Thursday, November 22, 2012


We spent Thanksgiving in Houston and enjoyed time with family!

Lil loved Mary's cat!

Us with Mimi at Thanksgiving lunch
Fun with Tita. Lil didn't want to put down that baby bottle!
Tarryn, Connor, Ryan, Larry, Brendon, Lilleigh, and me

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! We have lots to be thankful for!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Mom's Day Off, Hideaway Chicken, and Our Getaway

A lot has happened since I last posted! So I'll hit the high points.

My Mom's Day Off...

For a late birthday gift, Brendon gave me a "day off!" While I love spending my days with sweet Lil, being the mom of toddler can be draining. A day off was just what I needed! I admit that I didn't use my afternoon as intentionally as I should have. (Errands were a bad idea. What was I thinking?) But the morning was fabulous! I met up with one of my best friends and shopped! I can't even remember the last time I met up with a friend to shop. College, maybe? Super fun! Then I met Brendon and Lil for lunch at Chipotle! It was so fun to get to meet up with them and then say "see ya!" ;)

A little chicken update...

The other night Sweetie (our sweet, hence the name, black chicken) went missing. I was devastated (She's totally a pet at this point), thinking a hawk got her. I looked everywhere. Even in neighbor's yards, our garage, the bushes, the alley. Oh I was so sad. This is the chicken that when she was frightened one night, so willingly let me scoop her up and hold her as I escorted her to the coop. Sweet thing.

Well, wouldn't you know that the next day when I went to the garage to do laundry, I heard a squawk. She had been hidden on a high shelf in our garage! Sweet chickie-dee! Thrilled she's safe!

In other chicken news, we may have another rooster. Go figure, right? The tail to our currently nameless chicken (Good thing I'm not attached) is starting to swoop... just like rooster tails do. I haven't heard cockadoodling yet, so we'll wait on this. But we may have a chicken dinner in our future!

Our Getaway...

This past weekend we took a little family getaway to Great Wolf Lodge. The fact that it's only a 30 minute drive made this an ideal getaway for us! Minimal car time, minimal gas. Lil loved the "water playground," though she didn't love the splashing, which was pretty much everywhere. Still it was totally fascinating to her. Great Wolf is a mecca for kid activities. There was no shortage. We want to take her back when she's a little older, maybe elementary age!

And lastly, check out my latest garage sale find! A rug for Lil's room! Since her room is huge, a rug was totally necessary, and until recently, totally lacking. What a find! And only $15! Wahoo!! Randi kinda has me addicted to the garage sale thing...

Saturday, November 10, 2012

We moved!

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Lil at 21 Months!

This week Lil is 21 months!! I know I've said this one hundred times, but seriously I enjoy her more each day. Such a fun age! She can verbalize enough for me to understand, but she can't really talk back and has not yet started to defy regularly.

Lil at 21 months...
  • She knows all of her colors! 
  • We are working on letters. Not a whole lot of progress, but we are working on it!
  • She can "count" - you know, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7. Not necessarily counting objects, but saying the numbers. Maybe she'll be more of a numbers girl since she's picked up on these before letters? (We've def worked harder on letter, for the record.) Or maybe she'll be a little more on the creative side? After all, she does know her colors - and some shapes I might add!
  • She has started speaking in 3-4 word sentences. My favorites are - "Mommy, I love you" and "Daddy, come on." Oh and let's not forget, "Daddy, scratch back."
  • Lil loves Fancy Nancy books and playing dress up! Such a girly girl! She's constantly wearing my shoes and necklaces. I'd love to throw her a Fancy Nancy birthday party, but I'm not sure what the boys would do... and I'm thinking it might be more fun for a 3 or 4 year old party, when we can have a tea party and such... something other than mad chaos! ;)
  • She loves anything she can push - baby strollers, shopping carts, lawn mowers. (All kid versions, of course.) Toy cars that she can sit in are also very exciting.
  • She was a kitty cat for Halloween and had the cutest "meow." 
  • She still loves wearing bows but now seems to also approve of pony tails and pig tails. (For awhile there, she wasn't loving those.)
  • She told me the other day that she especially loves dresses. Sooo I've been looking for some winter dresses (for play clothes) that she can wear over leggings.
  • As for the potty training, I've kinda decided to give it a rest. Our friend Maddie was showing all of the signs of being ready to potty train, yet I still see how it's a lot of work for her momma. I'm not really that eager all of a sudden. We'll wait a bit longer and take it as we go! 
  • She is still a great sleeper. Her normal bedtime is 7:30 PM, and she will normally wake up between 7:30 and 8:30 AM. Sometimes even 9. But daylight savings time has thrown her off a bit. And nap time is usually 2-1/2 to 3 hours, somewhere between noon and 4 PM. She often is very willing to nap and will start saying "night, night."

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Divided States of America

Well I'm sad to wake up this morning with a tear in my eye, rather then a skip to my step. The thing is - when I pulled up Drudge Report at 5:30 this morning to see who had won the election, I saw this:

With the headline: "The Divided States of America."

It didn't even say who won the election. I had to actually click on the article to find out. My heart was sad to read the news though. And truly it's not because more of my tax money will be going to the government to pay the insane debt or because the dollar lost value overnight or even because of the amount of people who will lose jobs over this win. Though each of these is unsettling, to say the least. I'm sad because it just shows how far our nation has strayed from the Lord and what makes Him glad.

I stole this from a friend --
I will vote for the most pro-life candidate, because God hates the shedding of innocent blood (Prov.6:17).
I will vote for the most pro-Israel candidate, because God blesses those who bless Israel and curses those who don’t (Gen.12:3).
I will vote for the most pro-debt reduction candidate, because the borrower is servant to the lender (Prov.22:7).
I will vote for the most pr
o-work candidate because God says if a man does not work, let him not eat (2 Thes. 3:10).
I will vote for the most pro-marriage candidate, because God is for marriage as defined in Genesis 2:24.
I will vote for the candidate who most closely believes government’s purpose is to reward the good and punish the evil (Romans 13).
I will vote based as close as I can on God’s Word (2 Tim.3:16), knowing that whoever gets elected, God is the one who puts all men in authority (Dan. 2:21).
I do know of a handful - maybe two - of believers who voted for Obama. It truly baffles me. It's not about Democrat versus Republican but about who will best lead our country in the ways of the Lord. (Note - I absolutely do not believe that Mormanism is Christianity. But the ethics are similar.)

All this said, I hope you know that our hope is not in a presidential candidate. Our hope is in the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. 
The king's heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it wherever He wishes. (Proverbs 21:1)
This morning as I was actually looking for the Proverbs 21 verse above, I accidentally turned to Psalm 21. I was so confused because it was talking about a king who fears the Lord being blessed, and that was not the Proverbs 21:1 verse that I had remembered and was looking for. But how fitting it was that I turned to Psalm 21, speaking of a king with unwavering trust in the Lord, a king whose faith is rewarded. (If you have a moment, read Psalm 21.)

The Bible is clear that no man is king (or president) unless God has put him in that position (Rom. 13:1). I don't get the reasoning here, but I will choose to trust (Jer. 17:7-8). Over the next four years, I will be committed to praying for our government and our president because the Bible commands me to (1 Tim. 2:1-4, 1 Pet. 2:17).

Join me in praying for our country? If you want a little guidance and structure, sign up for the American Prayer Initiative.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Halloween and Ashleigh's Birthday

For Halloween, we hosted the neighborhood block party and invited our neighborhood play group (which is HUGE, by the way) and our street! We had been a little up in the air, not sure if we wanted to celebrate Halloween (due to its evil origins), but I also happen to LOVE Halloween, which made it really difficult to think about not celebrating the holiday. Also we really view our neighborhood as a ministry, so with Halloween being such a neighborhood holiday, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to host a party for the neighborhood. And having the party at our house also allowed us to control the aspects of Halloween we brought out - pumpkins, costumes, and candy, and not ghosts or dead things.

For the party, we grilled hotdogs, and a few friends helped out by bringing drinks, chips, and desserts. Another friend even set up a little photo booth with props and such! It was super fun! I didn't do a great job of photographing the event. But here are a couple of photos.

As you can see Lil was a kitty cat, and Mom and Dad were PB&J!

And then four days later, we celebrated my 28th birthday! My dad came up on Friday to celebrate with us, took us out to dinner, and shopped with me Saturday. The highlight of our shopping would probably be the three pairs (I got a little excited.) of colorful skinny jeans we found at Gap! While he was here, we also hit up some garage sales! I found a new Camelbak hydration pack for $15! Normally around $60! Brendon had been wanting one of these but didn't want to spend the money on it, so I was pumped to have found that for him.

Then on my actual birthday, we had a few friends over to cook out. Unfortunately, I forgot about taking photos until several guests had already left. But here are a few pics of the fam, Lil and friends, and me with some sweet girlfriends.

For my birthday gift, Brendon is giving me a "day off." Next Tuesday, he will hang out with Lil for the day, and I get to have a day to myself! I'm giddy just thinking about it!! What would you do on your day off??