Saturday, November 29, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I'm thankful that I have been blessed with three healthy children. Being a part in the shaping of these little people is truly amazing and I don't want to ever take it for granted.
I'm even thankful for the days my kids drive me crazy. Those trying times remind me that I am the one who gets to stay home with them day in and day out, nurturing and disciplining them... not someone else.
I'm thankful for our families. I can't even put into words my appreciation for what they have done for us. I'm thankful for their love and giving hearts.
I'm thankful for music. I can't imagine a world without it. A song can completely change my mood. I love that music is an outlet for my husband. I love hearing my kids sing and watching them dance to music. I'm thankful that I can turn it up really loud in the car to drown out the whining.
I could go on and on... a place to come home to, a car to get around in, friends, my camera, photoshop, air conditioning, hot showers, internet, online shopping, ipod, contact lenses, spanx, diet coke, sunbutter, ener-g egg replacer, modern medicine, sippy cups, washable markers, kandoo wipes, grocery stores (can you imagine trying to fit growing your own food into your daily schedule?), student loan deferment, life church messages online, mexican food, vacation... ok, ok I think you get my point. No matter how down or unfortunate we feel at times, we really are truly blessed. I am going to try and be better in thanking God for all of his blessings, big and small.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire. If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don't know something, for it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations, because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge, because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you're tired and weary, because it means you've made a difference.
It's easy to be thankful for the good things. A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks. Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles, and they can become your blessings.
Monday, November 24, 2008
At least they are sharing, even if it's germs.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Kyle is working tonight and gets off tomorrow morning for a nice long Thanksgiving break. Like over a week break. I know. Crazy, right? Trust me, he'll get to make up for it with working Christmas. We'll take what we can get. We can't wait to spend time with him. He has been gone way too much lately. He has worked overnight three nights in the last week.
I guess we should be thankful at this point that he still has a place to work. Kyle said something last night that stuck with me. He said he can't let himself worry about the hospital drama, he can only focus on the things that are certain... like taking boards in December and improving his surgical skills.
I'm tellin' ya, God has really been working on our faith in the last year. How liberating it is to turn your worries over to him and trust him with your future. How comforting it is to have a husband who reminds me of that when I let the worry begin to creep in.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
While unloading groceries from the car last night, I walked into the kitchen to discover a cat. Well, hello there kitty, what can I do for ya? I had to hold him outside while Kyle closed the garage door because the little thing was determined to make his way back in.
When Kyle left this morning at 6, I heard meowing in the garage. Sure enough, Mr. Cat managed to get back in. Poor guy is probably hungry... or cold... or lonely. I'm hoping he didn't belong to the people that just moved out next door.
He was hanging around to greet Embry, Ellie and I when we got back from dropping Hayes off at school today. This is how much my kids have been around cats... they were scared and running away and then became brave enough to offer him leaves. You know, like the hungry caterpillar.
Please cat, go back home or find someone who can take you in. I don't know how much longer I can not feed you. Kyle would shoot me if I did!
Friday, November 14, 2008
I love Paula Deen recipes. Every recipe I have tried has been delicious. But seriously girl, this one is a little too much. A hamburger with fried eggs, bacon and Krispy Kremes for the bun? I better not let Hayes see this. Hamburgers, eggs and doughnuts? Oh my! He might just lose his mind! Maybe Paula found her inspiration from the Luther Burger.
I don't know, maybe I shouldn't knock it until I've tried it but it makes my stomach hurt just thinking about it.
when she runs. If there was ever someone that ran like a girl, it's Miss Elle.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Our big trip to the dentist this morning could not have been more pleasant. Hayes had been anxious all morning, so in turn I was anxious. But once he saw the toys in the waiting room (and by toys, I mean video games), the worries went away. The hygienist called out Hayes and he yelled, "That's me!"
Now growing up in Small Town, America, I have never experienced a pediatric dentist. It was quite impressive. A room full of mini dental chairs, each with a flat-screen tv playing Over the Hedge. About ten different flavors of toothpaste to choose from, including cookie dough. Hayes picked cherry. And he left with a bag full of goodies. I'm pretty sure he'll want to go back.
Hayes didn't have any cavities but he does have a crossbite. I learned today that means his top teeth on one side go down over the bottom ones like they should but they don't on the other side. Just one more reason to try and break the thumb sucking as early as possible! So it looks like we will be doing some sort of expander in six months. Yea!
I'm so proud of him for being brave today and working through that fear. He was such a big boy.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Here is a perfect dessert for the holidays. It is so simple and delicious. My mother-in-law, Bev made it a few weeks ago and we all went crazy for it. She literally had it in the oven within minutes. You gotta try this. It will not disappoint!
1 spice cake mix
1 large can pumpkin pie mix (not plain pumpkin)
1/4 c. oil
1 container cool whip
*Mix all ingredients (except cool whip) well with mixer.
*Bake @ 350 for 30 minutes.
*Top with cool whip.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
5minutesformom.com is holding a Fun with Food contest sponsored by Prego. The winner gets $500 from a local grocery store! We could use the food. We've got the fun... spaghetti face and a hat to boot! Here's our entry.