Monday, December 29, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Two years ago, Big Daddy decided together that we were officially "done" having children. One boy, one girl....we are set. But answer me this. Will I ever really feel like I'm done? Will I ever be totally okay with not having a little one to cuddle? I'm sure my family (who was so supportive when I was miserable while pregnant with Coco) would like to remind me of how we ALL suffered through my last pregnancy. But I am a completely different person than I was two years ago. I can't help but wonder how my new found faith in our Lord would change the way I dealt with pregnancy. I can't help but wonder if we screwed up. NO Big Daddy, I am not saying you need to hit up the Shepard's reversal doctor! But I know, based on scripture, that I was not obedient to the Lord. HE is the one who is supposed to open and close the womb...not Dr. McClippy. (No, that's not his real name!) Please know that I do NOT take this post lightly. I am really going out on a limb here sharing my heart.
I have seen so many people struggle to get pregnant and I feel worse each story I hear. I am perfectly capable of carrying healthy children to term. Was I selfish to just put a stop to it just like that? What makes me think that I know better than God? Whoooweee, I certainly think a lot of myself now don't I? Ugh.
So for now, I will still be a little disappointed every time that day rolls around when my body tells me that I am no doubt withOUT child. Of course....that should have happened last week. **wink wink** But I will accept that the longing I feel is God's way of reminding me that HE is in control. Maybe I will think twice before making such a huge decision without consulting long and hard with scripture.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
PS When I just spellchecked, the spellchecker suggested the words oldened and mildewed for the word "oldywed"! I don't mind being oldened and mildewed....as long as Big Daddy is right there beside me!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
I'm trying to get video posted, but it's not working. I'll keep trying!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
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Friday, December 12, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
It's official! My baby nephew is THIRTEEN! He has grown into a wonderful young man. I picked him up the other day and it hit me.....he's growing up right before our eyes. He is so very special to me. I am so thankful that he still thinks I am cool even if I am getting old. Maybe it's because I can hold my own in a Guitar Hero match. I will NEVER be able to beat him.....but I'm not completely terrible. Hunter Wayne, I love you and wish you a VERY happy birthday!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
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Thursday, December 4, 2008
If you want to hear a REALLY sweet story, go to my other blog and read about what Drew said this morning to my mom. Oh, that boy.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Exciting times around here! Last night was Claire's first basketball practice. We love her coaches and are so excited for the season. She had a great time. They worked on shooting, passing, defensive slides and had devotion. She is already looking forward to next practice!
Monday, December 1, 2008
I did not eat way too much on Thursday.
I did not miss my momma and dad on Thanksgiving day. I should probably be old enough to not miss my parents when we aren't together on holidays. (Which isn't very often!)
I was NOT at Target at 6 a.m. on black Friday. That would be crazy. And it would take DAYS to recover.
When I returned home, I did not put on Christmas jammies, crank up Christmas music and start cleaning like a mad woman in order to get ready to drag out the Christmas stuff. (Secretly hoping all the while that Big Daddy would keep the kids out a little longer so I could get a little more done.)
I did NOT show up to "Breakfast with Santa" on Saturday only to find that "Breakfast with Santa" is NEXT Saturday. (Hey Steph! Aren't you glad I DIDN'T do that?!)
I did NOT hear someone in Target yelling curse words at her small child. Surely people don't do that.
I did not say a prayer for that child in hopes that she will overcome the things she is being taught by example.
I am not checking my e-mail hourly waiting for a preview of Cohen's pictures from Auntie Karen! I think that would be expecting way to much out of poor Auntie Karen who has her plate FULL right now. But they are just going to be sooooo darn cute!
My Coco did NOT drink from the toilet last night. If he did I certainly did not blog about it. What kind of mother do you think I am?
Let it go....just let it go.
What did you NOT do last week?
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Translation: "Momma! Drink!"
Me: "OH, yes. Drink" (Really just responding so that he wouldn't repeat himself 50,000 times)
Coco: "Mmmm. Gink water."
**Toilet finishes flushing in the background**
Me: "Uh, Coco. Where did you get the water?"
yuck. I will now Google the symptoms of e-coli....you know....just in case.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Hope everyone had a great day! We enjoyed our day with Big Daddy's family. We had lunch at his Aunt and Uncle's beautiful lake home. The view was breathtaking from their deck which we spent a lot of time on due to the 60 degree day we had! PERFECTION! And the food....oh the food! It was DEEE-licious! I just took a break from the ads to post a little blog. I can't wait for my shopping adventure tomorrow with Ashley. Nothing kicks off the holiday season like a crowd full of crazy shoppers at Target! I am very excited about shopping with her tomorrow! So, I must get to bed for some much needed rest....Starbucks can only do so much!
Mom, I miss you but am SO happy that you got to spend this holiday with your momma! Grammy, I love you and hope you are enjoying time with my momma and dad!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
2. My husband. There isn't a post in the world that is long enough to list all the reasons I love this man. His love for me and our children shines for all to see, and I couldn't be more proud. We have been talking about moving recently and have our eye on a house that would be a great investment. It's in a community that he has dreamed of moving to for years. We were talking last night about it and he told me that he actually really likes our home and doesn't know if he really wants to leave. He stole my heart all over again. What a huge compliment. My goal is to make this a place he loves to come home to.....mission accomplished. I'm forever thankful for him.
3. My children. Again, no post long enough. I still stand amazed that God has entrusted me with these two perfect little creatures. Amazed.
4. My family. By family I mean everyone. Not only the family that I was born into, but also my family by marriage and the friends that we have adopted as family. (You know who you are!) I couldn't ask for a better support system.
5. My home. I never take for granted the fact that I have a roof over my head. Our home is my favorite place to be. I love the way I feel when I'm here.
6. Saltwater taffy.
7. My health. I am surrounded by people who are sick and hurting. It makes my heart ache. I cannot say what is in my future, but I KNOW that each day I am able to get out of bed and take care of my family is a blessing. When I start to get grumpy about everyday chores that continue to pile up, I stop and count my blessings that TODAY I GET to do these mundane chores.
8. Digital cameras. What on earth did we do before digital photography?
9. Internet shopping. Honestly, I could never leave my house and have everything (including groceries) delivered to my doorstep. But then, what would I blog about?
10. Last but not least, I am thankful for another Thanksgiving that I get to spend with the ones I love....well not all of them, but you get the point.
What are you thankful for?
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I finished this apron on Sunday and by the next day it was on its way to my favorite aunt in the world. Someone who ALWAYS makes holidays so special. For years we spent Thanksgiving with them until, as I have mentioned before, we started multiplying at an astonishing rate. I never truly realized how much goes into making a holiday meal until I had Easter at my home. The only difference, I had people bring dishes! She and my mom always did it all! She always had pies waiting when we got there the day before. She was always the first one up checking the turkey and getting ready before any of us even thought of getting up. Everything always ran so smoothly. My cousin and I had the cherished job of stuffing the celery (only after aforementioned "favorite Aunt" had peeled off all the strings!) and trying desperately to get it finished before the manly men came in from hunting to steal half of it off our tray! With the sounds of the Macy's parade in the background and the smell of turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie in the air....it was flawless. I remember one year when Mom and Favorite Aunt decided that they would take a year off. We had lunch at Furr's which is a buffet style restaurant.....terrible. While we appreciated that it was much easier on our mothers, we were very sad at the thought of leaving without leftovers. Not that we wanted to relive that experience. We never did that again!
So here's to you my favorite Aunt! Please know that I'm thinking of you and I appreciate all you did to make Thanksgiving so special all those years. May your Thanksgiving be full of laughter, love and plenty of good parking spaces the day after!
Monday, November 24, 2008
I raised my hands in church.
No, I didn't have a question. Besides, in a church the size of ours, that's not how you get your questions answered! I think there is a small chain of command you must go through! I did it because I am so thankful for the love that the Lord has shown me and I want to praise him in everything I do.
I was not raised in church. Strange though, I have always felt very close to God. I didn't belong to a youth group and go on the trips with them. (Which is probably the reason why I was one of the last one of my friends to kiss a boy!) When I did go to church, it was a Baptist church. Please know that I did not take those visits lightly. Pastor Scott (the pastor who married us) is one of the greatest men I know. I loved going to his church. That is where I was saved and where my daughter was dedicated. (on the same day!) But it is VERY different from an AG church. So I am with Pastor John when he talked about the first time he attended an AG church. I thought, "Are these people for real? Get me outta here!"
Last night was a first for JRA and they had a worship night that was amazing. Claire did not share in my enthusiasm as she slept through the entire thing! Cohen clapped and danced the whole time. I looked over to see him raising his hands like everyone else. It stirred something in my heart. The brief message from Pastor John was the "how, why and where of praise." He went through some Psalms about praising God. The dude KNOWS his Bible and it is always a treat to hear him preach. When he finished, there was more music and I was "feelin' it!" I watched my son just clapping away without a care in the world. I kept going back to
Psalms 134:2 "Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and bless the Lord."
Who can argue with that?
So I just did it. And you know what? I liked it.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Since when did it become acceptable to use the "F word" freely?
I was horrified when a kid walked by our table and used it TWICE in passing! Not because he was yelling or mad at someone (not that it would make it any better) but just in conversation!
Since when did it become fashionable to wear socks with flip flops?
Since when did "soft porn" become a specialty at Glamour Shots?
We walked by and saw the giant flat screen displaying a woman's photos that were just taken. Really? I'm talking lingerie, red lipstick and a cat-like pose to boot! YIKES!
Since when did string bikini underwear and semi-thongs become appropriate for SIX year olds!
Claire pointed out a pair of cute little undies that had a monkey on them. I picked them up to reveal strings on the sides and not much in the back! I checked the size because I was sure they had just been misplaced. WRONG! 6x was the size! Ugh.
Since when do people pay $198 for a pair of jeans?
Just think how many mouths we could feed with that kind of money! We could give four whole families a Thanksgiving dinner! I'm thinking those jeans better wash themselves, massage the cellulite off my thighs, exercise for me and be lined in gold!
Am I getting old and out of touch? Or has being a mother just heightened my senses?
Thursday, November 6, 2008
The point of my story is this. Unfortunately, it isn't often that I have positive encounters with moms like that. I have had so many encounters with mothers that left such a bad taste in my mouth, that I am very hesitant to make new mommy friends. For example, the lady at Chuck E. Cheese who ripped into me when my daughter pulled her daughters hair. Of course I made her apologize (Claire, not the rude lady) but it really upset me that she didn't even give me the chance to make it right before being so hateful. I did love the look on her face when I told her that Claire was only 2 years old. (Her daughter looked to be six or seven!) In my 4 short years as a mommy I have been subjected to mothers who do everything right and love to point out when my kids mess up. NEWSFLASH! They are 2 and 4...they will make mistakes. Another treat is the dirty looks I get when my 2 year old acts his age. They think he is a really badly behaved 4 year old, when he is really a well behaved 2 year old! Maybe I'm too sensitive.
In a perfect world, moms would build each other up. They would compliment each other and each others children....and mean it. They would do their best with their OWN children and realize that every other mom at the playground is doing the same. When they saw another mother struggling with a toddler who is throwing a tantrum, they would remember how they felt the last time their child threw a fit in a public place. They would say things like, "Oh what a beautiful girl" instead of "Wow she's huge!" They might mention, to a mother of four or five, that she is so blessed and is doing a great job, rather than ask "Uh, don't you know what causes that?" or "You're done now right?"
I have discovered that there ARE many moms out there who are kind. I just happen to be related to quite a few which is awesome. I know I can't change the world, but I can be the nice mommy at the playground. To the lady at the park with the two boys, be proud of yourself for being kind to a complete stranger and not judging her when she let her kids out of her sight long enough to blast cold water all over!
The world is tough enough for our little ones, why not do the best we can to encourage ALL children? Being a mom is serious stuff, why not support one another instead of tearing each other down? After all, we are all in this together...right?
P.S...the aforementioned friend with the twins is one of my super nice mommy friends! Just wanted to make sure that was clear!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
ANYWAY, I know two 4 year olds that will be very disappointed that we did not elect John McCain into office. (They have NO idea about anything except the names, and they decided on their own that they liked the name John McCain better. Unfortunately, I'm afraid that their decision process was just as complex as many adults.)But what a wonderful lesson about our civic duty. I hope that she remembers the day we voted in an election that will go down in history. I plan to tell Claire that he did not win but we did our part. Now our job is to pray for all of the people who are leading our country and be thankful that we are not in the upper tax bracket ;-)
I am currently watching Barack Obama give his victory speech. May God be with you President Obama. May he guide you in ALL of your decisions during your term in office.
What. A. Day.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
On Friday, after a day full of Halloween fun, it was time to take the kids trick-or-treating. They were so excited....I was not. The thought of tromping around the neighborhood (even with the beautiful weather we had) was not as appealing as staying behind and having a coke, a brownie and some peace and quiet with my mom, dad, mother-in-law and her parents. But I stopped and took a deep breath and looked at my children. They were bouncing around full of life while images of candy bars gleamed in their eyes. How could I miss this? What could be more important than watching my little ones hand in hand strolling down the street dressed as batgirl and Cowboy Woody? Nothing. I loved watching Claire run so her cape would flap in the wind. Cohen strutting his stuff in his "Woody boots" was about the cutest thing you ever did see. How could I be so selfish? I am BLESSED to be here and have the ability to walk with my children. I am BLESSED that they are running and laughing. BLESSED that my husband is walking right next to me taking it all in. I could go on for days...but you get the point. I am eliminating the "poor me grumble" from my daily repertoire. I will no longer feel grumpy about cleaning up yet another mess. I will REJOICE in the Lord that I have the strength to bend down and pick up those dirty socks. I will THANK him for the children who left them there. I will PRAY that I get one more day with my husband to show him how much I truly adore him, but will never leave it unsaid.
I have never felt more strongly about anything in my life. TODAY MATTERS. I will make it count.
A little boy opened the big family Bible. He was fascinated as he fingered through the old pages. Suddenly something fell out of the Bible. He picked up the object and looked at it closely. What he saw was an old leaf that had been pressed in between the pages."Momma, look what I found," the boy called out."What have you got there, dear?" his mother asked. With astonishment in the young boy's voice, he answered: "I think it's Adam's underwear!"
Saturday, November 1, 2008
As for the political side of things....deep breath....I have been weighing the issues and can admit that each candidate has things that I disagree with. Here's what I came up with. Please keep in mind, I am NOT a political guru and don't know as much as I should but these are my opinions.
"Redistribution of Wealth" is something that makes me squirm in my seat. I am ALL FOR helping our neighbors. I am surrounded by people who do so on a regular basis. I LOVE helping those who want to help themselves. I am also a HUGE fan of working for what is yours. I have watched my dad work his buns off so that my mother could stay at home to raise my brother and me. Sure provide tax relief. But don't do it at the expense of people who have worked all of their lives to get where they are. BAD PLAN. I know that many people who are "rich" got that way by being dishonest. Those people will face judgement in eternity and it will be way worse than any tax the government could impose. Oh! Just the thought of this system scares me.
The war. I hate it. I have friends who are raising young children without their husbands because they are deployed for years at a time. Daddies who are missing the milestones because they are fighting in a war that I am still not sure what the main goal is. I wish that it was different, but it's not. We are at war. I feel much more comfortable with someone in charge who actually knows what it is like to serve our country.
There are two BIG issues that are hot right now. Abortion and same sex marriage. Oh so touchy. Not sure if I am ready to tackle those on here. I have definite opinions about both. I'm not that brave yet to put them on here, but I have taken them into consideration and they weigh very heavily on my mind and heart.
It really scares me that many people will vote for Obama just because he is black. Trust me, I would be the first in line to vote for him if I felt he was the best candidate. It's the same thing as voting for McCain because he is white. Ick. I agree with Obama on some things and I disagree with McCain on some things. But I have decided which issues are the most important and it's probably no surprise to many that I will be voting for John McCain on Tuesday. I will also be in constant prayer for the state of our union. I believe that is just as important as my vote on November 4th. Happy voting!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Please note the hint of sarcasm and know that if you have used this phrase in your blogs, we won't hold it against you. We just think its funny. Now try not to notice it in the next 59 blog entries you read. Here's to a new phrase...."it seems as though everyone enjoyed themselves immensely." Oh yeah, much better.
But I also have this totally awesome family, including my husband, who love to have ideas for what to get me for Christmas. I have compiled a list of links here just for you! Please note, I am very much aware that I may get VERY few of these things, but that's why they call it a WISH list! So....
1. World Peace
2. A set of knives
4. Cookie sheets and cooling racks
7. Cutting Board
8. A four slice toaster...mine is very unpredictable and slightly possessed.
9. Nintendo DS
10. This one is for the boys in my life. Size Large/Real Tree please!
11. Under Armour socks. The exact ones my dad had that I ALMOST stole. (why am I such an honest person? I loved those socks!)
of course Claire and Cohen's names would be more appropriate. http://lisaleonardonline.com/
13. One of THESE shirts....size XL I think. Should hide the "Christmas Pudge"
14. This book
15. Guitar Hero World Tour for the Wii
Okay, so I was just looking back over my list and realized...I AM OFFICIALLY A GROWN UP! But ooooh that list of stuff looks like so much fun! Happy shopping! ;-)
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
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PS Please don't tell Claire what the tree stand and food plots are really for. (You know, coaxing the "Bambi's" out of the woods into the path of certain death.) In due time, we will explain it...but not this year!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Gotta love the static!
We finally found a cheap pair of cowboy boots for Cohen's cowboy Woody costume. He isn't going to look exactly like Woody, because I was afraid to order the Disney costume online and they didn't have it in the store. Most likely he will just be a cowboy because I really want to paint on a mustache and beard, but I think it's cute when he says "Woody." Stay tuned for pictures of their costume parade on Thursday!
Also, please pray for our friend Brian and his family. Between someone stealing their truck on Monday morning, an emergency appendectomy for Brian on Monday evening, a house that needs to be finished this week (he is a contractor), and five sweet kids at home....they have their hands full! The good news is...they KNOW God is right there with them!
Monday, October 20, 2008
Last week I did not eat a 1 pound bag of saltwater taffy from Silver Dollar City in its entirety....by myself.
I did not tell a little fib to Big Daddy and the kids about the taffy being non-existent.
I most certainly did not get Cohen out of bed in the middle of the night and cuddle for an hour just because he woke up and cried a little. That would be a really bad habit to get into with a kid who has always slept through the night!
I did not totally slack on laundry all week. If I would have, I would be up to my eyeballs in dirty clothes today.
I did not laugh really hard at Cohen when he discovered that he HATES candy corn. He discovered this by shoving a handful in his mouth and then started gagging. The weird thing is, he wouldn't just spit it out. It was chew, gag, repeat. I would NEVER laugh hysterically at something like that. That's mean and MY mother NEVER laughed at me in similar situations.
I did not feel sad when I read an e-mail stating that tonight is our last "Created" Bible study. I mean, why would I be sad? It's only one of the BEST things that has ever happend to my marriage! (More on that later....much more!)
I did not get a little upset yesterday when I went to get Coco out of the car at church only to notice that Big Daddy had decided to put a pair of giant sized Shrek crocs on him. I didn't get even more upset when I realized that he was totally serious and that Coco would in fact be wearing said crocs to church.
I did not feel really ridiculous by the time we met back up in the sanctuary for getting so upset over something SO STUPID. Then, I didn't apologize 10 times to Big Daddy who was still laughing about it!
I did not just stick my finger in poop.
Happy Monday and don't forget to pray for Steph, she just had the first chemo treatment for round 2. Pray that God will HEAL HER!