Friday, March 25, 2011

From the Mouth of Babes

Jenna: Rylee, did you brush your teeth today?
Rylee: Yes. (with attitude, of course)
Jenna: Because, your breath stinks.
Rylee: Well, duh. I ate lunch.

Jenna walks out the back door to continue playing.

Rylee walks over to me.

Rylee: (to me) But...smell my armpits!
Rylee: (as I'm laughing and shaking my head "no") But, I put on my deodorant this morning!

Oh, to capture the MANY moments in a day where I laugh out loud!

Things I'm Enjoying Today

  • the laughter of Jenna & Asa as they find something funny together
  • Jett sleeping 8 straight hours!
  • watching our big kids get excited about their little flowering plants
  • free Chick-fil-A spicy chicken biscuits
  • how my kids always say "I'm that girl/guy" as they pick a character in the movie or tv show they like best
  • glancing through a few blogs and finding some great deals...saving money without spending lots of time
  • the smell of clean laundry
  • sunshine
  • and a glass of sweet iced tea!
It's not hard to find things to be thankful for...when I take the time to stop and look!

Friday, March 11, 2011

What Happened To His Forehead?

my mom asked the question.

ahh..his forehead. you mean his cute little forehead that now has two big marks on it?
yes, that forehead.

well, last week at preschool the letter of the week was T. so, for show-and-tell, he got a (Carolina) Tarheel Tattoo --on his forehead!

it was cute. not where I would have put it, but cute.

when he came home, it was gone and in its place was a big red mark.

after several hours, I asked "what happened?" (for the 50th time). He finally said, "[girls name] didn't like my tattoo."


I'm in trouble, y'all! ...or that girl will be.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A Continuation

Rylee's fever appears to have broken, but Jenna started one last night. She's pretty miserable today. So far, Asa has evaded that particular bug, but he was up throughout the night with tummy pains and trips to the bathroom. Aaaaahhhh...

However, we are doing fine.

We are watching movies, eating applesauce and bananas, and staying in our jammies all day.

And, some are even building castles and reenacting major dramatic scenes.After this photo, Asa asked "what are you getting?" I replied, "the cutest thing I see." He said, "That's me." (in a sorta shy, embarrassed way that had him swooning his head; hence the blurYes, my sweet boy. It's YOU!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

No Blogging

Other things around here have been taking priority...rightfully so.

We have a newborn. Yeah, I know...I should add pictures. Soon. Soon.

But, Joel went out of town weekend before last. A friend came to hang out and help me. My two girls got a tummy bug and woke up middle of the night throwing up. One right after the other. We laid around Sunday and Monday and then they were fine by Tuesday.

Dad came home. Whew.

Rylee stayed home Thursday with more tummy troubles...just slightly different. Then, Asa woke up throwing up middle of the night Thu/Fri. He was home sick on Friday. We managed to get better by Saturday evening and enjoyed going to see "Tangled" in 3D at the Dollar Theater!

Sunday, Rylee woke up with a fever. ugh. Joel left yesterday to be at a conference all week. I took Rylee to the doctor and he confirmed she has the flu! (Yes, Jenna had the flu...starting the day we brought Jett home from the hospital. But, Ry and Asa never got it.) She's home from school for the second day and will be home tomorrow. I'm just hoping she's better by tomorrow so she can go to school Thursday. She's missed too much!

So, unless you want pictures of us laying around in our jammies and kids with that "sick look" on their face, you'll just have to wait for good posts.

This is the life!!!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Empathy...a Great Blessing

I would like to think I am empathetic.

Actually, I've been blessed several times by a friend who told me how much my empathy blessed her. I can remember two distinct times: once a friend was telling me about a heartache with her soon-to-be husband and another time a friend was talking about her ailing mother. Both times, I could only sit with my friend and cry. I wanted words of wisdom to share, but they evaded me. Instead, I just cried.

Maybe that's why I like this post by Molly Piper so much. If you don't know Molly's story, take a moment when you get to her blog to read about the heartache she's been through. Then, read her recent post on Imagining. I think you'll be blessed!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Random...the New Normal

Recently, I have talked about our family in several conversations and referred to "the new normal" meaning the way things will probably be for a while. There is no going back to "the way things were before" because they will never be the same. Oh, praise the Lord!

Makes me think of a worship song that's one of my personal favorites (click here to listen). I want it sung at my funeral. (It will ruin the song for my sister and stepmom, but would encapsulate my life best.)
I will never be the same again,
I can never return, I've closed the door.
I will walk the path, I'll run the race
And I will never be the same again.

Fall like fire, soak like rain,
Flow like mighty waters, again and again.
Sweep away the darkness, burn away the chaff,
And let a flame burn to glorify Your name.

There are higher heights, there are deeper seas,
Whatever you need to do, Lord do in me.
The Glory of God fills my life,
And I will never be the same again.

But, alas, that was NOT the point of my post!

So, new normal...random! Being random will be my new normal--for a while, at least.
So, here goes...

I've been reading several things.

--Started reading John Piper's book Let The Nations Be Glad. Haven't touched it in several weeks. The concepts were too heavy for my brain to easily wrap around and mommy mush brain is in full force around here right now. (If you are unfamiliar with that mush brain, it stems from lack of sleep and an overdose of female hormones.) But, what I was loving about Piper's book was the admonition that missions is all about God's glory and nothing else. We share the love of Jesus with others because God is a glorious God and we love Him and want to make His name known and glorify Him. I think this stands in contrast (at least a little) to the assertion that we share the Gospel so people will go to heaven or have a better life (peace) or anything else. It's ALL about God's glory!

--Then started reading Kevin DeYoung's book Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God's Will. Love it. Favorite quote thus far (and it was really hard to pick just one since I've read through most of this book already): "In short, God's will is that you and I get happy and holy in Jesus."

--Have started a Bible study with my friend Sarah. We're going through Beth Moore's Patriarchs study. Wow. Only in week two and already very blessed. Favorite quote thus far: "Your life in Christ was meant to be a great story. Easy lives don't make great stories. You'd close that book by the third chapter!" Amen sista.

Hmm...hadn't thought of it until right now, but I'm thinking maybe these are all connected. Anyone have enough brain power to help me connect the dots?