Monthly Archives: June 2011

Church Fun for Try Something New Thursday

Every June our church has a huge Vacation Bible School outreach to the community and then has a big all church picnic on the Sunday afterward.  We have never gone but this year we decided to check it out.  I am so glad we did!

I am so glad our friends asked us to stay.  The girls had a blast!!!

What have you tried new lately?

Link up and share!

Taste and See

I love this time of year.  I love the longer days.  I love the warmer weather.  I love the ability to be outside more.  And what really tops this time of year off?  Apricots!  I love them.  This is officially Apricot Season.  They are so perfect.  The taste is sweet.  The skin is soft.  There isn’t juice to run down your face and make a mess.  It is a couple bites of pure joy.

I love this season.

I am loving this season in my spiritual life as well.  Things got a little dark in my soul over the last few months.  It is hard to commune with the Lord when everything is terribly confusing and troubling.  One of the many blessings of the postpartum depression lifting is being able to walk in a new season with the Lord. 

In this season, I am being blessed in my Bible reading and in my prayer time.  I am really enjoying a daily devotional I receive from A New Thing Ministries.  As well as the oppotunity to once again pray for others in my life.

In some ways, I feel like I am getting a whole new taste.

Taste and See that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.  Psalm 34:8

What has the Lord been teaching you?  Where are you in your walk right now?  Is it a desert or a oasis or somewhere in the middle?

Spaghetti, family and multitudes of Mondays 128-135

My family gives me much to be thankful for.  My girls are most of the time sweet and funny, other times they teach me to grow by testing me.  My husband laughs with me through the good and  bad days.  He holds my heart carefully in his hands.  He also challenges me to grow.  He shows me new ways to look at things; helping me frame things that hurt, challening me to let go of real or imagined offenses.  I have much to be thankful for.
Today I am thankful for:
128.  a daddy that gets so excited about our baby’s first spaghetti dinner

129.  little girls creative words, like freeroad instead of freeway
130.  being able to laugh at the antics of a little girl who wakes us all up at 3:30 am and can’t go back to sleep
131.  having one little girl curled up next to me nursing while another is curled up behind my knees cuddling with me
132.  seeing our youngest pull herself to a stand for the first time (uh-oh, time to start strapping her into the high chair)
133.  celebrating a birthday milestone with friends with a nice evening out
134.  our church blessing us beyond measure
135.  a wonderful experience with our first renters
What are you thankful for?  Share here.

Patrice Smiles for Saturday Snapshopts

Now head over to Ali’s and share your pictures.  You’ll be glad you did!

Wonder for 5 Minute Friday

Oh I wonder, wonder, wonder, who, oh who, who wrote the book of love.

I look at my life and see a lot of love.  Yes, in my children, but even more so in my husband.  He is an amazing man.  He makes me laugh.  He holds me while I cry.  He drives me bananas.  He loves me by loving our girls.

God wrote our book of love.  And a precious story it is.  He wrote the pages where my husband loved me in spite of the Multiple Sclerosis. Where he loved me in spite of an explosive temper.  Where he loved me through the ups and downs of three pregnancies and the darkness of postpartum depression.

And what a beautiful book of love He wrote for us.

What makes you wonder?

Head on over to the Gypsy Mama and share

The end of the week – a good time for few words.

Want to take five minutes with me and see which ones bubble to the surface?

Let’s just write and not worry if it’s just right or not. Here’s how we do it:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat with no editing or tweaking.

2. Link back here and invite others to join in {you can grab the button code in my right side bar}

3. Go and tell the person who linked up before you what their words meant to you. Every writer longs to feel heard. {And if you love us, consider turning off word verification for the day to make it easier for folks to leave you some encouragement}

It’s a great way to exhale at the end of a beautiful week.

What’s Working For Me Weight Loss Wednesday

Time for some honesty here.  This week’s Weight Loss Wednesday is about what is working for us.  What is working for me?  Nothing, because I have quit trying. 
I am back to work after an unexpected medical leave.  I didn’t do much diet wise while off for 4 weeks.  I was off some medications and was losing weight no problem.  But now I am back to work, 5 full days in the office for the first time in almost 5 years.  And the first two weeks were the busiest of my work year.  It involves lots of hours, lots of business meals, lots of stress.  So, except for running on the weekend, I quit trying.
But things are getting back to normal, so I am trying to do better.  I want to get back to no sweets.  And running a few times a week.  That seems to work  best for me. 
Plus I have the challenge of running a state landmark on Labor Day.  It is 5 miles and I have to be able to run a 12 minute mile.  So training in earnest needs to begin.
Won’t you please challenge me to get back in the game?

To all my #ppdchat mama’s this is for you! And anyone else who is struggling through each day.

Also linking this up for Thought Provoking Thursday.

Multitudes of Random Thoughts 124-127

Okay mamas, is it normal for little ones to develop lots of fears around 3 1/2?  I don’t remember Caitlyn doing it, but Sue is in spades!  Moments ago I had to stand by the bathroom door while she went potty because of a “wierd sound.”  What was the sound?  The washing machine in the basement.  Scarey, huh?

The other night she woke up yelling for daddy because she was scared.  She ended up sharing bed space with daddy.  She slept, he got pushed out.  He did not get much sleep at all.  But you know, he didn’t really complain.  I think we are both pretty aware of how fleeting these days of littleness truly are.  I think it is one of the benefits of having our kids a little later in life.  We have our life experience and the life experience of others who are a few steps before us.  My hubby’s sisters have kids older than ours and they often say, I wish I would have spent more time doing this or that.  We take that to heart.  We appreciate their wisdom.

Today we saw a deer on the way to daycare.  It was a couple feet, at most, from our car.  The doe just stood there looking at us.  It was amazing.  I said, “girls, look at what God made and we got to see?”  Caitlyn replied, “oh we see that all the time at Grandma’s (daycare).” 

Recently daddy has started telling Bible stories at bedtime.  It is great to hear Caitlyn able to retell them to me.  It is a joy and pleasure to watch them opening up to the word of God. 

Patrice continues to be such a sweety.  She has her first two teeth.  We thought more were coming, but so far they work alone.  She has said dada a few times, and maybe mama.  She loves to chat and laugh.

We are in the process of re-renting out our rental house.  We have had lots of interest in it.  Thank you Lord.  We are so thankful for that, and thankful for how blessed we were to have such a great experience with our first renters.  They took such good care of our house.  They treated it with love and respect.  Words can not express how much that means to us.

We have so much to be thankful for:

124.  Amazing renters that were with us for 3 years

125.  Wisdom to enjoy the “right now” moments with our girls

126.  God opening the hearts of our children

127.  Our dog Stewie being so patient and calm with the girls

What are you thankful for?  Please share.

Third Times a Charm for Saturday Snapshots

This was before our camping trip, but too cute to miss!

Sue with one of her cousins on our camping trip

Daddy and Caitlyn on a paddle boat ride

That blur is Caitlyn running along the beach

Sue didn’t want to swim, then she did, then she didn’t…

It was our third camping trip this summer and we FINALLY got a nice sunny trip with no rain!!!

Head on over and see more great pictures at An Ordinary Mom.

HoneySuckle for Try Something New Thursday

We visited some of my sweet family this last Sunday.  We got to meet their newest baby and my girls had a blast playing with their three other cousins.  We spent some of the time in the backyard.  And the cousins showed my girls the honeysuckle bush.  They introduced them to finding a blossom, pulling out the center and tasting the nectar.  I may have grown up on a farm, but I had never heard of such a thing.  I was so bummed not to have my camera.  Then my hubby revealed, we have a honeysuckle bush…so the girls and I went on an adventure hunting honeysuckle, and I was prepared this time!