The following video was shown in church this morning as a part of the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (which is today). I echo our worship pastor in his comment after the video, that I don’t share this with you to make you feel guilty — that perhaps you leave here in the US or in another country that practices religious freedom, and people like Shafia live in persecuted areas. Don’t pity them because they’re persecuted. While […]
That’s right. It’s Friday, and we’re going to talk about discipline. Originally I was going to write this post on Monday, but – especially as someone who struggles with being disciplined – I realized that would be the easy day to write about it. Sure, no one wants to talk about discipline on a Monday, but let’s face it. It’s a lot easier to be gung ho about discipline on a Monday when the week is fresh, you’ve just had […]
I know you just started reading, but stop for a minute and listen . . . and count. If your kids are home and the house is a little noisy, then I want you to count 15 different sounds you hear. If the baby’s down for a nap, and it’s a little quieter, you can just count 10. Ready? Go. I bet when you first started listening it was easy – you heard a dog barking, cars passing by, the […]
Categories: Daily Life
We moms know that when it comes to our own potty schedule, the timing is often not up to us. As a result, many times we don’t get to go to the bathroom alone and often times we simply have to hold it. Such was the case for me the other day. And when I finally got my two seconds of reprieve, I was surprised. I had to mentally make myself stop, exhale, and let go. I had been holding […]
Categories: Daily Life
After my Valentine’s Day experience, I wanted to be more on the ball for my daughter’s Easter Egg Hunt at school. We were asked to bring 14 filled eggs, and I just couldn’t bring myself to fill them with candy or trinkets. We wandered around Hobby Lobby for far too long, feeling quite uninspired. I had just about resigned myself to chocolate (both for the eggs and myself), when I realized the answer was already in my basket! A friend […]
With the realization sinking in that our lives are about to radically change in a few short weeks, I decided to plan a fun and special afternoon with my daughter. I’d pick her up from school, and then surprise her with doing a couple of her favorite things. I even built in some choices, so that she could decide what sounded MOST fun to her. As expected, she wanted to play on the playground at school for a little bit. […]
A few more snowy day photos from yesterday afternoon: You can see how deep it got from her boots. That’s really deep for us Texans! And of course, the obligatory catching-snow-on-your-tongue photo . . . My daughter wanted to build a snow fort, rather than a snow man. Here’s what she and Dad did . . . Just a couple comparisons from yesterday afternoon to first thing this morning.
I really don’t mean to keep wading around in the suffering talk, but I’m walking in it, and it’s all around me. My brain is still wrapping itself around the fact that I’ve finally entered the phase of life where people from my own circle – my personal, intimate friends – are grown up enough to be facing and having to personally deal with big-time stuff. Not that younger people don’t, but when we were younger we had the buffer […]
Okay, seriously. I stared at this McDonald’s kids meal for several minutes trying to figure out how such an obvious joke slipped past marketing. Do you see what I’m talking about? When I asked my husband what he thought, he pointed out it’s probably supposed to be Alvin’s tail . . . but none of the other pictures on the box show such a “revealing” angle. Just more confirmation of why we never go to Mickey D’s.