What I’ve Feared All My Life

Lexi's birthday

One of our favorite annual Birthday traditions is a Daddy/Daughter date to Friendly’s Icecream Shoppe.

This is a really random post that has no spiritual implications but I have a confession…something I’ve feared for 38 years…

Dogs.

Yep – it’s lame I know.

It’s been a problem that has hounded me (no pun intended) since I was a child.

I LOVE people. And when you are afraid of a family’s dog – let’s just say – that family…does not love my fear of dogs.

I’m a huge inconvenience to have over because these poor dog owners ie. my real life friends – have to put their dog in the basement or their bedroom or laundry room or outside.  Oh – it’s so sad. I hate that I have this irrational fear.

So you say.  Well, what happens if they don’t put their dog away…sometimes I keep my cool. For example, at Christmas time my husband’s brothers dog walked through the house (a 90 lb dog that had gotten out of his cage) and I kept my cool.  If it had decided to actually hop up on the couch with me or barked at me – well the composed Courtney would have left the house and a frantic one would have showed herself.  I would probably jump on your back for a piggy back ride!  (Just saying I think that could happen – I wouldn’t really know from experience or anything. lol!! ;) )

So the story goes like this.  Alexis loves loves loves dogs.  She collects stuffed animals that are dogs, reads books about dogs, watches youtubes about dogs, begs for one all.the.time and insists on petting every dog we pass wherever we are (which is usually a deep breathing exercise for me).

So my husband is allergic to dogs. Praise the Lord! We have an excuse not to get one!  So it was easy to say – “sorry honey, but daddy’s allergic.”

Until one day my husband said – let’s get her a fish or a rabbit or….do you know where this is headed????

Yep – a puppy. Let me introduce you to “Snowball”.

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Alexis turned 9 this past Tuesday and her dreams are coming true – (this could be a nightmare. Lol.).  This sweet puppy is only 2 weeks old, so I have 6-8 weeks to prepare for the arrival.

I have never had any pets before – another weird fact about me right? Not even a gold fish friends!

It’s time I face my fears.  Now I’m not real brave…because this dog stays quite small.  She’s a hypo-allergenic Bishon. But it’s a start.  You have to start somewhere right?

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So dog lovers- any advice for this first time puppy owner?  I have no clue what I’ve just gotten myself into but I’m excited and looking forward to tackling this fear in 2014!  Maybe, just maybe if I come to your house – you can let your sweet dog roam free without having to give me a piggy back ride! Lol!

Do you have a dog – what kind?  Help me set my expectations for what’s coming into our home – I’d love to hear!  And does anyone know where I can get tranquilizers for my visits to Petsmart and the vet?  Haha – I’m kidding…well half kidding.

Walk with the King,

Courtney

My Birthday Present

August 26th, is my 38th Birthday – cue the confetti!! :)

And it also happens to be my dear friend and recipe extraordinaire’s birthday too – Janelle from Comfy in the Kitchen! This photo below was taken of us on our birthday 2 years ago.  We are birthday twins – - I love sharing a birthday with her and I love how God works even in these small details of our lives.

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My gift to myself is a day off from writing (so this will be a very unspiritual post lol!).

But I’ll share with you a present I got on Saturday (a few days early) from my husband.

First – let me say that I asked for this – so this was not a hint from him that I need to change.  And secondly, this is not a paid ad or anything like that – we paid full retail for it and I have not tried it out yet – so I am not “endorsing” this!

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It’s a desk – with pedals – ha!  It has a flat surface where I can set my laptop, iPad or Bible and work – while I pedal.

We all know that a sedentary lifestyle is not only unhealthy, it’s dangerous for our health.  And since I’ve taken up blogging and writing a book, I’ve spent a lot of hours sitting. SO, I saw another blogger instagram a photo of her FitDesk and I knew immediately I should give this a try.  It won’t be my “hard” workout for the day.  I will still use my elliptical in the evening for my 30 minute cardio workout.  But I am hoping that in the early morning or late afternoon, when I’m doing my Facebook, Twitter and blog browsing I can get some blood pumping.

I mentioned I got this gift a few days early because my husband has to work late on my birthday :( boooooooo - so they’ll be no celebrations on my actual birthday – but he did take me out to dinner on Saturday at one of my favorite restaurants –Red Lobster :) .  Here are some pictures from that night (the kids love the lobster tank and my husband was using his engineering degree to engineer a tower out of the coasters and toothpicks lol!):

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After dinner, I got to enjoy my kid’s first scrimmage.  Alex is playing football for our public school team and Alexis is a cheerleader FOR his team!  Alex had two great tackles Saturday and Lexi’s gymnastics classes are finally getting some use!

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This week we begin our first week of homeschooling.  I’ll share our first day of school photos and our curriculum a little later on the blog.

That’s all for now!! Have a great new week everyone!

Walk with the King!

Courtney

DIY: Outdoor Lawn Twister

DIY Outdoor Lawn Twister

 

This is such a fun outdoor game to play with a big crowd! 

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I’m always looking for fun party ideas and I found this idea on Pinterest. It’s pretty much self-explanatory on how to do it! :) 

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I bought some paint and made a pattern out of cardboard.  Then I picked a spot and started painting.

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If I did this again, I would measure between the circles because the lines were a little crooked – oops!

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You can make the grid extra large if you are expecting an extra large crowd — that way everyone can play at once!  The more the merrier!

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 Chime In: What are some of your favorite outdoor summer games to play?

Walk with the King,

Our April Fool’s Day Tradition

 If you hang out on Pinterest  – you have seen some fun ways moms are being playful with their children on April Fools Day.

image via KateherineMariePhotography   

 
But this is our tradition…

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It’s Lexi’s Birthday –she is my little April Fool’s baby and trust me, when I was delivering her, I was feeling sorry for the day she was coming out. lol! April 1st is her day –she’s 8!

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We had her party at a bowling alley –here she is with some of her cousins and daddy.

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And the Grandma’s came and watched. My Grandma on the left is 90 and on the right is 93! Aren’t they beautiful!

And the other Grandma (my mom) bowled!

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I wanted to get a picture of me and my two sisters…but one of the sisters {ahem} would not cooperate.  Guess it’s hard to be the big sister of a blogger. lol!  It’s extremely common for my family to duck out of photos when I pull out my camera –they all know where it could end up.  Sometimes I reassure them, “these photos are only for my memories.” but…

–April Fools!!! :)

Here’s my oldest sis – she looks good from behind right ;) ! 

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And my middle sister – the more cooperative one. lol! :)

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And the family!

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Alexis was a very high energy baby and rarely wanted to sit long to be rocked once she could walk.  So I remember the day we decided to move the rocking chair out of her room so we could put a brand new doll house in the rocking chair corner. 

It was Christmas Eve. She was 3 1/2. I had to hold her tightly to get her to stay on my lap and then it happened – she fell asleep on me. And for the last time, I rocked her to sleep in her room in that old rocking chair. It was a bitter sweet moment as I looked at my little angel in my arms, I remember a tear trickling down my cheek as I knew it was our last night to rock together in that corner of her room.

Are you are a weary mom today? This poem by Karen Kinsbury is one of my favorites titled:

Let Me Hold You Longer

(Warning:  get your tissues ready!)

Long ago you came to me,
a miracle of firsts,
First smiles and teeth and baby steps
a sunbeam on the burst.

But one day you will move away
and leave to me your past
And I will be left thinking of
a lifetime of your lasts…

The last time that I held a bottle
to your baby lips
The last time that I lifted you
and held you on my hip.
The last night when you woke up crying,
needing to be walked,
When last you crawled up with your blanket
wanting to be rocked.


The last time when you ran to me,
still small enough to hold.
The last time that you said you’d marry
me when you grew old.

Precious, simple moments and
bright flashes from your past-
Would I have held on longer if
I’d known they were your last?

Our last adventure to the park,
your final midday nap,
The last time when you wore your favorite
faded baseball cap.
Your last few hours of kindergarten,
those last few days of first grade,
Your last at bat in Little League,
last colored picture made.

I never said good-bye to all
your yesterdays long passed.
So what about tomorrow-
will I recognize your lasts?

The last time that you catch a frog
in that old backyard pond.
The last time that you run barefoot
across our fresh-cut lawn.

Silly, scattered images
will represent your past.
I keep on taking pictures,
never quite sure of your lasts…

The last time that I comb your hair
or stop a pillow fight.
The last time that I pray with you
and tuck you in at night.

The last time when we cuddle
with a book, just me and you
The last time you jump in our bed
and sleep between us two.
The last piano lesson,
last vacation to the lake.
Your last few weeks of middle school,
last soccer goal you make.

I look ahead and dream of days
that haven’t come to pass.
But as I do, I sometimes miss
today’s sweet, precious lasts…

The last time that I help you with
a math or spelling test.
The last time when I shout that yes,
your room is still a mess.


The last time that you need me for
a ride from here to there.
The last time that you spend the night
with your old tattered bear.

My life keeps moving faster,
stealing precious days that pass,
I want to hold on longer-
want to recognize your lasts…

The last time that you need my help
with details of a dance.
The last time that you ask me for
advice about romance.

The last time that you talk to me
about your hopes and dreams.
The last time that you wear a jersey
for your high school team.

I’ve watched you grow and barely noticed
seasons as they pass.
If I could freeze the hands of time,
I’d hold on to your lasts.

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For come some bright fall morning,
you’ll be going far away.
College life will beckon
in a brilliant sort of way.

One last hug, one last good-bye,
one quick and hurried kiss.
One last time to understand
just how much you’ll be missed.

I’ll watch you leave and think how fast
our time together passed.
Let me hold on longer,God,
to every precious last.

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In the midst of fevers, spit up, diapers, dishes and homework we moms can grow weary. We can forget all the firsts and LASTS that our children are progressing through as we wish for the next season – one we dream to be easier.

Today I hold my Alexis a little closer. So proud that she’s such a sweet 8 year old and yet sad that the baby, preschool, kindergarten and 1st grade days are forever gone.  She used to love Barney, the Mickey Mouse Club and Curious George but she grew up overnight last year and informed me those shows were for babies.  When we walk by Gymboree (my favorite store to look for deals in) - she no longer lets me window shop…she wants more grown up clothes now. :( Lasts are passing us by. The door of the little years has slammed shut in my face. Gone forever!

Weary moms enjoy your children today!  Don’t waste time wishing the little years away.  Sit back. Relax.

Enjoy them because I can testify, they will not last forever. 

Psalm 127:3 “Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him.”NLT

Walk with the King!