Saturday, June 30, 2012

Kaylee's 3rd Birthday

We let Kaylee pick 3 friends to have over for her birthday since she was turning 3. She LOVES Tangled so we went with a Tangled theme. I had big hopes and dreams about how I was going to decorate, but when I started actually making the decorations I was definitely in over my head. So even though it wasn't what I pictured in my head, it still turned out pretty cute and I was happy with it.

I made the pendant flags and used table cloths for the rest of the decorating.

The pendant flags were pretty time consuming, but they turned out awesome. I found a template on-line that was way too big so I had to resize it. After finding the perfect size, I taped it to a paper plate and cut it out and used the paper plate as my stencil. Then, I cut out my triangle shape on a sheet of paper and traced it on the felt. I was able to get 3 triangles on one piece of felt. Using my stencil, I painted the suns on the flags and let them dry. The last thing I did was take scissors and punch holes on each side of the pendant and used yarn to hang them. 

Wal-Mart made the cupcakes and I was very pleased with the turn-out. They were yummy! (Kaylee pushed Rapunzel down into the cake right after I brought the cake in so that is why she looks a little off.)

It was a super fun day! The biggest thing for me was knowing that Kaylee enjoyed her day!

Monday, June 18, 2012

My Momma is Tough

My parents are what I consider young parents.  I have always thought that my days of seeing my parents suffer would not come until I was in my 40's. Little did I know that my Mom would get breast cancer.

I have been given the honor to help Daddy take care of her this week while he finishes up packing and getting ready to move. (Thank you to my in-laws for taking care of my sweet babies so I could be here without worrying if they are alright.)

First let me say, my Mom is tough. She is doing her best to hold off from taking the pain meds in hopes to not be on it for too long. She does not whine about the pain even when it is clearly obvious that she is in pain.  

I had no idea what it would be like for my Mom. She has drains that have to be emptied every few hours that if moved the wrong way pulls on her scars. There is a cream that has to be rubbed on the wound to help it heal and dry out. The scars from reconstruction run along the bottom of her belly. Her medication and antibiotic mess her stomach up causing bloating which strains the scars. Since she was under for so long during surgery she has to do breathing treatments to help retrain her lungs.

I was not prepared for seeing my Momma struggle. I was prepared to see her strength and she has proved to be as strong as an ox.

Thank you all for your prayers.

Please keep them coming.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Dry Socket

So a little over two weeks ago, I had my wisdom teeth removed. Let me tell you, this is not something I would ever want to experience again. It was painful and the Vicodin made me super sick. I decided that the prime time to have these suckers taken out are when you are still living at home and your parents are there to doctor you and feed you milkshakes.

Anyways, after two weeks of serious continuous pain that I constantly was whining about to poor Adam, I went in on Tuesday and had what I consider another painful procedure. I have a dry socket and they have this thing that they stick down into the hole to cover the wound to help it heal. Painful.


It was almost instant relief. And my mouth did not hurt for TWO WHOLE DAYS!!!

So, yesterday I had to go get it removed and have something that dissolves since I will not be able to get back up there for a while.

He said it would taste the same as the other stuff, but this one tastes worse in my opinion.

However, it feels AWESOME so I can live with the nasty taste.

So, all of that to say - if you don't have your wisdom teeth out and you still live with your parents, get them out now. You will be glad you did.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Baby Birds

If you read my last blog, you read that a lot of the 10 things I would like to be remembered for have to do with my personal walk with Christ. Lately, I have found myself avoiding personal one-on-one time with my Creator. Which makes it really hard for me to be remembered for those things when I am not doing them.

Recently, Adam and I changed the outside lighting on the house and much to our surprise we found a nest full of baby birds. (We thought the nest was empty.) Over the last two weeks all of us have been watching the birds. Adam was sure that they were not going to live since we moved their home to the ground next to where it once was. I just knew they were going to survive. They just had too!  Tonight we were all outside and Kaylee accidentally bumped the light with the rake and all 4 birds flew out one at a time. It was so crazy and amazing at the same time. I was proud of them and thankful that they made it. Adam pointed out then that they were sparrows.

Matthew 6:26 says, "Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?"

Matthew 10:29-31 says,"Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows."

As I was thinking about the day's events, I thought of these two passages. And I realized that He knew exactly what I have been needing these last few weeks.

To be reminded that I am valuable to Him.

I hope that this encourages you as much as it encourages me.

Remember - Check

List 10 things you would hope to be remembered for.

1. My love for Jesus and my desire to follow Him.
2. My love for Adam and my heart to be a Wife that meets his needs and makes him happy.
3. My love for my kids and my example to them as a mom.
4. That I am a prayer warrior. You need prayer? I will pray.
5. I care about others.
6. My walk with God being honoring to Him.
7. When I sing, I sing for Jesus.
8. I am a good friend and someone others can count on.
9. My home is a place where others feel welcome.
10. That I live a full life and have a blast during the journey.

As I was writing this list, I began to feel convicted. Right now, if I died, would people say/think these things of me? These are things that I should be striving for. These things should be a part of my daily life. Looks like I have some work to do.

Misunderstanding - Check

What do you think people misunderstand most about you?

Honestly, I do not feel like I am misunderstood. So I asked Adam what he thought and he said he does not think I am misunderstood either.

So. Apparently you all know and understand me.

It is probably because the most complex thing about me is my obsessive need for my house to be cleaned a certain way and that I am a woman.

I have my quirks. They just make sense if you know me. Apparently.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Dinner - Check

If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be and what would you eat?

This question makes me laugh because it doesn't ask why I would pick that person, it is more about the food. Which is fine with me because I LOVE food. Haha.

It would have to be Masako Trosen. She was a fabulous cook and such great company. She would probably make some interesting dish that I have never heard of or eaten before, but it would taste fabulous. And conversation would be wonderful.

Some of my favorite childhood memories include Masako. I am grateful to have known her. She was truly a woman seeking God.

Body - Check

What is your favorite part of your body and why?

Well, I have always liked my feet. They were my favorite part of myself for a pretty long time until I got a scar on my foot.

My favorite part of my body now is my arms. They have stayed the same size through two pregnancies which pushes them into first place above my feet.

Really interesting, right?

Popular Notion - Check

What popular notion do you think the world has most wrong?

It irritates me when our society makes light of sex. Sex is not an activity meant for just anyone and everyone. It was designed by God specifically for a husband and wife.

I am not limiting sex to just intercourse.

Sex can be anything from a butt grab to a lingering kiss.

It is that moment when your mind goes from "This is special." to "I want more."

Sex is not a recreational activity that you do for fun with whoever you want. There will be emotional baggage left behind. There will be consequences.

When it is used that way, the special luster is gone and it is dirty and worthless. Might as well be mowing the grass or driving a car.

Sex is a beautiful gift and when it is used correctly, it is a fantastic wonderful thing.

When a man and woman save themselves, every thought - every deed. For their wedding day. Their is nothing more special than offering yourself as a gift to the one you love. Pure. Untouched. Ready. And accepting that same wonderful gift from them.

Too bad the world has it all wrong.

They are missing out.

Love Language - check

What is your love language?

I shared this a while back, but my love language is words of affirmation. I honestly wish it was something else. Like acts of service. I feel like it is a lot easier to do stuff for someone than it is to affirm them with words.

I think Kaylee has the same love language so I have to really work at telling her "Good job!" or "You are so kind!" I am still not sure what Ella's is but I am leaning towards physical touch. She is such a cuddler.

Adam is definitely acts of service. He feels loved if I have the girls dressed, the house cleaned, and the dinner ready when he gets home.

While each of us have one specific language that we "speak" the most, the truth is that loving someone takes a conscious effort on our part. So usually I feel most loved when Adam tells me that I am beautiful and that he appreciates what I do around the house, but some days I may just need for him to sit down and talk with me or give me a hug.

Love takes work.

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