About Me

I am a proud wife and mother, and a born again Christian. I work from home as a writer while taking care of Miss N, our six-year-old, Miss M, our four-year-old and Miss C, our newest bundle of joy. Life is crazy but so much fun!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone has been able to spend time with loved ones over this holiday. I am beginning to enjoy it more and more. It is one of the few holidays that is not highly commercialized. We are visiting my family in KC, minus Joey, but plus one set of grandparents (my dad's parents). We did a quick trip to the KC zoo in spite of the cold on Black Friday. Natalie has been enjoying decorating Grandma's Christmas trees. This is her first year to really get into that. The decorations are a little low on the tree, however.

She has said many funny things but one sticks out particularly. She was putting an ornament on the tree, and she said, "I do this one by my self." It fell to the ground and she said, "Maybe not." Not quite as funny without the adorable squeaky voice, of course.

When we arrived we went potty first thing. She saw some wipes in the bathroom similar to what we use at home and said, "Grandma buy those blue wipes for me? That's very nice of her to do that!"

I am sure I will think of some other quotes to put up. Megan has also been enjoying all of the attention and sleeping even less than she does at home! She is more than willing to bestow spit up on anyone who wants it!

Here's a shot of Natalie decorating the tree. You can see other pics of our trip in my facebook album

Friday, November 21, 2008

Ladies and Gentlemen!

Last night when Tim got home I had Natalie say her verse for him (see video below). He was duly impressed and said, "That was a good job Boo Boo (her nickname)." She replied "You're Welcome. I'll be here all night."

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Natalie's First Verse


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If You Have Kids, Hug Them Today

Like any mommy, I get frustrated with my children. Both Natalie and Megan have been off for a while, and I haven't been getting much sleep because of it. I have to confess I have been struggling to be patient with them! Turns out they (and I) were in dire need of a visit the chiropractor. We went yesterday and they both slept through the night. Anyways, I have been reminded through the struggles of others how precious the life of my children is. If you are reading this, hug your kids, and please pray for these little ones:

  • Macy - Macy is four years old and just went through exentsive open heart surgery. Her mommy and I went to college together. This is the second child they have had to put through the same surgery. She is in a lot of pain.
  • Zach - Zach is 9 or 10 (can't remember) and the friend of a friend. He was in an accident caused by a drunk driver and suffered a serious head trauma. After spending a week in a comatose like state, he is now doing well and at home, but has a long road to full recovery. Oh, and the driver, she will get off with paying a $1,000 fine.
  • Dustyn - Dustyn is the 10 year old son of a former co-worker from RBS. He is suffering some unexplained medical problems that could have some very serious problems. His twin sister is really struggling.

Sometimes it's easy to question why God would allow little ones to suffer. Each of these families have beautiful testimonies in spite of what they are going through. The mom of Zach has actually been able to forgive that drunk driver, which takes tremendous grace and strength. I praise the Lord for these children, some of whom I've never met, and their mommies, who are showing the world what strength through Christ is all about "I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me." Allyson, Michelle, and Beth, I have been praying for you and continue to do so.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Don't Eat Fruit That Tree!

My child amazes me! (What mommy doesn't say that :)) Anways, we were cleaning up and she came accross her Bible book, one that we have not read because it is too advanced for her. She was looking at the pics and saw Adam and Eve. Not sure how she knew it, but she pipes up "That's Adam and Eve in this book, Mommy!"

Mommy: That's right. How did you know that?
Natalie: Adam and Eve, Don't Eat Fruit That Tree! They disobey.
Daddy: Who did they disobey?
Natalie: They eat the fruit.
Mommy: Who told them not to eat the fruit?
Natalie: God
Mommy: What happened when they ate the fruit?
Natalie (thinking for a long time): They gets a time-out!

Soooo funny. I had no idea she knew that much of the story. It's been my turn to do junior church, and I have not told Adam and Eve's story. We do have a Bible book that has it in there that we read from time to time, but I didn't know that she was listening that well!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Heaven Is Very Far Away

I just had a very special conversation with Natalie. I had to discipline her because she did not obey what she was told. Afterward I gave her a hug and prayed with her. I told her she needed to obey her mommy and daddy because the Bible says "Children, Obey your parents." God wanted her to obey, and I wanted to teach her how.

Natalie: Where does God live?
Mommy: God lives in heaven.
Natalie: I wanna go to heaven. I love God.
Mommy: Well, if you ask Jesus to save you from your sins when you are older you can go to heaven.
Natalie: With mommy?
Mommy: Yes
Natalie: and Daddy?
Mommy: Yes

At this point I felt the overwhelming need to pray, so we prayed that Natalie would understand how to become a Christian when she is older.

Natalie: Goody goody goody, I love heaven.
Mommy: That's good.
Natalie: Is heaven very far away?
Mommy: yes, heaven is very far away.
Natalie: Ok, I watch a movie!

Too funny. (She gets to watch a movie when we take long car trips). So experienced mommies - did I do OK? I am finding myself floored by her sudden interest in God and her questions.

Here are a couple of videos. The first is Natalie doing her 'Favorite thing in the whole world' (which changes on a regular basis). The second is of Megan bouncing - her true favorite thing. natalie, of course, had to get in on the action on that one. The third is Natalie making her bed. She just decided to do it one day out of the blue.


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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Well-Said, Cal

A facebook friend offered a link to an article by Cal Thomas that was published in his local paper (imagine!) The article is here. It is an excellent look at how Christians should view the changes occurring in our country, not just in our government, but in society as a whole.

I have struggled with this in light of recent election results. I am not thrilled with our new president's views on several moral issues. I am happy that Proposition 8 was passed in California. However, deep down inside I believe it is only a matter of time before gay marriage, abortion, and several other moral issues are a part of my daily life. Is it really the government's job to fix these problems? Is it possible to "legislate morality" as they always talk about? These are questions I have been wrestling with, and the article provides a fresh take on our responsibility. Does this mean I will not vote or encourage my congressmen and women to vote morally on legislation? No, but it does put life into perspective for me. Please, read it and enjoy!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Quotes by Natalie

I want to chronicle some of the funny things Natalie says so I can remember them later. On Friday we were coming home from story time at the library and she started singing "Jesus Loves Me" when out of the blue she said, "Jesus is mad at me." Floored, I didn't know what to say, so I said, "Jesus isn't mad at you, He loves you!" and she replied, "I'm just saying a silly thing."

She is very excited about winter. She said today "Penguins love cold weather mommy!" Not sure, but she might think penguins are going to show up when it snows.

She looked outside the other day and noticed that the trees are almost bare. She said, "The trees are almost done with their leaves, so it's almost snow time. Goody, goody, goody!"

We talked about creation in Children's Church this past week. When I asked her what God made first she said, "creations."

When she wants to ask why, she asks "why not?"

This morning she couldn't find her stuffed zebra. When we found it she said, "Thank you for finding it mommy. I was very worried about him!"

I am going to post a video later of her making her bed. Out of the blue the other day she says, "I am going to make my bed now," and sure enough, she did!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Wow!

That's all I can say. look at these two pictures:

Do you know who is who? Top pic - Megan 3 months old. Bottom pic - Natalie 6 months old. Crazy!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

So

Megan got a nice bonk on her head today and I had to take her to the doctor. She now weights 19 lbs 10 oz. That was fully dressed, but still. Her carseat only holds 22 pounds. Time to start shopping for a new one. Sigh - taking a baby that cannot sit up in and out of places in the winter without an infant carrier is going to be a real challenge.

Never Too Old to Learn Part 2

Ok, back to what I was saying. I spend a lot of time online, visiting blogs and facebook, when I need a break from work (which is also online). I see many, many people that were kids when I was in high school (younger kids) and have gone far from what we believe. These are typically third or fourth generation Christians. I am not talking about questionable things, but things that are definitely black and white in the Bible. Some things are wrong, no matter how you look at them, in light of Scripture.

So I have been contemplating how this applies to me as a Christian mom. I must pray daily for guidance. I must work carefully to protect my small children from the negative influences I see out there. I must teach them about sin, what it is, how to discern it, and how to avoid it. I must be consistent in my loving discipline of them. The goal is not just to create well-rounded adults who fit in well to society. The goal is to create children who are settled and grounded in their faith and have answers for those who talk to them. That begins with pointing them towards a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. I must begin praying now for their salvation. It is not a guarantee simply because they are being raised in a Christian home.

Now for the third thing (this one is far less deep).

3) I am the mom of a two-year-old. This means I am the mom of a temper-tantrum queen. I have been praying for wisdom here. Sometimes I feel it is best to discipline her because she is simply wanting something her flesh desires and is acting out of anger. However, I don't want to teach her to bottle up her emotions. Lately I feel we have had a real breakthrough with God's help. When she starts to get upset, I stop her and tell her to "don't cry. Use your words and tell mommy." Usually she can calm down and tell me what she wants. Often she is getting mad because I did not understand what she wanted. If it is safe, not going to make us late, and not something I have told her "no" about, I usually help her get what she is wanting. I want her to learn that staying calm and asking nicely rewards her with what she wants most of the time. I reserve discipline for those times when I have to say no about something and she has a royal fit (anger). I need to teach her how to control her anger, especially when it is about not getting her way. There are always times in life when we don't get our way! I am thrilled with the way the Lord has opened my eyes to Natalie's needs, helped me to find a way to meet them, and allowed our relationship to get closer as mother and daughter.

Never too Old to Learn

I have been learning some things lately. As a teacher, I know that no one is ever too old to learn, so I don't know why it comes as such a surprise to me when I am learning new things. I'm also a writer, so I am going to write my thoughts as a form of therapy.

1) Trust - This election did not go as i had hoped, although it did go as I expected. Being from Illinois, it did not seem as though there were anyone else who could possibly win other than Obama. It is interesting to me how quickly we have gotten over our racial issues in this country. The Jim Crow laws that were so horrible were not that long ago, and today we are on the brink of having a half-black man in the White House. My issues with Obama were nothing to do with the color of his skin. There are so many unknowns about the man, and I do fear his ties to Islam. We can hide our heads in the sand about this, but the Islamic nation wants to kill all "infidels," which would include me as a born again Christian. That scares me. I also cannot support a man who supports the slaughter of unborn (and successfully born) babies, nor can I support a man who will not protect the sanctity of marriage.

Last night I felt in despair over the election. I am still unhappy about it, but I realize that ultimately we answer to a higher power. My God is in control of all things. I need to pray for the strength to trust that and to have the faith necessary to withstand persecution, if and when it comes. I do fear for my children, not necessarily because of Obama, but simply because of the way I see this nation heading.

Which brings me to:

2) As Christians, we are losing our next generation. I think Christian parents have failed somehow to protect and shield their children from the world enough to keep them strong, while giving them enough exposure to keep them from falling the moment they are faced with confrontation. As a second-generation Christian, I am reminded daily about the need to keep my children strong. Speaking of children, the baby has awakened, so I will have to finish this post at a later time. I have much, much more I need to say, so stay tuned!