Tuesday, May 29, 2007

I'm Back

I have had such a great morning despite the bickering between the boys. We went over to a friend’s house from church so I could get some godly parenting advice and tips. This woman also has 2 boys who are 2 years apart, and since they are older than mine, she knows exactly what I’m dealing with because she has experienced it with her own children. Additionally, she just recently resigned as the nursery coordinator for our church, so she knows my children extremely well and was able to provide me with some sound advice based on their personalities.

I wrote before that I am doing a personal Bible study, and I have been convicted of my sins as a parent since the first page. She did the same study and encouraged me to keep going. She was such a huge blessing to me today, and I am so thankful to have such godly influences in my life. As I was leaving her house, I told her how much I appreciated her time. I honestly have already begun to put into practice some of what I learned today, and I am excited about the changes I am going to make as both a mom and wife.

TJ had to work yesterday so the kids and I went swimming. It takes an extremely long time to get 3 kids ready for the pool, but we had a good time. The funny thing is Ta and T.G. both wear the same size swim diaper. They could actually wear the same size regular diaper except I refuse to have them share. It’s just something about having my 6-month- old and 2-year-old both wearing size 4- I don’t think Ta would appreciate that! My neighbor happened to be at the pool so she helped me control them. Ta is fearless and Th is fearful. . . until he gets used to the water. Then, he is just as fearless as Ta, although unlike Ta, he is cautious. He will at least jump straight out into the water instead of trying to go backwards! I dread the day I go up there and I don’t know anyone- so far we’ve known people every time and they’ve been a huge help with the kids.

Next week is our last week swimming before Vacation Bible School. We’ll still swim during VBS, just not as much. VBS is exhausting, and I am helping to teach the 5th & 6th grade boys. I know when we get home each day we’ll all be worn out and need a nap!

I am glad my brother is coming down to help with VBS. I will get to spend some time with him, and he will get to spend some time around other godly children. I am also planning to use him to help me with the kids. They adore him and are looking forward to playing with him. He’ll be with us until we go to the Outer Banks (OBX) the end of June. We are all excited about that vacation!!

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Forgiveness

1 John 1:9, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins."

Today was a bad day for me as a mother. I can’t even say I “lost” my patience because that would imply I had patience to begin with- I didn’t. I was immediately convicted as soon as my mouth shut. I apologized for all the times I angrily lost my self-control, but I know words hurt the heart more than anything. While waiting for TJ to get home, the kids and I were playing in the backyard as usual. We heard sirens, and I looked at my watch and noticed it was 5:30. Bad thoughts and panic set in, and I frantically began calling TJ on his cell phone. No answer, of course! I waited 5 more minutes before calling again. During that time, I prayed that God would forgive me for my bad attitude today, especially toward my children.

I sometimes need moments like this to help me gain my perspective back. It’s funny- I was thinking if something horrible did happen to TJ on the way home, I wanted to take a picture of my house and yard so I could remember it how he left it since it would never look that way again. TJ has a couple of unfinished projects in the yard, and I’m not sure why I was thinking about them. I called him again and still no answer. I was really getting concerned now. If he’s going to be late, he always calls or emails. I hadn’t heard anything. . . He called about a minute later and said he was on our street.

To add to the drama of my emotions, I wasn’t really feeling the meal I had planned for tonight. We have had chicken every night this week, and tonight’s meal was no different. TJ was willing to have fast-food but we couldn’t decide where to go. He was going to take the boys and leave me and the baby home so I could have a little break. At the last minute I decided to go with him. We pulled out of the drive at 6:17. We ran to the bank and then decided on Hardee’s. We haven’t eaten there in over a year. We pulled into the parking lot and TJ made a comment about it looking “dead” because there was no one in line in the drive-thru. He asked if I wanted to go somewhere else instead. I said no since we were there already. We order and pull around to the window. There is a car in front of us. The baby is screaming and Ta is getting restless. TJ began fooling around with the CD in the CD player, and I was rubbing T.G.'s face. Neither of us are paying attention. . . BAM!

We both looked at each, then at the kids. An older woman hit us from behind and was wedged between our van and Hardee’s. We were all okay, but needless to say, it has been an eventful day and night. We got home at 7:30. It’s a good thing I went with him. After the crash, we had to wait for the police and the kids were a little nervous, especially Th. He teared up when it first happened, but I reassured him that everything was okay. The Lord used the crash to remind me that He is in control of all things. I really feel horrible for the way I treated my kids today, and I pray tomorrow is a better day for me. . .

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

A Novel?

My life has been hectic as usual. I sometimes can’t seem to tell whether I’m coming or going. I have been going non-stop since last week, and today is the first moment I have found to sit down and write.

Saturday evening was spent at my sister-in-law’s house. TJ volunteered to help out with a major youth event at our church, which left the kids in my care. It’s an hour drive each way to her house, and by the time I arrived, I was already stressed out due to the arguing in the van. T.G. was ready to nurse shortly after our arrival, and just as I got situated, my 5 -year-old niece informed me Ta was outside. My sis-in-law lives on a dangerous road, and her house isn’t that far from it. There’s not necessarily a lot of traffic, but cars speed by going 45 miles an hour. Needless to say, panic set in and I ran to get him. Thankfully the Lord’s hand of protection was upon him, and he was sitting on the porch. I couldn’t discipline him because he didn’t really understand what he did wrong. The front door was locked and my almost 12 –year-old nephew unlocked it and went outside with Ta following him. My nephew had no idea why the door was locked or that Ta was behind him. The rest of the evening it was difficult for me to relax because I just couldn’t trust Ta not to do it again. What if the door was unlocked again?

Sunday we had Th's final Pee-Wee performance of the year. I am so proud of how much he has grown spiritually because of this group. To celebrate, our church had an ice cream social following the evening service. We invited Th's T-ball coach and her family to come with us, and we all had a good time. After eating the ice cream, the kids played on the playground and burned off some energy. We didn’t get home until close to 9pm.

The MOMS Club held an end-of-year banquet this morning. It was beautiful. Each mom brought a breakfast item to share, and when we arrived, the place was beautifully decorated. There were fresh flowers and petals on the tables, beautiful plates (too pretty to eat off!), and an overwhelming sense of calmness amidst the chaos of kids running around everywhere. I have been one of the Family Event coordinators this past year, so to honor my efforts, the Board presented me with a beautiful candle, hand-made bookmark, and card. I know I keep using the word ‘beautiful’ but that’s because I don’t know how else to describe it.

TJ came to the banquet and gave a presentation on free ways to keep your computer running efficiently and was impressed by our food spread. I sent him back to work with some leftover homemade banana-nut muffins and blueberry breakfast cake that I had made for the festivities. Several moms have called me just this afternoon to compliment me on his presentation. He worked really hard on it, which is another reason I haven’t posted here in a few days. I haven’t had time during the day, and he’s been working on his slides in the evenings after the kids were in bed.

I have to take T.G. back to the doctor today to recheck her ears. I believe they are clear but I found out today a little girl in the Club has strep throat. My kids were around her yesterday so now I need to watch the boys for signs of strep. I hope no one gets sick because we have a busy weekend ahead of us.

We are going to the zoo on Friday with the MOMS Club, and then Th has 2 birthday parties to attend on Saturday afternoon. Saturday evening we were invited to another family’s house to swim, kayak, fish, and canoe (they live on a lake) with our Sunday School class. I definitely don’t want to miss that!!

Just one more thing and then I’ll go. . . a friend of mine in the Club had a baby last Friday by c-section. Her oldest son turned 4 in early May, and she has another son who is 14 months old. I thought I had it hard!! I brought her dinner last night and I was almost in tears in the van on my way home. On top of having 3 little ones, she and her husband just moved from an apartment into a house on Monday. Her husband is helpful, but he’s been busy moving. Today was his first day back at work so she has been alone with all 3 kids, plus is recovering from major surgery, and is in the midst of moving. To say she is overwhelmed is an understatement!!!

I am picking up her oldest son in the morning and taking him to the park with my kids to try to give her a break. I am taking him next week to a playgroup, but I still feel like I should do more. I feel a huge burden for her, but as TJ put it, sometimes my heart is too big for my body. He thinks I take the weight of the world and carry it on my shoulders, and I do, but it’s just my nature. I just praise the Lord for helping me through my “rough” time, and I pray He will provide my friend with the strength she needs to get through hers. I pray the Lord will use me to show her the love of Christ along with the other moms in the Club.

That's all for now. Until next time, God bless!

Friday, May 18, 2007

The Amazing Mom

I am a little misty-eyed as I write today. Carole’s blog entry from last night really touched me. I have been thinking about it since I read it because I have been replaying in my mind various trials and hardships that I have gone through over the past few years. I consider myself a strong woman, and having since experienced certain life situations, I feel relatively grounded in my faith and know I have gotten closer in my walk with the Lord. But, as I read and re-read Carole’s words, I found myself second-guessing myself. Am I as strong as I think I am? If I were in her situation, would I respond in the same manner and with the same strength? I don’t know, and I selfishly pray I don’t ever have to find out. But, by thinking about this, the Lord allowed me to reflect upon the ways He has cared for me over the years.

I know, I know. I’ve written before about the Lord’s provision and healing for me, but I cannot find the words to express my true feelings of gratitude for all that God has done. For instance, today was Th’s last day of preschool for the year. We presented the teachers with their scrapbooks, and I included pictures of Th when he had his cast. Besides my childhood upbringing and miscarriage, his cast “tragedy” was a huge hardship for me at the time. Of course now that it’s over, it’s easy for me to go back and see the Lord’s hand throughout the entire ordeal, but even as I tell and re-tell the cast story, it is still very shocking that we made it through.

I had a newborn and a 2-year old in a full-body cast. Plus, once the cast came off, Th had to learn how to walk again, only unlike a baby, he had the fear of falling and understood the consequences of falling (a broken leg!) I guess I am just very happy and grateful that I know the Lord and can experience His grace and mercy in my life. I remember my life before knowing Him, and I prefer to experience the peace of knowing Him now as opposed to before.

If you haven’t yet read Carole’s entry, I urge you to do so. It’s hard to believe a year has passed, and I remember sitting in church on a Wednesday night for prayer service when my good friend Joanna told Carole’s story. Since I was pregnant, my heart broke for her and her family. I could have easily been Carole, and because of her situation, I personally grew closer to God through prayer. I prayed for her, for baby Joseph, and for my baby (I didn’t yet know it was a girl). All through Carole’s pregnancy I prayed, and wrote Carole a 5 page letter after she delivered Joseph.

I remember the day she delivered Joseph. I was with Joanna and her family at a T-n-T event. Every time the cell phone rang, we anxiously awaited the news. I remember sleepless nights leading up to Joseph’s birth, thinking about Carole sitting in the hospital not being able to hold her baby. I pictured her in my mind in the middle of the night sitting in the glider that’s in the hospital room crying inconsolable. I thought and prayed for those who would care for her while she was in the hospital, and I cried and cried and cried some more. To say Carole has impacted me is an understatement, and I look forward to the day that she and her family come to South Carolina to visit Joanna and her family. I cannot wait to meet this woman whom I admire and care for. Carole has allowed me to spiritually grow in ways I never thought possible- thank you!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

More from the Weekend

I attended my church’s annual Mother/Daughter Banquet this past Saturday night with my daughter for the first time. Every year I attend, but this was a milestone in my life as a mom. I was very happy to have her with me. T.G. was awake from the moment I arrived, but content just watching her surroundings and everyone in it. After I ate, I excused myself from the table to go nurse her in the bathroom. She quickly fell asleep and slept the remainder of the evening, allowing me an opportunity to focus my attention on the speaker.

This year’s theme was very different than years’ past. It was an international theme, and each table was beautifully decorated to represent either a different country or state within the U.S. We sat at the Florida table, and there were sand castles and sea shells as our centerpiece. I chose that particular table because one of my guests just recently moved to Rock Hill from Florida, and I thought her 3 year old daughter would enjoy a brief reminder of the beach. Unfortunately, in the rush to get out the door without too much crying from Th, I forgot my camera at home so I can’t share any pictures from the evening’s festivities.

When the boys woke from their naps Sunday afternoon, we went to dinner at the Olive Garden. Because of the high volume of people, dinner took longer than expected, and we missed church Sunday evening. We decided to go fly kites at Winthrop Lake, and as important as church is to our family, I believe in my heart that we made the right decision. Our boys had such a great time, and the memories we made will forever be with us. It was wonderful to do such a simple activity and see the joy on their faces as the kites were in the air.

I’ve never seen anyone enjoy holding a piece of string so much in my life! Th was so content just standing there holding it. Ta would go back and forth between running around the field and holding his kite string. T.G. just watched the kites and listened to the birds and ducks from her stroller. It was such a great way to end the day!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Happy Mother's Day

I’m back after finishing all that needed to be done. Although the semester has ended, I still have obligations and must prioritize my day. Unfortunately, last week this took last place on my list. I enjoy writing and sharing here, but I have to make sure that this does not interfere with my devotional time or conflict with my duties as a wife, mom, etc.

Th woke me this morning to the smells of breakfast cooking downstairs. . . cinnamon rolls, bacon, and eggs. He was so excited for me to walk down the stairs, and once I reached the bottom step, I quickly knew why. TJ had taken a piece of the boys' artwork and had it framed. Th’s was a butterfly and Ta’s was his hand prints. I also received a book I have been wanting written by a woman who came and spoke at our church back in 2004. She spoke on how to study the Bible, and last year, turned her “notes” into a book, and I can’t wait to read it. It is titled “What Do I Know about My God?” by Mardi Collier. I just started a different bible study on parenting so once I complete it, I’ll begin hers.

The one I am doing is very tough for me. Although I am only on the second chapter, the Lord has convicted me since the beginning pages. I am thankful, however, that He continues to show me areas in my life that I need to improve, and I have begun the “spiritual sweat” that is needed to make the changes. Just as exercise is hard work, so is changing to be more like Christ. But, again like exercise, when we reach our desired the goal, the hard work is well worth the effort.

Our pastor preached a wonderful service for mothers today. I cried, not only because of the personal bible study I am doing, but because of the hymn we sang at the end of the service. I am including the words, and I think it describes many of the circumstances I have faced not only as a mother, but as a human being. I pray the truth of 1 Peter 5:7 will touch your life as it has touched mine: Cast all your cares upon him; for he cares for you.

“Does Jesus Care” by Frank E. Graeff

Does Jesus care when my heart is pained
Too deeply for mirth or song,
As the burdens press, and the cares distress,
And the way grows weary and long?

Refrain: Oh, yes, He cares, I know He cares,
His heart is touched with my grief;
When the days are weary, the long nights dreary,
I know my Savior cares.

Does Jesus care when my way is dark
With a nameless dread and fear?
As the daylight fades into deep night shades,
Does He care enough to be near?

Refrain: Oh, yes, He cares, I know He cares,
His heart is touched with my grief;
When the days are weary, the long nights dreary,
I know my Savior cares.

Does Jesus care when I’ve tried and failed
To resist some temptation strong;
When for my deep grief there is no relief,
Though my tears flow all the night long?

Refrain: Oh, yes, He cares, I know He cares,
His heart is touched with my grief;
When the days are weary, the long nights dreary,
I know my Savior cares.

Does Jesus care when I’ve said “goodbye”
To the dearest on earth to me,
And my sad heart aches till it nearly breaks—
Is it aught to Him? Does He see?

Refrain: Oh, yes, He cares, I know He cares,
His heart is touched with my grief;
When the days are weary, the long nights dreary,
I know my Savior cares.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

The Blah's

I spent my morning at the doctor’s office with Ta and T.G. I missed Ta’s 2 year visit originally scheduled in March (due to another computer problem!) so it was a routine appointment. Except that anyone with kids knows there is no such thing as “routine”. Turns out he has a sinus infection and while we were there, the doctor went ahead and looked at the baby to save me from having to come back. T.G. has a double ear infection. I went in thinking the visit was free (insurance covers well visits 100%) and ended up spending $81 due to the various medications both kids were prescribed! Plus, I still feel yucky. I actually feel a little better; I just don’t have much of a voice. My kids are happy, and probably TJ too, but I hate it because I have to repeat myself more than I normally do!

TJ felt sorry for me since I wasn’t feeling well and didn’t go to Charlotte after work. He mowed the front lawn and I hung outside with the kids and watched. With him home to help, we were able to have a relatively stress-free evening. Plus, once the boys went to bed, he was able to fix the computer. Turns out our hard drive went bad. Thankfully he was able to recover ALL of the data off of it and transfer it to a new hard drive. I have all of my school papers, presentations, etc. stored on the computer. He does a complete back-up of everything once per week, but it’s still scary to think I could have lost years’ worth of documents, pictures, etc. We literally do EVERYTHING on this computer, including our finances. We’d be in big trouble if he wasn’t a “computer genius” as he puts it!

Well, it’s off to finish some more scrapbook pages. Another mom asked me to do hers today when I dropped Th off at school. At this point I don’t mind because I have everything out and accessible. I do need to get on the ball though and figure out what I’m going to do for Ta’s teachers. Actually, I know what I want to do; I just need to find time. Maybe this weekend, although I doubt it. My sister is visiting, and we are attending a Mother/Daughter banquet, along with a couple of friends of mine.

I am really looking forward to the dinner. I gave the invitations to each person for their own individual reasons, but all of us going need a night out with just the girls! Nobody knows anyone else that I invited but all have similar personalities. I am really excited to see what the Lord will do in each of their lives because of the fellowship time the banquet is providing. If you wouldn’t mind, pray that the Lord would soften and prepare each woman’s heart that is attending. Without going into all the details, one is hurting and all are searching for a place to belong. I pray this banquet will provide the answers each is seeking. . .

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Technology. . .

Isn't it great!

I still feel yucky today but I have friends coming over from the MOMS Club to do a Bible study. This is the last week so I feel compelled not to cancel. I have enjoyed leading this study. I have gotten to know some of the moms who participated better, especially those who are new to the Club. I am going to lead another study, but we need to decide if we’re going to continue through the summer or take a break. I prefer to go through the summer, but that means more people in my house since school will be ending soon! Whatever is decided, we are going to study “Lies Women Believe and the Truths that Set them Free” by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. I did this study about 3 years ago and it’s awesome. I look forward to going through it with the Club; it will be very beneficial for all, I hope.

Our home computer is broken so I am forced to rely on TJ’s old laptop. I hate laptops, in particular the lack of a mouse, and pray TJ finds time to fix ours. He has meetings in Charlotte tonight after work so I know I’ll be stuck at least another day on this crummy thing. The ‘G’ key is broken and keeps falling off- it’s definitely seen better days! I am counting my blessings, though, and am thankful to at least have this to check my email. I’d be lost without email! Unfortunately for me, I keep everything in the computer such as addresses, phone numbers, and my family calendar. I have no idea what appointments we have and have no way of accessing the information. Thankfully I got a reminder call for Ta’s appointment tomorrow. It just stinks because I have Mother’s Day cards that I need to mail but have no way of getting the address. I can’t call because I don’t have the phone number written down (it’s on the computer, remember!) and the recipients don’t have email. I’ll have to go the old fashioned route and call everyone I know to get the addresses I need. I have definitely learned a lesson- don’t rely on the computer!

It’s time to finish getting ready for Bible study. T.G. is waking and she needs to get changed. Have a blessed day!

Monday, May 7, 2007

Book Group

I want to explain why I love the 2 books I read.

The first, “Tallahassee Higgins”, is about a girl who goes to live with her aunt and uncle while her mother moves to California to try to get a break into Hollywood. The book describes Tallahassee’s search to find out more about her mother, her father, and her life as she adjusts to living with her aunt and uncle. I identified with Tallahassee because, although my mother never abandoned me, I moved around often, as did Tallahassee, until 7th grade. I know what it is like to constantly switch schools and have to make new friends, never feeling like you belong; I did it my entire life! Some years we’d move 2 or 3 times in the same year. I went to 12 schools in 13 years- you do the math!

The second, “Dear Mr. Henshaw”, is about a boy who writes to his favorite author. I identified with him because his parents divorced, and he describes his feelings regarding the situation in his journals. In this story, the dad drives an 18-wheeler, and the boy and his mom feel like the dad loves his truck more than them. In my life, my dad is an alcoholic, and I have always felt my dad chose alcohol over his family. Also, in this book, the boy feels lonely because his mom works a lot to support the 2 of them, as was the case for me.

I know this isn’t a typical entry, but I felt compelled to share why I have always loved these 2 books in particular. Looking at them from a teacher’s perspective, they are wonderful to read if a new student comes or if a student is moving away. Also, if children come from divorced families, as is more common these days, these books will help children to know they are not alone in their feelings. I look forward to reading some more of my childhood favorites and sharing my thoughts about them. . .

The Blues

Since the weather was rainy on Saturday, we had an opportunity to be together as a family for the entire day. Th’s baseball game was cancelled so TJ and the boys went with the baby and me to run errands. We had a good time considering the boys hate to run errands. When we got home, we caught up on some indoor things that needed to be taken care of such as switching Ta’s clothes from size 18 months to 2T and storing stuff in the attic. We also played around with the boys. It was me versus TJ, Th, & Ta. We had fun, and the boys had a great time wrestling around.

I have been fighting a cold or something since late last week. It finally hit me full-force yesterday. I woke up feeling horrible, and today is even worse. I am achy everywhere, my ears and throat hurt, and I just want to sleep. I finished Th’s scrapbook pages but still need to complete the other child’s and the 2 title pages. I was hoping to get more accomplished, but since I slept most of the afternoon, that didn’t happen!

I did read 2 books over the weekend, though. I completed “Tallahassee Higgins” by Mary Downing Hahn and “Dear Mr. Henshaw” by Beverly Cleary. Both of them are excellent books, and after having read them now as an adult, I can understand how I loved them as a child. Well, Th has a baseball game tonight and I need to finish making supper. We’re having homemade lasagna and garlic bread. The boys are also calling me to come see their latest find: a baby lizard on a plant in the flower bed. More tomorrow, and hopefully I’m feeling better!

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Relaxing. . . finally!

Yesterday was a productive day. I began working on the scrapbook pages for Th’s teacher. I haven’t scrapbooked in almost a year, and it was nice to be able to get back into it, even if only for a short time. I told TJ he could use the space for his computers since I don’t have as much time to devote to scrapbooking as I’d like. It seems like he is constantly helping someone out with a computer problem, so it makes more sense to use the space for that rather than my summertime hobby. After I finish these pages, I will pack everything up for storage. That will be difficult to find as it seems we are quickly outgrowing our house! I’d like to store everything where I can access it when needed. I have to make a total of 9 pages by next Friday, and I have the layout completed for 1. 4 of the pages will be the same, so it’s really just a matter of copying everything once I get the 2 of them finished. I will try to take some pictures when I get them completed.

It has been so hot here lately, in the 90s. We went to the pool on Tuesday and spent about an hour and a half just playing and swimming. The kids loved it! The water was chilly, but refreshing. Ta and T.G. have horrible allergies, and yesterday was a bad day for them. We just kind of hung around the house. Yesterday was the first time I found myself really enjoying having a little girl. Before then, there really was no difference- she was just like the other 2. Yesterday, however, it was so hot and humid I pulled my hair up. I pulled her hair up, too! She looked so adorable with her little pig-tails. Even the boys noticed her hair, which surprised me. I took some pictures of her!

Not much going on today, either. We are running some errands (I’ll have to prepare Th before we go as to the etiquette I expect of him!) and then a friend is coming over to go through my maternity clothes. She has been trying for a very long time to get pregnant again, and after 2 miscarriages, the Lord has blessed her with a healthy pregnancy. She is due in August and found out she is having another girl. She has 2 children, a daughter who is 7 and a son who will be 5 in November. Her son and Th are friends, so Th will be happy to have him over.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Now is the Time

Today is officially “Go-Up-To-Heaven Day”, coined by Th himself. Let me explain. . .
In the van on the way to preschool, Th asked how old you had to be to go to Heaven. I explained that God doesn’t have a set age; He’ll take people whenever He’s ready. He then asked how old Annabelle was (she was my grandfather’s wife- she passed away last March and is the only person Th knows on a personal basis who has died). I told him, and before ending the conversation, I said we never know when God is going to bring someone home to Heaven. It could be today, or next week, or in a very long time. That’s when he said the aforementioned phrase.

I think it’s awesome that his mind comprehends such abstract concepts. I can truthfully say at 4 years old I did not have an understanding of God, Heaven, or Hell. God really was a mystery until I got saved at almost 19. Sure, I believed in God, or I should say I believed there was a God, but I did not understand true salvation until after joining the Air Force and sitting in a real church service that preached a true salvation message. I am thankful for the amazing grace the Lord has extended to me, to all, through His Son, but I am also thankful that Thunderstands saving grace at such an early age. I speak from experience- life is so much easier knowing God is in control (now that I am saved) rather than often wondering why things happen and not knowing if anyone understands let alone cares (before I was saved).

If today is “go up to Heaven day”, I am ready, and so is my family! Are you? If not, contact me to find out how you can be ready- you’re eternal life depends on it!

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Kids are great. . .

until they open their mouths!

I was running errands with all 3 of my darlings. As I was waiting in line to pay, an elderly woman walked by and commented on how cute my kids were. Th piped up with his own comment: “Wow! She’s really old!” I wasn’t brave enough to turn around to see if she heard him, but the woman directly in front of me did and she laughed so hard I thought she was going to fall over. I obviously couldn’t see the look on my face, but I could feel it turning the same shade of red as my shirt. I absolutely wanted to sink into the floor! I am thankful for these wonderful, teachable moments! I explained (again!) that sometimes we don’t say things even though we think them.

I hope he understands this time. . . or at least waits until he’s with TJ to say something embarrassing! It always seems to happen when he’s with me!