Saturday, January 24, 2009

Random Thought #147

If my feet are cold, no matter what the actual temperature is, my whole body is cold. My cozy slippers are a hot commodity around here - every one from My Sweetie to 9yo Meg to the big boys wears them. And I can't find them right now, so....

Friday, January 23, 2009

Must be Thursday

We had a crazy day around here. No matter what I did, I was behind. I barely ate breakfast by lunchtime. Then we had an appointment to get little K's (2) cast off - yes, she broke her elbow three weeks ago, but all better now. The appointment got moved (by their office -at the last minute) from early afternoon to smack in the middle of naptime. Then I had to take ALL the kiddos with me - seems my built-in-babysitter that I've been waiting fourteen years (!) to enjoy is having trouble controlling the former BLT (a.k.a. A) when he's not asleep. So unless I wanted another broken bone to occur in my absence... they all piled in the overcrowded waiting room and joined in the fun. hooray. :)

The check-in lady was gruff, the x-ray tech chided me for K's paci, and the doc missed the day in med school when they handed out bedside manner. Oh, and I had a headache all day.

Relief came after dinner when I was able to get to the Y and burn off some stress and then come home and LMAO watching The Office.

I'm sharing all of this because it gives me an excuse to use my favorite new quote:
"This must be Thursday. I never could get the hang of Thursdays."
-(Arthur Dent in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Kid-worthy Comic

I admit it: I'm not a huge fan of comic books. In fact, I could probably live happily ever after never reading a single one. I am, however, a mom of three boys. For a while, the big boys played Anachronism (history-based trading card game) at a local comic store, and the little guy is quite obsessed with superheroes of all kinds. I also live in a culture full of comic-heroes-cum-blockbuster-hits.
My comic education may be limited, but I am aware of some basics. First, many comics - the good ones, anyway - are really a type of pop art. Second, many of the themes are too mature for children. This doesn't stop kids from wanting "picture books" of their favorite heroes, though, creating a bit of a dilemma for us moms.

Solution: my latest book find at the local library. (Well, Children's Librarian Amy, knowing A's love of comic heroes, actually found it for us.) What book? you ask: Batman: The Story of the Dark Knight by Ralph Cosentino. The author very skillfully retains the feel and artistic quality of "real" comics, yet with simpler lines and images that are not dark and scary. He also paints Batman as a true hero who fights bad guys that are bad. None of the postmodern hero-angst found in so many of the latest comic movies.


A (4yo) really enjoyed this book, and honestly, I enjoyed reading it to him. I hope Mr. Cosentino has more kid-friendly hero stories to offer in the near future. In the meantime, if your little guys (or gals) are fans of the Caped Crusader, check out this fun episode.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Overheard

"Mom - Kisses can dry OFF!" 4yo A. announced out of the blue last Saturday morning.

12yo C, pretending to fall on the floor and die, "Ahh, I'm dyyyiinnng!" A rushes over, bends down, proclaims, "True love's kiss!" and smooches C on the cheek.

As little 2yo K tugs at my sleeve..."Mommy, you look cute! You puh-ple! I wike your shirt!" so sweet!

"Dad, I wan bagel-nut." 2yo K declared at breakfast. "A what?" asks Daddy. "A bagel-nut! Like Dah-doo!" (that's what she calls A)

Turns out a bagel-nut is, in fact, a crueller!

For more Tiny Talk Tuesday, go visit Mary at Not Before 7. Happy Tuesday!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Wordless Wednesday -"Mommy, I kweening!"

2 yo K helping mommy clean the floorI was tickled to have caught her reaction to 4yo A spilling Yo*gos

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Christmas Photos

Don't Expect an Easy Path

I subscribe to a daily email from Grace Gems dot org. It's a site that collects and sends out snippets of wisdom from Puritan writers and other great Christian theologians. I highly recommend their site - go check it out.

In the meantime, let me post a passage here from today's devotional. It was very timely for me as I wrestle with my own very light afflictions and watch some friends walk through much harder times.

Do not expect a smooth and easy path!
(Arthur Pink, "David's Flight")

Prosperity is often a mixed blessing, and adversity is far from being an unmixed calamity!
Alternating spiritual prosperity and adversity, is the lot of God's people on this earth. All is not unclouded sunshine with them--nor is it unrelieved gloom and storm. There is a mingling of both:
joys--and sorrows;
victories--and defeats;
assistance from friends--and injuries from foes;
smiles from the Lord's countenance--and the hidings of His face.
By such changes, opportunities are afforded for the development and exercise of different graces, so that we may, in our measure, "know how to be abased--and how to abound . . . both to be full--and to be empty" (Phil. 4:12). But above all, that we may, amid varying circumstances, prove the unchanging faithfulness of God--and His sufficiency to supply our every need.
Ah, my reader, if you are one of God's elect--do not expect a smooth and easy path through this earthly wilderness--but be prepared for varying circumstances and drastic changes. The Christian's resting place is not in this world, for "here have we no continuing city" (Hebrews 13:14). The Christian is a "pilgrim," on a journey; he is a "soldier," called on to fight the good fight of faith. The more this is realized, the less keen will be the disappointment, when our ease is disturbed, and our outward peace harshly broken in upon.
"Many are the afflictions of the righteous," and if 'troubles' do not come to us in one form--they most certainly will in another! If we really appropriate this promise--then we shall not be so staggered when afflictions come upon us. It is written that, "it is necessary to pass through many troubles on our way into the kingdom of God" (Acts 14:22), and therefore we should make up our minds to expect the same, and to "not to think it strange" (1 Peter 4:12) when we are called upon to pass through "the fiery trial." Affliction, tribulation, and fiery trial--are a times, our portion here on earth.
Changing circumstances afford opportunity for the development and exercise of different graces. Some graces are of the active and aggressive kind--while others are of a passive order, requiring quite another setting for their display. Some of the traits which mark the soldier on a battlefield, would be altogether out of place were he languishing on a bed of sickness. Both spiritual joy and godly sorrow--are equally beautiful in their season.
As there are certain vegetables, fruits, and flowers which cannot be grown in lands which are unvisited by nipping winds and biting frosts--so there are some fruits of the Spirit which are only produced in the soil of severe trials, troubles and tribulations!