Friday, April 30, 2010

A mulit-tasking moment

I just looked at my computer screen and thought... wow I have way to many things going on at one time!

Here's what's up on my computer now:
1) Facebook
2) May Lesson Plans for Preschool
3) Hotels for 2 nights in Flordia
4) Birds and the Bees talk for MOPS on Friday
5) Salt and Pepa' playing "Let's talk about Sex" on my itunes
6) A menu sign up sheet for a Dinner Party we are having on May 22
7) And last... an on going list of things that need to be done for Flordia, grocery list, authorization for my parents, maps, etc...

Whew...I'm tired. And when is all this gonna get done. There is something about burning the candle from both ends. But I know that it will all be worth it because two weeks from today you will find me here

Monday, April 26, 2010

Angels In Heaven

So today I made an amazing chocolate cake if I do say so myself.... it is for the Ronald McDonald House and I really hope they like it! I know John Hunter and I had a great time making it... the name of the cake is called Angels in Heaven... I thought I would share the recipe with you, because it is super simple!

1 box yellow cake mix
1 (3 oz.) box instant vanilla pudding
1 (3 oz.) box instant chocolate pudding
4 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 (8 oz.) sour cream
1 cup oil
1/4 cup water
1 (6oz) bag of chocolate chips

MIX all ingredients together, beat until smooth
POUR batter into greased bundt pan
BAKE @ 325 for 50-60 min.

** I sprinkled mine with powdered sugar because presentation is EVERYTHING... but it does not call for it!

It' delicious... can you tell :)

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Wonderful Weekend

I know it is just Saturday evening, but I feel the need to express just how wonderful this weekend has been! We have done NOTHING! Yesterday JH and I were home ALLLLL day with the exception of going to the park! And not only did we stay home we turned the TV off ( well when daddy got home we watched the draft) But it was a GOOOOOD day!

Last night I went out by myself and did a little shopping for Eric and I for FL and then went and got some DQ. Well worth the wait in line... that is for sure!

Today we went to swim lessons, and I am proud to announce that JH has been moved up to level 2. Then we went to Costco and did a little family shopping.... we got some good stuff and will be eating healthy... that i the goal of this week! Came home for naps (because had the longest night in the world... long story but lets just say, JH peed on me) And now we are hanging out... again with NO TV. It has been a blast!

TOmorrow we are going to church, watching one of our dearest friends from LEX play soccer then to celebrate on special little girls 5th birthday... What a great time

Friday, April 23, 2010

Indie Sisters

So the LORD has once again blessed us with great neighbors. We love them, their little girl, and their dog! What a treat! Bri (the mom) is very creative and sews some really cute stuff. One being the coolest purses and bags you have ever seen. I will be sporting one soon!

Thought you all might want to take a look at her stuff... it is SOOOO adorable! Check it out here!

Before you look... here is a sneak peek!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

It' back.... Wordless Wednesday!

Today is your lucky day... its wordless Wednesday!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Gather around the table

When I was a child I remember my parents getting their kitchen table. It has always been a place of food, family, and fellowship. We ate dinner at the table most nights of my childhood. We are alo trying to instill the same for John Hunter. Recently when we moved into our new house and they unloaded our kitchen table I was so emotional when it was put in kitchen. Just made me feel like home... I had not seen it or eaten at it in over a year and it was just a sign of God's faithfulness to our family!

A few months ago my parents purchased a new kitchen table (which I LOVE), and offered us their old one. I was quick to say yes. It was bigger, and I could put 6 chairs around it ... (no our family is not growing but we forever have people over). So last trip home I brought the chairs back, and this week mom called and asked if they could come up for a short visit and bring the table. We quickly said yes!

It was a short but great trip. We had lots of laughs, good food, and some plain ole' fun! And the table has arrived. I cannot wait to make our own family memories around this table... it means the world to me! Thank you mom and dad!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Swim lessons

So JH started wim lessons tonight... he LOVED them! He better because are going 3 times a week for the NEXT 4 weeks!!!

Masters Fever

So watching the Masters this weekend must have given Eric the bug. So today we took a family outing to the driving range. My job was to take pictures and watch said golf prodigy... John Hunter.

He had such a fun time... he was supposed to be resting for swim lessons, but daddy came home and said let's go golfing!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Back to the Grind

Well Spring break is finally coming to a close. I am so sad to see it end. I counted yesterday how many days I had til summer break. I have to say, I am thrilled for summer to come! We have a lot of big things between now and the end of the year. Like an overnight at Bellterra, a week in Boca, and swim lessons for JH... what a fun season!

I must say I am anxious to see my little kiddos,

but I sure have enjoyed being home with my kiddo!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

What a beautiful day in the neighborhood

So we are loving of neighborhood and our neighbors, it is something about spring time that makes me want to invite everyone i know to sit on the deck, listen to children play, talk, solve the worlds problems, and just be in community. It is what we were called to do right?

Well we have some good friends that live in our hood' and some more friends who are moving in at the end of the month. So we decided to have a little impromtu cookout. It was great (minus the grill running out of gas during the grilling... but thankfully Krogers is only right up the street). There were lot of giggle from the 5 (soon to be 6 children) lots of playing, talking, and just all in all a good night! Oh and LOTS of good food provided by my wonderful husband, last nights burger truly should be marketed!

As I sat and reflected on last night I started thinking about where I was one year ago. We knew no one in this town, and it was just our little family of three. God has truly blessed us. Eric and I both love to entertian, it's our thing. During our time at Valleyview we did not get to do that very often, many nights it was me, him, and JH, and honestly I would not trade one moment of that. We learned so much about each other, spending time together, and really getting reacquinted. It was a season of change for us.

Now as I type this on the deck of our new home, water gently flowing, fire going, I am reminded that at times like this God knew what he had in store for us. We have made lifelong friends I never thought we would make. I was plagued with fear of being lonely here (and dont get me wrong... I have had PLENTY of lonely days). But today I stand (well sit) in awe of his faithfullnes. He is God, His ways are good, he is just, holy, and He is LOVE. He has never left our side, he had a plan. I struggled with it (and at times still do), but I feel that He is rewarding us for our obediences by providing us exactly what we need, our manna if you will!

PS... sorry there are no pics, I did not even get my camera out. How sad, but trust me when I say we had 5 of the most beautiful children at our home ( oh and funniest too)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

A Small Boys Obession

So John Hunter has always had a love for music. When he was jut week old every time we played a hymn sung by Alan Jackson he would freeze and just listen! His love has grown big time over the past year and as his parents we are loving watching it develop!

Well his latest obsession is the Aaron Pelsue Band... they are the band that leads worship at our church and some of our good friends! So it is so cute to watch him. He is truly obsessed, he is constantly talking about them, the guitars, the drums, and all that entail a band!

During the good Friday Service at our church Aaron was talking to JH about something and JH noticed the tattoos up his arm. He has talked non stop about them. Yesterday at lunch with our friend Emily he was telling her all about Mr. Aaron's tattoos... this is funny because Emily is married to Aaron :) She so sweetly told him what the tattoos meant "love God" on one arm and "love people" on the other. Well when we got home JH took his crayon and starting drawing his own tattoo. Too sweet!

We have been have a LOT of trouble with JH and his bedtime (I will save that saga for another post). So last night we told him we would put the Aaron Pelsue Band CD on if he stayed in his room. We could hear him singing sweetly broken all night long! This morning during morning chores he put the music on and I walked in and saw this....
Have you ever seen anything sweeter.... what a heart of worship our little man has! We are so blessed!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

It's been a year!

I promise and Easter post will happen soon. But for now!

One year ago this weekend John Hunter and I said good-bye to and officially moved to Indy. Seriously one of the hardest things I have done. I remember being so sad as we said goodbye to Gigi and Grandad but being so happy when we pulled into Valleyview and jumping out to hug Eric. The past year has been a blur, it has had it's highs and lows, but one thing remains... God has been our constant.

Today as we sat through Easter service the theme was Grief turn to Joy. Last year I would have said I was in the grieving stages of life. My perfect plan, my comfort zone was in place. I loved living in Lexington, I loved my life, and I was comfortable there. To move to the Midwest was never apart of my plan, but His ways are higher.

Over the past year I have been so sad at times, but he has bottled each tear I have cried and slowing my grief has turned to joy. Cardboard Testimonies were done at church today and I was watched people share their story, some I knew many I did not, I felt a lump form in my throat! What would mind say... oh there are so many options, but all I could think of was "Had to move away from home I loved and was known" and on the backside saying "this world is not my home, he is preparing a place just for me"

I have seen His hand in my life more in the past year than in such a long time. He is faithful, he is constant, he provides, and he cares. The is the wiper of tears, healer of all things broken, lover of my soul, friend to the friendless.

The words of this song has been our anthem over the past year, read them, mediate on them, and cherish them. I only wish you could hear my dear friend Emily sing it... she will lead to to the throne!

Jesus draw me ever nearer
As I labor through the storm
You have called me to this passage
And I'll follow though I'm worn

May this journey bring a blessing
May I rise on wings of faith
And at the end of my heart's testing
With Your likeness let me wake

Jesus guide me through the tempest
Keep my spirit staid and sure
When the midnight meets the morning
Let me love You even more

May the treasures of the trial
Form within me as I go
And at the end of this long passage
Let me leave them at Your throne

Friday, April 2, 2010

Bunco baby.... I hosted Bunco at my house on Wednesday night and was a blast. Women, fellowship, a few dice rolled and fun times had by all! John Hunter and I had a great time getting everything ready and making a cake for our friends!

What a fun time:)

Today we kicked our Spring Break weekend and what a great day to do it. MOPS play date this morning and then Good Friday Service at our church.
This afternoon Eric dug out the firepit and put up the hammock... how sweet it is! We are looking forward to a relaxing weekend celebrating the Resurection of our KING! Up from the GRAVE he AROSE!

PS... my parents surprised us and are coming up tomorrow! I could not be more excited