Thursday, December 11, 2008

Ahhh, Christmas

I'm really getting excited about the next few weeks. This Friday, we have Parent's Night Out at the church - we take care of everyone's kids so that they can go out. We'll have food, games, crafts, movies, etc. Next week, is going to be like a roller coaster ride of busy-ness.
Sunday - Church Chistmas program in the AM and caroling in the PM.
Monday - Ladies Dessert Recipe Exchange at the church
Tuesday - Rob's eye appointment in the AM and Girl Scouts in the PM
Wednesday - Christmas Concert at the school
Thursday - School Christmas parties in early PM & Christmas party and meeting at the camp in the evening
Friday - I and the kids leave for Joplin
Saturday - Mom's graduation and party afterwards
Somewhere in all this craziness, I have to make a cake and cupcakes, pack, buy gift exchange presents, teacher's presents and a few more presents for our kids.
Then the kids and I stay in Joplin until Tuesday morning. We'll come home and the only plans we'll have is a candlelight program at church on Christmas Eve. Then, we get to relax and enjoy Christmas.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

2 Steps Forward, 3 Steps Back

In cleaning out my email "in-box", I came across this email...

May 3, 2008
Today marks the beginning of my 34th year. I feel a strong pull to make this year a turning point for me. Lately I have been easily angered, frustrated and blue. This is not me. That's not who I am and not who I want to become. I want to be more. I want to have an intimate relationship w/God, w/Jesus and w/the Holy Spirit. I want to be the wife and mother that I dream of being; one who is patient and fun; one who enjoys time w/her family. I want to be who my God designed me to be. This is my prayer on this my 33rd birthday. Dear Heavenly Father, please make something of my life. Take me out of this day-to-day merely existing and getting by. Help me to live this life you've given me. Oh, how I've wasted the past 33 years. I've let so many opportunities to serve, to grow, to love slip by unnoticed. I have been given the most precious gifts; salvation, my husband, my kids and so much more. Yet every day I wait for what's around the corner. I want to stop looking around the corner. I want to stop waiting for life to begin. Please help me to give my every moment to you. Please help me to make my life a sacrifice to you, starting today. Please guide me in this journey to knowing and serving you more. In Jesus' name, Amen.

On my birthday, I decided I was going to journal by emailing myself every day. You wanna know how well I kept this up? This entry is one of two. Two! In the past six months, I have only done this twice?!? It's so irritating. This is a never-ending cycle for me. I have struggles in life and get down and depressed. I throw a pity party. Then, I dry my eyes and realize that I've let my relationship w/my savior fall to the wayside. I make a plan of how to remedy that. I go strong for a couple days or weeks. Then I get busy or whatever and let it slip again. A few months later, life happens again and I start all over. Why is it that the one relationship that is most important, most beneficial and should be the easiest to keep up is the one I struggle with the most?

Sunday, October 5, 2008


I am weary today. I don't mean sleepy, though I am. I don't mean physically drained, though I'm that too. I mean weary. From time to time I fantasize about finding a secluded hole somewhere and crawling into it. This is one of those times. I try and I work hard and I live life and go along like that for awhile. Then I just stop and I look at it all and think...What good have I done? What am I accomplishing? Am I making a difference at all? Man, life would be so easy if I just looked out for #1...if I never committed to anything, never worked at anything. No one would expect anything of me. No one would be disappointed. I wouldn't be sleepy, drained and weary. I wouldn't be stressed or worried. I know this is all crazy talk. I know I can't crawl in a hole or be happy just living for myself. I'm just venting and this is the place to do it.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


I've been thinking for awhile now that I should cut down on the sweets and start some type of exercise. Never was I more aware of this need than this morning! I helped in the kitchen at the Senior's Day Out at Lake Springfield Christian Assembly today. This morning as I was getting ready I thought I should wear something modest, nice, but not too dressy. I pulled on a pair of jeans...okay, okay, I squeezed on a pair of jeans. Then I made a fatal error. I chose to take a look at my backside to be sure I wasn't too hoochie-mama. Not only did I look like I was melted and poured into said jeans, everything in the lower half was much larger than the last time I took a good look. I tried finding a shirt that was long enough to cover the problem. All I could come up with was a white T-shirt that has "White & Nerdy" printed across the front. Comical? Yes. Appropriate for this occasion? No. After several wardrobe changes and trips to the loutish looking-glass, I opted for a pair of capris and a top that half-covered my hiney. These capris were given to me a few years ago and they've always been so loose that I have trouble keeping them up. Today, they fit just right. In checking the tag, I came to the startling realization that they are a full two sizes larger than I have ever worn!!! Where's the number to Jenny Craig?

My Kids

I have two of the greatest kids in the world! They are bright, funny, sweet and pretty darned cute to boot. Don't get me wrong...they have their moments when you just want to wring their necks, but by-in-large they are a real joy.
Megan is 7. She is in the second grade. Her reading and vocabulary skills are off the chart. She can pick up almost anything, read it and actually understand what she's reading. She is compassionate and welcoming to all.
Robby is 5. He is in Kindergarten. He is a builder. Give him a pile of Legos or K'nex and he will build something amazing. He is witty and says something to make me laugh on a daily basis.

Monday, September 15, 2008

An Open Door

I am just getting started w/this whole Blogging thing. I was inspired to create this because of an article I read in the State Journal Register. My blog is named in honor of my husband, Rob. According to him, I am pleased when the kids do something funny or I read a good article or whatever because it gives me "a new story to tell". So, now I have a whole new venue to share those stories. I first thought that a blog would be like a window into my world, a glimpse of what I do everyday, what I'm thinking, etc. Then, I realized, it's not a window I'm wanting to create but an open door. I want this to be a place where I can share and others can come in, have a cup of coffee and share right back. So don't just peer through the window. Walk right in.