Wednesday, January 31, 2007

It's gettin' tough now!


I'm studying for quiz that I have tomorrow on the pelvic girdle...aka...hip bones!

Can't we just call it hip bones? Sheesh! I have to know every little bump and groove in the bones and well...I don't think there is a lot of meaning to the names that were given. HUMMM.

So I sit here and take a break!


I got my certificate today saying I made the Presidents Honor Roll! Yay! That really excites me!


A COOL thing about my anatomy class is this! Last week I looked over and saw a girl I thought I knew. Now...since I changed campus' this semester, I didn't think that was likely to happen. However, I didn't know her from school, I knew her from church! Yep..it was Ashley Webb.

I didn't know if she remembered me so I went over after class to re-introduce myself. But she remembered. It's nice to know someone else in the class. Especially since this is a hard class. She is also a nursing major and working on her pre-reqs.


God just continues to show me just how small the world is everyday. I'm always running into people and that's pretty cool. I'm happy to share in the kingdom as well as anatomy class with Ashley. I think it's pretty awesome stuff!

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Today was the final meeting (for now) on the IEP process. Still it was a little emotional for me by the time I left. I guess I'm glad that I learned to hide my feelings during situations such as these. I believe that Ian will start receiveing official services beginning tomorrow.
I was a bit discouraged to hear the principal asking me if I would object to holding back Ian AGAIN!!! As this thought did not settle well with me, it is something I must consider. I just wonder how many times they will want to hold him back over the years. He may not graduate until he is 30!!!

We started OT at Therapy Concepts and I was quite impressed. Ian left feeling very good and was quite happy so that was very refreshing. I loved the team of PT's and OT's there. They seemed to work very well with Ian. For now, he will go two days a week and we will be taught the things that work best for him at home.

At school I'm coming up on my first series of test. I have taken lots of quizzes this semester...and...not to toot my own horn or anything, but I've made a perfect score on every one! Yay! I need all the extra points I can get! I'm more excited this semester about school that I was in the last semester. I only have one more pre-req that I will take this summer and by God's grace, I will get in the program this fall! Then only 4 more semesters left! UGH!!!

I've fallen behind on my bible study over the past week and a half and I've been trying to catch up. Sometimes, I just don't know what to study anymore. Someday's it's very clear and others are truly an act of God.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Starting a new week




This weekend at the Pink Palace proved again to be a very busy one. I wasn't prepared to be so exhausted when I got home yesterday. It's funny how the adrenaline kicks in just at the right time. I use to love the sound of helicopters, but now...it means my life...and someone else's is about to get very busy! I can't believe how much you can accomplish in a short amount of time when you are pressed for time. And when a persons life is lying in your hands, time is precious.








I'm so sad about Bells Amusement Park leaving! I really hope they will eventually re-locate it but it's just sad to watch them take all the rides apart. Not all cities have an amusement park and I thought we were original.



Tomorrow is our IEP meeting and everything will start this week.
Ian will start OT on Wednesday for the sensory disorder. I pray that goes well.




Friday, January 26, 2007

What you did, knew, and know?

I remember being 17 and thinking I had it ALL figured out. Life was fun for me. I've been caught on many occassions saying "If I were only 17 again"! That was such a fun year for me. I graduated high school, had TONS of friends, and didn't really have a care in the world. I wasn't going to college after high school and really, I was a social butterfly.

I thought at 17 I knew it all. However, I was caught at this age telling someone that my mother knew EVERYTHING. Believe me, I have lived to regret that comment. She likes to bring it up often. ;o)

I was part of the whole 'dating' scene and never turned anyone down. I looked at it as an opportunity to get to know another person to hang out with. I truly loved life. Sure....I loved having no responsibility and living carefree.

I knew it couldn't last forever though. By the time I turned 18, which wasn't long after I graduated I had landed a job in a bank that kept me within the banking industry for 12 years. Still, I thought I knew it all at 18.

Life has a funny way of showing you just how much you DON'T really know and putting things in perspective for you.

Still, at age 33, I don't know it all and I long to know more. But it's a different type of knowledge now...then it was at 17. Some are still the same, I still long to know the ways of the world, but now my perspective is what can I do to contribute to this society that my children are growing up in. I still long to have friends, but now I long to find quality and not quantity. I still long to be that social butterfly, but I want to do it making a difference in the lives of others.

It's just amazing how perspective changes over time.

Maybe my next post should be about "What I want and what HE wants from me!" How can I fit that in!

Hummm...still thinking...to be continued!

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

How can you help?

Watershed has the opportunity to go to South Africa this year which hopes to be quite an amazing adventure. You can read about this mission to serve at www.chrislindsey.blogspot.com

Sunday, January 21, 2007

A bit of motiviation

Update on the facial injury.....
I had x-rays taken at work today and the doctor said the following:

"Well...it doesn't look too bad...other than you jammed your jaw into your SKULL"

My reaction was of some shock and my question was that of a typical patient....

"Is that bad?"

We had a good laugh. Acutally, they think it is going to heal on its own but will take about 6-8 weeks. Yikes! At least I don't have to have my mouth wired shut.
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In my bible study today...I was motivated. Not that I'm not usually motivated, but sometimes, things just hit me just where I need to be hit.

I want to strive to live a better life and example for others and I want to movtivate others to do the same. Sometimes, I just don't find that little something I need to get me going when I fall off track.

"Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like" (James 1: 22 - 24).

If the good book says be "doers" of the word then why can't I always do that? Well..cause I'm human! And a sinner!
But what if I picked one verse and tried to do that one thing for a day?
Such as: forgiving as we have been forgiven....then can I do that for one day? Can I decide that in no matter what situation that comes my way....I will forgive?
Even better...can I ask for forgivness in all the things that I see myself doing wrong each day?
Can I build on this each month, week, or day? We'll see.

What other examples can you think of that you could try for one day that the bible tells us to do.?

Friday, January 19, 2007

Holy Cow! I got tagged!

I am so excited today! I got tagged and really don't know the meaning of what's going on. It's totally like recieving those chain letters in the mail...Yeah! I feel important!!! Thank you Heather! I am just giddy about this today! You made my day!

So this is what I have to do!

Here is how it works:
1) Grab the book closest to you
2) Open to page 123, go down to the fourth sentence
3) Post the text of the following three sentences
4) Name the author and book title
5) Tag three people to do the same

Each bone in the body has a distinctive shape and characteristic external and internal features . Elevations or projections form where tendons and ligaments attach and where adjacent bones articulate. Depressions, grovves, and tunnels in bone indicate sites where blood vessels and nerves lie alongside or penetrate the bone.

Author: martini/Timmons/Tallitsch Title: Human Anatomy

(Okay...it probably wasn't as great as everyone elses...but litterally...this was the book sitting on my lap at the moment. Jeanne...I haven't had a chance to start my book I won so if you are already finished with yours...I'll let your read this one too.....I just can't wait to read both of them!)

Okay.....so I tag....CARRIE STRICKLAND, JEFF JENKINS (cause I know you're reading my blog now) AND CHRIS LINDSEY (someone who NEEDS to update his blog...Love ya brother!)

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Funny & Exciting!

FUNNY!!! Chad was making "Manwich" tonight for dinner and when he told Emilie what was for dinner she said:
"WHAT'S A MAN TWITCH?"

EXCITING!!! A dear friend is coming to town next weekend to interview for a job. I'm so praying he gets it and is blessed by it as well as pouring out blessings to those he encounters! I can't wait until they get here!

How well do you REALLY know me?

Do you ever wonder how much people know about you? I once wrote a timeline about my life. Some find it very comical. Some find it depressing! I find that it has a great story behind it that still does not have an ending.

1973: I was born...while mom was in labor....our house burned.

1978: Started Kindergarten

1979: Had my first encounter with sexual abuse that continued until
1986. This WAS my childhood.

1986: My abuser died! God, please forgive Him.

1987: I was baptized.

1988: I went on my first date (memorable...yet boring!)
Got my first speeding ticket

1990: Started my senior year of High School...I loved this year! I was totally
boy crazy and loved hanging out with my friends.

1991: Had my first wreck...I hit a man on a 2 day old Harley!
Graduated High School...Barely! I had mono and almost didn't make my
graduation.

1992: Met Chad at the local mall. (That's a story in itself)

We went on our first date...the next morning..he totaled his car.

1994: We were married during workshop & also spring break.A tornado hit during our wedding. It was quite the excitement. However...we said our vows and that was that!
South Padre was NOT the place to be! Our condo was TRASHED, changed hotels at a higher
price, nearly crashed a beach buggy, and got severely sunburned
the first day. SEVERELY!
Yeah..you know that means for the honeymoon!

1995: Had our first son, Ian. Born small and with many complications, we had a long road ahead.

10 days later, Ian arrested in the hospital and had a loss of oxygen to the
brain. Later we find this is his cause for developmental disorders.

1997: We had our second son...big and healthy.

1999: Had a girl! Yipee...WE'RE DONE!

2002: Faced difficulties in marriage....ready to file for divorce.

A few weeks later attended Pathway's which changed our lives forever.

2003: Renewed our wedding vows with the most awesome ceremony in Dallas.

2005: I quit my job and started back to school. YAY!

2006: I started working in the Truama Unit and loving it!(except for the schedule)

2008: Chad found spots of Melanoma
I had a hysterectomy, had to quit school and rethink my future.

Today...I really love my life. I love the story of my life. It's filled with sadness, excitement, drama, love, and so much more. I can relate with so many people in so many different circumstances. I don't regret any of my life. It has molded me and shaped me for who I am today. I don't blame anyone for the events of my life...and what I have listed is only a fraction of what I've gone through.
Everyone has a story...and everyone is unique. That's what I love about people. Everyone has a story!

Romans 5:3-4
Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.

Day 4!

An extreme amount of pain!!!

Please pray!

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."
Deuteronomy 31:6

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Day 3...when will it end?

Already the snow is falling again here in Tulsa. It seems like this stuff is never going to go away. School is out again tomorrow...and we should just say...it will be out all week! Another winter storm is supposed to hit on Saturday & Sunday.

Prayers needed:
Chad just called as he fell at work and hit the back of his head. He thinks he will be okay...but will probably have a good knot and a nice headache. He was walking back to his truck from a drop off (FedEX) and almost got to the truck and his feet slipped out from under him.

I'm starting to find bruises on me in places I didn't realize I hit. I look like I have a goatee from the road rash. The lip looks worse but is feeling a little better. My head hurts tremendously as well as my shoulder still.

And several people have asked for an updated picture. So I'll send one so I can gain all the sympathy I can get! Normally....Nobody would EVER SEE ME LIKE THIS! But here is me and the one I was trying to save!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Day 2 of pain!

I keep looking at that profile picture of mine and realize how much I miss smiling! No one to make me laugh right now and even if it is funny...it hurts way too much.

Day 2 has been quite an ordeal. It's 5:00pm and I'm STILL in bed.

I got up twice finding I quickly had to lay back down. I've been extremely dizzy and with the headache I have....it's just not good to stand on both feet. I'm concluding at this point I may have a slight concussion.

I'll spare sending any pictures at this point. I saw the looks on my kids faces today and it was sheer horror.

"MOM!!! YOUR LIP IS HUGE AND YOU HAVE BLACK EYES!!!"

Quickly I told Ian to get me a mirror....HE REFUSED!!!

I'm surprised how quick the lip is healing. The hole is now sealed up and it's already starting to look like one GIGANTIC canker sore! (No lemons or salt for me)

Please be in prayer tonight that tomorrow I might be able to get out of bed. I called both of my instructors and explained to them the situation and let them know I would not be at school tomorrow. Both agreed it was okay.

Please be in prayer that I will not be in so much pain tomorrow. I can't lift up my right arm very high at all. My bruised hip makes it very difficult to stand up and well...then just the pain of everything today has been unbelieveable.

Never did I realize how saving your own child from harm could hurt so much.

Monday, January 15, 2007

It's all fun....




Until MOMMY gets hurt! ;o(

Our day turned out pretty fantastic this afternoon. The sun came out...so we decided to go sledding! MY parents live on a pretty big hill so it's always fun to go there and see how fast we can go. As you can see from the pics, We were quite excited for the adventure...and then...well...I bit the dust. I was actually trying to protect Emilie from a car that was sliding and couldn't stop so I decided to throw myself in front of her. That's what a good mother would do right? Well...my faced kissed the ground which was a solid sheet of ice. So as you can see...I #1...bit through my lip...#2...butsted open my chin...and #3...have road rash. My jaw hurts extremely bad as well as my arms and legs. None to which hurt near as bad as my FACE!!! Ouch!!!

Friday, January 12, 2007

Gotta Love ICE!!!!

Kids are little daredevils. They wanted to go out and play in the ice today but when I turned around...they were on their bikes. YIKES! I may work at the hospital but I don't want my kids as patients there! I quickly snapped a couple of pictures and then they had to put their bikes away.







I love how Lukus is talking to Emilie about how not to step there.....you'll fall in the water!

Prayers are good stuff!

Don't you love it when you ask someone to pray for you?

I'm not one that likes to do that often. I'm more of a "I have this friend who needs prayers" type of person.

I learned over the years to admit my faults and that part comes quite easily! ;o)
What I have trouble doing is asking someone to pray on my behalf. That's admitting my fault to someone else and makes me vulnerable. Silly little me.

Last night I struggled with a fault of my own and lost sleep over it. Today I asked a friend to be in prayer that I may overcome my faults.

It's amazing how much is lifted when you come to your brothers and sisters and let them pray for you. Therefore, the spirit intercedes for you.

Romans 8:25-27 says: (The Message)
All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. But it's not only around us; it's within us. The Spirit of God is arousing us within. We're also feeling the birth pangs. These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don't see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.
Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God's Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don't know how or what to pray, it doesn't matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That's why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.


Not like I haven't heard it before.....but...THAT'S JUST SOME GOOD STUFF!!!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

And so it begins....4th day of school!

I haven't made it through the first week of school yet and I've already had one quiz, gone through 6 chapters combined, and I'm not totally lost! I was very excited to look at my PERFECT score on my quiz today! Total memorization is all I can say! There's no other way around it! Because there is no multiple choice in the medical field!!!

Unfortunately, the migraines are back with vengeance!!! I will go back to see the eye doctor again soon so I can find out if there are any adjustments needed to be made. But I don't enjoy wearing my glasses at all. Sometimes you have to do the things you just don't like to survive huh?

I've been reflecting on quiet times this week. I've had a lot of time to just sit and think at home while being surrounded by the quietness. I should probably use those moments to study but I've really needed some time of rest and solitude. Since I don't get a chance to attend much of church, I like times of reflection. I also find myself often watching those Evangelist on TV too. (Outside of the wonderful
DVD's of Terry I get each week....those come first)

But I think it's good to stop and think of God. Just think about Him. What do you think about?

Sometimes for me...it depends on the day. I think of the blessings I have, the hard times I have, the gifts I've received, etc. But when I stop and think about it...those all start with "I".

I've been working on different ways to praise Him and make my lack of churchgoing a lot less about me and a whole lot about Him. Ways of Thanking Him, Blessing His Name, Digging into the Word, Accepting His Grace (hard for me), Knowing His Glory, and so many other things.

I am a person that is very critical of myself so when I screw something up....I have a hard time accepting His grace. I know it's there and I have a very forgiving Father. I need to model His image more and not try to BE him...if that made sense. Forgiveness begins with me and is about me. So if I can't forgive myself for my own mistakes, how do I expect Him to? I don't have to think about it....because He just does!

Bob Hostetler wrote an article called 31 Ways to Praise and I have that on my fridge to remind me when I have some down times. I really like it as it is a quick reminder when I walk by that in all things, give him praise!

God the Creator
"Creator God, I praise you because you made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you'. . . . " (Nehemiah 9:6).

The Only God
"God, I praise you because you are the LORD, and there is no other; apart from you there is no God. . . ." (Isaiah 45:5).

The Almighty God
"O LORD God Almighty, who is like you? You are mighty, O LORD," and I praise you . . . ." (Psalm 89:8).

The Everlasting Father, the Ancient of Days
"I praise you, Lord, as the Ancient of Days (Daniel 7:9), the Everlasting Father (Isaiah 9:6), who lives forever and ever. . . ."

A Loving God
"I praise you because you are a loving God, whose very nature is love. . . ." (1 John 4:16).

A God of Justice
"Lord, I praise and magnify you, who is just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus. . . ." (Romans 3:26).

The Trustworthy God
"Heavenly Father, I give you my praise and adoration, because you are a "faithful God, keeping [your] covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love [you] and keep [your] commands. . . ." (Deuteronomy 7:9).

A Merciful God
"You, O Lord, are a gracious and merciful God," (Nehemiah 9:31), and I praise you for your great mercy. . . ."

God my Refuge, my Fortress
"I praise you, Lord, for you are my mighty rock, my refuge. . . .'" (Psalm 62:7).

A Long suffering, Persevering God
"Father, I praise you because you are patient with [all your children], not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance' (2 Peter 3:9). Thank you for your patience with me. . . ."

The Only Wise God
"I give praise to you, my Father, the only wise God [my] Saviour' (Jude 1:25). May all glory and majesty, dominion and power, be yours both now and ever. . . ."

The Holy One
"Holy, holy, holy are you, Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come. . . ." (Revelation 4:8).

A Personal God
"I praise you, God, because you are a personal God, who gives me the honor of
knowing you personally, just like you did to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. . . ." (Matthew 8:11).

A Giving God
"Praise and honor be yours, O God, because you are a generous God, who did not even stop short of giving your own Son (John 3:16). . . ."

The Provider God
"I praise you today, Lord, as my Jehovah-jireh, who will generously provide all [I] need'. . . ." (2 Corinthians 9:7).

The Shepherd God
"I bless your name and praise you as my Jehovah-rohi, who will shepherd me and guide me in the paths of righteousness for your name's sake" (Psalm 23:1-3).

God my Victory
"Praise to you, my God, because you are my Jehovah-nissi, God my victory, who always leads [me] in triumphal procession in Christ'. . . ." (2 Corinthians 2:14).

God my Peace
"I praise you with all my heart, Lord, because you are my Jehovah-shalom, the God of peace [who] will soon crush Satan under [my] feet. . . ." (Romans 16:20).

The God Who Heals
"Father, I praise you because you are the Lord who heals me. . . ." (Exodus 15:26).

The God of All Comfort
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort. . . ." (2 Corinthians 1:3).

The God of Miracles
"Lord, I praise you because You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the people'. . . ." (Psalm 77:14).

A Forgiving God
"I want to bless you with my praise, Father, because you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love'. . . ." (Nehemiah 9:17)

The Burden-Bearer
"Praise be to the LORD, to God [my] Savior, who daily bears [my] burdens'. . . ." (Psalm 68:19).

A Faithful God
"I praise you because your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies'. . . Great is your faithfulness'. . . ." (Psalm 36:5; Lamentations 3:23).

God the Blessed and Only Ruler, King of kings and Lord of lords
"All honor and praise be to you, my God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords'. . . ." (1 Timothy 6:15).

God the Liberator
"I praise you because You are my help and my deliverer; O LORD'. . . ." (Psalm 70:5).

The Lifter of My Head
"Father God, I praise you because you are a shield around me, O LORD; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head' when I am weary or depressed. . . ." (Psalm 3:3).

A God of Light
"I praise you, Lord, because you are my light and my salvation,' and because you know what lies in darkness, and light dwells with you'. . . ." (Psalm 27:1, Daniel 2:22).

A God of Joy
"I give you my praise, O Lord, because you have granted [me] eternal blessings and made me glad with the joy of your presence'. . . ." (Psalm 21:6).

The God Who Answers Prayer
"I praise and honor you, Father, because you are a God who loves to answer prayer, and who begins to answer even before I begin to pray" (Isaiah 65:24).

The God of All the Earth
"I praise and adore you, Lord, as the Holy One of Israel. . . [my] Redeemer. . . the God of all the earth'. . . ." (Isaiah 54:5).

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Did God make that?


Today Emilie was looking through my anatomy book and this is our converstaion:




Emilie: Mom...did God make those eyeballs?
Me: Yes he did!
Emilie: All slimy and gross like that?
Me: Yes, he sure did!
Emilie: Why didn't he put those eyeballs on a person?
Me: He did...but someone cut them out of a person!
Emilie: OH!!!!! YOU KNOW WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN TO THEM???
Me: WHAT???
Emilie: The Devil will get them for that one!
Um....we quickly had a converstaion about eye donors!

Boys!

Why is it that boys ALWAYS want to wear shorts? Even on the coldest days....Lukus is begging me in the morning to wear his shorts! Don't your legs get cold? Do you not know it is winter? I am so lost as to why this boy wants to wear shorts everyday! I even went out and bought brand new jeans!!!! HE WON'T WEAR THEM! It's shorts or nothing! (Okay...well not nothing)
I finally convinced him today that he can't wear shorts again until he wakes up in the morning and it is over 50 degrees outside! So now I have him watching the weather continusly! Oi!

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Toilets! Seriously!!!!!!






There are some things in life that I just find rather funny! Toilet seats! Have you ever been to the local hardware store to see just how many different ones they have on display? I had to laugh and think..."Who would buy these?" Seriously! I don't want one I can see through and I certainly don't want one that glows! But you can even have them custom made to say whatever you want! I just find this totally amusing! I have no idea what mine would say....but I think I'll stick with the standard white toilet seat!

Join me in praising!

Yesterday Ian came home in the best mood! As a matter of fact, he went to school in the best mood! He even told me he loved me as he got out of the car this time.

The car conversation yesterday:

Ian: Mom...I was REALLY good today.
Me: Really? I'm so proud of you!
Ian: Mom...seriously, this is good news.
Me: Yes Ian! It is really good news.
Ian: Did my teacher e-mail you and tell you?
Me: Not yet, but I'm sure she will! Did she tell you how good you were?
Ian: Yes she did!
Me: How did that make you feel?
Ian: It felt great! I want to have another good day tomorrow!
The teacher never did e-mail yesterday and confirm this good news. However, this afternoon, she sent me an e-mail that said Ian has now had 2 really good days and is showing improvement in his work!

Praise God this is the best news I have heard this year and the IEP has not even started yet!!!

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Another day...another semester

Tomorrow I start another semester tomorrow. I am normally really nervous and worried....but I'm actually excited to start classes again.

Last semester was really rough for me emotionally at school and at home so I think I am just ready to get the ball rolling again. The classes get a little more difficult each semester, but again, I think I will be okay this semester. I guess it's normal to go through periods of burnout and growing weary of this whole school thing. If I loved it 100% of the time I would probably not be a normal.

So I'm home tonight ready for a good nights sleep and back to my normal routine tomorrow.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Something is seriously wrong with me!!!


Tonight we went to dinner at Spaghetti Warehouse downtown. This is normally our night to just go out and have a nice dinner somewhere. Kinda a date night...except tonight, we had our kids.

Anyway...the servers started clapping and walking over to a table to sing the happy birthday song of their choice. All of the sudden they go to another table....and then another....and pretty much...they just save it all for one moment and sang to everyone at the place that had a birthday.

However, I don't know WHAT happened to me but while they were singing to the table next to us....tears filled my eyes. Chad looks at me and says: "Are you laughing or really crying?"
I had to admit I was really crying and I had NOOOO idea why! I was dumbfounded as to why I was even crying. I was even embarassed by this.
I will cry at anything!!! It drives me nuts!!! Seriously!

Conversations with Theresa!



This is why soprano's act up at Praise Team Rehersal!

Me: I can't sing this song...it makes me laugh cause it has the word "Thorny" in it and it makes me think of that movie with the Wal Mart baby!

T: Yeah..they have some weird names in that...like...NOVA LEE! Who would name their kid NOVA LEE?

Me: But what about her kids names?

T: Uh..Brownie

Me: Ha! Baby Ruth....and what's that other name?


This conversation went to every snackfood name at this point that we could think of.

Twinkie? Oatmeal Cream Pie? Snowball? Then my favorite....MOON PIE! I was determined the child's name was MOON PIE! I left trying to convince T that it was MOON PIE!

Well...it was really....Brownie, Praline, Baby Ruth, and Cherry!

Thursday, January 04, 2007

What happens when friends come to town?

We go to lunch and watch Mr. Rogers making pottery....
We play with lizzards...
And sit around playing on all 3 laptops!
Thank God for special friends!



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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

What's more important??

Ian is so fixated on the earth, space, asteroids, and meteors.

This morning on the way to school he was talking non stop about a science magazine he read and how a meteor is going to hit the earth in the next few years. He proceeds to tell me how they are doing everything possible to divert the direction of this meteor so that it will save the earth.

As I listened to him go on and on about this in a rapid speech pattern, I started wondering....."Does he know that Jesus will come to save us?"

So I decided to ask him.

Me: "Do you know what it says in the Bible about the last days?"
Ian: "I know God said He would never flood the earth again, but I've seen a lot of rain."
Me: "So how will we know when the last day is?"
Ian: "The meteor will hit"
Me: "Is that what it says in the Bible?"
Lukus: "No...Jesus will come back as a thief!"
Me: "NOT EXACTLY CORRECT!!!!"
Lukus: "Yeah...it says he will be a thief at night!"


I quickly corrected that statement as we were getting off track. So we start again with the discussion of what the Bible says and not the National Geographic Science magazine says. I'm not real sure that we got to the point as I was quickly directed back to the meteors and space talk, but it is always interesting to hear how the kids view things! Hummm....wonder what our dinner topic will be tonight!!!

Kids prayers are too cute!

Each night for dinner we've been allowing the kids to choose what we have for dinner. It's been going well as I don't have to plan the menu anymore. The kids are loving it and run to the calendar each day wondering if it is going to be their day.

If it is their day, they are required to help set the table, prepare the meal in whatever way I can find for them, and then clean up as well. We also have a book called "Devotions for Young Readers" and if it is their night, they get to pick the story and read it at the table for everyone else and ask the questions at the end. So far they have really enjoyed it. Last night we learned about Samuel and how he listened to God.

It was interesting for me to learn that the kids only think that God can year you when you are praying. Lukus says: "He doesn't hear you unless you say..'Dear God'."
We quickly clarified that.

The other neat part of dinner is that the kids seriously fight over who gets to say the prayer. This is not something that is a normal routine for us so I was surprised by the kids willingness to do it. God is amazing!

Another thing we are not use to us praying with our kids before they go to bed. I've never been a good "tuck in" mom. I tuck the kids in and then they get out of bed so I gave up long ago. This pretty much left the kids going to bed for years on their own. This is something I've been trying to get better at.
Last night, I was putting the kids to bed and was going around praying with all of them one at a time. Lukus would do it if I went first. Ian wanted only me to pray. Emilie wanted to pray for a really long time. So by the time Emilie was praying for her hair to be highlighted....I was saying "Okay....amen" as we giggled together. She said "Can't I ask God for that?"
I said "Yes, you can ask God for anything you want."
She said "Yeah...he's like Santa. He'll give you what you want if you pray really hard."

I think we need to work on our value of prayer! ;o)

Monday, January 01, 2007

Don't make me mad!!!

These pictures should speak for themselves!





Like we didn't already know! ;o)

Brenda
&
Chad

95% Compatible

♥ Brenda and Chad have been romantically-together for a long time. That alone demonstrates a degree of compatibility. Their shared faith will help form a bond between them. They both abstain from drinking, so that helps compatibility. They are also both gamers. Both are also sports fans, and that can bring people together. Their astrological signs are in harmony, which is a plus. And their views on children are similar. The fact that Brenda is dominant, while Chad is submissive will help make a relationship work harmoniously. Overall, Brenda and Chad are highly compatible. They are capable of having a beautiful relationship together. ♥

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