Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Life has been a tad unorganized and chaotic

A trip to IKEA was made and we have been knee deep in cardboard all through the house. We started with 34, give or take a few, boxes of furniture and lights to assemble. That would be a total of 15 pieces of furniture with some additional shelves and 2 lamps. We also got new dishes, kids silverware, mugs, spice containers, a rug, a tunnel for the kids, and some new hanging lights. I am sure there were a few assorted things in there. The house is almost put back together. I am so excited to get it all done and organized. I am also looking forward to life being back to a schedule.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

It's Pancake Day!

We have taken up haveing Pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Tuesday. We don't really follow the fasting of Lent. But we like to eat Pancakes and talk about Lent. I am sure as the kids grow more in depth talks about Lent will come. We also typically have pączki, which is a Polish tradition. We typically do this just because Kroger has them and it's neat to experience things that other country eat and do. So The Ruggles family is having pancakes tonight. Next year, when my home isn't in redecoration mode we will have friends over to enjoy pancakes with us.

Shrove Tuesday (also known as Pancake Day) is the day preceding Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Shrove Tuesday is observed in English-speaking countries, especially in Ireland, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Germany and parts of the United States. Shrove Tuesday is linked to Easter therefore its date changes on an annual basis.
In most traditions the day is known for the eating of pancakes before the start of lent. Pancakes are eaten as they are made out of the main foods available, sugar, fat, flour and eggs, whose consumption was traditionally restricted during the ritual fasting associated with Lent.


~In the United Kingdom and Ireland, Shrove Tuesday is commonly known as Pancake Tuesday or Pancake Day.

~Catholic and Protestant countries traditionally call the day before Ash Wednesday Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras. The name predated the Reformation and referred to the common Christian tradition of eating special rich foods before the fasting season of Lent.

~In Ireland, it is known as Máirt Inide (meaning, in Irish, Shrovetide Tuesday), and Pancake Tuesday.

~For German American populations, such as Pennsylvania Dutch Country, it is known as Fastnacht Day (also spelled Fasnacht, Fausnacht, Fauschnaut, or Fosnacht).

~In Portuguese-, Spanish- and Italian-speaking countries, amongst others, it is known as Carnival (under the English-language spelling) and is often celebrated with street processions and/or fancy dress. The most famous of these events is the Brazilian Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, while the Venetians celebrate carnival with a masquerade. The use of the term 'carnival' in other contexts derives from here.

~In Iceland the day is known as Sprengidagur (Bursting Day) and is marked by eating salted meat and peas.

~In Lithuania the day is called Užgavėnės. People eat pancakes (blynai) and Lithuanian-style doughnuts called spurges.

~In heavily Polish Catholic areas of the United States, such as Chicago and the Detroit suburb of Hamtramck, Michigan, Pączki Day is celebrated with pączki-eating contests, music and other Polish food.

~However, in Poland this celebration falls on the Thursday which precedes Ash Wednesday and is called Fat Thursday.


Pancakes are associated with the day preceding Lent because they were a way to use up rich foodstuffs such as eggs, milk, and sugar, before the fasting season of the 40 days of Lent. The liturgical fasting emphasized eating plainer food and refraining from food that would give pleasure: In many cultures, this means no meat, dairy, or eggs.

In Canada, among Anglicans, Lutherans, some other Protestant denominations, including ethnic British communities, as well as Catholics, this day is also known as Pancake Tuesday, as it is customary to eat pancakes.

In Newfoundland and Labrador small tokens are frequently cooked in the pancakes. Children take delight in discovering the objects, which are intended to be divinatory. For example, the person who receives a coin will be wealthy; a nail that they will be (or marry) a carpenter, and such.

I found this info on Wikipedia and you can read more about Shrove Tuesday here.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

I had a dream...

I had a dream last night that seemed so very real that when I woke up I really had to stop and think for a few moments.

I have no idea what exactly I was doing but I had to get ready for a big family event. We were somewhere that wasn't home and I had left something at our house to do my hair. In the dream it ended up that Eli's Uncle Willie took me somewhere to get what I needed. It was weird because he didn't take me to our house to get it. We did go to a house but I really don't know whose house or where it was. I walked in the house and walked into a room and there she was sitting in a chair. It was Savilla. She didn't have any hair and her head and skin were very smooth. I sat down beside her and she said to me surprised "You're here. What are you doing here?" and then got very irritated and said again "What are you doing here? You shouldn't be here." But then she was her normal self again, very mild and sweet. Eli's Uncle walked in the room and I looked at him and said "Is this real?" and then I remember talking to Savilla and telling her that someone was throwing her a Chocolate party for her birthday.

It's so weird. It was so real that I could almost feel myself holding her hand. She didn't eat Chocolate a whole lot after she started Chemo. She said it didn't taste right and I think it even made her stomach upset. Maybe this doesn't mean anything. maybe it was just a nice little gift from God. After the Emmaus weekend I was really missing her. When she was in charge of Agape i spent a lot of time with her at the church helping her out. I learned a lot from her about how to do agape. But what really got me was one of the entertainment times of the weekend. A group of gals sing a song that made me think of her and her life. "Emmaus road take me home to the place I belong..." I could see her up there singing and I could almost hear her. I am not sure that I will be able to do that any time soon.

Friday, February 3, 2012

For Ellie and Lilly.

I found this on a blog and her words are my very thought. So while I didn't entirely write this I did change some things to make it more fitting for us. I love my kids so much. There isn’t one thing in this world I will not do for them. I will kiss their boo boo’s and wipe their tears. I will help them get dressed, teach them to do their chores, and feed them healthy foods. Lay with them at night, read to them, and sing silly songs. I will protect them and fight for them and give up my life for them. As they grow, I know it will only get harder to keep them inside my cozy little rainbow-filled bubble of happiness.
Since Ellie has been in school she is far too rapidly slipping outside my bubble Here are things I want my girls to know as they begins their journey's to independence:

1. Enjoy the innocence of your childhood.

In a world full of superficial values, peer pressure, and bullying, as well as a popular culture that pushes materialism and consumerism – you are being leapfrogged through your childhood. There is a constant pressure for you to grow up way too fast. I mean, when did 5 become the new 10, anyway?

Grow slowly.

2. Smart is the new cool.

Never be ashamed of being smart or nerdy, having freckles or glasses, or loving science and math. Smart never goes out of style, it stays with you as you grow, and it will lead you down the most successful paths.

Miss Smarty Pants

3. No matter how many times you hear it, “Diamonds are NOT a girl’s best friend.”

Friends are invaluable. They are trusting and loyal. They stick with you through good times and bad, happy or sad. Some will come and go, but your true friends will be with you always.

Friends forever, through whatever.

4. Go for it, get dirty! It’s good for you.

Besides the fact that getting dirty actually does help support your immunity, it’s also a great way to express creativity! Sculpt, draw, and stomp. Better yet, go “classic” and make some mud pies.

5. Beat the boys at their own games.

Football, baseball, hockey or golf, never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something because you’re a girl. So go ahead, build the tallest tower of legos, kick butt on Xbox, and bust out your light saber.

Flippin’ awesome.

6. Be spiritual.

Find the desire to understand the universe and your place in it. Take the time to notice the earth and all of its beauty. Give thanks to God for giving you life.

7. See the world.

Experience new cultures, religions, people, and places. Open your heart and mind to the tremendous benefits of studying and visiting domestic and foreign lands.

Bon Voyage

8. A strong hand shake leaves a lasting impression.

It represents self confidence and ambition. A strong hand shake and eye contact exemplifies a mutual respect for one another and is a sign that you are friendly, trustworthy, and honest.

9. Even though you are only 2, I am so glad that right now you have absolutely no idea who Hannah Montanna is.

This one is for Lilly. Ellie already knows who she is so my prayer is that you do not strive to be like her.

10. Or this teeny bopper, for that matter.

Thanks to other kids at school Ellie knows who this is. I don't like it. She is to young to think she is in love with someone, let alone a celebrity.

11. When it comes to wearing make-up, there’s a general rule of thumb that applies-LESS is MORE. Although I don’t think it’s appropriate for you to wear make-up until you’re at least in your teens, I find it horrific that parents do this to their innocent, young children.

This is not beautiful, it’s creepy.

13. Please, please, please do not allow yourself to become someone else’s property. Why this is trendy, I will never figure out. If you want to make a statement about yourself on clothing, at least let it describe an aspect of who YOU are. You may reference back to #2 on this list.

I just don’t get it.

14. Speaking of trends, I hope that by the time you are allowed to date, guys don’t wear their pants hanging half way down their ass like they do now. I really feel like this has been pretty popular for quite some time and I am praying that it finally goes away by 2022. Also, I will flip my lid if you become this guy’s property! (see #13)

15. This is not what GOD or the Bible has in mind when it teaches about angels.

This is also not what you should strive towards. Keep your body for your mate. Don't go showing it off.

16. Since you’re growing up in the technological age of iPad, iPod, iPhone, and texting, I have to address the horrendous lack of writing skills being used by today’s youth. This phenomenon of truant letters may very well be the Death of English (LOL). Bottom line, don’t use text lingo in your thesis.

What does this even say?

17. Speaking of text lingo, verbal slang is just as unprofessional. Calling all valley girls! Reminds me of Alicia Silverstone from Clueless. OMG, ROFL, BFF, TMI,FYI, IDK….As If.

18. I pray to G-O-D that you don’t ask me for any Monster High dolls. These are apparently the newest tween role models out on the market. They’re everywhere. Mattel claims they embrace imperfections and encourage individuality. Personally, I think they are over-sexualized – with their thigh skimming skirts, platform shoes, and heavy make-up. And I thought Barbie was bad – at least she had a career.

19. I hope I raise you well enough for you to know that wearing slutty clothes and posing in provocative positions is NOT a form of ”artistic expression.” I hope no one has to explain to you why this is NOT appropriate for a high school yearbook. It’s not classy, it’s not artistic, it’s not creative expression. It’s sad.

20. Don’t let pop culture define you.

I don’t know why, but today we let pop culture manipulate our youth and it’s killing them emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually. From the early on fascination with princesses, to the ‘need’ for a boyfriend and big boobs, popularity, teen moms, and all the other garbage being thrown in their face – be confident going against the grain or you’ll risk selling yourself out (see #19).

21. Mainstream your health.

It’s life’s greatest asset. A positive approach to health encompasses physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual well being. Healthy lifestyle choices in your youth will help lay a strong foundation for continued wellness throughout your adult life. Diet, exercise, stress management, chiropractic, self motivation, positiveness, and meditation, as well as a number of other approaches are guaranteed to make a huge impact on your quality of life, health, and happiness.

22. Be a sister. Be a friend. Be a protector.

23. Love with all your heart.

For where there is love there is life. Love is universal and felt by all living things. So strong is the feeling of love that it is said it makes the world go round.

24. Never be afraid to laugh at yourself.

Laughter is humbling. It inspires and motivates.

25. Wherever you are in life, you can come home. I will be here – always.

♥ mommy

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A letter to Si

I found this on a blog and i loved it. I changed it a bit to fit us. The mom wrote it to her 3 year old son and Si is 5 so I had to make it fit but so much of it just really spoke things that I want for him.

1. When I look at you I see my heart.

I never imagined I had this much love to give until I had a baby. I never thought I could possibly have any more to give until I had you. You have taught me that my heart and my capacity to love is not fixed, it grows and grows and grows.

2. It’s okay to let go of your penis. It’s not going anywhere.

I’ve noticed that you hold your penis constantly. As you get older you tend to do it a little less but you do still hold it quite a bit. I just want you to know that it will be there forever and you have your whole life ahead of you to play with it.

3. I will be happy to buy you a pink ball, a pink balloon, or a pink toothbrush if you so choose.

I understand that through your eyes the color pink is just that, a color. It really makes no difference to you – and therefore should make no difference to me whether you want to wear a pink superhero cape or wings.

4. Your nose is NOT an appropriate place for the following items: crayons, beads, marbles, cheerios, pasta, peas, carrots, french fries, legos, q-tips, or your finger. Period.

5. Play. Draw. Paint. Create.

Creating art should be a constant in your life. It lends an open eye to an ever-moving journey and encourages individuality and expression. If you’re doing it right – I expect to see fingerprints on walls, paint on floors, mud on the carpet and even in your hair. Go ahead, experiment!

6. On the other hand, there are rules that need to obeyed when you are in a home. You need to respect others and their possessions. I know boys will be boys, but this is not at all what I have in mind when it comes to creating art or playful fun. In fact, this is a lesson in doing it all WRONG! I would not be happy.

I would be so pissed.

7. Take your time summoning your inner genius.

There is a competitiveness that seems to have taken hold of every elementary school and playground in America. The pressure to learn more – faster, quicker, better than your peers. Never mind that mumbo jumbo. Learning takes time and everyone does it differently.

8. Explore the outdoors.

Get outside as much as possible. Breathe the fresh air. Play tag. Ride bikes. Skip. Hop. Jump. Run. NOW.

9. Accept others for who they are.

In an age where bullying has taken precedence amongst our youth, I hope I have taught you to see the value in differences. Preps, Emo, Punk, Popular, Nerds, Drama, Jocks – bottom line: It doesn’t matter. Power lies in friendship.

10. Always keep moving forward.

There will be times in your life when you feel stuck. It’s up to YOU to decide where you’ll go. Keep on trekking. Go, go, go kid. You’ll move mountains.

Oh the Places You’ll Go!

11. You are Superman.

To me – you really do have superhuman strength and speed, the ability to defy the laws of gravity, and immunity to almost all forms of harm. How else would you be able to move the desk into the hallway, climb on top of it, “fly” off it – smack right into the wall and get up and walk away unscathed? Answer: You are Superman. Case closed.

12. Love letters are legacies.

In such a fast-paced world, we often overlook the simplest yet sweetest gestures in regards to love. A love letter written from the heart is a welcome treasure amidst the sea of endless emails and texts that consume us daily. They are refreshing, candid, and romantic. Ask your father to teach you.

13. It’s okay to cry.

Crying is a natural emotional response to feelings. We all do it. Men cry. Women cry. Children cry.

14. Always be proud of who YOU are.

You may not be the quarterback of the football team, the homecoming king, or the lead singer in the band – but really now, who cares? As long as you stay true to who you are, everything else will fall into place. Checkmate.

15. No respectable girl wants to see your penis.

Since you will be growing up in the technological age of iPhone and texting, you’ll inevitably come to learn the term “sexting.” Let me tell you now that sexting is a big, big, BIG mistake. Never ever, ever, ever, ever send a picture of a private body part to anyone. Ever.

16. I hope I teach you well enough from a young age how to properly put on pants. One leg in, then the other, pull ‘em up at least to your hips, zip, button, buckle. Done.

17. Think before you ink.

Tattoos are permanent. Please make sure it means something to you. Don't just get a tattoo to get one. If you really want one wait, think about it and make sure it represents you and who you are. I recommend waiting till you are all grown up and you know who you are. Age 30 sounds pretty good to me.

18. Be an apprentice.

Before you leave for college, you must acquire some skill at performing the following tasks: laundry (separating, washing, drying, folding), making the beds, dusting, washing the floor, cooking, cleaning the toilets, grocery shopping for the week, vacuuming, emptying the dishwasher, sweeping the floor, cleaning the bedroom, watering the plants, feeding the pet. Your future wife will thank me.

19. Be a responsible traveler.

I have no problem with you hitting the open road and taking the old Volvo on a cross country adventure. In fact, I will applaud your independence and desire to see the country from sea to shining sea – but please don’t make me have to book a 3:00am flight to God knows where to visit you in the hospital. But know that I will come, don't be afraid to call.

20. Find your passion.

Keep looking and searching. Never stop.

21. You will be my son forever.

There is an old adage that starts, “A son is a son till he takes a wife…” As you grow, I pray our bond stays strong enough to break any truth this saying might hold.

22. Love your Mother Earth.

Recycle, reduce, reuse. Going green isn’t just a growing trend, it’s a way of life we should all be adopting. It requires an awareness of how you live, shop, and consume. An eco-friendly lifestyle will positively impact your health, your community, and your world. Got that? Now go hug a tree.

23. Be a brother. Be a friend. Be a protector.

24. Take the road less traveled.

May you always try to make the right choices, not the easiest ones. Have the courage to lead, not follow. And to dream bigger than most others think is possible.

25. Wherever you are in life, you can come home. I will be here – always.

♥ mommy

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