John, Sara Beth, Callum, Haley, Kobe, and Samuel

John, Sara Beth, Callum, Haley, Kobe, and Samuel

Friday, April 27, 2012

My Christian Creations

Good Friday Morning! I am linking up today with Kelly's Korner for Show Us Your Life Friday. Today she is hosting the topic of : Show Us What You Can Make. I started painting for fun. I really enjoy it and as a mother to three boys I needed a little "girly" something in my life (even the dogs are male!). I used to LOVE painting as a child and once I got a little older I enjoyed decorating, designing center pieces and wreaths, and floral arrangement. So, I began painting little things for myself, my home, and my family. As time went by people began asking me to make them door hangings or picture frames and so I did! I have sold several pieces and it doesn't seem like work at all! It is fun to me and I really enjoy turning on some Jesus Culture and painting the night away!

Front Door Hanger

Initial Candy Jar

Wall Hanging

Front Door Hanging

Wall Hanging

Classroom Door Hanging


Painted Candle with Ribbon and Initial

Sports Team Picture Frame (can do with any name or lettering)

Headband

Hospital Door Hanger for New baby

Thanksgiving Door Hanger

Wall Hanging

Door Hanging


HA! I just realized that I have a lot of friends that have a last name that starts with "M" and "S"! I hope you guys have a fantastic weekend!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Ten

Today is Kobe's TENTH birthday. WOW! A lot changes in ten years. Ten years ago at this moment I hadn't even met Kobe yet. I hadn't seen his face, kissed his cheek, or held him. I had no idea what was in store for me.

 You can read more on his birth story HERE.

This past Friday we celebrted at The Next Level with a Laser Tag party. He had a great time! All the kids that came seemed to really love it! Since the party was from 8:00 until 10:00 at night we deicded to just have snacks set up for them to have throughout the night. We had Sour Patch Kids (Kobe's favorite), Cheese Puffs, and Pretzels and Doritos Mix. I mixed up a large drink dispenser of Orange Gatorade (his other favorite) and let the kids serve themselves as often as they liked. We had cupcakes with neon colored icing. We had the facility set up a cotton candy machine and made each child some large bags of cotton candy to carry home along with a small bottle of gatorade that had a tag that read: "Hope you had serious fun with a laser gun!". It was super cute! Afterwards, three friends (Braeden, Luke, and Brandon) came over to spend the night after the party and they had a great time! However...once again...NO pictures! I was too busy to even think about pictures! I will try to do better next time!




Kobe is definitely a "momma's boy"...in the sense that he prefers to be around me more than anyone else! He is funny and eager to please others. He really makes me beam with pride and thankfulness to our Heavenly Father who saw fit for ME to be HIS mom.

He informed me this morning that he is over half way to going to college. Oh, Please don't remind me! It literally pangs my heart to think of my life without him in my home. I know all mothers must go through it but I sure don't want to be reminded and have it flaunted in my face before it is time!

He is always on the Honor Roll. He helps others. He is a sweet and loyal friend. He loves basketball and football. He enjoys going hunting with his poppa and wrestling around with John. He is thinking about taking a wrestling class this summer and I am really happy for him. His favorite team is Miami Heat. He loves getting fish for dinner. He likes riding his scooter and playing soccer in the yard.

He is my first born.

He taught me what unconditional love is. He taught me what sacrifice meant. He proved me wrong when I thought my parents were lying when they told me that punishing me hurt them worse than it hurt me. They were right. He has taught me what it means to be motivated. He taught me what a "second wind" meant when I would get out of school and go to work and get off from work and go to pick him up... that is when I got a second wind and wanted to stay up later than I should just to talk and cuddle him. He taught me about putting others first. Mainly him. He taught me what I wanted to find in a husband. I knew I had to find someone who would love him and feel the same way I did about him.  He taught me so much and I am sure will teach me many more things.

He made me want to be a better person. He made me want to set a good example. He made me want to prove statistics wrong. He made me want to prove others wrong. He made me want to put all other things aside and just be...his mom. He made me grow up. We shared some growing pains between the two of us. Me... learning to be an unselfish parent and him learning as a child. He has helped  make me who I am today.

He is a "bridge". He bridged together generations in a family that has had a history of racism. He bridged a gap between a father and daughter that I wasn't sure could ever be filled. He bridged a gap between a young lady to a young mother (and, yes, now an "older" mother). He bridged a gap between kids in different places because he can identify with all kids. He will continue to be a bridge between others throughout his life.

He is important. He is kind. He is special. He is smart. He is a good friend. He uses manners. He takes care of his things. He cares for others. He defends his friends and family. He is sweet to animals. He holds the door open for others and often helps others without me asking. He is a good young man.

He is my son. He is my little Kobe Ko. No matter how big he gets...he will always be my baby. I love him so much that it literally makes me cry and my heart soar.

My hopes for his future:
*To grow closer to God
*To continue to excel in school
*To enhance his natural talent and practice and be the best he can be in sports and other activities
*To make sure his education comes first
*To get (atleast)  his Masters degree
*To go on to get a great job and have an amazing life doing something that he loves

I am so thankful for this child and I have been forever changed since I met him. He is such a great kid. I can't imagine my life without him.

Happy Birthday, Kobe!

I'll love you forever. I'll like you for always. As long as I'm living my baby you'll be.

Oh! I can just hear his precious little voice saying these words along with me when he was little in my mind.

I speak protection over him. I speak good health over him. I speak revelation of the love of our Heavenly Father over him. I speak blessings on his life. I speak success and happiness over him. I declare that he is blessed coming and going in Jesus name.

Of course, this is how I remember him:




This is the picture I took of him this morning at 6:15 at the school before he left on a field trip to the zoo:



I can't wait to see what God's plan is for his future!




Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Five on Friday 04-20-2012 (Gimme Three Reasons)

Here is this week's Five on Friday blog! If you would like to start your own Friday5 blog go HERE and get your weekly list and don't forget to link them in your blog and comment on theirs!! If you ever begin wondering or would just like to know "why" I do these blogs take a look at my explanation HERE. I Hope you all have a FABULOUS Friday!!!



This Week's Topic: Gimme Three Reasons

1. What are the top three reasons for getting up early on a weekend? **Leaving to go on vacation/trip, have some alone time before the house wakes up, and Going to serve others at Servolution**


2. What are the top three reasons for getting into whatever your current job is? **Schedule coincides with my children's school schedules so I can be off when they are out of school, college tuition for my children as a benefit, and a GREAT institution to work for and GREAT people to work with**

3. What are the top three reasons for loving you? **I love you back, I am loyal, and I am honest**

4. What are the top three reasons for spending more money than you should? **(I am stopping this but....) A good sale, it is for one of my kids, and I couldn't put it back on the shelf because it smelled so good (candles, lotion, body spray, etc)**

5. What are the top three reasons to be grateful today? **God woke me up to enjoy this day and have a new day to live life, loved my the King of Kings, my husband, my sweet kids, and my family, and I found $20 this morning**

52 Home--Week 16

Sisters In Christ




This is a picture of a bookmark that my sweet friend Rachel gave me. I am so blessed to have her in my life. We have SO much in common and the Lord knew what He was doing (as He always does) when He placed us together! I am so thankful for her and always keep this bookmark in the book that I am currently reading. It says:

God brought us together
in more ways than one
and made us a family
through Jesus, His son.

When we were created
He knew that one day,
we'd both be related
in this special way.

Because of God's grace
He so carefully planned
to join our two hearts
 by His own loving hand.

I pray through the years
you'll remember that we
will always be sisters
in Christ, you and me.

 Rachel is my sister for sure! I enjoy spending time with her and love her husband, children, and parents as my family! We are so blessed to have eachother. Who else can turn a Waffle House run into a five hour event??!!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Thankful Thursday 04-19-2012

This Week's Top Ten:

1. God. I am really excited to see what He has in store for the participants of North Alabama Women's Encounter next weekend...if you are interested in going or finding out more...let me know!

2. Jesus. I am thankful for His love... and His life that he laid down for me...and you!

3. MY BOYS! Oh! These boys are so special to me. I just love, love, love them! I am so proud of all the accomplishments they are making at school and in extra curricular activities and especially at church!

4. JOHN! What on Earth would I do without this man??? I don't know! and I DON'T want to find out!

5. Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. Not only are these good for when your stomach is a little upset but they are also good for bringing me and my three boys around the dinner table to talk about our day.

6. Good Friends. Good friends are hard to find...and even harder to keep. I am so thankful for my good friends!

7. Dried Mixed Berries. This little pouch of goodness makes my morning great! I love eating them...especially when I mix them with almonds. YUMMY!

8. Our Home. A lot of people don't have them, you know? Mine may not be the best on the block or the biggest in town...but it works and it is our home. It is where we come together after a long day and it is where I watch my kids grow up! It is where I spend time with my husband.

9. My Mom and Dad. Since Samuel has been sick he wasn't able to go to school today so he is staying with Nana. Bless her! He is to the point where he is feeling better and that is great...but it can get a little wild! My dad is keeping the boys tonight while John as practice for the praise and worship band and I have a meeting about the Women's Encounter. I am really thankful for them!

10. Summer Semester. This means amended office hours! YAY for getting off a little early during Summer!

                                                  

This is Why--Addendum A

I need to add an addendum to the post THIS IS WHY...

* He knows that I am the "squemish" type when it comes to bodily functions so when Samuel's daycare called for one of us to pick him up Tuesday ... I knew JUST WHO to send---JOHN! And that is a good things since he got sick TWICE on the way home in the car!  He is so patient with us while we are sick! He will go overboard to make sure you feel ok and that you have everything that you need. He "helped" Sam when he got sick and cleaned up after him and I went and picked up Sprite, crackers, Pediatlye, and a called in prescription. Once he was all cleaned up I would give him medicine and rub his back... I got the best part of the job for sure! Eventhogh we had decided I would stay home the next day with him... John got up each time that Samuel got sick and helped take care of him. He didn't get much sleep Tuesday night...but he let me sleep. He got up and went to work on time and called to check on us throughout the day...

Add THAT to the list!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Mean Mom--Yep That's Me!

Mean Mom. I can't help but laugh at that. When I was little and took ballet class there was a mom who was overbearing and mean to her child. I didn't know her name and I was trying to tell my mom about something that happened and I couldn't think of her name so I called her "mean mom" and we both knew who I was talking about and we laughed and from then on...she was lovingly referred to as "Mean Mom".

This lady was named that because she screamed at her children just because. She put the down in front of others and she liked to embarrass them and not in the normal parent embarrassment ways...in real mean ways. I am sometimes not-so-lovingly referred to as a "mean mom" because of these reasons:

* I choose to be my children's parent...not their friend...and that means I am always there for them unconditionally.

* I make rules and consequences and I stick to them...  and that means that I also stick to promises

* I insist that church comes first...which means my children belong to the Lord and I am a praying momma!

* School work is next on the list. I tell them their only job in America at this point is to Love Jesus, be a good member of society, and a GOOD student. I make them do their homework and I call out questions for tests. I make them write spelling words that they already know just for extra practice...and that means that they are learning the value of their education and they get rewarded for a job well done!

* I have a chore chart. These chores don't earn money...they earn good work ethic. If they have an ugly attitude about helping our household then they get another chore... I always remind them that the Lord loves a cheerful giver and that they are giving their time and effort to our family so they need to do it cheerfully and that sometimes satisfaction in a job well done is its own reward...and that means that they aren't afraid to pitch in and I give pats on the back and hugs for that!

* I inspect bedrooms, dresser drawers, and closets. I don't allow trash to be piled up in or around their rooms...and that is teaching them self control and cleanliness.

* We don't eat until every one is seated at the dinner table and we say a blessing over our meal before we eat...and that is teaching honor and thankfulness.

* When they are wrong they are made to think about it and apologize to that person or write an apology letter...and that means that I am teaching them to forgive and be forgiven!

* I don't put up with back talking. I use my manners with my children. I say please and thank you and try not to have a smart attitude (although, I am human!) when things tend to flare up. If they don't show those courtesies back there are a variety of things that I choose from to remind them that it isn't acceptable...and that means that I am teaching respect by giving respect and accountabilty.

* We don't sleep in on Saturday and Sunday.We get up and help the community out and go to church. We go do things to help others and participate in Servolution at church...and that means I am teaching them to serve others.

* I expect them to help the elderly person in front of us at the grocery store or the person who just dropped something instead of just walking on past them...and that means that I am teaching them compassion and love.

I am sure that there are more reasons that they could come up with as to why I am "mean" sometimes. But if that is what a "mean mom" is ...then I will proudly wear that title!

This Is Why

I love my husband:


* He still likes going on date nights with me and looks forward to them

* When I am having a rough day ... he cooks dinner

* He tells me I am pretty and beautiful at just the right times (when I am feeling especially un-pretty)

* He comes up with creative ways to help the kids with their school work and projects

* He calls to check on me

* He randomly text messages me just to say he loves me and misses me

* He makes the bed when I am low on time because he knows it means a lot to me!

* He calls and sings songs to my voicemail... and then I keep them and save them and go back and listen to  them when I am having a hard day

* He doesn't mind being the "bad guy" for me or for the kids

* He presses on and presses through ...even when he doesn't feel like it

* He is a good employee and honors authority

* Without me knowing, he has secretly sold his stuff to give us things we wanted or needed

* He once left the house while I was cooking dinner to run to the store for something while I finished up and got plates ready. Nearly thirty minutes later I call to check and see if he is almost home and he says no. He told me he was going to Wal-Mart. This was not his original destination so I had to ask why. He said that as he was leaving the store he was in, he walked out and saw a lady crying and beginning to write on a sign. He asked her what was wrong and she began to tell him that she worked but had just enough to pay the rent and gas to get back and forth to work and had no food. She explained that as embarrassing as it was...she was going to have to make a sign to ask for money for food. So, my sweet husband went and bought her groceries. When he came back she said she wasn't sure he would come back but she had to wait there and see because she had never had anyone do something so kind. He stood there while his stomach growled and his dinner plate cooled and ministered to her about the love of Christ. He would never tell that...because hat is just the kind of man he is!

* He stops to help people on the side of the highway

* When my sweet little Levi had kennel cough he looked up ways to help him at home until Monday came and we could get him to the vet. He got up through out the night and ran a steamy hot shower and shut himself in the bathroom and mixed him several home remedies and fed it to him through a medicine dropper. (He will kill me for this one...but he did it because he knew how much the dog meant to me!)

* He is kind

* He is patient

* He does what it takes

I could go ON and ON and could keep on listing the reasons ...but these are just a few of the many reason I love him!

Monday, April 16, 2012

52 Home--Week 15

One day I will miss this "kid shelf" in my refrigerator! This is the "go-to" spot for the kids wen they need a snack or drink that they can reach!

Five on Friday 4-13-2012 (National Library Week)

Here is this week's Five on Friday blog! If you would like to start your own Friday5 blog go HERE and get your weekly list and don't forget to link them in your blog and comment on theirs!! If you ever begin wondering or would just like to know "why" I do these blogs take a look at my explanation HERE. I Hope you all have a FABULOUS Friday!!!


This Week's Topic: National Library Week


1. What were the libraries at your elementary and high school like? ** Quiet!**

2. What’s interesting about your nearest community library? **The children's room is so precious. Plus, the cross stitched pictures that hang in the library were stitched by my grandmother Doris**

3. What is the longest you’ve had an overdue library book? **I don' know that I have ever had an overdue library book.**

4. Among people you know who aren’t already librarians, who would make a good librarian? **I can't think of anyone right off**

5. Who is your favorite librarian? **Christina at Muscle Shoals Library who is also a sweet classmate of mine.**

                                                               

Friday, April 13, 2012

Boys!

Today I am linking up with Kelly's Korner because it is Show Us Your Life Friday. Today's topic just happens to be "Mom to All Boys". I generally don't link up but when I saw the title I knew I had to link up this week. For those of you from Kelly's Korner...welcome!

I am a mom to Callum (14), Kobe (9), and Samuel (4). Being a mom to these boys means:

* Always having baby wipes and band aids on hand

* Making our schedule around whatever current sport is being played

* Hearing stories about eating worms

* Coming outside to a pile of rubble in the yard and getting this response when you ask what is going on: We are trying to make a fire with brush and two sticks like on Man, Woman, Wild

* Finding two little boys under a tree with apple juice boxes and spoons and apples off of the apple tree and when asked what is going on they say: Well, we want two apple trees in our yard instead of one so we are planting apples (digging the holes with a spoon) and watering them with apple juice so they will grow quicker

* Never being caught off guard when a little "wrestling" session begins...even if it is behind you at the grocery store!

* Being entertainment when they tie rubber bands around the dish sink hose and when you turn on the water it sprays you down or tying a spider to the milk jug with fishing line so that when you slip your hand through the handle ...the spider falls out!

* Having sweet help from little boys who love their mom

* Finding action figures and hot wheels in every pocket in your car and purse

* Having dirty little hand prints on your clothes (but you don't mind because you got a great hug!)

* Having your little boys "protect" you from things (bugs, etc.)

* Being challenged to eat a chocolate covered cricket...and doing it for the "cool" points

* Getting to snuggle with sweet little boys each night!

These are some of the things that make my life worth living!

As you can see... even professional picture day can't keep brothers from wanting to wrestle...notice Samuel's arms tightly around Kobe and Callum's necks!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Thankful Thursday 04-12-2012 (With a Little Twist!)

This week's Thankful Thursday may look a little different but my heart is still the same...thankful.

I have been thinking about how at times we really press in and pray really really hard for something BIG. Then we are SO grateful and SO thankful and then we wait for the next big thing. But, it doesn't have to be that way. I start every morning off by thanking God for giving me another day...and for His mercy! (Lamentations 3:22-23 It is the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.) Then, I thank Him for the song that He places in my heart each night while I sleep. For a couple of years now I have prayed that the Lord would wake me up with a song in my heart. And each and every single morning...He does! He is SO good and SO faithful in even the littlest of things. (Psalm 108:4 For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.) I am thankful for His blessings, favor, abundance, His ability to move me from surviving to thriving, love, forgiveness, mercy, grace, patience, acceptance, peace, joy, friendship...oh how I could go on! Our Heavenly Father LOVES to give GOOD gifts to His children... they may not all be that "BIG ticket item" you have been waiting on or praying for...but God gives us things each and every single day. Get in obedience, line yourself up with the Word of God, speak what you desire and want into the Kingdom and the Lord will give you the desires of your Heart! (Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.)  He is not a genie in a bottle. These things don't happen how we think they should or on our timeline...but they will. (Hebrews 4:16 Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace,that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].) One way or another we get what we desire... and often times... He goes ABOVE and BEYOND all of our expectations! (Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.) He shall supply all of your needs. (Philippians 4:19 And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.) Watch your mouth. Seriously... watch what is coming out of your mouth. Life and Death is the power of the tongue...quit speaking negativity over yourself and your life! (Proverbs 18:21 The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.)  You can speak things into existence and frame your life to be what you want...with your words...in some cases... you can frame it to be what you don't want by speaking negatively. Start thanking God for favor, abundance, and blessings and see what happens!  What if today you only had what you thanked God for yesterday... think about it! Start praising the one who made you!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Easter Lamb

Yes, you read it right. We no longer say the Easter Bunny at my house. I have always loved really playing these huge elaborate scenes and going through a lot of "hoops" to insure that my kids really enjoyed the Easter Bunny and the tooth fairy, etc. Well this year. We all know that there is not a real Easter bunny and that there is really an Easter lamb. A sacrificial lamb that was slain on a cross. A lamb that endured a beating, mocking, and torture for us. When he recieved these bruises and lacerations he did so to insure our freedom and eternity. Freedom from being bound up. Freedom to live as He intended us to live. This lamb took that beating to heal us from all of our sickness and disease. Yes, all. That lamb's name was Jesus. This is how it happened at my house this past week:

We were in Target and the boys were eyeing all the Easter goodies and naming off the movies they would like to get in their baskets this year. It was at that moment that it really, really bothered me to hear them making Easter about this bunny. I just blurted out...yep, right there in Target in front of the new release DVD kiosk that in fact...there is no Easter bunny. Samuel looked shocked and all Kobe could do was say "MOM". He said in a sing song voice...much like you would say it if someone were in trouble. Like I shouldn't have ever even uttered those words. I said it very matter of factly. "There is no such thing as the Easter bunny." I was a little shocked at my self and immediately felt kind of bad because of the look on Samuel's face. He wasn't very happy with me so I continued, "Samuel, would you really want a gigantic bunny with red eyes just hopping all over our house while we sleep?" HUH??? WOULD YOU??? He kept quiet and then finally he said, " I knew it. I knew that thing wasn't real! I knew that nothing really poops jellybeans!" (Thank you, to the movie HOP) I laughed and agreed how silly that was and all was fine.

The whole week we talked about Jesus and what He did for us. All of us. Saturday night I took them to New Birth Ministries to watch Easter in 4D. It was a play that spanned the creation of the world to the resurrection of Christ. I was absolutely amazed at Samuel. He told me things that were going to happen before they happened and gave me details that I didn't even know! Then those details were confirmed by the narrator. I was in awe of what my little four year old knew. I later went back and looked it up in the Bible ...and yep, there it was. Kobe had a lot of questions which I was more than happy to answer. Samuel got a tad bit mad when the play didn't go right along like th movie "Passion of the Christ" and the devil didn't show up in the garden and when Mary wasn't shown crying at Jesus' feet or wiping up the blood from His beatings. I had to explain that it wasn't that movie and that yes, those things did happen but it just wasn't in the play. He said he wished they would do it right. HA! It was a great little family friendly play (hence why, I am sure, the devil wasn't there!) and when it rained...water sprayed out in a fine mist over us and bubbles blew and they had smells filling the air that all corresponded with what was going on up on the stage. During the Last Supper scene they invited the audience to participate and take Communion with Jesus and the disciples. They passed around the wafer and the juice. I explaned to my boys that before we partake in the Lord's supper we must ask Him to please forgive us of our sins and make out hearts right with God. I asked them each if they had anything that they felt that they needed to ask forgiveness for. Samuel said he needed to be forgiven for not minding his parents and Kobe said for not helping his Poppa in the yard the day before. So, I sat there and prayed with them as they asked God to please forgive them. It is probably one of the sweetest moments I have had as a mom.

Sunday morning we woke up and got ready for church. This year I decided not to make a big deal out of the commercial part of Easter. We wore something we already had and I told them about the Easter lamb instead of the bunny. I sat their baskets out and I put little books about God in each one, some card games, their favorite snacks,  and some candy and got each of them a movie to share with the family. I told them earlier how getting an Easter basket should also remind them of the gift of eternal life that we have through Jesus. Kobe's class sang at church and for the first time Kobe actually got up on the stage and sang with the group. That morning he wasn't sure he wanted to do it. He said he couldn't sing well and he felt embarrassed. I told him that there is one person who thinks his voice is amazing. He said, well you have to because you are my mom! I told him that it was true that I did love to hear him sing but I wasn't referring to myself. I told him I was talking about Jesus. I said you are singing for Him and no one else. He loves your voice because He created it and everything He makes is perfect. I told Kobe to make sure that he was singing for the Lord and nothing else would even matter. That is what he did. He got up there and I saw his little mouth move and saw him run in place during "I am Free" when it says "I am free to run" and I cried. I was so happy that he had done something that was a little scary to him. I had explained earlier that their is no fear in Jesus. I told him that when God is for us...nothing is against us.  John and I taught the 3 and 4 year old class that morning and while we were letting them play until everyone had gotten there (with a little movie on in the background), Samuel told me that he was ready for Praise and Worship. I told him that there was some music on and he could sing along with that until it was time. He said "NO! I want REAL praise and worship ... the kind where you raise your hands, dance, sing loud, and shout." I love when I am in service with Sam and he raises his little hands. It never fails that each time he says, "Momma, I'm praising the Lord!"  I think Sam has that part down for sure!

After church we headed over to my mom's house and ate a great grilled lunch. We topped it off when some homemade ice cream and then headed home. We watched some of the movies that the kids had gotten for Easter and just hung out together. It was a great weekend. I can honestly say that this year I enjoyed putting together those Easter baskets more than I ever have... knowing that my children understood the real meaning of Easter.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Five on Friday 4-6-2012 (Contact)

Here is this week's Five on Friday blog! If you would like to start your own Friday5 blog go HERE and get your weekly list and don't forget to link them in your blog and comment on theirs!! If you ever begin wondering or would just like to know "why" I do these blogs take a look at my explanation HERE. I Hope you all have a FABULOUS Friday!!!


I am sorry I haven't posted a Five on Friday in a few weeks. The website where I get these questions for the blog has been very slow about posting the questions and when I go look for them and they aren't there I sometimes forget or get busy and don't go back and get them. I am going to try and do better!

This Week's Topic: Contact

1. When did someone last knock on your door, and who was it? **I guess that would have to be the Pest Control man who came Friday.**


2. When did someone last call you on the phone, and who was it? **My mom. She just called about five minutes ago.**

3. When did someone last hand you a business card, and who was it? **Today. Dr. Ahmed.**

4. When did someone last hand you a pen, magnet, calendar, or other trinket with his or her business info on it, and what was it? **Church of the Shoals. Last week.**

5. When did you last get info out of a phone book? **I honestly don't remember!**

52 Home--Week 14

Us. On Easter Sunday 2012

52 Home---Week 13

Samuel loves his Easter bunny shirt that Nana made! He is ready for an egg hunt at school!

Thankful Thursday 3-5-2012

This Week's Top Ten:

1. God. As this week is Easter week I think about the great sacrifice of God...to give His only Son to die for us so that his blood would cover all of our sins!

2. Jesus. The pain and beatings he went through to hang on the cross. No one put him on the cross and murdered Him. He laid His own life down for me...and you!

3. My boys. We had a chat the other day at Target about Easter. Samuel kept really playing up the Easter bunny and it was bothering me. So, I earned the "Mother of the Year Award" (again!) and told him there was no such thing as an Easter rabbit. Kobe couldn't believe I had said it. He just looked at me and in that little disappointed sing-song voice said, "MOM!". I tried to save myself by telling Samuel that he should be glad that it isn't real and I asked if he really wanted a gigantic rabbit hopping through our home? He said he didn't. A couple of minutes later (after this had soaked in) he said, "I knew there wasn't a real Easter bunny because nothing really poops jellybeans!" I am thankful for their humor and innocence!

4. My Church Family. I am thankful that we get to spend some extra time with our church family. I am helping with a Pastor's appreciation breakfast and I get to hang out with some of my favorites from church. Then, we have a picnic/Easter egg hunt on Saturday and I get to share a lunch with a sweet friend, Rachel. Then I am attending both Easter Sunday services on Sunday. I am attending the 9 AM service and worked in the three and four year old room for the 11:00 AM service so I got to see a lot of friends that morning.

5. My Job. I know this crops up on several lists. I am just really that thankful for a job that is closed when my kids are out of school and allows me to be off with them.

6. Time with Family. This past weekend I was able to spend some time with John and all the kids. Haley was home for her Spring Break and so it was nice to have everyone in one spot.

7. Good Daycare Teachers. I am really thankful for the daycare and the teachers where Samuel goes to Pre-K. I love each one of them and so does he. They do so much with them and I am so pleased.

8. DVD Sales! I bought two DVDs for under $7.00 each. One was priced at $5.00 and one was priced at $6.99! They were both newer movies that my kids had asked for so I didn't feel so bad having to pay extra for the newest DVD they were asking for to accompany their Easter baskets.

9. The Unknown. I am thankful for the unknown. Most people would say...WHY on EARTH are you thankful for that... well, the reason is this: it makes me rely on God even more!

10. Almost Summer! It is almost summer time! I don't care for the hot weather but I do love extra time with my kids and a shortened work day.