Thursday, October 27, 2005

Ethan, Caleb, and Joey

Today was a CRAZY day. I ended up with 3 little boys. My friend Melanie called last night desperate for a sitter, so I agreed to watch cute little Caleb. Chris, who works with Josh, needed a sitter because his wife ended up in the hospital last night. It was a little hectic, especially at lunch time! Yikes! I took some pictures. I am proud to say that my little Ethan uses a fork better (still far from good though) than his older buddies of his, I was a proud mom!!

What a mess I had to clean up!!

Prayer Request: Jen, Chris's wife and Joey's mom, ended up in the hospital finding out that she had an eptopic pregnancy. This was a hard thing for them to go through since they have to abort the baby to save the mom's life. One of the falopian tubes ended up bursting and they had to remove it. And after all that, they are releasing her tonight. (They don't have ins so they think that is why they would release her so quickly.) So keep them in your prayers. Quick recovery is needed! Thanks.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Here we go Again

Lord I come to you and say, "Lord protect us from the attack of the enemy. Help us to stand firm in YOU. Lord you want to see us taken care of. You don't want to see us go through hard times. Lord we bring our prayer requests to YOU. When two or more gather in my name it will be done".

Friends agree in prayer for us. We are under attack AGAIN. Thing after, thing we are being bombarded.

*Josh's truck starts when it wants to. In the last 3 weeks he has missed numerous days of work trying to fix the darn thing and a lot of money we don't have on fixing it. Today it finally started and we HOPE this is fixed for good and not for 2-3 days like the last few times.

*The heater on the Jeep is not working, it did the other day and for a few minutes here and there. We drive Merci to school in Parma and pick her up...2 hours of driving per day for Ethan and I. And then today smoke started coming out of the vents. God can heal cars too right??

Among other little things..Please surround us in prayer!!!

Finally redecorating

The last few days have been so dreary! I love fall and this has been a yucky one! I hate rain. I don't like to be wet and when it rains that means Josh can't work, which means he makes no money, which means another week of struggling to make ends meet instead of saving! I am starting to wonder if God just wants us to live like this?? Not like in a mean way, but to just be simple and not worried about having nice stuff or our own house or having up to date stuff. Ya know??

We have done some new stuff around here lately. See we have been in this his house for 3 1/2 years now. We haven't done much to the decor, since we didn't expect to be here very long. We painted our bedroom and Merci's bedroom before we moved in. We did redo the bathroom 1 1/2 years ago. Most of my friends know how ugly our house is, soooo outdated. We figured why waste our money, it is not ours and we don't plan on being here long anyway! Well...We are done. We will being doing a lot in the next few months. This past weekend we replaced the light fixture in Ethan's room. The old one was a pull string one, which hasn't been working for like a month. We could have bought a new pull string one, but my handy husband said NO. He decide to install a light switch and we bought a really cute pendant light. Josh wanted to do track lights but Ethan's room is very small. So we compromised!!
Yesterday, since it was raining AGAIN. Josh pulled all the molding off the living room windows and put in LOTS of insulation, previously there was NONE, just big gaping holes covered with a piece of wood and then the siding! No wonder it never stayed warm in there?? He sprayed lots of foam insulation and them covered that with Fiberglas insulation!! I can feel the difference! We have been in need of new mini blinds forever! They don't stay up when you put them up and one wouldn't even go up. So I decided out with the ugly pink mini blinds from the 80's and in with some new ones. We also got rid of the semi ugly curtains. They were definitely not my style but they matched the ugly FREE Lazy Boy couches and they added a little color. But BYE BYE!! I will be searching for some curtains and rod's to add some of ME to the room...Anyone have any they aren't using..That are cute?? So here are some pics.

Notice "Mauve" mini blinds!!
And gaping holes filled!
And notice UGLY pattern on walls that is
on every wall in the house!!

It looks SO much better even without curtains!

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Grace and Good Works

Just a few verses to get you through the day!

2 Corinthians 12:9

"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness" Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses so that Christ's power may rest on me.

Assignment: Blog about 1-2 weaknesses you are dealing with right now..So Christ's power may rest on you!

Philippians 1:6

Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you WILL carry it on to completion until the day of Christ!!

Also someone sent me this link I thought it was neat
soda vs. Pop vs. Coke

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Strawberries and a HUGE party!

Well being that Saturday was Sweetest Day ( A Cleveland holiday!). I had told Josh last week how bad I wanted Chocolate covered strawberries! Well Sweetest Day came and almost went. I was driving around that day seeing all the flower vendors on street corners, wishing my husband would be so sweet..Forgetting all about my request for the strawberries. Later that night he had to go collect some money form customers. He took Merci along. When they got home Merci comes barging in the door..."Mommy, mommy daddy got you a surprise. He bought you chocolate strawberries." SURPRISE! Well I was surprised because I had forgot about the fact that Malley's has those wonderful things. So knowing that I had to eat them before they went bad I pigged out!! It took me less than 24 hours to eat the whole box minus 2..Which Merci ate!

Last night was my 1st of 6 Tastefully Simple parties in the next 2 weeks. It was AWESOME. There was like 13 people there and the grand total was a little over $500!!! YEAH. Thanks to Jennifer for hosting it for me! She earned $50 in free product!! This was only my 3rd party so I would say I am doing good. I am excited for the rest of my parties. Want to have one?? It is really fun!

Other than that not much going on. Reading blogs and cleaning the house all day! Loving the Lord and trying to grow in HIM daily.

Really does anybody want or know of someone who wants a cat?? Pokey is affectionate, a BIG eater, and adorable. He was born on March 18th, he is 7 months old and pretty big. We have seen him almost get hit 4 times this week. Our street is a bus route and fairly busy. He loves our neighbor across the street who feed him too. But the running back and forth is soooo dangerous. Josh said the RTA had to slam on it's brakes to miss him. I saw a car do the same 2 times the other day! I am scared to see him dead in the street. He is fixed and has had all immunizations. Ask around!

Thursday, October 13, 2005

I'm doing it!

All summer I tried to workout. All of July and August I didn't work out at all (BIG WASTE OF $).
When Merci started school I had NO excuse, because I workout (or try to work out) at the YMCA. Which is literally in the same parking lot as her school. So I have been pretty good. I usually do 2 times a week. So during the summer I was 124. Then when Merci went back to school I was 126. 2 weeks ago I was 124 again. YEAH. And than today....Let me tell you something, I have these pair of jeans and this weekend I noticed I had to keep pulling them up, I thought maybe I hadn't washed them in awhile and they were just stretching out. And then I notices my inner thighs don't rub together as much as they used to. And then I thought I was just imagining...Wanting all of this to happen. But today when I weighed myself I was 120!! I am doing it. I am so happy.

**I don't want to be a "skinny mini" who thinks she is fat. But I do have some areas that need toned up. After I had Merci the pounds melted off ( I was only 19 and 98 lbs then) this time with Ethan.... Well let me say ouch!
**** I just looked it up I was around 125 lbs when I was 26 weeks pregnant with Merci and only 21 weeks with Ethan. WOW. That is horrible.

But I am doing it! 6 lbs lost!! Without too much effort. Yeah me!

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Funny Picture

Looking through pictures today and found this. I love this picture it is so funny!!!!

Monday, October 10, 2005

What do I want to say?

I am not sure why I am blogging. Not too much going on. No new pictures. Camping this weekend wasn't the best. Rained for over 24 hours so we left. We were party poopers! Kudos to those who endured the 3 1/2 days of rain!
So what is God trying to teach me lately?? I am not sure. I went to 48 hop and learned how to pray creatively. Somehow I have felt that playing with Ethan for hours has been my prayer the past week or so. Does this count??? Everytime I am going to sit down and read my notes from the prophetic prayer class and go deeper into the scriptures brought to us. I just get distracted by my handsome little man. Every time. I have felt like he just need his mommy time more lately.
Josh went up to get prayed over by Steve Sjorgen (sp?) on Sunday. He got an image that Josh was like one of those very fast boats that skip on top of the water. He felt like God had him on a fast track to HIM. How right on is that! So it is good to know this LONG, HARD journey is really getting us closer to HIM!
I have been burden by an unthinkable thing happening to a family who is semi close to us. It really PISSES ME OFF (yeah sorry not the best wording to use) that satan has plans to ruin families and people, and these people choose these curses to live rather than the blessing sitting right next to them. Pray for TRUTH TO BE REVEALED!!
Wednesday is my exciting day this week I get to go pick up Ethan's pictures!!! Why is he so cute?? Well that is all for now. Just needed to "journal" a few thoughts. I needed so me time on the computer away from the "upstairs"!! Bye!