Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Power of *innocent* Prayers

If you've ever doubted the power of prayers, then you must read this story. It proves that the innocence of a child, combined with the powers of prayers, can work miracles, and touch the hearts of many....

A few months ago, my bestfriend's little brother (Tippy) was involved in a serious motorcycle accident. He was traveling down a busy street, when an unexperienced driver pulled out right in front of his motorcycle. Tippy was critically injured and rushed to the ICU of our local hospital. He suffered a broken arm, a broken leg, and bleeding and swelling of the brain.

During this time, family a friends gathered together to pray for Tippy and the safe outcome of his inuries. The extent of his injuries were severe, and the outcome was grim, but through it all, we remained hopeful.

My friend (Brandi) also had the daunting task of telling her 4 year old son, Damion, that his beloved Uncle was in the hurt and in the hospital. She explained it to him the best she knew how, and told him that the Doctors were going to do everything to make him better. Damion looks at his mommy and said with such vindication "Jesus is going to make Uncle Tippy better!!" "Thats right she said, so we should pray to Jesus and ask him to help make Uncle Tippy better"

The next morning when she dropped Damion off at school his class was already sitting in a circle getting ready to do their morning prayer. She asked the teacher if she could join in on the paryer this morning, and if they could all pray for Tippy. So little heads bowed and tiny hands clasped together, as they all prayed for Tippy.

With tears in her eyes, Brandi left the classroom and headed to the hospital to be with her family as they awaited news from the Doctors about Tippy. As she reached the ICU floor, she saw his Doctor walking into their family waiting room with an update. It was a miracle - The bleeding had completely stopped and the swelling was reducing!!! They were all so over joyed that it looked like Tippy was going to make it, and Brandi couldnt help but smile thinking of all those tiny hands, praying in a BIG way!

Tippy did end up making a full recovery, against all odds.

Fast forward to just last night. Brandi's Nana, has been fighting a loosing battle with cancer. It was just a matter of time before she let go and went home to be with Our Father. Brandi was tucking Damion into bed, and telling him that Nana was going to be going to Heaven soon, and that we needed to pray for her. Again his little hand bowed, and his tiny hands clasped, and he prayed to God to bring his Nana home to heaven and take good care of her.

Nana died peacefully that night.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Goodbye Summer Days...Hello School Days...

So we are winding down our last week before school starts on Monday. I swear summer was only about 2.5 seconds long! The kids are anxious to get back...I'm anxious to have groceries in my pantry longer than 5 minutes! Although not so excited about the 6am wake ups! Also, I know Jadon will miss his big brother and big sister - He's really been enjoying having all day long to torment them ;) haha

Alexa is gearing up for her last year in Elementary School! I can't believe that she is a 5th grader already! It seems like just yesterday that I dressed her in a purple Bratz outfit, braided her hair, and drove her to he first day of Kindergarten~! She was so cute, wanting me to walk her to class every day and show me all of her projects. She hasn't changed one bit though. She asked me the other day if I was walking her to class this year ;)

JJ is another story though. He's going into 2nd grade this year, and looking forward to counting money and cursive writing! I think it was the 2nd or 3rd day of Kindergarten when I got out to walk with him and he said "I know where it is" and took off running for class. Typical boy, right? He's also the class clown. He's promised this year to try and focus more on his school work, and less on trying to make his classmates laugh. ;)

So we have big plans this weekend to celebrate the end of summer. School supplies shopping on Saturday, and the pool on Sunday (and an early bedtime) I'll let you know how that one works out -hahaha. Hopefully we will all wake up bright eyed and bushy tailed on Monday morning, ready to start another exciting school year!!

Wish us luck!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Family Picture Day ---what goes on BEHIND the scenes

Ever see those pictures in the magazines of the happily smiling family, with 2.5 kids, all looking perfectly at the camera....Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes, BEFORE the photographer snaps that pose? If its anything like my family picture experience, then they deserve a medal!

I remember before my son could walk, or run for that matter. We would sit him down in front of the backdrop, and he would STAY. And all we would have to do is make a few funny noises, or wave a few toys in front of him and his face would light up with the biggest smile, and snap, snap, snap - Perfe
ct Pictures!

Nowadays, my picture experience requires a bit more finesse, and some restraining devices! (just kidding about the restraining devices...although I might need to remember that for future reference!) All I could think about while my son was running through the studio shrieking as I chased after him was "OMG --- I'm one of THOSE mothers!" You know, the mothers wh
o get the sympathetic looks from passing strangers, and the whipered "Glad that's not MY kid..."

But in the end, when you see all of our smiling faces looking perfectly at the camera, it makes it all worth it. And besides, its not like they took pictures of what went on, behind the scenes! ;)

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Cakes, and Cookies, and Tutu's....OH MY!

So not too long ago I started experimenting with cake decorating, and aside from finding it a lot of fun, I actually found myself pretty good at it! So naturally, when my bestfriend's daughter's first birthday was approaching, I volunteered to make her cake! My bff decided to do a "tutu" theme for the party, complete with

a custom made tutu for the birthday girl.
The idea's really started flowing from there!! My bff was on the hunt for the "perfect" birthday shirt for her daughter to wear with the tutu. After searching many stores, and coming up empty handed, I said to her "Why don't we just MAKE her a birthday shirt" I decided on a fiting number "1". But wait....she's wearing a how cute would it be if the number "1" wore a tutu too!

We also decided that in additon to the cake, we should make number "1" sugar cookies and individually package them for favors. We baked and frosted 40 cookies, half white with a pink border, and half pink with a white border, and individually packaged each of them with a note attached ...

'No "1" could have made my birthday any sweeter! ♥ Bailey Jo'

But wait...there's more! We're forgeting about our original project....THE CAKE! Ok, so obviously the creative juices are flowing. We already decided that we wanted to do a number "1" out of fondant....but how to decorate it?! And what to do with all that extra tule we have left over?! Why put it around the cake, of course!

And what first birthday would be complete with out a very own smash cake for the birthday girl?
All in all, we were very pleased how everything turned out! It was a lot of work, but a lot of fun with a very good friend!! We've already started planning out the next "cake party" for Jadon's birthday in Sept!

A look at everything....