Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
A few months ago, I finally caved to urgings of a few friends to join Facebook. My resistance was because I did not need one more thing to waste my time on the internet. I joined because friends from graduate school (seminary) were on it, and those friendships are very dear to me.
The surprise of Facebook has been that friends from college have also found me there. But that also puts me in a strange place. I graduated from a small Christian college over thirteen years ago, then went on to three years of seminary. The passage of time and place has unfortunately dimmed my memory of college and those friendships.
I am not saying that they were not important friendships to me, because they were. I had a lot of great friends in college. But none were that close, bosom buddy type of friendship. Those close relationships came in seminary.
I have been wondering how to pick up with these friendships. Not only catching up on the events that have happened in my life, but also the growth that I have experienced. I do not think that I am the same person I was back then. I hope that I have matured. And I am sure that these friends have changed again.
Friday, November 28, 2008
I know that I have mentioned before that Ladybug can be quite the morning lark. I am a early bird myself. But she does not often allow me to get out of bed without her. Even this week, with early morning preparations that were needed for the Thanksgiving feast, she was not in bed long after I rose both Wednesday and Thursday mornings.
So, the thought hit me, Do SAHM's Need Alarm Clocks?
Even if you don't usually comment when you stop in to visit, please take a moment to vote in the poll and leave a comment about your alarm clock usage. Are you a morning person, or is it tough for you to get out of bed in the morning? Are your kids early risers? Were they early risers, but when school starts, it's like pulling teeth to get them moving in the morning?
And you don't have to be a SAHM to participate. I'd love to hear from all of you! Thanks!!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
A psalm of thanksgiving.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
These are the rules
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 56.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next two to five sentences.
5. Don’t dig for your favorite book, the cool book or the intellectual one. Pick the Closest.
6. Tag five people to do the same
The closest book to me that isn't a board book is Love is a Decision by Gary Smalley and John Trent. I haven't started reading it yet. Here is what it says....
"Halfway through the park, we finally came to the well-marked 'danger zone,' and right when we were in the middle of no-man's land, Norma asked, 'What's that coming out from under the hood?' Well, it was steam from our overheating radiator, and it was beginning to form an unwelcome white cloud!"
I am tagging the following for this meme (don't feel obligated to participate if you don't want to, you won't hurt my feelings):
Melanie at Livin' With Me!
Casey at The Beautiful Letdown
Mandie at Just We Moms
Diana at Sunshine on My Shoulders
Carol at I Throw Like a Girl
And Tara at Feels Like Home bestowed the Kreativ Blogger award for me (or my blog, I'm not sure which!). Thanks, Tara!! In addition, I'm supposed to list 6 things that make me happy and then pass it on to 6 more bloggers. The things that make me happy are:
1. my faith in Jesus Christ
2. my wonderful, patient husband
3. my beautiful Ladybug
4. wonderful Christian friends
5. my mom's cooking!
There are so many of you who deserve this award too! However, since the directions say to share this with 6 bloggers, I'll actually observe the rules this time. I am sharing this award with:
Heather at Desperately Seeking Sanity
Amanda at OhAmanda
Elaine at Peace for the Journey (I actually know Elaine IRL!)
Esme's Mommy at MoziEsme`
Lisa at Little Jack's Corner
Kim at Beanish and Other Languages I'm Learning
And for the apology. I know there are two more of my wonderful bloggy friends who have also shared awards with me, but I cannot remember who. I am so sorry that I haven't acknowledged your kindness! I am so thankful that so many of you come here week in and week out to share your thoughts or just to peek into our lives. Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the internet!
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
6 Come, let us worship and bow down.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Already Grammy and Ladybug have been outside running, chasing each other, and playing in the leaf piles. It's so fun to watch my mom play with her grandbaby!
We'll be hosting Thanksgiving dinner for Hubby's family, plus doing some Christmas shopping this next week. No, I do not shop on Black Friday. I used to work in retail and do not care to voluntarily be a part of that chaos. Too much for me!
What are your plans for Thanksgiving? Big dinner with family? Or something low key? What's your favorite Thanksgiving tradition?
Friday, November 21, 2008
I hate it when other parents feel that they have the right to tell you what you are doing wrong in the parenting department. They see nothing wrong with criticizing every little thing that you are doing in raising your child.
Excuse me? Who made you an expert on child-rearing? Just because you have your own children does not make you an expert on all children.
One thing I learned very early in my parenting journey is to trust my instincts, and that is the advice that I give all new parents. If a book, or grandma, or a well-meaning friend or stranger tells you how you should do something, and it seems counter-intuitive, by all means do not follow that advice!
Ladybug's first pediatrician told me that by letting her nurse for more than 10 minutes per breast was allowing myself to become her pacifier. Um. So what's wrong with that? It is my job as her mother to comfort her, and if that means putting her to the breast, I will do that. Babies, toddlers included, do not know how to navigate this world emotionally. As her mother, I need to teach her how to calmly approach difficult situations. But you cannot rationalize with a screaming infant or toddler. Giving them a means to calm down first is more important in my eyes.
Notice I said "first" pediatrician? We found a new one who would be more supportive of the way that we chose to care for our child.
And just recently, I was told by a woman, who I know well, not only that Ladybug should not be sleeping in our bed, but gave specific instructions on how to get her to sleep in her own room. And this came from a woman who regularly takes mission trips to a very poor country. Um. Where do babies sleep in that poor country, where most people can barely afford a one room shack? They sleep in the same room with not only their parents, but their entire family. Just because I am "rich enough" to afford a 3-bedroom home does not mean that I have to use all of those rooms for sleeping.
I do not mind if people disagree with my parenting choices. As long as it is not hurting my child, however, I do not believe that anyone else has the right to tell me what I'm doing wrong AND how to fix it.
So, if you are a new parent: trust your instincts. For an experienced parent: respect the parenting choices that your friends and acquaintances make. Offer advice only when asked. Most of all, respect another parent's choices and the fact that they know their child best.
... end of rant ...
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I love the stage that our 17 month old Ladybug is in. (To be honest, I've loved every stage so far!) She is playful and active, learning to communicate and express herself, and learning to use her imagination.
Although I know some parts of the country are dealing with snow, we finally have enough leaves in our yard to rake them. So Saturday, we took some time as a family to rake leaves and play outside together. It was so much fun!
Ladybug loved "helping" to rake the leaves. And we all got some exercise and had fun too. It was a great family time!
Special thanks to Kim from Up North Mommy for featuring my Blissful post on recycling from last week.
Thanks for visiting, and don't forget to check out the other Blissfully Domestic posts.
Monday, November 17, 2008
~ my mom arrives on Saturday! Yay! But I want to get my house clean before then.
~ holding a Holiday Open House for my business tonight. Thankfully, this is a group effort, my adopted director and the other gals I meet with are setting up together. But it's still a good amount of work to make sure I have guests.
~ I'm behind in my reading/writing for the Blissfully Wed channel at Blissfully Domestic. So far behind!
~ I would really like to just lie (lay?) on the couch and stare into space right now. (Ladybug is napping, so that is a possibility.)
~ It's difficult to even concentrate enough to finish this post. That's bad! I read a tweet on Twitter last night - I can only concentrate in 140 character snippets. That's me right now!
~ I didn't want to skip a day of posting since I have made it halfway through NaBloPoMo without missing a day. Don't want to ruin that now. So you are subjected to my incoherent ramblings - sorry!
~ When I googled "open brain image" to find a cartoon type picture for this post, I found lots of pictures of open brain coral. Who'da thunk there would be coral by that name? Obviously not me.
That's about all I have right now. I think I'm going to stare at the ceiling for a while now....
Sunday, November 16, 2008
21"His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'
26"His master replied, 'You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
She has learned how to slide down out of the bed by herself. I saw her do this a few days ago. And she did it again today, because she silently appeared at the living room door while we thought she was still asleep.
I guess that's one disadvantage of her not sleeping in a crib. Oh well.
Oh, and the title of this post? Did you think it meant that I'm pregnant? Um, no. But my sister is and I'll pass along your well wishes.
Friday, November 14, 2008
And Hubby had to get in on the photo op as well!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
“Yes,” Abraham replied. “Here I am!”
12 “Don’t lay a hand on the boy!” the angel said. “Do not hurt him in any way, for now I know that you truly fear God. You have not withheld from me even your son, your only son.”
13 Then Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught by its horns in a thicket. So he took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering in place of his son. 14 Abraham named the place Yahweh-Yireh (which means “the Lord will provide”). To this day, people still use that name as a proverb: “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”
15 Then the angel of the Lord called again to Abraham from heaven. 16 “This is what the Lord says: Because you have obeyed me and have not withheld even your son, your only son, I swear by my own name that 17 I will certainly bless you. I will multiply your descendants beyond number, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will conquer the cities of their enemies. 18 And through your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed—all because you have obeyed me.” (Genesis 22:9-18)
28"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? (Matthew 6:25-30)
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
For the choir director:
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
I was standing near the snack table, listening to the conversation of the moms in the circle. Ladybug had been at the table eating a banana, but she slipped away to find a toy or something.
As my eyes gazed the room, I saw her over by the dolls. There was a doll in a high chair that she wanted. She saw that I was looking at her. So she signed HELP because she couldn't get the doll out of the chair.
It was a silent call for help across a crowded room. No need for a tantrum because Ladybug knew that saw I her and would know what she wanted. I love my signing toddler!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
By the time we reached the door, she had fallen asleep, so she missed watching me vote (the main thing a 17 month old would be interested in would have been the touch screen).
I think Ladybug enjoyed her first experience at the polls. We hope that she'll grow into a responsible citizen and always exercise her right to vote!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
She came home from Mom's Morning Out with a coloring page in her bag, and I knew the time was right. Here we go!
I bought the triangular shaped crayons. They are bigger and easier to grip in her toddler hands. The package says "washable" - we'll see about that!
I set Ladybug up in her high chair, placed a paper on the tray, and gave her a crayon. And she was off!! Soon, she wanted crayons in both hands.
We both had a lot of fun with our first adventure in coloring. I did turn my back for a few seconds and discovered that she had taken a bite out of the pink and orange crayons.
For now, I am letting her color on blank white paper. I know there are free printables out there. Can anyone make recommendations on sites to find good printables for coloring?
Thanks for dropping by today to see our colorful attempt at being Blissfully Domestic!
Monday, November 3, 2008
NOTE: If you have a More of Him post, please link up in the comments. Thanks!
Sometimes when Ladybug is at Mom's Morning Out, I have a chance to watch her on the playground, from inside the church, and she doesn't know that I'm there.
I watch her climb the steps, sit down at the top of the slide, and scoot down the slide. I'll watch her toddle around to do it again.
Sometimes she'll walk over to one of her teachers. I can see her jibber-jabbering.
I'll watch her toddle around the picnic table. She'll bend over and investigate the wood chips. Uh-oh, she stood up too quickly and at the wrong angle and she bonked her head. From the reaction of the teacher, she must have cried out in pain.
Watching this scene play, I wondered how God watches us.
Does He smile as He watches us play? Does He nod His head with pride when He sees that we have gained a new skill? Does His gaze become more intense when He sees that we might have hurt ourselves? Is He relieved when someone comes along to help us, encourage us, and dust us off?
As much as I am learning about parenting, I think I am learning more about God. He is our Divine Parent, the One who watches over us. He is our Father, the One who loves us so much that He sent His own Son to show us what true love is.
As much as I rejoice in watching my daughter learn new things, I think about how much more He loves watching us learn to follow His way. How much more does He love us? How much more does He hurt when we hurt? How much more does He long to pick us up, dust us off, and give us a reassuring hug? How much more does He shake His head in sadness when we make wrong choices? And how much more does He celebrate when we turn to Him?
Where have you seen More of Him in your life?
Sunday, November 2, 2008
But I would like to ask your opinion on a political topic that, to me, is very important when deciding which candidate to vote for.
Hubby and I had a discussion recently about the pro-life vs. pro-choice debate. We both believe in the sanctity of life and that life begins at conception. But is it easier for a man (in general) to be pro-choice because whether or not to end an unwanted pregnancy will never be a decision that he has to face?
I won't even guess at the myriad thoughts that lead a woman to end a pregnancy. It's not a decision that I could make. But I would not judge a woman who felt that was her only course of action. I would, however, grieve for that lost child. Because "it" is a child.
I would love to hear your opinions. Please be respectful when you leave a comment. No attacking. I will yield my executive privilege on this blog and delete all nastiness. Let's have a healthy discussion here.
Is it easier for a man to be pro-choice because having an abortion is not something that he will have to face personally?
Saturday, November 1, 2008
So, what will you see this month? I cannot guarantee anything except thirty days of posts. Sometimes they will be thought provoking, sometimes not. A lot of pictures of 17 month old Ladybug. I may talk about a few topics that I haven't brought up before.
Last year, I participated in the Thirty Days of Thanks, but since I regularly participate in Thankful Thursday, I don't think I'll do that this year. I am part of the Breastfeeding and Mothering group for NaBloPoMo, so I will be talking about those topics a little more this month.
I will continue posting More of Him Mondays to bring you an inspirational thought for the week. If you have a More of Him type of post to share, please feel free to leave a link in the comments on Mondays.
Through this whole month, I want to encourage us all to recognize the community that we have around us - the blogging community. I have found such great support, encouragement, and friendship through other bloggers.
Are you participating in NaBloPoMo this year? Let me know so I can come visit you too!