Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Thankgiving Number 4

As a mom I feel like I play with Roman a lot, but I feel like most of my time is spent doing things for the home for example, cleaning, ironing, laundry cooking and etc. There is nothing I enjoy more than just hanging out with Roman, but a lot of the time its not necessarily in the form of play. So I'm very grateful for John Mark for many reasons, but for this post I'm focusing on his passion for play. When he gets home thats the first thing he and Roman do is th.ey play. It's so fun to watch and Roman gets so excited. It's very sweet. Yesterday they were yelling back and forth and Roman was having a GREAT time--they both were. Here are some pics

Thanksgiving Number 3

Well I fell WAYYYYY behind--thats ok I'll play some catch up now and some later.

Tuesday is our bible study night and I was reminded of how grateful I am for my group. We had some new ladies start coming and I've really enjoyed getting to know them. It's a mix of ages and gender there are some of us married and some single. We've learned a lot. It's so easy to get caught up in the world and to put your heart and mind where it tells you it should go. Its so refreshing to spend the evening with a group of people, who like me, desire to know God better and have his Spirit leading me. So Thank you Lord for blessing me with such a great group of men and women to encourage me to focus on you and to always keep you first in my life.

I meant to take a picture last night, but we forgot. next week....

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Thanksgiving Number 2

FALL--I love this season. I love the way it smells and the excitement in the air with holidays getting close. It an exhilarating time of year. I think I would love fall no matter where I lived, but being in the South and the heat of the summer makes this time of the year so refreshing. My mother in law is an artist a very very very good artist (Go here to view some of her pieces) and a great photographer. I stole this picture off her camera. Isn't it beautiful. This is a cemetery just down the road from our house. It's great driving past it in the fall. The colors of these trees are beautiful. So thank you Lord for the fall and your creativity coming alive in the trees and the intoxicating crisp smell of cool air moving in. You are an awesome and creative God.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

i can't figure out this stupid template thing. first i can't find one (template) that I really like and now the title is in the middle of the picture grrrr--If any of you know where to get cool templates at and how to fix things like widgets please help me

Thanksgiving Number 1

John Mark's great sense of money. He is really good with it. I'm not. I tend to be very worried about money and to hoard money. John Mark is very good at finances, and very good at giving. We started taking a challenging, but rewarding, financial class that our church provides us with. It has been a huge blessing for me, but it has also opened my eyes at how blessed I am to have such a great provider for my family, but also that he knows how to best utilize the money he makes. So thank you God for my hardworking husband and for giving him wisdom how to best allocate and spend our money and for giving him the heart of a cheerful giver.


My mom started writing thanksgivings on her blog. I think that is a terrific idea so from today til thanksgiving I'm going to write thanks. its becoming more real to me that the more we see the things in our life that are good-- the bad seems a lot smaller and much more insignificant. So stay tuned...and I challenge you to do the same. Everyday, whether you write it on yor blog or not, write down something that you are thankful for. It's good medicine ; )

Roman 15 months

Forever Faithful

This has been one roller coaster of a week. So much in fact you will probably read the next few statements and think..."I had no idea".

We found out early last week that we were going to have a baby. We, of course, were very excited. I started going in for blood draws so they could monitor my hormone levels. I found at yesterday that I was miscarrying.

I have so many questions especially with having miscarried before. But the main point of this post is to praise the Lord for his faithfulness. He's made strong in our weakness, and I think when we choose to lean into Him when we are struggling the most--we grow closer to Him. Yesterday morning I was praying that I would have peace in my heart and I do. I cried a lot yesterday and at one point I was sitting on the couch with my head buried in my hands weeping and Roman came and touched my face and said "da da". What a blessing to look up and see him smile. When I looked into his smiling face I heard God speak to the bottom of my soul and say that he is in control and that my life and the life of my family, born and unborn, is in His hands.

Thank you God for using the most precious gift that you have given John Mark and I to remind me of who you, that you are in control, and you are forever faithful.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Our little Pirate

Well we had a fantastic harvest party this last weekend. It was a lot offun and great to catch up with people we haven't seen in awhile. The kids had a lot of fun playing in the backyard, and really enjoyed the hayride. I thought I would post a few pictures of Roman in his pirate costume. My camera died right before the party started so more pictures to come when I get them from other people, but for now here's my little pirate.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Bikes, Blues and BBQ

Well this weekend was bikes blues and bbq in Fayetteville. The town definitely fills up when 350,000 bikes come into town. We didn't join in any of the festivities except the parade. We took Roman to watch the bikes in the parade. He was not a big fan, but I sure enjoyed it. I wanted to dress him the part in leather and a I love Mom tattoo, but we had to settle for this. He was cute. Anyways, enjoy the pics.

P.S. Sorry for the lack of blogs. I've had a bit of writers block mixed with apathy. I'll try to do better posting pics at least.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

As I promised I am writing to say that Jaclyn is having a baby BOY!!!! Man am I excited. It brought back sweet memories watching them squeeze that warm jelly on her slightly rounded baby. then all of the sudden a baby appears on the screen. Just incredible. Sometimes its hard to believe thereis a baby in there then there it is. Living proof. I was so honored to be there. My little boy got a little antsy so it was hard for me to just sit back and watch, but what I saw was really sweet. So Mr. Ike we can't wait to see you, hold you and spoil your sweet little bottom to pieces. You're one loved little dude!!!!!

Monday, September 08, 2008

Bath time is the best time

Roman LOVES baths. He goes crazy when he's in one and no one and nothing stays dry for long. Everytime we would get him out he would get real upset so John Mark started draining the water while Roman was still in and they sit there and wave bye bye to the bath and now its no big deal getting out. Kuddos John Mark.
Speaking of John Mark he's is sick now, but being the resposible worker that he is he went to work and school (which is where he is right now). I'm hoping he doesn't get what Roman had, but he's had fever today. We'll see when he get home how he's feeling.
I'm looking forward to tomorrow I'm headed to Fort Smith with Jaclyn to see if she's having a boy or girl . I'm going with boy -I will update when I get home tomorrow.

Well here are some pics from bath time tonight.

Roman loves giving kisses (most of the time).Yesterday John Mark gave me a kiss while we were sitting on the couch. Roman smiled really big so He pulled him on the couch with us. When John Mark kissed me Roman would lean in for a kiss too. it was cute. We tried to get a picture, but they were all blurry. This isn't a great picture, but it makes the point. instead of a group hug we here at the Laney's have a group kiss ; )

Thanks everyone

Thanks everyone for your advice. I took him to see Dr. Jackson about his rash. Apparently this fever then a subsequent rash is going around. So hopefully none of your kiddos get it. Anyways, when I was there I asked him about the head banging and his advice mirrored all of yours. He said its common and that letting him do it is the only thing you can do. Paying any attention to it would just encourage it. So basically I don't see it. He's still doing it, but hopefully he will quit it soon. Thanks again for the advice though.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Cows say MOO

Roman started mooing at the cows this week. When he sees the cows he lets out a moo. Seriously it doesn't get much cuter.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Mom Advice Everybody

Ok its 12:30 at night and I'm sitting here listening to my son scream in his bed. We've been at it for almost 2 hours. I've taken him out put him in bed with me, played with him in the living room, rocked him , and nothing seems to be soothing him. He's not happy unless he's playing in the living room. What do you do? He's been sick for the past two days. yesterday he was running 101.7 temp, and today he broke out in a rash. I called the peds clinic, but they assured me it was just a virus, and that it would clear up, but I hate seeing him miserable.

Anyways, thats not the point of this post. i'm actually concerned about some other things. When Roman is frustrated at all he beats his head on something. The floor,table, entertainment center. Just whatever is close. Tonite I was getting on to him because he was starting to throw a fit and he walked over to the entertainment center and banged his head. It hurt bad and started to bruise. What should I do? Has anyone else had this happen with their kid?

I know we have to discipline him, but everytime we so much as say something he doesn't like he bangs his head. I'm starting to worry about his head or if something is wrong. Any and all advice would be great.

Fun Weekend

We had a great long weekend. John Mark would say it was very productive, and that it was. On Sunday we went to the Arkansas Naturals game with Jodi and there we met up with my aunt Lisa, Uncle Keith, and my cousins. That was the best part. We rarely see family in Mena, but when we do its a big treat. Roman loves his cousin Sophie and had fun trying to hug and kiss Gracie.
Roman wasn't a fan of the fireworks. He looks scared doesn't he?

Jac, I had fun talking to you and would love it if you would come stay with me for a few days. Jac is going to be having a baby in January and I'm so excited to see what its going to be. I will be with her when she finds out next week. I thinks its a boy. You're going to be a fantastic mom. I love you.

On Monday we spent a few hours with some friends swimming and eating good food. When I moved to Fayetteville and moved in with a stranger I had no idea how her presence in my life would totally change it. Jodi is my best friend, she introduced me to my husband, and I consider her family mine. What a blessing you all are to me and my life.

anyways, no idea where the sap came from but here are some pics from our weekend

P.S. Bops and Nana come home our little area of the world isn't as fun when you guys are gone so COME HOME!!!!

Governor Sarah Palin

I typed this long blog and then decided just to encourage you to watch for yourself. If you missed the speech by Gov. Sarah Palin last night at the RNC you simply must google it and hear it for yourself. She did a fabulous job--I couldn't be more excited about our future vice president. McCain did a great job picking her to be his running mate. Please check it out.

Friday, August 29, 2008

To Bops and Nana

We miss you guys so much and can't wait until you get home, but we're glad you guys are having fun. Enjoy your time and the seeing all the cool places . Take lots of pictures and e-mail some occasionally so we know your alive : ) Just kidding...but seriously no one appreciates picture like me so if you see anything cool send me a pic. Love ya

Web Cam madness

Well we had to buy another computer because ours bit the dust. our new computer has a built in web cam....these things are so much fun. Roman has fun watching himself on the screen. he gets real excited. Here's some pics

Friday, August 22, 2008

Bringing it through the Decade

You totally have to go to this website Thanks Mindi!!! I've had a blast for the last hour. Here are some pics of John Mark and I bringing it throughout the years!!! Here we are in the 50's
1960's --Babe your hot in those stylin glasses
2 pics from the 70's and I totally would have dated you in this above pic. Love the hair.
80's baby....gotta love the hair

90's What fun