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Saturday, April 28, 2012

I'm Gonna Thank You Lord

At 1am after waking up with Addy for the 5th night in a row; feeling frustrated and unsure what to do or if I am doing something wrong...I remembered these awesome lyrics by Scotty Mccreery and also a wonderful quote I woke up to this morning. As I said to my cousin, Emily this morning....God is faithful to get us through these times and hearing Addy's crying means she is "ALIVE"!!! I am going to thank you Lord for those nights that never seem to end and the numerous crys out for "mama" because it means we live!

As my husband reminded me last night; we are so blessed to have the girl we do!  This song reminds me so much of how I feel; I am so blessed to have the amazing husband that I do that works so hard for us each day and comes home exhausted each night. I can't say enough of how much I love my husband for what he does for us each day.

"Dirty Dishes"
Mama hollers "Supper time,
And don't make me tell you twice
Wash your hands and wipe your face.

The table's no place for your toys,

And try to use your inside voice,

Don't dig in 'til we say Grace."

So we put down our forks and bowed our heads

And then she prayed the strangest prayer ever said:

"I wanna thank You Lord,

For noisy children and slamming doors,

And clothes scattered all over the floor,

A husband workin' all the time,

Draggin' in dead tired at night,

My never ending messy kitchen

And dirty dishes."

We all got real still and quiet,

And daddy asked "Honey, you alright?"
She said, "There ain't nothing wrong,

Noisy kids are happy kids,

And slamming doors just means we live,

In a warm and loving home,

Your long hours and those dishes in the sink,

Means a job and enough to eat.

So I'm gonna thank You Lord,
For noisy children and slamming doors,
And clothes scattered all over the floor,
A husband workin' all the time,
Draggin' in dead tired at night,

My never ending messy kitchen

For my little busy bees
Beggin' mama, mama can you please?

Always wantin' me and callin' me

Loads of laundry pilin' up

Crayons crushed into the rug

In those little sticky kisses

And dirty dishes,

And dirty dishes..."

"We were made to enjoy life and our Creator, and we were meant to choose to live in His beauty and provision.

"When I choose to notice, every day, the beauty of my children instead of the duties my children bring my way, I am worshipping God."

~ Sally Clarkson, The Mom Walk

Friday, April 27, 2012


From previous posts, many of you know that Addy loves dresses and dressing up. A couple weeks ago we went to our annual style show that my Grandma Anita invites us to every year (I have been going since I was 5).

On this particular day Addy got all dressed up into her pretty dress from my Grandma Anita. Little did she know when we left that day would she and her cousin Ainsley meet "REAL Pricesses"!

Eventhough we had to leave early as Addy is not quite ready for a few hour long event...I think the picture below will tell you just how much fun both her and Ainsley had.

There is nothing quite like being a girl....

"You are my daughter. You are an heir. An heir to the king of kings--that makes you a PRINCESS. You are the princess with an inhertiance beyond your wildest imagination."

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

In His Eyes

Life as a mom has become crazy as Addy has entered into her toddler years.  Some days I have just felt like a failure as a mom and that I am not enough for her. Some days I feel like the world is ending and that I don't have one ounce of patience left. Especially the days we are in a store and she decides to have a tantrum or throws a chicken nugget at my head. I keep thinking in my head what am I doing wrong as a parent for her to be like this. Or when I can't get her to sleep at night and the day last forever...

Don't get me wrong, there are so MANY wonderful days but why is it that I always remember the bad ones and how much I let them affect me and my whole day. These bad days make me feel inadequate as not only mom but a person too.

 I have had some great conversations lately with my sis-in-law, Amanda about as mom's how its ok to be REAL with each other and vulnerable. We don't have to be perfect mom's. Its ok to say that we had to put our kid down in the crib and just let them cry...And its also ok to still rock her a bit when the day is out of sorts. When we see other kids act good or other kids that sleep well; we often think that this is because we are doing something wrong or we are failing....Sometimes I worry so much of what others think I forgot to remember what God thinks of me.

Monday was a very long and discouraging day for me after a doctor appointment and Addy falling and cutting her head on the cement. I just thought to myself...this is how the week is going to go...But then Tuesday happened.

A couple weeks ago I was invited by a good friend from high school, Tracy to a MOPS group. Tracy and I have been able to reconnect and she has been a tremendous blessing to me. The MOPS group is where mom get to meet together while the little ones play away. However, yesterday the specific message was amazing and spoke right to me in every area of life. The speaker Dienna Goscha spoke about how we view ourselves in God's eyes and not the worlds. I just want to share the closing remarks she made and how truly they have impacted my outlook as a mom. The closing remarks come right from the Bible but in her words. I have to keep in mind that all that really matters is HIM. Sometimes I focus so much on myself I miss out on what an amazing wife and mom I can be.

 "What God Says About You"
  •  You were made in my image
  • You are fearfully and wonderfully made. I intricately wove you together.
  • I saw you before you were formed an the days of your existence.
  • My works are wonderful and you are one of those works.
  •  You are not alone. I will be with you always.
  • You can do whatever I ask of you because I will strengthen you.
  • You are my daughter. You are an heir. An heir to the king of kings- that makes you a princess. You are princess with an inheritance beyond your wildest imagination.
  • You are forgiven.
  •  When you asked, it was erased.
  • Forgiven forever. Live a forgiven life.
  • You are loved with a love that knows no bounds.
  • I love you with an everlasting love. You know this love because I laid down my life for you.
  • You are unique.
  • You do your best at what I intricately formed you for- there is no need to compare yourself to someone else.
  •  There is none like you. But remember, I feel the same way about them too.
  • You have a future. I have plans for you. Plans for good and not harm. Plans to give you hope and a future.
  •  You have a hope. Your hope is not in this world but with me.
  • Stop looking at this world. Look at me. I am all you need.
  •  Keep looking at me. Not anyone else. Just me.

I am hoping with this new outlook of looking at HIM that I can find who I am in HIM and who I am as a mom and remember that on those bad days I am loved with an everlasting love even if I am hit in the head with a chicken nugget.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


This past week Ben and I received the opportunity to go to New York as a result of Ben being one of the top bankers in the country! So due to Ben's hard work we had an all expenses paid trip to New York.

Of course it was difficult to leave our little girl but she was well taken care of by Grandma Dana and Grandpa Ron. We enjoyed some much needed alone time and enjoyed the city.

The city where the pedestrians have the right of way no matter what and the stop lights don't matter. We learned to be New Yorkers for 4 days! We did a tour of New York, visiting many places; Times Square, FOX News, Statue of Liberty, Strawberry Fields, Trump Tower---where we got to see Donald Trump Jr and Paul Teutul from Celebrity Apprentice, the 9/11 Memorial, 5th Avenue, Brooklyn Bridge, Soho, Bronx, Empire State building, Rockefeller Center, and much more. The last evening was spent at Ben's awards banquet where he received the Star of Excellence! Way to go hubby; your hard work paid off. This was a trip of a lifetime.

Some have asked what my favorite part of the trip was; it was for sure spending time with my hubby but the 2nd favorite was visiting the 9/11 memorial...was one of the post powerful and utterly amazing can't help but be brought to tears as you walk by each name/person that was sacraficed on that day. Ben and I especially found it interesting that even "unborn children" were named next to the mother. This is something I will never forget.

Enjoy all the pictures!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

What is Easter?

The little bunny hops, hops, hops.
Is this what Easter means?
Is it about the Easter eggs
All filled with jellybeans?

Is Easter about hunting eggs?
I do that every year.
Does it mean eating chocolate stuff?
I ate my bunny's ear.

Is it about the baby chicks?
They're fuzzy and they're fun!
I saw some Easter chicks for sale.
I really wanted one.

Is it about the Easter toys?
They're really fun, I think.
One time a bunny came to me.
His little nose was pink.

Is it about my brand-new dress?
And my new Easter hat?
Does it mean wearing shiny shoes?
I really do love that!

Is it about a big parade
With lots of pretty floats?
Is it about the Easter choir?
They sing the highest notes!

NO!! That's not what Easter means.

Easter means much more than that.
It's all about God's son.
See, God sent Jesus down to earth
To die for everyone.

He had to die upon a tree
To save us from our sin.
But he was only dead three days,
And then he rose again.

Now, that's what Easter really means!
Its quite a special day.
Jesus our Savior rose again!
Hooray! Hooray! Hooray!

Today, he sits right next to God
In Heaven up above.
He wants to live inside you too
And fill you up with love!

Okay, now I get it.
The Easter bunny is okay,
And Easter eggs are fun.

But Easter's not about that stuff....

Its all about God's son!

Written by Michelle Medlock Adams

This is one of Addy's books we have been reading that the Kuznia's got for Addy's birthday. It's Addy's first choice to read each day! As she always ask "Read about God"

May you enjoy this upcoming Easter with your family and friends and remember the true gift that we have received from HIM. Because of HIM we live and because of HIM we are white as snow.

What can wash away my sin?

What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
Oh! precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
For my cleansing this I see—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus!
For my pardon this my plea—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus!
Nothing can my sin erase
Nothing but the blood of Jesus!
Naught of works, 'tis all of grace—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus!
This is all my hope and peace—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus!
This is all my righteousness—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus!

Romans 5:6-11
6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.