Tuesday, January 18, 2011

To Be Held

I spent much of last Saturday with my butt on hard bleachers and a 101.5 fever.  Add to that the 61 pound 7 year old with a 103 fever that was on my lap and you can imagine how uncomfortable I was.  My body ached, my head pounded and my butt felt like it might never recover.  I was miserable.

Even so, I was able to spend that time doing one of the most important things I will ever do be called to do; hold my son.  He was even more miserable than I and all he wanted was to be held in his mother's arms.  As big as he is now, when he was sick he just wanted to be held, even there in front of all those other wrestlers, he justed wanted to climb into my lap and be loved.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Never Again

AJ's my last baby. Short of a medical miracle, he's it.  I'm 90% okay with this.  Vance and I are old enough that some of our classmates have high schoolers or even college age kids.  Physically, I can't handle another pregnancy and the risks associated with having babies over the age of 35 just aren't something I want to deal with.  We pack 6 people in a 1200 square foot home and we're happily blessed with four amazing and healthy kids.  Asking for more than that seems a little silly.  But there are some days when I think having just one, or even two more kids would be amazing.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Three Little Pigs, Faith House Version

On Sundays my mom and I lead the kids' service during church.  This last week was a lot of fun.  We used the story of the Three Little Pigs as an analogy of building a Christian "Faith" House.  We had some of the kids put on pink noses and used props to build the houses.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Welcome to 2011

Happy New Year!

It's resolution time and I have an long, long list of things I'd like to do in the coming year.
In no particular order, here's a few.
  • weigh less than 200 pounds
  • read my Bible more regularly
  • get some much needed "me time"
  • get a passport and have it stamped at least once
  • start the long and tedious process of digging us out of debt
  • be a better mom; less screaming, more hugging
  • be a better homeschooler
  • read more books
  • blog more regularly
  • actually pray for everyone that asks me to
  • send sympathy cards when someone I know loses a loved one
  • laugh more
  • find a group of women that I'm comfortable with and together do things that don't involve our kids
  • do something fun with my kids at least once a day
  • mean what I say
  • spend less time on-line and more time in real life
  • create a 40 before 40 list
  • write a book for each of my children (I already have Ezra's planned out)
  • exercise at least 30 minutes 3-4 days a week
  • have all of my children sleep in their own rooms on a regular basis
I have no idea how  many, if any, of these things I will actually achieve this year.  Realistically, very few.  But I think that by naming them at least I'm one step closer than I was yesterday.

What's on your list for 2011?