Saturday, February 28, 2009
None of that happened.
I will say it was nice to do life without the internet. I did wonder about my friends in the blogosphere, what were they doing, who had babies, who had what tips for me, I wondered what I was missing out on...
So I'm back and right now I sitting at my friends dining room table typing this on her laptop. She's in the hospital after having baby #3 on Friday. I came Thursday night and settled in while Momma made the trip to the hospital. The boys woke on Friday fairly early, one happy the other telling me to "get out". It got better, much better.
Time goes by so quick. Running all over with a two year old came back to me faster than I thought. Makes me think about each day I have with my teenagers. Each minute is so precious, after all I'm not even guaranteed another one.
Man, God's been working on my heart lately. I wish I could put it into words but these last few weeks and this weekend has really stretched me spiritually. Maybe it's life with a 2-year old, maybe it's lack of sleep. Whatever it is I simply do not want to take for granted any time, any opportunity.
My focus has been changing.
Not that my focus has been way off, but then again maybe it has.
I'm beginning to look at what I want in life very differently.
See when I'm 42- my youngest will be on his own.
I mean Lord willing he'll be on his own.
I've given thought about those years. What I'd do, where I'd work, if I'd work, if I'd travel, if I'd be helping orphans or missionaries in third world countries, and on and so on.
But I'm not 42, I'm 34.
I'm not guaranteed my 40's. I'm not guaranteed tomorrow- so that leaves my today.
My today with my kids.
My today with my husband,
my today with family, friends, today with those I come into contact with, who I pass on the street, talk with on the phone, stand next to in the check out, sit with each Wednesday night.
It changes how I look at what I should do with my money, with my time, with my efforts and energy.
'Cause ya know I had a thought about an "emergency fund"- aren't there emergencies all around me happening right now. Children not eating, not having shoes or running water. And yes I mean around me in my state, in my county, in my town.
Children going hungry in my own town. Hurts my heart.
Anyway, I've had time to think.
Now comes the acting. What steps do I now take.
Now comes what I am least good at.
But not my strength, not my will.
So that's the ramblings of a house-sitting, babysitting, little sleep getting, lots of exercise lady who is trying to live more for Christ and less for herself.
Friday, February 27, 2009
It's like he knows magic or something because when I looked up he was covered with his snack and a good portion was mushed up on the table.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
No blog writing or reading.
No e-mail returning or reading outside of work.
Myspace? It will still stick around for work and ministry purposes. But only those purposes.
Please be in prayer for me as I seek God in a few areas in my life during this time.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
- 5 Tbsp butter
- Graham cracker crumbs, I like to make my own, put a package of graham crackers in a large plastic bag and roll out with a rolling pin until crumbs
- Chocolate chips
- Nuts, I use pecans, but you can use whatever you have around
- Small can sweetened condensed milk
- 8 x 8 pan
Melt butter in microwave
Add enough graham crackers so the mixture is somewhat firm
Spread into bottom of pan, pressing it down tightly
Pour condensed milk over the top of graham cracker base, enough to cover. I don't think it really matters how much you use.
Sprinkle with chopped nuts, coconut and chips
Again, I don't think it really matters what order or how much, I tend to go heavier on the chocolate chips *smile*
Variations: add peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips
I prefer the straight up way and also you MUST, MUST have some when they are gooey and hot out of the oven.
I figure since I'm training for this 5k, chuckling at myself, but, since I am running this thing I'm trying to over-kill the sweets so they make me sick and I give them up altogether? OK, just give me a week I'll be over my sweet kick ;-)
More on the 5k thing when I have a week under my belt,
until them- Happy Eats!!
Monday, February 09, 2009
Only the Greek's are so obsessed with themselves ...
Friday, February 06, 2009
We were invited to attend a Greek Fest a friends house today. What a blast!
The food was great, we had. We had a humus, a Greek dip, Moussaka, Spanokapita and Baklava. All home made and all delicious!
I'm thankful for Lisa fr putting this on and inviting us, I look forward to participating in some other events they host.
Thursday, February 05, 2009
Let me explain...
We were given a 42-inch rear projection, HD ready, television. The only problem was that our entertainment center certainly wouldn't house it, so we had to move it.
The entertainment center will eventually move in the back room/office/sewing room/den, but it can't go in there right now because, hopefully, Lord willing, we'll be putting down new floors in that room sometime this month, and moving that piece of furniture around doesn't make sense. So Steve if you're reading this, now you know what you're doing on your days off.
So we moved the new tv in the old tv spot, and the old tv went about 6 feet to the left of the new tv.
Now, to make room for the entertainment center in the back room/office/sewing room/den we had to take out a dresser that was there.
We moved that dresser to the dining room.
That dresser replaced a shoe rack, yeah I know who puts a shoe rack in their dining room? Um, we do.
Anyway, the shoe rack went out to the entryway/mud room.
Boy his sounds like that Bert and Ernie book where Bert is wearing a pot on his head instead of his cowboy hat because his cowboy hat had the fish in it and the fish were in the....
Back to furniture rearranging.
Here's the new dining room:
And yes home school has exploded in there,welcome to my dinning room table.
The new television:
So now the old entertainment center is sitting next to the bookcases it once fit so perfectly between. Yep, we just moved it over and hooked it back up- so now one child can be playing PS2 on the old TV and another the Xbox on the new tv and if we really want to perfect our couch potato skills, we'll watch a move on the picture in picture on the new tv while the X box and PS 2 are being played. Did I mention we're all in the same room, sitting within 12 feet of one another wile this is going on?
It was this post of hers that inspired this post of mine (I'm even considering running a 5k this Spring thanks to her??)
I knew I liked her for more than her blogging and cool tatoo.
Anyway, I'll think of you Vanessa when I wear this t-shirt!
You, me and all the middle school girls !!
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Two BIG things for me.
#1 a young man who was active at youth all through middle school, went to New Orleans with us, had slipped away and HE CAME TONIGHT!!! I had a great talk with him. Life's crazy at his house and he came to the realization that Jesus could give the peace he was looking for. This thrills me!
#2 One of my girls read her Bible this week, creation through Noah and had questions! Did you read that:
Rock on! I've been praying and praying for some spiritual depth and movement in these girls- PTL I see movement!!
Kevin was gone so that put me in the MC spot and Les taught the main session. Our numbers were good, even though it was
Besides the fact that our Lifeguards (name for our adult leaders at youth) don't aid in the cleaning up process, the evening went well!
When God is in it- it can't go wrong.
I love working in Student Ministries- it's nights like tonight that make all the bad times slip far away in my mind!
PS my sweet "J" in my small group is really growing dearer to my heart. She is begining to think beyond herself and I just love her!
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
I'm thoroughly convinced of that.
Just when we get into a routine, when we've made great progress in our studies something happens.
Whatever it is is throws a wrench into it all.
We get behind, we miss days, lessons take weeks instead of days to get through.
Other times we get thrown by attitude changes, hormones (from student and teacher) and then there's the fun stuff.
With Vaughan we stayed pretty well on track. That's his personality more than mine. He would sit down and determine to get school done asap, which usually meant by 10am, then I had a pre-adolescent boy to entertain for the rest of the day.
With Justin it's a little different.
We like to chase butterflies.
We tend to read a chapter and then if it's real good read the whole darn book. The we look at the day or week and wonder where the other subjects went? We start talking about something at breakfast and next thing you know we have the encyclopedias out and are reading more and more on the subject; before we know it, it's lunch and we haven't even pulled out the lesson plan.
When math gets hard we're more likely to take a break and end up having fun doing something as far away from Algebra as possible.
When they were little it was other things, their ADHD aided in starting school hours later than planned; focusing and sitting still and upright I was convinced were myths.
I now have a 7th grader and it is becoming his responsibility to school himself more. I just asked Vaughan today when it was that he decided to "get to it" in the school department. We/he determined it was in the 7th grade and for sure in he 8th.
So hope is coming for Justin and I, although that means changes are coming too.
So home schooling never gets easy and is ever evolving. For the good, for the bad, for the fun and challenge of it.
A challenge I enjoy,
a challenge I'm afraid I'll miss in 2 years.
But we do what we feel called to do, we do it our best and we pray in the end they'll simply learn what really matters in life; to love the Lord their God with all their heart, soul and mind.
Until then we'll continue to enjoy our time together.
We'll continue to embrace the challenge and accept the change.
I'll enjoy my private guitar concerts and he'll enjoy my naps- the time when he can do whatever his little 7th grade heart pleases.
Sunday, February 01, 2009
I was excited for the good food and great friends.
There were a lot of people there.
The game room housed a pre-game Guitar Hero fest before the high schoolers moved in. I'd say 15 or more lined the sectional during the first half and during the second they had migrated to hanging from the rings, of Olympic kind, riding the stationary bike and lifting free weights.
The tv room, kitchen and dining consisted of a few more high schoolers, several middle schoolers, young marrieds in their 20's, a handful of 30 somethings, a couple in their 40's, 50's and 60's. Husbands, wives, sons, daughters, grandparents, best friends and acquaintances scattered the place!
The bedrooms and den attracted the kids not so interested in the game, you know the ones yelling and shooting each other with dart guns wearing Stormtrooper masks. Then the girls with their clothing changes, dolls and dance turns. Babies napped in the far off bedrooms and conversations took place around the fireplace in the living room.
It was nice.
It was fun.
It was what I think the church is becoming, or should become.....
.........people doing life together.
It was nice to see my son standing beside his father having a conversation with other men,
who cared what he had to say.
He wasn't shooed away or told he was too young.
I even found myself talking about education with a veteran high school teacher in her 60's, another elementary teacher in her 50's, a high school sophomore in the IB program and myself. It was refreshing with different perspectives, different takes and unity.
Unity. It's what makes life more enjoyable. It's what's the Bible commands us to have. It puts a smile on my face.
I'm so thankful to have such a wonderful group of people to "put into' my children; to help guide them, speak truth to them, listen to them and above all be their friend. I'm also thankful to have people who care enough to sit and talk with me about serious matters and the not so serious ones. I'm thankful because some days I don't feel as though I belong here, as though I'm alone, unliked, an outcast; this evenings festivities reminded me that when I feel that way it's probably time for me to reach out,
and be active in the unity of the body.
We cried. (OK so we didn't do this but it seemed to fit)
We ate a bunch of good food.
We cleaned up together.
We emptied trash cans and wiped up spilled drinks.
We lived life beside one another for a few hours tonight.
Having a heart for youth it was nice to see a large group of them hanging out, having fun and in a positive environment without drugs and alcohol.
With people who can shed light into their lives and wisdom into their decisions.
I'm not a fan of separation, I think it leads to trouble. I like unity of the body. Unity of the family.
So we just returned from a Superbowl party!
It was fun and loud and for this homebody worth the trip out!
It takes a village to raise a child.
-ancient African proverb