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Random Ramblings

What is wrong with people? These days I seem to have a running list of people who drive me absolutely crazy. I have decided that instead of trying to figure out what is wrong with people that I really just need to pray for them. They need to be loved the same as everyone else needs to be loved. That whole “love your neighbor” commandment, that is pretty hard when it comes to people who are hard to love. God loves everyone. You reading this sentence right now, God loves Y-O-U.

I love that school is out for the summer. We trying to get into a grove of getting out and about, but we have had a set back of sickness yet again. I keep joking that James has the plague, but he has been sick for more than a month. For now it seems he just has a cold. Every single one of the kids has gotten the cold as well, but everyone is on the mend.  I feel a little congested and a little more tired, but I will not give in to being sick. Mom’s never have time to be sick.

I finally added photos to my digital photo frame. It has been 2 years. I was shocked at myself. It is totally unlike me to neglect photos. I recently updated photo frames for two family members but I had not touched my own frame. It was lots of fun to sit with Isabel and look through the photos.  She thinks very baby photo is Danielle and that every photo of Eliana when she was younger is a photo of herself. The funny thing is that most of the time she recognizes the photos of her big brothers even the ones from when they were younger.

I’m taking on a few more jobs these days. Vacation Bible School at my church is this week and I’m teaching the Bible Story class. I’ve also gone back to teaching in Kids Church. It used to be that I didn’t have any of my own kids when I taught. That is definitely not the case any more.

Life is good. Thanks for reading my random ramblings.

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Things That Keep Me Awake At Night

I think that almost everyone has things that keep them awake at night. My husband is an exception. He never has a problem turning his thoughts off and falls asleep minutes and sometimes just seconds after his head hits the pillow. Seems like there have been an endless amount of things on my mind lately, so I thought I would share a few.

1. I don’t want to take anything for granted, because you just never know what might happen from day-to-day.

2. I’m a fan of the TRUTH.  You know the kind of truth that is “the whole truth and nothing but the truth.” To me a half-truth is the same as a lie.

3. We are still working on middle names for this baby girl.  Her first name has been kid tested and approved. We’re just not ready to share with the world just yet.  Sometimes I just can’t stop thinking about names! A name is a really big deal. All of our kids have 2 middle names so it’s an even bigger job!

4. I wish I understood why some people do the things that they do or don’t do the things that they should do. Maybe if I knew what was going on in their minds it would make me feel be better about their actions or their lack of action.

5. I need to bake a cake for a family birthday party and I have no idea what to do. Joshua says a dragon cake one minute and a train cake. I am really excited about the party we are having for both Joshua and Isabel with our friends. I’m making an aquarium cake!

6. Two and a half rooms of my house are somewhat clean.  I seriously wish I had the money to pay someone to clean the house. I keep trying to remind myself that the kids are never going to remember if the house was messy when they grow up. Company is coming though so I feel that I must tidy up!

7. It is a sad thing to not fit into some of my maternity shirts. I miss hiking the hills at camp, because I have put on some weight and I know it’s not ALL baby! :::wink, wink:::

8. Sometimes I really wish that I could say, “I don’t care,” and really mean it. If I’m being truthful and honest (See #2) then I almost always care to some extent.

9. I have been trying to think of ways to get more photography jobs to help supplement my family’s income. I thought about passing out business cards at Andy’s school Open House. I ended up forgetting the cards. I was so busy with Andy showing me things in his class that I know if I had remembered the cards I would have forgotten to give them away.

9. I really dislike the advertising that people have been doing in regards to selling shoes. Several of my friends have been getting tagged in a post or photo about some “awesome” shoes being on sale.  I think that showing off photos of an actual client so their friends can see my work is a lot less tacky, but maybe I am wrong.

10. I really need to quit thinking about all of these things and go to bed!

I feel better now that I’ve gotten some of this out of my head and out into cyberspace! Goodnight friends!

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Random Thoughts and Updates

It has been a long while since I blogged so I thought I would share some random thoughts and update you on our family!

Luke Skywalker and a Wookie live me with.

I had to do the subtraction to figure out how old I am going to be on my birthday in a couple of weeks.  I’m going to be a year younger than I thought I was going to be!

You know that sitting a chair against the wall as a punishment is a total parenting fail when after lunch the child proceeds to face his chair against the wall and pretend that he has his own little hideaway and then gets his little sister to join him in the fun. Most of the time I love of having children who love to pretend.

Our family or I should say Andy, Eliana and I have finished off a jar of dill pickle slices in what seems to be the space of less than 2 weeks.  Yes, I eat pickles even when I’m not pregnant.

It is amazing the amount of ketchup that 3 little people can consume during any given meal.  I’m pretty sure that Joshua asked for thirds on ketchup when eating fries and chicken nuggets.

James is a picky eater. Joshua is pickier than James. Isabel has to be the pickiest.  There seem to be more foods that Isabel won’t eat than foods that she will eat.  I desperately hope that she grows out of this, but because Joshua hasn’t I am trying not to get my hopes up.  I might as well file “Short-Order Cook” under my list of long-term job descriptions.

This Friday I will be 20-weeks pregnant.  I almost wish that I had some other interesting pregnancy symptom to report. This pregnancy has been much like all the others.  It’s the same old, same old, with carpal tunnel, extra sensitive gums, extra heartburn, round ligament pains, being more tired than usual. I’m thankful that my pregnancies have been relatively easy.

James has been job hunting.  He’s still doing part-time archeology, also known as cultural resource management.  (No, he doesn’t look for dinosaurs and it’s a lot less glamorous than Indiana Jones . . . those are totally different jobs!) He’s been looking at teaching positions, but also looking at lots of other random things, some of which would totally freak our families out because they involve moving great distances away from our current home.

Looking forward to another baby has been the silver-lining of some sad and troubled times for our family.  Finances are not good.  James doesn’t have a full-time job yet.  James is still waiting to be reinstated into Boy Scouts. We recently found out that our pastor and his family, who has been an amazingly wonderful part of our family, is moving away.

Three crying kids are loud, but four crying kids are louder.

Camp is nearing an end.  I’m going to miss James doing laundry and not having to cook much.  I’m looking forward to being reunited with my dishwasher, my wireless internet, and my Apple TV.

Most of the house is sleeping  so I will end for now! Hope that you are doing well!  God bless!

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Other Duties As Assigned

Most often this blog turns into my sharing about what my kids are doing. I figured I’d share some of the other things I have been doing besides staying busy with four kids 5 and under!

Tax time is upon us and  I have spent some time working on tax returns. Not just my own tax returns, but those of my sister, my parents, and my sister-in-law.  Praise the Lord all the tax returns are completed. I don’t mind at all especially when it means that all of us get money back!

I’ve been helping my sister get ready for her wedding.  I have also have been planning a wedding shower for her and my future brother-in-law. There was one night this week when I fed Isabel and got her to go back to sleep I was awake for an hour thinking about wedding shower plans.

I have been shopping online for bridesmaid dresses for the wedding and a flower girl dress for Eliana. Do you know how many shades of purple there are? Add to this the fact that I am not okay with showing too much skin or modeling my “body by baby” and dress shopping is a lot less fun. The wedding is less than a month away!

I am in charge of the wedding flowers. I am using silk flowers and I have am done with the brides and bridesmaids’ bouquets. I love been crafty and transforming flowers into beautiful bouquets. I am having issue getting one type of flowers and have made 2 extra trips to the craft store only to find that the flowers I had ordered have not come in yet! Hopefully the third trip will be the charm!

I have been spending a little time learning some web page design techniques so that I can help with designing the website for the Boy Scout Camp where we have been spending our summers. I have been reading online tutorials about Cascading Style Sheets or CCS.  I have been reading a book about Liferay and trying to learn how to use it! It’s basically Greek to me and unlike my husband I don’t know Greek! I truly believe that you should never stop learning!

These are just a small part of my “other duties as assigned” jobs. I have been trying to read two books and I haven’t gotten very far in either of them! Who has time to read? Please do not ask about my laundry unless you plan to volunteer to come and do some for me!

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One of those days!

It’s just been one of those days.

The sink is full and overflowing with dishes because a few days ago I remembered to buy soap for the dishwasher.  I could have loaded the dishwasher to capacity twice over. Loaded the dishwasher and at the end of the drying cycle I open up the dishwasher and discover that the Finish Gelpac did not dissolve and thus did not clean the dishes. Thinking maybe it was operator error on my part I put the gelpac back in and run the dishwasher a second time and still the gelpac did not dissolve or clean the dishes.

I got the bright idea to walk to Marsh to exchange the Finish for something else because it is too hot and too much of a hassle to put the younger two kids in the car for a 2 minute drive to the store.  I discovered that it is hot and humid out.  I remembered that I am 38 weeks pregnant and walking is literally a pain. How I forgot these two simple facts I do not know.

I told Joshua not to jump on the couch and what does he do.  He keeps jumping on   the couch.  That is until he sees me get up and then he stops jumping and runs away.

I told Joshua and Eliana not to throw blocks.  They keep throwing blocks until I get up and then they stop and run away.

I had a Sprite.  No big deal right? It’s just a Sprite. WRONG! Almost all carbonated beverages and especially those from a can give pregnant women heartburn.  How I forgot this I do not know.  I only remember thinking that I was tired of drinking milk, water and juice.

I made quesadillas for dinner.  After adding taco seasoning to the ground beef the smell of it made me feel nauseated.  When the quesadillas were done I took a bite and immediately felt like I was going to get sick.  I excused myself from the table and took some TUMS!  I came back to the kitchen, poured myself a glass of milk, and ate 1/2 of what I normally would.

My dad called to let me know that my cousin has to have an emergency appendectomy (appendix removal).

I could add other things to my list, but I won’t.  I feel better just for sharing this little piece of why my day has been harder than other days!

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Time Well Spent?

I’ve been thinking about time. A dear friend of mine passed away this week. He was 75 years old. I still can’t stop thinking about the fact that I will never hear him say “Oh my country!” again. He finished the race set before him and he kept the faith. Losing Tom so unexpectedly makes me remember how my late Grandpa used to always say, “You just never know.”  This is so true of our time here on Earth.  Each day we have just 24 hours. Just 1440 minutes. Just 86,440 seconds. There is no way to tell the number of days that will add up to our life here on Earth.

Where does the time go? Why does it seem to pass so quickly in some instances and so slowly in others?  I do not know. I find myself wondering if how I am spending each minute, each hour, each day really matters. Did I show the love of Christ in all my words, actions, and deeds? If today were my last day on Earth would my time on Earth be time well spent? When people sum up life will the conclusion be a positive one? I’d like to say that I am certain the answers to these questions would be yes, but I’m not 100% sure.

I’ve got several countdowns going on. There are 29 days until James leaves for camp, and 434 days until the kids and I leave for camp. There are  120 days until baby # 4’s birth date give or take a few days. I like to count days and not months, because if I say I’m having another baby in 4 months I might send myself into a panic!  ;o)

I know that this is not my usual light-hearted post, but I will leave you with some looks back at how my family has grown over the past 4 years. While looking to the future and thinking about how I spend my time, I want to also look back at the past because of all the lessons that looking back can provide for the days ahead. Spend your days well my friends. You just never know how many you’ve got ahead of you.

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38 blessings and counting . . .

SmDSC_0348I decided today that maybe I should count my blessing . . . it’s only a little after 1:30 p.m. and I’m up to 38!  Here’s my list so far . . . 1. I woke up to Eliana crying and James brought her to bed for me, so that I wouldn’t have to get up to get her. 2. James kissed me goodbye. 3. James told me that he loved me. 4. He told me to have a good day. 5. Joshua got into bed with me and went back to sleep. I went back to sleep too! 6. I woke up on my own. 7. I was able to get out of bed without waking Joshua or Andy (who had joined us in bed without my knowing it) 8. When Joshua woke up he came and gave me a hug. 9. James sent a text message prayer for me. 10. James sent me another text message saying I love you. 11. I got an e-mail from my sister who is in the Philippines and found out she and my mom are doing well. 12. The boys are content to watch a little t.v. so that I could work on my computer. 13. When Eliana woke up I went to get her out of her crib and she smiled and bounced up and down when she saw me. 14. When I picked Eliana put she gave me a hug and patted my back. 15. Snuggling with time with Mommy is how Eliana wants to start her day today and everyday. 16. My friend posted a photo of her newborn smiling in his sleep. 17. A friend responded back to my compliment about his photographs ‘I’ve learned a picture may be worth 1000 words but 1000 pictures is worth at least one good photo.” 18. Andy told me that he fruit for breakfast not cereal. 19. Shortly after the previous declaration he ran to the bathroom loudly telling everyone “I have to go potty!” 20. I was motivated to dust and organize. 21. It’s 60 degrees outside 22. The kids and I took a walk. 23. The boys held on to the sides of the stroller and did not try to wander away. 24. We have a “secret” place that we walk to that is wooded and quiet. We can walk along a pathway/drive to get to a pond. I think it is part of someone’s property. 25. James called and I told him about our day and he shared that his day was going well. 26. The boys picked up leaves and sticks. 27. We threw rocks into the pond. 28. Our neighbors waved at us. 29. I snapped some photographs 30. On the walk back to our house Eliana fell asleep 31. The boys swung on the swing set. 32. My tenderhearted Andy found a dead bird on the inside of the top pole of the swing set. He cried and said he didn’t want the bird to be dead, but he wanted it to fly. 33. Eliana stayed asleep even when we gat back inside. 34. Joshua and Andy fought over who gets the bread, peanut butter, and jelly out for “Peanut Butter Jelly Time. 35. Andy didn’t want to take a nap and wanted someone to fly him to bed. He reluctantly flew himself to bed. 36. Eliana looked back at me to see if I was watching her and smiled. 37. I got an e-mail from a friend. 38. Nap time for the boys is quiet time for me.

Some of these things might not seem like blessings to others, but they are blessings to me.  I have to choose whether or not to look at the glass as half empty or half full.  I’m trying to work harder to be more positive.  Every day can be a good day if I stop to intentionally find the good in the day!

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Wearing a belt

I like losing weight but I don’t like wearing a belt.  I don’t like wearing a belt, but I don’t like my pants falling down. I care deeply about others, but carrying their sorrows means I make them my own. I make the sorrows of others my own, but they are not my sorrows.  I cherish my children, but they frustrate me. My children frustrate me, but I don’t know what I’d do without them. This pretty much sums up the things I have been going through lately.  Every thing seems to have a flip side, and I can’t have it both ways.

My friend’s 6 week old nephew is going to die after life support is removed.  I’ve been praying and asking God to heal him.  I’ve been asking my brothers and sisters in Christ to pray.  When I found out that this precious baby boy is losing his fight with bacterial meningitis and I cried.  I didn’t cry because I know him and love him, but I cried because I have made the sorrow of his family my own. I cried because losing a child is something I experienced when I lost my first child through miscarriage.  Although it is not my sorrow to bear, I will keep praying for the parents and family that he will leave behind when he goes to heaven. I’m not going to stop caring.

When I get frustrated I sometimes joke about wanting to just run away, but some times I am so frustrated that I actually mean it.  The kids were not listening to what I said and all 3 of them were crying and screaming while I was trying to get them ready for bed last night. In my frustration, I said out loud that I was going to run away.  My husband walked into the room and stated that because of his previous experience he’d like it if I never say that again. I think the sting would have been less if he had slapped me in the face.  His father did run away when he was 5 years old and the he has never been the same because of it. I can’t picture my life without my kids. I may need a break but I certainly am not going to run away.

I think I better keep wearing a belt, because the alternative is unacceptable.

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Reading blogs and such . . .

I wish that I could write here about a great book that I’m reading and I wish that I could write that I got something amazing out of the Bible today.  I have been working on reading a daily devotion along with a Bible passage on a regular basis and some days are better than others.  I started reading blogs these past couple months.  I keep up on a one friend’s personal blogs because she lives far away and is a missionary.  Mostly I like to read mom blogs.  I like these blogs because I can relate to them.  Other moms talk about their lives, their kids, and their adventures and struggles. It’s nice to know someone out there is going through some of the same things I am going through.   I’m sometimes fascinated with their lives not because they are celebrities but because they are in my same line of work.

I also like reading blogs and Facebook posts about the adventures of those who are in different stages of life than I am.  Many have children who are in school and it’s interesting to note how they deal with different situations that arise from day-to-day.  Some of my friends are in high school and are dealing with all the drama of the teenage years and trying to figure out who they are.  Still other friends are working on their college educations.  It really puts life into perspective when you stop to check out what others are going through and how they are dealing with their daily stresses.  Being on Facebook and reading blogs is not frivolous to me, but it’s a way to connect with the much bigger world around me from the comfort of my own home.

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It's me again . . .

My sister took this photo of the kids and I throwing rocks into the river.

My sister took this photo of the kids and I throwing rocks into the river.

Because my photography business, Maganda Photos, is growing I have decided that a seperate blog for my more personal thoughts and observations, my mommy  confessions, might be better suited for wordpress. Take a look around and feel free to share your thoughts!

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