Tuesday, September 19, 2006

source of joy

I love mornings and nighttime with my little girl. She is so snuggly and cute and fun...looking up at me with those big blue eyes and playing peepie with morning hair. Today, I left her, still asleep, with Daddy and came to work. It has been a long time since I missed my morning lovin'! I was thinking on the way to work about how much joy she brings me. And how I missed that joy today. Which led me to think about Jody Ferlaak, who lost her oldest child at the age of 4 in a tragic accident. And how the source of my joy cannot be flesh and blood. As Jody says, she had to find faith and comfort in God, not in her circumstances or the people around her--because they can quickly be gone. No matter how sweet and precious Kinley is now, there will come a day when she will let me down as the source of my joy. I pray that that day is a long way away, but I know the teen years are coming :) I have to look heavenward, to the Author and Creator of my faith, my Source of Everything, for a joy that lasts beyond this temporal world. Yes, my child brings me joy. But she is a gift from the ultimate Source of Joy. I hope that you find that joy today...

"...therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy." --Hebrews 1:9

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Just for fun...

I got this in an email today, and thought it would be a fun "who I am" post...

1. What is your occupation? Registered Client Service Associate
2. What color are your socks right now? None at the moment
3. What are you listening to right now? Office Sounds
4. What was the last thing that you ate? Yummy...chicken soft taco and queso dip
5. Can you drive a stick shift? Yes
6. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Lime Green!
7. Last person you spoke to on the phone? A client
8. How old are you today? 27
9. Favorite drink: Sweet Tea
10. What is your favorite sport to watch? Football--Tide Roll!
11. Have you ever dyed your hair? Yes...blonde highlights and once all red
12. Favorite curse word? Don’t do that!
13. Pets? 2 dogs, 1 cat, and a husband
14. Favorite food? Mexican
15. What do you do to vent anger? Clean House--ALONE.
16. What was your favorite toy as a child? I loved my Charmkins, and of course Barbies like all little girls...and then there was the Wheel of Fortune game on the Tandy computer! :)
17. What is your favorite Fall or Spring? Fall
18. Hugs or kisses? Both
19. Cherry or blueberry? Neither--I like strawberry
20. Living arrangements? In a little house with my little family.
21. When was the last time you cried? This morning :(
22. What is on the floor of your closet? shoes, clothes that need to go to the drycleaner, my laundry basket, coconut people, a few books, half of a crayon, some jewelry that Kinley was playing with, and a few other items that she has dropped in there :)
23. What did you do last night? Lab, watched TV, played with Kinley, and read
24. Favorite smells? Kinley after a bath and lotion
25. What inspires you? God; family; bright colors and bold patterns; other scrapbookers' work; everyday life!
26. What are you afraid of? Not being able to see Kinley grow up
27. Plain, cheese or spicy hamburgers? Cheese
28. Country you would most like to visit? Italy
29. Favorite dog breed? I love my mix (Yorkie Poo) and Anna's Great Dane!
30. Number of keys on your key ring? Which one?!
31. How many years at your current job? 1 year
32. Favorite day of the week? Saturday--but I also love Thursday after work and Friday!
33. How many states have you lived in? 1
34. Favorite holidays? Christmas
35. Ever driven a Motorcycle or heavy machinery? Yes--a fork lift!

Monday, September 11, 2006


5 years ago today, the world changed forever.
We watched in horror as our nation came under attack. I was a newlywed that day, and my first thoughts were of those losing their spouses. Those phone calls. When my husband came in the front door that night, I thought of all of the ones who didn't. Fast forward 5 years. Now, as a mom, I think of those who have babies who don't know their fathers. The ones whose parents didn't come home that day. The parents who lost their children. The radio station that I listen to on my way to work replayed their 9/11 broadcast this morning, and I thought again of all of those who made those final calls home...of hearing "I love you" for what you know is probably the last time here on earth, of wondering... Even today, 5 years later, I can't totally collect my thoughts on it. I do know that today I am thankful...for life and breath...for His protection, for another day to spend with my family. And when I remember that day, I hug my family a little tighter, I say "I love you" more often, and stop to enjoy the "little things"--the everyday moments that make my life what it is. And I am thankful for the hope of heaven. For knowing that there is never really a goodbye for those who know Jesus as their personal Savior. One day, I hope I will pass it all on to my children. For now, I will write it all here so that I remember. And I will pray...for those who can put a face and a name on the events of 9/11, for those whose lives will never be the same, and for those who defend us from another such event every day.

God bless America...

"Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?" --John 11:25-26

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Not money well spent...

I thought
you could get skinny for 5.99
so I bought a tight spandexy thing to try it.
Turns out
I can be skinny and see stars
or have some pudge and breathe.
I'll take breathing.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Scripture Help!

me again...

Since this blog became more fun with COMMENTS, I have a question for those of you who stop by and read from time to time.

I am looking for Scripture that reflects that God has something in store for us that is BETTER than what we have, if we will just put down what we are holding so that He can give us what is best. Make sense?

Thanks for the assistance!


Work is so boring today! I wish I had these hours to do ANYTHING other than be here. The list is so loooooooooong....hang out with Kinley, clean house, do laundry, read, scrapbook...

Speaking of scrapbooking, I actually did it last night! I stopped by my lss on my way home last night and picked up a few things that inspired me. I did 3 pages! One was using the "Mom to Go" box by K & Co...it has been around a while but it was fun to use. One of these days I will actually use my home computer and post some pictures to spice up this boring ol' blog :) As a matter of fact, I will try to do that this weekend--just for you, Theresa Marie! ;)

In case there are some other *bored* scrapbookers reading this...here is a link to a scrapartist that has been inspiring me:

Also, I am really thinking of joining this monthly kit club. If you are a member of a monthly kit club, tell me the pros and cons!

I guess that's all for now...work does call. I promise a NSBR (that's non-scrapbook related, for those of you who aren't in the know :) post later!

"We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy..." --Thessalonians 3:11

Monday, August 28, 2006

A new week

Not much to update in the blogging world...we had a good weekend and I loved spending the extra time with my family and friends. Just seems like we have it backwards--why do we work more days in the week than we play? This morning it was so hard to leave Kinley. She was so much fun over the weekend, and having to walk out the door as she looked at me with those big ol' blue eyes made me cry. Stinks.

On a happier note, lots going on in life right now. The new semester just started, football season is cranking up, we have some fun ladies' events coming up at church, I am starting to teach Kinley's Sunday School class next week, I am going to a new Mom's Bible Study at church beginning the following week, Zeke is starting to teach RA's on Wednesday nights, hunting season is just around the corner, and Christmas will be here before we know it. AND, as if I don't have enough other things to do, I have been CRAVING time to read and scrapbook!

One topic that seems to be on my mind lately is LIVING CONSCIOUSLY. You know, making the days count. Being happy. Keeping in mind what is most important. DOING what is most important. Recording all of those times. Having an eternal focus. The days are passing faster and faster, and I don't want to wake up one day and realize that in the midst of just existing, life happened. I think it's why I want to scrapbook lately--to record the everyday moments that make up this life we live. May not be glamorous, but it's ours. And we love it.

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is. --Ephesians 5:15-17

Friday, August 25, 2006

What a sweetie!

I know that every mom thinks her child is the sweetest, cutest, most beautiful, best baby ever...but mine really is. Yesterday was Kinley's 15-month doctor's visit, and she was wonderful. She behaved so well while we were waiting for the doctor and nurses to come in and was so patient with everything they did to her. She didn't take her eyes off of them though! She just had this really serious look most of the time :) She weighed 25lb, 10oz and was 32 1/8" long. In the 90th percentile! She had dipped down on the growth charts at her last visit, but she caught up again this time. She is where she should be developmentally (he asked if she could speak 5-8 words. um...yes?!?!?!?!?) and he said that everything is GREAT. When it was time for her yucky shot, she only whimpered--even better than I do when I have to get a shot :) SO...as a reward for her bestest behavior...we went to the toy store :) I know, I know...we don't condone giving material rewards for everything under the sun, and she doesn't get a treat every time we go to town...but yesterday she definitely deserved it.
Anyway. (Why do I feel the need to defend myself on my own blog?) She and I left the doctor's office and stopped for a snack. Her thoughts: Hello? French fries with cheese? Why didn't you guys tell me my two favorite foods could be combined? Every time I would hand one back, she would just giggle. So sweet. We went to a scrapbook store (bought nothing, boo hoo) and then on to the mall. We walked in the toy store and I spotted it--a Fisher Price tea set! I held it out to her and her eyes got big...then she wanted to hold it so she rode through the rest of the store with her arms wrapped around this huge box and her cheek laid on it. Once we got home and opened it, she immediately began to stir and pour! She was playing with it when Granna and Papa walked in. She ran to see them, smiled, and then ran back into the living room, pointing at her new tea set! It was the first time she has ever really "showed off" something that she had, and we loved it. I was so glad that she was so excited about her new toy. She even ate her fruit snacks out of the cups last night, using the little spoons. The snacks were put into the spoons with fingers more often than not (those little spoons are deep! Hard to manipulate) but she was happy nonetheless.
The other sweet thing she did yesterday was to play in my ribbon box. I love ribbons, just like every other scrapbooker right now, but mine aren't organized by color into pretty glass jars just yet :) They are in a clear rubbermaid shoe box, and when Kinley saw all of the colors, she just had to play. My mom took the top off for her, and immediately she dug those little hands in. She picked them up and started to put them around her neck! She had ribbons hanging all over her. Of course, I do have pictures--will try to post those this weekend. So cute!
Just a few more Kinley moments from yesterday--just so that I will remember--her first pigtails down on the sides of her head, buying a purple polo shirt and short denim skirt to wear with her purple Crocs, trying on blue jeans and giggling together, dropping her fan at the football game and looking under the bleachers with Tanner saying "uhoh", watching the band and learning to cheer with the cheerleaders.
I know that ALL of our days are sweet with our little ones...it just seems that some are sweeter. I have been blessed beyond measure and far beyond what I deserve with my daughter, and I want to try every day to remember that, to take time with her, and to be thankful for every moment. And not only that, to remember and record what God is teaching me about Himself through allowing me to be her parent.

If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! --Matthew 7:11