Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve 2010

So I actually slept a full 12 hours last night and I am up and going today!!  Yesterday I started my day at 2am with my usual pregnancy insomnia and by 4am I was having some contractions.  Aaron decided to wake up 2 hours early at 5am and by around 7 my contractions were getting stronger and closer together.  So my nesting mode kicked in and by 10 I had the house clean, everyone showered and dressed and Aaron's bag packed to go to his grandparents.  I thought for sure this is it.  So Alan and I took off to walk at the mall and get a quick bite to eat.  With Aaron I felt the same way with my contractions so I went in just like I did this time and was dilated to 4, I walked for 2 hours and the contractions got worse so they broke my water and he was born 2 hours later.  All in all a pretty simple delivery other than the pain.  I knew this was going to be the same so we stopped by Longhorn of course for a quick bite to eat.  I went in at 3 cm with contractions every 3-4 min apart and we walked for 2 hours only this time the contractions slowed down and I was sent home.  I was pretty irritated by that point and just wanted to call it a day.  I was also feeling extreme anxiety because I felt like and still do a ticking time bomb.  It's a weird feeling actually.  It's scary because you know the second time around what to expect and there is nothing you can do to stop it.  So here I am 9 months pregnant and any minute the labor can just start up again.  I have no way of knowing when or how fast.  The contractions, as Alan can testify, have really made me quite the grinch the past couple of days.  Thankfully God has blessed me with a very patient husband who just does whatever I say with no questions asked during this time lol.  He does try to throw in a joke here and there which depending on the timing of my contraction either makes me laugh or irritates me further.  So the Dr. gave me something to help me sleep and after a great nights sleep I woke up this morning and my labor has slowed down significantly.  I am still having contractions, but they are pretty mild and irregular. 

For the past few weeks I have been on pens and needles waiting for this baby to get here.  Last weekend would have been perfect because my midwife was on call.  Yesterday would have even been great since we were already there.  Next week my midwife is on vacation, but still will be there if I want.  It will just make me feel bad.  Going during the day would be ideal that way Alan can be at home with Aaron at night and he won't have to be out of his routine.  I have been consuming myself with nothing else for days now and it is driving me crazy.  So after a good nights sleep and some much needed time alone with God what have I leaned you ask? That it is not in my hands.  That God is in complete control and his timing is perfect.  That I have put God on the back burner to this insane need to over analyze and stress about this baby.  I read an article the other day that helped me a lot.  Here is an excerpt:
 During prayer my eyes shift from self focus to God awareness, and I find myself with a heavenly perspective that is not my own.  Through prayer I discover things about myself and God I could not discover any other way.  Prayer provides a mirror to my soul.  Through prayer, my motives and attitudes are brought to light.  Through prayer, I can explore the source of my less than becoming behavior. --Margaret Feinberg
So yes my attitude has not been what it should be and I have been only focused on myself lately. Of course some will tell me oh it's OK your pregnant.  You have every right to be crazy and emotional at this point.  And yes I do use that excuse here lately, but I feel that it still isn't a good excuse.  I mean I am truly a very blessed person.  I find that when I am at my most irritable or feeling sorry for myself it is usually when I am not spending time with God.  And sadly here lately I have not been like I should.  And guess what?  When I do get to sit down and spend time alone with Him I am renewed and start looking at things through His perspective instead of my own and I find that His ways are much better.  So whenever God decides it's time for Andrew to come I will be ready.  The house may not be spotless and it may happen in the middle of the night.  It may happen after my due date or he may weigh ten pounds.  He will be here when he gets here and God's timing is the best timing.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving day 2010

Today is Thanksgiving and I am a little sad that Alan is not with us to share in the day. What I love most about Thanksgiving is that for that one day the world just kinda shuts down (for the most part).  It's a day where you can wake up and be lazy and not worry about visitors or phone calls (unless it's family of course).  A day when you can cook all of your favorite foods and eat until your about to pop and just relax and watch sports on TV.  It's like a family cave day for me!!  There's no work to run to or places to go.  It's way better than just a typical day off like a Saturday when you always have things to do or errands to run.  I do miss not having Alan here, but I sincerely am thankful for who God is molding him to be.  I think it is absolutely awesome that today he is in the Dominican Republic on a mission trip and helping and telling people about Jesus.  So if he is not with me then I wouldn't want him any other place in the world than where he is right now.  And for that I am so very Thankful.  I am thankful for the grace of God and that he sent His son to die on a cross!!  I am so very thankful that God put Alan and I together and gave us Aaron and Andrew!!  His love is so overwhelming sometimes.  I think that I often don't reflect on my blessings enough.  It's easy to get caught up in the day to day and forget to take a moment everyday and realize how amazing God is.  So I know it's Thanksgiving day and not New Years, but I am going to try to remember from this day forward each morning to wake up and first thing just take a second to say thank you! Just a simple acknowledgement of thankfulness for all God has done.  So when Aaron wakes up at the crack of dawn crying and I feel like I just need one more hour of sleep or there is a list of things a mile long I am going to just close my eyes for a second and say Thank you God!!!  I'll close with something a very good friend said the other day:  God is sufficient in the good times as well as the bad. When he answers our prayers the way we hoped or even if he doesn't answer them the way we want He is still sufficient.  His way is always the best way.  And even when we don't understand we can always trust in Him!!  :) So today I am thankful in the good times as well as the bad because I can rest in knowing that God's grace is sufficient!!!

Friday, November 12, 2010

My Testimony

I decided to post about the most important event in my life.  No it wasn't the birth of my son or the day I married Alan ;) Those were very important, but this is even better.  I want to blog about my testimony!
I was saved at the age of eight, but I am going to start a little before that.  When I was around 5 years old my cousin and I were playing and she started telling me about the latest Nightmare on Elm street movie that had come out.  Of course the more she told me about the movie the  more scared I started to become.  Then she told me not to worry because all I had to do was ask Jesus to come into my heart and he would protect me.  Well that sounded simple enough so I repeated "Jesus come into my heart" over and over every time the image of Freddie Cougar came into my mind.  So for a while after that anytime I was scared or worried or did something wrong I would just close my eyes and say Jesus come into my heart and in my mind that made everything OK.  Over the next year or so I probably repeated the phrase at least 1000 times.  Thankfully my story does not stop here ;)
I am the oldest of four children and grew up in a single parent household.  As a child I went to Victory Baptist Church in Bowling Green, KY.  My uncle, Danny Mooneyhan was the associate pastor at the time. He also worked with the youth a lot and drove the church bus.  He picked us up on the church bus every Sunday morning to go to church.  I remember so far back that I remember being in the nursery even at the church.  When I started Kindergarten my teacher was Mrs. Paula and in 1st and 2nd grade my teacher was Mrs. Connie Kessinger.  Both of these teachers had a hand in preparing me for my decision to follow Jesus.  I can still remember learning about the Bible in both of these classes.  I even won a Bible in Mrs. Connies class for memorizing Psalm 23.  Anyway it was My 3rd grade teacher Mrs. Sharon Meridith who helped to lead me to the Lord.  Every Sunday at the end of class she always shared the gospel with us and told us if we ever had any questions to come and see her after class.  So slowly over several Sundays I felt confident that I was ready.  I believed in Jesus and understood that I was a sinner. I believed that God sent his son to die on a cross for my sins. I was ready to give my life to Him.  There was one small problem....... We had one of those preachers who liked to jump around a little and shout a lot and one Sunday he called me out for talking in the service in front of everyone (by the way I was sitting next to his daughter and had only leaned over to ask her a question) so I was scared to death of him.  He was my only obstacle in coming down the isle to give my life to Jesus.  Sunday after Sunday I stood there during invitation gripping the pew wanting so bad to walk down the isle. I dreaded going home because I knew it would be another week of worrying that I hadn't done it yet.   Finally one Sunday I knew I had to do it.  I put on my favorite outfit (a purple skirt and top with white lace trim a friend had given me) I went to church and right before the invitation our preacher pointed out some of the sunday school teachers to be on standby if needed.  That's all it took as soon as the music started I released my death grip on the pew and floated down the isle.  I went straight to Mrs. Meridith and she took me to a classroom and led me to the Lord.  I felt like a feather!! I was so happy. I had been ready and waiting for this moment for weeks.  I had finally learned over a period of time that there was more to my 1000 pleas of "Jesus come into my heart"  I do however miss that childlike thinking.  Whenever I said it I truly felt relief as a 5 year old.  I had faith that God would protect me from the monsters.  I also remember after being saved I had this desperate need to go around to different family members and ask them if they were saved because I wanted them to be in heaven with me someday.  As a child I wanted to make sure that all the people I loved would go to heaven.  It really weighed heavy on my heart thinking that what if they wouldn't be there?  Where did that desperation go? I remember always knowing that God was watching over me and that he saw everything.  I couldn't hide from Him.  When did I forget that? And it's not that I forgot it or that my desperation is gone, it's just that as I got older I started getting to complacent and started to step into my little box with God and not share Him like I should. God can't be contained in a box.  I am so excited about the opportunities God has blessed me with in my life and I look forward to stepping out of my box more and more and sharing and serving Him in the future.  Thank you God for your faithfulness.  Thank you for your love and protection.  Thank you for not giving up on me and thank you for the joy you placed in my heart at such a young age.  A joy that even during trials I still have.  I love you and want to always continue to serve you faithfully! When I serve you and do things for you I want people to see you in me! I want all the glory and honor to go to you Lord! As I write this prayer I claim Romans 12: 9-21
Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.  Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honour.  Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit., serve the Lord . Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation be constant in prayer.  Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.  Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.  Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.  Love in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.  To the contrary, if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Pinto beans and Pine Sol

Nothing can take me back to my childhood quicker than the smell of pinto beans cooking on the stove and a freshly mopped kitchen floor with pine sol.  First I will let you in on a glimpse into my past as a little girl.  I grew up in a single parent home and was the oldest of four.  We lived in a nice little trailer park and our trailer #122 was all the way at the end of the street on the last block.  I walked to school every morning as a child.  My elementary school was right next to our neighborhood.  My mom worked very hard and for a while went back to school to get her associates degree in small business management.  Being the young single parent of four children all pretty close together in age can make anyone crazy.  Some days I find it hard to manage one let alone four.  I remember having a lot of responsibility since I was the oldest.  I would go to the grocery often since it was close and I was always the babysitter.  I helped around the trailer as much as I could or had to.  I also made extra money by babysitting and mowing yards.  Our trailer was pretty small and with four kids and a working mother you can imagine how messy it could get.  I remember dreading comming home most days because I would have to clean my room or do other chores instead of meeting my friends at the park to play basket ball or baseball. It seemed like there was always some unwanted responsibility that awaited me and I always took my time walking home. 
Then there were the days when I would be at the end of the street and smell pinto beans and pine sol :) to me that smell meant that everything in the world was right.  That smell meant that today was going to be not just a good day, but the best day.  That smell meant that my granny and aunt Dianne had came and cleaned our trailer and cooked us dinner.  That smell meant that my mom was in a great mood and I could just be a little girl without a care in the world.  For that evening and maybe even a day or two following I could relax and just be me.   Those were my favorite days as a kid.  At my wedding shower my Aunt Dianne showed up with a basket with pinto beans and pine sol in it and immediatly tears sprang to my eyes. Of course I had to tell the story and I couldn't do so without crying.  It's really crazy I havn't smelled those two smells together  in years.  In fact I havn't ever cooked pinto beans since Alan and I have been together.  I have mopped the floors in pine sol though. It is amazing how certain smells can whisk you away to places you have forgotten.  They can take you back in time for a moment.  God has brought me a long way from my childhood.  I wouldn't change a thing about my life.  I have often questioned situations and trials, but looking back God was there teaching me and shaping me!!  I think that if my life would have been too easy then I would miss out on a lot of blessings and wouldn't be appreciative of the little things like the smell of pinto beans and pine sol.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

I Believe...

A friend of mine blogged about the things she believed in a recent post and it has inspired me to do the same!

I believe we are saved by God's grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
I believe in Routine
I believe you have to break routine every now and then and be spontaneous.
I believe in the power of prayer
I believe the best smell in the world is pinto beans cooking and pine sol (that is another story for another day)
I believe that I am blessed far more than I deserve
I believe that God is not done with me yet
I believe that my husband is amazing
I believe that Aaron is the cutest kid ever ;)
I believe in forgiving
I believe in spanking
I believe God cares about everything going on in my life no matter how insignificant I think it is.
I believe in spending time alone with God
I believe in reading the Bible
I believe I am not defined by being a wife and mom or friend or sister. 
I believe I need to pray more, read my Bible more and listen to God more.
I believe even on your worst days you should still thank God because there is always someone somewhere who would trade places with you.
I believe in eating dinner together as a family every night
I believe in turning your cell phone off during important family time
I believe that as a parent you are setting an example to your child and that it's not what you say it's what you do.
I believe in vacations

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Jackson's Orchard

So as it gets closer to fall I am slightly sad to read the posts of my Kentucky friends who are starting to feel that familiar little chill in the air.  The weeks just as summer draws to a close and the leaves start to fall of f the trees are my absolute favorite.  I love the feeling of turning your air off and opening your windows.  I love the smell of warm spice candles and the scent of pine sol after spending the day cleaning.  All of these smells smell so much crisper and better when there is a chill in the air.  One of my favorite months is October.  I love Jackson's Orchard in October.  I took Aaron there last year for some pictures in his overalls and I am sighing a little that this year we won't be able to do the same. 

I love overalls in the fall.  Aaron would love Jackson's Orchard this time.  He is just old enough to run around like crazy and look at all of the animals.  The biggest thing I miss about Kentucky is the seasons.  You actually get to feel each one.  When you just get tired of one another comes along to enjoy.  In Kentucky you may complain that it is just too hot, but it never lasts that long really, and then you get to slowly slip into winter.  *sigh* Maybe one day this week I will turn the air down just a little to get the feel of a slight chill and clean all morning (with pine sol ;) and then bake an apple pie in the afternoon. I'll dress Aaron in some overalls and put on some jeans and a long sleeve shirt.   Yes Florida has it's advantages and I wouldn't trade this move for anything, but it's this time of year that I get that slight familiar ache for a nice cool day and a warm cup of spiced tea. 

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Letter to my Aaron!!

Today I am writing a letter to Aaron on my blog.  I am not great with keeping this blog thing up to date, but Aaron is so active that when I do get time to actually write there is always something else that needs to be done.  I wanted to make sure I get this down while it is fresh on my mind.

Dear Aaron,
Today we went to the Zoo with some friends and I wanted to write this letter to you to tell you about your little one year old self.  Where do I begin.  Let's just say I had to lay on the couch for an hour  before I could right this after our crazy time this morning because you once again wore me slick out.  I know everyone says their kids are so active and have way too much energy, but you my dear take the cake.  I have spent my life babysitting and dealing with my fair share of children, and nothing could have prepared me for you. You are a little firecracker and one of the most independant kids I have ever met.  Why would you want to be strolled around in your stroller to look at the animals at a leisurly pace when you can get down and run like a little monkey all over the place?  What? There is a gate or sign that says do not enter? Who cares you can't read so it must not mean you.  :) You ran all over the place until your cute little face was beet red and your hair was soaked with sweat.  By the time we got to the splash pad (Which you love) you were one dirty dirty little baby.  I really wanted to just sit in the shade with all of the other mommies and have a nice adult conversation while all of our children ran around in the water, but you had other plans.  Instead of staying in the nice area you have to run over to the dirt or run down the walkway back to the zoo, or over to the eating area.  You have no limits my dear and I am left to chase after you and pick you back up kicking an screaming to play with the other kids.  The world is like a giant exciting place for you and if you could run around all day long with no restrictions you would.  So after I took all I could I packed you up and put you in
the car to go home.  No sooner than we were out of the zoo area you were fast asleep.  I took you in and put you in your crib where you will probably be for the next 2-3 hours.  I know I probably sound like you make me absolutely crazy and lets face it some days you do, but I wouldn't change you for anything or any other one year old in the world.  Even though you wear me out I love that you have so much energy and are so fascinated with everything around you.  You remind me why I married your daddy.  Yes my son you are just like him.  Some days he wears me out because he loves to be doing things all the time, but just like you I wouldn't change him for anything either.  I love my two little firecrackers, but I do hope that maybe little Andrew will be a little more laid back like his mommy.  I can't imagine having three Alan's to chase around!  I seriously may go insane next year.  But if God so chooses to bless me with another he will also give me what I need to make it through and it's because of this I know it will all work out.  And I guess if nothing else it will help me to get back into shape!!! So as I end this letter to you my sweet sweet baby, I thank God for your energy and zest for life!!! I thank God for everything about you.  You are wonderfully made and push me to be a better mommy and to get out and be active and do fun things with you!! I wouldn't trade a minute of our morning today and tomorrow we will go on a play date at the pool!!  I love you!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Family visit!

Well the family went back to Kentucky yesterday and I am a little sad, but I believe everyone had a great visit.  Mom, Alecia, and Jayney went to the beach all day two seperate days, we went to the zoo, and on a boat ride.  Aubrey even flew in for a few days!  Our last evening was spent taking granny to see the oceon and she loved it.  I think Aaron loved it even more.  He is a little water dog.  Aaron and Liam played everyday together and every morning when Aaron saw Liam he would run over to him and lay down beside him, a couple times he tried to sit in his lap.  It was so cute.  It was so great having everyone here especially since Alan was in Utah for part of the time. This past Tuesday Alan and I had a dr.s appointment and found out everything is great.  The tear is completly healed up and God has blessed us with another another sweet little baby boy!!  His name is Andrew Elijah and I can not wait to meet him.  I hope he and Andrew can be close.  After seeing him in this ultrasound I can't wait to get my hands on him and squeeze and love him.  As I write this Aaron is standing beside me fake coughing and laughing each time.  He is getting smarter and cuter everyday!  I can not bear to cut the little guys hair.  I know it needs it, but it is just so cute. I did have Alecia trim his bangs a bit so they will stay out of his eyes. 

Some people have said I really need to cut it, but he has the rest of his life to have short hair and right now I want to save his sweet baby curls for as long as possible. 

Thursday, July 1, 2010


So I am up once again and it is almost 4am.  The same thing happened when I was pregnant with Aaron.  At least a few nights a week I would wake up at some random hour and be up for a couple of hours before I could fall back to sleep.  The difference is this time my little 11 month old alarm clock still wakes me up between 6-6:30am and doesn't care that I was up half the night.  

As I am sitting here on the couch I am thinking about Aaron's first birthday which is only a couple weeks away.  I am overwhelmed with how much God has blessed us with this sweet little baby and how quickly this past year has gone.  Everyone says that time flys when they are little and it is so true.  I can't believe a year ago today I was waiting in anticipation to bring this sweet baby into the world and here I am a year later with another on the way.  Aaron gets bigger and smarter everyday.  He really is the sweetest baby.  He is going to be independent I can already tell.  Throughout the day he does his own thing and plays really well by himself.  It's so sweet every now and then he looks up like he remembers he has a mom and smiles at me.  He is just now getting to where he likes to cuddle a little more.  He really hasn't been the type of baby that likes you to squeeze and hug on him for very long.  He usually has better things to do :) But sometimes in the morning after his bottle he will turn into me and and I'll wrap my arms around him an squeeze him and he just smiles.  My heart melts every time.  I still can't believe there will be a day when he is all grown up and I don't even want to imagine it.  I pray for the man he will become.  I want him to be God's man, a man who seeks God's will in his life.  I would love for him to marry a sweet christian girl, settle down have some children and live close to me forever.  That's what my own selfishness wants, but deep down I truly pray for God's will in his life and that no matter what he chooses to do that it would be pleasing to Him.  Even if God takes him far away I will trust that His way is always the best way.  It's easy to get caught up in my own hopes and dreams as any mother does, but as long as Aaron puts God first what more could I ever hope or ask. 

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Family Visit!!!

It looks like I may not get to visit KY to celebrate Aaron's 1st birthday :( My doctor has me on pelvic rest until my next appointment to evaluate my situation.  She found a little internal bleeding on my last ultrasound (this is totally not as bad as it sounds)  I am not supposed to lift anything for a while until it heals so as long as I am careful everything should be fine.  I am sure lifting my 25 pound monster baby all the time put a little strain on me. 
So My sister called to say that she could take a vacation for July 13-20 to come for a visit!!  While on the phone with her I half jokingly told her to ask my grandmother to come with her. 

My grandmother is 81 years old and doesn't really care to travel anymore so I knew she would say no, but I just wanted to extend the invitation anyway.  Well to my pleasant surprise she said yes!!  Alan and I found round trip tickets for $100 so it was a great opportunity.  So now I have both granny and Alecia coming to visit.  Well as another afterthought I thought we should at least extend the invitation to my mom.

 Again I assumed the reply would be no since she works all the time and it is short notice for vacation.  If you know my mom she is the hardest worker you have ever seen and never ever gets to take a vacation.  Well crazy as it sounds she just happens to be off that week so she was like yes I'll come.  Then she asked if she could bring my nephew Liam with her and we were like of course.

 So I am going to have a house full that week.  And the best part is we are going to celebrate Aaron's 1st birthday while they are here. So Aaron will have all his grandparents with him on his 1st birthday!  Alan will  be in Utah for part of their visit on a trip with the youth for world changers so we will have a slumber party every night!!  Also little Liam and Aaron can have a sleepover every night for a week.  :)

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Baby #2

So we went to the Dr. yesterday for our regular appointment.  Since my uterus is tilted and in a hard to get to place the Dr. told me that she was going to send me back to have it measured so she could get to it easier in the future.  So we went back and I was pleasantly surprised to find that to do this they had to do an ultrasound!!  So the Ultrasound tech started to do the measurements and then quickly flipped on the T.V. and said oh we have to watch the baby first because it's being so cute!!  Let me tell you when they flipped on the T.V. the little baby was just flipping around and totally showing off.  Arms were flying and legs were kicking.  I may have another little show off.  It truly was amazing since every time we did an ultrasound of Aaron he seemed to be sleeping which apparently is what he did 99% of the time while in the womb.  Even now he is the best sleeper.  If the ultrasound was any clue I may be in for it with this one.  Anyway as we were watching the little baby flipped around and the legs were wide open so we tried to see what it was and we definitely saw something there.  The tech said it is to early to tell, but she would say boy if she had to guess.  We have another ultrasound at 20 weeks and will be able to tell for sure.  So if it is a boy we are thinking of Andrew Elisha Brumback!!  For a girl it was Anna Elizabeth Brumback and call her Anna Beth, but Alan likes Anna-Beth Grace Brumback so we will see!! We may have to save the girls name for another one.  The next one will be a few years into the future or we have considered adoption.  Anyway it's in God's hands and no matter what the baby is he/she is already so loved and I can't wait for Aaron to have a little playmate so close in age to grow up with!!!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Family Vacation

So last week we went on our first family vacation to the beach!!  I was so excited to go for the whole week and just hang out and relax with my two favorite guys.  I was thinking of just being lazy and relaxing.  Dinners out with all the seafood I could eat and getting a tan from laying out.  Just laying on the beach and listening to the ocean for hours.  I daydreamed about this vacation for weeks before we went.  I mean vacationing in Florida is awesome even if you already live here.... Right?....  Well did I mention this wast the first full weeks vacation with Aaron?  And did I mention he is 10 months old? 
 It's funny that while daydreaming you forget that your child is still going to get up between 6-6:30am every morning.  And well its not like you can layout because you have a baby to keep an eye on.  I did manage to get some sun between running to knock the sand from Aaron's hand before it entered his mouth at least 100 times.  As for laying there listening to the waves, well Alan and I had to take turns.  One of us would chase Aaron around and take him to play in the water while the other took 5 minutes to relax.  We thought we had it made at the pool because we could stick him in his float, but we still had to hold on to the float just in case.  Oh and since I am super paranoid about him getting sun burnt  I had to apply the SPF every 15 minutes while he kicked and screamed.  And he can only take so much of being in the sun so we limited it to an hour at a time.  Then after being on the beach we had to take him in each time, strip him down and rinse him off.  My little routine baby didn't like sleeping somewhere new and in a pack n play so he pretty much screamed his head off until I rocked him to sleep and gently laid him down and prayed he would stay asleep.  Thankfully Alan's sister let his niece stay with us for the week and she helped to keep him entertained.  If it hadn't been for her I may have thrown in the towel by day 2. 
So here is the thing about vacationing after you have kids that I have learned.  After the first couple days of shock that my idea of the perfect relaxing family vacation wore off I realized that vacationing was no longer about me.  I have had plenty of time in my life to have great times and relaxing vacations.  I have spent hours laying in the sun in my day.  I have had plenty of opportunities to sleep in and be lazy.  To Aaron this vacation was the time of his little life.  I truly believe this was the best week he has ever had in his short time.  He woke up every morning smiling because he knew that his cousin Emily was there to play all day with him.  He squealed with delight every time he saw the ocean.  He played until he literally could barely hold his eyes open.  He played with the sand and rolled it in his hand in amazement.  He hated having sunblock put on him because it took him away from the fun for a few moments.  By the 2nd day the little guy was sleeping a solid twelve hours every night and taking two unusually long naps each day because he was so exhausted from fun.  He got to taste cinnamon twirls and powdered donuts for the first time with his cousin Emily.  To Aaron this past week was non stop fun in the sun.  And when you listen to your child squealing with delight how can you be depressed that your idea of a "perfect" vacation was anything but just that....perfect. 
 I am still learning to not plan everything out in my head so much and just go with the flow.  Let things happen as they will and not to get so upset.  It's sad that so many times I get so upset about how something didn't go my way or not how I planned it.  The key words here are my and I.  I forget that it's not about me it's about Him and when I remember to understand that God makes the plans for my life and they are so much better and leave me so much happier than I could ever be on my own.  I think back to all the times I missed out on blessings and fun times because of my attitude or because something wasn't the way I wanted.  You would think that I would have learned by now. God is so faithful and as I stood holding Aaron in my arms and looking out over the amazing ocean I remembered to thank him for these moments in my life.  These absolutely precious moments that I almost lost with my ungrateful attitude.  Yes this vacation was almost more work than it was relaxing, but you have to work hard so you can play hard.  And we did just that.  I look forward to many more vacations with our growing family. 

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Pineapple Sweet and Sour Chicken!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OK so I made the best dinner last night and I have to post the recipe.  I found it in one of my cooking magazines.  It's called Pineapple Sweet and Sour Chicken.  It's really easy to make and tastes soooo good!!  Ingrediants:
2 cups Minute White Rice uncooked
1 can (20 oz) Dole pineapple chunks
2Tbsps. vegetable oil
1medium green or red bell pepper, cut into chunks ( I use both red and green)
1medium onion, cut into chunks
1/2cup mushrooms sliced ( I use a whole cup)
1lb. boneless, skinless chicken, cut into 1in pieces
1cup sweet and sour sauce
2 Tbsps. less sodium soy sauce

Prepare rice according to package directions.
Drain pineapple; reserve 2Tbsps. juice
Heal oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add peppers, onions and mushrooms; cook until vegetables are tender crisp. Revove veggies from skillet; set aside.
Cook chicken in same skillet until chicken is browned and cooked through. Add veggies back to skillet with sweet and sour sauce, soy sauce pineapple chunks and reserved juice. heat through. Serve with hot cooked rice.  Serves 6
You can use a measuring cup to pack the rice in and put it on the plate so it stays in a perfect mound and then serve chicken mixture beside it and it makes a very pretty presentation. Also leftovers are great and you can freeze it.

Well Aaron is down for a nap finally and I am waiting for Alan to get home from the gym.  Aaron is now pulling himself up on everything and I am pleasantly suprised to see him standing in his crib licking the railing each morning when I go in to get him.  He woke up at 6:30am this morning and I was so exhausted so Alan got up with him and I fell into a deep sleep till 8:30.  I was so thankful for the extra 2 hours of sleep.  I was also thankful that Aaron did his daily number two during this time and I missed it  So Aaron now loves to lick things, and I mean everything.  I am constatly running to grab things before they go to his mouth.  Unfortunatly I am not always there in enough time.  He is also such a good eater.  The child would eat until he popped if I let him.  I really love a good eater.  In fact that was one of the things on my checklist for a future husband before I met Alan. Being a picky eater would have been a deal JK.... well not really.  I am so thankful that God put Alan and I together.  He sure knew what he was doing.  I love to cook and Alan loves to eat!  Alan is preaching this Sunday on one of my favorite books of the Bible: Ruth.  I remember doing a Bible study on the book of  Ruth years ago and learning how to pray for my future husband.  I prayed for my "Boaz"  Even though it shouldn't God's faithfulness in putting Alan and I together still amazes me. We joke that we are the only person who would put up with the other one.  It is so true.  Alan is one of the most patient men I know.  I am starting now praying for Aaron and his future family.  I am learning to pray for God's will in Aaron's life instead of my own.  It's hard sometimes to remember this and do it consistently but I really want the best for Aaron.  Anyway my "Boaz" is home so I gotta go.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Aaron is on the move!

Ok so those of you who said my days would soon change when Aaron starts crawling are sooo right!!!  It just happened Tuesday morning, he finally grasped the concept of going forward instead of backward and now he is on the move.  We are now starting to baby proof the house.  I found him sitting up in his crib after naptime yesterday so lowering the bed is now a must.  He is starting to pull himself up on things.  Right now he can only make it to his knees, but very shortly he will be able to pull himself into a standing position.  He is growing so fast and is now into 9-12month clothes.  He is so adorable right now and loves being around people.  It takes him a few minutes to adjust, but he always thinks everyone is talking to him.  Even when I'm on the phone he just grins at me.  He still goes everywhere with me.  I even take him to my bible study on Friday mornings.  He does so good and actually just sits and listens as everyone talks.  He loves his daddy so much and gets excited as soon as he walks in the door. 
We are still adjusting to this new environment, especially me, but I have made a few new friends and joined a bible study and with the youth group at our church I have things to do to keep me busy. The weather here in FL is still cold right now, but we are looking forward to the days when it warms up and I can take Aaron to the park and zoo and do fun things together.  I want to thank everyone for their prayers and support and I can't wait to visit KY again this summer to celebrate Aaron's first birthday!!  I want to close with this thought from my Beth Moore bible study on Daniel.  She wrote that "Satan recognizes the treasures God has given us more than we do."  This is so true, a lot of times we take for granite all of the blessings we have.  Each day is a gift and I pray that I don't get so caught up in the "routine" of life and just trying to get from one day to the next that I forget to stop and smell the roses.  There is so much to be thankful for and the fact that we don't deserve any of it at all is very humbling to me.  It's easy for me to sit here and stress about the chores around the house and Aaron getting into absolutely everything :) but the fact is God has blessed me with an amazing life and I want to give him all of the glory and say Thank you!! I want to be a good steward of all that he has blessed me with. God is so Good! 

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Well we are finally setteled in to our new home in Florida. God is so great!!! We are so blessed and thankful. Everything we have is from God and all the glory goes to Him. Alan and I love what we do!! We both serve in our church where Alan is the Associate Pastor. I am so blessed to be able to stay home with my son, Aaron.

Alan Brumback

There is a verse in the Bible that reminds me of Alan. Romans 12:11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. If you have met my husband you know that happy doesn't begin to describe him. He loves serving God and is very passionate about all he does. It's hard to be in a bad mood when you are around him. One question people often ask me is: Does he ever take a day off to just relax? Well yes he has days off, but his idea of relaxing would be to get up and go do something. Alan's brain never slows down. I on the other hand enjoy a nice cave day every now and then where you shut all the curtains and stay in your p.js and just watch movies all day and hang out with family. He can take that for a little while but then he has to get out of the house :) Oh well that's part of the reason I love him so much.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Aaron Michael Brumback

I could not start this blog without making my first post about my sweet little angel baby!! Aaron will be 6 months old this Friday and I can't express how much joy he brings to our lives. The saying that we never knew what we did before him is so true. I can't remember my life before him and couldn't imagine my life without him in it. Aaron is growing so fast everyday and now has two teeth on the bottom that are partially through. He is rolling all around and can get up on all fours but goes splat the second he tries to take off. Sometimes I can't wait for the days when I see him crawling or walking around, but I also want to just sit back and enjoy every second of his sweetness. I love being able to stay home with him and am so thankful for this opportunity. I truly love being his mommy and I cherish all the time I have with him. I still get sad and tears spring to my eyes when I imagine him all grown up. It's crazy, but the second I had him I can no longer watch the sad things on the news or anything negative on t.v. It breaks my heart that every little child can not feel the love that I have for Aaron. I am so overwhelmed with God's love and I take my job as Aaron's mommy very seriously and pray that God uses him in a special way and that Aaron lives his life for Him!!