Monday, June 29, 2009

Giveaway! Free Photo Shoot!!

We all love free stuff and we especially love GOOD free stuff...Check out the blog below to get details on how to win a free photo shoot for your family. Good luck!


GIVEAWAY!!!! I am going to pick one random person to get a photo shoot free for their immediate family... this includes digital (Photoshop) processing and a cd of the 15 best pictures!!! Sure, you will be my guinea pig, but hey, FREE photos, right?! Unfortunately, this is limited to people within Davidson County, NC (or people willing to travel here). So, if you live in the area and want a chance to win, just comment on this post by midnight on Sunday, July 5th. If you mention my giveaway on your blog and link people to this post, you get a SECOND entry! (Be sure to let me know you mentioned the giveaway). I hope you win ;-)

Sunday, June 28, 2009

I Should Have Known

I should of known that something would happen Friday night while David and Caleb were camping out at VBS. I should have known because something usually happens whenever David is away over night.

Like me getting hit in the head with a baseball bat and needing stitches or a mouse running back and forth from the kitchen to the living room or Caleb getting croup and spending the night coughing and throwing up, which have all happened on his visits away.

I should have known when the storm rolled through on Friday evening and I heard the loud pop and saw the simultaneous lightening, that something had happened.

I should have known that when the internet and phone were down the next morning and when the TV and stereo amp would not turn on that lightening had paid a visit to our home during the storm, burning out the TV, amp and phone box.

Furthermore, I should have known when I saw the trail of blood Sky left behind on Saturday morning that something had happened when she jumped out of the bed that morning. I should have guessed she had broken off her entire toenail, poor thing.

Well, here is to now knowing and to hoping that he does not go anywhere overnight anytime soon!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Just Wasting $120,000

Recently, we sat down with a lawyer to sign papers to refinance our home. He started making small talk, asking us what we did for a living, where we went to school, etc. After asking me where I had gone to school (Georgetown) and what I studied there (International Politics), he asked if I would go back to work when the boys, who were with us, were in school. I replied that I was seriously considering homeschooling them, so it would be some time before I ever entered the workforce again.

Surprising to me, he seemed supportive of the idea of homeschooling and did not make a big deal out of it. Still, before we changed subjects, David made the comment that sometimes we both wonder about Wendi having a $120,000 education to raise two boys.

What I heard was a little different though...

"We both wonder about Wendi having a $120,000 education JUST to raise two boys."

There is a huge difference between what was said and what I heard, but to be honest that JUST has lingered in my head and in my heart since then. Furthermore, that JUST is one that has continued to haunt me since I took the step of ending my graduate schooling to stay home with Caleb.

That JUST implies that the job of raising my two boys does not measure up to the training I received in school. That JUST belittles the job that I have chosen and work so hard to succeed at daily. I will be clear that no one has ever come out and said these things to me, it is just the battle that rages in my own mind and heart whenever that JUST comes up.

I wish I could just shake that JUST and get on with being the woman God wants me to be...

But I cannot help wondering...

Have I wasted a $120,000 education since I am not using my degree in any measurable way?

Why would God bless me with such an opportunity if I am not going to use it? (I did not pay the full $120,000 my education cost. I was blessed to have about 90% of it covered by grants and scholarships.)

How do I meld the politics loving, foreign policy junkie, professional with the nose wiping, boo-boo kissing, book reading mommy?

I just do not understand...

But here is the thing, as I heard on the radio recently, I am not called to understand.

The call of a disciple of Christ is not to understand, but to trust.

The disciples did not understand the things that Christ told them, nor truly understand who He was. They thought He was going to be a mighty king who would destroy the Roman empire and would allow them to rule alongside of Him. They did not understand why He had to die, why He rose again and what it all meant to their lives. They just had to trust Him, just listen to Him and just obey His call.

I, like the disciples, do not understand why it seems like I have JUST wasted my $120,000 education, but I do know that I can just trust Him who has called me to be His and is shaping me into just the mom He wants me to be.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

WDYDW What's for Dinner?

"But in abundance of counselors there is victory." Proverbs 11:14b

"Oh, I get by with the help from my friends." The Beatles

It is Wednesday again and time for "What Do You Wednesday" I really appreciate the comments from last week and have started to work with Caleb a little more and have seen real improvement so far!

This week, I would like to ask...
What's for dinner?

What do you do for meals in your home? Do you cook or eat out? Do you plan meals or go on the fly? What are some of the things your family loves to eat?

In my perfect world, I would like to plan two weeks worth of meals for our family. I did this for awhile and it helped with the prep each day and with the grocery shopping too. I got out of the habit when I was pregnant and cannot seem to get back into the swing of things. I find myself at a loss for what to cook each night and shopping for groceries way more than I would like. This week's menu looks something like this:
Friday- Pizza (Friday night is always pizza night around here.)
Saturday- Grill something

So on this WDYDW, what's for dinner?

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Inner Nerd on Iran

***Nerd Alert***Nerd Alert***Nerd Alert***

Warning: What you are about to read has been written to appease the desires of my inner foreign policy nerd. (If you did not know, my degree is in international politics and I just have to let the nerd come out once in a while.)

I am by far not an expert in Iran or in the Middle East as a whole. Still, the recent events in Iran have left me intrigued and perplexed. (Here is a great article to get caught up if your inner nerd is wondering too.) It is amazing to me to see the split in the leadership of a country and the people who it supposedly leads.

The leadership blames the US for much of its problems. The people look to us as an example of freedom.

The leadership decries the excesses of the west. The people uses western technology (e.g. Facebook and Twitter) to further their cause.

The leadership sees nothing wrong in an election fraught with problems, while the people desire freedom and a government they can trust.

It has also been interesting to watch our government's response...

We can't ignore the brutality of the government's response to the protests..

We can't come out and strongly support the protests because we would then be meddling and could greatly hurt their cause...

All in all, the US it toeing a very fine line in Iran, darned if you do, darned if you don't.

In the end, I am left pondering whether this time of protest will have long term consequences for the Iranian government and its people. Will this be another Tiananmen Square where protests really had little impact? (Probable) Will this lead to a radical change of the theocracy of Iran? (Doubtful)

Finally, what leads up to a successful revolution? Is it like a giant game of chicken between the those protesting and those in power? Whoever blinks first loses? Is there something more that drives a people to be willing to risk their lives for freedoms and a government based on truth?

I can only hope that those who have shed blood in the streets of Iran have not done so in vain and these protests will lead to a positive change for the Iranian government.

Thank you for spending a little time with my inner nerd.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Clubhouse Part Deux

This Father's Day weekend, David took some extra time off of work to finish up the Clubhouse. It was extremely HOT and very hard work, but David did a GREAT job with it! (His handiness and building skills are just some of the many things I admire about the awesome man I married.)

There are just a few extra details we would like to add to it (a sandbox, a rope ladder, some landscaping) and we will call it DONE!

Caleb has had a blast playing with it, as you can clearly see.

Playdate, anyone?


...During the Building Process...

All Done!

Caleb loves the new tunnel!

And the slide of course!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Das Not Friday Dropped Calls

Make sure you click above for more Das Not Funny Friday stories!


Caleb and I were playing telephone one day this week:

Caleb, speaking into his play phone: Hello Mommy! I'm in Nashville.

Me: Hello Caleb! Are you having fun?

So on and so forth for 10 or so minutes...

Me: Caleb, it is time to come home from Nashville and pick up these toys on the floor.

Caleb: What did you say mommy? My phone is breaking up.

Me: Caleb, pick up your toys.

Caleb: Sorry, I can't hear you. I think my phone dropped your call.


Hope you have a great weekend! The groundbreaking for Clubhouse Part Deux is this weekend! Pictures next week!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

What do you do Wednesday

I was reminded this week that one of the best things about being friends with others is the wealth of information we have to share with one another. As a mom, wife, or a friend, I do things a certain way- some that work, some that fail. You, probably do some things the same, some things differently.

I recognize that all families are different and different things work for each of us, but I thought if I could get some ideas from you on some of the questions that continue to perplex me, life would be that much easier. (If you have ideas for future questions, email me and let me know!)

In light of this, I want to introduce a regularly occurring theme to Wednesdays here at Richly Supplied:

"What do you do Wednesdays"

So this week, I ask:

My preschooler is driving me crazy following me around and refuses to play by himself for any length of time. I hear "I am lonely" and "I need attention" quite regularly.

What do you do to encourage independent play for your children?

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The 1,000,002nd Word

Last week I saw that the English language had reached its 1 millionth word and according to this article, 1,000,001 has already been settled too.

This week, I have added the 1,000,002nd word:

to martha- to take control of a situation because of needless worry or consuming concern.

Derived and inspired by the book study, Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, which is based on the story in Luke 10.

For example, I really marthaed getting everyone into the car on Sunday morning. Can also be used as an adjective. I was such a martha before having people over last week.

Marthaing may result in or be identified by a short temper, excessive stress or a lack of joy (all of which I have experienced personally at some point in the last couple of weeks.)

Synonyms: to worry, be anxious, fret

Antonyms: to trust, to abide, to have faith in God's perfect plan and His involvement in the details of life,

See also to mary- but wait that would be word 1,000,003.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Tea Anyone?

This Saturday it was my pleasure to host a Big Sister Tea Party for a dear young lady with whom I am friends. She and her family are adopting a precious girl from Rwanda and I thought this was a great excuse to dress up and use the fine dishes.

I even got to use my "Tea Cozy" from Russia to keep the teapot warm. Still, the cold sweet tea and lemonade were far more popular since it was almost 90 degrees outside!

The girls were very creative as we scrapbooked a "Big Sister Handbook."

A big sister always...A big sister never...A big sister prays...

Each girl also made a beautiful bead bracelet to wear home and to remind themselves to pray for Bailey and her family. Right now, we are praying for them to get an A+ from the government (aka a referral) soon!

It was truly a lovely time and Nathan didn't mind being the only boy (too much)!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Das Not Funny Friday Show and Tell

Well it is Friday again and here is to hoping you had a great week and an even greater weekend!

While I was taking Caleb to the bathroom this week, we had an enlightening conversation.

Caleb: Mommy, do you remember when I took my pants off at Chik Fil A?

Me: Yup, that was last year at about this time.

(Caleb took off his pants and his diaper while playing on the playground at CFA last July. The first time I met my friend Becky was by her walking up to me and saying, "Oh My Word! Who is that naked child?" "What? Oh No! That is my naked child!")

Caleb: Mommy, do you know WHY I took off my clothes at Chik Fil A?

Me: No Caleb, why?

Caleb: I wanted to do a little show and tell, mommy. Just a little show and tell.

Well he definitely accomplished that goal!

Don't forget to click on the picture above for more Das Not Funny Stories.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Skink Hunter Extraordinaire

Sky hunts skinks.

Each time we open the door, she races outside and thrusts her nose into their favorite hiding spots. The skinks generally are too quick for her, running up the walls and hanging out where she cannot reach them. Sometimes, I think the skinks are just teasing her. I swear, this weekend there was one under the wood for the Clubhouse Part Deux and it kept running in and out just so Sky would keep hitting her nose on the wood pile.

I have never known her to catch one, although I did have to rescue one from her clutches once before. Today, I saw she had one cornered and thought I would take some pictures before rescuing it:

"We meet again my arch nemesis!"

"Ha! How is that big nose of yours? Still a little sore I suspect?"

"We will see who gets the last laugh!"

I wish I could say no animals were harmed in the making of this blog post, but just as I took that last picture, Sky jumped forward and went to swallow the skink whole. (Note to self, rescue the animals BEFORE taking pictures.)

I got it out of her mouth, but alas it was too late for the little guy. I feel AWFUL that I took pictures instead of saving it. I almost cried as I took it out and placed it under some bushes in the front yard.

Sky on the other hand is quite proud of herself. She has told me that in addition to being called "Lady Skyline, the Duchess of Terrydale," she would like to be known as "Lady Skyline the Duchess of Terrydale and Skink Hunter Extraordinaire" from now on.

That is a mouthful, but so is a blue-tailed skink I guess.

Edited to Add: I checked on the skink and he is no longer under the bush where I left him. Hopefully, he was just playing dead and will be okay. He left a note for Sky..."Till we meet again, big nose!"

Lions, Bears and Mice, OH MY!

Yesterday we went to the zoo with some friends. We saw lions, bears and monkeys just to name a few of the animals. Caleb was telling daddy about the trip over dinner:

Caleb: Daddy, we went to the zoo!

David: Did you enjoy it?

Caleb: Yeah, the carousel was broken. There were some mice who ate their way into the power supply. The zoo needs to order a new part.

David: Did you see any animals?

Caleb: Yeah, we got to ride on the tram for a long time. The carousel was broken though. There were some mice who ate their way into the power supply. The zoo needs to order a new part. We didn't do the helicopter this time. We rode the tram by it though. I want to do the helicopter next time.

David: What animals did you like seeing?

Caleb: I liked the tram. There were some mice who ate part of the carousel. The zoo needs to order a new part.

Glad we have the membership to see all those great animals...

Friday, June 5, 2009

Lord, I Know

Lord, I know you love me because
the rain stopped pouring,
Caleb and Nathan took great naps,
we are all incredibly healthy,
I do not wonder if we will eat tonight,
my home abundantly meets our needs,
David has a job,
and even if that all were gone,
Lord, I know you love me because
You came,
You dwelt among us,
You died,
and were buried.
You rose,
and live now and forevermore.
Lord, I know you love me because I am

Lord, I know you love me because You are

Thursday, June 4, 2009

How do You Spell Relief?

Oh, little red and white tube. How dear you have become to me in such a short time! Just this morning you were languishing in the medicine cabinet, wondering if you had been forgotten. Your thick white cream settling inside of you for what seemed like an eternity of solitude and uselessness.

Unbeknownst to you, I had been viciously attacked while stepping outside this morning. An army of blood-sucking vampire mosquitoes had engorged themselves upon my ankle. (More than likely this was just one mosquito who bit me 4-5 times, but an army sounds much better for the story.)

Angry red welts formed around my entire ankle as I desperately scratched in an attempt to stop the agony. I ran to the medicine cabinet in search of you, my knight in the red and white tube.

Suddenly, the door flew open, my hand scrambling through the numerous half-used bottles of lotion and cough medicine. Grasping you firmly, I quickly spun off your white top, squeezed out a small bit of your cool cream and applied it to the nasty scars of my attack.





Let's just call it RELIEF.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009


Last week while in Virginia, Nathan's nap was interrupted by the shrill ring of the telephone. When I finally got him resettled, I decided to be smart and disconnect the phone for the remainder of the nap. I took the phone off the hook and after a moment heard, "AAINNT AAINNT AAINNT," the warning signal from the phone company that your phone is disconnected.

Today, I was thinking through some things when it hit me, I am disconnected from God. I am not spending the time I need with Him to focus, to grow or to be changed by Him. I am sleeping in during the morning time that I used to devote to him. By nap time, I am brain dead and have others things I would rather be doing and by evening time, I am so tired that I just want to veg in front of the TV. I have allowed my personal time with God to become a passing thought instead of a priority.

About seven months ago, I took myself off the hook and am just now starting to hear the AINNT AINNT AINNT warning signals.

Shortly before or after Nathan was born, I remember making a deal with God that as long as Nathan was not sleeping through the night, surely He would not expect me to get up early and spend time studying His word or praying. Now that Nathan is sleeping through the night, I have had some luck getting back into the habit, but not nearly as consistently as I should. The warning signals of being disconnected from God are ringing loud and clear throughout my day.

Impatience with my family and friends. AINNT AINNT AINNT

Quick temper and harsh words. AINNT AINNT AINNT

Allowing little offenses to annoy me and grow beyond what they should be. AINNT AINNT AINNT

Grumbling and complaining spirit. AINNT AINNT AINNT

Manipulation and self pity when I do not get my own way. AINNT AINNT AINNT

The list could go on and on. Being disconnected from the One who is the source of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control makes for a hard life.

I can only hope now that I have heard and seen the warning signals, that I would be willing and intentional about reconnecting with my God. I know that it is going be hard as Nathan has started waking up around 4:45 am for an hour or so of fussing recently. It is only by God's power and His working in me to put a desire for Him that I will truly be reconnected with the One I so desperately need.

"I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you're joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can't produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. This is how my Father shows who he is—when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples." John 15:5-8 The Message
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