Wednesday, January 30, 2008

My Turn


I waited patiently. I looked at the pictures on snapfish. I talked to my sister on the phone. I heard all about how cute he is and shared the excitement with everyone who got to visit.

Finally.

It was my turn.

I took the longest trip as a lone traveler I had ever made in my entire life and visited my brand new nephew and his sweet family.

I smelled him. I kissed him. I cuddled him. I rocked him. I changed him. I rescued him from his loving big brother. I even fed him one bottle while his mommy got a little much-needed rest. It was wonderful!

As a bonus, I also got to spend some time with the big brothers. I read Mike's Dump Truck and Veggie Tales books, very satisfying and uplifting reading. I chewed Fruit Stripe gum and then got a tattoo! I played with toys and had a general good time.

Spending time with my favorite sister and my favorite Marine was another special treat! They fed me so well and made me feel welcome in their home. Now I've been introduced to Jericho, and I have so much to catch up, but I probably never will. Oh, well.

It was a great trip, but now I'm back home where I belong.

Maybe they'll let me come back for another visit one day.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

May I Borrow a Frindle?

On this cold, rainy Saturday afternoon, we all piled in the living room floor for a few rounds of Pick It while we listened to Frindle by Andrew Clements. We picked up this delightful audiobook at the library this week and enjoyed it so much!

It's the tale of a typical fifth grade boy with big ideas. It's fun to see (or hear) how they turn out. Our fifth grader thought it was great, but his older brother and sister also fully enjoyed it, as did mom and dad.

We are big readers in our house, but we also enjoy audiobooks from time to time. They are especially welcome on long car rides. Some of us tend to turn a bit green when we read in a moving vehicle, so listening to a story is a welcome departure from the drive.

We are also huge Adventures in Odyssey fans. My kids have Odyssey episodes on their iPods, believe it or not.

Do you listen to audiobooks or enjoy other radio programs with your family? Tell me about it! We'd love to try some new things.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

I Am Not Jealous


My favorite sister has a new baby to love. She gets to hold him, feed him, and kiss him all the time. I can just imagine snuggling up with him and smelling that sweet new baby smell. My mom and dad are going up for a visit this weekend. They will be doing much of the same... lots of rocking, cuddling, and loving.

*sigh*

I am not jealous. I am not jealous. I am not jealous.

I just can't wait to get my hands on him.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Bouncing Around In My Head


Now I understand that there is a key.

It's Jesus in me, a reality,

That God is in Christ and that Christ's in me,

That with faith I see what is unseen.

To hear with my heart,

To see with my soul,

To be guided by a hand I cannot hold,

To trust in a way that I cannot see,

That's what faith must be.

~Michael Card

Thursday, January 3, 2008

My Favorite Sister

In January of 1979 my mom gave birth to a beautiful baby girl who was my little sister. After ten years of being an only child, I was pretty excited. I had always wanted an older brother, but a younger sister would have to do! She was a cute little baby and an even cuter toddler, even when she got into my room.

Ironically, I spent the first ten years of my life as an only child, and she became somewhat of an only child at ten when I got married. I have watched her grow into a beautiful woman and a terrific mom.

College and marriage to our country's finest Marine have taken her all over the US, but somehow I think we're closer today than we've ever been. God has been gracious to allow us to be together geographically during some particularly trying times in both of our lives. She is currently living only seven hours away, and I am so thankful.

Today we celebrate the 29th birthday of my favorite sister, who is also the wonderful wife of my incredible brother-in-law and super mom to my three precious little nephews, ages 4, 18 months, and 4 days.

Kel, you are such a blessing to me, and I love you very much. Thanks for always being here when I need you and for sharing life with me. You are truly my sister and my friend. Make it special!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy New Year!

We rang in the new year with our traditional BingoFest at my parents' house last night. It was a very fun evening as we ate together and played Bingo for fabulous prizes until midnight. We also watched as Robbie Maddison completed his record-breaking-322-feet motorcycle jump. That little bit of information was completely free but could help you in a future game of trivia.

The end of another year always sparks a spirit of reflection. 2007 was fast and furious but full of memories. God has been so good to our family in so many ways. In the midst of trying times we have found Him to be always faithful, semper fidelis.

With two children in high school and one in fifth grade, our family is very different than it once was. We no longer have tons of toys scattered around and Cheerios on the floor. The “toys” are now laptops and iPods, and the snack of choice is, well...no longer Cheerios.

Although I sometimes find myself pining for those long-ago afternoons with three little ones and a stack of picture books all piled on the sofa with me, I am also relishing the moments of today. Teenagers (and tweens) are really quite incredible.

As I've thought about the year before us, one verse has kept coming to my mind. I've decided to make it my verse for the year as I realize how very much I need to implement its message in my life.

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. John 15:4 NAS

If only...

Heavenly Father, may I diligently strive to remain in Jesus, my Savior. May I not run ahead or lag behind, but remain in Him. Amen