March 19, 2012


Originated here, revised a little and posted on the M-LIFE blog.

1. What is your go-to meal to fix? 
PB&J for lunch (sad but true) and for dinner... something grilled

2. What piece of furniture in your home do you love the most?  
The corner of our sectional couch in our living room.  It might have my imprint on it.  I sat here a lot after having my third baby and after numerous surgery's since then!  My husband hates this couch for the very reason that I love it!

3. What is your favorite picture from last month {February}? 

4. What household chore do you dread doing? 
All of it.  Do I really have to pick one?  OK... probably laundry.  I am always behind on laundry!

5. What was your first car? 
An Oldsmobile Calais (similar to the one above) that my dad saved after my mom passed away.  Manual shift.  It was great!

6. What is your favorite bible verse or favorite quote? 
Multiple, but one of my favs is:
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Phillipians 4:7

7. Spring is coming.  What are you looking forward to most?
Ummm, Spring is HERE.  I absolutely LOVE having the windows open with fresh breeze blowing in... at night!

8. What's the last book you read? Well, I'm currently reading "You are Already Amazing" for an online bible study through (in)courage

March 18, 2012

Fundraiser for the DeVries Family

Click the above picture to find out more about a fundraiser that I'm doing to help out the DeVries family

March 14, 2012

The Great Shoe Debate

Last monday when the elementary kids didn't have school I decided it was time to get Bailey some new shoes, most of hers had holes!  So we headed to Rivertown.  She knew what she wanted:
I knew what I wanted her to have:

Neither one of was happy with the others choices, but I did let her try on the ones she wanted.  And then made her look into the mirror.  She decided she didn't love them either (these things were like wearing a brick on her feet, they were so large).

So, after visiting Dicks, Finish Line, Foot Locker, Pacific Sunwear, Younkers, and stopping to get some pretzels, then to Holland to check Target, Shoe Carnival and finally TJ Max...

March 12, 2012

Ponytail Kind of day

You know those days when you just want to throw your hair back in a ponytail and be done?

I honestly haven't had one of those in like 2 years!  Which is a good thing considering there was either no or very little hair to pull back.

But today, IT happened.  I've been a little out of sorts lately, just very very tired.  Not good.  Anyway, this morning with the whole time change and stuff we woke up very late and had to rush around and get ready... I knew there would be NO time for me to shower this morning.  I looked at my hair and considered plugging in the straightener or curling iron.  Or SOMETHING.  But really, inside I just wanted a ponytail.  So, I decided what the heck.  I'll give it a try!

Flipped on the headband and used a little bitty rubberband (I used to have to use 2 regular elastic bands to hold all my hair in place) and pulled back a little bitty bit of hair... and I was good to go.  Whatever!

YIKES, not my best look, but it was SO easy to do!

AND, I'm SUCH a trendsetter!  In the afternoon I had to run to Meijers to get a couple of things for dinner, you can see the shirt I had on, but there was also a tanktop under it (it's a little sheer).  After my trip to Meijer I walked into the house with my coat still on.  I was talking to Bailey a bit, she had just returned from school.  She looked at me and said "Why is your shirt rolled up like that?"  Sure enough, my shirt was half way up my stomach.  Awesome!  If only I would have gone to Wal-Mart, no one would have noticed anything at all.  But, now that  I've started that, don't judge if you see a bunch of people developing it into the latest style.  'Cuz you know it will happen!  :)

March 7, 2012

Joseph Kony - my thoughts


Earlier today I had never heard the name "KONY".  But I saw it EVERYWHERE on facebook.  So I looked into a bit more and ended up watching this 29 minute movie.  Yup, that's a long time.  Now I know who Joseph Kony is.  And I don't like him.  I don't like what he does to innocent children.  Do you know who Joseph Kony is?  Check out the video and you will!

There is ALWAYS a flip side.  There are always questions.  My question... what happens if/when Kony is caught?  Who will take his place?  Because I'm sure there is some evil person just waiting to do it.

This was found on facebook, a comment from a facebook user on the Invisible Children facebook page...
Maybe check out this site before you believe everything a music video says. Invisible Children took in over $8 million last year, 68% of it was used to fund inner organization dinners, hotels, plane rides, parties, filmmaking and paying organizers, trustees and promoters. 32% actually made it to Uganda where it was then used to fund a militant army to fight Kony. Except that the newly developed teenage army has been raping, robbing and murdering the people they were supposed to protect. So although the video has promoted awareness of the plight of these children, it has manaipulated the facts and is in turn manipulating the public. Also, the US government has tried multiple times to capture or kill Kony, they are not "failures", they simply refused to shoot down in cold blood a wall of nine year old children being used as barricades to get to this man. They and the rest of the world are trying to rescue these children without killing hundreds more in the process. Sidenote: 5,800 innoncent civilians were killed under a Syrian dictatorship in the past year, 5 times what was killed in any one year under Kony. But because there was no music video made or merchandise available, the facebook public ignores it in favour of the most popular bandwagon to jump onto according to mass media. It is sad that people needed a facebook video to pay attention to what has been on the news all along.

I don't know how much of that is true or accurate, but it's worth looking into.

Also found this, here (part of a very long article written 5 years ago):
Perhaps you are now aware that there is a problem, perhaps you know that there is more to this world than just your country, your state, and your little hometown.

and, this was in the comments section of the above article:

So... there you have it.  My take on Kony.  And in case you missed what my take was I'll give it to you straight...  I'm undecided.  I plan to look into it more before I make a decision.  If nothing else, this video has made me aware.

Updated to add (3/8/12)
Just one more link... with lot's more links on all sides of the subject!  

Updated AGAIN (3/10/12)