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Living the Beatitudes

This was written by my God Daughter Justine Linneman who is 11 years old. She is a straight A honor roll student and I am so very proud of her. If only more people in our world could have this attitude I feel that it would be a better place. I am going to take note of this and make an effort to have the Beatitude in my life!

Living the Beatitude
Written By: Justine Linneman

My family and I chose the Beatitude that tells us to do what is right even when we are teased or insulted. “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” We believe we will be with God forever. We chose this Beatitude, because we felt that it would best fit our family. We always try to remember to be kind when others treat us badly. It was nice to remember that God can help us in these situations too. I am going to talk about a few situations where I remembered this Beatitude this week. On Tuesday I was at soccer and another girl on my team was not being very nice to me because we play the same position during games. When I would go in she would have to come out, and she didn’t like this. I decided that even though she was frustrated I was going to be nice. I realized that she wasn’t mad at me, she was mad that she wasn’t playing. Living this Beatitude gave me the patience to handle this situation. On Wednesday my sister was really mean to me when she wouldn’t share her water. I wanted a sip and she told me, “No, go get your own”. My feelings were hurt, but I wasn’t mean back. I felt insulted that she wouldn’t share, but I didn’t say anything rude back to her. Looking back on this week there were many times that people said mean things or rude words to me. Instead of reacting right away I tried to pay attention to their feelings too. This helped me to be more understanding and not so angry towards them. I always tried to do what was right. I enjoyed living this Beatitude this week. It makes it easier to forgive the people who can be frustrating. I learned that when you are nice to someone who is being mean they are usually nice back. I will continue to live this Beatitude in my life.

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Bit by the Baby Bug

Warring: Mom, if you are reading my blog skip this post….. Love You =-)
I have been bit by the BABY BUG!  What is it about the summer that makes me get that crazy maternal instinct to have another baby? I think I am totally nuts, I have surely lost it. I already have the perfect family and I am finally getting to a point where I actually get a tiny bit of “me” time. Still I get this crazed instinct every now and then that screams within my body telling me “Have another baby” they are so fun and cute and lovable and you know that you really want another one. Reggie and I always wanted a large family and I always wanted to have 3 little ones but after two very rough and trying pregnancies getting pregnant for a third time was just out of the question. It is funny how the farther you get away from those pregnant days that you start have a memory loss for how bad it really was. However my memory is not that bad because I do recall that both of my pregnancies were terrible. I vomited for 5 months straight day and night. I was in and out of the hospital constantly and went into pre-term labor often. I got terrible sinus infractions that could not be treated and I was miserably uncomfortable and had aches and pains everywhere. Whew…. I am so glad that I just went down memory lane, perhaps now I will come back to my senses or at least if I don’t I will come and read this post every night before bed.
Have any other mommies out there been bit by the baby bug?? Does it ever go away? Do you notice that you are more crazy about it at certain times of the month? My hubby better hide from me!!

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Summer 2008 Kickoff

Well it is official today is our first day of summer. Kinley’s last day of school was yesterday and today our summer vacation beings. I can hardly believe that my first baby girl has finished her second year of preschool. I think she missed my memo that she is not supposed to grow up this fast. She is turning into such a beautiful little person. She is so sweet and kind and has the best manners. I am so proud of her!!!

I am really loving my life right now and I am feeling really good about our recent move. Life just seems so much more simple here. Reggie and I were talking about this last night and we both feel more peaceful in our new home.
Although we will never be free from all of life’s stresses we are enjoying our life and our surroundings. Being able to walk to  the beach, the park and the pool has be a huge treat for us. It almost feels as if we are on vacation. I think that we need this time to just enjoy our family. Our goals for the summer are to have fun together, be involved in our church, grow spiritually, play a lot with our little girls, go on dates and take time for mommy to do girly things and have girls night out.

So today we kickoff the Pool family summer 2008. I am excited to live it. I love my life, my kiddos, my family & friends and my hubby too! Most of all I love my Lord and saviour for all of the blessings in my life.

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Happy Birthday Pink Taffy Designs

Pink Taffy Designs Children’s Boutique Celebrates its 5th Anniversary

 I am so excited my online Children’s Boutique Pink Taffy Designs is having it’s 5th bithday. In order to celebrate we just launced a brand new fresh look with fun and bright colors. We decided to revamp our look in an effort to appeal to both boys and girls. After 5 years with a pink and brown design my sister/business partner/best friend and I decided that it was time for a change. This design has been in the works for a very long time and we are thrilled to finally be live with it!

Pink Taffy Designs Children’s Boutique, the leading online boutique of unique baby gifts, nursery decor, diaper bags, baby gear, crib bedding and more!

Check out our adorable makeover at

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Proud Mommy

I am such a proud mommy of my two beautiful little girls!

Yesterday Hadley went pee pee on the potty for the first time.  Of course with Hadley being Hadley she never went the hundred or so times that I put her on the potty. She decided to go on her own while I was in the bathroom curling Kinley’s hair. None the less we are all super excited for her and we did the potty dance and ate m&m’s. =-)

Last night Kinley had her end of the year musical at school. She looked so beautiful and she was so excited. This year was extra specail because Kinley’s cousin Nathan was on stage singing too. I love that they go to school togther. The joy that I get watching her grow and be up on the stage just cannot be put into words. Kinley is as sweet as could be and she melts every ones heats with her kind and gentle nature. I am just so proud of who she is. I cannot believe that my first baby girl is going to be five this summer and that she has finished two years of preschool, where did the time go?

I need to make the post short and sweet as my house is in shambles and we have friends coming over for dinner soon…Got go het out the old broom!

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