Thursday, April 30, 2009

A Fun Giveaway from the Frans Clan

My friend Amy, who lives in Texas, is doing a giveway over on her blog to celebrate her 1 year blog anniversary. She is giving away a Family Fun magazine subscription.

I don't know about you, but I could always use more ideas for my precious boys. She is taking entries until May 29th which is her anniversary date. So, go on over and enter to win.

Good luck

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Bible Time

We have a bedtime routine in our house that consists of PJs, brush teeth, read a Bible story, pray and then lots of hugs and kisses from mommy & daddy. I usually read the Bible story just to Timmy, but since the boys are getting older (Timmy will be 6 on May 1st and Silas will be 2 on May 5th) we have started keeping Silas up to read the Bible story before putting him down for bed. I absolutely LOVE anytime I can get a photo op of my dearest hubby with my precious boys. And, last night, daddy read the Bible story while mommy snapped the picture with her phone (sorry for the fuzziness).

I love how intent the boys are on listening to the Bible story. Timmy has started asking questions about the stories..and I now that before too long...Silas will be right there asking questions too. I love to listen to Timmy pray. There is something about a child's innocent prayer that is so sweet. I can't wait til Silas can say his prayers too.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Silas' Haircut

Just had to post a pic of Silas being a big boy sitting in the hair salon chair all by himself. I didn't have to hold him this time. The stylist gave him a sucker and off she went cutting his hair. I didn't get a before shot, but here is the after shot.

I can't believe he is going to be 2 next week. Time is truly flying by.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Safe In the Storm, In Daddy's Arms

We had a pretty bad storm last night. It started out as rain and ugly looking clouds, and then turned to thunder, lightening and hail. We sat in our 1st floor apartment and opened up the blinds on the patio doors, turned off the light, and watched the storm. It happened around 8:00pm, and on a normal night, Timmy & Silas would have already been in bed. But on Thursday, Timmy has t-ball practice at 6:00, so our normal routine gets pushed back. We were just getting ready to put Timmy & Silas to bed when the worse part of the storm hit.

Normally, Timmy & Silas sleep right through storms. But tonight, since they were awake, Timmy was really scared. He was so scared, I wouldn't be wrong in saying he was terrified. He climbed up in his daddy's lap...that is where he feels safe. He would place his little hands over his ears so he couldn't hear the thunder or the hail hitting the windows. He would hide his face into daddy's chest every now and then when the lightening would get really bad. Silas was oblivious to the loudness of the storm and continued to run around the house as if nothing is happening. But, once he saw "Mimmy" get on Daddy's lap...up he crawled too.

I sat on the couch and took in the sight of my most precious gifts. My husband, a man who means more to me than there are words to describe it; my oldest son, Timmy, almost 6 years old, who is so smart and absolutely the funniest kid I know; and my precious baby, Silas, almost 2 years old and will do just about anything that "Mimmy" does. ("Mimmy" is how Silas says "Timmy" - it's so precious) I sat there watching my husband with his big, strong arms, cradling his sons, showing them strength, giving them protection, reassuring them that everything is going to be ok,"You are safe in my arms"...and then something hit me...

...that is how WE as children of God should feel. When things in our life are uncertain, when our children are sick, when we don't have enough money coming in, when the future is unclear, when we are scared...WE can have the assurance that we are safely in God's arms. HE is right there beside us.

My new favorite song is by Tenth Avenue North, and it's called By Your Side. It's a song sung as if God is singing to us. The words to this song have brought me so much comfort in these past few months. Here are the words:

Why are you striving these days
Why are you trying to earn grace
Why are you crying
Let me lift up your face
Just don't turn away

Why are you looking for love
Why are you searching as if I'm not enough
To where will you go child
Tell me where will you run
To where will you run

'Cause I'll be by your side
Wherever you fall
In the dead of night
Whenever you call
Please don't fight
These hands that are holding you
My hands are holding you

Look at these hands and my side
They swallowed the grave on that night
When I drank the world's sin
So I could carry you in
And give you life
I want to give you life

(Chorus 2x)

Cause I, I love you
I want you to know
That I, I love you
I'll never let you go

(Chorus 2x)

So, just as Timmy & Silas were safe in their daddy's arms last night. I am also safe in my Heavenly Father's arms. That is such an awesome thing to know. We are TRULY blessed beyond all measure.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

50 Random Things About Me

1. What color is your toothbrush?
Red and White

2. Name one person who made you smile today:
Thinking about my hubby

3. What were you doing at 8 am yesterday morning?
Sitting in traffic trying to get to work

4. What were you doing 45 minutes ago?
Making copies of past Natural Science Schedules

5, What is your favorite candy bar?
Hmmm…hard one…I have so many I like…I will say Hershey’s Dark Chocolate

6. Have you ever been to a strip club?
Absolutely NOT

7. What is the last thing you said aloud?
Sure, go on back. (To a student wanting to see a professor)

8. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey

9. What was the last thing you had to drink?
Coke Cherry Zero

10. Do you like your wallet?
Yes, it’s zebra print and matches my purse I got at CCA Cheer Nationals

11. What was the last thing you ate?

12. Have you bought any new clothing items this week?

13. The last sporting event you watched?
Ooo…this is a hard one…Timmy’s t-ball practice. I don’t really watch sports on TV.

14. What is your favorite flavor of popcorn?
Kettle corn

15. Who is the last person you sent a text message too?
Marleigh Clayton

16. Ever go camping?
Not since I was in TX with The Circle class

17. Do you take vitamins daily?
If I remember

18. Do you go to church every Sunday?

19. Do you have a tan?
Nope…I can’t say I have EVER had a tan. But if all of these freckles were to join together then, Yes, I would be tan.

20. Do you prefer Chinese food over pizza?
Ask my husband…I do NOT like Chinese food.

21. Do you drink your soda with a straw?
only if I am at a restaurant

22. What did your last text message say?
I asked Marleigh if she was graduating soon.

23. What are you doing tomorrow?
Working from 8am to 5pm, but during that time, I am being treated to lunch for Administrative Professionals Day

25. Look to your left, what do you see?
My desk phone, my desk fan and my 2 black organizing trays.

26. What color is your watch?
Don’t wear a watch

27. What do you think of when you hear Australia?
Outback Restaurant

29. Do you go in at a fast food place or just hit the drive thru?
Usually go in…depends on who is in the car and what our schedule is like

30. What is your favorite number?

31. Who's the last person you talked to on the phone?
My hubby

32. Any plans today?
After work, going home to cook dinner and play with the kiddos

33. How many states have you lived in?
5 – North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Texas and now Georgia

34. Biggest annoyance right now?
Silas’ whiny voice when he can’t tell me what he wants

35. Last song listened to?
Jars of Clay’s “Two Hands”

36. Can you say the alphabet backwards?
If I practiced

37. Do you have a maid service clean your house?
No…just me and my hubby

38. Favorite pair of shoes you wear all the time?
Flip flops – it’s finally getting warm enough to wear them in GA

39. Are you jealous of anyone?
Not really

40. Is anyone jealous of you?
Doubt it

41. Do you love anyone?
Absolutely – hubby, boys, parents, sisters, extended family, friends…too many to name

42. Do any of your friends have children?
A lot of them do

43. What do you usually do during the day?
During the week, I work 40 hours and then come home to eat supper and play with the kids. On the weekends, I enjoy every moment of freedom from my job that I have. And I enjoy going to church…so I have Sunday to look forward to, but then Monday starts a new day. And the cycle continues….

44. Do you hate anyone that you know right now?

45. Do you use the word 'hello' daily?

46. What color is your car?
Burgundy van

47. Do you like cats?
Depends on if they are loving or the spawn of Satan

48. Are you thinking about someone right now?
Yeah – Baby Stellan and Baby Kayleigh

49. Have you ever been to Six Flags?
Yep, and now that I live about 20 minutes from the one in GA, I am hoping to go more than I did in Texas.

50. How did you get your worst scar?
It’s on my left knee cap. When I was a senior in high school, I helped my friend “chaperone” a Halloween party for her little sister and her friends. Well, the kids were out playing freeze tag in the dark and I went across this field to tell a boy his mom was here to pick him up. Well, as I was walking back toward the house, the person who was “it” started chasing me. And what do I do…I start running. When I get to the end of the field, I didn’t realize there was a huge ditch before you got to the dirt road. So, I tripped in the ditch and slid across the gravel road on my knees. But that didn’t stop me…I got up and kept running to the porch (which was base). Upon arrival to the porch, one of my closest friends, Sam (who was also chaperoning) said, “Um Liz, you have a lot of blood running down your leg.” I looked down and almost passed out at the sight of the blood. I started going into shock so Sam picked me up and carried me in the house. Long story short…because of the blood loss, I couldn’t drive my car back to my house, so Sam took me home. My dad was in China on business, so my mom decided to wait to go to my doctor the next day. Unfortunately, it was too late to get stitches, so I had this ugly, huge open wound on my knee. It took months and months for it to heal. And because of the “no stitches”…I now have an ugly scar to prove it.

**I had fun answering these questions. I have really been feeling burdended lately, so it's was good to have something light hearted to post.

Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

My Heart is Heavy

If you have been reading my blog for a while, then you know how I have been following Kayleigh's Story. The One Pound Miracle that was born on June 28, 2008 at 1 pound 1 oz and 10 1/2 inches long. She has had many, many medical issues during her first 10 months of life, including open heart surgery when she was only 3 months old. Her most recent surgery on last Thursday consisted of G-Tube, Nissen, Bilateral Hernia Repair & a new Central Line Placement. She came out of surgery ok, and even started her normal recovery...but yesterday, she stopped opening her eyes and stopped waking up. Now, the doctors think she is brain dead. They are running tests to see what happened to her...they don't know what caused this to happen. But this latest surgery was the last surgery Kayleigh needed before she could come home for the 1st time..and now...she might not make it. Here is a picture of her from her blog...

I can't imagine what her parents are going through right now. I don't know why my heart is so heavy for this family...I have never even laid eyes on them in real life. But I have been following Kayleigh's story since before she was born, and after everything this family has been through, I feel like I know them. If you think about it...won't you say a prayer for this little baby. Kayleigh has made me love on my kids more than I ever have...I am so thankful that God has blessed Ed and I with 2 healthy boys...I pray that God will allow the Freeman's to bring their baby home.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

New Favorite Recipe

I have discovered a new recipe that Ed and I really enjoy. It's actually quite easy to make, and I want to share this new found food with all of you.

Meat Cupcakes

3/4 lb. of ground beef
1/2 c. Ketchup
1 tbsp mustard
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 can biscuits
1/4 c. shredded cheese

(1) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
(2) Brown ground beef & drain
(3) Mix ketchup, mustard and brown sugar to make your bbq sauce
(4) Add sauce to meat
(5) Separate dough into biscuits
(6) Form dough into cups on the muffin tins
(7) Spoon the meat into the dough cups
(8) Bake for about 10 minutes (or till biscuits look done)
(9) Sprinkle the tops with cheese

If you are looking for something quick and easy to make...this is for you. If you try it, make sure to let me know how you like it. This is becoming a weekly favorite. And, what kids don't like to eat something with the word "cupcake" in it!


Monday, April 20, 2009

Rest Time

Rest time took on a whole new meaning for our oldest son, Timmy. On Saturday afternoon, we told Timmy that we were going to have rest time. Rest time is a normal occurrence in our house on the weekends. Rest time means that Timmy has to stay in his room. He doesn't have to go to sleep, but he has to either play quietly in his room or read books. Normally, we have to remind him a couple of times to stay in his room. Well, this Saturday, he was really quiet and we thought he went to sleep. My husband had to work on Saturday night, and I was resting on the couch, so Ed went to check on Timmy before he walked out the door. And when he went into Timmy's room...this is what he found....

It's hard to see, but he has green marker and black ink on his forehead, and cheeks. He also is only wearing his underwear and has green marker all over his chest and belly and the word HULK written on his legs. When Ed asked him why he did this, Timmy replied, "I needed a mask to fight the bad guys. I'm HULK". As Ed was walking out the door, he woke me up to say he was leaving AND to tell me Timmy had a surprise for me. Timmy was SOOOO excited to show me his art work on his body. I just HAD to take a picture to document this hilarious turn of events. In my mind I was thinking, "Oh is tomorrow and I may not be able to get that green "mask" off his face." Luckily, the marks came off with soap and a little bit of elbow power.

He's as good as new, although - Rest time will never be the same....

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Lockwood Update

It's been over a week since I blogged, and I feel a need to update the world on what's happening in our lives right now.

*PRAISE - Ed FINALLY got a part-time job last week! He got a job working at a movie theatre near our house. If you know my know he is a HUGE movie buff. With the job, comes an enormous perk...FREE MOVIES! We are thrilled to have more income coming in, and very thankful for the job.

*PRAISE - Someone put money into our bank account and we have NO idea who it was. We are EXTREMELY thankful to the angel that God sent to help us out. It came at the PERFECT moment, and if you are the one who did this... "Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! We pray MANY, MANY blessings for you for how you have blessed us"

*Health - I have had some terribly painful headaches for the past week or so. The pain comes and's not constant, but it was so bad on Sunday, that I had to call Ed at work and ask him to come home. I couldn't even get off the couch. It felt like an elephant was standing on my face. I don't know if it's allergies (the pollen is HORRIBLE here) or sinus' or if you think about it, can you please say a prayer for me? Headaches are not conducive to taking care of the kiddos after a long day at work, especially with Ed working at night now.

*The Boys
- I must say that I am so proud of Timmy right now. He and Silas are becoming friends (as much as an almost 6 and almost 2 year old can be friends). Timmy used to be rough with Silas when they were playing, but now it's a normal nightly occasion that we hear Silas squealing with laughter because Timmy is tickling him or playing peek a boo with him...Timmy is REALLY becoming a GREAT big brother. I guess all of those talks about Timmy being Silas' protector have paid off. I have been working with Silas on talking...he still grunts alot to get what he wants. When he grunts, we have been saying the word of what he wants and asking him to say it. I can't believe he will be 2 in May...he's still my baby.

*Easter - Friday, we spent the day with my BFF Jenn and her daughter Gracyn in Newnan. She had planned for Timmy and Gracyn to dye Easter eggs. I used to do this all the time when I was little, but had not remembered to do this with Timmy, so I was excited to be able to start this tradition with him. When I told him we were going to "dye" Easter eggs, he said, "Mommy, I don't want the eggs to die". Jenn and I hid our laughter, and I said, "No honey, we are going to "dye" them, it's like coloring." Once he saw the cups of color...he was hooked. I'll have to post some pics of this on a later post. On Saturday, our church had an Easter egg hunt for the kids. There were 30,000 eggs laid out on a field for the taking. It was AMAZING to see the number of eggs that Timmy and Silas got (120 to be exact) filled with bubble gum, smarties, sweetarts, and gummies. Timmy was a little intimidated by the crowd at first, but as soon as they said "Go" he started grabbing those eggs. Silas didn't quite understand what was going on, but I showed him an egg and how to put it in the basket. Then he started picking up eggs, but would stop and clap his hands after each egg he put in the basket. It was so cute and great memories were had by all.

*Some of you may know, but I am taking online courses to become certified in Medical Transcription. I am hoping that when I get certified, that I will be able to find a Medical Transcription job working from home so that I can be there for Silas. I have 5 courses left out of 25, so I have been plugging away during my free time. My last 5 courses are all medical courses, so I won't be able to finish as fast as the others, but I am excited to be in the meat of this course. The school that I am taking this course from has a career center that helps their graduates get job placement upon graduation. I will be sure to keep you all updated on the status.

That about sums it all up...hopefully I will get back to blogging on a regular basis. It just depends on how each day presents itself.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Laughter Lives Tuesday

Laughter LivesThis post is part of "Laughter Lives! Tuesday" on the Riggs Family Blog. Check our their blog to read everyone else's "Laughter Lives!" posts.

I am glad it is "Laughter Lives Tuesday". After the week I have had, I need some laughter.

Last week, I was helping my 5 year old with his homework. He had a worksheet on reading clocks. It only had 4 problems on the page, and they were pretty simple, 4:00, 2:00, 8:00, and 12:00.

He actually knew the correct answer for each one, and after he had written in the time, he said,

"Mommy, I am so smart. Now I can go to the 5th grade."

I am not sure what made him say "5th grade"...maybe learning to read clocks is difficult for anyone not in the 5th grade, but it got a laugh out of me. He was so serious, so I had to hide my laughter. I told him he was very smart and I was very proud of him.

So...what's made you laugh this week?

Friday, April 3, 2009

For the Love of a Child

If you have read my blog at all, then you already know that I had a miscarriage at the end of January. This was the 2nd time I had a miscarriage. The first time was in March of 2006. I was at a very different place in my life back then, and I have realized that I am handling this miscarriage differently. This time, it has been REALLY hard to handle. Hard to accept the reality, that the baby that was a surprise to us, was not meant to breathe the air in which we live. I was speaking to my husband about this very thing last night. The first time I had miscarried, I had not been to my first OB appt. I was only 7 weeks along, and my OB does not see his patients until they're at least 8 weeks, preferably 10 weeks along. So, I did not have an ultrasound to "see" the baby. This most recent time, I was 8 weeks when I went to my first OB appt. I saw the little, tiny heartbeat...putting a visual picture in my heart and mind of my precious baby. So, when I miscarried, the last picture I have in my mind, is the picture of my baby on that black and white screen, not moving, no heartbeating...just as still as a picture in a frame. I went from seeing the heartbeat, knowing that my baby was alive inside of me, to seeing my baby dead. The first time I did not have tangible evidence of a "baby", I never got to "see" with my own eyes that the baby was real...but this time, it's so much harder. I still cry often when I think about how I should look right now, what plans Ed and I should be making for this new addition, what the future looks like for our family of 5. I wonder if this baby was a baby girl...I've always wanted a little girl. I wonder if this baby would have bright red hair like I did, or would she have beautiful dark hair like her daddy. I have always dreamed about bows, and hairbands...of pigtails and braids.

SIDENOTE: (When I was growing up, I LOVED to fix my cousin Marisa's hair. I was 10 years old when she was born, and my grandma watched her while my aunt worked. Since my grandparents lived in front of us, it was often you would find me standing next to Marisa's cradle watching her sleep. I always LOVED helping Grandma when she watched Marisa. She was like a real live baby doll. I got to change her diaper, feed her, put her to sleep, and often, Marisa would be wearing 2 to 3 different outfits a day because I LOVED going to the closet and picking out clothes for her to wear. It was so much fun getting to act like "mommy" when I was around her. Maybe that's why Marisa is SO special to me. I have watched her grow up...I have been there for the good times and bad times. Marisa, I hope you know how much I love you, and I am SO proud of you!!)

Since the most recent miscarriage, God has given me a passage in Psalms to cling to..this passage has helped me in some of my lowest moments.

Psalms 139: 13-16

13)For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb.
14)I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
15)My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16) Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.

God knew that when he gave me this baby to carry, after the precious heart started beating...that the baby would be in his arms before I ever got the chance to hold my child. This has given me so much comfort during my darkest moments.

I will forever love the children that God has chosen to receive in heaven before me. When people ask how many children I have, I say 2 on earth, and 2 in Heaven. I am so thankful, and blessed for the 2 precious boys I have here on earth. They bring me SUCH joy that is unspeakable. I am truly blessed to be a mother!