Monday, April 26, 2010

Some Saturdays

Seeing as how I'm concentrating on the "Everyday" aspect of live - and learning to love as much about it as humanly possible, I thought I'd share what happens around here on Some Saturdays.

Our girls aren't in any sports at the moment, but that doesn't mean that our weekends are filled with lazin' in the sun!

Some Saturdays are filled with Tractor Play.
Dad is usually already outside with the older girls...

... so Mommy has to hurry and get this one ready before she gets too worked up about being left in the house!
Daddy sees her on the porch and comes back to get her!

I'm thinking this "safety lesson" might have been for Mom's sake.
... 'cause he already gave them one before they got on... right?
Some Saturdays this man makes his girls so happy just by including them in his busy man work!

It makes my heart happy to see them creating good memories!

Then, there are other Saturdays when things don't go as planned.
The Hubs had wanted to go "up the hill" to shoot his gun... then his pesky Father-in-law reminded him that his shoulder was out of commission and how was he going to shoot a gun without it throwing him into fits of agony?

THEN, his wifey shot down his plans of putting a fence up across the pasture. (I have my reasons.) THEN, he didn't get a call back about using a piece of equipment to disc up the front lawn...

I could see him getting frustrated - but nothing compared to Red's frustration! Not only had her plans to go shootin' with her "huntin' buddy" (aka. Dad) been foiled, but her older sister had already gone to Grandma's house! She wasn't too happy.

So Mommy suggested they go fishing somewhere. This caught him completely off-guard, but he didn't argue!
So, some Saturdays, we fish!

And Red caught her very first Large MOUTH Bass!!!!

I don't think this Dad could have more love for his girls!

Nothing 'bout it too peculiar! But I can't get enough!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

i "heart"... thursday 4/22/10

I am participating in this weeks I "heart"... at You and Me Plus Three. Go there now to add yours and read others!!

"i heart..." the new look and feel of my blog! Everyday Love is definitely a step up from being "This Tired Mom"... I'm loving the new outlook!

"i heart..." getting packages in the mail!

"i heart..." my bare-bottomed Emma... potty training is going VERY well!!!

"i heart..." that school is almost out for the year!

"i heart..." having my truck paid off, windshield fixed after 4 years, and being completely, totally legal to drive!

"i heart..." my brothers new Basset Hound pup, Bertie! She is so adorable!

"i heart..." that my girls have a wonderful family on both sides!

"i heart..." dreaming of what our lives will look like in the future!

"i heart..." that my hubby loves and accepts me on my very worst days - he may not understand me, but he never lets me forget that he's here for the long haul!

"i heart..." looking on the bright side!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

EvriDa < 3

"Each morning the sun shines through my window
Lands on the face of a dream come true"

.... Meet my DreamS come true...
I'm sure he'd LOVE that I shared this pic, but this is my harworkin' man and this pictures shows it. From his dirty face that he chose to ignore so the kids could see the light parade in the freezing cold... to the baby wrapped up in his jacket.
He's loving and kind and gentle and thoughtful when he wants to be.
He can also be the most stubborn, hard-headed, most frustrating man I've ever known.
But he's mine.
And I Love him.

And then there are these dreams come true.
My Saving Grace, My Baby Red Taters and My Sassy Boo!
Words cannot express what they mean to me.
Each one is different, with qualities all their own.
Sometimes amazing, sometimes trying.
But all the time mine. And all the time loved.

"I shuffle to the kitchen for my coffee
and catch up on the front page morning news"

(More likely Creamer with a bit of coffee... and my morning news is best found via the web.

"It's ordinary, plain and simple...Typical.
Nothing 'bout it too peculiar."

We raise pigs, and dogs and cats... horses, a chinchilla and a goat.

We go to Church and school.

We sing praises and give thanks to God.
"Oh but I can't get enough... of this Everyday Love"

So, this is my new outlook. I'm starting with the blog changes. No more "Tired Mom". I believe that we make our own environment - at least to some degree. If you believe you're always going to be unhappy, then chances are you're going to be unhappy. If you believe you're destined for failure after failure... you're most likely going to fail. If you go around believing that everything is wrong and it's never going to get better... then it's probably not.
you do something to change it.

So now I'll point the finger back at myself. If I'm always referring to myself as "This Tired Mom" then guess what? That's the mentality I take on and it starts taking over. I've stopped exercising, stopped caring about what I look like, stopped wearing makeup, rarely visit friends and family, stopped caring about the crap that I've been putting into my body (and it shows)... the list could go on and on.
Basically, for the past couple of years I have been settling into this worn-down, no-energy-for-anything, all-consuming blahness... and I want to change that.

Sure, I have a lot on my plate. Husband, kids, mortgage, school projects, daycare kids, building my crochet business, breakfast, lunch, dinner, cleaning, laundry, bills, landscaping, painting... this list could go on and on, too. But when it comes right down to it... this is my EVERYDAY LOVE!

This is what I always prayed for. My beautiful family. A beautiful home, beautiful children, a loving, hard-working husband. I have to remember that this is what God has called me to do! This is my job! I have to remember that when I get frustrated at the mundane, crappy, everyday chores, discipline and unpleasantness.

I remember, as an emotional teenager... my mom was "ranting" at me about picking up my laundry and doing my own wash... "Do you think I enjoy this? Doing YOUR laundry everyday? Doing everything else for everyone else?"

My snotty teenage response (under my breath, of course) was "Well, it is your job!" Why was she getting mad at me for the life she chose? As a mother and wife - she stayed at home and that was supposed to be her job. She CHOSE to live her life that way.

And then I grew up and had kids of my own... and now I find myself "ranting" at my kids. I hear myself stressing at them... the very same words my mother did to me. Now, though... I also hear my inner spoiled teenager grumbling that same response.

This is the life I prayed and asked God for.
I'm choosing to be aware, and diligent and thankful for this Everyday Love that he's given me!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

i "heart"... thursday 4/8/10

It's been a couple of weeks since I last participated, so I think it's time I jump back in! I have found myself going through my days saying, "Oh, I can "heart" that"! I need to start carrying a pen and pad around with me to keep track because there are too many for me to remember in my noggin'!

i "heart"... that Brooklyn did an AWESOME job on her 4-H demonstration
(with only 24 hours of practice)

i "heart"... having a healthy family - colds and flu begone! (knock on wood)!!

i "heart"... 9 hours of sleep for the past 3 nights!

i "heart"... my coffee creamer

i "heart"... watching Emma jump on the trampoline!

i "heart"... this beautiful spring weather!!!!

i "heart"... being a child of the King!