Thursday, January 29, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Several of you have asked, "How was it?"
A hard question to answer. We went through a myriad of every emotion imaginable. Our hearts were broken and rejoiced. Our eyes were opened while at times we wanted to squeeze them tightly closed. We laughed, cried, reflected, wondered, listened, related, laughed and cried a little more.
There is really no word that captures all that we experienced in those 14 hours.
A few weeks ago in church, we sang "Blessed be the Name of the Lord." We were first introduced to this song several years ago during a difficult time in our lives. We found comfort in the fact, that even in the storm, we could choose to bless the Lord. One verse in the song repeats: "You give and take away, You give and take away, My heart will choose to say, Lord blessed be Your Name." As we sang these words for the hundreth time a few days ago, I was struck with the reality of what I was singing. This is a time in our family where He will give and take away over and over again. We will be given a child to love and then, in all probability, that child will be taken away from us.
The joy will come in loving that child as if she'll remain in our family forever--with the knowledge that most likely she won't.
The pain will also come in that kind of love.
The question we're most often asked: Why? Why would you choose this at this time in your lives?
Our answer to the "why" question has been that we're following the leading of the Holy Spirit--which is true. The problem with answering that question is that, at times, we're the ones asking it.
"Untold numbers of professing Christians waste their lives trying to escape the cost of love. They do not see that it is always worth it. There is more of God's glory to be seen and savored through suffering than through self-serving escape. Paul puts it like this: 'Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of the glory beyond all comparision' (2 Corinthians 4:16-17). 'Momentary' refers to a lifetime in comparison with eternity. 'Slight' refers to suffering and death compared to the weight of everlasting joy in the presence of God. This is what we gain if we hold fast to Christ. This is what we waste if we don't." (John Piper, "Don't Waste Your Life, p. 73).
Friday, January 23, 2009
EG: We had to draw a picture of our favorite season. Mine was winter!
Me: (A bit surprised, but trying not to be discouraging) Oh!
EG: Do you want to know why?
EG: 'Cause we get to go visit Grandma and Papa!
Ella Grace with her sisters and cousins on our last trip to Michigan!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
They are building a house on the lot next door to ours. Work begins around 7 each morning and is fairly quiet all morning. Once I put the girls down for a nap--the noise begins. Do you think it'd be inappropriate for me to ask them to suspend use of the nail gun between the hours of 1-4 PM?
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Let me first start with my favorite benefit: I get an extended shower and time to leisurely get ready for the day. Our master bath, like many, has a garden tub and a stand up shower; the girls get the tub and mom gets the shower. Today I spent 30 minutes in the shower and 30 minutes getting ready--almost like a spa day--okay,yes, you're right--that's a bit of a stretch! But, the girls were in the bathtub during that entire hour and never once asked to get out.
What did I do to keep them busy? So glad you asked! Most moms out there know that this list should not be introduced all at one time--spacing these
time occupiers carefully planned educational materials will make bath time last longer:
~Mom's kitchen toys: the girls like playing with measuring cups, spoons, whisks, plastic bowls, cups, ladles, colanders, etc. from the kitchen. They also bring along a few pieces of plastic food from their play kitchen to "cook" with.
~Spray bottles: these can be found at the $ store--just label them, or like ours, they will be overtaken by bug spray, weed killer, and other various garage-worthy hazards.
~A dripping faucet: I don't know the appeal of this one; I just know that a little water running from the faucet is a lot of fun to my 2 and 4 year old.
~Ice cubes: When we were in Michigan the girls played with real snow while bathing. Since real snow is rare here, we improved with ice cubes.
~Shaving cream: my mom used to do this one! Squirt a little on the wall of the tub and let them paint with their fingers. Obviously, they need to be old enough to know that it will burn their eyes and shouldn't go in their mouths. Mine usually paint for a few minutes and then "clean" the tub.
The end result is a fairly clean (at least clean smelling, thanks to the shaving cream) bathtub; a fairly well put together momma; and squeaky clean, but wrinkled kiddos!
Don't be fooled. Despite your best efforts, the question to follow this well spent hour, will surely be: What can we do now? My answer? TV time!
Friday, January 9, 2009
Willy (the letter this week is "Ww")!
I have a pet named Willy
Who lives at home with me.
I keep him in this special cup
So all my friends can see.
Where, oh, where is Willy?
Oh, where can Willy be?
Come out now, little Willy,
So all my friends can see.
He is a little timid.
I must be very firm.
Come out now little Willy!
Come out, my Willy Worm!
by Jean Warren
And our Friday fun? Well, tonight is a girl's night--and girlie it promises to be! Eric is on his way to our church's Men's Retreat, so we are in pjs ready for pizza, movies (Tinkerbell!), and popcorn!!
Hope your weekend is full of firsts, friends, and lots of fun!!
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
That brings us to 2009! I'm making a resolution--don't laugh--it's not very ambitious (those who know I am a former English teacher will wince!)! My goal is to read one book each month of this year. I know, I know, 12 books. Not an impressive number...you do have to consider that I am raising 3 small children, running our home, managing my husband's schedule (wink, sweetie), playing around with a small business, proofreading Eric's dissertation (another wink, sweetie), and on and on...
I have a bookshelf full of books that I've been meaning to get to. My aim is to post a "review" of sorts near the end of each month. Not that any of you really care, but it will keep me accountable.
My January book? Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper
By the way of other things I'd like to do this year:
~hear the Holy Spirit (and then obey)
~save a little more money
~lose the last of my baby weight
~which means cooking healthier
~and exercising more
~enjoy a little more this stage of the girl's lives
So...onto the subject of losing weight. Eric brought home a copy of the Weight Watcher's Points yesterday. We counted the number of points we ate yesterday and I've tried to be more conscious about what I'm eating (and drinking) today. I am going to draw the line, though. A few minutes ago, I found myself counting out how many rice cakes I could eat. RICE CAKES! It's not like I was downing a handful of Doritoes (oh, that sounds so good) or French Fries (Mmmmm!)...they were rice cakes...So, I'm making this rule: Rice cakes are 0 points! Really, they can't cost me points--they have the consistency of styrofoam and the taste of cardboard--Really? Points? Not on my plan!