Wednesday, 30 November 2011

What a week it has been

Wow it has been so long since I have had a chance to sit down and write. I have missed it so much. Unfortunately I have also had no time to read anyone else's blogs. Insert sad face here.

Hubby was home last week and as unusual we did a whirlwind of activity. From helping good friends move into their new home to business meetings, to birthday parties to Christmas parties to our very first ever house viewing.

Yep you read that right we have officially started looking at houses to buy. After 20 years of renting and moving around we are settling down. It feels so weird to be doing those. I am torn equally between excitement and nerves.

Hubby and I looked at the first one on Monday and then I went today and looked at 4 more. (Hubby is back to work)

We have been torn between living in town or out on an acreage. Too be honest the acreages have always appealed to us. We have snowmobiles and quads (4 wheeled vehicles) and a holiday trailer, so not only do we need room to store it all we also like to be able to drive the outside toys straight from our house. However we have been looking on line for quite some time now and there just hasn't been anything for sale that we like or in our price range.

About two months ago we decided to get serious and start looking in the spring, do up all the bank work and contact a Realtor then. However two weeks ago i decided that I am done with all the driving back and forth to town so we decided to get serious now. So off to the bank and then met with the Realtor and started to get the ball rolling.

I feel so grown up. hahahaha
Well I guess I should run and go to bed.
I have lots to do in the next few days but I will make sure to keep you all in the loop.
I just praise God that he is opening up doors for us.

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Being a Mom is a pretty neat profession.

I love being a Mom.
Even when they are driving me up the wall, I am still thrilled to pieces that I am a Mom.
God blessed me with 6 pregnancies and 3 beautiful children.
I have often in the last 20 years spent many moments where I just fell in love with watching them grow. Whether in size, mentality or spiritually.

Right now because my daughter is the only one home and we are also homeschooling we have spent a lot of time together. This can have it draw backs as I am a person that needs some alone time to function. However it has had way more advantages. I am learning so much about her. I am also able to teach her things that I might not have otherwise. We have many talks sometimes about nothing and sometimes so meaningful they blow my mind away.

Example: This past spring we were driving to town for dance and we were discussing some of her friends and that they were wearing heaving make up already. ( They are 13 and younger) I asked her if that was something she really wished she was able to do. She replied no I know that I am beautiful without that stuff. Wow I mean wow. Makes my heart grow.

I know how hard it can be to be a young teenager and want to fit in with all your friends so I am so happy that she seems content not to bother with all that.

She is growing so much this year spiritually as well.
We have been doing devotions morning and night and often I get asked many thought provoking questions. Such as : Has God ever spoken to you?
She stated yesterday that she felt that she was as close to God as she wanted to be. I love that she desires to grow in His Word.
This morning we were reading our Daily Bread Devotional and it was from Jonah 1. All of chapter one actually. When I stopped reading from the bible she wanted to more about the story, she wanted me to keep reading on, since we were leaving the house right away I let her use my phone which has a bible app on it so she could read it later on in the day. She has since told me several times how much she enjoys that book. (Coincidentally it is one of my favorite books as well. )

This is such a special time for her and for me. I am loving every minute of it. ( Even when sometimes I am not liking it. LOL)

Sarah and I being a little crazy this summer.
I am so blessed to be a Mom.

Friday, 18 November 2011

3 in 30 update

Well with the snow this week also came the colder temps. I don't normally mind till it gets down to -30 or so and then brrrrrrrr.

This past week has actually been pretty good. I love the fact that I am setting goals for myself that benefit so many around me and making myself into a much better person. A much better Christian.

1.  Start some of my Christmas presents.
Ok this is the one thing that I am lacking a bit on. I have started Christmas shopping but not the homemade gifts as of yet. I did buy some beautiful fleece to make my son's girlfriend a blankie for her birthday and also another panel and back to make another baby quilt. I just haven't been inspired yet. Hopefully soon though. I might have to scrap the idea of blankets for each of the kids for Christmas though. I for sure want to make the boys a couple of tablecloths even though they might never use them except when Grandparents come by they might appreciate them in years to come.

2.  Keep working on my Christian growth.
Now this one has been interesting. I did start my Monvee pack this week. The first thing you do is watch a video. It has 6 segments in it and I am on segment 4. All I can say is Wow!! It really hits you. The other thing that I have been trying to do is leave myself open for what God is saying to me. Such as what other women have said either in person or in their blogs that hits me personally. It has really made me think a lot about my growth and how I would like to be as a Christian. I will admit there is a good amount of fear in this. Change is very hard and being able to accept the change so I can grow is harder.

I have also made sure that not only are my daughter and I doing the Daily Bread Devotionals in the morning before school we are also doing her teen devotional before she goes to bed. Talking with her and teaching her as well as her teaching me as been a wonderful experience. I am so grateful for this time with her and for her willingness to learn more about His Word.

3.  Be a better spouse.
Ok this has been fun. I am not a great spouse by any means. I get grumpy, I sometimes let the little things drive me crazy, I take it out on my handsome hubby when I don't mean too, I tend to focus more on what is happening in my day to day life then his.
This month I have been working harder and harder to change that. I have been emailing him letters, I am making sure that I do not complain about him, I talk about how lucky I am to be married to him.
The letters I think are the best part for me. I love that he knows that I love him and am sooooo thrilled to be called Mrs Rob Davidson!! In our vows I stated that I would obey him. Now he will joke about that now, but what I really wanted to get across with that statement is that I would submit to him. He is the figure head in my family. I will defer to him. I love him and I trust him wholeheartedly. He is my angel that God sent for me.
I am one lucky bird. :)

What about you? How did your week go? Are some of you ladies like Sam and have ideas for next month already? I am linking up with Ashey at the 3 in 30 weekly challenge. Come stop over and check out some other fantastic blogs and cheer them on.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Thankful Thursday

It amazes me how God can use some of the most trying things in our life to show us some wonderful things.

You all know that we have been having struggles with our adult sons. Helping them grow up and move out. Be successful adults. Trying to find that sweet place between helping them out as parents or letting them take full responsibility as adults. Such a tough place.

Well in the midst of all this both their vehicles break down. We have one extra vehicle that my hubby uses while he is home but our oldest needed to borrow it while his was getting fixed. Our middle son was using his girlfriends. He has decided to scrap the vehicle he currently owns and buy a new one, so he needs somethings else to drive in the meantime. Lucky for him our second vehicle is now back from our oldest and Brandon can now use it.

The decision to use this vehicle came from my hubby. His idea the whole nine yards. This may not seem like a really big deal but this truck is his baby. His vehicle. Something all for himself. I am so proud of his unselfishness. I know he will do anything for his children but I also know that this must have been hard.

As it turns out the timing is also great as my hubby can drive home his next days out which also works great for us as I am unable to drive up to pick him up as well as to drop him off.

This is most definitely God's timing. The more I turn to HIM the more HE teaches me.

I am so thankful.

I am linking up today with Brandy at The Marathon Mom.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Yay! Another bloggy party!!

I love these parties. This is a great way to "meet' new people. It is a lot of fun and I love to hear about others stories.

I will do a little bit of what Abigail is doing.

So here it goes.

My name is Sherri and I first started to blog simply as a way to share. I honestly never expected to get to know so many wonderful women but I thank God very much that I have.

1.  What is the nerdiest/geekiest/weirdest thing about you?

Hmmm that's a toughie. I guess it would be that I love numbers. Before my iPhone I was a walking phonebook. Now I rely on it way more. I am sure my kids could come up with a ton more weird things about me though.

2.  If you could live in a fictional universe from any book movie or television show, what would it be?

Hmmm ok I guess it would  be Heartland. I am a sucker for the living that lifestyle. I would love love love to live on a ranch somewhere. Preferably in the foothills or the mountains.

3.  Little or big, practical or frivolous, what is one of your favorite items in your house.

Well other than my new Canon rebel and my veggie steamer,( Ok maybe I am more of a nerd than I thought. :) ) is my antique organ that my mother in law gave us. It was in her family since new and when they moved they knew I wanted it so they gave it to us.

Sorry about the terrible pic quality. But I was lazy and just grabbed my phone.

4.  Do you like animated movies? If so what is your favorite?

Yes I do a lot actually. My favorite for all time is Veggietales, but then my second favorite is Lion King and recently I love Tangled and of course Shrek. I enjoy for them mostly for the comedy but also they each have a great story with them.

5.  What is your favorite household chore?

Laundry, hands down!
Although cleaning as a rule I don't mind at all. Cooking however not so much.

6.  What is your favorite thing to get at Starbucks?

Yumm yumm yumm I fell head over heals in love with Peppermint white chocolate mocha's last Christmas. They are sooooo good. In the spring and summer when they are not around I ask to add the peppermint because I love them so much. However this fall I tried the Pumpkin Spice latte and HELLO they are amazing as well!!!!! They are my new fall drink!!! My hubby and I used to drink French Vanillas at Tim Horton's but then I managed to almost convert him ( at least while we are together) over to Starbucks.

7.  What is your favorite pizza topping?

Pineapple, mushrooms, and pepperoni. Delicious!!!

8.  Waffles or pancakes.

Waffles hands down. But only when I can smother them in whipped cream and strawberries or else really neither.

9.  Do you like to play games?

Yes very much. I grew up playing many card games such as solitaire, crib, canasta, honeymoon whist, etc. Now we incorporate a lot of outdoor games in as well such as crochet, bocce ball, horseshoes and recently we now play redneck golf as well.

10.  Have you let anyone win a game?

On purpose? Yep probably. I like to win but I also love to see the joy on others faces when they win as well.

11.  Have you ever dyed your hair.

Oh yea. Before it was for fun, now it is because of the greys showing up. I like to have my hair done.

12.  Do you make your bed every morning?

Maybe not every morning but every day I do. I love climbing into a nicely made bed. I also love the look of it made when I walk into my room. Something about it just gives me cheer.

13. Picasso or Norman Rockwell?

Picasso I guess although I would probably say neither. I much prefer photographs or my son's art work. He is one talented young man.

14.  Do you like carpet, tile or hardwood floors.

Hardwood by far except in the bathroom and entry ways. If it I had it my way it there would be no carpet in my house at all. Only throw rugs.

15.  If you could put one thing in a safe under your bed what would it be?

Hmm I do have a safe right now and it is currently holding our passports. Other than that I would through my memory cards in.

16.  What is your favorite condiment?

I love homemade relish. I used to have just relish and butter sandwiches. Yummm

17. Have you ever thrown up on someone? (other than when you were a child)

I don't believe so. I might have when I was in the hospital with our middle child. I don't honestly remember I was so sick. I have been thrown up on by my beautiful children. :)

18. What is the last thing that made you laugh?

Well my daughter can usually always make my chuckle but my last full blown laugh was when we had coffee with our son and his girlfriend. Brandon and his dad were talking about a guy that they both might know so they were describing him to each other. Brandon said to his Dad well he is whiter than you are Dad. I burst out laughing. Yes my hubby is getting whiter but he is FAR from being white enough to notice. It just cracked me up.

19.  Think fast what is the first song that pops into your head?

The one song I have been singing over and over in my head lately is the "This is the stuff" by Francesca Battistelli. I heard it on the radio about a week ago and it has been in my head ever since. I just I can just totally relate to this song.

Well that's it. I finally managed to answer all the questions. Now if you managed to stay around long enough to read all the them please feel free to peruse around my blog. I love to get to know more people and love comments as well.

I am linking up today with Abigail, over at the Rear Window.

Please feel free to check out other fantastic blogs over there.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Let it snow let it snow let it snow

Ok I know that many of you might think that I could possibly be a little challenged with that statement but boy how I love the snow!!!!

I am thrilled that it is finally starting to snow. I love the freshness of it. The cleanness. The fact that my kids still love to play in it. Of course so do I.

I however am not fond of the cold crisp temps that also arrive with the cold. It was -17 at 7:30 tonight. Brrrrr.

However now with the beautiful snow it also makes me itchy to start decorating for Christmas. Time to get really serious about Christmas shopping. And of course time to rejoice on Christ's birth.

May everyone be having a wonderful start to the season.

This pic was taken in BC on the way home from our recent holiday.

Monday, 14 November 2011

God is amazing!!

So yesterday at church our pastor asked us what we were keeping our eyes on. Were we letting the many distractions of our daily life get in the way of the big picture.

Wow sometimes the Lord just has to shout in my ear for me to listen. Talk about amazing timing.

Yes I was getting really focused on what was happening around me. With the boys and their vehicle issues, the money that is involved with getting them all moved out and starting life on their own. It was really getting me down and I was getting very much involved in that instead of focusing on one simple fact.

Jesus died for our sins!

He used yesterday's sermon to scream at me. It made me start to really appreciate even more the things around me. I have so much to be thankful for.

On that note hubby and I went to town tonight to have a coffee date with our middle son and his girlfriend. It was amazing!! We talked and talked and laughed and laughed. Made some plans for a couple weekends away for them to hopefully come out, watch the grey cup ( we love our football in this house), and hopefully set up the tree. I must say I am looking so forward to it!!

Plus he let us know that he would be coming out Christmas Eve to spend the night so it will be for sure at least the four of us and hopefully our oldest can be home as well.

It makes a Mom's heart feel full!!

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Thankful Thursday

Ok if you have been reading my blog the last few days you will already know that things have been a little crazy for me. I have been in a bit of a funk and trying to fight my way out of it.

Today was different. Hubby worked outside for a good junk of the day, unloading quads, hauling garbage to the dump, going through the sheds, etc. I kept myself busy with inside chores such as cat litter, garbage, cleaning the disgusting garbage can, sweeping and washing, etc.

I was feeling pretty content with life, then...we find out that our middle ones vehicle is giving him some serious issues. Now if you recall just two days ago I was rambling on about when to let them sink or swim, etc.. Turns out my handsome hubby is struggling with the same issues. For me that made me feel a lot better, strange I know but it did. I feel happier knowing that we are dealing with the same issues and it is not just me feeling crazy.

Now saying all this I have now been able to truly find things that I am very thankful for.
Hubby being home when all these vehicle issues are happening.

That we do have one extra vehicle while we are waiting for our son's vehicles to get fixed.

That we have made some decisions regarding our future.

That I am married to such an amazing man that he cares so much for our children.

That we were able to help out a friend whose kitty had ran away. We found it today at our house, playing with our kitty.

That I was able to get out camper mostly winterized and ready for the snow that is going to hit any day now.

That it has managed to stay cold enough that when it does snow the roads should not be a complete disaster.

That I have an amazing God who knows exactly what I need every time.

That I am slowly learning to listen to Him.

That we have amazing friends and family.

That none of us is currently ill other than minor colds or flues.

That many men and women have sacrificed so much for my freedom. The freedom to be able to wear what I want, speak how I would like and mostly to worship whom I desire to worship. The one and only Lord.

All in all I have a million things to be thankful for. I just have to remember that some days.

I am linking up today with Brandy at The Marathon Mom.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

New day new attitude.

Ok I will admit yesterday I was pretty depressing. Sometimes this parenting thing is so hard. But today I was determined to be in a better mood.

It helped some with hubby getting up with Sarah and doing the morning routine with her and making sure she started school. It was so nice to be able to sleep in and know that he had it all under control.

He even made phone calls this morning to start working on getting our sons vehicle fixed. Unfortunately he realised he is unable to do it himself so it will be a costly bill but at least it will get done and we can have our spare vehicle back.

Hubby and I have also finally made some decisions on houses, babies etc which I will share more about in the coming posts.

Until now I am doing my best to focus on the positive things in my life. Such as my relationship with God, my wonderful amazing handsome hubby, my beautiful children, a roof over my head, etc. I have both my parents living still and both of Rob's parents living still as well. I am a very blessed lady.

May all your days be filled with many blessings.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Truth Tuesday

Well things have been pretty crazy around here lately. What with extra dance classes for Sarah and the boys both starting new jobs it makes for some exciting days.

I am so happy that the boys have finally got decent jobs, however for this month until they can get some decent checks it means that we end up paying for everything.
We had to pay for new gloves, new work boots, thank goodness Rob had some coveralls that they good use, however one also need new rain gear. We are paying for their fuel, their insurance payments, some food, and then Matt's truck breaks down. So now he not only is using our other Rob's truck but now we also have to pay to get his fixed.
Ok I know now that I sound like I am whining but honestly I find this hard. The oldest had been working for two years and living at home with no real bills before he quit and waited a month before getting a new job, the middle one has been working a while before changing to this new job, however he lives out on his own.

I feel like I am caught between a rock and a hard place.

I don't know when to let them either sink or swim. I know that eventually they will be able to not need us as financially before but I have to wonder if we are doing the wrong thing by not just letting them figure it out themselves.

I told my hubby tonight that I think being parents of adult children is harder than being parents of young children.

I think it just boils down to the fact that this parenting thing is hard no matter what age.

Good thing I truly do enjoy the rewards so much. :)

I am linking up with Sharla at The chaos and the clutter.

Friday, 4 November 2011

3 in 30 update

1. Start some of my homemade Christmas presents.
Well did not do any of that this week. Hoping to maybe buy fabric tomorrow and get started Monday.

2. Keep working on my Christian growth.
Well I did not look at my monvee pack yet however I checked out an app I already have on my phone called the YouVersion Bible. As I perused it this week I noticed that it had reading plans so I started one of those so at least I can keep reading and learning beside my daily bread.

3.Be a better spouse.
Ok so again got off to a late start this week with this one, but I must say so far I am so thrilled with the results. Hubby is away at work so yesterday and today I emailed him letters. First one was telling him how happy he chose me and how happy I am to be his wife. ( I also let everyone on facebook know how happy I am that his handsome man asked me to be his wife) Second I emailed him and told him how much I appreciate all that he does for me and his family and then I listed off a few of the things he does that I truly appreciate. Each day I get a phone call with him telling me how much he loves me. Now I must wonder why I do not do this more often. I married an amazing man, just exactly why did I not let him know how much I love him and all that he does for us all the time. And not only the stuff he does for us, but the stuff that he does for our elderly neighbour or even how dedicated he is at work. I am such a lucky woman and he needs to know that.

I hope all your 3 in 30s for November are going well.

I am linking up with Ashley at the 3 in 30 challenge. Head on over and check it out if you have never been.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Thankful Thursday

As  I was thinking today about all the different stuff that I could write for this post, I realised just how lucky I am. So I thought that instead of writing about just one thing I would start just listing some of the things that I am thankful for.

I have an amazing life.
I have three beautiful children.
I have three babies waiting for me in heaven. (this may seem strange to say as a thank you but without ever losing these three to miscarriage I would never had the empathy that I do now. Nor the ability to share my story when needed)
I have an amazing husband, whom I love more and more each day.
My husband has a great job. His wages pay all our bills and allows us some extra expenses sometimes, like our recent trip to Vancouver Island. It also allows me to be a stay at home homeschooling mom.
I have a very reliable vehicle to drive.
I have a stable roof over my head.
I have running water and electricity.
I have a inside washer and dryer.
I have super amazing friends.
I am meeting more wonderful people that I know are going to be very good friends one day.
I have started this blog and through it have gotten to know some wonderful ladies that I only wished I lived closer to.
I am growing everyday in my relationship with the Lord.
I am proud to be a Christian.
I live in a country that I can say that without harm to myself or my family.
That I have finally figured out what has been making my tummy so upset for so long and the change to being gluten free was actually pretty easy all in all.
My grown boys have both found great jobs.
I have a excellent church and a fantastic pastor and his wife.

Ok I know there is actually a trillion more but these are just some of the top few.
I live a great life.
God has blessed me in so many ways that leave me in awe all the time.

Now before I leave I have to leave you with this little tidbit. I was driving my daughter into town for dance tonight and she was talking non stop, chattering away. I was trying to think and plan in my head for the upcoming meeting that I was attending tonight. All the sudden she asked if she could turn up the radio, ( I keep it tuned to the Message channel) I said sure and what song is playing?
This is the stuff by Francesca Battistelli.

Now if you have not heard this song please please listen to it.
As soon as I heard what was playing I knew this was a God moment. I even chuckled to myself at how he was using my daughter to get my attention.

Love it!!!! I have been singing the song all night. :)

I am linking up tonight with Brandy at The Marathon Mom.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Searching for the perfect Mom

I'm not a perfect Mom. There I said it.

 I don't always make supper, sometimes we eat out, have leftovers or what my daughters favorite thing is fend for yourselves night.

I very rarely make breakfast. Instead my three kids have survived on cold cereal, microwave oatmeal or frozen waffles.

I would love to have the laundry always done, folded and put away as soon as each load comes out, however this is rarely done. I have smartened up and each child has their own laundry basket. That way when I fold the laundry into their basket it goes. Now do they always put it away right away? Nope.

I would love to have make my own laundry detergent. I really really hope to one day. But for now it is Gain for me.

I would love to always be happy and lovable the kind of Mom that even when she corrects her children she doesn't lose her temper. However I am not. I sometimes stay calm, not always though.

I love organization, my home even runs better with it, however I often fall of the track even for only a few days but it always seems harder and harder to get back on track.

I would love to get up early and read my bible every day. This summer for two months I even managed to do that. But then this drasted cold weather and dark later every day hit and my bed just seems WAY to comfy to climb out of.

I would love to have the house where it is always dustless and fingerprintless. But I do not.

I read blogs, or articles or even my friends facebook status's and I feel lazy. How is that they managed to get up, bake bread, a dozen pies, do 5 loads of laundry, make pancakes for breakfast, have their house cleaned, have 2-3 small little ones running under foot and this is all before 1 in the afternoon. Argh here I am sometimes still in my jammies after we have 'schooled', maybe a load in the washer and possibly something in the slow cooker for supper.

I would love to be a much better Mom, wife and woman. But alas I am not.

The thing that I have to constantly remind myself is that God loves me for who I am, imperfect and all.
I am imperfect and that is ok.

I read a blog yesterday from a blog linkup that my friend Jenilee is having. ( You need to go check out her blog it is amazing and there is also some fantastic ladies that have linked up)

However the blog that I read reminded me that too often we spend too much time comparing ourselves to others. We are made unique and individual.

I am sorry that I can not remember that lady's name and blog. I had all these blogs lined up that I wanted to add and comment on and then my computer went kitty wonkas and shut down. When I went back today to look I was unable to find the right one. So Jenilee if you read this and know which lady I am referring too can you please email her blog address. I loved her blog and would like to read more. Thank you.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Just because...

We had an amazing time on hubbies days off. We reconnected with some old friends which sadly live about 5 minutes away and we had never been to their place, we made new friends, (well new to me, my handsome hubby works with him), we had lunch with great friends and even managed some alone time.

However great this all was, it still left me wondering why I have not heard back from the two adoption agencies I emailed asking for information. I have waited and waited thinking they both might be busy, but now I think it is time to call and see what is going on.

We also are praying right now that the right for us house comes on the market in the price range we can afford and in the location we desire. I know we are asking for a lot. I must say I am just so done with all this driving. Also I really would like to own something of our own. Put our stamp on it and honor God with it.

I also have great news that both our sons received new jobs. Better paying, better hours, jobs. Jobs that will have them both living independently I am so excited for them.

Well it is off to bed for this girlie as I woke up Saturday morning with a bit of chest congestion, Sunday and Monday was laryngitis and today it just a nice deep nasty cough. Unfortunately handsome hubby also caught it and is now back to work suffering with it.

I am also enjoying the link up party with Jenilee over at Our Goodwin Journey. for "just because" link up.
Hop on over and read some new and wonderful blogs.