Tuesday, December 30, 2008
I am so tired from getting all of their stuff together that I don't want to get my stuff packed now. I will undoubtedly forget something, I always do. But I am looking so forward to spending time with the youth girls and guys, not to mention my best girl friends. I think it will actually be a bit of a break for me. At least the teenagers can bathe and wipe themselves! They always make me laugh too! Where they come up with some of the stuff they say, I'll never know.
I hope we all get something spiritual out of this trip, get to know each other better, and find common ground to spread the Holy Word when we get back! I am a little worried about all the traffic and people that will be there on New Year's Eve and Day, but I have prayed for the Lord to keep us safe and bring us back home safe. And that is my prayer for all of you out there as well. Have a safe and wonderful New Year!! Most importantly thank God for where you have been the past year (even if it has not been where you wanted to be, its a part of His plan), where you are now (no matter where you are-it could be worse), and where you are going (because you have the oppurtunity to be better)!
Love and Happiness to All In '09
Thursday, December 25, 2008
And, I hope you all made it through your family gatherings with your sanity intact and your feelings unhurt!
This holiday season came to me with mixed feelings. The dread of grief and the joy of seeing my two preschoolers amazement and pure wide eyed happiness on Christmas morning. To my suprise, I had a wonderful, much anticipated, relaxed day at home with my family. In fact, I didn't get out of my pjs all day!
As my family celebrated the birth of Jesus, we, by his grace, also found peace in the death of our loved ones. Cohen said papaw sent him a hug from heaven for Christmas and that is the only time I cried all day! Oh it thrills my soul to know that mom and jr are singing in the Lord's choir now! I know that they would not come back if they could, nor would I ask them of my selfishness to. But, I so look forward to that meeting day in the air!
To all of you who have lost someone this year or anytime, my prayers are with you! These are a couple of memorial poems I though were worth sharing.
Dear Mom & Dad in Heaven
I sit here and i ponder how very much
I'd like to talk to you today
There are so many things
That we didn't get to say
I know how much you love me
And how much I love you,
And each time that I think of you
I know you'll miss me too.
An angel came and called your name
And took you by the hand and said
Your place was ready in Heaven, far above . . .
And you had to leave behind, all though you dearly loved
You had so much to live for, you had so much to do . . .
It still seemed impossible, that God was taking you.
And though your life on earth is past, in Heaven it starts anew
You'll live for all eternity, just as God has promised you.
And though you've walked through Heaven's gate
We are never far apart
For each time that we think of you,
You're right here, deep with-in our hearts.
First Christmas in Heaven
I see the countless Christmas trees
around the world below
With tiny lights, like Heaven's stars,
reflecting on the snow
The sight is so spectacular,
please wipe away the tear
For I am spending Christmas with
Jesus Christ this year.
I hear the many Christmas songs
that people hold so dear
But the sounds of music can't compare
with the Christmas choir up here.
I have no words to tell you,
the joy their voices bring,
For it is beyond description,
to hear the angels sing.
I know how much you miss me,
I see the pain inside your heart.
But I am not so far away,
We really aren't apart.
So be happy for me, dear ones,
You know I hold you dear.
And be glad I'm spending Christmas
with Jesus Christ this year.
I sent you each a special gift,
from my heavenly home above.
I sent you each a memory
of my undying love.
After all, love is a gift more precious
than pure gold.
was always most important
the stories Jesus told.
Please love and keep each other,
my Father said to do.
I can't count the blessing or love
has for each of you.
So have a Merry Christmas and
Wipe away that tear
Remember, I am spending Christmas with
Jesus Christ this year
In Memory of my mom, Susie; my dad, Jr; my niece, Bridget; my cousin, Rhonda; a dear friend; Dr. John Franklin----see you on the other side of Jordan guys, I love you and miss you!
Please say a special prayer for Jason and I and the other adults going with us next week to Gatlinburg. We are taking our youth group to the Extreme Youth Conference. Jason and I are not perfect by a long shot. We not only want to teach God's word, but we want to set an example of living God's word also. Just say a prayer that the Lord's will be done through and by us and that we all have a safe trip. God Bless you all and thank you so much to all of you for your love and friendship this year!
Lots of Love
Thursday, December 11, 2008
I have pics and videos of them bungee jumping in the mall. #3 McKay is hilarious on there. I'll try to get those on later tonight! Even my two little ones were brave enough to try it! I'm not sure if the mall or the van rides to and from there were the most funny.
On the way there, the children serenaded us with the "free credit report.com" commerical song along with a few Christmas tunes thrown in. Hey at least they can spell f to the r to the ee......... (see the video below). Then on the way home, several of the boys decided to see who had the stinkest feet and farts! Gross, I know, but still literally, stinkin hilarious!
Anyway, we all had a blast, got some Christmas shopping done, and made safely home. God is good! Jason and I had such a good time we are taking the youth group to the mall this Sat. We think we will leave our two with aunt Deanie this go around though.
Well I have to get off of here and get some more work done. Later!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
I have prayed more and cried out to God more this year than my whole life combined. It seems like this past year has been a rollercoaster of emotions. Losing mom and Jr. still hurts me down to my soul everyday, and the holidays just make it worse. All the estate stuff is still up in the air too. Five Points Baptist Church is having a memorial service for mom, Jr, and Paul McAdams on December 21st if anyone's interested. Work is crazy busy and stessful. The kids are......well, they are precious, but they are 3 and 4 years old, so they keep me on my toes. Jason is a wonderful husband, but just the daily work that it takes to keep a marriage strong and interesting is exhausting sometimes. By the way, we are on day 5 of 40 of THE LOVE DARE. Don't get me wrong, we have a wonderful marriage, but we can always use a little boost! Then there is always financial stuff, which seems to be the biggest stressor in our house.
On the upside of things, my relationship with God, my family, and myself have gotten so much stronger this year. I have met and reconnected with the best girl friends I have ever had in my life. Love you girls! As I said before, Jason is a wonderful husband and to hear my kids laugh makes everything seem right with the world (if only for a few minutes).
I try not to let myself get into too bad of a funk, I know I have so much to be thankful for. But, sometimes I just need to wallow! There are a couple of scriptures that help me get through my wallowing phases: I will love You, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. (Ps 18.1-2).
(Jesus said)Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." (John 14.27)
So, while I work my full time job, do my full time wife and motherly duties, go to most of my husband's ballgames, teach Awana Puggles, help teach 5th and 6th grade sunday school, help with the youth group, get all my holiday shopping done, host Jason's huge family Christmas, mourn my first mother and fatherless christmas, etc....I will be praying for that sweet peace that Jesus promises. My heart is not afraid, but it is very sad that my kids no longer have grandparents to share in their milestones. I do feel blessed that mom and jr got to spoil my kids for even just a little while. Jason's parents were gone before they were born. But as I mourn death, I will celebrate the birth of Christ this christmas season, HALLELUJAH, amen!
Love you all, appreciate all your thoughts and prayers
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Trying to be better
Friday, November 14, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Just commit me now. Really, its not like I have perky little breasts either. I mean they sag and tend to hang out under my arm pits, how did I forget my bra? I think I know how the one leg shaving thing happened. Long story short, in the middle of my shower this morning, there was an episode between the 3 y.o. and the 4 y.o. and a very sharp knife! No one got hurt, but needless to say I lost my train of thought. (Apparently for the rest of the day!) Ohhhhh, there's never a dull moment! Hope you all can enjoy a laugh at my expense!! Love to all!
The Crazy Lady
PS- Just so you know.....sports tape works great at hoisting "the girls" up! Good thing I had some Macguyver tools at work!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
On an unrelated note, I am so glad the elections are over. I didn't realize how much energy and effort I had been putting into this election. I really struggled over this one! There was so much mudslinging and lies going around, I was spending hours at night trying to find out the truth about each candidate. Obama has won, and I am satisfied with that. I would've been satisfied with McCain too. I am not trying to be complacent about it, but I think that God has a plan for this country (good or bad, I don't know) and apparently Obama is going to lead that plan. So, I will pray for him and the other leaders in Congress, and most importantly I will pray that the people that make up this nation will stop worrying about who is on the right and who is on the left and just live for God. Every one makes mistakes, the president elect has made some major ones, and I'm sure his presidency won't be a perfect one (what presidency has been?). But, God and our nation have given him a chance to prove himself, so I think I should do the same. I was thinking about our pledge of allegiance and how I hope that we really can be that one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
Ok, I'm done with my rant for the day! Stay tuned for more rants, raves, and the crazy stuff that goes on around my house!
Peace, love, and sanity to all!
I love this! Please pass it on. It's a great way to learn something you didn't know about someone. Here is the list from Brooke's blog. Copy & highlight the ones you have done.Have fun!!
- Swam with wild dolphin
- Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
- Been inside a Pyramid
- Held a tarantula
- Taken a candle lit bath-my own little get away from the kids
- Said I love you and meant it
- Hugged a Tree-the big oak in our backyard before we had to cut it down
- Bungee jumped
- Visited Paris
- Watched a lightening storm at sea
- Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
- Seen the Northern Lights
- Gone to a huge sports game—Go Braves!!!
- Walked the stairs to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa
- Grown and eaten your own vegetables-i love home grown tomatoes!
- Touched an iceberg
- Slept under the stars-not on purpose- oh the college years
- Changed a baby’s diaper-too many to count
- Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
- Watched a meteor shower
- Gotten drunk on champagne
- Given more than you can afford to charity
- Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
- Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment-during psych nursing clinicals- laughing around paranoid schizophrenics is not a good idea
- Had a food fight- nearly put out a fellow nurses eye with a grape
- Bet on a winning horse
- Asked out a stranger- that's how i met my husband of 13 years, I highly recommend it.
- Had a snowball fight
- Screamed as loudly as you possibly can- does screaming at my kids count?
- Held a lamb
- Seen a total eclipse
- Ridden a rollercoaster
- Hit a home run
- Danced like a fool, not caring who watched
- Adopted an accent for an entire day
- Actually felt happy about your life, even for a moment
- Had two hard drives for your computer
- Visited all 50 states
- Taken care of someone who was too drunk- those college years again!
- Had amazing Friends--have the best friends I've ever had right now
- Danced with a Stranger in a foreign country
- Watched wild whales
- Stolen a sign
- Hitchhiked in Europe
- Taken a road-trip
- Gone rock climbing
- Midnight walk on the beach
- Gone sky diving
- Visited Ireland
- Been heartbroken longer than you were in love
- In a restaurant sat at a stranger’s table and ate with them- gotta love Ichiban
- Visited Japan
- Milked a cow-sweet Bessie!
- Alphabetized your CDs-and my soups, veggies, fruits, and spices-yes I'm OCD
- Pretended to be a superhero
- Sung karaoke -badly, but yes
- Lounged around in bed all day-pre kids
- Posed nude in front of strangers-not necessarily posed......also prekids-when you have plastic surgery, they sometimes have you stand nude while they draw on you.
- Gone scuba diving
- Kissed in the rain
- Played in the mud-have you met my son??
- Played in the rain
- Gone to a drive-in theater
- Visited the Great Wall of China
- Started a business
- Fallen in love and not had your heart broken- a wonderful four times, when I fell in love with God,my husband, and my kids ( i'm sure they will break my heart when they get older).
- Toured ancient sites
- Taken a martial arts class
- Played a computer game for more than 6 hours straight
- Gotten married
- Been in a movie
- Crashed a party
- Gotten divorced
- Gone without food for 5 days -have you seen my butt? NO
- Made cookies from scratch
- Won first prize in a costume contest
- Ridden a gondola in Venice
- Gotten a tattoo-three, looking for number four
- Rafted the Snake River
- Been on television news program as an “expert”
- Got flowers for no reason
- Performed on a stage
- Been to Las Vegas
- Recorded Music
- Eaten shark
- Had a one-night stand
- Gone to Thailand
- Bought a house
- Been in a combat zone--does working in trauma operating rooms count? Or living in a house with two toddlers?
- Buried one/both of your parents- buried both of them in April of this year-still cry almost every day
- Been on a cruise ship
- Spoken more than one language fluently
- Performed in Rocky Horror
- Raised children -trying my best, not so good at it
- Followed your favorite band/singer on tour-that's how i ended up with tatoo number three
- Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
- Picked up and moved to another city-was a travel nurse-lived in several cities for six months at a time
- Walked on the Golden Gate Bridge-yep, lived in San Fransico as a travel nurse
- Sang loudly in the car and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking
- Had plastic surgery-need much much more
- Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have
- Wrote articles for a large publication
- Lost over 100 lbs
- Held someone while they were having a flashback
- Piloted an airplane
- Petted a stingray-and a shark
- Broken someone’s heart
- Helped an animal give birth-sweet Bessie again
- Won money on a TV game show
- Broken a bone
- Gone on an African safari-with Diego
- Had a body part below the neck pierced
- Fired a rifle, shotgun or pistol-i'm a pretty good shot if I do say so myself
- Eaten mushrooms gathered in the wild
- Ridden a horse
- Had major surgery
- Had a snake as a pet-ewww no
- Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
- Slept for more than 30 hours over 48 consecutive hours- gotta love IV sedation
- Visited more foreign countries than US States
- Visited all 7 continents
- Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
- Eaten Kangaroo meat
- Eaten sushi
- Had your picture in the paper
- Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about
- Gone back to school-almost finished with my Master's in Nursing!
- Petted a cockroach
- Eaten fried green tomatoes-yummy
- Read the Illiad-twice
- Selected one important author who you missed school to read
- Killed and prepared an animal for eating-sweet bessie again (just kidding)
- Skipped all of your school reunions
- Communicated with someone without sharing a common language
- Been elected to public office
- Written your own computer language
- Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream-right now!!!!
- Had to put someone you love in hospice care-Granny Willoughby
- Build your own PC from parts
- Sold your own artwork to someone that didn’t know it was yours
- Had a booth in a street fair
- Dyed your hair-tooooo many times
- Been a DJ
- Shaved your head
- Caused a car accident
- Saved someone’s life-I'm an operating nurse-it's what i do.
So there's my answers. Any suprises in there to anyone?
Love to All
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
- If God made everything, who made him? He has just always been, and will always be, no one created him.
- Will God ever die? No
- How did God make light without making the sun first? I am not really sure, ask Luke next time you see him.
- When mamaw and papaw went to heaven how did their bodies leave the ground? Their old bodies stay in the ground. Their soul goes to heaven and they get a new body there.
- What is a soul? The part of us that God gives us to think, feel, and decide things with.
- When mamaw got a new body was she taller? I said yes, because Cohen thinks people who are short don't eat enough fruits and vegetables
- When I go to heaven, can me and Tyler D. still play football? Yes.
- Will my sister still whine in heaven? No, everything is perfect in heaven. She won't have anything to whine about.
- How many pine cones does a pine tree have? Every tree probably has a different amount. When we get home why don't you see how many you can pick up.
- Do dogs eat pinecones? Ours probably do, they eat everything else.
- Why does Oscar (cohen's beagle) eat his throw-up? Because he's nasty
- Can oscar have puppies? No, he's a boy dog. Only girl dogs can have puppies.
- Why can't boy dogs have puppies? Because that's the way God made them. Animals are just like people, only the girls have babies.
- But boys have the things that help make babies in their peepees right? Yes.
- Well how do the boys get the things that make the babies inside the mommy's belly? Ummmmmmmmmm. Well, those things are called sperm. They look like tadpoles and they help decide what color a babies eyes and hair are gonna be and how tall they are gonna be and if the baby will be a boy or a girl. God made a man and woman to fit together like a puzzle. So when a man and woman get married they lay very close together and the man's privates fit inside the woman's privates like a puzzle. Then the man sends his sperm to the woman and the baby starts to grow in the womans belly.
- Where does the sun go at night? On the other side of the earth. When we can't see the sun here, people in other parts of the world can.
- Are stars fire? Kinda of.
- Are they hot? Yes, the sun is a star and it helps heat the entire world.
- Whey are the other stars white? I'm not sure, let's ask daddy, he might know.
- Can people in heaven see the stars? I don't think so.
- Can God beat up Superman? Yes.
- Does God know where the fortress of solitude is? Yes, God knows where everything is.
- Can people fight in heaven? No, God doesn't like it when people fight.
- Well, what if someone else starts it? Nope, he still doesn't like it. You are supposed to just walk away if someone is being mean to you.
- Is it ok if you just throw something at em but don't touch with your hands? No, that's still fighting.
- But it's ok if I just hit Taegan sometimes? No, you're not supposed to fight with anyone!
- Does God know Santa Claus? I'm sure he does, God knows everyone.
- Santa doesn't like fights either, does he? No
- Does God tell Santa the people that are bad or can Santa see everyone too? Santa just knows.
- How many pinecones do you think I can pick up? A thousand
OK so yall get the idea. I could keep going, but this post would never end. Do ya'll see why I am so tired all of the time? I definitely did not want to discuss the birds and the bees with a 4 year old! He can come up with some doosies! We spend a lot of time looking up things in my house! Taegan hasn't gotten to the question stage yet! Thank goodness. I don't think my brain can take anymore! Are this many questions normal? I mean we go through this everyday! I hate to answer I don't know so much, but my goodness what his little brain can think up. I'll just keep answering the best I can I guess and hope I don't mess him up too much!
P.S. Cohen told Taegan after we got home that he wasn't playing puzzles with her anymore! So I may have to revisit that issue again!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
OK guys this is gonna be a long one! I am on my soapbox today. I’m probably opening up a whole can of worms and I am sure I am gonna get all kinds of comments to this one. But, this subject is on my heart and mind so I’m gonna let it flow. One of the docs I work for today actually told me I was “unchristian” if I voted democratic in the upcoming presidential elections. This got me to thinking about my own moral views, my obligation to do the right thing, and all the emails and comments I have heard in the past few weeks regarding the elections and the candidates.
First of all, I hear so many things from both party views. My husband is a die hard democrat and probably 98% of my friends and co-workers are republican. I am neither, yes, I am a fence rider. I vote based the person and their particular stance on issues that are important to me. My husband, the government and economics teacher, tells me that parties do not matter so much at the local level, but make a huge difference at the state and national levels. So that leaves me to do A LOT of research to find out the REAL facts. This election is actually keeping me up at night. I know I am just one person, but I want to make the right choice. I have looked over multiple biblical scriptures that address the issue of christianity and government/politics and I am STILL undecided about who to vote for. But to all my republican friends who send me negative stuff about Obama all the time, you all should realize there is just as much negativity surrounding the McCain camp.
Here are some of the scriptures I have looked at recently: ( Matthew 22:21; Mark 12:17; Luke 20:25-render unto caesar) (John 18:36;Acts 2:44-45; Acts 4:32-37-socialism) (Romans 13:1-7-obey earthly laws) (Genesis 19:4-29 and Leviticus 18:22 in the Old Testament, and Romans 1:26-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 and 1 Timothy 1:10-homosexuality) . Too many to list on the topic of abortion.
Click here to view the democratic platform The Democratic Party; here for the republican platform http://www.gop.com/2008Platform/
Here is my stance on the issues (not than anyone cares). I’ll just cover the biggies:
· Abortion and stem cell research: I am totally against using abortion as a method of birth control. However, I do think some allowances for mother’s health, rape, or incest should be taken into account. The bible states that God knows us even before we are conceived.
Therefore, should we not also take the same stance as Catholics since any act of intercourse is a possibility for conception? But I am really not sure if the bible clearly defines when life begins. So, I have to rely on my background in science to guide my views on this issue and the issue of stem cell research. I have to think that God gave some scientist the brilliance to figure out that these tiny cells can cure some forms of cancer, debilitating disorders like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer's, grow entire organs (if your are not a donor, you should be!) and so many more that we don’t know about yet. These cells can be harvested at the time of full term births (from the umbilical cord). They don’t have to be harvested from aborted fetuses. If this research, along with God’s will of course, could help your mother, father, your child, why wouldn’t you vote for that?
· Homosexuality- I think that marriage should be between a man and a woman. And, I do think it is a sin to live a homosexual lifestyle. It is also a sin to have premarital sex, eat too much, etc... yet we do not deny any of those offenders basic civil rights. So let's be fair, if our government is going to allow people shacking up common law benefits, then everyone should get them. When I worked in San Francisco, we had a patient on life support that was gay. He and his partner had been together for 15 years. He had not spoken to his parents or siblings in 20 years, but his parents were the ones who got to make his end of life decisions. I don’t think that’s right. Sin is sin whether you are gay or straight, but everyone should have earthly human rights extended to them.
· Environment- we have to acknowledge that this problem actually exists and we have to do something about it now. If not for us, then for our children and grandchildren. I keep hearing about the debate to drill off shore for oil or not. The truth is, it doesn’t matter how much oil we drill for if we don’t have the refineries to refine it in. Instead of spending all that money drilling and refining and giving more and more money to the oil companies, why can’t we develop the solar, wind, and hydrogen technologies that are already there? These alternative energy sources are available NOW, they just need to be marketed and produced on a national scale.
· Economics- boy this one really gets my goat. I hate that we have trillions in dollars deficit yet we keep spending and spending. Guess who’s gonna pay for it, our kids! This is the policy that most makes me turn against the republican party. When this administration took office, we had a billion dollar surplus, gas was 1.46 a gal., I could buy milk, bread, and eggs for less than $5, and we had a balanced budget.
· Socialism- I am with the republicans on this one. I am all for helping those who REALLY need helping and those who just cannot work, but I cannot justify helping people who are just too lazy to work. I don’t like the idea of redistributing wealth. As for socialized healthcare-no way! The government can’t handle the programs it already has in place. Why add more government programs for corruption and bad management?
I am so fed up with both parties spreading lies about the other party’s nominees. I am going to side with the democrats on this issue because I get sooo many emails and remarks about Obama and his campaign that are just not true. I think everyone should have all the information about both candidates to make an informed decision. Obama is not a Muslim nor is he the antichrist! Those of you who say otherwise, please do your research. And to those of you who say it is “unchristian” to vote democratic because of their stance on abortion, gay rights, and stem cell research, let’s look at the GOP’s record on those issues. I hear a lot of lip service about those hot button issues, but no action. Even when the republicans had complete control over EVERY branch of government (legislative-congress and house of representatives, executive-president and vice president, and judicial-supreme court) they did nothing to change or implement any laws or regulation regarding these issues. I am Christian because I believe Jesus came, died for my sins, rose from the grave, and will return for his kingdom no matter what my views on these issue are. I like Brian McLaren’s comment; he says “too many members of our faith communities continue to be manipulated by cynical politicians who know what tune to play to get people of faith marching obediently in their parade." McLaren adds that Christians may not be in agreement with every detail of a campaign, but says "we're electing a president, not a Messiah."
Here is a link about Obama’s religious background Cover Story: Barack Obama's Christian Journey Newsweek Politics: Campaign 2008 Newsweek.com. You can find info on John McCain’s religious views at http://www.johnmccain.com/
I would like to add that Obama does have some questionable acquaintances, but McCain spouts some nasty things out of his conservative mouth. If you would like to read some examples, please go to politicalhumor.about.com/od/johnmccain/a/mccainisms.htm
I, so far, am not endorsing either party, but I know that even political decisions are still decisions that need to be Biblically informed as much as possible. When there are no clear cut answers evident in the bible, we must pray that we each make the moral decision. But when there are biblical principles, we have a Christian duty to take that into consideration in forming our political viewpoints.
Whew! All that thinkin’ makes my brain hurt and I’m drugged up on cold medicine. So I’m goin to bed now!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Here are my sweeties at the beach!
Here are Cohen’s multiple personalities:
Taegan the model
We decide to go to Captain George’s all-you-can eat buffet that night, mostly cause kids eat free there. Can I just say I was totally impressed with my children’s crab leg crackin’ abilities. Cohen must have eaten at least 4 pounds of crab legs. He even cracked those big thorny pincher legs by himself. Taegan was no slouch herself. She was gettin’ into the little ones by herself. They definitely lost money on us that night! Check ‘em out
I love my family and I love making fun family memories . I thank God for them everyday!
Here are all the other beautiful tables.
Everyone did such a great job.
Here’s a pic of me and my favorite gangsta girls!! I know you’re scared of us! We could totally jack you up! HAHA
Jenny Mann- a devilish grin, but an angel’s voice. Your music always speaks to my heart.
I was honored to have the speaker, Lisa and her guest, Kathy sit at my table. And her message, what a blessing! She spoke about being jars of clay and being broken. But halleluah God can pick up all those broken pieces and put them back together to make something beautiful again.
I just love the ladies from my church. They have shown me what it is to let God work through them. I can’t wait until next years banquet! I am already thinking of table decorating ideas!
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday school, children's church, and regular church all go well. Great message, praises to God, and no major meltdowns from the kids. Although Cohen did make not one, but two little girls cry before we get out of the church parking lot. He loves to tackle! Taegan is getting tired and just wants to go eat lunch. Off we go on our usual Sunday lunch outing. We eat at a local restaurant with the preacher and his family and usually about 15 other friends from church. This is always a blessed time of fellowship with other Christian families whom we love dearly. Both the kids were absolute angels through the meal. No fighting, screaming, or throwing food. Thank you Lord!
So we return home and I resume my quest to find THE SMELL. I checked all of the usual offending odor origins. It wasn't the diaper pails anymore since we are now diaper free in my house! It wasn't underneath the 4 y.o. boy's bed. He has a habit of bringing outdoor "friends" (e.g. lizards, frogs, bugs) to live with us in a shoe box underneath his bed. Keep in mind he very rarely tells me when he does this and he almost always forgets about them. Needless to say, we have our own pet cemetery behind our house. That's another blog in it's self! Anyway, that wasn't the offending smell.....this time. It wasn't even one of the many fermented juice sippy cups that I often find lurking under or behind something. I know, I know, Martha Stewart would be very disappointed in my house keeping skills! But hey, I do the best I can considering I work full time, have two toddlers, have a small hairbow business, and am married to a football/basketball coach(which renders me a single parent during those seasons). I looked and smelled everywhere, and still could not figure out what in world that smell was! In the meantime, my lovely husband did what any helpful husband would do. Instead of helping me pinpoint the smell he proceeded to spray a whole can of orange scented lysol throughout the house. Fabulous! Now my house smells like orange scented poo!
After the aerosol fog cleared and I could breathe again I continued my quest. In my bedroom I saw Cohen's sleeping bag neatly rolled up in the corner. I assumed Jason had rolled it up from where the kids "camped out" in our room last weekend. As I approached the sleeping bag I could tell the smell was getting stronger. I was actually afraid to open the stupid sleeping bag! Turns out I had a right to be afraid and should not have unrolled it at all, but should've taken it straight to the firepit and torched it. Apparently, eight days ago my precious son spilled a whole cup of milk on his cute spiderman sleeping bag and didn't want to get in trouble. So, he rolled the sloppy, milk soaked, fleece and vinyl sleeping bag up into a nice, neat roll and stood it up in the corner. OMG! Just thinking about it makes me gag! Now remember, I am a surgical nurse. So I see infected pus filled wounds and bloody body parts all the time. Whatever this particular mold was had lots of hair and I am pretty sure it had legs and a heartbeat and smelled worse than ANYTHING I have ever smelled! After a couple of shrieks/screams and more than a couple dry heaves, my husband came to my rescue and took the newly living sleeping bag for a good disinfecting. Meanwhile both my children are laughing their heads off at my reaction to THE GROWTH! So, I did what any good mother would do...I told them both if they spilled anything on sheets, furniture, etc... and left it again without telling me or daddy that the germs could not be washed out, no matter how much soap and water we used, and that the germs would rot our skin off. Take that Martha Stewart!
We return to church for night services without incident. Back at home we are all tired from another typical Sunday. We all get in our pajamas and curl up on the couch for an episode of Dora the Explorer before bedtime. With Cohen on one leg and Taegan on the other, Cohen hugs me and says he is sorry for acting bad and he loves me. This prompts Taegan to hug me and tell me she loves me more than Cohen does. At that moment all was right with the world and I felt truly blessed! I can't think of anything in this world that a hug and an I love you won't make better.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008