Friday, January 14, 2011

Chocolate Party

Earlier today I wrote a down-in-the-dumps post that I thought best to abandon. Instead of hitting publish, I walked into my kitchen and found some chocolate and things started looking up. This is probably TMI, but we're all girls, right? My hormones have been whacked since Annabeth was born, such that I cannot predict when my melancholy, irritability, ravenous appetite, and poor body image is going to take over. But let's go back to the topic of chocolate.

Yesterday I accidentally mentioned getting frozen yogurt to my kids before I knew if I was serious about it or not. I'd been out all day, it was freezing cold, and the kids were tired from school, so I changed my mind and pointed the car home. Jackson was not shy in sharing his devastation at my change of plans. And, truly, I felt bad that I'd made such a rookie mistake.

So I did two things. First, I spent about five minutes making a chorus of fake flatulence for my kids. They quickly forgot all about the fro-yo and Jackson was laughing so hard he couldn't breathe. Those of you who do not have sons may not understand my actions. Let me tell you that having a little boy will cause you to do and experience many things you could have never imagined.

The second thing I did to console my children was promise to have a chocolate party at home. This was a huge hit, especially with my hormones. I made hot chocolate and each one of us had a bowl with a brownie (thanks, Nancy!), a few M&M's, and two chocolate wafer cookies. It was a chocolate extravaganza. Call me Wilhemina Wonka. Annabeth was really into the M&M's but she didn't know what to think about eating the brownie. Instead, she held it up to her ear like a phone and started talking to Bibby. I ended up having to dig some brownie remnants out of there.

By nighttime I had descended into such a bad mood that I felt it best to end the day early. Maybe it was a chocolate hangover. At any rate, I was asleep by 8:30. My body clock was very confused and woke me up at midnight, which is when my mind decided spend an hour analyzing a recent conflict and panic about something stupid I said on Twitter. I think I'll go to bed later tonight.

It just wouldn't be right if I didn't continue this week's theme of copying others. Kristen and Jamie say it's national de-lurking day. So if you're not a regular commenter, I'd love to hear from you! Are we connected by a mutual friend? Or by a second cousin? Or by the Spanish National Honor Society of Cypress Falls High School? Or by our love of red and white polka dot blog backgrounds? Or by an unreasonable fear of wind and tornados? Whatever it is, don't feel weird. You couldn't possibly be weirder than me. Just say hi!

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bethany said...

Not de-lurking (you know I'm here :)), but seriously, the fake flatulence thing was hilarious. Jakson passed some gas yesterday and so I asked if he needed to go potty-he looked at me and said, "my butt said no". Nice.

Amanda said...

I just laughed out loud. I can't even count how many times Jackson's gotten in trouble for saying butt this week.

Ashley said...

Love these delurking callouts...haha.

My name's Ashley, I've been reading your blog for...um...a long time. :-) What do you and I have in common? A love for Compassion International, among other things. Just stopping by, saying hi, and ending my lurking days. :-)

http://www.ashley-mays.com

April said...

I don't think I have ever commented on here but I have been reading your blog for a few years. I don't know you personally but we have a mutual friend, Jenn H. from LPM. I also feel where you are coming from on the whole "wake up at midnight and rehash something you said or wrote earlier that day" Welcome to my world! Love reading your REAL LIFE blog. Makes me feel more normal-if that is possible.

Jen Bowers said...

Called Out! I found your blog through Kelly Stamps. Also, I attend Tuesday night Bible Study with you and a few others. =)
And now I feel like a total creeper for reading your blog and never saying hi!!!
Thanks for your honest approach to everything. It is such a blessing to hear real thoughts from a Christian woman trying to deal with everything thrown at us in this crazy world. Thanks for sharing!

Emmelie said...

Amanda, I've never commented, but just wanted to say hi and I think you're a fantastic Mom. I really appreciate how candid you are in your posts. Kudos to you for sharing your life with the world wide web. Have a great weekend and God Bless!

Sarah said...

Hi! I think I have commented once or twice, but not regularly. I have 2 kids that are almost identical in age to yours. I have a 5 year old who is a Jackson too, and an almost 2 year old little boy named Ace. I love your blog!

Jaclyn said...

I am jen the newlywed's sister and I just love your blog! :)

my son is 21 months and I am already learning that boys are crazy, but magical :)

Jera said...

I kind of lurk and I'm deathly afraid of tornados, wind and severe thunderstorms. And I could really use a chocolate party.

Becca said...

I forget to comment (it's my cardinal blogging sin, besides getting so busy with life that I miraculously read other people's blogs and forget to post on my own), but I am de-lurking because you asked so nicely!
I forget how long ago it was that I found your blog, but I sure enjoy reading!

Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies said...

::waving:: I think I'm a lurker! Can't remember if I've ever commented before. Found my way here by way of Compassion International. I've got a burnin' yearnin' to some day be chosen to be one of the Compassion Bloggers. Well, I already am a CI blogger, but I'd love to travel to Ghana and write about it!

Kodi said...

De-lurking. I love your heart and hope you always keep blogging. XO

Amanda said...

Jen Bowers, you're not a creeper. I don't comment on every blog I read either. Come say hi at Bible study next week!

joeybelle said...

Hi Amanda! I think I surfed on over from LPM? Not really sure actually. At first I was intrigued by your blog title, Baby Bangs. I don't have any kiddos of my own, but I have sisters that have 5 between the two of them (almost exactly your kids ages!) I just really love your transparency, honestly, humor and I always "walk away" blessed. Have a fun weekend.
(and I think I share your love of Mexican & Chinese food :)

http://joeybelle.blogspot.com

Ashley said...

I'm Ashley, and we share a mutual friend Sherry Moore Clemens. She went to A&M with you. I've been reading your blog for a while and I love your honesty. I have a blog, but haven't blogged in OVER a year. Makes me sad, but I'm just not good at it.

Jill said...

I'm a lurker. But I love your blog (and also love your momma!).

I'm thinking a plate of oreos for this preggo momma is the way to go tonight after the kiddos are in bed!

Brian & Ashley said...

Hi! I love reading your blog! Your kids are too cute. I was trying to think of commonalities and I came up with Houston. My brother-in-law lives in Houston, and he's getting married in June, so we'll be back down (I'm worried about the weather-it's going to be HOT!) I also came up with Compassion. We love our little Rwandan girl!
Many Blessings,
Ashley

Erin said...

My name is Erin and I'm from Montana. I have two young kids (my daughter is almost 5 and my son is 2 and a half). I love reading the stories about your kids and the things I have to look forward to with my son. :) You are so refreshingly real and honest!

Kate said...

I'm a lurker...not sure what delurker is, and we have little in common save our love of Jesus. I just came here to see how the choco-fest went...and laughed my head off...I don't have kids, but I'm usually getting in trouble for doing that with other peoples children. :) Normally I would move on, but you said to say hi...

Kim said...

No lurking for me.....I saw your title and headed to a secret stash of Reese's Christmas trees. I had 3left and now only have 2. I'm smiling. Thanks.

Megan said...

De-lurking :) love the fake flatulence and love your blog. I also have baby bangs.

Jenilee Fleetwood said...

Hi! I love your blog and have been reading for a while, now! Thanks for being real and transparent about the things and feelings we all go through!

Jill said...

Hey Amanda! I've been reading your blog for quite sometime~I enjoy reading because we both have boys full of energy, and I also have a sister that is 14 months younger than me...she lives in TX and I live in AR :( Anyways, I love your honesty on parenting...your words always make me laugh.

Katy said...

I'm a lurker and you are calling me out! I was at Ridgecrest in NC and saw the back of your head when you when in the front row on the last day!

I have an 8 & 11 year old (boys) and a husband so I'm out numbered by noises.

Boys are fun and they are more fun the older they get.

Katy

http://lilalice.weebly.com/index.html

missy said...

De-lurking! Hello there! My name is Missy, I am a stay-at-home, school-at-home, blog addicted mama from Ohio!

No connection to you whatsoever in 'real' life, although there is a huge chocolate lover connection, apparently. ;)

Love your blog, love that you are totally real with us. Nice to 'meet' you! :)

minda312 said...

commenting for the first time. don't have kids yet but this post reassured me that i will still be considered a great mom if i have a 'chocolate' day with them. kuddos. :-)

Laura said...

i think i commented once before. I think you know my old college roommate and friend, Kristen Haskett. That's how i found out about As Our Own.

LS said...

hey amanda. . .delurking here. . .

honestly cant even remember how i first found your blog but i've been lurking for a while :) what we have in common. . .hmmm. . .a love for scripture and a love for all things tex-mex at a minimum. ((pappasitos table side of guac is calling my name. . .))

Kate said...

I'm almost positive I've never commented before, so I'm officially de-lurking. I've been reading for...a long time. We both have 2 kids- one of each including almost 5 year olds (although mine's a girl). My 2.5 year old is a boy and his favorite thing to say right now is, "You stinky pooper scooper!" Boys!

Mrs. Smith said...

I'm a lurker... I fess up. I "know" you thru Melissa, er... sort of. She is friends with the Hansens from Wheaton. Linz is my sister.... random, random connection. I LOVE your blog because you keep it real. I also have a deep love of chocolate and am extremely hormonal following the birth of my son, 6 weeks ago. Thanks for sharing your journey with us!

Karen Campbell said...

Hi!I met you once at Springhill (its ok if you don't remember me) You write my favorite blog ever!! If it makes you feel not so alone I had a full blown ugly cry session last night.:) I feel much better now. Thanks for always being so honest!

Colleen said...

Found you through your Mama and Big Mama - Don't have grandchildren myself, so I'm living vicariously through Beth's!
God bless you and your family!

Love from snowy Western NY!

Colleen

Susan said...

Another Jesus follower who so appreciates your honest take on life. You are using a God-given talent for writing and for encouraging through the words that you put out there on this crazy thing called the internet. May you be blessed ten-fold for the many, many times that you bless others here.

davec777 said...

I don't regularly comment. I love your honesty. I was seriously convicted by your post on getting rid of the TV and also loved your Christmas post. Thanks for your transparency =)

Leann said...

Hi.
I love chocolate cold.
I love polka dots.
I love Etsy.
I love your children whom I have never met or seen in person, but I feel sad if I don't see pics of them on your blog with funny toddler antic updates.

Cha Cha said...

So hi, I feel this is long over due and I feel weird that I haven't commented more. I get excited when I get comments on my blog but never know what to say to others. I do love your blog and you willingness to show us more than just the pretty, I know that is not always easy. We share a love of Mexican food and Chocolate and the Lord Jesus Christ, oh and I kinda like your mom as I am guessing you do too,hehe


Cha Cha
Charity Jones

jana said...

Hey Amanda, I read your blog all the time, but have never commented. I have to tell you, I have 2 boys and can so relate to what you are going through with Jackson. As a lady I shouldn't say this but I will... I have the ability to burp anytime I want, 100 times in a row, doesn't matter, just something I can do. I think God gave me that gift so that I could get all the laughter I could ever want from my guys. They think I am the coolest mom ever! ha

Shelley said...

Ok...I am a lurker! I am now confessing :) We are connected only by our love of God and our love for red and white! Happy Weekend!

shana said...

i mostly lurk, but comment every once in a while.
so here's a "once in a while" hello.
you may not remember, but we met almost exactly a year ago at the SSMT celebration. a little memory jogger: shana, from minnesota, 5 kids (although it's up to 6 now!), you may possibly have thought me a bit dorky, as that's often how i think i come across when meeting new people since i'm a tad shy-ish.
happy weekend!
shana

Sister Lynn said...

Not a lurker but wanted to say hi. Boys are hilarious - one young nephew said to his mom ..."oh mom, there's a laugh in every "poot"

my hormones are nutso too .. chocolate party sounds great ... if you throw in some chips and queso on the side!

Claire said...

Delurking :)
Love your blog. We don't have much in common except that I have always wanted to name my future daughter Annabeth. Your kids are adorable and I love reading your sweet stories!

The Ormons said...

I am a lurker don't comment too much, but I found you through my sister n law Laurie Ormon whom you probably heard of through Kelly Stamps. Anyway, I love your blog and I love your mom. I love that you are both real and I appreciate your honesty. I have a son that is 17 mo old and I love to hear about your children and know what I have to look forward too.

Angie said...

HA! I saw the title and thought "I'm going to have to leave a comment for this one, who can resist a chocolate party??"

Thanks for your honesty on your wife/mom/life journey!
Keep up the good work and remember we ARE overcomers-even to our hormones!

Shannon said...

I hear ya....I found myself doing the exact some thing (ahem, with the poot noises) for my little Jackson. SO glad to know I am not alone!

Rachel said...

I've been reading your blog for a few years. I'm from NW Missouri, but I have family and friends in Springfield. I have a Jackson, too! I met Amber this summer in St. Louis at a LPL event. I started reading her blog because of your blog, and I found out she is the cousin of one of my friends from high school. Did that make any sense?

Kate said...

Long time reader, non-commenter here. It's refreshing to read a post about a bad day had by someone other than me! Love the chocolate party idea, might have to steal that for my hormone-whack days.

R said...

i'm not a lurker. sort of. ok, i might be. i've commented before, but not very often. anyway, i'm rhonda in dallas!

i have two girls (5 & 3) and a 20 month-old boy, and the flatulence would work for any of them. which might be bad as far as my score in raising proper southern belles. i don't know... :0) i do blame it on my husby, however!

Jennifer said...

OK I am a lurker, but I'm trying to become a better blogger so I will "de-lurk" too! I'm a college student, and I grew up at HFBC so we know a lot of the same people-your husband worked in the youth group when I was in 6th or 7th grade. Thanks for always being "real" on your blog-it is a blessing to me!

StacieHope365 said...

I have commented about 3x's on your blog, I don't know is this is regular or not. I do love reading blogs because I am such a people person although I must admit it can get overwhelming once you get started on one blog it can lead you to so many more. I get sucked in to the black hole of the blogging world and I don't even blog myself!! I have tried a couple of times and have failed at the discipline of it!!

My kids would love that you put on a flatulence show for your children! My two are 15(Anna) and 12(Bryan) and request frequently to rewind(several times) a flatulence scene in any given movie we are watching. Why is it so funny? Is it sacrilegious to wonder if Jesus and His disciples would have a good laugh if one such noise would come from one of them?

I bet you are glad you asked us to comment?!?!. You can block me if you want to ;-). You see, like your own twitter comment, we all analyze and obsess over what we post.

I will be thinking of you when I open my next bag of plain M&Ms.

Stacie

Ginger said...

You crack me up Amanda! And, I want a chocolate party. Ha!

Heather said...

Hi Amanda-
I can't remember how I found your blog, but relate so much to what you say about motherhood. Whew, it is the HARDEST job ever!
You were also one of my inspirations behind sponsoring with Compassion. Thanks.

Heather

kristen said...

I think I may have commented once before but love your blog (and your mom). I remember attending a Living Proof in Bham one year (I think it was in Feburary but can't remember the year). My mom and I were sure hoping Beth would be able to make it because you were due any day with Jackson (I think..I have "mommy brain" and could be wrong on all of this!) I also love Compassion. Thanks for your honesty, humor, and dedication to our Lord!

Joy said...

Hi! My name is Joy & I attend Tuesday night Bible studies and we have many mutual friends who are like family to you! One of those precious people just had a baby & another sweet couple was there to witness it! (I used to work for Steve!) & many of your blog friends who have taken my Mommy & Me class in the past who have grown very precious to my heart! Hope you and your sweet family have a wonderful weekend!! :)

Hannah said...

Hi Amanda, I think I found your blog through another blog(not sure which one....). I really enjoy reading it though!

I completely understand about the crazy woman horomones. I have some similar struggles. I hope you feel better!

Hannah.

Amber Cessac said...

HI!!!!

Katie said...

Hiiii! Total blog stalker here--guilty as charged!
We are only connected through Jesus and chocolate I think (which is more than enough for me to be connected to a person!)...I attend Tuesday night Bible Study--can't WAIT for next week! I also stalk/sort of know people who know Annalee McCord...we both went to ACU, but she's my sister's age, haha! I guess I need to hop over to her blog and confess, too! :)

Can I also just say that I love your love story with Curtis? As a single gal in this ugly world, I'm so happy to know there are amazing Godly men left!

Oookay longest comment ev. Sorry!

Sarah said...

Hi Amanda! I've been reading your blog for years. I have a little boy just a couple months younger than Jackson. I'm not sure we ever actually met at A&M, but I knew your roomies- Maggie and Bonnie. I also am good friends with Callie Smith. I went to church with Sherry McClure in the Woodlands and also know Jen H from LPM through my sister. Also grew up with Shaun Groves which I know you know through Compassion! We know way too many of the same people without having ever met. Love reading the blog.

Kelly said...

Hey Amanda! I met you at DBU when you came to lead the Patriarchs Bible Study. Mari T. was my roommate and I came with her just a few times. I have been reading your blog for a long time and never commented but I always enjoy your stories and to echo everyone else...how REAL you are. Thanks for sharing your life!

Amanda said...

Hi! I read your blog because my name is also Amanda, I love hearing your stories about your kids, and I love the way that you are raising them to be so passionate about their faith. I'm a single seminary student, and learning about discipling kids in the home is something that I want to be passionate about as well! Thanks for being such a great mom, and sharing your heart with so many people!

Siesta OC said...

Kind of a lurker, more a wanna-b! I j'adore you and your mom and sister and all you friends blogs.
You girls are encouraging. A blessing to me.

I am a siesta and that is how I found your blog.

GOD'S hand holds Joanne! Praying!

Amy said...

I have been lurking for at least 3 or so years now. Jackson and my Avery are about the same age. She will be 5 in April. We are not connected in anyway except through Christ and the fact that we have allowed mommyhood to affect our way of thinking. :) I love to read your posts. Thanks for keeping it real.

Amber said...

I think I've commented here before, but I've recently had another baby so my memory is even worse than usual:)

We're sort of connected by a mutual friend... Are you ready for this?

Your husband had a friend named John Arbuckle. One of John's best friends growing up was my friend and sister-in-law, Jeri Ann.

How in the world do I know this? I don't know, especially in light of the aforementioned recent birth. I somehow remember something about John going to Isreal or somewhere with Curtis (and you and your mom) when Jeri Ann and I were working at church camp.

Anyway, we're practically best friends, huh?

Sorry your hormones are going crazy. I can totally relate.

Christie said...

Hi,
I am a lurker. I have been reading for a couple of years now and I love your blog! I am about your age and I really enjoy your writing!

Blessings!
Christie

Chesney said...

never commented before-because I felt weird about it-so im so glad you asked us to! :) i know you through LPM, Siestaville, and Twitter! i read your blog because i am so looking forward to being a wife and mother someday and you walk both out so beautifully! you are so real and Christ-centered, and your posts are fun to read. you definitely inherited your mothers writing skills :) Blessings to you, Curtis, Jackson, and Annabeth in the sweet name of Jesus!

Amy1228 said...

Hi Amanda! I think I have commented one other time. What do we have in common? I too am an oldest child of two girls. I have a mother that loves the Lord above all else. My first born is a son. Thank you for your blog. It is real. It is special. I look forward to every post.

Amanda @ DAES of Our Lives said...

I found you from Kelly's Korner, but we are actually connected through Lindsee Lou - I went to church with her when I was kid. :)

Eat more chocolate - it can only make things better!

Nickie said...

Really? National De-lurking day? Whoda thunk it? At any rate, I'm sure I've commented before. I'm just so bad at doing it regularly. And, ya know... I have the same fear of wind and tornadoes! Oh, and a love of chocolate. Oooooh chocolate.

Thanks for making this cranky sick mama laugh! I needed it!

Julie said...

Hi Amanda,

I'm a lurker! Just came over from the LPM blog!

Now I must go find some chocolate. :o)

Nickie said...

National De-lurking week huh? Very cool. I think I've actually commented before... though I'm not real good at doing it regularly. And I have the same fear of wind and tornadoes.

Thanks for making this cranky sick mama laugh! I needed it!

Leigh Anne said...

delurking! not sure how I found your blog but I'm glad I did! love your heart and insight into parenting. although the years of me being a parent are far off I love hearing about your experiences! those 2 are lucky to have you as their momma :)

Tabitha said...

delurking, kind of...I don't know you at all, except that I read the LPM blog and so one day google reader suggested your blog to me. I have enjoyed reading it over the past several months and it's so nice to know I'm not alone on the bad days. I could have written a pretty sad post today too, but Praise God I didn't!

Kristi said...

My name is Kristi and I read the LPM blog often. I didn't even know that you had a personal blog- until today! Fun! I found you through Twitter, so now I'm "following" you! I have a four year old son (as well as an eight year old)....so the things that Jackson says to you are VERY similar to things that I hear from my boy (Hudson)!! I have to tell you that your blog is adorable and I wish I lived closer to y'all! :) I am a "born and raised Californian"....and I enjoy blogging, too! My blog is: www.walknwithhim.blogspot.com. I look forward to reading your blog. You are adorable and you have a beautiful family! :)

Candace said...

I am a Luther. :) but I have a blog too, and love comments, so I should be better about commenting! :) I am a siesta and love your mom's studies and books. But I didn't know you had a blog til Kelly from Kelly's Korner mentioned you one day! Yay! Another blog to add to my addiction. :)

Erin said...

Hey Amanda! I have commented a few times. I have a blog, but it's private. No fun, I know!

I read Kelly's Korner, LPM blog and several others that are somehow linked to you!

A chocolate party....hmmm...I might need that! I love your blog and your vulnerability about mommyhood! thanks for being open and honest.!

Missy said...

Hi friend. Love the chocolate party. E and I should have popped in. :) Missing our step aerobic days, but maybe not really. :) Miss you!

Marc and Charity said...

Flatulence sounds girl, I'm impressed!! I've been obsessing about something I said on FB and Twitter about how awesome I was to run 5 miles but only to find out the machine at the gym was in kilometers not miles, so I only did 5k- or 3 miles...I should be proud but I was just feeling like a real idiot and cried over it. And I cut out all sweets last week after my birthday. Dang it. I need chocolate.

Ashley said...

Hi there! I've been reading for a long time....and I find myself thinking, "Oh dear, I'm totally going to be making fake farting noises soon." I married my college sweetheart super fast after graduation, and we're expecting our firstborn son this spring....so I think I'm on a similar 20s timeline in some ways :) Oh...and we gave up our cable last fall too! I love reading your parenting stories and thinking about what it will be like for us in a very short time...I feel encouraged and excited and convicted when I read your blog.

JenB said...

De-lurking! No idea how I found your blog, but I'm a Siesta too. I think I was reading the LPM blog before I found your's. Guess that's our only connection. Well, that and our love for chocolate (especially this wk ;)) and we both have a boy & a girl.

Also I'm a couple of years ahead of you in this parenthood journey and your posts usually remind me of things that have happened to me. Only now I'm able to laugh at the memories(of myself and the kids) when I used to just cry. :)

Brittany said...

Hey Amanda! I was one who asked what exactly a chocolate party was yesterday on Twitter!! Let's see - I have a daughter about two weeks older than AB and I love reading your posts to see how much our little ones are alike. I also have a nephew named Jackson. As far as any other degrees of separation, I attended DBU from 02-06 and know quite a few of the people you know from FBC Irving. Then one day on Twitter you said something about a former college girl - and I believe you were speaking about B.S. who I knew in college as well.
So that is our "6 degrees of separation"

Have a good weekend!!

WMcSwain said...

I've posted a couple of times, but mostly lurk. I'm sure we have a Kevin Bacon connection somehow, but can't think of it right now. I like to follow your blog because our kids are about the same age and your daughter is the only little one I've seen that sort of resembles my daughter. Happy chocolate eating! Bethany and I shared our first brownie at Barnes and Noble today. I'm hoping to make it a tradition.

Krista said...

Oh, I think I may have left you a comment once or twice... but I came to you via the LPM blog after you started posting (or was it I started reading) there.
I have two kids, 3 1/2 and 10 months, but they are both boys. So some things in common! ;)

Lovesgarlic said...

Hi Amanda

I came to your blog via the Compassion blog. I have two little boys who both love all things potty related. They are 6 and 4 respectively and think the funniest thing in the world is to say the word "butt". Where does this even come from??

My sister just sent me a recipe for home made Peppermint Patties. I really got me thinking about those sundaes I used to get a Friendly's. Like Reece's Peanut Butter Cup. So good!

Becky said...

De-lurking it is! I would say we are connected since we both "have been making a chorus of fake flatulence for my kids." but truth is that my kids are 23 and 18. So that won't work! (You TOTALLY cracked me up with that line!). Found you through LPM a few years ago. Have been following you (and praying for your precious family) since. You are loved and prayed for! :)

Laura said...

Amanda,

I have read your blog for several years but don't normally comment..Your blog encourages me? Your realness is just so refreshing! Have a wonderful weekend! Just love those HARMONES..Yes I spelled it just how I say it!
Laura from Florida

Linda (Sewfordough) said...

Well, I'd comment more if I could figure out why some of my comments make it and some don't. I'm just a rookie on blogger, I guess. I just love your blog! I saw you at the Siesta Scripture Memory party with my daughter at your church two January's ago. We stayed at the Omni but didn't know there was a Siesta party there. We sponsor a child with Compassion. We both love how you write and all the cute photos of your kids. My girls are grown, but not married, so your blog is my "kid fix"!

Teresa said...

I came across your blog from BooMama or Big Mama about a year ago and have been reading since. I have a son who is Jackson's age and a 2 year old daughter so we have some things in common.

While everyone else in the world is on a diet in January my body decides this is the month that I will crave all things sweet even though I'm still stuffed from dinner, so a chocolate fest is sounding really good to me. And I feel like I should take my kids to get some frozen yogurt except that it's so cold here lately!

barefootandmarried.com said...

De-lurking! I practically never comment on blogs, but like someone else said, since you asked no nicely :)

I don't remember how I found you, but I've been reading you for at least a year. I love reading about your parenting moments.

I blog extremely rarely at www.barefootandmarried.com

Brandee Smith said...

Never heard of de-lurking, but that is too funny! I found your blog through twitter. I am a teacher so in the summer I read a lot of blogs. I read the LPM blog and had to do twitter for grad school so I followed and found it through that. I go to HFBC, love to hear about your family, and am encouraged by your words. I really enjoy reading your blog. Your honesty and vulnerability encourages me, so thanks!

Deborah said...

De-lurking. I've followed your blog for a long time - I have a 5 year old (almost 6) boy and a 2 year old (almost 3) girl, so it's been fun to see what's happening with your boy and girl. I probably found you via bigmama or boomama. Hard to remember! I moved to Texas (the Rio Grande Valley) almost a year and a half ago, and it's been nice to have a Texan blog or two to read.

Melody Joy King said...

Hey Amanda,
I think I've commented once before, but I'll comment again just to be safe. I either found your blog through LPM or Shaun Groves' blog, I can't remember which. I thoroughly enjoy reading your posts and really appreciate your refreshing honesty. Some posts are so funny, I laugh out loud! Thank you for that! :0) Many blessings to you and yours.

Meredith said...

I just started reading your blog and enjoy it very much! I appreciate your heart for Jesus and relate to much of what you experience as a mommy trying to seek Him. I'm also a Siesta!

The Youngs said...

Hi Amanda! In honor of "de-lurking" month, week, day...whatever, here's a shout-out from the Seattle, Washington area. I can't remember how I came across your blog, but since I'm sporting a serious set of baby bangs after the birth of my son (6 mo.), your blog title makes me feel like I'm in good company. I love hearing about your funny interactions with Jackson, and all his antics, because until our little Carter arrived on the scene, it was all Barbies and baby dolls around here (two older sisters - 9 & 7). So you're saying I should brush up on my boy noises ? :)

Tiff said...

I just de-lurked Debra Parker, too(or I was de-lurked... do I do it or does someone do it to me by calling me on it?? Who knows.) So anyway, perhaps I found you two somehow through the same source? No idea anymore, it's been so long. But I love how you share the things you discover in your honest introspection, your irrational fears, your random thoughts, and the fact that you make me feel good about me by being you. I know I would love hanging out with you if not for the many miles between our homes. :)

Jenn said...

Amanda, I read your blog all the time, although I haven't commented in a long while. You left a comment on mine, I think after you found me through Amy Beth Bullard.

I love your blog and I feel like I've done nearly every bible study your sweet Mama has put out!

The snow here in north georgia has turned my attitude from sweet to supersour in a matter of 8 inches. I'm so ready for this snow and ice to be gone.

Again, I love your blog! Thank you for always being honest and encouraging!!

Kris said...

Hi! I'm coming clean....I've been lurking! I love your honesty and sincerity. I haven't commented before because I, honestly, have had a difficult time figuring out how to do it. HA! Have a great, chocolate weekend!

Sarah said...

I've been reading your blog off and on since before your daughter was born, but I don't think I've ever commented. I not a big commenter, but I do enjoy reading your blog! You crack me up....
Now that I've come out of the "blog closet" maybe I'll comment now and then! :)

Shelby said...

Hey I have been a lurker seen finding you off of "kellys korner". I started reading your blog when you were pregnant with Annabeth I was also pregnant so that is what we had in commom!! ha Love your blog and your "realness" that you write about.

Fran said...

Having three boys this just made my boy momma heart so very happy!!!! Enjoy that guy to the bones Amanda!

You are a fabulous momma!

Sandy said...

The only time I commented was another time when you specifically asked....and I'll say we are connected through answered prayer...when God sent my daughter to Houston and I prayed for friends for her....God gave her you and all those other beautiful Bible believing Texas belles!

That makes me one thankful Mama who laughs and cries with you, prays often and is amazed that I have that privilege. Thank you for all your heartfelt honesty!

Laura SQ said...

Hi, so, I think you and I have a few friends in common...and...my sister in law Stephanie Gahm and I think you know my mom Cheryl Gahm... I love your honesty on being a wife and mom. It's just good. I have a 19 month old boy and am expecting twins boys in the next few weeks. We are all about boys around here!

Beth said...

Hi Amanda! Long time reader, first time commenter. I am a stay at home mom of 5 boys and just found out #6 is a little girl! I feel like I've had baby bangs forever!!! I love reading your blog for it's honesty and also for the good places to eat. :) If I ever make it to Texas, I have a list of places to try!

Have a great weekend,
Beth

Amy Storms said...

De-lurking. :) I found you through the LPM blog, and I stalk you on twitter, too. :) My kids are 11, 10 and 8 now, but your Jackson and Annabeth stories remind me so much of my son and first daughter when they were younger. You're a great mom!

Sweet Life at the Farmhouse said...

Oh Amanda! I'm officially un-lurking. I have been reading your blog for quite awhile and the only "connection" we have is that I can't stay away from your mom's bible studies. Ok, you probably hear that a lot, but I just LOVE reading your blog! I feel like you are my friend, you are honest and transparent and its so refreshing to see another mom, the same stage I'm at in life - be honest and encourage and inspire all at the same time. You crack me up and I adore Jackson and Annabeth's antics as well. Keep up the honesty because your chocolate party was a relief to read about after my ice cream party today. Hormones Schmorenones, I can relate with those for sure! Much love, Sherri

Terri_in_Alabama said...

Amanda,

I am a siesta (Terri from Alabama), but do not post very often.

You may want to have your thyroid checked. It gets out of whack when you are pregnant, and usually goes back to normal after you have the baby. But, everything you are describing suggests that it may not have.

About the fake flatulence thing... my son (6) and a friend discovered that they could get bendy straws and put the bendy part in their mouth... and put the other end at their arm pit, keeping their arms close to their bodies... and blow through the bendy straw and it makes some pretty good noises if you are into that kind. ha!

Kelsey said...

De-lurking here...I found your blog from Kelly's Korner but I continue to read because I think you are hilarious and really down to earth. Plus I'm a fellow Texan so I love that too!

Sara said...

Love reading your blog! I hopped over from Kelly's blog a while back and have enjoyed keeping up since then:)

Kiki said...

I'm thinking my hormones are laughing at me! I might have just put that together. I'm kind of a wreck.

I just put a pan of brownies in the oven because I've been craving some chocolatey Daley something for days!

Noises of flatulence. How have I never thought of that? I kind of think they're funny too. Maybe I shouldn't admit that!

Sandy said...

Hi Amanda,
I have read your blog for a while and have commented only a couple of times. I have 2 girls (9 &10) and just love reading other mom's struggles, their highs and lows, the laughter, the tears, the insight and wisdom learned. It is so nice to be reminded that we are not doing this alone, that other sisters in Christ are right along with us. I wish I were a better blogger!!

Maryellen said...

Hi Amanda - I've been reading your blog for awhile. I think what we have in common is our love for your Mom. I've done so many of her wonderful bible studies and am always so blessed. I also took her blog advice and when visiting Texas ate at Gaido's (hope I'm spelling it correctly) The seafood restaurant. WOW was your Mom ever right. Best darn baked potato I ever, ever ate. It was loaded ! hah I enjoy your blog you are so funny and very clever how you write. Blessings

Juliann said...

De-lurking. Found Baby Bangs through LPM blog.... I have 10 and 7 year old sons and your stories of Jackson remind me of their sweet "little boy" days. Enjoy them! Boys are always wonderful but these days are precious and far too few! I also have an 18 month old girl so your stories of Annabeth are right up my alley too!
Blessings to you. Your heart and spirit are often an encouragement to me!

Charlow Family said...

I don't comment often, but I read all your posts! This one I can totally relate to! I am pregnant, though, so my hormones are a little more consistently crazy. Today I started crying listening to a girl singing the national anthem on the radio. REALLY?!?

Jana said...

Lurk a lot from me... I read every post though! I feel like I know you and your family, and I also can completely relate to about everything you do with the kids. Have a good evening!

kittyhox said...

I'm not a lurker, but I used to comment a lot more frequently than I do these days... so I thought I'd say, "Hi! I still read your blog!"

I'm learning that being silly is a good way for me to diffuse certain situations with my son (4.5) - especially in the car. I try to distract him, cheer him up, act crazy to make him smile and laugh even if he's determined not to - and it usually makes the bad mood or whining go away. And I don't have to feel like bad cop all the livelong day. I haven't tried the fake tooting thing, though! I'll have to save that for an emergency. :)

Meg said...

I have only commented one or two times but I L!O!V!E! this blog! You are so witty and I can completely relate with most of what you write about! (I also have two small children a boy who is 4 and a daughter who is 2) Anywho, you are one of my all time faves!

Mommy said...

Okay, deep breath . . . delurking here! I have followed your blog for quite a long time now; I found it via Kelly's Korner.

I am the mommy of 3 boys (ages 4, 3 and 4 months). I really love your authenticity and the way that you share the good, the bad, and the ugly (esp. as it pertains to mothering spirited boys)!

I have never commented before. I always feel a little silly commenting on a big blog. I have a little family blog that serves as our scrapbook; it's just read by our friends and family. But, thanks for calling me out today! ;-)

Amanda said...

If anyone sees this, I've always wanted to ask. Lots of people have said along the way that they found me through the LPM blog, except I've been very careful never to link to this blog from there. So did I make a mistake somewhere?

SassyAtty said...

Called out here in Kansas City! I think I found your blog through LPM and I just love how honest you are about marriage, motherhood and managing the mania!!!

Amanda said...

Let me add that the only reason I've never linked is because I didn't want to get work questions over here and I wanted to keep the casual voice of a personal family blog rather than my "work voice." I hope that makes sense.

Lisa said...

Guilty as charged, Amanda! Major lurker. Not proud of it, but now that you've given me that push over the hill, I'm admitting it. I think I really felt a connection with you from the moment I found your blog because so many things you have said and done, and so many things you say that you enjoy and make you happy, are things I have always enjoyed, like tea in pretty cups, Pottery Barn furniture, and Biolage shampoo. Maybe it's best to say I find a kindred spirit in you as a Christian, a wife, a mother, and mostly, a girl!!! I live way north of you, don't know anyone you know, and have only been to Houston twice. Still, I keep coming back, because I need to drool over your house pictures and find out what your kiddos have been up to. I have a daughter and two sons, and so much of what you talk about rings true in my daily life here, especially the boy stuff. My husband taught my son to say "Geronimo!!!" every time he passes gas, and has also taught him to wipe his hand over his mouth and say, "Aaaah, whiskey!" every time he takes a drink. Yes, I'm raising three boys, apparently!
Anyway, I've commented before, but not for a while, because I've been a rotten old lurker pants. I'm sorry!

Lisa

Amber said...

Amanda, I think if you click on the profile for the LPM blog, there is a link for you, your mom and Melissa. It then shows what other blogs there are linked to you. (at least it did when the LPM blog was hosted by blogger) I think that's how I found you...or maybe I found you on another blog I stalk. I've been reading your blog for about 2 years. I love how real you are with us. You are a wonderful Christian woman who is as real as the rest of us. And I love that. I pretend I know you in real life! :)

Julianne said...

Hi Amanda! I've probably commented before, but not regularly. I think I found you on Big Mama's blog, but I'm not sure - it's been awhile. Love reading your honest perspective on life, faith and parenting. And I'm a Siesta all the way, baby!

Christine - Party of Five said...

Hi Amanda:)
I am sheepishly delurking, and I found you at the LPM blog. I am the 41 year old homeschooling mom of Ethan(16), Allie(14) and Audrey(10 months). God has GOOD surprises!!! I so enjoy your candidness about everything from the deep to the shallow. Anthropologie,Etsy,being cookingly challenged,parenting struggles - I relate to all of it.
God bless you and your sweet fam!
Christine

Mandy said...

Delurking - I think I found your blog from twitter...and I don't have a clue how I found you on twitter. :) We share a love of God, a love of chocolate and a fear of tornados. I love that you are so real on your blog. I completely understand rehashing something in the middle of the night.

Tammy said...

Connected in Siestaville!

Tammy Elrod

aggiejenn said...

You and I seem to have several things in common...we were at A&M at the same time, Erica was in sorority with me, your friend DD's family goes to my home church in Houston, and now my friend Erin J. has connected with you on Facebook. I live in Singapore now.

(BTW, I think people found you through LPM when the LPM blog was on the blogger platform and your personal blog was on your profile there.)

Twitter: singaporejenn

Rooney's Little Musings said...

Ok, gonna admit to "Lurking" too! I too live in a suburb of Houston, and I am also addicted to your Mom's biblestudies.
Don't remember how I found you, but I love to hear from another Christian mom who, like many have said, is honest and transparent about her day-to-day struggles.
I have 2 babies in Heaven, a 22 month old daughter and am due to have a little boy in about 6 weeks.
I LOVE reading your blog!

Byron and Kelly said...

I "think" I found your blog through Alana Bethea and Becky Kiser. My husband and I were in the Newlyweds class with Chris and Becky 2 years ago. I like your down to earth blogs and can relate on so many levels...starting with baby bangs! They are SO annoying!:)

JottinMama said...

Hello Amanda :) I comment here and there - but I haven't in a while :)

I know what you are talking about with the irritability/need of chocolate thing. I'm right there with you, girl :) I have a stash of mini candy bars in my laundry room. Yum. What's weird - is that I was never really a chocolate lover until after I had my second baby. After she came - chocolate has been my thang.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Be encouraged knowing that I often times pray for you and your family after I drop by your blog!

Sweet Blessings,
Kate :)

khull05 said...

Totally de-lurking. =) Love every thing about this post, especially the things we'll do in desperate moments to entertain our kids! Fake flatulence...I'm filing that one away!

Sandra said...

Oh, OK. I'll delurk. I have been reading your blog for a while now. What do we have in common? Besides being Mamas, the love for a woman named Beth Moore!

Julie B. said...

Hi Amanda. Love your blog. :)

Mary said...

Hi Amanda! I am de-lurking. Happened upon your blog through Kelly's Korner several months ago. I can so relate to all your wonderful adventures. My first born is a boy (7.5) and my second born is a girl (5.5) and we added a third to our crew 14 months ago, another sweet girl. Love the chocolate party idea. Have great weekend.

Janean said...

Love your blog Amanda. I'm a Siesta lurker and long time fan of your Mom's. I have a 4 1/2 year old boy and a 2 year old daughter. We pretty much have the same lives so your posts entertain me to no end. Hang in there! I had my share of chocolate today too!

rhilborn said...

Well, I have commented before but I suppose I'm mostly a lurker:). Let's see I'm from Spring, although I live in Fort Campbell, KY now. I'm an Aggie. And you're friends with some girls I grew up with in church youth group. Ok, I think that's it.

Also, totally with you on the mother of boys thing. I don't consider myself particularly delicate or dainty BUT I did not anticipate hearing myself suggest to my husband that he take our 2 year old son to a monster truck rally because he's obsessed with big rig trucks...yep. In my defense, my husband is finishing up a year long deployment and our son is starved for testosterone but nonetheless:).

On a more serious note, have you had your thyroid checked lately? Since you said your ups and downs have been post Annabelle your thyroid might be out of wack...just a thought.

The Mason Family said...

okay, round two! lol! trying to de-lurk but apparently have forgotten my password and their help is not so helpful! :) i "know" you from lpm. i'm a siesta! was feeling a little down in the dumps today too and your post made me feel less lonely in dumpville! would have loved to join in on the choc party and so would've my kids! bless you sweet amanda! hope to post again soon! assuming i can remember my password!

Whittaker Woman said...

me, me, me!!!!

~kay said...

Hey Amanda,
Guilty, Guilty, GUILTY!

I don't know you or even anyone who personally knows you. Our connection is that I am a sister in Christ. I also have a cute nephew who makes me laugh ( just as Jackson does for you). I love chocolate and am as melancholy and introverted as the day is long. I love your blog ! Keep writing Sister~
kay

The Mason Family said...

oh for the love of goodness! please know this is my third attempt to de-lurk! no telling how much time i have wasted on this computer! lol! loved your post (i guess that's what you call it)! :) my name is kimberly mason and i know you from lpm. i am a siesta. i have four young kids so we have the young kids thing in common also! i was feeling a little down in the dumps today myself so your post was a little uplifting in that i didn't feel so lonely in dumpville! lol! would have loved to have joined in on the choc party! so would've my kids! blessings amanda! hope to post again soon! oh i guess you can say this is my fourth attempt since i kind of de-lurked on twitter. like i said - oh for the love of goodness!!! :)

The Mason Family said...

oh for goodness sakes! i guess round two worked! lol! i need a nap!

Lauri said...

Coming out of the lurk here...Been reading you for a while. Love your blog, but mostly your honesty! I laugh frequently at your stories simply because I completely RELATE!! We have kids at the same (or similar?) ages -- my son Connor is 4 1/2 and my daughter Kaitlynn is 18 months. Oh and I also live in Houston (NW side). And speaking of things alike...I have the craziest "baby bangs" since my daughter was born, I too have hormones out of whack since then, and ditto ditto ditto on the chocolate. So yes, MUCH in common! Have a great weekend!

Angela said...

i comment once and awhile. I found you somehow while I was bored and pregnant, clicking on other peoples blog links. Who knows how I got to you. But I'm glad I did. I had baby bangs and I finally knew what to call them. I used that phrase a lot since I've had three kids. I'm currently sporting 2 inch baby bangs, 9 months after my daughters birth. I've grown out my first child's baby bangs and my second child's baby bangs are now fabulous layers.

Shanna said...

I'm a lurker or blog stalker as my husband calls it. He just doesn't understand. :) Found your blog thru another blog (LPM, Big Mama, I'm not sure) and was hooked. I too have 2 young children (both girls-3 & 1) and can so relate to your tales. Thanks for being so honest.

Ashley said...

Holy Cow! Wish I had known about de-lurking day...I decided to do the confession thing and that would have the been the most fun time to call people out! I don't think my lurkers would have commented, anyway. They're stubborn ;) I have the opposite problem - I'm an over-commenter. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one with the mood issues...I've felt like crying for two days. Maybe it's because I'm fasting chocolate...hmmm.

Cheri said...

Hi Amanda...I'm a empty nester. Miss having little ones around, get a kick reading about your adventures with your childer. Squeeze them tight everyday. They grow to fast. You also make me think....your remind me not to put God in the back seat, were sometimes in this busy life I do. That I appericate that the most. Keep on blogging :)

Jeannie said...

Hi Amanda. I've also been reading a couple of years and truly cannot remember exactly how I ended up here. Must have been through another blog. I am a huge fan of your mom's! But, the reason I keep coming back is that I love reading about your life with your preschoolers. My 2 boys are 13 and 16 now so it reminds me of their younger days. I could so relate to your changing your mind after throwing out the idea before the kids, retracting it, and having them fall apart. I did that a few times too as a "rookie" before I learned not to think out loud with my kids. I have to say, you were ingenious in your recovery between the chorous of flatulence and the chocolate party. They will be remembering that for a long time! You are an encouragement to moms by just the way you candidly share your life here!

Rikki said...

ok...i'll de-lurk as well. hi amanda, i found your blog after reading LPM for a while. i have a large stack of well used Beth Moore books from my college bible study days. :) i have an almost 4 year old boy, and a just-turned-2 year old daughter. i can relate to a lot of today's post!

Missy said...

I'm a lurker - common bond = author mothers and ministry lives.

It's always fun to hear your stories and I so wish I was invited to that chocolate party!

JP's MOM said...

Here I am De-Lurking. ;-) I have been reading for several years, rarely commenting as I typically have one of my twins on my lap.

Love reading about your trips up here to my neck of the woods...(your husband's family is from my area)

And as a mom of 3 boys and 1 princess, I totally get the fake flatulence thing. Gotta love boy humor, just wait till he is 9. wow does it get fun!

The Hornsbys said...

Hey Amanda! I'm not sure how I found your blog...maybe from Kelly Stamps, or Big Mama, or BooMama?? Not sure...anywho...I love to read about what's going on with you guys and I love the transparency. I have 3 kiddos...5, 3, and 18 mo. I totally get the singing flatulence thing. My boys also like when I sing about them eating nasty stuff like asparagus covered in trash or carrots with snot on it...wow, the things we end up doing that we never thought we'd do. :)

web.mac.com/thehornsbys

Kelly Jankowski said...

Hi! I just started reading your blog THIS WEEK! I found you after I found Ann Voskamp on Twitter and after reading her blog. It suggested following you on Twitter, so I followed the link to your blog and started reading. I love that your blog is full of faith and compassion, and at the same time so candid and everyday down-to-earth. I have recently renewed my commitment to Christ, and a single mom... so while we don't have those exactly in common, motherhood and Christ bring us together.

Kristin said...

Hi! I've been reading your blog for a while but I've never commented. The chocolate party sounds fun!!

Katie said...

My name is Katie and I live in Nebraska. My mom recommended your blog to me as I am also a mother to young children (2 daughters). She discovered you by following the LPM blog (which I also enjoy). I enjoy reading your blog & I have discovered we have a lot in common like, over thinking and an unreasonable fear of tornadoes. :)

jrjhaj said...

For the most part, I'm a lurker...
I know all about you, so here's a little about me...

I have been happily married for 14 yrs. This is my 12 yrs of teaching 2nd Grade. I am a preacher's kid, so I was introduced to your mom's bible studies at a young age. And, I am a proud mom of 3 wonderful boys. Your AB and my last one were born a few days apart. I can so relate to the whole hormone thing & "Boys' Noise". Being the only girl in the house is has it's positive and negatives! Also, I believe something happens when you give birth after 30 - nothing returns to normal!!!

Take Care,
Heather

Amy said...

Yep. I'm a lurker. I'm not sure how I found your blog, but I enjoy reading it!

Jeannie (HAPPY HEART) said...

I am still amazed that the potty words & SOUNDS never get old with boys :) I love how they giggle when they say them over and over again. I grew up with all sister sooo all that was new to me.

I really can't remember how I found your blog but you always make me laugh. You somehow remind me of my younger self. I share your love of Jesus, also married to a Pastor and have three kids 17, 12 and 11.

love from S. Georgia

Tara said...

I have never commented before. I was introduced to the "Blogging World" through a couple of friends which lead me to Kelly's Korner, which then lead me to "Baby Bangs." What a blogging world this is! About a year and half ago we moved from Florida to Springfield, MO, so now I feel like we are almost like family! I love reading your life stories.

Tree Frog Creations... said...

I have been reading your blog for a while now...not sure how I found you originally. :-)
I have a daughter who is about the same age as Jackson so I enjoy reading about someone else going through the same phases...even if boys & girls are different.
I completely understand the hormone thing. No fun! :-(

John and Susan said...

Hi Amanda- I'm Susan and I am a Siesta... My kids are 14 and 11, but I can relate to your daily life of having toddlers. And, just like everyone has promised, I blinked and my kids are now taller than me and wear bigger shoes. However, my son hasn't grown out of loving the "fake flatulence" just so you know. Thanks for sharing a piece of your life with the blog world.

Haley said...

Hey Amanda! I rarely comment, but always read your blog! Here I am. I am from TN, I am a SAHM, my husband is a full time youth/music minister and we have 3 little girls ages 5, 2, and 8 1/2 months. I love reading your blog and our only connection is that we both are ministers' wives and have small children that we love dearly. I also love your momma and would rather meet you, Melissa, or your mom one day than a movie star! ha! I would probably add Michele Duggar to that list, too! That's all!

Crystal said...

ok, officially "de-lurking" since you asked so nicely :) um..we don't know one another, my name is Crystal & I was overjoyed last year to find your blog after reading your posts over at your mom's LPM blog. Things we have in common? Loving Jesus, Compassion, chocolate, and blogging? Those count, right? :)

Heidi Winter Tracht said...

I lurk with no connection whatsoever! I just have 2 boys who are 10 and 13. I enjoying re-living the younger years via reading your blog, and I enjoy reading the stories of moms with little girls.

Becca said...

If I can remember my password then this will post:) I never remember it, reset it and forget it all over again!!!! I saw your link on Kelly's korner and a friend of mine, Heather told me about you too:) I have a 5 year old son, and a 2 year old daughter. I love how real you are!! I too have have out of whack hormones since I was pregnant with Ellie, my husband always said he knew we were having a girl.

Paige said...

love this post...I am very happy to know that I am not the only mom who has mad those sounds in the car to amuse my children.

I am totally having a chocolate party with my kids soon. Sounds delish!

I have commented on here before so I am not a lurker but we do not know each other...though I am willing to change that. :)

Happy Weekend!

paige

Ashley Haupt said...

Ok, Amanda, I have recently started reading your blog totally out of curiosity because of your mom. I know, original, right? ;)
Also, you and I are about the same age with kiddos the same age, sexes switched (my little girl is the big sister). My son is twenty months old and I really relate to your Annabeth stories. Anyway, chocolate, moodiness, hormones... universal women topics!

Amanda Wesson said...

My name is Amanda. I have a daughter named Annabeth. I have a 3 year old son, so I totally understand about the noises that crack Jackson up. My son's favorite words are booty, butt, poopy. Sometimes he just starts yelling them out just for the heck of it. I gues it could be worse:)
Love reading your blog!

Jen said...

Hi Amanda~I am delurking:)

I have been reading your blog for a couple of years now and I love it.

I hope your mood lightens after reading all these comments.

You are a real, honest encourager and I am thankful for you

Stephanie said...

I enjoy reading your blog! I met you at my brothers wedding. Josh and Gilda Stephens, you taught their Sunday school class in Irving and they enjoyed their time with you and your husband. They celebrated their 3rd anniversary this month and he graduates from Baylor Law School next month!

stephanie said...

Amanda, I have been reading your blog for quite a while now. I found it through the LPM blog. I love following your sweet family. I have never commented because I feel like you will think me a creepy lurker because you don't know me. I have 2 boys, 16 and 14, and a daughter, 6. All the blogs I follow are moms of preschoolers. I was thinking the other day I needed to find some blogs of moms of teenagers. I guess I wish I was still in the preschooler stage. Anyway, I just thought I would come out of creepy lurky cyberspace and say Hi!

DustyandBrooke said...

Self-proclaimed blog-stalker here...we have in common a love of chocolate. As I read your post, I thought about the stash of mini-Reese cups I have in the door of my fridge that I will have to go have at least 2 of now that I've thought about them. I won't tell you how many I've already had today. And if you haven't tried them, you should - only if you love the Reese cups you can buy only at Halloween!
I've stalked your blog for a long time. I'm not sure how I found you, but I love to read your posts and think we would have so much in common if we met in "real life." I should have commented before now, but I didn't want you to think I was a weirdo stalker!

MTW said...

Delurking...I've been a long time reader. Our commonality--mommyhood! Our kids are near the same ages, and it's always fun to read about how others handle the tedious walk called parenthood!

Thanks for sharing your days with us!

Mollie in Georgia

Joanne said...

Ok - ok - I have been reading your blog for a while and have never commented that I can remember. I found you through Melinda Garman at Traveling The Road Home. We have lots in common. I have sponsored a child through Compassion International for years. Your trip and posts this year inspired me to sponsor another. I love your honesty in raising your kids and trying to be a good Christian. We've got lots of blog friends in common, too. And we both love your mom! Look forward to maybe meeting you one day. xo

Julie said...

HI- I've been reading your blog for a few months. We're connected by siesta-world and your mama. I'm currently doing To live is Christ and journeying with Paul. I keep reading your blog because it's real. Thanks and keep it up!!

Tales of a Peanut said...

Hi! Love your blog! I started reading around when you got pregnant with AnnaBeth. We were trying to get pregnant and did a few months later. I have a little girl who is 20 months old and love reading what you have to say about AnnaBeth and Jackson as well! You're a great Mom and I get lots of inspiration from you!

Michael & Jennifer said...

Hi Amanda! I too am a lurker/blog stalker who has read your blog for about a year. I also have young kids- a boy and girl, so I feel like I can relate to you! I'm also good friends with Katie (blessedmommy), so that is our random connection. Thanks for providing good reading!

RN and OSHP said...

De-lurking......I am the momof 3 soon to be 4 kids ages 5,4,and almost 2 years old. I am due march 4thbwith baby #4. 8 found your blog through the living proof ministries blog I think but can't remember. I love your honesty about motherhood and life in general.

beth spray said...

de-lurking :) i'm friends with mrs. johnnie and jessica & jeremy haines!!! that's how i found your blog and i LOVE reading it!!

Katie said...

Hi Amanda - OK, it is time to de-lurk and introduce myself! I am a Siesta but actually found your blog through Patricia Jones' blog when you went on your Compassion trip together. I have 4 girls age 7, 5, 2, and 8 months. I enjoy your heart and SOOO relate to your mommy moments and PLEASE let us not underestimate the power of chocolate!! Thanks for pulling me out - it feels good to de-lurk :) Happy Friday!!

Heather said...

Hey Amanda! My name is Heather Ingram (Lux now) and I have been reading your blog for about a year, sorry for the lurking!! I was on the Servant Team for the Houston Project in 2000, you and Curtis actually picked me and another girl up at the airport (you probably don't remember). And then I was an intern for a summer in the Houston/St. Louis project. Anyways, I love reading your blog and it usually makes me laugh. But most of all it reminds me that I'm not the only mom going through certain things with my 2 year old daughter. Thank you for being so open and honest with your posts.

Cecilia said...

I'm not sure how I found your blog, probably boo mama or kelly's korner? I'm the Mama to a baby boy in heaven and a sweet 2 month old miracle. I was raised in Georgia, but lived in Texas for five years while my husband was in grad school. I read your blog because I love your honesty about parenting, enjoy hearing about Texas (we are now in NY), and can totally relate to the repeating thing. I struggle with the need to be liked and think about what I've said and others responses. Maybe it just one of the joys of being female?

Kers said...

My youngest sister has been Kiki's (as in Kiki's crowd) best friend since 3rd grade. I have a 6 1/2 year old boy and a just turned 4 year old daughter so I feel like we're walking the same road a few steps apart. And I have blog envy - wish I updated mine 1/2 as often as you do.

Dori in Texas said...

I have followed the ministry blog forever and could count the times I comment on 1 hand, but LOVE it. I have followed you for a long time as well as Big Mama, Boo Mama, Travis and the list would go on some more. It is fun to feel so connected with people through this "blogging thing".
Just joined the Siesta scripture memory verse "gals". Could be a challenge for this middle aged mind.

Sullins' Spot said...

I'm de-lurking! My name is Amy. Wife to a Worship Pastor and mom to 3 awesome kiddos. We moved to Arkansas in 2008 and I have several friends that are friends/went to college with Kelly Stamps. (I read her blog long before ever moving there. :O) I found your blog from her blog. We've recently moved back closer to home. We are from Rome, GA. Love your blog and your honesty! It's so refreshing that usually I am laughing and crying at the same time! Thanks for always be so real! It's refreshing!!!

Kendra said...

Hi! De-lurking here...I stop by often...come from Kelly's Korner. I don't know if I've ever commented before, but I have 9 month old twins who JUST started sleeping through the night, so Lord only knows What I've said Where recently! =)

Love your humor, faith, and honesty about how difficult motherhood can be sometimes...it's refreshing and encouraging! Nice to hear from other women who love,love, LOVE their kids, but are still willing to admit they don't love everything about motherHOOD.

=)-kendra

Erica said...

No lurking here either : )
I LOVE the chocolate party idea. I could definitely get on board with that!

The Johnsons said...

Chocolate wafer cookies?! Yum! Liz likes all the farting noises too and B had his first laugh at his own a few days ago. G was so proud. What am I in for?!

Suz said...

Delurking! I found your blog from your twitter page from your mom's twitter page. I am also a lover of red & white polkadots! And while I don't LOVE love love chocolate, I do enjoy brownies & think your chocolate party was an awesome idea for today! Enjoy & get inspired often with your posts.

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

never miss your blog and love your honesty.....and realness...just like your Moms


Teresa

DeLynn said...

Hi Amanda---de-lurking here. Not sure how I found your blog...but I am a big fan of your mom so perhaps that is how. You are an excellent writer---love your combination of humor, honesty, transparency, and of course your faith in our Heavenly Father. Many blessings on you--thanks for writing!

P.S. My husband and I have four kids--22, 19, 17, and 12. It doesn't seem that long ago I was in your shoes...I love where our kids are now, but I do miss a lot about the days you are in right now. Enjoy every moment--even when you are stretched to your limits!

Aunt_Nette said...

I have commented before but not often.
I have missionary friends in UAE and S.Sudan.
I have two kidcats. Sam and Kate. Just like real brother and sisters, when I get on the telephone, long distance. I have to place them in seperate rooms.
I love children and love reading about your kids. And other bloggers kids.
I also get simple recipes from several bloggers. Like Mels Mississippi Sin Dip. She makes it in the fall for Aggies FB games.

The Purtle's said...

My name is Michelle, and we have a mutual friend I believe! I hope you don't mind me stalking your blog. :) But, I have a daughter that is around Annabeth's age...and I have read your blog for probably 6 months. I've loved the LPM blog much longer!! I LOVE your posts...and find lots of encouragement as a mom and a Christian. Not that you have time to read everyone else's blogs, but mine is www.thepurtlepage.blogspot.com. I feel like I should give you an equal opportunity to stalk. haha!

Have a nice weekend!!

nathaniel, elizabeth, & grace said...

De-lurking! I read the LPM blog and found you from that a while back. Love the honesty, which keeps me coming back. :-)

Valerie said...

Hi! I've been reading your blog for a couple years now since I got into the whole blog reading thing. My best friend is the one who got my started on it and introduced me to your blog and others...I'm pretty sure you first met her in Katy through Marla when she stayed at her house during her zoo trip. I have enjoyed reading about your family. You are a great encouragement as a mother!!!

Megan said...

Hi! I only know you because I live in Houston too! And I am jealous of the amount of chocolate you have in your home:)

Cindy said...

I had no clue I was a lurker. I didn't even no the term! All this time I thought I was just a stalker! I am a Duke fan and an Applachian State fan too!!

Emily Doss said...

De-lurking. Followed your blog for awhile, and we got to meet at the Siesta Scripture Memory deal in Houston last year. I was a last minute tag along due to a failed adoption and but thankfully now I'm about to celebrate my little man's first birthday so I'm sure we will someday be doing all things boy so I loved this post.

LB said...

In the spirit of delurking...

I laughed out loud about your comment about Annabeth holding the brownie up to her ear and having a phone conversation. My son, 22 months, does that lately at least 3 times a week. Yesterday, it was his sandwich. "Hewoooo?". Love it!

I'm not sure how I came across your blog, but I love reading it!

linde said...

i clicked on your blog from another friends blog roll:) i am always up for chocolate:)

HarborMom said...

Total lurker. As a mom with small children of my own (8,6,4), I always appreciate a tellin' of the day that brings laughter. Sometimes my day doesn't seem funny until I see it echoed in someone else's. Thank you.

Lauren said...

We must have the same thing, because there will be moments where my body has this little "freak out" and I have to find something to eat. More times than not, it is chocolate. (like the nutella mistake I made yesterday. Ugh.)

{Thirty} Little Piggies said...

Hello there! I think we are connected by approximately 1,000 things-sometimes I think we are living the same life! And I swear, I don't mean that in like a creepy, blog-stalker turned real-life stalker kind of way. :) I just love how I can relate to you as a mom, wife, woman and believer. Oh, and for the record, my hormones have been out of whack like that since my daughter was born too. I'm holding out hope that things settle down in my thirties! :)

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