Friday, May 29, 2009

Tell Me Something Good

This post is inspired partially by Sapphire over at Resplendent Life. I saw the quiz after the fact and thought it was really cute. However this is what preceded my reading of that post.

As many of you know, April and May were off the hook over here. With two kids having birthdays in April, a recital the first weekend of May (and all the rehearsals that go along with it). In addition to Girl Scouts, school exams and a traveling husband...needless to say, it was hectic. And in the world of La-la (also known as my home), where children are prone to the notion of parity; when one does something, so do the others.

Well Bear and Bella got to see "Monsters vs. Aliens" with their Mimi, while Little Buddy danced the first night of her recital. So of course she wanted to go too. Well being the fantastic mom that I am, I told her, I'd take her to see it the following Saturday. Well that was the weekend of the infamous "How did we get sick concurrently bug?" I'd done something with someone that morning, ( oh yeah hubby and I went to the movies), but when we got back Little Buddy was sleeping and had a fever. No movie Saturday. Sunday was the "Mommy had a tantrum Mother's Day", so no movie then either of course.

The next weekend rolls around, and for some reason this kid is taking a nap again, and I have learned over the years to "Respect the Nap" (borrowing a phrase from MamaLaw). Sunday we forewent church (Hubby's back was out, still no excuse for me and the girls), and Little Buddy and I finally made it to the show. We were a few minutes late, but she was okay with that (how understanding). We enjoy the film which went by way to quickly, then per her request we went to the playground in the mall, bought some lip gloss and perused magazines at the book store.

After we left the mall, and were on our way home, I said "Tell me something good" ( I ask them this all the time, heck I ask hubby). I'm expecting "oh I had fun at the movies", or "I like my new lip gloss" something along those lines. Do you know what my angelic, baby-faced, child told me? "Spending time with Mommy."

I could have shouted from the rooftop "I have the most wonderful child in the world" However doing so while driving would have been difficult and very unsafe. I am so thankful that I got to spend that time with my daughter. Just she and I, bonding, building a relationship, and memories to last us both a lifetime. I am blessed beyond measure for those words, and they are kept in my heart, (for me to remember when she's 13 and I want to pull her hair out by the roots).

Seriously though, that day will always be special, and I don't think any words could top those "spending time with Mommy". I love you Little Buddy. Let's have a rockin' summer.

Be Blessed.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

And The Prayer Beads Go To...

Y-O-U!!! That's right everyone is a winner here. At least everyone who commented on the contest. Thank you ladies so much for coming by and showing me some love.

Lisa, over at Another Day Today, was the first to saunter on over, and she became a follower. B, who is now running her own super funky digital giveaway over at Simply B, Simply Me. Sarah whom has been a follower for quite some time now, and LOVES my music playlist. You can catch Sarah over at The Bubbly Bunny. The Jewelry Rockstar showed me some love, and I checked out her designs, I think you should too. And to Suzanne in rural Ohio, whose profile is not public, and therefore I cannot link to her, you inspired me, thank you.

And don't think that I'm giving everyone Prayer Beads, because I'm indecisive, (maybe I am, but whatever). The whole point of them, is to share my faith with other people and what better way to do that than to give them to all who have seen and liked them.

Winners, please send me an e-mail with your address. Thank you.

Be Blessed.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Happy Memorial Day - Thank You




Today is not just a day to pull out the grill and hit the beach or have a day off school or work. It's a day to remember the fallen soldiers who served our country. We give honor and pay our respects to all the men and women who gave their lives fighting for the freedom of our fellow U.S. citizens, and others all around the world.

Being a former military "brat" (USMC, ooo rah), I would also like to pay my respects to the families of these fallen soldiers, and say Thank You for supporting your loved ones when they make the decision to protect and defend the rest of us. Were it not for strong military families all around the world it would be even more difficult for our loved ones to go and put their lives on the line. Thanks for your support!

Happy Memorial Day!

Be Blessed

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Pick Me Up...Please!!!

I have been anxiously awaiting word from the Spanish department, at the school I will be attending this summer to finish up my degree. I have been waiting because I took an online placement test to see what class I should take, although I already know what I NEED! However, the school was steadfast in its decision to have me follow their rules. O.K. (Well of course I wasn't happy about it, but I did it.)

Today I get the news that according to my test results, I am "overqualified", and they are not ALLOWED to place me in the class I NEED.

Hearing that I was crushed, there I was worried, I wouldn't do well enough, and it turns out, I'm too good. Well not me actually; you see, I prayed with my husband before taking the test, and he continued to pray for me while I was taking it. (Isn't he wonderful?) At any rate, it was brought to my remembrance that God will reward us beyond our expectations. The God in me shined, as he should, letting me know he would never leave me nor forsake me.

However I wasn't seeing the light at first. I saw it as a blow, a step back, but a friend kindly put it into perspective for me, by reminding me that sometimes we take a step back only to change direction and go further forward. Another friend reminded me, that being "overqualified" means I can only go UP. Thank you Ladies, I love you, because you have turned my face in the right direction.

Sometimes we need our friends to lift us up, and turn our heads to the light, show us that "silver-lining". My girls picked me up, right when I needed it, and I am thankful to them. Here is something that another girl friend shared with me, and I though that a lot of us could stand to hear it as well. Enjoy and as always,

Be Blessed

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Use What You've Got, To Get What You Want (Its A Give Away)

Oh, get your minds out of the gutter. I'm a "lady", (here anyways). Just kidding, I always exercise decorum, so much so that my husband says I need to "let up" (but that's another post).

Back to business though. I've had the proverbial "Aha moment" as Oprah likes to call it, but long before her, people called it the "light bulb moment". At any rate, I had one, and I think its just genius. Well it's pretty dang cool.

Remember when I was begging for people to come over and read my blog, "oh woe is me, I have not readers", and I mentioned how people have sponsors and they do contests and give away cool prizes. Well woo hoo for them, but look at me, ooh ooh, I have stuff too. DUH. I make jewelry, or at least I like to try to make jewelry, but I value sleep too much, and the children and husband need so much, and did I mention sleep. So I don't get to make as much as I would like, but I do so enjoy it. I do get commission work, which pays nicely, but I have something on my heart that I would just love to share. My Prayer Beads.

The concept formed when I wanted to do something nice, for someone whom had done a kindness for my mother. After hearing that she performed such acts of kindness to ease the pain of dealing with her own grief, I wanted to share my faith with this woman, and encourage her. I knew that she prayed, but I did not know what her faith was. I researched Rosaries and their history and religious significance, but decided against making her one, especially not knowing if she were Catholic or not. I came up with my own design, based on my own study of the Bible and some creative license.
The Prayer Beads are all built the same, with one exception. There are 12 smaller beads to represent the 12 tribes of Israel, and the 12 Disciples, and three larger beads to represent the Trinity. The one exception is that a person may choose to put a cross or a crucifix as the anchor. The crucifix of course as a reminder of the great price that was paid for us, and the cross as an equally impressive reminder of our faith.
Prayer Beads are an excellent way to share your faith with others. They make thoughtful gifts for the bereaved, or newly engaged or married couples. I always explain my faith to people as I give the beads and that I will be praying for them, continually.
This particular color pairing was my husbands idea, for his own Prayer Beads. The Black and White, represent the darkness and the light, and how God will always bring you through, when you ask him in prayer. "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God." Philippians 4:6 NKJV

Prayer Beads are an excellent way to share your faith with others. They offer the beautiful sentiment of prayer to be shared. For children and adults alike Prayer Beads make a wonderful Easter gift. They serve as a reminder of the true gift that was given to all by the sacrifice that Christ made.

This is what I've got. What I want is more readers. So here's how it will go. I'll run the contest for a week. All you have to do (hehehe) is leave a comment on this post. To get another entry go over to my website and look around and leave another comment here telling me one (or more) thing(s) that you liked there. To get another entry, go through my archives and tell let me know what you think about this here blog (be prepared, it's a real hodge podge of emotions). An additional entry can be gained (we'll count this one as two) if you become one of my 'Faithful Readers' b.k.a. "Followers". The winner will be randomly drawn from all the comments that are received, and followers.

Well I don't think that is all together too much, but it may be too little, I don't know, I've never done this before. So say a little prayer, and maybe it will be you that wins :)

Be Blessed

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Common Sense In A Box



So this package arrives the other day with my husbands name on it. I put it on the desk and think nothing of it. Later that evening, we're talking and I ask if he ordered anything, because a box came for him. He chuckles and tells me to go get the box. I do, and at that time read the label, it’s from his job. This time I laugh and ask 'Is that our personal family dose of Tamiflu?'. See, hubby works for a pharmaceutical company.

While I appreciate the sentiment, I'm not sure it's a gift I really want, but it's not like I can send it back. Guess I'll just have a good laugh. This of course while we continue keeping a safe personal distance, washing our hands frequently, coughing into our sleeves, and staying away from those we believe to be infected.

Be Blessed.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Mothering


My darling Little Buddy took this picture of me on Mother's Day. One in my opinion that didn't start off on a very sophisticated note, but ended well. You see; I was under the misguided notion that Mother's Day was all about ME! Wrong... You see what it's really about is the collective. (Yes, very Borg I know, but follow me for a second)

Friday morning I'm at Little Buddy's school for "Muffins for Mom"; a great little event to honor moms for all their hard work rearing the best children possible. Well my baby just did not want to leave my side, but as I was talking to another parent about something very important (cough, cough) I kept encouraging her to go back and do her morning work. Well finally it is time for me to leave, and my baby girl touches her throat ever so elegantly and says "Can I go home with you? I have a tickle in my throat." Uh yeah right. Another mom chuckles, because it looks as choreographed and rehearsed as the latest blockbuster movie, and I say no.

I run the remainder of my errands without losing my mind, because this entails me taking my sister to get the remainder of her things from her dorm room. (How does one accumulate so much stuff in 9 months, in a room smaller than my bathroom?) I digress. We get her stuff, and I get plants from IKEA for my Girl Scout project on Saturday. We make it back home in enough time to have a small snack before the girls get home. Yet while I'm eating my sister points out that one of the birds "might" be dead. REALLY?

I can't leave a dead bird in the cage, because her companion is flipping out. Kevin is all fluffed up, and pacing the cage. He's a wreck. And I can't let the girls see a dead bird in the cage, they would freak out. (Not that they didn't do that anyways when I told them the case). Definitely should have gone with the hide and deflect until hubby could sneak in with a new one (just kidding)--kind of. You try consoling three little girls over the lose of a parakeet, with no cause of death. (Yes my girls wanted to know). So Friday is rough, but almost over. Thanks goodness High School Musical 3 arrived that very same day. However later that evening, who's basically coughing up a lung...that's right Little Buddy.

Saturday starts out normally. Nothing big, just a Girl Scout meeting, and then an afternoon date with hubby, drop sis off at the metro station and take Little Buddy to the movies. Yes, all feasible with some finesse. Hubby and I make it to the show, even though scouting ran late. Got sis to work, but no movie for LB and I because she is asleep; with a fever. In addition my baby Bella is now running a faucet down the front of her face.

Fast Forward...early Sunday morning, 1:30 a.m., Bella knocks on the door, "I can't sleep". I get up and walk her back over to her room, and tuck her in. Repeat this process 3 more times over the course of the night, culminating at 6:00 a.m. when I fly out of the bed in a rage, saying "THIS IS MOTHER'S DAY, I SHOULD NOT BE DOING THIS!". I walk to the door, and put my hand on Bella's back to escort her to her bathroom, and she is burning UP! My baby is sick, 102 degrees, and all I could think of was myself. Shameful. I am put in check. I come back to my room humbled. I lay down, and prayed that each day; I am a better mother and wife, than the day before.

You see Mother's Day is to honor all our hard work as women influencing the lives of other people. That work is constant, non-stop, never-ending; so just because a day comes around that honors me, doesn't me that I have the day off. Besides, when I gave birth to those children, I told God I would do my very best to take care of them. Being selfish is no way to accomplish that feat.

Mothering is so much more than giving birth; it's the nurturing and supporting, the occasional indulging in fantasy, or feigned illness. The calls, the letters, the well-wishes and good advice. Mothering is loving.

So to all my Aunties, girl-friends, sisters, the women who help me to love my children into the best possible people they can be; Thank you for accompanying me on this journey of Mothering.

Be Blessed.

p.s. Now you see why I was sick yesterday.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Sick And Tired


Unfortunately, that is what I am today. (I know better than to eat after my children :( ). That being said, I'll get back to you tomorrow about "Mothering".

Hope you had a great Mother's Day, celebrating with the ones you love.

Be Blessed.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

If You Type It They Will Come

Umm, not really. My number of "Faithful Readers" b.k.a "Followers" has increased, and for that I am happy. I had my greatest growth during my Reclaiming the Home Daily Blogging Challenge, back in February and March. Since then I've garnered a few new readers, but I'm not posting great numbers. Don't get me wrong, I love the readers I have, I'm just greedy. Shameful I know. Especially considering the fact that when I started the blog there was no follow feature, and I wasn't concerned about who read it, or what they might think. But give a girl a taste of the limelight, and look at what you get.... a DIVA!

Now there are so many ways to give your readership a boost. Think contest, with, comment, here, "Tweet" me, add me, etc.... you get the idea. I don't have sponsors, so I'm not hosting any contests, and I took the Ads off my page, because they weren't generating any revenue, and they really aren't all that attractive. Besides, I want people to come back for the content, the dry humor, the honesty, the realness of the blog. I want them to like me for me. Uhhh...really I'm not vain. I'm just extremely competitive. Which may explain where my children get that particular trait from.

I feel like Veruca Salt, and like her, I have no shame and will unabashedly ask for what I want.

"I want more followers, I want them NOW! I want short ones and tall ones, I want them ALL!"

So in an effort to increase my readership, I've joined a group. (See whenever one of you reads my blog and leaves a comment, I go over to yours and read it, and add you, and in doing so, I see all kinds of other blogs, that I like, so I add them. In all this reading and adding I have come across a great site that encourages just this type of viral networking and it appears to work without me having to "Tweet" anything; (which is good, because I'm still on the fence about Twitter--do I need one more thing to update?)) Anyway, I digress. The name of the group is The Secret is in the Sauce. I highly recommend you go on over and check out the Featured Blogger for the day Interstitial Life. She's quite funny and generally a pretty quick read (a bonus if you cruise the boards like I do).

And I would be remiss if I did not send a shout out to Sapphire over at Resplendent Life, who was the portal that has lead me to some many of these great sites. Thanks!!!!!

Friday, May 01, 2009

Make You A Priority

With adulthood comes responsibility, and with that comes the need to prioritize.  I realize I have not been putting things in their proper place.  I'm not sure what did it, but I have been shown the  light. I have not been caring for me.

My gym membership has remained active, though I have not been in over a year, and I've neglected my hair, and forget my nails. So often we put ourselves on the back burner saying 'that's no big deal', or 'I'll get to it'. STOP! We must realize that our bodies are temples we should honour and care for. It is essential that we make taking care of ourselves a priority. Drinking plenty of water, eating well, exercising, doing our hair and nails, and dressing to accentuate our forms are key.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not advocating dressing for 'Glamour Shots' on a daily basis, but rather trying to live healthily and comfortably. And we are best at that when we feel pretty. We can't run ourselves down in efforts to keep the rest up.

Be Blessed