Sunday, January 31, 2010


You want to know what's wrong with this world?  Its NOT that everyone thinks they are entitled to their own opinion.  Its that everyone thinks YOU are entitled to THEIR opinion. 

That's all I have to say.  Because unlike too many people in this world, I'm going to refrain from sharing my opinion until someone asks me for it!

Monday, January 25, 2010

New Look

New news coming.  Stay tuned

In other news, Thomas came over to me yesterday, laid his head on me and said in the sweetest voice, "oooohhh, my new best friend".

Yes I cried.

Thursday, January 21, 2010


Smoking is cool.  Smoking meat that is. This past weekend, Paulo used the smoker I got him for Chrismas and all I can say is deeeelish!

Last minute, casual dinner of pooled leftovers with a friend when both husbands are busy is a really great way to spend a Friday night.

Thomas' cute remark of the day - "no checking email mama!"

Thomas' best statement of the week? Question "Thomas - who made you so smart?" Thomas' answer? "God"

Don't you just love when your husband lets you sleep til noon on his day off?

Sometimes one can, just one, of ice cold beer really hits the spot.

And YES my house is still completed decorated for Christmas.  I'll get to it......

    Saturday, January 16, 2010

    2009 Year in Review

    I'm getting ready to post my 2010 Goals (cause I don't like the word resolutions), when it occurred to me that I should really take the time to review 2009, but not in the typical way.

    I need to give thanks and praise to God, publicly,  for all He gave us and accomplished in us in 2009.  Because, without Him, we would be nothing, and our goals would be empty.  So before I just power into 2010, I want to declare His good works in me.  Which means I'm going to share here, in MY blog, with all of you, whoever YOU are that read this. 

    1) Our healthy, happy, growing and developing boy Thomas.  We do not take lightly the blessing of him, nor of his good health. We really had an easy winter with him last year - very few colds and no serious flu.  We are also enjoying all the wonders of his growth and development.  His speech and vocabulary have exploded these past few weeks, as well as concepts and connections of ideas, and its so amazing to watch.  I don't read a lot of books about where he should be and what he should be doing at each stage - that tends to get me all worked up when he isn't exactly on track.  So every day really is a surprise to me!

    2) Our marriage and life together.  Don't get me wrong, Paulo and I have our differences, and our arguments, and our challenges, but we keep on keeping on - we are committed to this marriage and this life we are building.  And God honors our faithfulness to that goal by helping each of us in the ways we need help.

    3) Provision - home, work, material needs. In such a tough economy, we give GREAT thanks to God that we still have Paulo's employment and his side-business, as well as a comfortable home and the means to meet our financial obligations and put food on the table every day.

    4) Grandparents.  I cannot stress how wonderful it is that Thomas has 3 grandparents so actively involved in his life.  Their time and fun with him is really helping shape him and who he is, adding to his sense of self and security, and Paulo and I are touched by it all.  Paulo and I each grew up with 3 grandparents who we loved spending time with and we are just elated our boy has the same opportunity.

    5) 2nd chances.  I've made my share of mistakes in relationships, and this year, God paved the way for 2nd chances, and I will forever be grateful.  You know who you are.

    6) Paulo's shift change - which, as previously posted here, has been a HUGE improvement for our family.  The additional time we've had together is wonderful, and the extra time has enabled Paulo has to accomplish his long list of commitments in a much more consistent, satisfying manner. 

    7) All the extras in our life, and we've certainly had many this year.  We went on trips, had vacations, been able to get Thomas some fun things, been able to get ourselves some fun and some necessary things - from camera accessories, to a new back door, to a fort knox security system after being robbed. 

    8) Peace.  There have been some decisions and some "things" - for lack of a better word - that I've been praying about for a while now.  My prayer hasn't been "God, please grant xxx", but rather, "God, please help guide us to a decision, and more importantly, give us a clear sense of peace about whatever decision we come to", and at the very end of 2009 - God really truly gave me a peace, deep in my heart, about 2 of these things.  And having that peace, has really helped me go into 2010 with a renewed sense of self and purpose for this year, and for my life. 

    So, now that I've given glory and praise to the only One who deserves the credit, next week I'll post those goals for which I will use as my guide to fulfill more of my purpose. 

    And all God's people said, Amen.

    Monday, January 11, 2010

    Last call

    If you want to see my home all decked for Christmas, c'mon by this week.  Cause it's still all decked out.  I'm going to undecorate this weekend.


    Friday, January 8, 2010

    The definition of a love / hate relationship

    I love snow.  The picturesque beauty of a snow covered town. The quietness that falling snow brings.  The coziness of snow days.  Playing in the snow and sledding. 

    I hate the shoveling, the driving, and most of all, getting all geared up in a multitude of layers so that one can go out and play in the snow.

    Maybe I just love the idea of playing in the snow....

    Or do I?

    Today I bundled us up and dragged Thomas myself outside to play.  It was essential.  I've been edgy, agitated and grumpy down right nasty these past 2 days so I knew I needed something drastic.  Desperate times call for desperate measures - and going out in the cold and snow seemed like desperate to me.  

    So Thomas and I walked to the park, I placed him on the sled, and I dragged him around the big open field...3x.....huffing and puffing the whole time as I trudged through the unbroken drifts of snow.  And?  It....felt....great.  It was just what I needed.  Fresh air, exercise, a little sweat, all while listening to the excited chatter, oooh and aaaahs from my boy.

    Maybe I don't hate the snow after all.  Just maybe.......

    Sunday, January 3, 2010

    First pics of the new year

    We've had about a foot of snow over the past 2 days,  so yesterday we took Thomas out to enjoy his first real snow (I was much too wimpy last winter to drag a 15 month old out in the cold and snow).  It took him a little while to get use to the cold stuff.  He wanted me to carry him - which I didn't.  And he kept complaining about the snow getting on his new boots.  Not IN his boots - just ON them.  After about 20 or so minutes he finally got into it.  We also broke out the sled we gave Thomas for Christmas. We didn't actually go sledding - we just pulled him around.  Luckily, he didn't know the difference, and didn't care at all - he was quite happy just being pulled around.  

    I'm holed up in my office for a few hours- trying to get it organized once again.  I keep thinking one of these times, the way I get it set up and functioning - it will stick and I'll be able to keep it this way.  I'm looking for the magic touch - think this will be the time?