Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Wacky Wednesday

Today I am going to entertain you with a story about how I met a certain "Goonie" buddy. . .

Rewind . . . let me think how far . . . about 6 years ago for me and about 3 kids ago for her . . . lol.
I was Managing the local aquatic park (PGAP), and this beautiful red-headed pregnant woman was having trouble with her young son because he was upset that they were leaving. I stepped in and knelt down in front of him saying "Did you have fun today?" He nodded yes as he wiped his nose. I replied "I can't let you come back if you throw a fit for your mom when you leave ... it is a rule here, you have to be nice to your mom if you want to come back." He looked at me wide eyed, and I smiled at him saying "We would love to have you back soon, so put a smile on!". I looked up at his mom (not sure how she was taking this) only to have her smile down at me over her belly and mouth the words "thank you" to me. . .
Now, fast forward about 4 hours . . .I had been at the pool all day and I was exhausted. Dealing with teenagers for employees as well as patrons is enough to suck the life out of anyone! (p.s. I loved my job and the kids that worked for me.) There was a man that was swimming laps, so a lifeguard and I had to stay until he was done. . . As he finished up and walked out the gate, I locked it behind us and then I noticed that there was a little boy sitting outside the gate on the steps. I asked him if he was waiting for a ride and he said "yes". The man said that he would wait for him, but I wasn't really comfortable with that so I said "Let's go back in and call your parents." I asked the lifeguard to stay with me (the man didn't leave and was starting to make me nervous. . .) I walked to the gate, unlocked it and the man kept chatting with me. I don't even remember what he was saying, I was nervous and couldn't get the key in the door to the office. . . I remember him saying "Are you sure that you work here?" We called the kids parents and they arrived very shortly to pick him up. The man and I were walking to our cars (the lifeguard had left after the child got picked up) and we started talking about who knows what . . .I was still doing the nervous chatter and mentioned that I was the coordinator for the local MOPS (Mothers of PreSchoolers) group and did he have a wife and kids? LOL I was searching for ANY reason not to panic . . .He replied that he did and that he thought I might have helped her that afternoon with a little red headed boy. . .I was relieved at that point . . .I knew if that was his family that I had nothing to worry about! I ended up giving him my phone number and email address so that she could contact me, and she did!!!
Just a few funnies about her/the family/us:
  • She joined the MOPS group and we became pretty great friends.
  • I found out her husband actually worked for the government in one of those "I could tell you, but then I would have to kill you" jobs . . .(so my uneasiness wasn't uncalled for! LOL)
  • We found out we both loved the movie "The Goonies" and could quote all of it . . .we have only watched it together once, but we will consider each other a "Goonie buddy" for life!
  • I was able to be with them through the birth of one beautiful child, as well as the loss of another beautiful child.
  • She has ministered to me in several ways, she is such a servant and wonderful mother . . .
Anyway, I am seriously thinking I need to call her up and make a date for me, her, "The Goonies" and 2 Route 44 Vanilla Dr. Peppers!! ;-)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Tid Bit Tuesday . . .

Baseball . . .Won
Softball . . . Lost
Teeball . . .Not Sure . . . LOL
And so goes the rest of my life . . .

Sunday, May 17, 2009


Well, yesterday my intentions were to run a 5K (or walk rather since I had done NO prep AT ALL), and then hit the library to get a few books recommended by a friend . . .This did not happen.
I ended up doing the 'yard sale' thing with my mom, sister and Kel. . .Now, let me just give you an idea of what that means for US:
  • You get up and leave the house by 6 AM (it doesn't matter if the sale doesn't start until 7 AM or later) . . . you don't want to miss the good stuff!
  • No time for doughnuts or coffee shops . . . you don't want to miss the good stuff!
  • If the driver doesn't think the sale is worthy of our viewing, she will slow down long enough to give someone else the chance to yell out "yeah stop", but if you aren't quick enough, we are off to the next one . . .you don't want to miss the good stuff!
  • If it happens to be a neighborhood sale, my sister can navigate the Tahoe through traffic better than you could a scooter (I guar-an-tee!) We don't want to miss the good stuff!
  • Also, if it is a neighborhood sale, the chances of me getting left behind are greater because I am the ONLY one that looks at EVERY book in the box (I got left behind quite a bit so I am guessing that I almost ran a 5K by myself) . . .I don't want to miss the good stuff!
  • My BIL is better at this than any of us, but still we try to make an offer on what we want . . .don't want to pay 'too much' for the good stuff!
  • By 7:30 AM (when most people get around to the yard sales) we already have our vehicle loaded down with . . . you guessed it . . .


No one laughs/makes fun of each other/laughs/cracks up/runs/hits the gas station to pee/laughs/eats nasty CORN NUTS/laughs/parks jacked up, or laughs as much as we do when we go to yard sales. It is so much fun and chaos crammed into 2-3 hours, and you couldn't even begin to afford that quality entertainment!!

Now on a more serious note . . .Did YOU get any good stuff???? Hee hee . . .

P.S. I am hitting the library today! Can't wait!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Truthful Thursday . .

. . has come and gone, so I am not able to share what I planned this week! ;-)

So, that brings us to Faithful Friday!
The verses that have been coming to mind and giving me peace this week are:

II Corinthians 10:5B . . ."Take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ"


Romans 12:2 "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind . . ."

This world (as well as other people) make it so difficult to keep your focus on what is " . . .his good, pleasing and perfect will." My life choices are mine, and I live with those (as do my children when those choices affect them). The only thing you can truly do for someone else is to pray for them and trust that God will take care of the rest!

HOWEVER . . .I must admit that a few of my pet peeves are:
  • Those people that casually say "Oh, I will pray for you." and don't follow through (I am guilty of this on more than one occasion unfortunately, but have resolved NOT to allow this to happen anymore, Lord willing.)
  • Those people that say "I am praying for you" but include the tone and voice inflection that REALLY says "This is NOT the right thing in my opinion for you to do, so I am going to manipulate you by saying this and making you feel like there is NO possible way for you to call yourself a Christian and follow through with this choice!"

The most effective way to allow someone to make good choices is to actually pray for them (and not necessarily tell them that is what you are doing) and say "I support you even if I don't always agree with you, and I am here if you need anything" To emulate God's unconditional love is one of the most difficult things to do, but so necessary to allowing others to see what our God is capable of!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Missed . .

a few more days . . .but my laptop is up and running again!
Monday was definately MANIC! Madison and Ethan both had games (so did Garrett, but he went to a fishing "Meet the Pro's" thing with my dad!
Tid Bit Tuesday is like . . .we went to the library . .
Today things are a little more settled down, but still crazy . . .give me about a week to really figure out what is going on and I will share!

Sunday, May 10, 2009


Well, Happy Mother's Day to all of you out there!
LeAnn, I am so sorry that I haven't blogged in 3 days! It has been a crazy few days and I will be back on Monday in full force!
Looking forward to getting you caught up! ;-)

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Truthful Thursday

Just a short one today . . .

Truthfully, I am emotionally and spiritually drained . . .

This too shall pass.

Prayers are appreciated!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Tid Bit Tuesday

I said, "He is not breathing, but he has a pulse" . . .
the reply . . .
"Rescue Breathing, One breath every 5 seconds" . . .

Monday, May 4, 2009

Manic Monday

Going to get this posted just before midnight . . . My weekend was pretty uneventful.

Sunday, Madison and I went to Fall Creek Church and listened to Josh Vickery preach. (Mark's cousin whom I graduated with). He does a good job, and I am proud of him. I really like the church because it is just a one room, still sing out of the hymnals kinda place. There weren't very many people there, but I would love to see it full! I think we will start going there for now. . .

Sunday afternoon the kids and I headed to Harmony and Brian's to hang out. (I will do a post and put some pictures up soon of the house in progress.) We had mac and cheese, grilled venison and fried potatoes for supper, it was really good! It was a relaxing weekend, even though it was rainy, we still had a good time!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

A good site . . .

I really enjoy this site . . . I was first introduced to it by some really great, creative and funny guys that used to run a website called "Popcorn" . . . I miss those guys. Anyway, it is a great site and I have purchased several things from here and never been disappointed! Tuesdays are Two for Tuesdays and shipping is always only $5. They also have a side related site called Shirt Woot, there is a link on the right hand side of the page, check it out, they have had some great ones, but this is one of my favorite!! You need to read the descriptions all the way to the bottom, these guys crack me up! Anyway, just one of the sites that I visit on a regular basis . . .ENJOY!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Sanity Saturday

Well the number one thing that I am thankful for is the fact that my amazing MIL watches all three of the kids from 9-1 every Saturday! What a blessing! I get to just hang out at the house just me! I try to have most of the cleaning done so that I can just relax. Being able to run errands by oneself is something I do NOT take for granted!

Today I was able to have lunch and dinner with a friend! It was very relaxing and much needed!

I will leave you with a few pictures of one of the things that I do to keep my sanity . . . ~CROCHET~

And a little close up for your viewing pleasure . . .

I made this for Mark's cousin's Milton and Londa (Vickery), it is their anniversary and I think they will really like it! I have also made a few for my mom for some upcoming weddings . . . I enjoy doing it while watching TV or movies so I feel less like I am just waisting time!! ;-)

Friday, May 1, 2009

Faithful Friday

This verse has given me a lot of peace over this week:

Psalm 34:18 (NIV)

18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Seriously, raise your hand if you aren't crushed in spirit or brokenhearted . . .This applies to everyone, whether it is your own poor choices, or things out of your control that put you here, the Lord is close . . .that is so comforting to me.

. . .and this verse is one of the reasons that I always come back to what I know in my heart is true . . .

Thank you Lord!