Friday, August 29, 2008

Some random questions

Welcome to my week. Here are some questions that I have now that this week is coming to a close.

  1. Why do children seem to think it is necessary to cut their own bangs?
  2. Why does my scale keep playing mind games with me? (When I am sure that I have gained...I lose. When I am feeling really good and looking for that weight loss...I gain!)
  3. Why does not eating sugar make me feel SO much better?
  4. Why can't my husband get a job that would require him to stay home with us every morning and evening?
  5. Do I really need to get out of my house more often?
  6. Why do I love the sunny days so much more that the gray rainy days?
  7. Did my DVD's make it to their destinations?
  8. Can I lose 1.5 more pounds before I go to my mom's house?
  9. Can I motivate myself to be more productive during my long days at home?
  10. What fun things can we do in Arizona?
  11. Will Lauren change her mind when she grows up? (Right now she wants to raise a ton of kids!!)
  12. Why do men have to be so good at being a guy sometimes?
  13. Why are boys so fascinated with climbing trees?

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Our little girl turned 8 today!!

Wow, I can't believe that my Amy Jo is getting so big. I am not sure that I am truly ready for her to grow up yet. Here is a short video to celebrate her little life. (I took this openning video of Amy a couple months ago that is why she states her age as 7.)

Amy you are such a joy to have a round. You LOVE to be a helper to me. You make me laugh almost everyday. Your smile can just melt my heart. I love you little girl SO very much. I thank Jesus for allowing me the privilege of being your Mommy!!!

Happy Birthday, Amy Jo!!!

Monday, August 25, 2008


This is a copy of an email that I received. I thought that you would enjoy it as much as I did.
Are you tired of those sissy 'friendship' poems that always sound good, but never actually come close to reality? Well, here is a series of promises that actually speak of true friendship. You will see no cutesy little smiley faces on this card- Just the stone cold truth of our great friendship.

1. When you are sad --I will jump on the person who made you sad like a spider monkey jacked up on Mountain Dew!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2. When you are blue -- I will try to dislodge whatever is choking you.

3. When you smile -- I will know you are plotting something that I must be involved in.

4. When you're scared -- we will high tail it out of here.

5. When you are worried -- I will tell you horrible stories about how much worse it could be until you quit whining, ya big baby!!!!

6. When you are confused -- I will use little words.

7. When you are sick --Stay away from me until you are well again. I don't want whatever you have.

8. When you fall -- I'll pick you up and dust you off.

9. This is my oath...I pledge it to the end. 'Why?' you may ask -- because you are my FRIEND!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

My new motivation to take a walk!!!

Jeff and Daniel went for a walk around the loop today. Daniel was up ahead of Jeff when he found what he thought was a fake $100.00. He put it in his pocket and kept walking. When he and Jeff were finally together, Daniel pulled out the money and told Jeff that he was going to give his play money to Amy for her cash register. Jeff questioned him about his fake money, "How do you know that it is fake?" Daniel replied,"No one like me is going to find a real $100.00 bill." Jeff took a look at it and sure enough someone like Daniel can and did find a REAL $100.00 bill!!!

I only have one that he is RICH, am I allowed to charge him money when he disobeys, instead of disciplining him?
Sorry Bryan, Jeff and Daniel already searched ALL over the place to see if there was any more. There wasn't, so no need to hurry home!!!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Fun facts

I bought a new book yesterday. It is a BIG book of lists. I am finding it very fascinating to read. I thought that I would share some fun facts with you over the next couple of months (did I mention that the book is BIG).

  1. I found this fact in the list of Holidays in the U.S. Did you know that Sept. 19th is.... International Talk Like a Pirate Day? No joke!!!
  2. From the list of Deadliest Animals. Bears kill 5-10 humans a year/ elephants kill 300-500/ large cats kill 800/ I have skipped many others, but here is the deadliest animal of all.... mosquitoes kill 1,000,000 (yes, one million) humans a year!!!!
  3. These are my favorite. They were found on the list of Proverbs From Other Countries. I will end up giving you all of these over the months. They are great!!
  • God grant me a good sword and no use for it. Poland
  • The frog wanted to be as big as the elephant and he burst. Ethiopia
  • If you make a bad habit of buying things that you do not need, you will soon be selling things you do. Philippines
  • At high tide the fish eat ants; at low tide the ants eat fish. Thailand

I will stop for now, but only because I have a headache!! I hope that enjoyed these.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

It is so easy to live for myself

Here is openness and honesty at its best. I started this summer on a spiritual high!! I was going to services everyday and God was doing a lot in my life. He was teaching me many things on a consistent basis. I felt pretty good about myself, my life, and my relationship with the Lord. Joel got sick a month into summer and I had to stop going to services. I was still okay though, because I was living off of what God had done in my life the month before. For weeks I lived off my past experiences. I was not reading my Bible or praying much at all. God was not doing anything new in my life, but it didn't seem to bother me much. My heart is very wicked and I was enjoying living for myself. I stayed up LATE every night and slept in every morning. I got through my days pretty good on my own. I didn't need to read my Bible and pray.....I was fine!!! I look back now and I am so ashamed that God was not my first priority. Things have changed this week. God brought me to the end of myself and I couldn't make it any longer without His help. What big thing happened in my life to bring me to my knees? The answer is.....the start of this Home school year!!! After one day, I wanted to quit. Since quiting is not an option for me, I wanted to through the BIGGEST fit so that my husband would let me quit. I knew that my rotten attitude was not pleasing the Lord or my husband, but I really didn't care. I wanted what I wanted END OF STORY!!! I was "asking" God to change my heart (because it was the right thing to do), but I really wasn't ready for it to be changed. I still wanted my own way!! I knew in my heart what I needed to do to be ready for change. This morning I got up early to spend some time with my Heavenly Father. It was not a huge amount of time, but it was just what I needed. I was able to greet the children this morning happily in His strength, not grudgingly in my own strength. Today has been a blessed day. I have NO DOUBT in my mind that I will struggle with Home schooling again this year, but for now I am not!! Thank you Jesus!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008


I deleted all my links!!! I knew what I was doing, but it didn't work out like I had planned!! I will be getting the links back up as soon as I can!! Sorry for the inconvenience.

YIPPEE!!!!! I got them back up all ready!! They somehow weren't really deleted!!! Thank you, Jesus!!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

What a blessing

I just love Godly women!!! Yesterday, I was so blessed to be invited to spend time with one!! Mrs. Tolleson invited me over to her house. She wanted to give me something that she had made me. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was SO hoping that she had made me a quilt. When I walked into her house, it was so peaceful. We headed to the kitchen to sit down and have some pie. She shared with me all the things that the Lord was doing in her life. WOW...God sure is at work! It was challenging for me to sit across from her and not reach out and touch her. I felt like I was sitting so close to Jesus!!! She KNOWS Him so intimately!! We talked a lot about how things are going here at my house. She is very wise!!! She gave me some great advice and wants to meet again next month to see how I am doing!!! I felt so special sitting there, because she took TIME to spend with me!! After we talked (for not nearly long enough), it was time for her to give me my gift!

Mrs. Tolleson made me a beautiful Christmas quilt!!! I can't wait to pull it out this Christmas season. I will remember our time together many times between now and then!! Thank you, Mrs. Tolleson for making me feel so loved!!!!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Really it is not my fault!!

I am sorry that I have not posted in a few days. I totally intended to post this week, but Jeff had surgery on Tuesday morning. Nothing life threatening.....just VERY painful!!! I have been a nervous wreck taking care of him!!! He is doing MUCH better now, so I have some time to write.
Joel is sick. He has a runny nose and an awful cough. It has been quite the challenge to take care of Jeff and Joel. I really have to keep them separated, because Jeff can not get what Joel has. I get to take Joel to the park often, which has been the highlight of my days!!!
Seeing my husband go through all this pain, has made me just adore him so much more. My heart just breaks with every wince of pain.
We "started" school this week. We haven't gotten a lot done in four days, but we started!!! I will say this though, my first days at it....already make me want to QUIT!!!! I hope having Jeff home for a week or two will help school go more smoothly!! One can only hope!!!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Two weeks?

I have to post today!! If I wait until tomorrow, it will be TWO WEEKS since my last post!!! That is the longest I have ever stayed away from blogging!!
I didn't post at first, because I was really struggling with this whole blog thing. I found out two weeks ago that I had written a post that hurt someone and I never wanted to blog again!!! I try to be so careful when I write something. Most of my readers are not in my circle of "physical" friends. Which means that most of you have no idea who I am writing about when I have a problem even if I mention the name of the person. But since I have a few friends who would know who everyone is, I am VERY careful to not give too many details. No matter how careful I was, I still ended up hurting someone!! I to hurt people. Sometimes I just NEED to vent and I love doing it on my blog. I am trying to decide, if I am going to keep this blog going as usual or if I am not going to be as honest and open as I love being. Lots to figure out.
The next thing that kept me from posting was Lauren's 14th Birthday. She did not want a special Birthday post just for her.
The last thing that kept me from posting was a HUGE experience with Murphy's Law. What can go wrong......WILL go wrong!!!! I have been working on a DVD about our family and our ministry. We are going to send it to individuals for the purpose of requesting that they join our support team. (Hey let me know, if you would like to receive one!!) This DVD should have been pretty simple to do......but it was NOT!!!! I wasted days on this thing and didn't really accomplish anything. I thought that I was done many times, but for more reasons than you care to read I was not done. EVERYTHING went wrong at least once!!! The DVD is done and I can now look back on it and laugh, but I shed many tears while doing it!!!
I am back. I will be blogging once again!!!