Monday, January 31, 2011

I'm A Nurse!!!

So fun....

While I've been missing my Friday afternoon laundry-folding entertainment.....this super fun mommy-website "Project Run and Play" has taking the idea and turned it into a children's design contest, so cute!

Someday when I have time to sew and tons of money for awesome fabrics, I want to try a few of the adorable designs....

Anyway, you should check it out...


Saturday, January 29, 2011


Hebrews 11: 1 says"Faith is the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things not yet seen" Hebrews 11:6 says"Without faith it is impossible to please Him,for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him"
A familiar passage to us but as I read it again in my devotions this morning I was again reminded of the power of these Words.
In my reading from "The Voices of the Past" Thomas Mantaon wrote "Faith helps us to be content before we receive our distant and future comforts. A Christian has tasted how sweet God is in Christ and therefore groans after the full enjoyment of Him. In faith a believer waits as long as God has anything for him to do in this world , upon security of this faith.If a poor man understood that some great inheritance was bequeathed to him, would he not often think of it , and rejoice in it , and long to take possessions it? The promise of eternal life is left with us in the gospel but who longs for it? Who takes hold of it ? Who gives diligence to make it sure through faith? Who desires to go and see it? O that I might be dissolved, and be with Christ! If these hopes have little influence on us, it is a sign we so not cherish them in our hearts"
My prayer this morning for myself and for you my precious girls is that you desire your Savior more today than yesterday and more each and everyday! Love you much MOM

Monday, January 24, 2011

Early Mornings MOM

There is always good to be found in almost everything. Waking up at 4:00 am gives me lots of time to read and pray and I have really been enjoying this time. I feel like my nightstand books are friends waiting to greet me for my morning appointment with my Savior. Learning lots praying lots and have a plan and list for the day! Ready to go by sunrise at least at this time of the year I am really feeling like that Proverbs 31 woman is this season of my life!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

All Things become new!

As I was doing a lot of pruning in our yard after the deep freeze we had after Christmas I was reminded of the pruning My precious Heavenly Father has done in my life in this last year and although I think it has been one of the most difficult trials in my life(nothing compared to how so many others suffer) I am seeing new growth! I love His word more, I pray more, I know how very weak and dependent on Him for every breath and every hour of sleep and how I desire so much to be in heaven with Him. The things of this earth are not so appealing to me and the hope I have of eternity with Him excites my soul like never before! I can now see how it was good for me to have this trial and I can thank Him for it. I am so grateful to feel like myself again and so grateful for daddy especially to love me each day when I was unloveable and for you my precious girls for supporting me through those dark days when I didn't even like myself.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Play your position and play to win!

We started out new book study "Womanly Dominion" last night at our house and as the boys were leaving the house after dinner they were asking" Why do the girls get these special glasses with sparkling cranberry juice instead of the standard red cup and water? I simple replied "because we are girls". I am really enjoying reading this book again and motivated to "play my position and play to win and hear my Savior say "well done my good and faithful servant" So I wanted to encourage you my precious girls as you are in very busy demanding seasons of your lives with this quote from the book that I so love.

"What is the mightiest stategy
for influencing the world unto God glorifying good? It was unveiled in the Garden of Eden. " Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it" Women of dominion who give their lives to bearing and nurturing of God-fearing children are power brokers of the earth."

And let this give you the strength and power to do so daily Philippians 2:5-9

"Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself taking on the form of a bond-servant and being made in the likeness of men. He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death ,even death on a cross.
Love you girls and I am so proud of how you are giving your lives away for His glory!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Never knew I'd be so grateful for such simple things....

Ten things I never understood to be a luxury until I became a mommy:

1. Painting my toenails....wait...first trimming my toenails! Why is this so hard? It only takes five minutes and it seems like I can never find the time! I talked to a mommy-friend the other day who has had a pedicure on since last Fall, bahahaha!

2. Eating lunch/sitting down while eating lunch. If I was rich, I would go out every day for lunch. One more mess, everyone needs a nap (including me) , groceries are sitting in the car, breakfast dishes still need to be done, backpacks and shoes thrown on the floor, etc. etc.

3. Getting my car washed. Oooooo, it feels so amazing driving off from the car wash for that five minutes without any fingerprints on the windows or goldfish on the floor! Except that even after your coupon and smile at the car wash guy, you still had to pay eleven bucks for it! :/

4. Talking to my hubby. We live together. It shouldn't be this hard to have a complete conversation. I used to think people were so weird to have to go on a date night just to talk. Haha, okay I get it now. At least he is still one of my luxuries :) Sometimes I text him when we are both in the same room just to get through more clearly, hee hee :)

5. Drinking a cup of coffee. From beginning to end. Without having to microwave it. Yeah, not going to happen for a few years, its cool. It always reminds me of finding moms coffee in the microwave at 1pm when we were making lunch haha.

6. Taking a shower. Ahhhhh, i feel like a went to a day spa when I get to shower, get dressed and put on lotion all without being interrupted. Never really happens unless I'm at work, hee hee.

7. Driving 25 minutes to work. I used to think the swim school was too far away. Now its my favorite :) I can think about whatever I want, talk on the phone or be in complete silence, amazing.

8. Reading my bible. Well, reading my bible and actually comprehending what I'm reading. So hard to get done but so worth it!

9. Going to the mall. I used to go to the mall all the time! Shop the sales, grab a latte, blah blah. T and I had quite the eventful mall trip that left us exhausted and needing a martini over christmas, it was fun but no way could I shop the sales, even with half of my kids. Guess my clothes are from Target and Savers for the time being :)

10. A clean bathroom. For some reason, this really does it for me. My life can be chaos but if I take time to make the bathroom shiny and mold-free (haha), I'm in such a good mood. hee hee

They do ruin my life on a regular basis, but who could resist this cute people? Love being their mommy :) Ruin away...

Imitation is the highest form of flattery!

I am so inspired by my industrious Proverbs 31 girls I am intimating you. Making granola for gifts for your friends while caring for my precious grandchildren during one of the busiest times of the year ! You girls daily inspire me, so when I ran out of my store bought granola I made Nicole's pumpkin granola! (It's not as good as Nicole's but it was my first try) Thanks for being the greatest daughters a mom could ever have. I pray for each of you and your families daily and specifically. May the Lord bless you and keep you may He shine His light upon you as you begin another week of doing the most important job in this world raising up your children to know and love Our Lord ad Savior!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Thanks for the great birthday!!!!!!!!!!!MOM

I am so blessed by all of you. Thank you for the smile box card Becky and Nicole for the happy birthday videos they are so precious to me! I am sure enjoying my UGHS and my new coffee mug each and every morning I feel like a queen sitting down to do my devotions! THANK all of you so very much. I couldn't ask for greater children you are the best and I thank My Savior for you each day!

Children are a blessing from the Lord and happy is the woman whose quiver is full
I am a happy blessed mom and grammy !

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Someday life will get back to normal....

Sicky Sickies! These days you'll find me buried under piles of laundry in my messy house holding my little monkeys and crying cause the coffee isn't brewing fast enough hee hee :) Thank goodness for my awesome husband who saves my life on a regular basis! Still have the best job in the world and am thankful for it (most of the time haha). Matt thinks its funny that our sick kids are still smiling for the camera, ha ha. Someday we'll get back to normal but for now, back to dora and tylenol!


Happy Birthday Mom!!!

Happy Birthday To Our Wonderful Mommy!!!!!
You just keep getting more and more beautiful as you age! Not just your weight loss, new hair-do's, and skinny jeans with boots, but also your desire to learn more about your heart and what God would have you pursue in your later years of life! You are a continual example to me in our home of how to not waste your life (or any minute of time actually:) and your pursuit of the younger women in our church has been a huge blessing in each of their lives this year! Thank you for serving me each day by your example, practical helps, and being there to talk to! You never stop amazing me in all you do! Welcome to not just being 50, but being 'in your 50's'!!!!

love you!

Monday, January 10, 2011

A Birthday Celebration with Daddy!

Love Mondays a day to spend with daddy wether we catch up around the house, run errands or go hiking it is a highlight of each week for me. Today we celebrated my birthday by hiking Honeybee Canyon, going to lunch at Olive Garden yumo(fettachuni with steak and gorgonzola cheese) and then a little shopping at World Market. Fun day even managed to get in a little yard work. As daddy says I am beginning my birthday month celebration. I am a blessed woman!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Birthday Fun! MOM

Wanted to thank Becky for planning and all the work involved in packing up my precious little treasures to come and celebrate my birthday Friday and Saturday. I had so much fun at the zoo and eating Eegee's or as Drew and Bella call them "AJ's. It was Eli's first trip to the zoo the first of many I hope. After dinner we celebrated with ice cream cones with candles! Drewby wrapped my gift and even wroted my name and happy birthday! What a great day we had one this grammy will treasure! Becky and I managed to squeeze in coloring my hair or my new wig as I call it and of coarse some Savers shopping!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Happy New Year! MOM

I used to not like this time of year when I would have to take all the Christmas decorations down and make new goals and changes but over the years it has become a favorite time for me to review what God had done in my life and the lives of others in the past year and pray about what He has for me in a new year. So when I arrived home from Pasadena I hit the road running (I'm sure driving Daddy and Jon were wondering what is going on with her now?) putting away Christmas (which I am still doing I have resolved it is a week sometimes two long process for me) cleaning out my closet, I have a new devotional , new bible reading plan,new exercise routine" P 90" (thanks to Nicole) , my new position at the hospital (which I really like and they love it too!) and we a starting a new study in women's care group "Womanly Dominion." So while I have been busying myself with all these "new things " God so gently reminded my in my new devotional from" Voices of the Past" Jan 4th of Matthew 6:33 "Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you" it went on to say " Though our bodies are on earth our spirits should be in heaven." Until we get above the mists of the world, we can see nothing of clearness and comfort: but when we can get God and our hearts together ,then we can see there is much in the fountain though nothing in the stream and though little on earth, yet we have God in heaven. This is is our great aim, to be with God in heaven. His residence is there, and we seek that our hearts might be there." Such a timely reminder for me where my true and everlasting residence is and a where my heart needs to be as I live each day on this earth for His glory not mine. Hope this is a good reminder for you to my precious girls and you go about your busy days caring for your precious children and Timarie your new season. I love you so much and am so proud of each of you!

Monday, January 3, 2011

New Years Eve Dinner Party in Pasadena

While in Pasadena with Nicole and Jonathan we we able to help with a wonderful delicious five coarse dinner with each coarse served by a different couple pared with a wine, a conversation question and selected music. While it was a lot of work to get ready and lots of dishes to wash it was so worth it. It was a delightful way to bring in the new year. Thanks Nicole and Jonathan for the great idea!

Christmas with the Baird family

Soon after leaving Phoenix and heading home for Sunday service we left for Pasadena where we spent a great week of hanging out with the Jonathan and as I call them my "California girls." So fun to see Lyla and Georgie in their home environment and get to spend a whole week. We did a little hike one day, the girls shopped with mom Nordstrom Rack with a gift certificate from Nicole and mom finally bought "skinny jeans"(thanks Nicole for the fun gift) Dad and I walked every day around the picturesque neighborhoods in Pasadena and even walk to the Rose bowl parade on New Years Day

Christmas with the Ross Family

This year we broke Christmas Eve tradition and hit the highway after Christmas Eve service and headed to Phoenix for a lovely open house at Travis and Nora Shanks home.
Then Christmas morning we were loudly greeted at Jon and Mary's house with Drew telling us that Santa came and brought him a soccer ball and that we needed to hurry and come over to open Christmas presents! This was my highlight of the day and reminded me of when all of you were little and so excited about Christmas morning. Becky made a scrumptious breakfast casserole and we toasted with mimosas quite a delightful morning. I think I was in my pajamas until noon!