Monday, April 9, 2012

Testing Faith

 You know that time in life when you just all the sudden feel  like is tossed upside down. That happened this morning. My husband's job is getting bumped because the union on the line, is pulling rank and saying that their contract says anyone who is hired at the company now, needs to be a bid in from the line. Since my husband was working for a temp agency, they have to end his time there.  Which means he is out of a job.  Again.  Can I just say that for the 3rd time that Unemployment has hit our home, I'd really like a little stability to our family's life.
I've really been praying all day today. Started from 5:30 this morning. When I first found out that although via email last night they told my husband to be in to start shift at 9am. (He had started to cc ing his staffing agency since he felt like something just wasn't right, on every email.) Then got a call this morning saying that he wasn't needed since he didn't come in at 5am. (Uh what? Yeah.. I was confused also.)  He then got a call from his staffing agency.  They didn't understand what was going on, and then also got a call that all temps that were in the office area of that company, (him and 3 others) positions were no longer needed.  And all those positions were now being bidded on.

I felt like screaming at first.  But I didn't. Instead I prayed. The day after the Easter, it's a test to my faith for sure.  I love Jesus, and he for sure Loves me.  I learned a lot yesterday that faith is something that only you can break, not anyone else.  The Lord has strange timing. I don't know what is to come.  I sure hope for a job for my husband.  I know sometimes things like these are a strange blessing in disguise. I just feel upset that it's has had to be these 3 times in a row.  I know that if I set my faith in his guidance we'll make it through this.  We've been placing faith in him all this time and we've been okay thus far.  There is just so much uncertainty.   Now we just wait for the call that might change our lives for the best.

Monday, March 26, 2012


Us Fuller's have been super busy again, and I haven't found much time to blog.  I am finally able to sit down on a Monday morning, and enjoy some coffee and quiet time.  The girls are off to school, Eric is off to work, and I'm actually sitting down and blogging!! 

We have just finished up cheer for the two older girls. It was our first year cheering and it was an okay experience.  Not a complete fan of one of the coaches, but the awesomeness of the other coaches and their support of caring about the girls, made up for it.  Hannah said that she might want to do it next year also. We'll see if she keeps that attitude until then.  Emma said that she will want to try basketball.  I just like them having an activity to do. Keeps them outta trouble, and I know where they are at and with who.

Emma will be starting soccer soon.  She hasn't played before and is really excited to try something new. I know she will have fun. Hannah isn't going to do anything for a little bit. She wants to try coach pitch in the summer, which will be fun for her, since she hasn't try that sport yet. 

We still have been  in full swing of selling Girl Scout Cookies, for Hannah's brownie troop, and we are finally done as of Sunday.  She hit the 250 boxes sold with the last two booths, and that was a bump above her goal. Which, she is so happy about. She isn't going to do girl scouts next year, but I am glad so far has had a great time actually earning badges. 

We have also been battling the sickies, thankfully it's skipping the two older girls and only has hit Eric and Lilly.  Eric has been hit hardest with 4 different infections that all hit at once.  Luckily they were all able to be treated with one antibiotic and seems to be on the mend. I've been praying that he rebounds quickly and so far God's been answering that prayer.  He still has a nasty cough but, his ears have been feeling better. He is back at work today.  

My tasks today are painting doors, laundry, and dishes.  I know exciting day in store for sure!  

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Busy Little Bees

It's been a bit since I posted anything because it's been quite busy around here as of late. We've had a lot of good things happen, keeping us all busy as a family. I love having things to do, but I easily get distracted when I have time to blog, by doing things around the house. I've been slacking so I am sorry for not keeping up! :)

I had a chance to take some ME time, which a mom of 3 doesn't happen too often. Although, when it does, it feels great! I got my hair done and trimmed up a little bit too. I love my highlights!! I had all dark brown hair before the highlights and needed a little umpf put back into my style!

 See for yourself. It's been a while since I did anything durastic to my hair, (read: 5 years ago) and I had some subtle highlights in more recently but not like these! I am currently growing my hair out and I really like how it seems to be growing with the very light layers towards the bottom. Nice to feel more than just a mom and more like a Lady. Just nice to take care of myself a little better.

Hannah our oldest is in Girl Scouts and is a Brownie. We had her first booth of the year last weekend. Saturday they sold 70 boxes at a local Walgreens. They took pity on us, and let us set up inside, thankfully, because the wind and cold weather was horrible. It was pretty steady during the 3 hrs Hannah was there and she had a good time.

Emma our middle daughter had a birthday party to attend and I had a great time watching her having so much fun! I also got to have some Adult talk with other mom's which, if you're a mom of a small kid, you know how nice it is to talk with another adult after a week of talking with a 3 yr old. It was a lovely change and I really enjoyed it. Emma had a great time seeing friends from school, that she didn't usually see on a weekend.
They both had Cheer last weekend as well. They cheer for a local family center and really like it. They go to the basketball games there and cheer indoors. I love them being indoors, because it really helps with the nasty colds that have been floating around the kids at school. I don't have to battle the wet and rain on top of those colds. The girls have started to make friends with some of the girls there, which is nice. The girl's took photos last week and I hope to get them soon! I will definitely post them on here, to share with you.

This week, I've been doing a lot of just general running around, nothing out of the usual. I get to help out in Emma's classes every other Thursday. This week, they are participating in a Penny War. Where students of the class bring in Pennies for their own bucket, and then bring in Silver coins for other classes buckets. The Silver is then added up, and they take that out amount out of their pennies. My Emma has been so driven to find any pennies that might be laying around, that I thought I would surprise her and bring in $20 of rolled pennies. She was so excited! Hopefully tomorrow, they will bring in enough silver, to bomb the other classes.

The money is all being donated to a great great cause. Honor Flight of Northwest Ohio. This organization makes it possible, through donations, to fly Veterans of Northwest Ohio, fly down to see their war memorial. For Free! It's a great cause, and these kids will make the day of a veteran or two! Tomorrow I get to go back and help kids tie off some, tie off blankets that are being given to a local organization called The Mustard Seed. They help lower income people, with a number of things and items. These kids will have a blast tomorrow.

My husband Eric, has been blessed with an opportunity to "test run" a Manager Position at the employer he is at right now. It's a great chance for him to become a manager, and only about a month into him even working there. It's very awesome of them to let him do a test run to see if it's something he is interested in. I think he will do fine and success will come to him very quickly in this position. He is a very passionate person, and knows that God is playing a large role in his life. Especially after answering our prayers for this job to begin with. He's learning to work for God instead of working for himself. It's really awesome to see him transform as a new Man. I am really blessed and lucky to have him as a husband. He is a hardworking individual and I love him very much. Our daughters have a great Dad who loves them very much. I am so glad the Lord has placed him in my life.

This weekend we are going to have another game to cheer, and a little bit of running around. I unfortunately am going to miss a church sale I wanted to go to, but my sister in law is going to look around for me, since Lilly has been growing like a weed! Lilly went to a Well Check and is 40 lbs and 40 inches tall! Square and lean. Growing like crazy! Before I know it, it will be her 4th birthday! What am I going to do?
I heard her singing along with Building 429's -Where I belong in the car the other day. I love it when small things like her singing along with songs, make my day. I think that KLove is wearing on the girls, and I much rather them sing songs about Jesus and our faith, than songs about stuff grown adults talk about and do. Hannah is starting to learn some of the songs and even searched for one of the songs tonight just to listen to. Love the great things KLove's music is doing in my family!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

"One Good Thing" by Jillee: No-Grate Homemade Laundry Soap

So as I blogged before I had made homemade laundry soap. My recipe calls for the grating of ivory or Fels-Naptha bar. Well Jillee over at One Good Thing has a new recipe that I am surely going to try! :)

Check it out!

"One Good Thing" by Jillee: No-Grate Homemade Laundry Soap

Friday, February 24, 2012

His Whispers

As of recently I have been taking the KLOVE challenge and listen to KLOVE only for 30 days. See how the Lord changes your life. So far I love KLOVE! Their music is up to "date" and I have to say my outlook on life recently has been in a positive light.
I was listening yesterday and Casting Crowns' Song "Just Another Birthday" came on. I had heard it a good amount of times, but today I was only with one of my daughter's, and if you're a mother of daughters, you and I both know that the less amount of daughters in the car with you the more you can actually hear the song. Haha! My daughter Lilly was with me and she is usually very quiet in the car.
I noticed that while being in the car with her I heard this song in a whole new light. I think that over the last 9 years I've been dealing with the grief of my dad passing away. He was never able to be a grandfather to my kids, and I know he would have enjoyed so much to spend time with them. I had my first daughter after he had passed unexpectedly. He had a heart attack and I had a hard time dealing with never really getting to say good bye. I still have a hard time now and then.
After hearing these lyrics from Casting Crowns' Just Another Birthday:

Jesus can You hear me
Come and heal my brokenness
Put the Pieces back together
And to be a Father to the Fatherless

I know that the context of the song, is an entirely different situation, but I felt a realization to my questions of why it all had to happen. I felt like God had said, " I took your father from you because he did all he needed to do for me. I am now the Father you need to rely on. I am to be the Father to you, the Fatherless. I was indeed broken inside, needed to heal and needed Jesus in my life. It's really been eye opening to me. I shouldn't dwell on the grief, in fact grieving should be done, but not dwelled upon, Jesus has been there the whole time, but I wasn't open to seeing him in the first few years. It's becoming easier to leave my troubles at Jesus' feet. Knowing that the Lord would hear my prayers, and putting my faith that he will handle it in his time.
I have to say I finally feel like my question of "Why did he have to die?" has been answered, and reaffirmed through this song's lyrics. It was like a light bulb popped on. He was here for the things the Lord felt he needed to teach me. Now I need to use those things he taught me, and let God be my father through these times of life where I need a father figure.

Proverbs 3:6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

It's taken me 9 years to realize this. The Lord never gave up on me. For this I am humbled and feel Loved.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Flash Back Friday- 1985

My Mom and I  1985

My Flash Back Friday is from 1985 of me and my Mom.  This has to be one of my favorite photos of my Mom and I.  She looks so young and vibrant then.  She was about my age (30) in this photo.  My mom is now into her 50's and has a few medical problems now, and isn't able to move around as much as she could have back then.  I really would love to have her back to her vibrant self, but it's not that easy.  She always was and still is lovingly cautious of us kids. You can see by her standing so close to me. She was this way with my kids, and is with my sister's daughter Madie.  In this photo, I especially love my too short bangs. She has often told me that I was horrible at keeping candy and food out of my hair, and had to even cut my hair sometimes to get them out, so she would always cut my hair shorter in the front because of it.  Yes, at one time I even had girl version of a mullet.. I should really pull that photo out! It's hilarious!  Anyhow, in this photo, when I look at it, I often pray that my Mom heals from some of her ailments and that is able to move around better each day. Because I know I love her a LOT and so does God. Thanks for stopping by! :)

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