Friday, August 3, 2012

happy things

1.  i went to the farmers market this week for the first time this year.  all the produce was so colorful and it looks beautiful on my counter.  i will be going back next week.

husband thinks i am crazy because this makes me happy.


2.  while i was in target with all my boys, a young guy walked up to me.  he complimented me on my parenting style.  it felt as an angel fluttered by and gave me a thumbs up.  i get it all wrong so often, but i need to remember that i do get it right some of the time.

3.  this book.  oh my.  i picked it off the shelf at the library because i liked the cover.  i didn't expect much from it, but it really has me thinking.  i read a chapter and ponder.  it is about how a simple life can help us to have a stronger relationship with God.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

saturday night

i get all sorts of comments about having 5 boys.  one i get asked a lot is if our home is exciting.  i guess it is at times.  but i live here in the middle of it all, so it seems normal to me.  this past saturday night was not exciting, but just plain weird.  all night long.  the boys did the most odd ball things.

while one boy was setting the table he declared that when he grows up he wants to be a backup quarterback for some professional team.  the husband and i glared at him.  husband finally broke the silence and asked why he only wanted to be second best.  his reply went like this:  because you get paid to sit on the bench and get the best view of the game.  and you only have to play if the quarterback gets hurt.

i was speechless.  i couldn't argue with his point, but still...

at dinnertime we all sit together at the table and try to use manners.  we ate yummy burritos with cheese dip.  at one point during dinner husband and i were having our own conversation while the boys were having their own.  out of the corner of my eye i noticed 2 boys were standing up with their shirts off.  then i realized chips were falling out of their belly buttons.  they had put cheese dip in their belly buttons and were having their belly buttons "eat" the chips.  and somehow that was funny to all of them.

really?  cheese dip in your belly button.  that is just nasty.

while the boys were getting ready for bed, one boy was talking baby talk.  i asked him why.  he informed me that it wasn't baby talk; he was talking like a caveman.  hearing the discussion, husband walks into the bedroom with questioning eyes.  i explained the caveman talk.  then, the same boy sings:
me chinese, me play joke
me put pee-pee in your coke.

baby talk, caveman talk, chinese boy?  i guess they all sound the same.

while husband wrestled the baby into his jammies, i overheard him whisper,  "thank goodness you're cute, because you're a turd knocker.  You'll fit in right nicely with your brothers." 

the end.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

crunch time

multiplication facts to learn.

3 weeks until school starts.

flash cards.  check.
workbook.  check.

hard to remember multiplication tattoos.  check.

Monday, July 30, 2012

how i found out i was pregnant

no.  i'm not pregnant now.
not that i wouldn't be happy if i was.
but that is a totally different story.
this is about how i found out i was pregnant with bo christian.
it was on a wednesday in march of 2011.

i had prayed for a baby for 5 long years.  i did not talk to anyone about the gaping hole in my family or the emptiness in my heart that would not go away.  who would understand?  i already had 4 awesome boys.  and i felt guilty for wanting another baby.  some women can't even have one baby.  i already had four babies to love.
i had started asking God to take my desire for another baby away.
on that wednesday, i was in the chapel telling Mary all about the anguish in my heart.  i asked her to go beg Jesus on my behalf to take the pain away.  then she spoke to me.  i did not hear a voice, but she spoke to my heart.  she told me i was pregnant.  in that instant i felt indescribable peace.  and joy.  lots and lots of joyful happiness. 

i was 3 weeks and 6 days pregnant.

thank you Mary!
thank you God for letting us raise bo christian for you!

all good giving and every perfect gift is from above...  james 1:17