Sunday, April 29, 2012

Camp For All {fAMILY dAY}

We just got back from visiting the camp that changed my life. I feel like a lot of who I am today was shaped during my time working at Camp For All   in college. Today they had a family day open to the public and we were so excited to go out there together as a family.

"   Camp For All is a unique, barrier free camp working in partnership with other non-profits to enrich the lives of children and adults with challenging illnesses or special needs and their families throughout the year. "

 It has been described by many as "heaven on earth." That description seems accurate to me. I don't say this just because it's attractions are  ridiculously awesome but more importantly because of the love, acceptance, and joy that fills this place.

When I set out to work my first summer in 2003 I had high expectations that it would be a fun summer filled with new experiences. What I didn't know was that the Lord was going to use my time there to heal wounds from my childhood. I didn't know that he was going to bring out a child like spirit that wasn't afraid of judgment, that danced to be free, that sang "oh happy day" at the top of my lungs each and every day, to think beyond myself, to find joy in the small things and to build relationships that will forever be in my heart. I absolutely love the person that I found in myself when I worked here. I found JOY there. I said goodbye to built up anger and bitterness. I said hello to living each day grateful for the life that I have been given. I am forever changed by the stories and lives of the campers I met.I am forever grateful for the gift that God gave me when he brought me down that old dirt road one sunny day in March of 2003.

And for anybody that worked with me those two years you might remember that I played this song each and every day. In fact I couldn't start my morning without it. Minute 4:10 begins my favorite part of the song that I may have pretended to play the bongos.

I just love a good trip down memory lane;)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Good Morning!

I'm still alive I just had an issue with the power cord to my computer so I got a new one and I'm up and running again. I feel like I'm so behind on posting pictures and documenting life. I have just felt the calling to take a little step back on my internet usage. I'm always feeling behind on the important things in life so I felt like I needed to scale back on the things that I can scale back on. It's been good for me in many ways.

Have I mentioned before how much I love mornings? I was thinking about it yesterday as we were playing in the sunlight, reading books, singing songs in our pjs and having just eaten our warm breakfast and that's when I realized that each morning feels like Saturday morning around here. I know it won't always be this way and that's why I'm soaking up this simple don't have to be anywhere phase of life.

I have two things on my mind this morning that I would love your help with.

1.) Do you have any homemade granola/oatmeal bar recipes you can share with me?  Those boxes are getting expensive now that all four family members enjoy snacking on them when we are on the go.

2.) Our DVD/VHS player finally tanked. Yes, I said VHS! Anyways, I went to store the other night to check out DVD players and saw so many options that included Hulu, Netflix and online streaming. Which brand and options would you recommend and why?

Thank you so much! You guys are always so much help.

Oh and to those of you who have emailed me asking about the measuring spoons I use they are from The Pampered Chef, as are most of the cool gadgets I use in the kitchen that make my life a little easier.

Speaking any of my local readers sell Pampered Chef?

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

How to get old wooden drawers to glide easily {DIY}

 I have been on the hunt for the last year for a set of dressers that could serve as nightstands by our bedside. We have been using normal nightstands and have found that there ends up being an avalanche of books, monitors, glasses of water, cell phone chargers and many other random objects that are too large to fit on such a small space. Please tell me we aren't alone? I don't know where else all the random stuff would go so we decided we could stuff it in yet another drawer if we had a dresser. Right? Okay so here is what I found for the Hubby's side of the bed. I'm kinda jealous of his but it works best on his side. I'll show you mine once I finish.



Don't you love what a fresh coat of paint can do for a worn down piece of furniture? I see no reason to buy things new when I can make them new to me. $10 and a fresh coat of paint and it's just as pretty as can be.

One thing that comes with the territory of old wooden furniture is rough wood that doesn't glide easily when your trying to pull the drawers in and out. A little trick to get them moving like new is to take a bar of soap and rub the bottom or the drawers and the inside of the tracks generously with the bar of soap. Put the drawer back in place and you will be good to go!

This will also work on kitchen cabinet drawers, old doors that stick and well...pretty much anything old that sticks and needs a little coat of wax to help it slide.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope y'all have a blessed day!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

There's just something about the morning time

I love the way the light streams into the house and how our Nellie girl soaks it up.

I love how a little boy with baby bed head crashes into pillows.

I love the feathers I find in the egg cartons from Pawpaws chickens.

I love the little girl that calmly reads all morning long.

I love the butterflies that flutter all around us when we are outside enjoying the cool crisp morning.

I love the one teeny tiny strawberry that's ready to eat.

I love the lizard that's on the house for my little one to discover.

I love the roses.

I love that the little girl chases in wonder to find all of God's marvelous creation.

I love the way the Lord speaks to me each morning when I put him first. I want to share this mornings devotion with you. It really spoke to me and made me think it might speak to one of you. As a person that struggles with true forgiveness I needed to hear these words.

"Dwell on the thought -- God is Love. Link it up with my "I and my Father are One." Dwell on My actions on earth. See in the Love in operation. If it was God who so acted, then it was Love, Perfect Love, that performed those actions, those wonders. Then you, too, must put Love (God) into action in your lives. Perfect Love means perfect forgiveness. Lo, my children, you see that where God is there can be no lack of forgiveness, for that is really lack of love.

God is judging
God is resentment
God is Love....all patience
God is Love....all power
God is Love....all supply

All you need to have is love to God and man. Love to God ensures obedience to every wish, every command. Love is the fulfilling of all law. Pray much for Love."

Amen! I pray y'all have a blessed day!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Trying to walk

Someone's trying to walk with the help of his new grocery cart and his big sister he should be running in no time!

Fast children = blurry pictures

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Happy Birthday Bubby!

One year ago today at this exact time I was unloading the dishwasher when I noticed the bending over and reaching up high was causing some painful contractions. Little Miss had just gone down for her nap so I decided to lay down and determine if they stayed the same once I was resting. They continued in frequency and pain and it's about that time I called the doctor and made the decision to come on in to the hospital. I then called my husband to tell him he needed to come home from work and he just so happened to not answer. It was about that time that I got nervous that this really could be it and now I couldn't get a hold of my husband. It wasn't but 15-20 minutes later that he called me back (felt like 2 hours) and I told him to come home because we needed to head to the hospital. He later told me he thought it was a false alarm. My friend Kim rushed over to the house from work to stay with Little Miss. Once she got there I started bawling my eyes out because I realized this was real and I was about to leave my first born for the first time, during nap time and return a few days later with a baby. A lot to process in a short hormonal amount of time. We headed to the hospital within the hour, checked in and found out that I was indeed in labor. I jogged around the hospital breezeway (I'm not even kidding!) until about 9, had my epidural at 10 and had baby boy on April 11, 2011 at 11:12pm weighing 7lbs 11 ounces.

He is passionate, loving, cuddly, and just as sweet as can be. I never realized how much I needed a little boy until I had him. His hugs melt my heart. He is pure sweetness. All the loud grunting, screaming, strong as heck grip, and toy throwing is growing on me. I know it comes with the territory and I'm being refined through it all. Most of the time it makes me shake my head with laughter. He's crazy. He's "all boy." Whatever he is, be it angry, happy, or sad he gives it his all. I look forward to see how God will use those qualities as you grow older. 

We are so in love with you Bubby boy! You bring Joy to this home and our hearts. Your smile lights up our eyes and we are so grateful God chose us as your parents.

Things to note:
Just got your first tooth and it looks like the second one is breaking through.
You aren't walking on your own yet but you are walking while pushing chairs and toys.
You LOVE to be outside.
You still enjoy eating more than anything else in the world.
You say "Da Da" all the time.
You smile all the time.
You no longer drool..... praise the Lord! It stopped once you started cutting teeth....funny huh?
You stick your tongue out when your focused.
You suck your right thumb.
I will find out all of your stats at your appointment and try to remember to post them here.

I failed miserably at the growth chart. Once I hit the 6 month mark I stopped trying. At least I got the first  6 months, right?