Living not striving…

Random thoughts and daily adventures in my life

That’s Not Funny! December 21, 2008

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This is just a little video of Eli that makes me laugh.  He adores his cousins but apparently for some reason he remembered being laughed at and didn’t like it.  The sad part is I kept making him say this over and over because he made me laugh so hard.  He is so emphatic!  So cute!


What is wrong with me? December 20, 2008

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At 8pm I was literally lying fully clothed on the playroom floor while Eli played around, over, on top of me as I dozed on and off.  I could not pull myself up to tuck the boys in, so Mark thankfully did the honors.  I needed to go to the Wal-Marts but put it off until tomorrow b/c I just was too tired.

So I dragged myself to the couch and vegged with the laptop and watched some tv.  Now it is 11:12pm and I just took a Tylenol PM b/c I am wide awake!  I know that tv and computer stimulate your mind, but honestly it is really just that I am wired as a night owl and if I don’t go to bed before 10:30 then, whoops! my energy kicks back in.  If I let myself, I could now do laundry, finish my book, bake Christmas cookies, write a few blogs, etc.

But McCall will still be up by 5:30 ish.  Not that I get up with him, but I am semi-awake b/c I am aware that he is awake.  Just sharing how insane I am:)  I remember my mom was the same way though.  That’s how she was able to stay awake for all my manic, emotion filled high school angst:) and help me with my gajillion term papers!  Love ya Mom xxxooo

Off to try and go to sleep and pray no little boys sneak into bed with us:)


yes i did

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I meant to post this when Mark was gone, but I couldn’t find the right cable, blah, blah, blah…

This is what I ate one night when Mark was gone for training.


What is that you are asking?  A Baked Brie Cheese with Raspberry sauce.  No you di-n’t you say?  Oh yes I did:)  I bought it to make for home group and forgot to make it and was craving it, so I made it for myself and ate the whole thing!  Well most of it.

Most days were great when Mark was in Orlando but there were some survival days and that was one of them.  Can anybody relate?


Happy #9 December 19, 2008

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Today is our nine year wedding anniversary.  I prayed since I was a little girl that God would bring me a handsome, godly, loving, kind, patient, funny man to marry me.  He gave all that and so much more to me in my amazing husband, Mark.  Nine years ago we were married on Daufuskie Island, SC.  We had 10 bridesmaids and 10 groomsmen.  We were married outside, just feet from the beach on an island only reached by boat.

It started to rain and then stopped.  I think everyone but me was freezing:)  But it was beautiful and so much fun!  All of my siblings attended and it was just before Christmas so when we came home from our honeymoon we had a big, old family reunion!

Tonight Mark and I went out to dinner and to a movie.  About 9:30pm I asked him if he remembered what we were doing this time 9 years ago.  He said “I was sitting on the bed at the hotel watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” and you were on the phone with your sister.”  Yep… funny, huh?  I was a little nervous let’s say:)

I am such a blessed woman.  Mark is amazing and I am truly, truly thankful!!!  I pray that we have 9 x 9 more amazing years together!


washed December 15, 2008

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That is the word that is printed on the shirt that McCall wants to wear to school tomorrow.  Today was one of the most significant days in my life as a mother.  My little man was baptized tonight!

He  publicly professed his faith through baptism tonight along with 8 other people at Newspring Florence’s first baptism service.  It was held at the indoor pool at the YMCA.  They each received a blue shirt that said “washed.”  It was amazing to watch people that I have shared life with baptized.

He had to do a creative writing project a few week ago about “A Special Event in My Life…”.  This is what he wrote:

A specile Event in my life was when I asked Jesus into my hart. It is vary inportant in my life because I had never done it in my life. It means that I will go to God when I Die. When I was finesed I fellt good.

I was on the swing when I did it. At furst I was gruppy and I whent on the swing. I did not know wat was about to happin. Asking Jesus Into your hart is good. All that you hafe to Do is pray.

He has asked for two years when he was going to get “bap-i-tized”. As parents we all pray lots of things for our kids, but the one I have prayed the most is that my boys would enter into an intimate relationship with Christ and submit their lives to him at an early age. It is amazing to see fruit of this!

So many people have poured into McCall’s life and many of them were there tonight. Pat gave McCall a leather bound Bible with his name engraved on it and we gave him a Bible cover with his name monogrammed on it. He was so excited about everything. It has been an amazing night!

Mark and McCall and his new Bible cover

Mark and McCall and his new Bible cover

McCall and Grandma Pat and his new Bible

McCall and Grandma Pat and his new Bible

So many of my family members live far away and were not able to be there tonight.  I thought it might be neat if people left messages for McCall here on my blog.  So if you feel so inclined leave a message of congratulations for my sweet boy and I will make sure he reads it.  Thanks for sharing in this special time with us:)


Checking in… December 11, 2008

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Been gone. Yes, it has been busy around here with Mark gone and things are really revving up with holiday this and shopping that.

But we are less than two days away from Mark being home. Yea!!! The Lord has so provided energy and sanity over the past 10 days. We had a rough spell when one night McCall and Haig woke up at 4:30am and stayed awake until 6am and then had to get up for school at 6:45am. That was a bummer, but other than that we have made it!

Still not myself. I don’t know the last time I have felt this unmotivated to exercise and take care of myself. Hmmm, haven’t figured that one out yet, but I am working on it. The knee doctor said I don’t need surgery right now, thankfully and he said I should start exercising again. But he said I shouldn’t run long distances, which is okay with me:)

However, I am loving celebrating Christmas with the boys. We made a fun mitten Advent Garland tonight. I will post pictures eventually because it is super cute. Still no real insight, wisdom, humor to glean from this soul today but I just wanted to check in and let you know all is well.

Thanks friends for the humor, encouragement and hugs you all have been sending my way. They are felt! Love to you and Merry Christmas!


Ooohhh, whales! December 5, 2008

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Many of you know that I have a whale phobia. I don’t know why. I have had nightmares about whales all of my life. They don’t come often but when they do, wow! And when I see them on tv,(as you can imagine I have never really seen a whale in person, thankfully, which makes my husband even more amused by my strange phobia)I get a panicked feeling. Short of breath, sweating, but clammy skin, a bit nauseous.

About a year ago McCall came to me one morning and told me he had a nightmare about a whale. What is that about!!!! I had never mentioned my phobia to him. Last night he came to me in the early morning in tears because of a whale nightmare. He was still talking about the dream tonight. What in the world? Anyone want to analyze that craziness?