Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Made You Laugh!

I feel like I've started this blog out with an overload of "heavy" topics, and while heavy topics will definitely be visited on this blog, I don't want it to be all heavy all of the time.  So, today I thought I would lighten things up a little!

Several years ago I received this from a friend in an email and as I was going through some papers the other day, I found it again.  If you have ever known a man, I am sure you will find mutiple areas of truth in this!


1.  A 5-day trip requires only one suitcase.

2.  We can open all of our own jars.

3.  We can make decisions without a support group.

4.  We can leave a motel bed unmade.

5.  We can kill our own food.

6.  We get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness.

7.  Wedding plans take care of themselves.

8.  If someone forgets to invite us to something they can still be our friend.

9.  Underwear are $10 a 3 pack.

10.  Three pairs of shoes are more than adequate.

11.  We don't have to clean the house if the meter reader is coming.

12.  Car mechanics tell us the truth.

13.  We can sit quietly and watch TV with a friend for hours without thinking, "he must be mad at me."

14.  Gray hair and wrinkles only add character.

15.  We can drop by and see a friend without having to bring a little gift.

16.  If another guy shows up at a party in the same outfit we just might become lifelong friends.

17.  Your pals will never trap you with, "So, notice anything different?"

18.  We are not expected to know the names of more than 5 colors.

19.  We are totally unable to see wrinkles in our clothes.

20.  The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades.

21.  We don't have to shave below the neck.

22.  A few belches are expected and tolerated.

23.  One wallet, one pair of shoes, one color, all seasons.

24.  We can do our nails with a pocket knife.

25.  Christmas shopping can be accomplished for 25 people on the day before Christmas and be done in 45 minutes.

Author Unknown

Monday, February 24, 2014

My sweet girl, I LOVE YOU SOOOO MUCH!!!

So this is just a little something I want on my blog so that I can look back on it as a sweet memory.  My oldest daughter is five, and with her late summer birthday she did not make the cutoff for kindergarden at the school we want her to attend.  So, she is finishing up one final year at a wonderful little preschool.  Now I don't know what school was like when you were young, but back when I was in school (and I admit it's been awhile!) we were still learning our letters in kindergarden and reading didn't begin until 1st grade.  Well, the times, they are a changin', and kids are learning and doing things much younger these days.  So my sweet girl is learning to read and I must say, I am very proud of how far she has come at such a young age.  They have been working on digraphs (combination of 2 letters making one sound) at preschool lately.

Apparently one of the little girls in her class had a birthday on Friday and Emily Kate's goal is always to make people feel special.  So, when she got home she gathered her art supplies (this girl loves her some art!) and went to work.  She didn't mention to me what she was doing and so when she brought the card in to show me, I saw the front and said, "Loose!  Good!  What does it mean?"  She looked so sad and said, "Ooooh.  I made this birthday card for Lucy and I thought I spelled her name but I guess I didn't."  She was so disappointed.  My heart immediately melted!  "Ooooh…Luuuucy…of course, Lucy!"  We then had a little talk about what a great job she had done.  I told her how she used the digraph perfectly and how I could see exactly why she spelled Lucy the way she did…because it sounds just like she wrote it but that Lucy is a bit of a tricky name.  We decided that she would still give Lucy the card and she would explain that she tried to write "Lucy" but that it didn't quite come out like she spells it, and that we really hope she likes it anyway.  Lucy did, she loved the card! :)

Emily Kate, I want to tell you that I am just SO very proud of the little girl you have become.  So very caring and thoughtful of others.  There are a lot of adults, Mommy included, who could really use a lesson from you on giving and thoughtfulness.  A homemade card just to make someone you don't even know very well feel special.  Wow!  You are amazing and mommy is so very blessed to have you for my little girl!  I love you to the moon and back!

Front: Her name is Lucy :)
Inside:  A big birthday cake with balloons
Back: Lots of love

Compassion Meets Hollywood!

We are huge fans of Compassion in this house and as it turns out, we are in great company!  At a large leadership conference last year, the new CEO of Compassion had the chance to meet and interview none other than the great Hollywood TV producer Mark Burnett (producer of Survivor, The Apprentice, The Voice, Shark Tank, and The Sing Off) and his wife Roma Downey (creator of The Bible, the amazing miniseries which aired on TV earlier this year).  Jimmy Mellado (Compassion CEO) was able to tell them all about Compassion and their mission to bring the heart of Jesus to the children while at the same time lifting them out of poverty.  Mark and Roma were all ears and have since fallen in love with the work Compassion is doing all over the world.  The Lord has laid it on their hearts to embrace Compassion and it's mission fully and they are now getting the word out there in a way Compassion has never seen before!

This coming Friday, February 28th, 2014, their newest work, Son of God, will be released in theaters all over this great country (please see the official movie trailer below)!  I am so excited for this movie and for so many people to get to know the Jesus of the Bible!  But there is more!  At the end of movie Mark and Roma are going to give a promo for Compassion, telling of their mission and asking people to pray and consider going to the website to sponsor a child!  This is such great news for these poverty stricken children and for Compassion's mission!  This will be exposure on a level Compassion has never seen before!

But there's a problem!  It just so happens that my husband now has his dream job working in the IT department at this great organization and they could use our prayers.  Their team has been working literally night and day for 2 weeks trying to make sure that their web servers will carry a load larger than it was ever intended to carry (after all, who knew they'd be getting this kind of national exposure!?!), but a load that we pray and expect they will get from people interested in sponsoring a child after Mark and Roma so kindly give their promotion of Compassion at the end of the movie.  However, there is currently some sort of glitch with the web servers that they, as a team, cannot seem to figure out and the servers are currently crashing at random (and of course, people can't sponsor kids if they can't get on the website).  This small team is exhausted but committed.  They are is still working night and day and will continue to do so until the time that they can locate and fix the problem.  But please, we need people to pray that our Lord will either help them to locate the problem before the Son of God opening night this Friday or even that He will just somehow miraculously sustain the servers in some way through the influx of hits we pray it will get in the coming weeks.  We would sure appreciate your prayers!  And please don't forget to watch the movie trailer below!  It's going to to be AWEsome in the truest sense of the word!

PRAISE UPDATE:  2/27/14 (day before movie premiers) They have finally located the problem and have apparently been able to fix it!!!  May not seem like much but this is HUGE for Compassion and especially for the little people who need their/our help!  Thank you Jesus!!!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Baby Jogger City Mini GT Anyone?

If any of you out there have been seriously considering getting a Baby Jogger City Mini GT either single or double…now might be a great time so stop considering and buy!  The 2013 models are on crazy sale on a few different websites!  Just didn't want anybody considering one to miss this sale!  Free shipping too (as well as free returns on Amazon only)!

Amazon has the City Mini GT single for $100+ dollars off right now…you can get it here.  And then there's the City Mini GT double for almost $200 off…which you can get here!  Fantastic deals!

And just in case you happen to have something against Amazon…Albee Baby can help you out too!  Just click here for the single and here for the double!
Happy Strolling!!!

Hope for Infertility Part 2

I shared our infertility story here.  It was such a difficult time in our lives for sure.  C and I always knew we wanted more than one child and in 2011 we started thinking about contacting the infertility clinic once again.  It was June and we figured it would take a month or so of workups before we could start the process plus another 4-6 months of IUIs before prayerfully and hopefully we would be expecting another child.  That seemed like good timing for us and the different things that were going on in our lives and so we went in for our initial appointment.  We completed the workups and what-nots and left that day knowing that we needed to come back to complete the testing as soon as my next menstrual cycle began.  So we waited.  And then we waited some more.  We waited until it was abundantly clear there was no reason to wait any longer.  It was long past due and it didn't have plans on coming any time soon.  For my entire life my cycles had been very regular and I could not believe that now was the time my body decided it was going to betray me once again.  The month we want to start back up with infertility treatments and my body decides to wonky on me.  So, I started preparing myself for a very rocky road ahead.  My doctor had mentioned that she had medication to get the menstrual cycle going again but I knew she needed me to take a pregnancy test just to be sure any fetus wouldn't be harmed by the medication.  So, I took a pregnancy test for the sole purpose of being able to tell her that the test was negative and that I would like to start the medication.  Not for one tiny moment did it even cross my mind that I actually would be pregnant.  But I was!  I was pregnant!  And not only did we not need any medical intervention what-so-ever but we weren't even trying to conceive in any way.  I was stunned so I went to the store to purchase more tests to confirm.  Every one was a positive. :)  We were so incredibly grateful to our Heavenly Father for such a precious gift…and with no infertility treatment heartache attached.  And then, nine months later on March 18th, 2011, our sweet Sophia was born...
And you know what?  The Lord wasn't done with His grace and abundance yet!  C and I had been debating for some time whether or not to add one last child to our family before we shut down this little factory for good.  I was really confused and, due to my age, I didn't have time to be confused for long.  I had always wanted a third child and definitely wanted another sibling for my girls.  But, at the same time, I was so very happy with the 2 little miracles I had been given and to be honest, I was starting to feel quite settled in being a mom of 2 as well.  I also realized that it was October and I had been adamant for some time that in January C was going to take a little trip to the doctor to having his baby making abilities shut down forever more.  I wasn't going to change my mind about that.  That left 3-4 months max.  Not ideal for an infertility patient!  Even though Sophia had come as a hugely wonderful surprise, I think the infertility process had been so seared into my brain that I still continued to think of myself as some who needed serious help getting pregnant.  

So, we decided to pray and totally give it to the Lord.  I told the Lord that this was going to be completely up to Him.  I told Him C was going to the doc. in January for the big V and if it was in His plan for this family to have one last child before January, then only He could make it happen.  And then, in November, we got one last positive pregnancy test!  Our last baby is due August 6th, 2014.  As I was writing my first post on infertility two nights ago, I felt the little munchkin move for the first time!  Such a fantastic reminder of how far the Lord has brought us.  What a mighty God we serve!!!

So I hope this serves as just a little more hope that once infertile does not necessarily mean always infertile. :)

Friday, February 21, 2014

Where is God when I'm Hurting?

Where is God when I'm hurting?  Many a book have been written about this topic.  But several years ago, upon discovering what has become one of my all-time favorite books regarding God and questions of His existence, I read a great analogy that sums up this question of such great enormity so very well.  I wanted to share it with you.

The book, called Letters From a Skeptic, by Dr. Gregory A Boyd and Edward K. Boyd wrestles with a skeptical father's questions to his Christ following son.  The son, an Ivy league trained theologian, answers many letters from his father addressing questions that run the gamut relating to the existence of and love of God.  The father asks and the son answers each question so eloquently and yet in the simplest of laymen's terms.  The letters were originally just private letters, as any of us might write to a friend or family member.  They were never intended for a book.  But to our great benefit, they made the decision at some point to turn them into this great work.

In this particular exchange they are discussing why prayers so often seem to go unanswered.  Dr. Boyd answers his father this way…

Perhaps we can think of it this way.  Lets say there was a little house inhabited by American allies on Normandy beach when D-day broke out.  In fact, let's suppose that the family in this unfortunate beach cottage consisted of the son, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren of the head captain of the invading American fleet.  There they were, caught in the crossfire of this terrible battle.  Let's say they had a radio line with this captain and they could radio their requests to him during the battle.  They told him they were being hit both with enemy fire and with American fire.  They told him they were wounded and needed supplies, hungry and needed food, etc.

Now the captain cares a great deal about his family and he would like to answer every one of their requests.  But, at the same time, there is a larger battle to fight, thousands of other lives to consider, and the outcome of this important battle which must be of preeminent importance.  So sometimes this captain can meet his son's requests.  But other times, given the strategic warfare of the enemy, he cannot.  And perhaps sometimes their requests aren't even to their own advantage given the course the battle is taking.  But, the unfortunate family in the beach cottage doesn't have this broader prospective.  They only know that the captain is on their side, that their requests are heard and are taken into account, and that sometimes their requests are granted and sometimes not.  But they, lacking his strategic prospective, have no idea why this is the case.  They don't have a purview of the whole battle.  Their perspective is limited to the tiny windows in their cottage.

This writing has just given me such a different perspective on my myopic little view of the world.  It reminds me that our Heavenly Father is not distant at all in our times of trouble.  He is always there, always protecting, and always providing.  So if you're hurting and wondering, I hope this brings you comfort, the visual of your Captain, your Heavenly Father, working ferociously, tirelessly and endlessly through the battle to bring you all the desires of your heart just soon as He possibly can.  HE LOVES YOU!

A Very Scanty Introduction

Hi there!  I'm Jenn and I'm the new kid on the Mommy blogging block!  Actually, I had this adorable layout designed by the wonderfully talented Jenn at Munchkin Land Designs (you should definitely check her out…she is awesome to work with!) almost 3 years ago.  However,  I had just had my second baby and while my intentions were good, it was just really idiotic of me to think that I could start a blog at such a time as that.  I just ain't got that kinda organizational skillz people!  So, embarrassingly enough, this adorable design has been sitting here, stagnant, for almost 3 years.  Posts, pictures and everything else needs updated! BUT, I just noticed that Kelly at Kelly's Korner is having an infertility link up today and...important is important people!!!  Time for me to get this bloggy thing going!  So I rushed to get my post up in hopes that it will offer maybe a little hope to someone else going through such a struggle.  However, it is now 4:17am which means Mix and Match Mama has officially started her day before I have even ended my last one.  Not my goal people!  Not my goal.  Furthermore, if I don't get at least a little sleep in the next 2 hours and 45 minutes before my kiddos start yanking' my eyelids open to "see if you're awake yet Mommy," then I will have big trouble on my hands and will likely have some serious splainin' to do at the child welfare office by tomorrow afternoon.  So, I feel it's best if I catch some zzzzzz's before moving on.  If you are among the first to read my infertility post tomorrow and you look at my blog and are confused as to why it looks so bare and the pictures seem extraordinarily out of date, may I beg you for some grace (and also forgiveness for this big run-on paragraph) and ask you to check back on the weekend when I have managed to get my brains back in my head and put some coherent thoughts into print.  Thank you!  You're the best!  MUAH…and goodnight!

Mr. JA.K.A. "Princess Daddy"

"The Littles"
Little Baker - Emily Kate 7/24/08

Little Dare Devil - Sophia 3/18/11

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