Friday, April 30, 2010

Meet Our Critters

For a fun post I thought I would introduce you to the Critter Population at our house. Growing up I always loved animals. I am not really sure why because my Mom was not overly fond of animals and most of my siblings were not as well. My brother Doug, however, had a love for animals. This must have rubbed off on me. He never really had a pet of his own, but his roommates animals seemed to like him better than their owners. He brought them over often and I really enjoyed that. Doug was 12 years older than me and he used to drag me around like any good brother would.   He always was a lot of fun. He passed away in 1993. That is another post for another day, but I still miss him a great deal.

One year for my birthday when I was probably around 9, Doug brought me a part Persian kitten (of course with the permission of my Parents). I was so overjoyed. This kitten was just beautiful and very sweet. I loved this kitty so very much. Unfortunately one day he got ran over right in front of my house. I remember my dad saying " You all will never learn!" This was because any animals we had usually got ran over.

When I was in high school I did go on to get another kitten. He was a bit feisty, but he loved me. I still had him when I met Mike. This kitty did not like Mike. He always would try to bite him. Mike did not like my kitty, so when we got married he stayed with my parents. After that, he was not all that friendly to me anymore ( The cat, that is! ).

Since getting married, Mike and I have had a few dogs and a cat. Right now we have 1 dog, 1 goldfish, and 5 turtles. Our dog is Tessa. She is a Border Collie. We rescued her from an animal shelter so we do not know if she is all Border Collie. My guess is that she is part Lab. She seems a bit broader than most Border Collie's I have seen.

Tessa is 7 years old. Soon after we got her I found out I was expecting Luke, our 9th child. She is very sweet natured. She loves people and gets very excited when we have visitors.  The house that we had at the time we got her had a fenced in back yard.  It was so much fun to see her run out and fly around the yard. She ran so fast. Unfortunately we do not have a fence now, so we have to take her out on a leash. Sometimes we let her loose so that she can run and play. She loves to play fetch and she enjoys catching frisbees.

Tessa has a very naughty side. At night time after we all go to bed, she likes to get into the trashcan in the kitchen. She has made a very big mess many times. UGGH!!!  What a mess! We are trying to come up with the best solution to this problem. We have thought of locking her up at night, but I do not like doing that. The other was sticking the trashcan in the bathroom near the kitchen, but anyone using the bathroom would need to remember to shut the bathroom door when they are done! Around here that can be a big issue! REMEMBERING!

Another one of her bad habits is finding used tissues from the trashcan in my bathroom and then shredding them up all over my bedroom! Double UGGH! We need to find a way to keep her out of the trashcans.

Tessa is dreadfully afraid of thunderstorms. We usually lock her up in her crate which is in the basement during a thunderstorm. She seems to prefer that anyway. In the basement she cannot hear it so much and cannot see the lightning. She has been known to poop on the floor out of anxiety over a thunderstorm.

It was hard to take her picture because she would not look at me. She seemed a bit intimidated by me wanting to take a picture. Hubby asked me later if I was using a flash. Well , yes, I was! She is afraid of the flash too just like lightning! Oh well!


Our next pet is Mr. Fishy. He has had several names, but I just refer to him as Mr. Fishy. He has had a lot of friends come and go but he still seems to hang on. We used to have a barrel outside that we made into a little pond and had goldfish inside it.  Mr. Fishy survived that and has been indoors now for at least a year. We turn the light on in the tank when we feed him, so now when you turn the light on he immediately gets excited.  Usually he does not come to the front of the tank except when you feed him. I had to turn on the light so that I could get a picture of him!

Mr Fishy

Meet our turtles






Zach and April

Most of the turtles were found here right in our yard. Our backyard backs up to a small wooded area and they seem to like it there. Zach was rescued from the middle of the road. I was driving the kids somewhere when I saw him in the middle of the road. I stopped and my son jumped out to save him, We took him home and put him with the other turtles. We were late for our event that day because we were already running late and then found Zach and turned around to take him home. Zach is the only male and also the largest turtle.

April was given to my son Jeremy from a friend. They had found her and kept her for a little while, but since Jeremy had built a habitat for the turtles they knew he could take better care of her, April is a bit smaller than the others. We call her a teenager. She likes to hide most of the time.

Last Spring Jeremy found a baby turtle in the habitat. That was before Zach, so we were a little confused, but later on found out that they can lay eggs that are fertilized for up to 2 years later. A few weeks ago our baby turtle died. We all were so very sad. Jeremy would not name the turtle because he knew that there was  a strong chance it would not make it. We had it inside to help give it a better chance. We never knew if it was a boy or a girl.

As you might notice, all of the turtles except for Shelley have names that come from a certain TV show. I would have not known unless someone had told me. I do not watch much TV. Jeremy's girlfriend named them. 

Shelley is a bit special because she was our very first turtle. She was found close to 4 years ago. The kids named her. This was before Jeremy had a girlfriend. We were keeping her in a recycling bin while Jeremy was working on the habitat. One evening a storm rolled in and knocked over the recycling bin and Shelley had escaped. We did not see her again until last year. She was found once again! Jeremy is absolutely sure that it is the same turtle. He recognized the markings on her and has pictures form 4 years ago that he can compare it to.

So currently that is all in the critter department! We do have a few dogs from the neighborhood that like to visit us on a regular basis. One is Ginger, a Miniature Dachshund that I really like. She is so sweet. I would like to keep her for my own, but I do not think her owners would approve!

Update: I wrote this post last week and a few nights later we had a thunderstorm. It was 4 something in the morning and Hubby heard Tessa whining. He got up and let her out thinking she needed to go potty. Well she ended up running off. He was too asleep to realize that it was lightning outside. He called for her for awhile and she never came. He finally came and woke me up and said I think she is gone for good! I had no idea what he was talking about. After he explained, I got up to try to find her. I ended up jumping in the car. I drove around the neighborhood a couple of times and finally she came out of hiding and jumped in the car. I was so relieved! I knew there would be some broken hearts in the morning if she had not come back!


Thursday, April 29, 2010

Weightloss Update

OK, since I shared here that I am on a weight loss journey, I guess I better give updates! Accountability can be a good thing, right?

I officially started on April 7th. Yes, that was a Wednesday! I usually start a diet on a Monday. I was planning on starting that Monday, but did not have a chance to go to the grocery store to get the things I needed. I  was thinking that I would just wait until the following Monday, but then I decided that since I had gotten myself mentally prepared, I better just go for it!

The first week I lost 3 pounds. The second week I lost 4 pounds. On Wednesday when I weighed in, I had lost 1 pound. I was a little disappointed, but at least it was a loss and not a gain. That makes it 8 pounds lost in 3 weeks. Not too bad. Now only 72 more to go!

Now I really need to get moving! So little motivation on my part, for exercising, but I know it will help the scales move in the desired direction!

Pray for me!


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Blog Hop "Photos That Make You Feel Good"

Today I am joining in on the Linky Tools Blog Hop with the theme of "Photos That Make You Feel Good". I love pictures so it is hard to pick out my favorites, but here goes.

I Love My Family. This is the day we officially added Naomi to our family.

I Love My Hubby!

Flowers make me happy!

I Look forward to planting some more of these!

And more of these too!

Almost time for planting!

Come on and join in on the fun!



Monday, April 26, 2010

Rainy Days And Mondays...........

Today we woke up to a dark, dreary, rainy day. Mondays have always been kind of hard for me and then add in the rain and I am ready to go back to bed! Kind of like that song that says "Rainy Days and Mondays always get me down."

Sundays are usually quite busy around here and I get worn out! It takes us about 30-40 minutes to get to church. Our children are involved in JBQ and TBQ and the teens are involved with the youth. We also go to church on Wednesday nights for Youth, Royal Rangers, and Impact Girls.

At least 2 Sundays a month I leave the house at 9:30 am and do not return until 9:45 pm. Hubby brings the younger children home after church, but I hang out "in town" to stay with the older children. The other Sundays I get home a bit earlier, like around 5pm. Anyway, the long day wears me out!

By nature, I am not a morning person. Then waking up to a dreary day just makes me want to crawl back into bed. On top of this dreary weather, some of my children are not feeling too well. Headaches, sore throats and low grade fevers seem to be going around. I need to keep an eye on them because we seem susceptible to strep around here. Today is a wash on schoolwork, so I guess we will just take it easy.

While driving my daughter to work this morning, I heard this song and it gave me hope for today. I have always loved this song and it really ministers to me. In Christ Alone, I place My Trust! My Source of Strength and My Source of Hope is In Christ Alone! For Only By His Grace I am Redeemed! In Christ Alone!

I pray that you are having a Marvelous Monday and that your source of Hope and Strength are In Christ Alone!

In Christ alone will I glory
Though I could pride myself in battles won
For I’ve been blessed beyond measure
And by His strength alone I’ll overcome
Oh, I could stop and count successes like diamonds in my hands
But those trophies could not equal to the grace by which I stand

In Christ alone
I place my trust
And find my glory in the power of the cross
In every victory
Let it be said of me
My source of strength
My source of hope
Is Christ alone

In Christ alone do I glory
For only by His grace I am redeemed
For only His tender mercy
Could reach beyond my weakness to my need
And now I seek no greater honor in just to know Him more
And to count my gains but losses to the glory of my Lord

In Christ alone
I place my trust
And find my glory in the power of the cross
In every victory
Let it be said of me
My source of strength
My source of hope
Is Christ alone



Thursday, April 22, 2010


I feel like I need to clarify my last post. I really do not feel that I shared my thoughts as well as I should. Maybe I should have left well enough alone anyway! I really do not like to complain and do believe this is an area that God wants me to work on.

My heart is that I want to Love these little girls. I want to go the extra mile and do what Jesus would do.

Some commenters said I need to set healthy boundaries. I am working on that one. It is hard for me to tell anyone else what to do, but shouldn't they have to follow the same rules in my yard as my children?

Others say that I should invite them in for dinner and open my home to them. This is a hard one for me but maybe that is God might want. With a large family I often feel overwhelmed just getting my family fed.

Well, I think there should be a healthy balance somewhere.

The night that they were peering in at us eating dinner, these girls had been in our yard all day except for when they went in for dinner( maybe a total of 10 minutes). I knew that they had already eaten and it was getting pretty late anyway. Is it really all that wrong for me to want to spend sometime with my family without having to share it with someone else all the time?

As for Anonymous, you really have zero credibility with me hiding behind the profile anonymous. At first I was not going to even address this, but I couldn't let it go.Saying I act like a spoiled child, really? You are not here all day everyday and see what goes on here. I have bent over backwards trying to be patient and kind.  I usually go the extra mile, but I am human and I am not perfect. Sometimes I  lose my patience like anyone else. Sometimes I just cannot handle anymore.

I Home school my Children, so these distractions make it quite difficult. If you were here you would probably criticize that my children were not getting enough of their school work done.

Basically you were saying I am not a good Christian. Well, I do not believe that is for you to judge. That is between me and God. I believe that if a Christian disagrees with another, they should do so in a loving manner and  not criticize so harshly.  Also, I have been far from mean so don't go there. I simply told the little girl that it was time to go home. This was about 7pm and she had been over at our house since about 10 am ( except for a few minutes break here and there).I am sorry if you think I have a bad attitude, but you really do not know my heart. So, anonymous, if you do not like what you read here, it is quite simple, you do not have to read anymore.

Bottom line, I Love the Lord Jesus and I strive to live according to His Will. I am a sinner in need of a Savior. I am not perfect but I am Washed by the Blood Of The Lamb! I am sorry if I have offended anyone because that is never my intention!

To all the other commenters, I agree with what you have said and I am working on it! Please pray for me to have God's Wisdom.



Friday, April 9, 2010

Ultimate Blog Party

Ultimate Blog Party 2010

5 Minutes for Mom is throwing their 2010 Ultimate Blog Party and we are all invited. Click here to join in on the fun!

This party is a great way to make new friends and find some fun new blogs to read plus you have a chance to win some great prizes!

If you are new here, let me introduce myself. I am Karen and have been married to my amazing husband , Mike for almost 26 years.  We have 10 living children ages 23 down to 4 years old. Yep, they are all ours, and yep, they all belong to both of us!  No yours or mine, just ours! 

Our second son Tim was married just this past January to his beautiful bride Naomi. So, I am also a mother-in-law to one so far, and pray for my future daughter's and son's in-law and grandchildren to come someday!

We are a Christian family and we homeschool our children. We currently have 7 children actively schooling as well as our youngest who is preschool age. Our oldest 2 have graduated! We are very involved in our church, and JBQ (Junior Bible Quiz) and TBQ (Teen Bible)  are a big part of our lives.

I started this blog soon after our daughter Faith Evangeline was stillborn on October 28, 2008.  I have found great support and many friends here in the bloggy world.  I originally started blogging to help work through my grief. I have found comfort in reading blogs of others that have walked a similar path. I also blog about everyday family life and other random things. I always want to glorify God in all that I say and do.

You may notice the Pregnancy Prayer List over on the right sidebar. I felt the Lord calling me to pray for Expectant Mommies and their babies. If you or someone you know would like to be added to the list, please leave me a comment or send me an email, with your name and the month of your due date. I would be honored to pray for you.

Thanks for stopping by and leave a comment so I can visit you also!

Here are the prizes I would like to win, of course any from the list would be great especially any of the gift cards or blog makeovers! :)

Grand Prize : Toshiba Satellite L505D-ES5025

US39: Be My Guest Certificate

US40: 3 day, 2 night stay at the Holiday Inn Main Gate



Thursday, April 8, 2010

My Hope Is In You Lord

My life is in You, Lord

My strength is in You, Lord

My hope is in You, Lord

In You, it's in You

The past few days, this song has been on my mind. We used to sing it in church quite often, but as new songs come along, other songs get pushed aside. I do not think that I have heard this song for a while, so I am not sure why I keep singing it over and over again.

Well.... I am sure the Lord put it on my heart.

Life is just too hard without God in your life, period. There are just too many trials that come our way. I am so thankful that I have a Wonderful, Faithful, Loving God  that has been by my side through everyday. Whether the day be easy and joyful or it is very difficult and full of grief. I do not know where I would be with out Him.

I need the Hope that He gives me. I need His strength.

I guess one reason this song came to mind, was that I was thinking about Hope. I needed some for myself. I knew I needed to lean on the Lord for that Hope.  A dear sweet bloggy friend ministered God's Love and Hope to me through a sweet email. How awesome it is to be a part of the Family of God!

As this email ministered to me and  started to renew my Hope again, I also felt God renewing my Strength. Thank You Lord for Loving me and for your Hope and Strength! Help me to share your Hope with others!

I will praise You with all of my life

I will praise You with all of my strength

With all of my life

With all of my strength

All of my hope is in You

Lord I want to forever Praise You with all Strength and all of my Life! All of My Hope is in You! 

but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40:31


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Blog Hop ~ Favorite Photos ~ Easter 2010

I am joining in the Blog Hop with the theme "Favorite Photos"  Here are some of my favorite photos from Easter 2010.

This is hubby with our leftovers from our dinner out at a Mexican Restaurant

This is our seven youngest: Rebekah, Matthew, Anna, Sammy, Tori, Micah, and Luke (Sweet Luke was being a pickle for most of the pictures!)

This is Rebekah with her four younger "handsome" brothers

Anna and Rebekah

Four very handsome young men!

Josh wasn't dressed up, so he grabbed a tie for the picture!

Rebekah finding the loot in her basket!

Link up and join in on the fun!

MckLinky Blog Hop


Saturday, April 3, 2010

He Is Risen!

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: 'He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.' Now I have told you."

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. "Greetings," he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me."

While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened. When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, telling them, "You are to say, 'His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.' If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble." So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.

Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

Matthew 28

Praise God we serve a Risen Savior! Have a Blessed Resurrection Day!