Memories…

…for Mother’s Day…

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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…

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–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

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**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

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**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!”

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–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.”

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

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Sweet Siblings

Wordless Wednesday, 2/11/09: “Sweet Siblings”…Sarah & Kerry:

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Are they always this sweet? Don’t hold your breath!! ;-) Don’t bet on it!! -D

Will they be this sweet again? You can bet your bottom dollar on it!!

Do they like love each other or somethin’ ? You’d better believe it!! )

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What A Nice Break…(*Updated*)

…from the oppressive, humid, HOT weather we’ve been having! I thank the Lord for the beautiful weather we have enjoyed today! Yep, it’s been cooler, less humid, and there has even been a glorious, refreshing breeze! What a blessing indeed! (Yeah, I’m really not kidding or exaggerating!)

The last few days, the kids and I have walked almost every day. Today, I even did a little yard-work…I trimmed some bushes that were in desperate need of attention! The kids and I had some precious time together…the kids helped a little, and we all sang praise and worship songs as we worked. (I gathered that our neighbor might have noticed when she came out the door, heading for her car. She didn’t seem annoyed; just surprised. Perhaps this particular scene wasn’t one she was used to seeing or hearing! -D )

Anyway, it’s been a nice day. Yep, it’s been a nice one… You know, it reminds me of the the following quote:

“Rather than store up the sour, store up THE SWEET.” ~~from: Grace For The Moment by Max Lucado

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I’m also reminded of the following verse:

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” –Philippians 4:8

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**Update:  Hey, I got some film developed this afternoon, so I thought I’d also share some photos.  Pics always make a post more fun, right?!

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Sarah’s concentrating and working hard…

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How can anyone look this pretty while they work?

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This is Kerry’s “cheesy” look:

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This is Kerry’s cool, “you got it, babe” look:

Seven Years

…of Sarah Beth! Like my mother-in-law often asks, “Just what did you do before having children?” In a way, I do feel like my life really began after having my kiddos. My children have certainly added such joy and depth to my life…and they have introduced me to a totally different way of living. My life has never been the same since, and it is truly changed forever…

Yes, tomorrow, my Sarah will be 7 yrs. old. In a way, I’ve felt every minute of the last several years, while at the same time, it has gone by soooo very fast! (Yeah, I don’t understand that either!) When I ponder these years with Sarah, I can’t help but think back to that very first night…

Sarah was born at 4:01 p.m. on July 23rd, 2001. I remember being so excited to finally get some time alone with my new baby girl…just she and I and some quality bonding time. That night, sitting there holding my baby close, I was so inexplicably full of joy! I felt like I could just hold her forever. In fact, I didn’t particularly like it when the nurses came to take her back to the nursery. They told me that I needed to get some rest, and they would bring her back to me in a couple of hours. However, it wasn’t long before I was calling them back asking for Sarah. This went on all night…the nurses would come to take her, and before the allotted time was up, I was calling them again. Even though I was thoroughly exhausted, I was just too excited to sleep (yes, I have learned since that night that sleep is very important and almost sacred! ;-) ) A while back I told Sarah about that first night, and she has asked me several times since to share it again.

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When I think of Sarah, I also can’t help but think about the following saying: “A stranger is a friend you just haven’t met yet!” You see, truly, I am not exaggerating when I state that Sarah makes a friend EVERYWHERE we go! In fact, a couple of the friends whom Kerry and I have made are really due to Sarah’s friendliness with others! As a Christian, who believes that my family and I need to share the good news with others, I have also been surprised at what a witness Sarah is to people. (I remember thinking “How will I be able to share Christ with others, while I’m just here at home?“) Well, Sarah talks to people at the grocery store, the park, the dollar store, the library, the pet shop, McDonald’s, Burger King, etc., etc., etc. Without even trying to, Sarah just ends up sharing the Lord with people. She talks about the Lord and church, she invites people to church, she sings about God…

Sarah also just has a natural charisma and joy that she can’t help but show. She truly cares deeply about other people. She can be quite empathic and understanding. Sarah is also quite honest with people, and she tells things “like it is.”

I just love to watch how she draws others out of their shells. I’ll see other kids acting very shy and timid, and at first are often very “taken aback” and overwhelmed by Sarah. However, usually, it isn’t long before she manages to put other kids at ease and have them playing with her like they’ve known her forever!

I suppose it’s definitely no secret that I dearly love and cherish my little girl. I admire her too…things that I see in her that I would love to develop in myself! Of course, I know I’m especially partial, and I don’t mean to just be going on and on about my child. Sarah isn’t perfect, but she is a wonderful blessing from the Lord, and I thank God for her and for both of my children.

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To my Sarah Beth I just want to say:

I love you soooo very much! Happy Birthday, Sarah Beth!!!

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I dedicate the following song to Sarah. This song is appropriately entitled Seven Years. Every time I hear this song, I picture Sarah. Even though she’s not often alone (as the song mentions)…from time to time, she does go out in the backyard by herself. She is like our “Backyard Evangelist and Praise and Worship Leader!” Believe me, she serenades half the neighborhood, but not a single person has ever complained! -D

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“Seven Years”

By: Norah Jones

Spinning, laughing, dancing to
her favorite song
A little girl with nothing wrong
Is all alone

Eyes wide open
Always hoping for the sun
And she’ll sing her song to anyone
that comes along

Fragile as a leaf in autumn
Just fallin’ to the ground
Without a sound

Crooked little smile on her face
Tells a tale of grace
That’s all her own

Spinning, laughing, dancing to her favorite song
A little girl with nothing wrong
And she’s all alone

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**Please listen to the above song here.

**Update: Please note that the above link is not to the best recording, sound mix, etc. This song of Norah’s is of course much clearer and balanced on her C.D.

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Happy Birthday, Honey

My hubby’s birthday is tomorrow–Friday, June 27th.  In ’bout all the current pictures I have of Scott, he is either holding one or both kids or giving one or both children a “piggy back ride.”  Actually, though, these pictures are the best ones of him because he’s smiling the most and looks the happiest.  The following are two of my favorite photos of Scott:

I especially REALLY love this second picture above!  I LOVE this photo of both Scott and our son Kerry. We hadn’t planned for or told little Kerry to do that.  He threw his cowboy hat up like that and said “Hee Haw!!,” and the photographer captured and snapped the shot!  I adore the way Scott is laughing and watching Kerry.

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**To You, Honey:

Happy Birthday!!

I love you very much!

Doggie Delight

Aw-w-w, if you love doggies, these pics will delight you! Check out these darlings:

cute puppy pictures

funny dog pictures

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**Found above pictures at ihasahotdog.com

Ba ba, ba ba-ba ba…

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My sweet hubby played this cute and happy ditty for me this morning. It’s such a fun little tune. When I hear this song, I just can’t help but dance around and hum along! Check out this video (and don’t be surprised if it has that effect on you too! -) ) :