Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Puppy Love

When we lost our dog last month my husband thought it was wise to go out 36 hours later and get a 5 week old puppy. I begged him not to. He thought the kids needed it.
The funny thing is that she thought she was my dog. After leaving his mom way too early she became attached to me. She thought she needed to sleep in my hair so she could wake me at 3am with sharp little nibbles. At first it was cute. But after weeks of a puppy crying in the night to be let out, after weeks of finding messes on my floor and on my bed I am over the puppy I did not want. I know I am being harsh. I know I am not this honest on my blog often but I am suffering. Maybe it is that I did not get a chance, maybe it is that I know my hero is leaving soon and it will be my responsibility. Maybe it is because she got sick after we got her she got really sick which required around the clock meds and pedialyte.
Let me be honest and say she is cute as can be and I do like her I am just a little over whelmed. So yesterday we had a few free hours. I decided I was going to tackle my sewing pile. I had several dresses I wanted to turn into skirts. I have not sewn in probably 6 months and I was allowing myself the time to do it. Then I walked into my room and saw the dog had left us a gift. She will literally go on the floor right after coming inside.
So I called all the children together with my hero and told them I am D-O-N-E, I am done reminding them to take her out, to pick up things so she will not chew on it, done watching my hero clean up the messes. Done reminding them to clean out the gerbil cage, guinea pig cage, cat litter and to feed all the animals. That if this dog has more accidents I am going to going to get rid of all the pets in my house.
A few minutes later I found Hope outside with the puppy. She was at her teacher’s desk and the dog was in his student desk. She was reminding her of how we act in our house and that she loves her but she needs to remember the house rules. She said she would give her dog treats if she did not potty in the house.

Monday, November 28, 2011


What a amazing week. First I spent the week straightening closets and making sure our house was ready for guest. Then I noticed that there were cobwebs on the kitchen ceiling.
The other night my husband told me all the children were in bed asleep. A couple of hours later I decided to go to bed. Walking down the hallway I heard water splashing. Hope was still in the bathroom. She is known for taking 3 hour baths. She never heard dad say it was bedtime.
This week I was very proud of myself for getting our yearly newsletter done. I was not very proud of myself when I realized I walked away from my laptop without saving it.
Last week I may or may not have caught my son eating cereal out of a HUGE plastic cup because there was no clean bowls. I know this would not happen after catching him eating with a measuring spoon last month.
This week my husband had another stress test for his lungs. I may or may not have giggled when he told me the machine was broke and he had to go back that afternoon to take the test. You see my hero is a total caffeine addict so him going half the day without caffeine is almost comical. I am just glad I did not have to work with him.
I am just curious about something, do you ever write a nasty statement on facebook and then smarten up and delete it before hitting send.
What crazy things have you done or not done this week? Are you willing to admit it and laugh about it? I would love to hear it?
Mckmama- Not Me Monday

Please join me at Miscellany Monday too.

Pray for Me Monday



JAMES 5:16
"Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so
that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and
effective." (NIV) 

PSALMS 116:2
"Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live" (NKJV) 

Welcome to this weeks Pray For Me Mondays with Home Grown Families and Pamela from Troop Petrie.  We are so excited to be working together on this journey!

Basically, PFMM will work like this:

  • Pamela and I will write posts on relevant topics and post

  • You can link up your own post, comment or e-mail us your prayer requests

  • We'll pray for you and hopefully others will, too

Tiffany {the single one} says:

Proverbs 22:6 

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. 

Children, of course we love them~ we just don't always like them, at least for the moment.

As I write this, I am arguing with my 2 year old to go back to bed.  She's tired and a bear and, honestly, I don't want to deal with it anymore.

While I know what is wrong with her, the reasons the other 2 {they just turned 8!} do things aren't so clear.

What is the Autism?  What is from their extreme immaturity?  What is from their social problems?

And, it's not only their actions.  I have a hard time deciding what I'm doing when we're working on school work.  What is from one of their LD's and what is lazy?  How hard should I push?  What are they really capable of?

Push too hard and it will turn them off of learning.  If I don't push hard enough, they will never live up to their potential...

Keep us in your prayers as we struggle along in our everyday life.  It will get better, I know, but just keep praying for us in the meantime.

Pam {the married one} says:

Psalm 86:11 

Teach me your way, LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart,
that I may fear your name. 

Do you ever think that your spouse or children should change? What they are doing is wrong. How they respond is wrong. You know it is wrong; you live with them, right? 

Have you ever taken a step back and thought why do they do it that way, why do I think what they are doing as harmful to me. 

For a year I saw my son pull back from the world more and more. I could not understand it. He would complain about not having friends but yet never wanted to get out and make friends. One day his counselor explained it. 

He wants friends but the problem is wanting them does not mean he is willing to do the work. In Michael’s eyes, if he got involved with others they could reject him, they could dislike him. It was easier to step back and not have friends. 

It broke my heart when it was explained that way to me. 

This week my prayer is that I will have my eyes open to what is going on before I pass judgment on what I think my spouse and children are thinking. That instead of assuming my husband is ignoring me I will ask him what is on his mind. It may be that he just needs a minute to relax before I start asking questions.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Piper Reed give away

The winners of the Piper Reed book is Kristy and Erin Thank you ladies for entering, please send me your address so I can get them sent to you.

Are you prepared?

I wish I was better about using coupons.Please share your secrets with me. I love to stock pile. I stock pile when I find things on sale. Things like cereal for $1 a box. My children love apple juice but it is pricey. So when I found it at Dollar Tree I bought every bottle they had on the shelf. I will buy several turkeys and hams during the holidays when they are on sale. I love to cook a turkey in June.
Share your secrets with me. How do you save money. I have done some basic things like switched to cloth napkins and making homemade laundry soap, dishwasher soap, fabric softner and baby wipes. I would love to hear your ideas.

Friday, November 25, 2011

5 Question Friday

1. Is there a special dish you prepare that you are famous for?
No, not really. It use to be cinnamon rolls but I do not even do that much now.
2. Are you (did you) go Black Friday shopping? I use to be but maybe I am getting too old. This year we are done shopping, as in D-O-N-E. Done and now can relax! My mom is one of those people who had to be at work at 6pm and work until 6am this morning. She was guarding something in a store until midnight. I hope everyone was nice to her.

3. What are your strangest holiday traditions? This is something we are working on, we do not have traditions and that kind of makes me sad.

4. Pecan or pumpkin pie? (She actually asked "Apple or pumpkin?" I just T-giving'ed it!) Pumpkin or peanut butter is my favorite. Would you believe I did NOT have pumpkin pie yesterday? I will correct that today.

5. When will you put up your Christmas tree? Probably Sunday, I know it is killing my husband to not have it up now. But with a new baby in the house and a new puppy, I think we should wait until 11:50 on Christmas Eve and take it down at 12:01 am on Christmas day. I am such a scrooge. Feel very bad for my children, very bad.
Ladies and gentlemen (are there any gentlemen), thank you so much for sticking with my little old blog all year. You comments make me smile and encourage me.
Oh and Mama M, what would I do without my 5 Question Friday, please oh please never let it stop.

Thursday, November 24, 2011


I am so thankful, I often take time to stop and remind myself what I have to be thankful for when I am having a hard day.
This year I have a husband home with me. I understand what a blessing that is. I have had many holidays without my soldier.
I am thankful for my children. I thank God that he has blessed me with so many blessings even when the laundry is taller than me and the dishes go unwashed.
This year I am thankful for the new blessings that joined our family. I am thankful that they were allowed to stay with us.
I will never for one minute take for granted the time we have with each other.
This Thanksgiving is so different. Not just because my hero is home or because we have more blessings at our home but because there will be an empty seat at the table. It was painfully obvious when my mother in law pulled in the drive way and the kids screamed for mommal and not poppal. I want him back just for the day. I do not like the sadness; I do not like explaining to my children over and over that he will not be here. Although as much as I miss him today I am grateful that today he is eating what he likes and as much as he likes without fear of his sugar levels. So today I will be there for his wife and for my husband and remind them of the positives that he brought to our lives.
Today I am thankful for my friends who have rallied around me over the last year who and encouraged me when I thought I could not handle any more. Who stood up and made sure we had everything we needed and even what we wanted for the boys when they joined our family.
I am thankful for a mother. A mother who was a single mom raising 2 children with little help from her family. She woke each morning when I knew she tired and wore down. She allowed me to spread my wings and move out when I was ready to.
If I was honest I would tell you that I am a little thankful for this puppy who is laying on me right now. This puppy I said no to, this puppy that wakes me nightly to go out and has accidents in my house. She is worth it in the end but please do not tell anyone I said that.
What are you thankful for this year? Have you taken time to make a list of what you are thankful for?

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Muppets

Have you heard? The Muppets are back! Last Saturday morning my family had the honor of seeing a sneak peak. They loved it. They felt special.
Okay, I do not want to give away too many details but it will be hard. First, Mrs. Piggy is amazing and her hair is amazing. I love Mrs. Piggy because I grew up being called Mrs. Piggy.
This movie was great for our family. It really had a great story line that encouraged love for siblings and also how to work together.
I knew going into this movie that there was no worries about what my children would be seen. I so hope this bring back the Muppets.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Not me Monday

Not me Monday
It is not me who is not going to beg you, bribe you and harass you to enter my give away right here. I am not desperate to get lots of entries just to make myself feel good.
It is not me who combines Not me Monday with Miscellany Monday. Surely I am able to come up with two blog post on a Monday morning.
First, let me tell you if I posted some of the things I have not done I would be arrested. It has been a crazy week.
I want to know how people get angry and smack their children because last week I smacked a child on the bottom and I was not even mad and this is what happened. I promise this picture does not show how bad it really was. Even the side of my hand bruised. The child on the other hand had no idea why I was putting ice on my hand.
It was not us, meaning my husband and I. who went grocery shopping and ended up leaving a child strapped in a cart alone in an aisle because of lack of communication.
It was not my son who came to me on Tuesday afternoon and thought his sister should stop school to wash his shirt for that evening. It is her month to do laundry. He could not grasp the concept that he had to do his own laundry since he did not get it in the dirty laundry on time.
It was not me who changed a baby on a sidewalk a few weeks ago. We were at a public park having a ceremony and I could not walk away. So I turned away from the crowd and let the diapers fly.
When my daughter realized her sister’s shoes were too big she most certainly did not zip tie them to her feet?

Mckmama- Not Me Monday

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Pray for Me Monday


JAMES 5:16
"Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so
that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and
effective." (NIV) 

PSALMS 116:2
"Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live" (NKJV) 

Welcome to this weeks Pray For Me Mondays with Home Grown Families and Pamela from Troop Petrie.  We are so excited to be working together on this journey!

Basically, PFMM will work like this:

  • Pamela and I will write posts on relevant topics and post

  • You can link up your own post, comment or e-mail us your prayer requests

  • We'll pray for you and hopefully others will, too

Sorry we missed last week~ it's just one of those things.  This is what Pam wrote for last week, so the material is a little dated.

Tiffany {the single one} says:

These last few weeks have been particularly difficult for us.  We have been dealing with sickness, ER visits, sleepless nights and one moody Mama.  Please continue praying for me~ my sanity mostly. 


Pam {the married one} says:


And when Esau lifted up his eyes and saw the women and children, he said, “Who are these with you?” Jacob said, “The children whom God has graciously given your servant.”
(Genesis 33:5 ESV) 

This was a special and wonderful week. My husband only worked three days. So we had a lot of family time. Or should I say a lot of puppy training time.

This week my baby boy turned 15. FIFTEEN, where has the time gone? I remember the night he was born and how sick he was. I remember them struggling to get him to breath. I remember my friend Debbie praying over the situation. I remember him being in the NICU and taking a parenting class with other parents. They were holding their babies and mine was behind us in the NICU.

I remember when he was 2 and not talking. I remember the day the daycare provider finally told me something was not right with him. As in, he was developmentally delayed.
I remember feeling like a failure as a mom. I remember wondering what I did wrong.

It took a lot for me to not feel guilt because he was not reading as early as others. It took a lot for me to see him struggle to make friends for many years. It was hard for me the first time I heard the aspergers name mentioned.

And then I had a friend who told me that he is mine only for a short time.

I think sometimes in the business of parenting we forget that our blessings are only with us for a short time.
Do you take time to enjoy your children?

Today my son and I went to the movies. He made a comment twice that really hurt my feelings (smacked me in the face). He said that it was nice to hear me laugh. It hit me hard that he does not see me laugh as much as he use to. I do not want my children to grow up and take life so seriously. I want them to know that life is good and that you can enjoy it.

This week I pray that you are taking time to enjoy your blessings. Be grateful for the time they wake up in the night because that is one on one time.

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.
(Matthew 18:10 ESV) 

Take time to realize that they will not always be in your home and encourage them to hide the word in their heart so when they are not with you they still know where to go for help.

Please do not forget about this really fun giveaway I am doing right now.
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Friday, November 18, 2011

Feeling Beachie

This week’s statements:
1. I love the smell of _the fabric softener coming from the dryer vent when it come blows through my kitchen window, mountain dew and sometimes I love the smell of gas. I love the smell of fresh baked bread in my house. ___
2. When I fly, I _I am almost sad because I know I am leaving someone to go somewhere. ___
3. I don’t like how over whelmed I allow myself to get_ but I _continue to do things to get myself overwhelmed__.
4. My favorite _relaxation moment__ is _walking into a clean livingroom and kitchen early in the morning_.

5 Question Friday

Firsts a reminder of this cool give away I am doing. I am so excited to offer this book.

1. Do you have a go to song that always puts you in a good mood? Lord I lift your name on high, any praise music. Right now it is ABC’s and twinkle because there is a special 18 month old who sings along with me. Every day he adds more and more to his song.

2. Are you a real Christmas tree kinda person or do you go with a real fake one? Every now and then I think a real one is pretty but would never want the work so I always go back to our faithful fake one.

3. What are you thankful for? The list could go on for pages:
1. for my God who gave me life and eternity
2. for my family who puts up with me no matter what
3. for my children who make me smile and laugh and cry every day
4. for my husband who is the love of my life.

4. Which fashion fad from the past do you wish you could wear today? Banana clips, I saw someone wearing one the other day and thought oh PLEASE come back, you know because I love how it pulls all your hair out and how lazier I become about doing my hair.

5. Do you wait until the "low fuel" light comes on before you fill up the gas tank? I have run out of gas before. I accidently wait until the light comes on lots of time. But now that we pay for EVERYTHING with cash I get gas more often because I take advantage of having my teenager or husband with me. I love that we are only using cash but I really do not want to lug 5 little kids into the store to pay for gas.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Piper Reed give away

I was recently asked if I would do a book review for a book about a little girl whose father was in the Navy. The book is called Piper Reed Navy Brat. Instantly was in love. Navy Brat made me giggle because I have lots of little Army brats running around my house.
I was so excited when the book came in. I had decided that it would be a book for my eleven year old to read. The first night I put 5 kids in bed and Faith and I snuggled up on the couch and read the first 10 pages. I pushed her off to bed and set and continued to read.
This is an amazing book. Amazing because Piper Reed one reminds me of my own girls, and two because in the book the family finds out that they are moving. They talk about visiting family during the move and how awkward some things are when visiting people you do not see often.
Oh how I want to set and tell you every detail of the book. I want to tell you what does with each child before he deploys and how he runs his house. But if I did tell you the whole story you would not be interested in the giveaway I am about to offer.
That is right I have been given not ONE but TWO books to give away. So from today until Tuesday November 22 you can enter to win a signed copy of this book. Even I did not get a signed copy. I think this book is a must for all of our military children. I cannot wait to get the rest of the serious.
The rules:
1. Tell me one thing that is hard about having a military child or 2 about moving with a child.
2. Follow me on facebook
3. Follow me on twitter
4. Leave any comment, one a day until Tuesday.

I am so excited for you because this truly I is a fun book. It is open to anyone not just military because it is a fun book to read.


Seriously, my son is 15, when did that happened and where was I.
Seriously, why do I avoid wiping the walls down in my house even though I know every day I look at them I am disgusted.
Seriously, why does this puppy have to love me so much when she knows I did not want her?
Seriously, how much more are we going to spend at the vet in one month?
Seriously, I am done with my Christmas shopping and I could not be more excited. Now it is time to enjoy the holiday.
Seriously my mother in law is coming down next week and I cannot wait. I love how we set around and talk.
Seriously, I want to teach a class to young married women about how to love your mother in law. I wish I loved and understood her early in our marriage the way I do now.
Seriously, why did it take three attempts at opening a new savings account, DON’T YOU WANT OUR MONEY!
Seriously, we owe nothing on credit cards, this is not a brag this is a amazing statement that I need to remind myself of daily when we are in “want” of something.
Seriously, want to work on getting our other debt taken care of so we can scream “DEBT FREE”.
Seriously, I have had an upset stomach for 2.5 weeks, how is that possible and why. We thought it was stress but the stress is gone and it I am still not feeling well.
Seriously, I ordered my Christmas cards and cannot wait to get them mailed out before December first.

What makes you sad

What makes you sad? I am on facebook several times a day. I comment, I stalk, and I can admit it. Rarely do I ever copy something. I do not remember posting my bra color (should go make sure). I just do not do it because nothing really appeals to me. I do not think anything is wrong with it just nothing has spoken to me.
Well yesterday a friend posted this: WE'RE EXPECTING!! A little over 6 weeks already! MY WORD!!! I know it's crazy!!! I wasn't gonna say anything on here but I wanted my family to know the situation!!! I mean freaking 6 weeks... It's official!!! We're expecting Christmas just over six weeks!!!
I honestly thought it was cute. If you know me you know I have gone to great lengths to convince my mother that I am pregnant. I thinking having blessings is a wonderful thing and if I ever was to become pregnant again then I would shout it out from the roof tops. I would be thrilled beyond thrilled.
I was saddened when I woke up this morning by several e-mails from friends saying: I am so sorry, I have already started praying for this, Oh man, and I was worried. Most of the people on my facebook account know me well enough to know it was a joke. It is the private messages that got me.
So in case you ever wondered. I will be screaming and shouting and only have happy thoughts if I ever show up pregnant. Would it be hard right now Y-E-S. Would I be scared after our last pregnancy Y-E-S.? Would I maybe even worry I could not handle it y-e-s. But in the end children are blessings and not something I take lightly. I have too many friends who cannot have children for various reasons and I would never want to offend them.
Pamela-mom to many blessings

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

I have not blogged much recently. Life has been crazy. 16 days ago our dog of 8 years passed away and just 36 hours later my hero brought home this.

The morning after we got her she weighed 3.4 and the Vet said she was healthy. 3 days later she began going to the bathroom all over my house constantly. I took her back to the Vet and they said she weighed 2.4 pounds. It was because of a change of food. They gave her meds and told us to give her pedialyte every couple of hours around the clock. I am happy to announce she now weighs 4.4 pounds.

Seriously in the last 14 days I have had One, count them ONE, night of sleep. She wakes up nightly to go potty and then is a excited baby. The first week she slept inside my hair and snuggled on my neck. She is definitely a snuggler. Which is great at four pounds but do not know how that will work in a few months.

By the way, we named her Abby. Abby because the vet said is two syllables and has a E sound at the end.

Friday, November 11, 2011

This is a amazing gift. That little blonde at about 1.48 is mine.

Mil Spouse Fill in the blank

Today is Veterans Day. What are you doing on Veterans Day? As a military spouse do you see this as a day to relax because your spouse is off or do you take a couple of minutes and talk to your children about what this day means. What there father is doing and why we should respect him and others like him. Do we take the time to stop and say hello to that elderly veteran walking through the commissary. The one that most have forgotten about.
1. Freedom is taken for granted. Is homeschooling my children? Is singing my praise music, is serving the Lord because I want to not because I am expected to.
2. Veterans are often not thought about, cursed and looked down upon instead of honored and understood. Forgotten, by the medical field once they are no longer serving.
3. This country is one that I will never leave permanently. This country was started with the love of God and sadly is moving farther and farther away from it.
4. Veteran’s Day means a time for others to take half a second and remember our men and women who give to them daily past and present. To think about where we have come from and how many liberties we have because of them.
5. A hero is someon8e who thinks of others first even when they know it is not good for them.

5 Question Friday

1. What's the last thing you spent too much money on? Hmm, I am not a spender. I know what I did not spend enough money on. Last week I went to hobby lobby and they had all there metal stuff on sale. So I bought about 10 things for the girl’s room. I am wishing I would have bought more. It is a big room and it needs some color.

2. What celeb chef would you want to make you dinner? Paula dean in a minute, can you say fried chicken. Now if I was visiting one it would be Pioneer Women. Oh the cinnamon rolls and letting my daughter ride a horse and the beautiful views and I cannot image the laughs we would have.

3. Where do you hide things when visitors pop over or do you let them see the real deal? It use to be in my coat closet right as you walk in but now that we turned that into a Childs closet it does not work. I am known for throwing laundry back into the dryer and on a rare horrible time I will throw dirty laundry into the shower. Rarely do people see the real me because we live so far out. Well, we straighten a hundred times a day so that is decent if you give me a 20 minute warning. But more than likely you are always going to notice I rarely mop floors or dust.

4. Who is your oldest living family member? This is so sad but I do not know. If my mom is 56 and I know she has a couple of older siblings then maybe 63. I pray my children grow up and love one another and have 100 children and live close to one another so there kids can have cousins and uncles and aunts to play with. I love the Army but this is a hard lonely life sometimes.

5. What is your favorite DQ treat and/or Sonic drink combo (ie: cherry vanilla dr. pepper)? No thought about it, go to sonic and give me a reece cup blast in a minute, visit me at my house and bring me a bag of sonic ice. Oh man, I love it. Now if I am going to DQ I want an oreo blizzard and some chicken tenders.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Pray for Me Monday


JAMES 5:16
"Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so
that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and
effective." (NIV) 

PSALMS 116:2
"Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live" (NKJV) 

Welcome to this weeks Pray For Me Mondays with Home Grown Families and Pamela from Troop Petrie.  We are so excited to be working together on this journey!

Basically, PFMM will work like this:

  • Pamela and I will write posts on relevant topics and post

  • You can link up your own post, comment or e-mail us your prayer requests

  • We'll pray for you and hopefully others will, too

This week, we are still talking about husbands!!

Tiffany {the single one} says:

So, I thought last week was the only week we were going to talk about husbands, but...

Melissa and I have been talking about me dating.  I have not dated in about 3 years~ since I got pregnant with Mugsy and her dad left.  Melissa thinks it's time I get out there.

I am not so sure.

It's not that I don't want to date or marry, it's more that I just want to wake up married.  I don't have the energy to go through the process.  And I don't know that I am emotionally strong enough to deal with the inevitable rejection.

I have, however, felt God preparing me for a change over the last year.  I have faith that He will not make me do this on my own forever~ it's too hard for one person.

After two tear filled conversations with two different friends last night {after I wrote everything above this sentence} I have decided to be open to the possibility of maybe thinking that it might be time to start getting ready to think that maybe, in the future, I might date.  :)  That's a big step.

I have decided to start small.  I need to write a post about this because it is too much to explain here, but "Tiffany" has been lost.  I don't know how someone can loose herself when she is always with herself but I have managed to do it.  I am "the twins Mom," "the one with the Autistic twins," "that crazy lady" and "the baby's Mom"~ but never Tiffany.

I have made a "date" with a friend to go out for dinner.  A platonic friend from high school that I haven't been able to sit down and talk to for 15 years.  Just to get me out of the house and conversing with another adult.  It has been SO long.  Too long.

So, please keep me in your prayers as my new journey begins.  Please pray that I stick to my guns about what I am looking for in a guy.  Pray that my girls can deal with me leaving the house for an hour or two occasionally {because now they can not.}  Pray that I don't get led into temptation.  And, please pray that God has mercy on the poor frazzled single mom and makes it a short and painless journey.

Pam can't be a part of the conversation this week but she wants you to know she is praying for you!

We received some private prayer requests.  There is a special needs girl, S, that is having a hard time adjusting to her daddy's deployment.  And, L, has chronic pain and is having an extra hard time right now.

You can contact us with your prayer request privately at PrayForMeMondays {at} yahoo {dot} com.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

pumpkin bread

1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
4 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup water
3 cups white sugar
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 7x3 inch loaf pans.
2.In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, water and sugar until well blended. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended. Pour into the prepared pans.
3.Bake for about 50 minutes in the preheated oven. Loaves are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
I got this recipe off of all recipes It says Laurie Bennett gave the recipe.

Saturday, November 5, 2011


When we lost our baby on November 5, 1998, a dear friend gave
me a card with this poem and it has meant more to me that anything. so i
thought I would share it. The scripture on the front is Job 1:21 and inside
it says:
“I was thinking about what's ahead for the baby. Can you imagine-it will be
taking its first steps on the streets of Heaven! Hannah was a mother who
certainly knows how special a little baby is. Perhaps she'll be the one who
will let it hold her finger as it takes those first staggering steps; and
maybe she will be the one to coax it into taking it first steps alone!
Perhaps Dorcas will see to it that its hems get let out, and that the
buttons are sewn on that growing child. And Joshua! Just think what it would
be like for a child to climb into his lap and hear-first hand- about the
battle of Jericho!..
Maybe Peter will take it fishing someday! It will never fall out of tree or
breaks it's leg, for there is no pain or tears there! It won’t be afraid of
the dark for there is no darkness there. The King of Kings, the Lord of
Lords, he is the very one who said, "let the little children come to me." I
expect there will be many a time when he himself will take that baby in his
lap and let it know a love that makes all other loves seem puny by contrast.
I wouldn't be surprised if the Heavenly Father keeps a few lollipops handy
For just such occasions....
And one day, you will be greeted with a “Hi Dad and Mom! I've got some of
the neatest things to show you; and some really fantastic people I can't
Wait for you to meet.

I will never forget the day we found out we lost our baby boy. We were walking into the hospital with hopes of finding out rather we were having a boy or a girl. Our friend was walking out of the hospital carrying her precious newborn. When we found out Jeremiah was gone I did not believe it. I immediately went running to my American doctor (we were stationed in Germany and chose to use a German hospital). He assured me that mistakes were made at 6 weeks but not made at 24 weeks. So I instantly went to my friend’s house that had just gotten home from having her baby and asked her to pick up Michael from daycare. What a wonderful friend to do that. Then we packed a bag and headed back to the hospital. Yes you are allowed to laugh at part of this story. We were checked into the mother baby unit and there was one other lady in my room. a older drunk lady. Who kept telling the nurses i was not eating the whole time. Did you know in German hospitals they have vending machines with beer just like they do with mountain dew? I could hear babies crying all night. The next morning they begun induction after assuring me that if I delivered naturally that I would not need a D &C. they also said if he looked okay I would be able to hold him. So I stayed in that room with the drunk and begun labor. Later that morning I told them it was time and they disagreed. I almost delivered in the hallway. I will never forget as I pushed him out there was a knock on the door and without thinking rob answered it. This is what we heard from the liaison from the American doctors. CONGRADULATIONS ON YOUR NEW BABY! And with that he was hear and they rushed me down to do a D&C. When i woke up I found out that our chaplain had came for a visit and that he and Rob were able to see and touch our baby. I was never allowed to see him or touch him. After another night in the room with the drunken lady listening to giggles and babies crying I checked myself out of the hospital against doctor’s orders. In Germany you can stay for several days. Had I not been put to sleep the day before I may have checked myself out earlier? We went to pick up Michael and went home. Two weeks later I was called by the same patient liaison to get my autopsy results. I had no idea they would do one, no idea that I could have buried my baby. So I went for the results and quickly realized they did not make sense. She was reading me someone else's results.
What we later found out was that the cells in my placenta died (which makes no sense to my American DR here) and that my water had broke probably 2 weeks before then. They said he had been dead for about 2 weeks. I normally do not feel my babies move until around 25 weeks. I also never notice anything to make me think my water was broke.
So today I look at my pictures in private because not everyone would enjoy them (remember he had been gone for 2 weeks). I see tiny fingers and toes and shoulders and knees. Please do me a favor when a friend looses a baby mark the date down, send her a card the next year, or even 11 years down the road so she knows that her baby was real and loved.
I am at peace with the loss of our son but it took many years to get that peace and understand it. That does not mean I am happy with not having him here but I understand better. And every year I watch my friends little girl grow up (by the way we named him Jeremiah after her husband and Jason after my brother).

Friday, November 4, 2011

Feeling Beachie


This week’s statements:
1. I have never been to _the Melting Pot and would love to go. Although I am a picky eater so I may not love it as much as I think.__
2. I hate to admit it, but sometimes I tend to be _over sensitive and worry too much about what people say. ___
3. If I didn’t have__My God________I’d be completely lost
4. _A completed school day and a clean house_____is always the best feeling at the end of the day
Okay, I need another number four.
4. Still having energy to walk to bed is the best feeling at the end of the day.

5 Question Friday

1. What movie do you love to quote? It I 4am and my brain cannot think of a thing. HMM.

2. Have you ever ridden a motorcycle? Not as a adult although I remember as a small child riding on my mom’s friends motorcycle. A fun (did I say fun, I meant scary) fact you do not know about me is I had many of the biker group The Avengers (see documentary on discovery) when I was young.

3. What's your favorite thing to do on a rainy day? Set on my front porch with a yummy hot chocolate and a blanket and read a book. Maybe on a porch swing. Then come in the house and take a long nap with the windows open under a pile of blankets.

4. Do you prefer a bunch of small gifts, or one really big, (expensive) gift? It depends upon what I want. For many years my husband would take the kids to dollar tree and let them pick me out something. Which means I have TEN sets of razor blades. After the tenth set they no longer were cute and fun.

5. Do you ever lose track of days and show up somewhere wrong? Oh my word what is today? It must be Saturday because my husband is off but wait he is going to be camping on Saturday. So wait what day of the week is it. Because I never set in a empty parking lot for 20 minutes wondering why no one else is there. I also did not miss or arrive a day early for appointments a kazillion times (okay maybe a few) the weeks after receiving the boys.
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