Sunday, November 29, 2009
Labels: Thanksgiving - Late
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I just love when kids are excited about something! Pure joy to my heart. Trevan is so excited today about his Thanksgiving Feast at school. I pray that I feel well enough to get ready and go up to the school to snap a few photos of this special time for him.
The excitement of the Christmas Season has put a little sparkle in their eye too. They tell me of the things that they want Santa to bring them. Not having the comprehension of how much things cost and not knowing that "Santa" uses mom and dad's checking account to "make their wishes come true"; I tried to explain a little bit about Christmas to them. I told them that it was not so much about WHAT Santa could bring. It was more about the celebration of Jesus' Birth. That we were celebrating Jesus' Birthday.
Trevan grew very excited and said matter of fact..."Well FINALLY! We get to meet Jesus at His Birthday Party! We are going to have it at Grandma's!" He then added "You better call Uncle Tony and tell him to make a VERY SPECIAL Cake!"
Kids - gotta love em!
Trenton turns 14 on Black Friday. He has been wearing tattered tennies for months. He did not get new clothes prior to starting school and we could not afford new shoes. A friend sent money and asked me to get him a birthday present. So, last night I took him to get a new pair of shoes.
He was worse than a girl! He could not make up his mind. He tried on 4 pairs at one store, 2 pairs at another then 3 at the last one. He finally decided on a pair. They were on sale so I told him he could buy a T-Shirt to go with his new shoes.
We came home and he laced up the shoes, tried on the shirt and then marched all around the apartment before bed. Stopping many times to admire his new look in the mirror - he had a smile from ear to ear.
Interesting. New shoes. A T-Shirt. Exciting.
When we use to have a nice income and new shoes and new clothes were a regular thing - no one got too excited. Now that money is a rare commodity in this household the "simple necessities" of life bring joy.
You should see how excited they get about a bottle of "AXE Body Wash" made just for men you know! I was able to always keep them in their AXE Body Wash, Deodorant and Body Spray - back in the day. Since finances are so tight - these things are not purchased any longer. Recently I had a coupon and it was on sale so I got them a bottle. You should have seen how happy they were!
You don't know how good you have it - till you 'aint got it any more!!
So, today my son was excited to go to school wearing his new kicks and his new tee. I was happy to see the smile on his face and the spring in his step. He is now dreaming of a new belt and a new hat to complete his look. Perhaps I will be able to make his dream come true...perhaps.
So, on this day, the day before Thanksgiving...I am thankful for good friends. Friends who care enough about my family to see that my kids can get excited about the basics in life. Thank you, Lord for Blessing us so richly with so many good people in our lives!
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Christmas Garland Made with Fresh Cranberries and Limes
- Fresh cranberries
- Fresh limes
- Sharp knife
- Large needle
- Waxed dental floss
- Wash the cranberries and the limes. Slice the limes into thin slices. Set aside.
- Thread the needle with the floss.
- Secure the first cranberry on the floss by putting the needle through the cranberry twice, then making a knot in the floss. Continue threading the cranberries and limes until desired length is achieved.
- Tie a knot at the end, leaving at least 12 inches of floss for tying to the tree.
I really want to make a memory for my kids and share some LOVE this Holiday Season. It has been a couple of years since we did not have major drama at the Holidays. Hopefully this year we will have a mellow Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year.
When we lost our home, we lost all our holiday decorations and our little lit tree. This year my mom is loaning us a 4 foot table top tree. We have a nice little nook with a mirrored background that we can place the tree into. We have no decorations so I decided the kids and I will make them. I found this Cranberry and Lime Garland and I think we will make this on Thanksgiving. I will post pics and you can see the progress of our Holiday Decor in the making!
I have been down with the sickness the past few days and I have NO energy. I feel like I have been steamrolled and can hardly move. My eyes are blurry and my head is pounding which does not make make for a very good photo editing experience. I have a couple photo shoots to edit and need to get back to feeling myself!
I took a 3 hour rest today and had to get up only because the noise level in our tiny apartment home was growing louder and louder. I was curious as to why everyone in the house was making SO much NOISE. So, I got up to find out that my some kind of wicked force has taken over my children and has made them all bicker and fight. Just when I need them to be lovely well behaved kids - they choose to lose their ever loving minds! Nice.
Thankfully my husband is making a meatloaf that my friend Trudi gave us. He is making baked potatoes and biscuits to go along with it. Thank goodness! I have no energy to cook for this always hungry troop of guys!
I pray that I will be well by Wednesday as that is the day the little guys have their Thanksgiving Feasts at school. I would love to go and take photos. I'll keep you posted!
If you have any cute ideas for homemade Christmas Ornaments send them to me at:
I am still taking nominations for my CONTEST - hit the CONTEST button at the top of my BLOG for details.
Labels: Holiday Spirit
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Okay - I am done complaining now. I am thankful that I am not in the hospital. I am thankful for the bright sunny day and the fresh air coming in the windows! I am thankful for great friends! I am really looking forward to Thanksgiving and eating yummy delicious foods.
Say a little prayer for me...I am gonna need it at the rate I am going. I think my kids have all lost their minds. In the few minutes that it took to write this Trevan and Trenton got into a fight and all heck broke loose. Why an almost 14 year old chooses to banter with a 5 year old - I will never understand!
Oh, how I long for the days when I use to go to work! I need more photo shoots to get me out of the house!
Friday, November 20, 2009
Janean and Trenton
Labels: We need 100 people
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Photo Shoot and
Monday, November 16, 2009
Labels: Tis the Season.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Labels: Weekend Over
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Today I had the pleasure of going on a field trip with my son Turner. Turner is in First Grade and we went to Centennial Farm. We learned how chicks are born. We learned how our food is grown. It was so much fun being with the kids. When Turner got home he told he that he LOVES to learn because it makes him feel powerful. I thought this was an interesting statement coming from a six year old!
He is wise at times beyond his years. Yes. Knowledge is power. We have control over how much we take in and what we choose to learn. The more we know the more we gain.
I have always loved teaching people things that I know about. We all have different gifts and who are we to hoard our knowledge? God blesses us with our abilities and it is our job to bless others by teaching them what we know. I want to share this with my kids in hopes that they too, will have a love to help others.
There are so many things that I desire to learn and pray that people who know more than I will share with me, their knowledge. If we all adopt the pay it forward mentality our world can only become a better place for us all!
So, I ask you...what are you good at? What can you share with someone else? You don't have to be an expert. There will always be someone who knows more than you and someone who knows less! Embrace who you are and what you know and share it with others! We can only be who God created us to be, no one else. I have had to really dig deep and give myself this pep talk recently.
I do what I do because it is what I do. Can I be better? Sure I can, and I strive to be. If someone comes along and chooses to help me out - then I will be better for it. If I choose to pay it forward and share what I know with someone else - then we will all benefit.
Don't beat yourself up for what you think you should be - or could be. You CAN be. Just ask for help and you may be pleasantly surprised by what you receive in return!
Be open if someone asks you to share the knowledge you have in a particular area. It may seem like nothing to you but it could be the world to someone else!
Just remember the words of a little red headed boy, who learned today how baby chickens are born.
"Knowledge is power!" No go forth and empower someone!
Labels: Knowldege is power
Monday, November 9, 2009
Labels: Mental Health Breaks
Sunday, November 8, 2009
"God's Timing". I have heard that all things happen in "God's Timing". I have been frustrated over the years as to grasp that concept. I know that all things happen for a reason. I am learning that God's Timing really has nothing to do with our timing. I think God has an entirely different clock than we do.
I have learned to wait and be more patient. In this "I want it all and want it now" society that we live in today it can be a really difficult task to "wait on the Lord".
Recently I have not been feeling so strong. I have had moments of weakness where I have let my mind take over and get the best of me. Our minds are a wonderful thing, but can also cause us a great deal of distress. I find myself questioning decisions I have made. Dreaming of what could have been, what is not and what may never be. This as you know is not the most productive mindset.
I am living in Irvine in the neighborhood that I lived in when I was in high school. I pass by places that hold wonderful memories for me of times spent with my family and friends of days gone by. I miss those times when my life was so simple. All I had to worry about was me. No husband, no kids. It is easy to daydream and wish for just a moment that I could run back in time. Oh, the things I would do differently. Things I would not say, things I would be sure to do. Things then that were so important would not be now. Priorities would be so different. There is a reason that time moves ahead and not back.
All three are wonderful in their own right. All three we wish we had more of.
I am thankful that I have been richly blessed with people who care about me and my family. I am blessed to have been able to reconnect with friends from my past. I have had people placed in my life at just the right time to offer support and love just when we need it most. I have had "old friends" who have not cared and complete strangers who have shown us love.
There are people who come into your life and then go and you wonder what the purpose was. I know that God knows what he is doing and all things work together for good. Man, He is complex. You can't figure God out! I can't wait to ask Him a question or two when it is my time to meet my wonderful maker!
People are hard to figure out too. You have people in your life that you wished cared more. You have people who care too deeply. You have people you long to spend time with, but never get to. There are relationships that blossom and those that are like a thorn in your side. All put into your life for a reason. God's reasons. We are not in control. Never have been, never will be.
I give all the glory to God and continue to ask for His favor and His blessings upon our family. I know he is in the driver's seat. I just need to learn how to sit down, hang on and enjoy the ride!
Labels: God's Timing
Friday, November 6, 2009
Silence! Ahhh the tranquility of silence. Today I am ALONE in a silent home. Taylor and Stace are in Court for Taylor's Hearing. The other 3 boys are in school. Ahhh the sound of the world going on around me is just heavenly. I hear the birds singing and the hummm of my fridge. That is it.
I have had a tough time the past few days feeling lost. I have not known what to do about our gloomy financial situation. I have learned that sometimes God wants us to be silent. He wants us to clear our minds and be still. "Be still and know that I am God." I admitted that my humanness gets the best of me and I try to "figure it all out". Things are beyond my power and I am not in control.
God has shown me yet again that HE is almighty and he has us in the palm of His hand. We were able to make rent. We already have a head start on the rent for next month. Friends old and new have helped put the word out that Stace and I need work. I am very blessed that we have people in our lives that care. Day by day...hour by hour. Life is tough and getting tougher.
I thank those of you who have lifted us up in prayer and have helped me along with encouragement and have let me "vent" my frustrations. We are still dealing with unemployment (have yet to see a check) and the Labor Board. S L O W are the wheels of justice. Have heard nothing from Social Services either - it seems they are getting nit picky on every little detail. Frustrations. Life is full of them!
So today I sit in peace. I thank the Lord for this time. I pray that Stace and Taylor make out well in court. It is all in God's hands. I pray for my friend too, who has a court date today in regard to an estate matter. Their financial future will be impacted by the decisions and I pray for a wonderful outcome for their family.
When I am down it makes me feel more useful to help others. Here is something I learned about and hope you may want to help too... This little guy will steal your heart - click on the link below to see a video of him!
Diana Harrison Biorkman has a 5-year-old son in his last stages of a 2 1/2 year battle with Neuroblastoma Cancer. They are celebrating Christmas next weekend and Noah loves Christmas cards.Please take a minute to send a card to:
Noah Biorkman, 1141 Fountain View Circle, South, Lyon, MI 48178.On a more fun note - I have a friend whose sister is trying to win a stroller and she is currently in 2nd place. All you have to do is click the link and click VOTE next to her name...Heidi Joncas
So now I am off to enjoy my QUIET TIME and be still. I am going to enjoy the peace for the next couple of hours - then I pick up Trevan and put back on my "mommy hat".
Make it a great day - the weather here is BEAUTIFUL! I hope it is nice where you are!
May the peace of the Lord be with you today!
Labels: Be Still...
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Oh, I am so human. I am afraid that my humanness is getting in my way. I know in my mind what it says to do in God's instruction manual of life - but applying it at times is such a challenge.
I am flawed. I am human. I lose patience with my toaster. I find it painful to stand today and wait while it takes a eternity to toast my bread. Frustrated I take it out prematurely slap some butter and peanut butter on it in a haphazard manner and call it breakfast. Chewing on my not-so-toasted bread I reflect on the events of yesterday and try to decided what I can accomplish today. It seems that we are spending time spinning our wheels. I have grown weary of calling one resource after another to hear the same story again, and again, and again.
I am at a place where defeat is getting the better of me and I am having a hard time being positive. I know - I know. I have heard it from so many. Look on the BRIGHT side. Count your BLESSINGS. I have and continue to do so. What my question is to people is HOW when the darkness seems to overshadow the bright spots do you keep on going when your emotions get the best of you and drain every ounce of energy from your pshycie?
It is so much easier to tell someone else HOW they should be doing it than having to apply your advice to your own life. I know people mean well. Generally people want to help and often times do not know how. Sometimes I just need to vent - I need a shoulder to cry on. I am not looking to anyone to "fix" things because I know they can't. I know that this too shall pass. I pray each day for the burdens to be lifted and give the many frustrations up to God. I just need more energy, patience and a dose of perseverance.
We need prayers. I need the Lord to deliver us from this "financial uncertainty". The "not knowing" is the hardest part. My greatest desire it to provide a stable happy home for our children. I want to "be here" for them as their mom. I do not want to be emotionally absent because my stresses are too much to bear. I do not want them to be fearful that we may not have a roof over head in a month. I do not want them to be hungry, go without clothing or shoes. It pains me greatly to watch them suffer.
With that - I will leave you now.
Please pray for us. Pray that Stace, Taylor or myself will find a way to earn money to support our family. Pray that we will not be facing eviction at Christmas. Pray for Taylor's court hearing on Friday.
Most of all I thank you for caring.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Thank you that we have a father in Heaven to release our hurt, frustration, worry and pain to - thank you that we have a source of power, strength and wisdom to guide our lives.
In Jesus name…Amen
Love you all~~~
Labels: Going Under