Saturday, November 24, 2012

You have two choices

When you have imaginative, creative, and active children, you really only have two choices: get angry, or laugh and take a picture.

This was last year.  The turtle was 8 and the monkey 3.  I was downstairs resting.  A rare moment.  They were being quiet.  I knew this was a mistake.  I went upstairs and this picture shows what I found.  I really could have lost it.  I mean, an 8 year old knows better.  I didn't lose it.  I laughed and took a picture.  Now, I don't always laugh.  I lose it.  More than I care to admit.  It takes great prayer in moments like this to realize that they are safe.  And (praise God!) is was washable marker.  Although, washable marker still takes a few days to completely come off.  My kids are very creative and imaginative.  Together, they are rarely bored.  But with that, really does come testing.  I think he was a pirate and she was a raccoon or tiger.

On weeks where I know we are having 'good pictures' taken, I hide anything that leaves a mark!  Just kidding! (Sort of!)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Learning to be thankful

I've had a recent season of annoyance.  Anything minor has annoyed me.  Other people's minor annoyances have REALLY annoyed me.  You might think that these annoyances come from a shallow place.  They don't.  They come from a much deeper place of thankfulness.  See, God's biggest gift to me is perspective.  Perspective of all of the important things in life.

I have had so many dear friends who have had VERY sick children.  In the last 12 months, these are what my friends' children have dealt with:
-A fight for his life with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (
-A fall from a tree that fractured her skull and that she was not supposed to survive (she did)
-A horrendous and very painful case of shingles with lingering nerve pain (ongoing)
-A undiagnosed case of silent reflux that caused the newborn to stop breathing-three different times
-A horrendous bicycle wreck that ended up revealing a potentially malignant tumor

All but one of these occurred in the last month.  (And honestly, I know there are more that I just don't remember right now).  So, if you are bothered because your brother's uncle's cousin isn't bringing food to Thanksgiving, get over it!  If you are "so upset" because you don't get to see one of your family members on the day of Thanksgiving (even though you see them all the time), get over it.  There are people who have loved ones in the hospital, getting ready for surgery, or are experiencing their first holiday since they lost someone.

I'm sure I will be annoying friends and family in the future, but it's time to realize that people are more important that the 'festivity'.   People are more important than the date.  I pray that my children's memories have more to do with the things they are thankful for than the decorations, the food, or the "Sunday best" that they are expected to wear.

So as you go into this first or many holiday celebrations, take a moment to hug your kids and remind them that THEY are what is important!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

When a blog stands still...

When a blog stands still, does anyone hear it fall?  Haha!  Just kidding.  I've been gone for a year and a half.  Not sure where the time went but life, alas, was still marching on.  And moving.  And changing.  I'm sure God has something amazing in store for this life of a wife, mom, friend and daughter.  I have no idea what it is, but I'm still believing it.

I am now homeschooling my 3rd grade turtle and 4 yo monkey.  Although I'm not sure that the monkey is learning very much.  It's been an adjustment.  There are days that I intensely miss the school that my son went to from K3 to 2nd grade.  I miss the community and the people.  I miss seeing all ages of children learning to love God.  When you step out of a community, the community still continues.

We are learning to build a new community.  One within the local homeschool community, within our church, and within our extra activities.  It takes a lot more intentionality to make it work.  I don't stand around at pick-up time chatting with other moms.  I rarely have a conversation with an adult that isn't interrupted by a child.  By about 3:00 in the afternoon, I've heard enough talking and would just like some quiet.

BUT, there have been some advantages beyond any I could have imagined.  The kids seem more willing to help around the house.  Maybe because they see the effort it takes.  Evenings are more enjoyable without homework.  I have the chance to correct behavior much sooner.  My children are even closer friends now!

I'll try to post more often!  Thanks for stickin' around!