Monthly Archives: March 2011

The Boy in Me

Having three older brothers, the main sports that were played and always on our television set, were football, basketball and baseball. I pretty much grew up on the ball field, between all the practices and games my mom brought me to! I truly have a love for each of those sports. But, my love goes a little bit deeper for baseball. {so excited that MLB has started! Love me the Rockies and Tigers!}

So, of course, I was a tomboy.

I started to play baseball when I was 5. T-Ball. I was the only girl on the team. I loved playing. I remember standing at home plate, situating my stance, and so ready to hit that ball over the fence. I was determined! I never did. Even as I got older and playing on Little League teams, still the only girl on the team, I never hit it over the fence.

When I was 9, I switched over to playing on a girls’ softball team. I played for a couple of summers. Really enjoyed playing. I still played softball on and off through company leagues and church leagues.

In the 5th and 6th grade our elementary school formed a girls basketball team. I was super excited to be playing. I admit, I am a bit competitive, therefore, sometimes I was not so nice on the court. But, still had such a fun time playing!

Throughout junior high and high school, I dedicated my time to music, drama and cheerleading. And cheerleading is a sport. You put just as much blood, sweat and tears into it as much as any other sport!

It’s funny to me, now that I have a girl, that I never push her to be involved in sports. But, she has informed that she does want to be a cheerleader. Soon after her, came three little boys (3 jesters). So, maybe most of the sport playing will be all on them. We all enjoy going outside and playing basketball, hit the baseball around, and toss the football back and forth to each other. I absolutely love playing with them outside!

Jester 1 is playing baseball this season. Not to brag, but, he is a natural at the sport. And yes, I am that mom, who will be yelling from the bleachers…to cheer them on of course!

What sports did you play? Were you a tomboy?

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How To Be God’s Little Princess: {Book Review & Giveaway}

If you have a darling, all around girl, then this book is a MUST for her! Sheila Walsh’s ( Sheila is one of the speakers with Women of Faith ) book, How To Be God’s Little Princess is fun, very pink and simply adorable! I really love all the tips and guidelines to proper etiquette, manners and true beauty, inside and out. Sheila has added fun quizzes for your girl to take, covers a variety of topics, such as, friendship, table manners, makeovers, even how to wear a tiara! Plus many more for your daughter to enjoy!

My Princess has looked through the book and these are her thoughts about the book;

I like the way it is made cause there are different topics in the book that you can read about. It talks about how we can build a relationship with God. I love the quizzes that they have, it shows who you are inside. Berkley, age 10.

If you have a little Princess twirling around your house and you think she would have fun learning more about how to be God’s Princess, then I would highly recommend this book for her! It may be more appropriate for ages 5-10 years old.

Enter to win a copy of ‘How To Be God’s Little Princess’ by leaving a comment.

Giveaway will end Tuesday March 29, 11:59 p.m.

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Tutor vs.Tooter

A conversation between Jester 1 and Jester 2 about the Princess helping out kids at school. aka…tutor.

Jester 1: Mom, Berkley is now a tutor for a couple of kindergartners at school.

Mom: Yes. I think that is so great for her.

Jester 2: A “tooter”?

Jester 1: Yeah, she’s a tutor!

Jester 2: You mean, she has to fart a lot for the other kids at school?

Laughter erupts uncontrollably.

…sigh….kids are funny…..

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Oh, look! I failed again

Jester 3: “Mom, don’t look in the freezer. I just put your bra in there.”

Mommy: “Um. Excuse me. Who taught you that!?”

Jester 3: ” The icarly show!”

Yep. There you have it friends. Another learning experience from another good, wholesome show for kids. But, I take complete blame for this. Because I allow my kids to watch icarly. Sure, its funny, hip, and so not appropriate for a 5-year-old to watch. Even I’ve sat down with my kids to watch it many times before. (I think Spencer is hilarious!)

But, for jester 3 to actually repeat what had happened on the show. That concerns me. Especially since he has an older sister whom will be reaching that “time” in her life in a few years to start wearing that certain undergarment. I really don’t want him to do that to her, or her friends if they choose to have a sleepover.

There has only been one other show that jester 3, along with jester 1 and 2 have repeated. And that is Wipeout. They decided to perform the same stunts as the contestants, and that landed jester 3 in the fireplace…..six stitches above the lip.

With all that said, I am really hoping that jester 3 has erased that episode from his brain. Or will it resurface just due to the fact that no matter what…boys will be boys.

Are there any shows that you absolutely do not allow your children to watch?

Have they picked up any bad behaviours because of these shows?


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What Dreams May Come

Last night I had this dream where I kept walking up and down a spiral staircase. Which really it seemed more like I was going in circles, getting nowhere, because I kept seeing the same dog on one of the steps. He was just sitting there with his tongue hanging out looking at me. I looked over the railing and realized that I was way up high in the open air sky. On one side, I could see a river. On the other side I saw inside of a house, the roof was missing. There were people in a bed sleeping. I have no idea who these people are. Then I continue to walk in circles on the spiral staircase.

I always am interested in what my dreams mean. My dreams have really spoken to me in the past…..literally.

Here is what I mean.

When my dad became ill back in May 1991, I was 15. He was in the hospital. The night before his passing, I dreamt that I was at school. Going through each of my classes. I was sitting in my last class of the day which was English. Another student came into my class handed my teacher a note, then she handed it to me. It read; “Please take your things and leave.” And it had a check mark on the Attendance office box. I had to leave because my father had died. End of dream.

I woke up early in the morning due to a heaviness in my chest, shortness of breath and my entire left side of my body was numb and tingly. It lasted maybe 20 seconds. I didn’t really think anything of it, got dressed and went to school.

As I was going about my daily routine at school, I realized how things were appearing as they were in my dream the night before. Again, didn’t really think anything of it, until I went to my last class of the day, which was my English class. We were sitting there reading Romeo & Juliet. A student came to our class, handed my teacher a note, then she passed it on to me.

My body went numb.

I opened the note, it read, “Please take your things and leave.” And it had a check mark on the Attendance office box.

And I knew. I knew right then and there that my father had passed away. I didn’t cry. I went straight to the office and the receptionist told me that my sister was waiting for me outside. As soon as I stepped outside, I bursted into tears.

He had passed away earlier that day. In the morning. Of a heart attack.

I learned later on, the time of his death was the exact same time when I was feeling the heaviness in my chest, shortness of breath and numbness. I’d like to think that I felt his last pain, his last moments here on Earth. His last breath. Call me crazy, but, I believe it.

For the longest time, I kept seeing the same man in my dreams. He was tall and slender. He wore a trench coat, 1930’s hat. Very ‘Dick Tracy ish’ style. He never talked. He would give me this , “follow me” look and turn and start walking. So, I would follow him. He always led me to a dead body. We would look at it, then leave. End of dream.

Every time I had that kind of dream, the very next day, I would watch the news, and there on the screen was a picture of the body, the  missing person in my dream. I had these dreams so often, that it scared me, so I finally begged God to make me not have these dreams anymore. Its been about two years since the tall, slender man has appeared in my dreams.

Two nights prior to September 11, 2001, I had the same dream of airplanes crashing into buildings. Same airplanes. Same buildings. That was all that was happening in my dream. So, the morning of September 11, I was shaken and mourned with the rest of our country.

The night before the 2004 Sri Lanka tsunami hit. I had a dream about a tsunami. I saw the people struggling in the water. I heard their cries. This dream was so intense, I could smell a horrific smell, that it woke me up to where I started to gag. End of dream. Then, the next day the Sri Lanka tsunami happened.

I can’t explain why I have these dreams that actually have happened. Only a few people know about this,but, this is something that I’ve wanted to share with others for a while. Please don’t think I’m crazy!!

Have you ever had dreams that actually happen?

What do your dreams say to you?

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Life Collection Review & Giveaway

Here are four gorgeous plates from the Life Collection at Dayspring. I chose these plates because of their blended colors, which speaks cheerfulness to me! And I think it’s just in time for Spring and even Summer! The shapes of the plates are fitting to each other. Easy to stack. Very original and fun!

Here is the Dinner plate, which is so elegant. It’s almost too pretty to eat off of! But the verse it provides written; “I have come that they might have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10 Beautiful.

I absolutely love the Breakfast plate! Maybe because I am huge breakfast person! So, if I have breakfast for dinner, which plate do I use?! Anyways, this plate is so rich in its own design and bold colors of red, black and white. Love it!

Ok, who doesn’t love dessert? You can enjoy your delicious tasty treat on this simple, charming Dessert plate. With its poised colors of black and white, along with the word ‘Life’ exposed in different languages, you can’t go wrong with any dessert with this plate.

Lastly, the Bread plate. Its simple. Happy. “Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.” John 6:35.

With each plate, as you fill them to nourish your body, remember the life that God has given you. Live each day to its fullest.

DaySpring has been generous enough for me to giveaway a $20 coupon to one of you! You can use the coupon to order anything from the website. So here is what you need to do in order to win.

  • Leave a comment telling me something God has blessed you with in any area of your life.
  • Re-tweet my link, make sure you note in the comments that you did so.

The giveaway will end on Monday March 14 11:59 p.m CST.

The best of luck to all of you!

Disclosure: I was provided with the Life  Collection plate set to review by DaySpring. I was not compensated in any other way for the review and all opinions expressed in this post are fully my own.

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Because I didn’t finish College

I was starting my second year of college in Denver. I was well on my way to receive my Broadcasting:Television degree. Because after all, I was determined to sit next to Matt Lauer on the Today Show. But, God had other plans for me, as I became pregnant unexpectedly.

After finding out that I was expecting, I chose to stop going to school and become a stay-at-home mom.

So, for the past 10 years, that is exactly what I’ve been doing. Three more children later, including twins.

I really do enjoy having the option of staying home. I love the freedom that I have. I love that I can be there for my kids at any time of the day.

However, I have my days where I think about being among adults,making lunch plans, sitting in an office,ordering office supplies, spinning in a swivel chair, driving in rush hour traffic listening to MY music, talk radio, or having complete silence.

Stay with me…now on with my point to this post.

There are these events, where adults gather, where big time authors, CEO’s of companies and super intelligent people speak, give their insightful meaning of life and how to get through your struggles, worries and fears.

They are called; conventions, conferences. I recently read on Michael Hyatt’s blog, whom is the CEO of Thomas Nelson and a super smart guy, why he attends these conventions. You can read about it here.

Because most of the time, I think to myself; “I have no business attending that kind of conference. I’m just a mom to 4 kids.”

However, there are conferences out there for moms and women of all walks of life. Here are a few of which I have attended and want to attend.

Deeper Still: the speakers get to the core of your heart and is truly life-changing.

Dave Ramsey Live: whips you into shape with your finances, which really I need a big kick in the rear about that.

Blissdom: Where you learn proper etiquette blogging. Very cool, fun teachable workshops.

.Mom: very much looking forward to this one. To be among other moms who are in the same season as me. Share their struggles, learn from each other. I have to say, this conference is perfect timing for me.

Women of Faith: I have not attended one of their conferences,but, really want to. I follow most of the speakers on Twitter and just love their humor, honesty and faith.

Catalyst: This one is where I think I have no business attending. Because it’s about leadership. I became familiar with it last year. But, I’m still intrigued by the topics that they cover,plus, I know/heard of the speakers that attend. I still would love to attend one. I think I can learn from so much from this one.

And those are the conferences that I think, are really life changing, makes you think, gets your heart right.

I have a hunger to learn. To get right with my mind, soul, heart and God. To engage with other people who want the same thing.

I know its not college. But, I learn so much about myself. Learn more about this life that God has blessed us with. And the more I can get myself “together”, I think I become a better, mom, wife, parent, sister, friend.

Plus, I honestly feel so grown up while attending these conferences. You know, being among adults and all.

What conferences have you attended? What do you look for when attending them?

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