Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Calling it Quits

I have been so tired lately. I've been going to bed before 10 and sleeping until 7 or 8, and still waking up tired. I'm achy, edgy, and have headaches. This is not normal... I can usually survive on little sleep, with a quick nap in the afternoon. When I was writing over the summer, I had only a few hours, but I was able to keep going with a smile on my face.

At a party last night, which usually energizes me, I was draggin' my wagon, and sand filled my eyes all night. What is wrong with me?! I asked myself. I know I'm not pregnant, which used to be the cause of my sleepiness.

Then Lee diagnosed it last night - it's the caffeine.

For my birthday in October, I received a Keurig Coffee Maker. This was after almost ten years of virtually no caffeine except for rare occasions, having been pregnant or nursing for a lot of that time, and I was just out of the habit of drinking it.

But since my birthday, I've been enjoying and savoring that cup of coffee each morning! Delicious, with different flavors and creamers. And you can't beat the kick it gives!

Add that to some yummy hot cocoa on these cold winter months with the kids in the afternoon, and the new love of Sweet Tea I've discovered when eating out, and what was once absent in my life is now there in full-swing!

But it's only been two months or so. Can that really be the problem, or is there some underlying virus?

So I'm going to see. No more caffeine for me. In what I've read, some people are more sensitive to it, and I could see that before when I'd drink a cup at 4:00 and be awake all night. So for people like me, the highs are big but the crashes are big too... leading me to exhaustion and adrenal fatigue.

Anyway... enough of my self-diagnosing. I'm upping the vitamins and water in-take and replacing the coffee with herbal tea from my Keurig. I'll have to update you all with how it goes!

What about you? Have you ever had any interesting experiences with caffeine? Does any of this sound familiar?

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Merry Christmas Poem 2010

A poem for 2010

This great year of two thousand and ten

Was full of travels, much laughter with friends.

God has blessed us with family so close,

And friends who are fun and don’t mine my bad prose.

Kevin turned one and is all stuffed with giggles,

He loves to wrestle, always full of wiggles.

Playing with balls and throwing them far,

We might yet have an athlete among us - a star!

Nathan, at five, is a storyteller, its true,

With tales of cars that can fly to the moon.

LEGOs and trains and race cars indeed

Fill up his day, and he’s learning to read!

As sweet as a lollipop, Katie, at seven,

Can color and cook and sing praises to Heaven.

Playing with dolls and dress-up and reading,

Fun times with friends and, of course, trick or treating.

Abby’s feet hardly are touching the floor,

You’ll find her in trees or climbing a door.

At nine years old, quite an artist is she,

Who wants to spread Jesus’s love over seas.

Becky teaches the children with joy,

Add acting, photography, and Thirty-One, oh boy!

The writing of books is a hobby that’s new,

“Duncan’s Journey” is published and available soon!

Lee leads the home in our wrestling matches,

And is learning the skills to mend wounded with patches.

Planning and building while during the day,

Then comes home as daddy and ready to play.

Thanks be to God for our blessings galore,

And the forgiveness from Jesus, our Savior and Lord.

His grace is sufficient for this day and the next,

May your 2011 be peaceful and blessed.

All our love,

Lee, Becky, Abby, Katie, Nathan, & Kevin Emerick

Friday, December 3, 2010


Crank up your speakers and enjoy this message! I might have blown my speakers this morning as the kids and I sang and danced in the living room.

We were inspired by our Jesse Tree passage today, after reading about the flood, Matthew 24:35-44.

35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
The Day and Hour Unknown
36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,f]">[f] but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.

42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

The first song we listened to was this one... it's also good! :) Nathan loved jumping off the chairs to fly! :)