Friday, January 22, 2010

Please PRAY!!!

Please pray for a dear family that is loosing their young daughter to a terrible disease, Battens Disease. Little Emma has been fighting this terrible disease for a few years now. Her parents have a blog, Especially Fond Of You, where they have been updating her status among other things. I just read a post from her dad that indicated that she now has pneaumonia and is not doing well. I know that this family has a great faith in God, but nobody wants to loose a child. I just pray that God puts a hedge of protection around this family as they go through such a difficult time. You can get to their blog by clicking on the link that is on the righthand side of my blog.

Also, please pray for my daughters 6th grade class. They lost one of their classmates day before yesterday to a terrible accident. The viewing is tomorrow and the funeral is Sunday.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Wonderful Weekend Recap

What a great weekend! Friday I had to sub at the Jr high andRyleigh had her first basketball practice. Saturday afternoon we went over to Heath and Lisa's house. Heath and Doodle grew up together and Heath's oldest son and our daughter, Kristyn are exactly 1 month apart. Heath's youngest son and our youngest daughter, Ryleigh are 6 months apart. The last time that I had seen Heath's boys was too long ago to remember and the kids had never met. Anyway, we went over there and ate dinner. We got home around 10:00 and I dropped Doodle off at home and then took Kristyn to an all night skate at the skating rink and then I came home and crawled into bed.

I had made another New Year's resolution that I was going to get back into church and I figured there is no time like the present! I had such a great day. Doodle was unable to make it to church because a guy was coming over to buy one of our boats (Thank you Jesus) but Ryleigh and I went (Kristyn was sleeping..recovering from her night out) and after church a little friend of hers came home with us and we went to the grocery store...fun times! The service was great. Our Pastor talked about how we are all given "gifts" and in order to use the gift that we are given we have to be in the will of God and walking the walk. If or when we get out of the will of God (which I must admit I have done lately) the gift is still there for us when we decide to get back into God's will and do what He wants us to do instead of what we feel we need to do. For me, it is so easy for me to say, "I am going to stay home this Sunday, I will go next Sunday", but I don't. When I am in church and I don't mean just going to Sundays, I mean actively involved in church, I can tell such a difference in my life. God has blessed me with a healthy family, the ability to be a stay at home mom, a husband who loves me faults and all and works so hard to provide for our faimly and too many other things to mention. I owe Him so much but I will NEVER be able to repay Him for all that He has done for little, old me....What can I say....I love HIM! Today was the start of me getting my life back into the perfect will of God.

Well, tomorrow I am getting back on my 2010 "clean up and clean out" campaign. I plan on tackleing the laundry room and the dressers and closets....I'll let ya know how that goes... :)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Let The Organizing Begin!!!!

I mentioned in an earlier post that one of my New Years resolutions was going to be to get this house organized....clean up and clean out is my new motto.
Well, in Sundays Houston Chronicle there it was......a brown paperbag with big, bold, black writing, "15% off EVERYTHING you can fit into this bag"....from Office Max!!! Woo Hoo....I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the office supply store!! I have always had a thing for office supplies...all the pens, paper, sticky notes, folders...you get the picture. Needless to say, I ventured out at 9:00 yesterday morning and headed to Office Max with my brown paper bag. I swear, I think I heard the Angels sing when I walked in!! I grabbed my buggy and off I went...this is what I came home with





Excuse the blue rubbermaid box, I put the Christmas tree in it and have not managed to get it into the top of the closet yet. Anyway. Back to Office Max and my organization quest. I ended up getting a filing cabinet (they even gave me 15% off of it even though it wouldn't fit in the bag..lol), a new calculator, label maker (which I absolutely love!), file folders, hanging files, pens, highlighters, a new organizer and refills to go in it, a cute pink leather expandable file with MATCHING file folders!! Then I headed down to Bed, Bath & Beyond. I had never been in that store before but I must say....LOVE IT!! I got 5 black canvas baskets there (they are hard to see in the pic, but they are on top of the file cabinet box). I got home around noon and immediately got started on the hutch that holds some of my scrapbooking supplies (see pic from previous post). Here is the new, organized hutch

As you can see, I put the label maker to use! Now all (or most) of my scrapbooking supplies are located in ONE, organized spot! I want to go back to BB&B to get 2 more of the black baskets to go on the botton shelf and I have another black/white photo box that I am going to transfer the pics from the white, pink, yellow one. Then not only will it be organized and labeled, it will also be color coordinated! Yea, I know it may be a little overboard, but it is driving me crazy that it does not match. That tote and basket on the bottom shelf look so out of place.

I also used the label maker to make folders for all of our important papers (taxes, life insurance policies, bills, bank stmts, titles, etc) and filed them in my new filing cabinet. So far I am on a roll with this organizing quest! I also managed to go through out medicine cabinet and clean it out and reorgainze it. All of the cold meds, pain meds, allergy meds are each in there own container and LABELED!! I did not take a picture of it prior to getting started, but trust me, it was a sight to behold! I looks sooooo much better now. Today I am going to work on cleaning out the kitchen cabinets and reorganizing them. Wish me luck.....Hope you have a great day and stay warm for those of you who are experiencing this ridiculously cold weather....it has not been this cold in our part of Texas in 15 years!!


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Stay tuned....more to come on this tomorrow.....

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

FREE 8X10 CANVAS PHOTO

Two blogs that I read both had posts regarding a free 8x10 canvas photo from the following website http://www.canvaspeople.com/freegift I just ordered mine from this photo of the girls.


You do have to pay for shipping, but that was only 14.95....well, gotta get back to cleaning out the hutch that all my scrapbooking stuff is in.....

Monday, January 4, 2010

New Years 2010 & Texas Weather

Our New Years was spent at Sam Rayburn relaxing....just the 4 of us. It was so great. Until Doodle blew a hole in the motor of the boat...oh well, life goes on. Since the boat is out of commission, maybe I can get him to get started on cleaning out the barn. He seems to collect alot of, well, let's just call it "stuff". It's a new year, so time to clean up and clean out!!

The girls go back to school tomorrow so life should be back to normal...whatever that is! Ryleigh spent today with her friend going to the movies, lunch and then ice skating. Kristyn and I went to the bank, had lunch and then went to Office Max. I must admit, I sure am going to miss spending the days with my girls! Tomorrow I plan to get busy with one of my new years resolutions to get organized. I am going to start with all of my cabinets. It's a start. After I get everything cleaned up and cleaned out, I will probably make a run to Office Max in order to get some type of filing cabinet. I need something to file all of out important papers and tax returns in. right now they are just filed in a hutch ( if anyone has any suggestions, please fill free to share)...However, I may put that off as long as possible because I am not looking forward to the weather this week here in Texas. It never got out of the 40's today. This is TEXAS for crying out loud. We are not used to this cold weather!! As you can see, I am not a cold weather person. I mean, as I sit here my feet are freezing and I have 2 pairs of socks on, not to mention the thermostat is set on about 74! So needless to say, I do not plan on getting out of the house except to take the girls to school and pick them up (hopefully the school will not call me to sub). Well, I need to get off of here so that I can get my kiddos to bed so they will get up tomorrow. That should be interesting!! Ryleigh is already complaining that she has a headache....