Saturday, December 31, 2005

I was tagged

1. Travel to Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Hawaii, and Japan.
2. Take singing/voice lessons.
3. Learn to speak French.
4. Own 500 thread count bed sheets (or higher). Crazy, I know.
5. Ride in a hot air balloon
6. Vacation on a private island (that's more a dream, but if I could accomplish before death than life would be sweet!)
7. Hire and interior decorator to decorate my entire house.

1. Analytical thinking. My mind can't do that, it shuts down.
2. Speak in short sentences. It's impossible, I monologue and explain and go on and on.
3. Dance - no coordination.
4. Watch basketball.
5. Watch scary or sad movies.
6. Long road trips.
7. Sit and read a novel.

1. I feel completely safe with him (spiritually, physically and emotionally).
2. His strong arms around me.
3. His wisdom.
4. His instincts about people and situations and how to handle them.
5. He is an amazing father, practically perfect in every way.
6. His incredible support and love he offers me.
7. He makes me laugh.

1. I love you!
2. Joe, you need to go poo poo?
3. Joe, you need to go tinkle?
4. I'm just teasing.
5. What's that little boy into now?
6. What time is it?
7. Argh, we're out of bread.

1. Bible (Really, could I not put that on the top of the list?)
2. Reality Living by Jeff Adams (Shameless plug for my dad, I know. Other good reads written by my dad: Psalm 119 and Job) (Maybe we'll get him to start a blog...that would be fun!)
3. Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell
4. The Love Languages of God by Gary Chapman
5. Oh, the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss (this one makes me cry every time!)
6. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam Mcbratney
7. Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge

1. Elf
2. Annie
3. Singing in the Rain
4. Meet the Parents
5. Pirates of the Carribbean
6. The Usual Suspects
7. The Chronicles of Narnia - if you haven't seen it yet - GO! I'm buying it as soon as it's on DVD.

Well, most blogs I read have participated but here are a few who I don't think have yet:
1. Janna
2. teachingmum
3. Brian
4. Tom
5. Ben
6. Doug
7. Heath

And if anyone else is reading this and hasn't had the joy of sitting for hours trying to answer these crazy questions please feel free to join in and let us all know.

Friday, December 30, 2005

This was on Stephanie's blog and I copied.

Your Hair Should Be Pink
Hyper, insane, and a boatload of fun.You're a traveling party that everyone loves to follow.
What's" Your Funky Inner Hair Color?

2005 Rewind. 2006 Let's go!

JAN Fellowship Church's C3 Conference in January, God became bigger than ever.
MAR Kickin' ski trip to Colorado with awesome friends.
MAY Celebrated our 10-year anniversary in Vegas. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.
JUN Ten (yes, 10!) blissful years of marriage to the most phenomenal man in the world.
AUG Kiersten started kindergarten. Argh, they're not supposed to grow up!
OCT Completed real estate pre-license course and passed exam.
NOV Complete real estate post-license course.
DEC Joe getting potty trained, life couldn't be better.

That's it, that was my year in 2005.

2006, I can't wait! This year is going to be great. Brian and I have written down our goals for this year, we've had our family meeting with Kiersten and Joe and they've written down their goals. Life is good. I'm not sure what God is going to bring our way this year but I do know that He will continue to bless our family as He always had.

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

STOCK TIP ---Shhhhhhh

Pull your stock from's going to be dropping....
because my son has been in "big-boy-underware" for THREE days!!!!!
Yes, my dear friends, I believe the day has come. Yes, he got to eat his dinner on the "special" plate last night. Big stuff.

I haven't laughed so hard in ages, thanks Ad.

I was tagged recently by Stephanie, I'm hoping to post it soon. Please be patient. I'm hoping 2006 will bring me back to a normal routine. Until then,


Sunday, December 11, 2005


Wow! It's the first day in my son's life that I haven't had to change a poopey!!!! YIIPPPPEEEE!!! I really think we're making progress. Ah, I look forward to the day I don't have to purchase diapers at Wal-Mart anymore. It's nearing...

Extreme Home Makeover, you do it every time, I bawled like a baby.

First time hosting an open house, fun yet boring all at the same time. A lot has been learned.

Had a fun time with my daughter this weekend. We went Christmas shopping and added a little stop at Libby Lu. For those who don’t know, Libby Lu is a girly girl store stuffed full with pink fluff, sparkles, and tons of glitter. Kiersten got the Tween Idol makeover, a fashionable hair makeover topped with gobs of glitter, her nails got coated with purple glitter polish, 3 jeweled star-shaped stickers to sparkle on her face, bright blue eye shadow, pink blush and her look was topped with silver glittered rock star sunglasses. (breath) Tons of fun! I highly recommend the experience for all mothers and daughters.

Survivor…go Danni, you rock, girl! You made KC proud. Smiles here. Hip hip hurray!

Monday, December 05, 2005

Rebble with a cause

Every church has a rebel, but only Grace Church has Rebble. Rebble Kelsey that is.

My sweet friend (that’s what everybody calls her who has ever met her) started a blog this summer. It has only two entries but well worth the read. So, why was her blog so short-lived? For good reason, my friend. About the time Rebble was going to start a blog God dropped a humongous ministry idea in her precious head and it’s been no looking back for her since. Do read her post, it will show you her precious heart and make clear why this ministry has flourished.

Her ministry idea? A basket ministry. Don’t be fooled by the unassuming nature of its name, this ministry has had profound impact. It is comprised of an eclectic group of individuals who use their God-given talents. There are people who make quilts, people who make hand-made stationary, hand-made jewelry, shoppers, you name it. They prayerfully consider each item that will be included into each basket – every basket is as unique as the individual or family receiving it. That is what makes it such an impacting ministry.

The first time I personally was connected to a recipient of a basket was when my mother-in-law had surgery this summer. They gave her a basket that included some hand-made jewelry (she was very touched-she had recently began getting interested in hand-made jewelry), they gave her some hand-made thank you notes (to send to people who had given her flowers while in the hospital), they gave her a personalized picture frame that had the names of her grand-children wrapped around the frame, and more. It was a special gift to her.

Most recently, Rebble and her team made a care package for my neighbors. I don’t say basket because it was way more than that. I wanted to take a picture of the beautiful package but I wasn’t able to, unfortunately I can’t remember everything that was in it. In fact, I couldn’t tell what all was in it because it was over-flowing. I do remember that in the “laundry-sized” basket her team included some hand-made stationary, potpourri, a quilt, a custom picture frame, and a sweet note written on behalf of Grace Church. They also included additional items for the children. The oldest daughter had a backpack filled with items that any 5th-grader would love. The 3rd grade son also had a backpack of personalized items. They included a handful of items for the baby as well.

When I gave them the basket it really meant a lot. They were very thankful and were able to see Christ’s love through it.

What makes this ministry even more astounding? I never put a “request” in. No, Rebble hears about a situation…and she takes charge herself. That is awesome!

So, Rebble, thanks. I can’t tell you how much it meant to be able to give something so special to my neighbors. You have done a fabulous job of coordinating the team of individuals that are in this ministry. May God continue to bless this ministry and all of the people involved.