Monday, December 29, 2008


Oh My Goodness! Oh My Goodness! I am so thrilled to say that I just found Beth Moore's blog. YES... I... said... BETH... MOORE'S.... BLOG!!! I feel like dancing around the room right now!!! If you haven't heard of Beth Moore, run to the nearest book store or come by my house and I will share!!! What a lady. I know it might sound like I am obsessed - so not the case - just mildy infactuated.

Anyway, she is offering a challenge for scripture memorization and I am excited to take the challenge. I know myself though and it will be very easy for me to make excuses and quit lucky you my many (uh-hmm, two) blog readers...I will be sharing the scriptures I am choosing to learn with you starting on Jan. 1st. The goal is to learn 2 new scriptures a month that are meaningful for YOU. Please, please, please join me if you feel the Lord is leading you to embark on this challenge as well. What sources of encouragement we could be to each other.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

'Tis The Season

Lauren opening presents from her "Aunt" Kelly and "Uncle" Tanner!

This is my VERY messy crafting/gift wrapping room. Shawn was working with the internet on the computer and Lauren was helping me wrap!

Monday, December 22, 2008

8 Things

I don't know how the whole "I got tagged" thing works, but I saw this one on a neat blog and I thought, "what the hay" - you're welcome.

8 Shows I watch:
1. The Office (my fav!)
2. Kath & Kim
3. Grey's Anatomy (although if it gets any cornier I may have to give it up)
4. Jon & Kate Plus 8
5. Friends re-runs
6. 17 Kids and Counting
7. Biggest Loser
8. American Idol

8 Favorite Restaurants:
1. Gilardi's
2. Cheddar's
3. Red Robin
4. Applebee's
5. Zio's
6. Amigos
7. Panera
8.Nearly Famous Deli

8 Things That Happened to Me Today:
1. I slept 7 hours SOLID (that deserves a moment of remembrance)
2. I changed a kazillion diapers (Lauren's got a little poopy problem...I think teething related)
3. I watched my 5 month old baby sit up on her own for about 5 seconds before reaching for a flashy toy and losing her balance (soooo cute!!!)
4. I watched TV on our new big screen
5. I read from the book, "Life Management for Busy Women" by Elizabeth George
6. I made chocolate dipped pretzels
7. I took a long, hot bath
8. I went with Shawn to pick up a few last minute gifts

8 Things I Look Forward to:
1. Lauren's first Christmas
2. Spending quality time with my family
3. Sara Grove's next CD
4. Getting new decorations for the master bedroom
5. Visiting with friends over Christmas break
6. Getting back on a schedule after the holidays
7. New Years Eve at the Ray's
8. A good night's sleep tonight

8 Things That I Wish For:
1. That my daughter will grow up knowing and loving the Lord with all her heart and not make the mistakes I made
2. That I never take for granted or wish away these days of slobbery smiles, poopy diapers, or baby cries
3. That Shawn and I will continue to love each other more and better every day
4. That my Papa JD will recover fully from the stroke and be himself again
5. That the world will remember what God did for us during this Christmas season
6. That I will embrace this season of motherhood fully and always give my best
7. That I would want to wake up early
8. That my house was always clean and the laundry always done

Ok - So now I am going to tag the following ladies...whenever you get a chance!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

I'm still here staring blankly at my blog

Every day I open my blog with good intentions. I intend to write something meaningful, interesting, funny, what-have-you. But, moments before I click that orange Publish Post button, I become paralyzed. Below is the conversation I have with myself:

Me: Ok, I'm gonna do it this time, no matter what.
Me: I can't do it. This is a stupid post, what was I thinking? You have nothing worth sharing.
Me: Nobody reads this anyway, it is just for me. I can post what matters to me. Breathe!
Me: What if somebody did decide to read it today, this one post would be the make or break it for them...oh why did I post about that?!?!
Me: It doesn't matter.......right?
Me: Clicks the Sign Out button.

Ultimately I leave the blogosphere feeling rather icky inside. How can everyone else write so freely and beautifully?

Anyway, if you are one of my many (um...2) readers our there and have been counting on me to deliver some awesome reading material, I am truly sorry. There should be counseling for my condition.

Saturday, December 06, 2008


I look around and wonder if it will ever get done. There are boxes in every room. Some are opened with contents strewn about the room and others wait patiently. I hate unpacking. I hate it so very much. I hate it because it isn't perfect. I hate it because I don't know right now where things should go in order to serve their purpose the very best. I hate it because it seems to never end. Seriously, how do we have so much stuff?