Wednesday, November 30, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 30

-Ladies Bible study…and the God knows just what I need to hear…





Tuesday, November 29, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 29







Monday, November 28, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 28




-God’s Word

Sunday, November 27, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 27


-a hubby who has been helpful around the house when I’m oh so exhausted

-Nadia’s precious little fingers wrapped around an apple tonight…

-Liberty’s story telling abilities (this girl has quite the imagination!)

-Leila’s sweet heart

-Hallmark movies

-Dee Henderson books

-being heard


Saturday, November 26, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 26


-hugs from my girls and hubby

-playing hide and seek as a family

-being doctored again by Liberty

-Liberty’s fascination with the pregnancy (16 weeks today!)

-feeling baby move every now and then. Libbs is anxious to feel it as well…

-ice cream


Friday, November 25, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 25


-Playing with my girls


-Leftover turkey

-Psalm 119:114

-Holding hands with Leila

-Libbs reading to her sisters

-Having a break from school

-Snuggles from Nadia

Thursday, November 24, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness: Days 23 & 24

-A good night’s sleep

-A turkey dinner

-Crafty little girls

-Fresh from the pumpkin pie




-Finally getting to hear our baby’s heartbeat long enough to get a heart rate (155, for those wondering)

-Almost 16 weeks of pregnancy

-3 more weeks until our ultrasound

-A hubby who is willing to take over stinky diapers/underwear (it’s just too much for my stomach)

-Thanksgiving dinner with friends (they don’t have family here, either, so it was nice to have them over)

-Deviled eggs…and my sweet friend who made them last minute for me when she found out I was craving them today

-Lots of laughter and screaming and giggling and running and imagining with 7 kiddos in the house (our friends have 4 kids)





Tuesday, November 22, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 22

-The first feelings of this precious babe moving around inside of me (my fave!)

-Seeing a few friends at Mommy Matters today

-Libbs doing pretty good getting her school work done today



-Long baths with a good book

-A short nap


-Baby appointment in the morning

-Finding out if we are getting another niece or nephew tomorrow (my sis-in-law is pregnant….just a few weeks ahead of me)


Monday, November 21, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 21

-homemade brownies…finally a recipe I actually like

-nfl football…it makes my hubby happy

-playing on the floor with my girls and a ball



-Liberty reading to us…I’m still amazed

-Leila’s hugs and “I love you” s

-Nadia’s smiles and silly antics

-interview for hubby

-bedtime (for the kids)

-Thanksgiving plans

Sunday, November 20, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 20

-A lazy day (even if it did mean I was feeling under the weather)

-Little girls who can be so sweet to each other

-Leila’s silliness

-Liberty’s inquisitiveness

-Nadia’s thumb-sucking cuteness

-A hubby who is cooking dinner again

-Dutch Blitz (yes, again…we love this game!)

-Hallmark movies

-30 little fingers and 30 little toes…they’re just so precious

-Extra sleep (naps…and 10 hours last night)


-My sewing machine (extra special because my Gram gave it to me…love her!)

-A hubby who will go out at night to find me a sweet treat :)

-Snuggling with my girls and watching a movie

-Watching football with my hubby (Go Lions!)

Saturday, November 19, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness: Days 18 & 19

-The sweet and funny things my girls say

-Liberty “nursing” me (or pretending to be my doctor)

-A hubby home

-Beverly Lewis books

-Hot baths


-Words with Friends



-Dutch Blitz

-Pumpkin Pie ice cream

-Hubby cooking dinner

-Snuggles with each of my girls

-Sort of catching up on laundry ;)

-A warm house on a snowy day

-Mandarin oranges

-Encouraging friends

Thursday, November 17, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 17

-Libbs not taking hours to finish her workbook pages

-The girls’ delight with the new sitter they had last night

-Nadia playing in the corner by the vacuum cleaner so quietly for a long while this morning

-A phone call from my sister

-A day to not go anywhere

-A sweet friend blessing us in a thoughtful, tangible way

-Libbs said to me tonight, “Mom, I made you a special Christmas present. It’s a kiss.” Then she gave me a big kiss. So sweet

-The way my girls love me…unconditionally, all the time, so sweetly…so very undeserved on my part…but treasured…

-Libbs and her “nursing.” She was pretending to take care of the baby and I…doctoring us up…so thoughtful and sweet

-Laying on the extra bed with the girls and tickling them…hearing their loud giggles and how they asked me to do it over and over again…joyful


-Hubby coming home tonight

-Snuggles with Leila after some discipline

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 16

-Washable paint

-Turkey handprints

-A (mostly) clean house


-Garbage pick up

-A fantastic time making pies with about 13 other ladies

-Baking and eating our pies with a friend when we got home (we didn’t have time to bake them there as I had to relieve the baby sitter


-Getting more needed housework done

-John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.”

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 15

-Mommy Matters group and the yummy pumpkin creations we got to try today…can’t wait to make some of my own!

-Waking up

-Surviving the grocery store with a screaming child (yes, Nadia screamed and cried the entire time…)

-Stouffer’s Mac & Cheese (comfort food…)

-Beautiful friends who worked out a baby sitter for my girls so I can go to our ladies Bible study/pie-making party tomorrow night

-Knitting (I’ve been saying this a lot, but it’s helping to keep me sane lately…)

-NCIS…a show my Dad got me hooked on

-My little domestic helper, Leila. Seriously, this girl loves to help me with anything domestic…precious. Today she helped me mop the dining room (on our hands and knees)…takes a little longer, but it’s worth it :)

-Little girls giggling and playing so nicely in the bath

-Having enough energy to get some major house work done…still a lot more to go, but feeling good about what I was able to do…and now I’m wiped out!

Monday, November 14, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 14

-Jonathan’s safe arrival to this week’s destination

-Reading with my girls on the couch before bed

-The movie “The Magic of Ordinary Days”

-Cleansing tears

-Hugs from my girls



-Prayer warrior friends

-Romans 5:1 “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”

-Tonight after I tucked the girls into bed, Liberty came out for some chapstick (poor girl has a split lip, her lips are so dry) and she said to me, “you’re the only Mama I love.” She’s so precious (and at such a tough age/stage right now…I’m thankful for the sweet times).

Sunday, November 13, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 13

-homemade apple pie

-giggling girls playing pillow fight with daddy

-fellowship at church


-leila’s help and chatter while I made the apple pie today

-the voices of my precious girls

-having hubby home for the weekend

-hubby doing lots of dishes while he was home and helping with the laundry


-warm blankets and heat inside while the wind and snow blows around outside

-the Bible


-yesterday while libbs was rubbing my belly, she said to me, “this is magnificent, mom!”  I just love the things that girl comes up with…


Saturday, November 12, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 12

-14 weeks of pregnancy

-A hubby who made me a delicious breakfast this morning (poor guy has to deal with my “I’m starving” whines all day long)

-A day to relax with my family

-10 hours of sleep last night and a 2 hour nap this afternoon

-Chocolate covered pretzels

-The smell of dinner cooking in the crock pot (roast)

-The way Liberty and Nadia ate everything on their plates and then some tonight

-Hallmark movies

-God’s Word

-Shauna Niequist’s book “Cold Tangerines”


-The fabric I ordered to make some Christmas gifts for the girls…can’t wait until it gets here!

-Snuggles with each of my girls today

Friday, November 11, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 11

-For the Veterans and those currently serving in the military

-Clearer Vision

-Hubby home for the weekend

-Grocery shopping alone

-Frozen lemonade (like Italian Ice…but softer)…my craving for today

-The very stubborn babe growing inside of me. My doula came over today so we could try to hear the heartbeat again…but we only got to hear it for about 4 seconds (baby kept moving and doula said it was almost like my placenta was too loud for the baby’s heart beat to come through)

-The funny looks I keep getting from my girls with my new glasses on…they are not sure what to think



Thursday, November 10, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 10

-precious little fingers wrapped around a cup of milk. I can’t get over how precious they are. And I’m extra thankful because shortly after Nadia was born, her doctor thought she had this (weird named) condition in which she would eventually lose her arm (a thought that was possible for a few heartbreaking days)…so thankful she did not have that condition and I can see her precious fingers from BOTH hands wrapped around that cup.


-a hubby who comes home today (or rather, late tonight)

-hearing my girls say “I love you” to each other, unprompted

-leftover taco soup for lunch

-play dates with friends

-homemade cream of broccoli cheese soup…yum!!

-a quiet evening with content kiddos


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 9

-Ultrasound date set up (December 16th)…lets hope baby cooperates!

-How quickly kids make friends. Took the girls to McDonald’s for lunch and to play in the playland (to wear them out), and I just find it so neat that 2 minutes after meeting another kid, my girls tell me they are playing with their friend.

-Hearing Liberty read to me…wow!

-Leila’s sensitive spirit…may it always be so toward the Lord.

-Nadia’s smiles. My Dad always said Nadia had a thousand different beautiful smiles…I agree.


-Coupons for free ice cream cones…and the delight of my girls when they got to “pay” for their cones on their own (thanks Memaw!).

-Editing papers (may sound weird, but I really enjoy it…thanks for letting me, Aunt Karen!).

-Quiet time.


-Psalm 31:7-8 “I will rejoice and be glad in Your lovingkindness, Because You have seen my affliction; You have know the troubles of my soul, And You have not given me over into the hand of the enemy; You have set my feet in a large place.” (NASB) Not always easy to believe this is true…but it’s right there in God’s Word and it’s such a comforting promise.

-Hubby having a good day.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 8


-birthday parties and friends

-Matthew West’s song More


-holding hands with my girls

-the unconditional love of my daughters

-friends who have daughters older than mine who are so loving with my girls and great examples to them




Monday, November 7, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 7

-Hubby made it to his destination safely

-Took Leila to have her eyes checked…all is well!

-Lunch with friends (the same friend who blessed me by watching Libbs & Nadia so Leila & I could get our eyes checked today)



-The sweet time Leila & I had together going to the eye doc…we don’t often get time alone and it was nice


Sunday, November 6, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 6


-snuggles with Nadia

-chatting with Leila while she drew on her magnadoodle…she’s so precious and loving!

-liberty wanting to take care of me when I’m tired and just need to lie down

-spending the past week/weekend with hubby/daddy before he leaves on his first week of work (new job)…we sure will miss him!

-the way Jonathan can make the girls laugh and laugh and laugh


-good books

-naps (for mama)


-3 little girls giggling in the tub

-the Psalms

Saturday, November 5, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 5


-long baths






Friday, November 4, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 4

-dinner cooked by my hubby…steak fajitas…yum!

-snuggles with Nadia

-library book sales



-kisses from Liberty

-Leila’s smiles



-phone call from my sister

-little girls with glue sticks and craft projects at library story time


Thursday, November 3, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness: Days 2 & 3

Yikes! I’m already getting behind on this! But for the record, we went out of town yesterday and  again today…busy!

-a 4wd vehicle (which is why we went out of town…to purchase said vehicle)


-the sound of Nadia playing with her dolls…super cute!

-the sweetness of Leila

-watching Liberty learning new things and then make connections in the outside world

-broccoli and veggie dip (yes, this is a current pregnancy craving)

-almost 13 weeks of pregnancy…learning this babe has developed fingerprints…amazing!

-snow covered mountains against a blue sky…there’s just something so peaceful about that

-knowing I will see my Dad again some day…I’m missing him so much lately

dad me mac

-girls who were troopers riding in the car so so much the last two days



-kisses from precious little girls


-a clean (for the moment) house

-a husband who is less stressed

-cloth diapers…they look so cute on those little bottoms and they save money!



-watching the girls play in the snow (don’t worry…we were only going out to the van in this pic…I really do bundle them up when they go out to really play, like this morning).



Tuesday, November 1, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 1

I’ve seen this going around and thought I’d jump in…

Today I am thankful for…

-a great visit with a sweet friend today

-safety on our drive home on nasty roads

-3 precious girls who keep me laughing

-a husband who kept me calm when my van couldn’t get up any hills to get home tonight

-the beautiful abundance of snow on the ground

-taking a week off of school just for fun (& because this mama is tired and we are ahead)

-raw broccoli with veggie dip

-the precious baby growing inside of me…12 weeks along now!

-girls playing in cowboy boots


-old hymns