Friday, October 30, 2009

Five Question Friday ~ Oct. 30th

I love amazing women who can mother 5 kiddos and still be wise and witty and write wonderful blog posts. Ok honestly I'm jealous :-) As a mama to 5 adorable kiddos I just can't seem to keep up (let alone be wise or witty), but Mama M. gives me hope and she has a fantastic idea every Friday on her blog:

My Little Life

Every Friday she posts 5 questions we can copy to our blogs and answer ... fun to read how our bloggy friends answer the questions too. Then head back to Mama M.'s blog and link up in Five Question Friday post

1. What were you doing the last time you really had a good laugh?
Listening to our four year old ... He says the darnedest things,
Like trying to convince us that a submarine would get us to Disney World quicker than an airplane (he is not a big fan of airplanes). Oh and he tells us he will grow up to be a farmer, but not just any farmer ... he plans to have a big yellow barn, with yellow cows, who where yellow shoes. I'll post a picture if we ever see a yellow cow ... or a cow in yellow shoes

2. Who was your first CELEBRITY crush?
Han Solo ... I loved Star Wars movies

3. What is one talent that you wish you had?
household organization

4. How often do you and your spouse go out w/o the kids? Is it frequent enough?
Well, we did go out last Friday night to a silent auction/charity dinner, but we could not remember the last time before that ... so no, certainly not often enough!

5. What colour(s) is your bedroom?
Still working on that ... We just built a new house and before we moved in I let the kids pick their bedroom colors and we got their rooms all set. I guess all that choosing and painting was too much and I just decided to leave my room the tannish/offwhitish of the rest of the house until I come up with what I want ... I really am decision challenged

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

I ♥ Faces for Oct 27th

I really do enjoy the weekly photo challenges at I ♥ Faces even though I've not had enough time to enter lately. This picture of my sweet little Mary in her Tinkerbell costume at Disney World last week fits perfectly with this weeks Dress-Up theme!

OH! Isn't she just the cutest little toddling fairy you have every seen?

Click on the button below to visit the I ♥ Faces website, you too can join in the fun, or just come on over to enjoy all the pics!

And feel free to visit Mary's blog to see more cute Tinkerbell shots and lots more from Disney World!

Fall Photos!

I figured that if I shared the photos that did not turn out in my previous post, I should probably also post the ones that did turn out! I think we did good:

My sweet Rosebud

Our adorable Gus-Gus

Very handsome O

Z-man, our champ!

And tiny little Mary girl

All of us together:

Monday, October 26, 2009

My family and photographs ... hmmm ...

Hi, I'm Heather and yes I can admit it ... I'm a photo-aholic. I love photography!!! I love photography books, photography classes, those great coffee table books of gorgeous pictures, and of course taking my own pictures (especially pictures of my children). Unfortunately for me, my children do not share my love of all things photography ... I mostly blame their dad for this and he gladly accepts the blame. He does not really like having his picture taken and his attitude has certainly rubbed off on our offspring. Hopefully they will also inherit his lack of allergies and very gifted mathematical senses ... I guess we'll have to wait and see about those.

But it was a gorgeous day here today and we have almost reached the end of the beautiful fall colors, so I wanted to get my crew outside to take some family pictures. Now, never mind that half of us are coughing and the other half have runny noses and sinus headaches. Boy am I glad that today is a Not Me Monday!
Becasue I could never be the mom who takes her kids out and snapps dozens of pictures of them while they are not feeling 100% Nope not me! And just what might happen ia a mother might think of doing that? I'm so glad you asked, this is what might happen if a mother might choose to torture her kids in such a way:

turned heads

closed eyes

itchy tushies

and adorable tounges hanging out

And if that was not bad enough I would certainly NOT then try to put the camera on a tri-pod with a timer and get a full family picture with my hubby and I in it too ... I would know better than that:

And after all that fun I would never turn to my hubby and say "its just the location ... lets try a different spot" Why would I ever think that would help?

Boy! Am I glad that today is a Not Me Monday! Please join us over at MckMama's blog for tons more fun and therapy with Not Me Monday! cofessions

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Disney Vacation!!!

I got to spend my birthday at Walt Disney World with family and friends! I must admitt that I am a Disney addict! I have fond memories of going as a child and teenager and now even fonder memories of seeing my children and teenager enjoy the Magical Kingdom. Here are a few quick pictures from our trip, but much more is posted over on Mary's blog

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Auntie Katie

There is a blog I would like all my friends and family and readers to please visit. This young woman, Katie, is caring for a family of 13 I believe, besides all the others she is trying to help and feed and encourage. My heart leaps with joy to see this woman as Gods hands in the world this way. Praise the Lord for those who place their lives in HIS hands and answer HIS call.

Amazima Ministries International

I know that you will not only be touched but also encouraged by how the Lord is at work in this woman's life. Please take time to pray for Katie and her children and all those involved. Pray that God might show each of us how He wants to use us. Pray that we might be open to the big steps and the little steps he calls us to.

Adoption has been a ministry very close to my heart since high school. Two of my dearest friends placed their babies into wonderful loving adoptive families while were teenagers. I have seen what selfless love this takes. I have also seen the unexplainable joy in the eyes of some friends who are now adoptive mothers. God can use all of us in this ministry.

Not everyone will be called to adopt children but there are so many many other ways to reach out and help. Perhaps it is as a prayer warrior, pray for birthmoms, here in the US and overseas in suffering countries. Pray for moms who are offered abortions, pray that each mom would hear that there are others who long to hold these babies. Pray that these moms might recieve adaquate health care but also emotional care as this is such a difficult road. Pray for the waiting families whose hearts are aching to hold the children they are waiting for.

Perhaps God can use your time or finances to help orphans or birthmoms. Crisis pregnancy centers here in the US and orphanages abroad are always in need of financial donations and heartfelt prayers. Prayer is needed for the governmental officials and processes involved, please pray that God would send His angels into those places to smooth the road and the processes that need to take place so children can be united with their forever families. Please pray for the children waiting in foster homes or orphanages. Pray that God might send wonderful foster parents or orphanage helpers to physically and emotioanlally care for these children in God's name. Again, these are areas God allowed me to have a glimpse into as a teenager. I had a friend who spent quite a bit of her life in foster care, my eyes were opened to many of the flaws in the foster care system, but I also saw that there are some wonderfully kind and giving people involved in helping children in foster care. And I was blessed to be able to be part of a short term mission trip to an orphanage in Mexico. I love, love, love, how big our God is!!! He is present in every corner of the world and He calls His people to step up and help these orphans.

Think about it ... God is the ultimate example of an adoptive Father. He makes us His children and makes us heirs to His kingdom in eternity.