"let the little children come to me and do not hinder them for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." matthew 19:14
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
"because i will never, EVER, forget about God!"
and now, before your heart gets too warm, there's this one:
"i do NOT like church!"
"because God is very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, VERY, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, VERY, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, VERY MEAN!"
"why is he mean, bennett?"
"because i don't want to go to church!"
"but why is God mean?"
"because I. don't. like HE!"
Sunday, December 13, 2009
so now, ella has gotten the idea to decorate our tree. she's pretty creative. here's one of her best: oh, not sure which one? yeah, its white. about half-way up. the one made out of napkins and staples. slightly gigantic. says "happy christmas."
she's very proud of it. and why shouldn't she be? it even has little flaps hiding secret snowballs.i'm thinking we'll start mass producing these babies. sell them on ebay.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
i love it. i love hearing from the wonderful people in my life. seeing your pretty faces. reading little tidbits about life in your neck of the woods.
here's the problem. so far, i've only gotten 2 cards. 2!!!
yeah, i know its only december 8th. what can i say? i'm impatient.
come on, people. don't forget about me out in california. (if you don't have my address, then i'll happily email it to you. its just that there is a perfectly good reason i don't put my address, or my last name on the blog: pedophiles.)
we have a tradition in these parts. each night when opening the advent calendar and learning a new tidbit of the arrival of our savior, we say a prayer for the families of the christmas cards received that day.
lets just say, bethany and christina, your families have been thoroughly covered in prayer.
now its time to share some blessings. so, get on it. send me some cards!
(i know what you are thinking... where's yours, stephanie? details, my friends, details. coming soon. i promise.)
Monday, December 7, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
that's right. our car broke down. the alternator called it quits somewhere between nowhere and nowhere.
our dismissive waves of permission each time our children held up a new piece of candy to consume only added to the over-excited energy flowing from our now dark car. its one thing when you are in college, on a road trip, and everything is minor and fun and there really aren't too many cares in the world. its quite another when you have 3 small children and AAA says they'll only transport 2 of us to a gas station. sure. hey, anthony, go ahead and pick your favorite kid. i'll stay with the other 2 over there by the barbed wire fence and mesquite bushes.
once the highway patrol came to our rescue, i considered asking him for a picture. you know the whole, "this would be great on my blog. and actually, here, can you hold my baby? maybe perch him right above your firearm?" but it was cold. so we stayed in the car and ate sugar instead.
"don't forget to flush!" ha ha ha (sorry, inside joke between me and my preschoolers)
and yet, i completely forget to take pictures of our wonderful friends who went above and beyond to help us out.
and you, who let us stay at your house in spite of the fact that we wore dirty clothes and were suffering from 2 day sugar highs and emotional dramatics just so that we could save money on another hotel and get to spend time with your lovely family. you, who made us beds and fed us and didn't even curse (at least to my face) when mason woke up 3 times crying in your house in the middle of the night.
and you, who, upon hearing i was venturing to the mall for the day, 3 hours before it actually opened, because i didn't want to inconvenience anyone else with the existence of me and my little kids while anthony got our car fixed, insisted i come to your house where we had coffee and the kids played and you fed us and communicated that us being there was a special treat for you and not a total nuisance.
and mom and dad, who got on the internet and found us a hotel and looked for car rentals and wanted to give us their vehicle and would have come to get us anywhere at any time, and even had the premonition to load us up with all the snacks that pacified my children while stranded.
and all of you, who called and prayed and were willing to drive us to california and give us money and do any and everything we could possibly need.
i may not have remembered to take your picture. and maybe i haven't fully expressed my gratitude to you for all you have done and are willing to do, but i'm not sure there are even words to tell you how much it means to know that people love you enough to do whatever needs to be done.
thank you. you made what could have been a nightmare a much easier experience. a fun little adventure even.
and its not too often we get to have the fun hotel experience. so we made the most of it.
Monday, November 23, 2009
these lovely people:
because not only do we have my wonderful family to greet us with open arms and plates full of wonderful thanksgiving delicacies, we get to celebrate with chad and sarah the next day. my brother and his lovely fiance are having their shower. and when you combine wonderful events such as the day of gluttony and celebrating a soon-to-be wedding... well, here we come!
after, of course, venturing to the library this morning to stock up on movies, movies, movies, and books and more books to keep my children's minds captivated the entire way so that i can totally engross myself in my current book that i am COMPLETELY obsessed with. its unnatural really. unhealthy even. and i'm loving every. minute. of. it.
and when the videos wear off, and the books have been thoroughly perused, there is always the bag full of sugar. just toss it over the seats at them and away we go.
happy trails to all.
(and if it doesn't go so smoothly, i'm packing my itty-bitty book light so that we can drive home in the middle of the night while they are sleeping and i can read non-stop so i can be completely crabby and sleep-deprived the next morning.)
its all going to be pretty awesome.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
that all depends.
on whether or not we are counting the garage.
(not to worry. that's just mud. not dog poop or anything crazy.)
except, well... we may not exactly have a bed for you. i mean, we don't even have enough beds for us.
don't feel too bad for them. they actually fight over who gets to sleep on the floor.
they think its some sort of bunk bed or something. who am i to rob them of their fun by purchasing a mattress?