Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Babies Don't Keep
(author unknown)

Mother, oh Mother, come shake out your cloth,

Empty the dustpan, poison the moth;

Hang out the wash and butter the bread,

Sew on a button and make up a bed.

Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?

She’s up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.

Oh, I’ve grown as lazy as Little Boy Blue,

Lullaby, rock-a-bye, lullaby too.

Dishes are waiting and bills are past due.

Pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peekaboo.

The shopping’s not done and there’s nothing for stew.

And out in the yard there’s a hullabaloo,

But I’m playing Kanga and this is my Roo

Look! Aren’t his eyes the most wonderful hue?

The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow,

For children grow up, as I’ve learned to my sorrow.

So quiet down, cobwebs, and dust, go to sleep.

I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

20# of pure cuteness!  

He is growing out of his 9 mo sizes.  

I want to keep him tiny forever.  

I love watching him grow.

I wish I could capture some of this time and put it in my pocket.  I'd pull it out every day for the rest of my life and drink it in.  

Being a mom is everything I thought it would be.  I feel blessed to be experiencing it.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

a new leaf

I spent years and years being very good at my job and at my friendships.  Now I find myself with no job and very few friends.  (close by friends is what I mean when I say that...I have gobs of far away friends!  thank heaven!)   I also spent years and years with no love life and no need to cook...home economics was a class in high school that I enjoyed but really hadn't needed to practice.  Now I have a rather major love life...aka marriage...and I have a home to take care of.  My how times have changed.  I am a bit out of my element but I am ready to embrace it.

This last year I was merely surviving.  I finally have my health back and I am ready to thrive, not just survive.

I spent a week with my brother and his family...I already posted a note about how dear of a relationship I have with his wife, Ashley.  That week watching their home function, their kids loving and living, their marriage working so good (I know it's not all marriage is people.) the way Ashley creatively made her home lovely and inviting.  
Well, I left inspired.  
I want my home to have the stamp of my personality in it and on the walls.  I want my marriage to be filled with love and respect.  I want Judah to have a joyful childhood with structure and freedom.  I want to serve delightful meals on delightful dishes.  I want my home to be peaceful because it has the presence of God in it, not just because we are drama free.  

I spent yesterday arranging and decluttering and hanging photo's in our bedroom.  I am finally feeling like this is "our" home instead of me living in "lance's" home.  

I have cooked two really nice meals that were a little more complicated than I normally do. The first was enjoyed by all, the second my hubs slept through and I ate alone..but still it was worth the effort.  Next time he's awake he can enjoy it too...he's a hard workin' daddy-o and needs his beauty sleep :)  

They may seem like baby steps to someone who is a pro at keeping a home...but I am a newby and for me these things are a big deal.  

I have elected this scripture verse as my home making verse.  This is what I aspire to create in my home...
Philippians 4:8
Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

less is more

I now weigh what I weighed at my heaviest pre baby...and at my heaviest I really wasn't terribly over weight or anything so I am pleased...9 lbs to go to reach where I was when I got pregnant!

Monday, July 06, 2009

simple things

I have a love for dishes. Yup. Dishes. I love them. I crave them. I admire them when they belong to others. I wish everyone ate dinner off of beautiful things. I endeavor that when someone is in my home they have a lovely dining experience if at all possible.

I bought some dishes I love at Target a couple years back, I only bought the plates and the salad plates...I didn't really have the funds to buy them all. But I am not a dishes snob, I will take them in parts if I love them :) It has turned out to be quite a fun scavenger hunt to find pieces that "match" and by match I mean, look good together and have the same flair. Lance and I found some amazing serving dishes right when we got married and have enjoyed using them this past year...we got them on sale at a dept store. We have found pieces at yard sales, second hand stores and places like TJ Max.

Today we found yet another darling piece to our dishes puzzle. 4 cups and saucers and a serving plate. Perfect for tea and dessert...ahhh...have I mentioned how much I love dishes? and how fabulous it is to buy all these today for like 15$ makes them even sweeter to eat off of :)

My husband humors my love of dishes and agreed right away when I offered to get rid of something to make room for the new matchy matchy dishes.

Here is a picture I took with my phone...hard to see the actual color...they are golden and lovely. Anyone want to stop by for tea?

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Jamie Joy Jumper

A year ago today I drove into town in my Jeep Wrangler with one last load of my personal belongings, ready for the adventure of making Nashville my home.

It has been a year of ups and downs and today as I sit here and look around me I am filled with wonder.  I have a lovely peaceful home, I have a loving and kind husband, I have a sweet natured lovey dovey baby, and I have joy in my heart.

I am excited to see what the next year in Nashville will bring.  

(When I was a baby my parents called me Jamie Joy Jumper.  I have a feeling little Judah will earn the name as well.)

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Happy 4th!

July 4th is my favorite holiday after Christmas.  I heart fireworks.  

I knew that tonight I wouldn't be going out, Judah's got a cold and needs his routine and his sleep.  I wondered if it would be memorable or any different from every other day...I wanted it to be...lucky for me the big guy upstairs has a way of hearing my prayers and delivering.

Today's holiday was celebrated with the power going out while I was giving Judah Booda his nightly bath...needless to say his hair didn't get washed...I was just glad I could still see he was there by the light coming in through the window :)  The power stayed out and I put his jammies on in the dark, not easy but I did it!  Then we lit some candles and Judah had his first candle light dinner ;-)  
The power finally came back on and it became clear that God had his own fireworks is lovely when it's far enough away :)  I also caught a glimpse of the down town fireworks from the upstairs bedroom and ended up watching the news coverage of the weather downstairs and got a good view of the televised fireworks.
I made myself a nice dinner of rice noodles (pretty much rice can be made into anything...) and a great tomato sauce with veggies and meat added.  Yum.  In fact I think I will now stop blogging and go eat some more.  
All in all it has turned out to be a memorable holiday :)

I am so thankful for my freedom.  I am so thankful for those who made it possible.

God Bless The USA
by Lee Greenwood

If tomorrow all the things were gone,
I’d worked for all my life.
And I had to start again,
with just my children and my wife.

I’d thank my lucky stars,
to be livin here today.
‘Cause the flag still stands for freedom,
and they can’t take that away.

And I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.

And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.

From the lakes of Minnesota,
to the hills of Tennessee.
Across the plains of Texas,
From sea to shining sea.

From Detroit down to Houston,
and New York to L.A.
Well there's pride in every American heart,
and its time we stand and say.

That I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.

And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.

And I’m proud to be and American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.

And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.

Friday, July 03, 2009

bosom buddy

Have you ever met someone who you instantly liked? and who then married your brother? and who then spent holidays and important occasions with you? and who then had adorable babies I call nephew and niece? and who then was a delight to spend time with in any occasion? and who then loved and kissed on your new lovey dovey baby?

Have you ever wanted to be like someone who was lovely, unique, kind, fun and delightful?

Well I have.

I call her my sister (in law if you want to get specific)
I call her my friend
I call her Mrs. B (or Ashley...what ev)

Ash inspires me. She is such a good mom, and wife. She has a lovely home and she is so creative. Spending a week in her home was a blessing I needed. I left refreshed and joyful.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

aspirations in parenting

By Billy Graham

1. Learn the difference between right and wrong. It takes more character to do right over wrong. Everyone needs to learn rules for living.
2. Honesty is rewarding. A good conscience is worth more than millions. Honesty is related to happiness.
3. Suffering is part of life. Hardships are a part of normal living. Complainers do not get very far in life.
4. Self-discipline is a good thing. Discipline is the road to success.
5. There is a God is heaven. The best way to teach is by example.
6. Finish what you start. Winners never quit and quitters never win.
7. Love is a necessary part of living. Got to learn to love God, family and others.
8. Sin displeases God. Disobedience hurts God, others and yourself.
9. Becoming a follower of Jesus is the goal of life. Jesus has a personal plan for everyone.
10. The presence and power of the Holy Spirit are necessary for living out God’s will.


So Much to Love

I love people. I love bright eyes. I love my sons, Judah & Lucas. I love laughing. I love my ringtone. I love love. I love Jesus. I love tattoos. I love milk. I love creative expression. I love smiles. I love Philippians. I love bridges. I love my house and haven. I love a rainy night. I love doing nothing. I love almonds and banana chips. I love music. I love cowboy hats. I love Anna Maria Island. I love (diet) dr.pepper. I love a good story. I love wildflowers. I love to fly. I love rod iron. I love babies. I love going to the movies. I love midnight. I love allegra. I love sunsets. I love long kisses. I love the color red. I love starshollow. I love community. I love doing life with friends. I love witty banter. I love I love my family. I love pretty things. I love cruisin' with my girls. I love remembering when. I love authentic individuals. I love hot tamales. I love when kids giggle. I love Lance. I love bonfires. I love finding people I thought I'd lost. I love yard sales. I love tacobell. I love seeing people do good. I love violins and steel guitar. I love driving to the airport. I love seeing people around me succeed at their dreams. I love being included. I love flipflops. I love blogging. I love long talks. I love dreaming.

Always On My Mind

Welcome to my blog.  I am glad you stopped by!  I choose to write my thoughts and share the joys of my life in this forum.  I hope you will read and say hi when you can!  Blessings!
Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, and riches take wing. Only one thing endures and that is character. 
~Horace Greeley