Saturday, March 31, 2007

April Newsletter

In the book of Psalms you can find praises to God, prayers, cries for help, inspiring thankfulness, and many other things. One of those other things you can find in there are Imprecatory Psalms. These psalms are psalms of lament. David wrote an imprecatory psalm that can be found in Psalm 109. Here David talks to God about how bad his enemies are. David curses them before the Lord. He asked God to deliver him from all his enemies. If I were writing a Psalm of lament it would look more like this:

Brandi 109…page 696
O God, creator of heaven and earth, do not turn a deaf ear in my time of stress.
All around me are the remains of rubbish left from our five children running around my house. Their fingerprints can be traced everywhere.
Do not let daily chores mock me any longer. Do not allow them to taunt me with their stench.
I clean them, but they still haunt me. I shake my Swiffer Wet Jet at them, but my enemies only laugh louder.
O God, send Mr. Clean to reek havoc on this home. Let him condemn the dust bunnies to utter darkness.
May he have no mercy on the thirty loads of laundry waiting to be hung. Overpower that laundry as it has overpowered me.
For it has refused to relinquish the formula throw up stains. It delights in wrinkling, and it has vowed to become dirty again next week.
Deal firmly with my dirty dishes for they delight when I run out of JOY. Show them who’s boss with a new S.O.S. pad.
Help me O Sovereign Lord for my knees are weak from scrubbing boy pee off the bathroom floor. I am an object of mockery to my Mother-in-Law.
You stand beside the needy. You are ready to save them from tormenting chores.
Let them curse me if they like; let the kids hide the toilet scrubber again. But, I, your homemaking servant will continue to worship.

Of course that’s all just silliness, but does God really care about the day to day things in life? I believe so. Does he give rest to the overscheduled soccer mom? Will he strengthen the husband who is working over time? Does he enjoy giving supernatural wisdom to a weary college student? Would he go out of his way to bring beauty to a homebound older woman? Does he delight in showing the unexpected to a child during a long car ride? I say Yes.
The psalms are a great example of how God desires to hear from us during all kinds of seasons in our life. God doesn’t get bored of the boring. He doesn’t get tired of hearing your thankfulness. He doesn’t get offended at your laments. How do I know this? What was it said about David, the writer of Psalms? Oh yes, “David was a man after God’s own heart.” The Lord delights in being in relationship with us. Go ahead, talk to him. He likes it.

My nose will soon be adorned with some Bling.

I'm very excited about the upcoming nose piercing event!

I think I will want to go either this Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. I will have house guests from in about an hour to Tuesday sometime. I guess who ever wants to come can. I can't pick. I guess if you have some work to get done at the Tattoo place we can make a date of it. How funny is that? I'll let you know when I decide on a time.

Ashlee...I was shocked to hear you say that you are interested in a nose ring as well! The price is $35.

I watched several videos on YouTube of people getting their nose pierced. I can totally do it. I mean come on...I've had five children. I can deal with a little needle. I'm so very excited! It's going to be so cute!

Thursday, March 29, 2007

I'm Going to Do iT!

OKay, so I'm finally going to do it!

I've wanted to do it for years now, but there were always reasons or excuses why I shouldn't/couldn't.

*What kind of example would I be making?
*What will my Mother in Law or Grandma say?
*Will I look like I'm flaking out?
*Is it okay for a mother of five to have one?

Forget all that! I like it so I'm going to do it. I think it looks very feminine and attractive.

Sometime in the next two weeks I want to get it done.

We almost got it done on our date the other night, but I decided that I wanted to go with a girlfriend instead.

So, which one of you will go with me?

Date Update

Sorry the update has taken so long. It's been so very very busy here at the Wilson home. (That's why we needed the date in the first place.)

Let me tell you that it was the perfect date! Thank you both Cherith and Jennifer! I took your advice! It was just what we needed. Usually our dates are filled and packed with things we can do without kids. We usually eat at a places without ball pits, and then we go to see movies that don't involve talking pigs or we shop for things that don't come in primary colors. I enjoy doing those usual things, but it was so nice to go on a date and not do them this time.

Before Randy got home I snuck some blankets and pillows in the back of the Suburban. When we left we drove over to my favorite bakery and when we got there I told him that I would pick him out a dessert and then he could pick me out one. It was so nice to see that we both picked out the perfect one for each other. Even that simple sugary thing made the night more perfect. Then we stopped at a chicken drive through and picked up something from the window. We were laughing because as we were getting closer the chicken place Randy said, "Oh, you're taking me to Church's Chicken. How nice." He was being sarcastic, but when he found out that I really was taking him there we had a good laugh.
So, we got our food and we went to the park on Ambler. Thank you Jennifer! It was the perfect place. We ate our food at the picnic table. It was yummy and relaxing. Then I went to the car and I grabbed our blankets and pillows. When Randy saw the pillows he fell in love with me all over again. He's been working so hard with Aaron this week that he's been really tired. I carried the blankets and pillows to one secluded area with plush grass and laid the blankets out. I couldn't have picked a more perfect spot! We laid down and the whole world felt perfect. The air was so fresh, the nature noises were enchanting, the temperature was perfect, the grass was comfortable. We talked for a little while and we actually got to see the sun set behind some trees. Randy dozed off and had a wonderful nap. I had taken along some playing cards, but he just wanted to rest. I wish I had taken a book, but I wasn't bored. I just laid down and enjoyed being outside. I was overwhelmingly thankful for how peaceful everything was going.
We had a good rest there until the mosquitoes decided it was dinner time. We packed up our blankets and went to the car. I had planned for us to go to the coffee shop after that, but neither of us wanted any coffee so we decided to go play Putt Putt instead. I had not played Putt Putt in years until just the other night on my date with Becky. We laughed a lot there.
When we left we stopped by the movie store before going home, and rented a fantastic movie. It's called A Good Year. I totally recommend seeing it! We both loved it.

Anyway, the whole evening was perfect! I loved everything about it.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Slap Stick Comedy

Spencer and I were riding in the car alone the other day when he very seriously said to me, "I don't pick my nose and eat my boogers anymore. Now I just pick my nose when it's stuffed up." I said, "Oh, yeah, that's good." Then he said, "But not the girls. They think it's Fast Food!"

Help me.

Okay, I need some ideas. Tonight I'm going on a date with my baby's daddy, and I don't want to do the same ol' thing. (dinner and a movie) He has requested that I take him on a date, arrange for babysitting and surprise him with a good evening. He's never requested such a thing before so he must really need it. We've been promised a busy busy busy busy rest of the week so he wants some alone time with me tonight. I've already got babysitting. I just need a good plan.

His Mom will come over @ 6:30, and the latest we can be out is 10:00, but probably 9:00 because she doesn't like to get my kids to bed. So, without a lot of time I'm having trouble thinking of something fun. Also, $40 or less would be nice. That's almost half of my weeks budget for such things.

Impress me.

Monday, March 26, 2007

On Mozart and Martha Stewart

Here’s something of interest to read. I thought it would fit in nicely with this group. I found it a bit inspiring. It’s in the book The Journey of Desire (pgs 152-154). It’s shortened obviously. John Eldredge is the author. Enjoy you creative and lovely people.

Somehow, “notes Os Guinness, “we human beings are never happier than when we are expressing the deepest gifts that are truly us.” Now, some children are gifted toward science, and others are born athletes. But whatever their specialty, all children are inherently creative. Give them a barrel of Legos and a free afternoon and my boys will produce an endless variety of spaceships and fortresses and who knows what. It comes naturally to children; it’s in their nature, their design as little image bearers. A pack of boys let loose in a wood soon becomes a major Civil War reenactment. A chorus of girls, upon discovering a trunk of skirts and dresses, will burst into the Nutcracker Suite. The right opportunity reveals the creative nature.
This is precisely what happens when God shares with mankind his own artistic capacity and then sets us down in a paradise of unlimited potential. It is an at of creative invitation, like providing Monet with a studio for the summer, stocked full of brushes and oils and empty canvases. Or like setting Martha Stewart loose in a gourmet kitchen on a snowy winter weekend, just before the holidays. You needn’t provide instructions or motivation; all you have to do is release them to be who they are, and remarkable things will result. As the poet Hopkins wrote, “What I do is me: for what I came.”
Oh, how we long for this-for a great endeavor that draws upon every faculty, a great “life’s work” that we could throw ourselves into. “God has created us and out gifts for a place of his choosing, “says Guinness, “and we will only be ourselves when we are finally there.” Our creative nature is essential to who we are as human beings-as image bearers-and it brings us great joy to live out with freedom and skill. Even if it’s the simple act like working on your photo albums or puttering around in the garden-these too, are how we have a taste of what was meant to rule over a small part of God’s great kingdom.

So go today and create! I’m going to go to the grocery store and be creative and paint my cart with all kinds of healthy foods, shampoo, a new shirt and maybe a little something for my Secret Sister.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Miles is Famous!

"If you get your face in the pape then you're famous!" -Jackie Boy in The NEWSIES

Miles was in the paper today! He had horse therapy yesterday and they took these photos of Miles. So cute! (He's the small one.)

Tuesday, March 20, 2007


A picture of me.
A real picture of me.
There's no one else in the photo.
My eyes aren't half way shut.
I don't have spit up on my shirt.
I do have on makeup.
I did have to take it myself, but's a real picture of me.

Monday, March 19, 2007

My Little Entrepreneurs

Yesterday we were at my Mom’s house and Spencer had a great idea. He started collecting acorns so he could paint them and then sell them for 50 cents each. I told him that was a great idea. Before we left he had a whole glove full of acorns. On the way home Joey had the idea of painting puzzle pieces and selling them. When we got home Randy and I got the girls and Miles down for a nap, and we told the boys they could paint their stuff while the rest of us napped. When we woke up they had paint on their face, and lots of painted wares. They even made signs. I was glad to see the price went down to 25 cents. I’m so proud of their work. Since yesterday they’ve already sold a few. If Spencer were telling you this story he would make sure to add that Melody was very upset because she didn’t have any money to buy an acorn so he gave her the prettiest one for free.
WARNING: If you come to my house…bring quarters.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

I'm blessed going in and coming out!

I just had to send a Shout Out to my Shampoo manufacturer!

I was taking a shower and I noticed a special blessing that was given to me.

I have some Garnier Fructis shampoo that has nutritive fruit micro-oils. It really is a fortifying shampoo. If that's not enough it also sleeks and shines my hair! It's has 17.3 fluid ounces to help my frizzy, dry or unmanageable hair.

Guess what this great shampoo did for me! IT GAVE ME 33% MORE FOR FREE! Can you believe that? I am highly favored. Please don't be jealous.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Can you find yourself?

Isn't this picture amazing?
Holli gave me a wonderful scrapbook for Christmas with several pages already done. One of the pages had this picture in it. I love it so much! The only thing I remember about that day is that one lady in the picture that I don't know...her daughter got her head stuck in the bars at the hyena cage. funny.

Anyway, several of you are in the picture so I thought you would enjoy the blast from the past.

I love Holli so much! I miss her being so close. She came over Sunday on the way to San Antonio. I will have to post a picture soon of all our kids together. Her kids are really growing up. They are so sweet natured. I love being around them. Anyway, we had a great time. She always asks about several of you. (I make stuff up). Just kidding. Enjoy the picture.

Monday, March 12, 2007

No husband.
Throw up.
Kids home all day.
Crying kids at all hours of the night.
Allergic reaction to medication.
So frazzled I slept on the floor last night.
Money to spend, but kids too sick to take to spend it.

spring BREAK? I think not.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

No church for me today.

Well, I wasn't just skipping church today to sleep in. Last night Jocie threw up all night long. Luckily, she's good about making it to the toilet so there wasn't a whole lot of cleaning up to go along with the waking up. I can't tell you how strange it is to be at home on a Sunday morning. I really don't know what to do with myself.
This morning when I told Jocie that we weren't going to church because of her yucky stomach she said, "Oh, okay. I will tell Miss Krissy." She was acting like she had to call in to children's church to tell her teacher she wasn't going to make it. I thought that was cute.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Fav Holiday Treat?


What is your favorite holiday food treat? Any holiday.

For example: I love Cadbury Bunny Eggs at Easter. I bought one the other day, and it was delish, but I'm going to try to stay away from them for the rest of the Easter season.

Randy loves pumpkin pie during Thanksgiving. I make several for him during October/November and he eats the whole thing by himself.

My sister in law also loves Cadbury Bunny Eggs. She actually freezes them so she can have them all year. She's skinny too...this makes no sense to me.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Thank You Gail

Here is an amazing picture of our family that my dear friend Gail drew of us! She gave it to me yesterday at church, and I haven't been able to think of much else since then. Today I went to Kinkos and got copies made. The one that she gave me is huge! I'm going tonight to get it framed. I'm so excited! It made me feel so loved! Her talent boggles my mind! This drawing is one of my most prized possessions! Hey, does anyone know something that Gail would LOVE for a thank you gift?

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Weight Loss

Today was my annual “womanly” appointment. Don’t worry guys….I’m not talking about girly stuff on this post!

We all know how that’s a dreaded appointment. I don’t have to elaborate on the details.

What I really wanted to talk to Dr. Ward about during the appointment was how I’ve been working on loosing weight for 3 months now without a lot of results. (As you will be able to tell on the upcoming weigh in.) He started talking to me about weight loss and then he asked me how tall I was. I told him. Then he asked me how much I weighed. I told him. When I said how much I weighed his eyes got huge and said, “WHOA!”
I’M NOT KIDDING! It’s every woman’s worse nightmare! Strangely, he was so animated that I didn’t get offended. I was surprised at his response, but I just thought, “Yeah, that’s my thoughts too!” Thank the Lord that I have a good attitude! You know, I’m sitting there without my clothes…just a sheet draped over me when I told him how much I weighed. What? Did he think the minute before that I weighed 120?
So, I endured the offensive reaction to gain some great wisdom from him. He asked me how I put on all the weight and I said, “Well, I have some self control issues, and a lot of stress with Miles.” Once I said that I had some self control issues his whole attitude changed towards me. Since I took responsibility for my actions he totally wanted to help me! He was talking to me about how a lot of women talk to him about weight issues, but they seem shocked and confused about how the weight got upon their bodies. He said, “Calories don’t attack anyone in their sleep!”
He was so encouraging to me! He kept telling me how I can handle a lot, and that I have what it takes to loose the weight. He talked about how I’m a great Mom to have 5 children and manage them, Miles, and with my husband owning his own business. He said that he wants to help me. He gave me a prescription to help give me energy and curb my appetite. I’m saying this because I didn’t want to sneak around anyone’s back. I feel really good about it. I have so much to loose. I really do need the help. I feel so discouraged at how much weight I have to loose. I think taking the medicine will help me get a good start. Also, he put me on a 1,200 calorie diet. WOW. I’ve never counted calories before, but 1,200 doesn’t seem like a lot.
I will see him monthly. He told me, “I know you can do this, and I will tell you now…I don’t like failure.” I told him that I didn’t either so I think we will make a good team.
I was really intimated about talking to him about these things today, but it worked out so well. I hope I’m not disappointing any of you by taking medication to help with my weight loss, but I have a long way to go so I need some help. Even while taking the medication I have to eat right or it won’t help. So, I still have to use self control. It will just help me.
I’m excited. Dr. Ward is an OB doctor, but he’s also my regular physician. He was excited about helping me loose weight. I think I’m going to be his pet project. He probably gets bored with the pregnant ladies all day. He has always called me his frequent customer (Five kids remember). I think that’s why he’s happy to help me loose this weight.
Anyway, be happy for me.