Wednesday, March 25, 2009

My Baby Girl

Miss Morgan, or MoJo as she is affectionately and accurately called, turned 6 today. The kid has MoJo. She is so stinking charming and cute and right and opinionated. That is what I admire about her the most, her ability to stick to her guns when she believes in something.
I remember the day she was born. I went in to be induced. I had been walking around at 4cm dilated for 3 weeks. An hour into the induction the midwife checks me and says, well you are at about 4.5cm's. That is when I asked for the epidural. I had already done natural childbirth twice before, I had nothing to prove. The epidural didn't take on one side. So an hour later I am very uncomfortable and tell the nurse. She gets the epidural guy, he checks and says that he will have to reinsert the needle. So, I ask the nurse to check me again before that happens. She huffs and puffs and informs me I can't be ready, but obliges. When she pulls the sheet back, she hollers, "Get the midwife, she is crowning."
Thanks for checking. Less than 10 minutes later Morgan Jennifer made her appearance into this world. The reason I share this story is because, this has been Morgan all of her life. She will make an entrance when she is good and ready, and it will be a fast and furious one. It will be on her own terms. That is why I pray she holds Jesus close to her heart.
She is such a blessing and I am so thankful she is a part of our family. Even on the days she looks at me and ask me, "Mom, you aren't wearing that are you?"

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Want a good laugh?

OK, at the expense of being open and honest here, I will share something that happened today. Looking back, it wasn't all that funny, but if someone had been watching me they would have had a good chuckle.
I was in a hurry this morning to get out the door, to start my to do list and start checking things off. Being the smart, thirty-something woman that I am, I decided to take my things to the van in 2 loads.
Don't ask me why I had 2 loads of stuff to take to the van, I already told you, long list, stuff to do.
Anyway, the first load consisted of stuff. Not my important stuff. Like my purse. With my keyring. With my house key on it.
Are you clued into where this story is going?
As, I deposit my first load and realize that I am on time and things are clicking, I race up the back steps and jerk open the back door. Only the door does not jerk, or open.
Remember, the smart, thirty-something woman, she had left her purse, with her keys, sitting on the washing machine.
Don't ask me how long I sat there and tried to jiggle and shake the door open. It was definitely locked, and I had definitely left my purse inside! So, my mind starts racing and my eyes start darting. I had to find a way in, because I also did not have my phone on me to call anyone.
Finally, I spy what I need to do. Let's just say I seized a window of opportunity. Yep, I squeezed my thirty-something rear end through one of the smaller windows of my house. Contorting and twisting in ways this old body didn't know it could go. I am glad my dear husband wasn't watching, it might would have gotten his hopes up. It is amazing what necessity will encourage you to get done.
Long story short, I got in and without too much harm. I am just glad no one was watching.
Lesson learned - look for my window of opportunity, and don't forget to take my purse.

Sunday, March 22, 2009


Our Life Group got together at the beach on Saturday. That's part of what I love about living here, we are close enough to the beach for day trips. Yesterday was way to cold for us to go in the water, well except for the little ones who did not care about the wind or the temp. We all just had a great time hanging out, talking and relaxing. We started home as the sun was going down, and I just had to snap this pic. A good ending to a good day.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

This week

This week, this house has been full of sick ones. Big sick ones, and little sick ones. Morgan and Madison both missed school on Monday. Morgan missed again yesterday. Today she went back. I have been sick since Sunday. It has been a long week. Add to the mix Ralph's work and school schedule and you get a mix of a rough week.
I have had lots of offers for help, and for that I am thankful. My mom has been over 2 nights helping. Thanks Mom! One night she even brought pizza - that was wonderful.
But I am ready to feel "normal" again! To get rid of this gunk everyone has, and I hope and pray the others in the house don't get sick. So, I am off to bed - early - again. Tomorrow is another day.

Sunday, March 15, 2009


Our dog Belle thinks she is a cow. Granted she is a cow dog, but not a cow! I will look out occasionally and see her either teasing them, or laying down beside them. She is not intimidated by their size, she just barrels through them barking and prancing. It really is a funny sight to see.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

A gift

Tonight, my husband and I were given a gift. We were given the gift of time together, thanks to Clint and Jadie. A neat couple, who are anticipating the start of their life together in June. They took time tonight, to hang out with our girls, so that Ralph and I could go sit, eat, talk and dream. And I have to tell you, our girls were so excited that they were coming to babysit them! They started counting the hours down as soon as they got home from school.
Thank you Clint and Jadie, for taking such good care of our girls, and for your gift of time!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Riding Bikes

Well, we are officially a family that can all ride on two wheels. Morgan has learned to ride a 2 wheeler. She has not had many crashes, yet!

Ok - que Billy Ray's "Get Ready, Get Set, Dont' Go" for this picture. Cheesy, I know, but I could not resist.

On her way......

Look at the determination on her face! This girl, when she sets her mind to something, will get it done. I think Ralph spent a total of 10 minutes with her. You can read his account here He helped her for a few minutes and she had it down. She is well on her way. So are Ralph and I, of letting go....

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Have you ever?

Have you ever had one of those days where nothing seems to go your way, so you get mad and pout? Where you throw your hands of your face and try to block out the world, kind of like this?

Then suddenly at the drop of hat, you decide that all is not wrong with the world! That maybe you can be happy where you are, and enjoy life! And manage a grin, as you swing through the air - like this.

All is well! In fact you can throw your head back and let the breeze blow through your hair, as you swing through the air. You can smile, and laugh, relax and enjoy life.

These picture were taken in a time frame of about 10 minutes. I wish I could be more like my little girl Morgan. In that she can be so stinking mad about something, and then get happy and enjoy life. If only it would not take me so long to get happy, after I have gotten mad and pout.
Have you ever learned a lesson from a little child?

Friday, March 6, 2009

How we spend Friday nights in the country

Getting a lesson from Dad on how to build a proper bonfire, perfect for roasting hot dogs and marshmallows.

And swinging in tree swings!

Thursday, March 5, 2009


Today, I feel like I have seen the light at the end of the tunnel. To say that Ralph and I have been busy lately, well that is an understatement. Well, Ralph has been busy, so busy that he has not seen home much. Stressful would pretty much describe the state in which we have been living. And with stress comes physical side effects. Earlier this week I was worried that my young husband was having a heart attack. Thankfully he went to the Dr., who told him he needed to slow down and take care of himself. His body was just stressed. Kind of the same thing I have been telling him for the last 2 weeks, but he listened to the Dr.
So, he went to bed early last night, slept late (5:30!) this morning and he is a different man today. I see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Monday, March 2, 2009

My Birthday

Sunday was my birthday. I have to say that it was a wonderful day. Actually, the weekend was pretty much perfection for me. Ralph took me out Friday night, dinner and the theater. We went to a little theater in Lynn Haven called Kaleidescope Theater and saw the comedy "Moonlight and Magnolias". I really enjoyed the play and laughing! On a side note, we were the youngest ones in the crowd, but my husband was the one nodding off through the whole first half. I guess the fact that he had been up since 4, and he had sat down played a role in why he was so tired.
Then we had wonderful family that kept the 3 girls that night. Thanks Grandma, Gran and Uncle Beaver and Aunt Michelle! So, we were able to sleep late, or at least later than normal on Saturday. When we got up we just puttered around the house and worked on planting our garden. Then when all the girls got back here by lunch, we settled in and watched movies as the clouds and rain moved in.
Sunday morning was church at RCC, and it was good! Then lunch that my mom made. It was so nice not to have to think about what to fix for lunch. And the lunch she made, it was wonderful. Then off to Life Group, where they surprised me with a cake - thanks Julie and Jarrod - who also share an anniversary the same day! Then home. Like I said, it was a great weekend.
Now, let me get to the picture that goes along with this post. I told my Mom and Dad that I wanted a Wii Fit for my birthday. Mom listened, and got me one! I was so excited! So, today, while the girls were at school I set it up. Then I worked out. Tonight, I am starting to feel the burn! Oh my goodness. I will not go into detail about what my Wii Fit age is. I am choosing to think, it could be worse. But, then I took a picture of my feet and was going to post it instead of the picture of the box - and, well, let's just say maybe the Wii Fit is not that far off. My feet looked old and fat! Oh well, at least I am trying to work my little piggies.
Here is to another year. Hopefully this time next year I will be more fit!