Archive for June, 2009

Everyday moments…

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On Monday, Brent and I celebrated our 7th anniversary. Brent always does such a great job making things so special. This year, imparticulary, the card he gave me was so touching and poignant, I just had to share. It reads, “Someday, many years from now, we’ll look back on this crazy time in our life together and wonder how we did it all…and then, those ordinary moments what we often take for granted will shimmer like stars as we recount them….I’ll sit close to you, you’ll take my hand in yours. We’ll look at each other and say: ‘I’d do it all again….and I wouldn’t change a thing.'” Ahh. Love you Brent. After I read this I had an overwhelming sense of helplessness. Helpless that I can not stop time; helpless because my boys are getting too big too fast and I can’t take it all in; helpless because my memory is limited with storage space. I want to remember it all. I want to fully live every moment. My prayer for myself and and my family today is that we would live the “everyday moments” fully with joy and an understanding that it is fleeting. I pray that we would not be so overwhelmed by the frustrations, noise and busyness that we miss out on the now. Thank you Lord for those messy heads, kicky feet, sticky hands, chocolate mouths. Thank you for Ethan’s morning sprint to give me his first hug, Luke’s precious sounds in the monitor when he wakes, and Grant’s relentless desire to play fight with his Light Saber. Thank you for the theme music to Elmo’s World, the smell of waffles in the toaster and loud rides in the van everywhere we go. Thank you for those chubby little fingers overlapping and overzealous squinting eyes during prayer. I love my life. God, your grace is so sufficient for me. I love you Lord. I am so thankful for the ordinary, everyday moments.

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Family Update

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Just a quick update! Thanks to all who viewed Brent’s Birthday blog tribute. Brent you are so loved!! This picture was taken the night of his birthday outing! We went out to one of out FAV resturaunts, The Pizza Kitchen. Ahh, I heart the Pizza Kitchen. FYI – Monday and Tuesday nights are family nights. Kids eat free and all small cheese pizzas are 99cents. Side salad and a cheap pizza – BAM dinner! Anyway, after that we went to a fun little Irish pub in Turkey Creek and watched a super fun band play for an hour or so. THEN we went to Sonic for a Snickers Sonic blast. It was extra super-duper yummy seeing as how Brent has been eating so healthy and really watching his intake. We splurged! We had such a great time together. I just want to give a big shout OUT to our sweet friend/babysitter Jackie Newman. Girlfriend knows how to serve others. Talk about being awesome with my kids, in love with the Lord and ultra others-centered. Jackie, I love you and learn so much from your servant’s heart. Brent, thanks for a fun date night! Blessings…..

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My tomato staking summer

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I am so thankful to the Lord for my children. I am so thankful that I have the privledge of being at home with them and enjoying them all day long. However, my confession to you this morning is that I am not truly “enjoying” them all day long. I am breaking up fights, cleaning up spills, picking up legos, directing, redirecting, reminding and herding. I have boys. They like to compete — “I got in my seat first! I held the door first! My tower is better than yours!” If I had a dime for everytime I said, “That is pride. We do not boast,” then I could pay for myself a baby-sitter and go get a pedicure! So why do I tell you all of this? Well, one of my favorite parenting references is http://www.raisinggodlytomatoes.com by Elizabeth Krueger. I love her stuff. If you go to her website, and I encourage you to do so, you will see that one of her earmarks is called “tomato staking”. She writes, “a tomato plant which has been properly cared for, will produce an abundance of excellent fruit. From the beginning it must be watered, cultivated, pruned, fertilized, examined for pests, and staked up. The branches will grow the way they were propped and trained. Tomato Staking is a powerful tool that enables preemptive parenting. When you Tomato Stake, you can anticipate wrong attitudes and misbehaviors and nip things in the bud before they become ingrained habits. You are right there to encourage right behavior as well. And, of course, it’s easy to get to know your child when you spend time with him. And the better you know him, the more likely it is that you will develop a close, loving relationship, and will remain close throughout life. Tomato Staking provides you with the avenue to be a teacher, mentor, friend and more to your child.” Wow. Who doesn’t want this? Tomato Staking is the art of keeping your kids close to you in order to really train them. My prayer for my boys, especially Grant and Ethan, is that they would learn to really ENJOY each other this summer. They really have no other choice. They are together all of the time! Now last summer we were in a completely different place. Ethan had just turned 2 and I said a thousand times, “Grant be easy. He is little. He doesn’t understand.” Well, that gap has closed and they are at a place where they can really learn community on a small scale. They are little, but they can still learn to put others first, die to self and serve those around them. Absolutely. So this is my summer challenge. To stake some little tomatoes in order to train them to live in a harmonious community :). I want to be close to my kiddos this summer – Involve them in everything I do and vice versa. I am praying we come to a place of really enjoying each other. So I invite you to join me in my tomato staking. Is there an area that your kids really attention? A behavior that needs nipping? I’d love to be praying for you. I will keep you all posted, pun intended, on how things are going with my journey. Please be praying that my boys will continue to grow in their love for Jesus and eachother. Happy Staking!

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