Friday, December 19, 2008

Christmas Fun!

It has been a crazy couple weeks since Thanksgiving....and I can hardly believe that Christmas is next week....which means this baby is going to make his appearance soon....and so maybe we should also decide on a name sometime....but in the meantime we have been enjoying the Christmas season.

We took Parker to Disney on Ice a couple weeks ago and he LOVED it! He sat through all 2 hours of the show and was amazed. He couldn't stop talking about Pinocchio for days after we went! We went with another family and here is Parker and his friend Hailey.
We have made Christmas cookies and learned all the lyrics to "Frosty the Snowman" (thanks to cousin Hannah and grandma Diane's great Frosty costume) know, learning all of the important and meaningful things about Christmas!
Yesterday we had a little Christmas party over at Great-Gram Phelps's place and the kids had so much fun. They ran up and down the halls pretending to be Prancer, Cupid, and Rudolph and sang "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" to anyone who would stop and listen.

Some days I would love to just freeze Parker and Rebekah at age 2 forever....when they play nice together and have their "deep discussions" it is too sweet for words! I am so thankful for Parker having cousins so close!

I am looking forward to the next 2 weeks and having Sean home some extra days so we can finish up some things before the baby comes and do a little relaxing as well....Hope you are enjoying the season wherever you are, and remembering the TRULY important things to celebrate this Christmas season....Thank you Lord for the gift of your Son and His sacrifice so that we may have life! Hallelujah!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

I'm just being a kitty...

I was trying to actually accomplish something today since most days I have zero energy...So I started some laundry early this morning and after I put it in I couldn't find Parker. I was looking all over the house for him and finally found him in the laundry basket "just being a kitty". During breakfast we read the story of Noah's Ark in his bible and have since then been pretending the story over and over and over....He built his ark on the couch and filled it with all of his animals, but was very distressed that he didn't have a turtle. He called me "mommy Noah" and he was "Parker Noah"....It eventually quit raining and the dove came back with an olive leaf, so we could leave the ark and do something else.

I had a doctors appointment yesterday and everything looks good. I go back in 2 weeks and I will be 35 weeks and I can hardly believe it! I am feeling very big and uncomfortable, but I have to constantly remind myself that it will be worth it in the end. However, the past couple days I have been struggling with anxiety and worry....I find myself constantly worrying about things that aren't even true....stupid things that waste my time and energy and it seriously wears me out...physically, mentally and emotionally. So when worry and anxiety start creeping into my thoughts today I am claiming this verse and I am believing that this truth will give me freedom from worry and anxiety today!

"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." Philippians 4:8

Monday, November 24, 2008

Sophia Elise

My sister Katie and brother-in-law Josh welcomed their 3rd baby girl into the world today at 12:30 p.m.

Sophia Elise, 7 lb. 10 oz.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


One of Parker's new favorite games is Sesame Street Bingo. It is pretty funny when a 2 year-old walks up to you several times a day and says, "Hey, do you wanna play bingo with me?" Today after I got out of the shower he came running into the bathroom and yelled, "He is really scary and he won't quit bothering me!" And I asked him who he was talking about and he told me it was the Count.....So I was relieved that there wasn't some strange man who snuck in our house during my shower.....needless to say, I hid the Count Bingo card.....

When I was getting Parker dressed this morning we were going over Colossians 3:12-14 "Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity." And after I said the verse I asked Parker, "So what else does God want us to put on every day besides clothes." His response, "God probably just says, 'put your clothes on and get to church.'" Ha! I did laugh out loud and then explain the verse again.

I am now 31 weeks pregnant! So here is an updated picture to show you all that this boy is growing I cannot wait to meet him in a few weeks! We have narrowed down the name list, but are still undecided on what his name should be. I am thinking we might wait to officially decide on his name until we meet long as we have some options to decide from...right?!?!?! In the past few days I have heard from one person, "Oh, you don't look very big for being due in January." And, "Omigosh, you aren't due until January?" So what do you think? Do I look big or small for 31 weeks.....I would love to hear from you :)!

Have a great day and in Parker's words, "Just put your clothes on and get to church!"

Thursday, November 13, 2008

"Why did God make you so small?"

Parker: Mommy, please carry me up the stairs....

Me: Parker, I can't. You need to walk.
(considering he weighs 35 lbs. and I have gained about 30 lbs. I can't bear an extra 65 lbs. on the way up the stairs)

Parker: Can daddy still carry me?

Me: Yes he can because daddy is big.

Parker: No, mommy he is HUGE!

We walk up the stairs and I thought that was the end of the discussion.

Parker: (In a disgusted voice) Why did God make you so small?

Me: Good question....(I really could use a few extra inches in my torso these days :)!)

Another week gone by...

I can hardly believe that tomorrow is Friday! It is strange to me how the days can seem so long at times, but the weeks seem to fly by? Time is weird if you really think about it. Everyday, except yesterday, has been cloudy and rainy and I cannot complain. I am enjoying it.

Parker's combine was "broke down" so he went downstairs and got his "welding tools" to fix it......Yeah, that is what he told me.

So Monday I wrote about praying for Parker 7 times a day, everyday....I am here to report I have done pretty well and some of the scriptures have become so alive to me! I love Philippians 2:14-16 and I find myself using that scripture constantly throughout the day with Parker.

"Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life—in order that you may boast on the day of Christ that you did not run or labor for nothing." Philippians 2:14-16

We were at Kmart today and I think I mentioned that verse about 20 times as we walked around the store and he started arguing with me or complaining about something. In the check-out line he kept trying to say "arguing" and it was so funny....until he started screaming about wanting a sucker.....and then refused to hand the coupon he was holding to the, Parker is usually pretty reasonable, but today was an exception. He screamed and threw the biggest fit I have ever experienced with him and I was soooooo embarrassed! Discipline ensued when we got home and I felt like he understood that he could not act like that.....HA! Since then he has had about 5 fits and I feel like we have done nothing BUT argue today! He went down for his nap without reading stories (BIG deal to him) and I am hoping he wakes up in a better mood.

After asking God, "Why, after praying for Parker all week, and using scripture to reiterate these truths throughout the day, do I feel more discouraged and Parker is more disobedient than ever?!?!?!?!"

His answer.....the enemy hates prayer....the enemy hates truth (scripture)....the enemy hates when we are victorious in our commitment to God....

So my encouragement today to any of you who are joining me in this prayer challenge. PRESS ON! Continue to pray for and with your kids, speak truth (scripture) boldly and with confidence all day long.... When I was talking to my sister this afternoon about how discouraged I was with Parker, she said this...."You won't see fruit right away, and you may not for a few years, but continue to do what you are doing...if you don't do it now how will you handle him when he is 10 or 15..." So true.

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." John 10:10

"No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it." Hebrews 12:11

Lord, may these scriptures encourage us to press on....that we would cling to you when we feel like giving up...give us patience and perseverance to wait for the harvest of righteousness in our are a faithful God.

Monday, November 10, 2008

The call to prayer...

I think we all know how important it is to pray for and pray with our children, but when the house is a mess and there are no clean clothes to wear it is easy to be so distracted during the least it is for me. I was recently challenged by Angie Smith's blog about praying for your children. (wife of Todd Smith of the Christian group Selah) Anyway, I placed the link on my sidebar that is the picture of the little girl praying and it says 7x7. Her challenge is for mom's to commit to pray 7 times a day 7 days a week and she gives specific prayers and scriptures to pray at specific times of day. I thought it looked like a great challenge because of many things.....

1. All of the prayers are scripture and there is nothing more important to pray than TRUTH!
2. Each scripture prayer correlates with things you are already doing throughout the day.
3. It is often during these times (getting kids dressed, bath time, meal time, etc.) that are sometimes the most stressful times of day for me and this would be great for me to take a moment and pray when I am at my wits end :)! I mean, it is hard to pray and speak the truth, unless my heart is right before God.
4. Repetition is a great way to memorize scripture, and Parker is like a sponge right now, so how great for him and I to be prayerfully learning 7 scriptures together.

I will let you know how I am doing on this challenge and I pray you would consider joining me. You can find her full entry about this prayer challenge by clicking on the button on the left side of the page. And her blog is really encouraging as well.....her story about losing a daughter to Trisomy 18 is very inspiring and she is full of wisdom!

Pray you are all enjoying the "wintry mix" outside today.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Big Day!

Big day at our house today......I took a shower and got ready this morning! oh, and election day and my glucose tolerance test (so pretty much the only reason I showered and got ready is because I had to go vote and go to the doctor) As you can see by this picture, Parker had he run of the house this morning while I was in the shower, and though I am happy to report he had no accidents in his underwear (and hasn't for the past couple days!!!!!) he went ahead and helped himself to whatever he wanted. I asked him what he was doing and he said, "I am just playing cards with my monies!!!!"

Parker also slept in his new room downstairs last night and did surprisingly well. He got up at midnight and said he didn't want to sleep in his new room anymore, but after Sean laid down with him for a little bit he went right back to sleep until 7:15 this morning! I think him sleeping in the basement was harder on me than him last night, but we all have some adjusting to do before we welcome baby #2 in just 10 weeks!!!!! I put him down for his nap in his new room, and I just checked and he is sound asleep! I am praying that each night just gets easier....on me that is :)!

Since I have my glucose test today I have been trying not to eat any candy, which is a huge challenge for someone who eats about 15 tootsie rolls an hour....hey, what can I say? it is left over halloween candy and I am not going to let it go to waste ;)! And I am hoping it doesn't backfire on my blood sugar be super low when I get it tested today since my body is used to so much sugar! Anyway.....this is just rambling so I will quit.

If you haven't voted yet today I encourage you to get out and vote.....and if you don't have a glucose tolerance test I encourage you to eat the rest of your leftover halloween candy.....

"Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails." Proverbs 19:21

Thank you Lord that your sovereign will cannot be thwarted by the plans of men. We pray for your will to be done today in the election, and trust in you (not our government) to be our only hope for a better life, a better country, and for eternity. You alone are worthy of our praise!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Some say Boo! others say Moo!

Parker had such a fun time Trick-or-Treating with his cousins last night! However, he insisted that he only say "Moo!" because he was a cow....and clearly cows don't talk and say "Trick-or-Treat" or "Happy Halloween".....I am posting all the pictures we took to show that we tried and tried to get a good picture, but the excitement combined with the amount of sugar they had consumed made it a little tough!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Showers and Pumpkins

The other night Parker came up from the basement after showering with daddy and had a towel wrapped around his waist. He was pretty proud. He told me that the shower downstairs is like a waterpark!!! Thank goodness he enjoys the showers since I have a hard time bathing him with a huge belly. (That is in reference to my belly being big, not Parker's)

We carved our BIG pumpkin last night. This is the pumpkin that Parker grew in the field with grandpa. He was pretty excited, but was not interested in helping clean out all the yucky seeds.....I pretty much did the whole carving myself since Sean claims he has NEVER carved a pumpkin because it is so evil. Yes, I agree Halloween is, at its roots an evil holiday, but carving a pumkin in and of itself does not seem evil to me. Then after we lit the candle inside the pumpkin Sean went on and on about how it was the scariest thing he had ever seen....I am glad to report that he (Sean) didn't have any nightmares over the whole ordeal though! Ha! After all, if you look at any holiday we celebrate in America there are pagan roots.....Hopefully Sean decides that Christmas trees are evil so I don't have to put one up and then put it away when I am 9 months pregnant :)!

Sunny and 66 degrees outside today....we will for sure be spending the rest of the afternoon outside!!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Boys do wear make-up!

I was getting ready this morning and this is our conversation....

Parker: Mommy, I neeeeeeed to put on make-up too!
Me: No, Parker, boys don't wear make-up.
Parker: Yes they do!
Me: Does daddy wear make-up?
Parker: Yes.....sometimes.....
Me: He does not.
Parker: Fine, I will just do this...(grabs a bag of fingernail polish and dumps it out, finds a fingernail file and starts filing his nails...and I am in a hurry so I don't address the fact that boys don't do their nails, and hey, some guys probably do file their fingernails.)
Me: Parker, lets go.....I am ready....(I grab my purse and open the door)
Parker: (Looking at me with a frantic look on his face) I guess I will just wear my duck calls like a purse today! (and he flings the lanyard of duck calls over his arm and we are off!)

We then arrive at my sister's house, which is full of girl toys.....he starts playing with Hannah's doll house and I begin to thank God we are having a boy so Parker will have someone to beat up on and wrestle with! On the way home after lunch, I called Sean and told him Parker needed some major male-bonding time with him tonight :)! And I continue to pray that Parker will grow up to be a man in spite of me and the many women in his life!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Is it really only Tuesday?!??!

What a crazy week it has been, and Parker and I have only left the house twice! Cleaning, organizing, eating, potty training (yes, still) and sleeping....I have been super hungry and tired for the past couple days and am hoping it is because the baby is having growth spurt. (and consequently, so am I)...I need to get an energy burst to motivate me to get some projects done in the next few weeks before I get too huge...but, with the amount I have been eating I will be getting huge much too soon :)! Oh, well...Yesterday Parker informed me that he was going to paint his new room blue, yellow and orange. Not sure when or how he is going to do this, but I am not helping!

It was super COLD yesterday, but Sean had to mow the lawn, so of course Parker was helping. All bundled up....

And then today was pretty nice. Now please understand, it was not shorts weather...BUT they are long shorts, and Parker didn't want to change after his nap, and I didn't want to have to wash another pair of pants, and I was super hot and needed to get outside ASAP, soooooooo he wore shorts for about 20 minutes while he played outside....and he loved every minute of it.

Parker: "Mommy, run with me."
Me: "No, I am too fat and tired today."
Parker: "No, Mommy you are NOT fast today, just tired. And I am VERY fast."

He then proceeded to fall and "break his legs" which brought him to the ground pleading for God to heal his legs since I told him I couldn't...

And as soon as he realized I was taking his picture, he told me he needed a picture of him with a nice smile. Now that is a really nice smile Parker! Ha! So natural looking!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

It's Snowing!!!

Here is the view out my front door today....yesterday was rainy and has been rainy, cold, and if you can even believe it, it is SNOWING. It is wet snow so it isn't really accumulating, but nonetheless, it is snow. I am glad Parker and I were able to play outside on Monday, because it has been a challenge to keep him inside the past couple days. Luckily Sean will be home tonight and he has promised Parker that they will be "basketball players" in the basement....

Here are a couple pictures from our time outside on Monday afternoon. Parker had gone into the field and picked some soybeans and brought them to his picnic table and was "cracking" them (taking them out of the pod and laying them on the table.) Then he ran to his swingset and put each little soybean down the slide and said, "Weeeeeee" as they went down.

You may notice a scrape on his chin....Sunday night we were making a tunnel with the couch cushions and Parker ended up falling and hitting his chin on the frame of the couch. Yeah, any harder and we would have been in the Emergency Room getting stitches.

Monday, October 20, 2008


I was organizing my photos in iPhoto and came across some pictures I had to post....Every year at harvest I have taken pictures of Parker and it is so fun to see how he has changed!

Parker 5 months old....hahahahaha...this picture makes me laugh out loud!

Parker 17 months old

I don't have a good picture of Parker in the field this year yet, but you know what he looks like....

I was getting him dressed today and he started throwing a fit because he didn't want to wear warm-up pants. He was screaming and freaking out saying that he needed to wear jeans.....I didn't really care what he wore, so I put his jeans on him without question. A little while later I saw him with his hands in his pockets pulling out two little corn cobs.....Now I understand why he can't wear warm-up pants, he needs POCKETS!!!!!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Warning: This post may bore, scare or offend.

I subscribe to a newsletter by Joel Rosenberg. His newsletters basically look at world events and and how it relates to biblical prophecy...I know I am already losing some of you and if you don't want to read this, please don't! However, I always find his newsletters very interesting and thought provoking. After reading the one from today I felt I must share....It is long, it is controversial, but I pray that somehow it will draw you closer to our Sovereign and Holy God.

For more information about Joel Rosenberg, you can visit

Newsletter Article Follows:

The U.S. is experiencing the most serious financial crisis since the Great Depression. Our enemies know it. They smell blood in the water. Consider the latest developments:

* "Wall Street stocks plunged Wednesday in the second biggest single day point loss in history and their worst percentage fall in two decades, ravaged by fears the world's biggest economy is slipping into recession. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 733.08 points (7.87 percent) to close at 8,577.91 in the worst one-day point loss since last month's record 777-point decline and the steepest percentage drop since 1987. In an even more brutal decline, the broad-market Standard & Poor's index plunged 90.17 points (9.03 percent) to 907.84." (AFP)

* "We are living through financial history of the tragic kind. As of Friday's close, America's stock market had declined in value by well over 40 per cent compared with its peak a year ago. Already, this ranks as the fifth biggest stock market decline since the 1920s." (U.K. Independent)

* "U.S. stocks [in recent days have] plunged the most since the crash of 1987, hammered by the biggest drop in retail sales in three years and growing doubt that plans to bail out banks will keep the economic slump from deepening….The S&P 500 has tumbled 38 percent in 2008 as losses and writedowns from mortgage-related investments at financial firms worldwide topped $640 billion….The S&P 500 has tumbled 42 percent from its Oct. 9, 2007, record and the Dow has lost 39 percent from its peak the same day." (Bloomberg News)

* "Japan's key stock index plummeted more than 11 percent, South Korean shares shed 9.25 percent, and Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index was down 4.8 percent. Floowing Asia's lead, benchmarks in Britain, Germany and France slipped about 3 percent. Russia's RTS also fell." (AP)

* "U.S. Forces Nine Major Banks To Accept Partial Nationalization" - Washington Post

* "The White House said G8 leaders were expected to meet this year on the worst financial crisis since the 1930s Great Depression. Governments around the world have pledged $3.2 trillion in emergency measures - roughly an equivalent to the economic output of Germany or China - including taking stakes in banks to help them stabilize, rallying world markets on Monday and Tuesday. But optimism quickly gave way to fears that government intervention would not save major economies from recession." (Reuters)

This is not a temporary glitch in the global financial software. The problems are real, deep and systemic. The best explanations and analysis I have seen have come from Steve Forbes, editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine, the nation's foremost business magazine (see Steve's recent columns).

The big question now: What does it all mean and where do we go from here? A few thoughts on the implications of this financial apocalypse:

1. First things first: our national security is inextricably tied to our economic security. Economic weakness is an invitation to radical Islamic terrorists to hit us again. It's also an invitation to other rogue nations to pursue their evil plans while thinking we are unable or unwilling to stop them. The U.S. cannot lead the world in defeating tyrants and terrorists and creating an environment of peace and prosperity if we are collapsing at home. Stabilizing our economy, reforming our financial institutions, punishing and imprisoning those who have criminally undermined our economy, and getting us back on the road to free market growth and entrepreneurial health and vitality must be the top priority of the next Commander-in-Chief.

2. I don't believe one U.S. political party or the other is specifically to blame for our own financial crisis. There is plenty of blame to go around and the problems have been developing for years. That said, it is becoming increasingly clear to me that the U.S. stock markets are tanking especially hard right now in part because investors believe Sen. Barack Obama is going to win on November 4th. As polls for Obama and Congressional Democrats have risen - and Americans have begun to sense that Obama's election as president and expanded control of Congress by Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Harry Reid and their liberal allies is inevitable - investors' fears have not been calmed. They have been exacerbated. True, investors don't see a complete and convincing economic rescue plan from Sen. McCain. But they see disaster in Obama's plan and the likelihood of full control of the U.S. government by the Democrats. The Obama-Pelosi-Reid prescription, after all, is the worst possible medicine for the economy - $1.3 trillion in new federal spending, dramatic tax increases on small businesses, dramatic tax increases on big businesses, dramatic tax increases on those who create wealth, a major new tax on energy producers, as well as nationalized health care system. We are not simply on the brink of a serious recession; we are on the brink of another Great Depression. How, then, will massive tax increases and massive government spending help us fight our way out of this crisis? Answer: it won't. And Main Street and Wall Street know it. Just ask Joe the Plumber.

3. Are there prophetic implications of this financial crisis? It is hard to be definitive. The U.S. does not show up specifically in any end times Bible prophecies. But this fact alone raises a sobering question: If we are really in what the Bible describes as "the last days" before the return of Jesus Christ, then how is it possible that the United States of America - the wealthiest and most powerful nation on the face of the planet in the history of mankind - does not play a significant, notable role in Biblical end times events?

The honest answer: I don't know for certain. But here's what I wrote in Dead Heat (p. 154): "What Bennett had never really considered carefully until now was the possibility that something else might devastate the American people, rendering them ineffective heading into the last of the last days. A financial downturn on Wall Street. The sudden collapse of the dollar. The beginning of another Great Depression. A series of devastating earthquakes. Or hurricanes. Or other natural disasters, like a tsunami. [Or ] the most cataclysmic terrorist attack of all time - five nuclear warheads. And there might be more to come. None of it was clearly prophesied in the Scriptures. Not that he could find. But perhaps he should have foreseen the neutralization of America by more carefully reading between the lines. If so, what else was he missing? What exactly was coming next?"

4. Finally, let us consider the possibility that the Lord is allowing this economic meltdown in part to shake our confidence in anything but a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Is it possible that God is trying to shake us loose from trusting in our wealth, from trusting in our political leaders, from trusting in our own ingenuity and our own hard work? Is it possible that He is trying to get us to shift our focus from worldly, materialistic things to how much He loves us, and the truth that the only person we can truly trust in life to never leave us or forsake us is Jesus Christ? Is it possible that He is trying to get us to read the Bible more, and the stock tickers less? To pray more, and to worry less? To store up our treasures in heaven, and not concentrate so much on our treasures on earth?

Anyone who is feeling fearful during this turbulent economic times would do well to meditate on the words Jesus told His disciples in Matthew 6:19-33 --

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also….No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other You cannot serve God and wealth. For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Do not worry then, saying, 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or 'What will we wear for clothing?' For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."

Thank you Lord that we can trust you always and no longer live in fear.

"Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared." Proverbs 3:25-26.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

New Footie Pajamas!

Last night we went out to eat for my birthday in Grand Island and then went to Sam's Club. Parker loves strawberries and they had some good ones...he also found some pajamas with footballs, soccer balls, and basketballs on these are the kind with the feet sewn in them and I hadn't bought him any like them because I thought he would hate them. Of course he wanted to wear them to bed and since it was 10:30 p.m. I was in no mood to fight with him, so I took the tags off and put them on him.

About 2 a.m. I hear him crying...this is not usual for him to wake up at night, so I went into his room and found him naked in his bed! Yeah, he must have been playing with the zipper and not been able to zip them back up and decided to just sleep naked! And he felt cold, so I know that he had been naked for awhile. And at 2 a.m. I am not thinking that clearly and I start to wonder if I had forgotten to put his pajamas on...I looked all over his bed to see if they were in there and they weren't on the floor, come to find out this morning that he'd thrown them behind his bed...Luckily, I had some clean laundry sitting in a pile in his room and found him some new pajamas and we were all back to sleep in no time!

I am not sure we will be wearing those pajamas again, especially since the temperature in our house today is hovering around 63 degrees. I called Sean a little bit ago to see if I should turn the furnace on, his reply, "If you are cold you could just go walk on the treadmill for a little bit." I guess he wasn't getting the point that I wouldn't be turning it on for me, but for Parker to keep warm during his nap.

"Show me your ways, O LORD,teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long." Psalm 25:4-5

What are you hoping in today? Yourself. Your Husband. Your Finances. Your Home. Your Kids. If so, this is all fleeting hope that can change in an instant...may your hope be in Him today...after all He is the only hope that will last! Blessings and Love.

Monday, October 13, 2008

26 Weeks

So I decided to post a new belly pic for those of you who so enjoyed the last one :)! I can hardly believe how fast it is going and how big this boy is growing! It has been a little scary for me to really think about having 3 boys in the house and being the only girl....but my biggest fear is this...FOOD! Yes, food. For those of you who know Sean, you know he has a huge appetite. And since the day Parker was born he has been an eater. And now this baby, whenever I eat something he starts moving all over, kicking like crazy! The other night I made a big 9x13 pan casserole and the three of us ate the whole thing...and I was still hungry! Please pray for God to give me a love for cooking LARGE meals!
Parker wakes up in the morning with one thing on his mind...farming. He wants to know if it is too wet to pick and if daddy is in the tractor or at his office. He goes in the field next to our house and picks corn and then spends hours on end shelling each and every piece into a bowl. And no matter what, at the end of the day you can check his pockets and you will find soybeans!

It is a sad day for me. I am drinking my last cup of spiced tea and this is the second batch I have made this year! BUT supper is in the crockpot and for a woman with hungry boys in the house this is a HUGE sigh of relief. It is cold outside today and I love it since my internal furnace set to about 105 degrees everyday! Sorry this post is so random and all over the place, but that is how my mind is right I guess now you know what it feels like in my brain today!

"The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe." Proverbs 18:10

May the name of the Lord be your strong tower today!

Oh....Abby I haven't forgotten, here is the recipe for the chocolate chip pumpkin bread muffins...

1 3/4 cup (1 15 oz. can) pureed pumpkin
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
3 eggs
3-4 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 cups chopped walnuts or chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350. Combine the pumpkin, brown sugar, butter, and eggs and mix until creamy. In a separate bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients except the nuts or chocolate chips. Mix 3 cups of the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, then add as much of the 4th cup as necessary to achieve the proper consistency (moist, but thick enough to stand a spoon in). Add the nuts or chocolate chips and stir in.

Pour or spoon the batter into muffin tins or greased bread pans. Bake on the center rack until a toothpick poked into the center comes out dry. Muffins should take between 20 and 25 minutes to bake, small loaves between 25 and 30 minutes, and full sized loaves between 50 minutes and 1 hour.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Worms & Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

It rained yesterday, so there were lots of worms outside this morning. Parker came in the house with three worms in his hands and said he needed a big cup to put them in so they wouldn't get away.

A couple minutes later I saw him on the front porch by the pumpkins and asked him what he was doing.

His reply, "Just showing the worms my pumpkins." And so he did, show the worms each of his pumpkins.

We also made some Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread, but I decided to bake them in muffin cups. Parker helped stir and encouraged me the whole time saying, "You are a good baker mommy....a really big good baker."

If you know Parker, anything that is "really big" doesn't necessarily refer to its size, but rather how much he likes it. Regardless, I am a little paranoid that he was referring to my size. The baby has been so active the past couple days. I went to the doctor yesterday and she kept having to move the doppler around chasing him to get his heart beat. He was having a real party in there! Last night about 10:30 I finally got out of bed and ate some cereal and he finally calmed down...yes, it is scary that already it is food that comforts him and calms him down. I have been telling Sean that I am going to have to start buying food at Sam's Club and will have to start investing in some "really big" (and I am not using the term the way Parker uses it) pans to cook in.

And I couldn't resist this photo...Parker found Sean's headlamp in the garage and asked me to help him put it on. So I did and he walked over to the oven and sat there watching the pumpkin bread bake. He is so resourceful!