In Your unfailing love You will lead the people You have redeemed. In Your strength You will guide them to Your holy dwelling. Exodus 15:13

Friday, February 29, 2008

Clip from my conversation with J at lunch...

K: So, what have you been up to today?
J: I have gotten so much done! You would be proud! I have cleaned the house and done two whole loads of laundry.
K: WOW! Thank you so much! I can't wait to see the house!
J: Ok, well I'll see you in a bit so we can trade keys!
K: See you then!

Now, I am home for lunch...

K: I thought you said you cleaned?
J: I did! I put away the load of clothes from last week!
K: Oh...Hmmm....what about the kitchen that you cleaned? Did you not see the dishes on the counter or in the sink?
J: Well, I...that was going to be next!
K: (laughing hysterically)
J: what? why are you laughing?

Husbands! Can't live without them! I love you Jared!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

A Clip from a day in Kinder

We are studying about US Presidents right now in Kindergarten. Ms. Herrera (my friend that teaches bi-lingual), was discussing all the cool stuff that the President gets to do because he is the President. After talking about all the power of the President's office, the little boy (the one that always makes you just shake your head), decides to share his view on the subject. He informs Ms. Herrera and the class that because the President is so powerful that he definatly gets all the women! Ms. Herrera tried to just keep going, but apparently he was very serious and wanted some affirmation of his answer! He began to explain how power meant that you got all the women and any women you want, when you want! She stood proudly as any teacher should and informed him that women were not an object and would not be owned by anyone. This quickly went in one 5 year old's ear and out the other! he finally let it go and moved on to being able to eat any flavor of ice cream at 3 in the morning! Oh geez! This is just another day at my school! Gotta love 'em!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Fun with Aunt Lib!


This is how Karoline likes to play in the mornings...
I guess it's warm down there at the bottom of the bed?
I don't know what she's thinking...
More kisses for Daddy!

Bathing Beauty

I am sure she was thinking, "Yes, may I help you?"
I love the way she laughs!
Could I adore her more? Nope!

Let's play catch up...Karoline's 1st Birthday Party

"I love Kleenex!"...Thanks Mimi and Granddad!
She was tuckered out after the party
Her and her baby!
That's my girl! Fearless!
We always have to share with Daddy!
This is Carleigh and Karoline giving "goodbye" kisses!
Thanks to Granddad, we now know how to pull ALL the Kleenex out on the floor!

1st bite!
"Oh yeah!"
...moving on to the green cupcake
and then the juice..
I love it! Do you think I would be laughed at if this was my hand on my birthday?

Here is the cake!

Karoline's first purse...
Karoline's 2nd purse...She couldn't figure out why it was smiling at her?
She loves, loves, LOVES books!

Our sweet girl turned 1 on Janurary 12, 2008! Can you believe that it's been a whole year since she joined us? WOW! We have been so blessed this year by you, sweet Karoline! Here are some pictures...

I've been tagged!

Thanks to Ashley!

The details:List 7 random things that people may not know about you. The rules are to link the person who sent this to you and leave a comment on their blog so their readers can visit yours. Post the rules on your blog. Share 7 facts about yourself. Tag 7 random people at the end of your post, linking their blog.

1. I eat in my sleep. Usually it's about 11:45, I get the urge to stuff my face with an oatmeal pie or a handful of Vanilla wafers! Yum!
2. My favorite cereal is Captain Crunch with Crunch berries!
3. I hate wearing my seat belt!
4. I have a hole in my belly button from a random "18 year old" piercing extravaganza!
5. I sing beautifully! This has not yet been discovered by most of my friends or husband!
6. I love to snuggle Jared in the morning when he is asleep and unaware! He is so warm!
7. I love to pop zits, clean ears and pick noses! I love it all!

I tag...

Monday, February 18, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day!

Valentine's day was wonderful as always! Here is a run down of our previous Valentine days' together!

2005- Jared and I in front of a hand made outside fire on top of a hill at DBU, snow falling around us, sitting in one chair! He brought hot chocolate and a radio! So sweet and romantic! (A little scary thinking back about who could have been in those woods stalking us!)

2006- Jared and I went to Magic Time Machiene to spend some time with Lara Croft AKA Tomb Raider! I wore a turquioise dress that came up around my neck with these fabulous dangly earrings!

2007- Jared, I and Karoline had our first V-Day together! Jared decided that this holiday is a day for him and him alone to serve his girls. I was not allowed to buy for Karoline! He sets up our valentines on the couch in special piles and makes us close our eyes! It's alot like Christmas except with way more pink! Karoline got this sweet little outfit (size: 3 months). I remember thinking, "Geez...this is HUGE!" but looking back it was soooo TINY! He always gets Karoline a card and carnation. It's her birth flower! How sweet is he! My roses this year were extra special because they were fake !(unknown to Jared!) He had no idea that they were non-living until I showed him that they had writing on them! They said,"You are special and I love you"!!! Great memory! He got me this fabulous Fossil bag that I had seen a few weeks earlier! (I think I traded it in on a new Coach wallet a couple weeks later!) Lily, the dog, always receives a special treat from Daddy too! Elizabeth came over and cooked dinner for Jared and I since Karoline was still so tiny that I just couldn't leave her yet!

2008- Jared, I and Karoline again! After a long day...and I do mean LONG day at school, we came home to our sweet gifts lined up on the couch again! My heart just jumps at the fact that Jared loves to do this for us! He waits in such eager anticipation for the reaction on my face! I love that he loves that! He made sure that I knew my roses this year were he stuffed them in my face! HAHA!! He ordered my cookbook and had it set up beautifully with my card! I got tickled as I read the line on the card that said, "...and the smell of your cologne!" Jared finally confessed that he only read the first couple of lines before the purchase! That's right...I got a card "For Him" not "For Her"! We laughed for quite awhile! Karoline got a Hillsong Kids DVD to sing praises too! She loves it! I get so warm when she raises her hands in praise! She is going to be fearless in her worship of our God! Jared got her a pink version of her favorite monkey Mr. Dangles. I guess we will call her Baby Dangles? Right now, we just refer to her as "Pink Dandy" as Karoline says! Karoline immediatly tried to eat her flower...we are still working on how to smell with our nose not our mouth. Carnations aren't poisionous, right? Even Klaire recieved a card from her sweet Daddy! I couldn't ask for a more thoughtful husband! He ALWAYS put 100% heart and thought into gifts! I love his love language! Our dinner plans out turned into dinner plans in...Karoline and I fell asleep on the couch, so Daddy went to Kroger and bought some steaks and potatoes! I woke up as he was walking in the door with food! Yum! I got up and cooked the veggies as he got the steaks ready! Can I just say that this dinner might be the best steak I have EVER had! Seriously, my husband is a mean griller! He was suppose to have class from 8-10:30 so we quickly gave Karoline a bath and got her ready for bed just in time for Jared to run off to class. (Ya's hard to get a baby in and out of a tub at 8 1/2 months prego!) He left and I settled in for some "Lost!" Did I hear cheering when I wrote that? Oh yes! Funny...Jared ended up not having class and arrived back home soon after he left! I was so thrilled! We cleaned up, tucked the pumpkin in bed and curled up for the night! I love sweet nights at home with my hubby!

All this just to say...Jared is the greatest husband in the world! Love you hoosband!

Friday, February 8, 2008


***I got this in an email today and just had to share!!!

All hair removal methods have tricked women with their promises of
easy, painless removal -

The Epilady, scissors, razors, Nair and now...the wax.

Read on......

My night began as any other normal weeknight. Come home, fix dinner,
play with the kids.

I then had the thought that would ring painfully in my mind for the
next few
"Maybe I should pull the waxing kit out of the medicine cabinet."

So I headed to the site of my demise: the bathroom. It was one of
those "cold wax" kits.
No melting a clump of hot wax, you just rub the strips together in
your hand, they get warm and you peel them apart and press them to your leg (or wherever else) and you pull the hair right off.
No muss, no fuss. How hard can it be?

I mean, I'm not a genius, but I am mechanically inclined enough to
figure this out. (YA THINK!?!) So I pull one of the thin strips out.
Its two strips facing each other stuck together. Instead of rubbing
them together, my genius kicks in so I get out the hair dryer and heat
it to 1000 degrees. ("Cold wax," yeah...right!) I lay the strip
across my thigh. Hold the skin around it tight and pull. It works!
OK, so it wasn't the best feeling, but it wasn't too bad. I can do this!

Hair removal no longer eludes me!

I am She-rah, fighter of all wayward body hair and maker of smooth
skin extraordinaire.

With my next wax strip I move north.

After checking on the kids, I sneak back into the bathroom, for the
ultimate hair fighting championship.

I drop my panties and place one foot on the toilet.

Using the same procedure, I apply the wax strip across the right side
of my bikini line, covering the right half of my hoo-ha and stretching
down to the inside of my butt cheek (it was a long strip)

I inhale deeply and brace myself....RRRRRRIIIIPPP!!!!

I'm blind!!! Blinded from pain!!!!.... OH MY GAWD!!!! Vision
returning, I notice that I've only managed to pull off half the strip. CRAP!

Another deep breath and RIPP! Everything is spinning and spotted.

I think I may pass out...must stay conscious...must stay conscious.

Do I hear crashing drums???

Breathe, breathe............

OK, back to normal.
I want to see my trophy - a wax-covered strip, the one that has
caused me so much pain, with my hairy pelt sticking to it.

I want to revel in the glory that is my triumph over body hair.

I hold up the strip!

There's no hair on it. Where is the hair??? WHERE IS THE WAX???
Slowly I ease my head down, foot still perched on the toilet. I see
the hair. The hair that should be on the's not!

I touch.

I am touching wax.

I run my fingers over the most sensitive part of my body, which is
now covered in cold wax and matted hair.

Then I make the next BIG mistake...remember my foot is still propped
upon the toilet?

I know I need to do something.

So I put my foot down.

Sealed shut!

My butt is sealed shut.

Sealed shut!

I penguin walk around the bathroom trying to figure out what to do
and think to myself
"Please don't let me get the urge to poop. My head may pop off!"

What can I do to melt the wax?

Hot water!! Hot water melts wax!!

I'll run the hottest water I can stand into the bathtub, get in,
immerse the wax-covered bits and the wax should melt and I can gently
wipe it off, right???


I get in the tub - The water is slightly hotter than that used to
torture prisoners of war or sterilize surgical equipment - I sit.

Now, the only thing worse than having your nether regions glued
together, is having them glued together and then glued to the bottom
of the scalding hot water.

Which, by the way, doesn't melt cold wax. So, now I'm stuck to the bottom of
the tub as though I had cemented myself to the porcelain!! God bless the
man who had convinced me a few months ago to have a phone put in the

I call my friend, thinking surely she has waxed before and has some
secret of how to get me undone.

It's a very good conversation starter "So, my butt and hoo-ha are
glued together to the bottom of the tub!" There is a slight pause.
She doesn't know any secret tricks for removal but she does try to hide her laughter from me.

She wants to know exactly where the wax is located, "Are we talking
cheeks or hole or hoo-ha?"

She's laughing out loud by now...I can hear her.

I give her the rundown and she suggests I call the number on the side
of the box.

YEAH!!!!! Right!!

I should be the joke of someone else's night. While we go through
various solutions. I resort to trying to scrape the wax off with a
razor. Nothing feels better than to have your girlie goodies covered
in hot wax, glued shut, stuck to the tub in super hot water and then dry-shaving the sticky wax off!!
By now the brain is not working, dignity has taken a major hike and
I'm pretty sure I'm going to need Post-Traumatic Stress counseling
for this event. My friend is still talking with me when I finally
see my saving grace .... the lotion they give you to remove the
excess wax. What do I really have to lose at this point? I rub some
on and OH MY STARS!!!!!!! The scream probably woke the kids and scared
the dickens out of my friend. It's sooo painful, but I really don't
know what my other options are. "IT WORKS!!" It works !!" I get a
hearty congratulation from my friend and she hangs up I successfully
remove the remainder of the wax and then notice to my grief and
despair....THE HAIR IS STILL THERE ........ ALL OF IT! So I recklessly shave it off. Heck, I'm numb by now. Nothing hurts.

I could have amputated my own leg at this point.
Next week I'm going to try hair color......

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Sick Us!

Our sweet home has got what every other home has right now...THE SICK! You know. It's the fever, sore throat, aching, coughing and over all miserable feeling! We have been fighting this monster since last Friday! Sweet Karoline is the only one that has not gotten it yet! Keep praying for her to resist! I feel for all you out there who have sick families! Our prayers are with you!

Say a special prayer for me being pregnant and sick. It's the absolute pits! Dr. Clark told me to stay off my feet and take alot of Tylenol. Yesterday my blood pressure was extremely low, my heart rate was extremely high and I had a fever. Jared had to come get me from school because I was not allowed to drive! He brought me home, dosed me with drugs and let me sleep the sick off. I feel much better today, he is worse! Pray, pray, pray...

Wednesday nights are not a good night for youth ministers' to be sick!