Monday, May 4, 2009
"Home is the place where, when you have to go there,
They have to take you in."
- Robert Frost
"Happiness is a place between too little
and too much."
- Finnish Proverb
"The most important thing she'd learned over the years was that there was no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one."
- Jill Churchill
"Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind."
- Henry James
"'You can't invent things like time,' Violet said. 'You can invent things like automatic popcorn poppers. You can invent things like steam powered window washers. But you can't invent more time.'"
- Lemony Snickett
"Invention, my dear friends, is 93 percent perspiration, 6 percent electricity, 4 percent evaporation, and 2 percent butterscotch ripple."
- Gene Wilder in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
And my favorite one so far....
"Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present."
- Albert Camus
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Well, I have been sick with some kind of sinus thing for the last few days.
I was in Natchez, Mississippi for a couple days over the weekend, led worship at our friends' church. Scott and Suzanne Green are now the senior pastors at First Assembly in Natchez. They are doing an amazing job loving people into the family of God! The band met me up there Sunday afternoon, and we had a blast just worshiping and sharing a time of testimony and prayer. I was coughing a little, not feeling the best, but I guess I thought it would be over by Monday.
Fast forward to today....I'm still fighting whatever this is, have been coughing at night, and my head feels like it's going to explode. Fantastic.
But in the middle of all this, my son is playing away, seemingly oblivious to the fact that I can't chase him around the kitchen. He has taken a slinky and a ball and is making up some game that has occupied him for awhile now. I don't think this counts as "vain imagination" as he is staying busy, which helps me rest. You never know what your imagination will do for someone else if you put it into practice. I'm just saying. You know that old saying, "An idle mind is the devil's workshop"? Well, I don't understand how Little Drummer Boy can get himself into trouble on so many occasions when his mind is never ever idle.
Last Saturday he was running around the church nonstop, and I asked him to settle down. He paused mid-stride to comment, "It's like I'm nocturnal or something!" (He just learned what that word meant, but still, from a 5 year old??)
A week ago we were driving to my father-in-law's house after dark. I made it very clear when we left that the children were in no way to get out of the car at Papa's house. No way.
"Mommy is just getting something from Papa's house, and we are going home. Don't even ask to get out of the car."
About 8 miles down the road, we turned onto Papa's street. I hear a little boy's voice from the back seat. "Mommy, do you know what is the lamest of all?"
"Not getting out of the car."
He must have been thinking of a way to pose the desire to get out of the car without actually asking that entire trip over.
God, give me some of that imagination, just so I can keep up.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Tomorrow is the 200th birthday of president Abraham Lincoln. (And he doesn't look a day over 199.) It is also the 7th birthday of my Elle girl. So I will wake her up singing Happy Birthday, take her to school, and then proceed to shop for her birthday class party. That's right, I haven't done a thing to prepare for this. We are up to our ears in boxes, primer, and paint trying to move into a smaller, but free, house. I will take her a cookie cake (she doesn't like cake or icing....explain that to me, please), balloons and goody bags for all her classmates in the afternoon after a full morning of preparation which should have happened weeks ago. I really should be Mom Of The Year. (Said with sarcasm.) In 2 weeks, Little Drummer Boy will have his 5th birthday, I think his party will happen in March. Seriously. I will let you know when that time comes.
For now, we will do something special just for Elle with a few close friends on Sunday afternoon. This is not the best weekend for everyone, but we'll do a movie anyway. By the way, she has a loose front tooth. Very wobbly, but she won't let anyone pull it out but Daddy. She has come into the kitchen at least 4 times since being sent to bed, wondering when he will be home to pull it. "Tomorrow morning," I say firmly yet again, warning her that the next time will result in dire consequences. Hopefully, that husband of mine will be able to pull it in the morning, or we may go through all this again tomorrow night!
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Well, last night was the big surprise party for my father-in-law. He is amazing, godly, loving, humble and everything you could ask for in a man of God. He turned 60, and there had to be almost 100 people crammed into his sister-in-law's house. It was nuts. We didn't get to bed until 1:30am. This morning, we met with one side of the family for breakfast, then drove an hour to meet with another side for lunch. Whew!
It's really a change for me, because I didn't grow up around family. It was usually just me and my parents. So, it's taken me awhile to get used to the idea of everyone wanting to spend lots of time together. I have to say, I like it!
I want my children to know their relatives, good or bad, better or worse. I never had to stay and work things out with family, we were always on the go. So my recourse when conflict arises is to retreat or just change the subject. I do that a lot! I don't get to know people (friends or family) too deeply, in case we disagree and then we may not relate on the same level again. I am trying harder to connect with those I really love though. Especially these past few months. Jesus is teaching me to not worry about this stuff so much. I had some friends (Ta-Tas) take me out for my birthday earlier this year, and on the way home I was mentioning some of these realizations to one of them. She looked at me and said, "But what's the worst that could happen? You've already found out what happens when you put your heart out there, good or bad, so why not do it? What's the worst that could happen if you let people in?"
So there you go.
I want to embrace this season, as a time of learning and growing. Thanks to my friends and family who are patient with me, and encourage me even when I don't express my heart fully.
Wow. This was kind of a deep post. I'll try to be a little lighter next time.
Posted by ellie and me at 5:11 PM
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Okay. So I finally decided to try this. I haven't blogged because I was always saying, "I don't have time..." (Daphne is rolling her eyes right now.) And then my niece, Rachel, started blogging and I wanted to subscribe to her blog. Once I started entering in my information I realized I may as well start a blog. So hopefully I can keep it up, and maybe more than one person will read it. Also, I'm hoping to post information on the "photography art" Elle and I do together.
So, if you read this, thanks! I hope you check out the other blogs I like.