Friday, February 24, 2012

Thank you!

I just had the most amazing and wonderful experience while out shopping today! It almost didn't happen. If I hadn't gone shopping after the gym (which I almost didn't) or if I'd checked out a few minutes earlier I might have missed the chance. But sometimes, God directs us without us even  knowing it.

See, Hyvee is having a sale and part of that sale was Hunts spaghetti sauce for $0.59 a can. As you can imagine with 6 kiddos we can go through a lot of spaghetti sauce! So Rob wanted me to stop by today and get some. We got several cans of it as well as some chicken drumsticks and bananas since they were also on sale. After wandering around aimlessly for a few more minutes I went up to the front to check out. On the way there, a lady stopped me and handed me a loaf of bread, explaining that Shawnee County Farm Bureau was celebrating Food Check-Out Week by giving everyone a free loaf of bread. She explained that this is the week that the average American family has earned enough money to pay for their food for the whole year...of course our family is a "little" larger than average. :-) I was suprised and grateful! Sure, it's only 1 loaf of bread,but it's one that I won't have to buy. Wohoo for me!!

I was already feeling so lucky and blessed. So I headed to a line to wait and checkout. I noticed a gentleman trailing behind me and when I got in line another gentleman approached us with a camera. He spoke to the gentleman behind me and said, "What do you think? These guys?" I had Kai and Eddie with me and he told me to get down with them and snapped a picture of us. I was a bit confused at that point. Then the gentleman who took our picture said to the other, "Go ahead and giv'em the spiel." The other gentleman then explained that as part of Food Check-Out Week they were not only giving away a free loaf of bread, but they were also paying for all the food items in my cart!! I was SHOCKED!! I couldn't believe it! Nothing like this has ever happened to me before. That someone would choose to pay for my groceries, just because...I felt so incredibly undeserving and so blessed.

You see, our family has faced some struggles recently that I won't go into detail about but it was like the Lord was there, saying, "Look, I'm aware of you and the struggles you have faced. I care." Yes, he worked through others, no doubt. And chances are, these wonderful people at Farm Bureau aren't even aware of the impact this "small" gift has had and will have on me and my family. Sure, the total wasn't huge, about $23, but multiply that by however many others they are and have done this for and it adds up. And on a personal level, it's $23 that I can use for something else. With a large family money is always tight. We have never lacked for the things that we need and more often than not we can afford some of the things we want. It's not even about the amount so much as the knowledge that the Lord is aware of us and our needs before we are. And that there are those out there who care and want to be kind simply because the can.

Now, the chances that anyone who was part of this seeing my blog is really slim, but I want to say, "Thank You!!" You can't know how this has touched me and how it has impacted my family. There are probably many more people out there more in need of or more deserving of your gift of groceries, but I am so grateful that you choose me and my family. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you Shawnee County Farm Bureau! May the Lord bless you and your families for this kind service to me and others. And, Happy Food Check-Out Week!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Happy Birthday Kai Kai!

It's so hard to imagine that only 3 years ago on February 18th, we welcomed our 2nd little princess into our family! It seems like she's always been here and yet I can't believe that she's already 3. She came after such a difficult time for our family with losing our little boy, Robert Allen and then two miscarriages. I didn't think I'd ever hold another little baby in my arms. And then we found out we were pregnant. I didn't even want to hope that we'd make it to the end of the pregnancy, but Kailyn was tough and hung in there. She has been such a blessing to our family. I love her kisses and hugs, her goofiness and her laughter. I love to just hold her and cuddle with her. She is our miracle, our rainbow after the storm. The joy that she brings to each of us is immeasurable. I am so grateful that the Lord choose her to come join our family. She is the little sister that Emmy always wanted and I feel such pleasure watching them grow together. Watching them develope such a close friendship that will withstand all that may come. I treasure each moment with my baby princess and look forward to many more years of happiness, joy, celebrations and milestones.
Happy 3rd Birthday Baby Kai!!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A Budding Architect?

Kailyn has had a recent fascination with building houses. Any time she can get her hands on some blocks or shapes she is trying to build houses out of them. This house must have been built for those who are..shall we say, vertically challenged? ;-) 

This picture was from the Mulvane Art Museum's Art lab. She found the light table And built herself a little village.
And this one was at the Discovery Center. They had a room set up with black lights and shapes that you could stick to the wall. And Kailyn created this work of art. I call it "Houses on a Starry Night" She'll even steal her brothers legos and build houses out of them. Which she'll hide in her purse and take with her everywhere. I guess you'd call those "mobile homes". Hehehe.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Tag! You're It!

Danna over at 3 Pink Cupcakes tagged me in a post so here goes!

The Rules:
1. You must post the rules.
2. Post eleven fun facts about yourself on the blog post.
3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, and then
create eleven new questions to ask the people you've tagged.
4.Tag eleven people and link them on your post
5. Let them know you've tagged them!
1. I broke my left thumb in sixth grade while I was going down a slide at the park. I needed to have surgery to pin it so it would heal correctly.
2. I LOVE to read and I will read just about anything. Although I really hate books with explicit sex.
3. I like labor and delivery and have opted to do it without pain medication 5 out of 7 times.
4. I've been considering going back to school to become a nurse.
5. If I became a nurse I would like to work in either Labor and Delivery or the NICU. Mostly though I would like to work with patients who have a stillborn or baby that may die.
6. I have had two miscarriages and a stillborn baby boy.
8. I still take naps almost every day. :-) Be jealous! You know you are! ;-)
9. I like to sing and play trumpet and I do so in a small Jazz band that performs at local nursing homes once a month.
10. I was the first girl born on my dad's side of the family in over 80 years.
11. I was named Jennifer Jean just so my dad could call me JJ. He had that nickname picked out years before he even married.
My Questions to Answer

1. How many siblings do you and where are you in the birth order? I have 6 siblings (5 brothers and 1 sister) and I am 2nd oldest. Although, definitely the most mature! ;-)
2. What is the last book that you read? Any Minute by Joyce Meyer and Deborah Bedford
3. What food do you crave the most? Right now, it's my grandma's Banana Bread...soooo good!
4. Do you have any irrational fears? I don't know that it's irrational so much as unlikely, but I have this fear of driving off a bridge into water and having to choose which kids to save. Terrifying!
5. Growing up did you ever wish you had a different name and if so, what? No, I always liked my name.
6. What is your least favorite food? Raisins...gross.
7. What is your favorite movie? Toss up between Charly and Pride and Prejudice
8. Are you really into decorating for holidays or do you keep it to a minimum? I don't do it at all. If it gets done it's because my hubby does it. I just am not into decorating. Too much effort.
9. What is your favorite color? Blue...or green....or purple.
10. How do you handle meeting new people, do you tend to be more outgoing or shy? Depends...I have to observe the situation before deciding how to act. If it's one on one I'm probably more outgoing, but in large groups of people I don't know, I tend to hang back until I understand the group dyanmics and how well my "unique" sense of humor may be tolerated.
11. Do you wake up easily in the morning or do you have to drag yourself out of bed? I have to drag myself out of bed. I'd probably sleep all day if I could.
New Questions
1. What's one thing you love about yourself?
2. How old were you when you got your first kiss?
3. Who was your favorite teacher, what grade and why?
4. What animal would you have as a pet if you could have any animal?
5. If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go?
6. What one person would you choose to be stranded on a desert island with, excluding family?
7. If you could have a super power, what would it be and why?
8. If you won 5 million dollars, what would you do with it?
9. Who was the last person who complimented you and what did they say?
10. Do you enjoy getting into political discussions?
11. What is your biggest pet peeve?
I'm Tagging:
Karolyn at Little Wonders
Sam at Life
Shannon at Family Time
Rebecca at He Did What???
And.....I'm gonna break the rules and not tag anyone else.

Robert Allen