Friday, December 31, 2010

Favorite Photos from Christmas

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All five kids in front of the Christmas tree.


My Eskimo baby.

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The kids in front of the Christmas tree at church.

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The boys with Josiah's Christmas present - pokeballs!  Sarah would like one, too.

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I know this shouldn't be a favorite picture, but I think it shows the after present opening chaos so well!

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The four older kids and my nieces and nephew in their hot tub.   Aaron also got in with them ... personally I think they're all crazy!

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Josiah playing engineer to Papa's train.

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My niece Lauren took this picture with my camera.  I think it is hilarious!  Rachel can not go outside without eating the snow ... and here she has a mouthful.

Christmas Pageant

The kids did a short Christmas Pageant at church two Sunday's ago.  All four of the older kids had parts and they all remembered their lines!!   I was very proud of them.


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Caleb was Joseph.

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The shepherds lying down to sleep. Josiah is in green.

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The angels arrive on the scene. The two angels with pink wings are Rachel and Jada.

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My two nieces singing their solo.  They sounded beautiful!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Following our Intuition

I think God has given us  little alarms to let us know when something is wrong.  We've all heard the stories of Mom's just feeling like something was off - only to find out they were right.  I have a story of my own.  It happened back when I was 9 months pregnant with baby #4.   Aaron had taken our oldest with him to do some visiting and I put our 3 year old and not quite 2 year old down for a nap.  Rachel (the not quite 2 year old) was fighting her nap.  She screamed and screamed and screamed.  I was tired and was supposed to be getting a nap myself.  I kept going in and laying her back down, only to hear her scream again.   I finally decided to just let her cry - she needed a nap and I was going to make her take it!

After a little while I heard a small change in her screams.  I was going to ignore it . . . thinking she was just getting more angry at having to take a nap.  But I felt a nudging to get up and check.  When I stood up I smelled something hot.   I went out and checked the stove before heading into her room.  It was off.  I opened the door to her room and it was filled with smoke!   She had pulled a lamp into her crib and her mattress and blankets were smoldering.   I grabbed her and ran her out to the living room.  I then ran in and grabbed the light out of her bed and doused the bed with water.   I could barely breathe - I don't know how she was breathing all that time!  I opened her window and left the room after I knew the fire was out.

I grabbed Josiah (who was sleeping like a good little boy) and Rachel (the not so good little girl) and sat on the porch crying until Aaron came home.   I knew that I had been so close to loosing my little girl.  If I had ignored that nudge like I wanted to she would have been overcome with smoke and I would have thought she had finally gone to sleep.  By the time the smell of smoke would have reached me lying down it would have been too late.

Since that day I've tried to remember to follow my gut on things.   Now - I'm not saying that every disaster would be averted if we listen to that inner voice.  God is in control of all things and sometimes that includes bad things.  But, I do think that He does warn us at times, if we just listen.    I think he gives us feelings about situations and people to help us.  I think these feelings are there so we can proceed with caution in a given situation.

So I encourage you to start trusting your gut.   There'll be times that what we think is God warning us is just manifestations of our own worries.  But, just because we lack discernment in one situation doesn't mean that God isn't talking to us in the next.  

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Some great memories . . .

The main reason that I blog is that I love looking back at my kids and how they've changed and grown.  My memory is full of holes, especially during those years when I'm pregnant or have a small baby.   I found an old post from the first year I began blogging.   I was blogging at homeschoolblogger back then (when I switched to blogger I transferred all my older posts over).  I can't believe how little my kids were then.  Jada was a little over one, and Caleb was six.  So, click on through the link and check out my oldest and fourth telling what Christmas is all about . . . four years ago!
The true meaning of Christmas

If you're strapped on time, make sure to click on the second video!

Monday, December 6, 2010

I ♥ Faces - Self Portrait


It's self portrait week at i heart faces this week.   I haven't gotten any pictures of me pregnant this time, so I decided it was good incentive to get a picture of my pregnant belly!   I'm over 33 weeks pregnant, so only a little more than 6 weeks left to go.  I know it's not the best picture, but it is proof that I was pregnant!


Thursday, December 2, 2010

"Pease"

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Sarah was playing with a stuffed dog this morning.   I asked her, "What does a doggy say?"

Sarah answered, "Pease."

Nope.  That's what little girls are supposed to say!   

I must ask her "What do you say?" too often!

(We did get some "Woof woof's" in after a good laugh).

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Kitchen Makeover

I'm finally getting around to posting pictures of our addition.    In addition to our addition, we did an inexpensive makeover of the kitchen.   Everything (minus the dishwasher) was around $500 and lots of elbow grease.  The dishwasher added more cost, since it had to have plumbing and electrical ran to it, but it was so worth it!   It makes my life so much easier!

Here is a before picture.   I had a lot of trouble finding a before picture ... the kitchen wasn't a place that I took many pictures in, because I disliked it so much!   This picture is verrrry blurry, but you get an idea of what the cupboards looked like, and the lovely pink counter tops.   You can't see the gross disgusting floor in this picture, but, trust me, it's there!

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And here's the after:

We painted the cupboards (not a fun job) and walls.   We put new hardware on the cabinets.  We replaced the counter tops, light fixtures and flooring.  It's amazing what a difference those few little things made!

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TodaysMama & Gamestop Giveaway Meme


Mama’s Holiday Wish List Meme
TodaysMama (link to: http://bit.ly/tmwishlistand GameStop (link to:http://bit.ly/gamestop10are giving away a sleighful of gifts this holiday season and to enter I’m sharing this meme with you.
1. What is your holiday wish for your family?  My wish is for my family to focus on Jesus and his birth and enjoy one another this holiday season.
2. What is your Christmas morning / Hanukkah Nightly tradition? On Christmas morning we wake up and eat a breakfast of cinnamon rolls and egg casserole.  Then, we open gifts.  We open one at a time and the person who opens a gift gets to pick the next gift to be opened (and it can't be to themselves).
3. If you could ask Santa for one, completely decadent wish for yourself, what would it be?  A couple of new lenses for my camera!
4. How do you make the holidays special without spending any money?  We do Secret Santas, lots of baking, watch Christmas movies, and drive around and look at Christmas lights.
5. What games did you play with your family growing up?  A favorite was Balderdash - it was always good for a laugh.
6. What holiday tradition have you carried on from your own childhood?  Lots of yummy sweets!
7. Where would you go for a Christmas/Hanukkah-away-from-home trip?  I don't think I would!  I like being home for Christmas!   Now the week after - someplace warm!
8. Check out GameStop (link to: http://bit.ly/gamestop10) and tell us, what are the three top items on your GameStop Wish List this year?  Wii Fit, A Nintendo DS for Son #2, Grand Turismo 5 for PS3


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