Thursday, December 29, 2011
Sara has basically taken on a 365 day challenge of being the "Proverbs 31 Wife." If you are unfamiliar with Proverbs 31, dust off your Bible and take a look. Proverbs 31 describes what every wife should strive to be...and it seems pretty impossible to be all of these things. Sara Horn's book asks more questions than it does gives answers, but I am really enjoying reading about her journey.
I have a few New Year's Resolutions this year. But the most important resolution is to take the Proverbs 31 Challenge...and let me tell you, I am only a few days into this, and it is a CHALLENGE! My biggest challenge so far is keeping my mouth shut. Sarcasm is my weakness and I have realized I use it ALOT with my husband.
For example, last night as I was trying to get Emma Jo, who is 2, into the bath, her rubberband was stuck in her hair and she was growing very impatient with me. Emma suddenly blurted out, "What the hell?!" Oh my!
After Emma and I discussed how inappropriate that saying was, I told Seth about it. "Hmmmm....I wonder where she heard that?" he said.
While I got the boys into their bath, I told Emma to go sit with her daddy. When I walked out into the living room, where Emma and Seth were sitting, I saw that they were snuggled on the couch, watching Boondock Saints. If you are unfamiliar with this movie, that's a good thing, because it is terribly violent and vulgar....and my two year old is sitting there watching it!
So, I (of course) blurt out, "Gee...I WONDER where she heard that?!" Oops...not very Proverbs 31 of me. I guess the appropriate measure would have been to distract Emma and get her out of the room.
But does Proverbs 31 wife not get to correct her husband? Unfortunately, I have not found the verse that says, "She will tell her husband when he is being an idiot..." Darn.
In Seth's defense, I know he just wasn't thinking about it. He was relaxing on the couch, watching his show and his daughter wanted to snuggle. He was tired after a day's work and he wasn't really thinking about how what was on television was inappropriate for Emma.
But my reaction didn't help, because it just caused him to be annoyed with my response, not to think about his daughter's innocent eyes and ears. Maybe if I had removed her from the room, he would have asked why, and I could have more delicately addressed the issue of what was on the TV with him.
Like I said, this will be a challenge, but hopefully it will be a great lesson for me and help to make me a better person! :)
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
I was really touched by this song. It made me think about how we are all made to be different for a reason. God's purpose is for us to compliment each other, but instead we tend to want to surround ourselves with people who are like us. Being a history nerd, I think about the original Christian church, which developed into the Catholic Church and then was split and now all of the many denominations of Christians that exist. We all believe basically the same thing: Jesus was God's son and He died to pay the debt for our sins. But nowadays, you can choose from thousands of different churches to worship in.
"They let their differences divide...."
Not only our churches, but in our own families. We all have our strengths and differences, but so many times families are split "with their made up minds to leave it all behind....."
Mark Hall, lead singer of Casting Crowns, says the song is about people coming together and using their gifts for the greater good.
Do you know what your spiritual gift is? I believe that everyone has a specific gift from God - a skill that you possess that not only makes you a better Christian, but can help make Christians of the people around you. If you have never taken a Spiritual Gift Inventory, I would highly recommend it. Here is a link to a good one. It takes some time to sit down and do it, but this link will tally the results and explain each gift, and give Biblical references as well.
My spiritual gifts are: Hospitality, Helps and Healing. The Three H's!
What are yours?
You might be wondering how our Made in America toys panned out? Well, I found myself happy and annoyed at the same time Christmas morning. I was concerned that I had not bought enough things for the kids, so Seth went out and bought a couple more items for each of them. He bought Ranch Sets for all three and a fire truck and an Angry Bird stuffed animal for Mann, swords that make a horrible clashing noise when swung in the air for the boys, as well as a Disney Princess tent for Emma Jo. Were any of these items "Made in America?" Nope, not a single one.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Friday, December 2, 2011
I am not pointing the finger at all. My shirt that day was from Vietnam, my pants from China, my shoes from Italy. But I did proudly wear a necklace and earrings that were my mother's and had both been made by Native Americans in New Mexico. You don't get more "American" than that! Haha!
So, now I am checking labels and doing my part to try and keep some of our money in the US!
I found this neat website I wanted to share that has a directory of American made products. It is:
As I do some more research, I will continue to share my findings...that is, until I get wrapped up on a new kick! ;)
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
I tried to convince Seth that he needed a Blackberry or some type of smartphone, but he had no interest in upgrading. As long as he can text and make phone calls, he is happy.
I have considered downgrading, but there are things that do keep in me in touch with others that I would miss! I love being able to take a picture of my babies on my phone and sent it to facebook for all of my friends and family to see with a push of a few buttons. I am much more likely to do my Bible reading on my phone than in my actual Bible because of its portability. I can read it while I am waiting to get my oil change or during my conference at school.
So am I going to give up my Blackberry? Not likely. But do I need to learn to put it down and put my family first? Definitely!
Now, back to those carbonated beverages. I am reaffirming my ban on them until Easter, and hopefully I can eventually completely kick the habit!
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Now, yes, I know you can make that happen. The crib is already on its lowest setting, but you can buy these things to lengthen the crib life in your home:
But to me, it's too much like putting your child in jail. Emma Jo is 20 months old. In another couple months we are going to start potty-training. I know it is about time, BUT it just made me sad. It's the end of the crib era in our house. No longer will there be a baby crib in our home. We have had one here for almost 5 years! Yes, Daniel is turning 5 this year and will be headed off to Kindergarten in the fall.
Time sure does fly! I am loving my babies while they are little!
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Emma Jo and Mommy got outside long enough for a quick picture. Of course she refused to keep her hood on and her hat was left at daycare, so we were quick to get back to the warm fire after this photo!
For something special for my sick little bunnies, we made some snow ice cream. Of course, Emma Jo wanted to take more of an active role than Mann would allow.