Saturday, December 19, 2009
I am looking forward to enjoying this wonderful week of Christmas and just being with my family! I am so grateful for our families! Baby Jesus arrived in such a simple stable and it is a simple reminder that it doesn't have to be much but instead who you are blessed to be with! I wish for you and your family a sweet and simple time spent over this Christmas time.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Now, we prepare for our week of Thanksgiving! We all have so much to be thankful for, we are showered with blessings and our cup is certainly over flowing! I think about God and how thankful that I am for the relationship that He allows us to have with Him - that He sent His Son for our sake to this earth to live a perfect life and then to the cross for our sins! I am thankful
that He is always present and faithful, even when I have gone astray. I am thankful that He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. I love that He goes ahead and behind us! How He is my strength and that I can do all things through Him. I am thankful, I am unworthy, I am sinful and yet I am redeemed! Praise be to God for all that I have and for all that I am!
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.-Galatians 2:20
This is a cross on a point over looking the mountains at Sewanee
I'm looking forward to seeing our family and having the time to relax and visit! I wish you and your family a wonderful, fun and safe Thanksgiving!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Justin was working in the panhandle and was going to spend a few nights at the lake and we decided to join him! Well not working, but at least we got him at night. Yep, we left on Wednesday and stayed through Sunday! Perfect, did I mention it was quite and relaxing too! I couldn't have asked for more. The tree's have mostly turned to orange and when the sun sets in the evenings it really will take your breath away! The sun rises are pretty stink'n awesome too - but I would rather be in the bed at that time. Although I think two mornings I was up with one little stinker who has decided that waking up a few times at night/morning is fun.
Now, to that subject. I created the monster. Collier started not sleeping through the night about a month ago and it was because he had a little cold. Well, I decided I would feed him to see if that made him feel better. It usually did and he would go right back to sleep (fall asleep while eating). That's great that he goes right back to sleep, right? not when he gets up twice - usually around 12am or 1am and again around 4am. He is not starving, I've just created a bad habit. So now we're fixing that and he is crying it out! Not an easy task as a mom who wants to make her sweet baby happy. Last night he woke up around 1:30 and started kicking and chooing, which turned into crying and screaming around 1:50 and he finally gave in at 2:35. One hour, not to bad but in the middle of the moment it isn't fun or easy. I kept wanting to get up and just let him eat so that he would settle down and go back to sleep. I resisted and thought about how good it feels to sleep all night and I stayed my butt in the bed and prayed over and over that God would gently whisper and calm him down. I am prying that each night this week will be easier and easier.
Tomorrow I have a second interview with a company and I'm very excited about this opportunity. I would appreciate your prayers for very clear direction and if this is where I'm supposed to be to have the right words during the interview.
Here are a few more pictures from our fun lake weekend:
Monday, November 9, 2009
Justin was out of town all of last week - Annual Sales Meeting in Orlando. His sweet mom came to stay with me to
Wednesday we went Collier's 6 month check up. He is 16LB 14OZ and 27" Long. I really expected him to weight much more. Everything checked out perfectly and we're increasing our meals to three per day of solids instead of two. His newest foods have been carrots and pears last week. The doctor even told me he could have yogurt, so we're going to try this this week. He has been doing better but is still waking up during the night. Only one time the past several nights, which isn't too bad. But I really am ready for him to get back to sleeping through the nights. I do think that he is teething and I feel bad that he isn't feeling good...I just hate it for him. This morning when I was holding him at 5am....I was just looking at him and how sweet and peaceful he was laying in my arms fast asleep! My heart feels so complete with love over flowing in a way that I have never felt before. It brought a funny thought to mind. When I was in middle or high school (I can't remember exactly) I decided that I wanted a bird. We had two dogs and I wanted a pet that was all to myself and I knew that another dog would be out of the question. So, I decided on a bird. Mom said that I could get one and I remember her asking my why I wanted a bird and all I could think was because I wanted something that was mine to love wholly. That was one crazy bird and I did love it but I wanted it to give a complete love to me and it just isn't possible that a bird could do that (at the time I never would have understood that). I know that the whole and complete love comes from God himself. He is the only one that can fill up and over flow my love and joy. But looking at Collier in my arms this morning I felt that completeness and total satisfaction - I felt God's love and boy it is abundant!! I just love Collier to pieces and it is so satisfying to be able to care for him and provide for him. Gosh what a blessing!
Which sort of brings me to my next topic. My job. I've been home for the past 2 weeks and I am so thankful for this time that I've had with Collier. I love every minute of it and really God's timing couldn't have been more perfect (of course). With Collier not sleeping through the night and me not having to be at work, it hasn't been so bad at all. I am job searching! I have a few possibles but nothing concrete yet. Several times a day I think about it and will start to panic about what am I going to do and oh I need a job and how will a new job affect my time with Collier and will it be an environment that is pumping friendly. Then I have to hand it over to God and trust that He is in control. He already has a place specifically for me. I am trusting that He will provide for me and for our family through all of this. It is so easy to want to take control myself, but I don't want to (even though naturally I try to continuously) I really want to be where God wants me to be.
I can't believe that it is already November and before we know it Thanksgiving will have come and gone! I am trying to take in every minute of being home and especially as we approach the Thanksgiving and Christmas. I have so much to be thankful!
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Today, we have tried to be lazy, but the weather was beautiful and it was calling us to come outside! After little man got in a good nap we enjoyed lunch on the front porch - Brink was thrilled that Collier was eating on her level. She decided she would try and help with clean up! Then we decided to go to the park and it was just perfect. He really liked the swing, it took him a few minutes to figure out his balance but once he did he really liked it. He was all cozy and situated and could have probably fallen asleep!
It was a fabulous and fun and busy weekend.
Collier is still waking up during the night...last night we were up 4 times again! YIKES. I am praying that tonight will be a little better. Justin's mom is coming to spend a few days with us and we're very excited about her visit with us this week!
I'll continue to ask for prayer for God's clear guidance with my job. And of course that sweet baby Collier would feel better soon. I would really appreciate it. Happy 1st of November!
Friday, October 30, 2009
Although the past few days have been tough. He hasn't been sleeping through the night...Wednesday night he was up 4 times! And he has been a bit stuffy/runny nose which has resulted in him being slight more fussy. Plus the drooling has started and I assume that this is the beginning of our teething process. Poor little booger! I can only pray that he will be able to handle the pain and all that comes with it. I'm asking for God's help through all of this.
I'm so excited that tomorrow is Halloween! I'll be back soon with some precious pictures of our sweet little man and here is a little sneak peak!
You didn't know we had a new little puppy did you?
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
I'm thankful for the men in my life: my husband and sweet baby Collier.
I'm extra thankful for the days and that I've had with Collier in the past week (as I am job searching)
I'm thankful for precious and loving friends.
I'm thankful that my God is a just and merciful God who continues to love and provide even when I'm not 100% reliant on Him. Even when I think that I am in control, that He is still steady walking with me and that He is willing to take the drivers seat to get me back on course even after I've completely gotten lost!
I'm very thankful for the beautiful sunshine that is shinning bright right now!
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
I have sweet potatoes in the oven, boiling pea's and steaming apples....all for Collier. He is going to try pea's for the first time this weekend! He is doing really well with eating. He loves apple sauce every morning. And so far likes sweet potatoes and squash the best. He tolerates green beans but doesn't like them quite as much. I'm sure he'll be thrilled to know that we ran out last night. Moving on to pea's now.
I started this post at around noon today and am just now getting back in front of the computer to actually post. Collier and I are so glad to have Justin/Daddy back home - he was out two nights this week and we missed him a ton! Looking forward to more beautiful weather this weekend (except tomorrow its supposed to pour...yes MORE rain and I'll be all soggy again and will be thrilled when I can see the sun again on Saturday)
back in all by himself! Mommy and really glad about that. Not 100% yet
but getting good at it.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
I think that I've mentioned before that I am making Collier's food. It has been fun and it is a bit time consuming, but I do enjoy it and it is very easy. Cook, process, freeze...
So far he has enjoyed apple sauce and sweet potatoes. Yummy! This week I decided we would try green beans. So, last night I got home and went straight to the kitchen to get our dinner ready as well as Collier's dinner ready (he was just having sweet potatoes, but I did want to go ahead and get the green beans done). So, I put together spinach lasagna for Justin, mom and me and put it in the oven. I then cleaned, cut and steamed the green beans. My plan was to process the beans after we were done eating and after Collier had gone to sleep for the night.
Turned out that Collier was very tired and fighting it all at the same time, which resulted in about a 30 minute crying
screaming fest. In the middle of all of that the lasagna was ready and I hated for it to get cold, so mom and Justin went ahead and fixed their salads and then Justin and I switched Collier so that I could eat my salad. Of course, Justin's shoulder seemed to do the trick and he finally settled down and was out cold. I was finishing my salad and Justin and mom came in with their dinner plates. Justin's plate piled high with Lasagna and green beans! I just chuckled.... Poor man, loves beans and I am not a bean person. The only beans that I do eat are green beans and Justin just loves every kind of bean/pea but since I don't eat them we normally do have them. He was so excited to be getting some beans that he didn't find it the least bit strange that I was serving green beans with lasagna. Who does that? Mom on the other hand thought it was strange, but just decided that we must be really increasing our vegetable servings...spinach lasagna, green beans, salad....she of course was to polite to ask until I told them they were for Collier. Justin just wondered why I didn't season them!
All of that to say, that I usually boil my green beans - I've even done them in the oven with Italian dressing. But never have I steamed them and it turns out they are pretty good steamed and of course seasoned with a little salt and pepper. So, tonight it was chicken and steamed green beans for us! I did finally get Collier's beans made and he will be tasting them for the first time this weekend. If his taste buds are anything like his dad's....he'll love them! And now, we have a new cooking method for our green beans.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
This past weekend we celebrated with our family the Baptism of Collier. It was so wonderful to have all of our family and friends together and to have such special people surround us for this special time. As most of you know, we’ve had A LOT of rain, so we prayed all last week that the weather would clear and that we would have nice and cool weather for Sunday. God faithfully answered our prayer. Saturday was still a little muggy and rainy but it was fine and even cleared up later in the evening but Sunday was beautiful. Everyone arrived on Saturday afternoon and we watched football and cooked hamburgers as everyone arrived and visited. Mom and Dad were kind enough to open their home to us for everything. Our little house wouldn’t hold everyone (we had about 20 friends/family). Collier did a lot of sleeping on Saturday, I think that the rainy day made him want to stay in the bed. When he was awake he was passed from one person to the next getting all of the love that he could hope for!
Collier has very special godparents. Eddie, Justin’s dear friend from Dothan is Collier’s godfather. He is very special to us for so many reasons – he will be a great influence in Collier’s life. Eddie and Jennifer have a little girl, Elizabeth, who is just 45 days older than Collier. We know that they will be good buddies as they get older. Stephanie, my cousin is Collier’s godmother. Steph is just one of those people that when I am with her I am totally myself….she is like a sister to me (and I always wanted a sister). Stephanie and Toby have 4 kids that I love and adore! I do wish that we saw more of both Eddie and Stephanie. We love yall and thank you for being such a special person in Collier’s life.
Our church has specific Sundays that they do baptisms. We were originally scheduled for 2 weeks ago, but 6 people were scheduled for that Sunday and they asked if anyone would be willing to change. I took them up on the offer and as a result we were the only family for baptism this Sunday. It made it extra special to us! Collier woke up on Sunday and we figured out the ideal feeding schedule and we were off to church. He did great and slept through the beginning of service. He woke as I passed him to Rich (our preacher) for the Baptism and he was such a little angel. He didn’t make a peep! After the babies are baptized one of the preachers walk the babies to the back of the church so that the older ladies in our church (who usually sit at the back because its such a long walk to the front of the church – we have the longest center isle in Birmingham) can see the babies. Rich was making announcements when Rebecca finally brought him back to us and he even joked that the she did have to give him back. She was so happy holding him and showing him off! He was really sweet! Rich is also who married Justin and I, so it made it a little extra special that he also baptized Collier.
After church we went back to mom and dad’s for a wonderful lunch. Did I mention that the weather was perfect. The sun was out and the temperatures were cool and very pleasant – Thank you Lord! Everyone pitched in to help get lunch ready to be served. We had ham and turkey sandwiches, salad, kibbie, fruit and vegetable trays and yummy desserts. Everything was easy and it really was a perfect day. Collier was great and we are truly blessed to have him in our lives. Justin and I pray that he will always know God’s pure unconditional love and His grace and mercy! I am thankful each and every day for him.
My sweet friend Lindsey was so very kind to come to the church and take pictures for us. I will post pictures soon of the wonderful weekend. She did an amazing job and spent a lot of time with us. I love her dearly…Thanks Linz!
One more thanks to my parents for all that they did. They worked hard to have their house ready for company. Mom was up late Saturday night prepping food and setting the tables. Love yall
We also want to thank everyone for making a long trip and for taking the time out of your weekend to celebrate with us. We are so greatful for you and that you're in our lives. Thank you!
Monday, September 21, 2009
I had a wonderful weekend and it was one I had been looking forward to for quite some time. A friend of mine and I went to Callaway Gardens to attend a photography class. It was so much fun. We left Friday night and stayed in Auburn and we tried so hard to eat at Amsterdams and after about a 2 hour wait and a computer system crash (which would have kept us there yet another hour) we decided we would get to-go……Turkey Wraps and went to the hotel to enjoy our yummy dinner. We got up early on Saturday and drove to Callaway to attend our class and learn all about our camera’s “beyond auto mode” and boy did we learn some stuff. All about exposure, ISO, aperture and shutter speed settings. It was very helpful and informative. The only bad part was that it was raining the entire time and that kept our shooting practice to a minimum…it was as dark outside as it was inside and didn’t provide ideal setting for taking fun pictures. We did have a great time and certainly learned a lot. Now, if the weather will clear up so that I can practice what I learned that would be awesome. I have practiced a little inside, but shooting in the exact same light over and over doesn’t give much for practicing the different settings! It was awesome to have the “girl” time with Lindsey….she is simply the best!
On top of my fun get-a-way adventure Justin had his annual ‘guys golfing’ weekend. Which meant that Collier was parent-less for Friday night and all day Saturday. Thankfully Grammy and Pop’s were there to rescue him. He had his first spend the night party at their house. He was a perfect angel (at least that is what they said and if he wasn’t they probably wouldn’t say otherwise). I decided to just stay with them on Saturday night to have dinner and watch football, so that was fun to have that time with them. My dad refuses to change diapers and I love to tease him when Collier has a dirty diaper to give him to dad. Ha. It hasn’t worked yet. He loves to hold him and play with him and even feed him but when it comes to the diapers he is out! Too funny!
Have I mentioned how good Collier is sleeping? You know, I prayed long and hard for a good sleeping baby. It did take us a little while to get to this point but he has done so well. For the past month or two. He goes to sleep between 8 and 9pm and he usually sleeps until around 6:30 or 7am. How great is that? I love when he does sleep until 7am as it allows me time to get up and get dressed before he gets up and I get out the door on time. Plus on the weekends, if he sleeps to 7am that means I get to sleep until 7am and I love it. He has even slept as late as 8am and I really loved that – but that has only happened once. God has greatly answered my prayers and I am so thankful that He did! Last night he went down around 8 and Justin and I were in the bed by 8:30…how great is that!!!! I was loving it! Of course it was raining this morning and it made it hard to get out of the bed. Collier is also doing great with eating. He is currently enjoying apple sauce, banana’s and rice or oatmeal. He is going to try sweet potatoes this week – maybe he will like them more than Justin and I.
We are preparing for Collier's Baptism that is this weekend. We have lots of family and friends joining us and we really would like some pretty weather. Would you please pray that it is nice at least on Sunday? I'm really excited about having everyone together and celebrating this special day for Collier.
Monday, September 14, 2009
I'm very excited about tonight...we finally get started back with bible study. If you are in Birmingham (or really anywhere for that matter) and would like to join an incredible bible study let me know. I attend Community Bible Study (CBS), which is a non-denominational bible study that studies only God's word. Each year we study a different book of the bible and it is quite in depth. The one I attend is women only and it is such a wonderful time of fellowship and growing in God's word. There are about 200 ladies of all ages - fresh out of college all the way up to great grandmothers and it is such a wonderful study to be part of. This year we are studying the minor prophets and I have to be honest that I don't even know who all the minor prophets are but I look forward to learning who they are and how God used them. We're starting off with 1 & 2 Kings.
I was reading through the introduction and it mentions the importance of spiritual health. In our world we are usually measured by our worldly things and that really all of that is nothing unless our hearts are set to serve God intentionally. It says "Time management experts always advise putting the most important things first on our daily schedules. How would you live differently if you truly believed that your spiritual health was the most important aspect of your life. How would you prioritize your life if you really understood that nothing but your walk with God really mattered?" That really caught my attention because I don't always stop to check and consider how my walk with God is each and every day. It needs to be the first thing I do before I put my feet on the floor to check in with God for His guidance of my day so that I am sure that I am serving Him.
Check out CBS's website and see if there is a class near you. I promise that you will love it. It does help that we have an incredible leader who gives lecture each week who is simply and utterly amazing! CBS is a great resource and avenue to keep you steady and true in God's word.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Last weekend we were actually in Marietta visiting with my BIL and SIL. Justin went to the bama game and Collier and I hung out with Aunt Eve and Uncle Ryan. We really enjoyed the visit and had a blast with them. Justin joined us on Sunday and then we came home on Monday. Aunt Eve was feeding Collier on Sunday and he go to giggling and we all couldn't stop laughing at him laughing. It was the longest and hardest laughing that I've heard him do so far, apparently Aunt Eve is really funny and has some sort of giggling magic! Brinkley has company this week....Tucker has come to visit us while her parents are at the beach. Brink loves a play mate and she and Tucker are the best of bud's. Isn't she just so sweet?
Yesterday was my Dad's birthday!!! He is the greatest man ever! If you don't know my dad you are really missing out. He is a man who is sincere and loving - when you meet him he really does want to know about you. He is here to help us whenever and however we need help, and with a willing and happy attitude. I love that he loves Collier so very much and will light up every time that he see's him. He is one special man and deserves a special celebration! Happy Birthday Dad! We love you lots and lots!
RECENT VIRGINIA CHURCH SERVICE -STIMULUS SERMON
Good morning, brothers and sisters; it's always a delight to see the pews crowded on Sunday morning, and so eager to get into God's Word. Turn with me in your Bibles, if you will to the 47th chapter of Genesis, we'll begin our reading at verse 13, and go through verse 27.
Brother Ray, would you stand and read that great passage for us?
Thank you for that fine reading, Brother Ray.....
So we see that economic hard times fell upon Egypt , and the people turned to the government of Pharaoh to deal with this for them. And Pharaoh nationalized the grain harvest, and placed the grain in great storehouses that he had built. So the people brought their money to haraoh, like a great tax increase, and gave it all to him willingly in return for grain. And this went on until their money ran out, and they were hungry again. So when they went to Pharaoh after that, they brought their livestock -their cattle, their horses, their sheep, and their donkey - to barter for grain, and verse 17 says that only took them through the end of that year.. But the famine wasn't over, was it?
willingly, then we will wind up no differently than the people of Egypt did four thousand years ago - as slaves to the government, and as slaves to our leaders. What Mr. Obama's government is doing now is no different from what Pharaoh's government did then, and it will end the same. And a lot of people like to call Mr. Obama a "Messiah," don't they? Is he a Messiah? A savior? Didn't the Egyptians say, after Pharaoh made them his slaves, "You have saved our lives; may it please my lord, we will be servants to Pharaoh"?
Well, I tell you this - I know the Messiah; the Messiah is a friend of mine; and Mr. Obama is no Messiah! No, brothers and sisters, if Mr. Obama is a character from the Bible, then he is Pharaoh. Bow with me in prayer, if you will.
Lord, You alone are worthy to be served, and we rely on You, and You alone. We confess that the government is not our deliverer, and never rightly will be. We read in the eighth chapter of 1 Samuel, when Samuel warned the people of what a ruler would do, where it says "And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the LORD will not answer you in that day." And Lord, we acknowledge that day has come.
We cry out to you because of the ruler that we have chosen for ourselves as a nation. Lord, we pray for this nation. We pray for revival, and we pray for deliverance from those who would be our masters. Give us hearts to seek You and hands to serve You, and protect Your people from the atrocities of Pharaoh's government.
In God We Trust...
I sincerely pray that God will not allow for this healthcare reform crap to pass. I pray that America's voice will be heard that this is NOT the direction that we need for our healthcare. I am asking for God's Blessing on this country.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
TOTAL CHANGE OF SUBJECT: PRAYER REQUEST.
I am in need of prayer, I don't want to go into detail but would appreciate your prayers in regards to my job. Sorry for being vague but I need the prayers and details are few at this point. I have total faith that God is working his perfect plan for my life and am fully trusting in him. Getting from point A to point B sometimes is the hard part. I appreciate your prayers.
And now we gear up as we are only 3 days away from College Football kickoff!!!! Let the fun begin.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
I made this
Then on Sunday I made these Chicken and Spinach Quesadillas. I don’t have a grill pan but that is ok because they turned out delicious. The marinade for the chicken is so good. I think that I’m going to try it next and just grill the chicken instead of cooking it on the stove. The lime favor was good and yet again such an easy recipe. I hope that yall enjoy her site and recipes as much as I have. Thanks to Lindsey for sharing her site with me!
Now a change of subject.
A few weeks ago at church we were given a message that to me was a great reminder. We are called to be different, to be set apart from the world. I know the message, I’ve heard it many many times yet this is just one that continues to strike my interest. We are to live in the world NOT of the world. But what exactly does it mean to be different. In a world that we all strive NOT to stand out and we all want to fit in so bad and be accepted and then we’re told by Christ that we are supposed to be different. Sometimes I can have a self confidence problem and become insecure about who I am and what others will think of me. When I truly think about what we’re called to do in Christ it does give me confidence that I am created by God and that my purpose is to be pleasing and true to Him not others (family, friends, co workers, etc).
John 17:15-17 (NIV) Jesus prays “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.”
As I was sitting in church thinking about how I am going to apply this to my everyday life it was actually difficult for me to think of how exactly I am set apart for the sake of Christ. What can I do different in my life that will set me apart for Christ to be pleasing to him. We then sang Let Us Be Bread, I don’t think that I have ever heard it before, or maybe I have and just never listened closely to the words. The chorus caught my attention and started to shed some light on my question. “Let us be bread, blessed by the Lord, broken and shared, life for the world. Let us be wine, love freely poured. Let us be one in the Lord”. Oh that is so sweet. I think particularly the “love freely poured” is especially what caught my attention. That is how I can be different. Not judging and being opinionated about others but to just love them freely for who they are – to be one in the Lord as He created us! To feel free to love others and not be worried what others think of me for loving that person.
I really liked this version of Romans from The Message.
Romans 12:1-2 (The Message)So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
I just love that! It certainly does remind me of sharing my love with others as God loves us and how we can give every part of our day to God as we seek to be pleasing to Him.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Collier giggled out loud for the first time tonight. He has been on the verge for a few days, he opens his mouth wide and will smile so big and wiggle and squirm well, it finally busted out tonight and it was tooo cute! I hope to get a video of it soon. But I was so excited. That is by far the best sound ever...a giggling baby or child. I just love it.
We had a nice weekend. Justin was out of town so we took it easy and spent some time at mom and dad's which was great. I was really glad to have Justin home on Sunday. I am thankful to have a sweet husband who is helpful and involved with Collier. When he is out of town, it just isn't the same and it is definitely harder to get ready for work and out the door without the extra help. It does really make me appreciate him while he is here for sure!
I've made two yummy meals in the past week that are worthy of posting about....hopefully one day this week! Stay tuned.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Friday morning as I was in the shower it occured to me that I may not have taken my pumped goods out of my little cooler and put it in the frig the night before. My blood pressure spiked
I'm sure as I rushed to get done with the shower to see if I had done it or not. After all, this was Collier's feedings for Friday. Run, dripping wet, with only a towel wrapped around me to look into that cooler and see 15oz sitting there. With a glimpse of hope, but knowing it was no good I rush to the computer to look up Madela's rules on how long breast milk is good in a cooker (it did at least have an ice pack in it) tears begin to run down my face and I don't know if I was really sad, angry or disappointed. Actually I was all of those things. Nope. I had to poor all of that out and I just can not tell you how badly it upset me. I cried the whole time I was emptying the bottles and then I just got mad and started stomping around. Justin really tried to make it better and tell me it wasn't that bad and that I was not the first or last mother to do this....It didn't make me feel any better... I took a deep breath, wiped away my tears, unclenched my teeth and asked God to reveal to me what I was supposed to learn from this situation. I chilled out and tried to enjoy the rest of my morning before I had to go to work. So back to the saying.....I did cry over spilled milk and hope to not have to do it again!
I am very hard on myself about these sorts of things. It is stupid and dumb that I didn't even consider putting that away yet the cheese and eggs seemed to make it to the refrigerator just perfectly. How dumb. I'm still waiting to understand and know the exact reason. Maybe to lighten up a little. Probably though that I am NOT in total control and to let go and let Him!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
It was a really fun time to spend with family. Don't you just love when you have fun family and you make special memories with them. Collier sat in a floatie for the first time and LOVED it! My little water baby!
Today mom put Collier in the exercauser for the first time and he enjoyed himself to the fullest. He loved all of the activities and stuff that he could play with. I love to see him growing but am also sad. I look back at old pictures and realize how fast he is growing. Gosh and he isn't even one yet..much less in college. What am I going to do? Well for now, go to bed!
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
We went to Lake Martin to go to AquaPalooza (concert series that Alan Jackson does at lakes around the country)– it was a blast! They set the stage up at kowaliga and you pulled your boat up to watch the concert. There must have been 5000 boats there. It was unbelievable and like nothing I have ever seen before. Boats just connected with each other and you could walk from boat to boat they were tied so close together. We anchored back a little further (couldn’t even see the stage) but thankfully they had huge screens that we could watch from. There were several other acts that played before Alan Jackson, so it was a full day of music. The weather was great and we stayed in the water a good bit to keep cool. After such a busy day I crashed around 11pm and slept so good – no nursing at 4am….although I did wake up at 6 about to bust and so I had to pump….but I went right back to sleep and slept another 3 hours. It was very nice but I did miss that sweet little man. I was very glad to make it home on Sunday and hold him.
Justin and I have always said we would willingly allowing grandparents to take our children for weekends and nights. I feel that it is very important to have time for each other as husband and wife. It was harder than I really thought that it was going to be. But then again to have some fun time with Justin was well worth it. One of the couples that was with us had a wave runner that they took and as we needed we could go back to the house to potty