Wednesday, April 30, 2008

More pics...half the wit

I am still posting pics on A-Train's blog while she recovers...I decided to post on her blog since her readership is like 50 times more than mine. :)

Little Darlin' 2

Only by the Grace of God

Monday, April 28, 2008

Fun Day!

It has been a long day again but very fun. I got the festivities kicked off with cleaning the grill part on the bottom of the fridge with a toothbrush. It looks very pretty now!

The inside of the fridge got cleaned.

Steph and her boys came over for lunch.

We went to the doctor.

Shane got a hair cut.

We played with the boys.

Shane planted the tomatoes and green beans.

We went on a date and ate Italian food. Then to Target. Then to Wal-Mart for groceries.

Then home for laundry. The last load is in the dryer. Then we are making the switch tommorow to plastic clothing that will just need to be hosed down periodically.

I'm off to bed to snuggle 2 superheroes!

Don't forget to vote on our latest poll!!!

El-Roi-The God Who Sees Me

When Shane and I got married we went apartment hunting. The lady showed us one apartment that I loved. There was a big window in the living room and a cute, bright green wispy tree right outside the window. It was pretty. The lady showed us another apartment. We walked in. It smelled cleaner. The carpet was newer. The cabinets were newer. It was a nicer apartment. I walked right to the big window and looked for the green wispy tree. There was not one. Instead there were 3 or 4 air conditioner units on the ground. I wanted the other apartment because I liked the view better. Shane wanted the newer one. That is the one he chose for us. I was sad.

So, we backed up my dad's red pick up truck, unloaded all 4 of our boxes and moved in. I was always disappointed when I did not see the bright green wispy tree. About 5 months after the day we moved in, I looked out the window and saw something I had never noticed. 1,2,3...14,15...What? I walked outside and looked around. Are you kidding? It looked like Fangorn Forest. Spring had come. It was like over night all the dead trees came to life and were in full bloom. I went back inside. There was not a bright green wispy tree outside my window. There were at least 15 trees and they were all filled with leaves.

God used that lesson to teach me that my focus determines my attitude. Last week I was mad in my heart about some situations God has placed in my life. Really. Mad. Not just frustrated. I am learning that when I play the "Why is this happening to me?" game it never ends up productive. When I start to play the "You are..." game things start to change. Here are some of my favorite things about who God is.

You are light. In you there is no darkness.
You are good. All the time.
Your timing is perfect.
Your plans are perfect.
Your ways are perfect.
You never change.
You cover me with the shadow of your righteous right hand.
Your name is a strong tower. The righteous run to it and are safe.
You never give us more than we can bear.
You are enough.
You rejoice over me with singing.
You keep all of your promises.
You do not lie.
You cannot lie.
You give peace that the world does not understand.
I plan my steps, you determine my course.
You never leave us.
You are alive and you speak to me through your word.

Last week was one of those weeks when I had to get out of bed a couple nights and get down on my knees. The longer I laid there and thought about what I was mad about the madder I got. I had to get out of bed and on my knees (with a bad heart I might add). It was one of those times you can't really talk to anyone else but God. No one else could change anything except Him. Anyone else will give you advice filtered through their opinion. They will take the situation at face value and agree that it is hard and you have a right to feel how you do.

Some upcoming circumstances felt hard. I did not want to give the sacrifice it would require to walk through them. And God had clearly placed them in my life. I did not want Him to change my heart or my attitude. Shane and I have committed our lives to God. We want to serve him in things that are lasting. Last week I wanted to go back on my commitment because it brought me to a hard place.

I prayed mostly wishing things would change, not with a heart of bold faith. It is amazing that God takes whatever we bring Him and works with it. It is so easy for me to get caught up in the one thing I don't have. It takes my focus off the bigger picture that I am part of a plan. His plan. His timing. His provision for my life.

One of the greatest gifts of being a child of God is getting to experience unexplainable peace when you shouldn't have peace. That is what God gave me last week. One of the situations I was so mad about was replaced with peace. And God took care of me. And blessed me. And blessed Shane. And blessed my kids through it. And blessed a lot of other people throught it. And brought glory to His name. And reminded me that sacrifice and obedience always bring blessing.

In Genesis 16 God meets Hagar on the road when she is running away from her hard times and misery. He tells her to go back and face her challenges. He says, "I am the God who sees you." She obeyed, went back and was blessed.

It is amazing how quickly Satan will come in and try to steal your joy. How he will start to whisper lies and plant thoughts of doubt in your head. God has taught me lessons this week about his faithfulness, and Satan has placed thoughts of, "Well, you know, something bad is going to happen tomorrow when you go in to have that baby. Get ready." I am glad that God's word is stronger and more powerful than those lies. Than those thoughts of fear and worry that want to creep in. That he is good, all the time. That nothing filters into my life that has not been filtered through his loving hands first. That he can fully be trusted to work out His will in my life. That it is hard sometimes. That the reward is always greater than the sacrifice. That his plan always prevails. That he uses everything to bring Glory to His name.

Last week when I was praying God told me His grace is sufficient for me and His power is made perfect in weakness. I wanted to keep my focus on the thing I did not have. When I looked up and decided to listen to him I got to experience the joy of all the good things He had planned.

I learned a few months ago that not only does God love me, but every single day he shows his love to me. And days go by where I don't even stop to notice how he is showing his love that day. I hope today is a great day for you. There is a lot to be joyful about.

"Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame." Ps 34:5

Saturday, April 26, 2008

How To Use Your IRS Rebate Check

My father-in-law sent this to me, and I thought it was good info to pass onto my friends.

As you may have heard, each of us will be getting a tax rebate check to stimulate the economy. If we spend that money at Wal-Mart, all the money will go to China . If we spend it on gasoline it will go to the Arabs. If we purchase a computer it will go to India . If we purchase fruits and vegetables it will go to Mexico , Honduras , and Guatemala . If we purchase a good car it will go to Japan . If we purchase useless stuff it will go to Taiwan and none of it will help the American economy.

We need to keep that money here in America . The only way to keep that money here at home is to spend it at yard sales, since those are the only businesses still in the US.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Diaper Shower

My community group threw me a diaper shower last Sunday. They are the sweetest! It was a huge blessing. We are going to be able to use every single thing we were blessed with. Lots of diapers, wipes, lotion, baby bath, a blanket, pacifiers. Thank you Becke', Michelle, April, Leanna & Jana!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Git R' Done

this has been one long day.

it was our last day of bible study. that will be good for me. i haven't been into the in-depth study type deal the last couple of weeks. i'm too unfocused right now. psalms & proverbs are much better here lately. i know i will care about the meaning of the fig tree again one day (and other things of that nature), but right now it is all about psalms, food and naps. that is where i am.

it's funny i am not in a rush to have our baby. usually i am. i guess perspective changes. especially looking at my big boys. it goes by too fast. 6 days will be here too fast. i don't want to miss any of it. i have enjoyed the last half of my pregnancy. a lot actually. however, i canNOT wait until we get to finally hold our little one.

brooke on american idol has great hair.

david cook is probably the first person on ai that i would buy the cd. he has such a great voice. he better win!

chocolate sure sounds good right now. i'm having braxton hicks contractions. i'm going to go vacuum and try not to think about it. never mind the fact that i can hardly stand up right now. it only takes 5 minutes. i can do that!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

I love my husband!!!!

Shane tore it up running the last errands that needed running today. You are awesome Shaney!!!! THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DID TODAY!!!! And for letting me sleep in 2 days in a row. I am not overwhelmed anymore!!!

I got my glasses fixed and back today.

We got a new phone-Finally. Our last one broke. We've been using ghetto phones from the garage that die after 5 minutes.

We got tomato plants and green beans for the garden.

Shane bought me a bright red Gerber daisy.

Shane got a Route 44 Vanilla DP.

We are having turkey sandwiches for dinner.

Shane bought a box of Strawberries of the side of the road.

I spent the afternoon with one of my dearest friends Stephanie. We drank coffee with good cream and ate Thin Mints.

I am having a baby one week from today.

I am ready but not wanting to rush it. These last days are sweet and I know it flies by too quickly.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

I might not be ready!

Last night we were watching the Bourne Ultimatum and clearly as I was watching I was thinking through if I am ready for our baby to come. What? Don't you think about this kind of stuff in the Bourne movies?! So, I am wide awake and have found some crazy stuff on the internets (as W. calls it). Here ya go:

What Does a Newborn Need?
Not sure what a newborn baby needs? Here is a checklist of the basic items parents will need once they bring their newborn home.

Nappy bin with secure lid
Newborn size nappies
Nappy rash cream
Blunt ended scissors (what the heck?!)
Baby bath with stand (optional)
Sun cover for pram
Nappy bag to use when out
Set of bottles and teats

I don't think this person shops at Target. And I wish I knew what the heck a nappy was cause we are fresh out of nappies at our house.

Now for the hospital bag recommendations I found comical:
Pillows from home (If you are a pillow snob this is understandable, but seriously...)
Water bottles for ice (are you kidding me?)
Your own wash cloths (and you don't want to use the ones provided for you because???)
Change of clothes for partner, including swim trunks for shower or pool

First off, when's the last time you saw a pool at the hospital? Second of all, who wears a swimsuit in the shower?

In hopes this story does not cheapen the blog...

So, Shane is in bed, completely worn out from a very long work week and sound asleep. I'm playing around on the computer and just got up to run to the restroom. I was looking down at my toes pondering what color of nail polish I'd like to do next for my hospital stay when Shane wakes up and says, "Baby, wake up and come to bed!" He thought I fell asleep on the toity. Ten bucks says he won't even remember this until he reads about it on my blog. Sleep deprived people say the darn-dest things! And their crazy wives like to blog about it!!!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Note to Self:

Eating Jalapeno Cheetos at 11:20pm when I am 9 months pregnant may not have been the wisest snack choice.

Note To Self:

It is NOT that big of a deal that my 2 year old just sprayed me with Scrubbing Bubbles and now I smell like lemon freshness.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

What a great day!

I'm wasting the day away because I can. The dust is so bad, Luke dusted with his hands today. I grabbed a Pledge wipe for him and he had a ball. Facebook is so fun, I reconnected with an old friend who lives nearby now, and she just had a baby (csec). We visited on the phone for a long time.

Then Beck called and we both were hungry and needed to get out of the house. So, off to Micky D's we went. What a blast. The so called American Idol toys are so lame, but whatever! The Quarter Pounder meal and hot fudge sundae were good and that's what matters. Then we went to the play-park as my kids call it.

Came back home and the great debate began. Bless my house? Nap? The zone this week is the bathroom and the kids room. The mission today was clean the back of the toilet. Guess what I did? Not really a nap, definitely not the toilet. I rested for awhile and have played on the computer in my sweats. It is hard to not feel guilty for wasting time. But, it feels kind of good. Kind of good as in AWESOME! It just seems like in a couple weeks I won't have the option to waste time, so why not do it today?!

Monday, April 14, 2008

What are you cooking?

I finally made it to a little thing we have in town called the grocery store. Made menus and everything. This is what we had tonight-roast. The best thing about Roast night is doing the gravy Luby's style (as my brother in law Chad calls it). You really need to try it next time you have brown gravy with mashed potatoes! Here's what I'm cookin' the next week or two:

  • Roast, Mashed Potatoes, Corn, Salad

  • Smothered Beef & Bean Enchiladas

  • Chicken Fettucini Alfredo

  • Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup

  • Veggie Lover's Baked Ziti

  • Nacho Salad

  • Baked Potato/Salad Night

  • Chili Dogs

  • Beer Battered Fish, Potatoes, Corn

  • Chicken Pot Pie

  • Homemade Pizzas

The doctor gave us a great report today. We are done with the high risk doctor and he said if I went into labor at any time now he would not try to stop it. The baby weighs around 6 lb 6 oz. That makes me so happy that the baby is a good size! It's getting exciting and I am also nervous about having a third baby!!! But mostly excited.

I'm curious what you are cooking this week?!!

Thursday, April 10, 2008


Every day we ask the boys what they are naming the new baby. Stinky Pete always says So-see (Sophie), and Moose always says JJ. Two days ago when we asked them, they both said they were naming the new baby Shelia. How cute is that?! They have a little friend we play with every week and her mom's name is Shelia.

It is so cute to see their perspective on the new one. Stinky Pete says he's getting a sister and Moose says he's getting a brother and a sister.

We made it through the bad weather today that ended up not being as bad as predicted. Thankfully!

I cannot think of anything to cook these days. I have frozen chicken in the freezer and have completely forgotten what to do with it. All I can think of is BBQ chicken but we don't have any BBQ sauce and besides that sounds yucky to me anyway. We are out of everything! Soap, toilet paper, eggs, cheese, hairspray.

Becke' lent me the movie August Rush- it was a good one. Saturday night all the boys went to bed and I made a strawberry milkshake and watched it on the couch under my blanket my sister gave me for my birthday. It is the most comfortable blanket and it's light blue with white snow flakes-it is a fun one. It was nice to watch a movie by myself! I just talked to my friend Heather and she is getting to have a getaway for a night with her husband and they get to go eat Mexican food. That would be nice too!!!!!

It is probably time to work on my bible study. For some reason it is hard for me to focus on anything these days. All I am thinking about is the baby. And what sounds good to eat. And trying to ignore the fact that my stomach is cramping all the time and that is just part of this pregnancy at this point.

We are having a yard sale Saturday-Whooppee! And we are pricing to sell :)! We are hoping to make enough money to buy a digital camera, and if we really make lots we'd like to buy a video camera as well!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

The World Needs More Ukulele

"The world needs more U-ku-le-le" Michelle

This is so true. Jason Castro has a neat voice. He reminds me of Jack Johnson. The Back Porch is one of the best restaurants located on the beach in Destin, FL. I can hear Jason and his Ukulele playin' self playing on the beach somewhere, while people are enjoying Key Lime Pie.

David the rocker guy is still my AI vote, HOWEVER, the white jacket, bad song choice and hand written message on the palm of his hand have me wandering about things. I'm such a fair weather fan.

OPERATION PREGNANCY FIXER UPPER UPDATE: Hair appt scheduled for Friday. Call made to our resident meteorologist/cosmetologist/aka my sister to see if she will do my brows and to keep us updated on the bad weather coming our way today and tommorow.

Monday, April 7, 2008


I've been trying to take it easy this week. A week and a half ago I had to go to stinkin' labor and delivery after 7 hours of stomach cramping. Today we found out our little one weights 5 pounds 10 ounces! That could explain the stomach troubles :)! If it is true that they gain a pound a week at this stage in the game, I would have a 10-11 pounder if I made it to 40 weeks! Moose was taken at 37 weeks to get him out of the environment of the womb, and this little one will be taken a tad early as well.

Friday night I woke up really feeling bad in the middle of the night. After 30 minutes in the bathroom hoping for dear life I wasn't in labor I felt better and went back to bed. I took one good look in the mirror in the midst of being sick and was thinking it is time for Operation Pregnancy Fixer Upper to begin-it was too close a call to delay the renovations any longer. I would have been horrified for anyone to see me that night. You know how if you don't dry your hair the proper way in the proper window you end up with a heap of trouble on your head? That was me that night. Careless hairdrying after my shower leading to a very scary sight!

I kept thinking I can't have this baby tonight. My roots need done, my brows need waxed, my nails need done, my hair needs a good Chi-ironing, the list was long! The fears were legit!

On a different note my baby is having a birthday and I am having a terrible time with it. He is having 3 parties because I'm trying to deal with it. He is reaping the benefits of a sentimental, hormonal mommy. Tonight he said, "After I take my nap I will wake up and be soar " Sniff. Yes, that is true. Someone pass the chocolate please...oh wait, I don't need them because I'm baking another batch of 24 cupcakes tommorow!

One last thing. Today I stepped on the scales at the doc's office and she moved the bar to 200, and the next bar to 23, and I almost fell over right there. I kept blinking thinking, what the ... ..., how in the..., oh my...I know we're having a birthday celebration every day these days, but can it really be?!! Anyway, long story short my mean old husband was standing with his lead foot on the scale!!! What a mean trick huh?! Funny but mean! It felt AWESOME to loose 40 pounds in 30 seconds!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Domestic Endeavors

This morning at around 7:30am it was storming so loudly outside. The thunder was really loud. Moose had, as usual, snuck into bed sometime during the night. Stinky Pete came in. Our routine is for me to scoot to the middle of the bed, and he gets in my warm spot. Would you believe he fell back to sleep and we didn't get up until 9:30! I love snuggling with those little guys in the morning-it is the sweetest.

So, about my domestic endeavors. A couple of friends and I are getting together tomorrow to learn how to make cloth napkins. Yesterday I went to this fabric store downtown, expensive nice fabrics, the whole nine yards. haha get it? nine yards!! fabric jokes are the BEST! Actually that is my first fabric joke ever. So, the lady was so rude to me. Being the rookie I am I had a few questions-really just one-where can I find the discount fabrics. I was already insecure about what I was looking for, not to mention the crew I had with me: a 2 yr old, 3 yr old, and me being 9 months pregnant. I told Shane how rude she was to me and he said you should have asked her one more question. "Excuse me mam, Can you tell me how to get to Hancock Fabrics please?!" Oh that would have been funny! I just think for an overpriced mom and pop joint you might want to have a little nicer customer service.

I am proud to say we did go to Hancock's today thank you very much and I am now the proud owner of 4 yards of fabric and 2 spools of thread! I will post pictures of our napkins when we finish! In the meantime, Erma was the nicest lady at Hancock and I'm going to name my napkin collection after her when I get famous.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008


I'm sure you've all seen this video by now, but just in case, it is worth the 7 minutes to view. Unbelievable things unfolding right before our very eyes. I watched with my jaw to the ground. Bible prophecy unfolding right before our eyes.

"and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people" Mt 24:11

"But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them-bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. " 2 Peter 2: 1-2

"Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light" 2 Cor 11:14

"Watch your life and doctrine closely." I Timothy 4:16

"Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage-with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist." 2 Timothy 4:2-5

In thinking about this video tied with the presidential elections another verse comes to mind:
"Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God." Rom 13:1

There is no doubt our next President is going to be shaping God's plans for HIS GLORY and REDEMPTION of people. It is very interesting to see the choices before us. But it's reassuring to know that God is in control, on his throne, directing the kings heart like a watercourse wherever he pleases (Prov 21:1).

I had not heard of this book or Oprah's new crusade until just this morning. Then I get home and my email has 3 messages of this video. It is a reminder to know Scripture to be able to stand firm.


I would love to see other verses anyone has on the subject, there are tons to speak truth over this!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Frustrated with myself

Today is one of my favorite holidays of the year! And it has been a bummer of an April Fool's Day for me. There are a few things that have to happen every year that I dread. Tax time being at the top of the list. It is the one thing I dislike about having my own business. Shane and I are both people people, and not into details like keeping up with paperwork. We have mounds of paperwork we've been wading through today. It is completely overwhelming to me. I've been procrastinating, mostly because I don't know where to start. I have my stuff narrowed down to a box lid of papers. I just had to take a break though. Details, especially paperwork is my biggest weakness. I get so frustrated with myself over it. Boo!

I bought a new computer program that I've been using...hopefully this time next year will be a lot less frustrating.

Thankfully tonight is American Idol. I still can't believe Chikeezie got the boot over Ramielle. I bet he's home right now doing paperwork as well.

One more thing before I tackle this box. I hadn't been to the store, so Sunday night we had nothing good to eat. We decided to cash in on a Chili's gift card from Christmas. The hostess put us in a booth. Well, one of us could not fit into the booth so we had to move to a table. Nice. I hope ya'll are all having as great a week as I am :)!

Looking forward to a Happy Cinco de Mayo next month-with no taxes to ruin the festivities!