Category: my family

using grandma’s tea cups

 i’ve had these tea cups for a few years, hidden away in the cupboard, never really knowing what to do with them.  my grandmother loved tea.  often you would find a tea bag on the end-table beside her favorite chair or you would see her tea cup storing a used tea bag, saving it for the next cup.  the cups are so beautiful, i have always been afraid to use them for drinking, for fear that i might chip them or break them. while cleaning my bedroom this weekend, i realized that i could place my everyday jewelry in and around them–finally a way to bring them out from the cupboards!!   it’s a practical, yet girly way to remember my grandma every time i look at her tea cups.

taking a drive

 trees-blog.jpg the weather this weekend was simply beautiful.  it was a bit warmer than usual fall weather, but it was wonderful.  so, being the goofy mom that i am, i suggested picking up our favorite coffee & fast food supper and we took a family drive. 

(even the dog came along.)

i had planned on taking many pictures of the changing leaves, but as you can see, i am a bit ahead of the season….

the leaves aren’t quite changed yet. 

 goose-blog.jpg  while driving along, we came across some farmland and all of these animals were just as happy as can be…all together.
 2-geese-blog.jpg  are they not the cutest?  they just sat there cuddling.  just the two of them.
 horse-blog.jpg  i am sooo not a horse person, but who can’t appreciate the beauty of God’s creation?
 horse-2-blog.jpg  now, if i had to choose a horse, i would choose one that stands out….like this one

Colossians 1:16  “For by him all things were created; things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.”

a sickday, a sleepy dog, & some sweet treats


the day started out as any other school day…especially in our house…nick didn’t feel good.  now, if there’s one thing that frustrates me, as a mom, it’s the whole decision over whether a child is ‘ill enough’ to stay home from school.  as his father before him, nick would choose to stay home from school every single day, if given the opportunity, so a typical school morning often includes a list of symptoms, (a.k.a., reasons to stay home).  eeks.  it’s only day # 8 of the school-year and it’s started already.

aaannnyyways, after a lengthy debate, he stayed, i quickly changed gears in my head, (as moms can do so well)…instead of a day filled with running errands and meeting my mom for lunch…i took my pajama butt (sorry if that word offends you), back to bed–well, at least the couch.

once we finally awoke from our sleeping stupor, (amidst the many phone calls), (the same phone that never rings when i am up early)…..the sickie requested chicken noodle soup.  now, i do make great homemade chicken & noodles, but that’s not what we are talking about here.  simply a can of Meijer, chicken & noodle soup.  he loves it. after that little get-well lunch, i remembered that i had bought a package of Pillsbury Cinnamon Twists.…bless that little pudge-bellied Pillsbury doll…, i popped those into the oven, for an after lunch treat.  of course, with some delicious, ooey, gooey sweets you must have some hot coffee.  i thought it would be a great day to try a new flavor.  (+ i needed a little pick-me-up)  (rainy day, no make-up, lounge clothes.  you know the feeling girls, you need something to make you feel alive–so i turn to the usual–a cup’a caffeine) so anyways, i remembered that a new box of Gevalia French Vanilla coffee had been delivered a while back, and was hiding in the freezer, so i pulled it out in hopes that it would do the trick. without disappointment, it was delicious  (for you coffee lovers, you understand, even the smell of it brewing, the rich coffee aroma drifting around and my spirits are lifted).

now, the day wasn’t what i had planned on my ‘to-do list’, but i think that God often uses little things like this to speak to us, to slow us down so that we actually hear Him speaking.  yesterday, He reminded me that i have neglected my time with Him this summer.  (mental note: place Him first on my daily to-do’s)

i do appreciate days like this.  days that i am made to slow down.  i am content.  God has blessed me with the gift of being a stay-at-home mom, a comfortable home, a son, a hardworking husband.  and a God that never ignores me, even when i seem to have forgotten Him.

ooooh baby

newbornnick1994.jpgnick-oct-1994-blog1.jpglast night we celebrated the end of summer with a party.  it was a lot of fun….now the morning after cleanup is almost complete and i realize that in less than 48 hours Nick will have began his 7th grade year.  it’s hard to believe…that he is getting so old.  this summer he turned the big “1-3”.  it seems like only yesterday he was a happy lil’ guy barely big enough to stand on his own.  now he not only stands alone, but stands taller than i do….eeks…7th grade.  where does time go?  do we really appreciate our lives as they are at this very moment?  or are we so busy rushing into tomorrow that we don’t stop to realize what we have today, and how quickly it could be gone.

  • “Lo, children are a heritage of the Lord; and the fruit of the womb is his reward…”  Psalm 127:3
  • “Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”  Matthew 19:14
  • “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”  Psalm 139:14

sweet saturday morning

sweet saturday morning.  yawn.  i haven’t even made it out of the bedroom yet, but it has been a sweet day so far.  let me explain.

S – my saturday began when i was sweetly woken up by my ever-sweet husband,  (ok, maybe i am getting too mushy, but he is sweet),  bringing me breakfast in bed…all of my favorites.  poptarts, milk & he even made coffee.  : )      

W – i have been laying here watching TV-Land…(ok, i admit it–i love the old shows, Leave it to Beaver, Andy Griffith, and my all time favorite, I Love Lucy) 

E – i even have my laptop here, which means i have been browsing the blogs all morning…(which is why it’s almost noon and i haven’t even showered yet.)  i have to admit, i am not a morning person….not even a tiny bit.  i am a pajama girl.

E – blog after blog i am realizing that everyone has a shop on Etsy.  i recently found out about Etsy and keep planning on setting up a shop there, but have yet to do it.  (which brings up my next plan…i am actually going to set some goals for things i would like to accomplish once school starts…i will blog about that later…)  there are a lot of amazingly creative and talented girls (women–i don’t know why, but even though i am 37, i have a hard time calling myself a woman…it sounds so old…i prefer to be girly) out there!!!  i am so inspired and encouraged by all of you!

T – to do.  i really have lots to do today.  it’s the last weekend of summer break…which is one huge reason why it’s sweet saturday.  tomorrow evening we are having some family over for an End of Summer party….so, i should be going to the grocery, baking, cleaning, etc. etc.  but here i sit.  just soaking up the day.

i hope all of you are having a sweet saturday too.  

we’ve hit a little speed bump

hand-blog.jpgin the midst of the activity, Monday night, we hit a little speed bump.

while working at the church, (setting up for a major church garage sale), my son had a stack of tables fall on his hand….leaving a cut across one finger, a gash on another and really swollen knuckles.  needless to say, we headed to the local urgent care.  just as we thought, he needed stitches.  i won’t go into all of the gory details, but let’s just say that he was quite brave. 

on the way to the urgent care, i realized that when it comes to little speed bumps, our family had been blessed with having them few & far between.  so often, in our hurried lives, we fail to realize that we have been coasting along, taking for granted what the day holds for us.  planning our days, our weeks, our months.  sometimes without a second thought that God may have a different idea of what He plans to accomplish through us.

  • “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”  Psalm 90:12
  • “So, do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  Isaiah 41:10
  • “Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.”  Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow.  What is your life?  You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.  Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”  As it is, you boast and brag.  All such boasting is evil.  Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.”  I Peter 4:13-17hand-blog-2.jpg

 Nick isn’t in much pain,  it’s been more of an inconvenience to him than anything.  little things like brushing his teeth are next to impossible at this point, without mom’s help.  i think that even Nick now realizes how blessed he is to be in good health and that this is just a minor thing compared to the struggles that many kids his age face daily.

i’m thankful that God didn’t speak to me through a major set-back.  that He chose to use the hand of a child to reach down & remind me of what is important and i thank Him for granting me peace in the midst of my speed bump.