Friday, April 22, 2011

Easter Blessings

Happy Easter friends.  Spring and Easter are here.  It really helps my mood when the warm weather starts to settle in and the wonderful sun shows it's self a little more often than it does in the winter.  Some of the flowers are popping up in my yard. 

Oh they make me feel so happy!

I was walking home from work and found this wonderful creation on the ground. 

It is absolutely amazing to me how such a small creature can make a nest like this.  It is wound around so tight and the mommy and daddy were really thinking when they put the really soft stuff in the middle so everyone will be extra comfy.  I know that is always my goal at home.  I want everyone to feel welcome and oh so comfortable.

Hope you have a wonderful Easter filled with church, family, food and fellowship. 


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Monday, April 18, 2011

Shoe Box Swap, Spring 2011

I participated in the Sister Shoebox Swap again. The hosts are Monica at The homespun Heart and Carrie at With All That I've Been Given.  Not sure why I like this so much but I do.  I love to read my swap partners blog and figure out what they may like.  I have to say though this time it was a little more challenging for me than the first time.  I had Michelle at The This and That of Everyday Life.   She is very sweet, family loving, Christian woman.  I loved reading about her family.

I sent Michelle these things.

And she sent me: ( side note I deleted the picture I took of all the things she gave me.  I gathered them back up but I feel as if I am missing something.  Sorry if I left something out Michelle.)

She figured out all the things I love. 

I saw the box on my porch when I arrived home from work one day and I  got butterflies in my stomach.  Just like a little kid would getting a new present.  It is just so fun. 

Thanks Michelle for all the wonderful things. 


Saturday, April 16, 2011

Thank Goodness for Little Brothers

It is so hard some days having 2 kids away at college.  I worry about making sure they are safe or can we get to them if they need us right away.  Just a lot of little things.  Every day I pray that God takes these little worries from me and just put my heart and stomach at ease.  It is a daily struggle for me but I am really trying.  I guess maybe I am one of those mom's who has a hard time cutting the apron strings.  I just want to lock them in our house keep them safe and not let them go through all of lifes dailey struggles.  Obviously that is not realistic.  So a lot of praying has to be done on my part.  The other day Alyssa calls me in kind of a panic.

She said, "I left my lights on and my car won't start now". 

"Oh, Alyssa",  I said

She said," I have to get to the dance studio".

I said, "Well, call your brother and see if he can come jump start your car for you".

She said. "Yeah that is what I was going to do."

She had a friend take her to work so she was not to late.   Little brother to the rescue.

She called him and asked what he was doing?

 He said, "Studying".

 Yes, that is good to hear.  I was happy about that.   

She said, "Will you come to my house and jump start my car for me before the storm hits"? 

It was about to storm bad and they were under a tornado watch.  Being the good little brother he is he went right over got it started in just a couple of minutes.  All before it started to rain.  I am so thankful they are at college together.  It sure helps this mommy know they have each other to rely on when we are so far away.   

Letting your kids grow up is so hard.  I am not really crazy about.

Thanks Ryan for helping your big sister out.  You are such a blessing.



Thursday, April 14, 2011


Usually the very first thing I do when I wake, at 4:30 a.m. every  morning, is let my dog out.  If I do not he will not leave me alone while I do my devotions.  When I opened the door I could see something in the street but could not quite tell what it was since it was so dark.  When I was leaving for work I saw it was this.

Ok, that is so gross.  It was really windy that night and I am assuming the neighbors trash got knocked over.  Then someone proceeded to run over it in the alley and drug it out in the street. That could happen.  I thought well they will see it and pick it up or the trash man will be here soon and will have to drive right over it surely he will pick it up.  Right?  Nope neither the neighbor or the trash man picked it up.  When I came home for lunch it was still all there.  I was kind of upset.  I think if that is your trash you know.  I would know if it was ours.  It had everything in it from Kentucky Fried Chicken boxes to diapers. If you ate Kentucky and have a baby you know that trash is yours, pick it up.  I thought well I am going to leave it there until I get home from work a little after 3.  When I got home it was pick up.  My husband works early morning hours and so he is home from work before I am.  I said did you see all that trash?  He said, "Yes it was still there when I got home so I got a shovel and picked it all up."  Ugh, ok.  I just could not believe someone was so lazy they would not pick up the trash that was theirs.  Or even the trash man who drove right by it. 

The point to this story?  I don't know, it just made me upset that someone could not pick up their own trash or that someone else could not take the time to go above and beyond the job they are paid to do. 

 I'm done ranting. 



Monday, April 11, 2011


Sorry I have not written for a while.  Just kind of in a slump.  Well, while Court was shopping with a friend and Mike was umpiring some games, I decided to do a few crafts this weekend.  This is what I came up with.  I took this letter S that I got at a Thrift store and turned it into;

This letter S for our front door.  I just glued some moss to it.  Not to bad looking.  Then I took this $5.00 mat from Wal-Mart;
And turned it into this mat with a little paint.

I think it is much better than this mat we had to welcome people.  Can you say embarrassing!

Hope you had a wonderful and relaxing weekend.