Monday, September 27, 2010

Worship of the Sun

I am so happy, happy, happy to have sunshine! People were making fun of me because I PRAYED FOR IT, but look what happened? See? God listens! I am feeling oh-so-happy, and I think I owe it all to the sun. Is it a sin to worship the sun? But God is light, so really, they are one and the same, which is why I feel so blue when it goes away, I think. In any case, happy days are here again! And this is the prayer I always say when I am grateful to God and feel like He has answered one of my prayers, which , in this case, He has...

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Knitting of the Hearts

The two Kimmys - Little Mama and Little Kimmy
Anyone who knows me knows I do not ask for help. Ever. Unless I am forced into it. And if I am forced into it, I don't like it. At all.

Well, well, well... Wouldn't you know, the good Lord above has decided to teach me a lesson in humility, and He's been forcing me to learn how to accept help graciously. You might think this is an easy lesson to learn, but for me, it is not. Because I am a typical Type A personality who likes to be in control of every aspect of my life.

That being said, I have learned there are no coincidences in life - every single thing happens for a reason. Pope John Paul II said it, and that simple phrase has resonated with me ever since I heard it, and I have seen it in action. Truly, there are no coincidences.

So thank God and the heavens above for the entrance of Kimmy, "Little Mama," into my life, because she has been helping me above and beyond, lately. In fact, I don't know what I would do without her love and suppport right now!

I do know I have others who would do anything for me, and I do mean anything, and I feel their love every day. My beloved best friend from high school, Nikki, and my cherished sister, Nicoley. And of course my parents and Brady's mom. Together with Kimmy, these people all have one thing in common - they love my babies as much as I do, and even me. The only fly in the ointment is that all-important "location-location-location..."

Which is why I believe God sent Kimmy into my life. She and I have so much in common, as I've written about in past posts, but it goes beyond that. She and I truly love each other and we love each other's kiddos and both of our families just mesh really well. We are like a family, only we don't have all the family garbage. Our children are like cousins, and they cherish every moment they spend together, just like Kimmy and I do.

Still, it is hard for me to allow someone to step in and help me. That Type A personality flaw of wanting to do everything on my own, be everything to everyone, never needing anything from anyone else, being totally self-sufficient... All that makes asking for a little assitance tough to take. But I am learning to accept help and to swallow my pride and to toss the guilt out the window. When I shared with my mother that it was hard for me, she said, "Oh good grief! Get over it! Kim is happy to do it and it probably makes her feel good, too. Don't be ridiculous!" Believe it or not, my mother saying that helped me...

Kimmy gave me the coolest quote on a beautiful piece of paper the other day (which is now on my fridge above the pictures of her babies). It says, "Knit your hearts with an unslipping knot." It is from Shakespeare... I love that! And really, that phrase tells the whole story of what we have done. Because from meeting her to literally learning how to knit from her, we have tied our hearts together forever with an unslipping knot.

In the picture above, you see Little Mama with our dear friend Hot Mama's baby, whose name is also Kim. The two Kimmys - aren't they beautiful?! Yes! Yes, they are. Thank you for coming into my life, Little Mama - you are amazing, and I love you!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Challenge

I issued a challenge to my kiddos, last week. The challenge was this - to make it through the entire school year without getting sick. If they do? Then I will buy them a toy of their choice under ten bucks.

So what this entails is an extra awareness of germs, using hand sanitizer after recesses, not touching doors with their hands, and a whole lot more! You know, like not drinking out of public water fountains. And basically NOT TOUCHING ANYTHING with germs on it.

Am I a germ phobic, you may ask? Yes. Yes I am. And proud of it! There is almost nothing I hate more than being sick, so yes, I try to avoid germs at all costs.

I remember when I was in college and working in the public relations office as a student, the executive assistant to the Vice President was a germ phobic. Jean was her name, and she was a younger gal, and I remember we used to laugh at her (behind her back, of course), because she was so fanatical about never touching anything. Like in the elevator, she would use her keys. And now, here I am, years later, basically just like her! I never touch the pads on an elevator when I am forced to use one. And I certainly don't touch the sides of the escalator. And after I use an ATM or a touchscreen, like a Redbox? I use hand sanitizer. Truth be told, I could be even more careful, and come to think of it, maybe I will...

Alas, the challenge has already gone south for my poor Brailey Shaye-Shaye... She came down with a cold on Sunday. At first, we thought she was allergic to Brady's gun cleaning supplies he had in the house, but it became quite clear it was a cold. So she is bummed about not meeting "The Challenge," of course. I'm sure Britt will soon have her cold, and be "out," too. But he is actually trying to be very careful around Brailey, so you never know - maybe he'll sneak by... However, he admitted to me that he used the drinking fountain yesterday at recess, so it will probably be some other bug that gets him.

Whatever. I'm still buying hand sanitizer to put on their desks!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Surprising Adjustments

Wow. Who would have thought the only one struggling to adjust to life's Back-to-School scheduling would be Big Mama? YIKES! Actually, (and I can't believe I'm going to say say this...) I've been pleasantly surprised by many things, this fall! It has been hard on me, for sure, but a lot of good has come out of this time of year, and I can hardly believe it!

First of all, I have to admit the day goes by super fast. I thought the time spent away from my babies would just drag by, but so far, it hasn't at all. I can't believe it! After I drop my little B's off, I drive home home and get to work, and before I know it, it's time to go get them! Amazing...

And dropping them off has been a wonderful surprise, also. One, we really lucked out in classroom placement, and they are directly across the hall from one another. Two, it has been great not to have to rush from one school to the next, like I did the last two years while Britt was still in Coburg going to pre-school and kindergarten. I can loiter as much as I want, this year, which I truly enjoy. I love seeing other parents who have become my friends and chatting with the beloved teachers.

Another surprise has been my morning routine. I used to get on the computer right away and check things out online before it was time to wake my kiddos up, but now, I wait until I get home from dropping them off, and this has been great! One, I'm not running around like a crazy person, because I lost track of time on the computer, and two, I'm better able to focus on my babies in the mornings. And we have more time for our morning bible reading. The reason for this change has been, believe it or not, lunch - this year, I am packing both B's a lunch, which they love. I've always made sure they have a good breakfast, but this year, I am cooking even MORE, and the rest of the time is spent making their lunches. And I feel good about what they are eating, now, and they have been finishing their food on the way home from school after I pick them up, so nothing is getting wasted, and that makes me even happier!

The best surprise of all, this fall, has been the happiness in my children. They are thrilled with life, right now! They both love their teachers, and they like their school, too. Brailey told me yesterday that she just felt GREAT! She said, "Mom, I'm just sleeping so good and I feel great! Isn't that wonderful?" Yes, it certainly is. And Britt said he loves two things about his school, the lunch room and recess. He said, "Mom, I LOVE our lunch room!" I can just see him eating his food and talking with his new friends. Seriously, though, what more can a mother hope for than for her children to be happy when they are at school? As long as they feel happy and secure, then I feel the same way.

I wonder if they feel more secure because they are both at the same school, now? They are so close to each other, I wonder about that... If simply being in the same vicinity makes them feel more okay with the world... I'm guessing the answer is yes!

So while my heart misses them TERRIBLY, I am grateful to know they are doing so well. And Britt did admit to me yesterday that he misses me. He always knows how to make me feel special... He said, "I realized I was all alone, yesterday, without my mom." Apparently, that never dawned on him in kindergarten... In any case, I'm thrilled my B's are thrilled, and although there is definitely more pressure in schedules, we're doing good! We're doing good.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Pop Warner Football Jamboree 2010

These are pictures I took of our little football man right before we left... The first one showcases his "mean" football face. In the second, he is waving because he thinks that is a fun thing to do in pictures. And in the third, he is trying to see his name on the back of his shirt - he was so thrilled to have his last name printed on there! This is the third time in a row he has been given the number 7, so we decided it must be his special number - isn't that bizarre and cool all wrapped together?

We had a big time at our first Jamboree. They played four mini games of 20 minutes each, so we were there for a looooooooooooong time, but the weather was fabulous, and it was super fun for the "boys of fall." Poor little Shaye-Shaye was bored to tears, but she's a trooper and she managed to survive. Both of my B's are enjoying school and have already adjusted to their new school schedules, so what can we say? It's a good life!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Summer's Vacation Ends

The cutest football player on the field (I'm the mom, so I can say that, remember?) and the best big sister ever in her diva sunglasses.

We ended the summer the same way we started it, with a special sleepover between the B's and the Lambert cuties. This time, the girls went to the Lambert's and the boys came to the Murray's homestead. Brady talked me in to going on a 4-wheeler ride with the boys, and they had a ball! Then they played Star Wars and pirates and found bird feathers and were the best boys in the world. They are the absolute sweetest boys you will ever find, I'll tell you that, and possibly the funniest! This was Griffin's first sleepover, and it was the first one for Brailey, too. They both did great! On the way to our house, Griffin told Britt he was so excited to spend the night because "you're the only friend that's like family." Almost made Big Mama cry! Isn't that sweet? He also said another sweet thing the other night at their house to Britt - he said, "The only friend I need is God and Britt!" Those are truly precious moments, I'll tell you. The four kiddos are more like cousins than anything else. It is so wonderful to have friends in our lives like the Lamberts! We had a great summer, no doubt about it, and no doubt about the fact that I am blue today, the last day before school starts. But time does fly, so hopefully it won't be long before I'll be sitting here writing about summer adventures. In the meantime, we have lots to keep us busy, and it is sure to be an exciting year. Stay tuned for First Day of School pictures (if I can take them through the tears I'm bound to shed)... Gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! WHERE DID THE SUMMER GO and DO I REALLY HAVE TO SHARE MY BABIES?

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