Monday, May 24, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
I love my kid. She's pretty awesome. She's a beautiful child of God and I'm so proud of her. I'm on pins and needles to find out what all God has in store for her for the rest of her life!
But clearly, she is growing up. And God has His plans all laid out for her. So, I just need to learn to sit back and be still. Thank you Irritable Mother for reminding me of that with this verse: The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still. Exodus 14:14
Who am I fighting?? I am fighting against the world for my daughter to make the right choices. But I need to remember that she is only on loan to me. She is God's child first and He will take care of her.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
I have to have caffeine. Without it I'm impossible to deal with. With it, I'm almost possible to deal with.
While in Walgreen's, I thought to myself: "I need to have a healthy snack". Bathing suit weather is here people!! I just got to where I'm comfortable wearing a bathing suit in my back yard, but I'm just not ready to wear one on a public beach or pool. I do have a gym membership, but it really doesn't do me any good when I just drive by the gym instead of stopping and actually going inside and working out.
Anyway, healthy snack... I saw the Almonds. Almonds have been getting a lot of press for being heart healthy. But I didn't want plain almonds and I didn't want sweet almonds. So... I got these:
I can't wait to try them... still a little too early in the day yet though...
I will give a full report on how I like them later.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
In about 5 months or so, she'll be able to drive herself to school. Now THAT'S a scary thought! She has to bring her average up in Honor's English though. That was the deal. All A's & B's on her report card.
When we got to school, her friend Lynsey came up. She drove herself to school today. My how the time flies... I guess we're having fun!
This time 16yrs ago, I was getting ready to graduate from High School. I was pregnant and scared out of my mind. (I'll save that story for another entry) I pray daily that Christen makes better choices for herself and that she keeps Christ in her heart.
So, she has a lot going on this week. I'm praying she passes all her finals, that she pulls a B out of Honors English and that we can go with out arguing the rest of the week. That last one may take a miracle!!
Thursday, May 13, 2010
He likes to pretend that he'll only swim when you say it's ok. But the minute your back is turned, he's swimming.
Yesterday, I left him and Brandi in the backyard to run around for a bit. (Brandi hates the pool, she never goes in voluntarily) When it was time to let them back in, Beckham was soaking wet and smiling the best boxer smile he could muster. I'm thinking, it's not so much the water Beckham enjoys, but the drying off. He loves to get love and attention. He gets both when we dry him off from being in the pool. He stands there, for as long as he needs to and just enjoys the attention. Oh the life of a dog....
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
It's odd that I love this drink so much. Why? Because I'm not the biggest fan of Taco Bell. I really have to be in a "Taco Bell" kind of mood in order to eat there. My daughter, on the other hand, could eat Taco Bell food everyday and never get tired of it. She prefers the Cherry Limeade Sparkler. I.hate.cherries. So I have no clue what it tastes like.
But the Classic Limeade... oh, it's heaven in a cup. So, no more writing about it. I'm just going to finish enjoying it!
My brother's boxer had puppies and Brandi was the runt. She was less than half the size of all the other puppies. My brother and his (now ex) wife bottle fed her until she could drink milk from a saucer and eat puppy food. We got her when she was 5wks old and only 2lbs. Her largest brother/sister was 5lbs at that time! She could literally fit in the palm of my hand. There was no way I was going to let this baby sleep outside. I do believe she officially became a part of our family when on the way home from my brother's house, she pooped in my lap. It was actually kind of sweet. Thankfully I used protection in the form of a puppy pad.
Now she is five years old, she's had puppies of her own. We kept one and we call him Beckham. He is probably the smartest yet most idiotic dog I've ever known. He's surely a clown and will keep you entertained for hours on end. He actually was the entertainment of my niece's 9th birthday party this year.
If you read my first post, you know I got a Nikon Coolpix L100 for Mother's day. Only because my boxer babies can't put their paws over their face EVERYtime I try to take their picture, they will be my main subjects. I would love for Christen to be my main subject, but since she's a teenager, she's all cranky and stuff whenever I try to take her picture. So below are the first couple of picture I've taken w/ the Nikon. Hope you enjoy!
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Hi, my name is Jodi and I'm a Christian, 33 year old mother to a 15 year old daughter (yeah, you do the math). I'm also a wife and I work full-time as an insurance agent (P&C). I love my daughter, I love my husband and I tolerate my job. I am thankful for my job, don't get me wrong. But I felt it best to be upfront about my feelings.
We live in a small town in southern Georgia. I've lived here most of my life. I've tried my best to leave and never come back, but there is truly a gravitational force that will not allow me to escape. The last time I moved back here, my mother was so happy to have me back in town! When we moved to her neighborhood, she so was so estatic she sold her house and moved to another subdivision. She then promptly moved about 7 hours away. If she weren't a Christian, I'd swear she was giving me the finger and muttering: "So long sucker!!!" as she drove away. Seriously, I love my mother. I know she loves me.
My daughter, Christen, keeps us on our toes for sure. She is a great soccer player. Her position is goal keeper and she is fierce! She is coming to the end of her 10th grade year in school. Lucky duck is traveling to Sweden in July to play in the Gothia Cup. It's like the World Cup of Soccer, but for kids.
My husband, Jon, is a great person. We are like night and day though. So our relationship proves to be interesting and difficult, but we're in it for the long haul!
I do love to paint (as in art, not walls... I abhor painting walls.... or cabinets.... or doors... well, you get the picture) and I'm going to dabble a little more in photography now because I got a Nikon Coolpix L100 for Mother's Day! GO ME!!! Music is also a passion of mine. I love to sing and write poetry & lyrics. So in this blog, you'll find a little bit of everything.
Soon, I hope to have the posts filled with paintings, photographs, lyrics, poetry, triumphs and trials of being a young mother to a teenage daughter and stories of marriage (blissful and not-so-blissful).Please feel free to comment and ask questions, and please check back soon. More to come!