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Sunday, October 20, 2013

All Creatures Of Our God and King

All creatures of our God and King
Lift up your voice and with us sing
Alleluia, Alleluia
Thou burning sun with golden beam
Thou silver moon with softer gleam
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia Oh praise him! Alleluia
Thou rushing wind that art so strong
Ye clouds that sail in heav'n along
Alleluia, Alleluia
Thou rising morn in praise rejoice
Ye light of evening find a voice
Alleluia, Alleluia Oh praise him! Alleluia
Thou flowing water pure and clear
Make music for thy Lord to hear
 Alleluia, Alleluia
Thou fire so masterful and bright
That gives to man both warmth and light
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia! Oh praise Him, Alleluia
Dear Mother Earth who day by day
Unfoldest blessings on our way
Alleluia, Alleluia
     The flowers and fruit that in thee grow
Let them his glory also show
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia Oh praise Him, Alleluia

Monday, October 14, 2013

A Place for Everything

This is a real conversation that occurred in our household.

Sophie: "Mommy, I can't find my toothbrush."
Me: "Last I saw it, it was in the shower."
Sophie: (With false incredulity) "What!? In the shower!? I don't know what it would be doing in the shower."
Me: "Sophie, you know exactly why it is in the shower.  You bring it in there to brush your teeth to save time so you can read in the morning."
At this point Jacob peeks around the corner with a sheepish look on his face.
Jacob: "Uh...because it was in the shower, I thought it was for cleaning the shower floor, you know, because it is so dirty."
Sophie: (With a look of sheer panic as she tried to figure out if she had used it after Jacob used it to scrub the shower floor) What!?  Jacob, you can't......"
Me: "Sophie, this is why I say, "A place for everything and everything in its place."
Silly Goose!
Miss Lucy
Foos-foos-ma loosey-goose
La-La- Pa-Ta-Te-Ta
My dear sweet Sophie Anna.

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Deep Thoughts:Politics

This morning I was reading in 1 John 4:5. Before you run away thinking this is a religious post, don't worry, it is a political post.

The end of the verse says, "and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith."

I got to thinking about the current political situation, the government shutdown, and I realized that part of the solution is in our faith and trust.  There is so much arguing and pointing of fingers, both from the government and all of us.  Maybe if we had faith in our leaders, regardless of their party, maybe if we had faith and trust in our political system instead of yelling and blaming, the world would be a better place.

When my kids get all bent out of shape over things, they start clinging to ideas or things and they attach so much emotion to those ideas or things.  Perhaps it is an effort to show just how important the subject is to them.  I tell them to tone it down a notch and they respond,  "but he/she...." and I say, "yeah that is really rotten, but you are applying too much emotion to the idea."

So back to politics. Yeah it stinks that he/she did this/that, said this/that, didn't do this /that..., but you are attaching too much emotion to the problem.  Tone it down a bit because no good decision is ever made when steeped with overly intense emotion.  Have a little faith and trust.  It's going to be ok, it isn't that big of a deal.  Let's work this out together.

Wednesday, October 02, 2013


How does one gracefully re-enter the blogging world after an extended hiatus?  I feel like I have so much to say, but that would create a long, wordy, and somewhat boring post.  I know that if I try to catch up it will take me hours and then I will walk away with the post unfinished, into a messy house and then guilt will abound.  So......I will not try to catch up, but I will certainly have plenty to say in the next few months.

For today, a lesson I learned so you don't have to: Three year olds who appear to not be paying attention while you are watching T.V., really are so careful what you watch.

A few weeks ago I indulged in watching a spectacular show about midwives.  In my opinion it portrays the most realistic birth experience that I have ever seen on the screen.  I don't mean up close and personal, but you know those obnoxious scenes where a woman is all sweaty and squealing and then it is all over and you sit there thinking, "That is so NOT the way it happens," this show is so realistic.

The other show is your classic drama.  Someone is always in some dire situation and at the end of the show they leave you with a huge cliffhanger that obliges you to come and watch the next episode so you can figure out the conclusion, even though you are kind of embarrassed to admit you watch the show.In one episode someone had a heart attack and the it ends with another character doing chest compressions while counting.  

Now fast forward.  This guy:
was sitting on the potty, grunting away (I know TMI) and like every normal parent, I asked, "Are ya poopin'?"  To which Noah answered, "Yup, there's no baby coming out of my bum, just poop."

Then again a few days later I was sick and laying in bed with my eyes closed.  Noah climbed onto my bed and sweetly asked, "Are you ok Mommy?  Are you dead?" He then proceeded to place his hands between my breasts and began counting to 20 while doing chest compressions.

So beware, the pictures have ears and eyes.  Thank goodness I wasn't watching a show about plastic surgery or ax murderers!