Thursday, September 30, 2010
***Stephen has started cooking supper for the AWANA workers on Wednesday nights. Can I tell you how excited that makes me! I don't have to cook on Wednesday nights!
***Anna was singing, Stephen asked if she was trying to "match pitch", she answered "you never let me pitch. I always had to play in the outfield and it's itchy in the outfield"
*** I love ribbons. Anna has started wearing ribbons around her ponytails and I just can't get enough of the cuteness.
***We saw the Duggar's at a Razorback game a few weeks ago. Not all of them but a few of them. Too fun!!
*** This week was my mother's birthday. I missed not being with her on that day. Makes me sad that I don't live closer.
***We love that you read this blog. We love writing it!
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
What a Summer. I felt every emotion this Summer. I am still a bit raw, but a happy kind of raw. "Raw" is my new word. Not sure why. Maybe because I have felt it so much lately. I need to get a new word, I know.
I know many of you have wondered what has been going on with me, but I have not felt it was the right time to share until now. Silence and patience really are a beautiful thing. I am still working on both...a lifelong process, I tell ya!
In mid-June I left my job with no plan. No plan. I am Type A....I had no plan. Hello! I did not even go into work that day thinking it was the day I would leave. God will smack his children across the head to get His point across if you ignore Him for too long. That is what happened on that hot, sticky, overcast day in June. I am so glad God loves me like he does...but it hurt!
I wish I had some big, grand story to tell you about what happened but I still don't know what happened. it sounds crazy, I know. I stood up for what was right and somehow got blamed for something that had to do with it...still not sure what it was, and deep down in my true being, I don't care. There were some days this Summer I wish I had known so I could take the lower road and defend myself, but really that is just what they wanted me to do and I am a high road kind of gal!
I refuse to walk down that path of wonder anymore though. I wasted many weeks walking it and never got to the end. Needless to say, I had the foresight to see what was happening and I resigned. My resignation was received with great anger and I was asked to leave on the spot. I have not heard from anyone in my office since the morning all this happened. I learned a lot about putting value, trust and faith in people just because you are around them all the time. They clearly were not my friends. I was sad for about a day about that....then I got over it! Yet, I have learned to guard my heart from now on and not share my life with people just because it is convenient. A big lesson for a transparent, honest, friendly gal like myself!
God will smack you on the head and then he will rejoice over you with singing...I love that about Him. These past few weeks I have been dancing in my soul. I am out of the "funk" and ready to walk this new road...where ever it leads. I have been gifted with some great new friendships that are based on ME and not my job and the free tickets, perks, etc. I had access to. They want to be Abby Jo's friend because she is Abby Jo. I love it! I feel like me again and I am so thankful for what God has done. I pity the old me. I pity that job. I pity the things I neglected because of it. I have learned so much...so, so much. It was ugly for a bit, but beauty comes from ashes. I am so glad He loves me enough to take me down this windy road.
So, now you have it in a nutshell. And like Forrest Gump says..."That is all I have to say about that!"
We sang this at BSF this morning and I think I smiled the whole way through it. One of my favorite hymns!
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Thank you so much Kelley for this award! We are honored.
1. Answer this question: If you had the chance to go back and change one thing in your life, would you and what would it be?
I would have waited to date until I was 16. The rule at my house was that I didn't date until I was 16 and somehow I convinced my mom that going out on an impromptu date just 2 1/2 months after my 15th birthday was a good idea. My heart was broken when I was 15 because I chose to give it to someone that didn't take care of it. If I could go back, I would have said "NO" when asked out that Halloween night.
I would not have let my career define me as a young adult and gotten caught up in perfecting the juggling act. I am so glad to have the chance to redefine myself for who I really am as a child of God, a daughter, a wife, a mother, a sister and a friend who has strengths that have nothing to do with a job, as I embark on a new career path. It makes me sad to think about how astray I had gotten from my true self. I hope I can be an example for others who struggle juggling it all and think that having a title and all the bells and whistles equals happiness.
2. The second thing you have to do is, pick 4 people and give them this award.You then have to inform the person that they have gotten this award.
3. The third and final thing is, thank the person who gave you the award.
Thank you , Kelley, for being such a faithful blog friend. We want to share a Whattaburger with you sometime soon!
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Henry waiting on his haircut
I loved his facial expression
One last side view of my shaggy baby
Henry getting the first of many haircuts
I was holding him
His Daddy was entertaining him
His Daddy holding him after the haircut
Thursday, September 23, 2010
10 baking apples - peeled and cut up
1.5 C brown sugar
1/2 C apple juice
1t. ground allspice
1t. ground nutmeg
1t. ground cloves
Mix all together and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until apples are very tender. Mash apples with a potato masher. Cook uncovered for 1 to 2 hours, sirring occasionally, until mixture is very thick. Cover and store for up to 3 weeks.
My children love to write letters to the President. It began as a writing assignment a couple of years ago, and when they got a response back from the White House. Well, it was just too much!
They have received a picture of President and Mrs. Bush, and a picture of one of their dogs. We were also on their Christmas card list one year.
They have written to President Obama, but only one of them received a letter back and it was a form letter, very unlike what the Bush's sent. I know what the Bush's sent was a form letter, but the letter had a target audience of someone my boys ages. The Obama's letter had a target audience of me. It didn't help my feelings toward him to much.
David sent a letter to President Bush in the summer. It wasn't part of a school assignment, he just wanted to write a letter to him. He told him about playing baseball, about his parents, and his siblings. It was a good letter so I sent it. (I take the liberty to not send all letters that are written. Some of them aren't postage stamp worthy!)
So, yesterday David went to get the mail (which he hardly ever does), and he came in the house beaming! Beaming! The envelope was addressed to Master David Beavers and had an embossed return address on it. Really cool. And the picture has his name on it. It is really cool.
So, do you send letters to the President? What have you gotten in return?
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Next week I will have to take Henry with me for my early morning runs so I am glad to not have to try to make the ole Evenflo keep up with me, thanks to the new stroller. I threatened to take my Evenflo with me and my running buddy and my sweet husband assured me that was not a good idea. So, thanks to LaShay buying a new double jog stroller for boys, Henry has a running ride!
My Mama was part of BSF for years when I was growing up. She loved it and always knew so much about the Bible. After talking with some of my friends, I decided to go today and join. I was amazed to find so many women in my town that I had never seen before. God is so good in showing me new faces and new experiences lately. Anyway, I am not sure if there is a discussion group open for my age group or not. I am praying I get a call or email saying they have a spot for me. I think it is a good problem that they are at capacity...lots of women wanting to study God's word, but I will be sad if I can't be part of it. So, we shall wait, pray and see!
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
I grew up going to the fair and loved it. But this county fair just doesn't excite me or entice me to spend great wads of money for hastily put together rides that last a very short amount of time.
My kids understand, and don't even complain. I mean, they went to Disneyworld for goodness sake!
Even though we don't go to the fair, we do enter projects in the fair in hopes of ribbons and money!
This year was no exception. I had big plans for the kids to make brownies, cookies and a cake but my oven broke. (The heating element caught fire! It was out of use for a week!) So, the kids entries this year were slim, but worth a trip.
We picked up our projects from the fair today and here is what happened!
David entered two lego models. One a plane, the other a helicopter. He got 1st place-a blue ribbon- for both of them!! He also entered a pillow he made at church and got 1st place on it. He got 2nd place on a wood burned item. He was awarded a check for $13.75! Not bad for turning in some things he did when he was just having fun.
Daniel only entered one item. His entry was a wood-burned item and he got 1st place place!
Samuel entered a pillow and a wood-burned item. The pillow won 1st place and the wood-burned item won 2nd place.
Anna only entered one item. She entered a flower arrangement she made at Sunday School. She got 2nd place. She was a little disappointed but when she cashed her check her excitement rose!
We are going to celebrate our blue ribbon day with a picnic! Sounds like fun, don't you think??
Monday, September 20, 2010
My dining room is one of my favorite rooms.
We never go in there much though. I love the natural light and the homeyness of it. I think we may have to start eating in there instead of at the kitchen bar. I love sitting at a table with family. My Mama made this wreath for me. I love putting wreaths on mirrors. It may be odd, I don't know and really don't care... just to be honest! I like it.
Our living room fireplace is one of my favorite places to decorate. Strangely enough, I like to keep it simple though. Which is odd for me. These scarecrows are it. I left the mantle alone this time. Henry does not go in here much so they should be safe. Now, I say that and I will end up picking up straw pieces off the floor later today after he tackles them both. Ha!
Here are my real live scarecrows who make our house a home, no matter the season! I have no idea why they were looking out the front window or why I took this picture, but I like it and I decided to post it. High on Daddy's shoulders is where Henry likes to be these days.
And on a side note...
Friday, September 17, 2010
Because it is birthday week I have been having 2 a day...it keeps the wrinkles away!
I made my own birthday cake balls. Really...there is something wrong with making your own cake...just sayin! I do have a "good scald" on these ever popular cake balls though. I must admit.
Mexican food has been served up more than once this week...3 times to be exact. I do love it. Randall and I had Taco Bell in the truck on the way to LR (does this even count as food? I rarely eat it and there is good reason), we had lunch at a yummy little Mexican place on my birthday and I made tacos this week also. I have been south of the border a lot this week.
I heart sushi...minus the raw stuff. The Kentucky roll and crunchy crab roll are my new faves. I was blessed to have an early birthday lunch with one of my best J'Town gals and sushi was my pick. I looked forward to it for days. When I told her how much I had been looking forward to it, she begged me to get out more often! I love her...and sushi.
And it is not Food Friday without this little guy! Here is my little foodie watching his favorite video from his highchair while I cooked up dinner. He is my favorite kitchen helper!
Happy Food Friday!
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Having twins has been the most fun thing I've experienced. It has also left me dumbfounded at times.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Watch out world...
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
I have been a few times recently and have come back empty handed. Sad, really.
Well, we did buy a bed for Samuel there, but I don't count that. It was a bargain, but it was way more money than I normally spend at a consignment store.
I had some time to waste before I had to be somewhere so we stopped in at A&E's to shop around. And I'm so glad I did!
I got a beautiful plaid Bonnie Jean Christmas dress for Anna, a Tiara Christmas sweater for Anna (that is so very cute. It has reindeer on the front and back. Oh my goodness, cute!), and two pair of leggings and one pair of purple velour pants (because who doesn't need a pair of those for winter!) for her. And a Blue Angels t-shirt for D&D to share.
Are you ready for my total? $9.53! 6 items=$9.53!
I hit the jackpot that day! I was so excited.
I bet you're excited for me, aren't you?!
Come on down and I'll take you shopping! It's great fun!
Monday, September 13, 2010
A couple of years ago I posted the following. I have added two other additions to the list to bring it to 32. Which is the number of the day (if you are a Sesame Street fan!)
Today, Saturday, is Abby's 30th birthday.
Like most of us, she is probably thinking that she hasn't become the person she thought she would be by the age of 30. So, I took it upon myself to make a list of her accomplishments as a little birthday present to her. If you think of others please leave them in the comments for us to see!
Asked Jesus Christ to be the Lord and Savior of her life
met and fell in love with the perfect man for her
married that man (hi Randall!)
planned, designed, and delegated her wedding from 5 hours away
has lived in 6 cities since graduating from high school
attended three colleges
is a member of a sorority
graduated from UCA
paid off her college loans WAY early
sang solos in church
has completed a marathon
has completed two 5K's
has more friends than can be counted
is a loving, generous sister
is a kind, giving, and loving aunt
has raised many thousands of dollars for Leukemia research
currently holds a job with the responsibility of getting the name of outstanding healthcare out to her community
has been successfully married for 51/2 years
can make a beautifully decorated cake
has great style and fashion sense
never forgets anyones birthday or anniversary
can decorate a Christmas tree more beautifully than Mrs. Claus
is a loyal and devoted sister and friend, daughter and wife
is a daughter-in-law to two mothers-in-law (now that is a fete!)
doesn't take no for an answer
serves on a committee for the United Way
serves on committees for the Chamber of Commerce
has a passport and has used it!
has bought a home, sold it, and bought another one
has impeccable character and integrity
#31 has an adorable son named Henry!
#32 is the hostess with the mostest!
I love you Abby Jo. I know a few things on that list have changed in the last two years, but it doesn't mean you weren't a part of them, and they a part of you.
Hope its been a great day!
Friday, September 10, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Rocking and rolling across the floor.
Henry looks so stylish in his Mandy Ann outfit
Today she is married to a wonderful guy, a mother of two and makes clothing for children. She made these sweet things for my Henry and sent them to me this week. I am thrilled that Henry will be wearing these handmade things from her. I am so impressed with her skill and creativity.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Stephen is 39 today! I'm so excited about that, because for exactly one month it would seem that I am two years older than him. He loves that month.
I am so fortunate to be married to this man. He is a Godly man that desires to see people come to know the love of the Lord and serve Him. He is an excellent father. But to me, he is a loving, caring husband, loyal friend and companion.
I love him with all my heart! Happy Birthday! (Not that he even reads this blog!)
On another note. We took Daniel to see another doctor about his arm yesterday and he agreed with our original doctor. That his arm will straighten out over time. YAY!! We were relieved and so grateful to God for answering our prayers.
But don't get me wrong. We would have been grateful to God no matter what the outcome would have been yesterday. God is good all the time! All the time God is good! Not just when our circumstances are going the direction we want them to, but ALL the time!
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010
1/3 C sugar
Combine and stir until smooth and creamy. Right before serving, gradually mix it with 1/2 head of chopped cabbage (I use packaged coleslaw mix).
This recipe is in our family cookbook that our cousin Sarah, Julie and I made in 2004. We combined recipes from all our friends and families. It is a book full of our birth and married families, and our family friends and personal friends. It is an incredible cookbook that meshes all of us into one group...I just love it.
This recipe is from our longtime family friend, Gay. We all love her and I know she is reading this so, "Hey, Ouisie!" This was her sweet little mother-in-law's recipe. It is the best coleslaw recipe, ever!
Food Friday is not complete without a peek at my favorite foodie, Henry. He is sporting his sweet little shirt his Daddy bought him for Valentine's Day in honor of me. The only size they had was 9 months...so here we are in September! The bandit thing is a little inside joke among us and this shirt was most fitting for our Henry. Julie actually found it and called Randall and told him to go get it! Randall went to 2 or 3 stores in different towns before he scored the shirt. So fun!
Happy Food Friday!