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.

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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!

Saturday, October 4, 2008


I think this photo sums up our day today. And if you were wondering what to call the wristbands they are wearing, they are called "slap straps"....yeah, Hannah coined that term. Parker loves his cousins so much!