Creativity…Come Back To Me!

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I’ve discovered two free online courses that piqued my interest in subjects that I really enjoy learning about and engaging in. I thought I would share in case any of you would be interested in it as well.

  • The Future Of Storytelling is an 8 chapter course that starts Oct. 25th. It is actually based out of a university in Germany! But, it’s all in English, so no worries there! I am always looking for ways to improve my writing. And I think this course can help me with that craft and get my creativity juices flowing again!
  • Songwriting – if you know me, you know that I’ve always had a love for songwriting. I have not written much in a long time, you know, having 4 kids and all…..but, really, I’d like to get back into that craft as well.

I am not getting any younger, and FYI my birthday is next Monday, and I am tired of the battle of doubt and fear, they keep winning and that irritates me. I don’t want to be afraid to start doing the things that I want to learn more about and I don’t want to be afraid of what people will think or say about what I do or write. For example, this blog. I don’t make the time to blog because I think that people really don’t care what I have to say. Except for the 2 people who do read this, thank you, I love you.

Before I started ranting and babbling more, I am excited to go through these courses and please let me know if you would like to join me or if you have taken on any other course that they are offering! We can have a study date!

I have a hunger to learn and hopefully I’ll get back all of the brain cells that the princess and 3 jesters have sucked out of me.

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October 14-18 #Meal Plan

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Yes, it’s Tuesday and yes, it has been a long time since I have even opened up this blog of mine. But, I’m here! I haven’t given up completely on keeping up with a blog. So, let’s get to the grit of the goodness of comfort food that will complete our palates this week!

Corn and Cheese Chowderbecause it’s chowder weather!

Chicken Primaverathe husband has discovered a new recipe website and he keeps sending me links and this is one of them that sounded delicious!

Calzoneseasy, tasteful and did I mention easy?

Chicken Pot Pieit’s good and it’s good for you, right!??

All of these meals are brought to you by the letter ‘C’….

So, pull up a chair, start your palates and enjoy being with your loved ones as you bless and feast on the food that God gives you to nurture your bodies!

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To The Mom Expecting Twins

Jesters 2&3

Jesters 2&3

 

Twins

Andrew & Joel CCC 2010

CCC Graduationsilly sudssoccer 2012

I read this post this morning about a mom who is expecting twins and basically is not happy about it and feels she has ruined her family’s life. I had read her husband’s post about his negative feelings toward having twins awhile back and my heart breaks for them.

As a mom to twin boys, they are expecting twin boys, I understand their worry, fear and unhappiness.

After we had our second child, I prayed everyday for twins, because I wanted at least four kids and the only way I could get four kids,is that I had to have twins! And when jester 1 was 9 months old, there I was in the doctor’s office being told I had two babies growing inside my uterus.

I had a decent pregnancy with them, until a few months before the due date. I went into pre-term labor and was in and out of the hospital until by the fourth time they kept me there for 10 days confined to my hospital bed. With two of those days, I was infested with a throwing-up-every-five-minutes-stomach-bug. I had survived that sickness and the ten days. I was able to go home, still on bed rest, but I was home.

And on the late night of December 21, 2005, they were born. They were 3 1/2 weeks early. I was doing well and they were doing well.

At two weeks old, one of the twins, jester 2, was diagnosed with RSV and was hospitalized for 3 days and 2 nights. That was a hard time, having one twin at home and the other in a hospital. We were so thankful he got well quick and was able to come home sooner than we expected.

I want to say to this mom, it’s not always joyful. It’s hard work, especially when they are babies and you are up all night and day feeding and changing and burping, times two. Not to mention taking care of your other child, whom is at the ripe age of toddlerhood. Trust me, I know! When my twins were born, I had a 4-year-old and an 18 month old. I know…..

My hope and prayer for you all is that you just love them. I know you know what that means, because you have another child. They need your love. When you see them after they are born, I pray you fall in love with those sweet faces, tiny feet and hands that will grasp onto your finger.

Do the best that you can. It’s going to be constant chaos. Have a sense of humor about it. You are going to have 3 boys. You may visit the ER more than you’d like, scrubbing toilets and the floor of the bathroom because they can’t aim yet. Remove all the furniture in your house; it will get broken and destroyed!

You said that you don’t want people to tell you that “this too shall pass”. But, it will. But, don’t let it pass too quickly, because that does to. Endure and embrace each second of the chaotic days and nights.

You are blessed. Your boys are blessed. I pray for your sanity, because I do so for myself. It’s hard my friend, but, your love and time and care that you give to these boys will overshadow those hard days and nights.

You can do this. You are not alone. I’m cheering you on!

 

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Free Dinner Giveaway! #Nashville #FranklinTN

Let me help you not make or plan dinner for a night!

I am excited to partner with a local Chick-fil-A and help a family of six to win coupons for free meals! You have the chance to win;

  • Two Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich Meals
  • Four Chick-fil-A Kid’s Meals

If you do not have a family of six, it’s ok, you can still win! I chose a family of six, because we are a family of six and the world seems to only supply for a family of four!

This contest will end Wednesday August 28 at Noon CST.

This contest is only available for local Nashville residents only.

So, in order to win a free dinner for your family, leave a comment in the comments section of my blog telling me, what is your favorite Chick-fil-A food item? 

Thanks for playing and pass this along to your friends!

Contest is over….will announce winner soon!!

 

Congratulations to Tracy! Comment #2…you won!!

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August 19-23 Meal Plan

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School is in full swing now! And the chaos of extra-curricular activities is right around the corner! Since all 4 kids are in sports this Fall, for sure I’ll be using my crock-pot for easy meals to save us some time!

Zucchini Rice CasseroleMaybe the kids won’t notice the zucchini hidden within!

Chicken Pot Pie SoupLet the soup season begin!

Spicy Chicken CasseroleI think this recipe is similar to an enchilada casserole.

Sweet Hawaiian Crockpot ChickenEvery word in that title is glorious, how can you not want to try it!

Dinner Conversations:

What game should we play as a family, indoor or outdoor? What would you make for dinner one night?

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