Wednesday, February 25, 2009

An Interview with Kai, age 3

1. What is something mom always says to you?
Kai- "No"

2. What makes mom happy?
Kai- "Giving me a spanking"

3. What makes mom sad?
Kai- "Taking a point away"

4. How does your mom make you laugh?
Kai- "Giving me a kiss"

5. What was your mom like as a child?
Kai- "You were 4"

6. How old is your mom?
Kai- "10"

7. How tall is your mom?
Kai- "Taller"

8. What is her favorite thing to do?
Kai- "Cut food"

9. What does your mom do when you're not around?
Kai- "Vaccum"

10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for?
Kai- "For drawing an M"

11. What is your mom really good at?
Kai- "Reading books"

12. What is your mom not very good at?
Kai- "Doing computers"

13. What does your mom do for her job?
Kai- "Drinking water"

14. What is your mom's favorite food?
Kai- "Salad"

15. What makes Mommy proud of you?
Kai- "putting up pictures of me"

16. If your mom were a cartoon character, who would she be?
Kai- "Woody"

17. What do you and your mom do together?
Kai- "I look at pictures and you read books"

18. How are you and your mom the same?
Kai- "I'm bigger and you're biggest"

19. How are you and your mom different?
Kai- "Our hair is different"

20. How do you know your mom loves you?
Kai- "I call someone"

21. Where is your mom's favorite place to go?
Kai- "Church"

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Simply Amazed

We serve a BIG God my friends. Through this tough journey for us I plan to document all the ways I see God's hand as we move back home and get where he wants us next. Well He's already starting to work!

Our house:
Let's face it, the market is horrible! Houses are down 10% and the buyers are few. When I spoke with our real estate agent she said that it's a really slow time and no one is buying. Regardless of this news I know that God will sell our house in the next couple of months. So I prayed that God would have someone knock on my door who is interested in our house. Last night my neighbor came knocking on my door. I told her the previous day that we are going to list our house at the end of March but are willing to sell now if someone is interested. She said that she was talking to her friend who wants to live in our neighborhood and wants a house with wood floors, granite counters, and 3 car garage! I thought wow God you work fast! They are coming this afternoon to look at it. We also had a showing last week from our real estate agent. Then I got a call today from another real estate agent to show our house tomorrow. ALL of these showing are before it's even on the market!

So I close with this:
"I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." Matthew 17:20

Sunday, February 22, 2009

The big news

I'm sure you've been reading our blog or our facebook status's and said to yourself 'what is going on with them?' I can now answer your question by saying that things didn't work out with Devin and the church he was a Director of Worship at. I won't go into details but they wanted someone different then Devin and Devin tried really hard to be that person but a circle can't fit into a square shaped hole or something like that!

Devin and I battled for a long time back and forth pleading with God to give us the confirmation we needed. We couldn't understand why He would lead us out here for only 1 year and we felt that we had really invested ourselves here. In the end we felt that it was God saying it's time to go and that we had fulfilled our purpose here. Since the announcement that Devin was leaving the church, he has received so many compliments. I think Devin's heart has always been to lead people into an intimate time of worship and take them out of the box of just standing and reading the words. People have said they have been challenged to look at worship differently and really have felt the Holy Spirit move as he led. That is Devin's heart and that alone tells us that we weren't here for nothing!

What is ahead for us now? That is where we ask for prayer. There are not many jobs here in central Illinois for Devin and we lack family support. The wisest thing for us to do is to move back to California and stay with my parents. We feel God moving us in that way and we are expecting great things in the near future. I personally believe that God would not move us out here for just one year and then leave us hanging with some mediocre job and living with my parents. I firmly believe that God will bless Devin with a great job and enough financial provision to get us on our feet. I look forward to blogging about this journey and telling you how great our God is and the miracles He worked with Devin's employment and selling the house here we have in Illinois.

I do ask for prayer as not all days seem to be hopeful for us and we still struggle with thoughts of failure, hopelessness, and confusion. Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing our California friends in the next couple of months!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Franks Redhot Buffalo Chicken Dip

8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup ranch salad dressing
5 oz any flavor FRANK'S® REDHOT® Sauce
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
1 large can of canned chicken, drained


1.HEAT oven to 350°F. Place cream cheese into deep baking dish. Stir until smooth.
2.MIX in salad dressing, Frank's RedHot Sauce and cheese. Stir in chicken.
3.BAKE 20 min. or until mixture is heated through; stir. Garnish as desired. Serve with crackers or vegetables.

This is such a good recipe for the whimps like me who love the taste of buffalo wings but can't handle the hot! I used the regular Franks buffalo sauce and it has a bit of a kick but nothing where I would need water or anything. I served it with wheat thins but chips would be good too!

I wish I had an H

The other day we were in Kai's room and he told me he really wanted an H in his name. He was looking up at Nash's wall and it has his name on in. I told him he does have an H in his name because his full name is Mikiah. He said no I don't! I said we call him Kai but his real name is Mikiah. He said I was wrong and ran into his room where he pointed at the name on his wall K A I and said see no H! I started laughing and I told him he has two names and one has an H but that he was right. Can't argue with a 3 year old.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


So Kai woke up at 3am and I heard stomping down the hallway. I got out of bed and saw him in a shirt, no underwear, and his snow boots on! I said what are you doing? He said he was done sleeping and he's ready to go play. I quickly redirected him back to bed while he burst into tears. What can I say, I'm just a mean mom who would rather sleep then play in the snow at 3am.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A little devotion...

My friend Christie had this on her blog and it really stuck out to me so I would love to share it with you:

Stability is maturity. To grow up in God is to come to the place where you can be content no matter what your situation or circumstances may be because you are rooted and grounded, not in things, but in the Lord.

Paul was emotionally and spiritually mature because he knew whatever state he was in would pass. He had learned the secret of facing every situation of life, whether good or bad.

God wants to bless you and use you as a vessel through which His Holy Spirit can work. But in order for that to happen you must learn how to handle both the good times and the bad. That's why it is so important to remember that whatever comes your way, "This too shall pass." The good times and the bad never last forever, but through Christ we can handle either with joy and stability.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Kai's Girlfriend

Kai has a 'girlfriend' named Katie. He calls her his girlfriend and she calls him her boyfriend. He talks about her a lot. Today he said he didn't want to go to church. I told him that Katie was going to be there and he said 'okay let's go!'. Katie likes to ask her mom if Kai would like a certain dress she wants to wear. They are so cute talking about each other that it just melts my heart! I love the innocense of a child. We'll always remember Katie as his first girlfriend.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Awesome Mom

I got this forward and I really liked it. By the way I'm not avoiding you, I just have a lot going on and I can't blog about it yet. Stay tuned for big news and some updates.

Before I was a Mom,
I never tripped over toys
or forgot words to a lullaby.
I didn't worry whether or not
my plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations.

Before I was a Mom,
I had never been puked on.
Pooped on.
Chewed on.
Peed on.
I had complete control of my mind
and my thoughts.
I slept all night.

Before I was a Mom,
I never held down a screaming child
so doctors could do tests.
Or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night
watching a baby sleep.

Before I was a Mom,
I never held a sleeping baby just because
I didn't want to put her down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces
when I couldn't stop the hurt.
I never knew that something so small
could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much.
I never knew I would love being a Mom.

Before I was a Mom,
I didn't know the feeling of
having my heart outside my body..
I didn't know how special it could feel
to feed a hungry baby.
I didn't know that bond
between a mother and her child.
I didn't know that something so small
could make me feel so important and happy.

Before I was a Mom,
I had never gotten up in the middle of the night
every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay.
I had never known the warmth,
the joy,
the love,
the heartache,
the wonderment
or the satisfaction of being a Mom.
I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much,
before I was a Mom

May you always be overwhelmed by the Grace of God rather than by the cares of life

Monday, February 2, 2009


It was a great game! Final score 23-27 STEELERS!

What would you do?

What would you do if your son woke up from his nap and his ear looked like this? Well, you would call the doctor and start using steriod drops but ONLY after freaking out thinking this his brain was bleeding or something!

Silly kids

We were at Mom's Group and Kai came running over with a doll's dress on his head. I guess I need to teach my boys how to properly play with girl toys since he's a bit confused.

Nash is now in a phase where he wants to 'do it himself'. To make things worse he rips off all bibs. So while I was feeding him, he screamed and took the spoon. Let me just say that I hate messes but this looked like a good opportunity to teach him independence so I let him go at it. (nothing was stained in the making of this picture)
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