Thursday, November 29, 2007

The Open Road

I am leaving bright and early tomorrow morning for a girl's weekend! To say I am excited would be a complete and total understatement. I have really been needing this and I can't wait. Kate and I have no set plans but we'd like to include some Ikea, eating, shopping, maybe catching a movie...because we will be ladies of leisure, oh yes we will. Unfortunately it is only an over night trip, but I'm really excited to wake up whenever I feel like it on Saturday. That is almost as exciting as the shopping. Thanks to my sweet and wonderful husband for being so kind to stay here with our children. I love you baby!

Monday, November 26, 2007

The Last of the Leaves

Over the last week we have officially lost all of the leaves on the trees in our front yard. And I am officially sad. I love when the trees bud, I love them with big green leaves, and I really love them in full color. Then they all fall to the ground and look like a beautiful yellow blanket on our front lawn. Gorgeous. The "sad" part for me comes when the branches are bare and the leaves are brown, crunchy and raked to the street. I just had to get a few pictures this past week before the barren cold sets in. In case you can't tell, I'm not a huge fan of winter. So here the babes are, playing in the last of the leaves.



Sunday, November 18, 2007

LOVE it

I have been visiting this website for awhile now and it's time to share the love. I mean, your teeth just might ache from the sweetness. Their collections for babies and kids are cool, hip, and simply ADORABLE! If I wasn't on a budget I would be buying one of everything.

http://www.myretrobaby.com/

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Bread is baking in my oven...

"The smell of good bread baking, like the sound of lightly flowing water, is indescribable in its evocation of innocence and delight."

-M. F. K. Fisher

Thursday, November 15, 2007

A Long November

Oh November, you've thrown us for a loop. We started out the month with a two week long stomach bug where we hardly were able to do a thing. Next we geared up for Phil's surgery. The good thing is Phil is finally on the upswing. He is still in a lot of pain sometimes just because of the stage of healing he is in. But let me tell you, it is a million times better! It feels nice to get out of the house again. Normally it is rare if I don't go somewhere during the day, but the last, well, three weeks I've hardly been out of the house. So, yes, I have been going a little stir crazy. I have to say though, even though Phil wasn't feeling great, we had a lot of good family time. We all got to play together, watch movies together, and once the kids were in bed we had some good talks. He is going back to work today and I'm sad. I'll miss him. I have enough to keep me busy though, the kids now have colds. Runny noses, coughing, etc. It looks like we're in for it again. I'm praying and hoping it passes quickly and without much incidence. Overall, this month I have learned a lot. I have mostly learned about servant hood. I was reminded of how much I love to serve my husband and children, and also how selfish I can be. One minute I could be doing something for them with a glad heart, and the next start thinking about myself and the things I needed to accomplish. It's hard sometimes to lay aside our own agendas, but there is so much joy in helping someone else. Now if I could only remember that ALL of the time!

Next week is Thanksgiving, and I'm ready for it! I'm ready to be with family, eat good food, and reflect on all of the blessings God has given me this year. Then I will see if I can trick Phil into helping me put up all of the Christmas decorations the next day. I like to put them up as soon as Thanksgiving is over so I can revel in it all longer. Phil would like to put them up the week before Christmas. I know, I know, he's crazy!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Friday, November 9, 2007

ROCK ON

Something new has taken over our house...Guitar Hero 3. Phil played the game a few times when visiting a friend's house, and has longed for it since. We kept talking about getting it before his surgery so he would have something fun to do with all of his down time. We considered it until I found out how much it was. Man, it was pricey! So his hopes were dashed. Then, after his surgery, I got a call from his coworkers saying that wanted to chip in to get him something fun. I knew exactly what we should do. They chipped in and raised some money and then I covered the rest after finding an amazing price. Walmart really can pull through on the cheaper prices. You should have seen his face when I walked in and surprised him with it tonight. It could be compared to that of a little boy getting a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. We got right to it. He had played before, so he understandably is kicking my butt. I am loving it though. Don't think I won't be practicing when the kids are napping every day. You will be able to find me rockin' out to some 80's classics from Poison, Kiss, and the like. Oh yes, I am a rock star!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Under Construction or Somethin'

Please bear with me as I get my layout all straightened out. I just put this template up last night, which I absolutely adore. I will get it all worked out at some point. That might not be today, Phil is feeling the most pain today so it looks like it might be a long one. Prayers are appreciated. Thanks!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Hodge Podge

I'm sitting here typing this half asleep...and it is only 3:30 in the afternoon. It has been a long day, well actually a long couple of weeks. We have been incredibly busy and the kids have just been wild. This morning Phil had surgery and we had to leave for the hospital at 5:30. He had a tonsillectomy and uvulectomy. He is sleeping a lot while I push the liquids like a crack dealer. He is doing well, although the doctor said it will be the most painful on day 2 or 3. That is not the best of news for my darling. We won't get out much for the next week or two and I'm sure by the end of it we will all be a little stir crazy. Hopefully he will start to feel better in a few days and we will actually have some good quality family time. We have certainly needed it.
In other news, I have been wanting to do a detailed book review from my Fall reading list but I just haven't been able to muster it up. So I'm going to give a really quick run-down so far. I read "Redeeming Love" by Francine Rivers and it is just fantastic. I had heard rave reviews and it lived up to, or even surpassed them all. I could hardly put it down (sorry family!). Not only was it a beautiful story, but I really learned a lot and it has challenged me in the way that I love and allow myself to be loved. I also read "Creative Correction" by Lisa Whelchel. It was good. I read it on the side since you could just kind of go chapter by chapter. I think a lot of the ideas are for children a bit older than mine, but they are good things to remember. It had some creative ideas for discipline and shaping your child, and also a few things thrown in there I didn't really agree with. I would say it wasn't earth-shattering for me, but it was still really good. I can see myself pulling it out when we have a discipline issue down the road. I also read two books not on my list. I read "It's All About Him" by Denise Jackson (wife of country singer Alan Jackson). It was a good, quick read. I mean, she's not the next big thing as far as authors go, but it was fun to read all about their story and the way God has transformed their lives, marriage, and family. The last book I read was "Saving Levi" by Lisa Misraje Bentley. It was a story of an orphan baby found in China who was burned severely. They ended up adopting him and she just wanted to tell his story. God orchestrated some amazing things and brought a world of people together. It is really short, I read it in one day in two small sittings, but it was a really neat story.
OK, sorry for the quick rattling off of details. I just wanted to update, but didn't have a lot of time and energy to do so. Thanks for all the prayers people have prayed for my husband and our family today. Please keep it up as we pray for a quick recovery!

Thursday, November 1, 2007