Friday, February 27, 2009

Foto Friday

This morning my husband said the most precious words ever!    "Honey, I think it may be time to buy you a new computer."    *swoon*    I would have literally attacked him with kisses if I hadn't been talking to him on the phone.     I had called him to tell him that my computer is having problems AGAIN and that I needed to take it BACK to my trusty computer guy.   
So while I am checking email on our home computer I decided to see what photos I could post for Foto Friday.   I found this from VBS a few years ago.    It is hubs and Little Guy.    I remember that our VBS was in the evening and hubs would drive home from work, change clothes and we would head to church.   Little Guy didn't get his Daddy time so every night during the opening ceremonies he had to sit with his Daddy before he could let go to enjoy the rest of the night.
Big Guy's favorite part of VBS was crafts.   He has always been a perfectionist and took his time doing everything that Mrs. Tina told him to do.    Below is a pic I took of him working on one of his pieces of art. 

Wow!    The boys have grown since then!     I hope you guys have a great weekend.    Enjoy the time with your children.      Time FLIES!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

All In

Yesterday I decided I would talk to the both independently about Lent and the meaning of sacrifice during this season.    I simply wanted to give them the option.

Before school, Big Guy and I talked about it and while we were talking he immediately said that he thought he would like to go without fast food during Lent.    *gulp*    Did he say fast food?    That means no quick $5 Little Caesars pizza when I am too exhausted to cook.     *gulp again*     OK, Big Guy, if that is what you think you want to give up.

After school, Little Guy and I went to Barnes and Noble to walk around and pass time until time for Big Guy's carpool.   We found a quiet spot to sit and talk.     I used the time to explain Lent to him.    He had a lot of questions.     I never mentioned what Big Guy was giving up, but he also immediately proclaimed that he would give up Dr. Pepper (his favorite drink) and fast food.    *sigh*  Have I mentioned before that God has a sense of humor?      

My hope is that this sacrifice on their part will make them more aware of the entire Easter season this year.    For me Lent is not about the ritual, but about the reminder of the cross.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

WFW: 40 Days to the Cross

Today is Ash Wednesday and it begins the season referred to as Lent. Because I did not grow up in and am not a part of a church that observes Lent, it wasn't until I was an adult that I became aware of this "season" in some churches.

I have come to appreciate Lent as a very personal experience in my life. January and February have already flown by so quickly. Days are crazy. I don't want the time leading up to Easter to be gobbled up with that same craziness. I believe Lent gives us that extra nudge and reminder to slow down.

Typically during Lent you are asked to give up something as a sacrifice (or a constant reminder) for the 40 days. Someone I love is giving up fast food. Another person is giving up coffee. Still another is giving up all sugar. These are things that mean something to them. Things that they think about everyday. Things that if they give up they will "hurt" without and therefore be reminded of Jesus' sacrifice for us and constantly be reminded of the Easter season.

Me? I am giving up soft drinks. Seems like such a wimpy sacrifice compared to the one that Jesus made for me.

How about you? Have you ever given up anything for Lent? Have you ever made a sacrifice to keep your heart and thoughts focused on the Journey to the Cross?

There are 40 days to the cross... turn your eyes upon Jesus.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Official Loud Mouth

I had lunch yesterday with Dr. Wifey, K Storm and Supermom. I was so excited about getting to see Dr. Wifey again and meeting Supermom. K and I go to church together but we never get to sit down and just chat.

We planned to meet at "Cheddars" for lunch. I didn't even know that restaurant existed. That place was packed. The entire foyer and spilling into the walking area of the dining area. It was crazy. With the exception of the obvious noise level, we enjoyed chatting while waiting for our table. It was just light conversation, but once we got our table?

To quote Emeril... BAM! We kicked it up a notch. I can summarize it in one word: laughter (and lots of it)! We talked about all kinds of things. Kids, work, school, church, growing up, etc... but all of it was punctuated with laughter.

Apparently there was some people behind us who gave us "the look" because of our laughter. I had my back to the rest of the dining room so I didn't see them, but Supermom told me last night through Facebook. So I guess it is official. I am the Loud Mouth of the bloggers.

Oh bother! (I could do it again today!) hee hee

P.S. If you go to "Cheddars", try the carrots. I could eat an entire bowl of those right now. Yummy!

Monday, February 23, 2009


I can't believe Monday is here.    Last week...  what a week.     I think my head exploded but it is still attached to my body.

Yesterday was a wonderful day at church.    My cousin/brother came to church with us and I felt like my heart was going to burst out of my chest with pure joy.     We all went to lunch together and it was so fun spending time with him laughing and talking.      Spending time with him is like getting a hug from God.

It is a new week and it is starting off GREAT.   I get to go meet K Storm, Dr. Wifey and Supermom for lunch!   Yahoo!    I am so excited.   

The thing that boggles my mind?    I was on Facebook this morning and Mayberry pointed out the face that this is the last week of February.    Good grief, Charlie Brown!

Maybe I better start my Christmas shopping before the year flies by and it arrives before I am ready!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

I Saw The Light

When I am cleaning house or driving in my car and I start singing, I always start singing hymns. There is something about hymns.

Bart Millard has two great CD's that is nothing but hymns. Some of them are very traditional and some of them are remixes like this one of "I Saw The Light". Still, they bring back many memories of childhood, church and God's amazing grace.

What God Cannot Do

1.God cannot lie.
2.God cannot change.
3.God cannot recall our sins after we've asked for forgiveness.
4.God cannot be the author of confusion.
5.God cannot leave us or forsake us.
6.God cannot go back on His promises.
7.God cannot revoke His gifts.
8.God cannot be pleased without faith.
9.God cannot be defeated.
10.God cannot be too big for our problems.
11.God cannot be too little for our problems.
12.God cannot prefer one person over another.
13.God cannot break His covenant.
14.God cannot revoke His calling.
15.God cannot be unjust.
16.God cannot do anything contrary to the scriptures.
17.God cannot bless a lie.
18.God cannot love sin.
19.God cannot give anything to a double-minded man.
20.God cannot be forced into an impossible situation.
21.God cannot ignore the praises of His people.
22.God cannot be our problem.
23.God cannot be overcome by the world.
24.God cannot be late.
25.God cannot be neutral.
26.God cannot be weak.
27.God cannot bless doubt.
28.God cannot withhold wisdom from those who ask in faith.
29.God cannot be against us.
30.God cannot be limited or confined.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Tender Hearts

In the last two days I have been reminded what tender hearted boys I am blessed to have. They have always been full of compassion for others and have always been so quick to take care of me anytime that I am not feeling well. However, sometimes they do things that surprise even me.

Big Guy has been dealing with a situation at school. It is going on at lunch. A kid who is driving him crazy. Finding it fun to pick on him, tease him, shove him, etc... Yesterday when I picked him up from school he mentioned that this same kid didn't have any lunch money that day. "Mom, I'm glad I took my lunch because I was able to just share mine with him." I sat there kind of stunned. It never occurred to him not to share his lunch. He saw someone hungry and his heart just wanted to help. It didn't matter what all this person had done to him. I am not sure if I could have done the same thing. I hope so, but I am just not sure.

And then this afternoon after school the boys were outside playing in their favorite tree. They were both climbing and apparently Big Guy was in an awkward position when they started tussling. At some point, Big Guy said, "No.", but Little Guy thought he was still playing and Big Guy wound up falling out of the tree. He scratched his stomach but wasn't really hurt. Little Guy was so upset that he came in with his lip quivering and explained what happened and how upset he was and then he lifted his shirt... he had scratched his stomach too because he felt so bad about hurting his brother. When Big Guy saw what he had done he grabbed him up in a hug and said, "Oh man, you shouldn't have done that. Let's go play." (That is pretty big talk for brothers!)

I don't know what others see when they look at my boys, but when I look at them I see hearts like Jesus.

Send A Red Envelope

"Well, the first thing I'd do as president is, 
is sign the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA). 
That's the first thing that I'd do." -- Barack Hussein Obama

Many of you already know that the above statement was the reason I did not vote for our new president.     Although building a house contains many facets, every house has a foundation.     The basic respect for life at conception is one of the foundations our house is built on.     I believe that is so because God told us in Psalm 139:13, "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb."

That is why I am supporting the "Send A Red Envelope" campaign.    My hope is that the White House will be flooded with 50 million red envelopes - one for each baby that has been aborted before it he or she has had a chance to live - and that this effort will change President Obama's heart.     

Will you consider joining me?

Get a red envelope and send it to:

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500-0001

On the back of the envelope, write the following message:

This envelope represents one child who died in an abortion. 
It is empty because that life was unable to offer anything to the world. 
Responsibility begins with conception.
For more information on:  Obama's reasons for supporting infanticide, Michelle Obama's partial birth abortion fundraising letter, Obama's abortion record, or more visit:

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Look, Carrie!!

I'm on Titanic!!! (I know you are jealous. Ha! Ha! Ha!)

Create your own FACEinHOLE

WFW: Give Thanks

"Give thanks to the Lord!"

Did you know that phrase is repeated 19 times in Scripture? 19 times! I started thinking. When I repeat things over and over and over to my boys, why do I do it? It is because they forget. Is that what God is doing? Do I forget to praise Him? So He is reminding me over and over and over again?

How many miracles did God perform in the Bible? How many miracles and answered prayers has God given you? How many thank yous have you said? How many minutes, much less hours, have you spent praising His name?

The last part of that verse says..

"His love endures forever."

Endures... sticks with, never leaves, holds on, never gives up. That is love so amazing that it can only come from God!

Doesn't God deserve all our thanks and praise today?

Note: I wrote and posted this blog posting several weeks ago. I am sure that God knew then that I would need this reminder for myself. Yesterday was one of those "rug" days. You know... when the rug gets pulled out from under you. I spent a lot of time crying yesterday. I am going to spend some time thanking today despite what is going on in my life.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Building the Pentagon

Big Guy is building a model of the pentagon. Doesn't that sound fun? Amusing's son is building a model of the Great Wall of China. Another friend's son is building a model of some bridge. This is all for math class.

In additional to building a model of the pentagon, Big Guy is also creating an abstract art piece of a bengal tiger. He went through all of my art materials to find random items that he could put together to create this tiger.

This is all in addition to the SAT word project where he has to cut out words from magazines that illustrate the SAT vocabulary words that they are learning each week.

Have I mentioned that I absolutely HATE, HATE, HATE random and sometimes, meaningless projects?

This is definitely going into my "con" column about school when it comes to praying about whether or not to homeschool my boys next year.

Monday, February 16, 2009


Have you ever had to tell someone something that you saw?    Like seeing a really great movie concert?    Or even a bad accident and having to tell the police?      How good a job do you think you do?

I thought I had a pretty good memory until we started playing this game called STARE.    I found the junior version of the game after Christmas on sale so I bought it.     Players have 30 seconds to stare at an image on a card. It might be a movie poster, funny photo, a comic or a work of art.  

When time is up, you are asked questions to test how well you remember what you saw.   How many glasses had straws?   Was the table round or square?    Was the dog looking left or right?  

The game comes with 160 picture cards and we only went through about 25 in our first game.     The boys loved it and hubs and I felt like complete idiots for some of the answers that we couldn't answer!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

I Stand Amazed

This is my absolute favorite hymn. I remember sitting in the rocking chair and singing it to my boys when they were babies every night before bed.

I was thrilled to hear Bart Millard singing it on his latest CD "Hymned Again".

Dear God, I truly stand amazed at your love for me!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Daddy's Love Letter

You may not know me, but I know everything about you. Psalm 139:1

I know when you sit down and when you rise up. Psalm 139:2

I am familiar with all your ways. Psalm 139:3

Even the very hairs on your head are numbered. Matthew 10:29-31

For you were made in my image. Genesis 1:27

In me you live and move and have your being. Acts 17:28

For you are my offspring. Acts 17:28

I knew you even before you were conceived. Jeremiah 1:4-5

I chose you when I planned creation. Ephesians 1:11-12

You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book. Psalm 139:15-16

I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live. Acts 17:26

You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14

I knit you together in your mother's womb. Psalm 139:13

And brought you forth on the day you were born. Psalm 71:6

I have been misrepresented by those who don't know me. John 8:41-44

I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love. 1 John 4:16

And it is my desire to lavish my love on you. 1 John 3:1

Simply because you are my child and I am your Father. 1 John 3:1

I offer you more than your earthly father ever could. Matthew 7:11

For I am the perfect father. Matthew 5:48

Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand. James 1:17

For I am your provider and I meet all your needs. Matthew 6:31-33

My plan for your future has always been filled with hope. Jeremiah 29:11

Because I love you with an everlasting love. Jeremiah 31:3

My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore. Psalms 139:17-18

And I rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17

I will never stop doing good to you. Jeremiah 32:40

For you are my treasured possession. Exodus 19:5

I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul. Jeremiah 32:41

And I want to show you great and marvelous things. Jeremiah 33:3

If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me. Deuteronomy 4:29

Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

For it is I who gave you those desires. Philippians 2:13

I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine. Ephesians 3:20

For I am your greatest encourager. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you. Psalm 34:18

As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart. Isaiah 40:11

One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes. Revelation 21:3-4

And I'll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth. Revelation 21:3-4

I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus. John 17:23

For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed. John 17:26

He is the exact representation of my being. Hebrews 1:3

He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you. Romans 8:31

And to tell you that I am not counting your sins. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19

Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19

His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you. 1 John 4:10

I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love. Romans 8:31-32

If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me. 1 John 2:23

And nothing will ever separate you from my love again. Romans 8:38-39

Come home and I'll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen. Luke 15:7

I have always been Father, and will always be Father. Ephesians 3:14-15

My question is…Will you be my child? John 1:12-13

I am waiting for you. Luke 15:11-32

Love, Your Dad.
Almighty God

Friday, February 13, 2009

Sign The Petition

The final passage of the Stimulus Bill is set for vote TODAY and no one has seen the bill!   The Conservative Underground is for the Bill to be posted on the Internet for 1 week with a summary of all spending.   

Somehow that doesn't seem unreasonable considering the final version of the bill termed The Economic Recovery Package will cost $789 Billion, with interest over $1 Trillion.   

And they want us to pay all this back WITHOUT seeing it.    We have a right to see this!


Foto Friday: Photo Meme

Dr. Wifey tagged me to do this photo meme. I was very curious as to what picture was going to pop up as I was just thinking I need to download photos onto my external hard drive.

This is a picture I took of Big Guy and some of his classmates last year when he was in 5th grade.
(Hubs is in the background.) They were having a Mexican themed party at the conclusion of a study of a book which was based in Mexico.

"Tag!" You are it...


Here are the rules:
1) Go to the 4th folder in your computer where you store pictures.
2) Pick the 4th picture in that folder.
3) Explain the picture.
4) Tag 4 people to do the same.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

My Valentine For You!

I just couldn't resist to tell all of you how much I adore you, 
appreciate you and am so glad
you are a part of my life!
Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Doctor Said...

Yesterday I started having some chest pain. It really hurt to breath, almost like I had been running in the cold, but of course I hadn't been running. You know me better than that! By Tuesday night, my chest pain has spread to my back and arms and I was absolutely miserable. I crawled up onto my couch and just sat at still as possible.

I posted on my Facebook status that it hurt to breath. Several of you left messages, but K Storm called and encouraged me to go and get some help -- immediately. You have probably read on her blog about her sister-in-law's heart attack.

When we hung up, I pulled myself together in case I needed to go to the hospital, but I already had a doctor's appointment for this morning. The last time I had chest pain it was just my gall bladder that needed to be removed and I hated to show up at the E.R. and have them tell me it was something silly like that.

Needless to say, I was miserable and in pain all night and could not wait to see the doctor. After an exam and some x-rays, Dr. Bard told me that it was pleurisy. Pleurisy is swelling of the tissue covering the lungs and the chest wall. He said he had also had it before and knew how painful it was. He gave me a Decadron shot and meds to bring home as well.

So I am piled up on the couch and resting. My chest still hurts like crazy, but at least I am not worrying about the "what is it" factor.

He says with rest and the medicine I should be back to "normal" by Monday. Whatever that is.

WFW: Wait

I know I have said it before, but I will say it again: I have learned more about God since having my two boys than I ever thought possible.

Last year during one of the cold streaks of winter, the boys were wanting to play outside. The sun was shining, but it was bitterly cold. I made a comment that they were just going to have to wait for another day to enjoy the sunshine because it was just too cold.

Big Guy said, "Maybe not."

A few minutes later I walked in and there they were all stretched out in front of our french doors just relaxing and enjoying the sunshine that was streaming in from the windows.

Big Guy looked at me and said, "We may have to wait, but we can still enjoy the sun."

Wow! Back up... Did you hear that? We may have to wait, but we can still enjoy the sun [Son]. Talk about a sermon in a sentence.

Psalm 27:14 says, "Wait for the Lord. Be strong and take heart. Wait for the Lord."

Waiting isn't a favorite thing to do. Waiting rooms. Red lights. Check out lines. Carpool lines. They definitely don't fall into my "favorites" category, but I am trying to look at them in a new light.

I am following my boy's lead and trying to enjoy the "Son" no matter where I am.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Winter Jam

We went the weekend in Birmingham.      Hubs and the boys go to the Winter Jam concert every year and that is where it was being held this year.     They love Toby Mac, NewSong, Tony Nolan, Family Force 5 and so many of the other groups and tickets are only $10 so it is a given that they are going.     We called our long time friends in Atlanta and asked if they wanted to meet us for the weekend.      When they said, "Yes" we knew that it was going to be not just a good weekend, but a GREAT weekend.

I can't tell you how good it felt to see my friend Saturday morning.     When they arrived at the hotel,  we all went to give everyone hugs and Sheri said, "It is just like seeing my sister."    Talk about a warm welcome.

Our friends moved next door to us when Big Guy and Big S were only little guys.      The Little Princess was a toddler.     Not only did our boys become fast friends but so did Sheri and I.    Our doors were never locked and we never even thought about knocking.      Our husbands knew where to look if we weren't home.

We were so sad when Curtis's job moved him to Atlanta, but I am so glad that our friendship has remained strong.

Speaking of husbands, Sheri and I have the best ever.     They took all the kids to the concert which meant she and I got to literally shop until we dropped Saturday night.       We left at 4:30 and didn't come back until after midnight.     I took this picture of them walking through the park on Sunday afternoon carrying our purses (or luggage as the guys called them) and all the water bottles as we chased the kids.     Aren't they the two cutest guys?
On Sunday we asked the kids what they wanted to do and they just wanted to find a park.     We found one and they played for hours.   
When I tried to get Big Guy up for school yesterday morning he said, "Please don't make me open my eyes.   If I open my eyes I will have to admit that the weekend is over and the week is really here."    
Exactly the way I felt too.    We are all counting the days until we see our friends again!

Monday, February 9, 2009


My sister's pediatrician finally gave the all clear for my nieces to be around children.    Big Guy and Little Guy were ecstatic and could not wait to finally hold precious MM and LK.      I took a 1,000 pics while we were there because it was such a special moment for me to see my sweet "baby" boys holding my baby sister's babies.     Here are just a few of my favorites:

Big Guy holding LK.    He was instantly in love.    He couldn't quit looking at whichever girl he had in his arms.

Little Guy wanted to do everything.    He wanted to hold, feed, change diapers, and burp the babies.     Because of his desire to be involved, he was GREAT rewarded... both girls spit-up all over him and MM even pooped all over him!   ha! ha!

Little Guy insisted on taking a pic of me holding LK.     He took this one of me rocking her.    I love her beautiful angel kiss.     The doctor said it will go away so I am glad that I have this picture.

I know that my sister and BIL thought they were kidding, but when Little Guy and Big Guy asked if they could bring the girls home... they weren't kidding!    They have done nothing but talk about the twins since we left them.      They are most definitely SMITTEN!

Blog Browsing

Don't you love finding new blogs? Me too!
Here are a few that I loved off the 2009 Weblog Awards list...

Pioneer Woman Photography

Cake Wrecks

Traveling Mamas

Hear It First

Daily Kos

Computer & Technology:

Cute Overload


One Sentence
22 Words

Simple Mom

If you have found any great new blogs.... SHARE!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Jesus In Schools










Jesus had no servants, yet they called Him Master.
Had no degree, yet they called Him Teacher.
Had no medicines, yet they called Him Healer.
He had no army, yet kings feared Him..
He won no military battles, yet He conquered the world.
He committed no crime, yet they crucified Him.
He was buried in a tomb, yet He lives today.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Foto Friday: Addicted to "Jack"

Some of you bloggers have Twilight... I have "24"!
And Jack doesn't sparkle.

It takes 24 weeks just to watch what Jack Bauer does in a single day.

Jack Bauer once won a game of Connect 4 in 3 moves.

Superman wears Jack Bauer pajamas.

Jack Bauer could get off the Lost island in 24 hours.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Happy Birthday, My Sister Friend

Please go and wish a Happy Birthday to my sweet friend, Shelby!
If I had the money I would be hopping a plane to go hug her neck in person and take her out to lunch.
I have said it before, but it is worth repeating:
I am so glad that distance doesn't determine friendship!
Happy Birthday, Shelby!
(Spoil her ROTTEN Studly.   She SOOOO deserves it.)

First Born Meme

I saw this over on McCoy Musing's blog and couldn't resist. I love remembering my pregnancy with Big Guy. I didn't love being pregnant, but I love the fact that it allowed me to have Big Guy!

So, here goes a different kind of survey for a change - it's all about your first born! If you want to do it yourself, just copy and paste it in your blog for yourself!

Let's see how much you remember!

Right after we got married, a doctor told us that if we didn't get pregnant within the first 2-3 years of our marriage, we would never get pregnant. Hubs and I tried for seven years to get pregnant.

Yes - for seven years

When my Mom was in the hospital having some surgery done, she said that she felt I should get a procedure done to help me possibly get pregnant. It was all I could do not to tell her that I suspected I might already be pregnant. However, after miscarriages I was too scared to say the words.

Never in a million years!


I did a pregnancy test. It turned positive IMMEDIATELY. I couldn't talk. I walked into the living room and fell to my knees in front of Donald crying holding the positive test. I didn't have to say anything. He knew.

Donald, of course!

We found out, but we never had any doubt that it would be a boy. Donald's family mostly has boys. I can count his girl cousins on my right hand... literally.

June 15, 1997

24 hours a day for the first trimester

chocolate milk

People touching my stomach. Mine! Not ours!


No. I never even thought about having a girl.

35 pounds


I knew.

I had a seizure when I was 28 weeks pregnant, but fortunately I had followed my instincts and gone to the hospital because Big Guy had been too still. He was a very active baby and on that day he had been very quiet. I called the hospital and the doctor told me to come and be checked out. As they were unhooking me to go home I had a grand mal seizure. They lost Big Guy's heartbeat for a little while, but since we were at the hospital they were able to get things under control. God was there. Had I been at home that day, we both would have died.

River Oaks Suites

28 hours... tried an epidural, but it wouldn't work because of my seizure meds. So natural birth.

Hubs drove... like a Nascar guy!

Hubs, doctor and nurse. They asked if I wanted a mirror to "see", but I told them that feeling was quite enough!

very natural

wanted it, needed it... definitely advise it!!

7 lb 15 oz

June 2, 1997 at 1:49 p.m.

Todd Austin


A Little Birthday Plaid For...

Happy Birthday To Lizzy!
Wish I was there to keep your sweet girls so you could enjoy some time to go out and get a pedicure, but I hope you will appreciate this plaid birthday shout out!


Hope you go over to Lizzy's blog and join me in wishing her a Happy Birthday.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

WFW: Light

I know there is a book out there that says "Everything I Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten", but I think that is wrong. I really think everything I needed to know I learned in Sunday School. And a lot of it was learned in those little songs we learned in children's church and Bible school.

For example:

This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine
This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine
This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine
Let it shine, Let it shine, Let it shine.

Hide it under a bushel? No! I'm gonna let it shine
Hide it under a bushel? No! I'm gonna let it shine
Hide it under a bushel? No! I'm gonna let it shine
Let it shine, Let it shine, Let it shine.

Don't let Satan blow it out, I'm gonna let it shine
Don't let Satan blow it out, I'm gonna let it shine
Don't let Satan blow it out, I'm gonna let it shine
Let it shine, Let it shine, Let it shine.

It kind of sums it up, doesn't it. We are Christians and we are called to be a light. Let it shine! If we have Christ in our hearts He is going to shine through. In our words, our actions, our thoughts... every day.

When I was a little girl we used to sing this song and I used to think that hiding it under a bushel meant a bush. We would hold up our finger to be our light and then cover our finger with the other hand to say "cover it with a bushel". However, when I got older I started singing the song "I love you a bushel and a peck" to my little boy and he wanted to know what a bushel was and I looked it up. A bushel is equal to 4 pecks or 35 liters.

So basically what that song is saying is, "Don't bury your light!" Step out of your comfort zone. Don't bury it. Don't let Satan blow it out. Shine, Jesus, Shine! In spite of me. Shine!

One of the great things about light is that it doesn't take a lot of light to make a huge impact. Don't believe me? You obviously have never played sardines in your church during a youth lock-in. This was a favorite for my youth group and I growing up. It is a reverse version of hide and seek. One person hides and then people go looking. As you find them you hide with them. The key? The entire church is dark. You have a flashlight, but you don't want to use it or you will reveal your position in the game. You wouldn't believe the creative tiny light sources people would bring to play this game. You needed light to move, but even the tiniest light would reveal where you were moving. I was always amazed how we could be standing in a dark hallway and one tiny key chain light could brighten the entire pathway.

Imagine what our lights as Christians can do for this dark world?

God, use my light! Let it grow brighter and brighter for you! (And Satan, take a hike!)

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Our Favorite Valentine Books

You already know that I am a book addict. To further show you how bad my addiction is, I will tell you that I have containers divided into holidays where I store my children's books. There are Valentine's, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc.... boxes. When each holiday is approaching I pull out the boxes so we can read the holiday books. I thought I would share some of our favorite books from our Valentine box.

Robin Hill School: Too Many Valentines

Mr. Louie is Screwy
(My Boys LOVE this "Weird School" series.
In this one he puts a love potion in the water fountain.)
Froggy's First Kiss

I Love You, Stinky Face
I can't tell you how many times I have read this book.
It was Little Guy's FAVORITE book.

Love You Forever
I cry every time I read this book. I admit it. Big Guy loved this book
and still says "Love you forever." when he leaves the house. *sniff*

The Night Before Valentine's Day

Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink

The Valentine Bears
Mr. and Mrs. Bear always missed Valentine's Day because they were hibernating.
But this year they share a wonderful surprise.

In Case You Ever Wonder (By far one of my FAVORITES!)
Here's everything you'd like to say to your children about how much you love them and most of all how special they are to God. Just In Case You Ever Wonder wraps your children in its warm message of love, comfort, and protection.

Even though Valentine's Day is a special holiday that celebrates love,
God's love is something we can celebrate all year long.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Make 3D Glasses

My boys love the show "Chuck". Tonight they are having a 3D episode, but we didn't have any 3D glasses.

You know what this spells?.... OPPORTUNITY!

The boys thought it was more than cool when I told them that we could make our own 3D glasses.

Supplies You Need:
an old pair of sunglasses
transparency paper
1 blue Sharpie marker
1 red Sharpie marker

Pop the lens out of the sunglasses and trace around the lens to make new ones out of transparency paper. If you are like my boys and wear glasses, use your existing glasses and trace around the lenses to make transparency lenses (just DON'T pop out the lenses - Ha!). Color one transparency "lens" red and one blue.

Be sure to put the blue lens on the left eye and the red lens on the right eye. (It makes a difference.)

Wasn't that easy?

Ideas for Valentines Day

Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Start now and you can show those in your life how much you love them!

For Your Kids
Buy a box of children's valentines and write a sweet nothing on each one. Every day, hide one in a special place that you know your love will find.

Decorate their rooms while they are sleeping with balloons and/or hearts so they are surprised when they wake up.

Fill helium balloons with love notes. When the balloons stop floating, it is fun to pop to get the note inside.

Could it be any cuter than these simple X's and O's cupcakes?

Personalized Stickers to put on your kid's valentines.

For The Kid's Friends

Candy Cane Hearts

Attach a heart shaped cookie cutter to homem
ade playdough!

iPod Valentine - Ours will not be pink, of course!

For Your Friends

Free Printable Teabag Wrapper and Tea TagsPhilosophy Lip Trio
Great treat for nieces, sisters or great BFF's!
Candy hearts contains 3 mouth-watering flavored lip shines
with sweet-nothings written right on the tubes.

Friendship Favor Boxes - Wouldn't these be wonderful with a little petit for inside?
Especially from The Village Confections!

For Your Husband

Since Valentine's Day is on Saturday, you can make breakfast in bed!
Go out for a long romantic drive
When I went looking for love songs that expressed how I feel about my husband, I didn't have to go far. I wanted something that says: "We Belong Together", "I Will Be Here", "I'll Be the Only One", and "With Every Little Kiss I'm More In Love With You!". God created Steven Curtis Chapman to write songs that say exactly how I feel about my hubs... it is All About Love!
Speaking of romantic? Rekindle romance with Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong CD for Lovers from iTunes.
Leave a small gift hidden in some corner of home with clues to its where about.
Go Dancing together.
Write a sincere, wonderful love letter.
Give him a nice massage.
Take a long walk holding each other's hands

Send your cards to Romeo and Juliette − Romeo, MI, and Juliette, GA, that is. Cards sent to Romeo, MI, will receive a special Romeo and Juliet postmark. Place each card in a larger envelope with your return address and proper postage. Address the envelope with the card that needs a Romeo postmark to: Postmaster, Romeo MI Valentine Remailing, Romeo, MI, 48065. Address the envelope with the card that needs a Juliette postmark to: Postmaster, Juliette GA Valentine Remailing, Juliette GA 31046. The deadline for receiving cards in Romeo and Juliette is usually one week before Valentine’s Day. If you are running out of time, consider sending the larger envelope priority mail to get it there faster.