~Poop On Jelly~

Our Family's Bitter/Sweet Life

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Where to Begin... Again?

I miss blogging.  I miss recording the silly things the kids say and the silly things the kids do.  I miss recording the little things God does in our lives and the big things God does in our lives.  I miss posting my favorite pictures and I miss posting my favorite recipes.  Yep, I miss blogging. 

Alas, it is summer time.  The computer tends to collect dust while the pool and the laundry seem to get my undivided attention.  Every summer I spend far too much time in my least favorite outfit... my swimsuit.  (How ironic is it that I first typed "fat," instead of "far"?  Nice.  Stupid, unforgiving swimsuit.  It always encourages me to spend more time on the treadmill... I guess there is a plus to my least favorite article of clothing.)  All the trips to the pool also lead to lots of quality time with my washer and dryer.  Quality time that I could really do without.  I need another load of laundry like I need a hole in my head.

Last semester was Nurse Boy's toughest semester yet.  And, by "tough," I mean we hardly got to spend time with him.  He was amazing and never complained.  Good thing, too.  I think I did enough complaining for the both of us.  Seriously, it was so hard.  We are still recovering.  This summer he is only taking one credit hour and we are trying to make up for lost time, both as a family and as a couple.

God has been so faithful during this stressful time.  He has been doing amazing things in our lives over the last 2-3 years and this year has been no exception.  He continues to bring amazing people into our lives.  People who have lifted us up in prayer.  People we could call in a time of need, anytime of day.  People that have showed us support and love.  People who love our kids and value our family.  People who challenge us to be better Christians.  I am so thankful for the friendships that God has brought along the way.  Each and every one of them is an answer to prayer, literally. 

Each year we take time to reflect on our priorities and the direction our life is headed.  This is when the rubber meets the road. This is when God challenges us to make some changes, rethink our direction, and seek HIM even more.  This is always so hard for me. I really am a creature of habit.  God is determined to change that.  One of these days I will stop fighting Him.  I think we are at an exciting turning point.  It is always so stinkin' hard for me as we are rounding yet another corner.  We can't see exactly where we are headed.  We know we are suppose to round the corner.  We have to practically close our eyes as we put the pedal to the medal.  The reward is always right around the corner, but we can't see it's full potential until we make the turn.

Yep, we are turning.  Again.

This fall promises to be exciting and challenging.

I am reading Beth Moore's book, Believing God, with a friend.  I'm only on chapter 4 and I already love it.  I found a couple of her quotes to be amazing.  I knew I needed to have them posted in the house as reminders for all of us. 

What's not to love? 

I am off to fold laundry.  And, burn the dreaded swimsuit.  Maybe I'll even go crazy and spend some time on the treadmill...

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Happy 4th of July!!

a day late, I know.

But, I am going to dust off my blog a bit and share some pictures of my favorite kiddos.  If you know me at all, you know that I LOVE dressing my kids up for the 4th.  LOVE!  It is finally rubbing off on Sweet Pea.  She planned to wear 4th of July outfits the entire holiday weekend, rocked her flagged bows each day, and spent the morning of the 4th searching for undies that matched her red, white, and blue.  Yep, she is definitely my daughter.  I have trained her well.  My apologizes to her future husband.

We had a bit of a quiet 4th of July this year, but it was kind of nice just spending time with our family.  Hope yours was blessed as you celebrated your freedom.  We are so thankful for ours!!

God bless each and every one of you!