March 31, 2012

Jello


~even Jello must be left alone in order to form as it should.

March 30, 2012

Whose fault is it, then, when things get worse instead of better?


Having lived through more trouble than we felt we deserved, some of us turned our backs on God, determined to go our own way, under our own power. This is like a child who walks into a dark room and refuses to turn on the light. When he stumbles and hurts himself, is the darkness to blame? If we are going somewhere, and we reject the power of a train or car to take us there, whose fault is it that our arrival is so long delayed?

When we are faced with the perplexities of a bad situation, and try to do it on our own, we are stubbornly refusing the help that could be ours. Whose fault is it, then, when things get worse instead of better?

New Experiences

New experiences create new realities. ~Love Mom 

Snap Judgments

Rashness succeeds often, still more often fails. ~Napoleon I

Snap judgments can get us into trouble. We don't always know what we think we know OR even see what we think we see.

If I'm quick to take offense, I will always have plenty to be offended about.

March 29, 2012

I Love You


This is how I feel about my family. I am so blessed to have such a wonderful family. My husband treats me like a queen. He loves us unconditionally. He puts each and every one of us at the top of his priorities. He shows his love for us each and every day. He stands firm in his faith and he doesn't just move his mouth. His actions speak volumes. He has more self control than anyone I know. He is a good friend. He makes me laugh. I can't help but see the brighter things in life because he has this way about him that draws me in. I can't even rightly put into works what kind of man he is. He is the love of my life. He makes me thankful every day for unanswered prayers. He just rocks like that! My daughters..how adorably wonderful are they? They rock my world and I love each and every one of them unconditionally. They are my life..I can't imagine how anyone would ever pass up the chance to know who God has placed before me. I Love you guys. I Love my family. God knew exactly what He was doing when He placed me in Omaha all those years ago. I Love you. My family ROCKS.

March 28, 2012

T h I n k about T h a t

I am passionately obsessed with God’s peripety. It’s making me see “weakness” in a whole new light. You are a lot stronger than you think. T h I n k about T h a t.

March 27, 2012

Progress Begins


Progress begins when we stop trying to control the uncontrollable and when we go on to correct what we have the right to change. If we accept a situation full of misery and uncertainty, it is no one's fault but our own. We *can* do something about it!

Horrible Migraine

Please pray for my migraine to go away. :(

I have to move slow if I do move and there is no way I can drive. I don't know if this is a tension headache, a migraine that lasts for days, or what? I've only had one other migraine in my life so I am not really sure what to make of this.

I have gone to using cold wet washcloths on my forehead. That seems to help. I don't have a fever but I do have a lot of aches and pains in my back. I'm hoping this will be gone soon so I can get back to living my life.

I didn't make the last day of ladies bible study. That kind of bums me out a little because I felt a great connection with all of the gals in my class.

I don't think I'm going to be able to participate in AWANA tomorrow night. There is no way.

We have a family session today so I'm going to do my best to get myself ready for that. Don will drive and I will bring my sunglasses along so the bright lights don't hurt me.

I should be okay but I would really like it if this migraine went away. I'm not used to this at all. I'm gonna eat a bowl of cereal and go back to bed.

March 26, 2012

Migraine

Migraines are not fun. This is the 2nd time in my adult life that I have had a terrible horrible no good migraine. You know...the ones where your head hurts when the light is too bright or someone's voice is too loud. The ones where every time you move the pain intensifies.

I had to cancel my doctor appointments this morning and move them to April 10th. At this rate my yearly exams and my mammograms will be taking place in the spring time after my birthday. Oh well..April 10th seems to work out better anyway.

I wanted to go see October Baby today. It is playing at 1:15 at Oakview Mall. Looks like I'll have to pick a different day and time in order to see that movie. It's one hour and 45 minutes long. I like the idea of being able to go see it while the kids are at school.

The kids were so excited to go back to school today. They love school. They love seeing all of their friends. There are so many special projects going on this time of the year, too.

Fiona doesn't know it yet but Flat Stanley made it to our house all the way from Belgium. I'll have to be sure and set something up with Fiona's teacher because her Flat Stanley has some pretty cool things to show the kids when he makes it back to the classroom.

Auntie Faithe took Flat to Germany and of course she lives in Belgium so he got to hang out and bring back some pretty cool souvenirs for Fiona's class. I can't wait to get it all set up for them. You know I'll be bringing my camera along to snap some pictures.

Oh man..I need to get back in bed and just lay still. I hope this Migraine disappears before Ladies Bible Study tomorrow. Tomorrow is the last day and I don't want to miss anything.

March 25, 2012

The Fruit of Bitterness and Resentment


A grim and furious silence can be more crushing and wounding than harsh words. Such a silence is motivated by the desire to punish. It is the fruit of bitterness and resentment.

Yep...Back in the Day


No one does music like Texas! This is what I was doing when I was in high school. Freshman Year: Varsity Band. Sophomore Year: Varsity Drill Team. Junior Year: Varsity Band. Senior Year: Drum Major. Lots of Practice. Great Memories. Fun Times. ♥


There I am again...LOL!!! Where's Waldo? LMBO!! :P


Yep...Back in the Day. That's me on the bottom right hand side of the picture. Up top is Laurie and to the bottom left is Veronica. Those were the days. ♥

The best part is that no one told me to love music. ♥

Valid Abuse . . .


Emotional abuse and mistreatment, whether it is done with or without malice and forethought, is still valid abuse.

Boundaries . . .


Having absolutely NO contact is sometimes necessary in situations where a family member is exceedingly dangerous or destructive to you and your family.

Sometimes . . .

Mind Your Own Business


The same thing can be said for people who like to meddle. Mind your own business and you might be surprised at how things can turn out.

March 24, 2012

Ellen DeGeneres Following My Pins


Ellen DeGeneres is now following my pins on Pinterest. I wonder what she wants? LOL!! :)

Yep..That's Me! I'm Pinning on Pinterest! Follow My Pins! :)


I have a folder on Pinterest titled: Yep..That's Me! :)

I also have folders for Don and Lauren that says: Yep..That's Lauren! :) and Yep..That's Don! :)

I didn't know how much FUN Pinterest was until I started exploring it a little over a week ago. Once you get yourself set up on there and start pinning a few things it's a quick and easy distraction when you're not distracted with Facebook.

Ha Ha Ha!!! Yes people...it's another time suck but a FUN one at that!

There are so many ideas floating around and things of interest and fun inspiration quotes which I absolutely LOVE.

I added the "Pin Me" button to my blog on the bottom right hand corner of my blog's side bar so you can find me pretty quickly.

I think you'll get a kick out of it. There is so much to explore from educational tools to tips and tricks to recipes.

I think Pinterest is AWESOME!! I'm glad I finally checked it out.

False Evidence Appearing Real


False Evidence Appearing Real

There is a debilitating fear that Satan tries to put on us every day. I call fear False Evidence Appearing Real. It is intended to keep us from having the power, love and sound mind God wants us to have.

Sometimes we think of fear as an emotion, but it is actually a spirit. In fact, fear is one of Satan's favorite tools, and he particularly loves to harass Christians with it.

But Jesus said, "All things can be (are possible) to him who believes!" (Mark 9:23 AMP). And an on-fire, Bible-believing Christian who is fearless is the enemy's worst fear!

It has been said that fear is the opposite of faith, and that is true. We can't live in faith and fear at the same time. Fear paralyzes us and keeps us from receiving God's promises. It keeps us from stepping out and obeying what God has called us to do.

Fear must be confronted head-on with the power of faith. We must proclaim the Word of God and command fear to leave. So the next time fear knocks on your door, send faith to answer!

Prayer Starter: Lord, alert me when I'm confronted by False Evidence Appearing Real. I know that with Your help, I can respond with the power of faith and send fear running every time.

Joyce Meyer: Promises for Your Everyday Life - a Daily Devotional on YouVersion

March 22, 2012

Ignoring the Truth

Stupidity is the deliberate cultivation of ignorance. ~William Gaddis

Innocence and naivete are charming and touching in the young. But there is nothing charming about adults who refuse to read the writing on the wall. This kind of blankness is called willed ignorance because it's done on purpose, deliberately. With enough practice, willed ignorance can be indistinguishable from stupidity.

On the surface, this condition seems absurd. Who would will themselves to be ignorant? But there are many reasons for this sad tactic. If we have learned to be terribly afraid of conflict or anger, we may also have learned to ignore the red flags that signal danger. If we have learned to avoid vulnerability at all costs, we may also have learned to throw a wrench in the works if a growing relationship calls out for commitment.

If we don't see what's going on, don't know what's happening, we won't have to deal with it. So we choose not to know. But the price of willed ignorance is always loss. When intellectual integrity goes out the window, self-esteem goes right after it.

Facing the truth is not as difficult as ignoring it.

March 17, 2012

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!!


May God grant you always...A sunbeam to warm you, a moonbeam to charm you, a sheltering Angel so nothing can harm you. Laughter to cheer you. Faithful friends near you. And whenever you pray, Heaven to hear you. ~Irish Blessing

March 16, 2012

Spring Break Staycation

Woo Hoo! It's Friday! The kids are out of school. Lauren is home from work. Don is almost done working. Our bikes are out of the shop. I am in Spring Cleaning mode! I wonder how much I can get done before Don is finished working for the weekend? Time to open up all the windows and air the house out! We have incredible 75 and sunny weather all week long. The weekend is supposed to be fabulous, too! Spring Break - Bring It! We aren't going anywhere for Spring Break. It will be a Staycation for this family and I am Super Excited about that! TGIF. EnJOY People!!!

Miserable Horrible Behavior


I do not have to accept the continuous misery that goes with bad behavior. I will not surrender to the vagaries and machinations of the fool. No one can distort my thinking unless I permit it.

March 15, 2012

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Thank you Lord for helping me find the words.

Record Breaking Milestones


When it comes to milestones Kinsley seems to be my record breaker.

When Lauren was born she was 8lbs 7oz. When Fiona was born she was 7lbs 7oz. When Kinsley was born she didn't want to come out so by the time her day came it took forever. She didn't want to cooperate. Kinsley was 10lbs 3oz.

When Lauren lost her 1st tooth she was closer to being in the 2nd grade. When Fiona lost her first tooth is was at the end of 1st grade beginning of 2nd grade. In our family we lose our teeth late which is nice because older kids tend to do a better job caring for their new permanent teeth.

Kinsley on the other hand has a loose tooth in Kindergarten. She noticed it in class two days ago. According to her Kindergarten teacher there are quite a few kiddos with loose teeth. I wonder how long it will take for this one to pop out.

Just goes to show you that you never know what's going to happen with kids and they are all different. They all do things differently and are on God's time frame.

My Sweet Little Punky Brewster



For the last 48 hours Kinsley has been complaining about her ear. She kind of does this off and on and it's pretty easy to tell if her ear is infected or not. I knew she didn't have an ear infection but because of her discomfort last night, in the van, on the way home from AWANA, I decided it might be a good idea to drop Fiona off at home and head to the urgent care clinic.

Urgent care comes in handy when you need to be seen outside of business hours or you're trying to keep your kids in school during school days.

We didn't have to wait too long last night. (Thank Goodness!) My sweet little punky brewster is 49 lbs, no high blood pressure, and no fever. All good indicators of no ear infection.

It turns out that she does have a little fluid build up in her ear which is making her uncomfortable. The doc said we could do a 5 day course of steroids or a nose spray in order to widen her nasal passage so the fluid would have somewhere to go. You want to get that extra fluid out of there because if it stays in the ear like that you can wind up with a pretty big ear infection at some point and we didn't want that.

I nixed the steroids. Steroids are evil. We opted for the nose spray. Kinsley is a trooper when it comes to nose spray and that can be done at night before she goes to bed.

CVS pharmacy was super helpful in that they didn't understand why the doctor didn't prescribe a nasal decongestant. (Good Point!) Found out she could take Children's Sudafed along with her nose spray. We'll do the nose spray at night and since the nasal decongestant has a tendency to keep kids up we'll have her take that in the morning before school until her symptoms subside.

It's a good thing I renewed my driver's license a couple of days ago because the pharmacies keep Children's Sadafed locked up tight! Apparently, people use it to make some very bad illegal drugs. (Methamphetamine) When the pharmacist ran my driver's license it popped up expired! Good thing I had my temporary with me. At the register they make you sign this thing that states that I promise not to manufacture these illegal substances and that I understand it's a crime, etc. I had no problem signing it and am glad to see our pharmacies are proactive about locking this stuff up and keeping track of who makes the purchases.

By the time we finished at CVS I was turning into a Banana. I couldn't wait to get home and GO TO BED. Why a Banana? Because at Sparks tonight we sang a song with the kiddos that went something like "Go Bananas! Go Go Bananas!" and I couldn't get that song out of my head. I felt like I was going Bananas alright!

Kinsley looks miserable in the picture but she really was in pretty good spirits. She was just tired. She was also a chatterbox all night long. I think it's because she was getting to spend some time with her Momma alone.

The Broken Things of Earth

Christ is building His kingdom with the broken things of earth. People desire only the strong, successful, victorious, and unbroken things in life to build their kingdoms, but God is the God of the unsuccessful--the God of those who have failed. Heaven is being filled with earth's broken lives, and there is no "bruised reed" (Isa. 42:3) that Christ cannot take and restore to a glorious place of blessing and beauty. He can take a life crushed by pain or sorrow and make it a harp whose music will be total praise. He can lift earth's saddest failure up to heaven's glory. ~J.R. Miller

March 14, 2012

The treasure of a lost love

Weeping inconsolably beside a grave will never bring back the treasure of a lost love, nor can any blessing come from such great sadness. Sorrow causes deep scars, and indelibly writes its story on the suffering heart. We never completely recover from our greatest griefs and are never exactly the same after having passed through them. Yet sorrow that is endured in the right spirit impacts our growth favorably and brings us a greater sense of compassion for others. Indeed, those who have no scars of sorrow or suffering upon them are poor. "The joy set before" (Heb. 12:2) us should shine on our griefs just as the sun shines through the clouds, making them radiant. God has ordained our truest and richest comfort to be found by pressing on toward the goal. Sitting down and brooding over our sorrow deepens the darkness surrounding us, allowing it to creep into our heart. And soon our strength has changed to weakness. But if we will turn from the gloom and remain faithful to the calling of God, the light will shine again and we will grow stronger. ~J.R. Miller

I Love Spring


Spring is very early this year. I Love it! I'm looking forward to spring break, too! I can't believe the girls are almost done with Kindergarten and the 2nd grade.. Sparks at church, too.

I was reading my friend's blog yesterday and noticed that she may have a wasp issue in the attic of her home. Apparently these little critters like to build their nests up there. Remember my wasp issue? Don's gonna have to get up there and see what's going on. Perhaps an exterminator is in order? They are clever creatures, aren't they?

We aren't going anywhere for Spring Break this year. I am calling it a "staycation" in honor of all my Texas friends on Facebook. Their Spring Break will be ending and then ours will be beginning.

I am really enjoying lent. It has been miserable. This is the type of miserable I enjoy because it makes me think of the nails driven in my Savior on the cross. There are many aspects of lent I plan to take with me beyond the time frame people use to observe it.

Remember what I gave up? Every time I am tempted to indulge I picture Christ being nailed to the cross and that temptation disappears. I have not missed fast food at all. We haven't been eating out as much which I think is a good thing. When we do eat out we go to places that have lots of different plates to choose from and then I make a healthy choice. I have absolutely stayed away from everything fried! There has been birthday celebrating this month and I have not eaten any ice cream OR birthday cake. Everything sweet that has been set out at ladies bible study I have bi-passed and replaced with a fruit choice.

I think my favorite part of the "no nuts" literally and figuratively is the fact that I have been able to avoid nonsense and spend more time being productive instead of trying to argue with fools. You all know I love to post my opinions on politics and what's happening around the world. You all know I am surrounded by foolish liberals on Facebook and just about everywhere else..anyway it's been good because I just don't engage them any more. I share what I want and if they don't like it, too bad! If I feel surprised or compelled to go there I take it to my political/hot topic blog Domestic Divapalooza. Spending less time arguing with foolishness has allowed me to spend more time putting up quality posts over there. I'm finding I enjoy my political mojo more these days now that I've learned how to redirect my frustration.

I have been seriously compelled to consider adapting my lent choices and making it a part of my life. I have been more well rounded and happy as a result.

I am thinking about deleting my coffee habit, which is not part of my lent choices, but I will save that for another post. I think you will find it to be quite interesting actually..I know I have.

Oh and I have lost a little bit of weight since the beginning of lent season. My workouts have been minimal because let's be honest here..your body goes into withdrawals when you eat clean. So I am giving myself a break and taking it as it comes and only working out a couple of days a week. I'll be picking up the workout mojo here shortly and I am anticipating my weight will plummet.

I almost forgot...I renewed my driver's license two days ago. I am the exact same weight right now that I was five years ago. The only difference now is that I was in sizes 16/18 and today I am in sizes 12/14. Not bad! I'll save that for another post too.

March 12, 2012

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Lord help me do this one thing.
Help me find the words.

Please with Pizza on Top?

Arguing With A Fool


What does another person's mood, tone of voice, or state of foolishness have to do with my course of action? Nothing, unless I decide otherwise.

I have learned that arguing with a fool is like beating my head against a brick wall. Yet, until recently, I would always dive right into the arguments, because that was what the fool seemed to want. I discovered that I don't have to react just because I have been provoked, and I don't have to take harsh words to heart. I certainly don't have to allow them to provoke me into doing anything I don't want to do.

It Takes Courage


It takes courage to participate in life.

March 5, 2012

My Wonderful Birthday Weekend


I could not have asked for a better birthday weekend!

My wonderful husband got our friends together at one of our favorite places down in the Old Market. We had a nice table, great conversation, shared a few drinks, enjoyed dinner, and played some pool.

My wonderful mother-in-law offered to babysit the girls so we could grab a hotel and take care of our tax appointment the following day.

Don and I were able to sleep in down in the Old Market and grab some lunch at a restaurant I had never been too. The owner of the place let us in early so we could have the whole place to ourselves.
While having lunch I got to watch some Flat Stanley videos that my best friend had prepared for Fiona for her school project. I couldn’t help by cry tears of joy because my best friend took Flat Stanley to where we lived in Germany when we met. I think Fiona’s Flat will probably be the only one in her class to make the rounds in Europe to include Germany and Belgium.

We had a wonderful church service yesterday and took the kids to eat seafood at one of our favorite places here in town. Afterward, we went to the movies together as a family and watched THE LORAX. We loved it! The girls even took turns wearing my Dr. Seuss hat.

I am overwhelmed at how many people wished me a happy birthday on Facebook. My mother and father-in-law got me a super sweet birthday card too. (The picture above and inside it says: Hope knowing that you’re thought of in a very special way . . . Will add an extra little bit of sunshine to your day! Love, Don and Connie)

Brian, Kim, Nisa, Dave, and Dan – Thank you for making my day super special and a BIG I LOVE YOU to my husband Don for making a big deal out of my birthday. I thank God for all of you as well as the many wonderful blessings he has bestowed on my life.

XOXO

Permanently Stupid

March 2, 2012

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss




Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you! Shout loud, "I am lucky to be what I am! Thank goodness I'm not just a clam or a ham OR a dusty old jar of sour gooseberry jam! I am what I am! That's a great thing to be! If I say so myself, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!"

~Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!!!

Today is Read Across America Day



Don and I went to Kinsley's Kindergarten class. I read the Happy Birthday To You book by Dr. Seuss. I think the kids really got a kick out of it. I know I did! Don snapped these pictures while I was reading. Afterward the kids all sang happy birthday to me because today is my birthday, too. Dr. Seuss is my birthday twin! I Love it!

March 1, 2012

What a Great Day!


I had the best morning/afternoon with my oldest daughter Lauren. We started with hair appointments and then she treated me to a massage for my birthday followed by lunch at Cheddars. Thank You Ree!! I Love You!!

True Humility


We are told that there can be no progress without humility. This idea is confusing to many at first, and it almost always encounters a stubborn resistance in us. "What!" we say, "am I supposed to be a submissive slave to my situation and accept everything that comes, however humiliating?"

NO!!!

True humility does not mean meek surrender to an ugly, destructive way of life. It means surrender to God's will, which is quite a different thing. Humility prepares us for the realization of God's will for us; it shows us the benefits we gain from doing away with self-will. We finally understand how this self-will has actually contributed to our distress.

The attitude of true humility confers dignity and grace on us, and strengthens us to take intelligent spiritual action in solving our problems.

‎"Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God. . . . casting all your care upon Him, for He careth for you. He giveth grace to the humble." (1st Peter)

The Mindset of Humility


(John 13: 1-17) If you live with the mindset of "you before me" you will be blessed.

FALSE Humility


False humility is as hampering as arrogance!

HUMILITY


HUMILITY is not thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less.

God's NO


God’s “no” is not a rejection. It’s a redirection.

Nein (German NO)

όχι (Greek NO)

I’ll bet you didn’t know that…
I am half Greek.
I lived in Germany two times.