A Halloween List

1. I call it a Halloween List because it's a list written on Halloween.

2.  I will do a separate post for the very very fun night we had tonight (if you were here tonight and took pictures, don't forget to send them to me!)

3. I feel like I've been lazy on the blog lately.

I've been blog lazy.


Sorry about that.

Hopefully it's not contagious.

4. Yesterday,  I stepped on a staple that was hiding in my rug. It went far into my heel. It seriously looks like I stapled my heel. It hurts so bad.

5. Boo

6. Hoo

7. I made this scarf last week. Turned out super cute!

I found the idea on Pinterest.
Here's the tutorial.

8. Shepherd got a haircut.

9. Laura Kate has started saying "Stop freaking out mommy" to me.

It's quite entertaining.

10. I made this cake in my crock pot. Two Words: Ah. Mazing.

11. I'll give you a teaser for my Halloween Post. This is my costume:

Get it? I'm the Red "C". The Red Sea. As in, Moses parted it.

(don't be confused by the picture, it was taken in the mirror so the C is backwards).

12. I might be having a post in the near future where I will eat some crow with a lot of my family and close friends.

I am seriously reconsidering a soap box of mine. It might shock you. Stay tuned just in case I decide to lower my pride.

13. I'm going against my very nature to end this list on an odd number.

But I feel like I need to. It's supposed to be. It is a Halloween list after all.

Isn't the number 13 like the mascot for Halloween?

Ok, I guess that would be a pumpkin.

But still.

It's only right.

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It's Baaaack!

The Fo-hawk!

As you can see on the right, my moose clearly needed a haircut. So he got his first haircut today and now it is short enough to go back to the fo! Fo-shizzle.
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"Mommy, are those slaves?" she asked, pointing to her babies on her bed.

"Where did you hear that word, "slaves"?"

"From the story with Moses and his people."

"Oh. Well, no. Those babies aren't slaves."
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Smart Boy

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Tender-Hearted Days

Since becoming a mom, I have experienced here and there what I like to call "tender-hearted days". What that means to me is that from time to time I feel an extra amount of tenderness towards one or both of my kids.

I feel that I am naturally a tender-hearted mom but what I am referring to is more of a stirring in my spirit towards my kids. An extra amount. More than the daily burden to pray for their salvation and their soul.

What those days generally look like for me:

-Typically triggered by something. Sometimes a worry or fear for them. Sometimes triggered by pride in an accomplishment. Sometimes it's just a glance in their direction.

-I am typically weepy about them all day. Most things that involve them even as little as someone mentioning their name, or common things like smiles and cries, make me tear up a little bit (or a lot).

-I am constantly burdened and reminded to pray for them. Some things are very broad (praying for their physical growth and development, praying for "teething" or for an obedient heart, etc....) while others are very very specific (that the Lord would protect their physical purity, that he would give them good verbal skills that they could from a young age accurately relay the Gospel, that they would pop a tooth through TODAY, or that they would specifically be protected from an ear infection, etc...) 

-I am overly protective and defensive of them. 

Today, I feel very tender towards my Shepherd boy. Already today I have felt and experienced all of the above list. I am trying to turn it all to prayer and praise and not worry or fear. Would you join me in praying for my Shepherd boy today?

What about you, do you have tender-hearted days?
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Dear Shepherd (7 Months)

Dear Shepherd,

You have been 7 months for two days and I can already tell this month is going to have some milestones. Every day you amaze me with your curiosity, tenderness and your utter, absolute, fascinating love for your big sasster. The two of you were made to be friends - the best kind of siblings. Here's some other things:

  • You are a chunk. No "weigh" around it. You have probably surpassed the 20lb mark. You also are just a tall boy. You are well on your "weigh" (ok, I'll stop now) to being a little studly beast of a man, just like your daddy.
  • You are solidly in 12 month clothes and size 4 diapers. So long size 3 and 9 month clothes!
  • You are talking! Let me clarify that this is not the crazy, non-stop talking your big sasster did (and who are we kidding---still does). Just here and there you will smile and say "dadada" or squeal and squak with delight. Daddy says this doesn't count as your first real word even though it is "dada".
  • You can sit all by yourself! i still pile pillows around you for the occasional topple over. 
  • You are trying to crawl. Every time I see it I have to resist the urge to flip you on your back and tell you "not yet". But don't worry about me. I don't think I'll ever be ready. I want you to stay my little bitty, non-mobile squishy forever and ever.
  • Even though you aren't crawling yet, you are rolling everywhere!
  • As I told you up there, you love love love your sasster. You are utterly fascinated with her, think she hung the moon, and laugh almost every time you see her. You have no idea how much joy this brings me as your mommy to see how much you two love each other. I pray you always love each other so much and that this love would just continue to grow.
  • You still love to jump and jump and jump and jump and jump and jump and jump (and jump) in your jumperoo (and jump).
  • You love the friends on your mobile still but you love the friends that mommy lets you hold and chew on even more.
  • You are so curious. You are fascinated by everything. You look at things and wonder: what would that feel like in my little grasp? what would that taste like if I put it in my mouth and chewed on it? Oh why not try it hum mum mum mum mum.
  • You still love to watch Praise Baby. Mommy turns it on for you while she and sister have their quiet times. You sing along and smile at the people and animals you see.
  • Still no teeth. You chew and drool on everything still. 
  • It's official. I think you are going to be stuck with chocolaty brown eyes, just like your mommy. They melt my heart every time I look into them.
  • You are a happy happy baby. Every day I pray for you, not that you would be happy, and not that you would be perfect, but that you would come to know the one who is. That our mighty God would know your name, would call you to himself, would set you apart and would rescue you from your sins. Whatever roads you walk in life, whatever jobs you have or dreams you follow, I pray that you would walk with HIM. 
You, my son, bring me delight and joy in my every day. I love you more than you will ever know and nothing you will do will ever change that. Happy 7 Months Shepherd!!

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A Running List

1. I went running today.

2. Hello, Couch-to-5K. I would say I've missed you, but I really hate to love you. And I love to hate you. It's a vicious cycle.

3. I hadn't really paid much attention to my legs, lungs, or ligaments lately (ok, I don't ever really pay a lot of attention to my ligaments, but I needed a third L word). I am right now.

Hello lungs, I'm sorry for mistreating you and not keeping you in shape.

Hello legs, I don't know what to say to you right now. I feel a little betrayed.

4. Running might just be the best stress reliever in the world. Not that I'm stressed. Not that I'm not stressed. Not that I'm not not stressed. I'm just sayin. Running helps stress.

5. In the middle of the running plan for today I wanted to lay right down right in the middle of the side walk on Ridge Road and just lay there....I could just lay there and just forget the world.

6. I didn't lay down and forget the world. I kept running and forgot the world anyway.

7. I ran to lose weight after having LK. I started in October as well. LK was 5 months old. Then I ran a 5K race in December.

8. I should have started running a little sooner after Shepherd. But it was a million degrees outside. Now it is just short of completely lovely. I enjoyed being outside very much.

9. Water always tastes so good after I run.

10. It felt good when I was done. I accomplished something physical and tangible today. And my legs, lungs and ligaments still hurt.

11. It's a great chance to listen to worship music and pour your heart and soul out to the Lord.

12. Running. It's been missing from my life. I need it. I want it.

13. (I can't feel my legs.)

(ok, okay. I wish I couldn't feel my legs)
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The not-so-Lazy Mom Challenge

Over on the Lazy Mom Blog, Stacey gave a challenge of no fast-food for the month of October. Crazy, I know. But the Wileys need to save some more money this month. We don't necessarily have a problem with eating an excessive amount of fast food (at least not since I learned to cook more than shake 'n bake and easy mac), but we are always up to a challenge, especially one that might save us some moolah! So, I talked to the SBOAM and we're in.

Here are our own rules:

1. No Food eaten from a place with a drive-through.


1. Date Night. If Kyle and I choose to eat at Rosa's (or other establishment with a drive-through) for date night and it involves us going inside, sitting down and eating for our date night, then it doesn't count.

2. An occasional Sonic Drink does not count. This is for two reasons: 1. We are taking this as a FOOD challenge. 2. I don't have a problem with spending gobs of money at Sonic. Once a week or so, I might pick up a coke.

**We may tweak our rules a bit, but these are the basic rules for the Wiley clan.

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Sittin Handsome

Look who's sitting like a big boy!

(sorry for the blur!)
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