Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Silver Lining

It hit me today...
A large part of being a happy mom is an exercise in finding the silver lining.

In the thick of what feels like the 30th time that you've lived this same day over again, it's tough to see the bright side of things.
But it's worth the effort.

For instance...(silver lining in silver below)
Carter (3) just fed our dog Rocco, washed his hands afterward & got exorbitant amounts of green foam all over the sink
(Dog is fed; hands have had soap on them)

Moments later, Lilah (1) went over to the dog's filled-to-the-rim water bowl & splashed it all over the floor & herself (I caught her before she started eating the dog food)

The potty & all things surrounding need a swipe or two from the Clorox wipes daily..iiick!
(He doesn't go in his pants)
The same potty was clogged all weekend because Carter felt it was time to move onto wiping himself...with "lots & lots of paper" as he reported.
(Looks like sooner than later a day will come when I don't hear "Mah-mmy, come wipe me; I'm dooone!)

I couldn't be less interested in becoming a morning person.
I get up. Yes.
But not energetically.
My kids do not wake up late! No matter how late they go to bed; they are up before 7 am.
(They go to bed early)

I thrive on alone time.
I need just some alone time to re-fuel.
I love people. I enjoy good conversation & belly laughs like the next gal.
I'm SUPER thankful for all the people in my life right now.

Still, I need alone time to be my best when I'm with people.
Even alone in the car getting somewhere works these days.

I'm a stay-at-home-mom of 2 little ones &
my husband & I still ENJOY spending free time together.

So, at the end of the day, I am NEVER alone.

Silver Lining: I am never alone
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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Happy 1st Birthday, Lilah Sophia!

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When no one was watching she knocked down somebody's forsaken Sundae & DUG RIGHT IN!
I found her scooping up the ice cream from the grass, can you see it all over her-even her feet! Best moment of the night.
She had no hesitation digging into her cake.

The kids (not pictured) had a great time making their own sundaes w/sprinkles, brownies, cookies, Oreos, bananas, gummy worms & cherries...oh & LOTS of whipped cream!
I think I've used an exclamation point for every sentence, but it was a BLAST!
Thanks to all who celebrated with us!

PS: There is something so fun about posting my daughter's birthday photos on my own birthday! My mom & dad's & new sister-in-law's birthdays are also this month. So many reasons to love September!
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Monday, September 21, 2009

SURPRISE! It worked!

The surprise of my life came on Friday afternoon.

Dan came home early
(a surprise, but not exactly blog-worthy)

He was carrying a birthday gift bag with colorful tissue paper spilling out of it.
(again, a surprise, but my thoughts went instantly to Lilah's 1st Birthday the day before & some sweet co-worker sending home a gift for her.)

He announced:
"I got your birthday gift early! I hope you don't mind, I don't think I can wait to give it to you." (my birthday is the 23rd)

Interest peaked, I was across the house & in front of the bag in seconds.
(my birthday gift was supposed to be my cushion-y budget for the girls shopping trip)

It's taken me days to post this because I can hardly believe it is real.
It was THE CAMERA!!!
Get this: He says he knew he was going to get it for me when he saw my blog post!!
The only thing , (he disclaims as I'm jumping up & down) is that camera has been updated since I started crushing on it & he bought me the newer version!
I'm going to take the photography class that the local place offers w/purchase. I can't wait until November when they offer the next one, so the worker guy invited me in this week to get a crash course on my camera.
People, I CANNOT BELIEVE this is even real!
When I posted that camera, I thought the likelihood of Canon reading my blog & sending me the photo was greater than Dan buying it for me (especially now that he's started leading the Dave Ramsey class at church)
Here are a few pics I took this weekend:

Thank you just doesn't seem adequate! I feel like my whole world just opened up!

PS: Lilah's 1st Birthday was Thurs 17th. We celebrated with lots of kids screaming for ice cream-make-your-own-sundaes. It was a blast! I, however, took not one picture because I had no camera & the iPhone just wasn't fast enough. 2 friends agreed to snap a bunch for me & I'll post those as soon as I have them.
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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

If grace is an ocean, we're all sinking

We've been playing this song & singing this song more than any other since I heard it last year.
So much so that Carter can be heard singing
"afflictions eclipsed by glory" (strange for a 3yr old) and
"oh, how he loves us, oh/ oh, how he loves us/ how he loves us, oh"
on any given day.

On Sunday night, I couldn't wait to sing it for Encounter at church.
For months, I wanted to our congregation to hear this song.

Standing on the platform, I just lost it.
Usually I can get composure for the sake of my responsibility to sing with the mic in my hand, if not because I'm standing in front of all of those people.
Not this time. I just lost it.
I stood up there bawling; tears washing my mascara down my face.
I was thinking of those hurting, those weak and defeated; those feeling unworthy or inadequate standing in that room before me.
If grace is an ocean, we're all sinking...

I don't have time to maintain these regrets when I think about
the way He loves us.
My friend wrote of her encounter with grace today & I thought you might relate or be encouraged. Read it by clicking here.
Here's the video of Kim Walker singing it:
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Thursday, September 3, 2009

No Help Wanted

I decided to finish making Lilah's birthday party invitations this morning while she was napping and Carter was watching Sesame Street.
I'll admit, I was hiding my project on the dining table in plain sight.
Praying that he didn't look over & ask to help.
"God, please just give me 15 minutes before he notices & I can finish it."

If he sees, he wants to help. Plain & simple.
If he helps, it takes MUCH longer. Plain & simple.
I only had a short time before we had to be out the door. Lord, have mercy!

A few minutes into my successfully concealed crafting, and Elmo begins playing his piano & singing "Helping!, Helping!, Helping!, Helping!, Helping!, Helping!, Helping!.."
Are you serious? Today is about helping?
Super-helper Grover, interviews with kids on how they help, questioning if cakes can help or if kids help make cakes, and so on.

(I finished just before he noticed & had time to spare for some good old fashioned
"I need you to glue all of these scrap papers to this other paper. Can you HELP me?")
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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Learned my lesson...AGAIN!

So I just learned that Lilah has digestion issues with SOY...AGAIN!!

I first learned of this months after she was born when we were frantically trying to uncover the source of her crying, by switching formulas. SOY was NOT THE ANSWER since it took her fussiness and spitting up to a WHOLE OTHER LEVEL!

A month ago her pediatrician sent us home with Similac, soy-based formula, suggesting that we switch for 2 weeks to soothe some other issues. By then, we'd try anything to relieve her, and this after all wasn't Dan & I experimenting on our own, the Dr recommended it.
First feeding after the Drs visit was just before bed.
Let's just say Lilah was covered in soy formula & nearly every bit of her crib was too.
What were we thinking? She did this when she was newborn after having soy?!

She is over 11 months old now & eating more & more people food each day. Today, it was time to try yogurt. And if the photo above is any indication, you know where I'm going with this.
Yes, I gave her soy-based baby yogurt.
And yes,
as I write this I've just finished bathing her and settling her to sleep
and her crib bumper, sheet & mattress cover are in the washing machine.

You'd think I'd learned my lesson!
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