Monday, October 31, 2005

Internal Betrayal

As most of you know, Terry and I have had the house on the market since he became the campus pastor at Fellowship Uptown. For the most part I feel very positive and upbeat about the whole thing, even though two of my very good friends who live around the corner also have theirs on the market. I wish we would all receive offers on the same day, but I know that is virtually impossible due to the market in Corinth. But I digress...

I am absolutely positive moving to Dallas is God's plan for our family. I say with my mouth, "God is in control of all of this." I don't feel worried in my spirit about it at all. But my body is betraying my mind and my heart. I have started grinding my teeth more and more at night; causing headaches. I have a knot in my shoulder blade area I can actually see, and my sleep patterns are way off. Also, I could just cry at every turn--wait, maybe that's just PMS. ;)

So, why, when I feel so okay with everything spiritually and emotionally, am I physically falling apart? I am tired of praying about this and know when we do sell, I'll have a whole new list of stresses.

Until then I will just remember my favorite verse. It seems to do the trick on almost all occasions:

Phil 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

I have followed the above instructions. I believe God's word to be absolutely true. All I can do is wait for His answer.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Friends at the Mall


We went to the mall last Friday with Katherine Grace and her mom. I couldn't get a good pic of them, so I finally made them stop so I could get them at the same time-smiling. I realize I don't post a lot of pics of Reia, but she really can't stand to be still long enough for me to take many. 90% are blurry or she has a very interrupted look on her face. Just in case you were wondering. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Reese Walking



This is a video of Reese walking, but it started and ended much differently. After I had gotten Reese out of the bath and all dried off, she sat at the door and cried out Reia's name so she could get back in. (I had the door shut so she wouldn't crawl back in the tub.) After I was done taping, Reia decided she was done playing. Don't ya know, as soon as I opened the door and started washing Reia's hair, Reese fell over the side of the tub--diaper and all! At least I didn't have her jammies on yet. I really wish I had video of that.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Pumpkin Patch 2005



This pretty much sums up our trip to the Pumpkin Patch several weeks ago. She was cranky, little Diva #1 wasn't listening to Mommy very well, and there were bees, yes, bees, everywhere. Oh well, maybe next year!

PS Reese didn't get stung by a beed in this pic. All I did was set her down! Posted by Picasa

Just So You Know...

For those of you who regularly comment on my blog, I do read yours! I have everyone on Bloglines now so I don't have to remember each and every blog name. At first I told Terry, "I don't need that. I'll just go directly to thier site." But very quickly that became impossible.

Unfortunately, I don't comment as much because of this. So, Colleen, Addie, Shelly and a host of others who know who they are. I'm still with you--even if it doesn't feel like it.

Whew, glad I got that off my chest. =)

SAHM Tip #4--Pick Up a Book

I know, I know. You barely have time to squeeze in a QT let alone, read another book. But, I what I have found is that there are so many wonderful Christian moms who have been there and done that, who graciously share their wisdom in books.

I have gotten so many great ideas for creative discipline, ways to organize my home, ways to pray for Terry, meal planning, and encouragement when I don't really want to pick up another sock or wash another dish from these mom/writers.

So, if you haven't taken time to read something for yourself lately, I would love to recommend some authors to you. Please take the time for yourself in this area. Even if you only get 15 minutes a day. I promise it will make you a better wife and mom!

Sally Clarkson--anything by her is wonderful and inspiring. She encourages me to be a servant leader every day so my children will do the same some day.

Lisa Whelchel--she has wonderful wisdom and is just funny

Karol Ladd--Power of the Positive _______(fill in the blank). She has several. They are all good. She also has some good stuff on creating fun times with the family.

Gigi Schweikert


These are a few that I have recently read to get you started. They all have multiple books. Check one out from the library, or just order from Amazon. I have a small mountain of books next to my bed that I am working on! Let me know what you pick and how you like it.

It's Here! It's Here!



I am so excited that my fabulous new mixer arrived today! Thank you to my wonderful husband for such a sweet gift. (I promise not to make us fat with it.) We have already made a cake with it. (Seen in the corner fo the pic already partially eaten.)

My friend Michelle says I need to name it. She has an orange one named Hazel. I have no idea what to name it. Any ideas?

Needless to say, if I know you well enough to give you a Christmas gift, you can assume baked goods are coming your way this year. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Link Love

Terry was "offended" that in my last post I didn't give him "link love". I reminded him that he had a permanent link listed as "My Husband" to the left of the blog. Apparently, that doesn't count. So here you go honey--all the link love for you I could get into this post!

Friday, October 21, 2005

The Beginning of a Fabulous Weekend

So far, it's been a great weekend and it's only Friday night! Yesterday, my day started with finding out Terry ordered a Kitchen Aid stand mixer for me. Yahoo! I am so excited, and I've already started making a list of all the fun foods I am going to start making with it. The day just got better from there.

I ran around like crazy getting the girls and myself packed.(This was after a three mile walk with Richelle and her kids.) My girls were spending the night at Grandma's so Terry and I could utilize several gift certificates we had for the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine.

We had a wonderful dinner at Ama Lur, then Terry took me to see the chick-flick, Elizabethtown. We went back to the hotel and had a dessert of Banana Creme Brulee. After a good nights sleep , we got up , had a fabulous breakfast and went out to look around Dallas for areas we might like to live when we sell the house.

It was so nice to have so much wonderful time alone with Terry. We are headed into such and excited and transitioning time in our lives. I can't wait!

Monday, October 17, 2005

Menu Planning

I posted recently about menu planning, and that I would put an example out here. So here is what the Storches are having for the next two weeks.

15th: Red Beans and Rice with Sausage
16th: Chicken and Dumplings at Holly's
17th: Tortilla and Lime Crusted Talapia (Costco's) and a spicy corn dish
18th: Rotissere Chicken Salad
19th: Baked Spaghetti
20th: Pork Chops, Garlic Green Beans, Salad
21st: Leftover Spaghetti
22nd: Tortellini Soup
23rd: Indian Summer Turkey Chilli
24th: Chicken Parmesean
25th: Leftover Chilli
26th: Grilled Chicken with Cheesy Ranch New Red Potatoes
27th: Grilled Southwest Burgers and Fries
28th: Salsa Chicken and Rice
29th: Black Bean Veggie Soup
30th: Eat at the Bacus'
31st: Halloween and Out to Eat

I get bored with recipes pretty easily and visit allrecipes.com pretty often. So there you have it. If I can keep from going out to eat for lunch now I should save calories and money!

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Splinters

There are so many wonderful things about being a mom--so much joy and laughter, hugs and kisses, happiness and smiles. However, sometimes moms have to do the most unpleasant jobs. Tonight was a perfect example.

We decided to go over to the McMasters to spend some playtime since both of our hubbies were out. The girls always have a fabulous time together and tonight was no exception. On our way home Reia was complaining that her finger hurt. I told her it had to wait until we got home since I didn't see anything--particularly blood.

When we pulled in and I looked at her finger I saw two splinters. Of course they looked like logs on her little finger. I made a mental game plan. I told her to watch a little tv so I could get Reese into bed. There was no way I could deal with both of them; when Reia cries or screams, Reese chimes right in.

It went downhill pretty fast. I had to physically restrain her while listening to her pleading for me to stop. I was breaking my heart that I knew it was going to hurt, and I was the one who was going to make it feel worse even if it was for a second. She was screaming so loudly and in such a morose manner, I was truly surprised that the police didn't show up for a domestic abuse call.

I finally pried her sweet little finger open and said a quick prayer. I knew I only had one shot. I couldn't hold her any longer than that. Here we go! One quick pull and out it came. We looked at it for a long time. Now it seemed so small and insignificant.

Amazing how this so relates to our own lives with God. We have these big huge splinters(problems). They are often painful and even more so when dealt with; but, once we stop squirming and allow Him to take control, we feel so much better. Then we look back later at what seemed like this huge log and it suddenly seems smaller.

Now, we just have the second one to deal with. I think I will wait on reinforcements to come home first!

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Conversations

"Reia, what do you want to do when you grow up?"
"What can I be?"
"Anything that is in God's will for you to be."
"A mommy?"
"Yes, and I bet you will be a better mommy than me. I try pretty hard, but still I make mistakes, ya know?" ( I was kinda rough this morning while picking up the house for a showing.)

Pause

"Mom?"
"Yes."
"I think you are a great mommy."

Sigh and smile,"Excuse me while I go blog about this moment!"

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Three Things

Okay, I have two things I pay for that I don't need to and one thing I can't do without. The thing I can't do without is my crockpot. There is nothing like throwing a bunch of ingredients in in the am and having it ready by 6pm without much other effort.

The other two things are: those little pre-soaped baby washcloths that you toss after one use. When I first saw them I thought they were the most ridiculous thing I had come across. But, I got some as a baby gift and LOVED them. They really are terrific and handy and easy to use.

The other thing would be the little pre-filled cubes of dishwashing liquid for the dishwasher. I am sure I pay way more per load with those than I do the regular squeeze out of the bottle kind, BUT Reia loves to start the dishwasher now and it allows her to get the right amount every time.

Okay, just had to share my tidbit for the day.


**The spellcheck on blogspot craks me up. It didn't recognize crockpot and wanted to replace it with crackpot. Too funny!

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Utterly Appalled

The girls and I were in Wal-mart today to get a few things we needed. As we were leaving a man wearing a shirt with President Bush and VP Cheney on it walked by. The shirt read..."Meet the F***ers"---in really big pink letters.

I am all for free speech, but it bothered me that if my kids could read, I would have had to explain that. Okay, so maybe I not for all free speech. I don't care what he thinks about the President, but can't he voice his opinion without polluting the minds of children with profanity? I didn't say anything. I'm not to quick with the come around. Although I will probably think of plenty of witty things I could have said before it's all done. Kind of a Monday morning quarterback thing I guess.

SAHM Tip #3--Meal Planning

One of the most stressful times of the day in our household is between 4pm and 6:30pm. It's completely crazy with picking up the house, baths and making dinner. I have found that meal planning helps out not only my time, but my budget and sanity as well.

When you already know what is on the agenda for dinner you can start early enough in the day to get it done on time and stress free. Plus, you don't spend 30 minutes looking through the pantry and fridge thinking, what am I making tonight. I look at the menu calendar each day to see if I need to thaw any meat and get a general idea of how much time I will need later or if I can get it put together, ie: a casserole, while Reese is napping and just pop it in the oven about 30 minutes before Terry gets home.

Each pay day I make a menu for the next several weeks. I start by marking the days that Terry won't be home. Generally, those are mac and cheese or frozen pizza nights. Then I go through all of my cookbooks and past menus to see what I am in the mood to fix. Since we only have three people eating, I plan at least one night when I make spaghetti or a large pasta casserole. That allows for the leftovers the next night. We also usually eat take out at least one night. You would have to do whatever works best for your family. I know some husbands who don't eat leftovers, but it is a big budget saver for us.

Speaking of a budget, I make my grocery list off of my menu. As I write down what we are having for any given day, I then add those ingredients to my grocery list. This keeps me from buying items I don't need or would throw away before we were able to use them. It is also a good idea to have menu items that use the produce and fresh fruits in your house earlier in the week, so they are still fresh from the store when you eat them. I have even started to do this with breakfast and lunch!

I not an anal or type A person, but I am very budget conscious--so this really works great for us. I am also flexible enough to switch nights around if needed. I will post one of our menus soon. I would love for anyone to share any great recipes that are easy and taste great also!

What a Way to Wake Up

Waking up for me is quite a challenge every day. It's too dark in the morning and I'm still too tired. This morning was different however. Terry downloaded Lincoln Brewter's cd All To You onto my iPod last night. There is a great song called "Another Hallelujah". It was on the nightstand this morning, so I turned it on to listed to that one song--about 5 times. I made the bed, put in my contacts, brushed my teeth, and got the girls' bottle and chocolate milk ready.

It was a fabulous way to start my day. Just reveling in what God is going to do in my life today!

I hope everyone has a FABULOUS day!

Saturday, October 01, 2005

34 vs. 17

As I was getting ready last night for Terry and my date night I looked in the mirror and thought about what I was like when I was half my age. Wow! I was different. Not only on the outside, but inside as well.

With age comes a very changing body of course, my body is, well lets just call it fuller! My face is showing signs of age like wrinkles and larger pores. I can't get back in shape in two weeks like I used to. Of course, back then I thought 110 pounds was out of shape--what a hoot.

The thing that I like most about growing older is what has happened to me on the inside though. My self-esteem has always been lacking. I could go back through my childhood and try to figure out why, but really that is just a waste of time. What matters now is God has changed my life, and over time I have become so much more comfortable with who I am and the physical body God has given me.

With a fuller body came two beautiful girls who give me more joy than I could imagine. My face is showing those wrinkles and laugh lines because I LAUGH and have joy in my day with Terry and the antics of a 3 1/2 year old and 11 month old. I can't get back in shape in two weeks mostly because my metabolism has just slowed so much, but also because I don't have time to just focus on me, me, me anymore.

My live has evolved and changed into so much more and I love it. So far, it is definitely better to be 34 than 17!!!


**This post is dedicated to my friends Lidna and Amanda who put up with me when I was 17--and have ever since. Love you girls!