Saturday, April 22, 2006

We Bought a House!!!

Well, at least our offer was accepted. Here are some pictures of our new townhouse.

Fear Is Lethal

"For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship." Romans 8:15

Are you afraid that you won't ever accomplish your dreams? Do you worry that you're not good enough or smart enough to do the things that God has placed in your heart? I think we all face those issues of self-doubt and fear. But we can't allow fear to dwell in our lives. Fear is lethal to our joy level. It's lethal to our self-esteem. And it's lethal to our walk with God.

Think of it this way--where fear begins, failure starts. So if you're allowing fear to rule your mind, you're not allowing yourself the opportunity to succeed. Fear is the opposite of faith, so you can't be in fear and in faith at the same time. You have to choose. So, choose faith!

Stop the fear tape that's playing in your head. Ask God to fill you with so much faith that there won't be room for any fear. Don't let the devil stop God from using you. Don't let the devil stop you from walking in your dreams. This is your time, and his time is up.

Taken from Daily Wisdom For Mothers: Encouragement For Every Day by Michelle Medlock Adams (pg. 88-89).

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Kids Say the Darndest Things

I don't normally read FWD's when they pop up in my inbox, but I do enjoy ones like this. I hope you get a kick out of these.

JACK (age 3) was watching his Mom breast-feeding his new baby sister. After a while he asked: "Mom why have you got two? Is one for hot and one for cold milk?"

MELANIE (age 5) asked her Granny how old she was. Granny replied she was so old she didn't remember any more. Melanie said, "If you don't remember you must look in the back of your panties. Mine say five to six."

STEVEN (age 3) hugged and kissed his Mom good night. "I love you so much, that when you die I'm going to bury you outside my bedroom window."

BRITTANY(age 4) had an earache and wanted a painkiller. She tried in vain to take the lid off the bottle. Seeing her frustration, her Mom explained it was a child proof cap and she'd have to open it for her. Eyes wide with wonder, the little girl asked: "How does it know it's me?

SUSAN (age 4) was drinking juice when she got the hiccups. "Please don't give me this juice again," she said, "It makes my teeth cough."

Diane (age 4) stepped onto the bathroom scale and asked: "How much do I cost?"

MARC (age 4) was engrossed in a young couple that were hugging and kissing in a restaurant. Without taking his eyes off them, he asked his dad: "Why is he whispering in her mouth?"

CLINTON (age 5) was in his bedroom looking worried. When his Mom asked what was troubling him, he replied, "I don't know what'll happen with this bed when I get married. How will my wife fit in?"

JAMES (age 4) was listening to a Bible story. His dad read: "The man named Lot was warned to take his wife and flee out of the city, but his wife looked back and was turned to salt." Concerned, James asked: "What happened to the flea?"

TAMMY (age 4) was with her mother when they met an elderly, rather wrinkled woman her Mom knew. Tammy looked at her for awhile and then asked, "Why doesn't your skin fit your face?"

The Sermon I think this Mom will never forget....
"Dear Lord," the minister began, with arms extended toward Heaven and a rapturous look on his upturned face. "Without you, we are but dust." He would have continued but at that moment my very obedient daughter (who was listening!) leaned over to me and asked quite audibly in her shrill little girl voice, "Mom, what is butt dust?"

Ok, I have to add just one more. My former youth pastor's daughter Hannah was probably 3 or 4 when this happened. They were in the car and Hannah was drinking a juice box. At one point she said, "Daddy, Jesus is in my heart..." PK was thrilled to hear his daughter say such a powerful thing, but before that thought was completed he heard Hannah go on to say, "I know Jesus is in my heart because He's drinking all my juice!"

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

My "Surprise" Birthday Bash

Ok, so a week or so ago I told Scott that I wanted him to throw me a small surprise birthday dinner. I told him where I wanted to go and suggested some friends that I might like to be there. Through out the course of the last week I have been "helping" him by making blatent suggestions and requests. Now some of you may think that this is crazy of me and a little ridiculous, but I know my husband. He will be the first to admit that he is not the most perceptive guy in the world and being subtle just doesn't work. This was really fun--like a big joke. So last night after a day shopping we went to Betucci's to have a "nice quiet dinner with the Pope's." (Shhh, it's supposed to be a surprise, so don't tell me anything about it!) When we walked in a bunch of our friends were already there. Now you must know that while I may have orchestrated this whole surprise party thing I didn't know a lot of the details, like who was going to be there and such. So I really was surprised. What was even more surprising was how much fun I had. We have some of the most hilarious friends ever. Here are a few pictures from the party.

Here are the guys...From L-R: Tim Pope, Scott, Corbit Norman, Jeff Miller, and John Gabrielli.

Another one of the guys...this time they all have their collars up. Why? You ask. Well because they are the coolest guys around. (John didn't agree.)

The Ladies...Front: Sandy Gabreilli, Debby Miller, Susan Norman. Back: Me and Suzie Pope

Our Kids... Angelina Gabrielli, Taylor Pope, Jordan Pope, Jacob, Miller, Heather Miller, and Natalie Ball

My YUMMY cheesecake!!!

The whole gang...Scott and Me, the Millers and Natalie, the Gabriellis, the Pope's, the Normans (minus their girls)

Natalie's Odds and Ends

Here are some pictures taken over the course of the last month or so. Thought you might enjoy them...

Butter Anyone? I caught natalie eating fistfulls of butter straight from the butter dish the other day. She kept saying, "Nummy buh-er Mommy!"

All Dressed Up... Doesn't she look like Pollyana? That's what Scott said anyway.

Big Girl Bed? This was the first attempt at sleeping in her big girl bed. As you can see, the first attempt didn't quite make it. She is getting better.

Two weeks ago we were playing at the park and she insisted on swinging on the big swings. She did really well until she pointed to a passing car and fell flat on her face. This is the boo-boo she got on her chin from eating mulch. She didn't cry at all, just got up , brushed herself off, and tried to climb back on the swing. Mommy thought it would be better to go inside and clean out the scraps.

Playing Dress Up... This is Natalie's "Round and Round" dress. She calls it that because when she wears it she likes to spin in circles and watch the skirt flare out. On this day she found a pair of my shoes and decided to make it an outfit. Something on the TV must have caught her eye. She stood there intently watching it until I finally just turned it off.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

My Favorite Things (Like Oprah)

Last night while my beautiful husband slept, I layed there unable to shut off my brain. I couldn't tell you what all I thought about except for this one great idea I had. Have you ever gotten one of those email surveys that tells you all about the person that sent it. You're supposed to copy and paste it into a new email and fill it out about yourself before emailing it to everyone you know. I love to read those. I don't always take the time to fill them out about myself, but I enjoy them nonetheless. For some crazy reason, this is what I was thinking about last night as I listened to Scott sleep. So I got to thinking that not everyone enjoys getting those things or likes to fill them out and send them on. I'm starting a new feature her on my blog...My Favorite Things. I'll post a themed list of my favorite things. If you agree, disagree, or want to share your favorite thing within that theme, leave me a comment.
Soooo... I think that my first list will be about every girl's favorite thing...Beauty Products!

Here are the things I can't live without:
1. Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Daily Treatment Shampoo and Conditioner

2. Crabtree & Evelyn's GoatMilk Comfoting Body Lotion

3. Bare Minerals Make-up

4. Clinique 7 Day Scrub Cream Rinse-Off and Turnaround 15 minute Facial

5. Paul Mitchell's The Conditioner (I could not function without my leave-in conditioner.)

6. Ion Shine Spray (God's gift to dull hair!!!)

7. Juiceman Jr. Juicer (Beauty begins with what you put into your body. What goes in must come out.)

8. Curling Iron - 1.5 inch barrel

9. Warm Lemon Water first thing each morning (helps to keep the alkaline and acid levels in your body balanced)

10. Turbie Twist (especially now that my hair is so long!)

11. Maybelline Great Lash Mascara (ALWAYS looks good and inexpensive.)

12. Maybellin Lip Polish Hi-Shine in Pink Cadillac
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