Wednesday, February 25, 2009

If You are Pro-Life, Then Send a Red Envelope

Please join me, Marsha, Tammy, Jan and and many others across this nation between February 28- March 1,2009 in the Red Envelope Campaign. This is our chance to do something. This is our chance to let our voices be heard, on the issue of abortion. Please pray and consider sending an Red envelope to the White House:

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, D.C. 20500

Write the following message on the back of the envelope:: This envelope represents one child who died in abortion. It is empty because that life was unable to offer anything to the world. Life begins with conception.

If you would like to know more about this campaign then visit the website HERE!
You can send this envelope at any time, but many people have decided to send it this weekend for what will hopefully make a strong impact on our nation's leader.

Heavenly Father,
I pray with humble heart that this message will reach millions. I pray that we will not sit idly by as children who bare your name. I pray that we will have the courage to stand for what is right, and let our voices be heard. And I pray that you will soften the heart of our President to our voices. I pray that he will be overwhelmed by the sheer number of red envelopes, and that he will see that we are not the minority on this issue. I pray that you will use our faithfulness to change his heart. And Father God, I pray for all the lives whom have been devastated by abortion.
In Christ name,
Your Loving Daughter Tiffany

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Mi Amore!

I saw this tag over at Ashley's The Happily Ever Afters of the Lancasters. Since Love is the theme this month, I thought this would be perfect. In honor of my sweetheart ~here is my hubby tag!

1. He's sitting in front of the TV, what is on the screen?
The Biggest Loser, LOST, 48 hour mystery, Dateline, COPS, Law and Order, E.R.,or sports of some kind (especially football.) Because of his work schedule, he never gets to watch anything on a regular basis, but these are the shows he likes.

2. You're out to eat; what kind of dressing does he get on his salad?

3. What's one food he doesn't like?
Vegetables. He is so a meat and potatoes kind of guy. I have to remind him that "little eyes" are watching him. If he eats them, our son will at least try them. So, he's pretty good at pretending he likes them,now.

4. You go out to eat and have a drink. What does he order?
Diet Pepsi.

5. Where did he go to high school?
Grenada High School

6. What size shoe does he wear?
13 - 12 in dress shoes.

7. What is something he likes to do but never gets to do?
Golf, hunting or fishing when we're back home, spend as much time as he wants with our children, or relax and do nothing. He rarely seems to have an entire day off. Even when he is off during the week, he has to give presentations once a week to the 3rd and 4th year medical students, go to R-PAC in Columbus, or go to Cleveland for their weekly Emergency medicine resident skills training.

8. What is his favorite type of sandwich?
Probably pulled pork. He also enjoys the Italian combo from Panera Bread, the spicy chicken from Wendy's, or a good cheeseburger.

9. What would he eat every day if he could?
Steak and potatoes.

10. What is his favorite cereal?
Fruity Pebbles or Honey Smacks.

11. What would he never wear?
Pink, or anything remotely feminine. He also won't do turtle necks. He definitely has his own style and isn't interested in trends.

12. What is his favorite sports team?
Depends on what sport you are talking about. I think he has favorites in each category.

13. Who did he vote for?
We are very conservative, so -republican.

14. Who is his best friend?
Me!~hee-hee! I think his best guy friend would be Kurt, Chad or Jason.

15. What is something you do that he wishes you wouldn't do?
Squeeze the toothpaste in the middle of the tube, or when I get behind in doing laundry. Or, sometimes I take on too many projects at the same time and then get stressed out.

16. What is his heritage?
As far as I know mostly Irish and Scottish.

17. You bake him a cake for his birthday; what kind?
He's not a huge birthday person, so he'd appreciate any cake or nice dinner I took the time to make. Or even just taking him out for a nice dinner date just the two of us. -That's more his style.

18. Did he play sports in high school?
No. He was in the Grenada High School Band, which was the best in the state and 13th in the nation at that time.

19. What could he spend hours doing?
Sleeping---and he needs all the rest he can get with his crazy schedule!

20. What is one unique talent/gift he has?
He is a great doctor. He has been praised by other doctors for his wonderful bedside manner. He is not only helpful, but has a very down to earth and calming effect on patients. We've had people stop us from time to time in the store or on the street to say, "Dr. Taylor, do you remember me? You took care of my mother, or my grandfather, or brother...." It warms my heart and makes me so proud to be his wife.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Handmade Valentines

Well, Valentine's Day has come and gone, but, I wanted to share the Valentine cards the children and I have been making together. We are sending them in the mail to our family. (Yes, I know they're late, but, I'll know to start earlier next year.) Both Trey and Anna Grace colored and helped cut hearts out for our cards. I'm still celebrating, and probably will be for the rest of the month. I'm just in the mood for love. Love, love, love. I put together a new play list of love songs for the rest of this month. -My little man just turned 3. I have a 3 year old. (How did that happen?) It's tough being a mom, sometimes. I want them to stay small forever. I've got a funny to Hugh had off and we were trying to eat lunch and watch an episode of LOST, while the babies took a nap. Problem was, they didn't want to take a nap. At one point daddy tried to intervene, and settled them back into bed. Sissy asked, "Where's mommy?" To which he replied, "Mommy is going to take a nap too." Well, Trey could see me sitting on the couch. He stood up in his bed, looked straight at me and said, "Oh come on!!!!.... Then he jumped out of bed came in the living room and said, "You're not taking a nap!" I swear I almost fell on the floor laughing. Hugh said, "Did he really just say that? Where in the world did that come from?" Who knows. Gotta love them. They're positively precious!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Planting Little Seeds Of Faith

We have had rain here for about three days now. Last night, it was storming especially hard outside. I love the rain. It's so relaxing. It makes me just want to curl up with a good book or popcorn and a movie. We live in a cozy little rental house right now, and both bedrooms are at the back of the house. The owner built a tin roof awning off the back patio, and it's right next to our bedrooms. So at night, we have been opening the window, just a crack, to listen to the rain coming down on the tin roof.

Have you ever heard a tin roof bend and pop in the wind? It sounds a little like thunder. And our children are not terribly fond of loud, crashing thunder. In fact, it scares them. Our little princess kept waking up crying. I went in about three different times to rock her back to sleep. Then, around three this morning, I heard her again. I went in to change her diaper and settle her back down to sleep.

I didn't know my little man was awake, until he started talking to me...

T: Mom, what's that up in that cloud?
Me: It's nothing sweetie, go back to sleep.
T: No mom, it's rain. The cloud is full of rain.
Me: Oh, well yes it is honey. It's raining outside.
T: Yes! ...(long pause)...Hey mommy you hear that? It's loud out there. It's windy.
Me: Yes, baby, it is.
T: Sissy's scared. That loud wind make Sissy cry. Will you stay with us mommy.
Me: Yes baby. I'll stay for a little while til you fall back to sleep.

I tried to sneak out when I thought they had drifted off, but my little princess started crying and calling for me, as soon as, I got out the door. So, I went back in and picked her up.

T: Mommy sissy's still scared.
Me: It's OK, mommy is here. You can go back to sleep.
T: Mommy, will you sleep with me?
Me: Are you scared too, baby.
T: (Very quietly...) -yes.
Me: OK, I'll be right back....

So, I made a pallet on the floor between their cribs. Sissy , ended up falling asleep with me holding her hand. But every few minutes, my little man would say, "Mommy, you hear that?" So finally, I asked him, "Honey, is the wind still scaring you?"

T: ~yes.
Me: Would you like to ask Lord Jesus to make the scary wind go away?
Me: OK, go ahead...
T: Dear Jesus, You hear that out there? It's loud out there. It's windy. That wind is loud out there. It's loud and scary. It's scaring me. I don't like the scary wind. Make it go away. OK? OK. In Jesus name -Amen.

And you know what? GOD answered that sweet little prayer. The wind immediately died down. (It was still blowing, but for the rest of the night it never blew hard enough to wake either of them up.) I told my little man, "See honey, Lord Jesus answered your prayer." "YES!", he said. ~ And I whispered a little prayer of my own. A little prayer of thanks, in my heart.

Thank you Father for answering his prayer. Thank you for making yourself real to him. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to grow his faith. -Amen.

Today, at breakfast and lunch, I told them the story from the Bible of how Jesus calmed the storm. My little man asked, "Like Jesus did last night?"
Me: "Yes, my sweetheart, just like He did for you last night."

What a precious, precious moment, I will treasure always! ~Blessings!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Valentine Fun!!!!

Here are the pictures I promised....The children and I are working on hand made Valentines this week for our family. I'll share pictures of those later in the week! Love and Blessings to all!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Baby Announcement!

I'm happy to announce the arrival of Colin Jeremy Preusser. He was born February 4, 2009, to Glen and Heidi Preusser. He is also welcomed by older siblings Kyle and Keira, as well as, extended family and lots of friends! I can tell you he is nothing short of precious! I got to snuggle him at the hospital on Friday.
What is it exactly about holding a newborn and smelling their little heads that makes you want to run home and have another one of your own. Heidi started laughing at me. She said, "Tiffany, I can see it all over your face." I just about melted into a puddle on the floor, right there. I haven't felt that strong mommy yearning in a long time. -Don't get any ideas, I'm very happy with the two I have. Besides, I can still get my fix, if Heidi ever needs a break. I'd be more than happy to babysit. hee-hee!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Tis the month of Love!

I have been so in the lovey-dove mood lately. Even before February was here, I was ready to celebrate Valentine's Day. I bought a few little happies from Target to brighten up our little home and get ready for the month of LOVE!

It started with my friend Heidi. She knows how much I love cooking and entertaining. So, for my birthday last week, (February 2nd,) she gave me these adorable hot pink dish towels with a little cupcake on them. She also gave me two heart shaped ice trays. Too cute. I'll have to post a picture later. Well, Then I went to Target and bought more dish towels and wash cloths with pink and red hearts on them, a hot pink oven mitt with a cupcake on it, and grocery list that matches to hang on the frig, 4 pink and red owl place mats with hearts on their bellies, 2 heart platters, and 2 children's' trays with owls and hearts on them. Then I got flowers from my sweet husband and mother-in-law for my birthday. So, the house is filled with color. It's nice, since we're stuck inside with all the snow. Not only does it brighten things up, but it lifts your spirits, too.

So, I'm in the mood for love. My sweet sister, Demetria has started a list of things she loves about her husband, over at her blog. She is going to add to it every day throughout the month. I am joining in and you'll find my growing list to the left on my side bar. I'm also taking her lead by doing something special for him everyday, just to remind him how much I love and appreciate him. I'm leaving him little love notes around the house with different shades of kisses. I'm already using my heart shaped ice trays with red food coloring, so I can fill his glass with little red hearts at meal time. And I made him breakfast in bed, and served it on one of the heart shaped platters I purchased. And I have to admit, this is a lot of fun. Won't you join us? Maybe we can even give each other ideas.

I'll leave you with a poem that inspired the name of my list. The poem is by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

How Do I Love Thee

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace
I love thee to the level of every day's
quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love with a passion put to use
In my old griefs
, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.