January 31, 2011

Twinkle Toes

If your shoes fit you then why aren’t you wearing them?

Ice Ice Baby

We've got lots of ice today and we're expected to get four to six inches of snow too. Fiona was up last night throwing up and coughing up a storm so I kept her home in spite of the slick roads. It is super slick out there so be careful!

What have I been doing today? I have been doing lots and lots of reading. Below is a listing of some of the highlights from the current chapter. I thank God every single day of my life for giving me the wisdom to realize that I will never ever be done learning new things. I'm so thankful that God is willing to make this journey with me.


Our only refuge is in God's grace and mercy.


You don't have to feel forgiveness in order to say you forgive someone. Forgiveness is something you do out of obedience to the Lord because He has forgiven you. You have to be able to say, "God, I confess hatred for my [BLANK], and I ask your forgiveness. I forgive her for everything she did to me. I forgive her for not loving me, and I release her into your hands."


The most important thing to remember when it comes to forgiveness is that forgiveness doesn't make the other person right, it makes you free. The best way to turn anger, bitterness, hatred, and resentment for someone into love is to pray for that person. God softens your heart when you do and brings wholeness into your life.


The Bible is filled with countless lessons on forgiveness, like those I just mentioned, and yet I know how difficult this step can be.

Some of you may say, "Okay, I get what you're saying, but I dealt with all that stuff years ago, I don't want to dredge it all up again. Been there, done that."

Amen to that! I know exactly what you mean. Praise God if you've already visited the places in your heart and soul that needed repair, asking and giving forgiveness in all areas including forgiving yourself. There is no need to relive the sins of our past OVER and OVER. Once forgiven, always forgiven--that is the power of God's love for us.

However, looking at forgiveness in conjunction with our enabling and how it related to healing is a decidedly different perspective, requiring a new thought process and skill set.


We must forgive them for what they have done to us, even if they don't ask us for forgiveness. God's Word says, "Forgive, and you will be forgiven" (Luke 6:37). That verse also says that we shouldn't judge if we don't want to be judged ourselves. Instead, we are to release people and circumstances to God and let him be the judge. When we forgive people who have hurt us, we restore their God-given worth and value--not because they deserve it but because God has already done the same for us.


Forgiveness on so many levels is key, and then we must move on and not live in the past.


The self-esteem movement has told us that any troubles we experience must be due to someone else...that we are all victims, rather than fact the truth that there are always consequences of our choices...good and bad.


Forgiveness takes one; reconciliation takes two.


We do not open ourselves up to the other party until we have seen that she has truly owned her part of the problem. So many times Scripture talks about keeping boundaries with someone until she owns what she has done and produces "fruit in keeping with repentance" (Matt. 3:8). True repentance is much more than saying "I'm sorry"; it is changing direction.


It's not your fault how I choose to feel. My choices are my responsibility just as your choices are your responsibility.


What else am I working on today?

Laundry, cleaning, blogging, reading, folding, the usual...at some point I plan to have some treadmill time too.

January 28, 2011

The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.

~Reinhold Niebuhr

The Meaning of the Serenity Prayer

January 25, 2011

Ten On Tuesday

1.) See that picture? That's what I think the State of the Union will be reminiscent of tonight. It will be nothing but lip service. Will you be watching?

2.) Hemorrhoids are quite painful. Anyone have a solution for those? OUCH!!

3.) My OBGYN rocks! He and his nurse have been taking care of me since I was 25 years old. So far all is well and I'm supposed to take a calcium supplement. For me that means being more consistent with my daily vitamin. I already drink milk on a regular basis so I think I'm good to go in that department.

4.) Apparently having 4 periods a year is not going to be a problem for me. As long as I'm not bleeding for long "periods" of time I don't have anything to worry about.

5.) My doc told me I don't need to see an Endocrinologist. My family doctor is monitoring my thyroid just fine. We already know it's Hashimoto's Disease. We already know that .1 MG of Synthroid keeps my levels normal. Therefore, I am good to go in that department.

6.) I've known I had Hashimoto's Disease since spring of 2006. It's a big reason we chose not to have any more kids. When Kinsley was born she about killed me. She was 10 lbs 3 oz and YES it was a vaginal delivery. The following spring I experienced severe energy loss which is what prompted me to see my doctor. Hence the Hypothyroid aka Hashimoto's Disease.

7.) My 1st mammogram experience went so well last year that I decided to schedule my "girly" appointment on the same day. This year I knew what to expect. I felt like an old pro!

8.) My advice OR tip to anyone getting a mammogram would be to remind you that you are not allowed to wear deodorants or lotions on the day of your appointment. You'll want to stash your deodorant in your purse so you'll have it to put on after your mammogram is complete. With that stated as plain as day I'd like to make this my Tuesday Tip for the week and let y'all know that I am liking up with Tuesday's Tip Jar over on Blog Mommas..see?

9.) Sushi has her vet appointment today. It went well. They checked her temp and they gave her a vaccine as part of her initial checkup. She weighed in at 11 lbs which is good because she’s not supposed to weigh more than that. Good Job Sushi!

10.) Poor Kinsley is not feeling well. She’s had a horrible cold since last Friday and it’s turned into a horrible cough now too. We are headed to see the family doctor to make sure there is nothing more going on above and beyond what we can see or hear. Since this post is also my random I am linking up with:

January 22, 2011

Our Date Night

Our date night was Great!

We dropped the kids off at the gym just before 6 pm and then off we went to dinner!

We had dinner at Kobe Steakhouse. YUM!
After dinner we went to Barnes & Noble.

At Barnes & Noble I picked up these books:

1.) The Calorie King Calorie FAT & Carbohydrate Counter by Allan Borushek

2.) Lose It! The Personalized Weight Loss Revolution by Charles Teague & Anahad O’Connor

3.) Battlefield Of The Mind, Winning The Battle In Your Mind by Joyce Meyer

4.) The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

5.) God Thinks You’re Wonderful by Max Lucado

At Barnes & Noble Don picked up these books:

1.) The Awakened Mage by Karen Miller

2.) A Hymn Before Battle by John Ringo

3.) The Man With The Golden Torc by Simon R. Green

We also found some Christmas cards 75% off for next year!

It was nice being able to hang out just him and I without the kids.

When we got back to the gym just before 9 pm the kids were ready to go.

Off to bed they went when we got home.
Then we watched The Social Network!
I really like that movie.

It was fun being able to see how Facebook got started.

I often wonder what it would be like to be the youngest billionaire on the planet.

I’m already looking forward to the next date night!

*The photo was taken in October 2010

January 21, 2011

More Snow

She looks pretty happy to me!

Date Night

Don and I are going out tonight and I’m really looking forward to it.

I guess you could say it’s a type of “date night” for us.

Our gym has this thing called “parents night out” where you can drop your kids off and for 3 hours go and do whatever you want to away from the gym.

It’s $10.00 for each child and while you are gone they watch a movie, have a snack and play games!

You don’t even have to pay cash when you pick your kids up.

They will put it on your account and at the end of the month you pay for it when you get your bill.


I don’t know what we’re going to do tonight.

One of the things I would like to do is hit the book store.

I have 3 books I would like to buy:

1.) The Christian Atheist

2.) Jillian Michaels Master Your Metabolism Calorie Counter

3.) Joyce Meyer Battlefield Of The Mind

I can’t even believe I might get to spend some time in a book store without my kids chasing me all over the store or asking me to buy them this or that.

Don took the day off today so it’s a 3 day weekend for him.

I should probably hit the treadmill and get ready so we can leave promptly when it’s time.

I can’t wait to start our date!

January 20, 2011

Guess What!?

Fiona to Kinsley: Guess What?
Kinsley to Fiona: Chicken Butt! lol

Her Heart Beeps

Kinsley: I can feel my heart beeping!

Pop A Lock Bobby Pins

ME: The girls figured out how to pop a lock open with a bobby pin and now they are practicing. Go Figure!?

Mark: Future Watergate burglars, I'm sure. ;)

ME: Ha Ha Ha!!

Maria: What kind of kids are you raising????? Just kidding. Now if you are ever locked out of the house you know who to call :)

ME: I know! My kids know how to pick locks with bobby pins! lol

Mark: is still amazed that you have bobby pins in your house! Thought bobby pins went out with hot curlers and teased-up beehives! ;)

ME: Mark...the bobby pins belong to my oldest daughter Lauren! lol

Mark: Are they antiques??? Or can you actually still buy them? :P

ME: Ha ha ha! lol

Mind your own Bee's Wax!

Fiona to Kinsley: Mind your own Bee’s Wax!

Kinsley to Fiona: YOU mind your own Bee’s Wax Ya Old Geezer!

Sweet Fiona Posted This In Our Van

January 18, 2011

Lose It!

My SIL Heather invited me to join LoseIt.com a couple of weeks ago.

I finally joined the site yesterday and after one day of using it I am convinced this is going to help me lose weight.

I will be logging everything I put in my mouth and all of the exercising too.

At first I wasn’t sure if I would like the site because I barely have time with all of the other projects going on.

I literally thought it was going to be a time suck.

I found out pretty fast that it’s actually not a time suck.

It’s fairly easy to use.

You log in, set up your account, answer the questions and then the site plugs in a formula that will tell you how much you need to lose per week and how long it will take you to reach your goal.

I Love it!

I think my SIL Heather is pretty excited that I’m on LoseIt.com – FINALLY.

I think there is a lot of truth to your weight loss efforts being successful when you surround yourself with others that are trying to do the same thing you are who can consistently be there to update, encourage and help motivate.

If you’re on LoseIt.com let me know so I can add you as my friend.

Again, I promise you it’s not a time suck.

Yogi Bear Movie

The girls and I went to see this movie yesterday.
It was a cute movie.
It made me chuckle a couple of times.
It was also a bit cheesy but great for the kids.

This movie was the perfect movie for a no school day like yesterday.

Would I see this movie again? Probably not.
Will I buy the DVD for it? Probably not.
Overall we had a Great afternoon.
I think Fiona was happy to go back to school today.
She loves school.
I’m glad she loves school.

January 14, 2011

I'm a Little Penguin

I'm a little penguin
Black and white,
Short and wobbly
An adorable sight.
I can't fly at all
But I love to swim,
So I'll waddle to the water
And dive right in!

January 13, 2011

Kindergarten Roundup!!!

Kinsley is excited about Kindergarten Roundup today.

She keeps changing her outfits.

I think she thinks that she is starting Kindergarten today!

I Love it when kids are excited about going to school.

The photos are in chronological order beginning with Kinsley when she was a baby and finishing all the way through to today.

It’s all so bittersweet!!!

Snow Day #2

The sun was out on Snow Day #2 so it was extremely bright!

I think picture #2 is my favorite!

They retreated to the back of the house where it wasn’t quite as bright!

January 10, 2011

My Little Snow Angel

Kinsley said, "I'm glad I'm a kid!"

Shoveling Up the Snow

Kinsley is playing in the snow on our first official snow day of the winter season!

Kinsley is helping her Daddy shovel up all the snow!

Snow Day!

It snowed almost all day yesterday.
We knew there wouldn’t be any school today.
OPS voice messaging called and told us.

I wonder if it’s going to snow all day.
Maybe there won’t be any snow tomorrow.
I love snow days.

Fiona seems to be feeling great today!
She was sick last night.
She threw up 2 or 3 times.
I think she ate something weird.

She’s been having a blast hitting all of her friend’s birthday parties.

Yesterday she got to hang out at the bowling alley, bowl and play laser tag with her friends!

Fun times for Fiona.

January 9, 2011

Millard South, West Entrance

My friend Joseph gave me permission to post this photo here on I Am Pooped. My thoughts and prayers go out to every person, loved one, or friend affected by this tragedy.

January 7, 2011

Beautiful Owls

I keep dreaming about these beautiful creatures.
I had a dream about owls last night.
My dream was quite vivid.
There was a lot of conversation.
The owls were talking to me.
I can't remember what they were telling me.

I know that I have been surrounded by owls lately.
A friend of mine rescues owls.

Another friend of mine themed out her profile with owls.

Owls have been in the movies.
Owls are on our clothes at Old Navy.

I know that Owls are connected to being "wise" and having lots of "wisdom."

Proverbs is full of bible verses about wisdom.

What is it with owls?
What does it mean?

Sometimes I wonder if God is trying to tell me something.

I wonder if He tries to speak to us in our dreams?

Maybe I'm supposed to go back to school?

*Nobody told me what to link to. I link to whatever I feel like linking to. ;)

January 6, 2011

Warning: This is a LONG post!

I don’t know what it is about getting up at 4:26 AM but I sure do like it.

I had time to read my bible.
I had time to blog it: Stretching My Faith
I had time to check Facebook.

I had time to talk to my brother when he called to catch up.

I had time to help Kinsley get dressed.

I had time to pick out an outfit for Fiona & tell her to get dressed.

I had time to cook eggs & toast.

But before that I had time to drink my coffee in PEACE and take my meds & digest that hour that it takes before I can eat!

I actually got to eat breakfast with my kids.
That’s HUGE!

I had time to get two loads of laundry going: one for the washer & one for the dryer.

I had a lot completed before 8:40 when it was time to take Fiona to school.

After dropping Fiona off Kinsley & I went straight to the gym!

I got my 4 miles in.
I was careful not to jog.
I didn’t jog on Monday either.
The Physical Therapist told me not to.
So I didn’t.

When we got home from the gym we had lunch & then we started working on Kinsley’s Cubbies verse for AWANA.


I knew that if I was going to make it to AWANA Kinsley & I should probably take a nap before we have to go and pick Fiona up from school.

We lay down.
Kinsley is out FAST.

I just lay there wondering if I’m going to be able to nap at all.

I don’t feel too totally tired even though I have been up since 4:26 AM.


I think to myself: I will close my eyes and rest.


The mobile phone is BUZZING and I can hear it.
I forgot to turn it off.

I have about 5 or 6 text messages:
What is going on in Omaha?
There’s a shooting going on.
Is everything okay?
Where are you at?
What are you doing?
Are you watching the news?

I look at Kinsley.
She is still snoring.
I turn on the news.

Two Principals have been shot at Millard South High School.

A teenager has a gun.
The kids are scrambling.
The parents are frantic.

The Principal & Vice Principal are in critical condition.

I’m thinking to myself:
Is this why I can’t sleep?
Is this where the energy is coming from?
I know.
I know.
That’s nuts.

But if you think about it...it’s almost as if I wasn’t supposed to sleep today.

I don’t even want to get into the nitty gritty of what has happened in our town.

I know you guys can Google it and figure it out.
Most of you already know what’s gone on.
Omaha is a city with a small town feel to it.

Well...you know..not exactly the small town you might find way out yonder but for the most part it doesn’t have a city-feel to it.

We are all inter-connected.
So this incident is hard.
I feel HORRIBLE for the students.

I feel HORRIBLE for the Principal and Vice Principal.

I feel HORRIBLE for the parents of the students.
What a relief no student was hurt!

I feel HORRIBLE for the shooter's family & loved ones.

It wound up being quite a difficult day.
My husband went to Millard South.

Most of our mutual friends on his side went to Millard South.

EVERYONE knew the Vice Principal.

Even my Mother-In-Law had nothing but great things to say about her.

Again...Omaha is a city but it’s a small town feel.

Fiona is home by now and she practically falls asleep in the recliner.

Everyone can sleep EXCEPT ME!
What gives?

Fiona doesn’t normally nap in the afternoon like this so I blame myself for keeping her out late to dinner at the Olive Garden the night before.

At this point I realize there is NO WAY we can make it to AWANA.

The poor kid isn’t going to make it.
We have dinner.
The kids go to bed.
I’m in bed.


I can’t sleep.
So the 9 o’clock news comes on.
I NEVER watch the 9 o’clock news.
My mind was racing all afternoon.
I could NOT stop thinking about what happened.

Then they interrupt their schedule to let us know that the Vice Principal didn’t make it.

She had died in the hospital.
I cried.
I still can’t sleep.

I think I was up until 11 o’clock and then I finally turned everything off, closed my eyes and fell ASLEEP.



I did NOT wake up at 4:26 AM.

My alarm went off at 7:00 AM and I kept hitting the snooze button.

4 o’clock in the morning did not happen for me today.

I can’t stop thinking about everything that has happened in Omaha.

I was watching the news tonight while on the treadmill at the gym.

I guess the kids gathered and sang happy birthday to the Vice Principal.

It was chilling for me.

All I could think of (GOOSEBUMPS) is her celebrating her birthday with JESUS.


BITTER because she is no longer with us and SWEET because she’s with HIM now.

January 4, 2011

Ten On Tuesday

1.) My SIL makes the very best Tiramisu Cake.

2.) My Physical Therapy appointments were a HUGE success. No More Pain!

3.) I have a New Year Resolution for 2011 and hopefully for Life! Check It!

4.) I made it back to the gym yesterday w/Momma Kim! (My SIL) I’m so HAPPY!

5.) Kamal Saleem is coming to Brookside Church & I can’t wait to hear his story!

6.) The joyful people are those who are generous and kind. The miserable people are those who are selfish & unforgiving.

7.) The problem solvers are those whose lives are powered by faith & optimism. The problem people are those whose lives are drained by doubts & pessimism.

8.) The winners are those who learn to take full responsibility for their actions. The losers are those who blame others for their failures.

9.) I made it through the entire New Testament, Psalms & Proverbs last year. This year I’m doing it all over again but this time I’m including all of the Old Testament. Did you know that I document my journey through the bible on another blog called Stretching My Faith?

10.) Last year I lost 22 inches all over my body. I also went from wearing sizes 18/16 down to sizes 14/12. This year I’m planning to make it down to sizes 12/10 and sizes 10/8.

January 2, 2011

Physical Therapy

I go back for more physical therapy tomorrow. This will be my third session. I’m not sure what I did to my back. A few of my muscles are tight and they will not loosen up.

Last week I was in so much pain I had to go to my family doc to talk about this major pain I was having coming directly from the left of my right shoulder blade. The pain was shooting up my neck, down my back, through my shoulder, and down my right arm. There are moments when my right arm will go numb.

The doc took x-rays. My spine looks great! The spacing of my bones is perfect! There really wasn’t much that my doctor could see so he’s sent me to physical therapy. After sleeping on a heating pad, 2 sessions of physical therapy, and a few pain pills later, I am feeling much better.

Not so fast! Just when I thought the pain was gone...BOOM! It came back again today. I took 2 Advil and am looking forward to seeing what we come up with again at physical therapy. They have some sort of electric stimulus therapy that they do with these round pads they attach to the areas of my back where the muscles will not relax. I wish I owned one of those machines!

Who knows? Maybe I need to see a massage therapist. All I know is I hope they figure out what my problem is so I can get back to pain-free comfort.

No matter what happens I am going back to the gym tomorrow. I have got to get back to my routine. I’ve been away for far too long. I need to keep the weight loss in check! Until they figure out what’s going on with my back I’m going to put Jillian Michaels on hold and stick to stair climbers, walking on the treadmill & incline work on the treadmill. Oh I can’t forget crunches too!

January 1, 2011


I’m happy it’s 2011.

I don’t know why exactly other than I like fresh starts.

I have a new year’s resolution. With any luck I’ll be able to keep this one going for the rest of my life. That would be a good thing!

My new year’s resolution is to keep my expectations LOW.

Lickety Split – That’s It!

Happy New Year!!!