Saturday, October 23, 2010

Just in case I forget next week...

Faith is fast approaching two years old.  And she is a tad fiesty.  She's full of vinegar, as my Papa Pete would have said.  She wears me slick most days, but I have to tell you these sweet stories in case you see her sometime soon and think I have failed in the parenting department. 

All three of us were laying in her bed a few nights ago.  I read the books and TJ prayed with us.  After we prayed Faith said, "I pray."  She put her little hands together, closed her eyes, and started mumbling something.  TJ and I were looking at each other because we couldn't believe she was "praying."  Then as clear as day she said dada.  We looked down and she was still just praying away.  She wasn't "praying."  She was praying, for real.  Of course, we both teared up that she was choosing to pray and was praying for her daddy.  I can just imagine God listening so intently, knowing exactly what all those little mumbles were. 

Last week was a long, crazy week.  TJ was incredibly busy and we ended up seeing very little of him.  Faith woke up Saturday morning imploring me to "find daddy."  Thankfully, TJ's station is amazing about family being there and are super nice to us so I called TJ and told him I would be finding him sometime that day.  On the drive up Faith was incredibly needy.  She wanted a snack, she didn't want a snack, she wanted a drink, wait, not so much.  She called for her "padi," but turned her nose up to it when I finally dug backwards to find it driving 70 up I-35.  She wanted music, but not anything on CD, my iPhone, or the radio.  I finally got all of her little needs met and fell back into driving mode.  It was quiet in the car then a little voice said "Thanks, mom."  I just about died.  It was an honest thank you from her. 

So, please remember when you see us anytime soon that we are in fact raising a sweet girl that is polite and is learning great things, and that sometimes she's just full of vinegar.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

"Moo-mers, Moma. Moo-mers."

Everyday, at least 5 times, I heard "Moo-mers, moma, moo-mers."  And I have been feeling almost embarassed that Faith likes a certain show.  The show is... Imagination Movers.  Grown men, singing and dancing, together.  A lot of people think that's creepy. But you know what- they're ACTUAL MUSICIANS, they're acting isn't deplorable, and their motto is positive.  So we watch Moo-mers.  Alot. No, a little.  No, a sizable amount of moo-mers comes across our screen.  There. I said it. 
Basically the premise of the show is these 4 guys job is to help solve people's problems. Being that Faith isn't even 2 yet, I was skeptical that she even knew what was going on, but when she watches it, she will come up to us and tell us the problem.  For instance, "baby cying" or "foot guck (stuck)."  Yes, that had me a little intrigued, but then she started coming up with solutions for the problems.  (Genius, I know.  She gets it from her dad.)  She actually walked up to the tv when the baby was crying with her cup and said "Wanna gink?", "Hungy?", and "Seepy?" during the show.  Okay, something in my mind tells me this show is headed in the right direction. 

But today, TODAY, I was looking for their tour dates (remember, a they're musicians) for this year and found an interview with them.  And now I unashamedly say I LOVE THE IMAGINATION MOVERS!  First of all, they were in real clothes, not their jumpsuits.  That was my first thumbs up.  I loathe when you see people interviewed in their costumes.  Secondly, they're educated men that were approached about what they were already doing, not a group of teens they found at a casting call to meet some specific lists for a show someone wanted to put together.  And best of all, the quote: "We want to challenge, not pacify, our audience."  I am swooning.  I may take that on as my motto for my classroom. Seriously, I might steal it.

So go watch some Imagination Movers!  And Imagination Movers, if you're reading this: we would LOVE to meet you.  Seriously.  I would probably kiss one or all of you.  Not that that's going to sell you on the deal, I'm just saying. 

Sunday, October 3, 2010


I will be completely honest.  I haven't sacrificed much of anything lately.  I mean, some would say I sacrifice my days to teach children, some would say I would sacrifice my husband that works 24 hour shifts, but I don't really think those things count.  We like being able to pay our bills, have running vehicles, and live in a house without wheels (I can say that because my last house had wheels) so I don't know that working is a sacrifice. 
But today, TO.DAY. I sacrificed something to God.  As an act of obedience.  And it was hard.  I almost didn't do it.  I've been so out of practice with sacrifice it hurt.  But God reminded me of something someone at church said.  He may have got this from someone else (so I don't want to get in trouble for not posting the MLA, APA, or Chicago-style formatting,) but it spoke to me and I'm holding fast to it:

When you trust in the Lord and walk in Him, the outcome becomes HIS domain and you can walk in wreckless obedience. 

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Resolution Check

Okay, everyone.  Can I just say this real quick?  It's Octoooooooo-ber.  If you didn't know that's the TENTH month of the year.  Two more months and I will have a whole new set of resolutions.  Well, to be more honest, some will probably stay, some will go back to the H-E-double hockeysticks they came from, and some will go into a little folder I like to call "success."  That's right, you heard me- S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
Let's get to the run down:

1. People over- not this month.  Too busy.  Maybe October.  Chili anyone?
2. Guitar- not so much. I have played this month, but I will admit I have taken NO steps to improve my ability.
3. Weight- down 10 lb, thank ya very much.  And no, I'm not giving out my secret. Well, I might.  But not yet.
4. Blog- yes.
5. Camera- no.  I've checked out some cameras, but the house keeps needing my money for silly things like a leaking roof, a running toilet, and a new kitchen faucet.
6. Lesson Plans- going well.
7. Garden- it was wonderful while it lasted.  And we learned so much about how to improve it next year.  The tomatoes didn't produce to the extent I wanted them to, but I still got to give some away and that was my real plan for the garden.  I also got to give pickles away, banana peppers, and cucumbers. 
8. Hair- no and I need it somethin' fierce.  Roots are NOT in style anymore.
9. Water- going well, I guess.  I drink my 8 glasses a day, and probably less DDP some days.  I think this is just going to be one that I have to let myself have.  It could be worse- drinking, smoking, DDP.  I choose DDP.
10. Decorate- Someone tell me where to get GREAT sheets?!?!?!?  We go from sheets that shrink up and won't fit on mattress to sheets that come off the corners and end up in a wad underneath us.  They're driving me crazy!!!!  I don't want to spend a fortune, any suggestions would be great.