Wednesday, February 29, 2012


I cooked dinner, did laundry, helped kids with homework, packed two boxes, and made a short post all since 4:15pm. It feels great. It's 8:45pm and now I'm off to bed. It's exhausting accomplishing things. :-)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Somethings Always Happening

FYI...This will not be a short post. One of these days you may find a short post on my blog but I can't start today. Sorry.

God has so brilliantly ochestrated every part of my life and the lives of those that live with me. Why? Why do I act shocked when God puts things in place as only He can. You'd think I'd be used to it by now but I'm not. I'm honored and maybe a bit embarrased that He ochestrates things for me and He speaks to me. It's not that I don't LOVE it but I am so unworthy.

Almost a year ago we decided to put our house on the market. Lots of different reasons for this decision but the biggest reason was to be closer so our kids could be involved in extra activities without it being a huge burden to our family. I know, why on earth would you decide to do this with the economy the way it is? Go ahead. I know that's what you're thinking. Well, what the heck. Let's just try it. We'll see what happens. So, our house has been on the market for several months but in the last 4 months God has brought us to a place of utter disgust. It was disgust with ourselves. It was disgust with our debt. We'd heard all the great reasons to become debt free. We knew it was what God desired for us but it wasn't until 4 months ago that we sat down in pure disgust and said, "Look, we've been talking about this for a long time now. Either commit to it or life a life chained by debt." It has taken work. It has taken self control. And it has taken a bit of sacrificing. But we're doing it. We are committed to seeing this to the end. We've been using the envelope system since November now. We haven't used a credit card and are hold to a budget. And really in the grand scheme aren't really doing without. Instead, we are gaining so much. Time at home together, more dinners sitting together at our table, a sense of freedom just to name a few.

In all this God brought us to a place where we wanted to move because the ability to payoff debt would be even greater and would move even faster. So, now that we're here, now that we have arrived at this place, God sold our house. Yep, even in this horrible economy. We're excited. We're moving forward. We'll be adjusting from the housing we're used to but He even worked that out. We're moving to a house we already love and we already own. It's our first "grown up house" as my sweet hubby calls it.

It's amazing to see how God has orchestrated every part of it. And I'm just skimming the surface. If you ever want to sit For a few hours I could share every amazing detail. In the mean time...I've got boxes to pack and some purging to do.

May God lead you to a place of courage to follow Him and His plan whatever it takes.

One more thing...God spoke to me thru his word this last week, the day before He sold our house. He said, "And I will send down showers, showers of blessings that come right when you need them." Thanks God! You never cease to amaze me.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


Monday the family and I did a little shopping after work. Daddy took the little diva off to a part of the store with him while I took the others. I received a call on my cell. It was the man of the house insisting I come where he was immediately. When I got there the little diva was standing in a rather awkward position and immediately started crying when she saw me. An accident!!! Grrr!!! So, daddy took care of the floor and I took her to the car. "Why are you crying?" I asked. "Because I was afraid you would freak out," was her reply.

Today, in science lab the teacher was discussing endangered species. She told the class that buffalo are becoming endangered. Little man raised his hand and asked,"How will we eat buffalo wings if they're gone?"

Never a dull moment.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

My Valentine

A day late. These are my thoughts from yesterday as I was too exhausted after party day to record them. I could have gone to bed at 6:00 last night had the others in my house have allowed it.

Yesterday was Valentine's Day. I love Valentine's Day. Not because of all the commercial issues. But I love the chance to reflect on those I love the most. We don't do big things for Valentine's Day. We don't usually exchange gifts. In fact, we don't send our kids Valentine's balloons or stuffed animals to school. However, we do have a special dinner together. So, this year we had our special dinner a day early because it was just easier that way. Our dinner consisted of heart shaped pizzas, koolaid in wine glasses, diet dr pepper cake, fine china, and candles all over the table. We had a great time. But my big thought for Valentine's Day came the following day while driving in town to school. I looked out and saw fields covered in snow. The snow was like a cleansing for the earth and made things beautiful. That's when it hit me. That's what my God does for me. And on Valentine's Day of all I reflected on the fact that I have the greatest valentine ever. He gave the ultimate sacrifice for me because He loves me that much.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16

Monday, February 13, 2012

Things That Make Me Happy All In One Day

Things that make me happy, and that's just today. Here goes:
•waking to a text at 5:45am that says no school due to inclement weather
•falling back to sleep until 7:00am
•waking to the little diva saying, "Mommy, there's snow outside. It's real. I promise. Can we go outside to play
•making donuts for my lovelies on a day spent together at home
•watching my kiddos sled down the back hill together and hearing them roar with laughter
•snuggling by the fire to warm up after playtime in the snow
•playing Life with my Big Girl even though I smoked her. Sorry sis. I'm a little competetive.
•baking and icing 4 1/2 dozen heart cookies for Valentine's parties tomorrow
•watching my kids play together for hours and mostly getting along the whole time
•making heart shaped personal pizzas for those I love most
•eating dinner by candlelight and listening to the kids excitement
•koolaid in wine glasses and pizza on china
•Diet Dr Pepper cake with chocolate glaze. Mmmmm! Delicious and low calorie, too.
•the cutest dog ever showing up at our house. Shhh! Don't tell anyone I like him. I'm pretending that I don't. That way no one can blame me when he is a nuisance. BTW...the kids have already named him Playdough and daddy already took a nap with him on the couch.
•kids sound asleep in bed. They look like angels when they're sleeping.
•quiet time in a hot bath in absolute silence
...and that's just today. I have so much to be thankful for. God has blessed me tremendously. Thank you Father.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Dating My Husband

So, I got a text on Wednesday afternoon. It said, "I have a sitter for Saturday if you want to go out to dinner and a movie." Seriously?!?! What kind of question is that? A night with my husband? Absolutely! So, Saturday afternoon came. We packed the kids up and sent them to Grandma and Grandpa's. As for us...we stayed home. That's right. Just the two of us at home all night in the quite of our home. A quite home around here is weird and somewhat awkward. Of course, we missed our kids. But it was a time of relaxation and refreshment. He made a nice dinner. I made dessert, and we enjoyed a movie together. We woke up this morning and went to church. Just so happens that the sermon was on submiting to your spouse and loving them. "Submit to one another out of reverance for Christ." Ephesians 5:21 Ok, allow me to brag for just a moment. The sermon was great. I took alot from it. But that man of mine...he makes it easy to submit and love him. He's the greatest man on earth. I know what you're thinking...nope mine is the best. Well, sorry ladies. I hate to break it to you, but he's a rare jewel. And he only gets better every year. I love that man! I hope God blesses your marriage and you are as happy in yours as I in mine. It's not always a walk in the park, but as long as it is a walk with God in the center there's nothing that can tear us apart.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Time Out

The little diva was telling me tonight all about what she's been learning at the sitter this week. In our discussion she told me that Jonah went to time out for 3 hours in the belly of a whale. To a little one 3 hours could very well feel like 3 days. So, she wasn't to far off. Then, I asked why Jonah went to time out in the whale. "Because he was runned from," she replied. I asked, "Should we run from God?" "No mommy. But one time we went on the boat with grandpa." So I asked, "Were we running from God?" Sigh, rolling of eyes, and look on her face like good grief mom don't you know anything. She says, "We were on a motor boat and we weren't going to Ninevah."