Uh Oh!

Sparkle the Elf is in trouble!

It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

Hubby went deer hunting this morning with my Dad & Brother. Its just me and the kids here. The radio is tuned to classic Christmas songs. The Christmas tree is finally put up and decorated. I’ve even managed to sneak in some Christmas shopping online. The house is a complete wreck, but at the moment I just don't care. We’ve all been going full force since before Thanksgiving and today has been the most perfect day for unwinding, getting into the holiday spirit, and just being together. I hope your Saturday has been just as blissful!

Perfect Bottle Thermal

Not only for wine, but it will keep whipped cream cool too. How creative is this?

Perfect Bottle Thermal

Item Code: 4300


Happy Thanksgiving

Often in life we come across many people who have helped us, made our lives better and taught us good lessons. They may or may not be family, but are truly cherished. For each of us, it may mean different things, but the intention of this day, is to give thanks for every good thing that has happened and above all thank God for giving us this life. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones!

Brent's Christmas Wish List 2013

My soon to be 15 year old gave me his Christmas "Wish list". I'm pricing the 10 items that are listed and the grand total is $1,619.99! I need to find Santa's number ASAP!
Everything has something to do with Electronics and Gaming.  I love my kids, but there is no way I can afford to buy all of this. He is the oldest of four. 

  • XBOX One Standard $499
  • Call of Duty Ghost $59
  • Forza Motor Sports limited edition $79 
  • RYSE $59
  • Hauppauge HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition $145.99
  • Game Capture $99
  • Blue Yeti Microphone $89
  • SkyRim PC $60
  • Mine Craft (PC) $30
  • Desktop Gaming Computer Basic $500

Broke for the Holidays!

Listening to the little things my children say

As a Mom I have been guilty many times of not really listening to my child when he/she is telling me something. Either about their day or something they like, etc. I want to do better and always be there for my children and really listen to them. Even the little stuff.

A Firefighter's Wife: Worrying About Your Firefighter

A Firefighter's Wife: Worrying About Your Firefighter: I just received our copy of" International Firefighter" in the mail today. After gazing at the cover that said "Honoring the Yarnell 19", I flipped to the article. I was so saddened to see the faces of the 19 firefighters that were killed in Arizona this year. It was a terrible year for firefighters. In Oregon, I think we lost around four.

Why am I bringing this up? Firefighting is dangerous. I do not allow myself to think about this part of my husband's job very often. I could drive myself crazy with the thought of him dying in an inferno, but would it do any good? I have been the wife of a firefighter for 18 years, and have learned a few things along the way. I am a person who craves peace. When I am worrying, there is no peace.

Sometimes when I feel afraid, I choose to face my worst fears. When I feel an old or new fear arising, I play a game with myself. I say, "If __________ happened, then God would get me through it". I have even shortened it to "If______, then God." 

It has helped me so much. God will carry me. He will provide what I need. I know my husband is a Christian and where he is going if he dies. Would it be terrible? Hard? Scary? Lonely? Sad? Yes.... But I am never alone. My God will not forsake me.

Ladies, if your hubby has a dangerous job, please do not spend your life worrying. Worrying wastes energy and saps your day of its strength.Love the Lord. Trust your loved ones to Him.

I am praying for the families that have lost their loved ones this fire season. I pray God will envelop them with His love and peace today.

Strong Marriage

"A strong marriage requires loving your spouse even in those moments when they aren't being lovable; It means believing in them even when they struggle to believe in themselves."

From Marriage and DaveWillis.org