Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Blessed Be Your Name

I've been praying for a friend who is in the final stages of her breast cancer. I've struggled with the choices she's made.
Struggled to pray "Your will be done" when all I want is my will.

Today, God gave us a miracle.

She safely delivered her baby.

5 pounds, 13 ounces. 18" long.

Today, I'm praising God for his blessings

Matt Redman
Blessed Be Your Name
*Where Angels Fear to Tread*

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Food For Thought

Do you think William's homework would go better if he was the one drinking the margarita?

Saturday, September 25, 2010


The donations are about 1/2 way to organized

All the dishes are clean

The last load of laundry is in the washer

After I clean the floors in the morning,
I'll be able to enjoy our company in a clean house!

My Weekend

Did I ever mention that I am co-chairing a fund-raiser for Elizabeth and William's school?
I am.
The event is October 9th, and we are hoping to raise $50,000.00.
no pressure
Today, I am organizing the donations we have into an order for the silent auction. 
The program goes to print on Tuesday.
no pressure
We still need to sell about 300 raffle tickets.
no pressure

The clean laundry is all over my bedroom floor.
The dirty laundry is all over.
Clean dishes in the dishwasher.  Dirty dishes all over. 
Ryan's parents are coming tomorrow.

I am feeling a little stretched.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

This is what happens when....

Isabelle stays with Daddy while I take the kids to school.

She makes herself an ice cream for breakfast. 
Complete with a nestle quick garnish.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Our Newest Additions



Pork Chop

Jackson keeps them running.
We want to make sure our meat is lean...

Monday, September 20, 2010

Window On My World

Isabelle and Daddy
Napping after preschool 
September 2010

More Photos I Found Funny

Jackson was the subject this time.
In Isabelle's Dora sunglasses.

Not wanting to be left out of the photo shoot I'm sure...

This one is my favorite.  A self portrait, with some onlookers!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Have Bride, will Model

Since my camera broke, I've been using the camera we gave Elizabeth for her birthday.  Downloading the photos to my computer this weekend, I was cracking up at these girls of ours!  Apparently they've been watching a little to much "Say Yes to the Dress".  But, I have to admit, the girl has got some mad modeling skills!

Smiling, Happy Bride.


With a little attitude.


Close up.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The DL

Ryan and I celebrated our 16th anniversary with a quiet dinner.
Thanks Pandora for watching the kids!

Isabelle had her first dance class- ballet and tap combo class.
To say she loved it would be an understatement! 

Two good friends were baptized Sunday afternoon.
A very powerful thing to watch.

Isabelle had her very first homework, a family pennant.
She told us she needed to: "condshuntrade" (concentrate)

We made Great Grandma's Boiled Cookies.

And I got a TON of stuff done on my to do list!

We started our week off with a crazy-busy Monday, both big kids had soccer practice, I had a meeting and Ryan had an appointment too.  Tonight is our only "free" night, with games, practices, dance, meetings every other day this week.  I am SO glad I have the dry erase boards in the kitchen.  They are making everyone's lives easier!!
What do you have planned this week?

Friday, September 10, 2010

The Battle is the Lord's

I've been struggling with some things in my life lately... and tonight, reading to the kids, I was reminded of exactly what I'm supposed to be doing.

"O our God, will you not judge them?   For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us.  We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you."   2 Chronicles 20:12

It's a great little read, with 250 stories from the Bible.  My Dad gave it to us this summer, and I try to read at least one story every night.  Tonights story started like this:

"We can pray when we don't know what to do.  Then we can do what Jehoshaphat did after he prayed-stand back and let God take care of things."

I'm going to pray.  And then stand back and let God take care of things.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Our Little Princess and the Pig Queen

Looking through some photos, and found one that was blog worthy!!

July 2010
Our friend, Danae was the 2010 Indianapolis State Fair Queen.
As stunning as she is, her personality is what really shines!

Isabelle was mesmerized! 

Summer Time Fun

We celebrated the last weekend of summer by breaking out the long pants this weekend.  Sad to say, but I think it is truly fall now.
William will probably wear short pants until it snows, but I don't think we'll see grass this green for some time.

The big brother helped his little brother and

little sister safely across the road,

nicely shoved them both

on top of the bales.

And then, he showed them how to

jump from bale to bale.

When they were hot, tired and thirsty,

the Big Brother helped them both

back to the house.

I'm going to miss this summer..

Monday, September 6, 2010


My Camera is officially broken.  Something rattles.

My Phone is randomly taking photos.  Probably due to the Pepsi bath it had a little while ago.

Someone just called and asked: "Who is this?"   Uh, you called me.  He had a missed call from our number.  Why would you do that?  If you don't recognize the number, and they do not leave a message.....

I over-baked the last tray of cookies.

Something is eating my tomatoes.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

You Would Think...

For a kid growing up on a farm,

animals would be no big deal.

not the case for him.

Friday, September 3, 2010


Drove the carpool.  Had to get after someone else's kids for hitting each other.  Glad to know it's not only mine that do that stuff.

Showered with a fully clothed Jackson.

Took Isabelle to school.

Changed Jackson out of the clothes he smeared A&D ointment all over.

Scheduled an appointment to have the most expensive item I've ever put in/on my body removed.  The crown-covered root-canal tooth gone bad.  Only 4 phone calls to get that underway.

Went outside to find Jackson.

I faxed Isabelle's medical form to our Doctor. On hold with a defunct answering service for 15 minutes.

Cleaned up the entire bottle of olive oil Jackson dumped on the counter.

Picked up Isabelle

Took Jackson and Isabelle shopping.
I had 2 hours to make two returns (different stores of course), cash in my "free panty" coupon at Victoria's Secret, and gather supplies from Michael's and Hobby Lobby for the kids classroom projects.  Cocktails anyone?  The cashier at Hobby Lobby sure wanted one when we left...

Taught a group the benefits of eating whole grains.

Ice cream social/school open house

Ball & Auction Meeting.

William's homework.  And yes, I did it.  mostly.

Had a good chat with Texas on Facebook.

Looking forward to a long weekend? ABSOLUTELY.  I only have one thing scheduled for each day.  Besides you know, laundry, cleaning, making food, and keeping Jackson out of trouble.

I'm gonna miss this.... 

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

A Little Boy, His Papa and Horse

Earlier this summer, my parents took my Grandparents and met my brother and his family at "Farm Progress Days"  At the end of the weekend, Jackson, Isabelle and I ran over to see them for a few minutes.  Jackson was mesmerized by the horses.  "Horse, Horse, Horse" he said. Over, and over, and over.

Papa and Jackson off to find a horse to ride.

Isabelle is a middle child that refuses to be left behind!

Sure enough, they found a ride!!

These cows were doing a plowing demonstration.
Biggest cows I've ever seen.
And I've seen cows.
I suppose I should call them "Oxen"