Social Media War Zone

Holy Moly!  If you haven’t logged into facebook today, consider yourself lucky….and just steer clear for a while.  When the hubs logged in this morning it looked like a full on war zone, one of the 21st century for sure.  If you have been on facebook today, you know exactly what I’m talking about.  For those who don’t, here’s the scoop of what’s going on.  Many people on facebook have changed their profile photos to a red square with a pink equal sign.  Others have changed their photo to a red square with a pink cross.  Some have opted not to partake at all, while others are bombing the newsfeed with quotes, photos, verses, etc.  Here is why:  that red square with a pink equal sign means that the person supports human rights.  Sounds innocent, I know, but in 21st century terms, human rights means gay marriage.  So there appears to be a war going on between gay marriage supporters and their opposition.  I’m sure this social media war is going on all over the internet, not just on facebook.  I can’t tell you that for sure, because I’m not a big tweeter, and haven’t done much internet surfing today.  But you can bet it has spread…quickly.  I have to tell you….I’m not interested in it.  Let me be honest with you here.  I do not believe in gay marriage.  I do not believe it is God’s design for us to be gay, lesbian, homosexual, bi-sexual, etc.  I believe he designed us in his own image, to be man and woman.  For men to be attracted to women and women to men, exclusively.  The end!  However, I believe God created us, giving us free will, meaning we get to make our own choices in life.  Ditto!  You choose to believe what you want, and I do the same.  Yes, I am a christian and strive daily to please God.  That does not give me the right to judge you.  Yes, I am saved, but no I am not perfect and never will be in this life.  I will only become perfect in God’s eyes once I have been judged and enter heaven to live eternally.  I believe every follower of Christ should stand up for what’s right in God’s eyes, and live to be an example.  That does not mean we allowed to judge or condemn anyone to hell/death.  Only God holds that power.  I will be judged just like everyone else, and being I’m not perfect, I feel like I have enough to worry about.  I have no desire to judge your life.  I have enough responsibility on my shoulders in keeping myself and my family in line, and trying to be a Godly example to my daughter.  Do I wish every person would turn from sin and follow Christ?  Of course!!  I love people, and I love God, but I realize that not everyone will choose God.  He knows this….he designed it this way. 
 
So, basically, enough is enough!  Get over it people!  The world will never be in agreement on things, so stop getting your feelings hurt and being vindictive.  Stop fighting and complaining!  If we could all get over ourselves and our own insecurities, we might just be able to make a little progress and make the world a better place.  There will always be someone there to judge you, there will always be someone there who puts you down or makes you feel insecure or wrong.  You make your own choices.  It’s fine to have your own beliefs and opinions, and it’s fine to voice them if you choose to.  I do.  And you can choose to listen to my beliefs, or you can choose to ignore me.  It is your choice, and mine likewise.  So what is the big deal?!  Why do we need to fight?!  Why have this stupid social media war over sexuality?!  Honestly, how ridiculous does that sound?!  Ask yourself that!  Take a step back, and ask yourself.  Shoving your beliefs down someone else’s throat is not the answer.  However, if someone is sharing how they feel/what they believe….they aren’t trying to shove it down your throat.  That’s your own inner issues.  Instead of lashing out and threatening to ‘unfriend’ people, be mature and deal with your issues.  Mature adults can talk about these issues without all this hoopla and bickering. 
 
I realize that some of you may read this and be offended by what I’m saying.  I’m sorry if you are, but it’s my little piece of the world and my beliefs.  I’m not pushing anything on anyone, or making any accusations.  I’m giving my thoughts.  If you don’t like it…sorry.  If you’re mad and offended at my blunt honesty….I hope you can work that out because that is not my goal in writing this.  I am just tired of the world we’ve created.  No one is entitled to anything, and no one is better than anyone else.  When I think something ugly about a person, or think of an ugly word when I slam my finger in a drawer, I am sinning.  My sin is just as big as the murder sitting in jail.  You might think that statement is a bit extreme, but it’s the truth.  Sin is sin in God’s eyes.  But it’s the spoiled attitudes that bring about the social media wars like the one we’ve witnessed today.
 
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Crazy Schedules, Confessions, & Crying

Happy Tuesday Peeps!!!  I just wanted to drop y’all a quick line.  This is a busy week for the Kees household!  Monday and Wednesday we have Mother’s Day Out, today was MOPS, an awesome play-date with friends, and library day, Wednesday at MDO we have our Easter party and egg hunt, Thursday we have errands and t-ball practice, Coach has games five days this week, and on Friday we leave to head out of town for the weekend for softball.  Whew!  And who could forget about lovely school?!  With such a crazy schedule this week we are doing our learning on the run and getting creative.  Today Sassy picked out a phonics DVD from the library, so as soon as we got home we put it in and got to work.  She loved it!  She went through the whole thing!!  This week we’ve really focused on reading practice.  I love listening to Sassy read!  She gets better and better at it each and every time.
 
Okay, so I have to confess that I was a terrible mother this year.  I forgot St. Patty’s Day!!  Yup, you heard me….I totally forgot.  I crashed and burned.  At church on Sunday my family noticed that I was not wearing green.  Immediately, my head fell.  I had forgotten.  I checked over Sassy quickly before she ran into her Sunday School room.  Luckily, her bow had green polka dots on it.  Whew!  I really didn’t want her to get pinched all because her mama forgot about the holiday.  I was feeling pretty rotten about it for a little while, but then I began wondering why it’s such a big deal anyhow.  Frankly, I did good to get out of bed, get dressed, and get to church this past Sunday.  The evening before Coach had two softball games that ended up landing us there for eight hours.  Eight hours of excitement and sunshine.  We had a good time, but this mama is WHITE….so yeah, I got a tad toasted on top of my exhaustion.  This lead to my forgetting about green day.  I had planned on doing green pancakes and milk for breakfast, and ensuring that each member of the family be dressed in green.  I failed at all of the above.  But hey…so what!  We all survived a green-less St. Patty’s Day just fine.  So moms, I’m hear to tell you that it is okay to forget about the small holidays.  It’s okay if you don’t make beautiful, edible rainbows with a pot of gold at the end on St. Patty’s Day with your kids.  It’s okay if you burn dinner and have to order out, or if you’re just too tired to even attempt to cook it.  It’s okay if you forget to send lunch money one week, or forget to send canteen money the entire month.  Who cares!!  You are a great mom!!!
 
 
 
Earlier, while wasting away my time browsing on the internet like I shouldn’t do, but always end up doing, I came across a blog that made me laugh, sigh with relief, and cry….all within a few minutes.  I knew then that I had to share it with y’all.  Go check out the Howerton family and watch the video of their adoption story.  *Warning….you may need the tissue box for this!*  I couldn’t not share this blog with all of you.  It is full of ‘real talk’, which you know I am all about, but more importantly their adoption story is purely a portrait of God and his love.
 

Happy Tuesday!!

P.S. – In case we all need a reminder (b/c I know I do)….Easter is in 12 days!  One year I almost forgot to dye eggs!  :/   I know, right!

A Birthday Celebration

Can you believe I now have a six year old?!  I can’t!  On March 11th, at 2:17 pm, Sassy turned six years old.  Wow!  Well, since we weren’t planning the huge birthday party blow out like we normally do, we planned to spend her birthday having fun.  And that’s just what we did.
 
We arrive at Chuck-E-Cheese at 10:30am and played for a solid hour!  We had a blast!  We had the whole place to ourselves, and only spent $11.00!  Seriously…only $11.00!
 
After Sassy got her prizes, we took her to her favorite eating spot…Ryans.  I don’t know why she loves Ryans so much, but she does.  It’s a place we save for super special events for her.  Here is a photo of her enjoying her lunch.
 
After lunch we went to Daddy’s school so that he could run track practice and help with basketball try-outs.  Little did the birthday girl know what was going to happen next….
She got to go riding!  This made her day!  She LOVES horses!  While we there she also got to see two brand new colts, one of which was born on her birthday.  I’ve never seen this child so thrilled and content.  She rode that horse for over an hour.
 
She had such a wonderful birthday!  Her party was the day before; here are some photos from it.  She got lots of great stuff!  Of course she wanted a horse cake, so we did one with cupcakes.  The cake is dyed vanilla, topped with chocolate butter cream icing.  I had a lot of fun on this cake.  I’m use to doing bigger, more elaborate cakes, but this was simple and really enjoyable for me.
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Have a fabulous weekend!!!

Store Bought Mom to Homemade Mom

I am so honored and excited to share today’s guest post from a wonderful friend of mine.  She has been such a blessing in my life I couldn’t keep all her wisdom to myself.  I am so thrilled that she was willing to share with all my fabulous readers.  
 
Thank you for this opportunity to share with you how I have gone from a store bought mom to a homemade mom. Almost two years ago, I quit my full time job to become a homeschooling mom. I knew I would have to cut corners on our monthly spending. So I dove head first into couponing. I knew there had to be more I could save on, so I started researching homemade cleaning supplies. The money I saved by going homemade on those supplies was not the only plus, it had health benefits as well. Which for a mom of 3 with 1 having reacquiring health issues, it was a big plus. So I started with 4 easy recipes: glass cleaner, shower cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, and an all-purpose cleaner. I used them daily and loved them! Was there more I could make and save on? Back to researching I went, then I found the recipe for dishwasher detergent and powder laundry soap. They both worked great! After months of using the homemade cleaners, I wondered what else could I make homemade? I made a list of our most bought and probably most expensive items. Then I set out to find recipes for those items. After I spent time reading blogs and Pinterest, I had found more homemade recipes! I have made and continue to make the following items homemade: Bisquick mix, Jiffy cornbread muffin mix, brownie mix, dry onion soup mix, dry ranch dressing, taco seasoning, brown gravy mix, chicken gravy mix, cream of chicken soup mix, cream of mushroom soup mix, and I have finally perfected my bread making!! I am always looking more ways to save my family money and more homemade recipes. The benefits have been: less money spent monthly, no added chemicals/preservatives, and they taste/clean better.
 
 
Patricia is a Christ follower, wife, and a homeschooling mom to 3 boys. She enjoys baking, crafts, spending time outdoors with family, and a good book.
 
 
Many thanks again to Patricia for stopping by to share with us how she ditched the processed, store bought stuff and went homemade.  What an inspiration!
 
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Let the Preparations Begin!

Can you believe our first homeschool year is coming to an end within a couple months!?!  It’s bittersweet really.  We have had a fun year of learning, but a chaotic year as well.  We’ve had one great week of school, followed by one no existent week.  However, we somehow managed to hold it together throughout everything and keep moving forward.  It really is amazing to see how much Sassy has learned and improved this year.  One of the reasons I’ve come to love homeschooling is because we get to run on our schedule and end up finishing “school” early in the year.  Now this doesn’t mean we take off until August.  We are going year around, baby!  So by the end of April Kindergarten will be gone and we will take a short break and get back to work with brand new first grade material.  Isn’t that exciting?!  It is….yet it is quite daunting as well.  That means that over the next few weeks I will be doing major prep for the new phase of schooling.  It means lots of research into curriculum, lots of organizing, tons of printing, and cleaning up and clearing out.  If you’ve ever been a new homeschool family, you know how scary it can be trying to choose between hundreds of great looking curriculum.  I can honestly say I’ve been very overwhelmed with it, but after hours of work this afternoon, I feel better.  I was able to narrow it down and organize my thoughts, and even put together my rough draft of the curriculum I’m interested in purchasing.  Hopefully within a week I will have my mind made up so I can share with you what I plan on doing for first grade.  (I keep wanting to say ‘next year’, but it hasn’t been a year yet.)  Most people would tell me I’m no longer a rookie at this homeschooling stuff, but really I am.  It has only been seven months.  Not to mention is was Kindergarten and a curriculum I designed myself.  But now that we are in first grade and I’ve seen how much time away from my family my planning takes, I’m buying the curriculum this year.  At first I thought I’d just pick one and do a big boxed curriculum and viola it would all be there for me.  However, once I started looking into the curriculum a little more I found that I liked this programs ELA materials, another programs Math and History, and a totally different one for Science.  Thus began my many lists and endless research to piece together the “perfect” curriculum for Sassy.  Over the last year or so I had heard of many families doing this ‘piecing together’ of their curriculum.  I didn’t understand why they would do that when you could just buy the boxed ones and have to do virtually no work.  Well…boy was I wrong!  The biggest perk to homeschooling is that you can teach to your child’s specifications…literally.  If in five months Sassy needs 2nd grade math and science, but is still working on 1st grade reading and history, that’s fine.  I can order our materials accordingly from as many different publishers as I so choose.  There is just so much flexibility in it.  And of course you want to pick things that will work best for your child.  You wan them to succeed.  So, needless to say…I need prayer!  Prayer for guidance in choosing our materials, in setting our schedule for next year, in getting it all organized and together, and for the strength and wisdom to be the best first grade teacher to my baby.

If you have any suggestions/advice…I’m open!!

New Hope

A little over a week ago I called my doctor’s office and switched doctors in office.  I hated to do it because I did really like the doctor I had, but if you’ve kept up with the blog or know my family well, you know the issues I’ve had and the problems we’ve had getting pregnant.  It was to the point that I felt my doctor just didn’t know what to do with me.  He didn’t know how to help me.  So, we felt it was time to make a change; he wasn’t delivering babies anymore anyhow.  I decided to switch to a new doctor who had just come into the office.  I had heard a lot of good things about her and she is young and has had experience with infertilty on a personal level.

I was really nervous about switching and what she would have to say about our situation, but I went ahead and scheduled a consult with her to get to know her and to share our struggle and get her take on our PCOS problem.  Since the birth of my daughter, who turns 6 in 9 days, I have never left my doctor’s office with more hope concerning my disease.  She gave me more answers in 30 minutes than I’ve had in four years.  Basically, she said were on the right track with the way we were doing things, the weight I’ve lost, and the meds I’ve been on, but I needed to be taking a higher dosage of my medication.  She immediately corrected this for me.  She also informed me to call and schedule a hormone panel within the next couple of weeks when the time was right, and told us to give the good ole OPK’s another try since I’ve made so much progress the last few months.  My husband and I were thrilled to hear her say that my disease/condition (I hate calling it a disease, but that’s what she says it is.) is totally controlable and as we were leaving she said, “It’s gunna happen.  We’re going to get a baby!”.  I’ve never gotten so much positive feedback from my doctors, nor so much hope for our future.  We are excited to get things going, but we are more excited to finally be on the right track.

When I first suspected I had PCOS I was afraid I would never have more children unless I had thousands of dollars to spend on treatment or adoption.  Which, by the way, I do not have!  I wish I did that that much money so that I could adopt a child, but that isn’t an option right now.  When my doctor confirmed my suspicion of the disease I felt a bit alone.  I didn’t know of anyone who had ever dealt with this disease.  Heck, I didn’t even know of anyone who had dealt with fertility issues.  I felt like I couldn’t talk about what we were going through.  God soon brought quite a few people into my life who did understand what I was going through, and it felt so good to be able to talk to other women about their journey with infertility.  That’s why I share about my journey on our blog.  To let women out there know they can talk about it; there is nothing wrong with them.  Infertility is really tough, but there is hope and there are people who understand.  I had no clue I had PCOS until I went to my doctor after the birth of my daughter, Sassy.  And she was 3 years old then.  It took me a long time to work up the courage to go get checked out because I didn’t want to have a problem.  But I’m so glad today that I did go.  It wasn’t until this week that I found out I’ve always had PCOS, I just never knew it.  I was under the impression that it just appeared after having my first child.  I mean she was a surprise to say the least, and I had never had any problems until I got pregnant.  But I learned this week that PCOS just doesn’t appear; it’s something your born with.  I was apparently born with it and the weight gain during my pregnancy just brought it out.  Which made me realize that the conception of my daughter was somewhat of a miracle.  I believe every conception is a miracle, but apparently she was definitely one.  Many times I’ve told people that in a way she saved me…well…saved us.  (I’ll get into that another day.) But what an eye opener to realize that I’ve always suffered from a disease that makes it close to impossible to get pregnant, and the child that so many people in today’s world would have called “a mistake” or an “uh-oh” was just a mile marker on our journey under God’s incredible plan for our lives.  That’s why I have so much hope for our future in terms of growing our family.  I know God is in control!  He has an amazing plan for me and my family!

 

This certaily isn’t one of my most organized posts for you, but I felt it was important to share with you as soon as I could.  Thanks to all those who have been praying for us in this area.  I know that God hears those prayers, and we greatly appreciate your support.  We have some awesome friends and family!

God Bless!