Thursday, November 18, 2010

Day 18

November 18, 2010

I have been off line, and out of touch for several days. My boys have had a doozy of a stomach flu. Today was the first day in a week that my precious 2 year old didn't have diarrhea, and my baby boy didn't projectile vomit across the room. And believe it or not, I actually got a shower to remove the baby vomit from my hair! The life of a Mommy is so glamorous.

Moving on...

Day 16
On Tuesday, I was thankful for movies. Lots of Movies. Movies made the day progress in 45 minute increments. We made it through.

Day 17
Wednesday's thankful moment came in the form of my Mother. She came for a short visit before headed to work. Watching her play with Jude at the park is so much fun. Pretend dinner of meatloaf and mashed potatoes, spaghetti and meatballs, and chicken enchiladas made her very full! Slides and cars. Mamo knows hot to have fun.

Day 18
I am so thankful my MIL has a DVR. I watched my beloved P-Dub Throwdown Bobby Flay. Seriously, Bobby, No Mashed Potatoes? Although we will have those brussels sprouts on our table this year! A day at Grandmama's house is something to be thankful for. Jude played, Kathy played too! She even kept both the boys as I ran errands. And that is something to be very thankful for! Living so close to family is a wonderful thing.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Day 15

November 15, 2010

I am thankful that even though I have been up since 5 am with two sick little boys I am still thankful to be their mother. I am a blessed woman to have these boys as my sons. Barf and Poop are a part of life and I'll take it all day long because I know that tomorrow will be better. Maybe not literally tomorrow, but theoretically! The laughing and cooing will resume. The diarrhea will stop. And perhaps tomorrow, I won't have a DVD playing all day. Tomorrow, I have a chance to start again. The promise of tomorrow is a gift from the Lord.

I am also thankful that I have a little helper. Jude has a fascination with all things Mommy. Whatever I am putting my hands to, Jude is right there with me. This afternoon, after a SHORT NAP, we went outside to rake leaves. I loved having a helper, despite the fact, that he did more running through piles of leaves than raking, and throwing them in the air, then putting them in the garbage can!


Sunday, November 14, 2010

Day 14

November 14, 2010

I am thankful for my cousin Tiffany. Today is her birthday. This summer we had a wonderful time gathered as a family for her wedding. Jason Wilson is a wonderful man, and I look forward to getting to know him better over the next many years!  Jude was her ring barer, and was perhaps the cutest one EVER! His white button down shirt, khaki pants, brown leather belt, and tan flip flops, made for the most darling outfit, and I am pretty sure he knew how handsome he looked. I was so honored to have Jude as a part of the Wilson's wedding. It was such a joy to be a part of such a wonderful day!

Being back in OKC for a few days, was great fun. My little family was graciously hosted by my Grandpa Elmer and his lovely wife Charlotte. It was so special to stay at their home with them. Jude loved being there and my big belly was happy to have a homey place to rest! The family time was great, although rushed. It was wonderful meeting my Uncle Ron's girlfriend Juliet, and Celebrating my Aunt Lori's 50th birthday!

Now the way our family's genetics work is quite interesting. See, Tiffany and I look more like sisters than cousins. We have our whole lives. Being taller brunettes, with brown eyes, and having a physical trait the rest of the family was not endowed with, makes us look so similar. As littles, we were very close and spent a lot of time together. When my parents moved us to CA in the late 80's our relationship changed. Then I became a teenager and was too cool. Then she became a teenager and was too cool. Now, as we are both adult married women, I am hopeful that our relationship can change again.  Depth, transparency, and truth are things I desire in relationships, and Tiffany is gifted in each of those character traits.

I love you Tiffany Marie Wilson. Happy Birthday!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Day 13

November 13, 2010

I am thankful for Coca-Cola. I love it! You know the Red, full sugar, totally acidic, clean blood off the Highway, Coca-Cola. A small Coke makes my day better. Its a very simple thing, but it makes me happy.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Day 12

November 12, 2010

I am thankful that we are all in bed and its 9:30 pm. I love that Friday nights consist of dinner and a movie in the living room. We watched "How to Train Your Dragon," and had Elk Stew. I did imbibe a glass of red wine. It was delicious. Family Night Friday Night is something to be thankful for.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Day 11

November 11, 2010

Veterans Day: I am thankful for and to all the men and women who serve and have served our country. 

A few members of my extended family are active military and seeing the sacrifices they make, brings a deep sense of gratitude forth in my heart. In our country, a small population make the largest sacrifices. Through Mari and all her wonderful friends, I have learned all I know about military life. Wives of active military men are AMAZING! So on this Veterans Day, I am sending my thanks and appreciation to all of those women who have cared for children, kept a home, and were alone, while their honorable husbands were off fighting for the rights we as Americans often take too lightly.  Marrying a military man is a high calling and a lot of work, from what I have observed, and for you ladies I am so thankful.  

Today being a national holiday, I am also thankful that my husband is a government employee so he had the day off! The garage is almost organized and I have several less boxes to go through. Moving and getting settled is finishing up nicely. 

I am also thankful for my THANKSGIVING DECORATIONS. Yes, I have Thanksgiving decorations. I love them. Remember, I love Thanksgiving. My home is feeling very festive and I am getting so excited. 

I found out today that my brother in law Gabe, doesn't like turkey! I felt like I got punched in the gut! Not like TURKEY! Oh, Gabe will you give me a chance to change your mind? I can't bear the thought of you not liking Thanksgiving turkey. I have really high expectations for holidays on the compound, just so you know. 

In other awesome freakout worthy news, The Pioneer Woman and Bobby Flay had a Thanksgiving Throw-Down. For those of you who don't know the shear awesomeness that this is, I am so sorry. You must figure it out on your own. But let me tell you, its so awesome. So awesome.  I must go call my mother and have her set the DVR! Oh P-Dub, I am sure you prevailed! 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Day 7-10

November 10, 2010

I AM NOT A BLOGGING SLACKER! I have been internetless for 4 days and I feel like the world has left me behind.  I have 397 unread blog posts in my google reader and days of facebook to catch up on. Sigh... I missed the internet.

However, We are mostly settled in our new little cabin in the woods. Which leads me to the 7th's thankfulness:
November 7, 2010

I am thankful for the body of Christ. With out my Church family I couldn't have, wouldn't have been able to move. Lisa, Janet, Cleo, Lorry, and my Mom helped me in so many ways I lost count. I kept telling myself, I MUST do this for someone else in the future. I MUST serve someone else in the ways I have been served.

November 8, 2010

Did I mention how I much I dislike deep cleaning? Having grown up with a Dad who cleaned the white tiles of the black and white checkered floor of his mother's kitchen with a razor blade for fun, I never quite made the grade in the "cleaning" department as a kiddo. Now I am not a slob, but my mess is nicely hidden out of sight, out of mind...Right? Not so much when you move!

Anyway, the impetus for our move was the need my parents had to sell their house. So the move out clean, needed to be white glove worthy! Needless to say, I was overwhelmed. Then,   two wonderful sisters in the Lord OFFERED TO CLEAN THE HOUSE! I  cried! "My dad will be so happy," I thought. I insisted to join in the efforts, they refused me. Vicki and Lori, you have blessed me beyond the beyond! The house is cleaner than I can ever remember it, and thats saying a lot!  My dad was a cleaning weirdo, my mom had OCD for 10 years!  Carpet balls anyone?

November 9, 2010

I am thankful for the McDonald Family.

Not having any modern technology for several days, forced me to examine how much time I think of being on the computer, or wonder about facebook, or  talk on the phone. I think I needed this break. Lorry joked and told me to call it a fast, but I told her I would rather suffer in silence... but  not silently.  After I could take it no longer, I went to Lorry's house and pouted until she let me use the internet. The only stipulation was I had to read one of her daughter Tara's papers. If you have ever read anything by Miss Tara McDonald, you must know this was no chore. I signed into my iGoogle, saw how many blogs I had in my reader and freaked out a little. Then I went to facebook and saw the dreaded 300+ posts in the corner and was again overwhelmed. Who else hates that stupid blue 300+? I think Mark Zuckerberg  is mocking me.

Anyway. After that I grazed on some delicious turkey in their kitchen. John, Lorry's wonderful husband who we all affectionally refer to as Cupcake, didn't get mad at Jude when he took a huge bite out of a beautiful orange heirloom tomato. He then cut him up some more of the said tomato, and added some cucumber to the mix. Jude was very happy.

Then Tara, who should have been finishing her paper, asked if I was planning to update the blog. I told her I didn't want to rush. She scolded me and reminded me about commitment. A lecture I am sure I gave to her once before, since I did teach her to read, but thats not the point. Lorry then also scolded me. I frowned. Laughingly Lorry suggested I should blog about how I am thankful for the McDonald family. Little did she know, you don't joke with a blogger.

Which leads me to today.

November 10, 2010

I an thankful for the common grace that is technology. Even though my wireless router isnt working and I am plugged in using an ethernet cable, I am again connected to the outside world. I had some time to examine my heart concerning my love of techyness, and the conclusion I came to is this: I love the internet because it connects me to people I love. Facebook is a means to connect with my family and friends. Blogs encourage me in my mommyhood woes.

Now, I do waste time on the computer. I watch tv shows on Hulu. I browse I have been known to watch an Apple Keynote or two... and in those areas I have been convicted by the Lord to change. And by his grace alone I will change. Technology by itself isn't sinful, its how we use it that can be the problem.

I am thankful to the Lord that he continues the good work he started in me and that he loves me so much he gave me the internet!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Day 6

November 6, 2010

Today like yesterday, I am humbled by the service others have given me freely to help me move. I am thankful for my dear friend Abby keeping Jude so that I have not a worry in the world concerning him. I am thankful to Lisa K. who gave me her whole day!  Cleo, Lorry, Janet and my Mama such servants! David, John, Tom, Grant such amazing men of God.

Its almost done, were almost out... I am thankful for that.

Day 5

November 5, 2010


I am a looser when it comes to moving. I like to sit in a dark corner and not talk. I freak out and cry. Honestly, I can imagine nothing worse than packing boxes of my belongings.

For the second time in a year, Janet Shipley has packed my entire kitchen! Alone!  She is a gift from Jesus. Cleo, Lorry, Tara, and Jenae, Thank You, Thank You! My parents took Jude for a sleep-over and I am sure Lightening McQueen was involved somehow in their evening. (I'm trying to keep his interest hot for you Mari.) What a blessing having grandparents close truly is. Then to top off the day, Lisa brought over diner and pushed me onward with a vibrant second wind. We got the kitchen mostly unpacked in the new place and for that I am truly thankful!

Oh yeah, men were involved in schlepping boxes, they were awesome too.

I am tired now and tomorrow is today all over again! What's that about insanity being something like doing the same thing over and over again...

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Day 4

November 4, 2010

I am thankful for burp cloths. My second son is almost 11 weeks old. He has a spit-up problem. Around week 2 I thought he might have pyloric stenosis. (Warrning: Don't get on the internet at 3 AM while half asleep and paranoid about your newborn's spit up issues) Thankfully, he does not have this horrible condition, but the child can SPIT-UP! If I feed him too much the kid can hurl with the best of them. So, I have many many burp cloths all over my house. Some are cute, some are plain, some are clean and some are smelly. Whatever they are, I need them.  Son #1 rarely spit up. So the need for a burp cloth was new to me. Now I can't imagine life without one. They are so handy. Burp cloths keep the yuck off of me and absorb all the yuck off of Reed. Burp cloths are wonderful!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Day 3

November 3, 2010

I am thankful for my sister and Silly Bandz. First of all, going on vacation with children and an Single Aunt is AWESOME! I didn't have to be in the pool if I didn't want to. Auntie Bing gladly participated as the catcher at the bottom of the water slide for as long as my son wanted to slide. In addition to being pool buddies, Bing provided a new favorite accessory for Jude. Silly Bandz. I had no idea what these funny bracelets were before last week. Now I see them everywhere. Jude LOVES them. Each morning when getting dressed he informs me, "My need my Silly Bandz pease Mom." So I oblige. This afternoon at the local toy store I bought some dinosaur bandz. Jude at this moment has 24 dino bracelets on his left arm. Bing, do you see what you have done? Thank goodness I am not seeing headbands everywhere, I don't think I could handle that trend!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Day 2

November 2, 2010

I am thankful for new friends. Have you ever met someone and known within a matter of minutes you and this person were meant to be friends? This has happened to me a few times in my life and each time I feel so blessed. I can almost feel God smiling as he orchestrates these moments in my life. Friendship, especially new friendships need fostering and I am thankful to have the time to invest in others, and them in me.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Day 1

November 1, 2010

Today I am thankful for Lightening McQueen. All cars are lovingly named, "Ma-da Keen," by my two year old son. Racing cars is a game we play all day long. I am  thankful for the wood floor in my kitchen which doubles as an "Amazing" race track. 


Thirty Days of Thankfulness

 The third Thursday of November has the 4 "F's": family, food, fellowship, and football! Apart from my wedding anniversary and my children's birthdays Thanksgiving is the best day of the year. I love the cooking, the traditions. I love the laughing and the eating. I love the phone calls made to family who cant be with with me and playing in the leaves in my parents front yard. I love that some years its my dad's birthday and that some years the Dallas Cowboys win (although its not looking too likely this year).

So this month I want to make all that I love and am thankful for about Thanksgiving to last all month rather than just the one day.

Like any good idea I have, my SIL has had it first. So each day this month I will be posting something I am thankful for.

I am committing to thirty days of Thankfulness!