Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Blessing #2

I was hanging out in the kitchen getting breakfast ready. Spencer turned on the tv in the other room. I overheard something about "sawing off the bone. And this was with no anesthetic." OUCH!!!
It got me thinking about our modern-day conveniences. Here are some of my favorites...

*Cell Phones - How did our parents do without cell phones? If I forget my cell phone at home or the battery is dead, I feel lost.
*DVR - yes, pausing live tv. How cool is that?
*Cable or DSL internet - we recently left dial-up behind and entered the 21st century. No more tying up our phone line.
*Epidurals - I've had five kids - five epidurals. Wouldn't have it any other way
*Central Air & Heat - year-round comfort
*Indoor Plumbing - I don't even want to think about the alternative.
*Meat Department at the local supermarket - Hmmm, raising and slautering your own beef. EWW. EWW. EWW. No thank you.
*Online Banking - less stamps, less trips to the post office, direct deposit, could it get any easier?
*Digital cameras - film is so expensive! If you don't like the pic just delete it
*Antibiotics/Vaccines - I wouldn't still have five kids without them.

Our ancestors had it so rough. But then again, there are many countries who still can only dream of these "conveniences".
So, blessing #2. I am here, in the USA, at this time, the 21st century. We live a very comfortable life and do not experience a fraction of the hardships that those who came before us did.
I don't really have a picture that goes with this. Just started thinking this morning about all the things that we have that our ancestors didn't.

Monday, January 14, 2008

He melts my heart

Well, most of the day today went really good. Then around 5 pm, Spencer got cranky. Really cranky.

Hold me Mommy.
No, Don't sit down.
I don't know where my pacifier is.
Ha, ha. I just spit my cold medicine in your face.
Feed me.
I don't feel like eating.
Put me back in the high chair.
Get me out of here.

Well, we found his bottle and after some warm milk and talking on the phone to his Daddy he seemed to calm down. I was fixing his brothers' plates for dinner and in walked Spencer. He had the sweetest little smile on his face. You would have never known that this was the same child. He saw that I was getting ready to serve dinner.
He folded his arms, bowed his head and started talking. Of course no one could understand what he was saying, but we knew what he was doing. It is so awesome that this beautiful little one year old can remind us to have a prayer before dinner. He has completely changed my mood and therefore the mood of the whole house. I love my cute little guy!!!

52 Blessings

Hey! I read about the 52 blessings project on another blog and think it is an awesome idea. Here is what I read...

52 Blessings

"Once a week post a photo of something you are most grateful for. This gives us a chance to reflect on the good things we have learned from or that have made us better in our everyday lives or things we just enjoy! I think everyone needs to be more grateful for what they have now days instead of always thinking about what we want! This is one of the things we can do to be more gracious people. It will be like a photo gratitude journal."

Love, love, love this idea. And I am a little late at starting, but that is alright. This is my blog and I can do as I please.

About 5 years ago, a wonderful woman named Rosanne got me started on a gratitude journal. Hers was a JOY journal. I felt the need to be more grateful and count my blessings so I did gratitude. It has been my most successful journal ever!! Now, considering my history with journals that is not saying much, but it really has been good for me. I did really well with it for a while and lately it has been sporadic. That is why I love this idea. Weekly is a much better goal for me than daily and since I am posting it on my blog it will be so fun!
So, Blessing #1

My husband.

He is such a good man. He is loving, kind, family-oriented, honest. He is an awesome dad. Our boys adore him and he adores them. He is so helpful with the kids. He does not "baby-sit" our boys, he takes care of HIS sons. Whenever he goes anywhere (store, etc.) except work, he always brings at least one boy with him. He WANTS to spend time with them. He has always changed diapers and helped with bathing. 90% of the time he has been the one to bring the kids to get their immunizations. Yes, I am scared of needles and can't stand to hear my babies scream during the shots, so he volunteers to bring them.

He is a very friendly person. He is much more outgoing and talkative than I am. He is always wanting to invite people over and I think that has been good for us because I would always be too nervous. He has been in our ward (local congregation) at our church for most of his life. I love it when he talks to the older ladies that he has known forever and he gives them a little kiss on the cheek (He is such a sweetheart).

He is totally committed to me and our boys. No alcohol, tobacco, cursing, he rarely talks bad about anyone. He is an optimist.

No, he is not perfect. He does have his flaws. Most of which I will not list here. He is forgetful and sometimes we have different priorities, but he is definitely a BLESSING in my life.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Random Pics

LSU Party

We had a great LSU party last night. It grew as the day went on but we loved it. I was worried we would not have enough food. HA HA Of course we had LOTS left over. We borrowed my dad's projector and watched the game on our living room wall. The game showed up SO MUCH BETTER than you can tell in my picture, but you get the idea of the size with Matthew standing in front of it.
I did get distracted most of the game, hanging out in the kitchen and helping my kids with homework (or forcing my kids to sit down to do their homework). I know, I know, they should have had their homework done WAY before the game started. Right? Well, it was just one of those afternoons. Lots of running around for last minute preparations and driving to Sulphur to register for wrestling. The important thing is, they DID have their homework done before they got on the bus this morning. Anyway, back to the game. I did get to sit down and watch the fourth quarter, which is my favorite quarter to watch anyway. The crowd started to thin out at half-time as parents reluctantly left to put school-age children to bed. We did have three die-hard fans who watched 'til the end.
It was awesome seeing the Tigers win. Let's see if the Saints can do the same next year... :)

Monday, January 7, 2008


So, it's been a while since I've blogged. It's been so long, I forgot my password. But I eventually figured it out.

Christmas was really good. It is so fun to watch the little ones run out to see what Santa left. Everything is so magical. Brian found the box to the new Power Wheels in the shed and questioned me about it. I told him Santa had to leave us the box in case anything went wrong with the truck. Then we could bring it to Wal-Mart and get a different one. "Santa bought it at Wal-Mart?" No, but we can exchange it there if we need to. This seemed to make sense to him.

Big LSU game tonight. Geaux TIGERS! Andrew is thrilled and we are letting him stay up late to watch. Jacob Hester is his FAVORITE.