I promise I'm coming back! I have totally gotten blog-lazy!! There are no excuses...
We leave this weekend for vacation and upon my return, I'm certain that I will have lots to tell you all about.
Have a wonderful week everyone!
Friday, December 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
It smells exactly like a birthday cake...or bakery.
This is a wonderful candle to give as a birthday gift. We gave this to someone recently for her birthday and she was excited to be able to light it at her party.
Monday, November 10, 2008
The Christmas music on our local radio stations has begun! I am THRILLED!! I woke up this morning only to find that "Santa Claus comes tonight!" Oh no...I'm not even close to being ready for him! Guess I need to go get some cookies and milk.
I've ordered some Christmas music off of ebay and it should be here today! Jaci Velasquez Christmas cd & one that has Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and a few others on it! Now that is my kind of music!
Our household will be rockin' from now through the holidays!
Posted by Stacey at 11/10/2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I read this yesterday in my morning devotion book and it stood out to me in a very profound way.
I've taken enough walks. Oh Lord, help me to be a Leader in these last days before your return. Use me to be a light to those that are lost and still don't know You!
As E and I pray each morning on the way to school, "Be glorified in me."
Monday, November 3, 2008
I am happy to announce that Kam from Blueberries & Peanut Butter has won my Fall Giveaway (below). She has chosen the Happy Harvest Door Sign and I know she will be so pleased with it!
Thank you to all who entered! Be sure and visit Emmarella's and get your Christmas gifts ordered!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
So you better get to enterin'!!
My giveaway is for your choice of the following:
Go here and tell me what your favorite item on this page is...AND also tell me which of these 3 above would be your choice!
All participants must be residents of the U.S. or Canada.
If you like these products, please check out my site and see the other products over there. Emmarella's. I would be thrilled if you contacted me about a custom order or to order anything that is already listed on that site! Any of my items would be great gifts for Christmas, Thanksgiving or "just because".
Happy entering! Oh hey ~ and while you are entering, hop on over here and enter a giveaway for a free candle and gourmet soap bar!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
I promise I've had so many things to talk to you guys about...but I'm a member of
Why do we do this? Put things off and keep adding and adding and adding to our lists of things to do. Then, one day has turned into weeks.
Speaking of those lists of things to do, I have several things to get done before heading out to church this evening. So, once again I'm not going to give you a "real" post. But something needs to be posted. Or AHHH you may totally give up on me! We just don't want that now do we?!
Posted by Stacey at 10/29/2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
So after we got home from church tonight, I asked E what her lesson was about in Rainbows...her Wednesday night class.
She said with very much excitement, "Ah!! A man got healed. Jesus heal him."
I said, "Really? Why did he do that?"
"Because Jesus is sweet." "Hey, you sweet too mommy."
"But, what was wrong with the man?"
"Um, he was the pwesident."
Enough said there.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
My child knows her alphabet. She has for a long time now. But, as most kids do for the letters L-P...
Well, she made the cutest "Alphabet Soup" with um...that.
A B C D E F G H I J K "and a little P" Q R S T U B W S Y and Z.
HA - You SO know you just sang that whole song out when you read that didn't you? Huh...DIDN'T YOU? :c)
Is that what she truly thinks it says? Each week at school, they are learning new letters of course. Like today she learned the letter "H" and tomorrow all the kids are wearing cool hats all day at school. You know...H for Hat...oh I'm sure you got it - sorry.
What will happen in a few weeks when they reach the letter "and a little P"?
I guess we've all had it wrong for a very long time.
I love to hear your comments! It lets me know you're reading!
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
I don't even remember the situation, but at some point earlier in the week, something I said upset E. Well, let's put it this way: No 3 year old enjoys being told "no"...non-stop. :c)
So, she thought she'd get back at me and here's what she came up with in about 1.5 seconds.
She cussed me out. NO ~ not really! But, she said,...
"Mommy, you a Catapiwer. You a Doggie. You a Spider! Hum!" Then, crossed her arms and stomped out.
Oh the things they say. She thought she had said something big too! Almost like she was proud of coming up with that on her own.
I could barely control my laughter!
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Although it has a ways to go, I welcome you to check out my brand new site...
It would bless my socks off for you to be my very first internet order!! Contact me if you have any questions about anything you see!
After much prayer and work, the Lord has really opened the door for this business and I am thrilled to be able to share it with you! God bless!!!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
This is from a devotion book I picked up today and it is great!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Can you feel it?
Step outside right now...no just kiddin'! I heard so many people talking today about how nice the weather was. I don't know what the temperature got up to, but it was perfect!
In fact, coming out of church tonight, I was chilly...but a good kind of chilly. Ahhh that 100 degree heat is for the birds...well bless their hearts too! It must be even hotter up there where they fly! :c)
My husband thinks I am nuts because I start itching this year for the Fall to get here. Fall is a fun season. It does mean football, which doesn't excite me at all. But with football comes parties and get-togethers and with those comes time with friends. It is a busy season full of planning. What costume will I find for E to wear to our OctoberFest at church? Then, amongst other things, Fall brings Thanksgiving...what to prepare...oh and the decorating! We all know how excited the day after Thanksgiving is!! That early morning shopping and time with girlfriends...and mom...the best girlfriend! The deals, the clothes, the lines, the crowds ~ I love it! All of it!
With Fall, the Christmas lists begin. Who will I get What for? When will I get it? Where will I get it from? Hmmm ~ How good have they been this year? Again, hmmm :c)
Then, speaking of Christmas, the music, the music, the music! I would start listening to Christmas music after Easter if people didn't think I was absolutely batty! I don't know what it is about Christmas carols and why it feels so special, but as ridiculous as this sounds - it puts utter joy in my heart and it makes me want to spread the love!! I'm the corniest person ever! I know!
...add Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, etc. to Christmas music and you think I was corny before...I'll spare you!
Anyway, we've but a few days left of Summer '08 and I say sianara! It's not been a bad summer, but I get the feelin' the next few months are going to be great!
I plan to do a lot of relaxing with good friends...the kind that you can do nothing but relax with! I want to read...curled up under blankets. Watch movies with my best friend...my hubby. Hang out in the yard with E and take her to the park...in weather that is actually enjoyable. Carve a pumpkin, go on a hay ride, roast marshmallows and enjoy the warmth that the season will bring.
Man ~ and we're not even there yet! Bring it on!!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Don't give up hope on my return to regular blogging! I have plenty to talk about, but it seems that finding time to write lately - time where even 5 words will make sense when all put together - is a little hard to find.
Please don't go away. I would be lost without you... :c)
You'll hear from me shortly!
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
On the way to school this morning, E said, "Mommy, you don't walk me to my class today ok?" "I just go in."
"You don't want me to take you in your class E?"
"No, I big gul now." "You can take me tomowow."
"I can't walk you in this morning?"
"Well, um, you can jus talk to my teacher and then you have to go bye-bye. Okay?"
So we came down the stairs and rounded the corner to her room. I turned to sign her in and she went straight to her class and never even said goodbye. Didn't even look back.
Wait a minute!!...I thought this wouldn't happen for at least 10 more years! She is only 3 people!
I am proud of her, yes. But, I left there feeling so sad and wanting my child to cry. (Twisted huh?)
There's always tomorrow right? :c)
Monday, August 25, 2008
Posted by Stacey at 8/25/2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
This is my Thankful Thursday edition:
So, we had a Women's Conference at church this past weekend and it was wonderful. God showed up in a big way. But, then doesn't He always?! That seems a little silly to say since He is everywhere, but you know what I mean.
The speaker that was supposed to come cancelled at the last minute because her dad is very ill and they aren't expecting him to make it. So they called another lady, which we've never had at our church, the night before the conference to see if she could come. She lives 7 hours away in Florida and still agreed to it!
Right when she got up to speak, she prayed for the other speaker and her family. I thought that was neat for her to do that considering she was our "second" choice. She was very humble.
She then said that it's funny that it happened this way because 2 months ago, the Lord gave her a message about prayer and spoke to her heart that she would speak this message to a very large crowd. Well, months ago, we determined that the theme of our conference would be none other than...Prayer!
She did an outstanding job...as if she'd had weeks to plan for this conference. She spoke from 2 Chronicles 20 regarding King Jehosaphat.
The message was simply this: The battle is not our's, but the Lord's. We don't even have to fight it. We just have to show up for the fight!
She said a lot of people ~ as they go through things ~ sort of crawl back in bed and hide under the covers and say, "Okay Lord, put up a good fight and let me know when it's over!" Nuh-uh! You need to be there or what will you get out of it?
This scripture says, (in so many words) "Do not be afraid! Stand and see the salvation of the Lord." It doesn't say "put up your dukes!" or "ready, set, brawl!" Just "stand and see."
She told so many encouraging testimonies of things she had been through in her lifetime. Some things which made my life to this point seem like a cake walk. Then, we heard numerous testimonies of ladies right in our church of what they've been through. WOW - you really have no clue where people have been. They seem to have it all together and it's easy to assume they've had it easy.
One girl...she is very young and in our youth group...told of how her parents were on drugs and her dad would come in high and abusive and instead of her mom protecting her and her lil' sister, her mom actually attempted to kill them, but they got away. They were raised by a family member and are blessed now with a great life. A battle won.
The speaker actually told of watching her first husband commit suicide. There were so many situations that she spoke of that I won't go into, but he was gone and she was stuck with a child to raise on her own. She had to figure out how to tell her daughter that she'd never see her daddy again. She had to figure out how to pay the mortgage she was now left with...and so much more.
But, today she is sharing the goodness of God with everyone she can. She had major battles to overcome, but she didn't have to do it alone. She didn't even have to do the fighting...
...and you and I don't either. God says the battle is His. I don't know about you, but I don't want to get in His way. He just tells us to show up and see. See victory and freedom take place. It won't come easy, but it will come if you trust.
I hope someone reading this today needed to hear this. We are all going through battles. Physical, mental, emotional, financial, spiritual...and you are weary. I certainly am. It gets tiring, but do not give up hope. Get your battle gear...the most important weapon of all...the Word of God.
The enemy is defeated!
Kisses from the Father...to you!
Monday, August 18, 2008
Lots of prayer, Kleenex, Children's Mucinex, Tylenol, bear hugs, kisses from mommy and daddy, and a snuggle under her winter fleece blanket. That was the prescription for bedtime tonight.
Yes, you read that right. It is mid-August and my child is wrapped up in a fleece blanket at the moment. Chills are no fun at all.
Don't you just despise summer colds?! Especially when it jumps on your child and you want to take it away or help them and you just don't know what else to do.
E has caught it. My sweet baby is so puny. She was a trooper today. Her fever would come and go...but then, why do fevers always show their ugly faces again at bedtime? That has never made sense to me. Then, you know stopped up noses always well...stop up again at bedtime. Uggh.
It took her almost 2 hours to fall asleep tonight. She was so tired physically and I thought with the medicine, she would go right to sleep, but she was wired.
She wanted the bathroom light on, then off. Her door cracked, then opened. She wanted a sip of water. She "needed" a kiss from mommy. She needed to go potty.
You know, most of those things I wouldn't deal with under "normal" circumstances. But, they know that when they are under the weather, they can pretty much ask for anything. (By the way, I have a hard time, whether it's 10 p.m. or 4 a.m. ever turning down the kiss from mommy thing.)
Well, she has finally hushed. The crying and whining has now turned into dreaming.
The problem is - I was sort of sad when I realized it had stopped. Is that wrong? I don't want my baby feeling bad or miserable by all means.
But, you see, I had already told myself that in 5 minutes, I was going to get that lil' baby girl, her (fleece) blanket, "RuRu" & "Ruff-Ruff" and curl up on the couch for the rest of the night - or for a while at least.
So now my excuse for that is gone. I know that when babies are sick, they need their mommies. I still feel that way at 29. So I was telling myself that that must be the problem. Two hours of being miserable and restless was going to be solved when mommy came and got her.
And now...well I guess I'll go to bed. Sad. Knowing that 10 years from now when she is 13, I will wish that I'd have thrown that 5 minute wait right out the door.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
It was inevitable...the first day of preschool. I knew it was coming, but how did it get here so quickly?
One week from tomorrow, my sweet baby will approach the front doors of her brand new school. Her little bookbag over her shoulders and her little hand wrapped tightly around my fingers...I will hand her over to the care of someone...other than myself...people that I trust, but neverthelesssss - someone/anyone that isn't me.
This will be the start of a whole new world of learning. A week full of lessons that mommy wouldn't be good at teaching - that patience thing you know? Thank God for teachers!
I don't know what she'll do. I'm sure she'll cry and without a doubt - yes, I certainly will. I will be determined to fight the tears until I've reached the parking lot again. But, my mornings will be so different.
I am afraid that as I pull away, I will feel so lost. So scared. So excited. So relieved for a little "me time" yet so anxious for the pick up time to roll around.
I have a whole week now to dread and look forward to this all at the same time.
...And people - this is only pre-school! What will I do on the first day of kindergarten?
Oh and did I mention it's only for 3 hours a day?
Friday, August 1, 2008
...and the winner is...
Allie from The Pink Potpourri. I am so excited to make a frame for you!
What a cool blog she has too, so head on over and check it out!!
If you like the frames below, please head on over to our etsy shop, Emmarella's, to see what other cutsie stuff we have. We would be honored to make something just for you or your sweetie pies.
In fact, if you place an order through etsy and mention this blog post, I'll throw in something extra special.
Have a FAB weekend everyone!!
Monday, July 28, 2008
Handmade FrameA friend and I are actually in the planning stages of starting a side business...so what a great opportunity this is to try one of our handmade items out on YOU!
The giveaway is for a frame similar to the one's below...you customize it yourself. If your name is chosen, just tell me what colors/animal/theme/name you would like on it and if it is possible, I will be happy to make it just as you want it!
Please know that this does not have to be a children's frame. I can do different themes, beach or Christmas, for example, or possibly something that would fit the decor in your home.
The giveaway will be open until Friday afternoon and a winner will be announced shortly thereafter. You must be a resident of the U.S. to enter, but you do not have to be a blogger!!
* Please leave a comment with your name and a way to reach you. If you do not have a blog, please please make sure you leave an email address!* I would appreciate you commenting on which of these is your favorite or what theme you would most like.
For more giveaways, go here.
To view more of what will be sold in our online store, please go here. This is not our actual "store" - we are only using this to get our products online right now. Feel free to contact us about a custom order or suggestion!
Thanks for entering!
Friday, July 25, 2008
We were flipping channels one night this week and happened to stop on SuperNanny. That's a great show, but we don't watch it often because if E is still awake, we won't let her watch how horribly those kids act. That's the last thing we need is for her to get any "bright" ideas!!
We watched for a few minutes and as you see in a lot of those shows, it isn't the kids who are the problem...it's the stinkin' parents!! Some of these parents are just unbelievable don't you think?! Not always now...some of the parents have just bitten off more than they can chew and simply need help. But some need straight up intervention...better known as Jesus! :c)
This mother in particular this week had 5 or 6 kids. I believe it was 1 boy and 4 or 5 girls. (ahhhhhh, poor lil' boy) The mom showed no emotion and was so negative the entire time we watched. Her and SuperNanny got into it because SuperNanny wasn't seeming to get through to her. She was having to talk the mother into loving on her children and talking nice to them. All those kids had been used to was anger and yelling, from the mom.
Towards the end of the show, SuperNanny (SN) walked the mom into her oldest daughter's room, which was 12, and had her suggest that they go bowling, just her and her daughter. The girl was so excited because with that many siblings, she never got any one-on-one time with either parent. The mother was about to walk out and SN stopped her and told her she needed to hug her daughter.
**wait a minute!** I said to my husband, "What kind of mother needs to be told or even encouraged to hug her child. That is what mommies do! We love our children. A Mother's Love...
So she followed "orders" and hugged her daughter and at first it was so awkward watching - as if they didn't know what to do. Then, the mother teared up and the daughter did too. The little girl said, "I can't remember the last time my mom hugged me."
A simple hug from a mother - or father. It doesn't take long to do, yet it can carry you through a whole day or make you forget about the biggest of problems in your life. It makes you better when you are sick; happy when you are sad; uncomplicates things in a complicated day. Yet how many toddlers, kids, teenagers or even adults ever go without it?!
That saddens me.
I feel like E sometimes gets sick of my hugs and kisses and constant "I love you's" because she gets them from the time she wakes up until bedtime that night. Then, after she is sleeping sound, I sometimes go in to watch her sleep as I play with her hair...loving her.
I don't say that for any praise or attention. I am only determined to never get so wrapped up in the day-to-day stresses of life that I fail, for even one day, to remind my kids of the reassurance of their mother's love.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Today, I celebrate 8 years of marriage to the most amazing man my life could have been blessed with.
Kevin, I am so thankful for your love, your friendship and the wonderful husband and father that you are. Mostly, I thank you for being the God-fearing man and spiritual head of our house that you are, which makes you everything else.
You have always stated the importance of: God first; Family second; and all others will follow. Our marriage and companionship is what it is today because your relationship with Christ takes precedence over all else and in making Him your priority, He makes you the man you need to be for us. Thank you for that. Thank you for loving your family enough to make us "second" on the list.
This road of marriage has certainly not always been easy. In the last 8 years, we have seen some very tough times...times that without the hand of our Heavenly Father guiding us, we'd have not found the way through it. But, we held on tight and stuck together and here we are.
I am confident in the love we have for each other now. I have seen our love move mountains and crash through obstacles that have been in our way and it is as strong as it is today because of the things the Lord allowed us to face. Thank you for giving me a love worth fighting for.
I appreciate all the easy-to-love things about you, as well the little things that drive me nuts...the way you rub your feet together every night in order to fall asleep. I wouldn't have it any other way.
I am so excited to know that however much time we have left to spend on this earth, you are stuck with me and I am stuck with you. What joy that puts in my heart.
I love you "tooky" ~ forever and always.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
In every young woman's life, there comes a point where ~~~ she becomes ~~~ her mother!
Yesterday morning, we were getting ready to leave the house and she asked for something. When I told her no, she mumbled, "It juss not fayer!" (Where did she learn this?)
I'm telling you - before I could even think about a response, it came out..."Well, life's not always fair!"
I always said I'd never say that to my children. My mother assured me I would.
She was right.
I always said I'd never use the powerful "mama spit" on E's face too. My mother assured me I would.
She was right. That mama spit works wonders!
Someday when E doesn't feel good, she will tell me something hurts and I will probably respond with, "Ah it's just a growing pain. You'll be fine."
That would be from my grandmother. When she has pain, she has pain. But when you do, it's only a growing pain.
Yep - I grew alright. Right straight into my mother. It was inevitable. :c)