Tuesday, March 31, 2009
This is my first time to participate in Laughter Lives! Tuesday...but I got a kick out of reading The Rigg's Family's post today and I couldn't resist.
So my mom has decided that she would like to breed Imperial Shih Tzu. They are similar to regulary Shih Tzu but are the miniature version. I also must say that my mom already has FOUR dogs of her own...two Brussles Griffon, a teacup Yorkie, and a Snorkie (snauzer/yorkie mix). My mom has six Shih Tzu to breed and one of her dogs just had her first litter of three puppies. AND my sister has a dog to boot! So we are talking FOURTEEN dogs people...under one roof.
Now what's different about my mom than other dog breeders, is that all these dogs are her BABIES!! She dresses them up, she puts bows in their hair, and needless to say...every single one is SPOILED rotten!!
So what is my laughter lives???? The DH and I are on vacation and are longing for some much needed rest and relaxation. But do you know what happens at 6:45 a.m. every single day? My dad goes to work and ALL the puppies "wake up" at that time...which means, FOURTEEN dogs barking at the same time. Needless to say, mom gave us a box fan to put in our room to help drown out the noise....all I can say about this is HA!!!! One box fan, FOURTEEN dogs barking, you do the math????
Friday, March 27, 2009
The last day to enter is April 3rd! Good luck!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
1. Spring Break!!!
My Spring Break officially starts TOMORROW!!! And the DH and I are traveling to Houston to spend the week with my parents. I am SO looking forward to this trip and so thankful that I work in education and have mini vacations built into my work schedule!
I am NOT good at keeping secrets from my DH...but I have been holding onto this one for quite some time now. I have a HUGE surprise planned for him and it's killing me to keep it under wraps...don't worry, I'll post about it next week. So stay tuned!!
3. Our yard!!!
Our yard is starting to get back into shape and will hopefully be back to normal before the spring time is in full force. Our grass is coming back in and I have all kinds of plans for planting gorgeous blooms in the flowerbeds.
What three things are you most thankful for this Thursday?
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Pray for me...
David and I are traveling to see my parents in Houston on Friday. Please pray that our travels are safe.
I received another comment on my Gigantic Giveaway that upset me. I have been praying about whether or not I was going to post about it or at least say my side of the story. I have decided to just pray, pray, pray.
Pray for others...
Please pray for Baby Stellan and a full recovery.
Monday, March 23, 2009
I am normally a creature of habit...I HATE change!!! I always eat the same thing at restaurants, I follow my daily routine without fail, and hardly ever take risks. I think I was always worried about getting hurt...whether it was getting embarrassed or failing. But, I have really been trying to step out of my comfort zone and try new things. It's hard...but trying new things is always hard. But you never know what you are missing out on, until you try.
Friday, March 20, 2009
I really wanted to give something back to our church family and to God for all the blessings that we have received...and I KNEW I would be great with children---afterall, I have been in education for over 13 years now. I filled out the paperwork through the church to be able to work with the children and anxiously awaited my assignment and dates to start working with the children. Well, I was NOT at ALL prepared for the assignment I received...0-12 month BABIES! Yes, you read that correctly...I was in shock and disbelief that God would put me in a situation surrounded by the ONE thing I long for more than anything...to have a baby of my own.
After a LOT of prayer, I decided to take my assignment and just SEE how I would feel rocking babies. Two weeks ago I walked into the nursery and couldn't wait to get my hands on the two little cuties crawling around the play area. Both babies were 5-6 months and were just like little ants...EVERYWHERE! As the second service got closer to starting, more and more babies were brought into the nursery. We maxed out on 14 babies (remember, all the babies are 0-12 months) and 4 adults!!! I spent the enter hour and half, going from one baby to another...rocking this one to sleep, feeding another one, playing with blocks with this one, changing dirty diapers, etc. I literally walked out of the nursery and thought...this is what those parents with multiples must feel like (and I only cared for these babies for an hour and half). I seriously came home and took a two hour nap!!!
Last Sunday, I served again in the nursery and we had just as many babies and just as many adults...but this time, I knew what to expect and enjoyed EVERY SINGLE MINUTE of it! At one point, I was sitting Indian-style on the floor with one baby asleep in my lap, I was holding another baby in my arms, and rocking another baby with my foot in a rocker. One of the parents came in to pick up their baby and she said to me..."Wow Lianna...you are GOOD at this!" I can't tell you what an AWESOME compliment that was to me and how much it truly touched me.
This entire experience brings me to this verse...
"Commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans will succeed." ~ Proverbs 16:3
I am always asking myself, "Is what I am doing moving me towards God's plan for me?" or "Is this my purpose in life?" Well, I must admit...I was questioning the reasoning behind why He put me in a situation with 14 babies...and I think I know my answer now. I am committing myself to the Lord and He will help me succeed. I know that He is preparing me for the day when I will become a parent.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Thursdays are when I post about three things that I am MOST thankful for that week. Here they are:
1. My JOB!!
With the economy taking this downward turn, I am SO thankful to have a good, steady job. I appreciate more and more every single day the job security I have.
2. SPRING BREAK!!
I am SO looking forward to spring break next week. I will be spending the entire week in Houston with my family and friends. There will be GOOD times happening this week :)
3. My Greeting Cards Website!!
I kicked off my greeting cards website a few weeks ago...Greeting Cards for Our Garden...and I got my first custom order yesterday....invitations for a sweet little 2 years old birthday party. I have NO idea why I didn't think of creating invitations before, but I bought some cute stamps and will be adding that section to my site shortly.
What three things that are you most thankful for on this Thankful Thursday (Times Three)???
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Pray for me...
I received a couple of anonymous comments on my last two giveaways that have caused me a little grief. I ask that you pray for the Lord to lead me to the path that He has set before me...to not let comments like these upset me or persuade me to take a detour on the path of becoming a parent. I ask that He show me the road that He wants us to take and gives us the patience to wait for His direction.
"But those who wait on the Lord will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint." ~Isaiah 40:31
Pray for others...
Please pray for the person that is leaving these comments for me. If their intentions are to witness to me, please give them the words to do so with love and understanding.
A family friend recently discovered that his 18 year old daughter is pregnant. Please pray for him, his family, and his daughter as they move forward with this gift of life.
My sister-in-law was laid off a few weeks ago. Please pray that she is able to find a job that will enable her to provide for her family and my sweet nephew.
"Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty." ~Psalm 91.1
Monday, March 16, 2009
It is just about that time...SPRING!! The weather here in Florida has been absolutely beautiful. Yesterday the temperature was in the low 80's and I couldn't have asked for a nicer day. The DH and I are starting to work in our yard...it really looks pitiful right now because of the harsh winter we had this year. I know our winter was no where NEAR what some of you experienced, but to this Southern girl, it was pretty cold.
Our pool looks...how should I say this...like a swamp?!?!? But the DH is working on making it presentable and swim-ready. We had a few broken parts on our pool pump and on our pool cleaner, but he worked all day Sunday on getting everything back like it used to be. So, I expect our pool to be back to normal VERY soon.
What is the next step...buying plants. I absolutely LOVE pretty flowers and greenery. A lot of our blooms froze this year because I didn't cover them like I should have. But, what better excuse to go out and purchase some new blooms for the spring.
Although I am looking forward to spring-cleaning...I vow NOT to lose my mind this year, like Maxine!!!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Please check out my new website, Greeting Cards for Our Garden and let me know what you think.
I also had Faith create a button for my site too...
Monday, March 9, 2009
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Thursday, March 5, 2009
Here are my Thankful Thursday (Times Three) blessings....
1. Another healthy baby...
I have been overwhelmed with all the praises happening in the lives of mothers and babies over the past month. From Harper to Brayden to my little cousin's baby, Jordyn. All of these precious little ones are doing great. I'd like to add Gavin to this group of healthy babies too! Gavin was born a few days ago to one of my close friends, Laura. Go over to her blog and check out the new addition to the Frazier Family.
I must say that one of my best traits is that I am a Multi-tasking QUEEN!! Although I feel as if I could use another 10 hours added to each day, I can't imagine my life any other way. Whether it is attending a function a school, going to my weekly Bible Study Meeting, getting pumped up at my Mary Kay weekly meetings, making greeting cards, blogging, or visiting with some friends...my calendar is always packed and I LOVE it :)
3. My Etsy Store...
My Etsy Store is really doing well this week. I think because Easter is just around the corner and I have put up some really cute cards. I am hoping to squeeze in another card making session this weekend and add a few more. Please check it out and see if you like a few...you don't want to miss out on the Greeting Cards for our Garden FRENZY!!!
What three things are you MOST thankful for this Thursday???
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
I missed my Bible Study on Monday for a concert and I although we had a BLAST at the concert, I think I really need my Bible Study to help me get a jump-start on the week that lies ahead of me.
Overall, I think I just feel LOST.
"Show me the path where I should walk, O Lord; point out the right road for me to follow. Lead me by Your truth and teach me, for You are the God who saves, me all day long I put my hope in You."~ Psalm 25:4-5