6 word meme

My dear blogging buddy Beautiful Grace tagged me for the 6 word meme, that I have seen on several blogs lately. It’s a great concept……….6 words that would describe your life mission, goals etc. 6 words to describe yourself, tough isn’t it? “Chocolate lover, Laundry Hater, Family Lover, God Server”, well that is 8 words, so that won’t work! How about “Cherish Christ, Chocolate, Children, Chums, Cheerful”

I am not going to tag anyone, since I know many of you have already done this one. But at least think about it if you haven’t done it, it’s a fun one to ponder. πŸ™‚

~2 Corinthians 5:17 If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, old things have passed away, behold all things have become new”~

P.S I finally added a few more spring like pictures to my picture gallery!Β  Spring is here, let us enjoy and embrace it

Big decision…..

Nap or exercise? Check back later to see what I end up choosing πŸ™‚

If you guessed exercise you are right! The nap was tempting, but it was a beautiful day. So I got on my ugly stylish orange biking shirt, and rode several miles out in the hilly, manure smelling farm country near my house. I am a firm believer in regular exercise, even thou it is so hard to find the time!!! It does a body, mind and soul good. I can’t tell you how often I pray, and listen to christian music while I walk or ride bike. I even find myself praying out loud sometimes while biking on those back country roads. I just get strange looks from the cows, but no one else seems to realize what I am doing. πŸ™‚ So the big question is…who else takes time to exercise? I simply try to get in 3 days a week, for 30-45 min. But something is better then nothing!

Bad Baseball game……

SportTman had a tournament 2 weeks ago. He did not play real well, he dropped a ball in centerfield that he should have caught, he didn’t hit real well, and he messed up a play at short stop, that ended with a run scoring. After the weekend tournament, I was thinking to myself things like; what is wrong with this kid, I know he can do better, is he losing his skills, maybe he can’t play at this level, should we get him batting lessons. I was so captivated and caught up in the moment of pressure that we put on young kids to excel in sports at a young age. I was mad at my kid because he didn’t perform up to expectations. This pressure for kids to succeed starts at such a young age these days. As christians it is an ongoing challenge to keep it all in the right perspective. Fortunately for me in the situation with the bad tournament 2 weeks ago, it was my son who helped me regain the right perspective. His team ended up winning the tournament despite his poor play, and as we left the last game, SportTman yells over to me,”I’ll be right back.” He took off running across a soccer field, I see him yell over to some player from the other team. The kid turns around and SportTman shakes his hand and says something to him. They chat briefly and SportTman comes back to where I am. And as any mom would then say to their son, I ask “What did you say to that kid?” He proceeds to tell me that the player he spoke to was the losing teams shortstop. He said, ” I thought the guy played a great game mom, I wanted to tell him great game and I let him know that he was awesome at short!”

~That truly was my son’s best play of the tournament, and it reminded me that Godly character matters so much more than baseball! Thanks SportTman for helping mom to regain the right perspective!~

Hot dogs???

I used to be such a purist when it came to food I fed my family. I was always baking things from scratch using some whole wheat flour in everything I made. I made an array of delicious casseroles and special dishes for dinner. But now with the age of my kids and our current busy lifestyle, I have on occasion resorted to buying a box of frozen fried chicken, frozen mashed potatoes, a veggie, some fruit…and calling it dinner. To show how low I have stooped, we are having a Girls Alive girl’s night tonight. I am in charge of planning games for about 30 girls and need to bring a hot dish and a dessert to share………well in my rush for time, I am planning to bring an old scrumptious dish called, hot dogs in a roll! Oh I have really stooped! But for this season of life, I will have to deal with bringing hot dogs. I did bake cookies last night, so I am not a total loss. Maybe I will put the hot dogs on a fancy plate. πŸ™‚

~Update~ The hot dogs were a hit!!! πŸ™‚

Welcome Spring!

Spring has finally arrived in our neck of the woods! I love spring and its beautiful flowers. To celebrate the arrival of spring I went around my house and took a bunch of pictures that represent spring at my house. So please pour a glass of lemonade, and enjoy a cyber spring day with me. And for all of you Northern folks who haven’t felt the full effects of spring yet, stop by as many times as needed to get your spring fix!

God is good, and creates such magnificent beauty!

Welcome Spring!

I have always loved Virginia Bluebells. I have planted them all over our woods.

The weeds are also growing quickly. This is the dreaded chickweed.

The hosta are also emerging from the ground

I have daffadolis planted all through out the woods

Baseball is also a big part of our spring!

I almost missed it!

That’s right I almost missed my own blog anniversary! I knew it was last April I started my blog, so when I went to check today, I discovered today was the exact date one year ago I started my blog. Good thing I am on the ball with this type of thing! πŸ™‚

I will post more bloggy kind of thoughts on this later tonight……but for now, after watching 5 baseball games this weekend, I am off to a baseball scrimmage. But dinner is done, just need to reheat it after the game…………………………………….this post is to be continued πŸ™‚

Ok I am back! It was freezing at SportTman’s game tonight, I wore my long underwear and was still cold.

I can’t believe it’s been a year since I started this blog! It’s been a great experience and much of it quite unexpected. I love all the wonderful women I have met, and it is so interesting, intriguing, and informative to read everyone else’s blogs. I learn so much. I started blogging as a creative outlet for all the teachings in my teacher brain, I was looking for a way to express all the lessons/teachings I have done over the years. But blogging has taken off into so many other avenues, and it has become pretty much my only hobby these days. All that to say Thanks to ALL of you who read my blog and visit with me on a weekly basis. I wish I could have you all over for coffee and chocolate to celebrate!

Susanne suggested that I list 100 things about myself to celebrate, but my brain appears to be malfunctioning lately and I don’t think I could think of 100 things…..maybe this summer, when I have more time.

So for now I will list 7 random things about myself from a tag I got from Fruit of the Spirit awhile back.

#1 – I used to be deathly afraid of dogs. When my college roommate brought her dog to our apartment, I ran and hid in the bathroom to get away from the dog. NOW, I have a dog and actually let her sleep on our bed on occasion!

#2 – I chew gum a lot….not sure why, just do

#3 – I have various menopausal issues so I take, a multi-vitamin, CQ10, Vitamin B, Black Cohosh everyday….not sure if it’s making a big difference.

#4 – I love to go to yard sales!

#5 – I used to hate hot dogs, but when I got pregnant the first time I actually started to crave them. I coached HS track at the time,and I remember one of the coaches saying to me after I told him I was pregnant, “I was wondering if you were pregnant, I know you hate hot dogs and I saw you eat SEVERAL of them at the track meet last week!”

#6 – I have tons of cavities…..some are rather large!

# 7 – My favorite bible verse is Philippians 3:7-8, ….oh to gain MORE of Christ!

My kids have gone retro!

“Moooooommmmm, check out this cool thing I found in the neighbor’s trash,” my daughter shouted out as she came in the house yesterday. ( The fact that she was digging in the neighbor’s trash is a whole other issue) She calls out, ” I think it’s called a typewriter…..why would someone want to throw something this cool out???”

She quickly hauls the thing up to her room, plugs it in, and with great anticipation begins typing. And with in mere moments she is obsessed with this antiquated Sears typewriter! As I type this post on my MacBook laptop computer, she is happily typing away in her room. As a matter of fact, even SportTman has gotten in on the fun, and they are both typing notes to each other. They both think it’s so cool how there is no printer involved, and the typed print almost magically appears on the paper!

And as an added bonus, the notes they type to each other have been really sweet and kind. These typed notes to each other contain words I never hear spoken in our house!

So the Sears typewriter has brought peace and harmony to our house, at least for the moment!

As the saying goes, “One man’s trash, another man’s treasure!!”

Throw out the iPods, Playstations, laptops, cell phones and bring back the typewriter!! πŸ™‚

For more Retro memories check out Linda’s post. πŸ™‚

It’s the busy season!

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Ah spring, fresh flowers, warm temperatures, green grass, the smell of manure on a farmer’s field….and the sound of the baseball hitting the bat! It’s officially here, our busy season! SportTman plays on 2 baseball teams, one is our local team the other an elite tournament team. This weekend is the start of the craziness, we are traveling to Ruther Glen, Va for a baseball tournament ( where is Ruther Glen????? I have no idea, let me know if you live there, we can get together for coffee!). He has 5 other out of state tournaments he is playing in this season. Including one in Myrtle Beach! Plus The Inventor is playing for a advanced play soccer team and has games and tournaments also.

A teacher at school saw me in the hallway today and said, “I heard you are heading to Va this weekend for a baseball tournament.” He went on to comment on how he misses those days of traveling to baseball tournaments with his boys, who are now in college. ……..He misses that crazy schedule I thought to myself? He went on to remind me that this time in our lives will go fast and before we know it will be gone, he said to cherish and enjoy it! Cherish and enjoy are not really the first words that come to my mind! Packing, constantly washing uniforms, never being home to do spring yard work, loosing my brain because there is so much going on …cherish this? Well I thanked him for the reminder, and then eventually concluded that he is right. This is a season of life, and before we know it, it will pass.

There have been other seasons of life that I actually look back upon fondly. I remember being a stay-at-home mom, and being home all day with 2 toddlers. I remember saying to hubby one day in exasperation when he asked how my day was, I shouted out, “we had a poop-a-thon, a spank-a-thon, and a crying-a-thon!” It was hectic, but it was precious family time, and a time of making memories, and instilling a biblical foundation in my children. I look back on that time fondly now. I remember sending SportTman off to kindergarten 1/2 day, and being home with The Inventor all day. I remember going back to work part-time when The Inventor was in 1st grade and SportTman was in 3rd. I had to learn to balance that new schedule.

But these are all phases of being a mom. And I am reminded that each phase is part of the growing and nurturing process of raising children to seek first the kingdom of God. So as we pack our bags to leave this weekend, and I start to feel a little stressed with so much going on, I am reminded of the big picture and the duty I have to raise my dear children. This is a phase, and in the big picture of it all I am certain it will produce quality family memories. Ah yes….the big picture….I must remind myself of that, otherwise I get to consumed with the small details. Small details are good, just so they don’t consume you! πŸ™‚

~Seek first the Kingdom of God ……….but I know I must be reminded to Seek Him first with so much going on!!! But in the ultimate big picture, that really is all that really matters!~