Thursday, April 15, 2010

Mornings with Noni and Isaac

I love the mornings with the "Supercutes," as my husband likes to call them. They are always in the best moods--happy after a good night's sleep. Here's a few shots from this morning!

Monday, April 5, 2010

What's in a Name?

As a little girl, I looked forward to the day I would get married and have a family of my own. I cannot say I ever had any ambition other than being a housewife and mother. Other girls wanted to be doctors, lawyers, actresses, singers or successful business women, but I just wanted to stay home and have babies.

This may seem silly to some, but I kept a book of potential names for the children I would have. Any name I liked, I would write down. I would also write potential middle names to go with the first name. I always liked to know the meaning of names as well. I found it fascinating and still do. My name means princess.

Because I had parents who gave great consideration to what my sisters and I were named I wanted to name my own children with great care. I didn’t want to give my children names that had a bad connotation like Delilah or Cain. I also wanted their names to mean something.

There is an old Hebrew folk saying from the Bible: kishmo ken hu–”Like his name, so is he” (1 Samuel 25:25). I believe that a person’s name can indicate the kind of person they will become or the character they will have.

Brad and I had names picked out before we ever even conceived Isaac. We finally decided to try to conceive our first child when we’d been married for a little over two years. It took us nine months to finally get pregnant, and when I took that test, I was so shocked and surprised at seeing the second line, I laughed. I laughed for about five minutes straight! And I knew immediately in my heart that I was having a boy and that I wanted to name him Isaac because of its meaning–He laughes or laughter. I believe God gave me the gift of knowing I was going to have a boy and the name to go with it, and it was confirmed when Brad came home from a day snowboarding and agreed that “Isaac” was a good name. We later decided to give him the middle name Roger, naming him after my father. At the time it was a way to honor my father since he never had a son of his own, but I hope that Isaac will one day be just like his namesake–a strong Christian man who walks with integrity.

And then came our second pregnancy–I knew even before I took the test that we had another baby on the way. I also felt in my heart that our next baby would be a girl. I took the pregnancy test, saw the second line and knew immediately that I wanted to name our second child Naomi which means beautiful, gentle, and pleasant. When I shared the name with Brad, he again liked the name. We decided to give her the middle name of Sterling. Sterling is my middle name as well as my mother’s and grandfather’s, and we are all second born children. I had decided a long time ago that I wanted to give our second child that name because I wanted to continue the tradition. I hope one day she will be like her grandmother–a woman of faith who prays for others and gives godly counsel.

Names are important, so choose wisely!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter!

So I promised to get some photos. The kiddos were totally not in the mood for a photo shoot, but we managed to get a shot of each out of the bunch! Hope you all had a Happy Easter!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Make your own--Taco Seasoning

So I decided to post this recipe for taco seasoning. Isaac likes tacos now and this recipe for the spice blend is so easy and tasty--and not too spicy for little tongues. If you do a normal amount of cooking you should have most if not all of these spices already in your cabinet or spice rack.

1Tbsp chili powder
2 1/2 tsp paprika
2 tsp cumin
1 1/2 tsp onion powder or dehydrated chopped onion
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
dash a cayenne pepper (optional)

Add the spices and 3/4 cup water to your browned beef, turkey, buffalo, or even try it on veggie crumbles. Simmer on low for 5 min. and serve with all your favorite taco fillings in tortilla or taco shell.

Monday, March 1, 2010

To spank or not to spank

I know that people out there will disagree with me, but I believe that spanking is sometimes beneficial for correction. I do not always spank my child when he is being disobedient--there are other alternatives, but to say that spanking is not beneficial in any instance is ignorant. Studies have shown that spanking can be good for children under the age of 6.,2933,581882,00.html

The question is how and when spanking should be administered. If you are angry, you should resort to other methods than spanking to prevent excessive hitting. When Isaac is not listening or does something that gets my blood boiling, I send him to his room. For Isaac, being separated from me and the rest of the family members is usually a good way to say, "If you can't behave, then you can't be with us right now. When you decide you want to behave, you can come out of your room." I always try to talk to Isaac as if he is a young adult. I want him to understand from an early age that certain behaviors are not acceptable in our house. It's called setting boundaries. He is a good little boy overall, but from time to time he needs reminding that he is not allowed to do whatever he likes. There are rules that Brad and I have put in place for his protection and his benefit.

When I spank Isaac, it is usually for doing something that he has been told numerous times not to do. It is just a light swat that is meant to get his attention. And with a huge cloth diaper on his bottom, you can hardly call it painful. The point of a spanking, in my opinion, is to get their attention, not to beat them into submission.