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Friday, June 26, 2009

Speaking of Losing things

We got this amazing little camera right before Cori was born. She is two now. We filled the camera up the first day she was home from the hospital. And we couldn't figure out how to get the movies off. So the camera has been in a drawer, forgotten about. But with my fancy new laptop I figured it out today. And I am pretty excited about it.

And so today we got to see the most wonderful movies of when Cori was two days old. So crazy to see her so tiny and helpless. Now she can ask while I am downloading the movies, "Mooooommmy, what are you doooooooin?"

It is just so amazing the difference two years can make. In our lives it doesn't seem like so much changes during that time period. We probably still work the same place we did two years ago. We might weigh the same as we did two years ago. We probably even still wear the same pj's we wore two years ago. But for a child, two years is a life time. Two years is the difference from being a tiny 6 lb helpless baby, and a 30 lb princess who insists on wearing high heels that are 10 sizes too big.

From being the size of a football, to being able to throw a football.

I am so amazed at the change in my life that tiny little girl brought about. Being a mom is the best job in the world. Having her was an amazing miracle. It was amazing to see her when she was so tiny. I remember saying that I would never forget when she was that tiny. Until I saw it in the movies--I had. She was so tiny.

I see that and I thank God for the amazing blessing of Cori. Justin and I just sat and reflected on how amazing she is (like we do every other night.) But tonight it was even more special.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Purge baby Purge

So, after finishing our study Me, Myself, and Lies this week I decided not only do I have to do a job of cleaning out my thought closet, but I needed to clean up my clothes closet. I hold onto clothes forever. I attach memories to my clothes, and that makes it hard to get rid of them. So tonight, after serious urging from my husband...I did it. I threw out (rather put in the give away pile) clothes that I haven't worn in years, or maybe never wore.

It felt good. Now I have a visual reminder of the things that I learned in my last study. Out with the old, and in with the new. When I start thinking those dumb old thoughts that Satan likes to throw at me, I will remember purge baby purge. I will throw those out like all the ill-fitting clothes from yester-year. I am not keeping onto stuff anymore. I am not pulling up bad memories, but I am claiming the promises of the Word.

I am focusing on truth, the truth of the Bible, and the true things that God says about me. And I am focusing on the truth of what fits me and my life right now. Old things are put away and the new (wo)man is alive in me.

Oh, and my sweet husband promises me that I can buy new stuff if I get rid of old stuff! And so when I lose the extra weight I have been carrying around with me since high school, I will be able to have wonderful new clothes, to make new memories in.

Pretty exciting day. Now I gotta get some sleep!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day

I found a picture of Justin with all his kids in the picture. Meggie-the dog, Bedlam-the cat, and Cori-the kid! What a great Dad!
I am so thankful to be married to a great father. I am so thankful that I have a great father myself and that Justin has a great father to show him how to be a great father. But I am most thankful for my heavenly Father---and the salvation I have through his son, Jesus.
Today church was amazing. The pastor preached on "God is Father." He told the story of the prodigal son, through the eyes of the father. I will update the link to the sermon once it is posted on Quite an amazing sermon today. It is part of the One Prayer series that over 2000 churches are a part of.
I am so thankful that we are children of God and that he has given so much to us. I am thankful that we don't have to be good enough, or smart enough for God to love us and give us salvation. It is a free gift to us. He is the ultimate Father, and we are his children whom he loves. He is patient with us, He is forgiving, and He is intimate. He is strong, powerful, and gentle. Do you know Him?

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Wednesday Update

So....things were going great today. I had a great day at work, albeit long. I made a fun dinner of breakfast (gotta love that). And I was on my way out the door to help with youth at church. Cori was standing up on her chair at the table, and I saw a red mark on her leg. She had paint on her hands and leg and so at first I thought it was paint, but then upon closer inspection there were HUGE welts on the inside of her thigh.

I was immediately concerned. She could have "rug burned" it on her new slide. Or since the heat index was triple digit here today I was afraid she got a true burn. But then I looked closer and it looked like bites. So, off to the urgent care we went...after a quick call to church let them know that I was not coming.

I had told Justin it could be a burn or a bite, but didn't say what kind--I didn't want to alarm him (see my previous post about his OCD). In the car Cori says she had a spider bite. I couldn't believe it. We kind of laughed, but then realized since we were going to a different Dr. we really had to start prepping her that it wasn't her wonderful pediatrician, but a different Dr. and she would have to show the new Dr. her leg. She said she would after being bribed with gum.

We got to the Dr and she was so inquisitive, and thought everyone she saw was the Dr. She seemed scared at every bump she heard in the hallway, but then she said she would talk to the Dr. When he came in she said, "Hi Dr." She was very chatty and cute. The Dr. seemed very impressed. He said it could be a slide burn, but he thought it was a spider bite instead.

After a quick visit at the Dr., two different pharmacies to get the prescriptions filled, and a Dora sleeping doll as a prize, we made it home, took a bath, and went to bed.

Poor little girl with a spider bite.

Oh, and her swing set is almost done. Finished pics to come soon.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

What a Sunday

We have the incredible ability to watch out church online at home if we choose. The only time I have done this when I was actually at home was when I was at home with Strep and my family went to church without me.

This morning we woke up to a raging thunderstorm and decided we would just shut in for the morning and watch church online. Well, I guess we learned our lesson because we had technical problems and missed the service. What a bummer. We were able to spend time together as a family, Cori and I got to take a nap, and Justin worked on the swing-set more.

It is really amazing to see the change in our backyard every day. What was once an empty space is now filling with a structure that will cause countless moments of joy. And those moments have already started. I got some good pictures last night of Cori getting to use her slide for the first time. She was so pleased. She turned to Justin and said, "Thank you Daddy!" It may or may not have been prompted but it was truly genuine. I have to get the camera software loaded onto my computer before I can post some pictures, but when I do, I will update the post.

Oh and the best part about this weekend, is that Cori started eating again. She had gone weeks only eating breakfast food.

And, I made the best food Saturday night. Chili-lime chicken with roasted squash, zucchini, red and vadalia onions, potato salad, and french bread. The first two items on the list were home made and the last two were store bought. I am getting much more brave with my cooking. I even toasted coconut for my easy coconut cream pie. My meal really impressed Justin and my sister. It made me feel good.

Now Cori and I are watching Aladdin. It is pretty scary in the beginning. Cori thinks the genie is funny tho. Gotta figure out dinner now.

Friday, June 12, 2009

My Husband Rocks Friday

My husband is obsessed. For those who know him he has lots of obsessions. Football, Cori, really any thing sports related, OSU, and the list could go on and on. (He also has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder...but that is a different issue entirely.)
When he gets an idea he has to complete it. This isn't really a bad thing when you want a change around the house, but sometimes he gets a little overboard.
Right now his obsession is building Cori a wooden play tower/swing set. He has this idea in his mind and he will accomplish it.
He searched and searched the web, and read review after review, and price compared for weeks. He knew he could do it himself and make it sturdier, cheaper, and better than the things you could buy.
I saw him at home staring into space this week. I asked him what he was thinking about. The reply was always, "just trying to figure out the swing set."
Baseball sized hail stopped him this morning from getting everything he wanted to accomplished. But he can't wait to get it finished. He loves giving Cori everything he can to make her happy. She was telling one of our family members on the phone, "Daddy is going to build me a swingset."
My Husband Rocks because he won't rest until he is satisfied that he did a job that will make me, Cori, and himself proud.
And I will post pictures of the swingset when it is finished.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

God is always right on time--especially when I need Him

So today I was struggling at work. But God has been showing me that it is my pride that is the problem--let me tell you that is not easy to admit. Today I was having an especially difficult day. To top off my bad day, I left my Zune (for those who don't know it is like an ipod but cooler) at home. Justin, the loving and wonderful husband that he is, brought it to me at 1pm, just when I needed it the most.

Last night I downloaded a bunch of new podcasts (Joyce and sermons) so I had been looking forward to listening to my new stuff and my disappointment was great when I realized I was going to have to work this afternoon with nothing to listen to, except for the thoughts in my head....which are better than they used to be, but not where they need to be.

Well, I turn on Joyce via her podcast when I got my Zune and the title of the message is Humble, Gentle, Meek and Lowly. Four things I am certain would not ever be mentioned about my character--yet. And 4 things that someone with a pride problem really needs to hear. Let me just tell you that she ate my LUNCH! I mean, she even talked about being a supervisor at work and how you need to change your personality when dealing with people. If that wasn't a word from God especially for me today, I don't know what is. I listened to all 5 of those podcasts over and over. I will make sure that they stay in my zune so that I can listen to those lessons whenever I start thinking of myself more highly than I ought.

I am so thankful that God has given me friends, family, and a wonderful boss who can help me through this rough patch right now. I am going to keep my ears open and my heart soft so that I can be ready to take in whatever God is trying to teach me.

If you have the opportunity to get a podcast (through your zune, ipod, iphone, or another compatible player) I recommend going to and check out subscribing to her podcast. You can also get it through the itunes store, or

Maybe the next podcast will have a word for YOU!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Just when I needed it!

Last night while having Bible Study at my house (we are doing Me, Myself, and Lies by Jennifer Rothschild) Cori and Justin were there running around and hanging out in the guest room. Cori threw the remote to the fan against the wall--then later told Justin she was cold. Justin put her in time out, and then she spit (you know like the cute little raspberries babies do but this was not so cute.) Of course us ladies were in the living room trying to contain our laughter. Then Cori went even further. She got out of time out, run into the room, and spit her pacifier out at Justin.

Did I mention this jaw dropping behavior is coming from a 2 year old? It was a little comical to see her act out like that, but then I got concerned. Is this an indication of her future behavior? How do we take care of this now so that it isn't something that will haunt us forever?

Then low and behold! I find this site this morning!

They are doing a series on exactly what I need to hear right now! It is amazing when God does that. And even better, there is a giveaway. I challenge you to go, read, enter the giveaway, and then stay for the series, also on and learn how to effectively train your child in a Godly way.

Obviously what the world has been doing for so long isn't working. My husband and I see this first-hand volunteering for our church youth. I have never met a youth group with so much disrepect for God, the church, and adults. It is heart breaking and we have vowed to train up our child (and future children) differently!

Friday, June 5, 2009

My Husband Rocks Friday

It has been a while since I posted a my husband rocks Friday, but today I have the best reason. My husband is a school teacher, so naturally he is at home in the summer. This does cause a little dissension because I have to work year round.

Today, my husband is at home, playing with my 2 year old....and her three year old cousin. Two little girls who are all-princess, all-adorable, and all-about-me. They are very sweet to each other, and love to see each other, but really fight like sisters.

My sister and bro-in-law came to town yesterday and we just decided we would keep my neice over night. With a quick trip to wal mart to buy some extra clothes and the only food my neice will eat (mac and cheese) we made it home, and the fun started.

Today there is a wagon ride planned, something fun for lunch, and who knows what else. All while I am at work...not having fun. My husband can handle it all, and he isn't scared. That is why my husband rocks.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

I am not "computer stupid"...

...but boy do I feel like it lately.

It takes a lot of time and work and effort to get things on track when you get something new, but at least my new laptop is nice and shiny!!

The following are the list of questions I have for the maker of my laptop:

Why do you not include instruction manuals? Really? If you are having problems with your computer how on earth are you going to be able to read the online manual?

And...why don't you give me information specific to my system? Why do I have to search through 17 FAQ's to not get my question answered?

Don't get me started on chat technical support? Why do you possibly need to know the serial number of my laptop to tell me how to make my bluray player play on my tv?

So, I haven't gotten to blog from my bed yet, but someday I will get to bed early enough that I can.

Monday, June 1, 2009

I finally got my new laptop!

I can't believe it. It only took a worm virus crashing out Microsoft office for us to finally get one. It is the most beautiful thing. And the best thing about it....the BluRay player inside. I can't wait to try it out.

I am very impressed with the easy set up. It is basically just plug and play.

Now I have to head to Life Group, so I won't get to play all night, but I still will play when I get home. Thankfully there is no TV to watch in the summer. I just have to make sure that I am not neglecting my family (from today on) in order to play with my wonderful toy.

Now I can blog with the best of them....if only I could figure out the web cam...