You Are What You Eat!

Yep.  It’s been one of those weeks.

Darling Curly flushed something down the toilet.  Not just the regular, expected flushables.   No.  She called it a “round stirrer” and we have no idea what it was.  Needless to say, the flushing mechanism failed, and we now have a new toilet. I won’t go into details about the difficulty it took to get the new one installed, or the many foibles and accidents along the way, but it was an adventure to say the least.

I was granted an extension for my algebra midterm, and an opportunity to retake a quiz I flunked last week.  THANK YOU LORD.  I retook the quiz – flunked again – BUT I reviewed my answers and realized my errors were not based on a lack of understanding the concepts, but rather a problem with basic addition, subtraction, or multiplication error.  ACK!  I’m looking at the silver lining and seeing it as an opportunity to ace the quiz when I take it again.  I “get” the concepts, just have to slow down and work in silence.  Maybe if I get up at 3 a.m. I’ll do great!

I got a card this week from my friend Dawn.  She makes me smile and the card made me laugh out loud.  Here’s what my card says:

Don’t Forget: You Are What You Eat.

I Need to Eat a Skinny Person.

Think it would work???

Happy Coffee Girls Day! (Is it really Friday again?)

it’s time for Company Coffee Girls – Yippee!!!  Thanks to all of you for your prayers and encouragement through this past week.  It does seem to me that Christians everywhere are struggling with something heavy – and we can certainly lift one another up…

I’ve still felt physically discombobulated this week, though.  Sort of “out of body” as Roy would say.  The days came and went and I kinda felt like I missed a whole week somehow.  Some things were accomplished, but shaking off this “blah” has been a little tough.

The weather changed – although it’s warm in the day, the mornings and evenings are cooler, and with that comes the sore throats, sniffles, and little sick ones.  Curly was down for a couple days with sore throat, fever, and coughing.  Probably asthma – so we’ve been doing breathing treatments.  She missed soccer practice due to weather and is supposed to have her first game tomorrow.  Hopefully she wakes up feeling better, but if not – we’ll keep her home from school and let her rest up.  Georgie has had a low fever, but that hasn’t slowed her down any.  Most people who see her in action either refer to her as “a little peanut” (which is what I called her while I was pregnant) or “a little monkey” (and that’s where her nickname comes from – Curious George)…

Started in my new women’s Bible study this week – Lies Women Believe – by Nancy Leigh Demoss – GOOD STUFF.  Challenging stuff.  Truthful stuff.  Have read the first chapter, but am going to reread it to prepare for the next class…

And the first edition of our women’s ministry newsletter will be mailed next week.  I’m very excited.  When it’s posted online – I’ll share the link here!  I spoke with the previous editor, and we talked about how it’s something like giving birth to a new baby.  For me, it’s very much like having our FIRST baby – excitement and nervousness – and I’m really blessed that God opened this opportunity to me to serve Him this way!  I’m growing to LOVE my church and my church family – and am excited about the fellowship and friendship opportunities that are coming.

If you’ve ever been an unused vessel sitting on the shelf – either waiting for the Hands of the Master to pick you or even begging the Hands of the Master to NOT pick you…  I can say that it feels AMAZING to be used by God and to be yielded to Him for His Purpose.  This feeling of contentment – it’s what I’m praying for as I serve my family.  Writing (for me) is fun and enjoyable and I have always had a great affinity for it; serving my family – not so much.  But I love my family, and God has blessed and called me to serve them, and I’m learning to settle under His hand and let Him use me as a wife & mom to bring HIM glory.  It isn’t easy cuz I’m very willful and want my own way far more than is good for me or my family.  But I’m learning, and maybe He’s using my ministry as a means to motivate me to be more yielded at home…

Remembering 9/11 is something I will always do, but I chose not to do it here today.  I’ll steer you to my 9/11 post from last year, instead.

Have a lovely day, Company Girls!  And to all of you readers – I want to leave you with this:

Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]  ~ John 14:27 (Amp)

Calling All Company Girls – Is it Due Season, Yet?

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And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.  Galatians 6:9 (NKJV)

Although the Company Girls will be visiting today, I just want to thank all of my readers and visitors – again – for your comments and thoughts when you leave them.  It is appreciated and I enjoy our interaction.

Can I tell you that I just feel beat down?  This week has been full of difficult things.  Intermediate Algebra being one (and I’m not joking when I ask for all of you to pray for me in this battle against algebra – a required class for my degree…)

God has allowed my family to enter into a season right now that is hard.  Tough.  Painful.  Exhausting.  Fraught with questions.  Concerns.  Fears.

I first met it with great bravado and staunch faith.  And aside from my math frustrations and physical things – I would likely still be unwavering.  But I am tired.  And my body is weak.  And my mind is bogged down.

I don’t want to face the enemy.  I don’t want to face down the fearful predator that wants to steal peace and joy from my family.  I don’t want to have to be in the heat of battle.

What if I fail?  What if I can’t make it?  What if we lose?

Sometimes, I dig in my heels and use the tools God has given.

And sometimes, I lose heart.

But GOD IS FAITHFUL.

And His strength is like no other.  And He shoulders the burden with us.  He takes on the pain and bears the brunt of the enemy’s hot fire as it threatens to consume.

God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  1 Corinthians 1:9 (NKJV)

So, I have to learn to wait for the “Due Season” when the hard work pays off.  When reaping yields a rich harvest…  More joy.  More love.  More peace.  More God.

But I’m impatient.  I’d like the “hard stuff” to be over.  The good stuff to be here.  Due Season…

And then I heard this song speak peace into my spirit:

I will praise you in this storm And I will lift my hands.
For You are who You are, No matter where I am.
Every tear I’ve cried, you hold in your hand.
You never left my side.
And though my heart is torn, I will praise you in this storm.

I lift my eyes unto the hills. Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, Maker of heaven and earth…

I’ve been singing this song all week – and woke up singing it in my head this morning.  Although he may be asleep in the stern, He is still in our boat, and He is STILL Master of the Storm…  Your prayers for my family would be so appreciated.

How I Manage to “Do It All”… NOT!

It has been a lot of fun for me to get to know more about Danielle on her Journey…  While we were busy interns, we really didn’t have a lot of time for chit chat and I feel like I’m getting to know more about her now than I did then.  Her explanation for her blog title – and the suggestions for starting a home business were great, weren’t they?  She has some great resources on her blog for WAHMs or moms who WANT to be WAHMS!

She has some great, thoughtful questions for me – I’ll do my best to answer them here…

You mentioned you are a college student, what are you going to school for?  What are your plans once you graduate?  I know you struggle with juggling your family and everything else, just like so many of us.  Do you have any tips or lessons you have learned in juggling everything?

I registered for my first full-time semester of online courses with Liberty University in Fall 2004.  Two weeks before my first class was to begin, we were delighted to discover that we were expecting Curly. So, for the first 5 months of my pregnancy – while working 40 hours a week – dealing with terrible morning all-day sickness, I took 4 full-time courses online.  It was HORRIFIC, to say the least. Read the rest of this entry »

The BEST OF The Queen Mommy’s Cafe…

I’m on a mini-vacation of sorts – visiting my parents for a couple of days – and thought I’d provide a list of some of the BEST OF The Queen Mommy’s Cafe Posts…

If YOU really enjoyed one that I missed here – let me know!  You’re probably going to notice a theme of sorts as these progress…

My Husband Deserves A Parade!

Family Restrooms

The Zombie Queendom

Red Licorice (this post has zero comments, but STILL has several hits every month!)

At the Well – Standing for Your Marriage

CPR. It’s for Everyone

Ta-Da Tuesday! My Basic Home Notebook Forms (this is one of THE most popular posts on this blog.  It still gets tons of hits every month – and I need to update it because I’ve changed several forms since it was written.)

Friday Favorites – Devotional Series, Teaporia, Mom Printables

Making Your Home Sing Monday: Honoring Dad

And last but not least, a recent (popular) post:

Here’s to Giving Up on Perfect! My Most Embarrassing Moment

It’s Official! I Have Arrived…

credit: Ctd_2005

credit: Ctd_2005

So we signed Curly up for her first extracurricular activity.  She’s not even in Preschool yet, but she will be a Soccer Girl this fall on a team with other 4 year olds.

That means I’m a soccer mom!

I drove her to an “evaluation” tonight and watched her try to follow the instructions she was given – using lingo she’s never heard before.

It was quite comical – but she smiled her way through and when it was over, she was grinning from ear to ear…

All this with a toe that got half the skin ripped off yesterday (long story).  She hobbled onto the field and then ran like the wind (I’m not biased of course).

She skilfully weaved meandered her way around little orange cones.  She kicked and dribbled (even though she didn’t know what that meant).

We ordered her little uniform and everything.

It was fun to watch her and I’m excited to see her play and HAVE FUN.

Pictures and videos will be forthcoming as she has surpassed some serious milestones lately.  I feel like she’s going from 3 to 13…

From the Beginning…

“Transformation is not a light switch.  It is a process.”

This is a statement our Pastor made in his sermon yesterday – and I could totally relate.

Just about two years ago, I was still pregnant with Georgie.  I was working full-time and really loved my job.  I had a lot of responsibility and it was challenging, rewarding work.  I interacted with a wide variety of people – and my coworkers were Da Bomb!

Roy & I had been talking about how soon we might be able to manage my being at home full-time.  We had several loans & bills that needed to be taken care of, and we hoped that within a year we could afford for me to stay home.

I developed gestational diabetes during my pregnancy, and despite the concerns, did not experience the energy-draining nausea I’d experienced with Curly.  Just before I was to begin insulin injections at around the 37th week, I went into labor and she was born in July. Read the rest of this entry »