Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Me and My Little Sister Paige!
So it is New Years Eve and we have no plans as usual and we LOVE it that way... We are always so hurried during Christmas, New Years we use for a time of quiet and rest... We will be taking the boys to church for a youth Beach Party to ring in the New Year but then we will have to head out at 1:00 am to pick them up. I am not one to really pick a list of New Year resolutions but if I had to pick for 2009 they would be:
1. Do more for My Heavenly Father
2. Live life for the moment
3. Worry less and put my trust in Him not man
4. spend more time with my family
5. Be a better wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend
6. Give More, take less
7. Slow Down
8. Don't sweat the small stuff (like right now my little princess pushing the buttons on the keyboard as I type) hee hee
9. Sell My House!!!
10. And of course become more Healthy!!! (which is always on my list) hee hee
What are some of your resolution for 2009? Now that I am blogging it will be great to look back on December 31, 2009 and see how many I accomplished. Maybe I should post these on the mirror to remind me daily.
Happy New Year Everyone!!!!
Monday, December 29, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
The Boys Checking out their new air soft Guns!
Arden Loving her Giant Hershey Kiss!!
Later Christmas Day we went over to my parents house to celebrate with my extended family. (Ben and David had to stay behind at home Ben was sick, boy did that stink!) This picture is of my middle son Roger and his three cousins. I have 3 sisters and we were all pregnant at the same time and each of them are 3 weeks apart. What a good looking crew!!
My dad singing Christmas Carols with the everyone!!
Just had to take a picture of the whole crew packed into my parents living room. Now that is a bunch of people....26 to be exact and 16 of them kids.. Yikes...
My dad reading the Christmas Story before the presents were opened! This is my favorite time of the day! Yes he is holding a flash light.... I guess the older you get the more your eyes play tricks on you, right????
Guess what MawMaw and PawPaw got Arden for Christmas... Dress Up!!!
Monday, December 22, 2008
Then mix together with the melted butterscotch morsels the peanuts and chow mein noodles until all is coated. Then spoon out desired amount onto a sheet of wax paper until all of mixture is gone.
Let sit until sets up and then grab a cup of Milk and Enjoy!!!
Arden sure does enjoy this Christmas treat!!! Yummy!!! Such a yummy treat and so easy to make!
Merry Christmas Everyone!!!!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
My sister and her family made it in and we are just so excited to see everyone! It is so funny whenever they are in town the kids every night pick different places to stay the night. You can see them all huddled up trying to determine who is going where as the adults are getting things together to leave. It is funny I guess now that they are here "the games have begun!!!"
Monday, December 15, 2008
list this year because he will be so disappointed!!
The Boys before we went into the "Man Haven"
One of my sister, my mom & dad and some of the crew!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
That would be a HUGE tub of cookie dough! Last week I made it to Costco to buy somethings and picked up one of their large tubs of cookie dough to have on hand for Christmas. Apparently, the week prior my boys had showed Arden the goodness of cookie dough. This wasn't the first time I caught her in the act but I guess this time she had a partner in crime! I guess I should be a little proud of my little princess, at least she pulled out spoons for everyone instead of using her fingers. What I found even more comical was the cookie dough was 1/2 gone??? I had not baked a single cookie and the dough was 1/2 gone? Humm??? Looks like I have some little cookie monsters around here...
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Last night we were eating at the dinner table and the subject came up. When my wonderful husband tried to cheer me up and comfort my mistake I acted like a true brat would and rolled my eyes. (yikes who was that person) Well I am sure you know where this is going.... So David dismissed himself from the table and there was this awkward silence between my kids and I. Finally, one of my children spoke ever so gentle and said "Mom, I don't mean to be disrespectful but.... I know it was an expensive necklace and all but it was only a thing and things can be replaced but how we treat each other is more important and besides you will have lots of diamonds in heaven."
As I picked my heart back up from falling into my tail!!!!! Yes my tail!!!! That is what I felt like! Here I was suppose to be the one setting a good example for my kids and he was teaching me what I should have been doing. This was just a piece of jewelry not a life!!! There are people who are hurting around me and I was pouting about something with so little value. How shameful I was but also so very touched at my son's words. As much as I would love to take all the credit for raising such wonderful young men and princess, I know that it is Jesus who lives in their hearts and has guided my children into who they have become. Wow!!! Can you just say that I was on my knees last night getting my priorities in check and it took me losing my diamonds to do it. It was funny the whole time I was searching the house my cell phone kept ringing and I recently added that song by Mercy Me "Bring the Rain" as my ring tone. I remember thinking as the song played "Bring me joy bring me pain... bring me anything that will bring you glory" what?? this now???? God uses the most simplest (or shiniest) things to get our attention... I am so thankful it was only rocks He used! I what a merciful God we have.
Lea at over at the Shabby Old Potting Shed tagged me today for this Christmas meme!
This is My First Tag!!! I am so excited!!! For those who I tagged you must copy the question and answer them on your blog and tag 5 others!!! Yah!!! Fun!!!! Christmas!!!!
1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?
For sure Hot Chocolate!!! Yummy Chocolate!!!
2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
Santa wraps and put them under the tree
3. Colored light on house/tree or white?
White with my white tree
4. Do you hang mistletoe?
No I get all the kisses I want without mistletoe! (lucky girl)
5. When do you put your decorations up?
The day after Thanksgiving! I am normally chomping at the bit I LOVE CHRISTMAS!!
6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?
Stuffing and Mash potatoes I am so a carb girl
7. Favorite holiday memory as a child?
Christmas Eve spending time with all of my aunts, uncles, grandparents!! We would go to my grandparents house and celebrate together.
8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
What truth?? He is so real!
9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
We open one gift on Christmas Eve and then the rest on Christmas Day
10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree?
I have a kiddy tree! Mainly things the kids would like and things they have made
11. Snow. Love it or dread it?
Love it!!!! Bring on the snow!!!
12. Can you ice skate?
Your kidding right?? No way, gravity is not a friend of mine.
13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
Yes, One year I wanted a horse for Christmas and I just knew it was to much money for my parents (there were 4 girls and we were a single income family) so I asked for horse tack, brushes, saddle pad, hoof pick and tack box. I told them one day I would have one and I could be ready. Well Christmas morning came and as we all were opening our presents I had only one to open. When I tore the paper back and saw exactly what I wished for "horse tack" I was a little disappointed at myself for asking for something so silly. Well as I began to take the things out of the box there was a cute jersey shirt at the bottom and it had written on the front of it "I love my Horse". Hmmm, I thought I do not have a horse???? Well my parents told me to turn it around and on the back was the letters HOLLY! They had bought me a beautiful White Quarter Horse named Holly! I was the luckiest girl in the world!
14. What is the most important think about the holidays for you?
15. What is your favorite holiday dessert?
Butterscotch Haystacks!!! Yummy!!!
16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
Well most folks decorate their houses with tacky lights and my parents decorate by having all the grandchildren (16 of them) do a live Nativity at their home. What makes this so great there is a house 2 doors down that is on the local "tacky tour" so their is so much traffic that comes through limos, buses and tons of cars! I love that it shows other the real meaning of Christmas but most of all it lets my children let their light shine and it means the world to my parents!!
17. What tops your Christmas tree?
18. Which do you prefer giving or receiving?
19. What is your favorite Christmas song?
O Holy Night, Joseph's Lullaby
20. Candy Canes. Yum or Yuck?
21. What do you want for Christmas?
Joy, love and happiness!!
22. Do you attend an annual Christmas party.
23. Do you dress up for Christmas Eve or wear PJ's?
dress up we go to Christmas Eve Service
24. Do you own a Santa hat?
25. Who do you normally spend Christmas with?
Now it my turn to tag 5 people! Merry Christmas!!!
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The Miracle of Adoption
The Journey to Anne Marie
The Next Five Minutes
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Sunday, December 7, 2008
The show started at 10 o'clock and we had a few minutes to spare so we sat and began to give our guess on how the day was gonna go. As we sat there God began dealing with my heart. Yep in the midst of the craziness God was talking to me! God was telling me it was not about ME and not what I can get but what I can give. You see it all started to come clear for me. I had not done a single craft show all year (except one that my sister dragged me along and it was a vendor show) long and why I picked this one which I knew nothing about???? Well it wasn't by chance, God had a purpose for Ben and I that day and it didn't involve selling hair bows. I began to share with Ben what God had showed me sitting in that nursing home. He smiled and said that's right mom and we waited patiently to see what God had in store for us this day.
I thought that I should probably give Ben a little heads up what goes on in a home of this sort and I even explained to him that he would be the "hit" of the day because is young. He kind of smiled and his wheels began turning taking in all that I had said. Now this is a 13 year old boy, on a Saturday sitting with his mom to sell hair bows in a nursing home. That is miracle in itself don't you think? Not even 10 minutes had gone by and this sweetest little lady dressed in pink from head to toe was pushing her walker toward our table. I cheerfully said "Good Morning" and she replied "what in the world is going on here?" I tried to explain to her what was going on and she look very concerned. As she was scanning the room to try to figure out who we all were her eyes met Ben and the biggest grin overcame her face.
She looked at him and said in a loud sweet voice " I know who you are."
Ben said "you do???"
"Yes I do"she said "you are a child of the King."
( Well hello God!!! Is this the Divine appointment we had for today. Yep I am thinking so!!)
She began a long conversation with my son that made my heart sing. She was the sweetest little lady I had ever met and she loved my Ben. She went on to tell him that he was chosen by God because of his special heart. She told him to never leave Him because He will never forsake you. As this woman was speaking to my son he had the most wonderful smile on his face and after she was done she reached over to give him a hug. Ben gave her the biggest hug back and told her Merry Christmas. It was the sweetest sight I had ever seen.... This is how our lives are suppose to go. It isn't about Me! I don't know the story on that sweet woman but she touched Ben's life and mine in away that we will never forget. We didn't make a ton of money that day selling hair bows but we got to see the face of God in that sweet little old lady. As we sat a watched the daily life of these men and women it became very clear why God ask us to look after the Orphans and Widows. They have a strong connection to one another and I saw what that was yesterday. Watching as they wandered the hall in their walkers and wheelchairs it was just like the pictures I have seen of the orphanages in China where the little ones were wondering around in their walkers. God has opened our eyes and hearts to what we need to do as believers and he used a Craft Show to do it! Oh how we have work to do on this earth.......