Tuesday, June 19, 2012

{Happy 8th Anniversary}

Happy 8th Anniversary to my wonderful Hubby!

I love you to the moon and back!

8 years ago we said "I do" in front of our friends and family. On June 19, 2004 I made a commitment before God and all those people to love you, support you, be faithful to you, and honor you. I am still so in love with you. I am so much more in love with you now. We have made a home together. We have 2 wonderful children together. I am so happy, honored, and blessed to be your wife. You have made my life so much better. You love me on my good days and on my bad days. You told me from the beginning of our marriage that the "D" word is never an option and I thank you so much for that. It takes a burden off of me knowing that you will always be here on this journey with me. I pray that we have many, many more years together. You are a wonderful leader for our family and the man of my dreams. You are a Godly, loving man that takes care of us. You would rather spend time at home with the kids and I then go out with your friends. You would rather do nothing with me than everything with anyone else. You inspire me to be a better person every day. Thank you for loving me, cherishing me, telling me I'm beautiful even on my worst days, being the man God has called you to be. Thank you for being an amazing husband. 

P.S. Even though we didn't get to celebrate our anniversary yet I am looking forward to your vacation next week when we get to have an actual date! I can't wait!

Monday, June 11, 2012

{Happy Homemaker Monday- My 200th Post}

Don't forget to stop by Diary of a SAHM for more Happy Homemaker Monday.

The Weather:::
It is pretty nice today but there is a chance of rain all week. I hope we do get some b/c we need it. 

On My Reading Pile:::
What isn't on my reading pile right now...I went to the homeschool convention in my state on Saturday and got several suitcases full of books! Yay!!

On My TV:::
Just children's shows right now. No time for TV for mommy. I do plan on watching a DVD about the Duggars while kids are napping. I will have a cup of tea and relax. 

On The Menu For This Week:::
Monday- Cheeseburger mac and cheese, salad, focaccia bread.
Tuesday- leftovers
Wednesday- slow cooker honey sesame chicken with rice and egg rolls
Thursday- leftovers
Friday- homemade pizza (yum!)
Saturday- going out for my 8 year anniversary
Sunday- Hubby's choice

On My To Do List:::
Grocery store
play with my children

What I am Sewing/Creating:::
Still working on my quilt. 

In Homeschooling:::
Off for the summer but still reading, reading, reading. 

Looking Around The House:::
A mess on the floor from the boys playing with their train track. 
My boys actually playing nicely together.
Dishes in the sink.
Laundry waiting to be washed. 

From The Camera:::

Something Fun To Share:::
I went to the homeschool convention this past weekend and had so much fun. I am so revved up for next year and can't wait to start the next step in this fun process. 

On My Prayer List:::
Friends and family who are sick.
High school classmate who lost her 8 year old daughter a couple of weekends ago.
Salvation for my boys. 
Hubby has a very hard work schedule for the next couple of weeks, so I am praying for strength and energy.
My nephew and his fiance are getting married in a couple of weeks.

Bible Verse/Devotional:::
"I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” -John 16:33

God Bless,


Thursday, June 7, 2012

{The Best Job I've Ever Had!}

I am taking a moment on my blog and talking about being a mommy. I love my job. I saw a cartoon the other day on FB and it was funny. The mom is looking crazy and scatter-brained and says "I heard a statistic that a stay at home mom would make on average $130,000 a year if she were paid for her job." The next little slide of the cartoon showed the mom hugging her children and thinking "I wouldn't take the pay cut." How true is this? No job, no amount of money could compare to being payed in kisses and hugs.

When I was pregnant with Bear someone gave me the best advice I have ever heard. They said that time is the best thing you can ever give to your children. I wholeheartedly agree with this statement. I have seen it first-hand with my own children. I am with them 95% of the time. When I am away from them, I miss them, wonder what they are doing, imagine the hugs and kisses I will get upon my return.

I recently heard a story of a young woman who is pregnant. She has been telling everyone that her new baby will not change her lifestyle. She is saying that her new baby will do what she wants and sleep through the night after a few weeks. She even said she doesn't get these people whose lives revolve around their children and that her baby will revolve around her. WE MAKE PLANS AND GOD JUST LAUGHS!

It made me laugh at first. She is a first-time mom. When I was a first-time mom, what did I know? I made plans to have a perfect baby who never spit up, slept through the night like an angel, never sassed me, always said "yes ma'am and yes sir", ate all of his vegetables, and the list goes on. Ha! Bear is a very picky eater to begin with. We have a rule that he must eat as many bites as his age (i.e. since he is 3 he must eat 3 bites of something before he is finished with it). It works pretty well so far. He did sleep through the night by 4 months old. Ducky however didn't sleep through the night til he was 10 months old and that was off and on.

You see this woman is really clueless. I don't blame her for having such high hopes and expectations. I do think she needs to be realistic. Why is she having a baby if she doesn't want to change her lifestyle for the better? Shouldn't we all want to be better people for our children's sake? I have been asking myself these questions the past couple of days. I actually got a little angry at this woman. My baby died a few months ago (12 weeks gestation). Why is it that she gets to keep her baby and send it to daycare everyday (she does have a choice of staying home) and have someone else raise her child? I am a stay at home mom devoted to my children and their well-being. Does that make me a better person? Not by a long shot.

My anger turned into sadness. I am sad for this baby. She will not know her parents. She will long for their love and attention and according to this soon-to-be-mommy, she isn't going to change her plans for life for her baby. It is the saddest thing I have ever heard in my life. I would not trade paid vacations, concerts, going out with my friends, etc. for even 1 second with my children. It may seem like I am just ranting (and maybe I am) but I needed to get this off my chest. How can a mother be so selfish and she hasn't even met her little one yet? How can she want to be away from her and keep up he busy lifestyle?

I am not judging her...I am sad for her. She is going to miss out on being a great mommy to her baby. Being a mommy is one of God's greatest inventions. You are your child's first love. Your baby is the only person who has ever heard your heartbeat from the inside. God says that children are a blessing. Are we throwing away that blessing if we don't want to make positive changes in our lives and spend time with our children?

This young woman is going to miss so much because of her closed mind toward her new baby. I decided that I would sit back and watch her from a distance. If she needs help, I am here. But I do believe that God has a great sense of humor. We tend to have children with our same personalities (I know I do anyway). God is a great God, but he isn't boring. I think He gives us challenges with our children to learn from them. We don't have it all together. We don't have all the answers, but when we lean on God and His plans for us we can have peace.

I'm not saying I am the greatest mommy ever. I am saying that I am willing to try to be a great mommy to my own children. I believe that is what God has called me to do.

Recently, I had a high school classmate lose her 8 year old daughter from an asthma attack. What a tragic and awful event. She was a great mommy and was very close to her daughter. Please keep her in your prayers. Being a mommy is tough sometimes, especially when we lose one or one gets ill. I cannot imagine her pain. I do know that her little girl is in Heaven right now with Jesus. I did not know her, but I know God and He is a merciful God, a loving God, a God who holds us when we are broken. I pray that God will hold my classmate tighter than ever.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

{Happy Homemaker Monday..uh, Wednesday}

Ok, I know I haven't done my Happy Homemaker posts in a couple of weeks. Sorry! I am going to try harder to get them done. I have had a lot on my mind. So, here goes for this week.

The Weather:::
It has been beautiful this week. It did rain yesterday but it's still in the 70's. This weekend is supposed to be nice too! Yay!

On My Reading Pile:::
A review book about President Lincoln. I can't remember the name of it (oops). It is a fiction book but has a lot of historical facts tucked away in it. I have found it very interesting. Review to come next week :)

On My TV:::
I have not been watching much TV lately. I will tell you though that Hubby and I went to see the new Snow White and the Huntsman in Sunday afternoon and it was really good. I will be watching it again when it comes out on DVD.

On The Menu For This Week:::
Monday- Chicken alfredo, salad, homemade ficcocia bread
Tuesday- leftovers
Wednesday- subs, potato salad, chips
Thursday- pancakes, hasbrowns, turkey bacon, eggs
Friday- eat out (HEAV is today!)
Saturday- eat out (HEAV is today too!)
Sunday- Happy Birthday to my SIL (we will do something with her family)

On My To Do List:::
I have one load of laundry to do.
Get ready for homeschool convention :)

What I am Sewing/Creating:::
Still working on my quilt! It is looking good!

In Homeschooling:::
Making homemade play-do. Bug exploring...fun stuff this week!

Looking Around The House:::
I cleaned the entire house yesterday from top to bottom. 
It looks good if I do say so myself...LOL!

From The Camera:::

Sorry it's so small...but we had our pics taken Sunday. 
They all turned out just beautiful.

Something Fun To Share:::
I get to go to the HEAV (homeschool convention) this weekend! I am so excited! Yay!

On My Prayer List:::
A woman I graduated high school with just lost her daughter (8 years old). I cannot imagine the pain she is going through. Pain that makes it hard to even breath. Please take a moment of your time to pray for her and her family. Please pray that God will wrap his arms around them and keep them in peace. 

Bible Verse/Devotional:::
Instead of a Bible Verse today I thought I would share a song by Mercy Me that has gotten me through my loss these past few months. I hope my classmate heals from this tragic loss that I cannot even fathom.

God Bless,