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The Three Mischievous Cats

Mar Mar cat

(Although fictional, this is a reality-inspired story that I wrote for Mica a few years back)

Once, there were three kitty cats.  The biggest and oldest of them all was named Scooter.  The hairiest one was named Blackie, and the one with the most sensitive tummy’s name was Marlin J, often referred to as Mar-Mar.  One day, they went to their cat bowl to eat, but it was completely void of wet cat food.  All that was there to eat was the dry stuff.  “This is absolutely unacceptable!” uttered Scooter.  This got the other two all riled up and the three decided it was time to revolt.  “I’ll Poke Everyone with my cold, wet nose,” announced Scooter with a firm determination.  “I’ll use my teeth to pull all my fur out and it will get all over the human’s freshly cleaned clothes,” Blackie said.  “That ought to get their attention.”  “I’ll hurl whatever food I gobble up onto the floor where the humans walk,” exclaimed Mar-Mar.  After developing their secret plan, the decided to put it into action.  After a while, the humans got annoyed of the cold nose bumping, fur everywhere & constantly stepping in vomit, so they caged them up and took them to a feline Catologist that specializes in abnormal behavioral disorders.

They were diagnosed with Catzophrenia, Obsessive Catpulsive Disorder, and Catatonic Hypochondricat Disease.  They were prescribed Prozacat, Catbalta, Kitalin, Lyricat, Catfexor, and Cadderall to ease their afflictions.  Also as a precautionary messure to ensure the cats are not a danger to themselves or others, GPS devices have been installed on their collars and an invisible fence now surrounds the humans’ property.

The End.

(Many Bloggers write about their pets, this is just my humble contribution.  Still to come:  “The Four Devious Dogs”)

  blackie fur
cat food bowl

Updates & About

“Take a 10 minute, well deserved break                         & see that you, too, can relate!”

Well, I’ve had this blog for over a year now and those of you who read consistently may have noticed that I have changed a few things around.  I have:

  • Updated my “About” page (See Here)
  • Changed Theme
  • Revamped a few settings
  • Obtained a new (easier to remember) URL:, which matches my email address
  • I have cards that carry my information that I can pass out to fellow “Moms Of Many” (or any mom, parent of twin, person with mood disorder or relative of person with mood disorders, or relative of someone with twins, really)

My website is not used for commerce.  I don’t sell anything.  I am giving away things here.  My thoughts, my words, my work, my prayers, my time, my ideas, and my energy are worth something.  My prayers are that:

  • with every word that I type, I am leaving a seed in the hearts of those who read it,
  • my writing is inspirational to other moms,
  • I give hope to others who also have mood disorders such as Bipolar disorder or depression,
  • I am pleasing God by obeying and glorifying Him with my writing,
  • this may be a stepping stool to getting “Think Big” cards in print somehow.

So, please see my updated “About” page and feel free to comment here or directly at the above email address.  I’d love your feedback on the site and your thoughts about what I’m trying to accomplish with this blog.

Thanks for reading!

Me & my girls, Magnificent Mica & Beauty Bella

Me & my girls, Magnificent Mica and Beauty Bella


Me & my Super Son, Brooks

(Twins 13 months, Mica 7)

– S. Michelle Ward Mendoza (aka SuperMommy, aka SuperBelle, aka Belle)

Mommy Praise

2015-06-29 Starla twins

My sister, Starla just returned from a mission’s trip in Peru.  Before she left, I gave her a CD of Christian children’s songs in Spanish.  Seemingly out of the blue, she asked me to translate one of the Sunday school songs that we sing at the Children’s Church where we both serve.  We also often sing it at our small group of moms and kids, called “Baby Praise.”

Baby Praise songs get stuck in your head.  But I love it because they are designed to do just that, get stuck in the heads of the young children we teach each week, and reinforce the message that:

  1. God made me
  2. God loves me &
  3. Jesus wants to be my friend forever

So, I translated the song, “I can do all things” but the Spanish translation was difficult, yet not impossible, to sing with the melody.  You would need to be able to sing the words quickly and with her not being fluent in Spanish, I imagined it would be hard for her to sing that particular one with the kids there.  Over the years that we’ve served together as Sunday School teachers, and worked together babysitting and teaching kids, Starla and I have literally sung hundreds of songs.  I wondered why she chose that one to translate.  On her trip, I also wondered if she would even been able to use it.

Well, Starla’s trip to Peru coincided with my nephew, Asher’s 1st birthday and Grandma’s birthday as well.  Grandma was making her own six hour trip to visit him.  Amor and I wanted to join them all and celebrate together.  Due to financial constraints we weren’t sure we’d be able to pull it off, so I asked a mommy friend at Baby Praise that Thursday to pray that if it was God’s will for us to go, that He would make a way.  And that very afternoon, He did!

But on Friday, just as we were set to leave, baby Brooks spiked a fever.  He was already on his 3rd round of antibiotics for ear infections that just wouldn’t seem to heal.  I took him to the doctor for yet another round of meds and got the “okay” for him to travel.  We still weren’t sure we should go because his fever had been so high.  But by Saturday morning, it was down so we set off.

Unfortunately, right after we left, Brooks decided that he didn’t like taking medication.  (He had had no problems swallowing the liquids before we hit the road).  During our three day trip, his fever returned with a vengeance and I tried every trick in the book to get him to take his antibiotic and Tylenol!

We got the idea to take the kids swimming in the cool pool and it did help bring the fever down.  After a while, the babies got restless and so I left the big girls with Amor and took the twins back to the room with me and gave them a bath.  Alone in the room the stress of the trip started to grind on me.  It didn’t help that the twins were both crying and needing different things at the same moment.  Bella was fussing as I was trying to finish up the bath and Brooks was just crawling around the motel floor crying for me to hurry up and cuddle him.  That’s when the thought crossed my mind, “God, you really thought I could handle all this?”  The answer came in the form of song…

At that moment, the scriptural Baby Praise song came to my remembrance, “I can do all things, my God will help me, I can do all things, God will make me strong.” (Philippians 4:13).  I started singing it out loud as I finished up.  I sang it in English.  I sang it in Spanish.  I sang it until both babies were settled and cuddling.

Starla didn’t end up using the song in Peru.  But her having me translate it, put it in my heart and God brought it back to my mind at just the right time.

Starla with Bella dressed in Authentic Peruvian Garb!

Starla with Bella dressed in Authentic Peruvian Garb!

(Update on Brooks – had tubes put in his ears and infection has since cleared, praise God!)

Double Talk Quote:  “Hit the road?  OK!” – Mica reaches down and literally hits the road with her hand (smarty)

Term that has Lost its meaning:  traveling light

Bible Verse:  “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”  Philippians 4:13 (Again)

Relatable Lyrics:  I Can Do All Things” (Amber Sky Records)  “I may be small, but God is so powerful”

Puedo hacer todas las cosas
Mi Dios me ayudará
Puedo hacer todas las cosas
Dios me hará fuerte

Ayudando a mi mamá
Obedeciendo a mi papá
Puedo hacer cualquier cosa
Compartiendo mis juguetes
Abrazando a mis amigos
Puedo hacer cualquier cosa
Diciendo la verdad
Diciendo ” Gracias”
Puedo hacer cualquier cosa

Tal vez soy pequeño
Pero Dios es tan poderoso


The Numbers

2015-08-06 upset earthquakers 1

I have 13 opened, unfinished wordpress drafts.  That doesn’t include “Article / Post Ideas” draft. So why haven’t I posted in over two weeks?  Well, I’ve been slammed.  Here are some numbers:

  • I took 4 kids on an 8 hour trip (1 way) for 3 days, 1 of whom became very sick.
  • We celebrated 2 birthdays in 2 days, and have and/or will celebrate them again in a different location this month (Happy Birthday Asher and Grandma!)
  • I’ve taken 2 kids to 2 hospitals in 2 days (they are both healing well, thanks for prayers)
  • I have 2 new walkers!  The toddler stage has begun.
  • We’ve had 17 appointments over the past 2 weeks (that does NOT include play-dates).
  • I’ve changed bipolar medication.  The dosage has been adjusted as well.  There *may* be some rapid cycling going on.
  • My husband has about 15 (million)projects of his own going on, all far more important than mine.  If you know him, enough said.
  • My sister, Starla, who helps me tremendously, went or is going on 2 missions trips, 1 out of the country for over 1 week. (God bless her)
  • Even as I type this 1 baby is banging on my computer, the other just took 4 steps (the most I’ve seen him take at one time).
  • My church is “fasting” for 21 days, so I haven’t been on (the place I usually go online to unwind, I’ve been trying to pray more instead).
  • 2 kids eat like monsters and 2 eat like birds.  Mealtime is crazy.  I used to have to worry about feeding myself and Mica.  Now it’s 3 squares a day for 6 people.
  • The twins have changed their napping schedules.  Bella is down to 1 mid-day nap, but Brooks is still at 2, much shorter naps twice daily (at a different time than Bella, of course).
  • I have 2 computers that 1/2 work
  • I have 3 phones – a smart phone that doesn’t get service (used for calender and camera), a dumb phone that always runs out of minutes (but at least I can text) and a missing house phone.
  • I have 3 brand new universal remote controls that all needed to be programmed (but praise God, I don’t have to get up to turn the tv off or be stuck watching “Paternity Court” because the babies fell asleep on me and my old dysfunctional controls wouldn’t work right)
  • 12:  That’s how many scissors I must own to at least be able to find 1 pair.
  • 2 :  That’s how many hours-worth of baby proofing I’d estimate has come completely undone in the last 10 minutes.  (But that’s okay, I’ll try again later)
Baby-proofing gone awry

Baby-proofing gone awry

Double Talk Quote: “If you don’t know where something goes, put it in the pumpkin” – Mica telling Hope how to clean while she didn’t know I was listening.

Word that has Lost its meaning:  baby-proof

Relatable Lyrics: “Help” by The Beatles

“When I was younger, so much younger than today
I never needed anybody’s help in any way… And now my life has changed in oh so many ways,  My independence seems to vanish in the haze…”

Bible Verse:  “Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered…”  Luke 12:7

Upset Earthquakers:  Brooks leaving!

Upset Earthquakers: Brooks leaving!

Bella following suit!

Bella following suit

*** Thank you Dyane Leshin-Harwood from “Birth of a New Brain” for inspiring me to write today, despite all this chaos!***

0:  time left for proof-reading – sorry in advance

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