Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Spelling Bee

Today the younger boys and I went to watch K in her school Spelling Bee.  I have to admit that I was probably as nervous as she was!  I hoped that she would at least get through the first round, but she ended up coming in 2nd place!  I can tell you that she did not get the good spelling gene from me.

Every time she got up to spell a word, she would bend her knees and swing her arms back and forth.

2nd place trophy.  I'm so proud of my girl!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Letting Christmas Out of the Box

Growing up, the Christmas ornaments were always kept in a big box in the garage until it was time to put them up (usually right after Thanksgiving).  This became know as "letting Christmas out of the box."   As per tradition, today we turned on some Christmas music and let Christmas out of the box.  The Christmas season has now officially begun!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thankful Thursdays - Thanksgiving Edition

Some days it's harder to remember to be thankful than others.  This week has been a tough one with my dad's cancer progressing and his surgery keeping us apart on Thanksgiving.  But, I am working to be mindful of the things that I have to be thankful for, and there are many.  So, on this thanksgiving I am thankful:
1.  That I have family to be with today
2.  That I have a wonderful dad in my life.  So many have dads who are absent, indifferent, abusive; but I have an amazing, loving, Godly dad.  So, for everyday that he is in my life, I will be thankful.
3.  That heaven is a real place.
What are you thankful for today?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Things My 5 Year Old Has Said Today

"Do we have a sneeze doctor?"

"Are we having grape pie for Thanksgiving?"

"After tomorrow it will never be tomorrow again."

"There is only one of every day, but there are lots of them"

"God hears you everywhere. even when he is way in heaven far away from you, He still hears 


Friday, November 18, 2011

What If I Had Known?

Sometimes I wish I could look into the future.  I would like to see 20 years from now. Where will I be?  What will life be like?  What will I be doing with all of my kids grown?
Twenty years ago today, I was on the eve of my 18th birthday.  The day before "adulthood."  I wonder what would I have said if someone had given me a glimpse of the next 20 years?  What if someone had told me that by the time I was 38 I would have lost two babies, my grandfather and father-in-law would both be dead, and my dad would have inoperable cancer?  I'm pretty sure that I would have responded, "No, I can not bear all that.  I will not survive it." Yet, here I am.  A few holes in my heart.  a few scars here and there. But here, living, loving, laughing, enjoying all that life has to offer.  It's definitely not all sunshine and roses.  There have been a lot of tears, a lot of anxiety.  I still struggle with both sometimes.  But if I had to do it all over knowing the outcome, I would do it.
I am sure that another 20 years will bring more holes, more scars, more sorrow, more worry.  But I also believe it will bring more joy, more love, more laughter. I probably don't want to know what the journey will be.  I'm sure it would scare me.  I might wonder if I could survive it.  So, I'll just take it each day as it comes, praying for strength along the way.


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thankful Thursdays

Today I am thankful for my church.  I am thankful that my pastor loves Jesus and teaches from the Bible.  I am thankful that when we get together as a church it is like getting together with family.  I am thankful for the amazing women there who are not catty or cliquey but love and accept everyone.  I LOVE my church!  What are you thankful for today?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

What brings you joy?

I was asked this this question recently, and told I had to think of something other than God, family, friends. Hmmmm, for awhile I was completely blank.  Jokingly, I said, "food."  Then, after pondering, I realized that was true.  I enjoy finding interesting ingredients, searching for new recipes, cooking for others, and seeing people enjoy a meal that I prepared.  So, when my M requested apple butter, I decided to make some rather than buy it.  After all, what better way to celebrate fall then by smelling cooking apples all day.
As I usually do when I want to make something, I went on Google to search out some recipes.  Then I merged a couple together, threw in my own touches, and went to work.  According to my taste testers; K, M, C, and N; it was delicious.  It was also very easy, and made the house smell wonderful.
Here is the recipe, for anyone else who wants to give it a whirl.  Enjoy!

8 apples (I used Granny Smith  but if you use a sweeter apple, you may just want to add a squeeze of lemon juice) cored and chopped (I left the peel on)
1 cup sugar
1/2 t cinnamon
1/4 t ground cloves
1/4 t nutmeg
1/4 t salt
1/2 t vanilla

Throw everything into a pot.  Add water to just cover the apples.  Cook on low for about  6 hours.  Check periodically.  If the water gets too low add a bit more to prevent the apples from scorching.  When the apples turn nice and brown, it's done.  Use an immersion blend to blend it up nice and smooth.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Not Me Monday

Mckmama- Not Me Monday

This week when my 2 year old was stuck on the plastic duck at the park, I did not stop to take his picture  BEFORE getting him down.

Not me.  I would never torture my children that way.

It was also not me who, on Sunday, had a pie smashed in my face in front of all of the Sunday School kids in order to raise money for Operation Christmas Child.

I am an extremely dignified person, and I would never allow myself to be humiliated in such a public fashion.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Remembrance and Thankfulness

Today is a day for remembrance and thankfulness.
As a nation we remember those who have served our country in the military.  We think of the sacrifice they have made, or are currently making; being separated from loved ones and being willing to die for our freedom.  We are thankful for their willingness and courage.
On a personal level, it is a day to remember the tiny soul that slipped silently from my womb into the arms of Jesus three years ago today.  I think about that baby that I never got to know, and yes it makes me sad.  But I am also thankful; thankful that God picked me to carry that baby, even if only for a short time; thankful that I will hold that baby in heaven; and thankful for the child that was born after the loss.
So today, I will reflect.  I will remember.  And I will be thankful.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Thankful Thursdays

Today I am thankful that God speaks to His people: comforting, guiding, offering forgiveness.  What are you thankful for today?

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

DeLITEful Chocolate Cake

M decided he wanted a chocolate cake for his birthday yesterday.  I got a good deal on a box mix at the big box store and then found a recipe on-line which called for a boxed mix and a can of pumpkin.  The recipe got great reviews from most people, but others said it was too dense, like brownies instead of cake.  To combat this, I decided to add some water and corn starch.
The cake turned out amazing!  It was super moist and we couldn't even taste the pumpkin in it.

Here is the recipe I used:
1 chocolate box cake mix
3/4 cup water
1 small can pumpkin
1 TBS corn starch
Mix together and cook according to the directions on the cake box.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Child of Promise

Very soon after losing Josiah, my dad told me I needed to choose another boy's name as a promise of the son that I would one day have.

That night I chose a name.

2 1/2 years later I found out I was pregnant.

And on November 7th, 2003, I gave birth to this boy.

Happy 8th Birthday, to my child of promise!

Thursday, November 3, 2011


On September 12th, Josiah would have been 11 years old.  I woke up to a drizzly, cloudy day, as if the heavens were weeping with me.  As I got into my car, a song came on the radio.  It was a song that I had heard a number of times, but I had never before paid attention to the lyrics.  I truly had no idea what it was about.  But on this day, something prompted me to really listen to the song.  Here is what I heard:

(Held by Natalie Grant)
Two months is too little
They let him go
They had no sudden healing
To think that providence
Would take a child from his mother
While she prays, is appalling
Who told us we'd be rescued
What has changed and
Why should we be saved from nightmares
We're asking why this happens to us
Who have died to live, it's unfair
This is what it means to be held
How it feels, when the sacred is torn from your life
And you survive
This is what it is to be loved and to know
That the promise was that when everything fell
We'd be held
This hand is bitterness
We want to taste it and
Let the hatred numb our sorrows
The wise hand opens slowly
To lilies of the valley and tomorrow
This is what it means to be held
How it feels, when the sacred is torn from your life
And you survive
This is what it is to be loved and to know
That the promise was that when everything fell
We'd be held
If hope if born of suffering
If this is only the beginning
Can we not wait, for one hour
Watching for our Savior
This is what it means to be held
How it feels, when the sacred is torn from your life
And you survive
This is what it is to be loved and to know
That the promise was that when everything fell
We'd be held

Amazing!  That God would  reach down to remind me that He knows my sorrow, that he weeps with me, and that He holds me still in the palm of His hands.

Thankful Thursdays

Although I would much prefer NOT to have termites, I am thankful that it is going to cost several hundred dollars less to get rid of them than I thought it would.
What are you thankful for today?