Thursday, February 26, 2009

How do you spell YUM?



STEAK! That is how I spell yum.
This is what my wonderful husband cooked for lunch this past Saturday.
Be jealous, because it was GOOD.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

HAPPY BIRTHDAY



Happy Birthday Madison! Today you turned 9.
Wow.
9.
Nine.
The number before 10, which are constantly reminding me.

I remember 9 years ago today, the day I got to meet you face to face. I was so scared. I was scared that something would happen to you, like happened to your brother. I was scared to change your diaper. I was scared the first time we put you in your car seat. I was scared the first night we brought you home.

Yes, I was scared, but I was overwhelmingly amazed and in love. I remember the smell of your sweet baby's breath, and understanding why there is a flower named that. Your daddy and I wanted you. So we trusted God. We trusted Him to guide us, as we guided you. He has not failed us.

You have, my dear daughter, kept us on our toes. I have learned a lot about myself as I have parented you. You have taught me, as I have been teaching you. I am proud of the young lady you are becoming. I am just in awe of the chances you will take, to go out on a limb. Your easy going demeanor that just attracts those around you.

And I am thankful to God for you.
I love you Madison Wynne.
Happy 9th Birthday.

Monday, February 23, 2009

My Little Girl is Growing Up



Tomorrow, my oldest girl will be 9. She is already looking forward to being 10, because that means two digits for her age.
I have been reminded a lot lately on how much she is growing up. Friday night, she and I went to Tallahassee for a mommy/daughter night. Just a time for us to have some one on one time and talk about what is going on in her life. I planned also for her to get a manicure. This is something she has been wanting for a very long time. The guy who did her manicure was able to convince her that hot pink looked better than red! Then he put little flowers on her ring fingers. So cute! And I think she was pleased.
We did a little shoe shopping, where I learned, thanks to the guy who was helping us, that my daughter can wear a size 6 in women's now. His words were, "That opens a whole other world of possibilities!" Oh, heck no. We will stay in the size 4 for kids right now, thank you.
Then went to Toys R Us for her to spend the gift card that Aunt Kathy gave her. Then off to Olive Garden for a late supper. She totally cracked me up when she ordered chicken fingers! I had a wonderful evening talking with my girl.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

My Heart


My middle child is so much like me, so much sometimes that it hurts. For example last night, there was a pretty bad thunderstorm that moved through our area. Ralph and I got woke up during the storm by Laney. She was scared. I so remember being scared at her age during thunderstorms, especially at night!
It did not help her, that yesterday during science they were learning about tornadoes. My poor baby girl, her stomach was in knots, worried that a tornado was coming. Worry is the one trait that I wish I had not passed on to my children. She has it. Sigh. I love her. My prayer for her is that she learns at this age, that God is a big God, and He loves her very much.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Can I say?

Can I say that I am tired of the words stimulus, stimulated, and stilmuli? Especially when there is no "fun" attached to those words, if you catch my drift!
I really will be glad when this part of the process is over (please read about the process here ), then maybe I will be stimulated. And yes, you can read whatever you want in that.

Friday, February 13, 2009

3rd grade, really?



Valentine's Day - the day for love. I remember it being such a big deal when I was in grade school. Wondering who would give me a valentine, and when I got one trying to decide if the boy really did like me.
Let me just say, grade school has changed. My dear 3rd grader Madison, came home today with her Valentines, and in the mix, was a mix. A mixed CD, that is.
It. Was. From. A. Boy.
Sigh.
So, I ask her if WE can listen to it when we get home, and she says yes. We get home and all my girls dump their Valentine cards out and we pop the CD in to listen. First song up is - "Burning Up" by the Jonas Brothers. Um, ok, is the little boy "burning up" for my baby?! We continue looking at cards, and listening to the CD.
Every. Song. Was. A. Love. Song.
Wow.
I was able to talk with her tonight about this boy. She said he had told her he had a secret, and it was that he liked her. She then proceeded to tell me that he told her, he had a dream that he had kissed her. Oh boy, I feel like we are diving into the deep end.
Madison did tell me that she does not like this boy. That he is just a friend. I really hope she just has friends that are boys at least until she is 30!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

How do I know Spring is right around the corner?




MUD!
That's how. It has been warm enough for the girls to be out playing in the yard for hours on end, and they have enjoyed playing in our garden spot. They decided to take dirt from there and mix it with water and "paint" the swing set with the concoction.
So, that is how I know spring is around the corner - my girls are out playing in the dirt, with barefeet and happy faces! (Well, 2 out of 3 face are happy. I am not sure why Laney is pouting, but it's cute!)

Monday, February 9, 2009

The things kids say.

Tonight Ralph ran over our puppy. We are not sure how bad it is, but I am not expecting her to make it. Something to know about me, I don't like for people or animals to hurt. It hurts me. As I was putting Madison to bed, she was grabbing some things in her room and she dropped some books in the process. As she was moving the box with the books, I was saying, "No, no, grab the box, it's going to fall." At that moment it fell. I sat down on her bed. Madison came over and put her arm around me and started patting me on the back. Then she said, "Mommy, sometimes things just happen." Yes, darling you are so right I thought.
So, my prayer for my dear oldest daughter tonight was, God thank you for her wisdom and her words. And I truly meant it.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

One of those days....

It has been one of those days. One with many highs, and a few lows. Tonight, I am left with a raging headache and puffy eyes. I knew today was going to have it's challenges. I knew it. I apparently was not prepared.
I am left tonight questioning my leadership. Wondering about things. Thinking through processes. And praying......for guidance and wisdom.
And laughing, I was taught a new game at our new life group tonight. I had fun, and it was a good way to end the day.
So, it was one of those days. Please don't read things into this, that are not stated. I think we are all allowed to have one of these days. Tomorrow I move forward.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Happy Birthday Dad!



Happy Birthday Dad! Today is my dad's birthday.
He is the one who taught me how to catch a football. He is the one who taught me to throw a softball so hard, it would "burn" him out. He is the one who taught me about sticking with a project. He is the one that taught me so much about running a hardware. My mom often told me that I was my dad's son. I am still not sure how to take that one!
So, today I celebrate that my dad is here, celebrating a new year. He is still working hard. He loves being with his grandkids. And he has come so much farther than his humble upbringing. Happy Birthday Dad! I pray this year is a blessed one.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Confessions of a Mom


I have a confession. My middle child has a problem saying the letter r. It is a hard letter to learn, and if a child has not mastered it by the middle of 2nd grade, then they recommend speech therapy. And that is my confession, I struggled when I learned she would be labeled. I felt like a failure. I felt like I had not done my job as her mother. These thoughts all went through my head as I was signing the paper work to get her into therapy. Then I realized, I need to be thankful. Thankful that she was able to get in. Thankful that she will have a wonderful teacher to work with her. Thankful that this is something that can be worked on.
So, my label for my dear Laney, is only my sweet girl.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

More Conversations

Yesterday, as the family was getting ready to head somewhere, my dear youngest child asked me a a question. "Mommy, how do you know when you are pregnant?" My mind kicks into overdrive. How do I answer this without being vague, but not overload her with information!? So, I tell her that there are a couple of ways a woman knows she is pregnant. Then she asks, "What are the ways?" Dang, I think to myself, I am not getting by easy this time. So, I stop what I am doing and tell her one ways is by peeing on a special stick, and it tells you if you are pregnant. Then she wants to know what the other way is. Ummm, there is something that a woman deals with a monthly basis, and if she doesn't have this thing, then she might be pregnant. She responded, "Ok, Mommy, but I don't want to be pregnant now." "Ok, honey, you are too young to be pregnant." I reply. "Yes, and I don't want to be pregnant, 'cause it is going to hurt really bad," she then tells me.
If I could only get into her mind and figure out why this child thinks like she does!