R.I.P.

You’re probably rolling your eyes thinking, “Not another blog about MJ…or Farrah…or Ed…or even the OxiClean guy!”

Don’t worry. This is about something MUCH more important.

Yesterday I had to bid farewell to my most favorite necklace of all time.

She’s a beauty, isn’t she?

This necklace was fabulous for many reasons. Most being that it went with EVERYTHING. Perhaps I over-wore it. But how could you not when you owned such a fine piece of colorful flare??

I packed it in our bags this weekend, carelessly throwing it in the side pocket. I somehow forgot the importance of a jewelry roll, bathroom bag, or heck even a ziplock bag. Needless to say, while unpacking last night, I pulled out a bead (the pretty turquoise one on bottom) without a necklace attached. It was at this point I comtemplated falling on the floor and crying…while kicking my legs screaming, “LIFE ISN’T FAIR!”

You’ll be glad to know I didn’t do that. Instead calmly gathered the remains and put them in a plastic bag.

My most coveted Francesca’s necklace. Broken. And out of stock.

Can life get any worse than this?!

Maggie & Tucker the Cow Dogs

Meet Pearl & Penny:

Well, it’s kinda hard to see them, but yes they are the Anderle’s pet calves. I’m not sure my in-laws consider them pets (ok, I know they don’t) but they have names, therefore we’ll have them be dear family pets for now. Because named calves will never go to the slaughter right?

Right??

Maggie & Tucker spent a good portion of the weekend barking at the two of them. Not so much as a moo back from either cow. Did you also know cows don’t like to be pet? I managed to learn this the hard way.

Anyway. We went to celebrate at our cousin Ali’s high school graduation party this weekend and safely made it without melting. It was close though. The 185 degree temps sorta suck the energy out of you. This is about the part of summer where I start saying, “Yes, winter IS my favorite season of the year!”

At least it’s a fantastic excuse to stay inside and eat ice cream.

As you can see, the dogs were WORN out after all the cow herding. I thought this picture was precious. They slept like this on the way home. And you KNOW Maggie was tired because she would’ve never let Tucker do this otherwise. Isn’t it sweet? They love each other!

So glad this is a short week!! I plan on relaxing…finding decorations for Jake’s room…and maybe catching up on some movies. Sounds good to me.

Faithfulness

Let’s just say that recent events on TLC have had me ITCHING to write a vent-ful, frustration-filled blog post lately. And everyday this somehow slips my mind. I finally decided that maybe God didn’t like my initial approach and the words I wanted to say. And I’ll admit, they weren’t nice. They weren’t gentle, they weren’t kind, and they sure weren’t Christ-like.

So instead, I choose to petition prayer over the Gosselin family. Do I agree with the decisions they’ve made? Absolutely not. Does my heart ache for Jon, Kate, and all 8 of those impressionable children? Most definitely.

I read that on The View earlier this week, Barbara Walters made a comment about how “if you have more than 5 children, you shouldn’t be allowed to get a divorce.”

I disagree.

If you have any number of children you shouldn’t be allowed to get a divorce (barring extreme circumstances). And actually…children or not…once you and your husband have made that committment to God…you should honor it. No matter what it takes. Nobody said marriages weren’t work.

I watched in tears on Monday night as they announced the future plans for their family. I hoped and prayed they were making a wise decision and merely cancelling the show. This was shortly before my husband made me turn off the TV and pointed out that I was just fueling the media and their decision by supporting the TV show.

Touche.

But I’ve realized it’s not in my job description to judge. It’s not my responsibility to lecture, to condemn, to really tell all of you how I feel about this subject. But it IS my responsibility to pray. To lift them up. To get down on my knees and ask for the Lord’s intervention. In this situation and many others.

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.

Romans 8:26

I don’t really know how to pull this together but this situation and the intense scrutiny they’ve been given by the media got me thinking about how there is SO much more in life than celebrities, TV, money, our “wants”, etc. God doesn’t want us to put our focus and trust in such worldly things and how we can get so caught up in that stuff is beyond me. We spend too much time worrying, overanalyzing, not trusting God’s plan, and trying to do things our own way.

When it’s really so simple!

Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty…”

John 6:35

Jesus takes care of our every need and simply calls us to follow him with a childlike faith and wonder. Put our trust and hope in Him…He’ll take care of the rest. Will it turn out the way we WANT it to? Maybe not. But how awesome is it that we are loved…that we are protected…and that we are saved???

Ok, enough of me. I’ll let God say the rest. I love this song by Jars of Clay. And the video is so powerful. Again, maybe none of this really comes together in a coherent way but it’s all been on my heart and I think I was supposed to share. So enjoy :)

Just Trying to Provide for my Firstborn

Everyday I enter Graco’s “The Heart Knows” Sweepstakes. My chance to win a welcome home party package for baby Jake valued at $25,000!!!

I desperately need to win this contest, for obvious reasons.

I have over 50 entries (you can only enter once a day) and so far…nuthin’.

I’m still holding out though. Mostly because this includes a professional photographer/videographer to commemorate the event…$5,000 to start the baby’s college fund…hotel accomodations for our visitors…cash…baby gear…and more!

So imagine my heartbreak when I really read the rules. The sweepstakes is running from April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2010.

WHAT?!

I mean, I guess we could always have a delayed welcome home celebration for Jake. But he’ll already be at least 6 months old before they get all the details ironed out…and Lord knows it will take the camera crews about 8 years to find our neighborhood since the cable company has a hard enough time with the directions.

I just don’t know if we can give our son the life he deserves without being able to offer him a party package from Graco!

Obviously you see my dilemma…and obviously you are sitting at your keyboard mourning with me right now.

And it’s not like the 100 degree temps are going to put me in a better mood about this.

Sorry Jake. I tried.

Freak Out

Clearly I am freaking out.

I have been contemplating changing the look of my blog for WEEKS and now my stupid computer won’t let me access scrapblog.com to make a new header.

Seriously?? I can’t leave my blog in this under construction phase for long! My fans will NOT be happy.

So pardon the dust. I am working on it :)

Happy Father’s Day!

Have I completely gone overboard on posting the last couple of days? So sorry. I’m on a roll.

I hate that I don’t have any good pictures to post of dads from this past weekend but I don’t want Father’s Day to go unmentioned. Because all the dads out there deserve some recognition!!

Seth celebrated his first Father’s Day (although he will argue against that) with a brand new TaylorMade Burner Driver. If you don’t know what that is, don’t worry, I didn’t either until several months ago. He’s had his eye on this golf club for FOREVER but refused it as a birthday/Christmas gift. I finally decided to bite the bullet and take care of this myself. Except when I gave it to him, he thought it was just the swivel sweeper because of the way I was standing with my arms on top of it.

Really?

Anyway. It was the LEAST Jake, Maggie, Tucker & I could do to show our appreciation for how he takes care of our family! I am so fortunate to have such a Godly man to go through life and raise a family with. The dogs are so blessed he scoops their poop once a week. And Jake…well…he’ll be that little guy’s hero NO DOUBT! And his baseball coach. And any other kind of sports coach. And his ESPN watching buddy.

Maybe Jake might need a break.

Kidding!

So thank you Seth and I hope you enjoyed your first Father’s Day!

Also, happy Father’s Day to both of OUR dads! We love and appreciate you!

6 Months…

Seth’s cousin informed me I only had “3 months to go!”. Sadly, I had to inform him there were in fact, 4.

Pregnancy is so deceiving.

Today I had the pleasure of being tested for gestational diabetes. I had some bloodwork done and had to drink 10 oz of the most disgusting liquid I’ve ever tasted. It was like flat orange soda with an extra cup of sugar. I was thinking…if I’m not diabetic before I had that, I surely am afterward!

Kidding, but really, no fun.

It’s crazy that the next time I go back, I have to start going every 2 weeks already. Time is flying!

My weight gain saw double digits today which was just thrilling. Seth better start packing on some pounds or else we’re all in trouble!! :)

Other than that, everything is normal and I’m surviving the heat. July could quite possibly bring some heatstroke. We sat outside for a few hours yesterday and that was enough to make me light-headed and thinking I was on the way to passing out. Luckily some homemade ice cream cured that up real quick.

I haven’t taken a picture yet, although you can see the headless belly shot from the wedding. I think something big is about to happen because my skin is stretching and itches like crazy!

Ok, enough of me. For those of you interested…

As for your baby, he’s about eight and a half inches long from head to rump and one and a half pounds, gaining steadily at a rate of six ounces per week. Much of that weight comes from accumulating baby fat, as well as from growing organs, bones, and muscle. By now, that fabulous face is almost fully formed, complete with eyelashes, eyebrows, and hair.

Cuh-razy!

Oh, and before I forget…thank you SO MUCH to Hunter and Oprah for keeping the pups entertained while we were gone this weekend. Tucker missed Maggie so much, evidenced by the laying, rolling, and jumping on top of her that occurred last night.

Tucker, I’m sorry to say, but I don’t think Maggie missed you much.

My Little Sister’s Wedding

Hm. Except she’s not so little anymore. Why does this growing up thing happen so darn fast?!

You will possibly get picture overload reading this post. And these just barely skim the surface. But I think this event needs to be documented pretty thoroughly.

Setting up the reception area on Friday night. It took all 3 of us (me, Papa, & Dad) to get the cake table ready. Mostly because Papa wouldn’t stop eating the candy.

Thank you Ashley for making our hair look soo good!
The bride getting ready for her big day. She was strangely calm. Unlike this older sister she has.

A view from the balcony of where the ceremony was held. It was gorgeous! We were at the Hotel Alsace in Castroville, TX.

Don’t worry, these people weren’t still swimming during the ceremony. My mother might have shot them.

Yummy wedding cake

Cake and candy table. There was definitely lots of orange at this wedding!

James, Arinn, April, & Aunt Sandy
Cynthia and Little Caleb (not so little anymore!)
Dana insisted of taking lots of pics of my belly throughout the night. My head apparently was not important. We were all glad the wedding was this past weekend because that dress was a tad snug…
Dad introducing Mr. & Mrs. Thomas
Kyle & Emily ready to eat!
Have you ever had pizza at a wedding reception? Me neither! Emily has had an ongoing love affair with pizza for as long as I can remember. It is not uncommon for her to take down an entire Little Caesar’s cheese pizza solo. How she stays so tiny we’ll never know. But dinner was actually VERY good and I started wondering why we don’t have pizza at receptions more often!
Michael & Rachel (even littler sister)
Me & the bride

Have so much fun in Jamaica! The wedding was beautiful and Kyle, we’re so glad to have you join our family!

Stuffed Shells

This is a combination of both Erika and Carla’s recipes…and I forgot how much I loved these until dinner last night! And despite what you might think, this is SUPER easy to make. Mostly ingredients you’d have on hand anyway.

Cheesy Stuffed Spinach Shells

2 cups mozzerella cheese
1 (160z) carton cottage cheese
1/4 cup parmesean cheese
1 (10 oz) package frozen chopped spinach
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 1/2 tsp oregano
1 jar spaghetti sauce
1 box jumbo shells
1 cup water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Spray a 9 x 13 dish with Pam and cover bottom with half of spaghetti sauce.

Mix 1 1/2 cups mozzerella cheese, cottage cheese, parm cheese, spinach, s&p, oregano in medium-sized bowl.

Stuff mixture in shells (uncooked) and arrange flat in dish. You can probably fit 18-25 shells depending on size.

Cover with remaining sauce and 1 cup water. Sprinkle remaining mozzerella cheese (I always add more) on top.

Cover dish tightly with foil and bake for 1 hour.

Perfecto!