Monday, June 30, 2008
I am guest posting over at Desperately Seeking Sanity today. Heather is on vacation, and she let me babysit her blog for a day.
What? You don't read Heather's blog? You should! We have a lot in common. Besides having the best name, we both love Jesus, and we're both funny. At least, I think I'm funny. But one thing we do not have in common is cooking. I love to cook, hence my recipe blog. Heather, well, you'll have to go read my guest post to find out more!
I read a devotional reading this past week, and it has stayed with me all week. The title of the reading was "Your Primary Obligation."
Obligation means: –noun
1. something by which a person is bound or obliged to do certain things, and which arises out of a sense of duty or results from custom, law, etc.
2. something that is done or is to be done for such reasons: to fulfill one's obligations.
3. a binding promise, contract, sense of duty, etc.
4. the act of binding or obliging oneself by a promise, contract, etc.
As Christians, what is our primary obligation? In other words, who do we try to please on a daily basis? And if we are trying to please God, is it out of a sense of duty or because of our love for Him? And how do we please God?
I think these are great questions to ask ourselves at the beginning of each day. Especially that last one. How do we please God? Refer to 2 Peter 1:3 - live a godly life.
I don't know about you, but sometimes that is a very lofty goal that seems so out of reach. Live a godly life? Me? With my temper? I don't see that happening.
Too often I forget that I don't have to try to live a godly life by my own power. It is by God's power and grace that we are enabled to fulfill this obligation in our lives.
What a great reminder to me this week that I don't have to try to be perfect to please God. I just have to allow His power to guide me in living a godly life. Whew. I'm so thankful I don't have to do this alone.
Your turn. Where have you seen More of Him in your life?
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
The other night I was nursing Ladybug at bedtime. I usually talk or sing to her to help her settle down. I was whispering "sweet nothings" to her and said, "I love you." She popped off and said, "La la la." It sounded too much like "I love you" to be a coincidence. At least, I want to remember it that way.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
I love it when inspiration comes while blog hopping. I shouldn't be surprised, because I know that God has motivated me before using the internet.
Over at Runningamok's Weblog World, I read a post about misconceptions we have about God's Truth. The main point is that in order to know what is really Truth, we must spend time in God's Word and spend time with God in prayer.
It's too easy to believe that because I'm a busy mom, with a child and husband to care for, and with other obligations, that it's okay if I'm too busy for my quiet time with God. It's not okay! This time should be a TOP priority in our lives as Christians, no matter what other things we have going on.
I could give lots of excuses why my daily quiet time is hit or miss, but I won't. I want to focus on the positive!
I do have an area set up with all the supplies that I need for my quiet time. Chair, table, Bible, pencil, journal, Book of Common prayer, devotional reading.
This past week, I did make my quiet time more of priority, in spite of everything else going on. And I felt the difference! I felt quieter in my soul, less anxious, more grounded. Even with just a few days.
With an active woddler (baby-toddler - she hasn't yet graduated to toddling yet!), I have to be willing to squeeze those moments in when I can. (I need to to teach her the joy of sleeping in past 6 am!)
So, thanks to Runningamuck for allowing God to inspire me through the words that she wrote!
Your turn. Where have you seen More of Him in your life?
Saturday, June 21, 2008
They had with them little D who is eight months old, as they were babysitting for the afternoon. D is not yet crawling. But after watching Ladybug motoring around, he seemed a little more inclined to try to crawl.
I had noticed this before Ladybug started crawling too. When she was around other babies who were more mobile, she was more inclined to try harder for the rest of the day.
Are we like that in our grown-up lives as well? Are we motivated by someone else's success, or do we start moving more because we're jealous and we want what they have?
17But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
All I can offer is some linky love, and my thanks for playing along with my snarkyness!
(Any takers on today's title?)
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
After the cleanings were finished, we both sat in our respective chairs waiting for the same dentist. We were able to see each other and started talking across the hallway.
A dental hygenist (who had not worked on either of us) walked by noticed that we were talking. She did a double take and asked, "Do you two know each other?"
Can you imagine if we didn't know each other and he was trying to pick me up at the dentist office? I betcha I would have given him my number anyway!
Monday, June 16, 2008
I have some thoughts swirling in my head about fathers, Father's Day, and relationships. But I can't get them to form into any coherent type of post. Instead, I'm going to share one of my favorite psalms. (One of many, many favorites!)
1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever.
2 Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever.
3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords: His love endures forever.
23 to the One who remembered us in our low estate, His love endures forever.
24 and freed us from our enemies, His love endures forever.
25 and who gives food to every creature. His love endures forever.
26 Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Let's start at the front porch, shall we? This bed is filled with lariope, a few day lilies, and two begonias.I have (had) some pansies on the porch sitting pretty on a chair.
And here is my garden bee. I just love the whimsy of this bee, don't you?
Next to front door, I have Susie's Garden. No, my name isn't Susie. Susie is our first daughter who passed away in 2004. While I was pregnant with her, I dreamed of spending hours with her in the garden, teaching her to love growing things the way my mom did. It was a dream that wasn't realized. And I didn't have much heart for gardening until our Ladybug was born last year. Then my desire to grow things returned.
For my first Mother's Day after Susie's death, Hubby surprised me by painting this plaque and buying me two roses bushes. Here's one of the rose bushes before it bloomed this year.And while blooming! Isn't it gorgeous? I do have the occasional butterfly stop by. I just love butterflies! When I lived up north, I had a great butterfly garden and would love to have one here too. The butterfly has it's wings half closed, and it's sitting near the base of the cherub. Can you see it?
Here's a different shot. It moved and has it's wings open. I was trying to take these pictures while wrestling my woddler (baby-toddler).
Next, we have my problem area. I just don't know what to plant in this bare space on the right. Do I need to balance it out with similar bushes? The middle one is an azalea. I can't remember the name of the two on the left.
I could plant a butterfly bush there. But then it wouldn't look symmetrical. Hmmm... Any suggestions?
Thanks for stopping by to visit my garden. I hope both the garden and I survive this heat and lack of rain!
And stop by The Preacher's Wife Garden Party to see how else is showing off their green thumb.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Tara left a suggestion to list the Ten Best Things About Being a Mom. So here's my list...
1. The free hugs and kissies. Ladybug loves to give kissies! And I love receiving them.
2. Built in nap time for Mommy. Most days I'll lay down with Ladybug for her naps. Sometimes I read, sometimes I nap. It's great down time for my brain.
3. Excuse for a messy house. By messy, I mean toys every where.
4. Co-sleeping. Yes, we've switched to co-sleeping. None of us were getting a good night sleep when Ladybug's teething is bad. All three of us get to have extra snuggles and family togetherness at night.
5. Breastfeeding. We had a rough few weeks (yes, I have promised to write out our nursing story), but since then it's been great. Those extra oxytocin hormones are great for me, and I know that Ladybug is getting the best nutrition possible.
6. Work=play for a 12 month old. Her job is to learn through playing, my job is to assist in her playing and learning. It's so much fun!
7. Ladybug loves music! Which is a plus in this household. I can have 20 uninterrupted minutes for a shower when I put music on and put Ladybug in her crib. Music has also been very calming to Ladybug. When she was an itty-bitty newborn, we would crank the music when she was fussy, and she would be asleep within minutes!
8. Having a great connection with other moms. I love my mommy friends, and I love my mommy bloggers friends too. Y'all are such a great source of information and encouragement!
9. Learning sign language. We are teaching Ladybug basic sign language so that we have a way to communicate before she starts talking. It's been great to know what she thinking, and that she wants a diaper change and not cheerios.
10. Every single milestone. I love seeing every little development in Ladybug. Whether it's learning a new sign, learning to crawl, or getting another tooth, it's all wonderful.
And as a bonus - 11. Giggles. I love sharing giggles with Ladybug! Who doesn't love to laugh with their child? It's the best medicine to cure a grumpy mood or fix a bad day.
For you mommies, what's on your list of best things about being a mom? Leave a comment or write your own post and leave a link so I can come visit.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
I have mailing supplies for my business in a pile under the china cabinet in my office. My "office" is not an enclosed space. It was, at one time, the living room. Now it's my office/sitting room.
The mailing supplies are just there, available for little hands to grab and fling across the room. And Ladybug does just that!
I have a few USPS Priority Mail mailers and flat rate envelopes in the pile. Some days, I swear that Ladybug is "sorting" these mailers. Grammy would be proud.
You see, Grammy is a postmaster. Ladybug is showing interest in Grammy's career already!
Maybe I should get some plastic tubs to keep my mailing supplies away from little hands. Or would that be keeping a budding letter carrier from developing her letter handling skills?
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
First of all, the cake. I used a ladybug cake pan that my Sister found. Sure made the job easier! I made a yellow butter cake. For the icing, I made a buttercream for the red and white colors. And for the black color, I bought a chocolate icicing and tinted it black. (Ignore the dates on the pics. I have NO idea why it reset to that date!)
Cake with the black icing only:
Cake with white icing added to eyes and smile:
I was so proud of myself! It turned out great and it tasted good too. Except to my 8 year-old niece, Little Mama, who is the PICKIEST child in the world. She said she wanted the part with the chocolate icing, took two bites, then asked for a different piece, because "it doesn't taste like chocolate to me."
Anyway, here is our birthday girl enjoying her cake. She was a little unsure at first, but she got into it. And Grandma and Grandpa's dogs sure enjoyed eating her crumbs off the floor!