"Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it."

Isaiah 30:21

Friday, February 26, 2010

Creations

Emmitt is really into coloring and drawing lately.


Do you want to see some of his pretty creations???









I am in love with this man.
Don't tell my husband.




Pistol.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Thirty-One

Isn't this totally adorable??
This is a thermal picnic tote from a unique home-party company called "Thirty-One" based on the Proverbs 31 woman. Isn't that awesome?? They have some really adorable stuff.

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I am in love with their black & white polka-dotted tote!!! Oh me oh my.

You also have a chance to win this thermal tote!
Go to the button on my right sidebar that says "I Love Heart Cries" (which is one touching blog if I do say so myself) for a chance to win!
Giveaway ends tomorrow, so hurry!
(I wish this consultant lived in MI!! I'd love to host one of these parties!)

The Lord is my Pace Setter

The Lord is my Pace Setter . . . I shall not rush.

He makes me stop for quiet intervals. He provides me with images of stillness which restore my serenity. He leads me in the way of efficiency through calmness of mind and His guidance is peace.

Even though I have a great many things to accomplish each day, I will not fret, for His presence is here. His timelessness, His all importance, will keep me in balance. He prepares refreshment and renewal in the midst of my activity by anointing my mind with His oils of tranquility. My cup of joyous energy overflows.

Truly harmony and effectiveness shall be the fruits of my hours; for I shall walk in the Pace of my Lord and dwell in His house forever.


A Version of the Twenty-Third Psalm from Japan (Quoted in Mother Teresa, Life in the Spirit (San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1983), 76-7.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

I'm Gonna Miss This

A blog that I read and love, and who is quickly becoming one of my 'blogger friends', does something on her blog each week called "You're Gonna Miss This."

I love it.

I love the idea and what it makes me think about. All the little, every-day stuff that normally passes me by without a second thought....now I stop and think about it.

And I take pictures of it too.

So here's something I'm gonna miss......

...my sweet kids' footprints in the snow, walking out to the bus.

Yeah, I'm gonna miss this.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

I AM the Mom

A good friend of mine emailed the following to me this morning.....it was exactly what I needed to read! I thought it was great and wanted to share it :)


I am the MOM

I am the MOM

So. Yeah. Today's post isn't for my mommy friends who don't struggle. I love you. I applaud you. I heart you mucho. But I can't join your club.

I wish I could. But my reality disqualifies me.

I find being a mommy the most stretching thing I've ever done. I carry with me evidence of this stretching. Marks on my body. Marks on my heart. It's thrilling. Heartbreaking. Sweet. Exciting. Disillusioning. And incredibly unpredictable.

Just when I think I've figured a few things out and I'm about to shine my mommy halo, something happens. Something loud and tearful and frustratingly difficult. And I find myself knee deep in drama wondering if I will survive this season of 4 teens and one pre-teen.

It makes me laugh when I think back to being pregnant with my first child nearly seventeen years ago. I was convinced I would die in the child birthing process. I even set up a special meeting with my doctor to go over exactly what happens in the birthing process and tearfully gave him all the reasons I was convinced I would not survive this process.

What in the world?

I so wish I could go stand in front of my little, um huge, pregnant self and say this:
"Honey, you will not perish giving birth. This part of motherhood will seem like a walk in the park in just a few years. You will not only survive giving birth but you are about to spend the next twenty years having your tiny little brain and your tiny little heart experience more highs and lows than you can shake a stick at. Just remember one thing... You are the Mom. That's right you da' mama. Repeat after me... I am the Mama. I am the Mama. I am the Mama! Don't ever forget that."

Yes, I would tell my little huge pregnant self that because it's easy to forget sometimes who's really in charge. My kids want to be in charge. And while they certainly have the strong wills and wonders of leadership... it's immature leadership. Leadership that needs to be shaped and molded and corrected and reigned in.

1 Corinthians 4:20 says, "For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power."

This reminds me I am not left to my own pitiful attempts at this daunting task but because of Jesus I have power. Real power. Not just theories and words given by human parenting experts whose advice may or may not work. I have power to rise up and be da' mama.

The mom my strong willed, delightful, amazingly capable, beautifully adventurous, wildly wonderful, and uniquely special kids need. I have been perfectly designed, shaped, molded and assigned these children because I have what it takes to be their mom. I have what it takes to be the mom!

You have what it takes to be the mom! Now, be the mom!

Not sure who else needed this little pep rally this morning. But I sure did. Now I must go seek out the mouse that has been rattling my trash and taunting me the whole time I was writing this post. Poor little mouse who thought I'd be all screams and squeals and just let him pick through my trash. He's about to face an empowered me.

I AM THE MOM!

Love that. ________________________________________________________________

Monday, February 15, 2010

Spirited girls and Dogfood

A couple weeks ago, you may remember me posting about my niece Myra having surgery. Well, my sister has 5 kids. So during their stay at the hospital, she needed the help of family/friends to care for her other 4 kids :)
We got to have Mabel (4 yrs. old).
Oh is she a spirited little thang.

She loved getting to sleep in her big cousin Olivia's bed. They were being silly on this night :)

Mabel and Olivia get along really good actually, despite their age difference.

Pretty sure it's because they are both very much 'girly girls'. Love to dress up, play make-up, dance, etc....

We had so much fun with her. When we were getting her ready to take her home, I leaned down and gave her a big hug and told her how much fun we had, and how much we enjoyed having her over for 3 days. She looked at me and said, "I'm not ready to go home yet Aunt Sal." (big pouty face). So sweet.

Love that girl.

Well, not only does my sister have 5 kids. She also has a dog.

Dano Boon is his name.

We got to take care of Dano as well. We don't have a house dog. (We have a dog, he's just not in the house). But Dano is a house dog, so we made him comfy in our entry way.

One afternoon, I was upstairs putting laundry away and doing some computer work. Mabel and Olivia were in school. Cam was playing with his cars. Emmitt was....well, where was Emmitt??

Hmmm?

{Note: when your children are abnormally quiet, you know - you just know - that they are doing something naughty.}

I went downstairs to find him. This is what I found instead.






Yes, that's Dano's dogfood.
It's kind of hard to see, but seriously, there was dogfood ALL over my house. I didn't even take pictures of it all.
It was literally everywhere.
And it took me forever to clean up.
That lil stinker.
So that was a couple weeks ago.
Well, just this past Saturday, I was in the kitchen making lunch and Emmitt toddles in. He's holding something in his hand. He comes up to me and holds his hand out and says "Dano. Dano Momma. Dano."
Can you guess what he had in his hand?
Apparently I missed a piece.
I really do vacuum. Honestly, I do.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Kelly Moore Bag

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

It's a twin thang

I recently had a birthday.

January 20 to be exact. I turned 33.

I am blessed to be able to celebrate my birthday with my identical twin sister Sue. Even though I say we are the same exact age, she always has to point out that she is 4 minutes older than me.

Whatever.

Here's a cool story about us. We are our parents first-born children. My mom, 20 at the time, didn't have a clue what it felt like to be pregnant, let alone be pregnant with twins. She never had an ultrasound, and every time they checked our heartbeat(s), they were identical. Therefore, she never knew she was having twins.

Until the day we were born that is.

I saw a picture of my mom when she was pregnant with us.

She was gigantic. (Sorry Mom)

I still cannot believe, to this day, that she didn't know there were 2 babies in her womb.

The other amazing thing is that we were delivered vaginally. Which now-a-days is almost unheard of with twins. It's typically a scheduled c-section.

Susan Kaye was born first, and weighing in at only 5 lbs, they knew something was amiss :) Sure enough. Turns out little porker me was pushing my sister out so I could stay in where it was warm and keep eating all the food.

They wouldn't let me stay in there though. I was born 4 minutes later weighing 7 lbs.

Do the math. My mother was carrying a 12 pound baby(ies) and never even gave twins a thought once.

Craziness.

Some more cool stuff..... ( I know, we're kind of a big deal)

We were born on my Dad's 20th birthday, on January 20. My mom was 20 also, but only for a day. She turned 21 the very next day, January 21.

Pretty cool, huh?

So back to my twin.

I don't think you can understand the bond of a twin unless you have one. We seriously know eachother like no one else. We finish eachother's sentences. When we're together and I start to say something, she will have been thinking the same exact thing (this is almost freaky, because it happens a lot). When I go to her with a problem, or I'm down, or whatever, she knows exactly what to say. She can read me like a book. And I her. We have loads of fun and laughs together. We are enjoying raising our (8) kids together. I truly love her. So very much.

She's pretty special.

My Susie Q.

My bestest sister-friend.

My confidant.

My womb-mate.

Love you Sister Girl.







Haha. Love this one.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Great giveaway!

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Check this out

I saw this picture on another blog and just had to share it.

Is this the coolest thing ever, or what??

My husband builds houses for a living, and someday he's gonna build me my dream house.

And these are gonna be in it.

Even if I'm 50 when we build, and I don't have young kids anymore, I'll still do this for my grandkids. Or to keep me and my hubby young :o)

Saweeeet.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Get in Shape!

Okay, I made a decision last week that I was going to start eating better, and excercising. I am one of those lucky people who has always had a very high metabolism. I (don't get jealous) could seriously eat whatever, and however much I wanted and not gain a pound.

Well, that was before I turned 30. It seems that things just start going downhill after that lovely age. And yup, all this is starting to catch up with me. And now I not only have some problem areas, but a terrible habit that I have to break. But, I'm doin it! Holla!

Now, I am quite tall. 5' 10" to be exact. And I don't really need to lose weight. According to whoever figures this out...my weight is right where it should be w/ my height and age. I just need to tone certain problem areas, and I want to have more energy and feel healthier.

One of my very dear friends is an excercise freako-rama!!! She should seriously be a personal trainer some day - she just rocks. So she's helping me get back in shape. We are working out together once a week, which I am loving so far. I made her swear she wouldn't laugh at me though. So far, so good.

She got me set up on this amazing web-site. It's called
www.sparkpeople.com

Maybe you've heard of it?

It's free of charge, and a really radical place that you can track how many carbs/calories/fat you are consuming and track your excercise. When you sign up, you can put in your current weight, etc.... and then enter your goal weight. It totally helps you get there! Well, er, you actually have to do the physical work, but it will sure help you along the way!

One of my guy friends has been doing it for a month or so and has already lost 15 lbs. Another one of my friends lost over 30 pounds on this program!

It motivates you, tells you if you are over or under what you should be eating every day, and even gives you a daily work-out routine if you want. And it's not hard stuff people. Seriously, if I can do it, so can you!

Anyway, just thought I'd share. I am loving it so far. I'm feeling better already!

Bring it.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

In My Dreams

This is what I've been dreaming about lately.......
Watching my kids running down to the ocean....seeing it for the first time.

Carrying Emmitt up from the ocean a gazillion times a day.
They don't understand the danger when they're that little :)

Finding crabs. Seeing dolphins flip out of the water.
Watching pelicans fly over.
Lounging by the pool with friends.
Playing in the sand.
There is nothing like ocean sand.
Shelling. My most favorite thing to do there.
Not being able to take my eyes off Emmitt for one second.
Or there would be no shells left on that beach.
He was a human vacuum.

Boogie-Boarding with my BFF's
The cutest little butt-crack in the world.
I have been to this beach over 7 times in my life.
I could seriously live there.
I wanna go now.
Only in my dreams......

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Beautiful

Isn't this beautiful?
This was drawn by my 4 (almost 5) year old son, Cam.
It's ME!
Don't you just love how he drew me winking??!
I mean, c'mon. How cute is that?
I seriously need to take some drawing lessons from my kid.
He's amazing.
(I do not know what that is coming out of my rear end though? I'll have to question him about that ;)

Random Recipes

Oreo Cookie Dessert
Oh baby.
You are gonna looooooove this.
I swear (really I don't) that this is one of the best desserts
you will ever eat.
Seriously.
Here's how to make it.
It's pretty simple really.
Ingredients:
1 pkg. Oreo Cookies (crushed)
{I put mine in a lrg ziplock and beat them with a wooden mallet. It's a good stress reliever.}
1 stick butter
1 C. Powdered Sugar
1 8oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
2 8oz. cartons Cool Whip
2 small pkgs. French Vanilla instant Pudding
2 C. Milk
First Layer: Combine 3/4 pkg. crushed Oreos and melted butter. Press into 9x13 pan.
Second Layer: Mix together powdered sugar, cream cheese and 1 carton Cool Whip (this, my friends, is the layer that will make you weak in the knees)
Third Layer: Mix pudding with milk. Beat w/ mixer for 3 minutes or until thick.
Fourth Layer: Top with 1 carton Cool Whip and sprinkle remaining crushed Oreos on top.
Eat, and die because it's so delicious.