Which way to Pennsylvania?
Saturday, March 31, 2007
Friday, March 30, 2007
What’s the best way to catch a unique rabbit?
You ‘nique up on him.
How do you catch a tame rabbit?
Tame way, unique up on it.
What did the rabbit say to the carrot?
It’s been nice gnawing you.
How can you tell where the Easter Bunny has been?
"Eggs" marks the spot.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Why do I love music so much? It's always been a part of my life - fun kids' songs (and of course I've come full circle as I'm now teaching many of the same ones to my children), cheesy ballads that somehow are just perfect during awkward teen years, majestic hymns that inevitably bring tears to my eyes... I can't even begin to choose a favorite - there are so many wonderful songs, and many are attached to priceless memories.
If I don't have music playing, then I'm probably humming or singing myself. And I'm so thrilled to see our children enjoying it, too. We jam out to Sunday School songs, and have an unwritten rule that we must belt out "Snuggle Puppy" at least once a day. And I know we're giant dorks, but our daughter absolutely loves to watch Lawrence Welk (she gets to stay up for an extra half hour on Saturday nights so she can enjoy the puce dresses, bubbles, waltzing, and long forgotten show tunes) The kids have a few of their own musical instruments, and both demonstrate a strong sense of rhythm - their voices are pretty good, too, and I'm really curious to see how they develop in the years ahead.
Lord, I thank you for the amazing gift of music!!
“Always keep a song in your heart - it's like karaoke for the voices in your head”
w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w w - Robert Fulton Abernethy
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
So anyway, it all sort of seemed to come to a head yesterday morning. I woke up with a fever and just generally feeling lousy. Cancelled plans (which I really didn't want to do!!) and laid low for the day. Spent some time in the Word and praying. Read stories to the kids and cuddled while we watched a video. Clipped coupons and sorted paperwork. I feel better today, but still drained.
So what have I learned? I'm a proud person. I really enjoy helping others out, but have a hard time asking for it myself. But I am a part of the body, and when I need help, I need to accept it. (Prov 16:18, Romans 12:16, James 4:6-10, I Cor 12:12-31) I need to truly turn things over to the Lord, none of this half-hearted prayer only when I feel things spiraling out of control. It's all about HIS grace and power. (Matt 12:28-29, II Cor 12:9-10, John 15:4-8) I've also been reminded that although God has given me a wonderful husband, I cannot look to him as a "mini-God" and expect him to fix all my problems. I must turn to Jehovah Jireh, my provider (Gen 1:1 - Rev 22:21)
And can I just say how thankful I am for the Psalms? What a comfort to know that it's OK to question God, to deal with our emotions. There are both highs and lows, and we can cry out to the Lord in all these circumstances.
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Today was my last day of teaching the Preschool class. Demanding job, but what a blessing!! Today's theme was "Jesus died for our sins and rose again." Doesn't get much more exciting than that! Our curriculum is really good about suggesting hands-on activities: we rubbed some lavender oil into play-doh (while talking about how the women were going to put special oil and spices on Jesus' body), then gathered everyone's play-doh together into a big rock to block the tomb. We also made "angel belts" (white poster board with gold glitter paint) and then got to announce that Jesus is alive!! I'm exhausted, but it's so exciting to see the kids learning, helping to plant those seeds of faith.
We came home and had lunch, then family naptime. A took hers upstairs, but D and I dozed on the couch while "watching" the Bristol race. Bummer about Tony. I was curious to see the driver's reactions to the COT. No one had been particularly excited about it thus far, and I was wondering whether NASCAR would have sort of put the kibosh on the drivers, preventing them from speaking out. Based on Kyle Busch's remarks in the winner's circle, I guess that wasn't the case. On to Martinsville!
So on to this evening - after I tucked A into bed, D and I played a few rounds of Dora Candyland. I've been super hard on him the past few days; I know he's missing Daddy, but that doesn't excuse his inappropriate behavior. I'm missing Daddy, too, but that's no excuse for me, either - I've let some stuff slide, and then other times I blow up and start yelling. Not pretty. So tonight I made it a point to sit down with him one on one - we both had a lot of fun, and what a change in attitude. He didn't fight me on going to bed, and during his prayers he specifically thanked Jesus for games. What a great reminder to me of just how much he appreciates those simple things. And a clue to other parents - praying with your children isn't just "something nice," it seriously will really help you understand what your kids are feeling and what's important to them. Sometimes it's silly and sometimes I nearly cry as I listen to them pour out their little hearts. What a precious gift!!
Friday, March 23, 2007
- Vacuuming too often weakens the carpet fibers. Say this with a serious face, and shudder whenever anyone mentions Carpet Fresh.
- Dust bunnies cannot evolve into dust rhinos when disturbed. Rename the area under the couch "The Galapagos Islands" and claim an ecological exemption.
- Layers of dirty film on windows and screens provide a helpful filter against harmful and aging rays from the sun. Call it an SPF factor of 5 and leave it alone.
- Cobwebs artfully draped over lampshades reduces the glare from the bulb, thereby creating a romantic atmosphere. If your spouse points out that the light fixtures need dusting, simply look affronted and exclaim, "What? And spoil the mood?"
- Explain the mound of pet hair brushed up against the doorways by claiming you are collecting it there to use for stuffing handsewn play animals for underprivileged children.
- If unexpected company is coming, pile everything unsightly into one room and close the door. As you show your guests through your tidy home, rattle the door knob vigorously, fake a growl and say, "I'd love you to see our den, but Fluffy hates to be disturbed and the shots are dreadfully expensive."
- If dusting is really out of control, simply place a showy urn on the coffee table and explain that "THIS is where Grandma wanted us to scatter her ashes..."
- Don't bother repainting. Simply scribble lightly over a dirty wall with an assortment of crayons, and try to muster a glint of tears as you say, "Junior did this the week before that unspeakable accident... I haven't had the heart to clean it..."
- Mix one-quarter cup pine-scented household cleaner with four cups of water in a spray bottle. Mist the air lightly. Leave dampened rags in conspicuous locations. Develop an exhausted look, throw yourself onto the couch, and sigh, "I clean and I clean and I still don't get anywhere..."
And last but not least...
The sign of a great housekeeper: You haven't misplaced your house once!
Only one more week without my hubby - please continue to pray for us. The kids have really been bickering a lot, and just seem worn out. I had another dentist appointment yesterday, and when I picked them up from my friend's house after I was done, they both had complete meltdowns and were screaming that they didn't want to come home. I had planned quite a few outings for us, but now I'm reconsidering the wisdom of that and may clear some things off of the schedule next week.
“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.” II Peter 1:3-8
(Thanks for reminding me of this great passage, Gen!)
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Good stuff, and the prices are well within our budget :) If you're not familiar with water ice, then my condolences...
We had a wonderful talk this morning at MOPS about marriage - I need to digest it a bit more, but plan to share tomorrow. Hope you all enjoy today!!
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
To celebrate the halfway point of Daddy's trip, we had Chinese tonight. The kids love their mein fun! I'm thinking that my hubby's fortune somehow ended up in my cookie, though...
We have a MOPS meeting tomorrow that I'm really looking forward to. Who can resist hot coffee, childcare, and adult conversation?!? Seriously, though, our Mentor Mom is speaking. She is a wonderful lady - caring and compassionate, down to earth, and with a great sense of humor to boot! I know that my heart will be both encouraged and challenged tomorrow.
And last but not least, I now present today's pet peeves:
1. Kids' DVDs that force you to watch ten minutes worth of previews. Seriously, why must they encode it so the menu button doesn't function until we've taken in all the propoganda?
2. People that you haven't talked to in over a year - and honestly never really knew all that well anyway - that hit you up for their child's fundraiser. How convenient that they still have our address.
Monday, March 19, 2007
There's so much I'm hoping to get done this week; between my mouth bothering me and the kids being sick, I feel like I lost a week earlier this month and am just now caught back up. I want to finish organizing my laundry area (I think I started working on that back in January), clean out the kitchen cupboards, and clear up the stack of misc papers that I've been moving back and forth between the table and kitchen counter. I need to take inventory of the kids' clothes, as my favorite consignment sale is coming up this weekend and I need to figure out what they need for the spring/summer. I also am planning to spend at least one evening working in my craft pit - I would love to surprise my hubby when he comes home and sees my beautifully organized space (snort).
For dinner tonight, I'm making a big ol' pot of rice and beans. I baked a ten pound ham on Saturday night - they were on sale, and I love using the leftovers! I'll be using the bone tonight, and the rest of the meat has been chopped and frozen to use later in corn chowder, alfredo sauce with peas, breakfast casserole, etc. See, every now and then a bit of organization creeps in... Here's to a stocked freezer and a warm house!
"You are just a sweet person. When a friend needs a shoulder to cry on, you are happy to offer yours with a box of tissues as well. Once in awhile, you wish you could be a little more dramatic but then sensibility sets back in and you know that you are perfect the way you are." Um, perfect just the way I am? Hardly!!
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Friday, March 16, 2007
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
- Our house is a much happier place when the kids can get outside and run off some energy. I'm loving the sunshine and warmer temps!
- I take my hubby for granted.
- I am very immature in so many ways. Just because I'm smiling doesn't mean that I'm not whining internally.
- I have much to be thankful for!
Nothing earth-shattering, but thought I'd jot them down so I can be reminded as needed.
Monday, March 12, 2007
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Saturday, March 10, 2007
Friday, March 9, 2007
Last night I was really struggling with "Poor Me" syndrome - none of these things are really major, but I'm just tired of dealing with it all. But then I was reminded that it's not about me - it's about HIM. I need to stop looking around and shift my focus upwards:
"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world give. Do not let your hearts be troubled..." John 14:27
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28
"Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power." Ephesians 6:10
"...We rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has give us." Romans 5:3-5
Thursday, March 8, 2007
Wednesday, March 7, 2007
"Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship." Romans 12:1
Take my life and let it be, consecrated, Lord, to Thee
Take my hands and let them move at the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet and let them be swift and beautiful for Thee
Take my voice and let me sing, always, only for my King.
Take my lips and let them be filled with messages from Thee
Take my silver and my gold, not a mite would I withhold.
Take my moments and my days, let them flow in endless praise
Take my intellect and use every pow’r as Thou shalt choose.
Take my will and make it Thine, it shall be no longer mine
Take my heart, it is Thine own, it shall be Thy royal throne.
Take my love, my Lord, I pour at Thy feet its treasure store
Take myself and I will be ever, only, all for Thee.
Tuesday, March 6, 2007
On a side note, I just want to say that we have some wonderful friends. I was watching some kids yesterday afternoon, and when their mom came by to pick them up she definitely knew I wasn't my normal self. Well, she came back this morning with another friend, then whisked the kids off to Burger King so they could run off some energy at the playland and I got to snooze in a blissfully quiet house. How blessed am I?!?
Monday, March 5, 2007
I'll be bragging about my wonderful family, sharing tips and recipes, posting pictures, and just generally babbling on about our lives.