Sunday, January 16, 2011

name that kid....

You tell me which kid.....

child- "Mom, I had the best dream."
me- "What was it about?"
child- "I had a fart gun."
me- "Do you mean a dart gun?"
child- "no, a big stinky fart gun."

Scott- "Do you know (insert child's name) is carrying a ninja sword into church?"
me- "(Insert child's name) please do not ninja stab anyone while we are in church."

me- Please (insert child's name) stop eating dog food.

Me "No you cannot cut your own hair. I don't care if your brother told you that will get all of the curls out."

Saturday, January 15, 2011

The cucumber

The cucumber.....
The summer of 2009 I decided that I wanted to go to the beach. I have always loved the beach. I love the smell, the feel, the HEAT! Scott got on line and found us a beach house and away we went. Even at 33 weeks pregnant I had a nice time. When we arrived at our beach house, there was a basket of fake fruit and vegetables. You would have thought my children had struck gold. Forget all of the toys they had packed, smuggled, and dragged from home. No, no. They had fake apples and oranges to roll across the floor. And for some reason, my children took quite a liking to the cucumber. They fought over it. Brought it to the beach. Really it was no surprise when I was unpacking my daughter's suitcase and found the cucumber tucked in there.

And it has been a regular in the favorite toy pile. Not sure what it is really. But tonight when I was walking to the bathroom, I tripped on the cucumber. Normally after twisting my ankle and screaming in pain, I call for the kids to please not leave their toys outside my door. But tonight I picked up the cucumber and put it on my nightstand.

This may seem silly, but it makes me happy thinking of the trip. Remembering the sun and the smell of the ocean. Digging in the sand with the kids and laughing as the waves knocked us over. It gives me hope in this dreary month of January, that the sun will come again. So will sand castles and green grass. Although I do not like to skip over today's blessings, it is nice to think of the day with flip flops and tee-shirts. Perhaps I will keep the cucumber awhile to remind me.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Hello 2011

As the new year has arrived, I have a LIST of things I need to work on. I know that I have a number of things to work on. But as I look back on 2010, I can't help but feel blessed beyond measure. Sure things went wrong. In December alone, the stove blew up and the furnace fan stopped working. But a lot of things went right. I would like to start the new year by focusing on what I have been given.

1. My family- People are important. Not things. And as I have taught my children this simple truth over and over, I am proud to hear them repeat it to each other. I celebrated the end of 2010 with a lot of my family and extended family around me. I am beyond blessed. Going thought the Christmas season and seeing how many loving people we are surrounded by it more than amazing. I miss my dad everyday, but through that I loss I have learned to not take things for granted. Love each other today. My mom is remarkable. I have 4 siblings that bring such laughter and peace to me. My "other" brothers and sisters who I have been given through marriage and relationships. I am surrounded by people who love, support, and add more goodness into my life than most could imagine.

2. Our jobs. I love my job. I love what I do every single day. The children I work with make everyday special. They are amazing. And I can't say enough about the dedicated, loving, and whole hearted professionals I work with. I could not imagine working in another place. And thanks to God for blessing me with one of the most amazing people I have known. Truly she is my inspiration as a teacher. Her entire heart goes not only into her teaching but the people surrounding her. She is on of the most amazing moms I have ever know. Scott loves his job. He enjoys going and the people he works with. A blessing unimaginable. He feels that he is making an impact.

3. My health- After quite a year of stomach troubles, I can say that I am finally feeling a bit better. After being so sick for so long, the gift of health is something to be grateful for.

4. a home- Not just a house, but a home. A warm and inviting place where we can come to.

5. laughter- With a house full of children I can say that everyday is an adventure. And I love it. The joy and goodness that fills everyone of my days is unending.

Thank-you Lord for the gift of life. Thank-you for not just these things but all of the little blessings. I am sorry that I complain. I am sorry that on some days my vision is cloudy. Return to me the joy of my salvation. I pray that your hand would fall upon all of my family and friends this year. That we recognize your goodness and your grace. May we all seek your heart on 2011.