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Monday, March 29, 2010

Night Light

Saturday I took Heidi to Katy Urgent Care because I was worried about her. She had been having fever since Thursday (I know that doesn't seem long but really it is when they whine and cry all day :o) and she had this cough and she hadn't been sleeping well... so on and so on... I didn't want to take her tot he ER because I didn't feel it was that urgent. I called and spoke to a nurse from TCPA (texas childrens pediatric association) and she recommended I take Heidi in to see someone that evening. So, I thought we will just go to Katy Urgent Care. Well... let me just say... Katy Urgent Care was a total waste of my time! After 3 hours I wasn't given any new information I didn't already know. I wasn't happy!

Yesterday, I thought things were getting better with Heidi. She didn't run fever except first thing that morning and she was eating better... so on and so on. Well last night she woke up at like 2:45 a.m. and she was BURNING UP! I didn't even take her temp because I thought it was just pointless. The child's skin was on FIRE! I got a nice cool bath going and laid her in it (oh yes... she loved it (not!). As she was laying in the cool water I would pour water over her body and head... I could feel the water warming up from how hot she was. Once I got her out we took her temp and it was at 101.4. I gave her Motrin (which she was refusing to take) and sat up with her for a while (we watched some Life and Kendra).

To get to my point... I took Heidi in to see her doctor (who I love) and we talked about everything and Katy Urgent Care and how the nurse practitioner we saw was a butthead and how it was a POINTLESS trip and a waste of my time. He told me about this pediatric urgent care facility in Sugarland. He told me all good things... yes I may have to wait, but at least I would see someone that deals with children (instead of stinky old men). To top it off he told me about the doctor that started and guess what her name is.... go ahead guess.... Dr. Gentles. I know... what a great name for a pediatric doctor! I would drive a little ways to get the service I want for my kids. Here is the link... NightLight Pediatric Urgent Care . I really hope this helps you!

Anywho... Heidi doesn't have the flu or any other illness. Praise Jesus! We will just have to wait this one out. I am so happy I went today and got her checked out. I feel so much better!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Special Day

Today is the day the Lord has made. Well really he makes every day, but today was the day Jen (my dunking buddy) and made the decision to get baptized. We both have excepted the Lord in our hearts (both at different times), but haven't made the point to get baptized. To show to the whole world that we LOVE Jesus and we are ready to be the light (even though everyday we try to be the light :o). We decided to do this together and to encourage one another. I hope you enjoy the pictures of a major milestone that we have accomplished. I pray the Lord was pleased :o).


This is Josh Allen. He is one of the pastors here at Kingsland. I just love him! He is a great God loving man to look up to.


Jen (my dunking buddy) and I posing with Josh :o).


I love this picture! Josh is asking me if I have asked Jesus into my heart.








My friend, Jen being asked if she has excepted Jesus in her heart. I love this picture.
Here we are together. Two friends who have made memories to last a life time.
Our dunking pose.
What a day! I will never forget.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Go Jaguars!

In February I signed Hailee up for Upward basketball. This is a program our church has to teach the kids about the sport and to pour a little extra Jesus into their hearts and have fun doing it :o). Hailee has only been to 1 out of 3 practices, so we were kind of nerves about today (2nd practice I forgot about and the 3rd practice Hailee was sick). Wednesday I was told by the coach that Saturday was the first game. I was totally shocked but excited. Here is a little look into Hailee's first basketball game....

Hailee before the game started.


Both teams praying together before they rip eachother apart (j/k)/


I love it!


Now the Referee is trying to pour some basketball wisdom into these kids before they play. Not one of them is listening.


Hailee did get that you have to run back and forth with the group. Go Hailee!


This is what she looked like through most of the game. All cute and innocent and messing with her tag (the tag showed the kids who should be blocking eachother... same color tag meant they blocked that person).


Yea... Hailee totally didn't get the reason for the tag.


Go Hailee!!! You are getting it!


This boy was on the side line trying to pass it to his team member. It was supposed to go to Hailee, but the boy standing in front of her was taking this game in control.


YAY!! Hailee passed the ball.


She was actually trying to do something here and her own team mate was blocking her. LOL!


Here Hailee is again being her sweet self.



Half-Time.


Heidi did a little dunking.
This boy cracked me up. Everyone was yelling hands up (to try to block the ball from going into the hop) and this boy was blocking the ball from coming out of the hole of the net.
Hailee got the ball and now is attempting to dribble.

Oh no... it got away...

There you go Hailee!!! You got it back!

At the end of the game her coach took them outside to have a juice box and a banana. Each kid also got a star. Hailee got a blue start for effort. Go Hailee! We will be at practice on Monday, so hopefully she will learn more and have a good time!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Blind Side

Bob and I watched The Blind Side last night for the first time and what a GREAT movie! I knew I was going to like it before I even watched it, so I bought it first :o). I love Sandra Bullock!

As I was showering and blow drying my hair I was thinking (this is when I do my best thinking)about all the things that blind sides me. I get swooped up by satan all the time. I wish this wasn't true, but it is. Satan I believe is my blind side. I get blinded what is right and wrong (I am sure we all do). I see all this horrible stuff happen in the world and I get numb to it. Then all the good stuff that is going on in the meantime gets over looked and I don't think it gets the praise it deserves.

I get blind sided by ME. I get so caught up in myself... I forget what is really important. For example... I get caught up in my hunger and I over eat. I can deny this all day long, but the truth is I over eat and I am unhealthy. I know this is not pleasing to God. My body is His temple and I do not treat it like it is holy. The Lord made this one body for me to love and treat it like He loves and treats us. I also get caught up in my feelings... my feelings take over and then I become unloving. I end up not treating my friends and family how God truly wants me to love on them. I end up not giving God the glory He so deserves and wants.

I am noticing these things more and more. I am clearly seeing these things as I am not being distracted my things I thought I was missing. Now I seeing what I truly have been missing. I have been missing giving God glory and I have been missing out on all the goodness of God.

I am not writng this to have a pity party for myself. I am only writing this because it is something that has been on my mind and maybe you are struggling too. I don't think this thoughts pop in my head for any old reason... I believe there is more behind them... like maybe the Lord :o).

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Illness Report

So... I know I posted a few days that I am sick and that I had a doctor appointment to figure out what is going on. Well I was quite disappointed with my visit with my doctor (who I have seen before and always had a good visit). First off I have to say I never have to wait long to see her (which of course wins big points). Here is my story...

I am called back by the nurse and she weighs me (my favorite part), checks the blood pressure, checks my oxygen intake (by my finger), and she asks me a few questions. She asked me if my cough was wet?, pain in my chest?, etc. (I can't remember all oof them :o). The she points me to my room and we go in (yes, I had both girls). We wait... patiently... and there she is. The Dr. comes in listens to my chest and has me breath deep. Everytime I have to breath deep I cough and she says "Oh, do you have a tickle in your throat?" LOL! Yes... (and I can't breath in deep). She says I would like for you to do a breathing treatment to help with that tickle in my throat. I am thinking... WHAT! I have never ever done one of these. She leaves and a nurse guy comes in and asks me if I have ever done a breathing treatment before and I said no. He tells me what is inside (I don't remember so don't ask) and hands me the mouth piece thing. I look at him and say "What do I do?" He looks at me like well duh.... then he explains for me to leave it in my mouth and breath like normal. Okay... I can do this. Then he says you may cough and when you cough just take it out of your mouth. Okay... and he leaves. Both girls were doing good and then Hailee starts to tease Heidi with this elephant Heidi got from the waiting room.... then Heidi wants to get into the hazardous waste basket... then she wants to climb on the little step connected to the patient table and she falls off... then Heidi cries really loud and I had Hailee get her softy out of my purse and Hailee took her sweet time... then Heidi stops crying and throws her softy all over the dirty floor... then Heidi decides she wants to play the drums on the hazardous waste basket... and this all happened in about 5 minutes while I was taking my breathing treatment. Finally the nurse guy comes in and checks my oxygen with the finger oxygen thing and has difficulty. He leaves andwe waited a few minutes for the doctor.

She come in and asks me how I feel... I said I didn't feel any different and she said she didn't think I would because my oxygen level was still low. I said "What... my oxygen level is low?" She said yes and goes on on how she wants me to take all these diferent medications. I was getting overwhelmed by it all and on top of that she said since I have never had asthma or any other breathing problems she recommends i get a chest x-ray. Huh? So I leave the room with hardly any info. She handed me 2 pieces of paper.. my chest x-ray order and my precriptions. I had and still have no clue what I have. I am guessing I have bronchitis. I am having a hard time catching my breath and I am coughing up a lung. I will have to say with all I was prescribed I am feeling better, but now just waiting to feel like myself again. At least I can sleep through the night (some what) and not cough as much (some what).

This is my illness story. I don't think I am contagious, but who knows :o).

Guidance for us Youngsters

Proverbs 3

My son, do not forget my law,
But let your heart keep my commands;
For lenghts of days and long life
And peace they will add to you.

Let not mercy and truth forsake you;
Bind them around your neck,
Write them on the table of your heart,
And so find favor and high esteem
In the sight of God and man.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.

Do not by wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord and depart from evil.
It will be health to your flesh,
And strenght to your bones.

Honor the Lord with your possessions,
And the firstfruits of all your increase;
So your barns will be filled with plenty,
And your vats will overflow with new wine.

My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord,
Nor detest His correction;
For whom the Lord loves He corrects,
Just as a father the son in whom he delights.

Happy is the man who finds wisdom,
And the man who gains understanding;
For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver,
And her gain than fine gold.

She is more precious than rubies,
And all the things you desire cannot compare to her.
Length of days in her right hand,
In her left hand riches and honor.
Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
And all her paths are peace.
She is a tree of life of those who take hold of her,
And happy are all who retain her.

The Lord by wisdom founded the earth;
By understanding he established the heavens;
By His knowledge the depths were broken up,
And clouds drop down the dew.

My son, let them not depart from your eyes-
Keep sound wisdom and discretion;
So they will be life to your soul
And grace to your neck.
Then you will walk safely in your way,
And your foot will not stumble.
When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
Yes, you wil lie down and your sleep will be sweet.

Do not be afraid of sudden terror,
Nor from trouble from the wicked when it comes;
For the Lord will be your confidence,
And will keep your foot from being caught.

Do not withhold good from those who are due,
When it is in the power of your hands to do so.

Do not say to you neighbor,
"Go, and come back,
And tomorrow I will give it,"
When you have it with you.
Do not devise evil against your neighbor,
For he dwells by you for safety's sake.
Don not strive with a without cause,
If he has done you no harm.

Do not envy the oppressor,
And choose none of this ways;
For the perverse person is an abomination to the Lord,
But His secret counsel is witht he upright.
The curse of the Lord is on the house of the wicked,
But He blesses the house of the just.
Surely he scorns the scornful,
But gives grace to the humble.
The wise shall inherit glory,
But shame shall be the legacy of fools.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Always Remember... (Psalm 139)

Lord my Father,
You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother's womb.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.

My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.

Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.

Thank you Lord for loving me so much and forgiving me of my awful sin. I love You.

In Jesus name, Amen.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Conclusion...

I have come to realize (once again) that the Lord has a plan. LOL! And this is His #1 plan... no matter what I think. I always think I know best... but nope not true.

Here is my conclusion to my feeling of lostness... I was letting my feeling take over. Yes, I was hurt, but I have a Father that loves me so much... so much so that I can't even comprehend this love. I can be talked to or counceled to as much as I or anybody else wants, but really all that doesn't matter. All that matters is how I respond and turn and give this ALL to God. And I have... I am here for one purpose... I am only here for God's purpose. The reason and purpose he has planned out for me.

Psalm 138

I will praise You with my whole heart;
Before the gods I will sing praises to You.
I will worship toward Your holy temple,
And praise Your name
For Your lovingkindness and Your truth;
For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.

In the day when I cried out, You answered me,
And made me bold with strength in my soul,

All the kings of the earth shall praise You, O Lord,
When they hear the words of Your mouth.
Yes, they shall sing of the ways of the Lord,

For great is the glory of the Lord.
Though the Lord is on high,
Yet He regards to lowly;
But the proud He knows from afar.

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me;
You will stretch out Your hand
Against the wrath of my enemies,
And Your right hand will save me.

The Lord will perfect that which concerns me;
Your Mercy, O Lord, endures forever;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.

The end of spring break...

We had a great week of spring break (as you could tell in the pictures I posted earlier), but at the end of the week it all started going down hill. Starting Thursday I started to get a cough. I never get a cough... especially a phlegmy (sp?) cough. I got a fever Friday and my cough continued to get worse. Saturday I felt bad and on top of that Hailee started to get sick (snot and cough). Everything continued to get worse with the 2 of us. Thank goodness Bob was home to take care of both of us because I wasn't up to taking care of us both at all.

I was so excited school was starting up again. I was ready for a break... even though I love having Hailee home. I just wasn't feeling up to having to care for all of us. Well Hailee got a fever Sunday evening and I knew I was going to have to put my big girl panties on :o) and take care of all of us. So far we have survived :o). The only bad part about Hailee missing school today is they were going to have a tour of the Elementary school across the street and they were going to get to see how Kindergarten was going to work. Oh well...

I keep praying that the Lord will put protection around Heidi so she will not get this nastiness. So far so good :o). Hailee is doing better today and the cough is almost gone, but I am not better. I made a doctor appointment for myself today. I just cannot take anymore coughing!

Thanks for listening to me complain :o) because the kids could careless on how I feel :o).

Friday, March 19, 2010

A Prayer

Thanks to a man who came across my blog (who called me Misty, but instead my name is Sterling) and gave me a passage to read through my struggles of feeling lost. I read it during my quiet time... here is what I prayed...

For this I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant me, according to the riches of His glory, to be strenghtened with might through His spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in my heart through faith; that I, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height- to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that I may be filled with all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:14-19

I pray for the knowledge to understand these feeelings. I pray my ears will be open to hear my Heavenly Father and that I will obey. I felt today I have heard from Him, but am questioning. I always wonder if that is Him or my thoughts I have considered.

I am going to continue to pray and make sure this is what He wants. Yicks!

Hailee's 1st Sleepover

Hailee had her friend Ashlyn over last night to sleepover. I think they both had a great time. They both had pizza for dinner, played dress up, watched Princess and the Frog, talked themselves to sleep, colored together and made beautiful art, and dressed up some more... Oh the simple fun of being a little girl.


Spring Break

These are a few things we have done this Spring Break...


Saturday we went to the dog park and let Chloe play.

Picking flowers...


What a happy dog!


Playing at the Inflatable zone on a rainy day.


Go Hailee Go!






Heidi bouncing with the 'big' kids

Not so sure.
Hailee helping clean off the slides at the park.

I love this picture of Hailee and Jack because Jack was trying to get Hailee's attention.


Heidi would swing all day if she could (I guess I would too :o)


Sweet girl!


Ms. Aimee brought yummy St. Patrick Day cookies.


Beach day. Heidi was roaming the beach


more roaming...


It was such a beautiful day!


Cole and Hailee gathering water.


Look how sweet Cole is being to Heidi


My beautiful girl (who had to wear her swimsuit)


Heidi finding sea shells


Gathering water :o)


Everyone working hard to make a sand castle.


Heidi threw a lot of temper tantrums and is a grump in the picture but she was trooper :o).
This has been a great Spring Break. We have been really busy having fun! I hope you enjoyed the pictures :o).