Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Wednesday, Wednesday...

It's been a snowy, beautiful day here! I just came in from spending an hour (seriously!) cleaning off my car. I'd estimate we have about 6-7 inches of snow, but underneath that is at least a half inch, in some places probably an inch, of pure ice!

I haven't really done too much. My new camera arrived, and I've watched a few movies. It's just the kind of catch-up day I've been needing. 

Because Monday and the Friday before that were such wacky days at work, I've really been appreciating my co-workers-- especially on Monday! We have twelve people who work at my school, 10 of whom are in classrooms on a daily basis (including me). On Monday, my co-teacher and two other teachers were out (one took a wedding planning day, one was at a funeral, and one out with a horrible flu). As a result, I was running in between two classrooms from 8-11, trying to help whoever needed it the most before my official shift began at 11. My co-worker Cara, especially (we have two Cara's, one is my co-teacher and the other is my co-worker, confusing I know!!) was SUCH a help. She's the one who hurt herself on Friday, but she kept popping in to see if I needed to use the restroom, get a snack, needed any help with the kiddos...she's awesome!

Anyway, I'm off to read for a while. Eventually I need to pack for the snowy, freezing cold Northeast :)
What are you up to today?

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Guess What?

Schools are closed tomorrow-- our first official snow day of the season! Amazingly, it's our FOURTH "weather" day off, which means we only have one left after this. If we get a blizzard again in March like last year, whatever will they do? LOL...

I am having a hard time believing that it is only Tuesday. It feels like it should be at LEAST Thursday... I think because yesterday was a nutty and long day at school-- more about that later-- and then I had to babysit until 9:30, making my workday a fabulous 14 hours. Haha.

Today was much calmer, for the most part. Everyone was back, at least for part of the day, and then the snow started to fall. I guess we're getting a mixture of snow and ice-- hopefully, it will accumulate enough so that even my boss can have the day off. 

More tomorrow...please pray for my great uncle's wife and daughter. My great uncle Tom died last night after suffering a stroke while skiing. His funeral is 13 hours away- some members of my family will be traveling to attend. Thanks!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Monday Kidisms

I have the gut feeling this week may need some why not start from the top?

Alessandra (to me): You are my bestest teacher in the whole world!


We sang "Happy Birthday" to Rian, who turned four earlier this week. Actually, he got TWO birthdays in our classroom because we mistakenly thought Tuesday was his birthday...whoops. Anyway, as we were singing during snack circle on his real birthday, he just sat in my lap and BEAMED as much as a brand-new four year old can! It was so cute!


Lilahbelle: Do I look SO big today? (She had been wearing jeans the day before that made her look super tall)
Me: Yes, you absolutely do!
Lilahbelle: You look tiny to me!
Cara, overhearing the conversation: That's because Ms. ***** has been working out so much on her trampoline!!!


Cara, to Maxwell, a 5 year old who is kinda "out there": Maxwell, stop licking the bottom of your shoes!!

Later in the same day, me, speaking again to Maxwell: Maxwell, stop chewing on your shoelaces!

And even later, me again to Maxwell: Maxwell, take your straw out of your granola yogurt!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Makin' Friends

I found a lovely woman named Kasey who started a fun Monday blogging I thought I'd participate!

Random Things About Me

1. I am NOT living with crazy roommate next year...but have absolutely no idea what I should do. I'm tired of moving and have toyed with the idea of buying a house...

2. More than anything, I want to be a wife and mother. I look around at all my friends and wonder why I can't attain something that was so easy for them.

3. I love going for random drives, especially in the spring and fall when the air is warm. I crank the music and roll down the windows!

4. I am having a lot of issues feeling like I don't "measure up" to people lately. I feel like I'm not good enough for them, even though I do my best.

5. I am taking a First Aid Class on Saturday with lots of co-workers and am dreading it. I don't mind the class, but the fact that we're going to have to do exercises..eeeeek!

6. I am struggling not to fall into the pit of depression again, between the roommate drama and the fact that it's blah and snowy every day.

7. I love to read, but haven't taken much time for it recently. I need to shut off the computer more, methinks!

8. I really enjoy "working out" on my trampoline :)

9. If I had the money, I might actually buy a Wii, I have a ton of fun with it!

10. I could watch every episode of "Friends" and not grow old of watching it. One of the show's dvd's can usually be found in my DVD player, just waiting for me to push play!

Florida sunshine

Hopefully, two months from now I'll be basking in the warm Florida sun, lying by the ocean waves with a good books and some fun tunes.

Ahh, I can't wait! It's been a crazy, hectic week (aren't they all lately). One of my co-workers slammed her thumb in a car door, the same one I injured last month, and ended up getting holes drilled in her finger to relieve the pressure. We started telling everyone at work they better be careful of their left thumbs!!! Since we were already down a staff person, Friday turned into a wacky, upside-down day. I ended up covering for her, and didn't get lunch till 3. My old fault, really!

We had another issue with Trisha, the little girl whose mom is kinda nutty. Trisha hit another little girl after playing a card game and getting frustrated. She's 4, it's still not okay, but it does happen. Unfortunately her mom happened to come to the door immediately after the incident and chaos insued. I'm not sure what's happening at home, but Trisha was so sorrowful and upset about it and her mom seems to have no mercy with her right now. It's a sad situation to watch.

I've had a nice weekend, but I'm in a Sunday funk right now. I spent Friday evening with Lexi and her fun group of middle schoolers from church. I completely forgot what an awkward age that is for kids! I carted the boys in my car! They are just so funny! We went to go see "Mall Cop" which was pretty funny, a bit slow especially at the beginning though. Still, it's a cute movie mostly appropriate for kids. We were in the 2nd row though, and my neck hurt so badly afterwards!

Last night was awesome! I ended up at my old roommate's new apartment, where she lives with two friends, gals I know pretty well. Shayna wasn't there, but Linds, Sunny and I had a blast playing LOTS of Wii (soo much fun, I'm best at bowling and that's about it!). We ended up at a shopping center up north, that I'd actually been to earlier in the day, where I got to hear a lady completely crush an electronic sign announcing how many spots are open in the parking garage. I drove by her about 2 minutes after the fact and she totally demolished the sign. There were wires everywhere, and her car was pretty smashed in the front too.

Anyway, after our adventure north, we returned downtown and made a Paul Newman cake...ohhh my gosh, SO good. We have them at work every couple of months (staff birthdays) but I might have to request one for my birthday @ my parents' house too.

And that's been my weekend...whatcha been up to?

Thursday, January 22, 2009

How cute...

How stinkin' adorably cute is a four month old baby's gummy smile and babble? 


I'm babysitting, and oh my golly it's the cutest thing evvvvver!!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The good news:
It's Wednesday already!!
I have completed four babysitting jobs in six days
The above camera is going to be my new one
And it has already flown through the air and landed

The bad news:
The above camera is sitting at my parents' house, 3 hours away

Guess who forgot to change their Ebay delivery address?
I am so bummed!!!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


If there is something that drives me nuts, it is people who don't call/text back when they said they would!!

I don't understand why people can't seem to have the common courtesy to return a phone call about getting together. If you can't get together, fine, but let me know so I can go about my day or weekend accordingly.

I had two such incidents this weekend, both with co-workers or former co-workers. With Holly, I talked to her around noon on Saturday and we agreed that she would call back later that day after she heard from her cousin about their plans, but that we'd spend the day or evening painting her basement. I never heard back from idea why!

Yesterday I texted Aniya to let her know I have lots of papers for her from kids at school, and I also had candle scents for her to choose from since I haven't made her Christmas candles yet. She texted back once and said that she was in and out and would call me later once she got home and was staying put for a while. Never heard back.

ARRRGGHHH! Is it only me that this bothers? Am I being unreasonable?

Do you always try to call people back when you said you would?

In other news, I've had my mini-trampoline for a few weeks now and am working on a routine of sorts with it. For now, my goal is 10 minutes in the morning and the same in the evening. Yesterday I was on the thing about 5 times but today it's back to work and babysitting 11-11ish so hopefully I'll fit two times in my day! I'm having fun with it, and hopefully it is truly exercising...

Monday, January 19, 2009

Phone Calls

I typically talk to my mom about once a week, give or take a few days. I came back to Big City on the 4th and haven't spoken to her for more than a minute since then. I had to find out from my aunt that my family is going to DC this week...I had no clue. I will catch one or two of my siblings online and chat for a few minutes, so at least I know everyone is alive but I feel so badly. I really need to make an effort to call her sometime this week!

Do you talk to your parents/siblings very much?

Not 3.5, but...


I have a 4 day weekend! Cara called earlier this morning to let me know we are off the hook for working today because there are just three kiddles at school and my boss gave us the day off!

I am really enjoying this long weekend and accomplishing know, important stuff like choosing a new background for the blog...what do you think?

I plan to spend the rest of the day cleaning, reading and listening to some of my favorite music, like this song I recently discovered!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Lots of updates

Now that my fabulous, God-given three and a half day break is about halfway over, I am beginning to miss my kids at school again so I pulled out a few new kidisms from this week- they are at the bottom of the post :)

Since we haven't been outside in FOR-EV-ER (wayyyyyyy too long!), it was time to pull out some new exciting things to play with the kids, especially at circle time. We've been doing lots of dancing/moving around songs with the nappers, and then once the older kids join us, we are having a blast with a kids' bowling set and parachute. When I was in grade school, the parachute was my absolute favorite gym class supplement, but we hardly ever got to use I use it TONS in the classroom or outside when I think of it. Now, as a teacher, I completely understand why we didn't get to use it much in grade school. ;) As much as the kids LOVE it, it really, really gets them wound up, so I've been having them sit down and use it, with a designated child to pick up the balloon or ball when it falls out.

My school's website is doing very well! I had an issue with incorporating a map into it, and eventually had to give up, much to my chagrin. The web developing program I'm using just isn't built for smart people like me who enjoy a challenge! ;)

I really miss having a camera! Seriously...we've had a beautiful snow, some unbelievable sunsets, I have been babysitting adorable babies, and my students just keep getting bigger and bigger-- killing me, I tell ya. So, I did some research yesterday and ended up ordering almost the same camera as my previous one- partly because of the familiarity of it, but also because it was highly recommended. I mean, there is no *perfect* camera (at least in my price range!) but I am excited to see what memories the new camera will help me capture. I'm so thankful it held off dying until after Christmas break, too. That would have been awful!

Now for the kidisms...

Lilahbelle came to school with lipstick (or something equally as red!) smeared haphazardly across her lips and lower face. She already has beautiful blue eyes, but apparently thought that wasn't enough, for on this day she commented, "Are my eyes the bluest EVER?"

The same precious child was sitting beside me at circle one lunch time, continually raking her fingers through her hair, over and over. Hair was falling all over me, herself and the floor, so I finally asked her what she was doing. She announced, "I'm cutting out some of my hair!" Of course, of course. How could I miss that?

Daley, one of our spunky, beloved napper child, has transitioned to an afternoon class, leaving us heartbroken. Don't worry though, we are still treated to her antics at lunch and from 3-6p. Around Christmastime, we were making clay ornaments and were asking the kids who they were making theirs for. We had the usual answers (Mom, Dad, bro, sis) and then came Daley, who announced, with an adorable, blushed look, "Abastian!" When we quizzed her further about the mysterious Abastian, we discovered that he is in fact her boyfriend. Seriously, though, her was like young love. She's 4!

Another Daley-tale. She visited the Middle East during Christmas time and came back, overflowing with stories about camels, Santa, sand hills, and stupid idiots. Oh yes, she had to share the story of the stupid idiot to our entire class, and we had no time to stop her! Apparently her older brother got into a fight with another child over in the ME (?) and her mother, in front both of the kids (ages 7 and 4) proclaimed in a fit of rage that the other boy was a "stupid idiot"...this same mother is the one who told her daughter she will not be allowed to drink chocolate milk after age 5 (nice birthday present, huh?), that if their plane crashed while flying to the Middle East, "oh, we'll just all die!", is having her daughter's belly button surgically fixed, and announced to Daley that on her 5th birthday her teeth will be falling out. Come March, Daley is going to be expecting quite a few things!

I was babysitting three children I'd never met before last night, and the middle child had a few questions for me. "Can I sleep at your house?", "Do you have food at your house?", "How old are you?", "Do you have kids?", etc. The kicker was, when I told her I am 23, she stated, "You don't really look that old!"

Oh, sometimes I love teaching kids who only know how to tell the truth!!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Icy Cold Blast

Getting colder and colder here...

it feels like -32!!

Even I get a snow sister asked what I plan to do with it.

I told her I don't know...I have many choices!

I can brave the cold and go to the library or go boot shopping...

I can stay inside here and veg, watching movies and reading books...

I can be productive and clean the apartment like a crazy woman...

Decisions, decisions. Ah, I don't mind. I have three days off now, so how about a day for each choice? Haha...

How's the weather near you? Stay warm!!

Thursday, January 15, 2009


with a wind chill factor of -27*F...that's our temperature right now!

Schools are closed for tomorrow, but the verdict isn't in yet as to whether or not I have to work tomorrow. Brrrr!!!

I'm babysitting and it's going to feel like a long walk to my car. I can't remember the temperature ever being this low before...or maybe it's just me?

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

It's 12:30 am.

I have to be up at 7 am

I am sick with a head cold, passed on from school...which means I slept 11 hours last night and apparently means I won't be sleeping much tonight. 

We had a rough day at school. We had to resolve a few parent issues, one very small, one even smaller that the parent blew up to expansive proportions. My boss, patient soul that she is, spoke to the parent via phone, even after the parent had spoken to myself AND my co-teacher. All over a sandwich crust, if you can believe that. Seriously nuts. 

I found out that one of my students, due to turn 5 in March, will no longer be allowed to drink chocolate milk after her birthday. She is also having belly button surgery. And no, I'm not kidding. Parents are weird. No offense to all of you parents. Must be just the ones at my school ;)

Anyway, I won't be around at all this week. In addition to this lovely cold and my usual work schedule, I have to sub three mornings, babysit two evenings, have a babysitting meeting with prospective clients, decide if I'm going to take on another website job I've been offered, go to my young adult group, and hang out with one of my friends that I haven't seen in way too long. And that's just Monday till Friday. 

Have a good week, everyone!

Saturday, January 10, 2009


So, Mr. Weatherman said we'd get a huge snowstorm this weekend, set to begin last night and continue with heavy snow throughout all of Saturday. I started getting excited, since aside from babysitting Friday night I didn't have any set plans. I could drink hot cocoa, read a book curled on the couch, and watch the snow fall! I could go sledding, or skiing! I had two days that were going to be free and clear and I would have fun!!!

Um, no.

It snowed, heavily, for about 2 hours- yesterday afternoon, during naptime and afternoon pickup, to be exact...and then it stopped, resulting in, well, nothing. And hasn't started again since then, although we have gotten some ice.

So much for a snowy weekend! On the upside, I have gotten a lot of cleaning and organizing done today...boring!

Thursday, January 08, 2009

The Roommate

Something I plan on working on a lot in 2009 is my attitude towards my roommate. Yes, I have issues with her and the way she handles finances, and medicine/hospitals, and Christianity, and her boy. However, a year ago, we had not even met. She JUST turned 21. She's young. She's naive...probably more so than I was at her age, what with her being handed everything in life. Still, I am stuck here with her until May or August, depending on where my summer job hunt lands me. As much as I would love to find a nanny job far, far away, the reality is that part of me wants to stay here as well, to continue to grow roots in this darn city that everyone is now moving away from. And so, one of my jobs for now is to nice to her, to accept her for who she is, and moreover, pray for her. More on her wackiness later. Oh, the stories!

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

School Life

We've been back at school for three days now, and it's almost like we never left. It took all three days before I saw each of my co-workers- even though there are only 12 of us working together, I rarely see all of them on a single day. I didn't even mutter a "Happy New Year!" to two of my favorite co-workers until today, but thankfully when we ran into each other in the hallway, we each had a few minutes to spare and catch up. I keep in touch with one of them through Facebook pretty regularly, but the other has no internet so school is our "stay-in-touch lifeline". :)

As usual, the kids are always saying crazy things, but before I leave you with those, I have two parent stories to share. Now, most of our students' parents are awesome, extremely nice, and have a good head on their shoulders.


I introduce to you, Mom #1. Mom, whose partner happens to be "Mommy" (as in, one is Mom and one is Mommy and I couldn't tell you which is which if my life depended on it) is LOUD. She is unorganized, frumpy, and seems to have no normal tone of voice. Mom/my just came into my school world yesterday for the first time, to pick up her son, who is currently in our care beginning this week. Son is 4, this is his second year at the school and he is an adorable, well-mannered, happy child with the most stunning eyes.

Son has not EVER had a BM at our school. In his year and a half at our school. EVER. Until yesterday. And apparently, Mom/my is the one who, well, wipes. Always. Until yesterday.

Due to state law, we are not allowed to assist a child with cleanup in that area for obvious reasons, especially since they have to be potty trained before coming to our school. Well, poor little boy spent about a half hour in the bathroom, freaking out, even though all we were asking him to do is try. I tried talking to him, Cara tried, our boss tried, his morning teacher tried, all to no avail. Son was absolutely, 1000% convinced he COULD not do it.

So, he ended up not. And yours truly had to talk to Mom/my about the incident, suggesting that maybe it's something they could work on at home (so that every time it happens at school we don't have a freakout...). Her reply, loud enough for the entire school to hear? "HE POOPED HERE? OHH NO!! WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT THAT, SON? HMMM WELL OHHHH KAY, THANKS WE'LL HAVE TO DECIDE WHAT TO DO." Poor child.

And with that, I present Dad #1. Totally NOT Dad of the Year, at least in my book. Tell me if this is mean.

This dad comes to pick up his son and daughter about 3x a week. His kids kinda complain about him and prefer to have Mom pick up, now I know why. Yesterday, he came in, super early for his normal pickup and exclaimed to the kids, "C'mon, guys we gotta get moving! We have a party to go to!"

His son and daugher, of course, were sooo excited and hurried out the door anxious to get to the party, where surely good friends and food awaited!!!


Today, we asked his son how the party last night was... son's response?

"Oh, (sounding sad) there was no party. Dad was kidding us."

WHAT?!?!! And seriously, now, you wonder why they prefer that Mom pick up? Maybe perhaps because she doesn't lie, whatcha think about that?

Rian is a 4 year old Chinese cutie. His mouth & mind move at an amazing speed and he's quick with witty comebacks. Out of all the kids, he probably provides us with the most "kidisms" per day. Haha...

Me: Rian, you may not hit your friends with books! You need to think about your choices...
Rian: I don't want to think! I want to throw the thinking away!!!
Rian, sad and missing his mommy: When I cry the tears, they are tired tears. (Lucky for him, it was almost naptime!)
Rian: Can I do this, or no? (500x a day!)
Rian, after slamming his mouth/lip/nose on a table because he was running in our classroom, resulting in a nasty blood incident and a huge fat lip, poor guy: I ran fast because Chinese people run FAST!!
Me: Hey Zach, did you get to see Galen over Christmas break? Did you guys have a sleepover or something?
Zach: (not in an excited tone at all, deadpan) You got it, pretty much.
Jack: I'm mad at Santa!
Me: What? Why are you mad at Santa?
Jack: Santa didn't bring me what I wanted, because I am a bad boy, I punch Luthy (Lucy) every morning and I'm a bad boy and made sad choices and so Santa didn't bring me a computer!!
(BTW, he's 4, his parents did NOT bring the whole "bad boy" aspect in, he totally did that himself before Christmas even...exceptional child, deadpan serious most of the time but Ohhh, so charming!!)

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Sunday, January 04, 2009

If You'd Never Existed

On Christmas Eve, I was watching "It's a Wonderful Life" while wrapping gifts with my mom. Mom was in and out of the room, but once when she walked in, she glanced at the television and asked me,

"Have you ever thought about how different the world would be if you'd never existed?"

To be honest, at first I said, "eh, nothing would be different..."

But then I got to thinking, and it's been on my mind since that evening. Truth be told, there are a few things that could be different:

- My school would not have a webpage
- My old co-teacher wouldn't have a neighbor close by to walk with
- Elizabeth & Joe perhaps wouldn't be married. They are a couple that I set up in 2002 and now have a son...
- My family's dynamics would be different with someone else as the oldest
- Two of my friends who are close wouldn't even know each other
- Elora, the young, blind girl I led to become a Christian in Belize would probably not be Christian!
- A few porch roofs in New Orleans wouldn't exist...or at least, wouldn't be built so perfectly ;)
- My sister Rachael wouldn't have a doting oldest sister
- My sisters Rachael and Lily wouldn't have made gingerbread cookies yesterday, or a gingerbread house recently
- The kiddos at school would not have a cool new calendar each month ;)
- The kiddos at school would not have a teacher to show them how to make snowflakes
- My brother Bryan wouldn't have a pocketknife from Switzerland...
- My friend Lexi would have no one to chai tea search with in Big City
- My friend Bobi wouldn't have had anyone to go to the Office Convention with

Have you ever thought about it? What would be different? A lot, I'm sure you'll discover. Something to think about :)

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Tomorrow I head back to Big City.

Away from family,
lifelong friends,
lazy days,
the countryside,
the comfort of "home"

Back to crazy drivers,
city life
wild kiddos,
a job I love,
newer friends,
stores close enough to walk to,
awesome co-workers

and sadly, most of all, 
3 hours away from the emotional, slap happy 8 year old Rachael, 
who's had me wrapped around her finger since the day she was born.

Sometimes, just every once in awhile, 
I wish my parents' countryside home
was closer to Big City.

Friday, January 02, 2009

I love lazy days.

I hate feeling guilty for being lazy on days like today, though.

Catching up on Psych episodes, movies I haven't watched in forever, reading a few books, listening to my favorite songs, enjoying holiday cookies and egg nog...that is my today.

I refuse to feel guilty for it, for a week from now I will have completed five days of work and have a full weekend of babysitting ahead of me. I am thankful that I was sane enough in mid-December to ban myself from babysitting over this break. Even still, I got two phone calls, a text, and at least three emails asking if I could babysit. I guess I don't need to worry about a lack of babysitting jobs in '09!

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Happy New Year!

Hope you all had a fantastic first day of 2009!

I spent New Year's Eve with my family. We watched some family movie that my Dad and I picked up from Redbox. It was a movie definitely not worth watching again and truthfully I don't remember the name of it! We watched the ball drop and about two or three minutes following the beginning of 2009, our electricity went out, for seemingly no good reason! Rachael was clinging to me, crying, as Bryan tried to convince her that aliens were out to get the world, that Y2K was indeed happening- just 9 years too late, and so on. It came back on in the middle of the night some time, but I tried to make it a fun adventure for Rachael in the meantime, although she wasn't too thrilled!

Today I spent a while figuring out the bills from before Thanksgiving. I went way over on all my budgets in December (I knew ahead of time that was going to happen), mostly because of Christmas presents, eating dinner out with friends, and slicing my finger. I resolve to get back on track in January as best I can. I already have 2-3 babysitting jobs lined up for the month, hopefully I'll have a few more in the coming weeks.


I don't know what this year brings. I'm sure there will be surprises, both good and bad. Perhaps a date or two, although I refuse to center my weeks/months/year on that.

In 2009 I will try:

1. To attend at least one more speed dating, just for the fun of it.

2. To go to the park a few times a week to walk before work- more in the spring and summer.

3. To cook more, even if it just for me. Leftovers can be used for lunches, but enough of the frozen crap.

4. To attend more of Grace Heart's events. I've been slacking.

5. To explore Big City's chai tea offerings with Lexi.

6. To travel to see my old town friends at least 3 times in 2009. I had a wonderful time with them last week!

7. To travel to a state I've not been to yet.

8. To use my spring break to have FUN-- Florida, maybe?

9. To pay off at least 25% of my debt- and not incur any more.

10. No credit card use!

11. More veggies and fruits...

12. To thoroughly enjoy every day, be it a 10 hour work day followed by babysitting or a lazy Saturday spent reading a novel.

I also started a new blog-- this one for baby name games. Lots of my friends on a baby name board enjoy these types of games and I can never seem to get enough so I thought I'd just put them online and then I can complete them over and over. Most people just think I'm weird, but making lists and lists of baby names has been a part of me since about age 8. When asked in elementary school to write a story, my "story" would list a family- mother, father, and 10-20 children. Most of the times, the kids had 2-3 middle names...I'm going to have an awful time actually naming my children when the time comes! :)

Books read in 2009

The Perfect Life-- Robin Lee Hatcher-- I enjoy most of RLH's books but I had a bit of trouble getting through this one. I immensely enjoyed the first 3/4ths of it but towards the end I was anxious for it to end...not sure why 1/2/09

Blue Heart Blessed-- Susan Meissner-- One of those books that kept me reading for an unknown reason 1/2/09

Walk With Me-- Becky Melby and Cathy Wienke-- Such a fast read, really enjoyed 1/3/09

At His Command-- Brenda Coulter- It took me a while to get into, but once I got absorbed it was a pleasure to read 1/7/09

The Other Side of Darkness- Melody Carlson- Okay, this book was STRANGE and dealt with a lot of religious and otherwise OCD. It got to the point where I wanted to stop, but also wanted to finish 1/9/09

The Candidate- Susan Wales and Robin Shope- A mystery that I thoroughly enjoyed and sped through 1/11/09

Movies in 2009

Deja Vu-- action/thriller-- kept me on the edge of my seat but I enjoyed it     1/1/09

Last Holiday-- comedy/drama-- Has Queen Latifah on it, but watched it with my parents and sister who'd never seen it before, and they all (surprisingly) liked it     1/1/09

Sweet Home Alabama-- comedy/romance-- I've seen it a few times but like to watch it once in a while     1/2/09

Freaky Friday-- comedy/family-- from 8 to 50s, my family mostly laughs through this one     1/3/09

21- drama- I enjoyed it...I was doing a million other things though     1/9/09

Cadet Kelly- family/comedy- a Disney movie, so geared toward a younger crowd but I like those ;)     1/8/09

Yes Man- comedy- eh, it was okay but dragged a bit. I'm not a fan of Jim Carrey though     1/10/09

Flushed Away- family/animated- cute family movie!     1/11/09

The Wedding Planner- comedy/romance- one that I picked up from 1/2 price books- sweet, fairly clean romance chick flick     1/11/09

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I wanted to share these beautiful pictures and what the artist has to say about each one of them! You can ALL win a FREE signed 8x10 print of your choice (out of the three prints), by copying and posting to your blog or website this whole post! After you post then send an e-mail to David ( with your website or blog address telling him you posted it and that you read about this offer on my blog. Also send him your name and mailing address and he will send your signed 8x10 print of your choice!

David Bowman: has had a passion for art ever since he could pick up a pencil. He loves creating images of the Savior that inspire and uplift. Along with his Christian fine art, David has also written and illustrated a series of scripture storybooks for children titled "Who's Your Hero". Check out his website at to see more of his precious art.

"Innocence" ↑
The Savior tells us we need to become as little children to inherit the kingdom of God. I've often wondered what it is about little children Jesus loves most, and I think its their innocence. They are clean slates, seeing the world and others through untarnished eyes. Their hearts are pure, without the baggage of cynicism and self-doubt. In this piece, I've tried to imagine how a child would act upon meeting the Master for the first time. Without reservation or inhibition, I think he would simply want to play with Him. He would be at complete ease, allowing his pure little heart to soak in the love and laughter of His pure, infinite heart. Its no wonder Christ delights in these little ones and sets them up to be our examples.

"Security" ↑
One of the greatest human needs is a sense of security. In all aspects of life, we naturally gravitate towards anything that makes us feel safe. In this piece, I wanted to convey a sense of complete peace and calm like only the Savior can provide. It's a security that allows us to rest assured, without fear or worry, when we put ourselves trustingly in His arms. Little children have that inherent kind of trust in their parents, so it's fitting that the man and girl who modeled for "Security" are actually father and daughter. They generated the exact feel I was looking for.

"My Child" ↑
This piece conveys an intimate, up-close-and-personal feeling of the Savior's love. Notice how all the lines draw your attention and point towards Jesus' face in the center. I chose the name "My Child" because the only thing that could compare (even remotely) to Christ's compassion for us is the love of a parent for his/her child. This image is also intended to put things in perspective. Above all, we are God's children first. He allows us the privelege of experiencing parenthood for ourselves and we are entrusted to be the mothers and fathers of His.

HURRY and do it NOW so you can get one of these amazing prints for FREE!!! The hardest part is choosing which ONE you want!!!!