Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The engine who could!!

Right about now I am feeling like the ENGINE WHO COULD!!! I am running on fumes and yet have two more days to go of this crazy week.....
I didn't really do much for the parties but I had normal Wednesday Activities to do.  I love our study group; we do a lot of fun things.. The girls were given a test on the capitals and states of the East coast along with the postal abbreviations.. I, myself, took the test and the kids thought it was funny that I missed TWO!!!! After we did states and capitals we did our Geography Bowl & then our flash cards. The moms haven't gotten together in two weeks so we were desperately trying to squeeze in conversations as well!!!
After gymnastics we dropped the kids off at youth group and joined our other members of the DDD club for our meeting.. Let's just say some meetings are more interesting than others with a few more laughs... Laughter is truly the best medicine!!!
I must say this is the first time in a very long time that I will be going to bed before 11.. I really am trying to take a proactive approach to not getting sick as much.. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


                         Candy and soda Bouquets. So much fun to make and receive.

                                    What do these three things have in common????? 

Okay so those who know me know that a staple in my house is coffee.  I may run out of creamer and have been known to ask a friend to bring some a time or two.. but coffee we do not run out of.... UNTIL TODAY!! As I was transitioning from school to preparing to make the pinatas and prizes I noticed I was out of coffee.....  

I called a friend of mine who was on her way over to help with the pop bouquets and asked if she could bring some..... So she brought the coffee... My other friend brought the candy.. And what we accomplished today was beautiful pop bouquets which I really believe we could sell as a fundraiser ladies!!! Just sayn'

OH I am sooo tired!!! But the joy it brings my soul to be in fellowship with women whom I dearly love and appreciate is so rewarding....

I have to say I have had more help planning this party then I have had in a long time thanks to a DEAR FRIEND of mine who suggested I learn to delegate a little more.....

Then after the "afternoon crew" left... The evening was topped of enjoying yet another cup of coffee and finishing final touches up with a friend to whom I have not shared coffee with in a LONG WHILE!! It is always nice to get caught back up!!!

So my body aches.. my eyes heart and my mind if left wandering what else needs to be done?  But as I ponder on the day; an unexpected dilemma, a surprise phone call, a difficult homework assignment, all things not really "penciled" into the schedule.....leaving me to feel a little off task.  It did not go exactly how I intended it to go but it went according to the way it needed to go!

Here's to CRAZY DAY TWO of this crazy, insane busy WEEK!!!!

Monday, February 11, 2013


Psalm 90:12 - Search

We can successfully chalk today up as a productive day.....  I woke up a little before 7:00 and hit the day a running!! With the TEENS Valentines Party planned on Thursday and the Co-op's Valentines' Party on Friday I have a lot to prepare....

Friends of mine came over to prepare the games and decorations for the Sock Hop this Friday. I love planning parties for many reasons... One I love doing it; I love to feel productive and seeing parties all come together is so fulfilling..Two It brings friends together and the enjoyment of friendship over working towards the goal is also rewarding and makes memories that are lasting.

I must confess years ago I would get completely overwhelmed when doing such activities and choose to pick the planning and organizing over my other priorities.. Now, as I work on a balance of priorities the challenge of remembering God daily and maintaining the home comes first and for most.  It really helps to keep the focus where it needs to be.. I always give wholeheartedly when planning parties!!!

A Valentine like no other!Not to mention a week ago I was laid up for a week due to the flu so school work, duties, and such has gotten behind.  I do not stress out so much.  I really do appreciate my children! Even though I was sick in bed all last week the kids got up daily and continued to do their work without being told.... NOW, I must do MY WORK and GRADE all their papers so I can see what needs worked on.. but that will have to wait another week as this week is V-WEEK.. is what I am referring to it all week.. 

So tomorrow will consist of finishing the pinata and prize bouquets!! I have another few friends lined up to help with this task so another eventful day planned... Let's just hope tomorrow goes as well as today since  Wednesday I have Study Group... Thursday is ART school, band practice and The Teens Party and Friday is the Sock HOP!!

Love is Patient - Free Printable                                              

Saturday, February 9, 2013


Well the absence of my blogging was due to me having the FLU again.... Yes, I know everyone is complaining about it.. but let's face it whatever is going around is setting people back minimum of a week... If I hadn't felt behind and overwhelmed before it is now!!!!  I texted a friend the other day, when she asked if I was sick, the list of stuff I had to cancel or not go to for the week and here is the list:

Monday Night Moms Meeting
Friend get together
Study Group
Date Night
Art School  
Bible Study
Band Practice
Lunch Date
AND the most important Our Marriage Conference!!!

     Mike and I were blessed with tickets to go to a Marriage Conference and an overnight stay at a local hotel... It was much needed and highly anticipated... Oh I couldn't wait!! But then.... the flu HIT me just like that!! Oh, everyday I prayed for healing.. the closer I got to Friday the more I hoped for a change.. I even tried the onion trick and hot showers!! I ate lots of oranges and drank plenty of mint tea (for those who don't know that instantly soothes a nauseated stomach) Friday came and to my daughters disappointment I had to cancel her lunch/play date..  "YOU'VE cancelled EVERYTHING this week MOM" she cried.... UGHH.. the disappointment of a child!! But then the afternoon came for me to start getting ready.. boy did I feel dizzy but I was going no matter what..Selfishly I was willing to take some dayquil... (probably why THIS STUFF IS GOING around SO BADLY.. we are not staying home long enough to Recoup!!... JUST sayn') When my husband came home from dropping the kids off at co-op he sat down and explained how it would not be in our best interest to go.  How he has a responsibility for me & our marriage but also to his family.. He admitted how the last month or two has taken a toll on the family between... My back.. .flu... back...flu and back!!! And the family needs their mother to her fullest capabilities.. And the most responsible thing to do is to stay home a few more day and RE-COUP!!  I cried... I was broken!! I was disappointed... I felt my daughters pain.. Not only was I upset because we couldn't go the conference but I was immensely broken and felt as I was disappointing my family.. Then the guilt set in... I hate being sick.. and I hate suffering.. But I can't help it! There hasn't been a day that has gone by two whole months ago that I haven't suffered to some degree with the back pain. But I guess I was trying to have a positive attitude because I am blessed that I am mobile!!!  The song that came to mind in my disappointment was:

BLESSING-Laura Story

We pray for blessings
We pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things

'Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You're near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

We pray for wisdom
Your voice to hear
And we cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt Your goodness, we doubt Your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough
All the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we have faith to believe

'Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You're near
And what if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know that pain reminds this heart
That this is not, this is not our home
It's not our home

I am happy to say that last night was a beautiful night... Mike and I made dinner and then sat and watched our Love & Respect DVDS for our upcoming small group... (if interested please let us know?)  We were able to talk and enjoy each others camaraderie.. IN our PJ'S!! (wouldn't have been able to do that @ a conference!!)

This week I will invest in playing catchup!!  Not only am I behind but I also am learning a few things at Camp in the office, hosting the TEENS FNL this weeek and  have A Valentines Party to Plan!!!

HERES TO an exciting, adventerous, crazy, and BUSY WEEK!!!!!