Sunday, April 30, 2006

Name Change

I have decided to change the name of my blog. When I started this whole thing a year ago, I had no idea I would have continued this long. I also didn't know that my URL could be different from my blog name, and now I think they are both too long. So, since I can fix one I am going to. I am also going to get a new look for my blog.

If you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them!

It's Special

I just saw the greatest commercial ever. Not because of the fabulous advertisment itself, but for the product---a great big all by itself Special Dark Candy Bar. No more buying bags of miniatures and digging through to get enough special dark mini's to make up one bar. No more forcing myself to eat all of the Krackels and Mr. Goodbars so they didn't feel left out or that I wasn't wasting. Ok, you don't actually have to buy that last one! None the less, I'm thrilled. Now if I hadn't just gone on my healthy binge...

Friday, April 28, 2006

Tonight's the Night

No, no romantic encounter with my husband. Actually, I've sent him out for the evening. I've kept the girls up and on short naps so I can put them down ridiculously early. All of this for the sake of my relationship with my computer, actually my bloglife.

I am going to sit in front of this screen and read and write to my hearts delight! Hopefully what comes out on my blog won't be complete and utter poo. I guess we'll see! Until then I am going to hang out with the girls. Who, by the way, will hopefully seem very tired in about an hour? Maybe hour and a half!

**Update: As usual, things did not go exactly as planned. Both girls finally went to sleep about 8:30; I finished catching up on blogs I read and then sat down to watch Numbers; at which point I realized I was totally exhausted and went to bed. So much for my exciting night of blogging! Maybe next time...

LBY: Week #5: Peace: It's Not About Me

"At about four o'clock in the morning, Jesus came toward them walking on water. They were scared out of their wits. "A Ghost!" they said, crying out in terror.
But Jesus was quick to comfort them. "Courage, it's me. Don't be afraid"
Peter, suddenly bold, said, "Master, if it is really you, call me to come to you on the water."
He said, "Come ahead."
Jumping out of the boat, Peter walked on the water to Jesus. But when he looked down at the waves churning beneath his feet, he lost his nerve and started to sink. "Master, save me!"
Jesus didn't hesitate. He reached down and grabbed his hand. Then he said, "Faint-heart, what got into you?"--Matthew 14:25-31, The Message

Can't you almost hear the tone in Jesus' voice? It reminds of when I hear Reese crying because she thinks I've disappeared so I chide her, "Silly goose, I'm right here!" And so it is with him; he's right here. As I mentioned in last week's post on Joy, I've had a pretty easy life. It's easy to be at peace when things are going well, I think.

However, I can remember the time I was most at peace, and it was during one of the most traumatic experiences in my life--when Terry and I lost our first baby to miscarriage. (Thought I was going to say my toddler overdosing on excedrin didn't you!)

I remember that moment in my life like it was yesterday. I don't remember the pain at all, but I can feel the peace still. Knowing that God was in control and the baby was his, not mine, anyway. Literally, I could feel people praying for me and then the peace just washed completely over. Ever since then I have felt it in every day life, but it becomes so overwhelmingly apparent when I go through something big, like Reese taking a whole bunch of little red grown up pills that look like Skittles--just for an example. I knew what his peace felt like, and I trusted Him even though I really wished we weren't going through all of this, and waited for it to wash over me again. It did. (Of course it didn't help that the ambulance driver is pushing her through the children's ER on a gurney shouting, "Your accidental overdose is here!" I tried desperately to follow that up with "It wasn't an illegal narcotic or anything!" so I didn't look like the worst mother ever.)

Where was I, oh yeah, Peace! Sometimes we all forget who's in charge and begin to look at our circumstances and start to sink like a bowling ball in quick sand. It's comforting to know that Jesus is right there with love, holding out his hand to us saying "Silly goose, what got into you? Can't you see I'm right here?"

**I am terrible at this LBY thing that is supposed to go at the end of each post for you to click on and read more interesting and more well written posts than mine, so please see the sidebar portion labeled "Other LBY Bloggers" and check out some fantabulous thoughts on peace.

Learning is a Process

"Reia, I need you to take this book back upstairs."

"Ok, Mom."

Wow, that was easy. Let's see if Reese can start learning a little of this.

"Reese, I need for you to go with Sissy and take this walkie-talkie back upstairs."

I gently put it in the bend of her elbow and close it to her chest.

"Now, go with your sister upstairs."

What I haven't realized is that she has several little counting bears in her hands, which she drops on the floor to follow her sister upstairs. Now I have three instead of one toy to pick up and transport to the playroom!

Did I mention learning is a process for ME in that title?

Saturday, April 22, 2006

LBY: Week #4: Joy

I think I am a pretty joyful person. I even called a friend to double check so I wouldn't be making a fool of myself by putting that in my post. And as we were discussing this whole joy thing I realized that I pretty much live in a bubble. Those were actually her words, but she was right. (I love friends who love you enough to be completely honest.)

I am very fortunate that I accepted Christ at an early age (7) and even though I would spend years not understanding how to continue past that initial step and making many missteps, God always protected his prodigal daughter waiting for her to come home. I see after this weeks homework, it's not so much that I am not joyful as I am not joyful for the reasons I really should be.

Considering what my life has been like, (by that I mean pretty easy) I should be standing on my roof every morning at 7am shouting about the good news of Jesus Christ. I should be one of those people that others look at and think, "I want what she's got." For me it has got to get past the joy I have because God has blessed me, but the joy that comes from God having saved me--from life, from death, from hell. (definitely don't want to go there.) I seem to take God for granted all to often. I'm so used to seeing him in the earthquake and great miracle that I often miss him when he comes in a gentle whisper--like my daily housework.

I need to have a life filled with joy simply because of the grace to God who wrote my name in his book from the beginning of time. I have loved God for a long time now, and he has loved me for even longer.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

10 Simple Pleasures

Heather encouraged the LBY group to post our 10 simple pleasures. I think it is a wonderful idea and have enjoyed reading several others. So, here are mine.

1. An afternoon nap where both girls are either asleep or at grandma's so I can really rest. Not just lay there and pretend to nap with one eye and ear open.

2. Snuggling and reading books with Reia at night before she goes to bed.

3. When Reese actually lets me rock her to sleep. I love it when you feel them give way into slumber leaning up against you.

4. Date night with my husband. (Tonight was Thai food and a Ranger's game.)

5. Standing in front of the kitchen window when the temperature is just right and a cool breeze is blowing through. I could do dishes all day like that.

6. When Reese runs up to me with her arms wide open and just falls into my arms laughing and smiling.

7. Watching Terry and the girls play hide and seek when he gets home from work. Reese always runs after Terry and gives away his spot by pointing and shrieking at him. I think Reia has secretly trained her. If Reese isn't playing, Reia immediately walks up to me and asks, "Have you seen Daddy?"

8. Finding the perfect gift for someone I care about.

9. Sitting outside when it is about 75 degrees and reading a book while the girls play in the backyard.

10. Listening to Reia pray.

My Kid

Reia just walked up and asked me what I was reading. I told her I was looking at blogs that discussed homeschooling for information since that was what we were going to be doing sooner or later. Her response?

"Well, have they mentioned that homework is bad? I really don't want you to give me any homework."

None of her friends are in school. So, where does she get her information? I did tell her that technically it was all homework since we were doing it AT HOME. That seemed to appease her.

Homeschooling and the Price of Gas

After listening to the news regarding the price of gas and how it may very likely jump to $5 a gallon this summer, I am contemplating starting homeschooling Reia early. Quite frankly, at that price I don't know that I will go anywhere that is not within a 5 mile radius of our house. So this will fill our days stuck in the house because what I am sure will be million degree heat.

Technically, we have a whole year before she needs to start, but I am getting excited about the whole thing. I am so exicted to be her guidepost in the learning process. It also doesn't hurt that if we try it early and we really want to hurt each other by the end of the summer/year, we have time to put her in a traditional school!

If early homeschooling happens, my blog will certainly become a little more home-schooling centered. Hope that doesn't keep you guys from reading it. =)

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

She's A Superfreak, Superfreak; She's superfreaky-ow!

All right. So, I've been tagged by Addie on this whole 6 or more things that I am freakish in nature about. I could have totally used about 4 of hers; so now I have to come up with originals! Ok, I may just have to copy one of hers. Of course, since I'm not OCD like my wondermous friend Theresa, it may take some thought. Here goes:

1. I love to combine words. Take the above wondermous, for example. Wonderful and fabulous all in one. That's how much I love ya TLo! I also like the word slickery--slick and slippery. Ok, moving on.

2. I do have to ditto one thing from Addie. The foot thing. Truly--I hate them. Feet are just ugly and stinky. When I was in high school, I never, even in the heat of summer, went without socks in public. Then I resorted to curling my toes under so no one could see them. Now, I just get a pedicure once a month and buy really cute shoes when possible.

3. I'm an over-apologizer. If I think I have offended or hurt your feelings in the least way, I will call you immediately to beg forgiveness. Ask my friend Sarah. She's seen this trait of mine more than anyone. Truly, she's not over sensitive. So, I don't have any idea why I do it. Please don't psycho-analyze me on this one.

4. Somewhat similar to Addie's color thing. I assign gender to animals. For example, all cats are girls and dogs are boys. Somehow they still manage to re-populate. I'm not sure how since I am certain there is no tab a into slot b for any animal on the earth by my gender assignment. Bugs are all boys except the ladybug, btw.

5. I have to have the bed made a certain way. Terry has really even stopped trying in this matter. It's pointless. I just go behind him and fix it. Although, it is ok if he is helping me and we make the bed together. This has been hard when it comes to teaching Reia to make the bed. I really have to "let it go". Today she informed me she just slept on top of the covers so she didn't have to make it. Can't say that I blame her!

6. The Kitchen is MINE! Please don't help me clean it. I will even put it off until the next day so I can #1: enjoy the company of my guests until they leave without the pressure of someone asking me to help; #2: do things the way I like it! But I do appreciate you're offering to help.

I would really like to know what Sarah, Sarah Anne, Holly and Richelle are freaky about. Holly and Richelle--this gives you the perfect opportunity to blog again!

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

A Meal For You

Ok, I am going to post one of my favorite meals. I would like for you to do the same either in the comments or on your on blog and let me know! It has to be easy, taste good, as few ingredients as possible, and as healthy as possible. I know, it's a tall order. Notice I didn't say "completely healthy", just as close as you can get. I posted this on Sarah's comments a few days ago, and originally got it from Holly; I think it bears repeating! And yes, this is a sneaky way of adding recipes to my cookbook.

Salsa Chicken

Put as many frozed chicken breasts in a crockpot as you need.
Salt and Pepper as desired.
Cover liberally with Salsa--we use "On the Border"
Cook on low for 6-7 Hours--if you're using more than 4-5 breasts, cook on high
About an hour before you want to eat, top with shredded cheese of your choosing--we use monterey jack
Serve with a few chips and sour cream or rice if you are trying to be very healthy.
Also, feel free to top with some fresh cilantro. It looks nice and tastes pretty good too.

Friday, April 14, 2006

LBY: Week #3: Love

"I want to be so filled with the Spirit that when he says, "Move!", I move!"

I don't have anything profound to say about the above statement. It moved me into action. I realized that I have been too content to just sit and watch everyone else moving, going, doing, being what the HS has asked. I'm missing out on what He has planned for my life. Don't get me wrong--I do have a fabulous life. But, I am missing out on the "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him..." I want THAT! I want to grab God's hand, close my eyes and jump.


You might be surprised to know BTW, that I am so NOT an adrenaline junkie.=)

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

New Mommy: When Your Daddy is a Graphic Designer...

New Mommy: When Your Daddy is a Graphic Designer...

Ok, first of all I really enjoy Kristina's blog, but this particular post is just too funny. Check it out!

A Detail

When we were in the ER with Reese on Friday night and she was having her tube inserted for the second time, Reia was standing outside the door with me. I was trying, with no luck of course, not to cry hysterically in front of her as to not scare her. So, I asked her if we could take a second and pray for baby Reese. I was on my knees in front of her in a hospital gown, and expecting to pray for us when she grabbed my hands, closed her eyes and just started praying. "God, please heal Reese and make her all better."

Then I cried even harder. And, it's making me cry now just thinking of it. Anyway, just one of the many details I didn't put into the original post that I thought was worth mentioning.

**I was in a hospital gown because she had vomited all over my clothes. So, it was hospital gown or naked. You can see where it wasn't much of a dilemma.

Check it Out

My friend, Sarah, just recently started a mommy blog. She is pregnant with her third and I think you will get a kick out of her kids and writing! Yes, just another friend who will put my blog to shame...but I digress.

Please stop by and say "Hi!"

In the Midst of It

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Long Story as Short as Possible

On Friday while getting ready for my date with my hubby, I got out of the shower to find Reese on the floor eating Excedrin Tension medicine like they were Skittles. Poison Control said we had to go to the emergency room because it can cause heart failure. Although they LIED, the statement had me at the ER within about 15 min.

Fast forward 4 hours: her levels of tylenol are toxic to her system, she is having a tube inserted into her stomach so they can give her charcoal and meds. She pulls the tube out and vomits up the charcoal. So, they have to do it again. Also, the are sending us to Children't Medical center in Dallas via ambulance.

We do finally get into a private room about 4 am, 12 hours after this all started. Fast forward again to today. As of her 6am blood test, all the toxins are out and her liver function is fine. Her liver was the organ to be worried about by the way. We were discharged at noon and we are all happy to be home and on our way to sleeping in our own beds tonight.

Sorry, there are tons of details left out, but this is the basic and most important. The main thing is that she is great. Still a tornado on two feet--and I wouldn't change a thing!

Saturday, April 08, 2006

LBY Week #2--I'll Get Back to you on That

Ok, I've been in the hospital with Reese since yesterday at 3:45 or so. She is fine, but we have to be there until tomorrow. So, my post will be late! I will say that I did finish the homework and GOD IS SO GOOD! I'll explain later. Just came home for a shower and toothbrush.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Fun Fact

My brother in law, Todd, had this fun fact on his blog, so I thought I would pass it along.

On Wednesday of this week, at two minutes and three seconds after 1:00PM the time and date will be 01:02:03 04/05/06

This will never happen again in our life time.