Friday, June 19, 2009

For a moment like this

We've all had those days where we want to pretend like we don't know our own children. The child shouts something embarrassing and we want to crawl into a hole! That's why it is so nice to have those moments when we can walk away feeling like we're raising our kids right. Two of those moments happened to me recently.

One occurred in the mall. I took the girls to the play place and watched as Nikelle went to play with Jaycie. A little girl walked up to Nikelle and asked her if she wanted to play tag. Upon hearing this, I prepared myself to deal with a whiney Jaycie in anticipation of her big sister going off to play with a new "friend". Instead, I smiled inside as I heard Nike respond with "No, thank you. But thank you for offering." Very nice. I was pleased. Not only did she play with her little sister (which was the only reason she was allowed to play at the mall), but she responded in a way I believe Jesus would be happy with. I informed her of the same.

The next moment that made my heart smile in parenting happened right here at home. I had just got done telling my daughters for the umpteenth time that they were not to bounce on the air mattress that was out. Since they were not listening, the privilege to lay on the mattress was removed. Sitting with them as we finished up dinner, Jaycie asked if she could have a piece of candy. Since she had eaten her dinner, the answer was "yes". That reward was followed up with "Can we go back on the mattress?" My answer was of course, "no". Jaycie's response is what made my heart swell. "I wish Jesus make me a good girl." I smiled inside as I talked with her about asking Jesus to help her obey better from now on.

Moments like these help me during those moments where I want to run away and hide.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Life Assessment

Aaah. A morning to myself. I have an entire list of things spinning around in my head that I want to or need to accomplish. First, I'm starting here.

In January, I did a post entitled Here's to a more intentional 2009! One thing I've wanted to do for quite some time is assess my life. See how I'm doing compared to my desires for change in my life I wrote about in January. So, how am I doing?

I began with setting the goal of spending 5 minutes with God each day. I probably average this but have yet to make it a daily habit. I've been involved in quite a few studies with friends that are keeping me reading God's Word. At the same time, I am impressed with the importance of actually reading my Bible. It's too easy to read a book that references Scripture and never really pull out my Bible. Status: There's still room for improvement.

Next, I set the goal of eating 3 fruits and/or vegetables each day. I think I've done a pretty good job on this one. I serve fruit, vegetables or both with whatever our main dish is now for lunch and dinner and often I work a fruit in with breakfast. Status: Work towards 5 fruits and/or vegetables each day.

I talk about the goal of doing one thing each day to show love to my husband. Whether it is making his lunch, bringing in his newspaper or telling him "thank you". I believe I have improved tremendously on this one. Honestly, there are times I pull in the driveway on a Saturday morning and see his newspaper in the driveway. It may be cold or rainy and I do not want to bring his paper in. Setting this goal for myself of showing love to him each day gets me out of the van to bring it in. Status: Our marriage is better for it. Continue on.

Implementing the Bible into our daily life, including memorizing Bible verses for AWANA and what not was a good intention. At the same time, Nikelle reads the Bible every night for bedtime with Rod & Jaycie. I have been better with Bible verses in our every day lives with whatever situation we are in the midst of. Status: I can never get enough Bible into our everyday life. Keep working on it!

I wanted to be more intentional about praying at meals. I am terrible with this one. I actually sought out advice from a friend that I think does a great job at this. She gave me some form prayers that I hope to implement as well as some good advice. I have been better about if we are eating and it comes to my mind, I simply quote a Bible verse about thanks. "Give thanks to the Lord for He is good. His love endures forever." Status: God is impressing upon me the importance of praying more in general. Mealtimes are a good reflection of my daily prayer life.

I suppose every list has one item that gets left behind. For me, it's scrapbooking. I'm getting everything more organized and still have it on my list. Status: Good intentions get me nowhere. Maybe I'll get some scrapbooking done before the end of the year?

As for our savings, we are doing so much better with that. I simply transfer money with one paycheck a month into our savings account. It's a good feeling to have our savings account growing again. Status: We'd like to improve in this area and we are taking steps in the right direction.

Cleaning my house is never-ending. There is always something to clean. One step I'm taking to help me in my endeavors is to do a garage sale this coming weekend. I'm purging a bunch of the junk that keeps my house so messy! It's also become more of a priority to teach my girls how to clean up after themselves. Status: Improving and still need work!

Although I have not worked "exercise" into my life, I am moving more. When I feel the temptation to lay down and rest, I ask myself if there is something else I should be doing instead? I signed up for my first 5K next month. Although an injury has kept me fearful of truly getting into a habit of jogging again, maybe a fresh goal will help! Status: I am able to fit into smaller size pants this morning. I'm attending Weight Watchers for free again and I'm feeling better about myself. Keep setting new goals!

I watch much less T.V. than in the past. I've read a few more books than years past and I turn on music with the kids or when I'm cleaning the house by myself. Status: Life has it's ups and downs. Each morning is a fresh start and I will continue to strive to live life better!

"If you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God." ~ Proverbs 2:1-5

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Piggyback on Kids say...

This house is just full of little girls who love their Daddy. When he walks in the door from work, Andelise hears his voice and smiles. She then looks for him intently until she sees him. Finally, she bounces up and down in my arms anxiously awaiting his arms reaching out to her.

The piggyback is from my post the other day. Jaycie and I were cleaning her room today. She really does not enjoy cleaning (just one more way she is like her mother). As we were enduring this task, her voice and face get somewhat solemn as she states, "I wish Daddy were here...". As I'm wondering why in her mind she would think he would get her out of cleaning, she finished her sentence. "...'cause then he would tell us a funny joke."

It's just a never-ending love fest for Daddy around here. (And I'm beginning to wonder if there is a little brainwashing going on as well!)

Wednesday, June 3, 2009


Andelise is 9-months-old today. Over the past couple of weeks, she has learned to crawl and stand by herself. She is a real go-getter and today, she took her first step. (Yes, Mom, technically it may have happened a couple weeks ago but I still need to watch the video to find out - I'll retract my statement if I find that to be true.) There was no question that she let go of my hand today and took one steady step prior to attempting her second step reaching for the arm of the LazyBoy before she fell on her face.

She keeps me busy and I wasn't really ready to have her walking too much before her first birthday. Guess I better get used to it quick. It doesn't look like she plans on crawling for long.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Kids say...

I've been getting a bit tired of picking up after everybody lately. This morning Nikelle was leaving the table without putting her dish and cup where they should go, so I reminded her.

"Nikelle, you need to clean up your dishes. It's not my job to clean up for everyone around here." I told my almost 7-year-old daughter.

"No, it's your job to take care of us," she informed me.

"Yes, and to teach you how to take care of yourselves," I corrected.

"And it's Daddy's job to teach us jokes and play games," she added.