Friday, October 30, 2009

I'm Leaving On A Jet Plane...

but I do know when I will be back again.  Tomorrow Eric and I are heading off to the west coast, Seaside, Oregon to be exact.  We have never been there, and are excited to get away.  We won't be back till late next week.  Oh, did I mention, this is a kid-free vacation!  Don't worry, Molly will be spoiled rotten by her Grandma.  So while some people are drowning in rain, snow, gross weather, I will be here...

Looking at the Pacific Ocean, enjoying the company of my husband, and exploring who God created me to be, and who he created Eric and I to be together.  Can't wait to share lots of pictutes with you all, and blog about our trip.  I am not sure what the internet/blog situation will look like for us, but I will try very hard to keep up with you all.  One more thing that is really cool and tad bit nerdy-the airplane has cable TV in each seat, how awesome!  So I can't wait to catch up on HGTV, TLC, and all the other fun cable channels!

Have a great weekend, fun Halloween, and a fantastic Sunday!  See you next week some time! 

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A glance at Halloween Lane

I thought it would be fun to walk down memory lane in regards to the holiday that is coming up on Saturday.  We have always had fun with dressing Molly up, so I thought I would share with you!

Molly at 2 months old

What a happy camper



Molly at 1 year, she had no hair!

Boo at the Zoo-Oct 2008

First time trick-or-treating, it snowed!

Molly 2 years, and now she has hair!

Boo at the Zoo-Oct. 2009

Trick-or-Treat 2009-and it didn't snow!

Thanks for walking down memory lane with I am going to grab some tissues, because man oh man, they grow up so fast!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Thankful Tuesday

Today I am thankful for...

1. Coffee- I went to bed late last night
2. My blonde, curly haired girl that reminds me to savor each day, and every moment with her
3. A husband that I can laugh with about silly things
4. A for once in my life craving to read the Bible every single day
5. Great friends that I can share the intimate details of my life with
6. And lastly, funny shows on TV like Modern Family, and The Office that make me laugh so hard each week!

What are you thankful for?

Monday, October 26, 2009

Mickey, Treats, and Candy Corn

So remember how I blogged about going to Disney with Molly, and I asked you all for advice.  Well, seems like we won't need it.  My Mom was supposed to go with us, but her boss put a hold on everyone's vacation indefinitely, so now she cannot go with me to watch Molly.  I am a little sad because I was looking forward to seeing my best friend who lives close to Disney, being able to see Molly experience all of the wonderful things Disney has to offer, and walk across the stage to accept my diploma.  So instead we will eat Mickey shaped pancakes-maybe, watch The Backyardigans because my kid has no clue who Mickey is, and walk to mailbox to accept my diploma after the mail lady drops it off.

Last night we took Molly trick-or-treating.  It was fun and she loved the fact that people put candy in her Elmo basket.  She kept asking for more.  Here are some pictures of Molly and our friends that we went with.


I almost have all some of Molly's candy finished off!

Did you know if you mix candy corn and peanuts together it tastes like a Payday candy bar?  I did that tonight, and ate way too much, and now have a belly ache.  But it is so good!  Try it!

Last, but not least...the Steelers beat the Vikings!  Our house was so happy yesterday, along with all of Steeler Nation!  I hate strongly dislike Brett Favre, so to see him bite it a couple of times yesterday made the win oh so more sweet.  Plus the Vikings are no longer undeafeted!  Sorry to all of you Brett lovers, but this black and gold girl was really happy!  Lots of things are happening in our house and at church, I am very excited to share some of them with you in the next couple of days and weeks.  I am still trying to catch up from last week, slow and steady wins the blog reading race, or I might just stop and start anew this week!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

MIA a little...

Hey friends...sorry for being gone for a little bit.  My in-laws and niece came to visit, and we had a blast.  But I was a bad blogging friend and didn't read any of your posts, or comment on anyone's blog.  And I am going to continue to be a bad a blogging friend because I am so tried today, and after I hit publish, I am taking a nap!  My house is a mess, laundry is piled up past the top of the basket, my bathroom is covered in hairspray thanks to my wonderful 17 year old niece, but I don't care.  Today I am thanking God for a great family, and fabulous visits!  I really married into a wonderful family, and I feel so thankful when they are here and after they leave.  So here are some pictures from our weekend.  I will be back tomorrow to try and catch up on everyone's life, tonight we are taking a certain 2 year trick-or-treating, so we she can get some unneeded candy!




I think that about sums it up.  Hope you all had a great weekend and have a fantastic Sunday!  I am off to nap!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I am no Martha Stewart or Sarah Robbins

So this week I was inspired by Sarah to do a craft project.  Inspiration usually comes easy to me, finishing the project however, does not.  I always get these great ideas, go buy all of the supplies, get started, and then realize, I am not crafty!  Eric has now learned to not say a word, and just go with it.  I think I get it from my Mom.  She was going to make me an apron when I was like 7, we bought this cool sunflower fabric and a pattern.  She traced everything out, measured me, etc.  Ask me how much I enjoyed wearing that apron...not at all, because she never sewed it.  She probably still has it all in a box somewhere.  Maybe Molly will have a sunflower apron someday.

So I got inspired, bought a couple things, found a couple things I had around the house already-imagine that, and got to work.  This is one of my few finished projects, so here are the rules, please don't look too hard, because the flaws are blatantly obvious, and I am awful at tracing, as you will see.  But it's finished and that's all that counts!



That's my big ta-da!  I used a paint pen to trace my letters, and it was still wet in the pictures, so hopefully once it dries, they look a little bit more crisp.  Thanks for being good sports, I knew I could count on you all!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

My Book List

Usually on Tuesdays I write about what I am thankful for, but today I figured I would join in my friend's Jenilee link-up.  I am thankful for Jenilee and her wisdom and experiences as a Mom, Wife, and Woman of God that she shares on her blog!  Jenilee wants to know about our favorite books, and/or what we are reading now.  Now if you know me-in the blog world, or in real life, you would know I am not a natural born reader.  My Mom on the other hand loves books, actually that is an understatement.  She will pick up 6-10 books on Friday on her way home from work, and be done with them by Monday morning.  Sickening, I know!  So here is my list of what I have read recently and what some of my favorite books are.

1. The Bible-what kind of Pastor's Wife would I be if I did not say that?!  I love The Message when I want to just sit and read like it's a novel or something, but to actually study the scriptures I use my NIV or NLT Bible.

2. Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald-this book changed my life, and it's a must read to get your life in order.

3. Man's Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl-love, love this book!  He was a survivor of Nazi Germany, and a prisoner in a concentration camp.  Awesome book!

4. Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas-one of my favorites and must read to make your marriage better.

5. Any Bible study book by Jen Hatmaker-she writes like she is your best friend, and knows your life.

6. Soul Cravings by Erwin McManus-each chapter is short, it's kind of like a devotional, but not really.

Some other authors I like to read...
Francis Chan, Rob Bell, Philip Yancey, Max Lucado

I also like to read about child rearing, potty training, becoming a better wife/woman/lover of God, and I read a ton of magazines!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Blog Party

Lynnette over at Dancing Barefoot on Weathered Ground is hosting another blog party...sound like fun, want to join in, meet some cool people?  Then click on the button above and get going!  Here are my answers to the questions that she asked...

1. What is your favorite thing to snack on while you're blogging?
I usually blog after we eat lunch and when Molly takes a nap, so realistically I should be full, but sometimes I grab some chocolate
2. What is one thing you wouldn't want to live without?
My family
3. Beach, Mountains or Farm? Where would you live if you had a choice?
How about a farm on top of a mountain, close to water somewhere
4. What's your least favorite chore/household duty?
All of them, I don't enjoy cleaning, but I do it none the less
5. Who do people say you remind them of?
My Mom, and if I get, "oh, is this your sister?" one more time, good grief!
6. Prefer parties and socializing or staying at home with the fam?
Staying home with my family, inviting company over, but I do love a good party every now and then
7. What's your all time favorite movie?
Don't have just one, but I do love The Sound of Music or Just Married
8. Do you sleep in your make up or remove it like a good girl every night?
I try to remove every night, and I am usually successful 95% of the time, but there are some nights, I just go to bed with it on
9. Do you have a hidden talent or a deep desire to learn something that you've never had a chance to learn? What is it?
I would want to learn how to play the piano, or learn how to sew 
10. What's one strange thing you're really good at?
Being myself, oh wait, you said strange, not scary
11. What first attracted you to your spouse?
Well I first met Eric when I was in third grade, but once we really noticed each other, I would say his height, and how easy it was to talk to him
12. What is something you love to smell?
Molly fresh from the bathtub
13. Tell something about you that you know irritates people.
Being too polite sometimes
14. When you have extra money (HA!) what's the first thing you think to do with it?
Probably spend it, maybe that is why we don't have extra money :)
15. Are you a silent laugher or a loud laugher? What makes you laugh the hardest?
I am a loud laugher, and I get the whole upper body moving too, I usually laugh at things most people don't, like when someone falls down, I laugh
16. Where is your favorite place to shop?
Wal-Mart with Target a close second
17. What's one thing you'd do more often if you had more time?
18. Are you a big spender or frugal?
Both, I like a great bargain, but if it's something I will use daily and it's a good price, I will spend the extra money
19. Who is your favorite character of all time (from a movie or book)? (Can't be real)
Mary Poppins, she knows how to handle kids

20. Would you want to be famous?
No, nada, no thank you...I just want to serve the famous one-Jesus

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Playing with Playdough

We have pretty much laid low this week due to a certain 2 year old's cold.  It started as a runny nose, that has slowly worked it's way down to her chest.  So now she sounds like she has smoked for half her life and is hacking up a lung.  But we did give her honey one night to help with her cough, and it worked.  Did you all know that?  We put it on a spoon and she licked it off.  She didn't really like it, but she got enough that it coated her throat and she was not up all night coughing.

One afternoon we played with playdough that Molly received for her birthday.  She does not like having a mess on her hands, so this was interesting.  I tried to make playdough for her this summer, but it turned out so awful, and I think I ruined her for wanting to play with it ever again.  But I think she enjoyed herself this week.

Of course this was after I said "we don't eat the playdough!"

We are pretty much hanging low again today, maybe a trip to Michaels, because our friend, Sarah over at Our Cozy Robbins Nest made these super cute Christmas signs that has inspired me to make some.  She said she would make them for me, but I am going to try it first, and hope that I succeed.  If not-I will email you Sarah!  Eric is preaching tomorrow, so on weekends that he preaches we always stay home and chill out.  Hope you all have a fun, relaxing weekend, and a great Sunday!

"A smile takes but a moment, but its effects sometimes last forever."

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Happy Birthday to Billy!

**Disclaimer-if you do not like animals, please don't read this, because I love my cat and I will be that crazy cat lady someday**

Today is my kitty cat, Billy's 4th birthday!  I will be honest, we weren't sure he would make it to 4.  He was the little runt of the litter, and slept in his litter box for a long time at the humane society before we adopted him.  So Lord knows what he could have picked up from there! 

He was born October 15, 2005, on a farm, along with a ton of other kittens.  He was originally named Texas, but we obviously changed it to something a lot more sophisticated, like Billy.  Eric got him for me for my 22nd birthday, in hopes that a cat would fend me over for a little while longer before wanting a baby.  Nine months later, I was pregnant with Molly. 

Before we had Molly, we were told numerous times we would probably not be biological parents due to some womanly issues that have plagued me.  So when we adopted Billy I loved him like my first born.  I sometimes refer to him as my first born.

We got Billy declawed before we moved into our first house and low and behold, the poor thing has a bleeding disorder we never knew about.  So he does not clot blood.  So after a week long stay in the hospital, a blood transfusion, many rounds of anti-biotics, and moths of steroids, he made a full recovery.

When we first brought Molly home from the hospital, Billy would instantly vomit when she cried.  So one of us would have to get the baby, and the other one would have to get the cat.  We should have known, because every time we would get a gift for Molly before she was born, Billy would sniff it, then throw up.  He is very high maintenance!  Billy also gets tuna once a day, because in the hospital, that is all they could get him to eat.  Despite not liking Molly a lot at first, they are now best friends.  Especially now that she knows where his treats are, and can give them to him.  He lets Molly do whatever she wants to him and he never complains.  Probably because he knows if he ever tries anything, Eric would kick him out.

I would love to share some pictures of Billy with you.  All my earlier ones are in a box, out in the garage.  So you will have to get ones from like 2007 and on.  Enjoy! 







So one realization I have made is that I have way too many pictures of the cat!  Ha!  So here's to Billy on his first 4 years of life, and here's to many more!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Thankful Tuesday

Keeping in the spirit of Pastor Appreciation Month...I am going to write a couple things about the pastors and ministry staff at The Ridge, and why I am thankful for them...

Mark-Lead Pastor- Thank you for giving my family so many opportunities to learn and grow, you want to see us succeed just as badly as we want to, you will never know how much your advice and encouragement means to us.

Michael-Creative Arts/Media Pastor- First off you know more about music and media combined that blows my mind, you have come a long way from when we first met you, and I feel so proud of you and all that you have accomplished in your ministry, marriage, and within yourself.

Becky-Pastor of Kids-Although you are not a mom yourself, you love all of the kids that walk through the doors at The Ridge like your own, you have a passion to see children love Jesus, and thank you for caring for Molly as much as I do.

Elissa-Creative Arts- Where to start with you...when I talk to you sometimes I feel like I am talking to myself, because we are so much alike, you get me and I get you, for that I am thankful forever, you sacrifice so much for The Ridge and it's people, you do more behind the scenes work that you don't get credit for, and you rarely complain about it.  You see the greater cause for it all, and thank you for being humble and sharing your amazing voice with us on Sundays.

Julie-Finances- You know more about our paychecks and insurance then I will ever know.  Thank you for answering my silly questions, and for helping out in any way that you can in the office.

Jean-Neighborhood Group Assistant- Thank you for trying to keep my husband sane!  You help him in so many ways, and you are always so sweet.

Last, but not husband, Eric-Pastor of Students and Neighborhood Groups- Thank you for devoting your life to God and his ministry to reach people, you live out your convictions, and I am so proud to call you my partner.  You care so much about people and I know sometimes this is overwhelming for you, but you have one of the most important jobs on this earth, thank you for choosing me to share in all the good and bad times of ministry with you.

Who are the Pastors or important people in your life that you are thankful for?  Make sure you let them know!

Monday, October 12, 2009

2 Years in the Cheese State

First off, welcome new friends popping over from Lynnette's "Getting to Know You."  I love having new friends and visitors!

Now onto living 2 years in Wisconsin...

On this day, 2 years ago Eric, Molly, Billy (the cat), and I arrived in Milwaukee.  We left Ohio at 2 in the morning, so we we could meet the moving truck with all of our stuff at our apartment.  Eric drove with the cat in one car, and 8 week old Molly and I drove in the second car.  The night before we left was very emotional for us.  We had to drop off the keys to our house, our very first house that we bought with all our pennies saved, made our own by fixing everything up, and loving it with every bone in our body.  A place we ministered out of, and had people live with us, yea, that house, we had to hand the keys over to the new owners.  I know it is just a house, you can't take it with you, but to us, it meant a lot more.  One chapter was ending and the next was just beginning.  We arrived early in Milwaukee, and got the keys to our new apartment.  That was a whole nother adjustment, living in a house, to now an apartment.  But it was a good little place for us, that I actually miss.

We only knew the staff and their families at The Ridge, so we felt pretty lonely at first.  So not only were we new in town, we also had a new baby to care for.  The months leading up to Molly's birth, and the months after her birth were very stressful for us.  We knew we had to move, but we weren't sure where.  Then God opened this huge opportunity for us in Milwaukee, and we knew we had to go.  We left the closest family we have 6 hours back in Ohio and moved here.  It was the best move we ever made, and only God can take the glory for it. 

Life changed rather quickly for us, our marriage has changed, our parenting ways have changed, only one thing has stayed the same, God's faithfulness to us.  One of the biggest lessons I have learned first hand coming here is that when you remian faithful to God, he will remain faithful to you.  Although I couldn't wait to leave Cincinanti and that ministry behind us, I was scared to venture into the unknown.  Cincinnati was not a good fit for us anymore, but it was comfortable, and I knew what my life was like there.  I didn't have to re-define myself, make a new life, and have a new way of doing things.  Here, that's a whole new ball game I am learning to play.  When we were told we had to raise part of our salary for the first 2 years to come here, I thought we would never be able to do it.  I doubted God's plan, but tried to remain faithful to what he called us to do.  We had our salary raised in 2-3 weeks, and then some.  Time and time again, 2 years ago to 2 days ago, I am still learning and seeing, if you are faithful to him, he is always faithful in return.

So after 2 years here in the Cheese State, I am still learning and discovering so many different things about myself, my husband, our marriage, our daughter, friends, and most importantly my relationship with God.  I have never felt so close to God, and so intimate with him.  I feel so humbled and blessed to be a part of The Ridge.  I still get excited every week to go to church and see what God is going to do.  I feel like a little kid before Christmas every Saturday night, because I can't believe that I actually get to go and be a part of something so awesome, and so life changing.

We don't plan on leaving this area any time soon.  They will actually have to kick me out before I leave.  We are open to God's calling and his plans for our lives.  85% of Milwaukee is unchurched, it's a huge mission field.  There is still a lot of work to be done here, and I am so over-joyed that I get to be a part of it.  Remember, when you are faithful, God will be faithful in return.  Happy 2 years!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Some Apples and A lot of Rain!

Today we ventured out to an apple orchard/pumpkin patch.  The weather man said the rain was not supposed to come until this afternoon, but sure enough the moment we pulled in and turned the car off, down pour!  It let up, and continued to sprinkle a little bit while we were there.  But we had a great morning, and more importantly we made a family memory!

Molly loved the goats!

Choo-Choo!  They had so many fun things for kids to play on.

Picking out her pumpkin!  Which we didn't get because those people thought their
pumpkins were made of gold, they were too expensive!

Molly had her first pony ride...she LOVED it!
I was nervous she would hate it, but she loved every minute of it!

Eating a yummy, delicious apple doughnut!

This was right before we really got poured on! 
But I think it's one of my favorites!