Patty Jo

I'm a silly person and love a good chuckle! I believe I am a bit on the ditsy side but who's keeping score?! ha On a more serious note: I love the Lord with all my heart, mind and soul! And my husband and children (family) are the most important things in my life! Hope I can be a blessing to those of you willing to torture yourselves and read this blog! LOL

Silly blogspot has issues with comments. If you can't comment on my blog don't worry "YOU're not alone"!!! haha It's nothing personal or not that I know of. Because I can't comment either! BUT... If you choose the option: "Name/URL" and enter your name and if you have a website or blog you "can" but don't have to enter it. THEN you CAN comment. This is a just so you know. I don't wanting anyone going away without sharing their thoughts! Or thinking that we have something against them! We LOVE you! :)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

It's Almost Naptime!: How to help a friend who...has a child with a ment...

I follow this blog and love it.  What a great post she has today.  I wanted to share for my friends that share the love for a child with a disability and for those that have a friend with one.  It's truly a heart touching post!

It's Almost Naptime!: How to help a friend who...has a child with a ment...: From the How to Help a Friend Who... series. I spoke at a retreat in November on the topic of sufferi...

A few highlighted areas in this post that ring true to my heart.  It's the hardest thing for people to say they just don't "see it."  It burns straight to the heart as if I'm full of it.  I don't want sympathy but rather understanding.  I know it's hard to understand.  Trust me!  But these things only make it worse.  I used to be a person that thought that maybe they needed and better spanking or it was the parents fault.  We need to pray for families with children with disabilities!  They are hurting, tired, frustrated, and need your friendship and prayers more than anything at all!
  • Acknowledge the issue. While I wouldn't want anyone to make more of it than it is, it makes me feel like people think I'm crazy when they discount what I tell them. Some have told me that she'll probably outgrow it--it's a phase. Or that she's perfect when she's with them. Or that she doesn't seem like she's "having trouble". (At this point, I bite my tongue instead of telling them that she seems fine because SHE'S ON SOME POWERFUL PSYCHIATRIC MEDS!)

  • Play with me. Moms like me live a stressful, worried, what-if-filled life. Will she have to take these meds forever? Will we find a nutritional answer? How will we pay to find the answer? Will she be able to sustain relationships, have babies, take care of herself? Will my other children develop these "issues"? Like most people going through a hard time, we need to forget about worrying for a minute. We need to laugh and play.

  • Don't judge me. Right is right, and wrong is wrong; I'm not talking about not acknowledging that. I mean that people don't always know everything that's going on. When I was a classroom teacher, I was a good one, great at keeping control in the classroom. If I saw a child misbehaving at school or anywhere else, I always thought that I could fix it. My child would never behave that way. But now? Now I realize that sometimes kids misbehave because of slacker parenting or poor discipline techniques, but sometimes there is a deeper issue. I cringe at how arrogant I used to be about parenting.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

New Family Business

We are announcing our new family business!!  We are very excited!  We have always been artsy and crafty.  It's a huge part of who we are!  It's in our everyday thoughts!  LOL

So we are proud to present our Etsy shop:

A few pictures of the things we have created!
Plenty more to come!

Hope you'll support us in this adventure with prayer!
Thank you in advance!  We are truly greatful for our family and friends!
God Bless!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Plant needs your help!! Lol

This plant needs your help. I might just kill the thing if it keeps going this way. I don't understand it. I water when it needs it. Why does it get dried out dead leaves. Ugh. So if you know anything about it please share. I will be so great full and so will the plant. If you gave trouble commenting below. Be sure to use the name/URL or anonymous options. This should allow u to comment. Thanks in advance.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Sponge Bob and Gabriel

I have spent years despising Sponge Bob. Ugh. But it's Gabriel's new found addiction. Or focus should I say. He has spent lots of time repeating the scenes from each and every episode. He even spent quite a bit of time creating the characters. Some are 3D. Here are some photos of his artwork.

I am so Ashamed!

I have abandoned the blog!  You ever go through a time you feel like you just have nothing to say.  Well I suppose that's where I've been.  Yeah, I know those that KNOW me are saying "sure, YOU hae nothing to say."  LOL  Well that's all I can come up with.  I am funny sometimes about what I share.  Every now and then I feel I've been a little too open with my feelings and shared a little too much!

BUT!  I am sooooo ready to get back on here and share.  I am going to revamp my style and share photos with every post.  Photos are my world!  I love to look at pictures and allow everything to come to life that I read.  So all my posts from now on will have photos!

At the moment I am helping the kids with their school so I don't have too much time to share.  But I want to give a shout out to some dear sweet friends that bless us continuously!!  I have wanted a dining room table that was big enough for our family for YEARS!!  Seriously.  They are so expensive.  Even the thrift store hasn't been a good source for a dining room table.  I was just at the point of me and my father building a rustic one from scrap wood at his house.  (By the way, my Dad is so awesome!  And yes my Mother is just as Awesome!) So I get this call offering me a dining room table!!!  I am so excited.  God is so good!  I know some of you are thinking, seriously!  Well YES SERIOUSLY!!  So here's a quick snap of the kids having our first SUPPER on our awesome new dining room table!  Oh and yes that is a laptop with a movie playing down there at the end of the table.  We do that sometimes.  Don't judge.  LOL  It's fun!  haha

Photo doesn't do it much justice but it's very nice and we LOVE it!  We joke like we are sitting so far away that we fake yelling across the table to ask someone to pass the salt.  ha

See ya soon!