Sunday, May 22, 2011

who woulda thought?

as a mom, i am amazed by the things i randomly find around our house.
(all moms of boys can appreciate this one...)
apparently, we are breeding zombie aliens in dixie cups
from our very own bathroom.
who woulda thought?

(i find myself hanging onto these little details of our day to day,
knowing that someday too soon
our days of innocent play will long be gone.
legos galore all over the floor,
bey blades spinning at the crack of dawn,
pokemon cards and bakugans picked up once, twice, three, times a day
matchbox cars lined up for miles on carpeted road,
marbles, army men, and power rangers on end tables and stairs...
i'm not annoyed or bothered.
this is my boy.
my one and only.
these are pieces of him.
at hard play.
who will be graduating and off on his own in a blink of an eye.
he still likes to cuddle.
he still calls me mommy.
for now.
i refuse to look past the moment.)

Saturday, May 21, 2011

jailhouse dreamer

a short while after i put berlyn down for her nap today,
i peeked in to find this...
my little jailhouse dreamer
resting peacefully
with piggly wiggly toes hangin' loose and fancy free
rockin' the nap with style.
sweaty and sweet to the core.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Go to bed!

We've been doing battle with a certain 7 year old boy for quite some time now...
Brayden keeps getting out of his bed at night, from the time I tuck him in around 8:30pm till about 9:30 or 10:00 at night he will not stay in his room. He misses Daddy. He isn't tired. He can't fall asleep. He's scared. He's having bad thoughts, etc. There is always a reason why he can't stay in bed.
We tuck. We pray. We talk. We read. We remind. We pray. We snuggle.
For a while I was letting him come down and sleep on the living room couch until Darcy got home at night. He said he liked it there because it made him feel "more secure." I empathized and allowed it, but come on now...enough is enough. Kids are meant to sleep in their own beds! And going to bed regularly (on a school night) at or after 10:00pm is unacceptable. So, after a couple of good talks with Darcy and I, we made an agreement with him that he is to stay in his own bedroom from now on. Last night Brayden disobeyed and got out of bed one too many times. Again. He knew he was in trouble.
He was sent right back up to his room after he was reprimanded and reminded that his choice disobeyed and disappointed us because we had trusted him to stay in his bed.
When Darcy and I came up to bed later that night, we found Bray sound asleep in his bed, with this note on the floor...
carefully positioned on the floor for us to see.
Melted my heart.
My sensitive guy knew he had done something wrong and was trying to make it better by apologizing. He was attempting to make things right. It might be a little thing. But this is a good thing!
(I was proud of him)
Made me want to wake him up right then and there...
to tuck and pray and snuggle once more.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Pretty please?

Summer...
Where are you?
Can you come out to play?
Pretty please?
(I'm being patient)

Friday, May 13, 2011

A little of this and that...

A few have asked for pictures from our anniversary night,
so here are a couple. We didn't get any great photos,
we were too caught up in our fabulous steak dinners and much needed conversation.
It was so nice to have a night out to reconnect with my man.
We talked about so many things...what we've been through and accomplished in the past 10 years...the joys and the lows, the blessings and the losses.
We painted a picture of our hopes and dreams for the next 10 years and what that would look like...what we'd like to accomplish, where we'd like to be, how we'd like to grow. At one point I asked him, "so what can I do better as your wife? Let's talk about where we can both improve." Darcy gave me a look like, "Are you serious?" And then questioned what was really on my mind and if there was something I wanted to tell him. We both agreed we should save that conversation for another night! :) So, we built each other up and just enjoyed one another.
(as well as our steak dinners...did I mention how good they were?)
:)
So," this" was our anniversary...
Let's move onto "that"...

Brayden presented us with this book on our anniversary. He made it previously after interviewing each member of our family and asking us "what we would like if we could get something. "
(world peace and love weren't cutting it for answers...he was looking for material items as answers. Some he made up on his own).
So based on interviews and the personal opinion of Brayden,
what would bring delight to each one of us?
for Mom; shoes!
(I like that they're red! And have heels!)
for Berlyn: her kitty
*this one's my favorite! he took so much time to color each stripe.
for Brooke: money
and for Daddy: a new car!
Now, isn't that just the sweetest?

Ready to move onto a little more of "that?"
Well, the sweetness hasn't been permeating through this household on a regular basis.
We've had an awful lot of whining and complaining too.
One night, the complaining ended with a very upset mama who yelled,
"Enough! You BOTH have homework from ME. You are going to write down 10 things you are thankful for right now!"
And the very next day we took a trip to Target and I let (made) the kids each pick out a spiral notebook that is now their own "Thankfulness Journal."
On day 2 I had them each write down I Thessalonians 5:16-18.
It's a perfect scripture to live by.
Andy gave a great sermon on Mother's Day...one that was convicting enough for me to make some changes within the home. It had me really contemplating "sincere faith" and frankly, I fall short in this area when it comes to my children. There are moments I completely lose my cool and if someone was there witnessing my behavior, I'm certain I'd be embarrassed or ashamed.
Darcy and I talked about this over dinner too. Why is it, that we sometimes give the people we love most in life our leftovers? We have more than enough patience and grace for strangers and friends, but then when it comes to our own family, we aren't always giving them our best. Well, at least I am not always giving them my best.
I'm recognizing this and making intentional efforts to ensure that my kids are learning sincere faith right within our home.
Striving to live and love well...
And determined to enjoy a little of "this and that" in between.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

10 years ago today...


10 years ago today I said two of the most important words of my life, "I do." Today, I say those very same words. "I do" to the laughter and tears, the joy and the pain, the trials and the triumphs, as long as they're shared with you by my side.

10 years ago today, I really had no idea what a good man I had. I really had no idea what a great God I had either. It's impossible to look at marriage or celebrate our anniversary without seeing His handprint all over it.

10 years ago today, I had no idea what journey we'd be on together....the valleys and the mountaintops and everything "in between" that has created our life together. I had no idea what faith journey we'd experience...one that would shape, mold, and refine.

I wouldn't trade a single second of a single day. This is our story.
Happy 10th anniversary Darcy!
I love you PH&B.
J

"This is my lover; this is my friend."
Song of Solomon 5:16



Monday, May 9, 2011

Brooke's Rainbow Birthday Party!

About a week and a half ago Brooke celebrated her 6th birthday with some of her girlfriends in RAINBOW fashion. This theme was her idea (amidst 50 other ideas that changed daily) and we had SO much fun planning and preparing for this colorful celebration. It was a bright day all around. Take a peek!

*I thought the theme of this party was appropriate for our current season in life too...while it seems we've spent a long while in the storm, we are beginning to see blue skies ahead of us. And the rainbow is such a great reminder that God always keeps His promises and His love never fails.
**I must give my Mom credit for helping me out tremendously for this party. She baked the adorable rainbow cake and cupcakes and made the rainbow jello...plus, she was there to help me prepare and set up and host and clean up afterwards...All without one complaint! I couldn't have done it without her! Love you Mama Jo!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

mother's day 2011

the blessings of the day and the wonders of motherhood
leave me at a loss for words.
embracing this hushed joy.
there's much this mama is treasuring up in her heart today.
being the mom of these three precious kids.
my favorite job.
finding antique treasures.
my great delight.
And everything in between
the mundane...
and the mesmerizing...
leave me jumping for joy
from the inside out.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Our birthday girl

May 6th, 2005 was one of the best days of my life!
It was the day we found out we had a girl and were blessed to meet our new daughter:
Brooke Ryan.
Today we celebrated her 6th birthday...
(*she had a big birthday party last weekend...more to come on that fun celebration. I promise!)
But for now, here is today's birthday in a nutshell!
Rise and shine. Bright and early.
Birthday girl,
we have a busy day filled with celebrating!
But first things first: presents!



This little girl was so excited about getting new roller blades
(or as she sometimes slips up and calls them "bey blades"
...can you tell she has a big brother?)
She just had to try them out...
in the kitchen...
at 7:00 in the morning!!!
It was also "Muffins with Mom" day at their school.
So we left the house at 7:30am to have muffins in honor of mother's day.
We brought in snacks and treats for Brooke's classroom and later that day Mommy brought her a special birthday lunch from Subway :)
Daddy surprised the kids and picked them up early from school and took them to get ice cream and to go swimming...
Then we went to the restaurant of Brooke's choice:
American Pie Company!
(fully equipped with a pizza buffet and arcade)
After dinner we played outside...
went for a ride on Brayden's new motorbike...
and tested out the blades...
had cake and icecream

and played her new Wii game
(even berlyn got in on the dance)
Which left just enough time to get measured...
and fall fast asleep.
And that's a day in the life of a newly crowned 6 year old.
We love you sweet girl.
Praying your life is one that is full of joy
and your heart is one that is full of Jesus.
Happy happy birthday
to you!