, 2008

It's a wonderful Life

What a long, relaxing weekend...
In between pumpkin pie and football (That would be Jason)we were able to move our bodies off the couch to do a couple of things this weekend.

We went to my parents new house on Thanksgiving.... My mother, God bless her, loves to make this unimaginable feast. Turkey and Ham, sweet potates and Mashed potatoes, noodles and dressing, corn, cranberry salad and Napa salad, Dinner rolls, Tapioca, Pies..Peanut butter, Pumpkin, and Chocolate. It's most amazing... It's no wonder these guys are smiling.
We had a great time just hanging out there all afternoon.

And then on Friday Jason and I were some of those crazies who get up early.

I like to think of it as more of a sport then anything! It's the hunt. I love to beat the crowds by thinking outside the box. I can't tell you all my secrets but I was in and out of Walmart, Target and The mall all in 2 hours. Jason had to just stand in awe as he watched me work.
And then we got to go down on the farm at Bob Evans for some yummy breakfast before we headed home to get our mid morning naps. I did kind of drag the rest of the day but I have most of my Christmas shopping done so it's worth it for this girl!
And then Saturday we put up the tree. My kids love this tradition. They love to put their stuff on it. And I love that they can. My tree is not one that will win any awards but my kids love to pull their stuff out and remember it from years past. And that makes it so worth it to me!

And of course we played lots of games.
We got to go to my nephews baptisim today. It was very meaningful and we were glad to be a part of it. And then tonight we got to spend time with our friends and their little girls for little Miss Kassie's 4th birthday. Here are the three little girls giving us a concert. They were so sweet. Don't you just love those little faces? Me too!
Kassie, Jade and Sophie
Tonight Sophie was telling Kassie a story. When we asked her what she was saying she replied.
"Can't tell you, it's inappropriate".

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

******Editors note******
For all of you wondering about the quilt I don't have instructions written down but this is a step by step in how I sew it:
1. Pick out various material to cut into squares.
2. Cut 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 squares (I have a quilters measuring square this size)
3. For a twin size bed you will need 77 for the top and 77 for the back. (I use flannel for the back)
4. Sew the front to the back in an X pattern across the front.
5. After all your squares are together lay them out on the floor in the design you want.
6. I pick up the rows in the order. You will want to lay your material so the wrong sides are together(the backs) So the seam is face up with a 1 inch seam(it's backwards of most seams) You can look at the picture if you don't understand.
7. Take your first row and start sewing square to square with a 1 inch seam.
8. Sew the entire row.
9. Do the same with the next row and so on...
10. When all your rows are together start back with your first row. Sew it to the 2nd row and so on. Remember you will have a 1 inch seam sticking up.
11. When everything is together sew the perimeter of the quilt in a 1 inch seam as well.
12. Now the fun begins. You need a good scissors. Start cutting the material where ever the seams are sticking up. This will give you the rag finish at the end. Cutting the fabric frays it when you wash it. You can cut as much as you want down to the thread. I usually just cut small because I don't want to risk cutting my thread. Cut around the perimeter as well.
13. This takes awhile. After you are done cutting shake the quilt out and put it in the washer/dryer. You will want to stop the dryer about 1/2 way through and clean out the lint. It produces lots of lint! When it is completed shake outside because it will shed like crazy!
Happy Thanksgiving Friends!

I am so thankful for the blessings I have been given. For friends and family, for health and freedom. For shelter and a warm bed; for plenty of food and water. For a shower that I can refresh my body under.
I am most thankful today that this world isn't where I will always be. That someday my heavenly Father will return and take us home to a place that no eye has seen, no ear has heard and no mind can conceive. I am looking for that day with great anticipation!
May you have a blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving as you reflect on all you have been given!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

I did something I don't think I have ever done before....
I started decorating for Christmas before Thanksgiving!
With all the snow starting so early I have been playing Christmas music for weeks already! But I did refrain from putting up the tree. That is always done the weekend after Thanksgiving in our house. The kids want to make sure I don't do it without them.
I'm not gonna lie, it was kind of nice to decorate this year without lots of little "helpers".
This is a my season shelf that sits up about 8 feet in the air. I stood on a bar stool and then held my camera way above my head to get this shot.
I don't have any lights up outside yet either. I am thinking about having a Christmas open house(we are selling our home) So any early decorating I can do will help me later.

Remember this from last week? Well it's done and I wanted to show it to you. If you are looking for an easy project to do for Christmas gifts this would be an idea. I really mean it when I say I don't sew. I don't hem. But this is such a no-brainer even I can do it!
The most time consuming part is the cutting. You cut lots of squares. You will need 144 for this size quilt. You can use old jeans if you have some on hand. I often use jean and corduroy.
This one is for Malaina and these are "her" colors.

I am going to be part of the Blogging Christmas Open House over on the side bar. I would love to see your homes as well.

Are you doing some fun projects for Christmas? I would love to hear what they are.

I have a funny little random quote from Sophie. She was playing chess, yes, I said chess. (whatever happened to hi-ho-cheerio???)
Sophie: Mom, I won the game.
Me: You did?
Sophie: Yep, I was playing my imaginary friend and I beat her!! WHOO WHO!
Excellent! Stiff Competition!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Happy to be a nobody

Do you love to eat out as much as I do? It's the whole thing....

I love to get ready to go. I love to think about what I'm going to order, I love the smell of food as I walk into a restaurant and just the whole idea that my growling stomach doesn't mean that I'm going to have to do anything but tell someone else what I want and then I wait for that exact beautiful presentation to be placed in front of me.

We got to experience this on Saturday evening with our friends Ted and Rolanda.

Sorry about the really horrible camera phone pictures! You look so cute with your new hair, Rolanda!

We were told by our waitress that we were very fortunate to have a table since we didn't make reservations.
Who Knew?
Last time Jason and I came here there were only about 6 people in the place for the entire evening! But tonight they had every table full....And one table that was set for a very important guest.

A local celebrity, a former congressmen was coming in to dine right next to us.
Oh yes, we were eating with the big names!
The Shakers and Movers of our little town.
Now I can't tell you his name but you've got to know that my sister in law Regina, and I just get the biggest charge out of informing each other when we have ****** spotting's.

Our husbands don't find it nearly as funny as we do. But trust me it has amused us for years and that's saying something.

Just so I wouldn't look like a complete stalker and so I wouldn't embarrass my dinner party(after all it's hard to convince anyone to go out with us to begin with) I waited until after they had left to take the picture of the empty chair that hosted a certain someone for 3 hours.

Again sorry about the hideous,blurry secret, camera phone.

Seriously I could have blown my straw wrapper right at him Regina! I knew you would be full of jealousy!

So anyway as he and his friends pulled away in their BMW's and Hummers I wondered what life is really like on that side of the fence. What would it feel like to walk into a restaurant and everyone pause to look at you as you walked in. I wonder if it's really easy to compromise what you really believe. I wonder if you are always aware that you are being watched by people?

I don't think that would be much fun. And once again I realize there is a price that celebrities pay.

It makes me happy that I am a nobody from nowhere who no one knows.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Sunday Lazies

If you are like us some Sunday's can seem anything but restful. On mornings I lead the worship or when Jason preaches we like to come home and crash the rest of the day. I mostly just want to be lazy.
When I was growing up my family often had popcorn, ice cream and an occasional egg sandwich on Sunday evenings.
After a LONG nap today I got up and shuffled back to the computer. Gotta get my fix....
After what seemed like 2 minutes(really 1 hour)my little munchkin Sophie came racing in to the office...."mom we forgot supper!"
So this was on for supper tonight:
Yummy, buttery popcorn, lemonade, little turkey bites, string cheese, and brownies!
Don't call the nutrition police on me!

Do you see those brown things in there? Once again, flash from the past. I was taught the tradition of putting pecans in the popcorn. Amazing!
I've recently started putting pretzels in too after learning this little secret from my sis-in-law!

What do you eat on Sunday evenings?

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Micah's Birthday

So my second son Micah is turning 9. Technically not for 1 more week but his birthday happens to fall on Thanksgiving Day so since we are already overeating that day we planned his party last night. In order to continue on in good standing with my dear son I was forced into it. Did I just say forced? Of course not!

Seriously, if I am really honest birthday parties are strictly my way of saying I love you and I will sacrifice my sanity, checkbook, and wrinkle free face(well not so much anymore)all out of love!

He invited 3 friends from school and 1 from church. What a riot! And when I say riot I mean it in the most literal sense.....

Look at these cute boys. Do you know what 3rd grade boys like to talk about? I can tell you... It's mostly about farting, peeing, burping and what girls are the stinkiest.(code word for "WE REALLY are in LOVE with HER)They sure aren't hard to feed though! No picky eaters with pizza and DQ Icecream cake! So here is that adorable birthday boy with his colorful cake. Just so you know his dad picked it out. I was concerned that it may appear a little "girly"but he said it was all they had left. No worries they ate it up like champs!
Here is Micah and his friend Braden. It has been especially fun for Micah this year because Braden has been his church friend but recently moved to our school district and now is in Micah's class as well. We are thrilled about this.
Anthony and Andrew...Way too much fun over pizza!
And here is Micah with his sisters....They went along but didn't get to bowl.

I gotta tell you we have a little history with Micah's parties. Two years ago we wanted to go to this little pottery shop called pottery smottery. We planned a night, invited a friend and headed out. But guess what, we got there and they were closed. I guess they aren't open every night of the week, and someone didn't call to find out about that little important fact. (Ahem)
Last year he wanted a sledding party. Well sledding is sporadic in this part of the world. So as not to bore you with the facts, I'll just say we planned 3 different times to go sledding, finally at the end of January we got his party done with less then an inch of snow on the ground. Excellent!

This year we planned on bowling and eating rubbery pizza at the alley. As we pulled into the lot we realized that most of the county was here tonight. I called the front desk....
He: "we are booked all night".
Me: "But you don't understand I have 8 kids here squealing with glee, you can't do this to me"!
I didn't really say that but I was thinking it!
So instant change of plans; we will just drive across town to the old alley that smells of stale smoke and bowl there. No problem right?
I called and he said: "we don't have anything available till 8:00!
I said "we will take it".
He: "sorry we don't take reservations on weekends"
Oh no, he wasn't going to let me down so quickly!
Me: "Can I come put my name in'?
He: "No we won't take names".
Great! Well, we will just go get pizza and come back.
After pizza and cake we headed over there. These kids are bursting and I was not about to disappoint them!
We walk up to the desk and this young, teenager is at the desk alone.
Me: "We need a lane please"
He: "Sorry we won't have anything until after 9".
Me: " I called and you said after 8. It's only 7:30"
He: "Well sorry some lanes opened up and I gave them away".
Me: "Well, we'll just wait until one opens".
He: "Maybe one will open up over there pretty soon".
Me: "Okay can I give you my name so I can get that lane?"
He: "Sorry I don't take names"(He really had a thing about that)
Me: "Okay, I guess I will just stand here until a lane opens up then".
Seriously, sometimes I can just be so annoying!
He: "Well, you don't have to do that"!
Me: "I really need a lane, I've got 6 boys who are here for a birthday party and they really want to play."
Me to Jason "I'll go let the kids open gifts".
Jason: "I'll hang around up here".
Don't you love that when your husband fights for the cause with you! Me too!
So we opened gifts and like magic in 5 minutes that lane opened right up! Isn't that amazing how that works? So here they are bowling their little hearts out...

This boy has moves....

Man does he have moves!
Here are Micah and Andrew...Big Buddies.
And the final scores.....
It was so good to hear my little boy come down this morning and say

"That was my best birthday ever"! I am so glad!

I am grateful that I have been given the chance to mother this young man!

He is the one that has us laughing until we fall down and while we are down there we start praying like fanatics. He is intensely intense! Passionately Passionate! We love his soft heart and steel determination. He doesn't let us get by with much. He has a quick wit and is very creative.

Next year I think I may just plan him a party that does not include dependence on another business or the weather.

I really just can't handle all the stress!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Sad way to end a day

I've been busy...

This morning I went to school to help for a couple of hours. And then I went back again to have lunch with little Miss Sophie. Can I just say that it feels so good to be loved?! Kindergartens are so sweet. They all want to sit by you and talk to you and let you know what their animals names are. They are just so sweet!

So this afternoon I finally got around to finishing a little project I had started several weeks ago.

I love making these Rag Quilts. I have been making them for a number of years and love to give them as gifts. Especially for baby gifts. This is what it looks like as I am putting it together. You just cut 5 by 5 squares and sew them together. I have 7 rows of 11 squares. So it's 144 squares of fabrics total.

Sewing 101...

So I'm finishing up the last row when I get a call from Jason.
"Hey, I'm on my way to the E.R. I cut my hand with a big piece of glass."
"Are you okay? Are you bleeding bad?"
He assured me he was not bleeding from the brain and would be fine to drive.
The kids had all kinds of questions to ask him...
"Did you cry?"
"What did you say when it happened?"(Ahem..)
"Mom, are you gonna blog about this?"
He took pictures of the gross before bandage shot but I am repulsed by blood. I truly feel a chill from head to toe when I see other peoples blood. So here's a more tolerable shot of his hand.

6 Stitches to get that baby closed up....Poor Guy!

It wasn't what we needed to happen today but we are grateful it wasn't worse!
Sorry Sweetie! I really hate to see you in pain!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Wonder Boy

We had a continuation of snow from yesterday. I still think it's beautiful but in 48 hours or so it may be pushing its luck…

This morning I took the kids to school and I can not lie ... I laughed out loud at my son's misfortune. Now that you all think I am a completely uncaring and cruel, heartless mother I will try to paint a picture for you.

When I drop my two youngest off at their school Jalen catches a bus that transports him to another school. This morning we were cutting it pretty close so Jalen knew that if he was going to catch the bus he would have to get all his stuff together, bail out of the van and sprint down to where the buses were ready for take off. I prepared him about a block before to start gathering his things together.

Well, I must explain first that yesterday I went out and bought my boys these new bags because the ones they were carrying had holes so big they could fit a small animal through them. So, me being an "in touch" mom knew that the bag to carry these days is not one that you strap onto your back but more like a laptop bag. So basically it will not accommodate much more then papers, folders, and maybe a lightly packed lunch bag. Definitely not a pair of boots, gloves and snow pants. Since we were running late I had them just grab their extra winter wear in their hands which was a huge mistake. Huge!

So back to planning our method of deployment in the most expedient way possible….

I, as quickly as I can, without looking like a drunk mother bringing her children to school, buzz up to the corner to drop him off. He has decided that he is going to run on the outside of the school since the buses will see him and will possibly hold off moving if there is a child running toward them.

He says "Goodbye" and then "Oh, No!"

He had picked up his new bag the wrong way and all contents were now on the floor of the van.

"Try to hurry", I encourage.

"I can't get the zipper closed" he says.

Finally he gathers it all together along with boots and snow pants. He hops out of the van and promptly loses a boot.

I get out to help, I am now a traffic jammer. I zip his bag, gather his boots, stuff them in his arms and say "Love you, Now Run Forrest, Run"!

And then I get the giggles. I just start laughing and laughing and he does the same.

He runs but about half way between here and there he drops that dratted boot again!


No movement from the bus driver. I am sure she was completely mesmerized by the whole thing!

Finally he reaches the bus…

"Oh MY!"

He wipes out right there by the door of the bus.

He gets up but "Oh no", he completely wipes out again!

A teacher comes to the rescue. And I sit in my van watching and saying "Oh no," and then covering my mouth and then "Oh, No" again. The teacher helped him walk the rest of the way to his bus….

And the traffic behind me continues to grow until I am forced to leave the scene of the accident.

This afternoon he walks in and says "this definitely was not my day!" Poor Jalen! I am so sorry!

Tomorrow I will be better prepared for these snowy mornings of November, I promise!

Monday, November 17, 2008


Hello Snowflakes....Beautiful falling snow....
Look what I woke up to this morning. I looked out my window and we were covered over. The first real snow of the year. So it looks like we are going to be having a white Thanksgiving? Nah, it will all disappear in a day or two. But it was beautiful today. I like it more this time of year then April. And just in case you wondered, this isn't a picture of the house we live in.

What a gorgeous drive to school this morning. Everything was thickly covered in blankets of snow.

As I went to the store I had to stop beside the road and feast my eyes on this spectacular sight.

When Micah and Sophie came home they were just elated about this whole deal. They put on their snow pants and gloves and headed out to immerse their faces in the fluffy stuff. I had to run through the "just say no to yellow snow" speech.
They said they already knew that from last year and would be careful to avoid it.

I have been challenged lately to give thanks in all things. I heard the story of Corey Ten Boom and the way she learned gratefulness. One day as she and her sister Betsy were trying to survive in the Concentration Camp Betsy told her they need to be thankful for all things including the fleas that plagued them. Corey could not figure out how she could be glad about some nasty fleas. Several months later they found out that the reason they could so easily share devotions with the other prisoners was because the guards didn't want to come back into their quarters for fear of the fleas.
What an awesome reminder that "in all things" may not look like I think it should. It may in fact, be very difficult or even unpleasant. But when I look to Jesus as being the source of my joy I can always be thankful.
Today I am grateful for the majesty of my creator.
Lord, You do all things well!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Going to the Chapel

Brenden and Suz got married tonight. What a lovely couple! They had such a beautiful wedding and it was fun to be part of it. Look at this spectacular center piece on the table.I know, that's why I chose to sit my little self down right here. It was marked table #12 so I figured well, if there are 450 people here #12 isn't first so it won't look like I'm trying to get served first but it's not table #56 so I won't be starving by the time those wonderful table waiters get to me. Um, let's just say, I am not good at all at picking out short lines. Don't ever follow me in the store or bank or anywhere there is a choice of lines because I will undoubtedly pick the one that has a computer failure or a price check.
I'm just sayin I have other gifts. Not so much short lines.

So anyway guess who picked the table that went last. You got it..


It's okay though, there was lots to say and I had more time to get in the 25,000 words for today.

Look here we are with the only child we could drag with us. The others seemed fairly determined that weddings just aren't really the thing they love these days. Oh well, I guess it's best this way or they would have been begging to leave, honking van horns, you know, just kind of cutting into social times for me.
Here is Dale. Look he found a little friend to interact with. It was the sweetest thing ever. He took little Tim's face in his hands and was so loving to him. Then he hugged him and they just had some real bonding moments.

We have made a DVD of some highlights of Dale's life. Tim's mom said that he has basically memorized that DVD. It just melted my heart!

This is my dear precious niece Sharon. Actually she is Jason's niece but I claim her too. She is completely worth getting to know. She has so many friends and her heart is as big as the sky! I love her so much!

Every time I go to a wedding I am reminded of how exciting this day is for the couple. How wonderful that they don't have to say "good night" and leave each other any more. I remember how magical it felt as we rode away for the first time as husband and wife.

Such an absolutely precious time of life. I am so glad they found each other.

Tonight I will pray for them that when it doesn't feel magical anymore, when all the people have gone home and the songs are done that they will remember the vows they made. And on those bad, or even mundane days they will be able to think back and smile when they think of the sweet feelings they had for each other today.

Friday, November 14, 2008

41 reasons I love the birthday boy

Today is Jason's birthday. Do not surmise that every time he has a birthday so do I. I skip birthdays and have fallen quite drastically behind him in age. Yep, he out does me every year.When we met he was only 4 years older then I was. But now I have fallen like 9 years behind him!

He is quite handsome huh? I know, that's why I can't keep my eyes off him! Don't you love his sweet little smile? He was a looker even with the plaid and horrible haircut.
Since I spent so much time,money and trickery last year to surprise him for the big 40 I will just be real simple this year! So happy birthday honey! This is your birthday card!

41 reasons I love you...
1. You are the handiest guy in town.
2. I love the way you crack me up!
3. You totally get my humor.
4. You usually are the first to say sorry.
5. I love the way you look at me....
6. I like your cow brown eyes!
7. You are always looking for ways to be a better husband.
8. I love the way you love our kids!
9. You listen to me and my desires.
10. You don't try to manipulate me(do you?)
11. You love the Lord and want to be obedient to him.
12. You are stinkin smart!
13. You help me around the house.
14. I love that I can count on you to help the kids with math!
15. You are not scared to try something new.
16. You aren't afraid to talk to the kids about well, you know, growing up stuff.
17. You love the dog...:)okay so this needs a little work, "dog hater"
18. You love people and aren't afraid to talk to strangers
19. You work so hard to provide for us.
20 You are the smartest person I know who hails from IOWA.:)
21. You are willing to cheer for Notre Dame and the Colts simply because you moved to Indiana.
22. You like to have people in our home.
23. You take care of tough issues of confrontation that make me get all jittery and weepy.
24. You lock the doors..(most nights:)
25. You can put together a great sermon.
26. You like to travel with me.
27. You listen to my likes and try to follow through
28. You lead us in family devotions.
29. You really want to be close to your kids.
30. You encourage me to pursue my dreams.
31. You turn a blind eye if the house isn't picked up.
32. You compliment my cooking.
33. You take walks with me.
34. You give up your own stuff to prioritize for family
35. I love the way you coach the kids in basketball
36. You forgive so quickly.
37. You don't complain when I ask you to help with something.
38. You care about lost people.
39. You are a good neighbor...lending out your precious tools and stuff.
40. You are diplomatic.
41. And lastly I love you because you tell me things that you don't tell anyone else.
Whew! I am not sure what I'll do if you live to be a 100. I guess I will have 59 more years to discover new things I like about you!

I am so blessed. Not because this marriage has always been perfect. We have had some tough days. Especially in the beginning. I wondered if it would actually work. And at year 7 I wondered again. But you know what? There is something about knowing you are both committed that makes all the difference. And there's this little word called forgiveness that makes living together possible. And there is an important thing called preferring each other that makes it more fun!
Happy birthday, birthday boy... You're still my guy!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

At Ease

Do you wonder what other people do after 6 p.m.? Us, if we actually get a night at home we are pretty tame. I know this may disappoint you adventure seekers. I am truly sorry!
We are pretty low-key doing our own things. Sometimes if we are energetic enough we may blow the dust off of one of those games that we used to play daily.
Here we are a typical night at home:

Sophie making a fort...

That's her bum sticking out there.

Of course she has numerous "imaginary"friends living in there with her! I know this because she is always bossing them around. I think it's the youngest child syndrome. If she can't get anyone else in the family to listen to her orders she can always count on those pretend friends!

These are Micah's hands on the keyboard. This boy loves piano so much! He can't seem to pass by the piano without plunking on it.

I am so glad! The passion for music is one I would love to pass on to my kids. It is something they will always use. Even if it's just for their own enjoyment.

Here's Jalen repeating his memory verses to his dad...

Earlier he was practically standing on his head.
A little unconventional I know, but whatever it takes!
And of course homework....Malaina is very academic. If she gets an A- she is trying to get that corrected. I told her teacher she must be a "freak of nature". I sure don't get the credit for the smart gene...Jason of course is willing to take the blame for that!
This was parent teacher conference week. Do any of you get jittery about that? I remember my first one. Back when Malaina was in first grade. I was so nervous my stomach hurt. It was like I was going in there to be judged on how I was doing as a parent. I never realized when I was a kid that my parents may not enjoy this.
I learned pretty quickly that most teachers are truly kind and probably don't say everything they may witness or what judgements they have made. Her teacher that year said something that I have clung to. She said, "I tell parents I'll believe half of what I hear and they should believe half of what they hear".
We have kids in 3 different schools this year so it's like a marathon going to all the conferences. I am glad to report it looks like they all are doing excellent. They make their mama proud!
Today I am grateful for a good school and for being able to sometimes slow down and enjoy quiet moments!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Tiny town meets Chicago

Do you ever wonder what life would be like if you didn't have anyone to share it with?
Like if you lived on a remote island and there was nothing but bats and monkeys to talk too?
Today I am grateful for people!
Especially if those people have a funny bone.
I have been blessed with so many friends that make me laugh! Sometimes it's good to just cut loose and have fun and that's just what we did this weekend.
A group of us took a little trip to this sweet little shop in Chicago. Maybe you've heard of it.


Well, me, I had never been there before and a couple of these girls I love, thought they really should introduce me....So they graciously invited me to meet IKEA. What a fun weekend!
We arrived on Saturday at noon and spent several hours browsing through the store. It was so much to take in.... But our hunger got the best of us so we took a little break and got a bite to eat.

We finished off the day with a little more shopping and then we headed over to The Cheesecake Factory and the Mall.

What sweet faces...Don't let them fool ya! You get them away from their kids and families...Watch Out!Hee, Hee!

Brooke and Rose
Carla and Monica

And here is Julie and Brooke completely enjoying their cheesecake for dinner.
Life is too short...Eat Dessert first!

Lovin the Cheesecake.....lovin it!

And this was our "priceline"hotel...Kind of dumpy huh? Yeh, but we endured!
The rooms were great and we were all very impressed that the bathroom had a TV right in the mirror.I'm not gonna lie, It was a little creepy that it just flipped on by itself.

Heather and Julie...
For more pictures you can link over to Heather's blog
It was such a good time and I am so thankful for times like these. And you know what else? Coming home is always so fun because the kids are so happy to see me...I hope it's not just because they know I will have something for them.

And of course it's always nice to get to sleep in my own bed with my own pillow and my own guy who makes weekends like this possible for me to do!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Romance is alive!

Can I just say I have a pretty amazing guy!
He has been really nice to me today....I mean, not just kind of nice, but like what are you up to kind of nice. Seriously, I'm not questioning any intentions but I'll let you decide.
This morning he called me and said "you wanna go for a picnic on our land?"
So when I got there this is what I found

And you know what... He had a little cash surprise inside that card that said ..."I have been saving this back for something you have fun shopping with your friends this weekend in Chicago"!

Now, how can a girl resist a guy like that!
We had more fun dreaming about the day we will build our house,where it will sit on the land,parties we will have, etc, etc.... What a great time!

This is what was waiting for me when I got back to our house.

Is it sin if I pray for a really strong wind to come ? So maybe they will end up in my neighbors yard... KIDDING! I kid!
I really do want to pick all those leaves up for the 167th time!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

One of those days!

Yesterday... Have you had one of those days?
Me too!
I got up completely unaware that this day would cost me well over $1000!
1. I lost not just one but both of my contacts!(non disposable)
Rubbed em right out my eyes and never knew it!
2. I was eating a stinkin piece of Turkey Jerky and chipped a back tooth!
3. Had to return some clothes(HATE returning stuff!)
4. Got a huge bill that I didn't know about.
5. All I'm sayin is, "the election".

Today.... gotta be better right?
Oh, well, I guess my dentist has to send his kids to college somehow!
And maybe I'll be able to see more clearly with new contacts...helping me to miss small animals on the road.
At least I didn't have to return clothes that were too small for me!
I am still not seeing a lot of positivity from 4-5.

But you know what? Who can stay grumpy lookin at this?

"Super Star"

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Heal the wound but leave the scars

Mothering is a tough thing.
Yeah, I know you already know that.
I never knew that it could be so complex.
How do I deal? How do I give wise advice? What if I just don't have the right words?
I have realized one thing . There is something about mothers that makes us intensely protective when our children are injured. The mother bear comes out and I stand back in amazement at who I can become. Wondering who that woman is and where she sleeps at night.
I remember back a couple of years to the time when I could just kiss that boo boo away. When all it took was a kiss, lap, and a band aid. Now I am faced with issues that are "unfixable" and I feel completely helpless to kiss away the pain. There is no way to make it all better.
I never knew I would feel the pain this deeply for someone else.
I never knew I would love someone so much I would be willing to do anything to give them all that I have.
I have been reminded lately that God has, through the years used pain as a way of shaping people for his eternal plan. The story of Joseph is one of those of great pain before the final dream could be realized. Thrown into a pit by his very brothers. Sold and taken to another land. Then falsly accused by his bosses wife and thrown into prison. Forgotten and left there.
All so God could use him in an unimaginable way to save his people.
The final outcome only God knew. But meanwhile Joseph had to walk through that pain one day at a time. Faithfully believing God had his hand on the situation even when he couldn't see the reason why.
Today I am asking you to pray for me that I would be able to have that kind of faith. I want to Believe God in all things even when I can't see.
I love the chorus of one of my favorite Point of Grace songs:
Heal the wound but leave the scar,
a reminder of how merciful you are
I am broken, torn apart,
take the pieces of this heart
heal the wound but leave the scar.