November 30, 2009

Monday WHY MONDAY???? - Advent & Crafts

I am Still looking for some more ideas to spread the joy of the season on to our boys, I have decided to post a few new and fun advent sites to my blog every day.  Yesterday the Boys and I were going to make Christmas cookies and a non dangerous Advent Wreaths and a family advent wreath for the house. But all they wanted to do was to decorate the christmas tree and put out all the christmas decorations around the house. 

 Maybe tomorrow after school we can make some wreaths or even placemats (like I did for Thanksgiving).  Instead of doing the crafts, I looked up some craft pages on Advent Wreaths, see below.  Also please feel free to share your oun traditions of advent with others by commenting below.

Three sites that give you some ideas to start your own Wreath Traditions.

Advent Wreaths:

Advent wreaths have their origins in the folk traditions of northern Europe, where in the deep of winter people lit candles on wheel-shaped bundles of evergreen. Both the evergreen and the circular shape symbolized ongoing life. The candlelight gave comfort at this darkest time of the year, as people looked forward to the longer days of spring. Later, Eastern European Christians adopted this practice. By the sixteenth century, they were making Advent wreaths much as we know them today. An advent wreath traditionally contains four candles-three purple and one rose. Purple dyes were one so rare and costly that they were associated with royalty; the Roman Catholic Church has long used this color around Christmas and Easter to honor Jesus. The three purple candles in the Advent wreath symbolize hope, peace, and love. These candles are lit on the first, second, and fourth Sundays of Advent. The rose candle, which symbolizes joy, is usually lit on the third Sunday. Because Advent wreaths are an informal celebration, not all are the same. ( )

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November 29, 2009

Advent Online? and beyond....

Advent is the period preceding the Christmas Season and starts the sunday closet to November 30th which is the feast day of St. Adnrew the Apostle and covers four sundays there after.  The word Advent, from latin and mean "the coming".  For centuries it has been a time of spritual reflection and anticipation for the coming of the Jesus Christ to us!

So, here I am looking for some sort of NEW traditions for our two boys (7 and 4), because I always remembered that as a child we would be advent calendars.  Not like the new fancy chololate filled ones, but simple ones with little flaps and a speical little image behind each tab.  My grandmother always got them for my brother and I and would give them to us when we visited.  But as I look I have found facts and many cool sites online.

Great site that just needs some editing on the dates but gives you a clean cut plan of action if you would like daily devotionals during advent.

As I was looking I found a few sites that are intresting and I hope to find and post one a day as my ADVENT CALENDAR.  Have your own Advent Traditions or suggested sites?  Leave responce below.

Here are the first days Advent Picks!

Use this calendar to count down the days of Advent with quizzes, articles, devotionals, and much more.

This fabric chain advent calendar is modeled after decorative paper chains and includes one link that can be removed each day leading up to Christmas. Inside each link is a slip of paper describing a family activity for each day, ranging from singing Christmas carols to wrapping presents. (AP PHOTO)

aLink to a friends Blog about Advent  

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November 28, 2009

The boys with Ninja 11/28

Rest in Peace!
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November 27, 2009

Hard to Focus Friday ~ Saying Goodbye to our Boy Ninja

Hard to write this weeks Focus on Friday Blog Entry but ~ Tonight has been very hard, infact all day has been hard.  I know what my children do not - I know that our dog will not be here with us tomorrow night.  I am being selfish by crying about this, but we love our dog so much and we know that keeping him alive is not the right thing to do.  He has been an amazing dog for our young family. Here are a few photos of tonight Boys with Ninja!

August 2001 I get a phone call while at work from my darling husband asking if we would like to take in Ninja, a black lab who we have known since he was a puppy.  My husbands friend were unable to keep all their dogs after the adoption of their two children and they knew how much Troy loved ninja and bonded with him while living with his friends.  So after a day of thought we decided that he would be a great additon to our home before our first bundle of joy arrived later that fall (12/2001).

Ninja was a great addition to our home espcially after our little one was born, he really took a licking to Trevor and the only thing that he disliked was the crying (but hey so did we!!).  While home on maternity leave Ninja would not be far out of reach of me or the new baby, very protective of his baby!  Patience was one of Ninja's greatest attributes, patience with a crawlling little baby boy, a baby boy who loves to PAT him on the head, pull on his tail and jump on him like a horse.  And through it all he was calm and patient. Ninja is a great friend and will be deeply missed.  As many of you have expereinced the loss of a pet, you understand what pain you have to go through.  For those who have yet to go through this, I will pray for you as all of you have prayed for our family during this difficult time. Thanks! 

Here are a few things I found helpful as we plan for this  ~ A Friend sent this along to me and I found it helpful in being able to talk with our children.

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

"I Miss My Pet: A workbook for children about pet loss" by Katie Nurmi ©2002. This workbook let's children work through the loss of a pet by teaching the child that their feelings are impotant and respected. They will also learn that respect for all living creatures is an important aspect of growing up.

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DECORATING FOR THE HOLIDAYS?                                                             So Am I!   However I would LOVE to share what others are doing in their own homes for the holidays!  Feel Free to take a photo and email it to me and I will run a contest with some give aways of At Home America Items to decorate your very own home with.  As I get the photos I will post them and also post a few of the items I will be giving away!  Bare with me as I just thought of doing thing this am!  REALLY!   That is way I chose the most adorable photo of my little Chirstmas Baby!

Email me your photos and why you like the room or decorations you chose to photograph this will enter you onto the drawing.

You can also be entered to receive a prize by following my blog here or following me via twitter user name jromamma
Posting a comment here about posted photos

You can also post a link to your Blog of your decorations

More times you blog or enter or comment = More time you are entered!

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November 26, 2009


Sorel makes the most gorgeous boots for women, men and kids!
I have added them to my wish list for Christmas!

The Sorel Kids line is just as wonderful!
We would love to wear Rainbou Rain Boots all day everyday.  My boys are just that BOYS!  The love wearing boots and these are one TOUGH pair!
Sorel also offers warmer boots for all-weather like the Snow Commander for toddlers or the Yoot Pac!!! 

Because the colder weather is upon us, Sorel and Things Moms Like are giving away a pair of Sorel Kids Boots to one lucky Things Moms Like reader! Approximate value $44-$70.


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November 25, 2009


(this photo has little to do with the blog)

So there is this thing we all Like to call Christmas and it is right around the corner!  I have been stressing out about all my decorations ever since a few amazing women on Twitter got these all set up.  But me I am not ready!  Most of the time I would be all gunho about putting up the tree, stockings and all my santas, this year I just can not get into it.  I just can not get my self off the cozy sofa near the pellet stove and get my butt moving to gather up all the fall decorations and tape up those boxes as well as all the boxes of clothes for the boys.  I just can not motivate myself to do these things. 

Why I am not sure yet- I do not know.  I love Christmas, I love making my  house a small wonderland for the boys and I love looking at all the different things that I have kept from year to year.  But some how deep in my heart I dislike taking all the boxes out of the attic (or at least asking hubby to climb up there).  I just can not muster up the energy to ask him to do this aweful chore for me.  But I will this weekend when I get to all the other boxes that need to go up in storage.
I am excited about Christmas and spreading the word that the Son of God was born and how we all should praise the Lord for giving us his only son in the form of a beautiful baby boy.  I want and need to find the right books to share with the boys on the importance of this event and this holiday.  As a family we are focusing on the reason and not all the other stuff, so dies it make scense that I do not decorate the house?  Or should I decorate but not go all out?  Undesided questions that seem kinda important in the whole skeam of things, but are they?

I think I am more excited about giving to others this holiday season more than receiving!  I am excited to see my family in Disney in a month.  I am excited for our boys and this being their first trip to Disney. I am sad that I will not break break with my family at either Thankgiving or at Christmas, but soon we will all sit down to a holiday dinner together and not stress out about homes and what could be better.
I must WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE!  (green mountain)  I need to keep alert and keep tabs on how I can share the Gospel of the Lord with others I come in contact with.  I need to focus on the wants and needs of the PRC Clients and their families.  So for each day ahead I pray that we will be strong and travel through the holidays without too much stress.

November 7, 2009

Join me in Letting the Goverment know that you are ProLife!

What is I Am 71 Percent?
President Barack Obama has been quoted as saying that abortion funding is central to his health care reform agenda. But not so fast, Mr. President!
A recent Zogby poll has shown that 71% of Americans oppose taxpayer funded abortions.
Are you one of those Americans? If so, then join our virtual protest!
We plan make sure that President Obama and every member of Congress is sent a link to these photos so they can put faces on the 71% figure that represents the percentage of Americans opposed to tax-funding of abortion in health care legislation currently under consideration. We want them to look us in the eye and consider who they represent before they finalize plans to oppose our will on this critical moral issue.
Take a picture of yourself with the number 71 then click here to upload your photo and we will add you to the I Am 71 Gallery!
But this protest doesn’t stop there. Click the “Do More” tab to make your voice heard so that not one dime will go to fund the killing of innocent children through abortion!

November 5, 2009

Thinking Thursday...

Thinking Thursday, what makes you a parent? It could be many things, all beyond giving birth to a child or helping in the creation of that child. It is the day to day things that they put us through. Again this week I will give examples of what made me a parent this week. Feel free to share your own stories!

Alright - This is one one of those times where I know I am a parent when I get a photo message while at work, from my husband...of my 4year old son eating corn! But wait the good part comes next. I know I am a parent not because of the photo from hubby, but because I ran around the office showing everyone the photo and told them all how proud I was of my four year old for eating his corn!
WHAT IS THE BIG DEAL YOU ASK?? WEll this child is so stubborn (not sure where he gets it his father) that he would ONLY eat Corn while still on the Cob! No joke, we even cut the corn off the cob right in front of him, and he still refused to eat it! UGH! (do not get me going on UGHs again)

So I am thrilled and I am excited to show silly of me, but it counter acts the second part of the story. I come home later, boys in bed, to find out the real story, only after asking "How did you get him to eat the corn?"

Hubby replied by tell me how 7year old brother and 36 year dad decided to go ahead and have desert (ie Halloween candy), right in front of said 4 year old, who then proceeded to get angry and upset, voice his opinion and flex his muscles. He was then disciplined and made an apology to his father, and then proceeded to climb back up into his chair and try the corn (off the cob), and ate more than half of what was given to him. His just reward was Just desert.

Eating his corn

The second thing that reminded me that I am a parent with unconditional love for my children, also happened today. I guess having two things happen on one day is a great way to write the Thursday Thinking Day Blog Post. 3:45 pm comes fast most days and today was no exception. My day off from work, and a day to get caught up with chores, etc. My 4 year old gets off the bus alone, because today is Thursday, and his brother is staying after for Lego Club! Really an after school club to build things out of Legos, really cool! My oldest normally wants to take the late bus, which departs at 4:20 from the school and seems to be almost an hour ride home, cause there is only one bus for all the children staying after. He would normally arrive sometime after 5 pm. But today being so much different that any other day (NOT), I get a phone call at 4:15 telling me that He had an accident! AN ACCIDENT? WHat? Is he ok ...what happened to my 7 year old??? I was told (and calmed down) by the school secretary that he had an accident in the bathroom and wanted me to come get him. WOW not what I expected, but who says parenthood is? Well no one if they are parents.

I packed up the little one and drove off to the school, fearing the worst I got extra clothes and we were off. This is not a short trip to the school 15 minutes regular driving and 10 if I have a sick kid there. 20 minutes if I plan to pick them up! I arrived, and there he was waiting, and looking all sad. I gave him the change of clothes and spoke with the secretary for a minute while he changed in the bathroom. We walked out to the car, not speaking a word about this. As we were driving home I had to ask "what happened?" he replied that he was not paying attention to what he was doing and got him self all wet while using the bathroom. OK OK I felt better, at least he was just being lazy, and did not wet his pants in the classroom etc. He was just being lazy! I felt bad for him, and explained that he needed to be more aware of what he was doing, and pay more attention. END of conversation. Less than I feared it would be, and we have not spoken about it again tonight and will not mention it again tomorrow.

Being a parent is a challenge, struggle and one heck of a crazy job. if I had known I would have still signed on for this, cause my boys are one of a kind and nothing like each other. They continually remind me about how hard it is to be a parent and remind me how much I love it too!

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November 4, 2009


Today I met with a pastor who is the newest board member of the CPC that I am working for in NE connecticut. This was the first time I introduced myself to him face to face and I am glad I asked for this meeting. Pastor J. was a warm and welcoming man, who I am thrilled to have with us. Very much like me he has new ideas and contacts who might be great in helping us spread the word of our ministry. We talked about getting the word out about this center to the two universities communities we are close to. We want to tell these groups about us and the thought is to educate these young Christians about who we are and what we do, with the idea that they might come across someone in need, and we can equip them with the knowledge of where to send a young woman in a Crisis Pregnancy! I was thrilled to see that he and I are going in the same direction, toward helping young women in need!
But, while meeting with him I got this idea to blog about the injustices in the world, but more pin pointed to those we see day to day in New England and NE Connecticut. You might not think that there are injustices in little olde rural northeastern CT, but there are. Some are very much in the limelight while others are swept under the rugs of home through out our communities.

in·jus·tice (n-jsts) KEY NOUN:
Violation of another's rights or of what is right; lack of justice.
A specific unjust act; a wrong.

As I was writing this I had to stop because I did not know where to start with all the issues, but one that is close to my heart is that of Saving Live, and by saving lives I mean stopping abortions. In stopping abortions I believe in educating women and men on the issue that surround abortion.


Not sure where to start with this one, but here I go!


It was not to long ago that I was unable to spell Wednesday or the word Tomorrow - but as I move forward on my path with the lord I have worked on the word tomorrow!
As in I look forward to Tomorrow!
There is always glory if and when I wake up tomorrow!

Now I can spell them both and I have over come two of my hardest (yet easy for some) words to spell. Is it a mental block or is it a fear of hump day? Who knows of cares!? All I know is that I can spell them and I am thrilled.

November 3, 2009

To see the light in the eyes of our four olds face when I told him we were going to church. He asked if we were going to see our new friends (pioneer club friends), I had to answer truthfully and say "No"! He looked so disappointed, I did however start to tell him the names of the friends we would see once at church and he smiled again and told me he was going to share with his friends about his Halloween night with them. It was great to see his excitement over learning about God with other children and the type of fellowship that starts so young.
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November 2, 2009

Mobil of GODS Faithful Family

Last night after a very long conversation with a hurting heart, I needed to vent to my husband, and so I did! Knowing I had to focus on MY feelings on the situation and not on the players in the drama (I had to remove them from my questioning of the situation and remain an outsider) and open up to him what was on my mind.

But in sharing all of this with my husband, I found it very hard not to judge the faith of these hearts over my own faith in the Lord. I had to step back and really look at where I am in my walk and where they are in theirs. Totally different paths and directions, we are at an intersection together walking toward the same goal, to meet the heavenly father at the end of the earthly journey, but we are in different places and that I understand. I also was judging the role of those broken hearts churches in their lives. But during all of this venting (in a good way), I was gently reminded by my loving husband that "We need to not question or judge another church, at least for this week!"

OK OK it had been less that 12 hours from the sermon that morning that told us to look for all the family members of God's family, and embrace them into your own families, ~ all those who are in God's family are in YOUR family.

After my husband said these words to me, I apologized to him and told him that he was right and correct to remind me of this. So here I am still in need of venting about the situation, but not intending to hurt anyone or their faith or their church home. I must remind myself that each church home is different, as each person is different. I guess my biggest issue is that I am new in my journey, new with a church home that I feel comfortable with and new to the idea that the Lord is my savior and I just want everyone to feel these feelings.

I would love for these hurting hearts to find a church home that they could feel comfortable enough in to share everything with their pastors and friends. To feel as if they have a church family that would support them through think and thin all without judgement. I would love for the Church families that say they will always support these hearts, actually support them.

And as of today I will continue to pray with and for these hurting hearts, pray that their church homes will lift them up and support them through all the times in their lives (good and bad) and really be that rock that so many of us look for and desire as we walk hand in hand with the Lord on our journeys with and to him.

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