Sunday, May 22, 2011

Quick Update

Spring has finally sprung in our part of the world. 
The trees finally have leaves! 

I am working hard on my first graduate course these days, 
but the boys and I did get out to do a few fun things 
like a spring walk at the river
and a play date with friends.

I hope your weekend was wonderful too.

Friday, April 15, 2011

It's a YES!!!

I finally got it!

My acceptance letter to


I am taking a
Master of Education degree in Educational Studies.

I start in May

and I'm very excited

but, not very bloggy :(

Sorry for my silence.
Maybe I'm saving up all my words
for those papers
in my future.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Winter R&R&R&R (Rest, Recreation, Reading, and Rolling)

We've had enough REST lately with all that sick
and we were itching to get outside for some
Just in case I was feeling wimpy and wanted
to warm up in the van,
I stashed my
in my purse.
On the way home we got our
hot chocolate and treats 'cause we
had to get in on the real Canadian pastime:
ROLLING up the rim :)

 I hope your weekend is bringing you some R&R
(whatever that may be for you).

Thursday, March 3, 2011

going tilt

I am still here,
but I have been rather quiet lately.

The facts are that we have been sick. 
SICK for over a month people.
The last bought started with waking up to a "Mom, I puked" at 12:30 a.m.
And an,
"I almost made it."
Sigh.  (Aren't you glad that I didn't post a picture here ;)

That ailment passed through all 4 of us and I am the last to recover.
I've resorted to washing my hands with antibacterial kitchen spray and hand soap now:
a girl has got to do what a girl has got to do.

The facts are that we've had a lot of stress lately
coming from a number of different
big things
in our life.
I'm sure that hasn't helped the "sick" thing either.

I have to admit that when bad things happen
in my life
I usually default to feeling guilty
that somehow I caused this
and that I should know how to make it go away.
This thinking, in itself, is not bad. 
There is some practical wisdom that can from this type of thinking.
this thinking becomes a problem for me when it paralyzes me with guilt.
Let me illustrate:

A few weeks ago, the sweet ladies at our Ladies' Bible Study asked me to share
the story of our youngest son's birth and how God healed him.
I asked them if I could share another time because I wasn't up to it.

I didn't want to share because #1 it was likely going to make me cry (who likes doing that in public?)
#2 that whole situation didn't go the way I wanted it to.  Right then, it didn't seem like much of a victory testimony.
You see,
I wanted him to be born with no complications and to be able to come home right away healthy and whole.
Instead, he was in the hospital for 25 days, had two blood transfusions, and was on Oxygen for 6 months.   
I have carried a lot of guilt about that.
That's why I really didn't want to share.

It was a rough journey for all of us.
It was painful emotionally, financially, and spiritually.
During that time we met many
people who were going through even more painful circumstances with their little ones.
The Bible is filled with people who were healed instantly.
Why wasn't my faith big enough or strong enough to make that happen for my baby?
And that is the guilt in a nutshell.

This could get really theological right about now. 
I could be opening up a big can of worms by speaking this publicly.
But I hate feeling like a fraud or hypocrite.
Facing the facts is the quickest way to bring about change.
So, I'm putting my brave on
and facing these facts publicly.

Here is what I believe God showed me this morning.
I saw myself in a pinball machine.
I was being bopped around haphazardly
a lot of either or situations that I had set up
in my own thought patterns.
Either God heals baby in the way I had imagined
or my faith is null and void.
Either God provides for us in the way that I had imagined
or my faith is null and void.
Et cetera, et cetera.
I was going tilt.

Get the picture? 
It's noisy and unpredictable in that pinball machine.
It's stressful in there.

And then I was reminded of God's Word in Psalm 121:
"I lift up my eyes to the hills,
From where does my help come?
[I am letting God take the lid off my pinball game, and I am looking up
to HIM.  He is where my help comes from.]
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot be moved,
he who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper,
the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore."

Looking back, my life has not
always gone the way I had wanted it,
but God has always kept me.

God did heal my son.  He is healthy and whole and FULL of life.
And that is a victory testimony, isn't it?

I am purposely going to change my gaze from being on how I want things to go
to looking to Whom my help comes from.

It's already feeling a whole lot more peaceful in my soul.
I don't know exactly how He is going to do it, but He is going to keep me now and forevermore.
Amen (which means: let it be)

Monday, February 21, 2011

Subtle St. Patrick's Mantle

Last week I had a long awaited shopping day with a friend. 
She surprised me by buying me these scented green lovelies.
I played a little and finally settled on arranging them on my mantle.
Now we have a little green
to give a subtle nod to St. Patrick
and our soon coming spring.


I have been fighting sick for the past few weeks.
My sweet friend brought me these to
encourage me.

I am feeling better and I am enjoying these :)
Thank you Marlene.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

100 Day

We are often told to count our blessings.
Today we counted 100 :)
My Second Grader is ready to roll with
100 Hot Wheels for "100 Day" at school. 

Happy 100 Day!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Valentined Winter Wreath

I love my twiggy winter wreath.
I purchased it at a local store.
I am sure that I will get my money's worth out of it because
the length of our Canadian winter
allows me to have it up for about half the year.  
 But I thought that I would add a little Valentine love for the next couple of weeks.
So, off to the dollar store where I found these babies:
 These are glittered Styrofoam hearts stuck on wire sticks.
At first I weaved the sticks into the wreath. 
But the white wires were distracting.
So, I pulled the heart off the stick and popped it right onto the twigs.

Happy Valentines Day.
Remember to hug the ones that you love cause life is precious.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Goodbye Ads

Just a little FYI
an apology.

I just took down the Adsense ads. 
I am sorry if any of the ads posted on em-belle-ish offended you.

It was an experiement to try them
and in the end
I decided that if I am going to offer space to advertisers that  
I would like to have some say in the content of the ads :)

Handy Dandy Home Planner

Here is my "Handy Dandy Home Planner!"
(Anyone else ever watch Blue's Clues? :)
My sections are:

 week plans
to do
big city shopping trip list
books/DVDs lent and borrowed

I made my own templates using Microsoft Word tables. 


I was so inspired, that I even made a twin binder for substitute teaching.
I am feeling very happily organized. Thank you A Bowl Full of Lemons.
I am linking up here.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

I Painted My Shoes

I love these shoes:
except for this:
I wore them once and the paint came off the toes... so I used a Sharpie to try and camouflage it.
Not so good :(

When I saw Sugar Bee's shoe project a while back
the wheels started turning.
I threw caution to the wind this week

I used this liquid metallic paint by Modern Masters. 
I picked it up at a local paint store.  It is intended for walls.

This was after one coat.

After a few touch ups:

What do you think?
Wear them or toss them?

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Back to School: the substitute

picture courtesy of

I've been teaching for almost ten years
I haven't done a tonne of
substitute teaching.

For the last little bit, I've been almost full timing as a sub.
OK, sometimes my heart races a little bit  - but for the most part it has been great.

What I have discovered is that I really love the kids.
I thought that it would be hard getting to know the students
if I were only with them once in a while.
But it's working out that I am just getting to know
a whole lot more kids
than I would if I had a homeroom.

So I'm putting more of my creative energies into the classroom these days
but I'm still thinking about you my bloggy friends.

I've been hoping to get to a pair of shoes that I really love. 
Maybe I could give them a touch of  Sugar Bee. 

She modge podged shoes people!  And they are gorgeous!!!

I'll keep you posted when I get brave enough to jump in on the shoe project :)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

I think I can, I think I can, I think I can...

I have been up to:

1. A lot of subbing :)  A new adventure every day.
2. Trying to keep up with all my daily duties.
3. Completing the application for a Master of Education program.
4. The 21 Day Organizing Challenge.

#3 went in the mail today.  Holy moly, I am really doing this.
I think I can I think I can I think I can.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Day 17 Foiled... Maybe 18 too

 So I haven't forgotten the challenge. 
But the mail centre and the keepsake/memento organization are just going to have to wait because
I have been busy wracking my brain

 and banging on these
in order to fill one of these.

I'll keep you posted.

In the meantime you can check out what all the other lemon ladies are accomplishing

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Day 16: Getting the Twins out of the Fridge

I love twins. 
Dr. Pepper and I were hoping for twins.

not these kinds of twins:

No wonder the Fridge was so full.

But Toni at A Bowl Full of Lemons to the rescue.
Today's challenge is the fridge.

Here is what I started with:

I unloaded, deconstructed,
scrubbed and rebuilt the fridge.

I am checking Day 16 off my to do list
and linking up with all the other challengees

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Day 15: Medicine Storage

We store our meds
up high
so they are out of little hands' reach.

So, this is the system that I fine tuned this weekend when
Toni gave us the hint that meds would be coming up.

No before pics, but imagine the basket with A LOT of bottles and bandages etc
mish moshed together.

I wanted to keep the basket,
but I wanted to categorize into kids' meds, cold meds, bandages etc.
I used Ziploc freezer bags to categorize
and now I have my medicine file folder style.

I am loving it.

Said Basket.
Notice Dr. Pepper in the background.  He's cooking supper.
I'm a blessed lady :)

Kids' Meds.
Yes, I am doing this while I am waiting for supper to be done.
Table is set :)

 Thermometer with accessories.
 Natural Remedies.
 Zippy medicine folders :)
Up Up and Away
on the top shelf of the pantry.

Day 15 Done.
I'm linking up at A Bowl Full of Lemons.

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Day 14: Under the Bathroom Sink

Yahoo, I got this one done on Saturday.  Here is proof:

This area was hard for me to keep tidy until I started using this plastic drawer set.  I keep all my extra supplies, toothbrushes, deodorant, razors in it.  I just tidied up the drawers a bit.

And here it is now. 
Day 14 Complete.
I'm linking up at A bowl full of lemons

Saturday, January 15, 2011

I'm Catching Up: Day 13 & Day 1

Today's challenge is the medicine cabinet.
I don't have one
so I worked on this tray that I keep all my beauty potions in :)

I emptied it out, tossed a few things, wiped down the tray and bottles
and Voila:

OK, it's not stunning, but it's clean.

Since I missed the junk drawer challenge
I did penance today and
organized under the bathroom sink and the drawers.

Yikes, there was a lot of hair.  

But it's all organized and clean now. 


Fitting the organizing time into my schedule has been a challenge,
but I am really enjoying
grabbing my spices out of my organized spice cabinet
and towels out of my linen closet.

Now to tackle that pantry - yikes!

Happy weekend. 
I'm linking up @ A Bowl Full of Lemons.