and those who do not love us,
may God turn their hearts,
I could have been annoyed by the fact that 2 of my 3 boys failed to put up their shoes, but instead, I decided it was kind of cute, the way Daniel's boots were standing up next to his daddy's, so I grabbed the camera.
Last night our kids spent the night with my dad and Trish. I didn't set the alarm for this morning, thinking we may sleep in a little.
Well, oops! Without our 3 little alarm clocks to wake us, Seth and I slept until ALMOST 10AM!!! I haven't slept that late in years!
My initial thought was to be upset because there was no way that we would have time to get the kids from my dad's place and get everybody ready for 11am church. But then, I had to admit that obviously we slept so late because we needed the rest. Seth went to church with his family and I got to spend some quality time with the kids and my dad and Trish.
Seeing positive in everything isn't easy. It's harder to see good in sickness or accidents or death. But hopefully if nothing else we can learn about our own resolve to deal with those situations.
Wishing you and yours a blessed week!!!
Thank you, Seth, for putting your family first!
Sidenote: I am not saying in this post that all oil field workers do not put their families first. I am just proud of Seth for recognizing what was best for OUR family. I happen to personally know some great daddies that work in the oil field.
And this was me this past spring with Emma Jo. Although it's a sweet picture of the two of us, and is one of my favorites, I have to notice that my hair is virtually unchanged from ten years ago and obviously I have spent less time doing my make-up and accessorizing my wardrobe.
Does God care about how I look or is he angry that I am even worried about my appearance at all? God probably doesn't care for me to spend alot of money on new clothes, a new haircut or fancy jewelry. Those things won't make me a better wife or mother.
But author Janet Treadway said this: "Does your appearance reveal an attitude of indifference or a sense of responsibility, of modesty or of temptation, of respect or of disrespect, of carelessness (sloppy dress advertises a careless person) or of dependability, of honesty or of dishonesty? Every Christian lives in a 'window' before the world and is responsible to properly represent the principles set forth in the Scriptures."
While perhaps it doesn't matter that I don't have all of the latest styles in my closet and I can't afford highlights for my hair, I can at least take some more pride in my appearance. I can probably find the time to look and dress nicely without spending all day in front of the mirror or my entire paycheck either!
Or I thought it had everything. Except good gas mileage.
Well, duh! But when you have 3 kids you HAVE to get a big SUV to carry them and all of their stuff, right? Ummmm, wrong!
With all three seats in use in my Tahoe, I have about 18 inches to put my double stroller and my groceries, so the groceries end up in the front seat with me.
Then I get the pleasure of climbing to that third row seat to buckle and unbuckle Daniel's carseat. (Yes, he's 4 years old and Mommy is still buckling and unbuckling...that's a whole 'nother story.)
Still, that aside, I loved my Tahoe. But as the school year started, Seth and I quickly realized that I was burning up gas way too quickly. Just taking the kids to daycare and going to work I was using a tank of gas or more a week at $70 every time at the pump. It was time to rethink my dream car.
After researching until my head hurt, we decided to look at cars. Not crossovers, not minivans. Minivans' gas mileage wasn't much better than my Tahoe. And the problem with crossovers was that they are small and narrow and the gas wasn't too impressive on most models.
I finally came to this conclusion: If the kids are going to have to sit right next to each other, I'd better be getting not good, but great gas mileage.
So on Monday, we came home in this:
A Toyota Avalon.
Enough room for the three biggest carseats ever made in the backseat (2 Britaxs and 1 Graco Nautilus). A monstrous size trunk that fits my double stroller and all of the groceries easily. (And it's loaded just for fun!:) Of course, there is the concern about backseat fighting, but the great news is that my little monsters are within my reach! (And putting Emma Jo in the middle helps out as well.)
Why do we feel we have to drive SUVs? Do we feel they are safer? Car and Driver said that if "Toyota Avalon had another airbag, the entire car could be used as a floatation device." SUVs are far more likely to roll in a crash. And yes, I have to bend over to put my kids in and out, but at least I am not climbing in and out of the backseat to make sure everyone is secure.
No, I am not some kind of "Go Green" lunatic, (although I have used and loved cloth diapers, but we can talk about that another day:) but why aren't we thinking about how much gas we are putting into these large vehicles and how much pollution they are emitting into the environment? It's kind of ironic to think that these gas guzzlers are known as "Mommy mobiles" but the children riding in them are going to inherit an Earth that could be running short on oil.
I understand that some people must own a large automobile for one reason or another. But do you really HAVE to?
Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are.
There was never a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get her to sleep. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million. ~Walt Streightiff