Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Latest...


To be a stay-at-home-mom with an only child and a semi-part-time business.....I am soooo busy! I love it all, but it seems like each day---the minutes just get shorter in the hour! Also, I was feeling a bit wonky about life in general last week so blogging wasn't even remotely enticing.

Here's part of the low-down from the past few weeks:

1. Our children's choirs and activities are in full swing for fall and PandaGirl enjoyed singing for the opening call to worship this past Sunday with her friends. We are blessed to be led in worship by the kids every six weeks or so. Love it!

2. This is from the spring when we kept PandaJoy for that long stint. Just got word yesterday of some news that at first was GREAT for us....the big mountain we prayed God would move, was moved. Then there was the second bit of info that changes everything. I cannot talk about it here, yet. No matter the outcome I will explain it later after all decisions have been made. Complete and utter dismay and continued frustration with "the system".

I'll leave it at this piece of Truth: The wisdom of the world is foolishness in God's sight...1 Corinthians 3:19.

3. PG and PandaDoggie gettin' all cuddly on the couch. He's wearing his fall bandanna to help usher in my favorite time of year!

OH---the dog.

I have had remorse, remorse, remorse for making a hasty decision, but my track record is FULL of hasty decisions that I later find some way to change. Not this time. We are stuck with him and I do believe that the Lord is giggling a bit knowing that I helped make this decision and am living with the consequences.

*having a honkin' huge metal kennel in. my. bedroom. Very romantic.
*the constant "watch" of when he needs to go out to do his business
*the times he doesn't make out to the yard to do said business
*the playful chasing of the cat that the cat has lost fur over from puffing up in fear and anger at the cheerful leap PandaDoggie takes at him
*having to leave an event early to let him out to do his business---WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THIS ONE BEFORE NOW!!!!???

However, he is so super sweet, loving, cuddly, always by my side, LOVES PG and she LOVES him, PandaPop is head over heels for him and he walks perfectly on a leash. He's a good addition to the fam.

4. Our church hosted Tim Hawkins the other night.


If you've never heard his comedy sketches then you have truly missed out on one of the BEST things this side of heaven, because he is downright funny. And clean. Check him out.

5. could I NOT love this adorable little guy. His deafness often redeems him and endears me to him on a daily basis.

6. Finally had our foundation repaired. If you aren't familiar with this process, then come to Texas. Sometimes the ground is perfect for building a house and other times the developers build very quickly on farm land. Then it get super HOT and DRY, the ground shifts and moves causing your house to literally break. Cracks in the tile, brick, drywall. Unsightly and eventually unsafe. As part of us buying this house, the previous owners had to pay for the repair. Just had time to do it a week or so ago. They dig very deep holes, add cement cylinders to something and then literally jack it up like changing a tire. AMAZING. The workers then put all the dirt and plants back from where they came and by the time it was over the only evidence that they'd done a foundation repair was three places where they had to break the concrete in our driveway and porch and re-poured it. Unbelievably, moving the house and inch or two made ALL our doors fit perfectly like they were made to be. Who knew?

7. My 2nd grader looking cute in a darling top that her Gram bought her.

8. PandaDoggie is so gentle and sweet.....until we have to put him in his kennel when we leave.

Pandora's box opens.

He HATES it!!!

We came home to this lovely display of his handi-work after church on Sunday. The next picture shows what we have to do now.

9. LOCK. We have to put a LOCK on the kennel door so he won't eat his way through like the other tying mechanisms we tried.

Determined little dude.


10. We enjoyed going to the Lego Castle exhibit while we were "home" for Labor Day weekend. Before we even knew about this, PP had started doing all his event promos for the children's ministry with awesome displays of mini legos. So cute!

11. Oh so close, yet still quite not "there" as friends. A few sniffs have been exchanged, but not much else. Miao has been brave enough to go up and grab a few sniffs of PandaDoggie's paws....while he's sleeping.

12. More of the Lego exhibit.

13. The Cotton Crop Photography is really picking up. I have about 8 shoots to do in the next three weeks! LOVED doing this family last Saturday. Wait....I LOVE doing all my shoots!

14. Downright adorable picture. Sweet baby is using his tongue as a pacifier. Awe.

15. My friend took me for a pedicure for my 40th birthday. She's the one I'm going to NYC with in the spring. I would not have chosen blue polish normally, but she usually chooses a dark green/teal color so I thought for fun I'd go a little "wild". It totally reminded me of my cheerleading days and Friday night football because my school colors were this same royal blue and one game we girls wore polish just like this and our sponsor FREAKED out and told us never to do it again. My, my how times have changed.

16. When I was feeling wonky about life last week, PP had me get out of the house and DO something that would be productive and let me see a finished product of my efforts. We planted some flowers for fall and I got to purchase my PUMPKIN which always makes me smile! The work WAS good and I was thankful for it.....and him. ; )

17. My man is just so good. He never ceases to amaze me with his joy and vigor for life.

18. Again with the cuteness. I don't know what came over me, but I allowed him to get on the couch and just spray it everyday with Pet Odor Control Febreze (don't you agree that Febreze should be spelled: Febreeze?)

Well, there is MUCH more that has gone on, but for the most part this sums it up. We are gearing up for our fall preteen retreat, I am trying to lose weight as ALWAYS, reading a fabulous book by John Ortberg, working on uploading and tweaking my "real" website for TCCP, playing games with PandaGirl, approaching my 3rd week of study with this Bible Study and waiting around for word about PandaJoy.


  1. Wow. I'm tired just reading your post. I love love LOVE all the updates and pictures. Item #2 has me worried. Please know that I'm thinking of you BIG time. I'm giving my blog header a make-over this evening and there will be several pumpkins involved. Hugs!!

  2. LOVE this post and all the info. Wish I was tech savvy enough to be able to do these picture collages or even link someone in a post! LOL. I did it once and then the rules changed...isn't that the way of things?

    Anyway, love the update. Wish I knew more about the news related to #2. Fill me in when you can. Finding myself a little jealous (get behind me Satan!) of Reckless and your NYC trip that we were planning to take before the Lord upended my life. :)

    Miss you more than I can say...

  3. I adore the blue nail polish--I took my girl the day before school and I'm sporting the same navy blue you have on--must be we have some genetic connection in there somehow ;)

    The thing about the pupper is it that it's like having an eternal toddler--completely adorable, but lots of work. It does get better though, and the cuteness and sweetness generally makes it worth it!

  4. Had to get my "Fall on" after you updated your blog. :)
    Love the car! ;)
    And, love the font on the banner picture. But, I'm a geek that graphic design, love fonts. :)

  5. Loved catching up. I think I need to go purchase some pumpkins for my front door steps now. I always think of you when fall begins.