Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Project Life Tuesday: Week 11

Buddy playing at Pop-Pop & Granny's house.
I love how he's digging his toes in the carpet.
Birdy & Buddy waiting for their babysitter
Buddy loves to play in the kitchen
And they both love playing under the table
Look at those teeth!
My Little Birdy

Monday, March 22, 2010

Happiness Project


Happiness is...

Clean Water.
In honor of U.S. World Water Day, drink a glass of water and consider how you can donate to an organization that helps supply clean water to communities that don't have it. The link above lists several you can give to. My favorite is World Vision.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Thursday Thoughts: Yummy Recipe

This past Tuesday, I made Orange Chicken Rice Bowl for dinner. It was so easy and so yummy, I just had to share. It's from Kraft Foods and requires only 6 ingredients. And if you make microwavable rice, you can do the chicken and veggies in 1 pan. I love easy cleanup!

Photo Courtesy of Kraftrecipes.com

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Wordless Wednesday...with a few words

Birdy & her friend from "school"
While at the Mother's Breakfast at Rainbow Express, I found out Birdy and her friend play together a lot and hold hands in line! What?! Oh well, he's a cutie. We tried to get a picture of them together. The best we got is posted here. Then, he hugged her. She acted shy in front of mommy, of course.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Project Life Tuesday: Week 10

Buddy & Birdy together

He loves when his sister plays with him.

My little Birdy

Kissies for her little brother

Buddy playing in his playpen

making faces

At Birdy's "Mommy Breakfast" at Rainbow Express

Birdy & her friend

Monday, March 15, 2010

Happiness Project


Happiness is...
Flowers in my front yard!! I'm ready for spring!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

What I Want to Be When I Grow Up

Thursday Thoughts on Saturday: I meant to write this on Thursday, but I never had a chance. So, here goes.

When I was a kid, like most kids, I changed my mind plenty of times about what I wanted to be when I grow up. I first wanted to be a preacher (my dad is a pastor, what can I say?). I would record myself on a tape recorder and that was my radio program. I would preach to my stuffed animals on the front porch. As I got older, I had some great teachers and decided I wanted to be a teacher. Later, I wanted to be a doctor because they make a lot of money. In middle school, we did this cool project where we partnerd with someone in class and figured out what our kid would look like based on our genes. My teacher put me with the cutest guy I knew, my crush! I decided I wanted to be a geneticist, ha. Then, I wanted to be a lawyer because they make good money and my dad said I would make a good one since I always argued with him. In high school, I thought maybe I would study film and be a director. My mind was set on that until I had a trip to the ER to get stitches. I went back to wanting to be a doctor. My senior year, I took Anatomy as my science class. I got to disect a sheep's heart and loved it so much, I decided I wanted to be a pediatric cardiologist. I was accepted to Oral Roberts University and declared my major as Pre-Med: Biomedical Chemistry. I don't know what the heck I was thinking. Science had always been one of my toughest classes to do well in because I didn't enjoy it (other than Anatomy and parts of biology). I stuck it through for 3 semesters. I then realized there was no way I could make it through all 4 years and med school with such a disdain for science classes. I wasn't passionate about science. So what did I change my major to? Science Education. I know, right? Rediculous, but I didn't want to waste all my science credits that I worked so hard for, and I knew I would enjoy teaching. As much as I enjoyed my practicum at Jenks High School, I still hated science. I decided I'd just have to leave all those science classes as extra credits I didn't need. I changed my major to Business Management. I loved it! I had finally found something I could be passionate about doing. After graduating, I still couldn't kick that teacher bug. I enrolled in a Masters & Certification program to earn a masters degree in secondary education and earn my certification to teach business classes. Two years later, I had a plan. Graduate, get married, lead a team on a mission trip to England, move with my husband to New Mexico, get a temporary job and work towards New Mexico certification. Well of course, God wanted me to follow His plan, so He changed it all up. While on our mission trip to England, God closed some doors and opened others. When we came home, we had to look for an apartment. We weren't moving after all. A couple months later, I started working at my church. I took a job that would allow me to use my business skills and as a youth leader also use what I had learned about teaching students. I still work at Solid Rock. I love my job.
But two years ago, when my daughter was born, all my dreams and goals changed. Although my career and ministry is still important to me, all I want to be when I grow up is a good mom. Recently, I heard someone say, "You'll know what kind of a job you've done as a parent when you see what kind of parent your child becomes." That really made me think. I have a lot of habits and behaviors that I learned from my mom, not because she told me to but because she was a major part of my environment. How I treat my husband, how I handle stress, how I worship and pray, how I speak to people...all those behaviors are influencing my children. So when she becomes a mom, will she yell at her kids or discipline them with love and respect? My husband and I have to decide that now, even though she's only 2 and is decades away from being a mom. When my son is a dad, will he spend time with his kids and speak encouraging words to them? Another decision we have to make now, even though he's only 10 months. When I'm a grandma, I want my kids to tell me "thanks for showing me how to be a good parent." I don't think any career goal can top that. And that's finally what I want to be when I grow up.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Project Life Tuesday: Week 9

Birdy & Buddy playing together

Birdy doing pushups with Daddy

Birdy & her sticker book
Of course, she uses the furniture instead of the book!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Project Life Tuesday: Week 8

Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens
Birdy and her baby
Waiting for Daddy
Birdy & Buddy

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