Daily Verse

"How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from you commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you." Psalm 119:9-11

Why do we try to conform God to our will? Live in His word and know true joy.

"Make me to know your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. Remember your mercy, O LORD, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old."
Psalm 25:4-6

God reveals the truth of our time and all time to us through Scripture.

"The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the tstimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple: the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb."
Psalm 19:7-10

All the laws in all the books in all the libraries of the world are but a footnote to the law of God.

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways ackowledge him, and he will make straight your paths."
Proverbs 3:5-6

To know and understand God comes not through our intellect, but through the wisdom given to us by the grace of God.

"My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart."
Proverbs 3:1-3

Don't measure success by society's standards. Use Christ as your measuring stick.

"The the LORD answered Job our of the whirlwind and said: 'Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding, Who determined its measurements - surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? Or who laid its cornerstond...?'"
Job 38:1, 4-6

When we measure God by our limited standards, we attempt to measure the elephant by weighing one strand of its hair.

"Philip said to him, 'Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.' Jesus said to him, 'Have I been with you so lon, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, Show us the Father?'"
John 14:8-9

Christ is God made flesh. If you want to know God, you must draw closer to Jesus.








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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The big SpLaSh!

She is getting more and more brave!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Swimming Pumpkins!

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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Chilly Day for Swimmin'

In mid June we had a week of rainy/cooler weather that didn't allow for us to spend much time outside, let alone swimming! Well the Blue Birds LOVED that weather, and I enjoyed watching them from the window by my desk! One of the days, it was maybe 71* outside and after the Pumpkins left the Patch my kids talked me into filling up the baby pool so they could play....IT WAS CHILLY! They enjoyed it none the less, what can I say...little fish they are! We also tried out a new sprinkler thing I had gotten for them, it isn't good for trailer hits 4 houses and some cars if you have it on all the way to function properly! They thought it was fun for a little while anyway...

Team work... His toes must not feel much, this was seriously chilly and he stood in there for a good long while!
But it was a good day for taking pictures of him: He was in a good mood, the light was just right, and he was flashing smiles my way like crazy!And silly faces, this doesn't look like a baby face any more, but a very grown up little manMore team work!He thought something was funny

Pretty boy...She was cold, but wouldn't tell me because I had warned her!So handsome with his sun kissed cheeks and his big blue eyes...My little Cali Surfer Dude!He got the idea to splash Mommy
But Mommy beat him to it!
try, Try TRY again!And again!When Daddy came home from work, he was able to help me put the rest of the newest climber together, we are still waiting on the missing parts to put the swings up though!It was fun even without the swings!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Princess' Roses

Princess and I went to the store together one night and they had a dozen roses for $5! I couldn't resist buying them from her since we didn't get her any for her dance recital! They were BEAU.T.FUL!

And she loved them...

Friday, June 26, 2009

Thankful Thursday, ahem, I mean Friday

Well, it has been one of those weeks, the kind that is basically a roller coaster ride that you cannot get off of! {Part of life with PCOS}

Anyway, my thankful post this week is going to be directed to my mom & dad. I am so thankful for the way that they stand beside us even if they are not on the same page. The love us, and they love our adopted children (apparently this is difficult for some other family members) with an unconditional GRANDPARENT kind of love (aka ~ spoil them rotten.)

But before there was grandchildren there was just us as a couple and before that there was just me their daughter. While I was a rather confusing teenager, and had a VERY strong opinion of my own (and most of the time acted on my own thoughts and beliefs) they still were there every time I needed to talk, or needed help with something, or even if I needed gas money! Sometimes I wish you could remember more from your younger days because it would be fun to remember what they were like at parents from my toddler years...but I know one thing, they sacrificed often for my brother and I. And even though I grew up to be someone far different than they could ever have imagined, I grew up to be someone that has alot of them in me too!

We were blessed enough to be able to be with them over Father's Day weekend, and now my mother will be getting in her car and driving the 7 hour drive any minute! We get to have her from today until a week from Sunday...Daddy will be joining her next week sometime to celebrate the 4th as a family. It is always so wonderful to have them around! We are thankful!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Mama's little helper

The kids are at the age where they want to do everything themselves, JUST.LIKE.MOMMY.&.DADDY! Well it is no different when it comes to being in the kitchen. I was browning some pork to put in our soup the other day and she wanted to help REAL bad. I had already put the rest of the soup in the crock pot while she napped and there was nothing left for her to do, so with VERY CAREFUL SUPERVISION {I mean I NEVER left her side} she learned out to brown meat...and did VERY well about keeping her one hand on the handle and her other elbow up so it didn't come close to the pan....what a sweetheart!

(PS~my thankful Thursday post is coming on Friday this week!)

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Happy Birthday to Me!

While it is my birthday today, most of my birthday related celebrations are already finished...
~ My HUSBAND gave me a fire pit and because there was no place to hide something so large, I received it on the 13th!
~ Another part of my gift/his father's day gift was getting to go and see Randy.Travis in concert on the 19th
~ We took off just after the concert to head out to my parents house for the big weekend of my home town - Saddle.Horse.Holiday - which was a happy blessing. We were not planning to go until out of the blue I called Dad the Tuesday before (16th) just to chat. He half jokingly asked if we would be interested in coming home because he needed someone to drive his truck in the parade, I (jokingly) said if you pay for gas we will be there! The rest is history, he helped with gas, we went!

I had been thinking for a while what kind of post I wanted for my 'Birthday Post' and couldn't come up with anything wise or I'll just leave you with this. Since this is our family blog, I have decided to start a new blog for ME!

It is called, 'JustExactlyNothingExciting' as you can see the first letter of each of the words spell my middle name. You can go here to see my first post and explanation of what the purpose (or lack thereof) this blog will be!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


There are many people in my life that have been more than supportive of the face that I may not always be able to control my tears, and have a hard time loosing weight that seems to be gained overnight, along with other wonderful things like being 26 and still fighting acne full time, being tired often, and many other things. There are many women out there that know the routine, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

We found out officially last summer that I had PCOS, but because of a wonderful friend were suspicious that I may have had it for a few years prior. What finally lead to finding it was that my body faked a pregnancy last year. I had all the symptoms, started gaining a little baby bump, the list goes on and on. I didn't go to the doctor because, well because of my history! Finally where I would have been about 3 months I went and did the regular tests and the doctor found PCOS. It wasn't a surprise to me, but what she told me was...she said with her help and lots of prayer she was 100% sure that we would be able to conceive. Well, she ended up moving to New Zealand after just 3 months of working with her.

But let me tell you, while the testing, ultrasounds, blood work, and giving myself shots were not that great for those 3 months...the fact that I was, well, normal was wonderful. Handsome and I have often talked that we wished that it didn't cost so much to go through month after month because we would like to have the normal even steven and able to have fun and love life me back on a regular basis, but it was between $750 & $1000 a month out of pocket!

Anyway, PCOS can affect 1 in 15 women (MINIMUM) and the symptoms can run the gamut from person to person. As a general rule PCOS ladies are heavier and have trouble loosing weight, but even smaller ladies can have PCOS as well. Because it is becoming so widespread, I would like you to check out this website and read more about it.

***Countdown to my birthday: 1 DAY!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Talking to Grandma

Princess really enjoys talking on the phone...A LOT!
Her favorite person to talk to:Grandma Pancakes
Her favorite person to talk about: Grandpa Windy Car
Her favorite person to imitate while on the phone: Mommy!
Too cute for words!

***Countdown to my birthday: 2 DAYS!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Clouds on the Hills

One of my Thankful Thursday posts was about how I loved the rainy/cloudy weather in the hills because of how beautiful it was (see that post here), well this time my Handsome was driving so I was able to snap some pictures...though the pictures do NOT do the beauty of this ANY justice at all! See how the clouds just roll over the hills and come into town...LOVE IT!

There are houses up in those clouds!

I just think it is BEAUTIFUL!
***Countdown to my birthday: 3 days!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Like Father, Like Son

Lately, Boo has really been excited to 'match' his Daddy. So when we are going anywhere as a family I try to wait to dress Boo until I see what Handsome has picked out and then try to find something that Boo has similar. This was a couple of weeks ago getting ready for church. It worked out very well because the only thing different was that Handsome had a wedding ring and Boo didn't (not that I am in a hurry for this or anything.) But the shirt was VERY similar, blue jeans, shoes that looked alike and similar necklaces...Boo was in heaven, and Daddy must have liked it as well because he asked for a picture to be taken!

***Countdown to my Birthday: 4 days!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Upper Case Living

A couple months ago I was invited to an Upper.Case.Living party that our pastors' wife was having. I had seen some U.C.L before, but not much of it. I looked at the website several times before going to the party and had picked some things that I thought would be nice to have in our house....but, when at the party the U.C.L. lady had some photo books of work that clients had special ordered and I saw one that someone had done like this only it was "The Johnson Family Establish 1994" or something like that (do not remember the exact name and year.) And decided that would be perfect to put up around our family picture.

Well, I was able to put up the 'Established 2002' part by myself the day after it came, but was able to finally wrangle my husbands help a week ago to get the bigger part up. I am very happy with how it turned out! I also ordered some stuff to make Christmas gifts for two family members...but since they are blog readers I cannot show or share anything about it until then!

***Countdown to my Birthday: 5 days!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Thankful Thursday

There is a couple that really deserves an entire post, they sure have been a blessing & encouragement to us even before the latest disaster (being told we had until January 30th to get out of the parsonage the week before Christmas.) We bought our suburban from them in January 2008, and Handsome has continued to get to know them after that. I didn't really get to know them until the issue, but have gotten to know them well since.

Mark & Teresa are some of the most caring people you could ever meet. It just so happened to be that when we needed a place to live 'at the drop of the hat' they had a home for sale. They were willing to even help us out a bit until Pumpkin Patch DC is two years old and the bank recognizes it as income! To go through and list every single thing that they have done to help us out in the last 6 month would 1st off, embarrass them...but secondly be so long you guys would get bored! I used to joke around with Teresa about us being so needy and how I didn't understand why they would want to be around us because every time we turned around we needed help again! Well that all culminated on March 6th when I fell and knocked myself unconscious on the ice. After I was allowed to leave the ER that night Teresa came up and put her arm around me and said, "A, this sure bring your being needy to a whole new level!" I thought that was funny...and it has only been brought up jokingly since.

Our children have also fallen in love with these great people. The kids love to go to their house and spend time there, and I couldn't be happier with the fact that they are willing to watch our kids!

Well, I could go on and on about these great people....but they are definitely two people that we have come to love dearly over the last 6 months. People that I am so thankful that God allowed us to cross paths with!

***Countdown to my Birthday: 6 days!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Bowling with Friends!

We had the chance to go bowling with our friends Eric & Michelle a couple weeks ago...don't worry, they knew when I was taking the pictures that they would end up on the blog!

The funny thing about taking pictures while don't get to see too many faces! Look at her great form! And then my not so happy dance!This was the first night I was sportin my new specs!Then there is Mr. "I haven't bowled in 10 years" that rocked!I could have taken a picture every time Eric watched his bowling ball went down the lane, he posed different!"SPARE"There goes that awesome form again!"STRIKE!"This was the best pose of the night though...I made him redo it so we could get it on the blog!The kids thought it wasn't fair that Mommy & Daddy, Eric & Michelle all got to 'roll the balls' and they didn't!Wish this would have turned out looks like it would have been a cute one! I must apologize for the quality (or lack of) the pictures, I never really did find a great mode with my camera while in the bowling alley!
***Countdown to my birthday: 7 days! {1 week!}