October 29, 2009

Thinking!


I was thinking last night of some silly and yet creative ways to write every Thursday morning!
Not sure on what to write and make sure I continue to write every Thursday, one thought kept coming to me ~ YOU KNOW YOU ARE A MOM WHEN...!~

So here is my first Set of YOU KNOW YOU ARE A MOM WHEN. . . These are a few of mine from this week!




  • You wake up at 5:30 worried there is nit enough milk for breakfast and run to the store to buy some!



  • Stepping on Legos is like walking over hot coals! Just another rite of passage.



  • You volunteer for the PTO, and spend wakeless hours cutting the edges of BoxTops, counting and bagging them in 50's just to help your child's school earn $$!



  • You take a bath and end up relaxing next to Diego and Lighting McQueen!

I will continue this each week on Thursday, and make them current - Feel free to share your own rants about being a MOM or Dad!

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October 24, 2009

Broken F AITH

More about this and what others on my face book thread had to say about this photo and a simple Comment like " my faith has been broken" ! It is funny and one of my longest threads! Feel free to comment on the photo etc.

"my faith has been broken ~ and I am not sure who did it!"

Diane E. Cecere likes this.

Carly Sporer The evil gnome who hates country decor. Thu at 10:24pm · Delete

Jenny MacLeod Robert Roberts We all can't live in southern california! Thu at 10:28pm · Delete

Carly Sporer I probably have some dusty rose somewhere in this house....Thu at 10:28pm · Delete

Dan Heubeck One can fix their faith with a little bit of God's super glue....Thu at 11:03pm · Delete

Carly Sporer Maybe the devil made them do it.Thu at 11:21pm · Delete

Nancy Alder LOL Fri at 7:04am · Delete

Jim Hammond it is what it is. but this is a great opprotunity to see where your own faith is a little detached....... Fri at 7:17am · Delete

Sonya Conrad Funny one! Fri at 11:09am · Delete

Jenny MacLeod Robert Roberts Jim perfect time Fri at 11:41am · Delete

Jenny MacLeod Robert Roberts NO one fessed up! Fri at 4:19pm · Delete

Jim Hammond Why would they- It's YOUR Faith. Fri at 4:29pm · Delete

Jenny MacLeod Robert Roberts Ahhhh Never thought about it that way!My faith Broken - Not theirs!What if I asked whose faith is this? And why is it broken? Fri at 4:57pm · Delete

Jim Hammond This is a GREAT thread! What if the whole family gathered around the "broken faith sign" and everyone shared where their own faith is broken. In the end the broken faith may actually bring you all to a really cool space. Fri at 6:17pm · Delete

Jenny MacLeod Robert Roberts Good idea! However lost on the 8 and 5 year olds!
Fri at 6:21pm · Delete


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Day seven

Point to ponder: It's all for him.

Verse to Remember: "For everything comes from God alone. Everything lives by his power, and everything is for his glory." Romans 11:36 (LB)

Question to Consider: Where in my daily routine can I become more aware of God's glory?

I can answer this with confidence that - I - would have to be more aware of his glory at the start and then end of each day. By becoming more aware of this, I will have to add more worship to my routine. More time for reading the bible and starting monday morning I have decided to follow a daily bible reading plan.
Over the past few weeks I have been looking at all sort of plans trying to figure out which one I would like to do and why. And I am still not sure what is the right one for me. Not saying that I can not change it if I do not feel like the verses are crying out to me, but I want to try and stick it out and get much from my time reading the bible in worship.
This is a big step for me and will have to change much of how I get though my day and how I run my day. And for me change is hard and not easily excepted, but I know if I add this to my life, then it will be just as easy to add daily worship to the lives of my family.
Over the past few months I have felt compelled to ready scripture and to really get on my knees in prayer, and really follow the example of those I work with and those I worship with on sundays. However there have only been a few times where I have opened the bible and just read where my heart has opened it! Feeling or none, I know that with praise and worship of his Glory and Grace, I will be guided to his word and guide others as well.
Once I choose a plan of action I will share it with you all, but as for tomorrow it is our family's time to share in the sabbath and continue to "work on" Play and "work on" Rest, the way the Roberts Family does. Through fellowship at church, simple packed lunch and a nice hike in the wonders he has given us! So now sleep and prayer for a somewhat dry day! RAIN go away, ugh!!
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Rainy Morning

I really dislike rain, and after the summer we just had I AM DONE with rain! So on top of the rain this am, we were all awakened by the shriek of our four year old upstairs! More like blood curtlying shrill of a child in horrible pain! I am glad my husband is able to dart up the stairs like superman (even though he says he IS superman)! He ran up there to find Dylan with the first half of his thumb stuck in the door jam! Ugh (yup that word again)!
So he pushed open the door and pulled him up into his arms and brought him downstairs! Thinking the worst, we put ice on the thumb to see if it was a superficial injury. As they sat in the kitchen calming down, I had to help avoid another issue with the dog peeing on the floor because he was excited that we were all awake and no one was currently feeding him. Off I went to feed him, then rush him out the back door (in the rain) to GO!!!
Ok one accident averted, now to deal with the first issue of the morning, STOPPED in my tracks by 7 year old " mom, is dylan ok?" ~ I answered honestly, I do not know yet! Let's go see..
Into kitchen we go and check dylan's finger, thank God he was fine, little ones are so resilient to injuries and his little man is no different, he has survived so many accidents with next to NO issues! It is just by Gods grace that we have not gone to the hospital more often with this little man.

But back to the rain, it is UGH!!
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October 23, 2009

This is pretty Cool and easy

beyond UGH

Beyond UGH I had a Good Day!
I spoke about Care Net for the first time to a public group of people I did not know and answered questions that this small (20) group of parents had about what we do, our mission etc. It was a great experience and I am getting excited about sharing again on tuesday to an even larger group of mothers.

It was a great feeling to share what we do and how much passion I have and all of our volunteers have for Care Net. I know now that there are people who had never heard of us, just as I had not before February!

Praise God!

I love the word UGH!!!


This is how I feel right now and I seem to use it a lot when I am writing about how I feel. UGH!

Ugh - it is cold in the house!

Ugh - I just measured out yeast to find out we have no pizza or pasta sauce!

Ugh - i have to go out tonight to be around a bunch of cub scouts!

Ugh ! There might be a group of parents that I really do not want to confront!

Ugh! It is going to rain tomorrow!

Ugh! I wanted one night day to take family photos outside before the leaves are all gone!


It just seems like such a good word to use! UGH!!!


UGH Facebook made changes again today on their site!

UGH my head hurts because I did not have caffeine and now it is too late in the day!

Ugh I could go on and on with this Bugh!

October 22, 2009

Day Six

DAY SIX:


Point to ponder: This world is not my home!Verse to remember: 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV)



How should the fact that life on earth is just a temporary assignment change the way I am living right now??



Well it should change my materialistic views of stuff and help me remove the superficial value on items that we all have. I should be reminded that - I can not take it with me to heaven. It should help me look past the idea of being patted on the back every time I do a good deed or even accomplish great works within my job with the crisis pregnancy center. Knowing that this life and way of living is temporary.

I can now change the ways that I value things and teach my boys to do the same. Try to teach them that their way of living here on earth is to be simple and not full of stuff. Man made items that break, require more stuff and in the long run will not be buried with you or brought with you to heaven.

We need to place more value on the things we do and the way we treat others in our everyday life, these things will grant us everlasting pleasure in heaven.

I really enjoyed R. Warrens way of talking about our time here on earth. He spoke about how we as Christians carry a green card to stay here on earth and that our true home is heaven. That we are only here temporarily, and that when our work ends we will go HOME to the LORD, and meet all we know in heaven. What a visual of being only a visitor on earth.

LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered, and that my life is fleeing away. Psalm 39:4

I am here on earth for just a little while. Psalm 119:19 (TEV)

Sunset Thursday night



I had to stop on the side of the road and look at the sunset, love them and always have some of my first photos on my disc man camera were of sunsets out of my window at my parents house in Glastonbury!

Was awesome and an awful waste of disc film! But how do you tell a kid that?

Well now a days they look at you like you have two heads when you use the words "FILM"???
What is film??
Man I am aging! UGH


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October 21, 2009

What is Going on here?

What is Going on here?

"Baltimore City Council targets pro-life pregnancy centers

By George P. Matysek Jr. gmatysek@CatholicReview.org Baltimore City Council President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and 10 members of the council are sponsoring a bill that Catholic leaders believe harasses pro-life pregnancy support centers.City Council Bill 09-0406, “Limited-Service Pregnancy Centers –Disclaimers,” would require pregnancy support centers to post a disclaimer noting that they do not provide abortion or contraceptive services. Centers that do not comply would be fined $500 per day.
http://www.catholicreview.org/subpages/storyarchnew.aspx?action=7030 "

October 18, 2009

HIKE FOR LIFE



Mansfield Hollow State Park in Mansfield CT. October 17th, 2009 Yesterday was supposed to be raining and cold. Weather forecasters got one part right, COLD! But beyond that we held the first (planned from the start) Care Net Fund Raising Hike for Life. It was Not a huge success but it was a start. We raised money but not $$$$$ - Some people showed up but not thousands of supporters.
Those who did attend I believe had a good day to walk on the flat path to the Mansfield Hollow Dam and back. Many people brought their dogs to walk with and others walked with new friends.
During the event I did have a chance to walk the route with different people and also bring awareness of Care Net of NECT and our pro-life view, in all it was an awesome day and a great start to an annual event for Care Net.






October 15, 2009

Today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day
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To diligently work with local, state and national leaders to obtain a National Day of Remembrance recognizing the need for community
education and awareness when a family loses a child to miscarriage, stillbirth, and/or neonatal death. While promoting the need for openness, understanding and compassion during a family's time of grief and most importantly, allowing those who wish, to remember these children who we now hold dear.

Just a Ramble Today


So much to do so much accomplished today, from school volunteering, some work things, personal chores, flu shot, dinner made then off to work for a few and now blogging.
It Feels like it has been months since I have really found a day off, but I am sure it will come one day. And I mean a true day off, no house work or emails or little things just to get them done. Time for myself. I know that we have enjoyed time alone and time together as a family, but REST is a well sought after commodity for me and for my family. This was made very clear in the sermon this past Sunday, as WE ( me, myself and I, along with the family) understand that we are not alone in trying to find rest and take time to be a family and less time being is such a rush. But just because we understand, does this mean we will make it a habit? Not sure yet, we have only taken one Sabbath since the sermon last Sunday, and what a day it was!

Last Sunday, prior to service, we packed up a lunch and made a plan to take a long family hike again after church. So there in church troy and I listened to the sermon on REST and the Sabbath, many times we looked at one another and smiled. We both knew we needed to take that break from the crazy mixed up world around us and REST. We both have been working weekend, taking kidos here and there, and trying to keep the house up and running, but had we taken time to be a family? NO! NO for sure, was our unspoken answer.

So God had the plan for us before we even heard the Word. As a family we took our packed lunch and drove to a beautiful state park and did an almost 2.5 hour wooded hike.

The boys were troopers again this Sunday, not as much as a crazy straight up hike as last time, but still a good walk and wonderful sights along the way. We hiked to Indian Chair, which overlooked a beautiful valley below, filled with the most amazing colors of fall.

Then onto the Wolf Den, not the casino concert hall, but the Real Wolf den that Mr. Putnam hid in to kill the
wolf that was taking his live stock. Amazing story to tell the
kids as we sat beside the Den. In general beyond all the moans and groans, I think the boys had a good day spending time with the family and really talking as we hiked int he woods. I am already looking forward to another hike with my family on the Sabbath.

http://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail.aspx?trailid=XTM005-028


What does the Bible really say about the Sabbath? It is generally assumed that Sunday is the correct day. Is it possible that all of these churches are wrong on this fundamental doctrine? And, after all, does it make any difference? Do we not have to adjust our religion to the changing times? Was not the law—including the Sabbath—"nailed to the cross" when Christ died? What about scriptures like Galatians 4:10 or Colossians 2:16—do they not prove that it does not matter which day we keep? Was not Christ resurrected on Sunday, thus His day is the "Lord's Day?" http://sabbath.org/

Sabbath

Sabbath! This past weekend our pastor spoke about Rest and the Sabbath!

How the Sabbath is Gids Gift to Humans!

This was so important over the past few weeks that I am glad that he spoke about it!
This message allowed us to remember that our role is to be a child of God, to remember that God is God and we should take time out of our work weeks to remember that he gave us time to rest.

It was great to hear this as we started out our crazy busy week as parents and as children of God. In our family we took time to be together on our first Sabbath, and enjoied the Glory of Nature that was given to us by the Lord.

Thank you Vince Gierer for an amazing sermon, that allowed us to gather as a family this sunday.

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October 8, 2009

Great Church~

October 6, 2009

Amazing Day a gift from God!



Today after Church we all went for an amazing hike on Soapstone Mt. in Somers, CT
Cool at first then warm and beautiful, the hike was a bit hard in the beginning, but totally worth it once we got to the top!


Trevor took a photo of us, and asked us to kiss each other! great shot!


Daddy, Dylan and Trevor near the top! Great view over Tolland County behind them.
Daddy and Trevor after a short break on the walk down the mountain, that took us off the beaten path. Good hike for the boys they loved it!

Just a nice Fall picture ~ liked the way the light was in this area!

October 4, 2009

Day Five - Seeing Life From God's View


What is your Life? James 4:14b (NIV)


"We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are." Anais Nin


"Unless you are faithful in small matters, you won't be faithful in large ones." Luke 16:10a (NIV)


Question to consider: What has happened to me recently that I now know was a test from God? What are the greatest matters God has entrusted to me?


I am not sure if I can truly answer the first question, as I am a new follower of Christ and the Gospel of the Lord. I do see that things have changed in our house since the time that I started to follow the Lord, and since the time I started to volunteer at a Christian Non Profit. We have been tested in our relationships and in our financial needs and wants. Troy and I have been tested more and more as parents and we have been brought together by what challenges us everyday.


Little things in our day to day life pop up more often now then they did before. I never felt so challenged as I do today and everyday in the past 6 months. Many things speak of being tests of the Lord, but if they are tests only the Lord only he knows for sure, and will provide me with answers when I stand before him. So I try my hardest to work through those tests, and await the results or my grades as I pray on my knees before him.


What are the greatest matters God has entrusted to me?


WOW - My first answer would be my children and my family. Raising children is a challenge and a gift. It is a chance to show the next generation that they can be anything and everything they want to be as long as they Trust in the Lord. I know I need to teach our children how to take care of what they have been given and understand that they are loved my God and should trust in God, as much as I have trusted Him to lead my family to eternal peace and love. I am entrusted to take of the earth and all that we have been given by the Lord.


If looking at my position in the Non Profit I work for, I have been entrusted with the faith of others in our Pro Life Christian Crisis Pregnancy Center, and their faith in the Lord to provide what we need to keep our doors open and to be able to spread his Gospel. The Lord has asked me to serve him within one of his greatest missions, to serve him and all his children with all my heart and all my professional skills. For this I feel like I have been asked to help carry on life not only with my own children but within the hearts and minds of so many young women and so many who support this amazing ministry.


I am hoping that this is what the Lord is entrusting me with.


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October 1, 2009

Day Four Thinking about my purpose

There is more to life than just here and now!


"This world is fading away, along with everything it craves. But if you do the will of GOD, you will live forever" 1 John 2:17

Question to Consider: Since I was made to last forever, what is the one thing I should stop doing and the one thing I should start doing today?


One thing I should Stop doing would be a laundry list of things, but the most important would have to be to Stop Living for Things! Things, material objects, things equaling status, Things equal STUFF! Stuff I can not carry in my heart or mind, Stuff that will not come with me to his Kingdom. Material objects that do not equal amazing experiences with my children and family.


I am a taker of photographs and my boys make fun of me, but I think in my mind I am helping them and myself remember the times we have together, there for allowing them to look back. Then when they look back they will see all the fun that we had together as a family beyond the normal family routine. So for me Stopping living for things that I can not take with me would be important. Even talking with my husband about where we are in life and we both agree that we are living for the experiences in life and not all the stuff. And that feels good to be on the same page with where we are and where we want to be.


So now what should I feel motivated to start doing to move me forward to my life ever lasting? I Know I should Start to Pray and Read the bible each day. I need to remember that each day is a new day and a second chance to do it again, and I need to take advantage of that gift. So as of today I will try hard to read the bible each day. And at the end of this time of blogging I will let you all know how that is doing?








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