Seeking Preacher

Shared by my dad who is an elder at this congregation
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The Sunset church of Christ in Hillsboro, OR is seeking a fulltime evangelist to help us grow! Sunset has around 50 members including two elders and two deacons and was started in July 2010. We prefer a grounded, energetic man with a family who is strong in the pulpit and in personal work. Must expect questions about stance on doctrinal issues such as MDR, church discipline, etc.

Send resume with salary expectations and references to [email protected] or call 503.726.1847 and leave contact information.
  • whipsmile
    I'll let people know...
    by whipsmile at 09/10/11 9:58PM

It's Been a Year...

...I guess it's about time I update.

A lot has been happening but I'll try to keep it short & (relatively) sweet.

Millie turned 2 on July 3rd. I'm friends with most of you on Facebook so you're probably really tired of hearing about/seeing her, but she's doing really well. She talks a LOT. Most of the time we can understand what she's saying by process of elimination. "Mama, lollups! I want lollups. PLEASE??" She calls Fruit By the Foots and Froot Loops "Lollups". This morning I denied her "lollups" because I thought she was saying she wanted a Fruit by the Foot. Turns out she saw me pack a container of dry Froot Loops in my purse for a snack and she was asking for those. I figured it out eventually. She is speaking in sentences most of the time now. A few weeks ago she burped and David told her to say "excuse me". She looked at me and said "Excuse me, mommy - I burped". :)

We've stayed really active in our local MOMS Club. As a matter of fact, I'm now Administrative Vice President which really only means I get to go to board meetings at the president's house once a month and get admin emails. Millie and I try to get out and about and do something fun almost every day during the week. Even if it's just going to the park. She needs to get out of the house and so do I! The MOMS Club helps us stay active and have fun things to do, and we've made some great friends in the process! Although it can be a challenge sometimes to be around moms who don't exactly discipline their bull-in-a-china-closet children.

We are expecting our second baby in early February, so I'm a little over 10 weeks along. Starting at about 3:30 or 4pm every day is when I start feeling sick and it lasts all night. Not fun at all, especially when you have dinner to make (GAG!) and a house to clean. I'm hoping that the 2nd trimester will bring with it some energy and feeling great. We are very excited about this pregnancy - I think the age gap will be perfect for us! We could find out an idea of gender as early as the end of this month, but we'll keep it to ourselves until our "official" screening. I definitely feel one way this pregnancy, so I'll be shocked if the gender is opposite how I feel.

We are taking a trip to Florida at the beginning of November (literally, it will probably be the day after Halloween) which I'm really excited about. I can't wait to see Kristin and Jessica again (among others!). Should be a fun trip! David has training in Sarasota for a couple of days before we will head to the Tampa area.

It's been a pretty tough year family-wise. My husband's sister decided to up and leave her husband of 9 1/2 years last January. It's a lot more complicated than that, but the basis is that she's incredibly selfish and not doing what God wants her to do AT ALL, though she would tell you otherwise. We are very saddened by her actions and by the divorce that she drove to a special county to get rushed through. She is not willing to listen to reasoning from God's word and when we try to meet with her to talk about it she refuses or she doesn't show up. Pray for her and for us that we find the right words to say and that we handle it how God wants us to handle it...she's very lost. Obviously family events have been awkward and David and I don't show up to events that she attends. Trying to do what the Bible says and it's not always easy. I think she and her parents would love to pretend that everything is normal. I'm probably saying too much so I'll shut up :)

Need to get back to it. I'm feeling okay right now so I need to make some desserts for David to take to work tomorrow for some retreat. It would be great if his company would cater some of this stuff, but his "company" is the city government and I don't think the tax payers would appreciate paying for it ;)

So...who's still on here?



  • whipsmile
    wow...i haven't had a lollup in forever...

    i'm glad you came back to us here. :-)
    by whipsmile at 07/11/11 5:19PM
  • jenkegley
    Hi there! I'm sorry to hear about David's sister. We have had that same issue to deal with in our family and it is extremely difficult. All we can do is pray and continue to be good examples. Family gatherings are awkward and I can't tell you how many times my daughter has gone to bed crying because of her aunt and uncle. It is just horrific when you have children old enough to know what is going on, but it is so hard for them to understand. I will pray for y'all. *hug*
    by jenkegley at 07/11/11 5:42PM
  • mjintexas
    Welcome back! :) You do SO MUCH! It's great!
    I'm sorry about the unhappy family things, but glad for all your other blessings!
    by mjintexas at 07/11/11 6:07PM
  • whipsmile
    i just read that next to last paragraph. I am sorry to hear this and I will def. be praying.
    by whipsmile at 07/11/11 7:43PM
  • linz_foster
    I saw your name, and was like, "what?? Jamie posted?? What??"
    Your posts are always the best. I aspire to your Pleo-ness. :) Love you!
    by linz_foster at 07/11/11 11:31PM
  • trekkiemom
    So sorry about the family issues and pray that you all continue to be strong and continue to be the wonderful examples you are!
    by trekkiemom at 07/11/11 11:42PM
  • beavermom
    Still here! I won't leave Pleo, as most of my friends on here are Christians, and I can say things I wouldn't necessarily share on FB.

    So glad to hear about #2! I hope you get to feeling better soon- I remember those days.

    As for your family dilemma, been there and it's no fun. But keep pleasing God, and stick to your guns. It's hard to be the only ones doing things the right way, and getting called out for it. I know. But God sees and is pleased with you! Hang tough!
    by beavermom at 07/12/11 12:55AM
  • sarahmarcelle
    So glad to hear from you!!! Sounds like Millie is so much fun!
    by sarahmarcelle at 07/12/11 9:39AM
  • kailua
    I could not believe your name was lit up. I am also still on Pleo. Congrats on your latest little someone to love!
    by kailua at 07/12/11 9:41AM
  • crazy_mama
    I'm still on here! Not too much but I am on here every now and then. Congrats on your pregnancy. Very exciting!!!! I'm pregnant too with baby #4. I'm due the end of Sept.
    by crazy_mama at 07/12/11 9:39PM
  • carolattheriver
    I'm here too! Hoping you are over your 1st trimester woes shortly. I bet it is hard trying to get everything done and be mommy to Amelia, especially in the evening.
    Sorry about the difficulties with your sis-in-law. I hope she realizes her mistakes soon and comes back.
    by carolattheriver at 07/13/11 2:50PM
  • shadders05
    congrats! :) I don't get on much but every now and then... :)
    by shadders05 at 07/14/11 9:03PM
  • littlelamb
    I'm still here! Happy to see you post!
    by littlelamb at 07/15/11 12:08AM
  • kris
    IM READY FOR NOVEMBER!!!! We are going to have so much fun!!
    by kris at 07/18/11 10:43PM
  • holly_ann
    I'm sorry about your s-i-l. That is such a tough situation :(
    by holly_ann at 07/19/11 12:45PM

Miss Me?

This is copied and pasted from my Blogspot blog. I realize I've completely neglected blogging lately. I blame my business (which is doing very well and such a blessing) and my baby (who is also doing very well and a wonderful blessing!).

Plus, Pleonast is dead. Anyone else ready to admit that? Sad, but very true.

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Ah, the things that make one think "I should document this". 

**WARNING** This post is about poo...and I don't mean the Disney character.

I saw on the video monitor today that Amelia had woken from her nap.  I was in the middle of something and decided to just let her be since she seemed content.  Probably about half an hour passed and I assumed she had fallen back to sleep since she's been doing that quite a bit lately.  I finally check the monitor and I can tell that her rear is bare.  I didn't look too closely but I grabbed my camera on the way to her room, thinking that whatever was going on would at least be humorous enough to photograph.

I was right.

I'll spare you the photos, but she had decided to see what it would be like to poo on her crib sheet instead of her diaper.  The diaper was virtually unscathed save for a few poo streaks on the outside.  Not only did she deficate on the crib sheet, she played in it and smeared it all over everything she could reach.

Now, I'm a first time mom and have never had to clean up a mess this stinky or on a scale as large as this.  I didn't really know what to do exactly.  I left the room and started to fill the tub.  When I went back into her room I took her shirt off of her and she tried to grab my shirt.  Keep in mind her hands are absolutely black they're so caked with poo.  I realized once I reached the bathroom that filling the tub was a monumentally BAD idea.  Now there were poo particles floating all around her the second I put her in.  So, I started to empty the tub, all the while trying to run her hands under the heavy-streaming water and scrubbing them as much as I could.  I was grateful that I had just cut her nails a few days ago.

I finally got her un-pooed enough that I could fill the tub and give her a normal bath.  That was the easy part.  While I was drying her off I called my mom.  I knew she'd get a kick out of my situation and, honestly, I thought it was pretty funny, too.  It wouldn't have been funny if Amelia was old enough to know better and did it anyway, but she's 1.  Anyway, apparently my younger sister had done the same thing to my mom when she was a baby.  I think my dad called this something like "sweet revenge".  Maybe 28 years down the road I'll get a call from Amelia when her baby smears poo all over the place.  A mom can only hope.

It really wasn't as bad as I thought - cleaning it up.  I put all of her little stuffed animals and her blanket in a bag and also had a separate bag to put my used cleaning items in.  Her crib sheet was soaked in the bathtub while the bumper, rug (yes, some even ended up on the floor), and mattress pad were washed.  Then her sheet and her little animals were washed. 

I'm sure you care about the details.  I just have to say that I would rather clean up her poo than be a Northwesterner without A/C this week.  It got into the mid-90s today and many, many homes in this region do not have central air.  We had ours installed when we moved in and it's so nice.  Although, last night we lost power for a few hours (which never happens) and that was pretty crazy.

I'll catch up with other things soon.  I have to write about Amelia's first birthday party.
  • dhudgins
    So sorry about that...thankfully none of my 3 ever granted me that experience! She's a cutie though...hard to believe she's already 1. I keep hoping someone I know will have a baby girl so I can order some of you bows...I'm surrounded by boys!
    by dhudgins at 07/09/10 11:32PM
  • jenkegley
    Very funny story! I'm sure it is a little funnier now that it is all cleaned up, though. :)
    by jenkegley at 07/09/10 11:58PM
  • kailua
    Ohhhhhhh my - I was blessed to never have this happen!
    Glad it all came out in the wash, so to speak. :-D
    by kailua at 07/10/10 11:48AM
  • AlanL
    But, really, do you get more readers on Blogspot? Pleonast is slow, but it's facebook's fault. And if you post something like this on facebook, nobody will read it unless you tag them. Oh, well.

    I think I remember my wife having that sort of an adventure! My only adventure was the occasional awful smell in the bedroom, but I did do the clean up sometimes.
    by AlanL at 07/10/10 12:14PM
  • mjintexas
    I still pretty much only visit pleonast. I'm on Facebook some, but I don't have time to sort through everyone's Farmville and I Own a Fish updates.
    by mjintexas at 07/10/10 1:06PM
  • lauriw1030
    Ohhhh No!
    by lauriw1030 at 07/10/10 8:15PM
  • sarahmarcelle
    Amelia's getting so big! And I *have* missed you around here!
    by sarahmarcelle at 07/10/10 11:16PM
  • whipsmile
    No, I don't think it's dead. I think that less people certainly use it. But it's not dead. It's more like when it was first used and there were FAR less people using it. This is the only way I keep in touch with my Christian friends, and I won't stop using it just for that reason.
    by whipsmile at 07/11/10 9:30AM
  • whipsmile
    if pleonast is dead, then I am crying. Seriously.
    by whipsmile at 07/11/10 9:30AM
  • spike427
    pleonast is SO not dead! ;) elinor did poop in my shower the other day. but it was very easy to clean up since i saw it right after it happened! and it saved a diaper! ;)
    by spike427 at 07/12/10 9:17PM
  • jlmanager
    NO! Never surrender to FB! :)
    by jlmanager at 07/13/10 12:00PM
  • kris
    Too Funny!! I have twin sisters who are 4 years younger than me, Their cribs were pressed up to one another on the sides, well...at least until they were a little over a year old. This is when my mom and I walked in to pick them up after a nap and they had both removed their pooey diapers and smeared them all over one another, the walls, the bedding....well you know the story. After that day my mom moved their cribs on opposite sides of the room!
    by kris at 07/13/10 2:20PM
  • kristindoula
    Great story! Fortunately, I have never had this experience with any of my 5 babies...but may I suggest snapping cloth diapers??? ;-)
    by kristindoula at 07/14/10 12:26PM
  • jess
    Oh no! Sounds like you handled it well, I can only imagine the pictures!
    by jess at 07/28/10 12:19PM
  • kailua
    We went to a wedding reception last week. The father of the bride told the following story.

    The bride was very young and had been watching her parents paint. The mother walked into her daughter's bedroom to discover that her daughter had taken a paint brush, dunked it into her dirty diaper and painted the front of the dresser with poo.
    The mother cleaned the daughter and the dresser. Then gave the daughter time out, sitting on her bed. The child was adament that she would not say, "No more painting with poopie."
    The mother was starting to feel guilty about making her daughter sit there so long. She asked God for a sign that she was doing the right thing.
    Just as she did that she heard her daughter hollar out "NO SAY no paint with poopie!!!"
    The daughter stayed on her bed until dinner when she decided she was hungry. She complied with her parent's wishes, ate dinner and never painted with poopie again.
    Makes me glad I was not this bride!
    by kailua at 07/29/10 12:44PM
  • kiss_the_rain
    cute!!! I don't think i know your blog address, just read your fbook notes.
    by kiss_the_rain at 08/10/10 1:30AM

Caption This!

I don't get out much.  I make bows and get over-excited about my daughter clapping open-handed for the first time. That's not to say I don't do important things, they're just not interesting to anyone but me.

My mom got the babies matching dresses and after Amelia had her picture taken in it, Mom loved the pose so much that she wanted to duplicate it with the other 2 girls.  Fortunately, the photography chain we used near my home up here is one that my family uses often down in Oregon and they had a similar background for the babies. 


The babies also got matching denim dresses from Granny & Granddad (my mom & dad) so we got a shot of them alone and also one with Caleb.  Of course they're all wearing Millie's Bows.  I tried to talk Caleb into wearing one but he wouldn't do it. 




My bow business is going extremely well.  I have several orders stacking up and am having to decide between cleaning my house or making bows.  Both have to get done but guess which one wins out most often?

It was so fun being in Oregon and watching the babies play together and play with Caleb.  Amelia absolutely adores her big cousin which works for me - he's endless entertainment for her.


Anna is the personality of the group.  She's so funny and she eats like a truck driver.  Obviously she's adorable, but I think more than being cute her personality totally shines through.  She's always good for a laugh - and a pose.  This picture struck me as hilarious and I think it would make a good "Caption This" contest.  So, give it your best shot - I'd love to hear your caption suggestions!

  • kristindoula
    I just saw all these pics on Carrie's FB...so great! Amelia is sooooo cute and looks so. much. like. you!
    by kristindoula at 03/31/10 11:01AM
  • AlanL
    Can't believe they got them all to look up and to the side the same way!
    by AlanL at 03/31/10 11:02AM
  • angelad
    Oh my!!! The cuteness is just to much! You all have beautiful girls!
    by angelad at 03/31/10 11:27AM
  • lifeisgoood
    Anna says, "Is that the best you can do, Amelia? Is Kate the only one with fire in the belly around here?!" Maybe Millie's like "I'm doin' the work. I"m not a slacker. I'm baby steppin'!"
    by lifeisgoood at 03/31/10 11:29AM
  • carolattheriver
    You and Lindsey need to have another so you can do pictures like this all over again!!! It looks like they all have such cute personalities!
    by carolattheriver at 03/31/10 1:06PM
  • aikenape
    i love the pictures of the three girls together on the bench. it's absolutely adorable. almost like an anne geddes picture.
    by aikenape at 03/31/10 2:16PM
  • jess
    LOVE those pictures of the girls - I still can't get over how sweet it is that you all had girls so close together. Just too fun!
    by jess at 03/31/10 4:13PM
  • kailua
    Sweetness!

    On the contrary, your baby clapping is interesting. It warms my heart to read about such things. It reminds me of when my children were younger.
    by kailua at 03/31/10 6:18PM
  • whipsmile
    well that was the sweetest thing I've seen all day.
    by whipsmile at 03/31/10 9:07PM
  • jenfc00
    So cute! Glad your bow buisness is going well!
    by jenfc00 at 03/31/10 10:17PM
  • mjintexas
    Those are some super cute pictures!
    by mjintexas at 04/01/10 9:55AM
  • mjintexas
    Do you have an Etsy store? I was looking the other day and came across "Millie's Bowtique" but based on the descriptions I didn't think it was you.
    by mjintexas at 04/01/10 9:56AM
  • spike427
    those are so sweet!!! precious cousins!
    by spike427 at 04/02/10 10:49AM
  • raifhaus
    Just so adorable!!
    by raifhaus at 04/02/10 5:45PM
  • jodimn
    Oh my--there are no words for how incredibly precious those picture are:)
    by jodimn at 04/08/10 4:10PM
  • whipsmile
    Happy Birthday!
    You know, I still write your birthday on my calendar. :-)
    by whipsmile at 06/01/10 7:31AM
  • ewalker
    Happy Birthday, Jamie!! Wish I could tell you in person :)
    by ewalker at 06/01/10 10:04AM
  • stylinmama
    This has got to be a record for longest time between posts from you EVER. This is ridiculous. :)
    by stylinmama at 06/21/10 7:39PM

Heart Stopping

I hope it's not a testament to my mothering abilities that I've had two completely heart-stopping, panicked moments involving Amelia in the last 24 hours. 

The first happened last night.  I was making dinner and David was in the living room with the baby.  I thought he was watching her but with how fast she is, he looked away for a minute (watching the NCAA tournament) and she crawled into the kitchen.  At that second I had been broiling garlic bread in the oven and left the oven open for a second so I could transfer a piece of garlic bread from the oven to David's plate which was on the opposite countertop.  I turned around and Amelia was about a foot from the oven, posed to pull up on the blazing hot oven.  I guess I'm not one of those people who remain poised in and calm in a dangerous situation.  I flipped out.  "NO, NO, NO, No!" I screeched as I bolted toward her.  I was able to scoop her up before she could reach her little hand to the oven and I walked into the living room.  "She canNOT be in the kitchen with me when I'm cooking!  She tried to pull up on the oven when I had it open!  I thought you were watching her!" I didn't leave David time to respond, I just handed her to him and left.  We talked about it later - it's not like I normally have the oven wide open when I'm cooking so next time I do that I'll just make sure to tell David that it's not safe for her to come in the kitchen.  Seriously I about had a heart attack.

The next panicky moment was this morning.  This is one of those times I've been really grateful to have a video monitor.  If you remember in the post before my last one there was a picture of Amelia in her crib.  We kept two video monitor cameras on her crib since she moves around so much.  We finally mounted a shelf and put one on the shelf so that we get a full crib shot of her.  There are still times when we can't really see all of her, so we left the other camera sitting on top of the crib.  She had never shown much interest in the cameras and since we recently lowered her crib I didn't even think she could reach them.  I can't move the crib to unplug the camera so I just left it.  If Amelia gets enough sleep, she will wake up and suck on her pacifier in her crib and play for upwards of 30-45 minutes before she starts talking or whining for me to come get her.  She was doing that this morning when I checked the monitor, only this time she had the camera next to her in the crib and she was laying down, playing with the cord.  I didn't panic - I showed it to David on the monitor then walked into her bedroom.  By the time I got in there, she was sitting up and the cord was wrapped around her neck.  I don't mean loosely.  I mean if she would have tried to stand up it would have strangled her.  I can't believe I'm even writing about this.  I know my mom (and probably David's mom) are going to read this and possibly have a minor panic attack, but we've avoided crazy close calls thus far in her young life and it wouldn't be babyhood without her giving us heart palpatations.

Oh, and yes, David is going to unplug the camera and get it out of the crib this morning before she even takes her first nap.

I'm doing a big giveaway on my Facebook fan page.  So, if you have a little girl or know a little girl who would love some hair accessories, go to my Millie's Bows fan page and enter the giveaway.  I think you have you become a fan before you can enter (Contest ends Tuesday night at 10pm PST).  Here's a photo of the giveaway:


Have a wonderful weekend!
  • littlelamb
    Sigh. I wish I could tell you that these would be the last moments like that, but kids have a way of stopping your heart on a regular basis. It's really a wonder most survive childhood!

    And kids not being in the kitchen is one of my big things. We have a very small kitchen and it is just so dangerous for little ones when someone is cooking. We have a blanket "no kitchen" rule for all of the kiddos. Of course, they have to test me and see every day if the rule is still in effect, but still. :)
    by littlelamb at 03/20/10 1:49PM
  • mrs_poochie
    caitlyn pulled the camera down into the bed one night & crashed her head with it. never a dull moment with babies/toddlers
    by mrs_poochie at 03/20/10 2:18PM
  • lifeisgoood
    You're an attentive Mama (her two-camera nursery sounds like a high security unit for only the most dangerous criminals j/k :) Her new-found mobility lends itself to this scariness. Such cute bows!
    by lifeisgoood at 03/20/10 3:13PM
  • linz_foster
    Kate had a yarn from her blanket wrapped around her neck...not that tightly, but made me nervous!
    Glad everyone is ok!! :)
    by linz_foster at 03/21/10 3:54PM
  • whipsmile
    hahaha! thanks!
    by whipsmile at 03/21/10 9:30PM
  • kailua
    I never had cameras, monitors or any other gadget like that. If you feel they are a help, then that is good.

    I think it is a good thing that you wrote about this experience, not only to get it off your chest but also to alert other parents to the possible dangers.
    by kailua at 03/25/10 9:56PM
  • AlanL
    I think Adam actually touched the stove or a hot pan or something like that. He pulled it back pretty fast! No scar that I recall, but he had a burn and he figured out what "hot" meant.
    by AlanL at 03/30/10 5:11PM