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Archive for April, 2007

I am tired of playing the less than fun game of “catch up” with my housework. Routine tweaking is in order for this week along with some book sales, major living room re-arrangment and some serious toddler training.  

You will see

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This morning I listened to a great sermon by Marq on the teachings of Jesus. Mainly on what Jesus says in John 10:11-21 and 27-28 concerning His sheep and their safety.

Listen HERE as Marq goes over the text and anwsers the question of whether a Christian can loose his salavation?… or more accurately put can Christ loose a Christian?

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Retreat and Boys

Okay the title of this post sounds a little funny I must admit but I lack the creativity that most have in coming up with a good title.

Amy a dear friend of mine is on her way to kidnap me and Baby Girl for the night and half of tomorrow. We will be going to an all womens retreat… I am excited and a little nervous. I don’t do well in large groups. While I am gone the boys here are going to be having an all Boys hang out! I am so excited for them, for the little boys to hang out with there most favorite Big Boy aka Daddy. In honor of there Boy hang out I am going to post this awesome article that I found at Rocks in My Dryer… it is a perfect description of What a Boy Is.

WHAT IS A BOY?  by Alan Beck

Boys come in assorted sizes, weights, and colors. They are found everywhere – on top of, underneath, inside of, climbing on, swinging from, running around or jumping to. Mothers love them, little girls hate them, older brothers and sisters tolerate them, adults ignore them and Heaven protects them. A boy is Truth with dirt on its face, Wisdom with bubble gum in its hair and the Hope of the future with a frog in its pocket. 

A boy has the appetite of a horse, the digestion of a sword swallower, the energy of a pocket size atomic bomb, the curiosity of a cat, the lungs of a dictator, the imagination of Paul Bunyan, the shyness of a violet, the audacity of a steel trap, the enthusiasm of a firecracker, and when he makes something he has five thumbs on each hand.

He likes ice cream, knives, saws, Christmas, comic books, the boy across the street, woods, water (in its natural habitat), large animals, Dad, trains, Saturday mornings, and fire engines. He is not much for Sunday school, company, schools, books without pictures, music lessons, neckties, barbers, girls, overcoats, adults, or bedtime.

Nobody else is so early to rise or so late to supper. No one else can cram into one pocket a rusty knife, a half eaten apple, three feet of string, an empty Bull Durham sack, two gumdrops, six cents, a slingshot, a chunk of unknown substance, and a genuine supersonic code ring with a secret compartment.

A boy is a magical creature – you can lock him out of your workshop, but you can’t lock him out of your heart. You can get him out of your study, but you can’t get him out of your mind. Might as well give up- he is your captor, your jailer, your boss and your master – a freckle faced, pint sized bundle of noise. But when you come home at night with only the shattered pieces of your hopes and dreams, he can mend them with two words – “Hi Dad!”            

 

HAVE FUN BOYS! BUT NOT TO MUCH!

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Thoughts, they come and they go. Some of them stick and some of the float on by leaving no trace of their presence. Some linger for awhile in the back just waiting to be found. Other’s thoughts often challenge our own, encourage us to grow, and even at times cause us to change. In the community of the blogging world we are daily or however often you blog sharing and trading our thoughts. We read each others in order to get to know each other and to grow off of one another. So many women have so much to offer other women in so many areas of life; God I believe is using this community of women and sometimes men to further His kingdom, to encourage His children and to nurture them to be stronger in their callings.  I have been blessed with many women who have done just that. Every blog that I visit leaves an imprint on me and I thouroughly enjoy each of my blog friends.

 

 Melissa, Stacy and Jennifer all have honored me with a Thinking Blogger/Sweet Spirit Award. Thank you so much! The rules are to post 5 women and their blogs that make me think. These women truly inspire me to be a better woman in my calling:

 

Ann at Holy Experience… I have been visiting her for about 2 years now. I am always overwhelmed with peace when I step into her thoughts.. they are so saturated in holiness of Christ that I can not leave with out being encourage, inpired, moved and drawn closer to the Lord. She has such a beautiful and unique style of expressing her thoughts.

 

Trina at I work from Son up to Son down… a friendly homeschooling mother of 5 boys, I am intrigued by her. She has a contagious spirit that seeps through her words. There have many times that the Lord has lead me to her thoughts in an anwser to my prayers. I have truly been blessed by her recorded thoughts of being a mother of 5 boys!

 

Meredith at Like Merchant Ships… I am truly amazed at how God has blessed this woman with ways to be frugal. I absolutely love her ideas and always leave her with my mind twirling in new ideas and the inspiration to be more frugal.

 

Candy at Homekeeper at Home… She is a real inspiration to me in getting my act together! I love visiting her and seeing how organized she is, how homemakery she is and how much she loves blessing her family and glorifyng her Lord. A little piece of her enthusiasm rubs off on me each time I visit!

 

Jennifer at PjAcademy and Melissa at Twaddle Me Not…both of these women have encouraged my heart in its desire to adopt one day. I love to listen to their stories, see their families, and hear of their beautiful faith. I am thankful that the Lord has blessed me with both of them!

 

 

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One of the worst experiences of the motherhood journey is to watch helplessly as your child endures pain. You sit in horror as you softly try to comfort and console your child. You whisper sweet words, fun reminders of surprises to come while gently squeezing his hand and all the while knowing that your words are drifting in the air above him. Consuming his little mind and body is the overwhelming fear and pain that he is enduring. Yesterday morning Superman complained of his tooth hurting him. It is one that he had an appointment to get filled. I decided to take a look at it and noticed his gums all around it were swolen so we took him in for the dentist to look at it. When we got there they looked at it and said it had gotten infected and that they needed to do the procedure now. So we sat there Superman and I and talked about all of it, went over each of his concerns and then when the dentist came in a noticed there was an infection ( I guess the nurses left that part out of the information they gave her ) she looked concerned and told me that because of the infection they could not save the tooth and would have to pull it. Fear struck my son and myself… we both didn’t like the sound of this. I have never experienced a pulled tooth so did not know what to expect. The dentis had already numbed his mouth so that painful part was already over and Superman handled it like a man! ;0) After it was explained to me what was going to happen now I tried my best to assure my son that there would be no pain just a lot of pressure, but I knew it was going to be scary anyway. When they began I was horrified at the process and at the sight of my poor little man. All I could do was pray… Oh Lord please give my son peace and let this be over soon. My heart was being squeezed and tugged on as I held back the tears. When it was over my son and I were both ready to get out of that office and go home.

 

It was a moment in which I will never forget and one that I never want to experience again. Mothers… brush your chldrens teeth and floss so that you may not have to experience something as horrible as this. You know thinking about our roles as mothers we have the ability in a lot of areas in our childrens lives to prevent them from going through unecessary pain… it is wise on our parts to not just see the here and now but to look into the future. Every little decision we make from brushing their little teeth to letting them get away with things have an effect on the bigger picture… more thought later maybe.

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Babywearing

Meet my new best friend!

Okay so the other day I attempted to go grocery shopping with my two boys and my baby girl. I was having one of those high energy I can do anything moments. Let me tell you all of the simpathy looks I got and offers of help I got while I desperately tried to discipline one whining child (who at times was rolling on the floor), while hushing one baby girl, push a buggy full of food and directed my 6 year old enthusiastic son who was pushing the other buggy full of food… what a scene.  While I was shopping I saw a bright light shining as a woman came around the corner wearing her little one in a sling. I was so envious as I watched her move around so easily. I have been shopping online for a sling like this one for months now but they are all so expensive or more than we can afford to buy right now. Well, the other day while talking to my friend about it she said she had one that she tried with her little one but she didn’t take to it and that I could borrow it. I was so elated and jumped on the chance to try it. Well two days later and we can not be seperated!! :0) I went to Wally World today to do some mild shopping… with my boys…and my baby girl… and my new best friend and we all had a blast and this time the only looks I got were envious ones!

 Ladies, if you have any children at all I would highly recomend getting a sling of your own if at all possible. I am able to cook dinner, clean up, and do a whole lot of things that I couldn’t do before. I love wearing my baby!

 

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*Morning: 6:00-9:00

Prayer and Bible Reading my time with the Lord

Prep for the day, to do list, begin laundry, bills

Breakfast prep, breakfast, Family Meeting (to go over weekly goals)

Table Chores, dressed and teeth

Morning Chores *

Devo, worship, prayer and memory 

*Early Afternoon: 9:00-11:45

Home school,

Snacks, Laundry, Feed girl,

Kais’ training time and play time 

*Afternoon: 11:45-1:00

Lunch prep, lunch, table chores and read aloud with our dessert

Feed girl 1:00-4:00Home school,

Snack,

Worship (dancing),

Play and workout (me)

Outdoor play,

Feed girl

Dinner prep, dinner and table chores

Outdoor clean up and evening chores 

*Evening: 6:30-8:30

Bath time, snack, read aloud, game, teeth, worship, prayer and bed

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