October 29, 2006

Fearfully And Wonderfully

Psalm 139:14
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
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Today it has been over 2 years since Noah's last seizure. You can read the long version of his story here, or a little bit about it here. This marks an awesome milestone. He is made fearfully- full of awe or reverence and wonderfully- excellent, great, amazing; extremely well.
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I am not sure when I will stop counting the years and months since his last seizure. I know this two year mark is one I have been looking forward to for a long time now. I also know that it's somewhat of a battle scar: our sweet reminder of the blessings and healing we have seen and experienced with our very own eyes and hearts.

October 28, 2006

Taking Back My Laundry Room, Ninja Style

Ok, I'll try to make this the last post about the laundry room saga.

I wanted to announce to everyone that I went in there finally and actually have a load of laundry washing as I type.

I am sure that it was quite a sight- with my hoody over my head, long sleeves over my arms, long jeans on my legs, socks and shoes. Fly swatter (or as Carter says it, fly patter) in one gloved hand, long vacuum cleaner hose in the other gloved hand. For a brief moment I considered putting on one of the boys' Spider-Man masks- but then thought it might make it harder for me to see. Listen, I just wanted to be prepared!

I felt confident. A lot in part due to a great friend of mine and her encouraging words. She told me to "claim your power, girl!" and So. I. Did.

I wish she kept a blog (hint hint)- you'd all get a kick out of her stories. Her hubby keeps one here that is definitely worth more than a peek.

Anyway, she gently reminded me of the power that I do have over those home invaders:

Gen. 1:26 says, Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."

"The Bible says I have dominion over you, so In the Name of Jesus, I command you to come out of your hiding place!"

I was armed with more than protective clothing today as I stepped inside that laundry room.

Amen.

October 26, 2006

All In Perspective

While shopping for a baby shower gift this week I toted Carter & Gray with me to a couple boutiques. Carter asked, "Was I a gift when I was a baby?" and I thought he meant did he get gifts when he was a baby. I answered, "Yes, you got lots of gifts when you were a baby." He corrected me in his booming tone, "No- I am a gift. I am a gift from God!" I've told him that before, but long ago. Maybe he is actually listening in Sunday School? Whatever the case, I love that child!

These are cute- of the email "fwd" sort:

This first one I've thought about doing...
On the first day of school, a first grader handed his teacher a note from his mother. The note read, "The opinions expressed by this child are not necessarily those of his parents."

It was the end of the day when I parked my police van in front of the station. As I gathered my equipment, my K-9 partner, Jake, was barking, and I saw a little boy staring in at me. "Is that a dog you got back there?" he asked. "It sure is," I replied. Puzzled, the boy looked at me and then towards the back of the van. Finally he said, "What'd he do?"

A little boy opened the big family bible. He was fascinated as he fingered through the old pages. Suddenly, something fell out of the Bible. He picked up the object and looked at it. What he saw was an old leaf that had been pressed in between the pages. "Mama, look what I found", the boy called out. "What have you got there, dear?" With astonishment in the young boy's voice, he answered, "I think it's Adam's underwear...."

October 25, 2006

What Are You Into This Month?

This Month...

The Book I Am Really Into (or one you want to get into!): Mothering Your Nursing Toddler- I am so loving this book right now!

Magazine I Really Liked: Hmm- it’s hard for me to get through any magazine, but I probably read most of the current Mothering. O Magazine this month was probably the prettiest to look at!

TV Show Worth Watching: Sad to see Project Runway end. Now we’re mostly into Heroes- it’s pretty good so far!

Movie I’ve Seen (In or Out of a theater): The Prestige- a good one!

The CD I Can’t Stop Listening To: This one, of course! And Ray Lamontagne’s Trouble

The Candle I'm Loving: Beanpod Chai Latte

Blog I Am Always Visiting: I think you should check out everyone on my blogroll, and I am really into Total Mom Haircut. I love reading Beth's posts and what people comment. Good thoughts and views there!

What I'm Most Looking Forward To Next Month: Putting up the Christmas tree and decorations the day after Thanksgiving!


I'd love to hear what you are into this month- especially my real life friends Ashlee, Lori, Robin, & Staci!

If you want to play along, let me know in your comments!

October 24, 2006

Wordless Wednesday: Baby It's Cold Outside!


October 23, 2006

The Old School Way Is Looking Good Right About Now

Deep breath. Open door. Tall laundry basket in front of me. Large fly swatter in hand.

Another deep breath.

I am not kidding that it took me several minutes just standing there looking into the basement, door open, lights on… breathing.

I actually spoke outloud, “This is silly! Lord, I am scared!”

It’s been days since I’ve stepped foot in here, meaning it’s been days since any laundry has been done. I don’t think hubby will appreciate drying off with a hand towel in the morning.

Deep breath again. By now (since minutes have passed!) I would have seen one buzzing by the light or something. It should be safe.

Fly swatter still in hand, I make my way through with the laundry basket and begin sorting. What’s that sound? Oh, nothing.


Breathe.

The only way I get through the rest of my hurried sorting and toss a load in the washer is by singing over & over Proverbs 18:10 “The name of the Lord is a strong and mighty tower. The righteous run in and are safe.”

Fear literally paralyzes you. At least it did me- my silly fear of yellow jackets in the basement. I am bigger than them. They are probably more afraid of me. But that couldn't move my legs or stop my heart from beating so very fast!

Faith cancels fear- I know this. Faith and fear are mutually exclusive, they cannot live together in the same heart.

I am not afraid, and will do my laundry with courage and faith- AMEN!

Pep Rally

I went out (read: Starbuck’s) last night with two very close sister-friends. We didn’t spend our time griping and commiserating about being moms or wives, but rather how good we have it, and how we desire to be better moms & wives.

I couldn’t wait to get home and give hubby kisses, and check on my older boys as they were tucked in bed.


And I feel so ready to greet this week, a refreshed me.

October 20, 2006

The Sweetest Day- Stuck In A Mall!

We had a very eventful first Sweetest Day.

Jeff and I had officially been dating about 1 week. I was a manager for Express and was running the store for the night in a different mall for a manager that was on vacation. I was excited that this mall closed early on Saturdays and was hoping to see my new beau for Sweetest Day! This mall was about an hour from home and I was eager to get out of there.

As I locked the gate to the store with another sales associate, the gate got stuck. I tried to get it back up or down, and it was jammed about a foot off the ground.

What to do, what to do? The mall was barren by now- no one to be found. Not even mall security! I couldn’t leave the gate like that, and needed to call for help.


A repairman would be on the way within a few hours. Great. Now the sales associate is upset because she was planning on a date with her man, too.

While we were waiting for the repair person to show up, we went to the entrance closest to our store. This is when we realized that the doors were locked from the inside!! How were we to get out? How was our repairman going to get in?

And suddenly I see someone familiar through the glass doors. Jeff? My new boyfriend? What in the world is he doing here? And oh how happy I was to see him!

He had to run around the entire outside of the mall to find a way inside. Finally he made it to me, and had brought me dinner of all things! I was just so glad to see him and have him there with me. I got permission to send the poor sales girl home since Jeff could just stay with me while we waited to fix the gate.

It’s funny because I don’t remember a lot of the other details. We hung out quite a while in the empty mall. The gate got fixed, and we finally were able to find mall security by intentionally setting off a door alarm to get their attention. Jeff followed me home (his original plan for coming out there in the first place- to make sure I got home safe!)

Can you see why
I said yes?

Yellow Coats On The Driveway

The yellow jackets are gone, or are on their way. Just wanted to give an update! I am still not ready to venture into the laundry area. Wonder how long I can keep up that excuse?

Oh, and Noah heard me on the phone this morning talking about the exterminator coming for the yellow jackets and he says wide eyed, "Someone left their yellow coats on the driveway?"

October 19, 2006

The Bees Won't Let Me Do My Laundry

We have a yellow jacket problem. It started as a few hanging around our front door and turned into "please come to the back door because of all the bees," and "don't mind all the piled up newspapers on the front step because I am too afraid to go out there."

We foolishly thought that when the cold weather came that they would go away or something. Well, turns out that they would like to come inside.

It started out as just one in the basement. Then another. Each day we find at least one new yellow jacket buzzing about around my laundry. I can't go in there! I've never been stung before and I'm not going to start now!

Today the exterminator is coming- they've already done an estimate. I guess we need to get rid of them ASAP or they start eating through the house- wood & paint & all... and it looks like we have a mighty colony taking up residence here.

Then I can go back to doing laundry like a normal person (without fly swatter in hand and running out of the basement dropping everything if I hear a buzz.)

October 18, 2006

Normally I Was A Well-Dressed Child

My mom had a good laugh about yesterday's post, and in her defense she said:

1) That shirt really fit you but just needed to be pulled down.
2)
Your brother never really did like to wear pants.














I thought I should share proof that normally my brother and I were well-dressed children.

Hair styles... now that's a different story.


October 17, 2006

Wordless Wednesday: Fall Back In Time



Of course I can't leave this one wordless (do I ever?)

This is my cousin, brother, & me (on the right.) Where are my brother's pants? Were half-shirts
for toddlers "in" back then? And why is my fly open?

Here's more of my Wordless Wednesdays... let me know if you have one, too!

And I Can So Relate

This should win Post Of The Year...
A mother understands what a child does not say.
-Jewish Proverb

October 12, 2006

Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly.

October 11, 2006

Fabulous Facts About Babywearing



1. It keeps baby close, which is great for baby and mama…

2. Good for baby's physical development: By being so close to your body's rhythms, your newborn "gets in rhythm" much more quickly. Your heartbeat, breathing, voice and warmth are all familiar. Research has shown how this helps newborns (especially premature babies) to adapt to life outside the womb.


3. Good for babies whose mamas are depressed: Babies who are not held need more verbal interaction and eye contact, just to be reassured that you're there. Carrying your baby is a great way to connect with baby (and provide stimulation too) without the "burden" of having to interact. Of course your baby is "right there" to enjoy whenever you feel like snuggling, kissing or talking.

4. The kissing thing- that little head is right there for a zillion soft smooches a day. Love it!

5. Babies cry less: Research has shown that babies who are carried cry 43% less overall and 54% less during the evening hours. In cultures where babies are carried almost continuously, babies cry much less than those in non-carrying cultures.

6. Good for baby's mental development. Babies spend more time in a "quiet, alert state" when carried - the ideal state for learning. Their senses are stimulated while being carried (yet there is a place to retreat too). When carried, your baby sees the world from where you do, instead of the ceiling above his crib or people's knees from a stroller. And the extra stimulation benefits brain development.

7. Good for baby's emotional development. Babies are quickly able to develop a sense of security and trust when they are carried. They are more likely to be securely attached to their care-giver and often become independent at an earlier age.

8. It’s practical! It’s cheap and then there’s less need for putting baby in a box while getting things done.

9. Easy, discreet, hands-free nursing! (I find the easy part more true as baby is younger!)

10. Have other children? Keep baby safe and close while you tend to your other little ones!

11. It’s in style! Babies are the
latest in accessories, don’t you know?!

12. Babywearing is a great way to keep the nosy women and germy grannies at church from putting you in an awkward situation- when they want to hold baby. Nice & snug in the sling, baby is more off-limits!

13. It makes sense!!!
The womb lasts eighteen months: Nine months inside mother & nine months out!



Be sure to visit Nest for the most beautiful slings ever...
Take a peek at Urban Baby Runway's selection of
great slings here!
Check out TheBabyWearer.com for more great babywearin' info!
See what Dr. Sears says here for more info on attachment parenting.


October 10, 2006

Wordless Wednesday: Honeymoon in Paris




... 7 years ago this week



Here's more Wordless Wednesdays
& be sure to let me know if you have one, too!

October 8, 2006

Happily Ever After

We met in the fall of 1998.

It was love at first sight. We just knew.

We were engaged to be married within 3 months! We married on the 1 year anniversary of our first date (we went to dinner and a movie.)

It’s been 8 years today since that first date. 7 years today and 3 beautiful sons, since we both said

I Do.




And we still do…

Honor and love, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, we still prefer each other before ourselves, as long as we both shall live.

Happily Ever After.

October 7, 2006

...And The Adventures Began


One year ago

today began our adventures in babywearing. He was born quickly and beautifully. Not fully pain-free, but yes totally med-free and intervention-free.

We didn't even know your name until we met you, our Grayson Roger. Middle name after your paternal grampa.


Gray, you weren't much, quite a small thing, but you made our family complete.

Your brothers adored you.

Jeremiah 1:5
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart..."

You were less than a minute old and we couldn't imagine life without you.

October 5, 2006

There's Nothing Like A Hug


I first came upon this thanks to Peanut Gallery. What is it about a hug?

Click here to see for yourself.

Have you ever been just fine, then someone hugged you and the emotions just started flowing? Maybe you didn't even know you needed a hug at that moment...

Just think about who you could hug next and what it might mean to them.

Hugs don't cost a thing but are worth so much.


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And here's something else that won't cost a thing if you win my contest!
This contest is also linked at a really cool site you must check out called Competizione!!

October 4, 2006

Lessons From A Squirrel


Driving home yesterday, a squirrel ran out in front of me. He was almost to the other side of the street when he realized my car was coming. He scurried around and ran back the other way. I thought, little squirrel- you were almost there! Why did you turn around?


It was farther to go backward than to just hurry on up to the way he was planning to go.

How often do we do that? We’re almost "there" and we see the big enemy a comin' or something bad happens, we freak out or just get into fear, and then we turn back the other way...


...when we were almost to the other side. Almost there!


Of course I could see the big picture as I watched the little squirrel from higher up and could see his course, and that he could have made it if he tried.

Something to think about today, thanks to a squirrel.

Wordless Wednesday: How Lucky Am I ?

While you're here, check out my CONTEST!

Here's more of my Wordless Wednesdays & also click on over to 5 Minutes For Mom.

October 3, 2006

A CONTEST!

UPDATED!

I had mentioned before how much I am enjoying my brother in-law’s new worship CD. Now it’s time for you to enter for a chance to win his autographed new CD, Eric Shawn live worship- Have Your Way. I was there for the live taping, too! Check out the sampling of his songs on the website- amazing!

There are many ways you can win this CD! First, enter by commenting here or emailing me at jsprecourt@yahoo.com. Only one comment entry allowed per person. So don't think commenting or emailing me 20 times counts as 20 entries! But, do see below how you can get bonus entries!

Bonus entries!

For every person you refer to the contest, you’ll get an additional 5 entries. Be sure to tell your friends when they comment to mention your name or blog! You do not have to have a blog to enter!

If you do link to this contest on your blog, let me know and you’ll get 10 extra entries! You can just mention it in a post or link it in your side bar. Be sure to link to this post, not just my blog. And remind your readers to mention your name or blog when they enter!!

This contest will run until Monday, October 9. The winner will be picked at random (I plan to put all the names in that sweet cowgirl hat of mine & draw one name!) and will be announced on Tuesday.

If you can’t wait, buy it now!! If you don’t want to pay by PayPal, email me and we can work out different payment options!

I am promoting this CD because I think it is fabulous and annointed, not just because Eric is my brother in-law. This contest was my idea. I have been inspired by this CD. Great music, wonderful for your worship time in the car, in the kitchen, or while you’re blogging at your computer!

So go on- Enter Now!

October 2, 2006

Big Day, Big Words, Big Promise

Grayson was dedicated yesterday at church. Such an annointed and blessed time with family and friends.

A powerful word from the Lord was spoken over this very precious son of mine~

…There’ll be some challenging times because he is going to be a deep thinker. A deep thinker. He’s going to need to know why and how things work.

I want you to understand from the very beginning what this means, because this is not rebellion in anyway and not about being stubborn. It is about wanting to understand the deep things. The deep things within My spirit. The mysteries of this life. He will be intrigued with science. It will not be a deterrent to him. It will not be something that will take his heart away from Me.




It’ll be something that he will see Me revealed through it and he will want to get into it deeper and deeper and deeper and deeper. Let him.

Because he’ll make discoveries as he goes deeper into it.
He has the ability and the capabilities to understand the
mysteries of the universe. You’ll see it develop in his life. He’ll be a tremendous asset to his generation and to those that are around him because of the depth of his thoughts, says the Lord.
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