Tuesday, May 29, 2007


Does anyone out there battle with feeling pathetic because they get depressed? I mean here I have a WONDERFUL home...fabulous children, handsome husband...too many clothes (seriously)...AMAZING friends...wonderful extended family...NOTHING IS WRONG...have seen what WRONG looks like but not directly to me...and I am depressed. Not the, oh, I'm kinda in a bad mood depressed...more like the I don't want to fold the laundry depressed (not the normal I don't want to fold the laundry)...the I want to sleep all day depressed...the I HAVE NO PATIENCE WITH MY CHILDREN AND DIDN"T PRAY FOR PATIENCE depressed...the I am not sure what to do to get out of this depressed...

I have talked to someone before and while it wasn't overly helpful, it wasn't bad...maybe that is what I need? I just want to know why my nuerons are FAILING ME. I have seen a close friend of mine go through a HORRIBLE experience...I have read about horrible experiences from other bloggers...WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME? I know I am loved by My Savior. I know He is there for me...why can't I just wrap my arms around that and forget this yucky feeling?? Am I truly losing it????

Friday, May 25, 2007

WOW...Good Post Shannon!!!

Shannon sure has a good post here...what are we going to do to make this better????

Too Funny

Your Linguistic Profile:

60% General American English

15% Dixie

10% Upper Midwestern

5% Midwestern

5% Yankee

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Thank you for finally saying something truthful!

Public, media overreacted on Scales 'prank'

To the editor,

If you were looking for truth, please see the school's Web site, through murfreesborocityschools.net, where a complete and truthful press release is on the Scales Web site.

After reading your article and skimming through your "responding posts" to the drama now unfolding at Scales, I was more than shaking my head at some of the responses that your hot-headed readers said and your classless paper that shared them. Shame to those barking and demanding that heads must roll, jobs taken away and charges of terrorism be brought up!

The name of the game is sensationalism. "If it bleeds, it leads." The press release can easily dispel any of the rumors without the "I'm-gonna-go-picket-outside-the-school-on-Monday" overreactions.

What was a pretty good idea as a real-life learning experience (code red) has been horribly, maliciously and cantankerously misconstrued for the real-life "ratings" of most major television stations, newspapers, and yes, those women and men we know who must put their two cents in and clearly create a commotion where there was once little if any. The words "overreacting, overreaching, boredom, and just plain putrid and pathetic journalism" can't fully cover it all.

The faculty and staff of Scales Elementary are, without a doubt, some of the finest men and women in our area. I know each of them and I am proud that all of my three children attend. All of these men and women have bent over backward to help my children and yes, your children time and time again. They serve selflessly and joyfully.

Are any one of them perfect among us? No. Could this event been handled differently? Yes. And I am sure they will in the future. I would like to see those with such hateful comments regarding these educators be held to the same standards that you seem to so easily create for them.

Yes, these educators sculpt and model a child into adulthood and we, as parents, hope they do so with education and well-taught lessons. However, to those of you who are quick to have a scathing opinion without much, if any, personal research, I say this: Just what do you think your child learns from you while you rant, judge or vastly overreact to things you know so little of?

Jenny McKee

Jake Branch Road


Sunday, May 20, 2007

How do you help a friends heart...

When it breaks for reasons you can do nothing about? How do you help your own heart when it grieves right alongside? How do you make people see the truth when all they want to see are lies? How do you make what has become so wrong become right?

My strength is My Lord and Savior. No matter what goes on, I know I will see good coming out of this bad...I just wish I had 20/20 vision right now...

Thursday, May 17, 2007

We are blessed

Beyond measure...I thank God for the friendships He has bestowed on our family. I thank Him for our family...WOW, they are pretty nifty...we are blessed. Thank You for our gifts Lord, please help me never to take them for granted and to always know You are the reason we are here.

Monday, May 14, 2007

What is the deal?

I am curious as to why people who claim to know someone suddenly decide that person can do something completely out of character and be someone they aren't? Does that make any sense? How can someone claim to be someones friend...know their personality...know what their belief system and moral values are...and claim to care about them...and turn on them at the drop of a hat. How can you let the media make your case for you? How can you allow your own knowledge be challenged by people who couldn't care less about your or anyone they are reporting about?

I hope I follow through with my heart. I hope I treat people the way I want to be treated. I hope I show my friends and family the love and respect and loyalty they deserve...don't get me wrong, if someone does something wrong, I believe in the truth...the truth is what I believe in...not some bogus media crap...I'm a little disenchanted with my own little world...*sigh*

Does it ever amaze you...

How quickly we judge people? How quickly we assume the worst about someone we don't know? How easy it is to believe the media? This weekend has been a lesson for my family. We are no longer going to watch our sensationalized news and read our sensationalized newspapers without a bit of education. If something is negative, we are going to assume the best about it until we KNOW otherwise. Individuals deserve the right to be treated with respect. If someone makes a mistake, and is remorseful, they deserve to be heard. It is a sad world we live in where we have to watch EVERYTHING we say or do and no one stands up for the good guys...

Sunday, May 13, 2007


I know God is in Control.  We have an AWESOME GOD!  For that reason, I am able to believe in Prayer...

Saturday, May 12, 2007

I've been thinking...

I know, scary thought...but I was listening to something the other day and it really caught my attention...Everyone who believes in a "religion" and follows that particular religion REALLY believes they are right. I know we all know this but have you really thought about it?

I was thinking about it today because a friend of my oldest girl's had her 'first communion' today. I am not sure exactly what all of this means to a Catholic family...I don't think my child is ready to accept communion. She knows Jesus died on the cross for her. She knows He has saved her from her sins. But at 8 years old, I am not sure she can REALLY comprehend this information. I wonder what she thinks about all of this...She asked me why we don't have a 'first communion'. Luckily, all I had to say was we weren't Catholic and that was enough for right now. There are many more conversations to be had.

That being said, our friends believe they are doing the right thing by their children. This goes for our mormon friends. They believe they are raising their children in such a way to get them to Heaven. I TOTALLY disagree. I believe they have no other way to get to Heaven than through Jesus the Christ. There is no other way. Not for ANYONE. Does this mean we are raising our children to read the Bible and learn about Jesus the SON OF GOD? ABSOLUTELY! But think about it...REALLY think about it...everyone else believes they are correct also. WOW.

Now, what to do with this information? Prayer. That is one thing I can bank on...Prayer and Faith...how to talk to other 'religions'...I hope to learn how to do this...but I am not ready to throw my 8 year old to the wolves...so we will take this one slowly.

As for tonight, it has been a night of MASSIVE PRAYER...so on that note...I am going to get back to Praying...because I have a Father in Heaven who answers prayer!!!

Friday, May 11, 2007


Have any of you ever heard of Letterboxing? I am so excited to start this with my kids! WHOO HOO!!! :0)

Not spending

I've been reading Bye Bye Buy a lot lately and she is not only HILARIOUS...but really good at saving her money. I am truly impressed. I am about to attempt her idea on a MUCH smaller scale...even smaller than Musings of a Housewife did from January to March. I am going to attempt to purchase only laundry/cleaning items and food for 2 (that's two) months. That is from May 12, 2007 to July 12, 2007. I am not sure I can do this for the entire two months due to some firework tent issues but I am going to do the best I can. Maybe I should make it a much less lofty goal of one month so I don't beat myself up over the whole fireworks tent thing?? Then again, we might not even get a fireworks tent this year so who am I kidding? I can do this. WOW, writing this out loud makes it seem much longer than it probably would had I said I am going to have sextuplets in two months? Then I would be huge and no, that wouldn't work either, that would drag as well...ok, someone help, what is a good example.

Let me lay out my plan:

1. Stay home more. I can accomplish many a goal by staying at my house. It is amazing how quickly a house can be cleaned when you are actually at the house to clean it.

2. AVOID YARD SALES. This may be a form of Chinese water torture to me but I can do it.

3. Goodwill is not allowed to be visited. There will be no "I've just got to get ______" for the two months...sad days.

4. I believe this will have an impact on a multitude of relationships in my life...with God, Husband, Children, Friends...SELF!!

Ok..4 goals. Those are not too hard. All Right, so they are really hard for me, but I can do it!!!!

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Never been tagged before...I'm so there :)

Moto Mom tagged me for this MeMe

Here are the rules: Each player starts with 7 random facts/habits about themselves. People who are tagged need to write on their own blog about their seven things, as well as these rules. You need to choose 7 people to get tagged and list their names. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them that they have been tagged and to read your blog!

1. I am a compulsive person. I can't go to the store and buy one book. (trust me when I say this is just an example...it could be anything). I can be sent to the store for one children's book or workbook and come home with 7. You can never have to many (insert item of choice here)!

2. I have to wet both hands before I dry them. Yes, normally I wash both hands, for 26 seconds while saying the alphabet and scrubbing each individual fingernail...but I digress...I mean when I brush my teeth or randomly/accidently get a hand wet, I HAVE to wet the other hand before drying it...

3. I hate the dark. To go to our neighbors behind our house, I can walk for a few feet but then I have to take off at a dead run because I think someone is going to jump out of between our fences. It is not a normal fear, it is almost dibilating...my heart races and I start to freak out.

4. I HATE wearing pajama bottoms to bed. They drive me crazy! I can't stand to have anything tangled up around my legs...I can try to sleep in them but eventually get angry and have to take them off. (PROMISE THERE IS A LONG SHIRT ON OVER THEM!!!)

5. I love my blinds open even in the evening or at night. NOT WHEN IT"S BEDTIME...but while we are hanging out in the family room, I like to see what is going on outside. I do believe this makes me just downright NOSY!!!!

6. I cannot stand in a checkout line without finding something to talk about with someone. Even if they do not look like they want to talk to me, I find something to mention to them about anything. It really doesn't make a difference what starts the conversation but I always say something...

7. I am terrible at finishing projects. Ok...maybe that is not weird...just annoying. I have a bathroom I started painting on Sunday...it is officially ALMOST Thursday and it is not finished. I do realize I have not been home to do this...but this is not a first. I have LOTS of great ideas...not if I could just get someone to give me a push to finish them! Ok....Flicka...you are officially hired! ;)

Ok...who do I want to tag???? I guess I will tag: Jamie, Rachel, Ginger, Stephanie, Amanda, Crystal & Natasha.

Sunday, May 6, 2007


So a funny thing to say would be "Can't live with em, can't live without 'em..." but that is not where I was going :)

I have been GRIPEY at my husband. Annoyed with the way he does X annoyed with the way he does Y...just basically annoyed...and of course, in my world, when you are annoyed, you nag. Isn't that what you are supposed to do, uh, DUH PROVERBS 31 LADY!!!! Anyway...today, I am visiting with Flicka and her children are playing with my children and all is well in our little world after I have driven my husband insane with nagging. All of a sudden, I glance up and hear this weed-eater noise...behind FLICKA"S house! My husband (remember, I have nagged all day about various things...this not being one of them)...is weed eating Flicka's backyard. WOW! I didn't ask him to do it, Flicka would NEVER ask him to do it...and yet, my husband saw a need and filled it.

Why am I saying this? Because I have decided I need to work on ME...and let him BE! He is a great husband and loves us all very much. He loves his kids...me, our friends and our families. I need to be thankful and just leave the other things to God. I need to remove the speck before I complain about the plank!!!!!!

Thursday, May 3, 2007

First Observation Day

I had my first observation day at school was today. I am LOVING the observation. It is amazing to watch these kids, the interaction with the teachers...it is truly awesome!

That being said, I HATED being away from the kids...MY KIDS...my Blessings from my Heavenly Father. So...it just makes our previous decision for me to stay home until the kids are in school CEMENTED! It is my calling to first stay home and be a mommy. It is a secondary calling to teach other families children. This is something I will do with pleasure...and I will learn how to do it while my babies are only away from me a little bit. No, this does not mean I am quitting school...it just means I am not going to try to finish before they are in school. They need me. I can't get this back. I am going to ONLY take classes if I can get them on Tuesday's and Thursdays. If that doesn't happen, I put it off until the next semester! I can do this!!! :)

On another note, Heather is out of surgery but has not come out of anesthesia. She is moving her arms and legs PRAISE GOD!! Jump on over and post her a note!!

And again, changing gears, our dog, Jack, has decided it is time to jump on the trampoline. I will post pictures this weekend but WOW is that funny!!! :) He also got into the pond...just for a drink, he did not eat the fish! :) Now...Ida B...she is the perfect little female...no trampoline and no pond...did I mention they are male and female...I believe a spaying and neutering are in our NEAR future! Anyone played the lottery recently????


One of the ladies I read from Fish in My Hair, posted this today...I couldn't resist...too hilarious not to share! http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y13/DianeinTX/Bizarro.gif

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Did you know

Dehydrated bananas are not only delicious, they are also a great source of gas? I called my mom to see how many I could eat and not get a stomach ache...she said the equivalent of one whole banana...ha! I had already eaten the equivalent of 6. NICE!!

Today's Reading

I read today. Read my Bible. I know this is not something I am supposed to brag about, I don't want anyone to think I am. I am just wanting a bit of accountability and I believe this might be helpful for me to remember to do what I promised God I would do. I believe what I read today was perfect for me. I needed to hear how much God wants of me. I know He wants more of me than I have given before. I love Him. I do...now I want to do it right...

You have to read this...

This is a must read for anyone who is having trouble, wants to know Christ, just wants someone to pray for and with...please visit here...WOW, what a testament of Faith.