24 October 2014

Weekly Wind-Down

Friday has arrived!! Although -- this week really flew by around here. It seems like it was just Monday, and now here we are, at the end of the week, getting ready for those two relaxing days at the end! I'm not sure what we really have planned for this weekend -- we never really plan things out -- but that's okay. It just means that when we do get to do something, we appreciate it that much more.

This week was a good one, for the most part. We had two days of preschool. S brought home a couple of the cutest worksheets that they did, writing their names and coloring pumpkins. She had great days, and cannot wait for her fall festival next week. We had our second MOPS meeting of the month and enjoyed fellowship with other Moms {and kids}. The message about forgiveness, both giving and receiving it, was very enlightening. Ballet class went well, and S's cartwheels are coming along a little better. She still cannot get all the way over ... but her form is getting much better. It's a start!

On the down side, I dealt with an infection in my mouth, which lead to needing a root canal. My face swelled up, from my mouth and cheeks all the way up to my nose and eye. I still look like I have a bit of a black eye, but the puffiness has gone down and things are healing up. On top of that, we've had some issues with the kids trying to boycott dinner, and some minor attitude issues. Nothing out of the norm for a 2 and 4 year old, though. Some days, it just drives me crazier than others.

L is getting smarter -- and funnier -- every day, too. This week, at the store, he saw the blow up Halloween displays, pointed to the witch and said, "I'm going to turn you into a froooog!" For the rest of the day, he kept calling me a witch, and trying to put spells on me. Clearly, he's been enjoying the festive books we've been reading this month. Arthur's Halloween is his current favorite -- as I've been reading it at least two or three times a day!

Another week behind us, and another week closer to Christmas {and the new year}! 
What was your highlight?! 

22 October 2014

Kisses From Katie

Have you ever found yourself so engrossed in a book that it felt like it was ... speaking to your soul? You connect with it so much you can actually feel yourself among the pages, playing out a role. Following the actions and comings and goings of the characters/people -- believing what they believe.

A few weeks ago, I picked up Kisses from Katie. Within a few pages, I was borderline obsessed with this story. Based on real events, A woman named Katie follows a calling from God, and leaves everything familiar for Uganda. Originally, she sets out to be a teacher, and simply help out the community in any way she can.

She quickly finds a love for the children -- a deep-rooted, can only be explained as God, kind of love for these sweet and innocent little people whose lives have been wrecked and ravaged by horrible things: war, poverty, AIDs, malnutrition, lack of clean water, and more. She takes in one girl to foster, loving her as only a mother can. As time progresses, she takes in more and more little girls - 13 in all. She feeds them, worships with them, teaches them, and shows them Christ's love and adoration. She teaches them their worth, and their importance, in a world that tells young girls otherwise.

The story really hit a spot with me. For a long time, I've thought a lot about fostering, and have been praying about it -- to see if its something in my head, or if it's really God calling me to it. And to see someone so young, so unsettled in life just know that this is what she was supposed to be doing, its so inspiring. The book made me laugh. It made me cry. And more than anything, it made me think.

But to be honest, reading a book like that makes it hard to follow up with something else to read. And that's exactly where I find myself lately -- so enthralled by Kisses from Katie, that I am now having a hard time finding anything that will suck me in as hard, or even half as hard. I guess that can be a good thing -- just means I really really enjoyed the book. But now, reading anything else is just ... sort of ... falling short.

If you haven't read Kisses from Katie, seriously consider it. If you have, read it again. I know I plan to in the near future.

What have you been reading lately? Anything that just sucked you in so hard that you know I need to read it?!

17 October 2014

Kiddo Cutes

Lemme just tell you -- these kids have been giving me a run for my money, lately! Most nights, as soon as they are in bed, I have all I can do to lay on the couch and watch a show with M. I know its just the stages they are at -- L is coming into his "three-nager" stage. And boy is his attitude starting to shine! S is still our dramatic girl, although she's starting to settle a bit, which is a nice change. And I know school and dance are doing wonders for her -- in only a few short weeks, I can see how much she is learning, which is incredible! Kids are sponges! One of these days, I will be begging to have the days back when  the kids were waking me up at 545am, because they just wanted to spend THAT MUCH extra time with Mom. Or at least thats what I'm telling myself right now.

Lord, when that day comes, please remind me that sleep is necessary, and I can just enjoy my time with them {as much as they'll allow at that age} later in the day!


s: look! i can do a cartwheel.
*failed attempt*
daddy: i really wish someone would teach that child how to do a cartwheel ... im tired of seeing her donkey-kick the air ...

picking up sister from her church class:
l: lemme hold sissy's tag.
l: what is dat? dat a cupcake!
mommy: are you a cupcake?
l: nooooo!
mommy: are you sure? i bet you taste like a cupcake!
l: no -- i taste like a sausage!

again, at dinner time:
S: God is good, God is great ... thank for the food. Amen.
Mom: You know -- you are supposed to say Grace before eating ...
S: but ... if I don't like the food, why should I thank Jesus for it?

spilling everyone's secrets:
S: Pappy isn't going to die, right?
Mom: No, sweetie. Why would you worry about that.
S: Well ... he did something bad. Really bad.
Mom: He did?
S: He threw something. At Target.... and it BROKE!
Mom: ...
S: That's bad!


It's Friday -- which means the weekend is upon us. Ours will be full of family visits, a birthday party complete with cousins and a bounce house, church, and a big lunch with friends. As well as a phone call to Mimi and Papa. Satisfying, I'd say. What about you -- what are your weekend plans?

16 October 2014

Pushing Aside the Sloth Within Me

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Yesterday was just one of those days.

We ran errands all morning -- and the kids weren't happy after the second stop. The list was long, and they survived, but they made it known each step of the way that they would rather be at home. And on top of the never ending errand list, we had the never ending rain storm, to boot.

It was the kind of day you want to throw on some sweatpants, curl up on the couch with a movie or a good book, and just get lost. Maybe take a nap. Do anything but be productive.

And you know -- that's just what I did, as soon as we got home and the kids were down for a nap. I turned on the DVR, watched a couple shows, lounged with the cat, and eventually woke up, realizing I had been napping for who knows how long! Productive? Nope. Comfortable?! You betcha!

I finally got off my bum and woke the kids up, who had both given in to rainy-day naps, as well. They asked for a movie, and I gladly obliged -- who was I to deny them that same laziness that I had just found and enjoyed myself.

And this feeling just crept over me -- this incredible lack of motivation. Laundry? Who wants to do that. Cook dinner? No way ... we'll survive off sandwiches. Rainbows class tonight for S? It's okay if she misses this one time.

And then I read a status message on Facebook ... about our pastor, and his recent health episode. And it dawned on me: I can. So I should!

Here I am, alive. Healthy. And fully capable. All because of His grace. So why was I caving to this overwhelming feeling of nothingness?!

I tossed the laundry in the washer -- thankful that we have clothes on our backs, and can afford the water needed to wash them with. I put dinner on the stove -- grateful that we have enough to eat, that our bellies never know what it's like to miss a meal. And I prepared our stuff for Rainbows/church class. Because there is never a time when soaking up The Word isn't food for my soul. When prayer and worship and praise don't lift me up and leave me feeling solid, whole, capable, and worthy.

The dvds will be there tomorrow. Today?! I'll get to work, because He gave me today. The only today there will be. And I need to put it to good use.

What are you doing today?! 

14 October 2014

Saying Good-Bye to Beach Season

A few weeks ago, we had our last walk in the sand for this season. We got together with a few friends, lathered on the sunscreen, hauled out bags of sand toys, and had a great day outside. It was mid-September, and we were in bathing suits, enjoying 85 degree weather! We flew kites. Dug for shells and sharks' teeth. Buried the kids' legs. And jumped in the waves. Each one of us had a sad look on our faces when it was time to get in the car and drive away from that mini-paradise. And not only do we miss the beach -- the sun, the sand and the salty air, but we miss our friends, too. I'm sure we'll get down to see them soon, even if the weather is less than perfect ... and slightly cooler. But the beach days will have to wait until next season.

At least the last one was a great one!