Archives for August 2008

Aug 28

The Grass Ain’t Always Greener…

I received an email today. The person wrote, “I read your blogs and look at your pictures and just wish I had your life. Your family is so happy. Your husband loves you and communicates with you. Your kids seem so sweet, happy, and behaved. No wonder you can be so positive. It must be nice…”

At first this email kind of hurt my feelings. And it kind of made me mad. Then I realized that it came from someone who is unhappy and when she looks at my life from an outsider’s point of view, it appears real good. I try to share the good and the bad, being open and honest, but without sharing too much. My life is so far from goody goody and perfect. My family is awesome, but oh how we work at it. And it’s not been easy. We’ve pain and heartache just like everyone else. And sure my husband loves me. We’ve had a year of marriage counseling to help preserve that love. Again, it hasn’t been easy. Ooh, and those sweet, happy, and behaved kids…:) , you keep telling yourself that. Ha! Boy do we have you fooled! Seriously, they are good kids, but they have their moments believe me. Heck, one of them even had to go the principal’s office for cursing in Korean! That’s all I’ll say about that!

I share all of this to say, be careful not to think that just because something appears near perfect that it is. We have our share of problems, I for sure do, but I just don’t write about them everyday. They aren’t the focus of my life. As I looked over the past few posts, it does look like we are just always having a blast over here! I wrote about the fun and exciting things. I neglected to write about the ring around my toilet that needs to be cleaned, the mound of laundry waiting to be done, the disagreement my husband and I had last week, the new medication one of my kids started that is keeping him awake at night, my dog peeing on the carpet, the clutter on my kitchen counters, my dad whose health is not good, my aching back, the black roots growing out of my head, my car breaking down on Tuesday, popping the big zit on the nose of a person in my family who I will not name, 2 friends who called me crying this week, or the yelling and screaming I did when my kids would not do as told 25 times the other day! (although if you’ve read much of my stuff, I do write about that too!) With that said, I wouldn’t trade places with anyone in the world, because I am where God wants me to be.

Lysa TerKeurst wrote in one of her books, “The grass is not greener on the other side, it’s greener where you water it.” I admit, it often looks a lot greener somewhere else, but the truth is, you just can’t tell. Not unless you are living it.

This past year I spent a lot of time “watering my side of the grass”. And I’m thankful it’s greener today than previously. But it won’t stay that way unless I continue to water it. The best water I’ve found, prayer and faith and a relationship with Jesus. Don’t spend time wishing you could be like someone else. Be who God made you to be and water your space well.

Before I go, I have to mention, I am so glad it’s Thursday. College football starts tonight and this football fanatic couldn’t be happier! So, off I go to prepare a feast of munchies for the family and prepare to watch our South Carolina Gamecocks whoop a little Wolfpack boohiney!


Aug 26

We survived the 1st day of school!

Well, it was the day the kids were dreading…back to school! Here is a glimpse at how our morning went:

At 5:30 am, I went to wake up Blake. Notice the empty bed. He was already up. (such a respsonsible kid!)
So, I went to fix his breakfast. Well, lookie here, he already did that too. (My husband is horrified that I actually posted a picture of our toaster…he says it’s embarrassing!) Look closely and you can see Blake has already put his bagel inside.

Oh no! I just remembered that Dylan lost a tooth last night. There it is on the table. I need to tell the tooth fairy before he wakes up!

Good, I found her. “Tooth fairy, please put money under Dylan’s pillow before he wakes up for school!”

Whew! Still asleep! The toothfairy made it just in time:)

Time for Blake to leave. He has to be in his seat by 7:15 am! It’s his 1st day of high school! This cannot be right! I was just changin this boy’s diapers yesterday it seems! “Bye B-Man. Princess and I will miss you today. Let’s take a picture before you go. Smile!”

Ok, now to get the other 3 up, fed, and ready for the first day of school. 1st stop: Dylan’s room.

Wow, he sure wakes up happy. Must be because the tooth fairy came last night:) “Get up Dylan, it’s the 1st day of school!”

Now on to Hayley Grace’s room.
Where the heck is she?

Oh, there you are! The little sneek went into Mommy and Daddy’s room in the middle of the night! “Hayley Grace, wake up sweet heart….and smile because I’m taking your picture! Ha!”

Now that those 2 are up, I need to go check on Hayden. What’s this? “Hayden, it’s not summer anymore. Quit playing those video games and get ready for school boy!”

“You all must hug your mom before you leave and have your picture taken. I’m so proud of all of you!” (notice the lovely guitar player on Dylan’s shirt….remember Slash? I have Guitar Hero to thank for this!

Now it’s Hayden’s turn. “Smile Hayden!” (oh, I forgot…he’s 13 and too cool to smile)

“Oh, my don’t forget your lunch boxes kids!”

“Bye sweet Hayley Grace. I love you.” (you can so tell she’s the youngest of 3 boys….she carries a pink Capt. Jack Sparrow back pack!)

And there they go with their Dad. Off to the 1st day of school! This year there is 1 in high school, 1 in middle school, and 2 in elementary school. (Can you tell that Dad is still in his PJ’s?)

There you have it. A morning in the life of the Taylor’s. And it’s only 8:00 am!



Aug 23

Fun Friday:)

I barely made it to the computer to post anything at all this week, much less my Fun Friday post. But today was really so much fun, I had to write about it. So even though it’s Saturday, I’m calling it Fun Friday. :) Don’t ask, just go with it…

Today was a day for the girls! Hayley Grace and her friend Sydney had appointments at “Libby Lu” for fashion makeovers. I don’t think you can get more girlie girl than this:

Here are the fashionistas just before their big makeover in front of “Libby Lu”.
(Hayley Grace, Sydney)

So many hairstyles to choose from…

Wow! They can get their nails painted and smile in the mirror at the same time!

The girls decide on the “rockin” hairstyle. Libby Lu Fashion Expert, Natalie, works on Hayley Grace.

“This is a lot of fun.” says Blake, Hayley Grace’s oldest brother.

Awww! Doesn’t she look beautiful!!!!

All famous rockstars have cute puppies they carry around in purses. Right? Let’s get one!

Strike a pose for the paparazzi! Smile!

Pictured here: Sydney and Brownie, Hayley Grace and Libby.

And now it’s time to go home…but not before we make wishes and throw pennies in the fountain. “I wish for another fashion makeover.”

Here I am with the “bookends”…Blake is the oldest child and Hayley Grace is the youngest. Oh yea, and the newest member of our family, Libby.

One more thing before I sign off. I am starting a new teen blog. If you have a teenage daughter or know a teen girl, please check it out and pass it on. The first post will be Monday, August 25th. The site is: It will be a teen version of my already existing “I Am Beautiful” blog (