Sunday, April 27, 2008

Point of Grace

So today, my sister in law, Grace, and I went down to Waterfront park and ate dinner at the chow wagon, and then saw Point of Grace in concert for FREE. How awesome is that? It is so amazing to me that we have the freedom to gather together in public and worship together. We are so blessed to be living in this country with all of the freedoms we have. The concert was amazing (even got a little Avalon action in there, w00t!), the food was good (carnival food is always good, even when it costs an arm and a leg like it did tonight), and Grace had an excellent first ever concert experience. It's nice to be able to take my daughters aside individually and have mommy & me time with them once in a while - and it was perfect. God blessed us with a cool, rain-free evening, lots of room for dancing, and worshipful songs to bless us with. I hope everyone else had a WONDERFUL Sunday, just like we did.

Love to all,

P.S. - if you wanna see pictures, comment here and I'll shoot you an email. I even did a couple of videos. :)

Saturday, April 26, 2008


Okay first of all, I have to say: I am not a Packers fan, but I am OUT OF MY MIND EXCITED that they drafted Brian Brohm 2nd round! WOW! I have seen this guy play many times and am a HUGE fan! I will definitely be watching his progress in the NFL!!!

That out of the way, church tonight was a very moving experience. I bawled my eyes out. As we were leaving, they played one of my favorite Casting Crowns songs, and it just brought the message home:

Praise You in This Storm
words by Mark Hall/music by Mark Hall and Bernie Herms

I was sure by now,God, that You would have reached down
and wiped our tears away,
stepped in and saved the day.
But once again, I say amen
and it's still raining
as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain,
"I'm with you"
and as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise
the God who gives and takes away.

And I'll praise you in this storm
and I will lift my hands
for You are who You are
no matter where I am
and every tear I've cried
You hold in your hand
You never left my side
and though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I remember when I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry to You
and raised me up again
my strength is almost gone how can I carry on
if I can't find You
and as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain
"I'm with you"
and as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise
the God who gives and takes away


I lift my eyes onto the hills
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth
I lift my eyes onto the hills
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth


Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Vote for me!

Kroger Reusable Shopping Bag Design Contest - Vote for My Design

Friday, April 18, 2008

Vote for me!!!

Our local grocery store, Kroger, is having a design contest where you can design your own reusable canvas bag to carry groceries in. Everyone vote for me!!! You can vote for me at least once a day!!! If I win, Kroger will use my design on some of their bags, and I'll get a $500 gift card to Kroger!

Click the above text to vote!


Tuesday, April 15, 2008


I frequent cuz I love to cook, right? Well not too long ago, I submitted my own recipe for super easy chocolate cupcakes (I used a basic recipe and tweaked it to suit my own personal tastes), and they posted it, and someone made them and submitted a picture and gave me a positive review!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My recipe


Lookit that- the sun is shining, and it's a beautiful day! Too bad I feel like my head is gonna explode, huh? :\

Well, Avon is going steadily along, though yesterday I sent an email application to be my DSM's personal assistant in this area, since she lives in Indy. Here's to hoping I get to do it... don't know yet though, she hasn't emailed me back. But I am loving selling Avon! I am addicted to their Glazewear lip gloss... my only problem is that I was not a "girly girl" growing up, so I never learned how to put on makeup properly. I am learning a lot now, but still...

Josie is taking a nap right now. She started getting a runny nose and being wheezy last night, and today she's got even more of a runny nose and is coughing as well. I should have called and canceled the speech therapist, but she's missed too many appointments already, so I'm going to ride it out and hope everything goes okay. The fact that she's resting now is good; maybe she'll have more energy for the therapy. She's such a good baby! ♥

Two days ago I checked out Ian McEwan's "Atonement" from the library, and hopefully I'll be able to start reading it tonight. Has anyone else read it? Just curious. It really sounds good, and I wanted to see the movie, so we'll see, I guess. I just got finished making a HOOOOOOOOOOOOGE wishlist over at, and emailed it to myself. Ha. If I bought everything on it, I'd be spending over $200. Say, anyone have a spare $200 to give me? ;)

The maintenance guy from the apartments actually came today, and as per usual, he didn't do a doggoned thing. *sigh* At least I have some other things to distract me tonight... dinner (making General Tso's chicken from scratch), delivering Avon, and picking up some more books I reserved at the library!

Hope everyone has a wonderful day!

Saturday, April 12, 2008


It's Saturday!! *dances* Saturday is my favorite day of the week - CHURCH! Today we got up and the girls tried on some old bathing suits. The good news is that Grace has 5-6 suits she can wear. The bad news is that Lexi only has 2, and she wants at least one more. Josie has 2 as well... possibly more, if I can go through the mountain of clothes in my room and find the rest of them before swimming starts! We just had breakfast (the girls ate a metric ton of chocolate chip pancakes), and in a few minutes (after Veggie Tales is over), we're going to start cleaning their room and throwing out toys. Surprisingly, they aren't too upset about it. I told them we were going to send them to kids who don't have toys (an orphanage, if I can find one nearby - haven't looked yet). They have a ton of stuffed animals to get rid of, and I told them it might make a kid feel better to hug one. <3 Hope everyone's day is lovely!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

In the dumps.

So yesterday I had a really bad day - really low. I was down in the dumps, for real. Today I am a little bit better. Even though it's gloomy out, I'm not being a sourpuss. Instead I am happy, because I'm beginning to plan our annual family trip to Holiday World! I LOVE HOLIDAY WORLD! It always makes me sad when we leave, because I know it'll be another year before we get to go back. This year they have 3 new rides... one in the water park, a carousel, and a frog hopper, which all the kids adored at Indiana Beach when we went. So here's a list of some of the things I want to do this summer with Tater here:

* Holiday World
* Zoo
* Science Center
* Frazier Museum
* Art Sparks
* Build-A-Bear
* Graeter's
* Max & Erma's
* Family pix at Portrait Innovations
* Indianapolis Children's Museum
* Newport Aquarium
* Aquatic Center (many, MANY times)
* Ice Skating
* Bowling
* Roller Skating

And more... not to say that we'll get to do all of those things, but I'm always overly ambitious anyway! With 4 kids, it's expensive to do ANYTHING!

Friday, April 4, 2008

Open Invitation

For anyone who reads this blog, I have an open, standing invitation for you: Come to church with me! I love my church, and I would love for you to come and experience it with me!

My girls have been watching Veggie Tales like, non-stop, for the last week. I'm not complaining, I just wish I had more of a variety. They're begging me to buy them a VT playset from Family Christian, so if I get a gift card there for Mother's Day, it might just be what I buy. (Don't tell anyone else that - my family always reprimands me for that, which is why I usually don't get gift cards or gift certificates - I always wind up spending them on the girls. I feel selfish getting myself anything.) Although... there are some new cd's I'd very much like to have, and I wouldn't mind getting a new tote bag for my Bible and other church items...

Other than that, not much going on here right now. There's a pan of lasagna in the oven (smells SO yummy), and we're just hanging out, chillaxin', and being girlie girls (tonight is nail-painting night). Hope everyone is doing wonderfully!!!