Thursday, December 31, 2009

Answers To Tuesdays Thoughts

Well, this was not good. If you checked here earlier there was nothing on the page.....DUH!!!!! That is what happens when you try to pre-post and it doesn't work. Not very smart!!!!!!
Ok, answers to the questions that I posed on Tuesday this week.
1- Did you complete your resolutions that you made this year? The answer to that would be.....NOT!!!!
- I didn't get to sign up for the race I was really hoping to go back and do in Myrtle Beach in 2010.
-I didn't lose the weight that I have fought all year. (Honestly, I didn't try all that hard....all you have to do is read the Not Me Monday's to see that)
-I did not get the job change I was hoping for but I have not given up.
-I did not figure out a way to keep my children little and dependent on me. The old saying "putting a brick on your head to stop you from growing" is not an option.
2- Most exciting part of 2009
-Watching my children grow up
-Celebrating a 1 year marriage anniversary
-Helping all of the women become Mom's
-Jumping into becoming a Childbirth Educator
-Seeing close friends from the Ukraine when they came to the states
-Becoming a Certified Perinatal Fitness Instructor
There is so much more but so not enough room to write.
3-What did you struggle with the most in 2009?
- Learning what tough love is
-Learning to let you child make decisions and watch them fail.
-Struggling to keep my hands off and letting go when it's time.
4-What did God do for me this year?
-There is not a blog big enough for me to write this one out. He has been my Rock, My Healer, My Deliverer, My Strength, My Everything!!!!!
5-What is your greatest accomplishment?
-Maintaining my sanity when life felt like it was total chaos (but that was ONLY because of Him and my awesome Hubby)
-Certification pending in 2 areas and looking forward to what He would have me do with them.

Ok, now it's your turn........What are the answers to your questions????????
Have a great New Year's Eve!!!!!!!!! Be safe!!!!!!
Laboring With You,
Doula Mama Pam

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Tuesday and Thinking.....OH NO!!!!!

Yes, it is Tuesday before a New Year starts again. Where in the world did this past year go? What happened to 2009 before it was officially over.? It seems like every year gets a little shorter the older I get. At the same time I wish that my children would not grow up so very quick.
My 21 year old spent Christmas Eve and Christmas day at our house. It was simply awesome and I just loved every minute of it. My youngest was into every present he could get his hands on. We have discovered his "sweet tooth" is growing. He was constantly on the look out for more "choc-lat". On of my "cooking friends" sent some goodies that she had made. If it was in site, the little hands were trying to get that cute little snowman box and see what other "choc-lat" was in there. He got a tool bench for Christmas that he loves. He hammers, uses the measuring tape, screwdriver and we are working on the wrench. He is just tooo funny.
Thank you so much for your prayers for Amber and her family. She and Kyle came over last night and Kaleb had not seen her in a long time and he just could not get to her quick enough and just loved on her. It was soooo sweet. He showed out for her and even shared his "choc-lat" with her. It was just precious.
We have a daughter that I have written about before on her with much heartache and many tears shed. She is still doing as she pleases and we have come to the point that we can't do anymore than what we have already done. We are cutting apron strings so to speak and it is hard but it is necessary. I would ask that you would continue to keep us in your prayers. This has been very difficult and a very gut wrenching situation but I hang on to what He can do and He is in ultimate control!!!!!!!! Can you say Amen to that?
I have many things to share about the Doula side of the world and working on a couple of post about that. I'm so excited. I can't wait to share about that.
I hope you all have an awesome day and think about your 2009. Here are some questions to ponder.....
-Did you complete your resolutions that you made?
-What was the most exciting part of 2009?
-What did you struggle with this year in 2009?
-What did God do for you this year in 2009?
-What was your greatest accomplishment?
Now, of course I can't pose those questions and not answer them........You will have to check in later and I will post my answers.......... Leave your answers in the comments. Please feel free to share!!!!!
Laboring With You,
Doula Mama Pam

Monday, December 28, 2009

Not Me Monday

It's the Not Me Monday after a holiday??!! I am for sure not sure how much I could or want to share on this Monday.
I did not get "The Runner's Diet" book from my adorable husband and proceed to read it while eating a rather large piece of red velvet cake with cream cheese icing all over it.
I did not sample EVERYTHING that I was preparing for Christmas dinner to the point of not wanting to even think about eating when it was time for dinner.
I did not allow our almost 3 year old get the above mentioned red velvet cake out of the refrigerator and have a slice sitting next to his plate during Christmas Dinner and watch him devour it in the middle of dinner and then proceed to finish the dinner that was on his plate. (I have no idea where he puts it all)
I did not loving put A&D ointment on my husbands new tattoo to have the above mentioned 3 year old turn around and allow me to pretend to put the ointment on his leg and then he pretend to put it on my shoulder. ( I guess I have an invisible tattoo on my shoulder I don't know about.)
It was a great Christmas. Lot's of fun. Lot's of love and lots of pondering The Gift that was given!!!!!!! Hope yours was GREAT!!!!!
Laboring and Not Me Monday with You,
Doula Mama Pam
PS- Please be in prayer today for Kyle's girlfriends, Amber, family. On Christmas Morning her Grandfather got to Meet Face to Face The Gift. As selfish humans, we miss him but Oh,to be where he is. Today is his Celebration. Praying for you today Amber, Love You!!!!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas and John 3:16

A little boy was selling newspapers on the corner,the people were in and out of the cold.

The little boy was so cold that he wasn't trying to sell many papers.

He walked up to a policeman and said,"Mister, you wouldn't happen to know where a poor boycould find a warm place to sleep tonight would you?

You see, I sleep in a box up around the corner there and down the alley and it's awful cold in there for tonight. Sure would be nice to have a warm place to stay."

The policeman looked down at the little boy and said, "Yougo down the street to that big white house and you knockon the door. When they come out the door you just sayJohn 3:16, and they will let you in."

So he did. He walked up the steps and knocked on the door, and a lady answered. He looked up and said,"John 3:16." The lady said, "Come on in, Son."

She took him in and she sat him down in a split! bottomrocker in front of a great big old fireplace, and she went off. The boy sat there for a while and thought to himself:John 3:16 . I don't understand it, but it sure makes acold boy warm.

Later she came back and asked him "Are you hungry ? "He said, "Well, just a little.. I haven't eaten in a couple ofdays, and I guess I could stand a little bit of food,"

The lady took him in the kitchen and sat him down to a table full of wonderful food. He ate and ate until he couldn't eatany more. Then he thought to himself:John 3:16. Boy, I sure don't understand it but it suremakes a hungry boy full.

She took him upstairs to a bathroom to a huge bathtub filled with warm water, and he sat there and soaked for awhile. As he soaked, he thought to himself: John 3:16 I sure don't understand it, but it sure makes a dirty boyclean. You know, I've not had a bath, a real bath, in my whole life. The only bath I ever had was when I stood infront of that big old fire hydrant as they flushed it out.The lady came in and got him. She took him to a room,tucked him into a big old feather bed, pulled the covers up around his neck, kissed him goodnight and turned outthe lights. As he lay in the darkness and looked out thewindow at the snow coming down on that cold night,he thought to himself: John 3:16...I don't understand it but it sure makes a tired boy rested.

The next morning the lady came back up and took himdown again to that same big table full of food. After heate, she took him back to that same big old split bottom rocker in front of the fireplace and picked upa big old Bible.

She sat down in front of him and looked into his young face."Do you understand John 3:16 ?" she asked gently. Hereplied, "No, Ma'am, I don't. The first time I ever heard it was last night when the policeman told me to use it,"She opened The Bible to John 3:16 and began to explainto him about Jesus. Right there, in front of that big old fireplace,he gave his heart and life to Jesus. He sat there and thought: John 3:16 -- don't understand it, but it suremakes a lost boy feel safe.

You know, I have to confess, I don't understand it either,how God was willing to send His Son to die for me, and howJesus would agree to do such a thing. I don't understand theagony of the Father and every angel in heaven as they watched Jesus suffer and die. I don't understand the intenselove for ME that kept Jesus on the cross tillthe end.I don't understand it, but it sure does make life worth living!

John 3:16- For God so loved the world, that He gave His onlybegotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shouldnot perish, but have everlasting life.
Merry Christmas!!!!!!
Doula Mama Pam
(I got this as an e-mail. I can't take credit for it.)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

MY 200th POST!!!!!!

Wow!!!!! I would have never in a million years thought that when I started this blog I would be posting my 200th. That seemed an eternity ago.
Some of you have been with me since I started and some have just found me. I have "Not Me Mondays", "Not My Child Monday's", Wordless Wednesdays, What children will say Wednesdays, Thoughtful Thursdays, Super Supper Saturday and Sundays and numerous other titled post. I have changed my background and my layout countless times. I have even purchased specialized link back buttons and now have numerous friends that have started their own blog and there is no way to keep track of how many other blogs I read and try to follow. I have even made some great friends a long the way.

This has truly been an adventure for me.
My very first entry here
Angel's Story here
My First Deliveries here
My First Announcement of my Website here
My First Adoption Delivery here
One Friend started blogging here
Another Friend started blogging here
Updates on tough love situations and hard decisions made here and here
Of course ANY week that you pull up, there will something posted about Kaleb, also known as Little Man.
I now have two friends that are blogging Cindy and Tara and working on another friend but she has not given in yet....but I am not giving up on her.
It has been a joy and a ride and God is not finished by any means. I'm overwhelmed by what He is doing. Mothering The Mother is still growing and changing and there a lot of challenges but He is ultimately in control and I am so thankful for that. I have a lot of deliveries on the way so please stay tuned. 2010 is going to be a busy year and a packed year for Mothering The Mother. I can't wait to see what He has planned. Keep a watch on the website because I am going to work on changing it and updating it with more pictures and some other ideas.

Thank you again for stopping by if you have just found me or if you have been here since the beginning. How cool it is that this post comes right before the new year.
Laboring and Sharing With You,
Doula Mama Pam

Monday, December 21, 2009

Not Me Monday

It's that time again!!!!!! Not much to share this week but enough I am sure.

I did not go to the store for the 2nd week in a row to discover that not only Wal-Mart but my grocery store was almost out of pretzels........I'm so sorry for all of you that are getting pretzels....LOL

I did not make Oreo Bonbon's and threaten my husband over eating them because they are for work. (They are chocolate covered sin!!!! YUMMY).

I did not place my 2 1/2 year old on the counter with a small hammer in hand and teach him how to crush peppermints for peppermint bark.

I did not go to church on Sunday and realize that I left my Bible at home........That was NOT good.

I did not send my 21 year old home with a bag of "Christmas Treats" and immediately text his step-mom to let her know he had it in his possession so they would not end up in his room.

I did not get to stay home on Saturday ALONE with my 2 1/2 year in my pj's until late that afternoon (like 4pm) when I put on clothes long enough to go to the store and come home and put them back on for the evening.

I did not go to church and listen to our Awesome Christmas Musical/Drama and cry though 1/2 of it because I realized that I had completely lost focus of what Christmas is about.

Have an awesome week.

Merry Christmas!!!!!!

Doula Mama Pam

********My 200th post is tomorrow********* What an awesome thing.....Never dreamed*****

Friday, December 18, 2009

It's A Birth Story!!!!!!

A Birth Story For Connor

This is the story of Connor. He is a very sweet and precious little boy that I had the pleasure of meeting in November of this year. I met his Mom, Kim, and his Dad, Sam, earlier. I was able to do their interview at our office. They were so excited and could not wait to meet this sweet little bundle of joy.
Kim, being the faithful one to exercise, was still going to the gym up until about the week or so before her due date. She had a goal in mind and she was going to stick with it. She was absolutely glowing and a very beautiful pregnant Mom. Sam attended all of her prenatal visits. They were always smiling and never seemed to complain. They contacted me to become their Doula at delivery and I was so thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful and special event in their life. We met on numerous occasions. We talked about fears, excitement, making plans and talking about life after Connor arrived. Everything was ready but we were just missing Connor.
Late one evening my cell phone went off. It was Sam. “I think we are in labor”. I was so excited. Of course, all the normal questions followed. How is Kim? How often? How far apart? He was so calm. I was just amazed. He continued to keep me updated through out the evening. Kim was handling them like a real champ. Kim did not want to go to the hospital to find out she would be sent back home. When she and Sam made the decision to go to the hospital, they called to let me know they were headed there to see what kind of progress they had made.
I got up and started to get my things together and be ready when they called. Sam called and guess what? Kim had made it to 6 1/2-7cm at home!!!!!!! I was so proud of her. She had done exactly what she wanted to do. They were admitted. I made my way to the hospital. I walked into the room and the nurse was just finishing with her paper work. Kim and Sam were both smiling and totally relaxed. She would have a contraction, hold Sam’s hand and we would count and breathe through the contraction and then amazingly pick right back up on the conversation we were having. I was just in awe of how well she was doing. This was a woman on a mission. She started feeling pressure and it had been a while since they had checked her. The nurse came in and checked. She had made it to 9cm. Now, there was a question. It appeared that Connor was presenting with hands and not his head. Kim’s water had not broken yet and this was a real cause for concern. Another nurse came in to verify what was going on and it was confirmed. Dr. D was called in and he performed an ultrasound in the room. Sure enough, little Connor was trying to reach his way out. Due to the risk of her water breaking and hands presentation, the decision was made for a C-Section. Everything happened so quickly. Kim kept her composure and Sam was wonderful. I stayed around and waited for Sam to come through the door, not as Sam but as Connor's Dad.
It was a moment that I won’t soon forget. Connor was precious. Sam was beaming and Kim was doing great. I had the privilege to meet with them several times afterwards and everyone is doing great. He has grown so much. This will be a very special Christmas in Sam and Kim’s home. Connor may not remember this one as he gets older but I can promise you that Sam and Kim will always remember this Christmas! To Kim and Sam, I want to tell you thank you so much for allowing me to be apart of the day that you as a couple became a family. It was truly a privilege and an honor.
Laboring With You,
Pam (a.k.a Doula Mama)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Thoughtful Thursdays

This is a post that I have thought about long and hard. I was a military wife at one point in my life. My husband was a Marine (and still is) and we were a proud Marine family. We lived on base for about 1/2 of his service before we were discharged due to an injury.
I can still hear the cadence when I see any sort of military "commercial" on TV. I can still hear the jets flying over head. I can still hear the engines roar as they prepare for take off. I was proud to be a military wife. Scared out of my mind at times. I'll never forget the phone call that came in the middle of the night and he was told to report to his station at once and be prepared to leave. We didn't know where. We didn't know how long. We were scared to death!!!! I was pregnant and being left behind. Several hours later and many tears shed, he returned home. It was only a drill.
While pregnant with Kyle, he was deployed to 29 Palms. It was the longest 2 months. I was a stay at home wife. I was also very pregnant. I had this very small "baby bump" when he left and when he came back 8 weeks before delivery, his first question was "What happened?".
All of this to say, I wanted to tell you about a VERY special program. It's called "Operation Special Delivery". In light of the fact that the President is sending more troops to Afganistan, I have been so burdened for the "Mom's To Be" that are left behind and not knowing if their husbands will be home for the birth of their baby. In Operation Special Delivery (OSD), they get in the request from a Mom-To-Be to have a Doula at her delivery. This is of NO COST to the Mom. The Doula is stricktly a volunteer and donates her time to help and support this Mom. I keep going back to the site and reading and reading and reading it again. I can not imagine what it must be like. I have heard stories from the nurses at the hospital about how they will set up the computers with the camera's so they can Skype the Dad into the delivery room so that he does not miss anything. From what I understand, there is never a dry eye in the room. At the bottom of the post is their website. I would encourage you to go and see it. Read about what they do. It is just amazing. I am really praying about volunteering to do a delivery for a precious Military Mom who is home while Dad is serving our country. What a blessing that no amount of money could ever repay!!!!!! I will keep you posted on my decision and let you know.
In the words of the Marines...... Semper Fi (Oooo Raaa!!)
Laboring With You,
Doula Mama Pam

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Tuesday's Ramblings

There is so much I would love to write about today but not really sure where to start.
Life in the Kennedy household is just nuts it's seems lately. We have had so much going on but I think that is the same in every home lately. As Christmas is so very fast approaching, things seem to even get a little worse. Have you ever had those days when you think "If I could have just one day"? I know I have had that a lot lately and that "one day" does not seem to come very often and when it does, my list is so long there is no way on this earth that I could ever get done all that I want or need to do.
I don't think this is the way that life should be. It should be busy but not THIS busy. Speaking, not only for us, but in talking to other families that I know, we have something on Monday night, Tuesday night, Wednesday night and Thursday night as well. We finally make it to Friday and there is always something that thrown in at the last minute on that night as well and the weekend is shot before we ever get there.
In all of the busy-ness, I have chosen to take some time over the next couple of weeks prior to January and really look at calendars and schedules and what is coming up that we have already planned for and really look at what is going on and what can we say "No" to and what are we committed to. Things that we are committed to would be first, Our Lord and His plan. Second would be husbands and wives and children. Everything else seems to need it's place but we have to meet with the Lord first. I heard it once said that if your vertical relationship is right then the horizontal will be right. First is finding our what He would have "us" and "me" to do. The other "stuff" that seems to want our attention maybe things that we need to put to the side. This is not easy. I am not one that says "No" to anyone and that is usually what gets me into this busy-ness. Come January 1st, I'm praying that I get better at saying "No" to people and more "Yes" to what the Lord is asking of me.
What are somethings that you struggle with? Are you and your family to "busy"? Feel free to share your thoughts......

Laboring with You,
Doula Mama Pam

Monday, December 14, 2009

Not Me Monday

I did not go to the gym and attempt to run/walk my 3 miles that had become so easy the Saturday before and think that I was going to die after running for just a little while. I obviously thought something was VERY wrong with me. After 1 1/2 miles I realized that for some strange reason it was on 1.5% incline......HELLO!!!!! no wonder I was dying!!!!!!
I did not run into Wal-Mart to pick up some pretzels to find there was only 3 bags left in the EVERYONE making chocolate dipped pretzels this year?????
I did not do the majority of my Christmas baking on Saturday and of course had to tast each part as I went.
I did not go to bed before my 2 1/2 year old on Saturday night because I was physcially sick from "sample tasting".
I hope that you all have an awesome week after your "Not Me Monday".
Only a few more frantic days before Christmas. Do you have all of your Christmas Shopping done??????
Laboring With You,
Doula Mama Pam

Saturday, December 12, 2009

More Christmas Cooking

This is one of my favorites. Yes, I know, I say that every week. But this is one that my Dad makes and I just love them. They are so easy and so tasty. I have had others at parties and at different events but there is always something REALLY good about the ones that he makes.

Daddy's Sausage Balls
1 pound of your favorite sausage (hot or mild)-almost room temp
8 oz of sharp cheddar cheese. (NOT PRE-SHREDDED) Grated and at almost room temp
3 cups of Bisquick
Place all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Take off your rings and your fake nails (just kidding) and start mixing. Really mix well until everything is totally incorporated.
Start with a small spoon, small cookie scoop or just pinch off enough to make the size of sausage ball you want. Roll into balls and place on a cookie sheet. Now you have a choice to make. You can place them on the cookie sheet and freeze before cooking or you can cook them and then freeze them. Either way, they are AWESOME!!!!!! If you chose to cook them, place them in pre-heated oven of 365 degrees. Typically about 10 minutes but keep an eye on them, depending on how big you have made them.

Laboring and Cooking with You,
Doula Mama Pam

Friday, December 11, 2009

Fabulous Friday

Praise the Lord it is Friday!!!!!!
I will hopefully be getting off early so that we can go see the lights at Tanglewood in Clemmons this evening. We have been trying for 2 weeks. First try was not happening because a little boy had not had a nap all day. Second try was not happening because the temperature was dropping and we were not sure what the weather was going to do because it was raining. Oh, how I pray that this time we get to go. There is just something magical about driving through Tanglewood and seeing the lights, not only from an adult perspective but from an almost 3 year olds perspective. I just love it!!!!!!! You can not help but get ready for Christmas!!!!!!
What are some of your family traditions?
-Do you have a "Happy Birthday Jesus Cake?"
-Do you sing songs or play games?
-Do you leave out cookies for Santa?
-Do you put out Reindeer food?
Leave some of your traditions in the comments and share them.
Thanks for stopping by.
Laboring With You,
Doula Mama Pam

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Thoughtful Thursday

It has been a tough week or so and I am having to learn to let go of a particular situation that has been with me for approximately 10 years. If you are a close friend or family, you will know of what I am talking about. In the midst of all of the chaos that seems to surround, I find myself wanting to do what Billy Graham's Mother would do with her many small children at her feet. Sit down and take my apron and cover my head and just be with my Savior. Even if it was only for a few moments. In the midst of this coming season or even your season of life, take the time, cover your head and just be still with the Father. It is worth it and so is He. So, it seems that it has become a routine here on this blog to do an accrostic (at least that is what I think it is correctly called). So let's do one today.
T-Truth with the world is so full of lies
H-He is my hiding place
U-Unconditional Love
A-Abba Father
Y-Yolk is easy (especially when I don't fight Him about it)
Thank you for stopping by. Stop and Be sometime today.

Laboring With You,
Doula Mama Pam

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Testimony Tuesday

This was a post that I did about 2 weeks ago for our church's women's ministry blog. We have and still are going through some very difficult times with our daughter and Bo has been my rock. So I thought it appropriate to share how awesome the Lord is and how much He loves me with not only my church family but those who may read my blog. Thanks for stopping by.

What does your Knight or Prince Charming look like to you? Is he perfect in every way? Is he tall, handsome, have eyes that make you melt, a set of six pack abs, is patient, kind, gentle, understanding? Is he a Godly Man? A man after God's own heart?Well, today I just want to testify to what God can do and has done in my life. You see, when Bo and I met, he learned probably in the first date or 2 about my daughter. She has some serious issues and some things that she is working through. She was actually at that time in a placement in Winston Salem and there had been a crisis that we needed to address. We went, crisis over and I knew that I would not hear from him again after that. Well, I was wrong. He continued to call and we continued to date and he learned all about what was going on in that situation. The hard part was that I was going to have to allow him to help me. Now, I was in the process of learning some independence and the last thing I thought I needed was the good looking guy, tall, eyes that made me melt, to help me. I was a big girl and I could handle it........NOT!!!!!!!! I needed him and the Lord knew I needed him. I didn't like giving up this new found independence but the Lord said that this is what I had to do. Bo and I married in 2008.This past week, God in His sovereignty, that I don't understand at times, allowed my daughter to come and stay with us for a period of time. We don't know how long. We don't know exactly what the next step is for her but I do know one thing.....God knew that I was going to need Bo. Bo knew way before me that I would need him but I had to make the choice. I'm here to say that I am so glad I let go of that independence. I could not have made it the last several days without him. He has stepped in and dealt with attorneys, probation officers and a million other people in the midst of what could be chaos. This is NOT what I had planned before. This is NOT what I thought would happen. This is NOT a surprise to the Lord. He knows what He is doing and I have to trust Him. I also have to let my husband be the man that he was created to be. He has let me cry, let me scream, let me just sit and be quiet and not say a word. He let me go and get my hair done because I needed it for me and that is not something I am good at doing. So, in the midst of my chaos and my stress, God placed with me with a Prince and my Knight and for that I can testify that God loves me and has a plan for me. Praise Him!!!!!!
In Him Only,
Doula Mama Pam

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Not Me Monday

I could not wait this week!!!!!

I did not quietly listen to a precious little girl in our 4 year old class explain to me that she has a family of mice living in her room and that she takes care of them and her mom is aware. We were discussing loud and soft and how the Angel had spoken softly to Mary when he told her that she was going to have Jesus.

I did not quietly listen to the above mentioned little girl tell me that she in fact did have an Angel visit her one night and she was not scared at all. This while discussing what our reaction would be if an Angel came to visit us.

I did not go to the gym and ran/walk 3 miles and could have kept going because it actually felt good. (I was so shocked)

I did not get on the Jacobs Ladder at the gym thinking I could add on 15-20 seconds and not die in the process........If they can do it on Biggest Loser, I should be able to do this!!!!!!!

I did not go to lunch with a friend and spend 2 solid hours talking and chatting over Mexican food.........YUMMY!!!!!!!!

I can't wait to see what you Have Not done this week.

Laboring With You,

Doula Mama Pam

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Here we are again on this countdown to Christmas. Looking for that special something to put in a cookie tin or a special little container. This is my oldest son, Kyle's, favorite thing that Mom makes during the holiday's. If he finds out it is at the house, he will be knocking on the door to get some. It's also a GREAT way to take out any stress or frustration you maybe feeling during the holidays, not that any of have that.....LOL

Kyle's Peppermint Bark

1 bag of Chocolate Melts ( You can use White, Dark or Milk Chocolate)
1 handful of small candy canes or small star burst peppermints (the little round red and white ones)
1 Cookie sheet covered in parchment paper or tinfoil
1 small hammer (told you it was good for frustration and stress)

Melt chocolate as directed. While chocolate is melting, take the peppermint candy of choice and hit it with the hammer on a cutting board. (LEAVE IT IN THE WRAPPER OR YOU WILL HAVE A MESS!!!!!) Once all the chocolate is melted and you are stress fee, unwrap the candy into the chocolate. Stir until well mixed. Pour melted chocolate onto the cookie sheet and spread out evenly. Place in refrigerator to harden. Do not put away the hammer yet. Once the chocolate has hardened, you are ready for the final preparation. Take a clean kitchen towel and flip the chocolate on to the towel. Peel off the tinfoil or parchment paper. Cover with another towel and hammer away until you get the size of bark that you want. I usually go no bigger than my palm. This is up to you. Then place your bark into containers and be prepared to watch it disappear!!!!!!!

Hope you have fun with this one!!!!!!

Laboring and Cooking With You,
Doula Mama Pam

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bo and Mom and Kaleb
Jim and Lynn and Alex!!!!!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Tuesday Thought

I was sitting here this morning and checking other blogs and this and that. Something kept coming to mind. What is He to me? I mean REALLY, what is He to me? Of course, me in my small non-imaginative thinking at 7:30am can only think of the letters of the day. Similar to what I have done before. So, let's do this.
This is what He is to me.......(Amazing that if I do this everyday, it would be so different)
S-He is my SHIELD
D-He is my DAILY Bread
A-He is my ABBA Father
Y-He is my YESTERDAY, today and tomorrow

Who is He to you today?
Laboring with you,
Doula Mama Pam

Monday, November 30, 2009

This is the Not Me Post I could not wait to write. I had a Not Me Moment with my Little Man this week that was just priceless. Now you will have to stick with me on this one. No, I did remember this year to take out the giblet package in the middle of the turkey, unlike the first time I ever cooked a whole turkey. Ok, let's get going. There is only ONE Not Me Moment so of course, I had to include the pictures as well.

We get home Wednesday evening from an awesome dinner at my In-laws. We had gone by the grocery store and picked up the last of what I needed to fix for Thanksgiving dinner. We unload the car and I told my hubby that Little Man had to get in the bath. He was busy bringing stuff in from the car so I went in and turned on the bath water. Kaleb likes to hold his hands under the running water while it is filling up. I pulled off his shirt, jeans and socks. Ran to my room to put on my ever so sexy, pj pants and hole-y T-Shirt (that is another post for another day). While I am changing I hear the toilet flush.

I did not hear the dreaded "Oh No" coming from a small voice. I go running down the hall to see Kaleb looking in the toilet with his hand on the lever.

"No, no don't flush it!" I calmly and loudly say. "It to big Mommy" he reply's. "What is to big?" "Sock to big".

I did not reach in and pulled out the one sock that was still in the toilet (GROSS). "Socks go in the hamper Kaleb, not in the potty" I try very calmly to explain. "H'ammer to big Mommy, sock in the potty gone gone". With those huge brown eyes looking at me, what was I suppose to say. As Bo came down the hall, I said tell Daddy what happened. He proceeded to tell Bo and all we could do was laugh.

I did not have visions of having to pull the toilet out of the floor again but I think that the sock is now in the ocean somewhere.

What about you and your children......Did you have a Not Me Monday? o a "Not My Child"
Laboring With You,
Doula Mama Pam

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Since Christmas is fast approaching I thought it appropriate to use this time to share some Chritmas ideas with food. My theory on the food is that we as American's sometimes, have way to many candles, to many coffee mugs and do-dad's sitting around. If you prepare something in the food category, the people recieving it can eat it. They don't have to pack it away or dust it. They may have to work it off their hips....hahaha. Ok, so I'll share mine. Share your's in the comments or you can post them on your blog and then just put your link in the comments.

Oreo Bon-Bon's (I can't wait to do these)
1 pkg of Oreo's
1 8 oz pack of Cream Cheese,softened
1 pkg. of Chocolate Melts (like you would make molded candy out of)

In a food processor, place all the Oreo's. Pulse until all the cookies are crumbled. Place cream cheese in with the cookie crumbs and pulse til completely mixed. Once they have been combined, scoop into bite size balls. Place the balls onto a cookie sheet lined with wax or parchment paper and place in the freezer. In the mean time, melt chocolate according to directions. Remove the cookie balls from the freezer and dip into the melted chocolate and place them back on the cookie sheet. Place back in the freezer. Once they are completely frozen, approx 1-2 hours, place into an airtight container. Enjoy all Holiday Season!!!!!
** Alternatives**
Use Vanilla, Strawberry, or Mint Chocolate Oreo's
Use white chocolate or dark chocolate.
Use Nutter Butter cookies.

Let me know what you think!!!!!!!!

Laboring and Cooking With You,
Doula Mama Pam

Friday, November 27, 2009

It is still Thanksgiving!!!!!

Ok, so I am not original but I found this over at a friends blog, named Nikki ( and I told her it was to good for me not to do it. I know that this is the day AFTER Thanksgiving but to me, every day should be thanksgiving. So, join me if you would like.

Thanksgiving Questions-
1. Think back over the fast 10 years. What are you the most grateful for during that time period? It has been a learning process of just how big my God is. He is full of grace, mercy, forgiveness, love, compassion and Praise Him that He NEVER leaves me or forsakes me.
2. Now think back over the past year. What are you most grateful for during that time period? Watching my children grow and watching what the Lord is doing in my life, even when I don't understand it.
3. Now what about the past week? What are you most grateful for? I am thankful for a roof over my head, food in my pantry, few dollars in the bank and a family and friends that love me. I'm thankful for answered prayer.
4. The following verse says "O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good; for His mercy endureth forever. 1 Chronicles 16:34. Name a way that God has been good to you lately. His protection in the last month. Not only physically but emotionally and spiritually.
5. Name 2 physical or monetary blessings you've received lately. I was blessed with a new family to help in the arrival of their new addition in February. That is both.
6. Name 2 spiritual blessings you've received lately. Peace and joy in the midst of the storm
7. How often do you give praise to God? I fall so VERY short in this area. Not nearly as much as I should.
8. Do you think God is pleased with how you praise Him? I think He is but it needs to be more and I think He ask that of me on a daily basis.
9. Name someone that God has placed in your life to be a blessing to you. My husband, my children, my family and my friends.
10 Now that you have reflected on how God has blessed you, choose a person this week(even during the busy holiday season) and be a blessing to that person.
Here are a few ideas:

*Send someone a card to encourage them
*Take someone a batch of cookies or fresh baked bread
*Make dinner for someone
*Visit a lonely or elderly person
*Send someone flowers just for the fun of it

Lots to think about..........
Laboring Thankfully With You,
Doula Mama Pam

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!

Ok, I was trying to think of something a little different to post. Most people post a list of various things that they are thankful for. Well, I so could not think of anything original so here we go. This could take a while so I shortened it using the letters of Thanksgiving.

T-Testimony of what Christ has done for me
H-Home (Here, Heaven and Georgia)
A-Alpha and Omega that I serve
N-Network of friends that I have been blessed with
G-Groceries in the pantry
I-Impossible is not a work in the Christian vocabulary
V-Victory over Sin
I-Indescribable love that Christ has for me
N-Nothing can separate me from the Love of God
G-Gracious and Loving God

Ok, think that was easy?
Now it's your turn!!!!!!! Leave it in the comments or leave your blog address and let's see what you are TRULY thankful for!!!!!!!

Thankfully Yours,
Doula Mama Pam

Monday, November 23, 2009

Not Me Monday

It's Monday before Thanksgiving. Next Monday I am sure there will be a lot of things to share(or confess, depending on how you want to look at it). This past week in our home was a challenge but there were a few moments that were priceless. So let's get started,shall we?
1. I did not go to East Coast Wings and proceed to order 6 wings plus an entree that came with those lovely homemade, thinly sliced, potato chips, that are deep fried plus a huge chicken sandwich and proceed to eat every last chip and wing. (I was MISERABLE the rest of the day)
2 . I did not go to a craft bazaar to work as a vendor and spend more money on the Little Man than what I made selling what I brought.
3. I did not actually sit during the above mentioned bazaar and proceed to make almost every single Christmas present for anyone female in my family.
4. I did not go bowling on Thursday night and get to see a friend that I don't get the opportunity to talk to much because we are both so very busy. (So glad you were there Darla). We both have boys the same age (the older one- Kyle). Her boys are twins. William, Ryan and Kyle have been friends since kindergarten. Anyway, as we discussed the attire of one of the boys, we got the giggles. Ya know when little girls get the giggles, it's sweet and cute and everyone says "Aww, aren't they cute". Well when Darla and I get the giggles, we could not stop. She was laughing hysterically. I was laughing so hard I sounded like I was having an asthma attack.Other's could not help but laugh but I think they were laughing at us. It's very hard to bowl when you are busting a gut in laughter. I think my abs were sore on Friday from laughing so hard.
5. I did not go to the gym with my oldest, Kyle, on Friday and he stated "We are going to do MY workout". I thought "I am dead". We proceeded to do all kinds of arms, biceps, triceps, chest, hamstrings. It was killing me but I was NOT about to tell him that. I told him that I really wanted to do the Jacobs Ladder machine. For whatever reason, watching the Biggest Loser, I am now determined to kick that machine. I got on first. 2 minutes was my goal. I thought I would fall off and have a heart attack on the spot. Next time will be 2 minutes. I'm determined by January to get on for 5.
I can't wait to see what ya'll have been up to. Happy Not Me Monday!!!!!!
Laboring with You,
Doula Mama Pam

Friday, November 20, 2009

Some Ramblings and Sharing of My Heart

Today is Friday. It's November 20th of 2009. It's another workday. Another day to be busy to get ready for another day. The weekend is almost here and it is already full. Craft Bazaar pretty much ALL day tomorrow. Date night with hubby. Movie and dinner!!!!! That will be a blast. But you see, this has not been a typical week. It has been probably one of the most stressful and heartbreaking weeks of my entire life. I have chosen to share this in the form of a journal entry. I am choosing to share it because I/we are need of prayers and for healing of a broken heart.
Journal Entry-
Lord, it's been a week. A week in my gut I knew was coming but didn't know if would happen so fast.
Last Thursday you sent her home with us from court. I was shocked and overwhelmed. The Pollyanna in me wanted to think that maybe her time away she had learned something and you had flipped the switch we had been praying for the last 10 years.
Things were going ok. Stress was out of the roof but we were managing.
Kaleb went home with Mom and Dad and that was so You!!!!
Then IT happened. Every dark and evil force seemed to descend on our house in a matter of a few moments.
When I tell a child "no" or "time to get off the computer" I can usually expect a little come back but this. This was off the charts. I was frightened, scared, trembling, hurt, broken, tearful and a million other feelings I can not describe. What happened? Why was this happening? Could it have been avoided?
After a VERY long night with some police, a psychiatric nurse, a physician, and a lot of tears, and hurt, we had to make a decision. This was not what I wanted to do but what I/we needed to do.
Lord, your word is true. Your word is comfort. Your word is healing. I praise you for it.
I have written before that this is not what was suppose to happen. This is not what I had planned. Making the decision and the choice to cut the strings is so very difficult. Allowing your child to fail and to fail BIG hurts. I want to help fix her. I want to wave a magic wand and have my little girl. That is not what is happening. I can't fix it. Only you can. There is not magic wand is there Lord? I have to let her go and let her do what she thinks she can do. Why is it so hard?
I'm just placing her in your hands because my hands are off. She was yours to begin with and you allowed me/us to have her for a time. Please protect her. Please keep her safe. We do care and love her. It is just time for her to stand on her own 2 feet. It's been a tough 10 years. Even though she is on her own, I'm still her Mom and she may not like that but she is still my daughter.
Please Lord, heal my broken heart and Keep her in Your hands. It's in You I can stand. Thank you Lord!!!!!!

Thank you for stopping by and taking some time with me today. It means sooo much!!!!!!

In Him Only,
Doula Mama

Thursday, November 19, 2009

How Southern Are You??????

Just something a little light hearted for today........
Southern women know their summer weather report:
Southern women know their vacation spots:
The beach
The rivuh
The crick
Southern women know everybody's first name:
Southern women know the movies that speak to their hearts:
Fried Green Tomatoes
Driving Miss Daisy
Steel Magnolias
Gone With The Wind
Southern women know their religions:
Southern women know their cities dripping with Southern charm:
Foat Wuth
Southern women know their elegant gentlemen:
Men in uniform
Men in tuxedos
Rhett Butler
Southern girls know their prime real estate:
The Mall
The Country Club
The Beauty Salon
Southern girls know the 3 deadly sins:
Having bad hair and nails
Having bad manners
Cooking bad food
More Suthen-ism's:
Only a Southerner knows the difference between a hissie fit and a conniption fit, and that you don't "HAVE" them, you "PITCH" them.
Only a Southerner knows how many fish, collard greens, turnip greens, peas, beans, etc., make up "a mess".
Only a Southerner can show or point out to you the general direction of "yonder."
Only a Southerner knows exactly how long "directly" is, as in: "Going to town, be back directly."
Even Southern babies know that "Gimme some sugar" is not a request for the white, granular sweet substance that sits in a pretty little bowl in the middle of the table.
All Southerners know exactly when "by and by" is. They might not use the term, but they know the concept well..
Only a Southerner knows instinctively that the best gesture of solace for a neighbor who's got trouble is a plate of hot fried chicken and a big bowl of cold potato salad. If the neighbor's trouble is a real crisis, they also know to add a large banana puddin!
Only Southerners grow up knowing the difference between "right near" and "a right far piece." They also know that "just down the road" can be 1 mile or 20
Only a Southerner, both knows and understands, the difference between a redneck, a good ol' boy.
No true Southerner would ever assume that the car with the flashing turn signal is actually going to make a turn.
A Southerner knows that "fixin" can be used as a noun, a verb, or an adverb.
Only Southerners make friends while standing in lines, ... and when we're "in line,"... we talk to everybody!
Put 100 Southerners in a room and half of them will discover they're related, even if only by marriage.
In the South, y'all is singular, all y'all is plural.
Southerners know grits come from corn and how to eat them.
Every Southerner knows tomatoes with eggs, bacon, grits, and coffee are perfectly wonderful; that red eye gravy is also a breakfast food; and that fried green tomatoes are not a breakfast food.
When you hear someone say, "Well, I caught myself lookin'," you know you are in the presence of a genuine Southerner!
Only true Southerners say "sweet tea" and "sweet milk." Sweet tea indicates the need for sugar and lots of it -- we do not like our tea unsweetened. "Sweet milk" means you don't want buttermilk.
And a true Southerner knows you don't scream obscenities at little old ladies who drive 30 MPH on the freeway. You just say,"Bless her heart" ... and go your own way.
To those of you who are still a little embarrassed by your Southerness: Take two tent revivals and a dose of sausage gravy and call me in the morning. Bless your heart!
And to those of you who are still having a hard time understanding all this Southern stuff, ... bless your hearts, I hear they are fixin' to have classes on Southernness as a second language!
And for those that are not from the South but have lived here for a long time, all y'all need a sign to hang on y'alls front porch that reads "I ain't from the South, but I got here as fast as I could." Southern girls know men may come and go, but friends are fahevah !
Now...... Shugah, send this to someone who was raised in the South or wish they had been! If you're a Northern transplant,bless your little heart, fake it. We know you got here as fast as you could.

Have a great day!!!!!!
Laboring With You,
Doula Mama Pam

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Wordless Wednesday.......NOT

I was originally going to share just pictures but when I started looking at the post, I thought I might need to explain what you are looking at. These are the cuties that Bo and I get to teach on Sunday Morning in Sunday School. This past week we put our shoeboxes together for Samaratin's Purse and Operation Christmas Child. Our church goal was 600 boxes. Praise the Lord, we had well over 800 boxes. These are just a few of the pictures that we took. We(our class) put together 2 boxes. One for a boy and one for a girl. It was soooo much fun. We will do it again next year and do 2 for each.

Bo and all the little girls.

Silly faces for the camera.
Just a few of the boxes that the church collected
Our class with our 2 boxes. Ready, wrapped and they are going to make a child happy somewhere in the world this Christmas.
Laboring and Serving With You,
Doula Mama Pam

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Terrific Tuesdays

Well, the holiday's are fast approaching and wanted to maybe dedicate a couple of Tuesdays to some Terrific Tuesday Thoughts for gift giving. I would love to say that all of the ideas are mine but they are so NOT my idea.
I say this on a blog that I visit every so often. She even gives you the direct, "How To" to make these. Great idea for families with children
Photo Blocks- Check out this website

Ideas from me......Hmmmmmmmmm let's think for a minute. Things that I have done that have gone over as a huge hit. ..........

*Chocolate dipped pretzels - Regular pretzels and the Chocolate Melts that you get at Michael's or AC Moore.
*Homemade Cookie Dough- Wrap in plastic wrap in a log. Wrap again in aluminum foil and then wrapping paper. Attach a card with directions on baking. They can place it in the freezer for later or slice and bake on the spot.
*Homemade Pizza Dough- Same as above. Give with a jar of a specialty Marinara and a bag of specialty pasta
*Coupons- I LOVE THESE!!!!!!!
*One night of free baby sitting
*One trip to the mall WITHOUT the children
*One night that the family prepares dinner FOR Mom
*Date night- Dad arranges sitter, dinner reservation etc.
You get the idea. Spouses can make it for the other and children can do it for the parents.
*Homemade Cards- pack of 8 WITH STAMPS
*Homemade Jewelry- Beaded necklaces, earrings, bracelets, etc.
*Homemade Peppermint Bark.......HUGE HIT AND SOOOOOOOOO EASY!!!!!
So now that you know what my family members are getting, what are you doing???? Share your thoughts in the comment section!!!!!!!!! I'm in need of some new ideas!!!!!!!!!

Laboring with You,
Doula Mama Pam

Monday, November 16, 2009

I'm so glad it's Not Me Monday. It's been a while and I kind of need a Not Me Monday today......... so let's get started.....
I did not open a pack of premade cookies and proceed to taste at LEAST one prior to cooking them "to make sure they were Ok"
I did not start reading Jillian Michaels book on diet and exercise as I say and ate a bowl of Top Ramen Noodles with all of the carbs and heaven only knows how much sodium.
I did not go to a new hairdresser this week for cut and color and sit down in the chair and say "Do whatever you want" (By the way, I have been told this is the best my hair has ever looked). I'll post a picture later.
I did not start on my way to Wal-Mart and then decide I didn't want to deal with the Saturday crowd and drive in a complete circle to get back to the grocery store, 1 1/2 miles from my home.
I did not listen to my 2 year old tell his Daddy, "You get out, Mommy's here". He wanted to play cars and I guess I interrupted.
I did not actually have the day off of work and answer the phone when they called about needing to order something and I offered to do it for them from I nice or what???? LOL!!!!!!!
This has been great. I needed this today!!!!! Thanks for stopping by. Please leave a comment or just say Hi!!!!!!!
Laboring with You,
Doula Mama Pam

Saturday, November 14, 2009

It's About Time.......

Well it has been way to long since I had a few moments to sit down and write with a somewhat of a clear head. This has been a week, and that is putting it lightly. In the midst of the chaos, the unanswered questions, the meetings and that appointments, God is STILL in control and He Never Lost it to begin with even when I felt like I was drowning.

There have been some major events in the Kennedy/McManus household this week. If you are a close friend, church member or family member, you already know what I am talking about. I have chosen to keep the details off of this very public blog because, God knows the details and that is ALL that matters. I just could not help but to write tonight.

A good friend wrote an email to me the other day and made a statement that has stuck in my head and my heart. It's one of those that you know. You have heard it. You have even said it and then someone says it to you in the midst of a conversation or in the midst of a difficult circumstance and you have that Ahh Haa Moment. You know what I am talking about????? Any way she said=== "As much as it stinks, stress isn't beyond God's control. If there's stress in your life and you're in His will, He has a purpose in it." Let's just say that this hit home with me and the events surrounding the last few days. So, these are my thoughts about the circumstances that we are dealing with at the present moment....
There is stress- He is in control
There is anxiety- He is in control
There is a purpose- He has a plan
There is a plan- He has it in His hand
There is a goal- He knows what it is
There is hurt - He is The Healer
There is pain - He is The Comforter
There is loneliness - He is The Friend
There is rest- He IS THE REST!!!!!!!
Now, no matter what situation you are dealing with today, this afternoon or in the morning, if we think on this........ He will see us through. Changing my perspective off of 'I, me, my' is key for me. It needs to be "He, Him, and His". God is big enough to handle any circumstance. We just need to let Him. Is it hard??????????? DUH!!!!!! But what power and peace we experience when we let Him. Does that mean that once you lay it down, everything is a bed of roses and life is wonderful and grand? No, the tears still may come and the waves of anxiety of a topic may creep in but when you think------ "He, Him, His" it is power and peace.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope this has been an encouragement to you and you have time to leave a comment. God is in control.....we can rest assured of that!!!!!!!! Talk to you soon.
Laboring with You,
Doula Mama Pam

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


It is yucky outside today. Lots of rain, dreary looking and you just kind of want to curl up with a good book and read it.
I am working on a couple of different post for this week but decided I might want to do something today to kind of check -in.
The holidays are so fast approaching and it just overwhelms me at times. Christmas decor is already up all over the place and we have not even had Thanksgiving. I am one that has to attack each one, one at a time.
It has been brought to my attention here lately that when I think about complaining, I need to stop and really think through what it is I am complaining about.
Now, this is going to get personal but stick with me on this one.....
Example #1- Last night, the hubby and I made it to the gym. We worked out together!!!!!! Way cool and so much fun. So we both have weight we want to loose. So, this morning, being the good "Diet-er" that I decided to go through the drive-thru and get a GRILLED chicken salad with FAT FREE honey mustard dressing. SOOOO PROUD OF MYSELF!!!!! Lunch time rolls around and I am READY for this salad. I'm talking mouth is watering. I walk in to get it out of the refrigerator and IT IS GONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They left the dressing and took the salad. I was FUMING MAD!!!!!!!! Let's just say everyone in the office knows that someone ate my salad. I made a sign and hung it in the refrig. "Please don't eat food that is not yours!!!!" I walked back into our office and got the fattening lunch that was brought in and I as I sat here eating it because I was sooooo angry. I got tapped on the shoulder.......... 1 in 8 Americans go to bed hungry. You have FREE food sitting in front of you and your pride is in the way.......Maybe someone else needed that salad more than you....OUCH!!!! so, to say the least, I hope whoever got the salad, enjoyed it and it filled their stomachs.
Example # 2- I am soooooooooooooooooo very thankful for the health of my children. Several times I have mentioned on here about Stellan and Johanna and other children that I have read and followed their blogs. I'm overwhelmed with compassion for them and pray for them and watch and follow their families. What a testimony they are. I hold my children a little tighter at night.
Example # 3- I have friends. I have many friends but I have a handful of "Close friends". You know the kind that..... You can write a post on Facebook and in a few minutes you get a phone call or an e-mail wanting to know what is up. You can NOT write on your blog and they want to know why. You can walk into the room and not say a word and she says......"Come, let's talk" while she taps on the table she is sitting at. Those are the friends that keep me in check. The ones that know when I am struggling and can't find the words to utter out of my mouth because the tears will start before the words. I am thankful for those because there are so very many lonely people. I am truly grateful for them!!!!!!
So, there are soooooooooooo many more that I could list here. How about you? Have you caught yourself complaining only to realize that what you are complaining about is a blessing.
Please share your thoughts....... I would love to hear them

Laboring With You,
Doula Mama Pam

Monday, November 9, 2009

YOU CAN FOLLOW ALONG ON HIS MOM'S WEBSITE . Thank you so much in advance for your prayers.

Laboring With You,
Doula Mama Pam

PS- Birth-Day story on Wednesday!!!!!!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Fantastic Friday!!!!!- Sneek Preview

There is just something about those tiny feet and hands!!!!!
Congrats to Sam and Kim!
More to come this weekend.
Laboring With You,
Doula Mama Pam

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Thoughtful Thursday

I received this e-mail from my dear friend Marsha who is a missionary in the Ukraine. It spoke VOLUMES to me. I can't tell you how many times I have read it and read it again. I hope that it encourages you as much as it does me. I asked her if I could share it and she said yes. Read through it and pray through it.

I was sitting at my desk this morning - thinking and praying through many, many things. I heard the song (I am Persuaded) on Travis Cottrell's new CD (thank you Peggy). It's from Romans 8:38-39. Thought you might need this as much as I did.

"For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus."

It reminds me that the love of God is always right there with me where ever I am - and nothing can take that away from me -
- Not the glumy Kiev weather
- Not the smelly apartment next door
- Not the dreary, old apartment I live in
- Not the drunks on the benches in the park
- Not the babushka who told me to stop eating until I learned the language
- Not the misunderstandings of Americans who want to come to "do" a mission trip with no thought of impacting the culture for Christ
- Not the declining dollar or our declining company benefits
- Not the breaker box in the hall that keeps breaking when I try to dry clothes in the dryer with the lights on in the apartment
- Not the sister who adds ridiculous requests to my work among the ladies here

Nope, none of those things separate me from His love. Although I have to admit, they often cause me to forget His nearness, His power, and His call to be "in Him" in the moment. I pray He forgives me every time my mind is overwhelmed with circumstances!

Have a wonderful day.
Laboring with You,
Doula Mama Pam

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Connor is here!!!!!

Mr. Connor has arrived. Beautiful baby boy!!!!. 7 pounds and 2 ounces. Just gorgeous. Mom and Dad are doing great. Birth story this weekend!!!!!!

Laboring With You,
Doula Mama Pam


On my way out the door to help with my November Mom..........a Little Boy is on the way!!!!!!!!

Stay tuned.......

Laboring This Morning,
Doula Mama Pam

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Thankful Tuesday

THE MAMMOGRAM REPORT IS IN...............................................

NORMAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PRAISE THE LORD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you for your prayers and support. Get to wait another year!!!!

Doula Mama Pam

Monday, November 2, 2009

Not Me Monday Prayertime for Stellan

Praying for you today. If you don't know this little one, please visit his Mom's blog over at . He is such a fighter. Praying for his Mom and Dad as they seek the help of The Healer. Join me today praying for this little one.
S-Seeking Healing from The One that is THE HEALER!
T-Telling the world that God is in Control!!!!!!
E-Energetic little one
L-Loved by his family
L-Loved by his web-family
A-Answer to prayer
N-Never giving up!!!!!
Praying for you today Stellan
Doula Mama Pam

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Trick-or-Treating!!!!!!!

Scarring Paw-Paw!!!!!
Jeff and Natalie's House- They had a haunted trail.....we didn't do the trail.

Lucas, Lance and a Friend. (Jeff and Natalie's kids)


My Little Pirate!!!!!! Isn't he the cutest!!!!?

Just look at those eyes!!!!!
Enjoying the first of to much chocolate treats.
Got the hat on ONE time!!!!!!
Played Basketball at Uncle Jeff and Aunt Natalie's
Daddy helped to make a basket!
It was a Great Night!!!!!