Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Why I'm awake

I was sitting in bed and on the computer and I wondered to myself "why am I still awake?". Then, I remembered that I had a big honkin' yummy coffee thing at Starbucks during that huge storm we had tonight.

I'm much too brain dead to blog about it, but I just thought I'd post the letter that I wrote to the Starbucks manager tonight. It will give you some idea of what I did during the storm.

Dear Mr. , April 26, 2011

I wanted to express to you how very impressed I now am with Starbucks. In the past I wasn’t a big fan of Starbucks, but tonight all that has changed.

I came to the Starbucks on 64 and the loop tonight while my son was engaged down the road with his CAP activities. I was greeted by two employees right away and felt very welcomed and comfortable in this particular store.

But, what makes this store’s employees especially great is how hospitable they all were to me and the one other costomer that remained here while there were tornado warnings sounding outside. They brought us to the back room, gave us chairs to sit on, brought us coffee and allowed me to charge my cell phone so that I could stay in contact with my husband during the storm.

I would also like to add that the women’s bathroom was spotless. I’m a mom of six, so I notice things like clean bathrooms.

I really value good customer service so I just had to write you and let you know about my positive experience on this crazy stormy night.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. Please know that the employees at this store are wonderful! I have listed their names below so that you know exactly who they are.


Katie K

And Jessica, the other customer that I mentioned, wanted to add her name to this letter as she completely agrees with it.






PS By the way, the mocha I ordered was great too!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Anybody Else Ever Feel Like....

Do you ever feel so incredibly exhausted at the end of the day and think to yourself that as soon as the kids are in bed you will also drop into your own bed?
But, then you realize that there's a mountain of laundry waiting for you, a book you could read to be more knowledgeable in one area or another, a book that you have been yearning to read just for fun, a movie you would like to watch, a blog you would like to check up on, a friend you would love to connect with (maybe your spouse?), thank you cards you have neglected, rooms to straighten.....you get the point right?
Tonight as I sat on the couch barely awake I had the bright idea that maybe I should just go ahead and have some coffee so that i could stay awake for another 5 hours so that I could 1) get a whole lot of housework done or 2) Get caught up on my read through the bible in a year plan and also read some of a historical fiction book that I've had in my room for almost 2 weeks.
But then, I remembered that sleep is important. And that I'm not so great at bouncing back in the morning after I have only had a few hours of sleep.
I also realized that even though the laundry mountain is not dwindling as fast as I wish it would and my room is a mess, that there are some really important things that I did today. Things that don't show immediate results but because I do (most of) them routinely, they will affect the future.
I said good bye to my son before he went to school.
I made my girls breakfast and helped some of them get dressed.
I got them to the bus on time.
I (finally) got the ball rolling for me and Shane to be able to take a CPR class.
I stopped what I was doing and watched as my 4 yr old showed me her twirl with an added hop. This was really important to her. I got to tell her how wonderful it was. Got to delight in the sweetness of the moment.
I had a friends' kids over. (I LOVE when other kids feel like our place is their "home away from home." It's like the biggest compliment a child could give me.)
I read my bible outside as the kids played on or near the swing set.
I made a super yummy snack for the all the kids to have once everyone was in the same place. (Some of my kids were still on their way home from school.)
I got to talk with a friend from Canada when she called me.
I made dinner for my kids. (Shane's on a trip with Aubrey, that's why hes not included in this list.)
I listened to my son tell me about how well his band did in the competition he took part in yesterday.
I had my kids do chores. Even though it may have been easier (at the moment) to just not follow through on that and do the task myself, later.
I drove my son to youth group.
I gave correction/discipline to two of my kids....even when it may have been easier (for the moment) to just overlook what they had done.
I kissed my not- so -little baby on the head. Throughout the whole day.
I read books to my kids.
My list could go on and on. None of the things on my list were super hard, but they all took time.
I guess what I'm trying to get at is this...being a mom is really important. I'm so thankful that I can be home to do all of those things I listed and more. I'm thankful that I am healthy and physically able to help my kids with things they need. I'm thankful that even though we are not wealthy in material riches that we are so very wealthy in family and we have very close family ties.
I wish I knew how to write better because I feel that this is coming out all wrong. Stupid and clumsy and self righteous.
That's not my heart at all. I'm just trying to express that at the end of the day when it seems like I have barely done anything, that I have in fact done much. My children are growing to be responsible, fun, smart and caring people. And that is going to make a difference in the world. They are learning the fear of the Lord and learning that God loves them and is interested in their lives. And that makes all the difference in the world.
What about you? What has God called you to do and is it hard for you to sometimes see the importance/significance of it?

Friday, April 8, 2011

Yard and Garden

Side yard. This is supposed to be toward the bottom of the page. Read on...hopefully it will end up making some sense. At least, a little bit of sense.

Strawberry plants. Also, in the wrong order.

A long long time ago, a friend of mine said that her husband specifically wanted a picture of our back yard. Finally, today I am posting that picture. Along with a picture of our front yard (above), and pictures of our new attempts at gardening. Unfortunately, I am brand new to this posting -pictures- on -blogger deal and I don't know how to re-arrange the pictures that I uploaded. Thus, the seemingly randomness of it all.

For two years we have tried to have a successful garden at our new house. But, both years were a flop. This year we have high hopes for better results. Above, you will see our method for starting cucumbers. The idea of starting seeds in an egg crate is not new, but if you will notice the bottom row of dirt you will see that 4 of those slots actually have egg shells in them. This is something Aubrey read about in my REAL SIMPLE magazine. I so love to re-use things that I had to give the idea a try. Basically, you start seeds in the egg shell and when they have grown big enough to go into the ground you can put the egg shell in the ground as well because the shell will decompose. (That is the right word, right?)
Photo of the back yard that my friend's husband wanted to see....like two years ago. Better late than never, right?

This picture is added simply because coffee is sometimes essential to gardening. (Also, I have no idea why this text is all in orange.)

Now, for our big new idea. I am sorry to report that I cannot give you the details on this project. It was not my idea, nor did I do any of the work. I just hung out while my husband did some of the work and then hung out some more when he watered the plants the other morning. (Somehow I now am reminded of the Little Red Hen.)

So, how about you? Have you decided to plant a garden this year? If so, are you trying something new or are you already a pro?