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Friday, December 24, 2010

Welcome to the world

To all of my amazing followers my sweet husband is now putting all his cheesiness into a blog!! You should check him out and give him a follow!! http://jaydunks.blogspot.com/
He is pretty darn cute!!!

Day 30!

Day 30- Who are you?


My dad use to ask me who do you think you are! I would reply Megan Renae Lindsey! Apparently you are not suppose to answer that question!!! Seriously though, I am many things. Most importantly I am a Jesus lover, Jay lover, mother to the best little girl, indecisive, fun loving woman! 

Day 29!!

Day 29- In this past month, what have you learned


Well this has been a three month ordeal!! I have enjoyed having topics to write about on a regular basis! The one thing this little experiment has done is bring to the for front the people that have greatly impacted my life! I love my little family here in OK!!!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Day 28!!

Day 28- A picture of you last year and now, how have you changed since then?



This picture was more than likely two years ago but I love it!! My hair was sooooo long!!! I really miss it!!


My hair!!! I still not take a normal picture!! The me then and the me now are totally different! Then I was all about work and my family came well wherever they could fit was fine by me! I was still so angry at God! Why I am not sure! My past failures where my decisions not God's!!! Now I am so thankful for God's loving grace! I am so thrilled to have rediscovered my relationship with the One that died for me!!! The me then was an insecure mom! Now I just admit I have no clue what I am doing and pray that God shows me and pray to God I don't screw her up too bad!!! I like the me now much better!!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Day 27!

Day 27- Why are you doing this 30 day challenge


I thought that it would be nice to have something to keep me accountable to write! I have really enjoyed writing during these past few months! I want to keep it up!!! We will see.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Day 26!

Day 26- What you think about your friends


They are amazing!!! I love my friends! God has placed amazing people in my life that make my heart smile!!! I have this one friend, Cheryl, who makes me incredibly uncomfortable (in a good way) every time I see her! She challenges me to be a better Christian, friend, person, mom, wife, ect. When she speaks God is speaking! If I am in need of prayer she is my first phone call! When she speaks to God, God answers! On top of all of that she is an amazing photographer! I am incredibly blessed!!!!


Thursday, December 2, 2010

Day 25!

Day 25- What I would find in your bag


Normally I do not carry a bag or purse! My little green wallet is sufficient! I can barely keep up with myself let alone a bag. However, it is the last couple weeks of school and I am in heavy procrastination mode (aka study mode)! So for the time being in my bag is my little netbook, 2 very boring beat to heck nursing books, ear phones, blinged out phone, key, pens, work badge, ring box, stethoscope, tampons, checkbook, map of Vegas, receipts, grocery list, and lip gloss.  

Day 24!

Day 24- A letter to your parents


Dear Mom and Dad,


Well who woulda thunk that I would turn out semi normal! I am such an insane combination of the two of you! I got the good and the bad! Mom, I cherish sleep almost as much as you do and my heart is as sensitive as yours. Thank God I got dad's thick skin to guard it! Dad, I got your sense of humor (which can get me into trouble) and I got your inability to talk about feelings! That trait just hacks Jay off!!!! I would not trade my make up for anything! Thanks to the two of you, I honestly believe I can accomplish ANYTHING!!! You two always believed in me! You always offered honest encouragement! I may not have been the best at what ever I tried but that did not matter you were just proud that I was out there trying. If I failed it was ok cause I at least gave it my all. You two had a way to guide me without hovering and intruding. If I failed, I failed and I was able to experience the consequences is the safest of places, ya'lls arms! During my most epic fail of all time, I had never felt such love like ya'll gave! To that I am so incredibly thankful! You two had such amazing dreams for me and there was no, not accomplishing them. I hope and pray that I can somehow love Lindsey as much as ya'll loved me! I am not sure that is even possible! I know I was no where near the easiest child to raise but I am so thankful that ya'll did it with such grace and awesomeness! Thank you for all the sacrifices you made to help me be who I am today! I know the sacrifices were great and I never ever take them for granted! I am the special, awesome person I am today because of you two!! And I am awesome!!!!


I love ya'll so much and miss ya'll terribly! 



Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Day 23!

Day 23- Something you crave for a lot




This should be hanging in my house!! I crave coffee and sleep these days! I rediscovered my love for coffee and now I can not get enough! It is so bad that the first thing my daughter says in the morning is "momma coffee"! She knows when momma does not have her coffee, momma is incredibly unpleasant! So all I can say is Hi, my name is Megan and I am a caffeine addict! I will get started on those 12 steps tomorrow!

Day 22!

Day 22- What makes you different from everyone else


Hmmmmm. . . . .


I am incredibly ADHD (squirrel). Not the ADHD you say you have when you are not concentrating but the real not over diagnosed kind!!! For years I saw it as a horrible diagnosis that made life a pain. Not too long ago I was talking to someone about this little pain in my life and they looked at me and asked me what was good about being ADHD. I was taken back by that question. They then read me an excerpt from some book about how being ADHD has given me gifts and unique perspectives! And that little excerpt was right! I am so passionate! Little things get me so excited! When I was in Vegas I was gambling and won like ten bucks but you would have thought that I won the world! Life is exciting to me! I can juggle multiple things at one time! I notice random things that others may not even notice! I know how to have fun and enjoy the here and now! I don't worry as much as most. Lets be honest I am too distracted most times to have time to worry. Being ADHD and a mom is perfect! I love to get in and get dirty with my little girl! I am not worried about looking cool! Lets face it for years I was the ADHD dork and never quite fit in so why start worrying about now! 


So yeah. . . . . . my ADHD makes me different from everyone else! I had some pretty awesome parents that allowed the good stuff from being ADHD hang out! Heck my husband loves me because of my ADHD! He says when I take my medicine I am not as much fun! So, now no more shame but only total celebration of this diagnosis! One of the best gifts God could have given me!!!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Day 21!

Day 21- A picture of something that makes you happy



I know that this picture is old but hey I miss the baby stage! This little face can make me laugh so hard I pee on minute and make me see red the next! She is so amazing and I love her to pieces!!! I think I need another baby! hahahahahahahahahaha



Sunday, November 28, 2010

Day 19 and 20!

Day 19- Nicknames you have; why do you have them
I don't have a whole lot of nick names. I remember when I was little my uncle Steve calling me megger and for some reason I loved it and still do love it! When I was little my dad would come in my room EVERY morning to wake me up in the most annoying tone ever saying megonous over and over! As annoying as it was when I was little now when my dad calls me megonous my heart smiles! 

Day 20- Someone you see yourself marrying/being with 



There is no one I would rather be with than this sexy man! There is something about those ugly green pants that makes me fall more and more in love! I could go on and gush but I will save you the throw up! Just know that I truly have the best husband!!!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Day 18!

Ahhh, a week and a half of vacation and I am done traveling for a while! I have tons of pictures but back to the 30 day blog first! 


Day 18- Plans/dreams/goals you have


Right now my biggest goal/dream/plan is to be debt free!!!! Thanks to my awesome husband we are on our way! Another huge goal/dream of mine is to walk into a car dealership and pay for a car with cash!! I know it is weird but hey living weird is what I want to do! 


Another random dream is to get my doctorate in nursing! I am not too sure what I would do with it but hey you can call me Dr. Megan!!! 


I want to go to Seminary! Heck I could be a professional student!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Vacation

This is a good time to leave ya'll waiting for more! My sweet hubby and I are heading to VEGAS!!!!! I am so excited and plan to be unplugged for four whole days! I am sure I will go through withdraws! I will start back, for the 2 who read this (thanks mom and dad), on Monday when we return! Ya'll have fun!



Day 17!

Day 17- Someone you would want to switch lives with for one day and why


I would like to switch places with Pootie for a day! I just want to know what is going through her head!!! She is so interesting to watch and I want an insider's perspective!!!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Prize for the winner!!!

So apparently I have learned from some "older" friends that the title of my blog Surviving Pootie is very inappropriate!! Excuse me for having a very innocent mind! Shame on all of you who have polluted me! hahahaha So here is the deal I will offer a gift card to Starbucks or favorite chain restaurant for a creative new CLEAN title to my little blog!!! So ready set go.........

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Day 16!

Day 16- Another picture of yourself


Ummm, lets see 2 days till I head to AR and 5 days till I leave for Vegas!!! I am so ready for a baby free vacation and parents that will take on Pootie pie for a couple or 4 days!!! I can not wait for 4 whole days with Jay!!!!

Day 15!

Day 15- Put your iPod on shuffle: First 10 songs that play


1. Paradigm by: All Together Separate 
How about some old school Christian to get ya going! I forgot how much I loved this song!


2.Love Me Do by: The Beatles 
Umm all you music lovers don't hate but I think this is Jay's music creeping into my i tunes! I have no clue about this song!


3. Good Times Gonna Come by: Aqualung
Again someone's music is creeping into my i tunes however I am liking what I am listening to! 


4. Sooner or Later by: Switchfoot
Love Switchfoot! 


5. Reached Down by: Todd Agnew
So this is from my days of "borrowing" music in college. I really do not care for Todd Agnew! Something about his voice is nails on a chalk board to me! This will soon be exiting my library!


6. Dear Shame by: The Newsboys
OMG!!!! Newsboys were one of the first bands I ever knew! That is right I was rocking to Christian music at an early age! I love everything this band has put out!


7. Imperfection by Saving Jane
Don't hate I saw this poppy little group in concert at the AMP!!!! I just love them!


8. Sport Utility Vehicle by: Veggie Tales
I would love to tell you that I downloaded this after Pootie was born but yeah I was that nerdy and loved and still love Veggie Tales! Lindsey has now acquired my taste for these cute little veggies! Makes my heart smile!!!


9. Change Me by: Sanctus Real
What is to be said but good band! 


10. Rich Girl by: Gwen Stefani
Love this girl since the first No Doubt CD that played in my stereo! 

Friday, November 12, 2010

Food

So this 30 day blog is on a break because, well I am not too sure!

Cooking is one of my favorite things to do! I could be in the kitchen all day! There is nothing better than creating something yummy and healthy for my little family! Any who, when I was growing up my mom rotated the same dishes over and over! Don't get me wrong they are still my favorite things to eat but I did not get a lot of exposure to new foods. Now that I have a little one I want to expose her to all kinds of foods no mater if I like it or not! This is a hard task when I am a picky eater! I have been blessed with a child that will eat almost anything! However, my stash of recipes I had was thin and not that nutritious! So in order to find yummy, healthy foods I searched all over the internet and asked friends for new recipes. Two websites I have found are www.weelicious.com and www.crockpot365.blogspot.com. They both offer awesome options that never bore my family! I love that weelicious takes the time to make her dishes healthy and kid friendly. I never have to worry that what I am feeding Lindsey is bad for her. She does not hide veggies but makes veggies fun and good! Because of her website I have tried peas and they are really yummy! I wish I was as creative as these ladies. They are making some amazing dishes out of some truly random ingredients! I hope you will enjoy these websites as much as I do!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Day 14!

14- A picture of you and your family




The loves of my life! I could not ask for anyone better to share this life with than my spirited daughter and sexy husband!


The amazing Cheryl captured my little family! I love her to pieces! 

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Day 13!

Day 13- A letter to someone who has hurt you 


Dear washer, dryer, or sock monster


I desperately at the end of my laundry day want to have an empty basket! I want to see the shiny white bottom of my basket congratulating me on a job well done! However, you have hurt me deeply! You have eaten random socks and now I have unmatched socks covering the beautiful white bottom of my basket! I ask that you stop your dirty filthy ways and STOP eating my socks! Please grant me the joy of having an empty basket one day!


Sincerely,


Megan

Day 12- How you found out about Tumblr and why you made one


I am not too sure what Tumblr is but I am assuming it is similar to Blogspot. I came across Blogspot from back in the day when I had a Xanga account! Everyone was changing to another blogging site so when I had a baby I decided I would try this blogging thing again! I started this blog to keep family updated on Lindsey but it has turned more into a good way to get thoughts out! I love doing it I hope you love reading it!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Day 11!

Day 11- Another picture of you and your friends


These two ladies are some of the most positive people I know!! I can be such a realist sometimes and these ladies force me to look to Jesus and be positive! I hope one day when I finally am an adult I can be half the women these two are! Plus they a freakin' hilarious and beautiful! Talk a bout mentors I got two!!!


The Payne's and the Fay's are our game night buddies! No one can play board games like them! We love their company and are missing them terribly right now! Stupid schedules! Plus they love our little girl so much! She is never a burden or a pest to them! I love people who love my little girl!

I guess if our family wants to be stubborn and live in TX and AR Jay and I are very lucky to have some very special people in our lives! God is good all the time and all the time God is good!!!



Friday, November 5, 2010

Day 10!

Day 10- Songs you listen to when you are Happy, Sad, Bored, Hyped, Mad

Music used to be extremely important to me! I would search i tunes for hours for the perfect tune to tickle my ears. Now a days I just do not have the time. I miss new music that makes my heart smile. Music has the ability to express emotions that one can not put into words. Worship music has the ability to take me to a place closer to God. I love the power that music has. Right now the radio and Pandora are my main source. The Jars of Clay station is my favorite. To study Surgarland keeps me focused. I need to rediscover my love affair with music!!!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Day 9!


Day 09- Something you’re proud of in the past few days

I am proud of the fact that I have been more open to new people and new experiences. I am so proud that I am opening myself to the path God has set for me! I have spent so many years fighting God. I was angry, ashamed, and just plain stubborn to listen and obey! I am now trying so hard to follow the path set out for me! So, yeah I am proud of the journey I am on!


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Home

I am taking a short break from the 30 day blog to verbally vomit on here!

To all those that have family in the same town go now and say thank you and tell them how much you love them!!! Today I am missing my family so much! God has placed amazing people in my life right now but they are not my mom and dad or aunts or grandparents or sister! Jay is traveling now and some days are just plain hard! The days are easy but the nights are hard! I wish I could just load up Lindsey and go lay on my momma's couch or head over to my Nanny's knowing dinner is cooked! I am just home sick and I miss my mom. Some just do not realize what a luxury it is to have family to babysit or come take care of you when you are sick! Thank you for reading I am just homesick!!!!

Day 8!

Day 08- Short term goals for this month and why

  • I want to get back into shape!! Why I pick the fall/winter I have no idea! I want to be healthy and I want to teach my daughter how to be healthy. I recently started a boot camp but my child care fell through! So it looks like I am going to be joining a gym!
  • I want to be more open and let more people in. This will be the hardest!
  • I want my quiet time to be more productive! I need to do more than just read my bible. I need to study it and dissect it and absorb it!
Well that is a start! Ya'll can help keep me accountable!!!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Day 7!


Day 07- A picture of someone/something that has the biggest impact on you.

I truly love my church!! I am learning and growing at an insane pace! The opportunities that I have to serve are amazing. If you are just going to church and taking up a pew shame on you!!! I went to LC for years sitting in a chair and leaving so unfulfilled! Not until Jay and I decided to serve did my heart change and we both found what was missing! I love that each week there is teaching that challenges me to grow, not just a feel good message! Some weeks I leave so beat up I am physically exhausted. I just love my church! My prayer is that everyone has a church home that can help them grow and learn!


Friday, October 29, 2010

Day 6!


I am behind!!! O well we will start again from here!

Day 06- Favorite super hero and why

I really like Batman! He is just an ordinary guy (no genetic altering) who wants to rid his community of evil! He just shows that change can happen with one person doing the right thing! I love the saying God does not called the equipped, He equips the called! I need not be afraid to make a difference in my community because God will guide my path! Maybe He will let me wear a sick costume too and drive a cool car!!!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Day 5!


Day 05- A picture of somewhere you’ve been to

My favorite place in the world with one of my favorite people!!! This was taken a Devil's Den state park in Arkansas!! I wish the picture showed how beautiful the mountains and the colors are!!! My momma lives in Arkansas! I sure do miss her!! Some days 3 hours a day is WAY too much!

Day 4!

Day 04- A habit that you wish you didn't have.

This is a hard one!!! I have this bad habit of not letting people in! I like to keep relationships on the surface. I think why would any one want to see the messy! I like my little world that I have created and allowing people in my world is just well that can be too much! I have been praying for God to change my ways and as always He answers in ways I do not approve!! He sent into my life the most wonderful person that makes me incredibly uncomfortable. In one short visit she calls me out and she makes me be honest!! I swear she speaks the Word of God in the most profound ways! I wish I was more open but a habit is a habit right?????


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Day 3!

03- A recent picture of you and your friends

These are pics of our friends Dave and Lisa in Arkansas! Lisa and I grew up together. We had English together since 7th grade!!! Sad day we were not friends from day 1!!! She thought I was weird (and I was) and I thought she was a snob (she wasn't)! Dave came into the picture when Lisa was in nursing school and I think she picked the best! Dave is great to Lisa!




Anywho these are pics from our mini vacay that we took in august and it was spectacular! We just love these two!!!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Day 2!


WOW Two days in a row! Woo hoo! I need your help to stay accountable!

Day 02- The meaning behind your blog name.


Meet Pootie! I am not too sure how we came up with Pootie but that has been her nick name since day 1! I really like Pootie Marie and Jay's favorite Pootielicious!!!!! I started this blog right after she was born. Surviving was all I was doing! Lindsey was a special challenge the moment she was born and I thought I would never do more than survive! Praise God that surviving lasted only 3 or 4 months! I started the blog to keep family and friends updated but it has turned out to be more of a form of therapy. I will start writing about something negative and as write and edit my perspective changes and my post turns into the exact opposite as what it started! So that is how the blog became "Surviving Pootie." Now I am only surviving part-time! haha

Monday, October 25, 2010

30 day Blog


I found this blogging exercise on a blog that I stumbled upon and I absolutely love to read! She is honest and funny! http://lulu827.blogspot.com
I thought it would be fun to do for 30 days! So check back daily and keep me accountable!

Day 01- A recent picture of you and 15 interesting facts about yourself
Day 02- The meaning behind your blog nameDay 03- A recent picture of you and your friends
Day 04- A habit that you wish you didn’t have
Day 05- A picture of somewhere you’ve been to
Day 06- Favorite super hero and why
Day 07- A picture of someone/something that has the biggest impact on you
Day 08- Short term goals for this month and why
Day 09- Something you’re proud of in the past few days
Day 10- Songs you listen to when you are Happy, Sad, Bored, Hyped, Mad
Day 11- Another picture of you and your friends
Day 12- How you found out about Tumblr and why you made one
Day 13- A letter to someone who has hurt you recentlyDay 14- A picture of you and your family
Day 15- Put your iPod on shuffle: First 10 songs that play
Day 16- Another picture of yourself
Day 17- Someone you would want to switch lives with for one day and why
Day 18- Plans/dreams/goals you have
Day 19- Nicknames you have; why do you have them
Day 20- Someone you see yourself marrying/being with in the future
Day 21- A picture of something that makes you happy
Day 22- What makes you different from everyone else
Day 23- Something you crave for a lot
Day 24- A letter to your parents
Day 25- What I would find in your bag
Day 26- What you think about your friendsDay 27- Why are you doing this 30 day challenge
Day 28- A picture of you last year and now, how have you changed since then?
Day 29- In this past month, what have you learned
Day 30- Who are you?

Day 1:

15 Facts:
1. I hate taking normal pictures!
2. I am in Grad school with no plan and no idea what I want to be.
3. After I prayed for God to change my heart and He DID I am now afraid to pray for big things because I am afraid of the change God will bring!
4. I love throwing junk away!
5. I am sentimental
6. I am afraid I fail Lindsey daily
7. I want to be a permanent student!
8. I love to learn and grow.
9. I love smut tv.
10. I fell in love with Oklahoma! I do not know what is wrong with me but I love my new home!
11. I want to have 5 or 6 babies but I hated being pregnant!
12. I love PB and J's with potato chips on top!
13. I could drink milk by the gallon.
14. I do not really care for meat! Take me out to eat and I will 9/10 eat the veg option!
15. I will walk outside barefoot, but if I do not know your dirt I will not walk barefoot in your house.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Oct 13th


This time 4 years ago I was trying to decide whether or not to go on a blind date in "The City." I was at a spot in my life where I was open to God's influence in my dating life! I suppose He decided that I gave in enough that He would rock my world. Friday Oct. 13th I drove from Shawnee, OK to the ghetto in OKC. I walked into Rococo's with no expectations and left calling my dad telling him I met this great friend. The date continued to a haunted house and talking till 3 or 4 in the morning. I opened myself just enough to God's influence that He was able to place the most amazing friend in my life. Oct. 13th is so important to the both of us that we do not even acknowledge our wedding anniversary! My life at the time I met Jay was so volatile! I was so unsure of myself and frankly did not think to highly of me! The difference was I stopped fighting God and God was then able to place someone in my life that could love me so unconditionally that I began to understand how much Christ truly loved me! I challenge you to stop wrestling with God and allow Him to rock your world!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Jesus Loves Me!


Question of the day. . .

Who challenges you spiritually? Who in your life makes you want to seek God even harder to know Him more intimately? My answer. . .

I get busy and rush and out of the blue Lindsey will say loudly Pray momma! Every time it just blows my mind that this little miracle can stop me dead in my tracks and tell me I need to pray. This morning I was pulling out of the garage and she yelled at me to pray! So I did. Apparently that wasn't enough so half way to school we had to pray again! Shame that it takes my daughter to remind me to talk to my Father!!!

So. . . . who pushes you???

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Uggh Sick

We are sick in the Dunks household! Well just Lindsey! She is not the kind of sick where all she wants to do is snuggle! No, she is throw up and then pissed for a few minuets then run around like crazy! Have some diarrhea, doctor her bottom, and run around like crazy. After lunch I let her lay in my bed and watch all the Nick Jr. she could stay awake through! Lucky for me it was one episode of Little Bill! She took an awesome 3 hour nap and then threw up again and this time she thought it was too funny! She kept dinner, breakfast, and lunch down so far but did have some diarrhea which is my fault! I tried Quinoa for the first time on my family and just read that it can act as a laxative! Greeeeeeaaaaat!

On a less disgusting note I love these pictures of her! She is the sweetest little girl I know with a side of crazy!


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Ivy League

Stop the presses Lindsey knows her colors!!! Look out Ivy league schools here we come! She was sitting down with a book today and just started pointing at colors and saying the correct color. Now I realize I am crazy for being so excited but we have been working forever on this!!!!
Now to get her to learn her numbers in the correct order! She says 1, 2, 2, 1 over and over.

In other Lindsey related news we are potty training. Today i was brave and decided to let her wear big girl panties as we did our errands. She did great and even used public potties until Panera. I swear we went potty 10 mind earlier but as we were waiting on our food she peed all over the bench! :( Nothing a quick wipe up couldn't handle but man we were doing good!

We are off to AR. for Dillan's 6th birthday in 2 days and I am excited!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Week With MeMaw



This is for you Bekah Lou!!!

A couple weeks ago Lindsey and I went to stay with my Memaw, after she was discharged from the hospital! I went thinking this would be good for my grandma. Turns out the week was meant for me! God really spoke to me about some struggles in my heart and gave me and Lindsey some much needed nothing to do or go to time! I truly enjoyed taking my grandma with me everywhere! We went to the park, the doctor, the safari, to eat, the post office, ect. It was so nice to see my aunts every night as they came and checked in on us! The best part was each night Lindsey would crawl up in Memaw's lap and snuggle close to watch Touched by an Angel! She loved the special time to snuggle and to be spoiled. Funny how God will use less than stellar events to bring you rest and peace! I am so in love with my Father and how much He provides when I do not even realize I am in need! If I just asked for God to provide me with monetary means I would be missing out on the true gifts. God answered my needs with a week away and family time!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Change of heart.


OMG!!!! I am in a season of growth and discovery and I am feeling right now that I have grown more than is possible but God just keeps revealing things that need to be tweaked. On the inside I feel like I can no longer keep going but some how I keep going by God's grace! This week I went home to AR to help take care of my Memaw after she was released from the hospital. I needed that week more than she did! God revealed so much to me about my priorities! Since the infamous day care event God has been redirecting my priorities. However, old habits die hard! I keep trying to put meaningless things before my family. Even when my passion for something has died I keep going! I have to learn to stop!


Thursday, August 26, 2010

Things I Love. . .

  • Jesus- I fail daily and He still accepts me as I am!
  • Lifechurch.tv Yukon- I have never been apart of a church that is so positive! They are so focused on reaching the lost that there is no room for negativity!
  • Jay Robert Dunks- he works so hard so I can be passionate about 1200 million trillion things!
  • Lindsey Marie- umm have you looked at her! GORGEOUS!!!
  • The weather right now- so cool and warm and perfect!
  • My new phone!!!
  • My boss telling me my heart is not at work!! A-freakin'-men!! I think MY priorities are getting lined out!
  • Staying at home- some days are harder than others but I don't want to miss a beat!
  • My job- even though it is not my number 1, 2, or 3 I still love nursing and the people I work with!
  • The fact that we have had cable for a month again and I am ready for it to go again!
  • Doing Grad school with Lisa! Finally we are getting it right 7 years later!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Best Get Away!

So, quick update: Jay got a new job, Lindsey is out of school for 2 weeks, I am fixin' to start school again, and I seem to be adding more to my plate than when I worked full-time. All that called for a quick getaway! We were planning on going to Branson but those plans fell through so we decided to go stay with Dave and Lisa for the weekend and do all the things that we never get to do!
I am the worst mom ever but we went to the Wild Life Safari in Gentry, AR and I took no pictures! After some ATM drama we had a blast. The weather was gorgeous, no 105 heat!!!! Lindsey was able to pet the goats, kangaroos, a pot belly pig, and some chickens! We drove through the rest and saw some crazy emus, zebras, camels, buffalo, cows, and so much that I was not to sure what it was!

That night we went to the Naturals baseball game! Again the weather was awesome and Lindsey did better than Lisa and I did! We maybe got Lindsey to tell Dave and Jay that she wanted to go home! It was sooo late and she was sooo tired or maybe we were haha!


Lisa and I finally have a picture together where we both looked like we have clothes on! haha I think it is frame worthy!

Lindsey loves Dave and Lisa! I think Dave needs his own little girl! He is so great!

On Sat we went to Pea Ridge Civil War battle field. The weather was not as great as Friday. The tour was a driving tour! The guys just ate it up! They wanted to discover every little detail! Lisa and I liked it for the most part but it was hot and we were hungry! Luckily my sister took Lindsey for the day so we were sans baby! Jay and Dave were so cute, they were like bff's! haha

They discussed everything! The tour was supposed to be 30 mins and they took and hour and a half!!!
This is what Lisa and I did the last hour! Can you say AC?!!!!

That night we went swimming with Lisa's sweet church then headed home early on Sun to get back to church! For such a quick trip we left so refreshed. We came home with our batteries recharged and so thankful for friends that are so loving and encouraging!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Chick-Fil-A

Okay, so it is not really a secret or anything that Chick-fil-a is my all time favorite fast food place. The love started my senior year in high school when my best friend and I would speed from Springdale to Fayettville in like 22 mins to eat at Chick-fil-a. We were cool like that. We would get back to school late and as a result I got so many tickets from illegal parking that my car got towed! Now I bribe my daughter with ice cream so I have an excuse to get my fix! What about this place has me hooked? Is it the awesome chicken nuggets, waffle fries, spicy chicken sandwich, or the Polynesian sauce. None, it is there amazing service! Today I watched this little old couple slowly make their way to the door as they were making their way one of the employees ran to the door to open it for them and then escorted them to the perfect seat. After they ordered he hand delivered their food and then checked in on them. Each time I am there I see them joyfully anticipating needs and acting on them. I mean come on they provide FREE cheerios for babies and a clean place to drop the kids off to play! Imagine how much impact you could make in someones life if you could anticipate their needs and help them. No need for them to ask, just do and make their day! The world would be so much more pleasant! We get so wrapped up in our little lives that we fail to see those around us. I pray that my eyes are opened and I can anticipate needs of those around me! What about ya'll?

Thursday, July 15, 2010

"I love my kids but hate my life"

Catchy title huh? On the Today show that was the title of one of their segments. At first glance it broke my heart but as I continued to listen I began to understand and was thankful that they were bringing this topic up. If you think about it when you work you put in your 8-12 hours, accomplish your objectives, and go home. There is a starting and stopping point. Your coworkers and customers for the most part cooperate with the set goal. When you become a parent there is no 8 or 12 hour shift. There is no cooperating participants. There is no neat completion to the day.

One of my favorite sayings is it is all about perspective! If I choose to look at my choice to stay home as little tasks to get completed, or getting Pootie to cooperate 100% of the time then yes my choice sucks! However, if I choose to look at the big picture and focus on the things that Pootie does to make me smile then my day is so much smoother. How can you be miserable when a 2 year old wraps her chubby little arms around me and says hugs mommy hugs! Melts my heart every time!

Also, being confident in your parenting ability is a key factor. I am figuring out that if I care about how other parents raise their child or what they think of how I raise my child then I am going to go crazy. All I should be focused on is am I raising Pootie in a way that honors God and is she a happy child.

I do love my little Pootie and I do love my life but loving my life is a choice that I will make! I will focus on the good and fun and not the mundane. I will not focus on the fits or the battle for a bow in the hairs but I will focus on the hugs, giggles, and broken sentences!

What is your perspective?

Monday, July 12, 2010

Angel Wings


Today, I went to a visitation where I saw the tiniest coffin! I wish that coffins did not have to be made that small. The little angel laid there looking so beautiful and peaceful. This little girl is no ordinary girl. She is a 2 year old miracle. Her mom and dad made a brave decision to keep this child when the Dr.s gave them the news that their baby was not going to be born healthy. They took in what they were told and prayed and believed. Week after week Dr. visit after Dr. visit God answered prayer after prayer. Laynie was not born "normal" but she was not born with all the problems that were thought to be. Lacy and Brad were able to take home this little stubborn miracle that touched everyone they knew and well didn't know. Laynie has over 2,700 facebook friends! She is so famous! Anyone who hears her story is touched. The faith that Brad and Lacey have displayed is infectious. The day that Laynie got her wings I took food to this sweet family's house. When I walked in I was overwhelmed with how peaceful and joyous their home was! I hope you read her story on facebook and take a lesson in faith. God has provided for and blessed this family beyond measure and He will do the same for you if you just trust Him!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Update!

Well it has been a couple of months since our little life was rearranged. We learned today that the DHS system is incredibly screwed up! How can someone who abuses children be allowed to work in a child care center? We learned today that if I wanted to beat the hell out of my child and get her taken away from me but I am not found criminally responsible I can still take care of kids in a daycare facility! (I do not and will not beat my child this is hypothetical) This teacher will have a DHS file about her but no daycare will ever know because she has a clean criminal record! I honestly am speechless. I hope that we never have to do deal with the Oklahoma DHS system! At least in the end God has used this to help transform our family! God is good all the time and all the time God is good!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Love is in the details!


Have you ever been out to eat and the restaurant just did one or two extra things to knock it out of the park for you? I know that when Jay and I go out yo eat with Lindsey if the waiter can make Lindsey feel comfortable then we are sold. 3 restaurants in the city really know how to do it. The Wedge on Western gives Lindsey pizza dough to play with. When we walk in we never get the look of o crap a toddler. Chick-fil-a has FREE cheerios and a play place that is awesome! Abuelos brings out Lindsey's food just warm never piping hot. The wait staff is always so considerate of Lindsey and brings her different chips and snacks. Nothing that these 3 restaurants do is time consume or outrageously expensive but the little details that they decided to pay attention to keeps us coming back for more.

I was once told by someone I was volunteering with that God had sent him to fix my OCDness. I politely allowed him to tell me how my attention to detail was a negative. (Thank God I have not served with him since)! I see it as a positive. The little things add up to HUGE things. Details do not mean it has to be perfect it just means that you took the time to consider someone else. My goal in this season of my life is not to be perfect but to consider who will walk through my life whether at church, home, or work and do something small for them to help knock their day out of the park!




On a side note my baby is beautiful! Cheryl did an amazing job!


Friday, June 11, 2010

In over my head!

Here is a scary thought, I am now the greatest influence in Lindsey's life no longer the daycare. I never thought about it that way until now. Looking back I would fight the daycare on some of the smallest issues but I think it was because I felt like they were taking away my little bit of mommy influence that I had left. It was so much easier to blame the daycare for the bad attitude at night and the bad habits but now when she has a bad attitude it is MY fault. I am now the main person who she is imitating and learning from! I have even more time to screw her up or even more time to mold her into a beautiful little girl. I have no clue what I am doing and I am constantly lost! I pray each and every morning for God to guide me! This is truly a never ending job! I think that is one reason I love working so much. After my shift 4, 8, 12 or 16 hrs I know that it stops and I can leave it. This mommy thing NEVER stops. I am constantly on go! I read all the books and websites when I was pregnant and not one mentioned how overwhelming this job can be! How do I teach her, how do I mold her, how do I not screw up???? Thank God, God is driving. Thank God Lindsey is forgiving! I think I am going to search Mardels tonight and buy every book on parenting and education! Right now Lindsey thinks everything is the color black!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Be Careful What You Pray For

I know a lot of times when I pray and ask God for something I 1. expect Him to answer in a way that I have preplanned out and 2. I most usually hope that He won't answer because that would require change on my part.
Here is a little history for ya'. When I found out I was pregnant with Lindsey I decided that staying home was the best option and how great would I be if I stayed home. Fast forward to 6 weeks after she was born and I was absolutely miserable. My child screamed all day long. I had so much baby weight (ok ok it was Braum's weight) that being outside and social in the summer was paralyzing. Looking back I think I had a touch of postpartum depression. All I wanted to do was go back to work and fast! So, I decided to go back to work. I decided that daycare was a good option (for our family).
See all the I's! I never prayed about it nor did I really include Jay in the discussion! Jay was sweet and let me work it out!
For a few months I had really been struggling with Lindsey being in daycare and me working so much. Jay gets sick of me saying, well I could work this shift and these day and we could do such and such with Lindsey. He sweetly lets me think out loud and patiently waits for my planning to pass. Well, this time I threw him for a loop and just shared my frustrations and concerns and just asked him to pray about staying home with Lindsey. I threw in a little planning but the heart of it all was to seek God. As I was praying I had my conditions and I had it planned out, all God had to do was follow the map. But at least this time I was taking my desires and concerns to God, conditions and all.
Well, the joke was on me! God graciously answered my prayer with conditions. I wish the circumstances to allow this opportunity would not have happened but they did. He was even so gracious as to meet some of my conditions! I will still be able to work some. Lindsey will hopefully go to a wonderful Mother's Day Out where she can be social and I can still do a few things I love! 15 hours a week of child care sounds so much better than 40 -50 plus! I get to stay home. Jay and I are still figuring out how all this will work financially but we are praying and trusting God with as few conditions as possible!
God knows the desires of your heart. Don't insult God and His love by praying with conditions and expectations. The expectation you should pray with is the expectation that He will and does provide and when He does it will blow you away! I am so thankful!

On a side note here are some pics from our trip to the pool Memorial Day.
It took about 30 mins but after that she was in love running in and out of the shallow end! This smile never left her face!

I love him! So much sacrifice to make his girls the happiest in the world! His love is so amazing!
Running and running and running and running! She is so amazing! O and that tan on her well I am jealous! As I type she is a golden goddess and I am a red lobster!
And more running! For 2 hours she ran and splashed and ran. However, if she got distracted and the water came up to her booty she flipped and lid, turned around a high tailed it back to the shallow end!