Wednesday, January 30, 2008
There are 1-2-3 videos and I hope you watch them all if you have the time, but definitely check out the 3rd one if you don't have the time to watch all of them. They are each about 10 minutes (less) long and what he has to say is powerful.
Just in case you can't get it opened, I will try to attach the 3rd one here...
Monday, January 28, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Tuesday we went to Bible study and then went to the First Baptist Family Life Center to play with our friends for a little over an hour. We had a blast and the kids all played hard! We came home for lunch (I think Jackson maybe did eat a little for lunch) and then had naps. I am doing private lessons every Tuesday for one of my freshmen volleyball players! However, when the time rolled around for me to go they were both still sleeping, which is crazy because Creighton usually never naps that long...then as I was getting ready to leave she woke up anyway. So, Jeff stayed with Jackson and I took Creighton with me (the YMCA has free childcare :)). Jeff said Jackson just sat in the chair and watched movies the entire time I was gone.
Tuesday night was date night for the month for us and so we had babysitters come over and Jeff and I went to Robert's in Bartlesville. It was really really good food, but a little pricey for my taste. The appetizer Eggrolls were FAN-tastic! I had never even heard of Robert's but Jeff randomly had found it and wanted to do something different so we went! I am glad. Afterwards we drove around and just talked and it was so nice! We came back and the kids had just gone down and Jackson ended up coming back out because he heard us so he stayed up for awhile and didn't eat anything again for dinner or snack. I think it was really late by the time we got him down.
Wednesday morning we went to wake him up and he was so tired and not feeling well I guess. I asked him if he wanted to go to school and he said yes so I tried to get him dressed and he fell asleep...literally COULD NOT keep his eyes opened....it was strange, so Jeff took Rae Rae to school and I figured I'd bring him later. As I was still trying to get him dressed he passed out cold...so I took him to his bed and he slept till like 10:45. When he woke up he was like a totally different kid and was JUST FINE. It was weird and I didn't want to risk it so I kept him home with me. He was NONE too happy about that. But he finally ate some cereal for breakfast/lunch and we had a really fun time together. Its rare I have him by myself. I either have both of them, or Creighton (when Jeff takes Jackson) so it was nice. I tried to give him special time and things throughout the day since we haven't ever really had that time and to keep his mind off of the fact that he really would have rather been at school with Emma Kate. That afternoon, Jeff came home to take him for a special lunch to Braum's. Since he hadn't been feeling great, I wasn't excited that Jeff had gotten him excited about burger fries and a malt...but I figured I'd let it slide and see what happened...I wish I would have spoken up. He took a big gulp of malt and one bit of ketchup on his fries and it was ALL over...and yes, we were in Braums. It was like he got a funny itch from the ketchup or something. He threw up several times and then we cleaned him up and left. It was way gross. Then he was fine.
WE went to church that night (and yes, I did a horrible thing and took him too). But I had to go and I didn't have an option. But I did keep him in a room without all the other kids and let him watch a movie. IT worked out. But I am SO glad i went because my small group went fantastic. I had 5 new girls and it was so so good! I think Satan would have LOVED for me to have not shown up....
Jackson from that point on has seemed just fine and hasn't anything else occur...thankfully! Thank heavens Creighton hasn't gotten it either....although she did cut a molar through yesterday! I think that one has been coming through for a few days...she's been tough. Its crazy she is cutting molars when she doesn't have all of her front teeth yet...only 2 on bottom.
Thursday we woke up and he seemed 100% fine and so we went to the Family Life Center again for 2 hours with Kara and the girls. They all played and had a great time and slept well that night.
Friday we went back to the FLC and played for an hour and then went home and played with Jeff because he had the day off! IT was fantastic. That night Jeff and I dropped the kids off at my moms and went to Tulsa for dinner. It was great. They kept them overnight and we slept till 11am this morning!!!! It was great. We watched a movie and then we watched Jeff Dunham with Brittany and Chris and then I went to get the kids and came home and we made breakfast for dinner! It was great and the kids ate well. We put them to bed a little early. Jeff hasn't been feeling well the past couple of days now though...so I hope he doesn't get it!
I am excited for a new week! Its been a long week and a hard week...even with two date nights...the last 2 days haven't been hard though...so I think that is why I am able to say this week's been good...because last Friday-this Thursday were REALLY hard for me for some reason....
Sorry for such a boring post...
Monday, January 21, 2008
I came across Julian from a couple of blogs and I read his story and then he passed away this week. I just don't know how parents do it. I just don't. **you can go to www.carepages.com and sign up (with an email) and type in juliansworld (all one word) to hear updates and hear his mom's heart...what a cute and sweet little 4 year old boy!
There is also a lady in our church who is pregnant with a little girl who (unless a miracle happens) will not likely make it very long from the womb (if that).
Then, Christy tells her story of Phoenix and it breaks me again.
There are COUNTLESS stories, countless people, that I know or have come across, and even within my family that are going through this right now. I find myself on my knees begging, pleading that the Lord would have other roads, other trials for me to face, but to please never let me walk the road of losing a child. I don't know how I'd do it. I know that God is big, and big enough, but I fear...I fear this.
My heart is so hurting....how do they do it? How do you breathe? How do you get up in the morning? How?
I know that all hurting is here because sin entered the world and allowed man and the land to be cursed...how I long for the return of the Savior so we have no more hurt and no more tears...
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Here is our family picture for Christmas! Debbie's camera always takes really great pictures!
I liked this picture of Jackson...
Here is his vtech computer he got...he likes it, but hasn't quite figured out exactly the concept of the "mouse" and the games yet...I thought he would, and he is getting better, but not quite yet.
Here is his scooter! He was so excited about it. Debbie captured a great shot here of his face. He really likes it. We took it to the park the other day and he tried to ride it. He is getting much better, but it is funny to watch. He isn't good at steering. He is prone to roll over the top of it. So, I was thankful he was surrounded by lots of grass and the fact that he is one tough cookie!
because, this is what the rest looked like! :) She was throwing some serious tantrums.
That is Layne and Bree, Jeff's sister's kids. Jackson loves Bree and talks about her all the time! Its pretty cute. I think she likes feeling "big" around him since she was the baby for so long.Umm...I don't really know...but I love him....he found this costume and the rest is history.
Friday, January 18, 2008
After dinner Jeff took Jackson to the HS basketball games and they still aren't back. But I was given the gift (I saw tonight in a whole new light as opposed to yesterday) of spending one-on-one time with Creighton again. Its funny when I change my attitude and perspective of how much fun we can have. Typically Creighton is really clingy and wants to be nursed and/or held ALL THE TIME when I am within eyesight. But I realized tonight I need to just get down on her level and do the things I know she loves to do, especially since that usually doesn't get to happen when
***EDITED: They made it back just now and this is what my son looked like...the youth love him (which I like) and they treat him really well...tonight they "dressed him up with a blue sleeve, a piece of a shirt to spin "cheer" and a blue ball and a stamp on his hand! CUTE as all get out!
By Renee Swope
"I am praying to you because I know you will answer, O God.Bend down and listen as I pray." Psalm 17:6 (NLT)
Devotion:I was recently reading a book in bed when I heard my husband calling our dog to come get her treat. He was actually luring Chelsea , our thirteen-year-old daschund, to her doggie bed.
Daisy, our beagle, was already outside doing her business, anticipating the reward of a doggy biscuit if she obediently came back inside and went to her bed. However, Chelsea was sound asleep in her chair; and nothing was going to get her to budge. Not even the promise of a bedtime treat.
I wondered if Chelsea had perfected her "selective hearing" skills, knowing it was time for bed, or if she's going deaf. I had a feeling it was the latter.
Once the dogs were tucked in bed, we laughed about how Chelsea used to hear every little thing. If the wind blew a leaf outside our front door, she barked.
Andrew my 10-year old came to my bedside to kiss me goodnight. With a concerned look in his eyes he said, "Mom, I hope when you get old you don't go deaf like Chelsea ."
I laughingly told him that when I'm as old as Chelsea , it might be good if I can't hear everything. She gets a lot more sleep than she used to, and I love to sleep. She also doesn't hear when we laugh at her, and it might be good if I don't hear jokes them laughing at me either.
My light-hearted response didn't wipe the concern off his brow, so I asked why he was afraid I won't be able to hear him."Well, sometimes you don't hear me now. Like when you're on the computer and I ask you a question, sometimes you don't hear me." He answered without hesitation.Ouch! I was not expecting that answer. I almost plunged into a "bad mommy" moment. My child thinks I can't hear him. I thought. I felt really bad because although I may be deeply distracted, I know that I hear him but I don't always listen.Instead of defining that moment with guilt, I pulled Andrew close to me and told him I was sorry for not listening sometimes.
I didn't want him to fear that old age might make it worse. So, I explained how me being on the computer is similar to when he's watching a good movie or playing video games. I reminded him how he gets so involved that's it almost like he's in another world and sometimes doesn't hear other noises, like me calling him for dinner. He nodded with a smile.
Then I made a promise I want to keep. "Andrew," I said, "I am going to try really hard to stop what I am doing when you come to me, look away from my computer and really listen to what you're saying. You're more important than anything I do on the computer. What you have to say matters to me!"
Today's verse reflects our longing for God to hear us. It reminds me that in the same way I go to God because I want Him to listen and answer me; my child and others come to me because they want me to listen to them.
That night God showed me a valuable gift I can give to my children, my husband, friends, co-workers and even strangers. I can give the gift of listening by simply stopping what I'm doing, and giving my full attention to them when I hear them speak to me.
Lord, thank You for listening to me. Please help me be a better listener. It's easy to hear with one ear while the other is turned toward my computer, the television or my cell phone. I want to give the gift of listening this year. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
I received this in my inbox this morning and I was kicked in the gut by it. I think I needed to really hear that today! I know that my kids, if they were able to speak, would maybe have a similar story. That made me realize A) how much they do pay attention and B) how much they do need me to LISTEN (cause goodness knows I HEAR them). Just wanted to pass it along...I thought it was good.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Here is them using their Christmas presents (guitar and Star Station) to create a fun video. Excuse the undressed boy (atleast he still had a diaper on) and all the clothes and toys everywhere.
Oh yeah, and Happy Birthday Erin, Jenelle, Rachel and Robyn!
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
I am so thankful that I get to do this. My husband is terrific and did/does a fabulous job of taking care of our kids. They played at McDonalds for an hour and he had the last little bit of laundry I didn't finish on Monday done and the house was picked up and dishes were done...fabulous and more that I could have asked or hoped for!
Something really crazy is that it is on Tuesdays and on Wednesdays I get to have some more time to myself because of Mothers Day Out. Usually I try to do laundry and clean and cook and go to Walmart and do bills and a million other things...well today I did go to Walmart and I did do some bills...but I just wanted some time to really relax and so I bought a People Magazine (I am somewhat embarrassed to admit this...I rarely do this, but on occasion I like to remember why I love not being famous!) and some AirHeads Xtremes (sweetly sour belts) (seriously I LOVE these things) and I sat on my bed and read it from cover to cover and ate them in less than 3 minutes and that was so awesome!
I still have over an hour before I have to go get them and I need to prepare for my bible study tonight...
Monday, January 14, 2008
I "heard" through a Christmas card that arrived at my house that my college teammate Jennifer is reading...how funny?! Hi!
And because of that I wanted to make sure you other readers (including Jennifer) know that you CAN leave comments and NO you don't have to have a google or blogger account to do so. You can do it one of two ways: 1) leave a comment as Anonymous or use whatever "normal" email you have to sign-in...it doesn't make you a blogger or even a blog, just allows you to post signed in. I use my yahoo email to do all of my signing in on here...so post comments! :)
I will try to be up for posting a real post tomorrow....
Friday, January 11, 2008
A Heart Like His by Beth Moore
I am enjoying the book, however, I am doing so many right now, I can't devote a lot of time into it and I just started it. I am about at chapter 3 I think. It is great reading though so far and I am learning from it. It is well written in that it keeps my attention and the chapters are fairly short.
God's Story: Finding Meaning for Your Life Through Knowing God by Anne Graham Lotz
This is what the Spring bible study is for us right now and we will be doing Genesis and Revelation. We are in Genesis now and Tuesday was our first week. So this is my first week of homework, although we are suppose to do 2 weeks worth. It is taking some getting used to, but I think once we get out of the days of Creation it will be a little more enticing and engaging...although not to say I am not learning anything...God definitely speaks through His Word...
Veggie Tales: Bible Storybook by Cindy Kenney
I love this book. We read in it most nights to Jackson (and sometimes Creighton) and have for awhile now. I think we've had it about a year. For certain we've read every story at least 5 times! It doesn't get old to me and not to him either. There are lots of stories...I REALLY like this book. Jackson ADORES Bob the Tomato...
Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones
We got this book for Christmas because I found it referenced on JMom's blog and although we haven't read in it as much as the aforementioned Bible storybook, we have read a few nights in it and I really like it also. It is a little old for where Jackson is right now but I love it that it always puts the gospel in the story, no matter what the topic was...it is great! The age is for 4 and up though so in a few years I think Jackson and Creighton will really like this one too.
Raising Kids for True Greatness by Tim Kimmel
I started this book a while back and loved what I have read so far...but I need to begin back in it, because I never finished it. I certainly like (so far) what he has to say. I want that...to have Jackson and Creighton be great, not necessarily successful in the world's standards.
Parenting with Love and Logic (birth through six years) by Jim & Charles Fay
I have already read this book cover to cover twice, but I keep it out because I haven't quite
I have these purchased and at my home, but haven't started reading (but excited to start):
ScreamFree Parenting by Hal Runkel
Truly know NOTHING about this book, but I have the book and the CD and the title "had me at hello"...Thankfully I can say Jackson hasn't said this in a "true" situation, but last night I was "singsong"ing a phrase that got louder at the end and he said, "mom, stop screaming"...I am glad I wasn't upset or screaming in any way because if he ever actually said that on the
Jesus: 90 Days with the One and Only by Beth Moore
I couldn't wait to get started in this book (I got for Christmas) but with all my homework right now I knew I wouldn't be able to devote much time to it, so I am waiting, but VERY excited about it.
The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn Iggulden and Hal Iggulden & The Daring Book for Girls by Andrea J. Buchanan and Miriam Peskowitz
My brother got these books for Jeff and I for Christmas and they are REALLY cool. We haven't actually "read" them yet but we have looked through them and I plan to get on top of looking through them more thoroughly soon...(we'll see how soon that really is)...I think my kids are a little young for majority of the stuff...but its exciting anyway...
I haven't purchased these yet, but NEED to:
The New Strong-Willed Child by James Dobson
Parenting the Strong-Willed Child: The Clinically Proven Five-Week Program for Parents of Two- to Six-Year-Olds by Rex Forehand and Nicholas Long
and any other book about how to EFFECTIVELY parent stubborn, strong-willed,
....oh, and did I mention, I really HATE reading...always have. I don't mind reading a magazine...but I haven't ever been much of a reader of books/novels no matter what they pertain to...oh well...
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Jackson used to call Creighton "Bubba" and thankfully now he doesn't call her that anymore (he calls her one of the following: "Way Way" (Rae Rae), "Tate-on" (Creighton), or "sis-sis"). However, I was starting to realize that Bubba was beginning to fit more and more because of the mullet that manifested itself on her little head. Apparently this is called a CHULLET...check it out! How embarrassing! (same link as above, check out 3.7)
So instead of having her always wear a hat to hide it:
I thought I had a better picture that showed the back but I can't find it right now. But here is a video of her pretty happy! :) Love these moments...
Monday, January 7, 2008
We all got so many neat things from Terrie and Philip this year. Jackson and Creighton have so many toys I don't know what to do with them all. They got a TV Star Station which is pretty cool, a Launch Pad for the computer (story coming for this in another post). They both got suitcases with their initials (conveniently we named them with our initials and so we can use them too! :O). Jeff and I got lots of nice things: books, games, jewelry, clothes, and I am sure I am missing lots, and a 24x30 canvas picture with a custom frame for above our mantle to replace the old one:
Creighton's is still big on her, but it is the smallest they make. But she was cute. Disregard my nose/profile shot in both pictures , ugh...I need to use my new Photo shop to cut that out!
Friday, January 4, 2008
Thursday, January 3, 2008
I CORINTHIANS 13 - A CHRISTMAS VERSION
If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, I'm just another decorator.
If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family, I'm just another cook.
If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing.
If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir's cantata but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.Love stops the cooking to hug the child.
Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband.
Love is kind, though harried and tired.
Love doesn't envy another's home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.
Love doesn't yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way.
Love doesn't give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices in giving to those who can't.Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails.
Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust, but giving the gift of love will endure.