Quick Takes #24

Have you heard of the exercise where you as a spouse are supposed to read 1 Corinthians 13 replacing the word “love” with your name? Like “John is patient, john is kind etc..” I was recently thinking, what if we read the passage replacing the word love with God? After God is love. It’s actually pretty amazing to wonder if this really is who God is!

God is patient, God is kind. God is not jealous, God is not pompous, God is not inflated,
God is not rude, God does not seek his own interests, God is not quick-tempered,
 God does not brood over injury,
God does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth.
God bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
God never fails.
I wrote a Quick Takes blog post last week about finding the time to make sex happen when you are parents of small children, and then I chickened out and didn’t post it. It’s not very revealing at all, more about attitude then specifics. I laughed the whole time I wrote it, but it’s practical too. Would any of you be interested in a post like that?
We are coming up on one year since we decided not to spank our children any longer, and I am planning on writing a bit about what I have learned about myself, and my children. I have a wealth of encouraging websites and book titles to share as well, so stay tuned.

I would just like to say, that homemade play-dough is awesome! It seemed like it would take so much time and make so much mess, but then I found a recipe for No Cook play-dough, and it worked! What’s even better is that I whipped it up in my kitchen-aid and it took literally 4 minutes to make.

The great things about homemade play-dough are:

1. It makes a large amount. Meaning you can actually sculpt stuff out of it.

2. It’s all the same color. Meaning that the kids can’t fight over who gets the last scrap of purple.

3. It’s cheap and easy to make. Meaning that when it falls on the floor and gets full of crumbs and hair I can throw it out without any guilt, instead of spending any amount of time trying to pick junk out of the play-dough before I put it away.

But don’t take my word for it, go make some!

In the course of this week there were some awesome posts published on several of the blogs I read, so I thought I would share two of my favorites. If you are coming from Conversion Diary you have probably already read her post on the Eucharist, if not hop over and read it! I loved her thoughts about it. As a protestant I’ve heard the argument that it is beneath God to appear as bread, but she argues that perspective comes out of arrogance!

The other post I want to share is Betty Duffy’s post on culture in 2010 and fighting apathy. It is a great challenge to really ask what we desire most out of life, and then make it happen, even when it takes work.
Here is a ridiculous website that makes me laugh. Just in case you feel like wasting a little bit of time. :)
And in kid stories this week, my 2 year old asked me politely for a cookie. Her 3 year old sister interrupted her to say ” That’s not how you ask, you have to be sad, like this.” and then proceeded to flop against the couch and wail “pleeeeassse a coookkkie mommmmmm” complete with a devastated face.
Hop over to Conversion Diary to read more Quick Takes and maybe share some of your own!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03951937670507565105 Shelly

    Who wouldn't want to read a post about finding time for sex when you have small children!?!? You should definitely post it!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03455731328333118780 Abby

    I second Shelly – definitely post it! As a mom of one young one, I'm always looking for other people's perspective and ideas on the subject.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14273400358140089839 Kimberly

    I am laughing at loud at your 3 year old's way of asking for a cookie Where do kids come up with these things?

  • becomewhatyouare

    I love #7's cookie request, too!

    re: playdough…

    I use unsweetened kool aid packets for the coloring and then you get a fun, yummy smell as a perk!

    I find that finding time for sex with small children is much easier than it is with older ones! I'm sure your post would be helpful to many. Publish it!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14441368513494466628 Emily

    Love the cake website!! Hilarious!! I think you should definitely publish your post on sex and small children. I am sure there are many of us who can completely relate!! (it takes on a whole new meaning of "quickie", am I right?????)
    Cookie requests are adorable!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09814098744738613953 Kat

    Just found your blog and am loving it! I want to hear more about your experiences without spanking. We don't spank, but I would love to get more ideas about discipline. Lately my 4-year-old won't sit for his timeout, so I have to put him in his room to cool down first. It is working so far. It's hard to have to keep tuning the way I discipline, though.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13240230832660127316 Michelle

    I was blown away by Jen's post on the Eucharist, too – so much so that it was in one of MY takes! :)

    Laughing at #7. wow….I have no idea what I'd have done…probably laughed my tushie off!

    And I'd be interested in your post about finding time for sex when you have small children. I find that our problem is mainly our worry of the kids waking and coming into our room needing us. Literally…that is the kind of anxiety that dampens the mood quickly. :(

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01659200420621854710 Maggie

    #2- Yes! Although I'm not at that point yet- I'd still like to prepare my husband and I for those special times in the future!

    #6- Cake Wrecks is hilarious! I love the captions- I have laughed so hard I've cried!

    #7- Hilarious!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04807118403081664721 Monica

    Hi there. Interested in the sex post. OK that sounded weird. But yeah interested. Love the playdo reminder, i did this years ago and should do it again!

    And your daughter and mine should never meet: they'd plan too many ways to manipulate us.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08139740404665123205 The Bookworm

    Home made play dough has been in my fridge for years (not the same batch! – though the one I make does last for months). No colouring means no staining, and it brushes out of carpets easily.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13674332089949439989 Young Mom

    Hahaha! Alright, I will be posting "7 ways to increase your chances of getting laid, when your the parent of young children" next week. :)

    And yes, I laughed when she wailed for the cookie, I have no idea where she learned that.

    And if our playdough had a yummy smell, I would worry that my kids would eat it!

    I'm excited about posting on spanking again, for now you can read the posts in the discipline category.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11942896369222883929 Shell in your Pocket

    My kids loved playdough…they still do!

    My love has weakened :)!

    sandy toe

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11889780681891693861 Sarah

    Please DO post about being intimate when you have little kids! It'll be good to read about what to expect in the future!

    Also thanks for the links! Have a good weekend. :)

  • http://nowealthbutlife.com Rae

    I see that you are already planning on posting it, but I still feel the need to remind you that you ARE anonymous! You should post whatever it is you stinking like. There is no point in being anon if you are still stifling yourself. At least that is what I tell myself all the time.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13674332089949439989 Young Mom

    Bahaha! Still trying not to stifle myself, what can I say, its a bad habit!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08075072259006322851 Owner of Homeschool Faith and Family Life Website

    These are delightful Quick Takes!
    You go right ahead with # 2 if you feel moved to share your thoughts there.
    Your kids are too cute.
    And we LOVE making playdough…we often make several colors, add a few cookie cutters and a small rolling pin…place the dough in air tight containers (even sealed baggies if you don't have any empty playdough cans) and arrange nicely in a basket or bucket with pretty ribbon to offer as a birthday gift to a friend!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03010671352922182920 Our Red House

    Thank you for linking to the no-cook playdough recipe on my blog. Having discovered them, I have now got rid of the horrible, rude spam comments that were attached to that post too.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10254315970336710941 CM

    #1 is awesome. Somehow I've never tried that before, but I love it!

    #7 is hilarious!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14586469381231517883 This Heavenly Life

    #2 Ummm…yeah. Please. Thank you :)