Friday, January 29, 2010

Little Lisey's

Hey ladies!

My sweet friend, Alicia, at Our Little Guy is hosting a giveaway on her blog!

She has created the cutest clothespin dolls that you ever did see! She calls them Little Lisey's. How charming is that!?

Hop on over to her blog for your chance to win!

Thursday, January 28, 2010


I've always been pretty clumsy; a "butterfinger", if you will. Almost at every dinner growing up, I'd end up reaching over and spilling my glass of milk all over the table, causing a backward scramble of everyone around me. Milk would be dripping off the side, napkins drenched, and my parents trying to stay calm over yet another clumsy moment.

Things haven't changed much over the years. In fact, I think my clumsiness has gotten worse. Sigh.

Here's a great example from today:

You see that?
That, my friends, is almost a whole pot of soup that I had just finished making. I successfully managed to pour it into a freezer bag to store away for future use, but as I was zipping it up, it somehow managed to fling itself out of my hands to its death. Ok, so I'm being dramatic. But I'm upset!!

I just stood there, hot soup burning my toes, trying to stay calm when really I wanted to scream and shout!! I managed to keep my words in check and quietly started to clean the mess of soup up.

It's crazy, but sometimes these insignificant issues threaten to ruin my whole day. They just about do me in!

This time I was determined to get through somewhat gracefully. I decided to think of the good in the situation, hoping to ease my building anger (yes, over a silly pot of spilled soup)
So here's what I came up with:

1. Ethan was napping, so I didn't have to worry about keeping him entertained while I cleaned the mess up.

2. I needed to mop the floor anyway.

3. The soup made it into the bag before I spilled it. If I would've spilled it while it was still in my Dutch Oven, that could've been disastrous!

4. There was still enough left in the bag for one bowl of soup.

5. The soup wasn't all that great, so I didn't miss out on much!

And there you have it, ladies. It really wasn't a big deal after all!

If nothing else, it was a good ol' character building moment!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Weekend Trip!

I'm so excited!!

This weekend, my family and I are heading out of town to go visit my cousin and his sweet wife, Amber. They have the cutest little girl named Ruthie Jane. Amber's blog is awesome! You should certainly check it out

It's always nice to get away, even if it's not to a fancy place like New York or London. It's just a few hours away. But it's away. A nice little break from the everyday chores and responsibilities.

Can't wait for some quality family fun!

Monday, January 18, 2010

The Simple Woman's Day Book

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January 18, 2010

Outside my's a GORGEOUS day!!

I am it seems impossible that it's been a year since Ethan's baby shower. He'll be one year old before I know it! *sniff...

I am thankful for...God's forgiveness

From the kitchen...umm....I think I just heard it say, "Hey you! Pay me a visit sometime soon!"

I am wearing...jogging pants and a San Antonio, TX shirt.

I am refrain from eating yet another chocolate chip cookie!

I am reading...Beyond This Moment, by Tamera Alexander

I am become organized this year...and to STAY organized.

I am hearing...the washer running.

Around the house...Ethan playing with his toys, laundry, and two sleepy cats!

One of my favorite a Sunday nap!

A few plans for the rest of the week: Go see my grandma, actually go to bed at a decent hour!

Here is a picture thought I am sharing...

Sibling Goofiness.
I loved growing up with these two!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Girl Time

Last night my BFF and I got all dolled up (I even wore this stuff called makeup!) and went and saw Leap Year. It was super cute!

After swooning over some sweet and overly lovey-dovey moments, we went and grabbed some coffee at Starbucks and just enjoyed some girl talk! Inevitably, the conversation ended up turning toward our little boys. Discussed topics are so much different than they used to be!

Before marriage and motherhood, conversation topics were College classes, frustrating bosses, a favorite new eye shadow, weekend plans, an outfit at the mall, our future spouses.


Dirty diapers, teething babies, what new things our sons are learning, makeup? Oh, we're supposed to still wear that stuff? Sweatpants, laundry..and lots of it, our husbands, bills, sleep..and the lack thereof.

But it's a good change. We had great years as single ladies. But I know I speak for both of us when I say that we wouldn't go back to those years for nothin'. We love our new lives.

We also love that we can get away for just a few hours and catch up.

But even more so, we love that we get to go home to our husbands and sons.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

No Chance...??

You see this little cutie? Well, when I found out I was expecting him, Bob and I started joking about how the poor baby will have no chance of being tan. Ever. In his life.

Because have you seen me and Bob?

A few of my nicknames throughout Jr. High and High School were, "Ghost", "Casper", and "Albino".

I tried the tanning bed thing for awhile. I think I darkened maybe half a shade. Maybe.

I've also tried the natural outdoors too. I just burn, resemble a crab for a week or so, and then peel. Period. No tan involved.

It's just sad isn't it?

BUT thanks to, I found a way to get a tan without crisping outside or baking in a bed!

It was fun to see what we would possibly look like if we could tan!

Maybe Ethan will have a better relationship with the sun than we do!

X Fingers crossed! X

Monday, January 11, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook

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January 11, 2010

Outside my window...Crisp, cold air. SUN!!! ...and some ice...still!!

I am I need to hurry and finish this blog so I can get some things done before Ethan wakes up!

I am thankful for...God's healing power.

From the kitchen...not a lot to work with. Dinner will be what we call a "Miracle Meal"

I am wearing...a sweat suit. I could live in sweat suits. Ok, I do live in sweat suits.

I am be productive today!

I am reading...Love finds you in Lonesome Prairie Montana by Tricia Goyer and Ocieanna Fleiss

I am hoping...for warmer weather.

I am hearing...nothing but the clicking of the keys as I type.

Around the house...sleeping baby. And a big pile of laundry to tackle.

One of my favorite things...when the sun shines after several gloomy days!

A few plans for the rest of the week: Go see my grandma, go to the library, go grocery shopping!

Here is a picture thought I am sharing...

I LOVE this painting. It's called, "The Prairie is My Garden" by Harvey Dunn.

I love the strength she exudes. The more I read about pioneer women, the more amazed I become at how strong they had to be!! And the more thankful I am at how easy I have it!

Just for one day (b/c that's all I could handle, if that!), I would love to see what it would be like to live on a homestead and do the work of a 19th century homemaker.

Friday, January 8, 2010

I'm Tired Of It!

Does this cartoon hit home for you? It does me!
I'm the girl who sits down and watches The Biggest Loser while eating Oreos!

...and I'm tired of it!

I've studied Health and Nutrition, but just can't seem to apply what I've learned!
But now I think I'm finally ready to!

And here's a blog that's going to help me out...

Heavenly Homemakers is one of my go-to blogs.

She's starting a series called...

I'm so excited to begin!

Let's make 2010 the start of a healthy lifestyle!

Thursday, January 7, 2010


My cousin, who is a Captain in the Army, and currently serving in Iraq, recently shared his heart about some things he's going through right now. It was so powerful I just had to share. Here's what he had to say...

"...After thinking a while, I'll just share what I think God is trying to not only show me, but get me to do. And I find it to be nearly impossible.

There are some things in my life that I've tried to pray away for a long, long time. And some of those things, God has removed; other things, they remain. And I tried for a good long while to approach God with appeals like I'd read in the Old Testament. "Lord, do this SO THAT, people will see how awesome you are and what you can accomplish in a person's life." But in my heart of hearts, my number one priority in that prayer was, what I saw as broken, I wanted fixed, for me.
And I read Luke 9.23 again, like times before. But it hit me a little different this time And I realized this; God is not primarily intersted in making of me a grand spectacle of His power to change, and revolutionize. He does do those things, but making a spectacle of a life is not the primary aim of what God does for and in man when man meets Jesus.

So I studied Jesus, and Luke 9.23 made more sense. " If any man would come AFTER me, let him deny himself." And then this verse.. Hebrews 4.4 "And God rested on the 7th day from all His works."

All His works. Creation, the Cross. And I understood more what it means to deny myself. Jesus invited men to follow after what He had done, and was about to go do on the Cross. It was settled there in His heart, but it was settled before the world began that He would be hated by men, rejected, beaten, carry a literal cross to a hill, and then die there as the sacrifice for my very real and abundant sins that had stored up the wrath of God against me. And Jesus calls men to follow after that. To die, and to settle in their heart that they WILL die.

And if I don't die, it is because I want what I have in my hand more than I want to follow and obey Jesus. And this is where the rubber meets the road I suppose. I think most things are not that hard to die to. The first things to go, I could say. But then there are those things in my life that cling and that make me rich and miserable. Luke 18.23 And it's a hard thing, but it's the point. It IS the following after.

I read John 6 today, and I think the disciples faced something like this.. And Jesus asked them, "Do you want to go away too?" John 6.67 And many left. But Peter said, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life." I think maybe Peter thought, God what you've just said is impossible. And I've thought about leaving. But there is just no where else to go."

Between the Rock and some hard place.

And so, I've been praying that Jesus would teach me how to die, to decide that I'll die, and then to stand and die when the moments come.

Because He did it."

Monday, January 4, 2010

The Simple Woman's Day Book

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January 4, 2010

Outside my window...the sun is finally shining! Icicles are melting, the snow is slowly slipping away but it's still a cold 23°!

I am thinking... I serve an amazing and faithful God.

I am thankful for...God's mercy.

From the kitchen...I'm going to make homemade applesauce! I've got a lot of new kitchen gadgets to play around with! =)

I am wearing...jeans, white knit sweater

I am put the clothes in the dryer.

I am reading...Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems, by Dr. Richard Ferber.
(Thanks for the reference, Alicia!)

I am hoping...that I can stay on track today. Lots to do!

I am hearing...absolutely nothing. And it's wonderful.

Around the house...Christmas stuff to put away =(

One of my favorite things...McAlister's Sweet Tea

A few plans for the rest of the week: Go see my grandma, put out my January decorations, play with my new kitchen gadgets!

Here is a picture thought I am sharing...

This is ruins from the library of Celsus in Ephesus.

I love ancient history. My dream trip would be to go to Israel and many of the New Testament locations mentioned in the Bible. To walk where Jesus walked. To stand where New Testament apostles may have preached. How incredible that would be!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Happy Birthday!

Today is my mom's Birthday! (She'll tell you she's we'll just leave it at that!)

My mom has been a lot of things to her family over the years. Creative, Loving, Comforting, Sharing, Silly, Giving...the list could go on. But last night, as I was thinking about mine and my siblings childhood, one word that came to mind more than anything was "Strength".

My mom is one of the strongest women I've ever known. She may not have bulging muscles (b/c that would just be gross) but she has an inner strength about her that I admire greatly.

Proverbs 31:25
"Strength and honor are her clothing..."

I'm so thankful my mom was able to stay home with us kids. She taught us a lot of things. She wasn't perfect, and she'll be the 1st to admit that, but she did A LOT of things right. She's one awesome mommy(and Grammy!)
I have some big shoes to fill!

Happy Birthday, Mom! We love you very much!!!
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