Saturday, October 31

Final Proverb - Day 31

Proverbs 31

1 The sayings of King Lemuel—an oracle

his mother taught him:

2 "O my son, O son of my womb,

O son of my vows,

3 do not spend your strength on women,

your vigor on those who ruin kings.

4 "It is not for kings, O Lemuel—

not for kings to drink wine,

not for rulers to crave beer,

5 lest they drink and forget what the law decrees,

and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.

6 Give beer to those who are perishing,

wine to those who are in anguish;

7 let them drink and forget their poverty

and remember their misery no more.

8 "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,

for the rights of all who are destitute.

9 Speak up and judge fairly;

defend the rights of the poor and needy."

A wife of noble character who can find?

She is worth far more than rubies.

11 Her husband has full confidence in her

and lacks nothing of value.

12 She brings him good, not harm,

all the days of her life.

13 She selects wool and flax

and works with eager hands.

14 She is like the merchant ships,

bringing her food from afar.

15 She gets up while it is still dark;

she provides food for her family

and portions for her servant girls.

16 She considers a field and buys it;

out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.

17 She sets about her work vigorously;

her arms are strong for her tasks.

18 She sees that her trading is profitable,

and her lamp does not go out at night.

19 In her hand she holds the distaff

and grasps the spindle with her fingers.

20 She opens her arms to the poor

and extends her hands to the needy.

21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;

for all of them are clothed in scarlet.

22 She makes coverings for her bed;

she is clothed in fine linen and purple.

23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,

where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.

24 She makes linen garments and sells them,

and supplies the merchants with sashes.

25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;

she can laugh at the days to come.

26 She speaks with wisdom,

and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

27 She watches over the affairs of her household

and does not eat the bread of idleness.

28 Her children arise and call her blessed;

her husband also, and he praises her:

29 "Many women do noble things,

but you surpass them all."

30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;

but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

31 Give her the reward she has earned,

and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
*WOW! I can't believe 31 days have gone by SO quickly. THANK YOU, THANK YOU for following along with me with the Proverbs. I have so much enjoyed reaquainting myself with them. They have truly opened my eyes to the kind of person I should be and hope to be. I hope you enjoyed them as well!*


Friday, October 30

Proverbs 30

Proverbs 30

1 The sayings of Agur son of Jakeh—an oracle

This man declared to Ithiel,

to Ithiel and to Ucal:

2 "I am the most ignorant of men;

I do not have a man's understanding.

3 I have not learned wisdom,

nor have I knowledge of the Holy One.

4 Who has gone up to heaven and come down?

Who has gathered up the wind in the hollow of his hands?

Who has wrapped up the waters in his cloak?

Who has established all the ends of the earth?

What is his name, and the name of his son?

Tell me if you know!

5 "Every word of God is flawless;

he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.

6 Do not add to his words,

or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.

7 "Two things I ask of you, O LORD;

do not refuse me before I die:

8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me;

give me neither poverty nor riches,

but give me only my daily bread.

9 Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you

and say, 'Who is the LORD ?'

Or I may become poor and steal,

and so dishonor the name of my God.

10 "Do not slander a servant to his master,

or he will curse you, and you will pay for it.

11 "There are those who curse their fathers

and do not bless their mothers;

12 those who are pure in their own eyes

and yet are not cleansed of their filth;

13 those whose eyes are ever so haughty,

whose glances are so disdainful;

14 those whose teeth are swords

and whose jaws are set with knives

to devour the poor from the earth,

the needy from among mankind.

15 "The leech has two daughters.

'Give! Give!' they cry.

"There are three things that are never satisfied,

four that never say, 'Enough!':

16 the grave,
the barren womb,

land, which is never satisfied with water,

and fire, which never says, 'Enough!'

17 "The eye that mocks a father,

that scorns obedience to a mother,

will be pecked out by the ravens of the valley,

will be eaten by the vultures.

18 "There are three things that are too amazing for me,

four that I do not understand:

19 the way of an eagle in the sky,

the way of a snake on a rock,

the way of a ship on the high seas,

and the way of a man with a maiden.

20 "This is the way of an adulteress:

She eats and wipes her mouth

and says, 'I've done nothing wrong.'

21 "Under three things the earth trembles,

under four it cannot bear up:

22 a servant who becomes king,

a fool who is full of food,

23 an unloved woman who is married,

and a maidservant who displaces her mistress.

24 "Four things on earth are small,

yet they are extremely wise:

25 Ants are creatures of little strength,

yet they store up their food in the summer;

26 coneys
are creatures of little power,

yet they make their home in the crags;

27 locusts have no king,

yet they advance together in ranks;

28 a lizard can be caught with the hand,

yet it is found in kings' palaces.

29 "There are three things that are stately in their stride,

four that move with stately bearing:

30 a lion, mighty among beasts,

who retreats before nothing;

31 a strutting rooster, a he-goat,

and a king with his army around him.

32 "If you have played the fool and exalted yourself,

or if you have planned evil,

clap your hand over your mouth!

33 For as churning the milk produces butter,

and as twisting the nose produces blood,

so stirring up anger produces strife."


Save A Life - Squish a Boob ... Race for the Cure 2009

Tomorrow is not only Halloween, but it is also the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Memphis. I absolutely LOVE this great cause, not only because I am a women, but because it hits very close to home. My own mother-in-law is a breast cancer survivor. She is almost 2 years in remission and we thank God for her every day! For the past several years, since she was diagnosed, my friends and I have been participating in this event in celebration of her. I have to admit that when we first signed up, we didn't know what we were in for. We loaded up our babies and headed out to walk for a cause. Little did we know the amount of people that would surround us and the sheer determination of some of the women to just finish the race... to look cancer in the face and say, "If I can walk 3 miles, sick as anything... I can surely beat you!" It's one of the most emotional events I've ever been a part of.

This year, I will be out there again, bright and early in the morning, walking for my sweet MIL! This year I'll only be walking with my family, but I know the experience will be just as heartwarming as it's ever been! We look forward to this all year long and eagerly anticipate it once October hits! One day I would love to do the 3-day walk!

Last year's team.. our shirts say "Save a Life - Squish a Boob".. complete with handprints in the appropriate places! :) The Stickles Family
Me & my sister

Our incredible Noni and her "precious"

even our little ones show the spirit!

saving lives... one boob squish at a time!

Ten years of climbin' that ladder
Oh, but money and power don't matter
When the doctor said "the cancer spread"
She holds on tight to her husband and babies
And says "this is just another test God gave me.
And I know just how to handle this

"I'll hold my head high
I'll never let this define
The light in my eyes
Love myself, give it Hell
I'll take on this world
If I stand and be strong
No, I'll never give up
I will conquer with love
And I'll fight like Like a girl

Oh, with style and grace
Kick ass and take names

And fight like a girl

*song - Fight like a Girl by Bombshell*


Show Us Your Life : Halloween Costumes

With Ethan's obsession of all things Toy Story, we are going to be the Toy Story gang for Halloween this year! We are SOO excited!! I went ahead and bought the kid's costumes this year, but usually I try to have them handmade. It was just easier, seeing as how Ethan's costume required wings and a jet pack! ha! So, LK got to be Bo Peep and Ethan is, of course, Buzz Lightyear! Chris is going to be Woody and I'm going to be Jesse! I've been trying to come up with cute ways to make our chocolate lab look like Slinky dog, but i doubt she'll keep anything on!

Here's my little Buzz ... doesn't he just look SO happy to be Buzz!
And my sweet Bo Peep!

I dont have any pictures of mine and Chris' costume yet, b/c I was still putting them together at the last min last night. (i guess some things never change.. ha!) I know i'll have a ton from Saturday night though!! :)
I hope everyone has a safe and fun-filled Halloween!!!


Thursday, October 29

Day 29 - Proverbs 29

Proverbs 29

1 A man who remains stiff-necked after many rebukes

will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy.

2 When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice;

when the wicked rule, the people groan.

3 A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father,

but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.

4 By justice a king gives a country stability,

but one who is greedy for bribes tears it down.

5 Whoever flatters his neighbor

is spreading a net for his feet.

6 An evil man is snared by his own sin,

but a righteous one can sing and be glad.

7 The righteous care about justice for the poor,

but the wicked have no such concern.

8 Mockers stir up a city,

but wise men turn away anger.

9 If a wise man goes to court with a fool,

the fool rages and scoffs, and there is no peace.

10 Bloodthirsty men hate a man of integrity

and seek to kill the upright.

11 A fool gives full vent to his anger,

but a wise man keeps himself under control.

12 If a ruler listens to lies,

all his officials become wicked.

13 The poor man and the oppressor have this in common:

The LORD gives sight to the eyes of both.

14 If a king judges the poor with fairness,

his throne will always be secure.

15 The rod of correction imparts wisdom,

but a child left to himself disgraces his mother.

16 When the wicked thrive, so does sin,

but the righteous will see their downfall.

17 Discipline your son, and he will give you peace;

he will bring delight to your soul.

18 Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint;

but blessed is he who keeps the law.

19 A servant cannot be corrected by mere words;

though he understands, he will not respond.

20 Do you see a man who speaks in haste?

There is more hope for a fool than for him.

21 If a man pampers his servant from youth,

he will bring grief in the end.

22 An angry man stirs up dissension,

and a hot-tempered one commits many sins.

23 A man's pride brings him low,

but a man of lowly spirit gains honor.

24 The accomplice of a thief is his own enemy;

he is put under oath and dare not testify.

25 Fear of man will prove to be a snare,

but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.

26 Many seek an audience with a ruler,

but it is from the LORD that man gets justice.

27 The righteous detest the dishonest;

the wicked detest the upright.


Pumpkin Carving

Last night we FINALLY got around to carving our pumpkins! The kids have been dying to do for days now. So, we let them pick out the designs they wanted.. of course, LK picked a kitty cat, Ethan picked a bat and we picked a ghost for our "family" pumpkin. They turned out SO cute.. although, I have to admit, my patience was wearing thin by the time we were finishing the last pumpkin! 3 pumpkins is alot to carve.. esp when they're really thick! The kids loved it though and were so happy with their pumpkins! :)
We are so excited for Halloween Saturday night! What a busy day Saturday will be, but we are definitely looking forward to it! Today, Ethan got to dress up in his Buzz costume for trick-or-treating at school. I can't wait to hear how they managed with the wings when I pick him up! ha! :) Tomorrow he has another halloween party at Christ Methodist.. I'm sure by Sunday he'll be so hyper on sugar it'll just be terrible! ahh! :) LK is a little jealous.. her school does not celebrate Halloween, so she feels a little left out of all of the Halloween festivities this year! So, we'll have to something really special for her come Saturday! We are so excited to see all our family dressed up for Saturday night. I'm finishing up mine and Chris' costumes tonight and I can't wait to see them! I just LOVE Halloween!!! :)


Wednesday, October 28

Day 28

Proverbs 28

1 The wicked man flees though no one pursues,

but the righteous are as bold as a lion.

2 When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers,

but a man of understanding and knowledge maintains order.

3 A ruler who oppresses the poor

is like a driving rain that leaves no crops.

4 Those who forsake the law praise the wicked,

but those who keep the law resist them.

5 Evil men do not understand justice,

but those who seek the LORD understand it fully.

6 Better a poor man whose walk is blameless

than a rich man whose ways are perverse.

7 He who keeps the law is a discerning son,

but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father.

8 He who increases his wealth by exorbitant interest

amasses it for another, who will be kind to the poor.

9 If anyone turns a deaf ear to the law,

even his prayers are detestable.

10 He who leads the upright along an evil path

will fall into his own trap,

but the blameless will receive a good inheritance.

11 A rich man may be wise in his own eyes,

but a poor man who has discernment sees through him.

12 When the righteous triumph, there is great elation;

but when the wicked rise to power, men go into hiding.

13 He who conceals his sins does not prosper,

but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.

14 Blessed is the man who always fears the LORD,

but he who hardens his heart falls into trouble.

15 Like a roaring lion or a charging bear

is a wicked man ruling over a helpless people.

16 A tyrannical ruler lacks judgment,

but he who hates ill-gotten gain will enjoy a long life.

17 A man tormented by the guilt of murder

will be a fugitive till death;

let no one support him.

18 He whose walk is blameless is kept safe,

but he whose ways are perverse will suddenly fall.

19 He who works his land will have abundant food,

but the one who chases fantasies will have his fill of poverty.

20 A faithful man will be richly blessed,

but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished.

21 To show partiality is not good—

yet a man will do wrong for a piece of bread.

22 A stingy man is eager to get rich

and is unaware that poverty awaits him.

23 He who rebukes a man will in the end gain more favor

than he who has a flattering tongue.

24 He who robs his father or mother

and says, "It's not wrong"—

he is partner to him who destroys.

25 A greedy man stirs up dissension,

but he who trusts in the LORD will prosper.

26 He who trusts in himself is a fool,

but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe.

27 He who gives to the poor will lack nothing,

but he who closes his eyes to them receives many curses.

28 When the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding;

but when the wicked perish, the righteous thrive.


Tuesday, October 27

Dont sweat the small stuff!

Lately, things have just been crazy around our house. So much so that I really feel as though it's starting to spin out of control all around me. I'm sure everyone feels like that at some point! :) I try really hard to be a good person, a good friend, a good mother and a good wife. Sometimes though, it's inevitable that you feel like you're slipping a little in one area or another. Right now I'm in a good place with being a good mother.. I need more paitence, but what Mom doesn't?! ;) But I'm so happy to be with my kiddos everyday and we really do enjoy our time together! I'll be honest.. I could be a better wife.. I've been so stressed lately that I've been a little "snippy".. sorry C! I haven't been the world's best friend lately, but then again there's some underlying issues there and I'm just trying to let the heat settle. Plus, I feel as though I've moved on to a different chapter in my life and sometimes that requires finding people who are in the same place as you. And I'm always striving to be a good person. I've really been talking to the Lord lately and asking him for guidance. Life has just been plain stressful in the more recent months and I'm just trying to paitently wait for the light at the end of the tunnel. I know it's there... we just have to hold it all together until we get there! I am so thankful for my incredible family though. I wake up to those sweet faces and I am instantly reminded of just how lucky I really am! Bottom line.. you get one life.. live it well! Don't sweat the small stuff, trust in the Lord, love the ones who love you and let them know JUST how much you love them, and just have fun.. enjoy it and make it memorable! :)

I came accross these verses today and they really seemed to help me a little... If you're really stressed and waiting for that tunnel to end, I hope they help you too! :)

"let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with the endurance the race God has set before us." Hebrews 12:1

"Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

"Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me." Psalm 103:2

"Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act." Psalm 37:7

"Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing." Proverbs 12:18

"And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them." Romans 8:28

"God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him." James 1:12

"We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance." Romans 5:3

"If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me." Jeremiah 29:13

"Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying." Romans 12:12

"Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you." Psalm 25:5


Day 27

Proverbs 27

1 Do not boast about tomorrow,

for you do not know what a day may bring forth.

2 Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;

someone else, and not your own lips.

3 Stone is heavy and sand a burden,

but provocation by a fool is heavier than both.

4 Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming,

but who can stand before jealousy?

5 Better is open rebuke

than hidden love.

6 Wounds from a friend can be trusted,

but an enemy multiplies kisses.

7 He who is full loathes honey,

but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet.

8 Like a bird that strays from its nest

is a man who strays from his home.

9 Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart,

and the pleasantness of one's friend springs from his earnest counsel.

10 Do not forsake your friend and the friend of your father,

and do not go to your brother's house when disaster strikes you—

better a neighbor nearby than a brother far away.

11 Be wise, my son, and bring joy to my heart;

then I can answer anyone who treats me with contempt.

12 The prudent see danger and take refuge,

but the simple keep going and suffer for it.

13 Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger;

hold it in pledge if he does it for a wayward woman.

14 If a man loudly blesses his neighbor early in the morning,

it will be taken as a curse.

15 A quarrelsome wife is like

a constant dripping on a rainy day;

16 restraining her is like restraining the wind

or grasping oil with the hand.

17 As iron sharpens iron,

so one man sharpens another.

18 He who tends a fig tree will eat its fruit,

and he who looks after his master will be honored.

19 As water reflects a face,

so a man's heart reflects the man.

20 Death and Destruction are never satisfied,

and neither are the eyes of man.

21 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold,

but man is tested by the praise he receives.

22 Though you grind a fool in a mortar,

grinding him like grain with a pestle,

you will not remove his folly from him.

23 Be sure you know the condition of your flocks,

give careful attention to your herds;

24 for riches do not endure forever,

and a crown is not secure for all generations.

25 When the hay is removed and new growth appears

and the grass from the hills is gathered in,

26 the lambs will provide you with clothing,

and the goats with the price of a field.

27 You will have plenty of goats' milk

to feed you and your family

and to nourish your servant girls.


Monday, October 26

Proverbs 26

Proverbs 26

1 Like snow in summer or rain in harvest,
honor is not fitting for a fool.

2 Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow,
an undeserved curse does not come to rest.

3 A whip for the horse, a halter for the donkey,
and a rod for the backs of fools!

4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
or you will be like him yourself.

5 Answer a fool according to his folly,
or he will be wise in his own eyes.

6 Like cutting off one's feet or drinking violence
is the sending of a message by the hand of a fool.

7 Like a lame man's legs that hang limp
is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.

8 Like tying a stone in a sling
is the giving of honor to a fool.

9 Like a thornbush in a drunkard's hand
is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.

10 Like an archer who wounds at random
is he who hires a fool or any passer-by.

11 As a dog returns to its vomit,
so a fool repeats his folly.

12 Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?
There is more hope for a fool than for him.

13 The sluggard says, "There is a lion in the road,
a fierce lion roaming the streets!"

14 As a door turns on its hinges,
so a sluggard turns on his bed.

15 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish;
he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.

16 The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes
than seven men who answer discreetly.

17 Like one who seizes a dog by the ears
is a passer-by who meddles in a quarrel not his own.

18 Like a madman shooting
firebrands or deadly arrows

19 is a man who deceives his neighbor
and says, "I was only joking!"

20 Without wood a fire goes out;
without gossip a quarrel dies down.

21 As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire,
so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife.

22 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels;
they go down to a man's inmost parts.

23 Like a coating of glaze
over earthenware
are fervent lips with an evil heart.

24 A malicious man disguises himself with his lips,
but in his heart he harbors deceit.

25 Though his speech is charming, do not believe him,
for seven abominations fill his heart.

26 His malice may be concealed by deception,
but his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.

27 If a man digs a pit, he will fall into it;
if a man rolls a stone, it will roll back on him.

28 A lying tongue hates those it hurts,
and a flattering mouth works ruin


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Sunday, October 25

Pumpkins & Tooth Fairies

Oh, I was such a bad blogger this past week!!! I am SOO sorry! I promise I will catch up on all my Proverbs tomorrow! :) My life has been taken over by Sweet Lemons this week, although I am definitely not complaining! :)

This weekend has been a rollercoaster of excitment! (good AND bad!) We started the weekend Friday night by going to Zoo Boo! Zoo Boo is an event held at the Memphis Zoo every October. The entire zoo is decked out for Halloween and you can even trick-or-treat! The kids had a blast!!! As you can see below, we are the Toy Story gang this year! (surprise, surprise!.. ha!)

*yes... as soon as he got the costume on, he was leaping off of every piece of furniture in the house, yelling "To Infinity.. And Beyond!"*

We went to Zoo Boo with our good friends, The Caldwell's... Addyson is Cindy Lou Who this year! She was absolutelly adorable!! :)

Bo Peep has found her sheep!!

The Caldwell's

We had such an amazing time at Zoo Boo with our dear friends!!! We will definitely be going again next year!

Saturday morning started off with yet another soccer game! (3 left.. we're counting down!) Of course, our little David Beckham's played their hearts out and we came home with a WIN! After the game we went out to Collierville to do a little shopping. Unfortunately this year I have had to buy the kiddos a complete new winter wardrobe! Shoes, jeans, pants.. EVERYTHING! Trust me.. it has NOT been fun for my bank account! :( But.. I did manage to find the adorable little Stride Rite sneakers for E. He says that they make him run faster! ha! I like them because they were only $20 at Dillards! (BTW - if anyone needs little boys jeans size 18-24mo.. I have about 5 pair you can have!)

We worked up quite the appetitel while shopping, so we stopped at Chili's for some lunch. Then headed to the grocery for food shopping! After all the lunch and shopping was finished, we went by Noni and Papa's so Papa could take a look at LK's loose tooth! It's been loose for about week now, so we thought it was about time to let Papa pull it. Well... he tried.. and he tried.. and she cried.. and she cried... so we went home with a tooth still in! But, typical Lilly Kate just could not stand it! As soon as she got home she decided that she was just going to pull it herself! (oh my.. this child!) So...
She pulled...

And she tugged...

And.. finally.... out popped her FIRST tooth!!

She was completely in shock that she actually did it!!!

She was SO excited to have lost her first tooth!! She put it under her pillow and woke up with $2 from the tooth fairy! (even though she requested $12! hahaha!) I can not believe that my little girl has lost a tooth!

Now.. for the bad...

We woke up this morning and started getting ready for church and out of no where both kids started throwing up! OH.MY.GOODNESS! I can handle stinky diapers all day long... throw up.. NO WAY! On top of the throwing up, Ethan was having HORRID pull ups! So, needless to say, we did not make it to church! (oh... my husband has picked up this bug too!)

The good news is that we were able to make it out of the house for about an hour to go get a pumpkin to carve. We headed out to the patch and got some great finds! We can not wait to carve them this week! :)

So.. our weekend ended with everyone cuddled up in Mommy and Daddy's bed! Not even chicken and rice could make this fam perk up! :( Hopefully this is just a 24hr bug and will be gone in the morning! And let's hope even more that MOMMY does not join the sick list!

This week is going to be jammed packed with so much stuff, but we are all definitely looking forward to it! We have Aunt Brittany's birthday, Daddy's birthday, Halloween, Race for the Cure and Stickles Family Fun Fest on Halloween night!! :) Can't wait!