Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Gift of a Sister

"A sister is a gift to the heart, a friend to the spirit and a golden thread to the meaning of life." Isadora James

I love this.

This is a gift from my sister. It's wonderful. I enjoy being the gift giver so when I receive one, it's so special. I have it in the perfect spot as you can see below. It is on my favorite table, which belonged to my mother-in-law. I have a photo of JeannieHopes and I. I was in first grade. Then there is a photo of Amanda and Kayla.

I love this.

Today, two of my favorite people are coming for a visit. I can't wait.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Where has the time gone?

Christmas Photo 2009 taken in June (Niagara Falls, Canada).

Christmas Photo 2002. Daniel was not even four months old. He could not sit up but the photographer some how propped him on this little chair. Isn't he sweet? Boy does he look like my Dad or what?!

My little girl. Where does the time go?

Snowy Fun This Month

The snow is a visual of God's Glory, His Love. But then we mess things up and make the pure white snow dirty with our sin problem. So God will send His son, Jesus, Forgiveness. He will "rain" on us and wash away our sins.

If we have had two snows already what does the rest of the winter promise us?

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

"Thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS." Luke 1:31

Why Did Jesus Come to Earth?

God sent Jesus to earth because He loves you.
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

Jesus came because we are all sinners and have no remedy for our sin.
Romans 3:23 "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."

Jesus came because the sin in our lives must be paid for.
Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death: but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus christ our Lord."

Jesus came to die to pay that price for you.
Romans 5:8 "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."

You can ask Jesus to be your Saviour, and claim HIs promise of eternal life.
Romans 10:13 "for whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."

Z is for...


FINALLY. Ok, now I stole this one from Renee. If you haven't met her, please take a minute to stop by and read about her Special K's. I have downsized on my blog reading, but she is still in my favorites.

ZZZZ, is for sleeping. It's another one of those things you take for granted until it is taken from you.

My little lady had her days and nights mixed up. Kayla, my neice, who is six weeks older than Amanda, was sleeping through the night at six weeks.

By the time I went back to work (at eleven weeks), Amanda was sleeping at a better stretch. We would feed her and put her down at 8 pm. Then she would get up one time. It would be a different time but at least it was only one.

Our day started at 4:45 am so we liked when she woke around 2 am. She would suck the bottle down in record time and then go right back to sleep. This went on for 10 months. There was much advise about putting cereal in her bottle. I tried that twice. One night it worked. Then next it didn't. She was FAT and didn't need the cereal so we went back to straight-up formula. THEN, at 10 months old, she rolled to her belly and we never had another sleepless night.

When our little man came along, we were those parents who said "He slept through the night since he came home from the hospital". Don't you hate those people? We did the first time around. LOL.

My children are sleepers. Amanda was eleven in June. Daniel was seven in August. They go to bed each night at a decent time. When I say decent, I mean before 9 pm. The last two nights it was 9 and 9:30. Daniel had two melt-downs this morning in an hour. They NEED their sleep!

I am blessed by sleeping children!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

T'was the Night Before Christmas

When all through our land,*

*Not a Christian was praying*

*Nor taking a stand.*

*See the PC Police had taken away,*

*The reason for Christmas - no one could say.*

*The children were told by their schools not to sing,*

*About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.*

*It might hurt people's feelings, the teachers would say*

* December 25th is just a ' Holiday '.*

*Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit*

*Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!*

*CDs from Madonna, an X BOX, an I-pod*

*Something was changing, something quite odd! *

*Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa*

*In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda.*

*As Targets were hanging their trees upside down*

* At Lowe's the word Christmas - was no where to be found.*

*At K-Mart and Staples and Penny's and Sears*

*You won't hear the word Christmas; it won't touch your ears.*

*Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-si-ty*

*Are words that were used to intimidate me.*

*Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen*

*On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton !*

*At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter*

*To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.*

*And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith*

* Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace*

*The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded*

*The reason for the season, stopped before it started.*

*So as you celebrate 'Winter Break' under your 'Dream Tree'*

*Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.*

*Choose your words carefully, choose what you say*


not Happy Holiday !*

I did not write this nor do I know the author personally.

Y is for...

Yardley Pediatrics

Amanda arrived 3 weeks early, the day after my maternity leave began. In those 3 weeks I had "plans". Plans to get the nursery set up, read a book about how to breast feed, AND find a pediatrician.

Needless to say, none of those things got done. Well, they did but not on my time schedule. Actually, the breast feeding book never got read. After 2 days, I gave up. It wasn't meant to be. Nothing natural about that!

While in the hospital, the young pediatrian named "Curt" someone came in to visit Amanda. He said he had a friend who was part of Yardley Pediatrics. I called them and that's all she wrote.

We have been with Yardley since June of 1998. I love them. The doctors are great. The nurses are great. AND the receptionists are great. Sometimes, that can make or break your relationship with a practice.

I am blessed to have a wonderful pediatric staff.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

X is for...

X-tra hugs

Yes, it's a stretch using the "X" in extra. But xylophone and x-ray? How about Xerox or Xenon?

So you will just have to settle with x-tra hugs.

Again, I "googled" hug because I wanted to know how many hugs the average person received each day. I couldn't find it. If you find out, please let me know. Maybe I was just looking in the wrong spot.

I try to hug Amanda and Daniel before school but sometimes Amanda gets out of it because she is eleven, almost not cool! But Daniel will make up for it by giving me two or three hugs. He might even run out in to the hall after I've dropped him off to give me an X-tra one.

Then I walk in to the Plum room and it's just hug galore ALL Day. I get so many little hugs that I couldn't keep count if you asked me to.

How many hugs do you get each day?

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

This Christmas

Try these 21 things:

Mend a quarrel
Seek out a forgotten friend
Write a love letter
Share some treasure
Give a soft answer
Encourage youth
Keep a promise
Find the time
Forgive an enemy
Apologize if you were wrong
Think first of someone else
Be kind and gentle
Laugh a little
Laugh a little more
Express your gratitude
Gladden the heart of a child
Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth
Speak your love
Speak it again
Speak it still once again


W is for...

Wee Care

Oh well, I could write a book on this topic. I had heard of this "daycare" because two of my neighbor's children went there. I didn't even know where it was but I knew it was part of Langhorne Terrace Ministries.

Then the day came when my Love said those words that every SAHM will hear (maybe) "Get a job" I thought about where I wanted to work. The hours would have to be compatible with the school hours of 9 to 3:30. It had to be flexible in case the children got sick and I needed to take off or they had a day off from school. I thought about working nights at Kmart but the retail industry was/is so bad.

One day I was walking home with another mommy and she said she was a teacher at a pre-school. She said she had summers off. That was another thing to factor in. So I started praying about pre-schools. One morning at church I saw someone who worked at Wee Care. I didn't really know her or her role but I mentioned it to her. Her response was to pray about it.

About a month later, I submitted my resume. During the interview with the Pastor, the director and the Admin. director, I was told that they were praying for someone married who would be a good influence on the other ladies. They were praying for me. I can't even explain how that feels.

Wee Care is the only place that was placed on my heart. Wee Care is the only place I applied. Wee Care is the only place that I want to work.

It's a combination of the admin. staff, the co-workers and the children.

I am BLESSED to call Wee Care part of my family.

Monday, December 21, 2009

V is for...


I don't know if I would say that I am blessed by vanilla. But I do think that I am blessed by my scents of smell and taste. I know several people who tell me that they can't smell. I thought that if you couldn't smell then you couldn't taste anything either. Maybe that's just a myth but I thought the two go hand in hand.

Well, I "googled" it and found out that "70 to 75% of what we perceive as taste actually comes from our sense of smell. Taste buds allow us to perceive only bitter, salty, sweet, and sour flavors. It's the odor molecules from food that give us most of our taste sensation."


What are some of your favorite smells? Vanilla is my first answer always.

So maybe I am just thankful for Various senses.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

U is for...

United States of America

When I "googled" the term, a lot of different things came up. I went to the "Wiki" and it talks about foreign relations, military, economy, income, human development, energy, language, education, religion...etc.

I was looking for one word that comes to mind but I didn't see it as I scanned the huge article. The word is freedom. That's what I think of when I describe the USA.

I asked Daniel if he knew why we are suppose to memorize scripture. He said no. I told him that in some countries, the penalty for reading the Bible is death. If we ever lost our freedom and our Bibles were taken away, we would have scripture tattood on our hearts.

Freedom is something that we take for granted until we are reminded of what is going on in other countries.

I am proud to call myself an American.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

T is for...


I am blessed to be a teacher first of all.

I am not just a teacher of art. Actually, I am anything but.

It's a gift that God has given me. I can teach you to tie your shoe, go to the potty, spell a word or cook scrambled eggs. It's patience most of the time.

I can teach.

But I am thankful for the other teachers, the ones that teach my children. Because frankly, I am not sure I could do it. I've prayed about homeschooling Amanda but God has not placed that on my heart. I am not sure if that is Him actually saying "you can't handle it". Not sure.

Daniel. Well, I just want to say "thank you God for giving me teachers that teach my son." I KNOW that I could NOT do it!

To all the teachers out there...thank you for getting out of bed each morning!

Friday, December 18, 2009

S is for...



close woman friend, especially of another woman

I have more sisters than I can count. I have work sisters. I have friend sisters. I have church sisters (these are my sisters-in-Christ).

Men do not understand sisterhood. Have you ever seen "Divine Secrets of Ya Ya Sisters"? I haven't seen it in years. Actually, I only saw it once, when it first came out in the theater. I think it was ten years ago.

A true sister loves and accepts you for who you are, all your faults and failures.

I am blessed with many sisters.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

R is for...


When someone asks you what your favorite sounds are, what do you say? My answers are always the same three:

1. My children giggling

2. A train in the distance

3. Rain

When life gives me unpleasant situations, I call that RAIN too. Rain reminds me that I need to appreciate the sunny days. I know that the SON is just behind the clouds. God will provide my umbrella in the rain.

Bring me joy, bring me peace
Bring the chance to be free
Bring me anything that brings
You glory And I know there'll
be days When this life brings me pain
But if that's what it takes to
praise You Jesus, bring the rain

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Q is for...

Quiet Time

See, I didn't say QUIET because that would negate the "N" for NOISE.

I am blessed with quiet time. Sometimes it might only be ten minutes but I'll take it. I enjoy waking several hours before the children and listening to nothing. I enjoy my break at work and sitting in my car, listening to nothing.

But mostly, I'm blessed with the quiet time to be alone with the Lord. Honestly, sometimes that time is in the shower.

But I'll take it any place I can get it!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

P is for...

Patient Plums

I have two children, Amanda and Daniel. I have 22 other children at "work".

It's funny that it's called work, because it isn't always that. A lot of times, it's playing on the floor with blocks or cars. It's sitting in a small pink chair and pretending to eat a cupcake while we sing Happy Birthday. It's coloring and playing with home-made clay. I get my hair styled and even a shot in the arm.

How can that be work?

I get excited to go to see the Plums. I am always in the building at least 20 minutes before I need to be. And there are their little faces at the window, waiting for me to come in. "Reesa, Weesa...and whatever other names the little ones call me".

It's nice to be famous in the eyes of a two-year-old.

Monday, December 14, 2009

O is for...


October is my favorite month. I love the change of weather. I think the trees are at their prettiest. Orange. Red. Yellow. The mums excite me too. (It doesn't take much). I love pumpkins, pumpkin pie, roasted pumpkin seeds. My love makes his first apple pie of the season in October. It's the month we found out we were expecting our first child.

I love October.

It's also the month that we've had many hard times. We have had most of our big arguments in the month of October. I've had the opportunity( another "O" word) to examine my faith and myself.

I am thankful for the trials of October.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

N is for...


1. unpleasant sound: a loud, surprising, irritating, or unwanted sound

2. any sound: any sound or combination of sounds
too much noise in the room

3. outcry: a loud clamor or commotion concerning something

4. complaint: a complaint or protest about something

I am surrounded by noise all day. It however is not by definition noise to me. It is the sound of small children. Learning. Playing. Laughing.

At home, it's the sound of busyness. It's the sound of loud voices. It's the sound of my children.

I enjoy noise. Because it reminds me that I am not alone. I reminds me that I am a mother. I have a purpose.

I am loved by the noise-makers.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

M is for...


"Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation." Psalm 95:1

Amanda and I were looking at songs to download and she said click on Headphones. She liked the tune so we bought it. She listened to it all day. When I heard the lyrics, I realized that I feel the same about music. It lifts me up when I am down.

Anytime you feel alone, put on your headphones
Love, love’s coming through your headphones

But I try to listen to music that is appropriate for my children as well as pleasing the Lord. I love music. I listened to 10,000 Maniacs in my twenties. I listened to Dave Matthews Band in my thirties. But as I listen to one of his songs tonight, I really listened to it. The lyrics were so nasty. I never realized it until right now. It was downright filth. Yes, one of my favorite songs by the group. See how Satan works! Guard your hearts.

I was 33 when I started listening to Christian music, Steven Curtis Chapman and Michael W. Smith.

I could live without a television but don't take my music away. When I am at my computer, I listen to K-Love. When I am in my car, I listen to K-love. When K-love fades, I put on the country station. But today, we listened to two really pretty songs. However, the third song started like this:

I have my toes in the water and my a** in the sand.

Amanda gasped in the backseat. I said, "yep, it's off!" Then we listen to nothing and talk.

There's too many encouraging and uplifting songs to listen to! I wish I could sing. But at least my daughter can. I am not sure about my son yet. He doesn't sing too often. But they both love music.

Song is my coping mechanism. I sing or hum. How can you be in a bad mood when you are doing one of the two. Give it a try!

Friday, December 11, 2009

L is for...

Langhorne Terrace Ministries - A Place to Call Home

I was invited to go to a ladies bible study with my friend at her church. My story started with a bible study called "Daniel", in September of 2006. How fitting. My four year old just happened to be Daniel. I visited a couple of times. It was not like the Catholic church at all. I really enjoyed it.

I completed my second bible study. This time it was Patriarchs. I loved the woman and was excited to get away with them for a retreat at a place called Sandy Cove in November of 2006.

Just after the new year, I decided that I wanted to come on a regular basis. But when I went to the meeting about joining the church, I had great convictions. You see, I am a church collector. I've been a member at several churches and attended other churches. Over the last fifteen years, I've attended the Methodist, Catholic, Lutheran and Baptist church.

As I was thinking of making the change, my friend was wrestling with her family also making a change. As I was coming, she was going. Strange. But my decision to stay was not determined by her families decision to leave. I later found out that the pastor and his wife were praying for me.

I love the informalness. I love that the Pastoral staff look like normal people, in jeans and polo shirts. I love that Daniel can sit on the floor if he chooses to. I love the music. I love the big comfy seats. I love the friendliness. I love the feeling I get when I finally sit down. It is a feeling of relief. It is a feeling of being at home.

The one morning I was sitting there thinking about those words and I looked down at the program. Printed right on the front was "A place to call home". Wow. Cool.

Sundays are my favorite day of the week because of Langhorne Terrace Ministries.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

K is for...


To touch somebody or something with the lips, either gently or passionately

I get many of them. Actually a numerous amount. I get kisses from my Love. I get kisses from Daniel and Amanda. But most of my kisses come from my Patient Plums. I get kisses on the lips, kisses on the cheeks and kisses on my hands. Sometimes I get kisses and boogies.

I love kisses.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Wednesday's thought

It's not really words of wisdom in a way that it will inspire you. It is something that you may have never thought of.

"Christians are not insulated from the struggles of life." (Sandy Cove Ministries).

But Jesus never fails.

J is for...

Jeannette. JeannieHopes. My sister. My best friend.

Can we have more than one best friend? Yes. Curtis is my best friend too. (And Jesus, but I didn't have to tell you that, did I?)

Jeannette however is the one person who knows me better than I know myself. She has known me the longest. We've been sisters for 39 years.

Jeannette knows my secrets (which I've told a lot of them right here). She is my go-to person. She is the one to encourage me. She is the one to give me advise. She is the one to build me up when I am face first flat on the floor.

We've had many years of trials where we were sisters first and friends only by blood. But she has always been right by my side. When we are having strife in our relationship, I am crushed. Only do I feel like that with one other person. My husband.

When Jeannette and I are in right standing, I can carry on.

Then one day, we became friends first and sisters by blood.

Well, I've been talking about all she does for me. I didn't even mention how she works full time at a pre-school, goes to school (to be an ocologist nurse), takes care of her family and has time left over to pick up my pieces when they are shattered.

I LOVE YOU JEANNETTE! God made us sisters but we chose each other to be friends!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

I is for...


It has been a blessing and a curse in my life. Too much knowledge isn't always a good thing. I have hurt people by the things that I've written on my previous blog.

I have hurt my best friend, my love.

My daughter has view things that a child should never view.

I've neglected things to waste time on the Internet.


I have "met" many friends who have blessed me time and time again. I have "met" women who are going through exactly what I am going through...or already have. And I may never physically meet them either.

Yet, the best part of it is that the love and prayers that I feel coming to me and my family from across the states. It's an amazing feeling to know that someone is praying for you.

I am blessed for sure.

Monday, December 7, 2009

H is for...


I met my love a few weeks before I turned 21. My friend's brother went to high school with him. We met in the cafeteria of our college. He was funny and cute too. He first asked me out at the milk machine.

We dated for two and a half years. He was my only real boyfriend. He is the only man that I have ever loved.

After we went our seperate ways in 1991, I "dated" but always had a special spot in my heart for him.

We met up again in 1995. It only took a few conversations for us both to realize that we were meant to be together. A few months later, he proposed. We were married less than a year later.

Marriage is HARD. It is not the fairy tale "happily ever after" that most of us little girls think it's going to be once we meet our prince. We've made a lot of mistakes. We've hurt each other a lot too. But he is the first person I think of and speak to each morning. He is the one that I want to grow old with.

Fireproof has changed my outlook on marriage and God's purpose for it in our lives. It is my favorite movie. If you have not watched it, you MUST.

"Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything." Ephesians 5:22-24

LOVE this song!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

G is for...

"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—" Ephesians 2:8

What is Grace?

An excellence or power granted by God.

The freely given, unmerited favor and love of God.

Grace is getting what we do not deserve.

I was telling my friend how I pray with the children that we can be examples of Christ. When we act poorly, why would Daddy ever want to be a Christian. We just look like big hypocrits. She said, stop trying to be Jesus and let Jesus be Jesus. You just be his grace.

Oh yeah.

"But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God's grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!" Romans 5:15

Father God,
Thank you for sending you Son, Jesus to die for my sins. I know that there are things that I have done in my past that I thought I got away with. But now I know that I never did. That He took my penalty. Thank you for showing me grace time and time again.
In Jesus name I pray.

T'was Grace that taught...
my heart to fear.
And Grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear...
the hour I first believed.

Click here and shout it out!

"Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music;" Psalm 98:4

Saturday, December 5, 2009

F is for...

A person whom one knows, likes, and trusts.
2. A person whom one knows; an acquaintance.
3. A person with whom one is allied in a struggle or cause; a comrade.
4. One who supports, sympathizes with, or patronizes a group, cause, or movement:

What would I do without friends? Friends are like the icing on a cake. They are the added bonus and make the cake of my life sweet. I have childhood friends that I've known for 35+ years. I have new friends that I've just met in the last week. And...I have friends that I have never met! Friends is a wonderful word. A friend is a person with a purpose. Sometimes it may be for a reason, a season or a lifetime. Nevertheless, they hold a special spot in my heart.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Having a tough time

This is where I am with my daughter. Thank you Jesus for letting me lean so hard on you.

Click here to listen.

"For if you listen to the word and don't obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror." James 1:23 NLT

What Faith Can Do lyrics

Everybody falls sometimes
Gotta find the strength to rise
From the ashes and make a new beginning
Anyone can feel the ache
You think it’s more than you can take
But you are stronger, stronger than you know
Don’t you give up now
The sun will soon be shining
You gotta face the clouds
To find the silver lining

I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
And I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do

It doesn’t matter what you’ve heard
Impossible is not a word
It’s just a reason for someone not to try
Everybody’s scared to death
When they decide to take that step
Out on the water
It’ll be alright
Life is so much more
Than just what your eyes are seeing
You will find your way
If you keep believing

I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
And I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do

Overcome the odds
You do have a chance
(That’s what faith can do)
When the world says you can’t
It’ll tell you that you can!

I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
And I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do
Even if you fall sometimes
You will have the strength to rise

E is for...

Eyes - This is something that I took for granted until I met a little girl who is visually impared (actually legally blind). Cancer has taken a good part of her eye sight. But it does not stop her. It does not hold her down. She climbs and she RUNS.

I am blessed with sight. I am blessed to see the good in people when no one else does...because of Jesus. I am blessed to be able to see my children's faces EVERY morning as they wake.

Often I pray to have Jesus' eyes. I love this song by Brandon Heath.

"Give me your eyes for just one second
Give me your eyes so I can see
Everything that I keep missing
Give me your love for humanity"

Thursday, December 3, 2009

D is for...

Daniel Curtis - He is my heart. He teaches me about love and patience (each morning, usually). He is the one I prayed for each night and God answered my prayers. God gave me a second gift. I love Daniel the reddest.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

C is for...

Christ Jesus - How can I even begin to tell you about my Lord and Savior? He has watched over me my whole life, without me really understanding it. He has been by my side, without my knowledge. Then one day, He pulled me out of the pit and my life has never been the same. I am so grateful for that but in addition, He has given me this wonderful life...parents, husband, children. Too much to even explain. I would be complete just knowing that He is my best friend.


"Happiness is not the ultimate goal of my life. True contentment and fulfillment in life are. And they are choices, not arriving from hats or the like."
From MckMama

I fully agree with her. In her post, she was talking about hats, but I would like to insert a few other "things"...DS, Wii, Xbox, cellphone, shoes, cars we drive or houses we live in.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

B is for...

Bertie. That's my mother. I love that we talk on the phone just about every day. Sometimes we talk on the phone multiple times of the day. The men in our lives cannot understand this. She is my mother and my friend. I have been blessed with a wonderful role model.