…for Mother’s Day…


I’ve been reminiscing this morning…looking through some old blog posts from 1-2 yrs. back. I found a few quotes from my kids that I thought I’d share again. I’m glad I posted these, ’cause they sure do bring back memories…


**Originally posted on

–My son has really been acting out the last couple of days. (I think Kerry assumes he can get away with more, and he’s mad that Daddy is not here.) Anyway, I’ve had to “crack down” on him. Sunday night, the kids and I had the following dialogue :

“You’re S-O-O-O mean!” exclaimed Kerry.

Apparently, I’m not mean enough!” I maturely quipped back. ;-)

Sarah suddenly exclaimed, “No Mommy, please don’t get any meaner!!” -D


**From my Sarah Beth, over a yr. ago:

–Sarah had gotten upset about something and wanted me to hold her. So, I sat down with her in the old recliner. After a few minutes, I told Sarah I had to get up, because I had a lot of things to do.

Just a few more seconds,pleaded Sarah. Oh, Mommy, sometimes I miss the ‘baby days.” -D


**Some of Kerry’s one-liners from about 2 yrs. ago:

–”Don’t give me a bath, Mommy!” protests Kerry. “I don’t need one. I don’t stink bad, I stink good!”

–”Do you want to wear your rain boots today, Kerry?” I ask. “NO!” he says. “I want to wear my sunny boots!”

–At dinner one night, Kerry says, “I love your hamburgers, Mommy…even the black part!”

–”I’m mad at you, Mommy!” Kerry exclaims. “And you’re getting fired!”

–(One) morning, little Kerry says to me, “Good Morning, My Happiness!”


** Originally posted on

–Last night, when I was putting Kerry to bed, his words brought tears to my eyes. …And no, surprisingly this time, the tears weren’t from hilarious laughter. You see, Kerry has more than one way of “getting to” Mommy…

Kerry looked up at me so sweetly and said, “You’re the mommy I should have.”


**********Happy Mother’s Day!!************


(*Update*)An 8 Yr. Old’s Explanation…

…of God


A friend sent me the following:


The short essay below was written by an 8-year-old from Chula Vista, California.

He wrote it for his third grade homework assignment,

to “explain God.” I wonder if any of us could have done as well?



One of God’s main jobs is making people. He makes them to replace the ones
that die, so there will be enough people to take care of things on earth.
He doesn’t make grownups, just babies. I think because they are smaller
and easier to make. That way he doesn’t have to take up his valuable time
teaching them to talk and walk. He can just leave that to mothers and

God’s second most important job is listening to prayers. An awful lot of
this goes on, since some people, like preachers and things, pray at times
beside bedtime. God doesn’t have time to listen to the radio or TV because
of this. Because he hears everything, there must be a terrible lot of
noise in his ears, unless he has thought of a way to turn it off.

God sees everything and hears everything and is everywhere which keeps Him
pretty busy. So you shouldn’t go wasting his time by going over your mom
and dad’s head asking for something they said you couldn’t have.

Atheists are people who don’t believe in God. I don’t think there are any
in Chula Vista . At least there aren’t any who come to our church.

Jesus is God’s Son. He used to do all the hard work, like walking on water
and performing miracles and trying to teach the people who didn’t want to
learn about God. They finally got tired of him preaching to them and they
crucified him. But he was good and kind, like his father, and he told his
father that they didn’t know what they were doing and to forgive them and
God said O.K.

His dad (God) appreciated everything that he had done and all his hard work
on earth so he told him he didn’t have to go out on the road anymore. He
could stay in heaven. So he did. And now he helps his dad out by listening
to prayers and seeing things which are important for God to take care of
and which ones he can take care of himself without having to bother God.
Like a secretary, only more important.

You can pray anytime you want and they are sure to help you because they
got it worked out so one of them is on duty all the time.
‘You should always go to church on Sunday because it makes God happy, and if
there’s anybody you want to make happy, it’s God!

Don’t skip church to do something you think will be more fun like going to
the beach. This is wrong. And besides the sun doesn’t come out at the
beach until noon anyway.

If you don’t believe in God, besides being an atheist, you will be very
lonely, because your parents can’t go everywhere with you, like to camp,
but God can. It is good to know He’s around you when you’re scared, in the
dark or when you can’t swim and you get thrown into real deep water by big

But…you shouldn’t just always think of what God can do for you. I figure
God put me here and he can take me back anytime he pleases.

And…that’s why I believe in God.


Aren’t kids great? Don’t they have a way with words?

Have a great week…and smile. God loves you! 🙂


**Update: P.S. Alright, o.k…..Yeah, I’m not really sure if this was really written by an 8 yr. old either. But, hey, it’s still a cute story.

By the way, you can still smile too…and yes, God loves you! 🙂

Who Is Really At Risk?

Last week, Scott forwarded this email message to me:


If you are an owner of a dog that belongs to a “dangerous breed” category

and you also have a small child please take this as a warning.

Don’t leave your dog with the child unattended under any circumstances.

Only a little moment was enough for the following to happen.



Not Your Typical…

…Wedding Guest Interview


As many of you know, my hubby, Scott has a second job. He is also a videographer for Chestnut Photography in his “spare time.” Anyway, he has done oodles of wedding videos, but for a family member, he also made this additional bloopers video. I think it’s pretty cute and funny. Well, o.k., actually, it really cracks me up!  Hope you enjoy! 🙂

Has My Site Gone…

“to the dogs” ?!       :)


Hey bebeh  hao U doin?

funny pictures of dogs with captions


dis be  da face of happee

How Could I Resist?

Well, I haven’t shared any puppy pics for a while, and today, I just couldn’t resist this one:

funny pictures of puppies with captions

Friday’s Status

8:29am Janet ‘s coming out of denial now…o.k., I’m really sick now. 😦 (Sniff, sniff…cough, cough).

8:37am Janet ‘s thinking, “O.k. Mucinex…do yo thang!…Is there a Dr. in da house?…I want my mommy!” 😦 (cough, cough).

8:47am Janet just remembered, “It’s FRIDAY…YAY!” Good thing ’bout being sick…MAKES  ya slow down…l’m listening to “Finding My Way Back Home” (by Lee Ann Womack). :). My boy prefers this next song…”Roll W/ Me” by Montgomery Gentry…true, it IS a cool song. 🙂 (Little Kerry & I are sharing in this experience…poor little guy’s “coughin’ his head off too.” Yep, may be taking a little trip to the Dr. again.)


**Note: Listen to Finding My Way Back Homehere and “Roll With Me” over here.

**P.S.: I like “Walk On Faith” by Mike Reid too. 🙂


Happy Friday, Y’all and God Bless!!  🙂

Status Updates…

…What we’ve been up to lately…if you care to know!! ;-) -D


Well, last week and this past Saturday, I REALLY started getting carried away with Facebook. I still like it, but in the last three days or so, I have put some time limits on myself. I’ve added some guidelines about when to use it, how often, length of visits, etc. (It can just “eat up” WAY too much time, if I’m not careful!)

Anyway, one thing that I do really like about it though, that doesn’t take a lot of time, are the “Status Updates.” It’s just a line or two, typed “in the moment” about what one is doing…a snippet…a verbal snapshot of part of a day. I’ve found I enjoy doing these, and they’re as much or more for me than anyone else. Each update is like a piece of the puzzle of what life is currently about for my family and I. These little blurbs can be simple, everyday stuff; maybe even slightly boring to some. I like to focus on some of the positive moments of the day and try to put a little humor in whenever possible.


Since it can also be difficult to keep this blog updated, I thought I would share some “Status Updates.” (These are especially for those of you who want to know and aren’t on Facebook). Here’s a few recent ones from the past several days:


Today (Tues., 2/3/09):

9:13am Janet ‘s off to exercise before school…jammin’ to lively praise songs with the kiddos! :).

12:00pm Janet ‘s working w/Sarah on a huge “Family Tree” diagram…for our “Thurs. School” presentation.

12:35pm Janet ‘s multi-tasking…still workin’ on that “juggling act” thing! Oops…ouch…things…falling!! I’ll get back to ya! :).


Yesterday (Mon., 2/2):

12:25pm Janet ‘s fighting a pesky virus…bombarding it with Vit.C, positive thinking, & prayer! Don’t want it getting comfy!! :).

6:12pm Janet ‘s turning off this computer…ha, ha!! Now, for some quality time w/hubby & the youngin’s! :).


Sun., 2/1:

3:06pm Janet had a great Sun. morn. at church…very uplifting! Now I’m at Scott’s parents, celebrating my niece, Rachel’s b-day…Can’t believe she’s 10!!


Sat., Jan. 31st:

12:52pm Janet is listening to MercyMe’s “So Long Self,” while cleaning and watching the kiddos play kickball in the backyard. :).

3:10pm Janet is enjoying the good life…listening to Dierks Bentley’s “Free & Easy…,” watching Daddy tickle giggly kiddos, and pettin’ my “dawg.” :).

7:48pm Janet is eating popcorn and watching Tom and Jerry with the kiddos! :).


Fri., Jan. 30th:

1:02pm Janet is having a weird day…but “Hey, it’s o.k., it’s Friday!” Yay! 🙂 (Can you pick out all the rhyming words?! 🙂 Little Kerry’s working on those!)

Thurs., Jan. 29th:

6:48am Janet is packing lunches and getting ready for our day at Classical Conversations (CC or as the kiddos call it…”Thursday School”).

8:06pm Janet is back from my Sarah Beth’s basketball game. She was very excited…they won 18 to 10…Woo-Hoo! :).


Wed. Jan. 28th:

9:31am Janet is getting “pumped up” spiritually with some praise songs first (while cooking, cleaning, preparing lessons, feeding the dog, washing laundry, etc.)! :).

9:35am Janet is thinking, “It’s a crazy, hectic, beautiful…wonderful life!!” Have a blessed day, everybody! :).

1:24pm Janet didn’t make it to the gym…So the kids and I did a Taebo workout tape. I said “Don’t EVEN!” when the kids tried to complain!:) If I can TRY it, they can!:).
Tues., Jan. 27th:

12:53pm Janet is taking a quick lunch break from schooling, cooking, cleaning, etc. I’ve been up since 4:30am (Scott needed help waking up so early). Yep, I’m feeling it now.

6:36pm Janet just finished up w/dinner dishes & clean-up…boring stuff, but necessary. A-h-h, now I’m going to sit down with the “FAM” and relax! :).
**Of course the above doesn’t tell you “the half of it,” but it does give you a glimpse into our little household.  Like I said, “It’s a crazy, hectic, beautiful…wonderful life!!”

Happy and healthy living to each of you…and blessings always! )

Sparrows Don’t Worry…

…so, why should we?


On this Thankful Thursday,

I’m thankful that I don’t REALLY have to worry…





**To view more cartoons by Mr. Waters, you may visit:

**To view more Thankful Thursday participants, you may click here.

Mountain…What Mountain?!

On this spiritual journey through life, who can’t use a little humor and encouragement? I praise God for the gift of laughter and for uplifting messages I receive all along the way. Today, a friend sent me an email containing several Christian cartoons by Michael D. Waters. I especially LOVE this one:




Did you enjoy that as much as I did?! What a simple, yet very effective visualization! When we step out in faith and trust in God, His awesome power will be unleashed!! That mountain doesn’t stand a chance!

**For more Christian cartoons by Michael D. Waters, check out his website at: