Thursday, March 19, 2009

"If we win, we praise Him. If we lose, we praise Him"


I rarely ever quote movie lines. That's primarily because I can never remember them but it's also because there really are few worth devoting brain space to. This quote from Facing the Giants is a clear exception and has become a family battle cry during the past few months.

It becomes particularly important as we head into a weekend filled with hopes waiting to be realized or disappointed; of challenges and joys; competition and fellowship.

To help keep a correct perspective and our eye on the Ultimate prize, we made a family banner to rally our hearts around a healthy purpose and loving community when worldly influences threaten to invade.

At the top of the banner reads:

What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? -- Mark 8:36

In the middle, we placed our "team" name...Our family name. A reminder that we are going to be there for each other long after the children lose contact with their coaches and teams.

At the bottom, we have all of our names (all the way down to Baby)...A reminder that "team" means so much more than goals, numbers and trophies. We are united in a higher purpose to love and to give honor and glory to God.

The kids get it. It hardly required an explanation. I think they might understand it even better than I do...At least, they don't feel the pull of the world as much as I do. "Don't forget the banner, Mom!" I won't forget the banner.

Thanks be to God!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Distractions...


In spite of the fact that I never seem to be able to complete my daily household tasks, I still manage to blog and to explore a myriad of creative distractions. My excuse is that it's part of my personality to need an outlet to express my creative self. But in the back of my mind, heart and soul I know that it's a lousy excuse for doing the things I like to do to the detriment of order in the home!

Regardless of the motivations or drawbacks to being a person who succumbs too easily to creative distractions, the truth remains that I do end up with quite a few "projects" in various states of completion at most times!

This little felted bunny is one of them.

He started as a little fluff of natural wool fiber (looking very much like cotton candy) and was poked and prodded into existence with a large, barbed needle. The process involves inserting that needle into the wool thousands of times to sculpt it into whatever the imagination can dream up. It does take a bit of time but I enjoy the process tremendously and find it relaxing.

I highly recommend the activity to all crafty types but must warn you to keep a stash of band-aids on hand. I'd heard the warning before but thought I would be smarter than the needle...I have been humbled!



Friday, March 13, 2009

The Best Birthday Gift Ever....



When a first grade boy tells you that a particular birthday gift is "the best birthday gift ever", it's time to pay attention...And spread the word!

When Grandma and Grandpa said that the present was "large", I delayed enthusiasm. "What is it?", I asked. "You'll see...Don't worry," was the answer. I was not comforted. After all, THEY wouldn't have to live with the large present in THEIR house...Grandparents are generally full of wisdom in these matters and know how much trouble they can actually get away with before the line is crossed! I'm sure you've all had the experience of watching a child open a gift while the Grandfolks sit with "innocent" smiles on their faces. You see that look and the little red flags start to rise slightly as you wonder what on earth is in that box. The innocence is a facade. The paper comes off. Yup...Guilty.

But...There is no denying that this particular gift was a winner! Thumbs up all around.

A collapsable hunting blind.

Okay...Restated in kid terms. A really big camouflage tent that has a billion cool zippers and windows and I can even stand up in it and put chairs in it and it pops open easy so that the kids can do it alone and I'm going to sleep in it tonight!

Really, it's the perfect kid tent and is designed to pop open without any assembly. Very sturdy and fit 6 people (including one adult) yesterday without a problem. It's extremely easy to collapse and packs up quickly into a bag. It's light enough for a child to carry (for reasonable distances) and includes straps for carrying like a backpack.

We are currently using it inside but are eager for the warm weather to try it out in the yard. If you have a large indoor space, it's a great cold weather play space.



Look carefully...There's a youngster peeking out at you through a camo colored mesh window screen!



There are many different variations on this blind. This one can be purchased at most sporting goods stores but I found the best price at WalMart at $99.98. Prices vary according to the blind sizes, functions and brands.

A little pricey for your pocket book? You might want to give the Grandparents a call and drop a little hint!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Whoa...



The First Amendment to the United States Constitution states:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.


Contrast this statement of our freedoms with this breaking news from Connecticut.

A bill has been introduced that would force the Catholic Church to restructure it's internal affairs according to the dictates of the Connecticut judiciary.
www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/mar/09031005.html
www.theday.com/re.aspx?re=ff2ded91-2bfb-4ef3-9220-c703fbc2feaf

The bill was pulled a day before it was to be put to debate at a public hearing (Wednesday) but it is clear that the public servants involved have no intention of dropping this effort

Anyone else see a huge problem with the fact that a group of Americans would attempt to override the Constitutional rights of a religious organization? The Constitution does not protect the religious freedom of the perfect...But of all.

It is discouraging that certain dioceses have been completely irresponsible with their financial obligations...

...But fiscal stupidity is not grounds for the removal of religious autonomy.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes...


First it was soap...
I purchased handmade cold process soap for the first time this year and don't ever want to go back. My hat is off to Wendy of Besem Natural Scents for turning me on to healthy and natural soaps. My skin used to burn coming out of the shower...No more!



Then I discovered handmade goat's milk lotion from Mum Mum's Crafts...
I don't think I can ever go back to box store lotions! The skin on my legs was actually starting to crack from the dry Winter heat (and the fact that I never drink enough). I'm working on the hydration part but in the meantime, the damaged skin has healed completely and is actually soft.

I sound like a paid advertisement! But I am really sincere when I tell you that these products have made a difference for me. And I do love supporting the lovely ladies who make them. They are beautiful Christian women who serve their customers with the same respect and care that one would expect of a follower of Christ. It is my pleasure to recommend their work to you!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Ad NBC censored from Super Bowl



This is so very well done and respectful. It's a shame that it's exposure has been limited to YouTube. It's been around for awhile but I thought there are some who might not have seen it yet.

I am a far cry from being a supporter of Obama's presidency...But I can honor the sanctity of his God-given life and his right to live it.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

This picture makes me happy...


This is not a new photo but I never get tired of looking at it. I stumbled across it tonight as I was...well...wasting time on the computer...And wanted to share it with the world (or with the dozen or so people who occasionally visit my blog).

So, here's Baby just after receiving a Bumbo seat. She absolutely loved it for about one month and then it drove her insane with rage. Good thing we took this shot when we did!

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