Tuesday, June 9, 2015

A Winning Weekend

Emma's softball team is appropriately named, "Magic." 
It was a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon at the softball fields in Omaha but the bats weren't connecting. I sat watching these girls play in hopes that someone could get on base. Finally in the last inning of game one, down 7-1, the team rallied and won the game 10-7. Crazy kids couldn't hit the ball to save their lives and suddenly every batter gets on base. It was a successful day at the diamond, winning both games.

RBI on fielder's choice
Emma in her defensive stand
Soccer State Cup
Reagan's soccer team played in the Nebraska State Cup. Sunday the girls face OFC Elite in the championship game. Hands down they dominated the game both on the field and in the goal. We shut them out with a score of 4-0. What a sweet defeat for our soccer club!

Reagan in Championship game
Medal Ceremony

Nana & Papa made it to the game
Church Camp
Olivia's exciting news: Summer camp from Sunday-Wednesday. I can't wait to hear all about the friends, zip line, black banana, ga-ga ball and hopefully about the Christian teaching too.
YAY! A top bunk!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Run Reagan Run

A Middle School District Track Meet...does it ever end?
We were so pleased to see Reagan excel at track this year, she loved it! Her coaches loved it as well. The poor thing was put in four events in the district meet, which meant she ran 2.25 miles in races that one day. Whew! You can see Reagan waiting for the baton in the first race of the day, the distance medley. Reagan was the anchor and ran an 800m or 2 times around the track. She put them in first place.
patiently awaiting the 3rd runner
the handoff
Reagan's next race was the mile or 4 times around the track. Another great race. She finished second right behind her soccer teammate Riley.
3 soccer teammates running together. Riley, Reagan, Erin
Friend/Soccer teammate breaks her school record in the 400m dash
Another soccer teammate/friend winning the 400m Relay
Reagan's 3rd race of the day was the 800m run and nearly broke her heart. Again she came in 2nd to Riley. That second child of mine is so competitive! It's almost as if she has seen the movie Talladega Nights with Will Ferrel. Race car driver Ricky Bobby's crazy dad tells him, "If your not first your last!" which drives his insatiable desire to win.
Reagan leads Riley most of the race
The very last race of the day, 4+ hours later, was the mile relay. Also called the 4x400m. Reagan again was the anchor but just couldn't make up the deficit of the previous 3 runners. She tried so hard and was flat out exhausted, just like the rest of her relay runners. I have never seen Reagan so frustrated and disappointed with her performance that day but we were very proud of her.

Thank goodness for chiropractic care and good nutrition including essential oils which helps Reagan rebuild and rejuvenate her body. This girl sets and meets goals then pushes herself to go just a little bit further. Love ya Girl! Give God all the glory for your gifts are from the creator.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Field Day

New school = New experiences
Liv's new school is great but I miss her previous school. Should I publicly admit that? Field Day was fun for the kids but the crazy free for all at the old school was even better. And they didn't have Otter Pops! What's up with that? Okay, I'm done complaining. :) I have attached some very organized fun pictures. Apparently pulling Liv's hair back would have been a good idea.
Potato Sack Race
Ball Between the Legs Race
3rd Grader on the 5th Graders Back Race
Bean Bag Toss

Friday, June 5, 2015

Graduation Time

Just showing off some of my handiwork. I made the first tri-fold board for a senior soccer awards night. The board below represents Q through the years, family, faith and friends. I'm pretty proud of the way they turned out. Quinnton loved them too.
actually this board is missing a couple pictures...oops

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Nebraska State Soccer Champions

When I was in high school there was a hit song by Dionne Warwick, That's What Friends Are For. To be honest I might have it all wrong, not sure if that was the title or just lyrics. If my hubby was home I could ask him, he would know the exact lyrics, title and what year it was popular. That information is not important to me, but I do remember what I was wearing the Sunday in May 1991 that my church friends and I sang it at the United Methodist Church. ANYWAY, I haven't thought much about how grateful Chris and I should be for the good friends our daughters have surrounded themselves with until I talk to others parents who are constantly battling friend choices of their teens. 

The night of the MWHS boys state soccer game our house was full. Our family, Emma's friends, Reagan's friends and maybe even a spare animal. Part of Emma's group came over for dinner, sign making and lots of laughs. I love these kids. They are all a little nerdy which I am starting to realize is the new "cool." I have seen them hold each other accountable, work problems out, go to church and make fun of each other all in the name of true friendship. After dinner they cheered on their high school to the state title. Below I have a few pictures of that night.

Caden right after he scored his 2nd goal

The following night MWHS girls played in the state soccer game so back down to Creighton University we went to support the girls in green. The night was cold and rainy but again Millard West won. Reagan's club soccer team was there to watch some very talented athletes compete for the state title. Below is Reagan and a couple friends from soccer.

Being a parent is challenging, fun, rewarding, tear-jerking and makes me attempt to be the best person God created me to be. Thank you God for giving me the opportunity to take care of these three special gifts.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Bathroom Beautification

As a parent of teenagers I became a facebooker, instagramer, tweeter, pinner, etc. You have to. This post isn't about parenting or social media but I promise you, it's important to be able to navigate the same sites your children are. Obviously, they do it better and more often but I make my presences known. ANYWAY, one day as I was scrolling through instagram I found a post by daily_bibleverses that I knew had to go on my bathroom wall. Fast forward about a year and finally there is paint on my bathroom walls so I could start the creative process.

Here is the finished product. I love walking into my bathroom each morning and the first thing I see is this design with a reminder that With GOD all things are possible. 
I don't want anyone to think I am more capable than I really am. An old-school projector helped me shoot the image on the wall. I had to free hand the four ends of the cross but all that tough stuff I had a guide. Here's the kicker, my bedroom, bathroom and laundry area all have to be clean all the time so I can show off my artwork. I guess next time I will do something like this in the entry way. Ha

With man this is impossible 
but with God all things are possible
Matthew 19:26

So often this verse, like many are misused. It doesn't mean if I follow God I can do anything that I hope and dream for. This verse is in the middle of a passage about what it takes to get into heaven. Remember we are saved by FAITH! Jesus is telling a rich man and the disciples to follow the commandments and sell your possessions to give to the poor then follow me (Jesus). The rich man was sad and Jesus tells them,  it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God. It's not our possessions that hold us back, it's the love of our possessions that gets in the way of us fully devoting ourselves to God's purpose. This is when Jesus points out to them, with man this is impossible but with God all things are possible. God is good all the time.

Now I'm off to Hobby Lobby to purchase a canvas. I have two orders for this design. Oh how I love to create. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A Challenge

Verse of the Day
Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.” (‭John‬ ‭14‬:‭21‬ NIV)

Ok friends this is our challenge for today. Don't just know His Commands but keep them. Love is a great place to start. This was actually yesterday's verse for me but I didn't do a very good job so I'm starting fresh today. Pretty much like I do everyday.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Easter Pictures

There's not much to say today, I just want to share some family pictures 

It can be a little windy in Nebraska

We love our all of our "adopted" daughters
Thanks Emmy for spending Easter morning with us.

Aunt Helen & Uncle Lynn are so welcoming. Thanks for inviting us over for lunch and the annual egg hunt.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Easter Bunny, Fox, Lamb or Rooster

I know the story about Christ's birth, life, death and ultimately his Resurrection which is what brings us to Easter but often I have wondered where the eggs, bunnies and candy came into the equation. First I went to the all trust-worthy Wikipedia.
EASTER EGGS, also called PASCHAL EGGS, are decorated eggs that are often given to celebrate Easter or springtime. As such, Easter eggs are common during the season of Eastertide (Easter season). The oldest tradition is to use dyed and painted chicken eggs, but a modern custom is to substitute chocolate eggs, or plastic eggs filled with confectionery such as jelly beans. Eggs, in general, were a traditional symbol of fertility, and rebirth. In Christianity, for the celebration of Eastertide, Easter eggs symbolize the empty tomb of Jesus though an egg appears to be like the stone of a tomb, a bird hatches from it with life; similarly, the Easter egg, for Christians, is a reminder that Jesus rose from the grave, and that those who believe will also experience eternal life.

Then I found this little video that I found helpful.
Watch This Easter Video by the History Channel

The girls and I had fun making these Easter Egg decorations. Thank you Pinterest
Items Needed:
Water Balloons
Sta-Flo Liquid Starch
Embroidery Floss, one skein per egg
Paper to cover your table, this is a messy project

 The directions gave me a heads up on this one. Gradually unwind the skein of floss into the flour/starch mixture otherwise you will have a HUGE mess. Do not take a short cut on this, you will regret it.
 As you can see, this project also required a few Frappuccinos
Let the balloons dry completely, turning a couple times.
 I know this isn't the full instructions but you can easily find it on Pinterest.

Finished Product
Pinterest suggested making a wreath from the eggs, we decided we didn't like that look. Instead we have a center-piece for the table.

Tonight we plan to dye eggs. This is one of my favorite activities. Chris is planning on being gone.

First and foremost, I am a Christian who believes that Jesus Christ is one part of the trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He left Heaven and became fully man to live amongst us so that He have a relationship with man-kind. Jesus knew He had to die on the cross to take on all the sins of humanity, he was the perfect sacrifice, also known as the Lamb of God. The Earth shook and veil in the temple was torn at the moment of His death. There was mourning and fear but three days later He arose from the dead. To this day Jesus sits at the right hand of God the Father. All will see Him face to face one day. Knowing this story is not enough, even the demons know this story. Believing Jesus is your Savior and knowing you are saved by His grace and your faith IS ENOUGH!


For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is 
eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:23

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Life To The Fullest

The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy. I have come 
that you might have LIFE and have it to the FULLEST.
John 10:10

Monday, March 23, 2015

Jesus Calling to the Rescue

I like to have a plan when the crazy hits and it's hitting this week until about late July. This week however has three very ugly days. I'm not sure we will eat dinner together much this week. Oh that makes me sad. After I paced the kitchen, vented to Chris and even talked to my friend Tracy about how crazy it's getting I remembered I hadn't spent time with God yet today. This fantastic devotional by Sarah Young called "Jesus Calling" sits on my night stand, I started there. The first line reminded me that there's one who knows every detail.

"I am a God of both intricate detail and overflowing abundance." 

Whew! Thank you Jesus for that word! It goes on to say...

"When you entrust the details of your life to Me, you are surprised by how thoroughly I answer your petitions. I take pleasure in hearing your prayers, so feel free to bring Me all your requests."

I know these are Sarah's words, not God's but it draws me into a time with God. God, you are all knowing, larger than life, strong tower, infinite and yet care about the smallest detail.

The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
Proverbs 18:10

Sunday, March 22, 2015

High Hurdler

What's with these track officials? Get out of my way...I'm trying to take pictures of my girl!

Today (ok yesterday because I forgot to post this) was Emma's first varsity track meet. We are proud of this girl, she works so hard and continues to improve each time she is out there. Thank you God for the beautiful weather in March. 

Here I am! 
I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
Revelation 3:20 NIV

I like this verse. So often I hear people ask, "where is God when I need him?" (I wonder the same thing from time to time.) But this verse reminds me that He is here, not passively but actively trying to get my attention, wanting a relationship with me. All I need to do is be still and listen. Oh I struggle with that. This week I challenge myself to be still, and listen.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Essentially Taking Down The Pests

Like most of you, longer days and warmer temps bring a smile to my face however the emergence of all things creepy and crawly kind of bugs me. This the season for bugs but we don't have to eat, sleep and play with them. I have never been one to blindly follow the pack I also don't want to reinvent the wheel so I find myself researching and trying something new, well new to me.

Each of these bottles contain 250 extremely potent drops of oil. These oils have been around since God created the plants. No chemicals just pure oil. Recently I came across this list of anti-pest oils that won't kill my cat. We already use these oils for things like clear breathing, coughing, nausea, digestion, energy, snoring, purifying, dry skin, relaxation why not add killing spiders. Tonight I'm tackling spiders in the basement and in a few months I will be trying out lavender for mosquito repellent. We are always up for an experiment, hope you will try too.

ANTS- Peppermint, Spearmint
APHIDS- Cedarwood, Hyssop, Peppermint, Spearmint
BEETLES- Peppermint, Thyme
CATERPILLARS- Peppermint, Spearmint
CHIGGERS- Lavender, Lemongrass, Sage, Thyme
CUTWORMS- Thyme, Sage
FLEAS- Peppermint, Lemongrass, Spearmint, Lavender
FLIES- Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage
GNATS- Patchouli, Spearmint
LICE- Cedarwood, Peppermint, Spearmint
MOSQUITOES- Lavender, Lemongrass
MOTHS- Cedarwood, Hyssop, Lavender, Peppermint, Spearmint
PLANT LICE- Peppermint, Spearmint
SLUGS- Cedarwood, Hyssop, Pine
SNAILS- Cedarwood, Pine, Patchouli
SPIDERS- Peppermint, Spearmint
TICKS- Lavender, Lemongrass, Sage, Thyme
WEEVILS- Cedarwood, Patchouli, Sandalwood

Jesus Calling March 18

Today's entry in Sarah Young's Jesus Calling Devotional should be booked marked and read everyday in this house. Maybe I will one day let this truly settle in.

Trust Me one day at a time. This keeps you close to Me, responsive to My will. Trust is not a natural response, especially for those who have been deeply wounded. My Spirit within you is your resident Tutor, helping you in his supernatural endeavor. Yield to His gentle touch; be sensitive to His prompting.

Exert your will to trust Me in all circumstances. Don't let your need to understand distract you from My presence. I will equip you to get through this day victoriously, as you live in deep dependence on Me. Tomorrow is busy worrying about itself; don't get tangled up in its worry-webs. Trust Me one day at a time.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of it's own.
Matthew 6:34

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

All Kinds of Goodness

If I want to be completely honest, last night I was dreading today. The calendar on my phone was overwhelming. Now that I have completed the day, I look back on it with a sense of joy and accomplishment. Thank the Good Lord I have a husband who is helpful. That Mr Raabe is a pretty good guy to keep around.

Emma overbooked herself which means she enlisted her mom's help without prior consideration. The day started with taking her across town early for babysitting. (I'm NOT a morning person) What came after that is a bunch of goodness... 
P O W E R T O O L S !!
My friend (pictured below) and I built a super cool filing device. I am bound to be uber organized now. We shopped at Home Depot, used a chop saw,  circular saw and nail gun. Loved it!!

I do think I will end up painting the bare boards.

The rest of our day consisted of taking Reagan and 2 friends to a movie
Olivia & I went to "Cinderella" since it was $5 Tuesday...great flick!
Shopping for a birthday party gift for Livie's friend.
I babysat for 3 hours while Emma went to track practice.
Reagan going to the dentist...2 cavities. :(
Olivia to soccer practice then to a sleepover party.
Chris sold stuff on Craig's List
Me going to a meeting for busy women, ironic huh? 
Chris going to men's bible study.

It's so nice to relax over spring break. I know I sound like a clanging gong. Actually I enjoy my kids being home and running around with them. The days can be long but the years are short. I was created for such a time as this, right??

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. 
Proverbs 17:22