Tuesday, November 2, 2010

My Record: Two Years, Six Days

Today is a special day for me. I have now lived in my present home longer than I've lived anywhere in my life. My record: two years, six days. Not just a record in my adult life - this is the longest I've lived in one home in my entire life.

I wrote a blog once listing the many places I lived as a child, but for the past 17 years, I've been mostly in the Nashville area.

Anyway, my current home feels like home. As much as any earthly home could for me. I know my citizenship is in Heaven. There awaits my inheritance. My hope. Then, I will truly be home.

"For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ." Philippians 3:20

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

14 Monkeys Saved

My 3 year old daughter was in the bathtub this evening playing with a Barrel of Monkeys. I kept hearing, "Father, Son, Holy Spirit." Splash! "Father, Son, Holy Spirit." Splash! "Father, Son, Holy Spirit." Splash!

"Honey, what are you doing?" I asked curiously as each monkey was ceremonially dunked.

"I'm bath-tizing my monkeys, Mom."

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Mamas Pick the Mood

My 3 yr. old was a little difficult yesterday. She often watches me while she does something she knows she's not supposed to and waits for my reaction. This is not new. The new part is: when I told her not to do it she added a very whiny, "But Mahhhhhh-ahm!" That is "but Mom" in the loudest, whiniest kid voice you can imagine.

So yesterday, after hours of nothing but annoyance, correction, annoyance, correction I left the room, and prayed that God would give me strength. I instantly thought: do something funny. So, I walked back in like drum major in a parade and sang a silly song. She laughed until she got hiccups and we went on to have a wonderful and fun evening.

God reminded me that when my child is stuck in a bad place it is I who must make a change. I can either freak out and yell at her and we can have turmoil, or we can find a way to enjoy each other. I'm the Mama, I pick the mood.

Mamas pick the mood. Great reminder, Lord, thank You! I wonder how many other Mamas forget that. Surely, I'm not the only one :)

"The wise woman builds her house,
But the foolish pulls it down with her hands."
Proverbs 14:1

Sunday, September 26, 2010

1973 Volkswagen Beetle

A person, once very close to me, often said, "You can learn something from every person you meet. Every person has some grain of knowledge you will never otherwise learn. Find out what they know and learn it."

That was the only grain of wisdom that I learned from that person. That and about cars. I love cars. I love pre-computerized cars. I love working on them. I love the purr of a properly timed engine. I don't have mechanical opportunities in my life right now, as old cars and young kids don't mix for busy mommies. And, I may never fix up an old car again, but I have fond memories.

The first car that was actually mine was a 1973 Volkswagen Beetle. I loved that car. She broke down a lot. Sometimes I knew what was wrong, and sometimes I had to push her. She flooded a lot when parked and I'd have to push her out of the space, let her roll a bit and pop the clutch. Brilliant! I miss that car... and I learned something.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Is This a Luna Moth ???

I saw this big guy clinging to the bricks on the Borders building in Cool Springs. I've never seen a moth like him before. Does anybody know what he is, and if he's migratory? I think he is a Luna Moth, but I'm not sure.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Superhero Parenting

Yesterday afternoon in the car my three year old was displeased with the overcast sky and asked, "Mommy, would you turn that light on, please?"

I looked at the dashboard searching for the light she referred to and responded, "What light, Sweetie?"

Pointing up through the back window she said, "The one up dare."

"The sun?!" I asked in astonishment.

"Yeah, that one!"

I chuckled at the abilities my child endows me with and said, "I cannot control the sun, but thank you for thinking I'm that powerful."

She is at such a sweet age. She has so much faith in her Daddy and I that she doesn't even question the supernatural power she believes we possess. We'll be sure to use those powers for good.

No, I can't control the sun or the sky or the boy who was mean to her on the playground. But, I can control myself and never yell at her or belittle her or shun her. Yes, I will use my powers for good and not evil.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

John Martin Keith

I adore my husband. He adores me.
He adores the Lord. I do, too.

Worship is beyond singing and playing musical instruments in praise to God. It is how we do everything in our lives. I adore my worshipful husband. I am happy to follow a man who follows the Lord.

I once thought the Bible was so degrading to women and Christians were just controlling each other. Then, God in His irresistible grace redeemed me and gave me His Spirit. Now, in the Bible I see every answer to every question in life, and I can honestly say What godly woman wouldn't happily submit to a godly man?

"The wise woman builds her house,
But the foolish tears it down with her own hands."
Proverbs 14:1