"We are all handmade people created by a God who is not safe or small." Rend Collective Experiment

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

As I walked downstairs on Sunday dressed for church one of our young sons said, "Oh, Mama I really like your costume." Jim and I got a good laugh over it. I asked Jim if my dress looked like a costume and he assured me it didn't. I was thinking on the drive to church what a profound statement our son unintentionally made.

It is easy to put on a costume for church. It is easy to walk in dressed clean and pretty. Everyone is happy, and fellowship is sweet. I smile, pray, praise, and listen to God's Word. I love church, and I love my church family. There is nowhere else I would rather be on Sunday morning. I want our children to know what a blessing it is to have the opportunity to sit under the preaching of God's Word and to be among fellow Believers.

Where the rubber meets the road as a Mama though, is between Sundays. If the children see one Mama at church and one Mama at home then I am nothing but a hypocrite..church becomes an act..complete with costumes.

This is so much easier said than done. I fall short all of the time. My Sunday School teacher made the point that it's not the bees or the yellow jackets that bother us it's the gnats, or the "no seeums", as we call them. We can take them nibbling at us for a little while and then all of a sudden we just can't take another thing and that is where we lose it, if we aren't careful.

That is where I found myself first thing this morning as we were trying to get out the door. One thing after another happened. Nothing that occurred was earth shattering... just unplanned and inconvenient. By the time our son shook the almond milk without it's cap causing an almond milk geyser in the middle of the kitchen.. I had had enough of the "gnat bites". It was one word that I said, (Dude) but it was not said in anything that resembled love or kindness. My heart fell as I saw our son scurry off to get a rag. I wish I can say I took that moment to follow him and apologize but I didn't.

I ran upstairs to grab a couple of things to head out the door. While I was there our eldest son came in to share about something that happened the night before. I told him some background on the situation and encouraged him to show grace. The words weren't even out of my mouth when I felt the full weight of the Holy Spirit convicting me further.

We reached our destination and I came around to our son and fixed his collar. I apologized and received a big hug and a beaming smile in return. He bounced by my side his hand in mine for the rest of our morning and I was reminded how precious the grace that God gave to me is and how I must always strive be a giver of grace to those around me..and not just on Sunday.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Friday, June 11, 2010

Our Sweet Little Fella is growing up so fast. He will be 15 months old on the 18th.
He is such a blessing.

Our Sweet Boy is a climber. We have had quite a few climbers and quite a few active children, but I am pretty sure the Little Fella wins the prize...which is really saying something.

He has the bluest eyes and everyone asks us who he favors. We don't really know! We just know he is a cutie.

I love him.

And I love the way they love him.

I am so humbled and thankful for our littlest boy.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Mini Family Vacation~

I awoke on a Friday morning at 7:00 a.m. thinking it would be a normal day. We had school and errands planned. My first clue that all was not "normal" was the theme song from "Rocky" blaring through the house. This is Jim's song for me-romantic isn't it? He had told me he had a really busy day Friday. I assumed he meant work day and didn't know he had taken the day off. I made my way downstairs to find the family in the kitchen waiting for me. They were all dressed and told me I had 5 minutes to get ready to go. They wouldn't tell me where.

Here is where we ended up...one of my favorite beaches about an hour from here. So Lovely.

Umm.. except we had a little problem. The Griswald Family ain't got nothin' on us ;o)

After I took this picture Eben looked at me and said, "Next time, we bring a shovel." which just cracked me up.

We were a "little" stuck...

I told hubby to look on the bright side....

We could claim the teenager was driving ;o) Kidding.

Do you know how humbling it is for a Chevy Man to be pulled out by a Ford. Oh. My. The tow guy was getting such a thrill...not to mention our lunch money.

I told the kiddies these are the things family memories are made of. We laughed so hard through the whole thing..which is really all you can do..especially when everyone else on the beach is laughing at you.

One more push..

And we were FREE! Yippee! We headed to the hotel and Jim declared that that Beach Access was now dead to him.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Random Thoughts~

It has been way too long! This post is full of meaningless and random updates..and a few random pictures.

~We are so excited that summertime is here. It is always so fun to complete our homeschooling books. The end of the year is always so busy. So many end of the year things to do. Fun, fun times :o)

~The beginning of summer always leads me to look around and see that things that slide during the school year. This homeschooling is a messy business. In all the years of homeschooling I have never been to a seminar that taught how to.. "Keep your closets clean and homeschool your tots through teens ". If you have the answer to this.. please share!

-Speaking of closets..I have made the downstairs office closet into a "Family Closet" for the under 7 crowd. This has seriously made me so happy (How sad is that?). Everyone (except the Little Fella) can dress themselves, but in doing so they often toss clean clothes into the hamper and dirty clothes into their drawers. I now have complete control (mu-ah-ah-ah..)

-Speaking of my complete control..My family took me on a surprise vacation. Jim and the kids packed the van with all of their things..and mine.. without me even knowing and took me away for a few days. Obviously, I am not as much in control as I think. It was a wonderful surprise.

-The kiddies are all growing up so fast. I don't know what it is about summer that makes you really look at them and think how fast time goes. This past weekend was Graduation Sunday at our church. It was so unbelievable that it will be our son in two short years making that walk across the stage. Time goes by so fast and it is such a gift each and every day to have time with our children.

Have Y'all started Summer Vacation yet? I hope your days have been blessed!