September 2008

A New Point of View

September 30, 2008

in Circus Shots

Look who’s facing forward now!

(Yes, I know she’s been legal for 2 mths now, but I read somewhere it was technically safer to face backwards as long as possible, so we delayed turning her around).

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Her response, “Hey! Where’d my brother and sister go?  Now I have to stare at the back of Mommy and Daddy’s head!”

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Come back on Friday and read a guest post from my SIL!  (She’s gonna give you an inside look at the circus life from outside perspective)!

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The Steelers play the Ravens on Monday Night Football tonight on ESPN.

We are so psyched!  It is probably my favorite game of the year.  If there’s anything I enjoy watching more than the Steelers win, it’s watching them win against the Ravens.  Here’s hoping for a good game!!  Go STEELERS!!!

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Ya know I love holidays…we go all out with food, clothing, decor and not just for Christmas.   I’m sporting the leprechaun hat for St Patty’s day, serving up enchiladas and corona on Cinco De Mayo, and partying it up on

International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

I was quite proud of myself this week when I finished buying my kids their Halloween costumes.  I mean it isn’t even October yet, and we’ve got the Spiderman, Princess, and Lady Bug bought and hanging in the closet.

Now I didn’t say anything to you all on JULY 3rd when I was shopping for last minute cookout food and saw candy corn for sale at Giant.

I am not exaggerating, my mom can back me up on this, she was with me.  HELLO… Halloween candy BEFORE the 4th of July?!?!?

But, I can’t keep quiet about this….

As the kiddos and I were searching Target for trick or treating pumpkins we found Christmas lights and Christmas cards on the aisle across from Halloween decor.

We were just in the first week of fall, and already they are pushing Christmas stuff.  You gotta be careful when buying your candy, you could accidentally purchase red and green candy instead of Halloween.   And what about Thanksgiving?  Stores go from Halloween straight to Christmas.

I love Christmas.  Truly I do.  But I like to wait until I’ve packed away the summer clothes, and the leaves have fallen from the trees (or at least changed colors), before I start buying my Christmas cards.  I’m just saying… can’t we slow down, and enjoy the season we’re in without rushing and pushing for the next holiday down the line?

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Last week in our Catechism Class, I taught the kids the song “This Little Light of Mine.“  We talked about how we can let our lights shine and how we can hide our light.  We played a game where I would name some actions (like obeying your parents, or hitting your sister) and then the kids had to say if that action let their light shine or covered it up. (They got to turn the flashlight off or on when it was their turn to answer the question).

This week before and after preschool my son and I have discussed this.  I reminded him that when he goes to school, he needs to think about letting his light shine.  This afternoon my son said to me, “Mom, I let my light shine today.”  I asked him how, and he said, “I sat criss cross applesauce when my teacher told me to.”  I affirmed to him that obeying his teacher is definitely a way to let his light shine.  I plan to carry this further and have this discussion throughout the day, especially during the now common sibling fights which occur.

I am hoping that by starting this dialect early I can teach my children to think practically each day about how they can let their lights shine for Jesus in this world. I also want to teach them to analyze their actions to see if they accomplished this goal.   (And when they fail, to lead them in confessing their sins).

The same needs to be true in my life.  At the end of the day, can I list ways in which I let my light shine?  Hmmm… was I letting it shine or covering it with a basket (aka hide it under a bushel) when I was waiting in the line at the store, sopping up my flooded basement, avoiding my neighbor…

This simple children’s song can be used as a tool for discipleship in my family as I strive to teach my children to live their lives as lights in the dark world and to let their lights shine for Jesus through their everyday actions.

 

Philippians 2:14-16 (New International Version)

Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life—in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing.

 

Weekend Thoughts:
My posts typically relate funny anecdotes about the happenings here at the circus  but, I use my last post of the week to highlight something a little more “thoughtful” and significant. If you had a thoughtful post from this last week, or choose to make a new one, please feel free to add a link in the comments section below. I’d love to hear what you are thinking.

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A Little Mommy

September 26, 2008

in Motherhood

Our two year old as gotten quite attached to her baby doll.  She mothers her in all sorts of ways.

She reads her stories at nap time.

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And arranges a spot for her (and almost every one of her stuffed animals) to sleep beside her at nap time.

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She gives her a nebulizer treatment because she had a bad cough.

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She even started potty training her this week!

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  I must say I am enjoying watching her in this stage. 

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I Miss Her

September 24, 2008

in Me to You

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Today is my husband’s grandma’s birthday.  Sadly, she isn’t here to celebrate with us as the Lord took her home this past February.  

I think of her often and miss her.  She used to love to bump heads with our kids.  She’d lean forward so their foreheads touched and say, “bump.”  My youngest will do it from time to time with me and every time I think to myself, “Grandma would have loved that!”  When the family’s all together and I’m serving dessert I can almost here her say, “Hey that’s too small a slice!” Certain frilly, pink dresses that the girls wear or bows in their hair remind me of her as I know she’d love them.   And anytime I take the girls out without their socks or shoes on I can hear her scold me as well! 

Every time this song comes on the radio, I think of Grandma and Grandpa and every time I hear it, the tears come to my eyes and start trickling down my face.

They left a rich legacy for their family of a godly marriage and love.  No one could doubt the love they had for each other.   Grandpa is a picture of a gentleman and she was a true lady.  He took care of her every need with love and grace as her health failed her near the end.   Scott sat with them both at the hospital as she died, watching his Grandpa walk his Grandma home after over 60 years of marriage.    Their love is an inspiration for us all. 

How I wish we could serve her some cake and ice cream tonight!

*When I was looking through my hard drive for pictures for our digital frame, I came across the above picture.  It was taken over four years ago at a cookout for my son’s baptism.   I don’t think it ever made it into a scrapbook, so I’m sharing it with all of you for Kristen’s Me to You Carnival.   Unlike many of the pictures I share for this carnival, it definitely belongs in a scrapbook.

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