"No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow." ~Lin Yutang

Monday, May 30, 2011

talent show choreography

adejay is choreographing some dance moves for some friends of aleemay's performance at the talent show.  here are a few videos:

Try to remember, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

gratituesday - mothers

for my gratituesday post this week, i want to recognize my huge amount of gratitude i have for mothers. 

my mother. 

her mother. 

my daddy's mother.

my husband's mother. 

her mother.

my sisters.
pretty much every mother around the world. 
mothers are amazing. 

i feel blessed in that i get to be a mother that stays at home with her kids all the time.  lately though i've had a huge admiration for those mothers that head to work.  i was realizing the chore of not only getting themselves ready and to work at a certain time, they also have to get their little ones ready and to daycare even earlier!  how many kids are dropped off at daycare by 7 or earlier?!  and they've already been dressed and fed!!!!  sometimes they have lunch packed too!!!  seriously, could i do that?!  uh... i don't think so.  that's just shortly after i roll out of bed!  (yeah, this fact embarrasses me, but i'm a real gal just being real.)  so i have gratitude and admiration for moms that work outside of their home. 

i also am very grateful that other moms will take the sacrifice in income to stay at home and nurture their little ones themselves.  i think it's so appreciated by so many people.  i've gotten offended with obama's cyber ads posted EVERYWHERE for moms to "go back to school!"  no!  don't!  give that attention and effort to your little ones! 

i'm grateful for moms that homeschool, send their kids to private school, and mom's that send their kids into the public school's.  it's hard to let go... but education is important and kudos to moms for seeing it important that their children learn and grow socially. 

i'm everly grateful for moms that pray for their children.  prayer is a powerful tool and sometimes it's all we can do to fight off the enemy for our children.  God hears our prayers.  God answers prayers.  praying for your children is an awesome way to reflect, encourage, and let the child (ren) know you love them.

i'm grateful for moms that teach their kids how to work.  i'm grateful for moms that train up their children in God's Word.  i'm grateful for moms that go against the norm of spoilage and teach and train their kids for real life by lessons in character!  chores!  cleaning!  baking!  fixing!  patience!  cooking!  etc. etc. etc...  (the list really could go on for miles, right?!

i'm grateful for moms that care about their children's health and wellness, as well as their fitness. 
i'm grateful for moms that play with their children and also take time to listen to them.  i'm thankful that there are mothers out there that take time for their children!

i'm grateful for mothers that take a role in making sure their children feel protected and safe.  i'm glad there are mothers out their that draw their kids close and hold them tight.  i'm grateful for moms that read to their kiddos. 

i'm grateful for all the mothers out there that do their best in telling their child (ren) "i love you"!  that's what's most important for us mothers.  thanks for being a mom!

Try to remember, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

gratituesday - husband/fathers

i am so thankful for the husband God gave me.  he is such a great father.  on sunday at church, we listened to a message on daddy-ing.  there are always those scary stats running around to prove that kids need their dads, but many don't have 'em.  and that statistically kids don't have very good relationships with their dads if they have a relationship at all.  and that dad's spend little to no time with their families.  etc. etc. etc. 
well, the message really showed me what a great dad my husband is.  he's really good at giving our children what they need in a dad.  especially lately it has shown through. 
he's not afraid to show them affection.
he's so supportive and uplifting to them. 
he affirms them in all their efforts.
he tries his hardest to be there for them as much as he can. 
aleemay had her class play last week and he missed it and it broke his heart.  however, yesterday he was invited to her class to show them what he does.  here are some photos: 

some tools and other stuff on display
 other display stuff

 jones came to help show the tools
thank you, God, for such a wonderful man.  thank you for making him.  thank you that he's such a great daddy!  you're great!!!
Try to remember, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

Sunday, May 1, 2011

menu for the week

this is actually last week's menu, but i've only made two of the items, and i have a carry-over from the last menu (french dip sandwiches).  :)  so... this week it'll be:
  • ham and bean soup (made it already.  it was darn good!)
  • pulled pork sandwiches
  • tacos featuring black beans and corn
  • hamburger ramen / hamburger-a-roni --i'll recipe this one for you all.  it's an anwat special!
  • funeral potatoes with chicken of some sort
  • waffles (breakfast for dinner)
enjoy life.  enjoy your meals.  enjoy family together!
Try to remember, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

what's all THAT?!

this looks like we have SOMETHING growing in our yard!!!  i didn't plant anything... what in the world could it be?!  some of it's orange-ish... but other chunks are almost... blond??? 
could it be?!

i guess it could be...

but, there was a good cause.  each girl cut off 10 inches!!!  so, we'll donate the hair to locks for love.  :) 

Try to remember, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."