Monday, July 28, 2014

I'm All Growed Up

I am officially an adult.  LEGIT.  I travelled by myself, complete with connecting flights and riding a shuttle.  I confess that my personal assistant, Stephen, booked the shuttle and put all the info in my phone for me.  He is sweet like that.   I still feel very successful though.  I am also way out of my comfort zone.  I came to Orlando for a 7 day conference and don't know a soul.  I feel like I am constantly having a "first day of high school experience".  I also have to bum rides to go to restaurants.  That seems like too much commitment right now.  What if they are weirdos or don't like One Direction?  I can't commit to a whole evening with strangers at this point.  The past two nights I have walked 1.5 miles to grab some quick food and walked the 1.5 miles back.

The conference has been great.  I am learning lots, having some great refreshers of previous learned material, and hearing great ideas.  I don't have many pictures but here is real doozy.  I call it The Cafeteria Lady.  I miss my family and can't wait to see them.  I always thought a week alone sounded great but, it gets boring and lonely.  I have enjoyed being alone in the bathroom though.

This is a great video that they shared today.  We hear about bullying a lot in the news.  I have been very annoyed by that term because it is way overused.  Today Dr. Bailey said that even Barrack Obama has said he was bullied for his big ears and that was being made fun of, not bullying.  There is a difference between normal aggression in children and bullying.  I had no clue that you can spot a bully as a baby.  I know.  Watch the video and learn more.  

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Great Outdoors

Friday night we went to Cedar Hill State Park.  It was a blast!  Stephen and I are also learning how to be more efficient campers.  I didn't even bring make-up!  We set up camp while the kids played around the site.  Then we went swimming.   By we, I mean the kids.  The swim area was perfect and only about 2 feet deep.
Catching butterflies
 That evening we made fajitas and had a family from Stephen's work meet us out there for smores.  They have a 6 yr old boy and 3 yr girl.  Our kids all play together so well.  They were so entertained that we were able to hang out with Jeff and Beth by the fire.  Somehow between the 8 of us only Beth and I got chigger bites.  I have over 80 bites!  I don't know how those little buggers made it through my clothes, but they did.  I sprayed my exposed skin but know I now to spray it all!
Stephen working by the fire

We caught lots of roly pollies.


Saturday morning we took what was supposed to be a 2 mile hike.  We somehow missed our way out and hiked about a half a mile back in.  I started noticing that some things were on the same side as before so we turned back.  By this time the kids were tired and we had to carry, piggy back, and give shoulder rides all the way back.
 It was beautiful and peaceful.  The kids slept great and had a blast!  Camping has been so fun for our family. 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Back fire

Have you seen those ecards with Christian pick-up lines?  Here are a few below...

Christian pick up lines
After listening to my children and hearing tales from a few friends I thought we needed some for kids who misuse their Biblical knowledge.   My kids and others have used the good we TRY to impart for bad.  Here are a few examples...

1.  I will take your birth right away!
After hearing about Jacob and Esau that was overheard in my house when they were fighting over a toy.

2.  I will put chains on your heart!
Once again same child... After listening to Chris Tomlin they had questions about what "chains on your heart" meant and the next day this was an insult.

3.  I will sell you into slavery!
This was not my child but, a dear friends'.  His only prior knowledge of slavery was Joseph and his brothers selling him into slavery.

What do you have to add to the list?

Monday, March 24, 2014

Ears Pierced and Picnics

My girl got her ears pierced.  She had been asking for a while and I told her that it did hurt and you have to put medicine on them everyday and take good care of them and so she needed to think about it and let me know when she was ready.  I thought after said that it hurts that she would let it go but, she kept on.  On Thursday when I picked her up she said right away that she wanted her ears pierced.  So on Friday we went. 

She had a whole crew along for moral support.  Wesley, Aunt Lauren, Katie, Dina, and Drew came along.  She did excellent and didn't shed a tear or make a peep.  I am proud of her.  She has been very good about not touching her ears except to turn them and with clean hands. 

After the piercing was done. I realized I was totally THAT mom.  The one who acts like her kid is the only one to ever get her ears pierced but I was nervous.  I remember that it hurt and was loud.  I hated knowing she was going to feel that but she didn't care at all.  

Today we went on a picnic.  It was a great day.  Being outside to run, slide, get dirty, and jump was just what Drew needed.  I loved watching him explore and get filthy.  He found us a waterfall and other cool things. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Go ask your father

Well, I have been in a word DONE since Friday.  Put a fork in me.  Then instead of relaxing we took a fast trip camping overnight.  It was fun but lots of work so we all took a nap on Saturday. When we woke up Stephen was sick with the flu and still is.  So that break I needed... not happening.  That is all okay now, I am catching my second wind, but I tell you this to let you know my frame of mind.  Tired.  Weary.

Now why is it that when we are at the end of ourselves is when we are hit with the hard questions from our children?  Maybe it is related to:
 "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me." 2 Cor 12:9

This morning as I got dressed Charis walked in and asked when she wore a bra how would she know how to put it on.  So I told her that when the time came that I will teach her.  Apparently, this child stewed that over all day because this evening as I took a quick bath she walked in (no, there are not locks on my bathroom door... I looked) and asked if when I got out if I could teach her how to wear a bra.  I was caught off guard and said "baby, I am not ready for that yet".  She told me that she is and she is ready to start wearing bras now.  

This evening Drew asked me about why men have boobies.  I didn't have a great answer because that is a really great question.  Then he hit me with, "I already know women have boobies to feed the babies with".  Wow.  Then he asked more questions regarding why only women carry babies and the course of the conversation I had to use the word "uterus" with my four year old.  You know that will come back to bite me.  So then he asked why some men have babies and I restated that they don't, they can't carry babies and don't have a UTERUS.  Drew then said "Their bodies look like they have babies".  That is when I realized he was talking about beer bellies.  

I am thankful that these conversation took place within the privacy of my home because usually these kind of things are said in a very crowed, quiet, public place.

And now I  leave you with this... 
At least she doesn't ask questions.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014


I am always going to the Kroger by our house and I see the manager every time I go.  He works ALL the time and walks around with a feather duster sticking out of his back pocket, so you can't miss him.  One evening Stephen and I saw him at Cheddar's and recognized him from our trips to Kroger.  Stephen told me that he saw him in our neighborhood one day and thinks he lives here.  I tell you all this because last night I went to Kroger and saw him again.  When I came home I told Stephen, "This may be really strange but I feel like I need to introduce myself to Kroger manager because I see him so much.  I want to be able to say "Hi, Alan"."  I don't know if his name is Alan but he looks like an Alan.  Stephen said it wasn't weird at all because he has felt the same way.  So my question is...
A) Is it weird to have theis desire to know the Kroger manager?
B) Is not weird to have the desire but strange to talk about it?
C) Is not weird to have the desire or to talk about it but weird to blog about it?
D) No, this is all "normal".
What do you think?  Should I make a new friend?

Sunday, January 26, 2014

New Understanding From An Old Verse

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,  so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.
Phillipians 1:9-11

This has been one of my favorite verses since college.  I memorized it then and have referred back to it many times.  

This morning I am alone at home still recovering from the Bubonic Plague or something similar and God led me to this verse again and then I looked it up in The Message.  I love how God can take a verse you know and 14 years later make it brand new.  The Message says...

So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feelings so that your love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush. Live a lover’s life, circumspect and exemplary, a life Jesus will be proud of: bountiful in fruits from the soul, making Jesus Christ attractive to all, getting everyone involved in the glory and praise of God.

Beautiful.  This is my life prayer.  I pray that I can learn to love in this way.  I have been able to watch my husband love a neighbor this way this week.  Stephen was discerning, bore fruit, made Jesus attractive and glorified as he loved our neighbor.  He didn't just provide what the neighbor thought he needed but took two nights to disciple him in life and the Lord.  In the end Stephen did meet the neighbor's physical needs but also his spiritual needs and practical needs as well.  It is an ongoing relationship.  God used that experience to show me what the love He is talking about looks like.  

My prayer for 2014 and on is that I will learn to have a love appropriately with a discerning heart (that is not always how we think it should look), that I will bear bountiful fruits from the SOUL, make Jesus attractive to all, and get everyone involved in the glory and praise of God.