Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A day with two of my kiddos!

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I was supposed to be folding laundry.  However, the kids really wanted/needed to be played with...sooooo... We played hide in the laundry.  It was a great time.  Andy got a kick out of trying to find Danenn!!! I guess it is okay to take a break out of cleanig to play!! We had a great time! Boy I love those kids!!!!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Little lady at a baby shower!

I love it when you see something you have taught the kids come back to you! Today I took Danenn to her first baby shower.  I was nervous.  How would she handle not being able to run around and having to sit still like a little lady? She did great.  She got up a few times to help pass the mother-to-be a gift and to help unwrap a couple large ones that the mom asked Danenn to help.  But she did such a good job.  I think she felt very grow up!!! I feel like she is growing up too fast!

Saturday, February 25, 2012


Yes, after a couple years of having a blog I have changed the name!!! Decided it needed a little creativity!  And it just popped in my head the other day!!!!!  Same me, same blog...new name!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


Today, Teddy is still sick.  And it breaks my heart when any of my children are sick, but I can't believe after six years how I still worry and fret about them.  Yesterday, I told myself that we would wait it out.  I knew it wasn't strep (The doctor told us that on Friday). I knew that it was probably just a virus.  He was so sick and had a high fever for two days.  I finally let worry take over and took him to the ER.  Of course, he did only have a virus.  When will I learn?  I guess that is just part of being a mom.  Worrying over our children.  So, he will be home a few more days.  And even though I tell myself next time I will be more sure of myself and not worry...I know I will still worry.  Guess that's part of being a mom.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

My craftiness!!

So excited to be able to create a few new things for my house. I won't claim much credit. The inspiration came from pintrest.

Tied a string around a tall glass vase that I never used and sprayed it with the paint. Then I put a tall taper candle in a small holder in the bottom! Looks awesome!

Did the same with this small votive holder.

Had some old jars that I used the spray paint on. I used a heart stencil that I had never used in the 7 years I have owned it. Taped it to the jars and sprayed away!

Then I got a little spray happy and did these shelves...they were black before and stuck on a shelf in the garage because I didn't have a place for them! Now they look great in my bathroom!

This is one of my favorite projects. 1.50 for the picture frame and I used scrap book paper I already had. It's been fun so far! We both have used it!!!

This is a close up of one of the jars...they turned out cute. I didn't have lace and I also found that they paint I used wouldn't have worked with the lace anyway! If you are going to do the lace on jars for candle holder project...use the light frosting spray paint!
Well...there it is!!! And it was fun! I also sprayed an old towel rack for the kids bathroom. It was plain silver before, now it looks like we spent money on it!!! LOL!!!My total expense was about 8 dollars!  Had to buy some candles that would fit in the jars!!!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Valentine's Day help??

Okay, I can normally come up with brilliant ideas for my husband on v-day, but this year I am drawing a blank.  Does anyone have some great inexpensive ideas they would be willing to share?  (If you reading this from the facebook link don't comment, but inbox me instead!) Thanks for all your help in making me a great wife!!!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

The rest of the story

Well, to let you all know what my blessing was I have to tell you a short story.  My best friend has been going through a trial right now.  The kind that you think, things just can't get any worse.  And then on the way to a doctor's appointment for her mom the transmission in their car went out.  God was working and showed them a blessing through a kind lady.  The lady insisted they drive her to work and take her car to the appointment.  Who does that?  She was definitely God-sent. 
Well, they had the car towed and found out that the amount to fix the transmission was everything they had in their account, thankfully.  However, that meant that their money for groceries and gas was also depleted.  My bestie called me to ask me to pray, and to tell me that she knew God would provide.  I did pray, but I kept thinking there has to be more I can do.  I coupon so I was able to go through and get things that I had extra of.  I hadn't been couponing lately so there wasn't much.  I prayed and prayed and the Lord laid it on my heart to text a few friends and ask if they had anything to spare or if they could just pray.  I sent the text to four people.  I didn't expect much.  But God had bigger plans. 
The out pouring of love for our dear friend was beyond my expectation.  I will post the pictures here later, but the food covered her center island and there was cash and gift cards given.  God provided the exact amount of cash that they budget for gas for the month, because they only get paid once a month.  Our Great God provided all their needs.  I take no credit for it, it was Jesus that supplied the need.  As Philippians 4:19 says, "But my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory through Jesus Christ."
I know God can answer prayers and that He wants to use us. I still feel very humbled that I was able to be a part of the blessing!!
And now you know the rest of the story!

Friday, February 10, 2012

worry or trust

I think one of my favorite parts of being a mom is that I am always learning from my kids.  They teach me how to trust God with child-like faith.  It is how they trust.  They haven't learn to be cautious with their trust.  Isn't it how it is supposed to be.  Trust in our Maker should be full and without fear.  But we do fear.  We fear and worry about everything.  My children don't worry about if they will have food or if they will have a warm place to sleep.  They don't fear running in the yard, because they know Mom is watching out for them.  They don't worry about what is going to happen the next day or if the car will be a safe place to ride.  Shouldn't we trust God the same way.  We should put our life in His had with no thought of tomorrow.  That's what he desires. 
I've been thinking about this today because I have had worries.  I realized that, more than I learn from my children, I am teaching them.  And then I worried...  You see they will learn to trust God from how I trust God.  What a responsibility.  But I know that worrying over it is only counter productive!  So, what am I going to do about it.  What should we do about it? Well, to start we need to turn our worry over to God. Confess it as sin and ask God's forgiveness and help. 
I know that there will never be a time when I completely stop worrying.  I think having concerns is part of our nature.  Why else would Christ have to tell us not to.  A wise friend helped me with this when I was pregnant for my daughter.  I had told her that I was struggling with worrying if Danenn would have the same problems Teddy had.  She told me that it was normal to worry, but to look at is as a reminder to pray for my daughter and so that was what I did.  Now looking back, why didn't I apply it to so many more areas?  We have such power in prayer! A power I don't think I ever fully understand, nor use. Can you imagine the power we would have if each time we start to be concerned over something we turn it into a prayer.  I am going to start praying over every worry...when I start to worry. 
One of my favorite quotes is by Corey Ten Boom. She said "Worry does not empty tomorrow of it's sorrow, it empties today of it's strength." We will have problems come and we will have sorrow, but if we worry over it we empty our grace for today.  God gives grace for today.  Not for tomorrow, or a week from now, or a year.  In Matthew 6:34 Christ says, "Take no thought for the morrow: for the morrow will take thought of the things of itself."
So, what am I planning to teach my children.  Worry, fear, an untrusting heart so they will never understand how loving, kind, and caring my providing God is.  Or how great and mighty our God is.  Will I teach them to trust in their Heavenly Father??  It is my hearts desire.  I hope it is your too.

Matthew 6:25-33 "Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.Pinned Image
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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

My God is so BIG

So, today I received a blessing.  I can't wait to share the whole story, but I have to wait until I can give it to a special lady! I know I am being cryptic, but I am going somewhere with this post.  I learned a valuable lesson today.  Not to be amazed at our amazing God.  Isn't it like us "humans" to totally not have faith when we take a step of faith.  We say, okay Lord, I know you can help. So I am going to be faithful.  But then we set up parameters as to how we believe that the Lord is going to help.  Kind of like a mini manual for the God of the Universe to follow.  Then when He does what He had planned all along we stand in shock, jaw slack, and shoes untied! "WHAT!" we exclaim! Almost as if we think we were so great in our small guidelines that what was HE thinking to not follow them. Then we cry, rejoice, and praise God. And then ask for forgiveness at our small faith.  Maybe I am the only one that responds that way.  Maybe not! But again I have learned my lesson. My God is so big! So strong and so mighty! There's NOTHING my God can not do!!! FOR YOU!! (and yes, Megan, that means me, too!)
Well, I will keep you updated on my blessings...stay tuned in for the rest of the story!!! 

Friday, February 3, 2012

Sleepy head

I have enjoyed my first full week of secretarial duty.  I have been subbing for our church/elementary school secretary this week while she recovers from a surgery.  While I wouldn't normally have said that being a secretary would be my thing, it has been fun.  The best part is that two of the afternoons my little kindergarten independent man got to take his nap under my desk.  The smell of sweat and dirt filled the office and although it isn't my favorite smell it was sweet to know that he is still a small boy! I know that they are growing up so fast.  When I look at all three of my children I wonder what God has in store for their lives. What will they become? And although I am curious, I am relishing these moments. The ones where a small hand reaches for mine because they can't do it on their own.  They are so dependent on me. (Even though they want to be independent!!) What a wonderful and great responsibility I have. Well, back to work! Gonna let my boy sleep a while longer!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Before I was a Mom

Found this while looking up baby facts for a fun baby shower game.  I thought I would pass it on.  But before you read it...get some tissue!!!

Before I was a Mom -
I slept as late as I wanted and never worried about how late I got into bed. I brushed my hair and my teeth everyday.

Before I was a Mom -
I cleaned my house each day. I never tripped over toys or forgot words to a lullaby. I didn't worry whether or not my plants were poisonous. I never thought about immunizations.

Before I was a Mom -
I had never been puked on - Pooped on - Spit on - Chewed on, or Peed on. I had complete control of my mind and My thoughts. I slept all night.

Before I was a Mom -
I never held down a screaming child so that doctors could do tests...or give shots. I never looked into teary eyes and cried. I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin. I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep.

Before I was a Mom -
I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn't want to put it down. I never felt my heart break into a million pieces when I couldn't stop the hurt. I never knew that something so small could affect my life so much. I never knew that I could love someone so much. I never knew I would love being a Mom.

Before I was a Mom -
I didn't know the feeling of having my heart outside my body. I didn't know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby. I didn't know that bond between a mother and her child. I didn't know that something so small could make me feel so important.

Before I was a Mom -
I had never gotten up in the middle of the night every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay. I had never known The warmth, The joy, The love, The heartache, The wonderment or the satisfaction of being a Mom. I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much before I was a Mom.