Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
The other day I took Merrick shopping for his birthday, which is actually today! *Happy Birthday to my little man! My life is so blessed with you in it.* We were wandering around Toys R' Us, just kind of trying to see what he might want. This costume was not it.
Now I'm pretty sure I know why parents don't like taking their kids in Toys R' Us. I mean, I love the store, so much fun, but the 2 hooligans together in the store? Not so much. Merrick repeatedly telling me to put "Dino, back" wasn't so much fun either.
He had decided he didn't want to be a dino for Halloween, even though Mom thought that it was hilarious. Tirzah was also adding to the fun with a little high-pitched dramatics of her own. I had to hold her and push the cart...
...the same cart that my almost 2-year-old version of Evil Knievel was attempting to dive out of.
We finally settled on a couple of presents, and vacated the premises before they asked us to leave. Although I'm sure I'm not the first frazzled mom they've seen. ;)
For the last 2 years, since Merrick made his appearance after a crazy 20+ hour labor...my life has been anything but dull. I have become a chauffeur, a short order cook, a laundromat, a jungle gym, a kisser of boo-boos, a retriever of the pacifiers and blankies, a bed-time prayer, and a spectator to some of the craziest stunts a mom would rather not see.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
I first heard of Freedom 4/24 through Brentwood Church. *This is the church that Billy and I used to go to when we lived in the 'Burg. Amazing place...we really miss it!* They are trying to minister to girls who are being forced, by poverty, into prostitution. It's a desperate situation for these girls, and their families, and they are selling the only thing that they have left in an attempt to survive...themselves. The stories on the website are heartbreaking, and make me realize how much I have been given...so that I can give it back.
On Saturday, while it seems like such a tiny thing to give in the face of such a huge need, we gave our $24, our time, and our prayers, as we ran for these girls. Volunteers wrote names on our arms so we could have a reminder of why we were running.
The Lord sets prisoners free. /Psalm 146:7
Monday, October 26, 2009
Anyway...we ran the 5K Saturday morning in Lynchburg, then headed back home to get the students, only to head back to Lynchburg for the 2nd time that day for Scaremare. We had a great time, again, and also got to hang out with my sister, Amanda, and her boyfriend Jonathan, who heads up Scaremare. He's a great guy, who has apparently helped my little sister overcome her fear of all things creepy:
This girl used to not even be able to watch ET without having nightmares, but is now working in a haunted house for the next several weekends and loving it. The things we do for love. ;)
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
He reminds me of something going to a costume party with those crazy blue lips. So...no bad habits from being the 180 mascot, just maybe bad teeth. I guess it's a good thing he loves to brush his "chops". :)
Thursday, October 22, 2009
I don't know if it's the warm comfy clothes, or Thanksgiving, or the crisp blue sky and smell of the falling leaves that seems to put everyone in a good mood. Thanksgiving seems to be in a great spot...right in the middle of one of the coziest seasons. It seems easy to be thankful around this time of year. We're often surrounded by friends and family, and people we don't often get to see.
I know I've kind of had a running theme in my thoughts lately, about contentment. It's a huge lesson I'm trying to learn right now so it seems to come up a lot, affecting a lot of what I think and write about. It's not always easy *...scratch that...* it's hardly ever easy for us to be content. It's one of those things that seems to creep in, almost unnoticed, until it's taking over your heart and attitude.
I want so much for my kids to be content, and thankful. So I know this has to start with me, and a living example of what contentment looks like lived out. Wow, big job. Somedays I handle it...not well at all. I notice they're crankier and fussier when I'm cranky and fussy. Some days everything is going wrong, and I have every excuse in the book as to why I can't, and won't, be thankful. One of those days where someone just needs to put me down for a nap. :)
God did one of those "ok...since you just aren't gettin' it" reminders Sunday night at church. One of the girls was singing a song called "Gratitude" by Nicole Nordeman. Awesome lyrics, and definitely a much needed smack upside my thick skull. Here is a YouTube video of the song:
Now, if I can just remember this when the kids get up from their nap. ;)
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
It was sooo good. I was thinking, an entire restaurant devoted exclusively to noodles sounds like somewhere I would rather avoid. Carbohydrates anyone? :) However...as I am famous for doing...I checked out their menu online to see what this Noodley place was all about. Not what I was expecting at all...they had lots of different things, from spaghetti to whole wheat Tuscan linguine, which was what I got. Very good, and with lots of veggies, so that satisfied the health freak in me. Billy had my worst nightmare...mac & cheese with fried chicken. I'm searching for a cardiologist for him right now. ;)
Then, I finally got to go see Where the Wild Things Are. SO excited to see it...I had heard lots of good things about it. I thought it was really funny, and so cute. It was interesting to see how they brought the book to life. Definitely go see it if you have the chance. :) Like I said before, Merrick definitely reminds me of the little boy, Max, in the book. I'm expecting my royalty check in the mail anytime. ;)
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
It was fun to be able to watch a game together at home...usually we "watch" Texas, on my blackberry via ESPN mobile, in the car on the way back from 180. Merrick seemed interested in the game a little too *off and on, of course*, talking about the guys on the TV "frowing" the ball. Billy always says maybe one day we'll be watching Merrick play football, even for the Longhorns. But with his flare for stunts, Merrick seems more like an X-Games kind of guy to me. :)
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
I'm not ancient, don't get me wrong...I haven't even hit 28 yet. But I think I've lived long enough to realize that, while life does get better with wisdom, and the trials and blessings that God gives, we only have so much time in each season of our lives. I'm learning to enjoy where I am. Yes, the sleepless nights, the infant-screaming-at-me-all day, where I am. The terrible two's, the paycheck-to-paycheck, the swampy rental house, the newly smashed bumper on my not-yet-paid for car. *Ouch...that happened Monday. A blown tire flew out from the car in front of us, smashing the drivers side of our apparently very plastic bumper. Sigh.*
All these things I would miss if they weren't here. Well, maybe not the swamp and the bumper, but definitely this stage of life with my family. :) I would miss Tirzah and her chubby cheeks, waking me up in the middle of the night when she's moved away and in college. I would miss Merrick's stunts, irritating as they may be, when he's married with kids of his own. *I most certainly am not secretly wishing several crazy hooligans on both of them one day down the road. ;)*
This time will never happen again. Even though sometimes when I look at my life here and now, it seems like a mess to me, and makes no sense when I am trying so hard to get it right. God sees the end result. He knows how the trials I am currently fighting under will make me into someone even more grateful and dependent on Him. I can't possibly understand where He's taking me, or the awesome fulfillment that will come from giving myself and my family completely to His capable hands. I just need to learn to trust that He is in control. He sees, even when I can't, that this is going somewhere good. :)
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
very excited, actually. As I am writing this, I am looking forward to an entire 24+ hours without the hooligans. I am also a little sad, too. Well, ok, I was trying not to cry when I left them at Nanny's house. I was thinking, am I crazy? I've been looking forward to this break since Grandma offered to keep the kids. Why am I crying? There will be no one to spit up on me, no diapers to change, no one to scream and cry, no one stealing another someone's paci, no one scaling every surface in the house, no one wanting to eat every three hours, no one putting their dirty clothes into the dryer, no one throwing things at my while I'm driving, no one playing in the toilet...I could go on for days. It's going to be so...boring, without this excited, chubby-cheeked girl around. :)
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
As if he decided to go along with it, his first hospital photo looks like he was striking a pose similar to one of the pictures in the book, even:
These pictures are of his 1st birthday party.
The theme? Where the Wild Things Are, of course. :) We got him the book, which he thinks is a story about cats, and I tried to find him a Max Halloween costume last year, to no avail. *Of course they have them this year, with the movie coming out*
Seems like I've seen Max's very expression many times, on Merrick. Needless to say, we are really excited about the movie coming out next week. Not like Merrick would sit still long enough to watch the movie. (The longest he's sat still to watch TV was about 2 minutes, and that was to watch a show where dinosaurs were singing "every dinosaur poops". Go figure.) Billy is a little annoyed with all the Where the Wild Things Are paraphernalia in stores, claiming these people have no idea...that the real wild thing lives at our house. Maybe we should be getting paid royalties. ;)
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
Today, the attribute was Supreme. In all the craziness that is two kids under two, and both of said children having colds, working part time, driving all over creation for work, and work at the church on weekend, sometimes I feel like I can't catch my breath, let alone sit still long enough to focus on one thing. *I've gotten up probably 10 times already in the process of trying to write this blog. Once because of this:
(Merrick decided it would be more fun to climb into the saucer with Tirzah. :) It took me forever to get him out...they were both stuck. Also, forgive Merrick's just-took-a-bath hair. haha)
During the course of this crazy day...I realized *while listening to this song by Hillsong United* that God is Supreme, even in my chaos. Even when I am busy...He's still in control. I can still rest in Him, even when I get 4 hours of sleep at night because the babies are sick. God is supreme, even in the craziness of my life. And it all makes sense to Him. What looks like a mess to me, when given to Him, will work together for good.
In the quiet
In the stillness
I know that You are God
In the secret of Your presence
I know there I am restored
When You call I won't refuse
Each new day again I'll choose
None by Jesus
Crucified to set me free
Now I live to bring Him praise
I know You're sovereign still
In the moment of my weakness
You give me strength to do Your will
When You call I won't delay
All of my hope
All of my strength
Thursday, October 1, 2009
She didn't send me a picture of him climbing the stairs you see behind him...outside the railings. I just happened to walk in the front door and catch that one myself. And then...he managed to figure out how to escape from the pack-n-play he sleeps in at my mom's house. She really needs to invest in a real crib...not like that's going to keep him contained for much longer either.
I am afraid I need to get better insurance. :)