Mercy House News

I just wanted to give y’all a quick update on the latest at Mercy House. This week, Maureen and her staff were able to rescue the fourth girl and bring her into the home. Her situation was a nightmare (I will never get used to the suffering…every story is different, yet the same). She is adjusting and “so happy to be here” according to Maureen. We will update the site with her picture soon.

Please be in prayer as the staff works to bring in a couple of other girls identified and interviewed this week. They are hoping our fifth girl will be moving in this weekend if everything goes well. It’s not an easy process! You can read about the journey to recruit girls here. In other news, the girls started (home) school two weeks ago and they are doing great. They love to learn!

We are also asking those who can to fast and pray with us every Tuesday. We will be updating the FB page with specific prayer requests each week.


New items in the Mercy Shop, just arrived from Kenya! Including gorgeous new necklace designs! By shopping mercy, you can impact these girls and their futures with every dollar going to the maternity home/accounts for the girl’s future!

Getting Up on the Right Side of the Bed

I’ve had the MOST AMAZING sleep for the past week—-which is quite a statement for someone who doesn’t fall asleep easily and wakes up throughout the night. I’m a chronic over-thinker. Plus there’s the neck issues.

And all the feet.

This is the last week of summer in our house and while I could be curled up in the fetal position, sniffing school supplies, I blame all the good snoozing on the latest and biggest blessing in my life. I can just tell you–we’re going to need a group hug when this is all over.

As some of y’all know, I’ve been putting off neck surgery for a while now by doing these fun things:  last year I had three cortisone shots in the spine-also known as the THREE VERY SCARY DAYS I THOUGHT I MIGHT GET PARALYZED. I also  do traction, where my neck is stretched away from my body (yep!), use buckets of icy hot and smell like an 80 year old man and randomly take white pills that make me loopy in the daytime and dream about flying purple ponies in the night time. (Hubby asked me to insert that they are non-addictive pain pills. He’s so cute.)

I’ve been considering a new mattress, one that actually helps me sleep and is good for my neck (I’ll tell y’all more about mine later, but just know that it’s been in the family for a while, if you know what I mean.)

In the middle of all this contemplating and getting my house and family back-to-school-ready, I got an email from…….

[drumroll, please, because I’m feeling it today]


The ultra-fantabulous mattress people.


I nearly did a flip, but what, with the neck and all, I just did jazzy fingers instead.

Yes, you guessed it. We’ve been getting some sweet sleep on our very own Tempur-Pedic Signature bed (with an adjustable TEMPUR Advanced Ergo base) this week (just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?) and I’m pretty sure it’s going to change my life!


Here, my hubby, a man of many words will sum it up for you: “Honey, I want to take a vacation day and not get out of that bed the whole day!  I want to eat in that bed, nap in that bed, work from that bed, watch a movie from that bed…” Well, you get the idea.

And my kids think it’s their very own ride with remote control!


It does sleep like butter. And that’s no lie.

For the first time in years, I actually look forward to going to bed! With the lush mattress, I’ve forgotten how to toss and turn.  And just in the nick of time too…

Did you know:

According to a recent study by Tempur-Pedic and StrategyOne, parents wake up at least 53 minutes earlier than their children to ensure they make it to school on time*. That’s 9,540 minutes of sleep lost per school year** for parents – i.e., nearly an entire week’s worth of sleep!
No wonder we’re all so tired!
But this school year, Momma’s getting up on the right side of the bed.
Disclaimer: I’m beyond excited and thrilled to be a part of this Tempur-Pedic campaign and upcoming giveaway next week (foreshadowing)! Although I’m being compensated for this program, the opinions are mine. I’m also happy to say that Tempur-Pedic chose my blog for this campaign because of  my involvement with Mercy House. The monetary compensation from this program will be given to Mercy House. But I’m gonna keep the bed. And it just doesn’t get better than that!
*Tempur-Pedic 2011 Omnibus Survey, national survey of 1,514 men and women, conducted by StrategyOne July 2011.
**Average school year is 36 weeks long

WFMW: Back to School Tip

I don’t know about you, but I am NOT ready for school to start. Our summer has sped by and I just need 47 more pool days.

Not to mention, I am really good at sleeping in. A fine art, I’ve heard.

But since we are on the school-will-start-soon countdown, I’m trying to get my kids back on track.

In order to be ready this year, I’m getting my kids in bed every night at the same time. They will be making their own lunches the night before school starts (it’s called empowerment) and we’ll have a “hot file” in the kitchen for important notes from teachers and info about school projects.

Delegating to my kids works for me.

What works for you getting your kids in the back-to-school routine?

Kiss Your Spouse Today! {Giveaway}

**Updated with winners**

Here are your random numbers:

41	5	

Timestamp: 2011-08-18 19:19:18 UTC

Congrats to readers AmyKay and Michelle!


I’m one of those old married people.

When people hear we’ve been married nearly 17 years (!) they are surprised–not so much that we made it that far, more that we are getting old, I think.

My hubby and 11 year old had a lot of time to talk the other day in the car. Since my hunk of man is also a great dad, he’s been reading up on how to communicate better with tweens and learned that asking questions is a great tactic.

So, that’s what he did. They talked a lot with him asking, her answering.

One of his questions: What do you think of me and mom’s marriage?

One of her answers: It’s good. (and she smiled, really big)

And then she added: But y’all kiss way too much. (said with a giggle and pride)

Which is exactly the answer old married people want to hear from their kiddos.

So, my tip: kiss often, in-front of your kids! They will act grossed-out, but deep down, they need to see it.

It helps if you’re wearing one of my favorite shirts to get you in the mood! My friends at Union28 sent me this lovely shirt last week.

I wore it to Chick Fil A. The owner came over to say hi (at this point in my life, I just have to claim the fact that I’m a like Norm on Cheers at my local chicken eatery). He commented on shirt. “That is really nice of you to wear those words on your shirt.”

It made me happy.  And my hubby might have gotten kissed that day!

Union28 is giving away TWO $25 gift certificates today to two lucky readers!

We are THAT family readers can also use this code U28WATF15 for 15% off any merchandise order.– it’s valid 8/16 – 9/30 to buy a favorite shirt.

Here’s another new one I love:

This giveaway ends Thursday.

Confessions of a Middle-Aged Mother

I need to confess:

Sometimes I sweep dirt under the rug instead of sweeping it up.

Sometimes I restart the dishwasher and pretend it never got started.

Sometimes I hide in the bathroom to read email.

Sometimes I walk around Target for an hour with an empty cart.

Sometimes I go to the drive-thru for a refill of sweet tea.

Sometimes I fix my kids pb&j for dinner.

Sometimes I eat ice cream. In the bathroom. For dinner.

Your turn.

Go ahead, it feels good.

Sometimes I _____________________

The Precious Moments of Motherhood

I sat down and closed my eyes. It was only 8:30 pm and I could barely hold them open.

My daughter sat down next to me.

I opened my eyes because I could feel her staring, she leaned in close and just looked at me. She put her head on my shoulder and reached over and traced her finger along my cheek.

It was one of those special moments that remind me how much I love my [mothering] job.

She tilted her head and reached out and grabbed my hand, “Mom?”

I held my breath feeling the weight of what she was about to say….

“Did you know there’s this new stuff you can inject around your eyes and forehead to get rid of all those lines?”

Moment over.

I’m pretty sure my daughter just recommended botox.

Mercy House T-Shirt Contest!!

We are nearly sold out of our first edition Mercy House shirts! (grab one here-the last few now on sale!!)

They were a big hit, but it’s time to create a new design.

Since I don’t have time and have limited skills, I thought I’d have a little contest.

Send in your Mercy House t-shirt ideas (you can use your own template or something like this for free) to

I’ll share the top three choices so everyone can help me choose a favorite.

Winner Receives: Cold Hard Cash. $100 or t-shirts for your whole family!

Deadline: Aug. 19th