Why we do Friday night..."Wine, Cocktail, Martini...water...whatevah!"

Mar 28, 2014

Screen shot 2014-03-28 at 1.09.44 PMWe were deep in the middle of a financially difficult season, for our family.   The whole year had been particularly taxing on our lives.  Physically.  Mentally.  Emotionally.  Spiritually. It was tough to lift up my head and face the day, every day.  Further complicating it, was harshness of our NY winter, it seemed to last forever.   Everything looked so gray.  So forgotten.  I felt that all parts of joy had truly left me and may never return.  Going through these tough times and engaging many sacrifices to make ends meet, was stealing the rich succulence out of my life.   That is to say bluntly, I was not having ANY fun at all.  Not even the cheap kind.

On that bleak day in New York, I sat, exhausted by it all.  I needed a breather...a break...a reason to smile and celebrate.   Anything to put some color back into my soul.  It wasn't just me.  My husband's coutenance looked as if he were made up of ashes.  This wouldn't do.  It couldn't go on.

So...I prayed.

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Be EXACTLY who you were born to be!

Mar 26, 2014

Feel it freely friends...own it!  And know.  It's so true.

You were meant for more

Did you get your FREE Cheez-It's or Keebler Cookies?

Screen shot 2014-03-26 at 11.09.14 AMI'm a huge fan of anything that comes my way for FREE.  I'll bet you are too. So grab these up when ASAP!  But hurry...these do not last forever.

Save 100% when you buy any ONE (1) Keebler® or Cheez-It® Snack Cup (2.2 - 3.0 oz.). Check back every Friday for a new Freebie!

(Jenn)

My Son's Addiction and the Secret Every Mother needs to know!

Mar 24, 2014

Images-1Ninja's came to my house last night!! Pacifier ninja's that is. Our son has been a pacifier addict since he was born. He's almost four. Like any addiction it starts out innocent enough, something to help you get through the night, get through a rough day. Over time you start depending on it more and more, you use it way longer than you ever should have, and it's almost impossible to stop on your own.

We love him and we would do anything for him...so we enlisted the Pacifier Ninja! We told him the Pacifier Ninja would be coming soon, we explained it was time for him to be brave and in order to be a big boy and to become a ninja himself, he had to let the ninja come. He had until 2 weeks before his birthday to decide when he wanted the ninja to come, but if he couldn't decide by then, the ninja would come on his own. He decided last night was the night! He set his pacifier outside his bedroom door and bravely went to bed, full of anticipation of what marvelous thing the ninja would bring him in return for the pacifiers!

It was a rough night, He woke several times, I rocked him and snuggled him and assured him he was brave and strong and he could do this! He had to make it through the night in order to find out if the ninja had come. Once he was sleeping peacefully the Pacifier Ninja entered our house. He stealth-fully went from room to room collecting all the pacifiers. Snatching them up with his sword, flinging them in the air as he flipped across the room, catching them in his pacifier pouch. He left something on the counter and snuck out the back door, never to be seen again, taking the pacifiers with him!

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The Cat and the Idiot bird

Mar 14, 2014

Screen shot 2014-03-14 at 12.06.16 PM(written while living in New York)

It's mid-summer here in New York.  Lately the days have been full of sunshine, deep blue skies, cool breezes and everything is bursting with emrald shades of color.   Realizing how fleeting this weather is in our state, we often sit outside on our porch or deck in the early mornings and evenings, soaking up the goodness.  

Our cat, known to us as "Max", likes to join us on these days. He frequently saunters in from some great adventure in the rolling hillsides around our home.   It is apparent that he relishes the times when we are with him outside.   He squishes his furry body up against our legs and with a strong rythmic purr...grazes past us to lazily find a spot where he can simply sprawl out his entire body, *yawn* and blink sleepily off into one of his famous naps.

We love this cat.  And we love the times like this with him.  But there is another side of Max that we are well aware of too.  He's not always so sweet and agreeable.   He is a hunter.  An avid hunter.   I mean the boy can muster up three field mice in a day, tossing their little lifeless bodies on the doormat proudly...only to prance through the house doorway with a lion-like attitude and throw down a bowl full of Meow Mix afterward.  He's "all that and a bag of cat doodles" for real.

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Letter to my man...you come alive

Mar 08, 2014

DSC_1068Dear Dustin,

There is this certain gleam that starts in your eyes and slowly spreads across your face. It captivates me when I get to watch this overtake you. It's like I get to witness something magical taking place. It's this private conversation that I get the smallest glimpse of between you and "her". I used to be annoyed at how long you spent with her, how much attention you gave her. {honestly, sometimes I still do} Until, one day when you let me in on how much you connect to God while playing her.

 Then I realized that's it..that's the look, the gleam, the sparkle in your eyes, on your face, over your entire body! You are worshipping our Lord! I get to witness, true, pure, uninhibited worship of the Lord!

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Marriage Letters: The way you come alive, takes my breath away

Mar 06, 2014

Photo(4)Dear Stephen,

Our little trolley swayed, bobbed and lurched as it slid along the tracks and up the steep hill.  It was nearly the end of our first date.  Tired, you leaned against the outside railing and I leaned against the wall in front of you.  And I watched you.  You took at the surroundings with a curiously deep expression.  You appeared almost stearn - with a furrowed brow and squinted eyes.   And then, you turned to looked at me.  When our eyes met and it was like nothing I had ever seen before... your face changed so quickly, I blinked and lost my breath for a moment.  You seemed to melt in front of me.  Your eyes softened and curved up as you smiled, turned your head slightly, and stared back at me with such a brightness that I knew in that moment, you loved me.   And in that same moment, it became clear - I would love you forever.

Years later, in the middle of a blizzard, deep in the heart of winter, we welcomed our youngest into the world.  I remember the incredible joy on your face as they held up this precious life for you to see.  And how instantly, emotion fell over you like a wave crashing in without warning.  Tears welled up in your eyes and you didn't wait to fall in love...you didn't wait to hold him, bond with him - you just knew.  It was instant love.  You poured out such sweet emotion...such love for that new life in our family.  Again, I stared at your face.  You were alive with a fullness that can not be duplicated in any other way.  No man has ever been so striking to me in a single moment.

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Girls like this...drive me crazy!

Mar 01, 2014

Screen shot 2014-03-01 at 7.58.42 PMI stood in the NYC airport terminal, waiting impatiently to board an airplane that was headed toward a weekend away with two of my girlfriends in a town near Chicago.   My bag felt very heavy slung over my shoulder and I shifted my weight from side to side to relieve the pressure.  I was anxious to get on the airplane and sleep for a while before my big weekend.

From the corner of my eye, I felt a colorful presence whip past me - much like a hummingbird that moves rapidly from place to place.  I chose not to look.  But a few minutes later, the same colorful mass seemed to whip past the other side of me.   Curious, I turned and narrowed in on the person that was creating this buzz.   I found her.  A young woman.  Tall, pretty with straight platinum blond hair, big eyes and a brilliant smile.   She beamed like a huge ray of sunshine.   Living in New York, I had found that this is not such a popular personality in those parts.  She stood out, much like a white daisy, in the middle of a colossal, brown mud puddle.   

She didn't seem to notice that she didn't fit into her surroundings.  Nor did she seem to care.  I was now transfixed and watched her intently.  It appeared that there was no one who was off-limits to this bright creature - she smiled at E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E.    When people refused to smile in return, it only seemed to generate an even greater determination in her, to smile all the more.   

Wearing a light-weight, floral dress with short sleeves, I wondered if she knew that Chicago was even colder than New York.   And I tucked my jacket around me a bit tighter, feeling the chill in the air. 

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6 Luscious ways to have fun this weekend! And they're free!

Feb 27, 2014

Hello, you adorable lovers of fun!  I'm so truly glad you're here, as Jess and I really love our Lemon friends so much!  (flinging out high fives, Diana...Rachel, Kate, and more.) 

Not everyone is "into" social media.  I mean, it took me awhile to get into it myself. But we think you might be at least a bit interested, if you managed to find us!  There are those of you who prefer to choose one specific social outlet (ie: Twitter, Facebook) and run with it.   Then there are the Social Wonders, y'all blow our socks off continuously with your social media genius!  So we decided to compile a quick list of ways you can reach us all over the www!

Here you go:

YouTube - Screen shot 2014-02-27 at 3.29.23 PMWe simply love this avenue and there are loads of ideas for MORE videos coming soon!

 

 

 

Screen shot 2014-02-27 at 3.59.32 PMInstagram -  Awww, we love this one too!  Jess and I get to share our worlds with you here and since we "follow" back...we love getting to share your world as well. 

 

 

 

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One simple idea that could change the way you think

Feb 24, 2014

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With love and warm fuzzies

Jenn & Jess