Sunday, November 30, 2008

Christmas!!!

It officially looks like Christmas at our house. Some of the decor has been up for a week, but today we put up our tree and finished decorating. We would have done the outside as well, but it was raining. We'll do that part tomorrow. Our tree is so pretty~they are my most favorite of all decorations, and I love any and all trees! Each one is individual for each family and I love them all! Our lights are great...they're colored and really big and bold. I love them.

Our next fun thing that we did today was our trip to Costco. We broke down and bought a new t.v. It's HUGE. Fourty two inches, LCD, HD, it is truly a beautiful sight. Especially since the screen doesn't go black like our old one was doing. I love it. Right now we're watching the Fairly Oddparents, but we're about to watch Pirates of the Caribbean 3. Whatever the name is...is it At World's End? I think so.

Well, the hubby just got back home...him and our neighbors Brian and Travis had to return a trailor to Brian's in~laws. They chopped wood on Friday morning and finished it tonight. So we're going to finish our movie now, then put the boys to bed when it's done. It's back to real life tomorrow!!! Love to all! Have a blessed Monday!!!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Back To Life

Wow. It's been a whirlwind of a week. Not normal in any sense of that word, but I will be glad to resume a little bit of that. We ended up traveling to MS for my grandmother's funeral, and you know what all that entails with four kids. I packed everything but the kitchen sink. And let's just say that I like to be prepared for anything, so there is really no such thing as light packing. Maybe before kids, but certainly not now.

We got home tonight and went to my Dad's to have Thanksgiving dinner with him and my stepmom. So that was good. To top this week off, I started getting sick Tuesday night or Wednesday and felt really bad all week. By Thursday, I was really bad off and could not even eat all of my delicious lunch. By that night I had chills and was in a movie when they hit me. By the time we got home my face was on fire and my temperature had risen to 102. Oh joy. Oh, and if you're thinking of seeing Four Christmases, save yourself the money and wait for the dvd. Enough said about that.

I basically just sucked it up and went on with my life, though, because never in a million years would I have missed my sweet grandma's funeral. When we got back to the hotel last night we all got comfy and visited each other's rooms. There were like 30 of us there, so the kids were in heaven, running around and seeing all of our family! They were snacking and playing games, singing, you name it, they were the life of the party. And it was just that for them. They've never stayed in a hotel, and will probably never experience so many of us being together like that again. It really made for a good time.

My sister Debi and I sat and talked forever, which was cool. I never see her, and really don't talk on the phone with her a lot, either. She left us tonight with us promising we'd drive down to see them over the summer. She and Jonah had some really deep conversations in her room, once Jonah decided she really was his friend. Noah forgot her name and had to ask, "What's your name again?" Go figure. I really do talk about them all the time, it's not my fault he has short term memory loss.


Today brought us home being so thankful for our family and our friends. We've had a major outpouring of love from our church family, and Todd and I have both and just sat and cried over the expressions of love. God is so good, and I see Him at work in my family. Especially in my nephews....at least I hope I'm not just imagining it, but I don't think I am. My oldest nephew grabbed me today at the grave site and just hugged me hard and said, "I sure do love you." The faucet of tears started all over again. I hugged him for such a long time then, and it was pretty cool singing Amazing Grace with him and his younger brother.
Well, I'm going to go for now....below are some pics I thought you may enjoy. They're from this week....love to all.



The extra kids you see are Austin and Nicole. The one second from bottom is Debi with the little ones. Fun times....

Friday, November 28, 2008

My Thoughts

Most of you already know if you talk to me often, or if you're on FaceBook, but I wanted to post on my blog what my day was like yesterday. The boys woke us up at 7:30 yesterday morning with laughter and talking, and shortly after that, the phone started ringing. My mom wanted to be called when my grandmother was about to pass away, and she got that phone call at around 4:30 in the morning. When my mom got there, Mammaw had already died a few minutes before. She was not alone though, the hospice nurse was there with her.

And let me tell you something, those hospice nurses will have a special place for them in Heaven someday. The one that I got to know over the past few days is named Vikki, and she's just an amazing person. They all were, but she was the one who was closest to Mammaw. She cried with us as we said our goodbyes on Wednesday, and so did the other nurse that was there. They get so attached to their patients that they become so much more than just 'patients'. They become like family to them, and they also get to know and love the families of the elderly. It's all very emotional, and it really endears these precious people to you.

This is the first death I've experienced in a while, and although her passing is sad for us still here, it's such an incredible thing knowing that she is rejoicing in Heaven in her brand new body!! She was an amazing lady who lived a very long and full life. My grandfather died 25 years ago, and none of us thought she would have ever lived this long without him. After he died, she stayed in a trailor on my uncle's property for a while; until her health started going down and she needed more constant care. My mom's sister Elsie moved her to Texas with her for a while. Then my aunt started getting sick, in fact she had a brain tumor that eventually ended her life. So my mom moved Mammaw in with us. Her health was going downhill, and for a while everyone thought she had Alzheimer's disease, but we later found out it was severe dimentia. She lived with us until my mom was physically unable to care for her herself. She went into a nursing home then, and stayed there until one year ago, when that nursing home was shut down. Mom moved her into another nursing home and everything seemed okay, until neglect became evident in Mammaw's broken foot, and in other areas, as well. She moved her into yet another home and this is where she was when she died.

Mammaw's gone though a lot, and has proven herself to be a real trooper. She's pulled through many obstacles, and it was obvious that God was keeping her here on earth for a reason. I began to pray a while back that when it was her time to go, that it would be quick and painless. And it really was....God definitely delivered. She was very comfortable when she passed away, and it was in her sleep. The hospice nurse had warned us that her last breaths might have been gasping breaths, but praise the LORD that was not so. She just very peacefully took one last breath and that was it.

My mom is doing great, all things considered, I'm just wondering what she's going to do with herself now that she's gone. She's been a very faithful daughter and has so graciously cared for her mother all these years...14 to be exact. I am so glad that all of her guilt will be gone now. Even though she was so faithful in her care of Mammaw, if she missed even one visit, she would literally berate herself over it for days. Even though my Mammaw didn't know if she was there or not, Mom knew and she would be so mad at herself. I am glad that that part will be over. She can also start doing something for herself for a change. I am glad for that...Mom definitely deserves it.

Well, I'm going to run, I have to get ready for our little mini~road trip to Mississippi. We decided that we are going to spend the night there tonight. It's easier for us to stay there since it's a couple hours away. The boys are excited because it's a little getaway~they'll take it where they can get it, right? I've explained to them that this is not a party, but a very serious time. They'll be fine...we've sat down and talked about it this morning, and I know that they'll deliver. Thank you for your prayers for my family during this time...love to all.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanksgiving Eve!

Yesterday was the boys' last day of school before Thanksgiving. Jonah, Noah, and Drew all had Thanksgiving Feasts for lunch yesterday. Fourth grade doesn't do a feast, obviously. The kindergartners lined up in the kindergarten hall, and joined together for one huge feast. All the moms provided a yummy lunch for them, so they had a blast. I tried posting a picture, but the computer won't let me. If you're on facebook, you can go to mine and see the new pics I posted on there to see it. Otherwise, I'll try to post pics later.

We have a fun day planned! Bill and I are taking all the kids to the zoo today. Yay! It's GORGEOUS outside and is going to be 62 degrees, so it's the perfect zoo day. We're all excited. I hope my soreness is gone by then. I am not sleeping well, due to our mattress, I think. I woke up so many times last night, I lost count. I took Motrin this morning, so hopefully it'll kick in and my back will feel better.

Okay, here are some things I am thankful for today:

Our bed, even if it does make me hurt all over. Thank the Lord we at least have one to sleep in.
Family~it was so cool being with my mom and sisters last night at my grandmother's bedside. And then when we all sang, it was just really neat. We had some sisterly bonding going on.
Our pets~they bring us so much enjoyment, especially Twinkie the kitty. Her name is really Twinkles.
Neighborhood kids for my kids to play with~I think Graham's best friend in the whole world is the little girl across the street, Kari. She's older than him, but they are thick as thieves. I think there might possibly be a little crush there too, on her part.
Coffee in the morning. Seriously. It makes everything better.
Jesus~that He took our place on the cross, and that He gave me new life in Him.

I'm going to try and do these pictures again:




Oh, good, it worked. Don't they look adorable? They had such an awesome day! It melts my heart. They had chicken nuggets from Wendy's and Chik Fil A and fruits, veggies, cookies and juice. Yummy. Love to all.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Vera Mae Myles


This is my sweet grandmother, Vera Mae Myles. She will be 97 years of age in seven weeks. Isn't she precious? Unfortunately, she no longer looks like this. She is going downhill fast, and hospice thinks it'll be three or four days before she passes away. The top picture is her and my mom celebrating her 95th birthday. My mom is beautiful, isn't she?

My mom was at work today and my grandmother's hospice nurse called her at work telling her that Mammaw was dying. Her kidneys are starting to fail her and her vital signs are going down. We've known this was going to happen, but nothing ever prepares you for the death of a loved one. My mom is being very strong about this, but she has a long road ahead of her. Please pray for my family during this time. Especially with it being right here around the holidays, it's going to be extra hard when she does pass away.

My sister Debi is here from Tampa with her husband Mike, and their children Austin and Nicole. So Debi went with my mom to the nursing home when my mom got the phone call this afternoon. I got off work, brought the boys home to Todd and joined them. Soon after me, my other sisters Lisa and Tricia came too. I hope that when Mammaw dies, that my sister Debi will still be here. I think it was comforting to my mom to be able to have all four of us girls here with her during this time. There is something so comforting being able to be with family during times as these. Todd, the boys and I were able to be there for Phyllis when her dad passed away. Not actually at the hospital, but we'd had dinner with her and Wiley the night that he died. I was so glad that we took that hour and spent it with them...I think it brought her peace. I hope the same for my mom.

My grandmother has lived almost 30 years without my grandfather. I cannot believe she's held on so long, for a while we all thought she was going to outlive all of us! She's a real trooper, though, and has made it through several low points. One of which was here recently...she had a broken foot. None of us thought she'd last, but she did. Tonight when all of us were there, Mom, Debi and I all made it a point to tell her that it was okay if she was ready to go Home. That she could let go of us here on earth, and just go to be with Jesus. At one point during our time there, she tried opening her eyes. She responded with an affirming nod when Debi asked her if she was ready to go see Jesus and Pappaw. She nodded her head yes.

Tonight before we all left, Debi, Lisa, Tricia and I all gathered around her bed and sang Amazing Grace. The precious old lady in the bed next to my grandmother started singing with us. I think we were all crying at that point. We all gave Mammaw a kiss and told her we loved her. We don't know if we'll see her alive again, she may or may not make it through tonight. Please pray for my family...for strength for my mom and her brothers John, Wayne and Tom. My uncle John was there with her when we left, I think he wanted some time alone with her to say his goodbyes. My mom has been her primary caretaker for the past thirteen years and this is going to be so hard on her. It's never a good time to say goodbye, and even though we all thought we were ready, it's still hard. Thank you for your prayers.

Day 2 of Being Thankful

On this beautiful bright and cold morning, I find myself being thankful I'm warm inside, with a warm cozy bed to sleep in!

I'm thankful for healthy kids~Jonah is feeling better, but not just that. So many kids have so many different health issues, and here I have 4 boys that are perfectly healthy. Praise God.

I'm thankful for my home~kind of goes with the first one, but we are so blessed. I love my house. I told Todd when we bought this house I could see myself staying here forever. I love it. It's warm and cozy in the winter, and cool and breezy in the summer. It looks great in the full bloom of summer and even better with Christmas lights. But most of all, it looks the best when it's packed full of people.

I am thankful for our friends~God has blessed us with some incredible, very close friends. We have great support groups all around us, and lots of them are great as accountability partners as well.

I'm thankful this morning that God hears us when we pray. No matter where we are or what we say or how we say it, God hears. He doesn't always answer the way we want Him to, but He hears and delights in us speaking to Him. Isn't He amazing? So many of my prayer time is spent multi~tasking, but He doesn't care. As long as I just pray.

That's all I have time for....I'm off to get dressed for work. Jonah is better and my life is resuming normal....at least for a time such as this. Love to all!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Thanks & Giving

In honor of Thanksgiving, I thought I would write all week about what I am thankful for. The boys and I talked about this subject as I drove them to school this morning. Graham and Drew said they were thankful for God and His love, Jonah said he was thankful for the grass, and Noah said he was thankful for the people who didn't have food. I think he meant that he was thankful that WE had food and that we should pray for the ones who don't. At least I hope he meant that. This is what we're talking about all week, and I encouraged them all to think of things all week and to express gratitude about all that we're blessed with~starting with their teachers. I am doing the same for myself. Here is my first list of the week.

I am thankful for:

The rain that I woke up to
My husband for all that he does~he is the hardest working man I know
The fact that I see 'new mercies every morning' (Great Is Thy Faithfulness, Lamentations 3)
My huge extended family...after all, they are the ones that inspired my life motto, "the more, the merrier"
Sick days at home with the *twinkies*
The time I get to spend with them on that day~their sweet little voices as they play and watch their favorite shows

Lamentations 3:22~24 The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. 23 Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning. 24 I say to myself, "The LORD is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in Him!"

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Sunday

I stayed home with Jonah and Noah today while Todd, Graham and Drew went to church. Jonah doesn't feel all that great~I think he may have what I had on Tuesday. He's just laying on the couch watching cartoons with Noah. And if you're wondering, Noah is NOT sick, but with twins if one stays home the other one automatically stays with him. At least until they're old enough not to cry over missing the other one.

I just read my friend Rene's blog, and I was flooded with memories of this time last year. Her husband Charles had major surgery on Thursday. I don't know exactly what happened, and I tried to call her but I didn't get in touch with her. I know how she feels~I was there last year when Todd was in the hospital. I felt like my whole world was falling apart and like I was all alone. No one truly understands what that is like unless they've experienced. The friends that I thought would have come by to visit did not, and the ones I didn't expect to visit did. We found out quickly who our friends were and if they were true or not.

They also have 4 kids, but the 2 youngest are one and two. I think they've divided them in half while Charles is in the hospital. I was fortunate in the fact that I had family who was able to take care of all of them together. And I did not worry about them one bit during that time, although I missed them all something terrible. I was so glad when he finally came home that I was beside myself, but he had a long recovery. I am sure it'll be that way with Rene's husband~I did find out that he had some sort of stomach surgery.

I am watching SpongeBob. I hate SpongeBob, have I ever told you that??? I'm changing it now...nevermind, I told Noah he could finish this one and then we would change it. There's only one or two minutes left, then it'll be over. Well, I am going to get off this computer now. The laundry is finished, so I'm going to go upstairs to make beds and fold clothes. I might as well take advantage of my time while I'm at home. It's back to work tomorrow, and after that, it's a busy week!! We'll be decorating our Christmas tree on Tuesday night, so I've got to get ready for that. I have a feeling today is the last day I'll be doing laundry for a few days. I hope we have enough socks and undies....hahahahaha.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Happenings At Our House

Okay, so we were at Mom's and Bill's tonight, and Bill told me he doesn't like me working. I haven't been doing that great at keeping up the blog. It's because I'm EXHAUSTED by the time I get home. In a good way, of course, but by the time dinner is over, the kitchen is clean, and the kids are bathed and in bed, I'm usually following them a few minutes later. I have no energy left by then.

So what have we been up to, you wonder? Well, I thought I would share a few things I've discovered this week. Have fun reading.

1. The boys' school had Open House Thursday night, and we learned that it takes us over an hour to make it all the way around to ALL of their classes. It was a blast, and I loved having Jonah and Noah escort us around.

2. Drew performed his first choral performance that same night and I learned that he does this weird thing with his mouth while he sings. Was it nervousness? Or another bad habit?

3. I have the greatest husband on this earth. He froze his tail off today while cutting the grass just ONE MORE TIME. Since his foot was in a cast when most other people did that, he's just now getting around to it. He is THE MAN.

4. Jonah and Noah are growing up. They don't enjoy being held as much as they used to.

5. Graham seems to make noise wherever he is~everything becomes his drum. And he's pretty good, if I do say so myself. The kid's got rhythm.

6. Drew never stops talking. N.E.V.E.R. E.V.E.R. E.V.E.R.

7. Jonah and Noah bought their lunch for the first time at school this week. I forgot to tell Jonah to buy water, and he ran out of milk too soon. The same thing happened for Noah. BUT I did learn they could say carry their tray with food AND drink without having a major spill all over the floor.

8. It really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

9. I love chubby kids~I have a couple kids @ CES that I just to squish their sweet little faces...they are precious, and they are NOT American. One is from China, the other from Mexico.

10. The assistant principal at school likes me and doesn't mind if I mess up.

11. The one teacher that got mad at me for messing up is still mad at me.

12. Our cat Skippy is sick and we don't know why she's lost so much weight~I pray that it's nothing serious, though. I'm not ready to have to deal with the death of an animal.

13. L.E.D. lights burn your eyes if you look at them for too long. Yup, I decorated for Christmas today.

14. I still like my steak better when it's already cut for me. Thank you, Bill, and the dinner was fabulous.

15. Most weekends I have six boys, not five. Graham, Drew, Jonah, Noah, Drew C and Todd.

16. I'd better start shopping for Christmas before all the good stuff gets gone.

17. There is nothing sweeter than hearing Jonah sing in the morning. He serenaded Todd and I this morning while he was using the restroom. I know, but at least he was entertaining himself.

18. My daddy is not getting any younger, and I miss spending my Fridays with him. I really do. It makes me want to cry. The good news is that I'll resume at least part of those Fridays in January.

19. I love decorating and taking care of my house~I miss being here more to enjoy that time, so I'm having to cram it all into one day~Saturday, and I'm still having to get used to it.

20. The laundry doesn't get done all by itself. It doesn't get put away all by itself, either.

21. I am really good at juggling~not the kind you're thinking~but of doing lots of things at the same time. The only thing that I'm not good at is remembering. My memory leaves a lot to be desired.

22. I love cold weather!!! I knew that before but I love being reminded each morning!

23. I love food and can really appreciate it. I love the whole process...the shopping, preparing, presenting and eating~I think that's why I love Thanksgiving and Christmas so much. I really love cooking that meal myself, but have only done so one time.

24. Facebook is incredible and a fun way to find old friends~I had one friend find me from THIRD GRADE last week! Mom, do you remember my friend Paula Winfrey that moved to Florida after third grade? She's the one that found me on there last week! We were reminiscing about singing in front of our class dressed up like Madonna. We sang "Dress You Up" by her.

25. Jonah doesn't not think well under pressure. He forgets EVERYTHING.

26. Fourth grade is hard.

27. Graham may actually be smarter than me.

28. I cannot wait for Thanksgiving break!!!! I am looking forward to our annual tree decorating night on Tuesday as our little out of school party, I can't wait to be with family I haven't seen in a long time, I am really excited about my mom's cooking, and cannot wait to watch Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!!!!

29. I am thinking about starting a couple of new traditions this year.

30. I am out of things to talk about.

When I get to this point, I have to stop. Plus, my eyes are starting to close. And so are Todd's, apparently. I just looked over at him, and he's out. Poor guy. Well, Bill, it may not be exciting, but these are all things I've discovered this week. I knew most of them, but it's always fun to learn it again, don't you think? It's been a fast week and I am excited about getting our Holidays off to a bang this week. I have a possible zoo date on Wednesday and I can't wait!!!! Love to all!!! Oh, and Bill, let me know about Wednesday. I can't wait!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A Strange Something

This is the strange little something I'm talking about...read on, and you'll understand.


Okay, so I was sitting in the office at the school today, and at 3:00, in walks Jonah, Ashleigh and Abby, all of whom are classmates of his. I saw right off that he was about to cry, so I asked what was wrong, and he said his ear was hurting. I almost told him to that he was okay, and to go on back, but you know that little nagging feeling you sometimes experience? I had that little feeling.

So I started questioning him more, and he said it hurt like there was something down in there. I asked him how he would know what that felt like, and his response was, "Well, somebody might have put something down in there." I think my mouth may have dropped open. I asked what he meant, and he would not tell me. I don't know why, but he finally told me that HE did not put something in there, but SOMEONE ELSE did. He did not want to tell me who...but he finally confessed. It's a little girl in his class who is Mexican and doesn't speak English very well.

I admit, my first response as a mom was to get mad. And I got upset...we were having to make a trip to the doctor and pay for something this little girl did to my son. And Jonah was terrified of going to the doctor. Although he was very brave, and did not cry one tear. Which, just let me stop here for a minute. Dr. Fesmire came in and looked in his ear, and sure enough, there was paper in there. He went away for a few minutes and came back with this bottle. He had Jonah lay down, and he had me hold a cup up to his ear, while he squirted water into his ear to flush the strange object out. Turns out it was a teeny tiny piece of folded up foil~like paper. See the above picture. I know, I know why save something like that???

Anyway, back to tonight. I called Jonah's teacher, Mrs. Miles, and let me just tell you, this woman is pretty close to a saint. I told her what happened, and she was so embarrassed. This happened during i-Station (no time to explain) and right after the little girl put it in his ear, Jonah was sticking a pencil in his ear. She told him to stop, that he could hurt himself, but I think he must have been trying to get it out. She told me in the morning she would talk to the principal and a translator (yup, I said TRANSLATOR) and take action from there.

She told me that something like this has happened before with the same little girl, but communication is the barrier. Add to the fact that this little girl is BOLD and not intimidated by ANYONE or ANYTHING, and you have a disaster waiting to happen in a kindergarten classroom. So you know what his teacher's response to all this was? "Jennifer, I am so sorry this happened. But please pray for this little girl and her family. They just need prayer. " So that being said, who can stay upset? Yes, it was my child, but I can do that...pray for this little girl. None of us are perfect, and how many times have we wanted to stick something in someone's ear (or mouth?)? It's kind of humbling, to tell you the truth. Although the little girl does need to be disciplined, and know that she canNOT do this type of thing again, I feel confident that it will all be handled.

This isn't the first time something like this has happened, and I'm sure it won't be the last. Believe it or not, I'm having an issue right now that I'm getting advice on with Graham and how a teacher handled him. And no, I am "THAT MOM"...but this teacher did something I feel was inappropriate.

Well, enough about all this....if you remember, pray for Jonah's teacher, Andi. Her parents are old and frail and in poor health. AND they live in Atlanta. Her suitcase stays packed 24/7. I've seen what my mom goes through with my grandmother, but thank the LORD my mom is in the same city (almost) as her. I can't imagine being 8 hours away and working full time and having to take care of 2 older parents. I don't know if someone else helps her or what, but she spends most weekends in Atlanta I think. Add to that the fact that she has a well, um, handful of a class and I'm pretty sure why she keeps her hair cut so short. She quite possibly yanks it out. Not really, ha ha ha. Well, I hope everyone had a wonderful Wednesday, and has a great tomorrow too.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Sick Day

I had to call in sick for the first time today. It seems that I've caught a little stomach bug from all the kids that have it at Collierville Elementary School. What nice little kids they are to share their sickness with me??? Actually, I knew it was just a matter of time~the other office lady, Erika, had the same thing and was there on Thursday. She called in on Friday with the same thing.

The good news is that it's not that bad. I have had much worse stomach bugs so this one really is not that bad. I was freezing last night and went to bed at 9:00~the same time as the boys~and after not being able to warm up in bed, I took a really long, hot bath. After that I went back to bed and read for a little while, and finally fell in a restless sleep. I was up and down most of the night. I was going to try to go this morning, but decided not to bother. I just don't feel good. I feel kind of blah.

You want to know something pathetic? I wish I was there. Sure I could be doing laundry~there are piles by the machine~but that'll keep. I could be cleaning, but for once don't feel like it...yup, I'm sick. I miss all my kids. It was really sad having Todd take them this morning and me staying here. However, I wasn't sad too long~I fell asleep right after that and didn't wake up for 2 hours. I'm watching Home Improvement now. There is NOTHING worth watching on daytime television.

The other thing I got sad about was the shows that are on right now. I was flipping through the 'guide' on cable, and I saw the Backyardigans, Diego, and some more shows that Jonah and Noah loved watching. And I wished that they were here with me so we could watch them together. I loved those days...cold days when we all stayed inside all warm and cozy, and letting them have fun watching whatever shows they wanted to while their big brothers were at school. Those days are forever gone now that they're in kindergarten. =( I just wish I could have all that time back. Looking back, I think I missed a lot~I wish I'd taken more time with them to play their favorite games, or taken them on more picnics~they could have gone on one everyday they loved them so much! I wish I'd taken them to the library more, or played outside with them more. I know that this stage in life seems endless~but take advantage of it all!! It's exhausting, but you have to admit, it's a good type of exhaustion you feel when your day is over.

I am blessed to be able to spend everyday with them now even though they're in school. That's why I enjoy their lunchtime. I love watching who they sit by and what they talk about. It's fun seeing them be so grown up. It's also bittersweet...for instance, yesterday Noah had to use the bathroom while he was eating lunch. I let him go, and though I usually have to stand and watch for them to come out, since it was Noah, I walked away. I just told him to go back to his seat when he was finished. Katie, his teacher, came to get her class and Noah was still in the restroom. I told her his tummy hurt, and she poked her head in there and asked if he wanted them to wait or go on back to class. He told her they could go on back to class and that he would come when he was done. That was so sad to me!!! He is such a big boy now...and I had to share that very private situation with someone else...his teacher. Man, am I sappy or what????

Well, I think I'm going to take another nap. I'm starting to feel sick again......

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Yay!!! The Weekend!!!

I am loving the fact that it's 10:00 in the morning, and I am still in my pj's!! I think I definitely took advantage of that before!! It's a yummy feeling! Do you like the blog facelift? This was inspired by my friend Kerstin...she changes the face of her blog all the time. I've actually tried to change it several times, but for some reason, The Cutest Blog wouldn't let me. It did this time. Yay!

We're having a great weekend!! Our friends Brad and Marcia Coleman came over last night, and we played a game we haven't played in a long time...Farkel. We used to play it but we didn't call it that. It was a lot of fun, and it's easy enough for the kids to be able to play with us. Their son Drew spent the night...he's also known as DC. For Drew Coleman, since we have a Drew. They have been playing on the computer and PS all morning. I don't know what time they went to bed. I was asleep long before they were. I left them downstairs to watch tv, but that didn't last. I think they were tired.

My neighbor just brought over a HUGE bag of clothes for my kids. They have a son who's 13 so they brought over all the stuff he's outgrown. I am sooooo blessed to have neighbors that have sons!!! I also get stuff from my other neighbor, Beth. Kim is the one who sent the clothes over this morning. It's all brandname, so all of it is in really good shape. Drew was in heaven because he now has four Tennessee sweatshirts. I know. Tennessee, you wonder, when Todd is an avid Alabama fan?? I know. We don't talk about it much. Todd always tells Drew that just b/c he likes Bama, doesn't mean that has to be Drew's team as well. He encourages individuality. Except for when Tennessee and Alabama play each other. Then Drew had better shut up.

This week went by soooo fast! I cannot believe how fast my days go by. The front office has all sorts of interesting things happen...I have to be on my toes about kids being checked out b/c there are lots of custody issues, I had one lady from the Dept. of Children's Services come in this week (I had to go get the guidance counselor for that one since I had no clue as of what to do!), there are medicine issues, allergy issues, discipline issues, you name it~anything goes there. It really is chaotic. At one time on Wed. I had three phones up to my ear. One I couldn't put down yet, the phone to let people in the front door and the P.A. system phone. It's crazy I tell you. Luckily I do okay under pressure and am able to handle it all fairly well. Fairly, I said.

I have let all the laundry go to pot all week, so I'm doing that today, and cleaning and changing sheets. It's now officially cold enough to put the kids' flannel sheets on their beds. Yay!!! I love this weather....cold nights, cozy blankets, and hot chocolate!!! Oh and I bought some of the yummiest new cream for my coffee. Are you ready for this??? It is CHOCOLATE MINT TRUFFLE. Seriously D.E.L.I.C.I.O.U.S. I fixed some for me and three of the boys the other night. Noah opted for hot chocolate. Who the heck needs starbucks with cream like that??? Even the hubby is hooked.

Okay, so I have a dilemma. My husband has agreed that it's time we paint our living room. Of course now that he has agreed to embark on this journey with me, I can't decide on a color. I went to the paint store and picked some samples of a color that I really love, but when I brought it home and put it down low against my floor, I don't like it. The problem to this is that not only are we going to have to paint the walls, we're also going to have to paint the beams on the ceiling, the fireplace bricks AND the fireplace mantle. Whoever decided to paint these stupid bricks is not a very smart person. So I have to pick complimentary colors for all of that. I think I want to do the beams and the brick a rich chocolate brown, and the mantle white. The only other color I can think of that I want in here is the same color that's in my kitchen. It's called Lemon Poppy Seed, but the actual color is this beautiful rich sunshine~y gold color. It would look great with that brown and with my furniture and frames and accents. I would maybe need new curtains, but that is waaaaayyyyy down the road, so I'm not worried about that. All I have to do is get my husband to agree with me on the color choice. I think it's going to look a lot different in the living room~and our living room is seperated by a taupe color in the hall, so it's not like it will be back to back. It will make it brighter in here~which is why I like the idea.

Okay, well enough about that. I need to get off this crazy computer and get to hopping!!! I have laundry to wash, fold and put up, a house to make sparkle, beds to change and a body that needs to be dressed in a few hours. I have a busy day today!!! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!!!!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Thursday Night

I love this time of year. In a time where Thanksgiving is brushed aside, I have sooooo much to be thankful for. I went to a mom's Bible study the other night, and the lady that spoke said that Thanksgiving has become almost nonexistent. And I have to agree. You go from Halloween straight into Christmas. And while I am "one of those" who puts my decor up before Thanksgiving, trust me when I say that we definitely still teach this holiday in our home! And I put my decorations up because I love it so much. I try to really maximize the time I have to enjoy it! And enjoy it we do....

I am so thankful for so many things this year. I always am, but you know how you can witness something that just really nails it home? I have had that happen several times this week. I am just so overwhelmingly grateful to God for His love. I am not a fragile person. Give me a hard time, and I endure it head on...but with only with God's help. I cannot do this on my own~I depend fully on Him. I know a family at Collierville Elementary whose world has been turned upside down~my friend's ex~husband committed suicide last week. And they have a daughter in kindergarten. This man was emotionally and mentally unstable. I cannot imagine what this lady is going through. She has a very long and rough road ahead of her, please pray for her...her name is Stephanie, and her daughter is Hannah.

I am so thankful for my husband. In a world where jobs are questionable, Todd has steady work. Slow at times, but steady for the most part. We have never had to go without, and for that I am so thankful. We don't spend money on frivolous things~we've never been able to just go and buy things that our kids say they want. We've had to teach them about money and how to earn some and how to save it once they start earning it. And they have done odd jobs for us at home, and done just that. Currently they have a leaf~raking business, but so far no one has paid them for their labor. =( But I am so proud of these boys...they have learned the value of a dollar, and they've learned how to save for something. And at times, we'll meet them at the halfway point. They're sweet and very appreciative of everything they have, and I would not trade that for anything in the world. They know we are rich in the ways that money could never provide.

I am so thankful for the family that we have~I mean parents, times THREE!!!, and our siblings. I am extremely close to my sisters~we could go for months without talking, but we know that we love each other and that we are there for one another. My greatest goal in life is to raise my boys so they will stay close as adults. I am very close to my sisters, and I want that for my boys. I always tell them the best friends they will ever have in life are sitting right around them. I want them to love each other, but to also care for each other. I'm teaching them compassion and kindness. I do NOT want them growing up not being a part of each other's lives. I pray that God brings them wives that desire that same familial closeness. This is something so important to Todd and to me. We've both been let down a lot, but we desire these things for the boys. I always pray that God will grant me these desires of my heart, should He tarry.

I am so thankful for our friends and our church family. I cannot imagine my life without these people. There is something to be said for being a part of a unified group of believers. And our friends! God has blessed us so much with Godly friends. The more we are there with our small group, the more we get to know each and every family. And it's so much fun swapping kids every Sunday!! Here lately we've either had extra kids come home with us, or we've been missing a couple when we came home. God has blessed our boys with friends, as well, and they get invited out all the time. I love that. It was that way for me when I was a little girl, and I have always prayed that for my children.

I hope I haven't bored you to tears, I just love Jesus so much. He really loves us and cares for us, and He loves giving us the desires of our hearts. It may not always seem that way when we go through rought spots, but He does love us. I have so much to be thankful for....all these things I've listed and our health. That has been another thing I've encountered this week; so many students have diabetes at the boys' school. It breaks my heart these little babies having to go through something as traumatic as that. And a couple of these kids have it extremely bad. It's really humbling to have to witness that.

I am still loving my job...as hectic as working full time is, I LOVE it. I would not have it any other way. And if I get a chance to show Jesus everyday, then that's just an added bonus. Right?!?! What do you have that you're thankful for??? I challenge you to stop and think about it this week. Love to all.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

My New Job

My new temporarily full time job starts tomorrow and won't end until Dec. 19th. So, that being said, pray that I can adjust. I still have to do my home stuff, and cook, so pray that all that comes easily for me. I am excited about it ...it comes at a great time of year, so it's really a blessing.

We've enjoyed a long, long weekend. We've been very lazy. I have been soooo sleepy. This cold weather makes it hard for me to get out of bed. I will have to, though, otherwise the office will be crazy at CES!!! We've been with friends over the weekend, and we've had time alone, so it's been great. The boys are a little restless and ready for school again, if you can believe that. Especially Jonah and Noah. They stayed home on Friday, so they're really ready to see their friends again.

I had a ladies night out tonight. The family ministry leaders wife invited us all over for a Bible study and fellowship at their house. It was fun and a nice little getaway for all of us. We had a really good turnout. BUT if she invites me over again, I'll be shocked. I spilled a coke on their hardwood floor, and when we were there a few weeks ago, I knocked a decorative plate off the counter and caught it on it's way to the floor. I think the house makes me nervous. It's so pretty and perfect, and I'm like a bull in a china shop. Mom, this is where you can picture me falling thirty times on my way back to our table at the Cracker Barrel when I was 10. See? You guys damaged me for life. Ha ha, not really, but man that was pretty stinkin' funny, wasn't it???

The more nervous I get, the more stupid stuff I do. I never understood that. I felt like I had a neon sign attached to my shirt that said, "KLUTZ". I might as well have. It was still fun, though. I'll just not drink in the living areas again. Or I could take my own spillproof sippy cup. That would work good. Allright, well I've rambled enough for one night. I'll let you all know how the rest of the week goes. Love to all!!!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Lazy Morning

I am writing this at 8:15 Monday morning, contrary to what the time says at the bottom of this post. My little ones are still sleeping soundly on the couch upstairs. They wanted to sleep there, by the way. We didn't get home until almost one o'clock this morning...after church last night 3 of us couples from Sunday school went over to another couple's house. We ate Dominoe's thin crust pizza...Y.U.M....and sat around and watched football and talked. The kiddos had a blast.

Graham and Drew were invited over to spend the night with their son, Drew, so we left them there. Jonah and Noah wanted to stay and spend the night with Hannah, but I figured they were a tad on the young side. I didn't want to give her extra kids, either. So I think today when we meet, we're going to let the kids play for a while. They love each other, I think.

I have no idea what we are doing today, but it's beautiful outside and supposed to be really nice all day. No rain as of yet, but the high is sixty. Yay! We had a beautiful fall weekend...finally. I didn't think it would ever cool off. I may take a visit up to the attic today. I'm wanting to clean out up there and look through my Christmas stuff. It's kind of a mess, and a humble jumble of stuff. I'd like to organize it a little before I get all the Christmas stuff out. And I know we're going to get some new lights for the trees, so I may try to find all the old ones. May, I said. Or I may decide just to sit here all day, although I doubt it. Jonah and Noah will be busy playing all day, so I might as well do something productive.

On the other hand, I might call a friend and see if her and her kids want to meet at the park. It's the perfect park day and they LOVE playing at the local one. Well, whatever today finds you doing, I hope you enjoy it. Love to all!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Growthtrac Marriage Minutes

Ten Ways to Show Your Husband You Adore Him

• Don't interrupt when he's telling a story
• Compliment him in front of others
• Compliment him in private
• Make his favorite dinner often
• Praise him in front of his peers
• Praise him in front of his family
• Compliment him in front of his children
• Tell him you appreciate his hard work
• Make a list of 25 qualities you admire about him
• End each phone conversation, no matter how brief,
with "I love you".

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Saturday

Okay, do you ever get such a marvelous night's sleep that you just savor staying in bed a few extra minutes, all warm and cozy? Well, that was me last night. I love cold nights~Todd has this comforter that his mom bought Tim when they were little, and when I asked her about this comforter and where she got it, she said it was on sale or clearance and really cheap. She never thought it would last so long, but we still have it. I call it Todd's binky, because when he's sick and burning up with fever, that's the only blanket that will warm him up. So, since we don't have an electric blanket, in the fall and winter, we throw this on top of our velvet (not real velvet, like
velvet) comforter and get all snug and cozy. That was the way eight thirty this morning found me.

I got up and got coffee and came to play on the computer for a bit. Todd took the boys to Bob's farm to play most of the day. They're going to have target practice with a BB gun. Good times! Graham is all thrilled because he's going to get to go hunting for the first time this year. He got his hunting license last March, so he's all set and ready to go. Anyway, I had all these grand plans for today. I was going to clean out Jonah's and Noah's closet to get ready for Christmas, BUT I did that last night instead. We went out to eat at Chili's, and Graham, Jonah and I all sat in Jonah's and Noah's room and they played while I cleaned and organized. Every year I do this to make room for the new stuff at Christmas. I have quite a pile to get rid of this year, though. Some is going to school for treasure box goodies, and some is going to Goodwill, but their closet is so nice and clean now! This brings me immense joy. Really.

Last night Drew was invited to a friend's house for a sleepover, so we were the parents of 3 boys last night. Kind of nice~much quieter (yes, Drew is LOUD), and easier at Chili's. We were sitting there, and Noah saw his teacher and her husband and their sweet little girl. I thought the child was going to have a heart attack. I think he has a crush on her. They all went to say hello, and Graham is all beside himself, because she invited him in to read to her class as a special reader one day. Since I'll be working full time, I'm going to let him have my time slot of when I was supposed to go. He is officially proud of being a big brother. Isn't that precious?

So today I am going to work on MY closet instead of the twinkies' closet. My closet is always the one that gets neglected, but I am going to clean everything out...all the clothes I no longer wear, and shoes, you name it, it's getting cleaned. I am in the mood to just de~clutter everything in my house. Including all the old videos we have...yes I said videos not DVD's. We will probably never have another VCR so why hang on to them? I don't need them anymore. They're just taking up space and collecting dust.

Well, this is getting me in the mood to get busy, so I'm going to get off here and start my day! I'm excited~it's not often I can do this sort of thing completely uninterrupted! I'm getting started now because we're meeting at Mom's house this afternoon. Todd wants to watch the Bama game, and Big Daddy is taking the boys fishing. Good times, I tell you, good times. Love to all!!!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Our First Sick Day of Kindergarten

My little Joni is sick. =( He looks horrible. His class has had some kids out sick with fifth's disease, which he's been working up to since last Friday, believe it or not. He cried a lot last Friday morning, and I couldn't figure out why. I chalked it up to being a rough day~end of the week, tired and cranky and all that goes with it. But then the next day he started losing his voice. He's not run fever at all, but has been complaining of bad headaches, which is a symptom of this illness.

Anyway, so my friend and co~room mom Sharon called me yesterday morning asking what Jonah's cheeks looked like that morning. All week he'd had one red cheek~and still did yesterday. She ended up taking Ashleigh to the doc. because she had this awful rash all over her. The doc. diagnosed it as fifth's disease. Yesterday afternoon, I decided to go ahead and take both Jonah and Noah to the doc. this morning because they'd both been complaining of headaches and the occasional sore throat. Just to be on the safe side. I also decided to let them both stay home all day. Previous experience tells me that when one twin is sick, the other one just needs to stay home too. Otherwise there are always tears at some point. Now when they get in the older grades, they'll outgrow that, but in kindergarten, it's just not a big deal.

So I have my babies home today! I would be staying home with them except for the fact that they've been so shorthanded all week at school. I cannot make them even more shorthanded. I couldn't live with myself. There's only 2 of us in there when all of kindergarten eats, and let me tell you, those sweet babies~almost everyone in the class, in all 6 classes~needs everything opened. That being said~I called Daddy. He's coming over at 10:30 so I can go work, then I'll come back home and join them. I also canceled the doc. appointment because I know what he has. AND I looked it up on the internet. Drew had this when he was 4, but I'd forgotten what it looks like. I know now! Jonah looks miserable, even though he really feels alright. The thing that stinks about this illness, is that by the time the rash comes, it's no longer contagious. Graham would say that it's no longer communicable.

I am so excited about this weekend~we have a LONG weekend!!! The boys are out of school Monday and Tuesday! Woohoo!!! Drew has a dental appt. on Monday, and they're going to a birthday party on Tuesday, but it's still going to be fun times. I hope it doesn't rain like the forecast is suggesting. If it doesn't rain, the weather is supposed to be really nice~cool! I am so ready for cold weather!!! I can't stand not knowing how to dress myself or the boys. They either get hot or cold, depending on what the crazy air conditioner does at school that day. They can never be just comfortable.

Well, I'm going to go do some laundry and clean a little bit before I have to hit the door. I hope you all have a blessed day.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Thoughts On Our New President Elect

This is taken straight from God's word...which by the way in 2 Timothy 3:16 states that "All Scripture is God~breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness..." So you get the gist...not my thoughts, but the Lord's.

1 Timothy 2:1~8 I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone~2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all men~the testimony given in its proper time. 7 And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle~I am telling the truth, I am not lying~and a teacher of the true faith to the Gentiles. 8 I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.

We had a really great choir practice last night~the thing I love about Music Man (a.k.a. Bob Geabhart) is that he really sets the stage. And by that, I mean he's great at leading into worship. He's soft spoken and mellow and just comfortable in God's presence. Some people are so intense that it's almost painful to watch or experience. Not so with Music Man~in his quiet, reserved manner, he just lays it all out. He starts with God's word and has this great way of bringing life to scripture.

Anyway, back to last night. So all of a sudden, Music Man just lays it all out; he basically said that the man that won was not who we wanted to win, but it was apparently who God had put in that new position, and that our job was not to complain and criticize, but to pray for him. His family, his safety, health, thoughts, mind, and surrounding cabinet members...and that we needed to pray that God would surround him with wise men who were discerning, and would be a help to Mr. O'Bama. (He's not president YET. When that times come I will address him as President.)

It was actually kind of strange because when I woke up yesterday morning, I was really struggling with the fact that he'd won. I felt kind of like God just squished me~all my hopes and dreams. BUT GOD did not do that...He just continued to carry out His plan, and this is His plan. So I asked God to help me~that I was questioning, and doubtful and to show me His plan in this. And you know what? He did~He laid on my heart almost word verbatim what Music Man said last night. It was so cool~I took that as the confirmation I was looking for yesterday morning. I don't know if I stated that in my entry yesterday morning, but I know I wrote it in my journal yesterday.

God is so good~even in times like these. He is our Hope, our Strength, our Rock, and our Redeemer. If we get anxious, we need to remind ourselves of this~and surrender the burden to Him~He wants to take away our worries. And He will. I am having a much better morning, needless to say. It was kind of weird hearing Music Man say what I really felt like God had already told me yesterday. Very cool. I love witnessing God. He really is all~powerful, all~knowing.

O.k. well if I want to be at work on time, I have got to get off here, although I could go on and on all day. I miss having more free time~I think I took advantage of it. Never again, though!!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

I Needed Something Lighthearted After Last Night's Results

I got this in an email this morning. I actually lost sleep last night over the election. I guess I was a little naive. Not the first time, and probably not the last. This was neat...I thought you'd enjoy something a little lighthearted after last night. Love to all. And thank you, Melba.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW BUT PROBABLY DON'T

1. Money isn't made out of paper. It's made out of cotton.

2. The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp (marijuana) paper.

3. The dot over the letter "I" is called a "tittle".

4. A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.

5. Susan Lucci is the daughter of Phyllis Diller.

6. 40% of McDonald's profits come from the sales of Happy Meals.

7. 315 entries in Webster's 1996 Dictionary were misspelled.

8. The 'spot' on 7-UP comes from its inventor, who had red eyes. He was albino.

9.. On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents, daily.

10. Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine are brother and sister.

11. Chocolate affects a dog's heart and nervous system; a few ounces will kill a small sized dog.

12. Orcas (killer whales) kill sharks by torpedoing up into the shark's stomach from underneath, causing the shark to explode..

13. Most lipstick contains fish scales (eeww).

14. Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear pants.

15. Ketchup was sold in the 1830's as medicine.

16. Upper and lower case letters are named 'upper' and 'lower' because in the time when all original print had to be set in individual letters, the 'upper case' letters were stored in the case on top of the case that stored the smaller, 'lower case' letters.

17. Leonardo Da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time hence, multitasking was invented.

18. Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.

19. There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.

20. The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan; there was never a recorded Wendy before!

21. There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with: orange, purple, and silver!

22. Leonardo DaVinci invented scissors. Also, it took him 10 years to paint Mona Lisa's lips.

23. A tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion will make it instantly go mad and sting itself to death.

24. The mask used by Michael Myers in the original "Halloween" was a Captain Kirk's mask painted white.

25. If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar (good to know.)

26. By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you can't sink in quicksand (and you thought this list was completely useless.)

27. The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law, which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.

28. The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for automobiles. At that time, the mos t known player on the market was the Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.

29. Celery has negative calories! It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with. It's the same with apples!

30. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying!

31. The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.

32. Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries.

33. Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing wind in a space suit damages it. I NEED TO REMEMBER THIS.

34. George Carlin said it best about Martha Stewart. "Boy, I feel a lot safer now that she's behind bars. OJ Simpson and Kobe Bryant are still walking around; Osama Bin Laden too, but they take the ONE woman in America willing to cook, clean, and work in the yard, and they haul her fanny off to jail.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election Day

I have prayed continually on and off all day for our country. IN GOD WE TRUST is the phrase that keeps popping into my head. In God will I trust, no matter who wins. I must admit, that right now, I have faith that God's going to pull through for us. Maybe I'm naive, but I have this child~like faith that He's not going to let us down. Even though everyone thinks the race is already over. I have peace. But I will still have peace, no matter what.

I will worry about nothing and pray about everything, as His word instructs me. Can I just say that my kids had their mock~election at school yesterday, and 2 schools in Collierville did not vote the way I would have thought. The 'opposing' candidate won, in both cases. I was shocked. Literally. Could NOT believe it. Some people said they expected that turnout. Not me. I know it's not for real, but I was still surprised. I had 'little parents' (kids stating their parents' belief) commenting on the ups and downs of both candidates all around me for the past week. I will be glad when all this is over and done with. The kids will hopefully quit asking me my political opinions. One of these times I may get ugly. Ha ha, not really.

Okay, well the next time I post, we will know who our next president will be!!! Keep praying!!!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Election Time

As I stood in an hour and a half line on Thursday afternoon to early vote, I couldn't help but feel a sense of pride for this nation that I live in. What an honor to be able to live here and have a voice that matters! Because THAT is what presidential elections are all about. I have always thought that you only have the right to complain about our nation's leader if you vote~if you don't vote, then shut up. You gave up your right to complain on the day you decided not to wait in that long line to vote. What is more important than where we live? Tomorrow as you face those long long long lines, take that time to pray for our nation. Take a book, take the Bible, but VOTE. If you are honored enough to be able to call yourself an American, then VOTE.

I voted on Thursday, and trust me, that line was daunting. But I felt honored to be able to stand there and participate. It's all in how you look at the situation~remember that tomorrow. Our nation has never seen an election like this, and we may or not ever see one like this again. We are actually living and breathing history right now. Some day our kids will be able to say, "Hey, I remember that election! That was a turning point for our country!" I believe this will be a turning point. No matter who wins.

I have put all my trust in the sovereign Lord Almighty. HE IS THE ONLY ONE WE SHOULD PUT OUR HOPE IN~this is God's word reminding us of this:

Ephesians 1:19~22 I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God's power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power (20) that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God's right hand in the heavenly realms. (21) Now he is far above any ruler of authority or power or leader of anything else~not only in this world but also in the world to come. (22) God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church.

No matter what happens tomorrow~God is in control. He has planned this, He knows the outcome, and He has a plan in this. Will you join me in praying? I am thinking of fasting tomorrow as well, and using that time that I would spend eating in prayer over our country.

Dear Heavenly Father,
You know what tomorrow holds for us. You know the person who is going to take over the leadership of our country, and I pray for peace for the rest of us left wondering who it will be. Lord, remind us of the fact that YOU have us in Your hands~us individually, but also our nation as a whole. You are in control of all things, and I pray that You will give us peace that surpasses all understanding, just as Your Word promises.

Lord, thank You for this country that we live in. Thank You for the men who have previously led our country. Thank You for choosing them at that appointed time to be our leader. Thank You for President Bush as he ends his eight year stint as our president. Lord, thank You for his family~his wife and daughters, and for keeping them safe. He withstood media raging against him at all times~only with Your strength, so thank You for the strength You gave him when he most needed it.

I pray for the men involved in this election tomorrow, Lord. I pray that nothing about tomorrow will be about one single man running for president, but that tomorrow will be all about You, and what You are going to do. Lord, I pray for safety of the candidates and safety for their families. I pray that these men and woman will see and feel your Holy Spirit all around them tomorrow. Give them peace as tomorrow plays out, Lord. I especially pray for their families, Lord. Help them to be supportive of them, Father God. I pray that You will be near to them, Lord, even if they don't serve You. May Your name be glorified above all other names. I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

November??? Where did September and October Go???

I cannot BELIEVE it is November. I mean I witnessed Halloween the other night and all, but seriously, where did September and October go?? It seems like two days ago Jonah and Noah started kindergarten, and here we are almost to Thanksgiving! Don't get me wrong, I love this time of year, absolutely LOVE IT!! I am ready for Christmas!!!! Maybe not the actual day, just the parts leading up to it.

I am so thankful to have a healthy husband~it was almost a year ago that he had surgery. We were a little unsure of his health and what was going on, so I am thankful for his health. I was talking to my dad on Friday, and we were planning our annual trip to see the Zoo Lights the night after Thanksgiving. And he was talking about going ahead and putting all his thousands of lights up so they'd be ready to turn on Thanksgiving night. And I am ready to see my family from Tampa, and I am ready for some TURKEY AND DRESSING!!! We actually had some dressing last Monday night at my Mom's house. Y.U.M. That woman makes the most amazing dressing in the world. It's the perfect combination of spices and perfectly moist. I'm making myself hungry.

I am wanting to start some new traditions this year. One thing we've never even talked about with the kids (I never did this as a child, either) is Advent. I have no idea what it is, except for the fact that it's the time that leads up to Christmas. I would love to explore all that with the boys this year. Our annual traditions are Zoo Lights with Pappaw and Grandma Sandy, putting up our Christmas tree (we have an extra one this year!!!), going to our Christmas parade, Christmas parties with friends from church, the Christmas party after our program at church, going driving and finding our favorite Christmas light displays, last year we added Christmas carrolling, and watching Christmas movies and reading Christmas books. Yay!!!! Fast forward to after Thanksgiving.

We've had a great weekend...I had choir practice yesterday, Todd helped my friend Christa move, then we met up at home for a little while. Jonah and Noah had a birthday party to go to, then we went to Mom's and Bill's house. Today we brought home a boy named Luke from church, and Noah went to his friend Matthew's house. Jonah didn't feel good at the time and didn't want to go. This is their first time apart. =( Just about breaks my little heart. Jonah's in his element, though, outside playing with the big boys.

We came home and ate lunch and a friend called asking for the number to our mechanic's place. Her car was not running. My selfLESS husband went over there and fixed the car for her. And saved them money on the part they had to buy, thanks to his sherriff's department discount. What a man. I took a nap to hold down the couch while he did that. Hey, somebody had to. It's a rough job. I only got a short nap, but that's okay, it was still yummy.

We're about to leave again to go back to church. And after that we are off and running for this week. Hopefully I'll manage my time a little better and think ahead to what we're going to have for dinner this week. I know what we're having tomorrow night, and I'm working on the next few nights. I think I'm working a lot this week in the front office again, so I'd better start thinking about it now. Well, I have to run to get ready for tonight. Love to all!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Another Little Something Something on Marriage

Hey! I'm posting from Nana's and Big Daddy's house. As I'm writing, I'm hearing all the sounds of cooking in the background. Yummy hamburgers and hot dogs tonight~haven't had that in a while!!! I thought I'd share another post on marriage...love to all, have an incredible weekend!!!

Ten Ways to Show Respect

Do not talk down to him
Do not talk badly about him to others
Do not check behind him to make sure he did something to your standards
Do not disregard his wishes
Do not ignore his requests
Do not laugh at his mistakes
Do not make him the brunt of your jokes
Do not compare him to other men
Do not speak sarcastically or with verbal jabs
Do not roll your eyes when he makes a comment you do not agree with

And Todd, I do NOT do these things. =) Maybe the verbal jabs, but only in times when we're messing around with each other. And you do the same. Love you. Muah.

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!  I'm linking up with Andrea from Momfessionals  (and friends) for this post. This time last week, I was waking up in ...