Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
As you can see I got the nifty new border in...but sort of lost my three columns. I plan to read up on things and get them back asap. For now, you'll have to scroll on down...every thing's still there but sort of off kilter!
I'm learning lots about HTML! I love learning...just wish I had more time!
Go to My Charming Kids for the updates!
Monday, April 27, 2009
I have been down in the dumps, depressed, cup half empty, whiny, and just plain miserable. I'd say ask my hubby and kids...but let's not and say we did. This morning at about 5:16...God kicked my little ungrateful buns...and boy, was it over do. I'm now very motivated to be thankful and be done with this pity party I've been sickly enjoying.
Some thankfuls to start it off...
My LoverBrains has a job, he enjoys his job (almost to hobby proportions), and his job allows me to stay home with my sweet boobahs. Praise God!
My children are beautiful and intelligent with the smarts to be able to push every button MomE has...PTL! Even when they are sick...we are blessed with health insurance so I can take them to a wonderful Dr. I love and trust who helps them get better. God is tenderizing their hearts to Himself even now...and that is most precious! Praise God!
My house regained some semblance of order this weekend. The LoverBrains took me out for dinner sans kids. The weather has been gorgeous...and today looks beautiful! Praise God!
I have no reason...no excuses...for being down in the dumps. So, enough already...Be thankful...ya ingrate! I'm motivated to praise Him because He doesn't give me what I deserve (eternal death) but blesses me beyond measure (eternal life, His love). His grace is more than sufficient!!!
Friday, April 24, 2009
Ah...precious precious moments!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Looking at this it occurs to me that red wagons have really become swanky...haven't they? Look at those reclining seats...man!
We love our suburban walks...it sort of cracks me up..."oh look kids...a house, and...another house...and oh look...another house...ooooo ducks and a widdle pond with a fountain."
Okay, I wasn't raised exactly country but definitely not this CITY...it's weird sometimes. Oh, the humanity...it's everywhere!!!
Monday, April 20, 2009
Then, I got sick...ahem...WE got sick...the WHOLE family! At first I was totally bummed...feeling defeated...until it occurred to me that such feelings would just be something Satan would love to use as a foothold in my life.
So, I started thinking about God's character...His LOVE for me, His understanding...And it occurred to me that my horrible cold wasn't a shocker to God...nope...not a bit. He is patient...
...and He gave me what I'd been praying for in that first week...a DESIRE for His Word...for time with Him...that did not change one bit during the week of sickness. He also moved me towards trusting Him more...something else I've been praying for...because it wasn't about me, my strength, or my timing.
And now, this morning...He is still waiting...ready to meet with me again! I'm not suggesting you shouldn't make time with Him of the up most importance...I'm just saying that it's not all over if you get behind or things come up. He is forgiving and is still waiting for you!
Hopefully, this will motivate any of ya'll out there who've fallen off the schedule...and are feeling down...to smile and try, try again! He's still there!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
We smelled the vinegar to remind us of what Jesus' was given when he was thirsty...
If you want to see pictures of our family at in our Sunday finery you must head over to my other blog....Blogging Along....
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Reformed Moms are able to analyze their behavior and make improvements when and where necessary. These moms -- especially the ones who used to be Queen Bees -- often have the best sense of humor. Reformed Queen Bees have kept all their positive attributes (they're charismatic, fun to be around, intelligent, capable, and can make fun of themselves) and lost most of the attributes that made everyone (including themselves) miserable.
Reformed Moms aren't just former Queen Bees, either: There are lots of former Sidekicks, Wannabes, and Outcasts walking around who have become genuinely amazing women you'd want as friends as you go through parenthood.
This doesn't mean that Reformed Moms don't have moments when they revert to old behavior, but when they're called on it, they can admit it, apologize if necessary, and move on.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
I laughed out loud when I read this...[Missy says,] "Because you know what, we all KNOW that 75% of the time - give or take a few percentage points depending on the child - your precious offspring is driving you up the wall"...as a reason she wants us to brag on our kids a bit.
So, in reverse order...cuz, well I loaded the picture in here backwards...hahaha...
So, I can't wait to hear all the other braggings...Gotta go snuggle a boobah or two!
Monday, April 6, 2009
LoverBrain's is truly my friend. We do love to be together...and lately that means when we are very tired. Being the parents of two toddlers is exhausting...and so we are...exhausted! We still enjoy the rare times alone together just side by side. We enjoy watching "Good Eats" together. It's a show that combines my love of cooking and his love of science...so...there ya have it folks! We enjoy working crossword puzzles together. We enjoy reading together...oddly enough I even count it as romantic...the companionship and quiet of it!
I feel that planned/scheduled date nights are important to our marriage...because it preserves our friendship! When the majority of our time is spent exhausted and scrambling to double team the kids through meals, washings, bedtimes, etc. it seems we lose each other. It is nice to get away for a few hours and reconnect..."Oh yeah, I remember you!" I'm tellin' ya folks...it's the best money I've ever budgeted! It's even more fun when he plans the dates...check out my Date Guru!
We share our dreams (figurative and literal) with each other. I love to talk about my future plans. What am I dreaming of doing to the house. Hokey retirement dreams about being like my grandparents and walking early in the morning together. Oooo...I had the weirdest dream last night...and laughing together. Speaking of which...I was talking to Darren about this post...we had a rare Sunday afternoon lunch alone cuz both kids fell asleep in the van on the way home from church... and he was sharing how he actually remembered one of his dreams...I'll share it...
He had a sort of science fiction dream (gotta love my LoverBrains, eh?)...and there were worms eating cows like in Dune and he talked to me in his dream about being upset and freaked out by it and I said something like, "Hey, it's okay they eat things like that all the time in Italy!" HA HA HA...oh that is so funny...cuz I'm totally into exotic foods...LoverBrains, um...not so much! That is totally something I would say to him while watching something squishy being consumed...or whole cows eaten by worms...snort, he he he!
Oh, sigh...*wipe tears from eye corners*...Remember you're friends...Remember why you fell in love...Remember to work on the friendship! Married friendship makes the exhausting times of life bearable! Trust me...zzzzzz!
Friday, April 3, 2009
So, I thought I'd do a cheapy version...and I like it...so, it works for me! It makes me smile...and points out to my dear hubby how I often feel!
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Week 1- Easter Week- 5-11
S- Palm Sunday...re-enact the story....Use Mustard Seeds palm tute for extra fun!
We're reading "Benjamin's Box" by Melody Carlson and Jack Stockman. We will be opening a few resurrection eggs per day. We love that the book guides along the eggs!
R-Dark Yellow, Light Green
S-Dark Pink Make Resurrection Cookies
S-Light Blue Easter Morning PRAISE GOD...HE IS RISEN!!!! Set off helium balloons!
Week 2-Spring Growth Week-12-18
T-Play dough critters
F-Measure kids height and talk about growth...
Week 3-Science and Environment Week-19-25-
M-Crystal Rock Candy
T-Plastic Egg hunt (parenting)
W-Pasta peek-a-boo (parenting)
F-Pine Cone Chimes
Week 4-Old to New Week-26-2-
Many of my ideas came from an ECO craft book...ECOART by Laurie Carlson and 132 Gift Crafts by Highlights...the rest are from online...parenting.com, etc. If you have any questions or can't find something...let me know.