Sunday, March 31, 2013

This Easter...

This Easter we did all the normal Easter-y things. We dressed up, went to church, hunted eggs...I made a big lunch. It really was a pretty perfect day. 

Tonight Madeline and I played outside well after dark. We laid on the trampoline and looked at the stars and tried to find the moon. She stuck her face up to the netting on the trampoline to kiss mine on the other side. She asked me to jump with her while simultaneously grabbing my hand and my heart. She gave me the look you'd give your very best friend. She sat on my legs asking for "horsey". She grabbed my face and told me she loved me "so much". We sang "Twinkle, Twinkle" and clapped for ourselves. We ate jelly beans and fed a few to Polly who was on the trampoline with us. 

We read books before bedtime and she tried to con me out of going to bed by asking to read the Bible "one more time". We laid in her floor side by side and I wondered if I could ever love anything more unconditionally than I love her. I wondered if life could be any sweeter. 

I prayed for her. I prayed that one day she will know Jesus. I prayed that she will love Him with all her heart. I prayed that some Easter she will know the power of the cross. I'm completely overwhelmed today by our Father who loves His Son infinitely more than I could ever love Madeline, and how he sent Him to die for sinners like me. Thankful doesn't begin to describe it...

Happy Easter!  

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Photo Shoot

I had Madeline's pictures done a couple of months ago but haven't posted them because I wanted the grandparents to see them in person first. They turned out amazing although she was not very cooperative and we had to do them over 2 days. 














I think this is my favorite - its her with a Bible. 

I could never express my gratitude for her precious little life. Humbled and thankful God chose me to be her mom! 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Bible Time

My parents got Madeline this Bible for Christmas...


I really love it - it's simple enough that she will sit and listen and it covers the Bible on her level. We have made it our nighttime routine to "read the Bible" before she goes to bed! 

I have also heard good things about this one but haven't looked at it myself. 


I'm sure they're pretty similar but just wanted to share! I think it's never to early to start reading God's Word to our kids! 

Monday, March 25, 2013

Proud Mommy Moment Monday

Don't you hate things that start off like that? And then there is something awesome that follows like, "Johnny ate all of his bunny shaped organic gluten free waffles made with blueberries that I grew in our backyard" Not that I'm a hater! ;) 

This moment is kinda the same thing! hah

Anyway, last Wednesday I had to go to mentor a couple of  new students who were doing some clinical stuff ( I know what you're thinking - me, a mentor? Scary!) but anyway, so that left Madeline with Terry. Well, somehow she figured out how to open the front door and before Terry knew it our neighbor was knocking on our front door with Madeline. He said he found her at the edge of our yard right by the street!!! It's a little funny now but it was for sure not funny when it happened! So anyway, Madeline and I made them a card and some cookies today as a very small gesture of thanks. 


On a serious note, I am so thankful for God's protection over her and for our sweet neighbor! Putting chains on all the doors is on the to do list - for now, the dead bolts seem to be working. What a scary day - so thankful for His hand on our sweet girl! 

Sunday, March 24, 2013

This and That...

Spring Break is over. Technically, it was over last Sunday but I still feel a little off schedule. We have been up to so many random things lately...

My parents came in for Spring Break so Madeline and I made them a sign!

All I did was the writing and a little supervising with the paint. They loved it! 


We went to get Madeline's toes painted with Brynn on St. Patty's Day, also Brynn's Birthday! 


I had to work that night and was so disappointed when I found out green beer was just beer with food coloring. I don't even drink beer but I've always thought green beer was so festive - what a let down!! 

I digress. Anyway, we also went to feed the ducks that afternoon. We started going to this little mobile home park that has a little pond thing to feed the ducks. It's only about a half a mile from our house just outside our neighborhood and its kinda turned into a weekly thing. Madeline loves it - she tears the bread into tiny pieces and throws them one at a time. I'm sure the ducks love her! 


Finally, and perhaps most importantly, we got a visit from the laundry fairy!!! My parents caught up all my laundry while they were in town. Man, I love them! :) Best present I've gotten in a long time! 


All I think about is summer lately. I dream of sleeping in late, going to the pool, and just hanging out with my sweet girl. I kinda dream about cleaning out closets and getting rid of junk too - is that weird? :)  I'm excited!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Milestone...A BIG One!

Madeline has learned how to read!!! 

Just kidding! haha

This is even better though. 

I think I may be more proud. 

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In case you can't tell (which I  would find very hard to believe with her perfect pitch), it's her version of Ariel from The Little Mermaid. 

If you don't know who Ariel is then we really can't be friends. Seriously. 

These are the important things I am teaching my child! 

Happy Friday! 

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Exhausted...

I know I have been a real slacker in my blog world. But in the real world, I have been putting in some serious hours. It's a little after midnight and I just finished a paper that's due tomorrow by midnight. Write that down - I usually wait until the very last minute!!! 

Anyway, I hosted a golf tournament this weekend to raise money for my trip to Kenya and it turned out much better than I anticipated. After a whole lot of hustlin', we had about 40 people show up to golf. Olive Garden donated lunch and the weather was so pretty! I think the guys had a good time, and three of the teams left with a very Miami-vice looking trophy for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place! haha I let the guy at the award shop design them and they were pretty 80's - ish but they were nice and he gave me a good deal! 

I would post pictures but I didn't take any!!!! I can't believe I did that but my mind was in too many directions Saturday! Anyway, after all was said and done, I raised about $1300 toward my trip and had almost an entire pan of lasagna left over and a whole bottle of OG salad dressing. Can't beat that! Oh and about 100 of those chocolate mints - Terry has been in heaven! :) Happy Sunday and thanks to everyone who helped make the tournament a success!