Tuesday, January 29, 2008
max turned two right at the end of the chaos. we are going to have a party for him in two weeks and we know he doesn't realize yet that it's his birthday but we felt bad. granny (chris' mom) made a big lunch and had a cake on sunday, his real birthday. and yesterday we took him out to dinner. he loved having another small cake. we'll have more fun pictures of the boy soon. we've been a bit busy...
Friday, January 25, 2008
that being said, she still needs prayer. it will be two weeks before the doctor knows if the tumor is dead or if she will have any effects from the radiation. however, she's doing WELL!! thanks for asking and praying...
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
keep praying....we are asking the Lord for a complete healing....
Monday, January 21, 2008
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Monday, January 7, 2008
Sunday, January 6, 2008
"you are special" by max lucado...
i don't even feel the way this cartoon depicts working mothers. i don't juggle. i do require more planning than my stay-at-home counterparts at times but...i've never felt like a clown. my house is not always the cleanest, i do cook (sometimes), and there's always a lot of wash to be done. but am i miserable? i feel generally speaking...we are happy. but...
i have come to the conclusion i am wrong. folks "know better" than i do. i am a working mother and very little could be worse. comments, looks, judgments...it's been tough. "how do you balance your time?", "do you even know your kids needs?", "i would never let someone else raise my kids."
i have to say that if you are reading this blog, you are either a working mother, who understands, or most likely someone who has extremely supportive of my decision to work. i'm not here to stand on a soapbox but i do want to say one thing....
my family is my number one priority. period.
however, my gifts, and abilities have given me the priviledge of helping and serving students who need me. i have been called to this position and to anyone else who may be suffering from "working mother guilt" whether self imposed, mother/mother-in-law imposed, or judgemental stay-at-home self-righteous mother imposed....
all this being said....last year, i wanted to have a "home-spun" christmas...well, i was preparing for my boards, finishing up my internship, and trying to graduate...needless to say, this glamorous, although somewhat "little house on the prairie" idea blew up in my face. this year, i finished my precious little neice nina's quilt....it's lovely and it brought tears to many eyes (my ultimate goal). i was frustrated as h-e-double hockey sticks because not all the squares were exact and some colors in the patchwork were next to each other....yadda, yadda, yadda, a working mother accomplished something at home....huh? who thought it was possible??
disclaimer: most of the comments about people's resentment towards my decision to work have come from people who don't even know me well. sooo, don't take this as a passive/aggressive attempt to tell you dear friends that i'm mad at you for staying home. i love that you guys stay home. i think that it's wonderful. many sacrifices are made and i love that. also, i have that guilt. (standby-tears) he is so precious and fun to be with....it's been a tough battle but it's been a good one. (tears-go)**those cues were for you tanner**
ps...i making curtains for his room and the kitchen now...can you stand it?? :)
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
decorating the tree....again
max and nina were sooo thrilled to see each other. he woke up from a dead sleep when he heard her voice. they hugged until they fell. we laughed and cried. max got fabulous stuff, still disinterested but wow...what a Christmas. both families forget that our house is not 1500 square feet.
we opened gifts at our house before we went for our overnight at pop pop and ganny's house. he really wasn't too interested in opening anything....he kept running to his old toys...max loves this guitar. it sounds possessed but he loves it.
christmas with the bovards it wouldn't be christmas without a pick up football game at the bovard's house. i know you can't tell by this picture but he was playing football with the big boys during this picture.
this is the FAO bovard christmas extravaganza. the big one at the back on the
this was the only gift he showed real interest in. i opened everything else.
we went on several excursions as well around pittsburgh. each time we left before his nap, he said "gymkhana"? he loves his gymnastics class which had a two week hiatus. so he'll be delighted to start back this week. look out olympics 2024...we're coming for the gold.