Friday, December 18, 2009

Great Awakening Update

I've been trying to get the time to post. Well, let's be honest. Again, I'd still rather read other blogs than update mine! But, now is that moment! Running has been going really well in the past two weeks. Last week I got a bit off-focused. It seems like I get in a regression mode after two weeks. But, I've persevered, thanks to my husband who continues to encourage and gently chastise me if I wonder from the goal!
That being said, he took me to get a new pair of running shoes! And, insoles and socks! What a treat! I had had my other shoes since before I was pregnant with Eli! And, since we don't have health insurance, it's cheaper to get a new pair of shoes than paying to see a podiatrist. Because, well, I have in the past and it's pricey. Plus, an injury would halt my training all together.
The night I got my shoes I was able to run 4 miles straight! So excited! I can't remember the last time I did that! I took yesterday off- my legs were plum tired!
Anyhow, I had been going through my closet and filled two trash bags full of items for Helping Hands. When Chris brought our suitcase in (because we're not procrastinating on the packing front!), it had a bunch of clothes in it that he wanted to know if I wanted to donate. Well, I have two pairs of pants in my closet I try on that really measure my body changes (b/c the scale doesn't cooperate!). And, for the first time, I could zip up the size 8's! Now, they're not quiet ready to wear in public, but it's a start!!!
So, I decided to try on all the "old" clothes. Oh my goodness! There were a size 8, black, Banana Republic pants that Chris got me for my birthday when we were first married...and I can wear them! Yes, the waistband cracked a bit...well...because they haven't been worn in 4 years! But, they're in such good condition that I've not been able to part with them! I also tried on my homecoming dress from my senior year in high school and my going-away dress from my wedding! I told Chris that I can't wait for someone to ask me where I got it and for me to say, "Well, I bought it over 7 years ago for my honeymoon. And, yes, it's taken me another 7 years to get back into it...but, I'm in it!!!" I also tried on the dress I wore to my sister-in-law's wedding this summer - and it's big everywhere! Hurray! I am super pumped about the clothes possibilities that are right around the corner! Thank heavens I have an emotional connection to clothing and didn't throw them out in the past several years! It also reaffirms the value of buying quality classic clothing! When shopping as a teenager/college student my Mom always required that I buy mostly classic clothing pieces. Who knew?! And, yes, I still filled a third bag full of clothes to donate.
So, the new running shoes and "new" clothes really encourages me to keep going! Today is another 3 miler (who knew that would seem so easy?!) and tomorrow is the big 5 miles! I've started charting routes in the neighborhood to run on decent weather days.
Tonight we're having Christmas with my family at our home! I can't wait for the kids (including Chris) to open their presents. Tomorrow we begin the descent South. We'll spend the night in Conway, then drive to Jackson, MS to stay with my dearest college friend and her family. I'm hoping we can run together on Monday! Then, Monday afternoon we head to Louisiana!
On Tuesday Chris and I are going to Gulfport, MS to spend the day shopping and just together. We'll be celebrating 7 years of wedded bliss...and the Gulf Coast brings back lots of memories of early married life. Maybe I'll share some of that on another post.
So, obviously, if you're still reading this, I had a lot to write about. And, the kids are still sleeping, and my home is buzzing (washing machine, dryer, coffee pot, dish washer).
Thanks for enduring the babbling! May you have a wonderful weekend with your family!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Rogers Christmas Parade

Monday night we took the family to the Rogers Christmas Parade. The last one we attended, well, I was a senior in high school and Chris and I had minimum interest in each other! Oh, the difference 10 years can make!
Anyhow, we met up with the Keelings at the Rogers Board of Realtors office. We celebrated Ms. Cindy's birthday with cake, soup, cookies, and all sorts of other goodies. It was like our own private box for the parade! Which was nice since it was about 35 degrees outside!

Eli was awestruck! He loved the policemen on their motorcycles, the firemen, the schoolbus (for a church), and all the Snoopy's. But, I think his favorite was the Heritage marching band. He has talked about them every day since!

Uncle Cliff bought Eli a red light-up sword. That was also a big hit. If we had a dollar for everytime we've had to say, "Don't hit anything with your sword! Watch out!"

Abi had a great time too. She watched part of the parade inside with Ms. Cindy. She wore her red fleece jammies that say "Snow Cute." Which, she is.

After the parade we rode around to look at Christmas lights. Eli is passionate about them! We've decided this is a definite family tradition!

Here are a few pictures of our evening:

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Sleep Tight

Here's the thing. My life can sometimes seem so busy. And, at times, so slow. And, at times, burdensome. And, at times, very light.

I think I felt all of these today.
Every night I check on the kids before I turn in to bed. And, watching them rest and dream makes me realize just how blessed I am to be their Mama. Even on the hard days, I am blessed.
Just the other day...

And, then this day...
And, now...

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Life update

Well, I've got another 3 miler under my belt! One more, then it's up to 4 miles! It's amazing how the battle is mental. I guess it's pretty much like life in general.
Yesterday was a weird evening. It's like I was trying to create a situation where a certain sin would "just happen." Totally Satan screwing with me. And, my mind battled with "oh, there's always grace, etc." And, if you know me, then you know that I loathe when grace and mercy are blatantly taken advantage of. But, thankfully, the Lord was protecting me (once again). And, I'm forever thankful for His protection.
I've also had some other challenges the last few days. Again, mentally. I just don't do well in general when I'm tired. But, it's like at night I have a hard time going to sleep. I think it's because Chris is a night owl and I relate me staying up to quality time with him. Anyhow, so I get stressed about owning our own business and literally, within 5 minutes we had two people interested in insurance. Chris was like, "I was just praying for this." Thank you Lord!
Anyhow, the kids are amazing me every day! Abi has began clapping...or doing patty cake. She's also full of smiles and googlie talk. I think she's working on food. Also, today she discovered the duck call! It's so funny! She crawls across the living room with it in her mouth, sucking in to make the call! Then, she smiles and giggles and can't do it just then! Which, cracks her up more! Eli is learning more each day. He really enjoys our undivided attention! And gum, and suckers and popcorn! In fact, right now he's snuggled on the couch with Chris, under Chris' old blanket with football players on it, while watching Rudy.
Our family is doing well. We're continuing to learn to walk by faith and enjoying not worrying about our abilities, but our availability.

Monday, November 30, 2009

My Great Awakening

I have a lot I want to write about, so I'll just get started and hope my fingers can keep up with my mind.

One of my favorite books in high school was The Great Awakening. I feel like I'm going thru my own great awakening. Like, that it's finally ok for me to be me again. Like, while being a mom and wife are definitely my roles, I can still be me. And, being me makes me better at those roles.

Here are some examples of things I've done recently that I haven't since I became pregnant with Eli (3 years ago!)...
- Bought a nice pair of boots
- Bought a nice pair of jeans (2 sizes smaller!)
- Got contacts, again (after 1 1/2 years of only wearing glasses)
- Invested in a daily face cleansing system
- Bought a nice pair of panties
- Bought a nice winter coat
- Got modern sunglasses
- Began straightening my hair
...and many more, I'll have to think as I write. And, yes, I do realize most of those include making a purchase. Shallow? Maybe. But, it's a big step for this mother of two young ones.

I've also started running again. My mom (and maybe sister-in-law) and I have decided to train for a half marathon in March. It's a big task ahead. Definitely a God-sized goal. But, I do believe this is the needed scratch to my itch of my great awakening. I use to be much more everything before having children. And, well, I had two within 18 months. I don't want to be the person that wakes up with my kids in school to realize that I've not cared for myself in years. It would be a personal nightmare.
But, I've felt helpless to do anything about it. Some would say, "Enjoy the time with your young ones." Well, this has nothing to do with not enjoying them. I will not be pressured into going to a gym ($ and time issues). For me, my issue is food. And, it's a spiritual battle. Yes, they do exist. And, for me, eating is an obedience to the Lord issue. What am I willing to give up in order to obey Him? Or disobey Him? I want to be a happier, more satisfied and self-confident mom and wife. And, a healthier one. And, an example to my daughter that while being a mom is fantastic, it doesn't mean an end of her own uniqueness.
If you're still reading, thanks for hanging in there with my rambling.
Anyhow, I've ran 3 times in the past week. Which is twice more consecutively since getting pregnant with Eli. And, I felt much stronger today. Ran 3 miles straight! Go me! What I love most about running is that it is all personal me time. I think and pray the whole time. In college, when I ran a lot, I always thought about God's name Emmanuel, which means "God with us." And, I think it is rather applicable while I run. And, now it's Christmas time, so I get to hear lots of Emmanuel while I run. Which, I feel is like my personal encouragement straight from the One.
Back to what I was saying, we had missionaries from Germany speak at our church on Sunday. Ms. Cheryl said something that I have chewed on a lot since then. She said that being called to the African bush (before Germany) was clearly God saying "I don't want your abilities, I want your availability." Stop and re-read that. And, pause. Wow. How my life would change if I lived by this. Daily. Hourly. I thought about this a lot on my run tonight because the goal was to run 3 miles without walking. And, my abilities are still weak. And, it was a beautiful moment of resting in His truth.
And, the other beautiful moment was at about the 2.2 mile mark when the Heart of Worship song came on. As I was relishing in the words of this common song, it was like the Lord was saying, "Yeah, you're worth it. You are worth having this goal. You are worth the prize."
And, that was when I knew that I would make the 3 mile run. And, will make the 13.1 mile run in March. And, that it's ok for me to take this personal time to invest in myself. It's making me a better wife and mom and everything else. And, a big props to Chris for fully supporting me in this endeavor (the whole Great Awakening and the race). He's encouraging and takes over for the kids while I train.
So, I have three goals for this race: 1) Finish 2) Be stronger 3) Run the whole time And, as I ran tonight, those goals changed order. Except for the finish part. That's definitely #1!
Again, if you're still reading, thanks.
All this to say that I'm addicted to this Great Awakening. Of relishing that who God made me to be is something worth pursuing! Oh, the freedom in that realization!
More to come on the training progress. Thankfully, today was a success and tomorrow is a rest day!
And, now it is time for me to go shower!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Things I want to remember

The kids have been so busy being so gosh-darn cute and I want to bottle it all up so I can remember it in a few years. So, here's a meager attempt to recap some of those moments...

While putting up the Christmas tree, Eli ran to his room to get his crocs. He came out and put them on and said that he was now ready to work. His Dad has his crocs on too!

While putting up the Christmas tree, Eli kept saying to Chris, "It's amazing!"

Several times since the tree went up, Eli will say either "Mama made that" or "Daddy made that."

Chris taught Eli to lay under the tree and look at the lights from the bottom. Eli's eyes are wild with fascination.

The kids have been playing fiercely with a quilted nativity set that Chris' mom made a few years back. At night, Eli prays for all the animals in the stable. Oh, and wants to see the water in the camels hump!

Eli and I worked on a Christmas train craft in front of the tree and Eli said, "See Mama's pretty nails." So funny! Where does this come from?!?!

Eli learned how to make Monkey Bread. And, he's a great sampler! Abi learned how much she likes Monkey Bread.

Abi is waving, saying "Mama" and "Dada." She also does the sign for bottle and says "baba."

Eli can pretty much give a recap of the Christmas story. The real one, not the movie.

Eli is crazy about Alvin and the Chipmunks and all things Jingle Bell related.

Christmas light seeing has never been this much fun. Eli will say, "Mama, Daddy, have to go find more Christmas lights" and "Oooh, look at that, look at that, oh my goodness!"

When telling Eli about why Jesus was born and that he lives in my heart, Eli tried to pull my sweatshirt down and said, "Want to see him." The.sweetest.thing.ever.

It's hard to believe that two years ago this Thanksgiving was Eli's first night to eat baby food. It was green beans and sweet potatoes. And, all over the place!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Cousin Time

There is nothing in the whole entire world like cousins. Chris and I are blessed to be close with our cousins and it is a joy to watch Eli and Abi interact with theirs. Tonight the Wood's came over for dinner. {I tried new recipes, check them out at the recipe blog!}

While at the dinner table, Braden said, "Aunt Kitty is cool! Uncle Chris drools!" To which Hunter said, "Uncle Chris, do you know what that means? Drool, like when it comes out of the side of your mouth." HILARIOUS!!!

And, of course, there was plenty of movies and popcorn...

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


I know I should blog more, but, it's just not a daily (or weekly) thing right now.

That being said, I don't want to loose the power of the moment. I've been dealing with a lot of stress lately. And, trying to figure out the best way to deal with it all. I am poured out over and over again, but not taking the time to fill up.

I must go to the Lord. I must spend dedicated time reading the Bible. I must make an effort to have quiet communication with Jesus. I use the word must, because it's non negotiable. Nothing else helps. Any other attempts just lead to temporary fixes. And, the fixing I need requires more than the temporary. Here's the verse (with my emphasis): "She who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty." Psalms 91:1 The key is that it is my choice to dwell or not to dwell. And, I must dwell.

This morning I was talking with the Lord about how I am dealing with feelings of being overwhelmed and underachieving. All.the.time. And, with no end in sight. As I logged on to facebook (to see what optimistic thoughts others have), my cousin had this verse as her status: "When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the Rock that is higher than I am!" Psalms 61:2 And, I thought, "Yes, that is right where I need to be." Lead me to the Rock. The unshakable Rock. I rested in this verse as I made coffee, made breakfast, answered phone calls, changed diapers, made a grocery list, and loaded the dishwasher. After cleaning up breakfast, I saw the stack of mail from yesterday that hadn't been opened. There was the usual notices about health insurance, a thank-you card, and a letter from Ford. I opened it last. I figured it was a "rebate" for our next new Ford. (No, we're not even close to looking, but it seems to be one of their new marketing plans.) And, low and behold, there was a rebate check from when we got new tires a few months back! It's not a lot, but it's not the amount that matters, it's God timing.

In our revival this week, Dr. RE Clark talked about God's provision. This word means that God has the vision before we see it. God creates the need so that we see His provision.

The dots are connecting faster than I can type. Yes, God has interrupted my life quiet a bit lately. Yes, God has created many needs. And, yes, God is showing me his provision. It's scary to be required to walk by faith (especially if you're a Type A planner). But, seeing God's provision is sweeter than any plan I could put together on my own.

Thank you, Lord, for being my Rock and for being big enough to handle my feelings and my reality. And, for your provision.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

2 Random Acts of Kindness

Today I witnessed two random acts of kindness.
The first was at a middle school where I was doing some special testing to 7th grade PE classes. There was a boy who had been wearing the same pair of tennis shoes since last year. The sole on one of them flapped and he would tape it up each day before class. A coach brought him a pair from his home - a pair he said he wasn't using...but, I swear they looked brand new. He gave him to the boy in the teacher's area and another coach made sure they fit right. This kid was very excited to run laps in the gym in his new New Balances. No announcement. No applause. But, definitely an act of kindness that did not go unnoticed.
The second happened a mere five minutes ago. I was checking the mail and opened an envelope. There was a brief, yet beautiful, letter from some people dear to us that wanted to show their love to us and help us during this economy. Enclosed was some much needed and unexpected financial help.
I am reminded daily that God shows up right when we need him. And in ways that I can't understand. And in ways that I don't deserve.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Eli's first joke...

As we were driving thru town, Eli was singing Old McDonald. As we drove past a certain store, his song was "and on that farm he had a Lowe's..." and he paused... and cracked up laughing! He is so funny! And, he thinks he is too!
Then, tonight, we heard an ambulance go by and he said, "Ambulance...pray." A few weeks back we passed a wreck and said a prayer for the people involved. Eli said, "Boo boo's. They cry." And, his eyes got very red like he was going to cry any minute. We quickly said a prayer for the people to get better. Eli was glad to know they were going to the hospital to get band-aids. Preferably with Elmo on them!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Seeing the Lord

"I had only heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes. I take back everything I said, and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance"
—Job 42:–6

There's a huge difference between hearing about God and actually encountering God. Before his suffering, Job based his life on what he knew about God. And that was accurate knowledge, as the next verses show (God says Job was right in what he said about God). However, Job's understanding was deepened by a personal encounter with God. When that happened, all Job could do was repent and acknowledge his own limitations.
—Diane Eble, author of Abundant Gifts: A Daybook of Grace-Filled Devotions

God is good, all the time. And, all the time, God is good. I have been freshly reminded of God's protection, peace, and provision this week in several different ways. As the adventure of being a small business owner continues, the Lord has met us each step of the way. He has answered each of our questions. Again, affirming our decision. And, he's provided for us in ways and at the exact moment that leaves us actually encountering him. No if's-and-or-but's about it. It's him.

And, tonight I made Fettuccine Alfredo. Or, as Eli calls it "Fettuccine Play Dough." Adorable.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Getting focused

The last week has been intense. Emotions everywhere, decisions made, plans made, parties thrown, family visited, and work done. Each day I'm one day closer to finishing the marathon of events that go thru October. Yesterday was a full and productive day. I had an impromptu dentist visit, which really made me thankful for insurance and good doctors and staff. And, good kids that are entertained with a big fish tank, a classic planes book, a big toy with lots of metal pipes and wood squares/triangles/circles that travel on them... and their Dad!
The evening was a bit crazy, thanks to the craziness of others. As the story unravelled, it has become apparent that the Lord has some great things planned and Satan is doing his best to get me distracted, overwhelmed, and defeated. My response? It's time for me to get focused on what God has led me to do. Laser focused.
While taking a hot shower (such a great stress outlet!), this verse covered me: "Every word of God proves true, he is a shield to those who seek refuge in him." (Proverbs 30:5) Every.word.of.God. Not the words of busy women, or of business leaders, or of political activists- but, every.word.of.God. And, he is my shield. I could literally see a shield around me, where I am protected and able to focus on the task at hand.
As I enjoyed the true Southern Comfort (Marshmallow Lover's Hot Chocolate) and Dr. Gregory House in my new Razorback pj's with my husband in our fantastic king-sized bed (don't you just love your bed?!), I thought about the crazy storm outside our window. And, again, this verse brought peace to my heart.
With the storms (of all kinds) at full force last night, I was able to relax and rest in the protection of God's shield. Because, every.word.of.God.proves.true.
Now, it's time for my cup of coffee and to get focused on today's tasks.

Monday, September 21, 2009

The Great Pursuit

Wise men still seek Him.

Not perfect, not whole, but wise.

Enough said.

Friday, September 18, 2009


We've had a busy week. And, lots of people are doing some really neat stuff. My friend Cindy has started a Cleanse. Anyhow, not sure about all of that, but you can follow her progress at her new blog: Josh, Deb, and Ian recently moved to Rogers and yesterday the kids and I hung out with Deb and Ian. The kids are so funny to watch together! I foresee lots of wrestling matches and games of tag in Eli and Ian's near future!
We ate dinner over there last night. Deb thawed some tilapia, but neither of us had cooked it before! So, I used the trusty internet to get a recipe from Kraft Foods. But, we totally altered it. I said, "Well, I watch the Food Network a lot when I'm at my Mom's house and they always say to not underestimate using the simple things. Salt, pepper, and olive oil." So, that's what I used, plus Tony's, and it was fantastic! I was really apprehensive serving fish that I'd never made before! But, everyone ate it and no one's sick today! PTL!
Well, the guy just showed up to work on my computer. See ya!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Hump Day

My head hurts like no body's business. Plus, I actually can't remember when we had a day without rain. Oh well. I know we need it.
Eli's been fighting a virus. Tonight's his first night in the last 3 to go to bed without a fever. But, he's such a trooper...he didn't know he was suppose to feel sick! Other than being a little cranky, he kept on!
On a very random note...I think our local news lady wears the hair bump thing in her hair. Seriously. It doesn't do her any favors. Oh well, I guess she has a stylist and it's their job, not mine.
I've kinda been in a blah mood today. Maybe lately. I just feel like my to-do list continues to grow and that I'm not doing any of it well. I never thought of myself as a "push over," but I feel like people just "mention" projects/things to do and it's automatically implied that I'll handle it or be an integral part of it. I'm sure I'm being over sensitive. But, seriously, I've got so much on my plate thru the end of October. Yeah, none of it business related. I have recently more-than-once told my husband that I can sum me up as one that doesn't live up to everyone's expectations, so he can get in line with the others. Sad, huh?
But, the Lord is good and he will help me through it all. And, to say no to any future projects. My goal is to not book my schedule with non-work related projects thru the end of the year. This will be hard because of the holidays, but I am committed to trying to keep my schedule open of lots of extras. I want to be available to to my husband and kids- oh, yeah, and our business. I need to have the energy to work on our business!
With that, it's after 10pm and my head/neck/shoulders are throbbing. Sorry for the down and out post. I am blessed and am ready to rest in my favorite bed! Mine!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Where I was...

I'll admit. I remembered yesterday that today was Sept 11. But, I hadn't thought about it much today. I was at the church working and not connected to any media. Anyhow, since I've been home, I've caught up on some blogs and watched a Fox News special on that Tuesday.
Here's my story.
I was a junior in college, at Ouachita Baptist University. I had a strategic management test at 11:00. I skipped chapel to do some more studying. Since I knew 95% of the campus would be at chapel, I went to the cafeteria to study. I got my plate and chose a booth as far away from the food (and staff) as possible. As I sat down to enjoy my scrambled eggs (ok, I know, it's weird the details you remember) and get my books out, I noticed the radio was on. I thought that was really odd. I listed for like 10 seconds and thought, "I guess the staff is all into the Left Behind book series on tape." Seriously. I waited a minute or two later. And, I realized they were listening to the news. And, I remember thinking that that was also odd. And, I just felt uncomfortable. Like, the pieces of the puzzle weren't fitting together. Why was the radio on in the caf? Why was it on really really loud? And, what was this about planes and NYC and LA? I decided I was not going to get any studying done in the caf. The best I could do was go back to the room (since the suite was all at chapel) and check in with Fox. As I excited the caf and began walking to the dorm, I glanced at the flag plaza. The maintenance crew were lowering all of the flags. I immediately knew something was wrong. Really wrong. I took the sharp right turn to go behind the Bible building...and then, there were all the people pouring out of 10:15. Chapel starts at 10 and lasts at least 45 minutes. Students were crying, talking, and mainly speed walking to their dorms. I began running and took the stairs 2 at a time, then rushed down the hall (we were the second room to the end). When I entered the room, Abigail and Tara were on my bed watching Fox (they didn't have TV in their room). It was unbelievable what we were seeing. This was a Tuesday and Tara's brother was to deploy to South Korea the next Monday. I remember calling my Mom at work. I had to call back and have them page her. When she got on the phone she began to cry. I'm sure I did to. She had a meeting at the WMT home office that afternoon. Later to find out that they had to park a long way away b/c of the safety precautions they had to take.
I went to my 11am class. The professor, Dr. Kent Faught, let us postpone taking the test if we wanted to. I immediately left and returned to watch the news. I later went over to Chris' house and I remember us sitting on the couch watching the coverage and talking about gas prices. I also remember going to a special prayer service in the plaza.
I also remember watching the President address the country. And, after watching it again tonight, I remember why I so strongly support George W. Bush. Seriously. Regardless how the last few years of his administration went, I am confident that his leadership after that Tuesday was exceptional. And, something every American can be proud of.
This evening has also gotten my blood boiling again about the coward terrorists. And, here's the bottom line. They quickly encountered who the One True God is...and how the eternal pain and torture of hell makes their actions seem like...well, I'll let you finish that line. Bottom line - they are reaping what they sowed.
I am forever thankful to the many service men and women that have and are and will protect our country. When my path crosses a service person, I always make it a point to tell them that I appreciate what they do for my family. And, I mean it with all heart.
With that. I'm off to hold my little girl for a few more minutes.

Thursday, September 10, 2009


Here's the deal. I have had a recent friendship that I'm pretty sure was self-gratifying (for the other person). I always hoped for a friendship with this lady because she has a lot of interesting things going on in her life. And, I wanted our friendship to strengthen her ties to our church. She hosted a monthly get-together that I joined...and paid for. I enjoyed it. Learned a lot. Got to meet a lot of new ladies. But, it was at a time where our finances were t.i.g.h.t. But, I believe in following through with my commitments. Immediately after I began these get-togethers, this lady and her family basically quit coming to our church. Oh, you know, they'd stay out too late on Saturday night, or the husband wouldn't "lead" the family in going to church. Just fill in the blank with a good excuse. I noticed a pattern of comments with the ladies in the get-togethers. It seemed they were replacing the organized church with other Christian activities. Kids are in Awanas, members of Christian homeschooling group, members of Christian mothering groups, etc. But, they were not committed to their local church. Weird. For me, at least, Sunday has always been about the Lord's house and the other activities were extra.
Anyhow. This lady friend had some extremely difficult circumstances come her way. During this time, she reached out for help from basically anyone but her church family. While many were willing to help, no one knew of the need. It was sad to me that one would not think of their church family in their moment of need. In the process, our pastor and our church body took the hit via her publishing outlet that for the first time she truly experienced the body of Christ and that it was not found in her local church. Esperame. Or, in English, spare me. This really rubs me raw. But, I made an effort to stay in touch and be supportive (again, my original goal). And, I've really tried my best to release this crazy not-really-friendship to the Lord. As long as she is where the Lord wants her, then, that should be enough for me, regardless of my opinions.
Anyhow, in the mix of things, I believe we have been more than supportive of their business. And, I really believe we don't owe them our business. Basically because I believe they used our circumstances for their gain, and when they didn't need or get the gain they were looking for, then they moved on to the next opportunity.
All this to say, I've done my best to keep my mouth shut about all of this. Because it saddens me. And, I've been having a ton of crazy dreams lately and one was about this lady friend. And, I was shocked at how I treated her. Which, for me, affirmed that I'm still dealing with the unravelling of this whole ordeal.
Anyhow, the final straw was today. While browsing her personal publishing outlet, I noticed that she deleted my personal publishing outlet from her list (which only has about 10 anyway). I definitely believe this is a silent, yet clear, message to me.
So, if you're reading this, lady friend, you may not agree with any of this. But, it's my post. And, I really do sincerely wish you well.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Prep work

Monday was such a full day! This next Sunday is our first services in our new building! {I might have mentioned that before!} So, our whole family spent the day doing lots of little things.
Here are a few things we did and purchased:
-Hanging blinds
-Puddying nail holes
-Hanging foyer decor
-Hanging white boards
-Putting a desk together
-Hanging bathroom mirror
-Hanging hooks for diaper bags
-Hanging clocks
-Make a ledge for the nursery door
-Scrape extra grout off of the tiles
-Sort out crayons, glue, scissors, hand sanitizor, tissues, trash cans, clip boards
-Install speakers in cry rooms and nursery

And, there is so much more left to do!

Do me a time you go to church, thank your pastors, staff, and church administrators, and lay people for all the work they do to get the church ready for you and your family to worship.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Cardboard Testimonies

The women at Lakeside Baptist Church gave their cardboard testimony. It was fantastic! There was special music and the ladies (about 25 of them) had written on a piece of cardboard what there life was like before Christ, and on the other side after Christ. They walked up to the pulpit and showed their sign. Pretty sure I crieds through the whole thing!

Some of the highlights were:

"Marriage heading to divorce - Marriage heading to Calvary."

"Pregnant @ 16 - 16 yr old son serving the Lord."
"Didn't understand why God asked me to leave my job without another - Thankful to have 7 months at home before my husband died unexpectantly."

"Colon Cancer - By God's grace, 5 years cancer free!"

"After cancer, doctors said we'd never have children - Forgot to tell the doctors the girls are now 20 and 12!"

"Addicted to pain medication - Addicted to Christ!"

"Pastor's wife, head knowledge of Jesus...lost - Heart knowledge of Jesus...saved...May 1998"

"Saved early in life - lived a wonderful life!"

"Lost 2 babies and all my hair in a pit of self pity and hatred - God lifted me out of the pit and put a song of JOY in my mouth!"

"Wondering - For Sure!"

This was done in preparation for their Ladies Conference, this Saturday, Sept 12 from 9-2pm. Registration is at 8:30 and everything is free! If you have time in your schedule, this would be worth your time to see the Cardboart Testimonies!!!

Recap's Labor Day and I'm laboring on the computer! I'll take it! We've had a full and busy weekend! With lots of success.

On Friday we spent a lot of time down at the office working through the requirement for the city. The fire marshall and the city people came and did inspections...along with the forms to complete for getting a business and city license. PTL it all went well!

My parents kept the kids since Chris had his insurance test on Saturday morning. We studied and studied and studied. He called at about 9:45 and told me he passed!!! He said that while he walked to the truck he wanted to tell everyone "Praise the Lord! Blessed be the name of the Lord!" I love that. I don't know about you, but when my husband spontaneously breaks into praise, it just makes me fall in love with him all over again!

I spent the first half of Saturday cleaning! It means a lot that I took the time for my self and my home. We'v been doing so much lately that our home has taken a back seat. I cleaned bathrooms, baseboards, our shower, mopped, put up the clothes, and some blinds. I cleaned off the kitchen table and did a little fall decorating on it. Well, our home was either super dirty or I did a super job because Chris kept saying, "It's really nice, Kitty. It looks really good." Mental note, I should clean more often!

We spent Saturday night at the Keelings watching those Hogs! WOO PIG SOOIE! And, that's really all there is to say about that!

Sunday we went to Lakeside Baptist Church to see Braden be baptised. When the second person was baptized, Eli said (loudly) "They're in the water! ... Ready!" It was SO funny! Then, he said, "Eli be baptized!" And, it tore at my heart. Soon, my love. Soon.

We've been working feverishly at the church getting ready for our FIRST Sunday...this Sunday! It's a lot of work decorating Sunday School rooms! But, it's so exciting to know that people will come to know Jesus and have their lives changed at the church and thru the church!

This weekend I have seen God's hand of work everywhere. My uncle used to pastor out at Lakeside years ago, and I can see the fruits of his work...and now my cousin is the youth pastor there. The legacy continues. Serving the Lord is hard and long work. But, the benefits are out of this world! Press on! Make yourself available to Him and prepare to be blown away!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Verses to chew on

"For God speaks again and again,
though people do not recognize it. . . .
He whispers in their ears
and terrifies them with warnings.
He makes them turn from doing wrong;
he keeps them from pride."
—Job 33:14, 16–17
Encouragement for Today
Do you wonder if or how God speaks to you? This word tells us that God speaks to us often. We just do not always hear him or recognize his voice. Today, consciously listen for God's voice. Listen for messages of warning and also messages of love. Remember, God whispers; he does not shout. We need to listen for the whisper and recognize his voice. It will always be in the "tone" of Scripture and will never contradict it. If the "messages" you get are in line with God's Word, you can trust them. Listen up!
—Diane Eble, author of Abundant Gifts: A Daybook of Grace-Filled Devotions

Covering the sanctuary with prayer

As the third post in a row about our new church facility, I want to share with you an event we had a couple of weeks ago. It was truly fantastic. Before the carpet was laid in the sanctuary we had a time of prayer and dedication for the church. We wrote verses and prayers and thoughts on the pulpit area. It was like a culmination of emotions for what the Lord has done and where he has brought us. And...where we are going! God is doing great things in our church and in our families. We are fortunate to be a part of God's work. He has blessed us richly - first and foremost with salvation and redemption of our sin.

Here are some pictures from that special evening.

Micah (the General Contractor!) and Glenda with Eli

We traced the kids hands.

Mom and Eli.


This says it all: "It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man."

Pics of the sanctuary

Here is another part of our new church building. It's so exciting to see how it's all turned out because everything goes together! This is a mere miracle because we didn't have an interior decorator or someone that guided us. Well, other than God's guidance. Seriously. Cost drove all choices and it's impressive how well it all goes together! Plus, I like that the colors are not traditional. The sanctuary has a wonderful crisp, yet warm, feel to it. Ready for you to enter the presence of the Lord!

Abi doing what she does best!

Our new piano!

This is a view of the sound booth area and one of two cry rooms. They have 1 way windows for parents of young (and rowdy/restless) kids to take them in there. There are dimmer lights to help with sleeping little ones. Very nice!

This was at a meeting for the FIT ministry. Lots of turn out and interest!

Pics of the preschool and nursery at the new church

As many of you know, our church is 3 years old and only days away from having our first service at our first permanent building! It has been a massive God-sized and God-everything work! Many have doubted...but God has been faithful! We serve Him, not a building, an address, or a man. Praise the Lord for all he has done for us!
These are a few pictures of the preschool and nursery rooms. Well, the painting at least. We'll move furniture in soon.
The verse in the pre-k room is "Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!" Psalms 150:6
The verse in the nursery is "Every word of God proves true, he is a shield to those who seek him." Proverbs 30:5
I think if we can teach the children this, they will have a great start!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Hop on over

to Sara's blog. Basically, Sara is one of my bestest friends in the world. The Lord has blessed me so much thru her friendship. Please take a few minutes to check out her most recent post.

Plus...she's now a lover of Sushi King. Ahhh. Sushi King.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

35 Reasons Not to Sin

Taken from The Rebelution. Very timely. Very true.

Because a little sin leads to more sin.
Because my sin invites the discipline of God.
Because the time spent in sin is forever wasted.
Because my sin never pleases but always grieves God who loves me.
Because my sin places a greater burden on my spiritual leaders.
Because in time my sin always brings heaviness to my heart.
Because I am doing what I do not have to do.
Because my sin always makes me less than what I could be.
Because others, including my family, suffer consequences due to my sin.
Because my sin saddens the godly.
Because my sin makes the enemies of God rejoice.
Because sin deceives me into believing I have gained when in reality I have lost.
Because sin may keep me from qualifying for spiritual leadership.
Because the supposed benefits of my sin will never outweigh the consequences of disobedience.
Because repenting of my sin is such a painful process, yet I must repent.
Because sin is a very brief pleasure for an eternal loss.
Because my sin may influence others to sin.
Because my sin may keep others from knowing Christ.
Because sin makes light of the cross, upon which Christ died for the very purpose of taking away my sin.
Because it is impossible to sin and follow the Spirit at the same time.
Because God chooses not to respect the prayers of those who cherish their sin.
Because sin steals my reputation and robs me of my testimony.
Because others once more earnest than I have been destroyed by just such sins.
Because the inhabitants of heaven and hell would all testify to the foolishness of this sin.
Because sin and guilt may harm both mind and body.
Because sins mixed with service make the things of God tasteless.
Because suffering for sin has no joy or reward, though suffering for righteousness has both.
Because my sin is adultery with the world.
Because, though forgiven, I will review this very sin at the Judgment Seat where loss and gain of eternal rewards are applied.
Because I can never really know ahead of time just how severe the discipline for my sin might be.
Because my sin may be an indication of a lost condition.
Because to sin is not to love Christ.
Because my unwillingness to reject this sin now grants it an authority over me greater than I wish to believe.
Because sin glorifies God only in His judgment of it and His turning of it to good use, never because it is worth anything on it’s own.
Because I promised God he would be Lord of my life.


Blogging must be addicting.

I'd like to welcome the newest member of the blogosphere - Kyle. He's my brother-in-law and a fantastic uncle to the kiddos. Check out his first post! It's great!

Friday, August 28, 2009

A family of blue eyes

Our friends, the Kear's, hosted us at their home in Arkadelphia last weekend. We enjoyed the super Southern hospitality and these family pictures!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

New sheets, please

When I look at my new blog background my mind races for all the things I'd like to have in that print. An apron. Curtains. Dish towels. Table cloth. Matching summer dresses for Abi and me.

But, mostly, I'd like a set of king sized soft cotton sheets.

Those flowers would guarantee sweet dreams.
I'm going to think on that for a while.

Thank you, Aqua Poppy Designs.

Cowgirl Cookies!

I am in love with these cookies! And, the jar. And, the ribbon. And, the sticker thing. And, the bow. And, just about everything else! Check out all the info over at Bakerella.

New...or new to me

Our life continues at sonic speed. Not sure how fast that is, but I'm pretty sure it's fast.
We're in the home stretch of finishing the church - the final city inspection is Monday at 1pm! And, things are trying to get going smoothly with the insurance world. I'm going to pick up our signs tomorrow! Pics to come, I'm sure.
So, here are some new blogs for you to enjoy:
The Kears - One of my college suite mates and her hubby are expecting Crosby in January!
The Ashworths - Friends of friends, they're expecting a baby in Feburary 2010!
There Goes Kim - I went to college with Kim. I love reading her journey life - work, newly married, and recipe finding!
The Rebelution - Very interesting movement among the nation's young people!
Ok, the little girl (who is fully crawling!) is fussy. Those teeth are boogers! Literally and figuratively!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Updated Pics of the kids

Cookie Delivery!

Today, we (the whole family) went to two local schools to drop-off trays of cookies for teachers. Tomorrow is their first day back. The cookies (Chocolate Peanut Butter Blossoms) were from our Agency and we provided a card and brochures. You know, marketing 101. Here are some pictures...

What marketing ideas have you used or enjoyed? We would sure love to hear from you!

Church Landscape Pictures

Catching Up

Fine. I'll admit it. I'm the worst blogger ever. Well, I'm the best blogger-checker, but I definitely have not been disciplined to post. I have lots to discuss. But, lately, I'm been so bone tired, that I'd rather mindlessly look at your blog.
We are in full swing with getting the business going. It's exciting. And challenging. I had a near breakdown yesterday. The learning curve is steep. Plus, I'm still waiting on passwords, access to certain things, etc. Oh well. I have to keep telling myself it won't always be like this. I'm so ready to be at a place where all of this is turn-key.
We've also been busy finishing up at the church. It's looking great! Chris has worked so hard (plus me, his slave) with the landscaping. The project is so much bigger than what we first thought! But, it makes the church so inviting and lovely! Dad and Micah have busted some serious man-hours doing just about everything. This week the doors will be hung (after being painted), carpet laid, cryroom and nursery glass put in, and some other stuff. We had a great meeting on Sunday afternoon about the kids ministry. I so appreciated everyone's ideas and passion!
The kids are crazy funny. They are perfect playmates for each other. Abi is trying her best to keep up with her brother. And, he is just as gentle with her as ever!
I also have recently seen an example of mercy. Not sure if I'll post about it. Maybe. We'll see. Ok, good night.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

I would rather

read other people's blogs than write on my own!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Open for business!

We have been so busy the last month. Chris and I are opening a Farmers Insurance Agency in Springdale. We are very excited about this opportunity! We have been completing our coursework and state licensing requirements. Whew! Glad that's over with! But, it has spurred the excitement for getting going! We are licensed to sell auto, home, and commercial insurance in Arkansas...and life insurance everywhere (as long as you'll come within the borders of the great state of Arkansas to sign paperwork!). So, if you'd like a quote or to discuss your insurance needs just give us a contact!

Here are a few of the recent Farmers commercials:

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


Just a quick Abi is awake and playing in her crib...
Chris and I have finished our courses for insurance. Now...on to the state tests. We each have two over then next week. But...then! We are ready to open for business!
The Lord has been very kind to care for us during this transition time.
Our church building is almost done! I'll have to post pics in a bit with the walls painted! Our first Sunday is projected to be August 30! So, consider it an invite...and come!
The kids are growing exponentially. It's amazing. But, they are so happy and seem to enjoy each day!
Here is a list of some prayer requests floating thru my head this morning:
Our tests/business opening
Our church (finances, building completion, visitors, lost ones)
The family in our family dealing with separation
The Bell family - dealing with cancer
Hope - that each of us would rely on the One True Hope instead of many false ones (government, our jobs, our bank accounts, etc)

Sunday, July 12, 2009

First Love

I need to post about a lot of things. Vacation. Unemployment. New business start up. Our church. Friends.
But, really, there's one situation that keeps coming to mind. We have a family in our family (does that make sense?) that is going through a very rough time. So rough that I can not imagine all the issues and the issues those cause. What I do know is that lots of people are hurting deeply and I believe no one will come out the winner. Everyone will lose. At least something.
What do you do when your marriage has every appearance of being over? What about when your spouse refuses to reconcile...or attempt to reconcile? What happens when your parents, who raised you to honor God in every decision, come to this place in their lives?
The only answer I can come up to is: return to your first Love. Seek Him with all you have...and earnestly...and honestly. Not trying to persuade God to bless your direction or to justify your actions as acceptable to him. But, in a way that leaves you open and vulnerable to hear directly from his mouth. Through seeking Him, He will reveal his good and perfect plan. He will show us where we are wrong and will show us mercy and grace.
There are things we know we ought not to do...and just because we're in a tough situation or because we feel wronged, we don't get a green pass to do as we please. We don't. "Live as free men (and women), but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God." 1 Peter 2:16
Again, when we find ourselves with our back to the wall, or at the bottom of a mud pit, or at wits end...return to your first Love. And hopefully, in time, your other first love will also be restored.
God is long suffering. Jesus wept. He empathizes with our sorrow. With betrayal. With loneliness. Oh, but his mercies are so sweet. It's sad that we always want His mercy...but we're not willing to give it to others.
Lastly, love covers a multitude of wrongs.
I am earnestly praying for the family in our family. And for our family in general. Because, we're not islands...our decisions affect more than just ourselves. They affect everyone.
Return to your first Love. Return quickly.

Monday, June 29, 2009

ElePhantastic Pink

I have an obsession with OPI nail polish. Especially in the summer. It's a little more expensive than what you'd buy at WalMart...but there is no comparison with the quality. And, most of the joy is in the names of the colors. Some of my favorites are Koala Bear-y, La Paz-itively Hot, DC Cherry Blossom, and You're a Pisa Work.
My latest favorite is ElePhantastic Pink.
I almost bought it when I got Abi her Bubble Bath. But, I went with DC Cherry Blossom instead. I have often thought of ElePhantastic Pink and how I could have a reason to have to go to the mall and how to justify the $8.50 to purchase the lovely shade. So, on my way to get my pedicure, I pondered the selection and hoped to find the one.
Imagine my surprise when the first bottle I picked up was ElePhantastic Pink!!! Seriously. It was a sign! No more looking for me. I felt an instant satisfaction. Well done, well done. Only another true OPI fan would appreciate finding the color on the first try! I'm obviously drawn to it.
So, I've been observing my toes. Enjoying my ElePhantastic Pink. Deciding to definitely find a way to the mall.
I love summer. I love OPI. Summer + OPI = happiness!

Weekend full of fun!

Our weekend was fast and furious. And great. I can honestly say that I thoroughly enjoy being with my husband. Now...the one vehicle's an adjustment. But, it really makes us communicate and plan. And, we get to hold hands a lot more! And, smile at each other as Eli says silly things and Abi coos.
Anyhow, Chris worked at our church painting the red iron and sprinkler lines in the sanctuary on Thursday and Friday. That may have been a run on sentence. Oh well. We wanted/needed a cool down, so we went to Aunt Lindsey's to swim. Eli loved his news trunks and vest. Abi enjoyed swirling around too. The water was so warm. And, the burgers were delicious!
On Saturday, we ventured down to Fayetteville. Mom met them at Toys R Us - Eli needed a helmet for outdoor activities in Kentwood. He also got a little computer thing. More to come on that after our trip. We then headed to Target where I got the bathing suit I wanted...thankfully, no more wearing the maternity swim suit from last summer. Oh, and we went swimming again! So lovely. We went to an outdoor wedding. I haven't been that hot in a very long time. The wedding and wedding site were beautiful, but the heat just about ruined it all. It wasn't just the heat - but keeping my little ones from having heat strokes! Abi was stripped down within the first 5 minutes. Anyhow, there were lots of efforts to keep them cool.
Yesterday we had a lovely time at church. We had dinner on the ground - I always enjoy that. Chris had to finish up some painting and I redeemed my Easter present and got a pedicure. Oh my. More to come on that too. We went to watch some local fireworks. We couldn't see them really well...but that didn't stop Eli from having a blast.
And, now? Well, I'm working on the zillionth load of laundry. We leave soon for Louisiana! With every passing hour I get more excited. And a bit anxious about getting everything done!
I should probably fold clothes before the little ones wake.....

Thursday, June 25, 2009

The long and the short of it

I should blog more often. I have so many things to write about...but the time just flies by. I often wonder is my posts would be too serious, too boring. Well, hey, it's my blog! Anyhow, in the midst of wondering if I should blog about certain personal topics, this verse was waiting for me in my in-box:

"Then I will thank you in front of the great assembly.
I will praise you before all the people."

—Psalm 35:18

I most certainly believe it is important to be transparent about our struggles and else do we really know the power of the One we serve? Yes, it can leave one vulnerable to others opinions...but in the end, we serve an audience of One, and he deserves to be recognized for his goodness, mercy, compassion, and (fill in the blank).

I have blogged before about our family's "restructuring." This has to do with our decision for me to not return to work. This would be a 60% cut in our family's income. Basically, we would lose money if we had to pay daycare for 2 or if I stayed home, so we opted for option number two. But, we firmly believe that this is what the Lord's will is...and therefore we trust in Him and let him make the difference in our balance sheet.

About a month ago the situation got very dim. Very. Bills were coming in, the expected or hoped for financial help had been cut off, and it was tough to not be cynical. I was doing my best to not lecture the Lord on how it was time for him to open heaven's window and bless our please lead someone to drop a check in our mail somehow give Chris' a big raise...anything. I didn't sleep well for about 3 days (not a good combination). Chris and I were amicable, but the stress was so thick. On a Thursday, we made some big decisions and began working the plan. This included selling my vehicle, cancelling texting (hey - the money goes a long way when buying formula), and cancelling the little monthly donation I make to my beloved OBU. We were going to be under on the sell of my vehicle so we had to try and get a loan for the difference...which our local bank that I use to work for and have been customers of for 12+ years denied us! I read a blog post of a friend that was discussing tithing (very introspective) and I wondered if this was an area of grace (more to come on this). I was suppose to go to the dentist that day, but while sitting in the parking lot waiting for my Dad to get the kids, I broke down - cancelled my dr's appt and drove home totally bewildered at what we were going to do. Thankfully, the kids wanted to nap when we got home. I did too.

My Dad came over that evening and talked with me about an opportunity to open a Farmer's Insurance Agency. We could use part of his tax office and it would give us the flexibility I wanted/needed with the kids. And, eventually Chris would come join the business full-time. So I filled out the basic questionnaire to see what there was to see. I went to bed that night with a zillion questions and concerns, but above them all was this verse, "In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps." Prov. 16:9

That Friday was super sunny, so I decided to get out of the house. The kids and I went to F'ville to meet Mom for lunch. I took a few minutes to work on plan G for paying the difference of the Edge, and it seemed to be working out. I also got some good news about my vesting with the company in August. As I was walking in the P&G building my cell phone rang. It was my HR manager (that I haven't spoken to in months) wanting to know if I could come by that afternoon to talk about my package. I stopped in my tracks. I had signed up to possibly receive a voluntary severance package back in late January. Here, at the end of May, I was stunned! After lunch, I met with the powers that be and they offered me a ridiculous amount of money to NOT return to work! It was all I could do to not break out in praise! But, internally I was for sure!

Seriously. The Lord IS good. Seriously.

I laughed and laughed and laughed when I got out of that meeting. God is so good. Takes care of his children. I was reminded of a sermon Dad just preached about the woman and the jars of oil. The Lord not only met our basic needs (food for kids), but provided an abundance for us to live on. Chris said when I called him with the news it was like a load was lifted off of his chest. In fact, I stopped at Sonic (during Happy Hour) to get celebratory drinks!

That Sunday, during a conversation with a few people after church (and not about our situation at all), a friend commented that "you don't just tithe when you can, you tithe when you can't and let the Lord show up." He has no idea that I had been pondering this exact thing. It was like a light went off. Done. No more discussion.

I've met with the people at Farmer's and am half way thru my licensing process. Chris and I have so been looking forward to this new opportunity for our family. Plus, he'll have so much more time with our family! We received very few (less than 5) inquiries about my vehicle. But, then, my sister-in-law had an unfortunate wreck that totalled her vehicle. On Monday, I was cleaning out the inside getting it ready for her to pick up that afternoon, and the Lord was really speaking to me. Reminding me that he is in control. He orchestrated all of these events and is taking care of us (both our family and my brother's family). We both had needs that we were able to meet for each other. I resolved to do my best to not take for granted how great it is to know that the Lord IS in control...even though his timing and ways are not mine. He doesn't need my approval. Well, let's face it - his ways are better than mine, so we'll leave it at that. But, the Lord and I were having an Ebeneezer moment - reminding me of his faithfulness, goodness, and love.

So, that evening while I was bathing Abi, Chris came home (early) and told me he had lost his job. We were expecting this to happen - but were hoping it wouldn't be until after the new business was up and running. We are at a complete peace. Although there is no income for the moment...we are at peace. There are no hard feelings, no anxieties, no sleepless nights. In fact, I've slept better this week than in a long time.

We began looking at what needs to be done for Chris to get up-to-speed with the insurance stuff...and he will be totally licensed when I am! In fact, we'll take the last set of classes together! This is superb b/c of two huge concerns we had...1)how to manage with 1 vehicle and 2)how to handle the kids when clients come in.

And, yes, Chris did go first thing to the unemployment office. How do you dress for that? (this is funny only to the ones who know the story behind this question) But, you know, we have paid into this for many years, and we are going to use every bit of what is available. And, it appears it isn't much less than his take home pay was! I could write a ton about the face of unemployment...especially now that we are in that boat.

But, I share all of this (if you've made it this far in the post) as a testament of Jesus Christ, my Savior, my Lord, my Redeemer, my Provider, my Shield, and my Portion. He is good. All the time. All the time. He is good.

Join us again for more adventures in the Osmon household!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Summer Nights

The last two evenings have been absolutely wonderful! I mean. I couldn't think of anything else I'd change...well, maybe that Chris didn't have to go to work! Anyhow...our entire family has been outdoors for hours the last two nights. Chris has been working in the yard - and naturally, his helper is close behind. I love watching those two interact. Abi enjoyed watching the trees move in the wind. So sweet! After she went down tonight, Eli and I layed a blanket in the grass and ate strawberries. Then, we played ring-around-the-roses in the grass and hunted lightening bugs. Chris was able to catch some. Eli LOVED holding them! I wish I could bottle up the past few nights and keep them fresh forever!
Now...back to that Elmo birthday cake!............

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Weird times at the theatre

While I want to write about the adventures of today, I really want to write about what happened (one of two things). The kids, a cousin and her kids, my brother, and I went to the kids movie...$2 each! While in line, I noticed a lady in line that I use to "know." By "know" I mean use to sing in the choir with, went to the same Bible study, went to the same college (although not at the same time), and many more random connections. Then, I saw two other ladies and their children...that are all from the above mentioned ways that I know them. I didn't approach lady #1 in line because, frankly, there were a zillion kids and it was SO hot. I was focused on keeping my kids cool and calm while in line.
So, in we go to the line to get refreshments. I knew popcorn would keep the big boy occupied for a while. Anyhow, lady #1 was two people in front of me. She was chatting with another lady, so, again, I didn't disturb her. She did, however, turn around about 6 times. But, I assumed she was looking for the other ladies or waiting for someone else to enter the theatre. But, there was clear eye contact. She even looked at my son! I thought that she might have no recognized me because I was with my brother versus husband.
Anyhow, I went on and got seats in the theatre while my brother waited in line for snacks. I went back to help him. As I approached the line, lady #1 watched me walk up to the line...but just turned her head and pretended to not see me! How bizarre! It was so obvious she saw me, and so obvious she did not want to talk to me! Did she think I was going to invite her out to dinner? Did she think I would wonder why I wasn't invited with her group? Last I checked, anyone can go to the theatre! Mercy sakes! A "hi" isn't that hard...especially when you're an outgoing person...oh, and know the person 3 feet from you!
So, I told my cousin how weird it was that lady #1 didn't acknowledge me. After the movie, we went to lunch and my cousin said the same thing happened with her and lady #1 as we were leaving the theatre! Eye contact and all!
There's a low percent chance that lady #1 will read this post. Lady #1 - it was good to see you and your beautiful many children today at the theatre. Sure wish I could've told you that in person. Next time, don't be afraid to say "hi!" As the movie said "A person is a person, no matter how small they are."

Sunday, June 14, 2009

When Satan...

...reminds you of your past, remind him of his future.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Bubble Bath and DC Cherry Blossom

One of the reasons I love having a daughter is that I have an immediate buddy for girly things. For instance, if you read the blog at all then you know that this weekend Kimber is getting married. And, Abi is the flower girl. Today, Abi and I went to the first mall, went to get my hair done, and went to another mall to get her Daddy a tie and us girls nail polish. Yes, nail polish. It's what girls do on special occasions. We get our nails done.
I have been looking forward to doing this with Abi for some time now. So, in we went to the store in hunt for the perfect polish. And, we love OPI, and the name is equally, if not more important than the color itself. Everyone thought it was adorable that Abi was getting her first polish. A fact we shared with everyone remotely interested.
Abi got Bubble Bath - a soft shade of pink, the perfect amount of color for our little lady. Her mother got DC Cherry Blossom. Can't wait for us to do our nails on Thursday night! I'll have to post about Abi's father's reaction. It may include a box of tissues!

My birthday party!