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Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day

This is a little look on what we did today...


We all had a moment laying in our bed. I had Bob run and get the camera. Oh... Memories forever...

Here are some pool pictures...



My little fish.





Heidi was being a major poopy pants and Bob had to get out pool with her... so there aren't as many pictures as I wanted to have taken. Oh well...

We went and played at our friends house this evening.





Poor Heidi got water poured on her.

Ben loved to squirt everyone coming down the slide with the hose.

Heidi got Barry's big hat...

And it made for the most precious pictures EVER!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Hard Work


Heidi found Hailee's knee pads in the toy box and wanted them on. Then she found Bob's wrench and started pretending she was fixing things with it. So very precious!


Here is Hailee in her tent... you can't see it but she has a screw driver.


Here are my 2 sweet girls working on their jeep.


So cute!


This is Bob's new hobby... Biking. This was Bob's dad's bike from back in the day ('85... I think). He really has been enjoying this sport. He got new tubes and tires yesterday and as you can tell he is very proud of his new hobby. I am hoping he will be joining our friend, Mark on a ride tomorrow.


Hard at work! Bob was working on his bike a bit and it was so hot he had sweat dripping down his forehead and then rolling down his eyelashes. Before I could get a picture of that he wiped his face... to bad right? Anywho... I hope you all are having a wonderful Memorial weekend and filling it with family fun. That is what we are doing. :o)

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Summer has Begun

Summer has begun in the Greene house. Hailee's last day of preschool was May 24th and now it is up to me to work with her during the summer... hoping she remembers everything ;o). We are both excited about Kindergarten, but I am going to miss knowing that scripture and God's love being poured on my child while away from me. That just means I need to step it up even more... so when she goes off to Kindergarten and kids pick on her or don't say nice things... that the Lord is always with her and made her into the wonderful little girl she is.


Here are the 2 most wonderful preschool teachers in the entire world.... Miss Kim (on the left) and Mrs. Christina (on the right). I sure am going to miss them. I know Hailee had a lot of fun with them this year and I think she was a little sad that last day. :o(


Hailee got a few fun little gifts from her teachers and of course Heidi saw them and had to try them out.

After dinner the other night Hailee had a blue raspberry ring pop. I was about to push the button to take this picture when Heidi thought it was a little odd that her sister had this blue tongue and she had to touch it. That is Heidi's hand going for her tongue :o).


Here is the picture without Heidi's hand.
Another one of those sweet cuddly sibling love :o).
We got an above ground pool last weekend and we are having the best time swimming in it. I will post pictures Monday of it and everyone having a Splashing time. I know we will have a lot of fun family times in this pool. Have a great evening my blog friends :o).

Saturday, May 22, 2010

They Made a Difference...

These 2 men (Coach Paul and Coach Juan) have made a difference in Hailee's life. She started playing basketball not knowing what the heck to do and all she did was run from one net to another during a game. Each practice these 2 men practiced harder with these children and at the same time had fun with them. They both stayed positive and loved and shared Jesus with these little Kindergartners.

Today was the last game and Hailee did awesome! She started to get aggressive and she made a point! She scored for her team! Everyone was cheering, clapping, and praising sweet Hailee. She had this grin on her face that went from ear to ear. She was on cloud 9! I was so proud of her that I got tears in my eyes. She did it!

These 2 men got her there with the Lord's help. These 2 men served the Lord by teaching these kids basketball and all the mean while speaking the word of God in their heart.



Thank you Couch Paul and Coach Juan! We love you!

Week 3

It is now at the end of week 3 of my total life change and I have lost a total of 11 lbs.! I have been really hard on myself lately... expecting to lose more than I did, but I am pretty happy with 11 lbs lost! This week has been hard... we went out Tuesday for dinner with my aunt and then ate to much on Wednesday night dinner at church. I felt horrible that night and then felt terribly bloated on Thursday. I finally feel good again :o). I have also decided to cut back on my calories too. I haven't been so hungry lately, so I think it will possible :o).

Thanks so much for all y'alls encouragement and kind words. It really has helped me be strong and get up and workout and eat right. Thank you my wonderful friends!

Much Love.

Friday, May 21, 2010

God is all-powerful!

Here is something I wanted to share with you from Crazy Love...

"Colossians 1:16 tells us that everything was created for God: "For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him."

Don't we live instead as though God is created for us, to do our bidding, to bless us, and to take care of our loved ones?

Psalm 115:3 reveals "Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him." Yet we keep on questioning him: "Why did You make me with this body, instead of with that one?" "Why are so many dying from starvation?" "Why are there so many planets with nothing living on them?" "Why is my family so messed up?" "Why don't you make yourself more obvious to the people who need You?"

The answer to each of these questions is simply this: because He's God. He has more of the right to ask us why so many people are starving. As much as we want God to explain himself to us, His creation, we are in no place to demand that He give an account to us.

"All the people of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the power of heaven and the people of the earth. No one can hold back His hand or say to Him: "What have you done?" Daniel 4:35"

This is me talking now... All of this is so true. I know I and many others ask God... why have you done this to me or why have you done this to my child? It confuses us so much, because we wonder why our God who loves us so much would put us through so much pain. And all the while we forget... He is God. He made us so very special and particular. He has this perfect plan set out for us before we were even a twinkle in our Momma and Daddy's eyes. He knew us before our Momma conceived us.

He has this plan set out for us and it may have pain in it, but this pain I believe is to draw us closer to Him... to cleave to Him... to talk and make a loving relationship with Him. He is the lover of our souls.

As I read this book my eyes and mind are being widened. I am seeing and thinking things I hadn't before. It is so amazing! He is so amazing! I can't wait for the day to come when I get to be in His presents and kneel at His feet and sing worship songs to Him.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Just Stop and Think

I started reading Crazy Love by Francis Chan today. I have heard the most wonderful things about this book... things I like... things that make you think :o). I have only read a bit of it and had to stop reading it to just stop and think. This is sad to say, but I make God to small. I am sure it saddens him when I don't think of Him as ENORMOUS or even BIGGER THAN THAT.

Anywho... here is a 15 minute video http://crazylovebook.com/videos_stop.html and I thought it was amazing. I love the Lord, but I want to love Him more. I want to love Him like He loves me. I am tired of having spiritual amnesia! He is to holy and wonderful for that.

I pray this book will open my eyes and change me to someone God is pleased with and glorified by. I need to change the way I look at this world and the people in it. No one is better than me and I am not better than anyone else... only God can and will judge me for my actions.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Quiet Moments

When I can catch these precious moments I do. These are moments I live for... quiet, loving, sweet, cuddly, and sisterly love.


They were watching Pocahontas and it was still and quiet.


Isn't this just so sweet?
They both have their issues and totally different personalities, but these 2 sweet girls love eachother. They love to tease eachother like nobodies business... and then someone cries. But, I guess that all goes with being a sister... big or small. These moments are just to precious for words :o).

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Poor Baby Bird

We have these bush trees in front of our house and found out a few weeks ago we had a red cardinal family have babies in the bush trees. They just have been cheeping away and the mom and dad have been both taking care of their babies.

We got home a little while ago from playing at a friend's house and when I opened the garage Hailee and I saw both Momma and Daddy red cardinal flying in and out of the garage and just hanging outside the garage door. We were both confused about this... I got everyone inside. I laid Heidi down for her nap and Hailee went in her room for quiet time and I kept hearing all this chirping. I went out there and figured out one of the red cardinal's babies was in the garage. How it got in there I have no idea! I opened the other garage door thinking maybe it would fly out or the mom or dad cardinal would help it out. The little birdy was right on the edge of the garage and it could have just hopped out. So, I decided to hang out and watch the rescue... so I stood far back. Well... nothing happened. They just kept chirping at each other. I went back into the garage and continued with me duties. Then I saw from the corner of my eye flapping of wings... I looked up and the little bird didn't fly out of the garage... it flew back into the garage. Dumb bird! He was so cute I had to take pictures of him...


Here he is up in the garage door just chirping away... he looked so tired. He was chirping with his eyes closed.


I had to take this picture of the daddy... he was so concerned about his baby. He never left him. The mom red cardinal was flipping out and flying everywhere, but daddy stayed calm and waited it out. He sat their chirping to his baby and never left.

Monday, May 17, 2010

He never gets bored with me...

I try to be very honest when I blog... I know people don't want to read about fake people or fake situations. You want real! That is why reality TV is so popular because it is people being real. I try to be that in my everyday life.

I don't know if you have noticed lately, but I have been pulling away from God. I have been putting my stupid idols above Him. Life has been going so good lately that I have fallen into the everyday motions. If life has been so good... why haven't I been praising Him for it? I should.

He is worthy of worship.
He is worthy of praise.
He is worthy of honor.
He is worthy of thanks.

Yesterday, I was spoken to. God loves me. He never gets bored with me. He is with me through my toughest times. And He forgives me of my nasty sin. Why can't I praise Him and remember how important He is through the good times of my life? It is so crazy to me when things get so bad I seek Him and is He there? Yes. He is always there! I need to seek Him through the easy good times of life and praise Him for it too.

My eyes have been opened and I see who and what I have been missing. My cup has felt empty, but now it is beginning to fill up again. My Lord is always with me. He is always saying sweet things to me and singing over me. I need to start singing and rejoicing to Him on where I am right now.

"Open my eyes, that I may see
Wondrous things from Your law.
I am a stranger in the earth;
Do not hide Your commandments from me.
My soul breaks with longing
For Your judgements at all times...
Your testimonies also are my delight
And my counselors." Psalm 119:18-20, 24

"My souls clings to the dust;
Revive me according to Your word.
I have declared my ways, and You answered me;
Teach me You statutes.
Make me understand the way of Your precepts;
So shall I meditate on Your wonderful works.
Strengthen me according to Your word.
Remove from me the way of lying,
And grant me Your law graciously.
I have chosen the way of the truth;
Your judgments I have laid before me.
I cling to Your testimonies;
O Lord, do not put me to shame!
I will run the course of Your commandments,
For You shall enlarge my heart.

Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes,
And I shall keep it to the end.
Give me understanding, and I shall keep Your law;
Indeed, I shall observe it with my whole heart.
Make me walk in the path of Your commandments,
For I delight in it.
Incline my heart to your testimonies,
And not to covetousness.
Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things,
And revive me in Your way." Psalm 119:25-37

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Remember when...

Remember when life was so care-free... no responsibilities. The days when all you worried about was playing and what you were going to play and who you were going to play with. Here are a few pictures I have taken over the last few months of Hailee and Heidi.


This was taken a few days ago... Bob and I were so surprised to see what a good hula-hopper Hailee had become. She told us she learned how to hula-hoop at school. Bring back memories?


And it seemed like all of the sudden she learned how to jump rope. How did his happen? I remember just a few months ago she totally couldn't do this... now look at her! Soon she will
be double jumping, cris-crossing, and all that crazy stuff I use to do. Memories...

Here... Heidi is trying to be safe after she busted her eye :o). It seems like yesterday this was Hailee on this little tricycle and not being able to reach the pedals. How time flies...


I am sure I did this back in my days... putting makeup on and looking... well like this. Hailee was in her room for quiet time and came out with all this beautiful make-up on :o).

Ohhh... being small enough to fit yourself in a suit case :o).


Remember when you went to a concert or the rodeo and seeing all those necklaces, or flowers, and/or swords that lit up? And do you remember how bad you wanted one? Well... I do. Still to this day when I see them I want one, but can't talk myself into spend the money (they are always so expensive). But... I do know this feeling and when my children want one I have to get them one. So here...
at the rodeo they had these lightsabers and well... the picture explains it all :o).


Hailee was so proud of herself here... she was so proud of coming down this pole all by herself. Remember how good you felt when you mastered the monkey bars or when you mastered flipping over a bar or when you mastered jumping out of your swing in mid-swing? Man... I do.
This is just sheer cuteness! I never got to experience this... the sisterly love. I can't wait to watch them grow up together and watch the bond between them form into something so wonderful. I know there will be fights and tears because one or the other hurt the others feelings but, they will get over and grow from it. Right? :o)
Oh... memories.... :o)

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Things that have been going on...

So first... Happy *belated* Mother's Day to all you great moms! I had a great Mother's day... I didn't do a darn thing! My sweet husband took care of it all :o). Thanks hun... I love him!

On Friday, Hailee's preschool had a mother's tea for all us moms. They had lunch all prepared for us. All the kids in Hailee's class made these picture frame things and the teachers took pictures of all the kids and put the picture on it. They were really sweet all decorated with "precious gems". Of course the frame thing Hailee made me was all decked out with "precious gems" :o). I love it! Heidi was a pill that day but, what else can I expect from her :o).

On Saturday (after Hailee's b-ball game) Heidi decided to fall of the top of the couch and hit her head HARD on the wood floors. She gave herself a huge goose egg on her forehead... so we thought... when she woke up from her nap the whole right side of her face was all puffy and swollen (see picture below). To top that off... she got infected sores on her left leg (which we are still dealing with). Happy Mother's day to me!!! :o)


Day 1


Day 2


Day 2


I love my sweet girls! They mean the world to me.

Like I said... it was a great day! I am so very thankful and blessed to be the mother of these 2 very beautiful little girls.


Tuesday was my 28th birthday. Bob left 2 of these long balloons for me... well they ended up being good times for the girls :o)

Looks like fun... huh?


Later that day Heidi's green balloon popped in her mouth while she was chewing on it. There were no tears just... Uhhh Ohhh's!!!! It didn't stop her from starting to gnaw on the red balloon. I actually think that red balloon is still alive some where in this house.

When Bob came home from work on Tuesday he was baring gifts.... beautiful lillies and food from Applebee's. I love me some flowers! I love to look over at them and see how much more beautiful they look than they did the day before :o).
Friday night was our date night (to celebrate my birthday). We got a babysitter for 7 hours!!! Yes... it was awesome! We went to dinner at the Taste of Texas and we got a free dessert. I love Taste of Texas for that! Then we headed over to the Arena Theater to watch our friend, Patrick fight. It was the night he was going up to defend his middleweight title (belt and all)... and poor guy lost it. He made a mistake and the other guy didn't let that mistake slide.... he took advantage and took it from Patrick. It was so great to watch him though and we can't wait to go watch him fight again one day soon.
It was a great week filled with so much and to top this all off I lost 3.5 lbs! This week was filled with a little cake here and there and I was still able to take weight off! I am proud of myself and can't wait to start again Monday (Sunday is my day of rest)! I feel great and I am noticing things on my body changing :o). Thanks for your prayers and encouragements! Keep it up my friends! Love you all.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Dramatic Change

I have told y'all before I am reading So Long, Insecurity by Beth Moore with my friend, Lyndsay. It is taken me a while to read it... two reasons... 1. I am having a hard to relating because I don't struggle with a lot of insecurity and 2. I have been super busy, but when I do sit down and read it I enjoy it. Well, today I was reading and it got to the topic of Dramatic change and how most women have problems dealing with change. And let me tell you this section was written for me. I DESPISE change! I have my little routine and I like it like that :o).

As I was reading this section of the chapter I started to think about when I got diagnosed with cancer (melanoma). I can't help but think how devastated I was and how much I associate that word with death. I have always been so healthy and then I was hit with the biggest bomb ever. The "C" word! So I went from being completely healthy to having cancer.

Even though I am cancer-free I can't help but still linger with the thought that it will come back. I can't seem to get over this change. I can't help but think I will have to go through the pain again and possibly die from nasty cancer.

So as I was reading today I came across this...

"When we become psychologically dependent upon crisis, it actually becomes our life motivator, and if we don't have a present crisis, we'll learn to create one.

The truth is, God uses change to change us. He doesn't use it to destroy us or distract us but to coax us to the next level of character, experience, compassion, and destiny. I hate to display such a firm grasp of the obvious, but how will we change if everything around us stays the same? Or what will ever cause us to move on to the next place He has for us if something doesn't happen to change the way we feel about where we are? God is thoroughly committed to finishing the masterpiece He started in us (Philippians 1:6), and that process means one major thing: change." - Beth Moore

I know I have grown through my experience and have also grown closer to God. I am a way different person since before I was diagnosed with cancer and my eyes are more open then ever. But, I still struggle with the change of moving on and not worrying about the "what ifs".

"Don't be misled, my dear brothers and sisters. What ever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. he never changes or casts a shifting shadow. he chose to give birth to us by giving us His true word. And we, out of all creation become is prized possession." James 1:16-18

I know if I get cancer again He will be there right by me and I know He will never leave me. I love knowing He never changes no matter if everything else shifts and turns my world upside down. He is perfect and I can always depend on Him :o).

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Week 1

Hello my blog friends! I wanted to give y'all a quick little update.... the first week of my life changing regimen I have lost 5 lbs. I am super proud of myself! I worked really hard and have disciplined myself where I need to be and I am happy with what I have accomplished!

I am kind of hitting a wall though... I am still getting up and working hard, but I am so tired and hungry. I know I will get through this... it is just a rough patch :o). I am countinuing to watch what I eat and the calories I take in. If you could say a prayer for me I would really appreciate it :o). Thanks so much and have a awesome day!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Forgiveness

Have you ever received a complete real forgiveness from someone you truly hurt? The kind of hurt that hurts you so deeply?

I hurt a very close friend. I hurt her so bad that it probably brought back bad memories from her younger years. I had no clue I hurt her. I had no clue I went to far. I am so thankful she emailed me right away to let me know her feelings and how horrible I made her feel. When I read that email it broke my heart. It broke my heart because someone I care about so much... someone I consider a sister... I hurt. I said words that were hurtful and hateful to her. I felt horrible and so very sorry for the words that came out of my mouth.

How could I do that? I could I be mean to someone I love so dearly?

It brought up memories from Elementary school when I was teased about my nose. These 2 boys teased me on the bus and said I had a nose like a Smurf. It hurt my feeling so bad... and it hurt that other kids on the bus were hearing this and that they may think the same thing and start to tease me. After my friend emailed me and told me how I hurt her... I started to think about the teasing I went through in my younger years and if I was teased about my nose now... that it would bring all those hurtful feelings back.

I emailed my friend this morning, but didn't know if she would get it this morning. I knew were she would be this morning at church, so I went and apologized to her and told her how sorry I was and I asked for her forgiveness. I so did not deserve her forgiveness... but she gave it to me. She forgave me for my horrible mean words. She loves me enough to forgive me and carry on our friendship.

It is so amazing how when you have a relationship with the Lord and accept the Holy Spirit to dwell inside of you... how you begin to show traits of humbleness and the characteristics of Jesus. She didn't have to forgive me, but she loved me and has experienced the forgiveness from her Father... she knows how that feels and humbled herself enough to forgive me. Someone who she thought would never say these hurtful words... she forgave. And I so love her for that.

Friday, May 7, 2010

First Wet!

And it begins... yes, my children LOVE water... they LOVE the summer... they LOVE to swim. I bought this plastic pool just so they can play in a little water... while I try to get a little color on my pasty-self. We all just want a little of something :o). Enjoy.

This might be just a little to much fun :o)
Heidi screaming for joy.

Fill up the bucket..


Heidi for some reason wanted to get in and out...


Sweet girls

Awww... I know... such sweetness...




Splish Splash

Burrrr...






Getting their kick on


Crazy girls...

They were jumping and then falling on their bottoms. Good times!


Hailee got cold so she got out... it was all up to Heidi to carry on the fun.

And she had a great time!