Saturday, October 9, 2010

Blanketed in His Love-Please read

This description is from my Facebook page, please join and follow the progress!  It is under Blanketed in His Love.  Otherwise just please pass it on to all your contacts!  Thanks!  :)  <3

1 Chronicles 29:9
Then the people rejoiced because they had offered so willingly, for they made their offering to the Lord with a whole heart, and King David also rejoiced greatly.

My name is Tina Whitehouse and it has been laid on my heart that I should start this project. I am calling it "Blanketed in His Love." I want this to be a huge success to show that we as the body of Christ will, even when times are hard, help one another. I am asking for donations of gently used or new blankets, coats, scarves, hats, gloves, sweatshirts/hoodies, and ear muffs.

I am collecting for Cunningham Children's Home in Champaign IL (, Home Sweet Home Mission in Bloomington IL (, and The Clare House in Bloomington IL.

The date I am anticipating delivery is October 23rd. So donations need to be given by October 22nd. Donations can be accepted at my home - 117 Pine St Gibson City IL. You may contact me via email if arrangements need to be made at

It is my mission to blanket (cover them) with their needs all year long. However it is getting colder by the day. I cannot stand the thought of anyone being cold or hungry. If our kids are cold we just turn the heat up a few degrees, that is not possible for them. Our kids can just grab something to eat whenever they are hungry, they can't. Please help me to "blanket" God's people with love, warmth, and a full tummy.


Even one blanket, coat, pair of gloves or ear muffs, sweatshirt, scarf, or blanket can keep a person warm. Please consider donating an item of food with your gift of warmth. The Home Sweet Home Mission alone fed over 8,400 people in August. That amount of people does not include the soup kitchen provided by Clare House at St Mary's Church in Bloomington or the weekly bags of food they give away.

Imagine if each Facebook user gave one blanket, hat, scarf, pair of gloves, coat, or a sweatshirt/hoodie, and an item of food. Imagine all the warm people. Imagine the less amount of hungry kids. Imagine the possibilities each month that I ask you to help me change the world...35 miles away.

You can get a list of needs on their websites that I have given above.

Thank you in advance for your love, generosity, and commitment of helping.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

3 weeks ago

3 weeks ago, it happened
 3 weeks ago, tomorrow to be exact
3 weeks ago...
a piece of my heart left
i stopped setting the table for four
i stopped hearing the singing in shower
i stopped fighting about homework
i stopped getting screamed at
i stopped getting the precious letters of apology
i stopped giving words of wisdom at bedtime
i stopped tucking her in
i stopped being upset about the messy bedroom
i stopped having to repeat myself over and over and over and over
i stopped having to answer those "embarrassing" questions
i stopped hearing her giggle
i stopped being jumpy waiting for her to scare me-again
i stopped hearing her amazing singing in the truck
i stopped seeing their dance videos they made while we were gone
i stopped being able to hug her ---
wishing the pain away while doing it
i stopped being able to tease her about boys-seeing 
her cheeks turn red
i stopped being able to smell her perfume
i stopped being able to tell her 
"that is enough hairspray" every morning

i started being able to pray for her more amd more
i started to realize even more how precious time is
i had to learn the hard rule --
"if you love them, you have to let them go"
i had to learn to love from far away
i still get out 4 plates (and put one back)
i still smell her secret crush shower gel her coconut shampoo-it's still in the shower
i watch the videos of her singing and 
dancing with an ache in my heart
i wish love was enough
i wonder if she feels my love 
i wonder if she only remembers the yelling between us
i will love her for the rest of my life
i wonder - does she hear me saying "i love you schmoopy" 
on her way out the door
i pray for her more and more
3 weeks ago, it happened
 3 weeks ago, tomorrow to be exact
3 weeks ago...
a piece of my heart left

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Been gone for awhile and have a new camera! Look out pic posts!



Kyle laying on the dead spot at the church superbowl party.  It was a tricky track on a little bike. 

I was messing with the new camera, but i really like this pic!

Kyle was painting M's room and he was doing some graffiti...

A picture of Kyle giving his first "message!"  Thanks to the pic taker!  He is becoming a Pastor!

and last but not least, this is me when i was a kid!! 

Hello, it's me again!

You are looking at the ingredients of an award winningsandwich - for real!
It is ciabata (sp) bread, pepper jack cheese, delicious ham lunch meat, a big pepperoni, a slice of bacon, shredded lettuce, green and red pepper rings, tomato, pepperoncini shreds, red onion rings, and a decent squirt of zesty italian dressing!
All done except the top!

Finished product!  Delicioso!!
The best part is that the money we won from this sandwich we gave back to our youth group and we are going to buy silicone bracelets to sell as a fundraiser!!  Food with a purpose, what could be better??  Besides a granny cake to go with it!  Never buy one if you haven't eaten it before--they are wonderfully addictive.  Don't say i didn't warn you!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Random Questions Answered Again

Random questions answered

1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before? became a foster mom

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? never made any, this year i will make goals...have made a few and already can't stick with them....darn this

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?no one close to me, but a girl from church did

4. Did anyone close to you die? not close to me, but i felt the pain from a friend who seems to be dealing with it all too much

5. What countries did you visit?none...and i don't plan on it

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009? 

i am blessed to have all that i do...maybe a little more strength to help me when my feelings get hurt

7. What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? may 9, our oldest came  and aug 4th our youngest came

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? there is not a giant list of major accomplishments...nothing major

9. What was your biggest failure? i don't think failure is a fair word.  there are many things i could have worked on harder

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? thankfully no

11. What was the best thing you bought? stuff for the girls...things that made them feel really good and that they deserve

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

14. Where did most of your money go? bills and groceries

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? our kids, doing things for God

16. What song will always remind you of 2009? too many to count

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: (a) happier or sadder? (b) thinner or fatter? (c) poorer or richer?  i am happier the same weight (unfortunately) and not any richer, but not poorer either

18. What do you wish you’d done more of? exercise, study the Bible, writing letter to Jason

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?eating, procastinating

20. How did you spend Christmas? Christmas eve at the mom-n-laws with the fam.  Christmas day at my house with my mom and sister with her two kids and a long time fam friend.  watching the girls open presents yelling and ripping like mad...feeling the love from everyone..enjoying the feeling of having kids in the house for the first time on Christmas

21. Did you fall in love in 2009? many times

22. What was your favorite TV program? i really enjoy the tv not being on but the shows i like are criminal minds, NCIS, and movies

23. What was the best book you read? the Bible..still have tons and tons to learn

24. What was your greatest musical discovery? wbgl

25. What did you want and get? kids

26. What did you want and not get? more and more kids

27. What was your favorite film of this year? the blindside

28. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? i was 37 and we had church.  both the girls went.  m and kayla c got up and sang happy birthday to me and m told everyone about her love for me.  it was a great day.

29. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? nothing

30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009? getting better, but the pj's and tshirts rock while im at home

31. What kept you sane? God and my husband

32. Who did you miss? my dad

33. Who was the best new person you met? everyone from church

34. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009. 

        everything that happens to you results in some sort of behavior or feeling and the way you react to others.  at all ages.  including 37.

35. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.  these are not quoting the year, but songs that have helped me in the year

By Your Side by Tenth Avenue North

Why are you striving these days
Why are you trying to earn grace
Why are you crying
Let me lift up your face
Just don't turn away

Why are you looking for love
Why are you still searching as if I'm not enough
To where will you go child
Tell me where will you run
To where will you run

And I'll be by your side
Wherever you fall
In the dead of night
Whenever you call
And please don't fight
These hands that are holding you
My hands are holding you

Look at these hands and my side
They swallowed the grave on that night
When I drank the world's sin
So I could carry you in
And give you life
I want to give you life

(Chorus 2x)

Cause I, I love you
I want you to know
That I, I love you
I'll never let you go

(Chorus 2x)

 Promise of a lifetime by Kutless

I have fallen to my knees
As I sing a lullaby of pain
Im feeling broken in my melody
As I sing to help the tears go away
Then I remember the pledge you made to me

I know youre always there
To my every prayer inside
Im clinging to the promise of a lifetime
I hear the words you say
To never walk away from me and leave behind
The promise of a lifetime

Will you help me fall apart
Pick me up, take me in your arms
Find my way back from the storm
And you show me how to grow
Through the change
I still remember the pledge you made to me

I am holding on to the hope I have inside
With you I will stay through every day
Putting my understanding aside
And I am comforted

Rush Of Fools - Undo Lyrics
I've been here before, now here I am again
Standing at the door, praying You'll let me back in
To label me a prodigal would be
Only scratching the surface of who I've been known to be

Turn me around pick me up
Undo what I've become
Bring me back to the place
Of forgiveness and grace
I need You, need Your help
I can't do this myself
You�re the only one who can undo
What I've become

I focused on the score, but I could never win
Trying to ignore, a life of hiding my sin
To label me a hypocrite would be
Only scratching the surface of who I've been known to be

Turn me around pick me up
Undo what I've become
Bring me back to the place
Of forgiveness and grace
I need You, need Your help
I can't do this myself
You�re the only one who can undo
What I've become

Make every step lead me back to
The sovereign way that You

Turn me around pick me up
Undo what I've become
Bring me back to the place
Of forgiveness and grace
I need You, need Your help
I can't do this myself
You�re the only one who can undo
What I've become

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!  May you have all the food your tummy can fit, all the love your heart can hold, all the hugs your arms can handle.  and remember that we are thankful for you!  God Bless!!  Love, Kyle and Tina, B, and M  :)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

toads, veggies, school, and sleeping

Behold---the old beverage cooler that used to hold "adult beverages" for several people now contains toads, crickets, and grass!!! Yep you guessed it...the youngest, M, as we were tearing down the rest of the plants in the garden was catching everything she could find.

This is Zeus walking around with bird feathers on his nose as he was vacuuming up the bird

here are the contents of the beverage cooler...

see anything that doesn't belong?

Align Center

our wonderful 11 punkins from our one plant that took over the neighbor's yard.

Zeus snuggling with kyle

chili was sleeping leaning on kyle's head...

enough of the pics. on to everything else. we now have two kiddies!! woot woot!!! it is awesome. it is amazing how fast the heart can love. she is totally different thatn b, but the same. they get along wonderfully. i'm hooked. wish we had room for sooo many more.

the garden is all done except for 2 jalapeno plants, 1 green pepper plant, and 1/2 of the cherry tomato plant. only a little sad it's over this time.

can you believe it, i got to register kids for school!! woot, woot!! i got to go school shopping!! it was an amazing feeling. they said it was like Christmas. it is such an amazing feeling. i love having them here. i love the smiles, the hugs, and i can't even begin to describe the feeling of being called "mom." it is indescribable. brings tears to my eyes a lot. and i can only thank God for the gifts. and His plan.

we just got back from swimming at aunt carla's. i love swimming. and there was only 8 of us in the pool tonight!! we have all of tonda's kiddies tonight also. i want this many kids all the time!!!!!!!!!! so does kyle. actually we want 8-10.

we have had something going on every night this week and up until wednesday of next week we have something going on!! busy, busy!!

k, well, best get off here. i am not spending near as much time on this thing as i used too!! hope you all have a great, wonderful, fantastic, loving night.