Friday, June 19, 2009


How you know you're in Pennsylvania:

Lush, green rolling hills, trees, and brightly colored flowers in all varieties.

How you know you're back in Texas:

Flat and dead.

Will post more details of our trip soon. Stay tuned...

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Boys Will Be Boys...

Just a short funny on my 2 boys...

E & N were sitting at the dinner table a few minutes ago, and E is talking 90 miles an hour in Pig Latin! He picked it up from J a while back and uses it 99% of the time now! It does drive me crazy, so he's required to speak plain ol' English to his mother! ;) N on the other hand, can pick out certain words here and there when J & E are carrying on a "secret" conversation, but overall doesn't understand it very well.

E repeats the same sentence a couple of times, which upsets N, and he responds with, "I am NOT a dummy!!!"

E then says very nonchalantly, "I SAID you have sauce on your forehead!"

I don't know why it struck me so funny, but I guess that's just every day life between the two of them. :)

Thankful Thursday

About 1 1/2 weeks ago, I decided to take part in "Thankful Thursday." I haven't been in the habit of blogging as much as I would like to be, so I thought this would give me a chance to regularly make a post, and help me focus more on the positives in my life, instead of the negatives...and then last Thursday came and went...and I forgot all about posting. Ooops. So, without any further ado, here's my list of what I'm thankful for today...

1. I'm thankful that I got to spend some time with my 22 month-old nephew Ty today. He is the smartest (honestly), most talkative, expressive, funny, kid I've ever met! Did I mention cute? His mom (my sister-in-law) is teaching Summer School in Victoria, and my parent's are helping watch him during the day, so we swung by their house while we were in town earlier this morning. He is a riot! I love him and are very thankful that Mark & Renee are bringing him up in a loving, Christian home.

2. I'm thankful for my hardworking, devoted, loyal, dedicated husband who worked his normal 12-hour shift 14 days/nights in a row so we could have a little more play money on our vacation (starting tomorrow)! He takes his role as being our provider very seriously, and I admire him for that.

3. I'm thankful that my house is somewhat quiet at the moment, when it's been filled with lots of noise today...some good, some not so good. Hey, I've got 3 kids that are natural-born sinners, what can I say? Ha! :)

4. I'm thankful that my (going into) 6th grade daughter still wants me to tuck her into bed each night, and then begs me to lie in bed with her and chit-chat for a few minutes before she falls off to sleep...hopefully this tradition will carry on for many more years to come!

5. I'm thankful that God never quits loving me, no matter what I do or how many times I mess up. Thankfully I can't earn his love, and also therefore can't do anything to lose it either! He is the same yesterday, today and forever!

Well, we leave out tomorrow for PA, DC & NY! I'm a little excited, and a little more nervous. :) Please pray for a safe trip. If all goes well, I'll see you again next Thursday, June 18th (hopefully with lots of pictures to share)!

Enjoy your week!! :)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Itsy Bitsy Spider

God amazes me. He just does. How he uses simple things in life to open my eyes to something huge.

This morning as I was sitting on the front porch steps having my quiet time, I noticed a spider out of the corner of my eye. I put my Bible down for a moment and looked to see what it was doing. At first glance, I didn't see anything, but when the sun started to come up, it was evident...he/she was busy spinning its web. It was fascinating! I've never watched a spider in action before. It would drop down a few inches, slide over to the right, do whatever it is that spiders do in that one particular spot, come back to the left side, and then continue on. I know, my grasp on how spiders spin a web is mind boggling, isn't it? Ha! ;) Then I started thinking, "So many times when God's at work in our lives, it's like that spider web. Sometimes it may appear as if nothing is happening, but in reality, He's busy at work making something truly miraculous. It may not be visible to the naked eye, but in the end, we'll understand."

"Jesus replied, "You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand."
John 13:7

"For the word of the Lord holds true,and we can trust everything he does."
Psalm 33:4

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


I bought this container of Gatorade just 2 days ago and thanks to my children didn't get to enjoy any of it. Noah was the only child at home yesterday evening, so when he asked if he could have some, I gave in, although I was secretly hoping to save the last bit for myself. I didn't watch him pour his glass, but saw him put it back in the fridge, so I assumed there was plenty left to drink. How disappointed I was when I opened the door and saw this!!!

Really now?? Was it worth the few cents of energy it took to keep the refrigerator running to keep this amount of Gatorade cool?? Honestly?

Welcome to my world. :)