Thursday, January 28, 2010

Relief Effort

A huge thank you to some of my coworkers/friends who helped in donating medical supplies/medicines/needed toiletries/etc to the Haiti relief fund. I am so pleased to announce that we have 7 boxes packed and ready for shipping. Those 7 boxes totaled 127 lbs. I am excited and desperately hope that it will find its way down to those who need it most.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Just wanted to take a quick moment to share some of the recent pictures taken of Paloma to commemorate her 3rd birthday. Between scanning and editing, they didn't really turn out that well on blogger (that may have something to do with the fact that I'm not an expert at photo shop.) Oh well, at least you get the jist.

(Krista, if you are at all reading this - you will be glad to know that this is the "infamous" picture. Luckily you can't tell at all)

Hard to believe my baby is 3.

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

What kind of Mom are you meant to Be?

It is taking me awhile, but I am reading through a book entitled
"The Mom You're Meant to Be" by Cheri Fuller.
Oh how I love this book. It is putting a great perspective on parenting. I have ready a lot of good Christian parenting books but I would have to say that this is nearing the top of my list. I'd love to share a bit of it with you.
I'm not quite finished reading but I'll try and do another post when the book is complete.
Pick up a copy and enjoy...

Chapter 2 - Throw Away the Cookie Cutter
No parent ever trained up his child in the way he should go without making an effort to know that child -- Charles R. Swindoll
"The more I understood about our little ones emotional makeup, the more accepting I was of his emotions and grateful for his individuality." ~Cheri Fuller
This chapter is a great starter because it basically focuses on our role as parents. I think we have a tendency to compare one child with another one of your children or compare your child with your friends child. So often in conversation I hear, "well, my little baby walked at this age, how about yours?" or "my child knows her alphabet already, how about yours?" It is so important to remember that all children are unique. All children were created by the same Maker but with a very different makeup. I know I am extremely guilty of comparing my two kids but as I take a moment to step back and observe, I can appreciate each for their amazingly different qualities.

Chapter 3 - Don't Put Off Joy
Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance -- Oprah Winfrey

Another great chapter. Cheri talks about how often we as parents seem to actually put off joy. Meaning ~ we have a tendency to say to ourselves, I'll be happier when..... when the kids are potty trained, when the kids are sleeping through the night, when the kids are teenagers. But the focus is not when but now. Let's stop and enjoy the now. Although many of us may be in rather challenging stages (ie. meaning anyone with young children are stuck in challenging stage) let's enjoy this that the Lord gave us. So although we may be knee deep in diapers, bottles, sleepless nights, temper tantrums, lets enjoy the enjoyable in it. Each day brings something that can make us smile. I can guarantee at least for me, through the temper tantrums and biting, my kids will do something that makes me just want to giggle. Instead of focusing on negative, lets choose to focus on the positive ~ because like all things, it will pass - sometimes faster than we would like.

Chapter 4 - Never Be Too Smug
I definitely had to laugh after reading this chapter - why? Because I have found myself with my foot in my mouth on more than one occasion. Not to worry though, I am learning my lesson, especially when it comes to parenting.
"But the truth is, as moms, we must never be too smug.....How do you know you've gotten smug about your mothering? Here are two telltale clues: Critical thoughts creep into your mind when you see other less than-perfect kids & There's no room for improvement, new ideas, or advice from anyone else." Rather we should "walk in humility and gratefulness, no matter how well your kids behave, how high their grades are, or how fast their spiritual growth is progressing. This is biblical. And besides, if your kids are doing great at the moment (or turn out great in the end), it's more about God's grace than expert parenting skills." I guess there isn't a whole lot to add to that. It is true when you stop to think about.
How often have we as moms been critical of other mothers struggling with overtired toddlers in the grocery store or biting babies at daycare. Admit it, the thought has crossed your mind "not my child." I will admit is has crossed mine. But I have become much less judgemental and I think it all began - ummm - the day Mattea was brought home.
Realizing parenting is a challenging and downright hard job, why would we choose to be critical of one another instead of inspiring. Rather than blow out someone else's candle, lets help make it burn just a bit brighter.

Chapter 5 - People Are More Important Than Things
"A sparkling house is a fine thing if the children aren't robbed of their luster in keeping it that way." Marcelene Cox
Guilty as charged. I admit, in the back of my mind, I kind of think that I will be rewarded the gold heart in heaven for world's cleanest house. Or maybe it will be world's biggest perfectionist. Who knows. I'm not sure where these feelings come from but I definitely struggle in this area. Always wanting to be tidy, perfect, organized comes with a price. For example, when your children cover their ears the minute they see me head to the vacuum or they consistently yell "STOP" during the 6 times that I vacuum a day - there may be a problem. I'm certainly not saying that there I covet a clean house over an afternoon with my children. Or worse yet, I covet an item of any value over my children. I do not. But I do know that I have disciplined my kids when good intentions have gone wrong and something has either been broken, bent or ruined. I have passed on playtime so that I could obsessively clean or organize. I won't lie. For the most part, I have tried to do a really good job with filling my home with things of literally no value. Dave and I have decided that we won't purchase anything of any value until the kids are much older simply because we would never want to set them up for failure. We want them to be comfortable in their own home.
With that said, I think I broke Mattea's spirit the day I found out that she had colored on just about every page of her new sister's baby book. I was devastated. I was angry. Now, I just realize Paloma has a bit more character in her book than Mattea. Remember Heather, it is just a thing - Mattea is a person. Are you guilty of this. I can be but like many things in this book, I am working on it.

Too Cute Tuesday

Monday, January 18, 2010

St. Baldricks

Just posted a giveaway on my facebook account. I thought it only fair to post to my blog. We are nearing the final weeks of fundraising for St. Baldricks. I am determined to meet my goal of $2500.00 for this wonderful organization. That is where y'all come in. If you have thought about donating and haven't - here is your chance. Beginning this evening and ending on Wednesday night, I will personally send out a $25.00 gift certificate to Victoria's Secret to anyone donating $100.00 or more to my website.
Here is the link:

Won't you join with me in participating in this wonderful event. Remember, I'll do the shaving if you do the donating. Thanks a bunch

Bald is beautiful

Friday, January 15, 2010

Ta Da!!!

1) medicating 1 sick child
2) baking cocoa, craisin scones
3) washing 5 loads of laundry
4) pretending to be the Schwann man
5) playing barbies
6) taking a shower
7) cleaning up the kitchen
8) checking my email
9) paying bills
10) reading 101 books to my children
11) texting daddy to keep him informed of the day's events
12) planning an upcoming birthday party


13) twittering

I managed to make this.....

A tiramisu torte for my small group - the small group I didn't get to attend. A little sad about that but the fruits of my labor, I am not. Because I held a hand mixer for over 30 min in an attempt to "fluffy up" my frosting, I now have carpel tunnel. The whipping creme was against me today and never really "fluffied up" so that is why the sides are naked - but pretend they aren't. What do you think?

I have come to the realization that if I am going to be partaking in these cooking shanangans, I need a kitchenaid. 30+ min with a hand held mixer is ridiculous. Shout out if you agree!!!!

When Life Give You Lemons.....

You make cocoa craisin scones of course.

Or at least that is what the girls and I did this morning when I woke up to a sick 5 year old who was unable to go to school making an unhealthy, bitter mommy who was unable to go to the gym.

Oh well - New Year's resolution was to go with the flow. Actually, that was not my New Year's resolution because I simply do not make New Year's resolutions but I decided that if I was going to make a change for the better this year it would be to relax and enjoy the everyday ups and downs of parenting. So that is what I did, kind of.

Actually my newly turned 3 year old peanut allergy child begged me for muffins this morning and when I went to the pantry, opened the door and discovered I only had banana nut - I had to think fast. Uhhhh, pull out the cookbook (something I hadn't done since the first week I was married.) Luckily I had the ingredients to make scones and I had two willing helpers. Too bad I didn't have chocolate chips on hand (because I consumed the remainder of the bag a week or so ago during PMS). Instead, (remember rolling with the flow) I chose some leftover craisins from the pantry. Oh well, girls didn't seem to mind.

I had some enthusiastic helpers and some enthusiastic taste testers. I must say, they really didn't taste all that bad.

Thanks girls for a wonderful, fun filled, memory making morning. Love Ya!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

My Sweet Sister

See this sweet, beautiful, charming face....
This is my oldest daughter Mattea ~ whom I now have the privilege of calling my sister. My Christian sister. My sweet baby girl prayed to God this afternoon in the car and asked Jesus (and God - she made sure to ask both) to come into her heart and forgive her for her sins. It was an amazing moment - one that was almost surreal.
Allow me to recollect the entire event....
As we were driving to our play date, Mattea was in the back singing some kids praise and worship music. One of the songs led to a conversation about Jesus living in your heart and always being with you wherever you go.
I asked Mattea if she would like to have Jesus come into her heart. She told me she already had - last night at prayer time with dad. But remembering David had never said anything to me about it, I asked Mattea if daddy helped her. She said no, "I did it very quietly." So I proceeded to ask, "Mattea would you like to do it out loud for all of us to hear - mommy can help you." Her response - yes. So at that moment, 12:10 am in to be exact, Miss Mattea sat in her car seat and thanked God for sending his son Jesus, prayed for Jesus to always be her Savior and friend, and asked for forgiveness of her sins. Paloma just sat in the backseat speechless. Of course I began to cry and text David.

Later that evening when David walked in the door, Mattea said "daddy did you get our text?"
Dave: Ummm, yes, I got lots of texts today. Which one are you talking about?
Mattea: The one about the prayer.
Dave: Oh yes, mommy told me you prayed. What did you pray about?
Mattea: I asked Jesus AND God to be in my heart.
Dave: That is wonderful Mattea.
Mattea: What did you text back?

Congratulations Mattea - may I see your smiling face in heaven someday. You are amazing.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Mattea Moments

This afternoon while I was in the shower, Mattea came into the bathroom and asked me for a baby brother. Knowing there wasn't a whole lot I could do for her, I asked her to talk to her father.

A few minutes later she ran upstairs and said "daddy said he wants a sister, but I want a brother!"

ME: "Well honey, I don't know what we are going to do about that."

Mattea so smoothly replied, "why don't you just ask God to send you down one from heaven?"

Do I have a great girl or what?

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Date Day

On Wednesday while Mattea was in preschool, I promised Paloma her very own date day. She was excited as was I since I don't really have any one on one time with Paloma. Well - I do actually. But it always involves running errands, grocery shopping, going to the gym, etc.

So we dropped Mattea off and scooted our little bums down to the mall (which I haven't visited in like 2 years.) First stop - Build a Bear. I promised Paloma she could make her very own stuffed animal for her birthday and I was following through on my promise. After being completely overwhelmed with choices, she decided on a very cute little kitty.

She was so excited when she learned that she got to stuff her kitty, pick out a sound for her kitty (she chose the funny little giggles) and then pick out a heart for her kitty.

The fun didn't stop there. She got to bathe her kitty and clean her up and get her ready to be taken home. I then caved and let her pick out a cute pink birthday shirt for her little kitty - whose name is LOLO.

We completed our date day with a smoothie from Orange Julius and a browse around Borders Books. As we were leaving to pick up her sister, Paloma turned to me and said, "mama, I just don't want it to end." Melts my heart. Can't wait until our next date day.

The Great Bike Debacle

Paloma's birthday - as you all know since I blogged so much about it a couple of weeks ago - falls on Dec. 31st. It has taken some adjusting to having a holiday baby. Starting in Nov when 3 out of my 4 family members (sister, myself, and my dad) have their birthdays. Then we roll right on into Thanksgiving. Thinking you have a bit of time before Christmas, you take a break but realize if you hold your breath too long, it is Christmas Eve. And just as you are starting to get all the batteries put in the toys from Christmas - poof! it is Paloma's birthday. Yikes. For me it takes some serious organization.

This year though, I asked David to help me out in getting a present for Paloma - usually I do all of the shopping. I asked him if he would pick out her very first big girl bike. Well, with busy work schedules and crowded stores, it was the day before (actually night before) her birthday when he called me from the bike shop. "Should I get her the 12 inch or 16 inch?" Frazzled, I simply responded 16 inch - thinking we had a few months before summer approached. Now I know my little cutie is short, but I figured she'd grow into it.

So that night I dazzled it up with a new basket and some new handle bar decorations. I positioned it just right downstairs so it would be the first thing she saw when she woke up. And it was. She ran downstairs, ran over to it and gave it a hug. She was so excited. She couldn't wait to jump on. And I was excited for her. And then the big moment - she got on (with mom's help of course.) It was beyond big. She was so far from reaching the pedals it was ridiculous. The minute she found out she couldn't even begin to ride it she lost interest and I was crushed. Ugh, I had made the wrong choice. What's a mom to do?

Well, this mom then sent hubby out to pick up the pretty purple 12 inch that I was praying was still at the store. So after birthday breakfast, Dave and the girls packed up and headed back to the bike store. When she got home and realized she could reach the wheels on her shiny new purple bike, she was once again in heaven. And so was Mattea since it was almost as if she had acquired a new bike herself that day.

The girls rode around in circles in my kitchen all evening. I shared in their excitement and watched them ride around in circles until they were dizzy. So, Paloma not only got one new bike for her birthday but 2. Oh well, I'm sure both will get good use in the upcoming future.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010



'A woman's heart should be so hidden in Christ
that a man should have to seek Him first to find her.'

When I say that 'I am a Christian', I am not shouting that 'I am clean living.
I'm whispering 'I was lost, but now I'm found and forgiven.'

When I say 'I am a Christian' I don't speak of this with pride.
I'm confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide.

When I say 'I am a Christian' I'm not trying to be strong.
I'm professing that I'm weak and need His strength to carry on.

When I say 'I am a Christian' I'm not bragging of success.
I'm admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess.

When I say 'I am a Christian' I'm not claiming to be perfect.
My flaws are far too visible, but God believes I am worth it.

When I say 'I am a Christian' I still feel the sting of pain.
I have my share of heartaches, so I call upon His name.

When I say 'I am a Christian' I'm not holier than thou,
I'm just a simple sinner who received God's good grace, somehow!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year


A Day in Review

My darling baby stumbled into the potty to find this.....

After waking up and realizing what day it was, she ran downstairs to find this...

After breakfast, she decided to try this....

Later, we headed out to watch this....

After succumbing to complete exhaustion, Paloma ended the movie looking like this....

After supper, we ended the day blowing like this....

Oh what a day