Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Daddy doling out the prizes that were "purchased" with all the tickets he and Avery worked hard to accumulate. The important thing is that candy was included in the pile of loot.
Friday, September 26, 2008
On our date night this week, we were in a restaurant with TVs. Without noticing it (I never do), I sat down. Some time passed and I finally saw that the Red Sox were on and so I offered to switch seats with Shaun. He declined, gave me a little smirk and said, "How 'bout you just talk to me instead?" Ahh...a man who's been married a while...smart answer! His response reminded me of a card I saw at the store.
The other day I was pouring through birthday cards, which I find to be a highly entertaining experience. Although, I've found that if one strikes me funny, then its twice as funny if someone you share it with thinks its funny, too.
I was not purposely looking for "this" type of card, but it happened. I hope you are not too offended.
On the front there was a very handsome, shirtless man. He looked something like this:
On the front it said, "For your birthday, Here's the Ideal Man". On the side there was a little wheel to turn and different "quotes" appeared in a little box next to the man:
- It doesn't take my brilliant mind to see how beautiful , unique and wonderful you are
- Let's share our innermost feelings and then go shoe shopping
- Just because I have a six-figure income doesn't mean I don't like to cook
- Why watch televised sports when we could be spending quality time together
- I noticed your car was dirty so I bought you a new one. Hope you like red
Thursday, September 25, 2008
The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love. Psalm 33:5
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
They thought is was the coolest thing. The train went nice and slow so they were in this position for much of the ride.
That night, my brother-in-law hosted one of his infamous themed-karaoke parties at our house. He is very creative and has wild and crazy friends so we always have a great time. Can you guess what the theme was?
Amanda got into the action and did a little singing into the microphone, but Avery was happy to hide behind her mask (once she got the courage to try it on). Very typical.
Sunday after church I took Avery to audition for a part in a local production of The Nutcracker. No picture of her wearing her little number because...well, I didn't want to be "one of those" parents. Plus, I was nervous for her! Plus, I didn't have my camera! :)
I'm trying so hard to be tempered, but this would be a dream come true for me. Shaun has taken me every year to see The Nutcracker on stage for maybe 17 years...I love it! And last year we brought Avery along and she was entranced.
We'll see, but seriously, how could they turn down a little three-year old??
Later, we went to a princess birthday party for my niece Allison (middle) who was turning four. The girls had a great time playing with their cousins and the adults enjoyed lounging in my sister's yard on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.
How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him! Psalm 147:1
Friday, September 19, 2008
The weather has started to turn a little cooler here and as a result I've begun the dreaded process of putting summer clothes away and bringing out the new fall wardrobe for the girls.
We are unbelievably blessed with family and friends who willingly pass things on to us and Avery, at three, thinks its great. Today she wanted to try on the whole pile I brought down from the attic. Finally she settled on an outfit and I told her which friend or cousin had donated which item. She takes great pleasure in knowing who it used to belong to.
She's learning that its not quite as much fun to pass clothes the other way. When she sees something that she wore last year that does not fit her anymore but will fit her sister, she pulls a Cinderella-step-sister move and tugs and grunts and sweats until she's made her way into whatever article of clothing it is.
Tonight for example, she has on full length pajama bottoms that are now capri-style on her. BUT...she got into them! "See Mom, they fit. See? They fit." Ok, Girlfriend, whatever!
Anyway, I hope she and her sister are always so happy and excited about wearing hand-me-downs. Thanks to Maddie, Allie and Payton for your donations!
But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Riding in the car on the way to dance class:
Avery: Mom, is it hard to drive?
Me: Not really, you just have to be careful and pay attention. (Thinking 'oh, boy...I hope she does not get as anxious to drive as both her parents did')
Avery: But I can't drive 'cause I'm not a person yet, right Mom?
Me: (choke and explain)
Later...Avery answered the phone as she often does now. From the kitchen I could tell the person had just asked for me and I went in to grab the phone just as Avery was hanging it up. We don't have caller id, so if it was you she hung up on...sorry!
Me: Avery, when someone asks for Mommy or Daddy you ask the caller to wait just a moment please and then you come get Mommy, but you don't hang up the phone
Me: Avery, when someone asks for Mommy, blah, blah, blah...
Avery: Well...(arguing. This in and of itself can be quite funny. When she is arguing she can't quite think fast enough yet so she just spouts off nonsense like 'Well, I couldn't because the leaves on the trees are green because they are and then she had to go to the store because she did and the lady called and they are green because they are.')
Me: Avery, (now with a stern look because she's arguing) blah, blah, blah
Avery: (with a resigned look) Well, I should have but I'm a little girl now.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Last weekend was our annual after-season picnic and tonight was the league awards banquet. Shaun was voted Coach of the Year for our division and I was so proud! No one can know the heart that he puts into the team each season. Formulating line-ups and addressing problem areas in the defense are things that he thinks about throughout the day.
A win or a loss, depending on the circumstances, will have him up at 3:00 in the morning. He keeps tedious stats on each player and knows the league rule book inside and out. He deeply cares about his players and wants to help build character in them and show Christ.
He is also highly competitive and wants to win and guys like playing for a winning team. I love to watch him in his element, passionate and wanting to have excellence in everything he does.
Congrats, Shaun on Coach of The Year! Very well deserved...thank you for always desiring to live life with excellence.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
My prayers today are with the families who are left behind. We are thrown so many numbers and statistics that it is hard to remember that behind each number is a family left behind. Mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives and children. Oh, so many little children.
Its important that we remember. Today, I remember. And I know with more assurance than ever that the God I serve is still on the throne.
Today, with my tears of remembrance, comes a deep thankfulness for my family, for my country and for my God.
God bless America!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Another such time. They are so squeezable first thing in the morning! Here they are chewing on a vitamin and watching their latest favorite "kid show", as Avery calls it, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
This morning she beat me straight-up...16 matches to 8 matches. What?! I demanded a recount but it came out the same.
Later, I was telling Shaun about it. I could tell he was not convinced because a) he beats me at every game and b) I'm her mother, for goodness sake!
So, he challenged her to a game and they tied. He was dumb-founded. How is this possible, we both wondered? When we are playing with her she is chatty, wiggly and giggly and gives the appearance that she is paying attention only half the time.
Chalk it up to our first time with a three-year old, but we are both amazed at her capacity for information.
Side notes: the blue on her hand and face is from a face painting of Cinderella that she got at the dance studio's open house and her lower lip is still healing from when her tooth went through a couple weeks ago. The bruise on her head? Also healing nicely. Isn't it grand to be three??
It was a small group so we were able to have a good discussion and cover many topics. Several things that were said stuck with me and I'll mull them over more as I review my notes.
One woman was sharing that she has found that when she maintains her focus on God, she doesn't have time to look at or worry about the shortcomings of her husband. She went on to say that this life is really not about us. Its not about me, and I love to be reminded of that (somedays an hourly reminder of that would be helpful!).
Then today, I came across this and it just reiterated what I heard last night and know to be true:
Personal worship is an absolute necessity for a strong marriage. It comes down to this: If I stop receiving from God, I start demanding from others. Instead of appreciating and loving and serving others, I become disappointed in them. Instead of cherishing my wife, I become aware of her shortcomings. I take out my frustrations with a less-than-perfect life and somehow blame her for my lack of fulfillment.
But when my heart gets filled by God's love and acceptance, I'm set free to love instead of worrying about being loved. I'm motivated to serve instead of becoming obsessed about whether I'm being served. I'm moved to cherish instead of feeling unappreciated.
(Devotions for a Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas. From "A Soul Filled with God" on p. 9)
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Guess where we were today? Yes...taking in another comped Red Sox game. Last night an email went out from one of our telecomm providers that there were tickets available for today's game. My boss jumped on it and got us two tickets!