Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Clearly words used to describe an afternoon at the playground!
Oh My Goodness!!
Drama, drama. lol :)
When we decided to get together with friends at the park this afternoon, little did we know the scene we were entering! Short story--I saw two boys exit a burning port-a-potty, assumed they'd set the fire and yelled at them to put it out. When the fire continued and worsened, my friend called 911 and the firemen and police showed up! Did I say drama? :) I had to file a police description; they found the boys, who claimed innocence and seemed legitimate... Oh dear Lord! When we left, the police were still looking for the perpetrator.
Hey, but the kids had fun... and that's what matters, right?! What a hysterical afternoon!
Hope your day was less eventful and very blessed. Hugs!
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Only to later indulge in the boys' triple cheese (triple cholesterol) Crispani pizza, loaded with grease. GG laughed, watching my dinner go downhill. We cracked up at the imititation "I'll just have the salad" and then later, "I'm so famished, I could eat a horse...". lol. :)
Such is the way of life for a woman.
My mantra: If it doesn't touch my plate, it doesn't count. :)
This especially works well for french fries.
Though the weather was blustery and the skies ominous, we had a great time!
Friday, October 26, 2007
And I, too, was tempted at the grocery story to believe the same.
(Particularly being wooed by its $5 pricetag! :)
What did I get in return?
Saggy, weighted hair that became greasy within a few hours. Not my idea of "best." In fact, it was one of the worst shampoos I've used in years. (Other friends have supported my findings!)
So the next time you're at the grocery store and they're running a huge sale on Garnier Fructis, please heed my advice. Remember, the grocery people run sales because they have surplus product and why would there be surplus if everyone was flocking to the store, buying Garnier. Eh? Don't fall victim! :)
Has anyone had a different experience? Perhaps with hair other than "fine"? Please share!! Otherwise, hope you have a wonderful hair day! I'm off to have mine cut and highlighted this afternoon...
Thursday, October 25, 2007
1) GASPERINI-VILLE ON ICE
The furnace has conked and we are FRIGID! Yikes!! Praying the repairman gets here soon! And praise God this isn't happening in December. (Always a silver lining, right?!)
2) MOLARS MEAN BUSINESS
T-baby is getting his second molar and was up 3 times last night--GG and I are rather bleary-eyed this morning! Whew! Where's the coffee? :)
3) BLESSINGS AMIDST GRIEF
My final blood test Monday (following the miscarriage) showed my HcG hormone levels are low and back-to-normal. No more bloodwork and no DNC necessary, final word. Hallelujah! Sweet baby Jude, pray for us! We are quite hopeful for the future... God is good.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Yesterday, one of my brood became threatened and I was ready to take on the world! Mad mad!! My sister and I were happily chatting at Chick-Fil-A, watching our boys in the play area through the glass (minus T-baby, who was at home napping). M so enjoyed romping and climbing with his cousins. The playground is set as a faux rain forest with a tree to climb and slides within the plastic canopy. Very cool. M always has a great time playing there and never wants to leave...
So, my story begins with an initial altercation where M came down the slide, crying and saying that someone had hit him. I consoled his tears and he was soon up and running, playing as if nothing had happened.
Only a few minutes later, my sister and I watched as M ascended the tree (as he had done 100 times already) when out of the blue one of the children started to kick him!! My sister and I saw it at the same time--M bent over in the tree while the little child sent kick after kick into his ribs! I was appalled... We started shouting at the child through the glass, watching as the kid then went after him to bite him in the back!!!!! Okay, now my anger was palpable. How DARE this little 4-year-old threaten my sweet (and apparently innocent) M. We ran in and quickly rescued my completely unraveled, tearful boy.
The culprit--an adorable, pink-clad GIRL. What a toughie she was. In the midst of it all, her mother appeared, scolding her daughter for "hitting" (she obviously hadn't witnessed the event!) and made her give an apology. It was all I could do to prevent myself from opening up to both daughter and mother... This little girl had threatened my poor baby. And to top it off, the mother never looked me in the eye and offered a very half-hearted "sorry" over her shoulder as they walked out of the play area.
What???? I wish I could beam myself to that moment and help the woman understand what her daughter had done!! The whole scene makes me seriously reconsider many of the thoughts I've had about sending my child to school! I know that's taking things a little far, BUT having one's child in school is subjecting them to the result of other people's poor parenting. Yuck!! Definitely a thought to consider down the road...
So there's a little taste of my sympathetic nervous system to excite your day!!
I now understand why mothers, in the thick of things, can do amazing feats.
Who wants to arm wrestle? I'm ready!
Oh I know, settle down, B-mama, and have some grace! God's been after me about that since...! Pesky Lord.:)
Thanks for listening and stick up for the innocent today, okay? God Bless!
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Jack-O's in (precious) human form! Thanks to our dear friend, Jennifer, for decking my kids out in Halloween wear.
The pumpkin on the left was a particular blessing yesterday, helping me bring in the groceries and voluntarily picking up his toys at the end of the day! Pinch me, is this my 2-year-old? :)
Hope you have a blessed day... We are expecting a visit today from my sister and her boys and will surely be full of updates tomorrow! God bless.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
In her arms, she held a precious baby.
And though I could be wrong, I have every reason to believe this baby was her newly adopted child.
As I shed tears with her, I imagined the joy she felt upon finally getting to hold a baby belonging to her.
I contemplated the pain she'd overcome after years of infertility, seeing as she and her husband had no other children. I watched the apparent joy on the faces of her sister, her mother-in-law, and extended family. They would occasionally look over at her and smile, seeming to revel in the sight of her and her child.
Though these thoughts were merely my perception, I rejoiced nonetheless and shed tears right along with her. Above all, it was a beautiful image of the sweet union between mother and child.
A child has come home.
I hope oneday GG and I will have the opportunity to open our home and hearts to adoption.
What a blessing that would be...
May God bless your Lord's Day. Hugs :)
(As an additional aside, enjoy this article -- a mother's marveling at the blessing of children. LOVE Danielle Bean!)
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Maybe my vocation should be as "mechanic"?
I think I'll stick to mothering. :)
May God bless your Thursday... almost to the weekend!
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Geoff was against it. I (the closet feminist) was for it. My argument: If a woman could meet a man's physical standards, she deserved to fight right alongside him. Oh how my opinion has changed... Good, old Catholic Church. :)
Our Catholic women's Bible study has been delving into Full of Grace: Women and the Abundant Life by Johnnette S. Benkovic and have been loving what we're learning. What a powerful study (warning--don't pick it up unless you're ready to have your world appropriately rocked! That good!) We've been discussing the *power* of women in their vocation as mother and wife. Yes, that's right--POWER as tender, loving, prayerful mothers and wives. WOW! What a difference from what the world teaches us.
Pope Paul VI and various cardinals addressed this issue in their message To Women following the Second Vatican Council in 1965:
"But the hour is coming, in fact has come, when the vocation of women is being achieved in its fullness, the hour in which woman acquires in the world an influence... Pass onto your sons and daughters the traditions of your fathers at the same time that you prepare them for an unsearchable future. "
So, according to the Church, it is in embracing our femininity and maternal vocation that we truly attain power and influence. [Versus the world's idea of women achieving power by making themselves like and equal to men.]
And it is in our feminine splendor that God set women apart from men: to experience childbearing, to nurture her children, to pray fervently for her family, to serve (often behind the scenes) without expectation of gratitude, to be like the Blessed Mother in her devotion to Christ.
I am so proud to be a woman.
I am so glad not to be on the front lines of the military (even if I can beat any boy in the 2-mile, anytime. ;)
I believe women serve our world best by fulfilling their natural, God-given vocation.
Though you may not agree, thanks for listening and God bless your evening.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
And to think that I will go from being a born and bred "midwesterner" to living a "southerner's" life (or something close to it). We will be heading to Virginia, a Confederate state, where folks greet one another with "So nice to see you", rather than "So nice to meet you" just in case they've met you before. Where the normal dresscode at a UVa game is dressy and men wear ties (Papa commented this past weekend how refreshing it was to see ND fans wearing jeans! What a difference--a difference very unfamiliar to me!)
Boy will I be a fish out of water. Little, old Ohio rose.
Yet I know we'll love it... that we already have loved it in the past. It's a chance to officially settle after years of transitioning into and then out of the Army, into and then out of law school. It will be an opportunity to put down roots. And roots are a good thing.
Yes, yes, it will be great.
Did I mention that GG received an offer to his summer firm?
What a blessing from way back in late July.
Sorry to have missed mentioning it (it came a few days before our huge baby and Army news).
We are so grateful for all of the blessings coming in our future.
Cheers to autumn in Virginia!
We hear there are 80 degree temps on the way... Autumn?
Maybe the global warming gurus are onto something. May God bless your Tuesday.
Monday, October 15, 2007
I have uncontrollably eaten more than I ever planned. Double yuck.
I started off the day with the best of intentions... That lasted until, oh... 9am. Shux! :)
Start off with a nibble of cinnamon bread, throw in a Kit Kat (just the smaller size, come on!), add a Reeses PB Cup, a piece of pepperoni pizza, then half a (smaller) loaf of banana bread (packed with choco chips, caramel, nuts, etc.), wash it down with a Diet Coke, and what do you have?
A gluttonous B-mama.
Can I please blame this on hormones?
And why doesn't someone just come and roll me up the stairs to bed? lol
Gluttonous and ridiculous, I am. God bless. :)
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
|You Are a Yellow Crayon|
Your world is colored with happy, warm, fun colors.
You have a thoughtful and wise way about you. Some people might even consider you a genius.
Charming and eloquent, you are able to get people to do things your way.
While you seem spontaneous and free wheeling, you are calculating to the extreme.
Your color wheel opposite is purple. You both are charismatic leaders, but purple people act like you have no depth.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
And in other news, we are joyfully preparing for a visit from Mimi and Papa this weekend and enjoying the beautiful 70 degree blue-skied sunshine.
And tonight is my women's Bible study on Full of Grace and I can't wait! God bless!
Monday, October 8, 2007
His newest word "hot" is showcased in the video below. [Words at 13.5mos include "bye bye", "mama", "dada", "apple", "cracker", "duck", "ball", and "baby". What has gotten into this kid lately? And of course, this is mom's list whereas dad's version would be a lot shorter! haha]
The real question is-- how could any offspring of GG and I get away without being talkative?
I was once described as having the ability to talk to a stick for hours.
Lord help my poor children! lol :) Enjoy and God bless.
Sunday, October 7, 2007
3000 small blue and pink flags
To commemorate the 3600(!) babies dying every day because of abortion.
Not one bit.
Friday, October 5, 2007
I'm here to say, "GET UP! You'll thank yourself in the morning!"
Last night, I laid down in our bed to indulge in some light reading and TV. Only to find later that the quagmire had sucked me in... "Leave the dirty kitchen, piled high with dishes," my devilish brain tempted, "And don't bother with the toy-strewn living room. You'll get it in the morning..." Oh to have laid in that bed for another minute (as I've done countless times before.)
But NO! I fought back.
And here's what I awoke to this morning...
The FlyLady would be so proud!
Get up, get cleaning, and then get to bed.
You'll start the following day feeling blessed...
Hope this inspires. Hugs and blessings. TGIF!
Thursday, October 4, 2007
And isn't it irritating that very few places recycle them? (Wal-Mart is the only one I can find!)
And how do I really know they're being recycled once I get them there?
THE SKEEDA BAG
Isn't it cute?
You can find it here.
Glad to help.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
The "Julie" found out today that spots in an x-ray of her chest are not a return of the Hodgkin's Lymphoma she had (and beat) 9 years ago!! Praise God for this healthy and Godly mother-of-three. Thanks for lifting her up. What a relief...
The "Joe" has an MRI tomorrow to investigate some significant hearing loss/ear static (always scary when it's that close to the brain!) Joe is the hubby of one of my best college friends and the father of three beautiful babes. Prayers, prayers...
The "Jennifer" is a dear friend here, who has contracted a virus causing Bells Palsy/partial facial paralysis. (Not to mention she's a mother of four, amazing Christian woman, and new homeschooler! Doc's orders are to get sleep and avoid stress. Yeah right! Prayers, prayers...)
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Praise God for sturdy roots during seasons of pruning.
Monday, October 1, 2007
(and one really blessed) B-mama.
I'll check back in tomorrow...
Love and hugs and yawny blessings to you. :)