|Prince and Princess met Astronaut Chris Ferguson. He was so great to talk to.|
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
|This is Pop-pop and Nanny holding my sister.|
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Tuesday was "Camo Day." We didn't have any camo so last week I went to Wal-Mart and found camo shirts so they could participate. Tuesday morning, Prince got up and put on his clothes with no problem. Princess, however, saw the shirts and began to cry. This was followed by 20 minutes of: these clothes are ugly, I don't want to wear them. I could identify with how Princess feels, as I don't really like to dress silly either. The conversation that ensued was about how she didn't have to wear it, but if she didn't participate every day this week she wouldn't get a "NUT" coupon (no uniform today) for Friday. I explained that this is just the beginning of having to jump through hoops to get what you want in life. She finally decided to wear the camo shirt but was quite explicit that as soon as she got home she would take it right off.
Yesterday was red, white, and blue day and it was also "See you at the pole" day. The entire school met in the gym yesterday morning and it was such an uplifting time. I was quite impressed that the middle school students led the assembly. The children were divided into grade levels and older students were assigned to help facilitate prayer with the younger students. It was amazing to see all of these children in guided corporate prayer. These children are our future and I am so glad to see the Christian leadership at such a young age. They were praying for each other, praying for their school, their principal and his leadership, praying for our country and president. I was blessed to be able to stay and be a part of this special time. (I had a homeroom mom meeting afterwards).
Well, we made it through Green and Gold day today and both children were awarded NUT coupons for tomorrow. They are excited that they can choose what they want to wear to school tomorrow. All in all, I'd say it's been a pretty good week!
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
We serve a big God. There are so many reminders each day of how amazing He is, if only we will take them in. I want to share a few of the reminders I have noticed in the last few days.
God made this beautiful beach. The waves are so powerful and big yet...
He also made these delicate shells and He knows how many grains of sand are on this beach.
God made Prince's feet that are growing bigger by the day. They started out as tiny little baby feet and look at them now! These feet carry Jesus with him wherever he goes.
God gave me not one, but TWO miracle children to love and to teach them about God's love for all of us. I still can't fully understand God's love for us, but having children has brought me closer to that idea of unconditional love.
My sweet sister. God gave me this sister to grow up and old with. We are forever connected with a bond that has so connected our hearts and lives, we often know when one is hurting, even though we aren't together. We've always been that way. The truth of the matter is that at times we drive each other totally insane, mostly because we have such different personalities. But there is no relationship like that of a sister. You can be at odds one minute, but then if you need her, she's right there cheering you on. My sister is one of the most loyal and giving people I know. I'm so glad God gave me a sister. Look at Sweet Cheeks, sitting on her lap. How can you not know that God made those precious, kissable cheeks?!
Last night we went to the final roll out of Space Shuttle Discovery. It was awesome. Yes, I am quite aware that this machine was made by man, but I can't help but be awestruck when I think that it takes man into space to see the amazingly intricate universe God created.
It is so tempting to get caught up in the hectic, busy day and not pay attention to my surroundings. To really look, and appreciate those people and things that God has placed in my life because He loves me. But when I look around and see it, really notice the people and things He has done for me, I am amazed. I am amazed that He can love me so much. Amazed at all He created. Amazed and so in love with Him!
Sunday, September 19, 2010
On the way out to the beach, I ran in Publix to get some food to take with us. When I returned to the car I was pleasantly surprised to hear that Hubby had selected some nice Michael W. Smith praise music from my i-pod. I said, "Hubby, Michael W. Smith? Wow!" He says, "Well, I WAS playing a song from the Pretty Woman soundtrack until your son said, 'Dad, would this song glorify Jesus? I don't think it's a Jesus song. I think we need to listen to music that would praise Jesus.'" So Hubby had to pick something that would glorify Jesus. I love my kids! They're going to have their daddy listening to praise and worship music yet.
The beach was gorgeous and relaxing. After coming home to shower, we went on a scavenger hunt for fried oysters. Hubby was craving them and we drove about 20 minutes to a restaurant in another town only to find a big sign on the door that said they were out of oysters. So we drove back to town to try a new restaurant by the pier that was really good. I guess we should have started there to begin with. We had a great dinner out and came home for Family Game Night. All in all, we had a fantastic day and really enjoyed each other's company.
Friday, September 17, 2010
|Does this cat disturb anyone else? My kids keep commenting on how cute it is, but I'm finding it a little bizarre. So I'm posting it anyway.|
1. IMAX 3-D movie about the Hubble Telescope ~ Amazing!
2. Volunteering at the twins' school
3. Girlfriend time with my bestie. We had a great night out including dinner and shopping at Marshalls and Target, my two favorite stores!
4. Hubby and I started attending a new Bible study at our church.
5. Lots of laundry ~ have I mentioned that I loathe laundry?
6. Hubby and I have begun watching Boston Legal on DVD. The verdict is still out on that one.
7. This morning I took the kids to Dunkin' Donuts, you know, because I really value nutrition and want to be mom of the year. I promise I've never done this on a school day before ~ it was a special treat. I was not going to get a donut, since I'm trying to watch my waistline and all. I really was not going to get a donut. Then, there it was: calling to me on the sign...a pumpkin donut. I've never seen this before and it was really calling my name. Those darn advertising people. They know how to get to you. Let's just say that I have a new favorite donut and I really am glad the donut store in not really on my way to anywhere in particular. Otherwise I'd be watching my waistline grow this fall.
8. Both kids were on green light all week! This is easier for one than it is for the other. I'll let you guess which is which. Anyway, we went to the Dollar Tree as promised and bought dinosaurs that grow when you put them in water. Fun times.
9. Hubby is bringing home pizza. I'm so glad I don't have to cook tonight. Also glad we are eating on paper plates. I'll even do the dishes tonight ~ ha!
10. Family Fun Night ~ this means dinner and watching a family movie together. Thank goodness it's low impact for I am fading fast.
Have a great weekend, everyone!
Thursday, September 16, 2010
I tried to see how far the comparison would go with her and I asked her if she thought being shaped by God could be painful sometimes, but her response was, "No, He doesn't beat us down like I beat this clay on the table." OK, so she's not quite ready to see the comparison of life's hardships shaping us, (thank goodness!)but it got ME to thinking. It does hurt when God is shaping us, molding our character in His image. Sometimes we do feel as if we are taking a beating, not in a literal sense, but wrestling our will against His will for us. After this conversation with the Princess, I have been singing, "Have thine own way, Lord, have thine own way, Thou art the Potter, I am the clay. Make me and mold me after thy will. While I am waiting, yielded and still." The thing is, if I sing it and say it, I have to truly mean it and be open to His will.
I don't know about you, but I can be quite strong-willed. I want things my way because I think I know how it will all turn out so much better. Sometimes I really blow it and try to force my own way. Those are the times when it is most painful for God to bring me back into His will, His hands-on approach can really hurt. If only I could swallow my pride and give in, I think I'd be a lot better off.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
As the mother of twins, I laughed out loud when I received this email from a friend this week. I needed another laugh today as I begin my day, so I thought I'd share this with you. I think the Queen of Brussels Sprouts will especially appreciate this one!
So, this is how they do it....one of life's great mysteries solved.
So, this is how they do it....one of life's great mysteries solved.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Well, God has given me a bit of perspective. You know, the kind that slaps you right in the face and you realize that maybe your priorities are a bit screwed up. Since this big birthday, I have begun to think of the many things I do have to be thankful for. For starters, I have faced death not once, but twice and God has said that it wasn't my time. He has given me this day, the only day I'm promised, the here and now. It's what I do with it that counts. I also have some amazing people in my life that have given words of encouragement. As I have talked to friends about my struggle with getting older, God has given me some words. The message has been delivered in many different ways but I leave the conversations with the same thought: Bloom Where You're Planted. I have come to realize that God doesn't expect every day to be some dramatic experience. It's the little things I do each day that make up my life's story. Raising Godly children, taking care of my family, nurturing other children through the preschool, being a good listener when people need to talk and offering encouragement. These are all things I can do to further God's kingdom and they are what's important.
So with a renewed perspective and a thankful heart, I choose to live in the now, to be thankful for my family and for where God has placed me in this moment. I will be working toward crossing things off of my bucket list and being thankful for life's interruptions which are opportunities for ministry. I'm going to start on my book and see where God leads. The first 35 years have gone by pretty quickly, so I'd better make the most of the next 35 +.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Prince: Mommy, I want a baby.
Me: You're too young to have a baby. Where will this baby come from?
Prince: I know, but when I grow up I'm gonna find me a sweet, pretty thang to marry and she'll have a baby.
Prince: But do you know who my sweetest, prettiest thang is?
Me: No, who?
Prince: It's you, Mommy.
And with that, he could have whatever he wanted for the rest of the day, or for the rest of his life for that matter. Moments like that melt my heart.
Poor Princess had to stick it out at school today. I hope she had a good day. Perhaps some Mommy time for her will be in order when she gets home. Heck, maybe even a Sonic slushee run during happy hour. Holla!