Saturday, January 31, 2009

Busy Bees!

It's Saturday! And a beautiful one at was 45 degrees today! This morning we got up and made pancakes, which has become our Saturday morning ritual - yum! I have the most bestest ultimate pancake recipe of all time, in case you are interested. I will share it. Then Hope and I were off to a baby shower at church this afternoon. It was so much fun - girly stuff! I don't get nearly enough girl time these days, especially grown up girl time. God has been convicting me lately that I really need to make more time for girlfriends. I can't be just mom & wife all the time. More on that later...

After Vince and I got home (me from the shower and Vince from bringing Trevor to drop off some job applications and then to his girlfriends for their winter formal tonight) we got to work. Our house is abuzz right now...all the bees are at work! The kids are in various stages of doing their weekly jobs and cleaning their rooms...Kyle Bee is busy vacuuming the entryway and stairs. It's funny, he was the one who was protesting the loudest about doing his job, but now he seems to be having the most fun! Hope Bee is cleaning the upstairs bathroom...she loves to clean and help out so we rarely get a complaint out of her. In fact, she just came and asked if she could do our bathroom too because it's fun (I said no, honey, we'll do our own bathroom!) Vinny Bee just finished the downstairs bathroom...after some protests and attempts at negotiating doing his job at a different time, he willingly got to work and the bathroom is sparkling! Nick Bee has his room done and is waiting until after dinner to do the kitchen with me because I, Queen Bee, am making dinner and doing dishes. King Bee is working on the drywall in Vinny's room. That man really loves his projects...over the past several months he has carved out time to get all of the electrical wiring finished in Nick and Vinny's rooms, and once it is inspected, will be able to finish their walls (finally!) The boys have been so patient. Oh, and Trevor Bee weazled out of doing his room and job today...he's a sneaky one, that boy! Supper is almost ready, then we will be sitting down to eat supper and probably relaxing and watching a movie tonight. So there you go...Saturday at our house!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Sweating the not-so-small stuff

I wonder if God ever gets frustrated with me. When He tries, over and over, to teach me the same lesson...and time and time again I don't get it. How many times does He have to prove Himself to me before I truly surrender and trust Him with every aspect of my life? Even the little things? I think I trust Him with the big things...well, let me think about that for a moment. No, if I am being truly honest I struggle with those too. Big things like will all of our children grow up and follow the Lord? Will they fulfill His purpose for thier lives? Will I??

I can't honestly say that I always spend time in prayer about decisions before I make them.  I think sometimes I base decisions on wanting a change. I get restless, and I think I sometimes interprete my restlessness as God moving me to something new. Maybe that's true, and maybe it's not, but either way I am where I am and God has something to teach me. It's that trust thing again, and something about being content in all circumstances....things He continually works at teaching me. Will I EVER really get it??

"I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances." Philippians 4:11

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving." Colossians 3:23-24

Sunday, January 18, 2009

I'm here!!!

I'm here!!! I'm here!!! Can anyone hear me?? It's been so long since I've blogged that I'm afraid that everyone may have left! That's ok, I'll just keep talking anyway and pretend that someone is listening. I do that all the time anyway :)

Well, we survived and even enjoyed Christmas ~ our first Christmas in our new home, our new marriage, and our new family! I really tried to keep my stress level down regarding the holidays this year...I have a tendency to do to much, or try to do too much, and get all stressed out. I know Vince has done the same thing in the past, so we made a concerted effort not to do that this year and for the most part, we succeeded. We really enjoyed decorating our home, shopping together for the kids, and spending many evenings sitting by the fire after the kids went to bed. My favorite part about decorating every year is always my village. I LOVE miniature stuff, and I absolutely love my village! We put half of it on top of the piano, and the rest above the fireplace...

My other favorite thing to put out has become my Willow Tree nativity....Vince got me the original set last year for Christmas, and this year the kids gave me the 3 wise men.

Then there were all those stockings.....including two for the dogs, there were ten stockings lined up along the ledge in the family room!

We really enjoyed the decorations while they were was fun blending our things together such as our snowman turns out we each had several snowmen that just happened to all look very cute together! But now, we have finally finished taking down all of these decorations that we had so much fun putting up. As of today all of our Christmas stuff is snuggly packed away again until next year and the house is starting to look normal again. As I speak, Vince is stuffing the last of our christmas cards to be mailed out this week ( least we are getting them out, right?)

Besides all the decorating and shopping, we really did have a great time with the kids as well as both of our families. My sister came home from Nevada earlier in December for my family celebration, and then the weekend after Christmas we spent in Iowa with Vince's siblings...good times! So much preparation, and then it seems to be gone by so quickly. I wish I had time to elaborate on specific moments and such, but I think I better just continue on from here. We are marching along in this new year with anticipation and hope for all that 2009 has in store for us. 2008 was quite a ride so I really hope that this year brings some rest!

On a totally different note, I have to share this funny story...

Nick and Vince were goofing around picking on eachother the other day. Nothing too serious, just some friendly banter and hurling of insults which is a common occurrence in our house. It started off with Nick making a sarcastic comment to Vince, to which Vince replied "oh Nick, you need a hug..." and proceded to chase him around the kitchen island. For some reason Vince had a lightbulb in his hand, which Nick grabbed and said "here, I'll turn this on and maybe you'll have an idea!" That was the funniest thing I've heard in a looooong time :)