Thursday, February 4, 2010


Jack and Ian's first birthday is coming up!

Thankfully, we have to have their party two weeks late. (Which gives me a chance to live in denial.)

I have been planning the party in my head for a couple of months now.  But it's time to get crackin!

My original thoughts were to do a sock monkey themed party.  I have sock monkey birthday stamps that would make adorable invitations, and I purchased two sock monkeys to be cake toppers or decorations.

Then, out of no where, I was sweeping the floor and had a completely different party thought:

What if I make it a little classier?

Don't get me wrong - I have no desire to throw my one year old boys a fancy birthday party.  However, we will be invinting family and many close friends who have loved on our boys throughout their first year.  So the party will be mainly for adults. 

So my new thought is to have an invitation with pictures: sonogram, shortly after birth, and current.  (This will work out great since we never sent out baby announcements.)  And the wording on the invitations will be nice in place of cutesy and rhyming.

I will still make a nice cake and fun smash cakes for the boys.  And we can serve adult snacks and kid-friendly snacks.

Okay, now that I talked it out, I'm really not 'torn' anymore - I've already decided.

Hope it turns out beautifully!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

My Big Change

I have wanted to share this with you for a while now, but I wasn't sure how to express the full extent of how life-changing for me this has been.

You know when you ask Jesus into your heart and become one of His how wonderful and peaceful you feel.  You feel like you have to share Him with the world...immediately! 

That's how I feel now (although this is obviously less important and will not last for eternity!).

I feel like a changed woman.  I feel like I need to share it with everybody.  (That right there, that need to share things with everybody, can actually be a character flaw that I have to watch out for....  but you seriously do have to hear this.)

It all started two and a half weeks ago when I was getting ready for a Bunco night at my house.  You know when you have 11 other ladies coming over, your house has to be clean.  (They all say they don't care, but come'on, we all care to some extent.) 

Anyway, Jeremy was sitting on the computer while I was frantically trying to clean the house.  All the while I have three children running a muck and making a mess.  I asked Jeremy what he was thinking and why he wasn't helping when I obviously needed help.

(That lead into another conversation which led me to being upset which led to the beginning of the change.)

I was upset because Jeremy was right (about what we talked about).  I was upset because I knew in my head that I just had to change - I had to stop expecting for my house to be clean and organized if I was willing to put forth the effort to do so. 

I was upset because I didn't want to admit (honestly) that much of my days at home were wasted time on the internet instead of providing for my family.

They say that admitting the problem is the first step.

Step one: check!

Leading up to this, I had been praying for God to give me a different perspecitive on my wifely/motherly/household duties.  They seemed more burdensome than enjoyed and productive.  I didn't feel like I had enough time in a day to complete everything and that I was doing it all wrong. 

I knew there had to be an easier way.

God has a way of humbling you and breaking you down so that He can build you back up better.  I love it!  (Well, I love the building back up part...the breaking down part isn't my favorite.) 

And just for the record, my 'breaking down' part was having to admit that Jeremy was right and I was very wrong.  YUCK!

Now, the building up part was fun!

After realizing that something had to give (and even considering turning the computer completely off for an entire week just to prove that I still couldn't get everything done...ha), I came up with a plan. 

Jeremy and I talked about my problem areas: sleep - wanting too much of it, being on the computer too much in the morning time, being on the computer too much in the evening time, being prepared for the next day, being late to things, etc. 

Since I'm not completely an organization idiot (my house was more organized than my head), I decided to make lists.

My list divided my day and my chores: things to be done in the morning, things to be done during the day, and things to be done in the evening.  Once the things on my list are completed, I'm free to do whatever pleases me - play with my kids, enjoy time with my husband, read a book, get on the computer, talk on the phone, scrapbook, etc. 
The great part about the plan is that I don't feel guilty for doing any of those fun things.  There is a time and a place for everything - including fun...and fun in a clean house (yea!). 
I feel like such a different person! 
No, my new plan doesn't sound so wonderfully life changing (as I'm sure most moms have already figured this out), but I feel like such a more joyful person!  I praise God for changing my perspective! 
My new attitude reflects in my children, also.  Seth's attitude seems to mirror mine (ouch).  But lately it's been wonderful! 
So, for those of you out there who live your wonderful lives stressing about a clean house or what's next on the to-do list - pray for a new perspective!  Or, better yet, let God handle it.

Matthew chapter 11:
25At that time Jesus said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. 26Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.

27"All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

28"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
Praise God for letting us rest in him!  For leading our way!  For carrying our burdens!  And for wanting to do so! 

My new daily prayer is to be yoked to Him - for God to lead my ways and help me carrying life's burden.  What peace comes from Him!

Here it is

I have been wanting to write for some time now (it's been too long), but I have so much to say and feel that it would be inadequatley expressed. 

So I'm just going to suck it up and say what I can.

Since I've last written, I've:
  • made a huge life change
  • had a birthday
  • had lot of birthday fun
  • read a book
  • started a book
  • watched the season premier of LOST
  • began to understand a little more about the power of prayer and what it means to your relationship with God
Let's start with the birthday.  :)
My birthday was on January 28 and I turned a whopping - wait for it - 26 years old!  No, I don't feel 'old'...because I'm not.  I'm very young.  And the fun thing about having so many friends that are older than you is that I will always be young compared to them!

Since Jeremy had to work on my birthday, we celebrated the week before.  The kids stayed with my parents (thank you!) and he and I went to stay the night in Dallas.  We went to dinner and a movie (in one) and shopped a little (for necessities, not fun stuff) the next day.  It was so nice spending that time together!  (Kind of makes you excited for the day the children leave home.  :))

On my birthday, my parents came over and cooked dinner and brought cake...yummm!

Then last weekend I went back to Dallas with my friends to have some nice girl time.  We went shopping (this time it was the fun kind), ate at The Cheesecake Factory (still such a weakness), got manis and pedis (aboslutely the best one yet)....  Such wonderful times.

I finally read the first book in Nora Roberts bride quartet.  Such fun reading.  The kind that makes you smile (that kind is my favorite). 

I have started a much more meaningful book: A Woman After God's Own Heart by Elizabeth George.  I am very excited about reading this book as it seems to be perfect for right where I am at in my life.  Will post more on that as I read further. 

LOST fans, anyone?  There do not seem to be too many of us, but I get very excited when I find one!  The premier was amazing...still left with more questions but maybe possible answers too.  I am very excited to see how everything will wrap up (but I really want the show to just go on forever).

Last night (was the premier), we went to my parents house (since we do not have television here), brought pizza, and had a nice evening (once I put quite chasing the little ones around and put them in bed).  It was a fun night, and I cannot wait until next week!

The Big Change
This will be so long, I'm going to put it in a new post.  You can read it here.