Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A sense of peace

So, I'm doing better...getting my head wrapped around things...but still not great. It's a conscious decision to not be freaking out. I was talking to my friend/mentor, and he reminded me that God tells us to cast our worries upon him, and he will give the peace that passes understanding.

About a month ago, Patrick bought me a new Bible. It's a side-by-side NIV/Message translation. I like it because I don't have to switch between Bibles as often to get a better understanding/version of the scripture. I looked up the scripture he was referencing (Philippians 4:4-7), and it was lovely.

But then I read it in The Message, and wow. Talk about being shown where my mistake has been.

Read (This is verses 6 & 7):
"Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God's wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life."

It's so easy to let your earthly worries and anxieties rule your life. Easy to put humanness first. I really AM feeling the sense of peace...putting Christ back as the center of my life.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

A good laugh

This week both of my classes went to chapel. A four-year-old class acted out the Easter story...everything from Jesus entering Jerusalem, to being arrested by the Roman soldiers, to dying and being placed in the tomb. The angel appeared, the stone was rolled away...and Jesus was risen! We came back to class and talked about it during "Learning Wall" time. Our Bible verse for March is "He is risen," so we of course tied that in, sang a song, etc.

The next class time, I read a storybook of the Easter story...obviously, same key points, etc...but I was going for recognition and repetition. The kids were doing a great job, filling in the "blanks" when I would lead them with statements like "When Jesus came into the city, his friends waved _______." The kids yelled out "branches!" Good stuff.

I got to the part of the story where the stone was rolled away. Just to keep the conversation interactive, I said "Oh my goodness...that stone was so big! How could it have rolled away?" And one little boy jumped up, and with his fists balled up said "Because Jesus banged on it and said "Let me out of here!"

Let me tell you...it took me a second to compose myself before I could keep reading!!! I love my job!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


I've recently started a Beth Moore study on Insecurity, and as we know...lots of times when you start making progress in a certain area of your life, suddenly you are put to the test...in just that area! The other ladies in the study had even talked about "expecting" the tests to come, and to be mentally prepared for it, etc.

Boy oh boy, were they right. Yesterday was a doozy of a day. I had a meeting to attend, and the whole thing was just a giant downer. I spent a lot of it thinking "are they talking about me?" I even caught myself thinking that I felt insecure, and adjusted my self-talk...but man. So that was rough, and then later in the evening, Patrick made a joke about a subject we just don't tend to joke about. I was still deflated after the meeting, and was PMS'ing...and I just burst into tears. So then, he got frustrated that I "over-reacted." I hate it when I get that feeling that I just can't communicate effectively. So frustrating.

We talked it out, and everything is fine...but good Lord. I went to bed feeling vulnerable and bruised.

It's 3:15 and so far today has been OK...but I'm just just "wary" feeling.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Mom and Me Monday

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Julie at The Peanut Gallery...Exit Here has created the neatest blog carnival. It's called Mom and Me, and is meant to encourage moms to get out from BEHIND the camera, and into the pictures with their kids.

I always enjoying seeing these posts on other people's blogs, so I thought I'd force Shannon to sit next to me and take a picture. As usual, our goofy selves are evident!







I love my girl...she's as goofy as her mother.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Getting to know YOU Sunday!

It's time again for Keely's weekly blog carnival called Getting to Know You. Here are my answers!

1. What year did you graduate high school?

1989...how has it already been almost 21 years? NOT possible.

2. What part of your body do you neglect the most?

Um, all of it. Sad. I need to make myself a priority.

3. Beach house or Lake house?

Uh, beggars can't be choosers. I'll take either. But if I'm going whole-hog here, I'll take the beach house...rocky coast of Maine or Oregon, please.

4. Mac or PC?

PC, thank you.

5. Did you wear braces?

Yes, twice! I've had 24 teeth pulled too, and my jaw broken to get my wisdom teeth out. OUCH.

6. If you could be one person for a day..living or deceased..who would you be?

I'm going to go with my "if you could meet any person" answer. I'd love to be pioneer Laura Ingalls Wilder for a day. Early life, later life...doesn't matter. She was fascinating.

7. How many times have you moved in your life?

Nine times! (For someone who lived in the same place from ages 3-18...that's plenty!)

8. Would you rather cook or clean?

Hmm. I guess I'd rather clean.

Saturday, March 20, 2010


Shannon and I set out yesterday afternoon for an adventure. We got home from school, and it was a gorgeous 70 degree afternoon. We both had the "itch" to go somewhere. Patrick said it was fine, so we packed an overnight bag and hit the road.

We got about 40 minutes from home, and guilt set in, lol. Spring Break is in about 2-1/2 weeks, and we realized we were being frivolous. She has her new (to us) piano, and we have our new ferret...do we really need to get away? Nah. I realized that I got a quick case of Spring Fever and just got all twitterpated. We had no destination in mind, so we decided to hold off until Spring Break. Shannon *really* wants to go to Nashville, and see their version of the Parthenon. I think we'll do an overnight, and do that.

So, we turned around at the Georgia National Cemetery. We got out and looked around. Very neat. Seems like it's a new-ish place...lots of room for more graves. Sobering, but also a proud place.

GA National Cemetery

Once we were headed back, we called Patrick to tell him our change of plans. Since it was dinner-time, we arranged to meet him at Red Robin...and used one of my teacher appreciation gift cards.

Each spring, my preschool incubates and hatches out a brood of chicks. They started hatching on Thursday, so I asked Shannon if she wanted to go by to see them. She said yes. So, after dinner, Patrick went home and I took Shan by the school.

Here is a chick...NEWLY hatched:

Freshly hatched 3/19

Cute chicks hatched the previous day:

Hatched 3/18

A chick and a chick:

A chick holding a chick



Once we finally got back home, Patrick and I took a nap. LOVELY. At 11:30 we all drove up to WalMart and waited in a LONG line...with balloons and cake...to buy New Moon! Once we got it, we came home and tried to watch it. We lasted until about 2:30 am, but then...Zzzzzzz. Slept in this morning, and then made pancakes.

Today's been a day of housework and enjoying the beautiful weather. Happy Spring!!! The best news of the day? My Beth Moore book finally arrived!!! Check this out: It took quite awhile...10 or so days to arrive. I was starting to get irritated! Today when it came, it was in a handwritten manila envelope. Inside the envelope, it was very obviously again, hand-wrapped in brown paper. Inside the paper, was a hand-written "Thank You!" on the receipt. My irritation is gone. I'm glad my order obviously went through a small business, and that they appreciated my patronage.

Now! On to the reading!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Almost Friday, Almost Friday, Almost Friday

What a week! Nothing bad...just long and busy. But at least it was long. Gah.

Daddy's Breakfasts are now behind me, and I've turned in the art show artwork for both of my classes.

I need to finish up my auction piece, do my Easter unit, and do my yearbook pages. I CAN DO IT!

I'm still waiting for my Beth Moore book to arrive so I can get started on that Bible study. I'm getting impatient!

Our pet turtle got adopted by a local school today, so we're back "down" to 9 pets, lol. We accepted Squirt from some friends of ours whose daughters were "done" with her.... She was very neat, but she wasn't as much fun as we like from our pets. We had her for about 2 years, but are totally fine with someone else getting some enjoyment from her now.

I renewed my CPR certification this afternoon...it's always a sobering class for me. I mentioned it, and the instructor said "Yes, but at least now you're prepared," which of course is true...I just hope and pray I never need to use it. In the 10+ years I've been in preschools, I've rescued 2 choking students, and dealt with one previously unknown allergic reaction...and that is plenty! Oh yeah, one girl also bit almost completely through her tongue...that's my worst "first aid" story. I don't need any more than that, lol!!!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Can I get an Awwww?!?

I mean...just look at this boy! He is just so impossibly cute! I could just sit and stare at him all day. But...I don't. WAY too busy for that, lol!

Daddy Breakfast #1 was today, and went VERY well. #2 is tomorrow, and hopefully will go just as well. I've turned in both classes art work for our upcoming art show. As soon as we finish celebrating St. Patrick's Day this week, we'll be onto Easter full steam ahead.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

My husband loves me

This is not new news, nor is it a surprise. But sometimes I forget, and then he just really goes out of his way to show me. A couple things have happened in the last few days, and I'm just feeling so loved and supported.

I have always...ALWAYS wanted a ferret. Like, my whole life. I'm really sure why, but they just call to me. They're so smart, and so curious and social...I just love them. They have a certain otter-ness about them that I just find irresistible. Patrick has always been dead-set against NO FERRETS. He made jokes about their pointy faces and sharp teeth, and how they reminded him of the scary guys in "30 Days of Night." So, no ferret for me. We have lots of other pets, so I just loved on them. We recently got our tax refund, and are planning to have the outside of our house painted. Yesterday afternoon, Patrick drove me to Petco, and bought me a ferret!!! At first I wouldn't get out of the car, because I thought he was just teasing me, or wanted to see what I would do. But he was serious!!! So, I'm now the proud of owner of an all-white (albino, actually) ferret, that I've named Noodles!!! I LOVE HIM! And guess what? Patrick loves him too! Too funny.

Today's a really busy day, and I have kind of had a knot in my stomach about getting it all done. Patrick sat down with me, and totally divided my list with me, and is doing a bunch of it for me! I told him I felt weird doing that, because the stuff is my responsibility. He said "Baby, we're partners! This is what partners do!" I still have some guilt about letting some of it go, but gosh it sure takes a load off of me. I'm just so appreciative. I don't know why I have such a hard time delegating...but it's like I totally forget that I can actually ASK FOR HELP sometimes.

And now, I was just sitting here talking to him, and we were talking about our turtle. Squirt is going to live at a school, but I haven't been able to line up meeting with the director of the school and getting her dropped off. Again, Patrick just said "Give me the number, and I'll take care of it while you're at school this week." Hi. Why didn't I think of that before?

Friday, March 12, 2010


So, first of all...Happy Friday! My goodness, this was a long, busy week! Phew! I'm tired!

March is one of my busiest months at the preschool...during this month we celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday, St. Patrick's Day, prepare and host a Daddy's Breakfast, Prepare art and auction piece for a show that will occur in April, prepare for and celebrate Easter (our spring break falls so that we return to school AFTER Easter, so we have to celebrate it at the end of March), and lay-out, complete, and turn in my yearbook pages. I also have 4 student birthdays to celebrate this month. Writing it out...it looks very manageable (and I'm on top of it), but it's a lot. If I can survive March, I'm home-free the rest of this school-year. LOL! Seriously!

I'm taking caffeine out of my diet. I've been having heart palpitations at night when I lie down. It's like a very strong heartbeat, that sort of flip-flops. I did some googling, and while there ARE scary things it *could* be, it also could be simple things like too much caffeine, or anxiety. I realize I just posted about my anxiety level...but that's more of a morning thing for me (always has been), and my intuition is just really leading me to the caffeine. So...it's out. Probably another reason I'm feeling pooped, lol!

I have a very happy daughter tonight. The assistant director of our preschool is selling us her piano, and is willing to take payments! This is so wonderful, and such a blessing. It's an "old" piano...about 40 years, but it's been this woman's piano the whole time! Her parents bought it new for her when she was a child! Isn't that neat? We're contacting the piano mover tomorrow, and will arrange to bring it home! Shannon is absolutely beside herself!

This will be a sleeping in, but then busy days weekend. I have a lot of prep to do for next week at school. (Daddy breakfasts are Monday and Tuesday) I need to finish up the kids cards for Daddy, plus complete their gifts. I need to buy the paper products for the breakfasts. Finally, I need to do my shopping list for the party food and then prep it all. Shannon's got a birthday party to go to on Sunday afternoon, and then of course we have church/bible study, etc. So...sleeping in? YES! But after that...busy, busy, busy!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Feeling a little better

Thanks for the prayers and feedback...I appreciate both!

I'm feeling more stable now. I'm continuing to "work" the same steps, and am getting my thoughts back where they ought to be.

This is a crazy-busy week for me, so I'll have to be brief...but I wanted to say thank you for thinking of me...and that I'm feeling better!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The illusion of control

My mind has been swirling the past few days. I've had sort of an anxious, unsettled feeling. These feelings aren't new for me...but I hadn't felt them for awhile. When I feel them begin to creep in, I need to pay attention. Left alone, these feelings grow...and take me to places that are hard to get out of.

I've been feeling...scared. Like something was coming...and I wasn't prepared.

I've talked to Patrick about it, and he's reassured me over and over that everything is ok. And it's not that I don't believe him. I do. Rationally, I know that he's right. Things aren't "perfect," but when are they ever? They're our normal...and that is fine.

But the feeling remained.

I've prayed. I've asked God to reveal to me what I need to do. I've prayed for the strength to handle whatever is coming.

But the feeling remained.

This morning as I was getting ready for work, I could just feel this heaviness...dread, almost. I sat down next to Patrick on the bed, and we talked some more. I had to leave for work, but I told him I would pray some more, and listen to some uplifting music on my way.

Out of all the CD's I had in the car, the most appropriate was a copy of Britt Nicole's "The Lost Get Found" that a friend gave me. I like the whole album...well, except track 6, but anyway...I have three favorite songs. I decided to just put them on, and pray.

One of the songs..."Have your Way" (which is one of my favorites), got through my anxiety. Where other things have not reached me...that song made me hear that I am right where I am supposed to be. That God has plans for me, and that I need to trust Him with where I am. It is not up to me to force the control. I give up my worries and anxiety to God...it's just the LEAVING them with God that I have trouble with.

I'm going to continue working on this. I going to do some visualizations tonight to help me further.

While I'm "relieved" to have figured out what is causing my anxiety...I get frustrated with myself, because I have been in this place before. I feel so HUMAN when I find myself coming back to things I'd already dealt with, needing to do it again. Sigh.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Answers to your questions, Part Three

OK, time for some more getting to know ME answers! I just finished watching The Barbara Walters special, and now I feel like I'm being interviewed, lol!

OK...off we go!

First, Colleen asked:

What books are on your list of favorites? Well, most of the reading I’m doing lately is my Bible, and books to help me along my path. The one I’m currently using is “Victory in the Wilderness” by John Bevere.

The movie “Julie & Julia” really moved me. Made me realize the strength of finding your passion, and following it. It inspired me to read Julie Powell’s book “Julie & Julia,” as well as “My Life In France” by Julia Child and Alex Prud'homme. Both are excellent, and I highly recommend them. Riding the Julie Powell wave, I bought her new book, “Cleaving.” Sadly, I didn’t care for it. Her writing skills are fantastic and witty, but I just found that it made me sad. I can expound on why if you want…but I don’t want to ruin the storyline, in case you might read it.

Next, a high school friend of mine, Stacy, added her cute sense of humor by asking:

Was Stacy the most awesome person you ever knew in high school? Well, naturally! I had a great group of friends and had a lot of fun! Stacy was (and still is) awesome and fun!

How has your life improved since you found her on Facebook last year? Gosh, by leaps and bounds! LOL! No..actually my life IS better. I’m really making strides at trusting more and worrying less. (This is totally unrelated to Stacy, by the way, lol!)

Amber asked me a question so personal, I wasn't sure I was ready to be this open on my blog. But I decided to go for it....

What's your favorite color? My favorite color is purple. And green. And bright pink.

Jenn is working to balance blogging with "real life." So, she asked:

How long to you spend on your blog each day? On my blog? Not long…probably 10-15 minutes.

How many other blogs do you read? How long do you spend reading on a commenting on other blogs? Here’s where I spend some time, lol! Oh geez…I just went to look, and I have 158 blogs on my reader. Now, of course not everybody blogs every day, and a few aren’t even active anymore…but yeah, a lot of blogs. I probably spend an hour a day reading and commenting.

And finally, Kate wanted to know:

What do you like best about yourself?
I like that I am who I say I am. I like that I don’t play games with people. I like that I take care of others.

What do you admire most about your best friend? Oh gosh, I love her ability to keep things in perspective, and to almost always look on the bright side of things. Plus, no one (well, except Patrick) can make me laugh like she can.

If you could do anything, what would you like to be able to do?
Are we talking career here? Or just skills? I think it would be cool to be a meteorologist. I’m a total weather nerd, and I think it would just be a fascinating job. I wouldn’t want to be an on-camera meteorologist…but like, work for the National Weather Service, or a Storm Prediction Center, etc. I could also see myself being some sort of nurse/medical professional…but I have no idea what. Being with my dad in the hospital in October made me realize what kind of nurse I *couldn’t* be though, lol.

Skills… I’d love to be able to see the glass as half full. I’d love to be able to have an eye for fashion (be it in the home, on my body, whatever.) (Granted, I readily admit that I’m happy as a jeans and t-shirts girl…but you know, there are just those people that can SEE what would look good together? I don’t have that.) I think it would be cool to be able to yodel…yes, really!


This was a lot of fun, everybody! Thanks so much for your questions...fun, probing, made me think, etc! I hope you'll all stick around and get to know me even more as I keep posting.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Taking Care of Cindy Day

I found myself in an interesting, and very unusual situation today. My daughter is away at a Confirmation Retreat until tomorrow afternoon. This weekend is the NASCAR race in Atlanta, so I sent my hubby off for the truck race. (We love racing, but money is tight...so this is a cheaper way for him to get in on some of the action, lol!) Suddenly...I found myself...alone. Yep. ALONE!

To be honest, I kinda didn't know what to do with myself! I considered taking a nap, since that's one of my very most favorite things...but I'd just gotten up. There is housework to be done, but even I could see that that's kind of a lame thing to do when you have some time to yourself. I was chatting with one of my BFF's, Tricia (who really HAS to start blogging again, and now that I've outed her, maybe she will!), and she said that I needed a "Taking Care of Cindy Day." I really have no practice in being good to myself (something I must work on!), so she explained the beauty of "retail therapy." A little shopping, a fun snack, maybe a pedicure? Hmmm...this idea had merit.

I put on some fun music, and got showered and ready. I told Tricia I'd send her picture messages as I went through my day. As I was sending them to her, I realized they'd make a fun post...so I'm going to share them with you!

Here I am, fresh out of the shower and ready for my fun day:

I stepped outside, and was delighted by what a beautiful day it was! My car told me it was 54 degrees, and not a cloud in the sky. Perfect!

Tricia had mandated loud, fun music throughout my day...so I showed her my choice. 80's music! When I first turned it on, "Sister Christian" by Night Ranger was on. Woot!

Proof of me singing along, lol!

I live kinda way out in the sticks...so it takes about 20 minutes to get into town. I was happy to still see (you have to REALLY look close) snow on our (one) big hilltop! (They call that a mountain here! (I know, I know.))
Can't see the snow? Take my word for it. It was there.

Actually...look here. These people's yard must get NO sun, ever. This snow fell on Tuesday!

Aaah...the land of enchantment. I had decided what with sandal season rapidly approaching, a pedicure would probably be a good idea. But! I have no flip flops...so I better hit Target first to get some.

Hmmm, these don't look like flip flops! I have a huge weakness for purses and bags, so of course, they caught my eye on the way to the shoe section. I let Tricia help me pick between pink and teal. I found a super cute wallet that would look great with the teal one, and HAPPY DAY, that's the one she liked best!

See the cute wallet? It has two zip-open sections...and will hold EVERYTHING!
Hmm, it's WAY cuter in person. Maybe I'll have to take another pic of it, lol.

OK, back to the flip flops. So many to choose from! I wish I was a little bitty girl, they had the EXACT ones that I wanted...but alas, I'm a big grown up girl, so I got ones I liked a lot. You'll have to wait til my post-pedi pics to see what they look like.

Back into the "fun music" car...and over to the nail place.

This NEVER happens. I walked in, and there was NO ONE there. I picked my color, and sat down for my pedi! Wow!

Ahhh...40 minutes in the massage chair, and I'm feeling MUUUUCH better. Here is the color I picked. It's called "Ladies and Magenta-lmen." Cute, huh? While I was sitting there, two ladies came in (separately.) They got seated one on each side of me. As my lady was painting my nails, they both exclaimed what a cute color it was, and that they were going to use it instead of the colors THEY had picked! Go me!

Here are my cute, ready for Spring feet.

What? You can't see my shoes? Let me show you a better view:
Cute foot, cute shoe, and REALLY dirty van!

By now, I was starting to get hungry. I didn't really want to eat out though, because we got Chinese take-out last night, and there were yummy leftovers at home. So, as I drove home, I was thinking about what I wanted to do with the rest of my "Taking Care of Cindy Day." Hmmm. Some internet surfing (and this post), my chinese food, clean sheets...because honestly? What's better on freshly shaved (and massaged) legs, than clean sheets? a movie? yummy dessert? Yes please to all of the above! I need to move into my new purse too...soo fun!

I stopped and rented a movie (The Hangover), got home, and then stripped the beds. I put fresh sheets on ours,
and then got my food together. I've sat and eaten it while I played on FB a bit.

Patrick has called to say his race is over, and he is heading home. I think I'll wait til he gets home to start the movie, just in case he wants to see it too. He had surprised me by going to our FAVORITE local doughnut place this morning, and got me theeee most amazing looking doughnut. OMG I can't wait to eat it. I just ran out right now and took a picture of it. Look!
It's a Chocolate Peanut Butter Bismarck. Good heavens.

I have to say...I feel refreshed! I feel like I've shaken off some of the drudgery I've been feeling. I've treated myself to a few simple things that I love, and I can really feel it! I am worth taking care of! Thank you, Tricia...for reminding me!

PS - I have more answers to your questions...I'm planning to post those tomorrow morning!

This is SO 2008

OK, I realize that the last state quarters were issued in 2008...so this is probably old news to most. But those pesky Alaska and Hawaii quarters are hard to come by in this great state of Georgia!

With the help of my friends Lisa and Vanessa...Shannon was finally able to finish her collection!!! Woohoo! Thanks, friends!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Answers to your questions, Part Two

OK, time for the second batch of questions! I'm really enjoying answering these. Lots of these answers are things I love to share, but never really would know how to bring them up, y'know? So...thanks!

Amy asked...What's the most vain thing you do on a daily basis?

I am just about the least vain person I can think of. I am pretty much a “what you see is what you get” kind of girl. I’m totally happy to wear jeans and a button down/collared shirt to work. For the first time IN MY LIFE, I own a pair of shoes that cost more than $100, and I just got them in Dec. Patrick MADE me get them. I’m perfectly content to wear my hair in a ponytail, and do that probably half the time. I guess the “most vain” thing I do on a daily basis is wear make-up (but just drug-store stuff, lol) and tweeze my eyebrows. I do have a *thing* about my eyebrows, so maybe that’s my big vanity point, lol.

Danielle had a few questions for me. They were:

Why do you like blogging so much??
Hmm. This is a good question. I’ve kept a blog since January 5, 2002. I’ve always been a small-potatoes blogger, but I love it. I like the “written” journal of events. I love being able to look back through what I’ve written and remember those times…the little details that I would have otherwise forgotten, etc.

More recently, I’m loving the feeling of community from blogging. Reading other people’s blogs, and seeing how much we have in common. Reading about their trials and tribulations…and realizing they’re not too dissimilar from my own. It’s a nice feeling.

What is your daily routine?? Generally speaking…I get up at 6:30 in the morning. I get ready for work, and leave at 7:30. (My daughter doesn’t have to leave for middle school until 8 am…so my husband takes her.) I teach preschool every morning, so from 8:15-12:45, I am with students. Every day except Wednesday, I watch a 2-3 year old girl in the afternoons until 4-4:30pm. During that time, I play with her, and work on my prep work. (Shannon gets out of school at 4:15, so Patrick goes to get her during this time as well. They get home at 4:30.) Our evenings consist of dinner time, homework, showers, occasional meetings, online time, and bed. Also worked into our weekly schedule is church, bible study class (I teach a children's bible study class on Sunday nights), youth group for Shannon, piano lessons for Shannon, Girl Scout meetings, etc.

What TV shows do you watch on a daily basis?
On a daily basis? None. My favorite show is The Biggest Loser, and we try to watch it every week. I’m much more of a movie person. I’d rather have a movie on in the background while I do my housework, or surf online, etc. We have an extensive DVD collection, so we just usually have something on from that. I did watch every single day of Olympic coverage, except one evening. From the commercials I saw during the Olympics, I want to at least try out the new shows Parenthood, Minute to Win It, and The Marriage Ref.

Steph had some questions that really made me think.

What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about my family. I’m passionate about my faith. I am passionate about children and education. I’m passionate about doing my best. I’m passionate about honesty.

What makes you tick??
I am a caregiver. I believe this is what makes me tick. I have always been the person concerned with taking care of others. As a little girl, when *anyone* had to go to the doctor/emergency room…I HAD to go too. My nickname was “Nurse Nancy.” From the time I was 4 years old, I have wanted to be a mother. In high school, my nickname from a good friend was “Mary Poppins.” I have been babysitting since I was EIGHT years old. (Hello…who hires an EIGHT year old to babysit??? LOL) My first job was working in a preschool. Patrick and I didn’t have Shannon until I could stay home with her. When she started school, I began teaching at the preschool. (Our plans had been to have more children…but God had another plan.) Now, since Patrick’s accident…my care-giving role has taken a different look. But when you break down who I am, and what I do…this is what it is.

I'm going to stop here for now. Shannon is going on a Youth Retreat tomorrow, and we've got packing to do! I do have a fun little quickie little post that I may put up before bed. We'll see if I remember! Hahaha!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Answers to your questions, Part One

I had intended to answer your questions in one post, but then once I got started, I realized what a big mouth I have, lol! That would have been a 20 page post! So, for ease of writing...and reading, I am going to break it into several posts.

The first questions came from Ria at Life as a Wife. Ria asked some deep questions:

What is the biggest thing you are learning currently?

Wow, this is a big one right out of the box. About a year ago, I kind of had a spiritual awakening. A friend of mine noticed that I had been “lost” for some time and offered a listening ear, and scriptural advice. This person is also a lay speaker for our church…his advice is sound and his guidance well grounded. Since then, I have been on a journey of rediscovering myself, as well as my relationship with God. I am learning to stay true to myself, to be authentic, and to not hide inside my walls. I am stepping out in faith. I am working to stay present, and not got overwhelmed and fearful by life’s situations.

What is the BEST piece of advice (marriage, parenting, etc.) that you have heard EVER?

You’re probably looking for something more specific than “Be Kind to Others,” which is probably the best advice I’ve EVER been given…but also sort of no-nonsense. I always hate giving credit for this next one, because it seems so…silly, but one time Oprah (see? I giggled just typing it!) said “When someone shows you their true colors, believe them.” I thought that was really profound, and never forgot it.
As for marriage advice, to be honest…we didn’t get a lot of it. We married so young that we mostly got a lot of “tsk tsks” from people. More people asked if I was pregnant, than offered advice or congratulations. The pastor who married us, however, was a dear man. He was my pastor from ages 10-13, and was precious to my family. During our wedding ceremony, he broke it down for us like this: He said simply to “Take Care of Each Other.” This has probably proven to be the most useful advice we were given. Over the years, we’ve been through many struggles…among other things: infertility, depression, loss of job, stress, cross-country move, and most recently Patrick’s accident and disability. Through this, we’ve tried to keep our primary focus as “taking care of each other.” It’s easy to get wrapped up in money worries, work stress, etc…but that’s when we find that we struggle emotionally. When we simply “take care of each other,” we feel respected and like we can handle what life is throwing at us.

My next question came from Sonora at To Twinfinity and Beyond. She asked:

If you could meet anyone past or present, famous or not, who would it be and why?

Hmm…tough one! I’d have to say, either Abraham Lincoln or Laura Ingalls Wilder. I’ve always admired Abraham Lincoln…in fact, when I was 10, I had an Abraham Lincoln bedroom! (No Barbie or Holly Hobbie for me!) I would love to go back in time to meet him, talk with him, etc.

And then...Laura Ingalls Wilder. I have ALWAYS had *thing* for LIW. Beyond reading the books, beyond watching Little House on the Prairie…I grew up immersed in LIW lore. In the very early 1900’s, my great-grandmother worked as a telegraph operator in DeSmet, where the Ingalls family lived. By that time, Laura and Almanzo (and Rose) had already moved to Mansfield, MO…but my great-grandmother knew the Ingalls family, and told stories about them. My favorite one was that she could sit in the telegraph office (at the depot) and watch Mary take her afternoon walks, holding onto the fence of the yard. (Mary was blind.) As a little girl, my family took a trip to several of the LIW sites. I know we visited Walnut Grove, and DeSmet. This past summer, Shannon and I went to Mansfield, MO to see the home that the Wilders established there. It was life-changing. I can only imagine what meeting Laura would be like.

Tune in again, most likely tomorrow...for the answers to more of my questions. Questions about my vanity, why I blog, and my daily routine! See you then!

Redeemed, lol

Wow, thanks for all the wonderful questions! I am working on some wonderful answers, lol!!!

We had a snow day today, and since I have a cold...we've stayed in our jammies...snuggling, and watching movies. Right now we're watching Gilmore Girls, season 5. (No spoilers please!!! This is our first time through the series. A good friend knew we'd love the show, and has the whole series on DVD. She lent it to us, and we made it into season 4, and then her daughter went off to college and took them with her! The nerve, lol!!! Patrick surprised me with all 7 seasons on DVD for Christmas! The even bigger surprise was that he'd paid attention to my couponing, and gotten each season for $11 brand new! They're normally $45 a piece! You go boy!)

Anyway...that was a long tangent. We're snuggled up, watching Gilmore Girls and eating hot ham & cheese sandwiches. I will get some answers posted soon! Yay!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Nervous, nervous, nervous

I've never done this...because I'm a weenie. I love when other bloggers do it...but I never have done it myself.

I want to do one of those Q & A posts...where readers ask questions in the comments, and then I'll do a post to answer them. I'm always afraid that no one really reads my blog, and that everyone will find out because there will be no questions.

So this is your big chance! I'm doing it! Ask me anything...and I will answer! To those that have read my blog for awhile...what have you always wanted to know, but were afraid to ask? To those who are new here...what would you like to know about me? How can we get to know each other better?

Please ask me something...or I will be SO embarrassed!

Monday, March 1, 2010

The love...I feel it!

OK, yes...a little sarcasm...but apparently today's my day! I got another award! I know! Rebecca at Buttons and Bows gave it to me. I'm touched. Thanks, Rebecca!

Here it is:

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And here are the rules:

- Put the logo on your blog or within your post.

- Nominate at least 10 blogs with great attitude or gratitude.

- Link the nominees within your post.

- Let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blog.

- Share the love and link to the person from whom you received this award.

So, gosh...soooo many of the blogs I read have a great attitude or sense of gratitude. That's why I love them! Here are the 10 I choose....

1. A Big Boy, A Baby Girl, and a Precious Pug
2. Be Strong and Courageous
3. Cort and Cohen
4. Low Expectations
5. Multiple Baby Pile-up
6. Random Musings From a Single Gal
7. Williams Family Blog
8. Our Journey of Love
9. My Kids Are Fun
10. Hearts Make Families

My first award! And a Winter Storm Warning!

With the exception of me and my three good friends, I know everyone is hating winter and ready to move on...but we just got put under a winter storm warning! Squeeeee! I have no idea if I'll be able to sleep tonight! I'm sure I say this every time we get a chance for winter weather, but I swear I'm 8 years old inside!

And speaking of being 8 years old inside...another squeee! I just got my first blog award! I know! Go me! Angie at Decorating in Georgia gave it to me! Thanks, Angie!!!

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Isn't it cute?

OK, now for the rules! Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link. Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

Kate's Life
Peanut Butter Jelly Days
Life as a Wife!
Handprint and Footprint Arts & Crafts
"EB"ing a Mommy
Pink and Green Mama
Life in HD
To Twinfinity and Beyond
Zack's Gang
Make and Takes
Fancy Frugalista
The Snyder 5
Let's Explore
Mann Land 5