This is how I blog.

I still haven’t fixed my wireless Internet, so I only get Internet if I plug in downstairs. This keeps me away from my computer more than I’d like, but it is probably a good thing, otherwise I can tend to find myself plunked in front of my laptop every time I start to feel bored. (And yes, I do come up with excuses to run downstairs so I can check my sites, I needed to switch the laundry to the dryer anyways right?)So in order for me to blog, I have to jot down any of my crazy ideas with pen and paper when they pop into my head. Then later when I get the chance, I type the notes into a Google document and save it. I highlight the star next to that document so I know that it is an unfinished b … [Read more...]

Do You Appreciate Your Child?

On a walk the other day, I noticed a little girl (maybe 6 or 7) sweeping leaves off of the sidewalk. Suddenly her mom swooped out of the garage and snatched the broom out of her daughters hands and picked out the leaves and dirt from the bristles as she walked back to the house. "You can’t use this broom, its for indoors. You are supposed to use this one!” I overheard her say as she threw a different broom in the direction of the dejected 6 year old. The little girl seemed embarrassed. She huffed and grabbed the outdoor broom and shouted “You don’t understand, this one doesn’t work!” and then she threw the broom on the ground.I turned a corner in the sidewalk at that point, and I’m … [Read more...]

Mama’s Health: Basics

I was raised to think that self-care was selfishness, so I avoided spending time or effort on myself throughout my teens and the first several years of marriage and motherhood. I read books like “Created to be his Helpmeet” and truly believed that my only purpose on earth was to serve my husband, and that meant doing my utmost to keep him from having to contribute around the house. I believed that it was my role as a wife and mother to do it all, without ever complaining. Complaining in my mind was ever having an emotion other than pure joy. I did it all, and when I physically couldn’t (like the times I was post-partum or pregnant and puking my guts out) I felt so guilty. I read artic … [Read more...]

People watching

I like to watch people. OK. That sounds a little creepy I guess, but it’s true. The other day I was sitting in the car with the kids outside the mall while my husband ran inside for something. It’s amazing to watch the different people come out of the mall and head to their cars. One man came out of the Mall carrying a large theater popcorn, full to the top. He went to his car and drove away. It was as if he had come to the mall expressly for the popcorn. Teenagers wander into the mall, girls with long hair reaching their waists and boys hiking up their too-big pants. Amazingly they manage to text, walk and talk with friends at the same time, without walking into walls.A young man and an old … [Read more...]

Saturday Evening Post #8

Every month Elizabeth Esther invites us to share the latest and greatest from our blogs.This month I've decided to share my post "The Church of Me". Hop over to her blog to discover more blogs and maybe share something from your own! … [Read more...]

Quick Takes #27

1.Ms Action insisted on vacuuming all by herself when we were cleaning the living room. She vacuumed the whole room, she even picked up the rug and vacuumed under it. And despite the missed crumbs in front of the couch, and the fact that she forgot to vacuum the top of the rug, I let it be good enough. I didn’t re-touch, I didn’t point out what she had missed, I thanked her and helped her put the rug back in the center of the room. And my reward was watching her almost burst with pride when she got to tell her daddy that she vacuumed "all by herself".2.Ms Drama slapped her older sister and was put into the chill-out chair with the timer set for 2 minutes. She was screeching her unhap … [Read more...]

What if God?

What if God loves everyone?What if God doesn’t care so much about performance levels?What if God doesn’t detest us because of our sin? What if his reaction is more like someone getting frustrated when a loved one goes back to an old addiction over and over. What if God doesn’t send us terrible events in our lives to “break our spirits” and “test our faith”.What if God’s love isn’t contingent on how well we follow his guidelines?What if God accepts us even when we are flawed and imperfect, struggling with the same tendencies over and over. What if he doesn’t say “come back when you want to be a “real” Christian”.What if God doesn’t judge us by how “on fire for God” we are?What if God is b … [Read more...]