Monday, June 9, 2008

While you were out....................

Okay...okay......I know.....I have failed miserably at blogging......on a regular basis that is....but just for the time being.....I have been VERY busy you know....where should I start? The beginning is usually a nice place. After last week's FUN day at Don Fox's park, I came home and got my second to speak! I stayed up painting until 1am! (and can I just say, I have not recovered yet!) Everything I have hurts AND I am sunburned and PEELING. It is NOT a pretty thing! The rooms however....... they are quite lovely! Tom's office was first because he was coming home first. I painted it tan with a rust colored accent wall. He loved it!!! Then I moved on to Dalton's room! His is tan with a chocolate accent wall. (Does anyone see a theme here?) It is awesome and he loved his well! I am glad because I am about dead. Now we have VBS this week. Wow......Lord give me strength...... Then today, Dalton had dental surgery to remove all four wisdom teeth. He is sleeping now. Just the stress of your child going under and then waking up TOTALLY OUT OF IT, is a very nerve-wracking thing. Do I hear any amens??? We came home with 4 prescriptions. I hope I can wake him up enough to get him to swallow them! And it is only Monday...............

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Boobie's Birthday

Today was our cat's birthday. As you can plainly tell, "someone" went all out! Anna Grace started the morning by searching for all of the birthday plates, napkins, party hats, blowers, and favors that she could find. I tried to convince her that cats don't have parties. She was having none of it. She insisited that Boobie (I'll explain the name later) have a party plate and napkin and that can food we bought at the grocery store for special occasions such as this. I stopped just short of the putting a candle in the oceanfish medley. Oh well, I regress. I finally gave in. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. We sang a lovely little duet of "Happy Birthday." The cat seemed afraid and tried to hide under the sofa, but once again, Anna Grace convinced her to come out and join the festivities! A delightful time was had by all!
We then spent the afternoon at the wade pool with friends and had a picnic at the park! It was the kind of summer day that makes me so very thankful for children, and pets, and sunshine and tunafish sandwiches (thanks for sharing Stef!) and fresh fruit and cool, cool beverages!!! So much for painting........oh well.......there's always tomorrow........

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Yea!!! Summer Break is here! I hope this finds you sleeping in and enjoying the hot, lazy "dog days" of summer with your family. Anna Grace and I made blueberry pancakes with all the fixin's this morning! She loves to cook and when Daddy and Dalton are gone, we do whatever we want in the kitchen! (We tend to be more traditional when they are here.) But hey, when they are gone, when can have ice cream for supper, can't we? Then, as we started to clean up the dishes, it remeinded me of all we had ahead of us today. I need to get ready so we can head to Home Depot and get the paint for the kids bathroom, Dalton's room, and Tom's office. Then I wanted to go to Tues. Morning that just opened here and look for a new shower curtain. I need to go to the grocery, get gas in my car, geez, that will not be pretty, :( Anna and I both need a trim. In all of this busyness, it reminded me of something I had saved from a Kindergarden Graduation ceremony.

Just for this morning, I am going to smile when I see your face and laugh when I feel like crying.

Just for this morning, I will let you choose what you want to wear, and smile and say how perfect it is.

Just for this morning, I am going to step over the laundry, and pick you up and take you to the park and play.

Just for this morning, I will leave the dishes in the sink, and let you teach me me how to play that new game of yours.

Just for this afternnon, I will unplug the telephone and keep the computer off, and sit with you in the backyard and blow bubbles.

Just for this afternoon, I will not yell once, not even a tiny grumble when you scream and whine for the ice cream truck, and I will buy you one when he comes by.

Just for this afternoon, I will not worry about what you are going to be whe you grow up, and second guess every decision I have made where you are concerned.

Just for this afternoon, I will let you help me bake cookies, and I won't stand over you trying to fix them!

Just for this afternnon, I will take us to McDonald's and buys us both Happy Mealsso that you can have both of the toys.

Just for this evening, I will hold you in my arms and tell you a story about the how you were born and how much I love you.

Just for this evening, I will let you splash in the tub and not get angry when it gets all over the walls.

Just for this evening, I will let you stay up late and we will sit on the porch and count all of the stars.

Just for this evening, I will snuggle beside you for hours, and miss all of my favorite TV shows.

Just for this evening, when I run my fingers through you hair as you say your prayers, I will simply be grateful that God has given me the greatest gift ever given. I will think about the mothers and fathers who are searching for their missing children, the mothers and fathers who are visiting their children graves, instead of their bedrooms, and the mothers and fathers who are in hospital rooms watching their children suffer senselessly, and screaming inside that they can;t handle it anymore.

And when I kiss you good night I will hold you a little longer and a little tighter, and then a little bit more.

It is then that I will thank God for you and ask him for nothing except one more day............

Author Unknown

Monday, June 2, 2008

I am so excited! This is my first blog! I could not decide what to blog about about at I discuss those huge heavy things like politics, or going green, or rising gas prices? Do I talk about a few of my favorite things like, my hubby, or my kids, or friends, or my church, or Freezer Cooking!?!?! I discuss something no one wants to talk about... dealing with, or overcoming depression...... almost everyone I know has struggled with it at one time or another. Whether it was when you had a baby, or moved to a new city and knew no one or suffered a loss of some type, sooo..... that being said.... I found something.... or read something and simply added a few things to it and I now call it my "Medicine-Box for Depression." I hope this help you or someone you know. be blessed.....

Medicine -Box for Depression

Get some friends-
We all need them! they laugh with us and cry with us and always remind us it will get better nothing last forever!

Read- don't grab the oreo's, read away your cravings, esp. the big book, it always helps! put your mind on something else

Be Accountable to Someone-
Most 12 step programs have mentors to teach & guide & inspire them towards physical, mental, and spiritual health. When you tell someone something, or or write it down, you are more likely to do it!

Predict your weak Spots-
If you know mornings are your most difficult, plan something to look forward too, like an early morning walk, or a special cup of coffee, or a morning show on TV

Distract Yourself-
A cup of hot tea, de-cluttering your house, scrapbooking, looking at a magazine, listening to music, journaling, etc.

Ok- this one is proven- no better buster for depression than exercise! (hey- I don't have to like them all!)

Start a Project-
the fastest way to get out of your head is to start a project; putting together a family album, painting a room, planning a party

Keep a Record-
keeping a journal of thoughts & behaviors can really help you purge feelings of sadness, guilt, anger, etc. It is a way of "cleaning out the closets of our minds."

Be the Expert-
I always feel less depressed when helping someone else who is struggling with feelings of sadness. It is the 12th step in most 12 step programs- Give and ye shall receive. The best thing I can do for my brain is to find someone in greater pain than myself and offer them my hand. If she takes it, than I am inspired to stand stronger so than I can pull her out of her funk- thus helping myself in the process.

Grab your Security Item-
(Not the Oreos!) Everyone needs a blankie- ok- not everyone- but do you have a favorite shirt or pair of comfy yoga pants made from prima cotton that feel oh so soft? Or maybe you carry a little, tiny, cross in your pocket?Something that reminds you that the most important things ARE NOT THINGS. When I doubt that there is goodness in this world, I can close my eyes, and go to my happy place of comfort and security.

Get on Your Knees-
This is the FIRST thing we should do in every situation- good or bad, but especially think that the person struggling with depression needs several scriptures that you have committed to memory that you can quote, out loud even, on those particularly dark days

Do Nothing-
Some days we just need permission to take a "mental health day" as we like to call them at my house! or maybe you can't take a whole day, but I bet you can take a nap! Even a 20 minute nap, studies have shown, will refresh the brain and give the energy you need to tackle the rest of your day. After all- Tommorow is another day!