November 17, 2008
God Eats What?!?

So we were sitting there at the kitchen counter, talking about things the baby-sitter needed to know. Cassie (age 6) started telling her something about monsters. Katherine (age 3, as of last week) shuddered. Monsters eat small children. Cassie tried to make it better -- "God is bigger than the BoogieMan" -- ala Veggie Tales. To which Katherine replied -- "GOD eats small children."

Add this to the list of sentences I never thought I'd utter ... once I found some words ... right up there with "Do NOT put your booger in MY nose" ... "God does NOT eat small children!"

Katherine smiled at me benignly. I have the eerie feeling that perhaps she never really believed God ate small children. That perhaps she simply wanted to see Mommy's reaction. That perhaps my life to this point has only been preparation for surviving Katherine.

November 12, 2008
Odds And Ends

First, I've been not-posting because The Holiday Onslaught has begun. My parents left awhile ago, my in-laws get here tomorrow, my cousin-in-laws-family arrives when they leave, then I'm pretty sure Sam is coming for a week or so.

Here's the thing, I've created a MORATORIUM on family visits between December 1st and February 1st. This year I'm going to ENJOY the holidays. I'm just getting the "crazy" out of the way now! The beauty of it is that no one actually knows why they've been scheduled that way. Most of them think the others will be here, making me crazy. They couldn't stand it if they thought I was having "peace on earth and good will toward men"!

Friends are taking bets on which family member drives hundreds (if not thousands) of miles to announce "we were just in the neighborhood and thought we'd drop by". Interesting.

Hey, THANKS, to those of you who are praying. I kid you not, out of the blue, one of those "other" people walked into my husband's office and randomly blurted out "I would do it differently, but you won't do that BECAUSE YOU'RE A CHRISTIAN". Said those words out loud. On purpose. I find this fascinating on SO many levels. She actually noticed he was a Christian, she thought he would act differently because of it, she thought his behavior was a good thing. Thats a lot coming from a liberal-atheist.

The kids have the day off from school Friday. So the grandparents are going to be here, and expecting to see and do a bunch of stuff with the kids. Here's the thing: each child has about 12 HOURS of "homework" plus three tests on Mon/Tues of next week. Because thats what sane teachers do, right? Honestly, it makes me wonder.

Anyway, off to prove that I can pass Fourth Grade. Again :)

November 05, 2008
Prayer Requests

The Situation: Someone did something. My husband could try to stop them or not. Lots of effort and aggravation.

The Requests:

1) I need to be a good Godly wife. NOT sarcastic and vindictive. We need to do the right thing for the right reason.

2) We need to be clear on what God wants us to do. This is a big deal. We're willing to do what God wants, but we need to be sure what that is. I do NOT want to be Jonah, figuratively ending up in a dark cold whale-stomach covered whale-vomit. I've always appreciated when God uses a Big Booming Voice and a Huge Flashing Arrow.

3) Regardless of how the situation turns out, we need to keep a loving heart so that people see Jesus in us.

4) Lets pray for the "other" people. In spite of their actions. Maybe this is an opportunity for them!

5) Lets pray for the "spectators" too. You know, those people not actively involved that will see how we respond.

6) Probably should be praying some more that I be a Godly wife. I'm just saying ...

Been A Little Busy

Sick kids. Buckets. Excessive laundry. Gallons of Gatorade. Think we're about clear of it! Yea!!!!

I Needed That

Sometimes there's a silver-lining. THIS silver-lining is that Stephen Den Beste wrote a post about how this election is NOT the end of the world. (I just love it when he writes stuff :)