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Friday, May 13, 2011

Life is short

It has been almost a year since we picked up our family and moved across the country from Pennsylvania to Colorado.  There are many details that went into the why of the move. Many details that few will ever know... and it has truly been a year of reflection...

Lessons learned then and now:


  • It is easy to sit and ponder the “what if’s” of life. Hindsight truly is 20/20.
  • You might be able to see a problem, but you might not always be the solution.
  • People that think they know everything, rarely know much of anything.
  • You can say the same thing 100 different ways, but if the person you are saying it to isn’t listening, they aren’t going to hear you.
  • Family truly comes first. There is no greater calling then teaching your children the ways of God.
  • Some sacrifice is temporary. Some sacrifice is necessary. Some sacrifice is misguided. Some sacrifices never end.
  • When you are going through the thick of it, you learn who your true friends are.
  • Some people only want to use you, others want to see God use you...there is a big difference.
  • Some people will never change because they think they have nothing to change.
  • Boundaries are not just important, they are imperative...in life, marriage and work.
  • You have to know when to say NO.
  • Bitterness makes you sick.
  • Kill people with kindness...it really confuses grouchy people.
  • Sometimes you can be so stuck in a rut that you don’t know you are there.
  • There are some people that it’s just best to not be friends with. They aren’t bad people, they are just bad for you.
  • Time heals all wounds, but the scars remind us of where we have come from.
  • God still has a plan for us...


I could go on and on with the life lessons that have presented themselves so freely over the last year.  Some may sound a bit harsh, but I don’t intend them to be that way.  Simply truths that I have learned...and, sometimes, I guess the truth is harsh. Some days are good, some are bad and some are fantastic.  Lately, there have been more and more fantastic ones.  God has put special people in my life to help me see those fantastic moments. (and to get me out of some of those endless ruts)

Psalm 91 has become a favorite of mine to not only read, but to pray over my family.

I always remember Jeremiah 29:11.  It is the scripture that God grounded in my heart nearly 10 years ago.

Today I am thanking God in ALL situations, because He truly is working all things together for my good...and yours too.

Thanks for stopping by.

Crazy Mom, Crazy Wife, Crazy Life

Wendy Jo

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Spring is here...life goes on...

The countdown has begun.  Spring is in full bloom and school is just a few short weeks away from being over for the year.  The kids seem to have some sort of a new burst of energy that, unfortunately, is not being applied to school work, but rather to torturing each other endlessly!  The thought of the summer in our 1000 sf condo is...daunting.  The pool will be open soon and at least that will give the kids something to soak up all of that energy.  Fortunately, there aren’t many days in Colorado that it isn’t fit to be outside.  I am so thankful for this seemingly little blessing.


I escaped to my balcony last night for a brief moment, just to gaze out over the city and soak in the cool evening air.  It seems to rejuvenate me, even if only for a moment.  Out there I can let my mind wander without the distraction of children, house cleaning, or anything else that might try to creep in.  So peaceful.

I have been meandering around the web, looking at fun and creative projects to do, new recipes to cook, anything to keep me busy.  I am a bit of an adventurous spirit and tend to get bored easily.  The problem is, when you aren’t rich, you have to be creative!  There just isn’t any other option!

Let’s see...

I have made candles by melting wax, adding whatever I had that smelled good and food coloring...a bit of a disaster, but they did burn!

I have reupholstered furniture.  Everything from a seat on a chair to a couch.  This I LOVE!  Problem is that it isn’t a quick job and it takes up a lot of space while you are doing it.

I bake almost everything from “scratch”.  It is how my mom taught me to do things and I still love to do it that way.  My kids are now also learning the art of baking.  They love to measure, mix, taste and experiment.  I, being the creative type, rarely stick to the recipe and rarely measure anything.  Yes, this has created a few disasters along the way, but also some great new twists on old recipes.

I sew.  I sew clothes, diaper bags, purses, curtains, pillows...pretty much everything.  Again, not patient enough for the patterns they sell in stores which has resulted in a few unsightly finished products.  Ashton is now learning to sew also, and like me, hates patterns...oh boy!


If I could do one thing in life, that didn’t affect anything else in my life right now...my husband and my children... I would be an interior designer.  Not the fancy smanshy kind that no one can afford.  A practical, creative, fun interior designer.  I love to come up with inexpensive solutions to make a room look like you spent a ton when you maybe only spent a couple hundred bucks...or less!  This week I had to come up with a solution for the girls’ bedroom.  Abigail has broken off all of the long (ugly) blinds that cover their window.  We aren’t supposed to put up any nails or screw in the wall since we rent sooo...  I got a shower curtain rod at Goodwill, brand new for $4 and some very cute shower curtain rings for $1.99.  I had some old mismatched clip on curtain rings so I took them down to the clip, added the shower curtain rings and then attached them to some big scraps of choclate fabric that I had. I hung the shower curtain rod in the window (no screws needed) and there you have it, new curtains!! YAY!

Off to play with the kiddos on this beautiful Mother’s Day.  They are yelling from down at the sandbox for me to come and play so I had better go!

Thanks for stopping by!

Crazy mom. Crazy Wife. Crazy Life
Wendy Jo