About Me

I am a proud wife and mother, and a born again Christian. I work from home as a writer while taking care of Miss N, our six-year-old, Miss M, our four-year-old and Miss C, our newest bundle of joy. Life is crazy but so much fun!

Monday, July 30, 2007

Pool Fun!

Hi Everyone!

Last year I bought a little wading pool for Natalie for a couple of dollars when the season was ending, thinking she could use it this year. I have finally gotten it out and she LOVED it! The pictures say it all! She stayed in the pool for 45 minutes! what one year old stays doing the same activity that long??? She was enjoying filling it up, and then of course, using it! She also was drinking the water! Enjoy the pictures and videos!

Edited to add that I am SOOO excited! Tim and I got tickets to see Bill Cosby in Chicago in October! I didn't think we would be able to get tickets, because he is only going to be here for one day, but we did, and they were reasonably priced too. I can't believe we are actually going to see Bill Cosby in person! We are doing this to celebrate our fourth wedding anniversary, which was in June (yes, a little late, but we think it's worth it!)



Filling the pool is fun!



Baby in a swimsuit - enough said!



Yes, I know I'm cute!





Here's one of her feeding herself - she's pretty proud of that!



Pretty cute!

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Ramblings of a Writer's Mind

I have had two things on my mind in the last couple of days.

The first has to do with something the Lord has been teaching me. As many of you who read my blog know, the church Tim and I go through recently went through some pretty major changes. Change is never easy, but this change has been particularly difficult for me as most of the people I considered good friends have decided to go to a different church. At the time when the changes first started, we were leaning that direction too, but since I worked there last year we could not do anything at that time. That gave us the chance to sit back, watch, and pray. We have seen tremendous growth in the people in our church. People have broken out of their comfort zones, changed their attitudes, and grown as a whole. As a result, we do not feel that now is the time to seek a new ministry.

What makes this decision so hard for me is that now Natalie and a 10-year-old boy are the only children in the church. It breaks my heart to put her in an empty nursery Sunday after Sunday, when she is at the age where she needs to learn how to interact with other children.

I have been praying, but I have been challenged to change my prayers. On Sunday the church's elderly former pastor (not the one who just left, but an earlier pastor) was the speaker. He said that we need to look within instead of without to find ways to improve our church. In other words, we need to fix our heart attitudes, rather than always complaining about what other people are doing, like "why did so-and-so have to leave." I was touched, because my attitude hasn't been right. Instead of praying for children to come to the church, I have been in reality praying for the Lord to change His mind and lead us differently. I have changed my prayer to asking the Lord to lead some young families to our church. Will you pray with me?

The other thing that has been on my mind is the "Hollywood Dream." As someone who teaches junior highers, I know that kids, even Christian kids, are charmed by the lure of Hollywood. Yet, this week Lindsey Lohan, a girl who has had that dream fulfilled at a very young age, has been arrested for DUI and cocain possession. Here is a girl who had it all, yet she had to turn to drugs and alcohol because she did not feel fulfilled. Yet this is what our kids are buying into. We must work hard to rescue our children from this philosophy.

Sorry this post is not about Natalie, but I wanted to get those things off of my chest. Thanks for listening!

Friday, July 20, 2007

This is Only a Test

OK, I have been inspired by some friends' blogs I have found this week that put videos on them. I am trying my hand now. Let me know how I do! This is a little grainy because the lighting in the room is terrible. Also, I am sorry for starting to turn it verticle! I always forget that you can't do that when you have a video going!

These are the animal sounds according to Natalie. She didn't do the lion one. And, in case you were wondering, the bunny says "hop hop" (and yes, you must hop up and down)


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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

A Day at the Park

EDIT: For those of you who don't have a Blogger account, I changed my settings so you can post comments as an anonymous person. Sorry I didn't realize I had those setting before!

On Saturday I was feeling a little stir crazy (sometimes it's rough having a hubby that works every day of the week). I decided to take Natalie somewhere new, so we went to Lockwood Park. It's a park around here that has a petting zoo and horses. She had so much fun! Every time she saw an animal eating, she would say, MMMM, MMMM. It was pretty cute. The goats came right up to her to eat cheerios. She thought that was pretty fun. There was a big cow statue there, and every time we passed it, she would say moo. I got some pictures of her playing on the baby-sized playground. She thougth she was pretty hot stuff, being able to climb up the playground steps all by herself.

On a side note, I have learned something about myself. As most of you know, I work from home as a writer. I write content for the internet. You can see an example of my work here (this is one of my clients). Anyways, I have always wondered if I would enjoy writing a book. I even "started" one in high school. Well, I now know I would hate it! I am in the final phases of writing a 4th grade history curriculum, my first forray into the field of print publications, and the endless revisions by editor after editor are getting to me. That is life in the print world, so now I know that it's not for me. I'll stick to my search engine optimized content and be happy!

Here are the pictures!



Here she is going up the steps. She was really proud that she could do it.



There's my big girl! She needed some help going down the slide, though.



What is it about kids always wanting to go up the slide. It must be an instinct. Now why did God decide to give them that one?



Peek-A-Boo!



Chilling out at the end of a long day with my puppies!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

This and That

We just enjoyed a visit from my friend Janna and her husband Jay who live in Guam. Here are some pics from that, as well as when Natalie was "helping" daddy hammer some shelves together.

Enjoy!




Friday, July 6, 2007

Happy Fourth of July

We had a great trip to KC for the Fourth. The Fourth itself was pretty rough, because our tired baby was not enjoying the ride home. We went to the zoo while we were in KC, and Natalie loved it! There is a petting zoo with several over-zealous sheep, and I thought natalie would be afraid, but she loved them. When she wants the dogs to come by her, she pats her tummy and makes this funny sound. She did the same thing with the sheep! It was pretty cute. Enjoy the pictures!


Fourth of July outfit



Buying fireworks - they are legal where my parents live.




She really liked the sheep, especially the one that licked her hand - can we say Purell!