i have a quiet house with only the humming of praise and worship music softly whispering in the distance.  there is no little person asking for juice, or to blow bubbles, or to wipe their butt.  they took off to spend some time with the husband.  it was only supposed to be nathan, but when sister took off looking for her shoes, the husband looked at me and said, "i can't leave her...she thinks she's going too, i'll take them both."  so he strapped her little hot pink shoes on, propped her on his hip, and off they went.  when the front door shut behind them, i did this weird little fist-pump-in-the-air thingy, but held back the cartwheels.  i wasn't expecting a little breaky-break but was thrilled to be getting one. i immediately thought, "hey, i can blog, or read, or sit still and stare at the wall...but i should probably sweep and mop since those ...

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right now more than ever i need to tap into my happy place, which is blogging.  my family has been struck with a pretty ugly chord this week and i'm currently waiting the storm out to see how things fall.  this is one of those times that i've fought like hell to find the bright side.  i'm not sure that i've managed to find that place as of yet but i am certain that i will get there.  the current situation isn't something that i'm willing to disclose as of yet since it's very fresh and up in the air.  i'm still at a place of digesting, processing, and coping with the news given to me yesterday.  if anyone of my readers are the praying kind, i ask that you pray this:  that God's hand will provide an enormous amount of peace, healing, and strength to my family. this blank blogosphere ...

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flying with the husband makes the whole 30,000 feet experience so much less dreadful.  i dig helping hands on a flight, and not to mention that you can now access the internet in mid-flight.  double bam!! i finally know the joy a soldier feels when he exits his last flight and heads to baggage claim, all while eagerly trying to spot that all to familiar face that awaits him.  we were greeted in true solider fashion-with a crew of about eight family members holding up "welcome home" signs, and turning up the excitement a little with loud "woo-hoo's", while they jumped up and down like a bunch of maniacs.  it was so totally awesome, hilarious, and it carried the sweetest aroma of it's-totally-freaking-on with it. the rest of the crew were on the other side, i snagged a quick pic on my way in. and it truly was, totally freaking on.  we vacationed our pea-pickin' brains ...

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there are two little people all bathed up, jammied up, and soundly sleeping.  i made sure to let them soak in a tub full of extra bubbles tonight in hopes to keep them occupied a little longer than usual while i tied up my last-minute loose ends. we are having a difficult time trying to bottle up our excitement for our very last vacation as a family-of-four.  i'm not sure which part gets me most giddy; is it the seven full days and nights that the husband doesn't leave our sight?  or, the sheer joy that overwhelms me when i am surrounded by the presence of ten little people-two being my very own, and the other eight being their little cousins?  or perhaps the week long disappearance of housework, laundry, dinner preparations, and all that jazz? it's definitely a close call as to which has my heart beating the fastest, but there is definitely a winner.  i'd have ...

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waking up monday morning with the peaceful reminder that the husband was all ours for the day was awesome.  i wasn't even groggy when i woke up that morning.  in fact, i jolted out of bed like a cheerleader landing gracefully out of a pyramid.  i did hold back the spirit fingers even though they would have fit my mood.  there is just something about the husband being in the mix that makes things so much sweeter. i love having him in the van with us, whether we are headed to the community park, or walt disney's very own sea world. our family day could be summed up in one word.  happy. happy: happy: the dolphin show was so neat that i couldn't hardly stand it.  i am so glad we've got season passes so that i can go back, and back, and back again.  it's thefreakingbomb.com.  now those spirit fingers are appropriate. there isn't anything ...

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as i sit down to write a few lines of our wonderful family day, i couldn't help but be sidetracked and completely switch gears.  this morning at the gym, i was chatting with a friend, and she asked how my easter was.  and unlike my normal reply, i said, "actually, it was hard", and i began to explain to her that i teach children's church and i was certain that my whole class must have had chocolate bunnies for breakfast, and being that it's the one day that everyone shows up, it was a very stressful day for me.  i was very overwhelmed by the multitude of children and very upset with how rude they were being. my reply to her was the truth.  after she listened to my rant, she said, "oh, it's so nice to hear you say that because you are always so positive." i found myself smiling at her ...

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i'm just a mama with an opinion; be it right, be it wrong, i'm still entitled. i found myself unwilling to share the whole story of easter with my little people this year.  i really tried to figure out a gentle way of expressing that Jesus was brutally beaten, hung on a cross, and breathed his very last breath for us.  then, three days later, he rose.  it's every bit real to me-and cherished, but i didn't have a settled peace about sharing it this year.  are they capable of grasping?  is it to much for those little minds?  and so i decided to wait. i found a great little cookie recipe, called the resurrection cookie, that introduced each above mentioned step that Jesus had to take to become our savior.  it's a brilliant activity that beautifully covers every point.  however, i just felt that my babies aren't ready for the ...

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these are all sentences that have came out of my mouth over the course of a month.  i've been collecting them.  i hope you enjoy!! "nathan, please don't stand on your sister." "nathan, please don't slam the door in her face." "i am so proud of you for wiping your butt real good." "give me the knife, we don't play with those." "i know your butt itches, that is why you need to wipe it better." "just take one bite...if you do i'll stand on my head and make silly faces." (in an effort to get nathan to try new food) "she doesn't want that angry bird down her diaper...GAH!!" "why lucy??  why did you put that in the toilet?" "no thank you, i do not want to eat your booger." "stop fighting with that toy or it's going on top of the fridge." "quit growling at me." "why did you lock her in the garage?" "oh my gosh...there's poop on your toes." *** i love my ...

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i went through the whole cold and flu season without a single symptom.  i even had two little people who had their common yearly cold, which didn't stop me from piling sloppy kisses all over them, and i still sailed right on through.  i purposefully never mentioned to anyone in a boastful manner that, "i haven't been sick in years", or anything equally as cocky, in hopes to not jinx myself.  yes, i still believe that you can jinx things.  i'm twelve. it creeped in and caught me by surprise. this mama was down for the count.  i called my own mama for sympathy, and although i got it, she still followed through with a, "maybe this is God's only way to slow you down, honey." (in her most motherly southern accent).  she's precious.  we spent a great part of monday afternoon in my bed.  i brought cheddar bunnies, sippy cups, books, and the remote ...

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i have the heaviest heart for this story that i just read.  i don't know this mama personally but i know that this woman could use the prayers of anyone willing to lift her up.  i can't fathom such a tragedy.  click here to read her story. after you read her story, i'm sure a comment would help her not feel so alone.  please send her some words of encouragement.  i want to take all the pain away from this woman so bad.  i'm just devastated. with heaviness, christy *PLEASE 'LIKE' MY BUSINESS PAGE OF FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/BeautifulHabits

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