Thursday, August 21, 2008

Some vacation pics...

As many of you know, I've been swamped lately. And with over 600 pictures of vacation to sort through, they've been thrown on the back burner, to be honest!! But I've gotten atleast the first part of our trip (the NY part up on Picasa, so go check 'em out. I'm hoping by next week to have the Philadelphia ones done.










Monday, August 18, 2008

Spirtual Nuggets with a side of Jesus!

I always love car rides with Braydon, because he says the most random things. Today was no different. As we were riding in the car on the way to have waffles with Rachel, Noah & Chloe, Braydon said, "Mommy, I just don't know what toy to bring to Heaven!" This took me by surprise, and I asked what he meant by that. He told me that he wanted to pick the right toy to bring with him because he'd be playing with it for a REALLY long time (he emphasized REALLY!). I thought to myself, a teachable moment!! I love these moments because I get to speak biblical truth into my son's life! I told him that God had a place prepared especially for Braydon, with all of his favorite toys already in there and that way he didn't have to choose just one! He said "REALLY, MAMA?" Eh, not really, but this was the best way I could explain Heaven to a 4 year old boy! But before I could even answer, he shouted out "I love God Mommy. He takes such good care of us, doesn't He mama?!?" This brought tears to my eyes! I simply said "Yes He does, Braydon, Yes He does!"

There was a silence for a few seconds, because I didn't know exactly where to go from there. No need to worry, Braydon broke the silence and looked at me in my rear view mirror and said "Mommy, I hear Jesus knocking on my heart." He has talked about this plenty of times before. I'm so thankful for our awesome church's children's ministry, which has really spoken so much truth into my young son's life. I was about to say something, when he interrupted me and said, "and I think I want to answer Him this time."

I was just so dumbfounded at what he had just said, and tried to catch the moment as it happened. I've said that prayer before, and have helped other people say it. But to hear my own 4 year old son tell me he wants to ask Jesus into his heart just threw me for a loop. I scrambled to say something, and I pulled the car over, and I asked him some more questions to see if he understood what he was saying. He was fully aware of what he was doing. He told me he wanted to have Jesus help him not do bad things, like talk back to Mommy and tell stories.

So, we started to say a prayer, but before I knew it, Braydon had taken over the prayer. He said it much better that I could have and it meant so much more to hear him asking Jesus to forgive him for yelling at his mommy and for him taking the candy from mommy's purse. (whoops! I think he forgot I could hear him!!) He asked Jesus to stay inside of his heart and protect him from the 'sin' snake (at VBS they talked a lot about how Satan had become a snake that he tricked Eve).

Afterwards, I asked him several times to make sure he understood what he had done. He said it plain as day that he had asked Jesus into his heart and asked him to forgive his sins! My mama heart about melted, and I could not be more proud.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Zero to Hero?

Okay, as corny as that sounds, that's my new challenge. Nobody likes being a zero do they?? My director has challenged me to sell atleast $25 worth of product each day. Essentially, that's like 2 lipsticks a day. Not that bad is it?!? But it's trying to find the people to make a small purchase. So I'm asking you to possibly consider buying something small, whether it be a lipstick, an eye color, whatever and help me become a HERO!!! =) You can visit my Mary Kay website here! Thanks in advance, and please don't feel bad if you can't purchase anything!! I totally understand!!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

prayers needed...

Hey everyone in blogland. I'm writing this with a heart that is truly burdened for some friends of mine and I'm asking you to be in prayer with me.

Today, Stacey & Khira welcomed little baby Eiden into the world, and he weighed 7 lbs 4 oz and was 21 inches. He has been transferred to a hospital about 45 minutes away to the NICU there because when he was first born, he was only breathing at 50%, and now he has spells where he stops breathing and starts turning blue. This is scary for any couple with a newborn, but this family has been this route before. They lost their little newborn baby girl Jayla in June of 2007 after only having her for 15 hours. Please be in prayer for Eiden and his parents.

Whirlwind...

That's the best way to describe the past few weeks. On July 31st, we left to go to NY for our vacation and had a fabulous time. I look forward to getting my pictures on the computer some time soon, but with all that is going on, I dare say that something has to be slacked on, and unfortunately, that is my computer time.

This week I started teacher orientation/workdays at the christian school where I'll be teaching part time at. It was a whole lot of information to take in, especially with this being my first teaching experience. Yes, I've "taught" in preschool, but that does not in any way prepare me for what I've gotten myself into. On top of being a new teacher, I'm teaching at a Christian school, which includes a whole rule book of things such as dress code, conduct codes, and discipline codes. I remember fondly the tally system at the christian school I graduated from, and it just seems odd to now be on the other side of it. So last night I was up to my elbows (literally) in papers, curriculum, student handbook, staff handbook, calendars, etc trying to throw together a syllabus for my journalism class and map out my first week's lesson plans. This school requires that you actually turn in your lesson plans ahead of time, which I suppose is good, but a little intimidating. My poor parents, I must have called them 30 times last night asking them questions.

Aside from my new part time teaching position, my Mary Kay has been quite successful. I'm enjoying that very much and find it very exciting. Most Monday nights are Mary Kay nights, and some Thursdays are for training. And then I've got parties scheduled too! The rest of the month is full! How cool is that!! And not to worry, Friday nights are usually reserved for my family!

Anyways, it's all been a whirlwind, and I have to say it's quite busy here...I suppose I could be bored out of my mind (or as Braydon calls it "boring")!


Wednesday, August 13, 2008

WWWaT: A different view


It's that time again, Wordless Wednesday with a twist hosted by Rachel! This week's theme was a different view...Once you've looked at mine, go visit Rachel's page and see everyone's view!! HAPPY WWWAT!

a fountain that is beautiful from the front, but when you see it from the side, it looks like that!

A light fixture in the Mansion @ Sonnenburg Gardens in Canandaigua, NY

@ the oldest zoo in America (Philadelphia's Zoo)

Near the enterance of the Philadelphia Zoo...what it feels like to be a caged animal...

Braydon was actually intimidated by them. Looking over his shoulder, I can see why!A family photo!! We hardly have any of all 4 of us!