Wednesday, February 27, 2008


I was going to make this a wordless Wednesday but it has been a few days since I blogged, and well, I have stuff to share.

A big snow storm moved through late Monday night. Big, puffy flakes fell for several hours. It was beautiful. This is one of the younger trees in the front yard. The picture was taken at 8 in the morning. The sky was gray and the snow was still falling.

This is part of the back deck. By the time the snow stopped, we had just about 12 inches along one side of the deck.

This is how Indy Kitty stays warm. Yes, I found him like this Tuesday morning. He is such a character.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Walking with Jesus...

Sara, over on Walk Slowly Live Wildly has posted a wonderful entry today. Check it out!

I know this is something I struggle with on a daily basis. I eat healthy foods. I watch my indulgences. Admittedly, I slip when it comes to daily exercise, and for me, that is detrimental. My body needs exercise. I strive to keep a healthy outlook when it comes to body image, especially since I have four young ladies watching my every move (and listening carefully), but the scale tells the truth. Loudly.

Let's face it though, four singleton pregnancies (where I snapped back moderately well) and one twin pregnancy (where I spent 15 weeks in bed) have done a number to my body and metabolism. Throw the creeping late 30's into the mix, and well, it isn't always pretty. I do try though.

Sara reminded me about something I have been missing in the equation. I'm ashamed to admit it, but I seldom, if ever, took the time to pray about this situation. I certainly never invited Jesus on the treadmill with me, that's for sure!

That brings all new meaning to, "Walking with Jesus."

Peace to you.

P.S. I bet Jesus would rock a pair of Nike shoes!

Monday, February 18, 2008

Meet scores

This post is mostly for family.
For those we didn't talk with -- here are Sarah's last meet scores.
Vault: 9.55
Floor: 9.85 - this is her personal best
Beam: 8.9 - she had a slip which resulted in a nasty thigh bruise, but she is fine
Bars: 8.5

She, along with several of her teammates will be going to the championship meet in March.
Speaking of teammates, one of the girls got a perfect 10 on vault! It was amazing to watch.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Fifteen on Friday

Fifteen random thoughts ....

1. Jeff will be in Ohio until late tonight. I am going to curl up with hot cocoa and Gilmore Girls, season 2. I love Netflix.
2. White tulips and dark chocolate truffles from DeBrands were my gift yesterday. I am so blessed.
3. I am reading, A Thomas Jefferson Education: Teaching a Generation of Leaders for the 21st Century. Excellent book! And no, it was not in my 'to-read' pile from earlier. I am weak.
4. The girls did exceptionally well on their vocabulary and poetry tests this morning.
5. The boys read one of their short books to me a bit ago. This is a huge deal! Yay.
6. We are having homemade macaroni and cheese for dinner tonight. Yum.
7. I finished, Eat, Pray and Love, a couple of nights ago. It wasn't what I expected, and a few times, I had to put the book down, but overall, pretty decent.
8. I signed up for a Beth Moore Bible study at church. I can't wait.
9. Bailey, our 13 year old cocker spaniel, has lost his hearing over the last couple of years. Now, he is losing the sight in one of his eyes. He is still wagging his furry tush when you see him though. Bless his heart.
10. Jeff is working on our taxes this weekend. Prayers for peace, please.
11. Sarah has a gymnastics competition up north tomorrow.
12. The administrative director of the kids dance studio brought in her 2 week old baby boy last night. He is an itty bitty slice of perfection.
13. I really miss the sunshine.
14. The boys broke one of their Gameboys last night. I don't know how. :: sigh ::
15. God is doing incredible things in my life. I can feel my heart and mind changing. It is cool.

Have a happy weekend!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008


What does compassion mean to you?
How do you show it? How do you teach it?

Do yourself a favor and visit two blogs -- Boo Mama and
Rocks in my Dryer to see where the Lord has lead them this week.

(almost) Wordless Wednesday

My grandparents -
who both served God, the United States, and one another for many many years.
May they rest in peace.

Monday, February 11, 2008

It's Monday - please don't expect much...

They say you can tell a lot about a person by the music and movies they listen to and/or watch.
I'm not sure I buy into that theory, but for smiles, here are the last 12 songs I heard on my IPOD today.....

The Rock - Clay Crosse
The Dance - Garth Brooks
Hello Darlin' - Conway Twitty (geesh, did I just admit that out loud?)
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Forever Young - Rod Stewart (I used to sing this to the kids when they were small)
Blessed - Martina McBride
Angel Eyes - Jeff Healey Band (this is the inscription in my wedding band. Awwweee..)
When Did You Fall in Love - Chris Rice
Please Come to Boston - Reba McIntire
You Are the Way - Rick Muchow
Home - Micheal Buble

Clearly, I didn't use the treadmill this morning or you would have had very different songs listed....
Dream On (Aerosmith) - Turn the Beat Around (Estefan) - Mambo No. 5 (Lou Bega) - Feelin' So Fly (Toby Mac), We Got the Beat (Go-Gos), Kiss (Prince), Play Something Country (Brooks and Dunn), etc.

I can't recall the last several movies I have watched, so instead, I will list 5 of my favorites. According to a silly poll in Parade magazine, these movies put me as a "Vivacious Romantic."

My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Legends of the Fall
Forest Gump
One Night with the King
The Patriot

So, there, my fluff post for Monday.

By the way? Thanks for the birthday wishes. I knew Emily wanted to put a little something on the blog, but I didn't realize it was for me. Gotta love her.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Mom's Birthday

Hey everyone -- it's Emily (for those of you who don't know me I am Kim's oldest daughter)

You all must be wondering why I am posting and not my mom?
Today is my mom's birthday (she would like to forget it, but we won't let her) .
Go ahead and wish her a Happy Birthday -- try to be nice and not remind her how old she is (psst. she is 38).

My mom will get back to posting once she is no longer depressed. Heehee.
See you all later,

P.S. Mom isn't really depressed. I just like to tease her.
P.S.S. Thank you for all the birthday wishes a few days ago. That was nice. Mom says I was the best birthday gift, ever!

Monday, February 04, 2008

15 years ago....

......the coolest thing happened to us! We were blessed with a beautiful little girl named, Emily.

Happy Birthday, baby! We love you to the moon and back!

Saturday, February 02, 2008

My 'to read' pile grows and grows....

I love books. A lot.

I used to be a bookstore manager in long ago days. Talk about enabling.
Thankfully, we have a tremendous library system in our county, though I do admit to knowing my credit card number by heart, mostly due to the frequent book splurges on

I have put myself on a book borrowing/buying hiatus until the current pile dwindles down. Way down. I present, The Pile......

Passionate Housewives Desperate for God

The Dangerous Book for Boys

The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible

Seven Practices of Effective Ministry

A Women's Heart: God's Dwelling Place

A Case for Easter

Growing Girls: The Mother of All Adventures

The Five Thousand Year Leap: The 28 Great Ideas That Are Changing the World

Eat Pray Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia

Fifty Acres and a Poodle: A Story of Love, Livestock, and Finding Myself on a Farm

We Took to the Woods

Making Your Children's Ministry the Best Hour of Every Kid's Week

Lead the Way God Made You: Discovering Your Leadership Style in Children's Ministry

Homeschooling High School: Planning Ahead for College Admission

Wish You Well

"Love Like Crazy"

"I heard a rumor that love will make you crazy
Well is it true?
Well that's no rumor, look at the crazy things that love made Jesus do
The friends he chose were thought to be outrageous
And you could even find him touching the contagious
And the craziest is how he chose to save us
He gave his life away
Then he had to go and say
'Gotta love the same way that I love you!'"

from Chris Rice's album, Amusing.

Check it out!