Friday, May 19, 2017

Thankful Thursday


Hooray for the last week of school!!  It has been a great year in 7th grade with some important lessons along the way.

This week I am thankful for...
~ lunch date with my hubby!  We normally eat with him on Tuesday and the past couple of weeks we have not, so I was glad to be able to again this week.

~ our 7th grade boy doing so well and being recognized at the award ceremony.  He got awards for A/B Honor roll, medal and ribbon for UIL in the fall, top boy in 7th grade band and top boy in 7th grade science.  We went to his awards ceremony on Monday morning.

~ our little guy's determination and independence. Whew!  Some days it's hard because I know I could do it quicker or with less frustration, but he is so determined to do some things when he sets his mind to it and doesn't want help.  The other night he wanted to put his socks on before bed and he worked till he had them both on by himself as well as his pants. He did not want up to stand up to get them on and figured out how to get them on himself....I have prayed that God will grow those qualities into something big and positive as he grows up.

~ my Mom being available to watch the boys when I had a meeting.  They went to eat and to the park and all had such a fun time!

~  safety in the storms.  They were not too bad here but we had some hail and lots of rain it seemed.

~ our end of year traditions.  Titus helped me make the poster to hang on the garage before we go pick up Caleb from school.  It says "Welcome to Summer 8th grader."  (I know I'm going to be emotional at some point thinking of my boy being an 8th grader and going to turn 13 this summer.)  Titus was cute helping me with the poster and erasing like I did and then coloring across the letters.  Another tradition is for Caleb to get cupcakes and ice cream for his last day of school breakfast!

Have a day of blessings!
   Bethany

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wednesday Hodgepodge




1. May 17th is National Pack Rat Day. Sidebar-should we be celebrating this? Hmmm...
Are you a pack rat? Even if you're not a full fledged pack rat, most people have one thing or another they struggle to part with. Tell us what's yours.
Yes, I admit I am.  I want to get rid of more stuff at this point in life more than I did when I was younger.  But I still keep too much stuff.  


2. What are two things you know you should know how to do, but you don't?
The first thing that came to mind is change a tire.  I have watched it done and maybe, possibly could do it myself if I absolutely had to.

The other thing I thought of was how to crochet.  My Mom has crocheted all of my life and has tried to teach me, but I have never tried to do more than a chain.  My Meemaw crocheted too.

3. Do you crave sugar? Do you add sugar to your coffee and/or tea? Do you use artificial sweeteners or sugar substitutes? When dining out is dessert a given? Are you someone who has slain the sugar dragon, and if so tell us how you did it. I don't know if I crave it, but I do have a sweet tooth.  I don't drink coffee and do not add sugar to my tea.  I do not use artificial sweeteners or sugar substitutes.  We rarely ever get dessert when eating out.  I have often wondered if I could give up sugar as I've heard some people do. I did give up sodas so I probably could if I wanted to???

4. What's a trend it took a while for you to come round to, but now you can't imagine living without? I am really not sure on this one.  Maybe essential oils if that is a trend??  I love using them now and do frequently.

5. What's a song that reminds you of a specific incident in your life? Please elaborate. When I hear Steven Curtis Chapman's song "Take Another Step," it reminds me of our second miscarriage.  The verse "walk by faith, not by sight." (2 Corinthians 5:7) had been coming up over and over during this time, and this song was another message of that same Bible verse.  It was a great encouragement to me to just keep going and take one day at a time even though we didn't know what to do next.

6. Insert your own random thought here.
It's the last week of school for our oldest son.  Hooray!!  The past few years he hasn't gotten out till the beginning of June. Friday he gets out early for the summer!

Have a day of blessings!
 Bethany

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Thankful Thursday

We've had a busy week. We are getting ready for a garage sale on Saturday.  Last Saturday we started to our niece's birthday party; however, Titus threw up on the way when we stopped for lunch so we headed back home.  In the night he had thrown up for his first time ever but was fine Saturday morning so I thought he was good to go to the party.  After that he didn't get sick any more and was his normal self Sunday and Monday.  In the night about 11 Monday night till about 3 he was very restless and would not sleep and started running fever.  It was low, he didn't have other symptoms really, and he just wanted to sleep Tuesday.  Then by afternoon he was fine.  I thought it was the medicine helping him feel better, but he was fine all evening.  He started running fever again in the night, but then in the morning Wednesday he was fine and has been okay since.  So I don't know what was going on with him but he seems better.  Maybe allergies.

This week I am thankful for...
~ being married to my husband for almost 16 years.  We are less than a month away from our anniversary!

~ going to our boy's band concert. All of the bands performed, and it was great to hear them.

~ our little guy feeling better.  I felt so helpless when I didn't know what was bothering him.  He just wanted his Momma and that was fine with me.

~ finding so much stuff for our garage sale.  I hope it is pretty weather, and we have a lot of customers to buy our stuff!

~ "receipt day" at Chic fil a......We went and the line was out the door. A lady came behind us and asked what was going on or was it always so busy.  I told her about receipt day....whatever you buy on that day you save your receipt and bring your receipt to get the same items for free anytime in July.  The lady decided to stay and wait.  We talked a little and she told me we could have her receipt since she was just passing through. She said she hoped we liked what they ordered and that it would bless our family.  It was a fun little surprise to get an extra receipt!

~ a beautiful rain at our house last night.  It was very heavy for quite a while it seemed.  It has been a while since it rained here.

What is on your thankful list today?

Have a day of blessings!
    Bethany

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Here is my thankful list for this past week:

~ my husband feeling better.  We do not know what was wrong with him. He felt bad Monday after he'd been on the road for a meeting.  He went to bed when he got home and was in bed almost all day Tuesday.  His symptoms were very strange.  We thought he was possibly dehydrated but we don't know.  He tried to go to work Wednesday and felt bad so came home.  He is better now though

~ going to a lunch honoring our boy and other 7th/8th grade boys.  The school chooses one boy per grade each month to honor and he was chosen in May.  The Lions Club had a lunch to honor the boys this week.

~ potty training success with our little guy.  He is doing so well using the potty.  He still has accidents but is doing really great.  I have not tried him in underwear at night, but he does not wear diapers in the day anymore.  This morning he woke with a dry diaper too so that was exciting.  It is a lot of work,

~ eating peanut butter again.  This is a silly one, but I realized today I could eat a pb sandwich.  It sure tasted good too!  I had quit eating it or peanut products for a while when I was breastfeeding because it always seemed to affect Titus when I did.

~ finding fun things to print from Pinterest for free.  I love to go browse the ideas and also search for specific things.  I've found some cute things to use with Titus. We do "lessons" as I did with Caleb when he was little.  I told him he I didn't have Pinterest when he was little!

~ having the convenience of the Walmart grocery pick up.  I made my order and we went to pick it up after nap time today.  Super easy and saves me so much time I believe.


What are you thankful for this week? Thanks for stopping by.

Have a day of blessings!
    Bethany

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. Can you tell I'm embracing a Cinco de Mayo theme here this week? Do you like Mexican food? What's your favorite dish? How about on the side-black beans, pinto beans, refried beans, rice? What about heat-mild, medium, hot? Will you celebrate with Mexican food and drink on May 5th aka Cinco de Mayo? 
I love Mexican food!   Our son Caleb does not so we usually pick Mexican when we go on a date night.  Or if we go to a place like Rosas we stop to get him a sandwich somewhere else.
Chicken enchiladas are my favorite, but chicken fajitas are a close second.  I usually get refried beans and rice for my sides. I don't do hot so I stick with mild.  I don't have any plans to celebrate right now! 


2. Ever been to Mexico? For work or holiday? Love it or no? If you haven't been is this a place you'd like to visit? Can you speak Spanish? No I have not been to Mexico and don't have any plans to visit.  I took three years of Spanish in high school so know a few words but couldn't speak it well.

3. What's one thing you may accomplish this month? I will finish listening to the audio version of Stephen Curtis Chapman's new book called Between Heaven and the Real World. I have been a fan of his for many years and have thoroughly enjoyed this book.  I borrowed it through Hoopla through my library and listen at home while doing laundry, etc.  It is about 12 hours I believe, longer than most I listen to.  I am nearing the end of it. 

4. If you were mayor of your village, city, or town, what's one thing you'd like to see changed, done away with, revamped, or accomplished? Is serving in public office something you've ever seriously considered? I'd like to see more citizens get involved with the city government.  Right now it seems people don't care or have a clue what is happening and being approved. I served on the school board of a small private school and have thought I'd like to eventually run for school board.  Who knows if I ever will or if I'd be elected!  

5. What's something that may be popular, but that you just don't get? I don't get ladies wearing workout pants all the time and especially when the shirt doesn't cover their bottom.  I see it every time I am out, and I just don't get it.  

6. Can't let this week slip by without mentioning Thursday May 4th is Star Wars Day. As in 'May the 4th be with you' ahem. Are you a fan of the Star Wars series? Exactly how much of a fan are you? On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being 'I've seen every film, own the action figures, might have dressed as Darth Vader for Halloween one year', and 1 being, 'what's a Vader?' -where do you land? Definitely a 1! I've never seen anything Star Wars related.

7. Scroll back through your blog posts and in three sentences or less tell us the general theme of your fourth blog post. Does it still ring true today? Is it a topic you re-visit on your blog from time to time?  What a fun question! Here is a link to my fourth blog post. I wrote about enjoying "stay home days" and yes that is still very true for me.  I do not like to be gone from home every day of the week.  

8. Insert your own random thought here. 
Well I looked back and see that 3-25-15 was my last time to participate in the Wednesday Hodgepodge. Titus was born 4-12-15.  I have not blogged much since then except for Thankful Thursday and book reviews.  I don't know when I will participate again but am glad I could this week!  Thanks for stopping by!

 Have a day of blessings!   Bethany

Monday, May 1, 2017

Monday Music!

I found the name of the song I mentioned in Thankful Thursday. I wanted to share it today.

Happy May! 💐🌼

Lately I have not listened to the radio because I usually listen to my audio books from the library. Last week when I was in my Mom's car I heard this song and had to email the radio station to ask the title. It's called "Count Them All." I hope it encourages all of you, whatever you are facing this week. I know some of you are going through some really difficult challenges. Whatever kind of week you are facing, know that God loves you. Take a minute to think about your blessings and to "Count Them All" today.



Have a day of blessings!
  Bethany

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Thankful Thursday

This week I am thankful for..

~ a date night with my hubby!  The boys stayed at my Mom's house, and we enjoyed eating at one of our favorite Mexican restaurants, browsed at a couple stores, and got some fro yo too.

~ although I can't believe it, my big boy bringing home the information for his courses next year when he will be an 8th grader!  I am thankful for him wanting to be in the Pre AP classes they offer and also his thought and consideration for his extra elective.  He applied for office aide and yearbook staff so we will have to wait and see if he gets either.

~ excitement of my little guy when I got home Wednesday after my class.  I loved that he was so excited to see me!

~ our nieces....we have two and one has a birthday today. She is 4.  I remember when we found out it was the day she was going to be born and all the many emotions I had because I had just had a miscarriage on the 19th.  I wanted to go see them, but I wasn't sure what I would do when I held her I was afraid I'd burst out crying or something.  But God provided a beautiful moment.  The other family had left so it was just us visiting.  I felt so peaceful holding little Emily for the first time and always felt that holding that little newborn blessing when she was hours old was the first step in my heart's healing after my miscarriage.

~ going to a continuing education class this week. I"m thankful for more hours towards my 150 hour requirement.  And I learned some new things too.  Titus had a fun day with Gramma.

~ hearing a new song on the radio. I have looked online to find it, but I could not because I don't know the title. It is about counting your blessings.  I emailed the radio station to see if they could help me.  I don't often listen to the radio because I usually listen to my audio books so I'm not sure if it is a new song or not.  I'll have to share it here if they write me back!

Have a day of blessings!
   Bethany