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Friday, October 30, 2009

Party Weekend Part 2 - A is 8!






Last Saturday, we had a small birthday party for A who turned 8 on October 20. She has been SOOOOO excited about her birthday. For two whole weeks before hand, she got off the bus every day looking for "stuff" in the mail or her. She was expecting cards and gifts to start arriving at any moment. And she did get some cards before her birthday and a gift or two from grandparents who couldn't attend the party.



On her actual birthday, she wore a pin to school that said "birthday princess" and took cupcakes and juice boxes so that everyone could celebrate with her.



Her new favorite color is blue and so that was her request for the decorations. We invited our neighbors down and A got to invite one friend from school over.












Eating cake






Opening gifts....she loved this part =)



She received 3 board games. She has loved playing them all!






And she got some "cool" new clothes from Grammy.



These clothes came from A's favorite clothing store, Justice.



I am sad that these clothes are beginning to look less like



my cute little girl and a whole lot like a big girl.



One of the games that A received was a new Twister Hopscotch Game.


These are pics of the girls playing it outside.


Miss M.




Miss L and Miss R.


They were going to pass one another in the middle.



A's friend Miss A. She is such a sweet girl!


Miss A and Miss E --

they were passing each other

while singing and dancing.








Dear A,

I can hardly believe that you are 8 years old now! I feel like you were just born yesterday and I blinked and now you are 8. You are such a great daughter and sister and friend, Miss A. You love your sisters and mother them as much as you can get away with. And for B you act like his second Mother. You are incredibly smart and make straight A's so far in second grade. We are very proud of you!

You absolutely LOVE to read and will go through books in a few days if you have your way. I'm beginning to see a glimpse of grown up behavior from you. Just this morning I heard you say to L,

"L, if you find my American Girl Doll toy, would you please just put it on my bed?"

I was amazed and pleased that you were so calm and understanding with your little sister. In the past when your sisters have played with your stuff without asking, it was a huge deal and you would be very upset. To hear you be calm and kind to L even though she had gotten your new stuff made me so proud of you.

I'm a little sad, though, too. I'm sad that you are getting so grown up. I love you simply because you are you -- and I love you more than you will ever know! And your Daddy does, too!

Love, Momma



in HIM-

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Swiss Courier


Back in college I had to take a class called Children's Lit in order to become a teacher. I love to read and so I was excited about the class. As a part of the class, I had to read 60 children's books from various genre's. One of my least favorite was Science Fiction. Matter of fact, out of the 10 Sci Fi books I was supposed to read, I read a grand total of 3. Yeah -- that probably affected my grade.....
Anyways - I learned during that class that one of my favorite genre's was Historical Fiction. I loved it! So, when I was offered the chance to review The Swiss Courier, I was so excited! And the book hasn't let me down. I'm going to be honest and tell ya'll that I haven't quite finished the book because of all the craziness around here as of late, but I am LOVING it. It has great twists and turns and keeps me in suspense. I have had to make myself put it down and go do what I have had to get done this week because it this book has kept em so engaged in the characters that I didn't want to put it down.

If you love Historical Fiction - especially if you like the World War II Era-- you gotta go get this book. It is great. I can't wait to see what happens in the end! Thank you, LitFuse, for providing this book for me to review!!!!


About the book!
It is August 1944 and the Gestapo is mercilessly rounding up suspected enemies of the Third Reich. When Joseph Engel, a German physicist working on the atomic bomb, finds that he is actually a Jew, adopted by Christian parents, he must flee for his life to neutral Switzerland. Gabi Mueller is a young Swiss-American woman working for the newly formed American Office of Strategic Services (the forerunner to the CIA) close to Nazi Germany. When she is asked to risk her life to safely "courier" Engel out of Germany, the fate of the world rests in her hands. If she can lead him to safety, she can keep the Germans from developing nuclear capabilities. But in a time of traitors and uncertainty, whom can she trust along the way? This fast-paced, suspenseful novel takes readers along treacherous twists and turns during a fascinating--and deadly--time in history.

About the authors:
Tricia Goyer is the author of several books, including Night Song and Dawn of a Thousand Nights, both past winners of the ACFW's Book of the Year Award for Long Historical Romance. Goyer lives with her family in Montana. To find out more visit her website: www.triciagoyer.com

Mike Yorkey is the author or coauthor of dozens of books, including the bestselling Every Man's Battle series. Married to a Swiss native, Yorkey lived in Switzerland for 18 months. He and his family currently reside in California.To find out more visit his website: www.MikeYorkey.com






Want to hear an interview with these two great authors? Click here. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cwahm/2009/10/13/The-CWAHM-Network


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Check out what other's have to say about this book here --
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And guess what ya'll!??! I have an extra copy!!!! Are you interested in it? Leave me a comment on this post and you'll be entered to win it! Be sure and leave your comment by Sunday at midnight. I will post the winner on Monday.
Ya'll have a great rest of Thursday. I am still weeding my way through my huge to-do list. Hopefully I can be back tomorrow to tell you about the birthday party we had last weekend that I promised to do yesterday. Sorry I never made it. I was working on Halloween costumes all day.....
Talk to ya'll soon!
in HIM -

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Party Weekend Part 1 - A Pumpkin Party

Last Friday night, hubs and I hosted a "Pumpkin Party". We had planned on having it at our house but it rained. And I didn't think 45 people (20 some of which were kids) would fit very comfortably all stuffed inside my house.....Besides we were painting and carving pumpkins and we planned that for the driveway so other plans had to be made. We ended up having it at our church and while it wasn't as cozy as I'd hoped -- it worked out quite nicely.
Since it wasn't at my house, I didn't get to do as much decorating as I would have like but here is the little bit I did do......
the drink table.....
The YUMMY Chili!!!!
Look at the dessert spread. One sweet friend made homemade marshmallows. I am here to tell you that I don't even pretend to like store bought marshmallows. But these -- are DELISH!! Thanks Ellen (and the banana bread was yummy too)!
We did some pumpkin carving -- with each family.....
Ms. Alicia ended up doing all the work for her family though. The kids were not into the "goop".
And here is my family.....
oh wait -- I was taking pictures so I wasn't in it....
what? I'm still missing a child?
That's right - L decided to help another family....



Her friend P's family to be exact!
They had fun doing it though. Hope Ms. Valerie did, too!


And B seriously loved playing in the "goop".
He is definitely ALL BOY!!
Just look at how dirty he is...

Ms. Jennifer and T came out.
They are only 2/5 of their family.
Dad stayed home with the younger two so they could
come join the pumpkin fun!
J just had a baby 4 weeks ago.
I know! Don't you just want to slap her for looking so great?!!?
Mr. Russ and Miss R....
There are two more in their family, too-
who were in attendance.
Don't know why I don't have them IN the picture....

This is the P family. Isn't baby F just the cutest thing?

And then the kids all painted pumpkins.
I think they had fun but it took all of 10.98 seconds
for them to finish. =)
Having to move our party to the church gym does have it's advantages...
An impromptu kickball game!
And last but not least, here is Miss O, Mr. J and Mr. B
the High Chair Brigade.....

We had so much fun and wonderful food. I hope that everyone else who came had as much fun as I did and got to meet some new friends in our little mountain town. And who knows.....this might end up being an annual event. maybe. Thanks to all you wonderful friends who brought food -- it was ALL delicious and beautiful!
I'll come back tomorrow and share the rest of our party weekend.
Have a happy Tuesday everybody.
in HIM --






Monday, October 26, 2009

Can You say B.U.S.Y?

Seriously, I know that I've been saying a LOT lately how busy I am. But I have so much to do that I don't have much time this morning to visit with you all.
We had a wonderful friend and family filled weekend and I'm hoping to be back tomorrow to tell you all about it.

Because of all the fun we had over the weekend my laundry pile is incredible so that is task number one......
besides that -- here is my to do list for this week. (And this is just what I can remember off the top of my head)...... Disclaimer: If you are tired of hearing about all I have to do -- just skip today and come back tomorrow.


*Halloween Costumes to finish.....I have to find red ruby slippers, a huge lollipop, and a very large crown by Wednesday.
*I have a list of people needing bows. That is on today's agenda.
* Find a babysitter for 4 kids for two nights in a couple of weeks.....
*Thank You notes to write.
*Church stuff to figure out -- what bible study is next? do one at all?
*Sweatsuits for A & M for 101 Dalmatians.
*Dog catcher costume also for 101 Dalmatians.
* Work with girls on learning lines for 101 Dalmatians AND Christmas play.
*Finish reading book and blog about it (come back on Thursday -- it's a great book!)
*Set up picture sessions for B and the fam. (Natalie -- email me....)
* Plan Menu and get groceries.
*Clean house
*Start planning L's birthday party.
*soccer game -- let's hope it's the LAST one.
*Switch out my summer/winter clothing.
* Get tickets for The Nutcracker -- figure out when we are going. We will see it here.


Is that it? I don't even know.....I'm sure it isn't.
Anyways! Hope ya'll have a great Monday. I will be back tomorrow to tell you all about our party filled weekend.


In HIM --

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Random Snippets

So - things are busy......I know that everyone else is busy, too. SO -- in list form --- here are some random snippets today.....

** I was going to post my menu yesterday but just never got around to it. I know you are devastated.

**I'm am totally operating on about 3 hours sleep. Went to bed at 11PM. At 11:05 B woke up and had a dirty diaper and then wouldn't go back to sleep. So, hubs moved to the couch and B came to sleep with me. Took him FOREVER to go back to sleep. i think that happened around 12:30A. At 2A -- I am awakened by crying from L. It wasn't crying as much as sniffing and whimpering.....she had a bellyache. We were up and down -- not sleeping -- until 5AM. She finally threw up and felt better. She has some congestion and I think that is what got her tummy upset because she doesn't have a virus and she was fine as soon as it was out. So then we slept for until 6:30 when it was time to get up and get everyone ready for school. No sleep makes me feel a bit under the weather myself. Anyone else?

**I had the bright idea to have *TWO* parties this week. I am completely a glutton for punishment. There is so much to do around here that I don't' even know where to start. For sure, it's a hot mess!!!

**One of those parties is for Miss A who is EIGHT today. I cannot believe I have an eight year old. She is beyond excited today. We took cupcakes and capri suns to school for her class today and she wore a button that said "Birthday Princess". She hides her excitement well, doesn't she? We will have a family party on Saturday and I plan to do her birthday post after that.

**The other party we are having is a Pumpkin Party. I am super excited about it. We have quite a few new young families coming to our church so in order to get some of the newbies together with some folks that have been her for a while, we are having a party. It is going to be fun! There will be pictures. This party is Friday night though.

**Not to mention all the run of the mill, everyday things that have to be done....laundry, housecleaning, soccer practice and soccer games, dance and musical theatre, and church.....whew. I'm even more tired just thinking about it.

Ya'll have a good Tuesday. I'm hoping to make it back to talk to you all tomorrow and more this week -- guess we will see.......

In HIM --

Saturday, October 17, 2009

O2



I am happy to have the opportunity to tell you all about a great book. O2 is written by Richard Dahlstrom. This book is well written and gave me a whole lot of things to ponder in regard to my walk with the Lord.
While not a quick read, due to stopping to fully ponder what I was taking in, it is well worth the time it takes to read this book. It's a great reminder to breathe in and out! Thank you,Litfuse, for providing me a copy of this great book to review!

About the book:
Your physical body needs oxygen in order to survive. Inhale, exhale ... one leads naturally to the other. Inhale too long and you feel as if your lungs will burst. Exhale too long and you get light-headed.

The same rhythm is essential in the life of faith. You inhale life-giving strength from God through things like prayer, study, solitude, and silence. You exhale generosity, hospitality, and service to the poor. If you try to do one without the other, you wont' last very long.

This fresh perspective on the classic disciplines of the faith will empower you to process the oxygen of the Spirit. Discover how you can develop a balanced spirituality that reflects the life of Jesus and keeps your faith growing stronger.

About Richard: Richard Dahlstrom is Senior Pastor of Bethany Community Church in Seattle, WA, in the heart of the city, among university students, young professionals, families, the homeless, and the elderly. He is also a popular teacher in North America and Europe for the Capernwray Missionary Fellowship of Torchbearers. He holds a M.Div. from Talbot Theological Seminary.
And if you'd like, you can get the Study Guide: http://www.conversantlife.com/files/resource_downloads/O2%20Discussion%20Questions.pdf


Win a signed copy of 02 for yourself! There are two ways to enter! The winners will be announced 10/26.

Jump over to Pastor Richard’s blog “Pastoral Musings from Rain City” (http://www.raincitypastor.blogspot.com/ ) and leave a comment between October 5th and October 24th. Just say hi or tell Pastor Richard what you liked about his book, or share with him how you’ve experienced ‘new life’ in your faith!

See what everyone else thinks about this book: http://www.litfusegroup.com/latest/current-blog-tours/92-02-breathing-fresh-life-into-faith-by-richard-dahlstrom-blog-tour


Hope you all are having a wonderful Saturday!!!
See ya soon!

in HIM -

Friday, October 16, 2009

Miss M says....


Yesterday afternoon, I took M to get her hair cut, so she and I had a bit of one on one time on the way home.


M said, "Mom, how do you think that God created light?"


Me: "I don't know M. God is very, very smart and I don't know how he created light."


M: "Well, I think he made the sun first, and then took a piece of it to make light."


Me: (Finally figuring out she means electric light) "He did create the sun first. But a man created light because God showed him how to do it."


M: Well, I think that he made the sun first and then took pieces of it to make the lights because it was too big."



If you stop by here this morning and read this, I have a dr. appointment at 10:50 today and I'm a bit nervous about it. Will you say a prayer for me if you can?


THANKS everyone!

in HIM -

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

TWEET TWEET

Someone out there, please explain twitter to me.
I finally upgraded and got this phone. I am loving it. And I am thinking of joining twitter since I have the technology to do so now......
but I'm wondering......


should I?
Is it just one more thing for me to become obsessed over
to be checking online?
What is the dealeo?
What is the point?
What are the benefits?
COME ON, Internet Friends! I needs some advice.....
Can't wait to hear back from you all!!!!
in HIM-
Mindy

Blah Blah Blah


Do you have days like this one? A day where you just feel blah......a little down......a little lonely.....far from God -- like you can't hear Him?

That is the kind of day I'm having.

And this rainy weather that won't go away?

It's not helping......not at all.







" Lord, Move in the way that I've never seen before. Cause there's a mountain in the way and a lock on the door. I'm drifting away. Waves are crashing on the shore. Lord, move....or move me."

Matthew 11:28-30 "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

Move in a big way, today Lord. In my life but also in the life of so many friends who are down, too. Amen......





Saturday, October 10, 2009

Beautiful

I have a very hard time seeing myself as beautiful. I'm not talking about vainness here -- I'm talking about the understanding that God sees me as beautiful. For lots of reasons, I've never felt anything but unlovely to God. I know my own ugliness and it is huge. I'm trying to reprogram myself, though, and understand how God sees me. As I was having some quiet time with the Lord this morning, he gave me these verses for today.

Psalm 45:10-11
"Listen, O daughter, consider and give ear: Forget your people and your father's house. The King is enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your Lord."

I long to understand this and pass it on to my sweet daughters. I want them to know and understand FULLY how God sees them and not still be struggling with it when they are 35.

What about you? Do you struggle with this like me? How do you show your daughters how God feels about them? I'd love to hear your idea's.







Friday, October 9, 2009

Responsibility

I've got a beef today. What has happened to responsibility these days? In the last few days I've been reminded of the lack of responsibility there seems to be in this country. Everyone is trying to blame someone else for the choices they make.



First, I saw a news story about how Chicago is very dangerous because kids are being killed on the streets and in schools. (Disclaimer: the story I saw was on the Today Show yesterday, this one, while relaying the same message, is different). It IS a tragedy that kids are being killed for no apparent reason but here was what I had an issue with. They interviewed a young man who said something to the effect of: "There are no after school programs so this is what kids do here."

I'm sorry ? What? I don't understand that comment. Kids can't choose to make better decisions than to join gangs and kill people? YES THEY CAN!!! It isn't the schools fault that the kids are choosing not to go on home and do their homework and instead are going out hurting others.



The very next story was about the David Letterman Fiasco. Honestly, I don't want to hear about it all. But again, my beef is that Joe Halderman's lawyer is trying his darndest to make his client out to have been forced to try and extort money from Letterman. Hello? Choices!!! He had a choice. No matter what Letterman did, Halderman didn't have to commit a crime for A.N.Y R.E.A.S.O.N!!!!!

I see it closer to home, too. I think is an epidemic problem in the USA. We are always trying to blame someone else for the choices we make. And the kids I see these days are even worse. The 'D' he got on his report card? Not his fault. The teacher didn't give him time to study. So, instead of finding out the whole story the parents just go yell at the teacher. Nevermind that the kids plays soccer 6 nights a week.....

OR what about this? A kid says something really rude and mean to an adult (or even another kid) and all their parents do is say "tsk.tsk. you shouldn't do that.". Where is the responsibility? Why aren't we making our kids take responsibility for the actions they take? Make them actually apologize for saying things they shouldn't be saying?

I could go on and on with the examples. But I won't. I'm in no way perfect and struggle myself with not blaming something or someone else for my sins. God cares about this! believe that God wants us to take responsibility for ourselves. Matter of fact....we are to confess our sins -- which means we HAVE to accept the responsibility of our choice to sin -- whatever that sin may be. ( 1 John 1:9). It is an individual thing. No one else can get us to heaven and no one else can keep up from it. We each have choices about everything. How we are going to respond to that person who keeps telling lies about us. How we are going to act when the people around us are choosing things that aren't Godly. We have a choice and are responsible for the choices we make. Our friends, enemies, parents, neighbors, teachers, and the strangers on the street are NOT responsible for any choice made than the ones they make themselves.

I think the big issue is this.....Churches are full of Christians who aren't Godly. I think maybe we have forgotten what it means to be a Christian. It isn't about salvation alone -- it is about a changed way of life. Showing God in all we do. Being Godly -- not just humanitarian....Not taking responsibility for the choices we make? That isn't Godly at all.

I'm right there, too. I have a difficult time taking responsibility for the choices I make at times. But I know it isn't right and that I'm just adding another sin to my list of things that need to be confessed. And I do feel that it is a HUGE issue in this country right now.

Joshua 24:15: "But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."

Whew! I'm glad that I got that out.....Have a great weekend everybody. I'm off to lunch and a birthday party later.

In HIM --

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

REVOLVE 2009

I think that all of us -- girls and Moms alike-- had a wonderful time at REVOLVE. For those of you who might not know, REVOLVE is a Christian Conference for teen girls. I have known about the Revolve tour for a while but this was my first opportunity to attend. The bands, the speakers, the drama team were all wonderful! The overriding message to us all was that God loves us just the way we are!!! Here are some pics from our trip!

Saying a prayer before we go....


Loading up....


Of COURSE, we had to make a stop at Target on the way into town. Some folks needed some things. Here are some of the girls posing in the bullseye circle...


While at Target we all tried on some "Dodie's"
A picture was a necessity.


And then we ate supper at Chile's!

A shot of the Revolve Drama team...


and the Revolve Praise Band



Ready for bed! Waiting to check in to the hotel.



A Group Shot....The Silly Face's

And now, the pretty faces...

We had the incredible opportunity to go back stage and meet
Group 1 Crew. It was a surprise for most of the girls!
And it was a great surprise. They were awesome!



The Lot of Us with Group1Crew.

After the conference, we drove on up to Concord Mills. Because as girls, we are required to work shopping into whatever we are doing. =) We then had Olive Garden for supper the second night and headed home.


It was truly a wonderful trip. All of the girls LOVED it had we are all hoping to go back next year!!!!

Have a wonderful Wednesday everybody!!!

in HIM -