Saturday, May 28, 2005

The Trials of Parenting

My husband directed me to this post on a parent's lack of sleep. It is too funny, so I thought I would share!

www.familyofholts.blogspot.com

Enjoy your Saturday with your kids!

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Carrie Wins!

Ok, just my two cents here, but I knew she was going to win! If you don't watch American Idol, you may still or may not know who or what I am talking about. I really liked Bo and would have been fine if either had won, but I knew it would be her.

Despite all of the drama that went on this year with Paula, (and I loved the parody they did of the "scandal") I like AI because it all pretty clean fun. If my daughter is up I don't mind her watching it, unlike some of my other favorite grown up shows. They don't curse or sing satanic songs or make lude remarks. Just all good clean fun.

So, yeah Carrie! I may actually buy her album.

A Guest In My Own Home

Have you ever wondered how guests feel in your home? We were having our master bath and bedroom painted yesterday and as things turned out, we were unable to get into either room last night. So, we slept in the guest room and I got ready in the guest bath this morning. Luckily, I had a basket full of toiletries in there, all except shampoo. And, since I can't stand the feeling of dirty hair, I was calling neighbors to see if I could borrow some.

As I was showering, I started wondering how inviting or comfortable our home was for other people and this is what I decided I needed: ALL the various toiletries one needs just in case. Shampoo, conditioner, a spare toothbrush, toothpaste, maybe even a little deodorant. Also, one of those frozen lasagnas in the freezer. It would be nice to be able to feed some last minute guests without having to leave them to go get something. I even thought how nice it would be to have a little guest's journal in the bedroom. They could leave a little thought or verse behind for me or others to enjoy. After all, everyone has some wisdom to share.

Why is all of this important? Well, I know people don't travel quite like Jesus did--relying on the generosity of strangers or friends to house and feed them as they came through town. ("For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink; I was a stranger and you invited me in..."Matthew 25:35) But, I do think we are commanded to be hospitable.
"Share with God's people who are in need; practice hospitality." Romans 12:13
"Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling." 1 Peter 4:9.

It doesn't say only have people over if you have the biggest or nicest home, or only have others over for dinner if you can cook a five star meal. No, just simply be hospitable. For me this comes to being prepared which brings me back to my original point of having a few extras. A clean set of sheets, a few bathroom items and don't forget the Stouffer's Lasagna! Not fancy, just available.

Feel free to share you favorite tips with me. I always love a new idea!

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Aroma

This was given to me by a Powersource class leader at Fellowship several years back. It has been on my fridge ever since:

Titus 2:4

The Lord wants us to have AROMA in the home, but to have aroma in the home we must be in the home.

A- Affection
R- Respect
O- Order
M-Merriment
A- Affirmation in the Lord

When people walk into your home what sense or aroma do they receive? One of peace or disorder? Kids running wild or running joyfully?

I tend to be a goer and doer. When I am out and about too much my home reflects it through chaos. I am finding that God is bringing me back home to care for my family in a better, more effecient way. He is really trying to change the way I look at being a SAHM. More on that later though!

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Mission Impossible

When Reia was too little to make a big mess, keeping the house clean and picked up by the time Terry came home wasn't too tough. But now, I struggle each day to keep my house from looking like a sty. For example, I just picked up the whole house for company to come over. Already, she has played in the guest room and messed up the bed. Her little vacuum cleaner is in the kitchen as she pretends it is a lawnmower and her play food is all in front of Reese so they can play with that together.

Don't get me wrong. I am thrilled that she and Reese are learning to play together, and that she is playing with her toys instead of sitting in front of the tube all day. But I think the only time this house is clean for longer than a hour is after the girls are in bed or if we are out all day.

So, is this Mission Impossible or am I missing some ancient Chinese secret to a continuously clean house?

Rest

I just read a great article on how we really not only need rest, but it ok to have it! Check it out.
www.motherhoodclub.com

Monday, May 16, 2005

One of Those Days

We have had one of those days. You know..when as much as you love your children, liking them can be kind of tough. How did my sweet baby learn to back talk, whine, and be so sarcastic at the young age of 3? She couldn't possibly have gotten it from me. After all, I still have my mine! =) It's just that inherent sin nature. Quite frankly, I didn't handle it so well today. I was frustrated, irritated and short with her.

And now I feel incredibly guilty. I am, afterall, supposed to be showing her the fruits of the spirit, like self-control--especially of the tounge. But not today. I'm pretty sure if I hadn't put her to bed early, I would have snatched her bald-headed.

So why am I writing this? To let all of the SAHMs, or even working mom's, out there that it is ok to have a bad day. We are all a new creation in Christ and through His infinite wisdom each day brings with it new hope and joy. So, tomorrow will be better. If not, we may both be bald-headed.

Friday, May 13, 2005


Pictures of Reia and Reese from Picasa to you! Posted by Hello

The Perfect Job

Ok, so I really think I have the perfect job. I get to be at home with my kids and right now, it is the most important job I could have. However, when you are a sahm (stay at home mom) you sometimes have to let the extra things go. Bi-monthly pedicure, getting your nails "done", expensive (but worthwhile) skincare, fun shoes to go with a new outfit--that kind of stuff. All things I can absolutely do without, but would love to have.

So, this is one of those "if you know of anyone who needs a..." kind of post. I want a job. I want something I can do from home on the computer or something of that nature. You know, like entering data into a program, proofreading/editing, I would say making phone calls, but Reia is still in the interrupting stage. Just something I can do while the girls nap or are asleep at night and have a little mad money.

If you happen to have any idea where I might find an opportunity like that, I would love to hear it! I figure there are companies who provide services such as this, but at the moment, I can't find them. Any advice is appreciated!

Picasa--The Ultimate Tool

When Reia was born we got a digital camera. It was just too big for me, so Terry took most of the pictures even though I spent most of the time with her. Then we downsized. A sweet effort by my husband to get me to take more pics. Still, it was too big for me to throw in the diaper bag and get some quick shots off. And then there was all of the pain in downloading. Go here, plug this into this, click on this, type in this info--heavens, I needed printed directions each time I tried. Again, Terry eneded up doing all of the work.

However, last year, Terry got me a Sony Cybershot for my birthday. It's small and quick. I take tons of pics while we are out or at home of the girls. I LOVE IT. What is even better though is the Picasa program Terry downloaded onto my computer. All I have to do is plug the camera in and turn it on. The program automatically recognizes that it is plugged in and it has new pics to download. Greatness! It prompts me for everything. Coming up the the folder name is the most thought I have to put into the process.

Once the pictures are in the folders, I can do all kinds of effects, fix red eye, write a caption, organize them in any way. I can also e-mail, order and send photos to my blog --- all from Picasa. The best thing? It's free. So, if you are challenged in this area and really want a foolproof alternative, check it out.

www.picasa.com

Monday, May 09, 2005

Iron Chinchilla

I just wanted to encourage everyone to visit the following website: www.ironchinchilla.com

The artist(s) have a store in Keller and I have seen the billboard advertising this site several times and finally remembered to check it out. He has some pretty amazing stuff even though my decorating style is not at all contemporary. When you enter the site, go to the bottom shelf of the bookcase (you'll see what I mean) and click on the book titled "Promise Cross". When inside, turn three pages and start reading.

Fellowship Church has such a unique way of reaching people and it never ceases to amaze me. Everything every person does at FC impacts so many people. So, thanks to all of you who work behind the scenes (or in front of them).

Happy Mother's Day



I have a few friends who think I am nuts for asking for practical stuff for holidays, birthdays and anniversaries. And, it won't surprise them when they find out I asked for and got a double jogging stroller for mother's day. I know it isn't what Terry had in mind. He would have gotten me a massage, or facial or bath and body stuff if it were up to him. But, he is sweet and knows me well enough to just get me what I need. I receive love in that way. (If you don't know what that means read "The Five Love Languages" by Gary Chapman)

So, let me tell you how much I already enjoy this gift. The girls get to really interact and I get a very relaxing and long walk. We had another double stroller and it was impossible to push even through the mall. So, thanks Terry! I love it!Posted by Hello

The Spin Zone

I have to admit that I am a sucker for the "as seen on tv" stuff. I usually can't pass up the chance to get 2 for the price of 1 if I call within the next 22 minutes. So, when I saw the Smart Spin "tupperware" system I was hooked. Although I didn't order it on tv, as soon as I saw it in the ABC catalog I ordered it.

When it came in, I immediately went to getting rid of my old storage containers; which, by the way, fell out of the cabinet all over the floor when I opened the door. (I struggle with continued organization in this area.)

Let me tell you why I LOVE my Smart Spin system. It literally takes up half the space of my old storage containers. Every lid fits every conatiner, and they all stack so nicely on the spinner. It has eight each of three size containers--8oz, 16oz and 24oz. They are microwavable and dishwasher safe. I guess only time will tell how they really hold up. Hey, I needed some new containers any way since many of my lids had been lost in lid purgatory. And, it was only $16--I would have spent that on any other new ones available.

The only real drawback I can tell so far, it that I do still need some of my larger containers. I did keep about five or so before I gave the rest away.

So, if you are organizationally challenged, particularly in the storage container area, you might want to look into this. Or, maybe you just need more space. Here's the link; check it out.
www.smartspin.com

P.S. Wal-Mart carries them for about $16 as well.

Oh, How God Teaches

We have had a long day. We went to take my mother-in-law out for a post-Mother's day lunch and it turned into a whole day of shopping and fun back at the pool. It was great! Reese did very well considering she only had a 30 minute nap all day. Neither she nor Reia fell asleep on the way home either. So, I figured Reese would go down without a fight--which she did; but, she woke up screaming about 3o minutes later. As I was trying to calm her down, Reia kept coming in her room to ask for some chocolate milk. By the third time of me asking her to leave so Reese would not see her and hence, calm down and go back to sleep, I was frustrated. I mean how many times could I tell her I was going to get the milk in JUST A MINUTE!!!

Anyway, I walked her out by the arm and closed the door. Then came the sobs from the other room. Well, I will have to deal with that as soon as Reese isn't hysterical. A few minutes later, Reia gently opens the door and says, "I love you, mommy." (Now, before you say, "Awwww." This is her usual tactic when she knows she is in trouble for disobeying.)

Immediately, I said kinda under my breath so I wouldn't accidentally get Reese screaming again, "If you really loved me you would just do what I ask."

As soon as the words exited my mouth--I think I heard God laugh (and then he sent an e-mail to my mom so she could laugh, too.) How many times a week, day, hour or even minute do I disobey my heavely parent? I too proclaim my love for Him, so why can't I just do what he asks. At the moment, He isn't asking me to anything just unbelievable.

I need to simply obey and be patient when he asks me to wait. How will Reia learn it if I don't exitbit it? I am so glad to be a work in progress. I am so thankful that God is more patient with me than I am with Reia. I will try harder to remember, she is only three--I am, well, way older than that, and I STILL don't get it right.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Baby Holden

My friend Holly had her sweet baby boy yesterday. I feel like I have another nephew! She and her husband Branden have been through a lot to get to this point. But God is gracious and now Holden is here--happy and healthy.

I won't have the chance to go and see her in the hospital, but I can just see her holding him and falling in love in a way she probably never knew. Childbirth is amazing that way. Lots of pain and swearing you may never do THAT again, but the minute you hold that baby, you think "I could have a thousand of you!"

So, congratulations Holly and Branden. Welcome to the world of parenting. It is the most challenging and fun thing you will ever do.

Love you guys!