Friday, October 28, 2011

My One and Only

My favorite movie of all time has been on my brain this evening. One scene in particular. The movie is "Ever After". If you haven't seen it, it is a Cinderella story, but by far the best one that has been made.  In the movie the prince is having a conversation with Leonardo Da Vinci about finding his "one and only". If you have never seen the movie, here is the conversation that I am talking about.

I fall into the thinking that there is that one person out there for you. Especially since I see how my life has been so uniquely orchestrated by God and how He led me specifically to the place where I would meet Adam.

Adam was very social. In fact, he introduced himself to me and my family the first day we arrived at Vennard. All of the girls raved about how handsome and awesome he was. I agreed that he was pretty hot, but did not see the appeal as I thought he was rude and inconsiderate. This came from being in several classes with him where he would write notes with me during class, but blow me off afterwards. I actually remember a specific time that he did this to me and I recall how much I despised the way he reacted to my talking to him. I left that conversation thinking, "what in the world does everyone see in him?"

He was a great athlete! He and his best friend Trevor were what I consider to be the stars of our school's basketball team. I had never been into sports, but I have to admit that watching them play together gave me a love for basketball. My head would hurt after games from cheering for them. I really enjoyed watching him play and went to every game.

All of the girls had a game where we would give each other money to go get the phone number from random guys when we were in public. Yes, it was pretty "freshmen" of us, but hey it was an easy way to get some quick cash and possibly talk to a cute guy in the process. One of the times that we decided to play this game was at a softball game between some of our guys from school and some guys from the store that Adam worked at at the time. Adam was playing for the team that he worked with. My friend was going to pay me $2.50 for each guy that I got numbers from. As I prepared my story, one of the guys from the other team came over and told me that Adam figured out what were up to and told all of the team to not give me their numbers. I was ticked. I went up to Adam and let him know it, too. He proceeded to tell me that it was a stupid game and I proceeded to tell him that he owed me some money.  He offered to buy me some ice cream instead and I took him up on it.

A month went by and he had not taken me so I assumed that he had forgotten, but one day he came up and asked me when he could take me.

He ended up taking me to a neighboring town that had a coffee shop that had great desserts. Since he had never shown any interest in even talking to me, I was surprised at how long we stayed there and even more surprised when he suggested that we go to a nearby lake to sit on the beach and talk a little more.

After that evening, we started talking off and on after classes, but nothing to write home about. (Although, I was starting to see that he had a nice side.) We also started talking after watching Smallville since we both enjoyed the show.

Two weeks before school let out, he asked me to take a walk with him. We walked about 2 miles. We did this several other days before school let out for the summer.

We talked off and on over the summer. (Still continuing our Smallville talks.) Adam invited a bunch of students to come to his house for the 4th of July and 3 of us still at school packed up to head out there. The trip out there was when I realized that I liked him. I have never felt that nervous or sick to my stomach. My uncle lived/lives near Adam's family so Adam came to pick us up from there. When I saw Adam walk up to the door looking all good with his summer tan from working for his dad, the thought that I was going to marry him someday popped into my head which made me laugh out loud since I had only realized that I seriously liked him several hours before. Over the weekend, Adam sat down with me privately and asked me to pray with him about dating. I told him that I would and I was impressed that he was not asking me for a relationship then and there. It showed his respect for me since I had decided to take the summer and not date anyone and it also showed me how deep His relationship was with God.

Several months later and several conversations later Adam gave me a necklace that he had made out of hemp and asked me to wear it when I was ready. I had some trust issues and he made it clear that if we did this with Christ at the center, we could have a good relationship that could work and last.

I finally wore the necklace about a month later.

A year of dating and 9 months of an engagement later I found myself happily married to my one and only.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Peanut Butter Pie

Kaylee and I decided to make a pie.

It was fabulously delicious and I could tell Kaylee enjoyed helping me.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Rise and Shine and Give God the Glory

This morning was one of the scariest moments I have experienced since we have had our girls.

Ella had woke up crying around 5:15 and after putting her paci in several times over the next hour I decided to just go rock her for a little while to get her back to sleep. By this time it is about 6:40. Adam had just left for work.

I went into her room and immediately smelt something burning. (I had not smelled this the other times I had gone in there.)

Being deathly afraid of fire, I of course do the wise motherly thing and start spazzing.

I start crying out to God, praying fervently.

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
Psalm 56:2-4

I flip on Ella's light and shut off her fan. Pick her up and try not to panic. Her room has a haze, but it is not thick like smoke. I take her to the living room and place her in the pack-n-play.

Kaylee is awake from Ella crying anyway, so I run into her room and flip the light on. Her room is worse and smells terrible. I quickly unplug her fan thinking it may be that since it sort of smells like burnt rubber. Then I tell her to go to the couch and lay down while I run downstairs and look around.

I see nothing. Smell nothing. More prayers.

It is somewhere in the girls' rooms. I run back up and look around some more.

After looking around for about 10 minutes, Ella still screaming, I decided that Kaylee's old box fan had malfunctioned and was what was burning. After calling Adam and checking everything, I calmed down and started praising God for His provision in having Ella cry more than she usually does.

Now that it is several hours since this crazy frightening event, I am almost certain it was indeed Kaylee's fan. (I don't think it was running when I went to unplug it earlier, but in my panic I did not notice.)

Again, praise God for protecting my little girls!!!

I will proclaim the name of the LORD. Oh, praise the greatness of our God!
Deuteronomy 32:2-4

The LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my Savior!
Psalm 18:45-47

You are my strength, I sing praise to you; you, God, are my fortress, my God on whom I can rely.
Psalm 59:16-17

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


So a friend of mine told me about After hearing her rave about it, I was slightly disappointed when I actually went there to check it out.  I was busy with the girls at the time so I decided I would give it another chance later.

Wow! So glad that I did.

I now have WAY too many projects in my "Do It Yourself" folder.

Here are a few.

This one is for a sort of cloth book shelf.

This one is for a necklace holder.

This one is for a Christmas wreath. (As if I need another one of those.)

This is something I will do with the girls sometime.

This one is something I could do for Ella.

Anyways, thank you Kayley for introducing me to Pinterest. I now how TONS of projects that I want to work on! :) 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Ta-Ta Tents and Sewing Spree

I have been on a crazy sewing spree the last few weeks. I have made two Ta-Ta Tents, (Yep, that is what I decided to name them. It was the best name anyone came up with.) re-did a part to make my friend's Ta-Ta Tent updated and work more efficiently, and worked on a secret project.

Sadly, my projects have all come to completion.

It is a great feeling to be done, but I am not sure what I am going to work on next.

Any ideas?

Nap Time

Naptime is a Mother's sunshine on a cloudy day.

At least it is in my life.

Ella and Kaylee go down for a nap every day at the same time and while Kaylee usually wakes up first, it is at least 2 hours of quiet for me!

That is not the only reason I enjoy nap time. I LOVE the routine of nap time.

Kaylee comes with me into Ella's room and waits while I change Ella's diaper and get her into her wearable blanket for bed. Then, Kaylee and I stand next to Ella's crib. I sway side to side, as does Kaylee, while I hold Ella. Kaylee picks a song and we sing it to Ella. Next, we pray for Ella and I put her down in her crib. After that, we tell her goodnight and shut the door. All this time, Kaylee is saying things like, "Night, night Ella Grace. Love you. Shut the door by myself." It is a very special moment for me to watch the love that my little girls have for one another.

Once Ella is in bed, it is Kaylee's turn. She goes potty and then goes and gets into her bed. Depending on the time, we may read a book. Then, she picks 3 or so songs that we sing together while snuggling. Next, we pray. I remind her to stay in bed and keep her clothes on and tuck her in. I rub her back for a few seconds and kiss her goodnight.

Yes, these routines can be time consuming at times. Especially after a long day of constant disobedience. However, these are the moments that they will remember. The every day routine things that I do with them. These moments mean a lot to me and hopefully one day will mean a lot to them.
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