Thursday, December 25, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
What can I say, I love you again. As you know, we have had a love/hate relationship for some time. Your $1 popcorn and drink combo was always just enough to keep Hope (or Clay) entertained while I shopped for whatever I needed. Then, you raised your prices on that, and everything else. I loved your adorable baby girl clothes for Hope, but for Noah, you are severely lacking in the cute department. Everything that is almost cute, you have to stick Winnie the Pooh on, or a giant soccer ball. You had me head over heels in love with you in Texas with your SuperT@rget stores everywhere with their already prepared gourmet meals that I could just pick up and put in the oven (instructions included...big plus.) Then, as has happened in the past, you burned me again with your ridiculous return policy and wouldn't let me return duplicate items that were purchased from my registry. My sister, mother and I spoke to everyone in the store (and I am pretty sure we got someone fired, oops!) and no one would budge. They all suggested I ask one of the givers of the duplicate gifts for the receipt. Yes, that is not at all tacky. So, still I have two duplicate " T@rget Exclusives " still in their boxes. I vowed not to let anyone I care about register with you for their weddings or new babies. I vowed that our relationship would never be the same. Oh, I still visit you from time to time, but whenever I can buy things from other discount stores, I do. In fact, I have not bought one can of formula from you since the birth of my dear son, and only in a pinch have I bought diapers or any type of groceries or household items. Not that you miss me, it just makes me feel better.
Oh, but you know me too well. When running in to grab pedialyte for my dear sick babies (you were directly on my way home, which was the only reason I chose you) you had one sole pair of the most adorable baby slipper shoes I have ever seen.
So, for now, I love you again. Let's just hope I don't have to take them back for any reason.
Hope was over the top excited to be a lamb. Saturday we talked about it several times. We even bought this special book to give her on this special day.
Saturday night, we left the babies with my mom so that we could go to a Christmas Party. My mom called us at the party to tell us that Hope was throwing up. So began Vomitfest-2008. Hope was so sick. She threw up no less than 12 times before midnight. Noah had nonstop diarrhea all weekend and vomited several times as well. Needless to say, our little lamb was missing from the nativity scene. I went to church and we found a replacement lamb. The animals were oh so cute, but I was very sad that Hope wasn't there.
When I got home, I gave Hope her book. We talked about the sheep and the shepherds and the "real baby Jesus". Ahhh, isn't it funny how a child's book and a 4 year old can remind us (even the mommy who thought it was soo important that her daughter be in the Christmas Pageant) what Christmas is really all about? The real baby Jesus.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Did you see Ellen Tuesday? She had some stress relieving holiday tips. Now this one you are either going to say, duh, I have always known that, or like me, you will be amazed. Ok, maybe not amazed. But, it was the hot topic at church this morning. Did you know that there are two tabs on the side of the aluminum foil box (and saran wrap too apparently) that you push in to hold the roll still while you pull out a sheet? I totally did not know that! And I know I am not the only one, because only 3 people that I work with knew (and some random copy machine repair man said he knew, but I'm not sure he was telling the truth...)
On a side note, this would have been helpful to know about 5 hours before I watched it when I was using aluminum foil to cover a football helmet for a prop in the Christmas pageant. Oh well, the next time I am covering a football helmet with aluminum foil to make it look like a space helmet, it will be so much easier.
Shauna brought a big huge 6 lb box of polyfiber batting (think fluffy cotton looking stuff) and put it in our office for one of our many projects at work. It's a cardboard box without a lid on it. On Sunday Hope came in my office and peered into the box. Her eyes got so big with excitement and she said to me, "Somebody catched a cloud!"
Then she ran to Shauna who had gone into Deni's office and dragged her back to our office and told her, "Somebody catched a cloud!" She was as serious about it as she has ever been about anything. She asked Shauna if she was going to let it go back into the sky. She reached in and touched it and her eyes were just filled with wonder. It was such a sweet moment.
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
My thoughts about adoption often go to the "where" would we adopt from. Before Noah was born, I would have said Vietnam. I am not so sure now. Recently, the adoption programs for US families adopting from Vietnam have closed. For how long, who knows. It is a really sad situation. At one point, John would have probably said Ethiopia. We are pretty open at this point! All of this to say, I usually think of overseas. I'm not sure why, maybe that's God's plan for us. But recently in my late night researching, I found this website. www.thecallinarkansas.org. Watch the video. I am pretty much in awe.
While we have put our adoption plans on hold for a bit, my heart is still in it. I am still excited about the prospects. We continue to think, to dream, and to pray about it.
Back to our family verse...
For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. Plans to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
Saturday, December 06, 2008
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Both kids were acting like they felt crummy, so instead of shipping them off to school while I cleaned the house and ran errands, we all stayed home (and accomplished nothing.) At around 9 a.m., the DVR in the living room caught on fire. Yes, I said our DVR caught on fire. Like, as in smoke filled the room fire. Like, Hope started screaming fire. Like, I unplugged it quickly, swooped my kids up and out of the room, aired out the house for an hour, fire. Like my house still smells like plastic, fire.
Then, John calls and tells me he can't come home tonight. He has to stay and work an extra day in NWA. Try explaining to a 4 year old who counts down the days till her daddy gets home why he is not home on Thursday like he promised. I know it's not his fault, and I am truly not angry at him, or his job, but it broke my heart. And his. And hers. Especially hers.
Not a great day. But we survived. And we have much to be grateful for.
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Monday, December 01, 2008
From Pastor Mike...
In preparing for Sunday’s sermon, I had some things left over that either didn’t fit or seemed repetitive. For example, there were these wonderful poems by Emily Dickinson and Christina Rossetti:
"Hope’ is the thing with feathers"
By Emily Dickinson
"Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all
And sweetest-in the Gale-is heard
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm
I’ve heard it in the chilliest land
And on the strangest Sea
Yet, never, in Extremity,
It asked a crumb-Of Me.
By Christina Rossetti
Oh why is heaven built so far,
Oh why is earth set so remote?
I cannot reach the nearest star
That hangs afloat.
I would not care to reach the moon,
One round monotonous of change;
Yet even she repeats her tune
Beyond my range.
I never watch the scatter’d fire
Of stars, or sun’s far-trailing train,
But all my heart is one desire,
And all in vain:
For I am bound with fleshly bands,
Joy, beauty, lie beyond by scope;
I strain my heart, I stretch my hands,
And catch at hope.
There were some great quotes that didn’t make it into the sermon, either. For example, these ideas from Patricia E. deJong and David Booz:
"We do not lose heart; rather, we live with our hearts broken open so that compassion, caring, and God’s reckless love can find a way into our hearts and the heart of the world."
"Advent is more than a time to hear promises about God. Advent becomes a season of attentiveness to the presence of God already among us."
Finally , there were these passages of Scripture that also touched on points in the sermon:
2 Cor 2:9 What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him"-
Jeremiah 29:11-13 For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search for me, you will find me; if
you seek me with all your heart…
Isaiah 40:31 ...but those who wait for the Lord shall re-new their strength, they shall mount up with wings like ea-gles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
Perhaps you can add these to your "hope" file.
Grace and Peace,
OK, my New World friends...Jill will be needing a cd of that sermon!
Our Hope was named from Jeremiah 29:11. Such a powerful scripture. Such an awesome word. Awesome.
Even the sick boy got into the Christmas spirit for a bit!
Putting the star on top.
Sick boy returned.