Saturday, September 29, 2007

Abby and Santa

Abby got the commercial she auditioned for earlier this month. The shoot went very well, I was so proud of her. I don't know many children who would sit on Santa's lap for 2 1/2 hours under the hot lights without complaining!

I couldn't have been a more proud Mom!

Here are a few pictures:

Kat, our wonderful hair and makeup artist, Abby twirling in her dress while she waited, sitting with Santa, and about half of the crew. The rest were behind me.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Poem: Our Hope

I wrote this back in high school and just found it while going through old papers this week. I had forgotten about it.

Our Hope

Before roses had thorns, and women had pain, God walked with men.
In a Perfect Paradise, free from troubles, God laughed with men.

No sadness to mourn, no trial to battle, no worries or cares.
No sickness to bare, no burden to carry, no dangers to fear.

No heart-broken lovers, no unloyal friends, no questions of why,
No purposeless living, no sin to regret, no reason to cry.

In a world with everything, the lie of all lies, that God's plan is not good,
it tricked humankind - deceived us to death - it still reigns in our world.

That He's not enough, that we need something more than His good Will allows.
That if we run extra hard, look very close, happiness will follow.

Just around the corner. Behind door number three. Over the next pass.
Reach that next goal. Stray from the path. Fulfillment at last.

I know it will be in the next human being,
Then I'll be happy - If I had just one more thing.

But it's never enough.

A vicious cycle of running around, opening new doors.
For what do we live? We "know" it is Christ - what do we really live for?

Looking Christ-like for others? Obeying the rules? Just playing the game?
So we feel good, so they think we're it, but it's just a charade.

"To live is Christ... and do die is gain." Is that true in our life?
If we only knew - really knew - the Way aside from this strife!

Don't you see?

We are forgiven, free from our burden, and saved by His blood.
God wins in the end! He's made us a Home! He calls us his sons!

We're not of this world, where treasure turns dust and thieves come to steal.
We're children of God! Co-heirs with Christ! There's hope that is real!

The knowledge of God, and Christ's love for us - There's true joy in this!
When we've left this place, when we're done passing through, we'll be where there is...

No sadness to mourn,
No trial to battle,
No worries or cares.

No sickness to bear,
No burden to carry,
No dangers to fear.

No heart-broken lovers,
No unloyal friends,
No questions of why.

No purposeless living,
No sin to regret,
No reason to cry.

A Perfect Paradise, talking and laughing with God, As when the rose had no thorns.
Then we'll be happy. Then we'll be fulfilled. When we're with our Lord!

Monday, September 24, 2007

Abby in the Flowers

I caught this picture of Abby today. My goodness, she is growing up...

Thursday, September 20, 2007

My Girls

The girls have an audition today, so I had to throw together some Comp Cards from pictures I've taken recently. Here they are!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Alan Keyes for President, 2008

I just spent an hour watching videos on Alan Keyes' website. I didn't write this, it is a form letter, but I figured my blog was a good place to post it:

Because the 2008 election is one of the most important in our nation's history, we can't afford to let the elites who control the political process dictate our choices for president. Instead, grassroots Americans need to step forward and support a true conservative leader who represents the values and priorities most Americans share.We need a proven statesman, constitutional authority, and national moral leader to lead and unify our country in these difficult times! We need ALAN KEYES!

I encourage you to SIGN THE PLEDGE supporting Alan Keyes for president -- and FIND FIVE OTHERS who will do the same: I'd also like to invite you to join the Keyes Team and get involved in the movement to elect this superbly-qualified, courageous advocate of moral principle:

You can view streaming videos of Dr. Keyes at -- to see, firsthand, Alan's inspiring speeches and interviews, and to learn more about his moral-based positions.

Alan Keyes -- who served as Ronald Reagan's Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations, and who wrote his Harvard dissertation on the Constitution -- is unparalleled among the candidates for president. Please support this outstanding statesman.

Singing the night away

I was an hour of entertainment for my kids tonight, singing and acting out every disney song I knew - especially the princess songs. That was how I used to entertain the kids I babysat. I can remember countless children in different families who would dance with me as I sang about dreams, wishes, and far away lands.

The girls decided we should be Disney Princesses. Abby suggested we make our own movie! The story line so far is that I'm the queen (surprisingly, a good queen) and they're the princesses and we get separated. Nathan is going to be the knight that saves us. Maybe he rides in on his princely electric train set? :) I don't know where the story is going, but Abby's composing the music and Katie's doing the dancing!

I just love singing that kind of music. We watched "Barbie and the Island Princess" tonight. I just don't think I'll ever outgrow a good romantic fairty tale. I thank God every day that he gave me girls to enjoy this with!

Anyway, there's no real reason I'm sharing this, except that maybe one day we will all be singing together in something - even if it's a movie we make ourselves. I love seeing their excitement, especially in something I enjoy so much too!

Good night, and sweet dreams!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Photo Painting

I have a new hobby - painting - and it isn't messy! I'm learning via online tutorials how to do it in photoshop. Here's my first attempt.

First, here is a picture of my friend's little girl Kate. Isn't she sweet?

Then she asked if I could put Kate on a yellow brick road. Turning the sidewalk into a yellow brick road was very hard and didn't look very good, so instead I super imposed her into a picture I found.

And then I painted it.

What do you think? I like painting because it doesn't have to be exact! And since I'm not a perfectionist, I think it's perfect for me :) I think you can click on them to see the images larger.

The emerald city looks a little like it's melting, but I like the landscape better, especially the cliffs.

Monday, September 10, 2007

The ultimate story

I need to write the ultimate story for my kids. It needs to include puppies (or other animals), a prince and a princess, and lots of trucks, trains, tractors, or cars. That would cover all three of my children! Here are some ideas:

- A Prince and a Princess from a faraway land get mysteriously transported to the future, with flying cars, trains, etc and they get separated. Only with the help of the magical talking puppies do they get reunited.

- A poor boy saves up all his money to ride the train - his dream. He does it by raising puppies and selling them to good homes. While on the train, he meets an unexpected person - a young princess, running away so she doesn't have to live in the palace. After the train ride, he brings her back to his farm and his family teaches her about farm life. She rides tractors, milks cows, collects eggs. After her adventure, she decides it is time to go home, only she's stronger and has learned to appreciate her family and what she has.

More to come...

Friday, September 7, 2007


When I was in high school we had a cat named Monti. He was an orange and white cat that acted more like a dog. While getting ready for school in the bathroom at the top of the stairs, I would throw down Q-Tips. He would fly after them and "fetch" the Q-tips, bringing them back to me.

At first we wondered where the Q-tips went when he tired of the game, but we later discovered he had buried his treasures under the hallway rug! What a great cat!

Monti slept with me for awhile, but that ended when I threw him across the room accidentally. I awoke, suffocating, with a cat on my head, and I sent him sailing with out even thinking. I lost my bed-mate after that!

My parents thought I might be allergic to Monti so they gave him away. I always missed him. I did, that is, until now!!

Have you heard of Webkinz? I bought one for each of my girls, and I had so much fun playing, I bought one for myself! (To play with them, of course...) I chose an Orange and White cat and named him Monti. I let the girls play with the stuffed animal, but I can now see my beloved cat again online whenever I wish. I can even buy him clothes, decorate his room, and give him a bubble bath. It really is cool...

I'm glad I have little girls so I can enjoy things like this!

Here he is, sleeping in the little bed I bought him. :)