Nuhm-bers

2 The number of m’s on Taco Bell’s “Coming Soon” sign. Sigh. It’s as if they hate me. 3 The number of Gilmore Girls episodes I watched in bed yesterday 1 the number of papers I wrote this week (all in all not many) 2 the number of newsletters I am supposed to write and publish this week 10 the number of random things that keep bouncing through my brain at 6:30 am because I keep forgetting to do them 2 the number of needles my sewing machine ate as if to say “in your face loser.” 10 the number…

Sam

Scene: the dinner table mid-dinner somewhere between threat and punishment number 11 all geared toward Samuel (4 years old). Me: Sam! Sit UP, son. Have manners or leave my table.Sam: (in a super sweet voice, just quiet enough to blend in with the other three conversations happening at my table) you are stupid.Me: (eyes narrow, teeth clench, spanking hand revs up!)WHAT did you just say to me?Sam: (in an even sweeter OH-how-I-love-you-voice)You are pretty. (followed by the smile of innocent)Me: I do NOT think you just said that. I THINK you said a bad word, and if you do NOT…

Don’t Ask if You Don’t Want to Know

I often tell my children not to ask questions if they don’t want to know the answers. Do I look cute? Well, I would change….Do these jeans make my butt look fat? A little.Do you think I am rude? Sometimes.DON’T ASK if you don’t want to know. This is a motto that could never be said enough. So, when the douche bags at Bank of America asked me what I thought of my last customer service experience, I told them: Over a decade ago, Bank of America “shined” when money was taken out of my account by mistake (YOUR mistake,…

Frugal MaGoo

That’s my code name. My friend Jessica Locke introduced me to the world of couponing on a whole new level. She invited me over for a one on one tutorial of how to work the neighborhood Walgreens for the best deals. There is some planning involved, but these crazy ladies make it a lot easier. Check out these websites for some smokin’ deals: Totally TargetWild for WagsDiscount QueensFrugal Coupon Living These are my favorite. There are some repeat deals, but worth looking into. Now that The Man is nearing the receipt of his final paycheck, I am trying to do…

Keep the Sabbath

Keeping the Sabbath is vital to my well-being. It’s vital to yours as well or the Bible wouldn’t tell you to be a part of it. Actually, it says to remember it. So, each Sunday, I relax, rest, remember, reflect, and usually I read. Today I am sort of doing all of those. Yesterday, my shuggah-mamma, Erin H. agreed to peruse the book store with me. Then, she bought me books and a desk-top Office quote of the day calendar. One of the books is by a favorite author, Rob Bell. This one is called Drops Like Stars. I started…

Psalm 127

For anyone who doubts that reading your Bible is not worth the time, I have to disagree. Now, I know what you are thinking, “Of course reading the Bible is worth my time.” But tomorrow morning you follow that up with, “UGH, I just don’t have time to read my Bible.” Sort of two different sentences, but sort of not. We all have the same amount of time, really. It’s what we put as our greatest priority that gets our resources, time, focus, and energy. I say all of this not to point fingers (although mocking IS one of my…

Doubt

OH THE DOUBT.Where do you stuff it when it is too big to fit anywhere inconspicuously?So, suckiness is happening. My first reaction is a desperate need to have an answer to the questions. Then, I said, “Lord help me not to need answers.”This is the toughest spot I have ever found myself in. God has equipped me to be a problem solver, a leader, a go-getter, a warrior, a take-no-crap-from-nobody girl. He has also created me just as he created everyone else: in need of Him alone. So as I look around me, I am scrambling to find that sweet…

Meloncholy- My Man Got Laid Off Today. Big Sigh.

So many times when you go through tough times you hear people say really great encouraging words. You may even think them yourself. You may do a good job at keeping perspective. You may have great faith and confidence in what God has for you. And still, you can feel melancholy through it all. It’s good to remember that having strong faith in God’s plans for you doesn’t mean you have to be an annoying cheer leader or super bubbly all of the time. You don’t have to have an incessant fake smile on your face. You can be sad….

Storm by Lifehouse

how long have i been in this stormso overwhelmed by the ocean’s shapeless formwaters getting harder to treadwith these waves crashing over my head if i could just see youeverything would be alrightif i could see youthis darkness would turn into light and i will walk on waterand you will catch me if i falland i will get lost into your eyesI know everything will be alrightI know everything is alright i know you didn’t bring me out here to drownso why am i ten feet under and upside downbarely surviving has become my purposecause i’m so used to living…

Pictures of Happiness

Elijah and Samuel trying on hats. Fit like a glove, clearly. We had a race the entire trip to see if the girls could ever make it out of the bathrooms before the boys. The only time we thought we had won, we sat smug and excited outside the bathrooms. About five minutes later, we realized the boys were in the store next to us doing this. Losers. I mean stupid kids. I mean weirdos. I mean..never mind. I have competition issues.OK, this doesn’t show up so much in the pictures, but the resemblance between the teeth on these two…

I Am

going to attempt to run three miles tomorrow. Some of you are thinking big deal. You people clearly don’t know my limits. You people clearly have not seen me run. It will not be pretty, but I am going to run for three miles. There is a chance I will die directly afterward. It has been swell. Good night and big balls.

NO pictures just yet

BUT here are a couple of tidbits from our trip: the drive there wasn’t as terrible as we thought it would be.the ride home was.Big Thunder Mountain was the favorite roller coaster of the weekend. Loved by even the smallest little Brewer.EVERYONE agreed Pirates was the best ride EV.ER.Mickey Mouse ice cream heads are from Jesus.Four year olds are still grumpy even in the happiest place on earth. Conversation recap between The Man and Sam Fisher (4) after eating ice cream-The Man: Sam, you have ice cream in your nose. How do you get ice cream IN your nose?Sam: Do…

Why I Like Mike #27

Right now we are in bed with our laptops on our…well, our laps after a long night of studying. He has taken a break to: google my name- he is clearly impressed by how many pages I take up.play hearts on his ‘puterand, check out The Pioneer Woman website. He is mine ladies. back off.