Sunday, June 29, 2008

Change

I guess the phrase "change is the only thing that stays the same" rings true....once again. It was announced this morning that the preschool/children's minister will no longer be in that position effective July 27th. I am terribly sad. Cynthia is ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL!!!! She is completely selfless, a true servant of God, and assertive and challenging all at the same time. She has taught me so much as a lady, a leader, and a mom. She was there at the hospital after I had Rachel (as she normally is when someone at the church gives birth) and she did not even know us very well. She didn't even get to see her but she stayed and visited with me....something I will always remember.

Something that I thought about this morning.....it truly is a act of obedience.....Cynthia announced that she has been struggling for awhile about what God would have her do. She told us that she feels called at this time in her life to be at home with her teenage son and her husband. She is not leaving Inglewood but she will just be serving in a different capacity. I say it is an act of obedience because it is evident to all of those that know Cynthia that she LOVES the children and she enjoys her job. This decision was not easy for her and this was pretty clear as she struggled through her letter this morning....yet, she is following her heart and God's direction. It is just an incredible testimony and example of faith.

Those of you that know me know that I DO NOT DO CHANGE well at all!!!! I mean, at all!! It just tears me apart. I have had to deal with a lot of changes in my life, some good, some not but it makes the change bittersweet when you know it is God's direction. I absolutely love Cynthia as does Rachel. I am so excited to serve alongside her at Inglewood but sad that she will not be leading my baby as she has for the past 19 months.

God is good and faithful. I have cried a few times this morning as I think about what the future holds but I know that God is good.....

Saturday, June 28, 2008

It's Official!

I am a jewelry lady!!!! I am now a Premier Jewelry Consultant! I have my own jeweler number and everything. Now, I just have to get my FRIENDS and FAMILY to have parties for me so that I can first pay off what it cost to start and then hopefully start making profit!!! YAY!!! I am very excited and a little apprehensive at the same time. I mean, I love Premier Designs. I actually have hosted several shows in the past and have won a lot of free jewelry but I can recognize the fact that everyone does not love Premier or jewelry at all. I don't want to make people feel uncomfortable or be that pushy sales person because that gets on my nerves. I just want people to have fun and hopefully make a little money and wear pretty jewelry in the process. With that said.....PLEASE HAVE A SHOW FOR ME!!!! Seriously, let me know if you want to.

Premier Designs

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Bows

One of my friends asked me to post pictures of the bows that I made....here are a few. I am still working....some are definitely better than others!











My Crazy Life!

Nope, still no new pictures! Sorry gang. My camera still sits in the same spot it has been for about a week. Maybe I will get it out today. I did get the video camera out the other night and finally got Rachel counting from 1-10! And, she also sang Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star for me. So cute!

Well, I did clean out my jewelry box and put all of my jewelry in it's place. I had to polish a lot of it because the silver had tarnished. I really should be better on my jewelry. My wedding set is really dirty right now too but I don't have platinum cleaner....may have to invest in some.

So, I spoke to the lady about selling jewelry. There are expenses involved but the perks sound fabulous...isn't that what they always want you to think when they are giving a sales pitch. Brice and I have done some research and I really feel like this is a good opportunity. If nothing else, I can earn back the expenses that it takes to get into it and have a bunch of jewelry. BUT, I am really wanting to do something great with this. I have wanted to sell things for awhile. I went to a Southern Living at Home party once and thought I wanted to do that. I am thinking jewelry will be more fun! I just hope I have enough people to host shows for me. I have a lot of friends that are supportive but they need to invite people that I don't know. All of you reading this that live in the DFW area, LET ME KNOW IF YOU WANT TO HOST A SHOW!!!! It doesn't know if I know you are not....there are a lot of great things about hosting a show including FREE stuff! :)

I have been thinking about my life and all of the things that I have going on..it's a lot. There are some things that I know I am God-called to do and some others that I did because I needed or wanted to. I am thinking that I am going to have to downsize my activities. For my family, for me, and for this new business opportunity. I have been praying about what I need to get rid of. Hopefully I will make some wise decisions.

Okay, so I went Latin dancing last night! Absolutely so much fun!!!!! I loved it...and I sweated! It was a lot better than belly dancing. Bad news is that she isn't doing the class at all the month of July. Maybe I will work on the moves from last night....probably not! =)

Hope all is well with everyone!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Crafty!

What a fun day! I love Saturdays. I get to watch completely senseless TV (namely Lifetime), play with my munchkin all day and sit around and talk about everything and nothing with my husband! AND....I GET NAPS! So, that's why it is 1:04 in the morning and I am still awake. We took a 3 1/2 hour nap today! ALL 3 OF US! It was fabulous!

I had a VBS meeting this morning at church so I had to get up and get ready for that. I came home and ate lunch, then we napped. I should have worked out, but....I DIDN'T! I did not do my 3 days this week....so shoot me! After nap, Rachel and I went shopping for ribbon! I think I have every shade of every color and every print of ribbon you can think of! I have discovered how to make bows and I am so stinkin excited about it!!!! Most of you know that my child rarely leaves the house without a bow in her hair and when she was really little a bow clipped to a headband. Well, they are expensive and some time ago I bought a manual off eBay to show me how to make them myself. Well, that manual has been sitting here next to my desk for months and the ribbon has been stored away. I decided to get out the manual the other day and try to figure it out. I have about gotten it mastered, folks!!! The last 2 bows I made tonight look almost like the ones in the store! YAY!!! So, although I spent close to $60 on ribbon today, I won't have to ever buy another bow...I CAN MAKE IT MYSELF! I have to be careful...now I will start having to buy clothes to match bows! YIKES! =)

So, then we came home and my husband made steak and potatoes for dinner. It was very good. My child......well...she's funny! I made her a plate with tiny pieces of steak, little pieces of bread, some lettuce (we had salad), and some potatoes. We said our prayers (her new favorite thing to do) and I gave her a fork. She ate all of the potatoes first off. Then she started eating the lettuce and ate it all. She then went for the bread and meat. She ate some bread...no biggie. Well, she used her fork and got a piece of meat. She put it in her mouth, chewed it up and then spit it out. I AM TELLING YOU, THIS KID DOES NOT LIKE MEAT!!!! Not red meat anyway...she only likes chicken and turkey. I tried to get her to eat more bites and she kept saying, "Hucky, NO!!" So, I didn't force her to eat it. She wanted more salad, so I gave her some of mine....she wanted more....and more...and more.....she would rather eat salad than steak. I'm telling you, the kid is going to be healthy! Her Uncle Brannan would be so disappointed.....

After dinner, I went across the lake to a friend's house for a Premier Jewelry party. I LOVE PREMIER JEWELRY! I bought myself 2 new necklaces, a birthday gift for a friend (who reads this blog so I couldn't put details), and what I am most excited about....a new ring for myself that I absolutely fell in love with and is being retired therefore I got it for 20% off!!! I was so excited!!! I am going to have to put it away for Christmas though....that was my reasoning for having to have it! Maybe I can get it early for my birthday (don't get too excited, my birthday is only a week and a half before Christmas!) Tomorrow I must collect all of my jewelry from all of the various locations and organize my freestanding jewelry box. I am scheduled to host a jewelry show on August 15th. I am also thinking about starting to sell it.....sounds like a good deal....we will see!

I haven't taken many pictures lately of Rachel...well, in general. Sorry! :( I will try to do better.

Tomorrow.....church then Jaiden's birthday party (my cousin who will be 4). Then, hopefully a relaxing day of a whole lotta nothing before starting back to work on Monday!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Over Myself

Okay, so maybe my disappointment and frustration is gone.....about that....for now....

So, I had yesterday and today off. Yesterday I played with Rachel and washed clothes and cleaned the house. Today.....played with Rachel and made hairbows. I FINALLY FIGURED OUT HOW TO MAKE HAIRBOWS!!!! I have had all of the stuff for awhile but just now felt like I could sit down and do it while Rachel was taking a nap. I made several and hope to make more once I get some more supplies. Rachel already has a ton of them...I don't know why I feel the need to make more....BUT....I DO!

I am wanting to do something special for our anniversary in August. It isn't any big special anniversary - our 4th. Any suggestions? The in-laws are going to come and watch Rachel while we do something special. I am thinking a nice hotel, dinner (told my nurse friend, Mike, that we would try Houston's - he swears by it), maybe some kind of recreation....movie, miniature golf, bowling....something. We are wanting to stay in the Metroplex...what do you all think???

Work tomorrow.....hopefully people will keep their attitudes at home or wherever they originated....I am not feeling like I am going to be in the mood tomorrow! YES! I AM a little moody right now! =)

Monday, June 16, 2008

People

I just don't understand some people.....maybe never will.

Most of you that know me well know that I am a people pleaser. I do not like it when people are upset with me. Frankly, I do not like it when people don't like me and I always wonder what I could do differently to make them like me. Well, this results in very high anxiety and then I have a tendency to have a drop in self-esteem.....YES!!! It DOES bother me THAT BAD! It really stresses me out. I don't know why I care so much about others and what they think of me. One of my many flaws, I suppose....

Well, while we are at it....I have another flaw confession....I really really have a need to be appreciated. It bothers me when I go out of my way to please people and to do good for and to others and don't get recognition for it. Now, let me stress....RECOGNITION IS NOT MY MOTIVATION but geez...it sure does make one feel good! I think something that makes it worse is when you are completely slighted and the things that you do are just blown off. Come on people, be a little more grateful for crying out loud!!!!!

Do I sound a little irritated? I think that disappointed would be more like it. Disappointed. OH, and just for the record, I am not referring to patients that I work with.....if I waited for gratitude from them I would just need to quit my job!!! NO, not them.....OTHERS!

Hmm...maybe I am just too sensitive!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Pictures that I promised!

Here are some pictures from this past weekend. I have been so busy this week with work. I am now remembering what it is like to work full time. I remember when I started my new job after grad school, it took me a good month to get used to the schedule. I am SO NOT A MORNING PERSON!!! I am one of those people that could work 10-6:30 and be happy!!! =)

Adison had a great birthday party!! She loved the cake!

This is the sweetest picture!! I am so glad that our girls love each other!

We were WORN OUT!!! And I was a little sunburned!


This was a swimming pool at my mom's house that she and her husband made. It was pretty cool. It was chlorinated and all! Rachel loved it because she could stand up in it.

We had a good visit. I have another busy work week this next week...

Happy Father's Day to all the Daddies!!!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

YAY!

Okay, so I am slow with the pictures....forgive me, I have worked everyday this week....I will try to post them tonight.

ANOTHER REASON TO REJOICE!!!! Our friends and staff member (Steve) at our church have been in the process of adopting for about 4 or 5 months now. He and Merri have been going through an adoption agency and through a church in Irving to help with funding and yesterday they were matched with a birth mom!!! YAY!!! Their profile has been shown 2 or 3 times and this mom is going to deliver within 4 weeks.....and IT'S A GIRL!!! This family is so precious and Nathan is 5 and is so excited to be a big brother. I am so excited for this family but still praying that all goes well. I have seen first hand the devastation of failed adoptions through close friends and it is just horrible. God has a special plan for this family and I am so happy for them.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Whew...take a breather!

What a busy weekend we have had! Rachel and I went to Hope mainly for Adison's 1st birthday party but we were so glad to see some of my family. It just seems like it went by incredibly fast.

Friday night Mommy left Rachel (only from like 5:30-10:30) with my mom and went to Christy's daddy's for some food! It was GREAT!!! Rachel only slept in the car for 45 minutes on the way to Arkansas so she was dog tired and Mom said she went down at 10 minutes after 8:00 and never cried. Saturday we hung out with Christy's family and swam in Christy's mom's pool and Rachel loved it!! She keeps saying, "Chuchel, fim." (translation: Rachel, swim...in case you didn't get the original version!! :) Sunday was Adi's party. Aside from me stepping on a toothpick at my mom's that morning and it going into my foot, Sunday was such a good day! Rachel played and Adi had a good party. I just love her....she is such a sweetie!!

Rachel LOVES playing in the dirt but she hates to be dirty...not a great combination! She played outside in the flower beds with my mom and loved every minute of it...until she saw dirt on her feet and would promply ask my mom to wash them off with the water hose. Stinker!

We drove home today...okay, so I drove home today...IN THE POORING DOWN RAIN!! Couldn't see the road at all in Rockwall and Rachel was screaming at the top of her lungs at the windshield wipers...I don't get that child sometimes...I just know I was ready to beat her!!

Leah had her baby on Thursday....BABY JOY!! I have only seen pictures, but she is precious.

Krista called this morning and her Poppop died early this morning after being in the hospital for about a week now. I mourn with her but rejoice at the same time because he is no longer hurting but dancing and singing with Jesus! Please join me in praying for her family.

I am exhausted! I am working tomorrow thru Friday so I will post pictures from the weekend when I can....hopefully tomorrow night!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

At Your Request...


It was brought to my attention by a friend that I should blog about the wheels for the carseat that I mentioned in the last post. Well, they are wonderful (like I said, if you read the instructions right). It is called GoGoBabyz Travelmate. It is a contraption that you can hook on to a number of carseat brands and virtually turn it into a stroller. The list of compatible car seats are:


Britax® Advantage™,Boulevard™, Decathlon™, Diplomat™, Freeway - UK Version, Marathon™ , Regent, Roundabout®, Wizard®


*Cosco® Alpha Elite Apex Booster, Alpha Lux Convertible, *Alpha Omega® (see note) , *Alpha Omega® Elite (see note) , Alpha Sport Vantage Booster, High Back Booster, Summit® High Back


Eddie Bauer® Deluxe 3 in 1 Convertible, High Back Booster, Summit Booster


Evenflo® , Big Kid™ Booster Car Seat , Chase LX, Generations™ Booster, Harness Booster seat, Titan™ Deluxe , Titan™ V , Tribute VLX , Tribute 5 Delux, Triumph™, Triumph Advanced LX, Triumph Advanced DLX, & Vanguard™


Fisher-Price® SafeVoyage™


Graco® ComfortSport™, Nautilus™ 3-in-1, Platinum Cargo Booster, Toddler SafeSeat™ (step 2), & Treasured CarGo™


Maxi Cosi Priori™


Recaro® Como Convertible


Safety 1st® 3-Phase & Enspira


Sunshine Kids Radian 65, Radian 80


These don't work with infant carriers, by the way. There are different instructions for each model, so you have to know what brand you are working with.....that was my hubby's problem since we have a Britax it requires an extra bar...OOPS!!!
Anyway, cool contraption...a little pricey. Check it out if you are air traveling...it's good for that...certainly beat carrying that big honkin carseat through the airport!
OH, here's the website.... www.gogobabyz.com


Monday, June 2, 2008

Random

Well, I had some deeply spiritual things that I wanted to blog about but I think I will save that for another blog. For now, I will just tell you what we did over the weekend! It was tons of fun!

We flew to Little Rock on Friday to go to Brice's parent's house. Rachel was great at the airport and on the airplane. I bought a new contraption for Rachel's car seat so that we didn't have to carry her through the airport or take an extra stroller, etc. It is a set of wheels that attaches to the car seat. Sounds simple, huh? Well, it would have been if my husband had looked at the brand of car seat that we own and read the correct instructions...okay, I should give him a break...at least he did read the instructions, right??

Anywho....we got to their house and Rachel went to bed pretty soon after. She fell right to sleep but decided to wake up at 10 til 6:00 the next morning...IT'S SATURDAY!!!! Well, we put her in bed with us and she went back to sleep. Anyway, we had a HUGE feast Saturday night for Brice's parent's 40th anniversary. There was so much food and despite my dieting I PIGGED OUT!!! It was fabulous!

We went to church Sunday and visited all of our Little Rock friends. Oh, how I miss them so!!!! I just can't tell you how much I miss it. God definitely had a purpose bringing us to Dallas. I often ask myself what that is as I think about Arkansas and how much I miss it but we have made some GREAT friends here! I have the best friends that I have ever had right here in Grand Prairie. Sure, I have great friends in other places too some of my best in Arkansas, but the close relationship I have with some of the ladies here is definitely a God-send. Anyway, I digress....we flew home Sunday night after a very quick trip and Rachel was a little fussier on the way home but not bad. She did not go to sleep until 10:00 and slept this morning until 9:30 - which resulted in a bad nap today.

Welp, we are back to our routine...for a couple of days anyway. I weighed this morning and squinted my eyes at what I might see the scales say.....you won't believe it...I LOST 1.8 LBS!!! I was completely and utterly shocked! I honestly thought I would have gained weight this week after all of the wonderful junk that I ate Saturday!! YAY!!! I worked out today and we had a playdate with Chelsea and some of Rachel's other friends. All in all a good day!

Rachel and I are driving to Hope on Friday to be there for Adison's 1st birthday party and then coming home Monday. I always hate leaving Brice behind but he just can't get away for the long right now. I am looking forward to possibly taking a family vacation just the three of us sometime this fall.

That's about it. Stay tuned for the spiritually deep stuff.....

Don't forget to check out www.dropshots.com/bricerikkirachel for pictures!!!!



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