Monday, November 28, 2011

Reese is walking!!

The little lady of the house is (finally) walking. She has been working on it for quite sometime, but today, she has finally taken the initiative on her own and taken off. Time sure is flying around here. I have to admit this accomplishment (along with her no longer nursing) makes her Mamma a little bit sad. My baby is getting SO big too quickly!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving I have so many things to be thankful for. First and foremost I am thankful for this man:
This man provides me with everything I could have ever asked for and more. He provides me with a trust that all things will be just fine, even during some of the toughest times. When I am stressed out and wound, he is calm and laid back. This man works HARD so that we can live a really nice life. He provides us with our wonderful home
and is the best Daddy any little girl could ask for:
This man's "three girls" are pretty thankful to have him in their lives!
 What are you thankful for?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Thankful for Forgiveness and a Fresh New Start

I have a confession to make: I have been a less than patient, not so pleasant to be around Mama lately. This whole having a toddler and a preschooler at the same time on top of having our life in dissaray in general has been wearing on my last nerve. Unfortunately my innocent little princess, Nora, took the brunt. I did things that I said in my mind I would never do. I spanked my child, I yelled at her, I blamed her for her sister acting the way she was. I was tired, I was worn thin and I was desperate to go back to the days when "she was the sweet innocent baby that I once had". What I didn't realize at the time was that she wasnt being the "sweet, innocent baby" anymore because I had been dragging her ragged. I had been paying very little attention to her. I had let life get in between me and her, and intentionally or not, she had taken the back burner. As a result of this she had started acting foolishly in an attempt to get attention. Any attention. Negative or not, she wanted some. Unfortunately she got all the negative attention she could ask for and drove me crazy at the same time!
Thankfully,though, I have a forgiving God who will give me second chances, who will give me a child who loves me unconditionally, no matter what,  and that I am given another day to make amends to all that I have done wrong. More than anything I am thankful that my child still has an innocence about her and is able to forgive me.
Unfortunately, I know that not everyday is going to be easy. Life IS busy. It is filled with places to go, people to see and things to do. The laundry will ALWAYS need done, the dishes will always need washed, somebody will always be hungry and the floors will always be dirty! What has happened in the past cannot always be changed. I will remain a mother of two very young children for quite some time. Although I am very thankful for this, I need to remind myself that life does not have to be a race filled with one commitment after another. I do not have to come running into every event looking like I just ran a marathon. Being a good mother does not mean that I have to take my kids to do EVERYTHING. When life gets hairy and I feel "out of control" I really do need to take a moment and think about what is important, what is necessary, and what can be eliminated. Afterall, when this world comes to an end will it have mattered how many playdates my children went to, rather or not they made it to storytime EVERY week, or if they were excellent swimmers? Probably not.
What  WILL matter is rather or not I "treated others the way I wanted to be treated"... and honestly, if this is truly what matters, I think we all have some work to do! I think I'll get started on mine!

Disney World

The Miller Family took an impromptu trip to Disney World. It was a very quick Friday night-Tuesday morning trip filled with a flu-stricken kiddo, vomiting on the airplane, lots of time spent in public restrooms and time spent praying that the vomiting was over. Despite the downfalls, we all still managed to have a good time!

 Waiting in the airport with Aunt Molly
 Meeting Goofy with Grandma
 Peter Pan and....
 and the Little Mermaid. Honestly, despite Nora's recent obsession with princesses, I think I was more excited about meeting this character than Nora. The Little Mermaid is one of my FAVORITE Disney movies ever!
Us in front of Cinderella's Castle after a

Cinderella's Castle all lit up. It was decorated for Christmas and was ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL

Even with a sick kiddo, we managed to have a lot of fun at the "Happiest Place on Earth"!

Halloween 2011

Halloween this year was a big hit. Nora was more than excited to be a flamingo, and after much consideration I decided to have Reese be the witch that Nora was a few years back. The witch costume was too stinkin cute to pass up and I figured this might be the last year that I would feel right doing this to her! Reese, next year, I promise, you will not have to wear your sister's hand-me-down costume. Your Mama loves you and she will make you your very own costume =0)

 Trick or Treating at Grandma and Grandpa Miller's
 All the cousins. NONE of them wanted to take a picture!
 The little witch and all her loot from Grandma and Grandpa Bercaw
Nora and her friends that we went trick-or-treating with

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Thankful... for 30 days

Lately it seems as though my life has been making some changes for the better. I have lost (a ton of) weight, feel better about myself, have started exercising, maintained my home,went from working full time to very part-time and overall feel like my life (for the most part) is finally under control. Since the chaos has finally somewhat subsided, I have been able to reflect on life in general and not just make it through the day. With this, I have realized how truly thankful (and lucky) I am to have the life that I have. This month, I am paying tribute to all of these things one day at a time.

Today is day one and lets face it, for me, the utmost important thing that I am thankful for is my belief in God. Here's why folks. Without Him there would be NOTHING and therefore nothing else to be thankful for! I am thankful for Him creating me, forgiving me and carrying me through the thicks and thins of life. I am thankful that I know that just when I am ready to throw in the towel and give up, or feel like I am all alone in this world, that if I just stop and repeat my favorite verse "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" that I can let go and let God help me. I dont have to try and do it all on my own, I dont have to be sad, alone and feel separated from others... I don't have to feel empty,let down, or overwhelmed, because, I am NEVER alone, I always have my God who is there to help me and believe in me NO MATTER WHAT and friends, in my opinion that is something to be mighty thankful for!