Thursday, April 30, 2009

Does Anyone Know?

Ok, on a scale of 1-10 for importance, this is a negative -5......BUT.......does anyone know what causes random "grease" stains on clothes???

I've noticed for a while that, AFTER washing clothes, there will be a random stain that never comes off.  Initially, it just looks like there's a wet spot......but it's actually not wet at all and I can't get it out.  It's always a a spot of water....and ranges from about the size of a penny to the size of a quarter.  My washer & dryer are pretty new (3 1/2 yrs) and I primarily use powder detergent over the liquid.  I stopped using the "downey ball" because I thought that's what was causing it and I also stopped using dryer sheets in case that was it.  But it still happens!  And it's not every load or every item.....just a shirt or  pair of shorts now and then.  But of course, the stain shows up in a spot where it's noticeable and I end up making those items "play clothes."  I thought I was going crazy, but then John commented that he noticed it on clothes too.

Any ideas?????

Sunday, April 26, 2009

In Christ Alone

Last year I had the pleasure of hearing Natalie Grant sing at a Women of Faith conference.  Although I totally love music, my days of listening to anything usually consist of a big purple dinosaur or princess music or kids praise, etc.  So.....the WOF conference was the first time I heard Natalie and she totally blew me away.  Not only was she adorable, but her voice was absolutely incredible!  

That was last September and the 2 CD's of hers that I bought then are still in my car today and I listen to them constantly!  I've been thinking so much of what our pastor taught today and it reminded me of one of Natalie's favorite songs.  Just wanted to share the lyrics:

"In Christ Alone"

In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song;
this Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All,
here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone! who took on flesh
Fulness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones he came to save:
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied -
For every sin on Him was laid;
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave he rose again!
And as He stands in victory
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine -
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life's first cry to final breath.
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I'll stand.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

She's a clever girl....

Maddy.......if you know my lovely girl Maddy, you know that she's a girl who fits the stereotype of the first born perfectly.  Strong. Smart. Knows what she wants.  I mean....BOSSY.   :)   I say a hundred times a day.... "Maddy, you aren't the mommy, don't tell them what to do...."

So on Sunday, she was telling Davis how to rock correctly in the chair (or something like that).  I turned around and gave her a mommy look--with a raised eyebrow-- and said in a firm mommy tone "Maddy!"  And she says, very matter-of-factly, "Oh yeah.  Sorry Mom.  I was just giving Davis a little bit of advice."

I had to turn around so she wouldn't see me smile.  She's a clever girl that Maddy!

Saturday, April 18, 2009


Wednesday, April 15, 2009


I've been MIA from my blog, partly from being unmotivated to update it, but mostly because we've been so busy!  I was blessed to have my Aunt, Uncle and Cousin visit for a few very short days while my cousin was visiting a local college.  That was a special treat because they haven't been out since my wedding, which was almost 7 years ago!  And then, another totally special treat, was a visit from my sister all the way from the Great White North.  And White it is since it snows practically 364 days of the year!  And then, my parents celebrated their 40th anniversary in Carmel a couple weekends ago and we drove up there to see them.  So fun!

Emma giving herself a breathing treatment!  lol...  (she has asthma)
My lovely Aunt....