Sunday, August 15, 2010

A Glimpse .....

My precious children are all tucked in their beds hopefully fast asleep. David is out he will be heading out of town again this week and me well - here I am. I have written this post in my mind what feels like a million times - though not really. It is my sincere desire to share with you my heart tonight. Beware this post will undoubtedly be lengthy and grammatically incorrect and probably sporadic in thought. Writing has never been my gift. I hope you continue to read and pray for us as we head into a new chapter of life.

In January of this year David and I received an email from our friend Nicole who goes to church with us. She had a friend whom I will call Jane who was 16 weeks pregnant and going to have an abortion the next morning. Dave and I both got the email early Friday morning - I can remember it like it was just the other day. It was around 7 am and David wanted me to call Nicole immediately. I knew she would be awake as she teaches at a preschool but I think I was probably a little hesitant to call her - deep down I knew why we were going to call her and just before I picked up the phone David says to me tell her we will take the baby - just please don't have an abortion. We called Nicole - Jane comes from an Islamic background and her mother was going to kick her to the curb if she didn't have this abortion and it seems as she may have had a previous one. All this to say we told Nicole to give her our information and that we would gladly adopt her baby whatever the cost. At this point for me I do not think gravity so to speak had really set in. I thought about it a lot that day as Nicole was supposed to call us that evening with any news and she did. Nicole's mother and aunt had taken Jane out and they spoke and now Jane knew there was a family who would gladly take her baby - she decided not to have the abortion but she didn't know what she was going to do. What a praise - this baby was going to have a chance!!! We waited for a few weeks and nothing - no contact. I can tell you that I often thought what if this precious baby is a girl??!!! A few more weeks went by and we heard Jane was going to have a baby boy and she had decided to keep him. I was sad but not crushed. I must confess though - if she had been having a girl - I am not so sure if I would have handled it as well. We did not tell many people about this - especially not our children and you can see why. This precious baby was born just a few weeks ago and he is so adorable and I am so thankful God in his sovereignty spared his little life.

Now what? Well David and I have always talked about possibly adopting. Side note here for you who don't know - when I was in college I spent a couple weeks in China. I would have brought home all the children I encountered if I could have. I also was in the last stages of becoming a journeyman with the International Mission Board when I met my husband. Obviously God had other plans for my life. All that to say that David knew it was my desire to have a baby from China. I have always known I wanted 4 children - just one of those childhood dreams. Obviously adoption has been on our minds. Two weeks ago when David was at a conference he sent me an email all it said was " more paid time off for adoptive families at CFA." I immediately responded "That is so ironic that you just sent that to me as I have been really thinking a lot about adoption lately. I will continue to pray about it and hope you will too. Hope you are having a good time. Love and miss you." To which he responds " I got the email from CFA when the guest speaker was speaking on adoption. I think we seriously need to look into this." That email correspondence literally gives me chill bumps. Look how God was working in both our lives miles away from one another. I immediately called a friend who has adopted twice domestically. We talked for a while and she gave me an agency to check into. I of course googled them and read what I could. Then I got an email from a friend at church who has adopted from China - she has always known of my desire. This email was from an agency letting people know the great need for adopting children with special needs in China. David and I both have a strong desire to adopt a little girl from China - so here we are. I have contacted two adoption agencies and we are waiting on information packets. We know personally two families who have been through this process - I think what makes me so excited is that David called one of them. We both know I am fifteen steps ahead of him in my heart. All I can think about is we have to get our little girl home. I know if we had the money we would go get her tomorrow. However there are many steps in this journey. Why did I tell you all this? Well because most of you that read my blog are pray-ers. And boy do I have many requests. I have so many emotions going on inside of me. So if I may here are a few specifics.

1. Patience. This is such a biggie for me in so many areas of this journey!! We have to choose an agency and be accepted etc etc. Once paperwork is turned in there is a 12-18 month waiting period for a special needs child. 50 plus months for a non special needs child. Plus we have to have a good bit of money to even begin things.

2. This little girl - whoever she may be. I know God is sovereign and He already knows all the details.

3. Finances. I have started a little basket putting spare change in - the kids have even been helping as well. I am not good with money - so thankful for a husband who is!!! Please pray that when I have that urge to stop and just pick up lunch or whatever I think we might need at Target that I will think of this little girl - she is worth every penny. This will be costly and I will again need patience here. Men and women think differently - I with my heart and David with his head and the need to provide for our family etc. Pray that I will trust all his decisions regarding the how and when of finances. This really is the biggest request I have. I want to be a God honoring wife. I really want God to just dump a large sum of money in my lap - but I must be realistic about this - this part will take time. I am not a good waiter.

Please pray for me. I could write so much more but will save it for another time. Thanks for keeping up with us. Blessings ~

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Pillowcase Dress Tutorial

Okay Angie this is for you!!

I have always wanted to post a tutorial because I have benefited greatly from others posting them. So here goes - however I cannot take credit for this alone - my sweet friend Kristin deserves most of the credit because she took pictures first and sent them to me to teach me how to make a dress in the first place. On top of that she endured my millions of questions and chatted with me while I made my first dress. THANK YOU Kristin. This tutorial is not of my first dress (which happened to be a cow print dress for cow appreciation day) this is a dress I made this afternoon for a friends daughter and I put her monogram on it. Hope this helps anyone that might need it!

Lay out fabric like you would wear it. You need two layers

Fold the two layers in half vertically. Use a tank top or sleeveless dress to guide your armhole cut - but leave enough space (couple of inches) to come up past your armpit. Make sure you don't cut on the fold :)

Now you have two choices here: You can fold over the armpit area twice and hem or you can use bias tape. I used bias tape - and for this particular dress I actually made the bias tape.

To make bias tape : cut strips of fabric you determine the length depending on the size dress. Width can vary as well - I chose 3 inches wide.

Then fold in half and iron over. Open it up and fold one quarter to the half on one side and do the same to the other and iron. Now you have bias tape.

Stick the edge of the armpit area into the bias tape and sew. You will do this a total of 4 times.

Now small hem at the top of both layers - and then add a larger hem so you can fish your ribbon through it. You can always just fold over your fabric and then fold again for just one hem the point is just to have a finished edge.

Now place your two pieces of fabric right sides together and hem the sides. I start from the bottom and go up to armpit area. Then hem up the bottom - you can also use bias tape here as well.

Now monogram and fish your ribbon through and tie.

This is such a fun and easy project!! Much thanks again to my friend Kristin!!

Quick update.....

I seriously do not know how my blog friends keep up with their blogs!! I know I always say that. I have loads of pics and stories I must blog about but not enough time tonight - I will try to play catch up this week - but I just wanted to let you all
know I'm still here with my super duper hubby and 3 munchkins! We are all doing well staying busy. Let's see since April 14th my last post - Nathan graduated kindergarten, Luke turned 4, Dave and I went on a cruise, had VBS, and celebrated mothers day, fathers day, 4th of July and cow appreciation day and of course we have been swimming!! I have pics of all of this and I will elaborate in blogs to come - hopefully. I will leave you with a recent picture
of my munchkins on cow appreciation day! Aren't they ADORABLE!!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

What did you do today??

So I got the boys settled with their magazines and Ethan with his blankie and sippy cup and then I sat down in the chair - and let the teeth cleaning begin- to which I then said to Pam my dental hygienist- is it crazy that this might actually be relaxing!! I have to go get my teeth cleaned just to be able to sit down for 30 minutes and mind you I had all of my boys with me!! No I am not strange - other moms have said the same thing. Thankfully my kids were very well behaved and I of course promised popsicles when we got home and they got to feed the fish in the waiting room at the dentist office- thanks Dr. Ed!!

It has been such beautiful weather. If you know me - you know summer is my favorite season and I cannot wait for it to get here!! I am ready for school to be out and the pool to be open. I am not the only one who loves the outdoors my boys have been outside everyday this week - it has been soo much fun!! It was a fun afternoon outside starting with our promised popsicles. We then tried to shoot a bird with the BB gun. I know it pains me to even write that. Me shoot a precious innocent creature that God has made. Well I missed - but that sweet little bird is building a nest in my dryer vent!! The funny part of the story isn't even that I missed - I just scared the bird half to death - he dropped his nesting materials and took off! What is funny is when I was holding the gun and Nathan comes right next to me and says "I know what kind of meat we'll be having for dinner tonight - bird meat." He was so serious. I am crying laughing right now just recalling the moment! We finished our afternoon with a walk. David's parents do not live to far from us and you can actually get to their house through some woods in our neighborhood so......
Over the fence and through the woods to Grandmothers house we go.......

Pops was cutting the grass when we got there and of course the boys had to have a turn riding around. Luke just liked to drive in circles and Ethan was terrified of the tractor!! The boys played in the dirt for awhile and then we headed home - check out Luke's face in the above pictures - I think he might have eaten the dirt!!
HaPpY bIrThDaY!!

My sweet Nathanael Allen turned 6 on Monday April 5th. I love my kids birthdays - it is always a sweet reminder to me of their birth story. God is so gracious to me and I want to always be mindful of His sweet graciousness that comes in the form of my children. I do pray that he will grow to love God with all his heart and follow after His ways. He is getting to be soo tall. I can remember when he laid in his swing just looking at me and I would wonder what he would be like when he was older!! Oh time passes too quickly. Nathan is such a sweet young boy. He is doing so well in school. He is a great reader and seems to love math - you can almost see him think. He is very much into jokes - I have David to thank for that - like father like son!! He has gotten me a few times - and he just giggles and I smile. He enjoyed having a little birthday party with family and friends. I made him a cake in the shape of a cowboy boot similar to "Woody's" from Toy Story. We are very much into Toy Story and cowboys these days. We gave him a BB gun and he was speechless. Of course he is only allowed to have it with daddy and it is put up far away for safe keeping when not in use!!! I am so thankful for these special times we have as I know the days of Toy Story and cowboys will fade before I know it he will be shooting all by himself - AHHHH!! Nathan we love you soo much and are grateful God has entrusted you into our care. Happy Birthday sweet boy!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Sanitizer the cure for everything....

If you know us at all very well - you know my husband is the sanitizer KING!! He loves sanitizer so much that a guy at work gave him a glass collectors bottle of Purell - I am not kidding about this. If it were up to him we would have dispensers of it in every room of our house. This is not a joke. He LOVES sanitizer.

Luke has had a fever today. This evening when it was spiking and he didn't feel very well I explained to him that it can be good to have a temperature - it means that your body is fighting to get rid of all the bad germs . Then my sweet silly 5 year old Nathan says "well why don't you just put some sanitizer on him?" Yes - I got a really good laugh today, this was definitely a story for the blog.... and his father would be REALLY proud!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

One can never learn to early ......

So do you like that?

Thursday, February 25, 2010

God Bless Chick-fil-A!!

I have said it before and I will say it again and again and again - I am thankful for CFA!! David and I have just returned home from Washington DC where we attendend our annual CFA seminar. It was like a great big family reunion!! We had several great guest speakers and singers - this was one of my favorites! More pictures and detail to come later!

Thursday, February 18, 2010


"God thunders wondrously with his voice; he does great things that we cannot comprehend. For to the snow he says, 'Fall on the earth,' likewise to the downpour, his mighty downpour. He seals up the hand of every man, that all men whom he made may know it."

Can you guess which picture is my favorite?
Suzanne this is for you

Parenting is by far the hardest job I will ever have. That was a big surprise wasn't it??!! Thankfully it is also very joyful and God has given me wonderful friends to share the woes and throes of parenting along the way. Who else can understand your sippy cup mishaps?? Your 1 year old's screaming fits?? The selfishness of one child and the kindnesses of another?? What school to send your child to? The list could go on but you get the picture. This award goes to my dear friend Suzanne!! I have told her she should have her own blog she has lots of great stories and her kids say some cute things but since she doesn't I am blogging this story for her and for me too!

A little info for those who need it. I met Suzanne through CFA - our husbands work together. She has 3 children. Madelyn is 5 and goes to school with Nathan. Samuel will be 3 in March and Caroline is 16 months - she and Ethan are 3 weeks apart. So you can see we live in the same season of life right now. There are many things I love about Suzanne - she is authentic, her kids are not perfect and she doesn't try to hide it - hence the picture below and this blogpost.

This picture was taken on my phone on our recent walk in her neighborhood. It is not a very good picture so let me set the scene for you. Nathan and Madelyn and Luke and Samuel are supposed to be taking turns riding in the powerwheels jeep. Ethan and Caroline are being pulled along in the wagon. In this picture Nathan and Madelyn are having their turn in the jeep and Samuel well - he is not liking it - in fact for 97% of the walk he didn't like it. He is running after them screaming and crying and making a spectacle of himself. So we end up turning around and eventually Suzanne has to pick him up and hold him - all the while he is flailing around and screaming and making an even bigger spectacle of himself. Meanwhile the jeep runs out of battery and we still have two babies in a wagon and we have a bit of a ways to get home. Needless to say it was a less than pleasant walk. We made it back jeep and all and we were laughing a little then - but now we laugh a lot about it. I can only write this because I have had similar experiences and because we both know our kids aren't perfect and neither are we. As I write this I realize this story probably isn't funny to anyone else -because it is one of those where you kind of just needed to be there. However I want to look back and remember these seasons (I love reading my old blogposts - they make me smile because I forget soo much!) and thank God for giving me friends (like Suzanne ) to share them with who know exactly what you are talking about, who share the same Hope and desires for their children. "And we proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, that we may present every man complete in Christ. " Col. 1:28

Monday, February 1, 2010

A little wisdom from a 5 year old...

Recently I completed a bible study on Heaven. I learned a lot and there is still much to be learned. Of course my kids know what I am studying and thus brought a few questions about heaven. This of course thrills me - as I love to talk about God's word with my children. Obviously Nathan being older - he understands some things better than Luke does. Nathan knows there is heaven and hell and just knowing about the two places has given me great opportunities to share the gospel with him. What a privilege that is for me!! A burden as well because I so desire for him to take hold of the gospel and for the Holy Spirit to change him - God is sovereign. Luke on the other hand - not sure really what he understands. He was playing this afternoon and told me his boy had an accident on the playground and he "got died." So of course I said Luke what does it mean to die - to which he responds "to get dead." Which caused me to ask what does it mean to be dead - " to not get up and doesn't it have to do with cowboys." I am sure you are laughing by now because it was hard for me not to. I tried to do a little explaining but who knows how far that went because a little while later he asks where my daddy is and I say you know he is in heaven and then Luke asks when is he coming back and I said he's not coming back. Then my wise little five year old says yes he will - when we get a new world. Boy did he put me in my place - as scripture clearly states there will be new earth. It is safe to say Nathan knows way more about heaven than I did as a 5 year old. Thankful he is listening and praying God will raise him up for His glory!!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sew busy

I have been a busy bee. I am so thankful to my dear friend Angie who taught me to sew - as next to reading it is one of my favorite hobbies. Now I can add embroidering to that. Yes my friends for my birthday I got an embroidery machine - very basic starter machine. I had no idea these kinds of machines could be so complex etc. etc. I am still learning the ins and outs of how to do it but I am looking forward to being able to add names to things. Another project I have been working on is a quilt. Pictures to come I promise - as I have taken pictures of each stage of my quilting project. I started with just some squares that my great grandmother had started putting together - now I am finishing what she started. It has been so FUN!! I am planning to embroider something on the bottom of the quilt but just not sure what to put on there. I welcome your suggestions. Stay tuned as I hope to have it finished soon!!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

A few laughs...

With Nathan going to school in the mornings and the E-bear still taking morning naps I get to spend a good bit of one on one time with Luke right now. I am cherishing these moments as they will soon be gone. Each child is different and I love their differences. Luke is our clown I know kids are funny they can't help but be -Luke cracks me up! It is really just little things and you probably won't find them nearly as funny as I do. I am posting them here because I don't want to forget them. So enjoy these few scenarios.

We have some little aquarium rocks in a bag in our laundry room - Luke once asked me if they were Shark food.

Nathan gave Luke a piece of starburst candy. Nathan explained that it was a starburst and you had to chew it. Luke says "Did you get this from Starbucks?"

Recently Luke was laying in bed with us right before bedtime, I said "Listen hear boy you aren't sleeping in this bed." he replies "Yeah dad." I don't know who laughed harder me or David.

Tonight I had my slippers on and discovered I had a hole in them and made some kind of "oh no" comment. Luke says so calmly and matter of fact "well you'll just have to sew them."

I hope you at least found one of these funny!

As always its been too long and I have much to say and little time to say it and in between all that I had a computer crash so to speak. So this time I really do have a good excuse for my delay in blogging. Thankfully I spent one day backing up pictures and videos right before "Dell" as my husband affectionately calls him went crazy on me. So the next few blogs may be pictureless as I work to get things back on here and just take some more pictures.

It is so easy to become discouraged - great plan of attack on Satans part - at least for me! I know when I thought dear old "dell" was gone - it put a damper on me - that's right I let a computer get to me - I know you don't even have to say it - RIDICULOUS its just a computer. I even have a philosophy if I can't take it to heaven then it just shouldn't matter - but I am human Just this past week I had a sick baby so I missed church - he is now on the up and up and now I have another sick child. Our cat is missing. Then there are other things - there will always be things because we live in a sin cursed world but thankfully not without hope. I love knowing that "Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world." And I love (and by the way I know it is BAD crammer to start a sentence with "and" but sometimes I just think it is necessary and its my blog - but I just wanted you to know that I know its not grammatically correct) how He encourages me through other people - people that I don't even know.....

Like my blogger friend Lauren on Thread by Thread and the Monkeys Mama with her picture blog and life with cutie face . They give me such great blogging ideas and they inspire and encourage me as a wife and mother but most importantly a child of the King. So thank you blogging friends. It is an encouragement to read your stories every so often and see how God is working in the lives of other mamas. How wonderful it is to be in the body of Christ. Maybe one day we shall meet - if not here definitely on the other side.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

HaPpY nEw YeAr!!

Welcome 2010!! You know it really is a privilege - each breath we take -so glad to be experiencing another year and it is only by God's grace that we do so. I am looking forward to getting back into the routine of life. So what do you have planned for this new year? I could tell you that I resolve to be a better blogger - but that just makes me laugh. Besides I have to keep you few readers that I have on your toes. You never know when I just might blog :)

Hoping for some snow tomorrow. David is off on a trip so its me and the boys this weekend. Wait a second even when David's home its me and the boys :) My neighbors birthday is coming up and we have to celebrate so here's a shout out to you Mr. Ken - HaPpY bIrThDaY and we love you!!

Let me hear from you all!! Hope you have a fabulous 2010!!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

December In Pictures

Time to get the house ready for Christmas!!

I love this manger scene - my kids made it last year and it is just perfect because HE is the best present of all!

My shepherd boy. All he cared about was being someone in the play who could hold a stick!

Luke out in la la land :)

My table at our Ladies Christmas tea at Berachah

My friends and family who sat at my table.

Christmas open house at CFA home office.

Our Christmas play at church - Nathan and Luke with Pastor Dial better known that night as "Rod Stark"

Gingerbread fun at school.

Polar Express Christmas party at school.

One of my favorite traditions with the boys - riding the Pink Pig!!

Another tradition - making cookies :) We usually do this with our good friends the Clarks - but they just had a baby so we were solo this year! Congrats Steve and Susan!
Happy Anniversary!! Married 7 years December 14!! We went to the Big Apple to celebrate - of course!!
With my favorite person, in my favorite city during my favorite time of the year!
Don't ask how many pictures it took to get just one of them looking remotely decent!! Each year I make them matching pajamas and they get to open them on Christmas eve - it's a tradition!

Happy New Years!! David and I at the CFA bowl. He had a much longer day and night than I did!!

Pruiksma's Progress Christmas Letter 2009

Family and Friends,

We hope everyone is doing well and anticipating a great Christmas! Where does the time go?? I can’t believe it has already been a year. Well here is a sneak peek of what has been happening in the life of a mommy and her boys – daddy included!!

Nathan started Kindergarten this year!! Talk about time – how did my first born child get to be 5 already?? He has lost 4 teeth – not all four on purpose and I can honestly say all he wants for Christmas is his two front teeth. And today at the dentist we discovered he has two more loose teeth!! He is growing too fast!

He loves school and is very social as many of you know!! Not sure where he might get
that from J He is still going to school at Fayetteville First Baptist and we love it there. Not sure what we will do next year but for now I am just enjoying him being in kindergarten. He is learning lots of new things but his biggest accomplishment thus far – is reading. Right before thanksgiving we took a trip to the public library and he plopped right down in the aisle and read a book to me for the very first time!! Such excitement for both of us!

He is also very involved at church in choir and Awana. He is memorizing lots of scripture for Awana and school. It is neat to hear him apply God’s truth to life. For example – we recently had a discussion on other religions and how some people believe Jesus was just
a man but not the Savior of the world- and they have something or someone else as their god. Nathan quickly chimed in “ well Mom the Bible says ‘No one can serve two masters’.” …and he is absolutely right. I am so thankful he is hiding God’s Word in his heart.

Outside of church and school Nathan’s amusement is filled with army men, hunting and toy guns. He has his heart so set on a specific nerf gun for Christmas that he has informed both David and I that there are only 3 left at Target. He is all boy but with a sensitive side. Very loving and definitely a mama’s boy.

My little comedian!! Luke is so full of life and energy!! He has a smile that will melt you!! He still has a baby face and I just love it!! He is not built like the other boys – he will
be my little guy. It is really no wonder because if he could have a peanut butter and honey sandwich with chips or fries for every meal he would be happy. He is a picky eater but LOVES his chips or fries. He was the child to get stitches this year – as Nathan so puts it “Luke busted his head wide open!” That is a bit of exaggeration but he did have to get some stitches in the back of his head and he was super brave the whole time. He is definitely our tough boy - he rarely cries when he gets hurt. In fact if Nathan hadn’t been with him – we may have discovered his injury too late!!

This year Luke gets to go to school one day a week and if it were left up to him – he
would go everyday!! He has learned his address and knows he lives in “Georgia, Fayetteville.” He learned his phone number and most recently how to spell his name.
He loves to be told he is doing a “great job.” He also started his first year of Awana at church. I love to hear him say his Bible verse.

He has recently become obsessed with golf. He would rather watch the golf channel on TV rather than a movie. He has asked for golf balls for Christmas and if he has been at the neighbors he usually comes home with some more golf balls. We have super great neighbors. In fact Luke now tells us he is “Mr. Ken’s” boy. What Luke doesn’t know is that he is getting a real golf set for Christmas – he will be sooo excited. Now he and daddy can work hard playing golf!

Wasn’t he just born?? It was just last Christmas I had a sweet new little baby at home. I still have a sweet baby but he just isn’t so little anymore!! He celebrated his first birthday September 30th. He has a few teeth and can sit up and pull up – no walking just yet – but I am really okay with that J… He babbles a lot. There are a few things you can understand him say like mama and dada – our favorite is “whas dat?” translated as ‘what’s that!?’. He gets sooo excited and animated when he sees any kind of electronic device. What is it with kids and electronics??!! But he gets even more excited when David gets home from work – he gets estatic!! I know it must make daddy’s day. Ethan is a feisty little boy – but also a super sweet cuddler. I enjoy watching his developing personality.

David just finished his first year as Business Consultant for the Dwarf Houses and Truetts’ Grills of Chick-fil-A. He has been in and out of town and I am thankful for his safe travels and this fabulous company he gets to work for. He is still active at church playing piano on Sundays and doesn’t complain when he gets a chance to go in the woods to hunt. This January he will take a skiing trip with some friends – and I know he is looking forward to that.
I stay busy keeping up with these 4 handsome men in my life. I am still very involved at church with music and ladies ministry. Also, I now teach music at the kids school one day a week. It really works out well – Luke and Ethan just go with me. I am very blessed.
We will celebrate our 7th Wedding Anniversary on December 14th! Heading to my favorite city to mark the occasion (New York)!!! We are excited about that!! We have much to be thankful for….our relationship, our three healthy children, our friends, and our great Church! Most importantly our Savior! We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas with your friends and family as we celebrate His birth!

Much Love!
The Pruiksma’s
David, LeighAnn, Nathan, Luke and Ethan