Monday, June 30, 2008
So what exactly is the joy of smores? Is there something magical in the combining of so many types of sugar or is it simply magical because of the time family and friends spend around the fire laughing and talking while making a gooey mess? No matter what the reason, it sure is fun. Let's do it again sometime, after the sugar rush is over of course.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
I will enter more poems and such from my past later.
I refuse to grow up
To eat spinach
To go to work
Boys are disgusting
I think I am too sick for school today
I should be better this afternoon
Just in time for Little House on the Prairie
The vacuum is to heavy for me
I didn't hit my brother, honest
I luf you Daddy!
Times change, people change
I suppose I have to
Grown up some, I go to work
And even to school
But I refuse to eat spinach
And I really didn't hit my brother
Well, not very hard
Maybe boys aren't so bad after all
I seem to do okay with them now
And I still "luf" you Daddy
No matter how old I get
How far I move
Or how I spell my name
I still need my Daddy, now more than ever
To tell me he loves me
And to make things all better
Because that's what Daddy is for
Don't think of my marriage as saying goodbye
Just letting go.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
- 12:20 Jonathan wakes up for the third time of the night, wants to climb in the grownup bed. I carry him back once again. Then I tell him he will be spanked if he does it again.
- 1:00 Jonathan up again. Mommy is very sleepy by now I spank his bottom and return him to bed.
- 1:45 Jonathan up again. Mommy just about in tears from exhaustion but the little guy must not win.
- 2:15 Jonathan up again. Mommy calls Daddy in tears. Daddy tries to convince Jonathan his bed is a happy place.
- 2:40 Jonathan up again. Mommy carries the little screamer back to bed where he wakes up Nathanael. Nathanael screams "Jonathan, just go to sleep!" and Jonathan is not heard from for the rest of the night. Why didn't I think of that?
- 3:30 Mommy finally falls asleep
- 6:15 Daddy gets home from work. This wakes up Mommy
- 6:30 Up for a very sleepy Bible reading time.
- 7:00 Kids all wake up. Time to start the day for real.
- 9:15 Leave for movie theater for the summer free movies
- 10:00 Movie Starts "The Bee Movie" I would probably have fallen asleep if the toddlers on each side of me had sat still for ten seconds in a row.
- 11:30 Off to Walmart for groceries and birdseed
- 12:30 Home to make lunch
- 1:30 Lunch is finished. Get to see Jason for a few minutes before he leaves for work. He has to work fifteen hours tonight.
- 1:45 Help Jason clean the bottom of the pool.
- 2:30 Jason leaves for work. Try unsuccessfully to get both toddlers to nap so I could sneak one. Not today. Bummer.
- 3:15 take the kids out to play in the pool
- 4:15 drag them kicking and screaming out of the pool and give them all baths
- 4:45 Make Jason a lunch, he stops by and picks it up.
- 5:15 Break up a fight between Jonathan and Grace over a torn coloring page
- 5:30 Make the kids tuna sandwiches for dinner.
- 6:00 Uno with Matthew followed by coloring with Jonathan Then Chutes and Ladders with all four of them even if it did make Nathanael roll his eyes. He enjoyed it, he just wouldn't admit it.
- 7:00 Break up arguement between Nathanael and Matthew over which game they should play.
- 7:15 Another bath for Grace who felt the need for a potty party (she splashes in the toilet when no one is watching, and removes all of the toilet paper from the roll)
- 8:00 Watching Little Einsteins with Jonathan and Grace. Making sure Nathanael is being fair in his basketball card trading with Matthew.
- 8:20 Studying Colossians with Nathanael. Listening to the little ones playing cars
- 9:00 First attempt at bedtime. The older two lay down nicely and read books in bed. Jonathan gets up over and over, potty, drink, anything he can think of. Grace lays in bed and cries.
- 10:00 All the kids are asleep. Talk to my grandmother on the phone
- 10:30 Catch up on some dishes
- 11:00 I head to bed too.
- 11:40 Jonathan up and trying to climb in my bed again. Help! I am so sleepy.
So there it was. An unevenful summer day. This was a day which did not include homeschooling, and wasn't a night that involved going to the church. I didn't get any gourmet meals cooked or any cleaning done either. Now we start it all over again today, plus church tonight and packing to leave on a two day trip with four children tomorrow. I guess it all depends on what you mean from the word uneventful.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
The last ten years have had it's scary moments: Nathanael got croup so bad as a baby he had to be rushed to the emergency room for breathing treatmants and medication; Matthew had bronchitis, asthma and RSV as a baby and as a preschooler managed to break both his clavicle(collar bone) and his leg the same summer; Jonathan hit his head so hard it required another emergency room visit to make sure there was no permanent damage; and Grace got pneumonia at four months old and had to be hospitalized... twice. But through all of it God was gracious to us. He preserved our children and made them stronger and healthier with each passing day. He also made Jason and my marriage stronger with each thing we had to deal with. Why is it the worst of days, like when you are spending the night in the hospital with a four month old who is fighting for her every breath, that you think of the amazing fact that God gave her this very breath to begin with and that with prayer and a decision to face all things together even hard times are manageable. It also made us appreciate the incredible friends that helped take care of our other children, visited the hospital, called us and most importantly kept us in prayer. How could we not be grateful for such an event?
There have been marvelous times as well: Watching Jonathan "read" a story to his baby sister; Sitting next to the older kids while they did their schoolwork and being amazed by how quickly they understood things; Hearing their first words and laughs, seeing the first steps; Watching the spirit begin to move in the heart of Nathanael as he begins to struggle with knowledge of his eternal destiny.
In all of this reminiscing I also look to the future and think about what it could hold for our family. The day is coming when I will no longer be "mommy" to anyone but simply "mom" as I have already become to Nathanael and Matthew. I think about all that we still have to teach them which is a little bit scary when you think that the oldest is already more than half way to college. I pray daily for these precious little people God has given me the gift of raising and pray for the spouses they will eventually choose. For now, however, I will be grateful for tiny arms around my neck and tiny kisses on my cheek, little voices saying "I love you" and little hands that reach up and grab mine. I will also enjoy being Mommy for as long as it lasts, then I will love being Mom just as much.