Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Garden update, a big project and a pirate invasion

Our horribly pitiful garden is finally taking off....a little.

We do have a huge amount of pumpkins growing. I would say that is due to our amazing gardening skills but the truth is they are growing from pumpkins that got thrown in my flower garden last fall.

So this flowers but an abundance of pumpkins. I couldn't bring myself to pull them up. This fall I will be very happy to have lots to decorate with!
We did however plant watermelons that are doing great. I took this picture 5 days ago and it has tripled in size. I've never grown watermelon so I'm excited to see how good they taste!
Yes, even weeds can be pretty. ;)

Carter got an idea for a nesting box for the chickens and took off with it. He had it built before I even thought about taking pictures. Truthfully, I didn't even really know what he was doing until he was almost done. He walked in the house a few times to grab something but that was it. 
Daddy was pretty impressed when he got home. He got home just time for some finishing touches and to help put it in with the chickens.

 I did some canning this week. I picked up some peaches and tomatoes. Not nearly enough to last very long.

I didn't get any pictures of it but Alyssa was a great helper. We had a system going and it worked great!

We ended up with 7 quarts of peaches and 4 jars of pizza sauce! Yum!

 Our home was invaded by some pirates today. At least, they were cute pirates. Oh and they only got their riches from abandoned ships. ;)

Thursday, July 19, 2012

V is for Value


Isn't it so important to let those around us know how important they are? How much value they hold in our eyes?

Everyday, I have four children that carry that longing in their eyes. They want to know. They NEED to know. Do I show them? I try but do I really show them.

If I do not show them, they will find it. They will find it in ways that I don't even want to think about. I know this because that is how I tried to find my worth, my value. In the things of this world. The people that could care less about me now and really could have cared less about me then. The things I owned. The way I thought I needed to be. The friends I had. That is where I thought my value came from.

It has been heavy on my heart for a long time to show my children their true value. To me and to God.

First and foremost, I want them to know that no matter what, their value comes from God. There is no better lesson in the world. I am human and I WILL let them down. If they only look to me, they will be disappointed.  I have to direct them to God.

And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows. Luke 12:7

I try to make sure I am diligent daily.

Reading and memorizing scriptures that really sink in who God is and how important we are to Him.

Making sure they are not surrounded by friends that are looking outward for their worth. Its so important to be examples to those around us but even at my age (hmm...that sounded funny.) I have to be influenced in the right direction or I find myself shifting.

Although their worth does come from God, at their ages it starts with me. How I talk to them. How I react to them. How I make time for them.

They take notice.

So its important to look at them when they are talking to me. Make sure I spend a whole lot more of my time away from the computer screen and more time playing, laughing and making memories with them.

Smile! Isn't it so important just to smile.

Be interested in what interests them.

Have fun. Show them they are fun. Let them know I have fun WITH them.

Encourage. Encourage. Encourage. My kids love to just hear the words...."you are special". Heck, I love to just hear the words..."you are special".

One last thing we have been dealing with lately is making sure they NEVER tear down someone elses worth. Its not okay to talk down to each other. Siblings can be good at that. It is a big NO,NO!
That always starts with me. I can let words slip of my tongue to Brian that I wound be appalled if they ever said to each other! EEK!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Just us...Summer 2012

I try to do family pictures a few times a year, birthday pictures and of course, every day pictures. It is ALWAYS my intention to do couple pictures of Brian and I but for some reason or another it never happens.

So the other day I planned it. Then I got frustrated. I should have laid out clothes instead of trying to find something right before we took pictures. I said forget it and just figured we could do it another day. Can you see why we never actually got any before?!

Brian, from the goodness of his heart (and not wanting to have a cranky wife)....the man that will not even let me ask him if he likes what I am wearing, stays clear of my closet at all costs and has boycotted the mall.....walked over to my closet and picked out what he wanted me to wear! Gotta love that. ;)

We took the pictures in 2 locations. Around our house and down at the creek.

One thing I learned.....BUY A REMOTE! It is way too difficult to run back and forth to click the button and run back before the timer runs out. I'm sure we were a sight. ;)
I have Photoshop to adjust colors and whatnot but I don't ever use it. If I had more time on my hands I would love to. For now, I just use Picasa.

If you have ever watched Days Of Our Lives, does Brian not get the John Black impersonation right on the money or what!?
Ok, this picture cracks me up. Brian actually asked me if I was going to put this on here. Hehee.....

We were going for a carrying me over the threshold kind of pose. Which none turned out, by the way. Brian was trying to see where he needed to focus the camera. Ha!
I am usually laughing when I go through pictures because I have more like this than serious ones!

"Sweet Nothings, Sweet Nothings, Sweet Nothings...."

After 14 years, he can still make me laugh.
I mentioned that we couldn't see his tattoo in any of the pictures. Big mistake.

Brian and I have been married for 14 years. We have hit so many bumps in the road. Too many to even count. I can honestly say from the bottom of my heart that God has been good to us. Without Him there is no way we would be were we are at today.

I love you, Brian Gene. Here's to many more.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

A bit of Summer

I have been MIA lately. Life has been pretty rough at times. Unfortunately, I have gotten behind on a lot of things. I have missed a few important appointments. I had some commitments that I had to put on the back burner.

 I had planned on schooling through the summer but so far that has not really happened. So blogging obviously was not on the top of my to-do list.

Although we have had to deal with some rough patches we have had a great summer. That's the thing about rough times, they do actually make you stronger. So even though I could look back on our summer and have a pity party for the yucky things, I am choosing not to. The more I choose not to focus on the bad things the better the good times feel. The easier it is to realize that everyone has rough times. Everyone deals with junk in their life.

When I give up my feelings about what I want out of life and focus on what really matters, the plans God has for me, the easier EVERYTHING is.

Alyssa did AWESOME at softball this year. It was her first year playing with all girls that have played for years. She made friends, learned so much and truly enjoyed every second!
We had many a nights at practices and games.
The end of the season they were playing in 100 degrees! Whew it was hot! But she learned dedication and tricks to stay cool. ;)

We had some visitors to the field too. Nana and Papa came out to watch her play and so did Uncle Shawn.
Summer nights are perfect for family softball.

Some nights after Alyssa practiced or had a game we wouldn't leave the field until 11!

Taylor scootin it to first base!

Mommy has to show 'em how its done. NOT!
They made it to the third game in tournaments. The last day they played it was over 100 degrees. They played good all year and I think if it hadn't been for the heat they would have made it a lot farther.

Brian has been trying to get me to go to the creek for years. It made me nervous but I finally agreed. Now I wish I would have listened to him a long time ago! We have been having a blast. Even Taylor loves it!

My guys always have their fishing gear ready.
I love these girls!

It cracks me up every time I see pictures with the kids in shoes in the water. Brian has this thing about his feet. He can not stand the thought of one of the kids getting a fishing hook or some thing in their foot. lol! I'm a rebel I I can not stand to have shoes on in the water!

My explorers!

The first time we went to the creek we just hung out in one spot. Brian decided he wanted to tube down the creek the next time we went. We parked our car at a stopping point and headed up the creek for what I assumed to be a few hours tubing. WRONG!

It took us 8 1/2 hours to get to our stopping point. YES 8 1/2 HOURS! Granted it was only about 3 miles. The creek was pretty shallow. So there were parts that we had to carry Taylor and our boat full of "essentials". I had two guys stopping to fish. Down trees. Snakes. Lunch. Snacks. Drinks. Tube adjustments. Holes in the that led to water filled boat.

It was a blast but I don't see that happening again in the near future. It was a long day.

Taylor chillin in the water. She told me more than once that she was having a "blast"!
I need to look up what kind of snake this was. Alyssa was a bit freaked out after we encountered him.

This year for the 4th of July we went to a church picnic. We have finally found our home church and it feels so good. I forgot how good it feels to belong somewhere. To be surrounded by like minded friends that treat you like they have known you forever. I love it.

It was a fun time.

Our garden is so pitiful this year. We started it late and then when we did start it it never really took off. Bummer. The only things we actually have growing are watermelon, pumpkins, tomatoes. peppers and cantaloupe. Pitiful, I know.

The kids started their own little garden and I am a bit jealous happy to say it is growing WONDERFULLY!

So I am hoping that things have slowed down enough that I can get back into blogging. I actually have missed it. :)

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6


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