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I’m not usually without words.  Today I am.  This may be rambly.  Oooh I know, I will bullet post it!

  • Love the joy my simple Christmas tree brings me.  It is covered in ornaments from my childhood.  It is covered in ornaments from my childrens’ childhood and my marriage.  Its not fancy.  But I LOVE it.  It gives me great joy.
  • I’m in the middle of many loads of laundry to pack up in our van with my kids and hublover and go spend Christmas with my sisters and mom for the first time in YEARS. 
  • And then I get to visit an awesome friend I haven’t seen in years.  But we have been living life together via internet anyway.  Who says long distance doesn’t work?
  • Having trouble not going on and on and on about how God has given to us this year. 
  • How is it possible to be so happy and so sad at the same time?  My heart is aching.  Aching for terrible hurts other people are going through.
  • Thankful for family.  Thankful for friends.  Thankful for people who have truly made a difference in our lives this year and they probably don’t even realize what a big deal they are to us.

So.  This wasn’t a beautiful work of writing.  It doesn’t even begin to convey what is in my heart and mind.  But when I fail for words, I always have ones that matter at a moment’s notice.

Luke 2:10 “And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people”.

Merry {Christ}mas!
To those who are waiting.  Those who are filled with joy.  Those who are filled with anguish. Those who are penniless.  Those who are blessed. 

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Would You Go With Me

I am well aware that I go on and on about my husband.  I did it when I left him for a week in El Salvador and drove everyone crazy.  I did it last weekend when I was chaperoning a group of teens from church on a retreat.  I do it with my family.  I go on and on.  But here’s the thing…. it’s all true.  He works his butt ass off at his job for us {I apologize for the curse, but sometimes it just fits so much better}.  He is incredibly handsome.  Sure he has annoying quirks.  Who doesn’t?  But just recently he tried to alleviate one of my pet peeves/quirks by crunching on his apple across the room.  I’m not kidding.  Instead of annoying me {I may have an unreasonable aversion to crunching} he went across the room without being asked!  That’s how awesome he is.  And since I go on and on about him, I thought that  little tidbit would be new and fresh!  So, point being, here’s my new favorite song that makes me all gooey and lovey over my gorgeous, God loving, hard working,  awesome father, husband-who crunches away from me.


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Finding Joy Amidst the Crazies

I’m going a little crazy. Strung out with college.  Strung out with kids’ activities.  Strung out with Christmas planning and prep. Strung out about 3 of my 4 kids having birthdays in a two week radius around Christmas. (not planned, March is just very fertile for me).  Strung out about throwing a chaperoning trip for my church youth group into the mix this weekend.
And since my husband is going to read this I need to say, ” Babe, I know I’m supposed to be doing homework right now and nothing else.  I’ll make this quick.  Love you.”
But I wanted needed to find some joy today, real quick.  Before I dive back into the crazies.  After all, this month is not about the crazy stress, or hurts or planning or shopping.  It is about love, the gift of a Saviour, pure joy.  So here is my joy today.

1. Isabella and the way she loves her baby sister and brother
2. Capturing a MOMENT in time between my two little ones, with the added bonus of Donovan putting his hat on with his moose pajamas!
3. Now, I realize that I am a lousy photography, but pay special attention to the looks on the girls faces on the right.  I told them to smile and this is what they came up with.  My joy!
4. Joy is this sweet face
5. Isabella and her handprint turkey with a tree and a barn
6. Joy when Layla snags my camera and captures a moment between me and my oldest

7. “Meeeeesssseeeee” (cheese)

8. Cranberries give me joy.  Taste, smell, everything.
I hope you find a lot of joy in your day!


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Pepsi Refresh for Elyria Ohio- Please Help!

****Edit- Anyone in the world can vote, not just people from Elyria****

This is a call to help. I live in a city that is desperately in need of hope. It is in need of inspiration and help. Like many cities across America, we have been hit hard by unemployment, taxes, foreclosures….. it goes on and on. We have falling down buildings, houses and spirits.
But there is a chance! A gleam of hope! Pepsi has a program each month where they award $25,000 to ten great civic ideas out of thousands of submissions. My husband Alex is organizing this event for our city.

Here’s the gist: A vegetable garden for 1,000 low income families! Using a product that requires no digging, by Filtrexx Int. they will be able to install ‘raised bed’ vegetable gardens and help teach the importance of nutrition and organic growing to thousands of people!

What you can do:
1. Text the number 104402 to 73774
*standard text message rates apply

2. Go to this Pepsi Refresh website to read all the specifics on this amazing idea and vote

3. Vote through your Face Book. Here are the steps:
        1) Search for Pepsi and “Like” it
        2) Look up our project, search term Filtrexx Foundation (my husband’s company and applicant)
        3)Click “vote for this”
4. Share my page with your friends.  The more votes the better
5. Get my widget on the sidebar
6. At the end of the month I will have an exciting giveaway for anyone who votes.  How will I know? 
*** Each day you vote, leave me a comment on this blog post.  If you vote everyday, you will have 31 entries.
*** You will also receive an entry for following this blog and staying up to date on the project
 Your votes will provide good, nutritious food to those who cannot! Please use all three methods once a day for the next month!