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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Williamsburg Vacation

We were on vacation in Williamsburg from February 18-25 for week 1 of the 2012 MOMYS Retreat and it was wonderful!  I wish I had photos to share, but our camera died and we haven't completely figured out how to get the few photos we did take off our phones.  I look forward to sharing more about our trip in upcoming posts!

Incompatable Views

If you believe that family planning is a personal choice to be made individually...

...then you cannot believe that the Bible gives us direction for all of life and contains solutions to all of life's problems.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Importance of Sleep in a Mama's Life

Several nights in the past few weeks have found me getting to sleep for more than three hours...something that hasn't happened since Alex was born almost 7 years ago.  I have been a much better mama on the days following those nights...now I still have not slept THROUGH the night, but it has been much better.  For so long, I have been wondering why it seems like I can never get enough energy, instead relying on Pepsi to perk me up.  I have been wondering, too, why I seem to "snap" at my husband or children so quickly, but now I am convinced that the main reason is that I wasn't getting enough sleep. I know this isn't exactly new information to many of us.  We all know that we need to get enough sleep, but somehow we think it's really not THAT important.  We would rather clean the house once the kids go to bed or watch a movie...or eat chocolate (is that just me?).  But please try getting more sleep if you are feeling like I had been for so long.  You will be amazed at the difference it makes!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Right Goals for the Wrong Reasons

Dan and I desire for each of our goals to be based in the Bible.  We want God's will to be our top priority and when we set goals, there is almost always a scripture that we can refer to in order to explain why we have set that goal.  However, over time, there is the possibility of sticking to a goal, but forgetting why we are doing it.

I want to be a good wife, but sometimes I fall into the trap of trying to do that without realizing that I am doing it to honor God.

When we started homeschooling, we did it because we believe that the Bible mandates it, but getting the Bible into little hearts and minds hasn't taken top priority in our days.

Dan desires to be a leader in our home, but sometimes he can get caught up in it all and forget that he cannot do it without the Lord's help.

I don't want to get angry, but I find myself thinking about other Christians whom I admire and not the Biblical references for that goal.

I am trying to love my children completely in order to have their hearts, and to show them my love and appreciation on a daily basis, however there are many times when I find myself following advice from a secular magazine to do that without following God's plans.

I am prayerful that I will be more aware of the whys behind the hows.  Don't try to be like me and I won't try to be like you...let's all try to be more Christ-like instead.  The Bible has all we need to know how to live a godly life...let's follow it!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Another Movie You Need to Watch

Do you know what the state of parental rights is like in America NOW?  Are you concerned?

www.overruledmovie.com

Lay Off Update

Dan's temporary lay-off is no longer temporary.  We are so thankful for the job that is already lined up for him once spring comes.  I told before how very stressful a lay-off can be, but this one is much more fun.  Until then, I am grateful for unemployment insurance!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Yesterday...

...we woke up with a plan.  We were going to go get anti-freeze to try to get Dan's truck to quit overheating.  Then, Dan was going to load up the dog and take him to his mom's house for her to watch while we are on an up coming trip.  When he got there, his brother would bring him home (the truck would stay at his mom's) and they would work on his brother's car.  This is how the day really played out...

Dan's brother let us know that he wouldn't be able to come down because his little boy is sick.  So, we decided that I would take the kids to visit my parents in the van (which has blown fuses or something and none of the interior lights work, the clock doesn't stay set, etc) and Dan would top off the radiator, thinking that maybe when he put the new one in he didn't put enough antifreeze in it, load up the dog, pick up some more antifreeze and head to PA to meet us for dinner.  I did not feel like driving as I'd had a rough night, but somehow I made the hour long trip without killing us all.  My consolation was that Daniel would be driving on the way home and I wouldn't have to drive both directions!  I hadn't been at my parents' house long when Dan called and said the truck was overheating and they couldn't get it cooled down.  Now they are thinking it's the water pump and he is going to borrow a friend's truck to bring the dog up.  The same amazing friend offers to fix Dan's truck while we are in PA and we can pick the truck up on the way through in the evening.

Eventually, Tater (the dog) makes it to Nanny's house and Dan joins us for dinner.  Before we leave, Dan gets a call to say that the auto parts store didn't have the right water pump in stock and so the truck isn't going to be ready afterall.  We start off for home, me in the van with the kids and Dan in the borrowed pick up, rain and fog all around us.  My cell phone was dead, but Dan had his almost-dead one.  When he got part way home, my parents called and said that something was leaking under the van and there is a rainbow running down their driveway.  As soon as he hangs up with them, another friend who had been without a car and borrowing Dan's work car, called to tell him that the car was broken down in the Rite Aid parking lot. 

We met and returned the borrowed truck, picked up the keys to the work car, and made our way to Rite Aid.  Yep, sure enough, the car starts and sounds fine, but when it's put in gear it doesn't go anywhere. No funny noises when it's put in gear, though, which we are thinking is a good thing.  Dan calls our auto club from Rite Aid because now his cell phone is dead, too.  Then he waits for a tow truck while I head home.  Alex and Elizabeth enjoyed watching the tow truck drop off Daddy's car!  Dan checks the transmission fluid and finds it almost empty, but we all decide that tomorrow is another day.

So, here I am at almost 6 in the morning and I wonder what today will hold.  So much to do and so little time!

I am thankful though, for the opportunity to put into practice one of our goals as a couple...to make our reaction to a situation count.  Will our kids remember all that went wrong yesterday?  Maybe, but they surely would remember it if we exploded in anger and frustration.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Things that the parents of large families hear...that aren't true~

"You must be so patient, organized, etc." (Nope!  Although after a few kids, organization becomes necessary and patience is learned through trial)
"That's fine for you.  Your kids are just naturally better behaved than mine."  (Not naturally.  We work hard on that.  If we trust that what the Bible says about procreation is still applicable then we have to trust what it says about training our children.)
"Well, we know what your pastime is!" (Honestly!  If we have 10 children that only necessarily means we have been intimate 10 times-or less if there are any multiples.)
"Well, I know what the Bible says, but that is so Old Testament."  (Look that up again!)
"Times have changed."  (That may be true, but God doesn't change.  His word is applicable in all cultures in all times and the only way that a command can be forgotten is if He specifically says it can or changes it.  Do you all have a different Bible than I do?  Maybe yours has a Modern Testament!)
"Some people can just handle a lot of kids.  I'm not one of them."  (Once again, God doesn't call the qualified, he qualifies the called.  Being able to handle it comes after the kids come.)
"The world is over-populated!"  (Says who?  I have some statistics on that if you would like them.)
"There isn't enough food in the world.  How dare you take more than your share!"  (Once again, that is something that is false but deserves more space than I have here.)
"Obviously you don't have any consideration for the earth God made us stewards of."  (I do indeed!  I believe that we are called to be good stewards, but we can't use one command to over-rule another.)
"Sex wasn't created for procreation."  (Uh...yeah it was, although that wasn't the only purpose of it.)
"You must have a ton of money...or live off the government, "system", church, etc."  (No, but God can provide all that we need!)
"You must have a huge house!"  (Not at all.  I have a little house filled with lots of precious people, not a big house with few people!)
"The world is so bad off, you can't consider bringing children into it!"  (The only way the world will change is through the people in it.  People got us to this point and the people who are not yet born are the only ones who have the ability to change it.)
"My quiver is full with my two!"  (Says who?  Did you know that at the time the Bible was written most quivers held an average of 12 arrows?  They did however vary.)