October 29, 2011

The Secret of Being Content




I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.

~Philippians 4:12-13

October 28, 2011

Happy Birthday BFF!!


Look what I found. I treasure every memory I have of you. You are more than just a friend. You are my family. I Love you. Happy Birthday Faithe MB. :)) ♥

October 27, 2011

This Makes Me Happy

Hey Ree! :)) I know you will like this a lot so I saved it for you. I'm getting set to send you another letter. I know you're kickin' ass and taking names!! Can't wait to see you graduate!! ♥ ♥ ♥

My First Apple Product: iPod Nano Multi-Touch


I’m super excited about this iPod Nano Multi-Touch. I bought it from a friend who wasn’t really using it much. Their status update on Facebook caught my eye because they were selling it for $80 and if no one was interested they were going to put it on Craigslist for $100.

Thank you Joseph and Laurie for selling me your iPod Nano! I am super excited to use it. I’ve had it plugged into my computer all night and was able to check out the iTunes store last night before I went to bed.

I am amazed at all of the options this thing has. You can play your music. You can burn your CDs that you already have to your iTunes account for free so you don’t have to purchase what you already have. You can make your own playlists. You can have iTunes create playlists for you.

It comes with a radio and a pedometer. That is HUGE for me because music is what drives my workouts. When I’m listening to the radio I do lots of climbing on the treadmill during commercials. With every commercial I increase the incline.

The radio is huge for me because on this thing I can switch between stations pretty quickly. Being able to clip my iPod Nano to my clothes is nice because now I don’t have to worry about it. I can just clip and go. I noticed they give you the option to wear it like a watch too.

There’s a clock on it. You can store some photos on it. You can download podcasts to it. This thing is super cool. The web site is even more amazing. Why didn’t I do this sooner?

If you have an iPod Nano Multi-Touch I am interested in any tips or tricks you’d like to share with me. I am an Apple Product Newbie so I can use all the help I can get!

I Lost My Keys


I lost my keys. I have no idea where they could be. The last time I had them was on Sunday after church. Between then and now I have not seen them. Strangely enough I am calm about this. This will force me to stop procrastinating and tackle picking up my house and getting some things done around here.

I have a new blog to introduce today over on Blog Mommas. I’m excited about that! If you have a blog and you’d like some new readers to find you have me list your blog in the directory. All you do is put a link up in your sidebar to “Blog Mommas” or “Blog Directory” and then I add and introduce you. It’s easy as apple pie. If you want to do a link exchange with me on any of my blogs let me know. You link me, I’ll link you and that’s how we get new readers and find new blogs.

I must say that I absolutely adore the kids in my Sparks group at church. They are all kindergarteners and very sweet. We have some neat discussions and game time is super fun. I really like being an AWANA leader…A LOT! I’ve been participating for awhile and didn’t realize how much I enjoyed it until I started working with the toddlers in Cubbies. This is my first year as a Sparks Leader. I think it’s neat how they keep the kids together with their group leaders throughout their time in their individual programs. This is Fiona’s last year and Kinsley’s first year in Sparks.

Fiona and Kinsley can spit out their verses like yesterday’s breakfast. Lately Kinsley has been a little bored with it. I think I found the solution to light a fire in her to be more excited about being prepared. I’ve borrowed two boys from the 2nd grade group to help oversee Kinsley when she is sharing her verses. It has lit a fire in her and now she anticipates being able to show those boys that she knows her verses! This is good for me because I’m her group leader and it takes the emphasis off me, her mom, being her group leader and has her looking at it differently. There’s no question that she wants me in her group and is excited and somewhat proud to have her Mom leading her team but there are moments when I think she takes the scenario for granted. The two 2nd graders helping me out are pretty excited they’ve been picked to help out in this way. They feel like they are contributing to something important, they stop running around the classroom, and I get to watch Kinsley work to be more prepared. It’s a win win for everyone!

I’m thinking of going back to blogging every day. It’s good for me. It keeps me focused and on task. Sometimes my posts might be long and sometimes not so much. Today it is LONG.

I saw something on Facebook that said, “As we grow up, we realize it becomes LESS important to have more friends and MORE important to have REAL ones.” I agree with that statement 100%. I’ve been thinking a lot about who my friends are and what makes them my friends. Friendship is a two way street where you meet in the middle. If my friends always get to talk about stuff and they’re never interested in how I’m doing or what I think about life too then what’s the point? Am I just someone that you can share with who has no opinion or am I someone who’s opinion matters? I realize there are times when it’s not necessary to interject but seriously what’s the point if there’s a breakdown in communication? Not everyone is going to see the world as I do or as you do. Friends allow one another to be who they are even if you don’t agree with their opinions or their take on situations.

You know what else? There is no such thing as the perfect parent. I am a mom to a 20 year old, soon-to-be 8 year old and soon-to-be 6 year old. I am grateful for my friends who have participated and showed a genuine interest in my kids through the good and the bad times. I never once took someone’s advice personally or as a slam on my parenting. In turn my friends knew they could come to me and I would tell them what I think and that good or bad it’s not a reflection on their parenting.

I don’t know what it is about the competiveness between moms. You know that halo on my head? It has cracks, bumps, nicks, and scrapes in it. I’m not a perfect mom. I’m not a perfect friend. I just try to be myself.

I have super close friends I can count on one hand who I expect to tell me what’s up and to never feel like they have to walk on egg shells around me. Friendship is a two way street. You take the good with the bad but you do so together. I can’t be in a friendship where I don’t get to contribute. I have a hard time going down one way streets. Eventually I have to turn off on the two-way street. Friendship is give and take. Otherwise, what’s the point? I’m not a wall. I’m not a doormat. I have feelings too. I have ideas too. It’s not personal if they don’t mesh with yours. I don’t take it personal when someone shows me something different. I am grateful to all of my friends who have offered me up parenting advice even when I didn’t ask for it. I know it’s not a dig or a criticism on my parenting or on being a Mom.

Even though I’m calm about having lost my keys I’m starting to wonder where they are. That means I have to end this very LONG post and get to work but not until I’ve introduced the next blog on Blog Mommas. See ya around.

October 26, 2011

I remember He does too

Vaccines that work to prevent Cancer and STDS are a Good thing

Vaccines that work to prevent cancer and STDS are a good thing. It has nothing to do with encouraging sex out of wedlock.

How irresponsible of Michele Bachmann to tell the whole world that Gardasil causes mental retardation. She made some horrible excuse about misunderstandings and I knew at that moment she needed to get out of the race. What an idiot!

Furthermore, I have no respect for anyone who tries to connect important medical advances to sexual promiscuity. Any time the medical community can prevent cancer and/or STDS I consider that a good thing.

Of course the controversy has come back up because they are saying that Gardasil can benefit boys too. That’s AWESOME!!

The other thing that ticks me off is people who go to church who scoff and pretend that cancer, genital warts, STDS, etc...are some sort of punishment from God. Oh you don’t want to get me started.

Vaccinating your children has nothing to do with immoral sexual promiscuity. It’s interesting that a vaccine to possibly prevent cancer is okay but you throw in a sexually transmitted disease as rampant as the Human Papillomavirus and people start freaking out. Go figure!?

CDC committee recommends boys receive HPV vaccine
CDC Backs HPV Vaccine for Boys
Learn About Cervical Cancer

October 25, 2011

10 On Tues: My Thoughts


1. It is a challenge ignoring unintelligent people who make foolish decisions.

2. I’m right again. Who knew?

3. Parents who try to ensure their children’s successes, often raise unsuccessful kids!

4. The previous statement was geared more toward Helicopter Parents and Drill Sergeant Parents.

5. iTunes is not gonna know what to do with me!!!

6. Common sense is so rare, maybe it should be classified a super power.

7. The Red Raiders BEAT Oklahoma who is undefeated NO more!!!

8. When someone loves you they don't have to say it, you can tell by the way they treat you...

9. When something bad happens you have three choices. You can either let it define you, let it destroy you, or you can let it strengthen you.

10. Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.

October 24, 2011

No More Tears


He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.

God's Love and Ours


Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.

The Truth


If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.

Godlessness in the Last Days


But mark this:
There will be terrible times in the last days.

People will be lovers of themselves,
lovers of money,
boastful,
proud,
abusive,
disobedient to their parents,
ungrateful,
unholy,
without love,
unforgiving,
slanderous,
without self-control,
brutal,
not lovers of the good,
treacherous,
rash,
conceited,
lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God
having a form of godliness but denying its power.

Have nothing to do with them.

They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over weak-willed women,
who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires,
always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth.

Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these men oppose the truth
men of depraved minds,
who,
as far as the faith is concerned,
are rejected.

But they will not get very far because,
as in the case of those men,
their folly will be clear to everyone.

Love is . . .


Love is patient,
love is kind.

It does not envy,
it does not boast,
it is not proud.

It is not rude,
it is not self-seeking,
it is not easily angered,
it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil
but rejoices with the truth.

It always protects,
always trusts,
always hopes,
always perseveres.

Love never fails.

October 19, 2011

Blowing It Off

Miss Kinsley got her feelings hurt at school today. Apparently another little girl doesn’t want to be her friend any more. Kinsley is doing a pretty good job of blowing it off now that she told me about it. In the meantime Sushi Down (my mini pin) thinks she is Michael Jordan once again. We only have 7 weeks left of confinement to go. AWANA here we come!

I Am Letting Go of You


I am letting go of you.
You have no power over me.
You can’t hurt me anymore.
Goodbye.

October 18, 2011

10 On Tues: The Real 10 On Tues


1. I love it when I check my mail and find a letter from my marine recruit! This will make the third time I have heard from her while she’s at boot camp. I’m so excited for her. She is really doing it!

2. I love it when her Sgt stays in touch with me! It gets me all excited and wound up from the anticipation of her graduation ceremony. I cannot wait to attend!

3. I love being in a book store! I've found two God and Country Devotionals geared toward those who have been called up to serve. They are filled with positive motivational quotes and bible verses I can put in all of the letters we send our daughter while she’s at boot camp.

4. I love it when my mother-in-law says she’s going to come to my daughter’s graduation ceremony! I’m not sure if she likes to fly but I can tell she is extremely proud of her granddaughter’s decision to join the marines.

5. I love thinking about the holidays! It’s such a wonderful time of the year. It's a special moment in time to be with the people that care about you and love you the most. We are truly blessed beyond measure.

6. I love that my girls were born this time of the year! October, November and December I was blessed with three miracles. They are each beautiful, unique and distinct from one another and they know what it means to truly LOVE each other.

7. I love it when God paints a pretty picture for us each and every day! From the sunrises, to the sunsets, and all those fall leaves you can hear go crunch beneath your feet. It’s spectacular!

8. I love it when the wind blows! If you stop and listen you might hear a beautiful whisper. Don't forget to take a deep breath. Fill your lungs with fresh air. Meditate and breathe deeply.

9. I love it when Grandma takes the girls to her house for the night. It doesn't happen often but when it does she sure makes it fun for them. What happens at Grandma’s house stays in their little hearts forever.

10. I love our family counselor! I thank God every day that she helped us to see the light on so many things. Because of that I have been able to repurpose myself. That’s a good thing.

10 On Tues: Top 10 Sites about Sociopaths on the WWW

1. Profile of the Sociopath: When they show what seems to be warmth, joy, love and compassion it is more feigned than experienced and serves an ulterior motive. Outraged by insignificant matters, yet remaining unmoved and cold by what would upset a normal person. Since they are not genuine, neither are their promises.

2. Antisocial Personality Disorder: Many people with this disorder are not violent unless significantly and specifically provoked.

3. Sociopath: a person, as a psychopathic personality, whose behavior is antisocial and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience.

4. Protect Yourself from Sociopaths: If you're dealing with a person who exhibits some of these traits, put your guard up. If that person shows many or all of these traits, get him or her out of your life.

5. Sociopath World: A sociopath is not a sensitive woman with deep poetic complexities, but an animal seeking amusement. You are expendable, as you have the specialness of an ant. Unless you can see her for what she is, or get her to show you what he is.

6. How do you know if someone is a Sociopath? The key characteristics of a sociopath include: having no conscience, inability to treat others as human beings, with feelings and rights and inability to learn from experience, from life. One result of this last is gross immaturity, though it may be hidden unless one knows the person well. A sociopath behaves as if he/she were the only person in the whole world and as if everyone else just existed for their benefit and had no existence in their own right. Sociopaths treat other people as toys and hanker after the power to control and hurt their "nearest and dearest." Many are monumentally self-important: They may pretend to be millionaires, when in reality they are sliding towards financial disaster. Habitual dishonesty.

7. What is a Sociopath? They are quick to become angry at the most tiny sign of disrespect whether real or not. They do not give without reason. They have an agenda.

8. Common Everyday Sociopaths: Chances are you know a sociopath. I say "ordinary lives," but what they do is far from ordinary. Sociopaths are people without a conscience. They don't have the normal empathy the rest of us take for granted. They don't feel affection. They don't care about others. But most of them are good observers, and they have learned how to mimic feelings of affection and empathy remarkably well.

9. The Sociopathic Style: Dr. Hare's Checklist (Sociopathic Traits): FAILURE TO ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR OWN ACTIONS -- a failure to accept responsibility for one's actions reflected in low conscientiousness, an absence of dutifulness, antagonistic manipulation, denial of responsibility, and an effort to manipulate others through this denial.

10. An Interview with Martha Stout: When considering a new relationship of any kind, practice the Rule of Threes regarding the claims and promises a person makes, and the responsibilities he or she has. Make the Rule of Threes your personal policy. One lie, one broken promise, or a single neglected responsibility may be a misunderstanding instead. Two may involve a serious mistake. But three lies says you're dealing with a liar, and deceit is the linchpin of conscienceless behavior. Cut your losses and get out as soon as you can. Leaving, though it may be hard, will be easier now than later, and less costly. Do not give your money, your work, your secrets, or your affection to a three-timer. Your valuable gifts will be wasted.

October 13, 2011

My GENIUS on Love


Tuesday Kinsley (5) said the funniest thing. “Mom…Ryan keeps telling me he loves me.” I just looked at her and said, “Really? Well that’s okay…don’t you think?” She motioned me to meet her at her level so she could whisper something in my ear. She whispered, “But Mom. It’s the kissing kind of love and I don’t want that.”

October 12, 2011

My Sweet Sushi-Pie


My sweet pup Sushi had to have surgery on her back right paw. She fractured all the bones from falling the other night and landing on it all wrong.

We are looking into getting some pet insurance because her surgery was quite pricey. In fact, I could kick myself for not having any pet insurance in the first place.

Now we are looking for some pet insurance companies that our vet, ER and animal hospital use. Even though what happened to Sushi is considered pre-existing at least from here on out we can get her well checkups, meds and services discounted.

If in the future there is ever another accident we’ll be able to get her the help she needs without breaking the bank.

Her surgery went well yesterday. She had some plates inserted into her paw to fix the fractures. She’ll be in a splint for the next two months. We’ll have to limit her activity and I will be keeping her close so she doesn’t over exert herself.

Six months from now we’ll re-evaluate with the animal hospital to see if they will need to go back in and remove the metal plates.

If you have a dog or cat you may want to consider getting some pet insurance because you never can tell what the future will hold. Accidents can happen and you’ll want to be prepared if and when they do.

October 11, 2011

10 On Tues: Husker Football


1. Every time I eat a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios I crave Stride Gum.

2. When it comes to keeping everyone healthy October is not my month.

3. The Nebraska game last Saturday was freaking AMAZING!!!

4. I enjoyed watching Bo Pelini go off on Omaha World Herald reporters during the post game interview. I have a newfound appreciation for him.

5. Texas lost to Oklahoma by A LOT on Saturday. Oh well. They have a lot of growing to do.

6. Allergies are kicking my butt.

7. I can’t get over that Nebraska game. They kicked some serious ass and then some!!!

8. Do any of you out there in blog-land have Pet Insurance? If so, what kind? What should I be thinking about when considering Pet Insurance?

9. The Omaha World Herald can Suck It! lol

10. That was the GREATEST comeback in Nebraska Husker Football History!!!

October 7, 2011

The Ragamuffin Gospel


My brother Chris has urged me to read a book called “The Ragamuffin Gospel” by Brennan Manning.

Inside of this book is a foreword by Michael W. Smith & a testimony by Rich Mullens.

My copy of the book includes a NEW addition called “19 Mercies: A Spiritual Retreat.”

My brother has been so adamant about this book that I went to Parables here in town to pick up a copy.

I am beginning my journey right now with FOREWARD at the beginning of the book.

Here we go…

I was not told to write about this book, to link to it, or the Christian Book Store here in my town. I have included my online affiliate link which means if you decide to order the book from this page or any of the links on my pages I might get credit for your order.

October 6, 2011

Thank You! ♥


I am grateful to all the military members and veterans that have written our daughter while she is at Marine Recruit Training in Parris Island, SC. Your support and encouragement mean the world to us. Thank You! ♥

October 5, 2011

Happy Birthday Ree!!! ♥


November 1998 – Lauren was 7 years old.

This photograph was taken on Thanksgiving 1998 at Grandma and Grandpa’s house here in Omaha Nebraska. ♥

Lauren, You are 20 years old! When did that happen?

Promise me you’ll never forget…that you are a gift to the world, a divine work of art, signed by God. You were knit together. (Psalm 139:13) You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and lovingly positioned on this earth…by the Master Crafts-Man. He thinks you are the best thing to come down the pike in quite awhile. Turn to the sidelines; that’s God cheering your run. Look past the finish line; that’s God applauding your steps. God is for you. He cares about you. (1 Peter 5:7) Your heavenly Father is very fond of you and only wants to share his love with you. Untethered by time, God sees us all. And he loves what he sees.

Happy Birthday Ree!!! ♥

We are Super PROUD



I spent the first week while you were away thinking about you and what you are doing and how important it is. We are super PROUD of you Ree.

I will always remember Tuesday, September 20, 2011 as long as I live. That’s the day my daughter Lauren took her oath and shipped off to Parris Island, South Carolina.

I’ll never forget what Major Benjamin B. Rex said, “Always do what’s right even when no one is looking.”

Love You Ree! ♥

The 1st Phone Call Home



This was the phone call home I received at approx 11:39 PM Tues night. I no longer screen my phone calls now that she is at Marine Recruit Training. I don’t want to miss any calls if I can help it.

1st 30 Min On Parris Island



This is what Lauren’s 1st 30 minutes on Parris Island probably looked like when she arrived.

October 4, 2011

10 On Tues: Mesenteric Adenitis


1. I love it when my BFF Faithe calls me from Belgium. Thank you Magic Jack!

2. Berry Burst Ice Cream Oreos = VERY BAD!

3. Dear God, I wanna take a minute, not to ask for anything from you, but simply to say thank you, for all I have.

4. When a man repeats a promise again and again and again and again and again and again and again, he means to fail you. (Proverb) NO, I was not referring to Barack Obama.

5. This local news article bothers me. If I as the parent of my children think they are too sick to go to school then my word should be the last on that matter. I have the final say on what happens to my child – not the government. #Omaha

6. To worry yourself to death with resentment would be a fOOlish, senseless thing to do. ~JOB 5:2 (TEV)

7. Fifty-five hours from now Twenty years ago I was admitted to Methodist Hospital and Twelve hours later gave birth to my oldest daughter. What an incredible journey to get to this point. I wouldn’t change any of it! Out of all my treasured gifts from heaven Lauren will always be the first. Love You Ree!!! ♥ ♥ ♥

8. I can’t remember if I mentioned this or not but I got TWO letters from Lauren last week. I have never been so excited to get snail mail before now!

9. Writing Lauren while she is in recruit training at Parris Island, SC ignites the memories I have of when Don and I wrote to her when she was just a kid at summer camp.

10. The terrible horrible intestinal virus that Fiona had when she was sick in the hospital last week is called: Mesenteric Adenitis. I am so happy Fiona did not have to have surgery. Thank You Jesus!

October 2, 2011

HOME Sweet HOME ♥

My sweet kid! :)


Kinsley was worried about Fiona.


We are home now. I'm so happy Fiona didn't have to have surgery and that everything is okay with her appendix.

I don’t feel like rehashing all of the details. Besides, the people who know and love us the most have access to all of that on Facebook.

Grandma and Grandpa are the best Grandparents my kids could ever hope to have. They came to the hospital because they love and support us. Their presence made Fiona’s day.

Don and Kinsley went to church today. I stayed home with Fiona so she can rest and take it easy. Not sure yet but I think we will keep her home from school tomorrow just to make sure she is 100% when she goes back.

I want to thank everyone who texted us on our telephones to offer us encouragement and prayers. What a blessing to be fully surrounded by those who genuinely care for our family.

Between Don’s family, our wonderful friends and God’s blessings we feel completely and totally loved. You guys are the best. Thank You!