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Leanna Claire on Cleaning House

Posted by ab39 on February 20, 2008

Children Cleaning Their RoomsLeanna, who is my youngest….but, my youngest is 11 years old…was doing laundry and cleaning house last night when I got home from work.  She was folding laundry and ironing some shirts.  I was a little nervous at first, but she really did a great job…..ironing wrinkles out and NOT burning herself or the materials.  I was shocked!!!

Later in the evening, when dinner was over…I realized she was busy in the kitchen.  I walked in there to find her unloading the dishwasher….reloading the dishwasher….washing pots and pans and putting them away….and then she actually disenfected everything – countertops, sinks, stove top  –  wiped it all down, and TOOK THE DIRTY RAGS TO THE LAUNDRY ROOM!!!!!  The kitchen looked amazing and when I got up this morning, it was such a wonderful feeling to walk into a CLEAN kitchen.  🙂

Leanna, I dont know what got in to you….but, I am just thrilled! You did a fabulous job, and I am proud of you for taking the initiative to clean up!  THANK YOU, sweet girl! 

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Why Do I Love You?….Let Me Count The Ways

Posted by ab39 on February 14, 2008

 It’s Valentines Day, and I truly have a wonderful valentine to share it with.  I had a crush on my husband before he ever knew I even existed.  My dad would get soooo frustrated with me when it came to my husband and sat me down one day.  He basically told me that I was going to college…and going away to college…he wanted me to work hard while there….meet lots of people….make lots of friends…..make memories…..make good grades and graduate…..BUT, DO NOT think about Bobby….AT ALL!!!  After you graduate and come back home, and your a little bit older and HOPEFULLY a little bit more wiser….and you still want to date Bobby….then, AND ONLY THEN, will we sit down and talk about it.  🙂  I will absolutley never forget that.  I came home four years later, saw Bobby at a birthday party and it’s nothing but history from there!  We have been married 17 years, and I truly am blessed for it.  Here’s just a few reasons why:

1.  He definetly is my best friend.

2.  He is a gift from God.

3.  He puts up with all my tears.

4.  He loves his three girls.

5.  He loves me.  🙂

6.  He is a wonderful father.

7.  He listens to me….when I really need him to.

8.  He loves me….without even thinking about it.

9.  He loves me….even without makeup.

10.  I can be myself with him.

11.  He can be irresistable.

12.  He makes me laugh!

13.  He makes up pre-tend words to songs that are just silly.

14.  I feel safe in his arms.

15.  He IS my better half.

16.  I love that he isnt perfect.

17.  If I ask for something, he always makes sure I get it.

18.  He loves my family.

19.  He loves his family.

20.  He loves his church.

21.  I love the way he hugs me tight every morning before he leaves for work.

22.  The way he stands beside me, and not in front of me.

23.  He makes sure I have everything I need.

24.  How he forgives me over and over.

25.  How he cleans up the kitchen for me.

26.  He does not mind going shopping with me.

27.  He watches chick-flicks with me.

28.  Absolutley…with out a doubt…an incredibly gifted carpenter!  He amazes me with the abilities and talents God has given him.

29.  Loyal to his friends.

30.  He may not be able to direct my wind…but he always knows when to adjust my sails. 

There is sooo much more, but for now….this will be a beginning place.  I will be adding to this list occasionally.  I am IN love! 

Happy Valentines Day to each and every one of you!  🙂

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15 and counting…

Posted by ab39 on February 12, 2008

Thumbs up, winking:11712She’s 15!  I just cant believe it!  It really is true that time flies. 

Olivia Christine Blondin was born on February 2, 1993.  She was our first child, and boy were we new parents.  I did ask the nurse at the hospital before they sent us home if a manual came with the baby so I could look up the directions and “How TOO’s” when I was not sure what to do.  The nurse just smiled at me and told me that it would all come naturally….I’m not sure about naturally….but, 15 years later we still have our Olivia and we are very, very proud of her.

She was born with bright red hair, and now has auburn hair with red streaks all thru it…just beautiful…but she hates it.  When we talk to each other, we look each other in the eye….just cant believe she is a wee bit taller than me now.  She has her daddy’s green eyes that seem to turn grey with dark colors, green with bright colors, and blue when she wears blue. 

She’s smart!  WAY smarter than her dad and I.  We have both wondered on numerous occasions how we got such a smart child.  She has initiative….on her own she studies, does her homework, fixes her snacks, takes her showers….no reminding….no pushing….no prodding…..I LOVE IT!!!!  She has a desire to make good grades and she is already thinking about college and what she wants to do with her life. WOW!!!  I KNOW I was not thinking about my future at age 15, and I definetly know her father did not think about his future until he was in his twenties.  🙂 

Olivia, your mom and dad love you and are sooo immensely proud of you!  No matter what you do or dont do, No matter where you go, No matter who you become…your mom and dad will ALWAYS love you and will ALWAYS be there for you!  You will ALWAYS have a place to call home! 

YOU GO GIRL!!!  You can do anything you set your mind and heart to!  You can accomplish anything you want to!  Aim HIGH!  Reach for the STARS!!!!

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Finding My Safe Place

Posted by ab39 on February 5, 2008

Have you ever wished, when you are having a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day, that you could just run and hide in a safe place?  Do you have a safe place?  I admit that I do….my bedroom.  Everyone needs a place where we feel safe, and my own bedroom has become a refuge for me.  But, I am beginning to realize that my refuge has also become a crutch…..

God has convicted me lately that I am not seeking Him for refuge….seeking Him as my Safe Place.  While reading my devotions this week, I read Psalm 91:2, “He is my refuge and my fortress.”  I decided to look up refuge in my concordance and was re-directed to Deuteronomy 33:27, “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.”  I do find comfort in knowing the God’s arms are outstretched and ready to catch me when and if I fall.”

I have many fears….but the fear of being pursued is one of my greatest.  Being pursued by never-ending pain and discomfort. Pursued by the unknown.  Pursued with finances, and more….I know that God does not necessarily remove the difficulty in my life.  I have prayed and prayed and asked God to eliminate my pain and struggles, but the difficulty remains.  It is in this time I must take refuge in God’s love and have the faith to believe it to be so. 

“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.”  Psalm 34:8 

No matter how bad things appear, under the protection of God’s wings, I am safe.  I realize that it is not a place of no pain, but it isa place of comfort and hope.

Comfort and Hope that I am clinging to.

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