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Day 19 of my 365 Day Journey

So it is times like the last few days that is why I had decided that if I miss a day for whatever reason I will simply start with the next “day” on my list and not play catch up.  I know others that are doing similar blogs are doing it differently but this is what works for me and one thing that keeps me going with out feeling like have have failed anytime I forget or whatever other reasons there may be.  This is why I titled it my 365 day Journey and not A Year in the Life.  🙂

If you are reading this and are unaware of my past several days I have been battling being sick.  I started getting sick on Saturday and then my girls started getting sick Sunday evening.  On Monday I took the girls to the doctor and found out Naomi had strep and the flu and Emma had strep.  Thankfully today we are all better and our lives are back to normal! 

I did not purposely stop my blog during this time, it just kind of happened.  I knew I needed my sleep, and I do this blog at night before bed (it’s what works for me).  I did not forget about the blog and why I am doing it, I made myself continue each day to stay in the moment and be aware of the big and little things I am able to praise Him for.  So I will begin the first, however many, praises with a few from the last few days.


1.  We caught it all early and were able to get on antibiotics quick, helping the girls to get over everything quicker than usual.

2.  I have a job that allowed me to spend two days resting with my girls.

3.  My husband is truly amazing and took over each afternoon when he got home.

4.  Brad and Zeke both did not catch anything from the three of us.

5.  Emma only ran a fever for 24 hours!

6.  Naomi is such a strong girl and powered through two illnesses.

7.  We were all better before Wednesday.

8.  This morning was super easy getting the kids up and ready.

9.  Although Emma did not want to go back to school, she gave me a hug and went into class on her own.

10.  Zeke was able to go pick up all Naomi’s make up work. 

11.  Naomi has a great teacher who is awesome at communicating by email…we “replied” several times today.

12.  Naomi did great on her last day at home.  Played and rested as needed.  🙂

13.  The two kids I watch were super great today for having 4 days away.

14.  Jacie loves answering my questions and makes me laugh with her attempts to talk.

15.  Due to not going to the grocery store since last week our fridge is almost empty, the good news…I was able to wipe down the inside of the fridge.  🙂

16.  Dispite being me being sick our house stayed clean!  Brad is such a great helper.

17.  Today was Wednesday and my first time out of the house was to go to CYM!  (other than drop off and pick up at school)  🙂

18.  Brad was able to go run some errands for the Lodge!

19.  The students all loved seeing the Jones Soda’s back in the Lodge.

20.  I love being fully stocked on everything in the Lodge!  🙂

21.  I had time to run down to the Cafe at church and pick up a sandwhich and drink! 

22.  Our church Cafe makes great blended Chai’s!!

23.  We had 2 new people in CYM tonight for our new Zombie-pocalypse series.

24.  Bryce still has football buddies coming to CYM!!

25.  Night one of the Zombie-pocalypse series was a big hit!

26.  My friend Cherryl sat with me during service.  🙂

27.  I was home from church at 9:30…this rarely happens.

28.  I forgot to mention up above the my friend Holly took Zeke to school yesterday for me.  This allowed the girls to sleep in!!!

Day 18 of my 365 Day Journey

1. Despite a bad night of sleep, it did not ruin my day!

2. Paying bills and having money left over! I love this feeling.

3. Photo editing. It is so much fun and I want to learn more.

4. Had three requests in the last two days to take people pictures.

5. Even if this “job” is temporary, I am having fun.

6. God’s timing!!

7. When we rely on God, things go so good.

8. Learning not to worry!

9. Emma got the flu shot today and she smiled through it all.

10. My mom came and picked up Emma and took her for ice cream.

11. Nana loves to spoil her grand babies. 🙂

12. Shared calendars on my iPad and Brad’s iPod. He got the reminder for Emma’s appt and made sure I had seen it…I had not.

13. Tonight’s CYM was Mud Bowl 2013. Fun relaxed night.

14. The students had a blast!

15. Although my feet were a mess and I received a few mud hugs, I made it out relatively clean.

16. We had 12 visitors tonight!

17. Students who love to get muddy and have fun!

18. Loving teachers. Although Emma was sore and tired from her shot, her teachers took care of her!

19. We had a moment tonight with Zeke were I could have gotten overly emotional. I handled it with calm and got Brad’s help.

20. God is showing me that the behavioral disorder Zeke battles is not my fault. (He is currently un-diagnosed, we are in the process in case you are wondering.)

21. I remained calm on the drive home and did not beat myself up.

22. I had a victory today! For anyone that knows me, the above 3 items are a big deal for me.

23. God gives you victories!

24. Doing this blog tonight helped show me today’s victory.

25. Brad received an email today about the men’s camping trip being for fathers and sons. He has decided to take Zeke! I can’t wait for Brad to tell him. He will be so excited.

26. Brad has started trying to do things just him and Zeke and it is really helping their relationship.

27. Being married to my best friend! Sometimes I wish I had more close friends. But none would compare to Brad.

28. Brad knows more about me than anyone and loves me still!!

Day 17 of my 365 Day Journey

1. I did not feel drained when I woke up this morning.

2. I am finally starting to get good nights of sleep.

3. Fall shows are starting back.

4. Shows for my “mindless time”.

5. I love mindless time. Watching carefree shows or reading.

6. I had a little time this morning to go through our pictures from yesterday.

7. The pics came out great…my love is growing.

8. Our lunch today was free. (To-go plates made for us yesterday at a photography job.)

9. Quiet time was great today.

10. I got a lot done today during quiet time.

11. The kids were all so great this afternoon.

12. Naomi is a great helper.

13. Naomi helped clean up a little today.

14. Jaxton and Emma did a great job at cleaning the room today after play time.

15. I love the comfort of my home.

16. I may not have high class furniture but they are mine and I love them.

17. I can find many things through out our house that we did not pay for.

18. Friends and family who bless you with nice things.

19. Our living room set had been ours for 10 years and was a friends before us. It is still in great condition.

20. My own babies were good while Brad was gone today.

21. The girls had a blast coloring.

22. Naomi wrote a store about our family.

23. Naomi is very creative.

25. Emma so looks up to her sister. They get along so well most of the time.

26. Brad loaded the dishwasher after dinner.

27. The kids and I watched the Voice together tonight.

28. All three kids have a great love for music, like there parents. 🙂

Day 16 of my 365 Day Journey

(Saturday and Sunday combined.)

1. Despite our race being cancelled due to bad weather. Brad and I made it safely back to OKC, through the storms.

2. We have a little free time to sit and talk with his parents when we went to get the kids.

3. I had time to take a nap when we got home, much needed after about an hour of sleep at the hotel.

4. I got to go eat dinner with Cherryl, just me and her!

5. Cherryl and I had a great dinner at McAlester’s and were able to have quality time just of us for almost 2 hours.

6. Brad, Cherryl and I had fun talking and laughing till after 1am.

7. We made it to Sunday School for the first time in a long while. We enjoyed being back in our Sunday School class.

8. The class is doing lessons from the Family ID conference and we received some value able life strategies.

9. Tess and Oliver sat with us again at church and I got to love on baby Oliver during service.

10. Pastors Ted and Tami did a joint lesson this morning at church. I loved being “fed” this morning.

11. Lessons on communication are good for any level of communicators!

12. Daniel sang the Sanctus Real song Lead Me during offering. It was a blessing. I love that song and Daniel did great!

13. Watching Daniel worship or perform is always a blessing because his heart for God is truly authentic.

14. I am blessed to call Daniel a friend.

15. We had an easy meal of left overs for lunch today, taco salads. Yummy and fast!

16. Brad and I were able to rest for about 20 minutes after lunch.

17. So thankful for Grandparents who love to watch their grandkids!

18. Brad and I had an opportunity to take pictures for his Aunt Gail’s church.

19. The pictures were for the two year anniversary of her pastors. It was a blessing to be part of the event.

20. The heart of other ministers is so great to see.

21. The pastors wife truly touched me. One quote I loved, “Our church may not be big but we do big things!”

22. Everyone we talked to was so nice and welcoming.

23. Brad and I are blessed with some great Aunties!

24. We were able to see Grandma Ford as well, she always puts a smile on my face!!

25. We were blessed with a couple plates of food to bring home!

26. Free lunch tomorrow for me and the kiddos!

27. When we picked up the kids at my parents we stayed to watch a Duck Dynasty episode! I am thankful for good clean tv shows. There aren’t many left.

28. Carrot cake…one of my favorites and my parents had some! 🙂

Day 15 of My 365 Day Journey

1. Kids were so excited to have Grandparents day at school with Nana, they woke up great!

2. Nana loves her time with her grand babies.

3. The kids got to have donuts at school with Nana.

4. They enjoyed showing Nana their classrooms.

5. I got a longer quiet time since I did not have to take the kids to school.

6. Red Oak had a fabulous turn out for Grandparents Day.

7. Red Oak is such a great school!

8. God provided us a house in a great school district.

9. I enjoyed some me time watching one of my shows online.

10. I got to eat left over tacos for lunch.

11. I love good left overs.

12. I was able to take Zeke and Naomi to the library after school.

13. Zeke and Naomi love going to the library!!

14. I am blessed with 3 kids that love books!

15. Brad did not have to work at Hobby Lobby this weekend.

16. Brad was able to go to the race with me.

17. After dropping off the kids at grama’s Brad and I enjoyed a yummy meal at Cracker Barrel.

18. Meals just me and Brad!

19. I got to remind Brad of how yummy Cracker Barrel is.

20. Cracker Barrel jelly!

21. Despite forgetting my computer at home and adding an hour to our trip we had a good drive to Bartlesville.

22. I had a chance to attend a pity party and chose not to and tore up the invitation.

23. Kara’s blog on self-pity was in my head as great reminder to not attend! (http://khendricksonblog.com/2013/09/20/selahday-129-self-pity-one-of-the-devils-favorite-weapons/)

24. God will help you not go or if necessary leave a pity party if you ask!

25. I got in the car during this time and Mandisa’s song Stonger came on the radio and was exactly what I needed!

26. Christian radio!

27. Not going to the party feels way better than going!

28. I had a victory today!!

Day 14 of my 365 Day Journey

1. My migraine was gone when I woke up this morning!!

2. Although I got a dull headache this morning it never progressed and slowly faded.

3. God is my healer!

4. The kids were all so good today!!

5. I was able to clean with the kids here, this never happens without them acting crazy. 

6. Emma tried helping Jaxton with his letters today, too sweet.

7. Emma was so good while Jacie and Jaxton napped.

8. I got a lot done during nap time.

9. I was able to go get pick up Zeke and Naomi from school and leave the kids with Brad.

10. Quiet moments in the car by yourself!

11. Zeke and I got to take a quick grocery trip, just us.

12. Zeke doesn’t drive me crazy asking for stuff when I take him to the grocery store. 

13. My kiddo’s left early today allowing me to get more things done.

14. Homework time was so nice and smooth today, even had worship music going.

15. My kids are so good at getting homework done!!

16. Zeke’s progress report was straight A’s!!!!!!!!

17. Naomi’s progress report was 3% away from straight A’s, she is excited to get it up before report cards come out.

18. I had plenty of time to get dinner ready for our company, Paige and Marquis.

19. Marquis likes my taco’s and queso…he’s a picky eater.

20. The kids were good during dinner, despite Emma showing off.

21. Paige brought a super yummy oreo dessert.

22. We had fun going through wedding pictures and remembering funny moments from the wedding.

23. They loved all the pictures.

24. Realizing how sentimental it was is helping me make my decision on whether or not to continue taking wedding pictures.

25. The kids did great going to bed tonight. A surprise when we had company here.

26. Paige, Marquis, Brad and I get along very well….we will have to plan future dinners together.

27. God will put your perfect mate in your life if you will rely on His timing.

28. Paige and Marquis each found their perfect mate. 

Day 11 of my 365 day Journey

So I have missed a couple days due do an extremely busy weekend. So day 11 is coming a couple days late. 🙂

1. I slept like a baby last night despite being very sore from being on my feet all day Saturday.

2. The kids did really well getting ready this morning, always a plus on Sundays.

3. Emma wore her flower girl dress to church this morning and got so many compliments. She was in heaven!

4. We had Tess and Oliver sitting with us in service this morning.

5. I am always thankful for some cuddle time with baby Oliver.

6. Daniel and Tammy are amazing worship leaders and so blessed to be lead by them.

7. Neil Kennedy was our guest speaker today and he was so good.

8. I am blessed with a great dad!

9. My kids are blessed with a great dad!

10. Zeke was not able to go to his uncle’s house today and he did ok with the news and did not cause a scene leaving church. This is a big deal for him.

11. We had a nice family lunch at McAlister’s.

12. We walked in the door and went straight to the counter to order!

13. We had a sweet conversation with 3 “grandmas” behind us in line. They were so very sweet. We should be thankful for all generations who came before us.

14. McAlister’s. (one of my favorites)

15. I was able to take a 2 hour nap today! Much needed.

16. We made plans for Marquis and Paige to come to dinner Thursday and look at wedding pictures. I love making plans with family.

17. I was able to edit about 20 pictures from the wedding today. I am learning so much.

18. Between Brad and I we took over 800 pictures yesterday. I am so thankful for his help!

19. I love being able to communicate privately on facebook, sometimes it’s better than texting.

20. I rode my bike down to my parents to borrow something from my parents. Love that they are right down the street.

21. Thankful for my bike so I don’t have to drive the car.

22. The weather outside was beautiful today!!

23. Fall!!! I love fall!

24. Both tires on my bike were a little low. On the way back home a neighbor pointed it out to me and aired them up for me with his electric air pump in his garage. The ride from his house to mine was much better with full tires. J

25. Nice neighbors!

26. The kids were very good this evening and had fun playing video games together.

27. We had a very relaxing evening. Very needed after such a busy day yesterday!

28. I was able to enjoy some quiet time after the rest of the family went to bed tonight.

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