Tuesday, December 23, 2008
"Nathan, did you know that the Bible says, 'Obey your mom and dad?' That's what I'm doing. I'm just sitting here drawing. Nathan, you're not going to have any fun today if you keep acting this way."
Monday, December 22, 2008
I must say Nathan was pretty cute in this performance as well.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Anyway, I was thinking last night when I should have been sleeping...Timing wise we'll probably have our Ethiopian addition by this time next year. That means that she's most likely in utero right now. Which means that there's a mother in Ethiopia that is going to have a horrible year. She's going to carry this child and birth her all the while loving her deeply. Then she's going to get sick, probably with some disease that is completely preventable, then she will pass away leaiving her precious baby.
I so often think of how excited I am that we're adding to our family and how wonderful it's going to be. But all day I've been thinking and praying for my baby's mama. That the Lord will be real to her as she deals with all the hardships that are coming. I can't imagine what it would be like, not being able to watch my children grow up, not even having the peace of mind knowing that my babies would be taken care of by my family, but giving my child to strangers, hoping for a better future for her. What a brave lady, my baby's mama is.
I'm also praying that this problem of people dying of curable diseases would decrease. It's just plain stupid that people around the world are dying when they don't have to. More on that tangent later. I'm reading Red Letters by Tom Davis for the second time it's got me thinking.....
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
This picture was a complete accident. I was trying to take a picture of Caleb and Aunt Jenny in a deep discussion, but Nathan jumped right in. It was an eye opener for me though. I'm so used to seeing this crazy spike, I don't even notice it anymore. Since this picture, I've been working on taming the shark fin. It hasn't worked much but ahh well. It doesn't help that he's so opposed to a haircut. He hasn't had one since the time I cut it during his nap....That gives me an idea, he's sleeping now. I'll try that again.
Monday, December 15, 2008
This reminded me of 2 years ago when we were at a busy, really large, filled the whole ceiling playland. When I look at the bottom of the slide and see a pile of clothes. Horrified I realized they belong to my son. Then I look up and through a little, plastic window see a completely naked Caleb. Michael brings him down and asks him what he's doing---"I'm a tiger. Tiger's don't wear clothes." It's true about the things being funnier later. I thought it was pretty funny then but now I think it's hilarious.
You never know how many naked booties have been in those plastic germ stations. In our fam alone it's been 2.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
So my birthday was a couple of weeks ago and Michael did an awesome job of making it a fun weekend for me. He had the kids spend the night at Nana and Papa's for a night and we hit the town:)
Here's the cute poem that Nana and Papa worked on with the boys:
Another memorable moment to mark before my brain loses it.....Michael singing kareoke! That's right. U2--with or without you. Very fun!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
It has been so amazing to pray for Taylor and see how the Lord has worked miracles in her short life. We're hoping that she will be free of all her tubes and be able to be loved on by all of us soon:)
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Then I pointed out what Michael's hair looks like in the back. He then let Michael cut off the tail, but only the tail. Now he looks like this:
After Michael cut it he said "Now do I wook wike Daddy?"
Notice the sucker in the picture:) "Wow Nay Nay you let us cut one little piece of hair, you get a sucker right before bed." Pretty smart:)
Even though he can be a little tough to deal with sometimes, he's so cute. His voice is really endearing. He makes me laugh....here's a little snipet of cute Nathan talk:
Monday, October 20, 2008
He woke up before I could do the back, hopefully he'll let me cut some tonight:)
Monday, October 13, 2008
C--Nathan, can you go away please, I want to play by myself.
N--No, K-wub, I want to play too.
C--But, Nathan, I just want to be by myself.
N--Guess what K-wub.....
N--I wuv you, K-wub.
C--I love you too but can I play by myself.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
What do I do now? Chop it all to the crazy layer length? Use 2 hair products--one for curly, one for straight?
I'll probably end up doing nothing, crazy hair fits well with the crazy mom look I'm going for.
In the picture it doesn't really look like it's curly and my hair looks pretty oily, that's not because I haven't washed it or anything...I guess it has been a couple of days...maybe tomorrow.
Addie was totally worth the rough pregnancy, labor, delivery and hair loss. She's super sweet, funny, adorable, wonderful. I love her so much.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Our neighbor came over today and notarized lots and lots of forms then Nathan and I headed to the post office and shipped if off:)
Our fam has been a little under the weather over here. I was feeling yucky all day yesterday, then last night Michael got really sick. I ended up taking him to the hospital at midnight (my wonderful sister came over to stay with the kids), they hooked him up to an iv and gave him some drugs. After hanging out in triage for a few hours, being jealous that Michael had a bed to lay in and all I had was a lousy chair, listening to some crass teenagers on the other side of the curtain talk about things that would make me neaseous even when I'm not sick... Anyway, the doc decided to admit Michael and I headed for home. He felt much better this morning. My mom picked Michael up this morning and took our boys for the day. So very helpful. Thanks Mom.
Oh, I forgot the funny part---Last night in my crazy state, I left the hospital and completely forgot I had Michael's shirt in my bag (I took it when he put on the lovely hospital gown). This morning when he called I told him I felt too sick to get all the kids in the car to come pick him up so someone else would get him. He said--"Do you have my shirt? I'll see if they'll let me where the gown home." I was cracking up at the thought of him walking out of the hospital in a gown or shirtless:) They gave him some scrubs to wear, so it was all good.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
The boys were really helpful and ran into the bathroom and rolled the t.p. back into place. I wonder if they were secretly wondering "why'd she go so easy on Addie, if I did that I'd be in big trouble." They were good sports though and just laughed along with me.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Lots of puke from Caleb last night. Michael took care of most of it, which was so wonderful. The middle of the night puke all over the bed isn't my thing (like it's Michael:) ). So we didn't sleep much. Caleb came into our bed, then when Nathan came in our room (as he does every night) I said "you have to go into your bed because there's no room, Caleb's sick" he gave me the evil eye for a really long time. I'd close my eyes for a while, when I opened them again--still with the eye. I was scared of him so I let him in. I then became a mommy sandwich. I had no space. I would look over at Michael sleeping peacefully with no one touching him and push Caleb over to cuddle with Michael but he'd always come back.
Around 5:00 I made the biggest mistake of the night--Gave Caleb the water he'd been asking for. 10 minutes later I had puke all over my back. Gross. Sick. Disgusting. Showers all around. Long night, leads to a long day....
I think the worst part of the ordeal was the smell. It's the worst. It lingered on Caleb even after his shower. It make me a little nauseous to think about it.
Now I get to go and fold the 3 loads of laundry...
Any idea how to get puke smell out of the mattress? The last time I washed the sheets, the mattress pad was still wet when it was bed time so I made the bed without it on. Hence the puke on the mattress......
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Michael and I figured it was too big of a problem to solve in the ten minutes we have to talk a day (sad but pretty true, he gets home around 8:30 or 9:00 and I've usually put the kids to bed and have started working) and to read Isaiah 58 everyday for a month.
I love how the Lord brings things together, I just got home from listening to Jim Wallace from Sojourners talk to a large group of us at University of Detroit Mercy about our role as Christians to change the political environment in America. He encouraged us to "be the wind" of change. There are 30,000 people that die everyday of starvation, we need to stop this. We need to make noise about getting rid of poverty in our rich nation. He spoke about revivals and how a revival is only considered a revival when it changes something. Our churches need to come together and fight for poverty to end. The UN has Millennium Development Goals to end extreme poverty over the world, I had never heard about this until tonight. How crazy is that since it's been going on since 2000 and the goal is to elliminate extreme poverty by 2015. I guess I need more education. I also heard tonight that the United Kingdom came up with a plan to half poverty in 10 years and it's working. America needs real plans that are put in action and measurable to end poverty here. It's not so much about which candidate is perfect but about Christians coming together to "loosen the chains of injustice, to set the oppressed free...Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear" again with Isaiah 58....
Sojourners may be a little liberal for some. I definitely don't agree with everything they say, but I think they are on the right track....encouraging Christians and churches to live how we are called to. Their goal is to Vote Out Poverty. Let's do it.
I for real need to go to bed. Addie's due to wake up in about a half an hour and do some crazy middle of the night, scratchy voice yelling and Nathan due to come and cuddle with me in about 2 hours. I'm real busy even in my sleep:)
“The church must be reminded that it is not the
master or the servant of the state, but rather the
conscience of the state. It must be the guide and
the critic of the state, and never its tool. If the
church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it
will become an irrelevant social club without
moral or spiritual authority.”
—MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
Strength to Love, 1963.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
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Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
All of this on top of teaching rascally teenagers. Yikes! At least our home is super quiet and peaceful--almost!
This was our first Tuesday with this schedule. The kids and I had to drive to Lansing to pick up our van that was getting repaired and come back in time to make it to practice. This whole schedule is even more wacked out because Michael's hooptie, which was given to us and has been a real blessing, isn't working. So today we had to chauffeur him to and from practice. We're trying to decide if it's worth putting more $ into it.
We're all pretty pooped tonight, except for Caleb who's totally wired because his best friend Zoe just got home after being gone half the summer. Anyway, I'm hope Michael can keep up with this crazy schedule. I'm tired just thinking about it.
This is last season's Thundercats team. Nathan is so excited that he's 3 now and gets to be on the team too!
Sunday, August 24, 2008
My counseling degree is coming in handy, as some of my players seem to be a little on the sensitive side. I had to stop practice last Friday to remind my players that we don't chew each other out when they make a mistake. I told them to use a kind and gentle tone when speaking to their teammates and to be encouraging. Sounds pretty sappy for a guys varsity soccer team!
So here is the article if you want to read it:
Friday, August 22, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Nathan: "Mommy are you going to drop us?"
L: "No honey, it's just a phrase people say. It means I'm going to take you to Grammy's and then leave"
C (very matter-of-fact): "Nathan, it means that Mommy is going to throw us in Grammy's house."
L (cracking up): "No, I'm not going to be dropping or throwing anyone!!!! I'm really just going to take you to Grammy's house to play, then Mommy or Daddy will pick you up later."
By the way they were talking you'd think that I spend a lot of time dropping or throwing them. I must admit I'm a little clumsy and have dropped many things. Maybe even fallen down the stairs with Nathan resulting in a spiral fracture on his little, 18 month old leg (real traumatizing for all involved). But I've never thrown anyone!
Monday, August 18, 2008
Caleb: "Which kids and where?" with a concerned look.
---Laughing from the parents, dragging out the suspense a little.---
L to kids: "Mommy and Daddy both have meetings. Boring! So you guys are going to Grammy's"
Nathan to L: "But I wuv bowing, Mommy."