Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Definition of Beseech:
To request earnestly or beg for.

I am beseeching God to perform a miracle and heal little Hannah. Even though you don't know the family or situation, I beseech you to do the same. Thank you.

Sunday, April 27, 2008


So ... I've been thinking. I know, I know. It's something I usually try to avoid. However, we just watched the movie, "The Kite Runner" this weekend and it gave me and my husband a new appreciation of just how blessed we are to live in America. The landscape of that movie in the 1970's is gorgeous and then thirty years later the land is ravaged and the people are living under the oppressive rule of the Taliban. The father and son have to flee their country and never return to the land they once called home.

And our country is giving us an economic stimulus package so we can buy more stuff. Nice stuff. Some stuff we might even "need". But stuff nonetheless.

And for $32 a month we can sponsor our Compassion Child, Patria so she can have some stuff too. Stuff like water, food, education, and clothing. You know, that essential stuff you and I take for granted every day.

Oh perspective, you are a challenging and uncomfortable friend to be around sometimes.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Jazzy Ladies

Today was Paige and Zoey's dance recital for Hearts in Step ( a local Christian dance academy) and not only did they look fantastic, but their jazz dancing was pretty great too! Cousins Kylie & Lindsey take ballet at H.I.S. and you could tell that they've been dancing for a few years. Way to go girls! Now, take that make-up off 'cause you're way too young to be looking so old. :)Brrrrrrrrr ... where'd the 80 degree weather of yesterday go?
It's a sister thing.

Look out boys - future heart-breakers!

Monday, April 21, 2008


Step #1: Convince your child that he or she needs help getting that wiggly tooth out.
Step #2: Get the dental floss.
Step #3: Tie a lasso around the snaggletooth.
Step #4: Give it a yank.
Step #5: Have a piece of paper towel close by for the blood.
Step #6 (most important step): Don't forget to play tooth fairy or there will be tears. :)

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Our little Soloist and our little Snaggletooth

Paige had a short solo during her third grade musical this week and she once again amazed us with her voice, confidence, and presence in front of an audience. The music teacher actually switched her to a different solo the day before the concert and when I asked her if she was o.k. with the new one she said matter-of-fact, "Yeah, it's fine." She also reported that she didn't have any "butterflies" this year. Look for her on American Idol in about 10 years. :)
(This girl has skills too!)

And Zoey has several loose teeth right now just waiting to either fall out or get the dental-floss-lasso-yank out by Mom. I tried to get her to let me pull it by enticing her with the fact that the Tooth Fairy brings you a $2 bill when you lose your first, big front tooth. When that didn't work, I told her it might fall out while she is sleeping and she may swallow it. (nice scare tactic huh?) She answered me quickly back with, "I sleep with my mouth open so I won't swallow it." Ah ... yes you mouth breather. You do have the kickin' morning breath that proves this is true! :)

Thursday, April 17, 2008

An Ode to my Boobs

You girls have always been there for me
Filling a dress or feeding a kid;
But now that I've lost some fatty,
You don't fill out a bathing suit as you once did.
This ode was inspired by our recent trip to the waterpark at the Great Wolf Lodge. While wearing a bathing suit I bought two months ago, I realized that another one of the downsides to losing weight (besides the constant calorie counting and exercise) is that I have sadly ... lost my boobs.
R.I.P. girls.
And don't worry, we might meet again ...
after several pounds of sour gummy bears! :)

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Happy Birthday Paige

To our first baby ...
next year, double digits!
Love you Paige Elizabeth.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Guikema Look-alike Meter

MyHeritage: Family tree - Genealogy - Celebrity - Collage - Morph

Guikema Look-alike Meter

MyHeritage: Look-alike Meter - Family pictures - Geneology

Guikema Look-alike Meter

MyHeritage: Look-alike Meter - Family history - Pedigree chart

Blog on Mommy!

The Wall Street Journal highlighted these blogs written by moms. The first blog is written by a mom of one. (Just one? Come on now! I should have three times the material!) Her hubby quit his job to manage all of the advertisers who want to post on her blog. Since one of her posts got over 500 comments, I'm not surprised he now works from home. Hmmmm ... I don't think I've ever even had double digits! Keep your day job honey. :)

For your reading pleasure?! I just picked a few and the determining factor was if I liked the name or not. Very scientific research, I know.


Tuesday, April 08, 2008

What I'm Reading

"These two visiting teachers were the gold and silver sun-splash in the great muddy river of school days ... If all the teachers had been like (these two), Francie would have known plain what heaven was. But it was just as well. There had to be the dark and muddy waters so that the sun could have something to background its flashing glory."
To all you teachers and moms (who are teaching all the time), be the sun. Leave the "muddy background" to someone or something else.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Who needs Florida?

65 and sunny ... man I love Michigan!
Who needs to go away for spring break?
Highlights of the week so far: The girls getting their ears pierced for the first time, going to see 'Enchanted', (how can Patrick Dempsey be endearing to girls of all ages?), and having a picnic at the John Ball Zoo with good friends. Life is good. (I should create a line of clothing with that tag line huh?) :) Spring is good too ... the Tigers record however, is not.