Because of Him

Good Friday. Easter.
What does it mean to you?
What comes to your mind?



I don’t have a lot of words today,
but as I sit here listening to music wash over me
I wrote phrases I heard.

“I know my Redeemer lives…”

“I am forgiven because you were forsaken…”

“It’s my joy to honor you in all I do…”

“I see Love…”


“Life is worth living because HE lives…”

“Life eternal won today…”

“Lead me to the cross
Lord, I lay me down…”

“He took my place
People undeserving…”

“Thank you for this love, Lord
Thank you for the nail pierced hands…”


 But he was wounded for our transgressions,
he was bruised for our iniquities:
the chastisement of our peace was upon him;
and with his stripes we are healed.
Isaiah 53:5

There are so many different aspects
of the Easter weekend,
so many moments,
but one so very important one…
Hallelujah! He AROSE!
And for that,
I am thankful!

To the Lady at Wendy’s…

To the lady at Wendy’s today…
I thought about apologizing, but decided not to.

When we pulled in at the same time,
I saw you look over at me and then race to
be the first one to the door.
No hurry here, I surprised you
by getting 2 children out of my van.

I know you were upset with your husband for not hurrying too,
but he was only removing his jacket
and yes, I saw he was taking his good old time about it.

I know, my son was slow coming down the side walk
and you had to hold the door for us longer then you wanted
while you waited for your husband.
I heard you huff impatiently.

I figured you wanted to be first in line
so I was nice and herded my gang to the restroom
so that you could have the cold fries and mine would be hot.

I saw you glance back at me
while you scurried across the room with your food
and I got in line behind 6 other people.
I figured you would be done by the time we were served,
but I guess your husband slowed you down.

I thought about apologizing
when my son chose the table right next to you.
I know, we were quite noisy,
I saw you looking over your shoulder
with your brows lowered.

I thought about apologizing
when my daughter started squealing for ketchup.
It’s her new first love and she can
be quite demanding.

I saw you try to hurry your husband along
by busily cleaning up while he ate.
I know my kids were loud,
but did they bother you that much?

My son only wanted to play around instead of eating.
Daughter kept trying out her new found noise,

I thought of apologizing but instead I pitied you.
You seemed miserable.
Always rushing,
throwing annoyed glances my way
and being completely impatient
with your husband.

You did teach me a lesson though.
I am by nature a “hurry-er.”
I rush around with everything I do.
After watching you, I decided to slow down
and enjoy lunch with my 2 small children.
I decided not to hurry them along
everywhere we went.
We stood at length in the toy aisle
and he enjoyed every minute of it
because of you.

To the lady at Wendy’s,
I thought about apologizing, but I didn’t,
because I don’t want to grow up to be like you.

Don’t miss life because you rushed.


Edible Cookie Dough

A long time ago I posted a recipe for this
and we forgot about it around here.
I saw it yesterday so we made a half a batch
and the kids thought it was totally worth sharing again.


Cookie Dough
1 C softened Butter
3/4 C Brown Sugar
-Cream together.
1 box Vanilla Pudding
-Add and mix.
1/4 C Milk
1 T Vanilla
-Add and mix.
2 C Flour
-Add and mix.
2 C Mini Chocolate Chips
-Stir in.
Refrigerate or Freeze.

Eat it with a spoon!
A fork!
Your finger!


The last time I crumbled it into softened ice cream
for some cookie dough ice cream.
This time since we only have half a batch,
the kids just ate it right out of the bowl.


One happy eater!


Sunshine & Sickness

I need some Florida sunshine on this day.
Some warm FL sun.


The sun is shining here but it’s not warm enough and
I’ve been holding a sick baby since Wed night.
We went to the Dr today.
No answers.


She has been struggling with a fever
and it does not make her the most pleasant little person.
Nights are less the stellar.
So we hold her.
A lot.

My eye lids…
they just want to slide shut today.
What me think I could stay up until after midnight
even when I had a sick baby.
Oh yes, I remember, it was friends,
good friends that were staying with us for the weekend.
We enjoyed every minute.


Multiple thoughts ran through my mind this weekend.
A young couple loosing their first baby.
Such heart ache.
I was glad to hold my sick Little One.

The verse about God’s mercies new every morning…
I’m thankful.


Sitting at home on Sunday morning  made me thankful for church
for friends, for community.
We had a snowy Sunday, 2 Sundays in FL
and now a sick Sunday.
It feels like a long time since I’ve seen my people.
What do the people do with no one?

A quote I read:
“Lord, empty me of me so I can be filled with you!’


Tonight is…
holding baby
currently some deer hunting happening in the living room
cleaning basement
(this is suppose to be happening now)
((all I hear are loud noises))
the settling of squabbles
an early bedtime
(please come quickly)

2 kids. a doll. a stroller. and boots just flew past my window.
Is Spring actually coming?