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Hi, I am me... I am a mom with a great sense of humor, a kind heart, a giving spirit, a desire to please, and enough strength to keep on going even when life knocks me down... I am me... : )

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The puppies are here

The puppies are here and doing well, if you would like to see a picture please visit my Amore Schnauzers link and go to the puppy page. Thanks a bunch.
Have an awesome night

Monday, March 24, 2008

I hope everyone had a Happy Easter

Hello everyone,

Yes I have been very bad about blogging lately. I have had alot going on. I hope everyone had an awesome Easter. My family came we had 18 total here not as big as some years, but with the boys being Marines they are a bit occupied right now. We had a big ham dinner, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, veggies and dip, a green salad, ham and asparagus rolls, salami rolls, homemade dinner rolls, deviled eggs, homemade pickles, olives, lemon meringue pie, pretzel salad this is a dessert, and oreo cookie cake, not a speck of cake in that, LOL. Everyone was full to say the least.

The kids had alot of fun with their cousins, and their young uncle. My sisters baby is getting so big and she is so cute. They played alot of games outside and then we had a major easter egg hunt. Even had a stray neighbor kid hanging around.

My Anne Shirley has not had her puppies yet. She is due tomorrow, so we shall see what we shall see. She is still getting around okay, and still is chasing balls a little bit before she gets tired. She is such a lovely little dog. I love her sweet shiny silver head. And she loves the kids. I am excited to see what her babies look like. She is getting used to the idea of her box being in my closet. Our new girl Brea, wants to hide out in there too. That will probably not go over to well with mama, after the puppies are born.

Well it's getting close to time to make dinner so I had better run.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

The family is the problem, really???? What??? That can't be right!!!

We have a wonderful large family. We have 6 kids and are thankful and feel very blessed to have them everyday. Okay during some of the loud disagreements I might be a bit frustrated, but hey that's the life of a mom of 6.

It is amazing to me over the years how often I have heard an excuse that has something to do with the size of my family. We do not get invited anywhere. Why?? I have been told a number of times that my family is just so large, and that their house is not set up for kids, well okay I can see that, but you know if someone really cared they could put a few breakables, or heck invite us over for a potluck style picnic outside in the summer. I ALWAYS bring more then enough to feed my kids. Heck I would bring everything, just be our friends. Not a one in our church invites us over.

We could not find a place to live. I made call after call. The house would be big enough, we would have the money ready to go, everything seemed fine, and then the question that kills it all and they back peddle as fast as they can, DO YOU HAVE KIDS?? Yes, Oh how many 6. Oh you could never fit in this house. A house I just saw and know we could fit in. Or Ummmm well we have 3 other people who have looked at it and we will get back to you. I NEVER got calls back.

WE finally found a house in Tennessee. It was a pit. We had to replace the whole kitchen as the cupboards were riddled with termites, and mold. The roof had mold eating through and centipedes would drop down on you in the shower. That's what my precious children had to live with. The heater did not work EVER. She would not fix it. We heated the house with the oven and fans. The water line broke. 15,000 gallons of water ran down the hill we lived on. WE called and called. She never answered. My husband and his dad finally had to go out, dig a hole in the mud in the middle of winter and fix it himself. She never paid him back or paid the water bill. This is what my family is stuck with. Thankfully we finally have a good house here in Kansas.

We get horrified looks when we go into eat somewhere. People see all of our kids and make assumptions. What they don't know about my kids is that they LOVE to eat, LOL. 5 hungry boys and 1 girl. They also enjoy eating out and they know that rotten behaviour will not be tolerated. We have been approached so many times from people after we have set down and they kids are eating. They all tell us that they can't believe how good our kids are, they they would never take their kids, grand kids, nieces or nephews whatever out to eat, as they can not behave.

Now most recently, my husband was told from his band that they felt they needed to find a new drummer, as they felt it was best for our family. WHAT???????? Again blame it on the family. Our family has never once held up the band from anything. A concert in Michigan, on my birthday, my husband was there, band practice on our anniversary, my husband was there, practices and shows on weekends close to kids birthdays he was there.

WHY, because we all enjoyed the band and the music and felt that it was something worthwhile. Something good, something we were all proud of, and we wanted to make it as easy as possible for my husband to be able to be there. So we made it work and not one of us had a problem. We never once complained. We liked it. I enjoyed the guys and their families, and was finally able to go with my husband to some of the shows. It was fun. My boys had been able to go to some shows, and they had fun. We were so proud of the band, that my entire family got Staynlis stuff for Christmas, all the guys got t-shirts, and then Cd's for the whole family. The kids sometimes just went to practice to hang around and watch. So again our family is being held against us.

Psalm 127:3-7
Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are son's born in one's youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate.

Psalm 128 1-6
Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in his ways. You will eat the fruit of your labor, blessings and prosperity will be yours. Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house, your sons will be like olive shoots around your table. Thus is the man blessed who fears the Lord. May the Lord bless you from Zion all the days of your life, may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem, and may you live to see your children's children. Peace be upon Israel.

It is amazing how to God having children is a blessing, and they ARE. But to people in the world, and well heck other Christians, if you have a family, then your a nuisance or a liability. Sometimes it is harder to feel blessed then others. And so you sit alone, and wait and hope that someday someone will stop using your family as an excuse to drop you.

I hope that perhaps if you are in the same boat as I am, you can take some relief in knowing your not alone. However if you are one of those people who just don't invite those of us with families over, perhaps you might take from this a lesson, about how hurtful it is to some of us. And perhaps you might be able to become someone who can change this for someone you know. Come on invite a family over be their friend.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Not a clown car, too funny

Humorous Pictures

Spending lots of money to save money

This pic is of my freezer.

Sounds kinda funny when you say it that way. In February Krehebiels Meat Market in McPherson Kansas, has a sale called the half a hog sale. For $99.00 you get a whole ham worth 50 dollars, pork chops, pork roasts, 12 pkgs bacon, I think, and 12 pounds of the sausages of your choice. Breakfast sausage, bacon sausage, brats, Italian sausage, potato sausage, spicy Italian sausage, etc etc.....

Not only is this an awesome deal for the price, but this is all good for you source verified meat. I picked up 4 halves which filled my freezer half way. Now I just need to get a half a cow and I will be set. Except for chicken I will have what I need for the year. I love the feeling knowing I have good food to feed my kids.

It may have cost me alot up front, but will be a money saver in the long run. Now I gotta run make some dinner. Roast anyone???

Friday, March 7, 2008


Things had been kinda going steady, no big problems really. We do however have a problem that is not correcting itself. When we moved into this house it was listed for sale. We were told that she had to leave it up due to her contract with the realtor until sometime in Jan. Then in Jan it was never taken down then in Feb she said the 15th of March. Well we had some people look at it today and then some more tomorrow. Gosh darn it, why can't things just stay steady. We have no where else to go. No one would rent to us with all of our kids. And the ones we could "fit" into we could not afford. We just finally finished moving in last week. We finally emptied the storage shed.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

My Heaters, LOL

As you can see on some of these cold winters evenings I have not been suffering too mcuh. I do tend to have 4 heaters following me around now. Those are my blankie covered feet sticking up between the 4 dogs, LOL. Of course getting up can be fun too, no one wants to move.