Archive for November, 2008


November 30, 2008
Video thumbnail. Click to playIn 2004, Jay and Mike recorded a 30 second podcast on the theme ‘Passion’. You can find this post here. This year, we thought we’d record what Jay is most thankful for….and one of his answers surprised us!
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November 30, 2008

Yes, that’s right, I went to the Celine Dion concert with my friend (and old roommate) Eileen. Her husband had bought these tickets for Eileen last year for her birthday, but has the time grew nearer for the concert, the husband was on the fence about going. He thought maybe she’d have fun with one of her girlfriends, and I was the girlfriend!!!

Needless to say, we had fun! It was so nice to be out without the kids and catch up with my dear Eileen. Our little girls are two months apart in age, so we’ve had quite the year with all that goes into pregnancy, delivery, and newborns!

Now, on to the concert. I am the first to admit I am not the hugest Celine fan. I enjoy her music, I appreciate her talent, but I don’t own any of her albums. Eileen and I used to be roommates back in the day and she loved Celine. So needless to say, I was thankful that she thought of inviting me along. I have never been to such a “produced” concert before. Usually I go . . . wait a minute, I don’t usually go to concerts! But the ones I’ve been to in the distant past have not been nearly as “showy” as this concert! There were lights, and video, and musicians, and dancers and of course Celine! She was great and showed her amazing voice off. She even sang a few things acapella which was amazing. There were a least 6 costume changes, and the use of fans to blow at her in two numbers!  Of course for those that know me, I was especially intrigued with the sound/light board operators, anything with “back stage” things, the drums and drummer, and my favorite, the back up singers. I would LOVE to be a back up singer!!!





Where’s Heaven?

November 25, 2008

As Jay was getting out of the car this afternoon, he asked me where heaven was. “Is it in outer space? Or is it further than that?” As Jay grows and learns, I am amazed by the things he thinks about and the way he ponders life. It really keeps me on my toes and challenges me to think of those things too. Where is heaven indeed?

With this being the week of Thanksgiving I thought I’d mention just a few things I’m thankful for.

Baby toes


Saftey from the fires. The fires that were part of the “Freeway Triangle Fire” was so scary and has really affected our neighboring community of Yorba Linda where we go to church.  In our church, there were at least 11 families that lost their homes. I’m thankful that no one lost their life, and that God is in control. The first photo was driving East on Yorba Linda Blvd. at Kraemer, and the second photo was in front of our house looking across the street. We can still smell smoke, especially at night.



I am super thankful that Jay is turning into a reader. We find him quietly looking at books often. Just recently we’ve been reading chapter books together. We read Stuart Little and are now on to Trumpet of the Swan, and he LOVES it. In this photo Jay turned and looked at me as soon as he heard the camera focusing! I was trying to capture him sitting in the chair reading his Star Wars Clone Wars book.



As far as something to look forward to, I’m going out with my dear and oldest friend, Eileen on Saturday for an adventure! More to come later!

9 Months

November 23, 2008

Happy 9 months, Kellen! To think we’ve had you as long as I was pregnant with you . . . 


99 Balloons

November 14, 2008

About a month ago I saw an Oprah episode that was highlighting children. The show had a segment on the Mooney family and their little boy Eliot who was born in July of 2006. The video that Matt & Ginny made celebrating their son’s short life left me crying and moved. The faith of these two challenged my own faith and reminded me that only God knows how many days each of us have. Our children belong to Him. What a powerful reminder to cherish each day God has entrusted me with my children. It is a miracle! I forget how fragile and precious life is when I get caught up in the stresses and responsibilities of each day.

I emailed Matt Mooney to ask for permission to link to his video and share their story with you. I hope you are inspired to live each day appreciating what God has blessed you with. 

In October these amazing parents gave birth to their new baby daughter! Check out their blogs for more info on Eliot’s life here and current happenings here! Thank you Mooney family for sharing your story.

For Katie

November 13, 2008

When Kellen’s cousin Katie traveled to New York earlier this year, she brought her back a few souviners. Thanks Katie for the cute onesie!


Thank you, Aunt Pat

November 9, 2008

My wonderful Aunt Pat crocheted this beautiful dress for Kellen. It turned out so well, and fits perfectly. This particular pattern was the hardest pattern my Aunt has done . . . and she’s been crocheting for a long time.

Thank you Aunt Pat for your labor of love for my little girl. We will treasure it always!


A Privilege

November 4, 2008


November 1, 2008

I was exhausted after Halloween this year. For some reason there were just sooo many things happening all on the same day. Jay wore his costume to school, I had my MOPS group (which I had to leave early), then it was back to the school for the parade, then it was the class party in the afternoon. After school I decided we better have a photo shoot in the costumes because who knew if the kids would melt down if I waited until night. Then it was off to church for the Family Fun Fest which was a lot of fun. The only down side to the church event was that at the very end Jay lost one of his Darth Vader gloves. This brought on the tears as we tried to search for it. (We will be checking lost and found on Sunday!) Then it was back home to meet Papa & Grandma to show off costumes and go trick-or-treating in the neighborhood. Whew! Are you exhausted too?

Here you can see our little Darth Vader and Princess Leia.

Mike and the kiddos at the Family Fun Fest.

Me and my little Princess Leia!!! I was so pleased that she left her “wig” on all night!

And here are the pumpkins we carved this year. Jay was old enough to use the pumpkin safe carver this year. He carved quite a bit of his own!. We left Kellen’s uncarved because we didn’t know what design she’d want! 😉 You can see how thrilled she is in the photo.