Saturday, March 27, 2010

Confession Time

I have somewhat of an addictive personality. Nothing anyone would consider serious in addiction world- but I am always aware I am one of those people.
If I have one piece of white chocolate- I continue to want white chocolate everyday.
If there is one of those raffles where you buy a ticket and put it in a bowl- I keep buying tickets.
If the obgyn says pain killers are ok after childbirth and with nursing, I take them until my mom says, "Do you really think it is ok while nursing?"- that always gets me.
And even recently, I have come to realize that my love for food can be an addiction.
Well, unfortunately, my new thing happened today.



I LOVE BLOG GIVEAWAYS!!!!!


I recently won one (I will blog about it when it comes in the mail) and now I am hooked.
So, tonight when I was supposed to be putting the kids to bed on time for church tomorrow, I was finding as many blog giveaways as I could and filling them out. I am embarrassed to admit that I:

almost considered joining facebook (if you didn't know- I am extremely against facebook) under an alias so I can gain more entries by facebook friending the blogger doing the giveaway.

decided against getting extra entries by blogging about the giveaway thinking that too many people would see the giveaway on my blog and then my chances would go down.

thought about telling one of my closest friends about a product she loves that was a giveaway, but then decided against it thinking she might enter and hurt my chances again.



I am telling you these ridiculous things so you can laugh and so I will stop. I know gambling is wrong- I can't imagine what I would do once I put a coin into a slot machine- I probably would have to be carried away. I know the giveaways are not gambling- but wow- free stuff really draws me in. And once again, draws me away from the stuff I need to be working on.
That being said- if I happen to see a giveaway- I will enter- but I will not spend extra time looking for them and I will get the kids to bed on time!!!!

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Dynamic Parenting For Christ

Continuing from my last post, a Haitian woman in our Sunday School class shared a story of what I can only call, "Dynamic Parenting for Christ".
I am always saying that we as parents can help change our kids at any point in their lives, but the longer we wait, the harder it is. Especially teenagers- lol.
The woman told us the her daughter had everything and she worked 2 jobs to make sure her daughter had it all. Electronics, a beautiful room, clothes, jewelry and even perfume straight from France.
However, at some point her 16 year old daughter went into her room and said she wanted to die.
The mother asked herself why.
All she had worked for- they had everything Americans want and strive so hard for.
But they had become

she said in her Haitian accent,

"American Brats".

She made an amazing decision to forever change her daughter's life.
She sent her to Haiti.

She sent her daughter and son to live with relatives in Haiti and attend a Christian school. She wanted them to know where they had come from. What real struggle is like, how others are living, how others still manage to be close to our savior with so little.

Her daughter changed, but was in Haiti for the tremendous quakes.

Miraculously, her daughter and son were in a house and the walls caved in around them, but the spot where they stood was spared. They lived and were able to return home to NY.

The mother rejoiced and shared how her daughter now is dedicated to the Lord and has been delighting in Him ever since.


I don't know if I could make that choice for my child. Could you?
The woman looked familiar to me and I know I see her around church, but something was off. She shared that she no longer wears jewelry because it is not of any importance- just focusing on Him is.

Our children are so precious to us and the Lord has given them to us on loan.

I am still in awe of this amazing woman and I will continue to remind myself as I come across the hard decisions for my children.
Maybe I won't have to send anyone to Haiti, but I am not here just to make them happy.....

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Taking things for Granted

So, I am still a little down. We had a peek of good weather and I was feeling good and then the rain came, the boys have allergies and the husband is not giving me a definite answer about homeschooling. I am trying to be patient, but it is driving me crazy.
But, I tell myself, I am blessed to be married to a hardworking husband, blessed to be at home, blessed to have generally healthy kids who are great and I get to have all of this and be blessed to live in America.
Women in our Sunday School class(Lies Women Believe- awesome book!) got on the topic of having too much and even though we have so much, we have nothing. One woman said she had visited 3rd world countries where people had the Lord and nothing else. She said they had amazing faith and did everything they could to save their money to move here, thinking we had a better life, because of all our "stuff".
The women cried and nicely told the people that we want what they have.
Why do they have it?
They can be closer to God without anything separating them. They do not have the material objects, the vehicles, the television, the clothes, the gadgets that somehow we let take up our time and our eyes off of the Lord.


Tomorrow I will share how a Haitian woman in our class decided to dramatically change her life and her childrens.

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Homeschooling Anyone?

We are considering homeschooling the kids. I feel the Lord calling us. I came across this picture of a field trip to a one room schoolhouse. Ahhh simple times!

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Great Post- Read here!

I read this post after someone else posted about it. God is so good! It is so hard to not want to constantly make your kids happy. There are so many decisions everyday that we need to make and we can either opt to make them happy or watch them be disappointed or upset or sad. We are in the middle of making a big decision for our children and just when I feel we have our answer and believe me, God has already spoken to my heart, I start to feel bad about the kids and I think about moments of happieness instead of what is truly important- their walks with the Lord and living for Him.

Special thanks to Missy at It's Almost Naptime!

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Easter Baskets



So, I have been thinking of Easter and the whole basket thing. I vacillate on this so much every year and every year I do something different. Sometimes only a bible, sometimes small toys and candy- sometimes just too much!
Rules I set for this year:
-I am writing a list of exactly what I need before I enter the store.
-I will not make multiple trips- I buy too much this way.
-I will not shop with any of my children- not even the youngest. I lose concentration.
-Possibly 1 thing for around $7 each and some candy.
-Limit the candy- I put it up in the cabinet and they forget about it and I throw it out sometime in the summer. Waste!
-I will not take any requests.

Ok- now it is written down- I will stick to it.
My older kids tell me how kids get games for their Ds's in their baskets and it is like a second Christmas.
Seriously?
Are we kidding?
Maybe I should get a Easter club along with the Christmas club to help save for Easter baskets.
Mark my words- It will happen.
Do you think God envisioned giant Easter baskets when He sent His one and only son to die on the cross for us and then rise again?
He died for our sins- what is me overspending on candy and junky toys that are all thrown out?
SIN
I said it- no judgement- just laughing at my previous transgressions.
Not this year.
Not this year.


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Sorry about the signature with the giant border- I am working on it!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Touched My Heart

I was reading some different posts today and came upon this one. It seems one of our sister bloggers has been having a rough time. I have read her blog, her name is Ellyn. She seems sweet and has 4 kids. Her friends wanted to help her and are accepting donations so she will not lose her home. If you can not donate, read about her here and pray for her.
Usually I would not post about something like this, but it touched my heart- it being Sunday and all. I am always somewhat soft after a great Sunday morning service! Don't tell the kids though. :)



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Friday, March 12, 2010

Clean Up, Clean Up, Everybody do Their SHARE

The Boys room has been completely messy!
We had already put 5 boxes of too many toys in the basement! It is still a mess!
Mom had to crack the whip today and get them to do some major cleaning!








These are our results! How long do you think it will stay like this?

I am so selling all of their "extra" toys and paying bills!

They less we have, the more they play. Too much stuff is so overwhelming for them!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Dilated Eyes?

Ahhhh!
My eyes are dilated and I have this dizzy feeling. I don't know if I am exhausted and need to sleep or sick.
or if it is the 3 (three) peanut butter covered granola bars I bought at Target and ate throughout the day- I am so weak! They were so good! What was I thinking?
It hurts so bad.
Now if I have to go to the ER, I'll have to tell them I hate 3 granola bars and ham and beans for dinner. What is wrong with me?
I don't think this will happen.
I'll be fine! I just need sleep and then - long term- to stop eating junk.
On a positive note- I have been diligent in my workouts.
On the upside, the granola bars came in a trial pack with only 3. Therefore, I can not get anymore. Target is 20 minutes away.
I did eat spinach tonight- that has to count, right?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Very Best Favorites

My Favs-
Taco Bell
Clean Notebook Paper
Mom Jeans
Sunday School
When your 2 year old says, "I wuv u"
Coupons
$10 co-pay for a doctor giving me piece of mind
the kids' dinner prayers
Eating the kids leftovers in hiding (woops- gotta stop that one)
kids who clean their own rooms
kids who clean their own rooms without being told
kids who have not learned to climb out of the crib yet
Easter outfits that we already have
the husband allowing me to explain what the quiverfull movement and actually getting it
new blogging friends
sunny days
no snow
cardmaking
Christian romance novels
Anne of Green Gables
my oldest's laughter
crock pot cooking
forgiving velour sweatsuits
Amazing Race
my big, little brother
my beautiful, little sister
my husbands' jokes
having a great life

Monday, March 8, 2010

Guess What?

No- not pregnant! LOL
Since so many bloggers are- just thought I would have some fun!
But ... I did get this...







Kathi at A Mother's Prayers gave me this award on Thursday.
Funny thing, Kathi herself, would be tops on my list of people to give it too! She is awesome and I feel like we are so connected! Thank you Kathi!

* The rules for accepting this award:
1. Post a thank you, and link to the person that has given you the award.
2. Pass this award on to other Beautiful Bloggers whom you think are fantastic.
3. Contact said blogs to let them know they've won.
4. State seven things about yourself.

The People I would like to pass this award on to are:
TheGapGirl at If Only Everyone Thought This Way
Wendy at PinkSlippers
Jen at Letters from La-La Land
Chrissy at Traveling Light

These women both inspire and entertain me. I am blessed by their blogging!

7 Things About Me

1. I met my husband at the YMCA when we were 13. He couldn't believe I still had on my red lipstick in the pool. I always wore red lipstick! God Bless my mother.

2. I do not like animals at all. I would of said hate, but I am trying to teach my kids not to say that word. I do not like nature at all and very rarely have a God/nature moment. You know, when you say, "Wow, I can't believe God made this or that." I do feel guilty sometimes about that- but not too much.

3. I would love to take the kids to see all the continuous 48 states and then maybe one day Hawaii and Alaska. I think we have seen 3 so far, including the one we live in. lol- A lot of work to be done there.

4. I am a total procrastinator and know it. I am constantly working at this. I leave everything till the end and seem to work best under pressure. And I am not that organized. Another thing I need to work at. I have gotten better. There was a time when the kids would leave cheerios on the floor in the living room and I would leave them there for a couple of days before I would vacuum. I just shared that so all my type A friends can cringe.

5. I am forever praying for the salvation of my husband. We were married before I accepted the Lord. He is a good man and I know God has great plans for him. I love him and am constantly amazed at how good our marriage is in light of us coming from 2 different positions. God is so Faithful.

6. My husband and I delivered our baby in our bathroom unexpectedly. The Lord walked me through it and it was an amazing experience!

7. I like to make money. I do not wish to work out of the house- I love being home, but I love to do extra things to earn money. Babysitting, ebay, yard sales, avon.... The list goes on. I started out washing cars when I was 12 and the thrill just keeps going for me.


This was fun! Thanks Kathi!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

BRACEFACE


Yes, that is my mouth! I have braces, and the husband's friend is nice enough to call me Braceface and Full Metal Jacket (apparently a movie my mother never let me watch- Thank God for a God-fearing mom). This is the same husband's friend that was nice enough to tell me I had cankles during my pregnancies. For those of you who do not understand this slang- cankles are when you calf runs straight into your ankle and you can not tell the difference between the 2.
Go ahead- laugh - it is rather funny.
And because I have a decent self esteem (thanks to my dad who has always told me I look great every time I saw him and continues to do so!) these comments do not bother me.
Back to the braces- I had them when I was 15. I wore the retainer for a short time and apparently you are supposed to wear it longer! I asked my current dentist - how long on the retainer and he said - As long as you want straight teeth!

So, after these bad boys come off, I will always be wearing that retainer at night. Isn't it funny how you don't take for granted what you once did when your parents were footing the bill for things.

My bottom teeth were crooked and pushing out my top. I figured- why not take care of it, loose a little (or a lot of) weight and do a little mini makeover!
I got them on in July, figuring it would be no big deal!

Well, I had forgotten how much they pop my lips out and how much I laugh and smile exposing them. At the time, I asked myself why did I do this?

Now, I am excited and can't wait, because this spring I will be able to show you my clean, new, straight teeth! Woo hoo! These bad boys are coming off soon.




Tomorrow- Guess who gave me a blog award and who I will pass it to?.......

Thursday, March 4, 2010

"Kids are Starving in Other Countries"

The title reflects something I know I say to my kids a lot. Growing up I used to here- "Kids are starving in Ethiopia" and my mother-in-law is always saying her dad said, "Kids are starving in Biafra". I never even heard of Biafra- I just googled it and learned it is next to Nigeria.
I don't even want to think about what else they did not teach me in the public school I went to- but I digress.
The point is we or our parents or our parents' parents are always talking about wasting, but we still do it. We put too much on our kids' plates (whole other obesity issue there) and we make too much and no one wants leftovers. Waste.
I read MckMama's blog sometimes, as I am sure a lot of you do as well.
I am usually just a lurker- a little envious on how she has so many followers, but today her blog really touched me.
She is in Kenya with her husband and she described what she is seeing. I read this after I dumped old potato salad that I had made way too much of and basically wasted.

Well, Mckmama's words got to me. You can read her post here.
I have been thinking more about how much my family spends on things and have been cutting back as much as possible.
But are we doing enough?
And as always, "What am I teaching my kids?"




Tomorrow- Do you want to see my Braceface?......

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Working Out with Tony Horton

Well, the last 2 days, I have been working out with the beachbody power 90 dvds that a friend lent me. As I do them, I am totally pumped. Some of it feels effortless (probablly because I am doing it wrong) and then some is just so hard. This body is just not made for highly coordinated yoga! However, today it hit me- I am in some serious pain! It hurts! How will I make it through the week, let alone a month? Ahhhh
But at least I am finally doing something!
I will not weigh myself till Monday- to give myself time to prayerfully lose a little something. I have been trying not snack at night- already messed that up last night with an oatmeal raisin cookie and a small pack of coffee cakes- I am weak.:)
Tonight is another night and tomorrow is another day. Thank God for that!

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