Wordless Wednesday

Random Thoughts by Krista Lord

Do you ever have those days when your mind goes a million miles an hour and it just won't stop? Well I've been having a whole month of it. I guess that's why I haven't been posting as much as I used to. Forgive me, but this post will probably be a little ADD.

I am so thankful fall is here. Can I get an amen? Seriously, it's my fav time of the year. I love everything about it. What I don't like is how busy our lives seem to get. The girls are both in school and loving their teachers and doing really well. I am one of the room moms in Brooklyn's class and I'm busy, with the other moms, planning the fall party and teacher appreciation.

Brooklyn started up soccer again and Sydney's new ballet class began again as well. As luck would have it, both events are on Sat morning, which means, conflicting schedules. Then there is choir at church on Sunday nights. I love that the girls have fun activities to do and they love doing them, but sometimes I miss just having down time. Anyone else with me on this?

I guess what I am saying is that I never want to get too busy that we stop having family meals together. Did you know that children who eat meals together at least 5 times a week are more likely to have higher grades in school? Here's another important statistic. This one is especially important to me because I am a mom of 2 girls. Studies show that teenage girls who ate five or more meals per week, with their families, were less likely to resort to extreme dieting measures such as self-induced vomiting, diet pills or laxatives. This was true regardless of socioeconomic status, body mass index or family connectedness. Wow. Not something I want my girls to deal with.

Speaking of mealtime, my girls surprised me with breakfast in bed yesterday. Brian said it was all their idea. It made my morning. Brian captured a quick video of the girls explaining the meal. Syd always seems to make an infomercial out of it. She is such a ham in front of the camera. Brooklyn was too busy eating. My kind of girl. :)

In health news, I found out my thyroid is not functioning and I'm anemic. What a wonderful combination. No wonder I was so dog tired all the time. I have no idea how I ran during the summer. So, I'm on iron as well as Thyroid Armour (wanted to go the non synthetic route and not take Synthroid) to help boost my thyroid. I go back next week for bloodwork to see if all the supplements I am taking are working. I have alot more energy, but I'm still incredibly dizzy.

I ran across a print out in my room of a Jesus Calling Devo from January 8th. I felt like someone needed to hear this tonight.

"HOPE in Me, and you will be protected from depression and self-pity. HOPE is like a golden cord connecting you to heaven. The more you cling to this cord, the more I bear the weight of your burdens; thus, you are lightened. Heaviness is not of My kingdom. Cling to HOPE, and My rays of Light will reach you through the darkness."

Psalm 46:1 "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble."

Romans 12:12 "Be joyful in HOPE, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer".

Romans 15:13 " May the God of HOPE fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with HOPE by the power of the Holy Spirit."

Brave Girl

I decided to take Sydney to a new doctor to see if we can pin point what is causing her tummy aches.  This doctor is an MD, but practices alternative medicine.  Basically, instead of treating the symptoms with medicine, he tries to get to the route of the problem.  Most of the time with diet change, you can cure alot of ailments.

Today they had to do a blood draw.  I have been dreading this for over a week since I made the appointment.  At the last appointment they had to prick her finger to check her iron and she went crazy.  She cried and cried.  I had visions of this being much worse, flailing on the table and blood going everywhere.  Ok, maybe I've watched to many episodes of ER, but none the less, I was not too excited about today.

I made Brian go with me.  I was not going to try to hold her down by myself.  Don't let that sweet smile fool you, Sydney is one tough cookie.  Well, it turns out I didn't need Brian after all.  Syd did awesome.  She started to cry as they put the band on her arm and then when the nurse stuck the needle in, she cried a little harder, but she held still so they could get 2 vials of blood.

She was so proud of her sparkly bandaids.  I promised her a special treat if she did a great job at the doctor.  I kept my promise.  She picked out some rainbow popcorn and boy did she love it. 

We should have the results in 4 weeks.  The bloodwork will tell us what foods she is sensitive to and we will cut those out of her diet to see if that makes a difference.  Please be in prayer that we can find the culprit.  I am so tired of seeing my baby in pain.

Jesus Calling Devotional

I hope you all are enjoying a relaxing Sunday with your families.  This devotional smacked me upside the head yesterday and I thought I'd share it with you.  Praying y'all have a blessed week.

Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning?

10 years ago today, I was on the way to the Nashville Airport to drop off my parents and my sisters for their flight to Southern California.  We had a concert there the following weekend and I was going to be flying out a few days later.  I was a newlywed of 5 months and I wanted more time at home with my new husband.  We were on the interstate when we heard a plane had flown into the World Trade Center.  We were horrified and wondered what could have caused a pilot to crash into the building.  I don't think terrorist attack even crossed our minds.

Then the second plane hit the other tower, and that's when we knew that it was no accident.  I nervously dropped my family off at the airport and proceeded to go back home.  I gave Brian a call at work and he said that his boss was closing the office and wanted all of his employees to head to his house.  I drove to his bosses house and that's where I watched the towers fall.

About an hour later, I got a call from my mom that they had boarded the plane, but then they were told that their flight was cancelled.  All flights had been grounded.  I got back in my car and went to the airport to pick them up.  The rest of the day, I was glued to the TV, like most Americans. 

I got a chance to go to New York in June for the first time ever.  I told my friend Micah that I wanted to see ground zero.  As I walked by I couldn't help but get teary eyed.  It was an incredible sight to see.  I can't imagine what it was like that day to be so close to the buildings as they were burning.  I can't imagine what it was like to see people jumping to their deaths.  What must it have been like to run for your life as the towers came crashing down?

They have a memorial site set up just down the street from Ground Zero.  They have a model of what the memorial site will look like when it's completed.  It was overwhelming to see all of the signs people had made looking for their lost loved ones.  I personally didn't know anyone who lost their lives on that horrible day, but today as I watched the videos all over again, I was brought to tears.  Tears for those innocent lives that were lost.  Tears for the young fathers and mothers who never got the chance to see their children grow up.  Tears for the brave fire fighters and police officers who risked their lives to save just one.  Tears for the brave women and men aboard Flight 93 who saved countless lives by crashing into a field in Shanksville, PA.

We Will Never Forget.  I Will Never Forget.  God Bless America!

First Day of Preschool

Sydney had her first day of preschool today and it went fabulous.  She woke up this morning and the first thing she said was, "Mommy, is it time to go to school now?"  I think the fact that Brooklyn has been going to school for the last few weeks has helped get Sydney excited.

She loves her teacher, Ms. G.  She's awesome.  She is spunky and fun.  Today she wore rain boots and braids in her hair.  She's adorable and yes, she's a mom as well.  Love it.  Syd ran up and gave her a hug right away.  Ms. G had to tell Syd to say goodbye and give me a kiss.  She was ready to go.  I was actually fine with that because it was better than the alternative of kicking and screaming.

It's been raining almost non stop for 2 days so taking some pictures outside was not an option.  I snapped this picture with my iPhone just right out of class.  Here are some of Sydney's favorites.

I wish she had her jacket off in the picture because you can't see her pretty dress.  Oh well, there's always next year.  After I asked Sydney some of the favorites listed above, she continued to tell me some of her other favorite things.  Sydo, when you are reading this in 10 years, here's what else you liked back in 2011 when you were 4.

Favorite Place:            Chuck E Cheese (Of course, this one makes mommy gag.  Sorry baby).
Favorite Restaurant:    Cracker Barrel
Favorite Animal:         Pigs (Because you saw a momma pig with her 18 piglets at the fair this summer)
Favorite Color:           Purple, Pink and Red

Looking forward to a great school year.

I'm Still Here

I feel like life is going 100 miles an hour and I have no brakes.  August is a crazy month for us.  3 birthdays, Jonathan, Brian and Brooklyn's, school starts, soccer starts and family is usually in town, celebrating said birthdays.  Phew! 

Today, Sydney had orientation at her new school and she got to meet her teacher.  She is so excited.  Her teacher Ms. G is wonderful.  I know Sydney is going to have a great year.  She will start Tuesday and go 4 days a week.  I already have a list a mile high of the stuff that needs to be done around the house.

As if August wasn't busy enough, I tackled redecorating our laundry room.  I was sort of forced in to updating it, when an upstairs toilet leaked and sent water rushing down the walls of the laundry room and soaking a part of the drywall and ceiling.  My awesome brother in law, Bill, came to our rescue and fixed it for us.  Here's a shot of it before: 
Ain't she a beauty Clark?  What was I thinking when I painted a small room bright turquoise?  I was so glad to get rid of that awful color.  You can see where my brother in law had to rip out the drywall.  I have a few more finishing touches to add to the room and then it will be complete.  Can't wait to show you the new and much improved laundry room.  I actually don't dread laundry anymore.

My next project is our home office.  I love this room because it's at the front of the house and the same brother in law that fixed our laundry room, also built custom bookshelves in our office.  Yeah, he's pretty great, right?  If you are local to Nashville, and would like his information, just shoot me an email and I can put you in touch with him.  He does awesome work.  So I love the bookshelves, but they are a total disaster.  We moved in 4 years ago and I stuck stuff up there and haven't moved it since.  I got tired of looking at it, so today, I took everything off the shelves and put it all on the floor.  I've read that's really the only way to tackle a project like this.

My plan is to add some wall paper to the back of the bookcase, to give it some visual interest and soften up the hard lines a bit.  We have a custom desk, that Bill made as well, that matches the bookcase.  I took everything out of the desk too, so it pretty much looks like a mine field right now.  I have to keep the doors locked so the girls don't get in there.  I'm afraid they might get hurt.

I'm off on a girls weekend with my sisters and my mom.  I am so pumped.  We are gonna shop, eat, watch movies, and eat some more.  Looking forward to some much needed girl time and maybe some sleep.  Have a great long weekend everyone.  Stay Safe!

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