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Celebrating year one!

My blog turned a year old last weekend!  I can’t believe it!  There are times when I feel like I’ve been doing this forever & times when I feel like I just started.

So much has happened this year.  I love looking back at pictures & watching my kids grow.  My brother, Kevin got married & now I have another wonder sister-in-law, Heather.  I remember Grandpa Jack & Grandma June, who both passed away this year.  Also, remember how stressed I was about Garrett & the bus?  Or all my Grocery Shopping Adventures?

I wrote this in my very first post:

“I have been writing this week & stressing over the fact that I can’t think of a “perfect” way to introduce my blog.  It finally clicked that it doesn’t have to be perfect, just honest.”

I’ve tried to honor that ever since.  I want to be seen for who I really am.  For me, that means sharing my joys, my struggles, my insecurities, my questions & my faith, & everything I hold dear.

Thanks to all of you for journeying with me.  It’s more fun with others come along for the ride!!

I had 304 posts this year and you all left 972 comments!

This post wins “Most Links!”  Can you make it through all of them?  😉

Here are a couple of my favorites…

AVA

Scooby-Doo video.  This was when the kids were supposed to be in bed.  I could hear them jumping around upstairs & found…

GARRETT

Lots to chose from!  However, the Diego post always makes me laugh!!

GRADY

Where to begin with Grady??  I hit a blog bump a while back & a friend suggested I write about something I never thought I dreamed about being a mom.  That night, I went to Grady’s room & here’s the post that came from that night…

ADAM

My sweet love!  He is my best friend & as cheesy as it may sound, I just can’t imagine my life without him in it.  Here is when he hijacked my blog for my birthday!

A FEW MORE…

  • “The Art of TP” – one of the ways I deal with my kids’ shenanigans is to keep a sense of humor about it (we’ll see if I’m saying the same thing when they’re teenagers…)  Here we go: The Set-upStep I, Step 2, Step 3 & Step 4!

I hope you all have a wonderful Halloween.  I’ll have our pictures up on Monday!!

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My kids were watching “Yo Gabba Gabba!” the other night.

They have a segment called “Cool Tricks.”

In this particular episode, this guy hand farts “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.”  Adam & I couldn’t stop laughing!!  We even replayed it again & laughed even harder the second time around.

Yeah, we know…we’re juvenile, but it’s still hilarious!

(added later…you can also click this link to see the video!)

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Date Night

not with Adam…

with Ava!

We did a dinner/movie combo last night.  First, we went out to eat.  She picked Wendy’s – she loves their chicken nuggets.  From there we went to see High School Musical 3.  Ava really likes the HSM series, so she’s been anxious to see this latest installment.  It was cute – at times I felt like I was watching a very long music video, but overall, we enjoyed it.  Ava told me her favorite part was the graduation and the dancing.  It’s fun that she likes musicals so much.  I was the same way as a little girl!

It was a fun girls night out…I love Mommy/Daughter time!

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Boo! at the Zoo

We spent Saturday afternoon at the Brookfield Zoo.

The weather was crisp, but comfortable – perfect for walking around.

We went with our friends Craig, Cid, Lexi & Nate.  It’s always fun to share these outings with other people.  Ava really looked up to Lexi, who is a few years older than her.  Lexi was so sweet to her!

The kids were sooo excited – especially Garrett.  He couldn’t wait to see the monkeys & he asked about them all day.  The Monkey House isn’t my favorite place.  Don’t get me wrong, I love watching the monkeys – especially the gorillas.  However, it’s normally so crowded in there, you can barely move, let alone get to a place where you can really see.  Oh, and I get claustrophobic…I like my space!  However, the crowds were thin on Saturday in the Monkey House, so I, we, enjoyed the time in there much more.

Thanks Rich & Katie for the tickets – we had a great time!!

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Changing

I saw someone I haven’t spoken to in nearly four years the other night.

It was late & I was leaving a store.  As I made my way through the parking lot, I heard a familiar voice & then my stomach dropped.  She was on her cell phone & getting out of her car.  And of course, she was parked in the aisle I needed to go down.

It was dark & I don’t think she noticed it was me.  So, I had a split second to make a choice.  Would I continue down the aisle & pass her?    If I did that then I’d have to decide, would I say “hello?”  Would I stop to talk?  Would I keep walking?

Well, I did none of those things.

I altered my path & went down a different aisle.

Because I still can’t say hello yet.

I used to consider this woman a very good friend.  We’d talk on the phone, hang out as families & we served together.  I confided in her, laughed with her & thought she was a genuine friend to me.  Unfortunately, I was wrong.  I found out she would rip me apart behind my back & say things no friend ever should.

I never really had closure on this whole thing because I didn’t confront her directly.  I just stopped calling & she never called back.

I never got to ask why.  And I think that’s part of why I can’t say hello.  There is an immature part of me that wants an apology.  However, that part is very small.  You see, I made a choice.  I chose to forgive her & there aren’t any strings attached to forgiveness.  I forgive her even if she never admits to her cruelty.  I can’t control what people do.  But, I can control how I respond to their actions.

I choose forgiveness.

I used to believe that when I forgave someone, it would mean I wouldn’t hurt anymore.  I’m not so sure I believe that anymore.  Betrayal hurts.  Especially from a close friend.  However, it’s one thing to feel hurt or disappointed.  It’s entirely different to feel resentful or seek revenge.  I’m recognizing that forgiveness doesn’t necessarily mean the hurt goes away.  So, there may always be a part of me that will hurt a little.  And that’s okay.

I’m also learning that forgiveness doesn’t mean you need to keep certain people in your life.  Saying hello would be opening a part of me up to her again.  And I’m not ready for that.

Do you know what?

I’m thankful for the hurt.

I’m thankful because it’s part of how I was able to forgive her.  On one particular day, I went to the book of Genesis & read through the story of creation.  I’ve always enjoyed this story & I’ve read it many times.  However, this time, there was a phrase that kept jumping out at me. After God made something, He’d look on what He created, and He saw that it was good.  There it was over & over again…it was good.  We are God’s creation.  And everything God made was good.  And when I grasped that truth, I was able to let go of the bitterness & forgive her.  He made us good.  However, we have a free will.  And sometimes good people are cruel.  And sometimes good people make mean choices.  And sometimes they don’t even feel bad about it.  But in the end, that is between them & God.

One of my favorite parts in “I’m Not Who I Was” is this line:

Well the thing I find most amazing
In amazing grace
Is the chance to give it out
Maybe that’s what love is all about

I think four years ago I was fueled by wanting her to know that I knew what she did…that I knew what she said…that I knew she was a bad friend.

But, I’m different now.

I pray for her.  I’ve prayed that she would meet people who would love her & could show her what it really means to be a friend.  People who could be to her what she couldn’t be to me.

I’m not who I was.

Maybe she’s changed too.

Maybe one day I’ll find out.

Maybe one day I’ll be able to say hello.

I’m not there yet.

But I’d like to be.

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Life Change

(Here’s attempt #2…just found out that the initial time I posted this, the video wouldn’t play.  It works now!)

This song has been hitting close to home lately.

Tell you why tomorrow…

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About 2 months ago, I shared this post about my blood drawing/account mixup/blood redraw/crazy fear.

We got our bill recently & after all insurance deductions, we still owed over $700.

OUCH!!

Adam recently followed up with them to make sure we weren’t being charged twice.  They took all of our information, said they’d look into it & follow-up with us.

Well…

A hospital representative called the other day & expressed her sincere apologies for the mix-up & my having to have the same set of tests run twice.  She completely owned up to the fact that the error was on the hospital’s end & said they were reversing all charges.

WOW!!!!

And I believe my response to her was just that!  I told her how much I appreciated this & how refreshing it was to hear someone not only admit to a mistake they made, but to then go out of their way to make things right.

In times when it seems like everyone is trying to take as much as they can, it’s nice to know some are still willing to give.

That is huge to me.

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