Saturday, January 31, 2009

God has greatly blessed me!

Not only is my hubby a great guy but I think that he is the most wonderful husband ever! He is definitely my rock when I need someone to lean on. I know a lot of people say it but I can wholeheartedly say that he is my best friend in the entire world. Not only is he my husband, friend, and lover, he is my pastor. There are times when I have questions about the Bible and he will help guide me as to where to look in the Bible. He is the entire package and he's all mine (teehee).

He is so kind and forgiving. When I am in pain because of a migraine or because my back is killing me, I become the worst person in the world to be around. He knows that if I am short with him because I am in pain he is so forgiving. Most of the time I am so unworthy of such a extraordinary husband. Even his short-comings are now endearing to me whereas before they where annoying. For example, my hubby can not remember my birthday or our anniversary to save his life but to make up for that he brings me little things all year long to bring a smile to my face. He will get me my favorites from the grocery store like coffee, seafood salad, mango sorbet, Wheat Thins, Diet Snapple, dark chocolate, or Oreos. He buys me things over the internet just to surprise me like a book he knows I would love to read or one that he knows I have been wanting to read. He does my nails with my favorite nail polish (O.P.I) and he does such a good job that it is like getting them done in a salon. Every night before we go to sleep he says, "I love you mama." and most of the time it is accompanied by a nice little kiss. Sometimes he will dazzle me with new scrapbook items. Every once in a while he will put a special screen saver message on our computer like, "I Love You!" or something like that and he knows I won't see it unless it is the middle of the night when I am up with the baby or when I get up in the morning. See how sweet is that.
Best of all he picks out and buys me high heels! I am obsessed with high heels the higher the better. I have had to thin out my collection over the years because of moving and space but hubby is pretty good about replacing a few of them. I use to have about 100 pair but the move from Cali to Vermont I had to get rid of 90 of them because of space. I am always down for a new pair of heels. Heels to me are a great pair of jeans, they make you taller and seem slimmer. They are my go to fashion item and they go with anything. I love getting the mail and there is a new pair of heels waiting to be picked up. It just puts a smile on my face.

To top it all off he is the most awesome dad ever! But now a days all a dad has to do to be outstanding is be around insted of hightailing out of sight because they don't wanna do the dad thing. Maybe I am misled because that is what my real dad did. But we all have our own issues.

I never want him to think that I take him for granted I love him so much and as his wife, I will be so sad when the Lord takes him from me (I can't even type this without crying) . I only say that because he has health problems and the odds are that he will go before I do and if I don't die because of a broken heart I will be amazed.

Bottom line is that I don't tell him enough that I am so thankful the Lord put him into my life. I am also thankful to be his wife and the mother of his children.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Wordless Wednesday (Almost)

I remember 6 months ago when it was almost $5 a gallon. Thank goodness people have come to their senses. Maybe the economy and weather has something to do with it.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A Parents Job Description...

Mom, Mommy, Mama, Ma
Dad, Daddy, Dada, Pa, Pop

Long term, team players needed, for challenging
permanent work in an
often chaotic environment.
Candidates must possess excellent communication
and organizational skills and be willing to work
variable hours, which will include

evenings and weekends
and frequent 24 hour shifts on call.
Some overnight travel required, including trips to
primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in far away cities!
Travel expenses not reimbursed.
Extensive courier duties also required.

The rest of your life.
Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily,
until someone needs $5.
Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly.
Also, must possess the physical stamina of a
pack mule
and be able to go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat
in case, this time, the screams from
the backyard are not someone just crying wolf.
Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges,
such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets
and stuck zippers.
Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and
coordinate production of multiple homework projects.
Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings
for clients of all ages and mental outlooks.
Must be willing to be indispensable one minute,
an embarrassment the next.
Must handle assembly and product safety testing of a
half million cheap, plastic toys, and battery operated devices.
Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst.
Must assume final, complete accountability for
the quality of the end product.
Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and
janitorial work throughout the facility.

Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills,
so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you

None required unfortunately.
On-the-job training offered on a continually exhausting basis.

Get this! You pay them!
Offering frequent raises and bonuses.
A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 because
of the assumption that college will help them
become financially independent.
When you die, you give them whatever is left.
The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that
you actually enjoy it and wish you could only do more.

While no health or dental insurance, no pension,
no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays and
no stock options are offered;
this job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth, unconditional love,
and free hugs and kisses for life if you play your cards right.

If you are fortunate enough you will become grandparents!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Amazing Product!

So for years I had acrylic nails. I loved having them because they were even and rarely broke, Plus I always had a pedicure and my nails always matched. But not living in San Diego, California, where there is a nail salon on every corner, I had to give up my fake nails. I did try a couple of times getting my nails done while visiting in California but getting them filled was a problem. The first time that I got them put back on, I got them filled at a local salon but they did a really bad job and it was $35 a fill. Then the second time I did it we tried tried to go to a different salon but it was an hour and a half away and gas is expensive. After years of having fake nails, my natural nails were a mess. After the nail grew out from the acrylic nails, my natural nails would peel and break. So here comes ProStrong to the rescue. You can get ProStrong from QVC or from their own website. The deluxe kit at the ProStrong website is $60 but at QVC it is $77. But QVC has different ProStrong items that you can not find on the ProStrong website. If you go to the QVC website to find ProStrong all you have to do is got to the home page, next click on beauty, then nail care, after that click kits, and finally you will see ProStrong on the left hand side under brands. I have known about ProStrong for about 10 years and used it successfully then. I really don't know why I did try it again until now. In six months I will take a picture of my long beautiful nails and then you can compare the two then.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Scripture Sunday

Matthew 7:1 "Judge not, that you be not judged."

I know that when I was younger I had all these notions that people should be and act a certain way. Well now that I am older and maybe a little wiser, I try not to judge anyone. Now I am not saying I am perfect but I am definitely more accepting of others. I think that life has taught me a few lessons in this area. I think this because it has hurt me when people judge me.

I used to be so judgmental. I was very narrow minded and if things weren't a certain way then you were wrong. After I had my first son (and of course I was an expert in parenting, haha) I breastfed him for a year and I thought any mother that gave their baby formula was lazy. Now 6 kids later I realize that every baby is different and every family is different. I used to think that my house had to look like could be on the cover of Better Homes and Gardens at all times. I would mop my floor on my hands and knees every night. Now I realize that time goes by very fast. I think of it this way, will my kids have fond memories of my cleaning the house or doing something with them. There is a time for cleaning but I think as I have aged I am not as uptight about it.

When my oldest son was three he was diagnosed with autism. I was 24 years old and had no idea what autism was or how to deal with it. So to say the least being in public was always a challenge. So one day we as a family went to Hometown Buffet. Everything was going fine until it was time to leave. At that point Devin started screaming, crying, and got under the table and was holding on for dear life. Then a women (most likely in her mid 50's) came over and said, "all that boy needs is a good, hard spanking!" So with tear soaked eyes I turned to her and said, "thank you mam, I did not know that that was the cure for autism." The point to that story is that you do not walk in another shoes, so you should not judge them. Just love them and help them.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

The tell of my fall.

So I was doing laundry and in order to do that I have to go down very steep stairs. Well I got the laundry in the washer and got it started. As I was going back up the stairs I fell all the way down to the bottom. I am praising the Lord that I did only minor damage. After going to the hospital and having tons of x-rays, only my left knee had to be put back in place. I am still in a lot of pain, have a ton of bruises, but thankful that nothing is broken. I was going to post right after I got the laundry in and finished reading Matthew. So next Friday I will post what I was going to post yesterday. A new series called Family Fridays. So hopefully it will give you all something to look forward to. Please keep me in your prayers because the pain is pretty bad but I am in good spirits.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Monday Movie Review.

Let me first say that I love Netflix!

The movie is called God Grew Tired Of Us. I really enjoyed this movie. Here is a brief glance at what the movie was about,
after raising themselves in the desert along with thousands of other parentless "lost boys," Sudanese refugees John, Daniel and Panther have found their way to America, where they experience electricity, running water and supermarkets for the first time. Capturing their wonder at things Westerners take for granted, this documentary, paints an intimate portrait of strangers in a strange land.

I think that all Americans should see this movie. I felt very thankful for what I have. There is a part in the movie that one of the "lost boys" was speaking about how skinny he was and hoe he dreamed of being fat. Once in America, John is asking about Christmas traditions that exists in America. Wondering about the Christmas tree and Santa. John asked if these things were in the Bible. I thought this movie was very well done and a must see for anyone how thinks that they have it rough.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Maxine has some answers.

Everyone concentrates on the problems we're having in this country lately: illegal immigration, hurricane recovery, alligators attacking people in Florida ....

Not me. I concentrate on solutions for the problems.. It's a win-win situation.

+ Dig a moat the length of the Mexican border.

+ Send the dirt to New Orleans to raise the level of the levies.

+ Put the Florida alligators in the moat along the Mexican border.

Any other problems you would like for me to solve today ? Yes!

Think about this one:

1.. Cows
2..The Constitution
3. The Ten Commandments


Is it just me, or does anyone else find it amazing that during the mad cow epidemic our government could track a single cow, born in Canada almost three years ago, right to the stall where she slept in the state of Washington? And, they tracked her calves to their stalls. But they are unable to locate 11 million illegal aliens wandering around our country. Maybe we should give each of them a cow.


They keep talking about drafting a Constitution for Iraq .... Why don't we just give them ours? It was written by a lot of really smart guys, it has worked for over 200 years, and we're not using it anymore.

T H E 1 0 C O M M A N D M E N T S

The real reason that we can't have the Ten Commandments posted in a courthouse is this:
You cannot post 'Thou Shalt Not Steal,' 'Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery,' and 'Thou Shall Not Lie' in a building full of lawyers, judges and politicians...It creates a hostile work environment.

Scripture Sunday

This is a new series I am starting today. I will take bits and parts of my devotionals, Bible studies, the sermon that is perched at church or on the radio. I hope and pray that you learn something and enjoy this new series.

Luke 15:10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

So do you have true joy in you life? Do you want to know how to get it? Well, I'll tell you. If you want true joy in your life, turn joy into an acronym. J.O.Y and it stands for, Jesus first, others second, yourself last. If more people followed this acronym the world world be a much happier and peaceful place.

So I have a girlfriend in California and I was chatting with her on the phone a couple months ago. I was explaining to her that I was reading the house rules for the Duggar Family
and that is where I found that acronym. Then she said, "I teach my chilren that but I just can't get them to follow it." Then I told her that the reason her children will not follow that acronym is because she and her hubby need to set the example. I am just as gulity about not setting the example. Our children deffintly learn most of what they pick up from their parents.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

So it's been 6 days since my last post.

Georgia (my 5 month old) has been going to sleep at about 2 a.m. and it has been keeping my other three girls awake. So by the time the family gets up it is about 11 a.m. So then everything gets pushed back and the little extras (like posting on my blog) fall to the wayside. I do get up with Georgia at about 5 a.m. but I don't want to start my day after only 3 hours of sleep. So Today, Georgia is getting only one 1 hour nap insted of two 2 hour naps. Bedtime is at 9 p.m. and no matter what happens everyone is getting up by 7 a.m. Hopefully this will work because by the time I get the housework done it's time to feed children, bathe children, read to the children, do more housework or something that keeps me from posting. So pray that I can do this for me and my family. If anyone has any other tricks or tips I will gladly take any advice.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Divine inspiration in an unusual place.

Disclaimer: Anything stated in this post is not ment to speak badly of any of my family, it is just the story of what happened and how God showed me that He was there with me all the time.

It was the summer of 2007 and I was visiting my boys in California. I was staying at my grandparents (vegetarians) house because my ex will not let me keep the boys if I stay with any of my friends. So, since I am not in a hurry to go back to court, I do as he wishes. Anyhow, I was there about a week and all was going fine until my Aunt Shelli with her son kyle
(vegetarians this is important to the story later)
and my mom with my sister Lynette come to stay also. Then a day or two later my brother Nathan, his wife Kristie, and their son Kristian came to stay also.

My sister Lynette is a very good girl. She lives in Mexico with my mom. She works as a waitress (child labor laws do not exist in Mexico), and she volunteers at the local veterinarians office. She loves animals and ever since she knew what I veterinarian was she stated that she was going to be one when she got older. So one afternoon, Lynette was eating a turkey sandwich, our Aunt Shelli said, "Lynette, you must not love animals as much as you say if you are willing to eat them." Lynette responded,"Lucy (the veterinarian she works for) loves animals and she eats meat." By this time Lynette was in tears and left the room. When Lynette came back to the room I gave her a little side hug, patted her opposite hip and whispered in her ear to not pay any attention to what was said. I need to take me own advice a lot of times. So Shelli saw what was going on between Lynette and I and I guess it made her mad because she then attacked me by say, "oh come on Juliette, you are always overreacting and being dramtic." So I responded by saying, "What Shelli there is nothing better in your life so you have to abuse a 12 year old little girl." Well that really provoked her because then she started to criticize my mothering skills. She started yelling, "you abounded your boys for that bastard of a husband, you suck as a mother, you don't give a s*** about anyone but yourself!" By then my mother, grandmother, and Aunt Shelli where in the hallway all surrounding me like it was time to gang up on me. So all this yelling and slandering of me and my hubby, enraged me so I fired back with, "oh yeah, you're 38 years old, your son is 1 and now you are the expert on mothering." Then my mother and grandmother came to Shelli defense and both chimed in at the same time with, "Shelli is an excellent mother." I felt overwhelmed and defeated so I went into my room and called Guy, crying telling him that I wanted to come home. So Guy being the loving, caring hubby that he is, gave me a few suggestions. First he was very logical, he told me that the only way I could come home was to take a bus because my plane ticket was not exchangeable for a different date. Second he told me to stay in my room the rest of the night. In that time Guy recommended that I read my Bible, pray and turn in early because tomorrow is a new day, no need to carry bad feeling into a new day.

So the next day my Aunt Shelli, my mom, Lynette, my sons Devin & Alex, me, Nathan, Kristie, and Kristian were all getting ready to go to Sea World. So most of that day my boys, Lynette, Nathan, Kristie, and Kristian hung out and did our thing while my mom, Shelli, and Kyle did their thing. My mom, Shelli, and Kyle where only there for like four hours and left because my mom's health issues, Shelli was still breastfeeding and needed to pump, and Kyle because he neede to take a nap. We stayed til the park closed and had a pretty great day. So, I was feeling a lot better.

The next day my brother and his family left to go back to Utah. I was sad to see them go because I was having such a good time with them. So the plan was to go to Sea World again because we all had unlimited passes. So I was packing lunch for me, the boys and Lynette. When we got to Sea World, the boys and Lynette wanted to go on this water roller coster called Journey to Atlantis. Shelli, my mom, and Kyle went somewhere else. The plan was to meet up at some pet show after the ride. By the time we waited in line, got on the ride, ran to the pet show, we where too late, the show had already started. So the kids and me went on and did our own thing. I guess in hind sight, we could have waited but I didn't really think of that after being so getty from the roller coster. So a few hours go by and I get a call on my cell phone to bring Lynette to the front because my mom, Shelli and Kyle are leaving. So we decided to have lunch at that time anyhow. When we got up front Shelli went berserk yelling at me again that I didn't meet up with them on purpose. Then I explained what had happened and she called me a, " deceitful b***h!" Saying that I could have gotten in even after the show started. But I explained to her that there where employees at each entrance blocking anyone from getting in because they didn't want the show disrupted. Then she said, "you could have gotten in if you really wanted to." By then Lynette and Devin were in tears because of the fighting and once again I felt beat down. So I call my grandma to come and get us. I was telling my grandma what happened and she didn't say much about the whole thing. She acted like she didn't hear anything and asked what the boys and me wanted for dinner. The boys said, "pizza!" So we were off to Costco to get two extra large pizzas and that's when the Lord sent me a message. We were waiting in a very long line because it was summer, California, and dinner time. Way up at the front of the line I saw a guy with his shirt off and he had a bold print, old English script tattoo of a verse. The verse that I must have said in my head about a thousands times so I would not forget. So when we got home I went straight to my Bible and looked it up and it said John 8:36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. I called Guy right away to tell him what had happened. I was really happy because I felt God was telling me that even if there was fighting and yelling that I am truly free because I am saved. I was no longer feeling beat down and depressed. Even though things got much worse with my Aunt Shelli, I still kept my head up because I have Christ on my side and she has always turned a deaf ear the the Truth.

What is the worst 4 letter word?

Some people would say that it is the "f" bomb. Other people might say that it is the "S" word. Women might say that they would go with the "C" word.

1John 2:9 If we claim to be in the light and hate someone, we are still in the dark.

1John 3:15 If you hate each other, you are murderers, and we know that murderers do not have eternal life.

Well, I say that the worst four letter word is HATE. I say this because without hate we would have none of the other four letter words. Think about it, without hate these words would be like saying cake or flat. They would not raise such feelings of angry, annoyance, bitterness, being displeased, being irritated, feeling offended, outraged, provoked, resentfulness, uptight, and to the point wrath.

And how do we get over these four letter words? I would like to think that we could conquer a four letter word with a four letter word. We over come HATE with LOVE!

Matthew 5:43 & 44 You have heard people say, "Love your neighbors and hate your enemies."
But I tell you to love your enemies and pray for anyone who mistreats you.

What do we get from this passage, God is love.

Matthew 5:46 If you love only those people who love you, will God reward you for that? Even tax collectors love their friends.

This comes back to the hate thing. In order to truly conquer hate we have to love so much and so hard that it is uncomfortable. Yes, we have to step out of our comfort zone to get anything to change, and is that what being a Christian is all about?

Matthew 22:39 The second most important commandment is like this one. And it is, "Love others as much as you love yourself."

Basically loving ourselves is easy but loving other as we do ourselves, not so much.

Luke 6:27 This is what I say to all who will listen to me: Love your enemies, and be good to everyone who hates you.

That verse wraps this post up with a nice little bow on top.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Mother of Invention.

Sometimes as a mother you come across situations in your home that need an inventive solution. Like in our home the baby's car seat serves many purposes, it's a car seat, a baby carrier, a personal rocking chair for baby, and since she can not sit up yet it is also a feeding chair. So over the holidays my girls got so many toys that they out grew their toy box and everything started to spill over into the living room. I think that the minute I stepped on a toy because it was on the floor and I was holding the baby, everything had to change right then. At first hubby and me went to our local Wal Mart to buy a new toy box. But guess what, they don't sell them. So here is what I came up with. The baby's pack n play has now turned into the new toy area. Now everything is neat and off the floor.
I think that it works out great for our family for now. So is there anything that you have done in your home that you feel was rather inventive? I am always up for new ideas.

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