Thursday, September 29, 2011

Q & A with Elek, Age 3 1/2

1. How old are you?

2. What makes you happy?
You do, Mama

3. What is your favorite animal?
My cow, Herbie. (he has an imaginary pet cow)

4. What is your favorite thing to eat?
McDonald's Fruit Salad

5. What is your least favorite thing to eat?

6. What is your favorite thing to do?
Exercise and Eat

7. What is your favorite TV show?
Peppa Pig (Peppa is a British pig. Elek now asks for pounds intsead of dollars, calls me mummy on occasion, and told me to turn on the telly.)

8. What are you really good at?
Building towers with my blocks.

9. What is your favorite movie?
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs

10. What is your favorite song?
ABC's and Jesus Loves Me

11. What is your favorite color?

12. Who is your best friend?

13. What do you and mom do together?
Clean up my mess. (I think I do the majority of the cleaning up, he pretty much only makes the mess.)

14. What do you and dad do together?
Wash clothes (Michael does help with the laundry often)

15. What is your favorite sport?
Skateboarding (his brother may be a slight influence)

16. Where is your favorite place to go?
The corn maze (he has never been to a corn maze, but has been bugging to go for several days. he wants to run around it "like a mouse".)

17. What is your favorite book?
Little Red Riding Hood

18. What do you want to be when you grow up?
A chef

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Update from Carrie, Mandy Grace's Mom

Praise the Lord Day 8 has arrived and we are all still in good spirits! Baby was cold last night and gave me a scare but this morning warm, cuddly and eating! We met our hospice nurse for the first time yesterday. Mandy was all dolled up bow and all. Lungs were clear of fluid and she looked good! Mat 21:22 — And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive....

Monday, September 26, 2011

Mandy Grace

Was reminded this morning how truly blessed I am. My heart is broken to learn of my friend, Carrie, had her sweet baby girl, Mandy Grace...she was born with trisomy 18 which doesn't have a very long life span...usually 10 days. Right now they are at home enjoying each day with their miracle....Please, please, keep them in your prayers and that they have many days with her.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

My New Favorite Quote

"Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes. She has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.
Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she finds the book she wants. You see the weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a second hand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow.
She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.
Buy her another cup of coffee.
Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.
It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas and for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry, in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by God, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.
She has to give it a shot somehow.
Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.
Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who understand that all things will come to end. That you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.
Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.
If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.
You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.
You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.
Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.
Or better yet, date a girl who writes." --Rosemary Urquico

Pinspiration - Wordy

So I'm totally addicted to the site Pinterest. It's one of my FAVORITE places to find inspiration. Thought today I'd post a few things I've "pinned" and maybe it will inspire you. If you have never heard of Pinterest before - you don't know what you're missing! Let me know and I can send you an invite and you can start pinning goodies, too!

Today I'm posting some word art that I love.