Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Heading out for the holidays!

I'm taking the boys down to see family for the holidays :) Hope you all have a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving!

YouTube video for Randy Miller of the Myriad

I just thought I'd share this video, it's very touching! You can read more a few posts down on my blog about him.

Randy Miller

Monday, November 24, 2008


So what is everyone doing for Thanksgiving this year? I am taking my boys down to my husbands parents house :) We are all very excited to go too! We just wish Daddy could be here to go along as well!

So tell me one thing you are Thankful for.

I am thankful for my wonderful family, and my husbands family. They have welcomed me in since day one and made me feel like a huge part of the family rather than an outsider. I couldn't have asked for better in-laws!!!!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Fingerprint Friday

(As seen on PamperingBeki!)

Friday, November 21, 2008

Fingerprint Friday

There is a song by Steven Curtis Chapman that says:
I can see the fingerprints of god
When I look at you
I can see the fingerprints of god
And I know its true
Youre a masterpiece
That all creation quietly applauds
And you're covered with the fingerprints of god

So look around you and see where YOU can see God's fingerprints. Is it in nature? Kids? Animals? Where do you see them? Here's how to join in.

1. Blog with your interpretation of God's fingerprints. Be sure to post a comment with your link so others can see yours too!
2. Check out PamperingBeki's page for her's and a list of others as well!

I chose a picture I took at Silver Dollar City last year. Animals are always something that has amazed me. It's amazing that God created so many kinds of creatures like this. The nature in this scene is just beautiful as well. If you've never had the chance to go, check out Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO during Christmas Season one year. It is very beautiful!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Wild Man

My youngest has decided it's a lot of fun to attempt running now that daddy is gone LOL He was taking up to 6 steps the day daddy left, and now is walking everywhere. (even this weekend he would take quite a few steps, but not walk continuously, he's walking like crazy and trying to run by today!). He can also climb like a monkey. Daddy is in for a surprise when he gets home LOL

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tis the Season....

So as I was driving down my street, I noticed a few houses are already decorated for Christmas. I am not one to decorate until after Thanksgiving (literally the day after LOL Though this year will be a few days after), so I decided to decorate my page a little early :) I'm so eager to get our Christmas stuff out and start enjoying the holiday season!
When do you decorate for Christmas???

Monday, November 17, 2008

Another week down....

The boys and I have started a countdown for when Daddy comes home. As of now we have 33 days left. We are 2 weeks down, and just about 5 to go. I am so ready for this to be over! LOL It's not only hard missing him so much myself, but seeing my boys struggle because they don't understand why daddy has to be gone. I am thankful this was only 7 weeks, but it doesn't make it any easier on them!
My youngest has started walking all over, beginning to talk, and growing up so fast since daddy left too! Cody did the same when he deployed last time. He started sitting up, walking, crawling, talking and doing all sorts of things within a week of daddy leaving. It's funny how these little monkeys wait like that!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Fingerprint Friday

As seen on PamperingBeki

Fingerprint Friday

There is a song by Steven Curtis Chapman that says:
I can see the fingerprints of god
When I look at you
I can see the fingerprints of god
And I know its true
Youre a masterpiece
That all creation quietly applauds
And you're covered with the fingerprints of god
So look around you and see where YOU can see God's fingerprints. Is it in nature? Kids? Animals? Where do you see them?
I see them when I see my kids experiencing new things. It's amazing to me that these little people have such wild imaginations. Seeing the look of amazement at things as simple as bubbles! This is my little man Max, and he loves bubbles (as do all of my kids LOL). The look in his eyes when he sees them is so incredible too.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Free 8X10 custom photo book at Snapfish! HURRY! Ends November 14th!

Go to Oprahs page and click on Peter Walsh and a Free Gift. This will give you a link to click and set up a new Snapfish account. After you do this, you will have a credit for a free 8X10 Custom photo book! I just created mine, and it did take awhile, but you only pay shipping (and tax in some states, my tax was 40 cents). So my total in Missouri was $7.39! Hurry though, this expires at midnight on November 14th!!!

Holidays are approaching

Do you like to burn candles when the holidays come near? Listen to your favorite music? What are things you do in the fall and as the holidays approach to warm your house up?

My favorites are burning cinnamon, apple and french vanilla candles. Those are my favorites. I also love listening to Christmas music (after thanksgiving of course LOL)

So what kinds of things do you do?

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Do you like guessing games?

I started an online guessing game for this little baby due in May :) If anybody wants to guess, you're more than welcome to! We'd love to get tons of guesses! We are finding out gender either late December or early January (when my husband gets back home).

The game is at:
Rowe Baby 5

A friend needs help!

UPDATE: I was told these links aren't working (For some reason they are going through myspace instead of to the sites) If you type in the addresses, it'll go though.

I am friends with a guy that I've known over 10 years now. He was in a band with my oldest brother and we went to the same college. He's now in a new band called "The Myriad" and one of the members could use some help. Repost this as much as you can! I cannot even imagine what this family is going through and how scared he must be!

Letter from the band:
Some of you may have heard, our drummer Randy Miller had a large tumor removed from his shoulder/chest area a few weeks ago which proved cancerous. Initial results indicate Chondrosarcoma (cancer of the bone) and a PET Scan today revealed suspicious spots around the surgical area, his left arm, adrenal gland and pelvis. Chondrosarcoma is very rare and for that reason treatment is necessary at special facilities. He has been referred to Stanford to determine the best course of action. The unfortunate thing is Randy cannot talk with the specialist or even schedule an appointment until the state determines if he is qualified for medi-cal. It appears it could takes weeks or longer before he finds out if he is qualified. We'll keep you updated as soon as we know more.

There are immediate and ongoing financial needs for the Miller family. The support that has come in over the past few weeks has been amazing and we would like to thank everyone for all they are doing. Our friends in Third Day just announced they will be holding a benefit concert for Randy on Sunday, December 7th at Friends Church in Yorba Linda, CA.
Tickets go on sale 11/21 at www. transparentproductions. com.
All proceeds go to Randy Miller.

If you would like to help out financially you can do so by donating to a "Mercy Fund" set up by a non profit organization called The Stirring and currently designated to Randy Miller. There are a few different ways you can send tax deductible donations to this fund.
One is online at www. thestirring. org .
Located to the bottom right of the main page you will see "ONLINE GIVING". If you click on this link you will be directed to a secure page where you can set up an online giving account. Once the account is set up you will see the "MERCY FUND" and be able to send secure donations to the family through this organization.
Tax deductible donations can also be sent in the form of a check to:

The Stirring
RE: Randy Miller
3468 Bechelli Lane Suite E
Redding, CA 96002

Any financial support you can give in order to help the Miller's through this difficult time is appreciated.

Thanks for your support,
The Myriad

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Those dreaded school pictures....

It's that time of year again! School Pictures! I, like a few others that I know, didn't give into the skyrocketed pricing this year. And wouldn't you know, this is the one year that all three turned out pretty good LOL Atleast our school has the option of copying it from the website so you have a copy on the computer! LOL

Veterans Day

I wanted to give a salute to all Veterans and family members today! Sacrificing your life and your career for our Country is one of the bravest things anyone can ever do. I know it's not said enough, but I for one would like to just stop and say a big THANK YOU to every veteran, and every veteran's family members (Even though they are in the background, they are just as much a huge part of serving our country!). My husband has been serving our country for over 16 years now and I couldn't be more proud of him!

I challenge you all to just say those two simple words if you see any Veteran's today. Just say "Thank you." And then watch the look on their face. Those two small words can mean more to any veteran than anything else.


Monday, November 10, 2008

Like contests?

Head on over to: Simple Mom and check out the contest going on until midnight November 12th! Leave your comments to enter to win an amazing new printer by Epson!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Fun gender tests

So since this is our last for sure, I gave in to a fun early gender test called Intelligender. Before you say anything, I know it's not 100% accurate. I've heard that girl results are more accurate than boy results. I thought it would be interesting to see just how accurate it was for me (It was correct for two moms on a board I'm on, one said boy and one said girl.).
So I took the test this morning, and I'm trying not to get my hopes up...but look!
Also, I checked the PH before I did the test, and I was pretty acidic. So I think it has something to do with your ph, but time will tell! Now my big ultrasound can't get here fast enough!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Looks of pity

For those with more than the considered "normal" amount of children (I'd say 4 and up), you probably know what I'm talking about. The looks you get when you go into public and people look at you like "My goodness, poor you." I get them even more since my 4 children are all male.
I got quite a few last night. I took the boys to Walmart to get a few groceries (And get Alex something to keep him warm until we find his coat), and you should have seen the looks LOL My 3 year old is sick with croup (though not contageous, just fighting the cough still), so he was laying in a cart pushed by my oldest. Alex, the 2nd oldest was next to me, and the baby was in the cart I was pushing. Along with all of this you see my totally obvious pregnant belly. I don't think anyone dared to ask if I knew the gender this time (Though I've already been asked quite a bit LOL). The joys of being #5 is I'm showing a LOT earlier. I look about 5 months pregnant right now and I'm only just shy of 12 weeks!
Right now I really need to work on some good comebacks for those individuals who think it is their right to give you their opinion. Such as "Don't you know what causes that?" and "Are you going to keep going until you get your girl?" And "Are you SURE It's not twins?" I'm sure there will be more, as there always is.


It's officially starting to feel like winter here in Missouri. We got up this morning to windchills in the 20s and very chilly! There is no call for snow yet but the highs will stay in the 40s (with windchills in the 30s) for the next week atleast. What a time for Alex to lose his winter coat!!!!! Yeah.....he can't find it LOL It's not at Nana's house, not in daddy's truck (Who is in another state right now), and not in the house. My guess is he left it at school somewhere.

How is your weather?

Friday, November 7, 2008

Fingerprint Friday

(This is copied from http://pamperingbeki.blogspot.com Check out that blog for more of these and other awesome stuff!!!)

There is a song by Steven Curtis Chapman that says:
I can see the fingerprints of god
When I look at you
I can see the fingerprints of god
And I know its true
Youre a masterpiece
That all creation quietly applauds
And you're covered with the fingerprints of god

So look around you and see where YOU can see God's fingerprints. Is it in nature? Kids? Animals? Where do you see them?

I see the fingerprints whenever I look at my boys. It never ceases to amaze me that God gave me these perfect little humans. Seeing their eyes sparkle when they accomplish something, hearing their first cry, and the look you get when they see you for the first time as a newborn. With every baby born, I will never cease to be amazed at what an amazing creation life truly is.

What do you teach your kids about Politics?

I for one have to say I was really proud of my two oldest boys. They REALLY got into the election this year and wanted to know what was happening, what each person stood for, etc. Kasy was into it a lot more than Alex was. (Alex voted for Obama because "Mom that's a cool name! He'd be a great president if he had a cool name like that!) Kasy voted for McCain. I thought it was really awesome that the school got the kids involved and let them have a mock voting session too! They all felt like they got a chance to make a difference and the teachers taught them about politics and the candidates.

The Talk

How many of you have had to have the "talk" with your kids yet? This is something we're going to have to do soon with our oldest son. I've been completely happy with him being oblivious to anything of that nature, but I'm slowly realizing that he's not LOL He made a word search on his Nana's computer last weekend and was so happy to point out that the word Sex was on there but not in his list. I'm really curious what kids at school have said because that has to be where he's heard stuff.
My plan is to go to the library and see if they have books that will help him understand better. Any advice would be much appreciated though!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

What is...

Your best memory of Christmas?

What memories or traditions do you plan on keeping alive with your children?

Moms going back to school

How many of you are going back to school? I know it's tough and may seem impossible, but I'm here to tell you it's NOT! I am a stay at home mom to 4 wild boys and another baby on the way. And I am graduating this month with my Bachelor's Degree! It's definitely NOT easy, but it is doable! I can't tell you the satisfaction I feel of accomplishing something so major while not missing out on my kids lives at the same time.

Single Moms

I have to say that I give major credit to single moms! My husband left Monday until Christmas. We are on day 3 and it feels like he's been gone an eternity already! I'm ready for Christmas to get here!


You ever sit and look at your life and wonder how it is moving so incredibly fast? I do all the time. Kasy is almost 10, Alex is almost 7, and they are growing up way too fast. Max is now walking and trying to talk and acts like a big kid already. Codiak is in school now and loving it as well! Oh and more news, we have another one coming in May 2009! I've heard things ranging from "You're CRAZY!" to "Is this just to try for a girl?" I will honestly say that this one was a surprise and we will be happy with whatever we get :) A girl WOULD be nice, but a boy would be just as special too :)