Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The Story of a Dream Come True

There once was a man named Franz and he dreamed of a tractor, growing up so poor with only one toy to play with that when a tractor drove by he would run to the road and watch it putt putt by with a twinkle in his eye and a dream in his heart that one day he would have one to call his own.

As he grew he married the love of his life and flew to a land faraway, the kids came fast and pressures they grew but still the dream remained true. Every parade was attended and pictures were taken of this dream tractor that would someday be his. The kids grew quickly and and all got married, the grandchildren came and the financial pressures still remained and although the dream still lived in his heart,it grew dimmer with each passing day.

When one fine day coming home from a long day of herding piggies and stacking the bails what did he find on his driveway but the tractor he dreamed of with only a note that read "to someone who always gives to others finally a gift for you."....... as rusted and old as the tractor may be the dream now fully alive of things to be, a shiney red tractor transformed to new, the dream is now fully true!!!!

So here sits a man so proud of his tractor, so deserving of ALL things good, STILL not knowing who gifted him so greatly with a TRUE DREAM COME TRUE!!!!!!


Friday, November 23, 2007

My Kezy...
She just started piano lessons this year and she is loving it. Her Granna taught her this very familiar tune and this is what I saw this morning and it just warmed my heart. A great father daughter moment!!

Thursday, November 22, 2007


Tuesday, November 20, 2007

This takes a bit of time but I found it too be interesting.......
Personal DNA TEST

You are an Encouraging Creator.

about you
You are a Creator
Your imagination, confidence, willingness to explore, and appreciation of beauty make you a CREATOR.
You are independent, and you enjoy your self-sufficiency.
Defying convention, you are very innovative, and you have a vivid imagination.
The look of things is important to you, and you have a keen eye for aesthetic beauty in multiple arenas.
You have a strong interest in what is new and exciting—and that includes forging ahead with new ideas, not simply discovering what is already out there.
Your eagerness to seek new and varied experiences leads you into many different situations.
You're not set on one way of doing things, and you are creative when it comes to finding novel solutions to complex problems.
You trust yourself to be innovative and resourceful.
Your confidence allows you to take your general awareness and channel it into creativity.
You're not afraid to let your emotions guide you, and you're generally considerate of others' feelings as well.
You prefer to have time to plan for things, feeling better with a schedule than with keeping plans up in the air until the last minute.
You have a strong sense of style and value your personal presentation - friends may even seek your style advice from time to time.
The control you feel over your life is empowering to you-- you believe in your abilities and acknowledge your shortcomings. Explanations of the world that focus on destiny or fate don't really interest you. You take responsibility for what goes wrong in your life, and also for what goes well.
If you want to be different:
Appreciate the earthly, practical elements of things—there is beauty in form as well.
While you are good at thinking abstractly, focusing on details a bit more may help you discover things about the world.
how you relate to others
You are Encouraging
Your outgoing nature, understanding of others, and directness make you ENCOURAGING.
You want others to do well for themselves, and you generally believe in their abilities.
You often know what's good for people because of your caring nature and your worldview.
When you care about someone, you don't keep it to yourself: you are good at letting people know that you're thinking of them.
Because you trust people, you take violations of that trust very seriously.
You thrive in social situations, and even though you know who you like and who you don't like, you can interact well with many different types of people.
You have a healthy respect for people who have earned what they have, and you strive to be similar to successful others.
You are a loyal friend and a good listener.
If you want to be different:
Sometimes, in the course of being encouraging, you can be a bit judgmental—this can make it more difficult for others to follow your advice.
While you are an expert at getting the most out of the world and taking advantage of many experiences, you might gain some insight by taking the time to be alone, reflect on things, or just observe the goings-on in the world.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Today was the day, my kids had it all planned out we were going to set up the tree after church. We have a tradition of turning on the Christmas tunes and decorating it together and however it looks when it is done is the finished product, the kids get a new ornament every year and they each put on their own box of ornaments that they have received through the years so the tree is very colorful and childlike, not the local 'department store perfect' tree, my tree will be like this till the kids all leave home each with their boxes of ornaments and then I will have my perfect tree, till then I will have my tree where we hang the family memories and laugh and smile at all the ornaments we have received through the years, I love it that the kids feel a 'part' of the tree, here we are in the first pic 'fluffing' the fake tree.

Here is me with my favorite ornament I received from my mother in law our first year of marriage, I get to put this one up every year.

Ezra hanging his ornaments.

Noah reaching up to the perfect spot on the tree for his ornament.

Kezy received this ornament one year....I guess if was fitting...heehee!!

Nope we didn't adopt another child, this is my friend's daughter Eilish who spent the weekend with us, she is a part of our family too and enjoyed putting up the tree!

Here are me and my babe dancing to some Christmas tunes, the kids were all giggling and making comments but they all wanted to capture it with a picture.

And the final touch, Conrad lifting up Noah to put the star on the decorated tree, he was SO proud to be able to do this.

And Conrad says this final picture is all my fault because this happened while we were setting up the tree, beautiful big flakes of snow covering the ground.

What a great family time creating memories with my kids, I am so blessed to have such a great family and I am thankful for them today in a big way!!!

What about all of you, do you have your tree up? do you have a real one or a fake one? do you have any interesting family traditions?

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Saturday, November 17, 2007

A Wonderful Day!!!!!

Today I spent the day with my friend Alecia at a scrapbooking function in my town. It was a blast. I set out to make Christmas gifts for friends and family and I got a lot accomplished. I can only however show you the one item I made for myself ,as family and friends do read this and I don't want to spoil the surprise.
I made myself this modge podged scrapbooking canvas that has my mom's favorite verse and it is also a favorite of mine and it reads ' As for me and my house we will serve the Lord' and it will hang in my entrance for all who enter into my house to see first thing!!
I love spending the day crafting it is somewhat healing for me, as I sit and look at the pictures of loved ones in my life I realise all that I have to be thankful for and I also become aware of how I can be better all around as a friend, mother,wife etc. I am so incrediby blessed and I do not want to take it forgranted!!!

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

I was tagged by Gloria to do this meme, so here it goes....
8 Things

8 things I’m passionate about:
My family
God and His promises
Making my house a comfortable place for family and friends
My Friends

8 things I want to do before I die:
See my kids grow up into adults who love the Lord with all their hearts and have successful marriages and family!!
Travel to the Maldives with my honey.
Live off less than I give every month.
Meet Regis Philbin!!!!!
Go on a tropical vacation with my kids and see them swimming with dolphins!!
Do a free-fall ski-dive.
Live debt free, mortgage included!!
Live a long, healthy, active life and climb mountains with my babe!

8 things I say often:
Enough Already kids!
I love you big huge much.
Hurry up, we're late.
For crying out loud.
Don't do drugs!
Oh my land.

8 books I’ve read recently:
"Restless" William Boyd
"A Royal Duty" Paul Burrell
“The Ambler Warning" Robert Ludlum
“The Woods" Harlan Coben
“Code to Zero" Ken Follett
“Your Best Life Now" Joel Osteen
“Life on Purpose" Art Sepulveda
“Echo Park" Michael Connelly

8 songs that I could listen to over and over:
“Glorified" Parachute Band
“Angel” by SarahMacLachlan
“Where the Streets Have No Name" U2
“Don't Give Up" Josh Groban
Somebody's Me" Enrique Iglesias
"The Stand" Hillsongs
“You" Hillsongs
Nessum Dorma" Pavarotti
- SO many more, I guess that is what an iPod is for eh?

8 things that attract me to mybesfriend:
Gut-aching laughter
Always has my back
Even though there are ups and downs love still remains!!

8 things I’ve learned this past year:
That I can step out of my comfort zone and be okay
That fear is what has kept me back and I am the only one that can open those doors!
That I am more independent than I thought...not always a good thing
That I am mentally stronger than I thought
That having a dog can be such a wonderful thing.....I love having him around, I am now a 'dog-person'
That I am often scared to post about things that are really bothering me or how I really feel because of how many people read this(stole this one from Gloria)
That conflict is okay as long as lessons are learnt from it! Coming from someone who always avoided any sort of conflict...still working on this one!!
That being a stay at home mom is great and such a blessing!!!!!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

What are you eating??

Just got back from church and had a great night. I am blessed to have such a wonderful church and I love going even though I can always think of 100 reasons to stay at home.... today Conrad's uncle was speaking and I always love his teaching, it is humorous at times and yet sends the message home and today he was speaking directly at me I am sure that he was notified in advance that I would be there. I KNOW that I can be such a slacker and I have SO been slacking lately with my devotional time, I walk around and say 'man I wish I had a good book to read' and this little voice says...'I've got a good one', and I just ignore it and keep on looking. Well what was the message about tonight? yeah spending time with God in the word. I loved the way he spoke about it, it really made perfect sense to me. He said it like this as paraphrased by me 'we wouldn't go 4 days without food and then complain why we are so hungry, the same is with our spiritual food if we go 4 days without it our spirit is not being nourished, it is truly food for the soul.' MAN that was what did it for me. The answers all the questions I have about my life, parenting, marriage, friendships...... its all right there in the book. I know that when I am spending my time with God and focusing on His word life runs more smoothly, that I don't get frustrated as easily, that I do have more patience in the mornings. Life has all the same problems I am just able to manage them better. So what am I trying to say in all this?? well I want to get fed each and everyday with more of Him and in doing so I will be able to focus on the truly important things in life!!!
Sometimes I find these personality tests inaccurate but the one I did on very good!! Here is a copy of my results.... the one about romance...SO true..LOL!!

Nothing seems to bother you - you sail through life crisis free. It's not that your life doesn't have its ups and downs, it's just that you handle everything without unnecessary drama and antics. You approach each day fresh, not worrying about yesterday or tomorrow. You are confident that you can handle anything that comes your way and experience has shown that you are absolutely right about this.
You are continually pursuing a simpler and less complicated life - you don't allow yourself to fall victim to all of the "should do's" that society continually bombards you with. You are thoughtful about your life choices and think in terms of yourself, others and the world in which we live. You have a great sense that we are part of something much bigger and we must be good to others, if we want others and the world to be good to us.
You are easily stressed out and overwhelmed - you need to take care of yourself first and foremost. Because you tend to be self reflective, you know your limits quite well and must remember to not exceed those limits. When you overwhelm your life with obligations and responsibilities, you tend to shut down and go into yourself even further. Take some time to find your serenity and kick back your feet.
Your notions about romance are viewed as unrealistic by many, but don't let that stop you. When you think of romance, you think of huge gestures of commitment, sacrifice and love like we see in the movies. Flowers, chocolate, and wine are just some of the ways to your heart. You want to feel loved and treasured by your partner and you expect to be courted, admired and hotly pursued. You long for old fashioned dating.

Monday, November 12, 2007

8 Random Things...
I was tagged by Erin to share these random things about here it goes...

One- I am somewhat fluent in, high-German and very fluent in low-German, different dialects, grew up speaking German at home it was my first language. To this day my parents speak to me in German and I mostly respond in English unless it is something I don't want my kids to understand, I do have some regrets about not teaching my kids the language

Two - My parents were born and raised in Paraguay, South America a beautiful country that I have been fortunate to visit four times and hoping to go back with my brothers and parents in 2009 one last time as a family. I have a tonne of relatives still living out there including my grandparents.

Three - ( this one is a tad graphic) I have a small fear of cats because when I was a child I got my very first pet at the age of five a tiny sweet little kitten and the first day I had it I hopped into the car to go to a friends place and not knowing that my kitten was following me I slammed its head in the car door and I was DEVASTATED!!and thanks to my mom it didn't suffer too much she 'took' care of it and I have been traumatized ever since...I think cats are out to get!

Four - My nose has been broken 4 times - 1) giving my younger brother a piggy back ride and fell flat on my face I did not use my arms to brace my fall because I was trying to protect my brother from hurting himself 2) one of my older brothers(no names mentioned) got mad at me and punched me in the nose when we were little 3) okay this one is quite hilarious...have you seen those cartoons were the character steps on the end of the rake and the handle flies up and hits them in the face...well picture me doing that and yup it is a real kicker!!! YOUCH!!! 4) I was at camp and someone was in the pool and swimming backwards and I got in the way and got punched full force in the nose...on this one it never got 're-set' so I went through junior high and high school with a large bump on my nose...kinda witch like and in 1997 I got my nose-job well not really it was a medical reason to repair my deviated septum and they fixed the bump on my nose, my septum is still deviated but the bump is gone and I am thankful for that!!!!
Whew that was a LONG one!!

Five- I was hit by a car when I was three years old, I was following my brothers around the yard playing with their big dump trucks and they crossed the road and I followed not looking were I was going or looking both ways and I was hit by a car and I remember being carried into the house by a tall man with a beard...I was fine only a few bumps and bruises. Thank goodness for angels!!

Six - I only dated left handed men (unknowingly- meaning I never checked on purpose to see if they were left handed, just happened) AND then I met Conrad and he was my first right-hander and the rest they say is history.....LOL!!!

Seven- My dad was born left-handed but was not allowed to be left-handed in school and was severely punished each time he used his left hand, on one instance he had to sharpen his pencil and place the weight of his head on the tip of the sharpened pencil and the teacher would come around and push his head down to add more force, hence my dad only completed grade 1 or 2. To this day he writes with his right hand but does most other things left handed!! and on a small note my Ezra is the same way, writes with his right and does ALL sports with his left.

Eight- This one is a tad personal but what the heck, most of you know me and know this about me. I was four months pregnant when I got married at the age of 21 I had three kids within three years and got my tubes tied at the age of 25 I am now 30 and all my kids are in school full-time and now I sit and ponder what to do with the rest of my life!!! Life is good and I am so blessed that things turned out as well as they did in my marriage, God is good!!!

Thanks Erin for this meme. If anyone wants to do it, leave me and note and I'll come check it out on your blog!!
Have a great week everyone!!!!!!!

Friday, November 09, 2007

Mother aka the Nag.....

I think that is what my children must think...okay any other mothers out there who also poke and prod and basically push all morning to get the kids out the door on time. This week has been SO frustrating for that. Then add the bickering on top of that with each other and playing with the dog when teeth are supposed to be brushed and this does not make for a happy bunch including mama by the time we are at school. Maybe its just the week but man it has been trying! and then as soon as they leave the van I feel so guilty and feel I could have done things differently, spoken with more patience and less frustration and then the next morning it happens all over again!! I love my kids so much and am not always the best at showing them that during moments like this. As they leave the van I grit my teeth and say " I love you kids have a great day!" .....I tried to talk to them about being accountable for their own time so I don't have to nag to get them out the door on maybe I'll just continue to remind them of this over and over and something will click!! Well I will say I am thankful that I am the one with them every morning, just wish it would go more smoothly!!! I don't want to be remembered as the mom who was always frustrated and pushy....guess after this frustrating week I will try again next week and ask the Lord for help with being more patient and loving!!
Thanks moms out there for listening to me, for all you moms out there with school age kids I know you understand, if you have any thoughts or ideas PLEASE indulge me!!!
Have a great weekend everyone!!

Monday, November 05, 2007

Dadada da....I'm lovin it.......

I am sitting here at my computer next to the window with my cup of coffee and I am loving the scene outside, there are big fluffy flakes of snow coming down. I love the first snow fall of the year why you may ask....well I am going to tell you..

1) The kids wake up excited and full of anticipation of all the outdoor winter activities that they can do...piling snow off the deck and jumping in, making snowmen, making snowangels etc etc

2) Excitement of things to come during this season


b) My birthday

c) My anniversary

d) Blizzard days when the family is forced together and we cuddle up with a good book or board game or a movie...great memories
e) Trip to Cuba - a little escape with friends and my honey
f) Trip to Vegas - time with my babe!

3) The only time of year where I can walk around fully clothed and not have to show skin...LOL...aka everyone looks great in winter!! ( umm can you tell I have shorts phobia?)

This is a common time in my location where people complain and whine about a long winter ahead and yet I love it, hey we choose to live here right?? Speaking of complaining I read somewhere that someone wore a bracelet I guess of any color and they attempted to not complain for 21 days straight, each time they complained the bracelet had to change to the other wrist until eventually 21days were completed...can you imagine? this means not complaining about whiny kids, dishes in the sink, laundry up to the roof, running out of cream when the coffee is fresh..etc etc the millions of other things I complain about everyday. This may be a great way in teaching myself a lesson to be thankful everyday for the abundance that I am I saying I am doing this??? I don't know....anyone want to join me in this challenge??? it could be tough with all the freezing cold days ahead!!

Well whatever the case I wish everyone a fantastic day and enjoy whatever window you are looking through!!

***** and then just like that at 1:45pm the snow is melted and gone till the next snowfall!!

Thursday, November 01, 2007

I Feel a JUNK FOOD week comin on.........and it ain't a good thing~!

Ummmm yeah do my kids really need all this junk.....WOW! We have always taken our kids out trick or treating with friends and it has become and annual fun event that our kids SO look forward to, its also been a great way to bless other kids in the neighborhood with treats, I grew up going out and getting treats and as well with our own kids we have never focused on the negative aspects of Halloween and therefore my kids have only known it as a time to get treats...but oh my land this is the first year they have gotten this much and we were literally out for maybe an hour...crazy!

So many temptations for me being at home all day keeping the candy company, two ways to look at this....1) I am glad I have kids so I have an excuse to go out and get 'free' candy that I can 'share' with my kids OR 2) What on earth were we thinking taking them out trick or treating and having to face this temptation for the next few months. YIKERS

Chocolate is by FAR the biggest temptation for me SO the sooner this disappears (and hopefully not by me...heehee and I do face the scale again in 5 days..eeeek!) the better, a friend gave me and idea that I should let my kids have a few and then freeze the rest for loot bags for birthday party's...hmmm I might have to try that. But man is it ever too bad that Papa is retired, we'll need a good dentist if my kids consume all this!! anyone got a good one they care to share??

OH yeah my kids were SO cute and had such a great time and I will post pics when I get them from my friend's camera!!
Hope everyone had a great night whether or not you were out and about!

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