La Mia Famiglia

La Mia Famiglia

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God's child. Nick's wife. Roman, Dallon & Rocco's mommy. These are the things I would never change.

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Friday, June 26, 2009


Nick has been talking about this movie for the past two years. Our pastor refers to Martin Luther all the time. No, not Martin Luther King Jr., although he was a great man too. Here's a great website to see the similarities and differences in these two men of history.

Last night I finally watched this movie. My goodness... What a great movie! True story too folks! I had to apologize to Nick & Mom because I kept asking him to pause it so I could ask questions, or sometimes just rant about how much the church is still like this today. When our pastor (who is also my boss) called to check in today, he asked me how I liked the movie. I explained to him that while I absolutely loved it and agree with him & Nick that EVERYONE should see it, I walked away feeling very frustrated. I feel frustrated because I see a lot of the same twisting and omitting of Scripture in today's churches. I asked Nick & Bro. Wayne this question separately and they both gave the same answer, in almost the same words; Why don't we have more churches preaching the gospel in it's entirety? Their answer, it's not the popular thing to do, it won't fill churches, in fact it will usually clear churches. Let me pause here and say I am so thankful to have a 'Shepherd' that does preach the entire gospel, even when it's not the popular thing to do. God will bless him for that. It also reminds me that I need to be in prayer for our pastor and ask God to bring people to our church that want to hear His Word, without any omissions.

Our society has really twisted church and it's purpose. It's not about us, what we feel or what we want to get out of it.. It's about worshiping God, learning more about Him and serving Him. We should be looking for ways to serve him rather than looking for ways to get out of serving Him. Our serving Him doesn't save us but rather it is a result of our salvation. Paul explains this in Ephesians 2: 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Here is a trailer. This is a movie that everyone should see.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Busy but Wonderful Weekend..

Friday night Pam & I met Darlene in Jacksonville for a pedicure, then dinner at Cracker Barrel to celebrate Darlene's birthday. Happy Birthday D!!! We had a great time getting pampered...
Then getting our eat on...and lots of laughs in between..
Thanks Girls!

Friday night Braden Whittenburg spent the night with Dallon, Roman & Rock.. This picture is actually from a different visit.. Beans on I was out with my pisans I wasn't able to take pics.. But I hear they had lots of fun swimming & eating McDonalds and trying to get Dallon to be quiet so they could go to sleep. Saturday morning Roman, Dallon & Braden & I were off to see Up! VERY good movie. Our original plan was to see Land of the Lost but I have heard it stinkies!! So Up it was! And like I said, GREAT movie!

After Up we went to Trade Secret for some shampoo, conditioner and FRIZZ CONTROL for my mop. A fantastic hairstylist friend of mine (Carla Horne at Nancy Salano: recommended the Redken 09 on her Facebook page and when I got to Trade Secret I just couldn't remember if it ws 09 or 05 so I went with the 05 and I've only used it once but it is awesome. Hope it continues to tame my out of control frizz..

Trying the Joico (love this brand) Shampoo & Conditioner for thick/coarse hair.

The boys were so good and they wanted to go to the indoor playground in the mall so off we went! I realized for the first time that my babies have outgrown that playground.. So sad.. We have many memories stopping by there for a few minutes of play.. Next we went to Cracker Barrel (yes, again!) for lunch. Braden & I shared a chicken & dumpling platter with hasbrown casserole, mac & cheese & green beans. Roman & Dallon shared a blueberry pancake plate. After that we headed to Redbox to pick out a movie. Roman picked out 'Brother's War'. We've been watching so many war movies lately, he's going to be a history buff like his daddy! Don't rent this 'B flick'. I didn't have the heart to tell Roman but it was awful... Good thing we were using one of our free codes to get it. (But we did forget to turn it in Sunday so we wound up paying a $1.. Ooof.)

Molly & Gabe came to pick Braden up shortly after we arrived home Saturday afternoon.

Sunday was Father's Day and we celebrated by worshipping together at church then spending the day as a family, sticking close to home to avoid the hectic restaraunts. We gave him a t-shirt with the boys picture and two bags of his favorite candy. What a fun weekend. Neither of our dads keep in contact with us, unfortunately they decided years ago to move in different directions than the families they had started. So our focus is on Nick and his daddyhood. We are thankful that God has blessed us with such a wonderful family. Happy Father's Day Super-Fly Schnooka!!!

I have to put in this plug about Bro. Wayne's sermon Sunday. It was on the Holy Resposibility of Fathers, out of Ephesians 6:1-4. What a great sermon! It was a no-frills call to parents on our responsibilities. I can't quote it exactly but Bro. Wayne quoted a saying that we (parents) have created life and this life has an eternal destiny in either Judgement or Glory and it is our responsibility to guide them to Glory. Do you want your child looking at you on judgement day asking 'Why didn't you tell me?' NOT ME! He also talked about having joy in the home and whether our children see God's love in us. Do they see us admit wrong and repent? Do they look to see what kind of mood we are in when we get home? Do they walk around on glass with no room to make mistakes? Wow.. If you would like a copy email the office at

Ephesians 6
1(A) Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2(B) "Honor your father and mother" (this is the first commandment with a promise), 3"that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land." 4Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger,(C) but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

The remodeling has begun!

I know it will be well worth it in the end.. But I really wish I could leave for a week and come home to it all being done.. Here's our list:

  1. Remove wall between kitchen & living room (Started but have a few problems to solve before completion. Anyone have a plumber friend?)
  2. Pick out an oven/range OR do we want a wall oven & smooth top separate range? Hmmm... Will probably go with a better version of what we already had, a good gas oven/range.
  3. Remove walls/pocket doors in between kitchen & dining room.
  4. Lots of painting (which also involves removing the ever-dreaded wall paper)
  5. Install granite counter tops
  6. Install dark wood laminate flooring
  7. Replace fascia board on exterior of house
  8. Complete master bath remodel (already stripped down)
  9. Privacy fence around the yard

Here are some of the first pics.

Take the cabinets out.
Next, sheet rock.. Let's see what's in there?

This is the living room side. (+ Rocco)

See the two plumbing pipes? We'd like to ask a plumber if we can reroute the one on the left to the one on the right. If so we can open it up more. If not, the wall will come out atleast to that pipe on the left. Better, but not what we wanted..
To be continued...

Saturday, June 20, 2009

09' Soccer Season

Roman absolutely loves soccer! Dallon, he could take it or leave it. I wasn't going to sign Dallon up this year because the last sport he played was football, last Fall, and he would hike the ball then sit in the middle of the field while the game played all around him.

Especially now that we have to pay full price, because I'm not an employee at the YMCA anymore. Nick coaches both Roman & Dallon's teams, but they only give $10 off each team for that. Can you believe that?! But Dallon asked us to let him play, so we did. He did better! Even got some goals for his momma! Still took more breaks than he was supposed to... But at least he didn't run off to the playground in the middle of the game while I was tending to Rocco, like he did two years ago.

This soccer season was full of disappointment, but not in the children. The management at the Y could have handled some of the schedule changes better. And there were some they couldn't help due to rain. By the end we were all just as happy to end the season as we were to start it. They didn't do a big party after the last game like they usually do..oh well, really not a huge deal, little disappointed.. Then they gave out medals instead of trophies. I kind of thought the kids might like this because it was different. But they didn't, and neither did their parents. They did look nice though.. But we're still waiting on Dallon's because his name was mispelled.. I do have to say that the kids were as cute as ever! I can't believe that Roman's on the bigger team! And the parents were simply amazing this year! And I am a big fan of Myron Saunders' so I have to give a shout out to him (our referee.) Here are some of my favorite pics from the season.

They move in herds at this age.

That's my Dal!

Go Dallon!!!

Closing in prayer

Roman traveling down the field

GO ROMANNNNNNNN (not sure who's head that is that I should have cropped out)
Love these four frames:

Roman getting his medal (It was raining when Dal got his so I didn't have the camera out)

Rocco will start playing next year!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Another one of my favorites.. Defiance

A must see movie! And it's a true story! WOW... That's really all I can say, Wow..

Our next book!

The Tale of Despereaux, the 2004 Newbery Medal winner by Kate DiCamillo, is a terrific book and continues to be very popular. The novel's subtitle, Being the story of a mouse, a princess, some soup, and a spool of thread, gives the reader a clue that this is an unusual tale. I highly recommend it and hope your children will take the time to read it before they see the movie.. This children's novel, an odd and engrossing fairy tale for 8-12 year olds, is also an excellent read-aloud for children 6-12.

If you want to join our group please visit:

After the book we'll schedule a play date to watch the movie together!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Tuscan Chicken Simmer recipe at

I found this recipe today after my friend Kasey recommended this website:

It was so easy and yummy! We served it over pasta and with a salad. Just a few changes for next time: Double the sauce, maybe add a little milk and maybe add some capers! Yummy!! Great dinner that seems very 'gourmet.' At first my boys cried about trying something new but once they tasted it they loved it! They ate up every bit on their plates. Which, of course, makes a happy mommy..

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Thanks Kasey!!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Finished Freckle Juice

Our family enjoyed this liitle book! Daddy even joined in with us for this two day journey! Our favorite part was when he drank the freckle juice. G-R-O-S-S! Roman (my pickiest eater) suggested we make our own batch to taste! What did I say? NO of course! And what did your kids think of that mean ole' Sharon? There's one of those in every class isn't there? She was still up to her tricks at the end of the story.. I thought it was neat how one kid wanted freckles so badly & one kid wanted to get rid of his! The grass is always greener on the other side. Use this time to teach your kids that God wants us to be content & He made us each unique & special. Don't forget to celebrate at the end of the book & share your thoughts here! Once I've heard from everyone attending I'll post the next book!!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Summer Elementary Reading Group (6-10yr olds)

Join us in this summer reading group! I am targeting 6-10 year olds but you are wlecome to join us if your kids are younger or older. (6-10yr olds is what age group the books will be geared for.) We are starting Freckle Juice tomorrow, Monday 6/8 and are hoping to have it comepleted on 6/19 so we can discuss it. Reading TO your kids is encouraged. This can be a great family time and will keep your kids interested in books over the summer break. You can check it out at the library or find a cheap, used copy online. If you have a book you recommend to be added to our list (good for approximately 2wks of reading, for boys & girls) message me. We are not planning on meeting in person but I am encouraging you to do so in your own small groups. Celebrate the completion of your books with a treat such as ice cream sundaes, a trip to the park, or (for our Hilliard friends) a trip to Peggy's pool. She has graciously offered it up to us for this. After each book we will discuss our thoughts, the kids reactions, etc. Please visit our event on Facebook:

Will announce next book on 6/19.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

1st Annual Schools Out Blow Out!

I have always wanted to do this, so I finally put it in action this year! The boys picked a hand full of friends each to invite over immediately after school for swimming, hotdogs & ice cream sundaes! It was so fun! If we had a 'real' pool we would invite both of their classes and some more! One day.. For now, this was perfect! Thanks to Daddy for working so hard on getting the pool up in time!! I also really enjoyed the time spent sitting around talking with friends..
Here are a few pics of the kiddos:

This is one of my best girls, Pam Ash w/her two girls Promise & Praislyn. Her boys Audie & Alijah are our boys' ages. We love this family..

Dallon, Braden & Rocco.. Don't you love the goggles? I do..

Look at these cute boys! Rocco & Brody.. We had about 5 min. of rain so we hung out under the carport with the sand.

Roman's girl...This is Raven, she has been friends with these guys since they were all in 3 year old preschool together! She is smarter & faster than all of them & they love it!

My brave Rocco..

Caleb.. I love this kid!

Fun had by all..

Praise the Lord for these sweet times..