Tuesday, January 29, 2019


A customer just said "blog" and suddenly I remembered I had a blog.

Maybe I'll start posting again?


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Goodbye, good year.

Well hey, blog. You haven't changed a bit since I last saw you.

Just putting this here because I never want to forget how incredible 2014 was.  I wish I had taken notes or something.

People these days pick a word for the coming year instead of a resolution. I try really hard to pick a word, but I never come up with a good one. But here I am, 12 months too late, I've decided that my word for 2014 was GROWTH.

Growth comes with growing pains, and oh MAN did I ever feel them. But the truth is, I finally get it now. Don't laugh, but seriously, I feel like I was born again. Having been saved at the age of 5ish, I had never experienced that change one may feel when becoming "saved." But this year I guess I kind of did.

Now, I never EVER stopped believing. Even in my late teens/early 20's when God and the Bible were the last thing on my to do list. But this year, I think God just decided to show me how glorious, and holy He is. And with the help of some of the best leaders and friends a person could have, I began to learn, and grow, and understand what it means to live FULLY SURRENDERED to God.

It's like I woke up one day and it all started to click. Fully surrendered. And so in obedience, I stepped out into the water,  just a little bit. Just to see. And then I stepped out a little further. And a little further. Every time, God showed me somewhere deeper to go, and took me there, never leaving me. Oh how I wish I was talented enough with words to describe how He changed me! How He blessed me. How He has given me the desires of my heart.  Every time I stepped out in obedience, especially with something I've never done before, He answered. He spoke, He blessed, He never failed me.

I feel like my world was turned upside down this year. But really, I think I had just been living upside down all this time, and God finally flipped it back where it's supposed to be.

What is my word for 2015?  Who knows. I'll let you know in 12 months, I guess.  But I do know this much. This year, I will:

Continue growing. Every minute of every day.
Continually seek things in my life that I know I need to surrender to Him.
Love people as God loves them. All people. Especially the ones who seem unlovable.
Actively thanking God for everything, all of the time.
Give. Pray. Learn. My energy will no longer be wasted on meaningless things.
Throw out the negative. My thoughts will only be fixed on great things. Amazing things.
Stop worrying. Stop complaining.
Accept the things I cannot change.
Never. Give. Up. He has never given up on me. If the one true Holy God thinks I'm worth it, then how can I argue with that?

Thursday, March 3, 2011

"God, please heal _________."

I have prayed this over and over and over and over and over and over and over this past month. I have never, in my whole life, known so many people who have needed prayer for health issues. Serious health issues.

What is happening? Why is everyone getting sick RIGHT NOW? Why aren't tests coming back with answers? Why aren't the meds working? Why, just when you think someone is ok, are they suddenly not ok again? This keeps happening with my family, my friends, people I know, people of people I know.....

Can I just be honest here for a minute? I'm tired of praying these words. It's getting difficult to pray the same thing over and over again, all day, every day. It's getting to the point where I really have to work at it. It's starting to feel like I'm just reciting a script for a sad play where everyone around me is just ill. It's hard to pray with that same fervency you pray with when you first hear of someone needing prayer. But will I quit trying? NO. I'll keep at it, because I know it's important. God hears me. It's what He wants me to do. Not giving up.

So if you're reading this, will join me in praying? I'm not asking for prayer for specific people. I'm sure you all have your own list of names that you pray for. Can you just pray that in general, for the people in my family, in my circle of friends, in my church..... that we can all begin to heal physically, and mentally, and emotionally, and that this black cloud of sickness following us around will finally give way to puffy white clouds of health and happiness?

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Tweet quotes - part one

I'm in the process of saving all my favorite/funny/cute/profound Twitter quotes from the kids, Craig, and friends. Enjoy.

Daphne, regarding her new school dress code: "I've got a passion for fashion, man, and I just can't deal with this." Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Daphne: Would you like a Canadian foot for TWO dollars? Or would you like a yam? If you buy a Canadian foot, you get TWO cans of yams. Xavier: Xavier: What? Why would you buy the yams if you can get them free with the Canadian foot??? Monday, August 30, 2010

On the voicemail, the entire message: "Uh, thank you. Bless you all, too. Amen." Wednesday, September 01, 2010

"Mom, if you want to get more of these, you have to click "more" on a dot com." - Xavier Friday, August 27, 2010

Xavier: Where are you going? Me: I have a conference I'll be at all day. Xavier: Is it a two-day event? Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Me: This is what summer's all about....waffle fries under the stars. Jaimee: ...and a cup of water. Friday, July 16, 2010

"Throw the beaver, if that doesn't work, use the whistle." - Craig Wednesday, July 14, 2010

"I want beefy sandwiches." - Xavier Friday, July 09, 2010

Xav: In Heaven, I'll be an angel & I'll fly, not drive. Me: You don't turn into an angel in Heaven. Xav: Well fine....I'll be a tooth fairy. Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Found a note on my pillow. "I love u so much and I will allwase love u no matter what. Love Zoe" Saturday, June 19, 2010

Lab-rahhh-doodle ooodle ooodle labradoodle oodle oodle. You start off with a lab, and then, you add a poodle. - A song about labradoodles ♫ Saturday, June 19, 2010

Me: Who on our worship team is Chinese? Xavier: Patrick! Daphne: Jaimee acts like she's Scottish. I wonder if she plays the bag pipes. Thursday, June 17, 2010

"Jack's livin' the dream." - Daphne, to Jack on a swing. Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Zoe woke me up early this morning to ask me what God's plan is for her. Saturday, June 12, 2010

Bedroom-cleaning parenting from Craig this morning: "When you forget to wipe your butt, you get a rash. Your bedroom? It's a rash." Thursday, May 27, 2010

"You could offer me anything, but I would never sell my mother." - Daphne Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Watching the video of Jaimee in a big mama costume, and Xavier asks "How'd she get thicker?" Saturday, May 22, 2010

Daph is making a picture book about Connection Church. She says, "This book is really gonna touch people." Thursday, May 20, 2010

Zoe: Today I'll do perfect on my spelling test. Then I'll say "Woowoo! Wooty woo! Wooo!" No wait, that's bragging. Thursday, May 20, 2010

Daphne: I can't believe this book was written by Madonna! Zoe: Who's Madonna? Daphne: I don't know. Tuesday, May 18, 2010

What types of books do you like to read? Daphne: "I like fantasy. I also like reading fiction. But I love love love informational text." Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Me: We should get pizza for dinner. Zoe: I know!!! Pizza is SO good. Pizza should be a rock star cuz it's so good. Saturday, May 08, 2010

"Monster on your eye, mama?" -Jack says to Christa as she's applying mascara. Friday, April 09, 2010

Craig, in his sleep...."Hey! There's my $8." Friday, April 09, 2010

"I'm gonna finish eating here.....I'm having my...morning breakfast, you could say." - Craig, on the phone. Friday, April 23, 2010

"My hobby is.......takin' my socks off." -Xavier Thursday, April 08, 2010

"Question! If I'm seeing 700 worms coming out into the parking lot, how many am I NOT seeing?" - Rocky Barra Thursday, April 08, 2010


Saturday, August 28, 2010

Birthday, weekend, mean people.

I was just at Meijer, waiting at the deli for gourmet chicken salad.

Loud speaker: Now serving customer number....6....3...

Man: That's me. I need a pound of (blahblahblah)

Deli girl: Ok. (grabs the meat and heads over to the meat slicer.)

Man: (Says something....I'm not really paying attention at this point)

Man: Hey, did you hear me? Did you HEAR ME?

Deli girl: Yes, I heard you.

Man: Well then ACKNOWLEDGE!

Man turns to me, standing there picking my jaw up off the floor.

Man: I served in the Marine corps for 20 years! When I tell you to do something, I expect it to be DONE.

I usually don't shop on the weekends, because I swear that's when people are the meanest. People mope around with angry faces, rolling their eyes at you just because you need to pass them in the aisle. Sighing heavily when you spend a second too long picking out which mayonnaise to buy. Driving across parking lots as if there are no road markings. But, it's Craig's birthday, and we needed a cake. And gourmet chicken salad.


Friday, August 27, 2010

It's been so long....

Ok, so back to blogging.

Well, a lot has happened in buttland since my last post. I switched doctors, surgeons, hospitals....a complete medical makeover. So glad I did. I have a wonderful surgeon who is doing his best to try to get rid of this thing. I've had 2 more surgeries since the last post. I'm still recovering. Blah blah blah, I won't get into details.

I don't have much to say. It's hard to just jump back into blogging. So, I'll just tell you what I did today. I woke up, found myself in a lot of pain, cried, stopped crying, showered, sat out on the deck for awhile, got a sun burn, ordered pizza for the kids, and organized my hard drive.

The end. I promise to be more interesting.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

An update

I saw my surgeon yesterday. She said the wound is healing very, very well! I asked how much longer it will take before it's all over. She said she didn't know. It could take another week, 2 weeks, who knows. So more daily nurse visits, and more do-it-myself adventures.

But I must say I have become a pro at wound packing! It's no big deal anymore. I still dread doing it, but it takes just a few minutes, and no traumatic meltdowns afterward.

I've also been leaving the house more and getting back into life. Now that I can pack the wound myself, I feel more comfortable doing more during the day.

So, I'm much better. Things are looking up. This will still take awhile, but if it means this problem never coming back again.....piece of cake.

I was reading through my last post a minute ago and I can't believe how many spelling and grammar errors there were. That's what happens when you're in shock and high on pain meds I guess. Sorry!

Thanks again everyone, for the prayers and messages. <3