Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A Bond Like No Other

Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero.~MB

A friend is a brother who was once a bother. ~Author Unknown

Our brothers and sisters are there with us from the dawn of our personal stories to the inevitable dusk. ~Susan Scarf Merrell

It was nice growing up with someone like you - someone to lean on, someone to count on... someone to tell on! ~Author Unknown

When I count my blessings,

the greatest of my joys,

Our parents gave us siblings,

instead of rooms of toys.~ A.Unk

tuesdays unwrapped at cats


Monday, August 30, 2010

A Blog Is Like A Diary Without A Key

When I was little I had a pretty pink diary.  The best part about it - it came with a priceless accessory; a lock and key!  

I'm sure I didn't write anything profound.   I doodled a lot.  My thoughts wandered as I scribbled  dreams on tiny lined paper. Things like so and so was nice to me today, that boy smiled at me, and so forth.  I still felt the need to keep my words all locked up.  For no one to see.  But me.

But now I am all grown up.  I have a blog.  Without a key.  You all have seen inside my soul.  You have read my words and the key has been thrown away.  

Opening up and being vulnerable takes courage.  I am by no means courageous.  I shrivel at the thought of change and vulnerability.  

I'm learning to let that go.  If I constantly shy away from the world and what the Lord is speaking to me about through His Word, what good is that?  

If I can help just one other person learn to respect their husband a little more, it is worth it.

If through my words, (HIS WORDS), from the heart, shine Christ in this dark world, it is worth it.

If a tired mommy gains just a little bit of  strength and encouragement when she feels like she can't go on much more, it is worth it.

What have you been hiding under lock and key for all these years?  Is the Lord asking you to be vulnerable?  To be raw and open before your sisters in the Lord?  What is the cost?  What is the reward?  Is it worth it? 

 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.  
2 Corinthians 1:3-5


Saturday, August 28, 2010

My First 5K

Preparation is key.  With anything in life.  I was not prepared for the hills.  Or the heat.  But it was still so much fun and I can't wait to run in my next one.  I ran the whole thing (except for the massive hill up the reservoir) UGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!

Here's some pictures:
I finished with a humble time of 41:04.  But I'm still alive!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Birthday Party Ideas? Help Me By Voting

I need help with a birthday party theme/cake for my daughter's 4th birthday.  She turns 4 in October.  Please help me by voting for your favorite.

#1) Strawberry Shortcake

#2) Crayon Box Theme

#3) Beach Theme

#4) Purse/Tea Party Theme

#5) Ice Cream Parlor

Here's What I've Made In The Past:

Last year for her 3rd Birthday:

Merry Go Round Cake/Carousel Theme
  Toy Horses:
Carnival Booth:
Painting Carousel Sun Catchers:
Merry Go Round Gift Pass:
Potato Sack Race:

For her 2nd Birthday:
 Princess Jewelry:

  For her 1st Birthday:
My How She's Grown!