Archive for October, 2007


Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

I had to take a picture of Izzy today when she finished her bath. Then I had to share it with you.  

I hope you have a safe and happy halloween evening. We are planning to go to the church trunks of fun.  Our trunk will be a disney theme and Izzy is going to be Snow White.  Amanda will be Tinkerbell, and Emelia will be Minnie Mouse.  It should be a fun evening.

Happy Halloween.

health care

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

When Izzy’s accident happened, because her hospitalization was so expensive… the hospital administration met with us and discussed our health insurance policy. They were amazed at what wonderful health insurance we had. There was no cap which was very unusual. We were relieved to know that our insurance was in place and would cover our needs during this devastating time.

I mentioned earlier that growing up we had no medical insurance. A trip to the doctor or dentist cost so much money. My father worked as a self employed contractor, so there were certain months that were tighter than others. Usually the winter, and that was also when we usually got sick. I’m not sure that medical insurance was a readily available to self employed and small business owners as it is today.

After my brothers and I were all older, my mom went to work for the State. Now they have insurance to cover their needs as they grow older. I’m sure this is a comfort to both of them. Otherwise I would suggest they get a medical insurance quote.

wordless wednesday ~ it’s fall ya’ll!

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

more ww here!


Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Choosing life insurance is a very important task, especially for parents. I think it is very reassuring to know that we have a plan in place should something happen to either Matt or myself. Matt is fortunate to have a great insurance plan through his employer. One of the major benefits for working for ATT is the wonderful insurance for our whole family.

Several years ago Matt’s employer at the time moved to another country, leaving us without any insurance at all. We were forced to look at insurance quotes. We finally found an independent insurance company and paid out of pocket for insurance until the new employer’s insurance began. After Matt completed the first six months of his new job, their insurance policy went into force and we were able to cancel the temporary policy that we had.

Although growing up my father was always a self employed contractor and carpenter and we never had insurance, ever. I still find it very comforting to know that we have policies in place. I think my main security is health insurance, but the life insurance is a comfort as well. I remember if we were sick it was so expensive to go to the doctor and dental work was also very expensive.

I learned also looking into insurance that there are whole life policies, these are more expensive than term policies, but the rates do not go up for your lifetime. You can actually cash in your policy if you need emergency funds before you life is over.

time travel tuesday ~ halloween edition

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007
This week we’re traveling back to our most memorable Halloween. Did you dress up and go door to door growing up? What was your favorite costume?

My main memory from growing up was that I was always either a gypsy or a pioneer woman… maybe a clown once or twice. We didn’t go out and buy a costume, we just went with what we had. The gypsy was a long full skirt, ruffled shirt, big hoop earrings and a scarf. I loved dressing up. It didn’t really matter to me what I was dressed up as. Mom would take me to local houses before dark and that was about it. One year when I was really too old for trick or treating me and my bff Darla were at her house and thought candy sounded pretty good. We dressed up as silly as we could and headed out to ring doorbells. It was fun even as a teenager.

I think it is more fun being the parent. My kids love dressing up and Amanda loves it more than any of the others. She is going to be tinkerbell this year. Emelia is Minnie Mouse, and Izzy is going to be a cowgirl! Bailey told me he was too old to dress up this year but will help pass out candy at the trunk or treat we are going to at church.

I know that there are terrible origins for Halloween, but for our family (and mine growing up) it has always been only about the cuteness of dressing up and the fun of that. Nothing negative. I am sure there is something negative about most holidays but we don’t choose to celebrate them for that. It is just what you do in the fall… dress up and eat lots of candy!

Here are a couple of pics of Izzy dressed as a 50’s girl last year…

candy, anyone?

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

This is a pic of Emelia’s reject candy from her school party.  I love tootsie rolls and bought those big 400 count bags for our fall candy baskets.  The best thing is that they are low in fat.  I do enjoy a snack sized snickers too, but so do the kids so I don’t see many of those :o)!  


Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

I ? my friends.  I have been blessed with so many wonderful friends!  Now I also have the blessing of my many bloggy friends.  I think that is the biggest bonus to blogging, the real friends you make.  So, thank you for being such a great friend!

Praise the Lord!

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Praise the Lord!

Praise God in his heavenly dwelling;
praise him in his mighty heaven. 
Praise him for his mighty works;
praise his unequaled greatness. 
Praise him with a blast of the trumpet;
praise him with the lyre and harp! 
Praise him with the tambourine and dancing;
praise him with stringed instruments and flutes! 
Praise him with a clash of cymbals;
praise him with loud clanging cymbals. 
Let everything that lives sing praises to the Lord!
Praise the Lord!
ps. 150

There are a lot of reasons to praise God.  I really love to read the Psalms.  I did the Beth Moore bible study about David who authored the Psalms and found it to be so interesting as all her studies have been.  I like the way she leads you to the answer without actually giving you the answer.

psalms 23

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

The Lord is my shepherd;
I have everything I need.
He lets me rest in green meadows;
He leads me beside peaceful streams.
He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
bringing honor to his name.
Even when I walk
through the dark valley of death,
I will not be afraid,
for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff
protect and comfort me.
You prepare a feast for me
in the presence of my enemies.
You welcome me as a guest,
anointing my head with oil.
My cup overflows with blessings.
Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of the Lord

This Psalm is usually read at funerals or associated with death.  I find it to be very comforting to read.  The Lord is my shepherd.  It is amazing when I stop to think about all the ways God has blessed me.  It’s actually humbling.  I also love this version, the new living version.  It seems to put things in a easier to read order.  

mpm etc.

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Well, better late than never huh? Maybe not. I spent the entire day (well… most of the day) cleaning and organizing Emelia’s bedroom! Oh my goodness! She has so much stuff! I started just throwing things away about hour five. She never really asks for toys, she’s never really played with her toys much which is maybe why there are so many new looking things in her room. I am so glad to have that done. Amanda helped a little. (Remember she’s working off her ticket … found out it is $103.00) I intentionally finished before Emelia came home from school. It’s just easier that way.

Tonight I fixed Matt and the girls steaks and I had a slice of leftover roast from yesterday on a slice of french bread with a little mayo… fresh veggies on the side with ranch. It was yummy. We had a few cookies left that Matt took care of and some chocolate chip ice cream. I shared mine with Izzy.

Tomorrow I plan to throw something in the crockpot. Probably chicken spaghetti. It’s easy and good. The cooler weather makes slow cooking very appealing. We’ll have broccoli and some garlic toast.

Wednesday is trunk or treat at church. I will fix us a grilled cheese sandwich and some tomato soup for a quick meal before we go. I need to run to the store and get some cheerful decorations for the back of my suburban. Any ideas?

Thursday will be November 1! I can’t hardly believe it is almost November… then almost December! I have not bought ONE present yet! I’m not stressing though. Not much is planned for Thursday, Emelia has basketball practice. I may make a big pot of beans with ham some corn bread.

Friday I may take Matt on a date. We made a plan to alternate planning a date each month. In October Matt took me for Panera bread and a walk through the park… complete with Duck feeding! I am not sure where to take him. Again, any ideas?

Tomorrow is time travel Tuesday! Since it is so close to Halloween, lets travel back to our most memorable Halloween. Did you dress up and go door to door growing up? What was your favorite costume? I’ll put Mr. Linky up later tonight so come and link up and share!