This is the best cleaning schedule around!

This is the best cleaning schedule around!
Perfect for busy moms!

October 31, 2008

Friday Flashback

October 29, 2005
Grace's 1st Halloween

The Sweetest Little Lady Bug I Have Ever Seen!
Gracie and Daddy
Gracie and Papaw

October 27, 2008

They're Creepy and They're Kooky.....

Mysterious and Spooky
They're altogether ooky,
The Shipman Family.
Back Row L-R (Cousins: Sawyer, Jenna, Sy)
Middle Row L-R (Cousins: Jadyn, Selia, Brett)
Front Row (My little cuties Gauge & Grace
Mommy's little Ballerina.  I bought her Tutu on Etsy from Trinity's Tutu.  How could I resist?
Gentlemen, start your engines.  Gauge was my little Race Car Driver.  Since he isn't quite old enough to fully understand Trick or Treat or to even care for that matter, we went for warmth and comfort.
We trick or Treat in my Mom & Dad's Subdivision.  They give you 1 hour for trick or treat.  So as soon as it turned 5:00 pm it was off and running.

Even the people handing out the candy got into the spirit of things.
Gauge and Grandpa Shipman
Grace was a girl on a mission. This means unfortunately, most of the pictures I got of her were from behind :)
Gauge inspecting his loot.
I was so happy that this Halloween we had such beautiful weather!  We are also blessed to have such a close loving family.  Grace and Gauge had both sets of their Grandparents there to share in the fun.

October 26, 2008

It's Pumpkin Carving Time

Mommies Sweet Little Pumpkins

October 25, 2008

This Boy Can Sleep

Don't get me wrong...I would never ever complain about a baby sleeping too much! I'm just sayin' I have never experienced anything like my little Gauge.  His bed time is 7:30 pm.  Around 7 o'clock my hubby and I start hearing him say "Nigh, Nigh", "BaBa." And if his binkie or burp cloth are anywhere in the out...he is a man on a misison!
He will sleep from 7:30 pm until sometimes 10:30 am ! ! !
Wake up, eat breakfast, play for a couple hours and then it's Nigh Nigh 
time again!
This morning my sweet hubby let me sleep in. I slept until 10:30 am!  Boy 
did that ever feel good!!  Gauge, slept until 11:00 am.  A boy after my own
heart <3

October 24, 2008

Friday Flashback

October 26th, 2005
Gracie's 1st Halloween
She was only 10 months old
She wasn't scared to dig right in and get messy . . . little over 2 years later, she won't touch the stuff! "I'll just use the spoon mommy!"
Oh how I miss those chubby little arms and legs!
Dig in there
Mommies sweet baby girl!
Tomorrow is Trick or Treat. Grace is going as a Ballerina and Gauge is going to be a Race Car Driver. Should be a lot of fun! I will post pictures hopefully by Monday ;)

October 20, 2008

Weekend in Review

The weekend started off by Grace having Daddy and Doughnut Day at school.  Shawn went to her class where the daddies helped decorate doughnuts.  After consuming all those delectable calories . . .

They all headed to the gym for some dancing.
Some exercising
And lots of silly fun together.
After Daddy Doughnut Day, Shawn took Grace on a date.  They ate lunch at McDonalds and then headed to Mt.Vernon to the bike trail.  At the end of the trail there is a playground and a railroad car that you can play on.

Friday night Grace had a sleepover with Mamaw and Papaw.  They went to a High School Football game.  On Saturday, our local fire station had an open house for all the neighborhood kids.  
Here is Gracie and Papaw up in the Ladder Truck
Gracie and Papaw in front of the Medical Helicopter.
Gracie even got to sit in the Helicopter.
On Sunday morning (way to early) we headed down to Columbus for the Columbus Marathon.  Shawn participated in the 1/2 marathon.
Shawn among the 6000+ participants.
The finish line
I had never watched anything like it in my life.  It was quite an emotional experience watching everyone pass through the crowd on their way to the finish.
Shawn finished the 1/2 marathon in 2 hours and 6 minutes!  We're very proud of him!
Gracie wearing the medal that "Daddy won for her!"

Looking ahead to this week . . . 
I need to finish up shopping for Gracie's Halloween costume and we still need to carve pumpkins.

October 16, 2008

The Lord has placed me here!

Many times, people have asked how I came to become the Office Manager of my church, and I am always excited to tell that God placed me here.

Back in June of 2005, I was working in downtown Columbus as a Medical Laboratory Specimen Processor. The company manager had unexpectedly passed away the previous year which led to a downward spiral. Shawn and I had just built our first home and Grace was 6 months old. When the company shut their doors, I was left without a job. Do to the fact that the company closed, I was eligible for unemployment benefits. It did not amount to much, but it helped pay the bills.

Upon being let go from my job, I immediate began applying for jobs in and around the Columbus area. I had a few job interviews, but nothing was really panning out. I knew that whatever job I took would need to pay enough for me to afford daycare, otherwise it wouldn't be worth working outside the home. I needed to work outside the home, because like I said earlier we had a mortgage to pay. I needed to find it soon, my unemployment was due to run out in November.

Late one evening in October 2005 Shawn and I were just settling in for the evening when the phone rang. It was about 8 or 9 o'clock at night. Who would be calling at this hour? I picked up the phone and said hello. The voice on the other end was my Pastor. I thought what in the world would he be calling me for at this time of night. Shawn and I had only been attending this church for 2 years and were not super involved.

Pastor Ron proceeded to explain to me that the church was looking for a new Office Manager and that he thought that I would be a good fit for the job. I remember that moment like it was yesterday. I was standing in the dining room beside out kitchen table. I remember saying something like "How did you know I needed a job?" His response was "I didn't." You see Senior Pastor and my Associate Pastor had a need. They sat down with the church directory and prayed over it (they told me this later). They believed that the Lord would guide them to the right person to fill the position in the church office. The Lord gave them my name!
- They didn't know that I was out of work!
- They didn't know I was even looking for a job!
- They didn't know that my unemployment was about ready to run out!
- They didn't know that I needed daycare for my child!
- They just knew that the Lord guided them to me and they were being faithful.

I said to Pastor Ron, "well, I have a baby and I will have to find daycare for her......" And he said "that is included!" Can you believe that? The Lord is so good! Not only did he provide me a job, he provided me with Christian daycare for my baby! I could not have dreamed of a better scenario. I get to work with Godly men and women everyday, in a workplace that is positive and encouraging. My children are here in the same building with me being taken care of by awesome women of God who are teaching them the ways of the Lord at a very tender age. For many many reason, I say today that I AM BLESSED!

By the way, the picture above was taken by Mrs. Linda, Grace's Pre-Kindergarten teacher a couple days ago. Grace asked if she could pray for her classmate! I can't even imagine how these sweet little boys and girls are pleasing the Lord.

I am where the Lord has placed me!

Are you where God wants you to be?
Has the Lord worked
in an awesome way in your life?
If so, I would love to hear about it.

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