Here's how I "micro-manage" my kids:
Friday, October 29, 2010
Here's how I "micro-manage" my kids:
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
We try to go to Colorado once a year, usually at the end of summer when the Texas heat is unbearable. (Despite how great the kids are in the car, the 13 hour drive pushes my sanity to the outer limits.)
This year, we did something a little different. Since our drive when Lydia was a baby was really really stressful for me (listening to a crying baby that I can't help unravels me completely), we decided not to repeat that mistake. Kyle drove all the kids and I flew with Julia. We were upgraded to first class on the way there, thanks to a baby-loving attendant. It was awesome! Unfortunately I didn't get upgraded on the way home, but was in a window seat next to two men. The flight made me very grateful for home. But I did learn some things:
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
If I had a nickel for every time somebody told me: "That's great that you can adopt/homeschool/homebirth/have a bunch of kids. I'd love to do that, but my husband won't go for it," I'd have a big pile of nickels!
It's worth it to submit to your husband's leadership. God will be glorified. This doesn't mean you can't respectfully (with emphasis on "respectfully") talk to him about your convictions. But you are not your husband's Holy Spirit!
Monday, October 25, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
So now we're that family with two exotic animals. Oh my. We're becoming more and more like the weirdos everyone already thought we were.
See? We aren't weird! (yet) I'm sure there are more levels of weirdness we haven't even explored yet. (Anyone know what they are?? I can't imagine.)
Miss Mattie is now in a pony cut, so she looks more like a Chinese Crested. You can't quite see her mane, but she looks like an itty bitty Clydesdale.
We surprised the kids by picking her up 2 weeks earlier than they were expecting. Totally fooled them. It was a blast keeping the secret from them. I'm terrible at keeping secrets, so this was a real accomplishment. And my head nearly spun right off my neck from holding it all in.
Elena had created a countdown chain with everyone's name on a link, so they could take turns cutting them off. On the end, she drew a teeny weeny dog. I don't think anybody minded cutting the whole chain apart in one evening. ;)
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Julia makes this face all the time now and I just looooooovvvvve it! I find the irony of her shirt and her face absolutely hilarious.
This is how she looks when she meets someone new. It doesn't make them feel very good to be looked at with such disgust by someone so close to God. Makes them wonder what she knows about them. She can see into their hearts and she. is. dis. gust. ed.
When you get this look, you really should be insulted. And you will cower under her persuasive powers. You will run like the wind to find whatever will please her; be it food, the right toy, or food. You better move fast!
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
Finally proof that Isaac wasn't faking it. And of course, he had on his famous Isaac smile. He knew he was going to be famous for these sport shots.
Kyle, on the other hand, I had to ask to pose. Was he hamming it up or is this his true expression upon catching a pigskin? You decide.
Elena and Chloe stick together like glue. I love the relationship they have. I strongly recommend having kids close together in age if you can help it. It's so worth it!
Julia just looked at me strangely as I laughed at her odd poses in the swing. She never could keep both feet down.
Friday, October 8, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Times Square bomber sentenced & warns of more attacks
". . .I do hope you will spend some of the time in prison thinking carefully about whether the Quran wants you to kill lots of people," Cedarbaum (the judge) said.
Shahzad responded that the "Quran gives us the right to defend. And that's all I'm doing."
The rest of the article is here.
Yes, of course the Quran tells him to kill lots of people! It says it's a Muslim's job to kill infidels (and that's Jews and Christians).
It frustrates me to hear people refer to these terrorists as "radical Muslims". If they are radical, then I am a radical Christian. Because I believe the Bible.
They are not radical Muslims at all; they are obedient Muslims.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
When she was itty bitty, I would strip her down to her diaper while getting her dressed for the day and I'd yell out: Naked baby!!!
Now that she is covered in fat rolls, I can hardly keep all the hands off her! Her budda belly is quite charming and begs to be squeezed and kissed.
JuJu has just started crawling in the last couple weeks and we are all so impressed with our little prodigy.
We've also seen evidence of her spiritual gifts even at this tender age. Regardless of our doctrinal beliefs, we recognize speaking in tongues when we hear it.
Julia has brought so much joy to our family. I can't imagine if we had gotten our way years ago when we wanted to end our fertility. I am overwhelmed with thankfulness. God really does know best. He can be trusted.