Saturday, May 31, 2008

So I am...

You are Elinor Dashwood of Sense & Sensibility! You are practical, circumspect, and discreet. Though you are tremendously sensible and allow your head to rule, you have a deep, emotional side that few people often see.

I am Elinor Dashwood!

Take the Quiz here!

Let me know who you are!!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Thank goodness Julie tagged me for this because I have absolutely nothing to talk about these days...

Four jobs I’ve had:
1. Staples (2 different ones)
2. Wee Learner's Preschool
3. Ran my own day care (in home)
4. Avon

Four movies I’ve watched more than once: (I could name way more than 4)
1. 50 First Dates
2. Ms. Congeniality
3. While You Were Sleeping
4. Night at the Museum

Four places I’ve lived:
1. Phoenix, AZ
2. Goodyear, AZ

Four TV shows I watch:
1. CSI original, NY & Miami
2. American Idol
3. House
4. ER

Four places I’ve been:
1. California
2. South Dakota (as far as I've been)
3. Nebraska
4. Oklahoma

Four people who email me regularly:

1. My Mom

2. Jeff

3. Julie

4. Tina

Four of my favorite foods:
1. Anything Mexican
2. Orange chicken and rice
3. Spaghetti
4. Pizza

Four places I would love to visit:
1. Indonesia
2. Chicago
3. Hawaii
4. New York

Four things I’m looking forward to in the coming year:
1. Vacation with the family
2. Going on the GO trip with the youth
3. God's continued blessing in our lives
4. Watching my kids turn 1, 4 and 7!

Four friends I’m tagging:

  1. Sherry
  2. Jodi
  3. Kelley
  4. Vicki

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Life's about to get busy

We have lots of fun stuff coming up soon...

I'm planning a shower for my friend Julie on the 30th. She is adopting two little ones from Ethiopia. God is truly doing amazing things through her and her family this year! I'm so proud of her and I can't wait to meet these two beautiful children!

We're also planning Jake's first birthday party for May 31st. It's not going to be anything big, just cake and ice cream and maybe a few munchies. He's too young to remember it all anyway.

Then Josh's last day of school is the 4th. He's pretty excited about that!

We leave for the GO missions trip at our church on the 7th and return the 14th. It will be lots of fun and I can't wait to see how God works in all of our lives while we're gone. It's been an amazing journey as we prepare each week. I can only imagine what the actual trip will hold!

Jacob will be having tubes put in on the 19th. I'm nervous but we did it with Seth already so it shouldn't be too scary for me. It's such a quick operation and I know it will help so much. He's already had six ear infections since January. Poor thing.

Then on the 19th we have a wedding to attend for a sweet couple at church.

Anyway, it looks like it's going to be a full calendar. I bet it's all going to fly by as time seems to do these days. I will try and get pictures for each event and share them with you all :o)

Monday, May 12, 2008

First Little Shiner

In my world I have come to realize that boys play hard and that means they're gonna have bumps and bruises along the way! Well, Jake got his first little shiner a couple of weeks ago. I thought I would share a couple of pictures with all of you...

Can you see it there below his left eye?

I guess maybe it's a little hard to tell in the pictures...
As you can see he also loves sticking his tongue out every time I take his picture. It's something he's just started in the last couple of weeks. He also does it when he's acting shy or a bit nervous about his surroundings. So silly!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day

I just have to start out by saying how thankful I am to have my Mom in my life this year more than ever before. It's hard when you find out someone special in your life is sick, especially when they are touched with cancer. My Mom is so special and has not once thrown in the towel or considered giving in when times got tough. During this trial in her life I have seen her grow so much. I am so proud of her! What a wonderful example of Christ living through her. I know she wouldn't be the woman she is today without her faith in the Lord!

I also know she wouldn't be the woman and mother she is today if she didn't have the influence of her Mother. What another great example of a Christian woman. My Grandma has such a kind and gentle spirit. She can find the good in anyone or anything.

I'm am so blessed to be touched by both of these incredible women. I love them and appreciate them more than I could ever say. Life just wouldn't be the same without them!

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

That was random...

We hear this saying a lot working with the High School students at church. They say it all the time! Speaking of High School... Jeff and I attended a leaders meeting on Sunday night and were presented with "Leaders of the month!" Darius and Nicole said some awesome things about Jeff and I that made us feel great. Then he presented us with the award and a gift card to Chili's. It's so awesome to work with those students each week in our home and at church. They are such a blessing in our lives and we thank the Lord for giving us this opportunity!

The other night I had to laugh as I overheard Jeff walk into the boy's room and say "Just FYI guys, tomorrow we're going to do such and such." The boys said "What's an FYI?" Later I asked him if maybe he had been spending too much time at work :o)

Today my Mom is working on something really cool that I will eventually be able to talk about. Until then, I'm praying that she has the courage to get through it! I love you Mom!!

My friend Julie's dog died last week and I'm so glad I was able to go with her to the vet. I can't imagine if she had to do it alone. Poor thing was so upset and I think the last three weeks or so had just caught up with her. Love you Julie and I'm sorry you had to go through that!

My friend Patti is so great! She is always helping out when I need her... watching the kids and helping pick up Josh from school. I was telling my Mom just yesterday that she is actually like a big sister to me sometimes. I never thought I really needed one until she came along. I'm so thankful that God brought us together!!

I miss my sister in law, Tina so much. I've really been struggling lately with her being gone. I'm not sure why it's not getting easier. She's doing what God has called her to do and I'm so proud of her. What an awesome example of following God's will in your life!!

I'm so thankful that my sister is up and walking again. It's been great to see her so encouraged lately. God truly blessed me when He placed her in my life!

So it really was random but I got some things out of my head and off my heart. Thanks for listening!!

Friday, May 02, 2008

Stepping Stones of Life

On Wednesday night my Mom has a women's home team in her home. The women are ranging in ages from 25 to 50. We all come from different backgrounds, races, and marital status. We do however share a special bond, we all have a relationship with Jesus Christ and that unites us!

This past Wednesday night we talked about the stepping stones of life. My Mom had gotten a basket full of small stones and asked us each to write significant milestones in our lives along with the dates. It was such an awesome time of sharing and growing together as a group! I'm so blessed to have each of these women in my life!

I wanted to share with you some of the milestones, good or bad, that have helped shape me to be the woman I am today...

1981 ~ Born to the best parents ever
1982 ~ Became a big sister
1986 ~ Accepted Christ as my Savior
1987 ~ Baptized on my 6th birthday by my Grandpa
1983 ~ Started Jr. High... very rough time
1997 ~ Got my first job
1998 ~ Attempted rape by my cousin
1999 ~ Graduated High School
2000 ~ Became an aunt for the 1st time
2000 ~ Married Jeff and gained a wonderful sister in law, Tina
2001 ~ Jeff has a seizure while I was 5 months pregnant w/ Josh
2001 ~ Mother in law Peggie finds breast cancer
2001 ~ Auntie again... #2
2001 ~ Josh was born
2001 ~ Got counseling and fought back!
2001 ~ Met my friend Julie
2003 ~ Auntie again... #3
2004 ~ Seth was born
2004 ~ Auntie again... #4
2004 ~ My sister got sick, left home and we didn't contact us for 5 months
2004 ~ MIL, Peggie has emergency brain surgery to remove tumor
2007 ~ My BIL and SIL leave for South East Asia... hard to say goodbye!
2007 ~ Jacob was born
2007 ~ My Mom found breast cancer
2007 ~ Moved positions in my church preschool area
2007 ~ My MIL passed away
2008 ~ Step down from preschool at church and start working with High School

Sorry it turned out to be so long but I wanted to share my heart. Thanks for taking time to read and listen to my story!

Thursday, May 01, 2008

It's Shaping Up... *Updated*

To be a crazy day! Josh woke up and pretty much starting "tossing his cookies" right away. Then as I was trying to get him to the bathroom Jacob crawled through it. I got Josh started in the shower so he could get cleaned up and grabbed Jake for the bathtub. I removed his diaper and set him on my leg not realizing he had pooped in his diaper. So I had to run get wipes for that while still holding him at arms length to keep from getting smeared any more!

And that was all before 8 this morning...

Oh the joys of motherhood, it's a beautiful thing I tell ya!

* * Updated * *

Just keeping everyone informed because I know you all want to know how my day is going :o)
Josh has "tossed his cookies" 7 more times. Jacob had another poopy diaper... of the explosive nature! Seth slipped in Josh's "cookies" that I didn't know about and is now in the tub. I finally got a shower with about 2 minutes of peace and quiet... Hallelujah!