Two Tiaras and a Sword

Friday, September 15, 2017

Thankful Thursday 9/14

Thankful Thursday - On Friday.  Yesterday was packed, with us running from one activity to another, and I woke up this morning realizing that I had let yesterday slurp away without posting my Thankful Thursday.  So, without any more delay, here are a few of the things that stood out this week that I am thankful for...

*Great news from a far country

*An evening and a movie at home with the Youngest Princess 

*A beautiful day 

*Not one, but two buckets of Sunflower seeds

*A Facebook post that opened up a ministry opportunity 

*An awesome FaceTime chat with the Young Prince

*Another ministry opportunity due to Irma

*Awesome church members who jump in an pitch in to help 

*New friends

*A sweet gift of appreciation 

*Getting everything done

*A good report from the dentist

*A good day for a friend I've been praying for

*A chance to help the Oldest Princess (and the fact that she asked for my help)

*Sunshine

*A friend who is willing to help 

*One week closer to seeing the Oldest Princess and the Young Prince

*An amazing husband who spoils me way too much

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Thankful Thursday 9/7

I am thankful for many, many things, but these are a few that stood out this week.  But of course today, and the safety of the Young Prince, and our family is a MAJOR PRAISE, and my biggest thing to be thankful for this week.  And now for the rest...

* That not ALL of my water spilled, and I still had some left to drink

* Funny texts from friends

* A night out with my daughter and my husband

* Getting to go to bed earlier than usual

* Washing machines and dryers

* A day to decompress and get a few things done

* Texts from a concerned friends

 * Beautiful weather 

* Fun times playing volleyball in the front yard with My Prince and the Youngest Princess

* A day off 

* A short week

* A prayer answered for the Youngest Princess

* Friends who pray for us

* The privilege to hold a precious new baby

* The beautiful natural silver highlights the past two weeks have added to my hair - and a great hairdresser who can cover them back up for me 😉

* That God kept our family safe through Irma

* For a smile I haven't seen in a while on a sweet little face

* For hugs and hellos from some of our church kids at school - they totally make my day!

*For another year of life for the man of my dreams - Happy Birthday My Prince!  I love you!!








Thursday, August 31, 2017

Thankful Thursday 8/31

Because bad news seems to be way too plentiful these last few days, and because I think we could all use a lot more Thankfulness in our lives, I think it's time to bring back Thankful Thursdays.

*that my family members are all safe after hurricane Harvey and the resulting floods

*for friends that I can laugh and cry with - sometimes both at the same time

*for technology that lets me connect with my children with just a few taps on my screen

*for a home that we did not have to build from scratch (the Youngest Princess and I are reading Little    House on the Prairie, and just finished reading about how Pa built their house)

*for students that follow directions the first time, and with a good attitude

*for a husband who is able to come and eat lunch with me most days

*for safety as we traveled to and from volleyball games this week

*for a precious lady who is willing to step in and be an adopted grandma for the Youngest Princess on  Grandparent's day

*for good health

*for a text from a concerned co-worker

*that my husband safely pulled over and got out of the car before the wasp on his shoulder stung either him or me

*for a text from a concerned family member

*for a comfortable bed at the end of a long day

Monday, January 2, 2017

In 2017 I Want to LOB, I Hope You do, too

Well, I did it.  I didn't always do it well.  But I did it.  I managed to blog a whole year of our lives.  There were days when I really enjoyed it, and days when I was really mad at myself for setting that goal.  There were days when I wanted to share, and there were days when I did not want to share.  But through it all, I am glad that I did it, and hopefully in some small way (those of you who stuck with me through it all) I hope you were encouraged by our ups and downs.  If so, it was worth it.  And we have a whole year's worth of memories forever in print.  Thank you to those of you who took the journey with us.  I hope to blog a lot in the new year, but I don't think that I will try to blog every day.  Maybe not even every week.  But I will try to blog the blog-worthy stuff.

The last week or so, with 2016 ending, and the coming of a new year, I spent a lot of time thinking and praying.  Last year, I chose the word glorify as my word of the year.  I wanted to spend every day with the word glorify in my heart and mind.  I wanted my life and the life of our family to glorify the Lord in some way, big or small, each and every day.  There were days that I feel I/we did well.  There were days that I feel I/we failed miserably.  But I do hope that by keeping that word in my heart that it helped me do a better job of glorifying Him than ever before.  I want to continue to claim that word as one of my words for 2017, because I fully believe that our primary purpose is to glorify God.  So, I can not walk into a new year and leave it behind.  This year, I will strive to glorify Him even more than last year.

With all of that said, I have been thinking and praying for a new word for 2017.  But every time I thought that I had settled on a word, something would happen, that would make me not so sure.  There was not one word that I could choose.

Yesterday morning, as I was getting ready for church, I was thinking about the uncertainties of a coming year.  How that life can change in the blink of an eye and how every new year brings both good and bad.  Happy and sad.  Easy and hard.  Life and death.  Beginnings and endings.

The verse, "That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and the unjust." - Matthew 5:45, came to my mind.

Then we went to church, and My Prince preached about The Difference that Makes all the Difference.  He used the parable of the wise man and the foolish man.  There were two houses.  There were two builders.  There were two foundations.  There were two different outcomes.  The rain fell on both houses.  Just like God had brought to my mind earlier that the rain falls on "the just and the unjust."  We all face good and bad.  So, what is the Difference that Makes all the Difference?  Obedience.  Obedience to God and His Word.  Obedience is the foundation that we can build a strong life/home on.  Obedience - "And the rain descended and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon the house: and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock." Matthew 7:25 (emphases mine)  That rock, it's the solid rock of God's Word.  Obey it, and when the rains fall, and the floods come, and the winds blow - WHEN - not IF, your house will stand firm.

The opposite is also true. "And every one that hearth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And when the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it." - Matthew 7: 26-27  If we do not obey God's word, when the rains fall, and the floods come, and the winds blow - WHEN - not IF, your house will fall, and not just fall, but "great will be the fall of it."

So, thinking about all of that, I don't want my house to fall.  I want my house to stand firm.  I want to obey God's Word.  And although I have been a student of God's Word my whole life, I feel as though I have not even scratched the surface of everything it holds.  And how can I obey what I don't know.  There is still so much of God's Word that I need to learn, so that I can obey it.  How blessed we are that we have God's Word to study.  How blessed we are that we don't have to "guess" what God wants.  He tells us straight up.  It is our responsibility to learn and obey.

I got a new CD from my niece for Christmas.  There is a song on that CD that really speaks to my heart.  I have listened to it over and over again in the last few days.  The message of the song is that sometimes we get worried or anxious, but God has got it all taken care of.  Often we want to take matters into our own hands, and try to make things work out, but God just wants us to trust Him and be still.  Be still.  BE. STILL. That phrase simultaneously strikes fear - and brings peace to my heart.  It calls to me.  It calls me to let God be God in ALL areas of my life, not just the comfortable parts.

So, I share all of that to say that I did not pick just one word for 2017.  I have picked several words, and I will use the acronym LOB to keep them fresh in my mind over the year.  I know.  It's not cute or necessarily "catchy" but it is what God has put on my heart, so I am going with it.

L - Learn - Learn, learn, learn all I can from God's Word. Soak it in.

O - Obey - Obey what I learn from God's Word.  One of my favorite authors uses the phrase "imperfect progress".  I know that this is what this will be.  There will be no perfection here.  So if you are looking for perfection, don't look in my direction.  Progress is my goal.  To learn and obey as much as I can.  And sometimes, our best lessons are learned through mistakes.  I am sure I will make mistakes, but when I do, my prayer is that I learn from them.  Progress is the goal.  To obey God more this year than ever before.

B - Be Still - I really feel like God is telling me to do what I know he wants me to do, and then just Be Still and let Him be God.  To trust Him.  To rest in Him.  To know that He has it all under control and does not need my help at all.  Psalm 46:10.  I want to Be Still and watch God work it all out in His way and in His time.

So, until I blog again...glorify, and LOB


Sunday, January 1, 2017

December 31, 2016

I woke up and watched my First 5 video and did my Bible reading.  I checked in on the eagles and saw that one of the eggs had hatched overnight.  I knew that the Youngest Princess would be thrilled to wake up and find that one of them had hatched.  Pretty soon I heard the pitter patter of little feet flying down the stairs.  It was the Youngest Princess.  She had come down to tell me that one of the babies had hatched.  We talked about it for a minute, and then she was back upstairs.

I got some cleaning and laundry done, while the girls played.  They wanted to play outside so badly, but it was cold and drizzling, so they didn't get to play out much.  It was pretty much an inside sort of day.

My Prince ran the roads getting some things we needed and getting ready for Sunday morning.  Then he did a little studying and watched a little football with the Young Prince.

I made some chocolate covered pretzels to take with us to the get together that we were going to go to that night.

The Young Prince and the Oldest Princess went with My Prince to the church to help him move some bricks and things to the platform, so that he could decorate for our new Foundations series.

I talked to my sister for a few minutes on the telephone.  It was good to catch up with her, and I am glad to hear that she is doing well.

Pretty soon it was time to meet the Youngest Princess's friend's dad, and then go to our friends' house for our New Year's Eve get together.

We stopped and got some pizzas for the kids, and then we went to our friends' house.  We ate some great pork loin, and fixings to go with it.  We enjoyed some good fellowship.  We played cards, and we laughed the New Year in.

There were no fireworks this time.  After one truck fire and one lost dog in past years, we decided that there would be no fireworks to ring in 2017.

After midnight, we headed home.  We got home and My Prince still had a little studying to do, so the Youngest Princess snuggled with me.  She was not sleepy, and wanted to talk.  I was sleepy and did not want to talk.  Plus I knew that it would be hard to get up and get moving in the morning for church.  The Youngest Princess went to her bed, and I fell promptly to sleep.  Such an exciting end to a year full of changes.

Until I blog again...


Saturday, December 31, 2016

December 28 - 30, 2016

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday were a whole lot of cleaning, washing, taking breaks to watch a show with my girls from time to time.  Keeping track of the eagle and watching to see if the eggs had hatched yet or not.

My Prince and the Young Prince went to work each day.  The girls and I hung out at the house.

Wednesday night we went to church.  My Wednesday night group went well.  I love those ladies and I love studying the Bible and learning and growing and just "doing life" with them.  It has been an boost in many ways to my spiritual life.  The times in both of my groups are priceless.

Thursday night, we met with some friends for dinner at my new favorite local restaurant.  We used to go to church with these friends and get to see them all the time.  Now we rarely get to spend quality time with them.  Both of our families are very busy, and so we wanted to intentionally schedule some time during our break with them.  We enjoyed our dinner with them.  My sweet friend brought me a birthday present.  Her Mom and Dad also came to eat at the restaurant, and her mom brought me a birthday card and a little note pad as well.  So sweet!  We love their family, and we are so glad that it worked out for us to get together even if for just a  little while.

The Youngest Princess had asked if her friend could come and spend the night.  So we made plans for that.  I had the Youngest Princess take a shower

Friday night, we went to the church for the youth New Year's Eve Eve celebration.  The Youngest Princess had asked if her friend could come and spend the night.  So we made plans for that.  I had the Youngest Princess take a shower, before we left, and while she was taking her shower, I read our chapter to her, because I knew we would be in late that night, and her friend would be here.  We finished Anne of Avonlea on Thursday night, so we read the first chapter of  Anne of the Island.

I made two cherry cheesecakes to take, and as we were heading out the door, I was trying to juggle the cheesecakes and put on my jacket, and one of the cheesecakes slipped and landed top down on the floor.  GRRRR!  So we cleaned up the cheesecake mess and headed out the door with only one cheesecake, and some cookies that My Prince had baked.

At the church the teens (and a few adventurous adults) played laser tag.  I wanted to play, but I had a really bad headache, so I knew I had better not play and make it even worse.  I think the kids had a great time.  I took my Dutch Blitz cards and a friend and I helped with the food and then played some Dutch Blitz.  Several of the kids played with us as they got out of the laser tag games.  It was fun.  When it got close to 11:00, we started getting everything all cleaned up.

We came home and got everyone settled and ready to go to bed.  I was very glad to go to bed, and hopefully get rid of my headache.  I snuggled under my new down throw that My Prince bought me for my birthday and went to sleep.

Oh, and I almost forgot!  If you want to watch the eagles with us (spoiler alert, one of the eggs hatched overnight, and there is now a baby eaglet to watch), go to www.swfleaglecam.com.  It is really cool to watch.  And the little bobble headed baby eagle is adorable!

Until I blog again...

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

December 24th - 27th, 2016

Saturday, December 24 - Christmas Eve!  It was finally Christmas Eve!

I decided to do a meal in the crockpot that Aunt T had been trying to get me to fix for a while now.  My Prince braved the store to get the things we needed, and we got it started and cooking in the crock pot.  I cooked my rice, and started a pot of peas.  I was very excited about this meal, and hoping it turned out well.

We had a special Christmas Eve service planned at church, so we did several things throughout the day to get things ready for that.

The girls did a little last minute wrapping of some gifts for me.

Then we got ready and went to the church.  The service was very nice.  I loved being together with my church family on Christmas Eve.  Especially when we live so far away from our family.  It helps to make it not quite so lonely.

After the service, we passed out the hot chocolate ornaments that we had made.  It was fun.

Then we came home.  As we pulled in the driveway, Santa was coming up the street on the firetruck.  We honked for the kids to come out.  They had driven separately from us and had already gone in the house.  They made it out just in time to wave at Santa as he went by and threw them some candy canes.

Then we went in and enjoyed our dinner.  I thought that I had cooked enough for us to have leftovers, but there was barely enough for seconds.  So, I guess it turned out all right.  I know next time that if I want to have leftovers, I will have to cook more. I had two requests to fix it again and soon.  So it was a win.

After dinner, we told the kids that they could each pick one present to open that night.  The Oldest Princess picked her new computer case.  The Youngest Princess picked a snow globe from her brother.  The Young Prince picked a random box.  I told him I was surprised that he picked that one (because there was a HUGE box for him under the tree, and I had figured that he would pick that one).  When I told him that I was surprised that he had picked that one, he changed his mind and picked the big one.  It was a fire pit.  He and My Prince put it together and scrounged up some wood to burn, and we went out and made s'mores around it.  It was just barely cool enough to do it, but we had lots of fun and made some memories.  I'm glad he asked for a fire pit.  I think we all will enjoy that gift.

After that, we came in, and got ready for bed.  The girls watched a movie, and I went to sleep.

Sunday, December 25 - We got up and put out the gifts from "Santa".  I did what I could to get our meal ready, but did not plan to cook anything until AFTER church.  Then I started getting ready for church.  We woke the kids up, and they came down to see what gifts "Santa" had brought.  I think they were all pretty happy with what they got.

Then we finished getting ready for church.  We just had one morning worship service.  It was very good, and we observed the Lord's Supper as well.  We had a good crowd too, so that was nice.

After church, we came home and put the turkey, ham and hash brown casserole in the oven.  Then we let the kids open the rest of their presents.  It was a fun, relaxed afternoon.  We ate a late lunch/early dinner when the ham and hash brown casserole got done.

I talked My Prince into watching a couple of movies with us, and we pretty much just ate and watched movies the rest of the afternoon.  That night the Christmas special of When Calls the Heart came on, so we watched it too.  Then we all piled in the car and drove by our friend's house, because My Prince had promised their son that we would drive by and look at the new Christmas blow-ups he had gotten for their yard.  We also drove around in our neighborhood and looked at the lights there too.

We got to FaceTime (wall) with Grammy and Poppy in the Dominican Republic for a few minutes, and that was fun.  I am so thankful for technology that helps us to feel closer on the holidays!

When we got home, we all got ready for bed.  The Youngest Princess and I read a chapter of Anne of Avonlea, and then some of us, went to bed, and some of us watched a movie and then went to bed.

Monday, December 26 - My Birthday!  It was a good day.  We took it easy that morning, and then did a little shopping in the afternoon.  My Prince and the Oldest Princess surprised me with a beautiful tray that I loved.

We tossed around going to see a movie but changed our mind.  We went to eat, and the restaurant where we went was shorthanded.  It turned an experience that should have been about an hour and a half into a three hour experience.

After dinner, the Oldest Princess wanted to go to the mall and get a cookie for dessert.  So we did that  and walked around a little.  A couple of the kids spent a little of their Christmas money.

Then we came home.  The Youngest Princess and I read a chapter of our book, and then we went to bed.

Tuesday, December 27 - The Young Prince and My Prince had to go to work.  The girls and I had a pajama day at home.

I took the ornaments off of the tree, and I got some laundry done.  I also did some general straightening up.  The girls cleaned out some of their drawers to get rid of some clothes that they had outgrown or no longer wear anymore.  The Oldest Princess also culled out some of her shoes.

When My Prince came home, he took the Christmas tree out.  And we did a little more to put away/clean up after Christmas.  The Young Prince cleaned out some of his clothes when he got home from work too.  So, when all three children clean out clothes, it is a good day!

We had a relaxed evening.  Watching a movie and just being together.  The Youngest Princess made cookies.  The Oldest Princess made chocolate covered pretzels.

The Youngest Princess and I read our chapter and then we went to bed.

Just us.  Just a calm, cool, collected, ordinary Christmas.  No frills, no thrills.  Just precious time being together.  And I wouldn't want it any other way.

Until I blog again...