Monday, November 30, 2009

Catching Up

Jenny and I had so much fun at An Affair of the Heart. I still have some great goodies that I already sent over to Anabelle's in at Santa Fe & Danforth if you want to go by there.

I put off all my custom orders to spend several days just enjoying family and the Thanksgiving holiday. My brother & sister-in-law came from Austin, and we loved every minute with them. Here are some pics from our fun week...

The delicious meal

A cross-eyed cat showed up on the porch just after lunch...So funny I had to share. Haha!

All of us sitting around singing after dinner Saturday night. Probably seems weird, but it's one of our favorite family times.

The kids helped Pops put the Christmas train around his tree.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

An Anthem for Busy Moms

Ben and I went to a Focus on Parenting event yesterday. It was an all-day deal, and we struggled with giving up an entire Saturday. But after last week's dentist office episode...who am I kidding?...I NEED all the help I can get with parenting! So we went and were definitely rewarded. Thank you, Lord, for the words of encouragement, correction, and training we received yesterday. Thank you also for a Christian friends who are walking this journey with us.

Before the speakers started, Matthew West sang this song. It is so me right now that one of my good friends turned around to share a knowing look in the middle of the song. I have to share the lyrics with you. I want my world to be different. I do not want to be caught up in busy-ness and petty pursuits. I want Jesus. I want Jesus to consume my children. So here are the words to the song Stop the World. It's always better to the music, but may the words alone speak something to you...

The TV is talking
The telephone’s ringing
The lights are all on
And the radio’s screaming
A million distractions are stealing my heart from You
I’m tired and empty
This life is relentless
It weakens my knees
And breaks my defenses
It’s wearing me down and I’m desperate to hear from You

Stop the world I wanna get out
I need an escape away from this crowd
Just to hear You speak to me

I need to be still before I make a move
I need to be humble with nothing to prove
I need Your Word to show me the truth

And I need time, precious time

Stop the world I wanna get out
I need an escape away from this crowd
Just to hear You speak to me
Stop the world I’m ready to listen
Show me sign, give me a vision of heaven
I can hold on to
Stop the world I need some time with You

Before I can find my voice
I need to hear Your voice
Above all the senseless noise

Monday, November 9, 2009

The Kids Had Their Teeth Cleaned Today

Dear Tiffany,

Please still be my friend.

I'm sorry that my daughter freaked out.
I'm sorry she locked her jaw and wouldn't open her mouth.
I'm sorry she screamed and cried in your office.
I'm sorry she kicked and writhed in your chair.
I'm sorry she grabbed your hands to pull the instruments out of her mouth.

Thank you for cleaning her teeth anyway. I'm sure that tomorrow (after I've recovered from the humiliation and frustration) I'll think that ornery little smile is cute again.


P.S. Please pass my apologies along to Dr. Cash, and if he never wants my four year old in his office again, I would COMPLETELY understand.