isnaini_blogtemplate53_00 Broken Spirit: June 2006

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Wordless Wednesday


My kids can go in this room and play, and ten minutes later it will look like this:

Messy room

This room ordinarily wouldn't be hard to clean up; I usually just throw the toys back in the toy boxes, pick up trash, and put clothes away. However, I'd been putting it off because I desperately needed to sort through the toys and decide what to keep and what to get rid of. My kids have accumulated more toys than they know what to do with, and it's getting ridiculous. My motivation came when I heard that my sister is having a yard sale soon, and has invited my other sister, my mother and I to include some of our unwanted stuff in it. I got busy earlier today:

Clean room

Ahh, success!
At least until the next birthday, and Christmas.....

Tackle It Tuesday

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to all the fathers out there!

The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear Him. Psalm 103:13 NLT

My son, do not despise the LORD's discipline and do not resent his rebuke, because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in. Proverbs 3:11-12

Friday, June 16, 2006

Emma's First Haircut

Before the cut:


After the cut:

Emma's first haircut

We went to Cookie Cutter's today for Emma's first haircut. She had about 2 or 3 inches taken off into a chin length bob. I think it's adorable!

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Thirteen Movies I Would Like To See

1. An American Haunting

2. Over The Hedge (*ahem* for the kids)

3. Cars (um, also for the kids...)

4. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

5. The Godfather trilogy (I know, I know, no one can believe that I've never seen them)

6. The Lake House (It's a chick-flick, but it looks good to me)

7. Scary Movie 4

8. Miami Vice

9. The Hills Have Eyes

10. Poseidon

11. Pirates of The Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest

12. Click

13. United 93
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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Wordless Wednesday: Sleepover Style

Saturday night sleepover

Last Tuesday, my first project was to clean underneath my girls' bunkbeds.
Here is the finished result:


This week, I'm going to tackle the space on top of my refrigerator:

top of refrigerator

top of refrigerator

My husband and I have a bad habit of throwing stuff up there, mostly in an attempt to keep everything away from him.
Lately it's gotten out of hand and it's driving me crazy. When I can't find something, I automatically start digging around up there and that just makes it worse.
Wish me luck!
You know, I would just shove everything into the cabinets above the refrigerator, but it's already full. *Sigh*.

Here are the pictures of the clean area on top of my refrigerator:



Tackle It Tuesday

Saturday, June 10, 2006

100TH POST!!!!!!!!

It's my 1ooth post! Woo Hoo!!!

O.K., so technically, this is only the 26th post on this blog. However, I had a total of 74 posts on my old blog, the one that was lost. Thus, I am counting this as number 100.
So there.
Let's proceed:

100 Things About Me:

1) I was born on January 13, 1977.
2)My mother named me after Barbie's friend Stacey.
She very nearly named me after the nervous, excitable nurse who practically delivered me (the doctor on call refused to come to my mother's room at the onset of her labor; he insisted that she was no where near ready to deliver me even though I was halfway out). This poor nurse didn't know what she was doing and was pretty scared, but obviously everything went O.K. She later bragged about her ordeal, proud of herself for having to help my mom through her labor. Apparently, this was her first time assisting with a birth. My mother couldn't remember her name later, though, so she opted for Stacey instead.
3) My middle name is Jane, which is also my grandmother's middle name.
4) Jesus is my Lord and Savior.
5)When I was eight years old, my father prayed with me in our kitchen to receive Christ. When we finished, he told me that angels were rejoicing over me in heaven. I'll never forget how I felt at that moment.
6) I met my husband Dewey when I was 15 and he was 20. Shortly after we began dating, I told my parents about him; not surprisingly, they weren't too thrilled about it.Dewey didn't want to sneak around so we broke up for several years, only to get back together when I was 19. We've been together ever since.
7) I've never loved anyone like I love Dewey.
8) Our four children are now and forever will be my greatest accomplishments in my life.
9) I never thought I'd ever have kids, or be married for that matter.
10) I always envisioned myself living in a cute little apartment, having a high-paying, prestigious job, owning a big dog, and pretty much coming and going as I pleased.
11) Instead, my days are filled with watching Dora the Explorer, chasing kids, changing diapers, making hot dogs and macaroni, cleaning up red koolaid and vomit, and reading bedtime stories.
12) The only thing I have from my "dream" existence is the big dog.
13) I wouldn't have it any other way.
14) I didn't get to participate in my high school graduation; I was barred from attending the ceremony. A teacher I'd had in 11th grade lost my math portfolio which was a graduation prerequisite. I had no idea it was gone until halfway through my senior year. I was given the chance to redo it, but I refused on principle; I felt that it wasn't my fault and the whole situation was unfair. After I'd been out of school for a year, a secretary from my high school called my mom's house to inform me that she had my diploma and that if I wanted it, I had three days to come get it before she threw it away. I am an official graduate yet I still feel cheated that I didn't get to walk with my class.
15) I never attended college.
16) I've never been stung by a bee.
17) I've never had a broken bone.
18) The only hospitalizations I've had were for my childrens' births.
19) My favorite color is green.
20) I love music from the 50's, 60's, and some from the 70's.
21) If I could choose any time period to live in, I would want to be a teenager in the 50's and be a young adult in the 60's.
22) I would totally have gone to Woodstock.
23) I liked growing up in the 80's, but I hated being a teen in the 90's. It was the dullest decade ever.
24) I generally don't like chick flicks. I prefer action movies and thrillers, sometimes horror movies if they aren't too bloody.
25) I do like Stepmom, Fried Green Tomatoes, and
The Notebook.
26) My favorite movie of all time is It's A Wonderful Life.
27) My favorite season is summer. There's nothing better than cooking out, floating in a pool, and enjoying all the green.
28) Ever since 9/11, I have tremendous respect for firemen.
29) I own a Dodge Caravan but my dream car is a
'69 Mercury Cougar or a '71 GTO Judge. Maybe I'll own one of them when the kids are grown.
30) I'd love to have a boston terrier.
31) Dewey and I are planning on taking the kids to a beach next summer.
32) If we go, it will also serve as the honeymoon we never had.
33) One of my dreams is to be a writer someday. I'd like to publish a book of poetry and write a couple of fiction novels.
34) I don't like to cook, but I love to bake goodies such as cookies and cakes.
35) I'd like to create my own dessert cookbook.
36) I like to make jewelry.
37) I love to read.
38) I'm currently reading the Left Behind Series.
39) I love to swim.
40) I like taking long walks, sometimes with the kids, sometimes alone.
41) When I walk alone, I take along my CD player or I talk to God.
42) I'm starting to appreciate nature a lot more. It's beauty astounds me and reaffirms my faith in God.
43) God's creativity never ceases to amaze me.
44) Some of my favorite Christian music groups include: BarlowGirl, Watermark, Casting Crowns, Third Day, and Skillet.
45) I also love Stevie Wonder, David Gray, Loretta Lynn, Cheap Trick, Stone Temple Pilots, Stevie Nicks, and The Foo Fighters.
46) I love motown.
47) One of my favorite songs of all time is The Flame by Cheap Trick.
48) When I was a teenager and was suffering from a broken heart over a breakup, I'd moon and pine away to that song.
49) I had my first puppy love crush when I was in the third grade. His name was Jeremy Truelove. No, seriously.
50) Halfway there! (phew)
51) When Jeremy moved away to Tennessee at the end of third grade, I thought I was going to die. I felt physical pain.
52) I was a "good" kid until I entered high school. Most of my friends moved away during the summer after 8th grade, and the rest of them just kind of drifted into different groups. I became something of a loner and began my downward spiral.
53) I made pretty good grades all throughout school.
54) I made my first "F" in 12th grade in Algebra 2. I skipped this class on a regular basis.
55) I can't sew to save my life.
56) I want to learn how to crochet.
57) I would also like to learn how to tat.
58) I enjoy participating in bible studies, especially Beth Moore studies.
59) Some of my favorite Christian authors include: Max Lucado, Beth Moore, Rick Warren, Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins.
60) I also read Stephen King, John Grisham, Ann Rule, and Caleb Carr.
61) When I was kid, some of my favorite books were: A Cricket in Times Square, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, My Darling, My Hamburger, The Mouse and The Motorcycle, The Chronicles of Narnia, and Super Fudge.
62) When I was a teenager I enjoyed reading V.C. Andrews' books.
63) With the exception of one, I'm the only one of my circle of friends who doesn't have a tattoo.
64) I am exceedingly grateful for this. As much as I used to want one, there is not a day that goes by that I'm not thankful that I'm tattoo-free.
65) I came close to getting one when I was 17; my brother was going to pay for it but they wouldn't let me get one because I was underage and they wouldn't let him sign for me since he wasn't a legal guardian. Thank God!
66) I don't have anything against tattoos or people that have them, I just know for a fact that I would have lived to regret it had I gotten one.
67) I have four children, but I've been pregnant 5 times.
68) Shortly after Paige turned a year old, I discovered I was 4 weeks pregnant. I didn't know how to feel about it. Having a baby changed everything and I was still trying to get used to my new life; adding another baby to the mix was not something I was 100 percent sure about. When I was 8 weeks along, I miscarried. It was the single most horrible experience I've ever had. I never knew how much I wanted that baby until it was gone.
69) There is hardly a day that goes by that I don't think about that child.
70) I know I will see him/her in heaven someday.
71) O.K., enough sad stuff.
72) I often daydream about what I would do if I ever won the lottery.
73) Do you want to know?
74) O.K. here goes:
75) First, I'd pay off my family's and my debts.
76) I'd buy everyone in my family nice sized homes and the vehicles of their choice.
Nothing too extravagant though, we're not talking MTV Cribs here.
77) I'd take the whole family on a month-long vacation somewhere, preferably a beach, maybe Hawaaii, someplace like that.
78) I'd keep just enough money for all of us to be set for the rest of our lives, then I'd give the rest away to various charities and church missions and organizations.
79)I'd definitely give a generous amount to Saint Jude's Children's Hospital and other cancer research foundations.
80) I would donate money for the building of homeless shelters around the country, and for shelters for abused women.
81) I would also like to form a company similar to the

Make A Wish foundation. I think it would be so much fun to travel around the country and surprise people by making their dreams come true.
82) I would like to travel around the world with my husband and kids, showing them first hand the things that they learn about in school books.
83) I know it's not likely that I'll ever win, but I can dream can't I?
84) What's up with television shows these days? There just aren't any good family-oriented shows like there used to be when I was a kid.
85) Thank God for T.V. Land and Nick at Night. At least I can watch Good Times, Roseanne, The Cosby Show, and What's Happening? re-runs.
86) I feel the same way about movies. It seems like nowadays everything is a remake.
87) Coal Miner's Daughter and Urban Cowboy are two of my guilty pleasures. I grew up with these movies.
88) I rarely wear make-up anymore. There was a time when I wouldn't leave the house unless I was completely made up head to toe, but those days are long over. Usually the only time I wear make-up and fix my hair is when I go to church or various family functions.
89) My favorite food is lasagna.
90) No one makes lasagna like my mom. I've tried and failed miserably.
91) My favorite ice cream is dulce de leche.
92) I also love microwave popcorn.
93) Dewey and the kids and I try to have a family movie night often. We eat popcorn and if it's winter, we drink hot cocoa with marshmallows.
94) It's one of my favorite ways to spend time with my family.
95) I enjoy decorating for Christmas and baking cookies.
96) I feel like I'm too much of a pushover.
97) Among my friends, I'm the quiet, serious one. I'll bet they don't know how much I long to be the outgoing, "good time" girl, the one that's fun to be around.
98) I love breakfast food, especially pancakes.
99) In an ideal world, men would appreciate women for their inner beauty and society wouldn't be so demanding in it's expectations of physical beauty. There would be no such things as poverty, taxes, illness, or calories. People would be less judgemental and be more sympathetic and compassionate toward others, peace would prevail, ....oh wait. What am I talking about? There is such a place. It's called Heaven.
100) I can't believe I made it!!

I was going to post yesterday so that today would be my 1ooth post, but I got really busy cleaning the house and running errands. Tomorrow will be my 1ooth post, and I'll be listing 100 things about myself. I know the excitement and anticipation must be overwhelming, but please bear with me. We'll get there.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Thirteen Things I'd Like To Change About Myself
With God's Help and Strength
1. I would like to be less critical and judgemental of others.
2. I need to be more humble.
3.I would like to learn to appreciate my life and particular situation more.
4. I need to stop taking my blessings for granted.
5. I would like for God to grant me more patience.
6. I would love to be rid of my hot temper and be a more peaceful person.
7. I want God to give me a servant's heart and attitude.
8. I want to become the person God wants me to be and achieve inner beauty.
9. I would like to learn to worry less, and trust God more.
10. I want God's love to pour out of me onto others.
11. I want to be more open and honest about my faith.
12. I want to have more compassion for others, and for God to instill in me a passion for the unsaved.
13. I want to think and pray for myself less, and for others more.

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Tuesday, June 06, 2006


I've decided that my first "Tackle It" project will be to clean underneath my girls' bunkbeds. This is a chore that I have put off for far too long; I actually get kind of depressed when I think about it. The girls and I have gotten a good deal of their room cleaned and organized over the past couple of weeks, and this is one of the last few things we need to get done.
Here are some pics of the horrendousness:


more junk

Trust me, it's a lot worse than it looks.
Wish me luck!

Monday, June 05, 2006


Good grief.
It seems that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have decided to sell pictures of their newborn child, Shiloh, in order to give the proceeds to an un-named charity. Their concern is for the welfare of newborns dying all over the globe.
I'm confused, though. Why don't they just take some money from the 46.8 gajillion dollars they have in their bank account to donate to charity? Why do they need to sell pictures of their daughter? I mean, it's for a good cause and all, but could this perhaps be a ploy to stay in the limelight a little longer? Hmmm, something to think about....

"The images, taken at a private photo shoot, will be distributed by Getty Images, the photo agency said Monday. All profits will be given to charity, though no specific foundation was announced. "While we celebrate the joy of the birth of our daughter, we recognize that two million babies born every year in the developing world die on the first day of their lives," the couple said in a joint statement. "These children can be saved, but only if governments around the world make it priority." Deb Trevino, a spokeswoman for Getty Images, told The Associated Press the family would later name the charity that will receive the funds. She would not disclose how much the photos were being sold for, or when they would be distributed."
I think this is hilarious.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Psalm 14
To the Chief Musician. [A Psalm] of David. 1THE [empty-headed] fool has said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable deeds; there is none that does good or right.(A)
2The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men to see if there were any who understood, dealt wisely, and sought after God, inquiring for and of Him and requiring Him [of vital necessity].
3They are all gone aside, they have all together become filthy; there is none that does good or right, no, not one.(B)
4Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge, who eat up my people as they eat bread and who do not call on the Lord?
5There they shall be in great fear [literally--dreading a dread], for God is with the generation of the [uncompromisingly] righteous (those upright and in right standing with Him).
6You [evildoers] would put to shame and confound the plans of the poor and patient, but the Lord is his safe refuge.
7Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! When the Lord shall restore the fortunes of His people, then Jacob shall rejoice and Israel shall be glad.(C)

Romans 14:11 (New International Version)
New International Version (NIV)
11It is written: " 'As surely as I live,' says the Lord, 'every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.'

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Mmmmm, cake

Suzy Q's are my favorite Hostess cake ever and for quite some time, I've wanted to model a regular sized cake after one. I also decided that it should definitely have some sort of chocolate topping (being the chocolate freak that I am) so I chose a simple chocolate glaze. Here is a picture of my first attempt:

Suzy Q inspired cake

These are the recipes I followed. However, when I make this cake again, I'm going to do a little tweaking:

For the cake:

2 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 and 2/3 cups sugar
3/4 cup shortening
2/3 cup baking cocoa
1 and 1/2 cups water
1 and 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 large eggs

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottom and sides of rectangular pan, 13 by 9 by 2 in., or 2 round pans, 9 by 1 1/2 inches, or 3 round pans, 8 by 1 1/2 inches with shortening; lightly flour.

2. Beat all ingredients with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on high speed 3 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour into pan(s).

3. Bake rectangle 40 to 45 minutes, rounds 30 to 35 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool rectangle in pan on wire rack. Cool rounds 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire rack. Cool completely.

For the cream filling:

1 cup milk
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup crisco
1 tsp vanilla extract
5 tbsp flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter

1. Mix flour and milk; slow boil until thick, then cool.

2. After cooling, beat with mixer until fluffy, about 10 to 15 minutes.

3. Add remaining ingredients, beating well as you add them individually, one at a time.
Spread filling between cake layers.
*Note: My cream filling began to melt a little as I spread it onto my cake. I recommend putting it in the refrigerator for a few minutes before spreading it onto the cake.

For the chocolate glaze:

3 tablespoons stick margarine or butter
3 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate
1 cup powdered sugar
3/4 tsp vanilla
About 2 tablespoons hot water

Melt margarine and chocolate in 1-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally; remove from heat. Stir in powdered sugar and vanilla. Stir in water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until smooth and spreadable.
*Note: I added about 1/4 cup of heavy whipping cream to my glaze to thin it out a little. I found that it was much easier to spread this way. Also, the next time I make this cake, I think I will use semi-sweet baking chocolate instead of the unsweetened kind; I found the taste of the glaze to be a little on the bitter side. Of course, it may just be the kind of chocolate I used, or the fact that I have a raging, impossible-to-please horrendous sweet-tooth. On a final note, this glaze takes on a fudge-like consistency when it hardens. I find it quite delicious, but I realize this may be a little heavy for some, so you could always use basic chocolate frosting, or choose to have no topping at all, like the original Suzy Q. Me, I need the topping.