Tired... So tired...

Wednesday, September 26, 2007
You know, it's not even 10:30pm and I am dead on my feet... What in the world is wrong with me? Maybe this will sum it up for today:

The art of never making a mistake is crucial to motherhood. To be effective and to gain the respect she needs to function, a mother must have her children believe she has never engaged in sex, never made a bad decision, never caused her own mother a moment's anxiety, and was never a child.

Erma Bombeck

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Have you ever felt like the worst Mom in the world?

Tuesday, September 25, 2007
This past weekend was full of fun! The girls and I made a roadtrip to Springdale to see Grandma & Grandpa Smith and some of our friends. It was great!

The weekend would have been perfect if one little event hadn't happened... While we were over at Grandma Smith's house Katie and Reese went outside to play in the yard. It's great because they live out in the country and the girls have plenty of room to run. In addition to all that running, they also have some perfect places to FALL! Reese was sitting as pretty as you please on the second step of the back porch. I was standing at the door watching her! Well, she leaned over to do something with her shoestring and BAM!!! She landed face first on the concrete! She not only caught the first step with her nose, she also managed to make contact with the sidewalk. Her forehead took most of that damage. Here are a few pictures that were taken two or three days after she fell:

I just felt awful! When my girlfriends and I went to dinner that night and shopping the next day I'll bet fifteen people stopped and asked what happened to Reese! She's feeling a lot better now, but I still feel bad!

It's County Fair time again!

Thursday, September 13, 2007
Well, our county fair is back in town this week. Katie has begged and begged to go, so the three of us (Katie, Reese & I) all loaded up and went out to play. It was armband night, so Katie was able to ride all of the rides over, and over, and over, and over... Reese passed out about halfway through the night. She was pretty bored, I think! Katie tried a few of the grown up rides, but there was one that just scared her to death! It was the Moby Dick. I took some pictures of her on the ride. She's in the red shirt on the far left side. She was terrified!

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You know, it's funny... When we lived in Virginia, Katie's friends were all boys. She just loved Taylor, Jonas and Mason. Well, now that we're in Arkansas it's still the same. We ran around at the fair with Joseph, Bailey and Jackson. Yes, they're ALL BOYS!!! I hope God prepares me for her teen years!!!

Wow... Just WOW! God is good!

Monday, September 10, 2007
As I write this blog, I just sit here a little stunned. David and I have been going to church at Valley Baptist Church here in Searcy since we moved here in 2005. We joined the church last summer, and have tried to stay pretty active and attend faithfully. To tell you the truth, I have never felt more at home in church. Even the church I was raised in wasn't this special to me.

Well, back to the original subject... David and I come from very different spiritual backgrounds. I was born and raised Baptist, and have never really known or truly believed anything else. I accepted Christ at church camp and was scripturally baptized when I was twelve. David was not really raised in church, but when they did attend they went to a Methodist church. David was baptized as a child in the Methodist church, and then converted to Catholicism in his early thirties.

We went to church on September 9th just like we would on any other Sunday. Our pastor, Brother James Hays, did a service about scriptural baptism (complete immersion in water) and how it shows obedience to the commands of God. He also made a statement that really touched both David and me. He stated that disobeying the command of God to be baptized was just a wall creating a separation between us and God. He said that disobeying God about baptism "stunted" our Christian growth. Neither of us had ever thought of it like that... (Now, to clarify, we don't believe that baptism is essential for salvation, but is an act of obedience.)

ANYWAY! I'm off of my main topic again! What I've been trying to say is that David was baptized last night! Isn't that exciting! I was so proud of him! We have had so many discussions about his being our "spiritual head-of-household", and I feel like this is a step in the right direction! I have always dreamed of being married to a man who would attend church with me and try to raise our children the right way. Little did I know, I had him all along! I think being at Valley has really opened both of our hearts in a way that wasn't possible at other churches we've attended. I just thank God for this!

Of course, since our family was involved in this, there had to be some humor... The reason the second picture is so fuzzy is because just as Brother James was lifting David out of the water Katie started jumping around and screaming... I didn't know what was going on! She hit my elbow just as David came out of the water, hence the fuzzy picture. The lighting was pretty bad in both photos, but the second one was REALLY bad! OH! The reason that Katie was jumping around and yelling was because she saw a bug on the floor by her feet. Go figure! Everyone got a good chuckle out of that!

I brought in the old stuff -

Sunday, September 2, 2007
- but I plan to add some new stuff, too!

I posted the blogs dated before today on my MySpace blog, but thought I would bring them all to one place and add a few pictures. Enjoy!

We should be dancin' - YEAH!

My girls just crack me up. They love to dance, and Reese only knows one move. Round & round & round!

It doesn't matter what kind of music is playing, these girls just have to move!