Monday, April 28, 2008

Behind the Scene... and the winner is...

Tackle It Tuesday Meme

Check it out over at 5 Minutes for Mom.

And the winner of Mr. Clean magic erasers!!! - is Comment # 24 - Amy!

Congrats and Happy Tackling my dear!

Oh, and just for some old fashion fun, check this out :o)...

Sunday, April 27, 2008

My Walk Monday

Man I'm I loving the accountability God has given me through blogging Mondays!
Just gathering up my Bible and study books every Sunday night to get these posts going is such a wonderful time for me... and I know God is using it because the enemy attacked on Sunday last week!
I am doing better now knowing that God has given me a little insight on the "flaming arrow" that hit me.

I noticed that my enemy is threatened by my growth and he is doing his best to make me feel defeated... he wants to handicap me so I will no longer be that threat! He wants to stop my growth again. Let me tell ya - in Jesus' name - I am not the defeated one you are Satan!!! A-men ladies?!
I learned a lot in my Beth Moore study on "Ancient Ruins" this week, or generational sins. It was nice to look back not only to see the good (that I don't often see) in my mommy, but also to (possibly) find some answers as to why my dad's family is how they are. It's nice to find some positive in the situations I have been through learning that "enslaved parents teach their children how to live in bondage even with the best of intentions to do otherwise." Read this story Beth shared, it really hit me hard...
"When I was little, my nurse Dibby's cousin had a dog, just a mutt,
and the dog was pregnant. I don't know how long dogs are pregnant,
but she was due to have her puppies in about a week.
She was out in the yard one day and got in the way of the lawn mower
and her two hind legs got cut off. They rushed her to the vet and he said,
"I can sew her up, or you can put her to sleep if you want, but the puppies are okay.
She'll be able to deliver the puppies."
Dibby's cousin said, "Keep her alive."
So the vet sewed up her backside, and over the next week the dog
learned to walk. She didn't spend any time worrying, she just learned to walk by
taking two steps in the front and flipping up her backside, and then
taking two steps and flipping up her backside again. She gave birth to six little puppies,
all in perfect health. She nursed them and then weaned them.
And when they learned to walk, they all walked like her!"
I am willing to break the chains Satan has placed in the generations of my family and Satan wants to leave them there so he can choke me with them! God allowed my family to be tempted with these things, and since it is a possibility with Satan, he tries to increase the probability! He is an opportunist!
Now this promise was really awesome! In Exodus 20:5 & 6 God shows us that 3-4 generations may suffer from the sins of their fathers, but to those who love Him and keep His commandments He WILL show lovingkindness TO THOUSANDS of their generations!
This is the heaviest thing I learned this week and I feel very strongly about giving Satan NO MORE opportunities. I no longer want to cooperate with him in my lazy and careless attitude, but I want to deliberately cooperate with God.

"The blood's already been shed. Isn't it worth a little sweat and tears?"

This week's Question: What is the very first scripture you ever memorized? Or the one you first - remember - memorizing? And when was it?

My Answer: Romans 8:1
  • "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."
  • My good friend and Bible study leader shared it with me on the night of a youth home fellowship where I confessed a heavy sin I hated myself for... (Thanks Joshie for sharing this most important scripture with me.)

Scrappin' Sunday

TA-DA... Yes I got some of my to-dos done from last week - are you proud?

Here are my favorite photos of JJ's 2nd year...

And here are my favorite's of B.Boy's 1st year...
If you want to see the photos chosen for my daughter's 1st year CLICK HERE, and if you want to see the layouts that became of them CLICK HERE.

And here is my running TO-DO list that I will update through the week until next week! (Next week will be exciting for Scrappin' Sunday because it is National Scrapbook Day next weekend!!! - and I am going to my sister's house for my first overnight crop!!!)

  1. put together my Rusty Pickle make-n-take for National SB Day
  2. finish an engagement invitation for a family member
  3. plan layouts with JJ & B.Boy's pics and get the photos printed
  4. meet with a new client for her wedding album
  5. plan a display album for a friend
  6. and a simple mother's day album for my mom

I've decided to keep a rolling list from now on of things I would like to get done scrap-wise to keep myself accountable. And what I mean by rolling list a lot of it will probably "roll" on for a couple weeks until it gets crossed off :o)

  • Now onto this week's Bonus Question: Do you buy patterned paper just because you like it, or because you have something specific in mind?
    • I almost always have something specific in mind! Like this week I will go out and use my free $20 at my local scrapbook store knowing all of the layouts I have planned for this weekend. I will need girlie paper, boy paper, and baby paper, I will also have specific colors and patterns in mind knowing the photos.
    • Of coarse there are always those times that I know I will use cute paper like at THIS LINK - pages 13, 26-29, 41, 43 - though I don't buy those right away unless they stay on my "like" list for a while.
  • And here's a Bonus Question I missed from week 6: Do you ever find yourself in a position where your paper crafts aren't fun at the moment, but you feel obligated to finish them?
    • YES! OH YES - TOTALLY! This was happening to me just last weekend before my monthly crop. I was even having the desire to give up completely and donate all my product away! Sometimes it just feels like a waste of time or money, but I often just take this as a lie from the enemy because I KNOW God uses my scrapbooking to bless others and to grow me, I also get great fellowship when I craft with my Christian friends! So, yes I press-on and am always blessed in the end :o)

Thursday, April 24, 2008

More Yummy things for Thursday!

My kids! :o) I got their pictures taken at Kiddie Kandids recently because B.Boy is now two and Mini is 3 months old! (Yes she has grown VERY fast!)

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Thursday's Thing

The PMS club is this Thursday's Thing!

If you haven't noticed I have had their button on my sidebar for a while now and haven't mentioned to you yet on what it is! It's a group of ladies getting together to Praise their (My) Savior, I think it's totally awesome! Check them out and come PMS with me :o)

On Thursday's (monthly) they have an article called I've got the Joy written by my new bloggy friend Deborah at A Cup of Joy :o) I'd like to share something about my Joy in a second, but I would also like to share the award Deborah honored me with! I love it! Thank you Deborah!

Now on to that wonderful Joy!

I wanted to share this story with you that I read in my Healed and Set Free Bible study a while back. Thank you Tammy for sharing this story in your study I have not be able to forget it since I read it... Here you are ladies...

A man's daughter had asked the local pastor to come and pray with her father. When the pastor arrived, he found the man lying in bed with his head propped up on two pillows and an empty chair beside his bed. The pastor assumed that the old fellow had been informed of his visit."I guess you were expecting me," he said.

"No, who are you?"

"I'm the new associate at your local church," the pastor replied. "When I saw the empty chair, I figured you knew I was going to show up."

"Oh yeah, the chair," said the bedridden man. "Would you mind closing the door?" Puzzled, the pastor shut the door.

"I've never told anyone this, not even my daughter," said the man. "But all of my life I have never known how to pray. At church I used to hear the pastor talk about prayer, but it always went right over my head."

"I abandoned any attempt at prayer," the old man continued, "until one day about four years ago my best friend said to me, 'Joe, prayer is just a simple matter of having a conversation with Jesus. Here's what I suggest. Sit down on a chair; place an empty chair in front of you, and in faith see Jesus on the chair. It's not spooky because he promised, 'I'll be with you always. ' Then just speak to him and listen in the same way you're doing with me right now."

"So, I tried it and I've liked it so much that I do it a couple of hours every day. I'm careful, though. If my daughter saw me talking to an empty chair, she'd either have a nervous breakdown or send me off to the funny farm."

The pastor was deeply moved by the story and encouraged the old guy to continue on the journey. Then he prayed with him, and returned to the church.

Two nights later the daughter called to tell the pastor that her daddy had died that afternoon. "Did he seem to die in peace?" he asked.

"Yes, when I left the house around two o'clock, he called me over to his bedside, told me one of his corny jokes, and kissed me on the cheek. When I got back from the store an hour later, I found him dead. But there was something strange, in fact, beyond strange--kinda weird. Apparently, just before Daddy died, he leaned over and rested his head on a chair beside the bed."

Isn't that BEAUTIFUL?! Ever since the night my son ran into the street I have been inviting Jesus to the spot on the couch next to my bed...

I even slept with my Bible that night (which is something I used to do in High School) because the Word is God (John 1:1) and He is my comforter (Jeremiah 8:18) and I desperately needed Him! And as you know now I feel that He is calling me to that spot for my quiet time with Him (I've only made it twice since) but OH THE JOY! - It comes with such peace! God has been so good to me, calling me to obedience in tiny baby steps like...

  1. having me buy a book that was only $3.50
  2. helping me finish it when it was only 87 pages and day-to-day/devotion style
  3. Now having me get up early to go to the couch right next to me!


The first time I got there early in the morning I feel back asleep (but it was so wonderfully peaceful, like I was sleeping in His lap!)... and in my sleeping moments there was this POWERFUL, yet small and quite voice saying "Ephesians two, one through twenty two". That has never happened to me, praise God! When I got up I read it and it was ALL encouraging on Mercy, Great Love, Kindness, Hope!!! Now that is a reason to be Joyful!!! A-men?

Monday, April 21, 2008

Tackle it Tuesday - Behind the Scenes

Yes ladies, it's that time again to share with you what I have tackled for this week over at 5 Minutes for Mom.

I figured this week I would give you a little look behind the scenes to show you no one is perfect :o)

If you saw my tackle over there you know it's was a looong one! Well, now take a look at what I have NOT gotten done :o)... it needs folded and put away!

Now look at what others have done for me (thank you Mena and Jon!)
And this is what Mini was doing while I was tackling the kitchen :o) She was in her bouncer on the clean table looking out the window till she feel asleep - she LOVES being swaddled! :o)

My Walk Monday

My Walk Monday

Welcome... I am blessed to have you here.
I don't know about you, but I have had an interesting week. Lately I have been feeling like I got hit by one of those flaming arrows, but so blind-sighted like I don't know WHERE I got hit! I'm just trying to pray more and hopefully God will bring me to some kind of understanding of it.
I have been in the word though - Praise God! I finished reading through James last week and told you I would share everything I learned once I'm done... it's a lot, but here you go, this is exactly how I write as I read...

  • chapter 1
    • v. 2, 3, 19 - God wants to teach me to endure by testing my trust in Him.
    • v. 4 - He wants to grow me and make me mature.
    • v. 6-8 - I need to pray for specifics without doubt or not expect God to work at all.
    • v. 12 - God wants to reward me with a crown when I learn to persevere.
    • v. 13-15 - sin starts in my thoughts as temptations and is accomplished when I act.
    • v. 19, 20 - I must be quiet, listen and not get angry.
    • v. 21 - I must put my self aside.
    • I must be humble and receive the word that saves.
    • v. 22-25 - I must do the word, not just listen to it, then I will be blessed.
    • v. 27 - I want to be true and unstained by the world.
  • chapter 2
    • v. 1-12 - don't show partiality.
    • v. 13 - show more mercy and be less judgmental.
    • v. 22 - God wants met to act on my faith to bring it to perfection.
    • v. 24 - and use my works to justify me. (just-if-i'd never sinned)
  • chapter 3
    • v. 1 - if I want to teach I am asking for a stricter judgement from God.
    • v. 2-6 - I want God to direct my words so then He can also direct my self... I want Him to be my horseman, my pilot, my fire!
    • v. 16 - the disorder and evil in my life is coming from the jealousy and selfish ambition.
    • v. 17 - wisdom from God comes with purity, peace, gentleness, reason, mercy, good fruits, stability, and the ability to follow.
  • chapter 4
    • v. 1 - my selfish pleasures are what cause my battles (both inside & out).
    • v. 2 - I have not because I ask not.
    • v. 3 - or maybe I ask with the wrong motives?
    • v. 4 - am I acting like a friend or enemy of the world? of God?
    • v. 7 - submit to God - resist the devil and he will flee
    • v. 8 - draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
    • v. 11 - If I speak against my brother I judge him.
    • v. 12 - I am taking a position of God when I judge!
    • v. 13-15 - I shouldn't be making my own plans but I should be saying, "If the Lord wills".
  • chapter 5
    • v. 3 - am I storing up treasures on earth?
    • v. 4 - do I owe anyone to anything that would cause them to cry to God against me?
    • v. 7 - a good picture of patience = as the farmer waits for the precious produce.
    • v. 9 - "Do not complain against one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the judge is standing right at the door."
    • v. 11 - blessed are those who endure... the Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
    • v. 12 - to not fall under judgement, let your yes be yes and no be no.
    • v. 13-15 - suffering -> pray, cheerful -> sing praise, sick -> have the elders pray and anoint you with oil.
    • v. 16 - to be healed -> confess and pray for one another.
    • v. 19-20 - it is good practice to turn sinners from the error of their ways, it will cover their sins and save them from death.
I have also had devotion time in Ephesians 2, Colossians 3, and Genesis 4, with God showing me...
  • He wants to show me mercy and GREAT love (this was nice because I am still struggling my my disobedience).
  • He wants to show me His kindness.
  • I have hope with Him in this world.
  • I am of His household. (And so are you my dear Christian sisters)
  • God is renewing me to the true knowledge that Christ is all!
  • He wants me to be compassionate, kind, humble, gentle, patient, tolerant, and forgiving.
  • I want to learn better to work with a sincere heart to God, not as a man pleaser... especially with Tackle it Tuesday.
  • I want to give God my first and my best in devotions to Him, not my felt-overs or just a good try, but my BEST!
  • I need to master the sin of keeping my fatty-laziness to myself :o)

This week's Question: What do you run to instead of God? How can you tangibly remedy that?

My Answer: I run to my husband - poor thing!!! God has been showing me to hold my tongue and go to Him in times when I want to go to Joshie. It been hard and wonderful all at the same time. I am just thankful God is slowing guiding me out of this one through obedience and quietness.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Scrappin' Sunday

Oh dear, here I am again sharing that I (once again) did not get my to-dos done from last week... but I did get one layout done just yesterday because I went to a crop and had some great fellowship!! (Thank you Joshie for letting me sleep in then kicking me out to crop! I love you!)

Here it is my dears... TA-DA...

And my TO-DO... lets look through ALL the ones I have not completed and finish them huh?! UPDATED and added to...

  1. put together my Rusty Pickle make-n-take for National SB Day
  2. get orders ready for CTMH, Roger's & Stampendous
  3. pick photos to print for JJ's 2 layouts of her second year
  4. and more photos for B.Boy's 2 layouts of his first year
  5. and (while I'm at it) more photos of GG's birth
  6. take and purchase professional photos
  7. put a slit in one of my paint cans to make it a "donation" can
  8. finish an engagement invitation for a family member

(I am getting ready to Scrapbook at my sister's house over night in two weeks :o) Ps. Give her a visit and a comment - she's newer to blogging.

Bonus Question: Where is your favorite place to get craft supplies? That's kind of a tough one for me... I guess I like to get them from anywhere because if I like something - I like it- period... it does not matter where it's from.

And here's a Bonus Question I missed from week 5: Where do you do your crafts? In my craft room! On the wonderful table my handsome husband and his daddy made for me. :o)

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Then Sings my Soul Saturday

There's one I love to "scream" with while I am doing dishes by myself. :o)

Skillet - Better than Drugs!

Enjoy :o)

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

My little brother... and MY CAT!

I'm taking over Tackle it Tuesday!

From now on I will be posting my tackles over at 5MinutesForMom. Janice was getting so overloaded with all that's on her plate that when I asked her if she needed anything and she replied really not wanting to do Tackle it Tuesday anymore I was completely excited to step in! Praise God that I will have this constant accountability and she will have less responsibility :o).
Tackle It Tuesday Meme

Tackle It Tuesday Meme

I even made new Tackle it Tuesday buttons and shared a tip on how to syphon water with a hose this week.

Of coarse you will still find me here on Tuesdays giving you hints on what I tackled for the week, but you will have to hop over there to see all the dirty details (literally).... and this week's a doozey!

Here's your hint...

Sunday, April 13, 2008

My Walk Monday

Again I feel I have had a blessed week in the Lord, I hope you have too. It has been really good that this Meme holds me accountable to have my walk... of course if I were to come here and say I have not read or learned at all I would expect you all to lovingly rebuke me :o) I really do mean for this Meme to help us lift each other up, bear one another's burdens and sharpen each other's iron! :o) So please don't be surprised when I stop by to see how you are doing if you have not been around... you are loved.
So... do you want to hear what I have learned? A good one from this morning in youth group with my husband (when I had to fumble around in my purse to find paper (a receipt) to write on) was... well, let's see if I can find the receipt now...
  • The only way Satan can hurt God is through us. (Think about that one for a moment, it hit me hard!)
  • My response... I don't want anyone hurting my King, especially if they are planning on using me to do it! (Ps. we were in Gen. 3)
And some nice news! I finished reading my Let Go book... a total God send and a blessing I will never forget! I may not believe the same things the author of these letters did, but I know that God definitely used his words to put me in check with my self.
After reviewing what I have already learned, God showed me a bit more on what Surrendering is like for me. You see I was reading about surrender meaning to accept whatever God sends as I looked at the photo of the giant wave from last week's post. It made me think about my labor with BBoy. I had him with no meds and was thinking on what my lovely Birthing Coach would say during the super hard contractions (you see she used to surf and I think this is no coincidence!) she would tell me to "Just ride the wave". Now I see that that was me surrendering to the pain! This is a great picture of surrender to me. God just wants me to take each wave as it comes and be faithful to balance as He holds me in His arms.

  • You see we are never alone, God is always there as our faithful friend to hold us up when we are weak.
  • And even if the problems we have seem to be waves over our heads they are always under His feet!
  • Many of our steps to victory come on our knees.
I encourage you this week to actually set time aside to pray, maybe even setting a timer to do so to keep you from distractions.

Now for this week's Question: Do you have a favorite place or time to get alone with God? If yes, when, where and maybe why?... If no, can you think of one you could make, giving it to the Lord as a place for you and Him to hang-out together?

My Answer: When my kids are awake I have a spot in my family room on the couch. I like it because it still makes me available to them and because I am close to my husband's computer which reminds me to pray with them and pray for my husband. When they are not awake (which is not often) I think God is calling me to a different spot (on the couch in my bedroom), which I am actually not being faithful to come to... please pray for my rebellion to stop. Thank you ladies and remember you are loved!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Then Sings my Soul Saturday

This is totally how I have been feeling lately, I am just thankful God is faithful to use my times alone in my car to minister to my heart through songs on the radio. Thank you Barlow Girl for being faithful to write it. He told me He wanted me 5 weeks ago at the ladies retreat I went to, and I still keep my heart from Him. I don't want to do it anymore on my own Lord, I want you too.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Tackle it Tuesday

This is another repeat Tackle! Gosh! I always feel like I am repeating these things, but I guess that's the life of the quite homemaker :o)

I've been wanting to get this one done for months now! I'm so glad it's finished!

It is my unorganized bookcase again, it was the last part in my big room swap....

Also if you look at Sunday's post you will see MORE I tackled! ;o) Me so Happy!

Monday, April 07, 2008

My Walk Monday

Hello everyone, I pray that you will find much encouragement here as it is my heart to both grow myself, but also along-side you my sisters! Remember to share in the comments what you are learning in the Lord and, or answer to the question. Here is some of what I have learned this week... first I will start again in my 'Let Go' book...
  • I want to come to Jesus with nothing of my self, I just want Him to see His own beauty and holiness in me.
  • My weaknesses can turn out to be my strengths (through Jesus) if I just accept them humbly.
  • Real surrender is resting in the love of God, as a little baby rests in its mommy's arms.
    • Isn't that I beautiful picture of our God holding us like babies?!
  • Surrender is not a huge heroic laying down of ourselves, it is simply accepting whatever God sends, and not seeking to change it, unless His will is to see it changed.
  • Surrender is full of peace, if we have restlessness and concerns about what we surrendered it was not genuine.
    • This really made me question whether a couple things I have given were fully surrendered or not, I found the answer to be no... you try.
  • Daily death will completely destroy the pain of final death.

These next couple really blessed me because of how I have been feeling lately, it helped me see WHY I am feeling this way...
  • My imagination works overtime, exaggerating terrors of death because my self is fighting to live! Self is trying to get me to hate all kinds of death to make me selfish again instead of selfless!
    • I have really been struggling just the past couple days regarding being needed by everyone in my family and not having time to my SELF, AHHH! Listen to that!
  • "We are tempted to become discouraged and despondent to our present situations. We see our current trials rolling in toward us like great, overpowering, ocean waves. Our hearts fail us with fear at the prospect of drowning. We do not see that we stand within the point at which God, with a steady finger, has drown the boundary line. Beyond that line the waves cannot pass."
    • (1 Corinthians 10:13 - No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.)
    • This reminds me of those giant VERY scaring looking waves on those surfing contests that make me feel claustrophobic just watching the surfers in the middle of the wave! My throat tightens up just typing about it!
    • But it also reminds me of the boundary line my God drew when my son didn't get hit by a car two weeks ago... now this is a God we can trust!
  • Resisting God is the cause of all my distress.
    • Again like I said I have been bothered lately and since this book is in the format of a bunch of personal letters, this part felt like it was just for me!
  • I allow myself to be so locked up within that I have no power to get out of my self.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Scrappin' Sunday

Hey ladies joining me from the Sunday Scrappin' Hub, nice to see you here.

Well my TA-DAs, hum? I got some of my to-do's done from last week...
  • I cleaned up my scrap space AGAIN (pics above)... I feel like I just did this!
  • I entered one of my orders for National Scrapbook Day (which I am totally excited about because from the product I ordered they decided to match that amount in promotional products for giveaways!)
  • I also downloaded some new fonts from Allie Hoopes to play with...
  • and a made a rolling "email me button" with my families pics for my blog (featuring a couple of those fonts).
  • Do you think a custom button like that would be a good giveaway for the upcoming party?

My TO-DO for this week will be... to put together my Rusty Pickle tutorial for the Scrapbooking Blog Party. I think that'll be it since I have B.Boy's birthday party coming up next weekend.

Now for this week's Bonus Question: What kind of projects do you do the most often?
Lately I have had a lot of altered projects, if you check my Scrappin' Sunday page you will see that.

And Here's a Bonus Question I missed from week 4: Share a favorite tip or technique that you've learned recently... Well I shared a tutorial for my most favorite technique last week... distressing. Check it out and enjoy.

Happy Scrapping!

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Then Sings my Soul Saturday

This song made me cry the other day in the car. I've heard it before, and it was always touching, but with my son choking and running in the street recently it hit a little more close to home. You see I have been feeling either like God is getting me ready for something big like losing a loved one, or I am getting attacked and Satan is trying to distract me and make me live in fear. I want to thank Tanya for sharing her son Brent's story, it was one of the many that have come past my view lately along with this one, very moving also! God bless you Tonya, to see that you are doing well with the Lord after losing a child is a great encouragement to me! My mom lost my twin sister when she was just 7 months old, (she ended up in a mental hospital when I was 2) they said my twin would have been physically and mentally handicapped if she lived, I praise God that she is there with Jesus now instead of suffering through life on this earth. Here's my song by Mark Schultz. Oh, and the lyrics are here if you would like.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

I can't NOT distress!

I LOVE to distress my paper when I craft!!! And this time I wanted to share a tutorial with you. Enjoy!








Here is a paint can I recently made with this same distressed paper to give you an idea :o)

If you have any questions please feel free to ask them in the comments line or via email, thanks!

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Not so Wordless Wednesday!

ANOTHER close call with my son!
He was choking today!!! Not breathing, mouth open, trying to cough, lips started to turn blue, panic on his little face like "Mommy fix it!"... the whole bit!!!! I automatically put him over my knee to do the Baby Heimlich Maneuver...
He is fine, the bit of turkey meat came right out, he started crying so I knew he was fine, poor little guy! We kinda knew this would happen someday with the way he has always eaten.

Please if you do not know read up on the Heimlich Maneuver, it can save someone's life!!!

When I was young probably about 5 or 6 I used to walk to school with my mom her friend and her friend's kids, we used to stop at the corner market and get candy. I used to love buying Jaw Breakers (Can you see where this story is going?), which I no longer care for... well I choked on one and since no one really knew what to do my mom's friend took me by the ankles and swung me upside down until it came out!!!! Talk about crazy!!! This memory often seems like a dream because it was so strange, but it really did happen. Praise God for this woman's quick decision even without knowledge she saved my life!

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Tackle it Tuesday... A Blessing!

My Sister in law recently sent me this in an email (below) and took my kids for like 4 hours yesterday!

"I was wondering if you had a day each week that you could use a couple hours without the older kids? My friend and I had a "Kid Swap" each Tuesday/Thursday before I moved back here. It was Awsome! I have Mondays available and was wondering if I could come pick up JJ and B.Boy for few hours. You would still have the new baby, but it would give you a bit to sleep, clean, laundry, shop, scrapbook, whatever you want to do with those hours... they would be yours (And, Baby's). You don't have to take my kids. We'll just get you some extra time and I will get to know my Niece and Nephew! : ) (Which I'm dying to anyway)

Of coarse this is when I get all the phone calls and knocks at the door to destract me from whatever tasks I chose to do, but I still got so soo much done!

  1. I finally put three piles of laundry away; both folded in drawers and hung in closets.
  2. I cut down the pile of dirty dishes in the sink.
  3. I vacuumed!
  4. I picked up the table tops in my front room.
  5. I cleaned parts of my bathroom (the sink, toilet, and countertop).
  6. I sorted and cleaned more laundry.
  7. I studied the Word a bit.
  8. I even got to visit with my new nephew! Look how cute! I was there when he was born!!!

I've been blog-hopping today

And found a new blog with a very interesting line of comments, it is Digging for Pearls...

... she has a post asking Christian women to share what their top 10 struggles are. If you go to her site (linked above) you can share too, and be entered in a book giveaway. Oh and I would love if you would copy and paste your comment from her blog to mine on this post so I can get to know you (my readers) better.

Here is my top 10...

  1. the lies of the enemy
  2. feeling like I am a bad mother and wife
  3. ...because I cannot get everything done at home
  4. jealousies over my husband's hobbies
  5. anger
  6. laziness
  7. time management / schedule planning
  8. patience
  9. my appearance in a mirror and the fact that clothes just aren't built for me.
  10. getting out with the kids

I also found this blog post and I find that this video below would be my reaction...