Friday, July 25, 2008

Then Sings my Soul - I will not be moved - Natalie Grant

Tonight I learned our women's ministry at church is going through huge change. Change is great especially when God is in control. His hand has firmly been in our ministry for years, the evidence has been far from subtle.

There is part of me that wants to cling to the familiar, the comfortable. Part of me dreads this change, part of me fears this change.

But on the way home this song played on the radio. It was a reminder - I will not let Satan have a foothold in my life because of this. God is in control as He has always been. I will not be moved in my faith. I look forward to the unimaginable things that God has planned for the women of our church.



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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Our trip to New York

We had a fabulous trip to New York. Here are just 5 of the 487 pictures we took!!

Hubbie has a small obsession with airplanes which he is passing onto the girls! Love really enjoyed watching the action around our airplane.
This was the whole purpose of the trip: Daddy and Love picking raspberries together! She loved it. She was forever asking to go pick raspberries. She never had much to show for her work though, except a few red stains around her mouth and on her shirt!!!

This is how Smiles kept cool in the 90 degree weather. She loves the water. She really loves to have the water sprayed in her face! No joke, she would sputter then sign "more"!

Love decided to cool off the plants. Grandma was pleased with that, especially when Love watered the tomatoes!!

Here is Daddy and Love picking blueberries. Smiles joined us once and I could not pick them fast enough for her! She kept reaching for the berries on the bushes.
It was a once in a lifetime trip. I am so thankful we went. His grandmother is doing reasonably well. She has lots of work and decisions ahead of her as she cleans out the house and prepares to sell it. She still talks about his grandfather in the present tense sometimes, and she uses "we" a lot too. It was very hard to leave her there alone. But we know she is not really alone, she has a great support system. Family is close by and they keep good tabs on her. As we drove away, Hubbie and I both felt we were forgetting something. I finally decided it was Grandmother!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Family Night - 3 Little Pigs

The inspiration for the night - Great gift from Hubbie's cousin!
My littlest little piggy
Dinner - Pigs in a Blanket, Straw (Chow Mein Noodles), Carrot sticks, and Cheese bricks
Lots of little piggies!!

We had a guest for family night tonight. Our neighbor's little girl was here. The girls took turns dressing up as the BIG BAD WOLF and the little piggy! I have some great shots of the girls pretending to scare and be scared!! They lose something though with the faces blacked out. Oh well, trust me that are super cute!
It feels great to have really planned a fun evening for the family!
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Sunday, July 13, 2008

I have a copy cat!

This afternoon I went to release Love (3 years old) from "quiet" time. As we are cleaning her room, she starts talking about peepee, the potty and her kitchen sink. When I noticed the sink was wet I started paying attention!!
Me: Did you put your peepee in the kitchen sink?
Love: No, I put my peepee in Sweetie's potty (Sweetie is a doll!! It is a doll sized potty seat!)
Me: You did what?
Love: I put it in the potty, then in the sink.

Ok, I did not put her peepee in the sink but I did dump it into the toilet.
I just had to laugh, then explain that Sweetie's potty is just pretend!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Ragamuffin Top Challenge Week #7

Start weight : 191.2
End weight: 190.4
It was not such a great week. I did lose a pound.

My knee was hurting on Monday so that became the excuse to not walk. Once I was out of the habit the rest of the week was gone before I could think about walking again.

The water consumption has dropped again.

Goals this week:
1. Drink water (2 pitchers)
2. Walk 3 days
3. Avoid eating during rest time!! (I am a huge snacker in the afternoons!)

I am having a hard time getting serious again. I am playing around with losing the weight. The depressing part is that I know I can do it and I am just not making myself to it.

This next week includes travel. I need to make wise choices!!

Then Sings my Soul


The past couple of Saturdays have been crazy busy and I have not had time to write a post. This past week my baby grew up before my eyes. She is a year old and this week she seemed less "my baby," she is beginning that change from baby to toddler. I heard this song for the first time this week and it really struck me. This is what I want her to know: she will always be safe in my arms. I want to create a relationship with her (and her sister) that allows her to always feel safe in my arms. I want to be the safe place she can run to when others hurt her, when she makes less than wise choices, when life throws her a curve ball. This song helps keep that as a focus!


Your baby blues
So full of wonder
Your Curly Que's
Your contagious smile
And as I watch
You start to grow up
All I can do is hold you tight
Knowing

Clouds will rage in
Storms will race in
But you will be safe in my arms
Rains will pour down
Waves will crash all around
But you will be safe in my arms

Story books
Are full of fairy-tales
Of kings and queens
And the bluest skies
My heart is torn just in knowing
You'll someday see
The truth for lies

Clouds will rage in
Storms will race in
But you will be safe in my arms
Rains will pour down
Waves will crash all around
But you will be safe in my arms


Castles they might crumble
Dreams may not come true
Cause you are never all alone
Cause I will always
Always love you

Hey I
Hey I
Will love

Clouds will rage in
Storms will race in
But you will be safe in my arms
Rains will pour down
Waves will crash all around
But you will be safe in my arms

In my arms

Thursday, July 10, 2008

it will be worth it

I have been told by a good friend that if I write more I will get better so I am going to bore the two of you that read this blog with any consistency with more writing!

I am really beginning to stress over the up coming trip. I am one who likes to plan in advance. I make lists of what I am going to pack down to the individual outfits (sometimes). It hit me tonight when Hubbie's grandmother called to talk about food for next week, that we are traveling to NEW YORK, flying on an airplane, spending days away from home without our toys, and (I will be honest) our DVD player!!!!

It does not help that the airlines are scaring me with the whole luggage thing. I don't want to pay extra to get my stuff there, so I want to pack very minimally. I am trying to keep it to two suitcases for the four of us. I maybe crazy but I am going to try my darnedest!!

I know it will all work out, I know that no one will kick of off the plane (I plan to dress the kids very conservatively, so it won't be because of revealing too much!), I know this means the world to his grandmother, I know I will cherish the pictures of my girls and their daddy in the garden together, I know I would never forgive myself if I let this opportunity pass by.

Thanks for listening to the rambling!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Friends

My life has been full of friends the past week! It is a great feeling! Two of my very good friends were gone for the month June - absence truly does make the heart grow fonder! I have missed their friendships while they were vacationing. I realized how much I rely on their support in the adventure of parenting!!
I am thankful for them!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Ragamuffin Top Challenge Week #6

Monday:
walked 1.5 miles (30 minutes)
ate well breakfast, lunch and snack
drank 3 quarts Crystal Light

Tuesday:
no walk
ate well breakfast, lunch and snack (dinner was my Dad's AWESOME!!! baked beans)
drank 2 pitchers (4 quarts) of Crystal Light/water!!

Wednesday:
Breakfast was more of Dad's beans.
Lunch, snack and dinner on target
no walk
drank 2 pitchers!

Thursday:
walked 1.5 miles (30 minutes)
Breakfast, lunch on track
walked 1.5 miles

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday were a complete wash.

I hope this week will be better!! I want to eat better this week. I cheated WAY too often during the five days I was supposed to make wise choices.
I think I need to think about it in those terms: wise and foolish choices. (We are working with our 3 year old on making wise choices!!! So I say those words A LOT!!!) Eating right, exercise, those are wise choices. The root beer I am drinking right now - foolish choice!!

I got the dress!! I can zip it! and it does look really nice on me (maybe I will post a picture later) but... it will look and feel even better if I make WISE choices.

Be encouraged!!! We can be successful!

Goals for this week are the same as last week only add Friday and Saturday!!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Please wake up!


My youngest was trying to get her big sister's attention. Even though she was sleeping!
I kept asking "Where is sister?" She would look up at the bed and back at me.
Finally sister woke up! Just precious to watch them interact!
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Are we crazy?

In a couple of weeks Hubbie and I will embark on a major adventure: we are taking our girls to NY to pick berries off their great grandfather's berry bushes (just as their Daddy did when he was little).
This is going to involve getting two children, two LARGE carseats, a stroller, carry-ons full of entertainment, and a MIL through airport security. I can't wait!! Got any ideas to make it easier?

But seriously I am looking forward to the memories we will be making. Hubbie's grandfather past away in January and his grandmother is staying in the house through this berry season then she is moving in with her sister. So if we wanted to take the girls we had to do it this year. It sounds like Hubbie's cousins are planning to join us too, that will be great!!