Friday, January 13, 2012

Count Your Blessings

It's a new year with new goals, new plans, and new dreams. Everyone always reflects on the previous year to see what they've accomplished or where they fell short. As our family looks back, we like to always stay positive, and not focus on the valleys that we've experienced, but rather reflect on those mountains that stand out and remind us of how blessed we are.

Our Faith-we are so blessed to be able to worship and freely pray to God everyday. Our morals and values are the foundation for our family and we will not ever take for granted what Jesus did for us.

Our Family-we love our family unit of 4: 2 girls, 2 guys. We are inseperable. We have 4 different personalities but love with the same heart. We cherish the time when all of us can be together and thank God for choosing us to be a family.

Our Health-we know what it's like to have to see doctors and specialists, to see the medical bills pile up, and to know surgery is inevitable. We made the decision in 2009 that I would have a hysterectomy at the age of 28. It was one of the best decisions we could've made and now I see my doctor only once a year. The kids never get sick and only see the pediatrician for well-child exams. Indeed, God has kept his healing hand upon our family.

Our Jobs-we don't ever forget how blessed we are to have jobs. Craig absolutely loves his job and was so ecstatic when God blessed him with a promotion last year. I only work part-time, sharing my passion with children, and get to spend the rest of my time being a mom and wife.

Our Home-we live in our dream home. When it was time to buy a house in 2008, we prayed for the right house and had a checklist of exactly what we wanted. We did not have to compromise on our list and God gave us the perfect house at the perfect price. I absolutely love my home and don't ever want to move again! Plus, we have a full pantry, full closets of clothes, and 2 running cars. What more could we ask for?

So, when you're feeling down and frustrated because things didn't go your way or you didn't get what you want, remember to stop and count your blessings. No matter how little you may have, you still have more than most.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

And She's Off!!!

Yesterday, was January 6. It's winter. And the temps were in the 70's!!! People were wearing shorts. Next week, the weather is supposed to be in the 40's. That's Texas for you.

Since it was so nice, the kids wanted to ride their bikes. Preston does a great job on his bike with training wheels intact.

Kaitlyn has had her training wheels off for awhile, but was always scared to learn to ride with just two wheels. Finally, she set her mind to it and was ready to learn. She also did not want anybody's help.

Kaitlyn is surveying the area and getting ready.

And she's off!!!

And she did a great job all on her own!!!

Sadly, I think this is just the beginning of many things she'll be doing on her own.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Welcome 2012!!!

Ah, a year has past. So many changes. Craig was promoted. Preston started public school. Kaitlyn has found her passion in drawing. I've become even more involved in volunteer activities. Lots of people think that once kids start school, you have nothing to do at home. That couldn't be further from the truth. I've been busier than ever!

One thing that has taken up some time is a website called Pinterest. I have enjoyed finding new craft projects, ideas for the home, recipes, and more. People are always asking me to share my latest projects and creations. So, I've decided to start a craft blog. Believe me, it's not like I need one more thing to do. But, it's an easy way to share what I do and how I do it. Check out Cars and Ribbons (named after the kids favorite things) and become a follower.

This blog will still be active and will update everyone on what's going on with our family. Be prepared for lots of good changes and celebrations.

We wish everyone a blessed and prosperous New Year! Welcome 2012!!!