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chris is a goof!

he wanted to know how much snow there was and not guess. so he took a measuring tape (and told me to take pics *eye rolling*) nate had to help daddy
then he used the brightest color paint (so EVERYONE who drives by can see) to mark the height
he had to stand on the snow blower to reach!
voila! 8 feet!
long shot. guess what?
there is MORE snow coming this afternoon. school was cancelled this morning bec it's due to start snowing this afternoon
spring will come. it always does....! right!


yep. more snow!
yeah, that would be nate. standing TIP toes on a CHAIR (bar stool height) and he can not see over the snow. it's over his head!
sing with me
"too high, can't go over it..."
yep it's over my head. i am 5'5
the post is almost gone. thank goodness we had great weather this week that MELTED a good foot or two...
yep. can't see the neighbours door anymore or garage or car or anything!
this is insane! i want SUN! i want FLIP FLOPS! i want ICE CREAM! i want to plant my garden
oh well. can't do nothing about it, maybe a trip to mcdee's for an ice cream will work!
it's a new! sunny! wonderful day to be alive! enjoy the freshness after a storm everyone
i am off to retail therapy. ha!

Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again--my Savior and my God

Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God

Why are you discouraged, my soul? Why are you so
restless? Put your hope in God, because I will still praise him. He is my savior and my God

Why are you crushed down, O my soul? and why are you troubled in me? put your hope in God; for I will again give him praise who is my help and my God

Why are you in despair, my soul? Why are you disturbed within me? Hope in God! For I shall still praise him, the saving help of my countenance, and my God

cast down
crushed down

i have faced this for weeks. daily


-the principle of life, feeling, thought, and action in humans, regarded as a distinct entity separate from the body, and commonly held to be separable in existence from the body; the spiritual part of humans as distinct from the physical part

- the emotional part of human nature; the seat of the feelings or sentiments


ever read the same old. same old. been there. done that. gone through the act because you think it may help? then suddenly. as a gut punch. you stop. you look. you respond in a way that is new to you?

maybe it's not you

maybe it's god

maybe he's showing you. me. something new

something new from the same old. same old. been there. read it before

exactly when you need it

it just happened to me. in my son's bed. reading his bed time story. a verse caught my eye. i quickly memorized the text. tucked nate away. ran down to the lap top to plug it into a few translations

then it hit me

exactly what i need. exactly at the right time. exactly tonight

my response is what scared me


my spirit finally "gets this"

my body is talking to me
my mind is talking to me
my spirit is silent

my soul is yelling. it's screaming at me. it's loud. i can't hear anything else

but my soul is NOT me. it's separate

i don't have to listen to it anymore. i can if i want to. but i don't have to

my spirit is going to praise god
even when i can't speak the words
my spirit chooses to sing
to praise
to turn my mind off

i will get back up

i may not be able to see the big picture today. i don't have to. the first picture you see? when you look up and over the mountain, this is the view

everything is nutty (more than normal :) right now and i may not be able to see the big picture right now, tomorrow or next week. but god can and he chose to spoon feed me my medicine tonight, when i simply could not even pick up the spoon

my future is bright! SHUT UP my soul. just. shut. up

my spirit says


tissue hunting and rocket boy!

(this post if more for chris, i wanted to show him what he misses...haha)
yesterday nate told me that he had a "super surprise for me!" he grabbed my hand and explained this new "game" to me. he took wipes and hid them all over the house. i was to walk around with him to find them
he had mini binoculars in his hand that he would find each tissue

he had them EVERYWHERE!
like i am still finding them today everywhere!
more piles...then i discovered they were the flush able wipes (the expensive ones) and not the reg i had him gather them all up and put them away and not waste them. then we ran out the door for.......
misty's ultrasound! chris took nate out while i got to watch the babes in action. ok, the girl was moving and having a mini party, her brother was tucked up all cosy/comfy having a nap!
we even got to see the girl on 3-d! it was awesome! i was all teary eyes! the girl has the most adorable lips! and she has so. much. hair! so cute! thanks for letting me crash your ultrasound partay!
mama misty!

then it was home for nate and his rocket! ok, i have been pushing the little tv and more imaginative play. nate asked me to help him make a rocket so he could blast to the moon! then he asked for rocket boots to wear and a rocket outfit! i got him rubber boots and a rocket jacket...
here he is walking to his rocket, with his rocket boots and jacket
almost there...
all ready for take off!

he is SO funny!
"why is quinn crying?"
nate wanted to play roller coaster this am with his coz but he could not bec he's not here anymore so we did the next best thing and called quinn. when quinn got on the phone he started crying bec he missed adorable is that? nate was confused....ha!

mini visit!

dad and charlie girl. seriously adorable!
monday morning was ymcaing. nate had to fix the car first. quinn was like "dude, just get in it already and chase me" the y was abnormally quiet, which was sweet
coz hug. they love each other
nate does not pain or color but quinn does! he painted this picture for me to put in my office
nate loves charlie. loves her. he wants to marry her and ariella (as he calls her)
charlie loved it, she's laughing here not crying...ha!
i love this girl!
and so does chris...normally chris is not into babies but he is forever holding and playing with her. she loves him and rewards him with smiles galore!
poppa hug
"what's that?" ha!
hey aunty! i am coming!
creeping and crawling on ovah
on the move
chris and his bbf spent time in the shop together. fixing stuff that needed fixing...
yeah, these guys have a funky "bro-romance" going on
bouncy castle! the high light of quinn's visit! quinn bounced while nate
fixed his bike. cause it needed fixing. father like son much?
"nate! dude! enough fixing already! come ride with me!"
aunty and naters
hockey time! not sure why they had these weapons of mass destruction out for the kids...
all in all it was a BUSY, fun-filled few days! and now my house is quiet again...and on to cleaning i go!
until the next visit!

baby showerness!

misty's baby shower was last night. it was super fun! i have waited so long to throw this gal a baby shower! yeah!! it's SO great to have had the honour to do it! my greatest desire was for her to have the best night and to get blessed beyond! GREAT things come to those to wait!

ok. above pic. some of the signage i made up and hung around the room
invites! the circles were the first batch but i ran out on the first sunday so i quickly threw a batch together the square ones on the left
pink and blue cupcakes! make reg cup cakes then mix in your color
and pour them in. i did 1/2 and 1/2 then swirled it with a tooth pick
out they came. all perty and perfect!
there they are!

in loo of the guestbook i did a wishing tree/blessing tree or in my case a tree of knowledge. guests filled out a message and hung it on the tree. guest books are so boring....ha!
pink and blue gum balls were the party favours. not knowing how many ppl would come i did a random guess and make up 80. there was 12 or so left...not a bad turn out eh?!
some decorations. ignore the snazzy new sign for the kids academy. haha
like i could not post a pic of nate...ha
sign over the door way on the way in it's ps 92:4. the flowers were made out of tissue paper. they started out as poms but late one night i got tired of fluffing and puffing so i made up these instead. i think they are cute
pom trees....made before i got lazy and quit....lalalala
k. seriously. the. best. dip. EVAH! seriously. trust me. AMAZING! it's chocolate chip cookie dough. i served it with baby crackers but really, eating it with a spoon works great! this dip is divine!
the food was amazing and so much! great job everyone! long shot of the food table as the food came in (much more was added)
guests participating in the tree! i find it is SO hard to get ppl to do this! this was prob the most successful guest participating in an activity at a shower! yeah church!
SOME of the loot! i could not get over how blessed she was! so many gifts!
some guests
more guests
hee hee. my parents and sis came up yesterday for a quick 3 day visit. nate did not know they were should have heard the scream of excitement that came out of his mouth. he was speechless, thrilled and over joyed! they took nate home shortly after and chris (god bless that man) stayed to help me clean up/tear down after the shower
gifts! gifts! gifts!
so much fun!
so worth the wait!
god is SO good!
the cutest gift! matching bath tubs...robes and SLIPPERS! adorable!!
our "serious seniors" minus pastor tiffiany of course!
i just want to say a HUGE THANK YOU to all those who came out to the shower. thank you ! thank you! thank you! you guys rock. i am so glad everything went so splendidly!
i had so much fun planning this shower. seriously! i had to work so hard on not stressing over the details or fart around with what i was not happy with (*cough back drop cough*) i let it go and had fun!
this was not just another shower for me. this shower was the fulfillment of a promise made about 4 yrs ago. i told misty that i would throw her the baddest baby shower. i KNEW i would plan a shower for her. i KNEW god would grant her the desires of her heart. I KNEW it and i could not wait to do it!
it was a celebration of god's faithfulness. he is true to his word. misty was created to be a mom! i always told misty that she WILL stand and declair the goodness of god in this world!
see. listen to me. i am always right
hee hee