Monday, April 14, 2014

#WorldsToughestJob

Somedays I rock, and somedays I hand my son the iPad and hide in the closet wishing I picked up chocolate at the grocery store. And just when I think I can't handle any more, Cody comes in and shows me this. 



I'm thankful for nighttime snuggles, bedtime kisses and knowing I get a fresh start tomorrow. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Stock Your Basket Easter Sale!


As we are quickly approaching Easter Sunday, why not fill their basket with a gift that keeps on giving? 


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Click the image below to order yours today! 




Monday, April 7, 2014

Happy Unemployment To You!

I've got my feet kicked up, a delicious cup of coffee by my side and I'm ready to celebrate today... I've officially been unemployed for a year! (otherwise known as a SAHM, but Cody doesn't think that has enough of a ring to it ;)

Last year I woke up to this little guy:

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And today to this big boy!

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The theme of generosity has kept coming up to me over the last couple of weeks. Partially because I am praying that the Lord would teach me to be quick to be generous and partially because I am so thankful for His generosity.  I have loved this past year as a SAHM and I would not trade my days for anything. Not only did the Lord answer my prayers to get to stay home with Griff by providing Cody with this ministry position, but I firmly believe He saved me from a pit of bitterness that was slowing taking over me as a working mom. I can imagine the person I might be today if we hadn't made this move over the past year, and I am so thankful that is not who I am.

I won't pretend like every day around here is rainbows and sunshine, but we have far more highs than lows and every day I am grateful for the gift of unemployment. I have many friends I know who are waiting for a child and I want you to know that you are in my prayers. Waiting can be a time of refinement or of bitterness. Despite the fact that I didn't use my waiting as a refinement period, God was still gracious to turn my bitterness into something better. And even if your waiting period has turned into bitterness too, I believe that He will do the same for you to.


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Friday, April 4, 2014

Sometimes I Rock.

There are many days when I don't feel like I'm doing my best as a mom, but yesterday I rocked it and thought it should be celebrated.  Here's what we did:


I let Griffin take his "purse" to his haircut yesterday morning.  

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Sure, I looked like a fool running behind him picking up all of the items he was dropping out of it, but he was a happy camper so mom's a happy camper!

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I let him eat cheetos and a cheese stick for lunch. sure, I could have tried to force his healthy chicken down his mouth, but it wasn't worth the fight, so we both ended lunch time happy.

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I let him help me wash the car.

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Y'all. We might be washing the car every day this summer because little man LOVED it. I wasn't sure he would enjoy it because the water was a little chilly, but he is obviously a little fish. 

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I made carrots and meatloaf for dinner and all he wanted was the carrots. Quite the win, plus it offset the cheetos!

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Those were my celebrations yesterday. What did you rock at?

Monday, March 31, 2014

Sponsor.

When I was in youth group, the sponsors on our trip always seemed so old, mature and put together. Even though I know that some of them were only in their mid-twenties, they had to be responsible because they were in charge of a large group and driving a big van, right?


Wrong.


Totally, 100% wrong.


 Because this weekend I drove something like this:

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to take a group of our girls to a weekend conference.


I now know that sponsors are basically faking their confidence, stressing all of the time about the student's whereabouts, and praying continually while driving. And occasionally taking selfies to document  such events.

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(though taking the selfies while no kids are present so as to maintain a cool factor, duh.)


thankfully God is gracious, kept us safe and gave us a great weekend!



(I've had my share of driving the bus for at least a year though!)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Pinterest Hits


I've been rather lucky to try a few different Pinterest recipes lately that were really great.  They have or will be made again in our house!



Chicken and Green Chili Pasta

(source)
1 lb penne pasta
3 chicken breasts, shredded (I cook mine in the crockpot with Italian dressing as a marinade)
2 cups shredded cheese
3 TBS butter
3 TBS flour
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup sour cream
1 small can green chilies

Cook pasta and set aside. In a separate bowl, mix chicken and cheese together. In a medium sauce pan, melt butter. Stir in flour to make a roux and let bubble for 1 minute. Add in chicken broth and stir constantly, let bubble and thicken for 10-15 minutes. Turn off heat, add green chilies and sour cream, stir. In  your baking dish*, layer pasta, chicken and cheese mixture twice. Pour sauce over top. Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes.



*The original recipe calls for a 9x13, but I break it up into two 9x9 pans. One for us to eat then and one to freeze. It freezes and reheats perfectly! 









Easter Bunny Bait

2 cups pretzel

1 bag popped white popcorn 

1 package Almond Bark white melting chocolate 

1 bag of festive M&Ms

2 cups of Chex cereal 


Melt white chocolate according to directions. Throw all ingredients together and mix thoroughly, then spread out on a lined baking sheet. Pour melted chocolate over the mixture, then fold ingredients together with melted chocolate. Allow to harden and cool and serve!


I made this one for our Women's Ministry Craft Night and it was such a huge hit! The great thing is that it can be made year round by changing out the color of the M&M's, thought Cody and I both agree you don't necessarily need them because of the almond bark. While I will make this one again, it's dangerous... I could eat the whole thing! 


Have y'all pinned and tried anything good lately? 

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Six On Saturday

We finally watched Frozen tonight. While I definitely want to get the soundtrack, would y'all hate me if I said I liked it, but didn't *love* it as much as everyone else in the whole wide world seems to? It was cute and Cody and I both appreciated that it had a different type of "true love" that saved the day. I will probably give it another shot and definitely try to use it to entertain Griff, but I'm not sure we'll have it on repeat at our house. {frozen lovers, don't shot me!}


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Cody was out of town for work on Thursday so Griff and I had a fancy lunch date. He's the man in my life who loves a McDonald's date!

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Texas may have had one of our coldest and craziest winters, but spring has sprung and life is so good again. G man loves the outdoors and it makes the day so much smoother when we're able to spend a good portion of our day outside.  Presenting: the cutest bubble blower I know!


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Cody and I started the T25 work out two weeks ago. We haven't done it every day like the schedule calls for, but have completed about 8 work outs. I thought I was slightly in shape from the work out classes I've been attending over the last 6 months, but T25 has greatly humbled me. If you see me out and about and I'm wincing, don't take it personally. You haven't done anything to offend me, I'm just in too much pain!

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We also have a new addiction around these parts: 2048. Apparently it is being called the most addictive iPhone game since Flabby Birds, and I can understand why. 

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{actual screen shot from playing this afternoon as I tried to demolish cody's current high score.}

You are trying to combine the numbers by swiping in different directions to get the highest number possible (2048, duh.) Currently Cody and I both have made it up to a 512 combo. Sadly he has a higher  total score than I do, but I plan on changing that soon.  Do yourself a favor and give it a try. 


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It's 9:30. I think I'm about to go make me a cup of decaf coffee, pop a Tylenol PM  and then read until I fall asleep. I'm currently rereading The Mark of the Lion series but Francine Rives. If you haven't read these books, put them on your list asap! The first book takes a few chapters to really get into, but you won't be able to put them down once you get through the character's back story.  Pick them up peeps! 
{or, check your church's library! I'm borrowing mine from there and they are practically brand new.} 


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How was your weekend?