Sunday, November 30, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Besides Walmart, Menards, etc is just too much for my delicate sensibilities on a normal day that doesn’t involve professional shoppers looking for great deals on flat screen T.V.’s. and a Barbie Hot Tub Party Bus.
So, I’m just sitting here eating leftover green bean casserole and turkey, the way God and the pilgrims intended.
I wish I had more time, but G is threatening to end world peace if she can’t get on the computer and play various games on PBS Kids this instant(!).
It’s a lot of drama.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
It is easy to take for granted all of God's bountiful blessings. It is easy in today's selfish, consumer-driven culture to always want more and be discontent with what we have.
I often crab about the work that needs to be done on my house, or complain about how small our house is and wouldn't it be nice to have new clothes, or a sleek, flashy car, or perhaps the newest techno gadget.
What I want to do is remind myself (and my children!) of how awesome it is that Hubby and I actually own our own home. I want to remind us that we are very fortunate to still have good paying jobs that offer us health benefits in an awful economy. I want to remember how phenomenal it is that my family is healthy.
Each day I want to celebrate life and all of God's blessings
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Monday, November 24, 2008
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Saturday, November 22, 2008
As a matter of a fact, I nearly had heart failure when D reached out to grab his LIT birthday candle, instead of trying to blow it out. I was standing on the other side of the kitchen table from him, ready to take a multitude of pictures. When D reached for the open flame, I was so panicked that I jumped across the table (translation: threw/draped my whole, over-sized body across the length of the entire table) as I blew/spit the candle out before D's precious little fingers could touch the scorching flame.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Everyone is freaking out about our economic crisis and big industries are requesting multi-billion dollar bailouts.
We’re a week away from celebrating Thanksgiving, which should be a time to reflect on our many blessings, yet we’re inundated by Christmas catalogs with the sole purpose of making sure we want more than we already have.
E pours over the catalogs that we receive in droves each day while she picks out what she wants Santa to bring on Christmas Eve and then I feel guilty as I think do we really need any more toys in our packed home?
Do I really need any more clothes in a closet full of things?
What is the balance between my reality and the reality of the kids in Mexico, Somalia, Iraq, China?
Why do I have moments where I fully realize I’ve seen the worst as the pictures of unfortunate children (and adults) pass before my eyes on television and yet still have moments where I feel discontent with what I have?
Am I an idiot?
Don’t answer that. It’s intended to be hypothetical.
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Tuesday, November 18, 2008
For about the last week, the children have all been wired. I’m talking about the kind of hyped-up, frenetic energy that would make a Tasmanian devil say, “Wow. You’re kind of a spaz!”
E has always been a high energy kid, but I’m talking about levels of activity that defy any relation to my gene pool. I tend to think of napping as a neglected art form.
Maybe it’s the cooler weather or maybe it’s because the evil marketing genius' have ramped up their campaign to make sure your child’s Christmas isn’t complete without a Barbie Jammin’ Jeep. In any case, we have reached new heights of enthusiasm for life in our household.
In fact, last night as I attempted to wrestle G into her pajamas, she suddenly exclaimed, “WAIT! I NEED TO GET FUNKY!”
And then proceeded to move to the middle of the living room where she danced like a disco queen with great gusto for the better part of four minutes until C finally told her she needed to take it down a notch.
But in spite of the fact that all the activity is about to kill me, I still have moments when I look at her (or any of the wee ones) and can’t believe she’s mine.
I had no idea I could love any one person this much.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
~ Proverbs 10:12
Monday, November 10, 2008
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Wednesday, November 5, 2008
"The most imporant thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother."
~ Theodore M. Hesburgh
"Relationships - of all kinds - are like sand held in your hand. Held loosely, with an open hand, the sand remains where it is. The minute you close your hand and squeeze tightly to hold on, the sand trickles through your fingers. You may hold onto some of it, but most will be spilled. A relationship is like that. Held loosely, with respect and freedom for the other person, it is likely to remain intact. But hold too tightly, too possessively, and the relationship slips away and is lost."
~ Kaleel Jamison
"Love is a choice you make from moment to moment."
~ Barbara de Angelis
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. . .And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. - excerpts from 1 Corinthians 13:4-13
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. - John 15:12-13
'Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD. - Leviticus 19:18
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Daddy is so very proud to finally have a little boy and to his complete and utter joy, D willingly drug a kitchen chair into the living room to watch football with Daddy. I have rarely seen C so spitting proud and grinning like a fool!
Saturday, November 1, 2008
What a total disappointment! I just found out that my fantastic husband is traveling for work beginning next Wednesday, November 5th.
Normally this wouldn't be too big of a deal (aside from the fact that I hate being ditched with the children all by my lonesome) -- but it's our WEDDING ANNIVERSARY!
Hello?! There should be a federal law against work travel being required on your anniversary. I am bummed.
Posted by Annie at 5:05 AM