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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Packing time

I love to pack so much! Really, the worse thing about a trip is the un-packing (although, its a lot easier... you're just tired from the trip). So today I began to pack for the trip that we leave for on Saturday and I have to be honest in saying that I didn't get too far. First, the kids wanted to wear their costumes that I was packing, and seeing how I wasn't sure if they would fit, we became decked out from head to toe. Then, since my son is Buzz Lightyear, he turned one of the suitcases into his spaceship and proceeded to "fly" it around the room. My daughter, ever the helpful fairie (for real, that's her costume) packed another suitcase with all of her favorite stuffed animals and books and then, herself. So, once we were done playing dress-up, they decided to un-pack the one suitcase that I had actually managed to start packing. So, I did get one suit case almost completely packed-- twice. Well, packing is its own little journey now:) Also, my "helpers" threw out some of my carefully organized notes on where to stop, what we're eating, and oh yeah, our reservation numbers. Our journey has just begun... plus my sweet husband is always telling me to plan less and enjoy more....

Monday, September 15, 2008

running the race...

I am so tired right now... its been a long couple of days. There are some crazy issues at Matt's work and it was a long, frustrating afternoon with the kids. We have our first family week long vacation coming up and right now I feel like I am trying to persevere and hang on until then to just escape and relax and be together as a family. And, as I was trying to brush my kid's teeth and unsuccesfully trying to dodge their sharp little teeth it suddenly dawned on me that I am in a much bigger race... not just towards vacation, but to Heaven. I was never athletic and the only races I've run have been in gym class, but they weren't pleasant. God never promised to make our races any easier, but He did promise to carry us when we needed it and stay by our sides. I am so comforted. We are blessed with many days where we as a family forget we're even in a race things are so smooth, but, when they are a bit crazy and topsy turvy and sleep deprived, its nice to know our Coach is still there just like He was when we were perhaps running down a hill and not up one. So, keep it steady and consistent and be diligent because we're not done yet!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Mommy forums

So, this past summer I "joined" a mommy forum and here and there have tried to keep in touch with the ladies-- I even went to two events. What I have finally concluded is that I am pretty sure that I was the only Christian on the entire site with over 300+ mommies! It was really frustrating because they were so into tolerating everything, except, oh yeah, people who make rock the boat and remind us what a moral or principle really is. For the most part, I really did behave myself and just kept my mouth shut no matter how many of them trashed talked their husbands, swore, complained about their husbands, and thought strange things were the norm. I don't want to say it was all bad, for the most part it really did deal a lot with potty training, snack time, etc...... but then I saw a post about politics and thats when I became really frustrated! I just dont understand how people can buy into some of the devils lies that are so obvious to a believer. I mean, hold up half of what a certain nominee is saying and believes in to the Bible and it just doesn't ring true!I finally really came to the conclusion, and be forewarned, I am not the first to realize something so obvious, but the media really does desensitize and make a lot of people who aren't in the word, buy into the world. What a difference... even on sesame street, there are brief flashes of same sex couples withthe children. So, when are cable ended, I was in total favor of letting it go. Sure, I may miss the cooking shows, but I have books... my husband was in complete mourning due to this being football season, but, lo and behold, you can watch that online now.... so, we are for now, television-less and are surviving!

* I don't want us to sound too weird, so I thought I should add that we do still have our dvd player and watch some movies with TVGuardian on.... so, one step at a time!