Friday, January 30, 2009

representation of Joe

Joe's front desk at work asked for an 8x10 photo to represent him. This is what I created!

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

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Catherine found the steps

Catherine found the steps! I know this is going to make my life more hectic, but I'm so proud to see my baby growing up!

Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again: Rejoice!
Let your graciousness be known to everyone. The Lord is near.
Don't' worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving; let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4:4-7

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I haven't laughed so hard in a long time!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Psalm 62:1-2

Is it really almost 7 am? I've already had my shower. I am ready. I've braced myself for the morning hustle and the busy day. The babies are still aslepp though.

God gave me time this morning to just be with Him. My heart has been meditating on this verse all morning.

My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. (Psalm 62:1-2)

..... I spoke too soon. I hear the early morning ramblings of Thomas. (insert big smile here)

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

I think I have INTGOOTFH Syndrome!

2009 got off to a very rocky start. The stomach virus hit us January 1st and lasted too long! Then Catherine started teething. Thomas went back to Mother's Day Out after being gone for Christmas Break and being sick and picked up some new words which included "Miiiiiiine" and "Nooooooooooooo." (Both are pronounced in a long, ear-curdling shrill only a few decibels lower than those which only dogs can pick up on.) The screaming wouldn't be complete without the famous floor dive. Yes, he throws himself into the floor, parking lot, whatever... and cries anytime he feels the need. I'm still oblivious as to what sets him off most of the time. Often, it's simply me offering to assist him with something. I'm wondering how much more of this I can take.

I have been wondering if I have Postpartum Depression. I don't feel depressed. I just feel total exhaustion and over-whelmed by the 14+ hour days of non-stop pooping, feeding, nursing, tantrums, cooking, laundry... my list goes on and on. A friend of mine said she thinks I have somthing called, "I Need To Get Out Of The Freggin' House Syndrome." (INTGOOFTH Syndrome)

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I climbed back into bed this morning after laying Catherine down for a nap. Joe stayed up and played with Thomas. I just prayed. I'm so tired. My mind won't stop. It can't. Everyone needs something... it never lets up. I prayed for Thomas especially. I want his little heart to rest. I want him to not get so easily frustrated.

I prayed for myself, too. I just want to enjoy these moments... every minute of these days I have with my young babies. I love my family so incredibly much and I feel too tired to enjoy it all.

Every night before dinner, we put the kids to bed. Joe and I finally have an opportunity to sit and enjoy each other. He always says the blessing and my body jerks through the whole prayer. It's my muscles adjusting to being still and going into relaxation mode. It's so strange. It usually lasts a few minutes and then I start winding down.

Tonight was really amazing. Joe want to Men's Fraternity and I had both kids in my lap after their bath. They were in their pajams and smelled so yummy. We were rocking in Catherine's big chair. These babies of ours... Thomas and Catherine... had the sweetest faces. My heart took in every laugh, smile, precious gesture.... The three of us had the best time being silly and just loving, kissing and hugging on each other for over an hour tonight. I'm so thankful for that moment of pure joy I had with them. I know it was an answer to prayer.

Thank you, God, for these precious babies and my wonderful husband. Please lighten my load and help me to fully enjoy these blessings!

Cornett Family Reunion 2010

I’m attempting to organize a Cornett Family Reunion in 2010. (I've heard that some of you are already packing, but it's not until next year!) I found a wonderful place that I’d like you to check out at Lake Barkley in Kentucky.

These are the available dates for 2010. Are there any specific dates that you CAN’T make it? Any dates that you have strong preferences for or against?

April 2nd & 3rd

April 9th & 10th

April 16th & 17th

April 23rd & 24th

July 23rd & 24th

July 30th & 31st

August 6th & 7th

August 13th & 14th

July and August are so hot, but school is in otherwise.

I reserved the big lodge for July 1st, 2nd & 3rd in 2011. (That is the weekend before 4th of July)

*The Little River Lodge has 11 bedrooms with 2 double beds and a private bathroom per room. It’s $1200 per night, but won’t be so bad split up. I like the fact that it has a large living room for us to all gather in. Also, it’s easier with little ones napping and baby monitors. The Lake Barkley Lodge is a hotel type lodge with rooms around $109-$129 per night.

I would still love to do the raffles and would appreciate any ideas or donations of handmade items. I’m going to see if I can get one of Grandmama’s pine needle baskets!

Any other ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

What a beautiful prayer!

Transcript of Rick Warren's Inaugural Invocation

January 20, 2009 ( - Almighty God, Our Father, everything we see and everything we can’t see exists because of You alone. It all comes from You, it all belongs to You, it all exists for Your glory. History is your story. The Scripture tells us, ‘Hear, oh Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is one’ and You are the compassionate and merciful one and You are loving to everyone You have made.

Now today we rejoice not only in America’s peaceful transfer of power for the 43rd time, we celebrate a hinge-point of history with the inauguration of our first African American president of the united states. We are so grateful to live in this land, a land of unequaled possibility, where a a son of an African Immigrant can rise to the highest level of our leadership. And we know today that Dr. King and a great cloud of witnesses are shouting in heaven.

Give to our new president, Barack Obama, the wisdom to lead us with humility, the courage to lead us with integrity, the compassion to lead us with generosity. Bless and protect him, his family, Vice President Biden, the Cabinet and every one of our freely elected leaders.

Help us, oh God, to remember that we are Americans. United not by race or religion or by blood, but to our commitment to freedom and justice for all. When we focus on ourselves, when we fight each other, when we forget you, forgive us.

When we presume that our greatness and our prosperity is ours alone, forgive us. When we fail to treat our fellow human beings and all the earth with the respect that they deserve, forgive us. And as we face these difficult days ahead, may we have a new birth of clarity in our aims, responsibility in our actions, humility in our approaches and civility in our attitudes—even when we differ.

Help us to share, to serve and to seek the common good of all. May all people of good will today join together to work for a more just, a more healthy and a more prosperous nation and a peaceful planet. And may we never forget that one day, all nations, all people will stand accountable before You. We now commit our new president and his wife Michelle and his daughters, Malia and Sasha, into your loving care.

I humbly ask this in the name of the one who changed my life—Yeshua, Esa, Jesus, Jesus—who taught us to pray:

Our father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

"The Freedom of Choice Act" tops Obama's To-Do List


As happy as I am for the huge victory this accomplishment is for so many African Americans, and others.... my heart is so sad to think of what our country is going to become.

Joe and I had a legnthy discussin last night on Partial Birth Abortions.

Barack Obama spoke at a Planned Parenthood Action Fund event, uttering the now infamous line, "Well, the first thing I'd do as president is, is sign the Freedom of Choice Act. [Applause.] That's the first thing that I'd do."

Obama made his remark in response to a question from the audience...

Um, as you were talking about earlier, the recent Bush Supreme Court's decision really took away critically important decisions from women and put them in the hands of politicians. And as a result of this, we're expecting, and have already seen, so much anti-choice legislation at the state level. Um, what would you do at the federal level not only to ensure access to abortion but to make sure that the judicial nominees that you will inevitably be able to pick are true to the core tenets of Roe v. Wade?
Obama was answering that he believed FOCA would combat "anti-choice legislation at the state level" and take judges out of the abortion debate. That it would, on steroids. It would overturn all 300+ local, state, and federal abortion restriction laws, such as the Partial Birth Abortion Ban.

Obama Statement on 35th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade Decision

FOCA would wipe away every restriction on abortion nationwide.
This would eradicate state and federal laws that the majority of Americans support, such as:

Bans on Partial Birth Abortions.

Requirements that women be given information about the risks of getting an abortion. They will no longer require these women to go through counseling.

Only licensed physicians can perform abortions. (They will actually be forced to do so or forced to work near a place they can refer the patient to. FOCA will even force faith-based hospitals and healthcare facilities to perform abortions.) Thank you, Lord, that my husband is not an OB!

Parents must be informed and give consent to their minor daughter's abortion.

FOCA would erase these laws and prevent states from enacting similar protective measures in the future.

FOCA will compel taxpayer funding of abortions. (That would be US!)

Please join me in signing the petition to fight FOCA!

Let your friends know! When you sign up, you’ll get an email verification that we received your information. At the bottom of that email is some suggested text you can take and send to those you know who would oppose the radical nature of FOCA.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

water colors

My litle artist...

Catherine has a little tooth... and she is crawling

Catherine's 1st tooth finally decided to present itself. I was getting worried since she is 8-months-old already! I tried to take a picture of it but couldn't get a good shot of it due to all of the drool and it's microscopic size.
She's also crawling like a pro now! She's so precious!!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

What is it with 2-year-olds and photos?

All of my most recent photos of Thomas look like these:

I can't get him to smile, sit still or stop wrestling me for the camera.
Anyways, I'm so pleased to have captured a real smile today! (I'm sure it had something to do with Grandma and BeBob being here!)

From Grandma's camera

Grandma and BeBob (Joe's awesome parents) are here. I stole their camera and downloaded some pics that I love! Here are a few recent family photos of the Knoxville bunch...

Rob (Joe's older brother), Thomas & Katrina
Murphy & Catherine

Calvin, Katrina & Nathan

Grandma and Catherine

BeBob & Catherine

Does it get any sweeter than this?

Thomas making a big splash in Grandma's jacuzzi

Joe & Catherine

Grandma and Thomas doing "Boom, Boom" aka: knuckles.

BeBob & Catherine

Joe & Thomas playing with Joe's old, Thomas' new, blocks!

BeBob & Thomas

BeBob & Katrina

Joe & Kitty (Joe's paternal grandmother, 98-years-old)

Bob & Julia

BeBob made these little bird this year for Christmas! They are darling. Don't mind the little "plops" behind the birds. I think its Juice Plus. It definately adds to the effect in making them more life-like.

Grandma and Catherine

Joe and his parents went to pick Thomas up from school today. Thomas was soooo excited!

Thomas' best friend from class, George!



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