Richer

Our current Sunday sermon series at church is the 40 Days of Love theme. You may or may not have heard about it. Rick Warren, who is most popular for his the Purpose Driven Life series puts this program out as well. The whole point of this series is to get our church, as a whole, to love well. Not only do we hear a sermon about the topic of the week, we also are involved in a small group that is doing a book study from the Relationship Principles of Jesus on this same topic.

This week the topic was loving with/through confrontation. Or more importantly, loving enough to confront. I don’t know about you, but I don’t enjoy confronting anyone. I don’t do well with confrontation and usually I get nervous and start to giggle, completely inappropriately, when I am faced with the issue of confrontation. Yeah, that’s a good time right there. 🙂

But there is something that I got out of the sermon this week that I really did want to share with you. It was a sermon about how the mouth can bring healing, or can bring death. How it can tear down, or how it can build up. How there can be love, or there can be heat, all from the words that come out of your mouth, and from the way that things are said. That is so important too.

Well, I know that I have a sharp tongue. A quick tongue that can often be biting. Oh, what my husband puts up with from me sometimes. I confess right now that my words are not always sweet. Love does not drip from my words at times, and they are thoughtless.

But I want to change that. I want to say things in love. At the right time, to be kind and loving, to be thoughtful and wise in how I use my words. And, most importantly, to let those I love know that I love them and that they are important to me.

So, I just wanted to say, “I love you Michael, you make my life richer just by being in it. I am so fortunate that you are mine!”

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Something beautiful

Do you see something beautiful in these pictures?

I do.

This morning when Lilla woke up, the first thing she said to me was, “Where Daddy?” Wednesdays he has off of work so I replied he was in the garage working on the car. He said she could come out there with him so I got her ready and headed her out. A short while later I went in the garage to check on her, just in case Michael got busy and she “got away”. This is the sight I saw. My little girl watching Daddy working. Just content to watch Daddy work.

My own dad left us when I was 1. We did go to his house every other weekend, but that is never the same. I wish every parent who leaves their family, and they can tell themselves all they want it’s the spouse they are leaving, but it’s not, it’s the whole family, would understand this. It IS NOT the same. When you don’t live with your children, you miss out on them. No matter how often you see them, you miss out. You miss out on bathtime and bedtime and hugs and kisses, you miss out on meals and laughter and occassional fights and wishes. It cannot be manufactured.

So, when I see my little girl, just wanting to be with her daddy, and her daddy obliging, I can’t help but be thankful. And say, this is something beautiful.

Oh sweet justice

On Saturday morning we were up and getting ready to go and do some errands including a little Christmas shopping. I had just gone through all of the baby clothes my sister had returned to me (this is now going on a 4th child for many of them) and realized how not good they looked. The fronts were all yellow and stained and they just looked ratty. As I am a little anal on having a new baby in perfectly clean clothes, I knew I wouldn’t be able to put these particular clothes on Anna. So, I spoke to my husband and said, “We need to go buy Anna some new things…where is that Children’s Place coupon I just got in the mail? It was 20% off the entire purchase.”

My sweet and loving husband then guilty replied, “You mean the one on the stairs? Um, I accidently tore that up with the rest of the mail.”

Clearly I reacted as any respectable wife would, “Are you insane? Why would you do that? It’s like throwing away free money…” Oh yes, it didn’t end there. I really let my poor hubby know how incredibly irritated I was and disappointed in the whole situation.

He then brought the ripped up coupons downstairs and said, “It’s ok, we’ll just tape them back together.” Now mind you, they were not ripped on the bar codes, but I was just convinced that they would never take them looking like that. So, as my pitiful husband tried to appease me, I continued the squawking rampage.

We then travelled to the mall, taped up coupons in hand and started to head to our destination. Along the way Michael saw Build a Bear and just knew the girl’s really needed the matching mooses so he handed me the coupons, told me to go have fun, and took Lilla in for some fun of her own. I headed to the store and began my shopping excursion. I was there for about 1/2 hour picking out some darling newborn things that I just knew Anna would look gorgeous in, and also a Christmas present for my niece.

I’m then headed to the register when I realize…the coupon is gone. I start searching my purse, the clothes, under the racks… All I can think is, “God sure has a sense of humor here and I think I know who he’s out to humble today.” So, I call my husband tell him what happened and he says they are nearly done and will start heading that way. He comes in the store and, the very embaressed and humbled me has no way to react besides a big old apology. He laughingly replies, “Well, I just wish God could teach us lessons and give us the coupon too.” He’s funny.

And then, he prays that God will show him where it’s at. And don’t you know…there it was, among the stretch pants and tunics, right where I would have put it down. And, as we walked out the door after making our grand purchase that included the 20% off coupon, I think we saw my pride laying on the floor…

10 Smile Tuesday

So here’s it’s Tuesday again so I thought I’d look back on the last week and relish the good of the last week.

1. My grandma (Bossy) going to be with the Lord. While it has been sad at the loss of life, the promise of eternal life is so much bigger that I find myself a bit jealous. Ah, the joy of seeing Jesus. What a day, what a place, what a Saviour!

2. An impromptu, and hot, day at the zoo last Thursday. It was like 90 but we had such fun! They have this new water area for the kids that is a total blast! Lilla just ran around splashing and loving the water spilling and spraying all about. I’m sorry I don’t have pictures but I couldn’t find my small camera and didn’t want to haul around the big one. It was such good times though and I’ll have to take pictures next time.

3. Garage saleing. So several of you asked if I found anything good on my new adventure on Saturday, and I did! We have a swing set for the peanut but we wanted a Step 2 thing for her to climb on too. We searched and searched and this is what we found for $20!

Not too shabby! We also got a Step 2 wagon that was in almost new condition for $20. I didn’t get a picture of that yet. Our old one broke so we were excited to find such a good deal! I also got some books and clothes for the peanut for next summer. Her younger cousin is quickly catching up to her (Lilla is really small for her age) so the clothes train of her older cousin will probably be ending pretty abruptly. So, I’m stocking up for cheap, gotta love it!

4. A pool for the peanut. We were going to just buy one of the little blow up deals but this was on sale at Target and the peanut loves to swim so much we thought, heck, why not. Plus, she kept hugging the ad and saying, “My pool.” I’m really not kidding. 🙂 She is really something! So it’s like 2 feet deep and 10 feet long, she loves it!

5. The peanut and Papaw on Father’s Day. Is this not adorable? They were feeding the ducks together. Love it!

6. Storytime at the library. The peanut loves to sing and dance and that’s what she got to do! I don’t know if you can see the frog on the carpet in this picture but she really liked him. She kept saying, “Frog, ribbit, ribbit!” What a comedian!

7. Pea salad. I know that many might not like it, but I do. Really, just about anything with peas you can pass my way. My nephew had a graduation this weekend and my sister-in-law made it, oh just yummo!

8. Fresh strawberries. While most of my garden was a washout because of the flooding, a few of my strawberries, that were not eaten by critters, were able to be salvaged. Such fun to pick and eat them!

9. Time with my hubby. Michael took a couple of bereavement days last week to spend time with us and it was just so nice to have him here. I don’t think I really knew how much I missed him until I saw him again. He suprised me by meeting me at the airport (he said he had to work and would send someone) with flowers. Such a sweet surprise!

10. Home. There is nothing truely like it, and I’m so glad to be back!

Oh, and one more for good measure. 12 weeks. I love 12 weeks. I feel like myself again. Very little to no nausea. Energy. It’s like someone plugged me in. Love, love, love 12 weeks!!

What are you all smiling about today?

Update…Update…Update…

So, I thought I’d update a little on what is going on with our family lately.

The peanut…she has gained three new words in the last week.  No (which is just soooo much fun), uh oh (which is rather cute) and the personal favorite for my family, Amy.  Yes, she now says her mama’s first name like she actually knows what she’s talking about.  I try not to respond to it though and only to Mommy.  My neice says it constantly though so I’m sure that’s where she got it.

She is still not walking, but getting a little closer everyday.  She has taken a few steps here and there.  The problem continues to be that she can’t stand independently and has problems with balance.  Any day now she should begin therapy, I’m just waiting for the PT to call.  I feel so bad for her as she can’t do the things her peers can do without help.  She wants freedom so bad but has to wait a bit longer for more of it.

The house…well, since we were on vacation last week we’ve made absolutely no progress on that at all.  We are starting to narrow down what we want and we are going to look for some on Wednesday and then this weekend.  Ugh, this is seriously not my favorite part.  We may have to wind up living in an apartment for awhile.  We just don’t want to rush in and then regret it later.  We only have a little over a month to move, that is so crazy!  We have to do some serious praying right now!

Hungary…we got the letters out this week so we’ll see how the support raising goes.  We are so thankful to my parents who are giving us the tithe on a decent sized bonus for the trip.  So, add that to the money we put down and we are nearly 1/3 of the way there!  Woo hoo, progress!  For some reason it’s signifigantly more than it was last time, nearly $1000 more to be exact so we are just going to have to trust God on this one.  While we were in TN we saw one of the dinner theatre shows and the waiter was from Hungary.  Isn’t that interesting?  In TN of all places.  I was thankful because it gave my sister confirmation that we were supposed to go.  That’s a good thing.  So, I just think God works things out so beautifully!

My husband’s job…he has a second interview tomorrow.  This is really good news because we need to know if he will get it to be able to figure out the numbers for a mortgage.  We won’t buy a house until we know.  The interesting part is that they are not even done with the first round of interviews yet.  They usually don’t start second round until the first round is complete so maybe that’s a good sign.  People around the office keep telling him it’s his to lose so let’s just pray he will do well in the interview tomorrow.  We are excited to find out God’s will either way.  It will give us a little more direction anyway.

So, yeah, lots going on, which is why I’ve updated so little.  I just feel a little busy right now so it’s hard to concentrate.  I will be getting around to everyone at some point.  I have not forgotten you!  I promise!! 🙂

Take care all!

No decision

So I still have not made my mind up about coming over to blogger for good or not. It’s just one of those annoying things because of the amount of work it would take. Today has seemed like a super bad day for my spaces account though so it’s pushing me further and further.

Today has been a long day. My husband released his guts in the bathroom a little earlier. Poor guy. The cute part was though that Lilla went over to the bathroom door while he was yakking, pushed the door open and sat with him while he hurled. I know it sounds really gross, but I really think she was trying to comfort him. She is so sweet and really loves her daddy. What more could you ask for with a precious little girl?

I ran over to CVS to get Michael some Sprite to calm his stomach, picked up a 12 pack so there would be more fresh for later on in case he doesn’t feel good, didn’t look at the price, and wound up paying over $5 for it! Holy cow, soda is expensive. I had no idea. We only buy soda for parties and at that we buy 2 liters so I really had no idea what people were spending for it. I am so glad we don’t drink pop, we’d be drinking ourselves out of house and home. Crazy!

The not so fun part about the hubbie being sick is the drama that comes along with it. I’m not sure why this is true, but everytime any man gets sick in my family, you’d think the end of the world was coming. They moan and they groan. They shiver and say, “I..I..I’m so cccccoooolllddd…Oh, the drama! I was sick in the hospital with pneumonia and as soon as I got out the hubbie wanted to be running all over God’s green earth and then couldn’t understand why I had no energy. What a turkey! Oh well, we love him anyway, it’s just part of the package.

OK, off to bed, hopefully I will not catch whatever he’s got. This winter needs to go away!!

No decision

So I still have not made my mind up about coming over to blogger for good or not. It’s just one of those annoying things because of the amount of work it would take. Today has seemed like a super bad day for my spaces account though so it’s pushing me further and further.

Today has been a long day. My husband released his guts in the bathroom a little earlier. Poor guy. The cute part was though that the peanut went over to the bathroom door while he was yakking, pushed the door open and sat with him while he hurled. I know it sounds really gross, but I really think she was trying to comfort him. She is so sweet and really loves her daddy. What more could you ask for with a precious little girl?

I ran over to CVS to get Mr. Right some Sprite to calm his stomach, picked up a 12 pack so there would be more fresh for later on in case he doesn’t feel good, didn’t look at the price, and wound up paying over $5 for it! Holy cow, soda is expensive. I had no idea. We only buy soda for parties and at that we buy 2 liters so I really had no idea what people were spending for it. I am so glad we don’t drink pop, we’d be drinking ourselves out of house and home. Crazy!

The not so fun part about the hubbie being sick is the drama that comes along with it. I’m not sure why this is true, but everytime any man gets sick in my family, you’d think the end of the world was coming. They moan and they groan. They shiver and say, “I..I..I’m so cccccoooolllddd…Oh, the drama! I was sick in the hospital with pneumonia and as soon as I got out the hubbie wanted to be running all over God’s green earth and then couldn’t understand why I had no energy. What a turkey! Oh well, we love him anyway, it’s just part of the package.

OK, off to bed, hopefully I will not catch whatever he’s got. This winter needs to go away!!