Life with the Bs



I’m thankful for so many things this year!  The first thing that comes to mind is the kidney stone that I’m thankful is no longer a pain in my side.  I’m also thankful for my 7 year old that happens to be a great nurse and a husband that can pick up my slack.  I hope to never feel pain like that again!

I’m super thankful for my family!  My sweet kiddos that make me laugh on a daily basis.  My husband that works so hard and then comes home to help with dinner, dishes, and bedtime.  I’m thankful for all of our parents and grandparents.  We are blessed to have my grandma here to celebrate with us this year!  We had 4 generations at Nolan’s Thanksgiving lunch.

Thanksgiving 004Most of all, I’m thankful for a God’s grace.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Give thanks to the Lord, who is good, whose love endures forever  1 Chronicles 16:34


Kidney Stones

My sister has suffered from kidney stones for a long time.  I remember her having to strain her pee and she showed me one that she passed and caught in the strainer.  I looked at this little tiny crystal and couldn’t imagine how that could be worse than childbirth.  Well, now I understand.  I was at urgent care this morning with a horrible pain on my side.  Luckily, they saw me very quickly and after a x-ray and urine sample, they confirmed that I’m passing a kidney stone.  Lortab has been my friend today.  They don’t really give you a time frame on this whole passing a kidney stone thing.  I hope to be on a tryptophan high, not a Lortab high, by Thursday.  Any advice, suggestions and prayers are welcome!

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Good reads

I don’t know if you’ve run into The Matt Walsh Blog.  I’ve seen a number of my Facebook friends link to his posts.  His blog is a new favorite of mine.  Here are two posts that you must check out:

If you shop on Thanksgiving, you are part of the problem – I have issues with what Christmas has become and now they are ruining Thanksgiving too!  I’m all for a good bargain but I really don’t get into the Black Friday stuff.  I’m more of a Cyber Monday girl.

Abstinence is unrealistic and old fashioned – Then this one is just scary and confirmed that my children will not be attending sex ed classes in school.

This post gave me something to work on:

10 Things I Learned When I Stopped Yelling at My Kids – Reason #2 hit close to home.  Of course, I wouldn’t yell at them in public, I don’t want people to think I’m that crazy mom.  Uh oh, what if my kids think I’m that crazy mom!

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Midweek Randoms

  • Nolan had his ENT appointment yesterday and we decided to hold off on tubes for now.  However, one more ear infection and he will get another set of tubes and get his adenoids out.  I’m praying it doesn’t come to that!
  • Janie joined the Angel Choir at church and she loves it!  They are practicing for the children’s Christmas mass.  So we’re listening to and singing Christmas songs already!
  • Speaking of Christmas, I cannot believe how many people already have Christmas trees up!  I know Thanksgiving is late this year but I prefer to wait until after Thanksgiving.
  • Janie and a friend were playing Pictionary the other day.  Janie got “answer the phone”.  Unfortunately, her 6 year old friend had never seen one of these before (I don’t know where Janie has seen one either)…..


  • Tim was out of town this weekend so we met my best friend for dinner and to watch the GA game (such a disappointment).  This is what the other side of the booth looked like, no one wants to sit with mom!


  • We were making BLTs for dinner last night.  I asked Nolan if he wanted mayonnaise on his.  He said, “yes, I want man eggs on mine!”

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Ear infections and inspiration

Nolan ended up with another ear infection on Friday.  I moved our ENT appointment up to this week to see if we need to discuss another set of tubes.  If so, I would prefer to get it done before all the new healthcare stuff hits!

One of the parents of a child in my religious education class told me yesterday that we hadn’t met but she was in Great Clips that day that Janie did this….

Locks of Love

She said that her daughter, a year younger than Janie, was inspired to grow her hair out and donate it as well!  I’m so glad that she shared that story.  Just goes to show, you should always work to be a good example because you never know who’s watching!

There are so many great photo card deals out there so I tried to take a Christmas picture.  It was raining so we couldn’t go outside and I didn’t want to use the flash so I got some pretty blurry pictures.  Looks like Popeye’s offspring joined our family!

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This week I started a Nextdoor website for our neighborhood and got a $50 Amazon card!  You can get one too!  All you have to do is launch your site and get 10 neighbors to join.  It’s that easy!  The site allows you to post lost & found, items for sale/free, and other notifications to neighbors.  I’m sure you can find a good use for a $50 Amazon card, especially with Christmas around the corner.  Start your Nextdoor site today!

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Mean girls

Who knew that mean girls start to show themselves on 2nd grade!  Janie has had a difficult transition this year.  There are a few girls that she has had to deal with that do the whole “I’m not your friend, I’m your BFF, I’m not your friend” thing with her at school.  It’s hard to see your child hurting.  She has cried a number of times before school or gets off the bus crying.  She has begged me to come to lunch in case she and her friend are in a “not friends” moment.  I’ve told her to play with other kids but to always be nice to everyone.  I’ve tried to plan play dates with kids that I know are good kids.  We actually had a little girl come over yesterday and Janie told her that someone was not being nice to her at school.  She said, “that happened to me last year so I prayed for her and then it got better.”  Wise words from a second grader! 

But to you who hear I say, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.  Luke 6:27-28

I know that my kids will have to deal with these issues all their lives.  There will be times that they have a classmate, coworker or boss that doesn’t treat them right.  My job is to give them the tools to handle these situations, luckily I have the Bible to guide me.  Time for mama bear to go back to her den!