Saturday, March 31, 2007

A little humor...

This, ladies, is what happens when your husband's head-cold prevents him from doing yard work...

And this is what happens if you leave your daughter at the sink alone to wash her hands...

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

My Day

  • Went to eat lunch with some fellow moms from church
  • Cosette played with her friends while we sat and talked
  • Cosette came to me, pointed to her ear, and said "Mommy, ball!"
  • I thought she was coming down with an ear-ache
  • I looked closer
  • I realized she had a little silver ball wedged all the way back in her ear
  • I showed my friends
  • Friends said 'uh-oh!'
  • I called the doctor
  • I waited for 45 minutes for the doctor to call back
  • Doctor said he couldn't do anything about it.
  • I went to my mom's house
  • Mom and I struggled and struggled to get the little ball out without hurting Cosette's ear
  • No luck
  • I took her to Daddy at work
  • Daddy looked inside her ear and said 'Hummm....I see'
  • Daddy laid Cosette down on his legs on her side
  • Daddy pulled her ear a little and jiggled her around
  • The little ball fell right out onto the floor
  • I thanked God once again for what a smart husband I have :)
  • And they all lived happily ever after :)

The following pictures have nothing to do with the previous story :)

Enjoying the warm spring weather
Trying on Mommy's shoes

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

A vacuum cleaner story

Joel had very graciously offered to clean out the vacuum cleaner for me. He took it all apart, washed it out, and cleaned the filter. He then set it out over-night to dry. The next morning, he offered to put it all back together for me before he left for work. "No, don't worry about it. It's not a big deal. I'll get it back together later", said the mechanically impaired mom. Fast forward the clock to about 10:15 a.m. I had been sitting in front of my vacuum cleaner for 20 minutes, trying to get the little grid thing back in behind the canister. I tried putting in in upside down, backwards, and inside out. I tried reasoning with it--"Little grid thing, if you will just click into place, I promise not to make you suck up all the gross dried up cheerios in Eli's high-chair anymore" No luck. The grid thing just wasn't going in. Cosette came over, looking a little concerned, since her mother was talking to the vacuum cleaner. "Mommy, me help?" Yes, Cosette, you could pray to Jesus that Mommy could get this piece back in the vacuum. Cosette then puts her little hand on the vacuum, closes her eyes and says "He-sus, help Mommy, yeah, sweeper, ewwy, help, thank-you. AMEN!" I grinned to myself and proceeded to try again. *CLICK* Yep, that's right, folks, that little annoying plastic grid clicked right into place. And this Mommy learned a valueable lesson on faith from her little girl.
"Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive
the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it"
Luke 18:17

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Sunday Suppers

I usually like to call the meal that's eaten in the evenings 'dinner'. However, on Sundays, it's different. The evening meal becomes 'supper'. And you're asking "Why?" I'll tell you why. Sunday Suppers consist of.....

  • leftovers
  • toast and eggs
  • grilled cheese and tomato soup
  • cereal and fruit
  • yogurt and bananas
  • store-bought frozen waffles
  • crackers and cheese, apple slices
  • popcorn
  • cottage cheese and fruit, apple-butter bread

In other words, it doesn't have to make sense, and it doesn't even have to be healthy. But, it does have to taste good and be able to make it to the table in 10 minutes or less. That is the rule---Sunday Suppers are relaxing, even for mom :) It's one of the silly things that I look forward to each week.

What are some other things that I anticipate?

  • sipping hot coffee and eating cookies after the kids go to bed
  • wearing my new 'brand-label' shirt that I found for 3.00 at the thrift shop (my husband loves me for this :)
  • fixing a really yummy dinner that everybody enjoys
  • hearing one of my piano students play a difficult song through correctly
  • date nights with my husband
  • hearing a new song in church that's really catchy, and then humming it in my head all week
  • seeing Eli play peek-a-boo when he only covers up one eye
  • hearing Cosette say grace and praying for everybody's 'ouchies'

Sooo.......what little things do you all anticipate through-out the week? And I'm curious---what does everybody else eat for Sunday Supper? :D

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Like Father, Like Son

Here are a few pictures of my handsome men.......I know, I would be jealous if I were you too ;)
(The bottom photo is Joel carrying all of my groceries into the house in one trip---what a guy!)

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Aunt Deka's Birthday

My sister's birthday is actually on the 9th of March, but her celebration had to be post-poned because that was the day my poor mom ended up in the emergency room. However, that just made the celebration on Sunday even more joyful, as we were all glad to have mom home so we could celebrate together. And by the way, for those of you who don't know, my sister's name is not 'Deka'--that's just what Cosette likes to call her for some reason :)

The picture of Eli needs an explanation, but I couldn't get a caption under it----Mom and I had struggled and struggled to get him to hold still so we could put his pants on. After proclaiming our triumph a little too early, we realized that we had both legs in the same hole :)

Cosette wanted to wear her 'dwess' to go to Aunt Deka's party

Friday, March 16, 2007

A complete thought

Have you ever felt like you just want to finish a sentence? I do, all the time! In fact, the other night found me in tears as I told Joel that I just wanted to finish a complete thought when I was telling him something at dinner! Seems I am always being interrupted by a cup being dropped, some food being spilled, or a little girl who has even more on her mind than her mommy! On this paticular night, our dinner conversation went something like this:
"The other day, I found out--Eli, don't drop your cup! "that the prices at this grocery store--" Yes Cosette, you may have more milk. "are actually a lot cheaper than "Eli, Daddy said don't drop your cup" "I originally thought they might be, but I "Cosette, yes, you must eat all of your chicken "still prefer the other store, because the choices are.. "I'm sorry Jaime, I missed some of that. What were you saying?
Fortunately for me, I have a husband who is willing to listen carefully anytime the kids are in bed and the house is actually quiet! I am blessed then to have his full and undivided attention.
I often wonder where I would be without my loving husband who is willing to let me shed a few tears of frustration when necessary!
Thankfully, the stresses and trials of motherhood are also balanced by the many rewards and funny moments. My kids can have me feeling tired and frustrated one moment, and laughing my head off the next. Here are just a few of those moments that have happened around our house lately.....

~Cosette asked me yesterday if we could ---"Make cookies, Mommy! Me, help!" When I asked her what kind of cookies she wanted to make, she replied "Big cookies!" :)

~ The other day Eli didn't want to open up for his food, so I was 'flying' an air-plane spoon to his mouth. Cosette thought the airplane should have Uncle Jesse on it (since he just recently flew in an air-plane) So, we flew 'uncle jesse' right into Eli's mouth. Cosette got a sudden, sad expression on her face and said "Uncle Jesse! Poor uncle jesse! Oh well!" (Fortunately, Uncle Jesse got a big kick out of this :D

~Yesterday was Cosette's Grandpa's birthday. All day long, she sang "Happy Pappy, Happy Pappy', over and over again.

~ The words Cosette uses for 'bug, milk, walk, and work', all sound alike. We have alot of trouble at our house sometimes trying to figure out if she wants to watch the movie about bugs or have a drink of milk!!

So you see, even if I don't always get to finish my thought, the things interrupting it are often-times sweeter :)

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Good News....

I am happy to report that my mom is home and doing fine! She actually received rather conflicting reports from doctors as to what happened to her on Friday, so I will not even try to sort through it all on my blog! However, her surgeon from Johns Hopkins gave her a good report today, and seemed to be of the opinion that things probably were not as bad as we all innitially thought they might be. Thank God for that! She does, however, have strict orders to take it easy and rest so that her heart can fully recover from the recent surgery. She and my Dad stopped by our house this evening on their way home from the hospital. She looked like her normal self, and seemed to be feeling well. Cosette sure was glad to see her 'mi-ma!' Thank you all so much for your prayers! And now, in celebration of this slightly lighter post, I'll share this picture with you...

"Where did my Daddy go? I seem to have lost him...."

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Reminded of the important things....

Sorry for the long wait between posts. My whole family had a chance this weekend to be reminded of the important things in life.... My mom ended up in an ambulance and the emergency room on Friday morning due to severe chest pain. The doctors were unsure at first what was causing it. It could have been any number of things since she just had open-heart surgery six weeks ago. They are still running tests to fully determine what exactly happened, so I can' really say for sure. Fortunately, they believe that whatever the cause, damage to the heart was most likely minimal. Whatever the case, we are all so thankful that she is alright. When you come that close to losing someone you love ( or, rather, thinking that you are losing them), it really puts everything into perspective---all the little things that we tend to worry about that really don't amount to anything in the long run. I have vowed from now on to try to keep a more eternal perspective--to enjoy my children and my husband, to spend time with my loved ones, and to draw closer to my God. After all, the chores can wait, and dirty dishes won't ever make it to heaven anyway!
I am so very thankful for my mom---so very thankful that she is still with us and doing fine! Please continue to pray for her as she tries to bring to a conclusion all of the heart-related issues she has been dealing with over the past several months. She is confidant that God can heal her in the blink of an eye if He would choose to do so. However, she is willing to go through all of the tests and procedures if that is what it takes. Thank you for your prayers.....we covet them!

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Monday, March 05, 2007

A misunderstanding

Daddy: Cosette, would you like some of this bread?
Cosette: Yes!
Daddy: It's very good. Mommy made it. It's nice and chewy.
Cosette: (pushing the bread away) No.
Daddy: You don't want it now? Why not?
Cosette: (Making a face) Chewy!!
Daddy: Oh, Cosette, Daddy said chewy, not ewwy! That just means it has to be chewed alot, not that it's yucky!
Cosette: No! Yucky! Chewy!
Ever since this episode, if Cosette is eating something she doesn't like, she claims that it is 'chewy' :)

Sunday, March 04, 2007

My rambling mind a little too late at night.....

I admit it. I love cozy things. Those of you who know me well knew the word 'cozy' would appear on my blog page sometime!! I love sitting in front of a fire place. I love hot chocolate. I love snowy days when you're stuck in and get to spend lots of time with your family. I love soft warm blankets. I love hot soup and warm sweaters on a chilly fall day. I think that I love these things because they say to me 'family'. I think of these things, and I think of the people I love.
But let's be realistic. Life isn't always cozy, as much as I'd like it to be. Things get busy. Today was one of those days. My husband left for church ahead of us because he was preaching this morning. The kids and I got lunch in the crock pot and followed after him. We sat through Sunday School and church (with an exceptionally good message ;) and then rushed home to grab some lunch. I left a half hour later to drive over to a Bible Quiz I was coaching that took most of the afternoon. On my way home, a verse from the quiz kept playing in my mind. "My peace I give to you". That was Jesus talking. He was talking to me. His peace He gave to me.
Even when I can't feel it. Even when I can't see it around the piles of dirty laundry, the potty training, the dirty diapers, and all of the training sessions. He is with me even in the 'busy-ness' of life. In the dishes that need washed. In the meals that need prepared. In the house that needs cleaned.
And, even with all of that, we can also work hard to find those extra-special 'peace' moments. Like the devotional time with my husband each evening. Like curling up with Cosette on the couch in the morning before Daddy leaves and reading her 'bubbles' (bible stories). Like holding sleeping Elias in my arms and realizing how blessed I am to have him.
"My peace I give you" In every aspect of my life, Jesus is right there with me. Through the good times, and the not so good times. Even when a fire-place and slippers are miles away, my true 'coziness' is always there. do you experience the peace of Jesus in your life? Is it through the conversations with co-workers that you have about Christ? Is it the nearness of God even in the midst of a Biology class in college?
Take the time to find it. "My peace I give to you" He left it for us to enjoy. No matter what your day looks like tomorrow , work hard to find the peace.

So, if this post made absolutely no sense, I apologize. It's just what's going through my head at the moment. But right now, it's bed-time, and I'm going to find that 'peace' in a good night's sleep :)

Friday, March 02, 2007

Funny moments

The first picture is Cosette showing off one of her famous 'ouchies'. The second two pictures are Eli showing off a new hair-do, which was thanks to his big sister :)

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Dirt-flavored humble pie

"Does your son eat dirt or clay?"

My husband and I looked at the doctor in surprise. What??

He repeated the question as if it made perfect sense.

I knew he was just going through his 'baby-checkup' list of questions, but honestly, this one seemed a bit off the wall! After all, just what kind of parents did he think we were?

Fast forward a couple of weeks.

I walk into my bedroom, where I had forgotten to shut the door. There sat Elias, in front of my potted lily, happily stuffing his mouth full of the potting soil :(

Talk about a piece of humble pie! That was the same day he decided to unroll an entire roll of toilet paper in my bathroom. And the same day Cosette decided to quietly wake up from her nap and cover herself in desitin. (Fortunately for me, my mom and sister were watching the kids at the time, so they got to clean that one up :)

Anyone reading this right now who doesn't have kids might now begin to wonder if the trouble is worth it. Let me assure you that it is. Even with all the messes to clean up, the tears to dry, and the lessons to teach, it is worth it a million times over. When your little boy wraps his chubby little arms around you and plants a wet sloppy kiss on your cheek, you wonder how you could possibly have it any other way.

So thank God for my children, and bring on the messes!


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