Saturday, December 24, 2011

This is the Forest

This is the forest
that my kids made
using construction paper
on December 23rd
to set on the table 
in celebration on Christmas

These are the cookies
that my kids decorated
with colored frosting and sprinkles
on December 24th
to fill our tummies
in celebration of Christmas

Merry CHRISTmas to all !!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Thankful Thursdays!

I am thankful for a daughter

who will be silly at restaurants with me

and go window shopping at the mall too.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Cancer Sucks, But...

Recently I found this shirt on the internet:

I like it.  It voices my feelings in a clear concise way. 
 Cancer is brutal disease, and it seems like everyone has been touched (kicked, punched) by it.
But, if I were designing this t-shirt, I would have to change it up a bit.
My shirt would say, "Cancer Sucks!... But God is STILL good!"
Yes, after losing two babies, and watching my dad fight cancer,
I still know that to be true.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Thankful Thursdays

Today I am thankful for the amazing marriage example that my parents have given me.  They have been married for 38 years, and they are still madly in love.  Today my dad will start chemo, and it will be my mom who takes him in, sits with him for three hours, drives him home, and takes care of him.  Not because she has to, but because she loves him.

Mom and Dad 12/2010

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Yeah, What She Said

After losing my first son, I have had a special affinity for Mary, and perhaps a better understanding of her grief.  Yesterday I read an amazing Blog post that touched on this.  Since there is no way that I could say things as eloquently as this woman already has, I will just share the link with you.

Friday, December 9, 2011

The Duggars

I just had to give my 2 cents on this.  I don't watch or follow the Duggars, but yesterday I read on Yahoo that they had lost their baby at 19 weeks.  Anytime someone loses a baby it is a tragedy.  Having a lot of living children does not make losing one any less difficult to deal with.
What got my attention though were some of the comments left on the article.  Rarely had I seen such vile, mean-spirited words.  The basic sentiment was, "they are evil for having so many children, and they deserve this loss."  Really???  I am dumbfounded.  Beyond the fact that no one DESERVES to lose a child, why do people care so much how many children this family has?  How is it any concern of theirs?  Would I personally give birth to 19 children?  No.  I don't think I could give enough attention to my kids if I were either pregnant or tending to an infant all the time.  However, there are many choices that I would not make for my own family that others make for theirs.  I choose not to work outside the home.  I choose not to homeschool.  I have plenty of friends who have made the opposite choices for their families, and you know what, I have no problem with that.  They are not evil, I am not evil.  We are just different.  So, if the Duggars want to have 20 children, I say, "God bless them."  If they are able to take care of all those children, how is it any concern of mine?
The only evil I saw in the Yahoo article was from the people rejoicing over someone else's tragedy.  I hope none of those people ever joins the babyloss family.  Whether you have no children or 19 children, it is an awful place to be.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Thankful Thursdays

Today I am so thankful for good friends who love me, pray for me, and hold me up when I feel down.  It's like having a glimpse of heaven here on earth.
What are you thankful for today?

Monday, December 5, 2011

Not Me Monday

Mckmama- Not Me Monday

Hubby teaches a life skills class for high school students with special needs.  Once a week, I go in and teach them basic food preparation skills.
Last week, I did not get twenty minutes down the road before realizing that I had forgotten all of the ingredients in a bag on the washing machine.  I would never let my hubby down like that.  And I certainly would never be so scattered and forgetful.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Josiah's Christmas Ornament

Every year when I hang up Josiah's ornament, I think not only of my precious son, but of my amazing little sister who gave it to me.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Thankful Thursdays

Unless you have ever had trouble sleeping this might sound silly; but, today I am thankful that I got a good night's sleep last night.  For the past couple of weeks I have had trouble sleeping probably due to a combination of:  taking prednisone, worrying about my dad, and getting off schedule over the long weekend.  Last night I fell asleep quickly and didn't stir until 6:00.  Delightful!
What are you thankful for today?