Thursday, April 30, 2009


It seems in life we can be gripped by so many things, we allow things like fear, doubt, anxiety to take hold and grip us.
I got such an amazing picture of this the other day as I was tucking my sweet girl into bed, just moments before she was jumping around happy and laughing and giggling about something and then as soon as I pulled up the blanket up to her neck she looked at me and her eyes were full of tears. It was as if a wave had come over her and it had truly gripped her. I asked her what was wrong and she proceeded to tell me that she was so scared that something would happen to us and our house that it would be completely destroyed and everything would be lost. Wow this took me back a bit and then the preacher came out in this mama and I repeated 2Timothy 1:7 God has NOT given us a spirit of Fear but of Power, Love and a sound mind, and that means that this fear is not something that God has given to you and it is not something He wants you to think about, He wants you to have a SOUND mind, filled with peace and good thoughts. She asked me if I could print out the verse and put it up in her room so she could memorize it, which I did immediately and placed on her mirror, after we prayed she went on to have a peaceful sleep.
This is such a big deal in our society, every where I go there are people gripped walking around in a constant state of fear, anxiety,worry and it causes so many side affects, the biggest one being that we are not able to enjoy life the way that God intended us to enjoy it. Are there going to be issues in life to deal with and things pressed against us that may try to cause fear and anxiety? Absolutely put through it all with God as our source we are to be filled with a peace that passes all understanding and the JOY of the Lord as our strength.
I guess I am so passionate about this because I want my children to live life to the fullest, take time to be silly, to laugh, to love and live a full life and deals with issues as they arise but don't allow the problems in life to stop the joy and it breaks my mama heart when I see how easily fear can try to take hold and grip a child like that.
Of course there are days when I am sad or upset or just plain cranky because goodness I am human I just really don't want my circumstances to define me.
I love what someone once said, 'It is not about our circumstance because God IS our circumstance.' I want to purpose myself in life in such a way to try and live each day to the fullest even though I so often fall short I keep on keeping on because no matter what others may think GOD IS GOOD!!!

Sunday, April 19, 2009


While my kids were helping my dad clean up my mom and dad's yard they came across a tiny discovery, two baby bunnies they didn't have their eyes open yet.

Ezra begged to take them home but I was not ready to feed them with droppers and explained to him they would be better off with their mom and if their mom doesn't come back then it is a natural process of life. He made my dad promise that he wouldn't kill them.

They were placed back in the bunny nest and covered up, on a side note did you know that the mother bunny sheds hair and places it over the nest in order to keep the babies warm?? really neat.

Here is a pic taken with my cell phone, not too clear. These are the babies in my 10 year old Noah's hands.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

We've Got a Flood...

On my way to work today and on the way home I took these pictures. We are experiencing flooding in the area due to the River flooding from melting snow and ice jams. Some houses are being destroyed, some are being protected by sandbags. Thankfully we are just out of reach of the flood and are not experiencing any difficulties. Our only inconvenience is that we will now have to drive 20-30mins extra in the morning to go to work, which is not bad considering there are a lot of people experiencing the stress of protecting their homes.
These are all taken along a highway outside of our town, even though it may look like a day at the lake it isn't this is all farm land....

Monday, April 13, 2009


Well the Easter weekend was exciting and somewhat uneventful. We took the kids plus and extra kid to a neighboring city for the weekend as Conrad had to work a home show on EASTER weekend,( I mean who plans a home show for Easter weekend), anyway.... So the kids spent every waking minute swimming and they felt super special to be able to order room service for supper twice, yup lazy mom not wanting to wait in line-ups with kids and wait in a restaurant for food so we ordered up, it was nice.

So I am driving my van home alone(3hour drive) with the kids on Sunday headed to my parents for a gathering as Conrad had to stay back to work Sunday all day. So we are approx. 1 hour into our drive when Ezra shouts from the back " Mom there is something making a really weird noise". I shut off the music and sure enough there is something strange going on. So I pull over climb out of the van in my four inch heals all dressed up for our gathering and bend down and check out the van from the bottom only to find my MUFFLER DRAGGING ON THE GROUND. Well I had a few choice words running through my head, none of which actually made an exit out of my mouth :) I climbed back in the vehicle and called Conrad, he explained he could be there in an hour to try and fix it or I could try and do it myself. Told him I would call him back and got changed into dirty clothes (in front of all the kids, to which Ezra said 'seriously mom that is sick' yes thank you son for that ego boosting comment). So once I had all my rolls safely hidden in place I asked one of the kids for their shoelaces. Once I got the shoelaces in hand I went the back of the vehicle to fix this thing, climbed under the van, tied up the muffler and IT WORKED, away we went, made it all the way home, dropped of the van at the shop and borrowed a vehicle to go to my gathering, which by the way was fabulous :) I love my family.

This morning I walked over to the shop to let the mechanic know what happened as I walked in the door he says 'Hey shoe lace lady' ah okay 'Hello.' I guess Conrad already called to explain. As I was explaining further what happened the mechanic says with a chuckle ' yes you are one of the aggressive type women' say what???

As I am walking home I am pondering that statement, AGGRESSIVE TYPE that a good thing? So I got the job done to drive the van home and that makes me an aggressive woman? Okay interesting....

So what do you think would you want to be called and AGRESSIVE TYPE WOMAN??

Saturday, April 04, 2009


While my daughter Keziah was away at Grandma's house for Spring Break I decided to re-do her room, it was a lot of fun and a lot of work but I think it was totally worth it, here are the pics :)



Watching her face when she sees it for the first time : priceless

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Can I have that in Writing?

Those are the words I always say to my sweet Noah whenever:

*he tells me he will always love me

*and when we talk about what kind of woman he will marry

*and when I ask if he will still give me hugs and kisses.

Well imagine my surprise
when this past weekend he told me that he actually wanted to put it into writing, 'um really?' I asked, 'that means that every time you are giving me a hard time later on in life I can walk you to my room, where it will be hanging, and show you what you promised'.

His response 'yup mom I know.'

So he actually nagged me for THREE days to get it done.......... I did it, got it done. Here it is
(Click to enlarge.)