Thursday, July 31, 2008
example from today:
I was in my car talking to my sister about plans for dinner. Should we go out to Cafe Latte? Or should we just get a bucket of chicken and go to the park? I walked into my house and the most delicious aroma of pot roast lingered in the air. Oh. That's right. I already made dinner.
This kind of forgetfulness happens in some form every single day.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Alrighty. Now that I got that off my (thrice-a-mommy) chest, I'm going to go pack up the pool bag and head out.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Anyway, our kid was still rather peeved apparently, when I hollered, "Hey Mi, you alright? You need an ice pack or something?"
"No," he sulked. And then came, "Here's something I need: BETTER PARENTS!!!!"
Avery--who often mistakes himself for the third parent--found the perfect opportunity to show his loyalty with, "There are no better parents..."
and then added, "...except for the ol' John Piper!"
That would be our pastor. And, no, we don't know where they come up with this stuff. And, yes, Miles does need better parents. That's why we will be dropping him off at John and Noel Piper's doorstep.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
The girls invited the boys over to play this afternoon. As I saw Keitha's number come up on the caller ID, immediately I thought, "Miles has just punched someone" or something to that effect.
Nope. She wanted to tell me about the following conversation:
Miles: Savannah, do you know that cigarettes have a chemical in them that makes you want them more and more every time you have them.
Miles: That's how I feel about you.
And so, friends, I ask, do you know the joys of Happy Hour? I mean, you can do this totally sans alcohol, my sweet Baptist friends. You can go on an early date with your spouse to some hip joint for Happy Hour and actually afford it. (Hey, and meeting up with friends works, too!) If it makes you feel better, you can rename "Happy Hour" and instead call it "Dinner Time". Seriously. It's from 4-6pm, people! You can throw in a frozen pizza for your offspring, leave them with a young sitter (because they cost less than those older, busier and driver's licensed ones) and head out for something tasty...at HALF price! So, today, I encourage you ladies to get googling to find the best Happy Hour in your neighborhood. Here in downtown Minneapolis, we have $5 pizzas at Palomino and $2-4 appetizers at McCormick and Schmicks. Just keep in mind to tip a little better than usual!
For more "Works For Me Wednesday" ideas, go to Rocks in My Dryer!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
I find it to be rather hypocritical of the media to come down so hard on teen pregnancy while neglecting to point out the problem of glamorized teen sex?! And, boy oh boy, does Hollywood do a fantastic job of glamorizing teen sex or what? Can we agree that teenage sex in reality is just NOT glamorous. (I've just grossed myself out trying to form that sentence...I wrote it out in so many different ways!) Anyway, the point is that we should be more threatened by the message delivered by media about sex than the message about pregnancy.
If teens don't have sex, they won't get pregnant. And if you're going to make the argument, "Well, they're going to have sex anyway." Then, go ahead and glamorize pregnancy. Make it look like a beautiful choice. That's actually what it is. It's a better choice than having an abortion. And, if you think about the amount of teen sex that is most likely happening, then at some point, you should let it occur to you that you are simply not seeing enough teen pregnancy. You're seeing more post-abortive girls than you can fathom.
Sad reality. So sad.
Lastly, Jamie Lynn, you rock. You kept your baby. I know you read this blog regularly like it was the best sex you ever had. So, I hope you feel encouraged.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
I am still slowly moving through James. Here's the verse I'm looking at:
James 1:2-3 "Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness." (ESV)
Currently, I am examining the phrases, "testing of your faith" (narrowing in on "testing" or "trying" yesterday) and "produces steadfastness". It's really good. Trying to stay there and not get hurried. As I was studying today how the Lord tests the trustworthiness of our faith, I imagined a tree house. I imagined someone taking an enormous hammer to it and giving it severe blows just to make sure that it really was secure and would not fall. It helped me see the goodness of the Lord in giving us trials to see whether our faith really was sure. (He knows the weaknesses, but I don't...not without the testing, anyway.) What a tragedy it would be to come to the end of my life and not really know whether I had faith or whether I merely had a belief system that worked for me. What is faith unexercised? untried?
Monday, July 14, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Just a few days ago.
What you might want to know about Jillian:
She's taking a few steps at a time. (Six at the most so far.)
She says, "Wow!", "yeah!" and "oooo" (same sound in "boot")
Also says, "da da" and "ma ma" and has done some random repeating...
She wakes up happy and chatty.
Jillian knows her brothers by name and will point to them when prompted (sometimes).
She has seven teeth...the eighth one is taking it's time and causing her pain!
Jillian melts our hearts every day and we are grateful beyond words that we get to have her in our daily lives. I am ever grateful to God for blessing us with her.
Monday, July 7, 2008
But, is it merely crud? Here's what's been going on in my noodle...Because my computer is slower than dial-up (even when I'm not using the internet!!!), I can hardly stand to even check my email, blogs, facebook, whatever. (I REALLY carved out time to catch up on blogs...and it's actually not going too slowly right now.) Anyway...as I was saying...I haven't been on the computer as much. So. In my "spare" time, I started studying the book of James really slowly and deliberately. It's been really good. I mean, it's actually more enthralling than reading blogs and writing on my blog and googling people from high school. This is admittedly, very surprising to yours truly. I think I'm engaged with this study because my nose hasn't been stuck in my laptop. So, I'm thinking this might be God's answer to my prayer to find Him and His Word to be more dazzling in my life than anything else.
One memorable quote (not verbatim) from my pastor went something like this, "How can you make yourself not be hungry for Thanksgiving supper? Eat. Fill up on white bread. And then, the good stuff (nutritious and delicious) won't even sound appealing." More than I'd like to admit, I fill up on the joys of this world (t.v., blogging, facebook). And then, when I open my Bible, I think...well...nothing. It's just not appealing to me. I'm full. I'm...satisfied-ish.
So, eventhough, I'm literally heavy-hearted about my halfling of a computer, I'm a little glad, because...well...I'm more intrigued by what the Creator of a zillion galaxies has to say in his Word. So, if I didn't make it clear...yes...I do think that God is sovereign over my laptop. Praise be to Him!!!
p.s. Preview of posts to come. 1.) Today, my dear friend Keitha moved to Minneapolis. Our children became fast friends today as they met for the first time. Great story on how we met. 2.) My little girl turns one on Wednesday!!! 3.) My dear friend, Sarah, comes to Minneapolis on Thursday to visit me for the first time since she moved away from St. Louis in 2003!!! (I've gone to see her, so we have actually hung out a few short times since then!) 4.) And then there's all the randomness that I have yet to share with you!!!