Friday, July 21, 2017

What about me?

1. Are you named after anyone?
I was named after my sister because she was born first.

2. When was the last time you cried?
Last Thursday

3. If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?
It's not possible for me to be anyone but myself, so I guess we'll never know.

4. Do you use sarcasm a lot?
Only on Fridays.

5. What’s the first thing you notice about people?
If they look like they are in a good mood or not.

6. What is your eye color?

7. Scary movies or happy endings?
I prefer laughing.

8. Favorite smells?

9. What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?
It depends. How far have I been from my home now or when I lived at home?

10. Do you have any special talents?
I love decorating. 

11. Where were you born?
Labor and Delivery

12. What are your hobbies?
Chasing my toddlers.

13. Do you have any pets?
You do remember how the cat blog post ended, right?

14. What do you want to be when you grow up?
I always wanted to be a wedding planner. 

15. Who was your first best friend?
My sister.

16. How tall are you?
It depends on which store I'm leaving.

17. Funniest moment throughout school?
One time I choked on a hot dog. It wasn't funny then but it is now.

18. How many countries have you visited?
America the Beautiful.

19. What was your favorite/worst subject in high school?
My worst was Math ... and English. My favorite: Lunch

20. What is your favorite drink? Animal? Perfume?
I learned a lot about giraffes while waiting for April to have her baby. So I guess they're my new favorite.

21. What sports have you/do you play?
I've tried several, but my favorites are softball and basketball.

22. Favorite memory from childhood?
One of my favorites was doing Christmas in April with my Grandpa. He was a Carpenter and we worked on a house for someone.

23. How would you describe your fashion sense?

24. What phone do you have (ios or android)?

25. Tell us one of your bad habits.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

We Interrupt This Blog ....

Due to Vacation Bible School, there will be no post today. But stay tuned ... next week we're doing a giveaway and you don't want to miss it!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Question, I Got Questions

So this week is Vacation Bible School at our church. Kylee and Stephanie are both working in VBS this week as well, and our time is minimal. So we decided that this week on our posts, we would each answer the same twenty-five questions. Here are mine:

1. Are you named after anyone?
 Not that I’m aware of. And I think my parents would have mentioned it if that were the case. After all, what’s the purpose of being named after someone if you’re never told who you’re named after?

2. When was the last time you cried?
Thursday morning in the shower. Did I mention we’re heading into Vacation Bible School week? It’s either cry or kill someone. I chose the one that didn’t include a prison term.

3. If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?
Sure, I would be, but would I accept the friendship? It’s a toss-up.

4. Do you use sarcasm a lot?

5. What’s the first thing you notice about people?
Whether or not they’re breathing.

6. What is your eye color?

7. Scary movies or happy endings?
I prefer scary movies with happy endings.

8. Favorite smells?
I live in a household full of guys. I prefer to smell nothing. At all. Ever.

9. What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?
Well I was going to say Uganda, but we were actually living there so technically, it was home.

10. Do you have any special talents?
My sons said I have the uncanny ability to bore a hole through their heads with a look.

11. Where were you born?
I don’t personally remember, but I’m pretty sure it was in a hospital.

12. What are your hobbies?
If I ever got any free time I’d probably develop some hobbies.

13. Do you have any pets?
We have a very attention-needy German shepherd. 

14. What do you want to be when you grow up?
I always wanted to be a mom and a pastor’s wife. Hey, look at me! I’m living the dream!

15. Who was your first best friend?
Jack. He was imaginary. He was quite the looker.

16. How tall are you?
Tall enough that I don’t have to wear heels, but not so tall that I can’t. 

17. Funniest moment throughout school?
Probably the time I was headed down a narrow staircase at the head of a crowd composed of almost the entire student body. I slipped and fell and my wrap around skirt unwrapped. 

18. How many countries have you visited?
Canada, Mexico, Uganda, Kenya, Great Britain, Brussels and The South

19. What was your favorite/worst subject in high school?
Do you mean my favorite AND my worst, or my favorite worst? Because the second choice doesn’t make any sense. (My favorite was English. Can you tell?)

20. What is your favorite drink? Animal? Perfume?
I prefer not to drink either an animal or perfume. 

21. What sports have you/do you play?
Is sleeping a sport? Cause I could totally dominate in that field.

22. Favorite memory from childhood?
Playing wedding in the church building. And then racing my siblings over the tops of the pews.

23. How would you describe your fashion sense?

24. What phone do you have (ios or android)?
Iphone. There is no other kind.

25. Tell us one of your bad habits.
Waiting until the last minute to write my blog post.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Blood, Sweat and Tears

As most of you know Vacation Bible School takes weeks of preparation. However, I believe the week before VBS is the busiest, craziest, most exhausting and trying week of them all. There is a lot of blood, sweat and tears that go into a week like vbs. For example, my sister-in-law and I were creating this treasure map scene in our foyer and while working on "Pirate Island", she cut her finger with a box cutter. She practically cut it all the way off, it was gushing blood and ... just kidding, it was nothing a simple bandaid couldn't handle. Later that day I was prepping the penny buckets with signs for our boys verses GIRLS competition and I was using a heavy duty tape dispenser and harpooned my finger. Hopefully, that will be all of the injuries for the next to weeks.

This year my husband wanted to go big or go home when it came to our backdrop! I mean, you have to when it's a pirate ship. Right? Well, we went big, all right.

This photo is not the finished product but I can't give it all away before VBS!

Speaking of sweaty jobs, has anyone ever worked a back pack vacuum with a twenty pound child in tow? That's considered working out to me.

This week required very long work days. I'm not sure if that's harder on parents or the kids. Finding ways to entertain the kids while trying to be productive isn't always an easy task.

Sometimes we were successful ...

And sometimes we weren't ...

Although this week isn't over yet, we have made a lot of memories despite the blood, sweat and tears.

We are looking forward to a great Vacation Bible School next week. Please pray with us that everything flows smoothly with no shipwrecks. More importantly, please pray we see many children come to know Christ as their Savior!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Hey, Hey it's Your Birthday!!!!

  Well, today's the day. My baby boy is turning one!

 He has been walking for about a month now and he's jabbering away (some is decipherable, some not so much). Sitting here, writing this post I'm thinking of how crazy this last year has been.

We just finished Vacation Bible School at our church. Last year for VBS I was 8 months pregnant with him and it was a very long and tiring week. This year seemed to be a breeze! After VBS I stopped traveling with my husband because I couldn't handle the trips anymore. So, I stayed home and waited. It seemed really difficult having just one kid at the time (not that I was taking into account the whole 9 months prego thing), but I wasn't sure how I would handle two of them!

The day finally came! He was here and we were a family of four.
That first month is a blur. I remember a few things. Like after we'd been home for a few days and I was completely and totally exhausted. My husband was working in the other room, our little girl was watching a cartoon, and the new baby was in the swing. I thought "if I just sit here and close my eyes I'll feel better. I won't fall asleep, just rest."  WRONG!!!! I fell asleep and awoke a little bit later to the baby screaming bloody murder. When I looked over, my little girl was trying to kiss her new baby brother by climbing in the swing on top of him. I may or may not have screamed 😏, and I tried to jump up, but that only caused a lot of pain. My hubby heard my maybe / maybe not scream and came running. He got our daughter off the baby and saved the day, but not before I started blubbering like a little baby. It went something like "I'm a horrible mother! I can't even take care of them both! What kind of mom falls asleep when she's supposed to be watching her kids?!?"...Well, that's what it was supposed to sound like.... It probably sounded like "I'm a hmmmmsmdf msdofinwneih. I can't even tjajienfihds a aidfoihao. What kind of mwoieihoisoi wieonfoisn asleep when adkjfiajidifoj skfiajiewj kiiiidddddsssss?!?!"

 Then there was the day when our good friends brought us dinner and after dinner she was trying to help out with stuff around the house, and then I burst into tears again about how horrible of a housewife I was now that I had two kids. I'm pretty sure that I called my mom that night and she got a lot of cry talk as well. Apparently, I thought that I was supposed to be able to do everything right out of the hospital. Because doesn't every woman have a spotless and beautiful home, and just have it all together in general right away?? 😉

  Having a one year old with a new baby was definitely fun. She always knew that when it was time to nurse that meant that mom was immobile. Apparently that meant "FREEDOM!!!!". It was touch everything, drag out food, and hey, let's play in the toilet water for a few. Needless to say, nursing was an often interrupted process!

There are still some days that I'm simply surviving. The other day I was feeling extra on top of the world so I had two of my nieces with me off and on throughout the day. The oldest is four and the younger is two. At one point, I thought it'd be a good idea to make a quick stop at the grocery store with four kids.... We only needed a couple of things, so how bad could it be?? I started out with "I know you're big enough to walk, but you are all going to stay in the cart because I cannot keep up with all of you. I know your mommy probably let's you walk, but I am not your mommy. We have to get two things so we're gonna be really fast and we're all gonna be really good. Right? ok!"  It wasn't terrible, but it was 15 minutes of "don't touch, sit down, no you can't ride the horse, sit down, get off your cousin, hold this, put that back, sit down, no we will not buy more doughnuts." I wish I had a picture of all four of them in the cart, but I didn't really have the moment...or the free hand, for that matter. I did get the title of "best Nee-Nee ever!" because of it all. (Nee-Nee is what my nieces call me, by the way) So I think it was worth the whole day! Will I ever go to the store with all of them again, probably not. I don't know how my sister in law ever gets grocery shopping done!

And now I have to end because the birthday boy to be has a huge issue with not being held right now. The work never ends! What about you, do you have it all together??

Monday, July 10, 2017

What's in A Name?

Names are important, don'tcha think? I mean, I have six kids, and it would be awfully hard to distinguish between them if I always had to call "hey, you" when I wanted one.

People spend a lot of time thinking about names for their children. They name them after people they want to honor, or family names that they want to continue. they might research the meaning of the names or put together parts of other names to come up with a whole new one.

Companies do the same thing with their products. Advertising is a billion dollar industry, and items are named in order to make people think they can't do without them.

For instance, mascara. There is a brand of mascara's name called "Better than Sex". It's made by a company called Too Faced. It's supposed to be great mascara, but it's way out of my price range, so I bought the bargain brand that's supposed to be a cheaper version. It's called "Scandaleyes Retro Glam" by Rimmel.

I used to use a product line called Dream Curls for my hair. Not that I ever achieved dream curls, but I was just happy to avoid Nightmare Hair. However, Dream Curls was discontinued so I had to go hunting for a new line of products. The sales clerk at Ulta suggested a product from a line called "Not Your Mother's". I don't really care if my mother used the same product or not, I just wanted something that worked for my hair. So now I'm using Not Your Mother's Kinky Moves.


But I do have a point to all of this rather than just a commentary on inappropriately named health and beauty names. See, our Vacation Bible School is coming up next week. We have a main skit that continues each day through the week. I'm writing the skit and I need to come up with some names. The villain in the skit is Walker D. Plank. The hero is Long John Silver.

The villain has two henchmen (hench people, actually). Their names are Jack and Sparrow. I also have two main characters in the skit, a boy and a girl. I need names for them and I've got nothing.

So now at long last I'm arriving at the reason for this post. I need names. Good sailor names. I'm open to any suggestions. I've already rejected "Paulie and Sara Lee". (The people playing these characters are Paul and Sarah.) I've also rejected "Black and Pearl".

So help me out here. Leave some suggestions in the comments. Or comment on the link on Facebook. I've only got a week left and these characters need some names.

Friday, July 7, 2017

My A to Z of What Makes a Godly Wife

A is for Accountable
I am accountable to God for everything I do and everything I say.

B is for Beauty
Beauty is not just outward appearance. (Although, it really helps!) It is the inner beauty that comes from God.

C is for Care for the Home
The home should be a place of relaxation. There’s nothing like a clean, tidy, cozy home.

D is for Devotions
A godly woman ought to be faithful in her daily devotions. 

E is for Energetic
We should be enthusiastic in all that we do. It’s not always easy, but if you’re right with God there shouldn’t be a problem. 

F is for Forgiveness
We must forgive, to move forward. If someone says something mean to you, do you hold a grudge? God forgives us when we do something wrong, doesn’t he?

G is for God fearing
Proverbs 31:30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is in vain; but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.

H is for Help meet
God created us to help our husbands not to be a hindrance. 

I is for Integrity
The quality of being honest. 

J is for Jesus
Jeremiah 32:27 Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?

K is for Kind
A godly woman should be kind with her words and her actions. 

L is for Listener
Women tend to try to help or comment on our “feelings” to certain situations. Most times all we need to do is listen. If we have a problem, we need to take it to the Lord.

M is for Modest
1 Timothy 2:9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;

N is for Nurturer
A good mother is one who teaches her children the Bible Way.

O is for Others
As young children we are taught in Sunday school about the word “JOY”. Jesus, Others, Yourself. We ought to care for others and not just ourselves.

P is for Patience
Things don’t always go as we hope. “But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.” Romans 8:25

Q is for Quiet
I don’t believe this means we should never say anything or speak at all. Rather, be respectful, and be content if we don’t always get to speak our peace.

R is for Reputation
Our testimony. Does your testimony show that you live a Godly life? 

S is for Servant
Whether your changing diapers in the nursery or playing the piano, a godly woman serves with a joyful heart.

T is for Trustworthy
If my husband asks me to do something, I ought to follow through and do what I say I'm going to do. If I forget, or procrastinate he’s not likely to trust in me to get things done. 

U is for Understanding
Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 

V is for Virtue
Proverbs 31:10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

W is for Wise
Proverbs 29:9 A fool uttered all his mind; but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.

X is for eXample 
As Christians, people are watching and waiting for us to mess up. What kind of example are you being to the people of the World?

Y is for Yielding
Am I doing the things that I want to do? I should be yielding to what God’s will is for my life. 

Z is for Zealous

A godly woman is one who is hardworking and puts her whole heart into whatever task she is doing.