Quotes: "Before you ever receive the wonderful treasures of a happy life, you must first give. Give of yourself. Be of service to others. Only what you give can be multiplied back into your own life. This is the law of the harvest, the law of the ten-fold return. If you give nothing, even it is multiplied, you receive nothing."- Mary Kay Ash
Sometimes we expect more from others because we would be willing to do that much for them.
"It's never too late to be what you might have been." -George Elliot
"It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt". -Abraham Lincoln
It's not the intent but the perception! -D
"Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you! Shout loud, "I am lucky to be what I am!" -Dr. Seuss
"You only have to get even with those that help you!"
"Treat a man as he is and you make him worse than he is. Treat a man as he has potential to become and you make him better than he is." -Goethe
and who loves to talk on her telephone "Hello! Hello!"
Dear Sweet Caroline,
You are the sunshine of our lives! You are perfect! There are so many fun things and sweet things that we love about you! Everyday you are growing and changing. It's all happening way to fast and I can hardly keep up with all of your new words (your vocabulary increases daily) and expressions! You are sweet but you are also strong willed (psst, I think you get that from your mommy, but don't say that I ever admitted that)! Just like last Saturday morning, we heard you happily talking in your crib. You kept saying ew wee, ew wee! The next thing we know is that you are very quiet (this usually means trouble) and you come running into our room saying "ew wee mommy!" while pointing towards your room. You apparently found a way to climb out of your crib (you didn't even make a peep) and you tried to blame the crib for your fun deed! You scared us but we were thankful you were safe. We now know you are sneaky!
Your personality is so bubbly! You constantly make us laugh with your Carolineisms! Putting on mommy's shoes and walking around the house juking is my favorite! Daddy's favorite would be when you make all of your animal noises including the Gamecock rooster (by the way, daddy is a Clemson fan but you can crow anytime you want)! You love everyone that you meet and you love your family, especially daddy! You have become a daddy's little girl! You just light up when he comes into the room and I love your special bond! You and I have a very special bond too, but there's something about yours and daddy's that I absolutely adore! To honor your 20 month birthday, here's 20 things that I love about you! I love... 1. how you count the school buses every morning on the way to Ms. Seah's, you say, "ew, one bus mommy" in your most proud counting voice. 2. when you say, "hold you" when I'm cooking so you can see what's for dinner or when you're really tired. 3. when you say "ew, wee mommy!" 4. how you open up your mouth in the shape of a big O when you get excited or when you hear a fun noise like your music, an airplane, or a train whistle. 5. when we ask you what each animal says and how you say them, especially "no, no" when we ask you what mommy says! 6. when you tell us "love you"! 7. when you say Happy Da Doo for Happy Birthday! This is my most favorite phrase from you! I hope you never stop saying it! 8. how you are always trying to be a big helper! You can find the smallest piece of trash on the floor and you'll pick it up and walk it right to the trash can and throw it away! You get that from your daddy! 9. when you say, "okay" to us after we've asked you to do something! "Caroline can you help pick up your toys?" "OKAY!" or how you ask, "How are ya?!" This is hilarious from a 20 month old! 10. how you twist when you run! You are so cute when you do this! 11. how you can crow like the Gamecock rooster! 12. your hugs! They are the best! 13. to watch you play outside! You always have a blast! 14. how you love to read books! You always try reading the pictures and your favorite book right now is your baby "Bible". You recently sat and listened as I read 74 pages from your little Bible! 15. how you make pretty hands right before we say the blessing! 16. how entertaining you are! 17. how sweet you are in the mornings and right before bedtime! 18. your smile! 19. your laugh! 20. how smart you are! You are quite a delight and I love you!
I have always loved calendars and all the things they entail! Every year before school begins I find myself browsing the calender and planner aisle over and over until something catches my eye! I need the cutesy planner with bright colors and oh it has to have the month on a two page spread along with several sheets behind it with each date of that month having it's own huge block so I can write in events. But even this didn't seem to be enough so I went as far as to buy an oversized dry erase board month planner for our laundry room last year. Once when I forgot four events in a month, it was time to go to plan B (obviously I didn't have time to look at filled in boxes in my daily planner, so I had to go out and buy a big one so that when I did the laundry I would actually have to take the time to read what's coming up next, dr's appts, baby showers, birthday parties for C, etc).
Well now I've extended myself! As a wedding present a dear sweet family friend gave to us a birthday calendar. At first I thought why would I need this? It ended up being one of the best gifts I've ever received. Not only did I fill it in with birthdays but I also included anniversaries. It's by now quite full, and I love it, because when I turn to each week's dates it gives me the chance to pray for those having birthdays or anniversaries.
I said all this to say, that Sam has a very large family! So in order to help me keep up with the Leviner's I needed to have a separate birthday and anniversary calendar (my 1st one is getting quite full like I said and I was running out of room to add new babies etc.) So I made this one...
and I thought since it would be helpful to me,
it would also be helpful to all the Leviner
women, so I made them each one.
On one side it lists birthdays and on the other
it lists anniversaries, one page for each month.
In the back I've included all of the Leviners' addresses.
Pretty handy, huh!
As Thanksgiving Eve is tonight, I'm filled with all thoughts of what I am thankful for! I can list thousands. Last year, of course was C's first Thanksgiving but it will be our 3rd together (including the year I was pregnant). I am so very thankful for my family and what each member means to me. They are precious! We have great times together, but I am so thankful for the opportunity for being chosen to be this little one's mother! I love her! I adore her! She's my sweetheart! So I am especially thankful for my sweet Caroline this Thanksgiving! Like I've said many times before, she's spunky, she's fun, and she has quite the personality!
My happy Caroline!
This little one is all clad in winter gear at her cousins'
I am just elated! Lysa Terkeurst from Proverbs 31 Ministries left a comment on my last post! I have no idea how she knew that I posted about her ministry but I'm super excited! I put a link on my blog yesterday to her site! You should check it out, she's very inspirational! Oh, and my purse type is the big purse! Looks like I need to get a small purse!
In other Leviner news..check out our girl in this picture! She loves Ms. Leah's dog Skip! Apparently he loves her too! She and Lila are eating breakfast and Skip is waiting for a tastey treat from Miss C! I can imagine that she's probably telling Skip, "no, no, Skip"!
About three or four years ago I made a very good life decision! It was simple! I just changed my radio station from 104.7 to 89.7! At first I would channel surf between the two stations! Then Caroline was born and I decided that it was best for my family to be constantly listening to positive Christian radio! Don't get me wrong a lot of radio stations offer encouragement, but I really found 89.7 to be our family friendly radio station! We love it! Both cars have the first radio key set to 89.7! Every morning I listen to an excerpt on 89.7 from Lysa Terkeurst from Proverbs 31. Lysa always shares simple stories that will leave you thinking about your own life! This morning's radio ministry message really spoke to me and I'm going to include it here (It's from the Proverbs 31 website). Today's title: "Your Purse". So, what kind of purse would you be?Read to find out!
Boy do I love purses, but mine isn’t always organized! Hi, I’m Lysa TerKeurst with Proverbs 31 Ministries. Recently a friend watched as I fumbled through my bag trying to find my keys and all kind of things started to spill out. We laughed about how much I’d been carrying around. Then we started talking about the similarities between women and purses. Some of us are like a pretty purse, beautiful on the outside but hiding an ugly mess inside. Or maybe we’re like a small purse that only has room for a few things; God wants to invite us outside our comfort zone, but we’ve decided to stay safe. Or we could be like a big purse, trying to carry all kinds of things, involved in so many activities that we end up flustered! I know we’re not handbags, but if we were what kind of purse would you be?