Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Daddy Bud pulls the kids across the yard
What I love most about it is that each child has his/her own compartment. We've tried pulling them in one big wagon before, and it was just so crowded for them, and they were always pushing each other and crawling around. Now they each have their own space (with a seat belt to keep them contained!). And it pulls so easy! I can finally take the kids for a walk all by myself!
It also came in pretty handy the week before Thanksgiving when we had so much company. Andy loved riding in the Choo Choo too! Of course, this meant Reagan and Jonathan ended up sharing a seat, which kind of goes against my everyone-has-their-own-space happiness, it was the only way they could all ride. And we rode in it like crazy that week!
Here is Jim pulling the kids at the park that week. We love our Choo Choo Wagon so much! I'm so glad we were able to use it before the weather turend so very cold! In case you're interested, the basic Choo Choo is the first two cars (blue and green). The orange cars are add-ons, so the size is adjustable for larger or smaller groups of kids. You can check out Step 2's website by clicking here!
Friday, January 18, 2008
That girl was me. She’s not me now, but that was me many years ago. Now, don't get me wrong, I was a loved child. I have a wonderful family and I never doubted that they loved me or that my friends cared about me. And I wasn't suicidal or anything! I just had, for whatever reason, incredibly low self-esteem. Maybe it was the really, really big glasses I used to wear! Ha ha! It probably had a lot to do with my age. The teen and early twenties years are well-known for their high levels of drama. Anyway, what happened to change my life? That’s easy, God sent Jim.
I first met Jim through my friend Michelle, at her wedding actually. She married Jim’s friend Judah, and we were both in the wedding. It was a casual meeting, nothing special. But then a few months later, Michelle and Judah invited me and some of their other friends to go skiing. Jim was one of those friends.
We got to know each other a little better on that trip. We learned to ski together, neither of us ever having done it before. We kidded around, we talked, but it was nothing special. Until all of a sudden it was.
Our last night, we all went out to dinner together. As we were leaving the restaurant, Jim held the door as we all trailed out. I thanked him as I passed. As we were making our way cautiously across the frozen parking lot and back to our condo, he came up behind me, placed his hand on the small of my back and whispered in my ear, “Thanks for saying thank you. You’re the only one that did.” And then he was gone, off to catch up to the guys ahead of us.
It wasn’t a particularly profound moment. It wasn’t anything that anyone else would have noticed and smiled to themselves about or teased me about later. But it was a life-altering moment for me because in that instant, with that touch, suddenly I noticed Jim and I felt like I could be someone he might notice too, and I suddenly really wanted him to notice me!
As it turned out, he had already noticed me. Perhaps you saw that coming. I didn’t. I was too busy feeling destined for spinsterhood to notice his attempts to gain my notice all week long! Nevertheless, his persistence won out in the end.
So what does this story have to do with anything? Why share it with you today instead of more pictures of our beautiful children? Well, today is a special day. Ten years ago today, not long after the trip I mentioned above, Jim kissed me for the first time. It was a big deal for me because there weren’t a whole lot of kisses in my pre-Jim days.
And now, thanks to Jim’s love and support and encouragement, I no longer see myself the way I did back then. I feel beautiful and smart and interesting, like someone people will enjoy being around. I still battle my shyness around new people, but we’re working on it! Jim is such an inspiration to me, the way he draws people to him. He has been the greatest blessing God has ever given me. He makes me feel like I can do anything I set my mind to, and since we’ve been together, I have! It’s amazing how God can see exactly what you need, when you have no idea! He knew that Jim was what I needed in my life, and He brought us together. And I thank Him for it every day!
Thursday, January 17, 2008
But sometime early last year, when the kids settled into more predictable routines, sudden;y I had time for myself again. Now granted, I spend a lot of my child-free time loading and unloading the dishwasher or doing laundry and picking up toys and books and socks, etc., but I also make time to do things I enjoy, like blog and scrapbook and spend time with Jim and READ!
My friend Becky started keeping a list last year of all the books she read in 2007, and at the end of the year was surprised and delighted to find that she had read 47 books! That got me to thinking...what a great idea! and I wonder how many books I read last year! Well, it's impossible for me to remember all the books I read last year. I'm sure there weren't 47 of them! But I do like the idea of keeping track of the books I read, so I'm going to do it here!
Last night I finished my second book for 2008, so here is my list of books for 2008. I will continue to add to this list as the year goes on, so feel free to click on the link in the What Mommy's Reading section if you ever want to see how I'm doing!
(Becky requested that I rank the books so you the reader will know if they are, in my opinion, any good or not. I'm not good at ranking things, but I'll leave a brief opinion for each one, okay?)
1. Shopaholic and Baby by Sophie Kinsella--the fifth in a hilarous series, I've loved them all!
2. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield--an excellent read, mysterious, couldn't put it down
3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte--one of my all-time faves! I enjoy it every time I read it!
4. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis--another classic, I had never read it but thoroughly enjoyed it!
5. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde--the first in a series of very cleverly written books for anyone who loves literature, espescially British lit
6. Raising a Modern-Day Knight by Robert Lewis--a thought-provoking read for anyone who wants to raise godly sons
7. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver--this book really made me think about how the world sees me as a Christian, and how far I'm willing to go to do the work of the Lord
8. Whispers of the Bayou by Mindi Starnes Clark--an entertaining and easy read, interesting Cajan history interwoven with mystry plot
9. The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella--entertaining and funny, I enjoyed this book but not as much as her shopaholic series
10. The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gragory--a thrilling read if you like historical fiction and have an interest in the life of Henry VIII, or at least his wives and mistresses!
11. The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis--the next in the Narnia series, a good book, but not as good as Lion, Witch and Wardrobe
12. Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson--super-short classic that I had somehow never read, I found I knew a lot less about the story than I thought, and really enjoyed it, very thought-provoking!
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Here are links to some of my favorite posts from 2007. Not all of them are actually about 2007. Some of them are early posts when I was writing about 2006. Just click on the link!
Thomas in the NICU
Games Babies Play
Mean Games Babies Play
And the Walking Award Goes To...
A Total Infestation
2007 is gone, and although I'm mostly focused on what 2008 holds for my family, I think it's good to also take a moment to reflect upon what we did in 2008. So here is a list of firsts we encountered in 2007...
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Here Jonathan and I are with Juli, our amazing Memphis photographer who took all those great shots of them when we visited this past summer!
The whole family!
We always stop at Opry Mills Mall when we pass through Nashville, to give the kids a break from the car. On this trip we discovered a new aquarium store or restaurant or something that had this great aquarium out front. The kids were entranced! They loved it!
Friday, January 4, 2008
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Anyway, I felt awful. Much too awful to deal with four toddlers all day, or at all for that matter. So Jim had to take over as super-parent for the day, and I have to say he did a fantastic job!
He changed every single diaper, provided three healthy meals plus snacks, handled playtime and naptime, fights and falls. He did it all! And I think the kids yelled a lot less than they normally do for me! I could hear them through the bedroom door when I wasn't asleep, laughing and playing together and having a great time!
All that and he still found time to make me homemade chicken noodle soup! It was so good! I have the sweetest husband ever!