Jan 31, 2008
Jan 30, 2008
Jan 22, 2008
Our favorite time of day!
So Sweet..sharing Mommies drink!
Aha! It's mine!! (Both were giggling!)
So today we celebrated and the kids were so excited to see their bikes! I do not have pictures of that but let me tell you Eli screamed for Sara to come see the bikes. Too funny how they alwasy call for each other! Here are just a few more pictures of today's celebration!
Jan 16, 2008
Anyway, the last few months have been rather difficult on me personally. With my gall bladder surgery and my knee problems and now my surgery coming up on Monday I have just been in a funk mentally. So I went to spend time alone with God, just Him and me at the altar. It was so good. In fact I plan to go this afternoon before our midweek service just to pray and give God the praise He so deserves. But I have to tell you sometimes when you are at the altar its not always a nice feel good situation. Sometimes you get rebuked by the Lord and that doesn't always feel so good! That is what happened to me yesterday.
You see behind the parsonage and next to the church is another home and a caged, mean pit bull. Now please don't write me and tell me you own a pit bull and its a sweet loving dog. I know that all pits are not mean. But this one is and has attacked other dogs and has bitten at least one child. Why it has not been put down I don't know, but we are constantly stressing to our kids to stay away from the cage and they are basically scared to even be on that side of the back yard anyway. This dog does nothing but bark mostly at his shadow but he is always barking at something usually at 3 in the morning or some other odd hour of the night. Anyway, what God showed me was rather hard to accept but I realized He was right. You see while I was praying the dog started barking again. It was a distraction to me and it really was bothering me.
That is when the Lord showed me that my focus has not been on Him the last few months. I wanted to argue but realized it was the truth. He showed me that satan is just like that barking dog. He barks and barks and barks and instead of believing on the promises of God, praying and reading His word I have been letting the barking of satan dictate my life. You see satan does all he can to distract us by barking. Those barks (noise) can come in any form he can imagine and he is not that imaginative he uses the same tactics all the time. His favorites to distract me are: financial problems, health related problems, self esteem issues, my weight, past hurts, ect.
As for me I am taking a stand and plan to use God's word as ear muffs to block the barking of satan. I plan to stand on God's promises and not satan's lies. I am a child of the King of Kings, the Creator of all things, The Alpha and Omega. His Word tells me that the steps of a righteous man/woman are order by Him and as long as we are following Him and seeking after Him for direction then whatever comes our way is not a surprise to Him and we can rest assure that He has a plan to get us around, over or through the difficult times. Sometimes you have to walk through the fire - He will be there, you'll not be burned! Sometimes you have to walk through the waters (floods) - He will be there, you'll not be drowned! For He is always with His children!
Jan 13, 2008
I have been working hard at getting things organized and such for my mom and for Sean. Thankfully Mom has already been here once before after I had gall bladder surgery and she knows the basic routine of the house. Sean does to but it is usually me that says, ok Sean this has to be done or its time for this when it comes to the kids. Now I have posted up on my wall a Helping Hands chart so the kids as well as Sean knows what chores they are responsible for. I also have a chart with the usual activities for the afternoon such as homework starts at 4:30 and the bedtime routine. It should make the week my parents are here go smoother for Sean. This way he has something to look at instead of asking me. Specially since I will be in the hospital for a few days.
I think I have gotten everything ready. We have purchased the wood for the ramp my father will make so it is easier to get in the house, will be picking up the wheel chair on Sat, have a bunch of gel ice packs ready (been advised to have a bunch!), got a few puzzle books for me to do since tv is not that great during the day and I probably won't get much access to the computer. Trying to think ahead and stay ahead of the game. Should prove to be interesting that much I can say!
This week 4 years ago, I was in the hospital trying desperately to stop our twins from coming too soon. The little boogers just wanted to make sure they debuted much sooner than they needed to. Those days I wasn't counting down I was trying to keep counting forward in how many days they stayed in gestation. They made it to 33 weeks 4 days. It's amazing how much a day can make in the womb to a little preemie. I can't believe my "babies" are going to be 4 on Tuesday. My goodness the days go by so fast! It's hard to not think of them as my babies and then Eli will say things like, "I'm not a baby anymore Mom!" Normally it's "Mommy this and Mommy that" today it was "Mom (Eli -giggle) I can do it myself!" Once they were born then it became the count down to when we could bring them home. For us thankfully it was only 3 weeks later (the longest 3 weeks of my life!). They came home Feb 13...our Valentine's Day gifts!
Boy I remember so much from then, not much from the first year just the first weeks. But that is another blog I plan to do later in the week for their birthday. I can tell you that we plan to celebrate their birthday on Sunday, instead of their actually day the 22nd due to my surgery. So I will make sure to post pictures of them opening gifts and blowing out candles as well.
Good night all!
Jan 11, 2008
Some being spiders, snakes and other poisonous animals. Oh sure
So we know that without spiders we would have much more
So here is my question if God did not create the snake
Ok some of you may be wondering why I am blogging
Yes those are little mice, little brown field mice captured
Now you have to understand, I love mice when they are
had jumped on and squished a small mouse. It is funny now
As for the fate of these two, probably will end the same as the
Jan 7, 2008
My little man, Kristofer is in love. Ok yes he is only 5 1/2 yrs old.
But to him he is in love. I wrote on this previously about him
declaring he was going to marry Koreena and have some kids.
Every first Monday of the month we take the kids from our
church skating. They look forward to it and have to earn the right
to go through attendance. If they come no less than twice a month
the church pays their way, otherwise they have to pay their own
way. Well tonight Jaron and Kristofer went and had a ball. They
are so excited and worn out when they come in from skating for 2 hours.
He directed them straightto the bath and that is when we learn that
our little Kristofer has not only skated all night with his girlfriend,
as he calls her, but he was seen hugging and "kissing" her on the
cheek and lips. UGH!!!!!
So here we are thinking oh we have at least another 10 years
before we talk about kissing girls with the boys and now we are
sitting in the bathroom discussing what is and isn't allowed.
Now we could just let itpass and say nothing. BUT these two sit together
in school, play togetherat recess and see each other at church.
They already get each other in trouble as it is.
So here I am telling Kris, "Yes I know you really like her and I
know she likes you too, but you are not old enough to kiss a girl."
Sure I am! "Well Kris our rules are no kissing the girls until
you are older." But I am older I am almost 6.
Jaron just laughs...he thinks this is so funny!
So I am hoping that with our talk and with Sean's talk we will not
be getting a call or a note home about inappropriate behavior in class.
I think I will just fall over if we do....
Jan 6, 2008
1. Don't take your knees for granted.
2. Your knees are your mobility...the biggest part!
3. Sitting down and standing up is controlled by your knees!
4. Being over weight your whole life truly does affect
more than just yourself....it affects your family too!
Oh I am sure there are a lot more points I have learned
Jan 4, 2008
Jan 1, 2008
Basically the kids and I made homemade pizzas tonight and they watched a smorgage board of movies ranging from "Cars" to cartoons of "The Hulk". Sean spent time praying at the church when we were making dinner and I spent time searching for more info on my impending knee surgery.
Let me tell you something about this impending knee surgery...I am a little uneasy to be honest. I found a great site called http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEtalk/index.php
it has message boards and general info. I love the message boards because there are real people sharing their experiences with the surgery and post-op about the same surgery I am having. There are so many different experiences. Some leave the same day of the surgery and others leave 3 days after. Some are able to have weight bearing and others not for 6wks to 6 mo. All have said the first 2-3 weeks are the worse for pain and mobility and I do not look forward to that! Thankfully my parents will be here the first week and Sean has asked for the next two weeks off. He may end up using all of his sick time and vacation time up just to help me and that bothers me. We have been hoping and planning to take a week vacation to NY in the spring and a week to Florida late summer/early fall. This may put a bit of a damper on our plans. The surgery and my thoughts are worth a blog of their own....
Later close to midnight eastern time, Sara and I could be found in her room cleaning and rearranging. She did more playing and rearranging her doll house furniture while I did most of the cleaning and rearranging of her furniture and toy houses. The boys could be heard playing super heroes in the living room. All waiting for midnight here Southern Illinois. Right now all of them are watching Santa Clause 3 for the umpteenth time while I am trying to get my knee to relax as I type this. Sean is working. Although we are grateful that he is working it is the first time in 12 years that we are not together on New Years Eve. (Sean you own me a dance and a kiss! ~ Love you honey!)
I do hope you all are having a safe and happy new year's celebration! I also hope that one your your resolutions this year is to draw closer to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!