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Posted by mirandakay on June 3, 2008

I am moving my blog over to   Blogger is just a little bit easier for me to use.

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Hope’s Twelfth Birthday Party!

Posted by mirandakay on June 1, 2008

Today was my daughter Hope’s twelfth birthday party. It was small, but very nice. She invited four friends from school. I made it very simple. We just ordered pizza and made lemonade. We also had cake and made sundaes. She received lots of gift cards and a nice size check. She is into clothes now, so I’m sure she will want to go shopping. There is an opportunity for some mother -daughter bonding. The rain cleared up so the girls were able to eat on our newly stained deck.

After the girls were done with all the sugar from the cake and sundaes, Hope let everyone take a small, round ice cream sandwiches and frost it with white and colored frosting. They also piped on icing with a star tip. They were so cute! Talk about a sugar overload! I’m sure the parents were happy with me! I did take pictures with my daughter’s digital camera. Now I just need her to download them. How is it that she has a digital camera and I don’t? My birthday is coming up. Hint! Hint!

Tomorrow is her real birthday. I will take time to reflect with her dad the day she was born. That is a day that is etched in my memory. I was so incredibly happy! Hope is actually my second born child and daughter. We had a little girl named Kaitlyn Miranda that was born in March of 1992. She would be sixteen years old. She died at the age of two from complications of an immune defeciency. She brought me more joy and taught me much about life. So my husband decided to name our next daughter Hope in the hope that we would have a healthy little girl. And that we did. Hope and my son know that they have a big sister looking down on them from heaven. She died on June fourth. I was so worried that Hope would be born on June fourth and that day would be bittersweet. I thank God that she was born on the first. I am grateful that I have two precious children here with me and one in my heart forever.

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Getting my Hands Dirty

Posted by mirandakay on May 26, 2008

I hope everyone is having a bright and sunny memorial day weekend.  It’s suppose to get up to 80!  I think we are going to spend the day in a air conditioned mall.  My kids need a few things and we haven’t been there for awhile.

Saturday and Sunday I tried to get a little gardening done.  I enjoy getting my hands in the earth and pulling weeds.  (well sometimes)  I feel like I’m clearing away all the things that can choke my hard labor.  It’s a metaphor for life.   Even though i enjoy it it can wear you out.  It seems like it’s a never ending job.  The expenses can escalate quickly.  I had to remind myself that even if I beautify my part of the world just a little bit, that’s good enough for now.  I have to pace myself.  There will always be another time.


If it’s not one thing it’s another.  I had a bad sore throat for a few days and felt achy.  That went away and then I awoke the other night with the worst nausea ever.  Two days later it hasn’t gone away.  My fibromyalgia can do some word things.    Well, enjoy your day.  Remember even if you can only do small things, enjoy them to the fullest.  I watched a good movie last night called “The Martian Child”  I highly reccomend it.  You are all in my prayers!



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Blogs that I like

Posted by mirandakay on May 25, 2008

Bare with me as I try and make changes.  When I set out to do this blog I tried blogger but for some reason couldn’t get it to work.  That’s why I tried wordpress.  Then I ended up getting blogger to work, but i already had this one up and running.  Blogger just seems easier to use.  Some day i may switch all this info to blogger.  I’m not sure.  My other blog can be found at  I have a playlist on there that plays automatically.  I tried to do the same with this, but it won’t play automatically.  For now you have to click on playlist popout and then click on that and minimize.  I hope all this isn’t confusing.  Hopefully I will be able to make the improvements that I want to make.


The blogs that I’ve found are as listed below:  – focuses on family life and a little on adoption   – same focus     -focuses on family life and a little on chronic illness             – dealing with chronic illness


I hope these bring as much joy to your life as they did mine.


Enjoy you Memorial Day Weekend!!


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Did Anyone Watch American Idol?

Posted by mirandakay on May 23, 2008

Did anyone happen to watch American idol last night?  I usually don’t get caught up in reality shows but I admit i like American Idol.  Our whole family watches it together.  I liked both Davids, but I was leaning more towards Archuleta.  I was happy for David cook.  I’m such a sap.  When I saw him crying I started to cry.  I guess it was all the emotion.  Anyway for what it’s worth I enjoyed watching the finale.  It was a few hours where I could forget about real life.

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The Little Things

Posted by mirandakay on May 21, 2008

Do you ever notice how sometimes we can have a harder time dealing with the little inconveniences of life than the big things?  I’m trying to figure out how to do different things with my blog.  I am not very computer literate and this frusterates me to no end!  I just want it to be simple.  Of course in the big picture it really is not important. 


Also, summer is fast approaching.  Our family has many things going gon in the month of June.  My birthday is in June along with my daughter’s.  My anniversary is also in June.  I tend to worry if I’ll have the energy for all these activites.  I’m trying to take a new approach though.  I’m trying not to overextend myself.  I will ask for help.  I will not worry about the rest and I will not be overly concerned about what others think of my limitations.  Just enjoy what you are able to do.  Take a deep breath and enjoy all those little moments!

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Sunday Thoughts

Posted by mirandakay on May 18, 2008

It is sunny in my part of the world.  I hope everyone is having a blessed Sunday.  I’ve had many thoughts running through my head lately. 

Even though we are a country filled with cell phones, e-mail, instant messaging, etc. it doesn’t appear to keep us anymore closely connected.  You would think that the church would be different.  Maybe they are a little different.  We reach out a little bit more, but then we go back to our lives until we meet again.  I have always wondered how we can do life a little more together.  Acts 2:44 says “All believers were together and had everything in common.  Selling their possesions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need.  Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts.  They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.  I don’t have the answer.  I wish I did.  I do have some ideas though.  I will start with myself.  I will care a little bit more about others than I care about myself.  I will send someone an encouraging e-mail or note. I will pray for them.  I will ask what’s going on in their lives and really listen.  Let’s think of more ways we can be connected and “do life together.” 


Prayer for the day:


Dear God, I have never thanked you for my thorns.  I have thanked you a thousand times for my roses, but never once for my thorns.  Teach me the glory of the cross I bear;teach me the value of my thorns.  Show me that I have climbed closer to you along the path of pain.  Show me that, through my tears the colors of your rainbow look much more brilliant.

                                                – George Matheson


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Restministries new website

Posted by mirandakay on May 13, 2008

Lisa copen has put together a new and revised restministries website.  She also has a sunshine room that is just wonderful.  I have found so many helpful things there.  I am so grateful to lisa for all her time and skill despite her chronic illnesses.


I have been feeling kind of down the past couple of days physically and emotionally.  It’s hard not to compare yourselves with others.  It’s easy to feel that no one understands!  I have found a great book called Spiritual Sunlight for the Weary.  It is filled with devotions written by people who deal with illnesses that cause fatigue.  It has helped me to remember that i am not alone.  I found mine on last year.  If it’s not found there anymore i think it can be found on


I hope everyone had a blessed Mother’s Day!

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Ideas to make life simpler!

Posted by mirandakay on February 20, 2008

I am still trying to get use to having less time at home to get things done.  I feel overwhelmed at times.  Wouldn’t it be great if we could all afford a maid?  I only work three days a week and I still feel behind.  Laundry piles up, kids reports and homework need to be finished, dishes, cooking, grocery shopping.  The list goes on.  One of my most stressful things is feeling like I’m drowning in papers.  My kids seem to bring home tons of them.

I finally thought of some things to help steamline all the stuff that comes in.  Maybe some of these ideas will help you or spark your own ideas.

1.  My kids like to do their homework on the dining room table, but i was getting tired of it being clutered with everything.  I bought an inexspensive organizer with three shelves.  It’s short and freestanding.  I put it in the corner of my dining room.  I gor some pretty magazine holders from ikea and labeled one for both my children.  I put all their papers in there.  Once a week we go through them.  If they can’t find something I tell them to go there.  I also got a small plastic box and put sharpened pencils, glue, crayons, and scissors in it.  When they are done with their homework they can put everything back in the box.

2.  I also was having a hard time deciding what to do with my papers.  It seemed like everything I tried did not work for me.  I did not take the time to file papers in my filing cabinet.  Also I was afraid if they were completely put away I would forget about them.  I deccided to use the magazine holders again and put labels on them.  I used one for household things, bills, school papers, and health related papers.  Of course you could use whatever titles you wanted. 

Hope this was helpful.  Let me know of your ideas!!

I also wanted to share a website that I really like.  It is  Check it out!

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It’s been too long!!

Posted by mirandakay on February 16, 2008

Ever since I started my part-time job I haven’t posted.  It took me a few weeks to get used to working again, but it hasn’t been as difficult as I thought.  I work Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays from 8:30 t0 3:00.  I teach a class of ten preschoolers.  I team teach on Mondays.  I had been feeling pretty well the first few months of work and I was amazed. Well, this week I was very sleep deprived, so I had my first workday with feeling pretty horrible.  We had two snow days off so I was able to rest up on those days.  I was very thankful!!

I would be interested in hearing stories of working women with chronic illnesses.  Feel free to post.  I hope all is well with everyone.  I am planning on posting more often now.

I am also working on a book of devotions for moms with chronic illnesses.

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