Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Random Thoughts

Fans: Our family is addicted to fans! I contemplated that fact with some frustration as I began packing for our trip to the beach. If you were to visit our home in the dead of night, you would hear no less than 4 small box fans whirring away as the family sleeps. I'm not sure how it started - perhaps when our oldest was a babe and we had a monster german shepherd that barked at everything. And now - let's face it our house is a noisy place! The pleasant white noise of a fan helps a baby settle down for a nap in the midst of the commotion. Our favorite is this Honeywell version; we've been through many of them over time! And so, as we load up the suburban, we will be taking along our 4 favorite little black Honeywells!

The Lord gives the increase: I have happy news - my dear sister is expecting her second baby in April! After years of waiting on the Lord, she gave birth in Jan. 2006 to the cutest little girl you've ever seen. It has been a joy for me to watch her become the amazing mom I always knew she would be. I know she will be a great mom of 2 as well. Congratulations, Sis! I'm so thrilled for you!! While we're giving out congratulations, pop over and congratulate 50 Toes, who will become 60 toes next spring!

A little holiday: We are scheduled to depart for the beach tomorrow at 5am - a 10 hr drive. I'm gathering every sticker-book, DVD from the library, portable snack I can find to pass the time. We even bought a new noisy electronic thingy at Wal-Mart last night in the hopes that it will keep 16 month old K. quiet for at least part of the journey. These last 2 babies have just not been good car sleepers for some reason. And inevitably, if one falls asleep, the other cries and wakes him/her up! We are really excited, though, and once we arrive we have a whole week of R & R to look forward to before making the trip home. Happy Times!

Inspiration: From the Word... "But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:31

From Amy Carmichael... Amy quotes this nursery poem:

A centipede was happy till
One day, a toad in fun
Said, "Pray, which leg goes after which?"
Which strained his mind to such a pitch
He lay distracted in a ditch,
Considering how to run.
Amy says, "I think there are a good many toads in the world, and sometimes, not in fun at all but very seriously, they manage 'to strain our minds to such a pitch' that instead of going on in simplicity we may very easily find ourselves distracted in a ditch, not running, but only considering how to run. ...and on the race-course -- looking away from toads without and within -- let us run...looking unto Jesus [Heb. 12:1-2]... so shall we run and not be weary and walk and not faint."


50 toes said...

Have a great trip. I love the beach and that is one of the things we don't like about Oklahoma, it is way to far from the beach.

Praying for an uneventful car ride.


Mary@notbefore7 said...

Ah...we pack the SAME fans! We have one for every bedroom in our house. I can't sleep without my fan :)

Congrats to your sis and enjoy...baby screaming, must go!

Kate said...

I'm so jealous, I want to go! Have a blast and don't get burned! I'll be praying the kids SLEEP in the car - and you too!

Rachel Anne said...

Thank you so much for your words of comfort and encouragement after the death of my nephew. It means more than you know. Well, you DO know, as you lost your brother in a similar way. You've blessed me.

Mark said...

Really jealous! I hope you have a great time, though.