Saturday, May 31, 2008

Since I Have the Time...

i thought i would catch you all up on the burrell household but as it so often happens with 2 little ones under the age of 3, i will have to try again later... one is now crying for me to get them out of bed.

and i'm out.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Kailey's Answers

This kid questionnaire has been going around on some fellow bloggers blogs so I decided to ask Kailey these questions. I thought she would probably be way to young to answer them but she actually did really, really good! Pretty cute...

1. Who is your favorite person?
Grama Ceedy and Grama Burrell

2. What is your favorite food that mommy cooks?

3. What do you usually pray for?
papa to feel better and rice

4. What is your favorite place to eat out?

5. What is the silliest thing your daddy does?
play the game ride the horsey

6. How do your parents know so much?
too much

7. Who is Jesus?
He loves me

8. What is the most important rule?
Not to say no

9. What is the yuckiest food and why?
Vinegar, cuz I don't like it

10. Who are you going to marry?
my daddy

11. What are you going to name your children?

12. What is the best thing about grandparents?
chocolate and horses

13. What is your favorite toy?
my phone

Wednesday, May 28, 2008


"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference."
Many things in life can't be altered without a great deal of pain or money. That is a sobering thought for many of us who like snappy remedies for pesky problems. But we can do something.
We can belly up to our problems, face then head-on, and ask God to help us find contentment in spite of them. He will help us put unchangeable things into perspective. I have started asking God to give me "new eyes" to find contentment in all circumstances.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Something about motherhood tends to catapult a woman into a search for true spirituality. Maybe it has something to do with having a small human tugging at you shirt asking (in essence), "So mommy, I get up in the morning, eat a bowl of oatmeal, play with my friends, read bedtime stories, and go to sleep. And then I get up and do it all over again. What's the point?"

Well, maybe they are not quite that straight to the point but they do cut to the chase with pointed questions sometimes, like: "Why is my fish floating upside down? and, Why did my fish go potty with you and not come back? Does he need some of my prune juice?"

I have known my fair share of party-girls-turned mamma's who are suddenly ready to shelve their party glasses and get serious with God. And those of us who have been at it a while may yearn to break free from the daily grind and recaptures a sense of purpose in our lives. Instead our days are filled with the whines of snot-nosed munchkins (God love'em) who are bent on pushing our buttons with the accuracy of a smart bomb. What I am trying to get at is that no matter where we are at in our spiritual lives, most mothers eventually realize that spirituality is not an optional component of life. I remember after Kailey was born the first time I truly felt conflicted with what I knew I should feel. I wanted to have good thoughts, kind words, and appropriate feelings bouncing around in my goody-two=shoes self, but that wasn't always the case. One morning, not too long ago, I felt that my life had been knocked into the No-Mans-Land of Mediocrity. I sat down with my journal and a cup of coffee. With eyes brimming, i uttered, "Dear God, show me what's going on." In the quietness of those moments, I began to write. I felt as if God were telling me, "Stop condemning yourself and come here. You have to be completely open with Me-whether your feelings are light or dark. You have to trust me with them." I could literally visualize God saying , "Come here," with open arms and the smile of acceptance. Since then, God has been taking me on an inner journey and has begun to set me free from many gray clouds that have colored my life.
SO, i post all of this to encourage any other young mommas out there who are struggling with these same issues. Whatever has you feeling on the spiritual ropes, you can be sure that God wants you to come out a winner through the power of His love and acceptance.