Monday, June 22, 2009

misc. cute things from the kids

I can't remember if I blogged about Amelie getting into the diaper box, and sitting down with a diaper and the *desitin* to change her baby doll. What a smart little cookie. Messy, but smart!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

appreciative children

So Evan said something this morning when he ran out into the living room, and I just had to write his daddy right away to tell him.

Every night Kevin collects all of their toys (we're talkin' hundreds...we have a ridiculous number of toys, this is quite a task each night), and every day the kids toss them all over the place. It is a thankless job.

Well, this morning, when Evan came out in the living room, he exclaimed, "Look! My house is all cleaned up!"

He's working on undoing this as we speak, naturally.

Monday, June 15, 2009

My sweet little boy

I know every parent thinks their child is the smartest, the sweetest, etc. But I have just been blown away by Evan lately.

One night last week, I had a mad headache and took some Tylenol. The next morning Evan asked me, "Mommy are you all better? Do you need more medicine?". I told him I felt much better. Later that night and several times of the next few days he kept asking, "Mommy, you all better?". Yeah, sweetie...except for the lump in my throat I'm just fine. ;-)

This afternoon Evan was very said that his mother's helper couldn't make it. To make him feel better, I checked with Daddy and told him he would take him with him to the grocery store. He asked, "Amelie come too?" I said, "Probably not, honey. So let's not talk about it too much so Amelie won't feel bad".

He didn't miss a beat when he said to me, "But Mommy, the grocery store have carts and the carts have TWO seats, one for me and one for Amelie!". I have the sweetest children EVER. :-)

Monday, June 08, 2009

The Inspiration of Weddings

My niece Shelley is blogging this time (over at With Arms Open Wide about a wedding she attended recently and how her own marriage has shaped her. I remember in our prayers of the people, we prayed that our wedding be not just our wedding, but a chance for the married folks there to commit to each other anew.

I thought about the things we promised each other in our vows. We wrote them very last minute (shhhhh! ;-), but they still stand up today to the struggles couples face.

One of my favorite vows was to love each other, even as life changes us. I think that's a big cause of divorce today, couples feeling like they can't stay together through changes...and really, isn't that what life is all about? Sticking with each other even as the hardships of life wear on you,and yes, change you.

Do I still struggle with some of my vows? Sure. And that's part of why they were my vows. I tend to be *very ungracious* when I'm mad (I'm being gentle with myself here ;-). So one of my vows is to "always speak graciously". Each year when Kevin and I re-read our vows to each other, I always break out laughing at that part, thinking about how badly I failed at that one - again. But thankfully, God gives us a fresh start every day. Even more miraculously, so does my mortal husband. ;-)

As we enter into the big wedding season, I hope all married folks who attend these miracles find themselves refreshed in their own commitments.

I also remember one of our prayers of the people being about our prayer that we raise children someday, to know and love God. My friend Dawn spoke that prayer for us, because she was my first spiritual mentor, and taught me much of what I know today about God. This was 11 years ago, when children seemed so far away...and I was so melancholy about our childless status for so many years after that. I had no idea the challenges that would come with this joy.

Weddings, what a wonderful opportunity to reflect.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Healing from Depression

I thought this Daily Devotional from the United Church of Christ was too important not to share...for anyone who might happen upon it here, or for someone in your life.

Gracious words

May we all strive to be more "spiritually generous" with our words. I know I could certainly afford to work a little harder at it. ;-)