Friday, April 28, 2006

Simple Pleasures

Ok, I was tagged by Dionna, by the way...if you haven't visited her YOU MUST! She's got some great stuff!

So here are 10 Simple Pleasures I enjoy...

(1) Walking out into the garden and seeing new things popping up from under the earth or new flowers blooming...
(2) My youngest daughter's kisses...
(3) My oldest daughter's insight and wisdom above and beyond her 12 years of life.
(4) My two girls playing and laughing together.
(5) A great cup of coffee.
(6) Being a woman...I'm thinking of writing a post on all the reasons it ROCKS to be a woman.
(7) A great song that makes my eyes tear up...
(8) Learning something new or gaining a new perspective on opening your eyes for the first time.
(9) Chocolate...
(10) My husband's laugh, his voice, his sense of humor, his husband.

These really are things I experience every day and they make my life so full of joy.

I am tagging Kris, Gwen, Stephanie, Minnie, OH SHOOT...if you're reading you're tagged...I'm sitting her trying to link everyone I want to tag but I WANT TO TAG EVERYONE! Let me know if you do it so I can come read it!!



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Thursday, April 27, 2006

To Some Old Friends

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I'm just so curious to see who is visiting!

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

A Little Encouragement.

Matthew 11:28-30
28"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

2 Timothy 1:7
7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Jesus Christ did not die on the cross for us to suffer under the weight of our burdens. HE died on the cross so HE could bear our burdens and so we could feel JOY...pure JOY. Don't let Satan convince you that you're not worthy...he has no right...Satan has no power in the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Here are two FANTASTIC songs for those of you that are feeling the weight of your burdens today.

Click here to Listen to 'Letting-Go by Shawn McDonald'

Click here to listen to 'Trading-My-Sorrows by Darrell Evans'


Darrell Evans
I'm trading my sorrow
I'm trading my shame
I'm laying it down for the joy of the Lord

I'm trading my sickness
I'm trading my pain
I'm laying it down for the joy of the Lord

And we say yes Lord yes Lord yes yes Lord
Yes Lord yes Lord yes yes Lord
Yes Lord yes Lord yes yes Lord Amen

I'm pressed but not crushed persecuted not abandoned
Struck down but not destroyed
I'm blessed beyond the curse for his promise will endure
And his joy's gonna be my strength

Though the sorrow may last for the night
His joy comes with the morning

Friday, April 21, 2006

On My Mind

I just wanted to share something about marriage that I think about so much and feel God wants me to share.

I love my husband. No two people could be more different than my hubby and me. Two different backgrounds, two different worlds WHICH MEANS two different methods of communicating and two different ways of thinking.

We were only together 6 months when we decided we were going to be married, although we had talked about it almost from our first date. 1 year, 1 month, 1 week and 2 days after our very first date we were married. He had just turned 36 3 weeks earlier and I turned 25 8 days later. When we got married I got the bonus of a BEAUTIFUL 7, nearly 8 year old daughter...what a gift.

His background = wealthy, hispanic, catholic
My background = poor, anglo, protestant


While we were dating he decided to move back to his hometown to start a new career. I stayed where I was and finished that semester at school. We never had the option of pre-marital counseling because we spent the last 5 months of dating 10 hours apart. (did that make sense?)

We were married, then....the reality of our differences became apparent. The first 8 months were rough, to say the least....we were best friends and worst enemies...back and forth we was a ROLLER COASTER ride. We had no clue what we were doing...who does?

After a few months of marriage we attended a marraige seminar at our church. During that seminar we attended a "breakaway" that was taught by a local Christian counselor and his wife. So when we kept running into the same issues over the next few months we gave him a call.....THANK THE LORD!

We have learned tools of communicating, we have learned how to APPRECIATE our differences instead of trying to make the other conform...

Let me ask you a couple questions...
Do you treasure your spouse? When you're with a group of other people, away from your spouse, are you tempted to go along with the crowd and talk negative about your spouse? Do you talk about how attractive other men are?(or women if you're a man reading this)...even if it's a celebrity, a stranger or even someone you know....Do you dread him/her coming home at the end of the day???

Society, in my opinion, doesn't encourage loving relationships. Watch the relationships of the couples on any sitcom...RARELY will you find a couple that doesn't bicker CONSTANTLY, tease, make fun of, talk lustfully of others etc....these things INFILTRATE our minds and become our reality. It doesn't have to be that way.

In our marriage we have made it our goal to be happy...a happy marriage doesn't happen without work on BOTH parts. You can have MORE than a mediocre marriage, but you have to want it and be willing to do what it takes. Sacrifice, compromise, effort, time, selflessness....these are all things that we are all "told" we should have to do or give up...but to better our relationships these things are REQUIRED! If you focus on your attitude, pray for the right attitude when you are feeling like you don't want to do something for him...GOD will give you the right attitude and you can be a blessing to your hubby.

I get an email from The Generous Wife EVERYDAY with an idea of how to bless my husband that day. Not all of them apply but they have some FANTASTIC ideas! I have been working on keeping the house CLEAN and the laundry DONE so when my hubby comes home he can relax, AND SO CAN I! It really is a blessing to us both, and it changes the whole mood in our home.

I will never listen to those you say "give it a few more years, it will change"...I heard that from the women I worked with when I got engaged...I have never heard more negative talk about ANY SUBJECT than I did about marriage...I can HONESTLY tell you that we've been together for 5 1/2 years (married 4 1/2) and we are closer, more open, more honest, fight less, cuddle more, hold hands, and enjoy each other's company MORE AND MORE each day...We are DAILY trying to find ways to let the other know that they are loved and I BELIEVE it will continue because WE WANT and WE CHOOSE for it to....

We NEVER EVER in 5 1/2 years of being together have ever mentioned another person as being a crush, or attractive...We just don't...I have never felt like I'm competing with ANYBODY, instead, he lets me know there is NO COMPETITION to me!! I do the same...I only have eyes for HIM! response to the whole "nothing wrong with looking at the menu" cliche...why would you STILL be looking at the menu if you've already ordered? Unless you're thinking of ordering something else.... It's unhealthy for your marriage and even if you don't think so it really can't make you or him feel good or secure...

We never talk bad about the other, even when we are upset with each other. We just don't, and we don't talk about the other's shortcomings, weaknesses or the issues we have with each other TO unedifying to your marriage.

We aren't sarcastic to one another...I'm not saying we don't joke around and have fun...but when sarcasm becomes your USUAL method of communications it can start to hurt and build resentment...even in teasing, it can get really old really fast and it stops being funny.

We AREN'T PERFECT AT ALL! I'm still VERY SENSITIVE and he is still very MATTER OF FACT and he can get really mad or irritated about "little things" and I can get really hurt by "little things"...but we've learned how to work this out, how to deal with it...we might not grab the tools when issues first come up but we sure have learned to grab them before things escalate to a huge argument. I've stopped expecting him to be like me and I've accepted HIM 100% and I've found value in his ways and realized I'M NOT ALWAYS RIGHT and IT'S NEVER ALL HIS FAULT..GASP...these are probably the BIGGEST lessons I think I've learned. We still do have big arguments occasionally, and we RETURN to our trusty counselor to help us remember what to do. Don't be afraid to seek out help and wise counsel...don't be embarrassed or can save your marriage and improve your marriage even if it's not at the point of breaking up.

My husband is a blessing in my life. I ADORE him. I couldn't love him more! He is the HOTTEST, sweetest, smartest, funniest, most thoughtful, loving, hard working, devoted, sincere MAN I know. He is a GIFT FROM you get that? GOD has given this man to me as a GIFT...we are to treasure our husbands, love them, bless them...REMEMBER why you married him, why you love him...find a way EVERYDAY to let him know you love him, respect him, value him, place him above ALL OTHERS (except God of course)...ABOVE ALL OTHERS...

Stop looking for the negative and for heaven's sake...STOP ALWAYS POINTING OUT THE NEGATIVE...look for the positive and point that out...Pay attention to the words you say to him, pay attention to your tone...

If you do this I PROMISE YOU, he will notice it, and begin to do it for you too...You have a FANTASTIC marriage and not just mediocre...

Ok..there you go...just wanted to share. :-)

Have a BLESSED day!

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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Looking for baskets at Nana's Posted by Picasa

THE EGGS....decorated by my oldest Posted by Picasa

My oldest looking, searching for her eggs Posted by Picasa

GG helping the baby Posted by Picasa

Big sis helping little sis Posted by Picasa

The Baby Posted by Picasa

The Girls 04 Posted by Picasa

My Oldest Posted by Picasa

The Girls 03 Posted by Picasa

The Girls 02 Posted by Picasa

The Girls 01 Posted by Picasa

The Whole Family Posted by Picasa

Nana (mom-in-law) and the baby Posted by Picasa

The Baby Posted by Picasa

Me and the girls Posted by Picasa

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Christ the Lord is Risen Today...ALLELUIA!

Click here to Listen to 'Christ-The-Lord-Is-Risen-Today-87'

Christ, the Lord, is risen today, Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth, reply, Alleluia!

Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Lo! the Sun’s eclipse is over, Alleluia!
Lo! He sets in blood no more, Alleluia!

Vain the stone, the watch, the seal, Alleluia!
Christ hath burst the gates of hell, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids His rise, Alleluia!
Christ hath opened paradise, Alleluia!

Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once He died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!

Soar we now where Christ hath led, Alleluia!
Following our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like Him, like Him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!

Hail, the Lord of earth and Heaven, Alleluia!
Praise to Thee by both be given, Alleluia!
Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia!
Hail, the resurrection, thou, Alleluia!

King of glory, Soul of bliss, Alleluia!
Everlasting life is this, Alleluia!
Thee to know, Thy power to prove, Alleluia!
Thus to sing and thus to love, Alleluia!

Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
Unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!
Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
Sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!

But the pains that He endured, Alleluia!
Our salvation have procured, Alleluia!
Now above the sky He’s King, Alleluia!
Where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!

Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!
Suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!

Thursday, April 13, 2006

TTT are the 3 biggest projects....let me rephrase....3 OF THE Biggest Projects that have to be done at my house...that I keep putting off....

(1)My desk....again...I am a SAHM....WHAT IS ALL OF THIS STUFF????

(2)Our Room...I have to's just not working for me...I even know how I'm gonna do it. It just doesn't feel like a bedroom...more like just a place to sleep.

(3)My youngest's room....come to find out the window over the bed poses a potential safety issue...mainly, when she stands up and jumps she could go RIGHT OUT into the back yard...through a pane of glass, not a happy thought...

I also have to organize my food cabinet and my tupperware/serving dish cabinet...

Clean up my oldest's closet...

Clean the entire office area...the file cabinet is really just hiding messes in the drawers...

Straighten the bookshelves in the front room...

Figure out what the heck to do with all of our VHS Tapes since we now have ONLY a DVD player...I'd like to copy them onto DVD at some point in my life, but what to do with them until then...hmmmmmm

Pictures of each project are forthcoming...i just have to FIND my camera!

Until can enjoy this picture. My youngest LOVED the Easter Bunny when he wasn't trying to hold we got closer and closer her grip got tighter and tighter...notice her toes in my side...

As we walked away she started getting mad that we were leaving the big "ki-cat"....silly girl!

Saturday, April 08, 2006

TTT and FFF....

OK, here they are all rolled into one post.


(1) Surfing the Web. I can find anything ANYTHING that anyone wants to know.
(2) Chasing a wild nearly 20 month old. Whew!
(3) Uh, hmmm...did I mention I like to surf the web? uh...I'm struggling here...

My kids, as always.

Monday, April 03, 2006

A little story I heard...

I found this story to be very interesting...I just wanted to share it.

A Mouse looked through the
crack in the wall to see the farmer
and his wife opening a package.

"What food might this contain?"
He was devastated to discover
it was a mousetrap.

Retreating to the farmyard,
the mouse proclaimed the warning.
"There is a mousetrap in the house!;
there is a mousetrap in the house!"

The chicken clucked and scratched,
raised her head and said,
"Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern
to you, but it is of no consequence
to me. I cannot be bothered by it."

The mouse turned to the pig and told him,
"There is a mousetrap in the house".
The pig sympathized but said,
"I am so very sorry Mr.. Mouse,
But there is nothing I can do about it
but pray. Be assured that you are in
my prayers."

The mouse turned to the cow.
She said, "Wow, Mr.. Mouse. I'm sorry
for you. But it's no skin off my nose."
So the mouse returned to the house,
head down and dejected, to face the
farmer's mousetrap alone.

That very night a sound was heard
throughout the house like the sound
of a mousetrap catching its prey.

The farmer's wife rushed to see what was caught.
In the darkness she did not see that it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught.

The snake bit the farmer's wife.
The farmer rushed her to the hospital
and she returned home with a fever.

Now everyone knows you treat a fever with
fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his
hatchet to the farmyard for the soup's
main ingredient.

But his wife's sickness continued,
so friends and neighbors came to sit
with her around the clock. To feed them,
the farmer butchered the pig.

The farmer's wife did not get well.
She died; And so many people came
for her funeral the farmer had the cow
slaughtered to provide enough meat
for all of them.

So next time you hear that someone is
facing a problem and think that it doesn't
concern you, remember that when one of
us is threatened, we are all at risk.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Happy April 1st!

My awesome hubby! Posted by Picasa

It's that time of year! My hubby rotatilled the garden and today my mom and my girls and I are PLANTING! I'm so excited!

Last year was the first year I had a garden so I'm not a professional but my mom IS! I can't wait. I will take before and after's of any flowers we do.

I love this time of year. It does say it might rain today...probably an April fools joke...

Just wanted to share my excitement with you.

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