Category Archives: everyday moments

thoughts for next year…


Just a few thoughts… things I’d like to do in 2014…

  1. Get in to nursing school.
  2. Run a 5K.  The WHOLE 5K.
  3. Go to a Zumba class.
  4. Lose the WHOLE 20 lbs.
  5. Learn to can.
  6. Learn to knit.
  7. Waste less time.
  8. Spend less money.
  9. Work less, play more.
  10. Have JOY.

what makes me happy?


This question was posed to me not too long ago.

It was asked in a moment of ugliness… my own ugliness.

I think it was asked in a sincere way.

And I’ve been trying to answer it ever since.

In the moment, all I could answer was “a clean sink.”

But after further reflection, I think there are many things that make me happy.

Time spent with my family when there is nothing to “do” or “get done” and everyone is being nice.

Reading a good book.

Hugs from my husband.  Seriously.  The best.

Writing brings me joy.  I picked up a new journal the other day to document some things going on in my life and spent some time writing in there.  When I was done, I felt really good!

Laughing with my kids.

Lunch with a good friend.

We are almost to November, the month of giving thanks… which seems like a good time to count my blessings and see how many other things there are to be thankful for… which are usually the things that make me happy!

just a minute


I woke up this morning, tired.  The routine is getting to me.

I knew there was a 5th grader who was going to be hard to wake up after a long day and late night on a field trip the day before.

The middlest is always difficult in the morning.  I understand where her pain comes from as morning isn’t my favorite either.  It’s just that it’s a struggle for her.  And thus, me.

The teenager was up late working on a paper.  Making sure she was up for school wasn’t something I was looking forward to.

The husband has been working more hours than a man should have to.  Family dinners are something to plan and schedule these days.

I hate that.

It’s just been a long couple of weeks.

Not necessarily any busier than the next mom, but I just feel…


My mind kept wrapping around the thoughts of…

I love my kids…

I love my family…

I am very, very, very blessed…

But I am just exhausted.  And I want to check out for a while.  I want to check us all out for a while.

I know I can’t do that.  School, work, obligations…

So needless to say, I hadn’t yet had my coffee and my mind was already getting the better of me today.


I got to work and my phone rang that lovely little Dr. Who ring… and my heart sunk for a moment, wondering what was wrong that the teenager would be calling for so early in the day.

She was still at home getting ready for school.

She was calling to say she hadn’t seen me this morning (except when I poked my head in to say I was leaving).

And she for a minute.


We talked for exactly one minute.

And that one minute turned my heart around.

I realize this is just a season.  Seasons change.  Seasons pass.

This day, that little gift of a one minute phone call, was definitely a bright spot of this season…

lost in translation


Sometimes there is a gap between what my heart feels and what my mouth says.

Attempts at bridging that gap result in feeble, fumbling words that don’t end up communicating what is meant by my heart.

Especially when the ears doing the hearing don’t necessarily want to hear…

If only…

The one on the receiving end could see where the words are coming from.

And let those words be what they are meant to be.

Instead of making them something ugly.

Why is communication so hard?

fall fun


Today was one of those good days.  Just a normal Sunday with a little fun sprinkled in.

There was an abundance of teenagers here for the weekend, in and out, staying for a few minutes… or the whole weekend.  There was laughter, movies, lots of food eaten, Mountain Dew consumed, and just general teenager-ness.

Summer and I worked the Aggie game yesterday.  More appropriately, concessions worked me.  I’m terribly out of shape (or old, but I prefer to say out of shape, because I can DO something about THAT.)

Today I skipped Sunday school – AND church, which I didn’t intend to do – and slept in.  I think I slept too much.  Sister came over with Mom and Dad and the Niece and Nephew.  LOVE having them here…  Nephew LOVES the guinea pigs.  Niece wasn’t feeling too good, which made me sad, because I love watching her curls bounce when she runs around my house.

A migraine greeted me about 4:00 this afternoon. Determined to tell the headache who’s boss, I took some Ibuprofen and tackled a project with SuperGirl.  Last week she talked me into buying a pumpkin.  And I thought it would be fun to get a carving kit – you know, because I would dump the project on her father.  Turns out the rest of today would be “work on Summer’s car” day and the teenagers ran off to church and hangoutwithfriends time.  We had a very sad SuperGirl on our hands.  Momma decided to man up and start the project.

Cleaning and getting the seeds out of the pumpkin was messy, but fun.  Getting the design carved wasn’t as hard as I expected.  I came out with all of my fingers, but the cat was headless.  Thanks to some creative Aggie engineering, we repaired the kitty’s head and ended up with this…

The fresh air and distraction did my head wonders.  We decided we weren’t done creating, so SuperGirl and I roasted the seeds from the pumpkin.  The house smelled incredible.


SuperGirl thought they were great.  The debate ensued as to weather to crack them and eat the insides or just eat the whole seed.  Both methods were tried… We ate the whole things.  And they were GREAT!!  I think that’s something we’ll do again… probably next year.

{We mixed the seeds with about 3 Tbl. melted butter and sprinkled with seasoned salt.  Baked for 45 minutes, at 300 degrees.}

For a moment, I thought it was a great fall day… until I realized that it was 90 degrees out.  Oh well.  Happy Fall, y’all!




watercolor glue art


While reading through blogs yesterday I came across this post and thought it would be a fun project to do with SuperGirl.  We made a trip to Michaels to get supplies and while there we also got finger paints.  How fun is that?  She has really gotten into crafts lately and I thought finger paints would be fun to have on hand.  As if the day was being planned for us we got a wonderfully good rainstorm this afternoon.  We pulled out all the supplies and quickly got to work.  Pickles loves art, too, so she joined in on the fun.

Sadly, it has been a long time since we’ve done any fun little projects around here.  I hate being too busy to do the fun stuff.  I’m glad we went with that wild hair this morning and that Hubby let me have the whole day off from the office.  I enjoyed working on this with the girls!

sixteen things


Sixteen things I love about you…

1. You are not afraid to try new things.

2. You are a fiercely loyal friend.

3. The way you jump around when you are excited, knees pumping up to your chest and your hands flying.

4. Your stubborn streak.

5. Your convictions. (When #4 and #5 to into play together, watch out world!)

6. The way you are growing in your walk with the Lord.  That your faith is becoming your own.  It’s beautiful.

7. Your creativity.  You keep discovering new talents.

8. The way you help and love your sisters.

9. The way you clean your room, making a bigger mess than you started with and ending with perfection.

10. Your toes!

11. You love Jesus and you love going to church.

12. You can laugh at yourself and you don’t take yourself too seriously.

13. The way you have blossomed at school, making friends, getting good grades, trying new things, and are a student the teachers enjoy having in class.

14. Your voice.  The way you say, “Hey, Mom!”  I’ll never get tired of that.

15. The way you dance.  Everywhere.  All the time.  You’re beautiful.

16. I love that God put you in our family to love and enjoy.  I do love you and oh, how I enjoy you!