June 30, 2006

Everyday Things...Amazing Love

Everyday Mommy has a weekly feature called Everyday Things.



What an awesome lesson of God's love, when you have children. I will never forget the moment I personally felt the ultimate realization that God actually sacrificed & gave up His only child to die... for us. I was rocking my baby, my firstborn son, hugging him so tight at that moment and could not imagine ever making that choice. How did He do it? Could He truly love us that much? Amazing.






1 John 4:9
This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him.

June 29, 2006

What's Your Secret?

The other day I was recalling one of my "most embarassing" breastfeeding experiences. When Gray was just a newborn, hubby and I were at a wedding in a very large, old catholic church. During the ceremony I needed to feed the baby, and since you could hear every little rustle or shoe click in that place, I thought I should take him in the back just in case he made too much noise. I walked into the first open room I found with a chair, sat down, and began nursing right away. I looked up, and to my horror- I was in the confessional! Now, I am not catholic and have only seen these things in the movies, but I knew what it was and was afraid I would get thrown out of there if someone found out! I hopped up so quickly and searched for a less sacrilegious nursing area. When I got back to my seat I tried to whisper to hubby what had happened, but I got the church giggles and was laughing too hard!

What's your most embarassing nursing moment or the strangest place you've nursed?

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Have you heard about the big Nurse-In at Victoria's Secret this Saturday? Apparently, sales associates at a Wisconsin Victoria's Secret told a mother her exposed breast might offend some customers when she wanted to feed her baby outside of the fitting rooms because they were all full. Victoria's Secret. Her exposed breast. Might offend... ?

This is not the first time recently that Victoria's Secret has asked a nursing mom to go elsewhere in recent months. A Target store was in hot water for this, too. Click here to see your state's laws regarding breastfeeding in public.

At 1 PM in malls across the U.S., breastfeeding mothers will unite at Victoria's Secret to stand up for their right to nurse their babies anywhere the mom is allowed to be. Read this cleverly titled article Coverup charged at Victoria's stores: Moms reveal bust-up over breast-feeding. I know there is a group planned to meet at our local mall, babies in arms and news reporters on hand.

June 27, 2006

Wordless Wednesday

June 26, 2006

recommended bedtime reading


The latest bedtime fave in our family bed is Zin! Zin! Zin! a Violin by Lloyd Moss.

If you love music, it is a wonderful way to introduce kids to the beautiful instruments, and the words are so fun to say in this one- I didn't mind reading it three times in a row tonight!

If we clap loud and shout, "Encore!"
They may come out and play once more.

And that would give us great delight
Before we say a late good night.

I just read the sweetest post

... and I think you should read it, too. It happened along the way... over at Faithful Mommy.

June 25, 2006

oh I think I get it now...

A good friend (who also has 3 small boys) and I were relating about how similar our middle sons are, especially how sensitive they are compared to our older ones. We have to discipline Carter differently than older brother Noah. There are times that Carter will still say he is sorry for breaking a toy, spilling his drink, kicking the dog, etc. even days after it happened. When I'd already forgotten about it! It's common for me to say, "Carter honey, it's ok. We forgave you, and I've already forgotten about it. You don't have to keep bringing it up and saying you're sorry."

DING!

The light came on.

As I was talking to my friend, saying those very things... I said, "Wow. How many times do we do that with God? We keep saying we're sorry again and again when he forgave us the first time."

I love the song Ocean Floor by Audio Adrenaline

They're all behind you
They'll never find you
They're on the ocean floor
Your sins are forgotten
They're on the bottom
Of the ocean floor

Psalm 103:12, in the Contemporary English version says

How far has the LORD taken
our sins from us?
Farther than the distance
from east to west

And look at the Message Bible, taken from Psalm 103!

God is sheer mercy and grace;
not easily angered, he's rich in love.
He doesn't endlessly nag and scold,
nor hold grudges forever.
He doesn't treat us as our sins deserve,
nor pay us back in full for our wrongs.
As high as heaven is over the earth,
so strong is his love to those who fear him.
And as far as sunrise is from sunset,
he has separated us from our sins.
As parents feel for their children,
God feels for those who fear him.

Am I the only one that needed this today? Can I get an Amen?

June 23, 2006

Everyday Things

Everyday Mommy has a weekly feature: Everyday Things.
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As a little girl, my family went out to eat every Sunday after church. We'd always go to the Paragon or Pantheon- where there would be lemon rice soup and rolls in baskets on the tables, and rice pudding for dessert. Sometimes my mom & grandparents would sit in the back of church in case service ran long so they could sneak out to "beat the church crowd" for lunch.
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The chairs at the restaurant were those caramel-brown leather seats on roller-wheels, and I can still hear the squeak as I sat down. Turn your coffee mug over if you wanted the waitress to pour you coffee from a pot making its rounds throughout the big room, weaving in & out of the round tables. The placemats were paper with a gold Greek border of some sort, and brother & I would always snatch a pen from mom's purse to play hang man, or we'd stack the creamers into a little pyramid. A tall revolving display case full of cheescake, Dutch Apple pie, and the occasional baklava greeted families as they came in, to admire the pies, most with pieces missing already, and we'd always say what we would order, even though we really wouldn't when the time came.
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You could always buy cigarrettes and gum at the register, and when you leave don't forget to get your free mint (one per person please) from the mint dispenser. The Paragon always gave out Dum-Dum suckers, too. Brother & I always ordered off the kid's menu, but were discouraged to not order the fried chicken as it would take longer than everyone else's order. I am pretty sure we ordered fried chicken every time.

June 22, 2006

...fulfilled

I feel so fulfilled this evening. The day was simply a good day, and I feel as it comes to a close, just so happy and content.

My 5-year-old son can't write his name, and he doesn't color within the lines. But I treasure his eyes of innocence, the excitement that he gets when he finds a cool leaf on the ground, or a really neat stick. He tiptoes past the "secret" lake so that the "crocodiles" won't hear him. Off in the woods at the playground he & brother slay dinosaurs and bears among the trees.
My new favorite friend over at New Mama's Nest, posts:

I'd give all wealth that years have piled,
The slow result of Life's decay,
To be once more a little child
For one bright summer-day.
~Lewis Carroll

June 21, 2006

Wordless Wednesday

June 20, 2006

All in 5 Minutes

It was a pretty uneventful day, bordering on boring.

Playing with baby while on my back. Look at you! You can flyyy!!!! Puke. In my hair. On top and underneath. Hair washing necessary. Second shower of the day- I am lucky to get even one on a normal day!

Jump-in-wash-hair-don’t-even-condition-hop-out. Downstairs a once-large stack of computer paper from one of those old tractor feed printers is now carpeting my living room/dining room/kitchen. And all the perforated side strips with the holes are ripped off and seem to be multiplying by the moment!

In the kitchen, among the paper wads and snaky hole strips is a new bag of dog food, tipped over by the dogs, brown pebbles covering the floor.

All in 5 minutes.

I am longing for the 5 minutes when all three boys are fast asleep tonight. A solid 5 minutes, a block of time where they are asleep and hubby is not home yet, and I will have 5 minutes of clean, uncluttered silence in a room all by myself.

Maybe make my toenails pink. Maybe finally eat a bite of dinner.

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June 19, 2006

Lesson in Motherhood #29

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If your 5 year old tells you, out of the blue, "Mommy, I didn't get in your jewelry box" ... start looking for your favorite earrings NOW.


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P.S. the comments are still rolling in on the "Breast is Best" post and also over at Confessions of Eli's Mom, too. See what everyone's buzzin' about!

June 18, 2006

On Father's Day

“Mommy, when I grow up I’m gonna cook on the grill like Daddy!”

“When I am a daddy some day, can I wear my baby in the sling?”

“When I get big like daddy, I can make breakfast like he does, special for us.”


All too soon my sons will be celebrating their own Father’s Day…

I am so blessed that my husband is inspiring our sons to be fathers like him someday. Wow- what a privilege it is to be their mommy, and married to their daddy. Happy Father’s Day, honey!

June 16, 2006

Breast is Best!!

National Breastfeeding Campaign


This video is the latest in a new campaign to promote breastfeeding over formula feeding. Also in the works: posting warning labels on formula cans that breastfeeding is best!!

I am not even sure how I really feel about the ad campaign above- what do you think?


I definitely think breast is best and encourage everyone to check out your local La Leche League first!

As you take such special care of that precious baby: knowing breast is best, you probably have childproofed your home with outlet covers, put choking hazards away, gates at the stairways, put the cleaning products up high and toxic chemicals out of reach, pots & pans on the back burners... please be sure you are just as prepared and
informed about your child's vaccinations as well.

because it's tradition!




Grayson, 8 months old, wearing this fun toy that my boys always end up wearing on their heads.



Noah- 6 months old back in August '01. Yeah, he was a chunker!

June 14, 2006

Baby Likes Sweet Baby James


Hubby and I love to sing along to James Taylor and we have created a new fan. Gray was singing along with me to Carolina In My Mind- seriously- I was holding him and slow dancing in the kitchen, singing while he hummed and la laa'ed along.

Jeff came home in the middle of our little dance, and joined in. As soon as Daddy took Gray for a dance to Sweet Baby James, he sang for a little bit longer and then he was out. Fast asleep. Such a precious moment!

June 13, 2006

Prize Inside!

I don't normally photograph my child's Huggies Supremes, but on this particular occasion...

Somehow a Disney Cars collector card made it into the back of his diaper- his onesie snapped, pants on & all.

"Grayson- the Amazing Baby Houdini!" maybe? I'm hoping for a winning lottery ticket or some cash next time.

June 12, 2006

My ABC's

My great friend Lori over at Glass Half Full knows her ABC's and I thought I'd join in...

Accent: none, but when I go to see family down south they say I talk like a Yankee.
Bible Book that I like: Who doesn't love Psalms & Proverbs?
Chore I don't care for: ALL OF THEM!
Dog or Cat: We have 3 dogs-
(Jake, Dobie, & Gucci- all miniature pinschers)
Essential Electronics: DVR! Computer w/ internet!

Favorite Cologne: Happy by Clinique
Gold or Silver: White gold!
Handbag I Carry Most Often: I love my Petunia Pickle Bottom Diaper Bag & long to carry a small stylish handbag again someday!
Insomnia: No, rather I could fall asleep anytime, anywhere lately, if I had the opportunity!
Job Title: Mommy, Mama, Wife, Honey
Kids: Noah- 5, Carter- almost 4, & Grayson- 8 months
Living Arrangement: hubby, me, our 3 sons, & 3 dogs in a 2-story house in a nice residential area
Most Admirable Trait: Friendliness
Naughtiest Childhood Behavior: I was pretty good as a child!

Overnight Hospital Stays: just when I had the three babies! Wish I could have come home right away and avoid the hospital stays altogether... would LOVE to just do a homebirth!
Phobias: ants in the house
Quote: God doesn't call the qualified, he qualifies the called.
Religion: I am a CHRISTIAN
Siblings: 1 younger brother

Time I Wake Up: Hmm- lately a little later. Well, I wake up at 5:30 AM so that I can wake up hubby for work, then I wake up again sometime after 7 or later hopefully!
Unusual Talent or Skill: I can write backwards in cursive pretty well

Vegetable I Refuse to Eat: beets
Worst Habit: losing my sunglasses- it is unfortunately a habit!
X-rays: I broke my arm in middle school (ran into a wall), and broke my wrist a few years ago (don't run in the rain while wearing flip-flops.)
Yummy Stuff I Cook: Hubby loves my spaghetti with sweet tomato sauce (secret ingredient: brown sugar!) I love my
white chicken chili and extra peanut-ty pad Thai.

Zoo Animal I Like Most: The polar bear

Paper or Plastic?

Shopping with the kids has its pros & cons…

When the kids are with you, it doesn’t look as strange when you talk to yourself, like when you are going over the contents of your cart, reading off your shopping list, “What else do we need? Are we out of eggs? We almost forgot bananas!”

Of course, going solo is a wonderful escape and you can get in & out much more efficiently. Plus, I don’t have to worry about the baby eating my coupons or the bigger boys asking for every little thing.

GROCERY STORE TEST
Borrow one or two small animals (goats are best) and take them with you as you shop at the grocery store. Always keep them in sight and pay for anything they eat or damage.


P.S. I prefer paper... what is UP with Wal-Mart bagging your groceries and giving you one plastic bag per ITEM!? Their bags are overtaking my house!


June 9, 2006

A Flag Parrot

“Mommy, look- a flag parrot!”

You know those big blow-up things they put in front of car dealerships and fireworks places? There was an enormous Bald Eagle in an American flag print.

I was already giggling from that, then next see a sign for a gas station that is closed for remodeling until June 29rd - (say it like June twenty-nerd.) I was cracking up- in such a silly mood I guess!

Then overheard while the boys were playing with their hotwheels cars today- “Oh no- you have to go back! We have to go buy Mommy’s Starbuck’s”

June 8, 2006

i heart babywearing

The following is a word-for-word message from my hubby left on my cell phone voice mail while I was at a hair appointment recently.

“Hey honey, it’s about 10 o’ clock on Saturday and I just wanted to let you know that everything is going really smooth. I’ve got Gray in the sling and he is happy as happy can be. So anyway… take your time, enjoy yourself, have fun- no need to hurry home, um, ‘cause everything’s going smooth here. Love you! Bye.”

How wonderful is it to hear that (as I left Gray with him for longer than an hour for the 1st time.)

P.S. i heart my hubby!

For more great reasons why I love babywearing, click here and here.

I must also mention that we went mini-golfing recently and I got TWO "hole in ones" while wearing Gray in the sling (this one) and I tied for first place all around, beating the men! I won't say which men, to save their embarassment!

June 6, 2006

Baby a Go-Go

Which means the most often said phrase around here now is "no no!"

Grayson will be 8 months old tomorrow!

See below for the evolution of Gray's "crawl" which is more like a scoot-stretch-reach, sit, scoot-stretch-reach, sit ... but it gets him places!

June 5, 2006

Summertime!

It’s so lovely here- it is summertime!

I had to post my two favorite summer pictures from last year- sandy Noah in his cool shades and Carter making a splash in the lake. I am excited for the summer pictures to come over the next few months…



June 4, 2006

beautiful day

baby napping sweetly
kitchen cleaned from lunch
eat a piece of chocolate
as the big boys play ball outside
I pick up my knitting and breathe in the
beautiful day

June 2, 2006

bless his little heart

Today was an errand day. The boys had haircuts and then we shopped at Wal-Mart. After that I had to stop by Jeff’s parents’ office to drop something off, and when we were pulling out of the parking lot to leave, I saw Noah’s face in my rear-view mirror. His face was covered with something …

“Noah, what did you eat?!” I ask, in an alarmed voice, because, after all, he is on a
special diet and can not have anything unless I prepare it for him.

“Nuth-ing.” He says, in a slow ‘I’m in trouble’ voice.

I pull over immediately and grab a bag of wipes from the diaper bag. I crawl back there and see an M & M M-azing candy bar opened and lying so neatly next to his car seat. ¾ of the candy bar is already eaten. I wipe him off and collect the rest of the candy bar and wrapper.

A mixture of feelings…

Total shock! First, Noah never sneaks food! Second, my kids don’t STEAL! He took it while we were at Wal-Mart, and how did I not see this?

My heart is breaking! If only Noah were allowed to have a little treat like a candy bar or little piece of chocolate when he wanted to. But, we’re on the diet for another several months at least.

Laughter! I couldn’t help but laugh! I told him it was wrong to take something that we did not pay for, and also very wrong to have something that is not on his special diet.

But I had to ask.
“Noah, was the candy bar good?”

He looked at me so sweetly and smiled with the cutest gleam in his eye, “Yes.”
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