Thursday, November 29, 2007


A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
proverbs 17:17
i have always known that God has blessed me with amazing friends, but i cannot even begin to tell you how truly amazing they are. through our trial of seth being unemployed they have been such a support for me and my family. i want to truly with the bottom of my heart thank ALL of my friends for all your support, prayers, and encouragement. i love you all and am thankful that God has put each of you in my life.


my aunt sissy and smooshie

Every Thanksgiving we go to Tuscon Arizona to visit my aunt, uncle, and cousins. I look forward to going every year. I love spending time with my family in Arizona. I grew up going to my Aunt and Uncle's so I love it that now my kids are enjoying it just as much as I used to. Our first day out there we went to Old Tuscon. It is made to look like the old west and they shoot movies there. Our favorite part was seeing where they filmed 'The Three Amigos'. Thursday we enjoyed the day eating outside cause the weather was gorgeous. And my uncle made his famous smoked turkey out on the smoker. Friday Seth, Isaiah, and Tanner went shooting. This was Tanner's first year going. He was excited to finally be going with the big boys. When he got home he goes "mom I got shot in the neck". Luckily that is not really what happened. He was standing a little to close to my dad while he was shooting and a shell casing flew off and landed on his neck. He did get burned and it will probably make a scar, but he is really enjoying telling everyone that he was 'shot in the neck'.

the boys hanging out with the actors in 'old tuscon'

Monday, November 19, 2007


smooshie: (smelling my face) mommy you don't smell like mushrooms you smell like santa
me: thank you?! i hope that is good.
smooshie: yes, santa smells really good.

10 minutes later in the bathroom at the restaurant....
smooshie: ewww (holding his nose) it smells like mushrooms in here.

good thing i don't smell like mushrooms.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

I am thankful for........

1) God's provision
2) my husband
3) my three amazing boys
4) my mom and dad for their love for us and for their wonderful relationship they have with my boys
5) katie, shane, and micah
6) sissy
7) the most amazing, loving, and giving friends that you could ever imagine
8) trader joe's (this may sound funny, but i really LOVE this place)
9) sheparding a child's heart : the parenting study we are taking at church
10) our church
11) a house in old towne orange
12) MOPS
13) running
14) prayer
15) chocolate chip cookies (yeah, i can make them again)
16) what God is going to do in our lives
17) the best neighbors in the world
18) MOM's In Touch ( my new prayer group where we pray for our little guys while they are at school)
19) Dreyers slow churned ice cream (low fat, but doesn't taste like it, LOVE that)
20) seth and all the laundry that he has done while being home , i am spoiled

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

i married well :)

for those of you who don't know my husband was laid off 4 1/2 weeks ago. this has been probably one of the hardest times of our lives. it has taught us so much about trusting in the Lord and about giving EVERYTHING to HIM. seth has been so strong, faithful, and diligent through this very hard trial. everyday he gets on the computer and looks for jobs. he has sent his resume out to so many places that we have lost count. he has been on numerous interviews and many we are still waiting to hear back on. i have yet to see him sulk or feel sorry for himself. i think i am doing enough of that for both of us. today i came home after picking the boys up from school and seth had steamed cleaned all the area rugs and carpet in our house. he had also taken the slip covers off of the sofa's and washed, dried, and put them all back on. right now he is outside cleaning all of our windows and screens. what a wonderful husband i have. he has faith that God is going to give him a job. he has been so incredible through this, and i have really seen that i have married such a wonderful man. i am married to a man of God.

my prayer:
dear lord, please bless seth for being so faithful and diligent. please bless him with a job that will be able to support our family of five. thank you for teaching us about patience, trust, and perserverance. thank you for being our provider and our comforter. please help me to be a good wife and mother and to support seth and to be strong for my family. help me to be patient through this very stressful time. thank you lord for my husband and my family. we love you.

thanksgiving, cousins, and legoland

this past weekend was my nephews bday. so we went out to temecula to celebrate his bday and to have our thanksgiving dinner with seth's side of the family. saturday night we had a wonderful feast at rick and michelle's house. thank you grandma cindy for a great dinner :) then sunday we were off to lego land to celebrate spencer's 5th bday. for those of you who don't know my sister n law has 3 boys also, so it is always fun and chaotic when we are all together. the boys had a blast spending the weekend with their cousins.

Halloween 2007

wolverine, indiana jones, and captain america

this year the boys had fun trick or treating through old towne orange. there were tons of people out and they got tons of candy.

Isaiah and Tanner's school Halloween Parties

Isaiah's second grade class
Tan's pre-school class

Tanner the Photographer #2

Every time I download pictures on to my computer I find a ton of pics that Tan has taken. He loves to take pictures and is gettting pretty good at it. Here are a few of his masterpieces.....